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Kenyan jailed for life in China over drug trafficking



Simon Wambua Mbuvi, 44, earned a living in Kenya as a farm labourer.

Now, he will spend the rest of his life in a Chinese jail, joining 30 other Kenyans languishing there for various crimes.

Two weeks ago, the Chinese Intermediate People’s Court of Guangzhou Municipality in Guangdong Province found him guilty of trafficking drugs concealed inside his stomach into Chinese territory.

Court documents obtained by the Nation show that Chief Judge Hu Peng and colleagues Wen Fangdao and Huang Jian found Mbuvi had about 947 grammes of cocaine in his stomach and gave him a life sentence.

Under the Chinese criminal law, he would be facing a death penalty had the amount been a kilo or more. Except Mbuvi was not a veteran trafficker.

Whether out of greed or naivety, Mbuvi’s ordeal began on the morning of November 25, 2018 after he touched down in Guangzhou via an Ethiopian flight.

As a first-time traveller to China, the Kenyan was everything but a trafficker: he had a valid visa, a return ticket and an itinerary of what he was to do in China – “buy some items and bring them back”.

But his trip had been choreographed by a network of drug kingpins. It had started three months earlier when a woman known as Breda approached him with an offer of $2,050 (Sh211,150) to undertake an assignment for her.

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Breda, also known as Fridah, did the spadework of buying the ticket, paying visa fees and linking him to other people. She however did not say the man would be on an illegal drugs delivery assignment.


So, on the morning of November 24, Mbuvi set out for China through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. He travelled to Addis Ababa for a connecting flight and was linked to two other men.

His hosts gave him food, told him to rest then convinced him to swallow 79 capsules using water and soda. Later, they dropped him off at the airport where he would board the flight to China.

But there was one instruction: he was not supposed to eat anything aboard the 12-hour flight. In China, some other agents would receive him and host him.

As he went through the immigration corridors, an X-ray scanner illuminated “suspected granular items”. Evidence tabled in court says Mbuvi’s stomach had unusual foreign matter.

“Customs personnel, through an X-ray machine, found that the inside of his body contained suspected granular items and handed the matter over to the Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Customs Anti-Smuggling Sub-bureau in Guangdong.” In two days he had discharged 79 capsules. They weighed 947.03 grammes.

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He stayed at the Guangdong Provincial General Hospital for two days, satisfying authorities that he was not a drug user himself.

Mbuvi, a first-time offender, tried a spirited defence, telling the court through a translator that he did not know he had swallowed drugs. When this was dismissed, he said Fridah had forced him to swallow the drugs as part of the deal.

The judges dismissed the defence and ruled that he had carried a substance “extremely harmful to the society”.

They seized the cash he had been given and his Tecno mobile phone. The court statement published his Chinese contacts but their legal identities differed from the names saved in his phone, suggesting a routine use of nicknames.

Fridah had first contacted Mbuvi in July 2018 and inquired whether he had a passport. She arranged the trip, issued instructions and demanded updates.

Mbuvi was given 10 days to appeal. But in the meantime he will cool his heels in jail. His passport will be handed back to Kenyan authorities.

Kenya and China have no bilateral arrangement to exchange prisoners. So, he may spend the rest of his life in prison there.

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Ireland updates travel advisory to Kenya after double Sh1m JKIA ivory fines



Ireland has updated its travel advisory to Kenya after two Europeans were fined Sh1 million each following their arrest at JKIA with ornaments made from ivory.

The advice follows two back-to-back high-profile prosecutions of people caught with bangles made from ivory.

“Possession of ivory in any form is a crime in Kenya and can result in a large fine or imprisonment. This is an offence of strict liability, which means that there is no defence which can be offered,” Irish department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says in part. The advice was updated on

On August 20, Pich-Aguilera Maria, a 50-year-old Spanish national who had been arrested the previous day at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) with an ivory bangle weighing 0.025g was released after paying a Sh1 million court fine.

A week earlier, a French national Laazibi Amal was also fined Sh1 million for being in possession of an ivory bangle weighing 0.85 grams.

The Irish government updated the travel advice on Wednesday.

“Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal,” adds the advice.

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DeMathew’s friends narrate how Sabina Chege “left him for Pastor Ng’ang’a”



A close friend to fallen Kikuyu musician John DeMathew has spoken on the widely speculated love affair between the deceased and Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege.

DeMathew’s friends, anonymously quoted by Nairobian, said the musician met Sabina in the early 2000s and the two fell in love.

She was interning at Kameme FM where DeMathew was a frequent visitor for interviews and lobbying for his music to be played on air.

The friends claimed that their love affair resulted in the birth of two of Sabina’s three children.

The relationship, however, did not work out even as DeMathew pleaded with the soft-spoken radio presenter to become his second wife.

DeMathew’s close friend indicated that it was Pastor James Ng’ang’a of Neno Ministries who snatched Sabina away from the Kikuyu celebrated musician.

At the time, Ng’ang’a had a preaching slot on KBC and on Coro FM where Sabina was working. He had just lost his first wife and reportedly fell head over heels for DeMathew’s catch.

They are said to have considered marriage and Sabina would occasionally accompany Ng’ang’a as he inspected construction of his buildings in Nairobi and Naivasha.

The new love did not work out as the friends who spoke on the union said they dissuaded Sabina against agreeing to Ng’ang’a wedding proposal on account of his controversial personality.

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We were not comfortable with that union. We loved Sabina because she had done so much for us. We were worried and wanted the best for her…Sabina eventually dumped him towards 2012. She decided to focus on the Murang’a Woman Rep seat,” one of her friends was quoted by Nairobian.

A few months after their separation, the 66-year old pastor wed Mercy Murugi – a young woman in her early thirties.

Ng’ang’a recently said he had decided to marry a wife who was half her age because he wanted someone “with low mileage”.

Sabina would later marry former Kenya Dairy Board managing director Maina Gathitu and become his second wife

Despite parting ways, DeMathew and Sabina are said to have remained close friends – with the singer being the lead musician for the embrace movement associated with the Murang’a Women Rep.

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Sick medic flees after defiling 16-year-old girl during bizarre ‘treatment’



Police are looking for a doctor who raped a 16-year-old girl at his private clinic in Bomet county.

The minor had visited the private clinic on Wednesday for treatment but instead the doctor, only identified as Kibet, took advantage of her.

According to the police, the girl reported that she went to the said clinic to be treated for headache, heartburn and pain while passing urine.

After visiting the clinic, which is located at Chebunyo trading centre and explaining to the physician her condition, he told her told her that some medication was supposed to be inserted into her vagina.

According to the juvenile, the doctor at first inserted it using his fingers and later told her he will use his penis to insert it.

The victim realised that she was being defiled when the suspect ejaculated.

She reported the defilement to the police who visited the scene but the suspect had already disappeared.

She was taken to another hospital where she was examined.

Police are investigating the incident as they look for the culprit.

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