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A family’s decade-long search for IEBC clerk who vanished after polls



By Wanja Waweru

At the time of the 2013 General Election, he was employed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Ndururumo and had just recently earned his university degree.

And on April 20, 2013, Kelvin Macharia visited a shop in Nyahururu town after receiving his pay.

The same day, he was scheduled to have coffee with his college sweetheart in Nyahururu. Macharia wasn’t seen again after that.

He traveled to Nyahururu before vanishing.

His father, John Mwangi Wachira, 72, claims that his son informed the family that he had left for Nyahururu and would return that night with furniture.

“At the time my son went missing, he had gone to Nyahururu for shopping. But he did not return home. We have never heard from him again,” the elderly man told the Saturday Nation.

“He had just received his salary and told us he was going to meet a friend in town, buy some things and come back home. We later learnt that my son was to meet his girlfriend he studied with in college in Nakuru.”

Later, Macharia’s family discovered that he had met his date there and that they had spent the day there.

So what transpired following the meeting? Was Macharia taken captive?

The family of the first-born son who was 25 at the time is still debating these issues.

“Macharia was my first son and was the light of the family. His disappearance was heart-breaking,” the father of four told the Saturday Nation.

“We have been living in agony, spending sleepless nights wondering where my child could be.”

“Has my son been killed? I want to see him dead or alive. In my old age, I need him back home to help me take care of his siblings. I also appeal to security agencies to find my son.”

According to the family, Macharia’s phone rang on the day he disappeared. Mr. Wachira and his family started to worry about the young man’s location after he went missing two days earlier.

When he tried to call Macharia, he recalled finding that his phone was off. His kid had been observed with a young woman at Thomson Falls in Nyahururu, it was later revealed to him.

What transpired after the two visited Thomson Falls is unclear.

The family’s attempts to locate Macharia with the assistance of the police have been ineffective. They can only hope for his safe arrival back at home.

In an effort to help the authorities in their search for answers, the family reported a member missing to the Nyahururu police station.

Police located and questioned the woman who was saw with Macharia about his disappearance.

She explained to the cops that she had intended to spend the night with Macharia but that they had been ambushed by a gang who stole their cell phones.

The woman stated that after being harassed, the robbers left her on the roadside and made off with Macharia, Wachira told the Saturday Nation.

“We really don’t know where they took him, whether they killed him and dumped his body in the forest or in a river,” Mr Wachira said.

“I had never met the girl until the day Macharia vanished. My son had not told me if he had a girlfriend. It was the first time I saw her,” he recalled.

The woman was detained, according to the family, then released after giving a police statement.

Our attempts to find out the progress of the investigations were unsuccessful because the Nyahururu Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives seem to have forgotten about the case.

Benard Wamalwa, the head of the Laikipia West DCI, who has jurisdiction over the situation, forwarded our reporter to Nyahururu DCI chief Emily Kangangi.

“I am not familiar with the matter. The best person to give details of the case is the Nyahururu DCI boss,” Mr Wamalwa said.

According to Ms. Kangangi, Nyahururu was in Central Kenya when Macharia’s disappearance was reported, according to the Saturday Nation.

When pressed for information, she remained silent.

Hours stretched into days, then into months, then into years for the family, but Macharia was never located.

Ten years later, the grieving father and his family are desperately trying to find Macharia.

Mr Wachira said his son completed his secondary education at Ndururumo High School in Laikipia County before joining a college in Nakuru where he took a two-year diploma course.


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Nyeri teen arrested with homemade gun, bhang to be charged



By Wanja Waweru

A 19-year-old guy was detained by police in Nyeri County after being discovered in possession of a handmade gun that could fire and marijuana.

The National Police Service (NPS) said in a statement that the young man was detained as a result of a tip from the general public.

“Police officers from Munyange Police Station arrested a 19-year-old suspect after he was found in possession of a home-made pistol, stones of cannabis sativa and rolls of the same. He has been remanded in police custody,” the statement read in part.

The NPS also expressed gratitude to the general public for helping to support community police in the battle against crime and illegal narcotics.

A police officer assigned to the General Service Unit (GSU) was also found in possession of a handmade pistol the day before the teen’s arrest.

A failed heist in Kasarani sub-county led to the arrest of Mr. Graham Ndichu Chege, a GSU officer.

On Monday, May 29, 2023, Nairobi News broke the exclusive that the suspect has been on police radar for more than four months.

Officers worried about an armed gang terrorizing people in Kasarani Sub-County knew when, not if, Mr. Chege would be apprehended.

The suspect was being questioned about more robberies that had occurred nearby, according to an investigator with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who is aware of the current inquiries.

“Officers involved in the matter believe that he was the one leading a gang that has been giving the locals in this sub-county a hard time. Plans are also underway to arrest his accomplices,” said the officer, who spoke in confidence as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

According to a police report reviewed by this reporter, Mr. Paul Maina said that three individuals on motorcycles and carrying pistols robbed him at gunpoint of his cell phone at the Cooperative area along Kamiti Road.

“Police officers on foot patrol responded very quickly and with the help of bodaboda riders they chased the suspects to Juja Weighbridge where the suspect’s motorcycle developed mechanical problem and Mr Chege was arrested,” the report reads in part.

As a GSU officer assigned to the GSU Headquarters and Transit Section, Mr. Chege then revealed to the officers that he was to them.

When the police searched him, they discovered a makeshift pistol that they claimed might fire.

“A bloodstained broken knife and a motorcycle with registration number KMFH 031U, make Ranger Black, were recovered,” the police report added.

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City pastor accused of defrauding Kenyans in the USA of Sh6.8 million



By Wanja Waweru

A city preacher has been accused with stealing Sh6.8 million from two sisters and their friend who lives in the USA while he pretended to be in a position to buy them land in Nairobi.

Catherine Wairimu Ng’ang’a of the Githurai-based Arise and Healing and Deliverance Church was charged At the Milimani courts.

When she was prosecuted in front of senior main magistrate Zainab Abdul, she contested four counts of receiving money under false pretenses.

The lady pastor, 53, was charged with cheating Noel Njeri Ngure, Lilian Muthoni Ngure, and Anne Nyambura Njogu between February and September 2021 of a huge sum.

The magistrate was informed that Pastor Wairimu collected Sh4 million from Noel under the pretense that she could sell her a land of land number Mowlem/Nairobi Block 169/285, a fact she knew to be false.

The preacher was suspected of receiving the Sh4m on several times between February 1 and August 12 2021 when he was detained by authorities on May 28, 2023.

The preacher was accused of accepting Sh1,735,000 from Lilian Muthoni Ngure between March 12 and August 12, 2021, despite knowing that she was lying when she said she could sell her a piece of land with the address Mowlem/Nairobi Block 169/287.

According to the third count, she received a second trump of Sh900,000 from Lilian Muthoni Ngure on August 31 and September 24, 2021, pretending to sell to her three stalls at New Wakulima Kangundo Road Market.

The magistrate learned that the pastor was lying and that she was not in a position to do so.

The preacher was accused of defrauding Ann Nyambura Njogu of Sh253,200 in the fourth allegation against her. She had claimed to be in a position to sell Njogu a piece of land in Mowlem/Nairobi Block 169/286.

Pastor Wairimu requested release on bail, pledging to follow the judge’s orders.

Her release on bond was not opposed by the prosecution.

She was then freed by Ms. Abdul on a Sh500,000 cash bail with one contact person.

On June 12, 2023, her case will be brought up for pre-trial instructions.

Pastor Wairimu will then meet with her accusers at the hearing date that Ms. Abdul will establish.

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Police seize counterfeit beer in Murang’a, nab three



Three women were allegedly found in possession of 83 crates of fake beer.

According to a National Police Service (NPS) statement, officers in Muranga cracked down on illegal brews in Marema village in coordination with the local government and the general population.

“The operation led to seizure of 83 crates of Santa King Ice believed to be a counterfeit alcohol, five crates without stickers, and arrest of three female suspects,” the statement read in part.

This happened just a day after two women were apprehended in connection with the seizure of fake booze in Kiambu County.

The two suspects, who have only been identified as Ms. Donatha and Ms. Grace, were detained, according to a statement from the National Police Service, during an operation on May 27, 2023, at the homestead of one Mr. Wanjohi.

“The multi-agency team conducted an operation in Gitaru area where they seized various items including rolls of Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) stamps, several boxes of suspected fake alcoholic drinks with different brand names, distilling machines and several empty boxes as well as bottle tops,” the NPS statement said.

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