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No rest for departed grandpa as grandson jailed for life in US

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For the quarrelsome family of the late top police officer Timothy Mwandi Muumbo, it does not rain, it pours. Muumbo’s body has been lying at the Lee funeral Home for the last five years as the family fights over where he should be buried. In the process, his heart and other organs were allegedly stolen. And as the drama played out in court, last month, the grandson named after him – Timothy Mwandi – suffered a grave misfortune in a foreign country.

Mwandi was sentenced to life in prison in the US for the murder of a 60-year-old following an incident at a motel in the 4400 block of Melrose Avenue Northwest, Roanoke in Virginia. He is a son of Grace Kakali, a daughter of the late Muumbo with his first wife Phiatah Muumbo. Kakali’s siblings have been fighting with their step-siblings, children of their late father’s second wife, Josephine Muumbo, over where he should be buried. Mwandi was aged 26, in 2018, when the incident happened.

In the sentencing reported in Roanoke Times website, he was convicted of first degree murder, two counts of malicious wounding and three counts of attempted robbery, relating to a single incident in January of 2018.Prosecutors described the crime “as brutal” where Mwandi forced himself into the motel owned by the victim, Ishvarlal Kuvarji Patel, demanding 20 dollar loan.

When he was rebuffed, he grabbed a baseball bat and beat him to death, before attacking the old man’s wife Jyotsana and daughter Meeta.

In videos played in court, Mwandi was captured on voice making demands: “Give me the video… or I’ma (sic) kill your daughter,” “I’m gonna knock you out, kill you, just like your daddy.” He had just crushed a Buick Verano, the luxury car, against a wall when he went borrowing the money. At some point, during the trial, one of the victim’s daughters, Pretal Muldoon, turned to Mwandi and rhetorically painted to him the picture of his crime. Her father, she said, had just recovered from a cancer surgery.

“How can we put into words how your actions destroyed our lives? You took away a husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend. You killed my father in front of both my mom and sister.

Your actions not only ripped apart my family, but yours as well.” Mwandi’s mother was the lone defence witness. Roanoke Times says she spoke of her child’s troubled past in Kenya, including mental and sexual abuse, plus his troubled transition to the US. “He was suffering silently and never knew how to articulate his pain.”

Mwandi did not testify in the trial. However, on the day he was sentenced last month, he muttered remorsefully, pleading for mercy. “I’m not a monster. I’m a good man. That recording, that’s not me. That’s not who I am. I’m truly, from the bottom of my heart, sorry for all that I’ve caused you,” he said.

Emotional appeal

The paper says officers who saved the day stumbled on a “chaotic and gruesome” scene, with the victim bleeding from head and face as his wife and daughter huddled on the floor covered with blood. The two suffered concussions and collarbone fractures. Mwandi then dived through a glass window running for his life before he was arrested.

During the trial, his defence attorney Dirk Padgett said Mwandi was defending himself when the fight began, but the whole thing ended up fatally. The lawyer had attempted to pursue insanity defence but dropped it. With her son, now aged 29, spending the next 40 years in jail, her mother maintains he was driven into the crime by mental illness. In an emotional appeal posted on Go Get Funding website, she pleads: “I went to hospitals to get him the help he needed.

I wanted him evaluated for his mental behaviour and provided with the proper treatment. I cried out to my local government to help my son get admitted to hospital but nothing happened until a life was lost.”In the appeal, she accuses a relative of abusing Mwandi after which he became depressed.

She took him to hospital in 2017. She believes her son was experiencing an induced psychosis and was mentally unaware of his actions when the murder happened. She blamed it all on Mwandi’s childhood trauma, and “trauma as a result of losing two of his children and grandparents.”

“He never knew the owner, had never been to the motel before, he just needed help. Things got out of hand and escalated when the owner picked up his baseball bat and struck Timothy with it.”

She says the last thing her son remembers was being struck with an object and waking up in hospital with no memory of the incident, he is remorseful and has asked the family for forgiveness.

“Timothy has been in jail for over two years without medical care. My son needs treatment and not life in prison.” In the appeal, she asks for monetary assistance, saying medical information and facts about his mental illness were not introduced at the trial. The appeal has been filed.

By Standardmedia.co.ke

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Here is why people think I am gay, Kenyan woman opens up

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The Kenyan woman had been rumored to be a lesbian for a long time but no one was quite sure whether that was indeed true.

Not that being gay ia an unusual or a new thing. However, a lot of eyebrows are still being raised when it comes to the issue perhaps because homosexuality is considered an illegal activity in Kenya

Sometime in October 2017 Patricia Kihoro was rumored to have been caught pants down in a lesbian threesome with some other Kenyan women.

But now the Popular Vlogger, actress and singer says her efforts to keep her love life private was the sole reason that led to speculations that she was lesbian.

At the time, it was reported that Kihoro was in a relationship with a well-known female Kenyan rapper and as well as another female media personality.

But the 34-year-old says she has always dated men but kept her relationships low key, which explains why people started speculating she was playing for the other ‘team’.

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“For the longest time, I was dating men. If you go through my Instagram over the years I didn’t even hide. I would post people but it wasn’t like lovey-dovey stuff, if you were keen you would see who I was dating at the time. I would post them in the context that this is somebody in my life but I wouldn’t reveal in what way they are in my life. I think of how private I kept that side of my life, people then speculate, start to make up things,” Kihoro said.

Kihoro shot into the limelight back in 2009 when she took part in the singing competition Tusker Project Fame 3 where she was among the finalists.

She later landed a job as a presenter for Homeboyz Radio and also ventured into acting. Over the years she has also been a very active YouTube vlogger and brand influencer.

“I have been accused of being a lesbian but first of all, it is not an accusation, because calling me a lesbian is not an insult as I have met wonderful human beings who are homosexual and are far better than people who have stood in certain standards of judging others.

So that is why I never speak about it. I am who I am, you know! I know what I stand for and my family knows what I stand for,” said Patricia.

Patricia further revealed that her mother has been very supportive of her work and opinion. She reveals that her first interaction with gay people was courtesy of her mother.

“My mother has supported my work from the start and she always respects my opinion. The first people I ever met who were openly gay were friends of my mum. I was probably 16 years and she didn’t make a big deal about it, and therefore I also did not learn that was a big deal,” revealed Patricia.

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Woman surprisingly receives cash after praying to God for help

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A woman identified as Maine21089868 recently shared some pretty good news on Twitter.

According to the young woman, she had received KSh 4,000 from a stranger after she had prayed to God for some help with money since she was broke.

“So yesterday I prayed to God asking for money because I am so broke, after an hour someone sent KSh 4,000 in my account written ‘TASK’, up to now I do not know who sent it,” wrote the lady.

According to the lady, she did not ask anyone for money and is convinced that miracles do exist.

“I did not ask anyone for money. Miracles still exist. Thank you, Jesu. #Level1Lockdown #HambaMzimbaSalaNtliziyo” she wrote.

In her post, she also included a screenshot of the funds that were miraculously deposited into her account only an hour after she asked God for it.

Twitter users shared mixed reactions to her post, wondering how they could achieve similar luck or “blessings”.

@ZAMONEYM9 said:

“I am praying for a share in your KSh 4,000.”

@2liKhumalo said:

“What are the exact words you used in your prayer?”

@BrianVukile joked:

“These miracles only happen to females.”

By Tuko.co.ke

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Mother-in-law actor Mustafa, wife announce pregnancy in adorable photo

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Talented Mother-in-law actor Dru Muthure alias Mustafa and his wife cannot wait to welcome a new member into their small family.

Mustafa announced that they are expecting through his various social media pages.

Mustafa who also doubles up as a Hot96 FM presenter shared a photo of his wife rocking a huge baby bump.

The excited man could not hide the joy and captioned the photo saying:

“My heartbeat in one picture.”

Mother-in-law actor Mustafa, wife announce pregnancy in adorable photo

Mother-in-law actor Mustafa and his wife are expecting their first child. Photo: Dru Muthure.
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Kneeling, Mustafa adorably held the baby bump with a wide smile spread on his face.

His wife on the other hand appeared overwhelmed. It appeared as if the two were feeling the baby kick.

Congratulatory messages

Following the announcement, the thespian’s friends flocked the comment section to show their love for the couple.

Many congratulated them for their blessings while others welcomed him to parenthood.

An Instagram user identified as Lydiah Gitachu wrote:

“Awesomeness, congratulations!”

A fan by the name Nelly_munga commented:

“Congratulations to You.”

Owens_wanjiru commented:

“Congratulations! Love just got real! So very excited for you.”

A few months ago, Mustafa celebrated his birthday in hospital despite thinking his big day would be filled with boredom and sadness.

Despite his condition, the people who love him showed up to cheer him up so he could experience some kindness and joy on his big day.

His friends and family arranged a surprise party and visited the actor with goodies and a cake.

The thespian who turned 41 was surrounded by love, cake, laughter, good times and a lifetime’s worth of memories.

By Tuko.co.ke

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