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City hall on the spot for spending Sh250 Million as contractor tarmacs only 100 metres

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Nairobi county government is under scrutiny again over a stalled road project, which has taken more than ten years to end notwithstanding, the millions of shillings spent into its construction.

Back and forth is what has been between the county government and the contractor responsible for the rehabilitation of John Osogo Road in Dandora Phase 4 continue.

The John Osogo road, which is the main road leading to Dandora Dumpsite, is in apathetic state. It has raked in millions of shillings in budgetary allocations since the days of the defunct Nairobi City Council.

Former Governor Evans Kidero’s government in 2016 set aside Sh180 million towards its repair. Since then, the construction of the road has seen only four extensions with the latest one lapsing in September, 2019.

The area MCA Francis Otieno has tried following up on the matter with the contractor who has not been at the site. The contractor resurfaced to do 100 meters on the road and then going underground again.

But the contractor is delaying work claiming pending invoice payments for the last 28days.

“This is not feasible because our budgets do not have provisions for interest on delayed payments. All payment certificates have been paid, but the contractor has refused to go back to site,” Ms Kangogo said while appearing before Nairobi County Assembly Environment Committee.

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The Finance department insisted no payments will be done until the work on the road is 100 percent done.

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Man kills self after he was stopped from digging own grave

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A 37-year-old man has stunned villagers at Chebwai after he committed suicide moments after he was stopped from digging his own grave.

Luvale Mutochi allegedly pulled a small bottle and drank from it outside his hut as his family members and some villagers watched in disbelief.

“I was called by a close family member who informed me that the deceased was digging a grave, he was still busy digging when I arrived. But moments later, he pulled a bottle and ingested the contents. He entered the house and took some water which could have catalyzed the poison reaction leading to his death,” said Chegulo chief Juma Inzai.

According to the chief, the deceased came to where they were standing and later walked towards his house before committing suicide by taking poison.

“Our frantic efforts to save his life were too little too late because the damage had been done by the time he was rushed to a nearby health facility,” said the chief. Peter Mutochi, the deceased’s father told journalists that the son got annoyed after his mother stopped him from selling her chicken.

“He had indicated that he wanted to buy some clothes but after his mother told him off, he started digging the grave near his house. My wife followed him and demanded to know why he was doing such a thing, he excused himself only to return with the poison which he would later ingest,” said Mutochi. The family said the incident has left them in shock because they did not expect their son to commit suicide over such a small issue.

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Lilian Khaendi, a cousin to the deceased said a disagreement over a chicken cannot be a reason for one to end his life.

“We don’t know why he decided to end his life just because of a small matter that could have been easily resolved, his death is a major blow.” The family has embarked on arrangements to bury the body.  Elders said the deceased’s body must be buried at night in line with the Luhya community beliefs and practices. According to the beliefs, the body has to be interred at night as a way of exorcising evil spirits that could return to haunt the family members.

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Body of MP’s brother found decomposing in his house

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Police in Migori have launched investigations into the mysterious death of the brother of Suna West MP Peter Masara.

The body of Michael Odhiambo, 43, was found on Wednesday evening in a rental house at Oruba village in Suna West Sub County.

Neighbours reported a foul smell emanating from the house to the police who arrived at the scene, broke into the house, and found the decomposing body laying on the bed.

The deceased was staying alone in Migori while the rest of his family members were at Gwasi in Homa Bay County.

“We got the information from a neighbor at around 5pm and quickly moved in to check what the matter was,” said Charles Ouma, the area assistant chief.Authorities have since launched investigations to establish the cause of death.“We are yet to establish what may have caused his death. The only thing we found in the house is a sanitizer,” he said.

According to Masara, his brother was suffering from TB. The body was collected transferred to Migori County Referral Hospital mortuary.

By Standard.co.ke

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Woman in court for taking Sh15m mortgage with forged signatures

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A senior manager with Mars Wringley’s company who allegedly faked a management consultant’s signature claiming he was her spouse and took out a mortgage for a Sh15 million property in Ngong is facing forgery.

Jane Muthoni Kariuki is accused of forging David Kimeli Mugun’s signature appended on a spousal consent mortgage application document presented to NCBA bank on November 4 last year.

She is accused of forging Mugun’s signature appearing on the document named Mugun as her spouse on November 4 last year with intent to deceive.

Mugun did not sign, and was not aware that Kariuki had listed him as her husband in the document he purportedly signed.

Kariuki was accused of faking Mugun’s signature with intent to deceive.

She is also accused of forging an advocate’s signature appended to the form.

The document is purported to have been signed by lawyer George Bwoyere of Akoto and Akotoa advocates on November 4 last year.

Kariuki is also accused of uttering a false document after she presented the spousal consent form to the bank falsely naming Mugun as her spouse.

She denied the charges before senior resident magistrate Charles Mwaniki of Kibera law courts.

By NN

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