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HILARIOUS VIDEO: DP Ruto “pleads with The Pope” to allow him partake of Holy Catholic Sacrament

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto caused prolonged laughter at a Church Sunday when he asked His Eminence Cardinal John Njue – who is the Archbishop of the Catholic Church in Kenya – to intervene and ask The Vatican to allow him (Ruto) partake of the Catholic Holy Communion even though he is a Protestant.

Speaking in jest on during Mass  at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Parish, Ridgeways in Kiambu County, Mr Ruto left those in attendance in stitches when he said that he has attended mass so many times that it is only fair he be allowed to participate at the Lord’s table.

“Hata wewe Cardinal unajua mimi nimehudhuria misa nyingi ambako neno la Mungu linahubiriwa. Hata jana tulikuwa nawe huko Kisumu na juzi kule Karuri ulikozaliwa. Naomba wakati utarudi Vatican, utafute jinsi ambavyo, yule mtu amekuja mara nyingi kanisani anaweza kukubaliwa kula Sacramenti hii…kwa sababu kama ulivyosikia, mimi ni mwanafunzi mzuri,” said Ruto amid laughter.

However, he did not get an immediate response from the Cardinal who only smiled on. Watch:

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I’m not on the run: Spy queen Mugo

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Wanted private investigator Jane Mugo is set to appear in court on Wednesday to answer to charges including impersonation, threatening to kill and robbery with violence.

Through her lawyer, Ms Mugo on Friday confirmed that she will make an appearance but disputed allegations that she has been on the run since the Directorate of Criminal Investigations ordered her arrest last week.

The detective, chief executive of Trimo Security Limited, claimed she had been admitted to a Nairobi hospital and was yet to receive summons to any police station.

She added that she was not aware of any criminal case against her.

Ms Mugo accused the DCI of witch-hunt after the crime-busting agency posted her warrant of arrest on social media.

The warrant was issued after she failed to attend a court session the previous day at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi.

In the Twitter post, the DCI requested the public to forward information that could lead to Ms Mugo’s immediate arrest but Nairobi Principal Magistrate Francis Andayi lifted the order on Friday.

The DCI has accused the woman of, among others, detaining a man for hours after obtaining Sh 44,000 from him.

Ms Mugo is also accused of abducting a Nairobi businessman, locking him up in her office at Baba Ndogo and forcing him to pay a Sh400,000 debt in 2015.

Other charges are robbery with violence- her employees Isaac Ndirangu, Noreen Malala and  Michael Gitau allegedly robbed a man of Sh90,000 in 2016.

It is said that they committed the crime after he withdrew the money from a bank, after introducing themselves as police officers.

Ms Mugo is also accused of drawing a gun and threatening to kill a man on allegations that he was spying on a relative of the director of a company where she was a private investigator.

BY nation.co.ke

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Man returns 51 years after abandoning family

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An 81-year old man has returned home after disappearing for 51 years, thanks to the ongoing Mau Forest evictions.

Mr Francis Muthua Chege left his home in Ikumbi village of Kigumo Constituency, Murang’a County, in 1968 when he was 30 years old.

He did not inform his wife and six children where he was going, leaving them with the agony of finding him.

The man’s Wife Wanjiru Muthua said she had to look after the children alone while looking for him and checking with her in-laws.

Mrs Muthua said she once met him in Kisii town but that when she returned, she was told he relocated to an unknown place.

She said she gave up the search for her husband, who was to provide for and educate the children, but hoped he would return one day.

“My only option was to leave his whereabouts to God, pray for his protection and hope that one day he would show up. I had to do that so as to concentrate on looking after our children and ensuring they went to school,” she said in an interview on Monday. “He was only 30 when he left.”

Francis Muthua Chege’s is pictured with his wife Wanjiru following his return to his home at Ikumbi village in Kigumo Constituency, Murang’a County, after 51 years, September 16, 2019. PHOTO | NDUNGU GACHANE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Francis Muthua Chege’s is pictured with his wife Wanjiru following his return to his home at Ikumbi village in Kigumo Constituency, Murang’a County, after 51 years, September 16, 2019. PHOTO | NDUNGU GACHANE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mr Muthua narrated to his family and the entire village that he went to Kisii, Narok and Kilgoris towns where he tried his hand in business but was unsuccessful.

He later turned to the business of burning charcoal in Mau Forest, settled and even got married but the union did not last long due to his drinking habits.

“I would burn charcoal and spend all the proceeds on alcohol. My second wife and my son could not tolerate my habits so she called it off. I lived a miserable life and felt the shame of going back home with nothing,” he said.

He also said he had no option but to return home as the government started the fresh eviction of settlers from Mau Forest in the bid to save it from further decline.

Mr Muthua went to Kilgoris Police Station and pleaded with the officers to give him bus fare to return to his natives.

He remembered the village but not exactly where his home was. Upon reaching Ikumbi shopping center, tired, hopeless and confused, he slept by the road.

Villager Monicah Gathoni spotted him near Ikumbi Primary school and thought he was hungry.

She approached him but he did not speak.

“He was worn out, sick and seeking mercy. He told me he was trying to locate his home after leaving for many years. After describing his home, I paid a boda boda rider to take him there.”

Residents of Ikumbi village in Kigumo Constituency, Murang’a County, celebrate Francis Muthua Chege’s return to his wife and six children after 51 years, September 16, 2019. PHOTO | NDUNGU GACHANE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mr Muthua’s children, now much older and running their own businesses, arranged to go home when they heard of their father’s return.

Neighbours gathered in large numbers to ascertain that a man who left while a youth had returned.

The family and the village slaughtered goats and organised a feast to welcome Mr Muthua and gives thanks for the reunion.

One of his sons, a secondary school teacher in Ndaragwa, Nyandarua County, said he was too shocked by the news to keep away.

He said he needed to see his father “for the first time” since he left when he was too young to understand or remember.

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Global teacher Tabichi meets Trump ahead of UN address

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The 2019 Global Teacher Prize winner, Kenya’s Peter Tabichi, on Monday met with US President Donald Trump ahead of his special address at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Describing teacher Tabichi as an inspiration to Americans for his hard work and commitment to his students, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted images of the 37-year-old science teacher’s meeting with Mr Trump, but did not give details of what was discussed during the meeting.

“His dedication, hard work and belief in his students’ talent has led his poorly resourced school in Kenya to emerge victorious after taking on the country’s best schools in national science competitions,” Ms Grisham posted on Twitter.

Mr Tabichi, a staunch Catholic and member of the Franciscan Friars, a religious order founded by St Francis of Assisi in the 13th century, amazed the world with his commitment to nurturing the academic abilities of his students, majority of whom come from poor backgrounds.

Following his win, Mr Tabichi, who has travelled the world inspiring many, was appointed as the champion for children in conflicts and crisis by Varky Foundation, a London-based global charitable organisation that is focused on improving the standards of education for underprivileged children.

The foundation is banking on the inspiring story of the Math and Physics teacher at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Nakuru County to highlight on a global scale the urgent need to invest in the future of children in crisis.

United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) notes that children have become frontline targets in times of war and conflict with statistics showing that every one in four children live in countries affected by conflict or disaster.

On Sunday, Unicef displayed 3,758 school backpacks as headstones outside the UN General Assembly headquarters to highlight the magnitude of child deaths that occurred during conflicts in the last one year and called for the protection of children in conflict.

“In just two weeks, world leaders gathering at the 74th UN General Assembly will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This installation should remind them of the stakes,” said Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore on Sunday.

In Kenya, cases of children dying during conflict have been on the rise with this month’s shooting of two-year-old Duncan Githinji being the latest.

In his address at the UN meeting, Mr Tabichi is expected to give remarks on how he made it to the top of the teaching profession and probably explain how he manages to inspire great performance amongst children who live in a region where drought and famine are frequent.

As usual, Kenyans took to social media to congratulate him and share excitement over his meeting with Mr Trump.

“I am happy for mwalimu Peter Tabichi. He keeps on rising and brushing shoulders with the big boys. Once again congratulations,” tweeted Muhammad Onyango.

“President Trump met with Peter Tabichi, the 2019 Global Teacher Prize Winner. No matter where we come from, our dreams are still valid. Proudly Kenyan,” tweeted Wences Rono.

By nation.co.ke

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