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Pregnant woman handed 30 years for killing drunk husband

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A 28-year-old pregnant woman will spend 30 years in jail for killing her drunk husband following an altercation.

High Court in Nyeri sentenced Emily Mukiri on Thursday after she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter. The offence was reduced from murder after plea bargaining with prosecution.

Emily admitted to killing her 34-year-old husband Francis Mwiti Mukio in August 2018 at their home in Muthinga shopping centre, Tetu sub-county.

The court established that she stabbed the deceased in the abdomen and face with a knife following a domestic quarrel. The deceased went home drunk at around 1am, sparking a violent confrontation with his wife.

MULTIPLE STABS

Emily picked a kitchen knife and stabbed the deceased, a miraa trader, multiple times in the abdomen and the face.

She later left the deceased in the house bleeding and went at the shopping centre.

Hours later, the deceased received a phone call from a police officer attached to Muthinga Police Station informing him that his wife had been arrested for disorderly conduct and that he should bail her out.

It was at that point that the deceased informed police that he had been assaulted by his wife at their home. He succumbed to the stab injuries at Nyeri County Referral Hospital.

But in mitigation, her lawyer urged the court to take into consideration the Victim Impact Report that touched on Ms Mukiri’s history of being a battered wife.

The incidences were reported to the accused’s mother and also to the police. The extracts of the OB Reports were annexed as evidence of the assaults by the deceased meted out on the accused and also the threats he made to kill her.

DRUG ABUSE

The report indicated that the deceased also had a history of drug abuse.

The lawyer also urged the court to consider the accused’s youthful age of 28 years and that she has two young children aged 10 years and seven years.

The court heard that during the period the accused has been remanded in custody the children were living with her cousin aged 21 years.

But in her ruling, Justice Mshila said the crime committed could only be deemed as unfortunate as a life was lost. The judge also said the accused did not deserve a non-custodial sentence.

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DPP Haji now targets Keroche power couple with Sh14 billion tax evasion suit

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DPP Noordin Haji has ordered for the arrest and arraignment of Keroche Breweries directors Tabitha Karanja and Joseph Karanja for allegedly evading taxes amounting Sh14.45 billion since 2015.

In a statement to newsrooms, the DPP said investigations revealed that the directors could be culpable of 10 counts of tax fraud between January 2015 to June 2019.

The DPP said the KRA commissioner general submitted an inquiry file to his office on August 18 and an audit by KRA established that Keroche Breweries had evaded payment of tax tallying to Sh14,451,836,375.

The amount evaded, according to the DPP, included stamps valued at Sh329,424,019, Crescent Vodka brand valued at Sh135,402,950 among other products registered under the company.

The exercise duty evaded on the said products, according to KRA, amounted to Sh2,101,846,768 billion.

IN PUBLIC INTEREST

The DPP says that he is satisfied that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to charge the suspects with 10 counts of tax fraud contrary to the Tax Procedures Act of 2015.

For more than a decade, Keroche has been battling with Kenya Revenue Authority over tax arrears the brewer owes the taxman.

In 2017, a three-judge Court of Appeal bench ruled that KRA had abused its powers by sending a tax demand of the three tax heads and penalties amounting to Sh1.1 billion through a letter dated November 29, 2006.

The ruling was the third in the 10-year battle in favour of the brewer, which gave them a fresh lease of life to the 20-year-old Keroche.

The letter was dismissed as unreasonable because it had come without an accompanying schedule of details of the said assessment and without proper notices.

The revenue authority had appealed an earlier decision by the High Court on July 6, 2007, where Justice Joseph Nyamu had prohibited the taxman from demanding the taxes, citing “abuse of powers”.

The taxman, who was also demanding an additional Value Added Tax of Sh305 million, was basing the tax bill on an assessment carried out in 2006, where some Keroche products had allegedly not been given the right classification, hence being subject to lower taxation.

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Kitany’s says she was the forth woman to be married to Linturi after divorcing the first three

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  • Marianne Kitany, the estranged wife to Meru Senator, Mithika Linturi, on Wednesday, revealed hitherto undisclosed details about their relationship. She said that Linturi had married three women and divorced them before he seduced her.
  • She also revealed how she pampered him during their happier times.Testifying in their divorce hearing at a Milimani court, Kitany told the judge that on more than one occasion, she personally dug deep in her pockets, just to express the love she had for the senator.

    She alleged that when they first met, Linturi was broke and could not afford rent. The former aide to Deputy President William claimed that she invited Linturi to live in her house in Kileleshwa.

    “I came to learn later that he had rent arrears and I assisted by paying…he asked for some money to pay rent and much later I got to see letters from the landlord. I gave him Ksh 200,000,” Kitany disclosed.

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    File photo of Marianne Kitany, the estranged wife to Meru Senator Mithika Linturi

    The court also heard that on December 2014, the couple travelled to Australia to enroll all their children in school at a cost of Ksh11million, which she paid.

    Kitany added that on December 2015, she forked out another Ksh 800,000 after they both took their family to Mauritius for a two-week trip.

    The former chief of staff at Ruto’s office further revealed how, in January 2016, the two hired an architect and started the construction of their house in Meru, at a cost of Ksh36million.

    “The chunk of that money was from my pocket…I gave Ksh26million. I gave out that money because we had agreed to stay together as husband and wife,” she claimed.

    Kitany also told the court that it was after they got married that people saw a change in him, specifically in grooming.

    “I cooked good food for him and took very good care of him,” Kitany noted.

    Linturi, on the other hand, had disputed marrying Kitany and stated that he was legally married to Mercy Kaimenyi at the time Kitany claimed they were in a relationship.

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    File photo of Meru Senator Mithika Linturi

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Matiangi orders the closure of all bars in the country for two days and Kenyans react

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As expected, Kenyans have taken to social media to air their views after Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i ordered the closure of all bars countrywide for two days. Most of them did not take the order very kindly.

Speaking at Embu Stadium on Wednesday, the CS directed all bars and social places be closed starting Saturday 5pm due to the national census exercise.

He said that would ensure that all Kenyans are at home so that they can be counted.

We are going to close all our social places especially the bars at 5pm to give you an hour to be home before the enumerators arrive at 6pm so that they can find you at home,” the CS stated.
John Kaka wrote: Government officials are issuing orders willy nilly.  This is another form of impunity.  Is this even lawful?
Joyce Muthoni: Someone should sue Matiang’i. This government has a tendency of treating the citizens as though they are all kindergarten kids.
Magarajoe:  Wafunge wasifungi, I don’t care. Mimi sinywi pombe.

KNBS to begin census exercise countrywide
KNBS to begin census exercise countrywide

 

During the address in Embu, Matiang’i also sought to assure Kenyans of their security during the exercise. He said that the enumerators will not be strangers since they are people from appointed from their respective sub-location.

 “No one will come from outside their sub-location, which means they know people around there, they are known and they know their way around,” he said.

The CS assured Kenyans that security will be beefed up and all security personnel have been recalled from leave to ensure that the exercise is carried out effectively.

He also issued a stern warning to those who will purport to be monitoring the census exercisewithout clearance adding that foreign agencies and individuals had been vetted for approval.

The census will start on August 24th 2019 and end on August 31st 2019 and the enumerators are expected to take about 30 minutes in every household.

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