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‘Atwoli lied to me he was divorced’

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Trade unionist Francis Atwoli’s third wife Roselinda has for the first time spoken out about her failed marriage.

Roselinda Simiyu, 53, said she married Atwoli when she was 30 years old and lived in Kariobangi. The two were mostly broke, she said. He did not reveal to her that he was married but instead told her he was a divorcée, she claims.

“I met Francis in 1996 when I was a chairperson at the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Workers. He was 47 years but never told me he was married, instead he said he was divorced,” Roselinda told Radio Jambo.

Roselinda also denied claims that Atwoli left her because she wanted to join politics and insisted that even when they started their affair, she told him that she would one day join politics, which he agreed to.

“I told him I wanted to make change. I loved helping people and I wanted to do politics, general politics. I grew up seeing people being oppressed. He agreed and promised to support me in politics. When he was contesting for a political seat for the first time, as the wife I supported him even financially with the money I had saved to buy myself a car.”

Roselinda said that the marital hiccups started in 2015.

But it was not always like that, she says, recalling a ‘prince charming’ Atwoli whom she met and married 22 years ago while a single mother of three. They later bore two children.

“He (Atwoli) abandoned us in 2016 when I allowed my eldest daughter to take aviation studies in South Africa. He wanted her to come back but she was not yet through with education. As any mother would wish for their child, I stood my grounds that she had to finish what she had started. That was why Atwoli became annoyed and stopped providing for us,” she says.

Roselinda said she tried to fight for their marriage to work but he (Atwoli) was not ready to stay.

“I had never talked about him not providing or abandoning us until recently when he came to to speak about our marriage on national TV declaring that he left me because I wanted to join politics. Even when he left me, I tried to mediate our relationship by calling Eliud Wabukala who tried to look for him and talk to him but he refused.”

Atwoli had in an interview said that he married again because he was lonely but Roselinda claimed it was something he had made his mind up for.

“If he was lonely, it was by his own choice because he was not coming home, not receiving calls nor did he want to send me money for the children. He was only supposed to pay school fees but he did not provide the basic needs. I had to sell my shamba for my daughter to complete her studies in South Africa,” she said yesterday.

She admitted that he pays school fees for the children but does not provide for their upkeep.

“I want him to remember how I supported him during those times when he had nothing, when he wanted to be the Central Organisation Of Trade Unions (Cotu) boss. I used to cook for the delegates without anyone to help me but he has forgotten all that. I miss him because we lived together for 22 years and it was a good marriage. We were so free and happy together, joked about everything and we had a good life and he was a good husband and a dad.”

She added during the show: “He does not provide for my children and I and recently he came and disconnected the power and we are now living in darkness apart from the solar we are using.”

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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.

“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.

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.

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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Ex-Chelsea star Drogba drops his 10-year-old marriage for ‘positive’ young woman

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Chelsea football legend Didier Drogba has revealed his ten-year marriage to Lalla Diakate is over, after appearing in an intimate video in bed with a mystery woman.

The two, who have three children together, have always had a discreet private life in order to shield their loved ones from the limelight.

However, Drogba was forced to confirm that he had split from wife Lalla after photos and videos went viral on social media of him with another woman.

The 42-year-old met Lalla in Paris in the 1990s and formalised their union in 2011.

In the film, according to The Sun, which a representative claimed had been hacked, Drogba was seen bare-chested in bed with the near-naked young woman, sparking headlines in his home country.

The two appear extremely playful as she jokingly bites his shoulder before he cries in French: “She’s positive! She’ll infect me by biting me!”

The scenes left tongues wagging back in Ivory Coast and the Blues’ icon was forced to respond.

“But, because of speculation in the media today, I can confirm that sadly, after 20 years together, Lalla and I took the difficult decision to separate last year.

“We remain very close, and our main priorities have been to protect our children and our family’s private life. May God bless you.”

Drogba spent an initial eight years at Chelsea, before briefly returning in 2014, scoring 104 goals in 254 Premier League games, winning four league titles and the Champions League in 2012.

The 42-year-old is also the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast, boasting 65 goals in 105 caps.

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