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    Pauline Wangari’s Suspected Murderer Stabs Himself in Attempted Suicide

    Pauline Wangari’s Suspected Murderer Stabs Himself in Attempted Suicide


    Joseph Ochieng (in red)Joseph Ochieng, the main suspect behind Monday’s murder of Muranga GK prison warder Pauline Wangari, has reportedly stabbed himself. According to reports reaching us, Ochieng has been rushed to a Buruburu hospital following the...

    Joseph Ochieng (in red)

    Joseph Ochieng, the main suspect behind Monday’s murder of Muranga GK prison warder Pauline Wangari, has reportedly stabbed himself.

    According to reports reaching us, Ochieng has been rushed to a Buruburu hospital following the incident that happened in Maringo.

    Apparently, police were conducting a search at Ochieng’s house in Maringo and the suspect was with them. The court had earlier Friday granted police permission to conduct a search at his house as they conduct their investigations. Pauline’s murderer is believed to have also stolen a TV and several other things, as seen on the building’s CCTV.

    Ochieng, 24, somehow got hold of a kitchen knife and stabbed himself in the abdomen. The incident happened at around 3pm, and police were quick to respond and take him to hospital.

    Murang’a police commander Josephat Kinyua confirmed the incident and revealed that Wangari’s laptop and mobile phone were found in Ochieng’s house.

    Read: Why I Killed Pauline Wangari… Suspect Reveals Shocking Details

    Ⓒ 2019 Nairobi Wire

    CJ Maraga Bans Hoodies and Dark Glasses in Courtrooms

    CJ Maraga Bans Hoodies and Dark Glasses in Courtrooms


    Chief Justice David Maraga has issued an internal advisory against the rising use of hoodies in courtrooms. This week, KRA employees arraigned in court have appeared fully covered in (mostly) grey hoodies, and dark glasses. It has proved almost...

    Chief Justice David Maraga has issued an internal advisory against the rising use of hoodies in courtrooms.

    This week, KRA employees arraigned in court have appeared fully covered in (mostly) grey hoodies, and dark glasses. It has proved almost impossible to identify any of them.

    Maraga’s memo is addressed to all judges magistrates and kadhis.

    Though the chief justice does not ban the practice outright, he warns the judges that they risk being seen as perpetuating impunity.

    “While exercising your individual control of your courts, you must ensure that you are not seen to be perpetuating impunity, by allowing egregious behaviour by suspects, particularly when such behavior could bring the court to disrepute,” he wrote.

    Every judge or magistrate will have the prerogative to allow or disallow concealing of suspects’ identities.

    Here’s the memo.

    Ⓒ 2019 Nairobi Wire

    Moi Beats Deadline and Registers for Huduma Namba

    Moi Beats Deadline and Registers for Huduma Namba


    With just a day left before the completion of the mass registration of Huduma Namba, Kenyans took to their nearest stations, forming queues from as early as 4am. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i recently said that the registration is not...

    With just a day left before the completion of the mass registration of Huduma Namba, Kenyans took to their nearest stations, forming queues from as early as 4am.

    Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i recently said that the registration is not mandatory, but ”wise Kenyans should know it will matter when they need government services”.

    The motivation for most Kenyans appears to be the consequences of not registering, rather than the benefits of registering. The latter has not been adequately explained by the government.

    Not even retired president Daniel Arap Moi was left behind as the exercise draws to a close.

    Moi went through the exercise at his Kabarak home today in an exercise that was overseen by IT cabinet secretary Joe Mucheru. His son Gideon Moi was also present.

    Meanwhile, this was the situation at most registration stations today as Kenyans turned out in their thousands.

    Ⓒ 2019 Nairobi Wire

    Jared Otieno Detained for 7 Days

    Jared Otieno Detained for 7 Days


    Jared Otieno, the flamboyant businessman accused of being part of the fake gold scheme, will be detained for 7 more days pending investigations. Police had requested for 14 days, but senior principal magistrate Paul Mayova only granted them half of...

    Jared Otieno, the flamboyant businessman accused of being part of the fake gold scheme, will be detained for 7 more days pending investigations.

    Police had requested for 14 days, but senior principal magistrate Paul Mayova only granted them half of that.

    Jared is accused of obtaining Sh300 million fraudulently in the fake gold scheme. He was arrested on Wednesday night after police raided his palatial house in Karen.

    DCI George Kinoti termed Otieno and the others involved as ‘harmful to the economy’. “He is part of a wider gang and we are still pursuing others. These people are harmful to the economy since they are selling what does not exist,” he said.

    This is the second time Jared has been arrested in a fake gold con game, having been accused of the same in June 2017. He was also accused by a Venezuelan man of conning him Sh170 million.

    Ⓒ 2019 Nairobi Wire

    Why Nairobi’s Luthuli Avenue Will Be Closed for 2 Weeks

    Why Nairobi’s Luthuli Avenue Will Be Closed for 2 Weeks


    The Nairobi city government is set to block one of the busiest streets in the capital for about 2 weeks. Luthuli Avenue, known for all things electronic, will be blocked from Saturday May 18 until the end of the month. This is to facilitate the county...

    The Nairobi city government is set to block one of the busiest streets in the capital for about 2 weeks.

    Luthuli Avenue, known for all things electronic, will be blocked from Saturday May 18 until the end of the month.

    This is to facilitate the county government’s move to convert it into a one way avenue, as part of governor Sonko’s agenda of changing the face of the city.

    As part of the conversion, the street will also be rehabilitated.

    “The street will also be rehabilitated and we will install air pollution controlling gadgets to contain pollution of the air. This is a pilot project and we will monitor the project for the next three months before we evaluate its suitability,”  Environment County Executive Veska Kangogo said.

    This project is a partnership between the county government and the world bank. “Motorists have been asked to fully cooperate with traffic marshalls who will be advising on the usage of the street during the partial closure,” read an advert in local newspapers on Friday.

    Luthuli Avenue is one of the streets which have long been proposed to be converted into one-way streets. Another often mentioned one is Mama Ngina street.

    Ⓒ 2019 Nairobi Wire

    Why I Killed Pauline Wangari… Suspect Reveals Shocking Details

    Why I Killed Pauline Wangari… Suspect Reveals Shocking Details


    The main suspect in the murder of Muranga GK Prison Pauline Wangari has revealed to the police what led him to commit the crime. Joseph Ochieng was arrested in Kericho, as he was fleeing after murdering Pauline on Monday night. Police tracked his phone...

    The main suspect in the murder of Muranga GK Prison Pauline Wangari has revealed to the police what led him to commit the crime.

    Joseph Ochieng was arrested in Kericho, as he was fleeing after murdering Pauline on Monday night. Police tracked his phone number and set up a road block at Kipsitet area, where they arrested him together with two others.

    In his statement to the police, Ochieng confessed to killing Pauline, adding that this was in fact the first time they met face to face.

    He told DCI officers in Muranga that they had been communicating through Facebook, and that they were ‘just friends’.

    He said that on the fateful night, they got into an argument after she refused to take hard drugs, which he had brought with him to her house in Kiharu estate, Muranga. He revealed that they had spent most of the evening smoking bhang.

    It was during this argument that Ochieng started strangling her until she fell down.

    “Sent into panic mode, the suspect narrated how he reached for a kitchen knife and stabbed her in the chest, neck and abdomen, and, thereafter, put the knife firmly in her grip in a bid to make it look like Wangari had killed herself,” a DCI officer revealed.

    CCTV footage showed a man entering her house at 9pm, and leaving at 3am on Tuesday, carrying a TV. The man was said to have a tattoo on his neck.

    The two other suspects arrested with Ochieng have been identified as a friend and a cousin to the friend, going by the names Namukura and Mary Amollo Olisa respectively.

    Namukura revealed that Ochieng, whom he has only known for 1 month, approached him to buy a TV from him, which he declined.

    Mary said that she was to travel to Kisumu on Thursday, and Ochieng requested they travel with him. She agreed not knowing he was a murder suspect.

    Upon the arrest of Ochieng, the state freed and withdrew all charges against Peterson Njiru, Pauline’s boyfriend who had been arrested on Thursday.

    Ⓒ 2019 Nairobi Wire

    New Suspect Arrested in Murang’a Prison Warder Murder, Boyfriend Freed

    New Suspect Arrested in Murang’a Prison Warder Murder, Boyfriend Freed


    New suspects have been arrested for the murder of Pauline Wangari, a prison warder at Murang’a GK prison. Police on Friday arraigned in court 3 suspects; Joseph Ochieng, Rodgers Namkuro and Mary Amollo, and requested the court for 2 weeks to complete...

    New suspects have been arrested for the murder of Pauline Wangari, a prison warder at Murang’a GK prison.

    Police on Friday arraigned in court 3 suspects; Joseph Ochieng, Rodgers Namkuro and Mary Amollo, and requested the court for 2 weeks to complete their investigations. The court granted this request, detaining the suspects until May 31.

    According to the police, the three were arrested in Kericho on Thursday, while they were on their way to Kisumu. According to the investigating police officers, the main suspect, Ochieng, fled to Kericho upon committing the crime. The other two gave him a lift, and it is unclear whether they were aware of the alleged crime.

    According to the police, Ochieng met Pauline on Facebook and visited her for the first time on the fateful day.

    “After engaging in sex, they had a quarrel and the victim was furious with the man. She revealed to him that she was a police officer and the suspect became violent.

    “He strangled and stabbed her three times then placed a knife in her hands to make it look like she had committed suicide,” the police source told Nation.

    Meanwhile, Peterson Njiru, the man arrested on Thursday, has been freed and all charges withdrawn. Investigating officer Abdalla Ali told the court that there is no longer reason to continue holding Mr. Njiru as the main suspects had now been arrested.

    Peterson Njiru – Pauline’s boyfriend

    The reason he had been arrested was because he was the known boyfriend of Pauline.

    Ⓒ 2019 Nairobi Wire

    Grabbing Widow’s Land Costs Former President Moi Sh1 BILLION Fine

    Grabbing Widow’s Land Costs Former President Moi Sh1 BILLION Fine


    Former President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi has been fined a staggering Sh 1 billion for grabbing land. The High Court in Eldoret on Thursday ordered the retired head of State to pay the amount as compensation for illegally acquiring land belonging to...

    Former President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi has been fined a staggering Sh 1 billion for grabbing land.

    The High Court in Eldoret on Thursday ordered the retired head of State to pay the amount as compensation for illegally acquiring land belonging to Susan Cheburet Chelugui. Moi is required to pay the said amount to the 81-year-old widow and her son David Chelugui.

    The two are the next of kins to the original owner of the land, Noah Kipngeny Chelugui.

    In his ruling, Judge Anthony Ombwayo said acquisition of the 53 acres of land by the former president and Rai Plywood Limited, was done in an unlawful manner.

    “Acquisition of the said properties by the 1st and 2nd respondents were arbitrary unconstitutional, irregular, unprocedural, tainted, a nullityab initio and therefore not worthy of any constitutional protection,” ruled Ombwayo.

    The Judge further noted that the Sh.1 billion compensation is a commensurate compensation to the petitioners for the loss of their land through an unprocedural scheme.

    “The 1st and 2nd respondents do pay and are hereby ordered to pay the estate of the Late Noah K. Chelugui the prompt payment in full of just and current market value of the said properties….”

    Ms. Chelugui and David Chelugui had told the Court that Moi transferred their family land to himself in 2007; two years after the death of the family patriarch.

    Moi is then said to have sold the land to Rai Plywood Limited.

    “The property Eldoret Municipality/Block 15/239(53 acres) which had gone to the Retired President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi was subsequently sold by him (the Retired President) to the Rai Plywood (K) who have since taken possession, occupation, enjoyment and use of the said property,” court documents read.

    The said land is located along the Uganda Road in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.

    Ⓒ 2019 Nairobi Wire

    This Kenyan Guy is Getting Married on a Sh24K Wedding Budget

    This Kenyan Guy is Getting Married on a Sh24K Wedding Budget


    Are you looking to get married on a budget that won’t require you to annoy people with wedding committees? You might be in luck. It’s no secret that weddings are a big deal to many a young couple in Kenya, or rather, young women in Kenya. The cost of...

    Are you looking to get married on a budget that won’t require you to annoy people with wedding committees? You might be in luck.

    It’s no secret that weddings are a big deal to many a young couple in Kenya, or rather, young women in Kenya. The cost of weddings, in particular, is a popular topic in social media discussion forums.

    With controversial personalities like Jared Otieno splashing millions of “dirty golden” money on choppers and high-end cars on their weddings, the bar has been set quite high in the country. Even the common mwananchi now wants a wedding that can be aired on one of those popular wedding shows.

    Check Out: Huge Motorcade, Police Outriders and Choppers… How This Luo Man Delivered Dowry to Meru (PHOTOS)

    At the same time, there is a section of sober-minded Kenyans who are slowly embracing the cheaper alternative; a visit to the Attorney General’s office.

    One Kenyan bloke on Twitter has broken down a detailed wedding budget for his own nuptials slated for next week Tuesday. The tweep, @RitchieOdak, was responding to another KOT who had enquired about the cost of an average wedding in Kenya.

    According to RitchieOdak, by next week Tuesday, he will be a married man for just under Sh25,000. The amount includes fees for a special marriage licence (because his wife-to-be is Ugandan), transport, cake, and rings.

    Here’s the breakdown:

    “Marriage license: Ksh 9,700, Uber to AG’s & back: Ksh 800, Cake: Ksh 3,000 (for me & the Mrs. Coz we love cake), Rings: Ksh 10,000. This is my current budget: Ksh 23,500. Subject to change (we may also want ice-cream) Happening next Tuesday. We’ve 2 witnesses to sign the cert.”

    Legendary stuff!

    Another Kenyan on Twitter broke down the cost of her supposed wedding in June 2016. The tweep, Cheptum Rono, spent an astonishing Sh6,900.

    A third Kenyan is planning to marry next month for just Sh60,000. This includes money for a photoshoot at Windsor, dinner at Ole Sereni, and a flight to Diani.

    We’ve sampled some comments below.

    Sterling silver, from https://t.co/YD7T0pDE1d
    Been wearing their rings for over a year, they’re pretty legit IMO.

    — Ritchie Chala Odak (@RitchieOdak) May 16, 2019

    No committee, thanks though!

    Just like the pics when we post them on the ‘gram 👍🏾

    — Ritchie Chala Odak (@RitchieOdak) May 16, 2019

    It’s legit so easy.
    A stroller and a juice box to keep Luke occupied & we’ll be in & out in a couple of minutes!

    — Ritchie Chala Odak (@RitchieOdak) May 16, 2019

    Yup!
    And that’s for doing the wedding at the AG’s.

    For a garden/church wedding it’s Ksh 14,200.https://t.co/wpG141FuRZ pic.twitter.com/Dk3ic5r6RQ

    — Ritchie Chala Odak (@RitchieOdak) May 16, 2019

    Not 3 months, it’s 21 days wait for marriage by notice @ Ksh 3,600.
    Special is for:
    1. Bypassing the notice period,or
    2. Marrying a foreign national

    — Ritchie Chala Odak (@RitchieOdak) May 16, 2019

    Silver actually.
    Thanks for your input 👍🏾

    — Ritchie Chala Odak (@RitchieOdak) May 16, 2019

    That’s the standard price for a cert @ the AG’s office (ours is special licence coz she’s a Ugandan national).

    Garden/church wedding cert will set you back Kes 14,200.https://t.co/wpG141FuRZ

    — Ritchie Chala Odak (@RitchieOdak) May 16, 2019

    For most purposes yes.
    We’ve actually been rocking an affidavit for 3 yrs.
    Marriage certificate is just the next step for what very few circumstances that the affidavit isn’t enough.

    — Ritchie Chala Odak (@RitchieOdak) May 16, 2019


    For more info on marriage costs, follow the link Getting Married In Kenya.

    Ⓒ 2019 Nairobi Wire

    Watch Senator Omanga and Betty Kyallo Dancing ‘to Wamlambez’

    Watch Senator Omanga and Betty Kyallo Dancing ‘to Wamlambez’


    Senator Millicent Omanga has once again showcased her dance moves as she faced off with Betty Kyallo in a lighthearted moment caught on camera. While filming for Betty’s Up Close segment on K24, Senator Omanga hosted the tv personality in her posh...

    Senator Millicent Omanga has once again showcased her dance moves as she faced off with Betty Kyallo in a lighthearted moment caught on camera.

    While filming for Betty’s Up Close segment on K24, Senator Omanga hosted the tv personality in her posh home. In what looks like a scene from the interview, Millicent Omanga and Betty Kyallo ware seen dancing in the living room.

    Dressed in figure-hugging dresses, the ladies let their waists do all the talking to the music playing on TV.

    And Omanga, just like she did in February during an interview on Radio Jambo, was unafraid of shaking and gyrating her ample behind, putting Betty to shame.

    Watch: Senator Millicent Omanga Shows Off her Twerk Moves

    Betty Kyallo on the other hand looked like she was dancing in a church choir and was largely unimpressive.

    The video was made much better by a YouTuber who edited it to look like they were dancing to the viral hit song ‘Wamlambez’.

    Watch below.

    Ⓒ 2019 Nairobi Wire