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Body of Kenyan student who took own life in Finland to be flown home next week



A Kenyan student who died by suicide in Finland last month will be buried next Friday after the family finalised arrangements for the body to be flown back home.

On Thursday, Rodgers Kipruto, 26, who passed away on April 18, 2023, was freed by Finnish police after their inquiry was concluded, according to his family in Kesses, Uasin Gishu county.

Kipruto had expressed displeasure in the foreign country after a dispute between his parents and the County Government of Uasin Gishu over how to pay back fees owed so that he may continue his studies for a nursing degree at Laurea University.

“We are happy that at long last the body will arrive in the country next Tuesday, latest Wednesday, and burial arrangements have been made for Friday,” said his elder brother, Mr Boniface Kemboi.

He stated that the costs, including flying the body to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), will be covered by the national government through the Kenyan embassy in Finland, while the Uasin Gishu County Government will pay for transportation fees from JKIA to Eldoret International Airport.

“The county government has promised to foot the mortuary costs and bring the body to our Chirchir home in Kesses for burial on Friday,” added Mr Kemboi.

He disclosed that the family managed to raise Sh1.3 million out of the Sh4 million for funeral and other expenses.

“We have been struggling to raise the money, and managed to get Sh1.3 million, which will meet other expenses,” he stated.

The late Kipruto was one of the Uasin Gishu County students evacuated to Finland as part of a study agreement between the autonomous county and three Finnish universities. Kipruto later complained about his problems in Finland.

A total of 202 students from the county were airlifted to the universities of Tampere, Jyvaskyla, and Laurea.

The student’s decision to end his life seems to have been influenced by a dispute between the county administration and parents over how to settle tuition arrears so that students can continue their studies, among other issues.

This came about as a result of information that some county authorities had tampered with the study funding, putting the students at risk of deportation.

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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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