Kenyan Actress Dies In A Grisly Road Accident

Actress Nana Gichuru who was part of the cast of Maisha Magic’s “How to Find a Husband” and Demi Gods which ran on NTV died on Tuesday in a grisly road accident along the northern bypass in Nairobi near Utawala.

She was a thespian, writer, musician, voice artist, young film maker and entrepreneur as well as a travel junkie according to those who knew her.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that she was driving at a high speed while overtaking when she hit a construction truck head on.

Many people took to social media to convey messages of condolence to her family and friends while others took to opportunity to condemn what they termed as reckless behavior.

However, it is important to note that, the cause of the accident is still unknown.  As her family and friends mourn their dear one, we wish them comfort.

Widow creates perfume of her late husband’s smell

A woman named Katia Apalategui missed her late husband so much, she found herself sniffing his pillow to keep his memory alive, and with this she decided to create a perfume that smells like him.

She has now set up a perfume company to allow grieving relatives to buy a bottle of tailor-made perfume capturing the unique scent of their departed loved ones.

The ghoulish fragrances that extract the smell from a deceased person’s clothes are set to go on sale in France later this year.

She believes her morbid perfumes will offer “olfactory comfort” to anyone who misses their dead spouses, family members or friends.

The perfume would be “made-to-measure” and sell for around £400 (sh 52,000 ) she said.

She is working at Le Havre University chemist to develop the technique that will help them get someone’s smell.

They said that they will take the person’s clothing and extract the odour, which represents about a hundred molecules, and reconstruct it in the form of a perfume in four days.

This science could equally be used create perfumes as gifts between lovers on Valentine’s Day, or for children separated from their parents.

Abducted ICC witness found dead

The ICC witness kidnapped last week has been found murdered and his eyes gouged out, tounge cut off, genitals chopped off and shot in the head. The bizarre ritual style killing has left his Turbo village in shock and mourning.

The body of Meshack Yebei, 34, bore other marks of barbaric torture – his ears were chopped off and his head had deep knife or machete wounds.

Yebei’s mutiliated and burnt body was retrieved on Saturday from the River Yala bridge by police in Nandi county. The bridge is about 15km Southwest of Kapsabet town.

On Wednesday last week, the Star exclusively reported how Yebei was dramatically abducted by people who later pretended to be ICC investigators in SMS messages to his mother and a friend.

The family says he was kidnapped near his home in Uasin Gishu county on Sunday December 28th and driven away by unidentified people who had two black cars. Witnesses said he was abducted at Turbo Market, about 35km North of Eldoret along the Eldoret-Webuye road and bundled into a car as soon as he left a shop.

The man had reportedly expressed fears for his life after what he called “differing with some people” over the ICC cases. “He had even informed the police after some strange people went to his home looking for him,” said a brother who declined to disclose his identity.

Sources said that the man was initially a prosecution witness. However, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi said the man was about to testify for the defence.

“He was our witness and we want police to investigate what happened. We want to know the truth,” said Sudi. Yesterday, Nandi North Criminal Investigations Officer Samson Thoya confirmed the decomposing body had multiple deep cuts.

The CID boss added that police at the neighbouring Chepsonoi police station were informed of the remains by people who were fetching water and that the body had been trapped in-between two rocks.

“As far as we are concerned, we are investigating a case of homicide, and we are trying to piece together if there could have been anyone who witnessed either the killing or those who may have tossed the body into the river,” Thoya said.

The body was taken to the Kapsabet Referral Hospital mortuary, pending investigation and possible identification as the fingers were said to have been interfered with, police said.

A team of detectives visited the mortuary in Kapsabet town to start investigations. Family members who visited the morgue confirmed that the body was that of their relative.

“We have little to say now, but will issue a comprehensive report,” said Joseph Mutai, a relative. His wife Lilian said they were shocked by the death.

Villagers at Yebei’s home expressed anger over the killing and demanded an explanation from the government. “He had expressed fears for his wife and even recorded a statement at the Eldoret police station,” a devastated Lilian said.

Five relatives recorded statements with the police after the man went missing. On the day of his abduction, Yebei had gone to buy water for his sick child at the market centre.

“He had taken his child to hospital at Turbo together with his wife, but, while at the hospital, the child began vomiting, and he decided to go buy water at the market at about midday, but he never returned,” said his elder brother.

After the abduction, a text message from an unfamiliar number was sent to the witness’s mother and a friend, giving the impression that he was in Uganda with a team from the ICC.

The message was written in Kalenjin: abwati ale ichamegei, kwawe uganda urgently. kimi ak ngamotik cheb bensouda nekile patrick ak lugusa. ami komie, mosich wasiwasi. meshack ako namba nenyu ni (I hope you are okay, I went to Uganda urgently. I am with Bensouda’s people Patrick and Lugusa. This is Meshack, I am alright don’t worry and this is my number’.

The number was 256-773125351.

– The Star

Missing Kiambu Lawyer’s sons found dead

The bodies of Rayan and Allen who went missing last week have been found dumped at a Tatu City coffee plantation, Ruiru OCPD Isaac Thuranira has said.

This brings to a close the search for the bodies of the Nairobi lawyer’s family members who went missing last week and died under mysterious circumstances.

Relatives of lawyer Paul Magu, who allegedly killed his wife and three children before committing suicide, had said on Wednesday that the bodies will be buried on Tuesday next week.


Officer shot in Eastleigh dies in hospital

A police officer who was shot and wounded by a criminal gang in Eastleigh over the weekend has died.

The officer succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday night at Kenyatta Hospital where he had been admitted since Sunday morning after he was shot.

The officer was shot in the abdomen as he and his colleagues tried to arrest some suspected thugs while on patrol.

No arrests have been made so far following the attack.

MJ, Bob Marley and Elvis presley top Forbes list of posthumous top earners

It’s been more than five years since his passing, but Michael Jackson remains royalty among post mortem earners, pulling in triple-digit millions every full year since his death.

This year is no different. The May 2014 launch of his posthumous album Xscape, the King of Pop rules our Halloween-spooky list of Top-Earning Dead Musicians once again with annual earnings of $140 million.

Next on the list is another king—Elvis Presley, who pulled in $55 million. Though he’s been handily out-earned by Jackson, Presley continues to have a lucrative afterlife thanks to Graceland admissions, licensing and merchandizing.

Bob Marley rounds out the top three with earnings of $20 million. His total represents an increase of $2 million over last year, making the reggae superstar the only member of this list whose earnings are not flat or down on a year-over-year basis.

There are a handful of other musicians who made millions from beyond the grave, yet fell just short of making our list. Among them are Tupac Shakur, Richard Rogers, Frank Sinatra and Jimi Hendrix.

One thing’s for sure: there are no serious challengers to Jackson’s cash crown, and the King of Pop looks likely to continue his postmortem bonanza.

Source: Forbes


African presidents urged to “die at home”

When dying Zambian president Michael Sata flew to London last week he was following a long line of African leaders who have sought emergency — and secret — medical treatment in foreign hospitals most of their citizens can only dream of.

After Sata’s death on Tuesday evening, websites lit up with angry comments about another ailing African head of state jumping on a plane rather than risking being patched up in one of his own hospitals.

“Sadly, his death has added to the long list of rich and influential Africans to die while on medical tourism in Europe and America,” a commentator called Striker wrote on the website of Nigerian newspaper Punch.

Sata’s predecessor-but-one, Levy Mwanawasa, died in office in Paris six years ago after suffering a stroke in Egypt, and one of Sata’s many 2011 election promises was to improve public infrastructure, including healthcare.

With the exception of South Africa — home to top-notch hospitals and the world’s first human heart transplant in 1967 — few sub-Saharan governments are willing to let their leaders get much more than a cough sweet on home soil.

They are also loathe to tell their citizens, frequently playing down the seriousness of medical problems or denying them altogether — one reason for the “mystery” or “undisclosed illness” that claims so many of Africa’s ‘Big Men’.

Ethiopian strongman Meles Zenawi died aged 57 in a Belgian hospital in 2012 after top government officials insisted for more than a month he had only a minor illness and his condition was not serious.

In Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and its biggest oil producer, President Umara Yar’Adua had months of heart treatment in Saudi Arabia before returning home in 2010 in almost total secrecy and dying after weeks on life support.

Africa’s oldest leader, 90-year-old Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, regularly flies to Singapore for what officials say are “routine” eye tests, although given his age and persistent cancer rumours, few of his countrymen believe them.

Few cases beat that of Malawi president Bingu wa Mutharika, who was dead on arrival at a Lilongwe hospital in 2012 after a massive heart attack, only to be flown in secret on a chartered jet to South Africa for “medical treatment”.

In the meantime, there were fears of a seizure of power as cabinet members – including Mutharika’s brother – met without Vice-president Joyce Banda, who was only named as the constitutionally approved successor after the intervention of the head of the army.

In case of Sata, who had no clear successor, the government also went to great lengths to prevent media coverage of his health and absence from the public eye since June.

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Man abducted by Al shabab found dead in Lamu

A man who was abducted by suspected Alshabab militia in Kiunga area of Lamu early this week has been found dead and his body dumped in Boni forest.

The man had been in the company of three other men when their truck was ambushed by gunmen as they ferried miraa from Garissa to Ras Kamboni.

The body was found with the throat having been slit.

Lamu County Commissioner Njenga Miiri says police are still pursuing the gunmen who made away with two Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles.

2 dead in yet another gang raid in Mombasa

Two people were killed last night after gunmen opened fire indiscriminately at revelers at a bar in Majengo area Mombasa.

Several other people were injured in the assault by the masked men at Sega bar around midnight. The injured are receiving treatment at the Coast Provincial General Hospital.

The attack came less than 24 hours after gunmen on motorbikes shot dead four people among them a minor at Soweto area of Likoni.

Mombasa county commander Robert Kitur says they are still hunting for the gang that also dropped leaflets with messages threatening retaliation for recent killings at the coast.