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SAD: Fatal dives, the tragedy of minors drowning in pairs

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A series of misfortune that has been hitting families in Kiambu is as mysterious as it is perplexing. In less than two months, eight children have drowned, all in pairs.

It all started on June 29. On the fateful day, residents of Kirenga village in Kiambu woke up to the shocking news that two students, Brian Kiiru and Brian Gathinji, had drowned during a swimming expedition. Incidentally, the bosom friends wanted to save yet another friend who was drowning.

The two did not only share age but first name and their houses are few metres apart.  According John Mburu, Kiiru’s brother, Brian left home at around 4pm to join his friends for swimming.

“It is very usual for young boys here to go swimming at the river. They also take pictures there and enjoy nature. What we never knew is that the same place is a death trap,” Mburu said.

Teresiah Nyambura, Kiiru’s mother, was inconsolable when she learnt of her son’s death. “I’m overwhelmed…, one moment Brian was here full of life, and the next he’s no more. My spirit is wrecked, as all my plans for Brian have been dashed,” Nyambura said.

Mary Njeri, a neighbour, said since the schools were closed, many children had been engaging in expeditions that put their lives at risk.  In yet another incident on July 29, John Njenga, 13, and Kevin Kariuki, 10, died in Manguo swamp.

The two got stuck in the swamp after diving in a bid to catch wild ducks. Their bodies remained stuck in there for a week before they were sighted by two boys trying to swim in the same area.

As fate would have it, the two were friends and neighbours. Bernice Wambui, Kevin’s mother, said she has not known peace since the Class Five boy went missing and later found dead.

“I have not been eating. I have sleepless nights. His father is also stressed by this loss,” said Wambui. Wambui blamed the incident on the long holidays brought by corona.

On August 10, two sisters died in a pool of water in an unsecured construction house in Kinoo village. Angela Wangui, four, and her sister Abigael Mbaire, aged three, were playing at the site when they drowned.

Their distraught father, Daniel Njoroge, recounted the search for his daughters and how it ended in grief. “We searched nearby flats and a church compound frequented by children to no avail. It’s one of the neighbours’ children who found the bodies of the two floating in the pool,” Njoroge painfully recounted.

Daniel Njoroge, the father of Abigael and Angela, who died in a pool of water at a construction site in Kinoo. [George Njunge, Standard]

“I am a man, but I have been broken into very tiny pieces. My wife is inconsolable and my only remaining son is in a state of disbelief,” Njoroge said.

His wife Esther Wangui said: “I’m devastated, I have not eaten since the tragedy happened and my body is weak. I have breathing difficulties, everything in this house reminds me of Abigael and Angela,” she said.

On August 16, Kelvin Kamau, a Standard Seven pupil, and Martin Njehu, a Standard Five, drowned in a dam in Ndeiya, Limuru. The two were herding goats but diverted into the dam to swim.

This turned tragic. Area Chief Eric Gitau said that it was saddening that school-going children continued to die. He called on the relevant authorities to fence off the dams. ”Boys are especially very tricky to contain. If they are not climbing trees they are trying to swim in pools of water,” said Gitau.

Children Officer’s Mary Muthumbi said parents should tighten the grip on their children during this period. George Ngugi, a child protection officer, urged parents to keep a close eye on children even when they allocate them duties in and outside compounds.

“It is very easy for a child to pull a trick on unsuspecting parent, and in a moment, a life is lost. We, as parents, need to up our game with these very knowledgeable children,” Ngugi said. Peter Thiong’o, a long-serving teacher, said children’s concentration is always short and that’s why school lessons are usually 45 minutes. Mr Thiong’o said if a child stays in one place for long, they may move out to look for “colour” to kill monotony.

By Standard.co.ke

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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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All about subdural hematoma, condition Nameless’ dad has been suffering from

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Kenyan artiste Nameless has revealed that his dad has been ailing from a condition known as Subdural Hematoma in medical terms.

A subdural hematoma is a collection of blood outside the brain. It occurs when there is a head injury.

The bleeding is under the skull and outside the brain, not in the brain itself. As blood pools, however, it puts more pressure on the brain.

In the case of Nameless dad, the condition had led to clots in the head which in turn were causing minor strokes.

Below are things to learn about the condition.

There are different symptoms to Subdural hematoma and some include

  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Change in behavior
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Lethargy or excessive drowsiness
  • Weakness
  • Apathy
  • Seizures

The symptoms in subdural hematoma patients are not standard, it varies from one patient to another.

The conditions that influence the symptoms one has when battling subdural hematoma include

  • The size of the hematoma
  • Age of the patient
  • Other underlying medical conditions

Hematoma is majorly caused by a head injury, such as from a fall, motor vehicle collision, or an assault.

The sudden blow to the head tears blood vessels that run along the surface of the brain.

A subdural hematoma can be diagnosed using imaging tests, such as a CT or MRI scan.

Your doctor may also give you a physical examination to check your heart rate and blood pressure for evidence of internal bleeding.

An acute subdural hematoma can only be treated in an operating room.

A surgical procedure called a craniotomy may be used to remove a large subdural hematoma.

It’s normally used to treat acute subdural hematomas. In this procedure, your surgeon removes a part of your skull in order to access the clot or hematoma.

They then use suction and irrigation to remove it.

Results of hematoma may include

  • brain herniation, which puts pressure on your brain and can cause a coma or death
  • seizures
  • permanent muscle weakness or numbness.

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