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Prof. Wanjala died painfully but gracefully: Widow 



A sea of black and dark blue suits coupled with the chilly weather summed up the mood at the Parklands Baptist Church yesterday

Family, friends and academicians of celebrated literature don Chris Lukorito Wanjala were gathered at the church to pay tribute ahead of his funeral.

Prof Wanjala is famed and respected for his influence on Kenyan literature.

Wanjala, who taught and mentored several authors, poets and artists, was awarded the Elder of the Burning Spear in 2012 for his contribution to Kenyan literature, culture and book development.

While the professor received a colourful eulogy that dwelt on his vast accomplishments, many of the speakers – from his wives and children to colleagues and students – heartwarmingly described him as someone who made a positive impact on their lives.

“He loved seeing us reading. He often gifted us books and taught us how to read with confidence. We would run to read when he heard him driving in in the evening,” said his son David Wanjala.

According to the professor’s children and students, he was a strict disciplinarian who pushed for excellence.

The speakers also remarked on Wanjala’s astounding strength and ability to gracefully hide the pain he experienced in the last months of his life, even from those closest to him.

“He suffered greatly over the last three months but hid it well. I blame myself because I was sick and he drove to the village to attend to me,” said an emotional Mrs Sarah Wanjala.

Burial upcountry

Sarah said her husband attended a friend’s burial upcountry and brought her medicine. Later that night, she revealed, he started shouting and vomiting.

At about 4am, she took him to a hospital in Eldoret for emergency care as she arranged for his transfer to a hospital in Nairobi.

“He asked me to clean him. I could see he was in a lot of pain. He could not breath properly and he told me he felt his tongue getting heavy, he could not talk,” she said.

She revealed that she left him for just 10 minutes but by the time she returned, he had died.

Sarah met Wanjala more than 49 years ago, when both were studying at the University of Nairobi. Wanjala knew his second wife, Ruth, for more than 39 years.

According to the family, the professor was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 2014 but was cured after chemotherapy.

However, in May this year, he started getting sick again but specialists were unable to diagnose the problem. A postmortem revealed that he had been suffering from diabetes, which caused his essential organs to shut down.

Wanjala will be buried at his upcountry home in Lwandeti on Saturday.

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KWITU Founder Lilly Richards Launches New Shoe Line in the US



Kenya Women in the United States (KWITU) founder and president Lilly Richards has launched a new shoe line dubbed “Lavish by Lilly.”

The shoes, intended for the high-end market, are handmade by a master Italian craftsman from pristine Italian leather and are available on order.

Ms. Lilly has taken to social media to express her joy even as she thanked her customers who have made orders for the shoes.


“Yesterday I woke up to hundreds of tags on the Internet. I did not see it coming but the love and support was unbelievable,” she says.

“How did I get to be so lucky as to have your love and support. You have encouraged me and reassured me of God’s love and promises to us. I am beyond grateful. I am overwhelmed with joy. My heart is full and at this point I can say I am truly happy and always blessed. Thank you for standing with me as I take a chance. Thanks to all that have put in orders. Nashukuru.”

Lilly is an advocate for women and children and currently partners with to help influence political decisions and bring to end preventable maternal and child deaths.

She founded KWITU, one of the largest and most active Kenyan women network in the diaspora.


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We’ll continue giving money to churches, DP Ruto says



Deputy President William Ruto has hit back at critics as the ‘dirty money’ in churches debate rages on.

Anglican Church Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit waded into the debate when he announced that the church will review donations by political leaders.

Sapit spoke against using pulpits to ‘clean’ stolen money in the guise of charitable donations.

But on Wednesday, Ruto said his faith comes first before ‘politician’ titles.

“Since Sunday school we learned to kneel before and worship GOD that’s the ONLY reason we stand before men,” he said.

“We will continue to worship Jehovah with our hearts and substance.”

Ruto added that he is not unashamed of his God and unapologetic of his faith.

“We are Christians first other titles after,” he added.

The churches spoke against the backdrop of a vicious debate on harambees in churches.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga hit out at corrupt leaders for turning churches into avenues of laundering money obtained illegally from public coffers.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka also cautioned clerics against accepting money suspected to be proceeds of corruption.

Although the two leaders did not name names, their statements could have been a veiled attack on Ruto over his huge donations in church fundraisers.

Ruto’s penchant for church donations has been a subject of heated debates, with a number of leaders questioning the source of the millions he has been using to bankroll church activities all over the country.

The DP has, however, remained unapologetic about helping religious institutions and fashioned himself as an evangelist dedicated to spreading the gospel and supporting churches – at one point saying he is investing in heaven.


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Former UoN student arrested for impersonating Aden Duale, defrauding public



Officers attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) at the central police station are holding a former University of Nairobi student who has been impersonating National Assembly leader of majority Aden Duale.

Mr James Oire Ombui is said to have opened a fake Facebook account using Mr Duale’s name where he has been luring unsuspecting members of the public to part with Sh 2,000 in order for them to access 10,000 scholarships allegedly set aside for students across the country.

According to a statement issued by the DCI, Mr Ombui had been asking unsuspecting Kenyans to send the cash to his two phone numbers listed as 0720886964 and 0722134712.

Central Police Station police boss Peter Atavashi said officers pounced on the suspect in Nakuru before transferring him to the central police station in Nairobi.

“He was arrested in Nakuru and brought to central police station after a complaint was made against him,” he said.

Nairobi News has also established that the suspect was arraigned in Nairobi on Tuesday to face charges of impersonating the senior Jubilee Party and parliament leader.

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