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Willis Raburu and wife Marya Prude separated – Sources



Citizen TV’s presenter Willis Raburu and his wife Mary Ngami alias Marya Prude are not living together, according to a source who spoke to Mpasho.

It is alleged that the two separated a month ago.

A close source who spoke to Mpasho said the couple had issues after Prude learnt that her husband Raburu was cheating.

The source further said that the 10 over 10 presenter used to live in Phenom Estate in Langata together with his wife before the two vacated the house.

Willis Raburu“In March is when hell broke loose after Raburu told his wife to move out. He is currently living in Kileleshwa with another woman,” the source said.

When asked of the whereabouts of the wife, the source said that she is living in a rented house in Thindigua, Kiambu county.

“What happened is they divided the households items, Raburu then rented a house for Marya and paid a deposit of two months,” the source said.

Marya has since deleted her social media account.

Willis Raburu and wife Mary
Willis Raburu and wife Mary

The last time Willis shared his wife’s photo was during Mother’s day.

Raburu got married to Marya in an exclusive wedding two years ago which only close friends and family members attended.

In a previous interview, Willis revealed that he had met Mary much earlier than most people thought but didn’t date her then as he was in a relationship with Sally Mbilu at that time whom she had proposed to but broke up after unclear circumstances.

“We met in church, at Jubilee Christian Church through my friend Pablo. He introduced me and when I saw her, l was like ‘Good Lord Hallelujah!’ But even though I noticed her fine-ness, I didn’t do anything as I was still in a relationship. About a year passed by after we met,” Willis said.

Early this year the couple lost their daughter whom they had been expecting after being married for nearly three years.

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Willis Raburu

When Mpasho reached out to Raburu, he did not pick our calls but asked to be sent a message which we did.

But only got blue ticks in response.

Efforts to reach Marya for comment were futile.

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Polycarp’s wife Lady Mandy talks about her pregnancy journey for the first time



Sauti Sols Polycarp’s wife Lady Mandy has for the first time talked about her pregnancy, just 2 months after welcoming their bouncing baby boy.

August 26, 2020, the cry of a baby was heard for the first time in the power couple’s home as baby O got officially introduced to the world.

Lady Mandys pregnancy journey

2 months in and the new mom has finally gained the courage to tell her story as it is, a blend of adventure and fun times in the middle of a crisis.

“Friends , I truly enjoyed my pregnancy 🙆🏽‍♀️ yo,” she started off.

Lady Mandy stuns in baby bump shoot

“I felt the most confident, beautiful, at peace and probably most positive I have ever been in all my adult life. EVEN in the middle of a whole pandemic,” Lady Mandy beautifully confessed.

Being her first time as a mom, the Burundian melanin-skinned beauty could not get over her pregnancy journey which she best describes as a ‘bliss-filled event’.

Lady Mandy months after welcoming newborn

However, unlike it would be the case for many women and mothers, hers was exciting. Something she forever remains grateful for, with numerous baby bump photos, that have proven too much for her to deal with.

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“Y’all will have to endure me sharing them with you 🤣🤣🤣,”she frankly told her social media fam.

Lady Mandy serving hot body goals months after welcoming newborn

A rare confession that has been warmly received with love and light from her fans who could not help but admire the African Queen, known for her unique blend with the African culture.


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Cancer survivors’ journey of hope in face of hurdles



Cancer has stalked Mary Jane Kariuki’s family for years, but her resilience in the face of adversity inspires hope.

Karuiki lost her husband in 1992 to stomach cancer and six years later she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I developed a lump on my breast in 1997 and went to hospital. I was only given medicine. But when I went back the following year, they told me that the infected breast would have to be removed as it was the only way to save my life,” she narrates.

She broke the news to her family and was admitted to the hospital for an operation.

“I thought I would die just like my husband, but God is gracious because the operation went on smoothly and I went through chemotherapy and continued taking drugs. They only did one operation and I was told to continue with the drugs for five years,” she said.

Statistics show there are around 28,000 new cases of cancer are reported annually. with at least 22, 000 people losing their lives to the disease each year. This means that 78.5 per cent of the victims don’t survive, making cancer the third leading cause of death in Kenya, after infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases.

However, Kariuki, 74, is proof that with the right kind of treatment and attitude, one can survive cancer. It is now 22 years since she received treatment and the artificial breast is the only constant reminder of how far she has come.

Within this period, Kariuki has lost other relatives to the disease. In the year 2000, two years after her diagnosis, her 35-yearold daughter and a mother of three, was diagnosed with breast cancer. After 16 years of being cancer-free, her daughter passed away after the disease recurred.

“She would complain that her leg was paining, but we never knew that it was cancer. By the time we knew that it had come back, it was too late. She passed away in 2016, leaving behind three children,” she explains.

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In addition, Kariuki has also lost a brother to leukemia and two sisters to liver

cancer and cervical cancer. She also lost a niece to breast cancer last year.

“Most of the people don’t know about cancer and make many mistakes because of that. That’s why I go to churches, colleges, women groups to educate them on cancer. If they have it, they should just accept and know that it’s not a death sentence. You just get treated and life moves on,” she concludes.

She shared her experience at an event organised by the Cancer Survivors Association of Kenya (CSAK), a national outfit bringing cancer survivors together to encourage and support each other. Being a breast cancer month, the event was organised to give hope, save life through information and also support the survivors who face a lot of challenges such as lack of financial and emotional assistance.

According to the organisation’s secretary general, Jane Frances Angalia, such groups are vital as they enables the patients get psycho-social support and counselling to beat all odds that come with cancer treatment.

No regrets

“Some of them are in denial that they have cancer and don’t know that it’s not a death sentence. With moral and financial support, and that with reasonably priced treatment we can survive cancer. This support should come from family, friends, religious groups, chamas, cancer groups, and even government and private sector, especially those companies selling cancer drugs,” says Jane Frances.

The 54-year-old woman is a Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) survivor. This strain of the disease is considered to be one of the most aggressive cancers since it grows quickly and is more likely to spread faster when its diagnosed. To survive stage 3B aggressive triple negative cancer, she was advised by her oncologists to take five-year leave of absence from both lecturing and PhD studies and she has no regrets for doing so.

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“I’m alive because I listened to my doctors. I lost my lecturing job and income but now I have found a larger classroom reaching out, educating, informing cancer patients about the ailment,” she says.

To get cash for treatment in India and Turkey, she had to sell her land. She currently earns her daily bread through growing and selling herbs in flowerpots. She has been cancer-free for six years now.

Boost immunity

“I changed lifestyle by observing a good nutrition. I eat more vegetables than red meat. I also take a lot of fruits and herbs, which I drink daily and also cook all my meals with. I also do exercises, both physical and breathing (yoga and meditations),” she explains.

To boost immunity she also takes orgeno gold ganoderma, mushroom supplements, kombucha, Eden and apple cider vinegar. When she can afford, she buys vitamins C, D3, 12, salmon and fish oils.

Miriam Wambugu, another breast cancer survivor in the session, says she has made it so far because of support she gets from other cancer survivors. She was diagnosed

with breast cancer in 2016 and the fact that she didn’t know anything about cancer, left her confused. Miriam was also worried about her children as she was a single mother. Their father had gone to the US and remarried leaving her to take care of them.

However, being in the Cancer Survivors Association ensured she got the correct advice that assisted her to get treatment. She went for treatment in India and did chemo, surgery and radiotherapy.

“Some people die and others remain; not because we are special but because we have an assignment to complete. If you hear someone tell you that there is medicine other than the doctors, advise them that it doesn’t work since it hasn’t been proven,” advises the mother of three.

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Joan Wangare, a pancreatic cancer survivor for five years has ensured that she has joined several groups for support. When she was battling the disease, most people deserted her thinking that she would die or infect them. Only her husband, family, friends and church supported her until she was declared cancer-free. She now has a daughter who’s now four years.

“I maintain myself through my strong faith in God and have also found a supporting system through various cancer organisations where we meet and share our experience,” she says.

“I recently climbed mount Kenya with a group of other cancer survivors and this helped me a lot in both mental and physical fitness which is crucial towards maintaining good health,” adds Wangare.

She also watches her diet and avoids canned and junk food and drinks.

“Cancer patients are a vulnerable group because their bodies are weakened by too many drugs, surgeries, chemotherapies and radiotherapies. Thus, to mitigate against covid19 we request all organisations with CSR programmes to support our 1000 registered patients via our #COVID19 Feeding programme, help pay their annual 6k insurance, help them buy monthly hormonal therapy and palliative care medications,” concludes Jane Frances.


• Mary Jane Kariuki was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. She has lost many relatives to the disease.

• Jane Francis Angalia is a survivor of Triple Negative breast cancer, an aggressive strain of the disease.

• Joan Wangare is a pancreatic cancer survivor.
• Miriam Wambugu was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016.


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The ticking time bomb that is the boda boda sector



That on the day President Kenyatta was dangling financial goodies to boda bodas in Nairobi, 300 of their counterparts abducted a patient from a hospital in Kirinyaga and lynched him is one of the paradoxes facing Kenya.

On one hand is a grassroots transport industry whose influence can no longer be ignored by politicians.

The flipside is a sector that is spinning out of control so fast that police have run out of options on how to rein it in.

The Kirinyaga tragedy started in Nyangati village on Tuesday night when boda bodas accosted a man they suspected to be behind the theft of five motorcycles. He had reportedly confessed to his crimes and was being beaten when police arrived.

“Officers on the Mwea-Embu road rescued him from the mob,” Nyangati chief Immaculate Wanjiru said.

He was taken to Kimbimbi Hospital and was to appear in court on Monday.

Not happy with the manner the issue was being handled, the riders stormed the hospital.

Patients and staff took cover as men in jackets and helmets moved from room to room. They frogmarched the injured man for 30 kilometres before killing him.

Of note is not that the riders stopped their work to deal with a crime they thought had been committed against them.

It was their breaking of the law – the result of their numbers, unity, ease of movement and organisation in broad daylight – and the helplessness of police.

Zero-rated in 2008 by Finance Minister Amos Kimunya, motorcycle transport has come a long way.

Able to reach even the most remote parts of the country while at the same time weave through traffic in big towns, boda boda public transport has, in just a decade, evolved to a potent force.

Sh357 billion

In Mr Kenyatta’s words, the sector “is one of the biggest drivers of the country’s economy, with operators generating up Sh980 million a day”.

“With a rider’s average daily earning of Sh700, the sector’s annual income is estimated at Sh357 billion,” Mr Kenyatta said.

According to the President, the industry supports 5.2 million Kenyans, directly or indirectly, accounting for 11 per cent of the population.

Yet in the midst of this is a growing list of vices associated with boda bodas, with the sector inching towards vigilantism.

The riders are involved in drug, arms and human trafficking, robbery with violence, murder and many other offences.

Dangerous riding

According to the National Crime Research Centre, the most prevalent boda boda offences are causing death by dangerous riding at 79 per cent, stealing (76 per cent), breach of public order and creating disturbance (66 per cent), robbery with violence (52 per cent) and possession dangerous drugs (49 per cent).

Other crimes committed by boda bodas are drug trafficking (42 per cent), murder (38 per cent), kidnapping (26 per cent), defilement (17 per cent), cross border smuggling of goods (15 per cent) and handling stolen property at 12 per cent.

They jump traffic lights, ignore orders from police, ride on pedestrian walkways and change lanes as they wish. If you are unlucky to get involved in an accident with one, you will pay, whether you are on the wrong or right.

“Cases of motorists being harassed by boda bodas after an accident with one of them have become so common that citizens have accepted it is a way of life,” Motorists Association of Kenya chairman Peter Murima said.

“Often, the drivers are made to pay for damages to the boda bodas, even when they are not at fault, unless police arrive on the scene quickly.”

More than 100 boda bodas made it to the scene in minutes. Suddenly, the matatu driver was on the wrong.


He had to plead with the rowdy group not to set his vehicle on fire. Kenya National Highways Authority officers calmed the situation that was degenerating into chaos.

Lands Cabinet Secretary Faridah Karoney’s father died when he was hit by a boda boda on the Eldoret-Kabsabet road two weeks ago.

While at the burial of a man who had also been killed by a boda boda in Kirinyaga two weeks ago, retired Chief of Defence Forces Julius Karangi told mourners that he almost died at the hands of a riders’ mob. The general was driving when his car was hit from behind by a motorcycle.

Tens of them were at the scene in seconds, baying for his blood. The boda bodas, however, scattered upon realising who he was.

“They left when I looked at them and lowered my mask. Had it been one of you, you would have been killed,” he told mourners on Saturday.

It has become common for devolved governments to issue directives curtailing the operations of boda bodas in towns.

Such orders fall on deaf ears or are implemented for a short time before the riders return.

It is easy to see why it is difficult to rein in boda bodas. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics says the country imported more than 961,000 motorcycles in the last five years.

Considering that it is more than a decade since mass importation began, Kenya could be having more than two million motorcycles.

As the 2022 General Election approaches, no politician can ignore the lure of a big number of organised young men with motorcycles that can move around, attract crowds through their noise and cause chaos.

The National Crime Research Centre says 38 per cent of boda bodas are aged between 22 and 26, some 30 per cent are in 18-25 age bracket while 20 per cent are aged 34-41.

Five million people

“Boda bodas are an excellent political propagating tool. If there are a million riders, for example, and each carries five passengers a day, that is five million people who may get your message,” political analyst Herman Manyora said.

“Unfortunately, they can easily morph into vigilante groups that can be used to terrorise opponents or cause violence. That is the danger politicians courting boda bodas.”

Initially frowned on when Deputy President William Ruto co-opted boda bodas as an important constituency of his “Hustler nation” as a tool to fight the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), which he labelled an elitist document meant to serve the needs of dynasties, the motorcycle taxis are now at the centre of the fight for country’s political soul.

While Dr Ruto has been reaching out to boda bodas through fundraisers and dishing out money meant to help them buy more motorcycles, President Kenyatta has come with a grand investment scheme supported by corporate guarantors and capital markets.

Whether the President’s move will take away a chunk of the DP’s supporters remains to be seen.

Just yesterday, Dr Ruto repeated what he has been saying all along – that his “hustlers” will form the government in 2022.

“If you are not telling us how you are going to improve the lives of mama mboga and boda bodas. We will stop that reggae of yours,” he said.


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