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Eulogy of woman who slipped into river while taking selfie at centre of murder trial

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The family of the Rift Valley Institute lecturer allegedly murdered by her boyfriend has been grilled over a eulogy produced in court.

Joshua Toroitich, a close relative to Irene Jepchumba (deceased), testified that the eulogy prepared by the family contradicted a police report on how she died.

While the family has pursued a murder case against Jepchumba’s lover Godfrey Kangogo, the eulogy they allegedly wrote read that her death was accidental.

Lifeless body

Torotich produced the eulogy before Justice Joel Ngugi on Wednesday evening.

It read that Jepchumba died after she slipped and fell over Choka Falls in Molo River within Mogotio on July 6, 2018.

“Irene lived a life with lots of love and appreciating nature. She left home for sightseeing of Ole Polos in Mogotio but she wasn’t to return home after she slipped and fell over a waterfall, drowned and her lifeless body recovered downstream,” read the eulogy.

Defense counsel David Mongeri questioned why the family accused Kangogo of pushing Jepchumba over the falls when it had written in the eulogy that she slipped and died.

Toroitich told the court that during Jepchumba’s burial, the story had been that the lecturer slipped and fell into the falls while attempting to take a selfie.

However, in their report at Rongai Police Station, the family allegedly changed the narrative and implicated Kangogo in her death.

“I wasn’t sure what caused Jepchumba’s death because the whole village, by that time, had a general view that there was no foul play in her demise,” said Toroitich.

Mongeri also questioned how investigations into the lecturer’s death were handled.

The court noted that although Molo River runs through Rongai and Mogotio sub-counties, 14 witnesses who had testified in the case said Jepchumba’s lifeless body was retrieved on the Mogotio side.

However, investigations into her death were transferred to Menengai Police Station in Rongai. Court records show that no officers from Rongai went to the crime scene.

Senior Sergeant John Mululu testified that he was to take the Jepchumba’s body to Eldama Ravine after retrieving it, but was instructed by his senior to release it to officers from Rongai.

“I acted under instructions and handed over the investigations and all the data collected from the scene to Menengai Police Station, Rongai,” said Mululu.

Last witnesses

“Were you influenced to hand over the body to Rongai instead of taking up the case?” asked Mongeri.

“I was under instructions from my senior to hand over the case to Rongai. I had no choice but to oblige,” said Mululu, who maintained that he was capable of handling the case.

The police officer said it was not unusual for cases to be transferred from one station to another, adding that the body was found closer to Rongai than Mogotio.

Kangogo has denied the charges and is out on a Sh500,000 bond.

The prosecution will call the last eight witnesses that include a Cyber-crime officer, government analyst and scene of crime officer.

Justice Ngugi urged the prosecution to ensure all the witnesses testify on January 20, 2021 and close their case that day.

“I will mark the case closed on January 20 next year,” he said.

by standardmedia.co.ke


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Kenyan Minting Money From Selling Muratina in UK

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A Kenyan man is minting money in the UK by brewing and selling the locally produced alcoholic drink, Muratina.

The brew is largely illegal in Kenya, however, for King’ori Wambaki, the Kikuyu traditional drink has made him a household name in Cheshunt, UK.

Wambaki has spent over 27 years in England, shifting from studies, working for foreigners and unveiling his own business.

He packages the drink, dubbed Muratelia, as wine spiced with honey. It contains 12 percent alcohol and is sold to customers under the age of 35.

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King’Ori Wambaki (right) enjoys his drink. On the left is a fashion icon marketing a branded Muratelia bag
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Muratelia is sold at between £10 (Ksh 1,491) and £25 (Ksh 3,727) depending on whether it’s sold on counters, retail shops, or restaurants.

“Cheshunt is located outside London. We used ingredients that are available here in the UK as we have not yet reached a point where we can import products from Kenya.

“The business provides income better than what I can earn while being employed, Wambaki who hails from Othaya, Nyeri stated while speaking with a local daily.

He disclosed that he made in-depth research and business plans on how to market his product. It has also been incorporated in the modeling and fashion industry through branded bags and clothes.

He has also created employment for the youth in the UK as he owns three restaurants and four shops.

What worked for him was that he had no competition as the drink was a new entity in the UK market. Wambaki is keen on expanding his business and the entrepreneur targets the local Kenyan market.

He said that he had applied for a business permit and license in Kenya, seeking to introduce his upgraded brand.

“The whites love it despite it being a Kenyan drink. In June we may start producing it in Kenya,” he added.

According to his LinkedIn page, the economist holds a Master of Science in Finance and Management and a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

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A bottle of Muratelia in an advert posted on the company’s website
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Coronavirus-burdened US warns its citizens against travel to Kenya

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The US government has issued a travel advisory to Kenya, citing an increased risk of contracting Covid-19, this despite the country being among those leading globally with the virus infections.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in an updated health notice on Wednesday warned American citizens against travelling to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi.

CDC placed the four nations under Level 4 Alert, meaning there is a very high level of Covid-19 and all non-essential travel should be avoided.

“Travelers should avoid all travel to Kenya. Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading Covid-19,” said CDC in a notice.

If one must travel to these countries, they must strictly adhere to the health protocols on Covid-19 including wearing masks and keeping six feet distance from other people, CDC added.

“Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading Covid-19,” stated the US health institute on its website.

“During travel, wear a mask, stay at least six feet from people who are not traveling with you, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, and watch your health for signs of illness.”

CDC further urged American travellers to get tested for Covid-19 one to three days before travel and only leave the country after receiving the results.

Those returning to the US must also undergo testing one to three days earlier and adhere to all Covid-19 regulations.

According to the CDC, a Level 3 Travel Health Notice is the highest risk level and means citizens should strive to avoid all non-essential travel.

A CDC Level 2 Travel Health Notice advises American citizens to practice enhanced precautions while a Level 1 Travel Health Notice advises Americans to practice usual precautions.

The warnings come as US reported its highest number of Covid-19 deaths in a single day on Wednesday with 3,157 new fatalities and more than 273,799 people having died due to the virus and more than 13.9 million infected, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

On Thursday, Kenya registered the highest recoveries on a single day after 11,324 patients were discharged in 24 hours bringing the total number of recoveries to 67,788 since April 1.

Similarly, 1,253 patients tested positive after 10,170 samples were analyzed in the same period.

Kenya’s caseload rose to 86,383 on Thursday out of 911,596 samples analyzed since March.

The Covid-19 death toll also rose to 1,500 after 16 more patients succumbed to the disease.

by NN


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