The Kenya Wildlife Service(KWS) has revealed that one of its aircraft crashed early this morning in Isinya, resulting in the death of one of its occupants.
The statement is below:
Today KWS is sad to confirm we, unfortunately, suffered an aircraft accident at 07:38 am that resulted in one fatality and the loss of the aircraft. The accident involved an AutoGyro aircraft model MTOsport2010 registered 5Y-KWV. The accident occurred at Orly Airpark during routine training exercises. A thorough investigation will be carried out as to establish cause of the accident. We convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved.
Other unconfirmed reports claimed that the person killed in the crash was a trainer, who might have been from the USA.
The death of former president Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi captivated the country with details about the late leader filling the pages of all newspapers and blogs.
One interesting area of the conversation was the cost it would take to bury Kenya’s second president. Most reports claim that Mzee Moi’s burial costs were estimated to cost Sh. 300 million.
Some Kenyans were surprised at the cost but considering it to high. But what many might not know is that Mzee Moi’s burial costs pale in comparison to other famous leaders from history.
Princess Diana-Sh. 650,000,000 million
Although Princess Diana was no longer the wife of the Prince of Wales, Diana was given a royal funeral in Westminster Abbey, so as to pay an appropriate tribute to her global status and honor her as the mother of the future King of England.
Her service included rousing readings from her family as well as one of the most memorable funeral songs of all time: Elton John performing “Candle in the Wind.”
Pope John Paul II-Sh. 984,581,844 million
The Pope was laid to rest six days after his death, but not before kings, queens, prime ministers, presidents and world religious leaders gathered to mourn him.
The funeral, which reportedly cost The Vatican nine million euros, also drew four million pilgrims into Rome and spurred more than two billion television viewers.
John F Kennedy-Sh. 4 billion
In a memo from Margaret Earl to David Gergen, the projected cost of expenses relating to President Kennedy’s funeral was four million dollars. In addition, taxpayers footed the bill for a Day of Mourning, which only required essential, federal emergency employees to report to work.
According to The Museum of Broadcast Communications, T.V networks lost approximately $40 million dollars in profits associated with regular commercials and television programming.
Ronald Reagan-Shs. 40 billion
During the United States’ official Day of Mourning for the late president, stock markets closed, federal workers were given the day off and media outlets focused on nothing but the funeral services.
Functional Ambivalent crunched the numbers and found that it cost $400,000,000 on the taxpayers. If you add to that amount the estimated costs for state services, security and cost to networks, some speculate that the total expenses related to Reagan’s funeral may have reached as high as $800 million or even $1 billion.
Alexander the Great-Shs. 60 billion
Some accounts of Alexander’s death claim that he was preserved in a vat of honey and encased in glass, while other historical depictions show that he was placed inside an elaborate gold sarcophagus, which was encased in a gold casket.
To top it off, this gold shrine was transported from Babylon to Macedonia via a gold carriage, a team of upwards of sixty horses and a specially constructed road built to hold the weight and size of the procession.
His father had some answers for them as he was featured on the Churchill Show journey series, where his family, close friends and colleagues paid glowing tributes to him.
‘The last time he came home it was january this year. he called me and told me he wanted to come and built his house because everyone was asking him about it. He came home and put up a house which is bigger than mine and promised to build me one once he was done.” his father said.
But his father was also very candid saying that his son was in love with the bottle.
“We had a lot of problems with his drinking style and i’d urge young people to tread carefully. People have drunk until they are even 100 or 90 years and are still strong because were cautious but not careless. If you do is carelessly then you become careless with your life,” the father went on.
“His drinking was a concern to the family. Whenever he would come home, the whole home would be full…chang’aa (local brew) and other drinks. He arrives in the village in the morning but I’d see him in the night when he is going to sleep. Just from one chang’aa den to another and I could go round making noise nyinyi mnaharibu watoto wa watu but he was a grown-up so hakuna mtu anamuharibu.”
And though he might try, he wasn’t able to dissuade his son from the bad habit, explaining a time when Othuol had threatened not to receive his help when he was sick with TB.
“I called him one day and told him if you want to commit suicide with drinking please tell me and the style you want to take. If you want to commit suicide with drinking carelessly, don’t take time, better take a rope and do it. I’ll come to carry you home,” he recalled.
“I thought he could go slow… during the time he was diagnosed with tb, i sent a brother to go and take care of him but he said ‘no this is my hoúse. if you talk about my drinking and the money is mine, then hatutaelewana’.”
Black Panther star Boseman, who died of cancer earlier this year, was also one of the film’s producers and had pursued Miller for the role of Frankie Burns.
“He was a fan of my work, which was thrilling, because it was reciprocated from me to him, tenfold.
“So he approached me to do it, he offered me this film, and it was at a time when I really didn’t want to work anymore. I’d been working non-stop and I was exhausted, but then I wanted to work with him.
“And because I was hesitant to go back to work and my daughter was starting school and it was an inconvenient time, I said, ‘I’ll do it if I’m compensated in the right way.'”
Miller said Boseman’s action was unheard of in the film industry.
“It was about the most astounding thing that I’ve experienced,” she said.
“That kind of thing just doesn’t happen. He said, ‘You’re getting paid what you deserve, and what you’re worth.’ It’s just unfathomable to imagine another man in that town behaving that graciously or respectfully.
“In the aftermath of this I’ve told other male actor friends of mine that story and they all go very, very quiet and go home and probably have to sit and think about things for a while. But there was no showiness, it was, ‘Of course I’ll get you to that number, because that’s what you should be paid.'”
You see, the late John left her with child. The gospel singer who confirmed the news when she buried him a few months ago has hidden the baby bump so well all this time. But no more…
Yesterday the gospel singer took the internet by storm when she posted a maternity photoshoot where she rocked a white dress with her hands on her bulging tummy, confirming that soon she will be a mother.
“You are pregnant and you are powerful. You are bold and you are beautiful. Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your contentedness. Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you.” — Unknown” reads Ruth Matete’s caption.
Matete lost her husband in April 2020, following a domestic home accident that left him with burn injuries that he later succumbed to.
And just like Ruth whose lineage included David-her great-grandson, I hope that her son will also portend blessings upon blessings for the chocolate-skinned pastor and a phase of increase and healing for her.
Yes, you read that right. Akothee, who is also an entrepreneur, made a bold confession on death, stating that she has informed her family that when her day of resting comes, she should be buried on the same day.
She made her statement ahead of the burial of her sister-in-law (Sarah Anne Atieno Kokeyo) who passed away on August 20, 2020 while in Kampala, Uganda. The funeral arrangements and the ensuing issues have made her note that she doesn’t want to go through that herself.
The musician narrated that nobody had checked up on her and find out if she needs help or even comfort her, and her family during this difficult time.
“The air is thin up here. Always attending my family’s funerals alone. With my security, PA and photographers. I am panicking, I have no one to comfort me, no one is even asking if I need anything or any help. But when people have funerals, the number of phone calls I get only God Knows. I am learning to be selfish too, I wish I could, be blessed,” wrote Akothee.
She went on to say, “Some people are so insensitive still calling me to send them contributions for their own funerals, no one has called to ask if they could accompany me to the burial or even when the burial is 🙏 wee. This time round I am too weak to attend & witness my brother lower his wife to rest, sijui niweke kichwa wapi ? 🙆🙆🙆💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔.”
She finished off by stating that she would like to be buried the day she died. “For me, if I die today, I have asked my family to bury me the same day 😭, the trauma my mother has gone through for a month waiting for nyabondo because of the COVID situation, I can’t stand seeing her making trips to the funeral home, May The Lord comfort everyone who lost their loved ones during this hard times 🙏🙏🙏, good morning, my love 🙏.”
Ruth took a break from social media to try and mourn in private, only emerging last month to update her fans on her progress.
Ruth who is pregnant with the late John’s son shared a heart-rending message yesterday. Ruth explained how tough the experience had been for her saying that she believed that she might have been taking a long time in the mourning phase.
“Truth is some days are very hard. When death knocks at your door, there’s nothing you can do. Some days, voices in my head tell me am taking too long in this mourning phase.”
But Ruth has promised herself that she will not be too hard on herself vowing to be patient in her journey.
I patiently wait for the day God will heal me totally. But then again, some days I doubt if this kind of pain can totally heal. So I ask God to give me a new heart instead. Till then, I’ll smile when God gives me a chance to. I will laugh when God allows me to. But above all, I will keep serving Him.
Ruth’s journey with grief mirrors some other prominent celebs who have also undergone the loss of a loved one. Some other celebs who have gone through harrowing experiences with loss are below;
Size 8 and Dj Mo
The couple had a miscarriage in late 2018 that threatened to harm the integrity of their marriage. Dj Mo said that they made sure they didn’t blame each other over the loss although they said the pain was too much.
The Crossover101 host has narrated how tough it was for her to lose her mother while she was still a young girl, saying that her mom who died nearly two decades ago had left a void that she couldn’t ever fill.
The two are currently no longer together and one would be hard-pressed to give a reason for the break-up other than the grief they experienced after they lost their child.
The experienced veteran music producer lost his wife and mother to his baby girl in October 2017. Since then, Josiah has mourned and remembered his late wife Regina Katar in numerous posts, showing that every person has their own way of dealing with loss.
He added that his late brother David Waiganjo Mbiyu was a friend and a confidant he cherished so much. Jeff who keeps his extended family hidden narrated that David had a heart of gold that was gentle and kind.
“Still trying to come to terms with the fact that you are no longer with us, my big brother and my friend,” Jeff said. He added that the pain he felt would never go away.
Jeff comes from exemplary stock. Senior Chief Koinange wa Mbiyu of Kiambu was the patriarch of the Koinanges.
Though illiterate, Koinange championed the uptake of early education through independent schools with the establishment of Githunguri Teachers College, where future President Jomo Kenyatta was vice principal when he returned to Kenya from England in 1946.
Mbiyu Koinange: Jomo Kenyatta’s brother-in-law, confidante and political go-between was the first Kenyan to attain university education after a Scottish teacher tipped his father about America having cheap, but good preparatory schools for black people.
If I was to surmise Ruth Matete in one word, it would be, resilient. The singer has gone through a roller-coaster life that has seen her experience such crazy highs but also some of the deepest lows that would have broken some.
The dark-skinned singer has had probably the toughest year in her life, losing her husband and soon to be father of her first-born son in April.
The couple had been married from late 2019 and seemed to be the dream couple but fate wasn’t on their side as her husband, BelovedJohn Apewajoy passed away due to injuries he suffered after a tragic gas explosion in their home.
Ruth took a break from social media and who could blame her for she had gone through a terrible patch in her life. But after her long period of mourning, the always smiling singer is finally ready to move on.
But that’s not all, Ruth has been hard in the studio making music! Yes, you read that right! The singer showed off her new song on her Instagram page which dealt with her pain, frustrations and how God came through for her at her hour of need.
Ruth’s song reminds me of the song “It is well with my soul” by Horatio Spafford. The song like Ruth’s comes from a place of pain and distressing difficulties.
Horatio who was a successful attorney and real estate investor lost a fortune in the great Chicago fire of 1871. But that wasn’t all, he also lost his beloved four-year-old son who died scarlet fever.
With these misfortunes, Horatio sent his wife and four daughters on a ship to England, so they could heal and unwind. He planned to join them later on but tragedy struck as while they were crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the ship was involved in a terrible collision and sunk.
The body of the late Kevin Oliech (Dennis Oliech’s younger brother) arrived at the JKIA last night Thursday September 3rd, from Germany.
It was immediately taken to Umash Funeral Home. Kevin who was a former Mathare United player who had been ailing with cancer for close to 4 years, died this past week whilst getting treatment in Germany.
The late Kevin’s body will be laid to rest on Saturday at his parents’ home in Seme, Kisumu county. Mike Sonko, the Nairobi governor promised to foot all the funeral expenses.
‘…the body has been transferred to umash funeral home ahead of his burial on saturday in seme, kisumu county. kevin, who is a brother to former harambee stars captain, dennis oliech, passed on in germany last month. i shall continue supporting the oliech family during this difficult moment to ensure kevin gets a befitting send-off. rest my brother, one day even cancer shall die,’ Sonko posted.
This is the second close person Dennis has lost to cancer in the last couple of years. The former Harambee Stars captain lost his mother, Mary Auma in 2018.
US actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role in Black Panther, has died of cancer, his family say. The 43-year-old died at home in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side.
Boseman had not spoken publicly about his diagnosis.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in the statement.
“From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more – all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
Boseman first came to prominence playing real-life figures – baseball great Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42 then as musician James Brown in 2014’s Get on Up.
However, it will be as the titular Black Panther in the blockbuster 2018 film he will be best remembered. The film was the first superhero film to get a nomination for best picture – and six other awards – at the Oscars.
His death comes after public speculation had been brewing about what had caused his drastic weight loss after he was spotted last year at Heinz Field to watch a Pittsburgh Steelers practice.
But instead of feeling excited to get a glimpse of the actor, some users were worried over his drastic weight loss. “Looking Rough and like he has aged 10 years and lost weight. Why he looking so rough compared to like last year,” one noticed Boseman’s physical transformation.
While Boseman has not responded to fans’ concern, some Twitter users tried to offer some explanation to his weight loss. They believe that he has slimmed down for a movie role. “He an actor people, he may look that way he does for a role. Just saying, yall be quick to judge fr,” one shared his opinion.
Linus Kaikai is one of the most popular of TV anchors in Kenya. The former NTV employee now works for Citizen TV as one of the head honchos at the station.
The exceptional and professional Linus rarely speaks about his personal life but this past week’s events have forced some private details onto the public sphere-the fact that he is bereaved losing his brother, Maurice Kaikai ole Kaikai, on Sunday, August 9.
Maurice was working as County Attorney for Kajiado before his untimely death while receiving treatment at Kenyatta University Training and Referral Hospital.
A miscarriage is a tough thing for any couple to go through. Size 8 and Dj Mo have previously spoken about one that caused a lot of soul-searching in their marriage.
Willis Raburu is another man who has walked down that road himself but with disastrous effects on his once-soaring marriage to Maryaprude.
But it seems that the death of his daughter Adana might have been too much for the couple to bear and a few months after her death they had split up.
Since his daughter’s death, Willis has frequently spoken about the baby he lost on the first day of 2020. His pronouncements show that the pain is still fresh to the Citizen TV anchor.
And recently during an interview with MC Jessy, Willis spoke about the issue that is close to his chest telling the comedian that he still gets very emotional.
“It was a very trying time and talking about it sometimes makes me very emotional so I try not to, but you are advised to. All I can say is that so many people came out and lashed at us saying very many bad things. But for me, that’s when you get to know your friends. That happened to us. It’s something I think about every day,” said Willis Raburu.
He added that most people had no idea what a person goes through after the death of their child.
“It is very difficult. I don’t think people understand what that kind of loss does to you because I don’t think there’s any day yenye inapita that I don’t get affected,” he said.
He also narrated that when he went for his Covid-19 test at the Nairobi hospital, the memories of losing his daughter at the hospital got him overwhelmed and he broke into tears.
“The mass testing was happening and as I was being tested all those things came back to me, where I was packed, what I was doing and then I got emotional… all those memories came rushing back and I broke down completely sobbing and everybody was like what is happening to Willis. But you know that is why it is important to continue to go for therapy,” narrated Raburu.
Renowned University of Nairobi lecturer and sociologist Ken Ouko is dead. He was 56 years old. UoN corporate communications director John Orindi confirmed Ouko died on Saturday morning.
“He had been admitted at Aga Khan hospital,” he said.
Ouko had Covid-19. Former Nasa CEO and advocate Norman Magaya was among those who mourned Ouko’s death.
Taking to Twitter on Saturday, he said:
Ouko’s areas of specialisation were medical sociology, gerontology, deviance and family.
Until his death, Ouko was a senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology at the University of Nairobi. Before his death, Dr Ouko appeared on various TV stations to discuss issues related to sociology and relationships.
His last TV appearance was on KTN News 2 days ago.
Kenyans took to social media to celebrate the don after news of his death emerged on Saturday.
“Dr Ken Ouko! An incredible university don! Made psychology and sociology sound so simple and practical! So sad COVID has cut your life short! Watched you just a few days ago on KTN! journey well,” tweeted lawyer Norman Magaya.
His wife was called Beatrice and was recently interviewed by comedy great Churchill Ndambuki where she explained that they met back in 2004 when the late actor visited some friends near her home area. And there was no turning back from there,
“I met him in 2004 when he was just visiting some friends and pastors around the area we used to live. We started meeting and talking and one time he came through the pastor asking for my consent; and the relationship took off from there. He took me to Busia and I met his family. I knew he was serious because all his siblings were married, so he said it’s time he also settled down.”
Beatrice went on to narrate the wonderful life they shared together for 16 years but it wasn’t a bed of roses as the two suffered a string of miscarriages.
“It took some time before we settled. By the time we got our firstborn in 2006 we had lost four babies. In 2007 we had our second born and in 2009 is when we had our last born. She was born a month or two before our wedding. in December 2009 we formalized our marriage.”
Check out beautiful photos from their wedding below:
Charles Bukeko was a larger than life character who will be lovingly remembered for his epic perfomance on Citizen TV’s Papa Shirandula. His acting on the show earned many plaudits from critics and fans alike.
The show also made him a corporate darling who was used in multiple ad spots promoting all manner of products. But now the big-boned actor is now gone, passing away two weeks ago to the shock and consternation of Kenyans.
Kenyans unearthed a video of the thespian discussing the number of times online trolls had falsely announced his death.
During the 2019 interview on one radio station, Bukeko is heard saying he felt betrayed whenever he saw people claiming he had passed on, saying that he had already been declared dead 7 times!
He said that while been killed online didn’t bother him, he worried for his parents, children and wife. “I have been killed by social media users seven times and honestly I never get angry. However, I always worry about my family whenever such news breaks. I do not know why people do such evil things,” he said.
Many Tanzanians woke up to the news that their former President Benjamin Mkapa had passed away at the age of 81. The late head of state’s death was announced by President John Pombe Magufuli, declaring 7 days of state mourning.
Magufuli explained that the former Tanzanian President died at a hospital in Dar es Salaam where he was undergoing treatment.
The news was met by collective sadness with most Tanzanian celebs chiming in to send their condolences. Celebs like Diamond Platnumz, DC Jokate Mwegelo and Mbosso led celebrities in mourning the sudden demise of their third.
The personalities led others in paying tribute to the late Mkapa who led the nation from 1995-2005. Some of those messages are below:
Diamond Platnumz “May His soul Rest in Paradise 🙏🏼”
Jokete Mwegelo “Nimepokea taarifa za kifo cha Mzee wetu Rais wa Awamu ya Tatu Ndg. Benjamin William Mkapa kwa masikitiko makubwa sana. Salamu zangu za pole ziende kwa Watanzania wote. Mzee Mkapa alikuwa ni Baba, Mwalimu, Mlezi na wengi tulimtazama kama kioo. Binafsi nimejifunza mengi kupitia uongozi wake na maisha yake kwa ujumla. Tunashukuru kwa kutuacha na kitabu cha maisha yako kitakachobaki kama kumbukumbu na sehemu ya sisi kujifunza na vizazi vijavyo. Pumzika kwa amani Mzee wetu. 🇹🇿”
MAMA Dangote “Mbele yake nyuma yetu”
Mbosso “Innalillah Wainna ilaih Raajuun”
Zuchu “INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILAIHI RAJI’UN”
Soudy Brown “Rest in Peace Mr President (Benjamin William Mkapa 3rd President Of Tanzania 1995-2005)”
Konde Gang “REST IN PEACE OUR FORMER PRESIDENT OF TANZANIA. BENJAMIN WILLIAM MKAPA”
Rapper AY “💔💔💔💔💔💔 May Your Soul Rest In Eternal Peace Mzee Wetu 🙏🏿🙏🏿”
2020 has been a very tough year for most people with Covid-19 throwing a spanner in everyone’s plans. But one person I empathise with more than others is Ruth Matete.
Why? The gospel singer lost her loving husband just a few months after getting married in late 2019. Beloved John passed away on April 11th after succumbing to burn injuries he suffered in a freak gas accident.
What was even worse was that she was treated as a suspect from the word go with the Nigerian government even stopping her from burying John after the autopsy had been concluded.
But thankfully they finally relented and yesterday the gospel singer was able to finally give the man she had loved a worthy send-off.
During the eulogy, Ruth Matete had some heartfelt words for her late spouse but what got people talking was the hope she revealed in it.
Hope in the fact that the two had already conceived a child together, a child whose gender she revealed. Ruth narrated that the late John had already picked out a name for their son before he died.
“It is a boy so he is Joshua. I’ll tell Toluwa of how kind you were pastor Beloved and what a true man of God you were. 2 Corinthians 5:8. Continue being with the lord my darling husband.” The name Joshua means “Yahweh is deliverance” or “salvation.
She added by saying;
“Sometimes I feel you when your time had come because of how you had put things in order like naming the baby. We agreed to call him Joshua Toluwa Apewajoye if it’s a boy and Joanna Toluwa Apewajoye if it’s a girl.”