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Shock as pastors and bereaved mother exhume daughter’s body, buried two weeks ago



On December 23, Esther Waceke died in an accident. The death of the one-year-old girl hit her family hard but they appeared to accept the painful reality and Waceke was buried on Boxing Day.

The girl’s mother, however, could not come to terms with the demise of her third-born daughter. In her deep pain, she met with two self-professed men of God and a shocking plan was hatched.

Yesterday, the residents of Karati village in Naivasha woke to a bizarre spectacle where the woman and her two helpers hired a local youth to exhume Waceke’s body.

As word spread and the number of bewildered spectators swelled, the exhumer continued to work undeterred as the mother wailed uncontrollably.

When the coffin was finally pulled free from the earth and opened, the mother reached in and removed her daughter’s body. The two men stepped closer and the three of them started praying for Waceke’s resurrection.

Alarmed residents

By this time some of the alarmed residents had already alerted the authorities. Chief Samuel Ng’ang’a arrived in the company of police officers who arrested the woman, her sister and the two men.

The woman, who tried to keep her face hidden and refused to answer questions from the media, said she believed her daughter did not die and that she was ‘mistakenly’ buried.

She said her faith would bring her child back to life and wondered why the crowd was watching instead of praying with her.

“Stop asking me questions and instead join me at the grave as we pray for my daughter to wake up so that we can go home together,” she said.

Mr Ng’ang’a said the exhumation was illegal and that police were handling the matter. He added that Waceke’s body was taken to Naivasha Hospital mortuary.

“The woman is yet to come to terms with the loss of her daughter. Some men who claim to be religious leaders have taken advantage of the situation,” the chief said.

Peter Kimani, a resident, described the incident as bizarre and added that they had never heard of anybody being brought back to life in the area.

Mr Kimani said it was possible the woman was suffering from depression and that she would require counselling to accept that her child had died and had been buried

.“These are some churches that are misleading their followers that they can raise someone who has died. This is wrong,” he said.This is not the first time that grieving relatives have attempted to resurrect their loved ones.

In March 2017, Robinson Karumba and seven members of his Eagles Wings Prophetic Ministry in Embu turned up at a morgue and requested to pray for a ‘sleeping’ woman to wake up.

The woman was Karumba’s wife, Pollyrose Ng’endo, who had died while receiving treatment for tuberculosis at a hospital in Kirinyaga.

They locked themselves inside Gakwegori mortuary and prayed for Ng’endo’s resurrection from 11am as they poured anointing oil on the body.

“We don’t believe in what they are doing but we have allowed them to proceed with their prayers. They have been praying for the past three hours and they seem indefatigable,” said Gladys Murugi, one of the morgue attendants.

And in 2010, worshippers at the Kingdom Seekers Fellowship Church in Nakuru held daylong prayers for the resurrection of two pastors who had perished in a road accident on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

“We shall not bury them. We need them back to keep the church strong. Their work here on earth is not yet done,” said one of the pastors, John Kimani.

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Police nab NYS officer who elected an illegal Eastleigh roadblock with Sh50 notes



A National Youth Service (NYS) personnel is under investigations after he was found with Sh1,750 in Sh50 denominations at an illegal roadblock in Mlango Kubwa along Juja road, Nairobi.

Brighton Njuguna Muganda, an employee of the NYS, had not been assigned the roadblock he was found manning when he was apprehended after the police officers manning CCTV cameras at Jogoo House spotted him collecting the cash.

The 32 Sh50 notes were recovered from his pockets.

Muganda, attached to Mathare Depot, was arrested after he failed to account for the money.

Police officers manning the CCTV notified Pangani police station commander chief inspector William Kosgey who deployed a team of officers to apprehend Muganda.

His phone has been handed over to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Cyber Crime Unit for analysis.

Muganda had not been assigned any roadblock and is suspected to have collected the cash from those wishing to get in and out of the area.

The matter was reported at Pangani police station on May 21 vide OB 18/21/05/2020 and the suspect was detained the same day.

“The respondent (Muganda) had not been officially deployed at the said roadblock at the time of being found with the same money,” Corporal Kenneth Kalya of Starehe DCI offices said in an affidavit filed at the Makadara law courts on May 22.

Kalya was seeking custodial orders to hold Muganda for five days pending investigations.

And on Thursday, after the lapse of the five days, Kalya requested to have Muganda freed but ordered to be reporting to the DCI on a weekly basis as the investigations continue.


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Kagwe begs quarantine escapee to return



Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has warned Covid-19 patients not to engage in a cat and mouse chase with the government, after been put in isolation.

CS Kagwe, speaking from Kiambu County on Thursday, warned that it was pointless to escape from the quarantine facilities as the long arm of the government will always catch up with them.

The CS was responding to claims that a man in Thika seen to have been exhibiting Covid-19 like symptoms is at large.

“My appeal to the person who has run away is to come back. Kama uko hapa yule mtu alitoroka tafadhali present yourself to these doctors here, wakupeleke ndani upone,” Mr Kagwe said.

“Because when you are out there what you are doing is that you are going to infect everybody that you have come across. Sijui unakimbia ndio ukimbie kwako nyumbani, umpate bibi nyumbani then what do you think will happen.”

Kenyans who run away from quarantine facilities, he says, only achieve showing people from other countries how indiscipline Kenyans are.

“This thing cannot be done by force we can only appeal to people. There are countries that do not have quarantine facilities because people quarantine themselves at home. And stay away from everybody else,” he said.

“This just confirms to our neighbours and our guests that in nature we are an indiscipline lot. In any case even if you do not come back we are going to find you. So isn’t it better for you to just come on your own? Because I can guarantee you we will find you.”

The Health CS challenged all Kenyans to be their brother’s keepers and report anyone who is sick and could be having coronavirus and refusing to get help.

“Serikali iko na mkono mrefu itakutafuta tuu pale ulipo kwa hivyo wewe rudi, nenda kea daktari, nenda isolation and you will be fine and we will pray for you even if you are a sinner,” Mr Kagwe explained.


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Bishop’s faith renewed after brush with death



For Timothy Wambunya, Psalms 23 has gained new and special meaning.
The bishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya has been through the valley of the shadow of death after he contracted the coronavirus disease.
“I have been very fortunate to survive. It only takes a few seconds for someone to die. Do not take Covid-19 lightly because it is a rough, terrifying experience,” he warns.
Wambunya’s journey to the intensive care unit started when he landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with one of his three sons.
“I arrived from the UK the day the government imposed the 14-day compulsory quarantine. There was confusion because nobody knew where to take us.”
The 55-year-old bishop recalls that amid the chaos at the airport, his temperature was high. He was worried about being in close contact with nearly 100 people when he was unsure about everybody’s status.
“We had no face masks. We were complaining and arguing a lot on our way to the quarantine centre, which could have led to spreading of the infection,” Wambunya says.
Developed fever
They were shuttled from the University of Nairobi to the Kenya School of Administration, then to the Kenya Medical Training Centre headquarters, where some people were admitted.
Wambunya was in a group of 20 who were finally taken to CORAT Africa in Karen at about 5pm – more than 12 hours after they landed.
“All was going well until I developed a fever. I tried not to report it because I was scared of going to some of these facilities, but the people in the centre reported me to the managers,” he says.
It had taken about six days before tests were conducted at the centre, and when the results came back he was the only one who had Covid-19.
“Never in my wildest imagination did I think I would be positive. In fact, I believed this only happened to other people.” Wambunya’s fever persisted and he developed weakness in his limbs. Soon he was unable to sleep.
The bishop was put in an ambulance and driven to Kenyatta University Referral Hospital. On arrival, nobody wanted to attend to him. He says he felt like he was under arrest. It was also during this transfer that about £2,000 (Sh265,000) he had in his pocket was stolen.
“I was put in a room, the door was closed and tape put around it. I stayed there for two days without food, water or medical attention. I later called my wife and asked her to move me because my condition was worsening and I feared I was losing my mind.” Wambunya says his wife, Gertrude, and his son moved him to the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi where he was taken straight to the ICU.
He would remain there for the following 17 days. “I would have died had it not been for the doctors’ determination,” he states, adding that his lungs, liver and kidneys had failed.
When he came out of ICU, he could not move his limbs and had to re-learn easy tasks like walking. Fluids had to be regularly drawn from his lungs due to pneumonia.
He has, however, made steady progress and can walk about 30m and up a few steps on the staircase.
He also does not need his oxygen tank.
The cleric says he is grateful to all those who have stood with him, especially the staff at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi and the people who have contributed money to settle the outstanding hospital bill.
His parting shot is for Kenyans to follow the State’s guidelines, treat the disease with the seriousness it deserves, and not ostracise those who have recovered.

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