6 media personalities who ditched the screens to join politics and state jobs

Swahili news anchor Kanze Dena is the latest Kenyan media personality to leave her media job and take up a state appointment.

In the last General election, we witnessed former journalists being elected as MP’s, Cabinet Secretaries,MCa’s among other positions.

Here is a list of media personalities who are giving politics a try.

1.Farida Karoney

The laid back Farida came into the lime light after her appointment as the Cabinet Secretary for Lands by President Uhuru Kenyatta. She is the former Chief Operating Officer at Royal Media.

Her appointment came as a surprise to many.

Land CS Farida Karoney

2. Kanze Dena

The soft spoken presenter has been appointed as Deputy State House Spokesperson and Deputy Head, PSCU. Her role includes taking leadership of the core communications teams, including digital, messaging, research, branding and press. With expansive newsroom leadership experience, Ms. Dena has been tasked to focus on the President’s brand positioning, media relations and messaging with respect to the delivery the Big Four agenda.

 

Newly Elected Kiambu Women Rep Gathoni wa Muchomba at the verge of losing her job

3. Gathoni Wa Muchoba

Kiambu Women rep is a woman of many hats, before ditching the media for politics she worked for stations such as Kameme Fm and later Inooro Fm.

Gathoni who is a first time politician has not had it easy after finding herself on the wrong side with the public due to ‘untamed ‘ comments that did not settle well with her people.

 

4. Mohammed Ali

Respected investigative journalist Mohammed Ali won the hearts of Kenyans not only on the screens but also on the ballot after emerging winner in the highly contested 2017 elections.

Ali won in the election making him the Member of Parliament for Nyali, something which did not come easy as there was a court tussle.

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 5. Sabina Chege

She is both beauty and brains having worked as a presenter for local channels such as Kameme Fm and Coro Fm apart from being an actress and a video vixen.

She is a second time women rep and her political star is only starting to shine and we hope she makes the sky her limit.

Muranga Women Rep Sabina Chege

6.Walter Mongare

Known to many as Nyambane, the funny man came into the limelight during his days as a comedian with the group Redykulas, and later joined the Nairobi county as director of communication.

A position he served with zeal before being replaced ,he was also a presenter with a local show ‘The Big Breakfast ‘ which he hosted alongside Caroline Mutoko.

 

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Comedian Turned Politican Begs Government To Cut His MP Salary Cut 15%

Newly elected MP John Kiarie has added his voice to the young MPs who have said they don’t want to over burden the tax payers by agitating for a pay rise.

Yesterday, former KTN investigative journalist Mohammed Ali and rapper Jaguar made it clear they do not want a pay hike either.

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Kiarie who is a former comedian, has penned a letter to the head of Salaries and Remuneration Commission asking that his pay is cut.

Check out the letter.

“Dear Sarah Serem.
By this post I authorize you to effect the new salary level for myself. I would even suggest you look for legal mechanism for cutting my salary by a further 15%. I also commend you for revoking all my sitting allowances, otherwise if you didn’t do so I would have been tempted to also claim for squatting allowances or sleeping allowances.
The Jubilee government will effect free day secondary education in January. I trust that with my reduced salary and no sitting allowances, we can now work towards subsidising fees in boarding schools or providing free meals for poor malnourished kids in primary schools. If we do that we will reduce the strain on our bursaries thus reducing my headache as Member of Parliament for Gatundu South.
Finally Sarah I will be looking forward to working with you in the 12th parliament to reduce the public wage bill and reduce the many political offices in this country. We must work together towards a target if no more than 35% of our budget going to recurrent expenditure and 65% going towards capital expenditure that will spur development, long term growth and prosperity.
It is tempting to ask you not to cut my salary or reduce my sitting allowances. But when I think of the kind of a country I will bequeath to my boys Brian and Dennis, I think twice. When I remember that there are families in this country who did not have something for dinner last night, not because they forgot to cook but because they did not have something to cook, I think twice. I hope that other non political public officers will take notice.
Ukiona mwenzako kichwa ikinyolewa, chako tia maji.”

I Don’t Want A Pay Rise, Pris – Mheshimiwa Jaguar And Moha Jocho Pevu Shouts

Newly elected MPs have vowed to reject pay cuts proposed by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.

SRC on Monday announced a significant salary cut for state officers, including the President, Deputy President, MPs, CSs and other officials.

The slash by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission is meant to reduce the national wage bill.

According to the review, the President will earn Sh1,443,750 monthly down from Sh1.6 million while Deputy President will be paid Sh1,227,188 monthly.

Cabinet Secretaries will get a salary of Sh924,000 from Sh1,056 000 and Permanent Secretaries will be earning Sh765,000 from Sh874,000.

MPs will earn Sh621,000 from about Sh710,000.

Mohammed_Ali

 

 

Newly elected MP for Nyali Mohamed Ali is not going to join the bandwagon.

He posted on his Instagram, “I, Mohamed Ali Mohamed do not support any move to increase my salary and that of my fellow elected Members of Parliament. I have fought for equality and fairness all through my career and my first move as a Parliamentarian will not be to enrich myself. “

He continued, “40% of my countrymen live on an average of 10000 shillings or less. I do not see the purpose of an increment without ensuring that we create a legal framework for our countrymen to generate wealth FIRST. Count my vote against this.”

This was echoed by Jaguar – the Mp for Starehe who tweeted, “Just to categorically state; I am not in support of a pay rise. Count me out. #MPsPay #mwamkompya #starehe.”

 

jaguarcoverTheir pronouncements had various reactions. Check out some of them.

mwalimuwekesa: Ras moha….we have been seeing and hearing in tvs and radio maisha against many issues that were not well for common citizen’s. Now we Kenyans want to see your stand since you are now a legislature.

mutua_moreen: Now that’s my MP I like you already you are the best, pitia mara kwa mara utusalimie kama vyenye ulikuwa unaomba tukupigie kura, niko tu hapa Kadiria…

Kundgwen tweeted, “Unless you write to assembly clerk not to increase yours and show us the letter, this is PR.

Eunice Nyaga‏ added, “Good but do it on main stream media so that more people can hear you. Please remember to sing the “Kigeugeu song”.

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is admitted to hospital with pneumonia

Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.

The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson’s disease, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition, said his spokesman, Bob Gunnell.

‘He went into the hospital this morning,’ Gunnell said in a phone interview.

‘He has a mild case of pneumonia and the prognosis is good.’

Gunnell declined to say where the 72-year-old Ali is hospitalized. No other details are being released due to the Ali family’s request for privacy, he said.

Ali appeared in public in September to attend a ceremony in his hometown of Louisville for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards. He did not speak.