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The victim died after allegedly being battered by her spouse. [File, Standard]

Police in Hamisi, Vihiga County have arrested a 67-year-old man for allegedly killing his 65-year-old wife.

Authorities say the suspect allegedly beat up his spouse to death over a Sh200 row.

The couple’s 35-year-old son is also in custody for allegedly helping his father kill the victim. 

Police said the two dumped the victim’s body in a 12-foot pit in Muhudu Village on Friday, July 15.

The area assistant chief, Wilface Pali, said a fight ensued after the victim asked her husband for Sh200 to buy food. By Brian Kisanji , The Standard


A new political alignment, the Non-Signatories South Sudanese Oppositions Group (NSSSOG), on Friday appointed Gen. Pagan Amum of the Real Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (R-SPLM) as its spokesperson, a press release said.

Gen. Amum is a leading South Sudanese political dissident who served as the Secretary General of the SPLM party before the December 2013 crisis which morphed into a war that engulfed most of the country.

“The Non-Signatories South Sudanese Oppositions Group (NSSSOG) would like to inform the people of South Sudan, the International Community that in line with its recently issued press statement (An urgent Call to All South Sudanese Stakeholders dated 13th July), the Group met on 14 July, and appointed Hon. Pagan Amum as its Interim Spokesperson,” the statement said.

“Hon. Amum is the officially authorized person to speak on behalf of the (NSSSOG) in dealing with media and the public,” it added.

According to the group, the appointment of Amum does not prevent the other five leaders of the (NSSSOG) to express their views if requested to do so.

The NSSSOG also said they nominated Deng Vanang, Peter Natana, and Lual Dau to be the focal point for those political, civil society, faith-based, women, and youth organizations that are interested in joining their urgent call to rescue the country from a constitutional vacuum and total collapse.

On Wednesday, the new grouping sent out a missive titled ‘An urgent call to all South Sudanese stakeholders’ in which they said the Republic of South Sudan is on the verge of collapse and that President Salva Kiir plans to stealthily extend his term in office.

The new political alignment comprises the United Democratic Revolutionary Movement/Army UDRM/A, National Democratic Movement Patriotic Front (NDM-PF), National Salvation Front (NAS), South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A), Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC), and the Real SPLM. - Radio Tamazuj

The six victims were aboard a matatu that was heading towards Nairobi from Matuu on July 15, 2022. [Erastus Mulwa, Standard]

Six people have died after a 14-seater matatu collided head-on with a saloon car and burst into flames at Kwa Majini area in Yatta Sub-County, Machakos County.

The accident occurred at 9am on Friday, July 15 on the Thika-Garissa Highway.

The public service vehicle (PSV) was heading towards Nairobi from Matuu, while the saloon car was heading towards Garissa direction. 

All the six people, who died, were aboard the matatu, which caught fire after the crash.

Their bodies have been taken to Matuu Level Four Hospital morgue. By Erastus Mulwa, The Standard

Omar Mwalimu(left), Sulow Jimale and Colling Godeka when they appeared before Mombasa Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku. They were charged with several sexual assault charges on Thursday and have been remanded in custody pending their bond ruling on July 29.


Detectives from the Child Protection Unit in Mombasa have launched a manhunt for members of a criminal gang linked to a series of sexual violence against young boys. 

The existence of the ring was discovered following the arrest of four people, who are being held for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy.

Three of the four suspects were charged with several sexual assault charges on Thursday.

Mr Omari Mwalimu, Mr Sulow Jimale and Mr Colling Godeka are accused of separately assaulting the minor on different occasions.
Court documents show the suspects sexually assaulted the boy between 2017 and 2022.

Mr Mwalimu is alleged to have sexually assaulted the boy in 2017 and 2022, while Mr Jimale and Mr Godeka committed the offences between February and April this year.

Police allege that Mr Mwalimu molested the boy in Mtongwe in 2017 when the boy was 12 and repeated the offence in January this year.

And in April this year in Sega, Mvita, Mr Jimale lured the minor and molested him. Mr Godeka is accused of committing a similar offence between February and July this year in Likoni.

The suspects denied the offences before Mombasa Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku.

In an affidavit to oppose bond for the suspects, Mr Victor Odera from Child Protection Unit in Mombasa, told the court that investigations were underway to identify and arrest more suspects.

The officer told the court that the suspects were likely to interfere with investigations as more suspects were being sought in connection with the crime.

“It is a ring of several people who are being arrested, the latest one being Raymond Mwaura, who is currently … in custody. We are in the process of tracing and arresting other perpetrators to be charged alongside the accused persons already charged before this court,” said the officer. 

Mr Odera also said that the victim was under threat and wanted him placed under witness protection.

The investigator also said preliminary investigations had revealed Mr Jimale did not have a relative and a fixed place of abode.

“The crime scene is a house rented by unknown persons and was being accessed by numerous people. He is, therefore, a flight risk. His accomplices are also a flight risk because their place of residence is not known,” said the officer.

The officer also said in his affidavit that investigators had not received medical reports and data from devices obtained from the suspects.

“We are afraid that the accused persons, if released on bail, may tamper with the victim and the witnesses,” said Mr Odera.

Lawyer Lawrence Obonyo told the court that he will be representing the interests of the boy.


Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Thursday rallied Mombasa residents to consider his bid as he promised to review the controversial Standard Gauge Railway cargo directive if elected.

Raila said his government will revive the economy of the coastal town and ensure nobody is forced to use SGR as is the case currently.

He said importers will have a free hand to choose their preferred mode of transport for their cargo.

Government directives currently compel all cargo imported through the port of Mombasa to be hauled to Nairobi and the hinterland exclusively by SGR.

The former Prime Minister said the directive, which was opposed by his Azimio MPs, rendered thousands of locals jobless weakening the Mombasa economy.

Suna East MP Junet Mohammed had called on Raila to consider reviewing the regulations.

Raila accused Deputy President William Ruto of engineering the ‘retrogressive’ SGR directive in the National Assembly.

“They brought a motion that made it mandatory for all cargo to be hauled through SGR, they are now shedding crocodile tears,” Raila said.

“We have a plan to bring back the Mombasa economy. We will implement an open sky policy where tourists will fly directly to Mombasa without going through Nairobi.”

The Azimio candidate said SGR and expanded port services were the brainchild of the grand-coalition government promising to make it work as they envisioned with late President Mwai Kibaki.

Raila accused Ruto of double-speak over the relocation of port services to Naivasha.

He said his administration will restore the region’s economy and turn Mombasa into the next Dubai, attracting direct international investments.

The ODM leader spoke when he toured the Coastal city to drum up support for his bid.

He was accompanied by his running mate Martha Karua.

The Narc Kenya boss said the Azimio government will have no sacred cows when it comes to fighting against corruption.

“Under Azimio, there will be no special treatment even if you are my brother or sister. The law will apply to all,” she said.

Leaders in Raila’s entourage included Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli, Governor Hassan Joho, Senator Mohamed Faki, and former Gatanga Peter Kenneth.

Others were MPs Abdulswamad Nassir (Mvita), Mishi Mboko (Likoni), Omar Mwinyi (Changamwe, Junet Mohamed (Suna East, Babu Owino (Embakasi East) and Naomi Shaban (Taveta MP).

Raila called on Coastal voters to adopt a six-piece voting pattern to ensure the coalition has controlling numbers in the bicameral Parliament and the local assemblies.

“We have 24 days to the ballot, I don’t want you to vote for me as President without foot soldiers. I want my team,” he said.

Karua said the Azimio government will only push through his manifesto if it has a majority of MPs in Parliament to push the government's legislative agenda.

The leaders campaigned in Kengeleni, Sabasaba, Changamwe, and Jomvu where they urged electorates to reject Ruto saying he is unfit to lead.

Raila promised to embark on the delivery of his manifesto promises insisting they are achievable and will not get distracted by critics.

“We are on the final stretch, we are marching to the ballot. It is upon you to herald change or fuel continuation of status quo,” he said.

Raila reiterated his commitment to rollout the Babacare health insurance scheme that will ensure millions of vulnerable Kenyans have access to health services and implement the Sh6000 monthly social protection stipend in his first 100 days in office. - LUKE AWICH AND ALLAN OTIENO, The Star Edited by Kiilu Damaris

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