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Helicopter illustration proper for children, publishers say

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The Kenya Publishers Association on Thursday came out to defend itself against public condemnation over illustrations in some newly published textbooks that people find inappropriate.

The association, led by its chairman Lawrence Njagi, said the illustrations are suitable for early primary school children but disowned others they claimed were falsely attributed to them.

During a press briefing in Nairobi, Mr Njagi in particular defended an illustration for the Grade Two textbook that depicts a flamboyant MP’s visit to a school.

The caption on the illustration reads: “Teachers and learners are cheering. I saw a helicopter. It was flying low. It was flying just above the trees. ‘Our leader! Our leader!’ we shouted. It was our Member of Parliament. He travels in a plane. It belongs to him. The helicopter landed in our school playground. Three big cars arrived in our compound. They too belonged to him. He came out and greeted us. His wife waved at us. She had golden rings in her hand. He told us if we do well, he will give us a treat. He will lift us up the skies. I will try my best.”

In response to the complaints by Kenyans, Mr Njagi said adults are interpreting this passage the wrong way and thus distorting the intended meaning.

“There is nothing factually wrong with that passage. The passage should be looked at [through] the eyes of the child not [through] the eyes of the politician or us the grown-ups,” he said.

 Lawrence Njagi

He said the media blew the passage out of proportion based on perception, rather that the facts.

But he disowned two books that have also been faulted for misleading learners.

In one of the books, a caption says the head is used to carry loads while the other illustration shows a couple in bed.

The publishers claimed the books are not local, but from Ghana and the United States but did not provide any proof.

“Saying we use our heads to carry loads, I completely concur that that is an unthinkable explanation of the use of an average African head. Our heads are not for carrying loads. We have a lot of uses for our heads. This is not a Kenyan textbook and is not used in our curriculum. This particular textbook comes from Ghana in West Africa. It has nothing to do with our curriculum or publishing houses,” Mr Njagi said.​

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‘Tell my family I am sorry,’ Last text by Basalirwa before committing suicide

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Arthur Basalirwa, a Makerere University Business School (MUBS) graduate left behind a message for his family before he allegedly committed suicide.

He had recently graduated with a first-class degree and had just gotten a job.

According to a social media user, Basalirwa is son to Doris Elizabeth Nansamba a journalist working with Capital/ Beat FM.

Arthur Basalirwa

It is alleged that his long-time partner *D turned him down.

In a post to his family, Basalirwa penned his last message to them,

‘Just make sure you tell my family it’s Okay. I am sorry but it’s too late I am sorry. Too much weighing on me.

I don’t want to live and see another day. I’m sorry but I cant stay I’m sorry too much weighing on me.’

In a screenshot of texts between him and D, Basalirwa had called her out for being rude to him to an extent of asking him to block her.

‘You will always ask yourself if you had sent me a more meaningful text. These are your last words to me. Goodbye D.’

To which D responded

‘F@ck you, just block me and never text me. Delete our chats and my number. Bye’

Basalirwa chat

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‘Atleast in my dreams, we still sit across each other…’ Wambui Collymore to Bob

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Wambui Kamiru, the widow of Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore is yet to come to terms with his loss.

The mother of two has been penning touching messages to her late husband, who succumbed to acute myeloid leukemia cancer in June 2019.

Wambui, an installation artist, reminisces about the good times she shared with the love of her life before he passed.

Her posts usually have the hashtag #NotesOnAbsence.

At least in my dreams, we still sit across each other at dinner parties. #NotesOnAbsence,’ read one of her posts.

Bob Collymore and Wambui

Collymore and Wambui were a perfect match and couple goals to many.

In another post, she wrote,

To walk around with the ever present knowledge that something is missing.
Not misplaced.
Not lost.
But missing.

Wambui is still grieving just like many do and while expressing her sadness, she wrote,

Tears mixed with laughter mixed with the grainyness of sadness.

To whom do these tears belong?
Why does my laughter have no recollection of the depth of my sadness?

And yet I owe my joy to its cousin.

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I’m not yet successful- Billionaire Chris Kirubi speaks

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Billionaire businessman Chris Kirubi says he is yet to see himself as successful because he has not achieved his dreams.

He revealed this in an interview with Business Daily, DJ CK, as he’s popularly known, says in spite of battling a sickness this has not made him streamline his day to day activities as he still holds almost six meetings per day at his home. 

“…I’m not yet successful. I have a dream. I work more now in my home than I worked in the office. Many people come to see me because I’m sick. My people want to come and consult with me. I still run my companies. I’ve never switched off.”

Chris reveals achieving a goal and not money is his primary motivation. Though he considers himself a billionaire, he is yet to know how much he is worth. 

“I don’t know (my worth). I never count. Counting means looking back and I don’t look back,” said the Capital Group Ltd Chairman

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