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Raila: Where is Ruto’s church offering at hour of need?

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AU special envoy Raila Odinga has challenged political leaders who used to donate colossal sums of money to churches before the outbreak of Covid-19 to donate the funds to struggling Kenyans in the wake of the pandemic.

In what was seen as a dig at Deputy President William Ruto, Raila urged leaders to donate for the poor now that churches are closed.In an interview with a local radio station on Friday, Raila wondered where the philanthropic leaders have gone to at the hour of need.

“We have witnessed in the past leaders go to church every weekend, on Saturday they are in church, on Sunday they are in church giving donations, Kenyans are wondering where are they now,” Raila said

“Because now there is no church, the money that they were taking to church, they should now use that money to help the people.He slammed the leaders for being mute when Kenyans need them, adding that with the directives issued by the government to curb the spreads of coronavirus, most Kenyans are feeling the pinch and should be assisted.”Don’t just sit in your house, sleep and wait for everything to clear then you start giving donations to the church again,” he said.

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“I would like to see them helping the people, even if you are not going there physically, but you are giving a little.”

Kibra donation

This comes a day after Raila, his wife Ida Odinga among other sponsors donated a consignment to Kibra residents, which included food, sanitisers, soap, oil and water, through the national government.The Sh15 million worth supplies were meant to help residents of Kibra during the coronavirus pandemic crisis.The former Prime Minister said the donation that he gave to the people of Kibra was as a result of him talking to his friends to donate.

The ODM leader said he is talking to his friends again to help various slums in Nairobi and a number of towns in the country.Raila’s remarks could elicit a heated political debate between his supporters and those of Ruto who have been silent since the outbreak of Covid-19 in mid-March.

Donation debate

Raila has in the past took issues with the church for receiving hefty donations without questioning the source, wondering how a person who earns a monthly salary of Sh1 million can afford to donate a hundred million shillings in a month.Raila maintained that the hefty donations dished out to churches should be investigated, stating that they could be proceeds of corruption and part of a wider money-laundering racket.

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“Every weekend this church Sh5 million, that church Sh5 million, that other church Sh5million. Every weekend 15 million yet your monthly salary is only Sh1 million.”Ruto, however, said he will continue to donate money to the church despite critics claiming that politicians use the clergy to sanitise proceeds of corruption.

“When you see some of us go to church, lift hands, make this contribution it’s because we can’t forget where God brought us from Some of us have more to thank God for, than some of us,” he said.

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Ruth Matete seeks help as she marks first wedding anniversary minus hubby

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Gospel singer Ruth Matete penned a moving message to her newborn daughter as she marked her first wedding anniversary but without her husband Beloved John Apewajoye who died this year.

 The Tusker Project Fame 5 winner welcomed her bundle of joy in October, seven months after the tragic death of her husband.

In a lengthy Instagram post, in which she also attached a photo of her daughter, Reyna Toluwa’s feet, Matete prayed that her daughter would grow up to serve the Lord.

“Reyna Toluwa my princess. My love. Am not a poet, but the words I write here, are from my heart. I pray for you on this special day. That you will grow to serve the Lord. You will spread the good news of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” Matete wrote.

She also declared that Reyna’s feet will carry the good news.

“As the Bible says; ‘And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?’ As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ I declare today, that your feet are beautiful. Not just because they look like your father’s, but also because they will bring good news as the word of God declares,” she added.

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 Matete remembered the vows she made on her wedding day, ‘till death do us part’ but she emotionally noted that death took her beloved husband earlier than expected.

“A day like this a year ago, your late father and I walked down the isle. Yes, we didPromised to be together till death do us part. But death came earlier than we expected.  I miss him so much. But am blessed to have you as a gift that he left me with. I don’t even understand how I’ve come this far. It can only be God,” she posted.

Even though it was one of those difficulty days in her life, Matete promised her daughter she would be fine eventually.

“Today may not be such an easy day for mummy. But I promise you, I’ll be fine. I have seen God to be the father to the fatherless and husband to the widow as He has promised in His word. Today won’t be an exception. I know He will help us even today,”  Matete said in the post.

 She ended her emotional message by asking for monetary support as she could not yet manage to resume work after a troublesome pregnancy.

“Friends, our till number remains the same, incase you wish to support us.5495849. Whatever you can, will go a mighty long way as am still not able to work. God bless you friends and please keep us in your prayers,” she added.

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World’s most-traveled man Fred Finn says Kenya is the safest place to visit during the pandemic

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Diani beach in Kwale County has played host to the world’s most traveled man, Fred Finn.

Finn has traveled to more than 150 countries at the age of 75 and holds the current Guinness Book World Records.

Finn, who is in the country until Monday, November 30 said Kenya is safe for holiday destinations.

He however noted that his visit at the moment is not for leisure, but to send a message that the country is safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

He says he has observed that Kenyans are following the protocols and guidelines than any other country he has traveled to during the pandemic.

“I did not come here on holiday, that is why my wife is not with me. I came because whenever Kenya has a little crisis I come and say Kenya is safe” he said

He said, during a pandemic, Kenya is the safest place to go on holiday.

Finn is scheduled to have his vaccine in December.

Tourism players say Finn’s visit to Kenya gives confidence to the international market that the country is an ideal destination.

“When you get an endorsement from the eyes of a traveler that is likely to carry the right persuasion to the potential travelers” said Kioko Musyoki, Leopard Beach General Manager.


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‘I regret…’ Anne Kiguta opens up about posting her daughter on social media

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TV news anchor Anne Kiguta has announced that she would like to share with her fans more about her life.

However, she draws a line on exposing her children to the limelight.

Anne has three children, one from her previous marriage and fraternal twins with Jomo Gecaga.

Responding to a fan who asked her about her babies, Anne posted a photo of her and her twins but blocked out the faces.

In her response she explained,

“Gosh, so many of you have said this… was the number one response. Well, I will have to let you down on that my loves.”

She added,

“I’m rather traditional (believe it or not) so I’m vehemently against it. My babies are are all still too young, including the eldest, to be on social media.”

Anne continued,

“In fact I really regret having posted my eldest at all. Mummy already has a pretty public life. They deserve their privacy.”

But not to break her fans hearts, Anne promised,

“A reference every once in a while but nothing more than that for a long long time.  Hope  you understand.”

In another post she still emphasized,

“That is my son. Quite the charmer. If only I could tell you half of what they say! But all these are are to me sacred moments…really can’t share much more.”

Not to be daunted though, Anne promised to talk about other aspects of her life.

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Here are the various topics she is open to talking about.

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