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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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Sorry for your mental illness, but Sh50m property is gone

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A woman adjudged by the High Court as suffering from mental illness will lose a Sh50 million property located near State House and which she maintains she sold while in a poor mental state.

Monica Wambui lost her bid to save her Dennis Pritt Road property after Justice Grace Nzioka ruled that she did not prove that she was mentally indisposed during the actual period of the sale.

She nevertheless acknowledged Wambui’s mental issues but said on the basis of the evidence adduced, they could not be related to the purchase.

The sale had been concluded on January 13, 2009 but Wambui subsequently attempted to cancel it and rejected the money, citing fraud and mental incapacity. Justice Nzioka now wants Wambui to hand over the prime property to the purchaser, Lucy Wairimu Mwangi.

“I have considered the evidence analysed herein and I find that there are no factors established to vitiate the sale agreement entered between Mwangi and Wambui. The contract of sale of the suit property was basically concluded on the date the sale agreement was signed and consideration received in full,” Justice Nzioka declared in the judgement dated May 18.

Mwangi moved to court on March 17, 2009 and listed Wambui as the first defendant and her (Wambui’s) mother Pauline Mukuhi Nganga as the second defendant.

She claimed she had paid the full Sh13.7 million purchase price to Wambui’s lawyer Chege Wainaina.

Depression

In the ensuing court proceedings, Wambui claimed at the time she signed the agreement, she was suffering from depression and could not have been legally competent to enter into a contract.

She also did not receive the sale amount having written to her lawyer to cancel the deal. She claimed she was holding the four-bedroom villa situated along Dennis Pritt Road in trust for her then 11-year-old daughter, having been bought for her by her former husband Garry Vincent Corbit.

The property is known as Maisonette No.6 Casablanca Villas on L.R No. 209/5827.

“Wambui’s case is that she did not freely consent to or execute the sale agreement, as at a time of executing the agreement, she did not understand or comprehend what was going on due to the fact that she was mentally impaired,” the judgement read.

It turned out from the proceedings that the Wairimu had indeed paid part of Wambui’s hospital bill at the instigation of the lawyer but did not know what she was ailing from.

In rejecting her arguments, Justice Nzioka said the evidence adduced showed that Wambui had tried to sell the property to three other people prior, but the deals fell apart over a alleged defects in the house and because the property was mentioned in the Ndung’u Land Report.

All the attempts took place in 2007. As to her mental status, the Judge said no evidence was produced to show that she was hospitalised throughout the period of 2007 to 2009, the period the attempted and the actual sale took place.

The documents produced in court did not give evidence on her mental state for that period of interest to the court.

Rehabilitation Centre

A medical report produced by Dr Pius Kigamwa dated March 2009 showed that Wambui had been her patient since June 2008.

Another report showed that since 2008, she had been at Nairobi Place Rehabilitation Centre. “She was oriented in time, place and person. Her mood was depressed. She did not have hallucination or delusional experiences,” another report by a Dr Okonji, a consultant psychiatrist told the court.

In this particular report, the doctor concluded that; “She is in remission from her psychiatric illness, and was fit to instruct counsel and follow court proceedings.”

Another psychiatrist, Dr FR Owiti said she had been treated at another city clinic for two months.

In analysing these, Justice Nzioka said none addressed the period of the sale. The closest they came was a January 26 to January 30, 2009 period she was admitted to Nairobi Hospital.

This particular admission happened a few weeks after the sale had been concluded.

“I find that she suffers a mental condition known as delirium which is capable of impairing her decision-making,” the judge affirmed.

Still, she said, on the basis of Dr Okonji’s opinion, that she had periods of remission from her condition, and her inability to produce any evidence regarding her hospitalization, she has to lose the property.

At best, Justice Nzioka could only wish her well.

“This matter presented a very sad case before the court, and material conditions of Wambui was considered and seriously regretted. The court, however, evaluated the matter painfully on the legal principles of law as expected.

Wambui is wished a quick recovery from her condition.” Wambui is dissatisfied with the ruling.

She has instructed her lawyer Danstan Omari to appeal.

By Standard.co.ke

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Corazon Kwamboka clarifies on ‘stealing’ Frankie Just Gym It from Maureen Waititu

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Fitness trainer Frankie Just Gym It and Socialite Corazon Kwamboka have addressed claims that Frankie separated with Maureen Waititu because of Corazon.

According to Frankie, he and Maureen separated because of other reasons.

“Maureen and I had our differences, and it is not something we tried to fix once but throughout our relationship.

“We were not necessarily happy at that time. So we figured it was best for us to go our separate ways,” said Frankie.

He says he met Corazon after he had already broken up with the mother of his two children.

“We met last year in July, and we were both going through tough times in our lives. We were both out of relationships, it was a sensitive time,” said Frankie.

“We just started talking, it was not as if we had planned to get into a relationship. She was entering the fitness world and I was in the fitness world. So I guess we had so much in common that things just catapulted into something else.”

They further clarified that when they decided to get serious with their relationship, they were both single.

“People saying I ruined his family. That is not true,” stated Corazon.

“I know a lot of people think that but it is totally false, I mean we met way after I broke up with Maureen, so that had nothing to do with it. It’s just that we found something that we never actually planned to fall into it,” added Frankie.

“The general public did not see that we had troubles, because they used to see us on our YouTube channel and there you see a perfect couple, but they did not know what was happening behind closed doors.”

Frankie says the reason they opted to keep their relationship a secret is because they did not want to get any backlash.

However, they are now happy together.

Maureen and Frankie called it quits in 2019 without disclosing the reason behind their breakup.

A few months late, pictures of Frankie and Corazon hanging out together emerged on social media, fuelling rumours that the two were an item.

Corazon and Frankie are expecting their first child together.

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Amina Mude changes tune on break up with Ben Kitili

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Amina Mude wife to KTN news anchor Ben Kitili has recanted breakup break up statement, saying one moment of anger prompted her to write something stupid that was quickly blown out of proportion.

In her update, Mude made it clear that she is still married to Kitili and its her duty to respect and protect her husband.

She further stated that she has learnt her lessons the hard way, reminiscing on Kitili words when they got married that “marriage is not a bed of roses”.

“Hey babe @benkitili I remember when we got married, you told me ‘listen Mulky after all is said and done, marriage is not a bed of roses’ I just smiled and thought ni zile advise zako mingi za life.

“But last week it was so clear that you were right, one moment of anger made me write something stupid and the bloggers blew it out of proportion. I have learnt my lessons the hard way. As a wife, it’s my duty to respect and protect my Husband.

“And so, I want to clear the air, Ben and I are married. He will always be the man i love and honour all the days of my life,” shared Amina Mude.

The mother two went ahead and deleted almost all her photos on Instagram, leaving only 7 pictures that captures her weight loss journey.

Amina Mude’s clarification comes days after she raised eyebrows with her statement that she had broken up with her husband barely after two years in marriage.

“Ben and I are currently ‘separated’. I don’t know what the future holds but am grateful for the beautiful memories and definitely the beautiful kids we made. It’s been one month of pain and tears but I know that one day the light will shine,” wrote Amina Mude.

Ben Kitili and Amina Mude made their union official in November 2018 at the Attorney General’s office before they hosted a reception party for their close friends and family members.

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