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Homeless TV journalist Kimani Mbugua appeals for help



Kimani Mbugua, a former Citizen TV journalist, has made an appeal for help as he works to rebuild his life after a difficult fight with bipolar disease.

Mbugua disclosed his continuous battle with mental illness, the end of his career, and his precarious situation in a social media video.

In 2020, he received a diagnosis of bipolar mood disorder, which had a profound influence on both his life and profession. He said that this was the beginning of his path through sickness.

“I got out of the hospital last week, and I feel my mind has come back to normal, and I don’t want to go back to the place where I used to be,” Mbugua expressed in the video.

Mbugua shared the emotional toll the past few years had taken on him, including the loss of friendships and the diminishing support from those around him.

“Feels so bad to call myself a former TV journalist. I am in a problem, but I don’t want to also look as if I am begging,” he said.

“I fell ill in 2020 after I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, and since then, my life has fallen apart. I have lost so many things, friends during the journey, and people got tired of me, and they got to a point where they were not willing to help.”

Mbugua went on to reveal that he is currently homeless after the individuals who had previously offered him shelter told him to seek accommodation elsewhere.

“I was in the hospital since last week, and I feel my mind is back to normal, and I don’t want to go back to the place where I used to be. So, I am homeless, and the people I was living with said they could not host me any longer,” he shared.

Despite his challenging circumstances, Mbugua’s resilience shines through.

In just one week since leaving the hospital, he has managed to formulate a business plan and a proposal for a potential client, complete with a company structure.

“I looked for someone else who could host me, but I couldn’t find anyone, and I just need your help. If you could help, please do. I have a business plan here, and I managed to put it together in the last week after I got out of the hospital, I also have a proposal for a client. All I need is a business partner who will help me with money and use my idea,” he said.

Mbugua emphasized his desire to stay on a healthy road by sharing his dedication to sustaining his sobriety and stating that he hasn’t used drugs in the past two months.

He courageously confessed to formerly abusing drugs, namely marijuana and cigarettes.

“I am suffering, and I don’t want to go back to depression again. I am two months clean from drugs. I was on weed and cigarettes, but I got to a point where I decided to quit,” Mbugua asserted.

Mbugua extended an appeal to anyone willing to offer support.

He provided an email address,, for those who may want to reach out to him directly.

“I am healing, and I am taking each day at a time to try and form my company since I have so many debts. You can host me, and any help would be greatly appreciated,” he concluded.

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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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