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New TV show exposes societal ills among the political class

Kenyan actors showcase their acting skills in the new TV show dubbed “County 49.”

The show follows  the challenges a female governor encounters while executing her duties.

The female governor, Nerimah Mkung (played by Wakio Mzenge, Selina), who’s eager to challenge the corrupt system that has plagued Bwatele County for years, steps into office amid great civilian discontent due to the misdeeds of her predecessor, Governor Okusimba (Igiza’s Ainea Ojiambo), who now faces criminal charges, including corruption, abuse of office, and treason.

Passionate, ambitious and filled with remorse for the government’s failures, Governor Nerimah is keen on righting the wrongs done to the citizens of Bwatele County.

Armed with a message of hope, the new governor, against the advice of her cabinet and her security detail, visits Sector 4 at its most volatile moment.

However, the deposed Governor Okusimba, even though corrupt, is a man of the people. Outside the Bwatele courtroom, where his final verdict is being delivered, chants of “Okusimba!” fill the air.

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Even in Sector 4, as Governor Nerimah takes the podium, chants of “Okusimba!” erupt in the crowd. But Nerimah is undeterred. Her speech carries many promises for a new Bwatele but is it too little too late?

Just a few miles away, the Hive, a local terrorist group led by the revolutionary Elijah (James Webbo) assembles. They want what they’re owed.

And Governor Nerimah’s message of hope and accountability means nothing to citizens who’ve never benefited from their own county’s wealthy resources.

Elijah delivers an impassioned speech in which he says, “Itakuwaje hii county inatengeneza stima ya kusupply nchi nzima na sisi wenyewe hatuna stima…Itakuwaje sisi tunapanda chakula lakini we cannot even afford kununua hiyo chakula tunapanda.

Naskia kuna mwanamke mwingine hapa anajiita governor anakuja kutuzungumzia…nawauliza? Mazungumzo itatusaidia na nini?”

For the Hive, enough is enough and they end up kidnapping the governor. County 49 events throughout the 13 episodes take place over 24 hours.

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