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PHOTOS: Family calls for help for athlete who lives under a tree in Laos Republic

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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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Here is why people think I am gay, Kenyan woman opens up

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The Kenyan woman had been rumored to be a lesbian for a long time but no one was quite sure whether that was indeed true.

Not that being gay ia an unusual or a new thing. However, a lot of eyebrows are still being raised when it comes to the issue perhaps because homosexuality is considered an illegal activity in Kenya

Sometime in October 2017 Patricia Kihoro was rumored to have been caught pants down in a lesbian threesome with some other Kenyan women.

But now the Popular Vlogger, actress and singer says her efforts to keep her love life private was the sole reason that led to speculations that she was lesbian.

At the time, it was reported that Kihoro was in a relationship with a well-known female Kenyan rapper and as well as another female media personality.

But the 34-year-old says she has always dated men but kept her relationships low key, which explains why people started speculating she was playing for the other ‘team’.

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“For the longest time, I was dating men. If you go through my Instagram over the years I didn’t even hide. I would post people but it wasn’t like lovey-dovey stuff, if you were keen you would see who I was dating at the time. I would post them in the context that this is somebody in my life but I wouldn’t reveal in what way they are in my life. I think of how private I kept that side of my life, people then speculate, start to make up things,” Kihoro said.

Kihoro shot into the limelight back in 2009 when she took part in the singing competition Tusker Project Fame 3 where she was among the finalists.

She later landed a job as a presenter for Homeboyz Radio and also ventured into acting. Over the years she has also been a very active YouTube vlogger and brand influencer.

“I have been accused of being a lesbian but first of all, it is not an accusation, because calling me a lesbian is not an insult as I have met wonderful human beings who are homosexual and are far better than people who have stood in certain standards of judging others.

So that is why I never speak about it. I am who I am, you know! I know what I stand for and my family knows what I stand for,” said Patricia.

Patricia further revealed that her mother has been very supportive of her work and opinion. She reveals that her first interaction with gay people was courtesy of her mother.

“My mother has supported my work from the start and she always respects my opinion. The first people I ever met who were openly gay were friends of my mum. I was probably 16 years and she didn’t make a big deal about it, and therefore I also did not learn that was a big deal,” revealed Patricia.

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Woman surprisingly receives cash after praying to God for help

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A woman identified as Maine21089868 recently shared some pretty good news on Twitter.

According to the young woman, she had received KSh 4,000 from a stranger after she had prayed to God for some help with money since she was broke.

“So yesterday I prayed to God asking for money because I am so broke, after an hour someone sent KSh 4,000 in my account written ‘TASK’, up to now I do not know who sent it,” wrote the lady.

According to the lady, she did not ask anyone for money and is convinced that miracles do exist.

“I did not ask anyone for money. Miracles still exist. Thank you, Jesu. #Level1Lockdown #HambaMzimbaSalaNtliziyo” she wrote.

In her post, she also included a screenshot of the funds that were miraculously deposited into her account only an hour after she asked God for it.

Twitter users shared mixed reactions to her post, wondering how they could achieve similar luck or “blessings”.

@ZAMONEYM9 said:

“I am praying for a share in your KSh 4,000.”

@2liKhumalo said:

“What are the exact words you used in your prayer?”

@BrianVukile joked:

“These miracles only happen to females.”

By Tuko.co.ke

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Mother-in-law actor Mustafa, wife announce pregnancy in adorable photo

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Talented Mother-in-law actor Dru Muthure alias Mustafa and his wife cannot wait to welcome a new member into their small family.

Mustafa announced that they are expecting through his various social media pages.

Mustafa who also doubles up as a Hot96 FM presenter shared a photo of his wife rocking a huge baby bump.

The excited man could not hide the joy and captioned the photo saying:

“My heartbeat in one picture.”

Mother-in-law actor Mustafa, wife announce pregnancy in adorable photo

Mother-in-law actor Mustafa and his wife are expecting their first child. Photo: Dru Muthure.
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Kneeling, Mustafa adorably held the baby bump with a wide smile spread on his face.

His wife on the other hand appeared overwhelmed. It appeared as if the two were feeling the baby kick.

Congratulatory messages

Following the announcement, the thespian’s friends flocked the comment section to show their love for the couple.

Many congratulated them for their blessings while others welcomed him to parenthood.

An Instagram user identified as Lydiah Gitachu wrote:

“Awesomeness, congratulations!”

A fan by the name Nelly_munga commented:

“Congratulations to You.”

Owens_wanjiru commented:

“Congratulations! Love just got real! So very excited for you.”

A few months ago, Mustafa celebrated his birthday in hospital despite thinking his big day would be filled with boredom and sadness.

Despite his condition, the people who love him showed up to cheer him up so he could experience some kindness and joy on his big day.

His friends and family arranged a surprise party and visited the actor with goodies and a cake.

The thespian who turned 41 was surrounded by love, cake, laughter, good times and a lifetime’s worth of memories.

By Tuko.co.ke

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