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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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‘I love you!’ Janelle Monae tells Lupita in birthday wish



Lupita Nyong’o has reignited rumours that she is romantically involved with American star, Janelle Monae.

The Black Panther star shared a video clip of her and Janelle looking hot and dressed in Greek-inspired outfits.

The Boomerang clip was accompanied with a shout out Janelle saying,

“Happy birthday to my exceptional friend from the future, @janellemonae. I love sharing real life and real fantasy with you…”

Janelle responded to the post saying,

“I love you”

Fans went crazy.

“I’m not the one one who assume they a secret couple, am I?” a very curious follower speculated.

The comments section is filled with such comments and other brazen ones as well.

Neither Lupita nor  Janelle have addressed the dating rumours.

By Mpasho

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Broken vows: Gospel artistes you did not know were divorced



Divorces among gospel artistes are on the increase over reasons such as infidelity, cruelty, among others.

Below are gospel artistes who are divorced.

1- Betty Bayo

Betty, who was married to the famous pastor Kanyari, divorced the man of God after he was exposed for pretending to perform miracles yet he wasn’t.

The gospel artiste is known for her hit ’11th hour’ had distanced herself from her prophetic husband and she has now moved on despite the fact that the two have kids together.

Betty Bayo is currently dating and is set to get wed any time soon.

Kanyari vs Betty Bayo

2. Gloria Muliro

Gloria Muliro and her longtime husband Congolese preacher Eric Omba parted ways over infidelity allegations.

Sometimes back, they had a colourful wedding at PCEA Nairobi West and later on after 5 years, they renewed their wedding vows at Hilton Hotel, Nairobi.

Omba has since moved on and gotten married again but Gloria has not.

Gloria Muliro and ex husband Eric Omba

She narrates how her pastor husband was chasing women instead of being busy winning souls for the Lord.

I always knew he was cheating on me and friends would always come around with reports but i always shut them out. I did not want outsiders, but God to show me the truth .

In fact, besides my family and one bishop, no one else knew the hell I was going through.

3. Keziah Kariuki

Keziah Kariuki, a Kameme TV presenter cum gospel artiste divorced her husband Mzee Kariuki Kiengei.

In an earlier interview, with a local TV station, Kariuki said Kiengei broke her heart by marrying another woman, even though they had a church wedding.

“It was a painful experience. Sometimes I was getting ready for a TV show and I would break down.

Kameme FM presenter Keziah Kariuki and her ex-husband

In other instances, I would be getting ready to appear before the camera, only to burst out in tears and mess my make-up,”

4. Eunice Njeri

Eunice split from her ex back in 2016, after walking out hours after the wedding.

She stated that her biggest struggle remains being ridiculed for leaving her marriage.

Eunice Njeri

5. Joan Wairimu

Pastor Joan Wairimu Githuku and her husband have both filed cases in court accusing each other of adultery.

Pastor Wairimu in 2013 initiated the case at a Nairobi court where she seeks orders of separation.

Pastor Joan Wairimu

But her husband, Bishop William Musyoki Mwangangi also filed a cross-petition asking the court to dissolve the marriage.

The couple got married in 1996 in church.

6. Loise Kim
Loise Kim has plans of running for a political seat this coming election.

Speaking to Kikuyu Diaspora television she shed light about her marriage an issue that has been shrouded in controversy since she released a song that was speculated to have been about separation with her spouse.

Loise Kim

Loise Kim song “Wedo wa Kiabiriria” which can be loosely translated to the “First Love” became very popular but also opened a can of worms regarding her marriage.

Loise Kim, who narrated how her marriage fell apart after just seven months of being together with said she sang the song because of the state of her relationship.


She has two children with her ex-hubby and they have since divorced. She added, “I let go of everything and decided to live my life and my ministry”.

By Mpasho

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State House dismisses claims of rift between Uhuru, Ruto



State House has denied claims that there was a growing rift between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, a day after the Head of State lashed out at his critics.

State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena said a series of misleading narratives have been propagated through the mainstream and social media to create an impression that the duo was no longer seeing eye to eye.

On Wednesday, Uhuru seemed to lose his cool when he dismissed critics of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) task force report, saying they were directionless individuals who criticised the document even before it was released.

Dr Ruto and his allies had been leading attacks against the BBI report long before the document was launched only to make a U-turn after its launch.

“Even before we released the report, they were all over telling us about its contents. Now it has been released and they have taken us along a new direction,” the president was quoted saying in Gatundu North Sub-county on Thursday

.But yesterday, Ms Dena was quick to dismiss claims of a simmering rift between the two.She cited a recent photo where Ruto was seen standing outside the holding room during the BBI report launch, which created a sensation online that the DP had been locked out of Uhuru’s meeting

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