Unknown gunmen believed to be terrorists touched down in Nairobi to undertake an operation at the 14 Riverside park in Nairobi.
HERE IS THE FLOW OF EVENTS:
3:48PM: Suspected terrorists arrive at dusitD2 Hotel on Riverside Drive, Nairobi in a silver 5-seater hatchback and walk toward security officers at the hotel’s gate, where they throw an explosive at the security agents.
3:50PM: A loud bang resembling a grenade explosion is heard, with black smoke swelling and rising up into the air.
3:55PM: Three vehicles on fire spotted at the scene.
3:58PM: DCI George Kinoti and team arrive.
4PM: Social media awash with claims of occupants trapped in dusitD2 saying the facility is under attack. Armed law enforcement agents arrive at the facility.
4:05PM Rescue mission underway as a man sporting a red T-shirt and black pair of trousers is seen being moved away, with a gunshot wound in the back. He is bleeding profusely.
4:11PM: Students from Nairobi University, who reside in the nearby Chiromo hostels, are ordered to vacate the premises.
4:20PM: Those injured taken to Aga Khan Hospital.
4:25PM: Ambulances with sirens arrive at scene.
4:25PM: Recce squad security officers advance into the hotel to try and neutralize the attackers.
4:30PM: Kenya Airforce team arrives at scene.
4:33PM: Firefighters arrive
4:36PM Recce officers gain access into the building.
4:40PM: Citizen TV reporter Francis Gachuri says 6 gunmen spotted by security agencies.
4:45PM: Abbas Gullet, the Kenya Red Cross Secretary General, is seen entering the dusitD2 premises.
Kenya ambassador to Austria and former Sports CS Hassan Wario and two others also surrendered to the police to beat a deadline set by Anti-Corruption Court magistrate Douglas Ogoti.
On Monday, the magistrate ordered the accused to appear before him to take plea on the charges.
“Failure to present themselves before the DCI, warrants of arrests be issued,” he directed.
The marathon legend had been asked to report to the DCI offices on Monday by DPP Noordin Haji, together with the former Sport CS over the embezzlement of funds meant for 2016 Rio Olympics.
The court was however told that the two individuals were out of the country on separate missions but were expected to return on by Wednesday.
Also expected to answer to the graft charges are former director of administration Haron Chebet Komen and former finance officer Patrick KimithiNkabu in the Sports ministry.
The DPP made the decision to go forward with the case after establishing that there was enough evidence to charge the former CS and other officers for the misappropriation of at least Ksh 55 Million.
Investigations revealed that the government had allocated Ksh 544 million for the Olympics which were allegedly misused by Wario and National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) officials.
“Accordingly, I have directed the DCI to immediately have the persons arraigned in court. They are hereby directed to report before the DCI headquarters on or before October 15. 2018, failure to which the process of obtaining warrants of arrest shall commence before a competent court,” stated the DPP.
Sources close to detained Citizen TV reporter Jacque Maribe confirm that she is pregnant with murder suspect Joseph “Jowie” Irungu’s child.
Ms Maribe who is detained at Gigiri Police station pending conclusion of DCI investigations over business lady cum slay queen Monica Kimani’s cold murder in Kilimani area Nairobi. Maribe’s fiance is the prime suspect. News of the pregnancy is a double tragedy for her and Jowie as they face murder charges. Friends confirmed that she has been avoiding alcohol lately giving flimsy excuses.
Ms Maribe has been together with Jowie April although friends have indicated that the two got to know each other over a year ago during presidential campaigns.
Jacque who is set to be charged with the crime of being accessory to the murder of Monica Kimani, is contemplating what she can do as Joe Irungu and herself faces years behind bars in case of conviction. She is still hopeful that being release on bail might offer her an avenue to handle the pregnancy.
Jacque Maribe not only hid the crime from the police but also helped Joe Irungu burn his bloodied clothes and took him to hospital.
Many of her friends are pondering what to do next and as Carol Gikunda noted in her ‘thinking loudly’ column, we can only imagine thus:
1. If Jowie had his own car, it would have been the car to be traced to the scene of crime. Maribe would have been safe.
2. If Jowie had his own house, the dollars would have been found there. The bullet would have been found there. The Kanzu would have been burnt there.
Maribe would have been safe.
3. If Jowie had his own house, and had a driver… and shot himself there, his driver would have been the one to drop him to hospital…
Maribe would have been safe.
All pointers incriminating Maribe are as a result of Jowie’s poverty.
Lesson: Don’t date broke wanna be’s. stick to a genuine broke hustler!
But helloooo, here is a consolation:
The one thing you should never regret in this land of the living, is loving truly, loving whole heartedly and loving for no reason at all.
Whether it worked or did not work, life is easier knowing you gave it your all, knowing you left no stone unturned and knowing there is nothing in this world you could have done that you did not do…then.
To the Maribes of this world, don’t let the world use the love you genuinely gave to demean you.
If you loved, you loved.
If the person did not deserve you or your love, it’s their loss… Not yours.
The Obado Story By Geoffrey Mosoku for the Standard
It all started with a glance, then a text before it blossomed into an explosive love affair, which climaxed into a pregnancy before demands for a Sh35 million house in Nairobi soured the relationship.
This is how Migori governor, Okoth Obado described his six month romantic relationship with slain Rongo University student, Sharon Otieno when he was grilled for at least eight hours by the police on Tuesday.
In his statement to detectives in Kisumu on Tuesday, the governor explained that he first met Sharon in November last year after she initiated communication.
According to the governor, Sharon had sent a couple of text messages to him after last year’s election prompting him to invite her to Migori for a first meeting.
However on that day, Obado was not able to see her as he had other engagements on county matters; an incident which infuriated the late Rongo university student who sent him a text to complain.
Later in the day, the county boss called to apologise and asked Sharon to reschedule a meeting to another day as he was to leave for Nairobi that evening.
Coincidentally Sharon told Obado she wanted to ‘see him’ on her way to the city too, a development which led to the pair having their first meeting in Nairobi.
The next day, the two met at the Intercontinental Hotel for a drink. In Obado’s words, one thing led to another as the two began a romantic relationship.
The Governor would then see Sharon regularly and most of their dates were either in Kisumu or Nairobi until one day she told the Governor of her pregnancy.
Obado recalled that in April during the Devolution Conference in Kakamega, he and other county bosses were booked at Acacia Hotel when Sharon travelled to Kisumu and checked in at Imperial hotel, in his name.
The Imperial hotel manager then called him saying ‘welcome your excellency to our hotel’ but he could not understand what he was talking about as he had already checked into the other hotel.
The manager then informed him that Sharon had checked in to ‘your usual room’. Late that evening, Sharon called the governor asking him to go to Imperial hotel.
As he contemplated whether to go or not, he received a call from his wife Helen who inquired about his whereabouts. She then dropped a bombshell.
Hellen asked her husband whether he sure that he was at Acacia hotel but when he insisted that he was she demanded to know who Sharon Otieno was.
According to the statement, the Governor got confused and struggled to explain to his wife that there was no mischief involved and even asked her to come to Acacia.
The wife then warned Obado against going to Imperial saying if he dared, she would get the entire episode on camera as she had a team monitoring him.
Scared by the warning, Obado called Sharon to say he can’t make it for the night since madam was around. Ironically, Sharon was infuriated, Obado said and accused him of being with another woman and using madam’s name as an excuse.
Sharon told Obado that she knew where the wife was, telling him ‘every time I want to see you I first monitor madam’s movements’.
He asked Sharon to plan and meet him later in Nairobi after the conference. Sharon, who had at this point not revealed to Obado that she had other children from previous relationships, wanted the Governor to move her to Nairobi.
The county boss linked her with an estate agent who found a Sh10 million apartment but she declined the house. She instead got another house in Westlands worth Sh35 million.
Obado declined to buy the house and following further negotiations, Sharon said she was willing to settle for a Sh25 million house. This too, was declined. This was in May this year.
After this disagreement, the Governor then cut communication with Sharon and blocked her calls. Perhaps out of desperation, the student began sending texts to the governor’s close aides even family members.
Obado told police at one time, Sharon sent a picture of her baby bump to his eldest son who upon inquiring what the picture was for, was told “I am carrying your brother, send it to your mother.”
As the texts intensified, his wife one day called him and asked that they talk as a family. She asked the governor to hand over his phones to his security so that they can have uninterrupted discussion.
Having sensed the issue at hand, Obado spoke first and confessed to his wife about ‘that Sharon that you had warned me about sometime back’, who was now pregnant. The two later called their children and explained the same to them.
Obado then told investigators he later received a call from ODM chairman John Mbadi who said there was a journalist by the name Barack Oduor who had a story about him. Mbadi sent him Odour’s number.
The Governor called Odour and the two agreed to meet in Migori. The journalist then met Obado about three days later in the company of Lawrence Mula, a former MCA.
They explained their mission but the Governor who seemed unmoved told them to proceed and publish the story since the ‘pregnancy was no longer a secret in the family.
However the two explained that their mission was not malign his name but would love him to sort out the issue with Sharon amicably. Obado asked them then to go and ask Sharon what she wanted.
About a week later, Mula traveled to Nairobi and met Obado at Heron Court saying Sharon had now settled with a proposal of getting a plot in Homa Bay.
Mula was then given Sh50, 000 to sort out his car which as in a garage before returning to the city to meet Obado later at Serena hotel. The ex-MCA was given Sh100, 000 to deliver Sh80, 000 to Sharon and Sh20, 000 for his night stay in Nairobi and fuel back to Homa Bay.
Two days later, Mula called to say Sharon had identified a plot in Homa Bay town which she wanted him to buy for her.
Obado declined the proposal and asked the MCA to ask Sharon to identify a plot, between an acre and two acres. He then offered to construct a three bedroomed house for her.
The Governor recalled that just a few days before the abduction and eventual murder of Sharon, he had received a text from journalist Oduor cautioning him that the matter was getting out of hand and he needed to act immediately.
Odour is said to have warned Obado not to blame him for anything that happens on the Sharon matter. The next thing, Obado says he heard was that Oduor and Sharon had been abducted and Oyamo (Michael) his PA had been implicated.
His Communication Director Nicholas Anyour was the first to uniform him about the incident before Nyanza regional police chief called him on the same matter.
“The pregnancy was not a problem to the governor. Sharon was in the process of being assisted and that if the child eventually was to be born and is confirmed to be his, she was to be provided for. There is nothing to gain with her death. What was the benefit?” Obado’s lawyer Cliff Ombeta said.
On Wednesday Obado was accompanied by his family as he sought t to distance himself from the brutal murder of Sharon. Obado has since given police his DNA samples.
Migori governor Okoth Obado admitted to the police on Tuesday he had a relationship with murdered Rongo University student Sharon Otieno and that the pregnancy was his.
According to police officers who have seen his statement, the governor reportedly said he had told Sharon to keep the pregnancy and was ready to take care of her and the baby.
Sharon, according to the police, had even asked to be bought a house in Nairobi. But the governor was ready to buy land or a house for her in Rongo.
Sharon’s family has previously said Obado had a sexual relationship with their daughter, who was found dead in Kodera Forest last Wednesday.
The seven-month pregnant woman had been raped and stabbed eight times: thrice in the neck, four times in the back and on the left side of her abdomen.
Yesterday, Obado, called a media conference in Nairobi where he once again denied any involvement in the murder of Sharon. He was flanked by his wife Hellen, daughter Evaline and son Jerry.
“I ask all agencies involved to speed up investigations so the killers are brought to book as quickly as possible,” he said in his short address to journalists. He did not take questions.
On Tuesday, Obado’s lawyer Cliff Ombeta confirmed that his client had a love affair with Sharon.
“When the photos were circulating in social media long before this, it was not a secret even the people in the county knew about it…there was a relationship,” he said.
Speaking to KTN news on Wednesday, Ombeta said Obado’s relationship was on and they cannot refute the claims.
“It is a normal thing for people to have a moment of weakness but speaking of murder no,” he said.
The revelations emerged on the day the court in Nairobi ruled that Michael Oyamo, the personal assistant to Obado, be charged with the murder of Sharon Otieno after two weeks.
High Court judge Luka Kimaru who read out the murder charge to Oyamo directed him not to plead to the charge because investigations had not been completed.
“You shall or may be charged with murder contrary to Section 203 as read with Section 204 of the Penal Code of the laws of Kenya,” he said.
“The particulars of the offence are that between 3rd and 4th September 2018 at Owande area, Rachuonyo South subcounty within Homa Bay county jointly with others not before court, you murdered Sharon Beryline Otieno. So that is for your information.”
He also ordered Oyamo be detained at the Muthaiga police station to enable police complete investigations, which detectives say are complex.
“Due to the multifaceted and complex nature of the investigation that involves many suspects and many leads, it is only fair that the subject continue to be detained for a further period of 14 days. He shall be detained at the Muthaiga police station. During his detention, his rights and fundamental freedoms that are guaranteed by the Constitution shall be protected.”
Sharon was abducted alongside Nation reporter Barrack Oduor while in the company of Oyamo who left them with the attackers. But the reporter freed himself and fled.
Yesterday Obado, dressed in a navy blue suit, light blue shirt with a matching shirt, strolled calmly to the press briefing at Nairobi’s Serena hotel with his guards keeping an eye on the battery of journalists.
“We have come here as a family that has been devastated, ridiculed and embarrassed by the sad news of the demise of Sharon. We are indeed at our very lowest moment in life. Hata usingizi hakuna, hata appetite hakuna [loosely translated as, ‘We have lost sleep and appetite’],” Obado said in his first media conference since the Sharon’s death.
Sending condolences to the friends and family of the deceased, Obado denied involvement in the murder that has seen so far his aide charged afresh in Nairobi and held in remand for fourteen more days.
“Yesterday (Tuesday), I recorded a statement in Kisumu with the DCIO. I would like to say here that I am still ready and willing to give further statements so that real killers of Sharon can be brought to book,” he said.
“As a law abiding citizen, I have nothing, and absolutely nothing, to do with the cruel death of Sharon,” he added.
The governor called on politicians and media to stop what he termed as medieval punishment, urging them to let the investigative agencies to do their job.
“I thank people of Migori, my supporters and the general electorate and all well wishers who have been with me in prayers. I call on them to continue praying for me in all endeavors. I urge all investigating agencies to speed up their work so as real killers of Sharon can be brought to book as fast as possible,” he said.
Attempts by journalists to know why Obado had taken long to speak, what relationship he had with the deceased, why police had interest in him and what link the aide had in the murder or on whose behalf he was acting, were thwarted by his lawyer Ombeta.
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was laid to rest at his native home in Ghana on Thursday.
His state funeral was attended by African leaders and international statesmen who hailed his record as an advocate for humanity and world peace.
Annan, a Ghanaian national and Noble laureate, died in a Swiss hospital last month at the age of 80. His body was flown to Accra on Monday for burial in his homeland, where he is seen as a national hero.
Around 6,000 mourners packed the auditorium for Thursday’s official service – the climax of a multi-day funeral ceremony, which has seen his coffin, draped in the Ghanaian national colours, displayed for public viewing.
Current UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was among the dignitaries in attendance, alongside former Ghanaian presidents, the leaders of Ivory Coast, Liberia, Namibia and Niger, and the Crown Prince of Norway.
In an address, Guterres hailed Annan, who served as the seventh UN Secretary-General between 1997 and 2006, as an exceptional global leader with a deep faith in the role of the United Nations as a force for good.
“As we face the headwinds of our troubled and turbulent times, let us always be inspired by the legacy of Kofi Annan,” Guterres said.
“Our world needs it now more than ever,” he said.
Annan’s widow, Nane Maria referred to her husband as an “extraordinary person who had a joy of life”.
The ceremony was projected onto big screens outside the auditorium for the crowds of mourners that could not fit inside the venue. Many commuters in the capital wore black as a sign of respect.
On Wednesday, Annan’s family and Ghanaian dignitaries were among hundreds to file past his casket amid traditional rites by local chiefs and clan leaders.
Annan, a Ghanaian of Ashanti lineage, was granted a royal title by the Ashanti king in 2002. The elders said the rites, including presenting him with clothing and water, were necessary to clear the path for a peaceful “travel” for their royal.
Some mourners, like New York-based community mayor Delois Blakely, had flown long distances to pay their respects.
Blakely, who served as an ambassador of goodwill to Africa at the United Nations, told Reuters: “I had known and worked with Kofi for close to 10 years. He spent his life trying hard to fix our broken society.”
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The only UN chief to have emerged from the ranks of its staff, passed away peacefully after a short illness on 18 August. He died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of the morning. He was 80.