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OFF MY CHEST: What kind of lover will I be to my future husband?

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By BLOSSOM WERE
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How have you been? How is everything going with you?

I was listening to my wedding playlist a couple of hours ago. I always do this when I don’t find sense in books or movies- and I just realised that deep down, I believe that these songs and all other proper love songs ever composed on earth refer to one man. There is one constant Romeo. For me, they will always refer to you. A man who will find me and eclipse all other men on earth. Remarkable people love only once. I will be incapable of loving more than once.

I have listened to deeply crooked stories about love which should perhaps make me put a lid on my expectation for eternal love and that kid of fairy tale.

The stories I have heard have a pattern. Love starts all shiny and new and looking like it is going to last forever. And it just ends up looking like rubbish.

You have heard about lovers who stab each other in the dead of the night or the bitter divorce cases that end up with people struggling over property.

As if nothing else mattered.

If you are like me, you have probably paused and wondered whether this love is achievable, indeed, you have wondered if such an achievement is something that is worthy.

Some of my friends have been heartbroken by the men whose names they swore by. Others got away with permanent scars. On some days when I see couples happily holding hands in town, a part of me envies them.

A part of me wishes that love stories should never end bitterly in order to restore faith in this institution called marriage that is ideally founded on the fear of God, love, everlasting fidelity, and a purity of heart. But aren’t all these just dreams? Is love worth waiting for?

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I am sorry if you find my letter pessimistic today. The truth is that I worry. I worry often of the kind of lover I will be to you.

Probably just ugly. I wonder how I will turn out as a wife or girlfriend or mother… (not in that order).

Will being a good friend to you be good enough? Maybe not. I will have to be a lover as well. A part that I have not nurtured and may not be able to until you arrive. What if it all just turns out to be bad writing? Will I have the capacity to make you happy? A happiness that can last a lifetime? I know that your life is comfortable now.

You are enjoying what you are doing and to a large extent, you feel fulfilled. Why would you want to trade that kind of order with a relationship with a woman who might be confused or turn out just commonplace?

What if, instead of being a start of something meaningful, our relationship turns out to be the culmination of something quite meaningless?

I HOPE FEAR IS NORMAL IN YOUR WORLD

I hope that in your world, fear is something labelled as normal. That is what I’m feeling tonight. Fear. If you were here or if I knew you in person, I would maybe ask for a week to sort out my fears. But luckily, I still have no idea of how you look so I will live like a lady and sort my worries out.

In your prayers, ask God for a love that’s genuine and true and one that never grows old or boring. I understand that our relationship will not always be a honeymoon but pray for a terrific love that does not perish with time. I will do the same.



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Suluhu: Closer ties for Kenya and Tanzania

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?President Samia Suluhu’s address to Parliament was a masterclass in charm, punctuated by periodic applause and stomping of feet by Kenyan lawmakers.

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Covid-19 deaths, hospitalizations soar among youth in Americas – KBC

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Hospitalizations and deaths of younger people are surging as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across Latin America and the Caribbean, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday.

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“Adults of all ages – including young people – are becoming seriously ill. Many of them are dying,” Etienne said at her daily press briefing as quoted in a PAHO release.

In Brazil, mortality rates doubled among those younger than 39, quadrupled among those in their 40s, and tripled for those in their 50s, between December 2020 and March 2021, she said.

“For much of the pandemic, our hospitals were filled with elderly COVID patients, many of whom had pre-existing conditions that made them more susceptible to severe disease,” Etienne said. “But look around intensive care units across our region today. You’ll see they’re filled not only with elderly patients, but also with younger people.”

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Etienne urged hospitals in the region to increase the size of intensive care units (ICU) in anticipation that the trend will continue, while warning that expansion of ICUs cannot continue indefinitely.

As a result, she urged nations to double down on prevention measures such as lockdowns and facemasks.

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Uhuru wa biashara, Suluhu ya vikwazo: How Kenya-Tanzania trade will be streamlined

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President Uhuru Kenyatta with his Tanzania counterpart Samia Suluhu, who is on a two-day state visit in Kenya.[PSCU]

President Uhuru Kenyatta says ministers from both Kenya and Tanzania should resolve all non-tariff barriers and other restrictions affecting the two countries within four months.
Uhuru, on Wednesday said going forward, there will be no business visa or work permits for Tanzanian wishing to do business in the country.
“You are free to come and trade here in Kenya, there will be no business visas or work permits as long as you abide by the laws of the land,” he said.
Uhuru was speaking during the Kenya-Tanzania Investment Forum at Serena hotel. The forum was in line with President Samia Suluhu’s two-day state visit.
Kenya has about 513 companies doing business in Tanzania compared to Tanzania’s 30 in Nairobi.
Uhuru said in the next two weeks, concerned ministers from both sides should clear all the traffic jams at the Taveta and Namanga border points.
Uhuru said they should pay a special focus to the issuance of Covid-19 certificates to ease the movement of  transit cargo.
“I direct that all the maize lying at the border be cleared in two weeks. We cannot subject businesses to more suffering,” Uhuru said.

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Uhuru urged the ministers to move swiftly and ensure the ease of doing business at the border pointswas decisively tackled.
“It is not about wearing suits and meeting over tea.Get to the ground and understand what is affecting those traders. Don’t just sit in those offices. If you need to consult, do it and get the work done,” he said.
Uhuru’s sentiments came shortly after the Kenya Business Community nsaid it was ready to trade with the Tanzanian business community.
Led by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce (KNCC), the community proposed the formulation of a Joint Business Council that will support the two countries.
KNCC President Fred Ngatia said the council would play a key role in addressing issues that bedevil  Nairobi-Dar trade,
The community said there should be policy forums and investment-focused events that will target small-scale enterprises.
“We are going to focus more on economic projects by identifying favourable financing institutions that will help us settle some of the commercial disputes affecting our community,” Ngatia said.
He said this will be made possible through the Public-Private Partnerships offered by the government.
As a result, KNCC in partnership with the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce will host a trade and investment exhibition in Dar es Salaam this August aiming to help SMEs unlock their potential.
So far Trade and Agriculture ministers from the two sides have had a breakfast meeting and agreed to initiate bilateral discussion before the end of the month.
Trade CS Betty Maina said the discussions aim to iron out all issues that have been hampering trade between the two countries.
This includes issues surrounding maize import.
President Samia Suluhu said her government was ready to serve as a bridge to pave way for businesses between the two countries to thrive.
“It is not about competing and complicating things, but about developing business relationships to allow both parties to explore opportunities,” she said.
Suluhu said while Tanzania is rich with natural resources and tourist attractions, Kenya is thriving in the ICT world and thus the need for exchange of skills on research and development.
“Muna bahati sana maanake upande mmoja mnao Uhuru wa kufanya biashara na upande mwingine Suluhu la kuondoa vikwazo,” Suluhu said.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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