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A family in Kahawa Wendani, Kiambu County is seeking justice after one of their own was killed by a stray bullet when police tried to stop a mob from killing three suspected robbers.

A sombre mood has engulfed in Ms Pauline Kaigongi’s residential house as mourners stream into her house for solidarity with the family that lost their only daughter identified as Angel on Saturday morning.

Ms Kaigongi told People Daily that she was seated at the roof-top of Dykaan College cuddling the three-year-old girl when a stray bullet that was shot by an officer who tried to disperse the angry mob baying for the blood of the three suspected robbers hit her- killing her on the spot.

“I was just seated and cuddling my daughter when the stray bullet hit the minor, killing her on the spot. By the time we arrived at a local hospital based in Kahawa Wendani bus terminus she was no more,” Ms Kaigongi said.

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She asked the Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’i and other relevant bodies to chip in and assist the family get justice because her daughter did not deserve to die.

The lifeless body of the minor is currently at the Kenyatta University morgue and plans are underway to conduct a postmortem in order to ascertain what exactly led to the death of the toddler.

People Daily has established that three suspected robbers who one week ago stole a motorcycle in the vast Kahawa Wendani area and even murdered the owner identified as Evans Muthui were spotted using the bike along the busy Thika Super Highway.

Muthui, was buried over the weekend at his home in Ruiru town, Kiambu County.

This prompted other bodaboda riders who spotted the motorbike to start chasing after the trio that included a lady and two men.

They were cornered outside the local college which is based a few meters to Githurai market and the mob descended on them.

Police and witnesses who spoke to People Daily said that the mob grew bigger and they were mercilessly beating up the suspects with plans of lynching them when an officer arrived at the scene.

“The officer tried to disperse the crowd but it went on growing bigger and bigger to an extent of causing traffic snarlups along the highway. He shot in the air with the aim of dispersing the crowd that had seriously injured the three,” Abel Kimani, a local said.

He said that the lady had confessed that they have been involved in crime and even stolen several motorcycles in Kiambu, Nairobi and Murang’a counties.

Police said that the three were under their custody in various hospitals within Kiambu County and they would be interrogated over their involvement in crime.

By PD.co.ke


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How I made my first million

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At what age did you make your first million? 

I was 19.

How did you make it? 

I was running a creative design and printing agency. I bid for and won an order to design and print marketing materials for a global NGO which has offices in Kenya.

How did you spend or invest it? 

I re-invested most of it into the business by buying more machinery to reduce costs associated with outsourcing. I also set up a new business with a friend – a movie shop in Nairobi CBD.

The biggest money mistake you have ever made? 

Setting up the movie shop was the greatest money mistake – but I picked up two of the greatest business lessons. One, to never divest too early, and only invest in a business you understand well.

What is the best investment you have ever made?

 I would say investing in myself and in my exposure through travel. Travel has made me see endless possibilities for innovating new products, business models and solutions in the African market. A combination of the international exposure and strong local market understanding is priceless.

What is the worst purchase you have ever made? 

The movie shop. I bought a ready business that I did not understand and it went crumbling down. We eventually closed it a few months later.

If you had a spare million or two, where would you invest it right now?

I would invest it in my current business – a software technology company. This is because I believe the business has potential to become a great success.

What is the biggest money lesson you have learnt about growing it and making it work for you? 

Initially, we all have to work for money. However, I have learnt that the wealthy person has learnt how to make money work for them, through consistently investing what one earns.

Where do you learn about finances? 

I read a lot of books about real success stories from entrepreneurs because I believe entrepreneurship is a great way to create wealth, while creating value in the society. I also stay curious to learn about different investment vehicles because I know I shouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket.

Any financial myths you think should be busted? 

Money is not the root of all evil; greed may be. Money is a good thing because it can create freedom and prosperity, if well spent.

What two personal finance rules do you follow? 

Live within your means; and work to make money as a tool to accomplish real goals. Real goals are not just about making “enough” money, because it is almost impossible to define “enough.”

Investing or saving…Which one carries more weight?

Investing. However, they go hand to hand as saving to invest is acceptable.

One can get rich easily… but how does one stay rich? 

By constantly making calculated investment risks, and always striving to be wealthy, not rich.


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Foul smell leads to recovery of couple

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Decomposing bodies of a couple that has been missing for more than a week were found in their house in Laini centre off the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, yesterday.

A foul smell emanating from the house of the 72-year-old-man and his wife, 62, led to their recovery. Police have launched investigations into the incident.

There were conflicting reports about the deaths with some claiming that the two were murdered while others suspected that they could have died of carbon monoxide emitted from a jiko.

Police declined to give names of the deceased until the next of kin are informed. Emotions ran high as locals viewed the bodies.

A village elder, Moses Mwathi, revealed that the couple was working in a quarry before they went missing.

Mwathi said neighbours thought that they had travelled to their rural home but got concerned after a foul smell started emanating from their house.

“On checking they noticed that the house was locked from inside and the bodies could be seen lying on their bed,” he said.

Police gained access into the house after breaking the door. The bodies were taken to the mortuary

Naivasha OCPD Samuel Waweru said initial investigations pointed to carbon monoxide poisoning from a jiko.

“We can’t, however, rule out murder at this moment and only a post-mortem examination will establish the real cause of the death,” said the police boss.

And in the nearby Kinungi village, a 35-year-old farmworker committed suicide by hanging himself in a house.

The body was found by his employer before police were called in. Jim Kimani, a friend to the deceased, said he was in low spirits over debts.

“He claimed that some people he owed money were harassing him but we never thought that he would commit suicide,” Kimani said.

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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