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I’m jittery on my return to screen, says Janet Mbugua ahead of NTV debut

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Celebrated media personality Janet Mbugua is returning to the screen with an all-new show on NTV.

Her return comes two years after she called it quits at Citizen TV.

Janet told Nairobi News in an exclusive that despite working as an anchor for a decade, she is still jittery.

“I am so jittery and that shows that I care about the product. A mentor once told me, the day you stop being nervous you should be worried,” she said.

NTV Production Manager Mercelline Maroma told Nairobi News that the new show dubbed, “Here and Now”, will be centered on the youth and will tackle social, economic and political issues they are facing.

GIVE YOUTH A VOICE

“We want to give the youth a voice and have a sober conversation on what is going on in their lives,” said Ms Maroma.

Here and Now” will start airing next week on Thursday night and it will have the host and a panel discussing various issues affecting the youth.

Ms Mbugua, who runs her own YouTube channel where she shares details of her life with her fan base of more than 30,000 subscribers, disclosed in 2017 that she took a break from TV to spend time with her young family.

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Through a post on her blog, she reflected on her 10-year career as a broadcast journalist and thanked all those who made it possible for her.

She has been the ambassador of  the ‘Help A Child Reach 5’ campaign sponsored by Lifebuoy. She is also the founder of Inua Dada Foundation.

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Expensive electricity bills to continue for 15 more years

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Official contracts have tied consumers to high electricity bills linked to thermal generation for up to another 15 years, records show.

A listing of the active diesel-run power generators shows that the longest power purchase agreement runs till 2035, leaving consumers with a longer wait before the expensive energy sources end. The Energy ministry last year began shedding the diesel-run power generation units by letting their contracts expire to reduce the burden on consumers.

Data from the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (Epra) show that there are eight thermal power plants with a combined installed capacity of 660.82 megawatts supplying the national grid.

Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter said the option of waiting for the expiry of the production agreements would be the easiest as terminating them early would be costly.

“We are slowly retiring them by not renewing licences when contracts expire. This is based on our grid analysis, which show that technically, they can be decommissioned without negative impacts to the quality and security of supply of electricity,” Mr Keter said. The Epra list show that the Triumph Power Generating Company was the latest company to be signed for thermal power supply in July 2015.

The firm’s 83MW plant has a 20-year contract expiring in February 2035. Others like Coast–based Gulf Energy with 80MW and Thika Power with 90MW will expire in 2034.

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Switching off thermal plants is part of the government’s gradual phase-out plan of expensive diesel power generators as it moves to provide cheaper and cleaner energy.

Last year, Iberafrica’s 54MW thermal plant was dropped off the grid after 15 years with the expiry of its power purchase agreement.

The use of thermal power has been blamed for keeping Kenya’s electricity relatively expensive compared to countries like Egypt which largely uses hydro sources retailing at Sh3.23 per kilowatt hour (unit) on average compared to thermal’s Sh18 per unit.

By Nation.co.ke

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PHOTO: Zeddy exposes the Churchill Show official driving comedians into depression

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Comedian Zeddy is fed up of seeing her colleagues die of depression; yet no one in the Churchill show is doing anything to ensure this stops.

So far Njenga Mswahili, Ayieya poa poa and now Kasee are said to have passed on; after months of battling with depression after losing their jobs at Churchill show.

However what we didn’t know is that the director identified as Victor Ber was the reason why some of the big upcoming names never perform in the show despite showing potential of growth.

Zeddy spills it all!

In a detailed post shared by Zeddy who is a mother and a wife, the lady went on to narrate exposing some of the hardships comedians go through in the hands of Victor Ber.

She went on to write;

Victor Ber accused of pushing comedians into depression

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Ndio huyu mzizi wa fitna @VictorBer24 creative director wa Churchill Show “Depression maker”. Kama ushaiwai enda auditions za Churchill show, hakika unajua huyu msee.huwa hearltess, roho chafu kuliko ya Firaun (farao) yaani atakuthalilisha na maneno yake makali kuliko moto wa jehanam (hell) Atafanya ujidharau maisha yako yote! Kwa wale hawajui, ndio perform Churchill lazima uende rehearsal 3days so Ber hatakwambia day one hajafeel jokes zako.Atakufanyisha P.E hadi siku ya kurecord show,kama bado 2hrs anatoa program ya wale wata perform. Ukiangalia list ya performers unapata jina lako haliko. Ngai hapa ndo unaonga msanii ameanza kupata stress coz umekam three days umetumia fare, ukabuy nguo ya kuchapa show ama ata ukakopa,unapata msanii amefanyiwa hivi like three months.Imagine, wewe kama msanii, bado unarudi juu comedy ni inborn; unaskianga tu kuperform. Ukipata bahati upenye alafu uanze kushine, Ber anaanza kukuua pole pole; utaenda rehearsal ataskiza kila mtu kama umekaa hapo amke na aende bila ata kukuambia lolote, unabaki na viulizo. Unaeza enda rehearsal akuite akuulize leo ni when, ukimjibu anakwambia ukam next year siku kama ya leo na hujamkosea ata!

Njenga Mswahili’s suffering

She went on to reveal how Njenga begged Victor Ber for a chance to perform; but since he held the power of deciding who would perform during the live recording.

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The comedian went on to expose the director adding how he has reduced most comedians to nothing thanks to his dark heart; And since Zeddy will not watch another comedian die of depression. She put it all in black and white saying;

The late Njenga Mswahili laid to rest

Anaeza pata umeandikwa kwa program tayari umepakwa makeup na akutoe bila sababu,yaani Ber hua ameweka wasanii na baridi utadhani tuko(Netherlands)anataka umuabudu laa si utakipata,wasanii hulamba huyu msee hadi kale kachumvii ka🍑 si eti mimi ni shujaa zii ni vile nimekaa makaburi miaka 5 nikajua hii dunia si mama ya mtu; story for another day reason naandika hii ndio upcoming wale wanakam wasipitie yale tumepitia Ber, Njenga alikulilia hadi siku ya mwisho ndio mauti yamfikie? Alikol mara ngapi?After nimepost natafuta Kasee mlimtafuta mkampumbaza siku chache ukamchocha atakua anachapa show alikuja rehearsals mara mingi sana lakini wapi ukamwambia ataperfom show ya Machakos. Kufika huko ukamyima show. Swali ni,je, utaumiza wasanii hadi lini? Wasanii waitaishi na Depression hadi lini. Pliz Comedians msicomment hamtawai pewa show mimi nishachoma,lakini, ile siku mtajua Mungu ndiye hupeana riziki hamtawahi lamba mtu makwapa.

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CJ Maraga’s alleged baby mama offered Sh100k

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Nominated senator Millicent Omanga has offered Chief Justice David Maraga’s alleged baby mama Sh100,000 for DNA tests and legal fees.

In a tweet, the vocal senator said her help will be on two conditions, that Mary Kwamboka proves the child in question really does exist and that she has had prior contact with the CJ.

“Dear Kwamboka, I am willing to give 100k for legal representation and dna as long you privately prove to me the merit of your case including the existence of the minor and prior contact with CJ if any. CJ is a respectable Elder and Leader well known to all of us. Get in touch,” she wrote

Maraga through his lawyer, Danstan Omari, on Tuesday dismissed Kwamboka’s allegations as mere propaganda.

He also noted that the birth certificate flaunted by the woman was fake and should be investigated.

“We have had a perusal and due diligence of the annexures that have been filed to accompany this. For those who have access to the birth certificate.. there is no registrar known as Shamwata in the whole country nor has there been an officer with the name N.P Otieno,” Omari said.

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