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For Bernard Muchuri and his fiance Rachael Muturi, Saturday would have been a special day.

The duo from Kawangware in Nairobi had planned for months and heavily invested in their wedding.

All was set for their relatives and friends to witness them walk down the aisle at the Full Gospel Church Kawangware this weekend.

But this will, unfortunately, not be. Instead, the couple, like many others who had scheduled to solemnise their unions in the next few weeks, can only imagine how the big day would have been.

Muchuri, a pastor, and Muturi had to call off the ceremony, whose planning started in January, following the government’s ban on large gatherings.

The ban affected weddings, church services and even funerals, as part of the measures to prevent a spread of coronavirus.

Since Monday, the couple has been reaching out to their friends and relatives in Meru, Nakuru, Kiambu and Nairobi, who they had invited to the wedding, to inform them that the nuptials will not proceed.

“We want to thank you for your love, support and every deed to see that our wedding day was successful this Saturday 28th March, but it will not take place due to the directives given by the government of Kenya that no public gatherings of more than 20 people will be allowed,” they wrote in their message.

Hired vehicles They added: “Bearing in mind that all of you would wish that we celebrate the big day together and as per now it’s impossible, with the help of our religious leaders, we have decided to postpone the wedding day until a day that we shall let you know.”

The couple had already bought a wedding gown for the bride and a suit for the groom, clothes for bride maids and groomsmen and their parents. They had also hired vehicles to ferry the couple and their guests on the wedding day.

The couple had also booked the St James Catholic Church HGM grounds for the reception and paid a deposit.

Yesterday, Muchuri told People Daily that though the postponement of the wedding was a difficult decision, it was better that they wait. “We would have just come together with my bride, pastor, parents and best couple and carried on with the marital vows. But we have many friends who have been part of our lives and had participated in the planning and we felt that it was better to wait.” Safety protocols On Sunday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the government had decided to ban all social gatherings, including in churches and mosques, because majority of the people had ignored safety protocols on social distancing outlined last Friday.

Kagwe also ordered closure of bars, banned weddings and restricted funerals to family members not exceeding 15 as part of measures to slow down the spread of coronavirus.

Muchuri said two other weddings in the church had been called off.

But they are at least lucky that their suppliers, most of who belong to their church, had agreed to compensate for the services procured from them once the disease is subdued and another date set.

The couple’s predicament is an illustration of the impact of coronavirus on social activities, with thousands of weddings having been called off in churches and mosques across the country.

Presbyterian Church of East Africa Secretary General Rev Peter Kania yesterday told People Daily that though they have not tabulated the numbers “they so many”.

“We shall give the numbers later but all I can say for now is that they are so many,” Kania said, adding that the PCEA Naivasha Parish alone had 30 weddings called off in line with the government’s directive.

Christ is the Answer Ministries (CITAM) communications manager

Rogers Wambua said they have put off 11 weddings at the Thika Road church.

DELAYED VOWS

• PCEA Naivasha Parish, 30 weddings have been called off in line with the government’s directive.

• Christ is the Answer Ministries (CITAM) Thika Road church has put off 11 weddings, according to communications manager.

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Naisula Lesuuda shares enticing photos of her grand gender reveal party

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Samburu West Member of Parliament (MP) Naisula Lesuuda is slowly counting down the days to when she and her sweet baby will finally meet.

The mother-to-be is more than ready to see the face of the child who will instantly steal her heart.

The leader told her fans she was grateful to God, her family and her husband for making her nine-month journey seamless as she shared photos from her gender reveal party.

Initially, Naiula and her girlfriends planned to throw a grand affair that would be the mother of all celebrations.

Naisula Lesuuda shares enticing photos of her grand gender reveal party

The yummy mummy danced and had some fun. Photo: Naisula Lesuuda
Source: Facebook

But thanks to COVID-19, they had to abort their plans and think of the bigger picture.

Little did she know, that as she silently put the celebration at the back of her head, her pals were busy at work.

They arranged a soiree that was organised and perfectly suited for the hopeful mum.

Naisula Lesuuda shares enticing photos of her grand gender reveal party

What a beauty! Photo: Naisula Lesuuda
Source: Facebook

It had every precaution in place. Sanitisers were available and invited guests made sure they social distanced at arrival.

Everyone avoided too much contact and all Naisula had to do was look pretty and sit comfortably as her people spoiled her rotten and pampered her silly.

She shared photos from the event with her fans and soon enough, congratulatory messages started streaming in.

Naisula Lesuuda shares enticing photos of her grand gender reveal party

Before she changed into her powder pink attire. Photo: Naisula Lesuuda
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TUKO.co.ke had earlier stated the pretty politician unveiled her pregnancy back in September 2020.

She gave her fans a rare treat after posting a photo of her bump on Facebook.

It was all in a bid to participate in the once viral “three generations” challenge.

Naisula stood between her mother and grandmother as she thanked God for the gift of life and family.

by Tuko.co.ke


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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.

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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

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KQ resumes direct flights to New York

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The national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) resumed its direct flights between Nairobi and New York on Sunday.

In a tweet, KQ announced the move and topped it up with an offer to passengers who book their flights before December 10 that they will enjoy discounted prices.

Welcome back to the Big Apple! Today we resume our service between Nairobi and New York, and we can’t wait to welcome you on board. Book your ticket via https://t.co/hitS3Whxtp before December 10th to enjoy discounted rates ✈️🌎 *Disclaimer – video from our pre-COVID archives pic.twitter.com/1kET4h0kRK

— Kenya Airways (@KenyaAirways) November 29, 2020

“Welcome back to the Big Apple! Today we resume our service between Nairobi and New York, and we can’t wait to welcome you on board,” the airline said.

The national carrier last operated the passenger flights using the Nairobi-New York route in April after disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

KQ resumed international flights in August after suspending all its operations in March following the government’s directives after the firsts case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Kenya.

On Saturday, October 31, KQ announced that it had postponed New York flights’ resumption.

Through a notice, the airline said the decision to postpone the flights was informed by the increased cancellation of flight bookings to New York.

“We regret to announce that due to increased cancellations of flight bookings to New York City, we have pushed back the resumption of our service to this destination to November 29. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused,” read the statement then.

Kenya Airways inaugurated direct flights to the US in October 2018, cutting the journey to the US by 15 hours and by October 2019 KQ had flown at least 105,084 passengers after completing 594 flights to and from New York.

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