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How Shanzu man ended up in court for bigamy

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By BRIAN OCHARO
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A 30-year-old man could spend five years in prison for marrying a second woman without informing her of the existence of a first wife.

George Gona Charo has become a frequent visitor of the Shanzu Law Courts as his second wife Neema Nijnikant Shah has sued him for bigamy – the offence of marrying someone while already married to another person.

Ms Shah accuses her husband of entering a civil marriage with her despite having already legally married Ms Dama Kaingu.

Mr Charo, who wedded Ms Shah at Shenai restaurant in 2016, is also accused by the Director of Public Prosecution of giving false information to the registrar of marriages – that he was still single.

The charge sheet says Mr Charo told the registrar that he had never married, information he knew to be false, with the intention of having his wedding officiated.

The prosecution notes that the registrar would not have married them had he known the truth.

Mr Charo is further accused of threatening to kill his second wife after she discovered he had another wife.

In her testimony in court, Ms Shah said she was led to believe she was Mr Charo’s only wife and that they had even vacationed in Mauritius.

She narrated to the court on Thursday that after their marriage she visited her husband’s rural home in Kaloleni where they had built a house.

“When Mr Charo came out of the house, he never greeted me. He was too rude. He asked me why I did not notify him of my visit. I did not reply,” she said.

She said that instead of responding to her greetings, the man hurled insults at her and threatened to burn her using petrol.

Realising that all was not well, Ms Shah told the court, she left the compound and went back to her house in Nyali.

“He showed me another woman who had three children, whom he claimed was his wife. I was surprised since I was the one who financed the building of the house. I did everything to make sure we built a house at Kaloleni,” she said.

The woman further said that prior to their marriage, she employed Mr Charo as a manager at her company but after the fracas at their matrimonial home, where she discovered the other wife, their relationship turned sour.

Following the disagreement and threats on her life, Ms Shah said her husband stopped visiting their Nyali house and spent most of his time in Kaloleni.

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Their pastor attempted to reunite them but it did not work, she told the court.

“The suspect came to my house after the pastor talked to him. He stayed in my house and we slept together but he could only sleep at the far end of the bed. He never talked to me yet I tried to initiate conversations.”

She told the court that Mr Charo later left for Nairobi without informing her, and that that was when she decided to report him to police.

Mr Charo denies the charges and insists he has no personal problem with Ms Shah and that he is ready for talks to iron out their differences.

He told the court that the woman was being misadvised by her friends.

“I have never threatened to kill my wife and neither do I hold a grudge against her. If we can have a sitting and sort out these small issues, we can carry on with our marriage,” he said.

Mr Charo further said the woman overreacted with jealousy and that her only intention is for him to send away his first wife.

“This is the cause of all these problems. I think Ms Shah is still in love with me and I also love her,” he said.

The case will continue on June 11.

According to Marriage Act, 2014, “No one in a monogamous marriage can contract another marriage [and] no one in a polygamous marriage can contract a monogamous marriage.”

The law also gives the conditions under which a marriage is treated as void. These are cases where the parties are “within the prohibited marriage relationship; either party is already married; by court order consent parties not been freely given (fraud, coercion, mental disorder, influence of drugs, intoxication); either party is absent from the ceremony; parties permit knowingly and willfully permitted an unqualified person to celebrate the union; parties are mistaken about the identity of the other party; or parties enter the marriage for fraudulent purposes.”

The punishment for committing bigamy is a maximum of five years in prison.

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Senator Mary Seneta applies hand sanitiser as her colleague Johnes Mwaruma keeps his distance before attending a Senate special sitting on Tuesday. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

A multi-agency team has been set up to co-ordinate all activities related to controlling the spread of the coronavirus disease in the country.

The team that comprises officials from the Health ministry, police, intelligence services, military and ambulance service providers, is using technology to trace and forcibly quarantine individuals who had travelled to high-risk countries but failed to self-isolate on their return.
Taxi drivers who ferried the suspected infected individuals, especially from airports, are also being sought.
The team that is based at the Embakasi Garrison has information on all travellers, especially from the US, Europe and Middle East, and it is tracking the individuals’ activities to establish if they observed the mandatory self-isolation rules.
SEE ALSO: China virus cases spike, 17 new infections reportedPresident Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday praised the team that is said to be working closely with telecommunication service providers to fulfill its mandate.
On Tuesday, Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot complained that State officials had rounded up parliamentary staff who arrived in the country on March 8 and taken them to Kasarani for quarantine.
The Senate subsequently sent a letter to the ministries of Interior and Health demanding an explanation, even as sources said the team has a list of people it is looking for.

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“Technology is now the main driver in tracing these individuals who are seen as the main agents of the disease spread,” said an official aware of the developments.
Officials expect the numbers of those infected to rise in the coming weeks as more people are tested for Covid-19.
SEE ALSO: China confirms virus spreading between humansThe team has reportedly been updating five key committees set up by President Kenyatta to manage the country’s response to the pandemic.
The committees consist of officials from the Executive and counties who are monitoring various operations across the country.
Operational briefs
The National Co-ordination Committee on the Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic is the central team that gets frequent operational briefs.
It consists of the Cabinet secretaries for Interior, Health, National Treasury, Defence and Agriculture, the Head of the Public Service, the chairman of the Council of Governors, State House Chief of Staff, Chief of Defence Forces, National Intelligence Service director general, Interior Principal Secretary and deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Strategy.
SEE ALSO: Factbox: What we know about the new coronavirus spreading in China and beyondThe committee is backed by four other teams. These are the County Government Co-ordination and Food Supply Committee, National Emergency Response Committee, National Economic and Business Response Committee, and Security Preparedness and Response Committee.

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Man dies after being assaulted by police during curfew hours – Nairobi News

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A 35-year-old man suspected to have been assaulted by police officers for flouting curfew regulation has succumbed to injuries while receiving treatment at the Kakamega County General Hospital.

He was identified as Ramathan Juma from Joyland estate in Kakamega town.

His aunt Zainab Abdalla said her nephew, who suffers from a mental illness, left home on Tuesday but did not return home.

“As a family, we are so sad about what has happened. Juma is sickly and sometimes leaves home and we have to go looking for him. I have lived with him for the last 16 years since his mother died and its wrong for police to have attacked him without finding out his condition,” said Mrs Abadalla.

It is suspected that Juma could have strayed from home and got caught up in the curfew melee on his way home.

The family reported his disappearance at the Kakamega police station and were informed he had been admitted at the hospital.

They said he had been found lying unconscious along a road and was taken to hospital by police officers.

“I suspect my son was battered by police officers during the curfew. We are informed he was found in Sichirai with injuries to his head. We suspect police beat him up without realising he had a mental illness,” Mrs Abdalla lamented.

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Kakamega Central police commander Mr David Kabene said the incident was being investigated.

“I have met the family and told them that we need to wait for the postmortem examination to establish the cause of the death,” said Mr Kabena.

In Amalemba estate, several people including a prison warder were arrested and questioned after they were found in a bar belonging to a retired police boss.

Mr Kabene said the Officer Commding Station was summoned and cautioned to ensure the premises are closed during curfew hours.

“She came and explained that the manager was caught while selling take away drinks and food to patrons,” said Mr Kabene.

He said the patrons were escorted to their homes and cautioned not to repeat the offence.

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Duterte tells Philippine police to shoot lockdown violators

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told security forces that they should shoot dead anyone causing “trouble” in areas locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

About half the country’s roughly 110 million people are currently under quarantine – including millions in deep poverty, left jobless by tough restrictions on movement.

Hours before Duterte gave the order in a speech late Wednesday, nearly two dozen people from a slum community in the capital Manila were arrested for holding a protest that accused the government of failing to provide food aid to the poor.

“My orders are to the police and military – also village officials – that if there is trouble or the situation arises that people fight and your lives are on the line, shoot them dead,” Duterte said.

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“Instead of causing trouble, I’ll send you to the grave,” he said, adding that the outbreak is getting worse more than two weeks into the lockdown.

The Philippines has so far detected 2,311 cases and reported 96 deaths, but the country has only begun ramping up testing and so the number of confirmed infections is expected to keep rising.

Duterte, who came to power in a landslide 2016 election victory, is known internationally for his foul-mouthed tirades and deadly crackdown on drugs, which is overwhelmingly supported by Filipinos.

But critics allege that Duterte’s drug war targets the poor and leaves the rich and powerful untouched, while reinforcing a culture of impunity.

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The president’s latest comments drew immediate rebuke from rights groups who urged the government to provide much-needed relief supplies instead of issuing threats of violence.

“It is deeply alarming that President Duterte has extended a policy of shoot-to-kill… Deadly, unchecked force should never be referred to as a method to respond to an emergency such as the Covid-19 pandemic,” Amnesty International Philippines said in a statement.

As frequently happens after Duterte makes an announcement that sparks concern, officials said the president used hyperbole to make a point.

Philippine National Police Chief Archie Gamboa said on Thursday that officers would not begin shooting troublemakers dead.

“Probably the president just overemphasised on implementing the law in this time of crisis,” he added.

The quarantine, which affects Manila’s 12 million people, has shuttered most businesses and brought nearly all social, religious and business activity to a halt.

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