Nigerian actor Desmond Elliot wants to join politics

Going by his strong will and zeal, not even the rumoured admonitions of constituents, Nigerians and politicians are enough to deter accomplished actor and director, Desmond Elliot from getting involved in the political arena as every Nigerian has a right to.

The  Nollywood actor has his eyes fixed on representing the people of Surulere Constituency 1 at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Unarguably a successful entertainer with Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award in his kitty as well as the Africa Movie Academy Awards nomination to his credit, Desmond’s decision to go into politics remains one of the shockers of 2014 as far as the Nigerian entertainment scene is concerned.

As an entertainer with a successful career, Desmond has had benefiting as well as platonic relationships with top politicians in the last 5 years but his decision to run for an elective position was publicly hinted in the third quarter of 2014 after few of his colleagues in the entertainment industry had declared their intentions.

And just few weeks after his public declaration of his intention to contest for a seat at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Desmond was faced with the first hurdle in the murky waters of politics. His identity as an indigene of Lagos was questioned as several individuals passed him for a Nigerian from Niger Delta or the Igbo extraction.

However, Desmond is not one to become easily deterred or have a rethink of his declaration, he released political materials that include posters, T-shirts and press materials showing his Yoruba and most especially, Lagos descent clearly.





Margaret Wanjiru should apologise to ODM for tarnishing their name

Women leaders supporting ODM on Tuesday condemned Margaret Wanjiru for ditching ODM and demanded an apology from her for “tarnishing” the party’s reputation.

“Wanjiru should be grateful that ODM raised her from scratches and gave her a platform to serve as an assistant minister,” Busia Women Rep Florence Mutua said.

The leaders affirmed their support for the proposed referendum.

They said their support is because the referendum seeks to address devolution, land reforms, the IEBC and other constitutional commissions and the matter of inclusivity.

“We are supporting this referendum not as assailants but as true believers in the spirit of the new Katiba. We firmly believe that Kenya will emerge better through this process,” Busia Women Rep Florence Mutua read from a statement by the women.

The leaders urged Kenyans to consider the issue of inclusivity not just along the lines of ethnic and religious backgrounds but also from the gender perspective.

The referendum push dubbed Okoa Kenya has been received with mixed reactions, some terming it the oppositions’ tool for remaining relevant. Cord leader Raila Odinga has been touring various regions drumming up support for it.

Regarding access to women’s funds, the leaders said the process has become hard because applicants are required to have national identification cards which are not being issued.

Source : The Star

Kalonzo warns party rebels to toe the line or be sacked

Wiper Democratic movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka has continued his attack on those he perceived to be disloyal to the party that propelled them to their positions.

Speaking Saturday in Twimiwa, Kyuso in Kitui County during the burial of a Wiper party steward Joseph Mbaluka Nzalu, Kalonzo speaking in Kamba said it is unfortunate that some leaders use parties like a ladder to climb to top positions then abandon it.

“It is very unfortunate for some leaders to use a party as a ladder to climb to power,” Kalonzo said.

He said the new constitutional dispensation gives power to political parties to recall the disloyal members who do not promote party ideals.

The former VP said de-whipping of disloyal members is the only way to keep members toe the party positions.

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Parliament adjourns Tuesday to discuss Wetangula KQ drama

Parliament will on Tuesday adjourn its business to discuss the conduct of KQ staff following a stand off with Senate’s minority leader Moses Wetangula. Wetangula says he was mistreated in the company of two house speakers while heading to Mombasa. Parliament says it will consider its future engagement with the airline.

According to The Star Newspaper late Thursday evening Wetangula is said to have scuffled with airline staff after he was asked to produce ID documents. At the press conference Friday at Serena Hotel, Wetangula accused the ailine staff of arrogance and demanded the management apologise.

“I am distressed because this situation undermines my standing and dignity as a leader in this country. I will write to the management of KQ for an apology. If they don’t apologise, I retain the right to sue,” he said

Governor Isaac Rutto’s daughter dies

Council of Governors chair Isaac Rutto’s daughter, Emmy, passed away at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi on Friday morning.

Emmy Ruto was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2013 and was to be transferred to India for advanced treatment.

She was an electrical engineer with the Geothermal Development Company in Nakuru and the captain of the Kenya national women’s cricket team.

“We thank God for the privilege of Emmy’s life and her wonderful deeds for us and the country. We also thank all the friends, relatives and doctors who stood with us during Emmy’s short ailment.” a statement from Rutto’s family sent through council spokesman Baraka Muluka reads.

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Bishop decries low Nyanza church offerings, blames local politicians

Church offerings in Nyanza have gone down, area Council of Church Leaders chairman Bishop Washington Ogonyo Ngede has noted.

“We only receive between Sh5,000 and Sh6,000 on Sunday which is too minimal to do tangible work,” Ogonyo said.

He said the decline is because MPs and MCAs in the region do not attend church services.

“If our MPs and MCAs do not attend church services, where will we get money?” Ogonyo asked wananchi at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground during Mashujaa Day celebrations.

Ogonyo urged the area leaders to take after their Rift Valley counterparts “who flock to their churches during Sunday services.”

The bishop singled out Kisumu East MP Shakeel Shabbir saying the MP only attended service at his church once “during the campaign period.”

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ODM lawmakers back Raila for 2017

Close allies of ODM leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday vowed to fight off an attempt by some of their colleagues to prevent the former Prime Minister from running again for President.

Led by Suna East MP Junet Mohammed, the MPs and a senator accused those behind the plot of being used by the party’s enemies to create trouble within the organisation.

“Raila is like Mandela. He represents an ideology and we all know what he has stood for, despite the many years he suffered under President Moi. What do those who want to replace him stand for?

“To have a lot of money is not the only criterion you need to run for President. We will continue to campaign for Raila to become Kenya’s President in the next election even if it means that he goes for only one term,” said Junet.

A dozen legislators who include Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka told the Star on Monday that the best way for Cord to beat Jubilee is for Raila to hang up his boots and throw his support behind another candidate.

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Bolivian politician promises to eat his watch

Be careful what you promise, or you could end up eating your watch. That seems to be the moral for a presidential candidate in Bolivia after the elections last Sunday.

Former president Jorge “Tuto” Quiroga, one of those challenging incumbent President Evo Morales in a national vote this week, made an election promise that may, in retrospect, have been unwise. He promised to eat his watch if “six out of 10 Bolivians” voted for Morales.

He was so confident that Morales wouldn’t make it that he also promised to eat his tie in another interview days later. And now, social media users want to hold him to his word.

It has taken several days to count and announce the full results, but early signs suggest that Morales is hovering right around the 60% mark.

And so of course, people have taken to Twitter and Facebook to demand that Quiroga keeps his promise.


My son Fidel can make a good politician – Ida Odinga

Raila Odinga’s wife Ida has  said her son Fidel can make a good politician.

Ida said nothing can stop Fidel, moulded by his grandfather Jaramogi Oginga Odinga who was a “great politician”.

“He was nurtured by his grandfather and his father (Raila) who is also a politician. We cannot rule out the fact that he can also become a politician,” Ida said. She was speaking at KBC’s Radio Mayienga FM during a Thursday morning talk show.

Ida however did not reveal whether or not Fidel will seek an elective post in the 2017 elections. “Fidel can make his own decisions. I cannot decide for him because he is a grown up. He can choose to contest or not,” she said.

She said nobody in their family has asked Fidel to run for any elective post.


Bishop Wanjiru talks of Raila betrayal, calls ODM leaders untrustworthy

Former Starehe MP Bishop Margaret Wanjiru has finally opened up about her turbulent times in ODM, after she was barred from running for the Nairobi governor’s seat.

Wanjiru, a former assistant minister in the coalition government, said she was humiliated by the party she had fiercely defended, after ODM chose to support the current governor Evans Kidero.

Wanjiru called ODM leaders, led by party leader Raila Odinga, untrustworthy. She said the party betrayed her and all the work she had put in to build the party’s base in Nairobi.

“The Nairobi governorship was mine and it remains mine,” the bishop said.

Wanjiru was speaking during St Paul University’s 23rd graduation ceremony at the main campus in Limuru on Friday where 1,800 students graduated. She graduated with a degree in leadership and management.

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Uhuru spends hours talking to wananchi after Hague trip

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto on Thursday acknowledged greetings from jubilant wananchi who lined up the streets from the airport to Harambee House to welcome him back from the Netherlands where he attended a Status Conference at the ICC.  The president called on Kenyans to shun ethnicity saying the vice would only serve to continue dividing Kenyans .

Here are some photos from the day’s events.



I missed out on Uhuru’s Hague-party by a whisker – ‘Skeleton Man’

Kenyan dance hall artiste, Jerry Kamau aka Skeleton Man, hoped that he would be among the prominent figures to accompany President Uhuru Kenyatta to the Hague on Tuesday, but missed the party by a whisker.

The singer – who recently released a single defending Uhuru from the accusations facing him at the Hague-based International Criminal Court – had been among the few individuals whose spot to travel with the ICC contingent had been reserved by Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko.

“The travel arrangements were so urgent and I realised I didn’t have enough time to renew my passport. The Star Newspaper quotes him, “I have not traveled out of the country for some time now and it didn’t occur to me that I would have needed the document that soon. However, as expressed in my song, I maintain the stand that President Uhuru is innocent and the ICC should just drop the charges.”

Skeleton, a close ally of Sonko, says that the song dubbed Uhuru Innocent has made an international appeal and that Uhuru’s latest appearance at the Hague has just elevated its popularity.

“Because of this song, I have been interviewed by international media. Most recently by an Italian radio station. Nevertheless, Uhuru hasn’t made any personal contact with me regarding the track, but I expect to meet him at some point when he comes back,” he says.

Uhuru’s escort to The Hague court defended

KIitui South MP Rachel Nyamai on Sunday insisted that the move by MPs and other Kenyans to accompany President Uhuru Kenyatta to the ICC this week is justified.

Nyamai said the the move is meant to show the fact that Kenya is a sovereign state and its President must be respect by the world; the Star reports.

“As MPs and other stakeholders, we need to travel with our President to the Hague to show solidarity,” Nyamai said.

The MP was speaking at a Sunday fundraiser in aid of Kiio Catholic Parish in Kiomo/Kyethani ward, Mwingi West constituency.

Area MP Benard Kitungi, ward representative Peter Mutemi and Kitui assembly minority leader Alex Nganga were present.

Senator Murkomen Expecting A Big Announcement At The Hague

Jubilee leaders want the International Criminal Court to drop charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto this week.

Senator Kipchumba Murkomen of Elgeyo Marakwet says the ICC cases are as good as dead and the court should stop sideshows.

“We are escorting the President to the ICC expecting a big announcement on the termination of all the cases against Kenyans,” Murkomen said.

“We are telling ICC: please stop probing a dead horse, the case against the president is as good as dead and should be terminated,” he added.
Source: The Star Newspaper.

Kidero Finally Explains Road Naming ‘Incidence’

Nairobi County Governor, Evans Kidero who was reportedly angered by his county officials actions to mount a road sign with his name on it, has confirmed that the sign board has been pulled down.


Mounted metres from the Galleria shopping mall, the sign board which read ‘Dr. Evans Kidero Road’ largely attracted criticism on social media.

“I have consequently instructed the concerned officials to pull it down with immediate effect” Kidero said.

“The road naming incident obviously isn’t a priority for Nairobi and it was done unfortunately without my knowledge or consent” he added.

Raila attacker explains why he caned Cord leader

The man who caned Cord leader Raila Odinga twice during a rally in Kinango on Monday has told police he did it because he is tired of the referendum calls.

Police arrested Lengo Mzombe, 40, from Gibana area in Kaloleni on Tuesday and interrogated him for hours. A source familiar with the interrogation told the Star that Mzombe said he is tired of the continuous campaigns.

Mzombe is said to have told police that the country had just had an election and he did not see why fresh campaigns should kickoff.

He is a farm hand at Nasim Khan’s home in the area contrary to earlier police reports that he was mentally ill. His employer’s wife Mansoud Khan said Mzombe is still new at her home.

Mzombe is still being interrogated by police on why he caned Raila and Kwale governor Salim Mvurya during the Cord Okoa Kenya rally in Kinango.

The rally was interrupted briefly on Monday when Mzombe stormed it and started attacking the Cord leader using a walking stick. Odinga and other leaders were dancing when the drama started.

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Hilarious! Kenyans On Twitter React To Raila Getting Whipped

Kenyans on twitter are a witty bunch. They have a way of making even the most inane things funny. That’s when they aren’t going overboard and being bullies. And this time, they have the former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga in their scope.

Trust that things would be mixed what with emotions from both sides of the political divide but that was always to be expected. And it doesn’t change from them being hilarious. Check out the funnies below:


Parliament investigating Hon. Lempurkel’s behaviour

Parliament is investigating an incident where Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel allegedly misbehaved on an international airline and was ejected from the plane.

Reports say the MP got furious after he demanded to be served a local beer brand, but was told that the airline only served wine.

The incident led to Hon. Lempurkel being barred from flying to Europe and was forced to disembark from the plane at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after the pilot declared him a “rogue passenger”.

According to sources, Lempurkel was to accompany other MPs who were headed for Austria. Some MPs said he boarded the plane while drunk and started making demands. But the MP denied being drunk but confirmed that he was to travel and that he had boarded the plane but left in protest due to “discrimination”.