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‘Kitengela Four’ were linked to spate of crime in Mombasa



The four men who disappeared from a Kitengela hotel a fortnight ago were living on borrowed time. The bodies of two of the men were found a few days ago in Murang’a County while the other two are still missing.

Events of the past few months show danger was always lurking around Brian Oduor, Elijah Obuong, Benjamin Imbai and Jack Ochieng.

The key question now is who wanted them dead?

The Sunday Standard has established they were well-known in the Coast region where they were linked to various crimes.

They all had pending court cases. They were facing multiple cases, alongside their accomplices, some of whom have since died mysteriously.

Court documents show Oduor, Obuong and Imbai were arrested and charged after police linked them to a deadly gang behind a spate of robberies at the Coast.

The four disappeared moments after having lunch at a hotel in Kitengela town, Kajiado County.

Three bodies were found in Mathioya, Murang’a County, and Thika in Kiambu County. Two of them, Obuong’s and Imbai’s, were identified by relatives. However, the third body thought to be Ochieng’s was disowned by his kin.

On Friday, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai said a special team of homicide detectives had been formed to investigate the matter.

The Sunday Standard has established that the cases the four and their accomplices were facing included theft from parked vehicles in Mombasa, Taita Taveta and Kilifi counties. The offences were committed between 2016 and 2018, court documents show.

Oduor and Obuong were arrested alongside businessmen Chege Gitau and James Mwangi Munyao. Gitau was killed in 2017 as he waited for the gate to his home in Tudor, Mombasa County, to be opened.

Chege, 34, was killed on September 18, 2017 after five men accosted him and sprayed his car with bullets.

Left to Right Elijah Obuong, 35, Brian Oduor, 36, Benjamin Imbai, 30, and Jack Ochieng 37,


A neighbour claimed Chege was speaking on his cellphone about some payment before gunshots rented the air. They checked minutes later after scampering for safety and Chege lay dead, in a pool of blood.

Chege was well known by his neighbours, having been arrested, arraigned and his story widely covered by the press over his links to criminals whom police blamed for a spate of robberies that rocked the Coast region.

On July 9, 2017, Chege was arrested for stealing goods worth millions of shillings, police and court records show. He was captured as he offloaded the goods from a container in his compound in Tudor.

Police said the goods, then estimated to be worth Sh23,425,000, were stolen from containers at an inland deport.

Chege was killed barely a month after he was charged and released on Sh100,000 bond by a Mombasa magistrate’s court.

On Saturday, neighbours told The Sunday Standard that Chege posed as a clearing and forwarding agent.

By The Sunday Standard


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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