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Tana River: Wedding cancelled after man storms wedding, says he’s father to bride and groom



A couple in Tana River county was forced to cancel their wedding when a man claiming to be their father emerged just as they were about to walk down the aisle.

Anne Magwi and Jotham Munini who were supposed to exchange their marriage vows on Saturday, September 5, are reported to have been raised by single parents.


Tana River: Wedding cancelled after man storms wedding, says he's father to bride and groomFile photo of couples who have exchanged marriage vows. Photo: Our Wedding.
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However, a report by Daily Nation showed their alleged father, alongside his sisters, stormed Holy Redemption Ministries to stop the wedding terming it an abomination.

According to Pastor Festus Muli, the man claiming paternity for the couple said he had sired children with the women involved in the wedding before they parted ways due to various reasons.

“He said one of the children, the groom, was sired in an informal relationship that did not end well,” said pastor Muli.

“The bride was conceived from the woman with whom he had a clandestine relationship at the time,” he added.

The pastor further said the man, James Sidai, claimed after the wife discovered he was having an affair, their relationship became toxic and she fled with their child, who was just a year old then.

It was then that he tried to build a stronger relationship with his other lover only for it to end due to financial constraints which triggered frequent misunderstandings.

The man of God revealed the man’s lover left with a four-month-old pregnancy, and would later get married to a school teacher a year later.

Sidai is said to have produced photos of the two children when they were young and when in college, which he had obtained from friends and relatives who had interacted with them.

“This man married and has three children with the current wife, but has never been in contact with the children he sired out of wedlock,” said the man of God.

“He learned of the wedding through a friend who also shared it on a certain WhatsApp group. That is when he decided to make this trip and trace the church,” said the pastor.

The man had been trying to trace his children for the past 10 years in vain as his efforts to reach some of the friends of the first wife did not yield fruits.

In the case of the said daughter, he was informed through friends that the woman had delivered a baby girl resembling him and had settled down in life.

“He saw the daughter once in the same school his children attend but he did not know how to go about it since the other father was visiting,” a nephew of the man was quoted.

“He never saw her again after completing her primary school education. All he wanted was to save their lives and forestall a looming calamity,” added the nephew.

The pastor was forced to call off the wedding and summon the parents for talks after he was informed by one of the pastors of the new development.

The groom, according to the pastor, was informed that the father died in a road accident when he was young, while the bride grew up knowing the teacher, who has since died, was her father.

“The women did not deny knowing the man, and neither did they deny paternity. We sat down the couple in the nick of time and explained things out,” the pastor noted.

To save the family from shame, the pastor told the guests the church leadership had resolved to call off the wedding.

The people attending the wedding were told the couple had defaulted guidance from church elders with regards to purity before a wedding.

The groom, a businessman in Madogo town, is said to have walked out of the meeting an angry man and drove away in his car leaving his mother in tears.

The bride, on the other hand, was whisked away with her mother and relatives in another car.


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Dennis Onsarigo in mourning



Former KTN investigative Journalist Dennis Onsarigo is mourning the sudden demise of his father.

Onsarigo, who works as the Director of Communication in Taita Taveta County, shared the sad news via a tweet on his official Twitter account that enjoys a following over 641K followers.

“I just lost my dad” announced Dennis Onsarigo.

Despite, sharing the sad news to the public, Onsarigo did not reveal the cause of his father’s death.

Dennis Onsarigo Dad

Condolences message form KOT

Following the announcement, Kenyans On Twitter (KOT) joined conversation sending in their condolences messages to Onsarigo and his family.

Martin Wachira @Martowachira “@Donsarigo Polse sana . May God comfort and give you and your family strength during this difficult time”

The Chief ‘Pole sana Denis. May God give you and your family strength during this difficult time”

Julie Gichuru ‘@Donsarigo Poleni sana Dennis. My deepest condolences. Wishing you all strength during this difficult time. May he rest in peace Folded handsFolded handsFolded hands”.

Kirigo Ng’arua ‘@Donsarigo Deepest condolences to you and your family. Poleni”

John-Allan Namu “@Donsarigo Pole Sana Dennis. May God rest his soul in peace”

Leon Lidigu “@Donsarigo Pole sana big bro”

Sophia Wanuna “@Donsarigo Pole sana ndugu … upholding you & your family in prayer”

Akisa Wandera “@Donsarigo Oh noooCrying faceCrying face I’m so sorry Dennis”

Gladys Gachanja “@Donsarigo My condolences Dennis….poleni sana”

Dennis Itumbi, HSC “@Donsarigo Pole sana. God rest Dad in eternity. I pray for comfort and peace to you and Family”

Millicent Omanga “@Donsarigo Pole sana brother”

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KNH strike claims its first victim



A man died at the parking lot of Kenya’s largest referral hospital where a strike by 5,000 workers paralysed operations on Monday.

The boda boda rider was taken to the hospital by his friends following an accident.

But the management of the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) insisted the patient was in a critical state and that his death was not due to negligence.

Dr Stanley Kamau, a board member at KNH, said the hospital and staff were not to blame for the death.

The strike disrupted services at the hospital and left patients unattended. The striking employees are protesting a delay to effect a pay rise totaling Sh601 million.

Some families were forced to move unattended patients from the hospital as members of the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions and Hospital Workers (Kudheiha), the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN), and the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) commenced their strike.

Workers’ demands

The workers are demanding implementation of resolutions from the State Corporation Advisory Committee, which upgraded the hospital’s parastatal status from 3C to 7A in 2012.

Following the reclassification, all KNH staff were to benefit from enhanced pay but it has never been effected.

Some workers went on strike late last year, prompting a return-to-work formula with management to end the boycott.

But the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has said the formula is not a basis for demanding a review of remuneration, arguing it’s not fiscally sustainable and will distort the salary structure in the sector.

SRC has asked the referral to retain the current pay structure as it awaits a job evaluation that will inform the remuneration review cycle for 2021/22 to 2014/25.

KNUN Secretary-General Seth Panyako said members were not interested in the job evaluation and wanted their salaries adjusted as the matter had been approved by Parliament.

“We want SRC to write to the CEO giving authorisation for payment because we know the money is there. We will not go back to work until we get the money,” Mr Panyako stated.

SRC the ‘obstacle’

KMPDU’s acting Secretary-General Chibanzi Mwachonda claims SRC is the only obstacle and it is frustrating health workers in the public sector.

The hospital’s chief executive officer in a letter to SRC yesterday said KNH will ensure the Sh601 million budgeted for in the 2020/21 financial year is paid in October.

In a letter dated February 12, 2013, to then Finance Principal Secretary, KNH detailed the breakdown of the salaries from the CEO to the lowest Job Group K16/17.

The lowest basic salary for the hospital CEO was set at Sh400,000, while the maximum had been capped at Sh560,000. House allowance was to be between Sh60,000 and Sh80,000.

While the CEO’s basic salary was settled at Sh400,000, that of the lowest worker was set at Sh17, 535.


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When 23-year-old Kevin Ooko Obara joined the Safaricom Ghetto Classics at the age of 13 in 2012, he was serving as an altar boy at the St John’s Catholic Church in Nairobi’s Korogocho slums. But one dayhe was told by a friend there was a chance for him to join the Ghetto Classics.

“He told me there was a position for someone to play the tuber and that’s what I began playing ever since,” he tells Spice, adding that being in the group has assisted him grow his music career.

Since its inception in February 2014, the Safaricom International Jazz Festival has evolved into a celebration of live music that not only entertain its audience, but also supports young people earn a living. It has brought about and nurtured gifted young people in Kenyan jazz scene including Kevin, making the genre more accessible to fans and bringing together music lovers for a good cause. The profits made from these events go towards supporting the Ghetto Classics, a non-profit, community-based programme that seeks to transform the lives of youth from underprivileged backgrounds by introducing them to jazz and classical music. – — Life was not a cup of tea for Kevin who had to take care of his family even as he played in the I band. His parents divorced when he was just six years old in 2002, and that led them to a life of struggle. Being uneducated, the only job that his mother could find was in a flower farm as a casual labourer. Unfortunately, his mother had an accident that made her not to work anymore. They were residing in Juja then.

Kevin Obara

“As a result, my elder siblings stepped to take care of themselves and

some left the house and others slept in the streets to fend for themselves. Personally, I stayed with my mum and she opted to move to Nairobi to see whether she couldn’t find a job,” he says.

New twists The mother moved to Nairobi in 2006. She lived with a relative in Korogocho where she began brewing and selling chang’aa and sending cash to her children for food. Soon, she brought them to Nairobi and they lived in the slum where crime, poverty, drug and alcohol abuse thrive. It was a harsh place to live. At some point, he met a missionary called Sister Lydia Badella.

“I was taken to Daniel Komboni Primary School and taken straight to Standard 3, even without any other basic school experience. It was tough as I wasn’t understanding anything, but I was really determined to at least study,” he says.

Lydia set up her own school and Kevin transferred to study there in 2009. He was were taken to catechism classes and Kevin was baptised, a point at which he began going to church at St John’s Catholic Church. In that same year, his mother was seriously injured in a mugging incident and someone had to step up to take care of the home.

“That’s when I joined the garbage collection business during the weekends and during weekdays I would go to school and also be in the band. I then talked to Ghetto Classics founder Elizabeth Njoroge and explained to her my woes and she began to pay our house rent. I stopped collecting the garbage and focused on music and studies,” he recalls.

In 2016, Kevin finished high school and also graduated from the orchestra. He began working as an usher in the group. He desired to build his career in repairing music instruments and in 201 7, he discussed this passion with Elizabeth who later on took him to the International School of Kenya where he learnt about instruments through a facilitator who was visiting the country from the Colorado Institute of Music Technology. Part of his job was to organise Skype lessons for children in Korogocho with teachers in Germany.

“One of the teachers was working for an organisation called Chances for Kids. She told me they wanted to find someone who could help the organisation with instruments repairs. She told me to prepare my documents so that I could travel to Germany but I didn’t have the papers. I had done my primary and high schools without a birth certificate and it took me two years to just look for the papers,” he intimates.

Though challenging, he managed to find his papers and travelled to Germany to learn how to repair instruments. He also joined a band during the three months and with the cash he received, he bought land and settled his mother in the upcountry. He also opened a workshop for repairing instruments in Nairobi that is picking up well.

Musical ambitions For Michelle Akwe Okuya, being in the academy for six years between [2013-2019] not only grew her skills in violin, but she has started an orchestra at Strathmore University, the first in the campus. “With music I’ve gotten to play in so many concerts including thrice in the Safaricom Jazz Festival. I love jazz and hopefully that’s the path that I will take music wise. Playing at the jazz festival was awesome because we were there as an orchestra,” she says.

The second born in a family of three, she started playing the violin at the age of seven while studying at Cavina School. “I began playing in church with my elder brother who is two years older and then I played it too in my primary school. I won a couple of competitions, and at around 12 years of age, I applied to join the Kenya National Youth Orchestra, but they said I was too young to join. I joined a year later and then the Safaricom Youth Orchestra where I was part of the first class,” she says.

In high school at St Andrews Turi where she played cello up to Grade Five and at Safaricom too, she learnt how to play the viola. Being with the late Bob Collymore and the children really assisted her to learn and unleash her capacity as a leader and creator of her own destiny.

She adds, “It was like a hub where we were immersed in music. The place did not only challenge me musically, but also socially because I mingled with a wide variety of people.”


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