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How Mathare man registered for ID using stolen documents



A Ministry of Interior official is wanted on suspicion of organizing with others to falsely issue a national identity card to a candidate using papers that were stolen.

After Joseph Mwangangi Njiru did not show up for his scheduled charge-taking appearance in court on the second day, Makadara Chief Magistrate Tito Gesora issued an arrest warrant for him.

Njiru is employed at the National Registration Bureau (NRB) – Registrar of Persons at the Mathare Sub County headquarters in Nairobi as a senior clerical officer.

He is charged with conspiring to commit a criminal in violation of section 393 of the Penal Code, alleging that he conspired with Mohamed Alemayo and other people.

Njiru was to face charges in tandem with committing the offence jointly with Alemayo who was issued the ID, and other accomplices – on diverse dates in February and March this year.

Alemayo, 21, a resident of Moyale in Marasambit County, applied for and was granted identification with a paper identifying him as Muranga County’s Samuel Kinyua Kimani.

Alemayo had registered with Njiru purportedly processing an ID he had applied for with the help of a woman whose ID he had given as proof of residency in Murang’a County.

But after noticing the phony ID, agents from the Immigration and Citizen Services Investigations Unit of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) at DCI headquarters opened an inquiry.

After getting in touch with their NRB office colleagues, they conducted a combined investigation that resulted in the arrests of Alemayo and Njiru.

Alemayo is not a Kikuyu, as DCI investigations have shown, but rather a member of the Burnji community in Moyale had claimed.

Alemayo faces an additional allegation of violating section 320 of the Penal Code by obtaining registration through deceptive means.

He is charged with knowingly and illegally enrolling for a national identification card on February 22 of this year at the NRB offices in Mathare, Nairobi, under the false identity of Samuel Kinyua Kimani.

The suspect is charged with carrying out the crime with the help of fugitives.

Alemayo tracked out the woman who misplaced her ID before using it to register himself as her son. In the case, she is named as a witness.

Alemayo was released on a bond of Sh50,000 with one surety of the same amount and an alternative cash bail of Sh40,000 after he rejected the accusations before Gesora.

The matter will be mentioned on February 14, 2023, before the hearing starts on June 27, 2024.

The ID issued to Alemayo is listed as an exhibit in the case.

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Housemaid among three charged in botched carjacking



A 20-year-old Juja domestic worker who was caught alongside two males in a high-profile bust outside the Kasarani police station in Nairobi is currently on trial for attempted robbery.

After taxi driver Peter Gathesa drove into the station in difficulty, Joy Mumbi was taken into custody by police at the station entrance. Alongside her were her co-accused, 22-year-old Kelvin Murithi, and 25-year-old Julius Mbithi Njeru.

They are both accused of trying to rob someone violently, which is a criminal offense that carries a death sentence.

The three are charged with attempting to rob Gathesa on November 19 near the Thika Superhighway in Nairobi of his vehicle, a Toyota Ractis valued at Sh1 million.

They are charged with abusing the plaintiff violently during the  incident, reportedly strangling him while he was driving.


Julius Njeru, Kelvin Murithi and Joy Mumbi in the dock at the Makadara Law Courts. PHOTO|JOSEPH NDUNDA

After Murithi posted a trip request online using a digital taxi hailing app and stated he would be dropped off at Statehouse Road in Nairobi, Gathesa had picked up the three accused in Juja, Kiambu County.

Along the Thika Superhighway, Mumbi sat in the passenger seat and Murithi and Njeru followed the driver.

Murithi allegedly told Gathesa to stop and get out of the car while pointing out what seemed to be a toy gun along the route.

Contrary to the directive, Gathesa sprinted to the Kasarani Police Station, where he was saved by officers who then took the three suspects into custody.

The other two were apprehended as they attempted to flee, while Mumbi was detained inside the vehicle.

Despite Ms. Mumbi’s admission to police that she is employed as a domestic helper at a home on Kenyatta Road in Juja, the three suspects’ relationship could not be established.

Murithi resides in an estate off of Jogoo Road in Nairobi with his parents.


They all refuted the allegations, in front of Makadara Law Courts Senior Principal Magistrate Gerald Mutiso.

Without the option of posting cash bail, they were freed on a Sh500,000 bond with a matching surety.

The matter will be heard on February 12.


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VIDEO: Why Maina Njenga’s in-law collapsed while testifying against him



When Ms Hannah Njoki took the stand to testify against her son-in-law, ex-Mungiki leader Maina Njenga, who is accused of involvement with an outlawed gang, little did she know she would collapse in court.

The old woman took the stand right away once the prosecution called her to the witness box.

However, she started to tremble and gasp for breath as the Bible was being delivered to her.

She merely said in Kikuyu that she wasn’t feeling well when asked what was wrong.

“My heart is beating fast, my heart is beating fast,” she said. Before the court could comprehend, she had collapsed.

Principal Magistrate Kipkurui Kibelion was compelled to postpone the case for fifteen minutes in order to provide assistance to the woman amidst the disturbance.

She was escorted past a stunned assembly as she exited the magistrate’s chambers.

The woman did, however, regain consciousness after receiving first aid from court assistants, according to The Nation.

The woman told the cops that she hadn’t eaten anything that day and hadn’t taken her medication for her health issue.

“After giving her first aid, we also gave her food and she got better,” the officer said.

The woman was well, according to state attorney Wycliff Omwenga, who claimed the woman was a crucial witness in the case.

Mr. Omwenga observed that she was panting due to the throng of people in the courtroom and the anxiety she had after mounting the stand.

The witness would provide testimony at a later time, he said.

“She regained consciousness immediately she was given first aid and has been fine since. We will have her back to testify but that will be on another date,” Mr Omwenga said.



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WATCH: American paedophile released from Kamiti faces new charges



Following his release in 2022 from a 50-year sentence, a 68-year-old American serial paedophile was arraigned in Mavoko on Tuesday and faces three more accusations of defilement.

Terry Ray Krieger was brought before the court under close police protection. He has been detained by the police since November 10, 2023.

As Mavoko Senior Principal Magistrate Barbra Ojoo read out the accusations against the convicted paedophile, she maintained her composure.

Krieger said to the magistrate that he had no idea why his attorney was not present in court.

“The defendant has a criminal record in America. The current charges carry a sentence of five years imprisonment. I have not been presented with any evidence that the suspect requires special treatment. I decline to grant bail at this time. The mention will be on November 27, 2023 in preparation for a full hearing,” the judge ruled.

The magistrate described him as a flight risk and a fugitive in Kenya, and she denied him bail.

Terry Ray Krieger was given an order by retiring judge Momanyi Bwonwong’a in March 2022 to be released from prison in November 2022.

Krieger, who was incarcerated for recording and sharing images of children in suggestive and nude poses, had argued that the punishment was excessively severe and punishing. On December 2, 2014, former Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Joseph Karanja gave him the sentence.

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