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Husband and wife bump into each other in lodging

Posted by Administrator on October 26, 2011

A husband and wife who had been cheating on each other literally caught themselves pants down when they bumped into each at a lodging in the expansive Karagita estate near Naivasha Town.

The man, a fish monger at the estate, had informed his wife that he wanted to travel to Western Kenyan for an urgent family event that would take place the following day.

When the man was set to leave, he exchanged a few pleasantries with his wife and then left for the bus station.

“Good bye dear,” she waved beaming with a charming smile.

Unknown to her, however, the man was going nowhere near his rural home. He had instead made arrangements with another woman and they had agreed to meet at a nearby lodging facility.

The idea of going to ‘Western Kenya’ was just a ruse to cover his amorous ways.

She called her lover 

But in line with equality, his wife also thought that this was an opportune time to meet a man she had been surreptitiously having an affair with. She promptly called her lover and they booked a room in one of the few lodgings available in the sprawling estate.

By coincidence, the lodging the woman and his lover booked was the same one her husband was holed up with another woman. In fact, and unbeknown to them, they had booked adjacent rooms.

Everything went on as planned and nothing seemed unusual until around 10 pm when the unexpected happened.

The man who had ostensibly visited Western Kenya decided to call his wife, to assure her that his journey was smooth and hassle free. The first attempt to make the call was unsuccessful and he thought it was as a result of poor network. He decided to make the repeat call from outside
the room.

Familiar ring-tone 

After the second attempt, the call went through. But something baffled him: a familiar ring-tone sounded in the next room, seemingly generated from the call he was making due to the timing.

Then suddenly, the door flung open and a woman emerged clutching a phone. She was his wife!

It was one of those awful moments when one wishes they could sink into the ground. The man discontinued the call and stared at his wife in silence and disbelief. He could not believe what was unfolding before his eyes.

But slowly, the bile rose and, chest heaving, he thundered, “Truphena, what are you doing here? What is the meaning of this?”

Angry that he didn’t seem to be aware that he was equally in hot soup, she raised her eyes toward the starry night and retorted, “Jeckonia, what are you doing here?”

Time stood still.

They both gave each other strained, anguished looks, followed by nervous smiles. With a mixture of shame, guilt and resentment eating him up, the man said, “Truphena, let’s talk at home.”

Source: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/politics/InsidePage.php?id=2000045422&cid=349


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The cost of being a bridesmaid

Posted by Administrator on October 26, 2011

It is approaching year-end and despite the difficult times brought on by a falling shilling and rising inflation, wedding preparations are, no doubt, in top gear as couples prepare to roll out that one splendid, memorable day that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

But an increase in pop culture’s fascination with wedding shows, magazines, social media, and websites is putting pressure on many brides and grooms to walk down the aisle in a unique and memorable way.

This often obliges them to pass the cost of their big day — sometimes literally — to their team of bridesmaids and members of their wedding committees.

On the other hand, destination weddings have become increasingly popular in recent years.

And because of the excitement and the desire to impress, many couples are not mindful of the expense incurred by guests and wedding party members, who now have to include a plane ticket and possible accommodation, in addition to the other expenses.

Maximillah, an Information Technology expert in Nairobi, has participated in three weddings — two as a bridesmaid and one as a committee member. And according to her experiences, helping a friend to organise a wedding can be a costly affair.

“I have always been happy to be part of a friend’s wedding. It is hard to turn down your best friend’s request to be in her wedding ceremony. Some of them are my next door neighbours, others are former college mates. I was glad to assist them to settle down.”

However, her income did not exactly match the price tag of the designer bridesmaid dresses and shoes that the bride had chosen. When she got the email about the dress and shoes that she was expected to purchase, she was taken aback.

“The shoes cost Sh2,800 while the dress was Sh5,500. I was also supposed to pay for my hair to be done to match the other bridesmaids’ and get a manicure. This is before even taking into consideration the cost of a gift, the bachelorette party, and wedding shower,” she says.

Maximillah says being a bridesmaid is costly.

“You have to buy an engagement gift and help plan the bridal shower. And for some weddings, there is the bachelorette party, which you plan (and pay for) along with the other bridesmaids.

And if the wedding is being held somewhere fun or exotic, you have to arrange for your own travel expenses, which may mean hiring a limo or a flashy car.”

Maximillah is not the only bridesmaid who has felt the burden of wedding expenses. Weddings, which were once simply a special day in the life of a couple, have become the centre of a multi-billion shilling industry catering to the whims of brides who want to feel like princesses, if only for a day.

Cynthia*, a businesswoman in Nairobi, has also been a bridesmaid at four weddings. The first two brides she served were both reasonable and gracious with their requests, but the other two were not so easy to work with.

Her first bad experience came when her cousin’s fiancée cancelled the wedding less than a week before the nuptials. She informed the bridal party of the development via angry texts and emails.

Never mind that Cynthia had already bought a bridesmaid’s dress at Sh4,500 and a pair of shoes to match at Sh2,500.

“Other than the angry messages in my email inbox and phone, I never received an explanation or acknowledgement of the cancellation or even a ‘thank you’ note, after I dropped Sh7,000 for her special day. I felt that my efforts were not appreciated,” she says.

The wedding took place after five weeks and Cynthia had to buy another dress “because the previous colour did not match the new wedding dress.”

Cynthia has been asked by several friends to be their bridesmaid or join their wedding committees, but after her last experience, she said “no”.

She is firm that she does not want to participate in organising any more weddings.

She recalls an incident where a relative stated that anyone who “cared” about her wedding would find a way to finance a trip to South Africa, where the ceremony would take place. “I guess only about 10 people cared, because that’s the number that showed up.”

Mr Stephen Ngunjiri, a wedding planner in Nairobi, says that although being asked to serve as a bridesmaid is a great honour, some people take it too far because they want to impress others.

“Being chosen as a bridesmaid is a great thing. The bride wants you to play an integral role in what will be one of the most memorable days of her life.

However, many friends and family members have found themselves managing the unreasonable demands of a soon-to-be wedded woman who thinks that everyone should gladly give up a chunk of their time and money for her nuptials.”

Mr Manyara Kirago, a financial planner, says many bridesmaids do not realise how quickly the expenses can add up between the time the engagement is announced to the day their friends or relatives walk down the aisle.

If it takes a-year-and-a-half, you may not realise that you have spent close to Sh100,000,” he says.

And as the economy struggles out of the current slump, the price of weddings — and the cost of being a bridesmaid or a wedding committee member — is rising.

Brides are asking for more formal weddings with higher price tags. While many people would like to be involved in their best friends’ wedding, they cannot afford to spend all their savings on the big day.

So how do you break it to your friend or relative that you cannot be her bridesmaid or committee member because of the high cost?

“Be honest up front,” says Mr Kirago, the author of How to Become a Life-long Financial Success.

“It is important to be honest and if you try participate in it, you may end up using credit cards, which will put you in a debt trap.

You should never go into debt for a friend’s wedding. If you cannot afford to be in one, explain this to your friend or relative.”

He advises people who feel financially squeezed to try and turn down bridesmaid offers in person, but never during a wedding-related event.

“You can arrange for a cup of coffee with the bride or the groom, find time to talk outside work, but don’t ‘throw a fit’ about the expenses. Just tell the truth,” he adds.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/Features/money/The+cost+of+being+a+bridesmaid+++/-/435440/1262108/-/cpvgjc/-/index.html

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Police blow up car in city bomb scare as security agents remain on high alert

Posted by Administrator on October 26, 2011

Jennifer Muiruri I NATION The boot of a vehicle that was blown off by the bomb squad in Kayole on October 26, 2011.

Jennifer Muiruri I NATION The boot of a vehicle that was blown off by the bomb squad in Kayole on October 26, 2011.

Police on Wednesday blew up a car abandoned by the roadside that was thought to have been rigged up with explosives.

An unidentified person, who had parked it at the busy Masimba matatu terminus in Kayole, had claimed it would explode and “kill many people.”

Officers from the police bomb disposal unit first examined the car with the help of sniffer dogs and after failing to detect any explosives, used their own devices to force the boot open.

The explosion ripped the boot as hundreds of residents scampered for safety.

The scene is near the house where 13 grenades were found after police raided a house and arrested its owner on Tuesday evening.

One of the experts who wired the explosive, and detonated it while 100 metres away was wearing bomb kit; heavy clothing that included a helmet.

The police action ended four hours of anxiety, during which the area had been cleared as terrified residents watched from a distance.

The car, a cream Nissan Sunny, was abandoned there at noon and its wreckage towed away at 4.30pm.

Officers from Kayole Police Station had cleared the busy terminus, cordoned off an area of about 200 metres on either side of the car for four hours until bomb experts arrived.

Kayole police boss Moses Lubisia said the owner of the vehicle – KAC 256D – had been identified.

Mr Lubisia added the man would be charged with various offences, because “he had given false information, causing anxiety, panic and fear”.

After parking the car, the man had flagged down a matatu and hopped in.

When he claimed the car would explode, Mr Lubisia told the Nation, he was loud enough and many people heard him.

Inside the vehicle, police found two 20-litre plastic containers and rugged paper bags.

Meanwhile a security cordon has been thrown around the country as the government moves to thwart possible terrorist attacks by Al-Shabaab.

Security patrols were enhanced in various parts of the country yesterday especially in government offices, public places and major highways in the wake of two grenade attacks in Nairobi that left a man dead and dozens injured on Monday.

The threats assumed more significance yesterday after police were forced to blow up a car that had been abandoned by a man who claimed that it was laden with explosives and would kill “many people.”

The incident occurred in Kayole estate, Nairobi, a day after a man was arrested with 13 grenades.

A spot check by the Nation established that owners of shops, hotels, restaurants, bars and public transport vehicles in Nairobi had hired security officers armed with metal detectors to screen patrons and passengers before admitting them into their premises or vehicles.

At the Holy Family Basilica, the Nation found security officers at the entrance to the main church hall screening worshippers going for evening prayers.

“This is the first time we have brought in security officers to screen worshippers because we are alive to the threat posed by terrorists. We have however not noticed a drop in the number of worshippers,” Father Calistus Oduor said.

Nairobi’s two main public transport companies, Citi Hoppa and Double M said they had hired security guards to screen passengers before boarding their vehicles.

Drop in passengers

They reported a dramatic drop in the number of passengers since the Al-Shabaab warned of retaliatory attacks in Kenya.

“Since last week, there has been a significant drop in the number of passengers using our buses, especially at night. Most commuters are now leaving town as early as 2pm,” Double M inspector Job Nato said.

Similar measures were put in place by Citi Hoppa.

“We were forced to buy these detectors after we noticed a sharp drop in the number of passengers who were using our buses since last week. Passengers want to know their security is guaranteed,” an inspector with the bus company, Ms Beatrice Nyambura, said.

Even with increased police surveillance, police commissioner Mathew Iteere said the alerts should be maintained.

CID director Ndegwa Muhoro said Kenyans should avoid visiting “non-essential public places.”

Police further appealed to wananchi to report anything suspicious, such as abandoned luggage.

Mr Muhoro said that on many occasions, information on “suspicious characters or items” was not true but added, “it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

At the Coast, Mr Iteere said there were more than 2,000 hotels and resorts frequented by tourists and all had been clustered and teams of police officers assigned to them.

He said police had visited businesses in the central business district and advised traders on how to ensure safety for their clients.

A spot check by the Nation revealed extra security measures in places that Kenyans would otherwise walk in and out without being bothered.

In Coast, the Provincial Administration announced that no security officer would be allowed to go on leave in the wake of the security threat.

Regional Commissioner in charge of southern area Nelson Marwa said adequate personnel, both in uniform and plainclothes, had secured all critical government installations and other public sites.

Mr Marwa said officers had been stationed at the Likoni ferry crossing, Moi International Airport, the port, Nyali bridge, and Makupa Causeway, among other public places.

At Bima Towers and the NSSF buildings where most government offices are located, security officers were given strict instructions to screen anybody entering the buildings and detain for further questions any suspicious persons.

Mr Marwa said police had also been posted to all parts of the region to strengthen the security situation.

At Kibera law courts in Nairobi, the courtrooms, which are usually full, were almost empty as only those who had cases scheduled for hearing were allowed in.

At Busia border point, police were ordered to search all vehicles and screen people to guard against possible entry of weapons into the country.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/1262420/-/10e50k7z/-/index.html

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Part-time Kenyan beggar, part-time dancer

Posted by Administrator on October 26, 2011

Polio at the age of 10 left Sylvester Barasa with both legs withered but he has developed the shoulders and chest of a bodybuilder and a very strong stage presence

Polio at the age of 10 left Sylvester Barasa with both legs withered but he has developed the shoulders and chest of a bodybuilder and a very strong stage presence

When Sylvester Barasa, whose legs have been withered by polio, is not begging at the side of a highway in the Kenyan capital he is part of a contemporary dance troupe.

“It’s a way of surmounting my handicap. It means I don’t see the polio as something important any more. I don’t pay attention to it any more,” he said.

At 34, Sylvester is one of the most emblematic figures in the Pamoja modern dance troupe, which started five years ago and which brings together able-bodied and disabled dancers.

Polio at the age of 10 left him with both legs withered but he has developed the shoulders and chest of a bodybuilder and a very strong stage presence.

Barasa admits to living in a “very tough environment”. That is something of an understatement, given that he leaves the shanty town of Kayole every morning and parks his wheelchair in the middle of Wayaki Way, where he sits in the sand as trucks rumble past incessantly, whipping up clouds of dust.

He went with a friend to a rehearsal of Pamoja shortly after the troupe was set up.

“I felt shy, I was afraid people would laugh at me, but they encouraged me,” he recounted.

Pamoja, which means together in Swahili, was set up by the Israeli-Canadian choreographer Miriam Rother and soon went from being an experimental workshop to a company putting on at least a show a year.

“I get many things from dancing, I get flexible. I didn’t know what contemporary dance was but I came to realise it is something that makes my body feel good,” said Barasa, a father of four.

There are 13 dancers in the company, although the latest performance earlier this month featured only five.

The able-bodied dancers bring their skills. The disabled dancers, rather than trying to hide their handicap, make it dance, pushing their body to its limits to take part in collective ballets or improvise solos.

None of them seems to have any inferiority complex. John Kihungi, 40, who moves around clutching a pole as tall as he is, describes himself as an acrobat and says he sometimes puts on impromptu shows for tourists in front of hotels on the Kenyan coast.

“When I joined Pamoja I felt I’d come to the right place,” he explained. During rehearsals “I give new ideas to the dancers – my acrobat ideas,” he said proudly.

On stage meanwhile two young women who walk with a stick launch into a duet where they form arabesques with their arms and join hands above their heads.

“Our credo is that we don’t care whether you have no legs, whether you’re paralysed at the waist, or whether you’ve been amputated. We’re interested in what you bring to the character you’re playing on stage,” the company’s director Joseph Kanyenje said.

He said he is impressed by his dancers’ progress, both on stage and in everyday life.

“Some have had good job interviews. Three now work as civil servants and another is a hotel receptionist.”

“It’s all in the mind,” Kanyenje says stepping into the shoes of one of his disabled dancers.

“People sometimes look down on me, but this evening they’re looking up at me because I’m the one on stage.”

Source: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/part-time-kenyan-beggar-part-time-dancer-080050995.html

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Man arrested for having sex with goat

Posted by Administrator on October 26, 2011

A thirty five year old man is currently admitted in Soroti hospital after an angry mob beat him up for allegedly having sex with a goat that later on died of injuries it had sustained.

The resident of Kapswhahili cell B, Soroti Municipality, was rescued from the wrath of fuming residents wielding sticks and stones, accusing him of bringing a bad omen to the community.

“We can’t tolerate this, God made a wife for a man and a man for a wife, this is tempting to change Gods order,” the mob chanted.

According to the deputy OC CID, Mr Micheal Anyonga said that the suspect was apprehended by a one James Peter Akuru on Wednesday 25.10.2011 at 4.00am after hearing the goat repeatedly bleating in an unfamiliar way. The goat belonged to his mother Amina Ayubu who was attending funeral rites in Busia.

Mr Anyonga said that what prompted the residents to gang up and attempt to lynch the suspect was because there had previously been several mysterious goat deaths. The residents argued that the goats could have been dying in an unexplained manner because of such acts.

Mr Anyonga added that from the reports they have got , the suspect could have been performing the act for a long period of time.

Mr Anyonga said, “We dashed to the scene of crime, we found the goat had died with some sperms coming out of its anus,” he confirmed.

He said that according to the postmortem taken by a veterinary doctor, the injuries found inflicted on the goat were consistent with bestial acts and human semen were in its vagina.

Mr Anyonga said that the suspect will be charged of having carnal knowledge of an animal which is against section 145 of the penal code act, adding that if found guilty he is liable to life imprisonment.

Source: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/-/688334/1262148/-/bhgsp5z/-/index.html

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