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Kenyans arrive home from India

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The long-awaited ‘repatriation’ flight (KQ 205) from India landed in Nairobi on Thursday evening, after it departed Mumbai at 6.30pm local time.

The 234 passengers are expected to undergo quarantine for 14 mandatory days before they can be released to their homes.

But the flight, our sources indicated, also brought with it two bodies. A passenger who had been sickly died before boarding while another had died earlier.

Kenya’s High Commission in New Delhi had worked out the paperwork for 234 Kenyans stranded in India since March 23 2020 following Premier Narendra Modi’s total lockdown. The restrictions were extended to May 17 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The single flight picked them up at a subsidised rate of $800 (Sh85,894) for a business class ticket and USD 430 (Sh45,635) for economy.

Kenya’s High Commissioner to India Willy Bett who had earlier confirmed that some patients and caregivers may have missed seats on the flight as reported by the Nation now says that some 17 people who Intended to travel back home were ejected and replaced with patients and their caregivers.

“We have given priority to them because they are the most vulnerable.”

He added that the flight was purely a Kenyan flight, dismissing rumours foreigners may have jumped on it.

“We have given the list to Kenya Airways and theirs was to ensure that no patient misses it,” the envoy said.

 “We are just elated, even if we sleep outside but within the borders of Kenya,” Mr Simon Chege, one of the passengers told the Nation before boarding

 He is the father to Lewis Chege a 10-year old cancer warrior who has been receiving brain cancer treatment at Max Super Specialty Hospital in New Delhi.

An earlier investigation by the Nation indicated that while most Kenyans preferred to come home, they took time to buy tickets by raising funds from well-wishers.

There were other Kenyans who had been in India on leisure and took advantage of the repatriation. This caused the flight to be overbooked, officials explained.

“The 17 who were replaced are here to see relatives, do business if not touring around and that is a KQ issue not ours”, said Mr Bett.

Scattered across the vast Indian country, Kenyans had been taken to Mumbai through local flights, saving on the time needed to travel by road to the city. It was a result of a special permission granted to Kenya by Indian authorities who still restricted land or air transport between cities.

The Nation also understands that Kenya’s mission abroad formed teams within the patients, delegated duties and made some of them their contact persons depending on the location which made work

Meanwhile, Kenyans who had sought repatriation from China will not receive waivers for travel ticket for the flight that was to bring them back to the country.

The flight, which was to bring willing Kenyans in China on May 8 has been postponed to Saturday, May 9.

Previously, their ticket for an economy class was to cost Sh75,000 but a new directive has said that the waiver has been lifted.

“Following internal consultations on your request, we regret to inform you that we are unable to issue a waiver to the cases presented,” said an email from the embassy.

Thirteen people who are in dire need for travel are likely to miss out because they cannot raise the said amount.

So far, the money that well-wishers were contributing via Tuma Fare Initiative to help Kenyans in China come home when Guangzhou was hostile, have so far contributed Sh40,221. An amount that cannot help even one person to pay for a ticket.

Some 200 Kenyans had registered via a code provided by the embassy to come back home. The said Kenyans have to produce Covid-19 Nucleic Acid amplification test from the qualified hospital before boarding the flight. And, when they land in Kenya, they have to abide by the quarantine rules as required by the Ministry of Health in Kenya.

By Nation.co.ke

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‘There has been sweat and tears’ Kate Actress on the fails and triumphs of acting

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Kate Actress has advised upcoming artistes, actors, actresses and young people to be patient as success does not come overnight, rather it takes time.

Kate who shot to the limelight during her appearance on a local show ‘Mother-in-Law’ is now a household name.

But behind the success lies many nights of hard work.

‘IT TAKES TIME … I STARTED ACTING AT 21 , AM 33 NOW , THAT MEANS I HAVE OVER THE YEARS (12 yrs ) BUILT AN AUDIENCE THAT HAS LITERALLY GROWN WITH ME , IT DOESN’T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT, IT’S A JOURNEY , THERE HAS BEEN SWEAT ,AND TEARS .’

I HAVE HAD MAJOR WINS AND TERRIBLE FALLS IN THIS JOURNEY , BUT I NEVER GIVE UP.

I HAVE ALSO CHOSEN TO NEVER ARRIVE BECAUSE SUCCESS IS A JOURNEY NOT A DESTINATION.

SO MY DEAR YOUNG FOLLOWER , YOUR VISION IS VALID , KEEP YOUR PACE , ROLL WITH A SQUAD WITH VISION , STAY PRAYED UP( Gods guidance is everything) .

REMEMBER THERE IS ALWAYS A STORY BEHIND THE GLORY , WRITE YOURS , AT YOUR OWN PACE SWEETHEART. YOU GOT THIS CHILD.. 🙌🏽🙌🏽 ….. with love Aunty Kate ❤️

Kate is famous for her role in Plan B, Maempress, Sue and Johnny among other shows. She also runs a You Tube channel.

She is also a brand ambassador for different products.

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Intelligent Water Fountain Takes shape at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace

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As you drive into Amani Ridge the Place of Peace, you will be welcomed by a spectacular solar powered water fountain that is currently in the process of being installed.

This water feature will be an excellent landmark to look at as it greets you after a long tiring day. It is set to be decorated with live flowers and the water below will have live fish.

What’s more, the fountain will be lit at night to give it a splendid scenery for night lovers. This new feature which is being installed adjacent to the Wall of Wisdom is also surrounded by amazing landscaping and beautifully done flowers, pebbles and exotic trees. Watch this video expounding on this gated community’s architectural projections: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os3nubny8Vg&t=1s

This water feature will truly be an attraction to all the Amani Ridge the Place of Peace residents and guests alike.

Visit Amani Ridge the Place of Peace and witness and enjoy the upcoming splendid feature.

We thank one of our customer, Eng. Gabriel Ndungu, CEO Noble Parks & Pools, who has taken this assignment with so much professionalism and passion. Watch video here for more information about this mesmerizing gated community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoGdZijAbf4&feature=youtu.be

Gabriel is amongst other professionals who are at the frontline, to make Amani Ridge the Place of Peace, one of the best gated high end estate in East & Central Africa.

Want to be part of Amani Ridge the Place of Peace great experience? Get in touch with Optiven Today:

Contact Optiven Group: 0790 300 300 Email: admin@optiven.co.ke Website: www.optiven.co.ke

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How gospel artiste Holy Dave turned his cooking hobby into business

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Since the global outbreak of the coronavirus, governments around the world ordered its citizens to stay at home in effort to curb the spread of the virus.

While such directives have largely restricted normal activities for many, for some the prolonged stay indoors has aroused their creative juices.

CULINARY SKILLS

One such person is gospel artiste Holy Dave who has lately been showcasing his culinary skills to his fans online.

“I started cooking by mistake. Coronavirus came and then there I am. I’m like I wanna make a meal and I don’t have content for Instagram. So I’m like why don’t I take this one and a half-hour that I’m making this chicken and convert it into constructive time,” Holy Dave told Nairobi News.

And right there was born the idea of cooking and posting the whole process on his social media pages.

When he first baked and shared it on social media, many of his fans were surprised.

“People are wowed… that I’m a man and not a professional chef and I’m in the entertainment industry,” Holy Dave said.

His cooking skills have seen him become a topic of discussion on women Facebook pages.

FEELING THREATENED

While he’s wowing women with his cooking skills, men have not been that impressed with some even feeling threatened.

A few days ago, Holy Dave shared on his social media some screenshots of chats from his male fans who were asking him to give them a break with all his cooking.

“Eish, buda, utafanywa tuachwe sasa. Sasa Maina Kageni vile amekusifu asubuhi madam wote wataruka kwa page yako,” a fan told him after media radio presenter Maina Kageni acknowledged his skills during one of his morning shows on Classic 105 FM.

Gospel artiste Holy Dave displays one his homemade mouthwatering dishes in his kitchen. PHOTO | AMINA WAKO

And in another strange incident, a restaurant stole one of Holy Dave’s food pictures and shared it on their social media as their own.

“A fan came across some pictures that looked familiar, he alerted me, and I was shocked to find that they had actually lifted pictures from my page. I think that is the highest insult to intellectual property. Anyway, I won’t press charges. The least they would have done is employ me as their master chef,” Holy Dave said jokingly.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

His social media posts have attracted the attention of individuals and companies. Some have already partnered with him while more are in talks with the Financial Modelling expert.

“We already have partners on board, and we are holding a discussion with many others,” he told Nairobi News.

Fans, on their part, have asked the artiste to start a cookery show on TV.

The artiste is however not receptive to this idea, saying he’s not sure the TV show is the way to go.

What he is sure of is that what he started on Instagram will be something big as he is in consultation with his advisory team.

“I’m consulting my team to see where to take this because I’m a business mind and I see an opportunity in everything that comes my way. But there are also risks involved and I’m trying to calculate the risks and see if I can probably invest in something,” he said.

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