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She lived to tell her story after an act of kindness



Hers was a joyous case of medicine triumphing over affliction.

And it was made the sweeter by the fact that Kenyans in their thousands had rallied to her aid after tear-jerking images and the story behind her illness was carried in the local media.

For before the surgery that successfully got rid of her afflicted breasts, Margaret Apoya was a heart-rending sight.

Her pair of breasts sagged almost to her knees, weighed down by giant growths that cumulatively weighed 32kg.

With such a weight, she was a virtual invalid. She hardly stood, making domestic chores or engaging in any economic activity difficult for her.

The result was biting poverty that not even the effort of her peasant husband could help mitigate. Matters were made worse by the overwhelming stigma among her fellow villagers at Mwer in Alego Usonga constituency, Siaya County.

For the locals, unschooled in matters medical, Apoya’s case was pure witchcraft.

Apoya resigned to her fate after all interventions, modern and traditional, failed. In her own words, she confessed she was just waiting to die.

Until her plight reached the ears of Fr Clement Oluoch, the parish priest at St Lawrence Uradi Catholic Mission.

It was Fr Clement’s intervention that triggered a chain of events, culminating in a five-hour surgery at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret that removed the giant growths.

Weeks earlier, Kenyans, moved by the plight of the hapless, poor woman, managed to raise Sh400,000 for the surgery.

The surgeons then reconstructed her breast back to normalcy, taking a huge burden off her chest and mind and allowing her to lead a normal life.

That was way back in April 2001 and a beaming Apoya walked back home after the surgery to celebrations from awed villagers.

Last weekend, another round of celebrations rocked the sleepy village, as Apoya hosted a group of people she described as close to her heart and who helped her get her life back on track.

Her guests were Dr Philip Parklea, the surgeon who led the team that operated on her, Purity Kabii, the nurse who took care of her before, during and after the surgery, and Fr Clement.

Dr Parklea was then Chief Specialist Surgeon at the hospital. He conducted the procedure alongside two other surgeons, Dr Kuremu Tenge and Dr Ashraf Emara.

“This is a thanksgiving to God for what happened to me. I wanted the doctor to see that I’m doing very well,” Apoya, told the Nation at her home as she served guests and villagers with food.

Dr Parklea, now in private practice, still recalls the case as if it happened just the other day.

“It was a very sad case. I remember reading about it when it was highlighted in the media. People said it was witchcraft,” he said.

Over a month ago, Apoya sent word to him, inviting him and the rest of the team that handled her case to her home for a thanksgiving ceremony.

“I was very touched by that and there was no way we could let her down,” said the doctor, who then made the long journey to Siaya on Saturday, alongside his wife, and Ms Kabii and her husband.

Fr Clement said the Apoya case was heart-rending and he could not just sit back and watch.

The case proved to be a blessing in disguise for the villagers, who lacked access to good medical services. “It enabled the Uradi Catholic Church to push for the establishment of a hospital at the mission. This came to pass,” said Fr Clement who is currently the chaplain at St Mary’s School, Yala.

Ms Kabii says the Apoya case is good testimony that Kenyans can get high quality services here at home, without making the costly trips abroad.

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Official video of Kenyan MPs participating in ‘Jerusalema Challenge’ released



The awaited video of Kenyan politicians dancing to the ‘Jerusalama’ hit song has finally been uploaded on their Kenya’s National Assembly YouTube.

This comes just a few weeks after Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo proposed this motion in parliament; hoping to be the first parliament in the world to take part in the challenge. And for a minute many assumed that this could not work; until the video finally surfaced on online on Wednesday, 21 October.

Probably because this challenge had already been exhausted by many judging from the many videos of the challenge circulating on social media.

Kenyan politicians participate in Jerusalema video

Anyway, whether you like it or not, Kenyan politicians have gone ahead to release a new video; showing off their dance moves in their ‘Jerusalama challenge.‘ In a video shared less than 2 hours ago, the many politicians are seen grooving to the South African hit song….. and we love it!


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Governor Kingi tell off DP Ruto over hustler movement




Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has torn into wheelbarrow initiatives by Deputy President William Ruto terming it a political gimmick that has no benefit to Kenyans.

While addressing Kilifi residents during this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations at Pwani University grounds the governor said Kenyans will only be freed from poverty, tribalism, and unemployment through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

“The same that are opposing the BBI are the ones going out to give out wheelbarrows as handouts. So they are blocking you from getting the benefits of the BBI and think that they can blindfold you with wheelbarrows,” he said.

Kingi who was in the company of Kilifi County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka said that the BBI report has outlined various interventions including increasing money to counties from the current 15 per cent they are receiving, a situation he said will improve the lives of the residents in counties.

“We have been pushing for the increase of funds to counties from the current 15 per cent and that has been addressed in the BBI report. But it baffles me that someone would go to an extent of opposing the document with all these interventions and then the only thing he gives is wheelbarrows. This is unfair and such people should be ignored,” the governor added.

Kingi downplayed the hustler narrative saying that the DP is far away richer than the people he wants to lie to always.

“If you are hustler like him, then show me your chopper, your luxury houses not one and the luxury cars you own and then we shall know that you are like him. Other than that, then you are cheating yourself away,” he said.

He called on President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga to immediately release the contents of the BBI report to Kenyans so that the speculative agenda by the Tangatanga team can be silenced.

“If we continue to withhold the report, the prophets of doom will continue to speculate and continue to lie to Kenyans about its contents, I am asking the President and Mr Odinga to release the report,” he added.

Kingi also promised to help deliver and explain the BBI document to his residents, insisting that he will lead in ensuring that Kilifi gets to know the importance of what is contained in the document.

“I will move out as a Governor in 2022 and another person will come in but if BBI is not addressed then the challenges that are there will still exist. I will be in my most pains when after retirement, the only thing I will see in Kilifi is wheelbarrows. That is not what we want as Kilifi residents,” he said.

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Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee named the new Harambee Stars coach




Celebrated coach and media personality Jacob Ghost Mulee has made a return to the National team.

This comes just a day after Head coach Francis Kimanzi and his entire technical team was shown the door.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) confirmed the appointment of Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee and has since unveiled him.

Mulee first assignment is to prepare the team that will face Comoros in AFCON Qualifier match that’s set to be played in November.

Kimanzi left the scene after he masterminded what had been tipped to be an unlikely friendly win against Zambia on October 9 at Nyayo Stadium.

He was appointed in 2019 to replace Sebastien Migne who he worked with as an assistant coach.

Mulee return reminds Kenyans when national team charges helped to qualify for the 2004 Afcon edition in Tunisia.

He is also credited to have mentored the current J1 League top scorer Michael Olunga and his appointment has provided an opportunity for the duo to work again at national level.

Under Nick Mwendwa Mulee becomes the fifth coach to have been appointed since he took office in 2016.

Stanley Okumbi took over in February 2016 and exited in October 2017 while Paul Put who led Kenya to Cecafa title took over in November 2017 and left in February 2018.

Migne who led the country to the 2019 Afcon finals but, a Chan qualifying setback against Tanzania saw him part ways with the team on mutual consent paving the way for Kimanzi’s rise to the helm.

Kimanzi remained in charge from August 2019 to October 20, 2020, and he left just days after Mwendwa had secured another four-year term as the FKF president.

Mulee and his technical bench are expected to help Harambee Stars fight for back-to-back Afcon qualifications with two matches against Egypt and Togo already played.

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