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Western MPs Sharply Divided Over Night Travel Ban

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By ALLAN TAWAI

Besieged National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has received rare support from an MP from Bungoma who has backed the ban on night travel.

Bungoma County Woman Representative Catherine Wambilianga has supported NTSA over the ban on night travel and blamed drivers for causing road accidents. Majority of the reported road accidents occurred at night because of the driver’s exhaustion due to being overworked, she said.

Speaking at Chwele market on Wednesday, January 3, Wambilianga said that since the ban was enforced by NTSA, there had been fewer reports of accidents occurring during the night.

Bungoma is one of the most affected by the travel ban with hundreds of passengers being stranded at various bus termini and transport operators hiking fare by three times above the normal rates inconveniencing travelers.

Chief Justice Maraga blamed reckless driving for the rising number of fatal accidents

“Majority drivers are not given time to rest, they drive all the way from Bungoma to Nairobi and back. They are human beings and their bodies get exhausted. Let the vehicle owners allow drivers to rest or let other drivers be stationed at the destination so that they can drive back,” he said.

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Chief Justice Maraga blamed reckless driving for the rising number of fatal accidents

Chief Justice Maraga blamed reckless driving for the rising number of fatal accidents

Wambilianga sharply contrasted with those calling on the agency to lift the ban saying that it should be enforced fully instead.

“Let NTSA also stand firm, I know it is hard to implement the directive but they should not be swayed by cartels in the transport sector, let them stand firm and save Kenyans,” she said However, Mt Elgon MP Fred Kapondi differed with Ms. Wambilianga arguing that banning night travel will just affect the country’s economy and will hurt the transport industry.

“An accident can occur at any time, let NTSA man the known black spots especially on Eldoret-Nakuru highway so that they can reduce the accidents,” he said.

The legislator called on NTSA to ban night travel for heavy trucks because majority accidents have been caused by trucks plying those routes.

 


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Atlanta-based Kenyan fitness coach Jane Mukami celebrating 21 years in the US

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BY JANE MUKAMI

Celebrating 21 today years since I arrived in the U.S. from Kenyan – where did time go?

I was 20 yrs old when I got to Atlanta ready for college and no idea how life would unfold. 21 years later I’ve learned…

1. The land of milk and honey is not perfect and it’s not what you see in the movies 🤦‍♀️It does provide opportunities for success but nothing is handed to you…you gotta milk the proverbial cow #WorkForIt & be willing to do what it takes #NoPethos 😂 My 1st job was a cashier at Wendy’s (a fast food joint) making $5.50 [500/=] an hour, but that was just the beginning #StartWhereYouAre #StartWithWhatYouHave

2. Success is relative and should be defined by you and not society. My definition of success is being happy doing what I love while experiencing utmost freedom – debt freedom, financial freedom and location freedom – the ability to serve my clients/work from anywhere in the world #DefineYourSuccess

3. Success requires continued learning/education, breaking away from doing the same ol’ things, with the ol’ same people. Growth comes from new circles, friends, experiences, investing in coaches of finding people who inspire + push you to become who you were created to be. It’s ok to be a small fish in a big pond…it gives you room to grow into a whale🐳 #LevelUp

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4. Life’s too short to sweat the small stuff – have fun, laugh, enjoy your journey, protect your space by decreasing negativity, drama, toxic friendships or relationships that do not serve you #You1st

5. Focus on YOU. Don’t worry about what others think or say about you. Be intentional about what you want & make it happen – mute all else and #GoGet #NoExcuses #StayHungry #StayHumble

Atlanta has been good to me…do I qualify for the title #GeorgiaPeach🍑🍑 Even though I don’t like sweet tea, fried chicken, pork rinds, biscuits and gravy, grits, waffles and fried chicken…I’m I the only one still very confused by the words chicken fried steak…?? 🤣

Funny enough, I feel as though the past 21 years were simply a rehearsal, a warm up, a preparation of sorts, and my life is just now beginning #selfactualized

Wait…does spending 20 yrs in Kenya and 21 in the US make me a TRUE (literal) African American? 😂

I’m excited! Its #GoTime. To all my fellow immigrants….let’s keep doing the damn thing – Cheers to 20 more 🥂🥂🇱🇷


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Inside Jeremy Damaris’ KDM state-of-the-art studio in US after purchasing a building

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Barely five years after immigrating to the United Sates, Kenyan Diaspora media personality Jeremy Damaris has done what many of his peers can only dream of.

His media house, Kenya Diaspora Media – USA (formally Kikuyu Diaspora Media) has established a spectacular state-of-the-art studio after recently paying cash for a building in Birmingham, Alabama.

Since the news broke, well-wishers have been congratulating the entrepreneur who, besides being a radio and tv host, also doubles up as a musician and a professional Master of Ceremonies (MC).

However, the humble man from a village in Kiambu attributes the major achievement to God’s grace.

“I thank everyone who has contributed in one way or another to this immense success. God indeed can move mountains,” says Jeremy, adding that without the goodwill of his fans and well-wishers, this would only have been a pipedream.

Together with his wife Sally, Jeremy immigrated to the USA in 2015 where he established the then Kikuyu Diaspora Radio from scratch.

The station grew exponentially, becoming Kikuyu Diaspora media  and later  re-branding to Kenya Diaspora Media -USA.

“We are now broadcasting in different languages and reaching all manner of Kenyan demographics around the world,” he recently told Kenya Satellite News Network.

Learn more about Jeremy Damaris by watching the following video which is in Gīkūyū language:

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Besides disseminating news and events of the day, Damaris, through KDM, has been known to reach out to persons or families in dire straits and bringing their plight’s attention to his audience.

His Youtube channel has been growing fast. Las year, he was awarded the coveted graphite Youtube Creators plaque after his channel reached 100,000 subscribers. His studio, as you can see in the photo below, is equipped to handle all manner of audiovisual content, ready for instant broadcast through various platforms.

“KENYA DIASPORA MEDIA USA has bought its building in cash. Its now Official!!, ” posted Jeremy.

“Glory to God for our new office in United States. FAITH MOVES MOUNTAINS! Thanks to everyone who participated to make this happen.#NoDebt!! #KDMFAMILYTEAM!!! #Mahigahomes #NeemaShelters #Amgrealtors #EdenparkcountryGardens #OptivenLtd #AttorneyWanjohi #GiokoTaxes #Maridadymotors and all #WELLWISHERS,” he added.

“The word compassion may have been created just to describe this true son of Africa as he has many times gone out of his way expressing the same while benevolently responding positively to praiseworthy cases many don’t pay attention to and watch without doing anything to help mankind,” says Dr Isaac Kinungi of Kenyan Parents in the USA organisation.

Others have described him as a philanthropist on a journey of inspiring and a fulfilling the dreams that brought him to America, while connecting the dots and networking with those that share common values and unity of purpose, to bring about change to humanity and society at large.

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Kenya Satellite News Media congratulates Jeremy Damaris and KDM (USA) for the latest achievement.


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Former heroin addict tells his story after 8 months of sobriety

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I chose the wrong path – of drugs and alcohol. I messed up life for myself, my family and friends. Life is so much better without drugs and alcohol.

These are the words of Carlos Kipkoech, 26, who dropped out of Egerton University in his third year of a degree course in criminology.

Had I kept off alcohol, my life would be different. Drug abuse caused me the worst pain imaginable,” Kipkoech, who is recovering from years of heroin abuse, told the Nation.

He started taking alcohol in 2012 at the age of 18 while in Form Four and could not stop after slipping into depression following his mother’s death.

“The death of my mother was a big blow. She was the family’s sole breadwinner. She left behind a three-year-old sibling. I was very stressed while writing my Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams at Mbita High School in Homa Bay County but I managed to score a C+ and joined Egerton University in 2014,” he said.

Kipkoech abused miraa, alcohol and bhang.

“I then started doing hard drugs like heroin at age 23 and my life started to go downhill. Nothing but drugs was important to me. I was on a path to total destruction,” he said.

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“My addiction to heroin took priority over everything I did. I ‘died’ many times due multiple overdoses.”

Rehabilitation

In April this year, however, Kipkoech found help at Taraji House Rehabilitation Centre, courtesy of Nakuru-based Youth Bila Noma organisation, and has been sober for about eight months now.

He stayed at Taraji in Murunyu, Bahati, Nakuru, from April to July and was able to kick the habit.

But the treatment was tough, including withdrawal symptoms such as stomach upsets, sweating, a running nose, body weakness, diarrhoea and loss of appetite.

While noting that drug addicts have serious eating disorders and mental health issues, he says he weighed 40kg when he was taken to the rehabilitation centre but is now 30 kilograms heavier.

“I decided to seize the opportunity to put my life back on track, I was tired of hurting people,” he says.

“I thank God and the people who loved me when I couldn’t love myself. I would probably be dead now. I’m alive because Youth Bila Noma gave me new hope in life. I don’t feel dead inside anymore. I’m grateful, happy, and free,” he said.

“The treatment changed everything for me. I realised the dangers of drugs. We shared aspirations, drive and motivation. The friendships made all the difference,” he says.

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“I’m now rebuilding relationships with my family. I am rebuilding trust. I will continue to work towards cleaning up my life. I want to educate young people about what worked for me and how to conquer drug addiction.

“I want to go back to the university, accomplish my dream of becoming a criminologist and save many youths from drug addiction, I don’t want to see any student experience the pain I went through.”

Kipkoech has been working hard to stay sober but says he needs a job to jumpstart his life as he makes arrangements to return to school.

“I want to keep poultry to guard against a relapse but I lack funds,” he says.

Support is key

Kipkoech urges youths to shun drug abuse but regrets that community attitudes towards addicts are negative.

“They view drug addicts as rejects with no purpose in life, not knowing that addicts are talented singers, footballers, artists and painters and that what they lack is support from the society,” he says.

Youth Bila Noma Programme Coordinator Rukiya Ahmed said the organisation has transformed the lives of many youths in Nakuru town slums.

“Many youths have talents that can secure them jobs [and keep them from abusing drugs for whichever reason]” she says

Ms Anne Kamau, a senior counsellor at Egerton University, noted that depression among students results from stress due to projects, relationships, drug abuse, conflicts, lack of fees and poverty.

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“We have support groups through which we conduct counselling. Some students need a shoulder to cry on when their family members get sick or die. Some need help with their studies,” she says.

by nation.africa


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