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So, who killed baby Beverly? DCI moves in to investigate

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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has opened investigations into the death of a six-year-old girl who was at the centre of a protracted custodial battle between her estranged parents.

This is after it emerged that she did not die due to a sudden sickness as reported by her father more than a month ago.

Beverly Mumo’s parents Robinson Musyoki and Naomi Kiamba have, for the past three years, been in and out of court, each seeking to have sole custody of their daughter. She was three when they separated in 2017.

Beverly was living with her father in Mlolongo, Machakos County, when she suddenly died on August 24. In a report filed at Mlolongo police station, the girl had complained of chest pains and was declared dead on arrival at Mater Hospital in Nairobi.

Traumatic injuries

An autopsy done later by four doctors, including government pathologist Johansen Oduor, revealed that she died of traumatic injuries.

The Homicide Department of the DCI, which has taken over the case after two police stations refused to act, now thinks that Beverly was murdered.

The post-mortem report, which the Nation has seen, shows that the girl died a painful death caused by severe loss of blood and internal bleeding. She also had several injuries on the whole body, which pathologists ruled were symptoms of physical abuse over a long period. She had also been defiled in the days leading to her death.

“There are abundant scars with imprints. Injuries are identified on the whole body,” says the post-mortem done on September 2 by a joint team of doctors — Oduor, Edwin Walong, Waithera Mbau and Charles Muturi.

“Main findings at autopsy were recent, and old injuries distributed on all regions are characteristic of physical abuse,” says the report.

Reported matter to DCI

All this would have been swept under the carpet had Beverly’s mother, Ms Kiamba, not insisted on pursuing the matter despite several roadblocks set along the way. She reported the matter to the DCI headquarters after police in Mlolongo took time investigating the case.

It is a road that Ms Kiamba had travelled before in her dispute over custody with her ex-husband. For two years, since 2018, police officers in Industrial Area in Nairobi, Mlolongo and Emali dragged their feet in effecting court orders, including a warrant of arrest issued against Mr Musyoki.

According to court documents and correspondence between the two former lovers, Mr Musyoki and Ms Kiamba married in 2010. They had a first child, a boy, in 2011. Beverly was born in 2014, but by then, her parents were having trouble in their marriage.

By 2017, the marriage, solemnised in church, had irretrievably broken down, leading to a separation. Without an agreement on who would take custody of the two children, a case was filed at the Milimani Children’s Court under file number 972/2017.

Total custody

The court ruled that Ms Kiamba would have total custody of the children, but allow them to be with their father on weekends. In October 2019, Mr Musyoki went back to the court seeking more days with the children.

He wanted to stay with them during school holidays, a wish that was granted. But when he took them in October, Mr Musyoki never returned them to the mother.

Warrant of arrest

In her statement given to homicide detectives, Ms Kiamba said she even sent her ex-husband a text message on December 4, reminding him to return the children. This did not happen.

Ms Kiamba reported this in court, causing H. M. Mbati, the senior resident magistrate at the Children’s Court, to issue a warrant of arrest against Mr Musyoki on January 16.

“It is hereby ordered that the children are rescued by a children’s officer at the location where the children are since the defendant has refused to hand them over to the plaintiff and is in contempt of court orders,” ordered Chief Magistrate Mbati.

This order was circulated to all Children’s Department offices, but it was never effected. It wasn’t the first time that law enforcement agencies were ignoring court orders regarding custody of the children.

Arrest order ignored

An earlier order issued last December 16 by the same court, directing the police to arrest Mr Musyoki was also ignored.

It is believed that during this time, the children had been moved from Industrial Area, where their father works, and used to live in Makueni and then back to Mlolongo.

Whether the police knew these facts but were just sitting on them is the big question. The other question detectives are trying to unravel is who killed Beverly and why?

“No single child should die because of a family wrangle,” said DCI boss George Kinoti while promising to get to the bottom of the matter.

Given the nature of injuries found on Beverly’s body, it is a foregone conclusion by the DCI that the girl was killed.

Even as DCI starts digging into a case that is already six weeks old, there are tell-tale signs that it will not be an easy crime to solve. For instance, why did the father drive all the way from Mlolongo to Mater in South B, to take a child in critical condition to hospital?

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MP Millie Odhiambo denies shouting down DP Ruto

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Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo (pictured), has denied shouting down Deputy President William Ruto at Bomas of Kenya yesterday at the Bomas of Kenya. Odhiambo says she was only answering questions posed by the DP in his BBI address.

The outspoken legislator says she did not have a microphone to enable her respond to DP Ruto’s submissions against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

“I was answering his questions because he was asking us questions about what should be done, and I was basically reminding him he is the deputy president and I should be asking him the questions he was asking and not vice versa,” the MP said in an exclusive interview with KTN News.

Odhiambo concurred with DP Ruto’s thinking when she acknowledged that there may be areas that need strengthening in the report even if it promises more gains to the Kenyan people.

 “There are some issues that will be addressed through the constitutional review and some through legislative action,” she told KTN News.

Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo during the launch of the Building Bridges to a United Kenya Taskforce Report at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

During the launch at the Bomas of Kenya, DP Ruto made several submissions on areas to be reviewed in the BBI report.

In his speech, he said the real elephant in the room was the post-poll winner-takes-it-all mentality which the BBI was trying to address by creating the position of a Prime Minister and two deputies.

He wondered how that would take care of other big political heavyweights who would still find themselves without political offices.

Midway his speech, the DP had to pause as sections of the crowd jeered at him while shouting “Respect the President.”

According to Odhiambo, the DP was talking of a coalition government something that the BBI report is not addressing.

“BBI is talking about inclusion [and] we are saying that in a case where you win as a president, then you need to expand the framework of regions that are represented in the executive,” she said.

The MP rubbished reports that DP Ruto allies never received invites for the Bomas of Kenya conference.

Odhiambo said most of the Tangatanga allied MPs chose not to show up despite being invited to the forum that was to be used to air issues in the report.

However, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwah, a DP Ruto ally, says the process was surrounded with hypocrisy.

He echoed Ruto’s remarks that the report did not touch on issues affecting Kenyans such as unemployment of the youth, saying this ought to constitute the national dialogue.

“The only two people who captured imaginations of Kenyans were DP Ruto and former vice president Musalia Mudavadi,” he said, adding that, “those are the only people who were bold enough to articulate the real issues affecting Kenyans.”

Despite being heckled Ruto made his remarks insisting we needed to have a candid discussion before the report is embraced.

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Ex-military officer accused of killing ex-wife, children wants ATM cards released

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A former senior military officer at the Laikipia Air Base accused of murdering his ex-wife and her two children has asked the court to allow him to get back ATM cards and other personal items confiscated by police.

Major Peter Mugure told Justice Abigail Mshila that detectives took away his ATM cards which may not be used as evidence in the murder case, where he is accused of killing his ex-wife Joyce Syombua, Shanice Maua and Prince Michael.

“They took away a number of personal items including my ATM cards. I’m asking to have them returned to me because I do not think they are part of the evidence,” Mugure told the Justice Mshila in a virtual court session.

Although some of the personal items could be used as part of the evidence, Mshila told Mugure to make a list of the items and asked defence counsel to check the inventory and make an application for the release of items that state doesn’t need as evidence.

“Some of the personal items like clothing, or ATM cards could be taken for analysis to enable show your movements. The inventory is in the prosecution file and you could make a list of the items you need to be released,” said Mshila.

The case in which Mugure is jointly accused with Collins Pamba, a former employee at Laikipia Air Base was coming up for hearing on Tuesday but it was postponed to a later date following the transfer of Judge Jairus Ngaah who was handling the matter in Nyeri.

Mugure joined the session from King’ong’o GK Prison in Nyeri and Pamba at Kerugoya prison.

The two are accused of killing the deceased parsons on October 26 last year at the Laikipia Air Base situated in Nanyuki.

The three bodies were recovered buried in a shallow grave after Pamba led police to the site at Kilimo area in Thingithu, in the outskirts of Nanyuki town.

In the previous session when the ex-major was denied bail on February 21, Justice Ngaah cited damning evidence in Pamba’s affidavit implicating Mugure in the gruesome murder of his ex-lover and his two children.

Pamba’s statement as recorded in court file detailed how Mugure called him from Nairobi on a material day and asked for his help to the ferry and bury the bodies and in return, help the casual worker secure employment at Kenya Defense Forces.

The mentioned date was scheduled for December 9.

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Former news anchors Hussein Mohamed, Yussuf Ibrahim proudly work alongside each other for USAID initiative

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Former Citizen TV news anchor Hussein Mohammed has been doing perfectly fine since he left his plum job.

Former news anchors Hussein Mohamed, Yussuf Ibrahim proudly work alongside each other for USAID initiative

Hussein Mohamed, Yussuf Ibrahim proudly working alongside each other for USAID initiative. Photo credits: Yussuf Ibrahim.
Source: Facebook

Posting on social media, journalist Yussuf Ibrahim revealed that he has been working closely with the media guru on the Resilience Learning Activity (RLA), a project funded by USAID Kenya.

“Proud to be working with my senior @HusseinMohamedg in this very noble initiative RLA (Resilience Learning Activity) funded by USAID Kenya The webinars involved the capacity building of ASALs County stakeholders on crisis communication more so during the ongoing #COVID19 pandemic,” wrote Ibrahim.

Ibrahim who is a communication strategist and voice-over artist is the founder of Ubra Media.

Many people were amazed by the duo and took to the various platforms to congratulate them for their good work.

A Facebook user identified as Cathra Hussein commented:

“Ma Sha Allah am so proud of you, the sky is no longer the limit.”

Abumuhsin Ibrahim commended them for their win:

Yussuf Ibrahim great job proud of you Hussein for a great job!!

Adow Mohamed added:

Sons and media stars of the north. Keep soaring.

Abdul-Hakeem Mohammed commented:

Mashallah, Big men!congratulations.

Hussein left the Royal Media-owned station in 2019.

The former news anchor revealed to fans that he will be taking a break off the screen after October 2019.

In a post seen by TUKO.co.ke on Friday, October 4, the journalist stated he will use his break from TV to concentrate on other matters.

Hussein thanked his colleagues at Citizen for sharing the best moments of his life with him.

It is also through his post that he revealed to fans and followers that he has worked for Citizen TV for ten years.

”It has been a wonderful 10 years at Citizen TV. I have enjoyed and relished every moment I shared with my colleagues at RMS. I have decided to take a break after October In Sha Allah to concentrate on other matters. Loved the fans, the critics and everything in between. See you soon,” he wrote.‬

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