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Dafton Mwitiki ‘was in a rush to seal deal before he went missing’



An agitated man who was in a rush to close in on a business deal, as he picked up his children from school on the day he went missing, is what a brother to flamboyant Nairobi- based businessman Dafton Mwitiki, who went missing on March 11, told the Nation Tuesday.

Mr Mwitiki’s car was recovered last Thursday by police from Juja after it was found abandoned near a coffee farm.

Mr Victor Mwitiki, an elder brother of the missing trader, yesterday narrated to the Nation how his brother had a busy day on Wednesday before he went missing in the evening.

“Based on the brief I have received from his wife, Dafton had a busy day on Wednesday last week before he went missing.

“First he was agitated after being delayed at a school where he had gone to pick up his two children. Secondly, he was agitated because he was under a strict deadline in a certain business deal that he had not delivered on and it was like he was under pressure,” said Victor.

He described his younger brother as a businessman who co-owns a restaurant in Nairobi together with a Chinese national. He also owns a tours and travel firm.

“Dafton owns a restaurant together with a Chinese national in Galana Plaza in Kilimani. He also owns a tour and travel company known as Beyond the World that has been doing very well since it was established some years back,” said Victor.

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Mr Mwitiki’s brother told the Nation that his brother was and has always been very cautious about people he hangs out with, for safety reasons.

But he has never mentioned to him at any one time that his life was in danger.

Detectives investigating the matter have so far established that the trader’s mobile phone was switched off in Roysambu along the Thika Superhighway at around 11:46pm on March 11 — the day he went missing.

“No arrests have been made so far but we are going to summon people he was in contact with last,” one of the detectives investigating the matter told the Nation in confidence.

The family is expecting to get further briefings from the investigators Wednesday.

“We have held discussions with the Juja detectives handling the matter and they have promised to come back to us Wednesday (today) to update us on the progress of their investigations,” said Victor.


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Captain Kibati’s family pays tributes to him (Photos)



Captain Daudi Kimuyu Kibati has been laid to rest today at his Kitui home.

He passed away after contracting coronavirus on his line of duty.

He was the pilot who flew the last flight from New York to Kenya.

“Captain Kibati managed to evacuate many kenyans only for him to succumb to the disease. He made the ultimate sacrifice,” said the CS of health Mutahi Kagwe in a live broadcast.

Captain Kibati was a loving husband to Jane Mwende Kibati and together were blessed with children.

He was a caring dad of Dr. Paul Kibati, Caeser Mutua, Sebastian Kibati and Angeline Mutindi and a loving grand-father to many.

His family wrote a moving poem for the late Captain.

“Where do we begin dad,

Your attributes are beyond what our words can express.

You remind us of Moses in the bible
who God called the most humble man who ever lived.

Your humility, many can attest to. You remind us of the teachings of Jesus when He said love your neighbors.

Only, you went beyond being just a loving neighbor

You became everything for anyone and everyone who needed you

When we needed advise, you were the wise counselor

When we needed understanding, you became the friend; down to the level of each and every person

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When we needed a provider, you went far and beyond; never withholding what’s within your means

When we were in conflict, you became the mediator and not even once, judging

A loving dad, compassionate friend, husband, son, brother, and granddad!

Whom do we turn to?

And now that it’s time to say goodbye, sorrow grips us

Your warmth, smile, voice, laughter; how can we go on dad

Yet we know that it is for love that you chose the lonely way out; though in hope of seeing us again

But this be sure; that forever your legacy will live on

The lives you touched, far and beyond your bloodline;

To where your arms could reach, you embraced many

And now, many hearts ache with sadness! Many eyes fill with tears

Who do we turn to?

We turn to the One who first loved us

Our hope and faith remain steadfast looking on to Him, the author of our lives!

We remain in the blessed of hope of waking up in Christ and seeing you again

As we soldier on to meet Him too someday, He is our faith and Trust

In His arm you are now safe and secure; rest assured that He is watching over us

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It is till we met again Daddy. We loved you but He loved you most!”

May he rest in peace.

By Mpasho

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Meet the woman who rallied kids to sing melodies from their balconies



Last week, a video of children singing praises from their balconies went viral, especially since the government had banned congregating in churches.

It has now emerged that the video was taken at Thindigua Heights along Kiambu Road and one Lillian Mbere initiated the idea.

Lillian, a Sunday School teacher at All Saints Cathedral, said she was compelled to organize something for the kids that would be similar to their Sunday routine but strictly adhering to social distancing.

Prior to the pandemic she would gather the kids at her apartment and teach them a number of things so most kids wondered why she suddenly stopped.

Following announcements by most churches that they would move their services online, Lillian felt she would do church differently by bringing it closer home, literally.

“Because of the disease, we have not been having our Saturday meetings. Our church has been having online services and even a class for children.

“I wondered, why can’t I replicate that in our estate?” she said.

Lillian engaged a number of parents via social media and they agreed they would let their kids go to their respective balconies.

“I told them, practice the songs and I will re-do the Bible lesson, which was done at the church, then we meet at 6 pm,” she said during an interview with Capital.

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On the material day, March 29, the kids did as they had been instructed and their melodious voices captured the attention of residents of the area who quickly recorded the moment.

So far, Coronavirus has claimed 4 lives in Kenya and over 120 have tested positive.

The Ministry of Health has urged Kenyans to stay at home and only leave the house when necessary.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has also warned that the number of positive cases is likely to rise significantly due to local transmissions.


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Ndingi sold his car to buy land for IDPs



While many leaders including President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have eulogised, Raphael Ndingi Mwana a’ Nzeki as a true servant of God, no one knows him better than  the priests and ordinary Christians who freely interacted with him at the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru.

Sadly, the thousands of Christians whom he served for nearly 50 years before he left for Nairobi in 1996, will not be able to give him a memorable send-off on Tuesday owing to coronavirus pandemic.

Archbishop Ndingi, perhaps one of the most prominent Catholic clerics in Kenya, served as the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Nakuru which also includes parts of Baringo County.

At the Christ The King Cathedral in Nakuru, his sermons were always full like crusades.

In one of his memorable homily, he once told former President Daniel arap Moi on his face that he could not enter the church with armed body guards and he obliged.

The Archbishop Emeritus who died aged 89 years, will forever be remembered by the residents of Molo.

“There is day Archbishop Ndingi sold his sleek Mercedes Benz gift from friends in Germany to buy land for the displaced families in Molo,” recalls Mr Andrew Nyabuto.

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Mr Nyabuto said the cleric used the proceeds of the car to buy land and resettled hundreds of IDPs who were camping at Christ The King Cathedral.

“Unlike present day preachers who rarely declare any gifts they get from abroad, this act by the Archbishop touched many and if there is heaven then I bet Archbishop Ndingi went to heaven directly,” said Mr Nyabuto.

Ms Mary Kahengeri, one of the people who camped at Christ The King Cathedral in Nakuru during the 1991-1992 tribal clashes said: “Today I own this piece of land in Molo because of humanitarian acts by Archbishop Ndingi. I will forever be indebted to him as long as I live.”

Father Peter Mose of Subukia described Archbishop Ndingi as “a spiritual dad that one would like to be near. He understood the thin line between politics and faith.”

He added: “He had fatherly advice and he would tell us not to drive at night. He used to tell us if night finds you on the road sleep in the nearest parish.”

Father Joseph Gatamu said: “He used to tell us to give lifts in our cars to our parents and altar boys because in case of an accident they would not take us to court but will in turn defend us.”

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The Lay Apostolate Coordinator at the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru, Ronald Sunros Sunguti said the current structure at the diocese is as a result of Ndingi’s good organisational skills.

“He was a man of the people with high level of intelligence. He was a fearless, hardworking and impartial. He was a person of order. He made the structure of Nakuru Diocese as you see it today,” said Mr Sunguti.

The last priest Archbishop Ndingi ordained before he left for Nairobi in 1996, Father Samuel Waweru, who is currently in charge of Catholic Justice and Peace Commission ( CJPC) at the diocese, described him described him as “honest person who reminded the clergy to pray always or they become the prey.”

Mr Joseph Omondi, the executive director of Midrift Human Rights Network in Nakuru town said Archbishop Ndingi was a leading voice of the voiceless during Kanu regime.

“He was a democracy and human rights champion. He sheltered and fed the victims of politically instigated clashes at Christ The King Cathedral in Nakuru. His ability to interpret the biblical teachings and what was happening in the country was motivating and uplifting,” said Mr Omondi.

Father Moses Muraya who was the Vicar General for 10 years under Archbishop Ndingi described him as “an honest, committed and disciplined man who loved his job.”

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“He was also a development conscious cleric who started all the social programmes such as water, hospitals and schools among others,” recalls Fr Murya who is a former Nakuru Diocese administrator.

Fr Muraya recalls how one day he asked Archbishop Ndingi what his job description as Vicar-General was and he responded: “ When I am around you do nothing and when I am not around you do everything.”

He added: “He is the foundation of all projects that have kept this diocese strong for the past five decades.”

At the same time, he said that while touring a clash-torn Olenguruone area with Fr Stephen Mbugua in 1992, police officers confronted them and sent him to go and tell Archbishop Ndingi to tread carefully on his push for justice for the displaced people.

However, Father Muraya said that when he told Archbishop Ndingi what the police told him, he responded: “Tell them (police) to come and do what they want. Do they (police) think I will die from morning to evening?”

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