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Covid-19 is not a reason to lockdown our minds

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By George Wachiuri

Over the years, I have been engaged in numerous media interviews and one of the most common question has always been: “What Keeps you Awake”.

My answer has constantly been “creating 30, 000 jobs by the year 2030. Now what is keeping me awake has hit the inner me when I see looming Job losses in coming days.

I am a member of KEPSA and I am aware of the true effect of Covid-19. Other than the flue itself, the true Covid-19 effect is making many leaders, entrepreneurs, businesses owners, employees, to lose sleep, skip a beat while trying to figure out the consequences of this pandemic?

Covid-19 has rendered the entire globe to stand still and look at the skies for help. The true help will finally come from God, the Almighty Himself.

That’s why I entirely supported the recent National Prayers Day held at Kenya’s State House on 21st March 2020. We thank President Uhuru and the people of Kenya for that bold move.

So, the question on everybody’s mind and lips is thus: How can we cope with this scourge?

Three things that we must do:

1. Say no to ignorance

Keep yourselves updated with the right information, avoid too much incorrect information and follow the Government’s directives such as; Staying and Working from home and keeping the best hygiene practices. While at home, spend time with your family, with your children and get something positive to do, to help you rediscover self. If you are employed; create work for yourself and keep your employer updated. Do not be gloomy because of the current half pay or no pay due to this pandemic, as this is just a temporary bump. Be glad you still have a job to keep.

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For entrepreneurs and businesses people, keep in touch with your customers. Make difficult decisions to safeguard the health of your staff. Spread the message of Hope to them. Lead by example.

2. Indulged in Prayers

This is the best time to pray like Daniel of the Bible. Pray 5 times a day. Write down your prayers, jot down all your requests to God so that when answered, you can remember to thank Him. Many challenges have been overcome through prayer and fasting.

3. Find something to do

The lockdown is only on physical movements and not in the mind. You still have capacity to do stuff. You have energy, emotions, and relationships to take care of. This is the time to connect with yourself. While at home learn a new skill online. It is also a time to blog – like I am doing now, and it is time to be innovate. Just do something. Create an online awareness on the current challenge as long as you do not scare people.

Let us not lockdown our minds let us keep dreaming in the middle of this crisis. Calamities like the current one, offers us and our future generations, new opportunities, if positively viewed.

Start being creative right now – Don’t forget to let me know the next big thing that is being generated, through your positive thinking.

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The author, is a leading Entrepreneur, a Published Author, Philanthropist, Youth Empowerment Enthusiast, a Family man and CEO of Optiven Group.

Contact Optiven Group: 0790 300 300 Email: admin@optiven.co.ke Website: www.optiven.co.ke George Wachiuri Blog: www.georgewachiuri.com
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Jiweke Tavern owner collapses, dies in his house

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Jiweke Tavern Restaurant owner John Keige has died.

The city tycoon collapsed and died outside outside his home in Nyari Estate, Nairobi.

He was quickly rushed to Nairobi Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

According to his domestic employees, Keige had just completed taking lunch, and decided to take a walk but collapsed moments after getting out of his house.

“Boss had just finished having lunch when he decided to go jogging. A few steps outside the gate, he collapsed,” One of his workers told The Standard.

Confirming the businessman’s sudden death, Keige’s sister Elizabeth Keige said his brother died on Tuesday afternoon, July 7 and he will be laid to rest on Tuesday, July 14.

He will be burried at a private funeral at the family rural home at Muruka in Kandara, Murang’a county.

Rumours had it that the tycoon died from COVID-19 but his doctor dismissed the claims saying he died of a heart attack.

Jiweke Tavern is located off Ngong Road in Nairobi.

In April, the entertainment joint made headlines after it reportedly refused to host a group of atheists on Easter Weekend.

The club is hailed for its consistent good service provision from the bartender to the bouncers.

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Amani welcomes 1st child 10 months after miscarriage

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Gospel singer Cecilia Wairimu alias Amani together with her Nigerian husband Chinasa Udeala have welcomed their first child.

On Saturday, the singer revealed how she had a miscarriage in 2019 which broke her heart because she had been trying to have a baby for a while.

She shared an old picture on her Instagram page and narrated how extremely sad and disappointed she was but chose not to give up despite the challenges.

“When I took this picture last year, I was pregnant but lost it. It hurt but in that moment I chose not to grumble or murmur or get angry. Though disappointed, I chose not to give up and lose faith,” the singer said.

Despite the miscarriage, she said that she was still hopeful that she can still conceive.

“I had conceived after failing to conceive for a while. So I realized that my season had come and it was just a matter of time. I thanked God in advance and the following month I conceived again and this time the pregnancy was sustained.”

“Today I hold my gift from God in my arms. My baby. It is still so surreal. Yahweh is a faithful God who is always on time. All the glory goes back to him,” she said.

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During her days in the secular world, the award-winning artiste featured in some of the best known Kenyan songs with the likes of Nameless in the song Ninanokiand also released Tamani, Missing my Baby and Tonight.

In 2010, she was featured in a song written and produced by R Kelly, Hands Across the World. Other artists who were featured in the song include Ali Kiba, Fally Ipupa, 2face Idibia and Navio.

Amani later transitioned to gospel music and went on to release songs such as Upendo and Jina Lake Yesu.

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How once vibrant Nakuru estates have turned into criminal dens

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In the good old days, Kivumbini, Kaloleni, Flamingo, Paul Machanga, Baharini and Ojuka estates in Nakuru town were the most sought after residential areas for low income earners.

This was for a good reason.

Unlike other estates, these had all the amenities including round-the-clock water supply at a subsidised cost and a consistent supply of electricity.

Garbage collection was done weekly, making the estates some of the cleanest in Nakuru town, perhaps one of the reasons why it was regarded the cleanest in the region.

In addition, the houses were repainted at least twice a year and security was guaranteed with massive street lights strategically placed.

Residents of the golden 1980s and early 1990s era also remember well-maintained playgrounds for their children.

Over time, however, heaps of garbage started to appear and today, they have the areas an eyesore.

The estates are now a case study of poor planning and the social and economic implications have made life more difficult for residents.

Thanks to a booming population that has eaten up all the open spaces once reserved for backdoor gardening, makeshift iron sheet structures are a common sighting as some youths live in cubicles away from the parents they shared bedsitters with.

In the estates have arisen some of the deadliest gangs in Nakuru town, including one known as ‘Confirm’, whose members have turned some of the cubicles into their dens.

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A view of Flamingo Estate, Nakuru town, where one of ‘Confirm’ gang’s hideouts is located. PHOTO|FRANCIS MUREITHI |NATION MEDIA GROUP

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For many residents and visitors to the town, the estates are now no-go zones.

Save for a few cobblers and people roasting maize along roads, the once vibrant shopping centres at Kivumbini and Flamingo estates are lifeless.

“The more disheartening thing is that no investors can put their money here because of the gangs. They will demand a protection fee and there is nothing you can do about it,” said a resident who operated a kiosk in one of the estates.

Other residents, who also refused to be named, blamed security agents and politicians for the increase in crime.

“More worrisome is the nonchalant attitude of security agents in dealing with the criminals, who reign supreme,” said a resident of Flamingo.

“Some politicians offer to pay bonds for criminal gangs and storm police stations demanding for their release,” said a resident of Kivumbini.

“Some bad elements in the police service have turned the gang into A cash cow. Once they arrest them they demand bribes and later release them,’ said a resident of Bondeni.

Nakuru County Commissioner Erustus Mbui Mwenda absolved security agents from blame and cited frustration in their efforts to nail politicians and the criminals involved.

“There is a case in court against a politician who wanted to burn a petrol station. The matter is still pending even though police did their work. You can’t blame police for justice delayed or denied,” said Mr Mbui.

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Kaloleni ‘C’ and Flamingo Phase Two estates in Nakuru twon, which stand next opposite each other and are barricaded with iron sheets due to a surge in crime in the area. PHOTO |FRANCIS MUREITHI |NATION MEDIA GROUP

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NEW TACTICS

During a recent county engagement forum organised by Midrift Human Rights Network, to discuss how to prevent and counter violent extremism among the youth, Mr Mbui said the government was aware of all of the gangs’ tricks.

The administrator said members of the “Confirm” gang were using drones to disrupt law enforcement but noted that security agencies were taking the matter seriously.

As authorities seek solutions, residents continue to live in fear that their children will join the gangs.

“You can imagine the mental and psychological trauma most parents face, seeing their children being recruited into these gangs,” said Mr James Kanyotu, a resident of Flamingo Estate.

He said that with the Covid-19 pandemic, and the suspension of learning and other activities, many pupils were being targeted.

“This is a trying time for parents. With the reopening of schools pushed to next year, many are bound to join the gangs,” said Ms Jennifer Achieng’.

Authorities have expressed concerns that primary schools neighbouring the estates, such as Bondeni, St Theresa, Kisulisuli, Flamingo, Kimathi, St Paul’s, Bondeni and Baharini, are easy targets for radicalisation.

A boy in Kaloleni, who identified himself only as Tony, said the inconsistency in county and national government policies surrounding the matter and lack of political goodwill contribute to increased crime in the region.

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“Nearly all these estates were constructed before independence and have outlived their usefulness due to a bursting population, but you only hear the government talking big from a distance about expanding affordable housing for the poor. On the ground things are different,” he said.

Another youth said, “These ‘Confirm’ gangsters are smart and well educated youth who cannot even access the Kazi Kwa Vijana initiative because of corruption. This forces them to look for alternative means of survival. The only readily available ones are through criminal gangs.”

Midrift Executive Director Joseph Omondi said that to make Nakuru safe and tame crime, the county must implement the action plan for preventing and countering violent extremism.

“These criminal gangs whose membership increases by the day is a ticking time bomb that will explode if no action is taken, particularly as we hit the homestretch to the 2022 General Election,” he said.

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