Detectives have launched investigations into the death of a senior British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalist Kate Mitchell.
Kate Mitchelle’s body was found in her hotel room in Nairobi on the evening of Friday, November 19, city police boss Augustine Nthumbi confirmed.
BBC announced the death of Mitchelle who was in charge of BBC Media Action in the Ethiopian office, through an internal memo sent to its staff.
“I am so sorry to inform you of the death of our colleague from BBC Media Action Kate Mitchell.
She was in Nairobi and died in her hotel yesterday,” read the memo in part.
Preliminary investigations show that the reporter may have been strangled to death by a man she had previously stayed with in a hotel.
The two, whose relationship is unknown, were reportedly involved in an argument that turned into an altercation.
Mitchelle is said to have pressed the alarm bell when the altercation got worse. She was strangled before she could get any help.
According to Nairobi Regional Police Commander Benjamin Nthumbi, the door to Mitchelle’s hotel room was locked from the inside when the detectives arrived.
They found his lifeless body inside the room and noticed some cracked window chips on the floor.
“After checking through the window, the detectives saw the body of a man lying on the ground.
He was later identified as the man Mitchelle had been seen with earlier,” Nthumbi said.
“The man had jumped off the eighth floor of the hotel through the room window,” Nthumbi said.
The reporter, who is said to have just returned to the country, was employed in the BBC Media Action office in Ethiopia.
The office located in Addis Ababa focuses on telling true stories about unsafe and illegal migration, health and media development.
An internal communication to BBC staff in Nairobi says the circumstances of his death are unclear.
“We are working with the UK High Commission and the Nairobi Police … there is no indication that his death is related to his job or the BBC,” the note told staff.
In the past Mitchelle has worked in Zambia, South Sudan and more recently in Ethiopia.
Moi’s will shows how he divided mutli-billion wealth to his children
Court documents have shed insights on how Kenya’s 2nd President, the late Mzee Daniel Arap Moi, shared multi-billion wealth among his eight children.
According to his Will presented in court, Moi left a 931-hectare parcel of land to be distributed among his five sons; Jonathan Kipkemboi Moi, Gideon Moi, Raymond Moi, Philip Moi and John Mark Moi.
He gave clear orders to his trustees at Kabarak University to share the ancestral land equally among his sons.
According to court documents, Moi also left Sh100 million cash for each of his daughters; Jenifer Chemutai Moi, Doris Chekorir Moi and June Chebet Moi.
The former President, however, did not include a contested Ksh2.5 billion parcel of land in Muthaiga, Nairobi, in his will.
The19.7-acre Muthaiga land was excluded from his Will dated November 15, 2005, and the rewritten Will a few years later.
The former chief family on the other hand wants the Moi family to pay Sh1 billion awarded to them following a land dispute.
It also emerged that Moi wrote his will in 2010, ten years before he died on February 4, 2020.
His will is being executed by his lawyer Zehrabanu Janmohamed who also serves as a non-executive director of Standard Group Plc.
DCI Kinoti lands powerful role at Interpol
On Thursday, November 25 Criminal Investigations George Kinoti has been elected to the Interpol Africa Representative Executive Committee.
He will represent Africa in the powerful global body that brings together 195 member states.
Interpol held its annual General Assembly held in Istanbul, Turkey.
Kinoti, in his appreciation speech, acknowledged the efforts put in place in Kenya and other African nations to combat extremism.
Among the strategies that our country has put in place in the management of crime, is Kinoti’s election to the decision-making table of the world’s largest police organization.
It is also a vote of confidence in the Directorate of Criminal Investigations at the global stage
DCI Headquarters hosts the INTERPOL regional bureau for East and Central Africa
It also hosts Eastern Africa Counter-Terrorism Centre of Excellence, where all counter terror related operations within the region are coordinated.
Kinoti has acknowledged the efforts put in place by member countries in crime management & called upon them to work together, especially in the fight against terror.
“The realization that we cannot fight this monster alone has contributed to the successes that we have registered so far across the world as a result of cooperation,” said the DCI chief.
INTERPOL works in conjunction with all member countries and international organizations including the United Nations to combat international crime.
About 470 police chiefs, ministers and other representatives from more than 160 countries attended the three-day meeting.
KRA officers intercept 30 women at JKIA, find smuggled gold
The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Customs Officers Tuesday intercepted approximately 4.88 kilograms of gold and jewellery that was being smuggled through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
This was after the officers stationed at JKIA identified a group of approximately 30 female Kenyan travellers.
The travellers were departing from Nairobi to Mumbai, India through Doha. The valuables are worth Sh31 million.
The travellers are directly associated with three female travellers earlier intercepted entering Mumbai with approximate one kg of gold concealed internally on August 19, 2021.
Approximately 4.88kgs of undeclared gold and jewellery from 15 female passengers during body search by custom officers.
The 15 women who were on board the flight were asked to cancel the flight to allow for further investigations.
The intercepted gold and jewellery has been deposited in the Customs warehouse.
KRA encourages passengers to declare all cargo/items at the Ports of entry and exit as required under the provisions of the Second and Third Schedules of the EAC Customs Management Act, 2004.
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