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Kenyans mourn Okoth as family makes burial plans

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Fallen MP’s family to make announcement as messages of condolence pour in

The family of the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth yesterday remained tight-lipped about his burial arrangements as messages of condolence continued to pour in.

Mr Okoth’s mother, Angeline Ongere, told the Sunday Nation that the family will release a comprehensive statement on Tuesday on the burial arrangements.

Speaking on phone from Nairobi where she is recuperating after being discharged

from hospital last Wednesday, Mrs Ongere hinted at the government’s involvement in the burial arrangements for her son.

“As a family, we have to incorporate the government in any burial plans. The MP was a state officer and the government might be interested in being part of the groups that will plan his burial,” she said.

At his ancestral home in Ogenga village in Kabondo Kasipul, Homa Bay County, villagers broke into mourning on Friday evening upon learning of the death of their son after a long battle with cancer.

Having grown up and spent most of his life in Nairobi, the MP was not well known in his village. Little was going on when the Sunday Nation paid the family home a visit, with just a handful of relatives who had arrived to condole with the family, as the rest had travelled to Nairobi.

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They remained guarded on the life of the legislator, instead referring us to his mother, Mrs Ongere.

One of his brothers, Rashid Omondi, referred to the MP as Odhis, short form for Odhiambo, Mr Okoth’s middle name.

“At home we called him Odhis. However, more information will be given by the family after making proper arrangements,” he said.

In Nairobi, ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna said the party was waiting for the family to share with them the burial arrangements. He also stated that ODM leader Raila Odinga would tour the constituency today to condole with Okoth’s family and the Kibra constituents.

Mr Sifuna said the family has scheduled a meeting tomorrow to draw up the programme for the burial arrangements.

On his part, Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati said he had lost a great neighbour.

“This is the time to show not only the people of Kibra but the entire nation and the world that we loved Ken by ensuring that his legacy leaves on. We consulted regularly on development matters,” Mr Arati said.

Kitui Central MP Makali Mulu noted that Okoth’s management of CDF was unrivalled.

“Ken was very focused on his work and set the bar very high on the use of CDF funds. His legacy projects in Kibra will remain a clear demonstration of servant leadership,” Mr Mulu said.

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At Starehe Boys Center, Nairobi, where Okoth went to for his secondary education,

students, and hundreds of alumni and parents who had attended the 60th Founders’ day celebrations at the school, observed a minute of silence in his honour.

Led by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha and Cabinet Secretary Raphael Tuju, both of who are old boys, and the school’s acting director Josphat Mwaura, they eulogised the fallen legislator as multitalented, good- hearted and a hard worker.

Mr Tuju expressed sadness that the MP died young but appreciated that in that short life, he showed some of the best attributes of Starehe.

“He held the flag of Starehe faithfully, he lived to serve others and I have only good memories of him, especially what he did for the people of Kibra,” he said.

“Something touching is that he suffered for very long from cancer, but when he heard that my own brother had passed away, he reached out to me,” Mr Tuju said.

Mr Fred Gori, a former classmate of Mr Okoth, said their class last met Okoth two weeks ago after he came back from France.

“He called all his friends and asked for a get-together. He said it was only going to be food, laughter and good memories. We met at Ashaki Grills,” said Mr Gori.

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“He was cheerful, strong and hugged each one of us. That was the last time we saw him as a class. His death has hit us very hard. He was the glue that held us together,” he said.

BY nation.co.ke


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Comedian Flaqo opens up on rare condition he has been battling

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Popular Kenyan comedian, Flaqo born Erastus Ayieko Otieno has for the first time spoken about a rare condition that he has been struggling with for some time.

Turns out that despite the funny man the Kenyan audience and beyond has grown to know as Flaqo Raz, he has his fair share of battles behind the cameras.

Flaqo opens up

The Internet sensation shared a photo showing red, itchy welts like a form of skin reaction on certain parts of his body.

Depending on the reactions, the welts appear and fade repeatedly and vary in size.

The YouTuber shared his condition with fans in the hope that maybe one or two can relate to what he has been going through and maybe work out a solution on the same.

“Anyone with this condition, how do you go about it?” he posed.

Comedian Flaqo rare skin condition

“Sometimes I have to postpone my shoots because they are unbearable. Zangu zilipotea for 6 months straight. Now they are back…” he replied to a fan who shared a similar experience.

Funny enough, soon as he had put up the post, he got so much feedback, with so many individuals able to relate to his skin condition, to his amazement.

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“So far: try staying in the sun for a bit, bathe with warm water after taking antihistamines. To understand your condition better, make a point of seeing a dermatologist,” Flaqo shared with fans battling a similar condition, after gathering responses from his fan base.

Wrapping up urging fellow victims to take plenty of water, work out more often and avoid proteins since hives get triggered by things like particular foods, medication and stress.

By Ghafla.com


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REVEALED: How three teenage sisters were impregnated by a shamba boy – police

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Police in Tana River county in Kenya are looking for a shamba boy  (gardener) who fled after allegedly  impregnating all three of his employer’s underage daughters at around the same period.

The girls said the man would often lure them to their farm where he would sexually defile them. One of the sisters confessed to sneaking into the gardener’s room at night.

“I did not know he was having affair with my sisters as well because we didn’t share that part of our lives with each other, as we didn’t trust each other with secrets,” one of the teenagers told Daily Nation.

The further divulged that the man would entice them with gifts such as money and clothes.

“He used to give me pocket money and would sometimes buy me clothes. He was so nice to me. I did not know he was doing the same to my sisters,” another girl said.

Each of the three sisters gave birth to a set of twins at a Garissa hospital on Saturday through a Cesarean Section.

All the three are Class Eight learners and are expected to sit for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination in March next year.

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On her part, the girls’ mother said she noticed her daughters had new sets of underpants but she did not suspect something was going on between them and the gardener.

“I noticed some funny set of underwear which caught my attention. But my last-born daughter kept saying she had bought them with her pocket money,” the mother explained.

“What I did not understand was why she chose that funny type of underwear,” she said.

She learned of the gardener’s affair with her daughters after she stumbled upon a message on one of the girls’ phone informing the man of the pregnancy.

She then discovered the two were planning to get rid of the pregnancy, prompting her to ambush all her daughters with a pregnancy test the following morning. Two of the girls admitted they were pregnant before the tests.

The shamba boy is said to have fled after learning that the three sisters were all pregnant with his children. Police are still looking for him.

The first-born daughter was expecting triplets but she could only deliver two children safely and without complications.

“They all had slim chances of survival, and that is why we looked for a specialist. But for the girl with the triplets to come out alive, we had to agree with the mother to choose between her daughter and the third infant,” a doctor said.

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The three were discharged from the hospital following the operations and are recuperating at home.

 


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Ciru Muriuki in mourning again, just months after losing her dad

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The loss of a loved one is a feeling one can never put into words. But losing another person so close to your heart, becomes a tall order.

July 2020, BBC journalist, Angela Wanjiru wa Muriuki alias Ciru Muriuki lost her dad to COVID-19. A man she dearly honored, loved and cherished.

A man she still misses more than words can say; a man who would have turned 72 years on October 10, were he still alive.

Pain and agony that she wonders how long it will last.

Amid COVID-19 and strict health measures put in place, her dads send-off left a different mark in her life.

“Heh. Losing a father. Nothing prepares you for the pain. Nothing. I wonder if I’ll feel this agony forever. My father’s funeral was the worst experience of our lives.”

Remember, Ciru also contracted the virus and had to mourn her late dad in almost complete solitude.

I cannot think of anything worse,” she tweeted.

Another loss

It has been barely 4 months that the celebrated media personality was allowed to mourn her loss, and death has stricken once more.

Taking to her Twitter, the broadcast journalist mourned the loss of a beloved mother, a grand mum and an aunt – her fathers sister.

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Messages of condolences continue to flow in from fellow personalities, friends and fans as they comfort a dear Ciru, having to bear 2 consecutive losses amid a pandemic.

May their souls rest in eternal peace!

By Ghafla.com


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