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Detectives arrest man masquerading as magistrate



Detectives in Nakuru are holding a man suspected of defrauding the public by pretending to be a judicial officer.

Yesterday, officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation pounced on Victor Kiprono Ngeno in Nakuru town after months of trailing him.

Nakuru County Criminal Investigations Officer Anthony Sunguti said they are holding Ngeno pending arraignment on Tuesday.

“The suspect has been on the run. He is suspected of defrauding the public,” Sunguti said.

Ngeno allegedly obtained money from Samuel Soi by falsely pretending that he was a magistrate and would intervene in expediting the determination of a civil case he had filed at the Nakuru Law Courts.

Ngeno is said to have obtained Sh100,000 from Soi on diverse dates between March 15, 2018, and December 31, 2019.

Further, police claim the man obtained an additional Sh1,564,230 from Soi on the pretence that he was a brother to Devolution CS Charles Keter and would help his (Soi) son secure a job at the Kenya Pipeline.

The Standard established that Soi’s lawyers, Kipkoech Ng’etich and Clement Koigi, were piling pressure on the police to arrest the suspect.

On March 3, 2021, Kipkoech and Koigi, on behalf of Soi, wrote a letter to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Nakuru seeking to have Ngeno investigated.

In the letter, Soi said he had reported the matter at Nakuru Central Police Station.

He claimed that the suspect told him that he was selling a parcel of land in Njoro and that he could also assist secure employment for his children.

“For the purchase of the land, our client paid the said Victor Kiprono alias Victor Keter Sh700,000 through M-Pesa, and for the employment opportunities, he paid Sh900,000 in cash. A witness was present when he paid the amount,” read the letter in part.

On July 5, 2021, Kipkoech wrote another letter to the DCI questioning why they were yet to act despite the complaints. The lawyer claimed that the police were protecting the man.

On September 13, Kipkoech wrote another letter seeking to know why the police had not arrested Ngeno despite informing them that he had been arrested in Bomet.

The lawyer said they expected the police to re-arrest the man, but they failed.

“We had informed you that the culprit was in police custody in Bomet. But you failed to re-arrest him, and the culprit is now free while our client continues to suffer. The money was his retirement benefits,” said Kipkoech.

Ngeno was arrested by detectives in Bomet in July, moments after making a report at Konoin Police Station that an administration police officer in Sotik had robbed him of Sh500,000.

Bomet County Police Commandant Naomi Ichami said the suspect could not provide any identification showing he was a magistrate.

Ichami said they then found out that he was masquerading, and they arrested him.

The officer named was not known to the police.

Ngeno had told the police that he met the officer who was with a lady at a restaurant in Litein Town. He asked them to drop him at his Belgut home in Kericho.

He claims that along the way, the officer diverted the vehicle and drove towards Mogogsiek trading centre. He then stopped suddenly, and the duo held him down and took the money he had in a brown envelope.



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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