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PHOTOS: See how Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika dowry negotiations went down led by elder William Ruto

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Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika is officially ‘off the market’ as her long term political partner, flamboyant businessman Sam Mburu on Saturday initiated dowry negotiations ahead of their marriage.

The high profile, colourful event, attended by politicians including Deputy President William Ruto and hundreds of Nakuru residents took place at her parents’ home in Marmanet, Laikipia County.

The event was characterised by pompous traditional songs, dance and jubilation.

At least five choppers and several sports utility vehicles (SUVs) were pictured outside the home as guests arrived at around noon. The event kicked off with a sermon and prayers for the couple, presided over by the Catholic Church.

Elders led by DP Ruto then left for negotiations that lasted about two hours inside the house of the late veteran politician Dickson Kihika. The others in the team included Jesse Kamau, David Wambiru, Evanson Kamau, Joe Karanja, Thuku Warurengo and Peter Njenga.

Others were MPs Caleb Kositany (Soy), Kimani Ichung’wah (Kikuyu) and Moses Kuria (Gatundu South).

Senator Kihika’s foe turned best friend, Bahati Member of Parliament Kimani Ngunjiri, was the master of ceremony.

Senator Susan Kihika and her soon to be husband, who wore a gold embroidered gown and a white African themed ensemble, respectively, epitomised the lyrics of Kenny Roger’s song “Love will turn you around”.

They once denied their love for each other and dismissed reports of a relationship, but not anymore.

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The 46-year-old Tangatanga lawmaker is set to marry her long-term political partner, turned sweetheart and yes, Senator Kihika’s outfit – possibly a traditional Agikuyu dress – has been ironed and folded, ready for their union.

Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri with Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika during her dowry negotiation ceremony at her family’s home in Marmanet, Laikipia County, on November 7, 2020.

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Ruto’s remarks

DP Ruto, who led Mr Mburu’s side in the dowry negotiations, said he was privileged to be part of an event bringing together his “best friends”.

“I am very happy that they are joining. Friends and family are very important. I assure you of my support and I wish to encourage you to reach out incase there are any issues,” he said.

He left the audience in stitches when he jokingly told Mr Mburu that those were the last negotiations he was leading for him to get a wife

“My mother lived in Naivasha and it looks like  Nakuru is a gem that produces good beautiful women. I encourage the two to go produce a lot of children. Politicians want crowds, now that maternity is free and education is free, produce more children [sic],” he said to more laughter.

Although leaders attending the event kept off politics, DP Ruto used the forum to reiterate that it is good to continue building bridges of unity and peace in the country.

“We must never tire to build bridges. We should not close doors to negotiations. The art of building bridges should bring people together, not divide them. We must build bridges together,” he said.

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Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua spoke about the 2022 succession politics, equating the Uhuru Kenyatta succession race with the United States of America race between Democrats and Republicans.

“We are not afraid of what people are calling  the deep state.The narrative is equivalent to what is happening in the US, where the people’s choice is supreme and will triumph at the end,” said Mr Gachagua.

Deputy President William Ruto, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi arrive for Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika’s traditional marriage at their home in Marmanet, Laikipia County, on November 7, 2020.

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Jumwa’s advice

Other politicians praised the couple and wished them the best in their union.

Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa said, “My friend Mr Muiru, a woman likes to be loved. Even the Bible says so. A woman should be praised and appreciated. Stop calling her ‘senator’. Call her sweet love names. A woman wants to be heard. Always listen to her so that she does not look for audiences outside.”

“A woman also loves to be given romance,” she added, sending the crowd into cheers and laughter.

Mr Mburu, alias Kiongozi (the Kiswahili word for leader) has been a close ally of the Deputy President and Senator Kihika for a long time.

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Ahead of the 2017 election, Senator Kihika’s campaigns were largely sponsored by the wealthy businessman.

The little-known Mburu is described as a wealthy, humble, down to earth and generous man, who contributes to harambees.

The soft spoken tycoon, who hails from Solai in Nakuru County, is also known for being a shrewd businessman with strong connections locally and internationally.

DP William Ruto with businessman Samuel Mburu during his and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika’s traditional marriage ceremony at her family’s ranch in Marmanet, Laikipia County, on November 7, 2020.

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Return home

Until 2012, Ms Kihika practiced law in Texas, a career she abandoned and returned to Kenya to venture into politics.

She lost the Bahati parliamentary seat in 2013 and was tapped to contest for the position of Nakuru County Assembly Speaker.

She floored 12 men to become Speaker in 2013 and turned out to be one of the most powerful and influential individuals in Nakuru politics. Since 2013, her meteoric rise in politics has baffled friend and foe alike.

Ms Kihika quickly rose to the top to become Nakuru Senator in 2017, when she beat several male contestants including seasoned politicians like former Molo MP John Njenga Mungai and veteran politician Koigi wa Wamwere by polling more than 270,000 votes.

She made history by becoming the first ever woman Senator in Nakuru.

Senator Kihika has announced that she will run for the Nakuru governor seat, currently held by Lee Kinyanjui.

Some of the other high profile guests and political leaders who graced the ceremony were MPs Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Patrick Mariru (Laikipia West), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), David Gikaria (Nakuru Town East), Samuel Gachobe (Subukia), Kuria Kimani (Molo) and Mathias Robi (Kuria).

Also present were Senators Christopher Lang’at (Bomet), Kithure Kindiki (Tharaka Nithi), Kipchumba Murkomen(Elgeyo Marakwet), Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho) and Samson Cherargei (Nandi), Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter  and Nandi Governor Stephen Sang.

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Remembering Pepe Kalle 22 years after his death

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Arrangements are in place for fans and counterparts to next week mark the 22rd anniversary since the death of Congolese musician Pepe Kalle Yampanya.

The burly baritone voiced singer who collapsed and died on November 29, 1998 in Kinshasa will be remembered as one of the entertainment greats with his Grand Empire Band.

Most of his fans will remember him for some of his popular tunes like ‘Roger Milla’: (dedicated to Cameroonian soccer legend Roger Milla), ‘Moyibi’, ‘Pon Moun Paka Bouge’, ‘Bitoto’ and ‘Amour Pedre’.

Notably, he recorded several collaborations with his long-time counterpart Nyboma Mwandido, who lives in Paris, France. Both had performed together in the early 1970s in Kinshasa.

Though there are no special shows arranged due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some of his former band members including the Kinshasa-based Lofombo Godo will dedicate online shows to him. Lofombo, who is a bass guitarist and producer, also had a stint with the Delta Force band.

Most of the former band members of the Grand Empire Bakuba settled in Europe after Kalle’s death. Among them were Papy Tex (of the ‘Kanda ya Nini’ hit song fame), Elvis Kunku, Ebuya Doris Djuna Mumbafu and Kinanga Boeing.

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Back home, fans of Pepe Kalle will also recall his efforts of incorporating dancing midgets like Ayilla Emoro, Jolie Bebe and Dominic Mabwa in the   stage act of the Empire band.

In Kenya, fans of Pepe Kalle will remember the many tours he made to Kenya from the late 1980s to the early 1990s.  Among the towns he performed include Nairobi and Kisumu.

Meanwhile, The Oyster Bay at Valley Arcade in Nairobi will tomorrow host the Acoustic, Brunch, Bubbly and Jazz show. It will feature special performances by

and Aaron Rimbui.

For the two seasoned afro Jazz musicians, it will be an opportunity to showcase their latest and earlier hit songs. Atemi is known for some of her songs like ‘Someday’, ‘Nairobi’, ‘Imenibamba’ and ‘Kama We’.

As for Aaron, who specialises in the piano and keyboard, some of his popular songs are ‘Simama’, ‘Hafungi Macho’, ‘Karibu’ and ‘Freedom’.  The show starts at 11am and ends at 8pm. According to the organisers, all Covid-19 safety protocols will be observed during the show.

Event has been sponsored by Classic FM and Smooth FM, in conjunction with Oyster Bay. Entrance is Sh3,500 per person (Inclusive of Brunch and Champagne).

Meanwhile, veteran Ohangla musician Tony Nyadundo will next Friday perform during a special Ohangla show at the Treasure Gardens in Kilimani, Nairobi (Opposite Kilimani Primary School).  Nyadundo’s hit songs include ‘Ndoa ya Machozi’ and ‘Isanda Gi Hera’. It will be a welcome back show to his fans after a long break. Show starts at 2pm and ends at 8pm.

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Jacque Maribe: I suffered two miscarriages before I got my son

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Former Citizen TV news anchor and media personality Jacque Maribe says she lost two pregnancies before she got her son Zahari.
Zahari’s father is comedian Eric Omondi.
In an interview with True Love Magazine, Ms. Maribe said she battled infertility and suffering miscarriages was tough for her as she did not know what was wrong.

What made things worse and what made the media personality think she would never get a child was a disclosure by the doctors that she had suffered from the septate.
A septate uterus is a deformity of the uterus, which happens during fetal development before birth. A membrane called the septum divides the inner portion of the uterus, at its middle.

The condition was to be fixed through surgery but luckily she did not go through it.
“We were lucky we found out earlier so I was told I had to undergo surgery to get rid of it and give ourselves a period and wait and now the baby would have at least enough space to carry to maybe 30 something weeks and don’t have to get to 40. I remember I panicked and I said I’m not gonna do this,” she said.

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“It took a while, I can’t remember how many years it was and every day I used to pray and ask God ‘what is too hard for you? I don’t have to have this surgery if you want you can make that thing elastic by whatever miracle but just make it elastic, create space.”


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‘I’ve cried to you countless times,’ Chiki pens letter to man who helped her meet Bien

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Bien Baraza’s wife Chiki Kuruka has for the first time revealed that she met her husband through a friend, Emmanuel Jambo.

Chiki showered Emmanuel, a celebrity and award-winning photographer with love, thanking him for being the best friend one can ever have.

In a length post, the fitness coach-cum-radio presenter wrote,

A story of friendship. Dear @emmanueljambo, You are the force behind so much of what is my life. You introduced me to my husband, you drove me for hours to find my dog, you found us our house. I have cried to you countless times, and laughed with you even more. You are to me, the definition of goodness in this world, and to say I love you doesn’t even come close to the admiration I have for your heart, the respect I have for your soul and the excitement I have for the blessings that will certainly come your way. Happy birthday to my brother, my friend, my family. More Whiskey, more awful dancing, and more picture perfect moments to come. ❤.

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