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Investigations into the horrific murder of a man in Kambogo Village in Murang’a County have pitted the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the regular police over the management of the crime scene.

The body of 54-year-old Samuel Mungai Gachihi was discovered on October 22, some 300 meters from his house, with a cracked skull, slit throat and private parts, tongue, nose, eyes, teeth and ears missing. His head had also been skinned.

And, as pressure mounts for perpetrators of the heinous act to be brought to book, Kigumo DCI boss Morris Kimathi complained that regular police officers interfered with the crime scene, hence complicating investigations.

This complaint drew the wrath of Murang’a security bosses and Mr Kimathi has since been transferred to Gatanga Sub-County and demoted to serve as deputy DCI boss.

Mr Kimathi had told the Nation that “regular police from Kaharate police patrol base arrived at the scene and did not attempt to secure it, went ahead and retrieved the body and left the area open for access by all and sundry.”

He told the Nation that when homicide experts arrived, there was no scene to investigate since it had been transformed into a public zone, thereby compromising the collection of vital specimens and items.

With an unsecured scene, preliminary evidence collection was gravely compromised.

While the police have sniffer dogs, none was taken to the scene and the area was not dusted for fingerprints.

The officers also did not investigate the victim’s house to ascertain whether he was forcibly taken from there.

Members of the public, who were among those who arrived at the scene, first broke into his house to get a blanket to cover his body for the journey to the Murang’a mortuary.

Additionally, no scene photographs were taken, hence no inventory log was prepared to account for the scene’s  biological and latent evidence.

These are the lapses that Mr Kimathi was blaming on the general duty officers.

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But Mr Kimathi’s complaints did not go down well with Kigumo police boss Michael Ndegwa who accused him of “dereliction of duty and playing the victim.”

“As the man in charge of the police servicemen and women in this sub-county, I will, at whatever court, defend how my officers dealt with the issue. Ask him (Mr Kimathi) what he was doing from the time we received information about the murder at around 6am on October 23 until 11am when my officers retrieved the body,” Mr Ndegwa charged.

Mr Ndegwa said the crime scene “belongs” to the DCI to secure and retrieval of the body is the work of the general duty officers.

“We could not camp at the scene waiting for him to appear as the residents were complaining of the continued presence of the body on a public path,” Mr Ndegwa said.

Murang’a County DCI boss Julianna Muthini confirmed that Mr Kimathi had been transferred and demoted.

“All I want to say is that the officer is out of that area and a new one has been posted … For more information contact the area or county police commander,” she said.

Mr Ndegwa said his officers retrieved an iron bar from the scene and it is believed to have been the blunt force that cracked the deceased’s skull.

He said investigations were now focusing on four prime suspects believed to have had a hand in the murder.

Among the suspects are a man believed to have lured the victim out of his house, a local boda-boda operator whose utterances both at the scene and the burial raised significant suspicions as well as two others.

“It is our stand that the new DCI boss will move with speed to crack this case. We are committed to pursuing the perpetrators of this heinous act. It is just a matter of time before we crack it,” he said.

by nation.africa


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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.

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