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Were it not for Ruto, I would be hawking bedsheets- Senator Millicent Omanga

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Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga, 36, revealed that she owes her success in life to Deputy President William Ruto, who lifted her from ‘hawking’ and made her a public figure.

Omanga said her appointment as a director of the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) after Jubilee took over in 2013, was organised by Ruto.

The voluptuous senator said she was summoned by then Energy Cabinet secretary Davis Chirchir to his office and in one hour flat, she had become a company director.

“When CS Chirchir called and asked if I was in Nairobi before directing me to rush to his office, I wondered what I had done. I got to his office and he informed me that the following day, KenGen would be holding its annual general meeting and that I had been nominated as one of the directors. I could not believe it,” she revealed.

Speaking during an end-of-year-party for Pitchface, a marketing company owned by South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro, Omanga said she was not shy to say that William Ruto was behind her success.

“This is one man who believes in the leadership of the youth,” she added.

Omanga said the call that changed her life came when she was haggling over the price of 30 bedsheets at a shop in town, with the hope of reselling them at a profit.

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“I was bargaining with the Asian shopkeeper for a good price that could ensure I got a profit when I resold the sheets later,” she told the gathering.

But even with her appointment to the KenGen board, Omanga remained a relatively unknown figure, until she began associating with a coterie of young politicians supporting Jubilee, President Uhuru and Ruto in the run-up to the 2017 General Election.

Given the common ethnic profiling in Kenyan politics, someone with a surname beginning with the letter ‘O’ is often assumed and expected to support Raila Odinga and the ODM party.

That she was supporting ‘the other side’ generated a lot of unflattering chatter on social media from opposition supporters.

When she threw her hat in the ring for the Nairobi Woman Rep contest, observers complained that she was part of a trend in which women joined politics, without any substance, and only rode on being a msupuu, a ‘culture’ they argued was demeaning to women and cheapening leadership to a beauty contest.

That was a reaction to slogans like Manzi wa Nairobi that had become common during the campaigns. Omanga’s campaign slogan was “Msupaa na works”.

Lady Luck stuck with her even after a thorough thrashing by Esther Pasaris for the Nairobi Woman Rep seat. Ruto, once again, was the knight in shining armour who swooped in to rescue the damsel in distress.

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“I ran for the Nairobi Woman Rep seat, but I did not make it. But that one man believed in my potential. If it were not for William Ruto, I would not be a senator today. He believes in empowering young people. He believes in empowerment of women,” she told the gathering.

She added: “Today, I am also a CEO of a big, nationwide company. I love read Psalms 35:4-6 because of the comforting word and prayer: ‘May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay. May they be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the Lord driving them away; may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.’”

Omanga chaired Ruto’s UDM party (later URP) party, before the merger with Uhuru’s TNA party to form the Jubilee coalition. She is also founder and CEO of Milways Enterprises, a company dealing in construction, interior décor and import of furniture.

In her short stint as senator, Omanga came out as a controversial politician who is not shy to engage in verbal brawls in defense of her party.

At the beginning of 2018, when the country was locked in incendiary politics following the 2017 poll, she threatened to circumcise Embakasi East MP Babu Owino for making insulting remarks directed at a senior member of President Uhuru’s family.

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In July, she drew the ire of Kenyans when she flew to Russia with other MPs to “benchmark” the World Cup and was photographed with a ball while draped in the colours of the Croatian national football team.

But Omanga defended herself, saying she was not spending taxpayers’ money, but on the contrary, she had saved for the trip. ?

“I am in Russia through personal sponsorship. I love football and have been going for World Cup matches since 2002 when I was 20 years, when it was held in Japan,” she stated.

According to mzalendo.com, Omanga has spoken 20 times in the Senate.

 

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The interviewee who hated me

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BY CAROLINE NGINA

6 years ago a guy looked at me face to face, and boldly told me; “I don’t like you!”

I immediately fired a response, I asked him that day; “Thank you for the honest feedback, but those that you like, how has it made their life better? How does your liking people pay their bills or take a bank loan? My brother keep your like, I need God’s like And that’s what guarantees my future.

Today I joined a CEO friend of mine in an interview Panel to recruit some new staff, it was a long session, as we returned from a coffee break to continue the hectic interview session, here was this same guy walkING in with his grey jacket and CV coming for the interview.

Our eyes kissed by fluke, we immediately recognised each other; “the world is indeed spherical”, I soliloquized.

He felt very uncomfortable through out the interview, one could clearly see the volcanic eruption ongoing in his whole nervous system, he even mistook his date of birth for his last date of employment. It wasn’t yet my turn to ask him questions so I allowed everyone to take their turns with him and deliberately opted to interview him last.

When it got to my turn, the first thing I said was, “I LIKE YOU so much, you look to me like a brilliant and intelligent person, but it seems you are not doing well now because something bothers you, true?”

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“That’s very correct Sir!” He responded.

“Ok look at me straight in the eye, I was never offended that day, it is very normal that sometimes as humans you just don’t like certain people, but I wasn’t bothered either, because whether you liked me or not, it was inconsequential to my life and my success path – as you can see, fate has brought you to my lair”

I stood up and beckoned him to come and embrace me, everyone on the panel at this point were at sea – wondering if we had expeditiously recast an interview session to a Hollywood movie scene.

He hugged me so long and deeply that I felt it. Then I told him, “now get your confidence back bro and answer the questions like a Pro Shark that you are, we all burst into laughter, everyone suddenly liked him and the room became livelier – the interview became more like a discussion, well to cut the long story short, he got the job!

~ Be careful how you treat people when they appear to be in their vulnerable state, your next level may be hanging in their balance; somewhere in the future.

~ If you dislike someone, it is not their fault, it is YOUR FAULT, work on yourself to find good in people and reinvent your Mind to see everyone as likeable.

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~,Don’t spew hatred vocally just because it came into your heart, you may say it to someone who will keep it forever and use it against you when you find yourself in your own low moments and need them.

~ Learn to forgive, overlook people’s dislike and hatred for you, dont punish people just because you have the position and privilege to do so, bless them rather – that’s how you court God’s blessings, favour and protection.
#BestVersionOfYou #prayloveinspire #TransformingNations

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UK retracts travel ban to Kenya hours after issuing it

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The United Kingdom has denied that it had issued a warning to its citizens against the risk of kidnapping in the country following an updated travel advisory on Tuesday.

The UK Ambassador to Kenya Nic Hailey, just hours after the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) had listed Kenya among the global kidnapping hotspots, said that it was false and not true.

“The UK has not issued a new travel advisory for Kenya. We keep our Travel Advice regularly updated but today’s reports of new warnings or restrictions are false,” said the Ambassador through a tweet.

The UK had in a fresh travel guidance expanded the areas where her citizens should be vigilant for kidnappings to include Kenya’s top conferencing, safari and beach tourism destinations.

“There’s a heightened threat of terrorism, including terrorist kidnappings, across Kenya, including to people travelling in or through Nairobi, the coast and resort areas around Mombasa and Malindi, the towns of Narok, Naivasha, Nanyuki and Meru and their surrounding areas, and the northern border counties,” the FCO statement read.

The advisory lists places frequented by foreigners such as hotels, bars, restaurants, sports bars and nightclubs, sporting events, supermarkets, shopping centres, coastal areas including beaches, airports, buses, trains and other transport hubs as possible areas which could be targeted.

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Two years after getting married, Adele shares dating advice that some Kenyans definitely need

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Kiss FM breakfast show presenter Adelle Onyango has been married for two years now after walking down the aisle with Falgun Bhojakis at a secret wedding at Redhill heights, Limuru.

So far, she has learned a lot about marriage. It’s not a bed of rose flower but it can be as soft and green as grass if you are dedicated and tender to it.

Desperation

Adele recently shared how people should fall in love saying that no one should be desperate when looking for love.

“When you keep looking for love you will find the wrong people but when you’re alone just in your own space like going to the gym, yoga, love will find you there. join a group for cyclists and cycle in Karura” said Adele.  

Well, it’s a simple advice that will probably will work.

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