A family in Nandi county is living in fear after their son, who disappeared eight years ago, publicly supported al Shabaab on the dusitD2 complex attack.
Mzee Kiptenai Kosgei, 80, his wife Flora and children have had their lives turned upside down after Shadrack Kipkoech, 34, resurfaced on Facebook seemingly radicalised.
The humble family, which lives in Kapsoo village, Masombor location, Kaptumo, has been agonising over what to do after finding itself at the centre of a storm Kipkoech, their fourth son, triggered.
Al Shabaab, a Somalia-based Islamist group, attacked dusitD2 hotel complex in Nairobi on January 15, killing 21 and injuring 28.
The next day, with Kenyans praying for hostages to be rescued, Kipkoech instead cheered on the terrorists in a post that has since been pulled down by Facebook.
He questioned why Kenyan forces were killing Somalis and neutralising al Shabaab militants.
He, however, regretted the killing of the terrorists by police and warned of more attacks.
The post was widely shared across the county, much to the horror of his family.
Kipkoech, according to his Facebook posts, has converted from his Christian “Jehovah Witness” faith to Islam and changed his name. He is now known as “Ismael Kipkoech”, leaving his peers and relatives worried.
Any visitor trying to locate the homestead can only ask to be shown the “family of al Shaabab suspect”.
The family has been put under the surveillance of police and other security agents in Aldai subcounty.
ALL EYES ON FAMILY
The family’s fears are clear on their faces because of the number of vehicles and strange people visiting them.
Police, Anti-Terror Police Unit, Directorate of Criminal Investigations officers and even the local provincial administration have interrogated members of the family concerning their sibling.
The family of nine survives on plucking tea leaves in the surrounding tea farms in the village, while Mzee Kiptenai, due to his old age, remains at the homestead waiting for “visitors”.
“We are constantly living in fear since my brother made the post from an unknown location,” Kipkoech’s brother Keino says.
“When he called, he could claim he was in Juba. Now we cannot tell if he was in Sudan or Somalia.”
On the fateful day, someone called Keino alerting the family of a Facebook post by Kipkoech praising al Shabaab for the Dusit attack. Keino, wearing a tattered Jubilee Party campaign T-shirt, recalls his reaction.
“As you can see, my phone is a ‘mulika mwizi’. I could not immediately read [the Facebook post], but eventually I managed. I called his number, which starts with the code +211 [the country code of South Sudan], but he did not pick. So I left a message for him to call back,” Keino says.
“When he eventually called me at night, I rebuked him over the Facebook post and asked him never to call us again because he had betrayed our family and the nation.”
A sobbing mother, Flora Kosgei, had reservations about Kipkoech, saying he was a troublesome boy since childhood, and his disappearance and suspicions of having been radicalised are no surprise.
Flora remembers too well one day in mid-June 2013, when Kipkoech told his parents to their faces to allocate him his share of their grandfather’s land from the family’s acre of land.
His parents complied after suspecting he was not up to any good. He had sold all his chicken, a family cow he was rearing on their behalf and packed his belongings in a bag.
“He had earlier taken away his clothes and hidden them somewhere, and we felt if we refused, he was going to do an unpleasant thing to anyone,” his mother says.
Kipkoech disposed of his share of 0.2 of an acre to a businessman. The day he received the final payment, he left with the chief and village elder at 6pm. That was the last time the family saw him.
Hand on the cheek in deep thought, Flora says she has given up on her son, leaving his fate be decided by his creator after he converted to Islam and maybe joined al Shabaab.
“We are Christians of Jehovah Witness by denomination. I took him all through the lessons to understand properly the doctrine of our faith, but he has decided to support terrorists. I feel so sad,” Florah says.
He could spend several hours in cyber cafés, browsing, and this is where he might have been recruited, as he was looking for opportunities for himself for a better life
Kiptoo, one of his peers
According to the family, after many years of disappearance, they could be alerted by neighbours at least once in a blue moon of a new post.
However, his dusitD2 post took everyone by surprise and put the entire clan in isolation, as such has never been experienced in the past.
“From this, we get to know that he’s still alive, but we don’t know where he is. When we talked sometime last year, he claimed he was in Sudan, working for some SPLA [South Sudan army] general,” Keino says.
What could have driven him out of his home? According to his brother Keino, Shadrack failed to join form one after successfully sitting his KCPE exam at Mosombor Primary School in 2008.
Kipkoech was supposed to join Kaptumo Boys. But due to lack of school fees, he failed to do so. He decided to engage in casual jobs instead within the neighbourhood.
His peers say he was a very bright student and very ambitious in life, and this may have driven him to where he is.
“He could spend several hours in cyber cafés, browsing, and this is where he might have been recruited, as he was looking for opportunities for himself for a better life,” Kiptoo, one of his peers, said.
Keino is afraid the family could be targeted for producing an al Shabaab sympathiser.
“To speak the truth, we are scared as a family because if anything bad happens to someone from the village that could be blamed on al Shabaab, we are the soft target. We appeal for protection,” Keino says.
The family also wants the government to help trace the whereabouts of their son because they have co-operated and recorded several statements.
What puzzles them is claims that he is in South Sudan, even when there is a civil war pitting supporters of President Salva Kiir and those of former Vice President Riak Machar.
“He could be somewhere else and only using a South Sudan number,” Keino says.
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Singer speaks after attacking lover at WCB signee Zuchu’s star-studded concert
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On 18 July, there was fanfare at the Mlimani City Hall in Dar es Salaam as WCB signee Zuchu held a thanksgiving concert months after her debut EP, I Am Zuchu. The event dubbed ‘Ahsante Nashukuru’ mainly featured performances by artistes from the WCB stable and attracted the whos-who in the Tanzanian entertainment and political scenes.
However, singer Gigy Money who also performed made the headlines for the wrong reasons after getting into a scuffle with her lover during the much-publicised concert.
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Peaceful arrival, later chaos
Moments earlier, Gigy and her Nigerian man were seen arriving arm in arm at the event whose highlight featured Zuchu receiving a brand new car from WCB head honcho Diamond Platnumz. Donning matching outfits, the couple was spotted on the red carpet as the paparazzi scrambled to capture the moment. However, all hell breaks loose later and viral videos depict the visibly angered Nigerian arguing with a bouncer at the entrance. After a tense confrontation, Gigy’s man is seen being led by the screaming bouncer towards the exit. Shortly after, a similarly irritated Gigy emerges and follows the pair.
“Gigy! Wewe Gigy wewe!” a woman in the background is heard dissuading the singer from pursuing them but the singer pays no heed and heads for the pair.
“You want to beat me?” the boyfriend is heard asking an approaching Gigy as the bouncer acts as a barrier between them. The bouncer manages to steer the incensed man towards the exit as Gigy follows behind, hurling obscenities.
At some point, a barefoot Gigy turns into a sprint before throwing one of her shoes which hits the man who then responds with an insult. Another bouncer finally intervenes and the two are separated. Gigy then asks for her vehicle so she can head home before warning the press against sharing videos of the incident.
Though the cause of their tiff is still unknown Gigy later made reference to the shocking incident in a social media post, hinting that alcohol had a part to play in the fracas. In another post, Gigy shared a photo alongside her estranged lover writing: “My mad man looked handsome before his demons arose and mine arose too.”
‘Running over Ali Kiba’
Gigy is not new controversy and recently said she’d run over her ex, singer Ali Kiba for breaking her heart.
“I will knock all of them down, I mean I will kill them. In fact, I will flatten them like chapatis. The first person I will knock down and kill is Ali Kiba. Actually, I don’t need a weak car, I need a Fuso so that when I knock him down I will be sure he doesn’t survive,” Gigy told Ayo TV.
Dating Kiba brothers
Gigy had in the past admitted to dating both Ali Kiba and his younger brother, Abdu Kiba. She solely laid the blame on Chekecha singer for pursuing her despite knowing that she’d been with his younger brother. Abdu expressed being heartbroken after learning the two had a fling, prompting him to marry.
“I was very hurt on hearing that Ali was dating Gigy Money because I dated her first before she became famous. But it’s alleged that Ali didn’t know. It hurt me for a while till when I married,” said Abdu.
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Why Jahmby Kokai is happy her TV anchor dream never came true
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Popular media personality Jahmby Koikai narrated how her first attempt at auditioning as a TV host backfired and she was sent home on the first day of the audition. Reliving her prime days, Jahmby narrated how she was determined to follow her dream of becoming a news anchor after completing her degree.
“There was a reality show that was running on one major TV channel here in Kenya, searching for the next top news anchor. I’ve always had the knack for news. At the time, I was working at Metro FM. Walked to my boss and asked him if he was ok with me participating in this competition. He agreed to it.
“Auditions were at Film Studios. The queue stretched all the way to the showground. I was at the back kabisa. Imagine 300 people before you. Then we got the briefing paper and it indicated, ‘no persons with experience in a media house allowed to participate in this audition’. Mimi Jahmby Koikai, nirudi home after watu 300 kukuwa mbele yangu?” she posed.
According to the endometriosis survivor, she went ahead to audition for the position despite the warning and was the first contestant to be sent packing.
“So I stayed in line until I got to the audition room. The judges were a few people I was in campus with. I felt a wave of despair. Like I’m here auditioning, yet my classmates will be judging me? I did my thing and I was considered. We got into the house and we were assigned to different groups. I was the group leader and we won the challenge. Later that evening, we were driven back to Film Studios for a briefing. The presenter of the show said some of us have to go home.
“My name was called out first amongst other great people. We were dropped home. I cried. It felt like I’d lost such a great opportunity. My mom and late grandma were so sad cos they loved to watch me do the news,” she narrated.
Later, Jahmby auditioned for another TV opportunity only to miss out as well.
“Then came another opportunity over 10 years ago, I saw a TV ad and decided to apply for the news anchor position. I didn’t get the job.”
However, due to endometriosis, Jahmby was forced to put her dreams on hold and concentrate on getting better. According to her, it is as though God had better plans for her and is grateful to not have gotten the jobs.
“I battled severe endometriosis in silence for over 19 years. I think of how engaging the newsroom is and I’m grateful I wasn’t in that space. I’d have utilized all my sick-leaves and off-days and just declared redundant.”
There was a reality show that was running on one major TV channel here in Kenya, searching for the next top news anchor. I’ve always had the knack for news. At the time, I was working at Metro Fm. Walked to my boss and asked him if he was ok with me participating in this competition. He agreed to it. Auditions were at Film Studios. The queue stretched all the way to the showground. I was at the back kabisa. Imagine 300 people before you. Then we got the briefing paper and it indicated, ‘no persons with experience in a media house allowed to participate in this audition’. Mimi Jahmby Koikai, nirudi home after watu 300 kukuwa mbele yangu? Nikasema zi. So I stayed in line until I got to the audition room. The judges were a few people I was in campus with. I felt a wave of despair. Like I’m here auditioning, yet my classmates will be judging me? I did my thing and I was considered. We got into the house and we were assigned to different groups. I was the group leader and we won the challenge. Later that evening, we were driven back to Film Studios for a briefing. The presenter of the show said, some of us have to go home. My name was called out first amongst other great people. We were dropped home. I cried. It felt like I’d lost such a great opportunity. My mom and late grandma were so sad cos they loved to watch me do the news. Then came another opportunity over 10years ago, I saw a TV ad and decided to apply for the news anchor position. As you see in this pic, I got my hair done at Ralph’s Hair Salon, new suit etc. I didn’t get the job. After KBC, I never got to anchor the news again. I’m grateful I did not get the job even though I felt dejected at the time. I battled severe Endometriosis in silence for over 19years. I think of how engaging the newsroom is and I’m grateful I wasn’t in that space. I’d have utilised all my sick-leaves and off-days and just declared redundant. There are many people like me who are bound by chronic illness and cannot do the things they love. I share your pain. But there’s hope. I’m grateful to God for His reminder that He will restore to you all the years that the locusts have eaten. Also Jer 29:11