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A cartoon show was playing, it was one of Dancan Githinji’s favourites. But he wasn’t there to watch. He never would be.

Dancan, the only son of Joyce Muthoni and David Njunguna, had been shot by police on Sunday night as they confronted women who were selling chang’aa nearby in  Kahawa West, Soweto, Nairobi.

Was it a stay bullet was he in the wrong place outside his own home?

Dancan was almost three years old. He was the only son and had two sisters.

On Tuesday, his benumbed mother and father sat in their cousin’s mabati single room, trying to grasp what had happened — and why. They wanted answers and they wanted justice.

Muthoni cradled one of her daughters and displayed Dancan’s picture in a pink frame. He husband sat across the room.

They were deflated, struggling to come to terms with the killing, trying to piece together the words. At one point they buried their heads in their hands.

Then their first-born daughter Ciru ran in with a piece of pineapple, offering it to her mother. She didn’t understand what had happened and continued asking where Dancan was.

With everyone so sombre and unresponsive, Ciru threw the fruit on the floor and was scolded by her mother.

“Our daughter keeps asking where Dan is because she last saw him lying in his blood last Sunday. Now he’s not around and no one knows how to tell her anything,” Muthoni said.

“My son was to join kindergarten this  January. Now this will be no more,” Muthoni saidamid long pained causes.

Wanjiru, a neighbour, told the Star that she was the one who tried to get emergency aid to save the boy’s life. But he died on the way to the hospital.

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“The mother came and saw the fracas [between cops and women brewers] going on and her child fallen down. But she just sat down, confused and she seemed absent-minded.

“I rushed the kid to Penda health clinic which is not far away, but they turned me away, not agreeing to help,” Wanjiru said.

Then she tried to rush him to Kiambu Level 5 Hospital.

“He died before I reached the hospital, she said.

Reports indicate two officers were raiding illicit brew dens, confronting women brewing chang’aa and pouring it out.

“There was a confrontation between the two women and the armed officers,” a resident claiming to be a witness said.”The women had been following the officers in protest because their brew had been poured out.

“At this point, the officers shot several bullets in the air, one hit a wall, one hit the boy and another narrowly missed a resident,” the resident said.

It was not possible to confirm this account.

The officers are based at Maziwa Police Post.

There were claims that the women had argued with the officers after they failed to give bribes to allow their business to continue, hence, the confiscation and destruction of their livelihood.

Nairobi regional police commander Phillip Ndolo confirmed that the two officers are in custody in connection with the shooting as the DCI and Ipoa probe the matter.

The couple is demanding the officers be prosecuted.

Ndolo dismissed the claims that the officers were collecting bribes from the chang’aa dens.

GORDON OSEN AND EMMY CHIRCHIR/The Star

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¨I want to embark on a self discovery journey and find you and love you as you deserve¨ Mrs Raburu breaks silence

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By now, it is clear Willis Raburu and his wife jetted off to the US after their traumatic loss and Marya has decided to embark on a self-discovery journey.

Filled with serenity and tucked in the suburbs, the grieving couple are putting the broken pieces back together and seemingly finding peace of mind and heart.

The journey started with some sort of ´lack of faith´ in God, questioning his ways, terming them ´unjust´.

The Raburu´s still grieving their departed daughter

Slowly, looks like the two are healing as Mrs Raburu finally broke the silence online, penning:

I don’t know who you are anymore but I want to embark on a self discovery journey and find you and love you as you deserve coz you only deserve the best. 🥂

With the sun rays, soft enough to color the mood, smile from ear to ear, chilled and savoring nature´s goodness, a dear Marya Prude could afford a cheerful smile.

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Mrs Raburu finally speaks up after long silence over daughter´s heartbreaking loss

May the two find peace of mind, heart and soul.


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I went in search of closure and it left me with even more questions

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I tried to look for closure but it left me even more bewildered (Photo: Shutterstock)

Everyone says that at the end of every relationship, romantic or not, you should seek closure so that you can move on peacefully. Well, I tried it and it left me even more bewildered.

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Background

I met this guy just when I had decided that I was done dating and I was going to enjoy my singlehood. I was tired of being defined by a relationship and just wanted to live my life, happy being just me.

Then I met this guy and at first I was hesitant. I didn’t want to let him in. I wanted to be single, dammit! “Why couldn’t he show up when I was actively searching for a boyfriend,” I asked myself.

Long story short, niliingia box. The relationship was good, I won’t complain, but towards what I will now call the end, some things came to light that made me rethink my decision.

He had a bad temper, so bad that I was afraid of being hit. Then there was the matter of religion and I was expected to abandon mine in order to pursue his, no discussions prior. He had a baby mama and their relationship was complicated. It made me uncomfortable but I tried to ignore it and take his word for it. His insecurity also contributed to the mountain of questions I now had.

In the end, I decided I couldn’t go on with that relationship and I went MIA. He’d look for me once in a while and I’d call from time to time. He knew we had a problem and he said that we would meet up to talk so we could move forward.

The meetup

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I got tired of waiting for this talk and moved on. Almost a year later, I decided I had had enough of this relationship that was over but not over. Even though I had made up my mind to let go, I remembered being told that I should get closure. So I texted him and asked if we could meet. We agreed on Friday at lunch time.

Come that Friday, it was awkward. When we first met, I didn’t know if I should hug him or shake his hand. I opted for a verbal hello. Once we had gotten the small talk out of the way, I broached the subject of our relationship and how weird things had been.

He asked me why I had gone quiet and I mentioned my issues. When I tried to tell him how his temper had scared me, he said that I shouldn’t have pushed him to get that angry.

“Wait, what?? So it is my fault,” I asked, bewildered.

Our conversation quickly turned into an argument (Photo: Shutterstock)

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Then I mentioned the baby mama and he couldn’t understand why I had a problem with her sleeping in his house whenever she brought the baby to see her dad.

“Do you know how I feel when I come to your place and I find her things there?” I yelled. By this time I had long forgotten about the calm demeanour I had promised myself I would keep.

Next thing I knew he had requested his boda guy to come for him and he was leaving. So I asked, “You’ve been saying we should meet up to discuss our issues and instead of talking you’re walking away?”

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“I don’t want to fight with you,” he said. “You decide what you want and let me know.”

He stood up and left and I didn’t say a thing.

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Lesson learned

I deleted his number soon after that and vowed that that was the last time I was ever going to speak to him. I couldn’t understand why this man did what he did but I was certain of one thing. I wasn’t going to call him for anything. I was done.

After that I went back to my old ways. There’s no need for closure. Once I’m done with a man, we’re done. My reasons are my own as are his. There’s absolutely no reason why we should sit down to “hash it out”. It only causes more confusion.

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List of politicians with baby mama drama!

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While some politicians have managed to keep their personal lives off the public, others are in situations where they are washing their dirty laundry in public. All this thanks to their baby mama drama.

Below are some of the politicians whose juicy baby mama drama keeps us entertained all day long.

1. Senator Wamatangi

This year Senator Wamatangi was sued by a woman who claimed that he was not taking responsibility of a 10-year-old child she bore for him.

According to Winfred Wangui Kimani, the senator has only seen their child twice

when she was two-months-old and he gave me Sh7, 000, and towards the end of 2007, when he was vying for a parliamentary seat.”

She further claims that,

He came home to see my mother with Sh20, 000 and promised to pay for his daughter’s upkeep.

Senator Wamatangi

She further said that since the birth of their child on April 23, 2007, Wamatangi has only sent Sh70, 000 through M-Pesa and that he has refused to pay Sh75,000 monthly upkeep.

Partly she says

I am the plaintiff herein and was from July 2006 working for the defendant as a house maid.

On July 18, at about mid-day, the defendant defiled me in his house. He threatened me with dire consequences if I reported to the police.

She further adds that Wamatangi only sent a mere Ksh 3,000.

Subsequently, I left employment and conceived. I gave birth on April 23, 2007. The defendant has all along been aware of these facts.

When I ask for child support, he erratically sends a sum of Sh3,000, which he sends after a long time and when he is pushed. I am jobless.

2. Charles Nyachae

The 60-year-old judge of the East African Court of Justice was recently accused of neglecting his child born out of a one night stand with a woman named Esther Wamuyu Macharia.

In texts exposed by The Nairobian, Wamuyu was demanding Sh100,000 monthly upkeep until their child reached 18 or a Sh20 million one-off payment, while Nyachae was only willing to art with Sh26,000 for school fees.

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Charles-Nyachae

Simeon Nyachae was previously married to Kaptuiya Cheboiwo. She was the Woman Rep aspirant for Baringo North where her late father, Henry Cheboiwo, was MP for 22 years.

Nyachae hails from Kisii County where Wamuyu was born and where she attended Kisii University, taking criminology and security studies while working as a part-time receptionist at a hotel where the two met in January 2014.

3. Peter Gitau

In 2012, a woman who claimed to have a child fathered by then Mwea MP Peter Gitau went to court to have him support the child. At the time she was seeking Sh1.2 million from the lawmaker in upkeep.

But Mwea MP Peter Gitau denied the allegations, saying that he is a happily married family man.

In a suit filed at a Nairobi court, the mother working in a private company in Nairobi claimed that Mr Gitau made her pregnant and then dumped her.

Peter Gitau
Peter Gitau

She alleged that the MP promised her a job, a car and a house if she bore a child for him.

She wanted the court to issue orders for the MP to provide for the baby arguing that under the Children’s Act, he is obliged to provide maintenance.

She met the MP in Nakuru in 2010 and after being promised the “goodies”, she agreed to have a child with Mr Gitau. But the lawmaker abandoned her after she informed him that she was pregnant.

“The defendant stopped all means of communication with me when I became pregnant,” she says.

“I am a happily married man with a family and the allegations that I promised the plaintiff a house, car and job are absolute lies meant to support material greed and extortion,” the MP said.

He alleged that the woman was a stranger to him as he had only met her twice — first for a business meeting at his private office in Nakuru and later during a social event.

 4. Shakeel Shabbir

Kisumu East MP Shakeel Shabbir is the latest politician to be embroiled in a child custody battle.

Weeks ago, Shabbir went to court seeking custody and parental responsibility of the two-and-a-half-year-old child.

But the woman wants the court to dismiss the suit and instead award her Sh240,000 monthly upkeep for the child.

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