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Keen’s family embroiled in property row years after his death



Veteran politician John Keen passed away in 2007, and his family is currently involved in a protracted dispute over the administration of his property worth many billion shillings.

A group of Keen’s second and third wives’ families sought to partition a piece of land in Karen by building a wall last week.

The first wife’s family, Gladwell Wairimu’s, criticized this action as an attempt to evict them.

Alleged irregular transfers and sales of his land to nonbeneficiaries and Limited Liability Companies are at the heart of the dispute between the beneficiaries of a will he drafted in 2015 and his wives. Gladwell Wairimu’s children, Keen’s first wife, have petitioned the court to have the “irregular 43 title deeds” issued to unsuspecting buyers of Keen’s land sold to them by their step mother Rosemary Sanau and stepsister Pamela Soila who have been accused of plotting to have Wairimu’s children evicted and take control of the entire multi-billion estate.

Among the executors of Keen’s will are Sanau and Soila, who are suspected of improperly transferring 12 valuable properties in Karen owned by Wairimu to Resson Gardens Limited, including her marital residence where she lived with her husband.

The two have also been sued for allegedly selling The Coast Development firm Limited, a firm that is not a beneficiary in the estate, Wairimu’s 37 plots in Kilifi for Sh 270 million.

The claimed sale of four additional prime homes in Karen owned by the late Wairimu, valued at 78,250,000, is also at the center of the controversy.

Sanau and Soila have also been taken to court for facilitating the loss of Wairimu’s Kajiado farm measuring 125 acres and loss of her Namanga town title deed that is leased to Equity Bank Limited. In the court documents, Wairimu’s children Victoria Naishorua Keen and Eva Sein Keen are seeking orders to stop Sanau and Soila from interfering with their father’s property, revocation of their letters of administration and orders to conduct a forensic audit of Keen’s bank accounts.

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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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