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“I feel like I’ve been buried alive,” says woman whose eyes were gouged by thugs



The monstrous attack on August 6, 2019 will haunt Norah Chepchirchir for the rest of her life.

In a diabolical act of brutality which has horrified residents of Eldama Ravine Town in Baringo County, unknown assailants deliberately blinded the mother of two and gouged out her eyes.

This week, Chepchirhir 32, bravely spoke about her hideous 12-hour ordeal as police continue with the hunt for perpetrators of the attack.Taking off her dark glasses to reveal her injuries, she sobbed: ” This isn’t the life I dreamed of when growing up. I miss everything. I feel like a ghost.”

“I can clearly hear everyone around me, but I can’t even see my own hand in front of my face.“They robbed me of one of the most precious things in life,” Chepchirchir says as a relative helps her to sit under a tree for the interview.

She added: “I think the hardest thing is the fact that I am not going to see my kids’ faces again.”

Chepchirchir says worst is that her dreams of teaching is in jeopardy after the attack.After successfully completing her teaching studies at Meru Teachers Training College, she was looking forward to join the teaching fraternity in January next year.

Teaching having been her dream career, her desire was to help improve quality of education among learners back in her rural village in Boror, Eldama Ravine.But now her plans have changed. With her Teachers Service Commission (TSC) number, Chepchirchir now has to undergo another course on braille at Machakos Institute for the blind.

The system involves touch reading and writing, in which raised dots represent the letters of the alphabet.It also contains equivalents for punctuation marks and provides symbols to show letter groupings.

” I now have to find a new way of doing things,” Chepchirchir says as she takes us through her next step in life.

She is set to report to her work station in January next year.

The TSC has allowed her to time to enroll for a six months course on braille.She has raised Sh30,000 out of the Sh45,000 required for the braille training.Baringo County Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Director James Nyakweba said Chepchirchir is a qualified teacher and shall be posted after undertaking braille training.

Nyakweba added that TSC shall too provide her with an assistant during her teaching practice.

“We need her to sharpen her braille skills for smooth service delivery,” said the director.Her children, aged 15 and 11 are equally learning new ways to interact with their mother as a result of the incident.

Sharon Chebet, her first born child is a Form two student at Kapcheokoi Secondary School, she says they are slowly adopting to the situation.

“Although it is a little challenging, I’m getting used to waking up as early as 4 am to prepare for school. I prepare meals for mum and my sister,” Chebet says.

The incident that made Chepchirchir blind happened when she was on her way to help her ailing elder sister at Green View Estate-located approximately 500 meters from their home in Kabonyon.

According to her, the assailants dragged her to a bush and drew a knife that they used to gouge her eyes out.

” Up to now I still do not know the motive of the attack. They mercilessly removed my eyes and left me in deep pain,” She recalled.

What still shocks her is that the incident happened just 500 meters to Eldama Ravine Police station.Police officers on patrol picked her to Eldama Ravine Hospital but was referred to Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital for specialized treatment.

A nursing officer at the facility’s eye unit, Bernard Kimani, regretted that her sight is beyond repair.She was taken for x-ray for lid repair and enucleation of both eyes.

“This is the worst eye problem we have encountered as a hospital because the entire eye content was removed,” said Kimani.

Chepchirchiri was also taken through counseling to accept her new condition as she was traumatised.Her mother Alice Chematia is yet to come to terms with what happened to her daughter.”All I have been asking is to just to understand the reason behind the attack. I hope and pray that those behind the attack will pay,” said Chematia.

Eldama Ravine County Police Commander Rashid Mohamed said main challenge in arresting criminals behind the act is lack of tangible evidence.

According to the police, file to the case is open.“The victim says she is not aware; neither has a hint on who the culprits are. Nobody is also volunteering to share information on the matter,” said Mohammed.

After the crime was reported, he said police linked up with detectives from Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Nakuru and several statements recorded, but they are yet to succeed in their mission of arresting the criminals.


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Court suspends Mary Wambui’s appointment as Employment Authority boss



Not so fast, the employment court has told politician Mary Wambui in her quest to take the job at the National Employment Authority.

Justice Hellen Wasilwa issued the order in Nairobi on Wednesday in a case filed by the Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association.

In the case championed by the association’s chairman-cum-Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, the petitioners argue that Ms Wambui is not qualified under the law, policy and best practice, to be the chairperson of the authority.


Ms Wambui, Mr Sakaja’s team argues, does not conform to the provisions of Section 10 (2)(c) of the National Employment Authority Act and does not meet the threshold of having at least seven years’ experience in human resource management or its equivalent.

The qualifications of the chairperson of the authority, they say, are mandatory and not discretionary.
The association says Ms Wambui has on several occasions personally admitted that she possesses a limited education, which for all intents and purposes makes her unqualified and unsuitable to conduct the affairs of the chairperson.

The petitioners argue that her appointment would disfranchise the Kenyan taxpayer given the very strategic nature of the position.

“The directive of appointing the 3rd respondent, who is not qualified is not only retrogressive, arbitrary and stale, but also attempts to uncharacteristically undermine the principles of public participation and guiding principles of leadership and integrity,” the petition reads.

Justice Wasilwa certified the case as urgent and set the hearing for November 14.


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‘My addiction with strippers left me in debts worth millions,’ Robert Burale



Robert Burale has in the past been in debts running into millions but he managed to come out of it unlike most Kenyans who are still struggling.

In a past interview with K24 Faraja, Burale stated that his addiction to stripping and the pressure to keep up a facade of a flashy lifestyle pushed him into debts.

I used to live with both my parents during primary and secondary school but at some point they separated.

Life was good as we were living a high end life before I went to study marketing in London.

I enjoyed going to a new country and the freedom that came with it.

Robert Burale

Little did Burale know that some types of friends can either make or break you.

When I went there I made both good and bad friends.

I was lucky because everything was being paid for by my dad for during my first year so I had a lot of free time.

I started going to strip clubs while in London with the friends I had made.

He adds,

As an African man living abroad, every one wants you, so the attention started making us do things we would not consider doing before.

We started hoping from one strip club to the other.

At some point we got bored with strip clubs in our area and we started venturing to other areas.

He adds,



Burale adds it took time for him to accept his addiction.

It took time for me to know I am addicted. For three years I was just in strip club evangelism where we ‘recruit’ other people into the club.

When I came back to Kenya I found so many strip clubs had been opened and so I started going to savor their services.

Pastor Burale
Robert Burale’s book ‘From the strip club to the pulpit’

He adds

The problem was that when I was in London there was money but once I came back I had no money as my dad had passed away.

The family started fighting for what he had.

In a past interview with Radio Jambo, his ex wife Rozinah Mwakideu, had stated that one of the many reasons they broke up is the many debts he had.

I would receive calls now and then from people and police saying Robert had unsettled debts.

It was a character he had and I kept waiting because I thought he would change because he was born-again.

For example, the main reason why I left was after my friend came to visit me and after she left she wanted to sue him. I couldn’t handle that pressure plus other personal issues.

Robert Burale and ex-wife
Robert Burale and ex-wife Rozinah

Burale explains that his addiction to stripping was where his journey to debts began.

There is no strip club where a woman will give you a show with no money.

There are men who spend even 100,000 on a night.

I once did that and the sad thing is that it was borrowed money.

He adds,

I had to keep up a reputation. I had to go to big hotels and dress well so I kept borrowing.

With time my debts ran into millions.

It got so bad that I had to borrow *John to pay *Peter and the cycle continued.

I only accepted I had a problem after I tried committing suicide.

Burale is now out of debt and this he did by paying off debts slowly with the money he got from his jobs as a motivational speaker, actor and Image consultant.

His advice to people out there is

If you are broke accept it. Ask for help

By Mpasho

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Kenyan teen goes missing in Germany after quarreling with her parents



Police in Potsdam, Germany are looking for a Kenyan teen who went missing a week ago from her home after quarreling with her parents

The 15-year-old only identified as Britney, has been missing since Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

Mkenya Ujerumani, a local blog about Kenyans in Germany reports that the teen had a quarrel with her parents before she left their home in Drewitz in Potsdam.

At the time she is reported to have said she was going visit some acquaintances but never showed up nor returned home.

Her parents are worried since this is the first time Britney has been away from home for such a long time.

A day after she disappeared, a passerby walking by the banks of River Havel came across a bag with Britney’s personal belongings, identification and some clothes.


Upon reporting to the police, divers, a helicopter, a drone and search dogs from the coast guard were dispatched for a search operation in the river but nothing was found.

Police printed posters that were placed around all the major train stations in Potsdam but none of the four received clues brought them closer to finding the girl.

“The investigation team consists of ten police officers and will be headed by Commissioner Falk Heidke, who has substantial experience in the search of missing children and teenagers,” the spokeswoman for the Police Department West said on Friday.

Britney moved to Germany from Kenya with her mother and her younger brother about two and a half years ago. She attends a Gesamtschule in Potsdam.

By Nairobi News

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