Varsity student commits suicide

A law student of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology committed suicide in Kericho town on Tuesday.

Kevin Kipkurui, 22, was found dangling from a rope in a kiosk near his home.

He reportedly went missing after breakfast.

Kericho police commander Rose Muchuma said Kipkurui’s reason for the suicide is unknown.

Muchuma said a suicide note was not found at the scene.

“Efforts to get his mobile phone for the police to check whom he last spoke to bore no fruits,” she said, adding that investigations are underway.

She said Kipkurui would have graduated this year.

His body was taken to Siloam hospital mortuary.

 

MP threatens student for criticising CDF

A 23-year-old student of Moi University, Eldoret allegedly received death threats from Mt Elgon MP John Serut after accusing his CDF office of unfairly distributing funds to university students.

Martin Ndiwa said on Tuesday that Serut called and sent him messages at odd hours saying he can have his head for Sh100,000 “only”.

Ndiwa reportedly claimed on a social media page called ‘Sabaots online’ that Serut, in the allocation of the funds, favours some areas over others.

“I now totally fear for my life since I was threatened by my area Member of Parliament that he will send his men to come and crush me and take my head to his house or he was going to use my fellow colleagues to attack me at night,” he told a journalist in Bungoma.

The MP allegedly issued the threats in a telephone conversation with the student.

“Can you continue posting now if you are man enough. I’ll just blast you before the people. And if you think by talking I will give you bursary, there is no bursary,” different segments of the recording say.

“The legislature further said that maybe I should stay at Moi university till Satan comes or else he will get me,’’ the third year Actuarial Science student said.

Ndiwa said he is still being threatened despite reporting the matter to the police.

“I reported my case to Kesses police post, OB No. 10/18/09/2014 but no action was taken. I forwarded the case to the office of DPP North rift and DCIO Uasin Gishu but so far no action has been taken,” he said.

He urged Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko to intervene before it is too late.

– The Star 

16 year old arrested for insulting Turkish President

A 16 year old student has been arrested by Turkish police for allegedly insulting the country’s President.

The high school student was arrested on Wednesday after criticising the ruling AK Party during a speech at a student protest in the central Anatolian city of Konya.

The teenager could face up to four years in prison if found guilty.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu defended the arrest, saying the presidential office “needs to be shown respect”.

Turkey’s penal code makes it a crime to insult the president.

‘Everywhere is corruption’

The boy’s speech, given to commemorate the killing of a Turkish soldier by Islamists in the 1920s, was recorded on video and broadcast by Dogan News Agency.

In it, he defends secularism and the principles of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish republic.

He also singled out President Erdogan for criticism over recent corruption allegations, as the crowd chanted “everywhere is bribery, everywhere is corruption”.

Hurriyet newspaper said the boy was believed to be a member of a leftist organisation, but he denies having links with any political party.

Speaking to prosecutors, the boy said: “I’ve made the statement in question. I have no intent to insult.”

The teenager has pleaded not guilty and his lawyers have lodged an appeal against the charges.

BBC

Teacher sentenced to 15 years for defiling a student

A former headteacher  from Uganda broke down after he was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for defiling a student in his office.

The man known as  Geofrey Muliika, was a head teacher of St. Mary’s College Lugazi in Buikwe district and commited the said offence in March this year.
The 15-year-old victim testified that Muliika sent for her at 5:30am local time (EAT) and when she entered his office, he locked it.

She said Muliika warned her of a bad peer group she had joined and that she risked being expelled before forcing himself on her.

The Prosecution  prayed for a deterrent sentence and  had suggested 40 years, saying Muliika freely initiated the act and planned to execute the same.

Source : Newvision

Bodies of two students recovered in Narok river

Bodies of two students from Maasai Mara University who drowned on Sunday evening have been retrieved.

The victims were among a group of students having a photography session near the river when the accident occurred near the Narok GK prisons area.

The two who were studying  Business Management  were among a catholic association group that went for a picnic after a mass service at the university compound.

The bodies were retrieved on Tuesday through joint efforts of  divers from the university and the  Kenya Red Cross. Diver Christopher Kemboi,  a university employee, managed to retrieve the bodies ending the 36 hour search.

The OCPD advised those who would in future go for picnics at the section of the river to inform their relatives, colleagues or anybody and to be careful.

In November last year a prison warder and an  inmate who was serving 6 month sentence drowned at the same area. The warder was pursing the inmate who had attempted to escape after working  working at the prison quarry. The two headed towards Narok River where both disappeared and later the prison authorities found the officer’s gun, swagger stick and blood stains at the river bank.

Source: The Star

Ebola scare in Nakuru

A ten year old Liberian boy, studying in Nakuru has tested negative for  Ebola after being admitted at the Nakuru Provincial General Hospital with symptoms suspected to be the dreaded virus.

Nakuru County Chief Officer for Health Samwel Mwaura says tests conducted on the Greensteds International School pupil and a nurse who first attended to him on Wednesday evening returned negative.

 School officials say  the boy and his mother had arrived in the country nine days ago using alternative means after Kenya Airways suspended direct flights from some locations in West Africa.The student  recorded high fever like symptoms and was referred to a private hospital within Nakuru town.