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A MUST READ: Why Kibaki quit beer as his friends say he was ‘mkono gum’ in the bar



Founding Father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, they say, loved roasted goat ribs downed with a glass of muratina (traditional honey beer). Second President Daniel Moi never touched beer but loved milk, boiled maize and – as it was finally revealed during his funeral – roast meat and church wine (WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT!)

But the third and fourth Presidents – Mr Mwai Kibaki and Mr Uhuru Kenyatta — have a common denominator by way of thirst for cold beer. While Uhuru played rugby in his youth, Kibaki loved golfing until a near-fatal accident made it practically impossible for him to tee off and take the long walk in the golf course.

But a point of correction is in order; Kibaki walked away from the drinking table after the 2002 road accident because of medical reasons, and Uhuru’s favourite drink isn’t actually beer but whisky, especially Jameson and John Walker Green Label.

However it is in interviews with old friends that you get to know of the different, fun-loving and somehow reserved but not that generous Kibaki.

Four things stand out on Mzee Kibaki’s drinking days: he loved White Cap. Despite the number, he had the capacity to remain on his seat long hours without having to leave for the washrooms; he kept a close circle of friends and patronised only a few select joints; and finally he was able to steer off controversy and calm those who the drink had literally gotten into their heads.

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Though he stopped the visits, he kept a good count of his rounds which he would later pay exclusive of what others at the table had taken. Kibaki’s old friends now speak with nostalgia about those days.

These men, most of who ended up in his old Democratic Party, recall treasured moments of Kibaki’s social life as he traversed the country campaigning. To these men Kibaki has always been the ‘economist’, even when it came to paying bills.

His old joints have defied their former client’s status and are still strong. Whenever he visited Othaya, Kibaki relaxed at Silent Lodge where the proprietor, Mzee Geoffrey Kagiri hosted him for drinks in the evening before the former Vice President retired to his home about a kilometre away.

Mr Matu Wamae, former Mathira MP has fond memories of the old days when he and Kibaki would spend hours enjoying their drinks, especially in his Ngong Hills Hotel. “It was fun spending the evening with Kibaki. He was an easy-going man who had a way of warding off arguments during drinking,” Wamae recalls.

An evening with Kibaki was not complete without rations of nyama choma (roast meat) and traditional irio, which the former president relished.

Wamae recalls, “If one got tipsy or tried to pick an argument with Kibaki, he would just say, hivyo ndivyo ilivyo (that is the way it is) and refuse to comment further. Ordinarily, Kibaki was conservative even in a bar and rarely cracked jokes but would at times engage in animated debates about culture.

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Wamae adds how Kibaki would spend hours chatting with a barman in a bar just next to Outspan Garage. Kibaki’s other watering holes included Nyeri Golf Club, White Rhino, Outspan, and Elephant Castle in Karatina.

Esau Kioni, another close confidant of the former president and a former State House operative recalls how Kibaki disliked drinking binges. “Mzee liked relaxing with old friends. He disliked gossip or discussing other people during social drinking. When bored he would introduce a new topic. He signified his boredom by closing and opening his legs,” Kioni recalled.

According to another old friend, the former president’s favourite pastimes were golfing and sipping his White Cap beer. It is said he later switched to Tusker.

Apparently Kibaki frequented Nyandarua where an old friend, the deputy governor, Waithaka Mwangi, recalls how he could ‘forget’ to order drinks for other people.

“He only ordered for his drinks forgetting the persons sitting next to him. He attested to the fact that he would not overspend on his outings. We always liked his idea of spending what one can afford,” Mwangi added.

Another ally, former Nyahururu deputy mayor John Muritu remembers how Kibaki loved visiting Thomson Falls Lodge where he sat at a favourite corner sipping beer as he chatted with acquaintances.

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Muritu recounts, “He only ordered for his drinks and rarely threw parties for his friends or his political supporters although he had a lot of money. We ended up paying for his drinks.”

According to Muritu, Kibaki liked serene environments and never went to noisy bars.

To another friend, former councilor Nelson Rintari of Majengo ward in Embu County friend, Kibaki led a cautious and frugal social life to the point of being eccentric.

Rintari who formed Democratic Party (DP) branch in Embu County in 1992 describes Kibaki as a social but unique man. ?? He says after holding a rally DP officials would head to a bar where Kibaki would take his favourite White Cap as they engaged in talks. ??

A former Othaya councillor who was also one of Kibaki’s drinking partners on being asked who footed bills during their social outings exclaimed,” You do not know Kibaki!”

The man recounts how Kibaki, not known for buying drinks for friends, shocked patrons at Muthaiga Golf Club recently by paying Sh25,000 for their drinks and snacks.

*Source Standard Media

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‘Our marriage is currently in a tough space’ Says Vivianne, Sam West responds



Motivational speaker-cum music manager Sam West has responded after his wife Vivianne hinted that they are going through marital problems.

According to a social media post by Vivianne, people always assume they are a perfect couple but they are not.

Speaking exclusively to Mpasho, Sam West said he hopes things will work out for them.

‘We just have a few domestic challenges but we are working on them. We juts need prayers.’

Asked if this is just clout chasing considering his wife just released a new jam, he responded

‘No it’s not kiki, it’s just a coincidence.’

Sam Was responding to the post below by his wife Vivianne

‘Today I want to be very candid.. nataka niongee wazi.. The world first met  when he decided to propose on the biggest TV show in the country.

I was shocked and this was unexpected for me.

I couldn’t say yes or no so I sat there in front of 40mill Kenyans hoping the world would swallow me but it didn’t, so I smiled.

First forward I have worked with Sam West and been his woman for 4 years.

So to get to the point this post is for you who understands that what society has labeled as marriage is one of the hardest things to exist in.

We are two humans who have learnt the hard way. We are friends and we will always care about one another. Our union has however taken a kick to the stomach.’

Vivianne added

‘ IG in-laws can attest to the fact that I haven’t posted Sam on my feed for the past one month or so.

We felt it would be important to share the truth that marriage can get difficult..

Social media couples have created illusions of perfect marriages which we feel are quite misleading.

To be honest we have ignored each other’s needs in our union . Expectations and control took over our relationship. We are in a tough space and to be honest we are hoping we will overcome the current challenge.

Hii sio Kiki. For those who love even one of us remember us in your prayers. May God’s will be done.

In the meantime ukipata unayemdhamini never take them for granted., #najua


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Body of missing Maranda teacher recovered in River Nzoia



The body of a teacher at Maranda High School who went missing two weeks ago has been found floating in River Nzoia.

The decomposed body of Kevin Otieno Ongoma was sighted by a resident of Sio Port at Bukoma area on Thursday evening.

The 33-year-old teacher went missing on October 10, 2020.

Siaya county police commander Mr Francis Kooli on Friday told the Nation the deceased’s family members positively identified the body following its discovery.

“Someone spotted a body in the river with similar clothes to the ones the teacher had when he went missing. The school was later informed about the discovery,” Kooli said.

The police commander said they suspect the teacher may have committed suicide.

“It is highly suspected that he might have committed suicide by throwing himself into the river but investigations will however establish what happened,” said Mr Kooli.

Suicide theory

But some family members have dismissed the suicide theory, claiming that the body of the deceased had injuries, an indication that the teacher could have been tortured, killed and dumped in the river.

They asked the police to conduct thorough investigations into the teacher’s death.

The Nation has established that the deceased will be buried on Monday, October 26 at his home village in Mbosie.

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A teacher at Maranda High School, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Nation that a burial committee has already been formed at the school.

“We have been meeting to make burial arrangements, including contributing money towards the same ,” he said.

A police report seen earlier by the Nation indicates that the teacher, who headed the head biology department in the school, was last seen leaving the school while driving his car.

The vehicle was found the following day abandoned near River Nzoia in Ugunja Sub-county.

According to detectives investigating the matter, the teacher lived with his family within the school compound.

“He left the school quarters that morning and drove himself to an unknown destination,” said Mr Kooli.

His two mobile phones went off near the banks of river Nzoia where his vehicle was recovered.

Police said the body is being preserved at Ambira Sub-county Hospital mortuary.


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Alarm as more children are caught up in deadly lovers’ tiffs



“What wrong did my son do to deserve such a death?”  a father asked as he watched the body of his 11-year-old son wheeled into a mortuary. The boy was a victim of a failed relationship between the mother and an estranged lover.

His death adds to the growing list of children paying the ultimate price due to fights between their parents.

Gideon Kang’ethe, Shanice Maua and Prince Michael are among the victims. And so are Claire Wanjira and Faith Wanjiru, both 10 years old.

On October 22, Mercy Gathoni (35), her daughter Claire Wanjira and Faith Wanjiru her niece, were found strangled in a shop at Jambo in Karatina Town.

Initial investigations by homicide detectives point at yet another case of children caught up in adult fights.

They were found lying on a bed each with a rope around their necks, an indication that they had been strangled to death.  Detectives placed their time of death at between 10am and 1pm.


What has baffled both the residents and the police is that no one heard any commotion despite the fact that the scene where the murder was committed usually has heavy human traffic as it is along the busy Karatina-Nairobi highway.

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According to residents, Ms Gathoni was last seen at around 9am. It still remains unclear how a man, believed to be known to the victims, walked into the backroom of the shop and strangled them.

After noticing that the shopkeeper was not attending to customers, Ms Gathoni’s niece Faith was sent to check on them. She was also strangled.

The bodies, according to residents were found at around 1pm in a room behind a grocery shop by Gathoni’s sister, Ms Rahab Mugure, who had gone to look for her daughter who had overstayed after being sent to check on her aunt.

Love triangle

In yet another case of a love affair turned sour, an innocent boy’s life was cut short brutally after he was caught up in a love triangle he neither understood nor played part in.

He had been reported missing for a week.  Mr Charles Muriuki was identified as a prime suspect in what was then seen as abduction of the Kirigu School pupil.

For days, detectives interrogated him at the Karatina sub county police headquarters as he denied his involvement. Kangethe’s body was found decomposing in a grave in Mathira, Nyeri County.

Mr Muriuki is now facing murder charges, accused of killing Kang’ethe.

Shanice and Prince Michael were also killed following a bitter spat between their mother and former Kenya Defence Forces soldier Peter Mugure.

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