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He migrated to the United States of America in search of greener pastures. And after 47 years, James Mugweru returned to Kenya and is delighted to be home.

A convoy of five cars snaked its way into Mwariki village in Nakuru County on Friday afternoon, as residents joined the family in celebrating the return of their 86-year-old son, father, uncle and brother.Women from local churches had arrived earlier to prepare a hearty meal after which they sat in anticipation, with drums at the ready to break into song and dance once Mugweru arrived.

Tears of joy flowed as the family embraced their lost son for the first time after nearly five decades, which he spent in Utah, with minimal contact with relatives in Kenya.

In an interview with The Standard, Mr Mugweru revealed he left home for the US at the age of 27 a few years to Kenya’s independence after a short stint at Kenyatta National Hospital.

“I studied medicine at the Royal College, which is the current University of Nairobi. Between 1955 and 1959, I worked at King George Level Four Hospital now known as Kenyatta National Hospital as a medical laboratory technician,” said Mugweru.After migrating to the US, Mugweru found himself in a tough environment just as is the case with many foreigners.

“In the US I joined a university to further my education. I graduated as a medical technologist. On completion I wanted to be a doctor. I briefly enrolled and later quit due to the complexity of some chemistry-related courses,” said Mugweru.Life in the United States is not as easy as many make it seem, reflects Mugweru.

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No walk in the park

“Being in a foreign land is not a walk in the park. It requires focus, humility and perseverance especially in the first few years. At first I worked in various hospitals, which were paying well. I later became a commercial and taxi driver, which was equally lucrative,” he said.In the initial years, Mugweru would make trips back home after every two or three years to see his family that included a young wife. Due to the high cost of air fare, he finally decided to have his wife join him in the US.

“It wasn’t a big hustle for me as I was making good money, enough for my survival and to occasionally come back to see my family. In 1971 I paid for her ticket to the US so that I would travel less,” said Mugweru.Two years later his mother died, and soon thereafter his marriage that bore him three children crumbled, increasing the distance between him and his ties back in Kenya.

“My last trip to Kenya was in 1973 for my mother’s burial. I’ve not been back since then. Months later we had irreconcilable differences with my wife and parted ways,” he said.

Mugweru later remarried.“My first wife died in the US and was buried there. My second wife passed on three years ago and my only son died five years ago. I’m now left with two daughters. The last time I counted I had 15 grandchildren. They have never been to Kenya,” said Mugweru.

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During the interview, Mugweru who could hardly complete a sentence in his Kikuyu dialect before reverting to English, explained that his 47-year stay without visiting Kenya was perpetuated by financial constraints.

Home is best

“I always wanted to come back home but I had retired with little money. I also had my family there and I had become attached to the States. Nevertheless, I’m happy to be home with my brother and sister,” he said.

His brother Norman Kimani could not hide his joy as the two embraced. They could be heard whispering that they had a lot to catch up on.“I never gave up hope of seeing him again. East or west, home is best. There is a lot that we have to talk about. He is welcome back but we wish he made regular visits or explained to us the challenges he was facing. We lived in great uncertainty,” said Kimani.

Mugweru’s sister Joyce Wanjiru said they have been at pains explaining to their children the whereabouts of their uncle.“During our annual family gatherings people always asked about him. They felt  that we were not doing much to locate and bring their uncle back home. The burden is now off our shoulders,” said Wanjiru.

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Mugweru’s return did not, however, come easy as he had no money to pay for his air ticket, neither could his daughters afford it.It took the intervention of his nephews, nieces and the Kenyan community in Utah to raise funds for his travel home and back to the US.“For three months we have been in contact with a church where he fellowships in the US. With their assistance we raised money for his air fare. We are glad to see him and we hope he will stay here with us,” said Daniel Muigai, a nephew.

But Mugweru is undecided on whether to stay, with indications showing that he will return to the US where he says his home is, adding that adjusting back to Kenya at his age will be a great hurdle.“Utah is where my family is and I have become accustomed to the US. I will spend a month in Kenya and go back to the US. I feel a bigger part of my life is there. However, I’m still pondering on my siblings’ insistence that I stay with them now,” said Mugweru.

By Standard


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World’s most-traveled man Fred Finn says Kenya is the safest place to visit during the pandemic

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Diani beach in Kwale County has played host to the world’s most traveled man, Fred Finn.

Finn has traveled to more than 150 countries at the age of 75 and holds the current Guinness Book World Records.

Finn, who is in the country until Monday, November 30 said Kenya is safe for holiday destinations.

He however noted that his visit at the moment is not for leisure, but to send a message that the country is safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

He says he has observed that Kenyans are following the protocols and guidelines than any other country he has traveled to during the pandemic.

“I did not come here on holiday, that is why my wife is not with me. I came because whenever Kenya has a little crisis I come and say Kenya is safe” he said

He said, during a pandemic, Kenya is the safest place to go on holiday.

Finn is scheduled to have his vaccine in December.

Tourism players say Finn’s visit to Kenya gives confidence to the international market that the country is an ideal destination.

“When you get an endorsement from the eyes of a traveler that is likely to carry the right persuasion to the potential travelers” said Kioko Musyoki, Leopard Beach General Manager.


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‘I regret…’ Anne Kiguta opens up about posting her daughter on social media

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TV news anchor Anne Kiguta has announced that she would like to share with her fans more about her life.

However, she draws a line on exposing her children to the limelight.

Anne has three children, one from her previous marriage and fraternal twins with Jomo Gecaga.

Responding to a fan who asked her about her babies, Anne posted a photo of her and her twins but blocked out the faces.

In her response she explained,

“Gosh, so many of you have said this… was the number one response. Well, I will have to let you down on that my loves.”

She added,

“I’m rather traditional (believe it or not) so I’m vehemently against it. My babies are are all still too young, including the eldest, to be on social media.”

Anne continued,

“In fact I really regret having posted my eldest at all. Mummy already has a pretty public life. They deserve their privacy.”

But not to break her fans hearts, Anne promised,

“A reference every once in a while but nothing more than that for a long long time.  Hope  you understand.”

In another post she still emphasized,

“That is my son. Quite the charmer. If only I could tell you half of what they say! But all these are are to me sacred moments…really can’t share much more.”

Not to be daunted though, Anne promised to talk about other aspects of her life.

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Here are the various topics she is open to talking about.

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Shock as man ‘resurrects’ in a Kericho mortuary

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There was drama at Kapkatet sub-county hospital in Kericho on Tuesday night when a 32-year-old man who had been presumed dead and taken to the mortuary regained consciousness close to three hours later.

Mortuary attendants were getting ready to embalm Peter Kigen’s body when they noticed some movements.

Kigen, a resident of Kibwastuiyo village in Bureti Constituency, is said to have collapsed while at home before his family took him to hospital.

His younger brother, Kevin Kipkurui, said he was present when Kigen collapsed. With the help of their cousin, they took Kigen to the hospital at 5.30 pm.

“When we arrived at the casualty department, we met a doctor who asked us to register the details of the patient at the reception while he attended to him,” Kipkurui, who was still in shock, told The Standard.

After registering the patient, Kipkurui said he was again asked to the National Hospital Insurance Fund desk for further documentation of his brother.

Kigen reportedly suffers from a chronic illness.

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“When I went back to the casualty department at around 7.45 pm, I learnt my brother was dead. A nurse told me that he died long before we arrived at the hospital,” Kipkurui said.

He added: “The nurse later handed me a document to take to the mortuary attendant before my brother’s body was moved to the morgue.”

However, at 10.30 pm, Kipkuriu said, as they were waiting for embalming of Kigen’s body, they were informed that in fact, he was not dead.

Mortuary attendants who mummified the body told them that Kigen had regained consciousness.

“The mortician called me into the morgue and we saw him make movements. We were shocked. We could not understand how they could move a person who is still alive into the mortuary,” Kipkurui said.

Kigen, who spoke from his hospital bed yesterday, said he was shocked to learn that he was thought to have died and even taken to the mortuary.

“I cannot believe what just happened. How did they establish that I was dead?” he said.

Kirui, who donned his light-blue hospital uniform, was nevertheless happy to be alive and vowed to dedicate his life to evangelism once he’s discharged from hospital.

“I did not even know where I was when I regained consciousness, but I thank God for sparing my life. I will serve him for the rest of my life,” he said.

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The hospital’s medical superintendent Gilbert Cheruiyot said Kigen was in critical condition when he was brought in.

Dr Cheruiyot said: “His relatives presumed he was dead and did not even wait for certification of death. They moved him to the mortuary, on their own.”

He said the clinical officers at the casualty were busy attending to other critically ill patients when Kigen was brought in, including an epileptic and a diabetic patient.

“They asked Kigen’s relatives to give them some time but they accused the clinicians of taking too much time and decided to take him to the mortuary. It was while the mortician was getting ready to embalm his body that she noticed some signs of life,” said Cheruiyot. He said the mortician informed the team at the casualty department which took Kigen back and begun resuscitating him. The process took three hours before the patient was stabilised.

“The patient was later taken to the ward and is responding well to treatment. We hope to discharge him in a few days,” Dr Cheruiyot said yesterday.

He added: “I advise those bringing their loved ones to the hospital to follow the laid down regulations. Before a body is moved the mortuary, it has to be certified by a clinician. In Kigen’s case, we can only say he was lucky, especially because of our qualified mortician who checked him before making any move,” said Cheruiyot.

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The bizarre incident saw local MCAs, led by the Majority Leader Hezron Kipngeno, storm the hospital. This is after Chelanget MCA Hezborn Tonui demanded a statement from the heath committee over the incident that shocked the county.


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