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How Kerich became Governor Sonko’s ‘Mr Fix It’

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Nairobi City County Executive member for Lands, Charles Kerich, displays the budget briefcase when he was the Acting Finance Executive. FILE PHOTO

By COLLINS OMULO

When Charles Korgoren Kerich was interviewed in October last year, he had been shortlisted by Governor Mike Sonko to become the ICT and E-Government executive in his inaugural cabinet.

He duly sailed through the vetting process by the Nairobi County Assembly Appointments Committee and a month later he was sworn for that position.

Also a year down the line, the former Radio Africa Group Editor-in-Chief has grown in stature to become Governor Sonko’s ‘Mr Fix It’.

He is the go-to county executive whenever Mr Sonko is making changes to his cabinet having held fort at four county departments since being sworn in last November.

Apart from the ICT and E-Government that he was vetted for last year, Mr Kerich has been at the helm of Finance and Health dockets in an acting capacity, and is currently the Lands, Urban Renewal and Housing department executive.

INVALUABLE RESOURCE

Currently, he holds both Lands and Health dockets, the latter in an acting capacity following the suspension of Veska Kangogo, who was interestingly also holding the position in an acting capacity after the suspension of Hitan Majevdia in July this year.

So what makes Kerich such an invaluable human resource in Governor Sonko’s government?

Political analyst and University of Nairobi lecturer Professor Herman Manyora opines that Mr Kerich’s background as a journalist gives him an edge among other executives.

Prof Manyora also points out that  Kerich could be the most loyal and trusted cabinet member that Governor Sonko has at his disposal.

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“Either he is so competent that whenever there is need he is called upon to act or he could also be the most loyal and trusted among the county executives. Being a media person could also be a plus for him. He could be an expert in conflict and crisis management,” says Prof Manyora.

MEDIA BACKGROUND

Nairobi County Assembly minority whip Peter Imwatok admits that indeed the Lands executive’s experience in the media industry gives Kerich an edge over his counterparts as he knows how to relate with Governor Sonko.

“He is a sharp guy and when you listen to him you get that impression. I believe Kerich also understands how Governor Sonko thinks since they used to work together when he was in the media. So he must know more about him than other executives. He might be the ‘Mr Fix It’ that we agree every government must have,” Imwatok said.

The ODM MCA, however, says the constant shifting of Mr Kerich from one department to the other is contravening the County Governments Act which says that every county member must be appointed according to his profession.

“He is not being used optimally where he is supposed to be. He applied for the ICT docket because that is where his profession lies not in Lands, Finance or Health. The problem is the governor who does not understand his (Kerich’s) profession,” he said.

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Check out the multimillion mansion Jalang’o lives in!

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Radio presenter Jalang’o is a man who loves the good life. Just from what he wears, drives and finally where he finally lives!

After keeping his home private for years, the Milele FM presenter ended up showing off his house unintentionally through a video on his page. From his caption, he was for sure on a mission to promote his YouTube channel.

For days now Jalang’o has been trying to clean up his act and name after Blogger Edgar Obare exposed him for cheating on his wife. According to reports Jalas and his WhatsApp group friends would invite young girls to Ng’ong where they would party; and have fun later on at some certain rented apartment in Nairobi.

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Jalang’os home

Well, we can’t tell why his wife Amina Chao wasn’t enough for the presenter but all in all Jalang’o has since learnt the importance of staying faithful to his wife,

Anyway as seen on the screenshots shared below, Jalang’o undeniably lives at one of the most fanciest homes in Nairobi. We are not sure whether the house is a rental or one that he bought; but the truth is, Jalang’os home is goals!

This is where he lives with his newly wedded wife and rumor has it that the couple already has children together; but as usual, Jalang’o refuses to publicize his family just to keep people talking online.

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Employees

As much as Jalang’o image has tarnished by his extra marital affairs; we also can’t help but applaud him for being a good boss!

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In his latest videos shared on Instagram stories, the Milele FM host is often seen hanging out and bonding with his Gardners; something most bosses would never do! However as for Jalas, he simply can’t forget where he started from and for this reason, has every right to treat his employees as his simple friends. Anyway check out photos of his home below.


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Why we need to touch and be touched: The Standard

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Physical touch triggers the release of dopamine and serotonin (Photo: Shutterstock)

In the 13th century, Germany’s King Frederick II came up with a diabolical study to find out if children would learn to speak if they weren’t spoken to. He wanted to prove that they would naturally speak German.

For the research, Frederick took babies from their mothers at birth and placed them under the care of nurses. The nurses were strictly forbidden from speaking to the babies or even in their hearing. Frederick also imposed a second rule: the nurses weren’t allowed to unnecessarily touch the infants.

But to Frederick’s disappointment, the study had to be cut short because all the babies died. In 1248, an Italian historian named Salimbene di Adam observed: “They could not live without petting.”

In an increasingly touch-averse world, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, we can forget the power of physical touch. But as evidence shows, touch deprivation can have far-reaching, negative health implications.

Health benefits of touch

Kisses, hugs, holding hands and pets have profound health benefits for both the giver and the receiver. 

Various studies have shown that touch signals safety and trust, soothing our anxieties. In a 2006 study by Jim Coan and Richard Davidson, participants getting a painful blast of white noise while laying in an fMRI scanner showed heightened brain activity usually linked to responding to threat and stress. However, participants who had their romantic partner stroking their arm didn’t show this reaction at all. Basically, touch switched off their threat response, making them less anxious.

Touch has been shown to increase the time spent in restorative deep stages of sleep (Photo: Shutterstock)

How? This effect can be explained by the fact that physical touch triggers the release of dopamine and serotonin. These are two neurotransmitters that help regulate your mood as well as relieve stress and anxiety. A 2004 study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, patients with breast cancer showed an increase in dopamine and serotonin levels after receiving massage therapy.

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Various studies by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine show that touch can help boost natural killer cells that attack bacteria, viruses and cancer cells. In a 2015 set of studies, touch was shown to boost the immune systems of people who had been exposed to the common cold. After exposing the participants to the virus, researchers found that the people who had more touch from their social interactions battled infection more effectively and exhibited fewer signs of illness.

Touch has been shown to increase the time spent in restorative deep stages of sleep. This leads to other health benefits, including stress reduction, lower heart rates and lower blood pressure?

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Kisses, hugs, holding hands and pets have profound health benefits for both the giver and the receiver

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‘I wanted to call you last week we laugh…’ Jacque Maribe mourns Allan Makaka

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Jacque Maribe mourns

Jacque Maribe has mourned the untimely death of her friend Allan Makaka. Allan, a former Kenya Rugby Sevens player died in a tragic accident along Mombasa Road on May 23 after he rammed into a trailer.

The 37-year-old was until his death the Business manager in charge of Royal Media Services’ Hot 96 FM.

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Wreckage of Allan Makaka

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Allan during his career scored most tries for Kenya in the 2004-2005 World Rugby Sevens Series. In a memo to its staff, Royal Media Services wrote,

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing on of our colleague Allan Makaka, Business Manager in the Commercial department through a tragic road accident.”

Allan Makaka

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Jacque Maribe is among the many friends Allan had and while mourning his demise, she reminisced the good pal he was.

“I don’t even know what to say. And I literally wanted to call you last week we laugh about something. This is so devastating Allan you can’t just dim your lights like that. And you always called me cousin. Sleep well, tutaonana baadaye,” read her post.

Check out more messages from Kenyans and the rugby fraternity

Fred Obachi When we all thought it’s Covid19 we have to worry about, then you get to hear that a young vibrant gentleman has just lost his life as a result of a tragic road accident! RIP #AllanMakaka a “marketing” genius.

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Cleophas Malala It is with profound sadness of heart that I have learnt the untimely demise of a friend and a brother ALLAN MAKAKA.Our friendship spans from the days when we were both pupils at St. Peter’s Mumias Boys Primary and later at UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY.

Willis Raburu RIP Allan Makaka you guy, you guy, my guy. Always the life of the office! Rest well bro.

Kenya Rugby Union It is with deep sorrow that we have learnt of the passing of Allan Makaka following a traffic accident on Saturday 23 May 2020. A warm individual off the pitch, Allan’s death is indeed a huge loss to his family, friends, colleagues and the rugby fraternity. May God grant his family, friends, team mates and colleagues strength during this trying time.

Shujaa Pride We are deeply saddened by the death of former #Kenya7s International player Allan Makaka who passed away today in a tragic road accident. Our most sincere condolences goes out to his family and friends. Rest in Peace Champ.

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