March 2018

A bizarre mutant goat with human-like facial features has left Kiandutu residents astonished.

John Mwongela, a resident of Molo area within the slums woke up Sunday morning to the  bizarre incident when he found out that one of his goats had given birth to a kid that had the features of a human baby.

He immediately called his neighbours who too admitted never to have witnessed such a debacle.

"When I went to check, I was quite shocked but fascinated too as its face, nose, short legs and even the condition of its soft body seemed like a human baby, but the light brown fur covering its whole body resembles that of a goat," he narrated to Thika Town Today early this morning.

He added that despite the features, the kid did not have any umbilical cord.

Mwongela said the kid was already dead when they found it, and was believed to have been trampled by its mother or due to other complications.

Shocked residents who had milled into Mwangela's compound expressed mixed reactions with some terming it an act of witchcraft.

Others pointed an accusing finger to some youth whom they accused of having sex with the nanny goat. They termed it an abomination and wanted the goat killed and some traditional cleansing ceremony to be performed.

"This is the work of illicit brews and drugs. We need to support Governor (Ferdinand) Waititu's fight on alcohol as it will finish our people," said one middle-aged woman.

By the time we went to press, no government official had arrived and the owner was contemplating what to do with the carcass.

The lorry that was on Friday night nabbed at BAT Makongeni ferrying 200 bags of charcoal without valid authorisation documents

Police in Thika on Friday night impounded a lorry that was ferrying 200 bags of charcoal and arrested one lady along Thika-Garissa Highway.

The officers, who had laid ambush after a tip-off from the public, intercepted the lorry Registration No   KAD 579X, a blue Mitsubishi Fuso at BAT area in Makongeni and upon investigations discovered that the lady owner had no authorization documents to transport the charcoal.

Confirming the incident, Thika West OCPD Willy Simba identified the woman behind the syndicate as Juliana Kaveta adding that the lorry was already in police custody.

“We have arrested a lady by the name Juliana Kaveta and she will be arraigned in court on Tuesday to face charges of transporting forest produce without permit from the Kenya Forest Service as demanded by law,” said Simba.

Simba issued a stern warning to those dealing in illegal forest produce in the wake of a moratorium on logging that is in place for 90 days, saying that stern action will be taken against anyone caught disobeying the government order.

Barely two weeks ago, Thika police intercepted a canter at Ngoingwa area ferrying 350 charter poles. The poles were suspected to have been harvested from Gatanga in Murang’a County.

The canter impounded at Ngoingwa area on 22-03-2018 carrying 350 charter poles from Gatanga in Murang'a County.
Two people were arrested and later arraigned in a Thika court where they were released on a cash bond of KES. 400,000 each.

On February 24th this year, Deputy President William Ruto suspended logging in government forests and asked Environment secretary Keriako Tobiko to look for a lasting solution to the drying of rivers.

Ruto noted unlawful logging and invasion of forests to build homes have contributed to deforestation.
His order triggered a management shake-up at the Kenya Forest Service in which 15 senior managers, including director Emilio Mugo, were thrown out.

Mugo was replaced by his senior deputy for support services, Monica Kalenda, as the government responded to public outrage over dwindling water and forest resources in the country.

The changes came as thousands of hectares of public forests, ranging from mountain rainforests to savannah woodlands, coastal forests and mangroves, got cleared due to high demand for land and timber.

A flooded section of Uhuru Street, Thika near the Post Office during the recent rains.

The Kenya Meteorological Department is warning of heavy rains and more flooding in many parts of the country starting next month.

Head of Meteorological services Peter Ambenje said April marks the climax of the long rains, warning of landslides in some places.

“Several parts of the country are likely to experience increased rainfall that may be characterised by heavy storms in Western, Northwestern, Central and parts of Southeastern,” Ambenje said.

He urged farmers to take advantage of the good rains and apply appropriate farming methods to maximise crop yield.

“Chances of flooding are still high especially in the riparian and low-lying areas including urban centres. Cases of lightning strikes are also highly probable especially in western Kenya,” Ambeje said.

Ambeje warned of mudslides in Central highlands including Murang’a and Meru, as well as Western and the Rift Valley.

According to the Meteorological Department, only the Coast and Northeastern Kenya will be spared of heavy rains.

“The rainfall in these areas is likely to be poorly distributed, both in time and space,” he said.

“Flooding is conducive for mosquito breeding. This is expected to lead to malaria outbreak. The Ministry of Health is, therefore, encouraged to map out possible outbreak areas and to intensify surveillance of such diseases,” he added.

The long rains season began mid-March in most places and has been characterised by heavy storms that killed at least 16 people.

“The onset of the March-May long rains was well within the predicted period of the third week of March. However, several parts of the country started receiving rain beginning of March,” Ambenje said.

The rains were above average in most places.

St Patrick’s Catholic Church-Thika faithful in a procession along General Kago Road in Thika to mark Good Friday. Photo Wachira Njenge
On Friday, April 30th, Rev Fr. Anslem Kamuyu  took the first station from General Kago Primary School The Way of The Cross on Good Friday. The Good Friday Procession passed through General Kago, School, Cardinal Njue Roads, Kenyatta Highway,Ofafa, Ziwani estates with 14 stations each marking an event that befell Jesus on his final journey.   

Good Friday is a solemn day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Christians around the world observe this day with great humility and reverence. The Way of the Cross, connects the sufferings of Christ during his passion with the suffering of our brothers and sisters at the hands of violence, greed, poverty, sickness and war. 

(See also: Thika Christians mark Good Friday amid scorching sun.)

Fr Kamuyu urged the congregation to be unafraid in showing the world their passion for their Faith.

 "Good Friday is the start of a new beginning. It’s about time the world knew that by looking at us, and being faithful to Jesus who shed blood for us,".

St Consolata Catholic Church faithful in a procession along Kenyatta Road in Nyeri to mark Palm Sunday.
Read more at: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001274518/catholic-bishops-preach-reconciliation-as-easter-beckons

A file photo of some fake sh. 1000 notes.

Thika Town Today is warning residents about the reemergence of a gang swindling unsuspecting people money through fake money.

In the past few days, several people have lost money to the gang who are especially targeting small businesses asking for change and end up giving their victims some counterfeit cash.

Stephen Kania, one of the latest victim of the gang popularly known as “Wash Wash”, narrated how he was approached by a smartly dressed middle-aged man who identified him by name and after some brief chat, offered to buy Kania some lunch.

“We happened to bump on each other in town and he called me by name. After some brief chat, he offered to buy me lunch worth sh. 500. He handed me a sh. 1,000 note and requested for the balance,” narrated Kania on Friday.

After Kania gave out his Sh. 500, the two parted ways. Later it donned on him that the sh. 1,000 he got was fake.

Another small trader was conned sh. 2,000 after a stranger drove into his shop and requested for change so that he could pay his workers.

“He introduced himself as a real estate developer who was on his way to pay workers who were in his construction site. And since he needed loose cash, he requested me to give him loose change for sh. 5,000. I only had sh. 2,000 in loose notes so I gave him and he handed me two-1000 shillings notes,” said the trader.

He realised of the loss when he went to deposit some money in the bank only for the teller to single out the two notes as fake. Luckily for him, he is a frequent customer thus the bank never handed him over to the police for handling fake cash.

Those we spoke to said that the gang walk around with bundles of sh. 500 and 1,000 notes.

However, there are those said to be holding sh. 200 notes and target small businesses, mama mbogas, hawkers etc who sell items that cost a few shillings, thus the seller will have to give out change for items bought. This is especially very common in very busy shops and in the evenings when the sellers are overwhelmed by customers.

Members of public should be very keen on the notes they are receiving on daily transactions. If an individual innocently tries to spend a fake note and the retailer finds out that it’s a fake, the retailer is within their own rights to confiscate and then pass it over to the police. The individual cannot demand it back nor get any compensation.

For Lucy Wanjeri, there is no turning back on her passion in art and self-reliance.

Sometimes last year, Lucy Wanjeri Njuguna made that very bold move that most employees dread so much in life by quitting a well-paying job in a leading mobile service provider to pursue self-employment as an independent artist repurposing used vehicle tyres into very beautiful furniture.

Friends and family alike were shocked at the fact that she took this big, life-changing leap, with the skeptical lot waiting at the sidelines for that downfall.

Her journey in life started immediately after school when she joined Winton House of Music for some music course.

She later got a teaching job at Oshwal Academy in Parklands as a music teacher for one year before she decided to pursue a career in singing.

“I started singing in studios and recording music. I then joined Harry Kimani’s Band as a backup vocalist for a while,” she explains.

Quit job.

Things didn’t work out well for her at the band and she later quit to start selling mitumba clothes at Gikomba market till 2013 when she got a job as a Sales Consultant for a leading mobile service provider.

Some of Lucy's recent works.
 She was posted to work in Nanyuki and it was during her 4-year stay in the town that she came across a video on You-Tube that changed her thinking forever.

“I came across this video on You-Tube where a guy was recycling old tyres into beautiful and comfortable furniture, something that got me so interested. I have been to arts since my primary school days so when I saw this, I just got glued,” she says.

She decided to try out by first making one for herself.

“Using borrowed tools from a friend, I made my first table that I put into my living room. I got so encouraged when friends visited my home and admired the table and asked me to make similar tables for them,” she adds.

Her first business came from close friends and through networks from close circles, she got more and more orders, something that made her decide not to renew her contract with her employer when the current one expired last year.

Lucy's latest project.
Due to several challenges she experienced in Nanyuki, Lucy decided to shift base to Maziwa area in Kahawa West where she now operates from.

Lucy says that she is so inspired by Ola Banke, a Nigerian lady doing the same stuff and prays that one day, she will hit big in the industry just as Banke has in Nigeria.

“Since November last year, I have been doing this job and I can assure you that there is no turning back. The prospects are good and it is my dream that I will grow the business into a big company with branches across major towns,” she says.

Challenges.

Lucy reckons that even though the business is doing well, financial constraints and connecting to potential clients have been her greatest constraints.

Lucy in her workshop.
“Some of the materials we use are expensive especially if one is buying in small quantities. This restricts me to very small profit margins as you know, you can only sell product according to the current market rates.”

She also admits that her work at times is faced with stereotypes who view it as a man’s job and won’t come to terms to the fact that a woman can do any quality job.

Otherwise, the sky is the limit for Lucy and she says that she is so determined to beat all odds.

Thinking outside the box.

To the youth, Lucy advises them to think outside the box.

“Opportunities are all over the place only if you look for them and exploit every chance that comes your way. What kills our dreams is the fear of the unknown but let me assure you that fear is an invaluable tool. Fear does one of two things, it will either stop you or fuel you into doing something. Rather than giving fear the power to paralyse you and bring your dreams to a halt, embrace it and perpetuate it into action,” Lucy advises fellow young in her parting shot.

You can reach Lucy on Facebook via Lucy Lu or Luce' Krafts. You can also contact her through +254 726 116 287.

Bidco Africa Chairman Vimal Shah (right) receives an award for Manufacturing Excellence in East Africa from Jim Kabeho, The East Africa Business Council (EABC) Chairman at the EABC Excellence Awards in Nairobi Kenya.


Bidco Africa has won the “Best East African Company in the Manufacturing category” in the inaugural East African Business Council (EABC) Business Excellence awards 2018, renewing its commitment to become a brand leader throughout the continent by 2030.

The company also won the “Best East African Company in the Green Economy category” for its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by utilizing renewable energy sources to power its plants.

Speaking when he received the trophies at a Gala dinner held on Friday evening, Bidco Africa Chairman - Vimal Shah said the awards were evidence of Bidco’s continuous innovation and excellence in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry that had led to its sustained growth.

He pointed out that the company’s outstanding annual turnover, increase in revenue from exports and geographical expansion were a few factors that spearheaded the win.

“It is indeed an honour to be acknowledged at a prestigious event like this. It’s a great privilege for us to win this category as manufacturing is a very important sector in this part of the world. This award is recognition of our efforts and demonstrates our commitment to innovation, sustainability and continued advancement,” said Vimal.

Vimal also reiterated the company’s commitment to improving its operations to ensure efficiency, while producing the best quality products.

Already the company has invested in several state-of- the-art manufacturing units in its factories to increase the efficiency with which it produces its products. These include two refineries, a soap manufacturing plant, a baking powder plant and most recently a Sh. 2 Billion detergent plant, with a production capacity of 3,000 tonnes per month to serve the East African market.

The company uses up to 70% of its own generated energy from renewable sources while consuming only 30% from the national grid. It plans to further reduce its dependence on the national grid with the implementation of a project to replace all the roofs in its premises with solar panels.

Friday’s event was the first edition of the awards, which were launched by the East African Business Council on 10th January 2018 to recognise and showcase businesses that have achieved excellence in various aspects of their operations across East Africa, keeping with the spirit of the East African integration.

“The winners of the EABC Business Excellence Awards 2018 earned the ultimate business accolade of business excellence among peers in the East African region.” said Ms. Lilian Awinja, EABC CEO.

The awards received a total of 109 entries from East African countries. Equity Holdings Ltd won the Overall Best Regional Company award category, having shown expansion and reach across the EAC region, with demonstrable impact on the EAC economies, in terms of employment, innovative solutions or creation of wealth.


90% of organised criminal gangs in the country are financed and deployed by politicians.

This has been revealed in a report released by National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) that was conducted in 15 counties.

According to the survey, there are 116 organised criminal gangs in the counties of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale, Bungoma, Siaya, Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyamira, Narok, Kisii, Bomet and Nyeri, 90% of whose activities are being driven by either politicians or relatives to politicians.

In 2016, the Ministry of Interior blacklisted 90 groups it considered as criminal gangs but according to the report, most of them have rebranded and adopted other names. The dreaded Mungiki gang is said to have rebranded to Quails while the Sabaot Land Defense has metamorphosed to the 40 Brothers.

The report also revealed that majority of gang members are aged between 15 and 35 years, making up 35% composition across the groups.

In some cases, children as young as 11 years have been recruited into these groups and are used to carry out criminal activities including attacks.

Mombasa County has in the recent days witnessed the mushrooming of organised criminal gangs that have been terrorising locals with some attacking during the day.

Bungoma County has witnessed the resurrection of the dreaded Sabaot Land Defense which killed more than 40 people in the last three months.


Thika Sub-County Headquarters 
The County Government of Kiambu has banned any display of goods for sale outside the authorised shops or premises.

In a notice by the Thika Sub-County Physical Planner dated 23rd March 2018 to all traders, the county has ordered that no goods shall be allowed to be displayed along the pedestrian walkways within the next 7 days.

“You are therefore given 7 days to this from the day of issuance of this notice, failure to which, the county government shall enforce on the same,” read the statement by the sub-county Physical Planner.


Meanwhile, all those who have erected containers along Mama Ngina (A & B) and Commercial Streets have been ordered to remove them by the end of this month and revert to the temporary structures they initially had.

“Failure to which,” the order says, “the county government shall remove them at the owners’ expense.”

Residents of Township Ward queuing to vote for their representatives to the Kiambu Alcoholic Drinks Regulatory Committee.

Thika Sub-County has elected fifteen (15) representatives to sit in the Kiambu Alcoholic Drinks Regulatory Committee that will oversee the implementation of the recently enacted laws to control alcoholism and illicit brews.

In an exercise held at the Thika Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, each of the five Wards voted in three representatives to the committee.

Those elected are as follows –:

Township Ward.
John Mugendi
John Nkuruma Wanyonyi
Samuel Ng’ang’a Miring’u

Hospital Ward.
Patrick Mwangi Kamande
Anna Nyambura Mwangi
Francis Kinyua Nderitu

Kamenu Ward.
Joseph Kamau Kiberenge
Odhiambo Juma
Daniel Nduati Mwatha

Gatuanyaga Ward.
George Njihia Njenga
Alex Ndung’u Gaituru
Martin Mungai Muhindi

Ngoliba Ward.
Raphael Njuguna Musembi
Githinji Njuguna
James Mutoba Kariuki.

The committee will meet the County the Directorate of Alcoholic Drinks Control in Kiambu on Tuesday next week where they will be inducted on the Kiambu County Alcoholic Drinks Control Act.

Among other functions, this committee shall be mandated to consider applications for alcoholic drinks licensing in accordance with the Act. In carrying out its functions, the sub-county committee shall ensure that there is effective public participation in accordance with the framework for citizen participation established under the relevant written laws.

It shall publish and publicise a notice to the members of the public inviting them to apply for a license under as per the Kiambu County Alcoholic Drinks Control Act.
The exercise was supervised by Governor Ferdinand Waititu.

A photo grid  of Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina switching on street lights on Monday when he launched an ambitious constituency street lighting and home electrification programme in Kiganjo Estate of Kamenu Ward.

Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina on Monday launched an ambitious constituency street lighting and home electrification programme in Kiganjo Estate of Kamenu Ward in Thika West sub-county.

Under an initiative, the MP plans to light up all the major streets in the constituency and connect all homes with the national grid within the first of his tenure.

Speaking during the launch of the 2km stretch of street lighting, Wainaina assured Thika residents that, just as he had pledged in his campaign agenda, his leadership will prioritise infrastructure development as a key pillar to boost the economy and create employment in the region, especially through road construction and provision of electricity to all corners of the constituency.


“Over the years, business transactions and productive activities have been restricted to daytime operations due to perceptions and experiences of insecurity associated with poor night-time visibility. The programme we have kick-started tonight will be rolled out across the entire constituency so as to facilitate a 24-hour economy by enhancing security,” said the MP.

Wainaina noted that the programme will improve the quality of life for citizens by enhancing security and night-time business activities.

He requests those people whose homes were not connected to electricity to apply through their area coordinators or liaise with his office for assistance.

Following recent incidences of crime in the area, the legislator assured the residents that his administration was working out a permanent solution to address insecurity, promising visible outcomes within a very short time.

“I have been into office barely six months now and during that time, we have lost four prominent businessmen through armed crime. We cannot allow this to continue and I can promise that we are going to institute a raft of changes in our security system within a very short while,” he said while he visited to console the family of the Late James Ndung’u Gitau who was shot dead by thugs on Friday night at their shop in Makongeni’s Phase 5. .


“There is no way we can be talking about instituting a 24-hour economy if our people feel insecure and unsafe. We need a good police force and judiciary to really maintain the legitimacy and the confidence of the populace in governance,” he added.

The MP said that he will continue cooperating the area security agencies to ensure they worked to reduce all forms of crimes in the area.

He however appealed to members of public to fully participate in all the activities geared towards containing the emergence of juvenile gangs in their areas, adding that the issue of security was a collective responsibility.

He raised concerns over residents’ failure to expose the bad elements amongst them despite knowing they are involved in criminal activities thus endangering other community members.

“We are raising a rotten society if we shy away from this security problem,” said Wainaina.

A file photo of the Thika Superhighway near Blue Post Thika.

The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has commenced installing speed limits and other directional signs along Thika Superhighway.

This according to KeNHA Director General Peter Mundinia is aimed at reducing road accidents as well as promoting the safety of motorists and pedestrians.

In a statement, the DG said that the speed limits, which will be installed from Museum Hill Interchange to Thika, will conform to the design standards of the Superhighway.

Also to be installed are various signages to replace previous ones which have either been vandalised or knocked down by motorists.

“The new signages are KeNHA’s effort to reduce accidents along the busy superhighway and to promote safety of both motorists and pedestrians,” read part of the statement.

Mundinia appealed to all motorists to obey traffic discipline urging that all slow moving vehicles to keep to the outer lanes.

“Although we will be installing the speed limit signs, the various traffic regulations for the various categories of motor vehicles like PSVs and heavy commercial vehicles, among others, shall apply. Trucks and all slow moving vehicles should keep to the outer lanes,” read the statement.

KeNHA also wants matatu drivers who have no regard to the rule of law to stop blocking some outer lanes of the main carriageway to either pick or drop off passengers. This is especially rampant at Garden City, Kasarani/Roysambu area, Ruiru Interchange among other roads.

“The Authority, in liaison with the security agencies has set up surveillance teams to bring this wanton disregard of the law to a halt, and to safeguard the various road furniture against vandalism.”

According to government records, Thika Superhighway covers a total population of approximately 1 million and transverses Nairobi Metropolitan densely populated residential areas of Kasarani, Zimmerman, Kahawa, Githurai, Ruiru, Juja and ends in Thika.

Just last week, KeNHA started the construction of Witeithie footbridge along the busy highway and will be completed in December this year. Upon its completion along with three others (Njomoko, Garden City and Kenya School of Monetary Studies), KeNHA will remove all safety humps which have been installed in the four locations to ensure safety for pedestrians.

The highway, which covers a population of approximately 1 million, transverses Nairobi Metropolitan densely populated residential areas of Kasarani, Zimmerman, Kahawa, Githurai, Ruiru, Juja and ends in Thika.

It is infamous for endless accidents with more than 60% of the 400 hundred traffic related accidents involving pedestrians. Most of the accidents have been attributed to reckless driving.


St. Patrick’s Catholic Church faithful during last year’s Palm Sunday celebrations.
The first Sunday of Holy Week is Palm Sunday, which remembers Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. Falling on the sixth Sunday in Lent and the Sunday before Easter, Palm Sunday is celebrated in all major Christian churches—Roman Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox.

The Holy Week is the final week in the season of Lent and the week leading up to Easter Sunday. During this week, Christians remember the important events of Christ's final days, his death and resurrection. Revisiting these events is more than a history lesson. It gives us a greater understanding about what Jesus did for us on the cross.

This year, Palm Sunday is being celebrated on Sunday March 25, 2018 (today). On this day, Jesus fulfills the prophecy from Zechariah when he says in Matthew 21:1-11.

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away."

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest!”


When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

The palm branch represented goodness and victory and was symbolic of the final victory He would soon fulfill over death. The donkey symbolized peace, so those who chose to ride them showed that they came with peaceful intentions. Jesus even then reminded us that He is the Prince of Peace.

When the people shouted “Hosanna!” they were hailing Christ as King. That word actually means ‘save now,’ and though in their own minds they waited for an earthly king, God had a different way in mind of bringing true salvation to all who would trust in Him ( Luke 19:41-42).

In the midst of the praise of the moment, Jesus knew in His heart that it wouldn't be long that these same people would turn their backs on Him, betray Him, and crucify Him. His heart broke with the reality of how much they needed a Saviour.


In the simplest of terms, Palm Sunday is an opportunity to reflect upon the final week of Jesus' life. Jesus did not deny the image that the crowd expected -- the fulfillment of the hopes of Israel that He would be their earthly king, destroying the Roman government.

Instead, Jesus humbly entered Jerusalem to give His life on a cross, saving mankind from sin and death. One day, Jesus will return gloriously as a mighty warrior in battle (Revelation 19:11–16). Palm Sunday serves as a preparation of one’s heart for the agony of His Passion and the joy of His Resurrection. 

Today, many Palm Sunday traditions remain much the same as those celebrated in the tenth century. Some ceremonies begin with the blessing of the palms. Afterward, many people take the palms home and place them in houses, barns, and fields.

The palms blessed in the ceremony are burned at the end of the day and the ashes then preserved for the following year's Ash Wednesday celebration. 

The traditions of Palm Sunday serve as reminders of the life-changing events of Holy Week. Many parishes provide palms as part of Mass on this day.  The palms are typically weaved into crosses and other religious symbols.

Today’s procession is meant to be an image of something deeper, to reflect the fact that, together with Jesus, Christians are setting out on pilgrimage along the high road that leads to the living God.

Conclusion:

In this Holy Week, may God direct our thoughts and attention towards what matters most, Jesus Christ our King... Let's choose to focus on worshipping our Lord, thanking Him for the gift of His sacrifice, celebrating the power of the Resurrection, and the new life found in Him alone.


A file photo of chicken feet ready for cooking.
Eating chicken feet may sound gross to you but it is a delicacy with the Asians especially the Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, and Korean.

To the low income families, the feet are eaten ‘to avoid wasting any edible parts of the chicken’.

What is so special about chicken feet?

Most of us are familiar with the health benefits of homemade bone broth (soup) and why it should be everyone’s ‘bread and butter’. Bone broth has for centuries been known to aid in joint health, immunity, gut health, and more.

Nutrients are pulled from the bones and cartilage, slowly swirling into a liquid gold – rich in vitamins, minerals, and feel goodness.

Collagen.

A research by the Department of Animal Science of National Chung-Hsing University in Taiwan showed that chicken feet contained lots of collagen. Collagen is the ingredient for youthful-looking skin.

Collagen is simply a protein that acts as a glue that ‘holds our body together’. The benefits are not only for the skin but also for the heart and can even improve athletic performance.

Bone marrow carries oxygen to our cells. Collagen builds the cells in our brains and bones. It rebuilds damaged cells in our intestines.

Other benefits of taking collagen include:-
1.         1.  Healthier and younger-looking skin.
  1. It is rich in calcium and protein, without the carbohydrates.
  2. It improves blood supply by strengthening the blood vessels.
  3. Assist the body in metabolizing fats, therefore good for weight loss.
  4. Slows the effect of arthritis.
  5. Reduce pain and swelling (inflammation).
Stewed chicken feet served with rice.
Most collagen, or collagen supplements, are expensive. The other sources for collagen is from bovine, pig and marine fish but the production cost from these sources is very expensive.

Chicken feet are also a good source of hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulfate. Hyaluronic acid is touted as the fountain of youth - it can prevent the effects of aging. Chondroitin sulfate on its part is good for osteoarthritis so it is good for people with joint problems.

Minimising Arthritis.

Chicken feet consists of bones, skin, and tendons, but no muscles. These are packed with protein, calcium, collagen, and cartilage that are easily absorbed by the body. These are the essential nutrients required for good joint movement to minimise arthritis and joint pains.

Beauty Products.

BioCell Collagen, an American product that promotes younger-looking skin and active joints, makes their collagen peptide complex from chicken feet cartilage.

How to prepare chicken feet for cooking.

Cleaning chicken feet is quite easy but if this is your first time, it can be a bit awkward. Follow the following steps and you will soon be an expert!
  1. Wash chicken feet thoroughly
  2. Next, rub them with salt to remove any stubborn stains
  3. Then scald the chicken feet in boiling water for about 3 minutes
  4. Let it cool before you peel the yellow membranes on the feet
  5. Using either a sharp knife or a kitchen scissor, chop off the tip of the claws/nails
The chicken feet are now ready for cooking.

NB: We peel chicken feet first because chickens (naturally) get poo and dirt on their feet and secondly the skin can tend to give the stock a bit of an ‘off’ taste.


Millions of tons of animal by-products are produced annually in Kenya. Very many people especially butchers and eateries that trade I meat products have an endless supply of bones that at times end up being a nuisance to their businesses.

But did you know that those bone leftovers are a real treasure?

Often the skeletal system (bones) is separated from meat during the processing of meat. Bone meal is an organic fertiliser that is a good source of phosphorus while for animals, it supplies mainly proteins. 

More recently, researchers at South Carolina's Clemson University have been looking at the use of meat and bone meal in petroleum-free bioplastics that can be used in items such as skis and snowboards.

Bone meal as used in animal feed.

Meat and bone meal is an excellent source of protein. Meat meal is an animal feed produced by recycling animal by-products. These by-products are cooked, or “rendered,” to produce a nutritional and economical feed ingredient.

When these raw waste materials are subjected to the rendering process, the result is many valuable and useful products, from bone meal to poultry meal, which are then used as feed ingredients for cattle, poultry and pets.

Meat and bone meal (MRM) and blood meal are valuable products that can be sold for use in the pet food industry, feed industry and other industries. The fats from the rendering process can also be used in the pharmaceutical, chemical and oil industries, as well as many others.

MBM is an excellent source of protein, calcium phosphorous, vitamin B-12 and numerous other minerals that are necessary to an animal’s health. In poultry diets, meat and bone meal is typically limited to less than 5% of the diet content because of the high calcium, phosphorus, and lysine content of the meal.

In order for animal by-products to be used in other materials and processes, the by-products must first be treated. Bone meal, meat meal and blood meal are produced in a process known as rendering. In this process, the raw material is heated to remove moisture and release fat.

For the dry bones, they are crushed with some of the innards and boiled under high temperatures of between 350 and 400°C to kill any pathogens that include salmonella contaminants.

The dry rendering process often begins with crushing and grinding the material, followed by heat treatment to reduce moisture content and eliminate any microorganisms. The melted fat is then separated from the solid protein through draining and pressing, and the solid material is ground into powder, such as meat meal, meat and bone meal, feather meal and blood meal.

Using bone meal as fertiliser.

Bone meal as fertiliser is that it is very high in phosphorous. As we all do agree, majority of these synthetic chemicals are bad for the soil as well as the produce we ingest.

Supplying your soil with organics like bone meal will help to nourish your soil without the added man-made chemicals. Chicken bones are great for this purpose. Whole chicken bones alone can be great for the soil, but the breaking-down process takes so long that it will just rob the soil of other nutrients.

How to make bone meal fertiliser.
  1. Start off by collecting bones until you have a sufficient amount. 
  2. The next step is to make broth to clean and sterilise them. Cover bones with water to the ⅔ mark. Add a splash of vinegar and a couple teaspoons of salt. Lock lid, and make sure steam valve is in the closed position. Cook on the “Soup” setting for two hours then drain broth and repeat for a second batch. By the end of this time, the bones will easily strip clean of any fat or meat tissue still stuck to them. 
  3. Dry the bones. Once stripped clean, spread the bones on a plate and place them in a well-ventilated area to dry. Normally, this can take about a month for the bones to dry completely. This makes it easy to turn into a powder. 
  4. Once the bones are brittle and dry, crush them into a fine powder. The best way to achieve this is with some muscle and a mortar and pestle. Work small batches at a time to create an evenly fine powder. 
  5. Once ground up, the homemade bone meal for plants is now ready to use. You can store in tightly-sealed containers in a cool place. Bone meal lasts very well, and isn’t prone to clumping.

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