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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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PHOTOS: See Kenyan celebrities who had to look outside the borders to find love

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Some of our Kenyan celebrities haven’t married from the country, they found love beyond our borders and have even started families as well.

They have done prestigious weddings and have made beautiful families.

1. DJ Mohz

 

Top Kenyan celebrities who’ve found love beyond our borders

DJ Mohz walked down the aisle nearly eight years ago with his beautiful wife Deborah Kimathi.They got beautiful daughters and have been happily married for all those years.

2. Vanessa Kiuna

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Daughter to famous reverend Kathy Kiuna is among the Kenyans who didn’t marry a Kenyan. Her husband’s name is Robert and they have a child together. He is from South Africa

The parents had and still are really supportive to them.

3. Ninja

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Jeff Okello famous actor from the popular tv show Mother-in-law got a ‘mzungu’ wife and they are apparently even getting a second child together.

Her wife’s name is Katja Maria Huhta and has Finnish descent.

4. Octopizzo

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The Hip hop artist and youth activist from Kibera also got to marry a ‘mzungu’.He has two daughters and isn’t afraid of showing them off to the world.

5. Jeff Koinange

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The Citizen television anchor Jeff has been married to the second wife Shaila Koinange a Kenyan of Asian origin for so many years.

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He tries his best to keep his family from the public eye hence not much is known about the wife.

6. Eric Omondi

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Popular comedian Eric Omondi also got his hands on a mixed beauty known as Chantal Grazioli who is half Italian half Kenyan.

He fell in love with her and have been seen a lot together.

BY: PETER KARIUKI

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VIDEO: Tired of being white, Mzungu woman ‘colours’ herself black and adopts a Kenyan name

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A mzungu woman who turned herself black after being fed up with being white has adopted a Kenyan name after being baptized in Nyeri.

Last year, 29-year-old Martina Big, a former blonde and blue-eyed air hostess from Germany, began the journey of transforming herself into an African (black). This came after she spent 6 million shillings to have breast implants that earned her the tag “the woman with biggest boobies in Europe”. They weigh 12 kilogrammes.

In an interview in the past, Big said that she admired the dark skin of Africans and had decided to turn herself black. Last year, she underwent a life-threatening melanin injection, a procedure outlawed in countries, and completely changed her skin color.

She further made a 50-tubed sun bed in her house, to accelerate her blackness and now believes her kids will be born black. She further visited a salon that caters for African hair and got a kinky weave, in her journey to become an African.

“I compared my hair with that of other Africans in the salon. Theirs is identical to mine,” she posted on her Instagram page after the weave was sewn in.

Last month, she began her maiden trip to Africa starting with in Kenya, where has adopted an African name after being baptized in Nyeri.

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In a video she posted online, a man believed to be a pastor baptized her. He is heard saying, “Malaika Mkubwa, you are now a new creature in Jesus’ name”.

Martina donned a white African regalia, kneeling next to the pastor who the Standard learnt was pastor Isaac Murage of Gichira Baptist Church. Murage said he was introduced to Martina by a member of his church.

“She told me the lady wanted to be baptised, and I told them to come,” he said.

Murage denied claims that he chose the name “Malaika Mkubwa” for her. “She came with the name written down,” he says, adding that his church does not give baptismal names to its members.

Martina updated her website to reflect her newly acquired name. However, Race Equality Foundation, a European organisation that champions for racial equality criticised her attempt to be black.

“She has “limited understanding” of challenges ethnic minority groups face. Her story distracts from problems black people face,” said the group.

She has revealed plans to widen her nose and also enhance her bottoms to give it the African look.

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US-based Kenyan man holds 3 Pre-weddings in quick succession, fiancée says wedding must go on

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

A Kenyan woman in Seattle, Washington, who has been at the center of a heated online debate has come out to openly declare her total support for her fiancé, who is being accused of scamming Kenyans by holding three Pre-wedding fundraisers within a few months: two in Maryland and Massachusetts and an upcoming one in Washington State.

In an exclusive interview with Kenya Satellite News Network Thursday, Pastor Serah Ndirangu said she is ready to get married to the man and “those casting doubts on the event are mere detractors whose opinions don’t really matter.”

She said she is well aware of what happened between the previous fiancée  and the Reverend and added that the upcoming pre-wedding was her own idea.

“Why do people like poking their noses in other peoples’ affairs?” she wondered.

“We really don’t care what they are saying…this is our life and no one is being forced to contribute a penny,” she said.

Our  pre-wedding will take place on November 10th “come rain, come shine,” she added.

She was referring to those who have raised concern over the number of times the man in question has “fallen in love.”

The debate is about one Reverend Stanley Mwea who held two pre-wedding fundraisers in May this year, in Baltimore and Boston. The woman he intended to marry was Susan Kangethe, but as fate would have it, differences arose before they could tie the knot and the wedding was called off.

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Soon after that, Rev Mwea then fell in love with another woman, Ms Serah Ndirangu, and the two planned a third pre-wedding, slated for November 10th this year.

This did not go down very well with some Kenyans in the Diaspora, many of whom took to social media to make their position on the matter known. Some of them said they feel “used” after having made monetary contributions to the previous fundraisers.

This comes at a time when Kenyans in different cities in the US have been complaining of rising instances where, after pre-weddings are held, the “love birds” vanish or relocate to different states, never to be seen again.

Now Pastor Serah Ndirangu says the wedding will take place in Seattle, Washington in early December. “The church elders and my fellow gospel musicians have encouraged me to go on with the arrangements and there is no looking back. God will fight on our behalf,” she adds.

However, some people, mostly Kenyans, were skeptical:

Here are some of the comments:

Bryan Dubb wrote on Facebook: 

Waaaaar my Kenyanese people. Is this what we doing now? Same Reverend, two women, different cities, one in May and another in Nov same year for a pre-wedding? C’mon son 😏

***another pre wedding in Mass**

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Esther WaKang’ara:  I imagine there are people who contributed to all his mchangoz…the f**kery 🙄🙄. Throw it all away!!!

 

Brenda Momanyi They all know about each that have a mission to chop y’all hard earned money small small #issascam #dontdallforit

Lily Jay: Wajinga ndio waliwao.. let the man prosper! Kama kuna his kondoos willing to shell out their hard earned cash to this conman, so be it. Wabarikiwe..

Salome Mwangi: Ala! Mchungaji kondoo amechunga coast to coast…… this one takes the crown. Team serah Seattle is close to me issa wedding😂😂. Is this guy serious? I hope not.

Corazòn Wanjiku He is practicing his beliefs (legalized polygamy). I aint hating but who are these churches supporting this pastor? Don’t raise ALL your hands at ONCE!

Nikki Wangari I’m done with my kenyanese people🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️
I’m not boarding that country🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🏃🏽‍♀️

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