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Murder most foul: Soldier was ordered to support his 2 children

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The soldier who is being held by police in connection with the murder of his estranged lover and two children had planned to attend his daughter’s birthday.

Major Peter Mugure had asked Joyce Syombua to bring Shanice Maua, 10, and Prince Michael, 5, to Laikipia Air Base in Nanyuki so that they could catch up before Shanice’s birthday on November 1.

Shanice was to celebrate her 11th birthday during the visit with her father, who trained as a civil engineer at the University of Nairobi.

Those who know 34-year-old Mugure, who was raised in Nairobi and attended Mwangaza Primary and Upper Hill Secondary schools, say he had a troubled relationship with Syombua.

Syombua’s mother, Elizabeth Malombe, claimed that a few of Mugure’s relatives were opposed to the union and discouraged him from getting married to her daughter.

“After they separated, they (relatives) went to collect his bags from the house he was living in with Syombua. They allegedly told her that he had told them to collect everything that belonged to him from that house,” said Ms Malombe.

Syombua’s friend, Farrizanah Katengu, told The Standard that Mugure had not seen his children for a long time.

“Syombua said that Mugure told her he did not want to appear like a stranger to the children during the birthday party. He asked them to visit him so that he could spend time with them,” said Farrizanah on the telephone.

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Farrizanah said that she was Syombua’s classmate at St Bernard Secondary School in Kayole and by the time they were sitting their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations in 2009, they had become best friends.

Close relationship

This close relationship meant that the two women often confided in each other.The relationship between Mugure and Syombua also started when she was in St Bernard’s, with Farrizanah saying that the two got married immediately after Syombua finished school.

“She got pregnant with Shanice but they separated after eight months and Syombua went back to her mother’s house in Kayole,” said Farrizanah.

The friend said that Syombua, who worked at a bakery in Kayole, later got pregnant with Michael.Farrizanah said that Mugure had once denied siring Michael, which prompted the mother to seek legal intervention for child support.“A DNA test showed that he was the biological father of Shanice and Prince Michael.

He was ordered to pay for the children’s food and school fees,” said Farrizanah.

She told The Standard that Mugure was unhappy with the court ruling that ordered him to pay child support after Syombua reported him for neglecting his children.

Farrizanah’s description of the troubled relationship between Mugure and Syombua appeared to corroborate Malombe’s story about her daughter’s rocky union.

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Domestic issues

A colleague of Mugure who requested anonymity revealed that Mugure, who hails from Lari in Kiambu County, had built a family house in Ongata Rongai.

“They had domestic issues and it disturbed him. But he never looked distressed in public. He was acting normal,” said the source.

The source, who works with Mugure, described him as humble and claimed that he may have wanted to reconcile with his estranged partner.

“I know he had asked Syombua to get back together and she was willing because she loved him,” the source said.

Syombua, Shanice and Michael went missing on October 26, one day after visiting the soldier at his workplace in Nanyuki.The three bodies were found tied with ropes, stuffed in gunny bags and buried in a shallow grave in Kilimo in Thingithu.

Syombua’s mother said she wants to be given the bodies of her daughter and grandchildren, which are at the Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary.“I want to bury them in Kitui but I cannot afford to take them from Nanyuki to Kitui. I really need help. I am a single mother and I depended on her (Syombua),” she said.

Yesterday, homicide detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters joined their colleagues from Nanyuki in looking for evidence and collecting various samples at the scene where the bodies were found.

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SPONSORED: Luxurious Thika Superhighway Properties

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Optiven Real Estate in partnership with Equity Investment Co-operative Society Limited is enabling Kenyans to own very prime properties in this leafy suburb at Thika Greens. This jewel property is located in a serene environment along Thika Super Highway, and with up to 90% financing from Equity bank.

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What really caused the death of Kijana Wamalwa’s son?

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The family of former Kenyan Vice president Michael Kijana Wamalwa is wondering what really led to the death of the late politician’s  son, William Makali.

Makali, who passed away on Sunday evening at their home in Milimani estate, Kitale, Trans Nzoia County, left the family in utter shock and disbelief as he was said to be in high spirits before his sudden demise.

According to the family, a postmortem will be conducted to establish the cause of his death.

“My nephew was diabetic and probably that might have led to his death but, of course, [when] the official autopsy report [is out] we will be able to know what happened,” his uncle, Robert Wamalwa said.

Robert said his nephew looked fine a day before his death and refuted claims that Makali died as a result of depression, alcoholism, and drug abuse.

“It is far from the truth. It really very unfair and people should not capitalize on something like that. They should have a sense of decorum and respect to the family and the dead,” he added.

Makali, who was in his mid-20s, and the third-born child of Wamalwa, who died on August 23rd, 2003 while serving as Kenya’s vice president under retired President Mwai Kibaki’s administration,was a second-year commerce student at the University of Nairobi.

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Teacher charged with murder of class 8 pupil and her baby

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A primary school teacher has been charged over the killing of a Class Eight pupil and her 10-month-old daughter, who he allegedly sired. Eric Otieno Ooko of Gethsemane Academy in Mfangano Island, Mbita Sub-county was arraigned in Homa Bay High Court yesterday, charged with the murder of Rihana Nafula and her daughter Everlyn Aoko.

In the first count, Ooko was accused of murdering Rihana at Seka B village in Mbita Sub-county between October 21 and 26, 2019.In the second count, he was charged with murdering Everlyn on the same day and place.Ooko was reported to have killed the 13-year-old girl and her baby after defiling her last year. It is through the defilement that he is suspected to have impregnated the minor.

Rihana was being hosted by the school as a vulnerable child.According to an affidavit signed by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations officer in charge of Mbita Sub-county Philip Sang, Ooko killed Rihana and buried her body in a shallow grave near his home.

He also strangled Everlyn and dumped her body in a bush within the village. The bodies were later discovered by a resident of the village.

According to Sang, Ooko committed the offense to interfere with witnesses in a defilement case he was facing at a Mbita court.Sang indicated that the minor left her cousin’s house with her baby to attend an ante-natal clinic in Sindo township on January 22, but never returned.

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Her absence saw the court withdraw the case, citing lack of the key witness.However, before the withdrawal of the case, Ooko was charged with conspiracy to interfere with witnesses.He was to appear in court on April 11, but he absconded the proceedings, leading to issuance of an arrest warrant.He further disappeared from his village after the bodies were discovered.Ooko was later arrested by DCI officials  at Obunga estate in Kisumu and later arraigned.

He denied the charges before Justice Joseph Karanjah. Prosecutor Valerie Ongeti requested the court to deny him bond.Ongeti argued that the bond would make him interfere with witnesses in the case.“It is the right of an accused person to be granted bond, but this one can interfere with witnesses. Kindly deny him bond,” Ms Ongeti argued.

Justice Karanjah ruled that Ooko be remanded without bond.He directed that the accused could apply for the bond at later stages of the case.The case will be heard on April 6, 2020.

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