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A family outing that turned into a nightmare



Monicah Makhungu Jared

“Every morning when I see my daughter’s school uniform, my eyes well up, and I feel a knot tighten deep in my belly,” says Enock Mudavadi, the pain of losing his child etched on his face.

Four years after Monicah Makhungu Jared went missing, the sight of her clothes keeps her memory alive for her parents.

Every day, they hope she will come back to make their family complete again, but their optimism is fading.

On the evening of October 1, 2016, a Saturday, Monicah was playing with her friends just outside her home in Donholm, Nairobi. Her mother was in the house and her father, still at work, was looking forward to joining the family later in the evening.

It was his pay day, and when he got home from work, he took his wife and daughter shopping. Mother and child went back home as he joined his friends to watch a football game.

An hour later, he received a distressing call — his little girl was nowhere to be seen.

“When I got home, roughly an hour and a half later, I found my neighbours perplexed. I asked one of the children she was playing with what happened. My daughter’s friend told me that a man with dreadlocks went aside with my daughter after asking her for water. I suspect she was drugged,” says Enock.

He reported the incident at Mukuru Kwa Njenga police station, and the following day went to the next station in Mukuru Kwa Reuben.

Monicah was only three and a half years old at the time and had just joined kindergarten.

Enock Mudavadi displays a picture of his missing daughter Monicah Makhungu.

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“Life has been hard since my daughter disappeared. I miss walking her to school every morning. I think of her and I get stressed,” says Enock.

The search for his daughter took a toll on him. It even affected his performance at work and he lost his job. His wife too, has never been the same.

When Monicah disappeared, the couple was expecting their second child, who arrived nine days after the disappearance.

There has been no development in the search for Monicah, and Enock accuses police of being slow.

He considered hiring a private investigator, but the cost put him off.
“The police officers I reported the incident to told me they will contact me if they hear of a lost and found child. Had she died, I would have handled it and made peace with it. But this is different and too unsettling,” he says.

Elly Atsenga

When Kenyans were watching the lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018, Elly Atsenga was in the flat he shared with his brother in Roysambu, studying for his exams. He was a second-year diploma student of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing at the Regional Centre for Mapping and Resource Development in Kasarani, Nairobi.

His elder brother, Geoffrey Atsenga, left him studying at around 8pm to join other Kenyans in watching nature’s wonder. The flyover at the Roysambu stage offered a vantage point for viewing the eclipse.

“I enjoyed the view,” he says.

However, while he was enjoying the view, something was happening at his rented flat that is still a puzzle.

“I went back to the house at around 10pm. I did not find my brother. His books stared at me. I was shocked, but I thought, maybe he also went out to watch the lunar eclipse,” narrates Geoffrey.

Distressed, he went out to look for him. His brother’s classmates and friends said they had not seen him. He went back to the house, hoping his 20-year-old brother would show up in the morning. He did not.

“That morning I reported the case to Kasarani Police Station after confirming with all relatives that my brother was not at their place,” he says.

“At the station, I was told the matter could not be confirmed as a missing person’s case until after 36 hours and I went back home,” Geoffrey recalls.

Their mother, upon hearing about her son’s disappearance, left her Kakamega home for Nairobi. Elly’s father, Julius Atsenga, followed a day later.

He was in Nairobi on the day the police started the investigations into his missing son.

“I had great hope that he would be found, at that time. He did not have any misunderstanding with anyone,” says the father. “He was a promising and energetic child, and we hoped he would lift us out of the situation we are in since I lost my job so many years ago at Kenya Airways. My wife, too has no source of income.”

Since Sunday, July 29, 2018, the family has been frequent visitors at the criminal investigations desk at Kasarani Police station.

Elly’s school also stepped in.

The police tried to find him by tracing his phone, which showed that it was in the house, but they could not find it. For almost a year, together with the police, the family searched for Elly in mortuaries and hospitals, while checking with other police stations.

“I had to sell part of my land to help in the investigations, spending almost Sh100,000 trying to find him,” says Julius.

Life has never been the same for the Atsengas.

“My wife thinks of her missing son so much it has affected her eating. The police told us that it is easier to find a dead person than a living one, and we hope he is somewhere, alive and that he will come back home someday. We miss him dearly,’’ says Mr Atsenga.

Kenneth Keter

Earlier this year, a family in Motobo, Kericho County, was in distress. Their 28-year-old mentally ill son, Kenneth Kipyegon Keter, had vanished.

His brother, Abdul Keter tells the Nation that Kenneth was last seen at Nyagacho trading centre, at 8pm, alighting from the boot of a Toyota Probox operating as a matatu.

Someone said Kenneth had been drinking in a local bar. He then went to Kericho town and returned in the Probox.

The family reported the matter to the police station the following day.  Kenneth, who was last seen wearing a pair of jeans, a red t-shirt and white sports shoes, is yet to be found.

“We have looked for him in several towns — Nakuru, Kisumu, Muhoroni, Bomet and Nairobi. We have even used posters and made announcements on local radio stations, visited mortuaries, shown up when someone who drowned is pulled out of a river, but none of these visits has yielded fruit,” says Abdul.

“Saying that our mother has been devastated is an understatement. She talks about him often. And even though he is an adult, he still remains her baby,” says Abdul.

His brother, whom Abdul says may have been intoxicated at the time of his disappearance, was used to drinking. But, says Abdul, even when he was tipsy, he would get home.

“We miss our son and brother, and we hope to find him and bring him back home someday.’’

Joseph Kipkemoi Mutai

On November 5, 2016, Joseph Kipkemoi Mutai disappeared from his home in Bomet.

Mutai, nicknamed Chifta by his village mates, was battling a mental condition.

According to his wife, Winnie, he had been in and out of hospital. His condition progressively deteriorated, leading him to become violent.

“He got to a point where he would chase us away from home in the evening. We would spend the night at our neighbour’s house and come back home in the morning to make breakfast and prepare the kids for school,” says Winnie.

“Before he disappeared that morning, he had threatened to kill us. We hid in the bush and a few minutes later, he passed by without noticing us. That was the last time we set our eyes on him,” she recollects.

The family has looked for Mutai in various places including Bomet, Kericho, Nakuru and Naivasha towns.

They have had to deal with false leads, which have cost them money.

“A village mate told us that he had spotted my husband in Maai Mahiu and that he asked for lunch money,” says Winnie.

“Instead, our village mate asked him to get into the car with him and come back home. He refused and walked away,” she recalls.

The family learnt of the incident three days later, and when they went to Maai Mahiu, they did not find Mutai.

“Next, we were told he had been spotted in Chebole, but when our team went there, they learnt that it was a false report,” she says.

A series of false reports followed thereafter, draining their pockets.

They have to pay for lodging and meals for three days for the people helping in the search.

“We keep looking for him, and we hope he is alive. However sick he is, we just want him home,” says Winnie.


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Grace Ekirapa: I’ve been unable to access DJ Mo since cheating scandal



Grace Ekirapa, who hosts NTV’s gospel show Crossover 101, has revealed that she had not been in touch with her co-host DJ Mo since rumors he was cheating on his wife Size 8 rocked the internet a fortnight ago.

Ever since reports emerged that DJ Mo, real name Sammy Muraya, was cheating on his wife of seven years Size 8 causing a social media frenzy, the DJ was barred from co-hosting the show with Ekirapa and is thought to be busy trying to glue his marriage together.

Weighing in on the scandal rocking the marriage of her co-host, Ekirapa revealed that she had been trying unsuccessfully to reach out to DJ Mo.

“I haven’t spoken to him and to be honest. It’s been hard for me to get to him. My phone calls haven’t been going through, I know it’s been difficult for him and I think when he is ready he will talk to me. Meanwhile the show has been going on without him but that’s the management’s decision.” Ekirapa revealed during an Interview with Radio Jambo.

She, however, felt DJ Mo should be given a second chance.

“What I will have to say is, when you get saved you won’t stop sinning, you can’t be perfect but there will be consequences. We make mistakes. DJ Mo is an amazing guy and if there’s a chance of working with him again, I would love that.” She added.

The singer also delved into the rumors that once emerged that she was having an affair with DJ Mo, a married man.

“During the launch of Crossover is when the rumor started. We had done a couple of photo shoots on different days and most of the time his hands was on my shoulder or mine on his and so people got talking.” she explained.

by NN

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‘Our marriage is currently in a tough space’ Says Vivianne, Sam West responds



Motivational speaker-cum music manager Sam West has responded after his wife Vivianne hinted that they are going through marital problems.

According to a social media post by Vivianne, people always assume they are a perfect couple but they are not.

Speaking exclusively to Mpasho, Sam West said he hopes things will work out for them.

‘We just have a few domestic challenges but we are working on them. We juts need prayers.’

Asked if this is just clout chasing considering his wife just released a new jam, he responded

‘No it’s not kiki, it’s just a coincidence.’

Sam Was responding to the post below by his wife Vivianne

‘Today I want to be very candid.. nataka niongee wazi.. The world first met  when he decided to propose on the biggest TV show in the country.

I was shocked and this was unexpected for me.

I couldn’t say yes or no so I sat there in front of 40mill Kenyans hoping the world would swallow me but it didn’t, so I smiled.

First forward I have worked with Sam West and been his woman for 4 years.

So to get to the point this post is for you who understands that what society has labeled as marriage is one of the hardest things to exist in.

We are two humans who have learnt the hard way. We are friends and we will always care about one another. Our union has however taken a kick to the stomach.’

Vivianne added

‘ IG in-laws can attest to the fact that I haven’t posted Sam on my feed for the past one month or so.

We felt it would be important to share the truth that marriage can get difficult..

Social media couples have created illusions of perfect marriages which we feel are quite misleading.

To be honest we have ignored each other’s needs in our union . Expectations and control took over our relationship. We are in a tough space and to be honest we are hoping we will overcome the current challenge.

Hii sio Kiki. For those who love even one of us remember us in your prayers. May God’s will be done.

In the meantime ukipata unayemdhamini never take them for granted., #najua


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Alarm as more children are caught up in deadly lovers’ tiffs



“What wrong did my son do to deserve such a death?”  a father asked as he watched the body of his 11-year-old son wheeled into a mortuary. The boy was a victim of a failed relationship between the mother and an estranged lover.

His death adds to the growing list of children paying the ultimate price due to fights between their parents.

Gideon Kang’ethe, Shanice Maua and Prince Michael are among the victims. And so are Claire Wanjira and Faith Wanjiru, both 10 years old.

On October 22, Mercy Gathoni (35), her daughter Claire Wanjira and Faith Wanjiru her niece, were found strangled in a shop at Jambo in Karatina Town.

Initial investigations by homicide detectives point at yet another case of children caught up in adult fights.

They were found lying on a bed each with a rope around their necks, an indication that they had been strangled to death.  Detectives placed their time of death at between 10am and 1pm.


What has baffled both the residents and the police is that no one heard any commotion despite the fact that the scene where the murder was committed usually has heavy human traffic as it is along the busy Karatina-Nairobi highway.

According to residents, Ms Gathoni was last seen at around 9am. It still remains unclear how a man, believed to be known to the victims, walked into the backroom of the shop and strangled them.

After noticing that the shopkeeper was not attending to customers, Ms Gathoni’s niece Faith was sent to check on them. She was also strangled.

The bodies, according to residents were found at around 1pm in a room behind a grocery shop by Gathoni’s sister, Ms Rahab Mugure, who had gone to look for her daughter who had overstayed after being sent to check on her aunt.

Love triangle

In yet another case of a love affair turned sour, an innocent boy’s life was cut short brutally after he was caught up in a love triangle he neither understood nor played part in.

He had been reported missing for a week.  Mr Charles Muriuki was identified as a prime suspect in what was then seen as abduction of the Kirigu School pupil.

For days, detectives interrogated him at the Karatina sub county police headquarters as he denied his involvement. Kangethe’s body was found decomposing in a grave in Mathira, Nyeri County.

Mr Muriuki is now facing murder charges, accused of killing Kang’ethe.

Shanice and Prince Michael were also killed following a bitter spat between their mother and former Kenya Defence Forces soldier Peter Mugure.


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