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Villagers lynch three family members after kin’s murder

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A land dispute has ended tragically after the killing of four family members. On Friday evening, three family members – a father, his son and nephew – were lynched by villagers who accused them of being behind the killing of another member of the family last week.

The three were suspected of sponsoring a gang that abducted and shot dead Ernest Opwondo, a secondary school teacher, in broad daylight. Opwondo, 54, was abducted at gunpoint from his home in Emasinga village, Navakholo Sub-county on August 5.

Earlier, the family said the gang arrived at around 9am on Wednesday, August 5,  and was heard asking the teacher about a family land dispute. The thugs later dragged Opwondo out of the house at gunpoint into a waiting car before speeding off.

His body was later found at Ebwaliro village in Mumias East, about 70 kilometres away. Witnesses said they saw the teacher jump from a moving vehicle and start running to one of the homes along the Ekero-Sabatia road.The gang followed him into the homestead, broke into the house where he was hiding and shot him twice in the chest, killing him on the spot.

The body was moved to Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary until Friday evening when it was brought back home for burial.

When the body arrived at the village at 4pm, mourners started chanting the name of Opwondo’s father, Peter Opwondo, who they claimed was linked to his son’s killing.

By then, Ndege, one of his sons, Calistus Werembe and a relative had locked themselves in the house fearing the angry mourners. The mob then carried the slain teacher’s casket to his father’s home.

Witnesses said the chaos intensified when police, who were guarding the home, tried to repulse the crowd. Isaac Okomba, a neighbour, said police were overwhelmed when they tried to protect the home from the crowd. The mob smoked out the three family members by setting a motorcycle on fire next to the house.

When the three relatives emerged from the house, they were killed by the mob, which then set the house on fire and later killed the family’s three cows.

Two other houses of people suspected to have been involved in the teacher’s killing were burnt last week. Villagers said there had been a land dispute between the teacher and his father. The dispute revolved around ownership of some 10 acres. It started when Ndege decided to sell part of his land. The decision was opposed by some of his sons.

Opwondo, the most vocal critic of his father’s decision to sell the family land, went on to acquire a court order barring the sale. Misu Mukanda, a village elder, said efforts by the elders to resolve the family dispute had failed.

“The issue has been there for a long time,” said Mukanda.  More witnesses in Friday’s killings blamed the police for not acting swiftly to prevent the violence. A number of residents are now worried that there might be more retaliatory attacks.

Navakholo Sub-county police commander Jacob Chelimo condemned the lynching and promised to take action against those who participated in the Friday killings.

The police boss conceded that the villagers grew impatient as investigations into the teacher’s killing unfolded.

“We condemn the lynching. It is wrong for some people to kill in the pretence of justice yet the police are still investigating the teacher’s murder,” said Chelimo. Opwondo was buried yesterday in a quick ceremony as police kept guard.

By Standard.co.ke

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‘The day I called him crying,’ How Papa Shirandula tried to save Wilbroda’s marriage

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Comedian Wilbroda has revealed for the first time that the late Papa Shirandula saved her from being chased away by her ex-husband 10 years ago.

The mother of one says when her marriage hit rock bottom, her ex-husband told her to pack her things and leave without her then young baby.

Wibroda emotionally called Papa Shirandula who came to her house and calmed her then husband down. He allowed her to stay and look for a house but definitely move out.

Narrating the emotional story to Joyce Gituro on YouTube, Wilbroda said;

“The person who made him cool down is the late Papa shirandula coz I called him crying,” she said.

Papa came to our house and talked to him that he should allow me to stay.

He came and sat us down, I was in a mess crying because of all the shouting.

After Papa had gone, every day he would come and ask me, have you found a house?”

Papa Shirandula and Wilbroda

Wilbroda made the decision to finally move out after her ex husband shouted at her leaving her young baby shocked.

“I would beg him not to shout. One day he shouted at me mtoto wangu alishtuka and he was too young. I told myself this is not the environment.”

“I would go to a supermarket and buy things and leave them there.

God came through so much for me as I had gotten a mega deal that gave me good money.

“It was at the time that I became Papa’s neighbour because I told me to help me look for a house for me.

“He looked for a house near his family’s and that is how we became neigbours.”

Her advise to those in the abusive marriages is that it is sad especially when kids are involved.

“I always tell people to leave and do not wait to be unhappy. This is the only life you have. Make your life your heaven. You come first.”

Asked on whether the two are co-parenting, she said;

“We talk but about the baby. We have been having issues of how to raise the kid but the kid is mine. He is my child and so I don’t push too much. He is actually the last person I go to when I am in a problem.”

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‘Mzee Ojwang’s wife accused me of stealing her husband,’ Veteran Vitimbi actor Mama Kayai recalls

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Aisha Khavere Matindo popularly known as Mama Kayai from popular TV series Vitimbi, which was the most-watched back in the 1990s is a force to reckon.

The actress, a former traditional dancer also acted in Vioja Mahakamani and recently Jungu Kuu. Mama Kayai played the role of the late Mzee Ojwang’s wife in Vitimbi.

Speaking in an interview with Jalang’o on how she got the role, she said,

Niikingia sikuwa bibi ya mzee Ojwang. nilianza kama customer, producer akasema mbona tusimjaribu huyu mama? Nikaweza then from their I got the role.

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Why I quit music to be a truck driver in the US – Nyashinski

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Back in 2016 rapper Nyashinki’s music career was at it’s peak, he quit and relocated to the USA.

Nyashinki quit and started a career a a truck driver this was when his trajectory as a member of Kleptomaniacs was on the up and up.

Together with his family, the rapper, real name Nyamari Ongegu, got a chance to relocate to Delaware, USA, despite being aware he was cutting short his career.

Speaking on his YouTube channel first episode, Nyashinski said life did not favour him while there.

“When we moved abroad, I had completely quit music. I was working back in the States as a truck driver,” he said.

“I used to drive a lorry, trying to survive.”

NyashinskiThe ‘Malaika’ hitmaker says the first two years he was in Delaware, then he moved to Michigan.

“That experience taught me a lot. Two things that were life-changing for me back then was one, when I was here, I was a star,” he said.

“People recognised me everywhere and we were doing what we loved. I moved from a place where I was known and getting a bit of favours here and there to a place where no one knows me.”

“No special treatment and you must work because you have to eat.”

Another major lesson he learned in the 10 years he was away was having people around you and conversations are very important.

“That was coupled with the fact I was used to having people around me to a lonely life of driving a truck,” he said.

“There you are alone for over 16 hours. You only stop to fuel, sleep, shower and use the bathroom. So you find yourself enjoying small conversations with people you meet for five minutes. At least it was a way from that cage.”

He said the lines on the road even become hypnotising after a long distance and he looked at them, thinking about his life.

“I accepted that this is my life,” he said.

Nyashinki
Nyashinki

He says despite the hustles, he enjoyed living a normal life, where no one knew him. He could walk in a mall, on the roads and be normal.

The reason he came back to Kenya is after realising he was living a life that he felt he was not using his intelligence or exerting his passion and purpose.

“So back in the States, my friend told me to just go in studio and exert that pressure as a lyricist,” he said.

“I did not have to release the songs. But I found myself listening to a beat, creating a song and then wanting to perfect it and then I want people to listen. That is how I found myself back into the music world and came back home.”

Nyashinki has since been releasing hit after hit and recently, he released ‘Lucky You’ album, which he is still promoting.

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