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Soldier held as lover, two children yet to be found

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A military officer has been arrested following the disappearance of his estranged lover and two children.

Maj Peter Mugure, who is based at Nanyuki’s Laikipia Airbase, was arrested yesterday evening after spending the entire day at Nanyuki Police Station and recording three statements.

“We will take him to court on Monday and seek more time to detain him for further interrogations and investigations,” said Laikipia East Criminal Investigations Officer Jacob Muriithi.

Muriithi’s estranged lover Joyce Syombua, 31, and their two children Shanice (10) and Prince Michael (5) disappeared three weeks ago when they went to visit him in Nanyuki.Almost a month since the visit, Syombua’s mother Maua Malombe and the family are painstakingly still searching for her and the children.

It all started on Friday, October 25 when the three started their journey from Nairobi’s Kayole Estate where they lived.The visit was at the request of Mugure, Syombua’s partner of 13 years.

Mrs Malombe says the relationship between the two had been on and off.

“Peter requested that he needed to spend time with the children after schools closed. He sent Joyce fare and they were excited when they left for Nanyuki,” says Mrs Malombe.

Several hours later, Syombua texted her that they had arrived safely. She was also in communication with her childhood friend and namesake, Syombua Kateng’u, who she texted at 11pm.

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At 8am the following day, Syombua texted her friend again.

“In the text message she told me that when she came from the bathroom, she did not find Peter and the children.

She also told me when she called him, he said he was taking them on a tour of the facility and would be back,” Ms Kateng’u says.

After a few hours, Syombua texted Kateng’u that Mugure was back, but without the children.

“When she asked him the whereabouts of the children, he said he had left them at a friend’s house because they needed privacy to iron out their differences,” narrates Kateng’u.

Journey to the unknown

At 7pm, Kateng’u called Syombua who told her the children were yet to return and that Mugure had stepped out.

She called her again after some time but her phone was off. That was the last time the family and friends heard from Syombua and her children.

Kateng’u says the same night, she called Mugure – whose number she had been given by Syombua.

He informed her that he had escorted Joyce and her children to board a matatu back to Nairobi that night.But the three did not arrive back to their house in Kayole, throwing the family into panic.

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Mrs Malombe reported a case of missing relatives at Soweto Police Station that Sunday.

The matter was booked and was advised to make a follow-up report at Nanyuki Police Station where the disappearance occurred.

It was at Nanyuki where Malombe met Mugure who had also arrived to record a statement.

Ms Joyce Maua, 31, and her two children Shanice (10) and Prince Michael (5) who went missing on October 26, 2019 after visiting a senior military officer based at Laikipia Air Base. [Philip Muasya, Standard]

In his statement to the police, the military officer indicated that at around 6.30pm on October 26, he escorted Syombua and the children to the bus stage.

He said he left the three at the stage waiting for a matatu and went back to his workplace, therefore he did not know which vehicle they boarded.

When the Saturday Standard reached out to Mugure, he directed us to the police.

“Contact the right channels and you will obtain the information you need,” Mugure said on the phone.

An officer at Nanyuki Police Station, a Mr Kiptoo, who has been investigating the matter, said it was a complicated case that needed a lot of time and travelling.

“I have handed over the file to the DCIO Laikipia East because I realised it needs a lot of travelling and effort,” the officer said.

Muriithi said, “We have established they were not in good terms as a couple.”Hope that the family would be traced through telephone signals dwindled after a cellphone believed to belong to Syombua was on Wednesday found inside a matatu registered with 4NTE Sacco in Nanyuki town. An official of the sacco denied that their vehicle ferried the three to Nairobi.

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“We do not ferry clients at night, the vehicle in which the phone was found was on a private duty that day.”

The family is now appealing to DCI boss George Kinoti to take up the matter and unravel the mysterious disappearance of the three.

By Standard

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Panic over possible contacts of MP’s dead spouse

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Panic has gripped Mogotio town, Baringo County, after it emerged that the husband of Woman Rep Gladwel Cheruiyot (pictured), who allegedly succumbed to Covid-19 on Saturday, had spent considerable amounts of time in the area recently.

This came as ministry of Health officials started tracing his last movements, particularly in Mogotio township, where he operated a petrol station and at his rural home in Kapkiamo, Baringo North subcounty.

An official who spoke to the People Daily newspaper on condition of anonymity said a “pilot” sample had been taken from one of the workers last week.

“We are waiting for testing kits so that we can do more tests in the targeted areas,” he said. But speaking separately, Baringo County Commissioner Henry Wafula and Mogotio MP Daniel Tuitoek said there was no cause for alarm, noting that the businessman may have died of other causes and not necessarily coronavirus.

“I am the chairman of the County Coronavirus Response Committee. I am not aware of any case in my area. The businessman died in Eldoret; that is all I can tell you,”said Wafula.

Shift responsibility

On county preparedness, Wafula appeared to shift the responsibility to Governor Stanley Kiptis, saying: “He was given Sh220 million. Ask him what he has done with it.”

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The commissioner has appealed to residents to stop speculating on what might have caused the death of Isaac Cherogony, 58, saying health is a personal issue.

“Who said he died of coronavirus? Health is for the family to talk about, not me.” Mogotio MP Tuitoek, on the other hand, has urged locals to strictly exercise self-discipline by obeying rules set to curb the disease spread and avert loss of lives.

The legislator called for calm, and called on the residents to continue wearing masks, washing hands with soap regularly and keeping social distance especially at public places.

Dr Tuitoek said he had been tested at the National Assembly and his samples turned out negative. He said he presented himself voluntarily for testing.

“There is nothing to fear. I received my results via SMS on Sunday evening,” he said. Baringo is one of the six counties that have not reported a case so far.

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If you miss me know that I am in heaven – Comedian Kasee’s last words

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A video has emerged on social media of the late comedian Kasee that has aroused fan’s emotions.

The short clip is said to be of the comedian’s final interviews just months before his demise which occurred on Sunday, June 28, after he was found dead by the roadside.

If you miss me know that I am in heaven - Comedian Kasee's last wordsThe late Kasee was confirmed dead after he was found lying by the roadside. Photo: Glorious pictures
Source: UGC

In the video, Kasee was being interviewed by a local media and gave a goodbye that nobody thought meant anything, until now.

While bidding the filming crew goodbye, the late told his fans if they failed to find him, then they should know he’s in heaven.

“If you don’t find me, just know that I am in heaven or in Kinoo,” Kasee said while facing the camera.

When asked by the interviewer not to adhere to the call, Kasee responded saying:

“C’mon if its Jesus, I’ll just perform a somersault (accept his call),” he said amidst laughter.

The late Kasee’s remarks left many wondering if the young man saw what was coming.

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The interview took place in Kinoo area, the same place the comedian was found dead after a reportedly drinking spree with friends.

Laugh Industry’s Ken Waudo speaking to TUKO.co.ke said he believed the young man had drunk a contaminated drink which led this death.

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His autopsy was to be done and confirm the exact cause of death which, until now, is yet to be revealed.

Kasee was a loving father of two young kids who had actually turned a new leaf in his life after starting a wholesale business before he turned back to his drinking ways which ultimately contributed to his demise.

The comedian was laid to rest on Saturday, June 4, in Matuu – Machakos county, Itumunduni village.

By Tuko.co.ke

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Kenyans among foreign students likely to be deported from US if they take full-online classes in fall

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The Department of Homeland Security has issued a policy revision on foreign students studying in the United States which will lead to mass deportation of students who don’t take on-campus classes.

The department has restricted foreign students from attending classes completely online. The restrictions include the possibility of deportation. See full press release here below:

SEVP modifies temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during fall 2020 semester.

WASHINGTON – The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced modifications Monday to temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to publish the procedures and responsibilities in the Federal Register as a Temporary Final Rule.

Temporary exemptions for the fall 2020 semester include:

  1. Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States. The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States. Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status. If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.
  2. Nonimmigrant F-1 students attending schools operating under normal in-person classes are bound by existing federal regulations. Eligible F students may take a maximum of one class or three credit hours online.
  3. Nonimmigrant F-1 students attending schools adopting a hybrid model—that is, a mixture of online and in person classes—will be allowed to take more than one class or three credit hours online. These schools must certify to SEVP, through the Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” certifying that the program is not entirely online, that the student is not taking an entirely online course load this semester, and that the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program. The above exemptions do not apply to F-1 students in English language training programs or M-1 students pursing vocational degrees, who are not permitted to enroll in any online courses.
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Schools should update their information in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) within 10 days of the change if they begin the fall semester with in-person classes but are later required to switch to only online classes, or a nonimmigrant student changes their course selections, and as a result, ends up taking an entirely online course load. Nonimmigrant students within the United States are not permitted to take a full course of study through online classes. If students find themselves in this situation, they must leave the country or take alternative steps to maintain their nonimmigrant status such as a reduced course load or appropriate medical leave.

Due to COVID-19, SEVP instituted a temporary exemption regarding online courses for the spring and summer semesters. This policy permitted nonimmigrant students to take more online courses than normally permitted by federal regulation to maintain their nonimmigrant status during the COVID-19 emergency.

F-1 nonimmigrant students pursue academic coursework and M-1 nonimmigrant students pursue vocational coursework while studying in the United States.

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