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Daily Nation : February 28th 2014
18 | THE COUNTIES NAIROBI | Accused to be sentenced on March 20 Kin and 3 accomplices found guilty of killing man in property tussle One suspect acquitted on grounds that he had not been mentioned in evidence presented by prosecution MAUREEN KAKAH @mollykakah email@example.com T hree family members who killed their relative with help of three others eight years ago, were yesterday convicted of murder. Anne Waithera Macharia, Ruth Wanjiru Maina, Daniel Kimotho, Joseph Kirimbi, Eliud Mwai and Joseph Macharia were convicted of plotting, execution and elimination of Mr David Macharia on June 12, 2006. The six had been accused of slash- ing the deceased’s neck, putting his body in a sack with two large stones while wrapped in a blanket before transporting it on a bicycle and disposing it of in a waterfall in Kamare Forest, Kiambu. “The throat of the deceased was severely cut in a transverse manner cutting off all the main blood vessels, this serious injury would not have been inflicted with any other intention but to kill the deceased, coupled with the planning meetings and the manner in which the body was disposed of with a view of concealing the crime, I conclude that these six premeditated with intend to kill,” Lady Justice Josephine Muchemi ruled. Prior to the actual murder, two plan- ning meetings had been organized at Wanjiru’s house where Waithera was overheard saying that “the person disturbing Joseph over property sharing must be given some medicine.” Waithera is the first wife to the deceased; Joseph Macharia is their son while Wanjiru is a sister-in-law to the late Macharia. On the fateful day, the deceased who NAKURU Reporters barred as MCAs query governor on remarks BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Journalists were yesterday barred from covering a session in which Nakuru governor Kinuthia Mbugua is said to have been grilled by Members of the County Assembly for making disrespectful remarks. The MCAs had summoned Mr Mbugua to clarify on his earlier remarks in which he is alleged to have referred to them as ignorant while discussing a resolution the Assembly had made proposing the suspension of the county’s head of procurement, Ms Elizabeth Masaku. The County Representatives had accused Ms Masaku of insubordination and arrogance, saying she should leave the county and go back the Transitional Authority, which had seconded her. For over three hours, Mr Mbugua who was accompanied by his deputy Joseph Ruto and county secretary Joseph Motari, held the private ‘Kamukunji’ with the MCAs in the county chambers. Constitutional independence Out of the 74 County Reps, about 50 of them attended the session chaired by deputy Speaker Samuel Tonui. Mr Mbugua’s ‘impolite’ remarks which according to the MCAs threatens their constitutional independence to play their oversight role, is the latest incident drawing a rift between the County assembly and the executive. On Tuesday, during the flagging off of a Sh72 million drug consignment in Nakuru, Mr Mbugua is quoted to have said: “People are talking about procurement in the county in an ignorant manner and even targeting some officers. That is very ignorant as it is not one officer who is doing procurement in Nakuru.” The throat of the deceased was slashed. This injury would not have been inflicted with any other intention other than to kill” ‘‘ Lady Justice Josphine Muchemi was a farmer, left his second wife’s Hannah Wanjiru house at Kirasha market, to work in his farm where Waithera lived, but never returned home. Hannah alerted a brother-in-law about Mr Macharia’s disappearance and the police arrested her co-wife and Ruth Wanjiru. PAUL WAWERU | NATION From right: Annah Waithera Macharia, her sister Ruth Wanjiru Maina, Daniel Njoroge Kimotho, Joseph Kinyuru Kirimi, Eliud Maina Mwai, Peter Chege Mwangi and Joseph Macharia (son to Annah Waithera) at the High Court yesterday. A wet jacket which the deceased was wearing on the day he went missing was found in Waithera’s house several days after his disappearance. Kimotho who admitted to have been hired to only dispose the body on his bicycle had presented himself to the area chief and named the rest. Kirimbi went into hiding at a family friend’s home in Mai Mahiu and revealed to him about his role. He named Mwai and mentioned the seventh suspect Peter Chege Mwangi’s participation in the murder. They were given Sh10,000 to be shared among the three of them by the two sisters. It is the family friend who also reported to the police and the three were arrested. He also led the police to the exact location where the body was retrieved from deep in the water. Joseph Macharia was arrested in Busia where he had gone into hiding and had broken his father’s arm in a fight over sharing of property with his stepmother, in an earlier incident that was reported to the police but later withdrawn. Whilst the six were convicted, Mwangi was acquitted on grounds that he had not been mentioned in evidence presented by prosecution, apart from the money sharing. The six will be sentenced on March 20. TO COMMENT ON THIS AND OTHER STORIES GO TO www.nation.co.ke DAILY NATION Friday February 28, 2014 POLICE ACCUSED OF CARGO DELAYS ALONG KEY ROAD Officers on patrol stop truck drivers to demand bribes, says Mungatana. Page 24 BRIEFLY EMBU Mutilated body of boy dumped on farm A 13-year-old school boy was bludgeoned to death and his body dumped in a coffee plantation at Rugucha village in Embu East sub-county. The partly decomposed body of Alex Kinyua was found yesterday morning with deep cuts in the head. The class Eight pupil went missing last Friday. Embu North Administration Police Commandant Charles Machinji said the boy’s bicycle was found hidden in the bush while a blood-stained panga was found in a nearby maize field. NYANDARUA Lobby wants assembly clerk barred from office A lobby has moved to court seeking orders to stop Nyandarua County Assembly clerk from assuming office on claims that her appointment was illegal. Kivuli cha Haki asked the High Court in Nakuru to order the Assembly to conduct fresh recruitment for the position and bar Ms Purity Mwonjoria Kamuruci who was sworn in on February 6, from taking office. The lobby claimed she presented fake academic papers. Parties were told to pick a hearing date for the case. EMBU Elders threaten to curse defiant Nditi A group of elders has threat- ened to curse Embu Deputy Governor Dorothy Nditi if she refuses to step aside for a by-election if Governor Martin Wambora is ousted. The Mbeere North Council of Elders said they were making plans to ensure Ms Nditi, from the Mbeere community, does not become governor. The elders said they were concerned that there would be disunity if someone who is not from the Embu community succeeded Mr Wambora. NAKURU KWS alerts farmers on fake quail licences The wildlife service yester- day told farmers to be wary of unscrupulous traders issuing out fake quail-keeping licences, saying, it was a lucrative venture involving thousands of Kenyans. Speaking during a media briefing at the Lake Nakuru National Park Kenya Wildlife Service offices, KWS district warden Jacob Orahle said they were on high alert and urged quail keepers to help them arrest the bogus wildlife agents. Mr Orahle said quail keepers had reaped big from the growing market for the birds.
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