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Mirema shooting: Inside the double life of Samuel Mugota



By Judith Gicobi

On Monday afternoon, a man was shot dead in a city estate. The victim had expressed concern for his life. According to family sources, Samuel Mugo Mugota, 39, who was shot six times by a lone gunman in Kasarani Sub-Mirema county’s Drive, had warned his elder brother that his life could be cut short at any time.

In line with the information acquired as of yesterday, depicts Mugota as an extremely secretive man.

They noted that not even a woman who claimed to have lived with Mugota for 16 years seemed to know much about his past or his occupation. Ms Winnie Wambui, a resident of Kiambu County’s Kenyatta Road, informed officers she had three children with Mugota.

Ms Wambui stated in her statement that her husband was a former cop who traded in electronics.

Detectives, on the other hand, refuted the story, claiming there were no records of him serving in the military. Mugota was also described by family members as a teetotaller and a “difficult man” who confined to himself.

“Three weeks ago, he called and told me that his life had hit a dead end. He did not reveal what was troubling him. I insisted that we discuss the issue on phone and not wait for a physical meeting. He said no. That is the last I heard from him,” Mr Timothy Wachira, his brother, stated in a statement submitted at Kasarani Police Station yesterday.

It was also revealed that Mugota’s other wife, Ruth Kamene, resides in Githurai 44.  She hadn’t yet given a police statement as of yesterday.

Ms Wambui told a local daily in an interview at Kasarani Police Station that any attempt to delve deeper into her husband’s past invariably resulted in a physical altercation.

Mugoti was a criminal, according to detectives, who was most likely assassinated by his fellow accomplices over a sour business deal.

They stated the evidence gathered at the crime site showed he was murdered by persons who knew him well and solely wanted him dead.

The detectives said that nothing was taken from Mugota, which supports their execution hypothesis. He was driving a Honda CRV, which contained a laptop, five cellphones, and nine identification cards.

The fact that four of the owners of the identity cards seized in the automobile Mugota was driving indicated they lost the documents after their drinks were laced in entertainment establishments, after which their bank accounts were wiped clean, bolstered the detectives’ suspicions that Mugota was a criminal.

To aid with the investigation, detectives returned to the crime scene and obtained additional CCTV footage.

The Honda CRV is registered to ICEA Lion General Insurance Company Ltd. Mr Ambrose Mbugua Kirobi, an agronomist, was the former owner of the car, according to National Transport and Safety Authority records.

Nkatha Gitonga, the ICEA’s Head of Communications, stated that the car belonged to one of the company’s clients.

Mr Wachira stated that his brother would be buried in Nyahururu this week. The body is in the Kenyatta University Funeral Home right now.

Even as the family plans to bury Mugota, a feud between his two wives is developing, with the family maintaining that Ms Kamene is solely Mugota’s wife.


Police nab 50,000 bags of subsidised fertiliser and relief food being repackaged in Industrial Area



By Wanja Waweru

Police have detained suspects along Nairobi’s Nanyuki Road who were repackaging fertilizer that was intended for government subsidy,

According to Regional officers Commander Adamson Bungei, officers also seized 1360 bags of rice and 200 bags of corn that were being repackaged together with 50,000 bags of subsidised fertilizer.

He further stated that the matter is being looked into by DCI officers working with police officers.

Four employees have been detained, and after the investigation is complete, they will likely be charged in court.



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Four police officers arrested for allegedly robbing herder of Sh373,000 in Nairobi



By Wanja Waweru

In Kamukunji, four police officers were detained for allegedly robbing a herder of Sh373,000.

William Tongoyo, the victim, had just finished selling meat at Burma Market and was on his way home when he was approached by the officers.

Tongoyo claimed that it appeared as though the officers were aware of the money he was carrying. He was placed in handcuffs after being charged with loitering with the intent to commit a crime.

Tongoyo resisted being taken into custody and expressed concern about his money, which he had stashed in his underwear. His complaints, however, were ineffective since the officers led him to an alley where they frisked and robbed him.

“One of the officers robbed him of the Sh373,000 which he had been paid as proceeds after selling meat of 12 cows at Burma market,” the police said in a statement.

Tongoyo made an effort to pursue the cops, but he was heartbroken when they vanished into the crowd. He reported the event to the Kamukunji Police Station right away, giving a thorough account of his experience and naming the officers responsible.

Doris Kimeli, the commander of the Central Sub-county Police, and investigators from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) organized an unplanned operation in the region.

All patrol officers were ordered to report to a specific area by senior authorities. Tongoyo was brought in to identify the cops, and he knew one of them right away.

Their coworker saw two other officers, and Tongoyo later recognized a fourth officer.

The four cops were transferred to Kamkunji Police Station, where their confessions were recorded, after being disarmed. But there isn’t any noteworthy amount of money was recovered from the suspects.

Nairobi Police Commissioner Adamson Bungei gave the people his word that the situation will be thoroughly examined and dealt with. He described the occurrence as a singular instance that does not represent the entire police force.

“This is not what we are. This is an isolated incident and will be acted on accordingly,” Bungei 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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