A 21-year-old man wants a Nairobi court to compel Kieni MP Kanini Kega to recognise him as his son.
Mr Dennis Gitahi Wanjiru says he has tried reaching the MP for assistance without success and has now filed the case at the Children’s Court in Nairobi. It is not clear why he filed the matter at the children’s court considering his age.
In a sworn affidavit, Gitahi states that his mother, Florence Wanjiru, who died in 2004, had an affair with the MP.
” My mother left me under the care of my grandmother at Watuka Village in Kieni Constituency,” he deposes.
He says he had been in touch with the MP who promised to take him through school but reneged.
“I knows the MP well and efforts to reach him have been futile, forcing me to move to court,” says Gitahi.
In the suit, Mr Gitahi seeks recognised and wants to be treated equally with Mr Kega’s other children.
He accuses the MP of abdicating his parental duties and showing lack of interest in his life.
Kanini Kega, whose real is James Mathenge, was born on 31 October 1972 in Watuka village, Kieni, Nyeri County. He is a Kenyan member of Paliament (MP) representing Kieni constituency in Nyeri county. He is a member of The National Alliance and a coalition member of Jubilee Alliance
Mathenge acquired his nickname Kanini Kega in 1998 When he first vied for the Democratic Party nominations after the death of Munene Kairu. At that time he was 26 years old. Other leaders dismissed him as “a beardless man with nothing to offer on the political table.” Over the years, the people of Kieni came to know him as Kanini Kega (young but nice) probably because he was the youngest but most noble politician in the political scene in the area.
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.