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Gladys Wanga sets new record in parliament




Homa Bay Woman Rep Gladys Wanga has set a new record in parliament after being unanimously elected to chair the lucrative finance and national planning committee of the National Assembly.

Wanga becomes the first woman to hold the powerful position since independence.

“A big win for women’s leadership as this is the first time in the history of the Kenyan Parliament that a woman chairs the Finance and National Planning Committee,” she said via her Twitter handle.

The vocal woman rep promised to give her best in the new docket and thanked the leadership of ODM and Jubilee Party for trusting her with the job and believing in women leadership.

“Deeply humbled on my election as the Chair of the Finance and Planning Committee this morning. Will endeavour to serve the Nation diligently in this new responsibility.

“I thank HE Uhuru Kenyatta for his magnanimity and my party leader Raila Odinga for his faith in me,” she added.

Wanga was proposed by ODM to chair the committee after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s purge landed on the then chairman Joseph Limo who was deemed to be an ally of Deputy President William Ruto.

She will be deputised by Roysambu MP Waihenya Ndirangu.

Other MPs who reaped from the purge include Muturi Kigano (Kangema) elected to chair Justice and Legal Affairs, Kanini Kega (Kieni) to chair Budget, and William Kamket of Tiaty to chair Delegated Legislation

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DCI Kinoti calls for Senator Malala’s arrest over untrue assassination claims



Tables have turned on Senator Malala after Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti recommended that they charge him for the unproven assassination claims.

DCI Kinoti appeared before b a joint sitting of the Senate Committee on Justice, Legal Affairs & Human Rights and the Senate Committee on National Security, Defence & Foreign Relations.

He pointed out that the investigators had not unveiled any information to support Senator Malala’s claims.

He also noted that Senator Malala had ill intentions when he was making the said allegations.

“Based on evidence on record, we find that allegations by Senator Cleophas Malala are untrue, malicious, false, and ill-intended.

“Those responsible should charge the author of the claims for giving false information in accordance with Section 129(B) of the penal code,” DCI Kinoti said.

The penal code is very clear on people employed in the public service using their power for the injury or annoyance of another person.

Section 129 (B) of the Penal Code states that;

“Whoever gives to any person employed in the public service and uses the lawful power of the person employed in the public service to the injury or annoyance of any person, is guilty of a misdemeanour and is liable to imprisonment for three years.”

DCI Kinoti also said that Senator Malala’s accusations had impacted negatively on members of the Special Service Unit.

For this reason, he wanted the Senator to issue a public apology to them.

“These are serious allegations impacting he character of members of the Special Service Unit that has exposed them to ridicule and contempt in the eyes of the members of the public,” DCI Kinoti said.

DCI Kinoti also pointed out that investigators had asked Senator Malala to furnish them with details.

They wanted details on when officers trailed him and photos of the alleged assassins. However, Senator Malala failed to produce any evidence.

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‘Tomorrow is not guaranteed’ DJ Soxxy’s wife pens after losing her mum



Ciiku Wa Soxxy, wife to Kenyan gospel spin master DJ Soxxy has advised Kenyans to always appreciate their parents when there is still time.

According to Ciiku, tomorrow is not guaranteed and the best thing is to make hay while the sun shines.

Giving an example of herself, Ciiku shared on how she and her family had planned to take their mother for a vacation only for death to snatch her.

‘Whisked mum to Cape Town to celebrate her 67th birthday, we had a blast and just for her to see another world out there.

For her 70th we had planned to do Bangkok.. But Corona snatched that opportunity from us.

Don’t wait for tomorrow, because you don’t know if tomorrow will come.’

Ciiku wa Soxxy with her family alongside their late mum

Below are condolence messages from Ciiku’s fan to her and her family over their mum’s demise.

wambuijl: Pole sana Ciiku 💔 may God give you insurmountable strength, and peace that passes all understanding.

shiqo_wa_monica: My condolences to your family. May her soul rest in peace. It is well

saraiafrique: My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time.

ms_cherro: Poleni sana. May God be with you and your family at this time.

shonigachina: May God’s peace and comfort be with you during this trying time 💔.

xanderoyolaii: Praying for God’s comforting presence over you and your family through this 🙏🏾.

Let’s learn to love and appreciate our parents while they are still around, painful as it may be to think about they won’t be here forever.


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A couple that sinqs I I together, stays together



Music is the magic that keeps gospel artistes Joseph and Eunice Kwallah alive— whether practising at home, recording in studio or singing on stage.

The Kenyan-born couple currently based in United Kingdom [UK] has been producing songs together since last year. So far, they have recorded five songs. However, Eunice has composed many songs, which they are yet to be record.

“My wife’s passion for music can be traced back to her childhood. She always desired to be a gospel artiste,” says Joseph.

After relocating from Kenya to UK 13 years ago, Eunice thought that her dream of becoming a gospel artiste would never come true. Being in a foreign land, she didn’t know where to start. At some point, she wished to come back to Kenya, at least to record her songs. “I came to the UK on a work permit visa in 2006, working in the hotel industry. My wife and children joined me in 2007. Though she was happy being in a foreign land, she used to ask me if I knew someone who could help her produce her music there. This really challenged me,” Joseph recalls.

After talking to several Kenyans working abroad, the couple was referred to a Kenyan producer, Zangi Alex. This was the good news she had eagerly been waiting to hear for such a long time. Joseph also decided to support his wife by being a backing vocalist. “Finding a music producer and a videographer who are both Kenyans and have a good understanding of Kenyan music was the best thing that has happened to our music journey. Courtesy of them, we have managed to produce the best beats since they understand what the Kenyan music industry loves,” Joseph says.

The couple recorded their first song in August 2019. “We usually go to the studio, which is eight hours drive from where we live during school holidays, so we can also have time out together as a family. We practise at home during our off days, and at church – when the church was open,” he says. But Joseph reveals that though they are now recognised as some of the renowned Kenyan gospel artistes abroad, their

main aim is to reach, inspire and change people through music.

“Our music genre is gospel reggae. I loved reggae music when I was growing up. After I got born again, I moved on to love gospel reggae. Our inspiration comes from our daily life activities, listening to other gospel artistes and what God has done and still doing in our lives,” he adds.

Parenting in UK

There is solidity in playing music together. “You have someone who holds your back and you can rely on in music and in life. You sort of complement each other with every sound you make,” he says.

So, how have they managed to keep their music career alive despite being in a foreign country? Joseph says that having an audience in UK that loves their songs and others back here has kept them going.

“It hasn’t been easy for us because initially we used to have different work schedules. I used to work at night and during the day I would take care of our children when my wife was either at work or in school,” he reveals.

Joseph says parenting in the UK is an expensive affair. “There are no house girls unlike in Kenya. The closest to house girls in UK are child minders who are only hired to watch over the children and not to do any house chores like you would expect a house girl to do in Kenya. On the other hand, their fees are charged per hour and to say the least, it is the only desperate decision one can make,” says the father of three.

Also, children in UK cannot be left on their own unattended, until the age of 16. This is why Joseph had to make a sacrifice to work at night for him to take care of the children during the day.

Charity work

“We learned how to share responsibilities among ourselves, helping one another in house chores and other duties. Despite all this, we are still grounded on Christian ethos and that has made our life much easier. Each one of us knows their place in the family. I remain a husband and she remains a wife, but we mutually agree on issues that have to be done,” Joseph shares.

Apart from music, the couple is involved in charity work. In 2016 Joseph run 100 kilometres in UK to raise funds for Wetherby and District Food bank. He managed to rise Sh300,000 for the food bank. He has also been involved in charity work back in Kenya. Some of these charities are Tear Fund, Bible Society and Joanna Project – Leeds.

Together with family and friends, they have opened a community library in Ngong Township Primary School and they are hoping to open a second one in Nakuru county at a place called Tangi Tano. They also support some local football teams in Kenya by collecting football kits in UK and ship them over to Kenya.

“I was moved when I heard that there are people going hungry in the UK in the 21st century and because God has abundantly provided for me, I had to play my part by feeding the hungry. That is why I decided to run to raise some funds for the food bank,” he says.

By PD.coke

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