Radio Jambo beauty Japani Masawe is not known to be political in any way whatsoever. The highlight of her daily show, Bustani La Masawe, is when either she is interacting with her loyal fans, or giving her listeners titbits about the latest gossip concerning the top celebrities in the country, or trending topics. She never shies away from flaunting her Kamba roots, and so, considering our polarised ethnic politics, one would easily assume that in the 2007 elections, she was behind her kinsman, Kalonzo Musyoka.
However, in a most uncharacteristic display of political passion, the bubbly wife of Radio executive Tom Japani came out to clearly disclose what she termed as one of the most painful, not to mention depressing periods, of her political side of life.
All this was unfolding on the day of her birthday which was this week, on Tuesday. Gushing over the numerous and special birthday wishes she had received, she wholeheartedly thanked everyone, saying that she doesn’t take any of it for granted. She went down memory lane, recalling one of her birthdays when Raila himself sent her his birthday wishes. After playfully bragging about it, and boasting about how much of a big deal she was that even Raila was aware of her birthday, she mentioned something about his visit to Murang’a, where the former Prime Minister had gone to attend a meeting about musicians.
Together with her recent regular co-host Tina Masika, the duo got to wondering how easily NASA had just died. Masawe expressed her shock at how the outfit had weathered away, and was now in the process of being wound up.
However, in a quick and touching follow-up, Masawe said that the organisation whose demise pained her most was The Pentagon. In a rare show of admission which she rarely does, Masawe said that the outfit had made her fall in love with it, only to later break up, and leave Kenyans depressed.
The Pentagon was the Orange Democratic Movement party’s topmost organ and compromised of the party leader himself Raila Odinga, his deputy Musalia Mudavadi, then Eldoret North MP William Ruto, then Mvita MP Najib Balala, and then Gachoka MP Joe Nyaga. The organ fell apart following Raila and Ruto’s acrimonious break-up.