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Widow recalls last moments with Church of God archbishop

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Founding Archbishop of the Church of God of East Africa, Byrum Akhaenda Makokha was a man loved and hated in equal measure during his tumultuous reign as the head of the church for the last 50 years.

The charismatic man of God took over the mantle of leadership of the church founded in 1905 after the exit of the white missionaries.

Dr Makokha, 88, who died on August 25 at Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu, had a following of over one million followers in the region, majority of them from Western Kenya where the headquarters of the church is located; at a rural village of Kima in Luanda Sub-County.

Good health

According to his wife, Grace Hoka Makokha, her husband died while undergoing treatment at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

He leaves behind five children and many grandchildren. “My husband has always been in good health since we got married until July 25 when he felt unwell and requested to be taken to Aga Khan Hospital to see his doctor. Upon examination, he was found to be having high blood pressure leading to his admission,” said Rev Hoka.

Doctors managed to lower his pressure and was due for discharge on August 1, but developed a muscle inflammation, occasioning a minor surgery.

“The wound was healing well but last week, he developed fever and after a CT Scan test, doctors discovered water in the lungs (pulmonary edema). He became weak and was admitted to the ICU where he died on August 25,” his wife narrated during the interview at Ibubi village in Luanda Sub County.

Makokha married Hoka in 2014 in a controversial wedding at the church headquarters under tight security. This was four years after the death of his first wife, Joy Adava Makokha, in August 2010.

The choice of the 35-year-old bride angered the faithful including some pastors who attempted to stop the wedding on grounds that the wife-to-be was young for him. They preferred an elderly woman. They argued that the bride was the age of his grandchildren.

Paid up

However, the wedding went on but it was not open to the public. Members of the media too, were not afforded an opportunity to record the memorable moment.  Hoka had just graduated from Kima School of Theology.  Makokha’s death comes at a time when the church was sharply divided over his move to sell land that belongs to the church located at Makadara in Nairobi.

Those who opposed the sale were ex-communicated by the clergy in a paid up advert in leading local dailies in the country. Even at Buruburu Church, there was controversy pitting Makokha and the flock in with the matter ending in court. Infuriated church members went a notch higher and welded doors leading to the pastor’s office. That is not all.

He was also embroiled in a land feud with Muriithi Mwenje, son of ex-Embakasi MP David Mwenje who had given the church a portion of land back in 2004.

However, his family has maintained that Makokha was just concerned about instilling sanity to “members of the church who were going astray’” “I am a member of the church and haven’t seen my uncle being involved in any controversies. Church of God is a mainstream church with its doctrines, which are strictly followed and the church cannot bow down to ideologies propagated by youngsters,” said Kennedy Akhaenda, his nephew.

The church is also divided on who would replace the Archbishop and church leaders who sought anonymity told The Standard that before he died, he had changed the constitution so that one of his family members would take over the mantle.

“As a family, we don’t have an heir apparent to the Archbishop seat. The church has its constitution and structures, that has nothing to do with us. We shall adhere to the constitution and what it says on leadership transition,” said Akhaenda.

Rev James Obunde, the Deputy Archbishop in charge of Administration said Makokha will be buried on September 12.

By Standardmedia.co.ke

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MANY PHOTOS of the spectacular retirement home Sarah Kabu gifted her husband on his birthday

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Kenya’s Bonfire adventures MD, Sarah Kabu did the unimaginable for her husband over the weekend, after making a multi-million purchase of a retirement home for her husband, a dream come true on his birthday.

The famous Jabo Jabo couple gave fans a look into their simple yet rich retirement home during the celebrations that went down in Olpajeta, Nanyuki.

Inside Kabus retirement home

The pair gave us a look of the home’s exterior, fitted with large glass windows as walls of the different rooms upstairs, each well furnished with rare exotic African furniture.

The Kabus on baecation

Surrounded with bushes and trees at a distance, the couple did not think much of having a fence around their home, open to all who would pay a visit, with a sign board at the entrance with the words “Welcome to The Kabus retirement home.”

The front yard graced the parking lot while the backyard would be where the couple hosted their social events. With long dining tables and outdoor canvas seats setting the mood for a communal feel, allowing us a view of the large projecting balcony the duo had to enjoy the priceless views of the wild.

Sarah gifts Simon Kabu dream retirement home

In the presence of close friends and family, Mr Kabu was treated to a magnificent birthday event by his wife, Sarah who made his dreams come true with the surprise of his dream retirement home in the wild.

For Simon, as they drove through bushes and thickets, he first thought they were having a bush lunch only to his surprise to discover that his wife had brought to reality, his plans to own a private getaway in the wild when he needed to unwind from the city’s hustling.


The Kabus

Every time the couple would visit the Olpajeta conservancy, Simon would always wishfully admire “ningetaka kuretire hii place” but after Corona happened, his plans stalled. Hardly did he know that his wife was busy taking huge bank loans to give him his dream retirement home. What a love!

Have a look at the Kabu’s rich retirement home.

The Kabus

Kabus

Sarah &Simon Kabu

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Young journalist who cried while interviewing President Uhuru Kenyatta identified

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The young journalist who was captured on video breaking down while interviewing President Uhuru Kenyatta in Mombasa on Sunday evening has been identified as 20-year-old Dennis Mudi from Kakamega.

A video of Mudi crying went viral and has been shared on the interwebs.

Mudi says he was overwhelmed by the presence of the head of state and could not contain his emotions.

Rare encounter with Uhuru

On Sunday evening, Uhuru broke away from his security team to mingle with small scale traders who are based at Mama Ngina Waterfront Park in Mombasa. Part of the crowd was Mudi. The President exchanged greetings with him and to Mudi’s surprise, Uhuru agreed to give an unscheduled interview for his online MK TV channel.

The interview was held at the park around 6.30pm on Sunday.

Uhuru has been in Mombasa on a low key visit, inspecting projects and his tour has been closed to most journalists.

The video clip shows President Uhuru Kenyatta casually dressed – wearing a cap and a face mask pulled beneath his chin. He attentively follows the tearful ramblings of Mudi, an MK TV channel journalist.

The young journalist had travelled from upcountry to interview small scale traders for his show ‘Hustle mtaani’ which airs on MK TV.

“I was busy interviewing madafu and kachiri sellers when security people suddenly appeared and told people to sit and avoid unnecessary movement,” he says.

Mingling with traders

The President made an appearance without his security and started mingling with the traders; expressing interest in their wares and greeting them, to the surprise of all.

It was then that Uhuru noticed Mudi with his microphone and seeing that he obviously was not one of the traders, he approached him and started a conversation.

“I introduced myself as a journalist from Kakamega [who had come] to interview small scale traders for a show that we run at MK TV,” Mudi told Standard Digital.

Mudi says the President was very amused and genuinely pleased that he was giving the local traders a platform.

“He then surprised me by offering me an interview,” he says.

Dennis Mudi. [Courtesy, Standard]

After an emotionally charged interview which lasted nearly ten minutes, as Mudi was signing off, he became overwhelmed and broke down.

His composure dribbled out of him and he started losing it prompting the President to do his best to encourage the young man with nods and smiles as he patted his back reassuringly.

“I have a guest who is President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, It’s Unbelievable,,,,ooohh My God (sigh), he says repeating unbelievable over and over again.

“I am very thankful …” he says followed by sobs repeatedly before a final wail as he is completely overwhelmed by emotion.

The President offers his shoulder and the young journalist leans on it as he is consoled by Commander of the Armed Forces of the country.

Hoping to meet the President again

Mudi told Standard Digital that after the rare meeting, he was offered transport by an aide.

“I was also invited to meet the president at Statehouse although the call has not come through yet. I am eagerly waiting,” he said.

He says that he cried the way he did because it was unexpected and overwhelming.

“I have been in journalism for only three months, interviewed many people mostly traders but never in my wildest dream did I ever think someday I would interview the president himself. It was so overwhelming at some point I just broke down,” he says.

Mbui who uses his phone to shoot his interviews had to be assisted by a member of the presidential security detail to film the interview for him.

He says that the president offered to give him an exclusive interview and assured him that he would help him develop his station.

He said: “The president was so friendly and down to earth. Like I said, It’s totally unbelievable!”

BY SDE

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Mercy Masika calls out on Gospel artistes who have derailed the quality of gospel music

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Gospel singer Mercy Masika has deemed today’s Kenyan Gospel music as none inspiring and business-oriented, unlike some years back when singing for God was more intentional from a religious perspective.

Taking the matter to her Instagram page recently, the singer poured her heart out, stating today’s Gospel music has declined in quality, which undercuts the sole purpose of ministering to audiences. “The reason much of today’s music lacks inspiration and memorability is that people have blurred the lines and turned it into too much of a business,” she captioned.

The mother of two explained that some Gospel artistes often fail to remain true to their purpose of creating music. “It takes moral courage to remain true to inspire, impact and be true to who you are called to be,” Masika added. She went further to reiterate that music takes time to pay; she advised the younger generation of gospel musicians to remain authentic and avoid being led astray for monetary gains.

“Music often takes time to pay, but when it finally does, it pays very well. There’s a confidence that comes from being true,” she concluded. The award-winning musician could have been passing on a deliberate message to gospel-turned secular artistes who quit gospel music for greener pastures.

A while ago, controversial artiste Bahati defended himself as to why he left the gospel music scene for secular. In an interview, the artiste revealed that the gospel music industry is “rotten” and has always been criticized for being controversial. Bahati said he no longer felt welcomed in the gospel scene. However, the singer made it clear that leaving the gospel industry doesn’t mean his faith and belief in God has been compromised.

Bahati.

“I was fought a lot in the gospel industry, but I knew I was not doing gospel music for the people; I was doing it for God. I have just separated myself from the gospel industry for a while but not from God. Christ and the Lord is my personal saviour,” he said. He added that his songs are meant for his audience who listen to secular music and those who love gospel music.

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