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The identity of a driver of a black SUV who dropped a woman and her daughter at their house in Nairobi at 2.30am on Sunday, only for their bodies to be found in their bedrooms on Monday, will be crucial in unravelling the murders.

Also at the centre of investigation into the killings of Judy Wanjiku Mwai, 73, and her daughter Catherine Nyaguthii Mwai, 47, is what their mission was on the fateful night.

The two women’s bodies were found on Monday inside house number 275 within Golden Gate Court in South B Estate.

Alex Makosi, who is in charge of the guards at the court, told The Standard yesterday that the guard who was on duty said the two first left the house in the four-wheel drive at around 11pm on Saturday.

They returned at about midnight, stayed briefly and left again in the same car, this time with a driver who is yet to be identified.

The same car would later drop them at their residence at 2:30am on Sunday. That was the last time the two were seen alive.

They had failed to visit Nyaguthii’s father, John Mwai, in a city hospital on Sunday and Monday as had been routine, prompting a relative to go to their house on Monday evening, only to find them dead.

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The elderly woman had been strangled using a sisal rope. Her body was lying on the bed with the sisal rope around her neck and tied on the bed stand.

According to preliminary findings, blood was oozing from her mouth.Nyaguthii’s body was found on the floor and had injuries on her neck, indicating strangulation.

Mwai was a retired Treasury employee, while Nyaguthii retired from a local bank.Police suspect they were killed on Sunday night.

The two would take turns to visit Mwai, who was admitted to a city hospital late August. He has been ailing for the last 10 years.  Nyaguthii’s sister Peris Wambui accompanied them sometimes. On Monday, she visited her father and realised the two had not checked on him for two days.From the hospital, she went to their home, but did not get a response when she knocked the door. She forced her way in, went to the bedrooms upstairs, where she found the bodies.

She reported the matter to the Industrial Area Police Station. Julius Mukhebi, a guard at the court, said the last time he saw the two was on Saturday during the day.

He says they used to access their house through Gate C, which he mans.According to Mr Mukhebi, Wanjiku used to go for shopping every Sunday evening, except this last one.Mukhebi says Nyaguthii would wake up early for church but on Sunday she did not.

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After attending her service, she would return home and then the mother would leave for service. They found it unusual that this did not happen on Sunday.

Eric Mwangi, a family member, says the two did not express any fears for their lives and they did not have any disputes that he was aware of.

If they did, he added, they were very open that they would have disclosed.He described Nyaguthii as the most reliable cousin in their family.

“Whenever we had any meeting, she was the one who followed up on everybody,” Mr Mwangi said.Mukhebi described Mwai as generous and welcoming.

“At times, she would give me Sh100 and tell me to go buy milk,” he said.

When The Standard visited the scene, the house did not seem to have been broken into and everything inside was in order.

Mukhebi said the only time the compound where the house sits was accessed was on Sunday when a tenant who lives in the servant quarters, together with her brother, arrived at around 10am.

By the time his shift was ending on Sunday, Mwai and Nyaguthii had not left the house.  Neighbours said they neither heard nor saw anything to suggest something was amiss.

The police said there were signs of struggle in the house, which indicated more than two people were involved in the killings. Nothing was stolen from the house as electronics, including the victims’ mobile phones, were found intact.

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The bodies were taken to a Nairobi mortuary.

Nairobi police boss Philip Ndolo said no arrest had been made, adding that they had not established the motive of the killings.“This seems to be murder but experts are on the ground looking for leads,” he said.

Yesterday, detectives from Makadara DCIO were busy trying to piece together the circumstances leading to the killings.

By Standard.co.ke


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Ruth Matete seeks help as she marks first wedding anniversary minus hubby

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Gospel singer Ruth Matete penned a moving message to her newborn daughter as she marked her first wedding anniversary but without her husband Beloved John Apewajoye who died this year.

 The Tusker Project Fame 5 winner welcomed her bundle of joy in October, seven months after the tragic death of her husband.

In a lengthy Instagram post, in which she also attached a photo of her daughter, Reyna Toluwa’s feet, Matete prayed that her daughter would grow up to serve the Lord.

“Reyna Toluwa my princess. My love. Am not a poet, but the words I write here, are from my heart. I pray for you on this special day. That you will grow to serve the Lord. You will spread the good news of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” Matete wrote.

She also declared that Reyna’s feet will carry the good news.

“As the Bible says; ‘And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?’ As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ I declare today, that your feet are beautiful. Not just because they look like your father’s, but also because they will bring good news as the word of God declares,” she added.

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 Matete remembered the vows she made on her wedding day, ‘till death do us part’ but she emotionally noted that death took her beloved husband earlier than expected.

“A day like this a year ago, your late father and I walked down the isle. Yes, we didPromised to be together till death do us part. But death came earlier than we expected.  I miss him so much. But am blessed to have you as a gift that he left me with. I don’t even understand how I’ve come this far. It can only be God,” she posted.

Even though it was one of those difficulty days in her life, Matete promised her daughter she would be fine eventually.

“Today may not be such an easy day for mummy. But I promise you, I’ll be fine. I have seen God to be the father to the fatherless and husband to the widow as He has promised in His word. Today won’t be an exception. I know He will help us even today,”  Matete said in the post.

 She ended her emotional message by asking for monetary support as she could not yet manage to resume work after a troublesome pregnancy.

“Friends, our till number remains the same, incase you wish to support us.5495849. Whatever you can, will go a mighty long way as am still not able to work. God bless you friends and please keep us in your prayers,” she added.

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World’s most-traveled man Fred Finn says Kenya is the safest place to visit during the pandemic

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Diani beach in Kwale County has played host to the world’s most traveled man, Fred Finn.

Finn has traveled to more than 150 countries at the age of 75 and holds the current Guinness Book World Records.

Finn, who is in the country until Monday, November 30 said Kenya is safe for holiday destinations.

He however noted that his visit at the moment is not for leisure, but to send a message that the country is safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

He says he has observed that Kenyans are following the protocols and guidelines than any other country he has traveled to during the pandemic.

“I did not come here on holiday, that is why my wife is not with me. I came because whenever Kenya has a little crisis I come and say Kenya is safe” he said

He said, during a pandemic, Kenya is the safest place to go on holiday.

Finn is scheduled to have his vaccine in December.

Tourism players say Finn’s visit to Kenya gives confidence to the international market that the country is an ideal destination.

“When you get an endorsement from the eyes of a traveler that is likely to carry the right persuasion to the potential travelers” said Kioko Musyoki, Leopard Beach General Manager.


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‘I regret…’ Anne Kiguta opens up about posting her daughter on social media

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TV news anchor Anne Kiguta has announced that she would like to share with her fans more about her life.

However, she draws a line on exposing her children to the limelight.

Anne has three children, one from her previous marriage and fraternal twins with Jomo Gecaga.

Responding to a fan who asked her about her babies, Anne posted a photo of her and her twins but blocked out the faces.

In her response she explained,

“Gosh, so many of you have said this… was the number one response. Well, I will have to let you down on that my loves.”

She added,

“I’m rather traditional (believe it or not) so I’m vehemently against it. My babies are are all still too young, including the eldest, to be on social media.”

Anne continued,

“In fact I really regret having posted my eldest at all. Mummy already has a pretty public life. They deserve their privacy.”

But not to break her fans hearts, Anne promised,

“A reference every once in a while but nothing more than that for a long long time.  Hope  you understand.”

In another post she still emphasized,

“That is my son. Quite the charmer. If only I could tell you half of what they say! But all these are are to me sacred moments…really can’t share much more.”

Not to be daunted though, Anne promised to talk about other aspects of her life.

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Here are the various topics she is open to talking about.

By Mpasho.co.ke


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