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Chandaria solemnizes marriage after 64 years



Kenyan billionaire businessman Manu Chandaria today married the love of his life Aruna Chandaria at the Attorney General’s Chambers in Nairobi. Chandaria, 90, was traditionally married to Aruna, 85, for 64 years, but took the bold step to formalise their union in a Civil Marriage.The two –well-advanced in age — shared hearty smiles as they exchanged vows, much to the delight of those in attendance.

Recently, the business mogul admitted that love fades in marriage but emphasized on compromise as a key ingredient to a happy marriage.

“64 (years) is a long time and the only thing is that how comes it has continued. It’s because of give and take from both sides and consideration for each other.“Love drives off after a period of time, but consideration of each other always makes life a possibility. She (Aruna) is 85 and I am 90 but she has the last word” said the certified engineer in a recent TV interview.

Manu’s elder brother married Aruna’s elder sister and as the two families did business together, Manu warmed up to Aruna.Manu was born in Nairobi and Aruna in Thika, the two were separated when they returned to India during World War II.As fate would have it, they met again in Kenya in 1952 and rekindled their love.

Considered one of Kenya’s most successful businessmen, Chandaria had the capability of planning a lavish wedding but went simple, as is his custom.The business mogul only has five suits, two belts, a number of sweaters and around 10 shirts.

In Kenya, a Civil Marriage by notice costs Sh3,900 while a Civil Marriage by Special License costs Sh9,700.The Marriage Act, 2014 recognizes Five (5) systems of marriage, namely: Civil, Christian, Customary, Hindu and Islamic marriages.Below we have broken down how much it will cost you to get a marriage certificate in the different categories;

Civil Marriages
These are conducted in the Registrar of Marriages, Deputy County Commissioners or Assistant County Commissioners offices;They can be conducted through Notice or by Special license,Notice is where both parties are Kenyan nationals and it involves the placing of a 21 days Marriage notice before the Marriage takes placeSpecial license is necessary where:

  • Any of the parties is a foreign national
  • Both parties are foreign nationals
  • Marriage outside a licensed place
  • Parties unable to give a 21 days’ notice

They are monogamous in Nature

Requirements for Civil Marriage by Notice: (Kenyans Only)

  • Both parties to appear before the Registrar’s to fill a Notice form
  • Valid I. Ds/Passports are required (Copy and original)
  • Colored Passport size photos
  • Death certificate if widowed or divorce decree absolute if divorced;
  • In the event the Divorce decree is more than a year old or a death certificate is more than 2 years old, an Affidavit to confirm marital status;

Fee Sh3,900

Civil Marriage by Special License (Applies to Kenyans and foreigners) A fee of Sh9,700 is charged if the wedding is being conducted in the Registrar’s office and Sh16,700 if the wedding will take place in a garden. Christian/ Hindu marriages by Notice A fee of Sh1,400.00 is charged for the whole process if the wedding is to be done in place of worship.If parties had placed a notice of marriage with the intent to celebrate their marriage in a garden, the fee is Sh7,200. Christian/ Hindu Marriages by Special License A fee is Sh7,200 is charged if the wedding is being conducted in a licensed place of worship and Sh14,200 if the wedding takes in a garden.Marriages by Special License (where one party or both parties are foreigners) A fee of Sh14,200 is charged if the wedding is being conducted in a licensed place of worship and Sh21,200 if the wedding takes place in a garden.

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Inside Maragua, one of Kenya’s most dangerous towns



An hour of driving along Thika Superhighway from Nairobi and a diversion at Kenol market will land you in Maragua, a small town in Murang’a County whose economy is driven majorly by the sin industry.

 Security reports brand this small town with rugged buildings, whose money comes from agribusiness activities, as one of the most dangerous places in the country.

The town has constantly hit the headlines for bizarre murders and lethal armed gangs that strike on a daily basis.

 On November 24, 2018, a butcher in one of the town’s entertainment joints slit the throat of his female lover just outside Maragua police station.

 This incident had been preceded by the January 26, 2017 brutal attack on Jane Nduta, a 40-year-old barmaid. She was gang-raped, hit with a blunt object and left for the dead.  Ms Nduta died a week later while receiving treatment in a Nyeri hospital.

And in October 2018, the town was in the news yet again after Judy Wanjiru, a 32-year-old barmaid in the town, was found beheaded in her boyfriend’s house.

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 The heart-wrenching infamy was the July 19, 2020 news of a 15-year-old boy who reportedly killed his eight-year-old schoolmate, packed her body in a gunny bag and proceeded to bury it in a shallow grave.

 Apart from the butcher and the schoolboy who were apprehended by locals, the Murang’a South Directorate of Criminal Investigations has not cracked any of the above murders and many other serious incidents, earning itself the trademark of lethargy.

According to Jerry Okwatch, a University of Nairobi researcher on Home&beyond Security Initiative, the town is small and full of deceptive party life.  He says from 8pm, youth walking behind you will most likely descend on you with machetes, knives or iron bars.

“I would not advise you to use motorcycle transport past 9pm especially if you are female and new in town,” he adds. Mr Okwatch tips that if you must use a boda boda, first check whether it has number plate as many rogue riders conceal or operate without them while others use fake plates.  “Alcohol is freely accessible in bars that pull all the strings to defy the regulatory laws. Narcotics and illicit brews are readily accessible while commercial sex is on top of the town’s menu,” he tells Nation.

Gangs operating in the town know no blasphemy or abomination as Michael Njoroge, 67, attests.  “I operate a small hotel in the town and recently as I was walking home at around 9pm, I was accosted by three small boys who strangled and undressed me. They ran away with my clothes to search for money at their own leisure,” he narrated.  He says the gangs even break into churches to steal.

 According to sources, the gangs and some bar owners pay weekly stipends to some police officers who in turn protect them by passing on valuable tips about security crackdowns.

 According to County Commissioner Mohammed Barre, the gangs, who arm themselves with bows and arrows, confront officers on patrol.

 Currently, security agents are camping in Maragua after word went out that four capital offenders who escaped from Kirinyaga County’s Sagana police station were hiding in the town.

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 “We have evidence that the four have on several occasions been sighted in the town. We have shared the information with DCI and other government departments but for the past eight months, no arrests have been made,” said a source in area community policing initiative, showing screenshots of the said tips that were never acted on.  Murang’a DCI boss Julianna Muthini said: “Yes, we have received those tips and we are on their case though they have remained slippery.”

Meanwhile, Education Chief Administrative Secretary Zack Kinuthia has decried rampant narcotics trade in the town,even mentioning the name of a popular peddler who runs a network of underage commissioned sellers.

 He added that some chemists in the town give the underage family planning services as well as help them procure abortions.

 Mr Kinuthia said a peddler identified as Alex Macharia Kimani recruits children to ferry the narcotics using school bags to avoid security detection.

He said the government will not tolerate security laxity and compromises that continue to expose children to risky lifestyles established as businesses by unscrupulous traders.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Edward Mbugua in a recent tour of Maragua police station was made aware that residents live in fear of the gangs and in most cases never report any atrocities for fear of reprisals. He directed Police Commander Josephat Kinyua to be creative in tackling the gangs.


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US boy fatally shoots self at his third birthday party




A three-year-old Texas boy has died after shooting himself with a gun he found during his own birthday party, police said Monday.

The youngster was celebrating with family and friends on Saturday in Porter, 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Houston, when adults heard a gunshot while playing cards.

The boy was found with a gunshot wound to his chest and rushed to a fire station where he died, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department said.

Authorities said the boy had found a pistol that had fallen out of a relative’s pocket.

The group Everytown for Gun Safety said that, since the beginning of the year, the country has seen at least 229 unintentional shootings by children, resulting in 97 deaths.

A third of US adults own a gun, with the right to own firearms guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

Texas is among states with the most permissive gun laws.


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Apply for KeNHA’s TVET scholarships, Waiguru tells Kirinyaga youth



Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has challenged youth in her county to apply for scholarships being offered by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) in selected technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions.

Ms Waiguru Monday revealed that KeNHA has chosen Sagana Technical Institute and Kaitheri Youth Polytechnic as training centres for the skills sponsored programme targeting young people living along the upcoming Kenol-Sagana-Marwa dual carriage way.

The governor noted that the training will improve chances of the youth getting road construction jobs. She added that she has lobbied the national government for 30 per cent of the slots to be reserved for Kirinyaga residents.

“For the youth who have been seeking jobs, this is an opportunity knocking at your doorsteps and you should seize it by enrolling yourselves in either of these two institutions,” she said.

In an advertisement, KeNHA indicated that those who qualify for the skills training must be aged between 18 and 35 years and should register with their KCSE or KCPE certificates. The successful candidates will each receive a scholarship for three terms which will cater for tuition fees and accommodation.

Sagana Technical Institute is offering carpentry, electrical wiring, masonry, welding and fabrication while Kaitheri Youth Polytechnic is offering motor vehicle mechanics, electrical installation grade three and hairdressing and beauty courses.

According to the advert, applications are to be submitted to the Kirinyaga County commissioner’s office by November 3.

The upcoming 84-kilometre dual carriage highway is part of the Great North Road that connects Mombasa port to Addis Ababa through Nairobi, Isiolo and Moyale.

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