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Foreign cleric in dock for breaching visa rules



An Irish cleric was yesterday charged with being in the country illegally before a Kisumu court.

Rory Bracken, appearing before Resident Magistrate Linah Akoth, faces two counts of being in the country unlawfully and breaching visa conditions.

He was charged that on February 5, he was found engaging in pastoral activities in Kisumu, yet his visa indicated he was in the country on holiday, contrary to the immigration Act.

Immigration officer Abiud Ontomwa told the court that Bracken was arrested because his travel permit prohibited him from engaging in any employment activity locally.

Akoth ordered for an extension of the preacher’s visa following request by the defence lawyers until the case is heard and determined.

Bracken was released on a Sh100,000 bond and a surety of a similar amount. The case will be heard on March 20.

His travel permit prohibited him from engaging in any employment activity locally-Ontomwa

Source: People Daily

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Face of hope and courage: Teenage boy fights to survive cancer



Some time in January last year, 12-year-old Jacquezdean Gatehi was helping his mother carry jerrycans of water when he felt weak on his left hand.

He told his mother about it but they both dismissed it as nothing to really worry about.

“I was carrying two jerrycan one of each hand then all of a sudden my left hand became weak. I thought it was due to the many games I had played that day,” Gatehi, now 13 years, recalls

Then one morning while going to school, Elizabeth Mbuthia noticed that her son was leaning towards his left side and his left hand was also swollen.

She immediately took him to Kiambu Hospital, where after some x rays had been done they were referred to Kijabe Hospital.

At Kijabe, they were shocked when the biopsy revealed that Gatehi had cancer.

Gatehi had been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a type of cancer which produces immature bone. Most people diagnosed with Osteosarcoma are under the age of 25.

For many parents, having a child diagnosed with cancer is a devastating blow. It often triggers a feeling of guilt on their part, much as there is nothing they could have done to prevent the illness.

Elizabeth went through a similar experience. She says she was in denial for the longest time.

“I think it all had something to do with the way the news was delivered to us. The doctor just told me in the presence of my son ‘Mtoto wako ako na cancer na anaweza katwa mkono’”, she recalls.


Those words broke her heart. Fortunately, she has a strong son who maintained a positive outlook and willingness to fight the illness.

The chemo session started at Kijabe but Elizabeth was later advised to move her son to Kenyatta National Hospital as a way of cutting the costs.

The mother of two was at the time a casual employee at the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company, but she later lost her job.

With her first son in high school and Gatehi’s ever growing medical demands, she has been forced to juggle between casual jobs to make ends meet for her family.

“Friends have been of great help to me. I also thank God for strangers who have helped me and my son. I have made lifetime friends because of my son’s illness,” she says.

Gatehi was in class six when he diagnosed with the illness, but since then he has been unable to attend school. He earnestly wishes to go back to school but his condition is still too delicate.

“My teachers want me back in school but they are afraid of my condition because I can fall down anytime, plus the doctors said I should not go back to school yet,” says Gatehi, who is otherwise a very jovial and talkative boy.

Back during his healthier days, Gatehi loved playing football. But chemo session have gradually made him dull and weak. Headache, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, aching bones and tiredness is what he endlessly has to deal with.

At the cancer ward in Kenyatta Hospital, where Gatehi goes for treatment, the pain and the side effects of chemo are so real on the faces of the young patients. Most of the children here are very weak and the only thing they can do is trying to sleep away their pain.

Worse, some of these children go days without a visit from family members while others have been abandoned here.

13-year-old cancer patient Jacquezdean Gatehi (right) with Evelyne Grace (centre) and her friend when they visited him in hospital. PHOTO | AMINA WAKO


Some of these families stay away form their ailing children because they live very far from the city and commuting every day keeps draining their finances.

Other parents who have left their children at the facility are said to have gotten tired of seeing their children suffering and felt helpless in easing their children’s pain.

Thankfully, the pediatric center has psychologists, social workers, nutritionists, therapists, educators and other specialists who offer support to the ailing children and their families.

Gatehi is due to go home from the hospital after a few chemo session. What he doesn’t know though is that a few friends have organized a football tournament in his honour.

During his stay in hospital Gatehi has made many new friends, including Evelyne Grace, the co-founder of Vintage Talents Anchor.

Evelyne started the initiative to help out the young people in her community through football training, peer and health education, garbage collection among other activities.

She says she learnt about Gatehi through a Facebook post.

“The mum posted an appeal for help in our Kasarani Facebook page which caught my attention. I in-boxed her and later met her. She narrated her story to our friends and neighbors,” Evelyne  says.

It was at this point that she and her friends created a WhatsApp group to help Gatehi and his mum with financial and psychosocial support.

“I got more interested when I learned that Gatehi was a footballer before the illness. He is a striker,” Evelyne says.


It is through the many charity groups she is part of, that Evelyne has managed to organize a football tournament for the young striker.

‘Kickin it for Kids with Cancer Soccer Tournament’ will be held on April 28, 2019 at Kasarani Primary School playgrounds.

Gatehi’s newfound friends will compete in a 5-aside tournament with all the proceeds going to a kitty to help him fight the illness.

“The registration is Sh1,000 for individuals and Sh10,000 for corporate. The money we raise will help in paying for Gatehi’s future hospital bills and cater for his daily needs,” Evelyne said.

A correct diagnosis is essential to treat children with cancer because each cancer requires a specific treatment, sometimes including surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy.

Access to effective diagnosis, essential medicines, pathology, blood products, radiation therapy, technology, and psychosocial and supportive care are variable to the healing process of the children.

A cure is possible for more than 80% of children with cancer, in most cases with inexpensive generic medications.

Children who complete treatment require ongoing care to monitor for cancer recurrence and to manage any possible treatment-related toxicity.

Palliative care relieves symptoms caused by cancer and improves the quality of life of patients and their families.

Palliative care programmes can be delivered through community and home-based care to provide pain relief and psychosocial support to patients and their families.

source: Nairobi News

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PHOTOS: Uhuru all smiles in Namibia as drought crisis persists in Kenya



President Uhuru Kenyatta led a high-powered delegation to attend Namibia’s independence day celebrations, despite the raging drought crisis in the country.

Pictures shared on the State House social media accounts show the head of state and those on his entourage all smiles during the celebrations that were held at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek.

President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek to Namibia’s independence day celebrations. PHOTO | COURTESY

“President @UKenyatta arrives at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek to join the people of Namibia for celebrations to mark 29 years of their country’s independence,” read the caption.

Some of those in his delegation included his daughter Ngina, personal assistant Jomo Gecaga, ministers Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs), James Macharia (Transport) and Mwangi Kiunjuri (Agriculture), among others.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is welcomed at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek to Namibia’s independence day celebrations. PHOTO | COURTESY

At least 10 people have been reported dead as a result of the drought that has hit a number of counties.

The worst-hit are Baringo, Turkana and West Pokot.

Senior government officials, including Deputy President William Ruto, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and his Devolution counterpart Eugene Wamalwa have, however, claimed that no Kenyan has died from starvation. They say the situation is under control.

SOURCE: Nairobi News

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Ethiopia crash: Man who lost wife, three children & mother-in-law refuses to bury soil



A man who lost his wife, three children and mother-in-law in the Ethiopian Airways plane crash on Wednesday ruled out burying the soil scooped from the scene of the accident, as it was against his faith.

Mr Paul Njoroge said he would only hold a prayer mass for his family while awaiting DNA results.

He said he had chosen to accept his loss so that he can release friends and relatives to continue with their lives.

“The six months the government has requested so that it can receive results of the DNA analysis on the 5,000 pieces of human bodies collected from the scene is too long, and so we will just hold a prayer mass and wait for DNA results,” Mr Njoroge said, adding that he would have bouquets of flowers but there would be no casket.

Mr Njoroge, a Seventh Day Adventist, said he would not bury the soil they collected from Bishoftu, 60 kilometres south of Addis Ababa, where authorities had taken them to.

Last week, families of victims drawn from 32 countries spent days at Skylight Hotel in Addis Ababa where they were updated on the state of the remains of the bodies after the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane crashed two weeks ago.

“This is a big loss for me. It is too painful, but I guess there is nothing much I can do other than accept it and let people continue with their lives,” he said at his father-in-law Quindos Karanja’s home in Kabatini, Nakuru County.

Caroline Nduta Karanja died alongside her mother, Mrs Ann Wangui Karanja, and her three sons in the Ethiopian Airlines flight crash at Bishoftu, formerly known as Debre-Zeit.

Mr Karanja, who also lost his wife Anne Wangui, said during Wednesday’s prayers that family and friends would converge at the St Michael Parish Church on March 29 for a requiem mass.

“I have gained a lot of strength over the past few days because the church, relatives, the Nakuru County Government and the entire community have stayed with me throughout and they have encouraged me,” he said.

Caroline’s siblings Mwangi Karanja, Kevin Quindos and Kelly Wanjiru told of a supportive sister who until her death worked as an accountant.

Wanjiru, Caroline’s last-born sister, earlier told the Nation that there was a lot in store for them through their sister “whose heart was so much attached to her family members”.

“We’ve been in school for years and our sister never rested until she saw us graduating. Personally, she saw me through my university studies and still wanted my brothers and I to relocate to Canada and stay closer to her,” she said.

Kevin said he would forever remember his sister for coming into his life at his time of need.

He studied medicine in Venezuela for seven years courtesy of a Kenyan government sponsorship, but Caroline came to his aid when he almost missed his final exams.

“I got a government sponsorship to study in Venezuela and I was assured that I would be getting Sh600,000 every year to cater for my school fees and other needs. But immediately I moved to Venezuela that never happened,” he narrated.

The prayer meeting was attended by area MP Kimani Ngunjiri, former Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto, county officials and administrators who pledged support for the family.

Meanwhile, there was a sombre mood at Kenyatta University as the institution hosted a requiem mass for two of its dons: Dr Isaac Mwangi Mine and Prof Agnes Mary Gathumbi, Dr Isaac Mwangiwho also died in the crash.

The two had worked at the university for over a decade and were heavily relied on in advancing the quality of teachers training at the institution.

Dr Mwangi and Prof Gathumbi were eulogised by their family, friends and students as hardworking, meticulous and God-fearing.

Representatives of the two families condoled each other and spoke of having had perfect role models, supportive parents and trustworthy friends in the two.

Their bosses heaped words of praise on them, some fighting back tears as they spoke of the many times the two supported them during tough times.

With no bodies to bury, the mourners kept glancing at their portraits, perhaps wishing that they were their actual bodies, something they could touch as they bade them farewell and find some sense of closure.

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