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Roaming chef Dennis Ombachi keeps Olympics dream alive



Kenya rugby Sevens star Dennis Ombachi alias the Ghost Worker says he is not giving up on his second Olympic Games dream in Tokyo, Japan.

The 30-year old Nondescripts winger had planned to retire after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last year, but he had to shelve the idea after it was postponed to this year (July 23 to August 8) due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Having featured in several World Rugby Sevens Series, competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia and 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and undergoing five surgeries in his playing career spanning to twelve years, Ombachi has seen it all.

The father of one is best remembered for coming off the bench to score the last gasp try against Zimbabwe that secured Kenya’s ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Despite the pandemic slowing down his ambitions, Ombachi is determined to make the cut in Innocent Simiyu’s final squad.

“At first, we didn’t internalise the effects the coronavirus was going to cause on us as sportsmen.

“I had planned to hang up my boots after the Tokyo Olympic Games last year, but the virus struck,”  Ombachi told Standard Sports.

“I had already made up my mind, but I had to put on hold the retirement plans. I’m still looking forward to competing in my second Olympics in Japan.

Dennis Ombachi, a professional Rugby player and a food blogger doing his things at the gymn at his residence in Nairobi during an interview with The Standard Media crew on February 10, 2021. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

“If we get gold in Tokyo, well and good but my main target is to get at least a medal before I call it quits. I’m already an Olympian, but I think a medal is priceless and that’s what we want.”

But even as he continues preparing for the Tokyo extravaganza, Ombachi has ventured into cooking and carpentry part-time businesses as he tries to avoid tumbling into misery most athletes go through during their post-retirement life.

He recently landed an ambassadorial role with Bidco Africa Limited through their new Golden Fry cooking oil, thanks to his carpentry, fitness, culinary and butchery skills that have helped him attract a huge following on social media.

For Ombachi, the outbreak of coronavirus last year was somehow a wicked blessing as it allowed him to fully focus on honing his culinary skills after the pandemic turned the sporting industry upside down. His culinary skills earned him the name, the ‘Roaming Chef’.

“Athletes were the worst hit by the pandemic as we were all preparing for the Olympic Games. This saw our contracts discontinued as there were no funds for the federations.

“To make matters worse, I had just recovered from my fifth surgery. But I think it was a blessing for me because that’s when I decided to focus more on cooking especially through social media,” he said.

“But I’m almost retiring and I need something to fall back on. If I have to be honest with you, I got into sports out of pure hard work while cooking is my passion.”

Whether describing how he pitched his idea of working with Bidco or revealing how his passion for cooking has become one of his major sources of income, Ombachi insists playing for the national team in the international tournaments has prepared him for his next stage of life.

L-R – Hashim Noor and Dennis Ombachi during Artcaffe Kitengela Launch at the Kitengela Mall. [PHOTO: WILBERFORCE OKWIRI]

“I have come a long way with Bidco, not directly but I worked with them a couple of years back when they were our (Kenya 7s) shirt sponsors. I pitched my ideas to them and even visited their factory,” he explained.

“There is a herd mentality among sports people. I once found myself in that situation but it is after Covid-19 struck that I realised the income I was getting from rugby was not coming anymore. My partner was expecting a baby, so I had to look for an income-generating activity.”

He continued: “I don’t have handlers, but I’m heading there. As sports people we need to at least try and brand ourselves like Kipchoge. I would like to urge all athletes to take advantage of social media and make money. In the past, journalists had a monopoly over stories, but with the advent of social media, we have the power to control the narrative.

“I have invested a lot of time and money in my cooking business. It actually took me a lot of time and help from people to approach different corporates.

“If there is one skill I would want all athletes, especially young rugby players to have, is the ability for them to sell themselves to the corporate world.”

And explaining why they chose Ombachi, Bidco’s Head of Corporate PR and Communications John Lawrence said: “Ombachi stands out as an all rounded rugby player of high moral standing with exemplary talents and skills on and off the pitch.

“Ombachi looks after himself by eating healthy and training, which is what



Journalist Hassan Mugambi set to wed former video vixen Mwanaidi



By Wanja Waweru

Hassan Mugambi, a reporter for Citizen TV, is getting hitched to Mwanaidi Shishy.

A celebration that the journalist will host will be attended by close relatives and friends.

Friends of Mugambi congratulated him on his impending nuptials on social media.

His colleague and fellow journalist Ayub Abdikadir sent him well wishes as he started his married life.

Former video vixen Mwanaidi now runs the Mama Nilishe restaurant in Kilimani, which serves Swahili food.

Mugambi is a well-known journalist who has won numerous honors over his career.

His career began at the Kibra radio station Pamoja FM, and it later moved to CGTN, formerly CCTV.

Later, he was hired by K24, a channel owned by Mediamax, before switching to Citizen TV in 2017.

Mugambi won the Outstanding Media Security Investigative Award for the year 2019.

He received praise from the Protective and Safety Association of Kenya (PROSAK) for his excellent and dependable reporting on security issues in the nation.

At the Nairobi Security Expo in 2023, he received the Security and Crime Reporter of the Year 2023 honor.

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Eric Omondi flies to London for lunch to prove a point to Moses Kuria



By Wanja Waweru

The Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has received criticism from content creator and comedian Eric Omondi for admitting that he regretted supporting his tour to the United States seven years ago.

Eric, who has argued forcefully against the Finance Bill 2023, has gone to London “for lunch” to show Mr. Kuria that he can afford to pay for his travel expenses.

The comedian pleaded with the CS in a post on his Instagram account not to accept the planned taxation of content producers so that they may also travel in Business Class without receiving financial help from politics.

“After hearing Moses Kuria speak, I decided to take myself to London just for Lunch and also thank God for how far He’s brought us. Thank you bwana Kuria for sponsoring my tour seven years ago but please don’t tax content creators 15% so that they are able to tour on their own,” he said.

Mr. Kuria criticized Eric on live television on Wednesday at the Citizen TV-hosted Big Conversation debate for criticizing the government regarding the draft Bill.

He expressed sorrow over what he claimed to have funded Eric for a vacation to the US seven years prior, claiming that he might have instead had fun with the money.

“I have heard Eric Omondi claiming he is a youth. Seven years ago I used my own money to take him to America to expose him and right now, according to the way he is talking, I wished I used that money to party because it doesn’t seem like he learned anything from it,” Mr Kuria said from Belarus.

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Kakamega family demands justice after botched treatment leads to 3-year-old losing five fingers



By Wanja Waweru

A family from Bukhaywa village, Lurambi Constituency, Kakamega county, is calling for justice after their three-year-old son’s right hand was amputated of all the fingers due to improper treatment.

“My son had a burn on his left hand and was in a stable condition when we took him to hospital, but because of the doctor’s negligence, all his right fingers were cut off and he is disabled now,” the victim’s father Mr Zephaniah Likavo said.

Winnie Auma, the mother of the victim, claimed that the nurse was an intern who gave her son an incorrect drug injection. When she witnessed how the son’s body responded, she reported the incident to the doctor, but nothing was done about it.

“My son was crying in pain and the colour of his hand changed. I wondered what was happening and reported to the doctor, but no action was taken. Instead, he said it was normal for such a reaction to happen,” she said

The family claims they received word shortly after that their son’s fingers would need to be amputated in order to stop an infection.

The management of the hospital refuted the accusations, claiming that the family had moved their son to a different facility where his fingers had been severed.

“We treated their son and there was a challenge in finding the vein in the hand, so it affected his fingers and later they wanted a transfer to another hospital for specialised treatment. That’s where they amputated the fingers,” the official said.

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