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Nairobi man in trouble for ‘stealing’ 300k from mother’s phone



A man who allegedly transferred Sh300,000 from her mother’s M-Pesa account to himself before using the funds to settle his debt is awaiting charges linked to cybercrime.

Anthony Wachira was accused of purposefully omitting a message that was sent incorrectly, in violation of section 35 of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act of 2018, at the Makadara Law Courts.

On October 24, 2023, at Pioneer Estate in Nairobi, Wachira is accused of purposefully withholding the electronic payment of Sh300,000 that belonged to his mother Anne Njeri. The amount was mistakenly delivered to Wachira via M-pesa.

The accused person had borrowed his mother’s mobile phone to call his sister who lives in the United Kingdom but instead called his friend.

After using the phone, he returned to his mother and left.

Later, one of Njeri’s employees called and demanded money.

When she used her phone to access her bank account, she saw that Sh300,000 had been taken out. She went to the bank and was told that the funds had been taken out of her M-pesa account the same day.

Njeri went to a Mpesa customer service location, where she was told that Sh100,000 had been sent to a woman via Mpesa, and the remaining amount had been sent to her son’s Mpesa.

In order to stop more crimes, Safaricom disabled the two cell phone numbers that the complainant gave the money to after she brought the issue to the attention of the Buruburu police station.

On October 25, 2023, the two – Wachira and the woman he had sent his mother’s money to arrived at the same Mpesa customer care shop seeking help in unblocking their mobile phones, and police Ms Njeri was informed.

Once at the store, police took the two into custody.

The woman acknowledged that she had gotten the money from Wachira, who was now paying her back for her release out of the Makadara Law Courts, where he was accused of a crime this year.

Ms. Njeri’s M-Pesa account had already received a portion of the funds.

After describing what transpired, the woman was given over to a prosecution witness against Wachira.

Wachira stated that it was not the charges that were brought before Principal Magistrate Erick Mutunga  was her mother who sent him the money to make some payments.

He was released on a cash bail of Sh100,000.

The case will be mentioned on February 20, 2024 before hearing starts on May 14, 2024.


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We are not taxing till numbers – KRA



We are not taxing till numbers – KRA

The public is being cautioned by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) about a widely shared post on the internet that purports to show that the taxman is now looking into Till numbers.

KRA made it clear in an official statement on X that these allegations are wholly untrue and advised the public to be caution when it comes to possible fraud.

“Not true. Till numbers are NOT subject to taxation, and KRA does not collect any such taxes. Beware of fraudsters purporting to do any of the above.”

The revenue authority directed citizens to verify KRA staff by dialling *572# or through their official website

In September, the government proposed amending the Data Protection Act of 2019 to exclude KRA from its regulations, aiming to facilitate access to information.

The proposed change was to empower the tax agency to retrieve data from Kenyan citizens, including real-time details of financial transactions conducted through mobile money.


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VIDEO: Wetang’ula bans Kaunda suits in Parliament



Speaker Wetang’ula bans Kaunda suits in Parliament

Moses Wetang’ula, the Speaker of the National Assembly, has forbade MPs from donning Kaunda suits within the chamber.

In a Tuesday speech to the National Assembly, Speaker Wetang’ula declared that the suits—also referred to as Mao Zedong coats—were improper attire in accordance with House norms.

“I direct that all members must observe Rule 9 of the Speaker’s Rules on Dress Code, not only in the Chamber but also in committee, lounges and dining areas,” he said.

He also banned hats, caps and traditional attire.


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Tragic explosion in Mexico leaves Kenyan man in a coma



A Kenyan man residing in Mexico is currently fighting for his life following a devastating explosion.

The precise whereabouts and origin of the blast are presently undisclosed, along with any knowledge of additional casualties.

It has been reported that the man, identified as Francis Kamau Chege from Kiambu County, Kenya, is currently in an induced coma. Regrettably, he was left unattended at the medical facility for several days, as his relatives were unaware of the incident until they unexpectedly came across pleas for aid on social media.

Chege’s girlfriend, who initially shared the details on the internet, had sought assistance to notify his parents and other kin.

Chege’s family from Githunguri, Kiambu County has expressed their deep appreciation to the online community for spreading the important news.

They are relieved that his severe burn injuries have promptly been brought to their attention. Meanwhile, they have reached out to his girlfriend and the relevant authorities as efforts are being made to contact officials in Washington for urgent assistance.

Mexico does not have a Kenyan embassy and instead depends on the embassy located in the capital of the United States. The family is thankful for the swift dissemination of this vital information. Activist Simon Mwangi draws attention to a series of explosions that have taken place in Mexico recently.

These explosions have been triggered by gas-related incidents and natural disasters caused by volcanic activity.

“Thank you for speedy sharing, the father and brother have reached out. We have notified the contacts in Washington for a quick response. Be blessed good people,” activist Simon Mwangi wrote.

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