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Esther’s mother leaves for home with daughter’s body

Posted by Administrator on March 29, 2012

Kenyan assault victim Esther Wanjiru Mwikamba’s mother Hannah thanks the Kenyan community at a farewell ceremony at the Kenya Consulate, Dubai.

Kenyan assault victim Esther Wanjiru Mwikamba’s mother Hannah thanks the Kenyan community at a farewell ceremony at the Kenya Consulate, Dubai.

Dubai: “Asante sana,” was what Hannah Mwikamba, mother of assault victim Esther Wanjiru, repeatedly said on Wednesday hours before boarding her early morning flight home to Kenya, where Esther will be laid to rest.

The phrase, which means ‘Thank you very much’ in Kiswahili, echoed in her hotel room as she was preparing for her flight on Wednesday.

“Thank you very much to all the Kenyans in Dubai, to our consulate and embassy officials, to everyone who responded by sending emails, messages, prayers and support,” Hannah told Gulf News.

“Thank you also to Rashid Hospital, especially to the doctors who took care of Esther, to all the nursing staff, thank you very much,” she added.

Hannah’s eldest daughter, Esther, succumbed to head injuries on March 20. She was in a coma for 31 days at Rashid Hospital after being brutally beaten by a man in a car park in Dubai.

Hannah was scheduled to fly to Nairobi at 2:30am on Thursday courtesy of Kenya Airways, which also shouldered the cost of repatriating Esther’s remains. Lucy, Esther’s sister, flew to Nairobi yesterday morning. She will meet Hannah upon her arrival there.

Message book

Before Hannah left, the Kenyan community prepared a simple ceremony at the Kenyan Consulate General to give a book that contained messages of support and condolences for the family.

The book was specially prepared and signed by Kenyans who visited the consulate when Esther died on March 20.

Overwhelmed with gratitude, Hannah took the opportunity to thank everyone who helped them from day one.

“I would like to thank the Kenya Welfare Association, the Kenyan government, and the Al Qaid Hotel for hosting us,” Hannah said.

“Thank you also to Gulf News for keeping Esther’s story alive. But please never forget Esther,” the grieving mother said.

“As a mother, I am not happy that I am coming home with my daughter, deceased. It would have been easier to accept if she had recovered from her coma and if I were taking her home alive. As a mother, I love my daughter and this is not easy to accept. But God loves her more. And life still goes on,” Hannah said.

Hannah added that she would follow the case against the Emirati suspect who allegedly brutally beat her daughter, leading to her death, from Kenya.

The 24-year-old suspect has not been granted bail since the incident happened on February 18.

“May God help him,” Hannah said, referring to the suspect.

“May God see him through. We leave everything to God.”

All throughout the family’s ordeal, scores of Kenyans have made Hannah feel loved as if she were their own mum since her arrival in Dubai on March 2.

“We are here to give her support. [She may have] lost Esther, but she still has thousands and thousands of daughters and sons in Kenya. And for me, she can always call us as we are one family. We are one blood, one colour, one nation,” James Peter Ikonya, a Kenyan national who aided Hannah in the hotel, said.

Penina Nyokabi said: “I welcomed Mama Esther [Hannah] when she arrived. I have to see her off.”

Upon reaching Nairobi, the Mwikamba family will embark on a 30-minute drive to the town of Limuru, where a public viewing for Esther’s remains will be held.

The family has not decided on the date of Esther’s burial yet.

Source: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/emergencies/esther-s-mother-leaves-for-home-with-daughter-s-body-1.1001204

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Turkish paedophile re-arrested in Uganda

Posted by Administrator on March 29, 2012

Turkish paedophile Emmin Baro at court

Turkish paedophile Emmin Baro at court

Turkish paedophile Emmin Baro  who lured Ugandan underage girls to perform oral sex on him has been re-arrested, the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura has said.

Kayihura Thursday told a news conference at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala that the 54-year- old man is in police custody.
The Police chief however, did not elaborate when Baro was re-arrested and where he is being detained.

The arrest come after the Director of Public Prosecution Richard Buteera protested the sentence of sh6m fine slapped on a Turkish national of Macedonian origin.

Jane Kajuga Okuo, the Directorate spokesperson said Buteera called for the file of the unusual case because his office was dissatisfied with the sentence that was delivered by Nakawa Court Grade One Magistrate Rosemary Ngabirano.

Baro was on March 27, charged   with Computer Misuse Act under  section 23(4) which stipulates that a person who produces child pornography for purpose of  distribution through computer , commits an offence  and is liable  on conviction  to 15 years imprisonment or  a fine not exceeding three hundred  and sixty currency points ( equivalent of sh7.2m).

Prosecution said Baro was found in possession of a compact disc with videos showing two children sucking his genitals. Baro pleaded guilty upon being charged.

But the presiding magistrate sentenced him to a fine of sh6m or in default he was supposed to serve two years imprisonment. New Vision learnt yesterday that Baro has since paid the fine. The apparent lenient sentence provoked a lot of angry reactions from New Vision readers.

Okuo told the New Vision that the Buteera asked for the police file and the court records with the view to either file an appeal or review the entire court proceedings.

Okuo said the sentence was too lenient for an offence that carries not less than fifteen years, adding that the matter is going to be subjected to another independent investigation to determine the whereabout of the victims.

Kajuga said the numbers of victims involved have not been established. The police are yet to investigate how many victims were involved.
Baro was apprehended on March12, at Bugumba village in Iganga district. At the time of his arrest, he had in his possession compact discs with pornographic videos of children in sexual acts which is contrary to the computer Act 2011. The disc, according to the prosecution shows children sucking his genitals.

It emerged yesterday that Baro’s weird activities were discovered after he forgot the disc at an Internet cafe in Iganga town. The owner of the cafe, after viewing the revolting video recording, tipped off the Police.

While delivering her sentence Magistrate Ngabirano stated that since Baro had pleaded guilty without wasting court’s time, she decided to be lenient to him Sources who preferred anonymity told New Vision that Baro is likely to be charged afresh with aggravated defilement if the Director of Public Prosecution sanctions the file.
Sources said further investigations by the police had revealed more sexual related offences against Baro who by yesterday was still in Luzira prison.

Reports indicate that Baro in 2009 was charged before Malindi court in Kenya after he was allegedly found having sex with a 15-year old Kenyan girl.

He was charged before Senior Resident Magistrate Dominica Nyanibu and he denied the charged according to Kenyan media.

Source: http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/629969-turkish-paedophile-re-arrested.html

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