RAILA’S SISTER RUTH ODINGA TO BE CHARGED

Ruth Odinga with her brother, Nasa leader Raila Odinga

‘INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE’

In a letter posted on the Internet the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko, has declared that Ruth Odinga, the former Deputy Governor for Kisumu County and the sister of main opposition Nasa leader, Raila Odinga, is to be charged with ‘incitement to violence’. Also on the charge sheet is serving Senator Fred Outa.

The charges come in the wake of violent scenes last week in the Kisumu area when training sessions for election of officers were disrupted by youths allegedly supporters of Odinga. During the attacks tents and materials were destroyed and election officials were terrorised.

Other charges announced in the DPP’s statement are destruction of property, obstruction of election officers, and trespassing in an electoral centre.

“The suspects should immediately be charged”, the DPP’s statement says.

With Kenya’s re-run presidential election due to take place on Thursday of this week but with opposition leader Raila Odinga saying he will not take part in the poll, the charges against Ruth Odinga and Senator Outa will inflame an already tense situation. It could be argued however, that the attacks on election officials in Kisumu was also meant to do just that.

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VETERAN ACTOR RAYMOND OFULA FETED AS “ICON IN AFRICA MOVIE INDUSTRY”

By Winnie Kabintie

Veteran actor Raymond Ofula

Kenya’s seasoned actor Raymond Ofula has been honoured with an Icon in Africa Movie Industry award in the 2017 Afro-Heritage Broadcasting & Entertainment Awards (AHBEA), which took place in a red carpet event on Saturday in Houston texas.

According to the organisers Raymond Ofula, who has starred in several local and regional TV productions, has been feted the prestigious award owing to his “hard work, dedication and bulk of achievements”.

“This will be yet another feather in my cap for which I thank God for the gift of talent. To the organizers and my fans locally and now internationally I say thank you with great humility for the recognition, honours, accolades and support,” he said on his Facebook page.

Unfortunately, Raymond Ofula missed his flight and could not make it the awarding ceremony.

“I am among the nominees but will not be physically present to receive the award since I missed my flight,”

Now in its 3rd edition, the Afro-Heritage Broadcasting & Entertainment Awards celebrate and honor eminent Africans who have contributed to the development of the race through their crafts and talents, especially in the entertainment and the broadcasting industries.

M-NET AFRICA WALL OF FAME

In 2013 Mr Ofula was inducted into M-net Africa’s wall of fame and the same year the Kenyan government awarded him a certificate of recognition for his contribution in the arts industry.

Locally, Raymond Ofula has been awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award by Sanaa Theatre Awards (2014) and River Wood Awards (2017), which included the Warrior of Film Industry. He has also bagged a Kalasha Award for Best Actor in a Tv series (Nairobi Law) 2011.

 

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LUPITA NYONG’O – SEXUALLY HARASSED BY HARVEY WEINSTEIN

Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o

KENYAN 12 YEARS A SLAVE STAR TELLS HOW WEINSTEIN PURSUED HER

Kenyan film star Lupita Nyong’o, who won an Oscar for her performance in 12 Years A Slave, has publicly stated in an article in The New York Times that she was sexually harassed by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein who has been accused by numerous actresses of harassment and even rape.

HE WANTED TO TAKE HIS PANTS OFF

Speaking of the one of the first times she met Weinstein when he invited her to his house to the screening of a film, Lupita told how he invited her into his bedroom.

‘Harvey led me into a bedroom — his bedroom — and announced that he wanted to give me a massage. I thought he was joking at first. He was not. For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe. I panicked a little and thought quickly to offer to give him one instead: It would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times’.

‘Before long he said he wanted to take off his pants. I told him not to do that and informed him that it would make me extremely uncomfortable.’

Lupita Nyong’o told the New York Times how she tried to come to terms with the experience.

‘I didn’t quite know how to process the massage incident. I reasoned that it had been inappropriate and uncalled-for, but not overtly sexual. I was entering into a business where the intimate is often professional and so the lines are blurred’.

WEINSTEIN TO LUPITA – “I HAVE A PRIVATE ROOM UPSTAIRS”

Lupita said she had hoped that Weisntein had understood that he had to respect her.

‘He knew when to turn it on if he wanted something. He was definitely a bully, but he could be really charming, which was disarming and confusing. I left feeling that perhaps he had learned my boundaries and was going to respect them’.

But it soon became clear that Weinstein had not learned his lesson when he invited Lupita to dinner.

‘Harvey arrived and the assistant immediately disappeared. We ordered drinks and starters. Again he was offended by my nonalcoholic beverage choice but he didn’t fight me on it as hard. Before the starters arrived, he announced: “Let’s cut to the chase. I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal.” I was stunned. I told him I preferred to eat in the restaurant. He told me not to be so naïve. If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to do this sort of thing. He said he had dated Famous Actress X and Y and look where that had gotten them’.

‘I was silent for a while before I mustered up the courage to politely decline his offer. “You have no idea what you are passing up,” he said. “With all due respect, I would not be able to sleep at night if I did what you are asking, so I must pass,” I replied’.

LUPITA – ” I WANT TO COMBAT THE SHAME”

Lupita Nyong’o wrote that she has gone public about Harvey Weistein’s sexual harassment because she wants to ‘combat the shame’ that the incidents invoked in her.

‘I share all of this now because I know now what I did not know then. I was part of a growing community of women who were secretly dealing with harassment by Harvey Weinstein’.

‘What I am most interested in now is combating the shame we go through that keeps us isolated and allows for harm to continue to be done. I wish I had known that there were women in the business I could have talked to’.

Lupita Nyong’o Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein full article The New York Times, 19 October 2017.

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YOU WON’T READ THIS IN THE NEWSPAPERS – MZUNGU WOMAN SHOT DEAD

Gabriella Maina

GABRIELLA MAINA, HEADMISTRESS OF HILLCREST PREP MURDERED

The headmistress of Hillcrest Preparatory School was shot dead in broad daylight yesterday whilst walking in the Karen area of Nairobi.

Gabriella Maina from Australia was reportedly walking along the road (reports differ as to whether it was Miotoni Road or Warai Road) having just taken her daughter to visit a friend nearby when she was accosted by two men on a boda boda who demanded she give them her mobile phone. The police say Ms Maina refused to hand it over whereupon she was shot in the head and the two attackers escaped having taken the phone.

TRAGIC MURDER BARELY REPORTED

This short report is all that Gabrella Main’s murder warranted in the Kenyan press.

If you search this story you will find it on the Internet as reported in the Australian and British media. The tragic and disturbing news of Gabriella Maina’s murder however, barely received a mention in the Kenyan media, just a very small report in the ‘In Brief’ section on page 22 of today’s Standard, where she was just referred to as ‘an Australian women’.

Ms Maina was well liked and respected at Hillcrest where she taught English, Drama and Italian and had lived in Nairobi since September 2015.

The most disturbing aspect to this story is of course that a woman and mother has been brutally killed. It also disturbing that anyone can just be gunned down on Nairobi’s streets all for the price of a mobile phone. But it is surely also of concern that the Kenyan media appear just not to care.

 

 

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CHEBUKATI: I CAN’T GUARANTEE CREDIBLE POLL ON OCTOBER 26

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati on Tuesday said that he is being frustrated by a majority of the commissioners and maintained that under such conditions it is difficult to guarantee free, fair and credible elections.

“I have made several attempts to make critical changes, but all my motions have been defeated by a majority of the commissioners,” Chebukati said in a press conference.

DIVISIONS WITHIN IEBC

The IEBC chair further added that the divisions at the IEBC were weighing him down and making it hard for him to deliver on his mandate.

“The burden placed on me as chair is huge, yet I can’t move forward with a divided commission. I can’t move forward when presidential candidates refuse to put their personal interests aside and for once, serve their country,” he said.

Chebukati, who was addressing the press shortly after Commissioner Rosslyn Akombe announced her resignation, went ahead to call on IEBC staff who have been mentioned to step aside.

“I am convinced that without critical changes in the key secretariat staff, we may not have a free, fair and credible election. I ask the staff who have been adversely mentioned to step aside and allow the project team to function,” he said.

CHEBUKATI ISSUES ULTIMATUM TO RAILA AND UHURU

Chebukati, who had given everyone a scare with his speech as the opening remarks hinted that he was resigning, also went ahead to call for a meeting between Uhuru and Raila, which he said he would chair.

He also asked the presidential candidates to stop intimidating his staff and let him do his job.

“Political and economic problems can’t be fixed through elections or legal mechanisms alone. As the referee of this contest, I am extending an open invitation to the candidates to a meeting that I will preside over so they can talk,” Chebukati said.

THE RESIGNATION OF ROSELYN AKOMBE – TRUTH, SMOKE AND MIRRORS?

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Dr Roselyn Akombe Resigns, FULL BBC Interview-18.10.2017

Exposed: Weinsten Sexual Harassment

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