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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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“I cry alone daily in my Sh100 million dollar mansion” Lonely Ringtone desperate for a wife

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Kenyan gospel singer Ringtone is desperately searching for a God fearing wife.

The singer whose real name is Alex Apoko shared a photo on social media of himself gesturing at an empty seat in a lawn depicting he needed a partner.

Ringtone wrote how he cries daily in his Sh100 million mansion, asking God why no beautiful, God loving girl wants to marry him.

“Mimi ni mpweke sana. Am so lonely. Miaka yangu ya kuoa imefika but sijui ntaoa nani. I cry alone daily in my 1m dollars mansion. I ask god why all the beautiful god loving girls dont want me. Please pray for Me🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏,” wrote the singer.

In May this year, Ringtone bought a brand new Range Rover sport 2017 o catch the attention of Ugandan socialite Zari Hassan after declaring his love for her.

His effort failed to charm the Uganda-born socialite.

Instead of getting prayer support, the singer got many women commenting how they are ready to marry him.

One wrote; “We exist dear one its only you who cant see us.”

Another added; “Marry me with my 4kids and your life will be more than good 😂😂😂zari na waschana warembo kando.”

A woman wrote; “Swallow your pride come marry mi socialite wachana nao.”

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Another commented; “I love you but it is not good for me to propose to you.”

A user stated; “Vile umesema 1M mansion ndo umeharibu..we ngoja ma gold digger sasa.”

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Woman who allegedely stabbed TV actor to remain in custody for five days

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

The main suspect in the gruesome murder of TV actor Jamal Nassul Gaddafi ,Grace Kananu, will remain in remand for five days.

Ms Kananu was arraigned before Mavoko Law Courts on Thursday morning.

The five days in detention will assist detectives gather evidence in their investigations into the murder which reportedly happened on Wednesday morning at Arks Hotel in Mlolongo.

The suspect had earlier on told police officers that the late Gadaffi fell on a kitchen knife.

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However, it has been reported that the suspect stabbed the deceased after a quarrel.

This is after he questioned why she was dancing and accepting drinks from men who attended a party she had organised at the entertainment spot.

The two had been in a relationship for nine months.

Meanwhile, the family of the slain actor is demanding for justice with an appeal to the police to speed up the investigation and prosecute the suspect.

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No honeymoon for Kenyan man who married two wives on the same day

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27-year-old Tom Junior Mako has been the talk of town this week after marrying two women on the same day.

Elizabeth Simaloi, 25, and Joyce Tikoiyan, 23 were all smiles during the ceremony as they stood on either side of their man in a one-of-a-kind ceremony.

Mako, however, revealed that he might not go on honeymoon due to financial constraints.

“Tough economic times have condemned me and my wives to my residential home in Kajiado. For now, I cannot afford honeymoon.

“How I wish a sponsor would come on board,” he was quoted by a local news website.

Apparently, the trio has been living under the same roof for a year and during this period, Mako got to find out the ‘excitement, worries, fears, strengths, weaknesses, anger levels and general character’ of his wives.

He further added that he made the bold decision to assure the two women that he is not eyeing any other lady.

“I would want to urge young men to shun multiple dating or extramarital affairs. If you must be in a romantic relationship with more than one woman, then take the new woman in your life home so that she can be officially known and recognised by your kinsmen.

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“That is the right thing to do,” he said.

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