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8 Monday, Dec 9 - Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke county briefing Prayer calls ahead of Jamhuri Day fete CBD. Christians have been urged to pray for the country ahead of Thursday’s Jamhuri Day celebrations. Bishop Margaret Wanjiru of Jesus Is a Live Ministry also asked them to commit the youth to prayers ahead of Christmas festivities. She told the congregation that there was need to need to deliver them from the alcohol, drugs and peer pressure during this season when overindulge in the former two. “They should be delivered from any form of manipulation,”she said. Faith Nyamai,NN Nairobians told to emulate Mandela CBD. Nairobians have been challenged to overlook their enthnicities and embrace each other like the late Nelson Mandela. Father Kalisto Nyangiro of the Holy Family Basilica said negative ethnicity had for long remained a divisive factor. By embracing each other like the global icon did his enemies, the priest said Nairobians would exercise responsibility to one another. He cited increasing road carnage as a an issue that can be easily tamed by being responsible to one another and doing according to the word of God. “Christ will guide our thinking and help us change our habits,” he said, Lynet Igadwah, NN PHILIP MUYANGA, NairobiNews firstname.lastname@example.org restaurant near her apartment in Hurlingham stopped. Ms Faduma Yassin claims a man- agement company has, without her knowledge, put up the restaurant over what used to be a common swimming pool. She alleges that Nyosianai Manage- ment Company and Mr Christopher Orina, whom she has named as defendants in the case, had continued construction — drilling into her apartment and denying her light and venti- Stop hotel construction, woman begs court A woman has moved to court seeking to have construction of a lation. The applicant claims the activities have led to complaints, threats and failure to pay rent by her tenant. She also says that her apartment has been denied access to natural lighting as a result of the activities of the defendants. The defendants, however, contested the application stating that it was actuated by malice. In his affidavit, Mr Orina said resolutions were passed by directors and shareholders of the property to convert the swimming pool into a restaurant since the premises status had been changed from residential to commercial. He further argued that Ms Yassin and her advocate bought their apartments after the resolutions had been passed and they were being implemented. He claimed that the company had a valid sub-lease over the premises after an agreement between him and the apartment’s management. The defendants also wanted the case by Ms Yassin struck out — claiming it did not disclose any action against them. Lady Justice Mary Gitumbi in her ruling declined to stay the case. The court also declined to grant a mandatory injunction requiring the defendants to stop operations of the restaurant. news ARTIST HELPS SLUM CHILDREN PAINT HOPE INTO THEIR LIVES Kibera. Talented children in Kibera can now raise up to Sh10,000 a month for school fees, during their holidays. With the free time they have during the school breaks, the children from poor families are painting and drawing to earn some money. Uwezo Art Gallery director Steve Kyenze says he helps willing children to polish up their skills and save the money for school fees. “I sell the artifacts each child has done and instead of giving the money to their parents, I save it to pay their school fees,” he said. As an artist, Kyenze, who runs the centre at Kibera’s Kamukunji area, did not have the children in mind as he set up the gallery. As his business grew, he says, small boys showed interest in what he was doing and he allowed them to be part of it. “They would visit my shop and watch what I was doing and I soon realised that some had talent in art, so I decided to help them nurture their talents,” he said. Uwezo Art Gallery, says Kyenze, A volunteer donating blood recently. There are fears that the blood banks have run out of stock. File, NairobiNews Danger looms as city blood bank runs dry Saving lives. Major collection drive planned as cold weather combines with school holidays to deny county blood bank supply LYNET IGADWAH, NairobiNews @Linigadz email@example.com made worse by cold weather and school holidays. Only a paltry 80 units T against a monthly demand of 6,000 is in stock at the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS), say he regional blood bank is facing an acute shortage, a situation the officials. High school and college students account for 60 percent of annual blood collections and school holidays in the months of April, August and December mean that they are not available to donate. County blood donor re- cruiter James Mwangi says potential blood donors tend to take a back seat during cold and rainy seasons. “The unfortunate thing is Mwangi: The unfortunate thing is that the chilly weather has come in December, one of our lowest months in blood collection rates.” that the chilly weather has come in December, one of our lowest months in blood collection rates,” he said. Alarmed by the current state of affairs, the the blood bank, together with other partners, is scheduled to hold a major blood collection drive in the county. Mr Mwangi says the drive whose date is yet to be confirmed, will target donors in the slums as well as those in the city’s police training camps. The past week has experi- enced poor turnout in collection centres at the county’s Central Business District. NBTS director, Dr Mar- garet Oduor, says improved systems need to be put in place to educate Kenyans on matters concerning blood donation. “We collected a paltry 500 units in the week, which was way below our targets,” she said, adding that most people assume blood collected after the Westgate attack is still useful. To view VIDEO of this story, DOWNLOAD the NMG PLAY android app on Google Play and scan the picture now aims at giving slum dwellers the much-needed jolt and nurture their children as they grow up. Children aged between six and 18 spend most of their free time painting and drawing at the shop. “ A child can make up to Sh10,000 a month if they dedicate enough time to the creative work.” he said. Each of the children who do the art has an account where their money is saved. “Once they are through with primary school education, they want to join secondary school, but most would lack fees. The money I save for them takes care of this,” he said. The business is not only nurturing the children’s talent but also moulding them to be reliable and responsible in the future. The skill has helped many children, whose parents could not afford school fees, to join secondary school. The creative work also occupies the young minds, diverting them from criminal activities.
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