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VIDEO: Where is Uhuru? Kenyans express concern after their president is not seen in public for 2 weeks

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Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has not been seen in public since returning from China two weeks ago. And Kenyans, as would have been expected, are talking.

Below is a transcript of a a Citizen TV panel in which   Journalists discuss the matter:

The body of this product is a transcription of original English-language material.

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[Citizen TV announcer Yvonne Okwara] Let us talk about one man that we have not seen.

[Francis Gachuri] In fact I hear Linus talk about Madaraka Day and I hope that President Uhuru Kenyatta will attend the Madaraka Day celebrations in Narok County because he has been missing in action, actually he has been missing since the China trip. I have heard people ask did he come back. Yes he did. He is around… probably.

[Joe Ageyo] How did you know that?

[Gachuri] at least we have seen gazette notices coming around appointing various people…but it is also a confirmation that he is around. But he is under the water.

[Okwara] It reminds me of when former President Moi was in the news all the time and when he was not in the news there was concern even when it turned out that he only had flu.

[Ageyo] It is interesting actually. How often should we see the president, I think that is the question. And Kenyans have a legitimate expectation to see him once or twice in a week or whatever. Why? Because it has always been like that so if you have accustomed to this thing of seeing you all the time then when you go missing then something is wrong somewhere.

[Okwara] He went for leave last year? Was it for three weeks?

[Ageyo] But it was said by State House that he actually retreated to Mombasa to take a break.

[Okwara] But you have to see him to know he is working, he is signing gazette notices.

[Linus] Historically visibility is part of the execution of the office of the president. People want to see what you are doing and this is actually global. It is not just a Kenyan phenomenon. When Trump plays Golf in Mara-a-lago or on one of his other properties it becomes an issue especially if there are other pressing national matters that are going on there. Now in Kenya as well our culture has been where is the president? I remember late in 1997/98 when president Moi disappeared for a few days and we went to Harambee Avenue [Presidents’ office]…he disappeared for actually around four days and nobody knew where he was and remember this was item number one every time  in the news. So it was very unusual that he disappeared and he was not anywhere in the public and I remember people were crying, women were crying on Harambee avenue when he turned up and he walked and he did not have his walking stick and he pocketed his hands and he said if I get a flu you will say that I am seriously ill. Because you know presidential appearance and news items are issues of public concern and again what the role of the president is to inspire the country every time he wakes up because your office is that big. It is the national boundaries of the country. You cannot associate with offices like accountants you know.

[Okwara] But have we not been inspired because we have not seen President Uhuru Kenyatta since we last saw him in China and maybe we can just remind our viewers of the last time we saw him.

[Linus] First we do not know what happened in China. I think that is one of the images.

[Okwara] But you feel that the country has not been sufficiently…

[Ageyo] And those deals were very big. You know Avocados and all that. Probably it would be great for him to have a news brief at the airport or something.

[Linus] And Kenyans do adjust. Joe you remember very well Kibaki, former president was not also for many public appearance he was more of an office person. He could work from State House for the week, he rarely went to Harambee house, but at least information came out of what he was doing. There is being some silence from the time the president went to China.

[Ageyo] Unless he is trying to fire some people, you know there has also been a tradition in this country…you know when they want to fire some people or reshuffle or something, they disappear, and then they emerge with something that the country can talk about.

[Gachuri] I can hear Jamila from home but I wish she was here. There is some Swahili saying that Ukiona kobe ameinamisha kichwa anatunga sheria or something like that. So there is something about the silence and probably as you have alluded. Maybe something is happening behind the scenes. Maybe his reappearance will be with thunder and I hope so and in the meantime…the anticipation has been a bit too much.

[Linus] But remember that thunder only comes when there is rain. You know we have had delayed rains.

[Gachuri] But even then there are serious national issues to be addressed and there some issue that require responses and answers but maybe there is also a question about how the government communicates and we saw the appointment of Cyrus Oguna recently, maybe it speaks about some subtle shift in terms of how the government is communicating or wants to communicate issues to the public and I would not be surprised if there could be a few more changes in that line in terms of how government communicates maybe we will see a few changes here and there but let’s see.

[Okwara] To be fair there has been quite a bit of communication since the visit to China. Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma told us on Twitter very categorical on what happened and what did not happen. We have heard about Macharia and meter gauge railway or not as we are seeing on papers I mean there has been quite bit of communication. You know Nzioka Waita has been speaking about what is happening.

[Gachuri] But he is not the State House spokesperson. Is he?

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Nairobi Citizen TV in English — Kenya’s most popular channel.

 

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‘I told him if you want to commit suicide with drinking, take a rope…’ Othuol Othuol’s father speaks

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The father of late comedian Othuol Othuol has moved Kenyans after speaking for the first time following his death.

Othuol’s story was featured on Churchill Show journey series, where his family, close friends and colleagues paid glowing tributes to him.

‘The last time he came home it was January this year. He called me and told me he wanted to come and built his house because everyone was asking him about it,’ his father said.

Adding,

‘He came home and put up a house which is bigger than mine and promised to build me one once he was done’.

Othuol Othuol was known for his love for alcohol and his father and close friend actress Sandra Dacha confirmed this.

‘We had a lot of problems with his drinking style. An I’d urge young people to tread carefully. People have drunk until they are even 100 or 90 years and are still strong because were cautious but not careless. If you do is carelessly then you become careless with your life,’ he,’ explained.

The bereaved father continued,

‘His drinking was a concern to the family. Whenever he would come home, the whole home would be full…chang’aa (local brew) and other drinks. He arrives in the village in the morning but I’d see him in the night when he is going to sleep. Just from one chang’aa den to another and I could go round making noise nyinyi mnaharibu watoto wa watu but he was a grown-up so hakuna mtu anamuharibu.’

The sad father was fed up with his son’s drinking and tried to warn him but his warnings fell on deaf ears.

‘I called him one day and told him if you want to commit suicide with drinking please tell me and the style you want to take. If you want to commit suicide with drinking carelessly, don’t take time, better take a rope and do it. I’ll come to carry you home,” he recalled.

Adding,

‘I thought he could go slow… during the time he was diagnosed with TB, I sent a brother to go and take care of him but he said “no this is my hoúse. If you talk about my drinking and the money is mine, then hatutaelewana”.’

The comedian was raised by his father and stepmother.

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Varshita actress Eve D’Souza says ‘I Do’ in all-white private affair

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Popular Kenyan actress, Eve DSouza known for her mark on Auntie Boss and Varshita, has tied the knot in a stunning private white wedding.

The beauty got engaged to her Prince Charming Simon Anderson back in December 2019, in a beautiful surprise event while in Goa, India, by the beach side.

What they termed “the start of a beautiful journey” has now blossomed into a breathtaking milestone as the lovebirds officially said ‘I Do’ over the weekend.

Eve DSouza ties the knot

In an undisclosed location and an event graced only by close friends and family, an excited Eve, known never to take life seriously – going by her comical theatrics, sweetly captioned “Married 16.10.2020 ❤❤”.

Eve D’Souza ties the knot with long-time boyfriend

It has been all Congratulations to the newly weds. Fans unable to express their joy and envy as the beautiful 41-year old finally gets a chance at marriage.

The ravishing media personality clad in an open sparkling white wedding gown. With her dearly beloved opting for a crisp navy blue suit coupled with a wine-colored tie to complement his beauty.

Eve D’Souza ties the knot with long-time boyfriend

It was not until December 2018, that the gorgeous light-skin beauty introduced her man to the public for the first time. A dear Simon Anderson who had proven to be the final answer to her dear heart.

Have a look at more photos of the star-struck couple.

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Actress Eve D´Souza and her Prince Charming

Film star Eve D’Souza and long-time boyfriend, Simon wed

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Mwalimu Rachel speaks after Sailors Gang drag her into yet another money scandal

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Radio presenter Mwalimu has not been having an easy time with the Sailors Gang gang especially now that there is beef. This comes as a big surprise considering the fact that she discovered the boys; back when Gengetone had just become a thing in the entertainment industry.

A few months later, the presenter and Sailors Gang gang apparently can’t see eye to eye due to a few reasons here and there. The whole drama however started after Mwalimu Rachel was accused of squeezing one of Sailors gang friend’s balls.

Sailors Gang preforming

Yes, this was more than drama but a real case that saw the presenter present her self in court for the hearing. Since then, nothing has been the same between the former manager and the Gengetone artists.

Accused of refusing with their YouTube logins

Well, this past weekend rumor spread around claiming that Mwalimu Rachel had refused to hand over Sailors Gang Gang Youtube channel. According to reports, the presenter asked for Ksh1.5 million in order for her to grant them access; now that they are under the Blackmarket record.

She tweeted;

Smart ladies run businesses. Not their mouths. Nawapemda wote! I shall address the nation later my loves. Mimi sikimbilii maneno. Kwa sasa tuchape kazi.

The presenter went on to add;

Put emotions to the side when running business.

Mwalimu Rachel speaks

Of course, this makes the NRG presenter look selfish and greedy; but after coming across her latest Tweets, we also understand that this was more of a business for her.

Having the boys walk out on her with no agreement – might be the reason why they now feel that she is taking advantage of the situation. However, truth is one way or another both parties will have to benefit if they decide to head to court.

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