Wednesday, 31 August 2016
31.Aug.2016: Former American ambassador to Kenya Michael Rannerberger paid dowry for his Kenyan wife on Tuesday in a colourful ceremony held at Ololchani village in Narok county.
Rannerberger paid 20 cows as dowry for Ruth Konchellah who he met 10 years ago during a tour at the Enoosaen area.
He had gone to see cows donated by members of the Uasin Gishu clan to the American government, in remembrance of those who died during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
‘’Ruth was among a group of women who welcomed me with a song and dance when I toured the Enoosaen area, after which we spoke briefly [and] she told me that she managed a non-governmental organisation known as ‘Cherise Others’ which was involved in a campaign to fight Female Genital Mutilation and early marriages,’’ Rannerberger said.
From left: Former US Ambassador to Kenya Michael Rannerberger, his wife Ruth Konchellah and his mother-in-law Grace Mesopirr at the dowry ceremony, August 30, 2016 /EDWIN NYARANGI
The former Ambassador said that they exchanged contacts and “one thing led to another”.
He said after they became an item and they have gone on to confound many who thought that their relationship was short-lived.
He described the payment of dowry as “the crowning of their 10-year relationship”.
Former US Ambassador to Kenya Michael Rannerberger and his wife Ruth Kochellah share a plate of nyama choma during the dowry ceremony, August 30, 2016 /EDWIN NYARANGI
Rannerberger was all praises for his mother-in-law Grace Mesopirr, who served as a continuity announcer in the Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation in 1960s.
She was also a cultural assistant in the Kenyan Embassy in France for 25 years.
Rannerberger’s wife Ruth was overjoyed that her husband had decided to adhere to the African customs by paying dowry to her mother.
Rannerberger prepares to cut some nyama choma for his wife Ruth Konchellah during the dowry ceremony, August 30, 2016 /EDWIN NYARANGI
He spent a better part of Monday at the Kilgoris Livestock market bargaining for the cattle.
‘’This is a very special day in my life since I do not know what to say but I am grateful that my husband has seen the need to comply to this very important custom to the members of the Maasai community and all Africans,’’ she said.
From right: Former US Ambassador to Kenya Michael Rannerberger, his wife Ruth Konchellah, his mother-in-law Grace Mesopirr singing a Maasai song at the dowry ceremony, August 30, 2016 /EDWIN NYARANGI
During the ceremony attended by a few invited guests, they ate a lot of nyama choma accompanied with drinks to celebrate the official marriage of Rannerberger and Ruth as per the Maasai Culture.
The couple are going to stay
in the country for a few days after which they will leave for the United States of America where Rannerberger is a Consultant in the Private sector.
From right: Former US Ambassador to Kenya Michael Rannerberger, his wife Ruth Konchellah and mother-in-law Grace Mesopirr in Mesopirr’s home, August 30, 2016 /EDWIN NYARANGI
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
- Mr Rosen said they had left the cameras in their apartment on August 14 but on their return, they did not find the equipment.
- Kilimani OCPD Peter Kattam, when contacted for comment, said he was unaware of the case and promised to follow up.
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The group comprises actress, director and writer Katja Benrath, the group's film director and cinematographer Felix Striegel, the director of production.
The students’ apartment on Muringa Road in Nairobi was raided by a white man, who disguised himself as one of them and made away with the equipment worth Sh12 million.
“We arrived three months ago and have been collaborating with Kenyan film-makers to make a film. We hired the camera from a South African firm,” Tobias Rosen, producer and actor who is one of the students, told the Nation on Tuesday.
Mr Rosen said they had left the cameras in their apartment on August 14 but on their return, they did not find the equipment.
He said a watchman at the apartment said the white man driving a white double cabin pickup truck, whose registration number was recorded, entered the compound after claiming that he was part of the film crew.
“The man lied to him that he was part of our team and made away with the camera and three big cases,” he said.
He said they reported the matter to the Kilimani Police Station under occurrences book number 129/14/8/2016 but their equipment has not been found and neither have they received any feedback from the police.
But Kilimani OCPD Peter Kattam, when contacted for comment, said he was unaware of the case and promised to follow up.
Mr Rosen said his team had been forced to find another camera to continue with their filming.
The students are from German Filmmaking University Hamburg media school. They were in Kenya to produce a 2o minute short movie .
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Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga is in talks with leaders of five other political parties to form a super alliance in his bid to unseat President Uhuru Kenyatta, sources say.
Details of the secret talks began to emerge with Mr Odinga’s key allies and associates talking of what they termed “the mother of all coalitions”.
They exuded confidence that the political machine being assembled would be formidable enough to wrest power from President Kenyatta.
The former Prime Minister, Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi of Amani National Congress and Kanu’s Gideon Moi are said to be the key pillars of the new political powerhouse being formed for the coming elections.
Sources also said Narc, which is led by former Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu, and Narc-Kenya’s Martha Karua were also being wooed into the alliance that will “command adequate votes to defeat the Jubilee coalition”.
One of the opposition leaders in the know told the Nation that Mr Odinga and his key Cord partners had been advised by their strategists to do away with the coalition crafted at the end of 2012.Sources say key leaders of different political outfits part of planned deal.
According to the sources, Mr Odinga was advised that his third presidential bid was weakened by the exit of his former Pentagon colleagues, including Deputy President William Ruto after the post-election fallout.
EMERGING OPPOSITION ALLIANCE
On Sunday, MPs Junet Mohammed (Suna East) and Ayub Savula (Lugari) gave credence to the talks on the emerging opposition alliance and said Mr Odinga and Mr Mudavadi have been in serious talks.
“I can authoritatively confirm that Mr Odinga, Mr Mudavadi, Mr Moi and Mr Musyoka are deep in talks to craft a super alliance to deliver Kenya from the yoke of corruption,” said Mr Mohammed.
Mr Savula, a key associate of Mr Mudavadi, said the opposition talks were serious and that the network being created was far and wide.
“As Luhya leaders, we have sat down with Mr Mudavadi and gave him the green light to go out there and engage his colleagues in the interest of all Kenyans,” the MP said.
But contacted, Mr Mudavadi said he was not aware of any talks aimed at forming a super alliance. “I have said that there is a commonality in some policies but I am not aware of any such talks. ANC is focused on Luhya unity,” he said.
Kanu secretary-general Nick Salat was non-committal on Sunday, saying: “I can neither deny nor confirm.”
Ms Karua declined to comment on the matter while Wiper secretary-general Hassan Omar said the matter was sensitive.
Saturday, 27 August 2016
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Senators Moses Kajwang (second from left), James Orengo (third from left), Hassan Omar (back, centre) and Anyang' Nyon'go (holding shield) in Seme, Kisumu on August 26, 2016. PHOTO | TOM OTIENO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
- Elders say they have resolved that Raila Odinga must run for presidency in next year’s General Election.
- Council of elders chairman Willis Otondi says resolution was influenced by Mr Odinga’s “immense popularity across the country compared to Mr (Kalonzo) Musyoka and Mr (Moses) Wetang’ula, the Ford Kenya leader”.
They ask Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula to rally behind him.Raila Odinga’s position as Cord’s presidential candidate in 2017 is not negotiable, the Luo Council of elders declared on Friday.
During a special sitting at Ofafa Memorial Hall in Kisumu on Friday, the elders said they had resolved that Mr Odinga must run for the presidency in next year’s elections.
“After thorough deliberations and consultations, we have unanimously resolved that Raila’s name must be on the ballot come next year,” council chairman Willis Otondi declared.
The elders asked Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula who also want the Cord ticket, to rally behind Mr Odinga.
Mr Otondi said their resolution was influenced by Mr Odinga’s “immense popularity across the country compared to Mr Musyoka and Mr Wetang’ula, the Ford Kenya leader.”
“This matter is not negotiable,” said council secretary-general Owino Nyady said.
“We own Raila. Raila does not own us. Therefore our resolution is final. Raila must run for presidency in 2017,” he said.
He said the ‘Ofafa Memorial Hall Declaration’ will be communicated to Mr Odinga with immediate effect.
Meanwhile, seven Cord MPs have accused governors in the coalition of failing Mr Odinga by poor services.
The four senators and three MPs claimed that the county chiefs had nothing to show despite being allocated billions of shillings since they were elected four years ago.
According to the politicians, the poor performance of governors could be used as a campaign tool against Mr Odinga’ quest for presidency.
They asked voters to elect leaders who have devolution at heart and those who can represent the Cord leader better in counties.
Senators Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu), Hassan Omar (Mombasa), Moses Kajwang (Homa Bay) James Orengo (Siaya) and MPs Fred Outa (Nyando), James Nyikal (Seme) and Rose Nyamunga said the governors had done little despite the billions of funds channeled to the devolved units.
“Devolution has been tainted by governors who lack the spirit of devolution at heart. We have a bunch of thieves who are keen on their stomachs only,” said Mr Omar in Kisumu during the official launch of Prof Nyong’o’s campaign for governorship.
The Kisumu senator is seeking to remove Governor Jack Ranguma.
“We are not going into politics to amass wealth. We are running for governorship because those who are there have failed,” said Prof Nyong’o.