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How ‘rejected’ President’s gift has changed life of needy Nakuru family



Joseph Macharia who received a house constructed by well-wishers through President Uhuru Kenyatta in Murunyu, Bahati on May 21, 2019.[Harun Wathari/Standard]

February 28, 2019, marked the turning point for Joseph Macharia and his family after the Government handed over a house to his family constructed by well-wishers through President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Earlier on, Macharia and his six children, of which three are disabled, used to live in a semi-permanent iron sheet structure at Unfolding Glory Ministries Church in Teachers Estate, Nakuru.

“I had no job and with three disabled children, I was unable to comfortably provide for the family. It was then that the church housed my family and I within its compound,” said Macharia.

During a visit to the church, one of the church members pointed at a single room in which the family of seven were squeezed in.

The room served as the kitchen, living room and bedroom for all leaving no space for his disabled children who used wheelchairs.

“I really appreciate the church for housing me. A place to call home for my children is all I needed. Though space was limited, it was better than being in the streets,” he said.

Joseph Macharia who received a house constructed by well-wishers through President Uhuru Kenyatta in Murunyu, Bahati on May 21, 2019.[Harun Wathari/Standard]

Joseph Macharia who received a house constructed by well-wishers through President Uhuru Kenyatta in Murunyu, Bahati on May 21, 2019.[Harun Wathari/Standard]

The church is also located in a residential area where jobs are hard to come by as opposed to the more interior parts where farm jobs are more readily available.

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His wife in April last year deserted him over the economic burden that they had been subjected to and the care needed by the disabled children making his life tougher.

Before handing over of the house, Macharia looked gloomy as he pondered on how to provide for his family and the embarrassment he had sharing a room with his children some of whom are teenagers.

“I tried my best to fake a smile but deep inside me I was in pain. No one would like to share a bedroom with his grown up children. I wasn’t comfortable with that but I had no choice,” said Macharia.

His story was however rewritten by just a call from a local chief who informed him that he would receive a new home from the President.

This was a house constructed for Damaris Wambui whose son had recited a poem before the President years earlier.

Wambui, however, rejected the house saying it was not a gift worth receiving from the Head of State prompting the Government to select another beneficiary.

The memory

The house was handed over to him in a colourful ceremony presided over by Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Mongo Chimwanga on February 24.

“Whenever I get into the house I always recall the Chief’s voice saying that I had been selected to get the house and the plot. It wasn’t in my thoughts that I would own such a property,” he said.

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Two months down the line, his life has taken a complete turn. During a visit to the home yesterday, Macharia’s face was lightened up with a broad smile as he welcomed us to his home that has more dignity and privacy.

We found him weeding some of the crops he has already planted on every available space within the plot on which his polystyrene technology which has gained traction globally in the housing sector.“I planted these beans a few weeks ago after the rains started and they are doing well. The land is fertile and we have enough rain. I already have seedlings for various vegetables that I want to inter-crop here,” he said as he ushered us in.

The two bed-room house has a well-furnished kitchen, modern furniture and connected to clean water supply from a community project.

His three disabled children have since been transferred to Muriundu Primary School which is integrated.

“The children are much comfortable here. There is room for them to move around the house on their wheelchairs. Their new school is also closer home than before which has eased my burden,” he said.

After the rains fell, Macharia has been a busy man especially due to the kindness of his neighbours who call on him whenever farm jobs are available.“Although the jobs don’t come by daily, I am grateful to the community around. They have been very supportive and whenever there is a job they link me and this way am able to support my family,” he said.

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His son Michael Njuru, has also been enrolled for the monthly Sh2,000 cash transfer for the disabled. The family also received a new wheelchair from the National Council for Persons With Disabilities (NCPWD).The council Executive Director Mohammed Gabbow said that more help will be delivered to the family next week.

“We promised Macharia a motorized tricycle which we shall deliver to them next week. A second child from the family is also in the process of being enrolled onto cash transfer for the disabled,” said Gabbow.

His 20-year-old daughter Rahab Njoki who finished secondary education last year has also gained self-esteem and is equally elated to live in their new home.

“I used to keep to myself whenever I wasn’t at school. Here I have found a new lease of life. I no longer fear to have friends visit our home unlike before. They have helped me open up my mind,” said Njoki.

Macharia added that he was yet to communicate with his wife after she deserted him more than a year ago.

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A case of two stolen cows and a DNA test



When Ann Cherotich and her husband John Tingiso lost their two Friesian cows to a cattle thief five years ago, their dairy business was shattered.

Ms Cherotich’s life would then be darkened even more, when her husband died two months later in a road accident.

At only 31, she was a widowed mother of three with no source of income.

One day in August this year, as she was travelling to Nakuru, she spotted two cows grazing by the road. The cows had all the features of her stolen animals.

Although five years had passed, she was convinced that the cows she spotted were hers, so she reported the matter to the police, and investigations began.

What appeared like a light at the end of the tunnel turned out to be another puzzle that has proved too complex to resolve.

A veterinary officer familiar with Ms Cherotich’s cows assessed the physical appearance of the cows and was convinced that they were the same ones. But a neighbour, Gloria Kandie, was claiming ownership.

A DNA profiling was done by another vet, and the results proved Ms Cherotich right. The cows’ DNA matched those of the cows that sired them.

However, the ownership of the two animals is now the subject of a legal battle between the two women at the Chief Magistrates’ Court in Nakuru.

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Pregnant cows

Ms Cherotich says she lost the cattle on the night of August 27, 2015, around 3am. While sleeping, she and her husband heard a commotion at the cattle shed and when they woke up, found the cows — Rose Nangiene and Kisirani, mother and daughter — gone. Both were pregnant.

They tracked the animals’ footprints, but the trail ran cold on the Nakuru-Kericho highway.

Her husband reported the theft to the Ngata Police Post.

Ms Kandie, on the other hand, maintained that she bought the cows separately from different sellers — one from Nyandarua and the other from Njoro at a total cost of Sh215,000 in 2019. She named the cows Ruma and Legina and produced sale agreements between her and David Mogaka and Paul Majanga.

Investigations revealed that the description given by Ms Cherotich in her earlier police statements tallied with the features of the two cows.

A veterinary officer in charge at Rongai Sub-county office, Mr Peter Ngugi, was engaged to do a DNA test. His findings revealed that the cows were related and belonged to Ms Cherotich.

“All factors considered, Ms Ann Cherotich proved beyond reasonable doubt to be the owner of the two cows,” noted Mr Ngugi in his report dated August 28.

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Ms Kandie, however, disputed the report, and the police forwarded the file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Nakuru Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Daniel Karuri, on perusing the file, directed that the cows be handed back to Ms Cherotich, their legal owner.

The DPP relied on the evidence of Ms Cherotich, her mother, the veterinary officer who used to attend to the animals, and of the police.

Loss of the cattle

“In light of the above expert opinion that the two cows belong to Ms Cherotich, I direct that they be restored… to her,” Mr Karuri ordered on September 9.

Following the DPP’s directive, the Officer Commanding Station at Menengai wrote to Ms Kandie on September 20 directing her to surrender the cows in two days—an order Ms Kandie is challenging in court.

In the case, Ms Kandie has sued Ms Cherotich and the Menengai OCS, accusing them of conspiring to dispossess her of her animals.

She has dismissed the veterinary report as fraudulent.

However, as the case awaits determination by the court Ms Cherotich fears losing the animals as she claims to have no means to put up a fight in court.

According to Ms Cherotich, her husband was deeply stressed by the loss of the cattle and was knocked by a matatu while crossing the highway after a fruitless search for the cows in Molo.

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“These animals were my life since I used to sell the milk to Kenya Cooperative Creameries where we managed to support our livelihoods,” she said.

by Nationafrica

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VIDEO: Garden of Joy is officially a GREEN PROJECT



Garden of Joy by Optiven is fully installed with solar powered street lights.

The initiative is an add on not initially earmarked for the project.

Implementation of water recycling technology, Recycling of biogradable waste and hundreds of trees in place.

We have been undertaking intentional education on green energy as per sustainable development goals no 11 and No 7

The launch of the green initiative was graced by reknown artiste -JUSTINA SYOKAU, of the hit song Twendi twendi.

Joy and dance broke out to celebrate this great step as Optiven ups it’s game in greening projects under it’s portfolio. Watch the video here>>>

The project is ready to build with owners already groundbreaking for their dream homes.

At a price of 1.495M, get a piece of Joy today. We also have installment options as well.

To secure your plot TODAY, call us on 0723400500 or visit

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VIDEO&PHOTOS: Drama in court as Bomet man is confronted by his daughter



Tension was high at the High Court in Bomet on Monday as a carpenter, who allegedly doused his wife with petrol and burnt her, was charged with murder.

Robert Kipkorir Tonui was arraigned before Justice Roseline Korir. He denied the charge of murder.

After he took plea, his eldest daughter, 21, confronted him outside the courtroom, demanding to know why he killed her mother.

Tonui is accused of murdering his wife Emmy Chepkoech Mitei, a former deputy headteacher at Cheptalal Primary School.

His eldest daughter confronted him outside the courtroom, demanding to know why he killed her mother.

Vitalis Kimutai | Nation Media Group

Emmy sustained 97 per cent body burns in the attack and succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at Tenwek Mission Hospital.

Emmy, who was 45 years old at the time of her death, was buried at her home in Kobel Village on October 19. She left behind seven children.

The offence is alleged to have been committed on the night of October 7 in Seanin Village, Konoin constituency.

Tonui was arraigned in a courtroom packed with tense family members and curious members of the public with a Kericho-based advocate, Brian Langat, representing him.

As soon as Tonui was whisked out of the courtroom after taking plea, he was confronted by relatives led by Anita, her sisters and brothers-in-law.

Vitalis Kimutai | Nation Media Group

Dressed in a black jacket zipped up to the neck, and a hood hanging on his back, Tonui, who is 50 years old, wore a blue mask that covered half of his face.

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He spoke only twice when asked the language he preferred to use and while answering to the charge preferred against him by the State, which carries a life sentence upon conviction.

Unlike when he appeared in a Sotik court shaken and unkempt following his arrest a week after being on the run, Tonui was well groomed with his thinning hair neatly combed.

When the charge was read to him after prosecutor George Mureithi tabled in court a medical report that said the suspect underwent a mental test and was confirmed to be of sound mind, he looked directly at the court clerk.

Tonui denied the charge and his lawyer made an application for his release on bail.

But the prosecutor opposed the plea, saying Tonui was a flight risk and that tension was still high in the village where the alleged murder was committed.

The suspect Robert Kipkorir Tonui in court.

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“Releasing the suspect on bail will pose a risk to his life as tension is still high in Seanin village where the crime was committed. Two of the witnesses are the accused’s children and there are high chances he will interfere with them if released,” Mr Mureithi argued.

Justice Korir directed that the suspect be held at the local prison until November 12 when a probation report on the suitability of his release on bond will be tabled in court.

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After the court session, drama ensued outside the courtroom when the deceased’s eldest daughter, Anita Chelangat, wailed uncontrollably and hurled insults at her father.

As soon as Tonui was whisked out of the courtroom after taking plea, he was confronted by relatives led by Anita, her sisters and brothers-in-law.

With his head downcast and a mask hiding his facial reaction the suspect, without saying a word, boarded the waiting police vehicle.

Tonui’s daughter was pulled away by relatives and taken outside the court precincts to the main road some 30 metres away and was put in a relative’s vehicle where she collapsed on  the front seat.

Anita was restrained in the vehicle until the police vehicle ferrying her father to the local prison, some 400 metres away, sped off.

“Why did you kill our mother? Why did you make us part orphans after all the years of psychological torture? Who will take care of us? Her spirits will hound you to the end,” Anita shouted as members of the public and court orderlies surged to inquire what the drama was all about.

During Emmy’s funeral, relatives said that on the fateful day, elders and local administrators had tried to reconcile the couple but Tonui declined to participate in a meeting at his home.

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He allegedly later followed his wife to her parents’ home where he attacked her.


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