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Coronavirus: Kenyan student happy to be home from China ‘hell’

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When Bernard Muthuri boarded the Ethiopian Airways flight ET318 to Nairobi three weeks ago, he had no idea what was awaiting him.

In the wee hours of the morning, Mr Muthuri started his journey home from Xi’an city, China.

Eight hours later, with an hour’s layover at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, he landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on February 23 at 10.25 am.

After a two-month lockdown in his hostel room at Changan University, the mechanical engineer was relieved to finally be home albeit Sh65,546 poorer.

Many Chinese cities have been quarantined following the outbreak of Covid-19.

Self-quarantine is increasingly being used across the world to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

But being home, yet still isolated, felt like eternity for Mr Muthuri. His mother had bought him enough food to prepare his own meals.

“It was like hell. Some family members wanted to forcibly see me. I remember there’s a day my uncle came home drunk and almost broke into my room, saying he doesn’t fear the virus.

“But my parents kept encouraging and praying for me until Monday when I completed my 14 days of isolation,” Mr Muthuri said.

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His seclusion started a day after he left JKIA with his brother.

He believes Kenya has insufficient personnel and ways of dealing with the epidemic.

“Therefore, I made a personal decision not to expose anyone to coronavirus,” he said.

With three other Kenyan students who were on the same flight, they were required to minimise contact with other people and take precautions like washing their hands regularly, wearing masks, avoiding crowded places and minimising the use of public transport.

“Before leaving [China], we were asked to sign a consent form stating that we were in good health and that our temperatures were normal and had no fever,” he said.

The consent form seen by the Nation requires students to undertake protective measures and isolate themselves for two weeks upon returning to their countries.

“International students from Chang’an University should understand and abide by the following contents,” the consent form reads in part.

When Mr Muthuri landed, his brother picked him up at the airport. He shared his masks and sanitisers with him to reduce chances of infection.

Towards the end of his self-isolation, the 28-year-old ran out of masks. He relied on phone calls and text messages whenever he needed something.

“There’s a day I had a normal cold, which made me think that I had contracted the virus. So you can imagine my relief when the cold disappeared after two days,” he said.

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When a China Southern Airlines flight landed in Nairobi two weeks ago with 239 people, it triggered outrage among Kenyans, compelling the government to state that passengers would be under self-quarantine.

However, Mr Muthuri said no health official has contacted him to follow-up on his condition. “Apart from my academic supervisor, who is Chinese, no one else has contacted me.”

When he completed his isolation, Mr Muthuri was eager to meet his immediate family and relatives.

“It felt like I was being released from prison. My family held a thanksgiving party for me to thank God for bringing me back home safely.”

For Mr Muthuri, who had been locked up in his hostel room for about two months before flying back home, 14 days was a small sacrifice.

“I was already used to staying locked up so it wasn’t a strange experience for me.

“The only difference is that I was home.”

By Nation.co.ke


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Shock as more teenagers are caught up in crime

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As Kenyans were waiting for the launch of BBI signatures collection drive, a tragic and bizarre thing happened in Kamuyu location, Machakos County.

A Class Eight pupil at Kaitha Primary School strangled her classmate to death in a suspected love triangle.

The girl who is currently in custody awaiting a mental assessment before being arraigned on Tuesday, allegedly undressed her victim to make it look like a rape after strangling her using a brown rope.

She then tucked the rope in an envelope before hiding it in a bush a few metres away from her parents’ home. The suspected murderer is 14, her victim was 15 and the boy in the middle of the love triangle 14.

“The suspect pointed out the murder weapon, a strong rope, brown in colour, which was about 150 metres away from the crime scene. The rope was hidden under dry thorny bushes after she used it to strangle the deceased,” said a police statement about the murder that has left the residents of Mwala in shock.

Committing crimes

A shocking as it is, what is of concern is not the just fact that a 14-year-old girl killed another because of a boy who was having a relationship with both of them. It is the fact that the incident happened when the whole country is witnessing a surge in incidents of minors committing crimes.

This week alone, police have arrested 105 teenagers while partying, smoking, drinking and engaging in sex orgies.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, records at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) show that 242 youth have been arrested in various towns engaging in such parties. Kisii, Homa Bay, Mararal, Nairobi, Kisumu, Webuye and Nairobi lead the country in having such parties.

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And as if it not bad enough, the parties are taking place when everyone is supposed to be practising social distancing and the sale of alcohol and cigarettes is prohibited to anyone who is under 18.

What is giving law enforcement agencies sleepless nights is that there are adults luring and facilitating the youth to engage in such risky behaviours.

“It is unfortunate that such individuals are doing so not only in contravention of the law, but also ignoring the impact of their actions on the lives of minors,” said DCI George Kinoti.

“Anyone found guilty of an offence of child pornography and upon conviction will be liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than six years or to a fine of not less than five hundred thousand shillings or both.”

Trafficking ring

Last weekend, Kenyans were shocked when seven teenage girls who had been reported missing by their parents in Komarock in Nairobi emerged from their hideout only to say they had been bored and sought to have some fun.

As detectives continue to pursue a suspected online trafficking ring dubbed Carty Gang, who they think lured the girls from their homes, the Sunday Nation has been told that the group usually hosts teen parties in Athi River or Obama Estate along Kangundo Road.

Teenagers are usually baited with images of previous parties on the group’s Instagram page, whose content has since been erased. The group, whose owners have not yet been found, has even offered a form of apology, which is the only thing remaining on the page.

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“We would like to apologise to our fans for the inconveniences from the media,” says the group administrator.

The DCI insists it is only a matter of time before the owners of the group are arrested. The reality is that there are several adults operating alone or in groups facilitating minors to engage in vice. What is not known is how worse the situation can get.

Additionally, if you consider the number of youth who have been arrested since the beginning of the year for engaging in such risky behaviour then the problem shifts from just being a criminal matter to a moral one.

Gengetone genre

While reacting to degenerate behaviour of the youth, Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua blamed the content of today’s Kenyan pop music specifically the new Gengetone genre.

The genre, which emerged from the low-income areas of Nairobi, has in the last year become very popular among the youth with its explicit lyrics that promote promiscuity, partying, use of drugs and alcohol.

“We can’t afford to be neutral on moral issues and bad content. We can only help our youths by telling them the truth. If we fumble or become ambiguous we will confuse them. Deep down their hearts, they know they are doing wrong,” said Dr Mutua on his Twitter account.

“Artistes and the media must understand that they have the power to shape societal norms, values and character. They must behave responsibly and professionally.”

Dr Mutua who has on several occasions found himself on the wrong end for pushing for the pulling down of certain songs that he sees have crossed the red line may be right. Several studies have shown that the more importance youth place on a type of music, the more they pay attention to the lyrics.

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In addition to the effect content aired by the media has on the youth, experts say the behaviour of adults also greatly influences how teenagers figure out what is wrong or right.

“The way we behave as a society plays a big role in moulding the character of children as they grow up. If for example, teenagers find crime or murder as the most prevalent thing around them, they accept it as normal and with time they start indulging in it,” says Dr Philomena Ndambuki of Kenyatta University.

“A person’s brain fully matures when they are 25. Before that what the person consumes from the adults around them will be given out as output,” she says.

The Machakos murder is not an isolated incident, continuing a trend, which peaked between 2018 and 2019 when hardly a month would pass before the country would be shocked with a riveting murder tale involving adults.

Three weeks ago, a 17-year-old boy stabbed a 20-year-old man during a fight over a woman at Ndiru Trading Centre in Rangwe, Homa Bay County, for allegedly sleeping with his wife. The encounter degenerated into a fight.

During the argument, the boy who was armed with a knife overpowered the man stabbing him twice on the back.

He then disappeared into the night and was arrested the next day from his parents’ house. Bunde can count himself lucky to be alive today after getting caught up in a love triangle with the 17-year-old boy with his wife.

by NN


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Jehovah Wanyonyi’s followers now sacrifice beer, wheat flour to their ‘god’

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Hard economic times, coupled with the mysterious disappearance of their “god”, Jehovah Wanyonyi, five years ago has pushed the followers of the Lost Israelites sect to offer a sacrifice of wheat flour mixed with margarine and alcohol instead of their usual animal offering at their shrine.

The sect’s chief priest, Eliabu Masinde, said they have been forced to embrace cheap burnt offerings involving use of alcohol and wheat flour to appease their god.

Speaking during a service at the headquarters of the sect in Chemororoch village along the boundary of Uasin Gishu and Kakamega counties, Mr Masinde,70, said the new form of offerings has now become their way of worship.

“The sacrifice that we are offering at our alter is per the direction of Jehovah Wanyonyi to us through prophet Moses. We are using wheat flour and alcohol drinks due to hard economic times that our sect is facing,” said Mr Masinde

He said the offering of one of the popular beer brands as a sacrifice should not be seen as an ungodly act, claiming that it is scriptural according to their bible.

Followers of Jehovah Wanyonyi’s Lost Israelites sect in prayer during a sacrifice offering.

Titus Ominde | Nation Media Group

Covid-19

He said the offering is in tandem with biblical teachings and has not been occasioned by the current global Covid-19 pandemic. The sect believes that the pandemic is a punishment from God targeting evil doers.

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Mr Masinde, the chief priest in charge of the altar used at the shrine, said that the sacrifice — which involves the Tusker beer brand — has a sweet smelling aroma that pleases their ‘god’.

During the ceremony, Mr Masinde pours oil around the flour before setting it ablaze at their shrine which is protected with cemented wire mesh which surrounds the altar.

The elderly refuted claims that the effects of Covid-19 have led to their current way of sacrificing flour and beer to their god.

“Our members are holy people who obey the word of God and cannot be attacked by the coronavirus. The little sacrifice that we are offering to our god has no relationship with current challenges emanating from Covid-19,” said Mr Masinde.

Appeal for help

Ironically, he appealed to well-wishers to support their members meet requirements for making the sacrifices as well as building a modern place of worship.

“Just like any other church in Kenya, we call upon our leaders to support us the way they are supporting others through harambees and also buy for us animals to offer as a sacrifice,” said Mr Masinde.

Their spiritual leader, Jehovah Wanyonyi, disappeared mysteriously five years ago and is believed to have died and buried secretly.

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But the question of his whereabouts angers the chief priest.

“Stop nagging me about where Jehovah is. We have nothing new to tell you at the moment. All we know is that Jehovah Wanyonyi is alive and living at a serene place and soon he will come back to take us to his holy place,” said an agitated Mzee Masinde.

The sect’s followers believe their “messiah” might have gone to visit one of his many wives and will return to his faithful.

by Nation.africa


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I have lost 18 kilos dieting this year – Nana Gecaga

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KICC CEO Nana Gecaga is looking like a yummy mummy and it is all down to a weight loss regimen that a friend took her through.

Nana, who is also President Uhuru’s niece, told of her journey shedding weight in a youtube discussion on @Team 5 minute real talk.

She began describing how her lifestyle saw her eat or not eat at times depending on her busy schedule, which most mum’s can agree with.

“I have three children and each is two years apart, so in between my diet was out of the window. I was the typical revamp type of person, I wouldn’t have breakfast, instead lots of coffee probably wouldn’t have lunch, and then come home and wolf down two packets of gummy bears. I was a very sweet tooth”

So what prompted her to want to make a change in her lifestyle? She told

” I was sluggish. I was 78 kgs. I was feeling bad, wearing dark colors to cover up and not wanting my pictures taken. Before having kids, I was the perfect 36 24 36″

This hit her so hard she asked her fitness and weight loss coach Roseanne to help her out. She spoke about it to encourage others out there

“May 20th 2020 was my starting point. And the before and after pictures are amazing. In four weeks I went from 78 to 67kgs not eating anything sugary, then I started losing inches in 12 weeks and I am now at 64 kgs. I’m feeling and looking fantastic. I dropped the sugars and refined carbs and I started eating better, lotsa vegetables”

She added that

“I want this to be a lifestyle, and I’m  gearing up to 100 days of healthy living”

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