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A Kenyan mother and her two children who perished after their house caught fire under mysterious circumstances in Canberra, Australia, last month were laid to rest on Friday in an emotional sendoff.

The remains of 45-year-old Anne Wachera Muhoro, her son Ezvin (8) and her daughter Furaha (5) were retrieved by firefighters from their house in Bonner on February 19th, after a house fire police say was deliberately lit.

Ezvin and Furaha were fare-welled alongside their mother in a private burial ceremony held at the Norwood Park Crematorium in Gungahlin on Friday morning. The funeral was attended by family and members of the local community.

Ms Muhoro’s estranged husband, who declined to be named, described his two kids as “playful” and “cheerful”, if not a little bit shy.

“Ezvin travelled around the world in 2012. He liked Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He said he always wanted to go back there.”

It [ceremony] was nice but memories are so strong, They will be greatly missed,” he said.

Some of the family members attending the funeral traveled all the way from Kenya.

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the three and are waiting for results of autopsy and other tests carried on their remains.

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Detectives handling the case have appealed to anyone with information that might help in the investigations to come forward. Police said a camera footage taken from the estate between midnight of Sunday, February 18th and 8.45 am Monday, could be of great help.

Ms Muhoro had been working as a software engineer in Canberra and was set to attend a child custody hearing on the day of her death at the Family Court, but failed to show up.

Her estranged husband had moved to court seeking custody of their children. One suspect was apprehended the day after the fire, but was later released.

In 2011, a man identified as George Munene filed an online petition on a website (change.org) against Ms Muhoro, accusing her of denying him a 50/50 child custody of their son, Ezvin Munene Mugera.

“Custody battles are rife and allegations of domestic violence have been misused (by a few women) to gain an upper hand in custody and property settlement battles,” George said in the brief petition.

He further lamented about losing his AUD0.6 million (Sh47.7 million) house to Ms Anne Wachera Muhoro.

At the Funeral Friday, friends expressed their deep desire for answers to the many questions left in the wake of the tragedy.

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Ms Muhoro’s best friend, Edith Miuruka, paid tribute to her as a good Christian and a skilled migrant with an “enviable career” in software engineering.

Ms Miuruka expressed her deep grief and confusion over the death.

“There was no sign that our planned lunch would never be,” she said.

There are still many unanswered questions surrounding the Bonner house fire: police have not identified a cause, nor have they ruled out the three were already dead when the fire was set.

Ms Miuruka said her friend had weathered many “tough seasons” as a migrant in Canberra, but that she had said 2018 would be a good year.

“People may not know the true story … may divine intervention intervene to reveal Anne’s true story,” she said.

Police stand near their car while a house damaged by fire is obstructed by screens.

Ms Muhoro’s youngest brother, Peter, said when thinking about the deaths of a five-year-old and an eight-year-old, “you ask a lot of questions”.

“But you know, they had a great life, they had a joyous life,” he said.

Community desperate for answers

The unanswered questions also hung heavy in the speeches from community and church leaders.

Godfrey Munthomi, president of the East African Community Association, expressed thanks to emergency services workers who discovered the Kenyan family.

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“We are grateful, as you try to unravel what may or may not have happened. No pressure,” he said.

Mourners sung in Swahili as the coffins were carried out

The High Commissioner to Kenya also spoke on behalf of the community, and offered the Kenyan Government’s condolences.

“As a community we learned with great shock … and in circumstances we are struggling to come to terms with,” Isaiah Kabira said.

“In God we trust that one day all shall be revealed to us.”

Chaplain Richard Bevan said as a church leader he was often asked “Why?” at a time of death.

Reflecting upon the three deaths, Mr Bevan said he asked himself the same question.

“One thing I am absolutely sure of was this was not God’s will,” he said.

 

-Mwakilishi.com

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Every Christmas season, Bob made sure I had plums: Wambui Collymore

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Wambui Kamiru Collymore, widow of former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, has said every December, Bob made sure she had plums as she loved them very much.

In an Instagram post, Wambui said the person Bob was buying plums from has made sure they deliver the fruit now that Bob is not there to do so.

See the Instagram Post below:

Wambui has been posting snippets of her life with the former telecoms executive.

She recently celebrated his birthday where he would be turning 63 years old.

In his memory, his widow Wambui Collymore shared a picture and a touching message on social media to celebrate the man she spent almost five years together with.

The couple got married in April 2016 and stayed together until Collymore lost a long battle with blood cancer on the morning of July 1, 2019.

A short period before the cruel hands of death snatched him from her embrace, but also a period through which they also created memories worth cherishing and holding on to forever.

Collymore managed to keep his personal life so private that even in death little was written about his life before coming to Kenya.

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KDF pilot killed in crash months before wedding

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Like many ambitious young men, Lieutenant Adams Rhova had big plans for the New Year.

Exactly 30 days from today, he was due to reveal the date he would have walked down the aisle with the love of his life Sandra Kadzo.

An inspiration, a mentor, a role model and a philanthropist, many poor families in Kulesa village, Garsen, Tana River County, also looked forward to a good year, thanks to his alms.

But the dreams were shattered on Tuesday morning when Rhova, 30, perished in a Kenya Air Force plane crash inside Tsavo East National Park, some 15 kilometres from Voi town.

The aircraft, a Harbin Y-12 model that was being flown from the Kenya Air Force Moi Air Base, Nairobi, claimed the lives of three other military personnel who were on an undisclosed mission in Taita Taveta County.

When the Nation visited Kulesa village yesterday, pain was written all over the faces of his family, neighbours, friends, local leaders and even strangers. His mother, Yunia Hadulo, who received news of her son’s sudden death, was still in shock and could not talk.

A holiday

 

Just 20 days ago, the lieutenant had taken his entire family for a holiday in Malindi where he announced his future plans.

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“He was planning to marry his fiancée, whom he introduced to the family early this year. He had many other big plans for Kulesa people and as matter of fact, he was the family’s mentor,” Alpha Rhova, Adams elder brother said.

Reached for comment, crestfallen Kadzo said she needed time to mourn her loss. “Kindly I’ve no strength to comment or say anything. The death has robbed me of my life too. He was my everything and this has happened when our relationship is at its peak,” she said amid tears.

Many remembered the lastborn in the family of three as a humble man who helped many poor families with school fees and ran campaigns against violent extremism.

In Kulesa, Rhova had a team of youth who provided him with intelligence on local security matters.

“He was [more] informed of the activities in the village than anyone else. He was a man of the people and his presence here elated many lives, both the youth and the elderly,” Alpha said.

Primary school

 

Born on December 12, 1990, Rhova went to Kulesa Primary School before proceeding to Garsen High School.

He later joined the University of Nairobi in 2012 for a Bachelor’s degree in Education, but dropped out in his second year to join the military.

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In 2016, he secured a chance to train as a cadet and was taken for aviation training in South Africa where he graduated in 2017. He had only served the Air Force for three years.

Salama location chief Peter Jilo said Rhova was the only military man in his village and surrounding areas. “His death has broken my heart into many pieces; it feels like I’ve lost my own flesh and blood. Only God knows our pain,” he said, tears welling in his eyes.

A brave and humble person

The chief eulogised Rhova as “a son and a torch” that will take a lifetime to replace.

Wise man

Eric Bonny, a former schoolmate of Rhova’s and one of his best friends, is heartbroken.

Rhova carries lots of “secrets and wisdom” to the grave, he said.

“The accident has robbed us of a brave and humble person, who could create time to help anyone in time of need,” he said.

The Kenya Defence Forces is yet to release details and possible cause of the crash of a plane model that has been involved in several similar accidents in recent years.

Last August, a Harbin Y-12 craft came down at Dhobley Airstrip in Somalia.

The 10 occupants on board did not suffer any injuries but the aircraft was seriously damaged. The landing gear as well as the left-hand wing were mangled.

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In 2014, one person was killed and 11 others injured when a plane of the the same model crashed shortly after taking off from El Wak airport in Mandera County.

In 2006, another military aircraft of the same model crashed on a hill in Marsabit, killing 14 people.

Last year, KDF announced plans to acquire three Italian-manufactured Spartan aircraft to replace the aged Harbin Y-12s. The first one was delivered late last year.

by Nation.africa

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Ex-Chelsea star Drogba drops his 10-year-old marriage for ‘positive’ young woman

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Chelsea football legend Didier Drogba has revealed his ten-year marriage to Lalla Diakate is over, after appearing in an intimate video in bed with a mystery woman.

The two, who have three children together, have always had a discreet private life in order to shield their loved ones from the limelight.

However, Drogba was forced to confirm that he had split from wife Lalla after photos and videos went viral on social media of him with another woman.

The 42-year-old met Lalla in Paris in the 1990s and formalised their union in 2011.

In the film, according to The Sun, which a representative claimed had been hacked, Drogba was seen bare-chested in bed with the near-naked young woman, sparking headlines in his home country.

The two appear extremely playful as she jokingly bites his shoulder before he cries in French: “She’s positive! She’ll infect me by biting me!”

The scenes left tongues wagging back in Ivory Coast and the Blues’ icon was forced to respond.

“But, because of speculation in the media today, I can confirm that sadly, after 20 years together, Lalla and I took the difficult decision to separate last year.

“We remain very close, and our main priorities have been to protect our children and our family’s private life. May God bless you.”

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Drogba spent an initial eight years at Chelsea, before briefly returning in 2014, scoring 104 goals in 254 Premier League games, winning four league titles and the Champions League in 2012.

The 42-year-old is also the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast, boasting 65 goals in 105 caps.

By NN

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