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Kawangware Landlord kills Tenant over KES 2,500 Rent

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A landlord in Kawangware, Nairobi on Wednesday morning killed a tenant over a Ksh.2500 rent arrears.

Warren Jirongo aged 26 was stabbed to death by his landlord in an incident that sparked protests and saw the landlord’s houses torched.

Angry residents stormed the compound torching the semi-permanent houses to ashes after it emerged he had killed Jirongo over Ksh.2500 arrears for the January rent

Neighbours say Jirongo was an orphan who was working as a garbage collector in the slums.

The late has been described as a hardworking young man who always struggled to make his ends meet.

Police have launched a manhunt for the landlord identified by locals as Ngángá Gitau.

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Ex-Minister Echesa Freed on Bail in Military Arms Deal Saga

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Former Sports Cabinet Secretary, Rashid Echesa, accused of a fraud case relating to a tender for the supply of military equipment, has been freed on bail.

Sitting at the Milimani Law Courts, Chief Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot granted Echesa bail on Monday, February 17, 2020 freed on a Sh1 million cash bail with an alternative of a Sh3 million surety bond.

Echesa with his three co-accused denied twelve fraud-related charges in the unfolding saga on procurement of military hardware in which a foreigner identified as Kozlowski Stanley Bruno was swindled USD 117,080 translating to Sh 11.5 million.

The former CS denied the charges ranging from obtaining money by false pretense to conspiracy to commit a felony.

Co-accused Daniel Otieno Omondi, Clifford Okoth Onyango, Kennedy Oyoo and an entity identified as Pzels Co. Limited are also facing similar charges.

Echesa and his co-accused persons were said to have conspired to, without authority, make documents relating to a restricted and classified tender number HC2019/2016 from the Ministry of Defence contrary to Section 393 of the Penal Code.

They were also accused of making several correspondences on the said tender with a view to obtain money arbitrarily.

Other charges included uttering a false document contrary to Section 357 (b) of the Penal Code on February 13, 2020, at the Harambee House Annex, the city office complex of the Deputy President.

Echesa and the three co-accused persons spent the weekend in police custody after an unsuccessful attempt for their release on bail on Friday, February 14th, a day after detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations arrested them.

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Jowie Irungu Released on KES 2 Million Bail

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Joseph ‘Jowie’ Irungu was on Thursday, February 13 released from police custody on a Ksh2 million cash bail.

Justice James Wakiaga granted the bail noting that the prosecution had failed to provide sufficient reason why Jowie should remain in remand.

Jowie was arrested on September 25, 2018 and charged with murder following the gruesome death of 24-year-old Monica Kimani in her Kilimani apartment.

Four days later, his fiancee, former Citizen TV reporter Jacque Maribe was also arrested as it emerged that she had spent time with Jowie on the night of the fateful murder.

Irungu’s legal team led by high-profile criminal lawyer Cliff Ombeta had failed in two previous attempts to secure Irungu’s release on bond.

In November 2019, Jowie filed a fresh application noting that protected witnesses in the case had already testified.

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Trouble for Nyamweya as DCI re-opens fraud Case Files

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Former Football Kenya federation (FKF) supremo Sam Keengu Nyamweya is a worried man as police have re-opened investigations on fraud cases during his tenure at Kandanda House.

Any time from this week, detectives at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) will be summoning Nyamweya to record statements on the federation’s suspect transactions and FKF properties he is alleged to have assumed ownership.

The re-opening of the cases comes at a time when the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti said he was going to open the skeletons of cases which had been swept under the carpet many years ago due to either shoddy investigations or investigators and courts being compromised.

“I’m investigating the massive plunder of public resources. Anybody who stole, no matter the period, no matter the trick they used to steal, must return the public property or they’ll go to jail,” Kinoti told Kenyaonlinenews.com.

The State has discretion to restart any criminal case for whichever reason even after it has been thrown out by the courts if police stumble on fresh evidence or if one of the witnesses decides to open up.

The move is precipitated by three football stakeholders who recorded statements with the Criminal Investigations Department over alleged abuse of power by Nyamweya.

The investigations are being traced from as far when he served as the Kenya Football Federation (KFF) Secretary General between, 1996-1999 and as FKF president in 2011-2016.

According to sources, the federation has been asked to provide vital documents during Nyamweya’s time in office for scrutiny.

Under investigations are the federation’s missing vehicles which Nyamweya never handed back after relinquishing power.

The vehicles include a missing bus which was donated by Eveready Batteries to the national football team Harambee Stars and cars which were being used by national team coaches French tactician Antione Hey and another by Adel Amrouche.

The other case is of how signatures of Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clubs chairmen were forged in securing the $2m per annum deal with MP & Silva for broadcast rights were some of the corruption allegations that dogged his tenure although he is yet to be prosecuted for any wrong doing.

The Harambee Stars versus Cape Verde fiasco where the national team was forced into a 22-hour turbulent flight to Praia to the second leg of the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier that saw him briefly held in custody by Directorate of Criminal Investigations is bound to be revived.

FKF were accused of misappropriating some Sh17m from Government for the Kenya v Cape Verde 2018 World Cup qualifier as Kenya crashed out at the third preliminary phase of the competition.

The veteran football administrator who is an accountant by training and was a key political operative in the days of the Youth for KANU 92′ alongside Deputy President, William Ruto and Cyrus Jirongo was paid by Popular TV host Tony Gachoka and the United Kingdom (UK) based Steve Mburu paid Nyamwewa to include their sons in the National team.

Nyamweya later nominated Mburu , involved in the suspect transfer of KPL side Nakumatt renamed Mount Kenya United to politician Francis Mureithi who contested for the Embakasi East parliamentary seat in the 2017 general elections to the sit in the 2016 FKF polls Electoral Board.

The 2013 CECAFA senior challenge cup which Kenya won will also be remembered for the shambolic organization by FKF that saw teams locked in their hotel room due to lack of payment.

Sudan whom Kenya beat in the final, had been detained in their hotel for 3 hours before the match.

Meanwhile as Kenyan football clubs are struggling financially to survive, Kenya’s third most popular community Shabana’s quest for sponsorship has hit a snag after Nyamweya throwing a spanner in the works.

Nyamweya has refused to surrender Shabana’s documents in his custody which are vital in penning the deal with an undisclosed betting firm interested in sponsoring the Betika Super League (BSL) side.

Nyamweya despite not being a Shabana executive member has held on to the documents demanding that he be included in negotiations by meeting the prospective sponsor.

Unfortunately, because of his questionable character of not being accountable to monies advanced to the federation during his reign the sponsor is not willing to fund Shabana until Nyamweya exits the scene.

At the end of his reign, no one was willing to give money to the game, perhaps informing the thought he had the power but no legitimacy to govern.

Nyamweya’s reign was characterized by managing to chase most sponsors from the game, including Safaricom, Airtel and East Africa Breweries not to mention international broadcasters SuperSport, MP and Silva which had brought Azam TV on board and StarTimes as well as the Government.

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