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

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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.

source:standard.co.ke

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Accused in murder of boyfriend denied bail

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A Nairobi woman accused of murdering her boyfriend of two years in a squabble over who would wash utensils after supper has been denied bail for failing to provide details of where she will be living upon release.

Susan Njeri Wachiuri, 25, wanted to be released on bail terms pending determination of the murder trial but Justice James Wakiaga noted that there was no evidence that she is not a flight risk.

“In the absence of documentary evidence that the accused has an alternative means of abode rather than the house of the deceased where the offense was committed, I am at this stage persuaded that it will be risky to release the accused on bond,” said Justice Wakiaga.

Ms Wachiuri is accused of stabbing Kelvin Njenga Ng’ang’a 11 times using a knife on April 9, 2020 at White House, Tena Estate area within Kamukunji in Nairobi County. She has since denied committing the offence.

In her bail application, Ms Wachiuri told court that she had a family who were very supportive and willing to accommodate her.

In opposing the release of the accused on bail, the prosecution said there was a rise in gender based violence amongst couples and therefore the accused should be denied bail in the interest of public order and security to act as deterrence.

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Paybill number for cash-strapped Gor Mahia

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As a financial crisis bites through the local football scene, Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has reached out to landlords of members of his team’s playing unit to exercise patience.

And in a related development, the 18-time Kenyan champions have, through Gor Mahia Augmentin Fund (GMAF), set up a Paybill number which members, supporters, and well-wishers can contribute money to the club in form of cash and ‘Bonga points.’

Bonga points is a loyalty scheme for all of Safaricom’s pre-paid and post-paid customers.

The points can be used to redeem prizes and goods at selected supermarkets.

Rachier has sought to strike a deal with the landlords of his players following consistent delay in rent payment by the players. This has been occasioned by financial crisis at the club that has caused salary delays.

“We have not paid salaries for five months,” Rachier said Wednesday.

“I keep writing to their landlords just to understand and I want to thank those landlords that have extended a good time for them (players) to be able to pay when we are able to pay,” he said.

Rachier spoke at an event where a section of club supporters and players, led by Lawrence Juma, Joakim Oluoch and Samuel Onyango as well as members of group called ‘Kulundeng original’ donated foodstuff worth Sh100,000 to the Fikisha Rehabilitation Centre.

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The function was held at the Lutheran Centre in Kawangware, Nairobi.

Gor players each received a Sh10,000 monthly stipend from the government last week in a bid to cushion them from the effects of coronavirus pandemic which has paralysed football activities in the country.

Most of the Kenyan Premier League clubs have benefited from the scheme launched by the government in conjunction with various partners.

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How man survived in 60ft well for 13 days

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A mentally challenged man from Gatituni village in Chuka, Tharaka-Nithi County has shocked many after surviving in a 60-foot well for 13 days without food.

Mr Royford Mugambi, 42, was retrieved from the well Wednesday evening.

He disappeared on the morning of May 22, 2020 while with his elderly mother who lives with him.

Speaking to journalists at their home on Thursday morning, Mr Henry Gitonga, Mr Mugambi’s elder brother, said they had been searching for him since his disappearance, even going to the Chuka County Referral Hospital mortuary.

REPORTED DISAPPEARANCE

He said the family had reported his disappearance to the administration and at Chuka Police Station and were almost losing hope of tracing him when he was discovered in the well.

Mr Gitonga said a neighbour, Mr John Mwenda, was working in a farm near the well when he heard someone calling and thought it was his father who was also working some meters away. But when he responded, his father said he had not called him.

Mr Mwenda continued with his work and then he heard the voice again. This time, the person called him by his name and when he trailed the direction of the voice, he noticed that the person was calling from the well and the soft voice sounded familiar; it was that of Mugambi.

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He went close to the well and when he called out, Mugambi responded and asked for some water.

LADDER AND ROPE

“After confirming that it was Mugambi who had disappeared for some days, Mwenda rushed and informed his father before proceeding to our home and broke the shocking news,” said Mr Gitonga.

He said they all ran to the well, which had been dug many years back by the owner of the farm who was looking for water, and confirmed that it was his brother.

He hurriedly looked for a ladder, tied it with a rope and dropped it to the well.

He said they asked him to hold firm to the ladder as they pulled him out.

VERY WEAK

Mr Gitonga said they struggled to remove him because he was very weak, making it difficult for him to hold onto the ladder. When he came out, he asked for water.

“His body was pale, completely emaciated and totally confused when he came out,” he said.

The family called a doctor from Chuka County Referral Hospital who advised them to give him a glucose solution and some milk for a few days before introducing him to porridge and later soft food.

The villagers said they suspected the man had been taking some water since when he came out his clothes were wet, suggesting that the well had some water.

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They termed the incident as miracle, saying they would hold a thanksgiving ceremony later

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