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VIDEOS: Optiven Foundation donates hundreds of wheelchairs to the needy, welcomes partnerships



Kenya currently has an estimated 1.16 million people who have mobility disability. This is according to statistics by Global Disability Rights Now, a United States based resource center. A huge number of these Kenyans do not have financial capacity to own a wheelchair, which could go a long way towards making them more productive.

Thanks to Optiven Foundation, a Kenyan based philanthropy outfit, hundreds of Kenyans have now been given free wheelchairs, courtesy of one of the Foundation’s programme dubbed, ‘Mobility that Brings Smiles’.

What’s more, due to the huge number of needy cases that the Foundation has received, it has now offered an opportunity for charity partnership where for only 150 dollars (equivalent to Kshs15, 000), you can now entirely and positively transform the life of a mobility challenged person in Kenya. This is the cost of a new wheelchair, which once donated, would be directly handed over to needy cases across the country.

Such a benevolent gesture would also translate to helping tens of possible dependents, including close family members of the needy case and those who were otherwise physically lifting such a person at the absence of a wheelchair.

Optiven Foundation, which is a soft arm of Optiven Group, kick-started a programme that seeks to transform many disadvantaged Kenyans who are physically challenged and without financial capacity to purchase a wheelchair for their mobility.

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So far, the Foundation has been able to offer hundreds of wheelchairs to needy cases and has further identified many more cases that require intervention. Some of the beneficiaries have come from amongst other counties, Nairobi, Kiambu, Kisii, Nyamira, and Nyeri counties.

For every wheelchair donated, Optiven Foundation has committed to deliver the same and share a report back to every donor. Watch:

“Donating a wheelchair means bringing a smile to a fellow human being who was otherwise stranded and unable to move from one point to another. There are many Kenyans who have a capacity to fend for their families but they are jailed by their inability to afford a wheelchair,” says Mr. George Wachiuri, Optiven Foundation Chairman and Trustee.

Already, philanthropists are responding to this call to donate wheelchairs: Watch video:

He notes that offering them such simple but vital equipment would mean that their stop being dependent on other people, with some of them now even being able to cater for their families’ needs.

“Some of these people are our parents, our brothers, our sisters and our children. All they need is that extra pair of wheels and they are ready to conquer the world,” says Wachiuri.

Optiven Foundation is involved in charitable works, based on four key areas namely; poverty alleviation, environmental protection, education and health.

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Man kills self after he was stopped from digging own grave



A 37-year-old man has stunned villagers at Chebwai after he committed suicide moments after he was stopped from digging his own grave.

Luvale Mutochi allegedly pulled a small bottle and drank from it outside his hut as his family members and some villagers watched in disbelief.

“I was called by a close family member who informed me that the deceased was digging a grave, he was still busy digging when I arrived. But moments later, he pulled a bottle and ingested the contents. He entered the house and took some water which could have catalyzed the poison reaction leading to his death,” said Chegulo chief Juma Inzai.

According to the chief, the deceased came to where they were standing and later walked towards his house before committing suicide by taking poison.

“Our frantic efforts to save his life were too little too late because the damage had been done by the time he was rushed to a nearby health facility,” said the chief. Peter Mutochi, the deceased’s father told journalists that the son got annoyed after his mother stopped him from selling her chicken.

“He had indicated that he wanted to buy some clothes but after his mother told him off, he started digging the grave near his house. My wife followed him and demanded to know why he was doing such a thing, he excused himself only to return with the poison which he would later ingest,” said Mutochi. The family said the incident has left them in shock because they did not expect their son to commit suicide over such a small issue.

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Lilian Khaendi, a cousin to the deceased said a disagreement over a chicken cannot be a reason for one to end his life.

“We don’t know why he decided to end his life just because of a small matter that could have been easily resolved, his death is a major blow.” The family has embarked on arrangements to bury the body.  Elders said the deceased’s body must be buried at night in line with the Luhya community beliefs and practices. According to the beliefs, the body has to be interred at night as a way of exorcising evil spirits that could return to haunt the family members.


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Body of MP’s brother found decomposing in his house



Police in Migori have launched investigations into the mysterious death of the brother of Suna West MP Peter Masara.

The body of Michael Odhiambo, 43, was found on Wednesday evening in a rental house at Oruba village in Suna West Sub County.

Neighbours reported a foul smell emanating from the house to the police who arrived at the scene, broke into the house, and found the decomposing body laying on the bed.

The deceased was staying alone in Migori while the rest of his family members were at Gwasi in Homa Bay County.

“We got the information from a neighbor at around 5pm and quickly moved in to check what the matter was,” said Charles Ouma, the area assistant chief.Authorities have since launched investigations to establish the cause of death.“We are yet to establish what may have caused his death. The only thing we found in the house is a sanitizer,” he said.

According to Masara, his brother was suffering from TB. The body was collected transferred to Migori County Referral Hospital mortuary.


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Woman in court for taking Sh15m mortgage with forged signatures



A senior manager with Mars Wringley’s company who allegedly faked a management consultant’s signature claiming he was her spouse and took out a mortgage for a Sh15 million property in Ngong is facing forgery.

Jane Muthoni Kariuki is accused of forging David Kimeli Mugun’s signature appended on a spousal consent mortgage application document presented to NCBA bank on November 4 last year.

She is accused of forging Mugun’s signature appearing on the document named Mugun as her spouse on November 4 last year with intent to deceive.

Mugun did not sign, and was not aware that Kariuki had listed him as her husband in the document he purportedly signed.

Kariuki was accused of faking Mugun’s signature with intent to deceive.

She is also accused of forging an advocate’s signature appended to the form.

The document is purported to have been signed by lawyer George Bwoyere of Akoto and Akotoa advocates on November 4 last year.

Kariuki is also accused of uttering a false document after she presented the spousal consent form to the bank falsely naming Mugun as her spouse.

She denied the charges before senior resident magistrate Charles Mwaniki of Kibera law courts.


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