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This is what really transpired in NASA’s closed- door summit

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This is what transpired in NASA’s closed- door summit

By ALLAN TAWAI

All is evidently not well in the Kenya’s opposition coalition after a crisis meeting called to resolve a simmering disquiet in the opposition ended in a stalemate.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition’s summit held on Monday, January 15, took a dramatic turn after the four co-principals failed to agree on swearing-in plan.

The meeting that was called to address concerns raised by associate parties over sharing of parliamentary slots and other issues which included the swearing in plans of NASA leader Raila Odinga.

Two co-principals allegedly conspired against Mr. Odinga to scatter the oath taking plan.

Prior reports indicated that the leaders had reached an agreement over the planned inauguration, but it has now become apparent that the closed-door meeting ended in impasse.

According to a report published by Citizen News revealed that prior to the summit, As Musyoka, Wetangula and Mudavadi met, Odinga was waiting for the confirmation of the venue that was shifted to two different places before settling on the Karen Country Club.

Sources further revealed that the principals discussed the merits and demerits of a Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka inauguration. Musyoka and Wetangula allegedly agreed to reject the January 30 event. Mudavadi remained neutral.

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With Odinga having reassured his supporters that he will be sworn in on January 30, his team is reported to be wary of a possible backlash from supporters should they call off the inauguration for a second time.  The Odinga camp is also yet to settle on an alternative route that would appease supporters and sustain the anti-jubilee rhetoric.

The three NASA co-principals later met Odinga and proceeded to the main meeting. Musyoka and Wetangula maintained their position on parallel oath-taking. The co-principals also reportedly pushed Odinga to relinquish one of the parliamentary leadership slots to Wiper in protest against dominance by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party.

Kalonzo Musyoka Musyoka’s Wiper party and Mudavadi’s ANC had raised concerns following appointment of two members of ODM party to crucial parliamentary leadership positions.

All the four co-principals met again today to continue deliberating on the weighty issues that now threaten to split the coalition. Reports indicate the meeting, once more ended in stalemate.

 

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Ezekiel Mutua opens up on medical condition that has given him sleepless nights

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Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua on Monday opened up about a heart condition that has been giving him sleepless nights.

Through a post on Facebook, Mutua stated that last week he checked into hospital for a checkup but doctors told him that he had a serious condition and needed to see a cardiologist.

“My BP was 157/86 against the normal of less than 120/80. My heart rate was 115 beats per minute against the normal of 60-80.

“A flurry of tests would follow and the medical team attending to me recommended admission and a subsequent heart operation.

“It was the scariest news I had ever received,” he said. Adding that he thought about his family and all those who depended on him.

He, however, vowed to remain strong but also sought a second opinion from medical professionals.

One of his friends who happens to be a doctor referred him to Dr Saleem Bagha, a Consultant Physician/Cardiologist at the Aga Khan University Hospital Doctor’s Plaza.

“I gave him a call and he asked me to go over to his clinic right away. A man of impeccable integrity and professionalism, Dr. Bagha has managed me in a way that I know God is using him. He has restored hope where others planted fear.

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“He has put professionalism before money and with his calm and assuring demeanour has been used by God to save my life. I am grateful to have a second chance.

“This is the kind of experience that makes one to have an introspection on what truly matters in life,” wrote Mutua.

He also thanked all those who supported him through prayers and assured the public that he is stable and Dr Bagha is taking good care of him.

“People like Dr. Bagha represent the best of humanity. They use their expertise to give hope and not fear. I am grateful to have ended up in his hands.

“I am being attended to as an outpatient and in two days there’s so much change. Dr. Bagha has even become a family friend, the kind you want to keep for life. May God bless him for me!” he said.

Source:SDE

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Eagle-eyed Kenyan has noted something interesting about this picture

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A sharp-sighted Kenyan on social media has noted something interesting about a picture from the awkward moment DP William Ruto met his archrivals ODM leader Raila Odinga and Industrialisation CS Peter Munya.

The three met on Monday during the official opening of the Kenya Trade Week and Expo 2019, Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi County.

Pictures shared on Dr Ruto’s social media show him sandwiched between Mr Odinga and Mr Munya.

The DP has publicly accused Mr Odinga of seeking to wreck Jubilee Party and Mr Munya of planning to assassinate him.

A video from the event shows the DP chatting with Mr Odinga and the CS at different times.

But what has caught the eye of one social media user, John Riaga was the number of water bottles placed in front of each leader.

In the pecking order, DP Ruto would ideally be the most senior leader on the table. But while Mr Odinga had three bottles of water, Dr Ruto has two and CS Munya one.

Mr Riaga shared his observation on his Facebook.

It attracted various comments from his friends.

Edward Ochieng said: “Donge I wish Kenyans could be creative in matters of development like in social media. We could have joined the league of G8 countries.”

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Okumu Kennedy noted: “Ruto had the longest day sitting between Aman he attacks daily and another he accused of planning to kill him or assassinate him.”

Sharon Gerald quipped: “Ahahahahaha… Kumbe it’s that serious?! Mpaka maji?!”

Ken Arek said: “A bottle of water, two bottles of water and three bottles of water. Sasa wewe.”

Absalom Ochuka added: “Eyiii. Un keen to details…”

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Bongo actress ‘makes it rain’ at media briefing – VIDEO

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Popular bongo actress Irene Uwoya on Monday caused a stampede at a media briefing in Dar es Salaam by bribing journalists with a rain of money.

Uwoya, flanked by other top bongo actors walked in late for the press conference at Hyatt Regency DSM.

She had convened the media briefing  to make an announcement on the launch of a new Tanzania movie service called Swahiliflix,  a new channel that intends to market and sell bongo movies online.

The official launch of the Swahiliflix is set for August 31 at Mlimani City Plaza in Dar es Salaam.

“Tarehe 31 ni siku ya kumbukumbu kwa wasanii sisi bongo movie, haijawahi kutokea hiyo kitu itakayotikea Mlimani City itaweka historia, itakuwa ni red carpet ya funga mwaka. Kwa hiyo ndugu zetu waandishi mjipange hata kwenye kuvaa mjipange. Msituangushe sasa mje masuti nini msije kama hivi tulivyozoea,” Uwoya urged them.

Uwoya also apologized to the journalists for keeping them waiting.

And as she stood to leave, Uwoya reached out in her hand bag, pulled out a bundle of cash and started throwing it towards the journalists.

She said its was a small incentive to appreciate their support.

“Na nisiwachoshe sana nimewaweka muda mrefu, swahiliflix ni mambo moto lazima tusalimiane na ndugu zetu waandishi wa habari, nawatuza na kitu kidogo.”

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Journalists present shoved each other as they scrambled to grab the notes from the air.

Source:nairobinews

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