From Mututho to Balala, here are politicians who own media houses

Ever wondered who owns your favorite media house? Well it is not a secret that some stations are owned by some of our favorite politicians.

Here is a list of politicians who own various TV stations and radios stations as well

1. Jakoyo Midiwo
The member of Parliament for Gem Constituency,owns Lake Victoria Fm.
RLV provides community relevant issues such as health and HIV/AIDS, education, environment, agriculture, news, weather etc.

‘Don’t marry him without carrying out a financial audit’ Maina Kageni to women

jakoyo midowo

2. Raila Odinga
Odinga family owns Radio Umoja and Namlolwe fm.
Raila Odinga3. Charity Ngilu 
The only female Kitui governor owns Mbaitu FM. According to them, they are the only FM radio station that mirrors the Kamba community’s hopes and aspirations; creatively showcasing their experiences through the slice of life.
Charity Ngilu
4. Najib Balala started Pili Pili FM and Sheki FM
balala5. Chirau Ali Mwakwere owns Kaya Fm
Chirau Ali Mwakwere (1)6. John Michael Njenga Mututho owns Country Side Fm
mututho7. Kalonzo Musyoka owns Athiani FM
KALONZO8. Moses Kuria owns Fanaka TV
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Raila says he only lost the 1997 elections

Cord leader Raila Odinga has said he will vie for president in 2017 despite being “denied victory” in the last two elections.

Raila said he will run for the top seat in future elections as long as ODM declares him its candidate.

Speaking on a radio show on Wednesday morning, he said his participation will however be subject to discussions with the coalition.

“We will consult as Cord because there are others who have the same interest. If they give me the go-ahead, I will be in the race,” he said.

The opposition leader said the 1997 poll in which he came third was the only one he lost.

He ran under the National Democratic Party banner and was beaten by DP’s Mwai Kibaki, and Kanu’s Daniel Moi who won.

Raila said as president he will complete the stalled projects he started during the grand coalition government.

“Infrastructure was my main agenda. I wanted to enhance equalization of development in all parts of the country and that is why we fought for devolution. So far, there is still huge disparity in terms of growth,” he said.

This was the first time since the 2013 elections for Raila to declare his continued interest in the presidency.


Raila says Fidel did not die a natural death

Cord leader Raila Odinga has told mourners in Kisumu that his son Fidel did not die a natural death.

Speaking during Fidel’s requiem mass at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground in Kisumu on Friday, Raila said his son did not show any signs of ailments prior to his death.

“Fidel did not die a natural death. We are looking forward to a report on investigations into his death as promised by the Government yesterday (Thursday),” Raila said.

Without further elaboration, Raila said Fidel’s death may be the beginning of “something else and we must remain steadfast.”

“We know where we are coming from and where we are going. Let Fidel’s death not distract our agenda,” he said. He thanked all Kenyans for their condolence messages.

Homa Bay Town MP Opondo Kaluma, who monitored Fidel’s post mortem with lawyers James Orengo (Siaya Senator) and Tom Kajwang’ (Ruaraka) said “the examination which only revealed he suffered mild throat pain is an indication he may have been killed.”

ODM will dispatch a team of legal experts and medics to Germany to further probe Fidel’s death, Siaya Senator James Orengo said.

Orengo said the results of the autopsy done locally will also be dispatched.

“Luos were not imported to Kenya from other countries. Luos are also within the 42 tribes in Kenya and should be respected as well,” he said.

The mourners supported the need for a conclusive probe but heckled Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma who did not speak.

Fidel’s body arrived aboard a Kenya Air Force plane for the viewing held at Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds.

Members of the Kenya Rugby Football Club for which he was chairman carried his casket to a hearse amid tight security by regular and administration police.

Shops remained closed while hundreds walked and drove to join thousands others at the venue

– The Star

Fidel’s body arrives in Kisumu

Military helicopter carrying the body of the late Fidel Odinga has arrived in Kisumu. An interdenominational prayer service and a public viewing will be held  at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground before the body is taken to his father’s home in Bondo.  Crowds have already gathered at the sports ground ready  to give Fidel a good send off. His body will then be moved to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University for the final mass on Saturday, ahead of the burial.

IMG-20150109-WA0014Military helicopter carrying Fidel’s body arrives in Kisumu


Crowds waiting for Fidel’s body at Jomo Kenyatta sports ground

Generous Siaya residents donate 40 bulls, Sh200,000 for Fidel’s funeral

Residents of Nyang’oma sub-location on Thursday donated 40 bulls, Sh200,000 and 50 sacks of flour for the thousands of mourners expected to attend Fidel Odinga’s burial on Saturday.

Siaya Deputy Governor Ouma Onyango who is the Bondo funeral committee chairman said the contributions were an indication of how much the locals revere Raila’s family.

“By Saturday there will be more than enough contributions in food and refreshments to carter for about 10,000 mourners who are expected to attend the burial,” Onyango told the press at Kang’o village where Fidel will be buried.

He said ACK blessed the burial site before the digging of the grave began on Thursday afternoon.

Onyango added that arrangements at the burial site, and at Jaramogi Odinga University, Bondo where the funeral service will be held, are expected to be completed by Thursday.


Reporter banned from attending a press conference at Raila’s home

A reporter from the Star newspaper was shocked yesterday when he was blocked from attending a press conference at the home of Cord leader Raila Odinga in Karen, Nairobi.

A policeman manning the gate informed the reporter that he had firm instructions not to allow anyone from the Star newspaper into the press conference.

“Let me do my job. I am under instructions that you stay out. Please allow other people to get in. You go out,” he said. Some family members were angered by a story published by the Star saying three licensed rifles, one licensed pistol and close to 20,000 bullets were found in the house of Fidel Odinga.

He died on Sunday morning.

-The Star

Tight security at Fidel’s public viewing, police boss assures no chaos

The public viewing of Fidel Odinga’s body is ongoing amid tight security at Lee Funeral Home. Cord leader Raila Odinga and other family members viewed the body then left for their home in Karen.

Nairobi Police Commander Benson Kabue, terming the mourners’ security a top priority, said his team will keep guard until the viewing ends. Speaking at a press briefing in Karen, Kabue further warned ODM’s ‘men in black’ against causing any disruptions.

“There will be no traffic inconvenience for Nairobians today during the viewing of Fidel’s body and the requiem mass on Thursday,” he also assured.

Relatives, friends and politicians thronged Raila’s home to offer their condolences on Wednesday morning. The requiem mass will be held at All Saints Cathedral and the burial in Bondo on Saturday.


Public viewing of Fidel’s body set for today at Lee

A public viewing of Fidel Odinga’s body will be held today at the Lee Funeral home from 2pm to 4pm. A requiem mass is slated for Thursday at the All Saints Cathedral before his burial at Kang’o Kajaramogi farm in Bondo,on Saturday.

Speaking to the press on Monday, Joe Kager who is the family spokesman urged the public to mourn the son of Cord leader Raila Odinga honourably and respectfully. Fidel died at this Karen home on Sunday after a night out.


President Kenyatta consoles Raila family

President Uhuru has joined Kenyans in mourning the death of Fidel Odinga, the son of Cords leader Raila Odinga. He says,  “It is with a deep sense of loss and shock that i learnt of the death of the former Prime Minister’s son, Fidel. ”

He has described Fidel’s death as robbing the nation of a promising young man whose contribution to nation building will be missed. He also added that it is a big loss both for Raila’s family and the entire country.

“On behalf of my family, the Government and the people of Kenya, and on my own behalf, please accept our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences. I pray that God grants you the strength and courage to bear this tragic loss,” he added.



Homa Bay ODM official attacked by youths for endorsing Raila for senate seat

A section of Homa Bay youths attacked acting county ODM chair Monica Amollo on Monday as she tried to endorse Raila for the Senate seat.

The youths attacked Amollo at Homa Bay Tourist hotel where she led several delegates in the botched endorsement.

Amollo however denied that the incident occurred at a press briefing at the ODM office in Homa Bay town.

“Looking at me, do you think I can be chased from a hotel? I just went for breakfast but I do not know about the incident,” posed Amollo.

Amollo and the delegates endorsed Raila as a suitable candidate for the seat during the press briefing.

In a statement read by ODM’s Kasipul Kabondo branch secretary general, Ronix Odida, the delegates argued that Raila as senator would protect the devolution he championed.

Raila however declined to vie for the seat at a press conference in Nairobi on Monday, saying he wants to concentrate on “the bigger task” of revamping ODM.


Raila congratulates Uhuru on ICC win

Cord leader Raila Odinga has congratulated President Uhuru Kenyatta following a decision by ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to withdraw the charges against him at the International Criminal Court.

Raila said the President’s personal triumph is also of great significance to the country.

“It is my hope that with this burden taken away, my brother, President Uhuru Kenyatta will now focus all his energies and attention on serving the people of Kenya to the best of his ability. I wish him well in this noble task.” Raila said.

Cord co-principal, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula also congratulated Uhuru saying that this will now give the President ample time to execute his duties without dividing the nation.

Wetang’ula also wished Deputy President Willima Ruto and his co-accused journalist Joshua Arap Sang all the best in their cases. He said he hoped that they will also receive fair judgement and be set free to discharge their duties in the country.


ODM MPs propose Raila should succeed Kajwang’

Homa Bay leaders want Cord leader Raila Odinga to fill the vacant county senatorial seat following Otieno Kajwang’s death.

Nyatike MP Omondi Anyanga, speaking on behalf of the MPs, said Raila is the only politician who is capable of replacing Kajwang who died two weeks ago.

“We as the leaders of Homa Bay county want former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to honour Kajwang by contesting for the Homa Bay Senatorial seat,” Anyanga said at a press conference in Nairobi on Wednesday.

“My first choice for Homa Bay senator is the former prime minister Raila Odinga,” Kibera MP Kenneth Okoth posted on his Twitter account.

This comes after the IEBC on Monday set February 2 as the day for the Senate seat by-election.

The law of Kenya requires that a by-election be held within 90 days from when a seat is declared vacant.

Luo elders ‘identify’ Raila successor

One faction of the Luo Council of Elders Monday announced that it had identified a person they hope will succeed opposition leader Raila Odinga. Chairman Willis Otondi said they have already identified a “shrewd leader capable of fitting in Raila’s shoes”.

“We have already reached consensus on a politician whom we deem able to take up the leadership of the Luo community after Raila,” Otondi said.

This came as Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero said that his presidential ambition was unstoppable, despite opposition from some politicians in Nyanza. Kidero said his bid for the presidency is irreversible as he has “what it takes to lead Kenya”, using the opportunity to defend his many harambees in the region.

“The harambees we are doing are aimed at boosting development. Those questioning where some of us get money should keep theirs in their pockets,” Kidero said.

Otondi is known to be close to Raila and has been leading a faction of the Luo Council of Elders while Riaga Ogalo leads another faction that now backs Kidero for President.


I did not faint, says Wetangula

CORD Friday denied that co-principal Moses Wetang’ula collapsed on a plane. Wetang’ula was taken to Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu Friday morning with breathing problems after he landed at the Kisumu International Airport.

The Bungoma Senator was with Funyula MP Paul Otuoma in the plane that left Nairobi at 6.30am to Kisumu via Eldoret. Cord leader Raila Odinga, who was among the coalition leaders to arrive at the Aga Khan Hospital, told journalists at the hospital that Wetang’ula was “fatigued due to extensive travels” as he had just returned from Morocco.

Raila said Wetang’ula has been given a clean bill of health. Otuoma said Wetang’ula did not collapse in the plane but developed a breathing problem as the flight was about to touch down in Kisumu.

“He developed discomfort just as we were about to land and I notified the former PM, who organised for an ambulance that picked him from the airport,” Otuoma said.

He said the Senator was jovial from Nairobi and did not complain of any illness. “In fact, he walked to the waiting ambulance,” Otuoma said.

Wetang’ula said he had shortage of breath. He said his blood and sugar levels were tested and he was x-rayed before he was told to rest for two hours.

Wetang’ula thanked Cord leaders for their quick response. “If you want to know how many friends you have then pretend you are dead,” he said.

The hospital’s medical superintendent Sam Oula said Wetang’ula was fatigued but his condition is stable. Kisumu airport manager Joseph Okumu did not confirm or deny that Wetang’ula collapsed but referred the Star to the senator’s family.


Raila, Khalwale arrive at Aga Khan hospital where Wetang’ula is admitted

Cord leader Raila Odinga and Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale has arrived at Aga Khan hospital in Kisumu to see Bungoma senator Moses Wetang’ula who was rushed to the hospital after he collapsed at the Kisumu International airport.

Raila is still inside the hospital with Funyula MP Paul Otuoma.

The senator’s brother Fred Wetang’ula confirmed the Friday morning incident saying that the Cord co-principal has been rushed to the hospital for treatment, he did not disclose what was ailing his brother.

Otuoma was in the same flight with Wetang’ula from Nairobi when he collapsed.

Sources say Wetang’ula started vomiting on board the Jambo Jet plane and there was an ambulance waiting for him at the airport.

Kisumu Airport manager Joseph Okumu confirmed the incident but said only the family can comment on what happened.

Luo Council of Elders Willis Otondi and two Kisumu MCAs are already at the hospital.

Raila, Uhuru, Ruto, Sonko to attend Gor Mahia fundraiser

On Thursday, CORD leader Raila Odinga will put aside any political differences he has with the President, DP and Senator Mbuvi Sonko to attend the fund raiser for Gor Mahia football club. This according to a report in the East African Standard.

“Raila is the club’s patron, the president and his deputy have also pledged their assistance to Gor Mahia in tomorrow’s fundraiser which targets to raise Sh20 million,” Gor Mahia Deputy Secretary Anima Ferrari Oketch said.

The fundraiser will be presided over by Governor Evans Kidero who urged the club’s well wishers to join him in boossting the club’s fortunes.

“Gor Mahia has weathered the storm this season. The fundraiser is to give the team stability ahead of the 2015 season.” “Supporters who are not able to make it to the fundraiser can channel their funds to Gor Mahia paybill number 350100. Please join us as we show passion for one of Africa’s iconic football teams,” Kidero added.