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GOOD NEWS FOR MANY: You can now politely refuse to be added on WhatsApp Groups

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WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app, has rolled-out a new tweak to its group chat feature to help users avoid a potentially awkward social situation.

If you often find yourself trapped in pointless WhatsApp groups, then this new feature is for you.

In its latest update, WhatsApp has added a way to block strangers and friends from adding you to groups without your permission.

Previously, anyone with your phone number could add you to a Group chat.

This allowed strangers to dump you into chats for spam purposes or trolling.

We’ve all been there. You check WhatsApp and realise you’ve suddenly been added into a group chat by a friend of a friend for a birthday, a wedding committee or a Church group and everyone is chatting away about people you don’t even know.

You are left wondering if you should mute the Group chat and run the risk of looking like you’re ignoring the conversation?

Or, do you leave, sending everyone a notification that spells out in no uncertain terms how little you wanted to be part of the group.

WhatsApp is now offering you an opportunity to decide on whether or not you can be added to groups.

A spokesperson for the Facebook-owned platform said this development, bringing to an end debate on how users can have their privacy on the platform.

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“As people turn to groups for important conversations, users have asked for more control over their experience. Today, we’re introducing a new privacy setting and invite system to help you decide who can add you to groups,” explained the spokesperson.

Kenyans have in the past expressed their reservations over ‘unnecessary’ additions.

The new permissions can be enabled by going to Settings, then Account, Privacy, Groups.

My Contacts Options mean only users you have in your address book can add you to a group, while the My Contacts Except allows you pinpoint particular users who you’d prefer were unable to add you.

“In those cases, an admin who can’t add you to a group will be prompted to send a private invite through an individual chat, giving you the choice of joining the group. You’ll have three days to accept the invite before it expires,” WhatsApp explained.

The update is available from today on both IOS and Android.

To get the latest WhatsApp update on iOS, head to the App Store, hit today and tap your profile icon. Select the app you want to update, or just tap update all.

On Android, open the Google Play Store app, tap Menu My apps & games, select the app you want to update, tap more and then hit update.

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-Nairobi news

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Sarah Kabu surprises husband with retirement home on his birthday 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Bonfire Adventure’s Managing Director Sarah Kabu caused a stir on social media after she bought her husband Simon Kabu his dream retirement home at OlPajeta.

Simon took to his Facebook page praising his wife for the surprise. According to him, he was not aware of Sarah’s plan.

“Thanks so so much everyone who wished me a happy birthday today. now… I’m overwhelmed by what sarah kabu surprised me with today. imagine a retirement home!”

He revealed that he was aware they would celebrate his birthday at OlPajeta, however, saying thay he was not aware that Sarah had bought him his dream retirement home.

Simon went on to reveal that whenever they went for a holiday at the OlPajeta, he always told Sarah that he would like to have his retirement home there.

“Sarah… I’m over the moon… you are a proverb 31 woman… this is too much on me. . we have been visiting olpajeta many times, and every time we visit there, I always comment…. ningetaka kuretire hii place…. but this year we have been affected in hospitality and didn’t have hizo plans hivi karibuni

“She organized my birthday bash at olpajeta ( with my knowledge) as we normally visit with bonfire adventures and events sept babies..but today…. I thought we were going for a bush lunch….. shock on me and my cubs… we got a surprise of our lifetime,” he said.

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Simon then went on to confess his love for Sarah Kabu and promised to support her. He further appreciated her for taking a loan with Stanibic’s DADA program to finance the house.

“Sarah… I will continue supporting you in anything you do and will always make you happy. I will make sure you get a surprise of the century. thank you 1000000 times,” Simon added.

Further adding that;

“Sarah, I’m not sure why you want me to retire early 🤷‍♂️. I named the house after austin kabu and is known as #mtaliiparadiseolpajeta and is we will put it kwa #bonfiredeals.”

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Chris Kirubi says marriage is enslavement, urges men to be careful

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BY KEVIN KOECH

City businessman and tycoon Chris Kirubi has given his opinion on marriage claiming that it is enslavement.

Speaking in an interview on Churchill Show, Kirubi explained that men have to be careful when it comes to marriage, or else they will be sentencing themselves to imprisonment for life.

He went on to compare some women to the military army as they are always in a fighting mood.

He, however, pointed out that it is always a pleasure to marry a good woman but some women.

“Marriage is enslavement, you have to be careful. You have to agree to go into slavery, to go to jail, and not to go there to test it and get out. It is a permanent affair you are jailed for life

“If you marry a good woman, it is such a pleasure. But there are some women, it’s like they first went to the army then came back for you to marry them; they are always in a fighting mood. Good has to bless you,” he said.

The father of two went on to praise Kenyan a section of women noting that if a man wanted to become rich, they need to marry Kenyan women.

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He added that if they are not always bringing drama, they will make money for the family. He explained that it is an inheritance Kenyan women have.

Kirubi also talked about his two children saying that while his daughter works as the Managing Director for one of his companies in the country; Haco Industries, his son refused to come back and works in Brussels.

While praising his two kids, he disclosed that his daughter does not fear him as someone he hired from outside and argues with him.

“My son is in Brussels, he works for DHL. I think they pay him so much money he refused to work for me but it’s good he has also accumulated a lot of experience,” Kirubi narrated.

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Maraga advises Uhuru to dissolve Parliament over two-thirds gender rule

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Chief Justice David Maraga has advised President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament.

The CJ said the Parliament should be dissolved over its failure to implement the two-thirds gender rule.

This is following six petitions filed by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) , Margaret Toili, Fredrick Gichanga Mbugua’h, Stephen Owako, Johnn Wangai, Aoko Bernard and David Sudi.

The petitioners fault parliament over failure to pass the laws in accordance with Article 27(3) read together with Articles 81(b) and 100 of the 2010 Constitution despite four Court orders.

In a statement issued on Monday, CJ Maraga said Parliament should be held accountable for failing the Kenyan people.

“Your Excellency, the two-thirds gender rule is an acronym for the constitutional imperative which prohibits any form of discrimination in the appointive and elective positions in our country on the basis of one’s gender.

“It is grounded on the declaration in Article 27(3) of the Constitution that Women and men have the right to equal treatment, including the right to equal opportunities in political, economic, cultural and social spheres, ” said Maraga.

“Let us endure pain if only to remind ourselves that, as a country, being a democracy that has chosen to be governed by the rule of law, we must say no to impunity and hold everyone accountable for their actions or omissions.

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“Your Excellency, it is my constitutional duty to advise you, the President of the Republic of Kenya, which I hereby do, to dissolve Parliament in accordance with Article 261(7),” the statement added.

In his statement, Maraga says that National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and his Senate counterpart Kenneth Lusaka argued that the six petitions were “incomplete”.

“The Speakers contend that the six petitions are incompetent and bad in law for the reason that no court order was ‘transmitted’ to either the CJ or to the Parliament as required by Article 261(6)(b),” it added.

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