SAD: 2 pupils drown in Taita Taveta

Two boys aged 5 and 8 years drowned in different incidents in Mwatate and Taveta sub counties Taita Taveta County.

In the first incident at Landi village, a standard two pupil at Maili Kumi Primary School was swept away by floods following heavy downpour in the area.

According to Fredrick Ochieng, county police commander said the body of Francis Kiseu was found lying dead in a ditch at Chakaleri area
having been deposited there by running water.

“He was going home from school after a heavy downpour when he was swept away by raging water as he tried to cross the road.” He said.

His body was moved to Moi county referral hospital for postmortem examination.

Elsewhere a standard one pupil at Lesesia Primary School in Taveta was killed by floods while herding goats.

The farther of the pupil Duncan Kilonzo told the police that his 8-year old son, Stephen Wambua drowned in an abandoned quarry while playing with other children.

“The boy was herding goats together with other children when they decided to swim in a nearby ditch which formerly used to be a quarry. As a result the son drowned.” Ochieng told The Star on phone.

Police moved his body to Taveta sub county hospital mortuary to await postmortem examination.


-Solomon Muingi

Serie A Fixtures Cancelled As Mark Of Respect After Fiorentina Captain Astori Died In His Sleep

Fiorentina captain Davide Astori has died in his sleep ahead of their Serie A fixture against Udinese on Sunday.

Astori, a 31-year-old Italy international central defender, had been with the club since 2016 having previously played for Milan, Cagliari and Roma.

He had 14 international caps with Italy and was a member of the squad that played in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

All of Sunday’s Serie A fixtures have been postponed as a mark of respect.

One report from Italy said his team-mates broke down his door when Astori failed to come down for breakfast or answer his phone.

‘The lad did not turn up to the team breakfast at 9.30am and he was usually the first to arrive,’ said Fiorentina spokesman Arturo Mastronardi.

‘So they went to check on him. Davide was sleeping in a room on his own. We still don’t know the cause of death. The Magistrate came here and the body has been taken for an autopsy, which I think will be conducted today. We have no further details.

‘The last to see Davide was Marco Sportiello. Some players sleep in single rooms, some in doubles.

‘His family is from Bergamo, so his parents were alerted by telephone, whereas his partner was visited in person in Florence by some of the directors who were in the city.

Astori leaves a wife Francesca and two-year-old daughter.


Police Investigating Death Of A Woman Whose Body Was Found In A Hotel Room

Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a hotel room in Pangani area, Nairobi.

The woman had complained of abdominal pain to the hotel management before she was offered water and medicine and later went to sleep.

Her body was later found in the room and it is not clear what caused the death. Police say they are investigating the incident.

The incident comes a day after another man was found dead in an apartment in Kilimani area. The relatives of the man are yet to come forward to report his status.

-Cyrus Ombati

45-year-old Man Lynched After Killing His Girlfriend Inside A Matatu

A 45-year-old man was lynched by a mob after he had killed his girlfriend inside a matatu in Buruburu area, Nairobi.

The man had quarreled with the woman in the matatu before he stabbed her to death. As he tried to escape from the matatu, a mob chased and stoned him to death.

The bodies were later moved to the mortuary. it is not clear what prompted the quarrel.

-Cyrus Ombati

MURANG’A: Man Murders Wife, Her Lover After Busting Them In Bed

A Murang’a man allegedly murdered his wife and her lover after finding them in their matrimonial bed.

The watchman at Kanderendu shopping centre, reportedly caught the two after returning to his home on Sunday

Residents of Kanderendu village in Kigumo sub-county said he turned furious after his wife failed to give an explanation.

It is said he clobbered her and the man with a wooden bar and stabbed them with a dagger. His 12-year-old son, who witnessed the crime, fled through a window.

The boy sought help from neighbours who rushed to the home but it was too late. The bodies were found under the bed.

Kigumo OCPD Ibrahim said the suspect fled but that a search was launched and that he would be arrested.

“The woman worked at a tea farm and lived in her employer’s servant’s quarters with her family,” he said.

“The two were from Turkana county. The identity of the dead man is yet to be established.”

The police boss said a blunt object was used in the crime.

Mchumwa said they believed the suspect was in the vicinity as villagers reported seeing him at about 7am on Monday.

Nominated MCA Jane Muigai, a neighbor, said screams woke her.

Noting many murders result from infidelity, she advised faithfulness and amicable solutions to marital disputes.

“It is better to separate than commit murder,” she said and asked well-wishers to help the boy as he does not have relatives in the area and needs counselling.

This comes only a week after a 19-year-old woman killed herself and her 30-year-old husband by setting their Maragua house on fire at night.


Police Hunting For A Man Who Hit And Killed His Colleague With A Spade In Kayole

Police are looking a man who hit and killed his colleague with a spade in a fight at a sand collection centre in Kayole, Nairobi. Two men had disagreed over their share before a fight broke out that led to one being hit and killed.

The killer escaped from the scene and efforts to trace him are ongoing.

Meanwhile, police are looking for a gang that shot and injured a pedestrian in a robbery along Landhies Road, Nairobi. The gang was escaping from a scene of robbery when they shot randomly to scare other pedestrians.

It was then that a man was shot in the hand and injured.

No arrest has been made.

-Cyrus Ombati

Thika Road Matatu Crew Accused Of Beating Motorist To Death Charged With Murder

A matatu crew who beat a motorist to death in Githurai Zimmerman in December have been charged with murder.

George Irungu Maina and Ian Mbugua faced a charge of murdering Joseph Ngethe Kiarie on December 24th, 2017.

The two have appeared before high court judge Jessie Lesiit, however they were not required to plead to the murder charges because they did not have a lawyer.

The judge has directed they be brought back to court on January 24, when they will be assigned a state lawyer to defend them in the trial.

60-year-old Night Guard Killed, Car Battery Stolen In Kerugoya

A 60 year old night guard was on Wednesday night killed by thugs in Kerugoya town.

Kirinyaga Central OCPD Yawa Chome while confirming the incident said David Githiomo was killed by robbers at a garage he was guarding and they made away with a lorry battery and bumper.

The OCPD said police have launched investigations to establish the motive of the murder. He said the body has been moved to Kerugoya level 4 hospital mortuary.

A witness who spoke to the Star but did not want to be named said he saw a pick up vehicle drive into the garage around 11.00 PM before he heard a wail allegedly from the night guard.

According to the witness who spoke at the scene,three people alighted from the pick up, and wore masks to hide identity.

Chome said Githiomi was hit on the head by a blunt object and police received information at around 5.30 AM on Thursday.

The murder of the night guard took place just a few meters away from the homestead where a sixteen year old form three Meru student was murdered in her parents house in November last year.

Area residents are now calling on police to intensify patrols in the area and beef up security to avert crime which is on the increase.

-Geoffrey Kibisu

Homa Bay: Couple Hang Themselves On New Year’s Eve

A couple has hanged themselves in Homa Bay under unclear circumstances on Saturday morning leaving the entire village in shock.

John Okwaro, 23 and Alice Akoth, 46 who were living as a man and wife were found dangling on a tree in their home compound in Kojwang’ village, Rachuonyo North sub-county.

“They have been staying together peacefully but we don’t know why they decided to die together on top of a mango tree which is near their house,” a villager said.

Homa Bay County Police Commander Marius Tum said his officers were informed by villagers who found the duo.

“We received a phone call from a villager who told us that a man and his wife had died. They had hanged themselves on mango tree beside their house,” Tum said.

The police boss said they could not immediately establish why the couple decided to commit suicide.

“It is very sad that two people can agree to die together, a death that can be avoided. We are still investigating why they resorted to killing themselves,” Tum said.

He said security officials in Homa Bay County record at least a case of suicide every week.

Tum said the trend is very worrying as it will leave many orphans in poverty.

“A number of people who kill themselves have children. It is unfortunate that many orphans have been left with their relatives, which has promoted to increased rates of poverty,” he added.


SAD: Five –year-old Child Perish In A Fire Incident Near Nyeri Town

A five-year-old girl perished in fire incident near Nyeri town while two others are admitted at Nyeri Referral Hospital on Boxing Day.

The child could not be saved after a fierce fire erupted at the mother’s rental house  where she was sleeping at Jumea area near Nyeri town along Chania River.

Nyeri Central Deputy Commissioner John Marete said nine semi -permanent rental houses were reduced to ashes during the 11.40P.M incident Tuesday night.

“We wish to thank a 17-year-old boy who saved his three-year-old sister from the fire during the incident,” he said.

The nine families have now been left homeless and spent the night in the cold.

He said the two people who are admitted in hospital are in stable condition.

Efforts by the fire fighters and the neigbours to put off the fire were fruitless.

The cause of the fire was not immediately established.

Marete called upon well wishers to help the families in this festive season.