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Baby dies as ‘maid watches television’

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On December 14, last year, Mr Steve Opar and his wife Wendy Audrey, left their son in the care of their house help at St Mary’s Estate in Nakuru Town, as they usually did.

Mr Opar, a lawyer, was in Nyahururu, Laikipia County, when he received a call from a neighbour at around 5pm.

“The caller told me that my son was dying after choking on food.” Confused and shaken, he asked the neighbour to take the child to the War Memorial Hospital, as he sped back to Nakuru.

“Since he was my only child, Baby Jayden [Blessing] meant everything to me. As I drove back, I called my wife and told her to also rush to the hospital,” he said.

On reaching the hospital, Mrs Opar was told her baby had been pronounced dead on arrival.

“I did not even get to celebrate his first birthday, which was in a month’s time. It was the most painful moment of my life,” she said.

Mr Opar had to remain strong as he consoled his wife on their way home. But on arrival, they found that 23-year-old house help, was missing, raising suspicion about her role in their child’s death. They had hired her about two months earlier.

Ms Naomi Wambui, the neighbour who had called Mr Opar, said she was told by Mr Opar’s 16-year-old brother that the child was in a serious condition.

“I rushed into the house and found the house help watching television. When I asked her where the child was, she gestured towards the bedroom. I was shocked to find the child lying on the bed on his back before I called his parents,” she said

Investigations have been launched by police after the Opars reported the matter to Teacher’s Police Post in Nakuru Town.

Mrs Opar, tearfully recalled that she became suspicious of the house help when Baby Jaden started crying whenever she carried him, adding that she had been looking for a replacement.

“I started feeling uncomfortable with the stories that she used to tell. She once told us that her friend in Nairobi had left her employer’s child in a refrigerator when she disagreed with him,” she recalled.

The baby was buried on December 18, but the couple are yet to come to terms with the loss.

She came with her three-year-old son but had two other children back in her rural home.

at her home in Kachien village, Oyugis in Homabay County

The mother whose tears rolled freely on her cheeks as she narrated the event, said she started suspecting the maid when the child started crying every time she carried her.

She said she was in the process of looking for another nanny before the the incident occurred.

Mr Opar has appealed to anyone who knows the whereabouts of the house girl to report to the nearest police station.

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Sh18 million? DP Ruto bashed over launch of ‘outdated’ computers

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Deputy President William Ruto and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen over the weekend were at Sambirir Girls in Marakwet to launch the schools ICT and Resource Centre and the pictures taken during the launch have sparked fury on the internet.

The two leaders who were present to officiate the opening of the centre were trolled all over social media for what Kenyans term as a mediocre project.

Deputy President William Ruto and Elgeyo Marakwet Senetaor Kipchumba Murkomen at were at Sambirir Girls in Marakwet to launch the schools ICT and Resource Centre [Courtesy]

The initiative which was funded by the government of Kenya, Ministry of Education and National Government Constituencies Development Fund raised 18 million for the school to acquire new equipment for the ICT Centre including computers to replace the obsolete ones.

Sambirir Girls ICT and Resource Centre [Courtesy]

Coming to the leaders’ defence, blogger Abraham Mutai took to Twitter to explain that the pictures taken were of the old computers that are yet to be replaced.

The Elgeyo Marakwet Senator retweeted the blogger’s tweet on his official handle:

Lord Abraham Mutai [Twitter]

@ledamalekina My Good Lord … the computers are from the 19th century!LOL Mutatuonesha mambo!

@PeratoN_Senior If you are true and genuine leaders,  you should have bought brand new computers put them in your v8s. How could you even take a photo of such computers,?  you guys fear to think.

@proudMamasgirl African leaders never fail to amaze me ????????What kind of computer is that?

@jjogola ‘…funded by GOK through MOE & NG-CDF…’

‘…You raised 18M for equipping the centre…’How do you reconcile those 2? What exactly was the GOK funding? If you don’t come out with as much detail as you did for the dams, we are prone to misinterpret the whole exercise…

@JimmyJa89756016  Talk about launching computer’s museums

@gitongaraymond_ So they open a new lab and even cut the ribbon,,,, did the computers come with the new lab? Were they transferred from the old one?, why not buy the computers before launching the new lab, but who are we to answer such question

@glennkaruga Yaani computers ziko na kisogo ndio mmenunua na 18M???????????? Nyinyi wote mnafaa tu mkue situation ya designated survivor tuanze a fresh with young leaders wenye wanajielewa!

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MP Mishi Mboko’s brother, Dr Ali Juma dies in an apparent suicide

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The brother to Likoni Member of Parliament and ODM deputy director of election Mishi Mboko is dead following alleged suicide.

The family of the deceased, Dr Ali Juma, was informed of the incident on Sunday and is awaiting a postmortem report to be done on Monday in Cuba.ODM party, through their Twitter handle, has sent its condolences to the family in this trying moment.

“Condolences to the family of Likoni MP and deputy director of elections Hon @mbokomishi following the death of her brother Dr Ali Hamso in Cuba where he had gone to pursue Masters Degree in Medicine. We pray for God’s fortitude in the family during this sad moment.” Tweeted ODM.

Dr Ali Juma was among the 50 Kenyan doctors sent to Cuba to pursue further studies at the University of Medical Sciences in Havana, to specialize in Family Medicine.

The sponsored medics have been on record decrying harsh living condition and failure by the Kenyan government to provide them with the agreed stipend to meet their daily expenditure.

It was reported that an exercise book costing Sh30 here in Kenya goes for Sh800 in Cuba.  Majority of them were reportedly unable to afford a cup of tea due to its costly price of Sh600.

According to the agreement that saw them leave the country, they were to be paid a stipend of Sh36,000 monthly. However, complaints emerged over the failure by the government to be consistent in settling the allowances.

The medics are expected to undergo two years of training in Cuba with the government expected to cough sh215 million shillings in the program.

source:standardmedia.co.ke

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Patient stranded at JKIA after being ejected from plane

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A patient scheduled to travel to India for specialised treatment has been left stranded at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) after she was ejected from the plane.

Wangari Ndumia, 25, was whisked out of an Etihad flight EY 642 together with her sister after differences emerged on her fitness to fly.

While her sister, Ann Ndumia insisted that she was in a stable condition to board the plane that was making a stop in Abu Dhabi before connecting to Delhi, India, the officials of the airline claimed she was not fit.

This is despite the two having boarded the plane, already seated and was just waiting for the flight attendants to allocate her sister a favorable seat with enough leg room.

However, as soon as all the passengers had boarded, a call was made and what followed was the security officers directing them to leave the plane.

Ann said this was the second time they were being denied a chance to travel. The first time was on Tuesday where Air Arabia also did not allow them to check in.“And they (Air Arabia) refused to refund us the cash we paid a total of Sh116,870,” said Ann, almost breaking down.

According to an email seen by The Standard addressed to a local booking agent, Prudential Travels the airline laid blame on the agent.“For all medical reasons travel you ought not to issue tickets before medical clearance with a fit to fly remark,” read the email in part from Air Arabia.

It added: “Kindly note your ticket was within 24 hours we cannot cancel, only airport taxes can be reversed and credit note issued under the same passenger names. No cash fund is given on Air Arabia. You may cancel the inbound flight.”After this mail, Ann said she was forced to go back to the same agent to try a secure another flight, which she said, she was instructed to add Sh50,000 more.

She only had Sh25,000 and so  reached an agreement that she will pay the rest once she is back from India.This is when the agent booked another flight with Etihad that was scheduled to depart on Sunday 2:15pm via Abu Dhabi before connecting to Delhi.

This time round, the agent had all the papers right including a medical certificate signed by Dr Diane Mclvor of Etihad.On the flight ticket too it was indicated that she was a medical case described as ‘wheelchair all the way seat-confirmed.’

Plane tickets of Epharus Wangari Ndumia. The patient was going to India for medical reconstructive surgery accompanied by her sister Ann Wambui Ndumia. [David Gichuru/Standard]

But as soon as the plane was already boarded, Ann and her ailing sister, whose right leg is being held together with screws due to massive loss of bones, were instructed to leave the flight.

An exchange ensued between the Etihad officials and the family who wanted answers on why they could not be allowed to travel.

“We called Medilink, which is the global agent on medical issues for all airlines based in Singapore and they said she was not fit to travel,” said the Etihad official in charge, who also claimed that Wangari was screaming in pain when she was being assisted to board.“But she is sick. What did they expect her to do?” posed Ann.

source:standard.co.ke

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