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TABLE OF CONTENTS Key Headlines.………………………………………. 3 Security Incidents.…………………………………. 4 Security Developments.…...…………………….. 8 Trend Analysis……………………………………….. 9 Security Awareness…..……………………………..10 Quote of the week …………………………………..11




Demolitions on disputed land leave 30 families homeless

Detectives seize tonnes of banned sandalwood at port

Officer guilty of manslaughter in Margaret Njeri case

Two suspects in murder of police officer set free

Police probe murder of woman whose head was chopped off

Two clans clash over camel sacrifice

Baringo IDPs return home after ‘difficult’ stay in camp

Two killed after matatu rams truck in Gilgil

Four charged with possession of fake money amounting to Sh38m

Househelp charged with murder of employer and son

Activists call for probe after journalists assaulted in Homa Bay

Suspected Gor fans injure three, damage Kisumu hotel

Anti-graft team arrests six Lands Registry officials

Elderly man gets life sentence for defiling minor

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Security Incidents Detectives seize tonnes of banned sandalwood at port Detectives on Monday seized a container of 16.9 tonnes of endangered sandalwood at the Port of Mombasa. The 20-foot container, according to security sources was exported from Uganda and destined to Saudi Arabia. Trade of sandalwood which is exported for use in the pharmaceutical and perfume industries has been banned in the country. Kenya banned sandalwood harvesting imposed by President Mwai Kibaki in a gazette notice on April 4, 2007, under the protected tree species law. Cartels involved, including politicians, administration and security officials, have made it almost impossible to bring the illegal trade under control, making extinction of the endangered plant a near certainty. Mombasa Port OCDP Patrick Lobole on Sunday said the wood had been grinded and packed in sacks. “We are working to have the container taken to the yard for further verification before we know the worth of the Sandalwood. We have managed to know the weight as per now,” said Mr Lobole. He said a manhunt has been launched for the owner of the container and the clearing agent whom he said vanished after the seizure. “We have launched our investigations into the shipment of the cargo. We are yet to make any arrests on the same,” added Mr Lobole Police probe murder of woman whose head was chopped off Police in Tigania East, Meru County are investigating the death of a woman who was killed and her head chopped off 10 days ago. The body of the 55-year-old woman was found a few metres away from her home in Antoandrew village. She went missing on September 17, 2018. The head of the victim was found seven days later stuffed inside her handbag and dumped in a nearby stream. Tigania East Directorate of Criminal Investigations Benson Omondi said they have arrested a Mr Peter Murungi Muthinja who is said to be the main suspect. “The investigations are at advanced stage. So far we have arrested one Mr Murungi who will be arraigned in court tomorrow, Thursday,” said Mr Omondi. Mr James Kirima whose mother was killed told the media that his son came running and told him that together with other villagers, they had seen a body of a woman without a head. Mr Kirima said his son identified the body because of the clothes the deceased had worn. “We reported the matter at Muthara Police Station. The body is being preserved at Miathene Sub-County Hospital mortuary,” said Mr Kirima whose hand was chopped off a few years back. The family members said they delayed the burial because the victim's head was still missing. “We are now planning to bury our mother on Saturday,” he said. The family is accusing their uncle who is the main suspect in the murder. Mr Kirima claimed they have been having land disputes with his uncle



Two clans clash over camel sacrifice Seven people were left nursing injuries after two clans clashed during a traditional sacrifice ceremony in Marsabit County. Marsabit Administration Police Commander Elisha Odhiambo said the clans conflicted over which would slaughter the camel meant to be sacrificed. Mr Odhiambo said that the two groups used pangas to attack each other leaving seven injured. "Despite the fact that the ethnic group have it clear that only one clan can slaughter the camel, differences arose as to who would oversee the sacrifice ceremony before they attacked each other with pangas," said Mr Odhiambo. The police boss added that there is peace in the area after officers were deployed to quell the violence. "One of the men who was seriously injured was taken to Marsabit Referral Hospital and is undergoing treatment," Odhiambo said. The community practices the ceremony every year where they make sacrifices and pray for their needs. The ceremony brings together the entire community and every clan is given a role to play when the sacrifice is made. Baringo IDPs return home after ‘difficult’ stay in camp More than 1,000 people who fled their homes in March last year have voluntarily left the camp they had sought refuge, saying they can no longer handle mounting challenges there. The internally displaced people (IDPs) are mostly from Mukutani in Baringo South. They had been camping at Eldume in the sub county, more than 70km from their homes, after they moved out following a deadly banditry attack last year. The attack left 11 people dead, among them four children and seven women. The locals, who were transported by police lorries on Monday, were also accompanied by the county security team and local leaders as they vowed to start their lives afresh. When the Nation toured Eldume on Monday morning, the 147 households had demolished all the tents and were busy packing their belongings to return to their homeland. The locals said that they decided to go back home after a year of myriad challenges, including lack of adequate food and clean water. Margaret Seuru, 40, a mother of eight said she had gone through hell at the camp and was elated to go back home. “The situation at this camp has been bad especially for young children and expectant women. We relied on the government and well-wishers for relief food,” said Ms Seuru

Two killed after matatu rams truck in Gilgil Two people died on Wednesday evening in a road crash Gilgil township after a matatu heading to Nakuru from Nairobi rammed into a stationery truck parked on the road side. Regional Traffic Commander Zero Arome confirmed the incident but could not immediately say how many passengers were in the matatu. He said police were at the scene of the crash in Sogea. The crash occured at the exact spot were 12 people died four days ago after a bus collided with a truck. According Gilgil OCPD Emmanuel Opuru, the bus was trying to overtake another vehicle when it collided with the truck which was coming from the opposite direction. The bus was ferrying passengers from Vihiga to Nairobi while the truck that was heading to Nakuru. 5


“Eleven people died on the spot, among them seven women and four men. Four other people were taken to the Naivasha Sub-County Hospital,” said Mr Opuru. Mr Isaac Mbugua, who witnessed the Sunday morning collision, also confirmed that the bus was trying to overtake another vehicle when it collided head on with the truck that was coming from the opposite direction. Eleven passengers with serious injuries were rushed to the Nakuru Level Five Hospital for specialised treatment. Two others are receiving treatment at the Gilgil Sub-County Hospital Four charged with possession of fake money amounting to Sh38m Four men from Gonsaria village in Bobasi Constituency, Kisii County were on Thursday arraigned in court for being in possession of fake money amounting to Sh38,376,200. They appeared before resident magistrate Julius Mutai. Three of them: Mr David Barongo, Mr Haron Onduro and Mr Danvas Bisera denied the charges and were released on a bond of Sh400,000 and surety of a similar amount or Sh200,000 cash bail. The case will be mentioned on October 17 and hearing is set for January 24 next year. The fourth accused, Mr Herbat Akuma, pleaded guilty and will appear in court on Tuesday next week when the prosecution will present the evidence gathered before then court makes its ruling. Police boss Japhet Mwirichia said the four were nabbed following a tip-off from locals. He urged residents to be on a lookout for people who are out printing fake money saying they should volunteer information on suspicious characters. Househelp charged with murder of employer and son A househelp who allegedly killed her employer together with her child in Muhoroni in Kisumu County has been charged with murder. Ms Jackline Auma on Wednesday appeared before High Court Judge Fred Ochien'g, where she pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mrs Elizabeth Achien'g and her three-month old son in June, this year. The house help took a plea after she underwent a mental assessment and was found fit for trial. Mrs Auma, a Ugandan national, is said to have stabbed the 26-year-old woman and her baby before fleeing the country. She was arrested in Uganda and brought back to the country to face trial. The accused was denied bail after the judge insisted that she is a flight risk. “You have a history of fleeing the country and that is a compelling reason not to be given bond,” said the judge. Ms Achieng's body had several knife wounds on the chest and burns on the left side of her body which her husband, Evans Otieno, said was inflicted by a hot iron box that was found beside her body. The accused had lived with the family for only one month and did not present any identification card to her employer. The case will be heard from November 6, 2018.


Elderly man gets life sentence for defiling minor An elderly man was on Friday sentenced to life in prison for defiling an eight-year-old girl. Festus Chemoite Mandu, 82, pleaded guilty of sexually abusing a schoolgirl in Kakamega County. While appearing before Eldoret Chief Magistrate Charles Obulutsa, Mr Mandu said he would not contest the defilement charges. He was accused of luring the minor to his house when she was heading home from school on Thursday and defiled her. The girl was rescued by neighbours who heard her screaming inside Mr Mandu's house. The villagers handed him over to police officers. Before sentencing him, the magistrate warned Mr Mandu of the consequences of the offence he had confessed. “The sentence of the offence you have admitted is life imprisonment, do you still confess?” asked the magistrate. Mr Mandu responded: “It is true. I committed the said offence as a result of the work of the devil who lied to me. ” The convict has been given 14 days to appeal. Demolitions on disputed land leave 30 families homeless A group of about 10 people armed with crude weapons demolished and torched houses on a disputed piece of land in Utange, Mombasa County, on Tuesday. A party in the dispute said at least 30 families were left homeless following the demolitions on the 4.5 acre property. The battle is between a Mr Omar Munga and Bulkon Builders Limited, according to court documents seen by the Nation. “The order we obtained is very clear ... that nothing should be done on this land. We were shocked to see police officers supervise youths in demolishing our houses yet they are the ones asked by the court to protect us,” he said. Mr Munga, who lived with members of his family on the land, said their structures were demolished despite a court order. According to the order from the Environment and Land Court of Mombasa, defendants including Bulkon Builders, the Kisauni Deputy County Commissioner, the OCPD and the OCS were to ensure no interference until the matter is determined. Mr Munga claimed that despite confirming receipt, none of the defendants had filed a response and served them for the hearing to begin. The order paper seen by the Nation showed that the offices of the deputy commissioner, OCPD and OCS received the letter. There was no stamp of receipt by Bulkon Builders. Speaking in an interview with the Nation at his offices in Bamburi, Deputy Commissioner Kipchumba Rutto denied police involvement in the demolitions. He said he was aware of the dispute.He confirmed reports of the presence of hired goons and said investigations were launched. Mr Rutto, who is also the sub-county security chairman, said they have grappled with several land ownership cases, matters that he termed sensitive and requiring proper strategies. “We have resolve some cases and are pursuing others. We are hopeful that we will manage to crack the remaining ones," he said.


Officer guilty of manslaughter in Margaret Njeri case The police officer who threw a gun at a speeding motorcycle, which then got into an accident and left a woman dead, has been found guilty of manslaughter. The incident in Mpeketoni three years ago left 22-year-old Margaret Njeri dead. Justice Weldon Korir, who delivered the judgment on behalf of Justice Said Chitembwe in Malindi, dropped murder charges against the police officer, Salim Mohamed, saying he did not intend to kill Ms Njeri on January 17, 2015. The judge said the incident was accidental as the main ingredient of murder is malice aforethought. Justice Korir said that although the accused had a right to use his rifle, he used it unlawfully as the circumstances did not call for that. The judge also noted that Mr Mohamed tried to effect arrest but that his action was "reckless and negligent since he was not under any threat”. “He ought to have exercised restraint. The fact that a curfew had been imposed due to AlShabaab attacks cannot justify the accused’s action," he said. Justice Korir also said that the deceased did not simply fall from a moving motorcycle but that she fell after the accused used his gun. The victims’ mother, Miriam Njeri, accompanied by her sister Ann Njuguna and activists from Haki Africa rights group, shed tears in court as the judge delivered the 54-page judgment. Justice Korir cancelled Mr Mohamed's bond and ordered him remanded at Malindi GK Prison pending sentencing for the manslaughter offence on October 22. Speaking to the press outside the court, Ms Njeri and her daughter thanked the court for ensuring justice and urged the government to compensate them for the costs of pursuing it. Haki Africa Director Hussein Khalid who was also present during the court proceeding said the family should be compensated on reason that the accused was a government officer.

Anti-graft team arrests six Lands Registry officials The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) officials on Wednesday evening arrested six Kisii Lands Registry officials, among them the regional boss following a sting operation. Also picked up was a local broker who detectives claim helps facilitate bribes between the land officials and members of the public seeking services. Some treated money and other cash was recovered during the operation led by the EACC South Nyanza region director David Kang’ara. “We have recovered Sh34,000 of the cash they were extorting from the public,” said Mr Kang'ara. Several files were carted away during the operation. "The suspects will appear in court as soon the commission gets a nod from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions," said Mr Kang'ara. Mr Kang’ara said the operation was aimed at ending graft and eliminating cartels at the Lands registry. The suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as the Commission is granted permission from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to prosecute them, he added. For the better part of Wednesday, the agency officials had camped Lands office since morning and filming suspicious operations. The plan to raid the lands office was hatched three months ago following a flurry of complaints. The Kisii lands office had been the epicentre of protests from land activists pressing for the sacking of the registry officials. County governance director, Mr Rachael Otundo lauded the operation but termed it long overdue. “We had been left at the mercies of incompetent workers and corrupt officers. This raid was long overdue and we want more action," she said adding that most of the clerks, besides extorting money from the public, lack customer service skills



TREND ANALYSIS Figure 1: Distribution of incidents by type of neighbourhood

Figure 2: Distribution of incidents by their type (Graph)



Ways to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft 1. Destroy private records and statements. Tear up – or, if you prefer, shred – credit cards statements, solicitations, and other documents that contain private financial information. 2. Secure your mail. Empty your mailbox quickly, lock it or get a P.O. Box so criminals don’t have a chance to snatch credit card pitches. Never mail outgoing bill payments and checks from home. They can be stolen from your mailbox and the payee’s name erased with solvents. Mail them from the post office or another secure location.

3. Safeguard your Social Security number. Never carry your card with you, or any other card that may have your number, like a health insurance card. Don’t put your number on your checks. It’s the primary target for identity thieves because it gives them access to your credit report and bank accounts. 4. Don’t leave a paper trail. Never leave ATM, credit card or petrol station receipts behind. 5. Never let your credit card out of your sight. Worried about credit card skimming? Always keep an eye on your card or, when that’s not possible, pay with cash. 6. Know who you’re dealing with. Whenever anyone contacts you asking for private identity or financial information, make no response other than to find out who they are, what company they represent and the reason for the call. If you think the request is legitimate, contact the company yourself and confirm what you were told before revealing any of your personal data. 7. Be more defensive with personal information. Ask sales people and others if information such as Social Security /pin number is absolutely necessary. Ask anyone who does require your Social Security number about their privacy policy and that you do not want your information given to anyone else. 8. Monitor your credit report. Obtain and thoroughly review your credit report at least once a year to check for suspicious activity. If you find something, alert your card company or the creditor immediately. 9. Review your credit cards statements carefully. Make sure you recognize the locations and purchases listed before paying the bill. If you don’t need or use bank-issued credit cards, consider closing the accounts.



Quote of the week

� Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth... these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women's empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.


Ban Ki-moon


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Security News Update  

Updates for the week ending 6th October, 2018

Security News Update  

Updates for the week ending 6th October, 2018