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DP Ruto begs to be left alone on ‘plot to scuttle referendum’

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Deputy President William Ruto has pleaded to be left alone over claims that his allies are plotting to ‘scuttle’ the push for a referendum by the Building Bridges Initiative.

The claims were carried in a front page story by The Star newspaper on Wednesday.

Ruto dismissed the claims as fake news.

This is the second time the Deputy President is using the ‘fake news’ defence against media reports on his relations with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Last month, Ruto called out the The Standard newspaper for its front page headline ‘Why Uhuru avoided Ruto at the airport’.

The story indicated that President Kenyatta dodged Ruto during his arrival at JKIA from an official trip in Zambia.

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KDF officer arrested over murder of wife, children

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Three bodies believed to be of the estranged wife of a military officer and their two children who disappeared three weeks ago were Saturday evening found buried in a shallow grave at Thingithu Estate in Nanyuki.

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and Military Police found the bodies after being led to the scene by the military man who is the main suspect in the suspected triple homicide. Major Peter Mwaura of Laikipia Airbase in Nanyuki was arrested on Thursday by military police and handed over to the DCI.

After more than 24 hours of grilling at Nanyuki Police Station and at his house inside the army barracks, the suspect led police to an abandoned cemetery in Thingithu Estate, barely a kilometre from the army base.

Still in a combat t-shirt, the army man led a team from the DCI and KDF officers to the spot the three bodies were buried.

After about 30 minutes of analysis and digging, police found three gunny bags in containing decomposing bodies which were tied up using plastic ropes inside the shallow grave.

All this time the suspect sat in the unmarked DCI vehicle, constantly trying to catch a glimpse of the discovery and hiding his face from cameras and the curious crowd.

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Laikipia County Criminal Investigations Officer Peter Muinde declined to confirm if the bodies found were of the missing woman and her two children.

“We still have to do some more forensic tests to identify the bodies. A source led us to the scene and we are working to confirm if the bodies are of the missing woman and the two children,” Mr Muinde said.

Joyce Syombua, 31, and her children Shanice Maua, 10 and Prince Michael, 5 were reported missing on October 27 after spending two days at Major Mwaura’s home. They had arrived at the Laikipia barracks on October 25.

Ms Farizana Syombua, a relative of the missing woman told the Nation that she texted her to enquire about their journey to Nanyuki and she replied that all was well.

In a text message, Syombua informed Ms Farizana that Mr Mwaura had taken the children for a walk within the military base.

Mr Mwaura claimed that he had left the children with a friend because he wanted to have a private conversation with his estranged wife.

He had initially told the police that Ms Syombua left for Nairobi with the children in a matatu. He claimed that he released his family back to the base after being called in to work urgently.

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He alleged that he took Syombua and the children to Nanyuki bus terminus where they boarded a 4NTE Sacco matatu to Nairobi.

The trio however never arrived at their home in Kayole, Nairobi, raising suspicion over their safety.

A report was initially made at Soweto and Nanyuki Police stations, prompting investigations into their disappearance of the three.

The discovery of her mobile phone inside a matatu would later open a can of worms into what is turning out to be a brutal triple homicide and a well calculated cover up.

Detectives would later discover that the matatu in which the phone was found never made a trip to Nairobi after all.

Officials from the sacco told police that the matatu had been hired for a private function in the Rift Valley on October 28 and did not make a trip to Nairobi as claimed by Major Mwaura.

A statement from a classified witness would later give the police the biggest lead. The witness told the police that the army officer had sent him to buy three gunny bags.

Major Mwaura was arrested on Thursday by Military Police before he was handed over to the DCI. The suspect will be arraigned on Monday.

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Taxi driver goes missing after call from client

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On October 30 at 5.30am, Peter Thanare left his home for Kitengela to meet a client who wanted to hire his vehicle to transport goats from Kajiado to Ruiru.The 34-year-old taxi operator in Ruiru was to proceed to Isinya later.

At around 12pm, his sister called his cellphone but the call was received by a man who said Mr Thanare had gone to buy petrol for the taxi.The family tried to reach the father of three on phone in vain before it was later switched off.

This is the last time that they saw or heard from Thanare. The man and his vehicle have been missing since.

Peter Njoroge, an uncle to the taxi operator said the family reported him missing at the Kitengela Police Station.The matter has also been taken over by the DCI Serious Crime Unit officers.

The family has visited police stations, hospitals and mortuaries in search of Thanare.Last week, they got information from the police that the body of a man had been retrieved from a river in Machakos County.

The description given by the police seemed to match that of Thanare but after visiting the mortuary, they realised that it was not their missing kin.

It has emerged that the cell phone the said client used to call Thanare did not have any call log history since it was purchased.This has made it difficult for the investigators to conduct any data analysis.

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The DCI investigators have also visited an M-pesa shop in Makutano, in Machakos where Thanare is said to have withdrawn some 8,000.The M-pesa attendant said the taxi operator was alone at the time.The withdrawal was done at around 5.30pm on the day the man went missing.

Every new day the family of Thanare sets out to search for him.Njoroge wonders why anyone would have wanted to hurt the man.“Before he went missing, there were no threats to his life,” he says.

The family has since made a public appeal for information on the missing man.The details have been posted on social media platforms including Facebook.

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Soldier held as lover, two children yet to be found

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A military officer has been arrested following the disappearance of his estranged lover and two children.

Maj Peter Mugure, who is based at Nanyuki’s Laikipia Airbase, was arrested yesterday evening after spending the entire day at Nanyuki Police Station and recording three statements.

“We will take him to court on Monday and seek more time to detain him for further interrogations and investigations,” said Laikipia East Criminal Investigations Officer Jacob Muriithi.

Muriithi’s estranged lover Joyce Syombua, 31, and their two children Shanice (10) and Prince Michael (5) disappeared three weeks ago when they went to visit him in Nanyuki.Almost a month since the visit, Syombua’s mother Maua Malombe and the family are painstakingly still searching for her and the children.

It all started on Friday, October 25 when the three started their journey from Nairobi’s Kayole Estate where they lived.The visit was at the request of Mugure, Syombua’s partner of 13 years.

Mrs Malombe says the relationship between the two had been on and off.

“Peter requested that he needed to spend time with the children after schools closed. He sent Joyce fare and they were excited when they left for Nanyuki,” says Mrs Malombe.

Several hours later, Syombua texted her that they had arrived safely. She was also in communication with her childhood friend and namesake, Syombua Kateng’u, who she texted at 11pm.

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At 8am the following day, Syombua texted her friend again.

“In the text message she told me that when she came from the bathroom, she did not find Peter and the children.

She also told me when she called him, he said he was taking them on a tour of the facility and would be back,” Ms Kateng’u says.

After a few hours, Syombua texted Kateng’u that Mugure was back, but without the children.

“When she asked him the whereabouts of the children, he said he had left them at a friend’s house because they needed privacy to iron out their differences,” narrates Kateng’u.

Journey to the unknown

At 7pm, Kateng’u called Syombua who told her the children were yet to return and that Mugure had stepped out.

She called her again after some time but her phone was off. That was the last time the family and friends heard from Syombua and her children.

Kateng’u says the same night, she called Mugure – whose number she had been given by Syombua.

He informed her that he had escorted Joyce and her children to board a matatu back to Nairobi that night.But the three did not arrive back to their house in Kayole, throwing the family into panic.

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Mrs Malombe reported a case of missing relatives at Soweto Police Station that Sunday.

The matter was booked and was advised to make a follow-up report at Nanyuki Police Station where the disappearance occurred.

It was at Nanyuki where Malombe met Mugure who had also arrived to record a statement.

Ms Joyce Maua, 31, and her two children Shanice (10) and Prince Michael (5) who went missing on October 26, 2019 after visiting a senior military officer based at Laikipia Air Base. [Philip Muasya, Standard]

In his statement to the police, the military officer indicated that at around 6.30pm on October 26, he escorted Syombua and the children to the bus stage.

He said he left the three at the stage waiting for a matatu and went back to his workplace, therefore he did not know which vehicle they boarded.

When the Saturday Standard reached out to Mugure, he directed us to the police.

“Contact the right channels and you will obtain the information you need,” Mugure said on the phone.

An officer at Nanyuki Police Station, a Mr Kiptoo, who has been investigating the matter, said it was a complicated case that needed a lot of time and travelling.

“I have handed over the file to the DCIO Laikipia East because I realised it needs a lot of travelling and effort,” the officer said.

Muriithi said, “We have established they were not in good terms as a couple.”Hope that the family would be traced through telephone signals dwindled after a cellphone believed to belong to Syombua was on Wednesday found inside a matatu registered with 4NTE Sacco in Nanyuki town. An official of the sacco denied that their vehicle ferried the three to Nairobi.

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“We do not ferry clients at night, the vehicle in which the phone was found was on a private duty that day.”

The family is now appealing to DCI boss George Kinoti to take up the matter and unravel the mysterious disappearance of the three.

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