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Body of Kenyan athlete who died in Japan arrives back home



Kenyan athlete Cynthia Wanjiku Mbaire, who passed away in Japan last month, will be laid to rest on Saturday at her home in Nakuru.

The 20-year-old athlete’s body returned home on Thursday night from Tokyo, where her mother Hellen Wanjira Ng’ang’a, family, other athletes, and coaches met it at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Initial worries were that the deceased distance runner’s body would be held in a Japanese hospital due to unpaid medical expenses of Sh1.3 million.

The body was finally brought to Nairobi thanks to the efforts of the Kenyan embassy in Tokyo, her employers Hitachi Building Systems Company, and Kenyan-Japanese athletics coach and manager Stephen Mayaka, arriving at 9:41 p.m. on Thursday aboard Air France.

Mayaka and Satoru Kitamura, head coach of the Hitachi Long Distance Team, escorted the body.

From Kamimura Gakuen High School in Ichikikushikino, Kagoshima, where the Kenyan star set a meet record in the 3,000-meter race at the 2019 South Kyushu High School Championships with a time of eight minutes, 49.72 seconds, Kitamura recruited Wanjiku into his professional team.

At the Asian Championships, Kitamura finished sixth for Team Japan in both the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races.

“Cynthia suffered a rare form of cancer that spread fast and affected her brain. It was discovered early last year but was inoperable, and we tried to take the best care of her,” a distraught Kitamura told Nation Sport exclusively at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport upon arrival.

“The cancer was at Stage Four when it was detected and there was little that could be done except ensure she had the best care in her final days,” the coach added.

Mayaka said he has been in touch with the family while in Japan adding that it was the right decision for Wanjiku to remain in Japan for medical management.

“The cancer had already spread far and in Japan she had the best medical care she could ever get. Doctors said she had six months to live…. It is sad, but it’s God’s will and we have to accept,” Mayaka said.

He thanked the Kenyan embassy in Tokyo for the support throughout the painful process.

Wanjiku died on April 14 and a week ago, Hitachi Building Systems Company held a farewell memorial for the athlete in Chiba.

“She was always kind and considerate of those around her, and she brightened the mood on the team and gave us all courage. She made us all smile, and we are saddened to the depth of our hearts,” Kitamura said in a statement while announcing the athlete’s demise.

Wanjiku won the 1,500 and 3,000 metres races at the National High School Championships before joining Hitachi.

Wanjiku’s body was transported to Njoro where it will be preserved before the burial on Saturday.

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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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Kenyans ranked 87th most unhappy people in the world



The top 20 most miserable persons, according to Hanke’s Annual Misery Index, created by Steve Hanke, modified and ratified by Harvard University, and published by The Wall Street Journal, are listed below.

Inflation, unemployment, and high interest rates are the main causes of these people’s misery.

Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Syria, Lebanon, and Sudan took the top five positions.

Ranked sixth to tenth were Argentina, Yemen, Ukraine, Cuba, and Turkey.

Sri Lanka, Haiti, and Angola were 11th, 12th, and 13th, while Tonga, Ghana, and South Africa were 14th, 15th, and 16th. Ranked 17th to 20th were Suriname, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, and Rwanda.

At the bottom of the list in 87th place was Kenya with a misery index of 29.264 and the main factor contributing to its misery was the interest rate on loans.

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Vihiga: Section of Secondary School dorm razed, no injuries



On Tuesday evening, a portion of a dormitory at Ebunangwe Boy’s Secondary School in Vihiga County caught fire.

Billy Maloba, a witness to the incident, estimates that the fire started at 8 o’clock.

“No one was injured in the accident since it happened when the students were doing their night preps in class,” he said.

Ebunangwe is a mixed boarding and day school.

The school has only one dormitory.

“It was raining around that time so it took a while for people to notice the fire,” Maloba, who said he lives a few metres from the school, said.

He claimed that once the fire was put out by the locals, the Vihiga fire department arrived.

Since property with an unknown value was destroyed, the cause of the fire has not yet been identified.

By the time of publication, the school still had not released a statement regarding the incident.

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