“Mum would still be okay if she stayed in France. And she was close to God, that is why she survived, she was in a worse state than Kevin who was also diagnosed with cancer.”
Oliech also spoke about his brother Kevin who died in August last year from cancer too explaining how painful the experience had been for him.
“Life continued, then what hurt us again was Kevin because Kevin was close to me he was the only person I was telling my secrets. he was the one person I could open up to. and he will not reveal your secrets.”
“The good thing with Kevin, he knew his time was up. He was okay in Germany but he was in the final stages. We tried everything. He knows he was very loved. People love me for my name, but with Kevin, he was loved for him.”
A video editor with the national broadcaster-Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) was Wednesday night shot dead in a cold blood robbery in Ololua area, Ngong.
Betty Barasa, a journalist and video editor had arrived at her home at about 8.20pm when a gang that was waiting at the entrance forced their way into the compound as the gate was opened, witnesses said.
She was on duty on Wednesday and had left Broadcast House in the city centre for her new home hoping to join her husband and three children.
She was shot twice in the head and died at the scene.
According to her family, three men had been waiting for her to arrive.
Two of them were armed with AK47 rifles. And as usual she drove to the gate and the house help who had noticed her arrival rushed to open for her.
As she drove in, the three forced their way in prompting the househelp to run into darkness as she screamed saying there were strangers in the compound.
This did not stop them in their mission. According to the family, the gang followed Betty up to where she parked and ordered her out at gunpoint leading her into the house.
She had recently moved into the house. In the house, there was her husband and children who were terrified following the screams of the house help and the arrival of the strangers.
Witnesses said one of the gunmen demanded money from Betty and ordered her to take him to the bedroom upstairs.
Two others remained in the sitting room where the other members of the family were. The gunmen harassed them demanding to be given money and other valuables.
The husband and children begged the gang to spare them and take anything they wanted.
One of the gunmen kept asking where the house help was. It is not clear if they thought she knows them or can identify their faces after the earlier confrontation.
And it was during the argument that they heard two gunshots.
The gunman who had taken Betty to the upper rooms had shot her twice in the head at close range as she also begged to be spared.
One of the bullets went through. A spent cartridge was recovered from her clothes.
After the shooting, the gang grabbed the journalist’s laptop and mobile phone and left. The mobile phone was still on yesterday.
Locals who heard the gunshots ran to the compound when they learnt their neighbor had been killed.
Police said they are yet to make an arrest or know the motive of the killing. The area is growing fast with the passage of the Standard Gauge Railways (SGR). Many who had bought land in the area now constructing residential homes.
Next to Betty’s house is a house that is still under construction and many think the gang had been hiding there waiting for her arrival.
The payment of Sh20 million for a road construction tender is at the centre of investigations into the murder of Caroline Wanjiku, a woman whose mutilated body was found in a thicket in Kajiado county.
Some of the suspects in custody have told police they were partners with Caroline Wanjiku Maina in a construction firm that won a tender to build a sidewalk in one of the counties.
They said she had been paid the money but failed to honour her promise.
According to statements recorded by the suspects, there were four partners in the company including Wanjiku. The others were two men and another woman.
It is Wanjiku who had apparently secured the tender but because she did not have enough money to deliver, she sought the help of her partners who gave out the money in anticipation of profits once they were paid.
“They claim the deceased was paid the money and did not pay their share as agreed, which caused the rift for a while,” said an investigator aware of the developments.
One of the partners in the deal had even sent Wanjiku a message threatening “dire consequences” if she did not pay.
The suspects claim they were also upset after they learned Wanjiku had bought a four-wheel-drive car for her use. Under pressure, Wanjiku was informed by a friend she could make quick money through a loan from a Sacco.
She told one of her friends that she wanted to boost her Sacco shares to enable her get a threefold loan for her to pay her partners.
Four prime suspects are in custody. Police also suspect the woman was drugged before her murder. A postmortem is scheduled for Wednesday.
Police also suspect that Wanjiku was sexually assaulted. On the day she went missing on February 12, she withdrew Sh350,000 from one of the banks in Nairobi, before proceeding to meet one of the suspects at Ngara for “a business deal”.
Before she drove to Ngara, Wanjiku made a phone call to a female friend explaining that her meeting with the suspect was to guide her into boosting her Sacco shares with the withdrawn amount.
At Ngara, Wanjiku was forced into a black Toyota Crown car in which the suspect was waiting before she was sandwiched by the other suspects and handcuffed.
The suspects told police they expected her to come with more money but were disappointed to learn she had only Sh350,000.
From Ngara, they drove towards Museum Hill, Waiyaki Way, Naivasha Road and stopped at Gatina area within Kawangware. All along, someone else was driving Wanjiku’s Toyota Axio car, which they abandoned in Kawangware.
The group then proceeded to Kajiado where they told police they tortured the woman before killing her. Their movements were captured on security cameras along the roads they used.
The suspects told police they had heard that Wanjiku owed many people.
After their arrest, the team handling the case escorted two of the suspects to Kajiado’s Paranai area, being the scene where the suspects dumped Wanjiku’s body after torturing her to death.
The detectives said a pair of handcuffs used to restrain the woman, her company stamp stolen from her car and a surgical face mask were recovered.
By the time the body was discovered on February 15, it was decomposing. The family had circulated posters with her pictures and details seeking public help to trace her whereabouts.
In the February 13 report at Muthangari police station, Wanjiku’s Toyota Axio car was found abandoned in Kawangware near Gatina Primary School. That was a day after she went missing.
The probe was then taken over by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation, Nairobi Area Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) working alongside Dagoretti-based counterparts. They arrested the four suspects.
Accompanied by Wanjiku’s younger sister Rose, the team then proceeded to Kajiado hospital mortuary where Rose identified Wanjiku’s body.
The body was said to have been collected from the scene on February 15.
The body had physical injuries on both wrists and its entirety, with the eyes plucked out of their sockets.
It was moved to the Kenyatta University mortuary where a postmortem is planned to establish how she died. Another Mercedes-Benz car believed to have been used to dump the victim’s body has since been recovered at one of the suspect’s home.
A magistrate in Kibera on February 16 allowed police to detain the suspects for 10 days pending investigations.
The suspects are Mercy Gitiri Mongo, Edwin Otieno Odiwuor, Samuel Okoth Adinda and Stevenson Oduor Ouma. DCI director George Kinoti said they are pursuing more leads on how and why she was killed.
They intend to talk to the government agency that issued the tender and paid the money as part of the probe.
Popular Kikuyu musician Timothy Njuguna known by his stage name Mighty Salim is dead. This happened just after the Mugithi singer had hosted his brother Salim Junior’s fifth memorial.
The cause of his death hasn’t yet been revealed though the singer had been diagnosed with diabetes in mid-2003. In 2018, the singer was diagnosed with kidney failure and commenced dialysis, with some reports indicating that the singer was bedridden and was in dire need of KSh 2.5 million to undergo a kidney transplant.
He, however, claimed his plea fell on deaf ears as his friends and politicians abandoned him after the diagnosis.
Mighty Salim was born in Subukia, Nakuru County to Wangari Wa Salim and Joe Salim and had 8 siblings. He was a brother to the late top one-man guitarist and singer Salim Junior, Naomi Salim, Sarafina Salim, and Salim Young.
His brother Salim Junior another Mugithi great passed on after succumbing to a prolonged illness at Nakuru Memorial, 5 years ago.
Mighty Salim and Salim Junior were among the pioneer group of one-man guitar acts that included equally popular artists like the late Murimi wa Ka-half, Mike Murimi and Mike Rua.
This essentially meant these forerunners made a career, not from original creation but from innovative renditions of other artists’ songs in their own style.
The group despite launching successful solo careers enjoyed the mentorship of Kikuyu greats Wachira wa Karangatha and the late Sammy Muraya.
Importantly, they owe their success to the late Jane Nyambura alias Queen Jane, whom they called mother, who not only mentored them but also fed and housed them.
Some of Mighty Salim’s popular songs include; Jira Dukadiga, Hamwe na Mwathani and Ihoya Riakwa.
Vanessa Bryant suffered one of the toughest experiences in her life early last year after the sudden death of her husband, Kobe Bryant along with their daughter, Gianna.
Kobe, their 13-year-old Gigi and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on January 26, 2020. The longtime Los Angeles Lakers star and others on board were on their way to a basketball game at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks.
This past week, Vanessa has been remembering her late husband a few days before the anniversary of the death of husband and daughter.
In a message she posted on her Instagram page, the Latina woman wrote a heart-wrenching message that showed that despite the time she has had to heal that mourning can be a lifetime experience for some.
Her message spoke about the grief she has. Read the complete message below:
More photos have emerged of the late Keroche Breweries heiress Tecra Muigai and her boyfriend Omar Lali, a local of Lamu Island.
The couple had been dating from mid-last year with reports emerging that Tecra was in love with Omardespite warnings from one of her brothers to leave him alone.
The photos show a happy and at peace Tecra with the bearded Omar, with the couple at different locations. To the naked eye, one could see the comfort and warmth the two had for each other.
Who is Omar?
According to reports in The-Star, Omar is a 54-year-old beachboy from Lamu loved living life on the fast lane with his neighbours in Shella Beach town say he loves moneyed women, especially white ones.
Shella is a popular residential town for most tourists who visit Lamu. Being a resident makes it easy for him to meet and interact with rich women, eventually luring them into relationships.
But the relationships don’t last, it is said, once Omar gets what he wants. He dumps the woman and moves to the next one with lightning speed.
He is even believed to have sired a child with a white woman. Omar is known for his sweet tongue and acting the perfect gentleman. It is these qualities, it is believed, that endeared him to Tecra in the first place.
Unconfirmed reports indicate the two first met mid last year when Tecra was stranded over a bill that had accrued at a local hotel where she had been staying.
Omar moved in to beseech the hotel administration to go easy on her and allow her to pay in instalments to avoid embarrassing her.
There are also rumours that Omar, a native of the Bajuni community, uses ‘other powers’ to lure unsuspecting rich women into relationships before fleecing them.
Many people said the beaded necklaces and many rings worn by Omar are, in fact, powerful charms.
Omar loves dogs and is often spotted walking several canines on leashes on the beaches of Shella and in Lamu town.
The Kenya Wildlife Service(KWS) has revealed that one of its aircraft crashed early this morning in Isinya, resulting in the death of one of its occupants.
The statement is below:
Today KWS is sad to confirm we, unfortunately, suffered an aircraft accident at 07:38 am that resulted in one fatality and the loss of the aircraft. The accident involved an AutoGyro aircraft model MTOsport2010 registered 5Y-KWV. The accident occurred at Orly Airpark during routine training exercises. A thorough investigation will be carried out as to establish cause of the accident. We convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved.
Other unconfirmed reports claimed that the person killed in the crash was a trainer, who might have been from the USA.
The death of former president Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi captivated the country with details about the late leader filling the pages of all newspapers and blogs.
One interesting area of the conversation was the cost it would take to bury Kenya’s second president. Most reports claim that Mzee Moi’s burial costs were estimated to cost Sh. 300 million.
Some Kenyans were surprised at the cost but considering it to high. But what many might not know is that Mzee Moi’s burial costs pale in comparison to other famous leaders from history.
Princess Diana-Sh. 650,000,000 million
Although Princess Diana was no longer the wife of the Prince of Wales, Diana was given a royal funeral in Westminster Abbey, so as to pay an appropriate tribute to her global status and honor her as the mother of the future King of England.
Her service included rousing readings from her family as well as one of the most memorable funeral songs of all time: Elton John performing “Candle in the Wind.”
Pope John Paul II-Sh. 984,581,844 million
The Pope was laid to rest six days after his death, but not before kings, queens, prime ministers, presidents and world religious leaders gathered to mourn him.
The funeral, which reportedly cost The Vatican nine million euros, also drew four million pilgrims into Rome and spurred more than two billion television viewers.
John F Kennedy-Sh. 4 billion
In a memo from Margaret Earl to David Gergen, the projected cost of expenses relating to President Kennedy’s funeral was four million dollars. In addition, taxpayers footed the bill for a Day of Mourning, which only required essential, federal emergency employees to report to work.
According to The Museum of Broadcast Communications, T.V networks lost approximately $40 million dollars in profits associated with regular commercials and television programming.
Ronald Reagan-Shs. 40 billion
During the United States’ official Day of Mourning for the late president, stock markets closed, federal workers were given the day off and media outlets focused on nothing but the funeral services.
Functional Ambivalent crunched the numbers and found that it cost $400,000,000 on the taxpayers. If you add to that amount the estimated costs for state services, security and cost to networks, some speculate that the total expenses related to Reagan’s funeral may have reached as high as $800 million or even $1 billion.
Alexander the Great-Shs. 60 billion
Some accounts of Alexander’s death claim that he was preserved in a vat of honey and encased in glass, while other historical depictions show that he was placed inside an elaborate gold sarcophagus, which was encased in a gold casket.
To top it off, this gold shrine was transported from Babylon to Macedonia via a gold carriage, a team of upwards of sixty horses and a specially constructed road built to hold the weight and size of the procession.
His father had some answers for them as he was featured on the Churchill Show journey series, where his family, close friends and colleagues paid glowing tributes to him.
‘The last time he came home it was january this year. he called me and told me he wanted to come and built his house because everyone was asking him about it. He came home and put up a house which is bigger than mine and promised to build me one once he was done.” his father said.
But his father was also very candid saying that his son was in love with the bottle.
“We had a lot of problems with his drinking style and i’d urge young people to tread carefully. People have drunk until they are even 100 or 90 years and are still strong because were cautious but not careless. If you do is carelessly then you become careless with your life,” the father went on.
“His drinking was a concern to the family. Whenever he would come home, the whole home would be full…chang’aa (local brew) and other drinks. He arrives in the village in the morning but I’d see him in the night when he is going to sleep. Just from one chang’aa den to another and I could go round making noise nyinyi mnaharibu watoto wa watu but he was a grown-up so hakuna mtu anamuharibu.”
And though he might try, he wasn’t able to dissuade his son from the bad habit, explaining a time when Othuol had threatened not to receive his help when he was sick with TB.
“I called him one day and told him if you want to commit suicide with drinking please tell me and the style you want to take. If you want to commit suicide with drinking carelessly, don’t take time, better take a rope and do it. I’ll come to carry you home,” he recalled.
“I thought he could go slow… during the time he was diagnosed with tb, i sent a brother to go and take care of him but he said ‘no this is my hoúse. if you talk about my drinking and the money is mine, then hatutaelewana’.”
Black Panther star Boseman, who died of cancer earlier this year, was also one of the film’s producers and had pursued Miller for the role of Frankie Burns.
“He was a fan of my work, which was thrilling, because it was reciprocated from me to him, tenfold.
“So he approached me to do it, he offered me this film, and it was at a time when I really didn’t want to work anymore. I’d been working non-stop and I was exhausted, but then I wanted to work with him.
“And because I was hesitant to go back to work and my daughter was starting school and it was an inconvenient time, I said, ‘I’ll do it if I’m compensated in the right way.'”
Miller said Boseman’s action was unheard of in the film industry.
“It was about the most astounding thing that I’ve experienced,” she said.
“That kind of thing just doesn’t happen. He said, ‘You’re getting paid what you deserve, and what you’re worth.’ It’s just unfathomable to imagine another man in that town behaving that graciously or respectfully.
“In the aftermath of this I’ve told other male actor friends of mine that story and they all go very, very quiet and go home and probably have to sit and think about things for a while. But there was no showiness, it was, ‘Of course I’ll get you to that number, because that’s what you should be paid.'”
You see, the late John left her with child. The gospel singer who confirmed the news when she buried him a few months ago has hidden the baby bump so well all this time. But no more…
Yesterday the gospel singer took the internet by storm when she posted a maternity photoshoot where she rocked a white dress with her hands on her bulging tummy, confirming that soon she will be a mother.
“You are pregnant and you are powerful. You are bold and you are beautiful. Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your contentedness. Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you.” — Unknown” reads Ruth Matete’s caption.
Matete lost her husband in April 2020, following a domestic home accident that left him with burn injuries that he later succumbed to.
And just like Ruth whose lineage included David-her great-grandson, I hope that her son will also portend blessings upon blessings for the chocolate-skinned pastor and a phase of increase and healing for her.
Yes, you read that right. Akothee, who is also an entrepreneur, made a bold confession on death, stating that she has informed her family that when her day of resting comes, she should be buried on the same day.
She made her statement ahead of the burial of her sister-in-law (Sarah Anne Atieno Kokeyo) who passed away on August 20, 2020 while in Kampala, Uganda. The funeral arrangements and the ensuing issues have made her note that she doesn’t want to go through that herself.
The musician narrated that nobody had checked up on her and find out if she needs help or even comfort her, and her family during this difficult time.
“The air is thin up here. Always attending my family’s funerals alone. With my security, PA and photographers. I am panicking, I have no one to comfort me, no one is even asking if I need anything or any help. But when people have funerals, the number of phone calls I get only God Knows. I am learning to be selfish too, I wish I could, be blessed,” wrote Akothee.
She went on to say, “Some people are so insensitive still calling me to send them contributions for their own funerals, no one has called to ask if they could accompany me to the burial or even when the burial is 🙏 wee. This time round I am too weak to attend & witness my brother lower his wife to rest, sijui niweke kichwa wapi ? 🙆🙆🙆💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔.”
She finished off by stating that she would like to be buried the day she died. “For me, if I die today, I have asked my family to bury me the same day 😭, the trauma my mother has gone through for a month waiting for nyabondo because of the COVID situation, I can’t stand seeing her making trips to the funeral home, May The Lord comfort everyone who lost their loved ones during this hard times 🙏🙏🙏, good morning, my love 🙏.”
Ruth took a break from social media to try and mourn in private, only emerging last month to update her fans on her progress.
Ruth who is pregnant with the late John’s son shared a heart-rending message yesterday. Ruth explained how tough the experience had been for her saying that she believed that she might have been taking a long time in the mourning phase.
“Truth is some days are very hard. When death knocks at your door, there’s nothing you can do. Some days, voices in my head tell me am taking too long in this mourning phase.”
But Ruth has promised herself that she will not be too hard on herself vowing to be patient in her journey.
I patiently wait for the day God will heal me totally. But then again, some days I doubt if this kind of pain can totally heal. So I ask God to give me a new heart instead. Till then, I’ll smile when God gives me a chance to. I will laugh when God allows me to. But above all, I will keep serving Him.
Ruth’s journey with grief mirrors some other prominent celebs who have also undergone the loss of a loved one. Some other celebs who have gone through harrowing experiences with loss are below;
Size 8 and Dj Mo
The couple had a miscarriage in late 2018 that threatened to harm the integrity of their marriage. Dj Mo said that they made sure they didn’t blame each other over the loss although they said the pain was too much.
The Crossover101 host has narrated how tough it was for her to lose her mother while she was still a young girl, saying that her mom who died nearly two decades ago had left a void that she couldn’t ever fill.
The two are currently no longer together and one would be hard-pressed to give a reason for the break-up other than the grief they experienced after they lost their child.
The experienced veteran music producer lost his wife and mother to his baby girl in October 2017. Since then, Josiah has mourned and remembered his late wife Regina Katar in numerous posts, showing that every person has their own way of dealing with loss.
He added that his late brother David Waiganjo Mbiyu was a friend and a confidant he cherished so much. Jeff who keeps his extended family hidden narrated that David had a heart of gold that was gentle and kind.
“Still trying to come to terms with the fact that you are no longer with us, my big brother and my friend,” Jeff said. He added that the pain he felt would never go away.
Jeff comes from exemplary stock. Senior Chief Koinange wa Mbiyu of Kiambu was the patriarch of the Koinanges.
Though illiterate, Koinange championed the uptake of early education through independent schools with the establishment of Githunguri Teachers College, where future President Jomo Kenyatta was vice principal when he returned to Kenya from England in 1946.
Mbiyu Koinange: Jomo Kenyatta’s brother-in-law, confidante and political go-between was the first Kenyan to attain university education after a Scottish teacher tipped his father about America having cheap, but good preparatory schools for black people.
If I was to surmise Ruth Matete in one word, it would be, resilient. The singer has gone through a roller-coaster life that has seen her experience such crazy highs but also some of the deepest lows that would have broken some.
The dark-skinned singer has had probably the toughest year in her life, losing her husband and soon to be father of her first-born son in April.
The couple had been married from late 2019 and seemed to be the dream couple but fate wasn’t on their side as her husband, BelovedJohn Apewajoy passed away due to injuries he suffered after a tragic gas explosion in their home.
Ruth took a break from social media and who could blame her for she had gone through a terrible patch in her life. But after her long period of mourning, the always smiling singer is finally ready to move on.
But that’s not all, Ruth has been hard in the studio making music! Yes, you read that right! The singer showed off her new song on her Instagram page which dealt with her pain, frustrations and how God came through for her at her hour of need.
Ruth’s song reminds me of the song “It is well with my soul” by Horatio Spafford. The song like Ruth’s comes from a place of pain and distressing difficulties.
Horatio who was a successful attorney and real estate investor lost a fortune in the great Chicago fire of 1871. But that wasn’t all, he also lost his beloved four-year-old son who died scarlet fever.
With these misfortunes, Horatio sent his wife and four daughters on a ship to England, so they could heal and unwind. He planned to join them later on but tragedy struck as while they were crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the ship was involved in a terrible collision and sunk.
The body of the late Kevin Oliech (Dennis Oliech’s younger brother) arrived at the JKIA last night Thursday September 3rd, from Germany.
It was immediately taken to Umash Funeral Home. Kevin who was a former Mathare United player who had been ailing with cancer for close to 4 years, died this past week whilst getting treatment in Germany.
The late Kevin’s body will be laid to rest on Saturday at his parents’ home in Seme, Kisumu county. Mike Sonko, the Nairobi governor promised to foot all the funeral expenses.
‘…the body has been transferred to umash funeral home ahead of his burial on saturday in seme, kisumu county. kevin, who is a brother to former harambee stars captain, dennis oliech, passed on in germany last month. i shall continue supporting the oliech family during this difficult moment to ensure kevin gets a befitting send-off. rest my brother, one day even cancer shall die,’ Sonko posted.
This is the second close person Dennis has lost to cancer in the last couple of years. The former Harambee Stars captain lost his mother, Mary Auma in 2018.
US actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role in Black Panther, has died of cancer, his family say. The 43-year-old died at home in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side.
Boseman had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in the statement.
“From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more – all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
Boseman first came to prominence playing real-life figures – baseball great Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42 then as musician James Brown in 2014’s Get on Up.
However, it will be as the titular Black Panther in the blockbuster 2018 film he will be best remembered. The film was the first superhero film to get a nomination for best picture – and six other awards – at the Oscars.
His death comes after public speculation had been brewing about what had caused his drastic weight loss after he was spotted last year at Heinz Field to watch a Pittsburgh Steelers practice.
But instead of feeling excited to get a glimpse of the actor, some users were worried over his drastic weight loss. “Looking Rough and like he has aged 10 years and lost weight. Why he looking so rough compared to like last year,” one noticed Boseman’s physical transformation.
While Boseman has not responded to fans’ concern, some Twitter users tried to offer some explanation to his weight loss. They believe that he has slimmed down for a movie role. “He an actor people, he may look that way he does for a role. Just saying, yall be quick to judge fr,” one shared his opinion.