KALONZO MUSYOKA OPENS MOUTH TO CHANGE FEET

Kalonzo Musyoka - Former VP and and deputy leader of the opposition alliance

Kalonzo Musyoka – Former VP and and deputy leader of the opposition alliance

Kalonzo Musyoka sat next to Cord leader Moses Wetang’ula and Anyang’ Nyong’o yesterday at a press conference held at the Serena Hotel in central Nairobi, carried live on television, at which Cord leaders were to give their judgment on one year of the Jubilee administration. Former VP Musyoka was asked by a journalist what alternative solutions he had for rectifying the failures of the governing Jubilee Coalition.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

The journalist’s name is Kennedy Mureithi and this is how the exchange went:

Mureithi: “All you are saying is what is wrong with the government, you are not providing alternative leadership as Cord. You are not saying this is wrong. This is how it should be done.”

Musyoka: “You know, young man, you are entitled to asking, first I don’t even know your name.”

Mureithi: “My name is Kennedy Mureithi from Nation Media Group.”

Musyoka: “Thank you Mureithi, that name betrays it all, I have nothing else to say. Absolutely, I have nothing to say.”

SOMEONE TELL KALONZO MUSYOKA

It didn’t take many minutes for the phrase “Someone Tell Kalonzo Musyoka” to be trending on social media.

Later on during the press conference, Musyoka was asked why he had reacted the way that he did to the question from Kennedy Mureithi. He replied: “I am sorry if I am wrong. We can do this over tea.”

As the furore built up on Twitter, Mr Musyoka issued this statement:

“I in no way intended to neither demean the young man, nor do I harbor any animosity toward him. To the contrary I have tirelessly worked for cohesion in this country and in my lifetime supported many leaders from various communities to include the Kalenjin, Luo, Kikuyu, Coast and this is common knowledge.”

MUSYOKA APOLOGISES?

There were calls for Kalonzo Musyoka to apologise to Mr Mureithi, which according Musyoka quoted in The Star he duly did.

“I did have tea with Mureithi and duly apologized for any hurt my remark would have caused”, Musyoka was reported as stating. “Indeed it was with a light touch but I wish to apologise to him, the entire journalistic fraternity and anybody else who might feel the comments were offensive”.

However, Mr Mureithi tweeted that he had not had tea with the former VP and had received no apology, whereupon Musyoka released a photograph of himself and Mureithi.

Aside from whether an apology has been proffered or not, the Kenya Forum is once again just staggered at the arrogance of some of our politicians. To arrange a press conference and then refuse to answer a question from a journalist because of his name (for which also read ‘tribe’) is outrageous.

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LUPITA NAMED MOST BEAUTIFUL PERSON 2014

Lupita named the most beautiful woman

Lupita named the most beautiful person of 2014

Just two months after being listed among the Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2014 by AskMen a popular lifestyle site in the UK for men, Kenya’s actress Lupita Nyong’o has been named the most beautiful person in 2014 by People’s Magazine, a weekly American magazine of celebrity and human-interest stories which is reported to have the largest audience of any American magazine.

In a breathtaking head shot on the cover of the magazine, the 12 Years a Slave break out star who made history after she scooped an Oscar for best supporting actress, appears as glamorous as always, stunning and not forgetting the enchanting smile that completes the look in just one word; beautiful.

“It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” said Lupita over an interview with the People Magazine adding that she was especially pleased for all the girls who would see her on that cover and feel a little more seen as well.

By gracing the cover of the magazine as the Most Beautiful Person for 2014, Lupita Nyong’o beats other Hollywood beauties like Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kim Kardashian.

INSPIRING BLACK GIRLS

With every height she scales, Lupita continues to inspire hundreds of girls especially in Africa and her signature quote (“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid“) which she remarked during her acceptance speech when she won the Oscar in her supporting role in Steve Mac Queen’s 12 Years a Slave has become a daily inspirational quote for the youth at large.

The society has for a long time defined beauty based on complexion with ‘light skin’ being often regarded as the epitome of beauty. That explains why scores of women in Africa end up bleaching their skins so that they can attain the ‘fair skin complexion’.

Just like majority of dark skinned African girls who have struggled with the tone of their skin at one point in their life, Lupita has been there as well and in February this year during the luncheon of Black Women in Hollywood, she revealed in a moving speech how as a young girl she felt “unbeautiful,” when she was “teased and taunted for her night-shaded skin”. Since then, her fans in Kenya twisted her famous quote to read; “No matter your complexion, your beauty is valid.”

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RAILA ODINGA: IN THE USA FOR GOOD OR ILL?

Raila Oding - underwent surgery in June 2010 to remove water on the brain

Raila Odinga – underwent surgery in June 2010 to remove water on the brain

It may seem an odd speculation to make on a day when The Star newspaper has published a photograph purporting to be Raila Odinga giving a lecture at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, but is Kenya’s former Prime Minister in the USA to study and make the occasional speech, or is he there for medical reasons? In short: is Raila Odinga ill?

RAILA OUT OF POLITICS FOR A MONTH?

It was in mid-March that Raila Odinga headed for the USA to attend a one-month ‘political programme’ for former leaders at Boston University. He publicly stated at the time that the study programme was conditional on the ‘leaders’ not getting involved in politics for the duration of the course.

That in itself seemed strange: that Odinga would pull out of politics for a month just a couple of weeks after his ODM party had all but imploded when internal elections were cancelled following violence at a delegates meeting in Kasarani.

On April 19 it was announced that Mr Odinga was to extend his US tour by a month during which time he would deliver a speech at Columbia University in New York and at Morehouse College in Atlanta, and lay a wreath the Martin Luther King Memorial, in addition to Tuesday’s lecture at the Woodrow Wilson School.

RAILA OUT OF THE FRAME?

Photographs of Raila Odinga have appeared in The Star. One grainy photograph was off Odinga eating at a KFC. Another similarly grainy image appeared of Raila sitting on the hospital bed of President Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango in Boston. Similarly, the photograph of Odinga laying a wreath at Martin Luther King’s memorial was fairly obviously not taken by a professional photographer.

The photograph of Mr Odinga on page six of today’s Star is the work of a professional (the source given being ‘Courtesy’) but is off Raila alone on a platform.

Last year Raila Odinga also delivered a lecture at the Woodrow Wilson School where he was pictured next to other guests and a video of the lecture was released for public consumption. To date there has been no video release for this year’s lecture, or indeed of any of his other speaking engagements.

The Kenya Forum notes that Odinga’s speech on Tuesday has not been reported in the Daily Nation or Standard. As with other aspects of the US tour The Star seems to have almost exclusive access to the reporting of Raila Odinga’s activities.

An interview, or rather a Question & Answer session with Raila Odinga has been published in The Princetonian but again there is no photograph and no evidence that he was interviewed face-to-face.

IS ANYBODY THERE?

To a naturally skeptical journalist (and all journalists should by nature be skeptics), Raila Odinga’s US tour seems be one unaccompanied by independent witnesses, journalists or audiences (unless selected).

It is not surprising that Raila Odinga, fast approaching 70 years of age, has a medical history. In June 2010 he was admitted to Nairobi Hospital suffering from ‘fatigue’ and underwent an operation on his head to remove water from his brain. In April 2008 it was also rumoured that he had been flown to Germany for treatment.

IS THERE A RIGHT TO KNOW?

Do we need to know whether Raila Odinga is having a medical in the USA or indeed undergoing treatment? That is a fair point and one which the Kenya Forum has pondered on for several days.

Our reasons for publishing this admittedly speculative piece is that we have become increasingly convinced that some in the press in Kenya, whom we know are also privately discussing this issue, have not investigated further and what is worse, may already know the truth (at least in part) and are helping to cover it up.

The Kenya Forum wishes Raila Odinga the very best of health but we believe the health of Kenya’s free press is also important and when it comes to a major political figure like Raila Odinga, the public do have a right to know.

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MEDICAL INJECTIONS BLAMED FOR NEW HIV INFECTIONS IN KENYA

HIV needlePracticing safe sex should not be the only concern when it comes to avoiding HIV infection; you also need to be cautious about medical injections if findings of a recent survey are anything to go by.

According to The Standard newspaper, the KENYA AIDS INDICATOR SURVEY has revealed that a significant number of Kenyans are contracting HIV infections from contaminated medical injections. The study pins the situation on several factors which include re-use of needles by medical workers and especially traditional practitioners, poor disposal of used medical waste, and the high number of injections for people who are also HIV positive, among others.

Globally, it’s estimated that there are 250,000 new HIV infections per year as a result of the reuse of needles and syringes.

INFECTED BLOOD CAN LAST FOUR WEEKS

If a needle or syringe is used on an HIV infected person and the same needle is used on another person without proper sterilization, the HIV negative person risks being infected. It had been believed that HIV infected blood on needles, syringes and other medical equipment can survive for up to two hours outside of the body but studies have found that syringes containing HIV infected blood can still transmit HIV even after being rinsed for up to four weeks.

The majority of HIV infections via blood has been among people who inject drugs (PWID).

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SHOULD BE STERILIZED

According to figures by the World Health Organization (WHO), up to 39 percent of injections across the world are administered with equipment that has previously been used and un-sterilized .WHO however maintains that medical equipment should be new or sterilized before use.

The full report on the study is expected to be published in the May issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

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KENYA’S MIDDLE CLASS DRIVING ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA GROWTH

Internet AccessKenya’s total entertainment and media expenditure will exceed US$3 billion in 2017, making it one of the fastest growth rates in the world, a new report has revealed.

According to the report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) titled KENYAN ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA OUTLOOK: 2013-2017, Kenya’s E&M market will grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 16.3 percent in the next five years. The projected growth will mostly be driven by the country’s emerging middle class, demographic changes, urbanization and innovation.

GROWTH OF MOBILE INTERNET AND ADVERTISING

The report also highlights the growth of mobile Internet access and maintains that the fastest growth area in consumer spending will be Internet access (a CAGR of 52%). As reported, the Internet will be the largest market, worth approximately US$961 million in 2017.

SMARTPHONES

The availability of the entry level Smartphone is said to lead to an increase in mobile data usage thusSmartphones providing an ideal platform for advertisers to reach a vast number of consumers and engage them directly. The number of Smartphone connections in Kenya is expected to rise by an average of 40 percent, reaching nearly 19 million by the end of 2017.

The report acknowledges that “the growth and influence mobile phones will have on Internet advertising in Kenya will be of the most significant factors in the development of Kenyan entertainment and media in the next five years” and urges Advertisers to seize the opportunities offered by mobile handsets.

TV STILL MOST EFFECTIVE ADVERTISING PLATFORM

The PwC report indicates that despite the viable advertising platforms that digital media provide, traditional media platforms like television, radio and newspapers will still lead as the most favoured channels of advertising in 2017. TV remains the single most effective channel for advertising in Kenya.

“While digital consumption is becoming increasingly important to consumers, the vast majority of ad revenues will continue to come from the traditional delivery platform” indicates a section of the report.

The PwC report aims to provide an overview of the entertainment and media industry in Kenya as well as deep-dive discussions on sub-sectors like Internet, television, radio, music, publishing, out-of-home advertising, video games and sports.

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