May 2020

Police in Murang’a have arrested two suspects found in possession of bhang stacked in ten sacks with an estimated street value of Sh 5 million.

Dida Jarso from Moyale and Yusuf Halkano Sonkono from Isiolo were intercepted at a roadblock in Makuyu along the Kenol-Sagana while on transit to Nairobi.

The duo had managed to pass through several roadblocks from Ethiopia through the Isiolo corridor using fake cards indicating Isiolo County Government staff. One of the suspects had a badge purporting he was a nurse attached to Garba Tulla ward.


The suspects also had KES. 190,000 believed to be used to bribe their way past the numerous roadblocks.

The suspects shall remain in police custody until Tuesday when they shall be arraigned in court.

Detectives in Kisii have arrested 2 suspects following multiple cases of online fraud where many have fallen victims in the hope of being enlisted for stipends to cope with COVID-19.

While impersonating a prominent lady in Kenya, the duo, Brian Osoro Nyariki and Duke Sabungi Ongweso, both 22 years of age, opened four fake Facebook accounts with which they lured vulnerable members of the public to register with at least KES. 599 for consideration in a false ongoing issuance of KES. 30,000 stipend to cope with the pandemic.

Once the any of the victims sent their money, the duo would immediately block their victims from accessing their pages and their phone numbers.

They used multiple pseudo accounts to post on the page as having benefited from the aid so as to lure unsuspecting follower. The money sent was also being cashed using several sim cards.

Several people had been successfully defrauded prompting a manhunt for the two, in whose possession were recovered 53 Airtel and 3 Telecom sim cards.

They will be charged for Publication of False Information C/Sec 23 of Computer Misuse and Cyber Crime Act and Obtaining Money by False pretense Contrary to Section 313 of the Penal Code.

A middle-aged man has committed suicide by hanging in a rented apartment in Kisii Estate Thika behind Kamenu Primary School.

The body of the father of one was on Sunday morning discovered inside a common toilet at their rented residence.

According to preliminary reports, the young father who is a tuktuk driver in Makongeni estate, told his wife that he had gone to bath in their plot's common bathrooms at Mwalimu Complex.

The wife got concerned when he overstayed in the bathroom and decided to to go and check on him. It is alleged that when she found no one in the bathroom, she checked to see if he was in the toilets and noticed that one of them was locked from the inside. Her efforts to get some response from whoever was inside turned out futile, drawing some concerns.

She called her neighbours who after checking out, saw the deceased dangling on a rope from the toilet's rafters.

She claims that there wasn't any prior disagreement between her and the deceased, and couldn't ascertain what drove him to take his life.

At the time of going to press, the police had arrived to collect the body.


A joint operation involving officers from Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), the DCI and the National Police service on Friday and Saturday raided two illegal LPG sites in Nairobi and Ruiru town and discovered assorted LPG cylinders being refilled illegally.


The two stations namely, More Gas in Nairobi’s Industrial area and Tex Gas in Ruiru were found to be trading LPG in cylinders without authorisation from the respective brand owners.


The two illegal sites have been shut down pending further investigation and arraignment of culprits in court to be charged in accordance with the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Regulations 2019.


The Authority urged members of the public to be vigilant and immediately report to the Authority cases of malpractices through emails: compliance@epra.go.ke or info@epra.go.ke or our hotline numbers 0708 444 000, 0709 336 000.

A multi-agency COVID-19 contact tracing team has been dispatched to Juja Farm to track down all those who might have come into contact with a woman who was on Wednesday tested positive of the disease.
Juja Sub-County COVID-19 Response Committee Chairman Charles Muriithi who is also Juja Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) said the team was yet to get the victim's phone number and her residence to help in the tracing exercise.  
The case is the first one in Juja.  
Two other positive cases were intercepted before they gained entry into the sub-county. 
Among them is a business woman coming back from Dubai while the other was a truck driver who was returning from Mombasa.  
The DCC who was outlining the expected outcome of the 8 economical stimulus recently unveiled by President Uhuru Kenyatta, urged local community to seriously adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines.

Unity West, the first phase of a 1,200-unit residential neighbourhood at Tatu City, has received the Certificate of Occupancy for its first block of apartments, enabling owners to move in next month.

With prices starting at USD 40,000 for 2-bedroom apartments, Unity West offers all the conveniences of Tatu City, along with amenities exclusively for residents, including a badminton court, a mini basketball court and a playground. Future plans include a two-acre park, infinity pool, gym, coffee shop and commercial centre.

Located along Tatu City’s main road – the TC-101 – Unity West’s first 48 units are spread across four blocks, with 12 apartments each. Another 48 units will be ready for occupation in October 2020, and the entire 384-unit first phase of the project will be completed by the end of 2022.

Unity West at Tatu City is the perfect home for individuals and young families, or for investors looking to make amazing returns.

BY:JUMA HEMEDI
29/05/2020

This week I came across a thesis titled "CAUSES OF PERSISTENT RURAL POVERTY IN THIKA DISTRICT". The thesis was submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the Degree of Doctor of philosophy of Rhodes University by Felistus Kinuna Kinyanjui.

The study investigates the causes of poverty in thika district over a period of nearly 50 years (1953-2000). Felistus in her study traces the dynamics of poverty to the Geography, history and Politics of Thika District. I recommend that you search for the thesis and read.

I want to centre around the dynamics of politics on education. Thika district was curved out of Kiambu District in 1994, and before the electoral boundaries done before the 2013 elections, Thika town was part of the larger Juja Constituency. George Muhoho served as the MP from 1983 until the start of multiparty in the early 90s.

Stephen Ndichu, took over from Muhoho and served for two terms until 2002. Hon. William Kabogo won the elections of 2002 and served at a time when the CDF act was enacted in parliament and was implemented. This was the first time development resources were getting devolved at constituency level, reducing the powers provincial administration had over development resources.

I will only confine myself to the period 2002-2020. With CDF funds Hon. William Kabogo was able to among others implement the umeme pamoja jointly with Kenya Power, a number of police posts including the Ndururumo Police Post in Thika. Piping of water to Witeithie from Thika water supply among others developments.

George Thuo was elected in 2007 and served until 2010 when his election was nullified by high Court through a petition filed by Hon. William Kabogo. But George Thuo gave Education in Thika a lot of seriousness. It was during his time when the government stimulus programme touching on key sectors was introduced and a girls secondary school was proposed at Karibaribi in Thika.

But No leader in the recent past has recognised the important role education plays in poverty reduction, than Hon. Patrick Wainaina. He is serving as the second MP since the creation of  Thika Town Constituency.

One of the reasons identified as factor in a recent study on education on the migration of students from public schools to private has been the dilapidated and aged school infrastructure in public primary schools.

Some of these schools in Thika had been featured in the National media from as early as 2014, among these schools were Kiboko (Heshima) Primary where TV footage showed pupils sitting on stones while trying to concentrate on learning in class without desks and an almost falling ceiling.

The other school was Kianjau primary near the slums of Kiandutu. Kenyatta primary school was another one. The school had never seen a coat of paint since it was constructed in the early 70s.

Within two and half years the stories in these schools and others in Thika are different. These schools now have an infrastructure better than most private institutions. Primary education is at the centre of the foundation of every society, this is where children are nurtured and allowed to dream. Dreams that will be the realisation of a better tomorrow.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) uses several criteria to measure poverty, they include; life expectancy, child mortality as well as access to education. Education reduces powerlessness.

By investing in and rehabilitating infrastructure in public primary schools, and making them habitable the Constituency leadership has reduced inequalities in education. And as a resident of the town who went through public schooling both in Primary and secondary schools, I can only urge them on.

Thank you for understanding the connection between politics, educational development and poverty.

Juma Hemedi

KEBS Quality Assurance and Inspection Officer taking records of Gental Care Hand Sanitizer Post Production Quality control at BIDCO Africa’s manufacturing plant in Thika. Looking on is Kennedy Simba- BIDCO’s Lead Quality Assurance and Systems Officer.

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has cleared Gental Care Hand Sanitiser and certified  the product as fully compliant with the standards and all measures on quality and safety.

The sanitiser, that is manufactured by BIDCO AFRICA, was on 22nd May 2020 listed among a host of other products from other companies that had been suspended by KEBS over non-compliance.

However, in a notice dated 28th May 2020, KEBS lifted the suspension stating that Gental Care Hand Sanitizer was fully compliant with set standards and met all measures on quality and safety.

In a statement after receipt of the lifting of this ban said, BIDCO said; “We assure all our customers and consumers that whereas we remain fully committed towards enhancing Happy, Healthy and Safe Living, we will never compromise on quality. BIDCO continues to cooperate and inclusively consult with KEBS not only on the quality and safety of Gental Care Hand Sanitizer but also on all fronts. 
We continually listen to the rising needs and changing trends of our customers and the consumer community at large– a true spirit of the heritage BIDCO has championed over the years.”

According to the company, KEBS officials visited the company’s manufacturing plant in Thika twice on a rigorous exercise that saw samples of Gental Care Hand Sanitizer subjected to test and confirmation on quality and alcohol concentration. They  conducted a surveillance audit, collected random samples as BIDCO recalled two batches of the product from the market on their advice.

In both of these visits, BIDCO provided KEBS with evidence of measures on Pre-production Quality Assurance as well as Post-production Quality control.

The company promised its customers that they would never relent on their resolve to work with the wananchi and communities that were in dire need of help and support especially those affected most by COVID-19 pandemic.


Health CS Mutahi Kagwe today said that the National Government, under the Universal Health Care (UHC), had allocated Kiambu County Government KES. 216 million this Financial Year towards ensuring that the county had essential medicines in its health facilities.

The CS was speaking in Tigoni Hospital where he had visited to assess the level of preparedness, determine support needed to enhance readiness to combat this virus.

Kagwe congratulated Kiambu Governor Dr. James Nyoro for hiring an additional 100 health workers from different cadres.

“Kiambu County has already recruited 64 out of 95 through the Public Service Commission Youth Empowerment Programme, which cuts across 21 cadres, and 138 skilled health workers,” said Kagwe.

The CS stressed the need to strengthen Primary Health Care at the community Units, dispensaries & Health centres to bring health care nearer to the people and let the higher-level health facilities to deal with cases that are more complicated and reduce congestion.

He added that at the community level, 1,171 out of 1,200 healthcare workers had been sensitized on UHC, which included COVID-19. All this, he said, was to boost the County’s health work force.

“The Government’s agenda is to make health care more affordable for the common mwananchi. To achieve this, we have embarked on reforming NHIF so that it can serve Kenyans better. I want to appeal to Kenyans to register with the Fund and also diligently contribute monthly,” he said.

On matter COVID-19, the CS noted that Kiambu County, which recorded three cases today, ranked 4th overall in the country with39 cases of COVID-19 recorded.

Nairobi is the county with the highest number of COVID-cases with 835, followed by Mombasa with 495 and Kajiado with 65.

32 out of 47 counties have so far recorded cases of the disease. Today, 147 people were confirmed positive out of the 2,831 samples tested, bringing the national tally to 1,618.

The three cases from Kiambu were from Kiambu Town (1), Thika (1) and Kikuyu (1).

Nairobi topped the list with 90 cases followed by Mombasa, which recorded 41 cases.

Speaking during the occasion, Gov. Nyoro re-affirmed the county’s preparedness to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that they had a capacity of about 300 beds.

He added that out of the 509 cases within the county, 37 of them had tested positive.
He appealed to the Ministry of Health to offer more support in testing kits to expand mass testing.

“As of today, we have hired 200 health workers through the support of the National Government and we will hire an additional 100 next week from the national government plus an extra 150 from the county’s resources. We have also plan to hire 5,400 community health volunteers,” explained Nyoro.

Gov. Nyoro said that talks were also underway with Kenyatta University Hospital to have Gatundu Level 5 Hospital becomes a subsidiary of KU Teaching & Referral Hospital.

Present at the function included ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, Deputy Governor Joyce Ngugi, Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga, Acting Director General for Health Dr Patrick Amoth among others.

BY: JUMA HEMEDI
28/05/2020

Four incidents have happened in the last few weeks in both Kenya and USA involving law enforcement officers that have rekindled past memories of a time when respect for human lives was at its lowest.

1. Incident One, Georgia USA

Ahmaud Arbery, a black man was out jogging in his neighbourhood in Georgia at around 1pm, when he was shot dead by a white father and his son. The two claimed that they mistook him for a suspect involved in a string of neighbourhood break-ins.

The incident happened in February but the police only arrested the two white men in May after public protests and were charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. The killer was a 64 year old former police officer, and his 34 year old son.

2. Incident Two, Mineapolis USA

George Floyd, A black man died on a pavement after being arrested by the police. Video clips circulating show a White police officer pinning down George on the pavement with his knee.

This is happening even as George is heard complaining that he can't breath and that his stomach hurts.

Mineapolis police statement indicated that, it's officers were responding to a report of "forgery in progress". The suspect had been arrested and in handcuffs when the 'pinning incident' and eventual death happened.

3. Incident Three, Kahawa Kenya

Pictures of a black man bleeding from the nose and face and a deep cut above his nose, were circulating on Twitter in the last eighteen hours. The man who had soiled his white T-Shirt with blood had his trousers torn too. He was getting first Aid from a good Samaritan.

He claim he was beaten by three police officers who also stole his phone. His crime; he was out past curfew time.

4. Incident Four, Kenya. (location unknown) 

A Video clip of three police officers arresting a man whose shirt was torn in the ensuing incident of trying to explain himself to the officers was circulating on social media platforms yesterday. It seemed like the man was getting arrested for not wearing a face mask (we are yet to see the incident report).

The arrest was not the issue, the clip shows one of the police officers reaching out and grabbing, and squeezing the suspects "balls" to get him subdued.

The black race or what is called the "Negroid race" has had its fair share of mistreatment the world over. It started by the white settlers and the Arabs who carted and shipped hundreds and thousands of our ancestors and sold them into slavery to fuel the industrial/agrarian revolution in Europe and America. And porters and workers for Arab countries.

Then others were taken to fight in a war they had no knowledge of in the commonwealth, world war 1 and 2. When slavery had lost its luster, the Europeans (read whites) sat and divided Africa amongst themselves as "spheres of influence". That ushered in the era of colonisation.

As colonialism was coming to an end a faulty police training manual was left with African countries. But it seems as if the same manual is being used by the white police officers in dealing with only the black citizens in their countries.

The tragedy is when a fellow African, black police officer beats, tortures, abuses, humiliates and kills a fellow black man in an African county, in the 21st century.

The black race should not be endangered in Europe and America by overzealous white security officers and face the same treatment back home by overzealous African police officers.

These Actions by the police in both Kenya and the USA are wrong.

We will not win the war on COVID-19 in Kenya with these kind of approaches. We must change tact.

Juma Hemedi

Kiambu County Government in collaboration with the National Government have started the construction of Ndarugo River Bridge in Gatuanyaga Ward and is set to be completed by end of week.
The makeshift pipe bridge, that links Munyu village and Komo in Juja, has been a thorn in the flesh claiming more than eight lives since the beginning of this year.

Speaking in Munyu on Tuesday, Governor James Nyoro also promised his administration will commence the rehabilitation of the 7Km Muguga-Ngatia-Munyu road.

He also promised to upgrade Munyu Dispensary into a level 3 hospital and bring a mobile clinic container that has a maternity and laboratory at at either Komo or Munyu shopping centers.

"We will also start fencing of Munyu market and facilitate the establishment of stalls as a way of promoting local trade," Nyoro told the residents.

Thika Cloths Mills, a leading school uniform and fabrics for the uniformed service manufacturer in the country, has been forced by the COVID-19 socio-economic plunge to turn into the mass production of face masks, whose market is slowly dwindling due to over flooding.

This has led to the company temporarily send home some 700 workers though on paid leave as they wait for the situation to improve.

TCM CEO Tejal Dhothia adds that the containment of the Nairobi metropolis has frozen their market and reduced demand of their materials.

Sun Veat Food (K) Ltd. in partnership with Building Lives Foundation, have today distributed food hampers, soap and face masks worth KES. ½ million to 400 needy families in Thika.

Among the beneficiaries included persons living with disabilities, persons living with HIV-AIDS, young mothers and several people who recently lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking at the company's grounds during the distribution, MD Vishal said that as a company, they were also targeting to distribute over 20,000 masks countrywide valued at KES. 1 million.

Municipality ACC Lazarus Obuar cautioned the beneficiaries against selling or misusing the donations adding that the food could last them for about 2 weeks if well utilised.

Thika District Business Association (TDBA) Chairman Alfred Wanyoike thanked the Thika business community for their continued support to the needy persons during these tough times.

Wanyoike appealed for more donations, noting that the situation was being worsened by the continued loss of jobs over the pandemic.


Kiambu Governor Dr. James Nyoro will in June 2020 officially launch a KES. 153 million roads re-carpeting and street lighting project on all the streets within Thika Central Business District (CBD).

Speaking in Kiandutu slums on Wednesday when he accompanied Principal Secretary, State Department for Housing and Urban Development Charles Hinga Mwaura to ascertain the impact of the Kazi Mtaani National Hygiene Programme, the governor acknowledged the poor state of the roads and promised to help the town regain its lost glory.

He thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for choosing Kiambu County to be among the first eight beneficiaries of the Kazi Mtaani programme and promised to expand this national government’s initiative by involving more youth from the other areas of the town in similar activities.

“As a county, we will also look for more youth who will help us in clean up other areas of the town. We will also boost the national government’s initiative through addition of more toilets within Kiandutu so as to improve the sanitation of this area, among other programmes,” he said.

He promised that, beginning the next Financial Year (June 2020), the county government would employ more people in a bid to improve and enhance service delivery to the people of Kiambu.

On his part, PS Hinga said that the government was about to begin the second phase of the Kazi Mtaani National Hygiene Programme that will include improvement of road infrastructure, construction of toilets, improvement of bus termini, markets and schools among other labour 
intensive activities.

“Phase I of this programme is in 28 informal settlements from 8 counties that are most hit by the COVID-19 restrictions. Currently, the programme has employed 26,114 youth,” explained the PS.

Hinga added that out of the KES. 354 million set aside for the programme, KES. 300 million had been allocated for wages with the balance of KES. 54 million going to programmes such as the production of face masks by slum youth.

Present at the occasion included Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga.


To many people, the mention of the name Majengo Estate sends chills into their spine, considering the criminal narrative associated with the area.

But one group of youth in the area is out to correct that narrative by working towards reforming fellow youth from crime and driving them into productive endeavours.

Led by Swahib Mohammed, an ex-convict who spent 18 years behind bars, Thika Empowerment Group (TEG) is now drawing youth from various estates around Thika to endeavour in clean up exercises and unclogging of drainage in a bid to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Currently, the group has attracted 62 youth drawn from Majengo, Starehe, Jamhuri, Ofafa and Biafra estates and has started a voluntary clean up programme in Majengo.

“I spent 18 years behind bars and I wouldn't wish any of my fellow youth to experience what I did in jail. My mission is to help these youth reform and start doing something productive with their lives,” explains Swahib.

He says that his main objective is to see people live in peace and save the youth from getting into trouble with the law.

“Very many youth here have died while so young either through drugs or being shot dead while engaging in crime. We want to change that,” he says.

His colleague John Kariuki aka "RIO" blames most incidences of crime to joblessness and hopelessness among the youth.

“At the moment, we are volunteering to clean the estates for free to show those around us that, if supported, we can do something productive, especially now that we are faced with COVID-19 pandemic,” adds Rio.

He adds that they survive through small tokens gotten from well-wishers who appreciate their work, most of which goes to buying protective gear and tools that they use to work with.

“We are in dire shortage of tools and equipment. We also do not have enough protective gear but we believe that once the society embraces our idea, they will agree to contribute some little amount of money monthly to enable us sustain the project,” he says.

TEG was formed last year in November (2019) and has been very instrumental in discouraging idleness and crime among the youth in these estates.

Today marks their 26th day since the embarked on a mission to clean up the estates in the fight against coronavirus.

They plan to commercialise their volunteerism after COVID-19 with a view to creating some employment to these youth and drawing them away from crime and drugs.

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