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Munyuki: How Grade Four girl was defiled, murdered on her way from school


By Sam Oduor

A family in Munyuki Sub-location in Lumakanda Ward, Lugari, is still coming to terms on the manner in which their Grade Four girl at Springs of Hope Academy was defiled and murdered on her way from school.

Esther Ayuma, 11, was going back home on Thursday evening in the company of three other students before they parted at a T-junction, leaving the little girl on her own.

“We waited for the girl until 6.00pm before we suspected there was something amiss. Her mother thought she had gone to her grandma’s, her father doubted it. They phoned the grandmother only to be told that she hadn’t turned up there,” her aunt Zelder Kadenge told Lugari Daily.

The family called the school. They were told the girl had attended the regular learning and left with other students towards home.

The school patron Ms Nancy Indusa declined commenting on the matter. She said the incident happened outside school and she couldn’t speak about it.

A Grade Four student from Munyuki in Lumakanda Ward was found brutally murdered after failing to show up home from school. (Photo– courtesy)

What was at the crime scene?

Ms Kadenge said the girl’s body was found Friday morning lying lifeless at the path the minor uses between home and school, before the police and DCI visited the scene and carried it away.

“Her neck was tightly tied with her sweater. Her nose and mouth were frothing,” she said, adding that the girl could have undergone physical torture.

She added that it was discovered she didn’t have her underclothe on when her father demanded for her body to be uncovered at the mortuary.

“It was also discovered her private parts were swollen, indicating that she could have been raped severally,” she said.

Ms Kadenge says the family doesn’t link the crime to any particular person. She believes that it could have been done by some untamed person.

What picture draws from the crime scene?

Pictures from the crime scene seen by Lugari Daily showed the minor lying dead and her mouth and nose frothing. Her school bag was lying beside her head. She had her socks with one shoe on, her dress pulled up abit and her head covered by a blue clothing.

On her chest was a note written on her book and reading: “Pole kwa wazazi wa Ayuma. Nimemuua kwa sababu ulinikataa tufanye mapenzi na wewe. Ndio maana nimekutia machungu zaidi next ni mengine chunga sana… (Condolences to the parents of Ayuma. I have killed her because you refused we have sex. That is why I have decided to painfully hurt you…It is going to happen again to someone else be careful…).”

The note left after the student was brutally murdered. (Photo– courtesy)

What is being done about this?

Lugari MP Ayub Savula, while commenting on the incident, said he was going to summon the relevant authorities for swift action.

The leader noted the rising insecurity in the region and said he would work on it.

Ms Kadenge said a post mortem is underway to ascertain the nature of Ayuma’s death.

Lugari Ward MCA Musa Makhapila lashes out at bodaboda rep for claiming he rented public bus


By Sam Oduor

Lugari Ward Member of the County Assembly (MCA) Musa Wangila Makhapila has criticized Lugari Sacco bodaboda representative for tarnishing his name.

Adressing mourners at a funeral function in Lugari Sub-location, Makhapila took on the bodaboda boss he identified as Peter who claimed that he is doing business with the public property.

Makhapila claimed that it is the chairman who has rented the bus to a public transport company in Nairobi for Kshs 500 per day.

“He is claiming I am bad yet he is the one who gave out the bus that was purchased with the help of the county government,” a fiery Makhapila retorted.

The leader urged those interested in retrieving the bus to visit his office.

Musa Wangila Makhapila addressing mourners at a funeral function in Lugari Location. (Photo Credits- Steve Mdogo, resident)

Savula heckled by youths for attempting to give them Kshs 100: “Keep your money”


By Sam Oduor

Lugari MP Ayub Savula had a hard time calming youths in his constituency who agitated his move to dish them handouts.

In a video going round social media on Tuesday as reported by People Daily, the two-term legislator could be seen being shut down by angry youths.

“We do not want (your) money. Do not take that money,” the irritated youths could be heard shouting.

Some told the ANC deputy party leader to address them but forget about giving them money.

Lugari MP Ayub Savula at a past event. (Photo Credits- Courtesy)

One youth could be heard asking how much the MP was dishing out as one replied he was giving Kshs 100.

Savula was forced to move away from the school playground where the youths had caused the drama.

This comes following widespread concern about how the politics of handouts has derailed development in the constituency.

Savula is seeking to succeed Wycliffe Oparanya as Kakamega County governor in next year’s general elections.

Mautuma ward aspirant hospitalized after assault by goons speaks


By Sam Oduor

A Mautuma Ward aspirant for the Member of the County Assembly (MCA) seat has spoken after days of being hospitalized from attacks by goons.

Salim Namusasi and his driver were on there way home on Friday midnight before they were stopped near Mugunga Primary School in Mbagara in Mautuma, Lugari Sub-county, by a group of unknown people.

The politician says despite introducing himself, the thugs landed on him, fracturing his arm and injuring other parts of the body.

“My driver rushed me to a hospital in Eldoret where I was treated and have been discharged. I now have less severe chest pains and a fractured arm ,” he said.

Mautuma Ward aspirant who was hospitalized after attack by goons has been discharged. (Photo Credits- Joseph Amunya Otieno, West FM)

H added that it is shocking the thugs didn’t rob him.

“I can’t say for sure that is linked to politics but I am shocked they were only interested in assaulting me,” he said.

His driver was admitted at the Kakamega Referral Hospital following the incident.

Mr. Namusasi’s personal assistant Wilson Wanyama believes that his boss’s opponents are working to ensure his downfall.

“We need people with brains and interests of the people at heart. My boss says he is determined. Even though his opponents are after him, he is not backing off,” Mr. Wanyama said.