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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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See photo of exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna looking worn out that has worried netizens

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An post meeting photo of Kenyan exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna with a friend in Canada has left his online followers asking government to allow him back.

Miguna had a joint photo with one Jackson Igbinosun at the Black Gold Think Tank but it was his apparent unkempt beard and now slender body that many netizens noticed.

 

Miguna Miguna.Miguna Miguna and his friendJackson Igbinosun at the Black Gold Think Tank. Photo: Miguna Miguna.
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According to the online community, the firebrand politician looked weary, fatigued and much older, joking that he was aging before he could liberate them from “despotic jaws”.

“You are getting older each day general before you liberate us from the despots. We still believe, hope and trust in you,” joked Olleta Dennis.

Miguna Miguna.Miguna Miguna when he stranded in Berlin after the government issued a red alert against his flight back to Nairobi. Photo: Miguna Miguna.
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Some even chided him that he was no longer the self-declared general they knew two years ago on the night of his deportation when government authorities allegedly sedated him.

Miguna was kicked out of the country in 2018 after his involvement in the infamous swearing in of the ODM party boss Raila Odinga as the ‘people’s president’.

He made several futile attempts to fly back home in January 2020, but the government issued a red alert to block his return.

After his last deportation on March 28, 2018, he continued to live in his adopted country Canada.

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What killed popular televangelist Morris Cerullo

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One of the most celebrated televangelists Morris Cerullo has died.

The evangelist has been battling pneumonia over the past few days.

On July 9, a message posted on his Facebook page revealed that not all was well and the end was nigh for the preacher.

“Urgent Prayer Request: Dear Friends, we would appreciate your immediate prayers for Dr Cerullo who is being treated for pneumonia at the hospital. Please also pray for Theresa who has been working around the clock to assist in his care. She needs your prayers too for extra strength at this time. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for Morris and Theresa!” read the post which attracted over 32,000 reactions, 14,000 comments and 3,500 shares.

Born 88 years ago in Passaic, New Jersey, US, Cerullo grew to become one of the most listened to and watched preachers of all time, perhaps in the league of renowned televangelists like Billy Graham.Young Cerullo grew up in orphanages after his parents died in a road crash. Having been born into a Jewish-Italian family, he converted to Christianity at the age of 14, a move which is said to have not gone well with the owners of the Orthodox Jewish orphanage.

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He ran away and started preaching at the age of 16. He would later conduct several open-air crusades and ministry meetings across the world. His ministry was premised on healing and miracles. At the age of 59, he bought the assets of the bankrupt ministry of Jim Bakker.

An astute businessman, Cerullo invested in media and bought a cable news network called PTL which he later renamed INSP-The Inspiration Network of which one of his sons would become CEO and later chairman. The evangelist got married to Theresa in 1951 and were blessed with three children, David, Susan and Mark.

His ministry went beyond the US and to various continents in the world including Africa. He came to Kenya in August 2017 and paid a courtesy call to President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi. He also visited Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia during that tour.

But Cerullo has had his own fair share of controversy. At one point he was accused of tax evasion in California but the charges were dropped. In another incident, the preacher was accused of having underrepresented his income between 1998 and 2000 but on August 8, 2007, a court in California ordered the indictment to be dropped. In 2001, a group calling itself UK Apologetics took on the preacher accusing him of what they called ‘Massive Distortions’, questioning his mode of preaching.

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The group charged: “Cerullo, who is widely-known to be fabulously wealthy, has claimed many miracles but many observers strongly question the validity of some of these claimed ‘miracles,’ indeed, a few of these are genuinely tragic. One such case is the case of the little girl, riddled with cancer, who is informed by Cerrullo that she is “healed.”

Tragically this poor little girl was dead within weeks.”In 1991, he was accused for airing miracles he claimed to have performed, leading to the suspension of the license of a TV station or broadcasting a programme dubbed Victory with Moris Cerullo, until the station agreed to place a disclaimer stating, “Morris Cerullo World Evangelism cannot substantiate the claims made by participants featured in this programme.”

His death was yesterday received with an outpouring of grief on social media. John King’oo, a Nairobi resident, wrote on Facebook: Rest in power Dr Morris Cerullo. Immediately after high school, I attended your meetings in Nairobi.

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Chaos as armed goons storm Ford Kenya party headquarters

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Chaos ensued at Ford Kenya party headquarters in Nairobi on Sunday, July 12 after heavily armed goons stormed the offices a around 10am.

Party officials who were within the premises were forced to run for their safety after the goons started throwing stones as others were slowly approaching the premises while carrying scary batons.

The goons were ferried in motorbikes to the office headquarters but were denied access as the gates were closed and resorted to throwing stones at the offices.

They left behind a trail of destruction after they heard police were called on them.

Although the intention of the attack remains unknown, the Ford Kenya party has been in the news headlines with leaders fighting over party positions.

The beef between party members started when a group of party officials led by Secretary-General Eseli Simuyu removed Bungoma senator Moses Wetang’ula from party leader position on May 31.

The officials then appointed Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi as the interim party boss.

However, the move sparked a heated reaction from Wetang’ula’s team who came out accusing Eseli and Wamunyinyi of being used by other parties to stage a coup in Ford Kenya party.

The changes were later communicated to the Political Parties Registrar Anne Nderitu who notified the public and asked those opposed to it to come forward.

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Wetang’ula’s team launched a case against the changes and Nderitu threw out the changes over anomalies that were not in accordance to the party Constitution.

Eseli and Wamunyinyi were late ejected from their leadership positions but the changes would not be affected.

In a preliminary ruling, Nderitu said the Parliamentary Group meeting and the National Executive Council(NEC) that suspended the duo was not properly convened and lacked a quorum.

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