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Tarun Revoo presenting the winners' trophy to the captain of Blue Tigers after the slum boys beat their rivals Angaza FC 1-0 in the finals on Sunday at the Thika Stadium.
Kiandutu based “Blue Tigers” emerged winners of the Inaugural Central Memorial Hospital U14 Cup Tournament at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on Sunday with a thrilling 1-0 final victory over fellow slum boys “Angaza FC”.     

13-year old Emanuel Okubasu scored the winner in the second half from a corner to lead the ‘Tigers’ the trophy and eventually clinching the ‘Best Player’ accolade.

Kabati Youth FC were third with Jutam FC from Juja coming fourth

All the five youngsters who were selected for Barcelona Youth trials in Karen Nairobi participated in the tourney  

Other than win the tournament, Blue Tigers dominated the individual awards as Wariki Nyaga was voted the best striker with Boniface Wambua winning the Best Defender accolade.

Angaza FC’s Gabriel Kibui won the ‘Golden Boot’ with four goals in the tournament. Other winners included Euticas Muriuki – Best Midfielder (Imara FC, Nairobi), Malcolm Loito – Defender (Jutam FC, Juja) and Ian Nderito – Goalkeeper (Thika Youth).

Others recognised as the most promising players in their departments included Collins Ingoi – Goalkeeper (Santos FC, Thika), Titus Mulwa – Midfield (Visions) and John Mambo – Striker (Young Estonia).

The three-day tournament attracted 15 teams from across Thika Sub-County, Juja and Kenol in Murang’a County with special appearance by Imara Daima FC from Nairobi County.

On behalf of the sponsors, Tarun Revoo was very optimistic that in the years to come, this tournament will be expanded to include teams from across the country with the aim of boosting youth football development in the country and fighting immorality and drug abuse among the youth.

He decried the ‘death’ of youth football in the country as most stakeholders only concentrated on selected players from renown youth academies and established teams, forgetting there existed too much untapped raw talent in the slums and rural establishments.

“If you provide these boys with the right training and the right infrastructure, they can end up being one of the best footballers not only in Kenya but also in the world. There is too much untapped talent in the grassroots which eventually go to waste and at times end up in drug abuse or crime,” said Tarun.

He reckoned that the greatest challenge in Kenyan football lied squarely on the elitist approach to  both talent search and talent nurturing and challenged football bodies in Kenya, local companies and both the county and national governments to embrace a more holistic approach to issues touching on the youth.

On his part, William Ndung’u who was the chairperson of the organising committee termed the tournament a step in the right direction.

“As the organisers, we remain committed to developing youth football and it is our belief that this tournament marks a new chapter for Kenyan youth development. We are extremely grateful to Central Memorial Hospital and Kenya School of Medical Science and Technology for making it a reality,” said Ndung’u.

A suspected thief suffered the most brutal mob justice at Molo Estate, Komo Sub-Location of Juja when he was beaten up and set on fire by an irate mob on Sunday morning.

According to reports, the unnamed man was surrounded after he was allegedly part of a gang that was caught trying to break into a cyber café just before daybreak.

It is alleged that the suspect, who is now fighting for his life at the Thika Level 5 Hospital, was cornered as they attempted to cut through the shop’s steel door.

“The neighbours heard the noises and raised alarm. Unfortunately for him, some bodaboda operators who were nearby responded immediately

He said bodaboda operators who were ferrying clients responded immediately and were able to apprehend one of the criminals. Members of the public and descended on him, beating him senselessly while demanding that he disclose the identities of his accomplices. 

By 8:30 am Sunday morning, the suspect, who was writhing in excruciating pain lay still on the ground with serious burns. He was taken to Thika Level Five Hospital.

Administration Police (AP) officers from Witeithie the scene managed to recover an ID card of one of the suspects from the crime scene indicating that the bearer hails from Murang'a County. 

Residents believe that the thugs are behind the escalating rate of crime in Witeithie Estate and its environs who are said to be working in one of the area car washes during the day but turned criminals during the night. 

Early this week, Zachary Mugo (Kairitu), a truck driver, and his colleague John Njenga were attacked immediately after parking their lorry near a certain night club in Witeithie.

The thugs, who were armed with crude weapons beat them senselessly before robbing them cash and other personal valuables which included shoes. 

Their attackers then fled after the victims raised alarm attracting the attention of patrons from a nearby pub.

Witeithie residents have been complaining that thugs have been frequenting the bar disguising as revelers while indeed stalking at their prey.

Juja Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner Muthama Wambua has urged residents to actualise the Nyumba Kumi Initiative to deal in a bid to fight the menace.

“You ought to give us information regarding these marauding thugs so that they can be arrested and prosecuted according to the law,” the DCC said on phone.

He added that any information that would help the police to arrest the culprits will be treated with utmost confidentiality so as not to expose the members of public to danger of retaliatory attacks by these criminals.

Police officers arrest some of those people found flouting various traffic rules during a weekend crackdown along Thika Superhighway near the former castle Industry.
I6 people were on Saturday arrested by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) along the Thika Superhighway in an operation dubbed ‘Fika Salama’ that was mounted at the former castle breweries near Witeithie.

Speaking during the crackdown, NTSA Deputy Director and Head of Enforcement Lt. Col. Hared Adan said that they sought to ensure that Kenyans were safe on all roads during the month of December and at least reduce the number of these accidents by half.

He noted that 90% of accidents were as a result of human error mainly due to overspeeding and drunken driving.

The authority has already mapped some hotspot areas especially along Nairobi-Nyeri-Isiolo Highway, Nairobi-Embu-Meru Highway, Nairobi-Mombasa Highway, Nairobi-Malaba Highway, Nairobi-Narok-Kisii-Migori Highway and Nairobi-Naivasha-Gilgil-Nyahururu Road.

“Our officers will conduct round-the-clock patrols along these routes and we appeal to motorist to exercise caution on the roads. Our aim is not to arrest people but to sensitise them on importance of observing road safety and compliance with road safety measures,” said Adan.

Those arrested were caught to have flouted various traffic rules among them overspeeding, drunk driving, carrying excess passengers or even driving unroadworthy vehicles.

There was drama when some people attempted to flee from the officers and in some cases motorists causing minor crashes as the sped off to avoid the dragnet.

Several people were forced to walk about 8km to Thika town following the towing of the vehicles they were travelling in.

“Our driver and conductor have fled upon being stopped by police, we have been left without an option other than to walk to Thika town,” lamented Agnes Muthoni, one of the commuters caught in the mix.

In months of December 2015 and 2016, 307 and 290 people respectively lost their lives along Kenyan superhighways, causes attributed to overspeeding, drunk driving and excess carrying of passengers. 

STEP Trainers from MKU and KNATCOM display their certificates. With them is the team of trainers from Leuphana University Germany.
Mount Kenya University has moved a notch higher in student empowerment by becoming the second University in Kenya after Kenyatta University to implement Student Training in Enterpreneurship Promotion (STEP) program. 

Ten members of Staff from MKU completed a weeklong STEP training and were Certified as Trainers of the STEP. The funding will enable the MKU team together with two members of staff from Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM) to recruit 200 students and take them through 12 weeks of STEP entrepreneurship training between January and March 2018.

The unique aspect of STEP is that, during the 12 weeks of training, the students will be taught “using real money, in real business, and in real time”.

The University appreciates support from Leuphana University. STEP programme was jointly developed by Leuphana University and Makerere University Business School (MUBS) in 2009 and has spread to several developing countries across the globe. In Kenya, STEP is delivered in a tripartite partnership that includes the university delivering it, LeuphanaUniversity (Germany) and the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM – UNESCO).

Zack Mugo nursing injuries after an attack by thugs in Witeithie Estate.
Residents of Witeithie Estate in Juja  have decried escalation of insecurity in the area where attacks from a group of marauding thugs is on the increase.

They claim that the criminals usually waylay them as they head home at night a situation that has worsened with the onset of the festive season.

The latest of these attacks happened on Saturday morning where a truck driver and his turnboy were injured before being robbed of valuables of unknown value.

Zachary Mugo (Kairitu) and his turnboy, John Njenga had just parked their lorry when they were intercepted by for thugs armed with crude weapons.

The victims were beaten ruthlessly before they were robbed off cash and other items including shoes. Their attackers then fled after the victims raised alarm attracting the attention of patrons from a nearby pub.

Patrons and residents have been complaining that thugs have been frequenting the bar disguising as revelers while indeed stalking at their preys.

Recently a contingent of police officers raided the estate to flush out thugs who had snatched a bag containing sh. 30,000 belonging to a lady cop. During the operation innocent people were allegedly beaten and robbed.

Businessmen were forced to be closing business by 6pm before the intervention of their MP Francis Munyua Waititu.

Area DCC promised to investigate the matter and take action against rogue cops.

Thika MP Patrick Wainaina addressing Jodan Institute of Technology graduants and parents at the Thika Stadium on Friday
Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina has challenged tertiary institutions to produce graduates who are more agile, have a solid understanding of the job market and who can also create their own jobs.

Taking note that employment market had tightened, the MP, while speaking at the Thika Sub-County Stadium where he was a guest at the 4th Graduation Ceremony of Jodan Institute of Technology, said that these institutions needed to teach 'employability' among their students as well as impacting skills necessary to venture into entrepreneurship.

"Education ought to take its full cycle where after schooling, majority of the graduates can be assimilated into the available job market with the rest venturing into entrepreneurship and creating more jobs. As your MP I want to make sure all this talent does not go to waste but is utilised to create more wealth in this region and the country at large," said the legislator.

He added that this was part of the reason that he had tabled a bill in Parliament to check on unnecessary imports into the country that were eventually costing our youth the much needed jobs.

Wainaina said that he had prepared a very elaborate programme that would improve the standards of education in Thika, notwithstanding ensuring a 100% transition rate from Primary to Secondary education.

To achieve this, the MP said that he intends to put up two day secondary schools in each ward, one for girls and another one for boys, where students who complete primary schools but miss out on the main schools can be assimilated. he added that he was also in talks with the Education Ministry and the management of the five main secondary schools in the area to construct additional classes that could accommodate day scholars from the constituency.

In each of these cases, the MP plans to procure a bus that will be used to ferry the students to school and back home.

"I plan to use the resources at our disposal to construct two classrooms each in Thika High, Maryhill Girls, Chania Boys, Chania Girls, Thika Girls Karibaribi and Mang'u high schools to accommodate our own students who have attained 350 marks and above to be admitted as day scholars. We will provide school buses to each of these cases so as to ease their access to school," he explained.

He admitted that majority of the public primary schools in the constituency were in very deplorable state and a lot needed to be done to improve infrastructure in these institutions. He promised to lobby companies and the business community to 'adapt a classroom' since his office could not manage this alone.

"The money I have as CDF cannot be enough to do all these things. So, I am calling on all stakeholders to join in our 'adopt a classroom' programme and help to make our public schools more learner friendly," he said.

He added that in this programme, he planned to set aside a kitty to also motivate both the learners and the teaching staff with a view of encouraging them to work on the education standards in their schools.

"Starting next term, I plan to start the 'Egg Monday Programme' where every pupil in all our public schools will be eating an egg every Monday morning. This will help improve class attendance and the general health of the learners," he said.

Wainaina added that the egg Monday programme would be used as a source of income to parents as they will be encouraged to come keep poultry that will be supplying the eggs to their children.

"I am asking our parents to keep a few hens and form their own clusters where they will be supplying the eggs to schools. We intend to buy them at sh. 15 each so that the parents benefit twofold through earning money and also some of them being employed to be cooking for their own kids at school," he explained.

Brachiaria grass is gaining popularity among cattle farmers in Kenya due to what they claim to be significant increase in milk soon after they introduce the grass as part of the fodder for their cattle.

Originally from Africa and bred in South America, the grass is credited with helping to revolutionise the Brazilian beef industry.

Brachiaria grass has more than 15% crude proteins and other minerals, which are necessary in milk production compared to Napier grass which has between 7% and 8.5% crude proteins. However, a new variety like giant Napier grass has surpassed this mark by offering up to 26% crude proteins to livestock. 

Brachiaria cv. Mulato and Mulato II are a result of breeding by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). According to Dr. Brigitte Maass, a forage scientist with CIAT in Kenya, Brachiaria cv. Mulato and cv. Mulato II are hybrids which have resulted from crosses involving 3 species; Brachiaria brizanthaB. decumbens and B. ruziziensis. The last one is used as a bridge.

The result is a hybrid that is apomictic, meaning that the seeds produced are true breeds (their genes do not change). In reality, they are like clones of mother plant. This is an ideal situation that is not common with many crops and forages because farmers will not lose the vigor of the plant.

Brachiaria can be grazed or cut and fed to animals in stalls and feedlots. Where animals graze, the duration depends on the number of animals. Sufficient time must be given to a pasture to grow back after intensive grazing. Rotational grazing will give grass time to re-grow.

Where farmers cut and carry to feed the animals, the grass is ready for the next cut in about 45-50 days during the rainy season. At this stage, the grass has higher nutrient content, especially protein, than Napier.

Brachiaria has high production capacity for biomass; therefore, it is a good alternative for making silage and hay for use during the dry season. Its production and nutrient content depend on soil fertility and its management, as well as the stage of harvesting.

The grass is not only appropriate for low rainfall regions, but a sure feed security solution. According to Feedpedia, an animal feeds resource repository, the grass does well in regions with rainfall of between 1500mm and 3500mm per annum. But it can withstand drought for between three and six months, within which it remains green, unlike other tropical grasses.

Trials conducted by KARI-Marigat show that the grass does well under irrigation in arid and semi-arid areas, and under rain-fed conditions in the transitional zones.

It also grows in poor and nitrogen and other nutrients’ deficient soils and a PH of between 4 and 8. Although it does well in low nutrient area, the content reduces with decrease in the elements.

Unlike Napier grass, Mulato Brachiaria does not have stinging hairs, making it easy to cut and carry. 

This is a quality that makes the grass attractive to farmers who use the push-pull technology to 
control stem borer and Striga and as a way of growing fodder for their animals.

  • Well-adapted to acid and neutral soils of moderate to low fertility 
  • Tolerates high soil aluminium levels
  • Very persistent, even under seasonally dry conditions
  • Productive, capable of sustaining high stocking rates and grazing pressures
  • High nutritional value for ruminants
  • Maintains green leaf of relatively high nutritional value into seasonally dry periods
  • Responds well to nitrogen fertiliser

  • Low seed production may limit availability 
  • Slow to establish if dormant seed is sown
  • Dense growth means careful management needed to maintain companion legumes.

Did you know that all expectant women in Kenya are supposed to get free National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) cover for their maternity expenses as well as their family members’ medical costs?

The Government, through the Ministry of Health, last October launched the expanded free maternal care programme dubbed ‘Linda Mama Boresha Jamii’ in a bid to achieve universal access to quality maternal healthcare as well as reduce maternal morbidity and mortality rates in the country, particularly in the rural areas.

For a pregnant woman to enjoy these services, they are required to produce their national identification card (ID) for registration, a guardian’s identification card or use of antenatal care records for pregnant women under 18 years.

Registration of beneficiaries can be done through mobile phone platform with USSD by dialling *263# and filing in one’s details on the online registration form, contracted healthcare providers, NHIF service centres or online and Huduma Centres countrywide.

The following is the list of hospitals in Kiambu County where one can access the Linda Mama services;-

NHIF Branch

Under the programme, all pregnant women can access antenatal, delivery and postnatal care free of charge in all public, some faith based and private healthcare facilities nation-wide.

The redesigned initiative expands the network of health providers to include faith based facilities through a direct re-imbursement mechanism that pays for number of deliveries reported, to a health insurance plan to be administered by NHIF.

The benefit package includes both outpatient and inpatient services for the mother and newborn for a period of one year and includes Antenatal Care, Delivery, Postnatal Care and Emergency referrals for pregnancy related conditions as well as complications.

The NHIF cover is intended to reduce maternal deaths and help to achieve universal health care. The Jubilee government introduced free maternity services in June 2013.

Before then, an estimated 60% of women were delivering at home — attributable to financial constraints due to high medical costs out of reach for the poor. This resulted in 6,000 deaths of mothers every year on account of preventable complications during pregnancy or during child birth. 

By Mathenge Maina.

If there is something that people are rushing to buy nowadays, call it a car. According to a report that was published back in 2014 after a research had been carried out, there were already 1.2 billion cars on the road. This number though, is expected to grow from 1.2 billion to 2 billion by the time we are in the year 2035.

In 2016 alone, the number of cars sold were 88.1 million. This number as compare to the previous year in 2015, had gone up by 4.8%.

For most people a car is usually taken as a sign of high status. Owning a car requires money, a lot of money in fact. There are the random car repairs that spring out of nowhere especially when your car breaks down when you are heading out to work. There are the scheduled maintenance which are not cheap at all.

But what if I told you that you can save you a tone of cashon all these car expenses and still get to drive your car?

Does that sound too good to be true? Well, it is too good but at the same time, it is also very true.
Now the question you should ask me is this: What are the tips that can assist you in saving your cash while you still drive your favorite car?

I will answer this question right now.

The Best Tips To Save You Money On Cars’ Expenses.

1. Keep your car with you for as long as possible.

Majority of people will feel the need to change their car after every few years. The only reason that these people usually provide is that they need to upgrade to the latest model. But this is a very expensive thing considering that when you sell your car, the amount of cash you get is never enough to buy the next model that you want.

What this means is that you will have to add money on top of what you got after selling your former car in order to acquire the new car. The amount of money you have to add is in the range of 40,000 to 100,000 Kenya shillings (equivalent to $400 to $1000). This is a huge chunk of money that does not have to go to waste every year.

2. When buying a car, buy the smallest model that can comfortably fit your needs.

A smaller car has several benefits when it comes to savingyou cash. The first benefit is that a small car will have low fuel consumption as compared to a huge car like an SUV. The reason behind this is very obvious. Smaller cars as compared to huge cars are way lighter. How heavy a car is influences the amount of fuel it will consume.

Also, everyone who intends to own a car already knows that they need insurance. If you decide to buy a huge car, insurance companies will charge you more money as compared to someone who owns a small car.

Simply by considering to purchase a small car you will be saving about Ksh 40,000 ($400) to Ksh 60,000 ($600) each and every year.

3. Keep your car well maintained throughout.

Did you know that a poorly maintained vehicle uses an approximate of 25% to 33% more fuel than a well-maintained vehicle?

Also, fixing a small problem is way less expensive than waiting for the problem to become too huge and then cost you thousands. The amount of cash that each and every person who keeps their car well maintained throughout the year saves is approximated to be between 5,000 Ksh to 10,000ksh ($50 to $100) every year.

4. Never use premium fuel.

Most people go for premium fuel thinking that it offers some special advantages to their cars. The fact is, it doesn’t have any special advantages over the ordinary fuel.

If your manufacturer has not recommended for you to use only premium fuel with your car, then it is about time that you stopped throwing your money down the drain. The reason why I am calling it throwing your money down the drain is that you are using extra money but there are no advantages that you are getting.

When you stop using your extra cash on premium fuel, you will be saving an approximate of Ksh 20,000 to 40,000 ($200 to $400) each and every year. This is not a small amount of cash.

5. Keep your tires inflated to the proper pressure.

When you keep your vehicle tires within the pressure rage that is acceptable, it has been proven to improve your fuel mileage by 3.3%. This percentage might appear to be very small but at the end of the year it will save you Ksh 10,000 to 25,000 ($100 to $250)

An added advantage of keeping your vehicle tires at the correct pressure is the fact that the tires will last longer. This ensures that you go for a long time before you have to replace your tires.

6. Make sure you combine your errands when driving.

When you have to do two things in town, don’t drive to town twice. Do those two things at once while you are in town. This will not only save you money in terms of fuel, it will also save you time. 

But because this article is aimed at saving you money, we will stick with the fact that it saves you 

The amount of money that it saves for you is in the range of Ksh 2500 and 7500 ($25 to $75).

How does that happen?

Let’s see, if you save only 8 miles in each and every single day that is 2920 miles you save in a year. These are miles you won’t have to use any gas.

7. Shop around for insurance.

Yes, sometimes this needs to be done. You may never know for sure whether your insurance company is ripping you off until you go and talk with other insurance companies. This can save you a large amount of money.

Per year, just by finding a better insurance company, you can save up to Ksh 5,000 to 20,000 ($50 to $200).

The writer is a blogger. For more of such stuff link up with his blog via 

THIWASCO MD Moses Kinya shows off a jug of water from their company which he boasts of being among the best in the country.
Over the course of the last few months, some residents of Thika Town have had concerns about high water bills forcing them to question the legitimacy of these charges.

Responding some of these concerns, THIWASCO Managing Director (MD) Moses Kinya acknowledged several reasons to these consumer complaints seriously and assured that they were working to rectify any anomaly that might have been from their side on a case-by-case basis.

However, Kinya attributed that majority of these complaints emanated from various faults by the clients thus, the updated meter readings just happened to unearth an accrued backlog of unpaid water bills.

“We have upgraded our systems and have now incorporated technology into our meter readings and billing. For the last 3 months now, our field officers have been using a Mobile Field Assistant (MFA) App to record and transmit data instantly into our systems from the location of the customer’s meter,” explained the MD.

He added that this application has assisted field officers to enhance accuracy in data capture and subsequently upload to the core billing system.  

“It is GPS enabled therefore it gives us the exact time and accurate location from where the officer did their recording. We also include an image of the meter readings as matter of evidence thus helping us handle any complaint that might occur,” he added.

In the course of this new development, THIWASCO has been able to update and bill a total of 31,272 consumers and have been able to identify several anomalies that have been dogging the billing system over the years.

Among some of these anomalies include, faulty meters, meters that have not been read for quite some time due to lack of accessibility as well as illegal connections of water by some residents.

“In most of these cases where we could not access the meters, we have been billing such clients through estimates. But whenever we access these meters, we update our readings accordingly which at times may lead to very high bill in case we have been underestimating our reading,” said Kinya.

The company is also replacing old water meters with new ones that are more efficient and accurate in recording amount of water consumed. The old meters, he said, were worn out and prone to inaccurate readings.

Kinya also blamed the high bills on leaking pipes and households that leave running taps without care.

“Some love to waste water. They shower with the water running, they leave taps without turning them off, they also don’t care if the pipes are leaking,” said Kinya.

He asked all those who had issues with their billing to contact their customer care desk and they will have their cases sorted out. 

Otherwise, Kinya assured the residents of continued service delivery, adding that their rates were among the cheapest in the country.

The scene near Blue Post Hotel immediately after the accident happened. 
Seven people were critically injured after a 33-seater bus rammed onto a lorry near Blue Post Hotel along the Nairobi-Nyeri Highway.

According to an eyewitness account, the collision happened around 5 p.m. when the driver of the bus belonging to Damacom Bus Company was unable to avoid the lorry after the lorry suddenly applied emergency brakes due to some sudden obstruction by a breakdown that was attempting to tow another truck that had lost control and landed into a ditch.

“The accident can be blamed on a breakdown that was trying to tow that truck over there. The driver of the breakdown hadn’t put any warning sign and when it suddenly drove onto the road, the driver of this lorry applied immediate brakes to avoid crashing onto the two vehicles,” explained our source.

It is said that the bus that was heading to Ekalakala in Machakos County, was overspeeding and when it was obstructed, the driver had no option but to ram onto the second lorry from the rear.

Our source told us that immediately the accident happened, the driver of the breakdown speed off after realising what had happened.

The impact of the crash extensively wrecked the bus’ cabin, trapping the driver and the other two passengers into the wreckage. The driver’s legs and hands were smashed, making it impossible for him to control the bus.

The bus started rolling backwards towards the Chania Bridge and by God’s grace it got trapped by the gourd posts just a few metres from plunging all its passengers into the river.

It took the intervention of good Samaritans who rushed to the scene and used metal bars to rescue the driver and the two passengers who had been trapped inside the cabin.

By the time our crew arrived at the scene, the Thika Branch Red Cross and the Thika Fire and Rescue teams were assisting in rushing the injured to nearby hospitals via waiting vans and ambulances.

No one of the crew in the lorry was injured.

The truck that had earlier landed into a ditch, consequently causing the second accident as a breakdown attempted to tow it.
The accident occurred on the same spot where four pupils from Moi Primary school Thika died after a truck carrying sand hit the matatu they were traveling in from behind in 2005.

The accident caused a heavy traffic snarl up from both sides with Nairobi bound vehicles stretching all the way to Kenol Trading Centre in Murang’a County while those heading to Nyeri had vehicles going all the way to Witeithie in Juja Sub-County.

Consequently, Thika Town was completely locked out with no movement either to or from the town.

Apparently, the cause of the accident can be blamed on the perennial traffic gridlocks in Thika especially along Garissa Highway.

This bus, which was heading to Ukambani area, was trying to avoid the jam along Garissa Highway by using the Del Monte Makongeni route to join the highway at Gachagi area near Kivulini. This is because of the jam near Gatitu junction and another one in Makongeni area.

By the time we went to press, police from both Thika and Murang’a were busy attempting to unlock the traffic that had virtually paralysed all activities in the environs.   

Jacinta Ndunge and Isaac Gichure before a Thika Court with charges of subjecting their child to torture by inserting objects in her body.
Doctors at Thika Level 5 Hospital suspect foul play in the case of the 10 month-old infant who was found with 14 needles lodged into her body.

According to them, the manner in which the pins were inserted into the baby’s body was suspect and there was no reason to believe that it was accidental.

Dr. Macharia Mwea who led a team of 4 doctors to conduct this very delicate 5-hour long operation to remove the needles admitted that he has never come such a horrific incident in his entire career.

The 14 needles, said to be about 8cm in length and 3mm in diameter, must have been lodged into the baby’s body weeks or even months earlier as there were no visible scars nor fresh wounds at their points of penetration. They had also changed colour to black, probably due to chemical reactions with her body and rust.

“She has one needle lodged into her lumber area, 10 in her buttocks muscles and two lodged into her anus. The last one, which was a quarter the length of the others, had penetrated deep into her pelvis, something that made it very risky to remove,” said Dr. Macharia.

The pins at her anus are said to have raptured her anal walls, which might have been one of the reasons the child had suffered some secondary infections.

According to him, they opted to leave it in due to the risk of injuring the nerves that give sensation to her private parts and the legs.

“If the risks involved out way the benefits, doctors are at such events forced to let a foreign body stay inside the human body. In this case, we feared that if we continued with the process of removing this needle, we might injure the nerves that give sensations to her private parts and the muscle supply to the legs,” he explained.

However, Macharia says that there is still hope to remove the remaining pin once the child has fully recovered.

“The child can still get a more specialised operation at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) to remove this pin even though I cannot guarantee a hundred percent success rate,” he assured.

Baby Wairimu’s case was first detected by paediatricians at the general ward that she was admitted for an attack by pneumonia.

The doctors noted that the baby used to cry a lot especially while seated besides the diarrhoea and the vomiting that she was being treated for.

Upon examination, they discovered some sharp objects in her bum area and immediately ordered for an X-Ray.

The horrifying X-ray pictures of the kid showed 14 eight-centimetre long pins stuck inside the girl’s lower abdominal area, consequently necessitating for an operation to remove them once she had recovered fully from her earlier ailment.

“It was quite a challenge to extract them safely, as some of the pins were lodged in some very sensitive area but we managed to remove them after a 5-hour session, save for the one in her pelvis,” said Macharia.

Hospital authorities recommended psychiatric evaluation of the mother after she denied any involvement in the incision of the needles even when she admitted that she has never left the infant in the care of any other person.

However, the doctors assured that the child is okay for now and they would embark on social support to treat her for post-traumatic disorder in the journey towards helping her resume normal life.

Meanwhile, her parents have been arraigned before a Thika court with charges of subjecting child to torture by inserting objects in her body.

The two Jacinta Ndunge (31yr) and Isaac Gichure (41yrs) were charged before principal magistrate Grace Omodho where the two pleaded not guilty.

The two were remanded till 11th December 2017 when their case will be mentioned. 

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