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Confession: Horror of how boy, 17, stabbed girl 26 times

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On Thursday morning, John Nduno and his wife left their home in Naivasha for a relative’s funeral. Tragically, a few hours later, they would be planning yet another burial.

This time, one much, much closer to them. A daughter, Valerie Njeri, whom they bid farewell at 7am that morning, would soon be dead.

The events that led to the killing of their daughter started off with what looked like an innocent act of responsibility by the studious girl, that ended with her brutal killing following multiple stabbings by a trusted neighbour and friend.

In all, forensic officers counted 26 stab wounds on the teenager’s body, each of them draining life out of the girl.Police accounts say Njeri had returned a Chemistry book she had borrowed from the boy when he started making sexual advances at her. She refused and a fight ensued.

She overwhelmed him and when she tried running away, he used the knife he was using to chop French beans to stab her. The knife broke and Njeri was still breathing. He rushed to the kitchen, grabbed another knife and delivered more blows.

“He then dragged the body under his bed where it remained overnight,” said Naivasha DCI Chief Kenneth Njoroge.

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During the incident in Mirera estate 20km from Naivasha town, the suspect would later meticulously clean the room and the body, drag it under the bed and later share a meal with his family.

He returned to his room, with the body still under the bed and waited for his parents to sleep. Slightly before dawn, it is believed that he woke up, dragged the body and placed it outside.When his parents woke up, a few minutes after 5am on Friday, he had already disposed the body and had his books spread on the table.

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“He had become lazy when it came to studying and I was shocked to find him reading hours before the body was found,” said his mother, Susan Warugu.

He was among people who had been questioned by Njeri’s parents on whether he knew where she was, and he had said he had not seen her.

It took the eye of one policeman to notice something was not right.The boy had a cut on his foot, and his shorts had traces of dried blood. When they shone some ultraviolet light in his room, they noticed a blood trail that led to his bed.

They then took him in for questioning and he confessed.It is thought that Njeri was killed at around midday on Thursday.

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She had been left to attend to her parent’s posho mill. Her father John Nduno recalls getting a call from an irate customer saying the posho mill had been left unattended and Njeri was nowhere in sight.

By the time they got home, Njeri was still missing, but her books lay open on a bench; a sign that she had been revising.

Police say the boy told them that Njeri, a student at Mary Leaky Secondary, had gone to consult him over a Chemistry question.

“We have so many unanswered questions. We knew they were friends who would exchange exam papers but this murder has caught us by surprise and left us wounded spiritually and emotionally,” Mr Nduno said.

The two families are reported to have been close. Nduno says the suspect was a respectable boy who always shared exam papers with his daughter.

“Only a week ago, I gave him a lift to church on my motorcycle. I never imagined such an incident would occur,” said Nduno.His mother said her son had become rebellious since he joined Form Three.

Psychologists say parents should be vigilant about the behaviour of their children and seek early interventions when they notice sudden change.

Amy Toror, a psychologist in Nairobi says drug abuse, hormonal changes and pressure from home and school could push teenagers into extreme rage and depression. A neighbour, Jane Wanjiku, described the slain girl as humble, respectful and bright.

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“This incident has left us shaken as we knew the two students. At no time did we ever think we would be here mourning one as the other went to jail,” she said.Area Chief Hassan Guyo said the suspect is expected in court on Monday.

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Eliud Kipchoge pushed for countrywide athletes’ stimulus

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Eliud Kipchoge has appealed to more well-wishers to contribute towards the Covid-19 food stimulus programme for athletes, saying he’s eager to see the programme roll out to the rest of Kenya.

So far, the focus of the relief food has been in the Rift Valley region where the Olympic champion has himself distributed food to athletes in Kericho, Nandi, Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo-Marakwet counties through the Ministry of Sport, his Eliud Kipchoge Foundation and other well-wishers.

On Wednesday, Kipchoge was in Elgeyo-Marakwet County again to assist athletes in his training base of Kaptagat after well-wishers Zaharia Hassanali and family in collaboration with Eliud Kipchoge Foundation gifted 24 athletes with food aid.

Kipchoge said many athletes have been suffering and need support because they can’t train on empty stomachs, forcing him to reach out to various corporates to help reach the vulnerable.

With more support from well-wishers, Kipchoge said he will go across the country to help athletes, footballers, volleyball players and any other sportspersons in dire need of support.

“I have been doing this for four weeks now, and I’m trying to reach those athletes who are vulnerable,” the world marathon record holder said.

“Today, I managed to meet 24 athletes who benefited from the exercise. I know how tough it is to train in an empty stomach and I will always support the upcoming in this exercise including those who are in other events.

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“In these hard times, I know what the athletes are going through, and I would urge for more support so that together we can beat this pandemic which has affected the athletes’ lives.”

With elite runners depending on races across the globe, cessation of sports events due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus has forced the athletes into a tight financial corner.

Kipchoge also thanked Sara Janmohamed, who made 100 masks for the Olympic champion’s foundation, urging more youths to be innovative.

“I was touched by Janmohamed, who is still in secondary school, who was able to make 100 masks which I have also distributed to athletes. I would like to urge the youths to be more proactive in the fight against the Covid-19,” he said.

He urged athletes to continue training hard hoping that the next season would be better if the virus is contained.

“For now, apart from the food distribution, safety is more paramount but when competition resumes we shall come out stronger as athletes as we look forward to a better season,” said Kipchoge.

Kipchoge is preparing for the much awaited duel with Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele at the rescheduled London Marathon on October 4.

“Right now, safety is my priority and I will soon be starting my training and when that time comes, I will be able to tell you my training programme,” added Kipchoge.

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Ismail Cheboror, one of the athletes who benefited yesterday, said he was touched by the support from the athletics legend and he is looking forward to be like him in future.

“I’m happy for the support I have received which will keep me going in my training. “Kipchoge is God-sent and I want to be like him in future because he always inspires me,” said Cheboror.

Sarah Jelagat, who is a road racer, couldn’t hide her joy after receiving her food ration, saying she has been struggling to put food on the table.

“I was preparing for a road race in the United States of America in March, but it was cancelled due to the virus and since then I have just been training to keep fit,” said Jelagat.

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I gave my son a dressing down for breaking Covid-19 rules, says President Uhuru

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has told of how he admonished one of his sons for breaching the Covid-19 curfew.

In an interview with a local TV station, the President narrated how the son sneaked out while in a Mombasa trip recently with the other Kenyattas.

He said that he lost his cool when the son tried to defend himself despite putting the lives of other family members at risk.

“Okay, you’ve gone out. You have had fun. Your grandmother is 80-plus. What if something happens to your grandmother? How are you going live with that? Because you want to see your girlfriend?” said the president.

He revealed that his family, comprising his son, wife and mother got contained in Mombasa after the government announced a movement restriction from Mombasa to Nairobi and vice versa.  He said that the war against the Covid-19 pandemic required joint efforts and personal responsibility to win.

“This shall be a factor of personal responsibility. We have seen a surge in this disease and Germany is a good example.” This comes after the country registered the highest number of Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours.

On Wednesday, 123 people tested positive countrywide as Nairobi remains the hotspot for the virus after recording 85 cases of the 24-hour tally. Kenya now has 1,471 cases after testing 65,000 people.

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RIP: K24 journalist laid to rest after suicide

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Former K24 journalist George Kori who committed suicide was buried on Wednesday in Elburgon.

The body of the late Mr Kori was found dangling from the tree on Sunday at their farm, six days after he was reported missing.

Kenya Union of Journalists Nakuru Branch Secretary Mr Kioko wa Kivandi on behalf of other journalists said they will campaign and sensitise members on mental health care in order to ensure that journalists are counselled as they face many challenges while on duty.

He said the country needs to invest in mental health. The late Kori suffered from depression.

“We need to know what triggered Kori to commit suicide and the cause of depression,” added Mr Kioko.

Eulogising his colleague, People photojournalist Raphael Munge called on journalists to share their problems with colleagues and family members.

“Our colleague died because of depression. If he would have shared his problems to us, we could have saved his life,” said Mr Munge.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the county government will work with the media to ensure that they operate in a conducive environment.

Other leaders present include Molo MP Kuria Kimani, former MP Njenga Mungai and a host of MCAs, among other leaders.

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