Slain ‘crocodile man’ David Owino was beaten to death – Postmortem

Slain Lake Baringo ‘crocodile man’ David Owino succumbed to trauma caused by harsh beating using blunt object, postmortem report has shown.

Owino, 36, was last arrested and taken to Kampi ya Samaki Administration Police (AP) camp in Baringo North Sub-county to be ‘disciplined’ for allegedly being drunk and disorderly on December 5.

“The AP officers on duty kicked him several times with hard-pointed boots until he was senseless and could not walk, he died on the spot” sources said.

However, postmortem done in Baringo County Referral Hospital Mortuary on December 18 reads; “the death was as a result of multiple soft tissue injuries due to blunt force trauma due to consistent flogging”.

The report also noted some characteristic of smell of alcohol inside the stomach of the deceased.

Pathologist in charge however recommended that the investigating officers should correlate with the above circumstances.

Police authorities have since warned the family not to leak out the postmortem results to the media or politicians to avoid causing ‘unnecessary’ tension.

However, David Kuria, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Nakuru Human Rights Network (NAHURINET) condemned the cold blood killing.

“We are calling upon IPOA, Directorate of Public Investigation to carry out proper investigation and those involved should face the law” Kuria said

Among the individuals accused for the premature death are Akoroyan Assistant Chief Moses Chebii and Kampi ya Samaki resident Joseph Onyango who aided his arrest, “for smoking near a shade of a business woman’.

The AP officer who was then on duty Bosco Omboko was reportedly transferred immediately after the killing to Kiserian in the neighboring Baringo South Sub-county.

County AP Commander Robinson Ndiwa firmly denied having knowledge of the officer’s transfer, saying if it is true then it must have been ordered by his colleague in Baringo North.

He said Owino, the ‘crocodile man’ was drunk by the time he was brought to the camp “to sober up, but in the process he succumbed” the AP boss said.

The deceased Owino worked as a makeshift local tour-guide at Lake Baringo Community Boats and Excursion (LBCBE).

Apart from feeding orphaned crocodiles, the late Owino also mastered unique art of handling dangerous scorpions without being bitten, a talent that lures local and international tourists to earn him a living.

His colleague Louise Juma said his untimely death coincided with the December Holiday when many locally and international are expected to tour Lake Baringo.

Juma termed Owino as a humble, friendly and hardworking man who never picked quarrel or fights with anybody.


Hardened criminal?

On December 7, Baringo Warden Jackson Komen termed the late Owino as a hardened criminal who was being sought by police for ‘handling and feeding while animals illegally’.

“Media should therefore stop glorifying this man. In fact he is a culprit whom we have been hunting for many years to charge him for dealing with wild animals illegally” Komen said.

The warden further said they had not been consulted anytime the media toured the lake to interview this ‘wanted man.’

“In fact every time we hear media is around interviewing this man we try to get there but he always runs into hiding” Komen said.

Owino had his last engagement with the World BBC broadcast in Lake Baringo on November 26.

Now the widow Alice Ekai who lives in a dilapidated rental house at Kampi ya Samaki town with her four kids appeals for humanitarian help saying she has lost the family’s sole breadwinner.

-Joseph Kangogo

Drama as orphan crocodile stray into Baringo AP camp to ‘mourn’ Owino

Drama as a hungry orphan crocodile shows up near Baringo police station where man who used to feed was allegedly beaten to dead on Wednesday.

The bizarre incident occurred at Kambi ya Samaki Administration Police (AP) in Lake Baringo section in Baringo North Sub-county.

“The Deceased David Owino, 40, used to feed this crocodile known as ‘Kungu’ every morning and evening. Today it must be hungry and has felt something has gone wrong after his long time servant passed on” resident Jamlick Morogit said.

However media took the photographs of the angry, lonely white crocodile, stuck at the fence near the AP post where residents turned up in masses to protest the mysterious lose of their member.

Owino lost his life after he was arrested on Wednesday and taken to the AP camp for disciplining for allegedly being drunk and disorderly.

“The officers on duty kicked him several times with hard-pointed boots until he was senseless and could not walk, he died on the spot” sources said.

Morogit said since the crocodile lost its mother at tender age in 2014, the late Owino saved it from the wrath of beach children who attempted to lynch the harmless reptile at the shores of Lake Baringo.

scorpion man

“Since then, they became friends and he used to communicate, feed and care for the marine beast, which have mastered his voice, so today we are shocked to see it appear rarely at the AP camp” Morogit said.

Another resident Dennis Kiptoo said they really lost a very resourceful person, adding that they will miss his unique talent and entertainment.

However, Lake Baringo Senior Curator Willy Limo with the help of the county Warden Jackson Komen managed to recapture and return the stray crocodile back to the lake.

“We appeal to the authorities concern with wildlife to visit the lake and transport all the tamed crocodiles to the orphanage because their security as they might be killed by their hostile mates, now that their human servant is no more” Limo said.

The deceased Owino worked as a makeshift local tour-guide at Lake Baringo Community Boats and Excursion (LBCBE).

“Apart from feeding crocodiles the deceased was also friendly with dangerous scorpions as he could handle them without being bitten. He used his rear talent earn a living by entertaining guests at the shores of Lake Baringo” his colleague Loise Juma said.

The widow Alice Ekai said, “We last shared midday meal together before he left the house around 3pm, whatever transpired until his death is history” adding she has his four kids.

However, Saimo Soi Area County Commissioner Mohamed Sheh said the deceased was drunk and disorderly before his arrest.

“For now I cannot confirm if he really died in the hands of the officers because even the illicit alcohol that he took also kills and not unless investigations are complete so we can ascertain the exact cause of his death” Sheh said.

-Joseph Kangogo

David ‘Calabar’ Owino amejumuishwa katika kikosi, asema Bobby Williamson


Kocha wa Harambee Stars Bobby Williamson amesema David Owino anayecheza soka yake huko Zambia amejumuishwa katika kikosi cha stars kinachojitayarisha kuchuana na Cape Verde mwezi ujao.

Owino kwa jina la utani ‘Calabar’ hakuwa katika kikosi cha awali cha Harambe Stars. Kwingineko mchezaji wa Gor Mahia Inncoent wafula ametemwa kutoka kikosi cha Harambe Stars kitakachochuana na cape verde na katika mechi za kombe la Cecafa.

Olunga Starts Against Zambia

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Harambee Stars coach Bobby Williamson has named his starting XI for the AFCON 2017 qualifier match against Zambia which will kick off at 1600h at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Kenya needs needs to win the match so as to better it chances of qualifying after drawing 1-1 away to Congo Brazzaville in June. Congo Brazzaville currently leads the Group with 4 points after winning 4-2 away to Guinea-Bissau on Saturday.

Williamson has named 8 foreign-based players in starting line up with Dennis Oliech partnering Gor Mahia strirker Michael Olunga in attack.

David “Cheche” Ochieng’, who was expected to start in defence will be on the bench as Williamson has preferred a back four of David “Calabar” Owino, Lawrence Olum, Dennis Odhiambo and Brian Mandela.

In midfield, the Scotsman has also picked Gor Mahia’s Collins “Gattuso” Okoth ahead of Johanna Omollo. Also in midfield is want-away Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama and he and Okoth will be flanked by Ayub Timbe and Paul Were who got Kenya’s goal in the away match against Congo.

Kenya will be meeting Zambia for the 35th time and will be looking to get their first win against the Chipolopolo for the first time since a 2-1 success in 2001.

Zambia, who have defeated Kenya 22 times and lost only 6 times, won the last fixture between the two sides 2-0 in November 2009.

The full Harambee Stars line up is as follows.

STARTING XI: 1. Arnold Origi (GK) – 15. David “Calabar” Owino, 17. Lawrence Olum, 5. Brian Mandela, 3. Dennis Odhiambo – 12. Victor Wanyama (C), 13. Collins “Gattuso” Okoth, 7. Ayub Timbe, 16. Paul Were – 10 .Dennis Oliech, 14. Michael Olunga

SUBSTITUTES: Boniface Oluoch, 4. David “Cheche” Ochieng, 8. Bernard Mang’oli, 6. Johanna Omolo, 9. Noah Wafula, 2. Jesse Were, 11.Allan Wanga

Gor set to unveil new recruits

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Gor Mahia will unveil their newly signed players on Thursday 8th January 2015 at the club offices situated at Nyayo National Stadium starting 11:30 am, the club’s website reveals.

The defending Premier League champions are expected to reveal their replacements following the exit of 3 key players in defender David Owino, midfielder Geoffrey Kizito and talisman Danni Sserenkuma.

According to Assistant Secretary General Ronald Ngala, the club has blended both youthful and experienced players in a bid to strengthen the side ahead of the upcoming sesson and also set base for continuity in the coming season.

“The club will be unveiling the new signings tomorrow (Thursday) and i am confident the players will be a big boost to the team in terms of experience and youthful talent ahead next season and in future.” Ngala said.

Key amongst the players expected to be unveiled are goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch (formerly Tusker FC), Liberian defender Dirkir Glay (formerly Thika United), Ugandan midfielder Aucho Khalid (formerly Tusker FC), midfielder Jerry Santos, Burundian attacking midfielder Pierre Kwizera, Ugandan striker Farouk Ssentongo and Ghanian striker Tawfiq Zakari.


JERRY: ‘Calabar’ will miss Gor Mahia same way he will be missed

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Gor Mahia captain and Kenya international goalkeeper Fredrick Onyango believes the team will miss the services of defender David Owino, much in the same way the now ZESCO United player will miss the team.

Owino signed a 2 year deal with the ZSL champions bringing to an end his 3 year stay at Gor Mahia having arrived from Karuturi Sports in January 2012.

Owino settled in fast and quick at Gor Mahia, perfectly filling the void left in the back-line by Erick Masika’s departure and was soon to become a household name amongst the club followers. His stellar performances for club further saw him break ranks in the national team Harambee Stars.

Onyango looks back at the life and times of his former deputy skipper and team mate at club and surely believes both parties – club and David – will miss each other.

“From the time Owino joined Gor Mahia his star was only always going to shine brighter every day. I remember the task that lay ahead of him when he came was big – replacing a very hardworking player and fans’ favourite, but he dovetailed so well in the position and rose to the top,” Onyango said in tribute to Owino.

“He combined hard work and discipline so well and he was always a leader on the pitch. His presence in the team was always appreciated and for sure he will be missed. He showed great commitment and energy in pushing the team to victory and although at times results never went our way, he never gave up on fighting.

“A footballer’s dream is to always be at the top and amongst the best, but having a supporting army of fans makes the feeling even better. Owino was a darling to the club followers and this bond will surely make him miss Gor Mahia.

“But his time and chance has come to make another leap in his football career and hopefully his ways will keep opening. Owino is a champion and I wish him well in his new club ZESCO United who are champions too. Keep working hard and take the new challenges positively.”

Zesco United Confirm Calabar Signing

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Zambian club, Zesco United, has confirmed the signed of Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars defender David “Calabar” Owino.

In a statement on the club’s official Facebook and Twitter pages, the Zambian champions listed the 26-year old as one of the players the club has signed in preparation for the next season.

Calabar has also been included in the club’s provisional squad for the 2015 CAF Champions League where they will be expected to take on Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland in the preliminary round.

The statement that announced Calabar’s capture can be read below:

Zesco United Football Club is happy to announce that a number of players have been acquired in order to reinforce the team that won the 2014 FAZ/MTN league and Barclay’s Cup as the team is set to participate in the 2015 CAF Champions League.

Two local players namely Misheck Chaila from Kabwe Warriors and Humphrey Maseneko from Konkola Blades have joined the club on permanent transfers.

The club has also acquired Nigerian Ayo Ouluwafemi, 26, a left-back  who was a free agent and formerly of University of Pretoria, David Odhiambo, a 26-year old central defender from Gor Mahia Kenya, Jonas Sakuwaha, 28-year old striker from TP Mazembe, Democratic Republic of Congo and 22-year old striker Christopher Chigozie from Bayelsa United, Nigeria.

Further the club wishes to announce that Innocent Mwaba has been recalled from a two-year loan at Ferroviarro De Maputo in Mozambique, Kondwani Mtonga has returned from a six-month loan at North East Club in India.

The club has since opened talks with Mamelodi Sundowns to extend Togolese Mathias Emmanuel’s loan deal.
Gift Sakuwaha and Kangwa Chileshe have requested to be given chance to look for clubs that will enable them gain playing time whereas Zimiseleni Moyo has decided not to renew his contract and has since gone back to Zimbabwe after spending five years at the club.

KPL FOYA Awards winners-Full list

November 19th marked yet another memorable night for Kenyan football.  The annual Kenyan Premier League, Footballer of the year awards gala was held last night at a Nairobi hotel.

The 2014 KPL  FOYA awards ceremony saw over twelve categories  awarded in various disciplines after another  great season which includes; the best  team, players and managers. Below are the winners in the various categories.


Player of the year
1.    Anthony Ndolo-Sofapaka (Winner)
2.     Geoffrey Kizito-Gor Mahia
3.      Stephen Waruru-Ulinzi Stars
Coach of the year
1.       Mike Mururi- Chemelil (Winner)
2.       Sam Timbe-Sofapaka
3.       Robert  Matano
Chairman’s award
1.       Ronald Ngala Gor Mahia
Golden boot
1.  Danny Sserunkuma – Gor Mahia (Winner)
2.  Enock Agwanda – Sofapaka,
2.  Stephen Waruru – Ulinzi Stars,
3.  Micheal Olunga – Thika United
3.  Jesse Were- Tusker
Best Midfielder
1.  Anthony Ndolo-Sofapaka (Winner)
2. Geoffrey Kizito-Gor Mahia
3. Brian Osumba-Tusker
Best goalkeeper of the year
1. Jairus Adira Chemelil (Winner)
2. Robert Mboya
3. Jerim Onyango
Best Defender
1. David Owino Gor Mahia (Winner)
2. Charles Odette
3. Felly Mulumba Sofapaka
Fair play player of the year
1. Hamisi Mwinyi-Chemelil Sugar (Winner)
2. John Njoroge-Sofapaka
3 .Barack Odhiambo -Ushuru
Team manager of the year
1. William Mluhya- Mathare United(Winner)
2. Amenipa Bigisho -Sofapaka
3 George Maina-Tusker FC

Fair play team of the year award

Muhoroni Youth FC

Chairman’s award
Ronald Ngala-Gor Mahia

FOYA Awards: Jerry,Calabar and Baraza reflect on 2013/14 season


Finally the D-day is here. The day Kenyan Premier League’s best players will be awarded in the annual FKF Footballer Of The Year awards ceremony, after another long, successful football campaign.

Jambo managed to speak to some of the players who will be battling it out in tonight’s award gala as well as one of the coaches who was nominated in the ‘Coach Of The Year’ category.

Defender of the year category:

David Owino or better known as ‘Calabar’ is one of the nominees in the ‘Defender Of The Year’ category. Having won the title in the previous edition, the Gor Mahia centre back is hopeful that he will retain the award, amidst fierce competition.

“I believe I played satisfactorily.” Said Owino on his last season’s performances. “I did my best, gave my all to the squad which in return resulted to the title, which am so humbled about.”  he added.

“What most people don’t know is that I struggled much in the first leg with a recurrent injury but generally am very positive I did what the coach, the fans and my team mates expected of me. ” Owino however, opened up on the striker who gave him tough outings whenever the two came across each other in the field of play.

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“Well to be honest Noah Wafula is the guy.” Said the two time league holder. “Wafula’s pace cost me all sorts of troubles, he is brilliant and knows how to use his gift against any defender.”

Another ‘Defender of the year ‘ contender, Sofapaka’s Felly Mulumba showed confidence ahead of the awards ceremony,  lauding his team’s character in the entire season.

“First of all am really glad and humbled to be nominated. Last year I came close to winning in the same category but considering my output and our team’s run and success in the just concluded season, am hopeful that the award won’t slip away this time round.” Said Felly Mulumba, whose heroics helped Sofapaka end a 4-year trophy drought last weekend by winning the GOtv shield.

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Mulumba conceded that both Thika United and Chemilil Sugar cost them the league title, saying that he has no regrets since they were all “God’s plan”. When asked of the defender he feels would give him a rough fight tonight, he said:

“David Calabar. Yes I believe he put up a spirited fight in Gor Mahia’s run to retaining the league title, but i leave everything to God.”

Goalkeeper of the year category:

Gor Mahia’s captain, Jerim Onyango, is on the run to reclaim the title he won last year, after a successful season with Gor Mahia, where he led them to a record 14th league title.

The soft spoken goalkeeper opened up on his secrets to success as well as nominating Tusker’s first choice custodian, Samuel Odhiambo as his closest challenger.

Jerim Onyango.

“It’s always a pleasure to be counted as one of the best keepers in Kenya. Last year I won the gong last year and I believe I have a fair chance of reclaiming it again this year.” He said. “I think keeping myself fit and conceding the least number of goals as well as making sure your team takes the first three slots by the end of the season, guarantees you a slot in the nominations.”

“As the captain, I am very proud of my team mates, even after all we had to go through they kept the faith and we finally won the league again. I laud the keeper’s selection, it’s a strong lineup but let’s see what happens during the ceremony, am hoping for the best.”

Coach of the year category:

The coach of the year category, is largely considered as one of the most coveted categories. Muhoroni Youth’s Francis Baraza is one of the coaches who are tipped to win the award, but has to fight the likes of: Sofapaka’s Sam Timbe , Chemelil Sugar’s Mike Muiruri Robert Matano of Ulinzi Stars and Tusker FC’s Francis Kimanzi.

Baraza is not scared of the presence his challengers pointing out, his team’s youth set up as one of the key factors which puts him ahead of the other coaches.

Muhoroni youth coach, Francis Baraza.

“This nomination didn’t come as a shock to me.” Said the joyful Baraza. “My team gave the big cats a run for their money  all season, despite their tender age.” “Muhoroni picks rookie players and moulds them to stars who fight against the established teams in the league.” Baraza noted.

“I am happy to help Muhoroni secure a berth in the hotly contested top 8 spots in the league. ”