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I Need Psychological Help: Mother Of Brothers Lynched In Kitengela Opens Up



I Need Psychological Help: Mother Of Brothers Lynched In Kitengela Opens Up

Lucy Wanjiru, the mother of two brothers murdered in Kitengela alongside their two cousins, has broken her silence days after the burial of her sons saying she needs psychological help.

This comes days after her sons, Fredrick Muriithi, 30, and Victor Mwangi, 25, were lynched by an irate crowd together with their two cousins after they were mistaken for cattle rustlers.

Speaking to Radio Jambo on Tuesday, August 31 mid-morning, Wanjiru revealed how she had a close relationship with the duo (her deceased sons) adding she considered them as her husband after her marriage ended over two decades ago.

“I have gone through so much pain which I pray nobody else goes through. If possible, such acts should be eradicated from our society. I will be very happy if justice would be served because of the pain and bitterness in me,” Wanjiru said.

She said the grief has taken a toll on her, she leaves in fear and at times finds herself screaming at night when she imagines the pain her sons went through.

“Many people come to check on me but for now, all I need is someone to counsel me and pray for me. I find myself imagining what my sons went through, how they begged for mercy when they were being killed,” she said fighting back tears.

“I am afraid. I live in fear because I don’t know why they were killed. I have never quarreled with anyone. I ask myself questions with no answers. Why?” she posed a question.

Wanjiru adds she knew her sons died a painful death when she was called to identify the bodies at Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral, and Training Hospital.

“I knew it was them as soon as I set my eyes on their body. Truth be told, my sons died a painful death because their body had wounds in almost every part,” Wanjiru said.

The two brothers had left home with their cousins, riding on three sports bikes. They proceeded to Kisanju, an area between Kitengela and Isinya in Kajiado to celebrate their birthdays.

Reports indicate that one of the bikes developed a mechanical fault and they took some time to correct it.

Reports indicate that a herdsboy who spotted them at night raised the alarm, suspecting that they were livestock thieves.

“As they were trying to fix the motorcycle at around 11 pm, they were attacked by herdsmen who accused them of plotting to steal their livestock. All of them were killed on the spot,” a source told The Standard.

Their identities were not immediately established until two days later when relatives turned up and identified the bodies.

“They didn’t have any documents on them. We have commenced investigations to establish the motive behind the killings,” said Isinya Sub-County Police Commander Charles Chepkonga.

Relatives of the brothers killed by villagers in Isinya, Kajiado, and their two cousins Mike George, 29, and Nicholas Musa, 28 , demanded justice though the family spokesman Joseph Macharia, an uncle, who has said the four were innocent.

“It’s not logical that these young men were on a mission to steal livestock as it is alleged. It’s not the first time they had visited the area for fun,” said a grieving Macharia.


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Courts Declare Huduma Namba Invalid



Courts declare Huduma Namba invalid

The High Court has declared Huduma Namba invalid after ruling that the law wasn’t followed in its roll-out.

Justice Jairus Ngaah ruled on Thursday, October 14, that the Government failed to conduct data impact assessment before rolling out the cards in November last year, contravening the Constitution in the process.

Law scholar Yash Pal Ghai and Katiba Institute had, in November 2020, challenged the roll-out of the cards over lack of guarantee against theft or misuse of Kenyans’ personal information.

The lobby group argued that the Government failed to subject the fresh registration of Kenyans to data protection impact assessment (DPIA), a requirement under the law.

The assessment is aimed at identifying risks that could arise due to a breach of privacy, loss of data and unlawful use of information like names, date of birth, postcode and residences.

The Government started issuing the cards in early December 2020, after stating that the current National Identification Cards would cease being valid in December this year.

President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the Huduma Namba mass registration on April 2, 2019.

Meanwhile, an application by Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe, the widow of the late Tanzanian media mogul, Reginald Mengi, that her late husband had no mental ability to make a valid Will, will be heard and determined.

This is after the Court of Appeal rejected legal challenges against the former Miss Tanzania’s application seeking revision of a decision of the High Court that quashed a Will that was allegedly written by Mengi, reports The Citizen.

The IPP trailblazer and philanthropist died in Dubai, UAE, in 2019. He was 75.

The Will, purportedly made in 2017, cited Ntuyabaliwe and their twin children as the beneficiary of the billionaire businessman’s wealth, estimated in 2014 by Forbes to be worth over $560 million.

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Parents Grapple With High Costs Of Books As Schools Reopen



Parents grapple with high costs of books as schools reopen

Parents are feeling the pressure of having to pay school fees for the fourth time in a year.

As schools reopened today, parents said, apart from paying the required fees, some schools were demanding extra money to cater for tuition classes. Others decried the high costs of books and school uniforms.

Some said other schools had imposed extra levies on parents, citing the need to expand infrastructure to accommodate the increased number of students as a result of the 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary level.

The extra charges are channelled in special development school accounts or sent to the parent representatives, who then send the amount to the class teacher.

At Mugoiri Girls High School in Murang’a County, each parent is required to pay Sh5,200 for a new school bus project, Sh3,000 per term for extra tuition, and Sh1,500 for installation of smart screens in all classes.

In Nyeri town, Purity Karuga, who was shopping with her Form Three son, said their school had demanded an extra Sh10,000 for an infrastructure upgrade.

“It is a hard year, and that happens even as we are earning peanuts from our tea farms this year,” Ms Karuga said.

Peter Kamaru, another parent from Murang’a County, said parents have now resorted to borrowing money from shy locks who demand repayment in a month.

“I have obtained Sh40,000 at a 25 per cent interest rate to pay fees for my three children. This is punitive to the parents who have lost hope of accessing bursary from the CDF,” he said.

Jane Wanjiru said the schools have reopened, but most parents had no school fees. “We shall plead with principals to allow our children for some time.”

The Murang’a County government said it had released Sh20 million to finance 3,000 students under the Nyota Zetu Education Programme.

Governor Mwangi wa Iria said the programme is designed to help the needy access quality education.

“This is one of the programmes designed to increase the number of professionals in the county,” said Iria.

In Meru County, Margaret Nkatha, a parent from Tigania East, said they were looking forward to the reopening of the schools but they lacked financial resources.

She said the drought had hit the area affecting their main income-generating stream, khat or miraa sales.

Kairi Ituuru, the headteacher of Antuanduru Mixed Secondary School in Tigania East, said principals were grateful following the government announcement that capitation had been sent to schools.

“With most parents decrying inability to raise fees, the government resources will come in handy,” said Ituuru, who also chairs the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha) in the area.

In Eldoret town, it was business as usual at books and school uniform stores as parents lined up to buy school items in preparation for the new term.

Nelly Kichwen, a parent from Ziwa in Uasin Gishu, spent the better part of the day in Eldoret town shopping for her five school-going children.

“Book prices have increased. I am buying a book that was sold at Sh500 last month at over Sh600 right now, which means I will use more money than I had budgeted for,” Kichwen said.

As for Stanley Chepkulei, a parent from Simat, the increase in fuel prices had affected the price of every commodity in the market, and parents will have to dig deeper into their pockets.

“I came to buy school uniforms and other items for my child, a student from St Teresa Tartar in West Pokot County, I paid more than I expected. We urge the government to reduce the cost of fuel,” he said.

Chepkulei said parents should ensure that they give their children enough money if they are travelling by themselves to school because there could be an increase in bus fares due to the high cost of fuel.

The parents have also asked the government to step in and provide some learning materials for pupils, especially those under the new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

Eunice Cherop, a parent to a Grade Five pupil, said CBC is a competitive curriculum that requires joint efforts from the parent and government.

Cherop, an Education Officer, said most parents are disadvantaged by the new curriculum.

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