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TV executive Terryanne Chebet bereaved



Celebrated TV business journalist Terryanne Chebet is bereaved. Chebet lost her brother-in-law, Eric Ouma, who at some point sought treatment in India, on Wednesday.

The Fanaka TV chief executive officer made the announcement on her Instagram page with a moving tribute.

“Yesterday, after a long illness bravely borne, Eric went to be with the Lord. We will sorely miss you, you went too soon but God needed you home,” wrote Chebet.

She recalled her family’s reaction when her sister Jerop disclosed that she was getting married.


When my sister first told us about a young man who wanted to marry her, we were so keen to meet him because we knew he was a lucky man,” she wrote.

“@ericouma asked Jerop to be his wife and he quickly became my mother’s favourite son, and we gained an amazing and humorous brother.”

She added: “Jerop and the kids will deeply miss you. We may never understand why, but we keep our trust in the Most High. Thanking all of you who stood by us as we fund-raised for Eric’s treatment in India last year and Thank you to the many of you who kept praying and keeping Jerop’s family in your thoughts . May God keep you and bless you!”

Chebet’s BFF Jacque Maribe is facing murder investigation. She and her fiancé Joseph Irungu alias Joe Jowi are prime suspects in the murder of 26-year-old businesswoman Monica Kimani at her Kilimani estate apartment more than a week ago.


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Money Talk: How to save money on your grocery shopping



I usually do our grocery shopping in my neighbourhood’s supermarket. I shop once every two months.

We’re a family of four living in Nairobi, by the way: GB and I, our three-year-old daughter, Muna, and our Nanny Viv.

I do the shopping once every two months because I seek efficiency – I figure that since I’m already in the supermarket, I may as well cut down the time and hassle of returning next month to do the same thing I’d have done. Slaying two dragons with two sharpened swords.

It also gives me peace of mind knowing the household is adequately stocked for the next two months.

Nanny Viv has mastered portion control with laundry, cooking and cleaning supplies. She doesn’t waste just because they’re in large quantities. This really adds to our efficiency.

Aside from this bimonthly grocery shopping, there are other items I must buy from the local minimart at least every other day.

Items such a milk, yoghurt and eggs. I don’t buy bread because we no longer eat bread in my house, we have ngwace instead.

I do our vegetable shopping Marikiti market every Saturday morning.

I budget to spend, for each bimonthly visit to the supermarket, between Sh17,000 and Sh20,000. That translates to between Sh8,000 and Sh10,000 a month. I’ve not included in here extra costs such as parking fees, car fuel, tip for the shop attendant and probably an Uber, on the days GB has the car and he can’t get it to me on time.

The last time I did the shopping – in late January – I was taken aback by how much I spent. There has been such a sharp increase in the cost of living, so much so that I exceeded my budget. I even remember, when we got to the counter, there were some items I removed from the trolley.

I figured there must be a place where I can get these items at a more reasonable price. I mean, such inflated expenditure is what took me to Marikiti in the first place – we needed the fruits and vegetables, I wanted to get them at a more pocket-friendly price.

Anyway, that was back in January.

On this Friday in early April, the household is due for another shopping.

I recall my pal, Vicky, had once mentioned in passing that she does her shopping at a wholesale outlet on Mombasa Road.

I call her. She says, “That one on Mombasa Road closed, I found another one in Nairobi West. Let me send you their number. You can WhatsApp them your list and they pack your items. You’ll do an M-Pesa. So when you get there, you just collect your shopping and go.”

I call them. I’m curious to experience their offerings so I take an Uber to Nairobi West.

It’s nothing fancy. It’s like a kiosk; you don’t go around pushing a trolley in the aisles and putting in items from the shelves. No. It’s literally like buying stuff from your local kiosk.

Boxes and boxes of supplies spill over from every conceivable corner of the tight space.

There are two customer attendants sitting a grilled-like counter. Separating the two of you is also a large computer screen.

You read to the attendant, item by item, what you want – from your list or your head, depends on how you operate. She patiently keys it into the computer.

There are some items they have, others they don’t have. Some items have a minimum order quantity, others don’t have. Ugali flour, for example, you have to buy a minimum of six.

When she’s keyed in all the items you’ve told her to, she tells you the total price.

If it’s above your budget, you tell her to reduce the quantities of some items or to remove others all together.

If it’s below your budget, then good for you.

The first round of keying in the items from my list totals to Sh19,000. I tell her my budget was Sh13,000.

We patiently work downwards together until we get to Sh13,867.

Once you’re happy with the price and quantities, you give her your go ahead and she’ll print the receipt, you go to the other end of the counter to pay.

This wholesale only takes cash or M-pesa, I couldn’t make payment using my Visa card as I usually used to. I had to run to the ATM not too far from behind and withdraw cash. (The account I run with my bank charges me for transactions only, so I was charged Sh45 to make this ATM withdrawal.  I hadn’t planned to withdraw. This slight inconvenience irked me.)

Once you’ve paid, you step outside and give your receipt to one of the store keepers. She reads out the items as a coated chap from the store temporarily puts your things into a large carton box near the door. She ticks the items off the receipt as he puts them in the box.

I like that, this storekeeping control ensures no item is forgotten or put in by mistake.

After the entire receipt is ticked, you check if all the items are as you want. For example, I want a particular brand of fabric softener, the pink one for babies, so he exchanges it for me. Bathing soap, I have six in there and they are all white, I ask him to replace three with green and pink soap.

If you still want to remove some items, you can. You simply go back to the attendant, she removes it from your receipt and a credit note is printed for you. The cashier will give you back the cash.

Once you’re happy with everything, the storekeeper and the packer recheck the items – yet again – from the ticked receipt and he packs them in carton boxes for you from the store. I didn’t have to buy bags or come with my own shopping bags.

He puts them aside as they attend to the next customer. You’re ready to go.

I call my Uber and go back home.

What I felt about the wholesale experience

I didn’t have to push my heavy trolley around a hectare of a supermarket. That saved me the usual sweat and fatigue of doing shopping.

There were some items they didn’t have. Either they were out of stock, or that particular brand I liked wasn’t available. I omitted these items completely from my list.

They don’t have a customer loyalty reward card where you can accumulate points for redeeming later.

As I mentioned, they don’t stock perishables. I needed milk, yoghurt and eggs. I still had to go to our local minimart to get some. These items came to Sh1,340.

This wholesale outlet is a tidy distance from where I live, and because I didn’t have the car that day, I took an Uber. I spent Sh1,000.

Taking all that into consideration (shopping itself, Uber and ATM withdrawal), I spent in total Sh16,252.

Ultimately, I went to the wholesalers to save money on my bimonthly grocery shopping.

Later, after my shopping, I go to a popular supermarket and collect prices. I compare them with what I’d spent.  

Taking all the above into consideration, I’m wondering if this wholesale shopping is worth my time, effort and savings.


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Mrs Bonfire bares her fangs in ugly Easter spat with rival Mohamed Hersi



Kenyans were treated to an ugly spat over the Easter holidays between two leading tour operators over the driving of tour vans off-track at the Tsavo National Park to give tourists a better view of the wild animals.

It all started when a Facebook user by the name Lalindra De Silva shared an image that captured tour vans belonging to Bonfire Adventures parked on the grass at the Tsavo.

Veering from designated tracks in the park is considered a breach of rules at the park.

Lalindra asked Kenya Wildlife Service to take action against the company, a call that was backed by many others.

Mr Mohamed Hersi, the boss at Pollman Tours and Safaris, shared the post and asked the management of Bonfire Adventures to respect nature and practice responsible safari guiding.


“To my friend Simon Kabu and Bonfire Team. While we wish you well in your business please get your drivers to respect nature and practice responsible safari guiding. The wild animals are already stressed enough with biting drought and lack of pasture. The word is Responsible Tourism & Sustainability,” he posted.

A few minutes later, Ms Sarah Kabu, the co-owner of Bonfire Adventures, posted an image of Pollman vans also parked off-track at Maasai Mara game reserve.

In the post, Ms Kabu claimed that Mr Hersi hates domestic tourism.

Ms Kabu went ahead to tell Mr Hersi to stick to his lane “of mzungu pale pollmans and we stick to ours.”

She also challenged him to speak on the number of trees he has planted and promised to “personally follow Pollman’s convoys in July and August and take videos when the guides go off-track.”

Bonfire Adventures proprietors Sarah and Simon Kabu pose with The Bahatis. PHOTO | COURTESY


Bonfire Adventures moments later posted a video of Chief Executive Simon Kabu dancing with his wife Ms Sarah Kabu on the dance floor.

The two are captured in the short video jamming to rapper King Kaka’s latest hit song ‘Dundaing’.

Simon clad in jeans and a red t-shirt puts his best foot forward while Ms Sarah in a blue shift dress followed in his steps.

“Putting the best leg forward. Sometimes you have to forget everything and all what matters is your loved one. #thekabus,” wrote Simon Kabu.

SOURCE: nairobinews

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Woman Admits to Killing Baby “for Looking Like Former PM Raila Odinga” – Kenyan papers



A woman has admitted that she killed her own child after discovering that she resembled former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Appearing before Kibera senior resident magistrate Renee Kamau, Sevelina Mwihaki Kamau made the revelation while dismissing accusations that part of her murder motive was that the eight-month-old baby declined to drink the milk she had bought her.

According to a report by The Star, the prosecution of the case told the court that after committing the offence, the woman then hid the baby for a while.

The neighbours, however, noticed that the little girl had been missing and decided to lodge a complaint at Kilimani Police Station.

An image showing Kibera Law Courts.

The prosecution also revealed that Kamau frequently abused marijuana and that she took the drug before, during and after the pregnancy.

After listening to the case, the magistrate ordered that Kamau be taken to Mathare Mental Hospital and barred her from taking a plea.

The magistrate also denied her bond until the psychiatric exam is finalised and results presented before the court.

Kamau reportedly committed the office on February 19 this year while at her employer’s place in Riverside, Nairobi.

She revealed to the court that her native home is in Nyeri

The case is set for mention on May 13, 2019.

An aerial view of Kibera slums in Nairobi.SOURCE:

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