Dan Matakaya, a Police Constable at Industrial Area Police Station, Nairobi during the interview at Nation Center on January 31, 2019. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL
A Police Constable based at Industrial Area, Nairobi has a harrowing tale of how his life changed permanently after he suffered an acid attack from his wife in September 2013.
On the fateful day, Dan Shisia Matakaya, who was then attached to Kisii Central Police Station, arrived home mid-morning from an exhausting night shift.
The previous day the couple had had a minor disagreement, but when he arrived home his wife, who was then aged 23, did show any lingering signs of the diabolic plot she was hatching.
“I had just fallen a sleep, when I was woken by an excruciating pain on my face. I stumbled out of bed, but I was disoriented and I couldn’t see anything,” Matakaya told Taifa Jumapili in an interview.
To make the situation worse and unknown to Matakaya, his wife had also disconnected electricity cables and laid then in hot water on the floor to make his escape almost impossible.
“I would have surely died in my house on that day, had it not been for my neighbours who had my loud screams and came in to rush me to hospital,” he narrated.
By this time though, his ex-wife had long fled the scene and gone into hiding although she would surrender herself to the police a few days later.
In hospital, the officer, who is now 31 years old, was met with the grim realization that other than suffering severe burns, which badly deformed his face, he had also lost his eyesight.
The woman, whose identity he wasn’t ready to reveal, was later arraigned in court for the offence but set free on bail.
Since then, the case has been dragging on in court, which is the only place he has been meeting his assailant.
“My wife did this to me. I only meet her in court. All she keep saying is that she doesn’t know why she did it. I forgave her but I’m not going to withdraw the case much as her family members keep pleading with me to do so,” Matakaya told Taifa Jumapili.
Matakaya has since learnt using Braille and other basic skills that help in his work as a police officer.
He is also currently pursing a Degree in Counselling at Mount Kenya University, Nairobi Campus.
He says when he graduates he hopes to use his knowledge and personal experience to help other victims of domestic violence.
After declaring that long distance relationships aren’t for her, Sherlyne Anyango might have bagged herself a new mzungu boyfriend. It’s barely days since she left the country to go to the States to ‘hustle’. According to her, it’s easier to hustle in the States with her twerking talent.
Love At First Sight?
Well, she moved on quickly! This was the reaction of most of her fans after Sherlyne went live with her new catch. Most people were surprised by how fast she possibly got a boyfriend. But she hasn’t made it clear.
While this might seem unfair to her Kenyan bae, Oga Obinna, it was a mutual agreement between them to dissolve their relationship due to the distance between them.
”I’m a single boy again now😪😱!! Now with the standards you set who will fit in🤷🏿 who will fill your shoes??But Si Ni Life… But for now Kill Them with your AWESOMENESS and SECURE THE BAG!!! Don’t let nobody tell you otherwise. Plus there will always be space for you in my Heart and Kidney🙊🙈🙏🏿.”
In line to this, Sherlyne had also declared how much she misses Obinna and wrote back to him;
”Don’t make me cry. That’s life 😞😞. I feel bad. I miss you badly.”
Well, turns out she won’t be missing him any more after getting a new catch. Obinna has not yet responded to Sherlyne’s video posted on her Insta stories. I bet he’s not happy seeing her with another man.
When it comes to buying or tailoring a new blazer, most people think it’s all about getting what fits. Even though that is one of the most vital things to focus on when selecting blazers, there are other things you need to look out for in order to have a perfect and versatile blazer.
Versatile is not just about being able to match most pieces in your closet, but something that will enhance your outfits and define your best features while at it. In case you are wondering on where to start with buying a blazer, start here:
Yes, this is the first thing you should consider before making or buying yourself a blazer. You need to check your closet and consider the most dominant colour and pieces, can they be layered with a blazer or paired together?
Once that is set, you are good to go, though the more colourful a blazer is the more fun you will have pairing it with other pieces.
When selecting the perfect blazer always be very careful not to choose a small blazer. You might confuse a small blazer for a fitting one.
It should not be too tight that your shoulders cannot move in it or you can barely button it.
Although ladies are lucky they can go with any arm length, because it can be considered fashionable, ensure that it is your size. Also, avoid going for extra-large coats that will drown you and hide your best features.
A blazer is in between a suit jacket and a hoodie. Meaning, it should be able to pass for official and casual events. Let your guide be what you are buying it for.
There are different kinds of blazers ranging from open front blazers, single breasted blazers, belted ones, the list is endless.
Always go for a blazer that resonates with your style and closet items. Also, long blazers are classier and versatile than the shorter boyfriend ones. This is in terms of versatility.
Are you looking for a linen blazer, cotton or the suit material fabric? Do you want it shiny or matte? Do you need one with metal studded elements or with embellished buttons like the army? The kind of texture you go for will determine the way you dress your blazer.
Although blazers are meant to match with all outfits, the kind of design you go for can either limit your outfit choices or broaden your matching game.
They say the longer the blazer, the double the respect. You already know what I mean by this. Longer blazers are more eye catching, trendy and versatile. It will be easier for you to pair them to a tiny skirt, pencil trouser or palazzos.
Also did I mention how well they pair with crop tops? Yes, when buying a blazer, the length is very important.
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By Milo George
Residents of Pipeline Transami area are decrying poor drainage system that has caused sewage water to overflow in their area of residence.
The residents claim that the overflowing sewage is not only putting their lives at risk but also causing air pollution.
They have called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company to come on board and expand the sewer lines before more areas are flooded with raw human wastes coming from the blocked pipes. “We want Major Badi and our leaders to resolve this menace immediately. It’s terrible many have been forced to shift their businesses because of the foul smell,” they said. Pastor Joe Ndivoh of Word Evangelistic Explosion Ministries says that they have been forced to call off the Sunday School Service to protect the children from the smelly sewage. ‘‘We now fear that if prompt action is not taken then we will have a bigger health problem than this because we fear there could be an outbreak of water-borne disease anytime,’’ Pastor Ndivoh added.
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