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Daily Nation : February 27th 2014
DAILY NATION Thursday February 27, 2014 CRIME | Workers at Mater Hospital arrested in connection with the disappearance Three held in missing body row Woman was at the centre of Sh3bn inheritance dispute involving family of influential advocate BY VINCENT AGOYA @royagoya email@example.com T hree health workers were yesterday arrested in connection with the disappearance of the body of a city tycoon from Mater Hospital in Nairobi. Detectives led away a top city doctor, a mortuary attendant and a nurse to record statements at the Industrial Area police station over the missing body of Mrs Gladys Ritho, the administrator of a Sh3 billion estate at the centre of a family dispute. “There has been an allega- tion that millions of shillings was paid in exchange for the release of the body,” a source privy to the ongoing investigations intimated. “A relative filed a complaint saying that one of the family members from the opposing BACKGROUND Empire built by city lawyer Death : Gladys Ritho died on October 14, 2013 leaving behind the protracted feud over the control of the vast estate of city lawyer Samuel Kanogo Ritho, her husband. Estate: Before her death, she had obtained exclusive court orders granting her total control over the vast estate. Scene: Ms Elizabeth Muthoni, a daughter, caused a scene when she demanded to know where the mother’s body was. side might have taken the body using fake documents,” the source added. Dr James Kereri, Mr Joseph Otieno and sister Jennifer Sato were whisked away in unmarked police vehicles in the company of plainclothes police officers who arrested them at the hospital yesterday. Police are investigating claims that Mrs Ritho’s body, which had been at the Mater Hospital mortuary for five months, was collected on Saturday when a man identified only as Geoffrey took it away “without the consent of the rest of the family members.” A section of the feuding family members had produced documents including a burial permit to hospital officials and cleared the bills before being allowed to carry the body. But a separate group led by the deceased’s daughter later arrived protesting that the documents used to release the body were fake. Court orders Makadara division head of CID Zack Nanguli said a complaint had been lodged over the matter and the police had started investigations. The whereabouts of the body were still unknown. Family members feared it may have been buried at a secret grave or cremated. The hospital had blocked two attempts to collect the body without the consent of the family members, sources said. National News 9 BRIEFLY CONVICTED Rapist to spend 20 years in prison A 20 year-old man was yes- terday convicted of defiling a minor and jailed for 20 years. John Ndirangu was found guilty of the offense committed on June 25, 2013 at Njoguini village, Nyeri County. The court said the prosecution’s case against Ndirangu was watertight and backed by medical evidence that indicated he defiled the 12 year-old girl. TAXATION Court trashes union bid to block KRA A trade union has lost a bid to block Kenya Revenue Authority from making deductions on service charge due to its members. Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Education Institutions and Hospitals Workers (KUDHEIHA) claimed the deductions violated their rights. Judge David Majanja dismissed the petition, saying the court had not established any violation of the workers’ rights. PHOEBE OKALL | NATION Mater Hospital mortuary attendant Joseph Otieno confronts journalists after he was arrested yesterday alongside two others over the missing body of Mrs Gladys Ritho. Sacked soldiers seek Sh51m for ‘wrongful detention’ BY NATION REPORTER Six sacked soldiers are seeking Sh51 million in compensation for unlawful arrest and detention by the 82 Air Force. Mr Stephen Gaithi Njihia, Mr Rogers Kimoso Righa, Mr Benson Sokio Lekalau, Mr Hussein Ambrose Mastila, Mr Samuel Ndung’u Gatua and Mr Frederick Wafula Obetele who have sued the Attorney-General, attribute their tribulations to a decision made by what they describe as an illegal government entity. The six claim the illegal entity con- ducted a court martial dubbed 82 Air Force which unlawfully and without due process tried, convicted, sentenced and acquitted each of them. “We were unlawfully detained and sacked by an illegal entity that was under the command of the then Chief of General Staff of the Kenya Defence Forces. We were illegally arrested, kept in solitary confinement, interrogated, tortured and unilaterally discharged from KDF by an illegal entity,” they said in their petition. The six were arrested following the 1982 coup attempt. The case will be mentioned on April 2. NAKURU Two arrested in raid on chang’aa den Two people were yesterday ar- rested and 80 litres of chang’aa impounded during a raid in Koibatek Forest. The Kenya Forest Service rangers also impounded 3,000 litres of the un-distilled liquor and raw materials used to make the spirit. Kibunja forest station base commander Livingstone Mbugua said the two were among five suspects who were fined for making illicit liquor.
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