IN THEIR DAYS MAROON COMMANDOS

 BY CAREN ROTICHCOMMANDO

Maroon commandos is a musical group from Kenya. The military band belonging to the 7th riffle of the Kenya army, was formed in 1970 by the late Habel Kifoto, who was also their bandleader. Kifoto died in July 2011, in Nairobi, after he collapsed due to a suspectesd heart failure. The Maroon Commandos band perform rhumba, benga and other styles of music and often play their music at state functions.

Ater it was formed in 1970, the band  signed with Polydor Kenya in 1971 and released a song, “Emily”. But in 1972, the band had a tragic road accident, which left some of the members dead. This lead the band to be dorminant for 5 years. They later  released the album, “Raziki Haivatu”, after 1977.

In 1978,  they recorded and released their greatest single  and first major hit, “Charonyi ni wasi”,  (song) – who’s lyrics were written in Taita language, and won a silver disc in 1981, which saw them sell approimately 30,000 copies in 3 months.

The band  which has more than 10 albums, is popularly known for the familiar anthem, uvivu (song)  Christina and Riziki.

Some of the band members were David Kibe,  who after some time left the band  after he rose in the military ranks and had no more time for the band. laban Ochuka who was also a member of the band, left to play for another  band and later died in 2006. Other members were Diwani Nzaro and David Kombo, who joined then band in the late 80’s, and is also the current band leader.

The band, also had female members, like the 2011 nominee for the best female Afro Fusion artiste at the East African Music Awards, Doris Chepchumba Tanui who was known for her Kalenji hit song “Kipla” (Song Kipla), and also singer Barbara Chepkoech Cheptaab Kiprotich,  aka Waridi, who’s known for her kalenjin hit song “Tilyenun”.(Song- Tilyenun).

Their prowress as vocalist and song writers shone through the bands releases like their  2008 peace album, Kenya Unite  (Song) which was written in response to the 2007 – 2008 Kenyan Post – election violence.

For over 30 years now, the Maroon commandos, has remained to be Kenya’s consistent and most celebrated band.

MCHUJO BARIDI

BY PATRICK LEPAKIO

Kura za mchujo zimeibuwa tumbo joto kwa baadhi ya maeneo nchini huku wagombea wa viti mbalimbali wakisemekana kuhusika na wizi wa kura.

Kumekuwa na visa vya vurugu vinavyotakana na kura hizo za mchujo huku ikisemekana kuwa na wizi ama wagombea wengine kukataa kushindwa kwenye uchaguzi huo.

Baadhi ya kaunti kama vile kaunti ya busia bado watarudia kura ya mchujo hasa ile ya kiti cha ugavana ambapo ilihusisha Gavana wa sasa Sos Peter Ojamoung’ na mbunge wa funyula daktari Paul otuoma,  kuhusiana na utata unaozingira uteuzi huo wa wiki iliopita ambapo ojaamong alitangazwa mshindi huku otuoma akipinga matokeo.

Hii imepelekea  baraza la wazee kaunti ya busia kutaka bodi ya uchaguzi ya chama cha ODM kumkabidhi Otuoma Cheti cha kuwania ugavana katika kaunti hiyo.

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Wazee hao wamesema otuoma alishinda kura ya mchujo kwa njia ya haki wakitishia kuongoza wakaazi wa busia kugura chama cha ODM iwapo chama hicho kitamnyima otuoma cheti cha ushindi.

 

Katika kaunti ya Uasin Gishu pia kumekuwa na kutoelewana huku ikisemekana mwaniaji wa kiti cha mbunge kupitia chama cha jubilee Mishna Kiprop amelazwa katika hosipitali ya Medihill mjini Eldoret kutokana na kichapo alichopokea kutoka kwa wafuasi wa mshindani wake Allan Kosgei.

MISHNA