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Woman charged with stealing pistol from DP Ruto’s bodyguard

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A woman was yesterday charged with stealing a weapon from a security officer attached to the deputy president’s official residence in Mombasa.

Elsie Kazungu alias Gladys Wanjala allegedly stole the weapon from where it was kept, under the police constable’s pillow, and later sold it to Joshua Oliech in Kisauni.

Yesterday, the two were charged with two counts of theft.

Charge sheet

The charge sheet states that on December 19, 2019, Kazungu “secretly stole a mobile phone valued at Sh1,200, a Ceska pistol serial number E1546 loaded with 15 bullets from the deputy president’s residence.”

The gun has not been recovered but Kazungu and Oliech were charged before Chief Magistrate Edna Nyalotti.

They were freed on a Sh200,000 bond each.

In the wee hours of December 19, 2019, the officer reportedly picked the woman from Mombasa’s Moi Avenue. He took her to his house in the heavily-guarded compound where he would later lose his Ceska pistol to the woman.

The DP’s residence is about 30 metres from State House, Mombasa, and less than 50 metres from the Coast regional police headquarters. It is extremely rare and difficult for strangers and civilians to access the residence even during the day.

The officer who lost the weapon was attached to Special Crime Prevention Unit based at Central Police Station.

The matter became one of Mombasa’s best kept secrets as the police launched a manhunt for the woman.

In the wake of the security breach, 10 officers at the DP’s residence were transferred and replaced by General Service Unit officers.

Yesterday, Mafans established that the officer from whom the pistol was stolen has not been charged.

The charge sheet does not include his name and police have not indicated whether he is still on duty or under investigation.

“We cannot tell you where he is because we are still conducting an investigation,” said Mombasa DCIO Anthony Murithi.

Separate case

Reports indicate Kazungu vanished from Mombasa after the theft, but was arrested on a separate matter, charged and remanded at Shimo la Tewa Prison while the search for her on the weapon’s theft progressed.

According to the police and court records, detectives stumbled upon her at the prison from where she was rearrested last weekend and charged with theft of the pistol, 15 bullets and a cellphone from the officer.

Following her discovery at the prison, she led police to Oliech who allegedly bought the gun for Sh3,000.

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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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