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‘My life is in danger,’ says Kalembe Ndile as rivalry with Governor Mutua intensifies



Friction between Machakos County Governor Alfred Mutua and former Kibwezi Member of Parliament Kalembe Ndile has now taken a new twist after the latter recorded a statement with the police over alleged threats on his life.

Addressing a press conference in Nairobi, the ex-politician said he was accosted by unknown individuals in a Machakos County government vehicle who threatened to break his leg if he did not stop antagonising Governor Mutua.

Ndile, who recorded the statement at Parliament Police Station in Nairobi, said he did not take the threats lightly, further accusing Governor Mutua of using county resources to harass him.

“A man in a white pick-up vehicle with county government number plates approached me and told me to move from Mlolongo or else they will break my other leg,” said Ndile, who previously suffered a broken leg in an accident two years ago.

The former legislator, who was flanked by by former Makadara MP Reuben Ndolo and Nairobi businessman Stanley Livondo, called for government protection saying he will not be intimidated.

Ndile has in recent times been embroiled in a squabble with Governor Mutua over utterances he made after the county chief visited Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) and lamented over the poor state of national statues and monuments.

Mutua promised to personally oversee the refurbishment and maintenance of the statues, remarks which were rubbished by Kalembe who urged the governor to use the funds to develop Machakos County instead.

Following the statement, the county government Health department on Wednesday moved in and closed Ndile’s Macha Beach Hotel and arrested seven workers who were later charged.

The hotel was also cited for being built on riparian land among other illegalities.

The former MP’s rental apartments in Mlolongo were also raided by county government officials and tenants arrested.

The county government, in a notice to Ndile, accused him of constructing a commercial building without approved drawings and occupying the building which was under construction without a certificate of occupation.

He was thereby directed to produce the documents or have the tenants vacate the building.

Ndile has however said he has all the documents relating to the building and would sue the county government on Monday.

His tribulations have roped in Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko who on Thursday visited Machakos with several city legislators and condemned the closure of the hotel and arrest of workers.

Governor Mutua has since stated that his comments on the neglect of statues in Nairobi was not directed to Governor Sonko but the National Museums of Kenya.


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Secrets from the grave! Juliani opens up about Bob Collymore



Robert 'Bob' Collymore

Contemporary artiste and rapper Juliani has opened up about a painful part of his life.

Juliani has spoken about his relationship with the late Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore.

Their friendship was so tight that Juliani was one of the few people invited to Collymore’s wedding to Wambui Kamiru, in Naivasha.

Months after his death, Juliani has now spoken about how the death of Collymore has affected him.

“You know when you are doing things people see like you are going crazy. But one needs someone to affirm them that they are fine. This is the role Bob Collymore played on my end,” said Juliani to Betty Kyallo on her Friday TV show Upclose with Betty.

Collymore’s death sent shockwaves through his personal and professional life.

Juliani added, “You know those kind of people who in case you get into something they are the first ones to look up and they won’t let you. I could tell him Bob send me KSh 1k and would do so without probing a lot.”

He continued, “If I was in a problem, I only made a call to him and he was quick to respond. He was the kind of person that did not ask a lot of questions.”

By Mpasho

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VIDEO: Pomp and colour as Kenyan journalist receives coveted award in Washington DC



It was pomp and colour in Washington DC on Thursday as Kenya’s NTV journalist Rose Wangui, the winner of the prestigious 2019 Knight International Journalism Award, received the coveted trophy.

Wangui was awarded for her bold approach in covering sensitive topics and giving a voice to the voiceless, bringing their plight, hopes and dreams to the wider audience.

Speaking at the award event, she pledged that she will carry on with her outstanding work, giving a voice to the voiceless through her unique coverage of sensitive topics such as sexual bondage of young girls in Kenya.

“Each time I tell a story, I try to ensure that every word that I write bears the hopes and dreams of those people in the villages, towns and slums who may never have the opportunity that I have to reach a bigger audience, ”stated Wangui.

Rose Wangui at the awards gala
Rose Wangui at the awards gala

The scribe challenged journalist to have an impact in the society through unique coverage.

“Journalists should strive to tell stories that change people’s perception and make society better,” added Wangui.

Her outstanding works such as beads of bondage and schools of misery have had significant impact in the country and sparked a national conversation, prompting relevant authorities and well-wishers to address the situation.

“I wanted to show viewers something they’ve never seen, something they’ve never had,” said Wangui. “I decided to focus more on human interest stories and to go to some of the most remote areas in Kenya.” Wanui revealed at a past interview.

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Kambua reveals her baby boy’s name on her birthday



Since motherhood came knocking on the door of gospel singer Kambua Mathu in August, she has stayed away from social media to concentrate on motherhood and her little bundle of joy.

But for the first time since she got the baby, Kambua has shared the name of her baby and why she has been away from social media.

“A Mummy. A whole mummy! Ain’t God good? Also, it’s my birthday 🎉 Aaaaalso, I have missed you all. But I took time to be fully present in the season God ushered me into. My current ministry is in changing diapers, warm snuggles, and wet kisses” she posted.

In one of her recent Instagram post Kambua revealed her son’s name while celebrating her birthday.

In the picture was a cake that was inscribed, ‘Happy birthday Mama Nate’.

Kambua gave birth to her first child, a baby boy, in August after struggling to have a child for seven years.

Two days ago Kambua also wrote a message thanking God for giving her a child.

“Ah! This. God. Is. Too. Much. Too much! God of Sarah, Hannah, Rebecca… Kambua. The God who opens wombs and causes the “barren” woman to sing! Covenant keeping God,” she added.


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