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

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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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‘Recovering from caesarian section isn’t a joke,’ Kambua says after giving birth

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Gospel singer Kambua is looking gorgeous after giving birth.

The mother of one, has for the first time revealed that she gave birth through Caesarian section (Cs) though she didn’t give more details.

The Rauka show host also revealed that she’s still recovering from the surgery, saying it takes time for the scar to heal.

This is me thanking God that I can fit into one of my pre-preggers dresses🤣. My body has changed ALOT and I am embracing it all. I stretched in ways I never knew were possible! Isn’t God amazing? And then went through a CS (story for another day). Recovering from it is not a joke! I have chosen to be kind to myself. Giving myself the time I need to heal, and also to nurture my toto. I haven’t even told you about the edges I’ve lost because of breastfeeding! But I have no regrets. It’s all been worthwhile. Next year I will think about diets and workouts. (That baby pouch will need to go)😅. But for now I’m counting my blessings, enjoying the chubby cheeks and snug clothes lol.

Of late several plus size or rather women who’ve gained weight especially after giving birth have been body-shamed online.

Kambua

Talking about it, Kambua told off cyberbullies.

Also, please be kind to your friends’ postpartum. There’s SO much pressure to “snap back”, without considering that being alive after birthing a child is a miracle in itself. Watu wa, “umenona”, please have several seats over there…’

In another post, she wrote a special prayer to God, thanking him for everything.

You know why we smile? Not because the road is easy, but because even through the fiery trials, the grace of God carries us! If people opened up and shared half of the things they’re going through, you’d be shocked at how heavy some of the burdens are. Oh but grace! It makes all the difference. Knowing that God has built in you the capacity to endure whatever comes. If you’re feeling tempted to give up, don’t! If you’re consumed by fear and anxiety, be sure that is NOT the voice of God. May you hear Him above the noise and chaos. He says to be still. Be still and know that He is God! He is faithful. And He has never failed me yet.

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Jowie speaks out after being transferred to harsh Manyani Prison

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By JUDITH GICOBI

The living state in Manyani Maximum Security Prison is not that pleasant at all for one Joseph ‘Jowie’ Irungu.

Jowie was moved to the prison that is in the middle of a wildlife reserve after he was caught with contraband.

The conditions at Manyani Prison are so pathetic that he had resorted to going on a hunger strike. His father told the press that his son has declined to take anything because he suspects his food could be poisoned.

Jowie brands the treatment as ‘inhumane’. He has sued the Kenyan government for the transfer.

He wants protection from his troubles in the prison system.

He is facing murder charges in the heartless killing of businesswoman Monicah Kimani. The murder proceedings  resumes on February 13, 2020.

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German reported ‘missing’ was deported by Kenyan government

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By JUDITH GICOBI

A German man who was reported missing by his Kenyan wife had been deported by immigration officials.

Neema Nyawira, last month reported at Shimoni Police Station in Lunga Lunga that her husband, Paul Topf, was missing after he was picked by five people who introduced themselves as government officials.

Nyawira’s husband failed to return home and his phone went off. This made her report the matter.

The German, Topf, has been staying in Kwale, Kenya for six years. Immigration officials, who sort to remain anonymous said Topf was wanted in Germany for crime.

“He was suspected to be dealing in some suspicious businesses here, the Kenyan government did some investigations on him but they did not get anything and so they handed him back to his government,” said a source

“There were written orders from the Interior Ministry directing that the man be deported.

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