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Nairobi woman representative Esther Passaris on Friday morning rode on a commuter train from Ruiru to Nairobi’s CBD.

She later explained that she chose the train ride to understand the challenges and opportunities of this mode of transport.

The legislator boarded the Ruiru commuter train at 6:30am and shared two videos of her experience.

Passaris spent the better part of Friday morning in the train speaking to operators and the commuters.

Commuters expressed concerns with the trips every train makes urging the legislator to voice the need for more trains to meet the high demand.

“I think they will do surveys and find out where there is demand based on population and need; the train needs to be profitable and the only way is to have people on board,” Passaris said.

While on board, one of the commuters explained to the representative her struggles in trying to find a job.

Passaris urged her to start by training in something and asked if she was interested in beauty and when the woman responded to the affirmative she was given a contact card and told to text so as to be added to a training list.


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DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT: Eunice Mwihaki Kelemba

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Eunice Mwihaki Kelemba passed away on Sunday 15 November 2020. She was the beloved wife of Paul Kelemba (Maddo).

Loving mother to Evelyn Nanga, Wambui and Christian. Daughter to Violet Wambui and the late George Gicheru. Daughter-in-law to Evelyn Nanga and the late Jonah Kelemba. Sister to Lisa Wanjiku Kibet, Elizabeth Njeri Gicheru, Catherine Waithera Gicheru, the late Mary Wanjiku Gicheru, John Mirie Gicheru (Pao) and Henry Njuguna Gicheru.

Sister-in-law to Isaac Okoni Kelemba, Oliver Kelemba, the late Clement Indiazi Kelemba, Judith Kayundi Kelemba and the late Tom Tsinalo Kelemba. Aunt, cousin, niece and friend to many.

Daily meetings will be held at All Saints’ Cathedral, Nairobi from 5:00 pm.

Funeral plans to be announced in due course.

In God’s hands you rest, in our hearts you live forever.

Family and friends may send their contributions to Eunice Mwihaki Kelemba Funeral Fund Mpesa Paybill No: 4008181


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MADDO’S TRIBUTE TO WIFE: Maddess is gone but our unique family bond will be with us forever

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I have produced ‘It’s a Madd Madd World’ for over 30 years now. Among its recurring dramatis personae, especially in the column’s early years, have been the ‘Maddess’, the ‘Maddlettes’ and ‘Maddo Jnr’.

These are semi-fictitious characters based on my family who have appeared in anecdotes that I feature. While an event may be actual, the cartoonist in me will embellish a situation to amuse my audience.

Eunice Mwihaki Kelemba, my wife who passed away in the early hours of Sunday last week, was a ‘victim’ of my artistic aggrandisement. Her friends and colleagues used to imagine that she went to bed every night laughing, tickled by my ‘jokes’. But this wasn’t true. I am a story teller and satirist, but we had a serious union like any other couple. The Maddess had her own humour as well and would cheekily refer to me at times as ‘Mando’ or ‘Mr Kiremba’.

She was a strong individual with powerful convictions and entrepreneurial skills. Gladly so, for, two creatives in a home are not the best balance. Eunice countered my artistic excesses while I kept her in check with her own. We had our tiffs but we never let any ruin our relationship.

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She was a friend with wise counsel and a cool mum to Nanga, 28, Wambui, 24, and Chris, 18. She has steered them through childhood and teenage life with a firm hand to shape them into respectful young adults. They are taking their mum’s transition in stride, but I have found them at times with red eyes. We have encouraged each other to mourn and absorb the pain. We know the emptiness in our house will never be filled.

We met in late 1986. She was 19 and I was 24. Nairobi was in its last phase of the vibrant big band revelry. The Carnivore’s Simba Saloon was the hottest place on Friday nights and we dated to the blast of Them Mushroom’s chakacha. It would be five years before we became a stable, dedicated couple looking at marriage and family.

The sturdy chemistry between us was natural and reflected in our parents who created a firm bond between them after they met. We transcended tribal fault lines and the two Maragoli and Kikuyu clans partied whenever there was reason to.

Folks found our companionship a bit unique, extending beyond husband and wife. Eunice and I went out together – there was rarely a Friday we weren’t seen together. Almost the entire cadre of my friends and colleagues who are condoling with my family knew Eunice personally. I knew most of her friends and colleagues as well, forming a large kinfolk’s bloc now broken by her demise.

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A healthy, bubbly and smiling person, Eunice was suddenly slowed down by the onset of breast cancer some months ago. She continued to work hard as she sought treatment. A few weeks ago, the malignancy reared its ugly head and her condition took a turn for the worst. I always thought Eunice would bury me.

What was to become our last conversation occurred last Saturday afternoon. I gave her words of hope and encouragement but the Good Lord always has His Grand Plan.

Eunice passed away on November 15 at Nairobi Hospital. After the funeral service next Thursday, she will be cremated in line with her long-time wish.

 

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Eunice Mwihaki Kelemba passed away on Sunday 15 November 2020. She was the beloved wife of Paul Kelemba (Maddo).

Loving mother to Evelyn Nanga, Wambui and Christian. Daughter to Violet Wambui and the late George Gicheru. Daughter-in-law to Evelyn Nanga and the late Jonah Kelemba. Sister to Lisa Wanjiku Kibet, Elizabeth Njeri Gicheru, Catherine Waithera Gicheru, the late Mary Wanjiku Gicheru, John Mirie Gicheru (Pao) and Henry Njuguna Gicheru.

Sister-in-law to Isaac Okoni Kelemba, Oliver Kelemba, the late Clement Indiazi Kelemba, Judith Kayundi Kelemba and the late Tom Tsinalo Kelemba. Aunt, cousin, niece and friend to many.

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Daily meetings will be held at All Saints’ Cathedral, Nairobi from 5:00 pm.

Funeral plans to be announced in due course.

In God’s hands you rest, in our hearts you live forever.

Family and friends may send their contributions to Eunice Mwihaki Kelemba Funeral Fund Mpesa Paybill No: 4008181


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VIDEO: Why Raila should be arrested and charged with distabilizing Kenya – MP

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Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa has taken a swipe at the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in a recorded tirade.

In the footage that surfaced on Sunday November 22, the legislator described the ODM leader as the chief architect behind Kenya’s instability.

“The only person responsible for instigating conflict in Kenya is Raila Odinga, and the only remedy to this is to appoint me as the Interior CS. I would order for his immediate arrest and prosecution,” he stated.

He went on to accuse the ODM Party leader of using his huge following across the country as puppets in his agenda of chaos.

Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa addresses members of the public on December 4, 2019.
Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa addresses members of the public on December 4, 2019.
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According to the Kimilili MP, the former PM belongs behind bars for calling for a nationwide boycott of certain local brands back in 2017.

“He calls for violent protests then runs away to America, leaving his foot soldiers to carry out the dirty work. Raila is single-handedly responsible for violence in Kenya,” he alleged, adding that the ODM party leader’s tactics were archaic.

Barasa further stated that if he were to get Interior CS Fred Matiang’i’s job, Raila would be facing the full force of the law over his decision to have himself appointed as the people’s president following the highly contested 2017 General Elections.

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This was not the first time the Kimilili MP had gone after the ODM Party leader.

On May 22, he likened the former PM to a ‘slay queen’ looking to destroy the ruling Jubilee Party from within.

“His entry to Jubilee government can be compared to a slay queen. The slay queen was picked up on the road and brought to our mansion but she has no respect for the first wife.

“She keeps insulting the main wife hoping she runs away but we as the children of the first wife will not allow our home to be destroyed by a slay queen,” Barasa said.

Watch Barasa’s rant in full below:


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