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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.

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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Google honours Mekatilili Wa Menza 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Google is celebrating Mekatilili wa Menza, with a doodle of the Kenyan freedom fighter made visible on its search engine platform on Sunday.

Known for inspiring the Giriama people to resist colonial rule, circa 1900, Mekatilili wa Menza is revered as one of the nation’s first Mau Mau fighters.

“The recognition of Mekatilili Menza by Google goes along way in reinforcing what we believe in as Kenya National Heroes Council and a country.

“We believe our Heroes deserve better. They have played their part in nation building. We must affirm them at all times so that we can inculcate the culture of Heroism; the culture of service.

“We shall ensure more of our female heroines are unearthed, highlighted and feted. Other than giving birth to many celebrated our women were at the fore front of our liberation, our struggles and our future remains solely in their hands.

“That is the spirit of the Kenya National Heroes Act,2014 and what we stand for as a Council,” said Amb. Yvonne Khamati-Yahaya, the CEO of the Kenya National Heroes Council.

Mekatilili wa Menza led the Giriama people in the early 20th century and is commemorated during the festivities of the traditional Malindi Cultural Festival, an annual celebration of local history and pride.

She was born in Matsara wa Tsatsu during the mid-19th century.

By the early 20th century, British colonial rule had threatened the sovereignty and freedom of the Giriama people with forced labor and taxation.

At a time when women’s power was limited within her society, Menza was compelled to organize her people against colonial control.

The Google Doodle artwork features a depiction of Menza leading the energetic kifudu dance that called so many to action.

The artist behind the Google doodle is Wanjira Kinyua who is based in Nairobi

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CS Matiang’i addresses relationship with DP Ruto 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i sent tongues wagging after he opened up on his relationship with Deputy President William Ruto.

In an interview with NTV’s Mutuma Mathiu, the CS was put to task to come clean on his relationship with the DP amid reports of tension after he took over some of the roles that were previously performed by the DP.

Asked about his relationship with the DP, the CS responded with a curt “I don’t know”, denying any knowledge of the existence of any special relationship with the DP.

He added that the latter is the Deputy President of Kenya and such is their relationship.

The CS was also put to task to come clean on any perception of conflict between him and the DP in exercising his responsibility (as a Super CS) a role that was perceived to be that of the DP but which was handed over to Matiang’I by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“In exercising that responsibility, does it create a perception that this is a job that should have gone to the DP…There is no conflict of roles? Asked Mutuma.

“I don’t know of any perception, The Deputy President is the DP of Kenya, what is my relationship with governor (Anyang’) Nyong’o? he is the governor of Kisumu county..”, Matiang’i said.

The CS has been hailed as a performer with many opining that he should be on the ballot in 2022, seeking to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Among the latest to throw his weight behind Matiang’i is health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

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Reward Raila with presidency in 2022, Murathe asks Kenyans 

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Jubilee Party vice-chairperson David Murathe has asked Kenyans to prepare for Raila Odinga as president in 2022.

Murathe, a very close ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta, said it was time for Kenyans to reward the African Union envoy with the presidency for his struggle and fight for a democratic Kenya.

Speaking to KTN News on Saturday, August 8, the former Gatanga MP said 2022 would be a Nelson Mandela moment for the country as Raila would be a one-term transitional president.

He said the 75-year-old Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader will clear the way for a generational change in Kenya’s political order.

“We think it’s time Kenyans rewarded the years of struggle of Raila Amollo Odinga. They owe it to him. It’s like Mandela, and 2022 will be a Mandela moment.

“And we would also like to tell him (Raila) to be a transitional president who will then nurture the young generation to take over in 2027,” he said.

According to the vocal politician from the Mt Kenya region, there shall be a poster during 2022 campaigns which will have a portrait of the handshake partners.

“Assuming we go by the formation unveiled at Bomas, we will probably have a prime minister coming from Mt. Kenya.

“You may have a deputy prime minister coming from coast and the other possibly from the Rift Valley,” he said.

Murathe said Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka should give Raila a chance to try his luck for the last time.

“I don’t know what the arrangement is on the NASA side but if you ask me I would like him (Kalonzo) to also let Raila run,” he said..

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