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The 72-year-old gangster who terrorised a village

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Security chiefs in Vihiga County have identified a 72-year-old gang leader recently lynched by a mob following a robbery with violence.

County Commissioner Ochillo Oyugi said James Ing’ombe was the leader of a gang that has been terrorising residents.

The criminals are linked to the murder of a family of four at Busamo village late February.

Mr Ing’ombe, who hailed from Izava, was lynched on February 28 and his house torched.

Mr Oyugi said he also served as gang’s traditional leader and cleanser.

Police had been looking for the gang leader in connection to a murder in Emuhaya last October.

“He was involved in a spate of crimes and cleansed his gang after committing robberies and murders,” Mr Oyugi told the press at his Mbale office, flanked by County Commander Hassan Barua, County Criminal Investigations Officer Joshua Cheptoo and County Intelligence Coordinator John Maina.

“He was being sought by police in Emuhaya. His matter had been recorded at the Divisional Crime Unit under criminal number 944/10/2020.”

The wave of gang crimes in the county has seen police open an inquest, with the aim of arrested more criminals.

So far, six gang members aged between 22 and 43 have been charged at the Vihiga Law Courts with robbery with violence.

They are Benjamin Mayodi (26), Peter Keya (25), Stanley Musungu (35), Kennedy Ogonda (43), Julius Opati (22) and Ian Asena (24).

They were arrested on different following alerts from the public and will return to court on Monday.

“They dropped out of school. One is a boda boda operator, another sells mandazi IN Chavakali and one is an ex-convict of Shilitsa prison,” he said.

“We have enough evidence linking them to the incidences.”

The suspects hail from a village in Sabatia that neighbours Busamo.

The four relatives who were killed were 40-year-old Kennedy Ambani, who had a business at Magada trading centre, the wife Elizabeth Achieng’ (35), son Gifton (10) and daughter Ann (eight).

“We are in search of two or three more suspects. We arrested 14 but after interrogation, some were turned into witnesses,” said the county commissioner.

He noted that the gang has networks outside Vihiga, which make it easier for members to escape after crime sprees.

Mr Oyugi said security agencies in the county reached out to their counterparts in the neighbouring Kakamega County in a bid to reduce the gang’s operational base.

Mr Barua said the gang members have bases at Amalemba and Sigalagala in Kakamega.

“We have activated our Nyumba Kumi initiative, intensified patrols and enforced the free flow of information from the public. Our toll free number is 988,” he added,

“We shall not leave any stone unturned. Locals were residing with the suspects but never told police until after the crime had been committed. People should learn to share information.”

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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.

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.

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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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.

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Young African boy creates his own ‘ATM’ that dispenses new notes

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Africa is filled with amazing talents, that goes without much debates.

There have been instances where young people have demonstrated unmatchable skills like a Nigerian man who used pencils to create an amazing 3D drawing.

Young Nigerian boy creates his own ATM

The little boy knelt shyly in front of the camera as he demonstrated how his machine works. Photo: Gidi_Traffic
Source: UGC

A video of a young boy has added to the repositories of Africans whose works have found visibility online.

In the clip, the young boy showcased the contraption he made with carton boxes.

When asked what it is, the boy said it an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM).

He demonstrated how it works as new naira notes dashed out of a hole to the floor.

On one hand, he held what looked like the battery that powered the machine.

His creation became known months after yet another Nigerian kid did something similar but with a different body design that mimics the real ATM.

Meanwhile, TUKO.co.ke earlier reported how a 14-year-old Nigerian boy, named Praise Kelechi, showed off his improvisational skill of using cartons to create robots and other superhero costumes.

In an interview with BBC, the boy, while, displaying the Iron Man suit replica he made, said he was worked on it before the lockdown but had more time to perfect it as school was on a forced holiday.

He gave this piece of advice:

“I want to tell the world that no matter how rich or poor you may be, you can still be whatever you want to be and do whatever you want. It does not matter the resources available or not, you can just be who you are.”

by Tuko.co.ke


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