Raila, Gideon Moi hold talks for hours in Nairobi

The AU special infrastructure envoy and ODM chief Raila Odinga today held a four-hour meeting with KANU leader and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi in Nairobi.

The between between the two  is expected to generate wide political interest, and even re-ignite the succession politics debates.

There has been debates about leaders who descended from powerful families regrouping to stop politicians from “poor backgrounds” from assuming power after President Uhuru Kenyatta term expires in 2022.

Politicians allied to Deputy president William Ruto have been particularly vocal about this and with this meeting in perspective, it is expected that the rhetoric could raise again.

Sources close to the two leaders confirmed the meeting, but refused to give more details on what they discussed.

The meeting is said to have been at a Nairobi hotel and was closed door.

While the Baringo senator has announced that he will be running to replace Uhuru in the next election the ODM leader has not be forthcoming on whether he will vie or hang his boots in favour of a young leader.

Odinga has vied four times but maintains that he only lost once and that in the three other times, he was rigged out.

He would then have a truce with President Uhuru in March last year, neutralizing the opposition and developing a working relationship with the government.

 

 

Declare your bid to kickoff campaigns ahead of 2022, KANU supporters tell Moi

Declare presidential bid now so we can kickoff massive countrywide campaigns ahead of 2022 general elections, KANU supporters urge Baringo Senator Gideon Moi.

Led by Nominated KANU Member of Parliament from Wajir County Saadia Ahmed Mumin, the leaders praised Senator Moi saying he is fit to take over power after Uhuru Kenyatta ten-year term ends.

“I am blood-injected KANU die hard and my plea is just to urge Gideon to speed up his declaration for presidency so we can move all over the country to bid him” said Mumin.

The MP said the pastoral communities in Kenya were tired of being marginalized and suppressed trusting that Moi shall put forward their interest once he gets to power.

She was backed my Emurwa-Dikirr MP Johana Ng’eno who also appealed to Senator Moi to declare his bid early.

“Tell us about your plans and if you will not contest for presidency in 2022 then please stop disturbing our minds” Ng’eno told Moi.

He further urged the Senator to wake up and work to serve the people, “Don’t ever relax your muscles thinking that the people will vote you as the president simple because you are a son of former president…it does not come in a golden platter like that you must sweat for it in order to convince the people to vote for you” Ng’eno.

She was backed by West Pokot Governor Professor John Lonyangapuo, Kapenguria MP Samwel Moroto, Fred Ouda (Kisumu town), Rehema Jaldesa (Isiolo), Kangogo Bowen(Marakwet East), Bishop Titus Khamala (MP Lurambi), Major Bashir (Mandera North) and Omar Mohamed (Mandera East).

The leaders attended the homecoming of Tiaty Constituency Member of Parliament (MP) William Kamket, at Michuki grounds in Chemolingot on Saturday.

However Moi, who doubles KANU party Chair, maintained that it is not yet time for 2022 campaigns urging the elected leaders to work for the people.

“Time will come for politics and my word remains ‘tumto ko tako tai’, battle is still ahead” he said.

-Joseph Kangogo

 

KANU’s Nick Salat Get 3 Months Jail For Not Repeating Fafi Primaries

Kanu secretary general Nick Salat has been sentenced to three months in jail for disobeying an order for the party to repeat nominations for Fafi Mp.

The order was issued by the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal after a complaint by aspirant Salah Yakub Farah.

Salat was sentenced alongside Kanu elections board chairman Edward Kivuvani. They will be jailed if they do not pay fines of Sh200,000 each.

The tribunal has also ordered the party led by Baringo Senator Gideon Moi to hold fresh nominations within 12 hours.

-The Star

Mark Too’s Burial To Go On As Planned After Woman Who Sought To Halt Plans Withdrew Case

The burial of former nominated MP Mark Too will  go on as planned  by his family members after a woman who sought to halt the internement withdrew her case.

Senior lawyers Professor Tom Ojienda and Danstan Omari  told  judge Justice  Aggrey Mmuchelule that family members have agreed that the son of Fatuma Hassan will participate in the funeral arrangements.

The woman’s grievances were accepted by the two wives of the deceased and the funeral arrangement will go on as planned in Eldoret.

Fatuma Ramadhan Hassan, had claimed that a child whom she sired with late Too was excluded from the burial arrangements.

Wabukala Accused Of ‘Wedding, Baptising & Burying Thieves’, Unfit For EACC Job According To 4 Petitioners

The aggrieved mother, through her lawyer, told the court that the family of the late politician had made arrangement to bury the body on  9th January without the involvement of the minor whom the deceased supported in his education and social life.

The lawyer said that it’s in the best interest of justice, that the larger family include the minor in the burial arrangement. The teenager is currently a Form Four student at a secondary school in Nairobi.

The deceased passed away on the 31st of December 2016 at Nairobi Hospital while undergoing treatment.

 The judge said that DNA results showed that the minor was born by the late politician and it’s important that other family members should recognize the minor.

The mother sued the two wives of the deceased, Mary Too, and  Sofi Too, whom she accused of excluding her son from other family members in the burial program.

Kanu Secretary General, Nick Salat’s Home Destroyed In Fire Incident

Property valued at millions of shillings was destroyed after a fire incident at Kanu Secretary General Nick Salat’s home in Kericho on Thursday night.

The fire that broke out at around 11pm is alleged to have been caused by an electrical fault.

Salat and his family were not in at the time and no injuries were reported.

Eye witnesses said the housekeeper managed to call neighbours who assisted in containing the fire.

“The fire would have blown up cars that were in the parking lot, including a Range Rover, but efforts from neighbours prevented this,” the witness said.

Fire fighters arrived at the scene an hour later.

Kericho police boss said they were investigating the incident to establish the cause.

Salat has in the past been “shopping for other partners” to merge with Kanu ahead of the 2017 general elections.

In April, the Kanu secretary general said they were “still with Jubilee” but was “not ruling out the possibility of a coalition with Cord or other parties”.

More recently, he has been vocal about joining the National Super Alliance, which hopes to unseat the Jubilee administration next year.

Kanu Secretary General Nick Salat Talks IEBC & Possible Alliance With Cord

Kanu secretary general Nick Salat today opened up about the embattled IEBC, his allegiance to Kanu and a possible alliance with opposition coalition Cord.

Speaking to breakfast presenter Ghost Mulee, Salat set the record straight regarding his mission to see the entire IEBC disbanded, adding that he won’t relent until the government agrees to hold a dialogue regarding the IEBC stalemate.

In the interview, Salat also hinted at a possible merger or rather an alliance between Kanu and Cord come 2017 in a bid to field a strong presidential candidate.

Listen to the full interview below.

 

KANU Leaders To Join In CORD Monday Rallies Against IEBC

KANU leaders will join street protests this coming Monday, to push for the overhaul of IEBC. Secretary General Nick Salat says he’ll lead a KANU brigade to Anniversary Towers, Nairobi to pile pressure on the government to ensure the commission is dissolved.

 

The Supreme Council of Muslims wants Jubilee and CORD to hold a dialogue over the IEBC issue. SUPKEM’s Abdulghafur El-Busaidy says disbandment of the commission isn’t a solution.

 

Arsenal legend Nwankwo Kanu visits Radio Africa offices (PHOTOS)

Nigerian and Arsenal legend Nwankwo Kanu on Tuesday morning April  5, visited Radio Africa Group offices on his East African media tour, where he met the company’s triumphant football team following their StarTimes inter-media tournament glory over the weekend, at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

During his visit, the StarTimes Global Goodwill Ambassador, presented the StarTimes trophy to Radio Africa Group’s CEO, Patrick Quarcoo.

Kanu, 40, jetted into the country last Saturday on a five-day tour, before gracing the 7-aside-tournament which featured 16 teams made of sports journalists from the various media houses, with Radio Africa being crowned champions at the inaugural tourney.

Radio Africa team which saw off Goal.com 1-0 in the final match, was comprised of popular Radio Jambo presenters, Fred Arocho, Diblo Kaberia, sports analyst Anthony ‘Modo’ Kimani, Radio Jambo producer Gregory Mulemi, Radio Jambo online writer, Brian Ndung’u, Star writers Muigai Kiguru and Francis Wadegu, Brian Outa, Kevin Ndung’u, Liz Mahita and X -FM’s Jamil Alibhai.

The former Ajax Amsterdam, Inter Milan and Portsmouth forward was part of the Arsenal’s famous Invincibles side that last won the English Premier League in 2003-2004.

Apart from winning the UEFA Champions League title with Ajax in 1995 among other trophies, he also skippered Nigeria to the 1996 Olympics glory beating powerhouse Brazil and won the African Footballer of the Year in 1996 and 1999.

See photos of Kanu’s Radio Africa Group’s visit below:

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Kanu with group CEO Patrick Quarcoo
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Kanu and Patrick Quarcoo pose for a team photo with Radio Africa Group’s football team
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Kanu presenting the StartTimes trophy to the group CEO Patrick Quarcoo
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Kanu and Radio Jambo commentator, Diblo Kaberia.

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Group’s Radio and TV editor in chief, Carol Radull (L) with Kanu at the Radio Jambo studio
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Kanu and Radio Jambo commentator, Fred Arocho

IEBC kutoa adabu kali ya kisheria dhidi ya KANU

Picha: The Star

IEBC imetishia kukichukulia hatua za kisheria chama cha KANU baada ya viongozi wake Gideon Moi, ambaye pia ni Seneta wa Baringo ya Kati, na Nick Salat kususia mkutano na tume hiyo.

Afisa mtendaji wa tume hiyo, Ezra Chiloba, amesema tume hiyo huenda ikazuia chama hicho kushiriki katika uchaguzi mkuu ujao, akihoji kuwa chama hicho hakikuwasilisha ushahidi wowote dhidi ya madai yake, ya kwamba IEBC ilitumia teknolojia kuiba kura katika uchaguzi mdogo uliofanyika County ya Kericho wiki jana, ambapo mgombea kiti wa chama cha Jubilee Aaron Cheruiyot alichaguliwa kuwa Seneta mpya wa eneo hilo.

 

VIDEO: Gidigidi Majimaji Reveal How KANU Wanted To Pay Millions For ‘Unbwogable’ Song

Gidi with Majimaji.

Over a decade ago Gidigidi Majimaji was one of the most popular Kenyan hip hop duos before its two members, Radio Jambo presenter Gidi (real name Joseph Ogidi Oyoo) and Ghetto Radio Director and presenter Majimaji (real name Julius Owino), split up to pursue different career paths in the entertainment industry.

Their days as musicians may have been brief and a distant memory right now but they still managed to create a lasting impression on the Kenyan music scene and political landscape.

Perhaps it is their impact on the history of Kenya’s politics and leadership that raised their profile to a stratospheric level they had never imagined they would reach.

This was after a song which they released for fun, Unbwogable, became a massive hit and was adapted by the opposition party, NARC, in 2002 during its triumphant election campaign.

Unbwogable, meaning ‘not susceptible to threats’, had catchy lyrics and beats and its message blended in well with the politics of the time.

The opposition rode on the song’s instant popularity and the impact it had on their campaigns had the ruling party at that time, KANU, shaken to the core.

In a desperate attempt to reverse the odds in their favor, the ruling party, as Gidigidi Majimaji revealed on Saturday in an interview with Swahili news anchor Jane Ngoiri on NTV Jioni, approached them and offered them millions to change the song to favor KANU.

“We have never said this before but after the opposition adapted our song, KANU approached us to change the song and sing about KANU. It was however too late for us to change anything and we turned down the offer,” Gidi said.

Explaining further about why they turned down KANU’s offer, Gidi said that the song had become bigger than them and if at all they had agreed to KANU’s proposal, they would have put their lives at risk.

Unbwogable had become bigger than us and if we had come out to say that it was now a KANU anthem, we would have been killed,” Gidi added.

Gidigidi Majimaji said that they take great pride in Unbwogable‘s success and though the public has always expected them to release a politically themed song whenever elections approached, they have never had the urge to do so.

To listen to Gidigidi Majimaji narrate more about that incident as well as shed light on their musical career and current engagements, watch the video below.