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Human rights activist, friends go missing



Exactly a week ago, Michael Njau a human rights defender and his friend Adan Saibu left Nairobi for Thika to visit, Samuel Njau, a taxi driver in the town.

Samuel, Michael’s cousin, had been waiting for them and on arrival, the trio is believed to have spent time together before Samuel offered to drop them in Nairobi.

That was on April 24 and to date, the trio’s whereabouts is unknown, with their families making desperate ‘missing person’ appeals on social media.

The three disappeared between Githurai and Kasarani, and police in Nairobi have been trying to trace them.

The Toyota Ractis car – KCX 843M – that the three are believed to have been using was found abandoned at the Githurai roundabout stage two days later, after the owner failed to reach the driver on phone and traced it using a tracker.

Kiamaiko Community Justice Centre said that Michael’s phone was last traced to the Ruiru bypass at around 4pm.

“Residents of Githurai alleged that someone parked the car on Friday (the same day the three reportedly disappeared) at around at around 6pm and never returned,” the justice centre which is also Michael’s employer said.

A colleague at the centre told the Nation that they feared that Mr Njau may have been killed since he had been on the frontline fighting extrajudicial execution.

“He has really been campaigning against police killings and truth be told, he has received several threats. Not just him but most of us here. We handle sensitive cases touching on the most lethal police officers here. We just hope he is safe,” the colleague said.

His brother Ndungú Njau said he was hopeful that they would be found safe and that they would be reunited with their families.

Swazuri Ali, Adan Saibu’s brother also made an appeal to Kenyans to report any information concerning his whereabouts to the police. Their disappearance was reported at the Thika Police station under OB number 34 /25/4/2020.

Amnesty International, the Police Reforms Working Group and several human rights groups have asked the police to expedite investigations into their whereabouts. The latter is set to issue a statement on their disappearance today.

The disappearance of Mr Njau and his cousin and friend brings memory of last year’s disappearance of Caroline Mwatha, who worked as a human rights defender at the Dandora Justice Centre.

Ms Mwatha was later found dead, with her body being kept at the City Mortuary. Although investigators said that she died from a botched abortion, her family still maintains that she was murdered.

During the one year anniversary of her death, her father- Stanislaus Mbai alleged that she was lured to her killers by two friends.

The abduction and murder of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani in 2016 is also still fresh in Kenyans minds. ‘

Mr Kimani, who worked at the International Justice Mission; Josphat Mwendwa, one of Mr. Kimani’s client; and their taxi drive, were found dead on the bank of Oldonyo Sabuk River.

The three men went missing on June 23, 2016 after a court appointment at Makovo Law Court and were later reported to have been abducted by administration police officers.

The trial of three police officers suspected to have been behind the chilling murder is ongoing in court.


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UoN masters degree finalist who sells eggs appeals for a job



A jobless graduate who’s finalising his masters degree is appealing for well-wishers to give him a job. Dennis Obiri Ogola from Ndumbuini in Kabete sells boiled eggs despite having a diploma, degree and is set to complete his master’s programme in early 2021.

“I’m currently doing my masters and I’m in my last semester of the coursework. I have a diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management from the Kenya Institute of Management and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Procurement and Supply Chain Management option) from the University of Nairobi,” says Dennis.

Humble background, hawking eggs, rent arrears

The soft-spoken Dennis hails from a humble background and is the firstborn in a family of six children. Wellwishers enabled him to pursue his studies and he dreams of helping his younger siblings get a good education.

“I was helped by a children’s home to complete my primary school education. I joined high school in the same children’s home and because of my good manners, they offered to further my education. I did my diploma and after scoring a second class (upper division) in my degree, I got sponsors for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme at UoN,” he says.

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Dennis got into the eggs business after another well-wisher was touched by his plight and gave him the startup capital even though the proceeds scarcely meets his needs. On a good day, he makes Sh300 profit which he reinvests in the business, leaving him with peanuts to live off.

“I have some rent arrears but I spoke to the landlord and he’s understanding- but at the end of the day, he wants money.” Photo: Courtesy.

 “After hearing of my situation, an empathetic Human Resource practitioner in a financial institution gave me capital to start this business selling eggs and smokies. In a day, I sell a tray of boiled eggs at Sh600 (Sh20 per egg), making a Sh300 profit. I spend Sh300 on eggs for the next day and use some of the remaining money buy saviets, onions and tomatoes for kachumbari , wrapping papers and tomato sauce. The remainder of the money cannot pay my rent. I have some rent arrears but I spoke to the landlord and he’s understanding- but at the end of the day, he wants money,” he says.

“The far I’ve reached, it’s taken a lot of patience and perseverance. I would like to appeal to anyone with a job to offer me the opportunity. I dream of at least helping my siblings,” concludes Dennis, who has over ten certificates.

You can reach Dennis on 0705446010.

by SDE

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Aisha Jumwa, aide fail to take plea in murder case




Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa and her aide Geoffrey Otieno will spend another night in police cells pending bail ruling in a murder case against them.

The two were arraigned in a Mombasa court on Thursday and charged with the murder of Gumbao Jola who was killed in the chaos that ensued during campaigns for a by-election in Ganda Ward on October 15, 2019.

They denied the charges before Mombasa High Court Judge Lady Justice Njoki Mwangi.

The defence lawyers led by Danstan Omari, Jared Magolo and Cliff Ombeta asked the court to release the suspects on reasonable bail terms.

The lawyers accused the state of frustrating the lawmaker who is also facing graft charges and urged the court to free the two on bail.

Earlier in the day, Justice Mwangi was forced to briefly defer plea taking to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP’s) office to avail missing mental assessment report for Jumwa’s co-accused.

The judge also questioned the validity of Ms Jumwa’s medical report, which the court noted bears a signature that’s not that of a psychiatric known to be conducting the assessments in Mombasa.

The prosecution, however, explained that the medic who appends his signatures on the report has retired and that the procedure was done by his colleague who is currently in charge.

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Comedian Othuol Othuol’s father speaks for the first time following son’s death




Father to the late Churchill show comedian Othuol Othuol has today spoken for the first time and revealed that he was against his son’s comedy career.

Peter Omondi, Othuol’s father, disclosed that he always felt like comedy was a lazy man’s career which he did not want his son participating in.

Due to his father being against his dream career, the late Othuol Othuol had to leave home in Nyanza unknowingly and go to Nairobi where he joined Churchill’s comedy group.

However, with time as his son’s popularity grew, the late Othuol Othuols’s said that he came to accept his chosen career.

Othuol’s new path and fame brought a lot of popularity in the family that his father had to always be careful wherever he went.

This fact gave Othuol’s father so much pride as he realised that he now had someone to answer to and protect his image.

Speaking about his son’s life, Peter Omondi said that Othuol’s passion for comedy began at a very early age.

He wished that he knew better to encourage his son’s passion instead of discouraging him. He was very proud that Othuol still forced himself to do what he loved.

“I didn’t want him to do comedy. I always thought comedy was for those who didn’t want to work hard. From that, i knew that you must identify your kid’s talent and be serious with it,” Othuol’s father said.

The 56-year-old Peter, also talked about a side of Othuol Othuol that many people did not know about.

According to him, his son Othuol was a brilliant kid in school who would often be in the first position.

However, he would always turn the tables around and become last in his class in case his parents failed to acknowledge his efforts.

Othuol’s character was also very surprising to his father, as the late comedian always hang out with kids below his age and joke around a lot.

According to Peter, Othuol did not like being around his peers or older kids.

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