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Assistant Chief charged with incitement sentenced to 115 years in jail

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BY KEVIN KOECH

A court in Busia county has sentenced an assistant chief to 115 years in jail for inciting villagers to burn down houses.

Officers arrested Andrew Odata, the assistant chief, on 13th June, 2016. They also arrested ten other people.

The prosecution charged the suspects with nine counts, including arson.

The group allegedly burnt down several houses and a church.

Additionally, they maliciously damaged a lot of valuable property

After hearing the case, the court released the ten other suspects.

The court noted that they had satisfactorily proved their innocence.

According to the prosecution, Odata influenced villagers to burn down the homestead of one Francis Ong’amo.

The assistant chief claimed that Ong’amo had bewitched his younger brother who had died on 6th June, 2016.

When the villagers burnt down Ong’amo’s homestead, the entire family had to seek shelter elsewhere.

They camped at the Kenya Medical Research Institute from 14th June 2016.

Senior Principal Magistrate Patrick Olengo gave the determination in court.

He pointed out that there was no evidence to support the charges of the other 10 accused persons.

However, he convicted the assistant chief.

“I am convinced that the prosecution proved its case against the first accused beyond reasonable doubt.I find Andrew Odata guilty of counts one to five and hereby convict him,” Magistrate Olengo said while reading the judgement.

“The offence carries a life imprisonment. The victims of the crime have not gone back to their home. The residents relied on the assistant chief for their security but he betrayed them by deciding to take sides in a dispute,” he continued.

Asked whether he had anything to say, the assistant chief said that he was sorry for everything that had happened.

He asked the court to be considerate because he had six children who are still in school.

“I hereby sentence him to 23 years’ imprisonment on each of the five counts. The sentences run concurrently,” the magistrate concluded.


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KQ loses second pilot to Covid-19 in London

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The national carrier Kenya Airways has lost another pilot to Covid-19.

Captain Salah Salim Jeizan, 57, died at a London hospital on Wednesday, the airline’s chief human resources officer Evelyne Munyoki said in a condolence message.

Captain Jeizan flew to London’s Heathrow Airport on November 7 from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport but developed difficulties in breathing while in a London hotel.

Jeizan was rushed to the hospital from his hotel room and put on oxygen.

According to Ibrahim Johnny, a close colleague, the deceased will be buried on Thursday in London under the Islamic law.

Captain Jeizan joined the national carrier in 2001 as a junior pilot and rose through the ranks to his last position as a senior captain on the Boeing 787 fleet.

He flew to different international destinations in Europe, US and the Middle East.

“On behalf of the board of directors, the management and staff of Kenya Airways, we join the family of the late captain Jeizan in mourning their beloved one and pray that the almighty God will strengthen them during this time of sorrow,” KQ said in a statement.

In April Kenya lost its first captain, Daudi Kibati, days after commandeering a flight that evacuated Kenyans stranded in the US after the outbreak of Covid-19.

The captain was taken ill on March 29 after returning from New York and he died on April 1.

By NN


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DP Ruto: Unbeknown to many, I have been advising Uhuru on BBI issues

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In a wide ranging interview with Citizen TV’s Joe Ageyo at the former’s residence in Karen on Thursday night, Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto disclosed that he, infact, advises President Uhuru Kenyatta on Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) matters.

DP Ruto said: “As his principal assistant, yes I advise him. This is a constitution-making process. The constitution is about every Kenyan, myself included. If it is being amended, I do not have the luxury to stand aside and do nothing about it…I do not want history to judge me for not stepping out to speak out.”

He added: “Consensus for us is on content, process and timing. We have almost concluded consensus on content. We agree with the 70 additional constituencies but have IEBC delimit the areas…We are not saying our proposals must pass, we are saying that our proposals are reasonable.” Watch:


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Tribute: The Dr Njoroge I Knew

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Doctor Jacqueline Njoroge, or Jacque as we fondly called her, was a self-driven, kind, passionate and hardworking doctor at the Thika level 5 Hospital.

She started her life as a first born child in a family of three siblings in Gatitu, Nyeri County.

Through hard work, she excelled in school and joined the University of Nairobi as a medical student and later pursued her masters degree in medicine at the same university.

Jacqueline, who succumbed to Covid-19 complications at only 38, was a dear friend to many.

She made all her friends feel so special, which won her many close friends and acquaintances. A beautiful lady inside and out, she was always smiling, easy to love, cared deeply about everyone and was very generous. Her warm personality brought calmness to even the most difficult situations.  She liked to tease those close to her with words like “you spoilt brat, you will burn in hell, and often called people sweetheart, sister, my dearest”.  She loved cakes, especially fruit cake, which she looked for every small opportunity to share with her family friends and colleagues.

Sense of style

Jacque had a great sense of style in her dressing, hairstyle and even home décor. She loved being neat, presentable and well-groomed. It was rare to find Jacqueline with a bad hair or bad nail day.

She put her husband, Joshua Chokera, and children Adrian and Angel, and her parents first.

Sundays were spent in church and with family. She loved to cook and bake cakes for them.

Her colleagues loved her both as a doctor and a manager. She was the deputy medical superintendent at the Thika level 5 Hospital as well as the proprietor of Equity Afya clinics in Thika and Kahawa Sukari.

She was a practicing physician both in the public hospital and part-time private hospital. She was passionate, especially about cancer and HIV.

At Thika Level 5 Hospital, she was the head of the team that began the Thika Cancer Care Centre and went ahead to fundraise for the same through a marathon in August 2019. She also chaired the technical working group (LAKATI) that offered a platform to discuss complicated HIV cases.

Admirable leader

Jacqueline was an admirable leader whose colleagues describe as approachable and a problem solver. Her office was open to all and she would make everyone feel at home and welcome. She listened to everyone’s challenges keenly and tried to provide solutions. Most importantly, she was a team player.

She will be remembered for bringing all the specialists together and this way improving service delivery. She mentored many young colleagues and, as a believer in excellence and attention to detail, she hoped to pass this traits to the younger doctors.

We are all saddened that she had to die on the front line. She, like many doctors, was concerned about the coronavirus and had to balance between the fear of contacting the virus and infecting her loved ones and the need to be on the frontline both as a leader and a doctor. Her main challenges were ensuring all workers had adequate PPE (personal protective equipment). She even approached Equity Bank, through the CEO, James Mwangi, for help. Mr Mwangi promised to supply the hospital with PPE for 18 months. She was looking forward to a day when the Covid-19 vaccine would be discovered.

She has left a huge gap as a dedicated leader, manager, physician, mother, wife and daughter.

May the almighty God rest her beautiful soul in eternity.

By Nation.africa


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