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Jonathan Moi sons want to be part of their father’s burial plans

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When their father was alive, he was involved in their lives. He paid for their education, initiation and upkeep.

Now in his death, the twins – Gerald Kipkosgei Toroitich and Geoffrey Kipkirui Toroitich – want to be involved in planning their father’s final send off.

Recalling their interaction with their father, they said they were the first of the children of Jonathan Toroitich Moi, the eldest son of former President Daniel arap Moi, to learn that their father was sick.

“We met with dad on January 6 in 2019 at KFC in Nakuru and we had a good chat.

“He told us to study hard as education was the key to success. He loved education. He told us he saw a bright future in us,” the twins said in turns.

Gerald said their father gave them school fees and later sent his personal assistant to clear the balance of the just ended semester.

At the same time, they said in February their dad called them and they again met him at KFC in Nakuru town.

“The second meeting he held our heads and prayed for us and blessed us and revealed to us that he was ailing. From his looks, he really was not in his best of health,” recalls Gerald.

However, after revealing his sickness, they said, they asked him what would happened in case he is not around.

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“Dad told us not to worry because even in his absence everything is in place and is organised and money will fall like rainfall,” said Gerald.

NEWS OF DEATH
They said that they had planned to visit their father in Nakuru on Saturday but received the bad news moments after arriving in Kabimoi.

“When we were called and told to come home nobody told us our dad was sick in the hospital. I only heard in the radio that our dad is dead. When I switched on my phone my pagulei (age mate) had texted me.

“I have never cried because somebody or a relative has died but on receiving this particular news I cried,” he added.

The two, born out of wedlock, say they are legitimate children of Mzee Moi’s eldest son and everyone in the family knows.

Geoffrey said their father used to help them through his personal assistants.

GRANDMOTHER’S HOME
“What is worrying us is that nobody is coming to tell us when our father will be buried yet they know us since we were children as we have been living at our grandmother’s home,” said Geoffrey.

“Our dad made sure we never suffered and sent home because of lack of school fees,” said Geoffrey.

Geoffrey Kipkurui Toroitich, 21, a son of the late Jonathan Toroitich Moi at his grandmother’s home, Lena Moi, at Kabimoi in Baringo on April 25, 2019. He says the brothers have not been involved in their father’s burial plans. PHOTO | FRANCIS MUREITHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The twins have been living at their late grandmother Lena Moi’s home, where they spoke to the Nation on Thursday.

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In the interview, the two showed the Nation their original birth certificates, which indicate that their father is Mr Toroitich.

Their identification cards too, bear the surname of the deceased.

The second-year students at the Rift Valley Institute of Technology in Eldoret are concerned that the burial preparations for the former rally driver are being conducted without their involvement.

“We feel very sad and isolated when we are sidelined in the burial arrangements of our dear father yet we are legitimate sons and all our uncles and aunties including our father’s first wife Sylvia knows Jonathan is our dad,” said a teary Gerald.

Gerald is studying agricultural engineering, while Geoffrey is taking electrical and electronic engineering at diploma level.

They said the reception at their father’s home is cold and their efforts to speak to Sylvia has been futile.

“We want even our grandfather Daniel arap Moi also to know that we are not involved in the burial of our father yet in our veins runs the blood of our grandfather. We want to be included in the burial and be recognised as we are legal sons of Jonathan and that is why we are staying at his later mother’s home because we are not outsiders,” said Gerald.

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Gerald Kipkosgei Toroitich (left) and his twin brother Geoffrey Kipkurui Toroitich, 21, display a birth certificate and an identity card showing that the late Jonathan Toroitich as their father. The two were born out of wedlock. PHOTO | FRANCIS MUREITHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

MOTHER
He added: “Our dad participated fully in our initiation ceremony, paid for our school fees from primary, secondary and now at the college and we should not be referred as illegitimate children.”

According to the birth certificates, the twins were born on March 21, 1998 and their mother’s name is Roseline Rechoh Adhiambo Opata who hails from Bondo in Siaya county.

“The details in the birth certificates indicating Jonathan as our dad was not the making of our mother. Jonathan himself sent the details before we applied for the certificate,” said Gerald.

According to the twins, their mother met with Jonathan while she was a tutor at Kabimoi Polytechnic.

“I knew my dad from birth and I started interacting with my dad while I was only four years old,” said Gerald.

The twins said they are staying at the grandmother’s home since they had not been allocated any land by their father.

Another son of Jonathan, Mr Lawrence Kipchumba Toroitich, 36, said that he has also been sidelined in the burial preparations of his father.

Mr Lawrence Kipchumba, 36, a son of the late Jonathan Toroitich Moi, at his grandmother’s home, Lena Moi, at Kabimoi in Baringo County on April 25, 2019. He says he was born out of wedlock and has not been involved in the burial arrangements of his late father. PHOTO | FRANCIS MUREITHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

 

“I was born out of wedlock and mother Mary Cheruto has told me my dad is Jonathan. I have confirmed this because he participated fully in my initiation ceremony meaning that I was his son,” said Lawrence.

He described his late father as a “very generous man”.

The late Jonathan, 64, popularly known as JT, succumbed to cancer last Friday while undergoing treatment at a Nakuru hospital.

source:nation.co.ke

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Shock after man kills son before taking his own life

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Residents of a Naivasha village woke up to rude shock after a middle-aged man killed his three-year-old son before hanging himself on a tree.

The man strangled his son in Kipkonyo Village while the mother was away before committing suicide, plunging the area into mourning.

Tears flowed freely as relatives and friends tried to come to terms with the incident before police moved in to collect the two bodies.

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The 30-year-old man, after killing his son, threw the body into a latrine under construction before stripping naked and hanging himself.

Naivasha police boss Samuel Waweru confirmed the incident, adding that security officers had collected the two bodies and opened an inquest.

He said they would be seeking the wife who was not present during the incident to record a statement as part of their investigations.

“Initial investigations indicate that the man first killed his son by twisting his neck and dumping the body in the family latrine before using a rope to hang himself,” said the police boss.

A neighbour, Isaac Lang’at, said the deceased had for a long time clashed with his wife leading to a separation before he decided to kill himself.

By PD.co.ke

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Meet young Kenyan lady playing key role in Joe Biden’s presidential campaign

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Esther Ongeri, a young Kenyan living in the US is the talk of the town after Kenyans learnt that she plays a key role in the Joe Biden presidential campaign.

According to Biden’s campaign website, Ms Ongeri is the Director of Special Projects in the Biden 2020 campaign and has served in the position since July.

Previously, she worked as the Executive Assistant to the Campaign Manager and Special Projects Coordinator in the same campaign team from June 2019.

Ms Ongeri held the posts of operations coordinator from September 2017 to February 2018 and special projects assistant to the CFO from February 2018.

She is an alumnus of Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and government in 2017.

According to her LinkedIn profile, the brilliant Kenyan was a staff assistant to New Jersey senator Robert Menendez between May 2016 and July 2017.

Ms Ongeri started off as an intern in the office of Senator Menendez between August 2015 to May 2016.

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She attained her high school diploma at Saint Dominic Academy in 2013 after joining the school in 2009.

In the November 3 US elections, former Vice President Joe Biden is seeking to unseat incumbent president Donald Trump and both are busy on the campaign trail.

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Woman brings 23 relatives on date with lover to test his generosity

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A Chinese woman has made headlines after bringing 23 members of her family on a blind date to test her lover’s generosity.

Woman brings 23 relatives on date with lover to test his generosity

Chinese people enjoying a meal in a restaurant. Photo: Quora.
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According to the Daily Mail Online, the unknown woman tagged along with her large clan to the romantic occasion without informing her date in advance.

After enjoying the meal, the man decided to teach the woman a lesson and fled away after receiving the bill which amounted to KSh 382,000 ( £2,300).

According to a Chinese newspaper, Taizhou Evening News, the anonymous woman went on a blind date with a 29-year-old man identified as Liu in eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang.

Reports indicate that the date was organised by Liu’s mom who was worried about her son who had been single for long.

The man had offered to pay for the meal with the thought that it would be a romantic dinner for two but shock on him.

Speaking to the media, the woman said she wanted to test her potential boyfriend’s generosity in catering for the large crowd of 25.

According to reports, the lady and her family enjoyed expensive dishes and alcohol.

Interestingly, Liu failed the test and his potential date ended up paying for the meal herself.

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It was later agreed that the man pays for a small part of the meal and the remainder of the bill be shared among the woman’s 23 family members.

In other news, TUKO.co.ke reported of one bride who has since gone viral after she took to social media to convince her friends and family to fund her special day.

According to the post on Reddit, the bride wants a huge amount of moneythat will enable her and her fiance’ to tour Europe for a one month honeymoon.

According to the post, the couple will be tying the knot in December and the bride hopes the guests will not change their mind due to coronavirus.

“Hope you all are doing great and getting all of you all wedding gifts (haha) prepare your cold hard cash and your large housewarming gifts…We really cannot wait to see you all (and receive your gifts LOL) this December,” read the post.

The bride advised her friends against pulling out due to COVID-19 saying they have a monetary goal of KSh 2.2 million ($20,000) minimum.

She indicated that the guests are expected to donate over KSh 3.2 million ($30,000).

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