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Raila Odinga Junior opens up for the first time on the pain of losing his brother Fidel Odinga

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Businessman Raila Odinga Junior has opened up on the challenges he faced growing up as a child to Kenya’s Opposition leader, Raila Odinga.

According to Junior, his childhood was not easy as their father and grandfather (Jaramogi Oginga Odinga) were fighting for mulipartism.

Tough childhood

“I don’t like speaking much about my childhood as it was a very hard time due to the politics at the time. As you know, we had one party and my father and grandfather were fighting for a multi-party system.

“The effects used to trickle down to us even in school.”

Junior further revealed that he saw Raila for the first time when 10-years-old as he had been in detention.

“I can’t remember well but I think I first saw my dad aged 10-years-old. He came home accompanied by many people and I wasn’t aware of what was happening.

“I was wondering ‘who’s this coming to my mum’s house?’” he narrated to Radio Jambo’s Massawe Japanni.

On January 4 2015, Junior’s eldest brother Fidel Odinga passed away at his Karen home. Speaking on Fidel’s death, Junior, an advocate for the legalisation of medicinal marijuana, divulged that it was hard on the family.

“It was very hard for us as it forced the family to adjust. Being the first-born, Fidel was the one who protected and led us (the children).

“His death forced us to grow up and learn things that he used to do. The thing I miss most about him is how he used to take care of us.”

The late Fidel Odinga

Difficulty having children

A married man with kids, Junior disclosed how his wife Yvonne had difficulties conceiving for the first four years of their union.

“I do have children but as per Luo customs, I can’t reveal the number. During the first years we really struggled to have a child. Eventually God blessed us with a baby boy,” he said, while urging couples undergoing similar situations to stick with each other and not give up hope.

Business

The businessman who owns a media production company that creates TV commercials also pointed out that despite his surname, he did not have an easy time establishing the company.

“I’ve invested in media production where I’m the executive producer. But the journey to the top was not easy because at the end of the day, clients have expectations.

“Due to my name, those expectations are much higher, compared to anyone else.”

He also clarified his push for the legalisation of marijuana in Kenya, stating that “I am pushing for the legalisation of marijuana, not for recreational use but for medicinal purposes. Bhang has a lot of medical use especially for patients with cancer. It’s not a cure but acts like a pain reliever.”

Source: SDE

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Kura called this newly opened road a masterpiece, Kenyans having none of it

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Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura)

Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) has bragged about the newly opened Waiyaki Way-Redhill link,  calling it a master piece.

The Sh3 billion dual carriageway starts from Waiyaki Way and passes through Kyuna, Spring Valley, Kitisuru and Peponi to end at Redhill.

It is supposed to give access to Westlands

Kura’s brag triggered anger from Kenyans who swiftly pointed out glaring design anomalies of the new road.

The road lacks space for non-motorized transport, signage, trees and many more.

Here is what Kenyans want fixed before it can be called a masterpiece.

 

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US government releases the number of Kenyans sworn in as Citizens last year – 2,685

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2,685 Kenyans became naturalized United States citizens in the first three quarters of the 2018 fiscal year, data from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicates.

Over the same period, a total of 544,475 foreign nationals holding US permanent residency became naturalized, with 44,095 of them being from African countries.

A total of 4,348 Kenyans became US citizens in the 2017 fiscal year, and 4,834 in fiscal year 2016.

In 2017, a total of 707,265 immigrants got naturalized in the United States.

To qualify for naturalization, immigrants must have been permanent residents (hold a green card) for at least five years, or at least three years if married to a US citizen.

SOURCE: Mwakilishi.com

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Meet the young Kenyan pastor with a vibrant church in USA

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Pastor Kariuki

Pastor Evans Kariuki of Eternal Life Harvest Centre is currently changing lives in the United States thanks to his church ministry.

Unlike most young men who would prefer to venture into other well paying careers: Evans Kariuki, a firebrand is using his heavenly gift of preaching to spread the word of the Lord around.

His Firebrand ministry has created a platform for him to reach out to both the young and old. Apart from running his ministry in the United States, pastor Kariuki has also been moving to different countries where he uses his ministry to reach out to many.

Pastor Kariuki

Youthful pastor

Judging from his social media pages, it is clear to that he also has a huge online following that admires his work. Being young has also made it easy for him to relate with the youth in his church.

Apart from running this successful ministry pastor Kariuki also happens to be a an award-winning author and world traveler who enjoys meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures!

Pastor Evans and Ashley Kariuki are two ministers of God on a quest to bring about the power, presence and purposes of God into the earth.

Ashley, a native of Knoxville, TN USA and Evans a native of Nairobi, Kenya, Africa, the two set out on this journey together heading Jesus Is Alive Ministries USA with the blessing of the headquarter ministry Jesus Is Alive Ministries – Nairobi Kenya under founder and Bishop, Dr. Margaret Wanjiru.

JIAM USA is one of four international branches of Jesus Is Alive Ministries throughout the world. Evans and Ashley maintain a standard of excellence in life, family and in ministry. Both are graduates of Valor Christian College (formerly World Harvest Bible College) where both received ordination into ministry.

Most recently Pastor Evans and Ashley both received Masters Degrees; Pastor Evans from The Ohio State University and Ashley Kariuki from Liberty University.

The focus of JIAM USA is simply put as 3G – GO, GET, GROW. By awakening firebrands for God, it is essential to send them out as Jesus declared in the great commission of Mathew 28:19

Secondly there must be a compelling draw for them to come in accordance to Luke 14:23. This is accomplished through meeting the needs of those we encounter spiritually and physically.

Finally, we must make disciples of them all, by raising up Holy Ghost filled, Biblical based, and Gospel dominated churches and bodies of believers. Doing all this according to the Great Commission and in the name of Jesus.

You can easily reach out to the pastor through;

Instagram: Evans Kariuki
Facebook: Evans Kariuki
Twitter: Firebrandnation
Youtube: Firebrandnation

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