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Nairobi sex workers cry foul as Simmers Restaurant is demolished

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Nairobi Commercial sex workers are not a happy lot. On Saturday, many of them took to social media to protest the demolition of Simmers Bar and  Restaurant at the junction of Kenyatta Avenue and Mundi Mbingu Street.

Sisme wrote on Twitter: This was the only place left for me to get some decent men. Where do we go now?

Karigirl wrote: “We are tired of this discrimination (sic). We serve the high and mighty yet no one seems interested in ensuring our places of work are not interfered with.”

Police on Friday evening removed furniture and everything stocked at the popular Restaurant in Nairobi CBD. A contingent of officers stormed the restaurant bringing to an end the sprawling life of the popular joint.

On Saturday, the restaurant , which is adjacent to 680 Hotel, was flattened and debris was strewn all over Kenyatta Avenue. For decades, the restaurant had become synonymous with live band performances, mostly drawing musicians from DRC. It also was a favorite for twilight girls intent on making quick bucks from amorous revelers – both female and male.

Elsewhere some of the sympathisers as well as those who frequented the joint for food, music and refreshments also condemned the demolition.

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“End of an era? Where else can one go to for the best Lingala music?” Wondered Kamaugm on Instagram.

“The way they do things in Kenya is very crude. Did they really have to use such force?” Asked Odhisjosh.

Njeri Osaak wrote on Facebook: “Ati Simmers ni hayati? Last stop from Theater, Ndombolo ya Solo and cold beer kwisha! Haha!”

DISPUTE

On Friday, Daily Nation reported there had been a long simmering (pun not intended) ownership dispute.

“I do not know what is going on. I do not know why this is happening,” the owner, former Kimilili MP Suleiman Murunga was quoted by the paper as saying.

“The police have stormed here, and instead of being an arbiter they have come with orders that have not even been served on me. This is impunity!” He said.

Popular Simmers bar and restaurant closed and property removed from the premises on March 2, 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY.

According to the daily, Murunga is engaged in a fight for the plot with the family of former Finance minister Arthur Magugu, which says it co-owns the property with Nilestar Holdings Limited.

But  in court cases since 2014, the defendant told the court that the ownership of the plot by Nilestar lapsed when its 99-year lease ended in December 2009, adding that the firm has no right to demand rent for the three years.

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Mr Murunga told the court he applied and received allotment letter on November 3, 2011 from the Commissioner of Lands after paying Sh2.4 million but Nilestar’s lease renewal bid in October 2009 was allegedly rejected.

PROPERTY CASE

In court papers filed in January 2014, Mr Murunga said he owned the premises he has rented for years on grounds that he was awarded the property in 2011 by the Commissioner of Lands after Nilestar’s lease expired four years ago.

He moved to court seeking a restraining order against Nilestar Holdings — which in mid-December threatened to evict him from the prime property over Sh1.62 million rent arrears.

On Friday, Mr Murunga said the case was still ongoing.

“The case is not over,” he said.

RATES

KSN has learnt that the restaurant has also been facing problems with the county government over land rates.

In May 2014, county government officials pounced on the restaurant to attach Sh1.1 million in land rates owed to City Hall.

However, Mr Murunga, who was at the establishment, wrote two cheques to the county to settle the matter that nearly turned ugly.

A year later, the county government was at the establishment again, this time demanding Sh12 million in arrears.

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And in a related development, commercial sex workers in Busia County on Saturday marked the International Sex Worker Rights Day with an appeal to the national government to legalise their work.

Busia Survivors programme manager Caroline Kemunto led the team to clean Busia County Referral Hospital compound and wards after a peaceful procession in the town.

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“I cry alone daily in my Sh100 million dollar mansion” Lonely Ringtone desperate for a wife

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Kenyan gospel singer Ringtone is desperately searching for a God fearing wife.

The singer whose real name is Alex Apoko shared a photo on social media of himself gesturing at an empty seat in a lawn depicting he needed a partner.

Ringtone wrote how he cries daily in his Sh100 million mansion, asking God why no beautiful, God loving girl wants to marry him.

“Mimi ni mpweke sana. Am so lonely. Miaka yangu ya kuoa imefika but sijui ntaoa nani. I cry alone daily in my 1m dollars mansion. I ask god why all the beautiful god loving girls dont want me. Please pray for Me🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏,” wrote the singer.

In May this year, Ringtone bought a brand new Range Rover sport 2017 o catch the attention of Ugandan socialite Zari Hassan after declaring his love for her.

His effort failed to charm the Uganda-born socialite.

Instead of getting prayer support, the singer got many women commenting how they are ready to marry him.

One wrote; “We exist dear one its only you who cant see us.”

Another added; “Marry me with my 4kids and your life will be more than good 😂😂😂zari na waschana warembo kando.”

A woman wrote; “Swallow your pride come marry mi socialite wachana nao.”

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Another commented; “I love you but it is not good for me to propose to you.”

A user stated; “Vile umesema 1M mansion ndo umeharibu..we ngoja ma gold digger sasa.”

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VIDEO: Did Bahati’s wife lie live on radio about her age to make Bahati look older?

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Diana Marua is 6 years older than singer Bahati but that doesn’t mean she calls the shots at home. Bahati still does.

The two, who have been married now for two years, opened up about their huge age differences during a radio interview saying that Bahati, who is now 24, is still the man of the house and Marua, 30, follows what he says.

“He is the head of the house regardless of my age, I respect that boundary. I respect him as a husband,” she said. 

Diana Marua and Bahati 

In the show, Marua also lied about her age while trying to down play on their age difference. While confessing how their age difference used to be an issue, Marua said that she’s only 2 years older than him instead of 6.

“I am 2 years older than Bahati, only. In the beginning, it used to get to me but what matters right now is how he takes care of me. He makes me comfortable.” she said in the interview. 

Listen to the interview below:

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VIDEO: Joho disappoints with awkward dance moves

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A video capturing Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho trying out the famous ShakuShaku dance move has emerged online.

Mr Joho was at a youth convention in Mombasa when he was called on stage and challenged by dancers to try out some ShakuShaku dance moves.

The governor gave it his best effort but just couldn’t get it right.

The dancers changed the dancing style but the governor did not perform any better.

“Through this convention, we have partnered with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to showcase the various talents and films from our region and the international platform, as a mechanism to use art to build resilient communities,” Mr Joho told the convention

Watch the video below.

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