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I was sent by an evil spirit to cane Baba

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A middle-aged man who caned ODM leader Raila Odinga in 2014 while he was dancing with women at an Okoa Kenya rally in Kwale claims he was not in his right mind that day and that it was an evil spirit that drove him to whip one of Kenya’s senior-most politicians.

On September 29, 2014, Lengo Karisa shocked Kenyans when he leapt up and lashed at Raila and Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya with his walking stick before he was whisked away by security personnel.

The 58-year-old senior bachelor who has been in hiding for the last six years in Kilifi confessed that he does not understand what pushed him to assault Raila and Mvurya like the primary school headmasters of old.

Karisa who had just returned from Tanzania where he had been living and working for 32 years says he found himself next to Raila who was shaking a leg with local traditional women dancers. And without any provocation, he explains, he found himself whipping Raila on the back.

Speaking from his hideout, Karisa dismissed speculation that he attacked Raila because he was dancing with his woman or that he had not received handouts that are usually palmed out to wanachi at political rallies.

Saying he regrets the incident to date, Karisa also denied claims that he was sent by enemies of ODM to spoil the rally. “Rumours that I hit Raila because he danced with my woman or because I was not given money are false. I was not sent to disrupt the rally,” said Karisa. Karisa told The Nairobian that on that day, he experienced a serious headache that made him dizzy and that all he remembers is waking up in police custody.

“I don’t know what came over me. I was not in the right state of mind. The earth was spinning under me. It was like I was possessed by some evil spirits. All I remember was feeling dizzy and then waking up in a police cell,” said Karisa.

Karisa explained that he had visited his former boss at Kinango and had stayed with him for 45 days when ODM held the Okoa Kenya campaign rally.

“After returning from Tanzania where I had spent 33 years, I went to visit my former boss in Kinango and they welcomed me to stay for as long as I wished. After a month and a half, I heard that ODM was holding a rally in the neighbourhood. I accompanied my friends to the rally and that is when it all happened,” said Karisa.

Karisa said that after the incident, he woke up in a police station and was later arraigned in court. But he was released when Raila and Mvurya forgave him and refused to press charges. Muslim for Human Rights (MUHURI) however whisked him into hiding after angry ODM supporters tried to beat him up.

He said that his life has been tough because even his own kin denounced him for “bringing shame to the family”. He added that that he is mocked by friends and kin him who believe his actions were triggered because he had boozed and smoked bhang which, combined with Kinango’s hot sun made him go cuckoo.Perhaps not aware that Raila, in his characteristic manner, forgave him ages ago, Karisa wants to meet the ODM leader and shake his hand as a gesture that he has been forgiven so that he can live without fear of being “disciplined” by Raila supporters.

Karisa said that he has not yet married because he has no money and  Kenya is expensive more than in Tanzania. Besides, he is yet to find a beautiful woman.“You know in Tanzania there are many beautiful women and I had a lot of money to spend. I could make up to Tsh3 million,” said Karisa.

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‘Tomorrow is not guaranteed’ DJ Soxxy’s wife pens after losing her mum

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Ciiku Wa Soxxy, wife to Kenyan gospel spin master DJ Soxxy has advised Kenyans to always appreciate their parents when there is still time.

According to Ciiku, tomorrow is not guaranteed and the best thing is to make hay while the sun shines.

Giving an example of herself, Ciiku shared on how she and her family had planned to take their mother for a vacation only for death to snatch her.

‘Whisked mum to Cape Town to celebrate her 67th birthday, we had a blast and just for her to see another world out there.

For her 70th we had planned to do Bangkok.. But Corona snatched that opportunity from us.

Don’t wait for tomorrow, because you don’t know if tomorrow will come.’

Ciiku wa Soxxy with her family alongside their late mum

Below are condolence messages from Ciiku’s fan to her and her family over their mum’s demise.

wambuijl: Pole sana Ciiku 💔 may God give you insurmountable strength, and peace that passes all understanding.

shiqo_wa_monica: My condolences to your family. May her soul rest in peace. It is well

saraiafrique: My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time.

ms_cherro: Poleni sana. May God be with you and your family at this time.

shonigachina: May God’s peace and comfort be with you during this trying time 💔.

xanderoyolaii: Praying for God’s comforting presence over you and your family through this 🙏🏾.

Let’s learn to love and appreciate our parents while they are still around, painful as it may be to think about they won’t be here forever.

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A couple that sinqs I I together, stays together

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Music is the magic that keeps gospel artistes Joseph and Eunice Kwallah alive— whether practising at home, recording in studio or singing on stage.

The Kenyan-born couple currently based in United Kingdom [UK] has been producing songs together since last year. So far, they have recorded five songs. However, Eunice has composed many songs, which they are yet to be record.

“My wife’s passion for music can be traced back to her childhood. She always desired to be a gospel artiste,” says Joseph.

After relocating from Kenya to UK 13 years ago, Eunice thought that her dream of becoming a gospel artiste would never come true. Being in a foreign land, she didn’t know where to start. At some point, she wished to come back to Kenya, at least to record her songs. “I came to the UK on a work permit visa in 2006, working in the hotel industry. My wife and children joined me in 2007. Though she was happy being in a foreign land, she used to ask me if I knew someone who could help her produce her music there. This really challenged me,” Joseph recalls.

After talking to several Kenyans working abroad, the couple was referred to a Kenyan producer, Zangi Alex. This was the good news she had eagerly been waiting to hear for such a long time. Joseph also decided to support his wife by being a backing vocalist. “Finding a music producer and a videographer who are both Kenyans and have a good understanding of Kenyan music was the best thing that has happened to our music journey. Courtesy of them, we have managed to produce the best beats since they understand what the Kenyan music industry loves,” Joseph says.

The couple recorded their first song in August 2019. “We usually go to the studio, which is eight hours drive from where we live during school holidays, so we can also have time out together as a family. We practise at home during our off days, and at church – when the church was open,” he says. But Joseph reveals that though they are now recognised as some of the renowned Kenyan gospel artistes abroad, their

main aim is to reach, inspire and change people through music.

“Our music genre is gospel reggae. I loved reggae music when I was growing up. After I got born again, I moved on to love gospel reggae. Our inspiration comes from our daily life activities, listening to other gospel artistes and what God has done and still doing in our lives,” he adds.

Parenting in UK

There is solidity in playing music together. “You have someone who holds your back and you can rely on in music and in life. You sort of complement each other with every sound you make,” he says.

So, how have they managed to keep their music career alive despite being in a foreign country? Joseph says that having an audience in UK that loves their songs and others back here has kept them going.

“It hasn’t been easy for us because initially we used to have different work schedules. I used to work at night and during the day I would take care of our children when my wife was either at work or in school,” he reveals.

Joseph says parenting in the UK is an expensive affair. “There are no house girls unlike in Kenya. The closest to house girls in UK are child minders who are only hired to watch over the children and not to do any house chores like you would expect a house girl to do in Kenya. On the other hand, their fees are charged per hour and to say the least, it is the only desperate decision one can make,” says the father of three.

Also, children in UK cannot be left on their own unattended, until the age of 16. This is why Joseph had to make a sacrifice to work at night for him to take care of the children during the day.

Charity work

“We learned how to share responsibilities among ourselves, helping one another in house chores and other duties. Despite all this, we are still grounded on Christian ethos and that has made our life much easier. Each one of us knows their place in the family. I remain a husband and she remains a wife, but we mutually agree on issues that have to be done,” Joseph shares.

Apart from music, the couple is involved in charity work. In 2016 Joseph run 100 kilometres in UK to raise funds for Wetherby and District Food bank. He managed to rise Sh300,000 for the food bank. He has also been involved in charity work back in Kenya. Some of these charities are Tear Fund, Bible Society and Joanna Project – Leeds.

Together with family and friends, they have opened a community library in Ngong Township Primary School and they are hoping to open a second one in Nakuru county at a place called Tangi Tano. They also support some local football teams in Kenya by collecting football kits in UK and ship them over to Kenya.

“I was moved when I heard that there are people going hungry in the UK in the 21st century and because God has abundantly provided for me, I had to play my part by feeding the hungry. That is why I decided to run to raise some funds for the food bank,” he says.

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Meru police accused of beating teenager to death

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A family in Meru is seeking justice after their 19-year-old teenager was allegedly beaten to death by police officers.

The family said the teenager, Spencer Thuranira, was struck several times in his head by police officers in Maua town two weeks ago after a riot.

A post-mortem, conducted by Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor at the Nyambene Sub-county Hospital mortuary, showed that Spencer succumbed to head injuries.

“I found severe injury to the head, which caused swelling of the brain. The cause of death is head injury due to a blunt trauma.

“I have handed the report to the police for investigations,” Dr Oduor said.

Distraught family members and friends are now calling for a thorough investigation into the matter.

The victim’s brother, Mutembei Mwithalii, claimed Spencer was on his way to buy medicine for their mother when he met police officers who had mounted a roadblock at Modern Two area.

“Before he died, he said he was beaten by police,” Mutembei said.

Family members said Spencer, who completed his secondary education last year and scored a B+, had dreams of becoming an engineer and was waiting for Covid-19 pandemic to ease before joining college.

Igembe South police boss Henry Akong’o said the case was handed over to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

 “The matter is under investigation and if he was beaten up by police, the truth will come out,” Mr Akong’o said.

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