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Posted by Administrator on November 6, 2010

September 24th the country wakes up to the rude and shocking news of 14 murders that were committed at kinale..since then the families of the victims have not received any communique on why their sons were killed and funny is how each family got a link from the kinoo police station::So was it another case of extra judicial killings?Eyewitness reporter Chege Kariuki spent time and sunk into the forest and tells you of the untold suffering of the families as they seek justice.


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Living between despair and hope

Posted by Administrator on November 6, 2010

All was not well. She looked at her parents and all she could see was despair. She knew her life was hanging in the balance but there was a glimmer of hope.

After seeing her parents struggle with finances to cater for her medical expenses after she was diagnosed with kidney failure. However, it was the money needed for the transplant, Sh800,000 that proved a hard nut to crack.

And as she lay in the hospital bed, she realised her skin was slowly changing from chocolate complexion to grey. She panicked and hatched a plan to get help.

”]Daisy Jemutai undergoes dialysis at Kenyatta National Hospital. [PHOTOS: Vincent Mabatuk/STANDARD]In her child’s mind and naivety, she knew one person who she believed had all the money and if only she could get an opportunity to meet him, her tribulations would be sorted out. That was the then President Moi.

Moi assisted

Daisy Jemutai convinced her aunt one Sunday that she wanted to attend a church service at Kabarak chapel where Moi attended church.

“We allowed her to accompany her aunt to Kabarak,” says her father Juma Zuberi.

Jemutai says she sat at the edge of the seat near the passage way and when the service was over and Moi was leaving, she reached to him and told him of her medical condition.

“When he was just passing where I was seated, I called out ‘babu niko na shida’ (Grandfather, I have a problem),” she recalled.

The former president organised for her kidney transplant at Kenyatta National Hospital. That was in 1996 and all was well until last year.

After feeling an unusual pain Jemutai went to hospital for a routine check-up. Routine it was supposed to be but the doctor dropped a bombshell. The kidney her mother, Betty Chepkemoi, had given her had developed complications.

”]Her father Juma Zuberi, mother Betty Chepkemoi and brother Kibet. [PHOTOS: Vincent Mabatuk/STANDARD]Jemutai is back to where she was 14 years ago after the donated organ completely failed last year. She now has to undergo a second transplant.

The 27-year old who now spends most of her time at KNH’s renal unit where she attends sessions for dialysis was on a scholarship in US but had to put hold her studies to come back home after she started becoming sick.

When I met Jemutai at KNH while waiting for her turn to undergo dialysis, she struggled with her words but managed a smile every now and then.

“It is hell-like especially when you know it is no longer your own pain but for others too,” she says.

After the first transplant, she joined Moi Girls, Nairobi, and later Utalii College. Then, she had spent a year in hospital.

“After the transplant in 1996, I resumed normal life until two years ago when I started feeling sick while I was in US,” she says.

She says she did not think her kidney had failed and for long she persevered the pain she was going through till she could not withstand it anymore.

“I knew it would be difficult for my parents and siblings if my kidney had failed again,” she said, staring at her father.

“She called me one evening to tell me she was really sick and wanted to come back home,” said her mother at their home in Mogotio.

Looking for donor

She added: “The way she talked, I knew she was in real pain and when she told me she did not want the family to incur more expenses in transporting her body, I nearly collapsed.”

Zuberi says immediately Jemutai arrived from US, they took her for medical check up and the news of a kidney failure again drove the family, which has now been sucked dry by the costly procedure to keep her daughter alive, into an abyss.

He says immediately they looked for a second donor to save his daughter’s life.

“It took us almost four months going from one relative to another looking for a right donor,” he says.

Zuberi, a retired civil servant, says each week, the family is expected to pay Sh10,000 for two dialysis sessions.

Chepkemoi says the family has been affected financially, psychologically and mentally. “There is nothing we think of these days but how Jemutai will be tomorrow,” she says. “It is a painful situation. The girl is sick and we do not have money to save her life.”

Jemutai says she is hopeful she will be out of the situation one day. “I know my friends and fellow youth are busy building their lives while I am here in hospital but I am hopeful that someone will come to my aid and I will pursue my dreams.”

Her parents urge the Government to start a fund for kidney patients.

“Kidney problem is terrible. It needs money for the patient to survive. I wish the Government would consider setting aside funds to assist those affected,” says Zuberi.

Brother Defers academics

Given this gloomy picture, one might expect misery and despair to pervade the family but in the midst of her medical condition, the closeness they share and the hope for a better tomorrow shines through.

Her brother Kibet was pursuing higher education at Strathmore University but deferred his studies to co-ordinate fundraisings for her sister. “I had to defer my studies because of my sister. It was a choice between her living and my studies in which case her life takes priority,” he says.

Chepkemoi says her daughter’s disease has taught her how not to take life for granted. “At times I just cry thinking of my daughter but I am optimistic God will find a solution to our problems,” she says.

Zuberi is now appealing for well-wishers to help raise funds for her daughter’s transplant.


About Dialysis

Dialysis is a procedure that substitutes the normal duties of the kidneys, which involve regulating water balance and getting rid of excess toxins and by-products of metabolism.

Jemutai’s family have identified a viable and willing donor but Sh1.5 million is needed for the surgical procedure.

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Burial feud rocks US family kin

Posted by Administrator on November 6, 2010

Mr Justus Kebabe and his wife Bilha Omare during happier times. Mr Kebabe pleaded guilty in court to killing his wife and their two children last month in their US apartment. Photo/COURTESY

Mr Justus Kebabe and his wife Bilha Omare during happier times. Mr Kebabe pleaded guilty in court to killing his wife and their two children last month in their US apartment. Photo/COURTESY


Two Kenyan families are fighting over the burial place for a woman and her two children murdered three weeks ago in the US.

The woman’s husband, Mr Justus Kebabe, has admitted in court to killing his wife, son and daughter in Minnesota on October 11 in their apartment.

According to the US-based family of Bilha Kwamboka Omare, 32, who was murdered along with her son, Kinley Ogendi, 12, and daughter, Ivyn Ogendi, nine, they will be buried on November 15 at a public cemetery in New Jersey.

The prosecutor has asked the court to jail Mr Kebabe for 76 years, 25 years and four months for each count. Should that be granted, he will be eligible for parole after 50 years.

The Omare family spokesman Shem Onditi, said from New Jersey, they had claimed the three bodies as next of kin as provided by Minnesota law.

But Mr Kebabe’s family, also in the US, says it has the right to bury them in Kisii, Kenya, under the Abagusii customs on marriage.

A brother of the accused, Mr Evans Kebabe, said on Thursday the Abagusii customary laws should take precedence over the Minnesota law in the burial dispute.

“I know my brother committed a horrific crime but the customs are in place and they should be upheld,” Evans said.

He said he had sought a court injunction to stop the Omare family from taking the bodies to New Jersey for burial.

A member of the Kebabe family, Joseph Lister Nyaringo, said in an email, that despite the pain the late Bilha’s family is in, they need to cooperate with the Kebabe family and have the burials in Kenya.

But Ms Omare’s brother, Danvas Omare said in New Jersey: “You cannot kill someone and then say you will bury them. Bilha was my sister and the family here in the US is involved. It’s nothing against our customs.”

“There is no custom that permits a man to murder his family and later claim culture,” Mr Onditi said. “There is no such culture.”

Asked what will become of the couple’s four-year old girl, Pascali, currently in the custody of child welfare services, Mr Onditi said the family would adopt her.

“That’s why the family wants the burial in the US where the father would be and she will be able to visit the burial site when she grows up.”

A fundraiser by the Omare family is scheduled for the weekend in Minnesota for the burial arrangements. Mr Kebabe said he would not attend, as he “had not been invited.”

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Burial%20feud%20rocks%20US%20family%20kin%20/-/1056/1047770/-/rei6j2/-/index.html

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