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Damn curfew rules: Why some risk it all to enjoy their favourite tipple

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When the government shut down bars and ordered Kenyans to be indoors by 7pm in an effort to check the spread of the coronavirus, a cross section of Kenyans who love their drink were horrified.

What, pray, were they to do on Friday evenings and Saturdays when most let their hair down and ‘thank’ themselves for a week of hard work? It almost went without saying that the government’s directive would not go down without a fight from people determined to have their beer, the law be damned.

As it is, in Nairobi alone, police records show that at least 300 people are arrested every week while out drinking past the dusk-to-dawn curfew.

Not only that, they are doing it in the company of other law breakers, flouting the social-distancing rules.

Law-abiding Kenyans are perplexed, dismissing these reckless people as individuals with a death wish.

However, psychologists are not surprised that there are people risking their lives for a bottle of beer.

One of the explanations for this kind of irresponsible behaviour is stress, says Ms Sylvia Okwaro, a clinical psychologist. A majority of Kenyans, she says, are going through a stressful period characterised by a number of factors, the foremost being loss of income, which means they are unable to buy food for their families and pay rent, among other basic needs.

“This may prompt them to engage in maladaptive behaviour to cope with this stress that caught them unawares, such as going to a bar — which should not be operating in the first place — to drink, the aim to numb their fears,” says Ms Okwaro.

She added: “Before the virus came along, people would wake up and go to work, whether work was in an office, or running a business, now they wake up and have nowhere to go — people have lots of time in their hands and don’t know what to do with it.”

There is also the group that feels no one has the right to curtail their freedom.

So, what to do? The clinical psychologist says there is a need for lots of psycho-education among Kenyans. “It is not enough to tell Kenyans that Covid-19 will kill them, they also need to know how to deal with the various psychological factors affecting them now because being individuals, we process the situations we find ourselves in differently.”

Mr John Gachoka, a counselling psychologist, said addiction is also to blame.

“Addiction is a disease. They can’t help themselves, if they don’t drink, some of them will die.”

“Addicts need alcohol to be sober, without it, they cannot function, they are literally sick — at this stage, which we call the compulsive stage, they will do anything to get alcohol, including breaking the law and placing their lives and those of their loved ones in danger — frankly, the coronavirus is a non-issue to such individuals,” he says.

He adds that abuse of alcohol is likely to be high for those in unhappy marriages.

“And as parents drink at home, they are recruiting their children into the habit — it is a case of monkey see, monkey do for children, it doesn’t matter how old they are.”

But it need not come to this, he says. “The only solution is to face your problems.

This is the time to mend your relationship with your children and wife if it is in disarray. There is no perfect person or family, and when you separate the addiction from the person, what you are left with is a good person.

Let’s start from here,” he advises.

BY Daily Nation

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‘I told him if you want to commit suicide with drinking, take a rope…’ Othuol Othuol’s father speaks

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The father of late comedian Othuol Othuol has moved Kenyans after speaking for the first time following his death.

Othuol’s story was featured on Churchill Show journey series, where his family, close friends and colleagues paid glowing tributes to him.

‘The last time he came home it was January this year. He called me and told me he wanted to come and built his house because everyone was asking him about it,’ his father said.

Adding,

‘He came home and put up a house which is bigger than mine and promised to build me one once he was done’.

Othuol Othuol was known for his love for alcohol and his father and close friend actress Sandra Dacha confirmed this.

‘We had a lot of problems with his drinking style. An I’d urge young people to tread carefully. People have drunk until they are even 100 or 90 years and are still strong because were cautious but not careless. If you do is carelessly then you become careless with your life,’ he,’ explained.

The bereaved father continued,

‘His drinking was a concern to the family. Whenever he would come home, the whole home would be full…chang’aa (local brew) and other drinks. He arrives in the village in the morning but I’d see him in the night when he is going to sleep. Just from one chang’aa den to another and I could go round making noise nyinyi mnaharibu watoto wa watu but he was a grown-up so hakuna mtu anamuharibu.’

The sad father was fed up with his son’s drinking and tried to warn him but his warnings fell on deaf ears.

‘I called him one day and told him if you want to commit suicide with drinking please tell me and the style you want to take. If you want to commit suicide with drinking carelessly, don’t take time, better take a rope and do it. I’ll come to carry you home,” he recalled.

Adding,

‘I thought he could go slow… during the time he was diagnosed with TB, I sent a brother to go and take care of him but he said “no this is my hoúse. If you talk about my drinking and the money is mine, then hatutaelewana”.’

The comedian was raised by his father and stepmother.

By Mpasho.co.ke

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Varshita actress Eve D’Souza says ‘I Do’ in all-white private affair

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Popular Kenyan actress, Eve DSouza known for her mark on Auntie Boss and Varshita, has tied the knot in a stunning private white wedding.

The beauty got engaged to her Prince Charming Simon Anderson back in December 2019, in a beautiful surprise event while in Goa, India, by the beach side.

What they termed “the start of a beautiful journey” has now blossomed into a breathtaking milestone as the lovebirds officially said ‘I Do’ over the weekend.

Eve DSouza ties the knot

In an undisclosed location and an event graced only by close friends and family, an excited Eve, known never to take life seriously – going by her comical theatrics, sweetly captioned “Married 16.10.2020 ❤❤”.

Eve D’Souza ties the knot with long-time boyfriend

It has been all Congratulations to the newly weds. Fans unable to express their joy and envy as the beautiful 41-year old finally gets a chance at marriage.

The ravishing media personality clad in an open sparkling white wedding gown. With her dearly beloved opting for a crisp navy blue suit coupled with a wine-colored tie to complement his beauty.

Eve D’Souza ties the knot with long-time boyfriend

It was not until December 2018, that the gorgeous light-skin beauty introduced her man to the public for the first time. A dear Simon Anderson who had proven to be the final answer to her dear heart.

Have a look at more photos of the star-struck couple.

Eve D’Souza off the market

Actress Eve D´Souza and her Prince Charming

Film star Eve D’Souza and long-time boyfriend, Simon wed

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Mwalimu Rachel speaks after Sailors Gang drag her into yet another money scandal

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Radio presenter Mwalimu has not been having an easy time with the Sailors Gang gang especially now that there is beef. This comes as a big surprise considering the fact that she discovered the boys; back when Gengetone had just become a thing in the entertainment industry.

A few months later, the presenter and Sailors Gang gang apparently can’t see eye to eye due to a few reasons here and there. The whole drama however started after Mwalimu Rachel was accused of squeezing one of Sailors gang friend’s balls.

Sailors Gang preforming

Yes, this was more than drama but a real case that saw the presenter present her self in court for the hearing. Since then, nothing has been the same between the former manager and the Gengetone artists.

Accused of refusing with their YouTube logins

Well, this past weekend rumor spread around claiming that Mwalimu Rachel had refused to hand over Sailors Gang Gang Youtube channel. According to reports, the presenter asked for Ksh1.5 million in order for her to grant them access; now that they are under the Blackmarket record.

She tweeted;

Smart ladies run businesses. Not their mouths. Nawapemda wote! I shall address the nation later my loves. Mimi sikimbilii maneno. Kwa sasa tuchape kazi.

The presenter went on to add;

Put emotions to the side when running business.

Mwalimu Rachel speaks

Of course, this makes the NRG presenter look selfish and greedy; but after coming across her latest Tweets, we also understand that this was more of a business for her.

Having the boys walk out on her with no agreement – might be the reason why they now feel that she is taking advantage of the situation. However, truth is one way or another both parties will have to benefit if they decide to head to court.

By Ghafla.com

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