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Covid-19 heroine loses battle to virus she fought fearlessly

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Mabel Muruli spent most of her last days fighting Covid-19, only to be brought down by it.

Ms Muruli, who until her death on Friday last week was a board member at the Ewaso Ngiro South Development Authority, died at the Kenyatta University Teaching, Research, and Referral Hospital (KUTRRH).

Diagnosed with a heart condition, she fell ill on Saturday October 24 and was rushed to Nairobi Hospital where she tested positive for Covid-19.

However, she lost the battle as she was being transferred to the KUTRRH where she was to get specialised treatment.

“She exploited her wide global networks to mobilise support to combat the pandemic in various parts of the country,” George Muruli, her brother, said while announcing her death.

She received donations and distributed them to vulnerable communities in western, mainly Vihiga, and communities in Uasin Gishu, Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet counties.

Paid ultimate price

“She used her influence to solidify efforts towards combating the pandemic. And even though she worked hard in that regard, she became a victim and paid the ultimate price,” George said, noting that his sister had worked closely with governors Alex Tolgos, Jackson Mandago, Wilbur Ottichilo and Stephen Sang in combating the virus.

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Her anti-Covid-19 pandemic crusade was largely shaped by her the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in which she was an elder.

Head-quartered in the US, the church has a strong presence in London, where Ms Muruli spent much of her adult life.

In April, the church approved over 110 Covid-19 relief projects in 57 countries. Resources and volunteers were unleashed to help make face masks and other protective equipment for health workers on the front line.

Most of these were done with trusted partners from humanitarian agencies, health ministries and hospitals.

Gubernatorial seat contest

Known simply as Mama by her political supporters in Kakamega County where she twice unsuccessfully contested the gubernatorial seat, Ms Muruli had arrived in London in 1991, looking for greater opportunities in life.

She enrolled at Brunei University and graduated with a diploma in immigration law and soon after landed a job in the Home Office where she worked as a court interpreter for refugees and asylum seekers mainly from East Africa.

She returned home to contest for the Kakamega gubernatorial seat as an independent candidate in 2013 but lost to Mr Oparanya. A second attempt in 2017 saw her join the Jubilee Party but she lost again.

She is survived by her husband, Timothy Mark of Wembley, London, and four children — Kennedy Ndambiri, and daughters Eleanour, Kimberly and Annie.

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She will be buried on Saturday at the Muruli family home in Shinyalu.

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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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Kenyans Woman Spikes Lover’s Drink, Transfers Sh1.7mn From His Bank Account – police

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A woman has been arrested in the Kenyan coast after spiking his drink, and stealing Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

24-year-old Beatrice Mueni Mbiu had been on the run since September 8 when the incident occurred at a night club in Nyali, Kwale County.

“She took off alongside her two accomplices but we got her,” a DCI detective told Capital FM News, “she will be charged on Monday even as we seek the other two.”

The detective said the suspect had been positively identified by the victim.

According to police, the woman first spiked the man’s drink then stole his phone which she used to transfer Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

Detectives said they relied on the club’s CCTV images and footage to identify and trace the suspect.

Drink-spiking is common in night clubs frequented by commercial sex workers in major towns including Nairobi and Mombasa where they target both locals and foreigners.

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PS Kibicho reveals he contracted coronavirus

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Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has revealed that he contracted coronavirus and recovered after undergoing treatment.

While addressing mourners in Kirinyaga County on Friday Dr Kibicho said Covid-19 is not a death sentence.

“I tested positive for coronavirus, but I was treated and discharged from hospital,” he said at Gathuthuini Primary School during the funeral service of a local church leader.

“I am a living example. Those who are suffering from the disease should not worry because they will get well,” he said, adding that out of 100 people who contract the disease in Kenya only two succumb to it.

Dr Kibicho advised Kenyans to be tested for the disease because it is curable.

“Kenyans should be tested to know their status so that they can be treated,” he said.

The PS also urged Kenyans not to stigmatise people who have contracted the virus.

“Covid-19 patients should be showed love and not rejection. When the patients are abandoned, they become depressed and may take longer to recover,” he said.

He also underscored the need for everyone to continue observing protocols issued by the Ministry of Health to control the spread of Covid-19.

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“People should wear masks, sanitise regularly, wash their hands and avoid crowded places,” he said.

The PS further said that city residents should avoid travel during the holidays.

“If I had power, I would lock Nairobi during the festive season to curb spread of the dis-ease to rural areas,” Dr Kibicho said.


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