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Odd death notice reveals the vicious battles among co-wives

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An oddity in departed banker Thomas Anyumba’s death announcement early this week has thrust back to the limelight the debate on cohabiting couples.In yet another first in the evolving vocabulary of death announcements, those who placed the notice acknowledged the woman Anyumba cohabited with before his death.This was besides acknowledging the ex-student leader’s wife in the same announcement.

“Husband of Esther Achieng’ Owiyo (Kenyatta National Hospital) and later cohabited with Winnie Achieng’ Magambo (Kenya Revenue Authority-Kisumu),” reads the notice.It turned out the appearance of the word ‘cohabit’ in the notice was just the tip of the iceberg of a protracted battle between Esther and Winnie, which had led to the burial being delayed for months.

Until his death on September 19, Anyumba was the branch manager of Cooperative Bank in Busia. He hailed from Nyarach-Rongo village, Kambija sub-location in Migori County.

His burial was slated for October 3 but failed to take place after Esther went to court seeking to bar Winnie from the burial plans.

As the battle went on in the courts, clan elders also intervened to solve the dispute and have Anyumba buried.

Sources said at the heart of the dispute is the distribution of Anyumba’s estate, which includes a residential flat at PolyView estate, a maisonette under construction in Mamboleo, both in Kisumu, and vehicles.

And now, a letter dated November 13, 2019, from lawyer PD Onyango and seen by the Saturday Standard, directs Winnie to vacate a house at Polyview Estate, Kisumu. It was not clear whether this was Anyumba’s property or whether the latest agreement to have him buried had overshadowed the vacate notice.

The letter said she has up to January 2020 to vacate and should pay rent arrears, water and electricity bills — from November 2018 — before leaving.“Take notice that you are now hereby required to clear the said rent arrears of Sh120,000 within the next 14 days from the date hereof with our collection charges of Sh12,000 from the date hereof and failure of which we shall instruct auctioneers to levy distress without any further reference to you whatsoever,” reads the letter.

“Take further notice that we are also instructed to give you notice to vacate the said premises and we hereby serve you with 60 days’ notice effective from November 13, 2019 to January 13, 2020 and you are required to hand over vacant possession of the said house on or before January 13, 2020 and you must clear any pending water and or electricity bill and rent during the notice period.”The drama notwithstanding, Anyumba was buried on Thursday in Rongo, following an out-of-court settlement of the dispute. An insider said the two warring women attended the funeral.“The first wife and the co-wife were here, at the burial ceremony,” said the source.

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Zain Verjee rejected Uhuru’s offer to head PSCU, Itumbi alleges

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Former Senior Director of Digital Communications in State House Dennis Itumbi has detailed the behind the scenes of the post-2013 general election as President Uhuru Kenyatta sought to set up his communication team.

Itumbi, who was officially fired from the position last March, also described how he was frustrated while working at State House.

Itumbi was among five individuals who were let go in March after the Public Service Commission (PSC) scrapped five positions within the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) and terminated the contracts of those holding the posts.

He had worked at the house on the hill since President Kenyatta was elected in 2013.

In a series of posts he shared on his Facebook account, Itumbi sought to debunk what he termed as “lies that have been told for far too long”.

Itumbi now a critic of the Jubilee administration, started his narration from 2013 when Jubilee coalition won the highly contested presidential election.

The ardent supporter of Deputy President William Ruto claims that things were not all rosy from the onset.

According to Itumbi, the head of state after he was sworn in was looking to set up a vibrant communication team and his first choice was then CNN anchor Zain Verjee who turned down the offer and the president eventually settled on Manoah Esipisu.

“The year is 2013. We have a new President and his Deputy. The new President is putting up his communications team. He is about to let go Isaya Kabira, the question is who should take over. The New President wants Zein Verjee of CNN to take the job. She is contacted. She asks for time. She reverts with a regret message – I need to complete my studies and I have a contract extension at CNN. I cannot take up the job,” he writes.

Nairobi News could not independently authenticate his claims.

Itumbi claims it was under the new leadership that he witnessed frustrations that affected the delivery of the president’s communication team claiming that they went for a year without pay.

He claims that he coined the title Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) for rebranding instead of the previous one Presidential Press Service (PPS) but the same was not signed off, until he approached Mr Kenyatta.

“I activated gear two and waited for the President, who signed it off. I did not go back to the duo,” he adds.

“They saw it as Breaking News on their phones as they took their stroll in the gardens.”

This he says to them was a betrayal and what followed were frustrations after another as the system was “fighting back.”

“For a whole year, avoiding the details, we worked without a salary and accessed State House only on the strength of a News Release,” he said.

Mr Esipisu has since been appointed Kenya’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (U.K) in 2018 with TV anchor Kanze Dena taking his position at State House.

For his part, Itumbi has found a new home in DP Ruto’s corner.

By Nairobi News

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MIRACLE: How Victoria Mugo, a Kenyan woman in US lost both her hands and legs [VIDEO]

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A Kenyan woman from Aurora, Colorado, is a quadruple amputee. She lost her hands and her legs when pneumonia led to septic shock.

But Victoria Mugo , a mother of 1, is grateful to be alive.

Each year, more than 250,000 Americans die as a result of sepsis. The key is catching and treating it early.

Victoria is a celebrity of sorts at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA). The medical staff considers her a miracle.

For months, Victoria was in the ICU there. She lost both hands and both legs. Yet, on Monday, she came back to say “Thanks.”

 

 

“Because I’m grateful for life,” she told CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh.

“You don’t get any sicker than Victoria was,” explained Carolyn Golas, Sepsis Coordinator at TMCA.

On Jan. 9, Victoria was rushed to the ER with pneumonia. Within hours she was in septic shock, a toxic response to the infection.

Victoria Mugo

“She had about an 80% chance that she would not survive,” said Golas.

Victoria was put in a coma and on life support. Blood flow to her extremities slowed down. When the 38-year-old mother woke up, her hands and legs were dying.

“I could just snap them and not feel anything,” she said.

All four were amputated.

“I am not sitting in a corner feeling sorry for myself because I don’t have my arms or my legs, I’m walking now (on prosthetic legs),” Victoria said.

Victoria’s faith in God is her strength.

“He got me through it. He is the one who has brought me this far,” she said.

She said she has what matters most, her son, Alexander, and the rest of her loving family.

Her smile is a smile of gratitude. Her fighting spirit is fueled by faith.

HCA Healthcare patient Victoria Mugo, pictured with son Alexander, prior to her sepsis hospitalization

Facts about sepsis from TMCA:

  • Sepsis is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. killing more than 250,000 patients per year.
  • In Colorado nearly 12,000 people will be diagnosed each year and nearly 3,000 will not survive.
  • Patients with septic shock have a mortality (death) rate of about 50-60%.
  • Once you have had severe sepsis you are at a greater risk of it reoccurring.
  • For more information you can go to the Sepsis Alliance at www.AuroraMed.com/sepsis.

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Job seeker loses phone, ID to crafty thief at Uhuru Park

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A 30-year-old police impostor who allegedly stole a desperate job seeker’s phone promising to hire him to help in making deliveries to Kenya Defence Forces was charged with theft and impersonation.

Samuel Mwaniki Murigi was accused of stealing Evans Onyango Ogutu’s phone and national ID card at Imenti House on July 23.

Murigi was also accused of impersonation after presenting himself as a police officer attached to Central Police station Nairobi to Ogutu.

Ogutu was taking a rest at Uhuru Park after a job search in and around Nairobi CBD became fruitless when Murigi sat next to him while on-call, purporting he was advising his phantom boss that he would need to hire an extra hand to help him with meeting supplies.

Murigi claimed his boss had secured a contract to supply some items to Kenya Defence Forces and desperate Ogutu approached him for the job.

The suspect reportedly told Ogutu to accompany him to Imenti House to process a pass into military facilities to begin the job immediately and he obliged.

On arrival, Murigi reportedly took the phone and the ID card to proceed with the “process” and disappeared in thin air. The matter was reported to Parliament police station.

On July 4, Ogutu spotted Murigi at the same point and informed the police. Two undercover officers arrested Murigi and allegedly found pictures of himself in different police uniforms.

The suspect denied all the charges before chief magistrate Joyce Gandani of Kibera law courts.

He was freed on a Sh200,000 bond and an alternative cash bail of Sh30,000. The case will be mentioned on August 19.

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