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From the bars to pulpit: My journey to sobriety

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In April last year,  Mr Dennis Mwiti, a prison warder, was dramatically arrested while hiding in a toilet, locked up in a police cell and later sent to a rehabilitation centre in handcuffs.

Mr Mwiti had turned violent to his colleagues, wife and parents, and attempted suicide following a relapse in his fight against alcohol addiction.

He was disappointed that an unexpected encounter with the bottle had ended his six-month stint as a sober, ‘born-again’ Christian.

But today, Mr Mwiti is not only a sober man on a mission to rehabilitate officers struggling with alcohol abuse, but also an ordained pastor at New Life Tabernacle Church.

When the 26-year-old joined the Kenya Prison Service in 2015, he was already hooked to alcohol and several other drugs.

Drinking habit worsened

“I started abusing drugs while in Form Three at Kibirichia Boys in 2011. I took advantage of my privileges as an entertainment captain to sneak in drugs every weekend,” he recounts.

His drinking habit worsened in 2014 after he was selected to join the Administration Police, only for the recruitment to be nullified over irregularities.

Despite his love for the bottle, he was picked to join the Kenya Prison Service, where he managed to remain sober for the nine months he was at the training college. But on graduation day, he spent the night in bars.

“In 2016, I was posted to Industrial Area Prison where I continued to use alcohol. I would abscond duty to have a drink.”

In 2017, the prison warder was involved in a road accident that left him with multiple fractures. He was bed-ridden for a year.

Sh800,000 loan

While recovering at home in Meru, he resumed his drinking and later took a loan of Sh800, 000 to start a business.

“I spentSh400, 000 in setting up a bar at Nkubu town and Sh90, 000 in buying a motorbike. I spent the rest on alcohol and entertaining friends,” he recalls. He later closed the bar and consumed the stock with his friends.

Penniless and dejected, the law enforcer became mentally unstable and was on the verge of losing his job. “I kicked my wife out. The next day, I sold my phone for Sh800 and travelled home, where I attempted to hang myself and to take poison several times.”

Battered by alcoholism and on the verge of losing his job, he resolved to seek help from a pastor in 2018.  One year after overcoming the addiction, Mr Mwiti is now leading ‘Team Sober Support Group’ at Meru Prison.

by Nation.co.ke

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Uhuru’s adopted son Daniel Owira says he nearly left school after becoming rich

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Daniel Owira aka Otonglo time, saw his life change in the blink of an eye back when he was in high school.

After delivering a grand performance during drama festivals, he was quickly branded as the president’s son by none other than Uhuru Kenyatta.

Several years later, the young actor told NTV he nearly dropped out of school after becoming rich.

A year after Uhuru had offered to pay for his school fees, Owira joined university and as days went by, his pockets and bank account became heavier.

He was earning cash he had never touched before and did not know what to do with all the wealth he was accumulating.

“I will not lie to you, at first year no one really knows what to do with a lot of money. I was getting sponsorships and gigs and did not know what to do with all the cash,” he said.

Even after boosting his mother’s business, providing her with pocket money and furnishing her house, Owira still had escess money he did not know how to put to use.

For a moment, the entertainer considered giving up on education and focussing on his successful career.

Luckily, Uhuru’s “son” chose to finish his academic journey and put to bed any irrational thoughts that crossed his mind.

Uhuru's adopted son Daniel Owira says he nearly left school after becoming rich

Daniel Owira back when he was in campus. Photo: Daniel Owira
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As previously reported, Uhuru had promised to take care of Owira’s education up to university level.

While committing to take care of his school fees, Uhuru Kenyatta referred to Owira as one of his sons, of course figuratively.

Daniel Owira had plans to pursue a broadcast journalism in future, apparently to utilise his amazing oratory skills as evidenced by his Otonglo narrative.

By Tuko.co.ke

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I was violently mugged at a well-lit street in Nairobi

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On Friday night, I lost my precious wristwatch and my utterly worthless cellphone to muggers at a well-lit street in the Nairobi city centre.

I was heading home from work at about 8.30 pm when a gang of five hoodlums pounced on me along Aru Lane, which is a stone’s throw away from Mfangano Street where I usually board my matatu.

They swiftly cut me off my route, boxed me into a tight corner and relieved me of whatever valuables I had on me.

The guy who initially accosted me – he must have been the ringleader – had threatened to draw a gun and shoot me if I tried anything stupid.

He had both hands in his pockets, so I couldn’t tell whether he had a gun or not, but I didn’t want to take any chances.

As this guy, who was in a greyish hoodie, and his accomplice flanked me on both sides, I took a quick backwards glance and noticed two heavyset fellows closing in. By the time I shifted my gaze forward, yet another menacing figure had sprung from nowhere.

I quickly realised I was cornered and outnumbered.

In that moment, I knew it was no use trying to fight these guys off. Not even the hard-tackling tight-head prop from my rugby-playing days would save me.

I wasn’t ready to become part of the city’s grim crime statistics of those who have been maimed, or had worse things done to them by muggers.

I meekly surrendered to their demands.

The whole incident barely lasted a minute, but in the brief moment I was held hostage in that corner, my mind raced to my wife and two young kids waiting for me at home.

Mercifully, I got through the ordeal unscathed and later got home to a warm hug from my three-year-old son.

I recounted my harrowing experience to my shell-shocked household. It wasn’t until hours later that we partook our evening meal.

Dangerous streets

I’ve since fully recovered from that experience, having had some good rest over the weekend.

When I shared my story with a close relative, he also recounted a similar mugging incident that happened on a Sunday evening at the junction of Mama Ngina Street and Kimathi Street.

Unlike me, this brother attempted to be a hero and nearly paid for it with his life.

In the middle of an ill-advised scuffle with his assailants, one of the muggers drew a knife and swung it at his abdomen. He quickly ducked, and the knife only grazed his thigh.

On seeing that their would-be victim wasn’t going down without a fight, the three thugs quickly vanished into an adjacent alley.

In retrospect, he says, he would not have tried to fight back.

That is what the streets of Nairobi have become; crowded places, bustling with human and car traffic by day but which become extremely dangerous at nightfall.

ATM machines that dot the exterior parts of many banking halls in the CDB are particularly risky places to visit in the evenings, especially when streets are deserted.

So too are alleys and backstreets, including Ngamia Lane and Tausi Lane, on either side of Nation Centre.

My priceless wristwatch is gone, but I thank God I lived to tell the tale – and write a story – of my encounter with Nairobi’s ruthless muggers.

The writer is an online Sub-editor at Nation Media Group 

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Man beats up Bungoma musician for supporting DP Ruto

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Police in Webuye have launched a manhunt for a handshake supporter who reportedly assaulted a musician for backing Deputy President William Ruto.

Bungoma East police boss Valarian Obore said police are looking for Mr Bernard Wakamala, alias Jaramogi, for clobbering Mr David Sakari, who usually performs in Webuye Juakali band troupe led by Kimilili MCA David Barasa.

The short statured performer is remembered for having been awarded a customised vehicle for the disabled by Dr Ruto in 2016.

Mr Obore said Mr Sakari was assaulted at Satellite Hotel in Webuye town on Friday night after praising the DP.

“He took a beer bottle and hit me on the head twice. I bled profusely before friends took me to Webuye Sub County Hospital, where I was treated and discharged,” said Mr Sakari.

Bungoma Musicians Association Chairman Kasembeli Watila condemned the incident and called on the police to speed up investigations and arrest the suspect.

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