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When Safaricom appointed Peter Ndegwa as CEO on Thursday, his wife Jemimah composed a stirring congratulatory message, noting that his appointment was the culmination of sheer hard work and selflessness.

‘‘I’ve experienced first-hand the long hours (you clocked) and your commitment to self and others,’’ Jemimah said in the heartfelt message posted on Facebook.

But what do his village neighbours in Ol Kalou in Nyandarua County think of him?

From sheer hard work to mingling easily with residents and even chipping in to assist them, residents of Mumbi village painted a picture of a man who is the envy of all.

After Mr Ndegwa’s appointment on Thursday, the quiet village burst into activity as excited neighbours thronged his family’s home to deliver messages of goodwill.

Villagers know Mr Ndegwa only too well because he visits his parents three times every year. It is also here that he grew up and went to school.

Neighbours refer to his mother Monica Wambui as ‘‘nyina wa Collymore’’ (Collymore’s mother) owing to his close relation with the late Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore.

A humble Wambui still runs a small kiosk in the homestead. When Saturday Nation visited the home, Wambui was busy attending to her customers.

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While she declined to talk about her son and family, she said that Ndegwa was humble, obedient and hard-working since his childhood.

“He is our pride. He has always been a role model to his siblings and other children in the village,’’ said Wambui about her son who attended Nyahururu Primary School. Workers at his farm described him as a down-to-earth man who easily mingles with them whenever he visits the village.

Others said he was generous and always ready to assist. “I met him three years ago when I was a farm worker here. He even bought me a jembe which I use to date’’ Mr Isaiah Kahiga, a neighbour, said.

‘‘Working at this farm has enabled me to pay school fees for my children,’’ Mr Kahiga said.

Mr Stephen Muchendu described him as ‘‘a man of the people’’. Mr Muchendu said that Ndegwa hosts parties at his parents’ home where neighbours are invited. During his wedding in 2009, Ndegwa ferried many villagers to Nairobi for the ceremony.

Another neighbour, Ms Alice Gachanja, said that he is friendly.

‘‘He doesn’t hide from people who know him. He’s very social,’’ Ms Gachanja said.

As Mr Ndegwa assumes his new role next April, Nyandarua residents have a basketful of expectations, chief among them improvement of the Safaricom network in the county.

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“Nyandarua has a serious communication challenge due to poor mobile network connectivity,’’ Nyandarua County Police Commander Gideon Ngumi said.

Mr Ngumi, however, noted that there would be no special security arrangements when Mr Ndegwa travels to the village for a homecoming party ‘‘since residents will be receiving their son’’.

In his congratulatory message, Governor Francis Kimemia called Mr Ndegwa ‘‘a hard-working son of Nyandarua’’ and a blessing to the county.

Mr Kimemia expressed confidence that ‘‘the poor connectivity challenge will soon come to an end’’. On social media, Kenyans welcomed Mr Ndegwa’s appointment with messages of goodwill, while others reminded him that his work was cut out for him.

by nation.co.ke


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Cry of a Kenyan man whose Multi-Million-Shilling Apartments have gone unoccupied for 4 Years

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A landlord in Kenya has been left counting losses after his real estate retirement plan goes down the drain.

85-year-old David Ndolo from Kitengela told the media that he had lost more than Ksh10 million in rent after his multimillion apartment block stayed unoccupied for 4 years.

Ndolo says he built the multi-million-shilling property in Kitengela, Kajiado County through his pension savings. Its construction was completed in 2014.

The building consists of five bedsitters and 19 two-bedroom houses, which should earn him a total of Sh250,000 per month.

“I have watched helplessly as my retirement investment crumbles,” he lamented.

According to neighbors, his tenants started fleeing due to sewer water suspected to be coming from an adjacent building linked to a retired government official.

Ndolo’s troubles began in 2014 when over 200 tenants occupied the adjacent building and sewer water started seeping into his apartments.

He says he reported the matter to the National Environmental Management Authority and public health officials but the authorities closed the building instead.

His daughter Roselyn Ndolo said that officials ordered the closure citing that the apartments were a health hazard.

When contacted by journalists, Kitengela Public Health Officer Benard Kiluva stated that he did not have enough information on the matter since he was recently posted to the area.

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Kajiado NEMA Director Joseph Kopejo promised to visit the site to probe the matter.

Government officials say Many landlords in the country have been contravening these provisions by either discharging untreated effluent into a public sewer or discharging it into the environment without an effluent discharge license.

“According to Kenyan law, it is illegal for  any person from discharging any effluent from sewer treatment works, industry or other sources into the environment without a valid effluent discharge license issued by the authority,” said a NEMA official.

 


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Kenyans in Diaspora to get a free ride from the Airport courtesy of Certified Homes

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Top athlete turns to jiko-making to beat pandemic

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They say a man must do what a man must do.

This idiom has become a reality to Dominic Samson Ndigiti, the reigning Africa U20 10,000 metres walk race champion and former World U17 10,000 metres walk race bronze medalist during the Covid-19 times.

Ndigiti, who has won Kenya a gold medal at the Africa Under-20 Championships held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, has been crisscrossing the country, doing what he now loves to do most: Making affordable, energy-saving jikos – charcoal cooking stoves.

Coronavirus pandemic

Though the walking race champion learnt the skills of making this particular kind of jiko in 2018 when in Finland where he had gone for a competition, he did not put them to use until when coronavirus hit the world, putting a break on most sporting activities.

“I saw the whites making the jikos in 2018 when we had gone to Finland for Under20 competitions. It took a week for me to learn. But I started being serious when coronavirus hit us. The jikos now earn me a living,” he said.

The 20-year-old says the modern jikos use charcoal or firewood.

The jikos are of different sizes and can fit in any kind of house be it permanent, temporary or semi-permanent.

“I do not discriminate for which house to make my jikos. Charges vary according to sizes. A one-stoned jiko goes for Sh3,000, two 4,500, three 6,000 and four and above goes for Sh10,000,” said Ndigiti.

He says that materials needed include cement, clay bricks, fireproof and red-oxide paint.

Different work

Ndigiti says many people see him as a successful person owing to his record in the walking race, but the tough times have forced him to work differently.

“I am grateful because Kenyans have responded very well to my venture. I have visited many counties in the past few months, making jikos. Before coronavirus, I did not know my home county of Kisii well, though I have was born and brought up here, but making jikos has made me a tourist,” he said.

Ndigiti, who hails from Marani sub-county in Kisii County, schooled at Kiandega High School in Nyamira county and developed a passion for the walking race while in Standard Six.

He says he was inspired by his teachers.

The IAAF World U18 Championships is an international event bringing together athletes from all over the world who are 17 or younger.

“Coronavirus brought a lot of problems in the world and we couldn’t go out to compete. I hope this will end soon. But this pandemic has made me learn the hard way. Talents are to be exploited, no matter how much little income they bring,” said Ndigiti.

He is hopeful that after the pandemic, he will represent Kenya in the Olympics and will bring home a gold medal.

Ndigiti comes from a humble family and his success in the walking race has not taken away his humility.

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“We live life easy. Living well with people has taught me a lot during this coronavirus time. The requests to make more jikos is overwhelming,” he said, adding that Elgeyo Marakwet Woman Rep Jane Kiptoo has already asked for his help in making more than 100 jikos for women groups.

He says most of his clients are women. “They have embraced my idea of making our kitchens look better.”


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