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I Was Once a ‘Shamba Boy’ for an MP – Comedian MC Jessy

Photo: MC Jessy (Jessy Jasper)/Facebook

Comedian MC Jessy.

By Thomas Matiko

Every successful person has a story to tell of his or her journey to prosperity. Jasper Muthomi, populary known as MC Jessy, also has his story back then before he become a household name.

The comedian, currently charges not less than Sh 200,000 to host a gig, has spoken about his humble beginnings from being a ‘shamba boy ‘ (farm hand) to the celebrity entertainer that he is today.

MC Jessy, who hosts Churchill Raw show says that after completing form four education, he relocated to Nairobi to try and make a living.

SHAMBA BOY

He started out by putting up at a former classmate ‘ s parents’ home in Kawangware where he learnt to cook and sell mandazis and chips.

After staying with the family for several months, he bumped an old friend who happened to be a son of a Member of Parliament at the time.

Within a short time he moved to his friend family ‘ s residence in leafy city suburb. On noticing how close he was to his son, the MP, whose identity MC Jessy declined to reveal, decided to employ him as his ‘shamba boy’.

Fast forward. MC Jessy has since made it in life from being a ‘shamba boy’ to one of the most marketable entertainers in Kenya who easily get signed for advertisement deals with top companies.

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High Court Convicts Men Who Beheaded Relatives

By Richard Munguti

An alleged witchdoctor who beheaded his lover in a bizarre attack has been convicted of murder by the High Court.

Justice Jessie Lessit said Godfrey Wanjala Wechule killed Jane Kadogo Mutiso on Mashujaa Day in 2013 after she rejected his sexual advances, for which he had offered her Sh50.

A man who beheaded his uncle during a family row was also convicted of murder and remanded in custody until March 14, when he will be sentenced.

Edward Kago was charged with killing Peter Kamau Waithiru on February 14, 2014.

Convicting the men, who were separately charged, Justice Lessit said Prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that they committed the crimes.

She said Wechule used a knife to chop the head of Ms Mutiso, 20, at Gatina, Kawangware, in Nairobi County, as his children watched and hid it in a basket. He then took his children to a neighbour’s house and fled.

SURRENDERED TO POLICE

The accused thereafter returned to his house, where he covered the badly mutilated body with a cloth before riding a boda boda to Kawangware Police Station, where he surrendered.

The prosecutor however asked the court to treat the accused as a first offender. He will be sentenced on March 20.

As for Kago, the judge said: “Mr Kago picked a panga, then slashed off the head of the deceased while his daughter watched in broad daylight.”

The judge directed that Sh19,000 that had been confiscated from the accused be given back to the bereaved family.

Lawyer Joseph Wakaba, for Kago, said the accused had “nothing to say in mitigation”.

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EABL and Distributor Set for New Court Battle

By Vincent Achuka

The row between East African Breweries Ltd (EABL) and its leading distributor is back in the High Court, with the brewer expected to challenge a fresh suit by Bia Tosha which claims EABL terminated its distribution deal despite Court of Appeal orders.

The two parties are to appear before the High Court in Milimani on Tuesday where EABL will respond to the suit filed under a certificate of urgency by Bia Tosha.

At the centre of the dispute is the interpretation of the “status quo” order given by the Court of Appeal, which appears to have been understood differently by the two parties.

The distributor, in papers filed in court, argues that the “status quo” order granted by the Court of Appeal last month did not overturn an earlier ruling by the High Court given in June which EABL had contested.

“The Court of Appeal on August 11 never granted any of the prayers, varying the order of June 29 as the first respondent had sought but granted a status quo order which buttressed the conservatory order of the court,” says Bia Tosha through Okoth and Kiplagat Advocates.

But EABL submits that “status quo” means that the contract which had been terminated should remain as such and, therefore, Bia Tosha should not do business with the beer manufacturer.

Bia Tosha claims EABL terminated its distribution deal with them on August 5. The Court of Appeal “status quo” ruling was given on August 11.

EABL had gone to the Court of Appeal to challenge a ruling by the High Court that refrained it from appointing a new distributor for the routes which Bia Tosha handles. These account for 12 percent of the brewer’s total output.

But the High Court ruled in favour of Bia Tosha, issuing a conservatory order preserving Bia Tosha’s exclusive territory as per an agreement signed in February 2006 between the two parties.

Also roped in the dispute is EABL’s spirits manufacturing arm UDV Kenya Ltd, the brewer’s parent company Diageo PLC and distributors Cogno Ventures, Four Winds Trading Company and Kamahuha Ltd, who have been listed as interested parties.

EABL distributors earn a commission of Sh5.60 for the supply of a bottle of Tusker and Sh6.40 for Guinness. In May, however, the distributors called for an upward adjustment of this rate to Sh6.8 for Tusker and Sh19.20 for Guinness, sparking a conflict.

The brewer controls at least 90 per cent of Kenya’s alcoholic drinks market. It has contracts with its distributors requiring them to notify EABL should they decide to deal in competitors’ products or to sell outside their assigned zones.

Bia Tosha’s lucrative 22 routes cover Namanga, Bissil, Kajiado, Kitengela, Athi River, Industrial Area, South B, Nairobi West, Kenyatta and Lang’ata, according to court filings. Other areas are Rongai, Kiserian, Magadi, Upper Hill, Ngong Road, Hurlingham, Kawangware, Satellite, Dagoretti, UDV A, UDV B and UDV C.

Bia Tosha recently signed a distribution deal with EABL’s main rival Keroche. Now it wants the brewer to be fined Sh30 million for contempt of court and its three top directors — Andrew Cowan, Jane Karuku and Andrew Kilonzo — jailed.

Boda Boda Gunmen Shoot American Dead

By Angira Zadock

Gunmen shot dead an American teacher in Lavington and seriously injured a Chinese in Kilimani on Thursday.

Mr Cameron Chase Huntley, 26, was walking to a restaurant with his girlfriend Sally Jirongo for breakfast when they were confronted by two gunmen on a motorbike near Riara School at around 11am.

The gunman stopped near Huntley, who was a teacher at Language Centre Riara, and ordered him to surrender his bag.

Ms Jirongo pleaded with him to give it up and surrender but he refused, prompting the attacker to snatch it.

Huntley, who was from Buncombe County in North Carolina, confronted the gunman, who fatally shot him in the head.

Nairobi police commander Japheth Koome said that the attackers shot him in the head knocking him down and then shot him twice on the chest and stomach.

The two then jumped onto their motorcycle and fled, running over him as they escaped towards Nakumatt Junction.

The victim was picked up by a motorist, Dr Mathias Odera Aketch, who rushed him to the Nairobi Women’s Hospital. He told the Nation he was driving to the hospital when he heard the gunshots and then he saw the victim groaning in pain.

“I removed my first aid kit but realised his condition was serious. He had been shot in the head,” he said.

Huntley was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Police found three spent cartridges at the scene.

A guard at the nearby Calvary Worship Centre, Mr Godfrey Mukundi, said he heard the woman screaming followed by three gunshots.

He then saw two men riding away but he did not take the registration number of the motorcycle.

The American was teaching English and doing some missionary work in Nairobi.

His family and former school mates are now raising funds to take the body back to the US. A fund has been set up through Eblen Charities.

Police said they believed it is the same gunmen who shot a Chinese man on Elgeyo Marakwet road at around 3pm.

The victim is at the Nairobi Hospital in critical condition, having been shot on the left side of his chest.

According to the police, one of the gunmen is a wanted robber who targets foreigners and is a resident of Kawangware.

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City Stars Considering Disbandment Over Financial Constraints

By Timothy Olobulu

Nairobi — Nairobi City Stars chairman Peter Jabuya has dropped a bombshell that he is willing to disband the team if the club’s financial status does not improve.

The Kawangware based side has been struggling without sponsorship for more than half a decade and speaking to Capital Sport, Jabuya says his taps are running dry and might not be able to single handedly run the club if they do not find a sponsor.

“If things do not improve, then I might be forced to disband the team. I have been struggling to finance the club from my own pocket, but now things are not looking very good for us. You know how the country’s economy is and there is only so much I can do,” Jabuya declared.

This comes barely a week after head coach John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla said the players’ motivation was at an all time low and accused the management of not doing enough to aid the club’s crippling financial side.

“As the management, we are doing more than enough. We have a wide marketing team which has been talking to potential sponsors and we are waiting to hear what will come from them. I remain positive but if nothing comes up, then I will have no option,” he added.

According to Jabuya, salaries for the last two months have not been paid.

The club has a wage bill of approximately Sh1.3million monthly and the Sh600, 000 grants from Kenya Premier League is only a drop in the ocean.

The chairman also added that to run the club smoothly, they need at least Sh2million, an amount he says he has been forking off his own coffers.

Last year, City Stars secured a sponsor, German cosmetic firm, PM-International who brought on board a three year deal worth Sh81million plus additional benefits.

But close to a year down the line, City Stars have never received even a single cent from the company.

At the start of the season, the club stopped donning jerseys with the company’s product fitLine, one they donned from June last year till the end of the season with Jabuya saying he has tried talking to the company over financial remittances but it has been in vain.

“There is a clause in the contract that I think we left loose and that is where the problem is. They (PM-International) said would only start releasing money to us when ready and that is the clause that was never clear. I don’t know how it passed our eyes and those of our lawyers. I have written to them and every time the answer is soon,” Jabuya stated.

City Stars is currently placed second from bottom on the SportPesa Premier League standings on 10 points and has won only two matches this season.

Having been perennial relegation fighters for the last five seasons, they look destined to head in the same direction, but head coach Ogolla remains optimistic they can rescue their campaign.

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Players Lack Motivation, Admits City Stars’ Ogolla

By Timothy Olobulu

Nakuru — For another season, Nairobi City Stars look set for another of their now infamous relegation fights.

The Kawangware based side is sitting second from bottom on the log with 10 points from 12 matches.

Head coach John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla has however said the dismal performance of the team having lost five of their last six matches is not only down to footballing reasons, but off the pitch issues.

The club has been grappling with financial difficulty having been without a sponsor for the longest time and Ogolla insinuates the management has not done enough to salvage the situation.

“It is not the responsibility of the coach or the team alone. I think overall, even the administration of the team should help improve the performance. If it is not there, what do you expect? We cannot do miracles,” Ogolla told Capital Sport.

“The players are less motivated, and you can see it on the pitch. But I tell them when you come to play, don’t think about your problems. Play to enjoy,” he added.

Capital Sport has learnt that some of the players are owed up to four months unpaid salaries and there is huge disquiet within the team.

Ogolla, however, maintains the side will rise from their slump and targets to win the two remaining matches of the first leg.

City Stars suffered their biggest loss of the season after going down 3-0 to Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru on Sunday evening.

While the Kawangware based side dipped further in the table, the military side moved to fourth on the log with 23 points, five shy of leaders Tusker FC.

Coach Robert Matano was however not impressed despite the huge win especially with his side’s performance in the opening half.

“In the second half we played better and won because we put in more purpose and pressure. But how we played in the first half was totally bad and I would not be happy to see it again. We have to ensure we perform the same way we did in the second half because the league is tough,” Matano offered.

Ulinzi, winners of the league title in 2010 are level on points with defending champions Gor Mahia who have managed to rise from a slow start to win four matches on the trot.

Francis Kahata scored in the 95th minute to aid K’Ogalo to a 1-0 win over Western Stima at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

Western Stima head coach Henry Omino watched as for the second time in a week, his side dropped points with a last minute goal.

Last weekend, they were headed to a 2-1 win over Mathare United but conceded with the final kick of the game to draw 2-2.

“It is disappointing because it is something that has recurred again. We cannot concentrate for the entire 90 minutes and it is something we have to work on in the remaining matches,” Omino said.

Elsewhere, Mathare piled more pressure on Bandari, condemning them to a 1-0 loss at home and pressure is now mounting on head coach Twahir Muhiddin.

The dockers dropped to 12th with the result, just four points shy of the drop zone.

It is a contrasting picture for their weekend opponents Mathare who ensured the gap between them and top side Tusker remains to a single point, 13 games into the season.

Tusker won 1-0 at trouble ridden Sofapaka to move to 28 points.

Weekend results

Saturday: Tusker FC 1 Sofapaka 0 (Machakos), Posta Rangers 0 Chemelil Sugar 1 (Nyayo), Sony Sugar 1 Thika United 0 (Awendo), Muhoroni Youth 1 AFC Leopards 0 (Moi Stadium)

Sunday: Bandari FC 0 Mathare United 1 (Mbaraki), Ushuru FC 1 Kakamega Homeboyz 0 (Nyayo Stadium), Western Stima 0 Gor Mahia 1 (Moi Stadium), Ulinzi Stars 3 City Stars 0 (Afraha Stadium)

Ulinzi Thrash City Stars as Mathare Sink Bandari

By Timothy Olobulu

Nakuru — A superb second half performance from Ulinzi Stars saw them thrash Nairobi City Stars 3-0 in the SportPesa Premier League match played at Afraha Stadium on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Robinson Mwangi netted in the 73rd minute to inspire Mathare United beat 10-man Bandari at home in Mombasa and move to within a point behind leaders Tusker FC on 26 points.

In Nairobi, Kennedy Oduor found the back of the net in the 85th minute as Ushuru edged out Kakamega Homeboyz 1-0.

City Stars, placed second from bottom on the standings, should have themselves to blame after missing several chances, including a 14th minute penalty.

The military side were awakened from their slumber by the roaring head coach Robert ‘The Lion’ Matano at half time after putting up a sluggish performance in the opening 45 minutes of the match.

“There is nothing you have done in the entire first half, let’s not lie to ourselves. You have been poor!” an angry Matano told his players.

What followed was the introduction of Churchill Muloma and John Nairuka for Joseph Kuria and Cliff Kasuti respectively, and Ulinzi started playing like the four-time league champions they are.

Ten minutes into the second half, Enosh Ochieng opened the scoring after sliding to tap in a Kevin Amwayi cross.

It was a huge sigh of relief for Matano on the touchline after John Makwatta had missed a golden chance with the ball flying over his head by a whisker from close range in the sixth minute.

Seven minutes later, John Nairuka doubled the lead, connecting from the right after another Amwayi delivery.

The winger had picked up the ball well from Hamissi Abdalla, dummied past his marker and cut back a cross missed by everyone and picked up by Nairuka who was lurking unmarked on the right.

City Stars should have brought themselves right back into it but Ezekiel Odera seemed to have forgotten his shooting boots back at home as he missed a one-on -one with Ulinzi custodian James Saruni after Omar Mbongi had lost the ball cheaply.

The Kawangware based side were made to pay for their mistakes with Makwatta finally getting his name on the score sheet throgh a superb goal after dancing past three markers to shoot into the bottom left of Ronnie Kagunzi’s goal.

Ulinzi were more than relieved with the score line especially basing on their performance in the first half.

Odera should have punished them within that disastrous first half but he missed a 14th minute penalty after Hamissi Abdallah handled inside the box.

Saruni also pulled a superb save to keep his side into the game on the half hour mark when he spread his body nicely at the far post to keep put Joshua Mawira’s point blank header from an Oscar Mbugua freekick.

The closest Ulinzi got in the first half was through their top scorer Makwatta, who first shoot narrowly wide after turning inside the box in the 21st minute and at the stroke of half time, the former City Stars midfielder struck a freekick that flew straight to Kagunzi.

City Stars succumbed to their fifth loss in six matches and another relegation fighting season looms as they are on ten points, but coach John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla maintains his side will scoop themselves off the drop zone.

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Bandari’s Shariff Mohammed Scoops March Player of the Month

By Timothy Olobulu

Mombasa — Bandari FC centre-back Shariff Mohammed has been named as the Sportpesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Player of the Month for March.

The defender who has been a rock in the Bandari FC backline received an overwhelming 30 points from the SJAK football committee beating off competition from AFC Leopards’ duo of Kepha Aswani and Lucas Indeche, Muhoroni forward Wycliffe Ochomo and City Stars captain Oscar Mbugua.

In the four matches played in March, Shariff led Bandari’s defence to keep two clean sheets and conceded only two goals as they won twice, drew once and lost once.

Mbugua, who has been instrumental in the Kawangware based side good form this season, came second on 26 points while Ochomo was third on 19 ahead of Leopards forward Aswani and goal keeper Indeche who shared 15 points apiece.

Shariff received Sh100, 000 from title sponsors SportPesa as well as a 43-inch television from co-sponsors Electronics firm LG. The team will also be rewarded with Sh50,000.

The GOtv Shield champions, who sit fifth on the Kenyan Premier League standings, will be travelling to Kisumu this weekend to face Western Stima in the ninth round of the SportPesa Premier League.

Bandari are seeking to fight for the league crown this year and head coach Twahir Muhiddin remains confident they have what it takes with their experienced squad.

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‘Firimbi’ Drive to Push for Change, Say ODM Leaders

By Benson Matheka

ODM leaders who blew whistles in Parliament during President Kenyatta’s State of the Nation address last Thursday have vowed to use a new movement to push for reforms in the country.

The lawmakers on Sunday said they had formed “Firimbi movement to awaken Kenyans”.

“This is a team of change. It is a team that took courage to blow whistles in Parliament to let the President know that the country requires change. It is the start of Firimbi movement. We will blow whistles everywhere,” said Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati said.

He accused the President of leaving the management of the country to Jubilee MPs and advisers, who have been misleading him.

“He needed to be awakened. They have torn the economy and unity of Kenyans and we can’t accept,” he said at United Christian Church in Kawangware, Nairobi.

Other lawmakers at the service were ODM chairman John Mbadi, Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang’, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga, Suna East MP Junet Mohammed, Busia Woman Representative Florence Mutua and Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang’.

Ms Mutua accused Jubilee leaders of not respecting the constitution.

“We gave leadership to people who have no love for the country. We need change and we will keep knocking,” she said.

She faulted National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi’s leadership, accusing him of bias.

“Muturi deserves prayers because he is biased. Why was Wandayi punished yet other MPs have committed worse acts in Parliament?” she posed.

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