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3 jailed for molesting boy in police cell

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Three men were Friday sentenced to 15 years in jail after they were found guilty of sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy inside a police cell in Meru.

Meru Chief Magistrate Hannah Ndung’u ruled that prosecution had proved that Dickson Murangiri, Geoffrey Mutethia and Boniface Kimathi had sodomised the teenager while he was being held at a police station two years ago.

Murangiri and Kimathi are serving a 20-year jail terms each after they were found guilty of killing Julius Mungathia, a crime they committed in 2012 in Igembe North.

During the hearing that spanned over two years, the court heard how the three lured the boy to the toilet and molested him in turns, threatening to kill him if he raised the alarm.

On the night of the incident, the boy was being held on allegation of physical assault.

Five witnesses lined up by the prosecution placed the three at the scene of crime and proved that the boy was defiled.

Dr Stephen Chege, a medic based at the Meru Level Five Hospital, who treated the boy after the incident, told the court that the minor had forced sodomy and assault in the anal canal and bruises on his neck.

The boy recounted how the convicts lured him to the toilets where they assaulted him in turns.

He said that the offenders had developed a rapport with him earlier on and while he was asleep, one of them woke him up claiming that he wanted to inquire something from him.

The unsuspecting boy followed him to the toilets where the other two lay in wait and was gagged, then defiled.

The boy reported the matter and attended an identification parade at the Meru GK Prison.

Sergeant Domitila Mulwa, a police officer attached to Meru Police Station corroborated the minor’s testimony.

While calling for custodial sentence, State Counsel Antony Musyoka informed the court that the first and third accused persons were serial offenders.

BY nation.co.ke

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Conquering TV screens

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Since their childhood, Anthony Njoroge always looked up to his big sister, renowned actress Nice Wanjeri for encouragement and direction. Popularly known for her former role as Shiro in a local TV programme.

Aunty Boss, her brother, a young gospel artiste, recalls Nice being the bold and daring one who thrived and shone in public eyes, while he was holed up in shyness always running away from the public attention. His mousy nature was so bad that when he ventured on the road to becoming a musician, the entire family was in shock, unable to reconsile his timid nature and the demands of the musical path he chose to venture into.

“In Sunday School, we would practise songs and dances, which would be performed on Sunday, but come the D-day, I would disappear,” he recalls.

Nice and her brother Anthony come from a family of three siblings and grew up in a humble background in Lari, Kiambu county. This taught them the value of sticking close to each other. Things became even worse when they lost their father in 2002 when Nice was 11 years. She had to assist her mum in selling charcoal and hawking tomatoes and shoes to make ends meet.

Anthony Njoroge and his sister, actress Nice Wanjeri.

The journey

In secondary school, she was the drama and music chairperson and won a lot of trophies. But her acting was sharpened at the Kenya National Theatre where for three years she acted in various roles for set books. It was not all rosy because at times she would be turned away and deemed ugly for a role.

The pay was also not good. Nice landed her first TV role in 2013 in a KBC programme called Merimela’s House, before later on in 2014 auditioning for a role in Aunty Boss. She acted as an inexperienced housemaid always doing the opposite of what her boss demanded of her, a role which polished her acting skills and turned her into a household name.

“The role changed her whole life from being a nobody in the acting world, to a star. She really researched to fit into the role and owned the character Shiro. She made that character come alive and I remember always tuning in to watch my sister perform. I was excited watching her on TV. She is always thankful of Lucy Mwangi and Eve Dsouza for that opportunity,” says Anthony.

However, in 2016, their mother died leaving them orphans. Nice, being the oldest had to step in and wear their parents’ shoe. But even as she

struggled to take care of his younger brothers, Nice still continued with her pursuit of acting.

But after three years, 15 seasons, with nearly 200 episodes, in 2018, she quit her role in Auntie Boss due to contractual differences and on the same year, she won the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA), her first international award as the best actress in comedy and TV series. “A fellow actress Catherine Kamau-Karanja informed her about it. She followed up and confirmed. Nice then spread the word to her fans for them to vote for her, as her nomination category was determined by votes. As a family, we supported her by spreading the news on social media and through the word of mouth to her fans and of course by voting. This saw her bring the award home,” he says.

The win saw her get more offers from corporates and other productions. “I’m proud of her because I have seen her grow from acting in drama clubs in school and church to acting on a national TV. I am her number one fan. While it feels good to be famous and all, having a support system means everything. We are close, so we support each other emotionally, spiritually and also mentally,” shares Anthony

Life during pandemic

For now, Covid-19, just like it has affected social, economic and almost all areas of life, has not spared her. However, she is creating online content for her fans and building her brand at the moment.

Nice is also a mother of one and being a public figure sometimes demands a lot of time out, especially when working on big projects. However, having a daughter grounds her and she ensures that she compensates for the time lost.

“Motherhood is beautiful and she always tells us that it has taught her to put her daughter first. My niece turned nine this month,” he says.

Her daughter too loves the camera and always expresses her wishes to one day sing and act just like her mother. However, Nice says she would let her chart her own path and will support her in the process. The former Auntie Boss actress is currently dating after breaking up with her baby daddy in 2018. However, neither Anthony nor Nice wanted to reveal details of her new relationship.

AT A GLANCE

• Born in Lari, Kiambu, Nice Wanjeri attended Kibagare Primary School in Lari constituency, Komothai Girls Secondary School in Githunguri, Kiambu.

• Her passion for acting started when she was young. She was a bold girl who participated in music and drama in church and school.

• Giving birth while still young and new in the industry was not easy. She had to carry her daughter who was still young to the theatre.

• Her brother, Antony Njoroge aka Addeh Prince who looks up to her is a budding gospel artiste. His first album is titled Journey, which he has been working on since 2017.

ANTHONY

“I have seen Nice grow from acting in drama clubs in school and church to taking roles in a national TV. I’m so proud of her

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Why I switched to organic farming

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Sylvia Miloyo started faming as soon as she completed her undergraduate studies in community development.

This is because farming was her first love. But there was a problem.

Like many farmers, she used pesticides and fertilisers which were chemical-based and readily available in the market.

Four years into the venture, she had read so much about  the negative effects of the use of chemical-based farming inputs that she vowed to get a solution for it.

This prompted her into becoming an organic farmer.

She transformed her farm into an organic farming set-up using her savings.

“As of acquiring skills, I just practiced, did a lot of reading and attended short trainings at Real IPM in Thika,” said Sylvia who also holds a Diploma in Business Management.

In this type o farming, she had to include a variety of crops, mainly vegetables.

“In organic farming, you never really mono crop. I have never practiced mono cropping but prefer to grow at least 15 to 20 types of vegetables at every one point,” she said.

According to Ms Miloyo, organic food is healthy for humans and animals . She practices farming in her two farms in Limuru (five acres) and Mai Mahiu (10 acres).

Since adopting organic farming, she says she has attracted clients who she says “are about what they eat and want to only consume safe products.”

According to the White Paper Report on Pesticide use in Kenya, Pesticides are widely distributed in the environment (like air, soil, water and plants) and as a result, water and soil quality are decreasing and there is an increase in chronic health effects that are suggested to be related to pesticide exposure.

“Many pesticides are either acutely toxic, have long-term toxic effects, are endocrine disrupters (acting on the hormone system), are toxic to different wildlife species or are known to cause a high incidence of severe or irreversible adverse effects,” reads part of the survey.

Ms Miloyo sells her produce mainly through home delivery based on requests.

“Many of our clients are middle class working people and our pricing is very similar with conventional farming, so we basically sell to everyone.”

She noted that takes at least three to years to convert from conventional farming to organic farming.

This also comes with the challenge of battling with pests and diseases in the beginning before you create a micro climate and have a natural balance, where you no longer have too many pests to deal with.

“Market can be an issue for organic suppliers because the populace are not well educated on the benefits of organic farming.”

In order to meet the demands of all her clients, she has an outlet in Nairobi, from where she sells her produce.

She has established dams to collect rain water as well as a borehole for irrigation.

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Former NMG journalist laid to rest

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Former Nation Media Group journalist Timothy Kipngetich Kemei was laid to rest on Tuesday.

During the burial event, Kimei was eulogised as a young hard working journalist and a role model to many.

Local leaders including Emurua Dikirr MP Johana Ngeno, Kericho County Assembly Speaker Dominic Rono, Leader of Majority Hezron Ngetich and Kapsoit MCA Paul Chirchir attended the ceremony in Tulwab Moi village.

Until his death, Kimei was Kericho County government’s chief public relations officer.

He died late last month while undergoing first aid at Siloam Hospital after an asthma attack.

He was rushed to hospital by his wife and a colleague at around midday, but passed away while doctors attempted to resuscitate him.

He got the first attack at 3 am on Sunday and was rushed to hospital where he was stabilised and discharged.

He developed a second attack at around midday and did not recover from it.

He is survived by his wife Mercy and a two-year-old son

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