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Of many milestones, birthdays and a happy St Valentine’s Day

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I was thinking of how to celebrate my birthday, when news of the Great Milestone broke. The “Nyaonic Man” had taken his final giant step into Ancestordom and eternity. Mzee Moi was one of the few African Presidents whose hands I had shaken. The moral of it, I suppose, is that, up close, these powerful and mighty leaders strike one as humans like us.
They may be grappling with historical, national and international problems but, deep within, they probably have the same needs as we have. They need to know, to experience, to learn, to feel and to share, maybe to love and be loved. It is, indeed, of these needs that opportunists, self-seekers and self-promoters take advantage to flatter, deceive, divert and even pervert otherwise decent people who find themselves in positions of power.
I give no expert opinion about Mzee Moi and the “Nyayo Era”, for the simple reason that I have no expertise to speak of. Moreover, 24 years was quite a long and challenging time for one man to be at the centre of a complex web of competing power interests, some radically ideological, some chauvinistically ethnic, some ravenously greedy and yet others diabolically megalomaniac, seeking self-glorification.
Trying to summarise this in a phrase or two of expert opinion would be presumptuous at best and, at worst, malicious. In any case, the wananchi, including those who benefited, those who suffered and those who stagnated during his rule, have led the way by letting Mzee Moi live out his retirement years in relative peace and dignity.
So, while the bouquets and barbs fly in almost equal measure, a useful exercise might for each of us to mention the few things that we knew about this many-sided man and leave it to impartial analysts to create a full picture of Moi, his times and his legacy.
My own mite’s worth of encounters with the elder were through my performing arts trade, and a few memories of these underline the impressions I hinted at earlier. Once when we had been adjudicating the Schools Drama Festival in Western Kenya, we escorted the winning teams to State House Nakuru to perform for the President.
One of the winning items was a powerful poem, “Mababa Sukari” (sugar daddies), by a young pupil from the Coast. I remember the quick hushed consultations among the adjudicators and the producers about the suitability of the poem for its august audience.
We let the young lady perform, with some strict instructions to her about how and where to gesticulate on her mkarara (refrain), which ran, “hawa mababa sukari ni watu wabaya sana” (these sugar daddies are really bad people). The girl performed marvellously, but most of our eyes were focused on the President’s face, to gauge his response. He was apparently impressed and even amused by the young performer’s ingenuous but firm denunciation of the malignant vice.
At KU, where the President was a frequent visitor, we had come to learn that one of Moi’s favourite hymns was “It Is Well with My Soul”. Our late choirmaster, George Senoga-Zake, and his assistants often managed to fit it into the repertoires of the shows that the elder attended.
At a cultural extravaganza that we staged at the then-Regent Hotel in the late 1990s, I remember Mzee Moi being visibly excited at a high-voltage tae kwon-do exhibition choreographed by my friend and then-junior colleague Tony Njuguna. Njuguna and his friend John Kiarie were to be the creators of the memorable politico-satirical “Redykyulass” TV series, which I understand the late President also enjoyed watching.
Satire, as you know, exploits contradictions, and maybe contradiction is one of the guides to the departed leader’s enigmatic personality and career. I might have sounded like a praise singer to Moi, so far. But I am not, and I do not want to be. I know that a lot of things went wrong and affected us during his rule. The people in academics did not have it easy in those days and the fate of colleagues and personal acquaintances, like Alamin Mazrui, Maina wa Kinyatti and others, was first-hand knowledge to me. A sense of fear and apprehension prevailed among a large section of the Kenyan academe, as I have mentioned elsewhere.
The question in my mind is: was it this avuncular man, who enjoyed a theatre or musical show, who loved children and promoted girl-child education, the same man who oversaw the hawkish system that detained, jailed and sent some of my colleagues into exile? Was he really in charge of it or was he, too, a hostage to it to a certain extent? In my abysmal ignorance, I can offer neither defence nor attack, neither praise nor blame.
About my birthday, it is just round the corner, on February 10. As you might note, I share the birthday with German playwright Bertolt Brecht, author of The Caucasian Chalk Circle and The Good Person of Schezwan, and also the Russian Nobel Prize winner, Boris Pasternak, of Doctor Zhivago fame. That is not bad company, is it? As you read this, the champagne is on the ice, and the icing is setting on the cake. I am gearing up for a grand celebration of my 76th birthday.
Do you remember my promising you, and myself, that I will be winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2024? That is in four years’ time and I will be only 80, a sprightly, youthful octogenarian. I know, if you keep reading me, you will keep me writing and going, as you have done up to now.
I can best thank you by inviting you to be my Valentine.
It is the season, and I wish you the best of it. My take on love, as you know, is that, at its best, it is sincere and honest dialogue, communication and total respect. That is how and why the promoter of healthy, decent love, Bishop Valentine, is a Saint.
Happy Saint Valentine’s Day.

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‘I conceived after not being able to concieve for a while,’ singer Amani narrates

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Gospel artiste Cecilia Wairimu aka Amani has for the first time revealed that at some point in her life she wasn’t able to get a child.

The former secular singer and her Nigerian husband Chinasa Udeala welcomed their first child together in May this year.

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Amani shared a photo she took a few months ago when she was pregnant, narrating how she was unable to conceive for a long time.

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‘When I took this picture last year I was pregnant but lost it. It hurt but at that moment I chose not to grumble or murmur or get angry. Though disappointed, I refused to give up and lose faith. I had conceived after not being able to conceive for a while.So I realized that my season had come and it was just a matter of time,’ he wrote.

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‘I thanked God in advance and the following month I conceived again and this time the pregnancy was sustained.Today I hold my gift from God in my arms… My baby.It is still so surreal.Yahweh is a faithful God who is always on time. All the glory goes back to him.’

Amani is now a mother of two.

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Her followers reacted to her testimony and below are the reactions;

kambuamuziki Congratulations mama. God is good 💝💝💝

size8reborn 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 wow HALLELUJAH

joyceomondi Amen and congratulations!🤗

dkkwenyebeat CONGRATULATIONS. GOD IS FAITHFUL ALWAYS

njeshqabbz I have missed you dear. Congratulations @amanigospel

wahukagwi Congratulations mami!!!!!!!!! 💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾 soooooo happy for you!!!!!

celestinendinda Amen🙏🙏🙏. Congratulations

ednazippy Congratulations dear. God is great God is faithful

annendiranguwanjiku Wow, Congratulations gal……This is great news. Your God will never disappoint you.

bhoketatiana Our faithful God who keeps his promises and answers prayers. Am so happy for you. Glory be to God 😍

gracewairimugithaiga Glory to od.congratulations❤

mfalme_001 Congratulations. Who is like our God, fearful in praise, doing wonders!!

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Counties urged to re-align funds to post COVID-19 challenges – KBC

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County Governments have been urged to re-align their County Integrated Development Plans (CIDP) to fit into the post-COVID-19 challenges.

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North Eastern Regional Population Coordinator Moses Ouma says devolved units will have to suspend some of their projects and reallocating more resources to the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

North Eastern Regional Population Coordinator Moses Ouma says challenges posed by the COVID -19 pandemic require a multi-agency approach.

According to Ouma, the best approach is planning on how best to manage the health crisis that has caused adversely affected livelihoods.

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The coordinator said the most affected are the women and girls adding that more funding should be channelled towards programmes that address challenges affecting them.

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“The theme could not be more appropriate considering the challenges that have been presented by the pandemic to women and girls. By safeguarding our women and girls is safeguarding the future of our society,” Ouma said.

Ouma urged parents to be more involved in the lives of their children especially now that reopening of schools has been suspended until early next year.

“As we plan to reopen schools early next year, where do we place these teenage girls? We have to plan now because the future of these girls lies in the hands of the government and the parents alike,” he added.

On his part, Garissa County Finance CEC Roble Nuno said that the county has reallocated resources from various projects by giving priority to the presidential directive of establishing 300-bed capacity facilities for COVID-19 patients in each county.

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Pastor Kanyari explains breakup with Betty Bayo using Harmonize’s hit One Night Stand

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Pastor Victor Kanyari has spoken out about his ex-wife’s damning posts abut their come-we-stay marriage.

“In my past relationship, I made mistakes from day 1, followed by more than 1000 more mistakes. Though I was still a Christian and still saved I moved in with a man three weeks after we met with no wedding or anything legal ata affidavit hakuna, unlike the expectation of many, nilienda come we stay sorry I mean come we fight.

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Betty Bayo regrets come-we-stay marriage to Prophet Kanyari

Pastor Kanyari explained that it is okay to walk away from a relationship that doesn’t work.

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“People get into depression because of a breakup. You should not. Remember, you have had other breakups before where you dumped someone, so when you get dumped take it at your own stride.”

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“If she was not your destiny, there is no need to grovel and beg for her to come back. If she decides to stay, well and good. If she decides to leave, and move on, so be it. Move on and look for someone else who makes you happy and ensure you support your children.”

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Kanyari explained that one should “also give that lady a chance to move on if she meets Jesus that is also well and good. Don’t kill anyone or beat anyone because they want to leave, there are many other people out there you can hook up with.”

The pastor noted,

“Anaye kupenda mpende, asiye kupenda wachana na yeye. I saw Harmonize’s song where he sung about it.”

The song Pastor Kanyari was talking about was released in May 2020, in it Harmoze sings,

“Siku hizi kupendwa pendwa imepitwa an muda, yaani akikupa kula akizusazusa mwingine atakuja…”

If you haven’t watched it, check it out below.

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