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How botched breast surgery in top hospital snatched my dear wife



To this date, Joseph Musuya Mulupi believes his wife, June Wanza Nyamai Mulupi, was not supposed to die in June 2018.

She died two days after undergoing an elective procedure through which fat from her abdomen was harvested (through liposuction) and infused into her breasts.

“June was not sick. She was in perfect health. This was a cosmetic procedure that she had wanted to do out of choice,” Mr Mulupi says.

He vividly recalls the first time his wife informed him of her intentions. “She asked if she could go ahead,” he says. “To date, I am convinced, she was the most beautiful woman I had ever met and I was lucky that she was my wife,” he says.

He however promised to support her if she was convinced that she needed to undergo the procedure. “Contrary to what people have said, my wife loved herself. She would have cared less what people thought of her body. She was doing this for no one other than herself.”

Through recommendation by friends (and positive rave reviews) the Mulupis sought the procedure at Surgeoderm Healthcare Clinic, in Nairobi’s Kilimani estate.

“We were told that the chief specialist Prof Stanley Khainga, was skilled in plastic and reconstructive surgery,” he recalls.

Joseph Musuya Mulupi who lost wife through botched surgery. [Photo: Courtesy]

On March 24, 2018 June underwent the first liposuction of fat from her abdomen, which was then transferred, to her breasts.She did not suffer any complications. A follow up procedure was scheduled for June.

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“There would be others until the desired result was achieved,” Mulupi says. On June 5, June drove herself to Surgeoderm from the family home in Rongai.

“She was to undergo the procedure and I would pick her in the evening at 9 O’clock the same day,” he says. Mulupi stayed at the facility until 1am but he was told that his wife was resting and therefore he couldn’t see her nor take her home.He left, planning to go back at daybreak.

At about 8am on June 6 Mulupi drove back to the facility to pick his wife. June, it appeared, was nowhere close to being ready to leave for home as Mulupi found her “dead asleep”.

He decided to do some work and return by midday to check on her. But at noon, the story had changed.  “That is when I was told that she was not eating. Her doctor said I give her time to eat and regain strength,” Mulupi says.

“I admonished my wife to eat: if it was the only way that we could go home,” Mulupi says.

But June was not eating. Her appetite was non-existent.She was placed on drip – one after another. By 9 O’clock in the evening he says his wife’s condition had worsened.“She said, “Honey, I am feeling cold.” She was weak.

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Her abdomen, where the liposuction was done, was oozing funny fluids. She was in horrible shape,” Mulupi says.At that point, Dr Martin Ajujo (the one who performed the liposuction) told him: “Things are not looking good. Tell us which health facility we can take your wife to for further treatment.”

His first choice was Aga Khan Hospital but the hospital refused to admit June.His second option, Nairobi Hospital, was willing to take in the patient. Mulupi says June was supported down the stairs to an ambulance waiting outside the mansionette-like Surgeoderm clinic.

Between Surgeoderm and Nairobi Hospital (about 10 minutes’ drive apart) her condition went from bad to worse, he says.

Upon arrival at Nairobi Hospital’s emergency room doctors immediately went into action, “to stabilise her,” Mulupi says.

June would then be taken to resuscitation room and afterwards to High Dependency Unit. At around 10.30pm Prof Khainga, the director at Surgeoderm, assured Mulupi that his wife will be fine.

“Afterwards I went to sleep at my brother-in-law’s house,” he says. When he woke up – the morning of June 7 – around 7 O’clock Mulupi got a missed call from Nairobi Hospital.

He called back and was informed that blood (for his wife) was needed. He mobilised friends and family for blood donation.

At 10.30am Mulupi was taken to the Intensive Care Unit where his wife lay motionless. “Just talk to her: keep talking to her,” the nurse at the ICU kept telling him.

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Later, at high noon, one of the doctors attending to his wife briefed him that June was developing gangrene (dead flesh) around her abdomen.Mulupi also learnt his wife was scheduled to undergo surgery that afternoon.

He left his brother and in-laws at the hospital to follow up on her condition as he went home to check on their children. He would drive back to the hospital at around 7pm.

When he arrived, instead of being taken to a ward (or the ICU) he was shown into a room.“At the door it was written ‘Counseling Room’. A man with a white collar was waiting inside.

At that point I no longer needed to be told that June died,” he says.Inside the counseling room Mulupi learnt that June was wheeled into surgery at 4pm. She suffered cardiac arrest twice. She never emerged from the second one.

The autopsy report, done by Chief Covernment Pathologist Dr Johansen Oduor, concluded that June died out of pulmonary edema with suspected sepsis/hemorrhage that occurred after surgery.The pathologist found two stitched perforations on her small instestines.

A medical report signed by Dr Ajujo narrates that June had bilateral small and asymmetrical breasts. The right one was bigger than the left. It further states: ‘Treatment plan was augmentation and asymmetry correction with serial platelet enriched plasma fat grafting.’ June’s time of death was declared 5.58pm.

Source: Sunday Standard

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Fidel Odinga’s widow, Lwam Bekelle reveals heated communication with Ida



Fidel Odinga’s widow, Lwam Bekelle, has put his mother-in-law on blast.

In court papers, Lwam claims that Ida has been spreading falsehoods about her.

In their affidavits, Ida and Winnie accuse Bekelle of taking off from her matrimonial home in Karen soon after Fidel was laid to rest and cutting all contact with the family.

They also say Bekelle kept off as the Odinga’s pushed to get to the bottom of what could have killed Fidel.

Bekelle accuses her mother-in-law of “unjustifiably and continuously making false, defamatory and/or unkind remarks about her family friends and herself.”

“I believe that the statement she recorded with the DCI following the death of Fidel Castro Odhiambo Odinga informs the 1st objector’s [Ida’s] averments and is the genesis of our differences,” Bekelle said.

However, in their affidavit, Ida and Winnie state that they are worried that Fidel’s son, Allay, may not be adequately provided for.

They claim Bekelle had removed him from school and kept him at home while also hiding him from the Odinga family.

“The objectors are further worried that having been the only child between the petitioner and the deceased, he is the only living memory of her son and will be disadvantaged if the petitioner continues to block them from his life,” Ida through Owiti, Otieno and Ragot advocates claims.

fidel odingaHowever, Bekelle blasts Ida for contradicting herself by claiming Fidel had other kids yet in the same document, she acknowledges that it is only her son that Fidel had sired during his lifetime.

“In paragraph 13 and 14 of the objectors’ answer to the petition for a grant, they averred that my son Allay Raila Odinga was the deceased’s only descendant and he is the only living memory of the deceased. This averment is in itself contradictory to the objectors’ earlier assertion that the deceased sired other children in a different relationship,” she responded.

The widow also claims the Odinga family is not supporting her son and disputes claims he has dropped from school.

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Uhuru’s big love for the old



Kenyans, especially the youth, have expressed displeasure with the appointment of former Othaya MP Mary Wambui to head the National Authority Employment Authority.

Ms Wambui, the woman who thrust herself into the limelight after claiming she was President Mwai Kibaki’s wife, was handed the big job by Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani.

But this is not the first time President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration is appointing retirees and perceived ‘old people’ to take charge of critical state agencies.

On Monday, Mr Kenyatta appointed Jeremiah Matagaro to the public service, raising questions about Jubilee administration’s knack for retired persons at the expense of youths in State appointments.

Mr Matagaro will chair the State Corporations Advisory Committee for a three-year period, an appointment many consider as a slap in the face to the youth.

Cyrus Gituai, who served as Internal Security PS in the first Kibaki administration, also makes a comeback to the public service. Mr Gituai has also served as a district commissioner.

But the return of the old guard in Kenyatta’s administration is hardly surprising as the trend has been there for all to see.

Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua is 68, well over the mandatory retirement age of 60.

The same goes for former Vice President Moody Awori, the man well into his 90s, chairs the Sports, Arts and Social Development Fund.

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President Kenyatta also picked Stephen Karogo to chair the Public Service Commission, even though at the point of his nomination, he was slightly over 60 years.

MPs vetting him for the position questioned his ability to adequately serve given that he has hit the mandatory retirement age of 60 years for the Civil Service.

“Do not focus on my age, rather at the wealth of experience I bring on the table in this new role,” he told the National Assembly Committee on Administration and National Security.

Retired General of the Kenya Defence Forces Julius Karangi chairs the NSSF Board after his retirement from the military, while 72-year-old Francis Muthaura is in charge at Kenya Revenue Authority.

Just last week, the National Assembly approved Esther Murugi to sit in the National Lands Commission, even though she is 66.

Back to Mr Matagaro, he is not exactly young. He was the police spokesman during the troubled times of agitation for political pluralism in 1990 to 1993.

He would later rise to become North Eastern provincial police commander in the mid 1990s.

When President Mwai Kibaki took over, he appointed him PS in the Ministry of Justice under Kiraitu Murungi before he was controversially appointed to the Electoral Commission of Kenya in total defiance of the 1997 Inter Political Parties agreements.

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Mr Matagaro was among ECK commissioners who were sent packing after a probe by an international commission established that they had bungled the presidential election.

In a bid to stop recycling and re-appointment of senior citizens to the public service, Starehe MP Charles Njagua has filed a motion in the National Assembly.

The youthful city MP is seeking to reduce the retirement age to 50 from the current 60.

He says his motion will help address the high unemployment rate among the youth.

“Noting the mandatory retirement age for public servants is set at 60 years, this House urges the government to review mandatory retirement age in public service from current 60 to 50 years,” reads the motion.

Documents presented to parliament by the Public Service Commission (PSC) detailing the breakdown of civil servants by age cluster revealed that at least 11,879 civil servants were aged between 51 and 60 years.

A further 12,057 civil servants were aged between 56 and 60 years, while there were about 399 civil servants who had attained the age of 60 years or above.


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Outrage over hiring of Mary Wambui



Hours after the government announced several appointments to various positions in State agencies late on Monday, Kenyans have taken to social media to express their displeasure with some of those picked for the posts.

In a special Gazette Notice dated October 14, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced he had appointed eight people to the State Corporations Advisory Committee, while the Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani announced his pick for the chairperson for the National Employment Authority (NEA).

It is CS Yatani’s choice that has outraged Kenyans, who wondered whether the appointment of former Othaya member of Parliament Mary Wambui was done on merit.

Kenyans including political leaders, on social media, claimed Ms Wambui is out of touch with the realities of young unemployed graduates in the country.

They have also questioned the former lawmaker’s capacity to deliver on her new mandate.

Dismissing the appointment, ruling Jubilee party’s nominated Senator Millicent Omanga described it as a sad day and a spat on the face of Kenyan youth.

Senator Omanga expressed doubts that Ms Wambui possesses the ability “to craft strategies and policy formulations” to eradicate youth unemployment in the country.

“Does Wambui have the remotest idea what it feels like to hold a degree certificate yet you can’t find a job with it?” Ms Omanga posed, arguing that by hiring her, the government had demonstrated its lack of seriousness in addressing the challenge of unemployment.

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Others argued that the government was worsening the youth unemployment crisis by appointing a person who is “rich, powerful and well-connected”.

Hapa ni kubaya. Watu wanatolewa retirement kupewa job; sisi wengine tulipe ushuru wapate mishahara (The situation is bad. Retirees are being recalled and offered jobs while the rest of us have to pay taxes for their salaries),” Mutichilo Mike noted.

Former presidential candidate Mohamed Abduba Dida termed the appointment as shocking, saying it showed the government’s “consistency and dedication towards failure.”

“When you think you have seen it all, the government pulls another one,” he added.

Others said such appointments dented President Kenyatta’s legacy.

When he took over power in 2013, the President vowed to fight youth unemployment and to create 500,000 new jobs every year. That has not been the case.

“In a nation where unemployment is a real crisis for the youth, such crucial positions need visionary leaders,” David Musyoka argued, adding that it should not be “reward schemes for political loyalty”.

“We are now lacking direction,” Sammy Mohammed lamented, wondering, “how can we grow our economy by recycling these old MPs?”

Mr Mohammed went on to suggest that the President should “try one of us” to assess the youth’s competency and suitability.

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Mary Wambui, a businesswoman and politician, was the MP for Othaya Constituency, Nyeri County from 2013 and 2017.

According to data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, nine out of every 10 unemployed Kenyans are below 35 years.

The bureau puts the overall unemployment rate in the country at between 7 and 12 percent, a figure that is disputed.


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