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Principal, 4 Others Freed on Sh1 Million Bond Each in Murder Case

Mombasa — The principal of St Augustine Preparatory School in Mombasa and four others have been released on a Sh1 million surety bond each over the murder of a six-year-old pupil who was killed by the institution’s bus

The principal Kesi Sara, and employees Venant Mwasaru, Vald Mbadi, Abednego Mwendwa, and Charo Kazungu pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Wednesday.

High Court Judge Dora Chepkwony dismissed an application by the accused for the establishment of an inquest to determine the cause of death.

The case will now be mentioned on October 4th, 2017.

The boy was run over by the back wheels of the bus when he fell down through an opening on the floor of the vehicle.

The Director of Public Prosecutions had recommended the five charged with murder.


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Wakiso Women Murders – Another Body Found

Photo: Paul Adude/Daily Monitor

Sarah Neliima, whose body was found dumped near the Entebbe-Kampala Highway on Wednesday.

By Our Reporter

For the second straight day, residents in Entebbe have found a body of another woman, rising the total number to 23 women killed in Wakiso district in 3 months.

The body of Sarah Naluyima aged 22 years, a food vendor was reportedly found by a young boy in a banana plantation in Impala, in Nkumba near Nkumba University in Katabi town council.

In Katabi town council alone, Naluyima is the 13th woman to be killed in the area. Yesterday, the decomposing body of Harriet Nantongo was also found in the bushes near a hostel in Nkumba.

According to residents, Naluyima was reportedly killed in a similar pattern just like the other 22 women. It appears the women are first raped, killed by strangulation and then sticks inserted in their private parts.

About two weeks ago, the minister for Internal Affairs, Gen Jeje Odongo told MPs on the floor of parliament that the murder of then 21 young women and girls in Katabi town council, Nansana and Entebbe in the last three months was due to witchcraft.

Odongo told the House that a total of 44 murder suspects had been arrested and 22 charged in courts of law. Odongo revealed that in the Katabi murders, technical evidence pointed to a serial killer identified as Ivan Katongole, a businessman, who kills for ritual purposes.

“Some suspects were found with forms given to them by Katongole to enlist in Illuminati. (Illuminati, according to one English dictionary, refers to a secret society of people claiming to possess special enlightenment or knowledge of something.)

Others have 999 (sign of Illuminati) tattooed on their bodies. Katongole is physically linked to the death of Rose Nakimuli because he was in her company the night she was killed,” Odongo said, amidst murmurs from MPs.

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By John Namkwahe

Dar es Salaam — President John Magufuli has sent his condolences to the family of former Deputy Minister and Mpwapwa Constituency MP, Mr Gregory Teu, following the death of his 13 relatives who died in a car accident in Uganda.

The accident happened last night at Lubanda trading centre, about 80 metres from the Fika Salama traffic police check point, near River Katonga Bridge in Mpigi District.

The deceased were coming from a wedding of their relative which took place in Uganda.

“I am extremely shocked and saddened by the reports of the loss of this large number of people. My sympathy to the family of Mr Gregory Teu for the loss, to the family members and all relatives who have been affected by the incident,” he said.

He added: “I pray to God to rest in peace souls of all the deceased people and I also wish the victims of the accident who have been hospitalised in Uganda a quick recovery and get back home stronger.”

Dr Magufuli further has urged all family members to be patient in this difficult time after the loss of their beloved relatives.

Eye witnesses told our reporter that the accident happened when one of the tyres of the Fuso Truck with registration number UAH 970 P burst and it rammed into Tanzania bound coaster with registration number T 540 DLC.


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columnBy Jeffrey Gogo

Samson Chindotani was laid to rest in the deathly calm of a cold July Sunday afternoon.

Two days earlier, the 42-year old Glendale man had resolved to murder himself in a manner most foul, frustrated life had dealt him a bad hand.

“Samson claimed his time was up, that with his condition, he had nothing to live for,” sobbed Itai Muriva, sister to Chindotani, who had lived with him since 2003, when a tragic road traffic accident left the man paralysed from the waist down, and out of work.

Chindotani, who was training to become a teacher, met death in its greatest terror; troubled of spirit, soul and body.

He downed 750mls of battery acid – a deadly corrosive liquid used mostly in car batteries – that made graveside view of body goodbyes intolerable.

Poverty and unemployment have combined to make life for persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Zimbabwe a nightmare. Research finds that PWDs are more often unemployed because of illness, and evidently, because of disability.

The employment rate for working-age people with disabilities is almost twice as low as that for persons able of body. Only 9,1 percent of PWDs are in paid employment, 21 percent in informal self-employment and 49,8 percent have never worked, according to a 2013 National Survey on Disability.

The rest either sit at home or are too sick to work or are used as unpaid labourers in families, it says.

The survey excludes poverty rates for people with disabilities. Yet, the interaction between disability and poverty could never be disengaged.

Without jobs, and with low educational attainment (only 18 percent of the 900 000 PWDs in Zimbabwe ever reach Ordinary Level), and with large additional expenses on low incomes, people with disabilities face serious economic hardships, say experts.

This is also true for families caring for children with disabilities.

A study in 2014 by King George VI Children’s Centre and School in Bulawayo found that a family caring adequately for a child with disability can expect to have added expenses as high as $300 per month, 12 times the average individual PWDs income per month.

Now, endemic poverty together with the everyday mental and emotional torture of living with disability in a world short on opportunities, much less acceptance, for such persons, has begun to feed the spiral in suicide rates among PWDs, experts say.

Police said they did not capture data on suicides specific to people with disabilities.

The 636 men and women that took their own lives in 2016, some 34 percent higher from a year earlier, are inclusive of people with disabilities, and those without, according to police spokesperson Charity Charamba.

But Ishmael Zhou, chairman National Association of Societies for the Care of the Handicapped (NASCOH), a body representing over 50 organisations working in disability and development countrywide, admitted PWD suicides were a concern.

He said “the issue of suicide has not been specifically dealt with by our membership”, though similar deaths were not uncommon due to low self-esteem, poverty, exclusion and discrimination that is widespread among those with disability.

“More often than not, many people with disabilities live in total isolation which leads to stressful behaviours,” Zhou told The Herald, via email.

“Some due to stress and lack of psycho-social support have committed suicide.”

In Government, suicides related to disability had not reached a stage that prompts comprehensive policy interventions, says Jonathan Banda, director of disability in the Social Welfare Ministry.

“We have never found them (PWD suicides) to be a concern,” Banda asserted, by phone.

Suicides might indeed be happening, he said, but “we have not had such reports from the district level.”

Banda said Government had instead tried to make lives for PWDs better, notwithstanding the $20 payout extended each month to persons with disability, a pittance in the eyes of many.

“As a Ministry,” said Banda, “we do not give social welfare, we offer social services. We invest in the social system of the individual so that, in the long run, those people can assist themselves.”

Twist of Fate

As fate would have it, Chindotani was returning from a visit to his betrothed girlfriend in Chipinge who had miscarried, when the spinal crashing car crash of 2003 struck.

This quick succession of calamitous events dealt Chindotani a severe psychological blow from which he would never recover.

He often questioned the value of his continued existence, family members said.

They lamented that after losing a son, his independence, mobility and job in a rapid cruel twist of fate, Chindotani had degenerated into a hopeless mental and emotional junkie who found little meaning in and for life.

“You could see that he was troubled deeply in his soul, especially because of his condition, which caused him to depend on other people for a lot of things,” Betty Mlambo, another of the sisters, mourned.

“Samson could easily get lost during a conversation. His mind often wandered to a very distant place that noone else but himself knows. We feel greatly pained by the way he chose to die.”

Victims of disability that sets in later in life, such like Chindotani’s, tend to find it very difficult to accept their new conditions, says Bigboy Madzivanzira, a therapist and social worker with the Health Promotion Clinic Trust, a disability-centred non-profit organisation.

Often they shrink into depression and stress, with occasional bouts of anger and fury, he said.

“Without counselling, the psychological trauma will last for a lifetime, and could lead to thoughts of suicide,” warned Madzivanzira.

Government authorities have offered some financial and psycho-social support, but about three quarters of persons with disability still go without the necessary welfare services, according to the 2013 National Disability Survey.

More than 50 percent do not get the required counselling services and medical rehabilitation, the survey says, while a quarter are in a perpetual state of anxiety and depression.

Gruesome Death

After losing his job as a machine operator at packaging material manufacturer Megapak in Ruwa, Chindotani began eking out a living from selling mobile phone airtime and candles in the farming town of Glendale, 60 km north-east of Harare.

He made just enough money to be able to buy himself a Coke and a bun, but never to feed his gaping emotional hunger.

Chindotani, who wore a catheter to help with passing urine, suffered frequent urinary tract infections accompanied by severe headaches. He also developed painful pressure sores from too much sitting, his family said.

But none of this compares to the “horrendous and painful death, one worse than torture” that came with his ingesting battery acid, which consists mainly of sulphuric acid, a strong damaging substance.

Dr Nyasha Maboreke, a specialist physician from Harare, said Chindotani may have suffered multiple toxicities that ruptured his interiors beyond repair.

“Sulphuric acid vaporizes easily once ingested and this ends up inhaled into the respiratory tract causing asphyxiation injury and mucous membrane inflammation which causes inhalation pneumonitis. Respiratory arrest is the feared complication,” said Dr Maboreke, by email.

“Once absorbed into the blood circulation the sulphuric acid cause metabolic acidosis which is harmful to the normal function of our cells and subsequently our organs. Multi-organ dysfunction ensues causing cardiac arrest, cerebral edema, convulsions etc.”

It was a painful end to an unsatisfyingly painful life, said Itai Muriva, the sister.

Tanzanian Police Arrest 20 Suspected of Being Gay

Photo: Deutsche Welle

Gay marriage.

The arrests in Zanzibar mark the latest in the government’s relatively recent crackdown on homosexuality. The punishment for sex among men can be 30 years to life in prison, but there is no ban on lesbian relationships.

Police in Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Zanzibar island have arrested 20 people suspected of homosexuality, police said Saturday, in the latest crackdown on the gay community.

“Yes, we rounded them up because we suspect that they were engaged in homosexuality in Zanzibar, which is illegal in Zanzibar and is against the law of the country,” he said, adding that police “will intensify (their) vigilance against those groups.”

Eight men and 12 women were arrested in a hotel where they were attending a training session from a NGO that works on education programs for HIV/AIDS.

The Tanzanian government announced in February that it would crack down on privately run health centers that provide AIDS-related services, which Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said promoted homosexuality.

Gay sex between men is severely punished in Tanzania. Those convicted could receive anything from 30 years to life imprisonment. However, there is no such ban on lesbian sex.

Recent crackdown on gays

Until recently the gay community in Tanzania had not be subjected to levels of discrimination seen in other African countries, such as neighboring Uganda.

Politicians had largely ignored the gay community until a recent spike in anti-gay rhetoric by the government.

Deputy Health Minister Hamisi Kingwangalla vowed in front of parliament Friday to “fight with all our strength against groups supporting homosexuality in our country.”

The government has recently vowed to deport foreigners who “campaign for homosexuality.”

Dozens of men suspected of being gay have been arrested and taken hospital for anal exams that allegedly confirm their homosexuality.

In July 2016 sexual lubricants were banned by the government. Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said they encouraged homosexuality which led to the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Homosexuality is illegal in 38 of 54 African countries. It is punishable by death in Mauritania, Sudan and Somalia, according to Amnesty International.

In 2014 Uganda sought to impose the death penalty on those convicted of being homosexual, but the controversial law was later repealed.

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By Alex Tumuhimbise

Kibaale — The former Kibaale District engineer, Gordon Twesiime, 49, was yesterday lynched by an angry mob for driving away a taxi and holding passengers hostage.

The district police commander, Mr David Otabong, said the suspect died at Mubende Regional Referral Hospital during an operation after suffering grave injuries.

Twesiime allegedly attempted to steal a taxi belonging to Mr Joseph Ariguma, a businessman in Karuguza Town in Kibaale District on Thursday.

Mr Otabong said Twesiime was cornered by angry residents who barricaded the road at Mituju Trading Centre in Nyamarwa Sub-county, Kibaale District after information circulated on local radio stations about the taxi theft.

Mr Ariguma said the suspect hijacked the car and sped off when he had moved out to pick a passenger’s luggage.

“I allowed him in the vehicle as a passenger but when I got out to pick a passenger’s luggage. He grabbed the vehicle and sped off towards Kakumiro District. The passengers inside made alarms for help but he didn’t heed,” he said.

Mr Amon Tumwesigye, the deceased’s brother, told Daily Monitor that Twesiime had history of a mental illness.

“The information I got is that he entered a taxi as a passenger and after seeing that he was being delayed, he jumped into the driver’s seat to drive off. So they thought he was stealing the taxi.”


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Former Rwandan presidential hopeful accused of forgery, tax evasion

Rwandan police on Sept.04 arrested Diane Shima Rwigara, a leading critic of President Paul Kagame, charging her with forgery and tax evasion.

Her mother and sister were also arrested on the tax charges.

Earlier this year, electoral authorities barred Rwigara from standing in August’s presidential vote, which Kagame won, saying she had not submitted enough supporters’ signatures and some of the names she did sent in belonged to dead people.

Rwigara denied the allegations.

“They are accused of tax evasion and secondly Diane Rwigara is accused of using fake documents while she was gathering signatures for (her) presidential candidacy,” police spokesman Theos Badege told reporters on Sept.01.

Police said they had a warrant issued by a prosecutor to arrest them.

Rwigara, a 35-year-old accountant, has repeatedly accused Kagame of stifling dissent and criticised his Rwandan Patriotic Front’s near total hold on power. Kagame won last month’s election with 98.8 percent of the vote.

Rwigara claimed she was being held under house arrest before Monday’s police action.

“Tell us why we are being arrested? Why should we go to the police while you have confined us to this place and took away all our money without leaving us any?” Rwigara said as she and her family was being taken away.

Asked about this, Badege, the police spokesman, said that earlier police had only searched Rwigara’s home and taken a few items and money away in line with the law.

It was a clear application of the law,” Badege said.

Rwigara was disqualified as a candidate after allegedly failing to collect enough supporting signatures ahead of the election. According to electoral laws, independent presidential candidates are required to present 600 signatures, with at least 12 from each of Rwanda’s 30 districts, in order to run for president.

Rwigara allegedly turned in signatures of some people who had been long dead and others who belonged to a rival political party, according to Rwanda’s electoral commission.

Rwigara is the daughter of the late Assinapol Rwigara, a tycoon who fell out with Kagame before his death in a car accident in 2015.

Kagame won international praise for presiding over a peaceful and rapid economic recovery in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide, when an estimated 800,000 people Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed.

But he has also faced increased criticism for what human rights groups say are widespread abuses, a muzzling of independent media, and suppression of political opposition.


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Luanda — A reflection meeting attended by mental health professionals, students and the public in general marked last Monday’s commemorations of the World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10), a gathering that was held in the Health Technicians Training School, in Luanda.

September 10 is commemorated worldwide every year, so in 2017 the motto is “In One Minute, You Can Save a Life”.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) suicide and suicide attempts are priority issues on the world health agenda, so the countries are encouraged to develop and reinforce strategies for the prevention of such attitudes.

According to WHO data from 2012, over 800,000 people worldwide die every year of suicide, and this being one of the ten main causes of death of youths aged between 15 and 29.

On the other hand, 75 per cent of suicides happen in low-income and medium-income countries.

In Angola, it has also been recorded an increase in suicide cases. Just in the past three years, about 4,000 people killed themselves in different parts of the country.

Moreover, still in Angola, several suicidal tendencies or even suicide cases are hidden by many families, thus the patients often do not get the necessary professional assistance in due time.

In the ambit of this year’s commemoration, the Angolan Health Ministry has issued a communication through which it declares that due to the complexity of suicide-related problems, its prevention has to be a public health priority, thus, it is necessary the co-ordination of efforts for large scale preventive measures.

Education and sensitisation of the citizens are deemed important tools that help to warn the society regarding suicide and dissipate myths and ignorance about this issue, with a view to restoring the hope and mental balance of many who are prone to suicidal influences or tendencies.


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By Collins Omulo

The first batch of students of Moi Girls School reported back to the institution Friday after a deadly fire last week.

The school was temporarily closed by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i after fire gutted a dormitory, resulting in the death of nine students.

The dormitory mainly accommodated Form One students.

The incident has been confirmed to be an arson attack.


The Form Four students were accompanied by their parents.

The students and the parents were taken through counselling sessions before a prayer service was conducted.

Those who talked to the Nation said they were still traumatised by the incident but expressed confidence with the steps the school had taken to address the concerns raised by both students and parents.


Mr John Mwangi and his wife Nancy said the counselling was conducted by professionals.

“The assurance we have been given is that the counselling will continue. We are confident as parents that our students are in good hands,” Mr Mwangi said.

“The students are upbeat, although they still have fears. That is why the counsellors are here to help,” he said.

Mrs Mwangi said the school authorities and the Parents Teachers Association have been holding meetings in the last week and that she believes measures have been put in place to avert such incidents.


Ms Rachel Chege said her child has been having problems moving on after the blaze.

She said she hopes the school will do whatever it takes to help such students.

“My daughter, whose dormitory is just adjacent to the one that was burnt, has been telling me about her fears and how it will be difficult for her to cope with the situation,” Ms Chege said.

Alice Mumbwa and her sister Esther Khadioli said the events of the fateful day were still on their minds.

“It is tough to look at books because the first picture that pops into your mind is fire,” Mumbwa said.


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By Ouma Wanzala

The death toll from the fire that razed a dormitory at Moi Girls High School, Nairobi has risen to nine.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Monday said one more girl who was fighting for her life at Nairobi Women’s Hospital succumbed to her injuries on Sunday.

The death of the student and leaves two students in the intensive care unit.

Dr Matiang’i added that all students in the school had been accounted for, dismissing notion that some students are unaccounted for.

“While at the school I directed that all students must only leave school in the company of their parents,” said Dr Matiang’i.


During the Saturday fire incident, 51 students were injured and were taken to Nairobi Women’s Hospital with various degree of injuries.

A total of 40 students were treated and immediately discharged while 11 were admitted with three of them having serious injuries.

Eight students died on Saturday following the fire incident.

At the same time, Dr Matiang’i said the fire was an arson attack and not an accident, without giving more details.


Police, he said, are narrowing down on suspects in their investigations and action will be taken once they are complete.

The school’s parents association Chairman Charles Odhiambo said doctors will continue reviewing the conditions of students who are still admitted to hospital.

Mr Odhiambo said among those who were injured is the school guard who was bravely involved in the rescue activities.

“We wish to condole with the families who lost loved ones and the affected parents are receiving counselling at the school with the help of professional counsellors including Kenya Red cross,” said the chairman.

He went on, “The school’s management has been in touch with all the necessary arms of government and investigations are currently ongoing to establish the cause of the fire.”

Mr Odhiambo said the students in the affected dormitory lost all their belongings in the fire and the school will advise on the kind of help needed .


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