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“Love brought me pain but I will live and love again”

Posted by Administrator on April 20, 2012

A narrow murram path leads to 30-year-old Cecile Asaji’s house in Kakamega town. Small stones painted with whitewash lie on each side of the path.

Behind them, two lines of freshly watered flowers stretch all the way to the veranda. The petals have only begun to embrace the warmth of the sun.

“I’m glad the sun is out today,” Cecil says, welcoming us into her house. “It’s a good Friday.”

Curled up on her sofa looking relaxed and happy, Cecile is a warm lady to be around. But beneath her happy smile lies an undercurrent of despair, pain and rejection, only recently tempered by courage, hope and determination to once again reclaim her life.

You see, Cecile is HIV positive, and learning to finally win against the demons that once haunted her after the betrayal of her once-loving boyfriend.

Growing up the fifth child in a family of six, with an absent father, in Vihiga district, is where her story starts.

“My father was a banker and my mother was a primary teacher,” she says.

One month after her birth, her father left for the US to work and study, returning when she was 10.

Missing father

Cecile recalls that although she had uncles to look up to, she still missed a father figure.

“I had only seen him in pictures. I wanted to be with him, to spend time talking about ‘my dad’, just like my friends did.”

Nonetheless, Cecile’s life was otherwise stable, and in 1997, she joined St. Mary’s Girls’ School in Mumias. In 1998, at the age of 16, Cecile was struck by Cupid’s arrow.

James* was a close friend of her brothers, and someone familiar to her since childhood, even though he was substantially older than her. In 2000, she joined M’mbale Progressive School in Uganda for her A-levels, but that did not deter love; James, who was in employment in Kisumu at that time, would often travel to see her.

“I was confident that he was a good catch,” she says.”I told myself that he wouldn’t do all the bad things that men did to women. He filled the void that my father had left, and I felt that he was the only man who cared and loved me.”

Cecile devoted herself to him, and dreamed of one day becoming his wife and the mother of his children. In 2003 she joined Kampala International University for her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication.

With more freedom and her own room, she could date and club as much as she wanted, but she opted instead to be faithful to James.

“It looked like fun. At times I felt tempted to join in. But I didn’t. I had a boyfriend back at home who was faithful. I could not bear to hurt him.”

Cheating boyfriend

Then in 2004, things began to fall apart. They began to squabble. His visits decreased in frequency.

“I sensed that something was eating into my relationship,” Cecile remembers. Her friends thought there was another woman. Cecile sat him down and prodded him. “He claimed that his mother was very sick and needed to see some grandchildren (before she died),” she says.

“I did not want to lose him, yet I did not want to bear a child out of wedlock.”

When her older sister had conceived out of wedlock their father had been very upset and almost kicked her out of the house, and so Cecile knew that the family would not take this kindly. But in the end, and at the age of 23, she gave in and conceived.

“Coincidentally, my father did not pay my fees that year, and I moved in with my boyfriend, which helped me keep it from my family.”

However, the arguments she thought would end with her conception went on. To add insult to injury, her boyfriend began to see another woman.

“Some days, he would come over to the house with her. I guess he wanted to humiliate me and force me to leave.”

Cecile confronted the lady, begging her to leave ‘them’ alone. “I felt like she was inducing our break-up, and told her to stop. After all, I was pregnant with his child. But she said that I had no business dating and should (concentrate on my studies).”

Towards the end of her second trimester, Cecile had a premature rapture of the membrane. “It happened at around 2pm. We did not have neighbours around and I was not familiar with the estate.”

By the time John returned from work and took her to hospital, her condition had deteriorated. “The doctors said that my condition was critical. They removed the foetus to save my life.”

Chris the playboy

After returning to her boyfriend’s from the hospital, the break up that had been simmering burst out.

“He accused me of prostitution and negligence and kicked me out.”

Heartbroken and in physical pain, Cecile returned to her parents in Vihiga where she lied that she had been staying with a student in hope that her dad would send her fees.

“I did not speak about the pregnancy or the misconception.” It was while she was there that she heard that John had married. “I wondered what I had done wrong to deserve this. Hadn’t I been faithful and submissive? Hadn’t I loved enough? What did I lack?”

In 2007, Cecile returned to campus for her final year. This time, she was sullen and withdrawn.

“I could not accept the fact that my relationship had ended. I felt unlovable, undesirable and unattractive.” One day a man dropped by her room. “He said that his name was Chris* and some students in our row were his cousins.” They began to converse.

“He asked why I didn’t know him, yet he knew me well. He claimed that he had graduated the previous year.” From that day on, Charles began to drop by her room.

“He began to ask for coffee dates. He wanted to date me. Having come from a hurtful relationship, and having a largely absentee father, I feared men. Yet, I needed someone to tell me what I wanted to hear: that I was alright.”

She began to warm up to him. They began to date and sex became part of their relationship. “At first, we used condoms. But after some time, we began to have unprotected sex.”

Then Cecile began to hear stories that her new boyfriend was a serial player. It also turned out that he had never had cousins at the university. But what really shook Cecile was a fellow student’s proclamation.

“She cornered me on my way from the library and accused me of stealing her man. Then she said that I would be very wise to have an HIV test.”

Confused, Cecile stopped all physical intimacy with Chris two months after they had started. “I demanded that we go for a test, or there would be no relationship.” However, her boyfriend utterly refused and told her to go alone.

Testing news

“I was totally unsettled and had to go for a test to be sure. The test came out negative!”

Cecile broke up the relationship and swore to never date again. In early 2011, she got a job as banker in Eldoret – which she later lost due to illness. In August, her eyes began to swell and her skin developed severe blemishes. “I went to Moi Referral Hospital and got hydrocortisones which eased the skin problem.”

A few weeks later, she began to develop blisters on her tummy.

“The blisters came in tandem with strong fevers.” Her aunt, who was a medic, heard about her problems and advised that they visit the hospital together. “I hate jabs and I was very reluctant at first.” The tests came out positive for herpes. “I also tested HIV positive,” she adds, with a breaking voice.

“I thought it was a joke. Hadn’t I gone for a test that turned out negative?” Her father broke the news to her siblings and other members of her extended family. “I felt really hurt,” Cecile says. In the following days, Cecile and her father could not see eye to eye.

“There was cold hatred in his eyes whenever we met. He couldn’t stay in the same room with me.” Apparently, her father had a mistress who had repeatedly told him stories of Cecile being a husband snatcher in Eldoret town. He now believed that the stories were true.

Meanwhile, Cecile’s health deteriorated. She began to harbour suicidal thoughts. “I thought, ah, if I just swallow all my ARVs, my suffering would end.”

But a second thought told her that she would leave her first boyfriend, James, enjoying life. “I blamed him. If he hadn’t dumped me, I wouldn’t have been infected.

From despair to hope

Now I wanted to infect him and his wife.” They had recently gotten in touch, and Cecile decided to put her plan into action. Since he was once again showing interest in her, Cecile began to come around.

“He apologised and promised to marry me as a second wife and love me more. He even bought piece of land where he wanted to settle me.” Her plan was perfectly falling into place.

Just about then, this January, she came upon an advertisement in a local paper for a HIV-positive networking group. “They were looking to network persons living with HIV/Aids.”

Through the group, she met an evangelist who became her emotional pillar, and a social support network of people living positively with HIV who gave her hope.

“I met people with different experiences. Slowly, I came to see that I had not come to the end of the road. I could still live.”

She began to let the pain go and stopped seeing her first boyfriend. “I have kept a safe distance from him. Though my dad has refused to accept me, I hope that one day we will patch up.”

Meanwhile, Cecile’s emotional healing continues. “I may not have good feelings towards men, but I want to heal. I want to love and live again,” she says with conviction.”I want to be the woman I know I can be. And I will get there.”

* Names have been changed


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Kenya: Male Gold Diggers On the Rise

Posted by Administrator on April 20, 2012


By Maureen Ojunga

Often, people brand women who like to date particular men, shop in particular stores, live only in particular areas and wine and dine at particular retaurants as gold diggers! That is not the case always. There are women who do all the above with their own hard earned cash.

Well, for the past couple of months I have been noticing and studying a certain species of Kenyan men… the Kenyan male gold diggers! As a woman I can be excused if I choose to marry a man because of the size of his pockets as I know I will compensate for it in other ways such as carry his children in my womb for some million weeks and of course I will humble myself and cater to him for many years. But a man who is blatantly after a woman for her money…there’s something absolutely wrong with that picture and it’s just plain wrong!

So, the members of this new male species are very comfortable with “being kept” by a woman -who does not necessarily have to be so well off or older but just does better than him financially.)

They will prey on you and be all over you like white on rice just because you have Benjamins and those Benjamins can do something huge for them. A lavish life of fast cars, sexy blings and opulent environs… while they sit back and wait for it to fall on their laps. To the Kenyan male gold digger…because you have your own stylish apartment, you dress well and own keys to anything with four wheels…you are the jackpot!

*I know there are those men who are hunted down innocently by well off cougars but that’s an article for another day. Today I am all about the young male who will go hunting for the lady with a lot pocket money to spare. And guts, they have this lot I must say.

Who exactly is this male gold digger?

They are all over the place and they are multiplying fast!

*A male gold digger is often very handsome and attractive and he knows it. Besides that, he has a very flashy lifestyle and this is what attracts you to him in the beginning. He lies a lot and especially about what he does for a living and his achievements and he is very elusive when asked anything about himself.

*He will tell you about where he lives and even invites you over to his place hoping you’ll say no, but just in case you say yes, imaginary meetings that keep him out of his house at all hours of the day and night emerge! He is simply what musician Wahu would call a “kibow-wow”.

*The male gold digger doesn’t necessarily have to be poor, he could have been rich but has recently bumped into difficult financial times and what matters to him is that he maintains his lifestyle pre-hard times.

*He always knows how to spot a woman with insecurities and so he decides to do something to make you feel better about yourself (i.e offer you fake love) but only to his benefit.

*He does not love you, he loves your money and especially if you are considered socially unattractive and perhaps overweight…ahh…the better!

How to spot the male gold digger from a mile

- He is very keen to know about your finances, job description and your employer. It’s even better if you are self employed or a prominent member in the society.

- He feels he has the right to know about your bank details and how much money you have in your account even before you get to second base with him.

- He asks for money to invest in non-existent schemes claiming he will give it back with interest.

- He is always asking for a loan every now and then and is always in a financial mess that needs urgent attention. If you fail to release the funds or ask for more explanations you will get a dumping but not before some emotional torture.

- He is always “saving” somebody’s a** or constantly his family members fall sick or die…he often just needs money for crises!

- He is very ostentatious in his ways and mark you he doesn’t have a job.

- He never gives you anything or gives you something that will benefit both of you…but him more.

- Whenever he gets money (which you lovingly gave him) he spends it all very fast knowing that when you ask you will give him some more. After all you are his breathing ATM machine.

- He shamelessly asks you to send him airtime or money for fuel or for cab fare when you ask him to meet you.

- He only likes hanging out at your place and will even entertain his friends at your place and at your expense.

- He has a trail of heartbroken women who he has milked, played and dumped in the past.

- He is always unavailable unless he needs something from you.

Remember this man does not care about you, he only cares about himself. He doesn’t add any value to your life whatsoever and once he has milked your finances dry you cease to exist to him! So by any means if you spot him early…avoid him like the plague. Extinguish the male gold digger!!!

Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201204170966.html

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MPs award themselves Sh3m bonus

Posted by Administrator on April 20, 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 20 – Members of Parliament have passed a Bill that will allow them to be paid Sh3.72 million each as gratuity at the end of the term of the 10th Parliament.


Finance Minister Robinson Githae hurriedly moved the amendment on Thursday evening before MPs approved the Finance Bill.

The new clause proposes that MPs get 30 percent of their annual income as gratuity.

The amendment was passed almost unanimously with only nominated MP Millie Odhiambo opposing it claiming that it was unfair to the taxpayer.

“I wish to oppose. This is because whereas I believe Members of Parliament are entitled, I will not be party to unfairness to this country. Members of Parliament have refused to reduce interest rates for members of the public, but when it comes to our own things, we are very quick and sneaky. I oppose the amendment;” she told the House after the she earlier supported the amendment to cap interest rates.

Analysts say the deal was a trade off between MPs and Githae to pass the contentious Finance Bill.

The deal is said to have been struck during a lunch organized by Githae before the MPs came to the house for the Thursday session.

MPs currently get Sh300,000 per annum on a flat rate so in 5 years were expected to receive they S 1.5 million upon the expiry of their term.

Last year MPs defied attempts by the president and the prime minister and refused to pass the Finance Bill which without amendments to control bank interest rates and cost of fuel.

On Thursday night, MPS also failed to pass an amendment proposed by Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo to cap the maximum interest rate that a bank or a financial institution may charge for a loan or monetary advance.

Lawmakers had wanted it not exceed more than four per centum, the rate set and published by the Monetary Policy Committee established under section 4D of the Central Bank of Kenya Act.

Among those who opposed the amendment were Dujis MP Aden Duale who said that capping interest rates was very populist but and could only work if Kenya was a communist country.

He said that the amendment was very simplistic in view of the structural drivers of interest rates in the market where he said that both the private and public sector ought to play a very crucial role in the regulation of interest rates.

“It cannot work in this country. It cannot work in a country where there is a free market. I want to raise fundamental issues we want to control both the cost and the revenue. That is the worst form of price control,” said Duale in his contribution.

Among those who supported the amendment were MPs Martin Ogindo of Rangwe, Gwassi’s John Mbadi, Mille and Rachael Shebesh.

A total of 58 MPs voted against the amendment that was only supported by 17 MPs.


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Kenyan dispatcher defends driver who took a wrong turn to Mexico while ferrying ammo

Posted by Administrator on April 20, 2012

Dennis Mekenye, a Kenyan dispatcher speaking to the media regarding the incident.

EL PASO, TEXAS – The boss of a truck driver caught with 268,000 rounds of ammunition in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, said Thursday that his employee took a wrong turn on his way to deliver what he insists was legal cargo bound for an Arizona dealer.

Dennis Mekenye, operations manager at Demco freight company in the Dallas suburb of Arlington, said Jabin Bogan, 27, made “a very honest mistake” when he took a wrong turn that eventually led him to Mexico on Tuesday. Mekenye said h has been in touch with U.S. law enforcement agencies and the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez.

“We want this solved, that is why we have been so forthcoming with authorities,” he said.

ATF spokesman Tom Crowley said that agents in Juarez “are looking into the specifics of what happened” but declined further comment.

The truck’s tracking unit showed that it had entered into Mexico, and that is when Mekenye said he decided to call Bogan.

“We do not go into Mexico; our company is not licensed to go into Mexico,” Mekenye said. The driver told him over the phone that Mexican authorities had detained him and were going to inspect the cargo.

Mekenye said that Bogan informed him that after making two of his three stops in El Paso, Texas, he proceeded to drive to the third stop at company called Carefusion before heading to Phoenix, where the ammunition was to be delivered. But he took a wrong turn and found himself at the Bridge of The Americas, unable to make a U-Turn.

“He said a cop told him to go straight and then he could make a U-turn,” Mekenye told The Associated Press. He could not confirm whether the law enforcement officer Bogan talked to was from the U.S. or Mexico.

Delilah Dominguez at Carefusion said the company would not comment on whether there was cargo expected to be delivered by Demco Tuesday.

Howard Glaser, owner of United Nations Ammunition in Phoenix said the cargo was 18,000 units of 5.56 caliber bullets like those used for ar-15 assault rifles and 250,000 .308 caliber bullets. “They are saying these (the .308 rounds) are for AK-47 rifles but the brass casing is 12 millimeters longer, it will not fit in the chamber,” Glaser said.

“They are making a big political issue out of this,” he said.

Glaser said he bought these surplus rounds from Wideners, an ammunition distribution company in Tennessee and they were intended to be sold mostly online at his online store. There was no immediate comment from Wideners regarding this cargo.

The federal prosecutor’s office in northern Chihuahua state said Bogan is being held pending investigation on illegal weapons charges. Spokesman Angel Torres said the driver claimed he had no goods to declare. Torres said a gamma-ray inspection of the truck’s cargo compartment revealed the presence of metal canisters holding the ammunition. He says the bullets were hidden under pallets in the truck’s floor.

Two calibers of ammunition were found, which can be fired by AR-15 and AK-47 assault rifles, Mexican prosecutors said. Prosecutors said it was the largest seizure of ammunition in Ciudad Juarez in recent memory.

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Diaspora banking opportunities: Open a Jamhuri Account while in Kenya

Posted by Administrator on April 20, 2012

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Kenyan Ambassador to US Launches Peace Pledge

Posted by Administrator on April 20, 2012

“]Ambassador Elkanah Odembo leads Kenyans in signing a peace pledge in Boston. [Chris Wamalwa/Standard]

Ambassador Elkanah Odembo leads Kenyans in signing a peace pledge in Boston. [Chris Wamalwa/Standard

By Chris Wamalwa,

Kenyan ambassador to the US, Mr Elkanah Odembo last week led Kenyans living in the US in signing a peace pledge committing themselves to maintain peace during the forthcoming general elections.

Launching the peace charter in Boston Massachusetts, during a dinner party hosted in honor of the Kenyan athletic team that participated in the Boston Marathon, the ambassador said there were already signs that trouble was brewing.

“As a country, we are still not cohesive. As soon as 2012 arrived, tensions among different Kenyan communities in the US started rising. Things started bubbling up,” he said.

Odembo said it was shameful that the Diaspora, a group that was supposed to show leadership by influencing positive changes in Kenya was itself practicing ethnic and tribal division.

“For some of you who have lived here for 10, 20 years and you still live in your tribal cocoons, as long as I’m here, I’ll always be on your case. I’ll not forgive you. We can’t build a cohesive country when we still identify ourselves by our tribes,” he said.

Speaking at the same function, Bishop Joshua Wambua said the best thing the Diaspora could do was to indicate to people back at home that Kenyans living abroad are committed to peace and the best way to do that was by them signing the peace pledge.

“Before we do anything. Before we discuss the Diaspora policy, we need to start a peace initiative here and now by signing this pledge,” he said.

The peace pledge that commits the diaspora to advocate for free, fair and peaceful elections will be taken to different states in the US and Canada that have a large number of Kenyans. The next stop on its journey around the US will be in the Washington, DC Metro area.

“We are in the process of identifying an appropriate venue for this purposes. So far, we have already constituted a committee to work on this because we believe the Diaspora can lead peace initiative in our country,” said Bishop Paul Mulani of Maryland.

Meanwhile, ambassador Odembo will be hosting a reception in honour of the visiting Government officials attending the Spring IMF/World Bank meetings and the members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The meeting will take place today (Friday) at the embassy offices in Washington, DC. The officials include: Mr Robinson N. Githae, Minister for Finance, Charity Ngilu, Minister for Water and Irrigation, Dr Romano Kiome, PS, Ministry of Agriculture and Prof Njuguna Ndung’u, Governor, Central Bank of Kenya.

Others are Dr Geoffrey Mwau, Economic Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr Jackson Kinyanjui, Director, External Resources Department, Ministry of Finance, Mr Issack Hassan, Chairman, IEBC, Ms Lilian Mahiri-Zaja, Vice-Chair, IEBC and Yusuf Nzibo, Commissioner, IEBC.

Mr Hassan is also scheduled to meet with Kenyans on Saturday, April 21, 2012 in Washington D.C. The meeting will be held between 4 p.m and 6 p. m at The Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036.

Source: The Standard

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Spring Fever Summer Jumpstart- Saturday 4/21/2012

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Hen gives birth to a chick without an egg in Sri Lanka

Posted by Administrator on April 19, 2012

The "eggless" chick has survived, but the mother has died

The "eggless" chick has survived, but the mother has died

A Sri Lanka hen has given birth to a chick without an egg, in a new twist on the age-old question of whether the chicken or the egg came first.

Instead of passing out of the hen’s body and being incubated outside, the egg was incubated in the hen for 21 days and then hatched inside the hen.

The chick is fully formed and healthy, although the mother has died.

The government veterinary officer in the area said he had never seen anything like it before.

PR Yapa, the chief veterinary officer of Welimada, where it took place, examined the hen’s carcass.

He found that the fertilised egg had developed within the hen’s reproductive system, but stayed inside the hen’s body until it hatched.

A post-mortem conducted on the hen’s body concluded that it died of internal wounds.

The BBC’s Charles Haviland in Colombo says that the story has made headlines in Sri Lanka, with the Sri Lankan Daily Mirror’s concluding: “The chicken came first; not the egg.”

Source: BBC

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