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Faulty condoms gave me STD, Kenyan man tells court

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A man has sued Beta Healthcare and Kenya Bureaus of Standards over ‘fake’ Zoom Condoms that he alleges burst during intercourse.

The man has told the court that the burst led to him infecting his wife, who has since left him, with a sexually transmitted infection.

In his petition, he says that when he bought the condoms, he believed they would please his partner and also protect him fully but the condom broke.

“That I was fully aware of the dangers of having unprotected sex and decided to use my favourite brand of condoms being the Zoom scented chocolate flavoured studded condoms which I believed would please the woman and protect me fully,” he said.

In his sworn affidavit, he claims that he contracted STI as a result of using the fake condoms which led him to infect his wife who has since left him for infecting her with the STI.

“..that whilst I was having sexual intercourse with the woman the said condom broke a fact which I only realised after the act. That at the time, I brushed the incident as a non-issue and three days later I still had sexual intercourse with my wife,” he said.

The man also fears that he has been exposed to the HIV virus.

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According to him, BETA, KeBS and KRA allowed a consignment of ZOOM condoms which of questionable quality to be sold to unsuspecting Kenyans.

In the affidavit, he says that on October 13, 2014, he began to notice some rashes on his private parts and pain while urinating.

“That I became extremely worried and it was then that I remembered the condom burst that had taken place 9 days earlier. I immediately went to a traditional healer and sought some traditional herbal medicine which eased my pain,” he said.

“On or about 14th, I decided to return to Nairobi on or about 25th October. While on my way to Nairobi, I became seriously ill on the bus and had to seek for medical attention.”

He said that it was at the clinic that he was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection and was treated for the same.

“I have since gone back to the clinic and obtained a medical report. That on 17th, my wife called and informed me that she had been admitted with an STI. My wife blamed me for being unfaithful and our relationship was strained afterwards.”

“My wife then became estranged and later left me for another man. After my wife left me, I became distressed burdened with guilt and even had a mental breakdown which led me to be an alcoholic and I lost my job.”

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The man claims that he was later told by his friends that some of them had experienced condom breaks from the same brand of condoms.

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UNSUNG DIASPORA HEROES: Mwakilishi, Jambonewspot, Ajabuafrica

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BY MAHUGU NUTHU

“Fake news!” “Fake news!” Sadly, we are now used to waking up to anti-press rhetoric. It’s the new catchphrase. Trump’s old “you’re fired” shtick has lost its mojo. His unrelenting attacks on members of the Fourth Estate is something one would only expect from authoritarian leaders. For us Africans, harassment of media is something that sounds too familiar.

For years we have come to appreciate press freedom as the lifeblood of democracy and ironically looking up to USA as the beacon of these ideals. But that’s another story for another time.  That’s not the subject of this piece, but it makes a good backdrop. Everybody understands the power media outlets, but probably less appreciated is the power of the Mwakilishi, Jambonewspot, Ajabuafrica and dozens other online based newspapers. Today, these are the unsung heroes in our community.  The proof is in the pudding.

In a recent case in my own backyard, a family lost a young son in a road accident out of state. By Gosh, no parent should have to bury a child. We know it is not the natural order of things. That’s pain. Excruciating pain and sorrow. But God giveth and God taketh away.

It’s even worse when this happens abroad. As if death is not enough a blow, its followed by unimaginable bureaucratic tangle of paperwork and logistical nightmare. Consequently, the family needed assistance to move their son hundreds of miles to their state for a memorial service and then send him thousands of miles to his final resting place in Kenya.

Mr Mahugu Nuthu. PHOTO/COURTESY

The committee had to reach out quickly to raise the funds though social media and traditional ways. Unsurprisingly Mwakilishi, Jambonewspot and Ajabuafrica opened their pages. They responded quickly. Cases like this proves the importance of community press and the useful role these websites play in supporting the information needs of the Kenyan in USA.

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When it comes to tragedy, they do things that you won’t get from a monolithic newspaper in terms of turnaround time, reach and cost. Their results are very tangible and observable almost instantly, something you won’t get from the so called mainstream media.

These community websites do not usually charge for death notices and you reach a lot of Kenyans. Consider that one-day listing of four lines in a “national newspaper” will cost you several hundred dollars. And you might end up not reaching the people you are targeting.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not actually about money. It’s comforting to know that you don’t have to deal with the advertising department of a soulless intractable entity.  Mwakilishi, Jambonewspot and Ajabuafrica operators understand our community because they’re a part of it. Nobody is immune to tragedies. For the record I don’t know these people personally. But their actions show that they do not merely serve as information providers. Sometimes “death announcement” means “financial help is needed ASAP”.

Only a Kenyan living in USA would understand that and urgency of the situation. New York Times might not. That’s how we handle things. We scream across the country albeit digitally. We are the ones who discovered the “digits” by sending smoke signals piece by piece across the ridges thousands of years before it became “on” and “off” that computers use today. It was stolen. But I digress. I will leave the “alternative facts” to the “post truth experts!”

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While we are on the “appreciation” subject, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the role of Kenyan Churches in USA. They have become the glue which holds our community together. In times of tragedy, hardship and sorrow, as in the above reference case, the local churches become sanctuaries of hope. Allow me to pull another Kansas City Metro backyard example.

Neema Community Church is rooted deeply in its community, and has its membership operating as de facto public servants. Located in Olathe, Kansas, it’s a huge beautiful sanctuary with classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, recreation areas, a large fellowship hall and huge kitchen attached to it. Well, and lots of parking to boot. Under Pastor, Rev. David Nzioka, it’s a community center dealing with needs that go beyond the mission of a traditional church.

A place of worship where local homeless escaping freezing nights often get free food. In a time of crisis thousands of miles from home you are bound to find fellow compatriots here looking for the elusive answers to their many “whys” and seeking comfort in each other. It’s the iconic sacred tree where Africans worship, meet and greet

.  After a year of polarizing elections that rekindled ethnic tensions, it’s very encouraging see Kenyans remaining united at that level. Tribal lines become effectively blurred.  It takes a dynamic, charismatic and inspirational leader to accomplish this. I hope you find your own fashion of “Dr. David Nzioka” in your neck of the woods.

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Back to my subject as I conclude. I understand there are many diaspora news websites whose primary mission is to cover the important issues that affect the Kenya community in USA. Many showcase community businesses for a fee. Yes, they are businesses themselves. They are not obligated to carry your message, however sad. They choose to do it.  While I did not mention them all by name, my biggest hope is that you will continue to support them.

These media outlets make our community better just because of their dedication to it.  Same case applies to our community churches and pastors. We should let them know that we do appreciate what they do. Although we are spread across this continent-size country, sea to shining sea, they make us a cohesive Kenyan community.

By Mahugu Nuthu | nuthology@gmail.com. Mahugu is the author of the book Nuthology.

 

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I’ve always wanted to marry Chris Kirubi- Huddah Monroe declares love for billionaire

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Business tycoon Chris Kirubi has a new crush, Huddah Monroe.

This became evident after the billionaire who is on a steady recovery process offered nuggets of wisdom to the youth.

Of the many Kirubi shared, one struck a chord with Huddah.

His advice to young men not to buy ‘flowers’ for their women but rather a tree which will endure and produce fruits and flowers struck a chord with her.

Upon seeing it, the Huddah Beauty CEO could not hide her feelings for the magnate anymore posting on her insta stories, “That’s why I always wanted to marry C.K. Such a great man.”

Huddah Monroe. PHOTO/COURTESY

This is not the first time though.

She was not shy in telling off his critics after Kirubi’s deteriorating health condition first made its way to the public domain.

“Chris Kirubi is a great man. Someone we should all emulate as a businessman. He bought shares at the right places and got lucky,” she wrote.

“And what pained me the most is the Chris Kirubi issue. I am ashamed to be Kenyan. Nairobi is a sea full of sharks waiting for you to shake a little. So they can finish you. Kick you when you are down. Mshindwe na Mlegee,’’ added Huddah.

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M-Pesa to enter Ethiopia Market

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Britain’s Vodafone (VOD.L), Safaricom’s ultimate parent company, is set to license the use of the M-Pesa trade name to an Ethiopia-based bank, according to a Kenyan  telecoms Industry source.

Ethiopia’s state telecommunications monopoly, Ethio Telecom, will carry the service, but Safaricom will host the servers in Nairobi, the source added.

Started in 2007, M-Pesa has nearly 30 million users in Kenya and has become the principal driver of profit growth for the dominant telecoms provider in East Africa as revenues from traditional voice and data services have flattened off.

M-Pesa’s move also suggests Kenyan businesses, from telecoms to banking to farming, are well-placed to take advantage of the wave of political and economic liberalization unleashed in the last three months by new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Nairobi-based firms have had their eye on Ethiopia for years due to its huge population and lack of economic development. However, until Abiy’s arrival this year, Addis has kept foreign involvement in the economy at arms’ length.

The head of Kenya’s biggest bank by assets, KCB Group (KCB.NR), told Reuters last week the lender could seek a partner in Addis after Abiy announced his intention to liberalize key parts of the economy.

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Ethiopia’s banking sector is currently state-controlled and dominated by Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, which holds around of 70 percent of assets in the sector, according to analyst estimates.

Safaricom declined to comment.

 

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