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Shame of neglected budding stars



Kenya enjoys recognition the world over, thanks to numerous medals bagged by its athletes in various disciplines.

While such abilities would prompt other countries to nurture their young upcoming sports stars, in many cases, the story here has been different, if cases of young athletes who could be shining on a local and global scale but are not, mainly due to lack of support from relevant government agencies, are anything to go by.

Susan Gatwiri, is one of them. She represented Kenya in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games held in the US, bagging two gold medals — one in the 5,000 metres’ race and another in the 3,000 metres’ contest.

It is a fact that saw this 21-year-old feted at the SOYA Awards in 2016, a recognition that came with Sh75,000.

But that is where her story ends. Gatwiri never got any money from her triumph at the Special Olympics.

According to a statement by Special Olympics Kenya early this year, Gatwiri was to receive Sh200,000 for every gold medal she received, money Gatwiri says she has never received, nearly four years down the line.

Susan Masila, national director, Special Olympics Kenya, says the agency is usually not part of the payment procedure.

“Our only duty is to submit the names of the athletes to the Ministry of Sports on their behalf,” she says.

Our efforts to get a comment from Sports, Culture and Heritage Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia were fruitless, as our calls went unanswered.

In the meantime, Gatwiri has nothing but the medals and certificates she was awarded.

And no, she does not strike one as a Special Olympics gold medallist.

For nearly two years now, this soft-spoken former runner has been working as a house help in Skuta Estate, Nyeri County, earning Sh7,000 a month, money that she uses to take care of her ailing mother and younger siblings who live in Judeya village.

Lucy Achieng’s is an extraordinary story of success in a quite unfamiliar sports arena in Kenya. She is the current African roller-skating champion.

Susan Gatwiri,

Susan Gatwiri,

Lucy Achieng, bingwa mara nne wa chipukizi katika mchezo wa kuteleza
kwa viatu vya magurudumu, kwa Kiingereza speed skating. Picha/ HISANI

This 21-year-old has been on a winning streak since she first wore roller-skating boots.

She was one of the players that lifted the Kenyan flag high in the world championships in India nearly five years ago, winning more than 20 medals.

In November last year, she won Kenya not one, two, or three, but seven medals at the Second African Speed Skating Championships in Cairo, Egypt.

In spite of bringing the country glory in this new sport, she did not receive a single cent.

According to Lameck Wafula, secretary-general Kenya Federation of Roller Skating, the agency did not receive any money from the government.

“We financed our trip fully. We only received Sh500,000, from Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko while we were still in Egypt,” he adds.

He says that the federation still owes a tour and travel agency Sh1.9 million in air tickets for the 16 participants who travelled to Egypt.

Gideon Mutua Amiani, a Form Two student at Golden Light High School in Huruma, Nairobi, is definitely not your ordinary 18-year-old.

Mutua is the youngest player in the only Kenyan senior ice hockey team, The Kenya Ice Lions.

But Mutua’s life is far from that of a champion. Besides tens of medals and certificates, he has nothing to show for his success.

Source:Daily Nation

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‘Cigarettes are my greatest addiction’ Shouts Kamene Goro



Media personality Kamene Goro has revealed that one of her biggest bedroom fetish’ is being bitten. According to the damsel, bites are a turn on.

Speaking during a session with Xtian Dela Kamene reveals

I like to be bitte

Kamene Goro
The curvy presenter spoke about various issues occurring in Kenya

Asked on what her current addiction is Kamene reveals

My current addiction is cigarettes.

Kamene went on to share that her worst bedroom experience was being given under 7 strokes.

Kibe could not understand how that could happen to such a damsel.

Ati seven strokes? kwani are you a chicken or what?

There are no men who are like that. Such guys should be tied to a pole and whipped.

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American bride ‘undergoes FGM’ in Pokot traditional wedding – VIDEO



An American missionary living in Baringo County braved female genital mutilation in order to fulfill the marriage customs of the Pokot in her traditional wedding.

The American couple has lived among the Pokots for the last 10 years doing missionary work.

Trizah and Tony said they fell in love with the Pokot culture and decided to wed in adherence to the traditions.

Among the Pokots, the bride must undergo female genital mutilation as a rite of passage to adulthood, a condition the American couple readily agreed to.

The marriage ceremony took place in Paka Hills.

Trizah was given a Pokot name Cheigar.

“I am proud to be here and be a part of this. It’s a blessing for me to be able to do this and be accepted by these people” Tony told K24 TV in an interview.

Female genital mutilation was banned in Kenya eight years ago after the enactment of Female Genital Mutilation Act 2011.

Communities still practice the vice albeit in secrecy.


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VIDEO: “Drunk” Kenyan in US faces up to 99 years in Prison ‘after killing man in wrong way vehicular homicide’



A Kenya man faces up to 99 years in prison after he was charged with felony murder and intoxication assault on a peace officer.

Two Harris County Sheriff’s deputies were injured and the man they were taking to jail was killed when they were hit head-on by a wrong-way driver in west Harris County.

Investigators believe that wrong-way driver, who has been identified as 39-year-old Patrick Njogu, was drunk.

Authorities say Deputy C. Drake and Deputy P. Zelaya were going eastbound on the Westpark Tollway at Synott around 11:30 p.m. Sunday when Njogu slammed his Lexus into their patrol vehicle.

The deputies had left the scene of a major crash before that and were taking the 42-year-old prisoner in the backseat of the patrol unit to jail for allegedly being impaired.

Investigators spoke to the deputies who said they had little time to react. They believe Njogu was headed the wrong way on the road for more than a mile.

Sean Teare with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office says he has seen video of the collision.

“You can see the moment the two deputies go over the hill on the on-ramp as this defendant is basically exiting Westpark the wrong way,” Teare said.

Other drivers apparently called 911 in the moments before the crash, trying to warn authorities of the coming danger. The Harris County Toll Road Authority then located Njogu’s vehicle on camera but could not prevent the head-on collision.

Deputy Drake was driving, but he was unable to take evasive action.

“He had nowhere to go. It is an on-ramp, a one lane on-ramp. He was only able to see him for a split second before the head-on,” Teare explained.

Officials say everyone was wearing a seat belt, and they were all taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. The prisoner died.

Deputy Drake had a broken foot, numerous bruises and cuts, and Deputy Zelaya suffered a concussion. Njogu was taken to the hospital with a broken leg.

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Two deputies are injured and a person in transport is killed after the deputy’s patrol car was struck by a wrong way driver on the Westpark tollway.

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Authorities say Njogu has five previous DWI arrests and three previous convictions in Illinois and Missouri.

Teare described Njogu as being highly intoxicated.

“He told the deputies or asked the deputies whether or not he was in the state of Missouri immediately after the crash,” Teare said.

Njogu had a Texas driver’s license.

According to the district attorney, as long as he had been adjudicated for the other convictions, there would be nothing that would prevent him from getting a Texas license.


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