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Gang robs diplomat, uses ATM cards to shop, buy expensive liquor

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Armed criminals who attacked a diplomat in Nairobi went on a shopping spree after withdrawing money from her accounts and used her credit cards for binge drinking.

According to investigators, the suspects emptied the M-Pesa accounts for the Europe & Commonwealth Directorate director Jean Kimani, and used her credit cards to pay for foodstuff and alcohol.

They also transferred money from her M-Pesa to other mobile numbers believed to be those of their relatives and friends, police records show.These suspects, detectives believe, were captured on CCTV cameras inside a supermarket pushing trolleys full of foodstuff and other household items.

One suspect, who had worked for her for about a year, was also captured walking out of an ATM machine before proceeding to the supermarket.Images of the men offloading bundles of wheat flour, baby diapers and huge containers of cooking oil have been forwarded to investigators from the Directorate of Criminal investigations (DCI) Special Crime Prevention Unit.

Yesterday, an identification parade was conducted by the police and the diplomat picked out her attackers.She shocked the police when she revealed how one suspect pleaded with his accomplices not to harm her.Her description of the suspect as a “gentleman” may have shocked the investigators who are convinced that the man was the gang leader.“That is the gentleman who asked them not to hurt me,” Kimani is reported to have told the investigators during the identification parade.

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Those in police custody include the gardener and a second man hired to repair a gate at the home.The gunmen stormed the diplomat’s Kileleshwa home on the night of June 27.

She was alone in the house. They found her in the kitchen preparing a meal.Kimani told police the suspects accessed the compound using a master key, which they used to open the gate and doors to the main house.

Two men were armed with knives while one had a pistol.She told the police that the men threatened to kill her if she raised the alarm. They tied her mouth with a piece of cloth and her hands too.

They then ransacked the house and stole a 52-inch television set worth Sh40,000, a printer worth Sh30,000, mobile phones worth Sh60,000 and jewellery worth Sh300,000. They escaped in the diplomat’s Toyota Prado with the items.

Three days after the robbery, the suspects were still roaming city streets in the stolen car. Their partying came to a shock end after police arrested three of them driving the car in Buru Buru estate.

The officers reported that they flagged down the vehicle, which still had its initial number plates and searched the driver.Police found Kimani’s business and ATM cards, which the suspects were using to pay for shopping at the supermarket and also fuel the vehicle.

Police investigations have pointed to a possible collusion between the suspects and the diplomat’s domestic workers.“We are still analysing their phones to establish a communication pattern,” Special Crime Prevention Unit boss Pius Gitari said yesterday.

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American bride ‘undergoes FGM’ in Pokot traditional wedding – VIDEO

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An American missionary living in Baringo County braved female genital mutilation in order to fulfill the marriage customs of the Pokot in her traditional wedding.

The American couple has lived among the Pokots for the last 10 years doing missionary work.

Trizah and Tony said they fell in love with the Pokot culture and decided to wed in adherence to the traditions.

Among the Pokots, the bride must undergo female genital mutilation as a rite of passage to adulthood, a condition the American couple readily agreed to.

The marriage ceremony took place in Paka Hills.

Trizah was given a Pokot name Cheigar.

“I am proud to be here and be a part of this. It’s a blessing for me to be able to do this and be accepted by these people” Tony told K24 TV in an interview.

Female genital mutilation was banned in Kenya eight years ago after the enactment of Female Genital Mutilation Act 2011.

Communities still practice the vice albeit in secrecy.

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VIDEO: “Drunk” Kenyan in US faces up to 99 years in Prison ‘after killing man in wrong way vehicular homicide’

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A Kenya man faces up to 99 years in prison after he was charged with felony murder and intoxication assault on a peace officer.

Two Harris County Sheriff’s deputies were injured and the man they were taking to jail was killed when they were hit head-on by a wrong-way driver in west Harris County.

Investigators believe that wrong-way driver, who has been identified as 39-year-old Patrick Njogu, was drunk.

Authorities say Deputy C. Drake and Deputy P. Zelaya were going eastbound on the Westpark Tollway at Synott around 11:30 p.m. Sunday when Njogu slammed his Lexus into their patrol vehicle.

The deputies had left the scene of a major crash before that and were taking the 42-year-old prisoner in the backseat of the patrol unit to jail for allegedly being impaired.

Investigators spoke to the deputies who said they had little time to react. They believe Njogu was headed the wrong way on the road for more than a mile.

Sean Teare with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office says he has seen video of the collision.

“You can see the moment the two deputies go over the hill on the on-ramp as this defendant is basically exiting Westpark the wrong way,” Teare said.

Other drivers apparently called 911 in the moments before the crash, trying to warn authorities of the coming danger. The Harris County Toll Road Authority then located Njogu’s vehicle on camera but could not prevent the head-on collision.

Deputy Drake was driving, but he was unable to take evasive action.

“He had nowhere to go. It is an on-ramp, a one lane on-ramp. He was only able to see him for a split second before the head-on,” Teare explained.

Officials say everyone was wearing a seat belt, and they were all taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. The prisoner died.

Deputy Drake had a broken foot, numerous bruises and cuts, and Deputy Zelaya suffered a concussion. Njogu was taken to the hospital with a broken leg.

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Authorities say Njogu has five previous DWI arrests and three previous convictions in Illinois and Missouri.

Teare described Njogu as being highly intoxicated.

“He told the deputies or asked the deputies whether or not he was in the state of Missouri immediately after the crash,” Teare said.

Njogu had a Texas driver’s license.

According to the district attorney, as long as he had been adjudicated for the other convictions, there would be nothing that would prevent him from getting a Texas license.

-Agencies

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ROTICH ARREST: Uhuru set to name his replacement as Treasury CS [VIDEO]

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President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to name a replacement for Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich ans well as Principal Secretary in the same Ministry, Kamau Thugge, following their arrest on Monday. A source at the State House told ksnmedia.com that the President had made it clear to his cabinet that if any of them is charged in court over corruption, he would have to be replaced as the case is prosecuted.

“It goes without saying. The gloves are completely off and the President is ready to go the whole haul,” said the source who sought anonymity as she is not authorised to speak to the media.

Earlier this year, President Kenyatta told a joint sitting of parliament that those who will be taken to court will have to step aside.

“If you are charged in a court of law, you will be replaced,” said Kenyatta amid cheers from the lawmakers.

On Monday, the Director of Public Prosecution put out a lengthy statement, with minute details of how Kenyans were taken for a ride over dam projects whose cost was inflated to Sh63B.

Former Vice President Musalia Mudavadi is in agreement that the President should immediately name a replacement. “He has to do it even if on a temporary basis,” Mudavadi told NTV’s Kennedy Muriithi in an interview on Monday evening.

All eyes are now set on the presidency to see whether these statements will come to pass.

 

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