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You were his home nurse, not wife, court tells woman

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The High Court has annulled an alleged Gikuyu customary marriage contracted by a Murang’a businessman and his home-based healthcare giver.

Ms Loyce Wangari Ngigi wanted stake in the estate of Mr Stephen Ngigi Karwigi, who died in August 2013 leaving behind a construction firm and over 40 landed properties (property that generates income for the owner).

At the time of his death, Mr Karwigi was 78 years old and sickly.

Ms Wangari told the court she married Mr Karwigi in 2009 under the Gikuyu customary law and that he visited her parent’s home in Elburgon, Nakuru for payment of Sh30,000 in dowry.

During the 2012 visit, she said, Mr Karwigi bought and gifted her parents with two pieces of land in Nakuru.

No proper celebration

But Justice Kanyi Kimondo dismissed her claim on grounds that there was no meaningful or proper celebration of a Gikuyu customary marriage.

“There was no cohabitation with habit and repute. The relationship between the protestor and the deceased did not reach the threshold of a marriage either by custom or presumption,” the court ruled.

Justice Kimondo added that although there was no contest that Ms Wangari lived with Mr Karwigi from 2009 until he passed on, she did not provide cogent evidence to show that the relationship mutated into a marriage.

“No reliable evidence was marshalled to show that the relationship metamorphosed into a marriage. They had no children together or any joint assets,” Justice Kimondo said.

Also, no evidence was adduced indicating that the man’s family, friends and community treated her as his wife.

Ms Wangari wanted his estate distributed equally between her and the house of Mr Karwigi’s first wife who died in March 2003.

Cohabited

Ms Wangari argued that she cohabited with Mr Karwigi as husband and wife from 2009 to 2013.

However, the court ruled she had first entered the household to give care to Mr Karwigi because he was diabetic and amputee.

Justice Kimondo said, according to the evidence before court, Mr Karwigi only visited Ms Wangari’s homestead once and the ruracio (dowry) process was never completed.

“It is possible that the deceased may have asked for the protestor’s hand in marriage in his twilight years. But I find that all the requisite stages of a Gikuyu customary marriage, including ruracio and ngurario, were not carried out in this case,” said justice Kimondo.

Further, the court stated that Ms Wangari’s witnesses in court were her blood relatives — her mother and uncle. She failed to provide an independent witness to prove the celebration of a customary marriage.

The witnesses insisted Ms Wangari was Mr Karwigi’s wife and that “the care to the deceased when he was unwell was incidental”.

She said she lived with the manin his house in Mukuyu, Murang’a County.

Returned to mother’s home

After he died, she relocated to his land in Kiawanjugu and later returned to her mother’s home.

But her evidence and that of her mother were contradictory.

For Ms Wangari, the two plots in Elburgon were part of the dowry while her mother said they were mere gifts.

“The trouble is that the sale agreements were executed on January 21, 2011 and August 17, 2011 respectively, well before the dowry ceremony,” said Justice Kimondo.

The court also held that it was inconceivable that dowry could be paid to the bride.

“This is material since the properties were jointly owned by the mother and the daughter who was the one being betrothed,” said the judge.

In her evidence, Ms Wangari relied on the pictures of Mr Karwigi’s funeral service, the funeral programme and the village chief’s letter which listed her as one of his “survivors”.

But the man’s daughter, Faith Wangui Ngigi, told court that the funeral programme was prepared by the protestor’s friends.

The daughter said Ms Wangari’s claim for a share of the estate was fuelled by “pure greed”.

Though Ms Wangari had changed her maiden name and adopted that of Mr Karwigi, Justice Kimondo said the change of name was not proof of a Gikuyu customary marriage.

by nation.co.ke

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Introducing Baba Mboga

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If you told Sydney Muhando last year that he would be running a fresh produce grocery city business, he definitely would not have agreed.

The online comedian and drama teacher who is also a video editor was on stage with his trainees in a competition when the first case of Covid-19 was announced in the country.

This was followed by indefinite closure of schools. For him, he knew it would only take a few days before schools reopen. It has now taken six months for candidates to resume their studies.

In the same period, Mr Muhando has grown his online business, Baba Mboga Deliveries, a name he says he chose because of its uniqueness.

Every morning, he wakes up at dawn to go to Wangige Market, one of the largest markets in Kiambu County where he gets assorted fruits and vegetables.

He then sorts them according to what has been ordered and packages them in bags ready to deliver to his customers doorsteps.

Social media pages

Most of the time, people especially in urban residential areas purchase their vegetables and other fresh products from local shops just near their homes commonly known as ‘Mama Mboga’.

“I stayed for two months without a job and life became difficult and  I knew I could not sustain myself for long. My friend had been sending me to the market to get grocery for him at a fee and that is how I identified the gap,”  he says.

With a capital of Sh800 and running short of time, the 28-year-old started purchasing more food from the market, posting them on his social media pages to let his friends know about it. He then delivers them to his customers.

He explains that being a city, many residents hardly get time to go to the market, especially to get traditional or indigenous vegetables. There is also a growing culture for online shopping among Nairobi residents.

“In a city like Nairobi, most people are busy, so I took advantage of that to serve them in their own houses. Many people, were also scared of going to crowded market places fearing that they would contract the disease,”  he says.

Free delivery

For months, Mr Muhando has garnered a huge following both on Facebook and Instagram.

But it is not that easy to open and run social media pages for a full-time online business. Most businesses find it difficult to produce content to market their products.

Luckily, for Mr Muhando who is an online comedian, anything to do with technology is not so hard for him. It only took an hour to create and set up his Facebook account.

“It takes witty captions and for you to have a good camera. It is also important to post the prices. Without seeing the prices, the customers will not be interested in the products, especially if it’s a small business,”  he adds.

He additionally posts the menu for his vegetables, with various discounts to attract customers including free delivery for those purchasing goods worth more than Sh1,000.

To have a variety and almost everything one needs in their kitchen, Baba Mboga apart from greens and fruits also sells spices such as ginger, garlic and onions, with starches such as sweet potatoes and arrowroots as well as eggs.

Invest in branding 

To grow his business, Mr Muhando says it was important to invest in branding for his audience to take it seriously.

He targets families and the busy clientele who could be at work or travelling. On a good day, he makes up to Sh2,000 after delivery.

In his recent innovation, as it is by some business owners who want to add value to their products, he has also introduced the bachelors package, where the traditional vegetables, which usually take time to be made are picked and sorted for easy preparation.

He also does extra services including chopping onions, tomatoes and preparing fruits or vegetables depending on the customer’s orders. Afterwards, he packs them in a branded reusable shopping bag.

As his business expands, Mr Muhando has sought partners who work with him, one, who is in charge of transport and deliveries while another is in charge of a walk-in store he is putting up.

Major challenge 

His major challenge is finding the balance between the cost he uses to purchase the vegetables and delivering them at the customer’s doorstep.

“Since my customers are spread all over, the main issue is balancing the delivery that it does not eat into  my  profits. Competition is also high since more people are now tapping into this business so it requires a lot of improvement and incentives for the customers,”  he says.

Mr Muhando plans to expand his business and even have a walk in store, such as the popular Zucchini, which will in turn create employment for more people as his contribution to the country’s economy.

His advises to young people who unfortunately lost their jobs during the pandemic, “look for other jobs or set up your own businesses,  however small”.

“Keep trying, remember quality service is your biggest advertising,” says Mr Muhando.

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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.

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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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