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VIDEO: Top African (including Kenyan) comedians are coming to America

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Top seeded African comedians are coming to the United States. You can watch their rib-cracking comedy acts in a city near you beginning the last week of July. Scroll down to see where you can watch the African Stand-up comedy show by some of the best comedians in the business. Feature performance will be by The Queen of African comedy, Anne Kansiime from Uganda, Smart-Joker (Michael Omuka) and 2mbili/Tumbili (Dankan Onyango) – both from the popular Kenyan comedy show “Churchill Show”.

The events will be moderated by comedians Colita Inapo from Uganda and  Eric Omondi from Kenya. You really don’t want to miss this.

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1. COMING TO WASHINGTON D.C.
Date: Sunday July 29th 2018.
Location: At Lisner Auditorium, at George University.
800 21st street NW, Washington DC 20052.
Show time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Doors open at 3:30 pm.

University Ticket Office.
730 21st Street, NW, Washington DC 20052.
Phone: 202-994-6800
gwuticket@gwu.edu
Box Offices Hours
Monday-Thursday. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

2. IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA.
Date: Saturday August 4th 2018.
Location: Rialto Center for The Art, at Georgia State University
80 Forsyth NW, Atlanta, Georgia (GA) 30303.
Show time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Doors open at 12:00 noon.

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Rialto Box Office.
Phone: 404-413-9849
info@rialtocenter.org
Hours: Monday-Friday.
10:00 am-4:30 pm.

 

3. WELCOME TO MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA.
Date: Saturday August 11th 2018. 
Location: Northrop Carlson Stage, at University of Minnesota,
84 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (MN) 55455.
Show time 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Doors open at 4:00 pm.

Ticket Box Office.
Phone: 612-624-2345

4. COMING TO BOSTON.
Date: Saturday August 18th 2018. 

Location: Berklee Performing Center,
136 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, Massachusetts (MA) 02115

Show time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Doors open at 4:00 pm.

Box Office Hours.
Phone: 617-747-2261.
Monday-Saturday
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Also opens 2 hours before the show time on show.

5. IN COLUMBUS, OHIO.
Date: Saturday  August 25th 2018. 
Location: Mershon Auditorium, at Ohio State University,
1871 N High Street, Columbus Ohio 43210

Show time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Doors open at 3:00 pm

Box Office
Phone: 614-292-3535.

 

7.             SECOND TOUR IN OCTOBER 2018
                    Dates and Venues to be announced soon         

                             Newark, New Jersey.
Philadelphia,
                             Indianapolis, Indiana.
Chicago, Illinois.
Denver, Colorado.
                             Phoenix, Arizona.
Dallas, Texas.
Houston, Texas.

9.                  THIRD TOUR IN MARCH 2019.
              Dates and Venues to be announced soon.

                               Las Vegas, Nevada.
Las Angeles, California.
San Francisco, California.
Portland, Oregon.
Seattle, Washington.
New York city, New York.

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Unmasking MPs: How they tricked Kenyans on new tax vote

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MPs may have tricked Kenyans into believing that they were on their side when they met for a special sitting on Tuesday and Thursday to consider President Uhuru Kenyatta’s memorandum on the Finance Bill, 2018.

A section of the MPs had planned to veto President Kenyatta’s reservations on the bill because it was going to increase the cost of living.

They cited the President’s proposal of eight per cent VAT on petroleum products, the 1.5 per cent levy on housing fund as well as the extra Sh18 for every litre of Kerosene among others.

In so doing, they lobbied a good number to shoot down the President’s views ahead of the big day. Just like amending the Constitution, it requires two-thirds or at least 233 of the 349 MPs in the House to veto the memorandum.

Although the MPs had been lobbied by their respective party leaders to pass the proposals, they were in a Catch-22 situation.

They were to please their party leaders, Mr Kenyatta, who held a Jubilee parliamentary group meeting at State House, Nairobi on Tuesday and the National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Mr Raila Odinga.

Mr Odinga had chaired the Nasa parliamentary group at Orange House on the same day Mr Kenyatta did at State House. However, the tricky part was that they were to please their party bosses without betraying the public.

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But how possible could this have happened? Unbeknown to the public, the MPs may have just killed two birds with a stone.

On Thursday afternoon, after approving the supplementary budget the MPs retreated to the committee of the Whole House to consider the memorandum.

Narok Woman Representative Soipan Tuya, also a member of the Committee of Chairpersons, was the chair of the committee for the afternoon.

When Ms Tuya put the clause on the eight percent VAT on fuel products to vote, she declared the “ayes” had won.

Those in opposition protested and stood up as the House almost degenerated into chaos.

According to Article 115 of the Constitution, those voting “nays” have the obligation to confirm that they have the requisite two-thirds majority before the presiding chair calls for a division.

Though leader of majority Aden Duale led some members out of the chamber, a claim he confirmed saying it was meant to deny the others the numbers, it is a trick that even the opposition previously employed to have their way.

However, under the same provision and Article 122, those voting “ayes” just need to be 26, being the simple majority.

In a voice vote, the only legally known and procedurally simple process is to rule that the “ayes” have it like Ms Tuya did so that the “nays” can vote electronically or by way of being counted, which is called roll call vote so that their number of 233 is confirmed.

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The roll call vote is quite popular in the US congress.

When Ms Tuya called for a roll call, the MPs would not listen with Isiolo Woman Representative Rehema Dida Jaldesa captured on the table microphone saying that they did not want the roll call because it would be known which side they were leaning on.

She would also be heard advising Mandera North MP Bashir Abdullahi against the roll call vote.

One of the MPs, who was against the memorandum blatantly told a parliamentary orderly that all they wanted was to be allowed to shout, as they did not have time for a roll call.

Daily Nation

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Kenyan woman in US who shot dead her ex-husband arrested

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Police in the United States are holding in custody a Kenyan woman for shooting dead her ex-husband last week.

Marie Kendale Kimani a resident of Rhome, Texas, who reportedly shot dead Jonathon Tumbo, was arrested in her apartment on Wednesday.

Officers who were responding to a call from Kimani about an argument between the two found the lifeless body of Tumbo at the home.

The man reportedly succumbed to a single gunshot wound to the chest.

EVIDENCE

When questioned by police, Ms Kimani said she was involved in a physical altercation with Mr Tumbo.

“Subsequent follow up investigation by investigators and related evidence was not consistent with Kimani’s account of a physical altercation,” the Sheriff’s office stated in a press release.

Ms Kimani, 35, is currently being held in a County jail as she tries to raise Sh100 million ($1million) bail.

Nairobi News

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I don’t talk to my dad – Louis Otieno’s son

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Louis Otieno’s son, Silas Miami, has opened up about his relationship with his dad.

Miami, a filmmaker, photographer, musician and lecturer based in South Africa revealed to The Nairobian that he doesn’t talk to his father, though their relationship is ‘cordial’.

In the interview, Silas said he only spoke to the dad around the time when he was sick and needed financial help.

“My mother was technically a single mother. I had no relationship with my father. He was the man we watched on TV.  However, we met later on in life when he fell sick and I was helping with the bill. We have a cordial relationship. “

“Although we do not talk, I wish him well and he does the same for me. I got to the point where I realised that parents too are only human and a product of what they have seen in life. I have come to recognise my father’s failures, but also acknowledge his humanity.

“I mean, our parents made the best decisions with what they had. I had to make the decision to let go and to ask myself, how can I do better? Of course it was not easy, but in letting go, I set myself free not just to be a better son, but a better human being,” said.

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Asked if he has forgiven him, he quickly pointed out: “I don’t think I’ve dealt with it completely. That’s going to be a lifelong journey of forgiveness. People imagine that it happens in one go and I don’t think that’s true. You do not wake up one morning and it isn’t as heavy as it was before, but it doesn’t magically erase trauma. So, we are not there yet, but we are heading there.”

At the time Louis Otieno was coming out to ask for financial help, he was living with his mum and there was no mention of his kids.

Louis Otieno was one of the most decorated of media personalities in Kenya whose ignominious fall came after the death of his girlfriend Careen Chepchumba in 2012. He later became sick and has been seeking treatment.

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