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By JUDITH GICOBI

President Kenyatta has maintained that he will not tolerate anyone who hinders his quest to leave a united nation when he retires. 

The president was speaking at the launch of Simba Cement factory in Salgaa, Nakuru County on Tuesday, where he said his mission to unite Kenyans through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) could not be stopped.

“Let’s not be afraid of coming together. It is what is necessary for stability and to move this country forward. I will not be shaken. That is where I am and I will continue on that path until Kenyans have peace, not living in fear every five years,” said Kenyatta.

“We want Kenyans to vote, go home, eat ugali and chapati, wait for the results and be at work the next day without any bloodshed.” 

He urged other elected leaders to shun politics and concentrate of working for Kenyans. 

“On this journey, no one can stop me. I’ve said this before. On this journey we will get to our destination,” he added.


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Criminal gang’s revenge attack leaves four dead

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Two rival criminal gangs turned Nakuru town into a battlefield that left four people dead.

In a brazen 3pm attack in Kivumbini slums on Saturday, members of the outlawed Confirm gang faced off with its splinter group Wazito wa TZ, which has shifted its base to Kwa Rhonda slums.

According to community policing leaders, the attack occurred minutes after the splinter group buried one of their members at South Cemetery.

“Wazito gang passed through Kivumbini slums riding on more than 10 boda bodas. They ambushed unsuspecting members of the Confirm Gang and killed one of them,” said a Nyumba Kumi leader.

The two groups engaged in fistfights before the splinter group vanished to the neighbouring Bondeni area after police officers were deployed.

At around 4pm, the splinter group resurfaced baying for blood and blaming Confirm gang for the death of their peer.

“In the second attack, the gang mistakenly killed one of their own who had friends in Confirm. He was a disabled young man taking cover from the heavy rains at one of the shops,” he said.

In a retaliatory attack, the Confirm gang cornered a boda boda rider whom they claimed was among those who ferried their rivals to Kivumbini during the day.

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“At 7pm, Confirm caught up with a suspected member of the Wazito gang at Makuti area. They slashed and stoned him before the police rescued him. We have established he has died at a local hospital,” said the Nyumba Kumi leader.

He said a fourth youth was stabbed several times in the cover of darkness along Kanu Street as the Wazito gang retreated to their homes in Kwa Rhonda slums.

“The gang members are high school students or those who recently completed studies. One of the victims is a 21-year-old and another one known to me is a Form Three student at a local day school. They are young but brutal in their attacks,” said a resident who sought anonymity.

The residents say they have lost count of the number of youths killed in attacks and counter-attacks between the two gangs since the year began.

They expressed fear of the continued rivalry between the gangs known for mobile money transfer scams, but who recently moved to town where they are engaging in robbery with violence.

In June, the two gangs clashed at Flamingo Estate where they killed a man who police identified as Alphonse Ogae. He was an innocent bystander.

“During the June attack, they also burned down two homes and destroyed dozens of others as they fought. When they can’t get members of either gangs to attack, they indiscriminately attack anyone they find in their way,” said Mary Waiganjo, a trader.

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Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui said some suspects had already been identified and were being pursued.

Heavy rains

“The gang from Kwa Rhonda took advantage of the heavy rains. They arrived at Kivumbini on motorbikes, executed their rivals and left. We have identified some gang members whom the police are tracking down,” said Mbui.

He attributed the deadly attacks to a continued police crackdown that has destabilised the gang from its operating bases

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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Bodaboda chama grows into a multi-million shilling housing cooperative

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A journey of a thousand many miles starts with a single step. A Nakuru-based bodaboda operator’s self-help group proved this in its growth. Driven by the ambition to have something to take home once they couldn’t ride any more, ten bodaboda operators from Barut, Nakuru West in 2015 formed Kianjahi Group, pooling a minimum savings of Sh100 per week per person.

“Being a bodaboda operator is a risky job and has serious effect on one’s health especially if you don’t dress properly for the cold. After attending a seminar in Machakos we decided to start making savings,” said Benson Sigei, the group chairperson.

The group grew as more members joined in 2016. After evaluating their progress, the members increased their weekly savings to Sh200 and eventually to Sh1,000.

“Before the year ended we were nearly 100 members. Our savings were growing and we had to come up with plans which some members considered as too ambitious and pulled out,” says Sigei. With savings of nearly Sh2 million, they bought a 1.6-acre piece of land which was previously a sand quarry.

“It cost us Sh2.1 million in buying the land and rehabilitating it to usable standards. We embarked on making savings for constructing houses which would be of similar design,” he said.

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To make this possible they converted the group into Kianjahi Housing Cooperative Society Limited and introduced Sh15,100 registration fee and minimum share capital of Sh60,000 payable in Sh500 weekly instalments.

AmpThe group started the construction of two-bedroom houses in a gated community model.

“Every member now contributes a minimum of Sh1,500 for savings every week. Those yet to clear their share capital make an additional payment of Sh500. This amount does not exert great pressure on the riders since the majority make nearly KShs1,000 per day.

The group then started the construction of two-bedroom houses in a gated community model where four houses sit on every 50 by 100 feet plot. The cooperative completed the construction of the first 50 units majority of which have already been occupied.

“We took a Sh15 million loan and in addition to our savings we bought an additional acre of land at Sh2.1 million. In the first phase, we have constructed 52 housing units. 35 members have already moved in,” said the vice-chairman.

The cooperative has bought a third parcel of land on which they intend to set up houses for all members. Members who moved in during the first phase like pay Sh2,000 per month. Sh200 goes to savings and Sh1,800 going towards offsetting the cost of construction. The payment for the houses is spread over seven years.

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Kenyans Woman Spikes Lover’s Drink, Transfers Sh1.7mn From His Bank Account – police

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A woman has been arrested in the Kenyan coast after spiking his drink, and stealing Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

24-year-old Beatrice Mueni Mbiu had been on the run since September 8 when the incident occurred at a night club in Nyali, Kwale County.

“She took off alongside her two accomplices but we got her,” a DCI detective told Capital FM News, “she will be charged on Monday even as we seek the other two.”

The detective said the suspect had been positively identified by the victim.

According to police, the woman first spiked the man’s drink then stole his phone which she used to transfer Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

Detectives said they relied on the club’s CCTV images and footage to identify and trace the suspect.

Drink-spiking is common in night clubs frequented by commercial sex workers in major towns including Nairobi and Mombasa where they target both locals and foreigners.

-Capitalfm.co.ke


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