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‘I’m trapped inside with my fiancé who I don’t love anymore during lockdown’: The Standard

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Kat says she is worried about her furloughed partner’s stress, and that they’ll be stuck together in bitterness (Shutterstock)

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Lockdown couples are hitting pause on plans to split and lawyers are predicting peaks in divorces

While most of us are in lockdown alone, or with flatmates, family or partners, Kat, 28, is stuck inside with the fiancé she has fallen out of love with.

Back in February, the news of the mystery virus sweeping through the Chinese city of Wuhan seemed a distant threat.
Her mind was preoccupied with home life after the couple had a fight devastating enough to collapse the foundation of their relationship.
Kat – whose name has been changed – began wondering if it was time to call an end to their engagement, and began anxiously plotting her next move.

SEE ALSO: ‘I’m trapped inside with my fiancé who I don’t love anymore during lockdown’

But within weeks, coronavirus was on the doorstep.
Opting to stay put, Kat shares that she doubts she is the only one gritting her teeth in relationship limbo as households around the world stay at home during the pandemic.
“I am sure other couples would find it so sad and depressing. They would end up staying together for their everyday wellbeing rather than thinking about deep down what is right for them.”
She had contemplated how spending more time than ever together could have presented an opportunity to work out problems with her fiancé – but instead has found it fastened her resolve to leave.
“You have a lot of time to think. Sometimes we can live in a bubble of brush it off, plan for the future or just keep going for now. The position we’re in makes that very hard and confrontational.”

For many, lockdown means hitting pause on beginning a new life (Shutterstock)

SEE ALSO: ‘Innocent’ phone habit could be a sign your partner is cheating on you

So for an untold number of people unhappily shacked up like Kat, lockdown means hitting pause on beginning a new life.
Her family lives abroad, and most countries have already restricted all but essential travel.
Quitting her relationship would mean leaving her job and the country – not to mention questions about who would be left to shoulder the couple’s rent bill.
And by the time Kat realised she really did want to leave, it was already too late.
Typing secretly from another room – worried her fiancé could overhead a call – she told us the pair are isolating together in increasing disharmony.

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She has not yet revealed to him her plans to leave as soon as the lockdown lifts.
Kat says she is worried about her furloughed partner’s stress, and that they’ll be stuck together in bitterness.
She called the idea of breaking up with him during lockdown a “recipe for disaster” – and  – “needless to say painful as you are dragging it out.”
Living in close quarters with no chance of privacy, Kat says she has been unable to make calls to friends or family to ask for advice.
Feeling unsure of when she will be able to make the move, Kat can only furtively tap away messages on her phone to her confidants – and try to keep the peace.
“It’s also a hard thing to bring up with family in the first place when you’ve been together for so long and they think everything is fine.”
She anxiously watches the news, certain that as soon as the lockdown lifts sufficiently for her to move to start a new life it will be time to go.
“I think we both know it’s a very uncertain time, the world is in a very fragile place right now. Needless to say we will both be upset. Sometimes nobody is right or wrong.”
Kat, whose name is withheld to protect her privacy, is among an untold number for whom lockdown means life-changing decisions must be put on ice.
But sociologists – and divorce lawyers – will surely be watching the pandemic’s effect on modern love and relationships unfold with a keen eye. 

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Number of medics infected with Covid-19 rises to 54 cases

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The number of health workers who have tested positive for Coronavirus in the country has risen to 54.

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Acting director-general for Health Dr. Patrick Amoth said Thursday that the toll represents 3.5% of the total infections in the country.

Gladly, no fatality has been recorded among the health care workers in the country.

On his part, health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe urged health workers to prioritize their own health and safety, even as they attend to Covid-19 patients.

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He also praised them for being on the front line in fighting the virus.

Kagwe pledged more government support to improve their welfare during this pandemic period.

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At the same time, Kiambu governor James Nyoro called for the recruitment of more health workers to help boost efforts in addressing the Coronavirus pandemic at the county level.

Kagwe says the government is on course to ensure that the country achieves the envisaged Universal Health Coverage goal.

The Cabinet Secretary who spoke in Kiambu County said that the government is intent on making health more accessible to all by putting in place measures that make healthcare affordable.

Universal health coverage is a healthcare system in which all residents of a particular country or region are assured of access to healthcare.

UHC answers to Sustainable Development Goal number three which is Good Health and Well-being.

The CS called on Kenyans to register for the National Health Insurance Fund noting that it is through contribution to the fund that the government can ensure accessible healthcare to all.

Also read https://www.kbc.co.ke/kenyas-covid-19-cases-test-positive/

 

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At the End of June, It Will Be Life Support for Kenyan SMEs

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Seventy-five (75%) percent of Kenyan Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) will be running the risk of collapsing at the end of June as COVID-19 continues to ravage the business entities that form the bedrock of the country’s economy.

Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor Dr. Patrick Njoroge in a Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) virtual briefing on Thursday expressed concern that three-quarters of small and medium Kenyan businesses do not have the wherewithal to withstand the pandemic stressing the urgent need for a formula to stop their imminent death.

According to Dr Njoroge, a survey conducted by the monetary policy regulator in April shows that SMEs are running on empty, struggling to sustain operations including paying suppliers.

“Whatever policy action put in place to help MSMEs needs to go beyond finance, into finance plus, including linkages to other markets, ” said Dr. Njoroge.

The CBK Governor also called on Kenyans not to hesitate sharing the challenges they are facing while servicing their loans adding that the regulator is working with banks to make sure that borrowers get the relief they need to to overcome the crisis.

As part of the measures to support businesses, Njoroge said, Kenyans should be ready to explain the challenges they are experiencing with their banks while servicing loans.

Thursday’s briefing was a follow up of a Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decision to maintain the base lending rate at 7.00%.

Worrying Times

SMEs form the cream of Kenya’s economy constituting 98% of all businesses in the country according to CBK statistics.

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Conversely, this boards gloom for the SMEs which employ approximately 14.9 million Kenyans.

As it stands, SMEs have already taken a beating from the restriction of movement within and outside the country compounded by the widespread loss of jobs in the country.

In the same vein, another survey by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows that a third of Kenyans are struggling to pay rent over the pandemic.

The survey dubbed Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Households Report, 30.5 percent of households were unable to pay rent on the agreed date in April citing reduced income.

All these factors combined are piling pressure on the government to reopen the economy to cushion Kenyans who are struggling to sustain their livelihoods without a source of income.

See Also>>> House Prices Dip For Fifth Consecutive Quarter

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EXCLUSIVE: “He is not my type, he is too bitchy,” VDJ Jones fires at Magix Enga over the Rudra Kartel scuffle

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For while now music producer Magix Enga has been a topic of discussion in most digital media spaces. It started out with the noise of an alleged fall out with one of his proteges Rudra Kartel.

An incident where the lad, Rudra accused Enga of manipulating him with a contract.

Also read: EXCLUSIVE: Magix Enga finally reveals why he was forced to kick out Rudra Kartel

Well three weeks in Ghafla got the chance and spoke to VDJ Jones who was in the middle of the scuffle with Magix Enga over Rudra and he had a lot to say about Enga.

According to VDJ Jones, Rudra reached out to him with the claim that Enga had done nothing to help him since he was unveiled. Thus the video that went viral with Rudra ranting the producer being a let down.

In the case Jones said he tried to reach out to Enga but the two could not come to an agreement. Furthermore, Enga accused Vdj Jones of promising the young lad a free collabo. This something that Jones adamantly refutes.

Asked whether he had any project with Rudra he said he has none. Thus calling Magix Enga a liar.

This writer went ahead to ask if he can work with Magix Enga and Rudra, Jones vehemently shut us down shooting at Enga.

“He is not my type coz that guy is too bitchy, ako na issuez za kidem he thrives on scandals and for me I don’t work that way!!”

Enga’s clout chasing

Consequently, the exchange went on for a while but all of a sudden Enga is now promoting Rudra Kartel’s new upcoming Ep.

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The same  guy he said he would never take back. Talk of clout! Enga is good at it whatever makes him a trend sales for his brand. Am  sure we are aware of his recent noise around wanting to sign Tanzania’s WCB arists.

Below is the link of the interview with VDJ Jones.


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