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Policeman at Ruto office when Echesa visited found dead

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A police officer who was on duty when former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa and two foreigners are said to have visited the Deputy President’s office last week has been found dead.
Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei, 33, of Administration Police’s Security of Government Buildings went missing since Wednesday when he was supposed to accompany his colleagues to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to record a statement in the Sh39.5 billion fake arms probe.
His body was found in his house in Villa Franca Estate, Imara Daima. Witnesses said he had a bullet wound in the head and his gun was found lying next to his body. The body was discovered at about 4pm by locals who called police.
Witnesses said there was a bullet hole in the roof of the house. Police who arrived at the scene at first described the incident as suicide and removed the body to the mortuary. They, however, returned it to the scene after learning that he was a person of interest in the fake arms probe.
Following the incident, the DCI boss, George Kinoti, who was on his way from Mombasa yesterday, detoured to the scene and summoned officers from the homicide department to take charge.
A house girl who has been washing the officer’s clothes told police that she became concerned when she did not find his clothes outside the house for cleaning.
Kenei’s colleagues had been looking for him since Wednesday when it was decided that he was among those who were supposed to be questioned.
Kenei and five other AP officers were on duty at Gate A, the main entrance to Harambee House Annex and second floor of the building, when Echesa and two persons arrived on February 13.
He was in charge of the security team that was on duty that day. His five colleagues and a receptionist were on Wednesday questioned by detectives over Echesa’s visit. They told police they were acting on instructions on who should be allowed into the executive office.
When Kenei failed to show up at work yesterday, his colleagues said his mobile phone was not going through. Police authorities were planning to release a desertion signal on him when they got news of the discovery of his body.
Witnesses said Kenei lived in the servant quarters and the door to his house was open when the body was discovered.
The office of the Deputy President had earlier on raised concerns over failure by Kenei to show up at work or record his statement.
The matter of the former CS and the foreign arms dealers gaining access to Harambee House Annex saw Dr William Ruto earlier this week write to the Inspector General of Police citing a breach of security at his office.
The DP also demanded that the two arms dealers who have complained of being conned in the fake arms deal be barred from leaving the country until investigations are complete.
He said the matter was of grave concern to his security and other users of Harambee House Annex.
“This incident is a very serious breach of the security of the Deputy President and requires a thorough forensic investigation to establish among others, how Mr Echesa in the company of others including foreigners accessed the DP’s office,” the letter signed by the DP’s Chief of Staff Ken Osinde read.
The move came five days after police arrested Echesa and three other suspects and charged them with 12 counts ranging from forgery, obtaining money by false pretence and impersonating senior government officials.
The four have denied the charges.
Yesterday, police raided the offices of a company said to have received Sh11.5 million from the foreigners as consultancy fee. The offices are located on Mombasa Road.
Two officials of the company were arrested.

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He is a very dangerous man! Sonko’s daughter accuses senator of attempting to kill her

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Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Saumu Mbuvi, daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, have announced their separation following wrangles and disagreement.

The reports were fuelled by photos and videos of Senator Loitiptip hanging out with a female friend.

Saumu, on Instagram, announced that the two have separated, claiming that she has undergone domestic violence under Loitiptip.

“These are the things he did to me,” wrote Saumu, in one of her photos showing a swollen face and bruised lips.

“He almost killed me. I will forever fight for women to stand for their rights. Never allow a man to be violent to you.”

She also claimed that the senator had neglected their child, leaving Saumu as the primary caregiver.

Loitiptip told Kenyans.co.ke that Saumu shared her father’s traits and was suffering from bipolar disorder, threatening to expose her past to prove his claim.

The two have been dating for months and at one point planned to get married. However, Sonko’s daughter clarified that the two had split before officiating their union.

“Wedding date confirmed,” she captioned a picture of herself and the senator in June 2020.

Her previous relationship with businessman cum politician Ben Gatu also ended after she accused him of being violent.

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US raises alarm over Covid-19 cases surge in Tanzania

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The US government has revealed that there are significant cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania.

This is just a week after it advised its citizens against travelling to the East African country.

“The US Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021,” the Embassy said.

In a Health alert, the US said the practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited.

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

“Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care,” US said.

The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that travellers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.

The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take caution in day-to-day activities.

President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants that they need not worry about observing Covid-19 preventative measures.

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Siwachii wezi! Uhuru vows not to leave the country to thieves in 2022

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday made a surprising stop to lecture Nairobi residents after finishing his engagement at the National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC-Nairobi).

The Head of State said he was angry at Nairobians for being against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill stating that the report has given Nairobi more constituencies.

“If we have a BBI that says the people of Nairobi will have more constituencies and if it’s bursaries a child in Mathare who today receives Ksh500, how will that child study up to university level,” President Kenyatta said.

“But there is another child who gets Ksh100,000 in Busury per year is that right?… BBI is not for helping Raila or Uhuru it is for you,” he continued.

Uhuru went on to disclose that he has no plans to rule after his term is over and his interest is in finishing the job that Kenyans elected him to do.

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