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Kakamega police hunt for teacher’s killers

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Police in Mumias are looking for a gang that abducted a secondary school teacher from his home in Shinoyi location, Navakholo sub-county, and murdered him several kilometres away on Wednesday morning.

It has emerged that Mr Ernest Opondo, 54, had jumped from the moving vehicle along the Ekero-Butere road to escape the wrath of the abductors and locked himself in a nearby house. However, the assailants pursued him and killed him in the home of Hamis Malala at around 11.30am.

Kakamega Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss Robert Murithi said they have identified the owner of the vehicle used in the abduction.

He said the victim was shot twice. “We recovered two bullet heads and two spent cartridges of 7.62mm special,” Mr Murithi said.

He said the motive behind the killing is unknown even though family members claim it is related to a land dispute . “We have taken the fingerprints for processing and confirming with the National Transport and Safety Authority to trace the vehicle, KCS 503L, used by the assailants,” said Mr Murithi. “We are taking statements from various people including his father and brothers who are said to have had disagreements with the teacher before his death.” The high school teacher was picked up by a gang of four men from his house.

According to his wife Maurine Atema, a teacher at Lirhanda Girls’ Secondary School in Ikolomani, the assailants — who were armed with rifles — held discussions with her husband inside their house before they dragged him out. They then hurled him into the boot of a waiting white saloon car parked outside their compound.

The deceased’s step-sister, Ms Violet Opondo, said the gang started beating him inside the house as they dragged him outside.

Ms Atema, who was at school at the time, said she was alerted about the development by her sister-in-law, Ms Opondo. “Even though we don’t have the evidence, we know who killed my husband. His decision to block the sale of land by his father and the step-family must be the cause of his killing.”

After receiving the news of Mr Opondo’s killing, residents of Emasinga village raided the home of one of his step-brothers, Mr Calistus Weremba, and torched his three houses.

They later moved to his father Peter Ndege’s house and took away three cows which were later discovered to have been burnt to death in a house under construction. The house belongs to Mr Ndege’s younger son Fredrick Opondo. The deceased was Mr Ndege’s eldest son.

Mr Ndege had sold one parcel of land to a private developer and another to Navakholo NG-CDF for establishment of a primary school. However, the deceased had moved to the lands office and put an injunction against the deals.

Mr Ndege said his eldest son had a dispute with his step-brothers after he allegedly engaged in an incestuous relationship with the daughter of one of them. He was later interdicted by the Teachers’ Service Commission over the case.

By Nation.co.ke

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‘Tomorrow is not guaranteed’ DJ Soxxy’s wife pens after losing her mum

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Ciiku Wa Soxxy, wife to Kenyan gospel spin master DJ Soxxy has advised Kenyans to always appreciate their parents when there is still time.

According to Ciiku, tomorrow is not guaranteed and the best thing is to make hay while the sun shines.

Giving an example of herself, Ciiku shared on how she and her family had planned to take their mother for a vacation only for death to snatch her.

‘Whisked mum to Cape Town to celebrate her 67th birthday, we had a blast and just for her to see another world out there.

For her 70th we had planned to do Bangkok.. But Corona snatched that opportunity from us.

Don’t wait for tomorrow, because you don’t know if tomorrow will come.’

Ciiku wa Soxxy with her family alongside their late mum

Below are condolence messages from Ciiku’s fan to her and her family over their mum’s demise.

wambuijl: Pole sana Ciiku 💔 may God give you insurmountable strength, and peace that passes all understanding.

shiqo_wa_monica: My condolences to your family. May her soul rest in peace. It is well

saraiafrique: My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time.

ms_cherro: Poleni sana. May God be with you and your family at this time.

shonigachina: May God’s peace and comfort be with you during this trying time 💔.

xanderoyolaii: Praying for God’s comforting presence over you and your family through this 🙏🏾.

Let’s learn to love and appreciate our parents while they are still around, painful as it may be to think about they won’t be here forever.

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A couple that sinqs I I together, stays together

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Music is the magic that keeps gospel artistes Joseph and Eunice Kwallah alive— whether practising at home, recording in studio or singing on stage.

The Kenyan-born couple currently based in United Kingdom [UK] has been producing songs together since last year. So far, they have recorded five songs. However, Eunice has composed many songs, which they are yet to be record.

“My wife’s passion for music can be traced back to her childhood. She always desired to be a gospel artiste,” says Joseph.

After relocating from Kenya to UK 13 years ago, Eunice thought that her dream of becoming a gospel artiste would never come true. Being in a foreign land, she didn’t know where to start. At some point, she wished to come back to Kenya, at least to record her songs. “I came to the UK on a work permit visa in 2006, working in the hotel industry. My wife and children joined me in 2007. Though she was happy being in a foreign land, she used to ask me if I knew someone who could help her produce her music there. This really challenged me,” Joseph recalls.

After talking to several Kenyans working abroad, the couple was referred to a Kenyan producer, Zangi Alex. This was the good news she had eagerly been waiting to hear for such a long time. Joseph also decided to support his wife by being a backing vocalist. “Finding a music producer and a videographer who are both Kenyans and have a good understanding of Kenyan music was the best thing that has happened to our music journey. Courtesy of them, we have managed to produce the best beats since they understand what the Kenyan music industry loves,” Joseph says.

The couple recorded their first song in August 2019. “We usually go to the studio, which is eight hours drive from where we live during school holidays, so we can also have time out together as a family. We practise at home during our off days, and at church – when the church was open,” he says. But Joseph reveals that though they are now recognised as some of the renowned Kenyan gospel artistes abroad, their

main aim is to reach, inspire and change people through music.

“Our music genre is gospel reggae. I loved reggae music when I was growing up. After I got born again, I moved on to love gospel reggae. Our inspiration comes from our daily life activities, listening to other gospel artistes and what God has done and still doing in our lives,” he adds.

Parenting in UK

There is solidity in playing music together. “You have someone who holds your back and you can rely on in music and in life. You sort of complement each other with every sound you make,” he says.

So, how have they managed to keep their music career alive despite being in a foreign country? Joseph says that having an audience in UK that loves their songs and others back here has kept them going.

“It hasn’t been easy for us because initially we used to have different work schedules. I used to work at night and during the day I would take care of our children when my wife was either at work or in school,” he reveals.

Joseph says parenting in the UK is an expensive affair. “There are no house girls unlike in Kenya. The closest to house girls in UK are child minders who are only hired to watch over the children and not to do any house chores like you would expect a house girl to do in Kenya. On the other hand, their fees are charged per hour and to say the least, it is the only desperate decision one can make,” says the father of three.

Also, children in UK cannot be left on their own unattended, until the age of 16. This is why Joseph had to make a sacrifice to work at night for him to take care of the children during the day.

Charity work

“We learned how to share responsibilities among ourselves, helping one another in house chores and other duties. Despite all this, we are still grounded on Christian ethos and that has made our life much easier. Each one of us knows their place in the family. I remain a husband and she remains a wife, but we mutually agree on issues that have to be done,” Joseph shares.

Apart from music, the couple is involved in charity work. In 2016 Joseph run 100 kilometres in UK to raise funds for Wetherby and District Food bank. He managed to rise Sh300,000 for the food bank. He has also been involved in charity work back in Kenya. Some of these charities are Tear Fund, Bible Society and Joanna Project – Leeds.

Together with family and friends, they have opened a community library in Ngong Township Primary School and they are hoping to open a second one in Nakuru county at a place called Tangi Tano. They also support some local football teams in Kenya by collecting football kits in UK and ship them over to Kenya.

“I was moved when I heard that there are people going hungry in the UK in the 21st century and because God has abundantly provided for me, I had to play my part by feeding the hungry. That is why I decided to run to raise some funds for the food bank,” he says.

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Meru police accused of beating teenager to death

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A family in Meru is seeking justice after their 19-year-old teenager was allegedly beaten to death by police officers.

The family said the teenager, Spencer Thuranira, was struck several times in his head by police officers in Maua town two weeks ago after a riot.

A post-mortem, conducted by Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor at the Nyambene Sub-county Hospital mortuary, showed that Spencer succumbed to head injuries.

“I found severe injury to the head, which caused swelling of the brain. The cause of death is head injury due to a blunt trauma.

“I have handed the report to the police for investigations,” Dr Oduor said.

Distraught family members and friends are now calling for a thorough investigation into the matter.

The victim’s brother, Mutembei Mwithalii, claimed Spencer was on his way to buy medicine for their mother when he met police officers who had mounted a roadblock at Modern Two area.

“Before he died, he said he was beaten by police,” Mutembei said.

Family members said Spencer, who completed his secondary education last year and scored a B+, had dreams of becoming an engineer and was waiting for Covid-19 pandemic to ease before joining college.

Igembe South police boss Henry Akong’o said the case was handed over to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

 “The matter is under investigation and if he was beaten up by police, the truth will come out,” Mr Akong’o said.

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