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Seconds from death: How boda boda mechanic escaped Wajir terror attack

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Josphat Kinyili, 28, was one of the lucky survivors of last week’s terror attack in Wajir that left eight dead. The father of one had traveled to Wajir for the first time on November 22, after a man he met in Eastleigh offered him a job at a newly opened motorcycle garage up north.

He had met the man only identified as Chairman while running his own garage in Eastleigh. Chairman persuaded him to close it down as he would offer him a permanent job with a monthly salary.

Good deal

Kinyili demanded a Sh20,000 monthly salary, but chairman negotiated it downward. Eventually, they agreed on Sh12,000. To sweeten the deal, Kinyili would also be allowed to make money on the side by repairing motorcycles while still working for Chairman.

It was a good deal, he told investigators.Three days after he started working in Wajir, his grandmother died in Machakos.He asked his employer for some time off work to travel to Machakos for the burial. As agreed with his boss, he boarded the bus to Mandera on the night of December 5.

While in Eastleigh, he met Chairman’s brother who asked him to buy some motorcycle spare parts and deliver them to the garage in Wajir.The man also asked him to constantly update him on the journey by calling every time the bus stopped.

The bus made a stopover at Katulo area just a kilometre from where the travelers encountered the gunmen who killed the eight people, all from non-local communities.While he had been in constant communication with both Chairman and his brother through phone calls, they both refused to pick his calls just before they were attacked.

He called the two men at least five times but none of them answered.At around 5pm as the bus was approaching Kotulo, a man of Somali origin dressed in uniform resembling that of Kenya Forest Service, flagged down the bus.He was not armed. He walked into the bus as if he was conducting an inspection then walked out. Barely a kilometre later, the bus was flagged down by seven people dressed in uniform resembling those of KDF officers. They were armed with AK47s.

Two of the men in KDF uniforms walked in and ordered all passengers to alight. One by one, the passengers disembarked, with those seated at the front stepping out first.It is only after he heard them shout at passengers to lie down that he realised that the men dressed in security officers’ uniforms were not KDF soldiers or police officers but criminals.They spoke in Kiswahili, ordering the passengers to lie down on their stomach.

They were put in two groups — locals on one side and non-locals on the other. Kinyili said he tried to squeeze himself into a seat where a group of local women were hiding but they ordered him to leave.Eventually, he had to disembark.

Outside, he saw one of the armed men filming the events as they unfolded. With another man who he later came to learn was a police officer, he ended up on the group of locals before one of the gunmen ordered them to leave and join the group of non-locals.It was while walking to join the non-locals that he splintered into the bush to save his dear life. The armed men shot at him three times.

Luckily, none of the bullets hit him.Inside the bushes, Kinyili met a policeman who had jumped out the window.

They walked for about five kilometres in the thickets as they sought help.At around 6.30pm, they saw a lorry ferrying miraa coming from the opposite direction and waved at the driver to stop. After listening to their story, the driver drove off.

They eventually got help at around 7pm when they saw a KDF lorry headed on the direction of the attack.

They flagged it down and the KDF officers allowed them to board. They were booked into a lodging and were airlifted to Nairobi the following day.

By Standard

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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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Did you feel the earth tremors reported in Nairobi, Mombasa?

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Earth tremors have been reported in parts of Nairobi and Mombasa on Wednesday evening but Kenya Meteorological Department has yet to confirm.

The tremor measured 5.9 on the Richter scale.

Kenyans living in parts of the capital city and the coastal area took to social media to report earth tremors around 8.15pm.

The tremor could be as a result of a 5.9 magnitude earthquake recorded in Kilindozi, Tanzania on Wednesday evening, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Similar tremors were felt in parts of Dar Es Salaam around the same time.

Some tweeps reported rattles in their house while others reported light shaking although the quake would not cause any damage at such distance.

According to Volcano Discovery, not many earthquakes of such size have occurred in recent history in this region as it is far from plate boundaries and major faults.

Seismic activity in east Africa is mostly related to the Eastern African Rift further to the east.

People near the epicentre reported that the quake came in two waves; first, there was “around 8 to 10 seconds of vibration and then a 2-second long shock.

So far, there are no reports of major damage or injuries, fortunately.

By NN

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