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Journalist Sarah Kimani’s moving tribute to veteran colleague Johnson Barasa



Legendary photojournalist, John Barasa was on Saturday, April 25, laid to rest in his farm at Taito village opposite former Moi University campus in Trans Nzoia County.

Barasa’s untimely death was attended by 15 People following the government’s guidelines on the fight against the spread of the Covid-19.

He made me a homeowner: Journalist Sarah Kimani's moving tribute to veteran colleague Johnson BarasaBarasa’s death on Tuesday, April 21, was announced by his colleague and friend Sarah Kimani who penned a moving tribute. Photo: Sarah Kimani.
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In a mass that was closely supervised bt security team, every person who stood to eulogize Barasa described him as a bright journalist who loved his work.

“Barasa was very close to the family and ensured we got all we needed. Despite his strict schedule at work he always ensured he called home,” said Mary Mumbi Barasa, widow.

The family described the late photojournalist as a great pillar who made sure his children received a good education and enjoyed a parental love.

Until his death, Barasa was an employee of South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and died at his home in Syokimau, Nairobi due to cardiac arrest.

He made me a homeowner: Journalist Sarah Kimani's moving tribute to veteran colleague Johnson BarasaBarasa’s untimely death was attended by 15 People following the government’s guidelines. Photo: Sarah Kimani.
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His death on Tuesday, April 21, was announced by his colleague and friend Sarah Kimani who penned a moving tribute to the fallen veteran photojournalist.

In a series of tweets, Kimani honoured Barasa with memories they made together as colleagues and expressed her gratitude for contributing to both her career and personal growth.

“I joined the SABC in 2008 as a young mum to be, incidentally taking over from my mentor Linus Kaikai. He held my hand and together we continued telling the African story,” she said.

Recounting the experience he had working with Barasa, Kimani said the first story they covered together was the post-election violence that erupted following a disputed presidential election.

“We watched and covered fellow Kenyans butcher each other over politics. The story lasted three months with the Annan brokered peace agreement,’ she wrote

The two traversed the continent witnessing the beauty of the land but sometimes the despair of refugees across Africa and victims of civil war and bad politics.

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Several times, they cheated death one of them being when suicide bombers set off the first explosive outside a hall they were attending a press conference.

“Gunfire followed I dived under the table. I do not know what he did but when I emerged from there he was filming,” she said.

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The colleagues also had fun times together despite the fact that Kimani was younger than Barasa but that did not matter, What was important was them having fun while working.

“I made him do crazy things like bringing a whole blender to the office to make smoothies or take pictures with the Kenyan flag ahead of our country’s big match,” she wrote.

According to the journalist, she owned her first house thanks to her late friend and colleague who took her through the buying of land and building of her house.

Their friendship blossomed past the office and back at home, Kimani considered his six children hers and vice verse for Barasa whom she said valued education a lot.

“He valued education and maybe his greatest pride will be his six children all of whom are now university graduates,” she wrote.

“Rest now my friend, father and mentor. Africa is richer because you were one of us. We will continue with your legacy…it is not easy but we must make you proud,” she added.

Kimani finished her tribute by thanking everyone including the government who enabled the transportation of his body from Nairobi to Kitale despite movement restrictions.

The late Barasa has left behind a widow and six children. He was an accomplished journalist with years of experience.

He joined Kenya Institute of Mass Communication in 1979 before proceeding to Japan for further studies on JICA Scholarship.

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Drama as delegates heckle DP Ruto during BBI launch 




Delegates heckled Deputy President William Ruto during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report at the Bomas of Kenya over his remarks on the report

The DP was forced to pause his speech after the delegates started booing him after he appeared to express his dissatisfaction at the Youth leader Trans Nzoia County Alex Matere’s remarks about his wheelbarrow donations.

Ruto said by saying that Kenyans should not adopt 16th-century technology, Matere was referring to the wheelbarrows he has been supplying to Kenyans.

However, Ruto noted that the discussions Kenyans should have is why a 16th-century tool has millions of citizens still dependent on it in the 21st-century.

The DP’s remarks didn’t sit well with most of the delegates, which resulted in them openly expressing their displeasure and forcing him to stop talking.

Mbita Member of Parliament Millie Odhiambo appeared mainly pissed by Ruto’s remarks as he stood and jeering Ruto, drowning his speech.

He went on to ask for a minute to conclude his speech but the crowd couldn’t hear of it as they continued to jeer him after he appeared to hit out at the former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.

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Ruto concluded his speech by calling on leaders to refrain from contests pitting the rich and the poor by quoting former US President Abraham Lincoln.

DP Ruto then proceeded to welcome his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta to make his remarks with the delegates still shouting “respect the president,” as he took his seat.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga also hit on the DP for engaging in early campaigns instead of supporting the President in delivering the Big-4 Agenda.

Raila said that Kenyans expect to be united for now but not campaigns of who will be the President in 2022 as they will handle that when the time comes.

The ODM Party leader noted that Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta should be working as a pair to bring a difference in the country.

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Uhuru maintains Raila is not government




President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday 26 October 2020 made it clear that Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga is not in the government.

Speaking at the Bomas of Kenya during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, the Head of State explained that when he decided to come into an agreement with Raila, the mission was to find a way to healing this country.

“When we sat down to talk, something that was very difficult, for him and also for me and my team, very difficult. But when we got through to it and we spoke and we spoke again, we agreed that we are not here to share positions and we should put our various positions aside,” he said.

He mentioned that the two agreed to come together with a common agenda of ensuring that what the people of Kenyan have witnessed in 1992, 2005, 2007, and 2017 Kenyans shall never witness again.

He went on to make it clear that Raila Odinga never made any demands from the government.

“We did not talk about sharing government and as we stand today, he (Raila) is not in government. He is not in government; he never made any demands for the government. He never made any demands for a share of government,” he added.

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The President pointed out that Raila Odinga asked for the two opposing sides to come together and fix what has been ailing the country.

He explained that this would allow the country in the future to be able to compete without the need for the innocent Kenyans blood being shed.

He went on to that the ODM leader for showing his patriotism and looking for a solution because he did not have to do it.

Uhuru also gave special thanks to his Deputy William Ruto for being part and parcel of the handshake and making the BBI report.

He revealed the three agreed that they would never talk about elective posts as they aimed to unite Kenyans.

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Corazone Kwamboka calls out Maureen Waititu for allegedly insulting her baby




There seems to be unending drama between lawyer cum socialite Corazon Kwamboka and her boyfriend’s ex Maureen Waititu.

Maureen and her baby daddy Frankie have been on each others neck with Frankie claiming the YouTuber denies him a chance to see his kids.

In her defence, Waititu claimed that Frankie does not support their two kids.

Kwamboma also jumped in and joined in the drama.

She blasted Waititu for insulting her baby because she got him with Frankie.

According to the curvy lawyer, having a baby with Waitutu’s ex is not reason enough for her to insult a young child.

“Only a sick person can insult a baby calling him a name so despicable I can’t even talk just because I had him with their ex.”

Corazon and Frankie started dating shortly after he broke up with Maureen Waititu.

They got their first child months ago.

Kwamboka further accused Waititu of always driving to her house at midnight.

According to Corazon, she was scared since she had not invited Waititu to her place.

Waititu’s behaviour forced Corazon to move out of her house to somewhere she felt safe.

“One day i’ll open my mouth. drove me out of my own house out of fear. I had to leave a house I bought with my own sweat to go into hiding because sister was driving to my house at midnight trying to I don’t know to do what to me!” she said.

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The curvaceous lawyer also urged Maureen to live her life and avoid living for others.

“Don’t live for the cheers, you won’t die by their boos. People get too invested in other people’s lives like it pays,” she said.

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