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Tirop murder: Push to secure her property



A court on Monday ordered police to continue holding the prime suspect in the murder of athlete Agnes Tirop as the family instituted a legal process to secure her property.

According to police sources, a third suspect who is in custody was arrested for handling property belonging to Tirop, but whose ownership has since changed hands.

And the late Tirop’s family, which says one of the plots was recently sold at Sh9 million, wants to obtain a caveat to protect her property, alleging a plot by the suspect to ‘secretly’ dispose of some of the property.

Ibrahim Rotich, whom the court Monday allowed to be detained for 20 more days, is the prime suspect in the killing of his lover.

“We want to ensure that the property is safe, though we are grieving for the loss,” said Jeremiah Sawe, the family spokesman.

He said Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei and Athletics Kenya have offered to provide legal representation.

Among the property are six plots at Kesses near Moi University, a plot and house at Kipkorgott estate on the outskirts of Eldoret town and a missing car.

“Available documents indicate that one of the plots was recently sold at Sh9 million, while the plot and house at Iten where she was founded murdered, are in the name of the suspect,” claimed Sawe.

According to multiple police sources, an unidentified woman who was spotted at the athlete’s home a day before her body was discovered is still at large.

“Detectives have had statements from multiple witnesses, including friends of the two, which have aided our investigations. Positively identifying the woman won’t be an issue,” explained Keiyo North sub-county police commander Tom Makori in an earlier interview.

Among those arrested is Rotich’s friend, John Kipkoech Samoei, who drove the athlete — who took part in the Tokyo Olympics — from a training camp to her house, where she was later found dead.

On Monday there was tight security at the Iten law courts in Elgeyo Marakwet County when Rotich appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Charles Kutwa over last Wednesday’s killing of the athlete.

Rotich appeared in court at 9.30am, escorted by more than 10 armed police officers, as the crowd scrambled to catch a glimpse of him.

The court was secured by police and private security guards, who only allowed the legal team, Judiciary staff and the media access.

Kutwa ordered detectives to detain the suspect for 20 more days at the Eldoret Central Police Station following an application by the prosecution.

He further directed the suspect taken for mental assessment at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret to determine his fitness to stand trial.

“Since this is a matter revolving around a murder case, I do direct that it be mentioned at Eldoret High Court on 9th November for further directions,” ordered Kutwa.

Senior Director of Public Prosecutions Judith Ayuma had told the court that detectives were yet to complete investigations, and would likely apprehend more suspects.

“I plead for more time to allow detectives to piece together more information with the hope of arresting more suspects linked to the murder,” said Ayuma.

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations from Nairobi and Mombasa, where Rotich was arrested, are heading the investigations.

The athlete will be buried at her parents’ home at Kapnyamisa village in Nandi County on Saturday.

“We want to give her a befitting send-off because we loved her. She was a hard-working girl and touched many lives,” said Sawe, adding that many people were expected to attend the burial because Tirop was an international athlete and a friend of many.


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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