Peter Mugure, the former major who was fired yesterday by the KDF might have been depressed. This is according to reports from colleagues who spoke to the Star.
According to a report by the Star, one of Mugure’s colleagues at the Laikipia Air Base said the Ex-KDF major had exhibited peculiar behaviour in the past.
‘At one time while driving in the camp, I spotted him standing in the rain for over 30 minutes. He was being rained on and was constantly looking at his watch,’ the colleague said, adding that this disturbed fellow soldiers at the base.
The source added that Mugure was ‘grounded’ after he crashed an aeroplane as a trainee pilot, adding that this might have been the nexus of his problems.
In another dark twist, the late Joyce Syombua’s mother claimed that there was a previous attempt on the lives of her two grandchildren Shanice Maua 10 and Prince Michael, 5.
‘There was a time when they were coming home from school and met a woman who posed as their teacher at Lakewood. She bought them soda and mandazi. The younger child was very keen. He noticed the woman putting a substance that looked like black tea in the soda. They did not drink it. When they went home to change clothes since their mother had left behind the key, another woman drank the soda. She felt weak afterwards and was unable to speak.’
She added that when their father later called, Prince inquired whether it was he who wanted them dead? ‘When Peter called later, Mike asked “are you the one who wanted us dead?”‘ the grief-stricken Elizabeth said while speaking to a local TV station.
Today Maina Kageni spoke about a rather sad issue that has captivated the nation this week. The presenter’s topic was based on the recent murder’s of Joyce Syombua and her two kids.
Early reports point to Joyce’s ex and father of her 2 kids of allegedly committing the crime. The popular presenter wondered why people stayed in such toxic pairings considering that people who knew the couple had repeatedly told them to go their separate ways.
He asked, ‘It was a toxic relationship. What makes people keep in contact?
Maina opened the floor up to the gallery. One of the most interesting stories was from a police officer who gave his experience with a bad relationship.
He told Mr. Kageni;
I am a police officer and have dealt with this girl for over 10 years. We had 2 kids together. She got a group of female friends who were not good. I was deployed to Tana River for 7 months. When I came back I found she was 2 months pregnant. She wanted to abort but I convinced her not to. When she gave birth she told me what had happened. I then told her to leave my home and go to the man who made her pregnant. I told her that I will start afresh. Go on with your life and I will go on with mine.
The man advised Kenyans to leave toxic relationships in the past and move on. Other interesting comments are below;
It is desperation. We are always optimistic that things will become better. It is now 6 years and I am still trying to get him back. We have one kid. For us mothers, we stay with the fathers for the kids. He has moved on but I will keep trying.-A woman told Mr. Kageni.
I give that police officer credit for his advice-A man said.
That man is a real gentleman. When you forgive her you are giving her psychological torture. We need other men to be like that gentlemen. It is good to let go-A man said.
It is not a must that people must get married-A man said.
I watched my mother beaten by my father and I refused to go through that myself-A woman said.
Ladies are committing themselves to men because of money-A man said.
I know someone else like that policeman. Watering this dead tree which many women are doing-A man said.
We have problems because the women aren’t being taught the right ways and even the men. Marriage will get destroyed if things keep on going the way they are. These problems are there because children aren’t being taught well-A man said.
A suspect in the murder of Catholic priest Michael Maingi yesterday told the court how the cleric was murdered.
Kavivya Mwangangi, a cook in a Mbeere restaurant known as Kwa Kanyiri, appeared at a Milimani court with another suspect, Solomon Mutava.
Police sought to detain them for eight more days at Capital Hill police station.
Mwangangi told a packed courtroom he was picked up on the night the priest was killed and ordered to enter a vehicle. The priest had been abducted and stuffed in the vehicle’s boot.
“His hands were tied and at some point, I was asked to tie his feet and hands with ropes. He faced down and my colleague stepped on his neck,” he said.
His court testimony resonates with the words in an affidavit filed in court where the investigating officer said that both Mwangangi and Mutava had confessed to their act of restraining the deceased and killing him by slaughtering him with a panga.
“That after they killed him, they stitched him in a nylon sack and buried him in a place, Mashamba seasonal river in Embu county,” the affidavit by corporal Julio Mukembei read.
Mwangangi further added that at some point Mutava asked the priest to give his bank account number and state his M-Pesa balance.
Further, Mwangangi alleged that Mutava transferred cash from the priest’s bank account to an account that he did not know.
” I heard my colleague ask about the priest’s M-Pesa balance which he said was at Sh1,500. With a phone in his hand, I heard my friend ask for his bank account details which he was given and made a transaction,” he said.
However, Mwangangi’s confession was cut short by presiding magistrate Hellen Okwani who directed that he confesses at the police station in the presence of his family and a chief inspector.
“Since this sounds like a confession, the suspect will have to follow the correct procedure when making a confession in the presence of a chief inspector,” Okwani said.
The two will now be remanded at the police station pending completion of investigations. Investigators said their release would have interfered with investigations in the matter.
During their detention, their mental and physical assessment will be carried out by relevant experts before their arraignment.
On Thursday, the court allowed police to detain 25-year-old Michael Mutunga, a trained nursery school teacher for ten days at Kilimani police station.
Investigators had sought 14 days but senior principal magistrate Okwani reduced their request by four days.
The police said Mutunga was willing to provide more information that could lead to the recovery of other valuables belonging to the priest and help the police arrest more suspects.
Police have said Mwangangi is also willing to volunteer more information that can assist in the arrest of more suspects.
The priest disappeared from his parents’ Tala home on October 5 and his body recovered on October 16 from a riverbed in Mbeere South, Embu.
Despite the recovery of the priest’s body and an autopsy carried out, the next of kin was unable to identify the same prompting a DNA test.”That the DNA samples have been so far collected from the suspected body and the parents and forwarded to the government chemist for the purpose of DNA identifications,” the affidavit said.
The priest’s disappearance was reported to the KBC police station on October 7. The body was mutilated and stashed in a sack.
Elders said he was a humble, selfless and devoted to the church. They had gathered at his home and said Maingi ‘donated’ himself to the church.
Last week, investigations took a dramatic twist after the main suspect, Mutunga, said he had been in a romantic relationship with the deceased.
Maina and King’ang’i spoke today concerning a plethora of issues. One of them was about the disastrous loss by Arsenal that occurred last night.
Maina was delirious with joy at the news even though his own Man United team had barely scraped through with a draw against Liverpool on Saturday night, a fact King’ang’i made sure he reminded him off.
Mwalimu then brought up perhaps the most interesting part of the conversation when he spoke about the property and tussles in court at the moment.
He asked Maina why the tussles only happened to prominent families from Murang’a, a place that Maina also hailed from? He said,
‘The rich also cry. John Michuki only had six kids. He was organised. The property that he left has brought some serious problems. Even JM Kariuki bado the widows are fighting 40 years later.’
‘All this money and they can’t divide it. We never hear Indians having an issue with their properties and they have a lot of money. They are few and the money is a lot. Hata nilikuwa nimesahau Kirima!’
Then Mwalimu related what his father had left him when he passed on; Debts and his own mother to take care of. ‘Mimi nilachiwa, take care of your mother. I was left for debts alone. Don’t forget I was a young man at the time!’
Does King’ang’i’s analysis pass muster? It does to a certain extent that inheritance battles from the region characterise a large portion of the disputes in court. Some of the families involved in property tussles are; the Koinanage’s, the Karume’s and the Kanyotu’s who are still fighting for their late patriarch’s vast fortunes.
The vehicle carrying a mother and daughter who drowned in the Indian Ocean may have been traced, Government spokesman Cyrus Oguna has announced.
He, however, said the government is yet to confirm whether the number plate of the vehicle traced corresponds with that which was carrying Mariam Kighenda, 35, and Amanda Mutheu, 4.
Oguna went on to say he cannot confirm yet, whether the bodies are in the vehicle. The spokesman on Wednesday took a jibe at the Swedish scuba diver who had initially said he could recover the bodies in two hours.
“There are people who came, acting as if they could recover the bodies, but they were unsuccessful and went,” he said. Scuba diver Volker Bassen later retracted his statement, saying he had underestimated the conditions.
He later praised the navy for its efforts, saying they were doing a good job.
Oguna said, “We have made all efforts to search for the bodies and the car.”
The Kenya Navy had on Tuesday evening announced the sighting of an unnatural disturbance in the seabed of the Indian Ocean following the deployment of new technology in the ongoing search for two bodies of a mother and daughter.
The head of the recovery operation, Col (Rtd) Lawrence Gituma, said the new technology had enabled them to narrow down the search for the bodies of Kighenda and Mutheu to a 300m radius out of the 1.2km radius search area earlier identified.
The five South Africans contracted by Mariam’s family and the three contracted by the government made an extensive dive on Tuesday in four locations.
Mariam and Amanda perished on September 29 when their vehicle slid off the MV Harambee mid-stream and plunged into the ocean.
On Monday, Mariam’s husband and other family members camped at the ferry early in the morning to monitor rescue operations. But by the time of going to the press, police were still waiting for Kenya Navy rescue services and other private divers.
The Star learned that the Kenya Ferry top brass were holed up in an emergency meeting over the incident. Likoni OCPD Benjamin Rotich said that the vehicle lost breaks and reversed just before the ferry docked.
The car, a Toyota ISIS registration number KCB 289C was onboard MV Harambee and was plying to the Island side.
He said that ferry officials attempted to throw out rescue savers near the car, but the two were trapped inside the car and could not access them.
Sarah Wairimu and Tob Cohens marriage was one that the phrase “irrevocable differences” can best describe. The reason for my statement is the court records that the Star has been able to get its hands on.
The court papers paint a grim picture of a marriage were both Cohen and Sarah were at a wit’s end with each other. The papers describe the Dutch businessman appearing to make every effort to push Wairimu out of their Lower Kabete home.
It was the 71-year-old Cohen who first filed for the annulment of the union on January 21 under a certificate of urgency. He claimed that Wairimu had been denying him se3 since 2014.
He said they were sleeping in separate bedrooms and he was preparing his own meals. On February 25, Cohen amended the grounds for dissolution of the marriage to include cruelty and violence from Wairimu.
He also said that four days later, Wairimu assaulted him, causing “cut wounds and multiple bruises and as a result.” the petition by lawyer Judy Thongori reads.
In her rejoinder in her sworn counter-affidavit, Wairimu “admits that the marriage had irretrievably broken down but avers that the break down is on account of adultery and cruelty on the part of petitioner [Cohen].”
Asserting that she also wanted a divorce, Wairimu dismissed the claim that she was violent, arguing that this was a ploy by Cohen to paint her as a bullying spouse. “The particular attack started by Cohen was staged by him to build his divorce narrative,” she said.
She also dismissed the claim of denial of conjugal rights, saying that they always shared the master bedroom except in sporadic occasions when she had been “forced to take refuge in our daughter [Renee] Gathoni’s bedroom during times when the applicant is excessively intoxicated and abusive.”
Wairimu further said that though they would engage in se3, the late billionaire was highly ineffective some times failed to perform as he was an abuser of drugs and had secretly undergone a procedure that sabotaged him.
“The applicant underwent a prostrate operation which seems to have affected his ability to engage often or effectively in the manner that he did before the operation,” she claimed.