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Man collapses and dies outside cereals shop

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Residents of Mwihoko Estate in Githurai are in shock after a man collapsed and died outside a cereals shop.

Eyewitnesses said that the man struggled for a few minutes before he passed on.

Neighbours rushed to the scene but did not go near the body due to the Covid-19 stigma.

“I heard people screaming and when I rushed to the scene I saw the lifeless body of the man lying on the ground a few metres from the cereals shop,” Mr Abel Karanja, a neighbour said.

Police and the Ministry of Health officials in Ruiru were alerted and they picked the body and took it to the mortuary.

The officials were dressed in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Cases of people collapsing and later dying on the spot have been on the increase in the recent past.

In the last seven days, three similar cases have been reported in Mlolongo, Meru and Dandora.

By Nairobi News

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Michelle Obama battling ‘low-grade depression’

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama said she is suffering from “low-grade depression” from coronavirus quarantine, racial strife in the United States and the “hypocrisy” of the Trump administration.

Obama made the remarks in the latest episode of “The Michelle Obama Podcast” released on Spotify on Wednesday.

“I’m waking up in the middle of the night because I’m worrying about something or there’s a heaviness,” the 56-year-old former First Lady said.

“I try to make sure I get a workout in, although there have been periods throughout this quarantine, where I just have felt too low,” she said.

Obama said she has been going through “those emotional highs and lows that I think everybody feels, where you just don’t feel yourself.”

“These are not, they are not fulfilling times, spiritually,” she said. “I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression.

“Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting.”

Michelle Obama and Barack Obama, America’s first black president, took up residence in Washington after he left the White House in January 2017.

She also said it is “exhausting” to be “waking up to yet another story of a black man or a black person somehow being dehumanized, or hurt, or killed, or falsely accused of something.”

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“And it has led to a weight that I haven’t felt in my life, in a while,” she said.

Obama said it was important to remember that “we’ve been through tough times in this nation” before.

“We are in a unique moment in history,” she said. “We are living through something that no one in our lifetimes has lived through.”

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Funerals of Homa Bay nurse, UoN don set for today

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The funeral ceremony of University of Nairobi lecturer Ken Ouko is expected to be conducted later today.

The don’s funeral was scheduled to take place Friday morning at his parents home in Homa Bay County.

His brother Dave Calo told the Nation that the funeral procession left Nairobi on Friday at dawn and is expected to reach his Nyandiwa Village of Homabay County by 11am.

They had been expected to leave Nairobi on Thursday night to arrive home by dawn.

“We have been forced to adjust our programme and this could extend late into the day,” he said.

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David Kalo at the graveyard of his late brother Ken Ouko. Tonny Omondi | Nation Media Group

The body of renowned UoN don who succumbed to Covid-19 complications last Saturday will not be viewed to protect mourners.

“We have been advised by Homa Bay County Covid-19 emergency response team that the body should not leave the hearse when it arrives at the homestead,” he said.

Instead of being placed next to his parents’ house as is the norm with the Luo customs, the body will be taken directly to his grave site which was dug on Sunday.

Mr Ouko will be buried at the family graveyard next to his mother and brother who passed on earlier.

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The Homa Bay County Covid-19 emergency response team will take over from their Nairobi counterparts to ensure safety within the compound.

He died at 56-years-old, bringing to five the number of UoN lecturers who have died of Covid-19.

Nurse Marian

Meanwhile, Marian Awuor Adumbo, a medic who worked at the Rachuonyo Sub-county Hospital in Homa Bay, will also be buried today.

Nurse Marian succumbed to Covid-19 at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital on Sunday evening, two weeks after giving birth to a healthy baby boy.

The nurse’s body was scheduled to leave Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary at 8 am for an hour’s journey to her for the funeral ceremony expected to be over by 11 am.

Marian, 32, was a theatre nurse at Rachuonyo Sub-county hospital in Oyugis town, Homa Bay County but was transferred to KTRH after her condition worsened.

She had celebrated her birthday on July 24, the same day she gave birth to her first born child.

Just four days after, she tested positive for Covid-19. She died six days later, while in ICU.

Her family and colleagues have claimed her death was as a result of negligence, alleging that no one was willing to attend to her and that she was left unattended for some time.

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“Doctors and nurses at KTRH are on a go slow because they have not received their salaries. Our patient was left unattended from Friday last week with our newborn left to feed on air,” her husband Stephen Okal Oketch said as he narrated his devastation.

Consequently, Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang has asked Senate to investigate the circumstances surrounding her death.

The Senator has questioned why the nurse had to be transferred to Kisii when all county governments were asked to equip their hospitals with life support machines to help critically ill Covid-19 patients.

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VIDEO: Bodies of 2 boys who went missing last month found in swamp

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The families of two boys who went missing late last month have been left in shock after the bodies of their kin were found in a swamp on Thursday afternoon.

The bodies of 13-year-old John Njenga and 10-year-old Kevin Kariuki were found by other boys who had gone to the swamp to swim.

The two friends and neighbours were last seen in public grazing livestock near Cha Manguo pond in Limuru on July 25, according to residents.

A family member, Samuel Kamau said that the three boys had been seen herding sheep near the area on the day they went missing.

“One of the boys led his herd back home, however, Njenga and Kariuki never came back returned. We want the police to investigate the incident since we have been left with so many unanswered questions,” said Kamau.

The local Chief Michael Kang’ethe, while confirming the incident said the third boy told them that Njenga and Kariuki had asked him to accompany them to Manguo swamp, but he declined.

He added that children, who were herding goats near the pond saw two bodies floating on the pool, prompting them to report the shocking discovery to residents.

Bodies of the two were taken to Uplands Funeral Home awaiting postmortem.

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Njenga was a Class Eight pupil at Ngarariga Primary School, whereas his neighbour, Kariuki, was a Class Four pupil at Bibilioni Primary School.

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