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Mine Worker: Lady Maureen was my wife, allow me to bury her

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A Migori man claiming to have been the late Ohangla singer Lady Maureen’s ex-husband has requested to be allowed to bury her remains.

The man, mineworker at Osiro Matanda in Nyatike sub-County and a resident of Masara in Sana west sub-county only identified as Jack told Standard Digital that he was married to the late artiste for about six years before they separated.

Jack claimed the musician had requested him before their breakup to bury her if she dies before him, a promise he said he accepted and wants to be allowed to fulfil.

The man who works at Nyatike gold mines claims despite not paying dowry to Lady Maureen’s family, they both promised to bury each other depending on who died first. “Achieng was my wife even though I had not taken dowry to the family, she requested me to bury her if she died first and promised to bury me if I passed on before her,” he said.

He accused the family of rejecting his request to bury his ex-lover despite efforts to do so. “I have approached them and requested to be allowed to bury her but the family have declined,” he said. Jack, who was among mourners and fans who turned up in large numbers to view the body of Ohangla Queen at Ojele Memorial Hospital Mortuary said they met at Princess Jully band where both of them were band members. “We married immediately when Maureen joined music and by then I was also a musician with the band,” he said.

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Ohangla musician Lady Maureen’s friends and family carry the coffin bearing her remains at Ojele Memorial Hospital mortuary in Migori County on July 17, 2020. [Caleb Kingwara, Standard]

Love promise

Jack said they went separate ways when Lady Maureen left Princess Jully’s band and joined Tony Nyandundo’s band where she honed her Ohangla music skills. “After six years of love, we separated and she joined Tonny Nyadundo’s band where she learned how to play Ohangla,” Said Jack He is pleading with Lady Maureen’s family to be allowed to fulfil a love promise made many years back “I was willing to bury Lady Maureen to fulfil the love promise we made to each other being my first lover, but they have rejected the offer.”

Charles Ochieng brother and the family spokesperson to the late Lady Maureen refuted the claims, saying many people have requested for the same over the phone, but nobody has actualised their request. “Those are lies being peddled out there, many people are calling us with a similar request, but they have not come here to discuss the same, so we will not listen to rumours,” said Ochieng. Lady Maureen’s body will be transferred from Ojele Memorial Hospital mortuary to Kopanga village earlier today for burial. The songstress passed on at on July 11 in Uriri, Migori where she was recuperating after she was discharged from hospital.

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Inter-Continental Hotel considering permanent closure of its Nairobi unit

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The iconic Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi is set to be closed permanently over “operational reasons.”

The facility’s proprietor, InterContinental Hotels Corporation Limited (IHCL), announced the closure through a notice to its employees.

The company said it is winding up its operations in Kenya, adding that the five-star hotel will shut its doors in the next 45 days and declare all workers redundant.

“We write to inform you that InterContinental Hotels Corporation Limited Kenya (IHCL) is for operational reasons, considering a permanent closure of InterContinental Nairobi and winding up its operations in the Republic of Kenya. As a consequence of such intended winding up, all employment positions would become redundant,” part of the notice reads.

The 389-bed capacity hotel has been in existence for the past 51 years and was almost auctioned in 2019 over unsettled debt amounting to nearly Sh1 billion.

InterContinental  is strategically located inside Nairobi Central Business District near Parliament Buildings, making it an ideal destination for business travelers. It boasts a poolside restaurant, a coffee shop and some bars.

The Privatization Commission earlier this year sought to sell the government’s stake in the hotel through the Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC) following previous unsuccessful offers. The State owns 33.8 percent of stake in the hotel’s mother company.

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How hair scavenged from Nairobi dumpsite ends up in salon

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Stylist Julia Wanja picks her way delicately through piles of food waste, discarded masks, rubber gloves and other rubbish at Nairobi’s Dandora dumpsite, looking for used hair extensions she can clean and resell to customers.

The pandemic means fewer clients with less money and she is cutting down on costs by cleaning and reselling hair from the dumpsite. Officials direct trucks to dump their loads depending on where the waste has come from. Domestic and commercial waste – which includes bags of hair extensions discarded by other salons – goes to different sections.

Medical waste is usually incinerated. “I have fewer customers,” the mother of three told Reuters from her wooden stall near the Dandora dumpsite as vehicle horns blared in the background. “If you are not going to work, there is no need to style your hair.”

Wanja said she washes the used hair extensions carefully using detergent, Dettol and hot water. Most of her customers trust her to wash the hair well, she said, although a few like to clean it themselves as well. Like other scavengers, she wears a mask to sort through the trash.

“We cannot allow anyone to enter the dumpsite without a mask on,” fellow scavenger Denis Githaiga said, as he ripped through piles of plastic bags.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Thousands of excited fans defy Covid-19 rules at Lady Maureen's burial

Wanja has been selling second-hand hair since 2008 but says there is more demand now since many people cannot afford new extensions. “New hair is more expensive than second-hand hair,” the 38-year-old said. “People don’t have money.”

Wanja’s customers say as long as the hair has been cleaned, they do not mind where it is from.

The hair looks new: long, luxuriant locks hang from the walls in Wanja’s stall or are perched on a battered styrofoam head.

“The hair bought new from a shop and bought used only differs in price. But once it is plaited, there is no difference,” said Cecilia Githigia as Wanja’s fingers worked a weave into her hair.

By Standard.co.ke

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PHOTOS:Inside Starehe MP Jaguar’s mansion

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Starehe MP Charles Njagua, popularly known by his street moniker Jaguar, is not one to revel in the limelight. In as much as he is a musician turned politician, he still keeps his private life under wraps.

Anyhow, in his own small unassuming way, Jaguar has still let us into his life and space.

The MP owns a spacious mansion, a one-story building is located in the outskirts of Nairobi.

The finishing and furnishing of the house are stylish and super modern. The outside of the huge compound that has perfectly mowed lawns are cabro-paved walkways and driveways.

Check out photos of the house.

BY MPASHO.CO.KE

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