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Three bodies believed to be those of missing wife and children of military officer were on Saturday found in a shallow grave in Thingithu Estate, in Nanyuki.

The three had been missing for three weeks. The bodies were found stuffed in three sacks.

This comes a day after Major Peter Mugure was arrested in connection with the disappearance of his estranged partner Joyce Syombua (31) and children; Shanice Maua (10) and Prince Michael (5).

On Saturday, the bodies were discovered at Makaburini in Thingithu area with the children stacked on top of their mother.

Thingithu is approximately 9-minutes away from the Laikipia Air Base.

 

As detectives dug up the shallow grave, Major Mugure remained silent, sitting still in a police vehicle a few meters from the scene.

Detectives had launched investigations after Syombua’s mother, Elizabeth Maua, went to Soweto Police Station in Nairobi and reported her family missing.

 

She alleged that the suspect had at one time tried to poison the children.

Major Mugure had previously been ordered by court to pay maintenance costs for his children after DNA tests proved he was their father.

“He (Mugure) was not on good terms with her (Syombua) for some time,” Nanyuki DCI boss Mureithi told Citizen Digital in an earlier interview.

When the three went missing, a friend identified as Farizana also reported the matter at Nanyuki Police Station.

Curiously, Syombua’s phone was found a day later, inside a 4NTE matatu.

However, according to the matatu crew, the vehicle had just returned from a trip to Nyahururu and at no time during that weekend had it carried the three missing persons.

Detectives then said they would wait for call-log details from Syombua’s phone before announcing the next step of the investigation.

On Friday, Major Mugure was questioned for seven hours as detectives sought to know what happened to the family that resided in Kayole, Nairobi.

This was the third time that Mugure was being questioned.

The Kenya Defense Force (KDF) officer had earlier told police that he did not know whether the three did indeed board a vehicle to Nairobi.

He is said to have hosted Syombua and their two children at the Nanyuki Airbase until Saturday at around 7pm.

Mugure claimed to have then escorted the three to Nanyuki Bus Station; however, when he was interrogated for a second time, his story changed.

He now alleged that Syombua had called a friend in Nairobi and then left the Airbase with the children.

The suspect is currently being held at the Nanyuki Police Station.

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MUM STORIES: My employer saved my life

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The societal reflection about many employers, especially in white collar jobs, is that they will seek advances to gain a more personal relationship besides the work relationship they have with their employees.

Often this leads to discrimination, harassment or even individual frustration which leads to an individual losing their job.

But this is not always the case, as employers can also develop a very close relationship with their employees.

In the case of Winrose Wanza, her employer changed her life when it hit rock bottom.

Speaking to a Nation reporter, she narrates her story of how she hit rock bottom after moving to Kangemi, Nyeri County. She has been living with her family in Nyeri since 2014.

Despite moving across different towns with her family looking for a place to settle, marriage eventually brought her to settle down in Nyeri.

Luckily, she secured a job as a laboratory technician at a local clinic, though it was not long lasting.

As Winrose narrates, her scuffles started after her husband lost his job in late December 2017. He fell into a near depressive state and this required her to step up for her family.

They were both not in a good financial position to support their family hence she had to look for whichever job that she could find.

Having pursued a certificate  in medical laboratory at Mt Kenya University  and acquired a diploma in purchase and supplies at Kenya Institute of Management, she could not practice her skills just yet, making it hard for her to get a stable job.

Eventually, she was  able to secure a job as a cleaner at Diana Medical Clinic .

Life became brutal since it was barely manageable with a daily pay of just Sh400 to feed her family of four. It was tougher when it was time to pay the rent.

Seven months down the line, Winrose resorted to working extra hours as a hawker. Her day would then start at 4am, where she would make homemade pancakes and sell them and then resume her normal duties at the clinic.

Out of empathy, her employer. Mrs Agnes Maura decided to help her out. Mrs Maura, whom she refers to as her ‘mum ‘supported her for months till Winrose was able to pick herself up again.

 “After watching my struggle, she gave me Sh10,000 which I used to clear school fees for my son since he was joining grade 1. She later decided to give me one thousand shillings at every end of the week which would be as a form of support until my husband secured a job,” she states.

Amidst her struggle, Winrose found out she was expectant. She had to work until her husband was able to secure a job in August 2018.

Currently, Ms Wanza is still working at Diana Medical Clinic and is happily raising her three children. Her husband resides and works in Nairobi at a consultancy firm.

BY Nation

 

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I won’t go for another term, Uhuru tells elders

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that he will not go for a third term in 2022.

In a meeting attended by politicians and Kikuyu Council of Elders at Gicheha Farm in Nakuru on January 17, 2020, the Head of State confirmed that he was not keen on going for another term.

This comes when the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is gathering momentum.

Mr Kenyatta has in the past refused to be drawn into the succession debate. Instead, he has insisted that he is only interested in pushing for his development Agenda through the Big Four Agenda.

An elder who attended the meeting said that the Constitution is clear on the two terms for the President and it would not be prudent for the President to go for a third term.

“It is not possible for Mr Kenyatta to run again after the end of his term (in 2022) because the law doesn’t allow him,” said the elder.

A senior Kikuyu Council of Elders official told the Nation that the President is not interested in a third term.

“He said he will not vie for the presidency in 2022 and he will be an ordinary raia(citizen) like us. He said he will not waste even a single minute after his term comes to an end and that is why he is keen on pushing for BBI that will distribute the national cake to all Kenyans,” said another elder.

He said that Mr Kenyatta urged the elders to popularise the report.

The elder said that President told the more than 400 elders and politicians that he is keen on leaving a legacy of a united country.

“The President said he will work tirelessly until his last day in office to ensure he leaves a united country,” he said.

During the meeting, Governor Lee Kinyanjui was told to work closely with the elders to popularise BBI in Nakuru County.

Mr Kenyatta has in the past said he was not interested of hanging on to power. However, his close allies like former Jubilee deputy chairman David Murathe and Central Organisation of Trade Unions General-Secretary Francis Atwoli have hinted that he is ‘too young to retire’ after 2022.

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Pregnant? It is now harder to get a US Tourist Visa after Trump introduces new rule

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The US State Department on Thursday published a new rule aimed at denying tourist visas to pregnant women if consular officials believe the primary purpose of their visit is to give birth in the United States.

The Donald Trump administration said it is seeking to end “birth tourism”, which is the practice of pregnant foreign women visiting the US to give birth so that their babies can acquire American citizenship.

Under the new rule, consular officials at the embassy will have authority to deny a B non-immigrant visitor visa to an applicant if they believe their “primary purpose” is to give birth in the US.

“If a consular officer has reason to believe a B non-immigrant visa applicant will give birth in the United States, the applicant is presumed to be seeking a visa for the primary purpose of obtaining US citizenship for the child,” the rule reads in part.

According to the rule, in order to get a visa, the applicant must establish, to the satisfaction of a consular officer, a legitimate primary purpose other than obtaining US citizenship for a child by giving birth in the United States.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham on Thursday issued a statement saying that the new rule closes an immigration loophole that creates burden on hospital resources, adding that it “will also defend American taxpayers from having their hard-earned dollars siphoned away to finance the direct and downstream costs associated with birth tourism.”

The State Department however clarified that it will continue issuing visitor visas to pregnant women whose travel purpose is to seek medical treatment in the US.

The applicant will also need to provide to the consular officer that a medical practitioner or medical facility in the US has agreed to offer such treatment.

The Associated Press last year reported that most of the “birth tourists” are women from China, Russia and Nigeria.

President Trump has long expressed his opposition to birthright citizenship, which grants citizenship to all persons born in the United States.

In 2018, he threatened to end, through an executive order, automatic citizenship to babies born in the US to non-citizens.

“So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other,” President Trump twitted in 2018.

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So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other. It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words “subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” Many legal scholars agree…..

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Legal scholars have however said the president does not have authority to end birthright citizenship, which is guaranteed in the 14th amendment of the US constitution.

“It’s ridiculous. And it has to end,” said Trump of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment that grants U.S. citizenship to those born on U.S. soil.

The new rule becomes effective on Friday, January 24, when it is published in the Federal Register.

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