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Former Taveta MP Basil Criticos is embroiled in a court battle with a woman who claims they secretly cohabited for eight years before she was thrown out of their home.

The story of Criticos and Victoria Anna Hill is one of love and denial, betrayal and deception, claims of theft and cruelty as told through a flurry of court documents filed since 2015, when the erstwhile mutual lovers stopped seeing eye-to-eye.At the centre of the dispute is Sh25 million, which Victoria claims she loaned Criticos to expand his businesses, and 100 acres she says the MP promised to reward her “in kind” for her good services for the eight years of cohabitation.

Whereas Victoria stated that they cohabited from 2006 and invested heavily in their business until 2014, when the relationship broke down, Criticos swore that the lady was an opportunist who took advantage of her employment at his firm to demand a share of his multi-million shillings wealth.“I have never cohabited with her as common law partners, as I have been happily married to Barbara Kirwan Criticos for 18 years. I do not understand the basis of her claims, as I only contracted her as an interior decorator at my property known as Grogan’s Castle,” said Criticos.

He counter-accused Victoria of breaking into his storage while he was away in the United States and stealing his valuables worth Sh23 million, which he wants the court to compel her to refund.

Victoria has, however, denied ever breaking into Criticos’ container to steal his belongings, stating that they had lived together for eight years as husband and wife and had all the keys to their home and safes, which she could access anytime.

“He is lying that I stole from him. I want nothing of his. I only want my money and investment I made in his home back. He left me destitute, without any concern for my wellbeing after living with me for over eight years, where I supported him financially and emotionally,” swore Victoria.Victoria seeks to compel Criticos to refund her the Sh25 million loan, honour the promise to allocate her 100 acres and return to her all household items she bought to furnish their home including furniture, decorations, artifacts, beddings and kitchen utensils.She swore that they started cohabiting with Criticos in 2006 as common law partners and since they were in love, he started lending the former MP some money with a promise that he would repay once he disposed some of his properties.

“He approached me to rehabilitate his property known as Grogan Castle registered in the name of Kenya Trade and Development Ltd. I agreed to renovate it at a fee which he consented to before I embarked on the work,” swore Victoria.Because of her good work, she stated that Criticos in August 2010 undertook to pay her in kind by transferring 100 acres of his land in Taveta which at the time was valued at Sh40 million.She attached a letter dated August 6, 2010 from lawyer Walker Kontos on behalf of Criticos confirming that the former MP had agreed to surrender the portion of land and that the law firm had been instructed to effect the transfer once the deed plan was effected.Victoria says she loaned the former MP $118,000 (Sh11.8 million) between 2006 and 2014, which he acknowledged and promised to repay before their relationship broke down in August 2014.“He acknowledged in writing the debt he owed me, but he refused to pay me and instead alleged that I am a thief who stole his properties and firearm. On account of other amounts and the interests, he is indebted to me to the tune of Sh25 million,” said Victoria.

She said by the time she was leaving Cricticos’ place, she had been denied access to her personal belongings, which she wants back.In one of the letters she attached as evidence, Criticos had instructed that in case he dies before the debt was settled, the amount should be paid to her upon realisation of sales of his property.But in his response, Criticos denied ever cohabiting with her as husband and wife, stating that he was happily married to one wife.

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He filed a counterclaim against Victoria to stop her from disposing his assets she allegedly took from their Grogan Castle home without his knowledge.“On diverse dates in 2014, while I was out of the country, she broke into my container on Magadi Road and stole various valuable items… including my family paintings valued at Sh23 million,” said Criticos.

Criticos says he contracted Victoria as an interior decorator in 2006 to rehabilitate the Grogan Castle, and that at no time did the woman invest any amount in his businesses.

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Remembering Pepe Kalle 22 years after his death

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Arrangements are in place for fans and counterparts to next week mark the 22rd anniversary since the death of Congolese musician Pepe Kalle Yampanya.

The burly baritone voiced singer who collapsed and died on November 29, 1998 in Kinshasa will be remembered as one of the entertainment greats with his Grand Empire Band.

Most of his fans will remember him for some of his popular tunes like ‘Roger Milla’: (dedicated to Cameroonian soccer legend Roger Milla), ‘Moyibi’, ‘Pon Moun Paka Bouge’, ‘Bitoto’ and ‘Amour Pedre’.

Notably, he recorded several collaborations with his long-time counterpart Nyboma Mwandido, who lives in Paris, France. Both had performed together in the early 1970s in Kinshasa.

Though there are no special shows arranged due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some of his former band members including the Kinshasa-based Lofombo Godo will dedicate online shows to him. Lofombo, who is a bass guitarist and producer, also had a stint with the Delta Force band.

Most of the former band members of the Grand Empire Bakuba settled in Europe after Kalle’s death. Among them were Papy Tex (of the ‘Kanda ya Nini’ hit song fame), Elvis Kunku, Ebuya Doris Djuna Mumbafu and Kinanga Boeing.

Back home, fans of Pepe Kalle will also recall his efforts of incorporating dancing midgets like Ayilla Emoro, Jolie Bebe and Dominic Mabwa in the   stage act of the Empire band.

In Kenya, fans of Pepe Kalle will remember the many tours he made to Kenya from the late 1980s to the early 1990s.  Among the towns he performed include Nairobi and Kisumu.

Meanwhile, The Oyster Bay at Valley Arcade in Nairobi will tomorrow host the Acoustic, Brunch, Bubbly and Jazz show. It will feature special performances by

and Aaron Rimbui.

For the two seasoned afro Jazz musicians, it will be an opportunity to showcase their latest and earlier hit songs. Atemi is known for some of her songs like ‘Someday’, ‘Nairobi’, ‘Imenibamba’ and ‘Kama We’.

As for Aaron, who specialises in the piano and keyboard, some of his popular songs are ‘Simama’, ‘Hafungi Macho’, ‘Karibu’ and ‘Freedom’.  The show starts at 11am and ends at 8pm. According to the organisers, all Covid-19 safety protocols will be observed during the show.

Event has been sponsored by Classic FM and Smooth FM, in conjunction with Oyster Bay. Entrance is Sh3,500 per person (Inclusive of Brunch and Champagne).

Meanwhile, veteran Ohangla musician Tony Nyadundo will next Friday perform during a special Ohangla show at the Treasure Gardens in Kilimani, Nairobi (Opposite Kilimani Primary School).  Nyadundo’s hit songs include ‘Ndoa ya Machozi’ and ‘Isanda Gi Hera’. It will be a welcome back show to his fans after a long break. Show starts at 2pm and ends at 8pm.

-Nation.africa


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Jacque Maribe: I suffered two miscarriages before I got my son

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Former Citizen TV news anchor and media personality Jacque Maribe says she lost two pregnancies before she got her son Zahari.
Zahari’s father is comedian Eric Omondi.
In an interview with True Love Magazine, Ms. Maribe said she battled infertility and suffering miscarriages was tough for her as she did not know what was wrong.

What made things worse and what made the media personality think she would never get a child was a disclosure by the doctors that she had suffered from the septate.
A septate uterus is a deformity of the uterus, which happens during fetal development before birth. A membrane called the septum divides the inner portion of the uterus, at its middle.

The condition was to be fixed through surgery but luckily she did not go through it.
“We were lucky we found out earlier so I was told I had to undergo surgery to get rid of it and give ourselves a period and wait and now the baby would have at least enough space to carry to maybe 30 something weeks and don’t have to get to 40. I remember I panicked and I said I’m not gonna do this,” she said.

“It took a while, I can’t remember how many years it was and every day I used to pray and ask God ‘what is too hard for you? I don’t have to have this surgery if you want you can make that thing elastic by whatever miracle but just make it elastic, create space.”


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‘I’ve cried to you countless times,’ Chiki pens letter to man who helped her meet Bien

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Bien Baraza’s wife Chiki Kuruka has for the first time revealed that she met her husband through a friend, Emmanuel Jambo.

Chiki showered Emmanuel, a celebrity and award-winning photographer with love, thanking him for being the best friend one can ever have.

In a length post, the fitness coach-cum-radio presenter wrote,

A story of friendship. Dear @emmanueljambo, You are the force behind so much of what is my life. You introduced me to my husband, you drove me for hours to find my dog, you found us our house. I have cried to you countless times, and laughed with you even more. You are to me, the definition of goodness in this world, and to say I love you doesn’t even come close to the admiration I have for your heart, the respect I have for your soul and the excitement I have for the blessings that will certainly come your way. Happy birthday to my brother, my friend, my family. More Whiskey, more awful dancing, and more picture perfect moments to come. ❤.

By Mpasho.co.ke


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