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REVEALED: Why Uhuru Kenyatta is in Cuba [VIDEO]

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

President Uhuru Kenyatta early Wednesday morning travelled to Cuba for a three day State visit aimed at strengthening collaboration and cooperation in health, sports, the blue economy and trade.

State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said President Kenyatta’s visit will also seek to explore and expand further areas of cooperation for mutual benefit.

During the visit, Kenya hopes to learn vital lessons behind Cuba’s success in its well-developed preventive health care system including the discovery of vaccines against lung cancer, the eradication of Malaria and a thriving pharmaceutical industry.

As a result of these milestones in health, the World Health Organization has declared Cuba as a nation with a Model Health Care, a status that Kenya hopes to learn from and achieve under President Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda.

The Big four agenda, which is aimed at boosting Kenya’s Development focuses on four deliverables that include accessible universal health care alongside manufacturing, affordable housing and food security.

Mr Manoah said Cuba is also keen in registering and selling its pharmaceutical products in the Kenyan market and President Kenyatta will encourage the Caribbean Nation to set up a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Kenya to serve the larger East and Central Africa regional markets.

Other areas of engagement that the President will explore with his Cuban hosts, said Manoah, include building the Kenyan capacity and increasing the number of specialists in orthopaedic surgery, oncology, neurology, and trauma management.

Kenya is also interested to collaborate with Cuba in research on cancer, drugs for diabetes and eradication of Malaria.

The President will seek Cuba’s support in several areas of sports development including capacity building and training in boxing, volleyball and track events while the latter nation will seek cooperation and support for its athletes and coaches to train in Kenya’s renown High-Altitude facilities.

The Republic of Cuba is the largest and most populous Caribbean Island Nation whose neighbours include Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Haiti. Its population stands at over 11 million people.

Cuba boasts the second highest literacy rate in the world standing at 99.8 per cent. The Island nation is home to some 47 universities and 23 medical institutions.

Havana, the largest metropolis, serves as the capital city, leading commercial centre and also constitutes one of Cuba’s 15 provinces.

The plane carrying the Head of State and his entourage taxied off at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) shortly after 12.00 am.

Deputy President William Ruto, the Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett and Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka led a host of Members of parliament and senior government officials in seeing off the President.

PSCU contributed to this report.

 

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VIDEO: Kenyan social media star Alvan Gatitu kicked out of his house by landlord

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Kenyan internet star Alvan Gatitu was forced to sleep in the cold on Saturday night, July 4, after being locked out by his landlord.

Alvan said that he had fallen behind on his rent for a couple of months due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on his job.

The former Tusker Project Fame contestant took to his Facebook page at around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 5, to narrate how he came home only to find the gate locked, with calls to both his landlord and estate custodian going unanswered.

“My last resort is right here where I found a place to sleep. I thought that this friend of mine could help me but as soon as I got to her gate, she told the security guards not to let me in. I then explained my situation to the guards who laid out a carton for me in their storeroom and gave me a duvet as well,” he explained in disbelief.

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He had tried to reach out to his friends to accommodate him but none was in a position to, “they also have their own problems,” be stated.

Luckily, his call to his church was answered and they were able to send him Ksh2,000 to find a place to rest for the night, however, after the lady friend he mentioned agreed that he could come over, he took a boda boda that charged him Ksh1,000 as it was past curfew hours.

Alvan made it clear in the video that he was sharing his Covid-19 story so as to encourage anyone in a similar situation that it was okay to fall.

“There is a day that comes when you can’t put 2 and 2 together and even your friends will fail you, even the brightest fail at times. This is a message to everyone out there, I am here to remove the whole celebrity facade by keeping it real,” he asserted

The singer and content creator even cracked a few jokes in between his narration, stating that he was feeling ‘vulnerable’ alluding to one of his Tik Tok videos that went viral.

He went on to reveal that he was waiting for sunrise so that he could find a place to have some tea and contemplate his next move.

Alvan’s video has since gone viral and sparked a conversation on social media platforms, with hundreds of Kenyans reaching out to lend him a hand.

The majority of the responders lauded his strength stating that not many would have the courage to come clean on financial problems, especially personalities well known in the public domain.

The TPF star’s story revived a previous recording by comedian Eric Omondi who revealed that most upcoming ‘celebrities’ were living in depression while trying to maintain an illusion of non-existent success.

Speaking during a show Radio Milele, in November 2019, Omondi opened up on the troubled life of the late Churchill show comedian Njenga Mswahili.

He went on to lament on how Mswahili had been crying out for help in his battle with depression for over three years but no one came to his aid.

“I also blame myself for assuming he will be alright especially due to the natural habit of assuming men can battle themselves out of any situation,” Omondi regretted.

He further added that individuals in the public limelight battled serious depression on their own, in fear of judgment and that having a mentor to help one navigate the murky water of life on the fast lane could be the difference between life and death.

Watch Alvan’s sad story below:

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Tim Rimbui parts ways with wife after 10 years

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Multiple award-winning Kenyan music producer Tim’ Timwork’ Rimbui has confirmed rumours of his separation from his wife Wandiri Mugambi of more than ten years.

Quoting on his Twitter a story done last week by a local website, Tim said, “It’s out. Msinipigie,”

It is not clear when the couple separated as they have been known to keep their personal life extremely private.

Before Tim tweeted, his publicist Bilha Ngaruiya had already confirmed the rumours.

“Both Tim and Wandiri have amicably agreed to divorce and live their separate lives,” Ngaruiya said.

Wandiri married Tim, a record producer, sound engineer and songwriter, on July 5, 2008.

Together, they co-founded Ennovator Music, a recording studio and production company. However, she insists on keeping her family life private.

Wandiri, a guitarist, musician and lawyer, is also the Director Kenya Conservatoire of Music Intellectual Property Expert.

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Rapper Kanye West announces he is running for US president

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BY KEVIN KOECH

American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020.

Kanye’s move is in an apparent challenge to Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States,” West wrote in a Twitter post, adding an American flag emoji and the hashtag “#2020VISION”.

It was not immediately clear if West was serious about vying for the presidency four months before the Nov. 3 election or if he had filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots.

The deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states.

West and his equally famous wife Kim Kardashian West have visited Trump in the White House.

At one meeting in October 2018, West delivered a rambling, profanity-laden speech in which he discussed alternative universes and his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which he said was actually sleep deprivation.

Elon Musk, the chief executive of electric-car maker Tesla and another celebrity known for eccentric outbursts, endorsed West’s Twitter post:;

“You have my full support!” he wrote

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