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His murder was as mysterious as his lifestyle. Kipyegon Kenei  the head of security at the office Kenya’s Deputy President led a  life that confounded even close colleagues.

Little wonder, when he was found murdered on February 25, some of them had no idea he lived at Twiga Court in Imara Daima estate, Nairobi.

Kenei had an official residence in Shauri Moyo at the highly-guarded Administration Police (AP) camp, which was commissioned by the late Internal Security minister, Prof George Saitoti, in August 2010.

Being a senior officer attached to a VIP like Deputy President William Ruto meant Kenei was expected to put up at the much safer AP camp, where he had a two-bedroom house, and not Imara Daima, where he lived in a bedsitter with nothing more than a bed in the way of furniture.

One of his friends told The Nairobian that Kenei could still be alive had he chosen to live at the AP camp in Shauri Moyo, where his safety would have been guaranteed.

“I know he had a house in Shauri Moyo.  On  several occasions, he dropped me along Jogoo Road while heading to the camp,” said an officer, who claimed that  Kenei had on January 28 requested to be transferred from Harambee Annex.

Kenei was from Security for Government Buildings, which is under the newly-formed Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU) but “he didn’t disclose to me why he was seeking redeployment, but he looked reserved and disturbed,” said the officer.

Initial reports indicated that he had committed suicide,  a theory that has since been disproved by George Kinoti, the head of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who said Kenei’s death “was cold-blooded murder.”

Kinoti has since invited the American Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to help in probing the murder. The DCI boss was however not immediately available for comment when The Nairobian reached out to him. “Here (in the USA),  it is lunch time. Let me finish the afternoon session then I will brief you,” promised Kinoti referring to the FBI executive training where he was one of the trainees.

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While Kenyans were shocked that a senior officer working for the second highest office in the land lived in a simple bedsitter, a fellow officer friend scoffed at what Kenyans saw on television, arguing that Kenei was relatively well-off for an AP sergeant, given the number of cars he owned or drove.

An AP officer’s salary oscillates between Sh25,000 and Sh30, 000 for the rank of a sergeant, give or take perks such as allowances for night outs and special assignments. Some postings are also lucrative,  like that at the Deputy President’s office. Before he met his death, Kenei, who once served as a bodyguard to the late Cabinet minister Soita Shitanda,  was said (according to his colleagues) to have been in possession of a substantial amount of money.

“It seems the killers took the money,” claimed an AP officer with whom the late officer attended the Administration Police Training College (APTC) in Embakasi.

Some in the know intimated to The Nairobian that Kenei was occasionally dispatched abroad on unknown assignments.

“I won’t be surprised if his death is connected to many of the deals he was involved in,” claimed another officer who knew him. Some quarters within the forces are now speculating that the bedsitter at Imara Daima was off Mombasa Road and could thus have come in handy during his deals and trips abroad.

Regarding the foreign trips claim, a senior officer suggested that Kenei’s passport should be  examined to establish the countries he flew to, when and for how long he was there.

The officer reckons that while investigators have dwelt on phone details which were erased and the CCTV footage from Harambee Annex, his passport can provide “crucial information to those investigating his death. They should find out where he flew to, the purpose of the trips, and the individuals he met.”

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While a suicide note and loaded Jericho pistol were found in the house, his colleagues are now questioning why the officer was allowed to carry the gun to the house contrary to standing orders that require the same to be surrendered at the nearest armoury.

However, officers of good conduct are exempted from this requirement and allowed to carry their firearms home, according to a senior officer.

“Nowadays, the rules around gun custody are relaxed. Cognizant of the fact that some officers guarding VIPs sign-off late in the night, we allow those with exemplary discipline to go with their firearms home,” said the officer.

In Kenei’s case, the weapon should either have been kept at Imara Daima Police Post or Mukuru Police Post, both of which are close to where the slain officer lived, according to a senior CIPU officer frustrated that the new housing policy requiring officers to live wherever pleases them is being abused by some of them.

One of the AP commanders complained that, “I am finding it difficult to mobilise officers for emergency assignments. Most of them don’t want their colleagues to know where they live, while others simply switch off their phones.

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) should relook afresh into this housing arrangement, especially for junior officers.” Before his murder, Kenei was lined up for questioning at the DCI in the wake of a Sh39 billion fake arms deal in which unfolded at Ruto’s Harambee Annex office.

DCI officers were probing how former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa allegedly duped foreigners that he could assist them secure a tender for Eco-Advanced Technologies at the Department of Defence (DoD).Kenei was reportedly in the know regarding the arms deal, in which Sh11.5 million had already been paid out as consultancy fee by the gun runners.Echesa was arrested alongside Daniel Otieno Omondi, Kennedy Oyoo Mboya and Clifford Okoth, while in the process of sealing the deal.

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Kenei went missing a day before presenting himself at the DCI headquarters, where he was scheduled to record a statement on what he knew about the arms deal.When Kenei went missing, his immediate boss, Joseph Rop, found himself in a dilemma. His frustrations were captured in a letter he wrote to the commandant of the Security of Government Buildings.

 

“The officer was among the police officers who were required to record statement at DCI headquarters yesterday, 19th February 2020, but he did not show up. The officer is armed with Ceska pistol serial number 43368809 make Jericho. His official mobile number is switched off and his whereabouts is not known. Efforts to trace him from this end have been futile,” wrote Rop.Kenei’s killers are walking scot free, even as detectives struggle to piece together the jigsaw puzzle that is his murder.While updating the media on the progress of investigations into incident, Kinoti said it was a premeditated murder aimed at protecting leakage of sensitive information allegedly in the possession of the slain AP officer.

“There is no doubt it was a cold-blood murder. The motive of the murder is very clear. It was simply to safeguard, protect, insulate or save the source from the adverse involvement and attendant consequences of using the military procurement process in the most deceitful and fraudulent manner,” said the DCI chief.

Should they succeed to nab the killers, it will be the first time since 1969 for the Kenyan police to unravel a high-profile murder after that of Economic Planning minister Tom Mboya, who was shot by Nahashon Njoroge who confessed that he had been sent by the “big man”.

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The toughest 9 months: I was pregnant with cancer

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She peed in a cup at the health centre, praying that the chemotherapy was not bringing up other health problems. She had walked into the facility after feeling worse than usual. Chemotherapy effects were bad, but this morning she felt worse. She just wanted to be fine, then she would finally start enjoying her new marriage.

A few moments later, the young medical officer walked up to her with a smile. “You have nothing to worry about. You are pregnant,” he said calmly. Jackline Kanyua was not sure how to feel about the news. On one hand she was happy, motherhood did not seem like a far-fetched dream anymore.

But again, her doctor had told her that avoiding pregnancy as she went through her cancer treatment was the best thing for her health. Heck, her monthly period had even disappeared. But the doctor had assured her that the chemotherapy and the drugs she took were enough to cause that.

Yet here she was, in 2017, in her mid-20s, newly married, pregnant but with cancer; Stage 3 breast cancer that needed aggressive treatment. The journey had all began a few months earlier when she felt a tight hard lump in her breast while singing in the shower. She had been planning her wedding then. What luck? she mused.

World over, according to the World Health Organisation, one in 1,000 mothers find themselves in the very same quagmire as Jackline. And just like Jackline’s doctor, other medics warn that pregnancy could complicate cancer treatment, just as much as cancer treatment interferes with pregnancy.

Andrew Odhiambo, a Nairobi-based consultant oncologist, advises that once a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, the safest option is to avoid pregnancy.

“Getting pregnant presents serious challenges, but even the treatment itself can cause a stoppage in menstrual flow,” says Dr Odhiambo.

The biggest dilemma presented, he explains, is whether to stop treatment and carry the pregnancy to term or to terminate the pregnancy and continue with medication. If chemotherapy has to start immediately, especially in advanced cancer stages, then termination has to be done. In fact, doctors recommend that women on treatment for cancer should be on contraception until some period after the end of treatment.

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“Carrying the pregnancy means stopping treatment, especially radiation or chemotherapy. Surgery can only be done after the second trimester. We always advise women to consider freezing their eggs and probably using them later once treatment is done,” Odhiambo says.

A 2019 study published in PubMed Central (PMC) affirms that radiation can be dangerous and that only non-ionising imaging methods are preferred to reduce exposure to the foetus.

“Unfortunately, not many medications can be safely used during pregnancy and mother should be exhaustive in thought about potential risks and complications of those systemic treatments,” the study states.

At the time when Jackie found out she was pregnant, she had had 10 chemotherapy sessions and a lumpectomy.

To navigate this new development, the couple made an appointment with their doctor at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), where tough decisions had to be made. The doctor gave her two options; to keep the baby and forget about the treatment or terminate the pregnancy and continue with her treatment. And being at cancer stage 3 at the time of diagnosis, this was a decision she had to make fully aware of the risks.

Abort or not?

“Keeping the baby was a huge risk but I decided to go for it. I told them that I did not require any time to think about anything because this was the best gift I could have. Or I could even give to my new husband. So I quickly signed the consent forms to stop treatment,” she recalls.

With pregnancy, several changes occur in a woman’s body. They include a drop in the number of lymphocytes that act as defence against foreign objects, including disease-causing pathogens.

“A pregnant woman naturally has increasing levels of oestrogen hormone. But these increasing levels, in the case of a pregnant woman with cancer, have a potential of accelerating breast cancer. Now add to the fact that you have stopped treatment, this can get too bad too fast,” says Dr John Ongech, a consultant gynaecologist.

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Jackline’s first trimester was, however, uneventful despite treatment having stopped. The fifth month of pregnancy, however, turned into a nightmare, as her right breast, which had undergone surgery, burst, becoming a raw open wound. She could not, however, be put on medication because of the growing foetus.

“The wound festered and smelled so horrible. The only way to care for the wound was using water and no drugs. My husband, Jude, had to stay home to take care of me. One of the women from church came visiting and found me in such a deplorable condition that she decided to take us into her home to provide care,” says jackline.

Unbearable pain

When Jackline was six months pregnant she had had enough and told her husband that they had to terminate the pregnancy.

“The pain was unbearable, and the wound didn’t seem to be healing. The cancer seemed to be growing and I wanted to resume treatment.”

And so they booked and paid Sh15,000 for the procedure.

“When we got to the KNH procedure room and I saw the devices that were to be used, I literally ran and called my husband once I was ‘safely’ seated inside a bus headed to the CBD,” she says.

A week later, facing unbearable pain, Jackline and Jude went back to have the pregnancy terminated, the second time. This was never to be, since when they got to hospital she changed her mind, again.

“I remember asking the attendants what they thought was the worst thing that could happen to me now that I had cancer, and their answer was “death”. I also asked them what was the worst that could happen if I carried the pregnancy to term. Their answer was still “death”. I was then ready to give up my life for my baby.”

On noting her dogged determination and the excruciating pain she was in, the medics suggested that she carries the pregnancy to seven months and then she could deliver preterm and have the baby put in incubation.

Pain notwithstanding that seemed like the best choice she had. And so, it would be. At seven months, labour was induced and baby Zawadi made her entrance into the world. The distressed baby would be whisked off to the ICU immediately to begin her recovery. As for her mother, aggressive treatment would resume. Luckily, Zawadi made a good recovery and was moved to the nursery and later to the paediatric ward.

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Two months later, mother and baby were back home, where new challenges awaited.

“Due to my medication, I could not breastfeed Zawadi and she had to depend on formula milk,” says Jackline.

All was going on well, until April this year when a cycle of chemotherapy and trouble struck again.

“Because I was lactating, yet the milk was not being consumed, the infected breast started having complications and I had to begin treatment once more.”

Doctors also discovered that the previous surgery had not completely removed the cancerous cells and they had to go in again. Her latest session of chemotherapy ended in October, after which Jackline was taken in for a mastectomy. She is recovering.

“This will be followed by another round of radiation to kill any remaining cancerous cells. I need close to ShI million for that. I have Sh450,000 already, thanks to support from well-wishers after I was featured on comedian MC Jessy’s show. I am hopeful that it will work out, and I will be here for my baby and husband,” she says.

This may have worked out for Jackie, but doctors caution that hers was a big risk they would not encourage because of the potential for fast spread of cancer cells, a complication that would mean she would be on lifelong treatment, or just die.

“Also, pregnancy while with cancer has been linked with a likelihood of recurrence of the cancer,” says Dr Ongech.

As Jackline cradles her baby, with a smile, as the interview comes to a close, it is clear that it was worth the risk.

“My baby was the best choice I made. It will be fine.”

by STandardmedia.co.ke


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