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What Nairobi Senator Sonko does to men with AK-47s

By Solomon Koko | October 25th 2013 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

By Solomon Koko

Last week I was hosted by Senator Mike Sonko who has been in the frontline in fighting crime by urging gangs to give up their guns and rewarding them with Sh50,000 to possibly start businesses.

I was amazed by the positive response he received from that appeal. While in his office, two young men who would pass for innocent civilians visited his office ready to submit an AK-47 and give up street crime.

Whether he is controversial or not, I have to give this man props for a job well done. He also tells me of his plan to organise motivational sessions for prisoners countrywide to encourage them that all is not lost and they can be anything that they aspire to be.

“I was once jailed. Jela sio mwisho wa dunia,” he joked.

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On Thursday, I link up with my good friends Mbusii and Lion for their weekly reggae show at club Notebook on Kimathi Street before heading to South B where Nigerian-based Kenyan singer Kelmah had invited me for nyama choma.

We were also joined by Pulse magazine’s editor Stevens Muendo who asked us to join him later for the Mashujaa Day pulse pool party hosted by Shaffie Weru and Jalang’o.

Kelmah has been in Kenya for a week shooting her latest video, Doctor. The clip is directed by legendary producer Tedd Josiah. It is said to cost her $6, 000 (Sh500, 000 and features a steamy scene with international South African model, Dax.

Saturday evening we all met up and drove down to Crayfish, Naivasha. The pool party was well attended with majority of Nairobi’s party animals. It has been a   long time since I was last at Crayfish and the pool party was a fresh reminder of the fun days with the Thamba Gwenze parties courtesy of Flame Entertainment and Mash Auto. The party rocked courtesy of DJ Hypnotic.

Sunday afternoon we hook up with Standard’s Digital editor Njambi Mungai, businessman Wambugu and Paul and set back to Nairobi.

However, being a long weekend our Nairobi trip was randomly changed as we were diverted towards Limuru where Red Bull had organised a speed-racing event for racing fanatics.

I am not one who is thrilled by speed but hanging and chatting with my childhood buddies Ken and Dee got me tongue-tied.

The latter is a pilot.

He flies whether in space or on earth and told me of his automobile that he so dearly loves because he easily does top speed on the highway.

We finally arrived in Nairobi and headed to Tamasha where I linked up with Eunice from EABL.

On Monday friends Mocha, Suzan and Claudia from the University of Nairobi and I drive down to Mlolongo for some ngoks before driving back to the city just in time for some good reggae music from Dohty Family at Tamasha, Hurlingham where its full house to the rafters.

Trust Kenyans with any reason, any, to party. Kriss Darling tells me of his DJ academy that he launched at the Sarakasi Dome in Ngara.

 I also bump into my girl, the CEO of Dahiri Dancers, Diana Luande, who has also enrolled in deejaying classes and tells me that in a few weeks we should expect great music from a female deejay.

It was a great evening and we partied till late as we celebrated Claudia’s B-Day.


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