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VIDEO: My own mother sold me for Sh5,000 to a rapist when I was 14

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A 24-year-old woman has narrated how her mother sold her to a rapist for Sh5,000 after finishing her KCPE exam in 2008. Jacinta Wanjiku had just finished her papers and like any other child in the village, she helped her mother sell alcohol and run errands as she waited to join secondary school.

It was from the illegal drinking shed at their Kakamega home that a buyer emerged among their customers.“I knew him as a customer and served him, not knowing that something was cooking between him and my mother,” she told Standard Digital.

“He worked at a local water company and would frequent our home for booze,” she added.In November 2009, what seemed like a breakthrough happened, Wanjiku’s mother told her she would live with her grandmother after joining secondary school.She was elated that at long last her dream was about to start and anxiously waited for the day she would leave their Kakamega home to Kiambu county.

When Wanjiku’s mother told her that one of their customers will accompany her during the trip, she did not see anything wrong.Wanjiku travelled from Kakamega to Kiambu with a stranger. Instead of taking her to her grandmother, the man took her to his house and told her she had been sold for Sh5,000.

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The buyer turned husband did not say anything during the journey to the city, which ended up in some remote village in Kiambu.“We reached Nairobi at 3am and waited in the bus until 5am before we took a matatu to Kiambu,” Wanjiku said.She added that it was after two weeks in a strange land that she was told of the transaction.After spending two weeks with the man’s mother for two weeks, she was moved to another home where she was told of her new duties, including sleeping with her new husband.“I was just 14 and had never engaged in the act before. It was my toughest moment in life,” she says.

 

Realising how gutted Wanjiku was, her husband took her to her grandmother for a few hours. They would leave thereafter and return to her home.Wanjiku was raped repeatedly before the man left for Kakamega, his work station.She bled for two months and grew weak, but the man did not take her to the hospital.He said he was broke and could not raise money for the hospital, according to him, Wanjiku would heal naturally.“When I called him and told him I was still bleeding he said he was broke,” she says.

 

When he eventually called her mother and asked about her condition, she was not remorseful.“My mother plainly told me to be strong and that it is for my own good to stay married,” she said.After my mother disowned me, I knew I was on my own and begun on a self-destruction journey.”I wanted to die”.A Good Samaritan offered her Sh500 to seek treatment, but even after going to the hospital, she was not assisted.She wanted two things — to escape from her husband’s house and die.The mother of one tried to commit suicide repeatedly.

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She drunk poison, but it still wouldn’t kill her. Even death mocked her.“I had seen enough, I hated myself so much that I took three packets of rat poison, boiled with rice, ate everything and went to sleep but still woke up the following morning.”She later escaped to her grandmother’s house and married another man.Wanjiku has never bothered to know what happened with her mother or the buyer, her first husband. “When I called him and told him that the bleeding had refused to stop after the second month, he said he was broke,” she says.

When eventually called her mother and asked her about her situation, she was not remorseful and said it was for the best of her daughter that she sold her.“My mother couldn’t assist me, she told me plainly to be strong and that it is for my own good to be married,” she said.After my mother disowned me, I knew I was on my own and begun on a self-destruction journey, I wanted to die.”A Good Samaritan offered her Sh500 to seek treatment, but even after going to the hospital, she was not settled.

She wanted two things, to escape from her husband’s place and die afterwards.The mother of one tried to commit suicide repeatedly but she could not die.She decided to drink poison and die in her sleep but she still could not die, even death mocked her.“I had seen enough, I hated myself so much that I took three packets of rat poison, boiled with rice, ate everything and went to sleep but still woke up the following morning,”She later escaped to her granny and married another man and has never bothered to know what happened with her mother and the buyer.

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She would wish her mother could change and ask for forgiveness, but they are yet to meet after all that she went through.

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Court postpones case against Sonko’s impeachment

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The Labour Court has suspended the temporary issued over half a year ago to have Nairobi’s governor Mike Sonko impeached.

On Friday, justice made the decision after disbanding an initial report filed former Nairobi county assembly speaker Beatrice Elachi.

Elachi sought to have Mike Sonko relieved of his duties at Nairobi’s county boss.

In her argument, Elachi said that there was no employer-employee relationship between the governor and members of the county assembly.

She added that such a relationship didn’t give the governor the mandate to determine any arising dispute.

Elachi further stated that the case breaches the basic principle of law that states all government entities should not encroach on each other since they are separate.

Additionally, the former speaker stated that the governor’s case was against the law as it abused the entire court process.

Justice Ongaya, however, ruled that the governor didn’t have to create an employee-employer relationship with ward representatives.

He added that impeachment is a disciplinary process for removing a person from the office which is a function of human resource.

Therefore, it is within the realms of the Constitution and Statutory provisions.

Additionally, the judge said Sonko’s case was within Constitutional and Statutory jurisdiction that can decline issues pertaining to labour relations and employment.

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Also, section 12(2) of the Employment Labour Relations Court Act, 2011 it’s okay for a case to be filed in court against or by any institution under the written law.

Additionally, the Act allows the court to determine disputes against people working as either employers or employees.

On his part, Ongwaya said proceeding with the case didn’t mean he was undermining the comity of the three government arms.

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Uhuru warns boda boda riders against being used by politicians for personal gains

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BY KEVIN KOECH

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday the 23rd of October oversaw the signing of a grand deal between capital markets authority, Boda Boda Safety Association of Kenya (BAK) an investment firm and an oil marketer.

The head of state further gave the riders some financial advice on how to scale and become rich.

Uhuru also encouraged the bodaboda riders to work hard so that they can achieve their goals.

“Boda boda industry is a sleeping giant that needs to be awakened, which is why the boda boda investment scheme is a great idea.

“Every individual should take pride in paying the price for what they want. If you do not pay the price, someone will pay to misuse you,” Uhuru said.

President Uhuru further questioned why some Boda Boda riders are poor despite the industry raking a staggering ksh 27 billion monthly.

According to him, the industry earns more than what the Government gives counties yearly.

“Every year, in totality, the boda boda industry makes ksh 357 billion. Boda boda association if together, would make more than what the government gives to the 47 counties.

“If you collect almost ksh1 billion every day, why does every boda boda rider cry of poverty?” Uhuru questioned.

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“The boda boda sector supports, directly or indirectly, 5.2 million kenyans which accounts for 10% of the population. This means that one in every ten kenyans makes his livelihood because of the business that you do,” he added

The head of state also cautioned the riders against accepting influence from political forces.

According to him, the riders should unite and work hard to visualize their dreams.

“If the working life of a boda boda is ten years after which he joins another sector, then this scheme offers a safe landing for him outside the said industry. My government is in full support of this association.

“My advice is to tell you to leverage your numbers.. look at things not in an individual aspect, but in a collective point of view. At times you’ll have to make unpopular decisions hence the reason why I came with a lean team. But always think of yourselves first and be careful not to be swindled based on political grounds.”

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Why we built and turned our house into a resort

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When architect Dorothy Abonyo’s husband, architect Erastus Abonyo, received a call that the beach plot they had been looking for had been found in Sakwa, Siaya, they were elated.

The land had been standing idle for many years and snubbed by potential buyers because of the many bushes around it, but they saw the potential in it. “When my husband asked us (his family) what we thought about the piece of land, and suggested how we could use it, we were sold out. We loved the scenery and the fact that it was on the shores of Lake Victoria,” narrates Dorothy.

With the go ahead from his family, the land was bought in 2016 and they began clearing the bushes and fixing the road to the land. In 2017, the family comprising of four, all architects, began the process of designing and building their dream house on the land.

“I am an architect with my own practice, Tekto consult, my husband and our first- born child are architects. Our second born is studying interior design and architecture abroad. The house was designed by our first born, Teddy Abonyo, who was then a final year student,” says Dorothy, who has been practicing architecture for about 30 years.

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Shared responsibility

To them, building the house was a small project that they felt their son could handle. Dorothy came in to strengthen the design and add a few details and her husband did a lot of work in the initial stages, such as fencing and setting up structures where people could sleep in. Dorothy, who became the senior architect to the project, opted to stay and oversee the process of building the home.

“It was frustrating supervising the project while living in Nairobi where I work. Every time I came to check on the progress of the project, I would find workers have messed things up, which meant we had to start all over again. So I decided to stay and oversee the project by myself and when I took a break, I would close the entire site until I came back,” she narrates.

Low business as a result of the 201 7 elections that year also allowed Dorothy extra time to focus on the project. And in 2018, the three-bedroom house was completed. It was constructed with as much natural materials as they could find in the area.

For instance, the pebbles they used on the exteriors of the house were mostly picked from their land while the rest were harvested from their neighbour’s land. Nyanza being a relatively hot place, the house was designed with thick walls that shield the interior from heat penetration. “When you have thin walls, heat goes in easily. We used cladding, which is attaching a layer of stones outside of a house to safeguard it from the weather effects. With the two thick walls, it will take a long time for the heat to penetrate,” Dorothy explains.

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The house was meant to be their retirement home, but they changed their mind after realising that the beauty and the set up spoke more and decided to share it with the public.

“We gave it a second thought and opted not to just have this place to ourselves as our boys were now old. Our second born is out of the country, he may or may not come back and is too old to even want to live with us. The last born too is on his way out meaning that it’s just me and my husband, so we decided to make it a holiday home,” she shares.

Getting into hospitality

That’s how their retirement home became a beautiful resort. Having come from the construction industry, the family knew nothing in hospitality except what they had experienced during their travels. “We have also travelled a bit and in particular, my trip in two cruises one at west Mediterranean cruise with the royal Caribbean for seven days in water really made me learn a bit on hospitality. Though we were over 5,000 guests, the staff took care of us as if we were five guests and there was no one time that we went to the restaurant and missed food. Their service, unlike other hotels I had been to, was superb,” she recalls.

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Having unanimously decided that their home would be turned into a resort, the family came together to name it. Dorothy’s choice, Pi Kidi, won. Pi means water in the Luo, while Kidi meant the stones. The area too was green and lush, so it also functions as a garden resort.

“Not many people were comfortable with the fact that you can share your home with strangers, but it’s a new trend, they have eventually gotten used to it. The boys then came up with the idea of putting up tents saying that their age mates would fancy that. So we set up a campsite that’s pretty formal, but we are also thinking of opening up the bush for people who are more adventurous and just want to camp by the water or in the bush,” Dorothy adds.

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