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Viral Video of Four Year Old Girl Driving Causes Uproar

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While some Kenyans starve, others have bumper crop

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In central and western Kenya, farmers have had a bumper crop of plump ears of corn and earthy potatoes. Yet in the north, skeletal children wait for food aid amid a growing emergency.

Kenya is supposed to be East Africa’s economic powerhouse but a drought has sharply highlighted the historical neglect of northern Kenya, where 3.75 million Kenyans need food aid. Many Kenyan critics are blaming the situation not just on the weather but also on corrupt and negligent politicians.

Small farmers in western Kenya — which has had steady rains and a good harvest — say they don’t move their crops to the drought-ravaged north because it costs too much to store and transport them and they are not assured of a market. The semiarid northern regions have long been neglected, first by British colonial rulers and then by successive Kenyan governments. Roads are often just bumpy tracks in the sand.

“We’ve had a good harvest this year but it is hard to cover costs,” said farmer Morris Yabatsa, who grows corn and beans near the western town of Kitale.
He sells a sack of corn for $24, but expects the price to halve in coming weeks as a glut of produce hits the local markets. Meanwhile, markets are mostly bare in the north.

Smallholders like Yabatsa have no way to transport the crops there. They don’t have their own vehicles, and even if they did the roads are pitted with potholes and plagued by bandits, and many wouldn’t be able to afford to buy the produce in the north because the drought has killed their cattle. The pastoralist communities there use their herds like bank accounts, selling off animals when they need cash. Oxfam says in some areas between 60-90 percent of livestock have already perished.

“The government has surrendered its responsibility,” said James Shikwati, a leading Kenyan economist. Instead of investing in infrastructure, it was losing millions of dollars through corruption, he said.

“We need to start looking at individuals and government departments that have failed and start naming them,” he said. “People should be in court.”

Last month, the World Bank announced it did not renew funding for a project to help more than 1 million Kenyans to withstand recurrent droughts after millions of dollars could not be accounted for. The bank has asked the government to trace $4.1 million donated to the Arid Lands Natural Resource Management Program.

Government spokesman Alfred Mutua said the government is doing everything it can to help, including providing food aid, buying dying livestock from pastoralists in drought-stricken areas to provide them with cash, and building two new roads to run through the north.

Yabatsa said he wants the government to improve the roads and help break transport cartels that pay farmers a pittance and then hoard corn to inflate prices.

“Many of those cartels are run by politicians,” he asserted.

A Price Waterhouse Coopers forensic audit report made public last year showed Kenya wasted $26.1 million through corrupt deals made in a 2009 government program meant to provide subsidized maize for Kenya’s poor.

However some assistance has been forthcoming. Yabatsa said he took advantage of a government-backed program to offer small loans to farmers so they can invest more in their land. Such a loan had helped him buy more fertilizer this year.

Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gVquaU6cH_t9wtHQcC-HzzyNjjsA?docId=bb0029c94ae84f80b2a699a97ce94b6a

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Kenyan man attacked in Florida

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ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — A Kenyan man was hospitalized in a critical condition after he was attacked in St. Petersburg last week.

The man suffered wounds to his head and body, Interfax reported.

A day later, police detained a 39-year-old suspect, who allegedly attacked the Kenyan citizen in order to help the owner of a store reclaim debts owed to him by the Kenyan man.

The man attacked the Kenyan with a baseball bat and then disappeared.

The motive for the crime was the Kenyan’s failure to pay back a debt owed to the store owner, according to the city’s investigative committee.



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Another Kenyan man arrested for attempted murder in Massachusetts

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In an incident at about 2 p.m. Friday, Godfrey M. Njenga, 33, of 45 Pratt Ave., Apt. 4, was arrested on charges of attempted murder, domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery.

Capt. Kevin Staveley of the Lowell Police said an argument between Njenga and his wife became physical and the suspect allegedly pushed his wife to the ground and held a clothes hanger across her throat in an attempt to choke her.

The woman was able to free herself, but then Njenga allegedly held a kitchen knife to her head and threatened to kill her and her 10-year-old son.

The woman was able to call police when she freed herself.

Police arrested Njenga without incident, Capt Staveley said.

Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_18775502?source=most_viewed#ixzz1WtfzT1fo

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Facing up to fatherhood

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Two weeks ago I woke up to find an SMS waiting to be read on my phone. It read: “This is to inform that we have been blessed with a bouncing baby girl. Baby Frida joined us last night at 2a.m weighing a good 4.5kgs. Mother and baby are fine. Praise be to the Lord.”

(All SMSes announcing babies always seem to end in this clichéd fashion: ‘mother and baby are fine’. I find it lazy. Mother and baby are fine? Sigh. How about: “Mother is weak but glowing, baby is bewildered.” Or, “Mother lost her voice from all the screaming, baby’s ears are ringing. Both are fine and in separate beds.”)

So anyway, I decide to go visit baby Frida (and mother) at the hospital. I get there and find mother in bed. She has that jaded post-labour look – you know the one where her smile looks crooked? Or maybe that’s because her face is swollen.

Upon closer inspection, I find out that indeed she is swollen; her hands, feet, nose, lips. But she is a brave one; she pushed instead of opting for Caesarean.

Standing behind her bed is the new baba, my friend. The new baba is also swollen… around his eyes. I think it’s due to lack of sleep. Or maybe he was crying during labour as well, who knows?

My ‘Best Wishes’ card sits behind a forest of pink cards (the small cards go at the back). The little bouquet of flowers I have brought are propped up against a gigantic basket of flowers. I feel inadequate and somewhat cheap. In fact, I’m certain that I am cheap.

We make small talk – you know the usual idle banter about colic-induced lack of sleep and all that doodah. Mother smiles like a Chesire cat. Baba stifles a yawn.

Eventually, her highness baby Frida is wheeled in. She was in the nursery having her nails done, I presume. Her face looks reddish and bruised, like she was in a bad fight in the nursery. A fight she obviously lost. She is asleep, swaddled into a ball the size of a huge pawpaw. Her face peeks out from this ball. Is she pretty? No, I don’t find most one-day-olds pretty. They always become pretty after the first month. But she is adorable.

“She looks just like you,” I tell the mother. “Smart girl… she picked only the gene that mattered.” Mother rewards me with a small smile. Baba stifles a yawn.

I don’t carry the baby because I find them too fragile when they are younger than one week. Hell, I couldn’t even carry my own baby when she was born. So I make some excuse about my hands being dirty from fumbling with my radiator. Baba stifles another yawn.

After twenty minutes of social correctness, I pat the new mother on the arm (the side that doesn’t look too swollen) and bid her goodbye. Baba and I step out for a manly tete-a-tete.

The bitter truth is, men don’t really decide when we are going to be fathers. A whole bunch of us have fatherhood thrust upon us. Some of us take it in our stride, others take to the hills. Men who refuse to take on fatherhood are easily ridiculed for being weak and spineless.

But fatherhood isn’t a walk in the park. It’s no Blankets and Wine where you sit on some green grass and sip wine while you listen to Kidum. It is serious business. It jars the soul and sometimes, some men need a bit more time than others to take to those diapers.

At the centre of the flight or fight debate is usually freedom. It’s easy to imagine that once a baby shows up, your freedom will be nipped at the bud. There might some truth in there, but not all truth.

But more importantly, any man who is over 25 and is earning any sort of income has no excuse to turn his back on his child. But I have noticed that the guys who walk away are never really walking away from their child; mostly it’s the woman they don’t want to be with. Cowardly yes, but one that can be explained, not excused.

These are fellows who have been seeing a girl for two months and wham, she’s pregnant. He has no plans to marry; she expects him to step up and be with her. When he cringes, she goes bananas. He flees.

Some men come around when the fright (and flight) wears off and reason sets in, and they end up becoming decent fathers. Others never do. And yet, some, like Baba, have fears that they can’t place their fingers on. “I feel different. I feel disillusioned,” Baba tells me. I tell him it’s nothing that a stiff drink won’t kill. He will be fine. I know it.

To all the Babas out there, grappling with new fatherhood, thinking that they have been thrown under the bus, relax; it’s never that serious. Smile and enjoy your new found fatherhood.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/Features/saturday/Facing+up+to+fatherhood+/-/1216/1229286/-/efpfys/-/index.html

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The problem with today’s wife…

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Last weekend, I had an interesting conversation with a gentleman who told me that he has finally figured out why there are so many unmarried women.

According to him, today’s marriage has been fashioned by and around women and it is no longer as attractive as it was in the past. Back then, marriage delivered serious social mileage for men, who would end up being treated like demi-gods and lived blissful lives of being served by (usually more than one) woman. How things have changed.

Today’s women are accused of making marriage a most unattractive proposition for the average man. To begin with, every woman wants to start her marriage with a fairy tale wedding.

She wants to leave all her friends luminously green with envy as she decks herself out in the grandest dress possible. She wants to be ferried to church in the longest stretch limo possible and to have a reception that shatters all records – never mind what it does to the bank balance of a fellow just starting out on his career.

Most brides today will squeeze all their fiancé’s pores and financial wells to ensure that their wedding earns the title of being best and most lavish. Bagging a man is not enough for today’s bride – she must also lead him to the altar in the grandest, most expensive manner.

What is driving most men nuts today is that the man is expected to pay for all of this. Brides conveniently forget the 50-50 sharing rule when it comes to wedding spending.

They also shift the goal posts when it comes to traditions and modernity. Only on matters wedding to brides insist that traditional rituals of paying ridiculously high amounts of bride price and having endless ceremonies be adhered to. So even when a man meets a girl he wants to marry, he almost always knows he is going to be skinned  and rendered broke come wedding day.

When you add expense to commitment phobia, you understand why men are shying away from becoming grooms.

Men, on the other hand, believe that their sweeties should instantly become compliant and malleable wives who pander to all the whims and needs of their newly acquired husband.

In the past, most wives abandoned all their girlish ways to devote their entire lives and days to their wazees. Today’s wives refuse to shed the ‘gal’ tag when they become wives.

They demand their space and right to spend all day in a spa and all night with the girls. The 21st century wife refuses to put all her eggs in the mothering basket, and she views herself as entrepreneur, corporate queen and diva.

She has no qualms with delegating most of her wifely duties to the ever present nanny, house-help and even to her hubby. She feels nothing if she is domestically inept and cannot scramble an egg or iron her man’s shirt; outsourcing is her panacea for all chores.

So the chic wife demands and expects that her husband learn how to take care of the kids and house in her absence. He must be perfectly at ease with her girls’ nights out especially when she comes home too sodden to be of any use to him or her house.

Today’s husbands must learn how to servant spouses, unlike in the past where they were lord and king. To a man, the idea of marriage has lost a lot of its allure.

What irks men most today is that women are impatient and allergic to misery and suffering. Their mothers felt so blessed and lucky to have the hubby-home combo that they often put up with chauvinistic, overbearing, ill-mannered men who happened to be their husbands. Social convention had taught them to put up and shut up so that their children would grow up in a family setting, no matter how fractured and dysfunctional.

The wives of today have zero tolerance for men who fall short – especially those who fall short of fortune and affection. Men of today know that very few women will look upon them with any form of favour if they are lacking financially.

‘Broke and married’ is so not on nowadays. In the event that the woman overlooks such matters on wedding day, she usually expects the man to make monetary good and make it very fast.

By the time baby number one comes along, the woman wants to be assured that her children can attend those expensively priced kindergartens and that she has a family residence in the leafy suburbs. She expects that the hubby provides a car that leaves both his bank account and her friends’ mouths wide open.

Today’s marriages are not about waiting for things to happen in the long-term; it is about expecting them to happen now. Most marriages today come with an unspoken exit clause; you had better make this marriage be for better because if it gets worse I will take off very fast.

Men today know that they have to bear all manner of brunt whenever they do not meet the material and emotional expectations of their spouses. The wives of today do not believe in ‘till death do us part’. They would much rather part, taking half their hubby’s earnings with them.

According to most men, today’s marriage has been set up to punish men for centuries of domination over women. Women are trying to render the man mentally, emotionally and physically bankrupt.

The challenge is how to be a relevant husband to a wife who sees herself as an empowered chick who can exit at any time and take the man to cleaners for good measure.

Contact the author at njokikaigai1@gmail.com

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Phillip Moi denies threatening to kill his wife

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Phillip Moi

Phillip Moi

Philip Kipchirchir Moi, son of former President Moi, visited the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters on Kiambu Road two days after his estranged wife Rosanna Pluda Moi reported receiving threatening phone calls and messages from him.

Philip, accompanied by an aide, went to the same officer who recorded his wife’s statement on August 17 and denied sending her any death threats. Rosanna has filed for divorce to end their marriage of 16 years on the basis of cruelty and adultery.

A senior CID officer privy to the investigation said of Philip: “He visited the CID headquarters and went to the Investigations Bureau division where he recorded a statement. His wife has come back twice again. First it was on the same day the husband was here and on another day.”

Rosanna has continued to report to the detectives expressing concern for her life because of strange phone calls and messages. She added that she had noticed a strange car parked at her gate late at night several days ago and asked them to investigate the matter.

In her statement dated August 17, Rosanna said she has been a senior adviser in South Sudan for M-Oil & Minerals Ltd for six years until the company wound up and she decided to relocate to Kenya.

She reported that she received two calls on a number she didn’t know and recognised the voice as that of her husband. She said the caller abused her and threatened to send someone to kill her. The statement further says the caller continued with the threats on August 9. Rosanna says that Philip abused her in the presence of their daughter on another occasion.

Rosanna has sued Philip for maintenance but he claims he cannot meet the obligations as he has no money and depends on the goodwill of family and friends.

She was driven into the CID headquarters on Kiambu Road at about 12:30pm in the company of an associate of Judy Thongori, a well known family law practitioner. Rosanna and her lawyer asked to see the CID Director Muhoro Ndegwa.

Rosanna briefly confirmed to the Star that she had gone to the CID to report and record a statement about the threats from her husband. She and her lawyer declined to give more information.

She was directed to the officer in charge of the Investigation Bureau Mohammed Amin who then instructed a detective to record her statement. “I can confirm that l have come to report receiving death threats. I cannot talk more because l am under a lot of pressure. We will talk later,” was all Rosanna said before being driven out of the CID headquarters. She filed for divorce in December 2008.

Last month, High Court Judge Roselyne Nambuye ordered Philip to pay the Sh2.7 million he owed Rosanna as arrears for maintenance and child support. Philip risks being jailed if he does not pay the arrears as well as monthly child support of Sh250,000 for their children. The court ordered that his property be attached if he does not make the payments within 30 days of being served with the order.

Aggrieved by the verdict, Philip sought temporary orders to stop Rosanna from demanding the money from him claiming it was beyond what Rosanna used to receive during their marriage.

Source: http://www.the-star.co.ke/national/national/38637-philip-moi-visits-cid-headquarters-after-his-wife-records-statement-over-death

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