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Why musicians, Uhuru meeting will not happen soon

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If Maragua was an island, it probably would have sunk on that dusty Thursday of October last year. By midday, Muthithi Primary School in Murang’a county was groaning under the pressure of local feet as villagers turned up in their thousands to bid farewell to one of their own, a national legend, benga maestro Joseph Kamaru.

It was Kamaru’s desire to unite, mend rifts and demolish walls. And in death, he seemed to have achieved that, bringing the country’s most powerful political forces, President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto and Opposition chief Raila Odinga, to the same podium.

He must have grinned down in delight when Nominated MP Maina Kamanda took to the microphone and pleaded for a meeting between President Uhuru and local musicians at State House in Nairobi. He probably strung a tune of contentment when the President agreed to a date with the artistes the following week.

In death, Kamaru’s lifetime goal of bringing together political foes, but most importantly, fellow musicians, had been achieved. Or had it? Well, it seemed so until the often-overlooked little matter of human greed and selfishness badgered in. In a twist of irony that must have Kamaru weeping in disappointment, the “invite of bonding” triggered a battle among the musicians that has rendered the meeting a near impossibility.

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So convoluted has the fiasco grown even Kamanda doesn’t sound so confident anymore.

“We are still on course…The musicians will eventually meet the President…But this is on condition they realise all 30,000 of them cannot be in that meeting,” he says, and proposes a way forward.

“We should first have representatives to brief the President on artistes’ needs and then the resolutions be announced in an all-musicians’ meeting to be arranged, say, in Kasarani Stadium.”

President Uhuru appointed Kamanda to be his representative in overseeing Kamaru’s welfare when the musician was taken ill and hospitalised last year. It is during his visits to the hospital he met Central region musicians and the State House meeting idea hatched.

Generational war

“We sought to present to the President the challenges facing the music industry, not forgetting that some of us campaigned for him but he has never met us for a postmortem of our input to the victory,” says Ben Githae, an artiste loved and loathed in equal measure for the 2017 General Election Jubilee signature tune “Uhuru RutoTanoTena”.

Trouble began, he says, before the burial ceremony was concluded . “Even before we were through with the burial, a group of musicians from Central region congregated at a bar in a neighbouring constituency to make plans for the State House meeting.”

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He adds that not less than six WhatsApp groups had been created within 10 hours of the President’s declaration, all listing members who were to attend. The following day, recording studios did booming business as people scrambled to authenticate their ‘musician status’, some by pirating music, he claims.

The rift took tribal dimensions when some musicians from outside Mt Kenya region sought to be included in the itinerary. And within Central, a generational war front opened up. Veteran musician David Karanja insisted that only those musicians who had been mentored by Kamaru should be on the tour. Githae, however, maintained the meeting needed to have a national face with up-and coming talents among them.

Before that particular dust could settle, another voice claimed the President wanted to meet all “performing artistes in their entirety and comedians, poets, instrumentalists …” had to be on the list. One especially bold camp invited all those with proof they have written and recorded any artistic work to congregate at Nairobi’s Kencom bus stage and start their march to State House that Tuesday.

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‘I never saw the purpose of living,’ Milly Chebby after hubby Terence Creative cheated

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Comedian and money creator Terence Creative and his wife are so much in love after a cheating scandal rocked their marriage in 2019.

Terence cheated with a 19-year-old (by then) environmentalist Anita Soina. The affair blew up and Terence and the lady aired their dirty linen in public.

Anita Soina

The scandal saw the couple trend and in an interview on Upclose with Betty, they talked about it.

When it happened last year, I was so confused, I almost lost it, literally. I never saw the purpose of living. Everyone spreading lies you can’t even explain the truth or tell your side of the story. Actually, what was eating me more is the fact that I couldn’t give my side of the story. I was aware of it before it became public,’ Milly said.

Terence admitted to cheating on his wife and during the interview, he said,

There is one thing I respect about Chebet. A lot of people that have been involved with whatever was happening, they have been involved with Terence Creative. Chebet has always been here for Lawrence Mwangi Macharia. When I was in that corner, gambling, smoking, even when I was a ratchet that nobody would admire – they were not there. I really apologized to her because I betrayed her.

The couple is one of the most trolled online and the mother of one stated that no relationship is perfect.

I want to be very categorical if you call us ‘couple goals’, it is your choice.

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Meet senator Mutula Junior’s sexy wife and children

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Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior is one of the sober minds in the political arena. The son of late senator Mutula Kilonzo is married to Anita and they have two children.

Mutula Jnr, who is also a lawyer has always been on the forefront of helping women and children. He is also known for his penchant for fine suits.

The senator is a brother to lawyer Kethi Kilonzo.

Below are photos of Mutula Junior’s beautiful wife and kids

Senator Mutula Jnr
Senator Mutula Jnr with his family

Mutula Kilonzo Jnr

 

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Anne Kansiime’s sweetheart shares details of their love life

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Anne Kansiime celebrated Ugandan comedienne, and her musician boyfriend Tukahiirwa Abraham, aka Skylanta have been dating for almost a year now. 

The union is still going strong 11 months after the comedienne divorced with her ex-husband, Gerald Ojok.

The chemistry between them in undeniable, especially on social media, and netizens are obviously envious, and they have also wondered what it is like to date someone like Kansiime; the funny, bubbly and vocal lady. 

Skylanta spoke to Pulse Uganda, and shared on his experience dating the top-billed comedienne and likened it to scrutiny.

“I want to tell you this from my heart, out of love for Anne, dating her is an examination I face on a daily basis. Imagine doing a mathematics paper every day, and on a weekend, they give you physics and chemistry, that is Anne,” he said

He further adds Kansiime’s intellectual character has made him grow and be a better person and they can engage on important aspects of their lives.

“There is a beautiful side of all this. She challenges me to be better. She challenges me intellectually, and we talk about important things,” 

 

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