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Man starts 150km trek to return Mzee Kenyatta’s ‘misery’ helmet to Uhuru

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A man has embarked on a 150 kilometer walk to State House, Nairobi, to return Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s gift to his grandparents that has become a “relic of misery”.

Mr James Ndei from Gitunduti village in Mathira, Nyeri County started the journey on Wednesday evening and hopes to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He wants to hand over the pith helmet ‘given’ to his grandparents by Mzee Kenyatta 75 years ago.

A pith helmet, still used by provincial administrators, was a symbol of colonial rule across Africa.

They were worn by European explorers and imperial administrators in Africa, parts of Asia and the Middle East before being adopted by military officers.

The man claims Mzee Kenyatta gave the helmet to his grandparents, Shadrack Gathuni and Deborah Mumbi, in 1944 when he visited their home to drum up support for the struggle of Kenya’s independence.

James Ndei’s grandparents, Mr Shadrack Gathuni and Deborah Mumbi. PHOTO | COURTESY

UNFULFILLED ASPIRATIONS

Both have since died but their grandson says it was their wish that the helmet be returned to the Kenyatta family because the aspirations of Kenya’s freedom fighters were never fulfilled.

“My grandparents used to tell me Kenyatta was a regular visitor to their home and even spent several nights with them as he established the African Independent church. My grandfather was a church leader and was very close to Mzee.

“However despite the fact that Kenyatta later become the president, there is nothing to show for that association. My grandparents died poor and I feel they were betrayed hence my decision to return the helmet,” he told the Nation.

Mzee Zakaria Mbogo Ributhi, who turned 100 this year, corroborated Mr Ndei’s account.

Mzee Ributhi said he first met the Mzee Kenyatta in 1942 when he came to visit the couple at their Gitunduti home and later became a frequent visitor in the village.

Mzee Zakaria Mbogo Ributhi (right, holding helmet) who claims to have witnessed Mzee Kenyatta present the helmet gift 75 years ago. PHOTO | STEPHEN MUNYIRI

WITNESS

He says he witnessed Mzee Kenyatta give out helmets to some six church elders as a symbol of authority.

“He was a good man and he interacted with people very well, he used to sensitize us on the need to join the struggle for independence. But we are disappointed because most of us never benefited from the struggle.

“I support the return of the helmet because it is of little meaning for aspiration of those who fought for independence” he said

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Benachi flaunts car in a warm message on his struggles in Nairobi

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US-based Kenyan singer Benson Ongachi alias Benachi is having the time of his life in North America since relocating and getting married to his wife , Joan.

The Mwanake hitmaker star has in past years not shielded away from showing his ups and downs and finally making it in the United States.

Benachi still sings and is an occasional minister in Donald Trump’s new-age America and has a travel catalog that stretches through Dallas, Atlanta and New York among other cities.

He is happy with his achievements, he resides in a cozy neighborhood and once in a while shares bits of it and experience with his wife.

The recent post he shared how he struggled to break through the music industry while in Nairobi.

“Nilitembea sana nikihustle Nairobi,kupiga root 11 ju ya kukosa bus fare. I never thought that one day I will be able to own a car. Enyewe you don’t know about tomorrow. God is Good, God is faithful,” he wrote.

He added: “Struggles are part of life, but they are not a totality of what life entails. So we must remember to discover all the other ingredients that make life worth living. Victory belongs to Jesus.”

He hit the limelight when he did a collabo with the late Kaberere in 2014 following the release of mwanake.

The couple also has a daughter, Olivia.

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‘Help me beg for forgiveness,’ – Nyota Ndogo thrown out by her husband

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Mombasa based artiste Nyota Ndogo spent the night in the cold after being thrown out by her mzungu husband over disrespect.

Nyota had told her husband to wear a dera, a unisex cloth worn by people from the coastal region but he did not take it lightly.

‘I gave my husband a dera to wear, I told him that here in Africa a dera is worn by both men and women. I did not even know how I found myself outside. I did not even know that I could run this fast, but it is so cold outside I can’t deal with it. Let me go and try beg my husband from the window. I was only joking, maybe I should tag him so that you can help me beg him to let me into the house,’ Nyota Ndogo said.

Her post, written in Swahili read: “Nimempa mume wangu Dera avae nimemwambia huku africa tunatumia dera kulalia waume kwa wake hata sijui nimefika nje vipi sikujua naweza kua na mbio hivyo lakini hii baridi hapa nje ndio yanishinda ngoja nikabembeleze kwa dirisha ilikua matani tu sijui nimtag munisaidie niingie ndani.”

Nyota Ndogo

Just days ago, she posted something on her social media that left more question than answers saying even if she got dumped she would get married over and over again.

‘I cannot stay in a marriage that has no peace.

I cannot stay in a marriage where I am constantly getting trouble just to show people that I am OKay.

I Cannot stay in a marriage where I am being oppressed just because I have a husband who has money.

If I am dumped I will get married again and again and again and again. Even twenty times if need be.’

Adding,

‘Don’t be a person that constantly cries foul don’t mind being laughed at keep your happiness first.

At the end of the day I pray that God sustains my marriage for 100 years because I love this man.’

Nyota Ndogo

Her post continued, “Siwezi kukaa kwenye ndoa isiokua na Amani.siwezi kukaa kwenye ndoa ninayo pata tabu ili kuonyesha watu AM OK AND AM NOT.

siwezi kukaa kwenye ndoa ya mateso kisa nipo na mume mwenye pesa nikiondoka ntateseka sasa najiganda tu haponikionyesha watu tabasamu la uongo.ya mwisho NIKIACHIKA NITAOLEWA TENA NA TENA NA TENA NA TENA. HATA MARA ISHIRINI.usiwe mtu wa kulia lia usijali kuchekwa jali furaha yako.MWISHO WA SIKU NAMUOMBA MUNGU AILINDE NDOA YANGU MIAKA MIA MOJA COUSE I LOVE THIS MAN.

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Guess the cost of Sonko t-shirt which was torn during his arrest

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The t-shirt which Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko wore when he was arrested last week in Voi causing lots of chatter among netizens, and it’s not because of how good it looks.

Pictures of the governor standing with his shirt torn on the side after his arrest became a topic of discussion online.

However, it’s the cost of the t-shirt which has set tongues wagging.

That particular t-shirt that Sonko wore is from Italian luxury fashion house Versace.

PHOTO | COURTESY
PHOTO | COURTESY

According to a global fashion website Ikrix the t-shirt, which is already out of stock, goes for $531 which translates to Sh53,976 according to the current exchange rate.

Sonko’s love for the fine things in life is evident in his expensive taste that has earned him the title of the most flamboyant governor in Kenya.

In fact, a few weeks ago Sonko shared pictures of his expensively assembled dining room with gold-plated tables and chairs.

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