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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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PHOTOS: Two Kenyan men, Kamau and Mwaura, tie the knot in US

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Two Kenyan men have said “I do” in the United States.

Benson Kamau and James Mwaura tied the knot at a gay wedding ceremony in Chicago, Illinois, this past weekend.

According to Mwakilishi.com, as US based news website, Kamau and Mwaura are both natives of Kenya.

Sam-sex marriage has been legal in Illinois since June 1, 2014 after Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill legalizing such marriages on November 20, 2013.

This is not the first time that a Kenyan man has entered into matrimonial union with another man in the US, In 2016, Mr Ben Gitau, 33, and Mr Steve Damelin got married at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In a related development in February, 2018, a self proclaimed Kenyan Lesbian married an American woman in a low key ceremony held in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Manuella Mumbi tied the knot with her American lover,  Lisa Webb Clay.

Mumbi, one of the few Kenyan women who have boldly come out to declare that they are lesbians, was born and raised in Kahawa, Kiambu County and recently relocated to the US to live with her better half before their wedding.

Webb Clay is an American model who hails from Texas. She reportedly invited Mumbi to the US to formalize their engagement.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Kikuyu Benga Star Joseph Kamaru dead at 79

RELATED: Kenyan woman marries her lesbian lover in US

Last week, the Court of Appeal in Kenya granted gays and lesbians the freedom to register their own umbrella lobby.

In a judgment delivered on Friday, a majority decision of the Court of Appeal held that human beings should not be denied their fundamental rights because of how they choose to live their lives.

This position was taken by judges Philip Waki, Asike Makhandia and Martha Koome while affirming the decision of the High Court.

Here are some photos from last weekend’s ceremony:

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The birth of my first child took a toll on me emotionally and mentally-Lilian Muli

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When I was poached by Citizen TV in 2010, I had lost so much weight.

I weighed 56 kilos at the time after having my baby.

This, the Citizen TV journalist explained, was after the birth of her first born son, Josh.

I didn´t look nice by the way, but everyone was like how did you lose after having a baby?

What a lot of people didn´t know was that the birth of my first child took a toll on me emotionally and mentally.

Many might have been impressed by how fast she lost her baby weight which to ladies, is a major concern especially for good looks.

However, it wasn´t a result of something good that had happened.

So I went through an episode of post-natal depression so I couldn´t eat, I couldn´t function.

It was hard for me.

TV Queen, Lilian Muli actually hardly ate well and it took a toll on her.

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However, all these had its good side.

¨Slim Possible¨ was born soon after.

When I finally got over that I got into that serious healthy eating program and I really watched how I ate and worked out religiously.

So when I walked into Citizen TV my boss was like ´Hold up, how old is your baby?´

And he asked ´How are you this tiny?´

So I told him about my depression and my deliberate decision to put on weight.

And then he said ´Okay fine, you are the person we have been looking for.´

And so…Slim possible was born.

´Slim Possible´ is a show on weight loss.

source:Ghafla

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Has Talia Oyando found love in Jamaica?

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With regular Instagram posts from Jamaica where she has been on holiday, radio and TV girl Talia Oyando is sounding – even looking – happy and in love.

Hinting that something could be going on between her and Jamaican singer Tarrus’ family, the rather social Talia penned: “Simple things…thank you #tarrusrileyja #family.

Talia’s friends were quick to comment.

“I need this wedding to happen,” one Queenngathoni wrote.

Popular actress Jackie Vike tagged on: “ASAP! Na lazima Isukuti ichezwe.”

Ringtone terms ‘Baby Mama’ claim serious

After Xtian Dela used an expose release from a lady who said she was Ringtone’s ‘baby mama’, insinuating he is a dead-beat father, Ringtone posted the same on his Instagram, making fun out of it.

“I have not paid Xtian Dela to expose me so that he makes me popular. He is just doing his job. Stop spoiling my good name and that of Xtian Dela. This matter is serious and Kenyans deserve an answer,” Ringtone responded.

The lady had reported that the Tenda Wema singer had fathered her child and has refused to cooperate in providing child support. She further claimed that she has been having court battles with the gospel singer.

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