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MPs in near fist fight at Ruto meeting

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Two MPs from Meru have almost engaged in a fist fight as political rivalry escalated during Deputy President William Ruto’s meeting in Tigania East.

Tigania East MP Josphat Kabeabea and East Africa Legislative Assembly member Mpuru Aburi were Saturday separated by security officers before they could exchange blows.

The two political rivals engaged in a brief physical fight as DP Ruto flagged off construction machinery after commissioning the construction of Thanantu-Mulika road.

Before the leaders arrived at the venue, their supporters engaged in a shouting match in what has emerged as a supremacy battle.

Mr Aburi, who is the former Tigania East MP, is said to have claimed credit for the road project, forcing Mr Kabeabea’s supporters to print posters and banners with pictures of the PNU legislator in an attempt to assert his authority in the area.

Mikinduri MCA Gabriel Chokera said it was a shame that the legislators clashed in public instead of joining hands to lobby for more development projects.

“Mr Aburi should give space to Mr Kabeabea to do his work as the MP for Tigania East. It is a shame that their differences have reached a point of fighting in public. Aburi was preventing Kabeabea from going near the deputy president leading to the altercation. Were it not for the security detail, they could have fought,” Mr Chokera said.

He said the two leaders should apologise to the public and focus on development.

The rivalry between the two leaders was amplified in their speeches as Mr Kabeabea accused his predecessor of underperforming.

“During the campaigns, I came with a promissory note of what I could do while my opponent presented what he had done. The people elected me. The technical training institute which was started by my opponent is incomplete and Sh77 million meant for Akaiga water project was misappropriated,” Mr Kabeabea said.

In a rejoinder, Mr Aburi said he is the one who initiated the road project launched by the deputy president on Saturday only for the current MP to claim credit.

“This is a case of a man carrying a pregnant woman and claiming to be the father of the unborn child,” Mr Aburi said.

DP Ruto urged the two leaders to settle their differences as they are serving under one government.

Mr Kabeabea beat Mr Aburi in a hotly contested race that pitted the Jubilee Party against PNU.

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Omosh reveals his pay while starting out at Tahidi High

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Comedian and actor Joseph Kinuthia popularly known as ‘Omosh’ from his role in Citizen TV’s program Tahidi High has opened up about how he landed the role and how much he was being paid per episode.

Before joining the program, Omosh was a garbage collector but in 2005, his elder sister Naomi Kamau told him to try out for the Tahidi Auditions.

“I worked as a garbage truck driver for five years until 2000,”  he said in the interview with Nation.

“Naomi always told me I had something special as an actor as she had watched me since childhood…I became ‘Omosh,’ a smart-aleck, know-it-all watchman and with my years working in the garbage dumps in the slums of Nairobi, I could not have been better suited for this part.” 

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While many actors in Kenyan have always started with a low amount, Omosh was lucky to be paid a considerable amount of money after enlisting.

“I was only getting paid 3,000 per episode, but I was giving the part the very best I could.” he said. 

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CNN’s Richard Quest speaks on being gay during Nairobi tour

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CNN anchor Richard Quest has opened up to being gay and has urged Kenyans embrace same sex relationships.

Quest was on Tuesday interviewed by Capital FM where he explained that he chose to live in New York and London because they have no restrictions on who one chooses to love.

They are both cities that people in this country can admire, would aspire to be in and would look forward to visiting. There is a reason why I live in those cities…There is a reason why those cities attract the talent and wherever because we can live our lives as we wish. We can love who we wish,” he said.

The journalist said Kenya should embrace same sex relationships to allow people to live and work freely and compete with other nations.

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I am obviously going to be advancing an agenda that says there should be at least the decriminalization of same sexual activity. It is straight forward, I am not gonna mess around with that one. That is obviously my belief…I do not for a moment, doubt the sincerity of those people who are against me on this issue.

And I can respect their point of view, I merely say that in this day and age, if you want to succeed, if you want Kenya to be a thriving, vibrant modern economy, you are going to look at this in a different way and ask yourself what is it about these very successful places that we need to at least try to attract. That is the way you do it. You let people live their lives, love who they want and the way they wish,” he said during the interview on the morning radio show.

The CNN anchor had back in 2014 opened up his fears before coming out, wondering how it would affect his family and friends, his credibility as a journalist and how people will view his ‘Quest Means Business’ show.

“All in all professionally, I know the work I do here every day is better because I’m honest about who I am,” Quest said in his show.

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