Monthly Archives: April 2014

[VIDEO]Tears flow as girl who awed president gets new home for her and family


On Monday NTV highlighted the plight of Emily Wanjiru a six year old who despite her talent in reciting poems, which took her before President Uhuru Kenyatta in the concluded drama festivals, was living in deplorable conditions in Juja’s Gachororo Slums. But Emily’s life has taken a major turnaround after officials from the office of the president paid her family a visit and committed to educating Emily and her siblings till university. Brygettes Ngana reports


6-year-old Girl who awed the president lives in squalor

And so it was for six-year-old Emily Wanjiru whose gift took her to the top of this year’s Kenya National Drama Festivals where she emerged the third best in solo verses in the Early Childhood Development category.

Her performance saw her secure a place to entertain the President and his guest at the State Lodge, Sagana, last week, where she humoured the crowd and effortlessly left them in stitches.

Those who watched the performance may know nothing of her long journey to the top. Emily lives in squalor with her grandmother in Ruiru, Kiambu County. Her mother, who once broke stones for a living, has struggled to fend for her.

The Gachororo ECD pupil performed the solo verse Mvua Hii in which a child who wets her bed wonders why it only rains in her bed and not her mother’s. The soloists wondered why it would still rain even though she keeps an umbrella open overnight.

According to Emily’s teacher, Ms Lucy Ayoyi, Emily’s mother used to work in a quarry in Juja but stopped due to ill health. Now she washes clothes for neighbours for a fee or collects empty detergent packets for sale.

The teachers says Emily often turned up for practice on an empty stomach but she had passion and did not stop going for rehearsals despite her difficulties.

Emily is nevertheless a confident little girl who almost seems oblivious of her circumstances. “I believe in one thing; when someone helps me out, God will bless them,” she said. “I trust God.”


Ms Ayoyi told the Sunday Nation that the little girl is on an ECD feeding programme and her mother has not been able to pay her schools fees since she joined baby class. The teachers have nevertheless allowed her to continue learning because she’s bright.

When the Sunday Nation traced Emily’s home in Gachororo, Juja, she was all smiles and obviously still enjoying the publicity she had received in the newspapers. This is despite living in a little house no more than 10ft by 10ft with a leaking roof.

She was in the company of grandmother Sarah Nduta, 36, her mother Elizabeth Njoki, 22, and brother Peter Kamande, who is four years.

The mother said that when Emily was celebrated on TV, there was no food at home but neighbours gave her some money.

“This was a miracle and I thanked God for that day. We managed to buy food for that day,” the grandmother adds.

Emily was born by the roadside in Gikomba in Nairobi as her mother, then a 16-year-old street girl, tried to make her way to Pumwani Maternity Hospital.

Emily’s message for President Kenyatta is simple: “Please help us with food. There are many days we sleep without.” – Nation


Rumuruti Water Project

Diaspora community from St. Louis transforming lives in Rumuruti Kenya. With access to clean water, hundreds of families begun a new life with great opportunity to prosper socially, health-wise and economically. Watch this.

A team from USA led by Rev Dr. Isaac Wanyoike visited Rumuruti to witness drilling of bore hole, a project that was financed by New Horizon and Pendo Presbyterian Church in St. Louis.

Watch the entire exercise from beginning to the end in less than 15 minutes.

Edited by connection33 Studio.


Kenya First Lady Margaret Kenyatta Completes London Marathon, Congratulated by President Uhuru



Kenya First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today made history by becoming the first African First Lady to complete in and finish the 42km London Marathon.

Margret, who turned 50 last week, finished at a time of 07:05:28. She was competing as part of promoting theBeyond Zero campaign, which aims to promotematernal and child health.

At the finish line to congratulate the First Lady was President Uhuru Kenyatta, Mama Ngina Kenyatta and other close family members.

Both the men’s and women’s races were won by Kenyans, with Wilson Kipsang finishing the men’s race at a time of 2:04:27. Edna Kiplagat took the women’s raceat a time of 2:20:19. The second spots in both the men’s and women’s races were also taken by Kenyans.



When the sun sets tomorrow, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is expected to have accomplished a lifetime feat of conquering the London Marathon circuit and being the first ever First Lady to do so.

It’s a culmination of two months of get-ready-for it that has thrust the erstwhile publicity-shy Mrs Kenyatta into the news at home and around the world.

Despite her family’s high profile, Mrs Kenyatta has succeeded in keeping away from the prodding public eye, preferring to lead a quiet, reserved and behind-the-scenes life away from the glare of cameras and insatiable curiosity of prying journalists.

But it was never going to be easy to maintain such privacy for long — not when she is the daughter-in-law of Kenya’s founding President and wife of the country’s fourth President.It would also not have gone entirely under wraps when she elected to take up marathon running for the sake of giving Kenya’s beleaguered medical system a shot in the arm.

Mrs Kenyatta now thrusts herself into full global glare from 10.30a.m. (Kenyan time) when she lines up at London’s famous Greenwich Park at the start of the 42.195km London Marathon in which she is running to raise funds for her “Beyond Zero” campaign that seeks to eliminate preventable maternal and early childhood deaths.

As time goes by, Kenyans are getting to know their First Lady, an alumnus of Nairobi’s prestigious Kianda School, who has passionately taken to raising funds for the purchase of 47 mobile clinics to augment the country’s over-stretched, bed-ridden healthcare infrastructure. – Daily Nation


Ruth Beryl’s father Mr Chrispin Muraula. He says that his daughter has been initiated into a satanic cult. Photo\Nairobi News

I have a debt of Sh20,000 that I know not how to pay back and for your information my soul worships the devil… my soul is forcing me to do so, I beg they will take any of us if I do not pay and that is why I am running away dear mum.”

That was a daughter’s chilling message to her parents before she fled home, never to return.

Form Two student Ruth Beryl had admitted she had been recruited into a mysterious cult — and warned her parents that unless she paid the “debt”, the entire family would perish.

The handwritten letter was left on the table in the living room of the family home in the city’s Ziwani estate on the day Ruth was last seen.

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