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David Ndii speaks on joining Uhuru cabinet

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Renowned economist David Ndii has explained why he cannot accept the position of Treasury Cabinet Secretary, even if it was offered to him by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Dr Ndii said he had learnt from the predicaments of John Githongo, who was forced into exile in 2004 after attempting to fight corruption in the Narc administration.

His comment was prompted by a Twitter user who recommended that Treasury CS Henry Rotich be sacked and the job given to Dr Ndii.

“Replacing Treasury CS with @DavidNdii can help govt not to continue making mistakes. I strongly believe we need an individual who understands Public Finance at a powerful ministry like Treasury. Treasury and KRA should work closely in budgeting too,” wrote Barongo M. Haron.

But the economist retorted: “Short story. My fren @johngithongo calls in my house one morning in 2003. He’d been asked to become Kibaki’s anti-graft czar. We debate and agree he accept. To cut a long story short, he ends up in exile, a kikuyu traitor, living with bodyguards for years. Not boarding.”

Dr Githongo was appointed the Permanent Secretary for Governance and Ethics in January 2003 by president Kibaki, who had been elected on an anti-corruption platform.

He quit on February 7, 2005, while in the United Kingdom after facing resistance and threats from power government officials implicated in the multi-billing-shilling Anglo-Leasing scandal.

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Kenyan chef breaks word record for longest cooking

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A Kenyan chef in Mombasa, Maliha Mohammed, 36, has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking competition, individual category, after completing a 75-hour cooking marathon.

The chef, who started cooking on Thursday, August 15, at exactly 10am to Sunday, August 18, has beaten the record set by Rickey Lumpkin of California, US, who cooked for 68 hours, 30 minutes, 1 second in December 2018.

TEARS OF JOY

Speaking to journalists at Kenya Bay Beach Hotel in Mombasa, Maliha, a self-made cook, who crafted her talent through YouTube videos, could not hold back tears of joy when she was announced a winner.

“I thank God, my family, Pwani Oil Company and everyone who contributed to my success of bringing this title home. I am happy to be the first female chef in Africa to earn this title,” Maliha said.

She clocked the 75 hours at 1:03pm on Sunday.

Despite the fatigue and swollen legs due to standing for long hours, Maliha prepared over 400 recipes of Swahili cuisine and other local foods from all over the country.

She also prepared some international cuisines including more than 10 types of pizza. She also cooked mandazi, biryani, chapati, coconut beans, chicken periperi, githeri, mukimo, fried fish, bacon and some juices.

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The Jaffery Academy alumna’s signature dish is Korean chicken Bulgogi.

After being announced the winner, she could barely walk due to fatigue and she cried out in joy as her friends and family supported her.

Chef Maliha Mohamed, 36, from Mombasa is hugged by her daughter Zahara Rashid after she broke the Guinness World Record for non-stop cooking at Kenya Bay Beach Hotel in Mombasa on August 18, 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA
Chef Maliha Mohamed, 36, from Mombasa is hugged by her daughter Zahara Rashid after she broke the Guinness World Record for non-stop cooking at Kenya Bay Beach Hotel in Mombasa on August 18, 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA

FATIGUED

“For every 12 hours, I had a break of 30 minutes for rest. I thank God for reaching this far. I am going to rest for a very long time,” Maliha added. S

She couldn’t talk much due to fatigue.

The chef had been preparing for the competition since last year December. When rehearsing in June and July for the competition, Maliha cooked for 36 and 54 hours non-stop respectively, preparing 100 recipes in the process.

Surprisingly, she has never worked in a hotel.

Pwani Oil Company’s commercial director, Mr Rajul Malde, congratulated the chef on her achievement.

“It has taken her a lot of effort and enthusiasm to achieve all this. We are hopeful that Guinness World Record will accord her a chance to travel and showcase Kenyan food to the world which will boost our tourism,” Mr Malde added.

The title will be confirmed two weeks later after Guinness World Records authenticates the videos and pictures taken throughout the 75 hours.

Pwani oil Commercial Director MrRaju Malde (right) helps Chef Maliha Mohamed in cutting of a cake after she broke world record for cooking on August 18, 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA
Pwani oil Commercial Director MrRaju Malde (right) helps Chef Maliha Mohamed in cutting of a cake after she broke world record for cooking on August 18, 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA

GREAT HONOUR

Her daughter, Zahara Rashid, a student at Coast Girls High School was there to support her.

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“We assured her of our support and we are very proud of her because she has definitely achieved her dreams. Owning this international title is a great honour and we are waiting to celebrate together,” she said.

By setting the new world record, the chef will join a galaxy of outstanding Kenyan achievers who have featured in the Guinness Book of Records including athletes Tegla Lorupe, Paul Tergat, Daniel Komen and Samuel Wanjiru.

Another Kenyan who has featured in the world list is Joseph Love who in 1992 milked 30 cows by hand in 24 hours.

In conjunction with the event, Pwani Oil also held a 9km walk to create awareness on cornea and other eye related defects.

“Those who participated will be screened. We also want to start a cornea bank in Mombasa and also create more awareness,” Mr Malde said.

The oil company offered a full sponsorship; from video shooting, assistants that helped her in food preparation, after the Maliha’s story was highlighted in the Nation.

In April 2018, she applied for the same competition and was nominated, but she could not take part in the event held in December last year because she could not raise enough money to cater for the expenses.

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How Kikuyu musician John De’Mathew died in Thika

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Popular benga musician John Ng’ang ‘a De’Mathew died Sunday night, after ramming a truck on Thika Superhighway.

The accident occurred on Sunday night at a black spot near Blue Post hotel.

Gatanga Member of Parliament Nduati Ngugi said the musician died on the spot, after ramming a truck and his body was taken to Thika Nursing Home and later transferred to Kenyatta University mortuary.

He was heading home after attending a fundraiser for fellow musician Peter Kagia’s ailing child, a close family member said.

De’Mathew’s death sent shock waves among his wide fan base across the country.

De ‘Mathew is arguably the King of Kikuyu music following the death of John Kamaru, in 2018.

It is reported that he had 50 albums under his name.

His songs were widely known for having hidden cultural, political and social messages, like “Mene mene Tekeli” which meant “the end is near.”

Apart from using his talent to caution the Kikuyu community against some leaders, he has used it to promote peace and enlighten the public against the consumption of illicit brew- which has claimed hundreds of youths in the community.

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Governor Lonyangapuo: If you have any of these characters you’re a ‘mulmulwas’

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West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo has explained the true meaning behind his hilarious ‘Kijana fupi round’ phrase which left Kenyans in stitches.

Speaking during an interview with news anchor Betty Kyallo during her Up close with Betty show on K24, the governor outlined the unique qualities possessed by a person for them to earn the title and be referred to as a Mulmulwas.

This is anyone, he said, who is good at doing nothing and becomes a nuisance in all that he or she does.

“Mulmulwas is anybody who is good at doing nothing, becomes a nuisance in the way he works, walks, talks even in the way he behaves. You are equivalent to a dung beetle that rotates dung that is not useful to anybody, not useful even to that thing called Mulmulwas. You can even see how the beetle is round, short and hopeless,” said Governor Lonyangapuo.

He added: “So any human being and in Kenya, any Kenyan in particular whose manners and behaviours is only to become a nuisance to the government, people, neighbours, parents to your children. You have a name, Mulmulwas.”

The funny phrase was coined by the governor in March this year to deride activist Dennis Ruto Kapchok who had questioned why deputy governor Nicholas Atudonyang works from the United States of America.

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Since then, the phrase has been used by Kenyans to create memes and funny jokes.

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