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188 unclaimed bodies in Nairobi to be disposed

Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has announced that it will dispose 188 unclaimed bodies as from November 17, 2020.

The bodies have been lying at City Mortuary (166), Mbagathi Funeral Home (9) and Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital (13). Most of the dead are victims of murders and accidents.

Interested members of public have been given one week to identify and collect the named bodies failure to which the authorities will proceed with the disposal exercise.

Click the link below to see the full list of the unclaimed bodies.

 

Unclaimed bodies

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Sheila Kawira Mwirichia – the founder of “To Revolutionary Type Love”

“I realized it’s something that may not happen for many queer people in Kenyan society that open gesture of welcome. That really moved me, so I wanted to use the medium of the khanga to celebrate our love.” Sheila Kawira Mwirichia.

 

 

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One of the Kangas designed by Sheila Kawira Mwirichia, LGBTQ activist.

 

Sheila Kawira Mwirichia died aged 34 years. She was born and raised in Nairobi.  Kawira received her Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Nairobi (Aug 2007 – Dec 2012).

Born in 1986, Kawira will best be remembered for openly and honorably celebrate African Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Questioning (LGBTQ) heroes.

She was a proud queer female visual artist. She loved to create beautiful art with an aim of changing the world as far as LGBTQ was concerned. Through the Astraea Commslab, Mwirichia she took a course for online LGBTQI activism. Her formal art training came from graphic and web design courses at the Institute of Advanced Technology as well as Nairobi Institute of Business Studies.

To achieve her dream, Kawira started a project which she called To Revolutionary Type Love. The project was for celebrating the queer community. This was done through a traditional cotton cloth kanga.  She was inspired to start the project after attending a friend’s wedding in 2015.

In this wedding, and as per the cultural background of that family, the groom’s family went to the bride’s home to pick her up and take her to her new home.

They led her out of the home and placed kangas on the ground for her to walk over as they were singing and welcoming her to her new family. This hit her that the gesture wouldn’t be experienced by queer people in Kenya because of homophobia.

“The fact that straight people get to have their love celebrated so openly and so freely by their family, and yet we have to hide who we are really moved me. I thought we could celebrate ourselves by creating our own kangas with our stories written on them and lay them out for ourselves,” she once said. 

The kangas told stories of the queer movement in Africa. One of her creations featured the faces of David Kato, Uganda’s fallen LGBTQ activist (who was murdered at his home on 26th January 2011) and Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, one of the pioneers of Uganda’s LGBTQ movement.

In June 2017, the Goethe-Institut in Nairobi, Kenya hosted an exhibition titled To Revolutionary Type Love. Created by Kawira, the project celebrated queer love, globally.

Kawira’s body was in the evening of November 3rd, 2020. The decomposing body was found inside her Lavington residence, Nairobi.

She had been reported missing a few days back. Attempts by friends and family members to locate her had been unsuccessful.

However, after a long search, Sheila’s body was spotted by a caretaker where the deceased lived. According to the caretaker, he felt some strange smell emanate from Mwichiria’s house. It is then that he informed neighbours who came to witness what was happening.

Together with police officers, they broke into the door only to be met by the sad reality of Sheila’s body lying on the floor.

 

Exhibitions

  • To Revolutionary Type Love, Iwaleawahaus at Bayreuth University, 30 June – 30 September 2018
  • To Revolutionary Type Love, University of Art HBK, Braunschweig, Germany, June 2018
  • ‘27″hosted by the National Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission Shifteye Studios, Nairobi, November 2017
  • To Revolutionary Type Love, Goethe Institute, Nairobi, Kenya May 2017
  • Jinsiangu’s Bodies Unbound, British Institute in Eastern Africa, 2015
  • Girl Art Project, GoDown Arts Center, Nairobi, 2011
  • 2010 See Us Hear Us Art Festival, Liberty Hall Pangani, Nairobi
  • 2010 Changing Faces Changing Spaces Conference, Hilton Hotel, Nairobi

 

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Nzamba Kitonga Eulogy

SUNRISE: 1956

SUNSET: 2020

Eulogy…..

We are all here to celebrate a remarkable man who accomplished a great deal in his lifetime.
First and foremost, Nzamba was a man who loved the law and all it encompassed.

He distinguished himself as a legal luminary, and a constitutional law stalwart who was a key pillar in the country’s constitutional journey.

He was a great humanist who held a strong sense of human rights, commitment to the rule of law and promotion of access to justice for all. He was a father, brother, uncle, cousin, dear friend and a benevolent mentor to many.

He served the Bench and the Bar effectively, enthusiastically and with distinction and dedicated himself to building our nation and her institutions. Of the Aoni Clan, Nzamba was son of Kitonga, son of Muthangya and son of Kavuu. Born on 10th April, 1956 in Mombasa, he was the 5th of twelve siblings.

His father Hon. Chief James Kitonga and mother, the Late Martha Mwathi Kitonga named him Nzamba, which means ‘shujaa” in Kiswahili.
He lived up to that name throughout his life. There was nothing he could not accomplish if he put his mind, strength and force to it.
His academic journey began at Mombasa at Buxton Primary School. After eight years education, he moved on to Kitui Seminary for his secondary education. It was at this time, he grounded his faith in the Catholic religion.

Having passed well he proceeded to Kangaru High School for A level. Two years later he joined the University of Nairobi. At the time, Nzamba’s father was a Member of Parliament. However, as Professor Kivutha Kibwana recalls, Nzamba was very low key.

He never talked about himself or family. In fact, his father was surprised on visiting the university to find out his son was one of the student union leaders. It was a controversial position then.
In his career spanning over four decades, Nzamba achieved many firsts in his legal profession. After a two-year stint at K. Mwaura & Company in Nairobi and Ndeto Mututo Advocates in Kitui, he established his own legal practice in 1981 at twenty-five years of age. Two years later, 1983, he expanded his foot print into Mombasa and a further six years later he founded the head office in Nairobi.

He grew his firm with tenacity, hard work and faith. His areas of practice include conveyance, corporate, property and commercial law, trade union, labour, local government, human rights, insurance and constitutional law.

He undertook litigation in all areas of civil, criminal and commercial law. In 2002, Nzamba became a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

The following year (2003) he was appointed Senior Counsel of the Republic of Kenya and obtained an International Criminal Law Practice conferment from The Hague, Netherlands. He was inducted into The Roll of Honor of Advocates by the Law Society of Kenya in 2004.

Nzamba served as a council member of the International Bar Association and a council member of the Law Society of Kenya from 1994 to 1999 holding the post of chairman from 1997 to 1999.

He held the Vice Presidency of East Africa Law Society from 1998 – 2000 and the Presidency from 2000 – 2003. He was also a council Member of the N.G.O. Statutory Disciplinary Tribunal and Pan African Lawyers Union.

He served as a council member on the council of Legal Education in Kenya and the Legal Sector Reform Committee / Task Force of Kenya and was the Chairman of the Kenya State Corporations Appeal Tribunal.
In 2001, Nzamba Kitonga convened the East African Legal Conference on Inland Waters, Marine and Shipping Laws.

He was the Chief de Mission of the Investigative Task Force on Human Rights, Electoral Violence and Discontent in Zanzibar from 2001 to 2002. He was also the Chief de Mission of The East African N.G.O. delegation to the United Nations World Conference on Racism held in Durban, South Africa in 2002.

He was the Vice – Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the Goldenberg Affair from 2003 to 2005.

He has served as an Alternate Chairman of the Advocates Disciplinary Committee. In 2008, he was the legal counsel to the Parliamentary Department Committee on Finance, Planning and Trade Investigating into the Grand Regency Saga. In the same year and the following he served as Chairman/Convenor of The law Society of Kenya Committee on Constitutional Review.

From 2009 – 2010 Nzamba served as the President of the COMESA Court of Justice. From 2009 – 2010, Nzamba served as The Chairman of the Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review Process culminating in the promulgation of the Kenya’s New Constitution of 27th August 2010.

At the time of his demise, he was the current United Nations monitor to The Genocide trials in Rwanda. He was an L.L.M student on International Criminal Law at Tanzania Open University. He was also on the International Criminal Court Counsel list.

In his childhood he was popularly known as ‘koko’ amongst his peers and family. This was a nickname given to him by his father to portray a rooster’s way of life of crowing at the break of dawn. The name Nzamba means a cockerel hence a symbol of bravery, prudence, pride and strength.

In life, there is a purpose for everyone you meet. In every chapter of Nzamba’s life, he was supported, loved and cared for. He is survived by four beautiful children, James Ivia Kitonga, Mary Mwathi Kitonga, Kavengi Kitonga and Eve Mukami Kitonga and his partner Carol Mbuvi. His children describe him as very disciplined and humble. A gifted orator, he had a witty sense of humor. Everyone who knows him can attest to his intellect. Sharing his vast experience with younger lawyers was very important to him. His daughter Mwathi can attest to this. Often, she meets advocates who have been mentored by him and who hold him in high regard.

His children further describe him as a disciplined and hard worker even up to his untimely demise.
He religiously woke up at 5.30 a.m every day and left the house by 6.30 a.m to arrive at his office at 7.00 a.m a routine he has practiced all his life.

Nzamba had a lot of integrity especially concerning money. He was always aware of his commitments and pledges and never wavered on any of them. If he promised something, his word was as good as done.
We offer humble gratitude to God to have witnessed his life. Above all, we were blessed to have enjoyed his spirit. He leaves behind a legacy that benefits not only his children but all Kenyans.
Nzamba Kitonga, may you rest in peace.

 

Awards
2003 – Appointed Senior Counsel of the Republic of Kenya.
2004 – Induction into Roll of Honour of Advocates by the Law Society of Kenya.
2005 – Distinguished Service Award / Honorary President East African Law Society.
2006 – Awarded Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (M.B.S.).
2010 – Awarded Elder of the Burning Spear (E.B.S.) for distinguished service to the Nation.
2010 – Declared Jurist of the Year by the International Commission of Jurists – Kenya Chapter.

 Click the link below for Nzamba Kitonga Funeral Program

In Loving Memory of Nzamba Kitonga

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PROFESSOR SAMUEL KARIUKI KABUITU – WHAT PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA SAID ABOUT HIM

President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence and encouragement to the family, relatives and friends of Prof. Samuel Kariuki Kabuitu who passed on November 5, 2020 after a short illness.

Samuel Kabuitu, who was a Botanist and an Environmental professor at Egerton University, was father to the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Chief Executive Officer Carole Kariuki.

 

In his message, President Kenyatta described the late Prof. Samuel Kariuki Kabuitu as a distinguished scholar and researcher whose work has had great bearing on education, agriculture and training in the country.

 

“His in-depth research especially on classification and the economic value of plants greatly impacted our agricultural sector which is the backbone of our economy,” the President said.

 

“Certainly his knowledge in natural resource management and sustainable agriculture boosted the cultivation of indigenous crops and helped farmers to improve production,” he added.

 

The Head of State said the late Prof. Kabuitu’s research work will continue to be a reference point to future generations as the demand for indigenous crops continues to increase.

 

President Kenyatta noted that despite his great achievements and exposure to vast opportunities outside Kenya, the late Prof. Kabuitu was patriotic and opted to use his skills, knowledge and talent in serving the country instead of venturing abroad.

 

“Prof. Kabuitu has indeed imparted our young people with great knowledge on environmental research not only through teaching but also through his published works.

 

“We will forever cherish his research work on climate change adaptation and mitigation, cultivation of indigenous mushrooms to improve food security in Kenya and the use of mycorrhizae in enhancing reforestation of the Mau water complex,” said the President.

 

Prof. Kabuitu has authored several books and journals on  botany and environment which have continued to be a reference point to many organizations and institutions of higher learning in the country and beyond.

 

Who was Professor Samuel Kariuki Kabuitu?

 

EDUCATION

 

2006 PhD in Botany Egerton University
1989 MSc. in Natural Resource Management and Sustainable

Agriculture

Agricultural University of Norway
1984 BSc. in Botany University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

 

Taxonomy and economic values of plants

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

2013 Associate Professor Dept. of Biological Sciences, Egerton University
2009-2013 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Egerton University
1990-2009 Lecturer, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Egerton University
1984-1990 Assistant Lecturer, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Egerton University

 

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

2010 to date Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation to improve food security in Kenya
2010 to date Cultivation of indigenous mushrooms to improve food security in Kenya
2009 to date Use of mycorrhizae in enhancing reforestation of Mau Water Complex

 

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

1 J.M. Igogo, J.O. Ogendo, S.T. Kariuki and D.O. Otaye – Insecticidal, antifeedant and Reellent Effects of Tephrosia vogelii Hook, and Lantana camara L. Aqueous Crude Extracts against Golden Flea Beetle, Aphthona whitfieldi Bryant in Jatropha curcas L. Biopestic. Int. 7(2):93-103 (2011)
2 Matasyoh, J.C.; Wathuta, E.M.; Kariuki, S.T.; Chepkorir, R. (2011). Chemical composition and larvicidal activity of Piper capense essential oil against the malaria vector, Anopheles gambiae. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology, 14, ( 1), 26-28
3 J.O. Ogendo, Deng, A.L, Kostyovsky, M., U. Ravid, Matasyoh, J.C., Omolo, E.O., Kariuki, S.T., Kamau, A.W., Bett, P.K., and Shaaya, E. (2011). Biocontrol of selected plant essential oil constituents as fumigants of insect pests attacking stored food commodities. Baraton intedisplinary research journal (2011) (1) , 19-29
4 Kariuki, S.T., Mathooko, J.M. Macharia, J.M., Kariuki, J.M. the diversity and distribution of Girardinia species in Kenya. IJPP 2011, 2 (2), 141-148
5 Muchiri, Kariuki, S.T., Okemwa, E.K. and Kariuki, J.M. (2011). Investigation of the Physical and chemical properties of the seed oils of Girardinia Bullosa and Girardinia diversifolia (Ulticaceae). IJPP, 2011, 2 (3), 307-313
6 Kariuki S.T., Macharia J.M., Mathooko, J.M., Kariuki, J.M. (2010). The medicinal values of Girardinia diversifolia. Egerton J. Sc. Technol. (2010) 10 i-vi
7 Eunice W. Ngari, L.W. Chiuri, S.T. kariuki and S. Huckett – Ethnomediciene of Ogiek of River Njoro Watershed, Nakuru, Kenya. Ethnobotany Research and Applications (2010) : 135-152
8 Dambolena J.S., Zunino, M.P., Mwangi J.W., Thoithi, N.G., Kibwage, I.O., Mwalukumbi, J.M., and Kariuki S.T. (2010). Essential oils of Ocimum bacilicum L. and O. grattisimum L from Kenya and their inhibitory effects on growth and fummonism production by Fusarium veritcilliodes. Innovative food science and technologies 11(2010) 410-414
9 J.O. Ogendo, M. Kostyukovsky, U., Ravid, J.C. Matasyoh, A.L., Deng, E.O. Omolo, S.T. Kariuki, E. Shaaya, Bioactivity of Ocimum gratissimum L. Oil and Two of its constituents against five insects pests attacking stored food products. Journal of stored products research 44 (2008). 328-334
10 Josphat C. Matasyoh, Euty Wathuta, S.T. Kariuki, Regina Chepkorir and Judith Kavulani – Aloe plant extracts as alternative larvicides for mosquito control. African journal of biotechnology vol.7(6), 18 March, 2008

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

 

Medicinal plants and conservation

 

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HON KYALE MWENDWA PASSES ON

  • A Former Cabinet Minister and brother in law to politician and ex minister Nyiva Mwendwa
  • Served as the MP for Kitui West.
  • Lost the Kitui West seat in the 1988 General Elections to Nyiva Mwendwa, a wife to his late brother Kitili Maluki Mwendwa.

 

Hon Kyale Mwendwa was an education icon, the son of a paramount chief. He hailed from a well politically connected and established family in Kitui.

Kyale, who once served as a cabinet minister, died aged 94. Kyale died on November 3rd, 2020 at Aga khan Hospital in Nairobi where he was undergoing treatment.

He had been sickly for some time and his health had been deteriorating. He quit elective politics in 1992 after which he ventured into farming and business.

In business, the late Kyale established St Austin Schools, a chain of private academies in Nairobi, as well as hotels and ranches.

The former Minister was the youngest son of Kitui paramount chief Mwendwa Kitavi. A paramount chief is the English-language designation for the highest-level political leader in a regional or local polity or country administered politically with a chief-based system.

Born in March 23rd, 1926, Kyale was the first Director of Education after Kenya achieved Independence in 1963.

Kyale was elected to parliament in the 1985 by-election, which was occasioned by the death of his brother Kitili Maluki Mwendwa in a road accident, whom he succeeded.

Former President Daniel Moi appointed Kyale as the minister for Livestock Development and later transferred him to the Ministry of Water.

He lost the Kitui West seat three years later in the 1988 General Elections to Nyiva Mwendwa, a wife to his late brother Kitili Maluki Mwendwa.

Kitili Maluki Mwendwa was Kenya’s first African Chief Justice. He served between 1968-1971 and was succeeded by Sir James Wicks.

Kitili Maluki’s wife, Nyiva Mwendwa, was the first Kenyan woman to serve as a cabinet minister.

Nyiva Mwendwa was appointed the Minister for Culture and Social Services in 1995, becoming the first female minister in Kenya. She caused a national stir in 1995 when she travelled to women’s conference in Beijing in 1995 and took a hairdresser as a part of her delegation.

Mwendwa herself defended the decision by stating that being a delegation leader, she must take care of her appearance.

The late Kyale other brother was late Eliud Ngala Mwendwa who died on June 8, 2016. Ngala was a Kenyan teacher and politician and once served as MP for Kitui Central.

He was a member of the Kenyan delegation to the 1960 Lancaster House Conference, which negotiated the country’s independence from the United Kingdom.

Ngala then served as Minister for Labour within President Jomo Kenyatta’s first post-independence 15-member cabinet.

He ultimately served as the Minister for Labour and Social Services from 1963 until 1974 under Kenyatta.

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CROWN PAINTS LOSES DEDICATED EMPLOYEE ELIZABETH MARY MULONDO

She spent most of her adult life in the construction industry. At the time of her death on October 28, 2020, Elizabeth Mary Mulondo was working for Crown Paints PLC, a company she joined in 2012. Before joining Crown Paints, Mulondo worked for the Architectural Association of Kenya.

Family and friends described Mulondo, who died aged 68, as a person whose “charity knew no bonds, her doors wide open ready to receive and help anyone.”

She was also described as a person who “had the most infectious energy, and a laugh that lit up every corner of the room.”  Mulondo died after a short illness.

ELIZABETH MARY MULONDO_

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DEATH SNATCHES SENIOR LECTURER DR PERES WENJE FROM MASINDE MULIRO UNIVERSITY

The Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technologies was on November 3rd, 2020 thrown into mourning following the death of the institution’s Dean School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr Peres Wenje.

The senior lecturer died aged 46.  His wife Martabel was quoted saying that the senior lecturer begun experiencing ill health moments after the death of his mother. Dr Wenje died at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital.

WHAT MASINDE MULIRO UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGIES SAID:

“Dear Staff and Students, I have learnt with sorrow, this morning, of the demise of Dr. Perez Wenje, Dean, School of Arts and Social Sciences at JOOTRH, Kisumu. He has been unwell since he lost his mother about two weeks ago.”

Prof. Solomon Shibairo Acting Vice Chancellor

“Let us join hands in helping the family physically, emotionally, financially and in prayer. God bless you.” Prof. Solomon Shibairo Acting Vice Chancellor

“On behalf of the entire MMUST fraternity, we pass our heartfelt condolences to the entire Dr. Wenje family, SASS and all MMUST fraternity. May God comfort us and give us strength to bear the loss.” @MMUST_Kenya

DR WENJE PERSONAL UPLOAD ON HIS CAREER

“My teaching and research interest are in the area of Development Communication, specializing in Health Communication option. As a development communication expert and researcher, my focus has been on information dissemination and education, behavior change, social marketing, social mobilization, media advocacy, communication for social change, and participatory communication. The key interest for development communication have generally centered on changing traditional behavior of the people. Much has also been done for emphasizing adoptions of modern techniques and technologies. Health communication is one of the branches of development communication. It involves dissemination of information aimed at disease control, prevention and health promotion. My breakthrough in research was the discovery that ora-media are highly effective in the dissemination of HIV/AIDS prevention information among the people of Africa. Their effectiveness stems from the fact that it is a communication process that is not alienating or threatening but biased towards local content and ownership. The emphasis is on dialogue, debate and negotiation rather than persuasion and the transmission of information from the external technical experts. Based on the study findings, my study suggested a shift from mass media to ora-media in disseminating HIV/AIDS information.”

QUALIFICATIONS

PhD in Communications & Media Studies(2014)- Maseno University

Post-graduate Diploma in Mass Communication (2000)-University of Nairobi

Master of Arts in Linguistics (1999)-University of Nairobi

Bachelor of Linguistics and Kiswahili (1996) – University of Nairobi

EXPERTISE

Development Communication, specializing in Health Communication option.

 RESEARCH INTERESTS

 My research interests have generally centered on changing traditional behavior of the people. My focus has also been on adoptions of modern techniques and technologies.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Wenje, P.,Nyambuga, C.O., Nyambedha, E.O., and Catherine Muhoma(2015). Sigendni Luo (Luo proverbs) as Communication Intervention Tool in the Fight against HIV/AIDS among the Luo of Western Kenya. In International Journal of Communication and Health (IJCH), No. 5, 2015

Anyonje, L and Wenje, P. (2011). Ethical Issues in Kenyan Media Practice: What Separates the Good Writers and Publishers from the Frauds and Con Artists?, in Journal of Education and Social SciencesVol1 Issue No.2, ISSN2223-490X.

Wenje, P., Nyambedha, E.O. and Catherine Muhoma(2011) Wende Luo(Luo Songs) as an Intervention Tool in the Fight against HIV/AIDS among the Luo of western Kenya in Journal of AIDS and HIV Research(JAHR), Vol 3(7) pp.151-160. ISSN 2141-2359.

Kamau Mwangi and Peres Wenje, “The Role of Vernacular Mass Media in Kenya’s 2007- 2008-Post-Election Violence, Reconstruction and Reconciliation”, in International Journal for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction(IJDMRR) Vol.3 No. 3; 2011. pp.158-170

Wenje, P. “Use of Mass Media in Dissemination of Scientific and Technological Ideas” in Science and Human Values (2006) Edited by Onkware, K and Nehemiah Nyaundi. Eldoret: Zapf Publishers. pp. 127-140

Wenje, P. “Participatory Research: A Methodology That Makes A Difference” in Maseno University Journal of Arts and Social Sciences (2006). Maseno University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Vol.1 No.1. pp. 14-26

Wenje, P. and Irene Nyambura, “The role of Radio in national development: A Case of Kenya’s FM Radio Stations in Maseno University Journal of Arts and Social Sciences (2007)

Wenje P. and Bwire Victor (2000) “How the Kenyan media covers the children’s right issues : A content analysis of Daily Nation and Kenya Times between July and December 1999.” University of Nairobi, School of Journalism

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FARE THEE WELL VETERAN KNA REPORTER MARGARET KINYA KIRERA

  • Kirera died aged 55
  • She joined the civil service in 1989.

She will always be remembered as a jovial person, ever smiling and who always encouraged others through her daily inspirational and religious quotes from the Bible.

Margaret Kinya Kirera will also be remembered as a mentor, a strong woman who was talented in identifying young people with journalistic skills and actively participating in shaping their destiny.

The long-serving reporter and career civil servant was serving as the Laikipia County Information Officer. She died Saturday October 31, 2020, after a short illness.

Ms. Kirera, 55 passed on at the Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital, where she had been rushed by close family members.

The deceased, a dedicated employee of the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs joined the civil service in 1989 after having attained a Diploma in journalism from the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication, Nairobi.

She rose through the ranks in government having previously served in the then Nyeri, Murang’a South District Information offices and lately in Laikipia where she was the County Information boss.

The late Kirera attended Kiirua Primary School and then joined the prestigious St Mary’s Girls’ High School, Igoji, Meru County.

She would later work briefly as a volunteer clerical officer at the department of Information before joining KIMC for professional training.

Kirera performed exemplary well at the college and she immediately secured direct employment in the civil service as an Information Officer upon graduation.

She is survived by her daughter Keziah Kagwiria, currently working as a communication officer at the Laikipia County Revenue Board.

Members of the media fraternity in Nanyuki eulogized the late Kirera as a jovial person, ever smiling and who always encouraged others through her daily inspirational and religious quotes from the Bible.

“I will forever remember Maggie, as she was fondly called, as the most inspirational colleague I ever had in my entire service in government,” said the Laikipia East Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Esther Mwamure.

The void left by the deceased will be hard to fill bearing in mind her very industrious nature and mobilization skills especially for the local media teams to cover and report on happenings in the area, added Mwamure.

“This is a big blow to us. As residents of Laikipia were saddened by her sudden demise but her memories shall forever remain with us,” said the DCC on Monday when she led a team of local journalists to late Kirera’s home in Kibirichia, Meru County.

On his part, Laikipia County Nation correspondent James Murimi described Kirera as a mother who had mentored him since his initial days when he was first posted to the area while working for a different newspaper.

Nanyuki based Royal Media Services reporter Sharon Nkonge described her as a second mother who received her warmly as a daughter when she was posted to the station three years ago.

“I came here looking so green in the profession but thank God Margaret took me to every news venues and also introduced me to all the sources. Today I am this far because of her,” an emotional Ms. Nkonge told KNA Monday.

The County Director of Communications Muchiri Gitonga described the late Kirera as a dependable colleague who worked tirelessly to ensure all National and County government operations we given the media publicity they deserved.

The County Executive Committee Member for Finance and Economic planning Murungi Ndai said Kirera worked so tirelessly that it was hard to distinguish if she worked for the National or County government.

“Her work cut across the two levels of government you would hardly tell she was not one of us yet she worked for the National Government. We will surely miss her industrious nature in handling communications in government institutions,” Ndai told a burial committee meeting held in Nanyuki town Monday evening.

This writer as well, who was Kirera’s office colleague in Nanyuki termed her death as not only devastating but also shocking to many.

Maggie ensured that those working under her had a conducive working environment so that they could always perform their best. Death has robbed the Department of Information of a truly dedicated officer.

Meanwhile, the bereaved family has settled on Friday November 6th as the burial date where the deceased will be interred at her family’s rural home in Kibirichia, Meru County.

Family spokesman and her elder brother Stephen Muriungi Kirera told KNA Monday that the family was putting in place an elaborate burial plan to give her a befitting send-off.

“Margaret brought pride to this family through her hard and dedicated work in the civil service where she has served diligently for over three decades. We owe her a befitting send off,” Muriungi told mourners including Nanyuki based journalists who thronged her rural home.

 

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BURNOUT AS YOU BATTLE COVID-19? THESE ARE THE SIGNS

According to the Ministry of Health in Kenya, some of those battling Covid-19 pandemic including the health workers can at one point experience burnout. These are the signs of burnout as per the Ministry of Health.

  • Sadness, depression, or apathy.
  • Easily frustrated.
  • Blaming of others, irritability.
  • Lacking feelings, indifferent.
  • Isolation or disconnection from others.
  • Poor self-care (hygiene).
  • Tired, exhausted or overwhelmed.
  • Feeling like: A failure or nothing you can do will help or you are not doing your job well or you need alcohol/other drugs to cope.

This can degenerate to Secondary Traumatic Stress.

What are the signs of this?

  • Excessively worry or fear about something bad happening.
  • Easily startled, or “on guard” all of the time.
  • Physical signs of stress (e.g. racing heart).
  • Nightmares or recurrent thoughts about the traumatic situation.

What should you do if experiencing these signs?

Develop a Buddy System

  • In a buddy system, two responders partner together to support each other, and monitor each other’s stress, workload, and safety.
  • Get to know each other: Talk about background, interests, hobbies, and family. Identify each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Keep an eye on each other: Try to work in the same location if you can. Set up times to check-in with each other. Listen carefully and share experiences and feelings.
  • Acknowledge tough situations and recognize accomplishments, even small ones.
  • Offer to help with basic needs such as sharing supplies and transportation.
  • Monitor each other’s workloads.
  • Encourage each other to take breaks.
  • Share opportunities for stress relief (rest, routine sleep, exercise, and deep breathing).
  • Communicate your buddy’s basic needs and limits to leadership – make your buddy feel “safe” to speak up.

Responder Self-Care Techniques:

  • Limit working hours to no longer than 12-hour shifts.
  • Work in teams and limit amount of time working alone.
  • Write in a journal.
  • Talk to family, friends, supervisors, and teammates about your feelings and experiences.
  • Practice breathing and relaxation techniques.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and get adequate sleep and exercise.
  • Know that it is okay to draw boundaries and say “no.”
  • Avoid or limit caffeine and use of alcohol.

It is important to remind yourself that:

  • It is not selfish to take breaks.
  • The needs of survivors are not more important than your own needs and well-being.
  • Working all the time does not mean you will make your best contribution.
  • There are other people who can help in the response.