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VIDEO: Meet a Kenyan governor’s daughter who quit law for the TV screen as sports reporter

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Joyce Mukami Wambora is among a crop of female sports journalists who have come out to challenge the male-dominated industry.

Mukami, who also happens to be Embu Governor Martin Wambora‘s daughter, has had a life-long love for football which drove her from a budding career as a lawyer to join the Citizen TV news team.

Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, the journalist explained that she went to the University of Liverpool for her Law degree before returning to Kenya to work at the legal department of a local bank.

It was during her part-time work as a sports presenter at Capital FM that she decided her future was better placed in media than in the legal profession.

Mukami, who also played for the Liverpool University team as a striker, left radio and joined Bamba Sports, a free-to-air sports channel, where she stayed for a year, thereafter joining Citizen TV.

Speaking about her father, Mukami expressed her pride about his resilience in politics, having survived multiple impeachment attempts.

Mukami Wambora with Jeff Koinange at Citizen TV studio.

Despite some of her friends advising against using her father’s name, she enjoys being associated with him and her colleagues don’t treat her differently for it.

When asked about how she felt about Governor Wambora being frequently featured in the news, she responded, “I’m proud of my dad and what he has accomplished.”

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She described her father as very intelligent, wise and strong because even as he was battling to retain his seat, he would be the one comforting the family.

Mukami Wambora. FILE PHOTO

The Tusker FC and Arsenal FC fan was grateful that her father supports her passion for sports despite taking her to Law school.

Throughout her career, Mukami has been fortunate to interact with sports superstars like former Manchester United and Arsenal captains Rio Ferdinand and Thierry Henryrespectively.

When asked whether she had any political ambitions, she suggested that a position as Sports Cabinet Secretary (CS) was not very far from her wishlist.

Mukami Wambora with former Manchester United Captain Rio Ferdinand

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Anxiety high over Uhuru speech

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If there was a day Kenyans have recently looked forward to, it is today. This is the day the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on the country to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus is supposed to end after President Uhuru Kenyatta extended it for 21 days last month.

But recent statements by senior government officials have tended to dampen the expectations of a majority of Kenyans, with some resigning to the possibility of the perpetuation of the status quo or a new order with just slight changes.

Friday, Cabinet secretaries seemed to be managing the people’s high expectations, with hints that a wholesome opening of the economy could lead to a spike in Covid-19 cases and put the vulnerable members – such as old parents – at risk when they host their kin from the cities.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha Friday hinted that schools will not be opened any time soon.

“The ministry will advise the level of preparedness that will be required of all stakeholders involved in the running of schools and teacher training institutions,” he said.

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho earlier in the week said the government was considering a phased easing of the Covid-19 restrictions to help people to generate incomes.

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He said Kenyans should not expect a sudden return of normalcy.

President Kenyatta has also been facing pressure from religious leaders to open places of worship. Religious organisations have formally written to him asking for a review of the measures and promising to adhere to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and his Health counterpart Mutahi Kagwe met with religious leaders ahead of the handover of the report from the National Coordination Committee on Coronavirus to discuss how to proceed with religious activities in the event the government agrees to relax some of its guidelines.

Dr Matiang’i said the contents of the report will be communicated by the President.

Mr Kagwe urged religious leaders to assist in effecting home-based quarantine, a measure that the government is advocating as it moves to ease the Covid-19 restrictions.

Kenyans took to social media to express their optimism – and pessimism – about today’s speech by the President.

From making merry at entertainment joints to travel and reuniting with loved ones and lovers, expectations were so high that the hashtag #June6th was the number one trending topic locally on Twitter.

Tweeters filed their wishlists, a majority of which were hilarious.

Yet others just wanted the economy to be opened up.

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Dr Amoth attends burial with 400 people to represent Kagwe – PHOTOS + VIDEO

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The government is on the spot for applying double standards in the enforcement of Covid-19 prevention protocols, giving preferential treatment to particular politicians and well-connected individuals.

This was evident in Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe’s backyard in Mukurweini, Nyeri County where more than 400 people were allowed to attend the funeral of a retired teacher on Friday.

The government set out regulations banning all social gatherings specifically limiting the number of mourners attending a funeral to 15 close relatives.

However, for this particular funeral, a crowd of more than 400 locals from the Kihate area were allowed to gather at Mutwewathi Primary School grounds right under the watch of police, leaders and even senior ministry of health officials.

Health Ministry Director General Patrick Amoth led a delegation from the ministry to represent CS Kagwe who was also expected to attend the ceremony.

Mukurweini MP Anthony Kiai and Nyeri County Assembly Speaker John Kaguchia also attended the funeral.

A contingent of police officers from the National Police Service and the Kenya Forest Service had been posted at the venue to beef up security.

About 20 ushers had been posted at the entrance to screen mourners and hand out face masks to locals, many of whom showed up without.

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DN and NTV crews were roughed up for taking photos of the funeral where at least 400 people were in attendance. PHOTO | NICOLAS KOMU

Hired goons were also later deployed with apparent instructions to separate the crowd from journalists and bar the press from accessing the school grounds.

Journalists from the Daily Nation, Joseph Kanyi, and NTV’s Melita Ole Tenges and Charles Muriithi were roughed up by the rowdy youth backed up by a gun-toting KFS officer for recording proceedings of the funeral.

They were demanding that the scribes delete all recording and photos they had taken.

“We are here to observe just how the government is enforcing its own directives. It is sad to see police officers harass journalists for doing their job,” Mr Tenges said.

The funeral went on uninterrupted and leaders present allowed to give speeches, including Dr Amoth.

Ironically, this comes barely a week after a widower was forced to spend a night at Tigania Police station with his wife’s body after relatives were barred from proceeding to their home for burial.

Charles Mwenda was forced to proceed for his wife’s burial at Kianjai in Meru County alone after a night of horror in the police station.

A similar incident was witnessed in Mathira, Nyeri County where Konyu Ward MCA Eric Wamumbi was forced to cut short his tribute to his deceased wife by police.

Police were deployed to ensure a limited number of mourners attended and the time for the funeral limited to 45 minutes.

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“I am saddened that the police have no respect for the church and no feelings towards a family that had lost a loved one. It is very sad as to how low we have gone,” Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua said during Mr Wamumbi’s wife’s funeral.

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VIDEO: Kenyan rapper Kahush confirms he is Health CS Kagwe’s son

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Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has become a household name since the invasion of coronavirus into the country.

Kagwe has always been a private man when it comes to his family, but Kenyan online detectives never disappoint.

The netizens had been speculating that the young rapper identified as Kahush is the CS’s son.

In an interview with NRG radio, Kahush for the first time opened up about his family and confirmed what many had been anticipating to hear.

“Mutahi Kagwe is my dad. It is pretty obvious because his picture is in the video. Yeah that is it,” he said.

Kahush is a humble artiste who has not been implicated in any scandal and has instead been concentrating on his music.

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The young man is not based in Kenya. He lives in England. He went viral after the release of the song Mi Siwezi.

Kahush seems to be a low-key person judging by his social media posts which are limited for any celebrity kid or musician.

It is worth noting that in the video, which attracted the attention of many, the CS’s son observed social distancing, something which his fans were proud of.

It seems the young man has been in the country for a while since the coronavirus spread in most parts of the world.

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Many consider Kahush to be very humble but always comparing him with the eloquent CS who has continuously encouraged Kenyans in the COVID-19 fight.

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