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Wambui Kamiru: The pillar during Bob Collymore’s last days

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The late Bob Collymore with his wife Wambui Kamiru

As the country comes to terms with the death of one of it’s most iconic leaders, we look at the woman who stood by him through the good times and the bad, Wambui Kamiru Collymore.

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In a 2018 interview, Collymore said, “When I told my wife that I am going to London, she said, ‘When are we leaving?’ and I asked, ‘You’re coming?’ to which she replied, ‘Of course I’m coming.’

I asked her, ‘When shall we book your return flight?’ And she said, ‘The same time as you.’”

This was after Collymore was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer that required him to go to the UK for treatment. The doctors estimated that it would take about nine months for him to complete the treatment.

It takes a strong, loving woman to support her husband through such a difficult time. Wambui went to London for those nine months and, according to Collymore, she is “…a fantastic lady who stuck with me, she went to London, stayed through that miserable winter that we had and she was there every day. Wambui made a big sacrifice.”

The couple on their wedding day

The two wed in April 2016, and the simplicity of the wedding caught the attention of many Kenyans. To some, it was unthinkable that a man of Collymore’s stature could have such a simple wedding. The bride wore a simple white dress which matched perfectly with her groom’s white shirt and trousers. Wambui had stolen the heart of one of Kenya’s eligible bachelors.

Some went on to attack her relationship with Collymore to which she responded with a post on Facebook.

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“My marriage to the man that I love and respect had some interesting effects on the conversations on Twitter and Facebook (these may be obsolete by the time you are reading this). However, for a few days there, lots of Kenyans talked about “tribalism” and some admitted their desire to leave and go to another country because of how unbearable it can sometimes be to live in a society where people first judge you by your “tribal” origin. A lot of people refused to be part of the conversation, arguing that it should no longer matter. These people are the reason why we will still have a country to call home,” read part of her message.

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Collymore was a step-father to her twin daughters. May he rest in peace

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Uhuru Extends Nationwide Curfew But Revises Hours

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the extension of the nationwide curfew by a further 30 days stating that it is not yet fully safe to fully reopen the economy as such a move would pose a threat to public health.

Speaking during a live adress to the nation from State House, Nairobi, President Kenyatta however revised the curfew hours from 7pm-5am to 9pm to 4am, a move which he said will afford Kenyans more working hours and the flexibility to get home after clearing their shifts.

The President also lifted the cessation of movement into Kilifi and Kwale counties as well as Eastleigh (Nairobi) and Old Town (Mombasa) effective June 7 after data indicated that COVID-19 cases were starting to drop in these regions.

However, the cessation of movement orders will continue to apply in Mombasa and Mandera Counties and the Nairobi Metropolitan Area (NMS) by another 30 days following the recommendation of health experts.

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“We must accept that we are not dealing with a right or wrong opinion we are caught in between two rights. Those who want to open the economy are right and those opposed to opening the economy are also right,” said President Kenyatta.

“This clash of two rights placed us on the horns of a dilemma. In the absence of scientific consensus among our experts, I asked for some scenarios. I wanted to know the best and worst-case scenarios in order to contain the disease without affecting the economy irreversibly,” said President Kenyatta.

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Kenya records 126 new cases, 4 more deaths

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President Kenyatta Extends Dusk to Dawn curfew, Cessation of Movement from Nairobi by another 30 days

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