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Twist of events: Queries on death of city bank employee in car fire



Terrence Korir often waved at neighbours or rolled down the windows of his car on his way back home from work.

But on the morning of April 29, no such niceties were traded.

Neighbours woke up to find him strapped on the driver’s seat.

The car had been reduced to a shell and himself to charred remains. No one had heard him scream.

Those who knew him tried to piece together what might have happened.

Was it murder or suicide? Either way, a post-mortem examination conducted by the Government Pathologist Johansen Odour on May 5 revealed that Korir was alive when the fire started.

“He inhaled a lot of soot, an indication that he took a lot of time in the car before he died,” Oduor told journalists at the Chiromo mortuary.

He said the deceased’s intestines were empty, an indication he had not eaten for some time.

The post-mortem had revealed the painful death of the Credit Section staff at the Bank of Africa, Westlands branch.

After his death, social media was full of speculation that the 35-year-old Korir was the latest victim of domestic violence, brought about by the stress of coronavirus pandemic-related closures and movement restrictions.

Investigators from Buru Buru DCI backed up by homicide detectives from the DCI headquarters swung into action to unravel the mystery.

His wife, Ruth Wanjiru Mungai, 29, also a banker, was the first to record a statement with the police.

She had been condemned on social media but her mother-in-law, Betsy Maritim, had kind words for her.

“I have never had any issue with her. We are constantly in touch,” Korir’s mother said.

The family has asked DCI boss George Kinoti to conduct a thorough probe into Korir’s death.

Initial reports were that Korir could have been killed elsewhere and his body brought into his car which was then set on fire.

If indeed he were alive when the vehicle was set on fire, then why didn’t he try to run away from the inferno?

Could it be that he had been drugged, put in the vehicle which was then set on fire?

These are some of the questions his family and friends keep asking, and they want answers.

Investigators have since forwarded ash samples to the Government Chemist to establish whether the fire was caused by petrol or paraffin.

They have also forwarded parts of his intestinal walls for toxicological examination.

Already, the DCI team is a step away from confirming that Korir committed suicide.

This is based on the last moments of Korir as revealed by his family and neighbours.

On April 28, Korir had arrived home about 30 minutes before the 7pm curfew time.

Korir had spent the entire day at his brother’s in Ngong, according to his parents.

Unlike other days, the man did not park his vehicle on his designated parking bay but an open space close to the wall.

Visit counsellor

The couple had agreed that the following morning, Korir would visit a counsellor in the city.

The wife was first to wake up and after taking a shower, proceeded to the bedroom for her make-up.

Korir was just about to take a shower when there was a power outage.

He, therefore, decided to wait until power was restored to heat the water. It took about 15 minutes for power to return.

Wanjiru realised that the husband was not in the shower and had actually gone out.

It’s then that she heard shouts from neighbours that a vehicle was on fire.

And when Wanjiru went out, she was shocked to see the lifeless body of her husband being pulled out of the vehicle.

Fire experts from the Nairobi County Government who were incorporated into the investigations have revealed that the fire started from the driver’s seat.

And based on the way the vehicle was parked, there is no possibility that a third party was around.

The fire experts, according to police sources, think that it was suicide.

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



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 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



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



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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