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The ‘Dawa ya Wazee’ that Moi so loved

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The late President Daniel arap Moi loved eating meat and sharing a glass of sweet sacramental wine which he lovingly referred to as ‘Dawa ya Wazee’ with his close friends.

Moi’s close friend and physician Dr David Silverstein shared the memory while giving his tribute at Kabarak University where the late president will be laid to rest.

According to the late president’s long-serving physician, working for Moi was both challenging and exciting.

“Mzee was an exemplary patient who followed my advice on medicine diet and lifestyle. For the record as Gideon said yesterday, yes Mzee loved his meat. He also enjoyed sharing a small glass of sweet sacramental wine from Israel with Mr Charles Njonjo and myself and called it dawa ya wazee,” Dr Silberstein said.

He also revealed that his duties while travelling abroad with Moi extended to the choice of meals the president was served with.

“I travelled the world with Mzee and one of my duties was to make sure we were not eating exotic animals just as cats, snakes, dogs nor drinking buffalo milk when we are in china,” Dr Silverstein said.

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Kidero trolls Sonko after Uhuru takes over in Nairobi

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A post by former Nairobi governor Evans Kidero following a move by Governor Mike Sonko to surrender county functions to the national government has set tongues wagging on social media.

Kidero shared a cryptic message on Facebook momenets after Sonko handed over the management of the county to the national government.

“Running Nairobi is not a walk in the park,” wrote Dr Kidero.

This was accompanied by a video link to the handing over ceremony that was held at Uhuru Park in 2017.

“If there is something that has no doubt we both love this city, me and you are like jealous lovers, fought, pushed and often even called each other names in trying to prove our worth to the people of Nairobi. My wife Susan says that she is glad to have me back from the other woman who is Nairobi,” Dr Kidero explained during his speech.

Kenyans online expressed varied views on Dr Kidero’s post, below are some of their comments:

“Gavana Kidero you are vindicated!” said Ann Sirengo.

“Sonko was voted in to punish Kidero, not to perform. I don’t think many of those who voted for him genuinely expected him to do better,” wrote Jarunda Jaluth.

“Up to now, I haven’t understood how the people of Nairobi voted in Sonko and left out Dr Kidero.

What an embarrassment,” commented Robert Owour.

“Going by what has transpired for the last two-plus years, you did a great job,” stated Silas Korir.

“Some people have a very big problem that we’re not interested in helping them in solving…Kidero was the best …and Sonko was the worst,” said Enock Handsome.

“Yes and we miss you now than ever. You can’t access Nairobi due to traffic congestion and all parking were sold to the highest bidder. I hope central government will bring back sanity,” responded Paulgithukunjoroge Njoroge.

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Model and pilot Gaudencia Aura to be buried in Mumias

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Ms Gaudencia Aura, the first African woman pilot and model for the popular soap brand Lux in the 1980s, will be laid to rest at her parents’ home in Mumias next week, her family has said.

Friends and relatives joined Mr Francis Gerald Aura in mourning the death of his daughter, who was a cleric by the time of her death.

In her heydays Ms Aura, who worked for various airlines and modelling companies across the world, routinely featured on billboards and television screens.

FOUND UNCONSCIOUS

Born in 1954 in Mayoni Village in Matungu Sub-County in Kakamega, she attended St Ann’s Girls’ Primary School in Mumias before joining Limuru Girls’ High School for her secondary education.

She later joined Highlands Girls’ High School in Eldoret (currently Moi Girls) for her A-level education. Her aunt, Dr Sabina Wangia Aura, said the former Miss Kenya died on February 24 in Nairobi.

PHOTO | COURTESY
PHOTO | COURTESY

“We found her unconscious in the house and rushed her to hospital where she died 12 hours later. She never told us what had happened to her,” she said.

Dr Wangia said the family was waiting for the postmortem report to know what killed their kin. Ms Aura served as an air hostess before becoming a pilot.

“Her KQ (Kenya Airways) licence expired in 1989 after working for 20 years,” Dr Wangia said. Ms Aura’s image also appeared on the covers of Drum and Vivamagazines.

PRAYERFUL WOMAN

Her younger sister, Celestine Aura, said she also played table tennis and featured in the national team.

Ms Celestine Aura said her sister joined the church upon retirement and went on to become a pastor at Winners Chapel in Nairobi.

“She was steadfast in the church and remained a prayerful woman who was eloquent in English and loved children. She would pray for a bad situation to change and it would happen,” Celestine said.

She said the burial will be in Mayoni next week.

“We’re holding family meetings both in Nairobi and Mumias before we agree on the burial date. But, hopefully, it is next week,” she said.

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Dreamliner KQ ranked last among 10 carriers in the Middle East and Africa

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A strike and pilot sabotage are among factors that dragged Kenya Airways to the bottom of Middle East and African carriers’ ranking in the 2019 on-time performance (OTP) review.

The update done by Cirium, a London-based airlines advisory and consultancy firm, rates global airlines through their on-time arrivals, departures, average delay in minutes per flight and those that operate within scheduled time.

TIME ARRIVAL

The airline was ranked last among the 10 carriers in Middle East and Africa, a blow to the carrier that saw its losses double last year.

The rating saw Kenya’s national carrier come in 10th with a 72.25 per cent on time arrival of flights just below Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian Airlines at 74.22 per cent.

Qatar Airline was ranked top with 82.45 per cent on time arrival, followed by Dubai-headquartered Emirates Airlines at 81.02 per cent and troubled South African Airlines at 79.38 per cent, coming a close third in terms of punctuality.

KQ had an average of 47 minutes in delays for its over 54,061 flights it operated last year, a slight improvement of its 50 minutes in 2018.

“Arriving on time at a destination is becoming increasingly important to millions of both leisure and business passengers around the world every day. Therefore, our on-time performance review 2019 is designed to inspire airlines and airports to continually innovate to improve their performance,” the report said.

PILOT SHORTAGE

Kenya Airways Director of Operations Capt Paul Njoroge attributed the poor show in flight performance to aircraft withdrawals as a result of collision mid last year and industrial action by the airlines unionised employees.

“We were then negatively affected by the withdrawal of two aircraft due to the unfortunate incident in the hangar.

This was then coupled by the Kenya Airlines Workers Union (KAWU) strike and pilot shortage in the second and third quarter of last year, which saw the on time performance drop to as low as 67 per cent in August 2019,” Capt Njoroge said, adding that this was way below the 81 per cent performance they had achieved by April of last year.

In February last year, two of the airline’s Embraer 190 aircraft collided in the hangar while undergoing maintenance which saw them withdrawn from service.

Three months later, the airline’s unionisable employees under KAWU went on strike, protesting against the proposed merger between the national carrier Kenya Airways and the airports regulator. This saw more than 24 of its flights cancelled, while more suffered incessant delays.

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