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VIDEO: Be careful where you buy your cabbage, it could be plastic

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

They say not all that glitters is gold. This woman has a story to tell after, upon getting into her kitchen ready to make some delicious vegetable stew, she is shocked to discover that the cabbage she has just bought is , in fact, plastic.

 It begs the question as to how fruit and vegetables sold by the supermarkets are treated before they hit the shelves.

Because that ‘fresh’ shiny apple or bag of lettuce may have undergone a battery of pre-sale processes.

These include chlorine washes, plastic-like waxes (which could be the reason for the flammability) and chemical treatments, not to mention high-tech packaging designed to alter the air in which they are packed.

And, surprisingly, under current consumer laws, they often don’t have to be mentioned on the labelling.

That’s because they are considered to be processing aids, rather than counted as added ‘ingredients’.

You may have heard about plastic rice, et al, but you have to watch this to believe it. Although it is not clear where the woman recorded this video from, it is still advisable to be very careful where you buy your vegetables as there are many “fakes’ out there. Watch:

 

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BREAKING LIVE VIDEO: Police respond to gunshots reported at Dusit Hotel in Riverside, Nairobi.

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

There are reports of gunshots at 14 Riverside office park in Nairobi’s Chiromo area.

14 Riverside Office Park houses  Dusit D2, Commission for Revenue Allocation, PR firm Media Edge and many other offices.

According to witnesses, it started with an explosion.

“Were lying on the floor in our offices can’t look out,” said one Twitter user @bnsearcher.

 

 

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Meet Murang’a woman who helps addicts quit alcohol and marry

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A woman from Kangema in Murang’a County has endeared herself to residents through her initiative of “saving a generation” by assisting drug addicts leave the vice and venture into agri-business.

At the same time, Julia Nyokabi is helping the reformed addicts get spouses and pay dowry.

Ms Nyokabi has brought together men who are not married and have been taking alcohol into self-help groups, giving them seedlings to venture into agriculture.

Interestingly Kangema Constituency and its neighbouring Mathioya Constituency will be under sharp scrutiny by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as they are said to be underpopulated.

The philanthropist says she decided to rescue “the Kangema generation” which she says is on the verge of becoming extinct since they do not marry hence they do not reproduce.

She said the move will assist the men to get busy in the farms, giving them a sense of responsibility so that when they marry they will look after their families well.

Speaking in Kenya Njeru on Monday when members of Kihoto-Mwihoti Self-Help Group harvested potatoes, Ms Nyokabi said the proceeds from the sale of the produce will be saved in the group’s account and will assist them continue farming.

“I talked with the authorities and that’s how I was given consent to use public land for the groups to do farming.

“The members will rotate the earnings amongst themselves and when one gets a spouse, I will chip in and assist him pay dowry and each member will also contribute Sh200,” she said during the potato harvesting.

She revealed that the group has 96 members with 56 of them being under 35 years and are not married.

In Gitugu village, the group has 76 members and none of them is married.

She said those from Gitugu village are bodaboda riders, mostly graduates, whom she has assisted start a chicken rearing project.

“We want them to raise their self-esteem and impact them with the knowledge that they can be self-employed instead of waiting for white collar jobs.

“Riders are also blamed for all manner of vices including insecurity and are often arrested by police on patrol and we want them to have alternative sources of income,” she said.

Mr Ibrahim Menju, the chairman of the Self-help group, said the initiative has helped them quit alcohol and ventured into agri-business and are hoping to do better.

“Today we have harvested three sacks and we intend to plant cabbages to diversify. This has kept us busy and away from alcohol. We plan to have families and to widen the scope of farming,” he said.

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Why Java House will not open again on Westgate Mall: Founder speaks out on what happened during Westgate attack

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Java House founder has said the coffee house does not have plans of going back to Westgate Mall which was attacked by terrorists five years ago.

Recounting what happened, the coffee house’s chairman and founder Mr Kevin Ashley, said they will not open another Java Coffee House in the mall because he would not anybody’s children as much as his own, to go back to the mall.

“My view is that if I don’t want my own kids to go there, why would I want someone else’s kid to work there?” said Mr Ashley.

Recounting the terrorist attack, the Java founder said he was in California when terrorists stormed in the high end mall and he was scared for his children.

“My kids were in Nairobi. First I didn’t know where they were…they could have been in the mall. When I heard the news, I was on the phone with our yoghurt shop manager who was on the floor hiding. I could hear the gunshots,” he explains in an interview with GainExperience.

He told the manger to make sure she had nothing in her hands and to keep her uniform on.

“Don’t move because a security guard might walk in and shoot you, thinking you’re a terrorist. Stay calm, relax, keep your uniform”.

He then got on a plane and 36 hours later, he was in Nairobi.

When he arrived in Nairobi there were still things going on at the mall, rescue missions which took upto three days.

“They were still unsure about killing all the terrorists, I met with all the staff, no one was hurt.”

The chairman has also faulted the mall’s management for going on about the business without putting up a memorial plaque to remember the souls that were lost in the premises.

“People died there. There’s no plaque, no memorial, no park, there’s nothing there! We don’t need to go back in there with a profit motive and try to make a point. It’s karma…” he adds

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