GESTURE OF GRATITUDE

Mutua sings his joy as he turns 51 years old

He wowed guests with his 'hidden talent' in crooning 'Malaika'

In Summary

•The governor held a joint birthday party with Tanzanian star Rayvanny

• He celebrated 51st birthday while singer marked his 28th year

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua at his 51st birthday
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua at his 51st birthday
Image: Charlene Malwa

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua treated guests at his birthday party to a rendition of the love ballad 'Malaika', which he dedicated to people he loves.

The invite-only party was held at Emara Ole Sereni over the weekend. The 51-year-old held a joint celebration with Tanzanian singer Raymond Shaban, aka Rayvanny, who just turned 28 years.

In his speech, Mutua said this was his very first birthday party celebration. "I am very happy to see all of you here. I want to thank all the people who have been in my life. My parents, my sister, my teacher my pastors, my friends," he said.

"The people who have been there for me politically. Hon Muthaura, Former President Mwai Kibaki, President Uhuru Kenyatta, Hon Raila Odinga, who have been there for me, nurturing me."

His ex-wife Lillian Ng'ang'a was in attendance at the event. She didn't give a speech but shared a photo of the governor on Instagram, writing, "To 51 and another 51. Happy Birthday."

Other guests included Classic 105's Mike Mondo, Homeboyz Radio's Kerry Martin, comedians Churchill and Eric Omondi, Marini natural founder Michelle Ntalami and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Mutua said life is about sharing and caring and keeping no grudges while lifting people up, adding, "I and moving on with life. I am in the second half of my life. I am very happy especially because of the blessing of God."

Governor Alfred Mutua with Rayvanny at their double birthday
Governor Alfred Mutua with Rayvanny at their double birthday
Image: Charlene Malwa

Rayvanny gifted the attendees with performances of some of his latest songs. He also launched a birthday party song, which features the governor.

Appreciating him, Mutua said, "I am also very happy to share my birthday with this young man Rayvanny, who is turning 28 years. We share so much with him and I want to thank him for coming and happy birthday to him."

In an interview with Word Is last week, Mutua said he decided to join his birthday party with Rayvanny since they share a birth date. "But I realised that we have a lot of things alike, we kinda like the same things, think the same way and we are both creative. So we have become good friends."