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Five things that might have led to Echesa’s dismissal from the cabinet

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Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa is now jobless. President Uhuru Kenyatta fired him on Friday with Amina Mohammed replacing him at Kencom House.

But what, just could have cost the fiery and vibrant Echesa his job?

1. Academic qualifications – Right from the day he was appointed, there were suggestions that Echesa was not the right man for the job. Even during his vetting, there were murmurs that he wasn’t the right man for the job. Rumours were also flying around about his experience and educational background, amid reports that he never stepped into High School. These were however never substantiated.

2. Politicking – It is believed Echesa is one of the CSs President Uhuru Kenyatta referred to when he recently warned his cabinet members to concentrate on working and stop politicking. In the early days of his tenure at the Ministry of Sports, Echesa would consistently either be found addressing rallies in his home turf or addressing political issues a bit more compared to policy statements.

3. Performance – Granted, Kenya registered successes in the sporting arena in the 18-months Echesa was at the helm. These include Harambee Stars’ qualification to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Gor Mahia’s impressive run on the continental front and Eliud Kipchoge’s record-breaking exploits.

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The common argument, however, remains that these successes would have happened with or without the main man. On the flip side, Echesa will certainly shoulder some of the responsibility following the admission that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s pet project of building five state-of-the-art stadiums had failed.

Then there was the delay to renovate the existing stadiums, a situation which embarrassingly led to Kenya being denied the chance to host the 2018 Africa Nations Championship.

4. Scandals – Most of these might have never been proven, but Echesa’s name somehow cropped up when not so positive stuff was discovered. The most glaring ones were when his images in an uncompromising private moment went viral. Then there was a moment he was reported to have handed work permits to some foreigners who were later found entertaining ‘revelers’ at a high-end night club in the city.

5. Frosty relationship with colleagues? – Recently, Sports Principal Secretary, Kirimi Kaberia, had to publicly address questions over his reported fallout with Echesa. But this didn’t stop Kaberia from seemingly appearing to be his own man at the Sports department. He regularly appeared at press briefings and seemed keen on single-handedly discussing the future of sports in the country. For those keen on body language, it appears he knew much more than the ordinary man.

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Source: Nairobi News

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Linus Kaikai set to leave Citizen TV and join KTN, Again -Sources

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One of Kenya’s leading media personality, Linus Kaikai, who joined Citizen TV in 2018 from NTV has reached a deal to rejoin KTN after 11 years since he left, according to very reliable sources.

Kaikai left KTN in 2009 where he served as Managing Editor in charge of Quality and Product Development to join NTV as its head.

He left NTV in February 2018 after a protracted battle with Nation Media Group’s top management over handling of the mock swearing-in of NASA leader Raila Odinga.

It is not yet clear what position he is destined for at KTN, but his arrival will rock the boat. First he will have to take up someone’s job, if not powers, and retune the KTN team, which is emerging from a bruising talent war that forced it to build a new team of anchors from scratch.

Elsewhere, another shake-up of the television industry is looming, as high ranking editors are expected to change positions. According to information, the latest changes will affect Citizen TV, KTN and K24.

Already, at K24, Peter Opondo, who has been overseeing TV and radio, has left. Mr Opondo is reportedly headed back to Royal Media Services, which runs Citizen TV, two years after joining Mediamax.

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RMS has been feeling the financial pains of maintaining a star-studded team, which blows millions of shillings every month in salaries and allowances. The stars at RMS include Jeff Koinange, Linus Kaikai, Joy Ageyo, Victoria Rubadiri and Yvonne Okwaro, among others, all poached from rival stations few years ago.

According to Business Today, word has it that RMS Editorial Director Joy Ageyo may have to give way for Opondo in the new scheme of things. It will be interesting how things work out or if, as it’s being rumoured, Ageyo will quit.

KTN editorial department is currently headed by Ellen Wanjiru as Managing Editor for broadcast, while Joe Munene is the managing director.

Business Today reports that Kaikai, who could take up either of these positions or get one created for him, could move with the News Gang programme which he initiated at Citizen TV.

KTN recently surprised many when it signed a partnership deal with  its rival,K24, on news and programming.

 

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Njugush’s son Tugi leaves netizens in stitches after perfectly imitating Mutahi Kagwe

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Comedian Njugush’s son Tugi has left many cracking their ribs after his perfect imitation of the Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

Tugi who recently turned two years wowed many after imitating Kagwe’s warning to Kenyans during his COVID-19 pressers.

In a video shared on Celestine Ndinda’s Instagram page, the funny boy perfectly repeated Kagwe’s words: ” If you continue to behave normally”.

The young boy held mic close to his mouth to act a like he was having a presser.

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Njugush’s wife was behind the camera recording their son and she could be heard laughing out loud.

Kenyans among them celebrities were wowed by Tugi’s courage with some saying he has taken after his parents.

Among those who reacted to the video was Sauti Sol’s Bien who said Tugi was a rebirth of the comedian and his wife.

“Hahahahahahaha The rebirth. Now, this is Njugush na Celest. He is going to be the end of us,” wrote Bien.

Anerlisa Muigai wished blessings to the little boy saying she was very happy of him.

Njugush who has always been proud of his little boy said: “He makes my heart so full”.

His close friend Abel Mutua advised the proud dad to shut down the internet since Tugi had already won the game.

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It is interesting to note that the little boy already grasped Kagwe’s accent which was evident in his short speech.

In another video the funny boy was recorded saying that they were eating grass while having dinner with his dad.

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The comedian tried to explain to his son that they were having sukuma wiki but he could hear none of that.

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Asha Mwilu resigns from Citizen TV

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Award-winning journalist Asha Mwilu has called it quits from her job at Citizen TV.

Mwilu, who joined Royal Media Services in 2018 from KTN, said she was quitting to launch her start-up.

“Some personal news: I’m leaving Citizen TV to launch my start-up. I’ve worked under the guidance of the brilliant,” she said via Twitter.

She thanked everyone at Citizen who had her back and gave her feedback, constructive criticism and such great engagement on her stories.

“I thank you. I can’t wait to share my new projects with you! A hint of what’s next,” she added.

After her move to Citizen TV, she became the face of Special Assignments, in-depth stories told in documentary format.

Before her departure from Mombasa Road, Mwilu was the Features and Documentaries Editor at KTN.

Mwilu was crowned the overall winner of the CNN MultiChoice Journalist of the Year Awards in 2016 alongside cameraman Rashid Idi with a story investigating the terror activities in Mandera and its border with Somalia, Terror Crossing.

In 2013, she was named the reporter of the year by the Media Council of Kenya for her documentary “Armies of the Underworld.”

Mwilu was crowned the overall winner of the CNN MultiChoice Journalist of the Year Awards in 2016 alongside cameraman Rashid Idi with a story investigating the terror activities in Mandera and its border with Somalia, Terror Crossing.

She also has other notable works under her belt including the Isiolo Al Shabaab Link & Outcry of Police Killings in Mathare both on Citizen TV and Fighting Al Shabaab on KTN.

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The latter told the story of Kenyan and Amisom troops battle in neutralising the threat of the militant group in its home country, Somalia.

Mwilu holds a Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the United States International University and a Masters Degree in Documentary Practice from the University of the Creative Arts in the UK.

She is also a Chevening Scholar 2015-2016.

By Nairobi News

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