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Driver of ex-Nyeri governor did not apply brakes, inquest told



The driver of former Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru made no attempt to apply brakes to stop the vehicle from ploughing into a guard rail, an inquest heard yesterday. Dennis Ireri, an expert witness from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), told a Nyeri court there were no skid marks at the scene of the accident.

Mr Ireri said he inspected the Mercedes Benz after the accident and found the braking system was intact, in good working condition and operational.Gakuru (pictured) died in the accident at Kabati along the Nyeri-Nairobi highway on November 7, 2017.

During cross-examination by Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecution Peter Mailanyi, Ireri said he found no indications the driver tried to stop the Benz before the accident.

“I did not find any skid signs on the road to show the driver attempted to stop the vehicle despite having checked for the same,” Ireri told Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo.The witness said that after analysing the extent of damage and how far the guard rail penetrated the vehicle, the driver might have been driving at over 120kph.

This speed, he said, was more than the recommended 110kph on the highway. And this was on a day when the road was wet and slippery.

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Ireri said this could explain why the vehicle did not immediately stop despite ramming through a metal guard rail and concrete posts.Continued acceleratingHe also said there was another possible scenario where the driver first hit three concrete posts and continued accelerating instead of applying the brakes.

This scenario, Ireri noted, could help to account for the reason why the first three concrete posts were bent, but as the vehicle ploughed deeper into the guard rail, it flattened five more posts.“It bent the first three and flattened five more, indicating that the vehicle was at high velocity, hence the extent of the damage,” the witness said.

Mr Mailanyi also asked Ireri whether it was possible the airbags on the passenger side of the vehicle could have deployed after the accident instead of during impact.Previous witnesses had told the inquest that the airbag on the governor’s side had failed to deploy while that on the driver’s functioned as intended.

But the NTSA official insisted that the front airbags on both sides of the vehicle deployed immediately on impact.Mailanyi and the family’s lawyer, Martha Weru, said that according to photos taken by a scene of crime officer, the airbag on Gakuru’s side had failed to deploy.

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Ireri, however, said that the airbag could have been interfered with by the rescuers.Meanwhile, the chief magistrate issued summons to two doctors at the Thika Level Five Hospital to appear in court and testify after there was confusion on who would take to the dock.

The summons were issued to Joseph Wanjohi and Loise Mathini (who was an intern at the time), who are said to have attended to Gakuru before he passed on.Mailanyi had indicated that Dr Wanjohi would testify but instead the hospital sent Dr Maina Wachira who works in the medical legal unit.


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Here’s how DP Ruto’s Daughter Performed in 2019 KCPE



  • Deputy President William Ruto is one proud dad after his daughter, Abby Ruto, emerged as one of the top candidates in KCPE 2019, with 406 marks.Speaking to, Abby’s mother, Prisca Bett, was overjoyed beyond words, going on to state that she was very proud of her.
  • “Abby was confident about the results but she kept telling me that the Kiswahili paper was really hard. I knew she’d do well,” an ecstatic Prisca narrated.

    She was a candidate at Greenvalle Academy in Uasin Gishu county.

    Deputy President William Ruto. His daughter Abby was among the top performers emerged in KCPE 2019.

    She went on to reveal that her daughter’s preferred school was Kenya High School and that she was also overjoyed by her results.

    DP Ruto came clean about his daughter Abby back in 2017, going on to acknowledge that he was her father and had always ensured she had his full support.

  • The release of the national examinations came barely 17 days after 1,088,986 pupils took part in the annual exercise.

    Magoha announced that the Form One selection process was set to commence on Tuesday, November 19.

    “By December 2, every child who sat KCPE 2019 will know what school they will join. Ksh 8 Billion has been put to improve infrastructure in high school and primary school,” Magoha announced.

    Abby Ruto (l) and her mum Prisca Bett (r) pose with a Masaai.
    Abby Ruto (l) and her mum Prisca Bett (r) pose with a Masaai

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Nyeri man, 88, who killed son freed



An 88-year-old man suspected to have shot and killed his son with arrows following an altercation has been released by the High Court on a Sh500,000 bond with a similar surety.

Mr Francis Mwangi Karebe was released by Justice Abigail Mshilla after a favourable pre-bail report indicated that his family and neighbours were willing to accommodate him and pay for his bail.

Mr Karebe is accused of murdering his 42-year-old son, Simon Macharia on October 13, 2019 at their home in Peter Ciira village Mathira East sub-county, Nyeri.

The pre-bail report filed in court by Ms Faith Nzivulu indicated that there was a long-standing strained relationship between Mr Karebe and the deceased, who was alcoholic.

“The victim had separated with his wife and it was not the first time they had an altercation but it was never suspected it would take the ugly turn. The accused lost his wife five months ago,” stated Ms Nzivulu.

In the report, the family said Mr Karebe’s continued stay at the police remand and his subsequent absence at home caused them sleepless nights.

“They are willing to accept him back, his absence is causing them sleepless nights,” the report stated.

The villagers described the accused as a peace-lover and a mediator. “Mr Karebe is aged and ailing, he has blood pressure and is currently on medication. He is not a flight risk,” said Ms Nzivulu.

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The prosecution led by Ms Emma Gicheha did not oppose the bail application. The state counsel also indicated that the accused was unlikely to interfere with the prosecution witnesses.

 “The accused is hereby advised to observe timeliness on both hearing and mention dates of the case. He should not interfere with witnesses and must be of good conduct during the bond period. On breach of the terms the bond will be cancelled,” said Justice Mshila.

The trial will start on February 10, 2019.


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Why Amos Wako was banned from setting foot on US Soil



The US has banned Busia Senator Amos Wako, his wife Flora Ngaira and son Julius from entering the country and doing business with it over corruption allegations while he was attorney-general.

In a statement, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo also banned Mr Wako’s wife Flora Ngaira, and son, Julius Wako.

This means that Mr Wako, wife and son will not be allowed to visit America or transact any business in that country with companies affiliated to Americans.

“Today (Monday), the Department designates former Kenyan Attorney General Amos Sitswila Wako due to his involvement in significant corruption,” said the statement that was released on Monday evening.

Mr Pompeo said the designation was made under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and related programs appropriations Act, 2019 (Div. F, P.L. 116-6), as carried forward by the continuing appropriations Act, 2020 (Div. A, P.L. 116-59).

Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that officials of foreign governments have been involved in significant corruption, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.

The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members.

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“Today’s action sends a strong signal that the United States is a valuable partner in Kenya’s fight against corruption.  Economic prosperity for all Kenyans is only possible by defeating the scourge of corruption, which also requires a functional, fair, and transparent criminal justice system,” said Mr Pompeo

He added that the United States will continue to stand with all Kenyans as they strive to curb and punish corruption in Kenya.

Mr Wako may still be allowed onto US soil if he visits as a member of the Kenyan delegation to the UN meetings or if the UN invites him, even though his movement could be restricted.

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