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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson, Wafula Wanyonyi Chebukati, and his vice-chairperson, Juliana Cherera have been reading from different scripts with the two going at it in the past week over the presidential election results.

The lead-up and outcome of the August 9 polls have put IEBC commissioners into sharp focus, attracting praise and criticism in equal measure.

Chebukati is set to retire as IEBC chairperson in 2023, having amassed over five years at the helm of the powerful poll body. Besides his daunting and sensitive job, have you ever asked yourself what he gets in return as salary and benefits?

Well, Chebukati earns a monthly gross salary of Ksh924,000 which includes a salary market adjustment of Ksh169,600.

This is according to the remuneration and benefits review for the financial year 2022/2023 by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).

In addition, he is entitled to a house allowance of Ksh200,000, a car loan of Ksh10 million, airtime worth Ksh20,000 and a mortgage of Ksh40 million. The chairperson receives the same salary and benefits as the Auditor-General, Nancy Gathungu.

On the other hand, Juliana Cherera receives a gross salary of Ksh765,188, inclusive of a house allowance of Ksh150,000. She also receives a salary market adjustment of Ksh156,075.

Additionally, she is entitled to a car loan of up to Ksh6 million and a mortgage of up to Ksh30 million.

“The car loan shall be recoverable within the contract term of a State officer. The car loan and mortgage shall be administered and managed centrally by the National Treasury, within existing applicable regulations to govern the schemes, and subject to the availability of funds,” read part of the SRC notice.

Further, she receives airtime worth Ksh15,000 per month. Other benefits that the IEBC chair and his deputy are entitled to include the provision of an official government car with an engine capacity not exceeding 3,000cc, group life insurance and personal accident cover equivalent to three times of the annual pensionable emoluments, daily subsistence for local and foreign travels.

Others include the provision of security as directed by the Inspector-General and an annual leave allowance paid at the rate of Ksh50,000 per annum.

In terms of medical benefits, both Chebukati and Cherera are provided with an annual medical cover including their spouse and up to four children below twenty-five years. The cover comprises an inpatient cover of Ksh10 million, an outpatient cover of Ksh300,000, maternity of Ksh150,000, dental cover of Ksh75,000 and optical of Ksh75,000.

In the case of the five other commissioners, Francis Wanderi, Justus Nyang’aya, Irene Masit, Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu, they receive Ksh621,250 monthly salary each as well as allowances.

They also get an official chauffeured car, airtime, and security and their family members receive full medical cover.

In addition, upon retiring, the commissioners will receive a lucrative package amounting to 30 percent of their total salary in the six-year term that they serve.

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Woman Claims Her Boyfriend Left Her at Maternity Ward to Have His PHONE Fixed




A woman has gone viral after sharing a video online claiming her partner left her to get his phone fixed after she’d just given birth to their daughter.

According to Social worker Erinjade Rand, 31, from Sydney, is a mother of five to Cobi-jay, nine, Lukah, eight, Talea, six, Kiarna, two, but was left horrified when she underwent a ‘traumatic’ birth with her youngest daughter Reynah, now one.

Calling the birth ‘surreal’, she said the little girl had come out with the cord wrapped around her neck before doctors were able to help her breathe for the first time.

However, moments after the birth of her daughter Reynah, Erinjade claims her partner Jason Saavedra left her to go and get his phone fixed because of a cracked screen.

After the mother-of-five shared a video online after the experience, it quickly went viral, with many other TikTok users telling Erinjade she’s ‘better off without him’.

She said: ‘I’d just given birth in the birthing pool. The staff were attending to my daughter and I’d just got back on the bed when he said he was going to get his phone fixed.

‘The birth itself was extremely traumatic and surreal. Reynah had come out with the cord wrapped around her neck, so I had to keep her under the water which was scary.

‘There were alarms going off, she was staring at me completely blue not making any noise.

‘During this time my partner was filming it while I looked scared for my life.

‘He cut the cord. She had no oxygen, so they were trying to get her to breathe.

‘I was still in the bath left unattended without my partner comforting me.

‘He was still filming at this point and I was looking around thinking “am I really here?”

‘It felt so surreal but thankfully they got Reynah breathing. The midwife helped me out of the bath and into bed and I gave birth to the placenta.

‘At this point my partner said he was going to take his phone to be repaired.

‘I think I probably just nodded at the time, in complete shock at everything that had just happened.

‘All my kids were birthed naturally in the water and I’ve never had an experience like I did with Reynah. It was absolutely awful.’

She added: ‘My midwife was absolutely amazing and I really couldn’t have got through it without her. I don’t think she really liked him to be honest.

‘I say that because when I was in labour pushing away prior to Reynah, he was sat playing games on his phone and the midwife made digs at him.

‘She said “Are you going to come over and help her then?”

‘He said “Yeah, I will do when I’ve finished playing this game”.

‘That’s not even the worst bit. He went home and I still needed to shower and get myself ready to leave the hospital.

‘Normally dad looks after the baby while the mother showers but he wasn’t there so I stayed in the unit while the midwife watched her.

‘He was supposed to pick Reynah and I up to go home at 4.30pm but he didn’t turn up until at least 5.45pm. I think that annoyed the midwife even more.’

She added: ‘It was just completely unnecessary. Why would you need to get your phone fixed just after the birth of your daughter?

‘It doesn’t seem surprising to me though, he always loved prioritising pretty much anything he could over me.

‘After the birth and all the chaos of the relationship, we decided to have couples therapy.

‘In the session we were asked to say what was at the top of our priorities and for me I said it was my kids’ happiness that meant the most.

‘My partner said basketball was the top of his, and even when the question was explained to him, he still said basketball!

‘The therapist said he was a narcissist, which he didn’t like whatsoever but thankfully those sessions made me see it all so clearly.’

Although this turbulent relationship was incredibly painful for Erinjade, she said she has come out of the other side so much stronger following their separation.

She said: ‘This relationship has taught me so much. It’s taught me how to be aware and not as trusting.

‘It’s also taught me that if people don’t want to be helped then they can’t be helped.

‘I feel stupid, I thought he could do better.’

Erinjade’s ex-boyfriend Jason Saavedra said: ‘I didn’t leave Erinjade after she gave birth to Reynah.

‘When she went into labour, I asked for her permission to go and get my phone fixed.

‘This is because I wanted to get photos of my daughter when she was born, and I was out for no longer than ten minutes.

‘Then she gave birth to my beautiful daughter Reynah and got heaps of photos too.’

Via Daily Mail

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Top 7 Photographers In Malindi, Who Is The Best of All?




Well, everybody wants to freeze those best memories with quality images.

For memories, everyone wants events like weddings, family come together parties, graduations and many other events captured in quality images.

There are people who can help us achieve exactly that.

These are Photographers. Photographers make our desires come true and though hiring one is at times kinda expensive, sometimes we got no any other option.

Let’s have a look at some of the best Photographers in Malindi.

7. Shampuz Media

The Francis Shaban owned media entity offers lifestyle, corporate events, portraiture and documentary services.

6. Sayari Photography

They used to have their studio at Malindi Mall in Malindi town adjacent to KWFT offices. Currently they offer mobile services.

Sayari Photography offers lifestyle, travel, corporate events and portraiture services.

5. Ken Art Photography
With a mobile studio and competent skills in taking shots Ken Art Photography comes fifth on our list. They have been super active in the just concluded general elections capturing best shots.

They are best in still photos though. So If you want videos then wait for our number one and two on the list.

4. Swanky Photography
The secular artist, Swanky, led team has their studio around BP in Malindi town.

On a chit-chat with Swanky a month ago the Mseto EA Coast ambassador revealed that the studio set up cost not less than 2.5USD (Ksh 300K).

Musa Menza is the CEO.

3. Typol Photography

They are best in still videos and still photos. Ernest Paul is the Chief Excecutive of the team.

2. Through My Lenses

They are best in still photos as well as videos. Now If you have a wedding, a birthday party or any other event that you want captured in video the they are the best.

Experienced Peter Mkristo, is the lead photographer. Their studio is located at Cooperative Bank building.

1. MMP Production
The lead videographer cum photographer GK Macharia is an award-winning. He has worked with renowned artists in producing their music videos.

MMP are best in motion pictures.

Who else have we left out? Share your thoughts.😊

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