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Vivian – I Survived on Sh500 a Month Yet I Was a Celebrity

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Musician Vivian Wambui on stage.

By Hilary Kimuyu

Musician Vivian Wambui hit the limelight after she collaborated with Starehe MP Charles Njagua aka Jaguar for the song Dream in 2015.

But her life was never rosy as people might think.

In a candid confession on Facebook, the Teren Teren singer said her life was a struggle before she released the hit song.

“At that time I used to earn Sh4,000 from my Karaoke gig, after deducting the rent, transport, I would survive on less than 500 for a whole month,” Vivian wrote.

COULDN’T AFFORD CLOTHING

“I couldn’t afford good clothing worth public appearances. I vividly remember there is a concert I was invited to perform but the promoter refused me to get on stage due to my dressing.”

According to Vivian, she was told she looked ghetto which broke her heart.

In her post, she thanks one Tamina for donating clothes to her and fellow musician DK Kwenye Beat for sharing his food.

“Sometimes I slept hungry. Yes, I was a celebrity but sleeping hungry. My songs were playing everywhere but deep inside I was in agony,” she adds.

NO SEATS

She also had no seats in her house

The musician, who was earlier this year proposed to live on air by her manager Sam West, says she now lives in God’s abundance.

“A good big house, a good car and enough for my fill!”

Vivian has done collabos with mega music star’s like Dr Jose Chameleone, Redsan, among others.

Kenya

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Kenya: Text Message Network Connects Offline Farmers in Kenya

By Caroline Wambui

Meru — The service, whose Scottish co-founder Kenny Ewan describes it as “the internet for people with no internet”, is free to use and only requires a mobile phone.

When she woke up one morning in February, Catherine Kagendo realised that one of her cows could not stand.

“It was lying on its side, had lost its appetite and was breathing heavily,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from her farm in Meru, in eastern Kenya.

With her husband she decided to turn to WeFarm, a text-based network of small-scale farmers, for help.

Within an hour, their text – “one of my lactating cows cannot stand” – generated a flurry of suggestions, from “feed your cow with minerals rich in calcium” to “make sure the cow shed is clean and well-drained so the animals don’t slip”.

“I realised our cow had milk fever, so gave it calcium-rich feed and it was standing again within hours,” Kagendo explained.

She is one of many Kenyan small-scale farmers who lack good information – mostly due to a lack of internet access – on how to manage problems from dry spells to diseases, local farm experts say.

As a result, such farmers often lose their harvest or animals, they said.

But WeFarm, a farmers’ network launched in Kenya in 2014 and more recently expanded to Uganda and Peru, allows people to ask a question by text message and receive advice from their peers.

The service, whose Scottish co-founder Kenny Ewan describes it as “the internet for people with no internet”, is free to use and only requires a mobile phone.

Farmers text questions to a local number, and WeFarm transmits the message to users with similar interests in the area, tapping into their knowledge.

“We want farmers to get answers to their problems without needing to access the internet, so the information is available to all,” said Mwinyi Bwika, head of marketing at WeFarm.

Although the platform also exists online, over 95 percent of users choose to use it offline, he said.

INFORMATION GAP

Kagendo’s said that when her animals were ill or her maize crops too dry, she used to have to hire an extension officer to help solve the problem.

“But we had to pay a fee ranging from 500 to 2,000 Kenyan shillings ($5-20) and most of the time the officer didn’t even explain their diagnosis,” she said.

That cut into her family’s income and left them no better able to understand the diseases facing their cattle and their crops.

“We cannot even afford a smart phone to go online, so finding credible information was near impossible,” she said.

According to Bwika, small-scale farmers often lack the information they need because of a lack of cash – most live on less than a dollar a day – as well as poor internet connection and low literacy levels.

“Ewan realised that farmers living just a few miles from each other were facing the same challenges, but with no way to communicate about them. So he created a platform to connect them,” Bwika said.

Joseph Kinyua, another farmer from Meru who grows vegetables, said he spends at least 30 minutes per day using WeFarm.

“It’s taught me anything from using pest control traps to ensuring that my sprinklers don’t put out too much water,” he said. “And I know the methods are proven and tested by other farmers.”

The knowledge has helped improve the quality of the kale he grows, he said, enough that “I can now sell a kilo at the market at 70 shillings ($0.70) compared to 50 ($0.50) previously”.

PREVENTING PROBLEMS

While the platform might receive dozens of replies to a question, it only sends out to the user a selection of answers judged correct, Bwika said.

But it uses the questions and advice received to help track disease outbreaks or extreme weather spells, and shares those insights with governments and non-governmental organisations, Bwika said.

“In doing so we hope to prevent disease outbreaks and track problems before they occur,” he said.

Not everyone shares this optimism, however.

Mary Nkatha, a farmer from Meru, said she found it hard to implement some of the recommendations she received from WeFarm without the practical guidance of an expert.

“If I am told to inject my cow with something, how do I make sure I do it in the right place? And where do I find the equipment?” she asked.

Fredrick Ochido, a Kenya-based consultant on dairy farming, also worries that the platform may be entrenching farmers’ poor use of technology, rather than helping them keep up with new trends.

The WeFarm platform has over 100,000 current users in Kenya, Uganda and Peru, and its operators hopes to reach one million farmers in the next year. They also aim to expand the effort to other countries, including Tanzania.

(Reporting by Caroline Wambui, editing by Zoe Tabary and Laurie Goering. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Visit http://news.trust.org/climate)

Queues Form As Early As 3am in Meru As Eager Residents Wait to Vote

Photo: Hilary Mwenda/Capital FM

Thousands of voters were in queues on Tuesday as early as 5am in most of the polling stations in Uasin Gishu County.

By Joseph Muraya

Meru — Long queues formed as early as 3am in Meru County with enthusiastic locals hoping to cast their votes and make their voices heard on Tuesday.

Majority of voters said they were eager to vote for their respective leaders and proceed home to wait for the outcome.

Others told Capital FM News that they wanted to cast their votes early and proceed to other activities.

“I arrived here at 3am. I could not sleep… I am ready to vote for my next leaders and I hope they will win,” Jane Wambui said.

And it was evident in their faces as they patiently waited for 6am, when voting kicked off.

“I will vote and proceed home to wait for the outcome. All we want is peace… Whether my leaders of choice wins or not, Kenya must move forward,” Mohammed Mutwiri, a local said.

Meru County is at the slopes of Mount Kenya and Tuesday like the case on other days was chilly but they said they won’t leave the polling stations until they cast their votes.

“It is about the future of Meru and Kenya that we want to secure,” Jane Kagwiria said.

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“I will stay here until I exercise my constitutional right.”Aisha Wambui arrived at 3am to cast her vote and proceed to work.”Life continues after this. May Kenya remain peaceful… Let us not destroy the country in one day, ” Wambui appealed.Sentiments shared by tens of other voters.At the municipality ward polling centre in Meru town the queues were as long as a kilometer by 6am when voting started.Meru County has more than 700,000 registered voters with the gubernatorial position being the highly contested.It’s a tough contest between the incumbent Governor Peter Munya, of the Party of the National Unity and Senator Kiraitu Murungi (Jubilee), but for the locals, they want peace during and after the polls.The county had incidents of violence between rival groups but police have assured that security will be tight in all areas.Every polling station will have two police officers while others will be deployed in strategic places to ensure sanity prevails, in the County and across all parts of the country.The County has nine constituencies.This is a breakdown of the registered votes: Buuri 76,033, Central Imenti 70,124, South Imenti 107, 414, Igembe South 68,166, Igembe Central 83,912, Igembe North 67,350, Tigania East 64,350, Tigania West 64,114, Tigania East 75, 920 and North Imenti with 89,447.

Four Nyeri MPs Thrashed By Newcomers in Jubilee Primaries

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Voters at five polling centres in Laikipia East burnt ballot papers on April 21, 2017 to protest against insufficient polling materials for Jubilee primaries.

By Irene Mugo, Mwanaidi Bakari, Joseph Wangui and Ken Kimanthi

Nyeri voters have kicked out four of the six MPs in the just concluded Jubilee nominations, results trickling in show.

Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi, Mathira’s Peter Weru, Mukurwe-ini’s Kabando wa Kabando and Othaya MP Mary Wambui were beaten by newcomers in what looks like a new political wind blowing across the region.

In Tetu, the race is neck to neck between incumbent Ndung’u Gethenji and lawyer Gichuhi Mwangi.

The only MP who has a comfortable lead in the ongoing tally is Kieni’s Kanini Kega.

In the parliamentary seat incumbent Peter Weru who quit the party a day to the primaries garnered only 805 votes in 108 polling stations after the tally.

Nyeri former governor Nderitu Gachagua’s brother, Rigathi Gachagua carried the day after garnering 29,215 votes. His closest rival Wambura wa Maranga came in a close second with 25,737 votes.

Second time parliamentary aspirant Cathy Irungu suffered the biggest loss scoring only 623 votes.

All incumbent MCAs in the constituency were thrashed in the primaries by newcomers.

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Former director of political affairs in Raila Odinga’s 2013 presidential campaign secretariat Ngunjiri Wambugu has clinched the Jubilee ticket for Nyeri Town MP.Mr Wambugu garnered 17,517 votes against the incumbent’s Esther Murugi 11,143 votes.Mr Wambugu shed off the opposition tag, which his opponents were riding on and hailed the primaries as credible said he would now focus his energy on campaigning for president Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in August.”I am now extending a hand of friendship to my colleagues and most importantly, we campaign for President Kenyatta,” he said after he was announced winner in Nyeri town.He promised to make Nyeri town better for the residents. Ms Murugi was eyeing a third term in the national assembly and had made history by being re-elected in a constituency that has distinguished itself for handing legislators only one term to serve. The MP was first elected to Parliament in 2007 on a Party of National Unity ticket.Mr Duncan Mathenge, who served as the late Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s political adviser also lost.Mr Mathenge contested unsuccessfully in 2013 on a Grand National Union party but lost to Ms Murugi.Othaya MP Mary Wambui has lost Jubilee Party ticket to Gichuki Mugambi, her fiercest rival since the last General Election.Ms Wambui garnered 12,524 votes against Mr Mugambi’s 20,228 votes while educationist Ndirangu Gachunia secured a distant third position with 1,169 votes.In the last elections, retired President Mwai Kibaki campaigned for Mr Mugambi’s election on Sabasaba Asili Party but lost to Ms Wambui who was in TNA party.He was a close ally to the retired President as he was the chairman of Othaya Development association (ODA) which was spearheading development projects in the constituency during Kibaki’s tenure as President.Mr Mugambi will now battle for the parliamentary seat with Nairobi-based lawyer Peter King’ara of Democratic Party (DP).Meanwhile, Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando conceded an early defeat in the polls to a Nairobi lawyer Anthony Gathiaka Kiai.”Key indicators compel a gracious concession. Congrats Mr A.G Kiai for winning Jubilee ticket 2017. It has been a pleasure serving you for the past nine years as your MP,” Mr Kabando said in a statement he posted on his Facebook page.The two-term MP attributed his loss to misread of political weather and been so confident.”I was so confident of a triumphing. I misread the political temperatures. I’m now rededicating my focus and energy to the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta,” said the MP.

Mother Loses Daughter, 11, in School Dormitory Fire

Photo: Denis Ongongo/The Nation

Fiona’s mother Hellen Wambui Karanja with her first-born daughter Janet Wairimu outside the Kenyatta National Hospital Mortuary in Nairobi on April 18, 2017.

By Njoki Chege

Shiro wanted to buy a home for her mother when she grew up. She also wanted to be a bridesmaid in her sister’s wedding. She won’t.

On Sunday, the 11-year-old Fiona Wanjiru Mwaura became yet another statistic of the sloppy school boarding system where dormitories continue to be death traps for children.

On March 2, Shiro’s mother Hellen Wambui Karanja received the phone call every parent dreads.

The call was from GSU Primary School in Nairobi where her daughter Fiona was a new pupil.

The caller on the other end was brief. A fire had broken out the previous night at around 11 pm while the pupils were asleep.

They rescued most pupils unscathed but her daughter had inhaled carbon monoxide.

DAUGHTER UNCONSCIOUS

Ms Karanja was told her daughter was unconscious at Nairobi West Hospital and was asked to go there immediately.

Half an hour later, Ms Karanja arrived at the hospital where they were told to deposit of Sh400,000. They got Sh100,000 and Fiona was placed on life support machine.

Fiona would lie unconscious in the hospital’s ICU, with occasional fluttering of her eyes. Almost 44 days later, Fiona died at Kenyatta National Hospital on Sunday night.

Ms Karanja had taken to Facebook demanding that school dormitories be equipped with fire extinguishers and fire alarms.

“When I visited the dormitory where Fiona was sleeping on the night of the fire, I was shocked to see that the room had been repainted and all evidence of a fire removed. I also noticed that there are no fire alarms in the dormitory,” she wrote. The school headmaster had told her the school was “not responsible” for the hospital bills.

PAY HOSPITAL BILL

Two days after Shiro died, we found the mother and her eldest daughter, 21-year-old Janet Wairimu, at the cashier’s office at Kenyatta National Hospital Mortuary.

The two women seemed calm and collected, but immediately broke down when we asked them about the kind of girl Fiona was.

“Shiro was a dreamer,” her big sister offered. “We don’t have a home of our own. Shiro promised mum that she would buy her a house.

Shiro always told me that she would be a bridesmaid at my wedding.”

A day after Fiona was admitted to Nairobi West Hospital, the school’s administration told Wambui that her daughter’s case was “purely an accident” and that the school would do everything it could to help the family foot the burgeoning hospital bills.

“After two weeks, the bill amounted to Sh1.3 million. The headmaster said that the school’s board would meet to ask parents and student to help contribute towards the bill. Nothing has happened so far,” says a distraught mother.

DIFFERENT ROOM

Fiona had joined GSU Primary School on January 23. She was a Class Six pupil. She believed boarding school would make her more “responsible”. Sadly, it was not to be.

“They said the fire came from a different room where they had stacked some mattresses. They told me investigations are ongoing, but after repainting, the evidence is all gone,” says Ms Karanja.

The doctors said that Fiona inhaled so much carbon monoxide there was little oxygen in her brain. An MRI scan showed her brain cells had been affected.

The lungs were also infected but were stable. As for the affected brain cells, doctors told the family that since she was still a child they would develop afresh.

“They said that the only cure for the brain damage was time. In fact they suggested that we move her to a rehabilitation centre and look for a neurologist,” she told the Nation.

SH3 MILLION

After more than a month at the Nairobi West Hospital ICU which costs Sh100,000 a day, Wambui transferred her daughter to Kenyatta National Hospital on April 15.

The bill had clocked Sh3 million and the single mother could not afford to keep her daughter at the expensive intensive care unit of the hospital.

“Two days later a doctor told us Fiona was not looking too well. We were went to hospital very early on Sunday morning. She was vomiting and crying a lot. She died that night,” Fiona’s mother said.

It has been a long and dreary journey for the single mother who took an indefinite leave from her job as a teaching assistant in a special needs school in South B.

She would arrive at the hospital every day at 8 am to check on her little girl, after which she would wait under a tree outside for the lunchtime visitation hours.

Then she would come in at noon and wait again for the 5 pm visit.

“I have still yet to realise that it was not a dream. My baby is gone.”

No Parallel Vote Counting, Electoral Body and Super Alliance Agree

By Peter Leftie

The opposition alliance, Nasa, and the electoral commission have agreed on the modalities of tallying and announcing results in the August 8 elections.

Nasa leaders Thursday met with IEBC commissioners in a bid to resolve the issue after the opposition said it would set up a parallel national tallying centre.

Following the meeting, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said both the commission and Nasa agreed that political parties and media can monitor elections but only IEBC can announce results.

He said the matter was amicably resolved.

He added that political parties will be allowed to deploy agents at polling centres in line with the law.

Kenya

President’s Sister Margaret Wambui Dies in Nairobi

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Kenyans React to Margaret Wambui’s Death

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Margaret Wambui, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s eldest sister (file photo).

By Agewa Magut

2017 has claimed yet another personality in early Kenyan politics, the eldest daughter of founding president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

Margaret Wambui, the first female mayor of Nairobi died on Wednesday. She was 89.

Following the announcement of her death tributes from Kenyans on social media poured in.

Michael Arap Limo said, “The Nairobi we love today grew tremendously during her reign as the first woman mayor of Nairobi. RIP fallen heroine.”

Salim M Juma said, “RIP, she’ll be remembered by many as Mzee’s daughter that he loved so much. She was such a strong woman and many will miss her ucamba (courage). Go well mum!”

“I’m a Nasa supporter but still want to send condolences to the president, families, friends and relatives, may the Almighty Lord give them strength and peace of mind to overcome this trying moment,” Omondi Moses said on his Facebook page.

Gideon Ngatiri said, “RIP Margaret, she was a former mayor of Nairobi. The city was very well organized during her tenure.”

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ODM Youth Leader Sought By Police for Misusing Firearm

By Joseph Muraya

Nairobi — Police are looking for Orange Democratic Movement youth leader Benson Musungu who fired shots at the party headquarters on Wednesday to scare away a rowdy group.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet says he has ordered the arrest of the youth leader for allegedly misusing his firearm.

Chaos rocked the party headquarters when nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro went there accompanied by a group of youths to demand an explanation why her rival legislator TJ Kajwang of Ruaraka was handed a direct nomination.

No casualties were reported in the fiasco.

On Thursday, the police boss vowed to deal firmly with any politician who breaches the Public Order Act during party primaries and the General Election.

He warned that there will be no sacred cows in the crackdown against those contravening the law.

“We have noticed a tendency of individuals firing in the air anyhow thereby causing unnecessary panic. Anybody falling afoul of the firearms Act will certainly face the full sanctions of that law,” Boinnet said.

“We shall enforce all relevant laws with the necessary firmness and impartiality without favouring any persons irrespective of their political persuasion. We wish to remind political parties to comply with provisions of the Public Order Act and desist from actions that breach that law,” he affirmed.

In Migori County, the party was put on the spot after a rally was disrupted by rowdy youths.

A bodyguard of one of the legislators attending the event was injured as gunshots were fired in the air.

Kenya

President’s Sister Margaret Wambui Dies in Nairobi

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Act On Loss of Millions in Counties, Senators Tell EACC

By Dennis Odunga

The anti-graft agency has been asked to speedily investigate that counties have lost millions of shillings after governors colluded with county staff to deposit public funds in private accounts.

This comes as senators expressed outrage over the slow implementation of Senate resolutions, especially petitions presented to Parliament by members of the public.

The lawmakers from the finance committee, observed that many masterminds of serious financial flaws were walking scot-free due to failure by the investigating agencies and parliamentary committees to take action.

They said the Senate implementation committee was sleeping on the job. The committee is chaired by Siaya Senator James Orengo and monitors and ensures that what is agreed in the House is implemented.

Temporary Speaker, Dr Wilfred Machage, infuriated the senators when he ordered a report on a petition on financial flaws at Bungoma County sent to the petitioners without explaining how those suspected of misappropriating public funds should be dealt with.

PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION

The report indicated that Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka failed to provide documentation on the allegations that more than Sh300 million was deposited in Ms Lilian Wafula’s bank account between January 31, 2014 and December 2015.

The committee noted that the huge deposits were accompanied by corresponding large withdrawals from the account but the county government could not justify the transactions.

The members recommended that the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission and the Director of Public Prosecutions investigates the matter, which also involves the County Treasury.

COUNTIES BLEEDING

“Cash taken from a county government to a personal account. Counties are bleeding. We need a report from the implementation committee,” Mr Billow Kerrow, who is the Finance Committee chairman, said.

The committee recommended that Mr Lusaka be dismissed if the allegations being investigated by the EACC and DPP are found to be true.

Mr Mutula Kilonzo Jr (Makueni) reminded members that the Senate had been accused of watching helplessly as governors pilferage taxes.

Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetang’ula (Bungoma) said: “It is only fair and just not to the House alone but to the petitioners that a follow-up is done to ensure those who waste public funds face the law.”

Kenya

President’s Sister Margaret Wambui Dies in Nairobi

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President’s Sister Margaret Wambui Dies in Nairobi

Photo: The Nation

President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose sister Margaret Wambui has died.

By John Kamau

Of all the confidants of founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, his daughter Margaret Wambui — who died on Wednesday in Nairobi — was in a class of her own.

Wambui, 89, is little-known today as she has been out of the limelight as old age and illness took a toll on her. She was, however, a powerful figure in the Jomo Kenyatta presidency where she rose to become the mayor of Nairobi from 1970 to 1976.

As the mayor, Wambui is known to have spruced up city estates with tarmacked walkways and street lights – an era long gone.

Wambui, the step-sister of President Uhuru Kenyatta, was a powerful personality in the 1970s when she tossed herself in politics and business.

Her early life is partly weaved into the story of her father and that of her mother, Wahu Kenyatta. When Jomo Kenyatta was asked by the Kikuyu Central Association to represent the body in 1929 in England, Wambui was a toddler and he returned when she was 16.

In previous interviews, Ms Wambui said she only knew her father through pictures at their Dagoretti home and letters sent from his England Storrington home in West Sussex, where he had escaped to during the Second World War.

The return of Jomo Kenyatta saw the bond between the father and daughter grow.

Wambui was later enrolled at Alliance High School, which had started admitting girls, pending the building of a girls secondary school. She then followed her father to Githunguri Teachers Training School, where Jomo Kenyatta was a tutor.

She started a career as a teacher and as her father’s trusted aide. As her father launched a vicious campaign to strengthen Kenya African Union into a national movement, Wambui became one of the constant women figures, even eclipsing her eldest brother, Peter Muigai.

The arrest of Jomo Kenyatta and most of the family members left Wambui to cater for herself.

She would be adopted by Ambu Patel – the Nakuru man who gave Jomo Kenyatta his famous jacket which became his trademark. From Patel’s office, she became a central figure in the campaign to have her father released.

Patel led a successful fundraiser and campaign for the release of Jomo Kenyatta together with his wife Lila. While working in Nairobi, Wambui became the main contact between her father and the outside world as she coordinated the “Release Jomo Committee” together with Patel. In March 1960, they organised the first “Release Jomo Kenyatta” demonstration in Kiambu.

When Kanu was formed, she was elected the secretary for Kiambu. Her rise to become Nairobi mayor to replace Issac Lugonzo was the culmination of the image she had cut and her rising stature in the Kenyatta government. She was re-elected unopposed in 1973.

But she would suffer a political blow when her deputy Andrew Kimani Ngumba (then Mathare MP) staged a coup against her and announced his bid to take over City Hall.

In an embarrassing turn of events, her candidature divided the Kenyatta government and the father saved her by appointing her the country’s Permanent Representative to Unep.

In the 1970s, Wambui was adversely mentioned in the ivory scandal in which stocks held by the wildlife department were allegedly sold by her company at a time when ivory trade had been banned.

Her only son, former High Court judge Patrick John Kamau, died in 2005.

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