Police are looking for a man believed to have murdered a commercial sex worker in a lodging along Kirinyaga Road, Nairobi.
The woman’s body was found in a lodging she and a man had booked on Saturday night. The man was missing, police said.
According to security guards at the building, the woman booked the room and was accompanied by the man who is believed to have killed her.
They spent the night there but the man left alone at about 5 am alone and told receptionists the woman was sleeping and would leave later.
Come midday, almost seven hours later the cleaners went to the room seeking to clean it when they stumbled on the body of the woman.
She lay naked with her legs and hands tied with a piece of clothing.
Police who visited the scene said she had been strangled with a bed sheet tied around her neck.
The motive of the murder is yet to be unravelled, police said. The body of the woman was moved to the mortuary pending autopsy and further probe.
Nairobi police boss Adamson Bungei said they are investigating the murder.
He said they are pursuing the suspected killer and a team of detectives is already on the ground handling the matter.
In the Kabete area, police said they are also investigating the murder of a man whose body was found on the roadside with visible injuries.
The body had visible injuries at the back of the head at the time it was found.
Police said they are investigating murder in the incident and no arrest had been made so far.
Elsewhere in the Zimmerman area, police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found lying on the roadside.
The body had vomit on the mouth and had no visible injuries at the time of the discovery.
The cause of the death was not immediately known, police said adding the body was moved to the mortuary pending autopsy.
Police say they are concerned with the discovery of bodies at various places. Some of the deaths are natural while others are out of murder which are pending probe.
According to police reports, at least two bodies are recovered daily in the city alone.
Land buyers and property developers have been urged to conduct proper searches and investigations before making any purchases to avert losses.
This, as rogue individuals and companies continue to remain a risk in Kenya’s real estate sector, where individuals have lost hundreds of millions.
According to the Estate Agents Registration Board (EARB) Eunice Macharia, cases of irregular government land allocation, grabbing, and “ cartels” remain a reality in the real estate sector, exposing developers and individuals to losses.
This comes even as the government works on digitising land registries and putting in place measures to deal with “cartels”.
“It is sad that the sanctity of the title has been questioned in many instances even in our courts. We are asking the investors to be cautious. Besides doing the normal search at the registry, there are other steps that you can take to make sure that the property you are buying is genuine,” Macharia said.
She said the government should also be able to guarantee genuine and reliable title deeds to save investors from losing out.
She spoke on Friday during the second Estate Agents Conference, in Nairobi, which brought together more than 400 real estate agents to deliberate on challenges and opportunities in the sector.
Under the theme “Re-engineering real estate for emerging realities,”, players focused on strategies to adapt to evolving trends, including technology.
Justice Lucy Mbugua- Head Of Land Division, Milimani Court said cases of land repossession mainly in cases of riparian zones, public land and other disputes continue to remain active.
“You must inspect and interrogate the property you are buying. The issue of due diligence is paramount,” she said.
During the forum, Housing Secretary, Ministry of Lands, Public Works, Housing and Urban Development, Said Athman, called on the real estate sector players to support the government’s affordable housing programme.
According to Athman, the government is keen on public-private-partnership where developers would design, finance, build, and sale as part of the drive to meet the government’s target of developing at least 200,000 houses per year.
Meanwhile, EARB has maintained its stand on the proposed Estate Agents Regulation Bill 2023 which it has opposed.
The Bill by Trans Nzoia Senator Allan Chesang seeks to regulate real estate agents, developers of properties for sales purposes, and land trading companies that subdivide land for sale, popularly known as land buying companies.
Macharia said while there is a need to tame the operations of land-buying companies and property developers, practitioners and developers must be regulated separately.
The Board has strongly recommended that the proposed bill be redrafted to concentrate on regulating property developers and land-buying companies and leave the regulation of the professional real estate agents as currently contained in the Estate Agents Act, Cap 533.
“When it comes to real estate agents, there is no vacuum,” she said.
Media Personality Willis Raburu has broken his silence over what he has been engaged in since he quit his news anchoring job at Citizen TV towards the end of June.
Raburu, who landed a new job at TV47 three days ago said he had a lot of free time initially but became busy over time as people sought him for consultancy.
“During the break, I took time to do my Master’s in Strategic corporate communication. I want to finish the coursework this year then I will work on the project later on. By next year September I will have graduated,” Raburu said.
“Other than working to complete my masters, I have also been offering consultancy on communications strategy for several organisations, including Nairobi County,” he added.
He spoke during an interview with TV47 on Friday adding that he will enroll in a doctorate program once he’s done with the master’s.
“By the time we get to the next general election, I will be called a doctor. You must address me as a doctor,” he said.
Additionally, Raburu noted that he has been spending time with his family.
“My fiancé and my two kids were just having a ball bonding, getting to know them. That happened for a while and then it quickly got busy somehow,” Raburu said.
He said it was as if people realised he had a lot of free time after he left Citizen and they started seeking him for different reasons.
“I just started getting a lot of offers and work in terms of the consultancy side. But mostly I was taking deliberate time off to be with my family and spend some time with them,” he said.
Raburu noted that his time with his family has really helped him grow closer with his son and daughter.
Additionally, Raburu said his son is his biggest fan and that he even calls him Bazuu.
He said his family always keeps him grounded.
On Tuesday, Raburu announced on his social media that he will be joining TV47 and bringing along his Wabebe experience show.
“Welcome to the new journey… The wait is over! Announcing my partnership with TV 47 Kenya! WABEBE! #WabebeXP,” Raburu said.