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When Sabina Chege was robbed of joy and the teary aftermath

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As a radio broadcaster, she was known for little or zero controversy. But after joining politics in 2013 as Murang’a Woman representative, Sabina Wanjiru Chege has been courting one controversy after another.

From declaring her interest to be DP William Ruto’s 2022 running mate, to being mentioned in Wazir Chacha scandal, pushing for castration of rapists and now crying for her undying love for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s work, Ms Chege has always been in the news for polemical remarks.

But her firm support for Dr Ruto’s presidency seems to have shifted after joining a group of women leaders calling itself Team Embrace that is pro-handshake.

During a rally in Kandara last week, the self-proclaimed ‘maitu wa county’ (mother of the county) was humbled by her constituents who jeered her while chanting pro-Ruto slogans.

She had to cut short her speech due to the noise. When she returned to the podium, with a handkerchief in her hand, she beseeched the constituents not to embarrass her in front of guests as she also implored on them to rally behind the Kenyatta-Odinga handshake.

She broke town in tears while making that passionate plea. Her tears sparked debate with MPs Rigathi Gachagua and Jane Kihara, saying Ms Chege ought to have known that all politics is local, and such resistance was predictable.

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She has since denied being heckled and instead explained that she cried “after getting emotional for the love of the President.”

The journey of the former actress at the Kenya National Theatre to parliament has been long and illustrious.

But before her sojourn in mainstream media, she had featured in music videos and TV shows. She appeared as a video vixen for Kikuyu benga musician John De’Mathew in a song called Njata Yakwa. Ms Chege also appeared in the once popular TV show Tausi as Rehema.

She became a household name in central Kenya as a presenter in Kikuyu vernacular radio stations — Kameme and Coro — for her passion to address political, socio-economic and development issues.

She rode on that fame and helping women groups start empowerment programmes to become the first Women representative for Murangá in 2013.

During her re-election campaign, another radio broadcaster Waithira Muithirania gave the MP a run for her money forcing her to apply all strategies in the book to woo voters.

In the 2018 scandal of Mr Chacha — the man accused of faking her identity and conning MPs and senior government officials — Ms Chege vehemently denied having any contact with the youthful man.

She challenged the young man to release the videos he was reported to have boasted to police about showing his encounters with more than a dozen legislators.

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On April 4, 2018, she retorted angrily to a Twitter user named Romano, @RomanowaRomano, who sarcastically asked her about Mr Chacha.

The MP had posted a photo of herself and other officials planting trees in Murang’a County.

“Murang’a goes green. Mashinani Maneno’s,” Sabina wrote, but the Twitter user responded in Kikuyu asking ‘Kau ni Chacha kehau kana ni maitho ndiraira (Is that Chacha or do I have an eye problem?).

But she hit back at the Twitter user saying ‘uria nyukwa (ask your mother).

Love or hate her, Ms Chege’s record in the National Assembly speaks for itself. She always serves in powerful committees. In the first term, she served as the chair of Parliamentary Committee for Education and upon re-election, she is chairing the health committee — positions that she has served with commitment.

Source:Sunday Nation

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There’s a good chance your tin of coffee contains ground-up cockroaches

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Some people can’t start a day without a coffee – and a lot of people might change their coffee habit for good after this.

For most of us who can’t afford a coffee shop-like monster machine to use whole beans, we often reach for big tins and jars of pre-ground beans to keep going for a couple of weeks at least.

A few people oddly develop an allergic reaction to this widely consumed type of coffee. Sucks for them but innocent enough, right?

Wrong. The reason why they start to experience this allergy will make your skin crawl.

That’s because if you’re drinking coffee made from pre-ground beans, there’s also a pretty high chance you’re swigging down ground-up cockroaches.

University of Montana biology professor Douglas Emlen first spilled the beans on the gross finding in a 2009 interview about his research into dung beetles, as reported by news.com.au .

Dr Emlen described how, as a student, he drove across the country with his professor who was ‘fiercely addicted to caffeine’ and often made them drive up to 45 minutes off route to find somewhere that served whole bean fresh ground coffee.

“I remember giving him a really hard time because we were wasting a lot of travel time trying to feed his addiction because he needed a coffee every couple of hours,” said Dr Emlen.

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“And he finally explained to me he had to drink only whole bean fresh ground coffee — and it was because of cockroaches.”

After years of teaching entomology, the study of insects and their relationships with humans, the professor became badly allergic to cockroaches from handling them so often.

He couldn’t touch a cockroach without getting a reaction and suffered similarly when he drank coffee made from pre-ground beans.

When the professor looked into it he found pre-ground coffee is all processed from huge stockpiles that get infested with cockroaches.

He explained that little can be done to filter out the creatures, so they all get ground up along with the beans. Feeling ill yet? Here’s a little more.

Dr Emlen said at the time US defect standards allowed coffee beans to contain as much as 10 percent’ insect filth and insects’.

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Boda boda criminal gang giving residents of Kahawa Wendani sleepless nights

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Residents of Kahawa Wendani estate are slowly losing the trust they have had with boda boda operators following a series of robberies that involve the riders.

For the last two weeks, area residents have experienced an upsurge in crime and are now asking the police to step up and stop the spate of muggings that has hit the area.

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Mr Jairus Kipkorir, who lives in the area, says last weekend he witnessed two men on a boda boda snatching a phone from a woman and then speeding off.

“They did it so fast and before the woman could do anything they had already disappeared,” Kipkorir told Nairobi News.

Such incidents have become common in recent times in the area, according to the residents.

Another area resident, Ishmael Makau, narrated to Nairobi News how on Thursday last week, two men on a motorbike snatched a handbag from another woman just a few meters from the Kahawa bus terminus.

“Some people saw the incident attempted to give chase but the thugs somehow managed to escape,” he said.

Lucky Summer residents have also raised similar concerns over a gang that is unleashing terror on them at night.

ATTACKED AND ROBBED

On Sunday night, a woman who was walking from Baba Dogo estate, was accosted, attacked and robbed by two men as members of the public watched in dismay.

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Ms Tabitha Karungu said that her attackers wrestled her to the ground and stole and made away with her handbag.

“The number of touts famously known as Makanga is high in this estate. Something should be done about it,” she said.

She also narrated how on Sunday she saw touts beating up a man because he vomited in a bus.

“The man looked sick and we were forced to intervene and stop the touts from beating him up,” she said.

Nairobi News

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WATCH: Mariga struggles to answer questions from journalists

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McDonald Mariga appears to be encountering challenges in his bid to transition from a star footballer to a politician.

On Sunday, the former Harambee Stars player appeared to struggle to respond to questions from journalists while on the campaign trail.

Mariga had organised a football tournament involving the local teams and took that opportunity to push for his sports agenda in the event he is elected to office to succeed the late Ken Okoth on November 7.

It took the intervention of Langata lawmaker Nixon Korir to help the former Inter Milan midfielder to respond to a question from NTV journalist Seth Olale on live TV.

Seth Olale: Mariga, it is just three weeks to the by-election, so far, in terms of your strategy, is it working for you? And in terms of some of the issues raised by your campaign team in terms of security, have they been addressed? And so far how is the ground in Kibra?

Mariga (responds in Swahili): Ground iko poa but today ilikuwa mambo ya sports sitaki kuongelea mambo mingi. Nataka tulaunch sports Kibra, na tu-nurture talents. (The ground is okay, but we are focusing on sports today, my aim is to nurture talent).

At this point Koriri interjects and continues answering the question, despite indications from the journalists present that Mariga should field the questions.

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Korir: Generally, we are doing well… you know where the violence is coming from. We are not a violent group. You can see right now all the players that are playing today are from different political parties but we’ve been unified today by football.

ODM’s Bernard ‘Imran’ Okoth, Eluid Owalo of ANC and Khamisi Butichi of Ford-Kenya alongside Mariga considered front runners in the Kibra race which has attracted a total of 26 contestants.

by Nairobi News

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