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Gang attacks Sharon Otieno’s uncle

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By RUTH MBULA
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An incident where an uncle of slain Rongo University student Sharon Otieno was attacked by unknown people has left the entire family in fear.

Last week, more than five people attacked a younger brother of Ms Otieno’s father, Mr Douglas Otieno, as he walked to his Nairobi house from work.

Fortunately, he fought off the attackers who tried to force him into a waiting car. They seemed keen on hiding their identities and fled the scene when he raised alarm.

The young man, a welder in one of the city estates, escaped unhurt. But he lost his phone and wallet which had his personal belongings.

He reported the case at Mawe Mbili Police Station on Kangundo Road, OB number 03/20/09/018.

The thugs told him to be careful; that he will know this is Kenya; and that they are more Kenyan than him. Utajua hii ni Kenya na sisi ni Wakenya zaidi yako … they said in Kiswahili,” Ms Otieno’s father said.

Speaking at his Magare home in Homa Bay County, Mr Otieno said the attackers seemed to have trailed his brother for long with the thought that he might be the force behind the family’s push for justice for their murdered kin.

“My brother called me on Wednesday morning to inform me of the incident. This is after he borrowed a phone from a friend since his had been stolen,” Mr Otieno said.

He said the attackers ambushed his brother as he was about to enter his house. They had parked their vehicle by the roadside.

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Three men first came out, armed with pangas and axes, and confronted Ms Otieno’s uncle. More men joined them and tried to force him into a vehicle but he resisted.

“This incident has scared us, adding us more agony. How could my daughter’s killers be so inhuman to the extent of following us up and threatening to kill us? We plead with the police to get to the bottom of this incident.”

The family had earlier raised concerns on their safety after it emerged that some people were trying to push them to soften their stance on their daughter’s death.

“We live in fear,” Mr Otieno said.

He went on: “We urge the police to help us during this trying moment.”

Two weeks ago, while flanked by his wife Melida Auma, Mr Otieno said there were deliberate attempts to silence them.

Also, people who came into contact with Nation journalist Barack Oduor, and the university student before she was killed, have been receiving threats from unknown people.

Mr Oduor was abducted alongside Ms Otieno but managed to escape after jumping out of the moving car.

On Sunday, the family declined to comment on the arrest of Migori Governor Okoth Obado, one of the suspects in the murder.



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Better living conditions for incarcerated children and women

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A day care center officially unveiled by Winnie Guchu, the CAS Ministry of interior and coordination. [Muriithi Mugo, Standard]

The prisons’ service, in partnership with Faraja Foundation, has rolled out a rehabilitation programme for inmates.
The programme targets enhancing structures at the correctional facilities and making them friendlier to prison staff and inmates.
Jane Kuria, the CEO of Faraja Foundation, says the non-governmental organisation aims for successful reintegration of inmates to the community upon release from prison.
“Faraja Foundation wants to be remembered for supporting former convicts to reintegrate back to the community,” Kuria noted.
She added that many ex-convicts had to start lives afresh after jail terms, hence the need to help them fill the gap in reintegrating with society.
Donating beds and other items was a way of helping inmates survive and get rehabilitated in preparation for their return to society, she added.
The foundation aims to distribute 2,160 beds to the 43 women prisons that hold about 2,615 inmates and 210 children accompanying them.

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Daris Kangi the Officer in charge Embu women’s prison (L) chats with Winnie Guchu, the CAS Ministry of interior and coordination at the newly unveiled daycare at the Prison. Through a partnership with Faraja Foundation, the Prisons service will also distribute 2160 beds to all Women Prisons across the country. May 13, 2021. [Muriithi Mugo,Standard]

Speaking during the unveiling of day-care built by Faraja at Embu Women’s prison, Kuria said children jailed with their mothers did not deserve to undergo hardship.

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David Bett, chair of Faraja Foundation, challenged stakeholders to consider a review of the open-door policy that will also see prison staff benefit more.
Winnie Guchu, the Ministry of Interior and Coordination CAS, said the government had targeted to have day-care centres in all women’s prisons.
“Women convicted with children lacked caretakers of their children at home and this forced them to carry the babies along for the duration of their sentences,” said Ms Guchu.
She said the children were innocent and that they had the right to a conducive environment for growth through the day-care centres.
“These children should have places for entertainment, playing as well as good sleeping areas,” said Guchu.
She unveiled the day-care center and received 160 of 2,160 beds from the Faraja Foundation, destined for distribution in all the 43 women’s prisons countrywide.
Also present was Commissioner of Prisons Wycliffe Ogallo. 

 

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What you need to know about the Juja by-election

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The late Juja MP Francis Waititu aka Wakapee.

The Juja parliamentary seat became vacant after MP Francis Waititu succumbed to brain cancer on February 22, 2021 at MP Shah Hospital.
Waititu was elected on a Jubilee ticket during the 2017 General Election. He garnered 66,190 votes.
According to IEBC, Juja constituency has 114,761 registered voters.
The 2017 General Election had an 80 per cent voter turn-out which saw 91,801 Kenyans casting their votes in the region.  
The by-election
On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, voters in the Juja constituency will head to the polls to elect their next member of parliament.
A total of eleven candidates will square it out in the mini poll.

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Jubilee Party By-election Juja MP Nominee Susan Njeri Waititu during certificate issuance at the Party’s Headquarters in Nairobi on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

Main contenders

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1. Waititu Susan Njeri – Jubilee Party
2. Ndung’u George Koimburi – Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP)
Others:
3. Mwangi Kariuki Chege – Independent
4. Kagera Eunice Wanjiru – The New Democrats (TND)
5. Kariuki Joseph Gichui –  Independent
6. Kariuki Rashid Iregi –  Independent
7. Marungo James Kariuki – Independent
8. Mburu John Njoroge – People’s Party of Kenya (PPK)
9. Ndung’u Antony Kirori – Maendeleo Chap Chap Party (MCCP)
10. Ndung’u Kennedy Gachuma – National Liberal Party (NLP)
11. Zulu Julius Thiong’o – Independent

 

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19-year-old boy charged with defiling girl three years younger

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A 19-year-old teenager is in trouble with authorities for allegedly defiling a 16-year-old girl.
Tyson Ongaki has been charged before a Kisumu Chief Magistrate’s court and accused of intentionally defiling the minor on various dates. The crime was allegedly committed in Bomet.
The teenager who appeared before Chief Magistrate Peter Gesora however denied the offence and has been released on a Sh100,000 bond.
The court heard that after committing the offense on diverse dates between March 26, 2021 and May 14, 2021, the teenager moved to Kisumu.
He has also been charged with committing an indecent act with a minor.
An investigating officer handling the matter told the court that the suspect was arrested in Kisumu.
The magistrate directed that the matter be heard on June 15, 2021.

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