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Joy as 77-year-old graduates with a bachelors degree



At 77 years of age, most people are enjoying the fruits of their labour having chased their careers and pursued their dreams.

But not for Mr Wilson Mugwe who is having a double celebration as the festive season enters the home stretch.

Mr Mugwe, a resident of Kanyagia village in Ndaragwa Constituency of Nyandarua County, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education (Literature, Linguistics and Languages) during the 6th Laikipia University graduation ceremony held at the main campus on the outskirt of Nyahururu Town, Laikipia County.

Born during the pre-colonial period, Mr Mugwe said that his desire to get education was cut short after the declaration of the state of emergency in

1952 that confined them to colonial villages.

“During the colonial period, the dreams of many brilliant students eager to study were shattered as none could join the schools they dreamt of.

“Some of us however managed to study in local schools through correspondence where I managed to reach A levels,” he said.

After he successfully completed his A levels, Mr Mugwe joined the army.

He said that when he was growing up, Makerere University in Uganda was the only university in Central and East Africa.

“Makerere was a preserve of a few people and unfortunately I wasn’t one of them so I didn’t make to that level,” Mr Mugwe added.

The 77-year-old said though he did not get a university education, he always desired to go to university.

“At work, some of my colleagues would boast of how they had managed t o attain a university education at Makerere. I would feel so bad and I asked God not to let me die before I got a university degree,” he recalled.

Mr Mugwe settled at Kanyagia under a settlement scheme in 1965 where he and his wife raised their six children.

The former army officer said that he decided to go back to school so that he could set the pace for his children and grandchildren.

“I did not pursue a degree course to secure a job because even my age mates have retired, but I just want to show my grandchildren the essence of education and also set a pace for them.”

“I want them to get desire to reach to my level,” he said.

2003 after his retirement, Mr Mugwe enrolled at the University of Manchester where he graduated with a diploma in Business English.

He said that after enrolling at the Laikipia University for the degree course, his classmates – some of them the age his grandchildren – thought that he was in the wrong place.

“On hearing that I have enrolled for a degree some of my age mates took it as a joke and would make fun of me,” added Mr Mugwe.

He said that some of the challenges he encountered during his period in school include use of technology and learning in the same class with children as young as his grandchildren.

Mr Mugwe has since vowed to further his education by enrolling in a master degree.

“A first degree is becoming irrelevant and I want to stretch my academic notch higher by enrolling for a master degree next year,”he said.

“I want to do masters in guidance and counseling psychology because I want to raise the bar for my grandchildren and show them the importance of education,” noted Mr Mugwe.

His children and grandchildren joined him during the colourful graduation ceremeony.

Laikipia University vice-chancellor Prof Kibett Rotich described Mr Mugwe as a consistence student who attended all classes, did all the examinations and was punctual in attending classes.

“He gave me his story of how his colleagues would brag of how they had attended Makerere University and he would feel shy as he didn’t have a degree,” said the VC.

Prof Rotich challenged young people to further education noting that there was no limit in education.


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Woman throws her three children into River Nzoia



A 24-year-old woman dumped her two children into River Nzoia in Lugari Constituency, Kakamega County last night seconds before jumping into the river with a third child on her back.

The woman who has been identified as Winnie, left her sister’s house where she had been staying at 9 pm duping her children that she is taking them to the shop. It is when they got to the bridge that she asked the children to close their eyes before pushing them one after the other into the roaring mass of water moments after taking the same leap to her death.

One girl survived after clutching on to a branch a distance from where she plunged into the water. The standard two girl explained the horror when she called for help holding on a weak branch.

“She grabbed our hands and jumped in the river. I reach in the middle of the river and got hold of a stick and lurched to it. I was crying,” said the little girl in tears.

According to Alice Magoma, the sister to Winnie, she had come to stay with her after some small disagreement with her husband.

“I didn’t see any problems with her. She had been staying with me for about a week and the husband even came to pick her up yesterday but they disagreed over a certain text message. I asked him to come another day when she has cooled down,” explained Alice.

Alice explains that her sister was Okay in the evening, relaxing and chatting. She had left her to cook supper only to come back and find her and the kids not present in the house.

“That’s the last time I saw my sister. She didn’t tell me anything. She didn’t tell me her plan. I thought she was going to sleep at the neighbour’s place. I was wrong.”

The standard two girl who survived was found by Joseph Maleso, the chairman of the Nyumba kumi who took her to his home, gave her some tea and later took her to the police station where they recorded a statement.

The bodies of the woman and her two children are yet to be found.


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Autopsy shows Churchill Show comedian Kasee was poisoned




An autopsy report released on Friday, July 3, from the Chiromo mortuary has revealed the late comedian Kasee was poisoned.

The news was made public by by Kenya Comedians Society chairman, Ken Waudo, who quashed reports linking Kasee’s death to alcoholism and depression.

According to Waudo, the deceased, born Joseph Musyoki, received a call from friends on Sunday, June 28, early morning to join them for drinks at a local joint.

He then left his wife and kids to honour his friend’s wishes but never returned home.

“Kasee was chilling at home with his wife and kids when he was called to go hang out with friends and have some drinks.

“He later felt unwell saying his stomach was disturbing him and even called his dad to inform him of the same,” Waudo said.

Kasee had promised to call his dad immediately he got home but never did.

Waudo said at the place the comedian was found dead, there were some kids who revealed he had complained of stomach problems and decided to take a nap before going home.

This was the exact place that the comedian was confirmed dead on the evening of Sunday, June 28.

“It was around 6 in the evening and cops who arrived on the scene confirmed he was dead.

“The examiner said his brain was clear and nothing to do with depression and his liver was not that bad, so he was probably poisoned,” Waudo added.

Waudo also revealed investigations were ongoing.

Kasee is survived by two children and a wife.

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‘Humanity is still alive’ – ex-TPF star Alvan Gatitu says on Kenyans support



Former Tusker project fame participant Alvan Gatitu has thanked Kenyans for coming to his aid, during a difficult moment in his life.

This was after he shared a video of himself narrating how he had been kicked out of his house.

Taking to his social media account Alvan wrote,

‘when you start your day one way and end up in a different place.

Thankful from the bottom of my heart, God bless you.

Humanity is still alive.’

Speaking during an interview on NTV Alvan said he has fought anxiety attacks before.

‘I have suffered anxiety attacks before.

One thing I promised myself is that I would never be vulnerable enough to speak about where I am in life.

I was trying to hold a fallacy that was hurting me.’

Alvan added,

‘When I woke up in that guard’s booth,I knew I was done trying to  show that am alright.

I had reached out for help and nothing was coming through.

I decided to speak the reality of my situation.’

Kenyans heard his cries and contributed towards his welfare.

It was once again a chance for Kenyans to prove that umoja ni nguvu.

Truth be told, many people are suffering it’s just that they do not have the guts to share like Alvan did.

It’s a high time people normalized the idea of speaking out and sharing their problems.

Usikubali kufa na shida peke yaki, ongea,usikike.


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