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Newspapers: Masten Wanjala reportedly walked out of cell while covering his head

TUKO 10/14/2021

On Thursday, October 14, Kenyan newspapers reported extensively on the murder of Olympian Agnes Tirop whose body was found with stab wounds at her house in Iten.

Newspapers. Photo: Screengrabs from The Standard, Daily Nation, The Star, People Daily and Taifa Leo. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Kenyan newspapers for October 14. Photo: Screengrabs from The Standard, Daily Nation, The Star, People Daily and Taifa Leo.

The papers also reported on the mysterious escape of serial children killer Masten Wanjala from custody.

1. The Standard

The publication reported that fresh details emerged on how self-confessed serial killer Masten Wanjala vanished from the Jogoo Road Police Station.

Wanjala is reported to have made it through the station's report office without attracting the attention of the 10 officers who were on duty on the night of Tuesday, October 12.

The window to his cell was not broken and neither was the door which can only be locked or opened from the outside.

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Police now believe that Wanjala could have sneaked out of the sale at around 9p.m when a group of suspects arrested for violating COVID-19 guidelines were freed.

Police believe that one suspect who had covered his head with a Maasai shuka and was released at that time may have been Wanjala.

During his stay at the police station, the suspect is said to have made a habit of covering his head with a red shuka.

2. Nation

The paper reported on the murder of star athlete Agnes Tirop who was stabbed to death in circumstances the police are investigating.

The body of the long-distance runner, who just two months ago represented Kenya at the Tokyo Olympics, was found in the bedroom of her house in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet.

Her husband and coach, Emmanuel Rotich, is at large and police say he is the prime suspect.

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Friends, neighbours and family said Tirop and Rotich frequently fought.

3. The Star

The daily reported that ODM leader Raila Odinga revealed how he would implement the promised Sh6,000 monthly stipend if elected president, calling it the “biggest social welfare programme in Africa”.

Raila, on Wednesday, October 13, said the initiative, to be rolled out as a direct cash transfer programme will be given out monthly to two million of the poorest households.

He addressed a press conference at the University of Nairobi.

Flanked by a think tank of experts and university dons, Raila said the programme will reach about eight million poor Kenyans, based on the average household size of four people.

The programme will integrate the current social protection programme, such as Inua Jamii, which Raila stated already consumes KSh 37 billion annually.

4. People Daily

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The paper reported that the maritime war between Kenya and Somalia threatened to boil on Wednesday, October 13, after the two nations adopted hardline positions on the matter.

President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to protect the country's territorial integrity to the hilt.

His Somalia counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed alias Farmaajo, on the other hand, hailed the judgement delivered by the International Court of Justice as a victory for his country against the unlawful attempt by Kenya to claim its territory.

In a statement issued from the United States, Uhuru vowed not to cede an inch of Kenya's territory saying as the Commander-in-Chief of Kenya Defence Forces, he will deliver the country intact and encumbered to the next president.

5. Taifa Leo

The daily reported that one man was sentenced to five years in prison for forging a death certificate of his cousin and using it to con Britam Insurance KSh 500,000.

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Solomon Kyalo was accused of forging the death certificate of Mutisya Musyoki who had a cover with the insurance.

Kyalo had previously been arrested for trying to steal KSh 250,000 from Faulu Bank using the same forged document.

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