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Kenyans in US who survived “Deep Freeze” say they miss the weather back home

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On the second day of his return from Kenya after a long vacation, Sam Kimani, a Kenyan resident of Springfield, Illinois, was ready to go back to work to replenish his bank account and credit card after what he called ‘insane’ spending back home.

Then he woke up to news that a state of emergency had been declared by both the State and County governments because of the coming storm.

And so, for three days starting Wednesday morning, Mr Kimani found himself barricaded in his apartment as the temperatures dropped and snow rose all around him.

With nothing but cans of mostly expired foods, dry water taps and a television that only showed local channels, he was in a state of panic by Friday when the deep freeze started to loosen its grip on the state of Illinois and neighbouring states.

“The taps are frozen so I can’t shower. The state of emergency is still on so I can’t order pizza or any other fresh foods,” Mr Kimani told the Sunday Nation when reached by phone.

“I should be on my third double shift by now but here I am in this cold house. Please, can somebody come and take me back to Kenya where crazy natural disasters like this one never happen?”

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ENDURANCE

The past 72 hours in the American Midwest and Northeast have been about endurance, as a breathtaking cold has settled over a massive stretch of the country.

The record-setting frigid temperatures, some of the coldest on the planet, have frozen the Great Lakes, taxed electrical and natural gas infrastructure, endangered both human and animal life and tested the resolve of millions of people who are used to the cold but had never experienced this.

In some areas in the Mid west, temperatures dropped below -50 degrees and the extreme weather was blamed for several deaths across the region – some people appeared to have frozen to death in Milwaukee, Detroit and Rochester, Minn.

A man shovels snow. FILE PHOTO

From Minnesota to New York, the polar vortex again prompted school closures, mail service interruptions and thousands of flight cancellations, many of them in and out of Chicago.

The picture was that of a city in another planet, covered in a coating of frost and ice.

‘HELL’

Kenyan born Njeri Osaak said it was freezing cold in Cincinnati Ohio.

She said even if one cranked the heater up to 75 degrees, it would still be cold.

“The water does not get hot enough. You dress up and layer up when going to bed and gradually undress as you get warmer. Open the door in the morning and you get hit by this ice cold blast,” she told the Sunday Nation.

“The car won’t start. The sun is actually out but it might as well not be. It’s a cold sun. Hell has frozen over.”

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rof. Kefa Otiso, a lecturer at Bowling Green State University,

“Can’t remember Bowling Green cancelling classes for two days in a row.  The irony has been the deceptively sunny but bitterly cold days. This one has shattered decades-old records.”

“ROUGH”

Peter Kerre, a Kenyan cyber security engineer who relocated to New York City from Minneapolis in Minnesota where he had lived for more than 10 years, said despite the fact that Minneapolis has colder weather, New York City’s winter storms or polar vortex are more brutal because New Yorkers do not drive.

They use the subway so they are more exposed to the harsh weather.

“Minnesotans drive everywhere. The most exposure one would have is a few seconds of walking to a car. For those working, downtown Minneapolis buildings are all connected by a skyway system so you can walk from building to building without stepping outside. In New York, you have to hit the streets,” he said.

Mr Kerre said, however, that the wind-chills in New York City seem to be worse because much of the cold air is not only trapped in between the sky scrapers, but also whizzes by between buildings.

“It is rough out here.”

SPARED

For many Kenyans living in the US, especially in areas affected by the latest polar vortex, such horrifying natural events remind them of the favourable climate they left behind in the pursuit of the American dream.

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“In Kenya, we may be poor but God has spared us from natural disasters that wealth and science can’t stop,” said Kevin Mango of Lewis, Delaware

“It’s one of the reasons why for most of us, even though we live here in body, our souls and spirits are always back home, where we were born and raised.”

BY CHRIS WAMALWA, Nation.co.ke

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How drunk woman paid staggering Sh36,000 on Uber

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A drunk graduate had to cough up a staggering Sh36000 after forgetting to change her home address on Uber – and ordering a cab more than 300 miles in the wrong direction.

Helen Dryden, 25, enjoyed a boozy day out in Shoreditch, east London, with friends and ordered a cab to take her home afterwards.

She had hoped it would take her to Guildford, Surrey, but she forgot her Uber home setting was set to her previous address in Newcastle, 303 miles northeast.

And the bungling Newcastle University graduate fell asleep in the back of the cab and when she woke up an hour later she was 60 miles north – near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

The driver did a U-turn and eventually took Helen to Guildford, a journey which cost the woman Sh36,000.

“I couldn’t believe it. The whole day ended up costing me about Sh52,000,” she said.

“I feel so embarrassed. I was a bit too drunk and just fell asleep. I was devastated when I woke up. I feel really stupid and completely ridiculous.”I got too drunk. I’m supposed to be getting more responsible as I get older but it’s not happening so far.”

Helen had been drinking with two friends in Shoreditch and missed her last train home.Her only option – other than shelling out more than Sh13,000 for a hotel room – was to order an Uber for the 30-mile trip to Guildford for Sh10,000.She added:

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“I fell asleep as soon as I got in the taxi. I woke up at Milton Keynes and I couldn’t believe it.”I thought I said I wanted to go to Guildford when I got in. But I can’t remember what his reply was.”He woke me up and said ‘are you sure you want to go to Newcastle?'”I said ‘what, no! Why would I want to go to Newcastle?’

I ended up getting home at about 4am.

“I take responsibility for it because I got too drunk. It’s the first time I’ve ever done something like this. I’m devastated by it. It’s too much money to comprehend.”To add insult to injury, Helen says she still hasn’t paid the bill because the card she paid on has insufficient funds.

The payment will be processed on pay day at the end of the month.Incredibly, Helen went out again on Saturday night and ordered an Uber home.

This time Helen made sure she asked to be taken home.An Uber spokeswoman said: “We are currently looking into this issue.”

source:the mirror

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Suspect behind car theft syndicate arrested in Umoja, two cars recovered

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Flying Squad detectives have arrested a suspect believed to be behind a car theft syndicate in Nairobi.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the suspect, Duncan Ochieng Ouso, was arrested in an apartment in Nairobi’s Umoja Estate on Friday.

Two motor vehicles – a Toyota Premio and a Toyota Wish – were recovered during the arrest. The recovered vehicles are believed to have been stolen.

TWO 

The DCI have said the suspect is notorious for receiving stolen vehicles and repainting them. The suspect is set to be arraigned and charged in court on Tuesday.

Last week, police in Nairobi were trying to uncover the identity of car thieves who have been stealing car parts and abandoning the shells in desolate locations in the outskirts of the city.

The police suspect that the stolen car parts and accessories eventually end up in garages where other motorists purchase them without knowing their origin.

source:nairobinews

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Uhuru laughs uncontrollably as he mimics Gov Lunyangapuo’s “Kijana Mfupi Round” Remarks

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday imitated West Pokot Governor John Lunyangapuo‘s remarks where he described a local politician as “Kijana mfupi round meaning a short person with a round figure.

President Kenyatta met the governor during a visit to former President Daniel Moi‘s Kabarak home to deliver his condolence message following the death of Jonathan Moi.

The video shows Uhuru repeating Lonyangapuo’s statement as he gestures to illustrate a protruding belly.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Senator Gideon Moi and Governor John Lonyangapuo at Kabarak on 22/04/19

The two then burst into laughter and proceed to shake hands.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo at Kabarak on 22/04/19

The action provided much needed comic relief to the mourners who had gone to console Mzee Moi.

In the governor’s clip that went viral, the Lonyangapuo was clearly agitated by a man who was causing trouble for him.

Dennis Ruto, the man believed to have been the target of the joke, explained that at first when he heard the county head’s sentiments, he felt bad.

“At first I actually felt bad because that was body shaming that is criminal [sic] . But at the end of the day, I laughed it off,” he told Nation.

“I had raised the issue of the deputy governor who had been sworn in and had gone to the United States and why he is earning public funds and not delivering services” Ruto added.

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Dennis disclosed that he had embraced the name Mulmulwas (something that is round like a ball) and even formed a movement with the same name.
Watch the video of Uhuru imitating Governor Lonyngapuo’s remarks below.

SOURCE-Kenyans.co.ke

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