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Mother of Daystar University graduate clings to faith as she attends her dead son’s graduation

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It was an emotional moment at Daystar University when the mother of a deceased graduate attended the ceremony to receive a degree on behalf of her son who was to graduate on that day.

Derrick Macharia Githinji’s mother had prepared for her son’s graduation, only for him to die four days to the graduation day.

The mother was given a standing ovation as Daystar University Vice-Chancellor Prof Laban Ayiro conferred her with the son’s degree.

Many were seen clapping at the graduation ground in Athi River while others could not control their tears.

Nevertheless, for Githinji’s mother, her son had fought a good fight, kept the faith, and eventually won the prize.

In her words, she said precious people with remarkable achievement deserve to be celebrated, whether alive or dead.

“Dear graduands, as you go to the world, shine and aspire to live a worthwhile legacy, because your achievements aren’t only celebrated in your lifetime but even after,” said the mother.

Relatives who had planned to attend Githinji’s burial did not miss the occasion either.

Shoulder to shoulder, they stood by his mother to receive what perhaps will remain a proof that Githinji was an academician.

Githinji died Monday, June 24, after he was hit by a speeding motorbike at Ruiru Naivas, along Thika Super Highway, about 200 meters from his home.

Source:SDE

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Ruth Matete welcomes bouncing baby girl 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Gospel singer Ruth Matete has finally welcomed a bouncing baby girl, Toluwa, months after her husband’s demise.

Sources have intimated that the Tusker Project Fame (TPF) winner went into about earlier in the week before her due date and delivered through Caesarian Section (CS)

Taking to Instagram, the singer acknowledged the warm wishes sent by fans and friends stating that her bundle of joy had arrived.

“I have not ignored your kind and warm messages of congratulations. Thank you so much glory to God! Ni mimi wenyu, Mchungaji Ruth Matete, ukipenda mama Toluwa, ukipenda Madam big belle,” she wrote.

Last month, the singer opened up on dealing with grief months after her husband died due to sustained injuries from a gas accident at home.

Through an Instagram post, the singer narrated that grief was not an easy thing to deal with as some days are completely hard.

She further indicated that she sometimes gets conflicted about taking too long mourning about her late husband while at the same time she thinks she is being hard on herself.

“Truth is some days are very hard. When death knocks at your door, there’s nothing you can do.

“Some days, voices in my head tell me am taking too long in this mourning phase. But I have made up my mind not to be hard on myself,” she wrote.

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Sonko gives City tenants six months waiver on rent

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has extended rent waiver for tenants residing in City County Government houses for six more months citing COVID-19 financial challenges.

In a statement, Sonko accused officers of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) of harassing vulnerable city residents over rent arrears despite the current economic crisis occasioned by the pandemic.

“My attention has been drawn to the outcry of a majority of tenants occupying residential houses belonging to the Nairobi City County Government, following persistent harassment by officers from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) over rent arrears

“I do hereby extend the waiver earlier granted for a period of a further six (6) months from the date of this letter, as our residents continue to recover economically from the effects the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sonko said.

The Governor’s move is expected to trigger a standoff with the Major General Mohamed Badi-led Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) and tenants

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Irate boda boda riders drag theft suspect from hospital, kill him 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Pokice in Kirinyaga are investigating a case where around 300 boda boda riders stormed a hospital, dragged out a patient and lynched him.

Reports indicate that the victim was getting treated at the hospital, when the riders stormed and took him out to the Mwea-Embu highway where they killed him.

Nyangati Senior Chief Immaculate Wanjiru stated that the departed had been saved by police officers the previous evening from angry riders who wanted to kill him for allegedly stealing a motorcycle.

He had then been rushed to hospital with serious injuries and was receiving treatment, when he was dragged out of the hospital by the riders.

Before his death, the suspect had reportedly confessed to stealing five motorbikes and had directed the riders to where he had hidden them.

However, when the riders visited the area that the deceased had directed them, they found that they had been duped.

The deceased was burnt beyond recognition and his remains were taken to the Kerugoya Hospital Mortuary.

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