Nasa principal and former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto has shifted allegiance to Jubilee and announced that he is supporting the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the October 17 repeat poll.
Mr Ruto showed up at a Jubilee rally at the famous Kapkatet Grounds in Kericho Town addressed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto.
“Today I have returned (to) where I belong,” Mr Ruto said as he addressed an excited crowd.
He added, “[I] and my team have decided to give support to President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.
Mr Ruto, a former Bomet Governor and who was the fifth principal in the National Super Alliance had kept away from public limelight in the weeks following the August 8 elections in which he lost to Jubilee’s Joyce Laboso.
Initially, when rumours went round that he had shifted allegiance, he denied it, explaining that he was only lying low for a while but was still in Nasa.
Friday, Mr Ruto joined leaders from across the Rift Valley as the President hit the campaign trail following the nullification of the August 8 presidential results.
County chiefs from across 10 counties of the region, MPs and other elected leaders from as far as West Pokot, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Baringo and Uasin Gishu were in attendance.
“Kericho’s Kapkatet Grounds is where major declarations are made. Tomorrow, as from 8am, let us show the President our unity and that we shall vote (for him) to the last man come October 17,” said Governor Chepkwony.
Analysts were already looking into Ruto’s change of heart.
Maasai Mara University lecturer Joel Soi said Mr Ruto had taken to take advantage of the confusion (following the Supreme Court judgement) to campaign for the President and salvage his political career.
“Another issue is that Mr Ruto’s administration is a subject of investigation because of some wrongs that happened and he could be trying to seek immunity in being pro-Jubilee and in being on [the same] side with the Kalenjin community,” said Mr Soi.
Mr Ruto’s return means he would share the podium with his erstwhile political nemesis, DP Ruto, with whom he fell out after the 2013 elections over a raft of issues among them the decision to disband the United Republican Party which they both started to unite the Kalenjins.
Since they fell out in 2013, the two hardly shared podiums and when they did, there would be wrangles amongst their supporters.
The last time they attended a common event in Bomet, the former governor threatened to end the meeting after people became disorderly, something that did not go down well with the DP.
Popular Diaspora Radio show host Njoki Wa Ndegwa is Dead. Ms Ndegwa, one of Kenya Diaspora pioneer Radio show hosts and the proprietor of Jambo Radio Network (formerly Jambo Boston Radio) passed away Friday in Dallas, Texas.
“It is true she has passed on,” a family member who spoke to this reporter Friday evening said. “We thought we were ready for any eventuality but I guess nobody is really ever ready for death…I can tell you the news of her passing has shattered me and the rest of the family,” she added.
Njoki had been ill for some time, having being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. Later in October 2016, doctors told her that she had Metastatic Brain Tumors, following which she underwent treatment and several surgeries at Parklands Hospital in Texas.
In September 2017, she lost her voice and mobility due to aggressive Metastatic Brain Tumors.
Njoki Wa Ndegwa required Chemotherapy, 24 hour bedside homecare services, rent, medical supplies and specialized breathing machine.
Two weeks ago, friends, family and well wishers got together for a well attended fundraiser in Texas. Another harambee had been scheduled for this Sunday at Ushindi Church in Lowell, Massachusetts. It was in Boston, MA, that she initially set up her broadcasting station.
As soon as the news of her death broke, her family, friends, Kenyans in US and fans from around the world took to social media to express shock and disbelief.
Before coming to the U.S., Ms Ndegwa was a successful radio personality in Kenya, working for popular radio station which broadcasts in Kikuyu language, Kameme FM .
Once here, she thought she’d be a nurse, but quickly discovered her future wasn’t in medicine, choosing instead to follow the path she knew best…broadcasting.
“I did not come to start a radio station,” Ndegwa told NPR in an interview a few years ago. “When I came to the United States, it was a dream beyond realization. So I did not dare dream. I came in ready for anything. All I wanted was to be in the United States and make it like everybody else.”
Her friends urged her to go back to Kenya and resume her successful radio career at Kameme FM, but Ndegwa thought, “why not be a Kenyan radio host in Boston?”
The station did well but she later moved to Texas where she set up her equipment and continued with what she did best; connect people through her radio shows. This she did until she got ill.
Watch a BBC documentary focusing on Njoki’s work as a radio presenter:
On Friday night, Timothy Ndegwa, the CEO of Mykenyanlink Network, a close friend to the deceased wrote on Facebook: It’s a sad day at #JamboRadioNetwork
The speeches of former President Mwai Kibaki were always filled with memorable funny off the cuff remarks such as Mavi ya kuku, Kubaff, Bure kabisa and Hakuna haja.
These phrases albeit not in the mainstream caught steam once again yesterday after popular TV personality Jeff Koinange clapped back at a troll in style to a mention that he allegedly impregnated fellow Citizen TV anchor Lilian Muli.
Smoking in a one word response, Koinange responded with “KUMBAAAAAFFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!” to the amusement of his over 1.2 million followers.
It all started after one Babu Mmoja claimed that Koinange was the father of Muli’s second baby, a position that seemingly did not sit down well with the Hot 96 radio host.
Lilian Muli is pregnant according to a reliable source close to the sassy TV queen. She is keeping all the details on the matter under wraps and has a son Joshua Munene from her previous marriage.
Jeff Koinange on the other hand also has a son, Jamal Mbiyu Koinange, and ismarried to Shaila Koinange, a Kenyan of Asian origin.