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PHOTO: Raila celebrates his 74th birthday with President Uhuru

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A light mood filled Mombasa on Monday when ODM leader Raila Odinga celebrated his birthday with President Uhuru Kenyatta, another mark of their new friendship since their handshake on March 9, 2018.

The president was pictured helping the Orange Democratic Movement leader cut his cake, flanked by his wife Ida and daughter Rosemary Odinga, at his Nyali house. Mr Odinga turned 74.

Leaders proceeded to Mr Odinga’s home after President Kenyatta visited Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho at his office and launched the Mama Ngina waterfront project, which cost Sh460 million.

During the launch, President Kenyatta said “leo ni birthday ya wengine”, while ending his speech while Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala thrilled the crowd when he said Mr Odinga had turned “only 54” and that he was a millennial.

Mr Balala and Governor Joho led the crowd in singing the birthday song for Mr Odinga as President Kenyatta and other dignitaries watched.

“Happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Baba, happy birthday to you,” they sang.

The governor had not mentioned mention Mr Odinga while recognising other leaders but later explained that he wanted to do “something special” for a person he views as his political demigod.

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Mr Odinga is a principal of the National Super Alliance and the African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa.

The president said, “I am happy to be in Mombasa with my brother Raila Odinga. I wish him a happy birthday.”

The ODM leader earlier cut a cake at governor Joho’s Treasury Square office and shared it with his coast lieutenants.

He cut it with Mr Joho and Likoni member of parliament Mishi Mboko in the presence of a number of coast politicians.

Before his speech, Mr Odinga thanked the leaders and the public for the birthday wishes – pictures of the celebrations were shared on social media.

There was laughter when he ‘released’ a rendition of the birthday song, saying “I went to the zoo, I saw a fat monkey.”

On a light note, President Kenyatta noted that he had about three days before the end of his holiday. He said he will enjoy them.

Among those who attended the ceremony were Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko; Senators Stewart Madzayo (Kilifi), Mohammed Faki (Mombasa) and Issa Boy (Kwale); and MPs Abdulswamad Nassir (Mvita), Omar Mwinyi (Changamwe), Badi Twalib (Jomvu) and Ken Chonga (Kilifi South).

Also present were county woman representatives Aisha Mohammed (Mombasa), Ruwida Obbo (Lamu) and Zuleikha Juma (Kwale).

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Other than Mr Twalibm, coastal region MPs coalescing around Mr Ruto gave the events a wide berth.

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It’s season to unveil your hidden talent, thanks to Covid- 19

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The word-savvy have coined a title for it already: ‘Quarantine’s Got Talent’.

It is hidden talent season, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, that has

redefined heroism to mean being able to stay indoors.

Staying at home means everyone has a lot of time on their hands and that means talents that people had placed in the back burner for a while are now being exploited — and new ones are being explored.

Who would have imagined seeing Kieni MP Kanini Kega, often seen when there is a hot political matter, doing something as rustic as knitting? Photos of him knitting in his house have been doing the rounds on social media for the past couple of days.

He told the Sunday Nation that he had accepted a challenge from his children who had goaded him with: “Apart from playing politics, what else can you do?”

And so he decided to revisit the knitting skills he learnt as a Standard Eight boy at a primary school in Kieni. He also accepted a challenge to cook for the family.

“So, I had to cook. So far, I have cooked quite a lot: ugali and all,” said Mr Kega, the chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee on Trade and Industry.

And he has been enjoying every bit of it. “This is one of the best things. You know, politicians are the most disadvantaged people because they don’t interact so much with their families. This has given us ample time. We are interacting; we are learning a lot also from our kids,” he said.

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Speaking of kids, the face of Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja in a video he posted on March 28 told the story of a man having a moment of his life with his kin.

Using a rhyming poem, Mr Sakaja and his “ensemble” members — two young sons — delivered an important message on how to steer clear of the deadly coronavirus.

Mr Sakaja’s compatriot in the Senate, George Khaniri of Vihiga, has also been trending for showcasing his dancing skills.

A photo of former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo playing house barber has also been doing the rounds. Celebrity emcee Maurice “Mdomo Baggy” Ochieng has also posted a video playing with his three- year-old son.

“It can be stressful for parents used to tight schedules to have to stare at each other the whole day,” he posted on Facebook.

“One of the positive things you could do as a parent during this quarantine period is discover the talents of your children and nurture them. I spent time with my threeyear-old son. The guy has a left foot like no other,” he added.

In Mr Kega’s opinion, the Covid- 19 pandemic might be God-sent to remind humanity about the basics.

“I think God is telling us that we were running too fast,” he said. “God has told us that the world can stop.

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It is not about making money. It shouldn’t be about making money.

Because for us politicians, it is about seats and means — trying to make a cent here and there. But now we are being told: ‘Those things can stop; go back to family.’”

The cloth he was pictured knitting, he promised, will be complete by the end of this week.

“I will finish next week, and it will be a sweater. You know, I am the chair of the Trade and Industry Committee. We are promoting local industries,” he said, tongue-in-cheek.

Ordinary Kenyans are also reconnecting with their rarely-used abilities. Elizabeth Kavete has been staying home since March 26, given that her job is mostly about fieldwork, and she has used the free time to sharpen her video making skills.

Her producer told her she has impeccable acting skills and advised her to try a hand in the YouTube video business. Her first video was a simple tutorial on lighting a jiko.

“I had this idea in mind and been using any time I want to cook using a jiko,” she told the Sunday Nation.

With guidance from the producer, she went ahead to shoot the tutorial and uploaded it on her YouTube account, Kavete LizLizz.

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I’m not tending cabbages in Sugoi – DP Ruto

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Deputy President William Ruto has opened up on a picture that has been making rounds on social media of his lookalike busy at work on a cabbage farm.

The picture went viral on social media, with many saying it was DP Ruto who was busy tending cabbages at his farm in Sugoi as government officials battle Covid-19.

 

The DP had addresses the issue in different WhatsApp platform where he’s a member but also tweeted about it.

Dr Ruto later shared a picture of two farmhands in a cabbage farm.

The DP said he, together with President Uhuru Kenyatta and other senior government officials, were busy working on a solution to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

“HE Uhuru, our teams and I are working on PRACTICAL strategies to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. All OPTIONS are on our cards,” he said.

The DP called on all Kenyans not to panic and assured them that the country would pull through and overcome the disease.

“There should be NO panic, we will pull through. Let’s comply with advisories as reviewed timeously,” he wrote.

Further, he asked Kenyans to ignore the picture of his lookalike on a farm as he was not in Sugoi tending to cabbages.

“So, am NOT tending Sugoi cabbages below. Ignore other pics,” the DP tweeted.

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