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Moi paid my medical bill three days to his death, nurse recalls

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Jayne Jepchirchir Chelimo has lost an angel in former President Daniel Moi who died at Nairobi Hospital on Tuesday this week.

Three days to his death, Moi had paid Chelimo’s medical bill. She has been undergoing treatment for a heart condition she was diagnosed with a while back.Chelimo met Mzee Moi in 2002 at Moi High School Kabarak where she was admitted after sitting her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations but her parents couldn’t raise the school’s tuition fee.

On hearing about her plight, Moi picked up the matter and paid for her education through university.“I am in shock, Moi was like a father to me, he has been taking care of me the way a father would to his child. When he learnt that my parents couldn’t raise my fees, he didn’t hesitate to lend me a helping hand and has done it whole-heartedly until I completed my masters in 2014,” Chelimo says.

Chelimo, now a nurse at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), spends between Sh50,000 and Sh80,000 on medication every month, an amount Mzee Moi paid without fail. He wrote the last cheque on February 1, 2020.

Picked cheques

Chelimo recalled the times she picked cheques from Mzee Moi’s home in Kabarnet Gardens and every time she met him, he would emphasise on the importance of working hard and seizing every opportunity she came across.

“Mzee was not only my mentor but also a father to me. I am alive because he paid my medical bills. I also got to go to school because he chose to help me. I will forever be indebted to him and his family,” Chelimo said.To Chelimo, Moi’s helping heart was a true reflection of humanity. “I am who I am because of him.”Chelimo was born in Tenges village, Baringo Central and her family could not raise her school fees. This is how her paths crossed with that of the late Mzee Moi.

After joining the school, she maintained an excellent academic record and it is at Kabarak where she also developed an interest in athletics. Her dream of becoming an international athlete, however, faded after she was diagnosed with pulmonary artery stenosis when she was in Form Two.

Her condition worsened, and she got admitted to several private hospitals in Nakuru forcing her out of school for the better of the year.She shared her plight with Prof Henry Kiplagat, the then principal at the school who started taking her for medical check ups until she was done with her secondary education.

“I couldn’t imagine letting Mzee down so one day I decided to share my story with the principal. From then on he could take me to Nairobi Hospital where I was being treated whenever I had an appointment so I didn’t miss school as much,” she added.

In 2006, she wrote her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and scored grade B, and received an invitation letter to enroll for a degree in Information Technology (IT) at Kenyatta University.

She developed an interest in nursing during her medical checkups and when she shared with Moi what she wanted to study, he was supportive and facilitated her enrollment at Nairobi Hospital Nursing School where she also secured her first employment. In 2007, her health deteriorated, and she had to go to India for further treatment. Again, Mzee Moi paid for that also.“Mzee Moi booked my ticket to travel to India for a surgery and paid all the bills.

He didn’t care about his status  and position in society, whenever I called, he answered and assured me of his support through out my life. I can only ask God to rest his soul in eternal peace,” Chelimo said.In 2014, she enrolled for a higher Diploma at Mater Hospital where she studied midwifery.

She later got a job at Aga Khan University Hospital where she worked for a while and moved to Equator Health Centre in Baringo. She is currently at MTRH.

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Bodaboda chama grows into a multi-million shilling housing cooperative

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A journey of a thousand many miles starts with a single step. A Nakuru-based bodaboda operator’s self-help group proved this in its growth. Driven by the ambition to have something to take home once they couldn’t ride any more, ten bodaboda operators from Barut, Nakuru West in 2015 formed Kianjahi Group, pooling a minimum savings of Sh100 per week per person.

“Being a bodaboda operator is a risky job and has serious effect on one’s health especially if you don’t dress properly for the cold. After attending a seminar in Machakos we decided to start making savings,” said Benson Sigei, the group chairperson.

The group grew as more members joined in 2016. After evaluating their progress, the members increased their weekly savings to Sh200 and eventually to Sh1,000.

“Before the year ended we were nearly 100 members. Our savings were growing and we had to come up with plans which some members considered as too ambitious and pulled out,” says Sigei. With savings of nearly Sh2 million, they bought a 1.6-acre piece of land which was previously a sand quarry.

“It cost us Sh2.1 million in buying the land and rehabilitating it to usable standards. We embarked on making savings for constructing houses which would be of similar design,” he said.

To make this possible they converted the group into Kianjahi Housing Cooperative Society Limited and introduced Sh15,100 registration fee and minimum share capital of Sh60,000 payable in Sh500 weekly instalments.

AmpThe group started the construction of two-bedroom houses in a gated community model.

“Every member now contributes a minimum of Sh1,500 for savings every week. Those yet to clear their share capital make an additional payment of Sh500. This amount does not exert great pressure on the riders since the majority make nearly KShs1,000 per day.

The group then started the construction of two-bedroom houses in a gated community model where four houses sit on every 50 by 100 feet plot. The cooperative completed the construction of the first 50 units majority of which have already been occupied.

“We took a Sh15 million loan and in addition to our savings we bought an additional acre of land at Sh2.1 million. In the first phase, we have constructed 52 housing units. 35 members have already moved in,” said the vice-chairman.

The cooperative has bought a third parcel of land on which they intend to set up houses for all members. Members who moved in during the first phase like pay Sh2,000 per month. Sh200 goes to savings and Sh1,800 going towards offsetting the cost of construction. The payment for the houses is spread over seven years.

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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Kenyans Woman Spikes Lover’s Drink, Transfers Sh1.7mn From His Bank Account – police

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A woman has been arrested in the Kenyan coast after spiking his drink, and stealing Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

24-year-old Beatrice Mueni Mbiu had been on the run since September 8 when the incident occurred at a night club in Nyali, Kwale County.

“She took off alongside her two accomplices but we got her,” a DCI detective told Capital FM News, “she will be charged on Monday even as we seek the other two.”

The detective said the suspect had been positively identified by the victim.

According to police, the woman first spiked the man’s drink then stole his phone which she used to transfer Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

Detectives said they relied on the club’s CCTV images and footage to identify and trace the suspect.

Drink-spiking is common in night clubs frequented by commercial sex workers in major towns including Nairobi and Mombasa where they target both locals and foreigners.

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Young African boy creates his own ‘ATM’ that dispenses new notes

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Africa is filled with amazing talents, that goes without much debates.

There have been instances where young people have demonstrated unmatchable skills like a Nigerian man who used pencils to create an amazing 3D drawing.

Young Nigerian boy creates his own ATM

The little boy knelt shyly in front of the camera as he demonstrated how his machine works. Photo: Gidi_Traffic
Source: UGC

A video of a young boy has added to the repositories of Africans whose works have found visibility online.

In the clip, the young boy showcased the contraption he made with carton boxes.

When asked what it is, the boy said it an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM).

He demonstrated how it works as new naira notes dashed out of a hole to the floor.

On one hand, he held what looked like the battery that powered the machine.

His creation became known months after yet another Nigerian kid did something similar but with a different body design that mimics the real ATM.

Meanwhile, TUKO.co.ke earlier reported how a 14-year-old Nigerian boy, named Praise Kelechi, showed off his improvisational skill of using cartons to create robots and other superhero costumes.

In an interview with BBC, the boy, while, displaying the Iron Man suit replica he made, said he was worked on it before the lockdown but had more time to perfect it as school was on a forced holiday.

He gave this piece of advice:

“I want to tell the world that no matter how rich or poor you may be, you can still be whatever you want to be and do whatever you want. It does not matter the resources available or not, you can just be who you are.”

by Tuko.co.ke


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