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My sister always served me on the same plate after she learnt of my HIV status

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Mary (not her real name) often made trips to the hospital when she was little.

She was too young to understand what was happening and her mother was hesitant to tell her that she was HIV positive.

When I met her, she greeted me with a firm handshake and apologized for showing up ten minutes late.

We quickly went to a nearby restaurant and ordered a cold drink. She gently dipped her straw into the mug of milkshake and took a sip before settling onto her seat.

She tells me that the interview might ‘go south’ any moment since the subject is quite emotional and she might need time to recollect herself.

When I was little, my mum often took to me to the hospital. From time to time I was down with a cold but I thought it was nothing serious.

By the time I got to Class Six, the trips were more frequent and I had to ask my mum why I was always in hospital yet my pals were outside enjoying their childhood.

“It is at this point that she told me I was HIV positive. I remember how distraught she was when she broke the news to me. Her eyes were teary.

She explained to me that it was not my fault and that she was actually the one to blame since it was a case of mother to child transmission.

At the time, I could not comprehend the magnitude of the situation and my innocent self thought I would be healed within no time. This was not meant to be.

As the years went by, I realized that I had to live with the virus and I had to be on medication daily.

Fast forward to 2018, I have a lovely sister whom I deeply love. I have spent numerous nights at her place but on a certain weekend I noticed something peculiar.

I wonder why it never occurred to me. Ever since I had started going to her place, she had been serving me food on a particular plate.

At first I thought it was part of a set but later I realized that it was the only one.

On this particular day I approached the househelp and asked her why she always served me on that plate.

She confidently said, “Niliambiwa nikuwe nakuwekea chakula hapo.”

These words pierced into my heart like a double-edged sword. For a moment my heart sunk.

This was my blood sister. How could she do this to me? We grew up under the same roof…did I really deserve this?

I never confronted her about it but to be honest, our relationship changed. I could not help it.

I tried to forget it but I couldn’t. I was facing stigmatization from family. It was tough.

I cried myself to sleep every single day. I cried out to God so many times. Why me?

Life had lost meaning. I felt I was a baggage to everyone.

But I vowed that my destiny was in my hands and I had the ability to turnaround my fortunes.

I used all the setbacks I faced as a catapult to achieve all my dreams. I felt lonely but I knew God was on my side.

I dedicated my life to him and slowly things started changing.

I landed a decent job with a top city hotel and made good money. I invested the money in various businesses and boy didn’t they pick.

At times I feel like my status influenced me positively. I am now at a better place… I have been on ARVs too but I am used to them

I am living positively, with a positive mindset and I will do my best on earth until the Almighty calls me home.

At this point, Mary takes a look at me and says, life is like an elevator. Challenges can take you up or pull you down but you are at liberty to choose the button you desire.


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The Rate at Which Kenyan Teens Are Consuming Alcohol is Alarming!

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Even though the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act (2013) clearly states that; “No person holding a licence to manufacture, store or consume alcoholic drinks under this Act shall allow a person under the age of eighteen years to enter or gain access to the area in which the alcoholic drink is manufactured, stored or consumed,” a recent study shows that young people start consuming alcohol between the age 12 – 16 years. A bigger percentage of them receive their first drink from their friends, relatives and even parents.

‘When I look at that chair I see Shanty’ – Shanty’s mum mourns
But who cares? The bar owners need money, and young people want to have fun.

44.9% of them drink on special occasions, 32.9% on school holidays, 6.6% 2-3 times a week, 5.1% daily, 5.1% once a month, 3.3% every two weeks and 2.9% once a week.

BOY SCHOOLS ACCOUNT FOR THE HIGHEST UNDERAGE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION WHILE THE HABIT TENDS TO BE ALMOST EVENLY SKEWED BETWEEN THOSE THAT RECEIVE >3000 & <500 PER TERM AS POCKET MONEY. MINORS FROM SINGLE PARENT AND GRANDPARENT-LED FAMILIES ARE MORE LIKELY TO ENGAGE IN UNDERAGE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL
Courtesy NACADA/ Ipsos

-Mpasho


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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.

-Capitalfm.co.ke


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PS Kibicho reveals he contracted coronavirus

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Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has revealed that he contracted coronavirus and recovered after undergoing treatment.

While addressing mourners in Kirinyaga County on Friday Dr Kibicho said Covid-19 is not a death sentence.

“I tested positive for coronavirus, but I was treated and discharged from hospital,” he said at Gathuthuini Primary School during the funeral service of a local church leader.

“I am a living example. Those who are suffering from the disease should not worry because they will get well,” he said, adding that out of 100 people who contract the disease in Kenya only two succumb to it.

Dr Kibicho advised Kenyans to be tested for the disease because it is curable.

“Kenyans should be tested to know their status so that they can be treated,” he said.

The PS also urged Kenyans not to stigmatise people who have contracted the virus.

“Covid-19 patients should be showed love and not rejection. When the patients are abandoned, they become depressed and may take longer to recover,” he said.

He also underscored the need for everyone to continue observing protocols issued by the Ministry of Health to control the spread of Covid-19.

“People should wear masks, sanitise regularly, wash their hands and avoid crowded places,” he said.

The PS further said that city residents should avoid travel during the holidays.

“If I had power, I would lock Nairobi during the festive season to curb spread of the dis-ease to rural areas,” Dr Kibicho said.


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