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Mercy Masika in the US, attends National Prayer Breakfast

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Gospel artiste Mercy Masika is in the United States having accepted an invite to the 67th annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC.

The prayer breakfast, which took place yesterday, saw the President of the United States, members of Congress, leaders throughout the United States, the diplomatic community and friends from over 140 countries come together in the spirit of friendship through prayer and thanksgiving.

Mercy Masika capturing the moment [Photo: Courtesy]

“I met the organisers of NPB during a Kenyan Prayer Breakfast edition at Safari Park and they invited me to attend the USA edition. It is such a great honour to represent my country and to be a part of this great movement. These events are held all over the world because every country needs a moment of prayer and self-reflection to find the strength to deal with all the issues that face us,” she spoke to Pulse on how she got the invite.

Mercy Masika with other dignitaries [Photo: Courtesy]

Other dignitaries from Kenya also attending were Senators Gideon Moi and Samuel Poghisio, Speaker Muturi and Muhoho Kenyatta among others.

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Anita Nderu bashed for hosting gay men on her cooking show

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Outspoken media personality Anita Nderu got herself on the receiving end after hosting gay men on her cooking show.

Social media users slammed Anita expressing their disappointment in the woman they said they valued highly.

However, the radio presenter was forced to explain herself claiming those were just her friends who decided to show their real selves.

Responding to an Instagram fan, Anita said that nothing about her show was scripted.

“I respect your opinion. I simply asked my friends to come on my web show and be themselves. What any of us have chosen to do on the show is how each of us is. Nothing about my show is scripted. What you see from the guests, food to outcome is what actually genuinely took place,” responded Anita.

Kenyans made the beauty a trend on Twitter as they made fun of the show with the majority claiming she was advertising cooking Fresh Fry cooking oil.

However, the company behind the oil issued a statement denying having any deal with Nderu.

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Teacher Wanjiku’s husband dismisses claims he’s behind comedians’ woes

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Victor Ber, husband to popular comedienne Caroline Wanjiku alias Teacher Wanjiku has refuted allegations leveled against him by Churchill Show comedian Zainabu Zeddy. Through social media, Zeddy accused Victor Ber of frustrating comedians to the point of pushing them to give up on their dreams.

In a long post shared on her Instagram account, Zeddy described Ber as ‘depression maker’ thanks, to his tough words during auditions.

“Here is the guy behind the artists’ woes @VictorBer24 creative director at Churchill Show “Depression maker”. If you have been to Churchill Showauditions, you know this guy. He will criticize you with his tough words,” she wrote in part.

The mother of one pointed an accusing fingers at Ber for the death of two popular comedians who are believed to have suffered from depression during their last days.

“Ber, how many times did Njenga cry to you before his death? How many times did he call you? After I posted I’m looking for Kasee you all looked for him and lied to him that he will be performing during the show and he came for rehearsals but you told him he was going to perform during the Machakos show. When he came you denied him an opportunity,” claimed Zeddy.

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Responding to the accusations, the father of two in an interview claimed that he is not responsible for anyone falling into depression and if anything, Zeddy is just going through grief.

“I am not the reason behind anyone’s depression, I understand where Zeddy is coming from and it is okay for her to speak her mind. She is grieving and we are all grieving. We have done our best to ensure that every Churchill Show member is doing just fine,” he said.

Zeddy’s accusation come barely a week after the death of Churchill show comedian Joseph Musyoki Kivindu popularly known as Kasee.

“The question is, for how long will you continue to make artists suffer? For how long will artists live with depression? Comedians please do not comment because you will not be allocated slots. I have already burned the bridges. The day it will down on you that God is the provider and giver, you will never beg anyone for such opportunities,” she added.

However, Ber has dismissed Zeddy’s accusations and further added that Kasee was his neighbour and they always spent time together in Kinoo.

He added that the comedian had reformed and believed that he did not commit suicide, but his drink could have been spiked.

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“We really do not think that Kasee committed suicide. His drink might have been spiked for he was doing very well. He fell on his way home and by the time we received a call, he was being taken to the morgue. We are waiting for the postmortem results as his body lies at Chiromo mortuary.”

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Expensive electricity bills to continue for 15 more years

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Official contracts have tied consumers to high electricity bills linked to thermal generation for up to another 15 years, records show.

A listing of the active diesel-run power generators shows that the longest power purchase agreement runs till 2035, leaving consumers with a longer wait before the expensive energy sources end. The Energy ministry last year began shedding the diesel-run power generation units by letting their contracts expire to reduce the burden on consumers.

Data from the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (Epra) show that there are eight thermal power plants with a combined installed capacity of 660.82 megawatts supplying the national grid.

Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter said the option of waiting for the expiry of the production agreements would be the easiest as terminating them early would be costly.

“We are slowly retiring them by not renewing licences when contracts expire. This is based on our grid analysis, which show that technically, they can be decommissioned without negative impacts to the quality and security of supply of electricity,” Mr Keter said. The Epra list show that the Triumph Power Generating Company was the latest company to be signed for thermal power supply in July 2015.

The firm’s 83MW plant has a 20-year contract expiring in February 2035. Others like Coast–based Gulf Energy with 80MW and Thika Power with 90MW will expire in 2034.

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Switching off thermal plants is part of the government’s gradual phase-out plan of expensive diesel power generators as it moves to provide cheaper and cleaner energy.

Last year, Iberafrica’s 54MW thermal plant was dropped off the grid after 15 years with the expiry of its power purchase agreement.

The use of thermal power has been blamed for keeping Kenya’s electricity relatively expensive compared to countries like Egypt which largely uses hydro sources retailing at Sh3.23 per kilowatt hour (unit) on average compared to thermal’s Sh18 per unit.

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