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Kenyan long-distance runner found dead at his home under unclear circumstances

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The Kenyan sporting fraternity has been plunged into mourning following the death of athlete Hosea Mwok Macharinyang.

Macharinyang made a name for himself in 2005 when he won a silver medal during the Africa Junior Championships in the 10,000m. The 35-year-old later transitioned into marathon, finishing fifth in his debut at the Stramilano Half Marathon in 2008. He went on to seal another fifth-place finish a year later during the Udine Half Marathon in Italy.

Brigid was aiming for a third consecutive victory in the London Marathon but faltered to miss out on a place on the podium altogether. Jepkosgei posted an impressive 2:17:43 to claim gold, with Ethiopia’s Degitu Azimeraw settling for silver. The time clocked by Jepkosgei saw her become the seventh-fastest female marathoner in history.

On his part, Athletics Kenya official Boniface Tiren mourned Macharinyang as “a young and intelligent” man, describing his death as “a sad affair.” “As a region, we have lost a young and intelligent man who could steer his county, that is coming up in sports to a greater height,”

His tragic death has since been confirmed by Athletics Kenya officials, with the organisation’s North Rift regional chairman Jackson Pkemoi confirming the runner had only started training recently after missing in action for years.

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1 dead: How Komothai Girls defended themselves after boys invaded their dorm.

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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) report on the incident, which involved a minor, has been regarded as a case of self-defense. It happened at Kimothai girls’ secondary school. The unidentified minor and his friends had accessed the girl’s sleeping quarters at the wee hours of Thursday morning on a yet to be determined mission.

The students, who were not aware that the boy was there, attacked the intruders after learning that he was there since they sensed that they might be in danger.

“The school’s guards, teachers, and students all rushed towards the dormitory to find out what was happening. On sensing danger, five of the boys managed to trace their way back to their school while the deceased was cornered by the angry students and staff.

“Sadly, they descended on him causing him life-threatening injuries. The boy later succumbed to his injuries at Kigumo level IV hospital. Crime scene detectives later visited the scene and recovered planks of wood suspected to have been used to assault the suspect,” the police report read.

The DCI went on to caution members of the public to desist from taking the law into their hands, as also recently witnessed in Masten Wanjala’s case in Bungoma.

Cases of Dorm Invasions are Fairly Common

Cases of dormitory invasions are fairly common in Kenya. Most of these are among the schools that are close to each other.

It’s almost like a rite of passage for many final-year students of boys’ schools. In April this year, over 70 students from a school in Lanet in Nakuru county were arrested after the same incident.

The schoolmates of the Anestar Bahati Boys School reportedly are said to have sneaked out of their school and managed to enter the girls’ school. When law enforcers confronted them, they had a difficult time in rounding up the boys, forcing them to fire shots in the air.

“Officers from Githioro Police Station responded swiftly and rushed to the school after the girls raised alarm. But not even the arrival of our men would scare away the defiant boys who kept hovering around the dormitory.

“Officers managed to arrest 10 of them, as others escaped in the dead of the night. The arrested were placed in custody at Dundori Patrol Base, pending further action,” a statement from the DCI read in part.

University Education and Research Principle secretary Amb. Simon Nabukwesi at the time said that a decision had been made to prosecute the students. The decision was later reversed after consultations with the County Director of Education, the County Commissioner, and other stakeholders.

According to the PS, the 70 boys ‘appeared remorseful’ and were allowed to complete their KCSE examinations in the school.

They will face the law, there is no exemption for that, but they will have their certificates so that they can be corrected to become better people,” said Nabukwesi.

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Police launch manhunt for man who assaulted his 90-year-old mother in Makueni.

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A 45years old man, Patrick Mumo is on the run after raping his 90-year-old mother. Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have launched a manhunt on Mashujaa Day, in Mbooni-Makueni county.

In a tweet, DCI said that the suspect went into hiding after committing the heinous act which left his mother admitted to a hospital.

“Detectives have launched a manhunt for a suspect who raped his 90-year-old mother on Mashujaa Day, in Mbooni-Makueni county, before going into hiding. The woman in her sunset years was found in her bedroom by her eldest son writhing in pain, complaining of waist pains,” DCI said.

The police report states that on October 20, Patrick Mumo forced himself into his mother’s bedroom at around 8 pm and subjected her to a beastly act.

She tearfully narrated her harrowing ordeal in the hands of her younger son Patrick Mumo, 45, who forced his way into her bedroom at around 8 pm as she slept and subjected her to the beastly act,” reads a tweet from DCI.

The 90-year-old mother was later rushed to Kisau Sub-county hospital where she is undergoing treatment.

“She was immediately rushed to Kisau Sub-county hospital in serious condition, where is undergoing treatment. Doctors at the medical facility confirmed that indeed she had been raped. Detectives are appealing to Patrick Mumo Ngenge to give himself up at the earliest available opportunity before the long arm of the law catches up with him,” said DCI.

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Uhuru lifts nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew

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Uhuru made the announcement today during the 58th Mashujaa Day celebrations at the Wang’uru Stadium in Kirinyaga county.

Uhuru announced Kenya, as of Wednesday, had vaccinated five million adults noting as well that the rate of Covid-19 had decreased over the last two weeks, characterized by a positivity rate of below five percent.

“I want to thank the people of Kenya for exercising an admirable degree of civic responsibility in this fight and truly being their brothers’ keepers,” the President said.

However, Uhuru cautioned the country is not yet out of the woods yet and appealed to Kenyans to continue to observe the Ministry of Health containment measures.

The President also announced a review of the number of persons gathering for in-person worship upwards from one-third of the congregants to two-thirds provided they adhere to all the health protocols.

Among those who had made a passionate appeal to the President to lift the curfew were the restaurant operators.

The Pubs, Entertainment, and Restaurants Association of Kenya (PERAK) said the entertainment sector has been sidelined as others benefit from the relaxed Covid-19 containment measures.

“The entertainment sector remains the only one facing restrictions as all other sectors are open. Matatus are operating at full capacity, supermarkets and other markets are open and churches are open and functioning normally,” said Muthami.

The operators’ call came a day after Uhuru hinted the curfew could be lifted soon.

More than 15,000 bars and restaurants have been shut since the onset of the pandemic, rendering an estimated 90,000 workers jobless, according to PERAK.

Excise revenue levied on beer, wines, and spirits was reduced by 19 percent in 2020, with the decline attributed to the impact of the restrictions on sale of alcohol compounded by the increase in excise taxes.

“Our appeal now is to the President to allow us to resume work so that we can continue contributing to the country’s economic growth. We are not even talking about an extension of the hours but about full reopening,” said Simon Njoroge, chairman of the Bar, Hotel and Liquor Traders Association.

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