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‘It’s a fake account’: Tycoon Jimi Wanjigi speaks out on Kipchoge jet claims

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Business tycoon Jimi Wanjigi has broken his silence about claims on social media that he will deliver a jet to Eliud Kipchoge.

Speaking on phone, Mr. Wanjigi lauded the marathoner for making Kenya proud but revealed that the post on Twitter was not from him.

“It is a fake account, it has nothing to do with me but we are proud of Eliud Kipchoge for what he has done for the human race and for Kenya in particular,” he told Citizen Digital on Saturday.

“I actually want to meet the person behind the tweet over a cup of tea because his creativity has shaped conversations of Kenyans online,” he added.

Lawyer Willis Otieno confirmed that the businessman does not communicate on social media accounts meaning that both Twitter pages —@Jimmywanjigi1 and @JimiWanjigi—are parody accounts.

The statement was in response to a controversial tweet that was published after Kipchoge made history in Vienna on Saturday.

It reads: “Congratulations!! You have done us proud #Eliud159. Plans are underway with @GulfstreamAero, the jet will be deliver to #eliudkipchoge before 29th November 2019.”

A section of Kenyans online had responded to the tweet lauding Mr. Wanjigi for the gesture while a few questioned the authenticity of the account.

On October 9, the person operating the account also claimed that the business tycoon had called Kipchoge and made the deal.

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This is not the first time that Mr. Wanjigi’s name has been used on social media to spread fake information.

In March this year, a fact checking organization sounded the alarm over a fake Facebook post that linked the businessman to the Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal.

“PesaCheck has looked into the alleged front page story linking Jimmy Wanjigi to the Arror and Kimwarer Dam scandals and finds it to be a HOAX,” the report said.

A year before that, the businessman sued the Nation Media Group over the publication of a fake obituary on February 7, 2018.

The High Court awarded him Ksh. 8million after ruling that the publication violated Wanjigi’s privacy.

By Citizen Digital

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Police questioned on bodies found in car at their station

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A post-mortem examination of the bodies of two children discovered in a wrecked car parked at the Athi River Police station on Wednesday evening is set to be done tomorrow at the Chiromo Funeral Home.

The examination is part of efforts by detectives to piece together the last moments of best friends Alvina Mutheu and Henry Jacktone, whose murders have shocked the country.Alvina, 3, and Jacktone, 4, went missing on June 11, and in a bizarre twist of events their bodies were discovered at the very place their parents reported their disappearance, raising questions on who could have snuck their bodies into a police station, and why.Some of the answers the post-mortem exam could provide include Alvina and Jacktone’s cause and date of death, and whether there was any form of struggle.

Their bodies were decomposed by the time they were discovered on the floor of a car parked at a yard inside Athi River Police Station.

The speed of decomposition, how-ever, varies depending on the environment, and the heat inside a parked car can make a body decompose faster.

“We only found skeletons and it was not easy to tell them apart,” Clifton Odhiambo, who is Jacktone’s father, told the Sunday Nation.

Preliminary investigations show that the Toyota Belta, registration number KCT 510X, in which the two bodies were found was not broken into.

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Keys belonging to impounded cars are usually kept inside a safe under the responsibility of officers on duty.

The keys can only be released if the impounded car has been officially released and a note issued to whoever has come to claim the vehicle. It is puzzling how someone accessed a car parked inside a police station, which is a security installation, put the bodies of two children inside a car, and left without anyone noticing.

Detectives have already questioned a number of officers from the station. It is said that a man claiming to be the owner of the car discovered the bodies when he went to collect it on Wednesday.

The car, which is now a scene of crime, has been parked at the station since March 5, when it was involved in a road accident.

Athi River police boss Catherine Ringera on Thursday said the car had nothing inside when it was brought to the station.

“We inspected it and other than the spare wheel and a wheel jack, there was nothing else in it,” she said.Detectives have now summoned the owner of the car plus the man who is said to have come to the station wanting to have it released to him.

A search on the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) system shows that the car is registered to a Ms. Peris Ngugi.Parents of the two children are also set to record fresh statements with the police.

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They claim they had received a number of calls from unknown people after their children disappeared, asking them for ransom.None of these claims were reported at the Athi River Police Station, apart from the fact that Alvina and Jacktone had disappeared

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Police arrest teacher suspected to be notorious car thief

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On June 11, the deputy officer commanding Matunda Police Station Joseph Jakoyo reported that his car, a Nissan Wingroad, had been stolen from his parking lot.

A day later, detectives who had been dispatched from Nairobi to investigate the rising cases of car theft in the North and South Rift regions spotted a car with similar specifications on the Kericho-Sotik road.

The car had a different number plate and when the detectives asked the driver to pull over, he sped off.

On being pursued he started shooting at the officers.

Three occupants of the vehicle abandoned it by the roadside and escaped on foot but Aron Kibet Chepkwony, 25 was arrested.

Car theft syndicate

Mr Jakoyo, an Inspector of Police, like many other Kenyans, had fallen victim to a car theft syndicate that operates in Eldoret, Kitale, Kericho, Bomet, Narok and Nakuru.

In April, the DCI appointed a team from the Special Service Unit and the Crime Research and Investigations Bureau to resolve the crimes after hundreds of complaints were recorded in the towns.

Yesterday, the DCI announced that they had arrested the alleged mastermind of the crime — a teacher at St. Columbans Secondary School in Kitale.

They said they found David Ogeisia Migosi, 48, with 17 fake logbooks and a Toyota Probox reported to have been stolen.

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“Upon interrogation, officers proceeded to his hideout where two other suspects, Asman Memba Bakari, 38, and Jeremiah Yego Kiptoo, 34, were arrested,” said a statement from DCI boss George Kinoti.Seven vehicles that had been reported stolen from different towns within the Rift were recovered between Thursday and Friday, Mr Kinoti said.

They are Toyota Axio (KCL 790N), a Toyota Hilux (KBB 876A), a white Toyota Probox without number plates, Toyota DX (KBJ 316D), Toyota Premio (KBN 377A), Toyota Hiace (KCL 378K), and Isuzu D-Max pickup (KCR 734T). By press time, police were checking with the Kenya Revenue Authority to see if the number plates match with the cars’ chassis numbers. The police also found fake number plates, chassis number stickers, ignition systems, 17 suspected fake logbooks, cheque books and sale agreements.

The DCI believes that the syndicate works with some employees of the Na-tional Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).

“The job of the NTSA employee is to extract information about vehicle specifications from the NTSA website to facilitate the cloning of number plates. The information is supposed to ensure that the fake number plate to be created matches with the model of a car that bears a genuine number plate.

This is because if a car number plate belongs to a lorry, and in the event that the police conduct a random search while on the road and find out that a number plate that, say, a Probox bears belongs to a lorry, they would definitely know that it is fake,” Mr Kinoti said.

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Some of the cars were recovered from people who had already bought them. They include a white Toyota Probox, KCD 473V, another vehicle, KCK 279L, a Toyota NZE, KBV 951V, recovered from Wickcliff Momanyi Osoro, a Mercedes Benz C200, KAD 200J, and a Toyota Townace, KBF 875D.

By yesterday, police were looking for an NTSA officer suspected to be the creator of fake number plates.

The thieves, DCI said, have been targeting vehicles in parking lots, at homes and those parked in malls and streets. They use a gadget called kindler to unlock the car and, once inside, they tamper with the ignition to start it.

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We need to adopt Renewable Energy for our Real Estate Developments, says Optiven CEO

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Optiven CEO George Wachiuri has just officially unveiled a symbolism of green energy adoptions at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace in Kiambu. Situated right at the entry point of this gated community, this new landmark named as The Fountain of Peace is 100% solar energy enabled and is a statement of intent by this leading real estate firm to adopt renewable energy for all amenities at this high end prime value added development.

Optiven Group is continuously adopting Green Energy in its real estate developments. This leading real estate firm is alive to the fact that there is a need for Kenyan real estate players to adopt green utilities, green spaces, solar enabled infrastructure such as solar lights and water recycling technology amongst others.

Amani Ridge the Place of Peace is an example of projects that are being designed with green energy in mind.

This modern gated community is quickly coming up with amenities that have a touch of green energy, for the benefit of the residents who will settle here and their future generations.

“Going forward, developers will need to seriously consider adopting green energy to sustain the future generations and also adopt the Sustainable Development Goal Number 7 that seeks to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all,” says George Wachiuri, Optiven Group CEO.

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“Here at Amani Ridge, we are seeking to achieve this through adoption of solar energy where all our street lights will be 100% solar powered. Our adoption of solar energy is educated by the fact that Kenya has high insolation rates, with an average of 5-7 peak sunshine hours and average daily insolation of 4-6 kWh/m2.

We must make use of this God-given source of green energy. We are also adopting water recycling technology where each home that will be set up here will have a bio digester to avoid water wastage. On the other hand, we have set aside 10 green spaces in this gated community in order to make this gated community as natural as possible,” says Wachiuri.

Besides these undertakings, this development will also be installed with underground power cables which emit no electric field and can be engineered to emit a lower magnetic field as opposed to overhead lines.

Optiven has set up a symbolism of all these green energy adoptions, right at the entry point of this gated community, with the installation of a solar energy enabled fountain named as The Fountain of Peace. This new intelligent water fountain is only an example of amenities that will 100% be using solar energy in this development.

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Designed by Noble Parks & Pools, this feature is a hint of other value additions at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace that will include green public parks, fruit orchards, cabro internal roads, a superlative entry gate, security stone walls that have been installed with razor wire and CCTV and an elevated steel galvanized 15 meter high 100, 000 liters tank.

Amani Ridge the Place of Peace will also have a provision of club house, house designs, appointed architect, registered community regulations by the county government, a home owners association, and uniformed security guards and two caretakers on site.

Contact Optiven Group: Tel 0790 300 300 Email: admin@optiven.co.ke Website: www.optiven.co.ke George Wachiuri Blog: www.georgewachiuri.com
YouTube: https://bit.ly/2VdSuFJ

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