The Star (Nairobi)

19 February 2013

Kenya: Cord Woos Asian Voters At Oshwal Centre

It was the turn of the Cord Coalition to visit the Hindu Council of Kenya at the Oshwal Centre in Nairobi on Tuesday last week. There was heightened security at the venue as candidates from the Cord Coalition wooed voters from the community.

Nairobi governor candidate Dr Evans Kidero highlighted how security is important for businesses to thrive. He said creation of jobs was one of his top priorities and "history of Kenyans won't be complete without the Asians who have participated from the making of the railway line and creating trading services along the way."

Vice President and Cord presidential running mate Kalonzo Musyoka said there must be a Cabinet Secretary from the Asian community and reiterated that the community "is not a minority but a Kenyan vote."

Presidential candidate Raila Odinga opened his speech with a friendly hello including the greeting "Jai Shree Krishna". He talked about his long association with the Asian community starting from his late father Jarmogi Odinga who travelled and lived in India for two months, learned about the culture, business and politics. He said he has been working closely with the Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi on better governance policies. He proposed an all-inclusive government and promised to change the course for the better.

Peter Kenneth's date with Hundu Council

Young, energetic and punctual, Peter Kenneth, the presidential candidate for Eagle Alliance arrived at the Oshwal Centre, Nairobi on Sunday with his running mate Ronnie Osumba and Nairobi women's representative candidate Esther Passaris to address the Hindu Council of Kenya.

He received many questions from the audience who wanted to know more about him and how will he make the refreshing changes that he promises. "Farmers need to go back to farming; Kenya's tourism is not even close to the 1.5 million shoppers of Oxford Street which is a 3km stretch in London city; our education must become quality and not quantity" were some of his major comments.

East FM story goes viral in India

East FM broke the record and became the second highest ranked on Twitter in India because of the viral story of Indian TV superstar Barun Sobti visiting Nairobi for the Zuku Cricket Wars. Such was the hype and hysteria online, you can imagine what happened on the Nairobi Gymkhana grounds from Friday to Sunday when eight teams battled it out to win top honours at the competition organised by the Dream Factory. Other TV stars included Shilpa Saklani, Apurva Agnihotri and Manav Gohil. International cricketers such as Chris Cairns and Damien Martyn provided a spectacular game for the team Rising Stars owned by Ali Punjani. They won the title by beating Nakumatt Jumbos by seven wickets. Singer Nameless was one of the performers.

Kenyan Asian Forum roots for peaceful polls

There will still be a Kenya after March 2013; voting is about choosing leaders, choose wisely. That was the message at the Kenyan Asian Forum public meeting held on Saturday at the Desmond Tutu Conference Centre in Westlands, Nairobi. In attendance were the Goodwill Ambassadors General (Rtd) Daniel Opande, Zarina Patel, Adam Hussein, Ambassador Ochieng Adala, John Katana and Florence Mpaayei. National Integration and Cohesion Commission member Alice Nderitu and assistant director Guyo Liban Dadacha urged Kenyans to maintain peace during the electioneering period and after the polls. They called on the Asian community to realise the fact that "an organised minority can be a majority in politics".

Zarina Patel said, "stop being lazy, stand up and make your decision". General Opande added, "before we succumb to a country like a failed state, let us talk to each and every Kenyan and convince them not to push this country into becoming another failed state."

Star columnist Pheroze Nowrojee commented, "it is a not a choice between individuals but to safeguard Kenya" and shared his collection of articles in a small book titled "A Vote for Kenya- the Elections and the Constitution".

The mission of the Kenyan Asian Forum is advancing social justice, reform, cohesion and nationhood. Its founders are Zarina Patel, Jill Cottrell-Ghai, Yash Pal Ghai, Pheroze Nowrojee, Sudhir Vidyarthi, Zahid Rajan, Abdul Hamid Slatch, Mohinder Dhillon, Rustam Hira, Mohez Karmali, Madhukant Shah and Davinder Lamba.

Nairobi yogathon impresses

At 7am on Sunday at the Jamhuri High School Grounds Nairobi, a team of young and old were bowing down to the sun, or practising the Surya Namaskar as it is known in yoga. This was one of the first parts of the exciting yoga sessions for the Nairobi Yogathon being held as part of the ongoing celebrations of the Swami Vivekananda 150th birth anniversary by the Hindu Religious & Service Centre. Participating centres included the Africa Yoga Project, Faraja Cancer Care Centre, Mrs Raj Walia and of course over 700 attendees that were welcomed by the Hindu Religious & Service Centre. It was a healthy way to continue the brilliant celebrations and spread the message of yoga to the general public who thoroughly enjoyed.

Sunshine Rally rocks Nairobians

It took over 30 volunteers and a dedicated team from the Young Jains Nairobi and Rotary Club of Kenya to put together the fun and food drive called "Sunshine Rally" at the Jamhuri Stadium, Nairobi on Saturday. There were over 2,500 children from various parts of the country that were served with food and entertainment that included a clown and a classic car ride.

Hari Singh, Sukhmani Malik perform in Nairobi

It was laid back, easy melodious music and a chance to join in the singing with Hari Singh and Sukhmani Malik on Saturday at the Venom Lounge & Bar, Nairobi.

This MTV's Coke Studio Artistes sang Punjabi hits including "Jugni" and "Boohey Baariyaan" into minutes after midnight. The show was a red hot Valentine's party for the weekend, organised by Just Like That, sponsored by Samsung and co-sponsored by Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi, Etihad Airways, Klass Tours & Travel, Seven Sea Food & Grill, Glory Rent A Car, Scorpious Creative, Peppers Restaurant and East FM - Kenya's Premier Asian Mix.

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