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Abduba Dida weighs in on Jubilee wrangles, says Ruto should’ve resigned




Former Presidential aspirant Mwalimu Abduba Dida has weighed in on the continued wrangles in the Jubilee party stating that Deputy President William Ruto should have left the party a long time ago to avoid the embarrassment of being kicked out.

In a statement, Dida stated that should William Ruto have read the signs in the early stages, he could have avoided a ‘junior stuff’ like the party’s Secretary-General Raphael Tuju throwing him and his team out.

“DP Ruto should have moved from Jubilee Party instead of waiting for a junior staff like Raphael Tuju to throw him and his team out. He lost this. Regaining momentum will be very hard because the “expelled from Jubilee” shall follow him wherever he goes,” his statement read.

Exiled politician and lawyer Miguna Miguna also gave his two cents on the matter comparing how the late former Vice President Oginga Odinga was chased away from the late former President Jomo Kenyatta’s government after the two failed to agree on political ideologies.

He added that Raphael Tuju was being used just the way the late Tom Mboya was used to kick out Oginga Odinga.

“1966-54 tragic years ago is repeating itself. A secretary-general of a party in power and a Luo, Raphael Tuju, is trying to do for Uhuru Kenyatta what Tom Mboya did for Kamau Ngengi (Jomo), Uhuru’s father. Ruto is being chased away like a wild animal the way Oginga Odinga was,” he observed.

William Ruto’s rocky relationship with President Uhuru Kenyatta has seen Jubilee party members divide themselves into two; Tanga Tanga and Kieleweke.

On Thursday 1 October, William Ruto held a secretive meeting with 30 legislatures allied to him at the Jubilee party’s headquarters.

This led to lawmakers allied to President Uhuru to accuse the DP and his camp of attempting a coup in the absence of the Head of State who is in France.

On Friday 2, Raphael Tuju stated that the party had decided to ban DP William Ruto from accessing its offices.

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Inside Maragua, one of Kenya’s most dangerous towns



An hour of driving along Thika Superhighway from Nairobi and a diversion at Kenol market will land you in Maragua, a small town in Murang’a County whose economy is driven majorly by the sin industry.

 Security reports brand this small town with rugged buildings, whose money comes from agribusiness activities, as one of the most dangerous places in the country.

The town has constantly hit the headlines for bizarre murders and lethal armed gangs that strike on a daily basis.

 On November 24, 2018, a butcher in one of the town’s entertainment joints slit the throat of his female lover just outside Maragua police station.

 This incident had been preceded by the January 26, 2017 brutal attack on Jane Nduta, a 40-year-old barmaid. She was gang-raped, hit with a blunt object and left for the dead.  Ms Nduta died a week later while receiving treatment in a Nyeri hospital.

And in October 2018, the town was in the news yet again after Judy Wanjiru, a 32-year-old barmaid in the town, was found beheaded in her boyfriend’s house.

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 The heart-wrenching infamy was the July 19, 2020 news of a 15-year-old boy who reportedly killed his eight-year-old schoolmate, packed her body in a gunny bag and proceeded to bury it in a shallow grave.

 Apart from the butcher and the schoolboy who were apprehended by locals, the Murang’a South Directorate of Criminal Investigations has not cracked any of the above murders and many other serious incidents, earning itself the trademark of lethargy.

According to Jerry Okwatch, a University of Nairobi researcher on Home&beyond Security Initiative, the town is small and full of deceptive party life.  He says from 8pm, youth walking behind you will most likely descend on you with machetes, knives or iron bars.

“I would not advise you to use motorcycle transport past 9pm especially if you are female and new in town,” he adds. Mr Okwatch tips that if you must use a boda boda, first check whether it has number plate as many rogue riders conceal or operate without them while others use fake plates.  “Alcohol is freely accessible in bars that pull all the strings to defy the regulatory laws. Narcotics and illicit brews are readily accessible while commercial sex is on top of the town’s menu,” he tells Nation.

Gangs operating in the town know no blasphemy or abomination as Michael Njoroge, 67, attests.  “I operate a small hotel in the town and recently as I was walking home at around 9pm, I was accosted by three small boys who strangled and undressed me. They ran away with my clothes to search for money at their own leisure,” he narrated.  He says the gangs even break into churches to steal.

 According to sources, the gangs and some bar owners pay weekly stipends to some police officers who in turn protect them by passing on valuable tips about security crackdowns.

 According to County Commissioner Mohammed Barre, the gangs, who arm themselves with bows and arrows, confront officers on patrol.

 Currently, security agents are camping in Maragua after word went out that four capital offenders who escaped from Kirinyaga County’s Sagana police station were hiding in the town.

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 “We have evidence that the four have on several occasions been sighted in the town. We have shared the information with DCI and other government departments but for the past eight months, no arrests have been made,” said a source in area community policing initiative, showing screenshots of the said tips that were never acted on.  Murang’a DCI boss Julianna Muthini said: “Yes, we have received those tips and we are on their case though they have remained slippery.”

Meanwhile, Education Chief Administrative Secretary Zack Kinuthia has decried rampant narcotics trade in the town,even mentioning the name of a popular peddler who runs a network of underage commissioned sellers.

 He added that some chemists in the town give the underage family planning services as well as help them procure abortions.

 Mr Kinuthia said a peddler identified as Alex Macharia Kimani recruits children to ferry the narcotics using school bags to avoid security detection.

He said the government will not tolerate security laxity and compromises that continue to expose children to risky lifestyles established as businesses by unscrupulous traders.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Edward Mbugua in a recent tour of Maragua police station was made aware that residents live in fear of the gangs and in most cases never report any atrocities for fear of reprisals. He directed Police Commander Josephat Kinyua to be creative in tackling the gangs.


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US boy fatally shoots self at his third birthday party




A three-year-old Texas boy has died after shooting himself with a gun he found during his own birthday party, police said Monday.

The youngster was celebrating with family and friends on Saturday in Porter, 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Houston, when adults heard a gunshot while playing cards.

The boy was found with a gunshot wound to his chest and rushed to a fire station where he died, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department said.

Authorities said the boy had found a pistol that had fallen out of a relative’s pocket.

The group Everytown for Gun Safety said that, since the beginning of the year, the country has seen at least 229 unintentional shootings by children, resulting in 97 deaths.

A third of US adults own a gun, with the right to own firearms guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

Texas is among states with the most permissive gun laws.


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Apply for KeNHA’s TVET scholarships, Waiguru tells Kirinyaga youth



Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has challenged youth in her county to apply for scholarships being offered by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) in selected technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions.

Ms Waiguru Monday revealed that KeNHA has chosen Sagana Technical Institute and Kaitheri Youth Polytechnic as training centres for the skills sponsored programme targeting young people living along the upcoming Kenol-Sagana-Marwa dual carriage way.

The governor noted that the training will improve chances of the youth getting road construction jobs. She added that she has lobbied the national government for 30 per cent of the slots to be reserved for Kirinyaga residents.

“For the youth who have been seeking jobs, this is an opportunity knocking at your doorsteps and you should seize it by enrolling yourselves in either of these two institutions,” she said.

In an advertisement, KeNHA indicated that those who qualify for the skills training must be aged between 18 and 35 years and should register with their KCSE or KCPE certificates. The successful candidates will each receive a scholarship for three terms which will cater for tuition fees and accommodation.

Sagana Technical Institute is offering carpentry, electrical wiring, masonry, welding and fabrication while Kaitheri Youth Polytechnic is offering motor vehicle mechanics, electrical installation grade three and hairdressing and beauty courses.

According to the advert, applications are to be submitted to the Kirinyaga County commissioner’s office by November 3.

The upcoming 84-kilometre dual carriage highway is part of the Great North Road that connects Mombasa port to Addis Ababa through Nairobi, Isiolo and Moyale.

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