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Locusts now in Embu County as residents cry for help

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 Embu County residents are worried as Desert locusts have been sighted at Kiambere and Mutuavare villages of the arid Mbeere South Constituency.

Reports indicated that the swarms were first seen on Friday evening, damaging shrubs, green pastures and millet.

Mbeere South Deputy County Commissioner Charles Igiha said the voracious feeders entered Embu from Kitui County, through Isako.

Mr Igiha said the Agriculture ministry was informed of the invasion, whose seriousness he noted in his appeal for urgent action.

“Locusts are a menace. They should be eliminated before they wreak havoc on farms,” he said.

Mbeere South member of Parliament Geoffrey King’ang’i asked residents to monitor the insects’ movements.

Some villagers said they were afraid that without urgent measures, the insects would ravage their crops.

“The locusts are spreading very fast and are many. We are worried because they are feeding on trees and the grass for our animals,” one said.

Another said they expected a bumper harvest following heavy rains but may end up with much less.

Kiambere Ward Representative Lenny Mwaniki described the situation as serious and called for quick intervention by the government.

“The locusts are destroying all plants. They should be controlled before they clear everything,” Mr Mwaniki said, and warned of a famine if measures such as spraying are not taken.

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The appeal has remained the same in at least 10 other counties affected by the invasion so far – Isiolo, Samburu, Wajir, Garissa, Marsabit, Laikipia, Mandera, Kitui, Baringo and Turkana.

Residents want the government to act quickly to ensure food security and cushion farmers from losses, but officials have admitted challenges in aerial spraying, including lack of enough personnel, aircraft and pesticides, as well as training.

Agriculture Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga, who on Thursday supervised aerial and ground spraying in Lengusaka in Samburu East, admitted that the government was struggling with inadequate resources.

The PS said only five aircraft used for spraying and four helicopters for surveillance were at their disposal.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has warned that the situation could worsen if authorities do not act fast to contain the marauding swarms.

The FAO says the weather has fuelled the insects’ movement, meaning the spread may not end soon. The agency added that the pests could multiply 500-fold by June if unchecked.

The UN has released $10 million (Sh1 billion) for aerial spraying in response to the worst locust outbreak in decades to hit East Africa.

by nation.co.ke

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Young journalist who cried while interviewing President Uhuru Kenyatta identified

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The young journalist who was captured on video breaking down while interviewing President Uhuru Kenyatta in Mombasa on Sunday evening has been identified as 20-year-old Dennis Mudi from Kakamega.

A video of Mudi crying went viral and has been shared on the interwebs.

Mudi says he was overwhelmed by the presence of the head of state and could not contain his emotions.

Rare encounter with Uhuru

On Sunday evening, Uhuru broke away from his security team to mingle with small scale traders who are based at Mama Ngina Waterfront Park in Mombasa. Part of the crowd was Mudi. The President exchanged greetings with him and to Mudi’s surprise, Uhuru agreed to give an unscheduled interview for his online MK TV channel.

The interview was held at the park around 6.30pm on Sunday.

Uhuru has been in Mombasa on a low key visit, inspecting projects and his tour has been closed to most journalists.

The video clip shows President Uhuru Kenyatta casually dressed – wearing a cap and a face mask pulled beneath his chin. He attentively follows the tearful ramblings of Mudi, an MK TV channel journalist.

The young journalist had travelled from upcountry to interview small scale traders for his show ‘Hustle mtaani’ which airs on MK TV.

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“I was busy interviewing madafu and kachiri sellers when security people suddenly appeared and told people to sit and avoid unnecessary movement,” he says.

Mingling with traders

The President made an appearance without his security and started mingling with the traders; expressing interest in their wares and greeting them, to the surprise of all.

It was then that Uhuru noticed Mudi with his microphone and seeing that he obviously was not one of the traders, he approached him and started a conversation.

“I introduced myself as a journalist from Kakamega [who had come] to interview small scale traders for a show that we run at MK TV,” Mudi told Standard Digital.

Mudi says the President was very amused and genuinely pleased that he was giving the local traders a platform.

“He then surprised me by offering me an interview,” he says.

Dennis Mudi. [Courtesy, Standard]

After an emotionally charged interview which lasted nearly ten minutes, as Mudi was signing off, he became overwhelmed and broke down.

His composure dribbled out of him and he started losing it prompting the President to do his best to encourage the young man with nods and smiles as he patted his back reassuringly.

“I have a guest who is President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, It’s Unbelievable,,,,ooohh My God (sigh), he says repeating unbelievable over and over again.

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“I am very thankful …” he says followed by sobs repeatedly before a final wail as he is completely overwhelmed by emotion.

The President offers his shoulder and the young journalist leans on it as he is consoled by Commander of the Armed Forces of the country.

Hoping to meet the President again

Mudi told Standard Digital that after the rare meeting, he was offered transport by an aide.

“I was also invited to meet the president at Statehouse although the call has not come through yet. I am eagerly waiting,” he said.

He says that he cried the way he did because it was unexpected and overwhelming.

“I have been in journalism for only three months, interviewed many people mostly traders but never in my wildest dream did I ever think someday I would interview the president himself. It was so overwhelming at some point I just broke down,” he says.

Mbui who uses his phone to shoot his interviews had to be assisted by a member of the presidential security detail to film the interview for him.

He says that the president offered to give him an exclusive interview and assured him that he would help him develop his station.

He said: “The president was so friendly and down to earth. Like I said, It’s totally unbelievable!”

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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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