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Woman who reunited with family after 15 years dies – Nairobi News

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A woman who was reunited with her family in 2017 after the Sunday Nation carried her story has died.

Mary Njeri, born Sabrina Adam, died at the Kenyatta National Hospital on June 11 aged 26, leaving behind her 29-year-old husband and three children.

Nairobi News covered her reunion after the Sunday Nation story. NTV also covered the emotional event that drew crowds.

Tears roll down the cheeks of Sabrina Adam, 23, as she spoke with her relatives in Mombasa County when her relatives reunited with her in Dagoretti, Nairobi, on April 2, 2017. PHOTO| ELVIS ONDIEKI

The reunion was a chapter in Njeri’s eventful life. She had been born at the Coast to a family that was spread between Mikindani, Mombasa County, and Kibera, Nairobi County.

She was living with her Nairobi relatives in 2002, while aged eight when she wandered away from a mosque in Kibera where she had gone for madrassa sessions.

Her kin searched for her in vain, unaware that she had found her way to Dagoretti.

A few days after wandering away from home, Mary had been sighted in Dagoretti by Nelly Wanjiku, a mother of 10.

Ms Wanjiku was coming from a farm when she encountered this homeless girl wandering about. She would later report to the police, who took her statement and advised her to live with the girl.

It was a revelation that put to question the police communication channels because Mary’s family said they had filed a report in Kibera around that time.

It would take 15 years for the family to see Mary again, thanks to a story published on March 26, 2017. A relative of hers read the article then informed others.

Nation Media Group journalists led her Kibera family to Dagoretti on April 2, 2017, where the teary reunion happened.

Ms Wanjiku had said she was driven by compassion to adopt the young Mary.

“I said to myself, ‘This child is like my own. At my home, she may get a Good Samaritan to help her.’ But out there, anything could have happened to her,” she said.

The young girl identified herself as Sabrina Adam, but Ms Wanjiku found this name to be quite a mouthful and so she named her Mary Njeri.

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That is the name on the late Njeri’s KCPE certificate and her national ID. She was also talking only Swahili with a coastal accent, but later she had to learn Gikuyu to conform with the way of life in her adoptive family.

Sabrina Adam (right) is overcome with emotion when her kin arrived to reunite with her. On the left is Nelly Wanjiku, 75, who adopted her and raised her. PHOTO| ELVIS ONDIEKI

After the emotional reunion, Ms Njeri was left in a dilemma. For 15 years, she had been following the Christian ways of Ms Wanjiku’s household, but her original family was Muslim. Would she now convert back to Islam?

Also, would she abandon her marriage with Martin Njenga, whom she had married in 2013, to return to her family? What of her children?

Equally, Nairobi News has learnt that some members of her family wanted her to travel to the Middle East to work as a house-help so she could rise above the abject poverty she was living in.

Eventually, she chose to stay in the marriage, which multiple sources say was characterised by physical abuse meted on her. The family has been living in abject poverty, often relying on well-wishers to get by.

Mr Njenga told Nairobi News by phone that his wife had been found to have “sugar issues” when examined at a local clinic, though medics at Mbagathi County Hospital administered a different treatment regime, showing that they might have diagnosed a different ailment. Mr Njenga also noted that Mary had been complaining of a stomach-ache.

“She would vomit whenever she ate,” said Mr Njenga, who eluded more questions from us.

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More East African artistes seeking to join politics – Nairobi News

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Perhaps inspired by Charles Njagua ‘Jaguar’ and Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, a number of musicians in Tanzania and Uganda have lately declared their interest to run for elective seats ahead of general elections which will be held in 2020 and 2021 respectively in the two countries.

Kenya’s Jaguar clinched the Starehe parliamentary seat during the 2017 general elections while Bobi Wine triumphed in Kyadondo by-elections in the same year.

Bobi Wine is now eyeing the country’s presidency and has since emerged as one of President Yoweri Museveni’s main opponents.

But who are these artiste who are now seeking to join them?

1. Jackson Mayanja aka Jose Chameleone

The Ugandan musician has already presented his nomination papers and is seeking to become the next Lord Mayor of Kampala. He will be running on a People Power movement ticket, which is associated with Bobi Wine.

2. Khamis Mwinjuma aka Mwana FA

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During a recent interview with Clouds FM, Mwana FA announced he will be vying for the Tanga Parliamentary seat. His political campaign has however been toned down after he announced he had contracted the coronavirus in April. He has kept a low profile since being discharged from the hospital.

3. Hamisi Shaban Taletale aka Babu Tale

The Tanzanian music manager and co-founder of WCB Wasafi music label made famous by Diamond Platnumz has also joined politics. He is gunning for the Morogoro parliamentary seat.

4. Jackson Ngechu aka Prezzo

The Kenyan musician has on several occasions announced he will be contesting for the Kibra Parliamentary seat in the 2022 general elections.

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Woman dies after being electrocuted by a refrigerator: The Standard

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A woman has died in Nyando after she was electrocuted by a refrigerator.
While confirming the incident, Nyando OCPD Leonard Matete said Maureen Atieno (pictured) got electrocuted while opening the fridge at her home in Kakola, Nyando Sub-County.
According to the police boss, the matter was reported by Atieno’s father-in-law who told them that she was going to pick some fish which she wanted to fry and take to the market.
Matete stated that upon proceeding to the refrigerator, a touch on its door electrocuted her instantly. He said Atieno began wailing before she fell on the ground.
The police boss stated that Atieno died while being rushed to Boya Hospital and has since been transferred to Ahero Sub-County hospital’s morgue.
While terming the incident as unusual, Matete stated that they had launched investigations on the incident, and had called Kenya Power to help with the probe.
“We are investigating the matter, we have called in Kenya Power to check on what might have gone wrong,” he stated.
Her death comes barely six months after her late husband, William Omondi Alias Sisqo, who was among the famous Nyando six died in November last year in a gruesome murder in Busia.

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The Guardian view on Covid-19 worldwide: on the march | Opinion

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“Most of the world sort of sat by and watched with almost a sense of detachment and bemusement,” said Helen Clark, appointed to investigate the World Health Organization’s handling of the pandemic. The former New Zealand prime minister was describing the early weeks of the outbreak, and the sense that coronavirus was a problem “over there”. The failure to recognise our interconnection created complacency even as the death toll rose.

It took three months for the first million people to fall sick – but only a week to record the last million of the nearly 13 million cases now reported worldwide. As England emerges from lockdown at an unwary pace, Covid-19 is accelerating globally. The WHO has reported a record surge of a quarter of a million cases in a single day. The death toll is over half a million people and rising fast.

Idlib, Syria’s last rebel-held province, has reported its first case: a frightening portent, given the desperate circumstances in which people are already living. On Thursday, the head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said new cases were up 24% on the continent in the previous week, with cases surging in South Africa, Kenya and other countries. India, now the world’s third worst-affected country, reported a record rise of 27,000 cases on Saturday, to over 800,000 – almost certainly far below the true level.

Australia and Spain have reimposed local lockdowns, and Hong Kong has shut schools again. But the economic, social and political costs of such measures are all the higher second time around. In Serbia, plans for a strict curfew were downgraded after sparking anti-government protests. Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, has said it cannot afford to shut down again despite rising deaths.

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So no one can afford to be complacent; the UK’s pandemic response should not be starting to “wind down”, as a No 10 insider reportedly said. Nor are endless lockdowns either desirable or sustainable. But we should not conclude that the worst is inescapable – rather, that effective measures, including the use of masks, distancing, and testing and tracing, are possible and make a vast difference to outcomes.

Vietnam has recorded no deaths and fewer than 400 cases, while the US has seen 3 million cases and more than 130,000 deaths, thanks not only to Donald Trump’s utter failure to prepare his country for coronavirus, but his reckless subsequent determination to push states into premature reopening. Infections are now surging in 41 states. On Friday, Florida recorded 11,433 new cases and saw its highest single day death rate, of 188.

In South America, Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has repeatedly trivialised the pandemic and defied guidelines even since becoming infected himself. His country has 1.8m cases. Peru, Chile and Mexico are also badly hit. But Uruguay and Paraguay, which border Brazil, have had fewer than 50 deaths between them.

Though in some countries the apparently low impact of coronavirus will reflect low levels of testing, the US shows that prosperity is far from the only determinant of success. Nonetheless, the difficulties of fighting the pandemic in overcrowded places with malnourished populations lacking basic sanitation or basic healthcare are obvious. Poorer nations will need support to deal with both the pandemic and its broader impact. Hunger and poverty are surging and could kill more people than Covid-19.

Leadership can’t come from the US, as it withdraws from the WHO and attempts to corner supplies. Finding agreement even within the European Union is proving hard. But coronavirus has shown us that “over there” cannot be separated from “over here”. For everyone’s sake, we must recognise and honour our ties.

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