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PHOTOS-Joy as woman on death row for killing her 17-month old baby set free

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A 45-year-old woman on death row for killing her 17-month old baby couldn’t hide her joy after she was released by court.

Susan Mutongori mother of five expressed her joy, praising Justice Joel Ngugi and blessing him for giving her chance to be mother to her now grow up children.

While delivering a ruling Ngugi observed that Mutongori has been in prison for more than thirteen years for her conviction.

“I am persuaded that the time served is sufficient, in circumstances of this case, no more sentencing objectives would be achieved by further incarceration of the applicant,” ruled the Judge.

The court noted that the woman was convicted on the basis of circumstantial evidence, given that she was the last person with the baby, the next thing the baby was found at flyover around Naivasha.

“Mutongori was unable to give adequate explanation on what had happened, in fact she gave oddly conflicting and implausible story which led to the suspicion that she had killed her daughter,” judge noted.

However, the court was curious on the evidence where it pointed out that the child was sexually molested, indicating that there was a third person involved.

During re sentencing hearing, Mutongori admitted that she had gave her daughter ‘Mchele’ (a coma inducing drug) so that she would leave her overnight as she went to ‘work’.

Mutongori added that she had disagreed with her boyfriend who had threatened to do something nasty to her.

She suspected that her boyfriend who had the key to her house went home earlier than her sexually assaulted the girl and killed her, when she arrived home the baby was already death.

“I panicked blaming myself for inducing my child to sleep and locking her in the house I decided to dump the body at a flyover,” She said.

Mutongori is said to have killed her daughter between May 30, 2006 and the June 6, 2006 at Naivasha Township, the accused murdered Jeska Salome.

She was later convicted to death on November 9, 2006, she appealed but on 2010 court of appeal judges dismissed her application and upheld her sentence.

Ngugi pointed out that Mutongori recommendation from prisons was impressive, she become trusted and loved inmate, meaning she has taken a better turn.

“In my view considering the entirety of the facts, it is appropriate to substitute the death sentence pronounced on her and impose a sentence equal to the time already served.”

“The applicant shall therefore be released from prison forthwith unless otherwise lawfully held,” Ngugi ruled.

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US investors express interest in pyrethrum

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Pyrethrum farmers are set for good tidings following increased interest in the sector by foreign investors. This follows an announcement by US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter that investors from his country are already in Kenya scouting to establish pyrethrum processing plants.McCarter said some US investors have already started setting up production factories in Nairobi.

“Pyrethrum is something that Kenya historically has seen a lot of prosperity from, and that market is coming back,” the envoy said during his tour of North Rift region recently. The envoy, who was speaking in Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet County, said the US will continue supporting investments in Kenya, particularly in agriculture.

The cash crop used in the manufacture of agrochemicals including insecticides and pesticides was abandoned in the late 1990s following declining fortunes occasioned by the loss of key markets.McCarter encouraged pyrethrum manufacturers who had quit the business in Kenya to return, saying there was immense potential in the sector.

“We shall continue our support for agriculture. We have some US investors who are already in Kenya now to invest in pyrethrum. We want to encourage investors who left the country to return,” he said.

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Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos said his county was the second-largest producer of pyrethrum before the loss of market that triggered a shift to potatoes.The county boss noted that farmers from Elgeyo Marakwet highlands were ready for a revival of the crop as soon they are assured of a market.

“We invite investors from the US to our county. I wish we knew when the production factory was being established in Nairobi. We would have requested them to set it up in Elgeyo Marakwet,” said Tolgos.

He wooed American investors to set up another processing factory in Elgeyo Marakwet, which he noted will reduce transport costs to Nairobi.“Once we are assured of a market, our people will immediately start growing pyrethrum. We will also increase funds to the sector in our subsequent allocations.”Early this year, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui announced plans to revive pyrethrum through a partnership with four State agencies.

These are Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation, the Pyrethrum Processing Company of Kenya and Egerton University.In the 1980s and early 1990s, Kenya was a major producer and player in the world’s pyrethrum sector. Nakuru, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kiambu, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Kisii and West Pokot were the highest producers.

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Why flights to this part of Kenya have been suspended

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Amboseli airstrip was on Thursday closed by the Kenya Wildlife Service(KWS) after heavy rains pounded the area.

Following the airstrip’s closure, local airlines also suspended their flights on Friday in the wake of the KWS advisory.

There’s massive flooding at the airstrip, including the key amenities after heavy rains prompting the closure.

KWS has put a temporary closure of the airstrip effective 12th Dec 2019 following heavy rains,” a statement from Air Kenya read in part.

In the statement, the main entrance to the Amboseli National Park is also flooded.

The park’s Kimana Gate is periodically flooded and inaccessible as are some parts of the park,” KWS said.

Therefore, all visitors to Amboseli National Park are advised to seek guidance about the status of the roads via the park’s hotline number 0716493335,” the statement added.

The meteorological department has issued a warning of more heavy rains and thunderstorms in many parts of the country, and other regions will experience floods.

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VIDEO: Kenyan flag honored on the world’s tallest building in Dubai

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Kenyans on Twitter were uncontrollable after the Kenyan flag was beamed onto the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa,UAE, on Thursday night.

In the video, the Kenyan flag can be seen rotating from the top to the bottom as elated tourists watched. Photos and videos of the mall decorated with the Kenyan flag made rounds on social media. The beaming was displayed on December 12 when Kenyans celebrate Jamhuri day.

For a promotional advert or message it costs between Ksh 7 million to Ksh 27.5 million for five three minute impressions depending on the time and whether it’s a weekend or weekday.

Questions also arose on the cost of the 828 metre height display. It is not clear on who bore the cost for the display. Whether Kenya paid for the display or it was Dubai’s way of celebrating Kenya, which has a huge number of visitors and workers in the flashy Emirate.

 

 

 

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