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Poverty pushes A-plain boy to eke out a living as a Jua Kali artisan



He was to study medicine but since he could not raise the fees, he hopes he will get a place in aviation

As he steps into the dusty Jua kali garage to start his day, 22- year-old Moses Odour is like many of the artisans streaming into the open premises that specialises inpanel beating and spray painting.

Clad in a tattered grey dust coat splattered with paint and grease, a grey t-shirt, beige trousers and a pair of plastic sandals, Mr Oduor looks disturbed and in deep thought when the Sunday Nation team visits.

He is carrying a black bag. This is not an ordinary tool bag. The bag carries his hopes as it contains vital academic documents that put him in a class of his own.

The bag contains documents that separates him from the ordinary artisans at this dusty Jua Kali garage at Kabazi trading centre in Subukia constituency, Nakuru County.

The soft-spoken Oduor who hails from Anduro village in Alego Usonga constituency in Siaya County, is not your ordinary school dropout trying to eke out a living as a Jua Jali artisan.

It is when he opens his bag and displays his certificates with his oily hands that one is left speechless by his sterling performance in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.

Mr Oduor wrote his KCSE exams at Sawagongo High School in Siaya County in 2015 and scored a mean grade of A plain with an impressive 81 points. He was among the 18 students at Sawagongo High School out of 257 who scored A plain that year.

He scored straight As in mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, history and government and geography. He also managed an A minus in Kiswahili while in English, he scored B plus.

His bag also contains his school leaving certificate, two death certificates of his parents, his birth certificate and an introduction letter from assistant chief Joseph Aloo of Nyandiwa sub-location confirming that he is indeed an orphan who desperately needs help.

“Many people who are shocked when they see my sterling results wonder where my parents are. When I tell them I am an orphan they still don’t believe it, that is why I carry the death certificates to painfully prove my status,” explains Oduor.

“I was shocked that such brilliant brains are rotting in a Jua Kali garage. The government should not allow such a bright boy to suffer,” said Mr Joseph Mwangi Waithaka, a former MCA who learnt of his plight when he took his vehicle for repairs at the garage.

Mr Oduor says his father died in 2007 while he was in Standard Four while his mother died two years later. He was raised by his maternal grandmother Monica


He adds: “Many who come to this garage sympathise with me and photocopy the documents and take my telephone contacts with a promise of helping me realise my dreams of pursuing aviation course but unfortunately that has not changed since I came to this garage in June last year.”

He ekes out a living earning between Sh50 and Sh200 per day scrubbing vehicles that need a fresh coat of paint as his dreams remain unfulfilled.

“I was admitted to Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology to study medicine and surgery but my poor grandmother was unable to raise tuition fees and other overhead costs as her chang’aa brewing business was a daily hide and seek affair with police officers who raided her homestead,” he said.

As his hopes of joining university diminished by the day, he rekindled his childhood memories of pursuing aviation and this saw him write dozen applications to various aviation schools in Kenya and abroad, foundations such as Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation among others but ended up receiving regrets.

“The foundations I wrote to said they don’t sponsor post-secondary schools students.”

However, this has not dampened his hopes and spirit of one day doing becoming a pilot.

”I love aviation. While growing up I admired Captain Luke Oyugi who was our neighbour. I felt happy when he landed a helicopter in the village and I vowed that when I grow up, I would like to be like him. He was my role model,” he recalls.

Captain Oyugi died on June 10, 2012 in a helicopter crash together with six government officials who included then Internal Security Minister George Saitoti and Assistant Minister Orwa Ojode.

His disturbing experience and continuous languishing in abject poverty and a hand to mouth job is daily trapping him into more poverty and he fears depression is slowly setting in.

“It pains me when I know my colleagues who cleared KCSE in 2015 are now doing their final year at the university yet I have no hope,” he explains as he wipes a tear with his greasy dusty coat.

Even performing additional odd jobs like washing cars at the garage, many are a time when he sleeps on empty stomach.


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Forget ransom for Cuban doctors, Kenyan government tells Al-Shabaab



The Government of Kenya has said that it will not pay the Sh150 million ransom demand from Al Shabaab for the release of two Cuban doctors who were abducted in Mandera on April 12.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma on Tuesday said that the government was not planning to pay the amount as a condition for the release of Dr Assel Herera and Dr Landy Rodriguez.


“On the matter of Cuban doctors, this is an ongoing operation and we believe that we are going to secure their release but as a matter of policy, this government does not negotiate with terrorists about ransom,” the CS said.

Last week, Somali elders, who had been sent to negotiate for the two doctors’ release, said the two were being detained by Al-Shabaab who are demanding the said ransom.

The elders also said that the doctors were being held captive between the towns of Buale and El-Ade in Somalia where they are treating militants.


Intelligence reports have in the recent past said that Al-Shabaab has been suffering heavy casualties but the group is lacking medical equipment for its wounded fighters.

The two were kidnapped while they were on their way to hospital where they worked. Since then, Kenyan soldiers have been trying to trace them in order to rescue them to no avail.


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Eric Omondi dejected as girlfriend Chantal leaves him, flies back to Italy



Comedian Eric Omondi says his ex-lover Chantal Grazioli requested to fly back to her native country, Italy, to start her life afresh.

Speaking to EDAILY on Wednesday, Eric Omondi said upon granting Chantal her wish, they agreed that they terminate their romantic relationship but remain as friends.

“What Kenyans did not know is that Chantal has never been Kenyan; she is Italian. Whenever she jetted into Kenya, she always came to visit me. With her tourist visa, she cannot work in the country. And, she recently asked me if I can allow her to permanently stay in Italy and get formal employment there. And because I had seen her stay in my house doing nothing meaningful, I saw it wise to grant her her request. Given we would stay far apart from each other over an unknown period, we reached a mutual agreement to end the relationship,” Eric Omondi told EDAILY on phone.

“However, it doesn’t mean that our paths will never cross. There is a possibility, maybe a high one, that we will get back together some day,” said the funnyman.

Eric Omondi’s revelation comes a few hours after the humorist took to Instagram to announce his split from the model.

“I will miss you,” read a part of Eric Omondi’s lengthy post.

“I met you when you were only 19. I have known you for 4 and a half years. [I have] shared and created some of the best moments in life with you. You changed my life completely.

“As you move into your new phase in life — with or without me — I want to wish you all the best, my love.

“I pray to God Almighty that He may keep you… May He lead you…

“May He watch over you…I want to let you know that I will always be here for you anytime, every time. As you fly away, my Love, may you glow, shine like the angel that you are.

“I will miss you. Every moment. Every single moment. You are the best thing that happened to me! Na kwa wale wadau wadaku, Chantal and I are okay. We were friends long before we were lovers and our friendship stays for life.

“And to those young men and women who prefer to take each others’ lives at the end of a relationship, let this be a lesson to you all. You do not own a person and it doesn’t always work out. Anyway, guys have yourselves a blessed day and remember to wish Chantal a happy birthday this coming Friday.”


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Fena Gitu thrilled after meet up with Raila



Rapper Fena Gitu is over the moon after she met former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Tuesday.

Fena shared a photo of the airplane meet up with Baba featuring Raila Junior as a photo bomber.

“Baba while we were away. For a few hours in my lifetime, I sat next to one of the most powerful men of our time. What a humbling, dumbfounding… Mind blowing experience.

An inquisitive fan asked Fena whether Odinga was able to understand what she does.


“How did you start explaining to him that you are an artist? I mean an encounter with these powerful people is usually intense, before you finish talking the bodyguards wako hapo kukutoa 😇,” the fan questioned.

To that Fena replied, “Inaitwa “Elevator Pitch” 😂

The ODM party leader was in West Africa as the African Union representative for a tour of several countries’ infrastructural projects.

Fena was in Accra for the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards where Sauti Sol had been nominated in the African artist of the year award that was bagged by Burna Boy.

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