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Varsity student’s life snuffed out by city estate thugs



A family in Buruburu, Nairobi, is in mourning after their daughter was shot by an unknown thug on July 10 in the estate, leading to her death while undergoing treatment.

The events before 9 pm on a fateful day will remain forever etched in the mind of a certain Fred, who witnessed the killing of Brenda Awuor Ouma (pictured above), 23.

She was a student at KCA University. Brenda, who was pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration with IT and was set to graduate in November, was assisting her elder sister Judy Ouma, to run her M-Pesa shop in Buruburu.

Fred, who runs a wines and spirits shop opposite Judy’s M-Pesa shop, recalls the tragic events of the fateful Friday.

About 15 minutes to the curfew time, a client approached him to ask for a change of Sh1,000. He did not have it, so he crossed over to request Brenda to assist.

Brenda, who was a closing shop at the time, offered to help. After closing the shop, Brenda, who had the day’s collection and five mobile phones, went to Fred’s shop.

Two young men then followed her to the shop, ostensibly, according to Fred, to buy drinks.  “I told them we were closing because curfew time was nigh,” Fred narrated.

“Their conversation changed from buying drinks and they suddenly drew guns, ordering us to lie down. One of them shot in the air, while the other tried grabbing the bag with money and the phones from Brenda.

Brenda hid behind me asking me to help her.” Fred tried to help, and in the fracas, Brenda was shot in the abdomen.

At this point, other witnesses who heard the gunshots fled to safety, while others watched the ordeal from the balconies of their houses.

Took money and fled

The two thugs took the money from Brenda and fled. According to Judy, the thieves made away with Sh300,000 or more and the five phones from her M-Pesa shop.

Brenda was supposed to bank the money. Bleeding, crying and shocked, Brenda was taken to a nearby chemist for first aid.

Later, a passerby offered to drive them to Metropolitan Hospital in Buruburu. The health facility was not able to operate her and soon referred them to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

At KNH, it was established that she had a ruptured liver and intestines and the bullet was lodged in her spine.

The scans also showed ruptured veins that gushed blood in internal organs, then with blood clots. She was operated on the following day; July 11. However, the doctors could not interfere with the bullet in the spine.

At this point, due to the impact, she was bedridden.  She would barely eat and had blood in her urine. Doctors advised for dialysis, but KNH did not have the dialysis kits at the time. They got some at Coptic Hospital on Ngong Road and the dialysis was performed.  Brenda was now able to feed, but only on liquids.

She died on Sunday, July 19. Her burial is set to be on July 26, in Oyugis, Homa Bay County. “We fear that the lockdown may be reinstated, so we need to make burial arrangements fast. But this broke our mother’s heart,” Judy narrated.

A broken Judy says Brenda was like her child, and that it will take time for reality to sink. Police are investigating the killing the family believes was planned, owing to its execution. Judy blames some nurses at KNH for laxity.

Huge hospital bills, latent justice and loss of a loved one whose future was so promising now haunt the family. Fred’s shop remains closed, as it is a crime scene.


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VIDEO: Sauti Sol Polycarp’s wife’s cute baby bump video cracking ribs online



The Sauti Sol boy band is about to welcome their first baby in a few weeks and the team just can’t keep calm.

The band’s guitarist, Polycarp Otieno was the first to make a step towards starting a family with his wife Lady Mandy whom she wedded in November 2018.

Mr and Mrs Polycarp Otieno

This is going to be the couple’s first child as well as the music group’s first.

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Mandy has been holding on to her baby bump that keeps growing bigger and heavier by the day and it seems she is not far from gracing the delivery room.

Polycarp Otieno and wife Lady Mandy expectant

The team recently had a moment to come together and have some feel of the protruding belly and the session was crazy.

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Polycarp who had probably touched the baby bump numerous times, just to feel the unborn baby kick, kept his distance, capturing the adorable moment as Savara and Chimano kept Lady Mandy’s baby bump company.

From a distance, we can see the two artists shy away from holding and feeling the baby bump, seeming like a mystery to them and something out of this world.

Mouths agape, sitted by the edge of the seat and just trying to imagine what it is like in there. Meanwhile, Lady Mandy had slouched back on the couch to allow the two have their moment.

They take turns in feeling the baby bump before it’s Savara’s turn and the baby kicks and the artist quickly jerks back because it’s just unbelievable.

Mixed reactions

This left fans cracking their ribs expressing:

Hizo reactions ni priceless yani 😂😂

sowairina It really is miraculous isn’t it🤗♥️and also I’m seeing two👶🏽👶🏽is there something you’re not telling us🤗

Their reactions are so adorable! True brothers! Congratulations ❤️

I swear it’s the best feeling ever! A miracle

Aki mko na wanna😂😂😂awa wasee wanaeza lala wakiskiza mtoi aki bt i can feel the kafeeling furaha tele❤️🤣


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Jacque Maribe teams up with Sarah Mwangi for new show



When life gives you lemons make lemonade, so the saying goes.

And former Citizen TV news anchor Jacque Maribe appears to have adopted the mantra after announcing that she is soon set to start her own political show titled The Hot Seat.

Maribe, made the announcement on Friday on Instagram saying that she is now ready to get back on the spotlight after taking a sabbatical.

The Hot Seat will be aired online on social media.

“She’s back…after a sabbatical from your screens… And she’s bringing on the heat…raw conversations, political affiliations, in-depth inspiration… the heat is on, only on #TheHotSeat,” posted Jacque Maribe.

Speaking to Nairobi News on phone, Sarah Mwangi, the producer of the show, said that it will premiere on Sunday at 8pm with the first episode having Maribe just talking about her life experiences and journey to being a political journalist.

Sarah Mwangi, the show’s producers.

“The show launches on Sunday on YouTube and Facebook. Episode 1 will be basically Jacque sharing her story about her growing up and her love for political journalism. Going forward, the show will tackle political matters,” said Ms Mwangi.

Maribe decided to take a step back away from the spotlight after she was co-accused alongside her ex-boyfriend Jowie for the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani in 2017.

However, Ms Mwangi says that now is the right time for her to continue with her passion which is being a journalist.

“Why not now? This whole Covid-19 situation has impacted on all of us. And not everything seems to be going right for most Kenyans. So Jacque felt that it was time to come out and do something and make our leaders accountable for their actions,” she went on.


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Jalang’o ‘snitches’ on Betty Kyallo’s relationship with ‘Somali guy’



Comedian Jalang’o seems to have let the cat out of the bag regarding the nature of the relationship between Betty Kyallo and her alleged ‘Somali Guy’ Alinur Mohammed.

Jalang’o posted a picture of himself together with Mohammed on Instagram.

He captioned the photo, “Hanging out with my brother in-law if you know you know….@honalinur.”

Betty then commented telling Jalang’o that it was not right what he did, followed by laughing emojis.

“Si Poa,” replied Betty.

Alinur has been suspected to be the ‘Somali guy’ that Betty dated for a while.

Media personality and businesswoman Betty Kyallo and Alinur Mohammed. PHOTO | COURTESY
Media personality and businesswoman Betty Kyallo and Alinur Mohammed. PHOTO | COURTESY

He (Alinur) came out to deny the claims.

However, the blossoming friendship between the two has been a subject of speculation on whether Mohammed is the ‘Somali guy’.

In fact, he commented on a picture of Betty together with her two sisters Mercy and Gloria while on a trip in Malindi referring to them as family.


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