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Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko on Thursday appeared before Milimani Anti-Corruption court and denied offering Sh 200,000 bribe to the union officials.

He appeared before Magistrate Douglas Ogoti to testify against two county union officials charged with soliciting a bribe, in order to assist an employee secure delayed salary.

Sonko revealed to the court that he uses people whom he trusts and gadgets to record those who try to solicit for bribes from him.

“I did not offer any offer and anyone who asks for bribe from me, it is known what I do,” said Sonko.

He said that he used to report some of these cases to EACC and he would be fitted with the gadgets as part of the investigations.

“If I am the one who offered the bribe, the accused should have gone and reported the matter to EACC,”added Sonko.

He said that he does not have any personal issues with the county workers but he decided to report the matter to EACC.

In the case, Union Secretary General Benson Oriaro and his deputy John Murioki are accused of committing the offence between the 16th and 17th of October last year, in Nairobi county.

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He further denied offering Sh 200, 000 to the union officials who are accused of demanding for a bribe to call off a strike over unpaid salaries.

The Governor however admitted to facing challenges when he took over from his predecessor but quashed claims that the wrangles are persistent.

The two are out on Sh 200,000 cash bail with the alternative of Sh 500.

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‘Mine is an uncommon husband,’ Gospel artiste Mercy Masika reveals

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Mercy Masika and her pastor husband David Muguro are a perfect match made in heaven. The two ministers are have been married for almost 13 years now and are blessed with two children.

The Mwema hit singer is lucky to have a great husband and she has showered him with love, describing him as ‘uncommon’.

‘Successful husbands do every day what Unsuccessful husbands don’t do. Well sio kujigamba but mine is an Uncommon husband because he is totally submitted to Christ.
He sees me and his kids as his divine assignment and gift from God
He prays for us daily and has awareness of the enemy
He listens to my opinions, observations and discoveries as thou they are a revelation
He loves unconditionally and so much more. Even though we didn’t start this way, the difference happened when we realised we need to put the THEORY in the bible to PRACTICAL,’ she posted.

Responding to his wife’s message, Pastor David wrote,

‘Am honoured to share days and minutes with you, for the respect and blessing that you are to me and our children, the song in our hearts is that you soar higher and be grounded as the wisdom you share. I love you, dearest.’

Reactions from her followers include;

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rosyohon A good man comes from the Lord @mercymasikamuguro you are Blessed.

evelynwanjiru_a Wow….🙏 both y’all were joined together by God for a greater assignment in this generation 🙌 i celebrate you both 💕 @mercymasikamuguro @davidtmuguro

wanjiru_karumba May your beautiful marriage dance continue dear, may His favour continue to reign upon your lives, may your generation call you blessed 💕💕💕

rozinahmwakideu Wow. This is so beautiful😍. Much Baraka to you both❤️

i.muthoki 😍🔥so wonderful

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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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