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Inside sect whose adherents don’t vote, shun medication

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It takes strong faith to refuse to go to hospital even when it is clear one’s life is hanging on a thread. Yet this unparalleled faith in spiritual matters is best demonstrated by members of the Kavonokya sect who form a sizable population in parts of Kitui County.

This faith anchored in some biblical scriptures and which is the foundation of the sect’s abhorrence for conventional medicine has for years left the public puzzled and sometimes reeling in anger.

A recent case is the death of two boys aged five and seven last Friday after a botched circumcision bid in the hands of a traditionalist at Lundi village in Mwingi East.

The siblings bled to death after the cut as their parents and other sect members engaged in endless prayers for their healing. “Our faith does not allow us to go to hospital. We only pray and get healed by faith. Their death is the will of God who gives and takes away,” Mutua Kithuka, the boys’ father, told The Standard on Sunday hours before he was locked up at Ukasi police station.

Yesterday, Kithuka recorded a statement at Nguni police station as he waited to be arraigned in court. But who exactly are the Kavonokya adherents?Mzee Musembi Kavulu, a resident of Mutwangombe area in Mwingi Central and an elder of the sect, says theirs is strict adherence to biblical teachings that prayer coupled with faith is all humanity needs. For this reason, Kavulu says their members have no business going to hospital because God is their ultimate healer.

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Deliver at home

Pregnant women do not attend clinics and deliver at home, sometimes with fatal consequences. Even children struck by outbreaks such as measles are never taken to hospital. Many die at home, but the sect members are never moved.

They say once one’s time to die knocks, nothing can save them. “It is all God’s will,” they say.

Their prayers, which are held in identified homesteads, are characterised by beating of drums, singing with synchronised jumping and stomping of feet. The preachers are always men. They have no physical church buildings and no ordained pastors. “Any member has the free will to preach as long as God has talked to him and given him a message for His people,” says Kavulu. The members believe women should be obedient and wait to be directed.

It is easy to pick Kavonokya women in a crowd by way of their dressing. They always have their heads covered and entomb themselves with long dresses that touch the ankle.

This is the case even for the well educated.Kavulu says this is meant to ward off unwarranted desires from men, which might lead to sexual sin.

Kept indoors

Mutwangombe area in Endui location has a large population of the sect members, who occasionally engage authorities in running battles, especially during vaccinations against outbreak of diseases.

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“At such times we are forced to use force and take them to hospital. But when they get home they throw away the drugs,” says Endui Chief Samuel Maithya who has had run-ins with the sect members during measles outbreaks. They also circumcise their boys at home, the chief says, and the initiates are kept indoors so as not to raise eyebrows. Other than their dislike for hospitals and medicine, some sect members do not engage in elections.

“They claim those are earthly activities yet their supreme leader is in heaven. Even in schools, some have clashed with the administrations for refusing to have their children shaved and their mode of dressing,” says Maithya.

He however says the sect members are generally peaceful and look after each other.  “It is only their strong beliefs that occasionally clash with the law but it is a good community. However, we always warn them not to stretch their beliefs to levels that might endanger lives,” Maithya says.

By Standarmedia.co.ke

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Eddie Butita’s special love message to Mammito on her big day gets fans talking

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Eddie Butita showered his dearly beloved, Mammito with love and sweet cuddles as she marked another year in her life.

September 18, as the renowned female comedian clocked 27 years of age, her sweetheart Butita shared a cute photo of the two cuddling while smiling ear to ear in an undisclosed location.

The dark skinned funny man gushed over a dear Eunice Mammito promising:

Na kapicha kako nitakapostiiii🎼🎼🎼

Eunice Mammito

Beautifully wishing her a happy birthday as she marked another milestone in her life.

This comes barely weeks after the pair was rumored to be welcoming their first child, only to drain hopes of their online in-laws after nothing seemed to be popping sooner rather than later.

Butita

The pair kept their relationship under wraps for a while before the cameras caught up with them and eventually admitted that they are an item though not expectant as yet.

Their natural bond and beautiful love sparked mixed reactions from their fans online, as they watched the duo write their love story.

mumbi.14 Twambie tu 🤗 happy birthday to mamito anyway
_njerih 💖💖💖💖💖 happy birthday
kelvinchibole Happy birthday mulamwa lakini anasema due to corona pandemic bado ako 26 yrs.
base_cleff Black love matters😍😍😍 happy birthday to two
betty_nthembwa Awwww… ❤️❤️Happy birthday to your better half..
unruly_q.u.e.e.n ❤️❤️❤️happy birthday mammito

Happy Birthday to the beautiful!

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‘We met in a bar,’ How Kansiime and bae’s relationship started

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Ugandan comedian Anne Kansiime is dating Youtuber SkyLanta. The two have been giving fans a glimpse into how their relationship started as well as what they like and dislike about one another among others.

Skylanta opened up on the day he met the comedianne.

I met her in a bar and that night, she was buying alcohol and I was like I came to spend money but if these celebrity is splashing money why not.

Kansiime added;

I was supposed to meet my sister but she came with this guy called Sky they used to do music together.

Her boyfriend even joked that she was the one who hit on him first.

The two said their first kiss was horrible.

“We had the worst first kiss.”

They have been dating for more than a year. This is after Kansiime and her husband separated.

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Anita Nderu finally comes out, confirms she is a member of LGBTQ

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Media personality and content creator Anita Nderu has left tongues wagging after coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community via a tweet.

This she did via the tweet below.

‘I hope my kids never have to go through what I have gone through for being LGBTQ+.’

 Below are some of the reactions

@MatthewMuhindi: Yeah lesbian couples can get kids @AnitaNderu, you can use the IVF method in vertro fertilization ..

In this option, one partner provides the eggs, which are fertilized with donor sperm, and the other carries the pregnancy… All the best. 

@Jwmungai: No one should be judged or accused of his or her sexual orientation…. Everyone has a right to what h/she thinks is right.

@Sesyline_KE: Funny Kenyans don’t know Lesbian couples can have kids, am happy for Anita, I really don’t mind who people choose to be with I hope in the future things change.

@Josefmasta: Whichever way you describe it a man will be involved even if it’s just donating sperms.

@Out_look470: For me and my body I shall always do what the Bible says,hakuna mahali tumeambiwa eti Sarah saw her sister and she bore her a son named Isaac. Hakuna!

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