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20 couples tie the knot at launch of open-air civil weddings

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After a blissful common-law marriage that has flourished for nearly three decades and given her five children, there is nothing that 54-year-old Janet Achieng Oiro would change.

But like many people, Achieng says that during the 28 years she has been unofficially married, she had always felt an unresolved yearning to make the union official.

“I just wanted a marriage certificate, you know, that sense of security it gives you,” a beaming Achieng told The Standard on Wednesday at a ceremony held at Nairobi Primary School, radiant in a white flowery dress.

 Honest folks

Achieng and her husband, Maurice Oula Osumba, 56, finally decided that it was time to make honest folks of each other, becoming one of the 20 couples that tied the knot on the first day of open-air civil weddings at the Nairobi Primary School.

Achieng and Osumba invited just two witnesses and one of their children to the simple ceremony, before heading home for a cosy lunch with their nearest and dearest, spending just Sh12,000 to bring their special day to a wonderful conclusion.

“A church wedding is unnecessarily expensive. Both types of weddings are symbols of marriage,” Osumba said.

But 29-year-old Elizabeth Amuhaya and Charles Asava,37, were inspired to hold a civil wedding for different reasons, having known each other for ten years and shared a home for four years.

The couple had always wanted a lavish church wedding, but a civil ceremony eventually seemed the more practical option with the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We wanted to have a church ceremony this year, but after months of waiting during the pandemic, we finally opted for a civil wedding. At least it is affordable and a more intimate gathering,” Amuhaya said.

Although she compromised on the type of wedding, Amuhaya was unwilling to give up her dream of making an impression during the ceremony itself, showing up with well-done makeup and a stunning white ballerina wedding gown.

“We have a photo session lined up, then we will go for lunch,” Asava told The Standard of their plans after becoming husband and wife. The couple had invited just seven friends and family members to the ceremony, although their spending on the wedding topped Sh250,000, including the cost of the clothes and accommodating their guests in hotels.

“As we grew older, we realised there are some things we cannot do because our marriage had not been legalised,” Asava added, noting the urgency to formalise their union.

The two couples were part of 20 couples who were the first to get married under the newly-launched open-air civil weddings, conducted by the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice at the garden of the Nairobi Primary School.

“We had a lot of backlogs so we decided to officiate the marriages here at Nairobi Primary School,” State Law Chief Administrative Secretary Winnie Guchu told media at a briefing held at the school.

The Office of the Attorney General has taken steps to clear the backlog caused by the temporary halt in marriage services, including moving registration of marriage services online. After registration, couples are given an interview appointment at Sheria House.

 Sheria House

Ms Guchu told media that the Office of the Attorney General will now conduct all wedding registrations online, interviews at Sheria House, and officiating of marriages at the garden of the Nairobi Primary School, to lower risks of Covid-19 transmission by reducing crowding at Sheria House.

The cost of the officiating remains Sh3,900.

With the launch of the open-air wedding civil weddings, the office intends to carry out marriages at two stations in the school, which has been Gazetted as a venue for civil weddings, on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for the next three months. Twenty weddings will be conducted on each of the three days, totalling 60 in a week, with the wedding of each couple lasting 30 minutes or less.

 “We hope that we will have worked through our backlog when schools resume. If schools reopen we will find another venue for the weddings,” she stated.

Ms Guchu stated that so far, the office has reduced the backlog caused by Covid-19 from 700 to 400.

However, civil weddings in other parts of the country are going on as before, a factor Ms Guchu attributed to lower numbers of people engaging in civil weddings outside Nairobi. She stated that religious marriages are also going on as usual, but with the observance of Covid-19 rules.

However, she also stated that the number of customary marriages handled by the office has reduced drastically since 2017.

“Since 2017, when the Marriage Act became effective we have seen a very low uptake of customary marriages.”

By Standardmedia.com

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Shock after man kills son before taking his own life

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Residents of a Naivasha village woke up to rude shock after a middle-aged man killed his three-year-old son before hanging himself on a tree.

The man strangled his son in Kipkonyo Village while the mother was away before committing suicide, plunging the area into mourning.

Tears flowed freely as relatives and friends tried to come to terms with the incident before police moved in to collect the two bodies.

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The 30-year-old man, after killing his son, threw the body into a latrine under construction before stripping naked and hanging himself.

Naivasha police boss Samuel Waweru confirmed the incident, adding that security officers had collected the two bodies and opened an inquest.

He said they would be seeking the wife who was not present during the incident to record a statement as part of their investigations.

“Initial investigations indicate that the man first killed his son by twisting his neck and dumping the body in the family latrine before using a rope to hang himself,” said the police boss.

A neighbour, Isaac Lang’at, said the deceased had for a long time clashed with his wife leading to a separation before he decided to kill himself.

By PD.co.ke

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Meet young Kenyan lady playing key role in Joe Biden’s presidential campaign

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Esther Ongeri, a young Kenyan living in the US is the talk of the town after Kenyans learnt that she plays a key role in the Joe Biden presidential campaign.

According to Biden’s campaign website, Ms Ongeri is the Director of Special Projects in the Biden 2020 campaign and has served in the position since July.

Previously, she worked as the Executive Assistant to the Campaign Manager and Special Projects Coordinator in the same campaign team from June 2019.

Ms Ongeri held the posts of operations coordinator from September 2017 to February 2018 and special projects assistant to the CFO from February 2018.

She is an alumnus of Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and government in 2017.

According to her LinkedIn profile, the brilliant Kenyan was a staff assistant to New Jersey senator Robert Menendez between May 2016 and July 2017.

Ms Ongeri started off as an intern in the office of Senator Menendez between August 2015 to May 2016.

She attained her high school diploma at Saint Dominic Academy in 2013 after joining the school in 2009.

In the November 3 US elections, former Vice President Joe Biden is seeking to unseat incumbent president Donald Trump and both are busy on the campaign trail.

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Woman brings 23 relatives on date with lover to test his generosity

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A Chinese woman has made headlines after bringing 23 members of her family on a blind date to test her lover’s generosity.

Woman brings 23 relatives on date with lover to test his generosity

Chinese people enjoying a meal in a restaurant. Photo: Quora.
Source: UGC

According to the Daily Mail Online, the unknown woman tagged along with her large clan to the romantic occasion without informing her date in advance.

After enjoying the meal, the man decided to teach the woman a lesson and fled away after receiving the bill which amounted to KSh 382,000 ( £2,300).

According to a Chinese newspaper, Taizhou Evening News, the anonymous woman went on a blind date with a 29-year-old man identified as Liu in eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang.

Reports indicate that the date was organised by Liu’s mom who was worried about her son who had been single for long.

The man had offered to pay for the meal with the thought that it would be a romantic dinner for two but shock on him.

Speaking to the media, the woman said she wanted to test her potential boyfriend’s generosity in catering for the large crowd of 25.

According to reports, the lady and her family enjoyed expensive dishes and alcohol.

Interestingly, Liu failed the test and his potential date ended up paying for the meal herself.

It was later agreed that the man pays for a small part of the meal and the remainder of the bill be shared among the woman’s 23 family members.

In other news, TUKO.co.ke reported of one bride who has since gone viral after she took to social media to convince her friends and family to fund her special day.

According to the post on Reddit, the bride wants a huge amount of moneythat will enable her and her fiance’ to tour Europe for a one month honeymoon.

According to the post, the couple will be tying the knot in December and the bride hopes the guests will not change their mind due to coronavirus.

“Hope you all are doing great and getting all of you all wedding gifts (haha) prepare your cold hard cash and your large housewarming gifts…We really cannot wait to see you all (and receive your gifts LOL) this December,” read the post.

The bride advised her friends against pulling out due to COVID-19 saying they have a monetary goal of KSh 2.2 million ($20,000) minimum.

She indicated that the guests are expected to donate over KSh 3.2 million ($30,000).

By Tuko.co.ke

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