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More details emerge regarding the death of Kenyan-born student Erick Kang’ethe in Massachusetts, USA

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Yet another Kenyan-born student has been found dead on a US campus in mysterious circumstances.

Erick Kang’ethe, who was born in Nairobi before his parents moved to the US, was studying Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst after receiving a Cultural Exchange Through Soccer (CETS) scholarship.

He was found dead on campus on Wednesday, days after his family had reported him missing.

This comes barely four months after another Kenyan-born student – Norah Borus – died in mysterious circumstances at  Stanford University in California.

Kang’ethe’s age has not been disclosed but from his social media profile, he is in his early 20s.

Erick graduated from Doherty HS in 2017, and he is now a sophomore at UMass Amherst.

Massachusetts State Police said his body was found lying around McGuirk Alumni Stadium at night.

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His identity was confirmed later on Thursday, according to campus spokesperson Mary Dettloff.

The cause of death has not yet been disclosed, and the police say they are investigating the case.

“He was a junior studying Computer Engineering at UMass, and hoped to pursue a master’s degree in Security Engineering upon graduating. He also volunteered with the Worcester-based non-profit organisation Cultural Exchange through Soccer (CETS),” reported MassLive.Com news outlet.

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“We extend our sincere condolences to Erick’s family and friends,” David C. Vaillancourt, associate vice chancellor and interim dean of students for UMass, said in a statement to the campus community.

Details surrounding his death remain under investigation. UMass police found him in the vicinity of McGuirk Alumni Stadium in the late hours of Wednesday by UMass police, campus spokesperson Mary Dettloff said.

In addition to his studies, Kang’ethe spent time volunteering with Worcester-based organization Cultural Exchange through Soccer. He was involved in the organization’s youth team, Worcester World Cup and received a scholarship from Cultural Exchange through Soccer this year.

Erick’s death comes barely four months after another Kenyan student, Norah Jelagat Borus, was found dead at Stanford University in California, under near similar circumstances. She was the best girl in Nairobi County in the 2013 KCSE results, and her body was discovered on June 14 at her on-campus residence.

She was the fourth-best student nationally. Borus sat her KCSE exam at Precious Blood Secondary School, Riruta, and joined California-based Stanford University to study engineering. Borus’s death was the fourth reported at the prestigious Stanford in 2019.

We are excited to introduce one of this year’s CETS Scholarship recipients, Erick Kangethe. Erick graduated from Doherty…

Posted by Cultural Exchange through Soccer on Tuesday, March 5, 2019

 

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Terror suspect arrested for threatening to kill DCI Kinoti 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

A Nairobi woman who was recently arrested for sending letters laced with deadly chemicals to the Canadian embassy in Nairobi has yet again been found on the wrong side of the law.

Tracy Wairimu Ndegwa was arrested on Thursday, August 6, for threatening to kill the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti.

Wairimu is reported to have threatened to kill the DCI boss shortly after she was released to go for a mental checkup at DCI headquarters.

She was to be charged on Friday, August 7, but her arraignment coincided with her appointment at the Mathari Mental Hospital where she was to undergo mental checkup.

Like in the case of the Canadian embassy, the woman sent Kinoti letters containing a white powder and alleged he would die after inhaling the powder.

Prior to sending the letters laced with chemicals to the Canadian envoy Lisa Stadelbauer, Wairimu had been arraigned at Milimani Law Courts for threatening to kill another person and was released on KSh 50,000 bond.

She was to be charged before senior resident magistrate Charles Mwaniki of the Kibera Law Courts for threatening to kill Stadelbauer but the matter was postponed until August 24, 2020.

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Her lawyer, Steve Ogolla, said she was an outpatient at Mathari but the prosecution said he had been making similar claims without furnishing courts with any documents to prove the same.

The suspect was released on KSh 100,000 bond and allowed to honour her appointment with the mental hospital until August 24 when she will be arraigned for the two offences of threatening to kill Kinoti and Stadelbauer.

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Sonko celebrates Elachi’s resignation 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Nairobi governor Mike Sonko seems to be in a celebratory mood after the resignation of Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi.

Moments after Elachi announced her resignation, Sonko posted several videos on his social media accounts that suggested that he was celebrating the exit of speaker.

In one of the worship songs he posted, Sonko captioned “Yuko Mungu Mbiguni Asikiaye Maombi yetu (There is God in Heaven who hears our prayers)”.

In another video, Sonko said that “We have seen your mighty hand Lord”, before he added another one with the infamous Jubilee Party supporters campaign slogan that “sio juju ni maombi (It’s not witchcraft, it’s prayers)”.

Sonko and Elachi have been at loggerheads, and at one time Elachi declared herself the governor after Sonko was barred from accessing his office.

Announcing her resignation today, Elachi accused Sonko of being one of the people after her life.

“Governor Sonko, you cannot go on threatening people’s lives and their families. You also have a family. You cannot have everything, just nurture what God has given you,” Elachi said in a statement.

Former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko

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CS Kagwe on the spot over statement on Ramadhan Kajembe, wife deaths 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The children of the late Changamwe MP Ramadhan Kajembe have demanded an apology from Health CS Mutahi Kagwe in 14 days without which they threatened to sue him.

Kagwe, during a press briefing on August 9, 2020, had cited a case of a son who refused to accept a positive Covid-19 diagnosis and infected his elderly parents, who have since passed on.

“He (the son) refused to self isolate which led to the infection of his sister and parents. Unlike him, they are elderly and as usual with underlying conditions so they were impacted more.

“As we speak, this family has lost the one elderly family member, the head of the household just two weeks after burying his mother,” Kagwe disclosed.

Speaking from the late MP’s home, the children expressed displeasure at Kagwe’s sentiments which they stated had attracted stigmatisation.

The family acknowledged that both Kajembe and his wife had died of Covid-19 and asked the government to allow them time to mourn.

“It is unfortunate that a whole cabinet secretary can come out and issue a mere statetement that a young man who brought coronavirus to his parents. We are urging the CS to withdraw the sentiments against my family,” one of Kajembe’s sons stated.

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The family was also bitter that Governor Mike Sonko posted Kagwe’s sentiments on his official Facebook account and attached photos of Kajembe’s burial.

Led by Kajembe’s children – Harun Kajembe, Sudi Kajembe, Mohammed Kajembe, Fatma Kajembe and their brother- in-law Mabruk Juma, they demanded that the CS and Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko should apologise within the next 14 days, failure to which, they would take legal action.

“Death is inevitable. It is very sad that the Cabinet Secretary will accuse our brother of killing our parents. You can only imagine the kind of stigma this has brought to our family,” Harun stated.

Contrary to Kagwe’s sentiments, the family stated that their brother contracted Covid-19 but immediately self-isolated in one of the hospitals in Mombasa.

Kajembe died on August 7, 2020, at the Pandya Hospital, two weeks after his first wife Mama Aziza Kajembe died.

In March, the MP had lost his second wife Mama Zaharia Kajembe at the Aga Khan Hospital in Mombasa County, where she had been undergoing treatment.

The MP is survived by 16 children

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