The use of taxis has always been the best option for most Nairobi dwellers who have to move from one place to the other especially at night.
However, each new day with the trend of horrifying incidents involving taxi operators, many women in Nairobi have become increasingly apprehensive of boarding taxis at night.
A recent tragic incident involving a taxi operator resulted in the death of Ms Mildred Odira, a switch border operator who worked for Foresight Company at Nation Center.
Davies Ochieng, the taxi driver at the center of the murder, was arrested and taken into police custody but later released on bond by a Kiambu court.
Ms Odira had picked a taxi from her Kariobangi South home enroute to hospital only to disappear without trace.
Her body would later be discovered at the Nairobi City Mortuary. Her lifeless body had wounds on the forehead, on the cheek, a cut on the abdomen and fractured legs.
The driver had told the police that he dropped Ms Odira at the Uhai Neema Hospital in Ruaraka.
When the police moved to the hospital, CCTV footages revealed that the driver did not drop Odira at the hospital.
The footage also showed that the car was parked at the hospital’s parking lot before the driver drove away an hour later without anyone alighting.
The victim’s body was taken to the City Mortuary and was registered as “unknown female adult.” The cause of her death was also noted as “accident.”
Ms Odira’s case is one of the most horrific incidents that have been reported in Nairobi involving taxi drivers and their clients.
Some of the cases have stuck in the public’s collective memory while others have long been forgotten despite leaving the victims in shock.
Theft and robbery involving taxi drivers have also become a commonplace in Nairobi.
On September 25, 2018, a cab driver was charged at the Milimani law courts for stealing from his passengers.
Taxify driver, Daniel Ngigi Kimani, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Francis Andai where he denied two counts of the offense of stealing and one of handling stolen goods.
He was accused of stealing a Samsung S7 edge mobile phone that was then valued at Sh95,000, a handbag worth Sh45,000 FEDI sunglasses valued at Sh700 and $3,000 (Sh300,000) in cash.
He also allegedly stole the client’s personal documents valued at Sh140,000 and $3,700 (Sh300,700).
The items belonged Ms Zena Nyambu, who runs a chain of fast-food restaurants christened Kikwetu within the city.
In another incident in January 8, 2018, police shot and killed a man masquerading as a taxi driver in Karen after he allegedly robbed a customer Sh10,000 and her handbag.
The driver had picked up the woman, and while she was on board he demanded that she gives him all her belongings.
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According to the police, he later dropped her by the roadside and drove off.
However, the police managed to track the rogue taxi driver, who was reportedly armed with a gun, and shot him dead.
The police then recovered three handbags and a pistol from the driver.
In May 11, 2017, a woman, who had hired a taxi to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to catch a flight to Juba, South Sudan, lost all her belongings.
The driver, drove off with her belongings when the woman alighted at the airport’s screening point leaving her stranded at the airport.
The woman later filed a complaint at the airport’s police station.
Records by the police at the airport cited the registration number of the suspect’s car as KBY 613G.
On August 11, 2017, a taxi driver was arraigned in the Milimani courts and charged with gang-raping a passenger who boarded his car.
Mr Anthony Kanyari Muya denied the charges when she appeared before Senior Resident Margistrate Hellen Onkwani.
The complainant told the court that the driver, with an accomplice who has never been arrested, gang raped her and stole her goods worth Sh 54,000.
She said that the driver pulled the car into a dark alley at Posta area, moved to the back seat where his passenger was seated and held her by the neck before going ahead and undressing her.
However, not all taxi drivers are as bad. At times its stubborn passengers who give the drivers a hard time.
A good example of this was clearly depicted in an amateur video which did rounds on social media some time back showing a taxi driver following a girl who had completely refused to pay up for services offered.
According to the Ministry of Gender, in January alone 357 cases of women being abused were reported.
In a statement, Gender CS Sicily Kariuki said that the number was an increase compared to the 319 and 235 cases recorded in December and November respectively.
With 222 cases reported Nairobi County topped recorded the highest number of cases.
Of the 222 cases, 134 of them were women and 47 of them were girls. The rest were reported by men.
Ms Kariuki, in her statement, said that the number of cases was alarming and that “GBV remains one of the most pervasive human rights violations in Kenya.”
“I’m greatly concerned by the increased reports of numerous cases of abuse across the country, including early child marriage, domestic violence and sexual violence,” she said.
“Of particular concern are the recent allegations of sexual violence at the Kenyatta National Hospital,” she added.
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