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Mercy Muthoni did not have to think too hard about Francis Gichuru’s marriage proposal. Her response was an instant yes. Mr Gichuru had already won her heart in many ways. As a professional marketer, he was instrumental to Mercy’s business, which grew exponentially thanks to his skills. Gichuru was also her spiritual mentor. The two had been friends since childhood.

They were both born in Nairobi’s Uhuru estate 52 years ago and say they developed an interest in each other from a tender age. However, Gichuru’s parents relocated to Karatina in Nyeri County and the two lost touch. After his education, Gichuru returned to Nairobi, and the relationship was reignited. After college, Gichuru found a job outside Nairobi but returned to the capital years later. During the time he was away, Mercy had a child with another man, but this did not bother Gichuru.

They even started a joint business selling auto spare parts. Know if news is factual and true. Text ‘NEWS’ to 22840 and always receive verified news updates. “We did everything together. We even gave our tithe jointly,” says Ms Muthoni. And one afternoon in 1997, Gichuru walked into her parents’ home in Jerusalem and asked her to marry him. He was 31 years old. In 2000, they tied the knot.

But the journey was rocky as the bishop at their church and Gichuru’s parents opposed the union. The bone of contention was Muthoni’s child. “The bishop could not imagine Gichuru marrying a woman who already had a child with another man. His parents also opposed our plans ,” she recalls. On July 29, Gichuru walked Muthoni down the aisle in a wedding that was boycotted by his family.

Their bishop refused to officiate their wedding. “My decision affected my relationship with my parents,” says Gichuru, now a pastor at Christ Ambassadors Tabernacle, a church he founded in Mowlem estate, Nairobi. Despite the challenges, the couple hoped to live happily thereafter. And life was good during their first year of marriage. But by the second year, worry began to set in as they had no child. People began to ask questions. “I became concerned but he told me to relax. As is the case in most African societies, where everyone thinks the woman is the problem in the case of childlessness, I was under siege,” Muthoni says. In 2002, Gichuru left for missionary work in Botswana. Some time later, the organisation he worked for called Muthoni and asked her to go and pick him because he was unwell. “We returned to Kenya in November 2004. Gichuru was no longer active, even in bed. He was sickly,” says Muthoni at their home in Mowlem.

She adds that one day in 2007, she noticed some wetness on his shirt around the chest. By that time, Gichuru had been experiencing fatigue and headaches, but they had not suspected anything serious. “He took off his shirt and I realised his breasts were swollen. I squeezed them and milk started oozing out. By this time, his libido had gone down drastically. I called a doctor who advised us to go to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) for tests,” she says. But no doctor was able to figure out the problem. “For two years, we went from one doctor to another but none could tell us what I was suffering from,” recalls Gichuru. “I had also started gaining weight at an alarming rate. It was frustrating.” Gichuru weighs 163kg.

One evening in 2010, Gichuru was listening to a radio programme when he heard the symptoms he had been experiencing being discussed. He called the station and was given the number of the doctor they had hosted. The doctor invited him to a city hospital where at last, his condition was diagnosed. He discovered that he suffers from a rare disorder called prolactinoma. Francis Gichuru and his wife Mercy Muthoni at their home in Mowlem, Nairobi. [David Njaaga, Standard] Prolactinoma is caused by a non-cancerous tumour in the pituitary gland in the brain. The condition causes hormonal imbalances that leads to many health complications including over-production of the hormone called prolactin.

It also causes infertility as well as vision and hearing impairment. Gichuru has to keep expressing milk in the same way as a lactating mother, failing which the pain would be unbearable. His libido is completely gone. However, he has a chance of recovering his health if he can raise the Sh3 million he needs for surgery in India to remove the tumour. The couple uses about Sh10,000 per month on Gichuru’s medication. “The condition may be managed using drugs but at times, the patient must undergo surgery to remove the tumour,” says Dr Stanley Ngare, an endocrinologist at KNH. Donation towards Gichuru’s surgery can be sent to M-Pesa pay bill number 450977.
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Nairobi preacher repairs road after  government fails to act

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Pastor Godfrey Migwi who ministers at of House of Hope in Kayole has decided to act on his own and rehabilitate a public road using his own money.

The preacher has made a name for himself on social media for critiquing the government. Migwi recently called on president Uhuru Kenyatta to desist from taking Chinese loans.

Pastor Migwi has now decided to rehabilitate a public road after he got  tired of calling on the county government to fix roads around his neighborhood in Nairobi.

The city preacher has been imploring the county government to fix poor roads but since his calls fell on deaf ears he decided to dig deep into his own pockets to fix the roads himself.

Pastor Godfrey Migwi stands next to a heavy construction vehicle that was fixing a public road he paid for with his own money

Making our Home area a better place bila CDF ama msaada wa serikali for the glory of God, msaada wangu watoka kwa Yesu. You can use what you’ve to make your neighbours happy. Change starts with you. One step at a time. You can’t lead people with a greedy heart,” wrote Pastor Godfrey Migwi on Facebook.

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MP Naisula Lesuuda sets date for her grand wedding

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Samburu West MP Naisula Lesuuda is set to wed her fiancé Robert Kiplagat on November 17.

The MP, who got engaged on December 31, 2017, held a traditional wedding in August at her home in Samburu.

The couple is now set to wed on November 17 at Lesirai in Samburu County.

Their green, gold and beige invitation card features hotel rates for guests who will want to enjoy a mini-vacay during the wedding weekend.

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Lesuuda’s parents Rev Jacob and Dorcas Lesuuda will host Kiplagat’s parents Major (Rtd) Wilson and Gladys Koitaba and the couple’s guests.

Camping will also be available at the Lesuuda farm at between Sh8, 000 to Sh20, 000 depending on the tent one chooses.

Lesuuda’s friends including Yvonne Khamati who was in Samburu for the traditional wedding are expected in the white wedding.

Khamati recently got engaged and in September her Nigerian in laws visited her village.

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Recce Squad officer linked to Monica Kimani murder arrested

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A Recce Squad officer who has been on the run for the past month has been arrested.

Jennings Orlando Odhiambo was arrested in Nairobi on Thursday October 18,2018 evening and taken to Muthaiga police station for questioning.

Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said that Odhiambo is a police constable in the elite Recce Squad currently attached to the US Embassy.

The suspect has been arraigned before Resident Magistrate Justus Kituku at the Kiambu Law courts and police given 14 days to detain him as investigations continue.

In his ruling, Magistrate Kituku further ordered that the suspect be brought to court on November 2, 2018.

Detectives have also searched his house at Recce Headquarters in Ruiru.

In the much publicized case involving Citizen TV journalist Jacque Maribe and her fiance Joseph Irungu alias ‘Jowie’, the suspect is said to have been with the 1st accused, Irungu, on the night of the incident.

Irungu and Maribe have since been charged with the murder of Monica Kimani whose body was found at her Kilimani apartment on September 19,2018.

The two pleaded not guilty to the charge and their bail hearing set for Wednesday October 24, 2018.

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