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Every other week The Layman’s Doctor invites you in to hear the candid conversations from Dr. Samantha Johnson covering the practice of medicine, the healthcare system and public health in Jamaica, with each episode feeling like you have a seat at the table. Informed guests and topics that matter to you, Dr. Johnson covers it all here on The Layman's Doctor Podcast.
 
This is the show where we try to find a better world by asking three seeming simple questions: Who am I? Why am I here? and Where am I going? As you will find out, these questions are not as simple as they sound. That's why mankind has been asking them since the beginning of time. I have a theory though. I believe that the reason we haven't found the answers, is that we are asking very personal questions and expecting very universal answers. So, if you want to find a better world too, it all ...
 
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Today we discuss questions related to land, which will be answered by Mbuthia Mwangi, a Conveyancing and Real Estate Lawyer. Question 1 My neighbour is encroaching on my land, claiming that I grabbed it from him and now threatening violence. What can I do? Question 2 The bank is asking for spousal consent to charge land in my name, but I am polygam…
 
Today we discuss questions related to personal finance, which will be answered by Mathew Muinde, a Commercial Lawyer specialising in Personal Finance. Question 1 I was listed on CRB by a Microfinance. On enquiry I found out it was a loan taken out on a fraudulently acquired number, my line was used to acquire a loan without my consent. Therefore, c…
 
Today we discuss questions related to traffic-related offences which will be answered by Pamba Ouma Pamba, a Lawyer specialising in Litigation. Question 1 I sold my car recently and the new owner hit and ran someone before we had transferred and badly injured them. Later on, I was summoned to the police and was told I was being charged since I was …
 
Today we discuss questions related to employment and labour related issues which will be answered by Anyango Koile a lawyer in Commercial Law. Question 1 If I take up a promotion at my workplace where I am placed on probation does it mean that if I fail I even lose the job I have now? Question 2 I gave sexual favours to get my current job but now t…
 
Today we discuss questions related to child custody which will be answered by Wangui Waihura, a Lawyer in Family Law. Question 1: My baby mama left the country with our child and now she says she’s not coming back. How can I see my child? Question 2: My ex-wife has been disobeying the unlimited access order of my child. Will the court compensate me…
 
In this episode of “Everything is Stupid” with Rob Bell, we’ll be treated to the incoherent meanderings of Rob Bell’s misadventures in Christian ministry and life. Sadly, unlike Bell’s former books, there is extraordinarily little here to even consider. Bell’s life simply isn’t that interesting. It’s the same old “Oh I was a pastor and I had proble…
 
It's the layman versus many lawyers' episodes. The first episode will be on Mashamba Monday. The questions on land-related matters will be answered by Mbuthia Mwangi a lawyer in Conveyancing and Real Estate Law. Question 1: What are the fees my cooperative is allowed to charge me before I get my title for the land that I have paid for in full? Ques…
 
Since 2013, I have been running Christian tours and travel company. We had trips we’d organize to Egypt, Israel, and Rome. Before COVID, business was very good, and I had even taken deposits from customers for Easter trips and paid suppliers. My business had been growing through the support of my bank, who extended an overdraft to me secured agains…
 
I am in risk of losing millions of shillings and I need urgent advice. I supply construction material and had been looking for a reasonably priced pick up for my business. My brother-in-law offered to sell me his relatively new pickup for 2.5m. It was still jointly owned between him and the bank since he had bought it on loan. But after we signed t…
 
My late father was an astute businessman, and when he died, I inherited shares in a company he owned with six of his college buddies. All of them are directors, but I am just a shareholder. The problem is that I discovered that these buddies are just milking the company for their own benefit. They recently sold some company land at a huge discount …
 
My wife and I have been running a hire purchase company for the last few years, but it has been a real struggle. Our company helps people buy cars. Many times their cheques will bounce or they will try to remove the tracker and hide the cars. Luckily our brother is an auctioneer, so he helps us recover and sell cars whose buyers have not been payin…
 
Nilipata tender to supply a nearby school with laptops. Huku kwetu we don’t have suppliers so nikaenda online to a popular ecommerce site and I found a good model. Nilibuy and they sent the first one which was very good n ahata na skiza podcast yenu nayo. So nikarudi nikamake order ya 50 pieces. Website ilesema out of stock for that supplier lakini…
 
Sometimes we hear sermons and we know something isn't quite passing the smell test. The pastor might be saying "God" and "Jesus" and even quoting the bible, but something just isn't right. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of a self-help lecture masquerading as a sermon in three easy steps: 1. Could the sermon just as easily be given by a self-he…
 
I am a small scale farmer trying to grow tomatoes, but my neighbor will not let me prosper. He has started to rear pigs on his farm, right next to my tomatoes. But he is a chemist who I am told feeds his pigs with some drugs to make them grow faster and fatter. But the pigs are removing a very bad smell and waste and it is causing my tomatoes to di…
 
Four months ago my wife Janet and I welcomed a baby girl through a C-section at a local hospital. Unfortunately, recovery was very slow and Janet complained about her healing. She had been put on painkillers and given a cream but the wound would not properly heal. We were constantly going to the hospital. A few weeks ago we stopped a matatu by the …
 
I work as a senior executive in a tech startup which has Silicon Valley investors. In my role, I work with young energetic male engineers in demanding but rewarding assignments. It is normal that after work, we have drinks in the office bar, where I am happy to buy one or two for the guys. One of my engineers at times would get carried away after d…
 
My husband and I need guidance. Two months ago we went to a bureau to hire a house-help. We were desperate and took the best in the group even though she wasn’t our preferred type. A few weeks into her job, on a Sunday evening my husband said he couldn’t find an old laptop. He was sure he had kept it in our closet and suspected it was stolen. Earli…
 
My name is Angela, I am a grandmother taking care my seven month old grandson, whose mother is working out of the country. I recently moved into her flat which is in a gated community in Nairobi. My issue is that there are neighbours who have been causing me sleepless nights since COVID lockdowns started. These young men and women party late into t…
 
In this weeks episode The Layman's Doctor speaks with Dr. Mario Guthrie, or as some might know him Mario Evon. He is a multipotentialite, as a medical doctor, singer/song writer, podcast host and so much more! We talk about his journey and learn a lot of truths along the way. This episode is a powerful one! I hope you enjoy. In this series "The Med…
 
Following the disaster at Lake Trasimene, the Roman Senate took the drastic step of appointing a dictator - a single man with full military powers - to meet the crisis. The man chosen - Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus - differed greatly from the typical Roman aristocrat of his day. Cool-headed and steady handed, Fabius implemented a strategy of d…
 
Good day. My name is JB, I used to be the CEO of a farmers sacco in my village, but I quit to start my own real-estate company which is doing very well. Six months after I quit, the new management did some bad investments and the sacco collapsed. Now a few days ago a famous blogger shared an article titled Farmers robbed by Pyramid Schemes on his w…
 
Three years ago, my ex-girlfriend and I were involved in an accident. I was riding my motorbike and she was a pillion passenger. We were heading to visit my mother who had called me that morning asking me to come see her. The accident happened because my girlfriend kept nagging me and saying bad things about my mother. She claimed I was a mama’s bo…
 
In this episode we answer questions on Probation after promotion, Legality of Unpaid Leave, Meaning of Sabbaticals, Bonded employment contracts Minimum period of employment before suing for Unfair Termination, Meaning of Vicarious Liability --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/swalanyeti/message…
 
Last year my uncle I’ve known since I was a child asked me if I would be interested in buying some land in the village where he had a small farm. He owned a one acre plot although the title was still in my late cucu’s name. He told me that he had inherited it from her many years ago before she died. He said he had never transferred it to himself be…
 
My brother and I started a property business five years ago. Our initial capital was 10 acre piece of land which we inherited from our late grandfather. The property was a lease hold with a term of 99 years beginning from 1st January 2004. Our late grandfather’s farm manager who lived nearby promised he could take care and show it around as we iden…
 
I live and work in the US but I am a Kenyan and want to retire there. A few years ago, a cousin of mine introduced me to some property developers who were selling off plan apartments. The prices looked very affordable and the location was good. I researched the company and saw they had successfully completed other projects so I had some confidence.…
 
My family has operated a banana plantation and pawpaw farm in Machakos county for the last 15 years. Our 20 acre farm borders one of the Athi River tributaries on one side. For many years, the community has passed through part of our land on one of the edges to access the river for water for their animals. However recently I noticed that they were …
 
Two years ago our Chamaa approached a property owner to buy his plot for Sh.50m. We entered into a sale agreement and paid a 10 million shilling deposit to the seller’s lawyer. We agreed that the transfer documents would be ready and the balance would be paid within 90 days. Unfortunately we had not gotten the money by 90 days but asked for an exte…
 
In this week's episode The Layman's Doctor shares a conversation with her dear friend, Morph, as he openly discusses his mental illness which subsequently led to an admission to the University of the West Indies Hospital. September 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day. All over the world, persons shared insight into what suicide is and what suicide …
 
My thirteen-year-old son could pick out what's wrong with a sermon from Steven Furtick on just about any given Sunday. I've rarely critiqued a sermon from a man like Furtick because he's such low hanging fruit. In this case, it was an opportunity to showcase the weaknesses of the "mega church model" of "doing church" and to express my hopes that ch…
 
In this recap, we respond to questions raised after our episodes on divorce which ran from Episodes 16 to 20. Among the issues we explore are the grounds for divorce, meaning of collusion, matrimonial property acquired during separation, failure to pay spousal maintenance, registration of marriages, void and voidable marriages --- Send in a voice m…
 
I am a mother to a 2 year old baby girl. My husband and I have been living in a three bedroom house in Kilimani, with one room for our daughter, one for us and one for the household. I pay my house help 12,000 because she has worked well with us since our daughter was little. Last week, we received the happy news that we are pregnant with twins. Bu…
 
I have had a dream job with an NGO for the past 10 years. That was until COVID-19 happened. All of a sudden I noticed they were not paying on time. When I asked they would tell me that I had to finish some project reports before they could get enough money. And even when they paid, it was in installments paid slowly over the whole month, making it …
 
I run a high-end garage in Nairobi where I have several mechanics and technicians and they earn based on their work. Despite the ups and downs of business and more so COVID I have always treated them well. Recently one of my mechanics left after his casual messed up a client’s car who is now suing me for hundreds of thousands of shillings. To make …
 
I own a private school in Embu where I had employed 25 full-time teachers. My school’s reputation is very good because of my teachers, and I have spent a lot of time and money training them. When corona happened, we agreed that they would go on unpaid leave until school resumed. However, the schools only opened virtually so I pay them only for the …
 
We continue our conversation with Nathan Rinne of Concordia St. Paul on race, race relations, America, and the Church. I think the American Experiment is doomed here in the near future as is the American Church and we'll all have to move to Madagascar. Nathan thinks we have a fighting chance to survive all this nonsense. What say you?…
 
My uncle helped me find a job as an intern in one of the parastatals a year ago. He told me that I would work for six months and then be promoted depending on my good work. But the HR only emailed me saying I was a casual on probation. She assigned me to work as an assistant to an officer. They would pay me per diems from time to time. Then after I…
 
In this recap, we respond to questions raised after our episodes on landlord and tenants. Among the issues we explore are the meaning of a periodic lease, what to do in cases of unlawful evictions, when a bank can exercise its statutory power of sale for a charged property, what a forced sale valuation means, controlled tenancies, distress, and ord…
 
Last October, when living in the US I had a whirlwind romance with an Ethiopian who had asylum in the US. One crazy night, we drove down to Las Vegas and had an overnight wedding. We agreed that we would come build a home here in Nyali, where I have a house. I left after a few months and he was supposed to follow me here. But now it’s been over six…
 
I’m a college student but have big dreams. Last year I met this rich mama on Facebook. We flirted for a while, before starting an affair. She’s much older than me but she’s loaded so she takes good care of me. In fact we were chatting on Facebook and she said we should get married, but only if I promised that if I left her, I wouldn’t get a dime. I…
 
My husband and I had a fairy tale romance. We were high school sweethearts. He was an athlete in high school who went on to become a famous architect. I started modelling at 16 and studied to become a doctor. Our wedding was the talk of town for years. We have success in our careers, lots of money and property but never got children. After 13 years…
 
In this week's episode, The Layman's Doctor speaks with Dr. Tariq Parker, a Jamaican Rhode Scholar, who shares his medical journey with us. We speak about various paths to assimilate into the UK medical system, touching on the MRCS and PLAB examinations. Dr. Parker gives helpful tips on how to maximise on time while transitioning into the UK. He sh…
 
One of our neighbors is a government officer who lives with a very young wife. Every morning, when the man goes to work, this wife sits outside in the balcony crying. She doesn’t speak English well but refuses to say what’s wrong but at night we hear her screaming as if they are fighting. We fear for her life but our friends tell us not to interfer…
 
Empires typically last about 300 years. Christians have never experienced the kind of peace we are experiencing now. I think it's about time for all that to end and groups like BLM, Antifi, and the Biden/ Harris ticket are moving this inevitability along quite nicely. Long time friend Nathan Rinne is back and better than ever. We discuss terms like…
 
Four years ago I met this very dashing gentleman. After dating for a while, he proposed marriage and we visited my parents at home for blessings. He made sure to meet all our traditions, and even paid bride price in a lovely traditional ceremony. He didn’t stop there, but went ahead to give me a beautiful white wedding where I was the envy of all m…
 
I am a landlord in Riruta of a commercial property. I have a difficult tenant who pays rent when he wants to. Last time I tried to evict him, he went to the business rent tribunal and got an injunction against me. Now since that order, he says he doesn’t have to pay rent for 1 years and it has been six months since he did. I am desperate. Can I kic…
 
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