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Gatundu traders celebrate Uhuru’s birthday, apologise for being ‘misled’



In honor of former president Uhuru Kenyatta’s 62nd birthday, several Gatundu South residents organized a party today.

The locals and vendors at Gatundu Market on Thursday expressed their need for Uhuru and begged him to come see them, breaking into song and dance as they sliced a cake to commemorate the occasion.

The locals, led by Kamau Migwi, expressed their gratitude for the development initiatives the area saw under Uhuru’s leadership and that they will always be in debt to the former leader.

Migwi pointed out that multi-billion dollar development projects had been carried out in the region, mentioning the construction of the Gatundu Modern Market, the Gatundu Level Five Hospital, and massive water projects.

Migwi further mentioned that the previous president founded Mama Ngina institution in Mutomo Village, the first institution in Gatundu South. According to him, this university revolutionized higher education and sparked regional development.

The people praised Uhuru as a modest and grounded leader and expressed sorrow for not following his counsel prior to the general elections of the previous year.

Uhuru had been leading the charge in mobilizing the Mt Kenya region to back Raila Odinga, the head of Azimio, in his presidential campaign. Additionally, he had forewarned the area not to defy his advise, claiming they would regret making the “wrong” choice.

Uhuru is still the head of Mount Kenya, according to Sovinger Bibiana, a former council member and prominent local figure in Gatundu South, and his absence is undermining regional harmony and peace.

Market vendor Nyambura Kimani, a local, praised the outgoing president as a development-focused leader, emphasizing how his infrastructural initiatives transformed the area.

Nyambura noted that even in the countryside, people could feel Uhuru’s absence because he was always there to support people during difficult times, including illness.

They bemoaned the fact that the people had been “misled” into rejecting and denouncing their “son,” adding that living under the current government has become intolerable.

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Ex-cop Rashid’s murder trial to start on March 14



On March 14, 2024, the murder trial hearing for former Eastleigh police officer Ahmed Rashid will begin.

This comes after the state finished providing the defense side with a partial disclosure of witness statements and documentary evidence on Thursday.

Rashid was accused in April of killing Mohammed Dhair Kheri and Jamal Mohammed, two adolescents, on March 31, 2017, in Amal Plaza in Eastleigh, Nairobi.

After denying the two murder charges in front of Justice Diana Kavedza, he was freed on a Sh200,000 bond.

Prosecution attorney Alla Mulama informed Justice Kavedza at pre-trial on Thursday at the High Court in Kibera that the state will call 25 witnesses to testify during the trial, 12 of whom were prepared to do so.

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CS Machogu says no exam printing contract was cancelled in reply to Raila



Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has denied assertions made by Raila Odinga, head of Azimio La Umoja One Kenya, that anomalies in the recently revealed results are due to the termination of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) tests printing tender to a UK firm.

During his appearance before the Parliamentary Education Committee, Machogu stated that tenders for publishing national tests are sent out every year.

”We have not terminated anybody’s contract. Each and every year a contract is made,” he said.

He insisted that Kenya, like any other nation, is capable of producing exam papers domestically.

The Education CS said that his ministry did not violate any laws and that the examinations printing tender was awarded using due process.

However, Machogu recognized that applicants’ difficulties receiving their results were caused by the company’s noncompliance with KNEC guidelines regarding the management of the QR code used for transmitting and accessing the KCPE results.

“As a CS I have learnt lessons because basically you can see as a ministry everything was right. Somebody we can call an outsider was given the contract but did not really conform and do to the required standard. Moving forward when we release the KCSE examinations we will not be able to make use of the same service provider,” he added.

Odinga had on Wednesday alleged that the government illegally revoked the printing tender from a UK based firm to a printer based in Mombasa road and later to India.

”We have established that early this year, the Kenya Kwanza administration suddenly and abruptly stopped this contact because the UK firm refused to give kickbacks. Without following any legal procurement processes, due diligence procedures and attention to examination timelines, the Kenya Kwanza administration awarded the KCPE and KCSE exam printing contract to a politically correct printing company based in Mombasa road,” Odinga said.

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Ex-KCB top manager Leonard Mwithiga arrested in US trying to kill wife



A Kenyan man is being charged in the US with murder-for-hire after authorities thwarted his plan to have a woman, with whom he has a long-running legal dispute, assassinated.

The 52-year-old former top banking executive Leonard Thuo Mwithiga was charged in Putnam, Connecticut, after he instructed a friend to find a hitman for him so that he could “finish that woman” or “inject something into her food or water to kill her slowly like cancer.”

In order to avoid being connected to the woman’s death, Mwithiga allegedly intended to have her killed between January 28 and February 3 of the following year while he would be in Kenya. He assured the hitman he would give him $4000 (Sh609,000).

Mwithiga, the prosecutor claims, found a would-be killer, whom he gave $300 (Sh46,000) “in good faith”, not knowing he was dealing with an undercover police officer. He had also given the associate $100 (Sh15,238).

Both the associate, an Uber driver, who turned informant for the police, and the woman who was supposed to be the victim have not been identified.

According to local media sites, the informant informed a state police officer, who then went up to Mwithiga and pretended to be the hitman-for-hire he required.

According to investigation files submitted to the court, the undercover police officer “spoke with Mwithiga for more than an hour on Monday night, finalising the details of” the scheme while wearing audio and video monitoring, according to CT Insider, a Connecticut-based news site.

The Kenyan man was apprehended right away by the officer after they met at a motel in Putnam, the capital of Connecticut.


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