Kanze Dena Takes Over At State House As Manoah Esipisu Lands Ambassador Job
Former Citizen TV anchor Kanze Dena has already earned a promotion at State House, barely six weeks after accepting the role of deputy State House spokesperson.
Ms Dena is now the acting State House spokesperson and head of the Presidential Strategic and Communication Unit after her boss Manoah Esipisu was nominated for an ambassadorial position.
Mr Esipisu has been the State House’s spokesman since President Uhuru Kenyatta was elected in 2013.
Ms Dena made the announcement on Friday during a press briefing at State House.
“Now that my boss Manaoh Esipisu has been redeployed, I wish to announce I am the acting State House spokesperson,” she explained.
She also announced a mini cabinet reshuffle that has affected two Cabinet Secretaries and about half a dozen Principal Secretaries.
In the changes, Adan Mohamed is now Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs and Regional Development Authorities, swapping roles with Peter Munya who takes over the Industry, Trade and Cooperatives docket.
Further, Prof. Collete A Suda moves to the Ministry of Education as Chief Administrative Secretary and Principal Secretary in charge of the State Department for University Education, while Simon Kachapin has moved to the Ministry of Energy as the Chief Administrative Secretary.
Former chairperson of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission Sarah Serem heads a list of eight nominees who will serve as ambassadors and high commissioners, subject to parliament’s approval.
Others are Lt. Gen Saluel Thuita, Francis Muhoro, Esipisu, George Ochillo Ayacko, Amb Peter Nicholas Oginga Ogego, Johnson Mogo Ondieki, Chris Karumba Mburu and Benjamin Lagat.
This is Kanze Dena Salary after state house appointment
Kanze Dena’s very tearful exit out of Citizen TV was definitely tears of joy seeing as blessings are definitely pouring on her. Following her promotion to Deputy State House spokesperson, she will take on the role of communication teams, mainly the President’s brand positioning, media relations and messaging for the delivery of the Big Four agenda.
This big job comes hand in hand with a huge bank account whereby she will now be earning an astounding net salary of Sh 800,000 monthly! Of course, there is a medical cover, housing allowance and security detail alongside other benefits.
We honestly cannot wait for Kanze to do a great job just as she has always done throughout her career. With the kind of good work she did at Citizen TV, no doubt she will give her best in the state house.
Kenyans get emotional after Kanze Dena sheds tears during her farewell bid party
Kanze Dena finally bid her fans goodbye on Sunday June 10th when she anchored her final news bulletin on Citizen TV. She recently landed a plum government job.
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Kanze Dena left Citizen TV to join State House communication team. She was appointed deputy head of the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) on June 5th.
The 39-year-old Kanze developed a close working relationship with Lulu Hassan whom she has been co-hosting Swahili news with for years.
Kanze Dena: Tears of joy
It’s was such an emotional farewell as both Kanze Dena and Lulu Hassan couldn’t hold back tears. Lulu really struggled to remain calm as Kanze talked on camera.
Watch the complete emotional farewell in the video below:
President Uhuru appoints Kanze Dena as Deputy State House Spokesperson
“As part of diversifying the voices from the Presidency, focusing the concept of messaging with purpose, President Kenyatta has appointed seasoned television news anchor Kanze Dena, 39, as Deputy State House Spokesperson and Deputy Head, PSCU,” read a statement from Nzioka Waita, The Chief of Staff and Head of the President’s Delivery Unit.
Dena will take leadership of digital, messaging, research, branding and press . She has been tasked with putting focus on President Uhuru’s brand positioning, messaging and media relations with respect to getting to the Big-Four agenda.
The President has also appointed Ms Munira Mohamed as Deputy Head, PSCU and Head of the Presidential Library.
“In addition to talking charge of all broadcast and media production, Ms. Mohamed will lead a team to design and develop the library; develop storylines and themes for both permanent and temporary public exhibitions; carry out research work and collect material relevant to the Presidential Library, Museum and Exhibition Centre,” read another part of the statement.
Ms Mohamed will lead a team that will design and develop the library, i.e. ‘Develop storylines and themes for both permanent and temporary public exhibitions, do reseach and collect material relevant to the Presidential Library.
Dennis Itumbi took time to congratulate Kanze Dena and Munira Mohamed for their appointments on social media saying, “Welcome to @PSCU_Digital – Madam @KanzeDena. You have our support and we are happy that your appointment makes the team stronger. With your entry Communicating The Presidency just became easier and am sure more effective. Karibu sana.”
Lulu Hassan’s message to Kanze Dena as she leaves for State House
Celebrated Citizen TV Swahili anchor Lulu Hassan has congratulated and bade farewell to her co-host, Kanze Dena, as she marches to State House for a new role.
Taking to Twitter, Lulu could not hide her excitement stating that only God knows how far they have come together.
“Alhamdullilah !!!!!Mungu unajuwa mahali umetutoa !!!!!! RESIDENT Kenyatta appoints TV anchor Kanze Dena deputy State House Spokesperson; Munira to head Presidential Library,” posted Lulu immediately after the news broke.
The two have had a solid friendship that has spanned over a decade on and off the screen. Personifying their signature Nipashe Wikendi segment and warming hearts across Kenya with their flowery Swahili in the process.
Radio Maisha’s Massawe Japanni also took to social media where he pointed out that the internet was on fire following the news.
“The internet is breaking for you my dada!! Congratulations on your new appointment…Shine like the star you are @kanze_dena.”
Kanze’s former colleague Terryanne Chebet was not left behind either and posted that, “we used to share a plate of food and bus fare, and you took me shopping for 50 bob mtush jackets on the backstreets of Accra road for our first on air jobs circa 2004. See you now! See God! Congratulations on your appointment KD. Sending wind beneath your wings! May your star continue to rise! @kanze_dena.”
Nor was Willis Raburu who wrote, “Congratulations @kanze_dena on appointment as Deputy State House Spokesperson and Deputy Head, PSCU.”
In the statement to the press, Kanze was tapped by President Uhuru Kenyatta as the new deputy State House spokesperson and Deputy Head of the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU).
Kanze is to spearhead and “take leadership of the core communications teams, including digital, messaging, research, branding and press.”
It added that she has been “tasked to focus on the President’s brand positioning, media relations and messaging with respect to the delivery the Big Four agenda.”
Ms. Munira Mohamed was appointed as the Deputy Head PSCU and Head of the Presidential Library.
Kanze Dena Biography
Kanze Dena full name is Kellen Beatrice Kanze Dena. She was a Swahili news anchor on Citizen TV, she was a news director and producer . She anchored alongside Lulu Hassan on “Nipashe” that airs at 7pm.
Kanze Dena Education Background
- Student at Foundation College of Professional Studies, studied Journalism and Mass Communication
- Secondary school student at Kieni girls secondary school
- Primary school student at kianjokoma now st Mathew
Kanze Dena Job History
- News Anchor, News Director and Producer at Citizen Television
- Newsreader at Kenya Broadcasting Corporation radio
- Intern at Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
Kanze Dena Family
Kanze Dena is a fourth born in a family of six children.
Her mother was diagonised with cancer while she was 8 months pregnant and by the time she was having the first surgery is when Kanze was giving birth. One year down the line her mother died.
Kanze Dena Kids
Kanze Dena gave birth to her first child Natasha after high school. While pregnant her mother enrolled her to do a secretarial course. While her daughter was three months her mother moved with her to the upcountry so that Kanze could concentrate on her exams but unfortunately she passed on.
While in the Nairobi Baptist Church she got pregnant. While she was three months pregnant it seemed like she had a miscarriage but she got a pain in the stomach and went to hospital but was told that she was 7 months pregnant.
Kanze Dena Husband
As she gives her story, Kanze Dena is now happily married to a banana peddler and she believes that, that’s where God has placed her. She says that financial position of a person is not as good as his heart,and she also says that, its better to ride on a bicycle and be happy than ride on a range Rover and cry always.
Life is a journey, it has hills and slopes and one should be ready to take the the correct route that will lead him/her to Green pastures. Nobody is perfect and relationship is all about understanding your partner and knowing his or her likes and dislikes.
Kanze Dena Issues with low self esteem
She says that she had low self esteem while in her teen years. It all started while she was in primary and she noticed that her leg are bowed and this tormented her. While she started developing and her boobs and she adopted a stoop to hide her growing breast since the other girls had not yet started to develop and the boys were looking at her and laughing.
After high school she stared taking alcohol as a way to fit in and here she got pregnant with her first kid. The baby died after three months and this saw her into depression.
She contemplated suicide while her first born kid died and she wrapped her head with a nylon plastic bag so that she would suffocate and die but fortunately her mother came along.
She slit her wrist and fortunately her mother came to bring her her son to breastfeed and she wrapped her wrist with a cloth.
She contemplated suicide for the third time while she was on a retreat in Mombasa in she thought that she would sit in the ocean and wait for the waves to come along and drown.
Kanze Dena Age
Details about Kanze Dena age will be updated soon…
Kanze Dena Salary
According to her new appointment, Kanze has a net salary of Sh 800,000 monthly!
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Things you did not know about Kanze Dena
- She has three names: Kellen Beatrice Kanze Dena.
- Was born to Duruma parents, a community in Kwale County.
- She was brought up by a single mother after her father left when she was four years old.
- Grew up in both Nairobi and Mombasa.
- She schooled in Embu and specifically Kieni Girls High School.
- She greatly suffered from low slef-esteem because she was bow-legged and had a protruding tummy and boobs at a tender age. She was looked down upon because of this.
- She is a natural actress. Could act very well when in high school and after high school.
- Her low self-esteem forced her to start drinking alcohol.
- She worked as a waitress after high school and in the process got pregnant.
- She later enrolled for a secretariat course but hid the pregnancy from her mother. It was until when she delivered at Pumwani that her mother got wind and came to see her and the baby.
- She had planned to have her child adopted but her mother went to stay with the young girl (Natasha). Unfortunately, Natasha died after three months. This greatly threw her into depression and she contemplated committing suicide but as it happened, it never happened.
- Later joined Nairobi Baptist Church where she found solace and rediscovered herself after thorough counseling. This greatly sufficed as she joined Bible Study classes and the praise and worship team.
- – Went to college and later joined KBC as an intern. When the KBC boss heard her voice, he recommended she goes for a voice test and she qualified to read bulletins on KBC radio at 4 p.m.
- While at KBC and NBC, she got pregnant again and her world returned back to square one. She contemplated quitting church but was encouraged to stay.
- After 3 months, she woke up one morning with blood all over her bed. Upon arrival at hospital she was told she had had a miscarriage. This greatly broke her down and she contemplated committing suicide again.
- It was after seven months that she felt a lot of pain and visited hospital where they told her she had amoeba and needed serious medication.
- After another scan, it was discovered she was pregnant. This shocked everyone.
- By this time she had serious disagreements with her boyfriend and were not even seeing each other eye to eye. She wondered how to face him and tell him she was pregnant.
- Then her mother fell ill upcountry and she was transferred to Nairobi for medication. On arrival, she fainted at ambassador and was rushed to hospital where she was diagnosed with cancer.
- While in hospital, Kanze delivered her child.
She’s seen it all: The moving life story of Kanze Dena
With a broad smile on her face, great composure and confidence, she greets her viewers: “Hujambo mtazamaji popote pale ulipo na shukran sana kwa kujumuika nasi kwenye Nipashe Wikendi, mimi naitwa Kanze Dena.”
What is unfamiliar to many is that this gorgeous news personality put up a long and spirited fight against low self-esteem and other internal battles on her way to being the strong phenomenal woman she is today.
Below is her story as told exclusively to Citizen Digital:
Kanze Dena is a “born tao”
“I was brought up in two different places because my mum worked in Mombasa and Nairobi. Most of the times I would go to school in Nairobi, and go to Mombasa for holidays.”
“Even my shagz – Mazeras – is a cosmopolitan area. It is an area where Methodist Missionaries camped in colonial times. The place has a railway line passing through it, and I saw Nairobi or Mombasa bound buses making their trips.”
Kanze Dena is responsible: At least to those who know her personally; could it be that she is the first born?
“I am the middle child; my mother had three other kids before me and two others after me. Technically, I am the fourth born in a family of six (five girls, one boy). I was raised by a single mother.”
“My brother was way older than me; we have nearly 12 years between us. He wasn’t given much preferential treatment; only the last born was accorded special attention – my mother was very fair.”
“I was the most playful and cunning one among my siblings. I remember when I was 12 and living in Nairobi, my mother banned me from playing outside our house.”
“There was this gap in our bathroom window. I used to climb stools and jump through it so that I could go play with my friends. One fateful day, our house help got tired of seeing me sneaking out. So, she locked the window and there wasn’t any other place I could use to get back in besides the main entrance.”
“Unfortunately, that time (5:30 pm) my mum was driving in and she questioned why I was out of the house – especially after she’d warned me against playing outside. She thoroughly beat me! I even said to her: ‘I doubt if you are my mum.’”
Kanze and her mum eventually resolved their differences amicably: “We sat down and agreed that during school holidays, I would travel to Mazeras so that I could play as much as I wanted.”
Which games did Kanze Dena play?
“Kode, pushing tyres, pulling toy cars, bladaa, climbing trees…I think I was up to par with my male colleagues. When they asked me to play any game, I would fit in and be ‘one of them’. I didn’t notice any gender difference when I was playing with them.”
With that amicable relationship with boys, at what time did Kanze Dena realise she is different – at least biologically?
“When I joined boarding school for upper primary classes, I realised I had serious body changes. I looked at other girls whom I shared a classroom with (standard five, six) and noticed they weren’t developing as fast as I was. My breasts had developed, my hips had broadened… and men would stare at me.”
She quickly learnt that she was different – according to her, in a ‘bad’ way.
“Naturally, I have slightly bowed legs – I did not consider that my unique gait was “wrong” because no one at home mocked me.”
“When I became conscious of my development, I realised I walked differently from other girls. That is the point that I started keeping to myself. I toned down my playfulness – I was wondering what was wrong with me. Men laughed at me.”
“I’d slouch because I wanted to hide my breasts. I’d wear long clothes to hide my legs too – I used to be very shy.”
That, she says, was when she marked the beginning of her struggles with low self-esteem.
“I did not feel like I was as beautiful as other girls. The guys would always laugh at me – ‘Huyu msichana ywatembeaje?’ They’d constantly ask.”
How did Kanze Dena deal with all this negative energy?
“I would lock myself in a secluded room and bury my head in books. That’s where they could not get me because we fought for top spots in class.”
“I am also a talented actor; so during drama festivals, I would act and recite poems exemplary well. I had something that everyone applauded me for. That was my escape.”
“In Embu and Eastern Province I was a well-known person! Should you ask someone who studied during my times if they remember a girl by the name Kellen Kanze, they would affirm that they do.”
“That was my world. When I walked on stage, I commanded the audience – whether I was acting in a play, dancing…It allowed me to get away from the fact that everybody would laugh.”
“Boys would come and talk to me because I had become a star! They respected my Swahili prowess and articulation. I think that was a mechanism God gave me to survive.”
“The moment drama festivals were done, I’d go back to the same cocoon and realise I am different from other people. For a very long time, I’d never allow myself to wear clothes that were fitting. I thought I had a big bust and unattractive legs.”
“When I was in standard seven, I was appointed the school’s head girl. I felt a little bit important, but still; I did not want to be different. Honestly, if I had the opportunity to enhance my looks and alter parts of my body, I would have changed the way my legs looked.”
How did Kanze Dena finally overcome low self-esteem?
“It has been a long journey for me to come to terms with my body – to know that it was mere biology that played a part in my fast development, that it wasn’t my fault. By the time I understood all that, I had already ruined my posture – even now I slouch.”
“I am more victorious now than I was then. However, I still face criticism from people who think I am less than beautiful – especially women. I have encountered some who occasionally give me side-eyes because of my gait.”
Kanze Dena: On contemplating suicide…
“Low self-esteem pushed me to contemplating suicide at one point. Right now I am in a better place. I am more victorious.”
Ladies who suffer esteem issues are vulnerable, and they often fall for men who assure them. Did Kanze Dena fall for the trap?
“It happened many times. I remember receiving many letters in high school (Kyeni Girls). During assembly, my name would be called out as girls got letters, mostly from their boyfriends.”
“When I completed school, there were no men to boost my self-esteem by writing me letters. I joined college and got my first serious boyfriend.”
“Unfortunately, I fell pregnant. Sadly, after delivery, my daughter Natasha died at three months. I felt like I was a failure. I grew up during the age when pregnancy outside wedlock was treated like a very big sin! It was a battle, but I managed to survive through the pregnancy. When my daughter died, I was like: ‘Hee, hapa Mungu amenipa kichapo!’”
“The death of my daughter took me through a period of depression! I wondered: ‘Will I be the girl who everybody knows gave birth; but her daughter died? She went through all that, now she has nothing to show for it?’”
Kanze Dena: On getting a son and losing a mother
“I joined the church believing God will surely help me. For a moment, everything seemed positive.”
Storm clouds started to gather again when she realised that she was pregnant with her son, Amani.
“The sad memories of the death of my daughter reoccurred. Consequently, I was buried in deep thoughts. I wondered if I’d make a good mother, and if I’d get married afterwards. My relationship with my baby daddy wasn’t good at that time. The period was a turbulent one for me.”
“My mother also fell sick around that time. She was diagnosed with colon cancer and she needed financial support. I was unable to support her as I had just delivered Amani.”
“Sadly mum passed away on August 8, 2007. It was a big blow! I wish she was alive to see me read news on TV today.”
Like most mothers, Kanze questions if she is the best parent for her kid. Her 10-year-old son, however, tells her that she is the best mother on earth.
“He tells me: “Mummy, you are the best mum ever!”
“That statement melts my heart! When he wakes up, he comes to my room, greets me and inquires about my health. Amani then hugs me, and tells me he loves me. That has made me feel strengthened.”
How Kanze Dena landed a job at KBC…
Kanze Dena studied Journalism and Mass Communication at Foundation College of Professional Studies.
She got her first job at Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) as a radio presenter shortly after completing her internship.
“One day I was going to read 4pm radio news, and there was someone who did not show up to read the television bulletin. In the process of rushing to the radio studios, the TV news producer saw me and asked me to anchor the 4pm bulletin. They handed the radio bulletin to another person – Khadija Ali.”
“It was my first day on TV; I did not know matters make up or grooming for TV… Actually, I was kind of a tomboy.”
“I read the news, and afterwards the boss called me. I had blundered a bit, but he told me that from that day henceforth I’d be reading 4pm news on TV. I was later promoted to reading 7pm bulletin alongside Badi Muhsin; I owe a lot to him.”
“I remember the first time we went on air as a pair, my voice failed me – I had panicked. It came out with a shriek. Badi read the lead story; and when we took a commercial break, he told me: ‘Nini bana, nini wewe waniangusha? Soma! Mimi hapa wazungumza nami, hebu waeleze wakenya jinsi unavyonieleza… imagine uko chumbani mwako wapiga gumzo.’”
“After that I gained confidence and he mentored me all the way; from 2003 to around 2006 at the KBC. I joined Citizen TV in March 2007.”
Has Kanze Dena overcome her insecurities?
“Even now, I don’t believe that I am beautiful. People send compliments, but the damage had been done – I had already told myself I am not beautiful. I don’t have the legs that other girls have; I don’t have the posture that all the other beautiful girls have… I am definitely not that ultimate beauty! However, I appreciate that people perceive me to be beautiful,” concludes Kanze.
Despite her confession, Kanze is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful women ever to grace local television.
She is tall, curvaceous and graceful. More importantly, she has a brilliant mind, a big heart and a strong soul.
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