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Marianne: Linturi seduced me when DP Ruto sent me to convince him to drop impeachment motion on Waiguru



Former Deputy President William Ruto’s chief of staff has told a court of law that she first met the lawmaker at the DP’s office in 2013.

Marianne Kitany told Chief Magistrate Peter Ngare that Meru Senator Mithika Linturi seduced her when her former boss, Ruto, sent her to convince the senator to withdraw an impeachment motion he had tabled against the then Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru.Kitany, who has sued to divorce the senator, also averred that on the day Linturi was to move the Waiguru impeachment Motion in Parliament, the two were “having a good time” in Naivasha.She said she had just been appointed Ruto’s chief of staff and Linturi had successfully defended his Igembe South MP seat on a TNA Party ticket.

Kitany recalled that the then Igembe South MP frequented the DP’s office after the March 4, 2013 General Election “with a lot of complaints.”“The DP, as a result, gave me strict instructions to deal with Linturi’s regular complaints,” Kitany said.That order by the DP, she said, marked the beginning of her frequent interactions with Linturi.It is for the reason that she was tasked to persuade the MP to drop his Motion to impeach Waiguru who at the time (2014) was battling a storm over the Sh791 million National Youth Service (NYS) scandal. “Between 2013 and when he filed the impeachment Motion against Waiguru in May, 2014, Linturi and I hadn’t gotten into a romantic relationship,” she told the court.

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Kitany, who is being represented by lawyer Danstan Omari, said in June 2014, when Linturi was given the go-ahead to table the Waiguru impeachment Motion in Parliament, Ruto implored upon the MP to drop the plan.The lawmaker, however, proved “difficult” prompting the DP to ask her to intervene, Kitany testified.“And when the impeachment motion was first tabled in Parliament, Linturi and I were at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge having a good time,” said Kitany.In mid-June 2014, Linturi’s impeachment motion against Waiguru was thrown out due to a “technicality” as the vocal lawmaker had failed to show up in Parliament to give notice.But according to Linturi, he “acted out of respect for President Uhuru Kenyatta”, whom he claimed had prevailed upon him to drop the motion.

In December 2018, Kitany filed for divorce, accusing the senator of infidelity, bigamy and mistreatment.In late December 2018, Linturi attempted to throw Kitany out of their Runda home, but a Nairobi court barred him until their divorce case was heard and determined.Linturi, on his part, said he had never exchanged wedding vows with Kitany, and that, according to him, she was only a “visitor” who got comfortable in his home.Kitany will continue to testify today.


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Meet Cherono guard by day and student in the evening



As you enter Egerton University Nakuru Town Campus on Government Road, the institution is a beehive of activities.

The security at the entrance is tight as a female security guard keep a close watch on every movement around and past the metal gate.

And as students and other clients pass her at the entrance, they have no idea that the woman who inspects their luggage and frisk them before allowing them to go through a metal detector is student at the same institution. Not even some lecturers notice her.

Some of the students even reprimand her for the slow pace at which she clears them, perhaps because of fatigue as she rarely gets good rest.

“Sometimes when I look at some of these students who scorn at me, I pray to God to give me strength to study hard and join them at graduation square one day. Sometimes it is good to respect people you meet because whatever one is doing is not permanent. This world is a global village and you don’t know the next meeting point,” she said.

She added: “Unfortunately many Kenyans see security guards as failures in life and school dropouts who don’t deserve respect.”

Meet Ms Naomi Cherono, 27, who is the darling of the students and lecturers as she ensures their security is guaranteed through superb checking at the entrance.

Interestingly, students and other visitors who have interacted with Ms Cherono leave the institution impressed.

However, many would probably never know that the guard who takes care of their security is struggling to complete her studies at the same institution.

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“She is the safe pair of hands to help the students and workers at the institution enjoy their work and study. I love the way she is strict. I was happy with the way she handled my colleagues who did not carry identification documents,” said George, a student.

“With terror threats at public institutions, Cherono makes sure only students and staff with proper identification documents enter the institution when she is on duty. She is a no nonsense guard who loves her job,” said Mary a second year student.

“She is a cool guard and when she talks about security, I listen very attentively. She gave me some advice on personal safety including tips on how to detect suspected criminals in a crowded gathering,” Victor, another student.

Ms Cherono, who is a Library and Information Science student, hopes to graduate this year. But she may not graduate as she owes the university a fee arrears of Sh268,000.

“I have decided to work as a guard in the day and in the evening I attend my classes but my joy walking home smiling with my certificate is fast fading as I have not cleared my arrears,” she says.

“Juggling between class and work to raise an extra coin for my school fees,” she told Nation. Ms Cherono’s journey is inspiring.

 In 2012 she sat her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and scored a D and since she wanted to join university her poor grades let her down. She enrolled for a certificate course and passed her exams.

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“I passed and I decided to advance by studying a diploma course which I passed,” she recalls.

Ms Cherono wants to prove that getting a D in KCSE is not the end of the road.

“Getting a D was a blessing in disguise as I have been able to realise my potential and as I study hard. I want to be a role model to other girls who seem to despair after getting the grade,” says Ms Cherono adding that poverty is the state of the mind. She says her dream is to pursue Library Studies to PhD level.

“My next stop is a PhD class and nothing will stop me from one day earning the title Dr Cherono,” she says as she frisks a client.

But the journey has not been easy as raising the school fees was an uphill task.

“I come from a poor background. I am the first born in a family of 10 (eight girls and two boys) and my father is a tractor driver in Mauche while my mother is housewife and they have a burden of taking care of the rest of my siblings,” she says.

She added: “It is not easy to raise such a big family. At one stage my dad told me to quit college as he had no money to pay for my fees.”

However, that did not dampen her fighting spirit and she was forced to carry the books to read and complete assignments while working as a guard.

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“When you’re a security guard cum student, there is no time to relax. Every second counts. I wake up at 4am to study and complete my assignments and by 7am, I am I report to my place of work and the university,” she said. “Working as a guard has denied me the privileges of social life,” she said.

Despite the challenges, Ms Cherono has passed all her examinations and practical tests and is optimistic of a bright future.

“I owe the university Sh268,000 and unless I raise this money my dreams of graduating as a librarian may  not be realised,” she said.

“I have to clear the arrears as I don’t believe to be a failure in life. What I earn as a security guard caters for food, and pays my rent and other costs,” she said.

Egerton University Vice-Chancellor Prof Rose Mwonya commended Ms Cherono for overcoming odds to pursue her dreams.

“Her sacrifice is commendable. I started from diploma and today I am the vice-chancellor of Egerton University. I encourage her to work hard,” said Prof Mwonya.

Nakuru City Board Director Kamau Kuria commended Ms Cherono’s resilience.

“Unlike other girls who score a D grade and think there is no future, Ms Cherono has a bright future and her hard work is now paying off. She is a role model to her peers,” said Mr Kuria.

A lecturer at Egerton Town campus William Kipchumba described Ms Cherono as a hardworking student.

Egerton University Town Campus Security Supervisor Paul Rotich described her as a courageous and disciplined student.


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Missed a strange call? Don’t respond



If you woke up to several unattended calls from an unknown number, what would you do? Call back? Text? Ignore? Contact your service provider?

The fashion in which the calls come in – one-ring then drop, and with the several missed calls – creates an air of urgency about it which you have to wonder how the caller got your contact.

The urge to call back a missed call becomes irresistible. Especially when they are numerous missed calls from a strange international caller. However, to some, it makes more sense to call their service provider.

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, when most people’s minds were tuned to the rhythm of love, random international callers with +243 prefixes contacted several Kenyan Safaricom subscribers, taking psychological advantage of the moment of affection.

Alan Mwenda, one of those contacted, reached out to Safaricom – the service provider, but he was advised to “share such numbers on SMS to 333 (free) for investigation and look up the “One Ring Scam.”  However, the telco is yet to share their stance.

But, what really was happening? How potential is this type of cyber security threat? Who exactly are these callers?

One ring and drop nature of the calls has been dubbed ‘Wangiri’ by America’s Federal Communications Commission report that derived it from the calls’ characteristic nature of calling and hanging up immediately, leaving a missed call notification from an international caller.

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Mr Fred Wahome, vice chair of Kenya Cybersecurity and Forensic Association and an information security expert explains: “The calls are computer generated. It takes one to have an algorithm that can generate random numbers with their target telco’s prefix, say, between 070 and 079 as the instance with Safaricom, then the computer makes random calls to the unsuspecting subscribers.”

He adds, “The goal is not always to make you answer the call. It is persuading you to call back.”

Calling the fraudster would activate the exorbitant charges which then generates cash to the fraudsters. The best way to deal with such, according to him, is to ignore the allure of returning the call.

Service providers, he says, are mostly not able to track down these numbers as call data records may not have recorded them, because the computer generated algorithms make massive calls simultaneously to their subscribers.

When the victim calls back, then that would be considered as cyber fraud.

Dr Bright Mawudor, a cybersecurity expert at Internet Solutions Kenya says that the number, if at all not an algorithm, could be calling from anywhere in the world and not necessarily from Kinshasa.”

The ‘international caller’, he explains, could have purported to be calling from Kinshasa. “It could even have come from right here in Kenya. They usually change the phone dialing proxies to fool target user accounts, and make their attack plans easier to execute,” he expounds.

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Vodafone, a global mobile communications provider, operating in 26 countries advises subscribers not to return international calls that they don’t recognise.

When befell by the same fate, the report also prescribes various means to ensure that would be employed to minimalise chances of the getting scammed.

Users must check out for the identity of the caller before receiving any call, even international, dismiss the temptation to answer or call back missed calls from unusual international numbers.

“You should ask your service provider to block incoming international calls on your line after any suspected attempt to breach your phone security.”

In 2017, Kenya’s digital economy lost Sh21.1 billion to cybercrime, which increased by 39.8 per cent in 2018 to Sh29.5 billion according to pan-African based cyber-security and business consultancy Serianu.

Heavy finances have been invested in cyber security infrastructure, but the menace keeps chopping off millions of shillings from companies’ profits, and stealing sensitive data from targeted senior employees.


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Funeral of Mercedes crash victim underway – PHOTOS



Kipronoh Koech, the man who died in a road accident on Lang’ata Road on Sunday will be laid to rest today, Saturday, February 22 at their home in Litein, Kericho county.

The burial ceremony, attended by close friends and family members, is currently being held at Litein High School.

His friend wore T-shirts with his picture and his nickname inscribed at the bottom of the picture.

On Friday, Kipronoh’s friends held a candle lighting memorial at Deliverance Church Litein.


Friends eulogised him as a jovial man who made everyone around him smile.

Most learnt about the tragic death through social media.

Koech died in the accident that shocked the nation when the Mercedes Benz he was driving knocked down several trees near Sunshine Secondary School on Lang’ata Road.

The funeral.

A police report on the accident revealed that the vehicle landed on a perimeter fence where it caught fire and was extensively damaged, trapping the late Koech inside.

A postmortem examination found that he had multiple fractures and was bleeding in the brain.


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