Jeff Koinange’s unexpected ‘Vera Sidika question’ to Hassan Omar which sparked online discussion


Citizen Television news anchor Jeff Koinange on Wednesday night (November 8) posed an unexpected question to former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar.

The question touched on a predominant perception Kenyans have about the physical attribute of popular socialite Vera Sidika.

Mr Koinange, while starting the second part of Jeff Koinange Live – which entails interviews –, asked Mr Omar: “Why are they (Kenyans on social media) calling you Vera Sidika?”

Mr Omar responded, saying that the phrase was coined by people inclined toward the Opposition, the National Super Alliance (Nasa), because of his recent political move, which was frowned upon by a section of Nasa leaders. Mr Omar, a former Wiper Party Secretary General, decamped from Nasa to the ruling Party, Jubilee in October 6 after he was floored in the August 8 race for Mombasa governor by Ali Hassan Joho.

“They were referring to my butt. It is fairly petty by the way. You know what happened is that there are some women who spoke about my butt in a rally. And I can tell you (without fear of contradiction) that there is no issue-based politics anymore in this platform called Nasa. And I can tell you (Nasa co-principal) Musalia Mudavadi was laughing like a 15-year-old. There are certain things in terms of basic political decency when they are said, you have to show disgust. But to them, they try to dehumanize you, they try to humiliate you, simply because you have an opinion different from them,” said Hassan Omar.

Mr Omar’s response sent social media abuzz, with users making light of his reply.

Mr Koinange’s question stemmed from a viral picture, which showed the ex-Senator looking quite weightier than what people were used to.

Mr Omar was JKL guest alongside Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina, where they debated on a raft of issues including what the odds are that a coalition government would be formed between Jubilee and Nasa, even as the Nasa leader, Raila Odinga, maintains that the two parties should equitably share slots in government when Mr Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta will be discussing how to end Kenya’s political stalemate.


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