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Siaya man ponders what to do with Sh500,000 worthless notes

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Mr Julius Odinga Mboga, a resident of the sleepy Sirondha village in Gem, Siaya County, is seriously distressed. Reason? Tucked under his mattress is Sh500,000 in the old Sh1,000 notes.

Somehow, the retired mechanic at Brook Bond Kenya Limited in Limuru failed to beat the September 30 deadline for returning the notes.

When the Nation went to his home, Mr Mboga, 60, was just about to leave for a second visit to the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) in Kisumu, to try and exchange his old notes.

His attempt to have the bank exchange the money on Monday had failed. The money was part of his retirement package from his former employer.

Bank slips seen by the Nation show that Mr Mboga withdrew Sh200,000 from his account at Equity Bank in Siaya on June 14 this year, before withdrawing another Sh300,000 on July 16.

“I went to a hotel, but when I tried to pay for the meal with Sh1,000 note, they told me the currency was no longer in use,” he said.

Mr Julius Odinga Mboga stares at the old currency notes he had under his mattress at his Sirodha village home in Siaya County. He failed to return them by September 30 and is stuck with Sh500,000. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI
Mr Julius Odinga Mboga stares at the old currency notes he had under his mattress at his Sirodha village home in Siaya County. He failed to return them by September 30 and is stuck with Sh500,000. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI

Asked why he did not surrender the notes before the September 30 deadline, he said he was misled by the reminder by CBK on the currency, which, it turns out, he misread.

But Mr Mboga’s brother, Mr Joseph Ouko, and his sister-in-law, Ms Jackline Otieno, say neighbours and motorcycle operators misled him.

“We asked him whether he had the old Sh1,000 notes before the CBK deadline but he refused to tell us. The people he interacts with outside the home told him that his brothers would take all his money if they knew he was keeping it,” Ms Otieno said.

Helpless and distraught, Mr Mboga, who was planning to venture into the transport business, now sees his dreams turning into a nightmare.

He hopes that the government will come to his rescue and give him the new notes for his old ones.

By NN


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Comedian Flaqo opens up on rare condition he has been battling

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Popular Kenyan comedian, Flaqo born Erastus Ayieko Otieno has for the first time spoken about a rare condition that he has been struggling with for some time.

Turns out that despite the funny man the Kenyan audience and beyond has grown to know as Flaqo Raz, he has his fair share of battles behind the cameras.

Flaqo opens up

The Internet sensation shared a photo showing red, itchy welts like a form of skin reaction on certain parts of his body.

Depending on the reactions, the welts appear and fade repeatedly and vary in size.

The YouTuber shared his condition with fans in the hope that maybe one or two can relate to what he has been going through and maybe work out a solution on the same.

“Anyone with this condition, how do you go about it?” he posed.

Comedian Flaqo rare skin condition

“Sometimes I have to postpone my shoots because they are unbearable. Zangu zilipotea for 6 months straight. Now they are back…” he replied to a fan who shared a similar experience.

Funny enough, soon as he had put up the post, he got so much feedback, with so many individuals able to relate to his skin condition, to his amazement.

“So far: try staying in the sun for a bit, bathe with warm water after taking antihistamines. To understand your condition better, make a point of seeing a dermatologist,” Flaqo shared with fans battling a similar condition, after gathering responses from his fan base.

Wrapping up urging fellow victims to take plenty of water, work out more often and avoid proteins since hives get triggered by things like particular foods, medication and stress.

By Ghafla.com


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REVEALED: How three teenage sisters were impregnated by a shamba boy – police

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Police in Tana River county in Kenya are looking for a shamba boy  (gardener) who fled after allegedly  impregnating all three of his employer’s underage daughters at around the same period.

The girls said the man would often lure them to their farm where he would sexually defile them. One of the sisters confessed to sneaking into the gardener’s room at night.

“I did not know he was having affair with my sisters as well because we didn’t share that part of our lives with each other, as we didn’t trust each other with secrets,” one of the teenagers told Daily Nation.

The further divulged that the man would entice them with gifts such as money and clothes.

“He used to give me pocket money and would sometimes buy me clothes. He was so nice to me. I did not know he was doing the same to my sisters,” another girl said.

Each of the three sisters gave birth to a set of twins at a Garissa hospital on Saturday through a Cesarean Section.

All the three are Class Eight learners and are expected to sit for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination in March next year.

On her part, the girls’ mother said she noticed her daughters had new sets of underpants but she did not suspect something was going on between them and the gardener.

“I noticed some funny set of underwear which caught my attention. But my last-born daughter kept saying she had bought them with her pocket money,” the mother explained.

“What I did not understand was why she chose that funny type of underwear,” she said.

She learned of the gardener’s affair with her daughters after she stumbled upon a message on one of the girls’ phone informing the man of the pregnancy.

She then discovered the two were planning to get rid of the pregnancy, prompting her to ambush all her daughters with a pregnancy test the following morning. Two of the girls admitted they were pregnant before the tests.

The shamba boy is said to have fled after learning that the three sisters were all pregnant with his children. Police are still looking for him.

The first-born daughter was expecting triplets but she could only deliver two children safely and without complications.

“They all had slim chances of survival, and that is why we looked for a specialist. But for the girl with the triplets to come out alive, we had to agree with the mother to choose between her daughter and the third infant,” a doctor said.

The three were discharged from the hospital following the operations and are recuperating at home.

 


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Ciru Muriuki in mourning again, just months after losing her dad

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The loss of a loved one is a feeling one can never put into words. But losing another person so close to your heart, becomes a tall order.

July 2020, BBC journalist, Angela Wanjiru wa Muriuki alias Ciru Muriuki lost her dad to COVID-19. A man she dearly honored, loved and cherished.

A man she still misses more than words can say; a man who would have turned 72 years on October 10, were he still alive.

Pain and agony that she wonders how long it will last.

Amid COVID-19 and strict health measures put in place, her dads send-off left a different mark in her life.

“Heh. Losing a father. Nothing prepares you for the pain. Nothing. I wonder if I’ll feel this agony forever. My father’s funeral was the worst experience of our lives.”

Remember, Ciru also contracted the virus and had to mourn her late dad in almost complete solitude.

I cannot think of anything worse,” she tweeted.

Another loss

It has been barely 4 months that the celebrated media personality was allowed to mourn her loss, and death has stricken once more.

Taking to her Twitter, the broadcast journalist mourned the loss of a beloved mother, a grand mum and an aunt – her fathers sister.

Messages of condolences continue to flow in from fellow personalities, friends and fans as they comfort a dear Ciru, having to bear 2 consecutive losses amid a pandemic.

May their souls rest in eternal peace!

By Ghafla.com


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