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Linus Kaikai reveals why he gave wife his ATM card three weeks after dating



Kenyan award-winning journalist Linus Kaikai has opened up about his early relationship with his wife Mueni.

Speaking to Parents magazine, Linus revealed how much he trusted his then-girlfriend Jacinta Mueni very early in their relationship that he didn’t think twice in giving her his ATM card three weeks into their relationship.

“When we both wanted to move out of our houses, I was sent on an assignment out of the country. So I handed her my ATM card and told her to secure a place of her choice for me and left,” said the 1997 CNN African Television Journalist of the year.

Giving her side of the story, the entrepreneur and mother of three added, “Our first date lasted 11 hours. We were supposed to meet briefly in the evening but we ended up parting ways at 3 am. To say that I was shocked when Linus gave me his ATM card after only three weeks would be an understatement.”

The two have been married for six and half years having met in 2005 and wedded in 2012.

Linus who served NTV as the ME before moving to Royal Media Services gave insight into their relationship mentioning that they never thought about formal marriage up until 2010 which led to their marriage in December 2012.

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I’m dying inside



Victor* (name withheld) had never imagined that he would one day be called “valueless and useless”.
At least not by the woman he dearly loved, and someone he thought would stand by him through thick and thin.

The Covid-19 pandemic has, however, put that love to test. And he now realises how “valueless and useless” he is perceived by the woman he married eight years ago. Reason? He is unable to provide for his family after losing his job.

The society has unilaterally shouldered men with the burden of being the breadwinners even when the economic paradigms continue to shift with most of them losing jobs.

The gendered responsibilities clashing with the realities of financial ability and love becoming the least determining factor for a cohesive co-existence in the family. This is Victor’s case.


Before the pandemic, the 39-year-old, who lives with in Kambi Muru in Kibra, was a happy man with his wife and three children. He met his family’s needs as he worked as a construction foreman earning a daily wage of Sh2,000.

Then things suddenly changed soon after the Ministry of Health announced the first positive Covid-19 case.
A week after the announcement, he lost his job. He was attached to a church construction project in Nairobi and the management stopped the project citing financial constraints.

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He informed his wife, a casual domestic worker, of his job loss. Unlike him, her income stream has remained steady as she still gets the laundry and cleaning jobs, he says.

They talked about their financial status and agreed to adjust their expenditures. Two weeks down the line, life took a different shape.


“Anything I told or asked her attracted a rude response. I wondered “What is going on? She has never disrespected me this way before!”

This was the beginning of psychological abuse that she continues to mete out on him.
He says she flirts with men on phone in his presence; denies him food on grounds that he has failed to provide for his family, and scolds him.

“Words cannot explain how hurt I am. I am suffering in silence. What can I do? I can’t meet her needs like before,” he narrates.

The wife, he says, blames him for failure to secure another job with a wage higher or equivalent to his previous pay.


Occasionally, he gets water vending or luggage pull cart jobs where he makes between Sh200 and Sh500 daily wage.

“She says she finds me to be a useless man as she cannot understand why other men have managed to secure jobs at alternative construction sites yet I have not,” he says.

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“Whenever I try to explain myself, she insults me in front of my children. I am so tormented.”
The torment has extended to her wishing him death, a desire she declares in the presence of their children.

She has equally levelled threats of scalding him with hot water and stabbing him to death as “he is valueless and useless.”

To avoid unnecessary conflicts, Victor says he leaves the house by 6.30am without breakfast and returns after 7pm.

“These days, I know breakfast is just for the children. I can’t dare to ask,” he says.
“It feels like I am suffocating whenever it’s time to head back home and I have absolutely nothing to take home.”


In June, Victor had reached the end of his tether. He wanted to revenge by killing her and the children.

Luckily, while on his way to Yaya Centre to look for a job, he stumbled on a group of men along Ngong’ Road reading an article on the Daily Nation. It was about a hotline – 1196 free for men undergoing Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

“I decided to call. The counsellors have really helped me deal with the tension within. Whenever I feel like I am losing it, I call for counselling,” he says.

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He says, he takes courage in the fact that he is not alone and someone somewhere cares for him.

However, how to find a new lease of life is the puzzle he wishes he could unravel in this minute.

“I am dying inside. All I want is a job to start a new life away from her.”


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Video &Photo: Meet Francis Atwoli himselufu in the 90s



It may surprise you to learn that the flamboyant COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli was just another chalie wa mtaa in the 90s as the photo below clearly shows.

Clad in an ill-fitting jacket and sandwitched between two unidentified gentlemen, Atwoli projects a figure of a kawaida guy struggling with life like any other Tom Dick and  Kamau..sorry, Harry.

“I have two wives and Seventeen children,” he said in an interview on NTV last year.

Today, he is one of the most well known figures in the country and is rumoured to be worth many shillings. What really changed, you would be excused to wonder? WATCH:

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VIDEO: Meet 58 year old Kenya High Court judge Mumbi Ngugi, a true icon




On Sunday, Prof Makau Mutua wrote an opinion piece in the Daily Nation Titled: Justice Mumbi is a judicial icon.

We couldn’t agree more.

“Justice Mumbi Ngugi is a cut above the rest. She stands tall in the temple of justice. She’s among a small cadre of judges, with justices Odunga and Joel Ngugi, who are exemplars. Unlike others, she doesn’t whine. She’s a judicial icon who puts her head down and barrels forward. Jubilee’s Uhuru Kenyatta has refused, without reason, and in defiance of the Constitution, to elevate her and the others to the Court of Appeal as recommended by the Judicial Service Commission. This is unacceptable. The Chinese say it’s the peacock that raises its head that gets shot. The state is punishing her and her unimpeachable colleagues for seeing far, like a judicial giraffe, and doing the right thing.

Let’s just take a couple of Justice Mumbi Ngugi’s rulings. She boldly pioneered the landmark ruling that governors facing corruption charges cannot exercise their gubernatorial duties for the pendency of the suit. Thanks to the ruling, Governor Ferdinand Waititu of Kiambu County was shown the door.

More recently, she has ruled that property which can’t be explained is the fruit of crime and must be forfeited. If Mr Kenyatta is serious about fighting graft, then Judge Ngugi is a foremost ally. Only lawyers and judges in corrupt cartels detest her. There’s absolutely no reason – zilch – for Mr Kenyatta to hold up her elevation to the Court of Appeal,” Prof Mutua wrote in part.

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As a young girl, Grace Mumbi Ngugi heard stories of people living with albinism dying of skin cancer before their 40th birthday. Now at the age of 53, she has long conquered the fear of dying young, and has learned to live with her condition and feel comfortable in her own skin. Meet Grace Mumbi Ngugi.

She was born in Banana Hill,Kiambu. she was born with albinism, to a family of 11 siblings.[3] Justice Ngugi attended Thimbigua Primary School she passed well after gaining 35 out 36 points and was admitted to Ngandu Girls High School in Nyeri.[4] Her academic life was marked with great achievement which enabled her to pursue law degrees at reputable institutions such as the University of Nairobi and the London School of Economic and political science,University of London.[5]

 Formative years: Grace Mumbi with her fellow students at Ngandu Girls School in Nyeri, Kenya.

She was appointed a High Court judge in 2011. She is the co- founder of the Albinism Foundation of East Africa,[6] She has served in different capacities in private,public society sectors.

Hon.lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi was awarded the 2018 CB madan Award in annual ceremony organized by The platform Magazine and Strathmore Law School.[7]

My experiences with discrimination are less severe than the experiences most people with albinism have had. The circumstances I grew up in, the schools I went to and my professional training all helped make my life and experience less difficult than they would otherwise have been.

However, my life has not been smooth sailing. It has never been easy especially when a large proportion of society is avoiding you. In fact, finding jobs for people like me is almost impossible because the world is convinced we are intellectually challenged, or a bad omen, or just objects of curiosity.

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When I was growing up, I was always the centre of attention in every crowd I was brave enough to appear in. When I walked into a public place, everything would come to a standstill and I would feel everyone’s eyes tearing me apart. Some voices were loud while others whispered, but they all analysed me, mostly in disparaging terms.

My mother once took me to Kenyatta National Hospital in the capital, Nairobi, to seek help for my poor eyesight, but the doctors did not even know that I could be assisted with glasses, at least to protect my eyes from the glare of the sun. It was not until I was in high school that I finally got glasses with photo chromatic lenses.

There was little information around me about albinism so I scoured every little bit of information from reading books and magazines. I learned about preventing sunburn through use of sunscreen. I didn’t see or use sunscreen until I was about 17 years of age when I discovered it in a supermarket.

Perception change

The problem lies in societal perceptions where children born with albinism are shunned, denied education and later employment opportunities, and treated as if they don’t exist. What many people don’t realise is that albinism is not painful, neither is it a disease that will kill you. It simply is a lack of the melanin pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes, which makes us look different on the outside, but not on the inside.

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I am one of the co-founders of the Albinism Foundation of East Africa, which came into being in 2008. We want to ensure the social acceptance of people with albinism. It is not fair for people with this condition to die unemployed, uneducated, unaccepted, and maimed or killed for witchcraft rituals.

The myths and misconceptions about albinism are also distressing. Some parents believe that children with albinism can ‘tan’ if they stay in the sun. This, of course, only leads to great damage to their skin. Many fathers abandon their wives when they produce children with albinism, without realising that both parents have to be carriers of albinism for a child to have that condition.

Grace Mumbi Ngugi
Grace Mumbi Ngugi

A better future

The situation may seem hopeless and depressing, but I believe the future is promising for people with albinism. We have a new Constitution that guarantees all Kenyans a right to health. I believe the Government will wake up to its responsibility soon and make sunscreen available in all hospitals for people with albinism, particularly children.

We all need support systems to see us through life, particularly when it has the kind of challenges that many of us have had to deal with. I am blessed with such a system: my family, an extended family that loves me for who I am, and a couple of great, close friends who have been a great source of strength for me.


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