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Man demands answers over wife’s death during birth



On March 15, Isaac Kagoiya tearfully remembers how he escorted his wife to the matatu termini as she was being taken to Maragua Level Four hospital in Murang’a County to deliver their second born child.

“Babe, it’s just a matter of a few hours and I will come back with our baby girl. Keep safe and be there to receive me out of the labour ward,” he recalls the last words his wife uttered to him.

But it never worked as the two lovebirds hoped…for Carolyne Wanjiku 23, on March 16, at noon, did not wake up when she was sedated to deliver through caesarian section.

He claims that when he tried to think back on the four years they had known one other—one of them as man and wife—questions without resolutions raced through his thoughts.

He claims that he would have loved to have understood the precise cause of his wife’s death—that is, what went wrong with a lady who had no known medical conditions outside the pregnancy itself.

“It was the onset of my pain…I could not believe that I was a widower at only 26 years of age. More complicated was the fact that our child survived the mother’s death. My wife never woke up to see our baby. The sadness that is in me is so profound,” Mr Kagoiya said.

He says he broke down when his mother and mother in-law who had gone to wait for his baby to be born broke the bad news to him.

“I started imagining myself in the burial of my sweetheart. Trying to tell our three-year old son what was happening and why his mother’s photo was on top of a casket…Worse still, the task ahead of telling my daughter who came to life as her mother left life…why none of them ever saw the other,” he said.

Mr Kagoiya’s life had suddenly become stranger than the one his daughter had come into.

“But I braved myself…put on a brave face and braced myself for the life ahead…At least, life had to go on. I wanted my baby to go home and start the tedious duty of bringing it up,” he said.

He was mistaken since the hospital refused to hand it over saying it would be a process.

“My relatives and friends were advised to form a small committee to engage the hospital in dialogue about the issue. We were told that my wife’s system refused to handle the sedative dose. The hospital’s representative in the meeting said they were sorry… said it happens,” he said.

With no option, a man who had anticipated welcoming back home a wife and a newborn, walked into the hollowness of mourning.

“There are so many who told me to sue the hospital over negligence. Others told me to demand an investigation into how my wife died. They said the procedure that was used to administer the sedative, its type and dosage could be audited. But I had no idea how it happens,” he said.

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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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