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Marriage at 87 has given my life more years of happiness

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Rev John Lewa, 91, is a living testimony that old age with all its attendant glitches can be tamed into a near normal phase in life. The nonagenarian, who goes about his daily chores unaided, reads the Bible without glasses and manually tends his farm, surprised many when he remarried at 87.

Rev Lewa still has strong teeth to eat anything he fancies, even roast meat and maize. His dental formula is amazingly sturdy and healthy-looking.“I have lost six out of 16 back teeth,” he says of his molars and premolars, flashing a smile that displays a white set of un-breached incisors and canines.

He adds: “The rest of my teeth are intact.”“Conventional toothpastes cannot match charcoal and salt in dental care. I have no cavities,” he says in anticipation of my next question.

He enumerates the secrets of healthy ageing as active daily routine, eating healthy and avoiding reckless indulgences. He cites alcohol, cigarettes and promiscuity among habits he jettisoned long ago.“I last tasted alcohol in my youth at a push from my father and I vomited until he sympathised with me. The last time I ever smoked was in 1958 before I went to study theology at African Brotherhood Church (ABC) Divinity school, Mitaboni, Machakos in 1959,” says Lewa.

“A happy marriage prolongs life. I lived with Sella, my first wife and mother to my nine children continuously for 51 years until she died in 2012.

What followed were three turbulent years during which I languished in loneliness until 2015 when I met and married the Rev Phyllis Munini. She has since spruced me up. You can see that I do not look groggy.”What prompted Ms Munini to accept him at 87? ”Call it an act of God,” says Mzee Lewa with a grin that eases his wrinkles.

“She had initially turned down my request, conveyed through two African Inland Church (AIC) pastors who were friends to my family. She was 59, a nun in the church who had committed her life to God’s service without distraction until I came into her shadow.” “I also had an input,” chips in his son, Prof Peter Lewa. “Mzee had cautioned me, his only living son, that I would not escape blame if he died of loneliness. I helped identify Phyllis,” he brags to hearty laughter from us all.

Phyllis, with an aerie chuckle, recalls: “Back home after setting my eyes on him for the first time, I went into prayer to tell God that I did not want ‘that old man’. But he continued calling me. He was not the type to surrender midstream.

Vision from God

“Then one night as I slept, I saw a vision. God told me, ‘I delayed you for the old man. He is the one I have chosen to be your husband,’” recollects Phyllis adding: “I had no option but to say, ‘yes’ and the rest is history. We have lived happily together since.”In AIC nuns are free to marry.“I was over the moon when she accepted my hand. Without hesitation, I took cattle and goats to her parents and cooked in keeping with the Kamba tradition, followed by a fabulous wedding ceremony at Masue African Brotherhood Church (ABC) on October 17, 2015,” says Rev Lewa proudly, describing the event as “unalloyed miracle”.

“It was my second miracle since my late wife and I narrowly escaped death in a horrific bus accident on the Kitui- Machakos road that claimed 65 lives, including those of our two daughters, in 1963,” he says, sadness permeating his face.On his enduring oomph and energy at a time his few living peers have withered away like singed flowers, Rev Lewa says herbs and a disciplined lifestyle have played an important role.

“I am a herbal expert. I have helped many people surmount health challenges and have not forgotten myself. Hence, I am not shy to declare myself as fit as a fiddle in my physical and mental faculties,” he says with laughter.Prof Lewa says his father’s health has improved tremendously in the four years that he has been married to Phyllis. “They are both reverends and true birds of a feather. Dad is proof that elderly folks need trusted partners to walk with deeper into their sunset,” he says.

He describes the three years his father spent groping in lonesomeness after his mother’s departure as “pretty trying” to the entire family.Born in 1928 in Mukaa, Kilome, Machakos District, to Lewa Manyi and Susana Syekonyo, Rev Lewa was the first of 12 children.He went to study theology after primary school education to Standard Six level and has mastered practically every verse in the bible.

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Autopsy shows Churchill Show comedian Kasee was poisoned

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BY KEVIN KOECH

An autopsy report released on Friday, July 3, from the Chiromo mortuary has revealed the late comedian Kasee was poisoned.

The news was made public by by Kenya Comedians Society chairman, Ken Waudo, who quashed reports linking Kasee’s death to alcoholism and depression.

According to Waudo, the deceased, born Joseph Musyoki, received a call from friends on Sunday, June 28, early morning to join them for drinks at a local joint.

He then left his wife and kids to honour his friend’s wishes but never returned home.

“Kasee was chilling at home with his wife and kids when he was called to go hang out with friends and have some drinks.

“He later felt unwell saying his stomach was disturbing him and even called his dad to inform him of the same,” Waudo said.

Kasee had promised to call his dad immediately he got home but never did.

Waudo said at the place the comedian was found dead, there were some kids who revealed he had complained of stomach problems and decided to take a nap before going home.

This was the exact place that the comedian was confirmed dead on the evening of Sunday, June 28.

“It was around 6 in the evening and cops who arrived on the scene confirmed he was dead.

“The examiner said his brain was clear and nothing to do with depression and his liver was not that bad, so he was probably poisoned,” Waudo added.

Waudo also revealed investigations were ongoing.

Kasee is survived by two children and a wife.

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PHOTO: Ken Mijungu unveils own startup company days after being fired from NTV

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Days after being axed from NTV, journalist Ken Mijungu has revealed his next move.

Mijungu took to his social media pages on Monday, July 6, where he announced he was diving into the legal field.

Ken Mijungu unveils own startup company days after being fired from NTVKen Mijungu has announced his next move days after he was axed from TV job. Photo/Source: Ken Mijungu.
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Posting on his Instagram account, Mijungu, a trained lawyer, shared a photo of his new business with his name boldly encrypted on the wall.

From the photo, it was clear that the former TV journalist was shifting his focus from media to focus on legal consultancy.

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According to the photo, the former anchor’s firm will be offering legal consultancy on immigration, finance, property, imports and exports.

To affirm that his achievement was a matter of faith, Mijungu captioned the post with a Bible verse.

“Believers will always be believers Mathew 6: 26-34,” he wrote.

Mijungu who many considered as bold and intelligent was among those who were shown the door at Nation Media Group on Friday, July 3.

He shared the news of his firing through a touching Twitter post that saw most of his fans take to the comment section to encourage and console him.

According to his post, the journalist said he was given his termination letter after working for NMG for seven years.

He thanked the station for the opportunity and thanked God for always been there for him.

The NMG firing came a couple of weeks after Mediamax laid off over 100 workers via text messages.

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Sibling rivalry? Mercy Kyallo explains why she missed Betty Kyallo’s launch

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Is there beef between two of the older Kyallo girls?

Fans of Mercy and Betty Kyallo have been wondering if the two sisters are feuding.

During the much publicised 6th birthday party of her niece, Ivanna, and Betty’s relaunch of her salon, Flair, it was noted that Mercy was not present.

In an interview with Mpasho, she revealed, she was there “in spirit” and that her support for her sister was unequivocal.

When asked if she is in good terms with Betty, Mercy said,

“She is my sister.”

Laughing she added,

“Obviously we are in good terms but at the same time. I always say, look. We are sisters and sisters go through highs and lows just like friends but that doesn’t mean anything. I feel like people also go through their highs and tides.”

She continued,

“Mercy and betty are just like any siblings in this county. We fight, we love each other, we forgive each other we get back into fighting it is just the same way and I think wapendanao ndio wakosanao.”

Mercy explained that the various times fans did not see her at any of Betty’s big celebrations that last few weeks was not out of ill will.

“I was not able to come but at the same time support is given and support is shown in so many different ways especially in the family dynamic. I know our lives are very public and there is so much that goes on away from the public eye and people never know.”

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