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A Kenyan dies in New Jersey

Posted by Administrator on May 5, 2010

The late Elizabeth "Liz" Wangari Kariuki

The late Elizabeth "Liz" Wangari Kariuki

We regret to announce the home going of Elizabeth “Liz” Wangari Kariuki March 31, 1957 to April 27, 2010 Having braved a battle with cancer.

You are invited to celebrate her life at
Bradley, Haeberle & Barth Funeral Home
1100 Pine Avenue
Union, New Jersey 07083
(908) 686-6666)
Wake: Thursday, 6 May 2010 from 4pm to 8pm
Funeral: Saturday, 8 May 2010 starting at 11am to 1.30pm
Burial at the Hollywood Memorial Park cemetery.
Thank you!
Directions to the Funeral Home
Garden State Parkway North – Exit #139 B, at end of ramp turn right onto Chestnut Street. Stay to the right after you go under an overpass. It will become Stuyvesant Avenue. Continue on Stuyvesant Avenue for 4 traffic lights. At 4th light (Qucik Chek on left corner) make a left onto Vauxhall Road. At 1st traffic light, Funeral Home is on far left corner, the corner of Pine and Vauxhall.
Garden State Parkway South – Exit #141 just past the Union Toll Plaza. At end of ramp, turn right onto Vauxhall Road. Continue to 3rd traffic light.
Funeral Home is on far left corner, the corner of Pine and Vauxhall. Route #22 West – Approx. 1/2 mile past Shop Rite in Hillside, look for the exit for Vauxhall Road. Turn right onto Vauxhall Road. Continue to 3rd traffic light. Funeral Home is on far left corner, the corner of Pine and Vauxhall.
Route #22 East – Pass Toys r Us SHopping Center, Chuckie Cheese and Motel. Go under overpass, take 1st exit and turn right onto Vauxhall Road. Go to 3rd light. Funeral Home is on far left corner, the corner of Pine and Vauxhall.
Route #78 West – Exit #50 A UNION (make sure it says UNION, not Union/Millburn). At end of ramp, turn right onto Vauxhall Road. Continue past Costa del Sol Restaurant, Red Devil and St. Michael’s Church, all on left. At traffic light after church, Funeral Home is on right, at the corner of Pine and Vauxhall.
Immediately following the Funeral Service, the interment will take place at the Hollywood Cemetery which is about 5 minutes by car from the Funeral Home.
Hollywood Cemetery‎
1621 Stuyvesant Avenue,
Union, NJ 07083
(908) 686-3368

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Mortgage payment extended to 25 years

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Written By:Sylvester Ruto    , Posted: Wed, May 05, 2010

Civil servants now have an even better opportunity to own house as the government announced plans to increase the mortgage payment period from 18-25 years.

Housing minister Soita Shitanda says the extension of the payment period will assist civil servants to conveniently adjust mortgage payment schedule and other their financial obligations.

The minister also said, his ministry will partner with international investors in the provision of affordable housing for Kenyans.

Shitanda said the plan will be rolling out to Kisumu, Mombasa, Nyeri and Athi-River.

Already various units have been completed in Jogoo Road, Gichugu Road, Kileleshwa and Kibera.

The ministry is planning to come up with a Housing Authority body which will be inspecting and overseeing the construction of residential buildings.

The Minister was speaking when he officially handed over the keys for the 30 units to beneficiaries of the phase two of Kilimani Area.

The 4 bed-roomed houses are part of the 50 units which have already been taken and are selling at 7.3 Million Shillings with the deposit tagged at 2.3 million Kenya shillings the payment period will be spread up to 25 years.

According to the PS Tirop Kosgey the Ngara phase two and the Makueni project will be ready for occupancy by December this year.

The ministry says plans are underway to come up with a Housing Authority body which will be inspecting and overseeing the construction of residential buildings.

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Househelp’s joy as she wins SA trip

Posted by Administrator on May 5, 2010

 

By SAMMY KITULA
Posted Tuesday, May 4 2010 at 21:00

They slept as ordinary Kenyans, but woke up “celebrities”.

A two-minute call to each of the three — Sarah Ndururu, Godfrey Omondi Oduor and Peter Obiero — declaring them winners of an ongoing promotion for tickets to the World Cup football tournament did the trick.

“Is this Sarah Ndururu”, asked the male voice on the other end, to which she replied in the affirmative.

Rare opportunity

“Have you participated in the Utadunda na Nani Promotion?” continued the caller, who kept on prompting Ndururu with questions; and from that point onwards, the reality of having that rare opportunity of boarding a plane looked more of a possibility than a hoax.

Not a flight from her base in Kisumu to Nairobi or somewhere within the country, but to watch the 2010 World Cup match live in South Africa in June.

“It was like a dream to me. I couldn’t believe that I was one of the winners. I’ll travel to South Africa for the World Cup,” said the 32-year old househelp.

“I only believed when I was told to go to the Kisumu Bottlers to confirm,” she says.

For a long time, residents of Kondele slums in the heart of Kisumu, where Ms Ndururu lives, have been flocking her humble one-room abode to congratulate her.

“She is my neighbour, and I just couldn’t’ believe what I heard. She must be one lucky lady, and I wish I was the one going to South Africa,” Gloria Awiti said.

She has never been to any plane before, but the Super Eagles fan was issued with a passport two years ago. It was while she was going about her daily chores, when the call came through her Nokia 1100 set.

“The funny thing is that I had applied for a passport two years ago. In fact, there was a time when I even thought of doing away with it,” she recalls, her left hand firmly on her cheek, as if to say, “thank God I didn’t”.

In the promotion run by Coca-Cola, one had to send an SMS to a specified number to win after buying returnable bottles of Coca-Cola, Sprite or Fanta, to stand a chance of winning the coveted trip. Ms Ndururu had 123 entries.

“It was a matter of chance,” she says. “I used to drink a lot of soda, for me to get those crowns. Other times, I’d wait for visitors of my employer to leave and scavenge for the bottle-tops; I was that desperate.”

On hearing her good news, her husband, Mr Ignacius Machuki dismissed her caller as “those usual con men”, but little did he know that his wife of six years was about to get a ride, this time not on their family Raleigh bicycle, but in a Boeing 747 to the Rainbow Nation.

“These days, there are very many conmen and women out there and I thought this was one of them,” Machuki said. “The thought of my wife on a plane to South Africa sounded too good to be true, but I believed when I accompanied her to the Coca-Cola offices.”

Hide their joy

Surely, good fortune comes in bundles, as Kisumu’s Jua Kali Garage produced two winners in the competition. Mr Godfrey Omondi Oduor and Mr Peter Obiero couldn’t hide their joy at joining Ms Ndururu for the Stimela train.

While both Ms Ndururu and Mr Oduor spent close to Sh700 worth of airtime for their entries, Mr Obiero, a self-employed mechanic spent only Sh35 worth of airtime to send seven entries.

“I just sent my entries, not knowing that I will win,” recalled the 42-year-old. “I had never won before.”

But Mr Oduor had won Sh10,000 during a competition by the same company in 2006.

 

Jabar Garage

“At first, I thought I was being duped, so I decided to call back to confirm. That’s when I knew I was a winner,” said Mr Oduor, who owns Jabar Auto Garage.

His four daughters couldn’t hide the joy of their father being on a plane they normally gaze at over the skies.

Baba atapanda ndege na ataenda kwa mpira (My dad will board a plane and go to watch football),” said Oduor’s eldest daughter, Mercy Omondi, 13.

While the trio was swamped in making endless shopping lists and even promising their friends a present or two, they had one thing in common; draws can be real.

“I can now say without fear that people can win in draws,” said Mr Oduor, who will be supporting Nigeria at the championships.

Daily Nation

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Minister defends choice of envoys

Posted by Administrator on May 5, 2010

By PETER LEFTIE
Posted Wednesday, May 5 2010 at 22:29

The recent appointment of ambassadors and high commissioners is “above board,” the government said on Wednesday.

Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetang’ula denied reports that the new envoys were picked “clandestinely”, saying they went through normal vetting processes before attending an induction course.

The envoys, said to number 25, are set to take up key postings in various parts of the world after the envoys representing Kenya in those countries were recalled.

The minister denied that the majority of the appointees were politicians who had lost in past elections or that appointments were influenced by senior government officials.

“You will agree with me that each one of us is related to someone somewhere. What we have tried to do is to ensure that we balance the appointments so that we get the best people,” Mr Wetang’ula said.

He said the new envoys had been thoroughly vetted by the ministry and had also been cleared by their host countries. “The country where you are going to serve must accept you. They do not just accept anybody,” he said.

Mr Wetang’ula said the names of the new appointees will be made public once the induction process is complete. Early last month, the government recalled at least 14 ambassadors and 115 junior staff.

Separately, Prime Minister Raila Odinga has urged envoys to scout for trade and investment rather than aid. Mr Odinga said Kenya was moving away from dependence on foreign aid and that envoys had to find markets for Kenyan goods abroad.

He urged the envoys, who had paid him a courtesy call on Tuesday, to portray the correct picture of events at home.

Additional reporting by PMPS

Daily Nation

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