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The family of an athlete said to be stranded and living in a public park in Vientiane, Laos Republic, South East Asia, is seeking help to evacuate him.

Marathoner Benjamin Chepkwony from Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County left Kenya on December 4 last year to compete at the Vientiane Marathon, according to an athlete friend Enock Kigen.

A picture of Chepkwony idling in Public Park in Vientiane made rounds on social media on Tuesday evening, with Kenyans calling for his evacuation.

Uasin Gishu communications director Silas Tarus said the county government is planning to facilitate the athlete’s return to Kenya after his photos were shared on social media.

But Chepkwony’s family said it had been trying to bring him home but to no avail.

Yesterday, his family through his elder brother Noah Chepkwony said Benjamin was not neglected, noting that the family has spent at least Sh800,000 for his air ticket to Kenya but he has declined to return.

Noah said his younger brother may have slipped into drug addiction in Laos Republic.

“Our brother went to Laos to compete and we are worried that he has found bad company and may have plunged into drug addiction,” Noah said.

A picture of Chepkwony idling in Public Park in Vientiane made rounds on Facebook Tuesday evening.

The agonised brother continued: “We have sent between Sh800,000 to Sh1m for his air ticket but he has refused to return to Kenya.”

Noah explained how his athlete brother has been requesting for money for air ticket and renewal of visa, and whenever he receives the money he goes missing.

“Some photos and videos showing our brother in drinking sprees with some West African men have emerged,” he said.

He said his brother may have sunk into depression in a foreign land for unknown reasons.

“As a family, we have done a lot to help our brother return home but he has been giving excuses whenever we send money to enable him get a ticket. At some point, he said he wanted to renew his visa and continue participating in races. He also told us that he wanted to go to Indonesia and China but we discovered he was squandering the money in drugs,” Noah narrated.

He said family friends in Kenya and the United States are holding meetings to send some athletes to return his brother to Kenya.

The family said they sent Sh100,000 two weeks ago to help him pay an air ticket, which costs Sh70,000 but he switched off his phone after receiving the money.

“We are asking the government and well-wishers to help us bring Benjamin home. We don’t know any Kenyan in Laos and this has made it difficult for us to know what our son is doing and why he is living in a park,” Noah said.

Kigen, the marathoner who was with Chepkwony in Laos last December said he has been attempting to persuade him to return to Kenya but no avail.

“Chepkwony called me two days ago and requested for money. He threatened to commit suicide when I told him I had no money. This is an athlete who needs professional counselling,” Kigen, who had competed in the Nong Khai marathon in Thailand said.

He said he has been sleeping under a tree in Vientiane for months.

“He doesn’t have a house in Laos. He has been using the money he gets from well-wishers to stay in hotels and after exhausting the cash, he returns to the public park,” Kigen said.

He said he has been sending a Laos athlete Lodkeo Inthakoumman who is also a police officer to check on Chepkwony.

“I was worried when he threatened to commit suicide and I sent Inthakoumman to check on him on Tuesday and didn’t find him at the park. The Laos athlete waited for him from 4pm to 7pm and he didn’t show up. He returned at 10pm and he didn’t find him. His phone has been off,” Kigen said.

Kenyan athlete Benjamin Chepkwony in South East Asia. [Photo: Courtesy]

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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Naisula Lesuuda shares enticing photos of her grand gender reveal party

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Samburu West Member of Parliament (MP) Naisula Lesuuda is slowly counting down the days to when she and her sweet baby will finally meet.

The mother-to-be is more than ready to see the face of the child who will instantly steal her heart.

The leader told her fans she was grateful to God, her family and her husband for making her nine-month journey seamless as she shared photos from her gender reveal party.

Initially, Naiula and her girlfriends planned to throw a grand affair that would be the mother of all celebrations.

Naisula Lesuuda shares enticing photos of her grand gender reveal party

The yummy mummy danced and had some fun. Photo: Naisula Lesuuda
Source: Facebook

But thanks to COVID-19, they had to abort their plans and think of the bigger picture.

Little did she know, that as she silently put the celebration at the back of her head, her pals were busy at work.

They arranged a soiree that was organised and perfectly suited for the hopeful mum.

Naisula Lesuuda shares enticing photos of her grand gender reveal party

What a beauty! Photo: Naisula Lesuuda
Source: Facebook

It had every precaution in place. Sanitisers were available and invited guests made sure they social distanced at arrival.

Everyone avoided too much contact and all Naisula had to do was look pretty and sit comfortably as her people spoiled her rotten and pampered her silly.

She shared photos from the event with her fans and soon enough, congratulatory messages started streaming in.

Naisula Lesuuda shares enticing photos of her grand gender reveal party

Before she changed into her powder pink attire. Photo: Naisula Lesuuda
Source: Facebook

TUKO.co.ke had earlier stated the pretty politician unveiled her pregnancy back in September 2020.

She gave her fans a rare treat after posting a photo of her bump on Facebook.

It was all in a bid to participate in the once viral “three generations” challenge.

Naisula stood between her mother and grandmother as she thanked God for the gift of life and family.

by Tuko.co.ke


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The Rate at Which Kenyan Teens Are Consuming Alcohol is Alarming!

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Even though the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act (2013) clearly states that; “No person holding a licence to manufacture, store or consume alcoholic drinks under this Act shall allow a person under the age of eighteen years to enter or gain access to the area in which the alcoholic drink is manufactured, stored or consumed,” a recent study shows that young people start consuming alcohol between the age 12 – 16 years. A bigger percentage of them receive their first drink from their friends, relatives and even parents.

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But who cares? The bar owners need money, and young people want to have fun.

44.9% of them drink on special occasions, 32.9% on school holidays, 6.6% 2-3 times a week, 5.1% daily, 5.1% once a month, 3.3% every two weeks and 2.9% once a week.

BOY SCHOOLS ACCOUNT FOR THE HIGHEST UNDERAGE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION WHILE THE HABIT TENDS TO BE ALMOST EVENLY SKEWED BETWEEN THOSE THAT RECEIVE >3000 & <500 PER TERM AS POCKET MONEY. MINORS FROM SINGLE PARENT AND GRANDPARENT-LED FAMILIES ARE MORE LIKELY TO ENGAGE IN UNDERAGE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL
Courtesy NACADA/ Ipsos

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KQ resumes direct flights to New York

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The national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) resumed its direct flights between Nairobi and New York on Sunday.

In a tweet, KQ announced the move and topped it up with an offer to passengers who book their flights before December 10 that they will enjoy discounted prices.

Welcome back to the Big Apple! Today we resume our service between Nairobi and New York, and we can’t wait to welcome you on board. Book your ticket via https://t.co/hitS3Whxtp before December 10th to enjoy discounted rates ✈️🌎 *Disclaimer – video from our pre-COVID archives pic.twitter.com/1kET4h0kRK

— Kenya Airways (@KenyaAirways) November 29, 2020

“Welcome back to the Big Apple! Today we resume our service between Nairobi and New York, and we can’t wait to welcome you on board,” the airline said.

The national carrier last operated the passenger flights using the Nairobi-New York route in April after disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

KQ resumed international flights in August after suspending all its operations in March following the government’s directives after the firsts case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Kenya.

On Saturday, October 31, KQ announced that it had postponed New York flights’ resumption.

Through a notice, the airline said the decision to postpone the flights was informed by the increased cancellation of flight bookings to New York.

“We regret to announce that due to increased cancellations of flight bookings to New York City, we have pushed back the resumption of our service to this destination to November 29. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused,” read the statement then.

Kenya Airways inaugurated direct flights to the US in October 2018, cutting the journey to the US by 15 hours and by October 2019 KQ had flown at least 105,084 passengers after completing 594 flights to and from New York.

by NN


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