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Small town where men use plastic bags as condoms

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Residents living in Archers Post, a small town that sits next to Ewaso Ng’iro River that splits Isiolo and Samburu counties, are keen on having protected sex despite biting condom shortage.

The small town is located in Samburu County and is on the Sh13 billion Isiolo-Moyale highway. The town is known for its tasty nyama choma joints and has experienced rapid growth since it is a transit point to Marsabit County and Moyale town on the Kenya-Ethiopia border.

The training of military personnel for both local forces and British soldiers has also contributed to the town’s growth.

Archers Post is also a destination for both local and international tourists because of its proximity to national reserves both in Isiolo and Samburu counties.

The town’s growth has come with its share of shortcomings since it has seen a number of young women flock the area to engage in prostitution.

A section of the area residents claimed that the supply of male condoms has been so low that some locals have taken to recycling the rare commodity while others use polythene papers to protect themselves during sexual intercourse.

Years after the introduction of female condoms into the Kenyan market more than a decade ago, much of the adult population in the area is still grappling to understand how to use it unlike the common male condom.

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As the residents they joined millions of Kenyans in marking the World Aids Day on Saturday, participants who graced the event pledged to engage in safe sex in bid to reduce the HIV/Aids transmission rates, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and unwanted pregnancies in spite of biting male condom shortage.

According to Mr Julius Lelesit, the area has been hit by rising HIV/Aids cases following influx of people on transit who spend their nights in local lodges, grinding poverty which has pushed girls into prostitution and presence of soldiers who befriend local women while on training duty far away from their families or partners.

Easy cash from sand harvesting, he said, has also contributed to the spread of HIV/Aids.

“The spread of HIV and Aids has been worsened by a section of locals who normally wash used male condoms due to its scarcity especially after the government banned use of polythene carrier bags last year,” said Mr Lelesit.

A few free condoms that cannot even sustain the demand are being sold by individuals who muster the courage to collect them from dispensers in health facilities.

Apart from the ignorance on use of female condoms that would probably save lives during such scenarios, many of the residents have not come across the product.

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Some men are sceptical, questioning whether their wives would ever get children after using female condoms.

In 1994, World Health Organization introduced female condoms in order to involve women equally in their approach to control and prevent spread of HIV/Aids.

During the launch of mass condom distribution as part of the celebration to mark World Aids day, Good Life Trust Executive Officer Faith Ndiwa preferred to commemorate the event with area residents in bid to educate them on how to protect themselves from contracting sexually transmitted diseases.

Stigmatisation of those living with HIV/Aids is rife in the area as locals consider them ‘cursed. Some infects persons are said to have been abandoned by their families while others fear going for medication in health facilities.

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Dennis Okari proudly flaunts his wife

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NTV journalist Dennis Okari on Saturday proudly flaunted his wife Naomi Joy on social media.

The two got married a week ago in an invite-only ceremony and the journalist has now updated his profile across all platforms.

On Instagram, he added, “Husband to my Joy.”

Source: U-report 

 

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How lawyer stole Governor Waiguru’s heart: The beautiful love story of the newly engaged couple

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Ululations from the negotiation tent followed by wild cheer, song and dance sealed the deal in which city lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo won Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru’s heart. The date was February 16, two days after Valentines Day, the setting in picturesque Kiamungo in Kirinyaga. Gathered to lent ear, eye and mouth to the traditional engagement event between the two lovebirds were invited guests, friends and family.

No photos were allowed.Dressed in African regalia, Waiguru shyly walked to her soon-to-be husband, with her gaze fixed on the ground.

Kamotho had paid dowry, gone through the Kikuyu custom of paying for the locked gate to be opened, and identified her among women who had covered themselves to gauge his familiarity with his love.

“It was a beautiful ceremony. The time was right for us to take our relationship to the next level,” Kamotho told the Saturday Standard.

Kamotho Waiganjo

The event brought to an end speculation and hushed conversations on the status of their relationship. In their own words, the love starts from a ferry in Likoni channel, Mombasa 10 years ago.

At the time, they were travelling for constitutional conference and in the heat of Coast, they shared a simple meal – bread and Soda – that struck Kamotho’s heart.

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“I realised she was a basic girl,” the former commissioner for Commission for Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) says.

They were both consulting for parties that were negotiating the constitution. Kamotho was a team leader and Waiguru had been sent to advise them on public finance chapter.

He decided to pursue her further. After several phone conversations, she submitted to his requests for a date.

He took her to a Thai restaurant in Nairobi, and it is there that they had their first fight.

Source: Standard Media

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Irungu Kang’ata’s mother dies in Nairobi

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Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata’s mother, Margaret Wangechi Irungu, has died from diabetes and hypertension.

The senator confirmed this when the Nation contacted him on Saturday.

The mother of seven had been undergoing treatment at Coptic Hospital in Nairobi where she died in the morning.

Murang’a leaders including Kiharu’s Ndindi Nyoro and nominated MP Maina Kamanda sent condolence messages to Mr Kang’ata, who is also the Senate Deputy Chief Whip.

“We have lost an exemplary mother who was selfless. Her humility was exhibited by the way she lived. Kiharu is mourning,” Mr Nyoro said.

Kigumo MP Ruth Mwaniki termed the death a blow to the county.

“I was with the senator on Friday when I wished his mother quick recovery, not knowing she would leave us today. I [went] through the same journey last year. The senator’s case is extreme because both his parents were at the hospital. May she rest in eternal peace,” she said.

Source: Daily Nation 

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