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How Nairobi couple lost Sh2 million to fraudsters in witchcraft cleansing scam

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A couple in Nairobi has been left Sh2 million poorer after falling victim to fraudsters who duped them into believing they could cleanse their property of witchcraft.

The three suspects, who were arrested on Monday, allegedly promised Mr and Mrs Harbanas Sign Sanata that they would help them ‘remove’ witchcraft from a property in Nairobi’s Westlands area the couple wanted to sell.

The three suspects – Titus Fedha, Haji Shariff and Suleiman Mzava, who is a Tanzanian – in the company of two others still at large allegedly visited the couple’s residence with a briefcase containing snake and other paraphernalia.

They then convinced the couple to part with Sh2 million to buy a special oil to burn the snake.

Upon receiving the money, the suspects disappeared leaving the snake in the compound. This prompted the couple to report the matter to police.

During the raid at a house belonging to Haji Shariff, detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) recovered a suitcase containing witchcraft paraphernalia.

The three will be charged with obtaining money by false pretence.

 

By Nairobi News

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Corazon Kwamboka on how she beat disease to conceive

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Corazon Kwamboka is one of the most famous socialites on social media.

The law graduate, however, is not known for her legal work. Her fame arises not only from the scintillating photos she posts on her social media pages showing places she has travelled, but also from the way she presents her body in a way that leaves little to imagination.

This week, she was one of the trending topics on social media after revealing that she is pregnant after several unsuccessful attempts.

She posted to her 636,000 Instagram followers how endometriosis, which she was diagnosed with last year, had dimmed her hopes of ever becoming pregnant.The beauty gushed about how she can’t wait to hold her baby, showing off her baby bump.

In the post addressed to her unborn child, she wrote: “If someone told me January last year that I’d be feeling you kick deep in my belly at the sound of your father’s voice, I’d most definitely think they were deranged! Endometriosis had crippled my dreams of birthing a child. But here we are; a pleasant and welcome surprise. I can’t wait to meet you, hold you and teach you everything I know.”

Endometriosis is a disease where womb tissue grows else-where in a woman’s body, such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries, around the pelvis and sometimes the lungs, causing extreme pain and sometimes infertility.

Gynaecologist Wanjiku Ndung’u told the Nation recently that if the multiplying cells grow elsewhere apart from the uterus, they cause infl ammation. It be-comes painful for the woman during periods because menses have a restrained fl ow and thus they form cysts that cause fric-tion and hence the pain.The cause of endometriosis is not known, according to Dr Joachim Osur, a sexual medicine expert.

“There are many theories. This also means that the treatment is very difficult because eff orts to suppress its symptoms with drugs also interfere with natural processes of the uterus,” he wrote in the Daily Nation re-cently.

Corazon is rumoured to be dating a popular fi tness enthusiast, Mr Frankie Kiarie.

Before allegedly hooking up with Corazon, Frankie and YouTuber Maureen Waititu enjoyed a five-year relationship that saw them bear two boys. The couple even came up with a thriving YouTube channel ‘Alphabeta’ that saw fans refer to them as the ‘You-Tuber couple’.

Frankie, speaking on their break-up, said that they had irreconcilable differences that made them separate.

“The point of this is to let you know that people say some things to be funny or relevant on Twitter or Instagram, but someone’s day-to-day life is being affected. We are not in a good place yet. I have known Maureen for six years and loved her for every one of those years. That kind of love doesn’t fade. Sometimes things don’t happen the way you expect them to. Our main focus now is the kids and creating a healthy environment for them,” Frankie said.

The two are rumoured to have been keeping the pregnancy a secret for months now, but sources say the lawyer is in her second trimester. In her post, Corazon said she was glad that she chose a man whom she is sure will be a good father to her unborn child because she had seen him raise his other children.

“To the baby’s father; I couldn’t have chosen a better person to do this with. I see the good in you and how you raise your own and I know my child will be loved eternally,” she wrote.Endometriosis affects more than 170 million women across the globe. The most common symptoms are pain and menstrual irregularities.

Effective treatments, such as hormones and excision surgery, are avail-able. Surgically removed cysts typically look like balls of fl esh.

Corazon had earlier revealed that she intends to be a mother in 2020, having struggled with ovarian cysts, which was successfully removed sometime last year through surgery.Corazon, who was admitted to the Bar in 2016, said that her status as a socialite has been a major hindrance to her law practice.

“It made me not practise law. I feel that at some point, I was being misjudged in a way so I pulled back from the law. I didn’t even want to go look for a job be-cause I was scared ‘how will they even give me the job?’ and also it affected a lot of my relationships since I became Corazon Kwamboka the socialite,” she said in an earlier interview.Four years ago, a man claim-ing to be Corazon’s father accused her of breaking their family while urging her to focus on her law career.“My very bright girl should stop this socialite thing and practise law.

She can be an amazing lawyer. I also realise she is over 18 and can’t make career choices for her. I pray for her every day,” said the man, Mr Osmond Sambu Okero.

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Police questioned on bodies found in car at their station

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A post-mortem examination of the bodies of two children discovered in a wrecked car parked at the Athi River Police station on Wednesday evening is set to be done tomorrow at the Chiromo Funeral Home.

The examination is part of efforts by detectives to piece together the last moments of best friends Alvina Mutheu and Henry Jacktone, whose murders have shocked the country.Alvina, 3, and Jacktone, 4, went missing on June 11, and in a bizarre twist of events their bodies were discovered at the very place their parents reported their disappearance, raising questions on who could have snuck their bodies into a police station, and why.Some of the answers the post-mortem exam could provide include Alvina and Jacktone’s cause and date of death, and whether there was any form of struggle.

Their bodies were decomposed by the time they were discovered on the floor of a car parked at a yard inside Athi River Police Station.

The speed of decomposition, how-ever, varies depending on the environment, and the heat inside a parked car can make a body decompose faster.

“We only found skeletons and it was not easy to tell them apart,” Clifton Odhiambo, who is Jacktone’s father, told the Sunday Nation.

Preliminary investigations show that the Toyota Belta, registration number KCT 510X, in which the two bodies were found was not broken into.

Keys belonging to impounded cars are usually kept inside a safe under the responsibility of officers on duty.

The keys can only be released if the impounded car has been officially released and a note issued to whoever has come to claim the vehicle. It is puzzling how someone accessed a car parked inside a police station, which is a security installation, put the bodies of two children inside a car, and left without anyone noticing.

Detectives have already questioned a number of officers from the station. It is said that a man claiming to be the owner of the car discovered the bodies when he went to collect it on Wednesday.

The car, which is now a scene of crime, has been parked at the station since March 5, when it was involved in a road accident.

Athi River police boss Catherine Ringera on Thursday said the car had nothing inside when it was brought to the station.

“We inspected it and other than the spare wheel and a wheel jack, there was nothing else in it,” she said.Detectives have now summoned the owner of the car plus the man who is said to have come to the station wanting to have it released to him.

A search on the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) system shows that the car is registered to a Ms. Peris Ngugi.Parents of the two children are also set to record fresh statements with the police.

They claim they had received a number of calls from unknown people after their children disappeared, asking them for ransom.None of these claims were reported at the Athi River Police Station, apart from the fact that Alvina and Jacktone had disappeared

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Police arrest teacher suspected to be notorious car thief

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On June 11, the deputy officer commanding Matunda Police Station Joseph Jakoyo reported that his car, a Nissan Wingroad, had been stolen from his parking lot.

A day later, detectives who had been dispatched from Nairobi to investigate the rising cases of car theft in the North and South Rift regions spotted a car with similar specifications on the Kericho-Sotik road.

The car had a different number plate and when the detectives asked the driver to pull over, he sped off.

On being pursued he started shooting at the officers.

Three occupants of the vehicle abandoned it by the roadside and escaped on foot but Aron Kibet Chepkwony, 25 was arrested.

Car theft syndicate

Mr Jakoyo, an Inspector of Police, like many other Kenyans, had fallen victim to a car theft syndicate that operates in Eldoret, Kitale, Kericho, Bomet, Narok and Nakuru.

In April, the DCI appointed a team from the Special Service Unit and the Crime Research and Investigations Bureau to resolve the crimes after hundreds of complaints were recorded in the towns.

Yesterday, the DCI announced that they had arrested the alleged mastermind of the crime — a teacher at St. Columbans Secondary School in Kitale.

They said they found David Ogeisia Migosi, 48, with 17 fake logbooks and a Toyota Probox reported to have been stolen.

“Upon interrogation, officers proceeded to his hideout where two other suspects, Asman Memba Bakari, 38, and Jeremiah Yego Kiptoo, 34, were arrested,” said a statement from DCI boss George Kinoti.Seven vehicles that had been reported stolen from different towns within the Rift were recovered between Thursday and Friday, Mr Kinoti said.

They are Toyota Axio (KCL 790N), a Toyota Hilux (KBB 876A), a white Toyota Probox without number plates, Toyota DX (KBJ 316D), Toyota Premio (KBN 377A), Toyota Hiace (KCL 378K), and Isuzu D-Max pickup (KCR 734T). By press time, police were checking with the Kenya Revenue Authority to see if the number plates match with the cars’ chassis numbers. The police also found fake number plates, chassis number stickers, ignition systems, 17 suspected fake logbooks, cheque books and sale agreements.

The DCI believes that the syndicate works with some employees of the Na-tional Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).

“The job of the NTSA employee is to extract information about vehicle specifications from the NTSA website to facilitate the cloning of number plates. The information is supposed to ensure that the fake number plate to be created matches with the model of a car that bears a genuine number plate.

This is because if a car number plate belongs to a lorry, and in the event that the police conduct a random search while on the road and find out that a number plate that, say, a Probox bears belongs to a lorry, they would definitely know that it is fake,” Mr Kinoti said.

Some of the cars were recovered from people who had already bought them. They include a white Toyota Probox, KCD 473V, another vehicle, KCK 279L, a Toyota NZE, KBV 951V, recovered from Wickcliff Momanyi Osoro, a Mercedes Benz C200, KAD 200J, and a Toyota Townace, KBF 875D.

By yesterday, police were looking for an NTSA officer suspected to be the creator of fake number plates.

The thieves, DCI said, have been targeting vehicles in parking lots, at homes and those parked in malls and streets. They use a gadget called kindler to unlock the car and, once inside, they tamper with the ignition to start it.

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