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Brothers set free from stepmother’s evil trap

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Two brothers framed for murder of their father are struggling to rebuild their lives after wasting 15 years in prison.

Henry Kailutha Nkarichia, 43, and his brother Ambrose Mungathia Nkarichia, 52, (pictured) had initially been convicted to hang but were finally released on appeal. A series of tragedies hit them in quick succession within a span of the fateful year.

Their father had died in a mysterious fire believed to have been an arson attack. They were arrested for the murder and quickly convicted.

As they cooled their heels in prison waiting for the hangman’s noose, their young families were evicted from their family land as their stepmother attempted to sell off the property.

Convicted to hang

The brothers had in 2006 been convicted by Justice Mathew Emakule to hang for allegedly killing their father Stanley Nkarichia on November 5, 2005, at Kisima location in Buuri Sub-County within Meru County.

In 2009, there was hope after former President Mwai Kibaki commuted all death sentences to life imprisonment. The two breathed a sigh of relief when a retrial was ordered by the Court of Appeal in Nyeri after they raised substantial grounds that they had been framed by their stepmother.

The two brothers are only grateful that their families remained intact during their long incarceration. The two brothers were released by Justice Alfred Mabeya sitting in Meru who found they were framed by their step-mother intent on grabbing the family land.

Mungathia recalls the day their father died, they had been working on their farm together but the father left early afternoon to pick some medicine in the neighbourhood. “It rained heavily forcing me to stop working. I retired and it continued raining even when we were woken by shouts of distress as our father’s house went up in flames,” says Mungathia.

Their stepmother, who ‘escaped’ from the inferno, implicated the brothers in the arson and in three months their case kicked off and was quickly concluded with a conviction of murder and a mandatory death sentence. But while setting free the two brothers on January 30, 2020, after 15 years in prison, Justice Mabeya found they were victims of a devious frame-up by their step-mother interested in dispossessing them of their family land.

Consistent liar

The judge said the case’s success relied greatly on the evidence of their step-mother Margeret Karuki who the court found to be a consistent liar. But even as they walked free, the damage from the long incarceration had already taken its toll on the brothers with attempts to dispose of the family five-acre land plus another parcel in Tigania.

Three months after murder charges were preferred against them, their homes were demolished and their families evicted in the attempt to sell their land.

“People desirous of taking over the deceased’s land murdered him and in order to disinherit the two accused and framed them with the current charge,” the judge said in his ruling on January 30, 2020.

The two brothers, now trying to rebuild their lives, were warmly welcomed by their neighbours who offered them seeds to start cultivating their land. “We literary saw God working when our death conviction was reduced to life imprisonment and eventually when we walked free after almost 15 years of no hope,” said Mungathia.

Unanswered issues

The judge said several issues remained unanswered in the case including the fact that the postmortem examination report did not show any soot in the deceased’s lungs and the body lacked any burns.

Said the judge in the ruling: “Was there any forensic analysis undertaken on the fire debris to ascertain the cause? “Could it have been that the deceased was murdered in the house then brought outside in the rain then the house set on fire to destroy evidence?”

The judge found the brothers did not have a reason to kill their father who had already offered them land and they reasonably couldn’t have killed him and spared the step-mother when she had witnessed the murder. The judge also said the fact the stepmother went ahead to evict the pair’s families and sell the family land both at Kisima and Tigania, showed she had ill motives.

By Standard.co.ke

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MP Millie Odhiambo denies shouting down DP Ruto

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Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo (pictured), has denied shouting down Deputy President William Ruto at Bomas of Kenya yesterday at the Bomas of Kenya. Odhiambo says she was only answering questions posed by the DP in his BBI address.

The outspoken legislator says she did not have a microphone to enable her respond to DP Ruto’s submissions against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

“I was answering his questions because he was asking us questions about what should be done, and I was basically reminding him he is the deputy president and I should be asking him the questions he was asking and not vice versa,” the MP said in an exclusive interview with KTN News.

Odhiambo concurred with DP Ruto’s thinking when she acknowledged that there may be areas that need strengthening in the report even if it promises more gains to the Kenyan people.

 “There are some issues that will be addressed through the constitutional review and some through legislative action,” she told KTN News.

Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo during the launch of the Building Bridges to a United Kenya Taskforce Report at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

During the launch at the Bomas of Kenya, DP Ruto made several submissions on areas to be reviewed in the BBI report.

In his speech, he said the real elephant in the room was the post-poll winner-takes-it-all mentality which the BBI was trying to address by creating the position of a Prime Minister and two deputies.

He wondered how that would take care of other big political heavyweights who would still find themselves without political offices.

Midway his speech, the DP had to pause as sections of the crowd jeered at him while shouting “Respect the President.”

According to Odhiambo, the DP was talking of a coalition government something that the BBI report is not addressing.

“BBI is talking about inclusion [and] we are saying that in a case where you win as a president, then you need to expand the framework of regions that are represented in the executive,” she said.

The MP rubbished reports that DP Ruto allies never received invites for the Bomas of Kenya conference.

Odhiambo said most of the Tangatanga allied MPs chose not to show up despite being invited to the forum that was to be used to air issues in the report.

However, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwah, a DP Ruto ally, says the process was surrounded with hypocrisy.

He echoed Ruto’s remarks that the report did not touch on issues affecting Kenyans such as unemployment of the youth, saying this ought to constitute the national dialogue.

“The only two people who captured imaginations of Kenyans were DP Ruto and former vice president Musalia Mudavadi,” he said, adding that, “those are the only people who were bold enough to articulate the real issues affecting Kenyans.”

Despite being heckled Ruto made his remarks insisting we needed to have a candid discussion before the report is embraced.

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Ex-military officer accused of killing ex-wife, children wants ATM cards released

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A former senior military officer at the Laikipia Air Base accused of murdering his ex-wife and her two children has asked the court to allow him to get back ATM cards and other personal items confiscated by police.

Major Peter Mugure told Justice Abigail Mshila that detectives took away his ATM cards which may not be used as evidence in the murder case, where he is accused of killing his ex-wife Joyce Syombua, Shanice Maua and Prince Michael.

“They took away a number of personal items including my ATM cards. I’m asking to have them returned to me because I do not think they are part of the evidence,” Mugure told the Justice Mshila in a virtual court session.

Although some of the personal items could be used as part of the evidence, Mshila told Mugure to make a list of the items and asked defence counsel to check the inventory and make an application for the release of items that state doesn’t need as evidence.

“Some of the personal items like clothing, or ATM cards could be taken for analysis to enable show your movements. The inventory is in the prosecution file and you could make a list of the items you need to be released,” said Mshila.

The case in which Mugure is jointly accused with Collins Pamba, a former employee at Laikipia Air Base was coming up for hearing on Tuesday but it was postponed to a later date following the transfer of Judge Jairus Ngaah who was handling the matter in Nyeri.

Mugure joined the session from King’ong’o GK Prison in Nyeri and Pamba at Kerugoya prison.

The two are accused of killing the deceased parsons on October 26 last year at the Laikipia Air Base situated in Nanyuki.

The three bodies were recovered buried in a shallow grave after Pamba led police to the site at Kilimo area in Thingithu, in the outskirts of Nanyuki town.

In the previous session when the ex-major was denied bail on February 21, Justice Ngaah cited damning evidence in Pamba’s affidavit implicating Mugure in the gruesome murder of his ex-lover and his two children.

Pamba’s statement as recorded in court file detailed how Mugure called him from Nairobi on a material day and asked for his help to the ferry and bury the bodies and in return, help the casual worker secure employment at Kenya Defense Forces.

The mentioned date was scheduled for December 9.

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Former news anchors Hussein Mohamed, Yussuf Ibrahim proudly work alongside each other for USAID initiative

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Former Citizen TV news anchor Hussein Mohammed has been doing perfectly fine since he left his plum job.

Former news anchors Hussein Mohamed, Yussuf Ibrahim proudly work alongside each other for USAID initiative

Hussein Mohamed, Yussuf Ibrahim proudly working alongside each other for USAID initiative. Photo credits: Yussuf Ibrahim.
Source: Facebook

Posting on social media, journalist Yussuf Ibrahim revealed that he has been working closely with the media guru on the Resilience Learning Activity (RLA), a project funded by USAID Kenya.

“Proud to be working with my senior @HusseinMohamedg in this very noble initiative RLA (Resilience Learning Activity) funded by USAID Kenya The webinars involved the capacity building of ASALs County stakeholders on crisis communication more so during the ongoing #COVID19 pandemic,” wrote Ibrahim.

Ibrahim who is a communication strategist and voice-over artist is the founder of Ubra Media.

Many people were amazed by the duo and took to the various platforms to congratulate them for their good work.

A Facebook user identified as Cathra Hussein commented:

“Ma Sha Allah am so proud of you, the sky is no longer the limit.”

Abumuhsin Ibrahim commended them for their win:

Yussuf Ibrahim great job proud of you Hussein for a great job!!

Adow Mohamed added:

Sons and media stars of the north. Keep soaring.

Abdul-Hakeem Mohammed commented:

Mashallah, Big men!congratulations.

Hussein left the Royal Media-owned station in 2019.

The former news anchor revealed to fans that he will be taking a break off the screen after October 2019.

In a post seen by TUKO.co.ke on Friday, October 4, the journalist stated he will use his break from TV to concentrate on other matters.

Hussein thanked his colleagues at Citizen for sharing the best moments of his life with him.

It is also through his post that he revealed to fans and followers that he has worked for Citizen TV for ten years.

”It has been a wonderful 10 years at Citizen TV. I have enjoyed and relished every moment I shared with my colleagues at RMS. I have decided to take a break after October In Sha Allah to concentrate on other matters. Loved the fans, the critics and everything in between. See you soon,” he wrote.‬

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