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Condolences pour in for renowned evangelist Bonnke

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Condolences are pouring in for Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, who died on Saturday aged 79. Bonnke is well-known for his Great Gospel Crusades throughout Africa.

Leaders and Christians across the world paid glowing tribute to a man they said touched their hearts with his message on Holy Spirit evangelism.

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari mourned the renowned evangelist, describing his death as a great loss to Nigeria, Africa and the whole world.

“Great loss to Nigeria, Africa and the entire world,” said Buhari in a tweet.In his tribute, televangelist Benny Hinn said few had touched his life as Bonnke did.“The home-going celebration for my dear friend Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke has begun. Few have touched my life as he did. My heart is broken for his wife Anni, and his family, yet I join them in honouring the remarkable legacy of a life well lived,” said Hinn in a tweet.

American televangelist Paula White-Cain said Bonnke “was one of the greatest evangelists of our time”.“I was honoured to minister with you on several occasions. You served Jesus well and finished your course,” she said.Bonnke first visited Kenya in 1988 and instantly became a household name, with a number of parents even naming their children after him.

He was born in 1940 in Königsberg, Germany. The city on the Baltic Sea is now called Kaliningrad, and is part of Russia.His passing was confirmed by his family through a Facebook post on Saturday. In the post, his wife Anni Suelze said Bonnke passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family.

“Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, it is with sorrow that the Bonnke family would like to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 7, 2019,” said Suelze.

Unwavering support

She added: “We want to thank you on behalf of him and our family for your kind love and unwavering support, which enabled him to preach the matchless message of salvation to countless people.”

It has now been 45 years since Bonnke founded the international ministry of Christ for all Nations (CfaN), which currently has offices in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Nigeria, South Africa, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong.

The Pentecostal preacher oversaw more than 79 million conversions to Christianity, his organisation says.In his biography posted on the CfaN website, it was said Bonnke, who was the son of a pastor, gave his life to the Lord at age nine, and heard the call to the African mission field before he was even a teenager.After attending Bible college in Wales, and his ordination in Germany, he pastored a church and then went on to start missionary work in Africa.

“It was there, in the small mountain kingdom of Lesotho, that God placed upon his heart the vision of ‘the continent of Africa,” read the document. He founded CfaN in 1974.

Live audiences

Bonnke drew some of the largest live audiences in history. In November 2000, at a single meeting in Lagos, Nigeria, 1.6 million attendees heard him preach.His activities in Africa at times stirred controversy.In 1991, there were religious riots in the Nigerian city of Kaduna after police granted permission for Bonnke to hold a revival meeting and thousands of Muslims took to the streets in uproar.

At least eight people were reported killed.In 1999, 16 people died in a stampede during a rally organised by Bonnke in Benin City, Nigeria.

In 2014, the Associated Press reported that he was living in a $3 million (Sh305 million) apartment near Palm Beach, Florida in the United States.

Bonnke held a farewell gospel campaign in 2017 in Nigeria, after which he stepped down as the organisation’s leader due to health issues. The ministry is now under the leadership of Evangelist Daniel Kolenda.

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Rip-off as school uniform cartels charge Sh1,000 for underwear

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha is under pressure to put an end to school uniform cartels that are doing well in public schools. 

According to the sector stakeholders, the high cost of the uniform is causing many students from being admitted to high school despite the government pushing for 100 percent transition to secondary school. 

Many of the required school items apart from the uniform have exaggerated prices, and the number of items such as trousers, skirts, shorts and blouses, needed is too high. 

Another issue is the mandatory requirement for parents to purchase some things from specific suppliers. 

The cost of uniforms from various schools is ranging at Sh9,000 to Sh 20,000 for day school and boarding schools, respectively. This would cost almost half if parents bought the items from other sources other than the pre-approved list of suppliers. 

“The above uniform should be bought in cash from the supplier(s) who will be selling them at the school during the admission period,” reads the admission letter.

A girl’s school in Nairobi has asked the parents to buy six panties at Sh1,000, each against a market price of Sh100. 

When reached out for a comment on the matter, Prof Magoha said: “I will issue a statement in due course.”

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I was scared my son would stop me from shining- Bridget Achieng

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Bridget Achien’g, Kenyan popular reality TV star, is a happy mother since having her son. 

But before welcoming her son, the actor had fears concerning her career. She had doubts about whether she will remain popular or relevant after having the baby.

She shared this on Instagram, Bridget reveals how she was scared that Sekani would dim her shining star.

However, that did not happen, instead, the son helped in adding more meaning and increased opportunities life in a way she hadn’t thought.

“Wow and to think that I was scared to death @sekani_rich_ was going to stop me from shining, so far as I look closely to his birthday next month ….and the fire that this boy has put in me it can only be God,” wrote Bridget.

In the aim to ensure her son gets a good life, Bridget had also registered three businesses in her son’s name, which will help in paying for his education and expenses.

“He is covered for life his three business empire will see him through school until when he says he can’t do it anymore…I got you my prince for life,” she wrote.

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Victor Wanyama-sponsored students report to schools

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The six students sponsored by Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama under his foundation have all reported to their respective schools.

Sammy Oriko and Landgreen Makhoha have joined Maranda School, Eva Moraa and Zawadi Tamara reported to Sironga Girls High School, Esther Achieng is in Asumbi Girls High School while Trizah Shem has enrolled in St Brigid’s High School.

The six reported to their new schools this week and Wanyama has urged them to work hard.

“I am very proud of the scholarship programme, above all I am proud of the students we selected. Looking at their results, their background and the schools they attended, you can see great potential in them. I pledge to support them as I had stated earlier, to enable them to reach their potential. It is also important to motivate them to work hard in school,” Wanyama told Nation Sport.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder formally registered the Victor Wanyama Foundation late last year and is building the foundation’s main centre in a 20-acre piece of land in Busia which will also house the Victor Wanyama Academy.

He is also supporting his former club County Bus FC and the Muthurwa Boxing Club having recently bought a 40-seater bus for the two entities.

BY nation.co.ke

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