February 25th 2018


Safaricom launches new music streaming service

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 15 Feb 2018 15:00 EAT

The service will launch with a free 14-day trial. Thereafter customers will have the freedom to choose a subscription plan that suit them at Sh25 a day, Sh150 weekly or Sh499 monthly.

Yussuf Dayib Ali's vision to transform the water sector in Wajir

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 30 Dec 2017 21:24 EAT

“We need above everything else a good strategic plan for the five years to solve the water crisis in the entire county. Whatever we do, our results should be unquestionable at the end of the current administration,” he said.

Wajir Assembly's former security boss shines as the new Wargadud MCA

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Thursday, 30 Nov 2017 19:21 EAT

"We have several priorities once that fund is implemented. Health workers staff quarters in Kitulo, the Qajaja Hungai Road improvement, water projects and ECD classrooms are among the projects the community have identified for funding this year," he told this writer.

Youngest Wajir MCA Mohamed Nunow Shuriye promises open doors to electorate

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Thursday, 30 Nov 2017 19:18 EAT

"I want to be reachable to the people, to consult at every stage of our project implementation and ensure that the people own the development conducted in their name and through their resources," he said.

The officers, who are all in uniform, are in apparent hurry to quench their thirst and report back to duty, as can be seen in the photo above, which by last night had been shared over 100 times on Facebook.

Senegalese bassist Alune Wade stars at Safaricom Jazz concert

Julliet Mwihaki | Tuesday, 07 Nov 2017 14:12 EAT

At 13, the bass became Wade's chosen instrument and with his father's encouragement joined his orchestra. One year later, he joined Ishmael Lo's band, touring as his bassist all across the globe. In 2006, Wade released his debut solo album 'MBOLO' (which means unity in Wolof).

BLAZE youth empowerment summit heads to Machakos County this weekend

Kenneth Kuria | Tuesday, 07 Nov 2017 12:17 EAT

So far 3 regional summits have successfully been held in Meru, Nakuru and Eldoret regions empowering over 25,000 BLAZERS. Over Sh2.2 million worth of cash has been given in business support to deserving ventures that have demonstrated potential to grow and ingenuity.

Wajir women rep holds Uhuru’s birthday bash for inmates

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Thursday, 26 Oct 2017 16:47 EAT

The MP counselled the inmates about life’s challenges and promised to support them through community initiatives she will implement through her office. She said she was particularly keen on working on issues around the rights and social needs of women inmates.

Young and fit, Korof-Harar MCA makes mark with only two months in office

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Tuesday, 24 Oct 2017 19:01 EAT

"I was reached by family members including community elders, youth and women who determined that this ward needed a new kind of leadership," he told this writer in an interview. And winning he did, garnering 1,667 votes.

Wanjigi: Uhuru destroying my house where Jubilee deal was struck

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017 13:09 EAT

“The alleged discovery of illegal guns in Wanjigi’s homes is a set up by the police. Even the public display of weapons recovered in Wanjigi’s Malindi home are photographs taken in 2012. That is why Jimmi should be left alone”, said Raila.

At 13, the bass became Wade’s chosen instrument and with his father’s encouragement joined his orchestra. One year later, he joined Ishmael Lo’s band, touring as his bassist all across the globe. In 2006, Wade released his debut solo album ‘MBOLO’ (which means unity in Wolof).

"This is a Luo mass action, not Kenyan. Luos dying and getting injured in the streets. It's okay," Mr Ichungwa wrote. The Tweet was retweeted more than a hundred times and copied into Facebook where Kenyans have been commenting on it.

New Habaswein MCA seeks to improve representation for marginalised region

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 14 Oct 2017 17:39 EAT

With a month of sittings, the MCA has already emerged as a very active participant in assembly matters. He is is bold and speaks his mind on matters before the house.

Wajir's experienced MCA Mohamud Gabane Noor takes Majority Leader's post with storm

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 19:32 EAT

With Ambassador's win against Abdullahi during the recent elections, his team is controlling both the county assembly and the executive. Mr Mohamud was unanimously elected by the Jubilee Party elected and nominated MCAs and their allies in the assembly.

New MCA pledges to put exemplary career in service of Wajir people

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Monday, 09 Oct 2017 17:51 EAT

Mohamud Abdulla Maalim, a radio and transmission expert pledged to employ his communication skills and proficient in Microsoft Office Suite to ensure that he delivers according to his campaign manifesto.

Safaricom's Blaze to host third youth empowerment summit in Eldoret

Njuguna Kiru | Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017 16:47 EAT

This follows a successful kick-off of the first two summits held at Meru Polytechnic and Nakuru's Afraha Stadium attracting a total of 15,000 Blazers. Also SH1.5M worth of cash has been given in business support to deserving ventures that have demonstrated potential to grow and ingenuity.

MP who wanted governor raped casually withdraws comments, no charge yet

Joshua Mwangangi | Thursday, 21 Sep 2017 16:00 EAT

Mr Mbai apologized publicly on one of the Kamba local radio stations. “Ngilu is like my mother or elder sister to me and I can’t lack manners to her, I am very sorry for what happened”, said Mbai Wednesday morning. Ngilu has kept silence about the issue.

Safaricom takes second 'Summit of Blaze BYOB' to Nakuru County

Njuguna Kiru | Friday, 15 Sep 2017 11:34 EAT

Over three hundred participants have been pre-screened for the Nakuru co-creation camps. Those with the best business ideas will get funding courtesy of BLAZE as well as get a chance to audition for Season Two of the BYOB TV Show.

Charismatic new Kisii MP man to watch in August house

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 02 Sep 2017 19:28 EAT

Those accompanying Osoro at the press conference included MPs Janet Ongera (Kisii women representative), Sen. Beatrice Kwamboka (Nominated ODM), Jared Okelo (Nyando) and Samuel Atandi (Alego Usonga) and a number of MCAs from Kisii and Nyamira counties.

Taximan wins Goma Lotto Mega Million draw

David Jagongo | Thursday, 31 Aug 2017 16:58 EAT

The product is aimed at helping the winners, especially young Kenyans attain self employment.In addition to cash prizes, we are introducing asset award program that will see winners win assets such as motorcycles''', said Saruni.

Aspirant devises talent as he seek MCA seat in Wajir County

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 29 Jul 2017 15:55 EAT

The famous footballer in Wajir County who retired at the level of captain of Barcelona team of Wajir, is using his past experience to promote the game and others in the ward as well as in the county.

The late Musyoki was a unique artiste respected in the community and the record he left has never been broken since his demise. The late Musyoki was born in April 1970 in Kimangu village Yatta division in the old Machakos District during those years. He went to Kimangu primary school.

Three young Kenyans receive Queen’s award for improving lives of others

Derrick Kiraka | Wednesday, 05 Jul 2017 15:29 EAT

According to the website, Ngetich launched the site after he read a World Health Organisation report on low accessibility of medicine of essential medicine in all developing countries.

Wavinya Ndeti’s Yaliyo ndwele sipite wording becomes a song

Joshua Mwangangi | Monday, 03 Jul 2017 17:32 EAT

It was advantageous for one of Kenyan artiste M.C. Jangi who was seen to have been eager waiting for Wavinya to utter such verb for him to hurry and compose his new song.

After Elgeyo Marakwet, he was transferred to Thika and finally Wajir, where he was deployed specifically to help in the fight against terrorism. It is from Wajir where he resigned in February 2017 to join politics while serving at the rank of AP Inspector.

All arrangements for the burial were almost complete when the baby was heard crying from a ‘temporary mortuary’ within the home compound. A grave had already been dug and a burial permit obtained from the office of the local Chief with a pastor invited to lead the burial ceremony.

Wajir’s top watchdog, MCA chairing PAC and PIC, destined for easy re-election

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 17 Jun 2017 15:18 EAT

"I played a vital role to supervised Wajir county fund as the committees chairperson," he told this writer in an interview, describing his role in the parliament and the challenges of holding top public officials to account.

His administration saw the building of six boreholes and all of them are functional. The county government has also build one mega dam in the region, while in health a maternity wing has been constructed at both Burder and Kursin hospitals.

To her consternation, many people wondered how she managed to capture that hostile creature and they were afraid that, since she managed to sell a strange wild creature, the lady could decide to steal and sell their chickens or goats.

Wooten and Bailey were visiting Kenya on the invitation of Sammy Lutomia, the founder of non-profit organization Global Youth Groove that aims to transform the lives of Kenyan youth through music. During their stay in Kenya they also visited Ghetto Classics music program in Korogocho.

The MCA has overseen the drilling of several boreholes, two of which are currently in use. Alongside these were underground water tanks for various centers, also funded by the county government, and several water tracking most of them through personal initiatives.

In the last elections, Issa was the campaign manager and political adviser of Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Mohamud. He is among the top professionals from Wajir County who served at different capacities in government sectors.

Civil engineer Ahmed Bashane Gaal gears to modernise Tarbaj area as MP

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 10 Jun 2017 19:42 EAT

Born in the area, he schooled at Tarbaj Primary School and Wajir High School before joining the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology for a degree in civil engineering. After graduating from university, he worked at different levels both at government and prastatals jobs.

Adan has joined politics because he is the sole candidate of Garen Council of Elders. He is fully prepared to do what it takes to become Bute MCA and has been holding meetings with youths, women and other influential segments of society to propagate his campaign.

Bishar outclasses all with a show of sincere intent to battle down the problem. ‘When they have proved to us beyond doubt through action and word they cant end this problems, they still want to play with the mind of the people and talk unreal of situation facing the common mamas.

M-Net television channel introduces new shows

Jack Otwala | Thursday, 01 Jun 2017 16:27 EAT

American Gods has been tagged with a high age restriction (R18VSNL) as it contains mature, graphic subject matter of a sexual, violent and religiously themed nature.

Veteran Wajir West peacemaker poised for victory in Arbajahan MCA race

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Thursday, 01 Jun 2017 16:02 EAT

When this reporter met him in Wajir Town to discuss the rationale of his confidence, he attributed his good odds in the race also to age, asserting that he had worked among the community for decades and earned the people's trust.

He also says that his experience as an MCA had opened his eyes to some of the legislation and policies the Senate needs to make to make county governments more effective and accountable to the electorates.

Global humanitarian specialist Ahmed Abdisalan touted to beat Wajir North MP

Mohamed Gedi and Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Tuesday, 30 May 2017 17:11 EAT

Armed with these professional skills, Ahmed rose as a humanitarian staffer in the Kenya government and international NGOs. Some of his notable posts and achievements in both the national government and non state sector include but not limited to Regional Coordinator, the Kenya Red Cross.

Safaricom woos Karatina fans with Grove Awards tour

Nyambura Muthoni | Tuesday, 30 May 2017 17:07 EAT

‘Thitima’ hitmaker Stigah and Kymo were the show stopper at the gospel party which had Mercy Masika, Size 8, Apostle Anthony Musembi, Kelele Takatifu, Pitson and Daddy Owen among other music stars.

Mr Kamau's decision not to put the people through another election has been welcomed by his supporters and opponents alike, and he is expected to play an important role in the county's politics in the next five years and beyond, as a shadow opposition and leader recognised for his sacrifice.

His manifesto gives priority to educational, health and economic development of Ademasajida. He told this writer that his first initiative in office if he wins will be to create a framework for microfinance that will help the people of Ademasajida access small business loans at no interest at all.

He added that this nation needs a leader who is God-fearing and respects the religion of each other. He also promised to fight terrorism but said Kenyans must understand the root causes of terrorism, which is based on extremism and should be distinguished from rebellion.

"She is not my wife, we divorced in 1993, but because I am an African man, I saw no need for my children to suffer so I accepted to house her because she was suffering in Nairobi," said Mr Muthama while addressing media at his Tala home.

Kisumu residents intrigued by 'broke' ODM nominee's support among womenfolk

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:38 EAT

Mr Ouda's triumph has sent tongues wagging in the lakeside city with pundits intrigued by the high number of women voters who came out to back him and in fact spawned a new Luo proverb in the town laced with sexual connotations - "Ng'ama dhako kochiki ni miyi to miyi".

Top Raila lawyer Caroli Omondi loses IEBC nomination on simple legal technicality

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 16 May 2017 10:40 EAT

Mr Omondi had more than a week since ODM issued the certificate to Mr Mbadi to make up his mind whether to run as an independent candidate, but he resigned from ODM only on May 8, apparently working with the IEBC deadline in mind rather than the legality of his own resignation .

Youthful MCA nominee rallying Kasipul peers toward economic empowerment

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 13 May 2017 18:05 EAT

Geoffrey's feat was no less remarkable. With 1,570 votes, he won in seven out of  the 14 polling stations in his ward. In fact, even as an MCA aspirant he received more votes than the third-placed parliamentary contender, Mr Ongiri, who also happens to come from his ward.

Wajir West's Uhuru strongman hopes to recapture seat against NASA wave

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Friday, 12 May 2017 16:54 EAT

“I support president Uhuru re-election for the development track in Kenya.” On the governorship, he said he supports Ambassador Mohamed Abdi, saying the aspirant is simplicity, accountable leader, and he will fulfill the ward development fund bill.

Of all the large tribes in Nairobi (with Kikuyu, Luo and Kamba) the Luyias are the only one that did not win a countywide seat in Nairobi in 2013 and they seem determined to change their fortunes.

The aspirant, who will be battling with three other contenders, is one of the most educated officers to have served in Kenya’s military. In addition to combat training, he holds a degree in military science and a masters in security strategic studies from Makarere University.

Muthama meets his match in Machakos, and she's his former wife

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 10 May 2017 14:21 EAT

Though Ms Agnes Kavindu Muthama is running for the women representative post but the mere fact that she joined the Jubilee has raised her profile in the party's ranks, catapulting her to a coordinator of sorts for Jubilee activities in Machakos responsible for efforts to reach the youth and women's

Youthful gospel singer Alfred Kakungi sees great future for industry

Joshua Mwangangi | Sunday, 07 May 2017 18:47 EAT

While in the job, he joined the Kenya Institute of Professional Studies (KIPS) where he pursued a Diploma in Sales and Marketing. The college offered him the chance to explore his talents and career options among the student population. It was over for him with sales and marketing career.

Due to their love and concern for the youths and especially during this election period, the group worked on Papa, which will influence the youths away from licentiousness and promote responsibility in family and leadership.

Contenders for Male Artist of The Year include Daddy Owen, Eko Dydda, Guardian Angel, Kris Eeh Baba, Pastor Anthony Musembi and Pitson, while Alice Kimanzi, Evelyn Wanjiru, Kambua, Princess Farida, Size 8 and last year's winner Mercy Masika will battle it out for Female Artist of The Year.

Brave Murang'a man saves dad from leopard's jaws

Mary Muthoni | Thursday, 04 May 2017 12:21 EAT

It’s at this stage that his son heard his cries and came to rescue, spearing the animal on the head. Undeterred, the cat charged at Esbon, who managed to wrest it to the ground and squeezed its throat and immobilized it. The cat tore his flesh as the two enemies struggled.

Migori rivals Obado, Ayako have new fight: Who is more Jubilee mole than other

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:16 EAT

"By defecting from ODM, today Hon Ochilo Ayako has confirmed that he is more Jubilee than me," the governor said in reaction to Mr Ayako's announcement that he would run as an independent candidate despite appeals from ODM that he should accept defeat.

The first of the two photos that have been widely shared on social media shows Mr Midiwo holding the middle-aged voter by the collar of his shirt ready to punch him in the face. In the second, the voter runs for the door of the nearby house, ostensibly to take cover as the MP follows in hot pursuit.

While Ms Omanga's rise to public limelight is so linked to her image as a beautiful, confident soul that the picture of her lost in her loss was shared thousands of times by supporters and non-supporters alike. Some commenters wondered whether the lady had taken the myth of her popularity (she was n

A great mobiliser who has endeared herself to women and youths, Rita believes she is the right choice for the position, pointing to the developmental work she has done over the last four years through  Mashinani Initiative, a community based organisation that she founded and leads.

Kangundo couple celebrates 67th wedding anniversary in style

Oscar Ndunda | Monday, 24 Apr 2017 14:09 EAT

Staunch Catholic believers, Mr Ngui and his wife who are blessed with 10 children, 33 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, said that the secret behind their marriage's success was the fear of God and understanding for each other in the relationship.

Up and coming singer Katempa aims to take Kikuyu music beyond the tribe

Nyambura Muthoni | Sunday, 23 Apr 2017 20:07 EAT

His main career goal is to promote Kikuyu music beyond the tribe. In the next five years, Katempa intends to have his music being appreciated by every tribe despite it being Kikuyu. "I want to take Kikuyu music to the next level," he told this writer in an interview.

Kenyan Jazz All Stars Edition to go down in Carnivore April 30

Edith Kariuki | Saturday, 22 Apr 2017 08:37 EAT

Over 10,000 music fans attended the week-long celebrations held as part of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival in February this year, including the themed nights, VIP and schools shows, and the main event.

As he sets against Mr Abdullahi in 2017, the campaign is pregnant with symbolism about both the unmet expectations from Mr Abdullahi’s tenure and shifts in political and ethnic dynamics. First is the near universal support among elected leaders the ambassador now enjoys, which he lacked in 2013.

The mere fact that many well-informed Kenyans are making light moments of the the reports about political violence might suggest the acceptance of it in politics as well as its recurrence amid a climate of distrust and opportunism. The Jubilee Party ticket is a life-and-death issue in Kiambu County.

All Kisumu MPs have previously welcomed the president during his two visits to the region, and their absence today was interpreted as part of their political calculation to show distance from the Jubilee government that President Kenyatta leads.

Dental expert joins Wagalla/Ganyure ward race to change health sector in Wajir

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 15 Apr 2017 19:02 EAT

"I joined politics because through political leadership I want to solve the problems of common man. Our problems eminate mostly from lack of quality leadership; we don't have leaders care for the people.

Five great jokes, facts about Jubilee achievements portal

Priscillah Wanjiru | Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017 13:17 EAT

Beyond social media, the portal has been ridiculed by political analysts as well. NTV political expert Herman Manyora said Jubilee got its priority upside down by putting its development projects on a portal rather than "on the ground".

Dr Mburu, who was born and raised in Bungoma County, says he knows the problems in Trans Nzoia where he has a home and will be ready to tackle them if elected governor.

Wajir senate aspirant Dr Ali Kabreta begins campaign to align Ajuran clan in Jubilee Party

Mohamed Gedi and Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Sunday, 09 Apr 2017 16:50 EAT

The aspirant's preparatory rallies which began today will mainly aim at consolidating the Ajuran clan under the Jubilee Party before he moves to other clans that have identified leaders for gubernatorial and women representative positions under the concept of negotiated democracy.

Reflecting his high chances of being elected, many people have today hailed him as the best choice for Tarbaj. The Sultanate of the Fai sub-clan of Degodia endorsed him as the Tarbaj constituency MP on July 28 in the infamous Tarbaj Declaration, the first family declaration.

Is Uhuru bribing Merus with Sh1.2 billion Miraa fund?

Liza Makena | Thursday, 06 Apr 2017 17:58 EAT

“Of all the Presidents Kenya has had, you have elevated Miraa to its highest standard and we hope that under your leadership we will be able to witness the introduction of modern ways of processing the product,” said Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi.

Khatra Mowlid Keynan stands out in crowded Wajir Women Rep race

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Thursday, 06 Apr 2017 13:55 EAT

"I have worked closely with communities in addressing some of the most basic needs such as food, shelter and security. I have also handled disputes, including gender base violence. I am the most versed of the lot when it comes to dealing with the developmental needs of poor people," she said.

U.S. paper confirms Twitter handle of Uhuru's college, graduation

Nyambura Muthoni | Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 17:34 EAT

"Even though the college quickly confirmed through its Twitter feed that Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya since 2013, had graduated in 1985 with a degree in economics and political science, that wasn’t enough for some critics of his administration," the paper reported.

The decision to join MCC was informed by his desire to run on a dynamic and untainted party supporting the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. Loved by many young people here, Dr Ali said he greatly appreciates the confidence voters had put in him.

As a first Speaker of Wajir County Assembly, he has been instrumental in laying the legislative foundation for the county, ensuring the passge of legislation that have enabled the county government and MCAs to implement their development programmes.

By the close of the deadline, Ms Wanga was the only candidate who filed her interest in the seat, and the party will issue her with its nomination certificate tomorrow Monday April 3. The ODM candidate for the seat is almost certainly guaranteed to win in the general elections.

To what extent Mr Hersi’s personal fortunes have shaped his political views isn't clear from the debate, but as the chief executive of Heritage Group he has distinguished himself as a servant for the economic interests that have kept both the Coast, Isiolo and Northern Kenya in a state of poverty.

Meru businessman with close Raila ties poised to win open Kasipul constituency seat

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 31 Mar 2017 16:13 EAT

Mr Were's ambition got a major boost last week when he received the backing of three candidates in the 2013 parliamentary race, among them the vocal Kasipul politician and Nairobi businessman Odoyo Owidi, Eng. Mboga and Sam Okoth Rateng K'Otiende.

"I am one of the few female senators in the current house who have introduced a Bill that was debated and passed into law," she told this writer at her senate office in Nairobi, exuding confidence that her law-making experience would help her serve Wajir people as a member of the National Assembly.

Migori county executive Maneno launches bid for Kuria East seat

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 26 Mar 2017 14:06 EAT

A nationally recognised journalist, Mr Maneno was educated at Moi University in Eldoret, where he served as the Secretary General of the Moi University Students Organization and editor of 'The Illuminator', the student publication.

Esteemed Wajir High principal joins politics, tilting scales in tight Wajir East race

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 12:15 EAT

Fujo, who holds a degree in literature and masters in business administration from Kenyatta University, promises to apply fair leadership acquired from his long term teaching experience, and his main pitch is that he is the best candidate of all those running who believes in and has striven to insti

Wajir MCA upbeat over performance, gears for re-election

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 18:15 EAT

The MCA is all praise for devolution which he said has helped the people of northern Kenya more given their historical marginalisation. “What we got in four years is much more than what we saw in 50 years independence”, he explained.

Kenyans captivated by upcoming 'Bongo Flavour' artiste Asap Kibs

Joshua Mwangangi | Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 14:40 EAT

Asap Kibs told this writer that he uses social media to advertise his songs due to lack of finance to advertise on broadcast or print media. He is in touch with big musicians like Magic Mike, a gospel singer, on whom he depends for advice on how to improve his skills.

Ka Wambui is the undisputed front-runner. He has instant name recognition, having plunged into politics at a young age in 2007 when he campaigned for Samuel Ndung’u Wanjiku. In 2013, he ran for the TNA ticket and emerged second to the eventual winner, losing by only 23 votes.

Jubilee's sole MP in Wajir County keen to defy opposition wave, again

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017 17:51 EAT

The MP said Jubilee Party “is the only sole party of Kenyans while NASA (the opposition) is a party that is confused,” citing the coalition’s failure to name its candidate after several months of negotiations, and with only six months left to the elections.

The clan elders' endorsement earned Mr Mohamud accolades from ordinary people and other aspiring leaders who attended the colourful event in this border town, thrusting the ambassador to the front-runner status in a race shaping up as a tight three-horse contest.

Music Copyright Society gets court reprieve, but musicians still cry

Charity Wainaina | Sunday, 26 Feb 2017 13:41 EAT

Last year April 16 MCSK led artists on peaceful demonstrations demanding better remuneration from the companies. Musicians claim that Safaricom, which runs the popular Skiza tunes, has paid them their money but MCSK is withholding it.

Preaching unity, youthful businessman Ali Mohamud enters Wajir East race

Mohamed Gedi and Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 19:59 EAT

Banking on his past development record as well as the goodwill of the local people yearning for change, Dr Ali held a series of meetings with various groups in Wajir Town today in preparation for his impending launch of his campaign.

Activist Okiya Omtatah joins Busia senate race

David Mutua | Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 09:27 EAT

Together with Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula and other MCAs on Saturday 18th February, Omtatah toured such areas as Chakol, Amukura and Malaba town, urging residents to turn out, register as voters and take Jubilee home in the next coming elections.

Wajir women rep on verge of history with decent shot at Tarbaj constituency seat

Mohamed Gedi and Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Monday, 20 Feb 2017 14:03 EAT

As she unleashes  her interest for the next step of constituency political leadership whose incumbent Mp -Mohamed Elmi is in exist door of his political career on grounds of personal choice, she however posses a challenging comments to the current statusquo of  Tarbaj-development persee

"How sure can the public be that such a senior administrator acquired his certificates in the right manner? From which training institution did this registrar graduate," one commenter wrote on Facebook.

Women should be careful not to fall on the weight loss craze

Charity Wainaina | Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 19:27 EAT

There are genuine or reasonable reasons why women ought to loose weight. Being overweight comes with so many challenges and disadvantages especially to women.

A doctor, her father and our distorted value system

Charity Wainaina | Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 15:35 EAT

It is indeed unfortunate that corrupt people are getting away with serious crimes, such as the looting of taxpayer money from the Ministry of Health through which the mzee mentioned in his note. Mzee Korir has taken a bold move to stimulate debate on what the values of ordinary Kenyans should be.

Why Kalonzo Musyoka was justified to climb bishop's back

Priscillah Wanjiru | Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 15:46 EAT

There are many people amongst us who are out to undermine the authority of bishops and the obligation of all of us to follow their teachings. This is a recipe for spiritual chaos.

Films Board now threatens to ban 'vulgar' music off air

Rose Mukonyo | Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 12:35 EAT

“We have been placed in this office by the government on behalf of the Kenyan parents to protect their children from exposure to obscenity,” the CEO said, adding he was up to his task.

Kabreta smelling Wajir senatorial victory

Mohamed Gedi | Monday, 13 Feb 2017 15:28 EAT

Kabreta has the support of the majority support of the dominant Degodia clan for the senetorial seat, as borrowed from the close friendly and compatabilty he has with Mohamed Abdi Mohamud led Bandwagon. Mohamed Abdi is the Fai family's flag-bearer for the gubernatorial seat.

In Boy Juma Boy, Kenya mourns truly inspirational leader

Nyambura Muthoni | Monday, 13 Feb 2017 10:23 EAT

"His death was untimely and cruel. In this hour of sorrow, I convey my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Senator Boy Juma Boy's family, relatives and the people of Kwale. My thoughts and prayers are with you," the President said in a statement from State House Nairobi.

Just like for Sh100 wedding couple, Lady Luck can strike any time

Waithera Murugi | Saturday, 11 Feb 2017 15:38 EAT

It might have been a normal thing for the newlyweds, but little did they know they would stir the internet and attract attention from many quarters. It must have taken a lot of courage and genuine love for this couple to come open to the public and show the world that money is not the key to true lo

Take her out to a place that she has never been before, where there is warm air, a quiet environment where only the two of you are conversing. This breaks the monotony of always staying in the house with your girl and eradicates boredom.

After four-year delay, Jubilee to build six stadiums in seven months

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 20 Jan 2017 18:06 EAT

Among other important construction issues, the chairman did not indicate where the stadiums would be built in the counties, which firms were involved in the construction, whether the designs for the stadiums were ready or yet to be made or even the capacity of the stadiums.

Uhuru snide on Mudavadi revives old question about his own education

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 15 Jan 2017 15:33 EAT

Hundreds of Facebook and Twitter comments have trended throughout the day in which journalists, human rights activists and bloggers are calling upon the president to state clearly when he was in school and what level of education he achieved.

Youth unemployment has been a great challenge, and the aspirant has been nurturing youth talent by sponsoring some of the artists in the area. He urges the youth to be aggressive in looking for jobs but not rely on handout from politicians.

ODM politician says Parliamentary staffer snatched his wife, plotting to kill him

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 06 Jan 2017 12:35 EAT

The users are generally sympathetic with Jakakimba, a heavy user of Facebook known to share many aspects of his life on social media, with some seeing his going public on the whole affair as being sort of carthatic, preempting the alleged threat to his life and story breaking from the other end.

Rise of ‘political giant’ causes jitters in Matungulu race

Rose Mukonyo | Thursday, 29 Dec 2016 16:38 EAT

“I want to offer the kind of leadership which every resident of Matungulu will be proud of by ensuring their interests are fully articulated at the national level,” said Dr Kilonzo.

Tala man gifts the poor with food ahead of Christmas

Rose Mukonyo | Monday, 19 Dec 2016 13:26 EAT

Dr Kilonzo believes his ground work is sufficient to garner the most votes as he believes dealing first hand with the common mwananchi. “I am fully prepared for this election and since this is not the first time I am contesting for this seat, I have learned a few things,” he said.

Here are the winners of Pulse Music Video Awards

Soilan Kenana | Friday, 09 Dec 2016 17:26 EAT

Together with event gurus, True Blaq Entertainment and Mash Auto, Pulse ought to bring the East Africa Motor Show, an entertainment and automobile extravaganza that will feature international stars and give away a pimped-up car to the readers of Pulse magazine.

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said he had created an enabling environment with the rolling out of Sh70 million bursary for secondary students. The Governor said the Kenya Medical Training College Busia Chapter which was constructed by the County Government is already operational with 60 clinical

Embu governor aspirant making waves against Wambora, Kivuti

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 05 Dec 2016 11:57 EAT

“Every part of this country has a county government and the best way to do business is give opportunity to local businesses except where there is no local capacity for the tenders in question,” he says.

Jobseekers' billboards could soon fill our roads

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016 07:49 EAT

According to the latter, the army of jobseekers is such placards wouldn't be enough to gain attention and jobseekers would need larger billboards to be stand out from the crowd.

Kirinyaga women rep aspirant takes county by storm

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 20 Nov 2016 17:26 EAT

Her campaign slogan, 'A Kirinyaga where Women, the Marginalized, PLWD and the Youth are empowered through sustainable development', has become etched in the minds of her supporters who say the aspirant spares no effort to reach a cross-section of Kirinyaga society.

Many users were repulsed by Mr Bor's use of offensive language and his accompanying it with his boss's photo, which to some implied the boss had endorsed the message. The post provoked a wide discussion with many readers, including those who support the senator, opposing it.

“I am deeply concerned about the dwindling education standards in Kangundo and my vision is to work with all stakeholders in order to safeguard the future of our young generation by strengthening the human resource potential of this region,” he says.

Do voters prefer corrupt leaders who share their loot over clean ones?

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 12 Nov 2016 13:19 EAT

"I am seated here going through a list of harambees I am supposed to attend this weekend and surely, I can't afford to pay more than that unless people want me to steal," she said, according to a story in The Standard that reported about Ms Nyokabi's contribution and the immediate uproar it raised.

Former AP boss Oku Kaunya joins politics, to run for Teso North seat

Tobbie Wekesa | Tuesday, 08 Nov 2016 16:45 EAT

Last Friday 4th November, the former commandant announced his “acceptance of the peoples’ call” to unseat the current member of parliament for the area Arthur Odera, a close ally of deputy president William Ruto and a Jubilee legislator.

Acting in the shadow of senator Johnson Muthama, the MP is one of the fiercest critics of Jubilee, almost at par with her fellow women reps Mishi Mboko (Mombasa), Florence Mutua (Busia) and Kilifi’s Aisha Jumwa, all of whom have never minced their words in criticising the government.

With a good name, two wives and a degree, Nakuru man ready to be deputy governor

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 03 Nov 2016 09:59 EAT

As expected, all his big supporters showed up, as did Ogiek and Kalenjin community elders who demanded that the director, who is suitably qualified for the position he missed in 2013, should now become Governor Mbugua’s running mate in the next election.

By taking to social media the way he did, Mr Namwamba was believed to be answering Mr Odinga for his expulsion. The statement could also mean that he does not plan to fight his expulsion in court, hoping that his firing from Parliament maybe could make some kind of martyr.

The constituency now needs, more than ever before, a forceful leader who can hold both the county and national governments accountable, a task for which he is well prepared, being a unionist who has advocated for the rights of teachers - sometimes against intense government intimidation.

Both men look happily to the cameraman, indicating the relaxed atmosphere of their conversation, but this did not stop some Kenyans from interpreting the picture to mean that Uhuru was being bossy while Magufuli is the quintessential people's servant.

The aspirant, however, does not take remarks about her beauty seriously. Reputed to be a conservative woman, she has taken to addressing matters of women empowerment, education and self-advancement and is a regular motivational speaker at for young people, in particular girls.

Three cabinet secretaries sign media statement on KCPE, KCSE regulations

Free Press Reporter | Thursday, 27 Oct 2016 21:01 EAT

The ten-point statement contained some modifications on guidelines that have been in operation for years that the government believes will close all loopholes enabling the cheating in examinations.

Kisauni students get Sh40 million windfall as 2017 aspirants focus on education

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 12:38 EAT

“Most of the time pupils were absent due to one reason or the other. But now there is hardly any reason for pupils to be out of schools. The bursaries have helped them secure the little needs that have been keeping them away,” said Selina Hawa, a teacher at a primary school in Kisauni.

Kiss TV's Yetu Festival promises humongous food, music for attendees

Margaret Warui | Tuesday, 25 Oct 2016 14:57 EAT

On the decks will be Kenya’s finest DJs led by DJ John, Hypnotiq, Xclusive, DJ Andre, and DJ Kym - an interesting line up of well -known deejays who will be playing live.

Five reasons why schools are not dumping grounds for kids

Soilan Kenana | Monday, 24 Oct 2016 18:57 EAT

The economy may not always favour everyone of course, but it’s not always about food. Let the kids control the remote for some time, just a little time. You don’t want them to feel they are in prison in their own house. Let them get a break from schools.

Kituku's plan will steer Kangundo on ambitious development path

Rose Mukonyo | Saturday, 22 Oct 2016 19:40 EAT

Dr Kituku is mobilising teams in every village to assist him reach the electorate. He is also the chairperson of the Board of Management of St. Mary's Mukunike Secondary School and residents and teachers have observed that the quality of education has improved since he took up that position.

A true hero, Achieng Abura's music transcended tribe, borders

Soilan Kenana | Friday, 21 Oct 2016 15:54 EAT

While she was Luo, she was born in cosmopolitan Eldoret and her world view transcended tribe from early on. As she gained fame for her musical artistry she only reluctantly embraced her Luoness, recording mostly in English and Kiswahili as she adopted more PanAfrican Afro-fusion and Afro-jazz tunes.

The aspirant said the Wiper Party was fast losing its bearing in Machakos County to CCU, pointing out that the party secured only three out of the eight parliamentary seats in 2013 elections, with CCU securing two while TIP, Ford People and Muungano Party won one apiece.

Bishop roots for strong IEBC, wants Kamba leaders to unite

Rose Mukonyo | Wednesday, 19 Oct 2016 12:08 EAT

"We must learn the seasons, we must understand the times: to know what to do, when and how," words by the clergy who are not amused by the way the IEBC is being tossed about from left to right with each passing day.

He said that the honourable members of parliament had abandoned their role of passing legislation based on their validity but instead pass bills according to how much they get from the decisions.

'Failed' Rift Valley MP lectured by his predecessor at public meeting

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 17 Oct 2016 17:27 EAT

The former MP, who said he was rescinding his earlier decision announced in 2013 to retire from active politics, asserted that he would contest the seat in 2017 because of his successor's failures.

Advance tickets go for Sh2,000 while those purchased at the gate cost Sh2,500 and Sh5,000 for VIP tickets. But for the early birds, BBQ Live is offering Early Bird Tickets at Sh1,500, which can be purchased at market.jumia.co.ke

Police officer robs his boss at gunpoint

Oscar Ndunda | Wednesday, 12 Oct 2016 20:46 EAT

Constable Josphat Kipyegon, who is attached to the Administration Police Marimanti Camp, had threatened to shoot Mr Mureithi as he was resisting to hand over the bag.

Rift Valley MP forced by public to pay election agent Sh500 from 2007

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 09 Oct 2016 18:27 EAT

Mr Towett engaged the MP in a fierce exchange of words: “You went quiet instead of expressing your problems to me. I would have understood if you had no money,” he told the MP, obviously in jest.

Most famous for her starring roles in Living Color, Keymáh is the only female to feature in the five seasons of the Fox Emmy-winning series and is an American national merit scholar with a degree in theatre from Florida A&M University.

OLX Social Media Awards winners to be known tonight

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 23 Sep 2016 21:44 EAT

The title sponsor is OLX, with Safaricom as the gold sponsor and the 2016 theme is Transforming Lives, which seeks to create conversation on how social media has directly impacted lives through platforms, organizations and influential individuals.

Boy or girl? Songstress Habida lets the cat out of the bag!

Patience Akenga | Wednesday, 07 Sep 2016 16:00 EAT

The singer posted a video on Instagram a week ago showing her working out at a place that seemed to be her home compound. In the process, she disclosed the sex of her expected baby – a boy!

Why 'Mr Nice' could just make a comeback to stardom

Patience Akenga | Wednesday, 20 Jul 2016 21:41 EAT

Tanzanian musicians of late look to Kenya as an indispensable backyard. Harnessing the vibrant Kenyan media space can boost the ratings of a regional artiste, something the likes of Christina Shusho have exploited to great heights.

IEBC forced to cancel Makali's contract over Jubilee links

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 15 Jul 2016 21:15 EAT

IEBC and Makali had denied for weeks that the journalist was providing consultancy services to the commission while he at the same time was advising ODM rebel politicians.

Garissa Idd memo with grammatical errors in every paragraph causes stir online

Winfred Mbuya Mwaniki | Friday, 08 Jul 2016 12:53 EAT

The Idd-ul-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadhan, was scheduled for Thursday July 7, and Mr Mohamud H. Mursal’s memo was intended to inform the workers that they could stay home to celebrate the day with their families and friends.

Tending African hair not so hard, with the right regimen

Sandra Onindo | Wednesday, 06 Jul 2016 12:47 EAT

Unaware of the fact that they are not giving their ringlets the necessary care and attention, a good number of women with afro-textured hair succumb to the idea that rather than being a blessing, their crowning glory is a curse that was not meant to grow long and should be straightened to order.

DJ Soxxy welcomes their second child

Lemmy Bramwel | Tuesday, 05 Jul 2016 19:00 EAT

Soxxy's wife Ciiku had earlier made public her struggles with infertility after being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome which was threatening to jeopardize her fertility. The couple’s first born Eliana Wairimu Kamau was born three years into their marriage.

Jimmy Gait’s new song spurs controversy

Lemmy Bramwel | Tuesday, 28 Jun 2016 15:09 EAT

After he recently released a cover version of Adelle’s Hello, the gospel singer is at it again with his latest hit Yesu Ndiye Sponsor.

Tips on caring for facial skin

Sandra Onindo | Thursday, 23 Jun 2016 16:57 EAT

The largest organ of the body, the skin protects the body from harmful effects of the sun, ridding the body of harmful substances through sweat and the synthesis of vitamin D, among other roles. Facial skin is exposed to toxicity on a daily basis and should, therefore, be cleansed regularly.

Kenya’s most beautiful girl has just been unveiled

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 19 Jun 2016 11:39 EAT

Wendy Nyabera Omollo from Homa Bay County is Kenya’s new Miss Tourism 2016.

A world where Babu Owino is the master wordsmith

Waithera Murugi | Thursday, 16 Jun 2016 08:47 EAT

University of Nairobi student leader Paul Ongili aka Babu Owino was arrested on Tuesday evening for making statements that have since gone viral on social media, not so much for their inflammatory nature as for their poor grammar.

Kidero, Sonko turn Senate committee hearing into a wrestling ring

Waithera Murugi | Wednesday, 15 Jun 2016 11:05 EAT

A hearing by the Senate Public Account Committee was turned into a wrestling ring this morning as Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko engaged in a physical fight with Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.

The king of rap is now a lecturer

Waithera Murugi | Tuesday, 14 Jun 2016 12:06 EAT

Kenyan rapper Kevin Ombima, who is better known as Rabbit, is now a lecturer at Zetech University. He announced his new job as a lecturer through his Facebook page last week where he captioned a picture, “Today marked my day 1 as a Lecturer at Zetech University. Asante Mola. Forgot something at home

Eliud Ngala blazed the trail for Kitui Central luminaries

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 10 Jun 2016 09:13 EAT

The Kitui Central seat was for long a preserve of heavyweights whose capacity for leadership was recognized by presidents. Of the seven MPs the constituency has had, five were appointed full cabinet ministers, among them Ngilu, who served under two presidents. By Free Press Correspondent

Maina Kamanda leads Jubilee youths demo to Raila’s office

Lemmy Bramwel | Wednesday, 08 Jun 2016 14:57 EAT

Starehe MP Maina Kamanda is leading a group of Jubilee youths in a procession through the Nairobi central business district to protest the torching of two matatu vans by alleged CORD supporters on Monday.

More gospel artistes defying old characterizations

Lemmy Bramwel | Wednesday, 08 Jun 2016 10:00 EAT

As the local gospel music industry grows, the number of multitalented artistes whose art forms transcend traditional boundaries continues to grow.

“The bane of our society. While citizens are dying in hunger, our leaders are gorging themselves silly. Senator Murkomen, this is immorality!!!” wrote Facebook user Kirwa Arap Magut, one of those who shared the picture.

TUK hosts Campus Film Symposium

Nanjala Sarah | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:18 EAT

The 6th edition of the Campus Film Symposium was held at the Technical University of Kenya from 17th to 20th May 2016.

Village witches ‘fanning themselves’ with DJ Crème’s photos

Meldrick Sakani | Monday, 30 May 2016 09:13 EAT

As if cast by an evil spell, renowned local DJ Crème De la Crème, has been walking from one scandal to another.

Harvest season for Kenya’s gospel music is nigh

Lemmy Bramwel | Friday, 20 May 2016 14:07 EAT

Traditional gospel music is usually in formal language; its artistes tend to be punctilious and pay attention to the strict observance of the scriptures. Artistes in this field include: Jemimah Thiong'o, Ben Githae, Janet Otieno, Pastor Kiande and others.