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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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Here’s how DP Ruto’s Daughter Performed in 2019 KCPE

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  • Deputy President William Ruto is one proud dad after his daughter, Abby Ruto, emerged as one of the top candidates in KCPE 2019, with 406 marks.Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Abby’s mother, Prisca Bett, was overjoyed beyond words, going on to state that she was very proud of her.
  • “Abby was confident about the results but she kept telling me that the Kiswahili paper was really hard. I knew she’d do well,” an ecstatic Prisca narrated.

    She was a candidate at Greenvalle Academy in Uasin Gishu county.

    Deputy President William Ruto. His daughter Abby was among the top performers emerged in KCPE 2019.

    She went on to reveal that her daughter’s preferred school was Kenya High School and that she was also overjoyed by her results.

    DP Ruto came clean about his daughter Abby back in 2017, going on to acknowledge that he was her father and had always ensured she had his full support.

  • The release of the national examinations came barely 17 days after 1,088,986 pupils took part in the annual exercise.

    Magoha announced that the Form One selection process was set to commence on Tuesday, November 19.

    “By December 2, every child who sat KCPE 2019 will know what school they will join. Ksh 8 Billion has been put to improve infrastructure in high school and primary school,” Magoha announced.

    Abby Ruto (l) and her mum Prisca Bett (r) pose with a Masaai.
    Abby Ruto (l) and her mum Prisca Bett (r) pose with a Masaai

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Nyeri man, 88, who killed son freed

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An 88-year-old man suspected to have shot and killed his son with arrows following an altercation has been released by the High Court on a Sh500,000 bond with a similar surety.

Mr Francis Mwangi Karebe was released by Justice Abigail Mshilla after a favourable pre-bail report indicated that his family and neighbours were willing to accommodate him and pay for his bail.

Mr Karebe is accused of murdering his 42-year-old son, Simon Macharia on October 13, 2019 at their home in Peter Ciira village Mathira East sub-county, Nyeri.

The pre-bail report filed in court by Ms Faith Nzivulu indicated that there was a long-standing strained relationship between Mr Karebe and the deceased, who was alcoholic.

“The victim had separated with his wife and it was not the first time they had an altercation but it was never suspected it would take the ugly turn. The accused lost his wife five months ago,” stated Ms Nzivulu.

In the report, the family said Mr Karebe’s continued stay at the police remand and his subsequent absence at home caused them sleepless nights.

“They are willing to accept him back, his absence is causing them sleepless nights,” the report stated.

The villagers described the accused as a peace-lover and a mediator. “Mr Karebe is aged and ailing, he has blood pressure and is currently on medication. He is not a flight risk,” said Ms Nzivulu.

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The prosecution led by Ms Emma Gicheha did not oppose the bail application. The state counsel also indicated that the accused was unlikely to interfere with the prosecution witnesses.

 “The accused is hereby advised to observe timeliness on both hearing and mention dates of the case. He should not interfere with witnesses and must be of good conduct during the bond period. On breach of the terms the bond will be cancelled,” said Justice Mshila.

The trial will start on February 10, 2019.

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Why Amos Wako was banned from setting foot on US Soil

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The US has banned Busia Senator Amos Wako, his wife Flora Ngaira and son Julius from entering the country and doing business with it over corruption allegations while he was attorney-general.

In a statement, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo also banned Mr Wako’s wife Flora Ngaira, and son, Julius Wako.

This means that Mr Wako, wife and son will not be allowed to visit America or transact any business in that country with companies affiliated to Americans.

“Today (Monday), the Department designates former Kenyan Attorney General Amos Sitswila Wako due to his involvement in significant corruption,” said the statement that was released on Monday evening.

Mr Pompeo said the designation was made under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and related programs appropriations Act, 2019 (Div. F, P.L. 116-6), as carried forward by the continuing appropriations Act, 2020 (Div. A, P.L. 116-59).

Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that officials of foreign governments have been involved in significant corruption, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.

The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members.

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“Today’s action sends a strong signal that the United States is a valuable partner in Kenya’s fight against corruption.  Economic prosperity for all Kenyans is only possible by defeating the scourge of corruption, which also requires a functional, fair, and transparent criminal justice system,” said Mr Pompeo

He added that the United States will continue to stand with all Kenyans as they strive to curb and punish corruption in Kenya.

Mr Wako may still be allowed onto US soil if he visits as a member of the Kenyan delegation to the UN meetings or if the UN invites him, even though his movement could be restricted.

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