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VIDEO: I have not forgiven you Jowie: Monica Kimani’s grieving mother

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Miriam Kimani, mother to the murdered 29-year old businesswoman Monica Kimani, has spoken to the media for the first time since her daughter’s gruesome murder at her apartment in Nairobi.

In an interview with K24 TV, the grieving mother sent an emotion-laden message to main suspect Joseph Irungu alias Jowie, who is currently in police custody.

“I want that Joe to know that I have not forgiven him,” said a visibly bitter and distraught mother.

“We (the family) can not even sleep. And then each morning we wake up to endless media stories of how our daughter was murdered. I don’t even know what to say,” she said.

Irungu, his TV journalist fiancée Jacque Maribe and another suspect named Brian Kassaine are being held in separate police stations in Nairobi.

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According to the police, all three suspects are likely to face charges in relation to Monica’s murder.

Monica’s family has meanwhile also refuted claims that the deceased was dating a prominent South Sudanese politician as suggested in sections of the media.

“That man the media is talking about is an old man. He is not even my daughter’s age. She was operating a family business in Juba,” the mother said.

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The same sentiments were echoed by Monica’s brother George.

“Monica was not dating any politician. Yes, she had a boyfriend and I’m sure this (and rumours about her affair with the politician) is torturing the guy,” he said.

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My sister always served me on the same plate after she learnt of my HIV status

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Mary (not her real name) often made trips to the hospital when she was little.

She was too young to understand what was happening and her mother was hesitant to tell her that she was HIV positive.

When I met her, she greeted me with a firm handshake and apologized for showing up ten minutes late.

We quickly went to a nearby restaurant and ordered a cold drink. She gently dipped her straw into the mug of milkshake and took a sip before settling onto her seat.

She tells me that the interview might ‘go south’ any moment since the subject is quite emotional and she might need time to recollect herself.

When I was little, my mum often took to me to the hospital. From time to time I was down with a cold but I thought it was nothing serious.

By the time I got to Class Six, the trips were more frequent and I had to ask my mum why I was always in hospital yet my pals were outside enjoying their childhood.

“It is at this point that she told me I was HIV positive. I remember how distraught she was when she broke the news to me. Her eyes were teary.

She explained to me that it was not my fault and that she was actually the one to blame since it was a case of mother to child transmission.

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At the time, I could not comprehend the magnitude of the situation and my innocent self thought I would be healed within no time. This was not meant to be.

As the years went by, I realized that I had to live with the virus and I had to be on medication daily.

Fast forward to 2018, I have a lovely sister whom I deeply love. I have spent numerous nights at her place but on a certain weekend I noticed something peculiar.

I wonder why it never occurred to me. Ever since I had started going to her place, she had been serving me food on a particular plate.

At first I thought it was part of a set but later I realized that it was the only one.

On this particular day I approached the househelp and asked her why she always served me on that plate.

She confidently said, “Niliambiwa nikuwe nakuwekea chakula hapo.”

These words pierced into my heart like a double-edged sword. For a moment my heart sunk.

This was my blood sister. How could she do this to me? We grew up under the same roof…did I really deserve this?

I never confronted her about it but to be honest, our relationship changed. I could not help it.

I tried to forget it but I couldn’t. I was facing stigmatization from family. It was tough.

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I cried myself to sleep every single day. I cried out to God so many times. Why me?

Life had lost meaning. I felt I was a baggage to everyone.

But I vowed that my destiny was in my hands and I had the ability to turnaround my fortunes.

I used all the setbacks I faced as a catapult to achieve all my dreams. I felt lonely but I knew God was on my side.

I dedicated my life to him and slowly things started changing.

I landed a decent job with a top city hotel and made good money. I invested the money in various businesses and boy didn’t they pick.

At times I feel like my status influenced me positively. I am now at a better place… I have been on ARVs too but I am used to them

I am living positively, with a positive mindset and I will do my best on earth until the Almighty calls me home.

At this point, Mary takes a look at me and says, life is like an elevator. Challenges can take you up or pull you down but you are at liberty to choose the button you desire.

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Uhuru’s housing project in limbo as Treasury CS says there is no money

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President Uhuru Kenyatta’s pet project of affordable housing for the country is facing financial turbulence.

This comes after National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani admitted before a parliamentary committee that the government may not allocate money in the next financial year due to a dip in national revenue collection.

After President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for his second and last term in 2017, he announced his Big Four agenda for the country which include, manufacturing, universal health coverage, food security and affordable housing.

Under the housing, the President outlined his government’s plan to construct at least 500,000 housing units across the country by 2022.

To construct 100,000 units, the government requires about Sh45 billion so as to attract investors to pump in more money into the programme.

But while appearing before the Transport, Public Works and Housing Committee of the National Assembly Thursday, Mr Yattani noted that his ministry is facing financial difficulties and that he cannot guarantee the availability of the funds required for the project.

“We may not provide anything in the next financial year,” Mr Yattani told the committee chaired by Pokot South MP David Pkosing.

Transport, Public Works and Housing Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, who also appeared before the committee, noted that the government now intends to bring onboard the Saccos.

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According to Mr Macharia, 228 units of the 1,370 units being the first phase along Park road in the city’s Ngara estate, have been completed and handed over to the government.

The projected completion of the entire project is December this year.

In the current financial year, Sh5 billion has been set aside for the programme and will be fully disbursed after Mr Macharia complained that out the allocation, only Sh1 billion has been given out.

Mr Macharia told the committee that it was regrettable there will be no money to fund the President’s legacy project noting that if the requested amount was availed, the country would be having 130,000 units.

He noted that given the reality that the country may not have the money required, it may be prudent to explore the mortgage culture and rope in the low-income bracket.

“Currently there are about 25,000 mortgages in the country, which by any standards is quite low. This culture needs to change. The ministry is encouraging investors to come in and take risk by putting up houses for sale,” Mr Macharia said.

He noted that the government will provide the required land, infrastructure, water and power among other things to support the investors in this.

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“With all this provided, the cost of putting up houses might go down by up to 40 percent. This is the strategy that we want to use,” he said.

Mr Yattani explained to the committee that the Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company (KMRC) will also play a key role in boosting the success of affordable housing programme.

KMRC was incorporated in April 2018, to provide secure long-term funding to primary mortgage lenders (Banks and Saccos) in order to increase availability and affordability of housing loans to Kenyans.

Mr Macharia told the committee that the take-off of the project faced setbacks due to delays in the implementation of mandatory contribution and lack of support from the public as provided for in the Finance Act, 2018.

The law had made it mandatory that workers contribute 1.5 percent of their basic salaries with their respective employers contributing a similar figure to finance the project.

However, the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) obtained court orders to suspend the implementation of the mandatory contribution.

Before the matter could be determined in court, President Kenyatta while leading the country to mark Jamuhuri Day celebrations on December 12, last year, he decreed that changes be made to the Finance Act to make the contribution voluntary.

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President Uhuru’s niece Nana Gecaga in mourning

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KICC CEO and President Uhuru’s niece Nana Gecaga is mourning the passing on of her friend Merali Daisy.

She shared a touching post, describing the late as a flower and condoled with her family. Daisy is the sister to business mogul Bobby Kamani.

Yesterday we lost a flower, an amazing friend and beautiful woman inside and out @meralidaisy May GOD watch over your family during this very difficult time… 😢😢😢 @bobbykamani i continue to pray and standby your family #RIP @meralidaisy 💔💔💔💔💔 #gonebutneverforgotten🙏,’ read Nana’s message.

In another post, she wrote,

My dear friend @bobbykamani words can not express the sadness that comes with this news… my prayers go out to you and your entire family at this time 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 may GOD watch over our dear sister @meralidaisy 😢😢 stay strong my friend and we’re here for all of you at this very difficult time 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 RIP @meralidaisy

The late Merali Daisy & her brother Bobby Kamani, the managing director of Zuri Global

Bobby Kamani, the managing director of Zuri Global has paid a moving tribute to his sister.

You were my favorite hello and my hardest goodbye. Only time will reveal what God’s plan was when He put us all through this unimaginable heartbreak and shattering turmoil. Rest In Peace my beautiful darling Sister – you were the strongest individual I came across. There was no incredible soul on this planet that was so loved like you and there never will be. Daisy – I died when you did. 😢💔 ~ Lots of Love from Your Biggest Fan and Your Best Friend.

Kenyan celebrities have condoled with Kamani’s family and below are their messages;

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tonytimase Pole sana Bobby for your loss, it’s been a torrid period for you and your family, may God give you strength

kamz26 Heartfelt condolences, Bobby. Really very sorry for your loss.

emmatoo1 Deepest condolences Bobby, your family and her young family. May her soul Rest In Peace. 🙏🏾💔

officialjanetmbugua Deepest condolences 🙏🏾

pritijessa Deepest condolences Bobby. May God give you and your family the strength to bear this heartbreaking loss. 🙏🙏🙏

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