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Tears flow freely as worshipers stand with Bishop who quit after Clashing with Pastor Ng’ang’a

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Bishop Robert Wafula, who was in charge of Neno Evangelism Centre in Mombasa, has exited the church, Standard reports.

According to the publication, Wafula, who is one of the three bishops at Neno, resigned on Friday, May 31.

Wafula wasn’t too happy with remarks that were made by Pastor James Ng’ang’a while cautioning them against disrespecting his wife.

He told journalists that he had known Ng’ang’a for more than 20 years and as such he should not have painted them in bad light.

“If he had issues with us, he should have called us for a meeting. But declaring in public that he will kick us out means he no longer wants to work with us. I would rather leave than wait for him to do what he threatened,” stated Wafula.

While handing over church documents, Wafula explained that he had never engaged with Ng’ang’a’s wife beyond their regular church meetings.

Bishop Robert Wafula with Pastor Ng’ang’a

 

Pastor Ng’ang’a, who is the founder of Neno Evangelism Centre, on Friday, caused a heated debate on social media after a video of him hurling abuses at the bishops emerged.

In the 6-minute clip, Nganga was heard cautioning some bishops against disrespecting his wife.

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“If you are not going to respect my wife, I will kick you out of my ministry whoever you are. I don’t care if we grew up together.

Pastor Ng’ang’a and his wife.

“This time around I will show you my power. If you don’t respect her, leave my church and go start yours,” he retorted.

The controversial preacher vowed that he would teach the bishops a lesson, adding that they had found him in the ministry yet they could not show regard for his wife

“You found me in this ministry with your wives. You found me preaching using a hand cart, you became rich in this church yet you can’t respect my wife?

“I will show you who I am. I have said if you can’t respect my wife then I’m not going to serve with you. Useless people,” he added.

Bishop Robert Wafula with a colleague
Bishop Robert Wafula hands over church documents at Neno Evangelism Centre in Mombasa
Pastor James Ng’ang’a with his wife Loise Maina Ng’ang’a during their wedding in 2012

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Why it’s hard to stop betting

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In probability, if you toss a coin, you cannot get a head and a tail at the same time. It is one or the other, a gamble. This is what betting is about — you win or lose, there is no middle ground.

Yet, thousands of young Kenyans are addicted to gambling. A GeoPoll report in 2017 shows that the country has the highest number of gamblers in sub — Saharan Africa, with sports betting the most popular form of gambling. Further, 40 percent of low-income consumers are unemployed and 29 percent are students.

The government’s refusal to renew the licences for some betting companies comes at a time when many individuals are addicted to betting and have turned it into an income-generating activity.

Is it the allure of quick riches?

Abigail Khamati, 32, has been betting for the last four years and the government’s move has left her without a stable source of income. She acknowledges that betting is her biggest hustle and yes, the thought of making instant riches excites her.

“I depend on what I get from betting to meet most of my expenses, say house rent and other personal needs,” she says. “Using the money earned from gambling, I was able to start a side hustle — selling men’s clothes.”

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Although she is addicted to betting, she is quick to defend herself as a responsible gambler.

“I am a football fan. My favourite team is Arsenal and I started betting because I realised that I was good at predicting the outcome of football matches. What began as a pastime became a good source of income,” she offers.

“It derives some attributes from business; you have to be resilient and willing to take risks. I spend Sh10,000 to Sh 20,000 every weekend. I decided to bet only on weekends because that is when there are more matches and I can concentrate fully.” she says.

“Should I lose a game, I take a break, say one day, then start betting again. Last year, I lost more than Sh100,000 but also made more than that. At one time, I placed a Sh1,500 bet and won Sh 80,000,” she offers.

While she has lost thousands, of shillings, she is not ready to stop because of the returns, and the fact that it is instant money.

Clare Sunguti, 29, comes from a betting family. Her father and six siblings are also into betting, which she considers too inviting to stop. “I am not a football fan but I was inspired by my brother when he won Sh64,000 in December 2016. At home, we would regularly contribute money and bet. Once we won Sh 110,000 and my brothers encouraged me to start playing solo,” she says.

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Advances in technology have made it easier to bet. Those without, say football knowledge, can ask for tips and odds through the various social media platforms.

Sunguti is a marketer by profession and sells cosmetics and groundnuts on the side. Whatever profits she makes, she channels into betting. not borrow or take loans to place bets,” she offers.

Meanwhile, just the mention of betting brings bad memories to Stephen Muriithi, whose name we changed to protect his privacy.

The former bank teller was introduced to betting by a customer in 2016, and it led to his downfall, including his job.

He started by using Sh500 a day before doubling the amount. But even the loss of Sh50,000 did not bring him back to his senses.

“By the time the bank fired me, I had exhausted my savings and was more than Sh300,000 in debt. It took my mother and a few friends to get me out of betting,” he says.

Isaac Maweu, a counselling psychologist, classifies gambling as a process addiction like pornography.

“Most people bet with the expectation of winning big and whenever they lose, the mind is conditioned to think that they might win the following day, so they continue. Before you know it, you are addicted.

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The process brings about various effects such as anxiety, depression, criminal activities to support the behaviour, guilt and strained relationships,” he says, adding that it is possible to get out of it through self-regulation and commitment.

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Ruto addresses his “assassination plot” allegations, says he has spoken to Uhuru about it

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Kenya’s Deputy Pesident William Ruto has, for the first time ever, spoken about allegations about a plot to assassinate him.

Speaking to K24’s Anne Kiguta, Mr Ruto sought to dodge most of the questions on the topic. However, a persistent Kiguta sought ansers to her hard hitting questions. She also pushed him to answer questions on his 2022 ambitions, his wealth, unfulfilled campaign promises and the SGR project, among other issues. Watch:

 

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Activist wins transgender battle

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Transgender activist Audrey Ithibu Mbugua has won a battle against the Kenya National Examinations Council after the Appellate court upheld a decision compelling them to change her academic certificates to reflect ‘her’ new identity.

The Court of Appeal said they were not persuaded by Knec to overturn the High Court’s decision, which ruled in Audrey’s favour.

“All in all, we are not persuaded that the appellant has established a basis for this court to interfere with the decision of the lower court,” Justices Philip Waki, Gatembu Kairu and Otieno Odek ruled.

CULTURAL REALITIES

The judges dismissed the claim that Justice Weldon Korir had waded into the policy and legislative arena and ignored cultural realities of the society.

The judges said there is, of course, need for the government, and Parliament in particular, to address in a holistic manner the interests of minorities such as transgender persons.

However, such minorities cannot wait until there is a policy and legislative framework in place, to get recourse to secure their dignity guaranteed under the Constitution.

Audrey, formally known as Andrew Ithibu Mbugua, was born and raised as a male. As Andrew, he attended Kiambu High, a boys’ school, where he sat his KCSE in 2001 and scored a mean grade of A- (minus).

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Like other certificates, Ms Mbugua’s was inscribed with the mark, M, signifying the male gender.

And since October 2008, Audrey has received medical treatment at Mathare hospital for gender identity disorder and depression.

GENDER IDENTITY DISORDER

Dr Catherine Syengo Mutisya, the deputy medical superintendent Mathare, stated that Audrey had gender identity disorder (trans-sexual) and had already began the medical transition.

Dr Mutisya said Ms Mbugua is still distressed by the challenge she is encountering as a result of her condition and faces a lot of stigma as a result of having her certificates and identification documents referring to her as male even though she has partly transitioned to female.

In January 2012, by gazette notice Ms Mbugua published by a deed poll, she renounced the name Andrew and assumed ‘Audrey Ithibu Mbugua’.

She then wrote to Knec requesting to effect the changes in her certificate. The council at first appeared to agree but later dismissed her request, forcing Ms Mbugua to move to court.

Justice Korir ruled in her favour but Knec appealed, arguing that the certificate was issued in accordance with the registration particulars “under which he registered for the examination”.

Knec further doubted that the gender transition Ms Mbugua claimed to have been undergoing was sanctioned by law and that there is no requirement in law for it to effect a name change.

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