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I will raise Ken Okoth’s son to be a great man like his father



Nairobi Nominated Member of County Assembly Anne Thumbi has vowed that she will raise the son she sired with the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth to be a great man, just like his father.

Thumbi was speaking during the late Okoth anniversary held last Sunday. The late Okoth died last year after a long battle with colon cancer.

“It is exactly one year since you left us, but you still reign in our hearts. You changed lives of many people whether you knew them personally or not. You enabled equality in our society and made sure each person was treated with equal respect regardless of their social or economic background and lifestyle.

“Your advice and attitude toward life that you taught me shall guide me through and I promise to bring up your son the way you wished. All I can tell him now is that his father was and is a great man,” she said in a social media post that included a video of Okoth explaining why he left the United States for Kibra.

Okoth and Thumbi’s guarded relationship came into the limelight during the MP’s funeral service when Nairobi Governor Sonko spilt the beans that the two had a son.

Sonko added that he said he would ensure the legislator’s family recognised the minor to make sure he does not suffer. “Ken will not forgive me if I don’t save the situation. Ken fell in love with a nurse called Anita from the Sonko rescue team. In 2017, he asked me to help him nominate his second wife to the County Assembly and out of respect for him, I nominated Ann Thumbi,” claimed Sonko.

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Okoth succumbed to cancer and was cremated at a private ceremony on August 3. A court battle seeking to establish the paternity of the child was ruled in favour of the MCA, confirming that the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth was indeed his father.

The ruling sealed the dispute on Thumbi’s application to have the boy recognised as Okoth’s son. Thumbi who is a nurse by profession once worked at the Aga Khan Hospital before her nomination to the county assembly after the 2017 General Election.

The mother of one was nominated to the Nairobi county assembly by Uhuru’s Jubilee party and has had the chance to serve in various committees including the Public Health Services.

Her notable contribution to the Nairobi County Assembly was a Motion seeking to have private hospitals barred from charging visitors parking fees. In April this year, Thumbi announced that she was partly going back to nursing to give back to society during this time when the country is battling Covid-19.

In one of the sessions, she was spotted volunteering at the Waithaka Health Centre in a move that wowed many Kenyans seeking medical services amid the pandemic. Thumbi and Okoth are said to have met while she was working as a medic in the governor’s charity outfit, Sonko Rescue Team.

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Around two months to his demise, Okoth shared a photo in company of his first wife, Monica, while he was recuperating at a hospital in Paris, France.

During the memorial service, later on, Monica revealed that she had good times with the MP and visited many parts of the world since they were close friends.

She revealed that she had known the MP for 21 years and first came to Kenya 15 years ago “For the past two years, Ken was ill and it was sad to watch him suffer. Thank you all for your support and love,” she stated.

The two met at the university in Australia where he was the only African. He later became a student leader.


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VIDEO: Kipchoge tours Maasai Mara for the first time



Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, Narok county governor Samuel Tunai and Kenya Wildlife Services director John Waweru Saturday joined world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge in watching the Wildebeest Migration at the Maasai Mara game reserve.

Earlier, Kipchoge had tweeted that he had not been to the Mara.

Kipchoge was accompanied by his wife and children to the Maasai Mara game reserve.

The Olympic marathon champion would have been in Japan this weekend to defend his title at the Tokyo Games but because of the Covid-19 pandemic he is watching a different type of race across the Mara River—the Great Annual Wildebeest Migration.

Kipchoge is expected to sign as Magical Kenya destination ambassador by Kenya Tourism Board (KTB).

The engagement, which commenced in July 2020, will see Kipchoge promote Kenya as a preferred tourism destination both locally, regionally and internationally through various campaigns.


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Trouble in Paradise?



Celebrity couple Anerlisa Muigai and Tanzanian singer Ben Pol have set toungues wagging after Anerlisa unfollowed Ben on Instagram.

They also deleted each other’s pictures from their respective pages.

Ben Pol, however, still follows her on Instagram but seems to have also removed pictures of Anerlisa -even though he had fewer of them compared to the Keroche heiress.

The two are reported to have tied the knot in Tanzania in June this year with pictures and videos of the secret ceremony emerging on social media.

The new development has come as a shock to most of their fans since the couple hardly passed a day without documenting their romance on social media.

Ben Pol and Anerlisa got engaged in 2019 after dating for a while.

That same year, the Keroche Breweries heiress shared pictures of what looked like an introduction ceremony at her parents’ house.

Ben Pol was captured greeting Anerlisa’s parents as other invited guests looked on.

Their relationship was rumoured to be on the rocks in December 2019, but Ben Pol came out to dismiss the claims saying that he and his fiancée were planning for their wedding.

Anerlisa is still mourning the death of her sister Tecra Muigai.

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Celebrities couples unfollowing each other on social media usually raise eyebrows.

Just last month, celebrity couple Frankie Just Gym It and Corazon Kwamboka unfollowed each other on Instagram but explained that they made the move to keep their relationship off the public eye.


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Two crashed to death in Mombasa port accident



Two people have died and four others injured at the port of Mombasa after they were crashed by a machine as they handled fertiliser.

The incident has sparked a protest from the port workers’ union. James Mwangi Gathedo, 44, and Vikash Singh, 35, were crashed to death on Friday evening when a silo bin they were using to offload the fertiliser collapsed.

The incident also left six others with serious injuries and were rushed to Coast General Hospital Teaching and Referral Hospital. The two, an engineer and assistant, were reportedly installing a machine for discharge and storage of fertiliser at Portside Freight Terminals, a private firm, when the accident happened.

Others injured were Hassan Munyaka, Keya Buria, Rebecca Maraga, Morris Oluoch, Laik Ahmed and Bibi Rahma. The bodies of the deceased were taken to Pandya mortuary. Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) managing director Rashid Salim confirmed the incident, saying the engineer from the private firm was installing the fertiliser bagging equipment.

“We regret to confirm that an accident occurred inside the port at shed number 7/8 when some engineers from a private firm were installing a fertiliser bagging equipment.”

“It is unfortunate that two people have been confirmed dead while six have been injured. We have immediately teamed up with relevant authorities to establish the actual cause of the accident,” a statement said.

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Dock Workers Union general secretary Simon Sang called for immediate suspension of the fertiliser offloading and removal of the heavy machinery, claiming it was a recipe for disaster as it was allegedly installed on weak ground. Addressing the press at the union offices, Sang claimed the whole area from berth one to 16 at the port cannot withstand heavy equipment.

“We suspect the cause of the collapse of the equipment is poor quality of the work which was never inspected and certified by the safety department of KPA and quality engineers,” Sang said.

He blamed KPA management for allowing the private firm to start the operations at the shed. Sang said the union team will next week write to Salim over alleged illegal transfer of the berth 7/8 and shed to private hands, claiming it should have been done with approval of Parliament and the Privatization Commission of Kenya.

He also said the KPA head of legal services division together with the acting managing director should explain why the private firm was allowed to operate the terminal.

“We are of the opinion that the two officers in KPA are supposed to answer questions with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission concerning the transfer of core business to private hands..,” Sang said. He added that the union will move to court next week to challenge the transfer of shed number 7/8 and alleged privatisation of cargo verification.

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