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Coast KCPE star appeals for help from donors as she battles cancer

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When Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination results were announced late last year, Mary Mutua, 14, was excited for topping her class with 415 marks.

She was the best student at Amani Primary School. Her joy was cut short when her father broke the sad news. She had cancer.

Even with swellings in her left leg and persistent pain, she was among the top public-school performers in Mombasa.

When Mary’s parents realised that their firstborn child was sick, they did not tell her, because she was about to sit the tests.

Mary was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer about three weeks before the start of the national examination.

In October, Mr Josephat Mutua, a businessman, hid all the medical files that showed his daughter was sick.

“When Dr Samson Bebora broke the news that my daughter had cancer, we cried. We later said we would face it. We had to be strong for her. I did not want my daughter to panic and that is why we never informed her,” Mr Mutua said.

Mary kept pestering her parents to reveal what was making her sick.

“She kept complaining of pain in her limb. If it happens again, I would not tell her she has cancer, especially when the national examinations are approaching,” Mr Mutua added.

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On October 1, Mr Mutua and his wife took Mary to hospital for tests. The cancer results came back positive on October 30.

“I asked him to tell me the results again and again but he repeated the same thing. My leg was hurting and I could not walk. My father used to take me to school and back. I could not play with my friends,” she added.

A week after the examination, and as her condition grew worse, Mr Mutua could no longer hide the secret. He was afraid the cancer was spreading fast.

“Dad took me to the cancer centre at Coast Provincial General Hospital. I stood at the entrance and asked him why we were there.

“I thought it was only a tumour but dad put on a brave face and broke the news. I cried like I had never cried before,” Mary added.

When the KCPE exam results were announced at Star of the Sea Primary School on November 19, Mary prayed for a miracle.

And her prayers were answered on realising she had scored 415 marks out of a possible 500.

“It was a mixed feeling. I was called to Bunyore Girls High School in Vihiga but my treatment was to begin immediately,” she said.

She started treatment hoping to join secondary school in January. Unfortunately, doctors said Mary’s leg had to be amputated. The family sought more advice from other specialists.

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“Dr Bebora told us to go to India for limp salvage surgery. It meant removing the bone and replacing it with a prosthesis. My family rejected amputation. Well- wishers donated money for my treatment,” she said.

“Dr Bebora counselled me. He said I would win the war against cancer since I am a fighter. The doctor, my parents and siblings have been my strength and hope.”

Armed with Sh1.9 million from well-wishers and personal savings, the girl and her father flew to India on December 5.

“We did not know it would take that long. We came back just a week ago,” she added.

In India, doctors conducted a CT scan and confirmed Mary had cancer.

“It was only in my left leg. The doctors came up with a treatment plan that included six chemotherapy sessions for 10 weeks.

But Mary kept pestering her parents to reveal what was making her sick.

‘‘Surgery would take place in the eleventh week, depending on the results of the chemotherapy,” she said.

“People who gave us the money wanted to detain my family. My wife had to sign some promissory documents to be released. We’ll settle the remaining amount later. I now have a debt of Sh400,000 and have sold everything I can,” Mr Mutua added.

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Yesterday, the family was looking for a hospital to conduct a urine PH test. None of the hospitals in the coastal region does such tests.

The family now plans to take Mary to Nairobi for the test.

“I have to undergo the test every six hours in order to take my chemo medication. My urine PH has to be maintained for my kidney to be protected,” she said.

The family says chemotherapy is Sh65,000 per session.

Due to lack of the machine, doctors have advised her to drop some of the Indian medicines, however their counterparts in Indian have warned her against the move.

“The doctors from Indian warned me against such decision, they said if I use all the medicines my cancer will completely heal, I take six drugs in a day. I wish to go back to end to finalise my treatment due to lack of machines in Kenya,” she added.

She has been warned against substituting drugs.

“My bone from the knee to the hip joint was removed, I dropped out of school to seek medication in India, I am back home but there’s no treatment in Kenya, what do I do?” she asked.

source: Daily Nation

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Magistrate fundraises for woman who stole weave to look pretty

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A court has contributed money to settle the debt of a woman who stole weaves worth Sh1,140. Karyn Chelagat from Kilifi said she stole the weaves because she wanted to look as beautiful as other women.

She told Resident Magistrate David Odhiambo she is poor and could not afford the weave.Amid sobs, Chelagat was accused of stealing from a supermarket in Mtwapa on Sunday.

“I stole the weaves from the supermarket because I wanted to look beautiful like other women I see around. I had gone to the supermarket to buy one but upon looking at the price tag, I was disappointed to find it was too expensive,” she said.”So I decided to steal it.”

She added that poverty has stopped her from grooming herself and ‘looking beautiful’.“When I came to town I saw women sporting good hair and wearing quality make-up. I wanted to be like them.”

Odhiambo decided against convicting her and instead requested the court to contribute the Sh1,140.“I request that the lawyers present in court and anyone willing to contribute at least Sh100 to compensate the supermarket and help raise some funds to help this woman.”

Lawyer William Bosire gave out Sh2,000 to settle Chelagat’s debt and keep her from staying in jail for two years or paying a Sh50,000 fine.Odhiambo also directed the investigating officer to return the stolen weaves to the supermarket and hand over the Sh2,000 to Chelagat for food and the debt.

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UoN student left for the dead after alleged beating by varsity guards

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A student at University of Nairobi was over the weekend allegedly battered by guards at the College of Architecture.

Students Organisation of Nairobi University (Sonu) chair Ann Mvurya accused the security guards, attached to Lavington Security Limited,  of beating Kelvin Ochieng despite his efforts to prove that he was a student.

The operations manager of Lavington Security Limited confirmed the incident to Nairobi News.

Ms Mvurya told journalists that Kelvin had even logged to his student portal and confirmed that he was a student of registration number D33/83354/2017.

“He had already logged in to his portal to confirm that he is indeed a student but the ignorant security guards, after failing to understand how a portal operates, started beating him up,” she said.

Ms Mvurya claimed the guards stole Sh3,200 from the student before ‘stripping him with an aim of covering their heinous acts’.

The student sustained deep head cuts and was taken to the University Health Service (UHS) dispensary.

“This is uncalled for and should be brought to an end,” she said.

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Ex-KRA boss Njiraini, Murugi shortlisted to head National Land Commission

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Former Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner General John Njiraini is among the 11 candidates shortlisted for the chairperson of the National Land Commission.

Njiraini, who had sat at the helm of  KRA since March 2012, left last month after his term expired.

Former Nyeri MP Esther Murugi has also been listed as a contender for the NLC Board top seat that fell vacant when Mohammed Swazuri’s tenure ended.

Swazuri’s tenure was tainted with controversies and culminated in several arrests and subsequent arraignment.

On Tuesday, an advertisement in the local daily also named other candidates shortlisted for NLC Board Chairperson as Mwenda Makathimo (Executive Director of the Land Development & Governance Institute); prominent lawyer Gershom Otachi; Naomi Wagereka (former Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Chairperson); Robert Kilimo, Patrick Adolowa, Humphrey Njuguna, Paul Wambua, Tiyah Ali (Isiolo County MP) and Gershom Bw’Omanwa.

According to the National Land Commission, the above candidates were shortlisted from 117 applications which the commission received.

Notable personalities who were shortlisted for membership positions include Francis Nderitu (Ndaragwa MP), Prof Gitile Naituli and Adan Abdi Mohamed (former National Cohesion and Integration Committee (NCIC) commissioners), Boniface Otsyula (Bumula MP), Alex Muthengi (former Tharaka MP) and Omingo Magara (former South Mugirango MP).

The candidates are required to appear before an interview panel starting 7:30a.m on Monday, July 29.

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Upon interviews, two qualified applicants for the position of chairperson will be shortlisted and 16 for members, then forwarded to the President.

The President is then expected to nominate the chairperson and eight members within 14 days, then forward to the National Assembly for vetting within 21 days.

Should Parliament approve the names within seven days, they will be again forwarded to the President, who will then appoint them through a Gazette notice.

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