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I have agreed to be your child’s godfather – Eric Omondi to Diamond, Tanasha

Comedian Eric Omondi claims that Tanzanian singer Diamond Platnumz and wife Tanasha Donna have requested him to be their newborn’s godfather.

In a congratulatory message to the two, Omondi stated that he was proud of the milestone the two had struck with the baby’s delivery on Wednesday. October 2.

Omondi noted that he had known the two lovebirds had been close friends of his for a while but the baby’s arrival took their relationship to a higher level.

“Diamond Platnumz umekua rafiki na ndugu yangu wa dhati kwa miaka mingi lakini sasa umekua familia.

“Happy Birthday Bro and congratulations on the birth of your prince wishing you quick recovery bro kunywa maji mingi. Tanasha Donna siz I am always so proud of you, congrats love, I believe in you and all your dreams. Nakupenda,” wrote Omondi on Instagram.

He added that he had agreed to be the boy’s godfather after much beseeching from the Wasafi Classic Baby (WCB) music star and the NRG radio personality.

“Ntakuja kukuchukua na mtoi next month mkuje asalamie ma uncle na ma Auntie huku Nairobi. I know you guys have been calling me nonstop, texting me, WhatsApping and DMing me requesting me to be the child’s Godfather, please stop, it’s enough. I’ll be his Godfather,” he added.

It was a sweet, double celebration for Diamond Platnumz and Tanasha Dona on October 2 after she gave birth to a baby boy on the same date when the WCB heavyweight was celebrating his 30th birthday.

“Happy birthday to the loves of my lives. God is good, ” Donna captioned a photo of her fiance holding the new-born on his arms.

On her InstaStory, the radio personality revealed that she spent 17 hours in labour.

“17 hours of labour, at 42 weeks. Natural birth. It was all worth it. God is good. I am now a mom to a healthy, beautiful baby boy who shares a birthday with my love. Thank you Lord,” she wrote.

Why Kenyans are threatening to boycott Mashujaa Day celebrations

Kenyans on Twitter have launched a campaign to boycott this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations which will be held at the Mama Ngina Waterfront Park in Mombasa on October 20, 2019.

The campaign stems from the Netizens’ dissatisfaction with the slow pace of the search operation for the bodies of the two victims of last weekend’s ferry tragedy at Likoni Channel.

A multi-agency team that comprises divers and other experts from Kenya Navy, Kenya Ferry Services Ltd, Kenya Ports Authority, the Kenya Coast Guard service and Kenya Marine and Fisheries research institute started launched the mission on Tuesday.

But two days later, the bodies of Mariam Kidenga, 35, and her four-year-old daughter, Amanda Mutheu, have not been retrieved.

The two drowned after their vehicle slid off MV Harambee ferry and plunged into the Indian Ocean on Sunday evening.

The slow pace of the recovery mission is what has angered the online community which is now calling for a boycott to the annual Mashujaa Day celebrations.

Dr. Eng. Karanja Kibicho@Karanjakibicho

Our uniformed forces have intensified rehearsals for this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations at the Mama Ngina Waterfront Park, Mombasa. This will be the first time in our history that the Kenya Navy will give the National Salute to the President.

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Shaniz Kiky@ShanizKiky

We will boycott Mashujaa Day, This is Kenya Coast Guard which was launched recently. Unfortunately their main work is watching how waves move in the ocean. #BoycottMashujaaDay

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Felix Muthugumi@FelixMuthugumi

Practising what they do but kwa ground things are different.#LikoniFerryTragedy#BoycottMashujaaDay

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FRIENDS OF LAIKIPIA (FOL)@FolFriends

These beautiful souls are 20M down in Indian ocean, the top leadership is silent. Why torment the souls this much? They didn’t deserve to die. #BoycottMashujaaDay #BoycottMashujaaDay #BoycottMashujaaDay

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Daniel Omondi @omondii_ · 19h

Kenya Ferry Services have banned Musa from stepping near the rescue operations. Musa is the guy who located the drown vehicle yesterday and revealed that there are more than 10 vehicles submerged and rotting. Shame on you KFS & Kenya Navy. #LikoniFerryTragedy #BoycottMashujaaDay

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In 2018, Kenya Ferry Services was given 78million for installation of security cameras on its vessels. Upto date, NO single CCTV camera has been seen in any of the vessels at #LikoniFerry. Corruption will kill this country! #LikoniFerryTragedy #BoycottMashujaaDay

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@Drury@Dennoh0

The Likoni ferry tragedy has exposed just how useless the recently launched coast guard is,the mediocrity of Kenya navy,the incompetency of Kenya ferry services management,the government has no regard to the safety of it’s citizens! #BoycottMashujaaDay

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ping pong official @pauliddiali

When Westgate was under attack we watched helplessly as people were butchered,Garissa attack the same, recently precious talent schl it ws bodaboda riders who were the rescuers as police showed up with AK47 n radio calls.
I have nothing to celebrate my friend!#BoycottMashujaaDay

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Three vehicles and motorcycle stolen in Kenya recovered in Tanzania

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have recovered three vehicles and a motorcycle believed to have been stolen from Kenya in Tanzania.

DCI said they recovered the vehicles and motorcycle at various locations in Tanzania after a four-day operation in the neighbouring country.

The recovered vehicles are a Toyota AXIO (KCH 608S), Toyota ISIS (KCV 145L) and a Mitsubishi lorry FH (KBU 418C).

The recovered motorcycle is a red Boxer (reg no. KMEM 280Z).

According to the police, the motorcycle is believed to have been stolen from Muthangari Police Station.

The recovered vehicles and motorcycle are being held at the DCI offices in Taveta awaiting identification by the rightful owners.

The police said that further investigations by Interpol detectives is ongoing.

EXCLUSIVE: Truth Behind Citizen TV’s Mama Baha’s Death Reports

Reports have been circulating on social media alleging that popular Citizen TV actress, Wanjiku Mburu, alias Mama Baha had passed on.

Photos circulated of Mama Baha, who was a major cast member in the cancelled teen show, Machachari, claiming that she had succumbed to cancer.

However, Kenyans.co.ke found out that the actor was alive and hers was a case of mistaken identity.

Mama Baha (c). Reports surfaced alleging that she had succumbed to cancer
Mama Baha (Centre). Reports surfaced alleging that she had succumbed to cancer

“I have spoken to her and she is still alive. She is disturbed by the news and the photographs going round that she is dead,” Stanley Ngige, Production Manager at Royal Media informed Kenyans.co.ke newsroom.

Ngige went on to debunk the information stating that it was one of Citizen TV’s staff who had lost his wife.

“The person who succumbed is the wife of our Director of Photography, Kimani Mburu. She succumbed to cancer.

“I have not been able to pick up more details,” Ngige asserted. 

This was not the first time such rumours surfaced alleging that Mama Baha had passed away. In 2017, social media was also awash with the claims.

Citizen TV executives, on Monday, September 30, pulled the plug on Machachari after pressure mounted over the age of its characters in a show supposed to ideally mimic the lives of teens.

In its place, the broadcaster has settled for Johari, another teen-themed show that is yet to debut.

One of the posts alleging that Mama Baha had passed away
One of the posts alleging that Mama Baha had passed away
Another post claiming that Mama Baha had succumbed to cancer
Another post claiming that Mama Baha had succumbed to cancer
Some actors who have appeared on Machachari show. The programme, which airs on Fridays, was conspicuously missing on Citizen TV's latest roster
Some actors who have appeared on Machachari show. The programme, which airs on Fridays, was conspicuously missing on Citizen TV’s latest roster

Mariga’s turbulent plunge into politics is nothing new to many Kenyan celebs

Former Kenya international midfielder McDonald Mariga breathed a sigh of relief on Monday when he was cleared to contest for the vacant Kibra parliamentary seat.

His clearance by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ended an anxious wait for Mariga whose nomination by the Jubilee Party had been invalidated last week.

And so Mariga now remains on course for political career that will see him following in the footsteps of other celebrities who have transitioned into politics.

Celebrities becoming politicians is not a new concept here in Kenya.

Some have won, while many other have seen their political ambitions going up in smoke.

Here are few Kenyan celebs who have turned to politics in recent years.

1. Mohammed Ali

The former KTN investigative journalist, who went to become Member of Parliament for Nyali constituency in the coast in the 2017 general election, initially lost the ODM nominations under controversial circumstances.

He jumped ship and vied as an independent candidate and won.

Even then his win was contested in court, before his victory was upheld.

Before joining politics Ali, though this work, exposed many hidden corruption cases in Kenya though his well investigative TV series Jicho Pevu.

Nyali MP Mohammed Ali in this picture taken on February 16, 2019. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI
Nyali MP Mohammed Ali in this picture taken on February 16, 2019. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI

2. Charles ‘Jaguar’ Kanyi

He is a recording artiste who went on to become the Member of Parliament for Starehe constituency in 2017.

Jaguar first made it to limelight as a recording artiste in 2004 when he recorded and released his first single Utaweza Kweli.

In 2005 he recorded and released several singles among them his most popular hit single Kigeugeu.

With Kigeugeu in the airwaves across the country, Jaguar was now a household name in the country.

He vied for and won the Starehe seat against another celebrity candidate activist Boniface Mwangi.

Musician-turned-politician Charles 'Jaguar' Kanyi who is the sitting Member of Parliament for Starehe constituency. FILE PHOTO
Musician-turned-politician Charles ‘Jaguar’ Kanyi who is the sitting Member of Parliament for Starehe constituency. FILE PHOTO

3. Sabina Chege

She started out as an actress in the local TV series Tausi.

She later become a radio presenter, before joining politics in 2013 when she was elected the Woman Representative for Muranga county.

She retained the seat in the 2017 general election.

Ms Chege is also the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Health in the National Assembly.

Murang'a Woman Rep Sabina Chege in this picture taken on February 20, 2019. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO
Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege in this picture taken on February 20, 2019. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO

4. Gathoni wa Muchomba

Wa Muchomba moved from the radio waves to become a Woman Representative in Kiambu County in 2017.

Before trying out politics Wa Muchomba had been the queen of vernacular radio stations from 1999 when she was working for Kameme FM.

In the 2017 general election, She declared her interest in the Kiambu Woman Rep seat which she ultimately won.

Kiambu Woman Rep Gathoni Wa Muchomba. FILE PHOTO
Kiambu Woman Rep Gathoni Wa Muchomba. FILE PHOTO

5. McDonald Mariga

The former Kenyan international whose current market value as a footballer is said to be Sh34.3 million made an unlikely move some time last month following the death of former Kibra MP Ken Okoth.

Before the Kibra by-election, Mariga kept a low profile, only making headlines because of his football career.

Right from the onset, Mariga’s political move has been fraught with numerous obstacles which have further divided the Jubilee Party.

His candidature has been the subject of opposition both within and without the party circles.

But with IEBC’s clearance, Mariga can only hope to become the next Kenyan celebrity Member of Parliament.

Kenyan international midfielder McDonald Mariga. FILE PHOTO
Former Kenyan international midfielder McDonald Mariga. FILE PHOTO

State bans child adoption by foreign nationals

NAIROBI, 12 September 2019 (PSCU) – The Cabinet has today announced an immediate ban on adoption of children by foreign nationals.

A special Cabinet meeting at State House, Nairobi chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta and attended by Deputy President William Ruto also directed the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection to formulate a new policy document to regulate the adoption of children by foreign nationals in Kenya.

The meeting also directed the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection to streamline operations of the Child Welfare Society of Kenya and those of children homes in the country.

On infrastructure, the Cabinet approved Sh6.9 billion for the development of an Inland Container Depot, Railway Marshalling Yard, Logistics Zone and Public Utility Area as well as other core enabling infrastructure to support the development of the Naivasha Special Economic Zone and the impending completion of Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) phase 2A.

The Cabinet also approved the hosting of the upcoming Nairobi Summit of the 25th International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD 25).

The summit that will be held from November 12, and 14, 2019 is expected to attract over 6,000 delegates from 179 countries. The summit will solidify the country’s position as the ideal conference and aviation hub, a move that will boost Kenya’s tourism sector.