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Financial Appeal for Rita Ojunge’s Mother to Come to Germany for the Burial

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Rita Awuor Ojunge,

The family of Rita Awuor Ojunge is requesting well wishers to help finance her mother’s visit to Germany to come and bury her daughter.

The story of Rita Awuor Ojunge, a 32 year old Kenyan asylum seeker in Brandenburg ended tragically in mid-June when her remains were found  in a forest near Hohenleipisch, where she lived.

On the day Rita disappeared on 7th April, her boyfriend and father to her children came to visit her and found the children with a neighbour. The boyfriend lives in Berlin.

The four year old son reported that Rita was threatened, beaten and dragged away by a Nigerian resident of the asylum shelter they lived in.

The police were further made aware of the fact that Rita had never left her children alone before and neither had she taken her ATM card nor warm clothing with her.

Despite knowing all this, the police took 18 days to file a missing person’s report and even then no investigations were not undertaken by the police.

It was not until the organisation, Opferperspektive learned of the case at the end of April and undertook the investigations themselves did the case gain some momentum. On 10th of May, Opferperspektive on behalf of Rita’s Cameroonian partner filed a criminal complaint against the Nigerian, who until then was still roaming the streets as a free man.

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Although the police claimed to have instituted an extensive search when they filed the missing person’s report on 25th April, it was not until 11th June that a major search operation was launched. Subsequently, on 20th June, Rita’s skeletal remains were found close to her home. Apparently she was murdered and her body dismembered.

Organisations across Germany including, Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland (ISD), International Woman* Space und Women in Exile have called for proper investigation into the case and for authorities to take violence against migrants living in Germany seriously.

Before her murder, Rita had been living in Germany since 2012 and had not gotten the chance to return to Kenya. For seven years her mother had not seen Rita and she now requests for our help to ensure she at least gets to say goodbye. Seeing that she had not returned home, Rita’s mother has also not met her grandchildren. Rita’s two sons aged 4 and 2.

The family is calling on well wishers to help them raise funds to enable Rita’s mother, accompanied by Rita’s uncle to come to Germany. Rita’s body is yet to be released by the authorities and the mother would like to be here for the burial, as well as get to meet her grandchildren left behind.

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Ruth Matete welcomes bouncing baby girl 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Gospel singer Ruth Matete has finally welcomed a bouncing baby girl, Toluwa, months after her husband’s demise.

Sources have intimated that the Tusker Project Fame (TPF) winner went into about earlier in the week before her due date and delivered through Caesarian Section (CS)

Taking to Instagram, the singer acknowledged the warm wishes sent by fans and friends stating that her bundle of joy had arrived.

“I have not ignored your kind and warm messages of congratulations. Thank you so much glory to God! Ni mimi wenyu, Mchungaji Ruth Matete, ukipenda mama Toluwa, ukipenda Madam big belle,” she wrote.

Last month, the singer opened up on dealing with grief months after her husband died due to sustained injuries from a gas accident at home.

Through an Instagram post, the singer narrated that grief was not an easy thing to deal with as some days are completely hard.

She further indicated that she sometimes gets conflicted about taking too long mourning about her late husband while at the same time she thinks she is being hard on herself.

“Truth is some days are very hard. When death knocks at your door, there’s nothing you can do.

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“Some days, voices in my head tell me am taking too long in this mourning phase. But I have made up my mind not to be hard on myself,” she wrote.

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Sonko gives City tenants six months waiver on rent

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has extended rent waiver for tenants residing in City County Government houses for six more months citing COVID-19 financial challenges.

In a statement, Sonko accused officers of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) of harassing vulnerable city residents over rent arrears despite the current economic crisis occasioned by the pandemic.

“My attention has been drawn to the outcry of a majority of tenants occupying residential houses belonging to the Nairobi City County Government, following persistent harassment by officers from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) over rent arrears

“I do hereby extend the waiver earlier granted for a period of a further six (6) months from the date of this letter, as our residents continue to recover economically from the effects the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sonko said.

The Governor’s move is expected to trigger a standoff with the Major General Mohamed Badi-led Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) and tenants

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Irate boda boda riders drag theft suspect from hospital, kill him 

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Pokice in Kirinyaga are investigating a case where around 300 boda boda riders stormed a hospital, dragged out a patient and lynched him.

Reports indicate that the victim was getting treated at the hospital, when the riders stormed and took him out to the Mwea-Embu highway where they killed him.

Nyangati Senior Chief Immaculate Wanjiru stated that the departed had been saved by police officers the previous evening from angry riders who wanted to kill him for allegedly stealing a motorcycle.

He had then been rushed to hospital with serious injuries and was receiving treatment, when he was dragged out of the hospital by the riders.

Before his death, the suspect had reportedly confessed to stealing five motorbikes and had directed the riders to where he had hidden them.

However, when the riders visited the area that the deceased had directed them, they found that they had been duped.

The deceased was burnt beyond recognition and his remains were taken to the Kerugoya Hospital Mortuary.

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