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Police foil murder attempt on MKU lady student, arrest suspect

At the same time, the police has cautioned female students to be wary of predators whose bond of love is premised on monetary cords that are meant to temporarily win their affection.

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G3 Rifle

A Mt Kenya University student is this evening counting herself lucky after police foiled a planned murder attempt by her enraged boyfriend, who is a prisons warden.

Yesterday, Edwin Omuse, who is attached to Kangeta GK Prison in Meru County, disappeared from duty armed with a G3 rifle, on a mission to kill his girlfriend, Linet Murunga.

According to police, Omuse had been overheard saying that he would travel to Thika in Kiambu County to eliminate his girlfriend, whom he alleged had defrauded him Sh900,000.

In a bid to save the girlfriend’s life, detectives from the Special Service Unit, supported by their Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau counterparts, managed to trace her in her house located at Kisii estate in Thika town.

“They immediately moved her to safety and laid an ambush in wait for Omose. Today at around 5 pm, Omose arrived and using a spare key he gained entry into the house,” said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

Omuse is said to have made a call to the girlfriend who is a fourth-year student pursuing a course in environmental health, at the university’s main campus in Thika.

The detectives immediately moved in and without firing a single shot, arrested Omose and recovered the firearm loaded with 20 rounds of 7.62 mm calibre, which had been hidden beneath a couch.

Police say the suspect is safely in their custody, as detectives process him for arraignment.

At the same time, the police has cautioned female students to be wary of predators whose bond of love is premised on monetary cords that are meant to temporarily win their affection.

“These cords suffer monetary volatility which leads to suicidal and animalistic psychological attacks. Take time to know him and do due diligence,” the statement by the DCI cautioned.

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Atheists fault petition seeking to deregister society

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

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President of the Atheists in Kenya Society, Harrison Mumia

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

Former Juja MP, Dr Stephen Ndichu has moved to court seeking to have the Atheists in Kenya Society suspended on grounds that its continued existence is unconstitutional.

In a statement, the society’s president, Harrison Mumia says the petition is an assault on religious freedom and an insult to the diversity of the Kenyan people.

“We find the petition repugnant to a good conscience,” he stated adding that Dr Ndichu is a Christian fundamentalist who seems to harbour paranoid fantasies about the dangers of atheists existing in Kenya.

He further accused Dr Ndichu of seeing enemies where there is none and that the society was surprised, but not shocked as religion has historically inhibited progress.

He vowed that the society would do everything within its power to defend its right to remain a registered society and urged Kenyans to support fighting the petition.

On Sunday, the society said it will be writing to President William Ruto seeking an invitation to State House, just like the evangelical denominations.

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Uhuru Gardens ready for Madaraka Day fete, says PS Kibicho

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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This year’s national Madaraka Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi County will be open to 30,000 people, up from 10,000 in 2021.

Permanent Secretary in the State Department for Interior, Dr Karanja Kibicho, said this follows the relaxation of COVID-19 containment measures.

“Children will also be allowed in on the celebrations this year, and we expect county celebrations to happen too,” the PS said while on an inspection tour of the venue.

The PS said the government decided to move the celebrations from the County rotational back to Nairobi because it will be the last event for the current administration before it exits office.

“Because of the significance of this particular Madaraka day, being the last for this regime, we decided to celebrate it at Uhuru Gardens to break the tradition of celebrating it in counties,”

He revealed that preparations were currently at 90 percent complete and expressed confidence that all will be set for the event as the country marks 59 years of self rule.

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Queen Elizabeth mourns Kibaki as a great Statesman with commendable legacy

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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Queen Elizabeth II has mourned former President the late Mwai Kibaki eulogizing him as “a great statesman”.

“I was sorry to receive the news of the death of Mwai Kibaki. He had a lifelong record of service to the Kenyan people. It will be of deep sadness to your country to have lost a great statesman, but Kenya can take pride in the legacy of his leadership. I send you and the people of Kenya my condolences at this loss,” the message read.

The British High Commission further affirmed its close ties to Kenya and renewed its assurances to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The British High Commission avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya the assurances of its highest consideration,” the High Commission said.

The late Kibaki passed away on 21 April 2022, aged 90.

President Uhuru, who issued a proclamation that he would be granted a state funeral with full civilian and military honours, announced his death.

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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