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Diaspora inflows growth slows down to Sh214bn

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Kenyans abroad sent home Sh214.40 billion in the first nine months of the year, marking a modest 4.34 per cent growth over Sh205.48 billion remitted a year earlier.

Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) data shows some Sh22.11 billion was wired home in September, the third lowest this year after February (Sh20.50 billion) and August (Sh22.07 billion). A record Sh30.39 billion ($295 million) was remitted by the diaspora in June, which marked the end of a two-year blanket tax amnesty for Kenyans wishing to declare and repatriate offshore wealth. Applications worth more than Sh800 billion in cash and other assets were made during the exercise, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) said on October 1.

The inflows remain stronger this year than they were in 2018 year-to- date, according to CBK data that only captures cash through formal channels. “The cumulative inflows in the 12 months to September 2019 increased to $2,786 million (nearly Sh286.96 billion), compared to $2,579 million (nearly Sh265.64 billion) in September 2018, reflecting a growth of eight per cent,” CBK wrote in this week’s bulletin.

“North America, Europe and the rest of the world accounted for 51 per cent, 19 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively, of the total remittances in September.”

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Analysts at Cytonn Investments attributed the stronger inflows to increased uptake of financial products by the diaspora as well as new partnerships between international money remittance providers and local commercial banks, which has enhanced convenience.

by nation.co.ke

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Raburu’s wife goes on a self-discovery journey weeks after losing her daughter

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Marya Prude wife to Citizen TV host Willis Raburu has said that she is trying to rediscover herself once again weeks after the loss of her daughter.

The couple, who were expecting their first child, have taken time off after they lost their unborn baby.

Weeks ago Mrs Raburu had questioned God for leaving her when she needed him the most. Well she is making an effort to reconnect with God.

‘I don’t know who you are anymore but I want to embark on a self discovery journey and find you and love you as you deserve coz you only deserve the best.’

Willis Raburu’s wife Marya.

On Wednesday January 8 through Instagram, Prude penned a heart wrenching prayer to God explaining her emotional state.

“EVERYONE IS SO QUICK TO TELL ME ABOUT GOD. WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT EVERY WAY I KNEW HIM, HE WAS TESTED AND HE DIDN’T PROVE HIMSELF,” SHE WROTE.

Adding,

“SO AS THEY SAY YOU SHOULD KNOW GOD FOR YOURSELF, I NOW CAN SAY, I DON’T KNOW HIM. AND I DON’T THINK I WANT TO KNOW HIM COZ HE LEFT ME WHEN I NEEDED HIM THE MOST,” MARYA LAMENTED.

A week later, Willis penned a long post to his daughter saying that she is forever etched on his mind and heart.

‘My beautiful daughter, some days are easy some days are so hard.

Today I woke up trying to imagine what it would be like to watch you sleep, ( that’s the only image I have of you) what it be like you hold warm fingers, what a sleepless night would feel like.

What it would be like to go to work tired Koz you kept me up at night, who you would look like now?

what color of your skin? if you would drink as much milk as I did when I was your age. My daughter, you are an angel now, or so they tell me and when I look up to the sky sometimes I cry, sometimes I sometimes I laugh.’

Adding

‘I want you to make so much noise in heaven, or in the multi-verse you are in,I want you to have all your the people who are with you there say “Yeap that’s Willis’ child” I miss you so much.

It’s funny that I have a picture of you but even before I look at it, your face is engrained in my heart, etched in my soul, tattooed in my very essence.

Willis Raburu

My daughter, my sweet lovely beautiful daughter, I’m sorry that you have to see daddy weak and in grief and not the pillar of strength that you and your mother need.

But my daughter, daddy loves you, since He listens to you talk to Him and tell Him, daddy doesn’t understand but daddy needs help. Rest In Palaces, RIP because you are royalty. 👼🏾👸🏾#QueenAdana.‘

By Mpasho

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Betty Kyallo responds to ‘unanona juu unakula kwa wenyewe’ remark

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Kenyans have called out Betty Kyallo for her unending love for food when shooting her show Weekend with Betty which airs on K24.

For those who might have watched the show, Betty has a tendency of asking if there is food, be it lunch or breakfast before the shoot begins.

In instances where the guest does not cook, they always end up eating out and the fans have noticed that owing to that, Betty is supposedly gaining weight.

One fan wrote

‘Huyu @BettyMKyallo ananona juu ya kukula kula kwa wenyewe.’

To which Betty responded.

Kwani sikulangi kwangu?

Below are some more reactions with some people coming out to defend Betty

@SamStep27927131: Yaani Betty akiingia tu kwa mlango ye huuliza ama kuna chai ni ukweli mwili huwa hujengwi na mawe.

@AgapetusWamalwa: Mwambie hata mwili haiendi na kukula au kutokula. Yote ni mapenzi na maumbile ya Mungu.

@Amosdigitals: Betty tell him you know how to cook. Then invite the niggar to a restaurant near you and buy him a lunch.

@oeclaver: Dem akipigwa shtiki poa….pia yy hunona.

@KenyaaObama: Na imgne mi naona kama ni kionjo…bado utaongeza my friend.

@CarlitozCyrus: Betty usiwe na makasiriko cha muhimu ni kujenga mwili

Personally, I think people should just let Betty be, akiskia atanona mpaka apasuke, it’s her life.

READ ALSO:   Over 66pc of diaspora cash targets mothers back home

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Student dies in Bahati PCEA dorm fire

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A Form Three student has died in a dormitory fire at Bahati PCEA Secondary School in Nakuru County.

Education director Lawrence Karuntimi said the girl was pronounced dead on arrival at the county hospital following the incident on Saturday night.

Mr Karuntimi said the cause of the fire was yet to be established.

“The only thing we know is that there was a girl in the dorm, which had been closed. When the fire was put out and the dorm opened, it was found that she fell and was overwhelmed by the smoke. Investigators are gathering more information,” he said.

“The scene was processed today. A team from the public works department will do its assessment tomorrow and [report on whether] the place can be inhabited. They will look at the structure and advise us.”

Earlier, Nakuru North deputy divisional police commander, Mr Francis Mwangi, said the girl was the only one in the dormitory when the fire started.

“The dorm had been locked from outside but the girl was left inside … It is a puzzle we are unravelling,” Mr Mwangi said.

“She inhaled a lot of carbon monoxide and was taken to Bahati district hospital but was referred to Nakuru Level Five Hospital. She had no burns on her body, which means she only inhaled the smoke.”

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He noted that the school had enough extinguishers to put off the fire.

The officer said all the other students at the school had been accounted for.

Several were injured while trying to remove their belongings from the building.

Some were taken to the Bahati facility and others to Mediheal Hospital in Nakuru town.

“The other girls who were treated for shocks and pains are stable,” Mr Mwangi said.

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