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

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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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Zeddy: Day I almost committed suicide

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Churchill Show comedianne Zainab Zeddy has opened up about her battle with depression after losing her second born child.

Zeddy took to her Instagram page and shared her story after her fans shared their depression stories on her inbox.

Zeddy, who was pregnant with her second born son had a still birth after carrying the pregnancy for nine months, an incident that left her devastated and almost committing suicide.

She shared a long post on her Instagram page and narrated her ordeal after she lost her son.

Zeddy said she was all alone and no one wanted anything to do with her leading to the depression.

“Nilikua na ball ya second-born. Nikafikisha nine months vizuri but after kujifungua mtoto hakulia, tayari alikua amefariki. Nilishindwa kulia wala kuongea; yaani sikujua cha kufanya. After hiyo miezi yote uchungu mwingi natoka hossy bure!” she wrote.

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After losing the baby, she stayed at the hospital and was transferred to a ward where other breastfeeding mothers were, which compounded her problem.

Knowing that she had lost her baby, they avoided her to an extent of thinking she can steal their babies if left alone.

Zeddy said she stayed indoors for three months not knowing how to face the world after the misfortune. She wanted to donate all the baby items she had shopped for but no one would accept them.

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“After 2 days ni karudi hm Ngai!!naona vile nilikua nimefanya shopping ya Baby boy everything was blue, kuna na marafiki 2 walikua na ball nikawaita wagawane vitu juu the more na ziona mawazo yanazidi!wakahepa ati nawapea nguo za maiti,” lamented the comedianne.

“My friends….nilijifungia kwa nyumba 3 good months bila kuongea na mtu ni dawa za kichwa tu nakunwa juu ukifikiria kutoka nje kidogo mtu anapita sasa Mama Shamim mgeni alikuja?naanza kulia tena,nikaa kwa nyumba watu wangu!!sikua na mtu wakuongea naye nilitamani kujiuwa kila wakati, lakini rafiki yangu mmoja Mwenyezi Mungu amurehemu akaanza kunitembelea tunaongea hadi nikajikubali,” Zeddy said.

She advised hospital to have counselling session for mothers who lose their babies at child birth. “Ombi langu ni moja kwa hospitali zote Mama akipoteza mtoto apewe Counseling,” she concluded.

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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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