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Colonel Mustafa: Getting 300 views for my music video on YouTube broke me



Rapper Colonel Mustafa made a last-ditch effort to reenter the music industry on June 10, 2022 with the release of a song titled Maloko.

However, this endeavor was unsuccessful because the song only garnered 300 views on YouTube, giving the rapper a sobering reminder that the music industry is always evolving and does not wait for anyone.

With this, Colonel Mustafa’s descent into poverty officially began. Even other family members turned a blind eye while he struggled both emotionally and financially, abandoning him.

Colonel Mustafa managed to keep his troubles under wraps until recently, when a video of him working in a construction site, looking thin and disheveled, went viral.

“Honestly, my life hasn’t been good, I’ve been suffering for a long time and it’s just that I’ve never talked about it. I was struggling to even put a meal on the table. Music was not working. I went to friends in the industry for help, but no one came to my aid,” Colonel Mustafa said.

It all began after he sold his automobile and invested the proceeds in starting a clothes store and funding the publication of a song, respectively. But neither endeavor paid off the way he had hoped.

In order to make ends meet, he moved into a bedsitter in Utawala and began seeking for odd jobs. He claims that in order to conceal his identity, he always donned a sweatshirt and a face mask while working on construction sites.

“I survived on a budget of Sh200 a day. I decided to work as a casual labourer because I realised that no one was coming to help me and if I did not help myself, I would go to bed hungry. I had no choice. I could not believe that this was my life,” he said.

At the same time, he was battling depression caused by a combination of things. One of them was disappointment at the realisation that he was not getting anything out of all the money he had spent to build his career.

“Releasing a song and only getting 300 views? That was what really gave me depression. It is only after the video of me working at a construction site went viral that it has gone up to 40,000 views on YouTube,” he explains.

When he first broke into the music scene as Deux Vultures with Nasty Thomas, all seemed well. They made instant hits including Mona Lisa, Katika and Kinyaunyau, which earned them significant popularity.

But the fame that came with these big hits couldn’t guarantee their survival in the industry. Colonel Mustafa vividly remembers those days when his pockets were full and his celebrity status was the envy of many.

“I sometimes wonder whether my life would be different now if I had done things differently. When my career was at its peak, I made a lot of money. But being a young man then, I did not spend the money wisely. Now I am mature and I know what to do, but I do not have the money,” he said.


Nyeri teen arrested with homemade gun, bhang to be charged



By Wanja Waweru

A 19-year-old guy was detained by police in Nyeri County after being discovered in possession of a handmade gun that could fire and marijuana.

The National Police Service (NPS) said in a statement that the young man was detained as a result of a tip from the general public.

“Police officers from Munyange Police Station arrested a 19-year-old suspect after he was found in possession of a home-made pistol, stones of cannabis sativa and rolls of the same. He has been remanded in police custody,” the statement read in part.

The NPS also expressed gratitude to the general public for helping to support community police in the battle against crime and illegal narcotics.

A police officer assigned to the General Service Unit (GSU) was also found in possession of a handmade pistol the day before the teen’s arrest.

A failed heist in Kasarani sub-county led to the arrest of Mr. Graham Ndichu Chege, a GSU officer.

On Monday, May 29, 2023, Nairobi News broke the exclusive that the suspect has been on police radar for more than four months.

Officers worried about an armed gang terrorizing people in Kasarani Sub-County knew when, not if, Mr. Chege would be apprehended.

The suspect was being questioned about more robberies that had occurred nearby, according to an investigator with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who is aware of the current inquiries.

“Officers involved in the matter believe that he was the one leading a gang that has been giving the locals in this sub-county a hard time. Plans are also underway to arrest his accomplices,” said the officer, who spoke in confidence as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

According to a police report reviewed by this reporter, Mr. Paul Maina said that three individuals on motorcycles and carrying pistols robbed him at gunpoint of his cell phone at the Cooperative area along Kamiti Road.

“Police officers on foot patrol responded very quickly and with the help of bodaboda riders they chased the suspects to Juja Weighbridge where the suspect’s motorcycle developed mechanical problem and Mr Chege was arrested,” the report reads in part.

As a GSU officer assigned to the GSU Headquarters and Transit Section, Mr. Chege then revealed to the officers that he was to them.

When the police searched him, they discovered a makeshift pistol that they claimed might fire.

“A bloodstained broken knife and a motorcycle with registration number KMFH 031U, make Ranger Black, were recovered,” the police report added.

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Kenyans ranked 87th most unhappy people in the world



The top 20 most miserable persons, according to Hanke’s Annual Misery Index, created by Steve Hanke, modified and ratified by Harvard University, and published by The Wall Street Journal, are listed below.

Inflation, unemployment, and high interest rates are the main causes of these people’s misery.

Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Syria, Lebanon, and Sudan took the top five positions.

Ranked sixth to tenth were Argentina, Yemen, Ukraine, Cuba, and Turkey.

Sri Lanka, Haiti, and Angola were 11th, 12th, and 13th, while Tonga, Ghana, and South Africa were 14th, 15th, and 16th. Ranked 17th to 20th were Suriname, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, and Rwanda.

At the bottom of the list in 87th place was Kenya with a misery index of 29.264 and the main factor contributing to its misery was the interest rate on loans.

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Vihiga: Section of Secondary School dorm razed, no injuries



On Tuesday evening, a portion of a dormitory at Ebunangwe Boy’s Secondary School in Vihiga County caught fire.

Billy Maloba, a witness to the incident, estimates that the fire started at 8 o’clock.

“No one was injured in the accident since it happened when the students were doing their night preps in class,” he said.

Ebunangwe is a mixed boarding and day school.

The school has only one dormitory.

“It was raining around that time so it took a while for people to notice the fire,” Maloba, who said he lives a few metres from the school, said.

He claimed that once the fire was put out by the locals, the Vihiga fire department arrived.

Since property with an unknown value was destroyed, the cause of the fire has not yet been identified.

By the time of publication, the school still had not released a statement regarding the incident.

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