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Veteran comedian Nyambane lands drama festival ambassadorial job

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Veteran comedian Walter Mong’are popularly known as ‘Mr President’ has been given the job of Drama Ambassador for the 2018 edition of the Kenya National Drama and Film festival.

Mong’are’s latest assignment was recently announced by the Kenya Films Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Dr Ezekiel Mutua and Kenya National Drama and Film Festival Chairman Prof CJ Odhiambo

KFCB is the title sponsor of the annual drama and film festival, which features the best artistic talent from learning institutions all over Kenya.

The ceremony was attended by Kenya National drama and Film festival chairman Prof CJ Odhiambo at Uchumi house.

Mong’are, whose stage name is Nyambane, is a product of the festival itself. He started featuring in the event when he was a student at Lenana School, one of the top performing institutions in the event.

After leaving Lenana, Mong’are joined Kenyatta University where his acting career blossomed. At KU, he teamed up with John Kiarie (KJ)and Tony Njuguna to form Reddykyulas, one of the top comedy items then.

In Reddykyulas, Mong’are made a name for himself with rib-tickling parodies of retired President Daniel arap Moi, aping his voice and political talk to hilarious effect.

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With KJ acting as Moi’s sidekick and then KANU secretary general Joseph Kamotho and Njuguna acting as Moi’s bodyguard, Reddykyulas, which was aired on Nation TV (the present day NTV) became a household name and kept many Kenyans entertained during weekends.

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Reddykyulas broke up, to the consternation of many fans when the members went into individual careers. Monga’re continued his comedy career in Kiss FM, where he featured in the morning alongside the fiery Caroline Mutoko. They formed a formidable team and they pulled no punches, attracting lots of likes (from fans) and dislikes from top personalities.

KJ had a long stint as a cartoonist with Sunday Nation before joining politics. He is currently the Member of Parliament for Dagoretti North. Njuguna went into advertising and is rarely heard of these days.

Mong’are left Kiss FM and joined Nairobi County government’s communications department. In the meantime, he formed a music band which was composed of girls called Nyambanelets, but that stint was short-lived.

Citing Nyambane’s success as an artiste who was nurtured by the Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festival, Dr Mutua said that he was an apt role model for young and upcoming actors.

He said the role of drama ambassador would involve Monga’re interacting with various actors in the drama sector and inspiring the youth to excel in drama.

“Mong’are is a young person who has shown that one can excel in art and create a livelihood from it. That is why we picked him for this role,” Mutua said during the unveiling ceremony.

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source:Nairobi News

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Mwana FA, Babu Tale win parliamentary seats

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Diamond Platnumz’s manager Shaban Tale Tale a.k.a Babu Tale and bongo Flava artiste Hamis Mwinjuma aka Mwana FA are the newest celebrity Members of Parliament in Tanzania.

Babu Tale was declared the new Morogoro South East constituency legislator after he went unopposed while Mwana FA was declared the new Muheza constituency legislator.

Babu Tale became the CCM flagbearer after he beat Tanzania’s assistant Agricultural minister Omary Mgumbe, who was the incumbent to clinch the CCM ticket.

Mwana FA, who was vying on the ruling CCM party ticket, floored the opposition Chadema candidate Yosepher Komba, who garnered 12,034 against 47,578 votes.

In August 2020, Mwana FA was among the few lucky CCM members who successfully sought the party’s approval from a pool of 10,367 candidates facing off for 264 parliamentary seats.

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John Magufuli wins second term as Tanzania’s president amid rigging claims

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Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli has been re-elected for the second term, the country’s National Electoral Commission has announced.

In the results announced by National Electoral Commission chairman Judge Semitocles Kaijage in Dar es salaam on Friday, President Magufuli emerged the winner with 12,516, 252 of the total votes cast in the polls held on October 28.

His closest contender Tundu Lisu garnered 1,933,271 of the total voted cast.

President Magufuli will be awarded the winner’s certificate on November 1 in Dodoma at the National Electoral Commission’s headquarters. With the landslide victory in the October 28 polls, the president will go into his second term after improving his 2015 victory margin by 3,633,317 votes.

In 2015, he won the presidential poll by 58.46 percent of the total votes cast after garnering 882935 votes. He beat his closest challenger Edward Lowassa who garnered 6,072,848 votes.

On Thursday, Tanzania’s main opposition presidential candidate Lissu rejected the results of the vote, terming it a fraud.

At a press conference in Dar es Salaam, Lissu, who ran on the Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema), said the figures being announced by the National Electoral Commission could not be verified.

“We do not recognise what happened yesterday (Wednesday) … because it was marred by irregularities in all stages.

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Lissu said his party would not accept any results from the polls and called on the masses to “take the matter in their own hands” by engaging in peaceful demonstrations.

Preliminary results showed incumbent John Magufuli was ahead of the pack as stations kept sending in their data. In some stations, Magufuli got nearly five times the vote compared to the total garnered by all the other 14 presidential contenders.

But Chadema and several other opposition politicians said the vote had been rigged in favour of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi.

Zitto Kabwe, the party leader of ACT-Wazalendo, another opposition party, said the elections had confirmed Tanzania’s growth into a dictatorship.

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Jalang’o dismisses favoritism claims raised against Kiss FM  

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Media Personality Jalang’o has been forced to intervene after Parroty Vunulu of the famous Gengetone Group Wanati accused his employer Kiss 100 of denying them an interview.

According to Jalang’o, the contact person for the Lewa hit-makers had only booked one person for the interview and that’s Mejja but unfortunately they showed up at Kiss 100 studios without him.

He added that, following Mejja’s absence, the Kiss 100 crew requested to have one person interviewed from the Group due to Covid-19 restrictions but they refused.

“Parroty Vunulu buda wewe pia utawacha hizoo…your booking them booked only Mejja not you and the team…Nyinyi kufika Kiss Mukambiwa tunaexpect Mejja..mkasema hayuko.

“Mkaambiwa basi mtu moja aiingie juu ya Covid rules za Kiss, 1 Guest…mkasema kama hamuingii wote interview ikae…sasa unaenda kutukanana wacha hizo” said Jalang’o.

On Thursday, the upcoming Gengetone Rapper had accused Kiss 100 of favoritism after their planed interview at Radio station failed to go down.

“I can’t believe our Kenyan media are still discriminating 254 Artists. Just imagine @Kiss100Kenya called us for a radio interview today 8.45am only to get there with @itskabagazi and @oneby_01 and the Producer told us that they only want @mejjagenge ati sisi hawatutambui. Very disappointed by Kiss Fm. Kidole cha Kati,” said Parroty Vunulu.

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