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Sad day as broadcaster Njoki Ndegwa of Jambo Radio passes away in Dallas, Texas

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Popular Diaspora Radio show host Njoki Wa Ndegwa is Dead. Ms Ndegwa, one of Kenya Diaspora pioneer  Radio show hosts and the proprietor  of Jambo Radio Network (formerly Jambo Boston Radio) passed away Friday in Dallas, Texas.

“It is true she has passed on,” a family member who spoke to this reporter Friday evening said. “We thought we were ready for any eventuality but I guess nobody is really ever ready for death…I can tell you the news of her passing has shattered me and the rest of the family,” she added.

Njoki had been ill for some time, having being diagnosed with breast  cancer in 2014. Later in  October 2016, doctors told her that she had Metastatic Brain Tumors, following which she underwent treatment and several surgeries at Parklands  Hospital in Texas.

In September 2017, she lost her voice and mobility  due to aggressive Metastatic Brain Tumors.

Njoki  Wa Ndegwa required Chemotherapy,  24 hour bedside homecare services,  rent, medical supplies and specialized breathing machine.

Two weeks ago, friends, family and well wishers got together for a well attended fundraiser in Texas. Another harambee had been scheduled for this Sunday at Ushindi Church in Lowell, Massachusetts. It was in Boston, MA, that  she initially set up her broadcasting station.

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As soon as the news of her death broke, her family, friends, Kenyans in US and fans from around the world took to social media to express shock and disbelief.

Before coming to the U.S., Ms Ndegwa was a successful radio personality in Kenya, working for popular radio station which broadcasts in Kikuyu language, Kameme FM .

Once here, she thought she’d be a nurse, but quickly discovered her future wasn’t in medicine, choosing instead to follow the path she knew best…broadcasting.

Her friends urged her to go back to Kenya and resume her successful radio career at Kameme FM, but Ndegwa thought, “why not be a Kenyan radio host in Boston?”

The station did well but she later moved to Texas where she set up her equipment and continued with what she did best; connect people through her radio shows. This she did until she got ill.

 

Watch a BBC documentary focusing on Njoki’s work as a radio presenter:

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On Friday night, Timothy Ndegwa, the CEO of Mykenyanlink Network, a close friend to the deceased wrote on Facebook: It’s a sad day at
#JamboRadioNetwork

I remember this day vividly. The last photo we took in Atlanta on June 18th 2017 around noon. The last time I saw you standing on your feet. Three months later you were bed riden never to walk again. Several times I visited with you in the hospital and at home. You struggled but stayed strong. We communicated through gestures. The smiles and noding were affirming. I am honored to have been a partner with you at Jambo Radio Network.
May your soul rest in peace.
#JamboRadioNetwork
#RipNjokiWaNdegwa
#NjokiWaNdegwa
#MyKenyanLink

Timothy Ndegwa poses for a photo with Njoki Ndegwa in Atlanta in 2016. PHOTO|COURTESY

 

Njoki Wa Westlands wrote: Indeed it is. What a black Friday… God help us to overcome this cup.
Jane Njenga: It’s unbelievable, very sad.
John Wachori: Iguru ria maundu mothe Ngai Ithe Witu ni mwega. Na eekaga uria we onete ati niwega. We bless His Holy Name.

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Nairobi sex workers to kiss Sh20 million bye

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Sex workers in Nairobi will lose over Sh20 million in revenue in the next 30 days that bars and brothels will remain closed, says Kenya Community Sex Workers Coordinator, Fellister Abdalla.

The closure follows President Uhuru Kenyatta’s July 27 order barring the sale of alcohol in restaurants and eateries for one month, the indefinite closure of all bars and an extension of nighttime curfew to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The sex workers now say the restrictions and bans have left thousands of women who earn a living from ‘treating’  men Nairobi suffering from ‘acute dry spell’ without cash to pay rent and feed their children.

“The girls will lose more than Sh20 million during the period because the bars and joints where they used to operate have been closed. It basically means they cannot access their workplaces,” she explained

Abdalla says so dire is the situation that some of them have been forced to solicit customers in estates where they live, which exposes them to violence.

There are those, she says, who have lost their lives after demanding payment for services rendered from mean clients. “It is really tough out there, especially when you consider the number of girls on the streets who directly earn a living from clubs. I know the president means well, considering that human lives are at stake. But I also urge him to think about sex workers and their children who are virtually sleeping on empty stomachs.

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“The president can even support us with food while Nairobi Woman Ether Passsaris should think about us because I believe she understands women issues,” Abdalla said. A spot check by The Nairobain established that clubs and lodgings were closed immediately after the president’s  warning that those who did not comply with the directive would have their licences permanently withdrawn, especially after the no-nonsense Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) boss Major-General Mohammed Badi vowed to personally enforce the directive. Before the directive, sex workers would wait for revellers outside pubs or join them at the table and urge them to have their ‘dipsticks checked for oil’ at nearby lodgings.

The Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme (BHESP) CEO recently revealed that there are 20,000 registered sex workers aged between 18 and 35 years who are based in Nairobi. On a good day, especially at the end of the month, some earn as much Sh10,000. Also affected by the closure of pubs are thousands of waiters, waitresses, taxi drivers, food vendors, DJs and people whose livelihood is directly linked to booze and pubs.

By Standard.co.ke

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PHOTOS: Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege celebrates her elder sister’s 56th birthday in style

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Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege celebrated her elder sister’s 56th birthday in style.
She gave her a car as a gift.
Sabina: “Gathoni, you carried me in your back when i was young and you fitted in our late mum’s shoes. This is just a small present of appreciation as you turn one year old. We as Chege Mutema’s we cherish you. Happy birthday Shush.”
Below are the photos to the celebrations.

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Kakamega police hunt for teacher’s killers

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Police in Mumias are looking for a gang that abducted a secondary school teacher from his home in Shinoyi location, Navakholo sub-county, and murdered him several kilometres away on Wednesday morning.

It has emerged that Mr Ernest Opondo, 54, had jumped from the moving vehicle along the Ekero-Butere road to escape the wrath of the abductors and locked himself in a nearby house. However, the assailants pursued him and killed him in the home of Hamis Malala at around 11.30am.

Kakamega Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss Robert Murithi said they have identified the owner of the vehicle used in the abduction.

He said the victim was shot twice. “We recovered two bullet heads and two spent cartridges of 7.62mm special,” Mr Murithi said.

He said the motive behind the killing is unknown even though family members claim it is related to a land dispute . “We have taken the fingerprints for processing and confirming with the National Transport and Safety Authority to trace the vehicle, KCS 503L, used by the assailants,” said Mr Murithi. “We are taking statements from various people including his father and brothers who are said to have had disagreements with the teacher before his death.” The high school teacher was picked up by a gang of four men from his house.

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According to his wife Maurine Atema, a teacher at Lirhanda Girls’ Secondary School in Ikolomani, the assailants — who were armed with rifles — held discussions with her husband inside their house before they dragged him out. They then hurled him into the boot of a waiting white saloon car parked outside their compound.

The deceased’s step-sister, Ms Violet Opondo, said the gang started beating him inside the house as they dragged him outside.

Ms Atema, who was at school at the time, said she was alerted about the development by her sister-in-law, Ms Opondo. “Even though we don’t have the evidence, we know who killed my husband. His decision to block the sale of land by his father and the step-family must be the cause of his killing.”

After receiving the news of Mr Opondo’s killing, residents of Emasinga village raided the home of one of his step-brothers, Mr Calistus Weremba, and torched his three houses.

They later moved to his father Peter Ndege’s house and took away three cows which were later discovered to have been burnt to death in a house under construction. The house belongs to Mr Ndege’s younger son Fredrick Opondo. The deceased was Mr Ndege’s eldest son.

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Mr Ndege had sold one parcel of land to a private developer and another to Navakholo NG-CDF for establishment of a primary school. However, the deceased had moved to the lands office and put an injunction against the deals.

Mr Ndege said his eldest son had a dispute with his step-brothers after he allegedly engaged in an incestuous relationship with the daughter of one of them. He was later interdicted by the Teachers’ Service Commission over the case.

By Nation.co.ke

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