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Revealed: Why all clues in mystery deaths lie with police

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Police have retraced the last moments of the two minors whose decomposing bodies were found in a car at the Athi-River Police station.

The investigators have established that Alvina Mutheu, 3, and Henry Jacktone 4, were last seen alive when they walked into Athi-River police station on June 11.

It was around 11 am when the businessman who runs a kiosk outside the police gate claims to have seen the children.
They were alone and not in the company of any adult, the trader told Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) investigators on Friday.

Strangely, the businessman said he never saw the children leaving the police station.

Two hours later, a man and a woman inquiring the whereabouts of missing children came to the kiosk and sought to know if he had had spotted the minors.
The trader is reported to have pointed the parents towards the police station yard where the children were last spotted.

Shopkeeper’s account
The eye witness account has now made it clear to the investigators that all clues they are seeking now lay at the Athi-River police station and officers serving there. On Friday, homicide investigators held a close to four hour meeting at the Athi-River police station where they also revisited the scene of crime.

And after the closed door meeting, the investigators were done with their investigations diary.
They also came up with two theories which they will be scrutinising to unravel the mystery.

Today, the DCI plans to record statements of 15 individuals among them senior and junior police officers.
The shopkeeper, who is so far the only eye witness is also set for more intense questioning.
Still, it remains unclear how the minors, who were barely learning to speak, walked for more than two kilometres from their home to the police station yard.
One theory is that they were following a tractor that was grading roads in their area.
The investigators also met the parents on Friday for the first time since Wednesday when the lifeless bodies of the minors were discovered.
The purpose of the meeting was to among other things cross check the details provided to the investigators by the trader including claims that the parents had sought information from the businessman on their missing children.
The parents are said to have been directed towards the police parking yard by the trader. Recording of statements will start today ahead of the postmortem next week.

Two theories
After analysing the scene of crime, the detectives narrowed down their scope of investigations to two major theories. The first theory is the minors died after suffocating inside the accident car parked at the police station yard.
The second theory, based on the account of a police informer that rogue cops at the police station were part of a wider scheme to cover-up an accident.
Sources within the investigation team said on the night when the children went missing, there were reports that some children had been knocked down by a vehicle.
Details of the exact location of the accident or the vehicle involved were unclear.
After being pointed toward the police yard, the parents are said to have met a senior officer at the parking yard.
They sought to know if the senior officer had spotted any children around the police station compound, but he said he was yet to spot the minors.
He advised the parents to file a report at the station. An OB report was filed at 15.58pm on June 11.
The investigators have also spoken to the Nairobi salesman who discovered the bodies in the boot of his vehicle when he went to collect his car which had been involved in an accident.
The salesman is said to have told the investigators that his vehicle had faulty locks and that anyone could have gained access.
This detail sharply contrasts information given to the investigators by a traffic officer assigned to move the vehicle on May 1. He claimed the vehicle was securely locked and there was no way anyone could have gained access. The investigators hope the postmortem will yield more clues.
The examination is schedule for next Tuesday at the City mortuary.
The owner of the crime scene car said he had gone to the Athi River police station on Tuesday to pick his detained motor vehicle when he noticed a foul smell from the boot of his Toyota Belta.
The vehicle had been lying at the station for over three months after it was involved in an accident along Mombasa road on March 4.
It is after he opened the boot of his car that he noted the strange ‘cargo’ covered in a black paper bag.
Upon further inspection, he discovered the two lifeless bodies.
Yesterday, Government pathologists were called to the scene to help DCI with the investigations.
The deceased minors Alvina and Jacktone both aged four-years-went missing on June 11 while playing outside their house at KMC Estate in Athi River.

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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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