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VIDEO: A Kenya-born Professor dies in grisly three-vehicle accident in US

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A Kenyan man died Thursday afternoon after the truck he was riding in struck two other vehicles before overturning into the median of I-65 in Baldwin County, Alabama State Troopers said.

Dr James Gicheha Njeng’ere,  a science teacher at the Alabama School of Math and Science was identified as the victim killed in the wreck, the school said.

Dr Njeng’ere was a passenger in a 2000 Toyota Tundra that hit the back of an attenuator truck around 12:30 p.m. Thursday on I-65 North at exit 31 in Baldwin County, according to Sgt. John “Daryl” Bogle. The attenuator truck was behind a paint striping crew that was working on the interstate.

After the collision with the attenuator truck, the Tundra struck a commercial vehicle and then overturned into the median.

Dr Njenge’re was 69, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said.

The driver of the Tundra, identified as 24-year-old Esau Waweru Kariuki of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was taken to University in Hospital in Mobile with undisclosed injuries.

Njengere was not wearing a seat belt, authorities said.

“We are deeply saddened to share of the tragic loss of one of our faculty members, Dr. James Njenge’re, in a car accident this week in Baldwin County,” school president Dr. John Hoyle said in an email to students and staff. “This is a tragic loss for our community. Now more than ever, we must continue to uplift and support one another. Dr. James will be fondly missed. His legacy lives on in the hearts, minds, and endeavors of all our students.”

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A close friend of the deceased, David Wagacha who is a shipping agent said that the man died while on his way to deliver books to him, so he can ship them to needy kids in Nakuru.

“He was on his way to deliver the books to me. This is devastating news,” he said.

Hoyle said Njenge’re asked two days ago to return to the Mobile school, which has closed because of the coronavirus, to add information to a student’s science project.

“This was the kind of man he was, always willing to put the needs of others before his own,” Hoyle said. “First and foremost, though, Dr. James loved his students and was a charismatic lecturer and an ecstatic classroom presence.”

 

-Ksnmedia.com and Agencies

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Accused in murder of boyfriend denied bail

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A Nairobi woman accused of murdering her boyfriend of two years in a squabble over who would wash utensils after supper has been denied bail for failing to provide details of where she will be living upon release.

Susan Njeri Wachiuri, 25, wanted to be released on bail terms pending determination of the murder trial but Justice James Wakiaga noted that there was no evidence that she is not a flight risk.

“In the absence of documentary evidence that the accused has an alternative means of abode rather than the house of the deceased where the offense was committed, I am at this stage persuaded that it will be risky to release the accused on bond,” said Justice Wakiaga.

Ms Wachiuri is accused of stabbing Kelvin Njenga Ng’ang’a 11 times using a knife on April 9, 2020 at White House, Tena Estate area within Kamukunji in Nairobi County. She has since denied committing the offence.

In her bail application, Ms Wachiuri told court that she had a family who were very supportive and willing to accommodate her.

In opposing the release of the accused on bail, the prosecution said there was a rise in gender based violence amongst couples and therefore the accused should be denied bail in the interest of public order and security to act as deterrence.

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Paybill number for cash-strapped Gor Mahia

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As a financial crisis bites through the local football scene, Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has reached out to landlords of members of his team’s playing unit to exercise patience.

And in a related development, the 18-time Kenyan champions have, through Gor Mahia Augmentin Fund (GMAF), set up a Paybill number which members, supporters, and well-wishers can contribute money to the club in form of cash and ‘Bonga points.’

Bonga points is a loyalty scheme for all of Safaricom’s pre-paid and post-paid customers.

The points can be used to redeem prizes and goods at selected supermarkets.

Rachier has sought to strike a deal with the landlords of his players following consistent delay in rent payment by the players. This has been occasioned by financial crisis at the club that has caused salary delays.

“We have not paid salaries for five months,” Rachier said Wednesday.

“I keep writing to their landlords just to understand and I want to thank those landlords that have extended a good time for them (players) to be able to pay when we are able to pay,” he said.

Rachier spoke at an event where a section of club supporters and players, led by Lawrence Juma, Joakim Oluoch and Samuel Onyango as well as members of group called ‘Kulundeng original’ donated foodstuff worth Sh100,000 to the Fikisha Rehabilitation Centre.

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The function was held at the Lutheran Centre in Kawangware, Nairobi.

Gor players each received a Sh10,000 monthly stipend from the government last week in a bid to cushion them from the effects of coronavirus pandemic which has paralysed football activities in the country.

Most of the Kenyan Premier League clubs have benefited from the scheme launched by the government in conjunction with various partners.

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How man survived in 60ft well for 13 days

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A mentally challenged man from Gatituni village in Chuka, Tharaka-Nithi County has shocked many after surviving in a 60-foot well for 13 days without food.

Mr Royford Mugambi, 42, was retrieved from the well Wednesday evening.

He disappeared on the morning of May 22, 2020 while with his elderly mother who lives with him.

Speaking to journalists at their home on Thursday morning, Mr Henry Gitonga, Mr Mugambi’s elder brother, said they had been searching for him since his disappearance, even going to the Chuka County Referral Hospital mortuary.

REPORTED DISAPPEARANCE

He said the family had reported his disappearance to the administration and at Chuka Police Station and were almost losing hope of tracing him when he was discovered in the well.

Mr Gitonga said a neighbour, Mr John Mwenda, was working in a farm near the well when he heard someone calling and thought it was his father who was also working some meters away. But when he responded, his father said he had not called him.

Mr Mwenda continued with his work and then he heard the voice again. This time, the person called him by his name and when he trailed the direction of the voice, he noticed that the person was calling from the well and the soft voice sounded familiar; it was that of Mugambi.

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He went close to the well and when he called out, Mugambi responded and asked for some water.

LADDER AND ROPE

“After confirming that it was Mugambi who had disappeared for some days, Mwenda rushed and informed his father before proceeding to our home and broke the shocking news,” said Mr Gitonga.

He said they all ran to the well, which had been dug many years back by the owner of the farm who was looking for water, and confirmed that it was his brother.

He hurriedly looked for a ladder, tied it with a rope and dropped it to the well.

He said they asked him to hold firm to the ladder as they pulled him out.

VERY WEAK

Mr Gitonga said they struggled to remove him because he was very weak, making it difficult for him to hold onto the ladder. When he came out, he asked for water.

“His body was pale, completely emaciated and totally confused when he came out,” he said.

The family called a doctor from Chuka County Referral Hospital who advised them to give him a glucose solution and some milk for a few days before introducing him to porridge and later soft food.

The villagers said they suspected the man had been taking some water since when he came out his clothes were wet, suggesting that the well had some water.

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They termed the incident as miracle, saying they would hold a thanksgiving ceremony later

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