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Revealed: Cohen’s widow won’t get a coin of his money

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The late Dutch businessman Tob Cohen did not leave any property or cash to his widow Sarah Wairimu according to the Will opened yesterday, Saturday Standard can reveal. Cohen, bequeathed his property estimated to be worth Sh700 million, which includes the Kitusuru home, cash and shareholding of his companies to his sister, brother, and children of his sister.

In a dramatic shift to the unraveling drama, Wairimu will not get a single coin from the slain husband. The Will was made in April at the height of their divorce and is said to have revoked any other Will done before that.

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Highly placed sources familiar with the Will, which was read yesterday said Cohen’s sister Gabrielle Straten has been bequeathed 50 per cent of the Kitisuru home.The remaining 50 per cent has been shared out between Gabrille’s two children.Each child will receive 25 per cent of the value of the home estimated to be Sh400 million. All the shares held by Cohen in his companies which include a tour firm Cohen Tours will be taken over by Gabrielle.

She will also take over Sh100 million cash in local and international banks. The brother, Bernard has been gifted Sh50 million in a Dutch bank.The content of the Will unfurled by lawyer Kirundi Chege proved a bitter pill for Wairimu who immediately declared to challenge it in court. Her lawyer Philip Murgor promised a “battle royale” to invalidate its contents in so far as it dispossessed her.

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“If our rights to the matrimonial home are in any way affected, we will fight all the way to the Supreme Court,” Murgor said.A Dutch newspaper had last week claimed that Gabrielle and Bernard were the major beneficiaries of Cohen’s estate. The paper claimed Cohen had bequeathed his siblings the Sh400 million property in the leafy suburb of Kitisuru.

The opening of Cohen’s Will yesterday also came with other surprises. Among them is the acclaimed billionaire status of the man. Besides the asset portfolio in the Will amounting to around Sh500 million, some creditors were swirling around Kirundu’s law firm.Among them are two politicians, both friends of the late Cohen. They claim he owed them at least Sh35 million.Yesterday, Murgor said Wairimu was entitled to the matrimonial home and that any attempts to hand over the property to any other person would be challenged in court.

Murgor said his client was also entitled to a share of the proceeds of the company’s monies as she was also a shareholder.“A Will is not cast on stone. This is a battle royale that is shaping up,” Murgor said.At the Bruce House offices of lawyer Kirundi, Gabrielle and the brother Bernard declined to share with the media the contents of the Will. Wairimu’s side did not attend the ceremony.Not tampered withThe lawyer also despite being hard-pressed by journalists, declined to reveal details such as when the Will was drawn. He insisted that the Will had not been tampered with as claimed by Murgor.“This Will has not leaked to any person since it was sealed, I want to confirm that any allegation that the Will has been leaked is not true,” he said.Journalists sought to know from either Kirundi or Cohen’s family why they had shared information of the Will with the Dutch newspaper.

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They both declined to comment.“Whoever has been writing has not quoted this law firm as having released any information,” said Kirundi.Murgor, on the other hand, maintained that the reading of the Will was flawed and explained that this was the reason why he gave yesterday’s opening of the seal a wide berth.Lawyer Cliff Ombeta who is representing the Cohen family was present.

Ombeta, in his address to journalists at the offices of Kirundi and Co-advocates, said they had invited Murgor to witness as the Will was read to the family.

He said the decision by Murgor not to attend the event was a sign that the Will would be challenged in court.“If he (Murgor) has an issue with the Will, let him challenge it at a later date,” said Ombeta.Among those who witnessed the unsealing of the Will were Cohen’s sister Gabrielle and brother Bernard who are said to be the major beneficiaries.Former Gatundu North MP Patrick Muiruri was also present.

The Cohen murder probe has received international attention since the day he went missing until last Friday when DCI chief George Kinoti announced the recovery of the body in an underground water tank in his Kitisuru home.Gabrielle will not attend the burial of his brother as she left the country last evening. Bernard has stayed behind to witness the final rites of his elder brother.

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Court suspends Mary Wambui’s appointment as Employment Authority boss

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Not so fast, the employment court has told politician Mary Wambui in her quest to take the job at the National Employment Authority.

Justice Hellen Wasilwa issued the order in Nairobi on Wednesday in a case filed by the Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association.

In the case championed by the association’s chairman-cum-Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, the petitioners argue that Ms Wambui is not qualified under the law, policy and best practice, to be the chairperson of the authority.

NOT CONFORM

Ms Wambui, Mr Sakaja’s team argues, does not conform to the provisions of Section 10 (2)(c) of the National Employment Authority Act and does not meet the threshold of having at least seven years’ experience in human resource management or its equivalent.

The qualifications of the chairperson of the authority, they say, are mandatory and not discretionary.
The association says Ms Wambui has on several occasions personally admitted that she possesses a limited education, which for all intents and purposes makes her unqualified and unsuitable to conduct the affairs of the chairperson.

The petitioners argue that her appointment would disfranchise the Kenyan taxpayer given the very strategic nature of the position.

“The directive of appointing the 3rd respondent, who is not qualified is not only retrogressive, arbitrary and stale, but also attempts to uncharacteristically undermine the principles of public participation and guiding principles of leadership and integrity,” the petition reads.

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Justice Wasilwa certified the case as urgent and set the hearing for November 14.

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‘My addiction with strippers left me in debts worth millions,’ Robert Burale

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Robert Burale has in the past been in debts running into millions but he managed to come out of it unlike most Kenyans who are still struggling.

In a past interview with K24 Faraja, Burale stated that his addiction to stripping and the pressure to keep up a facade of a flashy lifestyle pushed him into debts.

I used to live with both my parents during primary and secondary school but at some point they separated.

Life was good as we were living a high end life before I went to study marketing in London.

I enjoyed going to a new country and the freedom that came with it.

Robert Burale

Little did Burale know that some types of friends can either make or break you.

When I went there I made both good and bad friends.

I was lucky because everything was being paid for by my dad for during my first year so I had a lot of free time.

I started going to strip clubs while in London with the friends I had made.

He adds,

As an African man living abroad, every one wants you, so the attention started making us do things we would not consider doing before.

We started hoping from one strip club to the other.

At some point we got bored with strip clubs in our area and we started venturing to other areas.

He adds,

STRIP GIRLS ARE TAUGHT HOW TO MILK YOU DRY.

WHEN THEY SEE YOU HAVE MONEY, THEY WILL MILK ALL OF IT. WHEN YOU DON’T CHUCK OUT MONEY THEY WILL MAKE SURE YOU GIVE THEM SOME.
EVEN IF IT MEANS REMOVING THEIR BRA.

Burale adds it took time for him to accept his addiction.

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It took time for me to know I am addicted. For three years I was just in strip club evangelism where we ‘recruit’ other people into the club.

When I came back to Kenya I found so many strip clubs had been opened and so I started going to savor their services.

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Robert Burale’s book ‘From the strip club to the pulpit’

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The problem was that when I was in London there was money but once I came back I had no money as my dad had passed away.

The family started fighting for what he had.

In a past interview with Radio Jambo, his ex wife Rozinah Mwakideu, had stated that one of the many reasons they broke up is the many debts he had.

I would receive calls now and then from people and police saying Robert had unsettled debts.

It was a character he had and I kept waiting because I thought he would change because he was born-again.

For example, the main reason why I left was after my friend came to visit me and after she left she wanted to sue him. I couldn’t handle that pressure plus other personal issues.

Robert Burale and ex-wife
Robert Burale and ex-wife Rozinah

Burale explains that his addiction to stripping was where his journey to debts began.

There is no strip club where a woman will give you a show with no money.

There are men who spend even 100,000 on a night.

I once did that and the sad thing is that it was borrowed money.

He adds,

I had to keep up a reputation. I had to go to big hotels and dress well so I kept borrowing.

With time my debts ran into millions.

It got so bad that I had to borrow *John to pay *Peter and the cycle continued.

I only accepted I had a problem after I tried committing suicide.

Burale is now out of debt and this he did by paying off debts slowly with the money he got from his jobs as a motivational speaker, actor and Image consultant.

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His advice to people out there is

If you are broke accept it. Ask for help

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Kenyan teen goes missing in Germany after quarreling with her parents

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Police in Potsdam, Germany are looking for a Kenyan teen who went missing a week ago from her home after quarreling with her parents

The 15-year-old only identified as Britney, has been missing since Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

Mkenya Ujerumani, a local blog about Kenyans in Germany reports that the teen had a quarrel with her parents before she left their home in Drewitz in Potsdam.

At the time she is reported to have said she was going visit some acquaintances but never showed up nor returned home.

Her parents are worried since this is the first time Britney has been away from home for such a long time.

A day after she disappeared, a passerby walking by the banks of River Havel came across a bag with Britney’s personal belongings, identification and some clothes.

POLICE SEARCH

Upon reporting to the police, divers, a helicopter, a drone and search dogs from the coast guard were dispatched for a search operation in the river but nothing was found.

Police printed posters that were placed around all the major train stations in Potsdam but none of the four received clues brought them closer to finding the girl.

“The investigation team consists of ten police officers and will be headed by Commissioner Falk Heidke, who has substantial experience in the search of missing children and teenagers,” the spokeswoman for the Police Department West said on Friday.

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Britney moved to Germany from Kenya with her mother and her younger brother about two and a half years ago. She attends a Gesamtschule in Potsdam.

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