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How death robbed me half of my family



Mornings were always the favourite part of Nelly Kemuma’s day. Not only would she be dropped off to work by her husband, while their daughter tagged along, but she would get to prepare their first meal of the day and watch them as they started sunlight hours.

For the past three years their routine rarely changed, especially since she was the only person in her family who always had an early morning. Nelly’s husband, Patrick Mumbo, being a businessman and a commercial model, had flexible working hours, so he often would spare some time to drop her off at work in Upperhill Nairobi, where she works at an insurance company. Their three-year-old daughter, Natalie would tag along. He would then pick her up in the evening.

However, on February 26, this year, she woke up feeling something was odd, but could’nt place a finger on it. On this morning, she found her husband, and their daughter, cuddled up on the couch. Natalie was fast asleep. Nelly took her to bed, but she didn’t sleep a wink.

“Due to the movement and a change in comfort, she woke up as soon as I placed her to bed and asked for her favourite meal, Indomie. Although I was getting late for work, I quickly dashed into the kitchen and let the Indomie cook as I picked out clothes for the day. I left the two playing and went ahead to dress,” she recalls.

Final goodbye

As soon as she was done they left for work. Jovial as usual, her daughter kept on jamming to songs. Her husband on the other hand concentrated on the road as he carefully drove.

When they arrived at her place of work, she bid the two goodbye and left.

“I remember I told them ‘goodbye’. This was quite unusual because I was used to saying ‘have a great day’. But as I was left recollecting my thoughts on the parking lot, the two had already sped off and were on their way home,” she says.

She entered her place of work, but immediately after sitting down, her phone rang.

“Checking, it was a call from Patrick. I thought I had left something in the car. After picking the call, a voice that was not familiar to me said, ‘the owner of this phone has been involved in an accident at Haile Selasse Avenue and is dead, he has actually been taken to City Mortuary! In a state of confusion, I broke down in the office and rushed to the toilet. I felt like my world had come crashing down on me,” she remembers.

After a few seconds she called to confirm the condition of her daughter and the caller bluntly told her that she was nowhere to be seen. As her colleagues comforted her, they implored her to go to the accident scene.

“We left the office and managed to get there before the police cleared the scene. I was later told by an eye witness that Natalie was rushed to Mater Hospital by a Good Samaritan,” she says amidst sobs.

As she rushed to Mater, she was hoping against hope that Natalie would survive the gruesome accident. But as fate could have it, her daughter was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

“I thought she would make it— because at least she hadn’t died on the spot. So when I heard the news, I was shattered,” recalls the 33- year-old. She later found out that her husband’s car had been run over by a speeding bus.

The late Patrick and Natalie died in a road crash. PD/ COURTESY

Overcoming grief has been difficult for Nelly. Losing half of her family at ago was devastating.

If her daughter had slept that morning, probably she couldn’t have died. For weeks, she contemplated on so many things, like how she would just go back to her mother’s place and start all over again.

Her son, who was five months old then, on the other hand, would cry most of the times. “Ours was a close-knit family. So even though my son was young, he missed his dad and sister. You would see him looking around for them and cry after failing to find them,” Nelly says. Nelly and Patrick had been married for seven years. He was her confidant, her rock and stood with her through thick and thin.

Patrick was also a responsible father. He played a major role in raising their children.

“As an accountant, I would spend so much energy at work, but Patrick would always do the honours of ensuring that I was well rested and spend quality time with the children,” Nelly says of her late husband.

Although the past seven months have been hard on Nelly, she has found peace through talking to her family members and close friends, and most importantly her in-laws who have walked with her through the dark moments.

Also, moving houses was her way to start again and finding peace with the fact that her husband and her daughter are in a better place.


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TV host Joyce Maina denies dating DJ Mo: “I’m not dumb to post a married man”



Switch TV’s Joyce Maina has refuted rumours of her having an affair with renowned DJ Sammy Muraya alias DJ Mo.

There have been allegations about the two being together but Joyce has labeled it hearsay and fake news.

Sharing her side of the story, the TV host shared messages on her Instagram Stories asking if guys thought she was dumb enough to post pictures of a married man.

“How dumb do you think I am to post a married man (not that I’d ever be with one) on my IG,” she wrote.

Joyce found the news hilarious adding guys just mistook a person that was holding her, in a trendy photo, to be DJ Mo.

“Fake news is actually hilarious. So you guys went from not knowing what the man looks like (you just have a blurry photo that makes him look like a shadow), and now all over sudden its DJ Mo? Lol,” Joyce added.

The TV girl must have found the news hilarious and wondered why people would want to tarnish her reputation with such allegations.

Size 8’s take on cheating

Back in 2017, reported on a story where Size 8 claimed that one should be ready to forgive the other when he/she cheats in marriage.

Speaking during a recording of their vlog, the singer said that partners should always be ready to forgive each other in a relationship even when cheating occurs.

“And whoever says they cannot forgive, that is a root of pride,” she said. “Who tells you cannot do that?”

She told her fans cheating shouldn’t be allowed in marriages but in case it happens, couples should find a way to get past it.

“So when your spouse cheats, remember you cheat on God all the time but God forgives you. So forgive your spouse,” she added.


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The Sun is now Setting on your Chance to be Part of Amani Ridge the Place of Peace



With only 26 plots measuring 1/4 acres remaining, the window to own a plot of land at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace is now closing. As this is happening, the cost of these plots is now set to move up by 20%.

Here is the good news though; you still have a chance to secure your property before this change takes effect.

As this window slowly closes, the value additions are tripling as we are now headed to start internal roads murruming before we finally lay cabro on the same streets. On the other hand, the Kenya Power contract to lay underground power is right on the heels.

At the same time, the Razor Wire installation on Wall of Happiness and Wall not Knowledge (1.4Km in length) is also set to start next week.

Meanwhile, we are heartily celebrating the completion of the four walls surrounding this top gated community in Kiambu (Wall of Peace, Wall of Wisdom, Wall of Happiness and Wall of Knowledge).

As we share this update, the laying of paving blocks (cabro) on a one acre gate-area is ongoing as you see on the accompanying photo.

This cabro works on the estate’s driveway has been designed to give all families and visitors coming into this gated community an inviting welcome.

Do you want to know how to be part of Optiven Family?

Call us now: 0790300300 or 0723400500

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What’s Happening at Victory Gardens – Kitengela



Effectiveness of Gated Communities in Providing Safe Environments for Childrens’ Outdoor Convenience

Due to safety factors, children use of outdoor spaces can be limited.

Victory Gardens, a residential gated community with access control and guarded area has been deliberately developed to give parents peace of mind as they get about their daily business without worrying so much about the safety of their children.

The Children’ Play Park along Mwangaza Avenue was also designed with children that are brought up in this gated community in mind.

This project’s Care Taker, Mr. Ondiek and his team have a brief to make sure that the grass is well manicured to make this space as safe as possible for children.

Why not secure a site visit and invest in your children future?

Call us on: 0790300300 or 0723400500


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