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Deaf hairdresser lets her work do the talking

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At Clicks Salon and Beauty Parlour in downtown Nyeri, one hairdresser has been catching the eye of clients with her exquisite work.

Judy Wachera, 35, is deaf, but her hearing impairment is the least of her worries, as long as she does what she loves.

Although she has worked at the beauty parlour for only three months, Wachera has made such an impact that her workmates have taken up sign language classes to be able to communicate with her.

Wachera, who comes from Karima in Othaya, is one of four children, but is the only one with impaired hearing.

She was a year old when she lost her hearing. Her parents took her to different hospitals in Nyeri to find out the cause, but all in vain.

She studied at Tumutumu Girls School for the deaf, where she learnt sign language.

She later joined a beauty school in Nairobi, where she studied beauty and therapy, which have been her passion since childhood.

She later moved back home to Nyeri and got married in Othaya town. Her two children live with her parents in Kiriani.

Wachera’s husband is also deaf, and that is why they took their children to to live with her parents for the time being.

“Since everybody else can speak and hear, we want the children to be able to experience it until they are ready to take up sign language,” she wrote on a piece paper. She hopes to teach her children sign language.

The first born is 14 and the younger one is five. This, she feels, is too young for them to learn sign language.

Ms Wachera was told of a job opening by her friend and she immediately went to the salon. “I was already working in another salon, but I needed a bigger challenge,” she said. It was a competitive post, but her determination and tenacity saw her get the job.

Ms Peninah Ncekei, the owner of the parlour, told the Nation that Waceke would not take “no” for an answer.

“I asked her to come back after two weeks so that I could evaluate the other candidates, but she would not wait. She wanted to work here badly so I decided to give her a shot. It’s one of the best decisions I ever made,” Ncekei said.

“I let her serve the next client who walked in and she did a very impressive job,” she said.

Ncekei added that Wachera is very kind and willing to learn, which makes her worth having around.

She goes for sign language classes on Mondays to enable her to communicate better with Wachera.

The hairdresser says she has adapted to her situation and she is humbled that her boss is learning sign language so they can communicate better.

“It makes me feel welcome and accepted. My colleagues are also learning sign language, which makes me very happy,” she says.

Wachera is also surprised at how nicely people treat her when they realise she is deaf, especially given her line of work, where small talk is the order of the day.

But Ncekei says children are yet to get used to Wachera and often ask to have their hair done by someone chatty because they find her too quiet.

“The adults are very understanding and many even tip her for the great job, which I find touching,” Ncekei said.

Those who cannot understand sign language write their instructions down.

Wachera has hobbies that make her light up as she writes them down. She loves swimming, trying out new foods and travelling, which she says she has loved since she was a little girl.

by nation.co.ke

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‘Humanity is still alive’ – ex-TPF star Alvan Gatitu says on Kenyans support

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Former Tusker project fame participant Alvan Gatitu has thanked Kenyans for coming to his aid, during a difficult moment in his life.

This was after he shared a video of himself narrating how he had been kicked out of his house.

Taking to his social media account Alvan wrote,

‘when you start your day one way and end up in a different place.

Thankful from the bottom of my heart, God bless you.

Humanity is still alive.’

Speaking during an interview on NTV Alvan said he has fought anxiety attacks before.

‘I have suffered anxiety attacks before.

One thing I promised myself is that I would never be vulnerable enough to speak about where I am in life.

I was trying to hold a fallacy that was hurting me.’

Alvan added,

‘When I woke up in that guard’s booth,I knew I was done trying to  show that am alright.

I had reached out for help and nothing was coming through.

I decided to speak the reality of my situation.’

Kenyans heard his cries and contributed towards his welfare.

It was once again a chance for Kenyans to prove that umoja ni nguvu.

Truth be told, many people are suffering it’s just that they do not have the guts to share like Alvan did.

It’s a high time people normalized the idea of speaking out and sharing their problems.

Usikubali kufa na shida peke yaki, ongea,usikike.

By Mpasho.co.ke

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Rugby players Frank Wanyama, Alex Olaba pleads not guilty to charges of gang rape, released on Sh300k cash bail

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Two rugby players have each been released on a cash bail of Ksh300,000 after they pleaded not guilty to charges of gang rape and committing an indecent act .

Frank Wanyama and Alex Olaba were in the dock on Tuesday after the High Court ordered a retrial.

Last week the High Court quashed their conviction and 15-years imprisonment after it ruled that there was no evidence that one of the key witnesses in the case was sworn in before taking to the stand.

It is a requirement that one must take oath before testifying.

Further, the court directed that they be charged afresh.

According to the charge sheet presented before the court on Tuesday, the two are alleged to have committed the offence on February 11 2018 at Seefa Apartment in Highrise estate in Nairobi County.

While granting them cash bail, the court noted that it is not bound by the previous proceedings. It however noted that they face serious charges.

Magistrate Zainab Abdul directed that the case be mentioned on July 21 for purposes of fixing a hearing date .

The two have have also been warned not to interfere with witnesses lined up in the case lest it cancels the cash bail

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Kalonzo Musyoka’s bodyguard abducted

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s bodyguard Sergeant Joel Kieti Kilonzo was on Sunday, July 5 attacked by armed thugs as he was heading home from work.

According to a police statement, the incident happened after the police officer had escorted Kalonzo to his home in Karen.

Kieti was dropped by the driver at the Karen Country Club where he had some refreshments and left the club at around 8 pm.

While the security agent was walking to the stage to board a matatu to town, he was attacked by four gangsters who were armed with a pistol and an AK47 rifle.

As the bodyguard reached out for his firearm, the thugs hit him on the head and subdued him by tying his hands behind his back.

They bundled him into a Toyota Prado and took his pistol which was loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition.

They also made away with his cell phone worth Ksh 10,000 and Ksh 4,000 in cash.

Kieti was later dumped at Shell Petrol Station near Hilton Gardens Hotel along Mombasa Road.

He filed a loss of firearm and robbery with violence report at Embakasi Police Station.

The matter has been referred to Karen Police Station for further action.

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