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Autopsy reveals how Caroline Kangogo died



A post-mortem examination on the body of policewoman Caroline Kangogo in Eldoret has indicated that she died from a single gunshot to the head.

The analysis by Chief Government Pathologist, Dr Johansen Oduor, shows the bullet entered through the right chin, pierced through the spine and damaged her brain before exiting through the left side of the skull.

“The gun was close to the skin on the right side of the chin and there was a gunshot wound on the left side of the head just above the ear,” said Dr Oduor, after a two-hour autopsy at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.

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He said more laboratory tests will be carried out.

“I have collected samples and more swabs that will help us find out the actual nature of the death,” he said, while remaining non-committal on whether it was death by suicide.

Suspected suicide

Kangogo, who was being sought for the murder of her colleague John Ogweno as well as Juja-based businessman Peter Ndwiga, was found dead at the family’s bathroom, 40 metres away from the main house, in Nyawa village in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet county.

Police had ruled the death as suicide.

“It is suspected that she might have shot herself using the firearm from below the chin and the bullet exited on the head slightly above the left ear,” a police report said.

A Ceska pistol serial number G4670 which was cocked with a magazine loaded with eight rounds of ammunition, one in the chamber, one used cartridge and one bullet head were recovered from the scene.

The autopsy by Dr Oduor comes after high-profile lawyers raised concerns about the position Kangogo was found in and whether her death was actually by suicide.

Corporal Caroline Kangogo’s body is loaded onto a police vehicle for transportation to Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County after an autopsy conducted by Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary in Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu County, on July 27, 2021.

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Led by Law Society of Kenya president Nelson Havi, whose organisation had hired veteran lawyer John Khaminwa to plead her case, lawyers said the cause of death needs to be investigated further.

Others who have doubted the suicide story are lawyer Cliff Ombeta and Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr.

But Mzee Barnabas Kibor, Kangogo’s father and himself a former police inspector, insists that all signs pointed to suicide.

“I do not like it when people go on with these insinuations that she might have been killed. In case you actually know for sure she was killed, then come forward and say so. But from what I see, this girl, my daughter, took her own life depending on how we found her,” said Mzee Kibor.

Relatives of Caroline Kangogo gather at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital on Tuesday.

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This, he reckons, can be deduced from the fact that the bathroom where she was found, which is 40 metres from the main house, was locked from inside.

“There is no way someone could have brought the body and dumped it in that bathroom, but still have it locked from the inside where we found her body. She locked herself inside,” he told Nation.Africa.

Mzee Kibor also seems to believe all has been figured out, including the reason there was no blood splatter.

“When the bullet exited, it couldn’t have splatter blood on the wall because looking at the bullet, it went in on the chin, and exited through the left ear. She shot from the right and it went up, to the left. It could not have splattered because the bullet would have had to come out at the front, from behind,” explained Mzee Kibor, who also disputed that his daughter was left-handed, saying she was, indeed, right-handed.

Last Friday, a teary Mzee Kibor demanded to be given the body of the police woman, after a planned post-mortem failed to happen as planned.

He protested that he had carried a coffin, ready to transport the body for burial the next day, on Saturday.

A police vehicle carrying the body of Caroline Kangogo at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital on Tuesday

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“I have no case with anybody. Just give me my child I go and bury. What will I do to the cow I have slaughtered for the burial?” he asked in Iten after the post-mortem was called off, days after he had been given the go-ahead to plan for the burial on condition that the autopsy will be done before the set date.

Once bitten twice shy, the family this week announced that it had shelved burial plans until the post-mortem report is released.

 “We shall only set the burial after the DCI releases the post-mortem report,” said Robert Kipkorir, a family spokesperson.

The family has announced that when it does bury Ms Kangogo, it will not honour her wishes to be cremated in a wedding gown.

“To my people, it’s my wedding day – dress me in a white gown that my husband could not afford.  To my parents, I am requesting my body to be cremated to end your suffering. Remember to take good care of my children. For the things in Kasarani, hire movers for safe delivery here,” she reportedly said in a trove of text messages detectives said were found in a draft folder in her phone.


Eric Omondi denies Jacque Maribe’s son in new pregnancy reveal



By Wanja Waweru

Eric Omondi, an award-winning comedian and creator of digital entertainment, and Lynne, a social media influencer and commercial model, have revealed they are expecting a child.

The pair enthusiastically announced the news in a combined Instagram post. Lynne can be seen donning a yellow two-piece costume in the images that have been released, proudly displaying her growing baby belly.

Eric, who was completely covered in black, stands protectively behind her and gently strokes the lump.

In her third trimester, Lynne undoubtedly looks pregnant. Eric expressed his excitement at having his own flesh and blood in the caption of the photo, which is odd given that he shares a child with Jackie Maribe, a former media celebrity.

Eric continued by equating himself with Sarah from the Bible, who’d It has taken me 41 years but finally God has blessed me with my own,” started the entertainer excitedly.

He went on to add, “The Fruit of my loins! I feel like Sarah of Abraham of the Bible, she waited all her life for a child of her own.

Thank you baby for making me a father❤❤🙏🙏🥰🥰. And to God thank you for returning our baby to us,” the last of his post read.

It has taken me 41 years but finally God has blessed me with my own,” started the entertainer excitedly.

Seven months ago, Lynne tragically miscarried at barely eight weeks of pregnancy, and Eric and his girlfriend announced they had lost their first child.

The medical professionals there did everything they could to save the little angel, but it was in vain, as Eric refers to the night as the longest night of his life.

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Mwalimu Rachel: Managing Sailors Gang my biggest regret!



By Wanja Waweru

The long-running feud between oppular radio host Rachel Muthoni Njeru, often known as Mwalimu and the gengetone boy band Sailors Gang has been being brought up again, with Rachel stating that managing the group is one of her greatest regrets.

The social media influencer shared this in an interesting conversation she had on her official YouTube channel with a friend named Monicah Wairimu Mwariri.

“What is your biggest regret? Like the one thing you say if I could have done differently I would have gotten different/ better results as Mwalimu Rachel?”

Monicah who was acting as the moderator of that specific episode posed the question to Rachel.

“Managing… managing Sailors Gang!” replied the NRG radio presenter without a second thought.

She continued by saying that interacting with the group had been such a challenge that it had put her in some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable.

“Wueh! Wewe ushawahi lala cell (have you ever spent a night in jail)?” Rachel asked the host to which she replied she’d never and doesn’t even ever wish to encounter such a moment.

Mwalimu Rachel said that while she was in charge of the gengetone male group, she had spent a night in a police cell.

Mimi nililala cell, like wueh…” Rachel revealed.

Sharing a snippet of the interview with her over 403k Instagram followers Rachel wrote, “Cell nayo nililala ni ukweli… wueh! That was a DAAARK time for me. It’s okay though… Time for EVERYONE to hear my story from ME.”

She stated in another post that the reason she was finally speaking about it was so that the suffering she had endured would not be in vain.

“Hopefully my experience will educate other managers as well as caution artists against some things,” Mwalimu Rachel’s post read.

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US announces changes to student visa application process



US State Department has revealed changes in policy that will impact foreign students entering the US.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced during the National Association of other Student Advisers (NAFSA) in Washington that they had streamlined the visa application process for students from other nations, including Kenya, who want to pursue higher education overseas.

According to him, applicants won’t need to participate in an interview to complete their application.

This adjustment is a significant deviation from the standard procedures, which at first required an interview.

The Department also extended the window in which a Visa application may be submitted, bringing it from 120 days to a full year.

Blinken stressed the significance of forging alliances with other nations when discussing visa reforms in order to provide students with additional opportunities  options to study abroad.

He applauded organizations like NAFSA for helping students seize opportunities and for organizing student exchanges.

“At the State Department, we are working to expand international education. After the acute phase of the pandemic ended, more and more international students began applying to study in the US again. We took steps to streamline our visa process and make it easier for students to apply,” he said.

M Square Media’s CEO, Raghwa Gopal, applauded the US government for taking action to expand international study programs. Gopal asserted that by giving students the skills they would need for future international engagements, the short-term educational courses would be advantageous to the students.

Foreign students can enter a recognized college, university, high school, or other educational program in the US under the academic student program.

Foreign students must be admitted by a school that has received formal US government recognition, and the program must result in a certification, certificate, or degree.

After a popular outcry, the deadline for the hike in worldwide visa fees was postponed from the originally announced date of May 30 to June 17; some applicants will now have to pay up to Sh42,000 to obtain the travel document.

Business and tourist visas (category B1/B2S), student visas (F), and exchange visitor visas (J) are the categories that would see a rise, going from Sh21,800 ($160) to Sh25,206 ($185) visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) will cost Sh27,941 ($205) from Sh25,897 ($190).

The US Embassy in Nairobi stated that they acknowledge the critical role that international travel plays in the US economy and pointed out that President Joe Biden’s foreign policy places a high priority on granting visas, particularly for work and tourism. They insisted that the fees are only intended to cover the costs of providing the consular services.

The cost of non-immigrant visas hasn’t gone up since 2014, so this is a big deal.

Following the suspension of the process in 2020 as part of the safety measures established at the height of the Covid-19 outbreak, the embassy has been dealing with a massive backlog of visa interviews.

The Embassy shortened the wait time for visa interviews for Kenyan visitors last month and permitted renewal of some categories without going through an interview physical appointments.

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