Recce squad officer arrested over

Monica Kimani murder links


Joseph Irungu and Jennings Odhiambo.


A recce squad officer has been arrested over the murder of business lady Monica Kimani. Jennings Odhiambo was arrested by homicide detectives on Thursday evening and detained at the Muthaiga Police Station for questioning. The suspect was arraigned at the Kiambu Law courts and police given 14 days to detain him as investigations continue. Detectives have also searched his house at Recce Headquarters in Ruiru. Other suspects in custody of the murder are Citizen TV journalist Jacque Maribe and her fiance Joseph Irungu alias ‘Jowie’. The two pleaded not guilty to the charge and their bail hearing set for Wednesday October 24, 2018. - The Star

 

 

 

Namibian President Hage Geingob arrives

in Kenya for Mashujaa Celebrations


Namibian President Hage Geingob signs a visitors book at the State Pavilion on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for a State visit on October 19, 2018. With him are Namibian First Lady Monica Geingos (second right), Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma (second left) and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko (left).

 

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Huddersfield grooming: Twenty guilty

of campaign of rape and abuse


Twenty men have been found guilty of being part of a grooming gang that raped and abused girls as young as 11 in Huddersfield. The men were convicted of more than 120 offences against 15 girls. Victims were plied with drink and drugs and then "used and abused at will" in a seven-year "campaign of rape and abuse" between 2004 and 2011. At Leeds Crown Court, the ringleader, Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years. Other members of the gang were jailed for between five and 18 years but the court heard many perpetrators have never been identified. Details of the men's convictions and sentences can only now be published after reporting restrictions on a series of trials were partially lifted. During the three trials, jurors heard how the men - who are all British Asians mainly of Pakistani heritage - preyed on young, vulnerable girls, one of whom was described as having the mental age of a seven-year-old.

 

 

 

State of The Nation; Talking with Ahmednassir Abdullahi


   
 

 

 

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Why Kenya Could Take Up

Chinese Yuan as Reserve Currency


Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor Patrick Njoroge on Wednesday confirmed that Kenya was considering adopting the Chinese Yuan as a reserve currency. Njoroge was at the Guangzhou-Foshan Nairobi Business forum when he was questioned on the issue by a Chinese gentleman. In response, Njoroge highlighted the dynamics of the world economy before stating that the move was 'inevitable'. "It is inevitable that Kenya will include the Chinese yuan as a reserve currency. The only question is when and the timing will be determined by a number of short term factors," he explained. He also alluded to fast-growing trade ties between the two countries that have seen China control 66 percent of Kenya's bilateral debt as of May.“This has increased the demand for the Chinese Yuan by both Kenya and Chinese traders operating in Kenya,” he noted. The International Monetary Fund had in 2016 added the Renminbi to its Special Drawing Rights (SDR) basket which has the US dollar, the British pound, the Euro, and the Japanese Yen. Njoroge's statement, however, raised eyebrows as it comes barely two weeks after 17 central banks and government officials from 14 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa met in Harare, Zimbabwe to discuss the possibility of using the Yuan as a reserve currency. The Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI) is made up of Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Lesotho, Namibia, Rwanda, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Zambia. After the event, MEMFI Spokesperson Gladys Siwela Jadagu stated: “Most countries in the Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa (MEFMI) region have loans or grants from China and it would only make economic sense to repay in renminbi (Chinese yuan).”

 

 

 

Rongo varsity students demand justice for slain Sharon

 

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Get ready for winter warn forecasters,

as the mild spell finally comes to an end


Forecasters have warned that cold weather is on the way bringing a close to the mild weather the UK has recently experienced, The Met Office said that more wintry-type weather will hit Britain over the next month, and an end to the warm conditions Britain has experienced for many months. There have been warnings that Britain could face sub-zero temperatures in the next few weeks and even the prospect of a ‘white Halloween’. There had been some warnings that temperatures would reach as low as -3. But the Met Office says that is unlikely.

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Court freezes Chinese firm's accounts

over Sh2 billion tax dispute


Mr. Ye Wei, the Director of Housemart Company Limited, at a Milimani Court on 11th October, 2018 where he was charged with three counts of tax evasion. He denied the charges and was released on a Ksh2 million bond with a surety of a similar amount or a cash bail of Ksh1 million. The case will be heard on 21st November, 2018.


A Chinese company suspected to be involved in money laundering and tax evasion amounting to over Sh2 billion is in trouble after the High Court froze its accounts. Lady Justice Hedwig Ong’udi issued the orders freezing the accounts of Housemart Company Ltd following an application by the Kenya Revenue Authority claiming that the Chinese firm have evaded tax through under declaration of Value Added Tax of its products since 2010. “An order is issued preserving funds and prohibiting the release, transfer, payment or other dealings involving the money held by the company at Barclays Bank of Kenya, Standard Chartered Bank, nic Bank and Bank of Africa pending determination of the suit,” ruled Ong’udi. KRA, through lawyer Sylvester Okello argued that they have reason to believe the Chinese company is engaged in tax evasion and money laundering through creation of “briefcase companies” who have no physical presence in Kenya and used to siphon millions of shillings from the country. Mr Okello told the court that preliminary findings of investigations done by KRA revealed that the company has evaded taxes amounting to sh2,243,781,488 between 2015 to 2017.

“Majority shareholders and beneficial owners are foreigners and corporations with foreign addresses which are suspected to be tax havens therefore making it difficult to repatriate the funds once they exit Kenyan borders,” said Okello.
According to an affidavit filed by KRA forensic investigator Cyrell Wagunda, they received information in January that six companies were registered and used to open bank accounts in which proceeds from sales by Housemart Ltd were being channelled. The companies include Colila Ltd, Akubi Ltd, Nkemm Ltd, Obest Ltd, Sunda Industrial Company Ltd and Wise Databank Ltd. He swore that he discovered tax fraud and money laundering through diversion of sales and using fictitious forms to claim VAT refunds. “We discovered they were using their employees or security groups contracted to transport cash totalling sh4 billion. Once the funds are transferred to the six companies’ accounts, they then wire it to another company based in China without declaring their tax,” swore Wagunda.

In one instance, the KRA official stated that a total of Sh515 million was deposited to Colila Ltd, Akubi Limited received Sh241 million, and Wise Databank Limited received Sh3.5 billion between 2015 and 2017. He submitted that when they invited directors of the company, they could not explain how they declared their tax returns and that there are possibilities of them fleeing the country without remitting the tax owed. This comes just days after the company’s managing director Ye Wei was charged in court with tax evasion amounting to over Sh800 million and additional count of failing to declare sales amounting to more than Sh3 billion. Mr Wei was charged on Thursday last week before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi. He denied the charges and was released on a Sh1 million cash bail with the case scheduled for hearing on November 21. The Chinese company’s offices are located on Mombasa road and are involved in importation of various items including construction materials and household commodities. - The Standard

 

 

 

Uganda opens iconic bridge across River Nile


Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni cuts the ribbon during the commissioning of the 525-metre long Source of the Nile Bridge in Jinja on October 17, 2018. Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni officially launched a 525-metre long bridge, dubbed The Source of the Nile Bridge, Wednesday in the southern town of Jinja. The 2 million cable-stayed bridge was funded by a loan from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency.  Mr Masahisa Sato, the State Foreign Affairs Minister of Japan, was also present at the ceremony. Jinja thoroughfare that the bridge connects is a busy import-export route for Uganda through Kenya and, as such, provides the economic lifeline for the landlocked country.  Some 800 employees, almost nine out of every 10 being Ugandans, built the infrastructure over four years. Zenitaka Corporation and Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company from Japan and South Korea, respectively, built the bridge. It is the second of its kind in East Africa after Tanzania’s 680 metre-long Kigamboni Bridge, which was commissioned a fortnight ago. Samuel Muhoozi, the Director of Roads and Bridges at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), said the bridge could become a major tourist attraction. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

 

Uhuru, Raila To Receive International

Award For Handshake Deal


President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga are set to be honoured for their statesmanship and adherence to the principle of political tolerance. This follows their March  9, 2018 ‘Handshake’ which ended political acrimony and intolerance after the 2017 general election which had threatened to divide the country. London Political Summit, the awarding entity has said that the duo are great men and have a long rich history behind them.  Both their parents were the founding fathers of Kenyan political and democratic history. “It is a great privilege to identify with their latest leadership style which infers immense political maturity,” reads part of statement sent to newsrooms. The award will take place today at Hilton Park Lane Hotel,London. It is not clear whether the duo will personally attend to receive the awards or will send their representatives. Away from being awarded, London Political Summit has created a special award known as “RailaUhuru African Peace Accord Award” which will be given annually to any African leader who embraces peace, values democracy and exhibits high level of political maturity and tolerance. In a letter addressed to Raila, London Summit Director Godson Azu said that the Opposition chief was an esteemed political leader who has played a huge role in shaping political thoughts and ideas in modern political history in Africa and around the world. “It would be a great pleasure and honour to have you as our Guest of Honour and award recipient at the summit and awards dinner reception,” reads part of the letter sent to Raila. - The Standard


Have a look at this...

And think twice

 

You went to the university to study, you graduated in Bachelors of Arts in Commerce and Finace.
After 2 yrs of searching for a job in vain, due to so many graduates in the same field, you decided to go for masters in the same field.

With masters, you searched for a job for 1 yr and landed in a Bank as a teller, where you replaced a worker who died in a recent road accident.

You started with la salary of 60,000/= Ksh per month.
With this salary you ranked yourself at a higher social rank, with good rented house, good restaurants like JAVA, KFC, SAROVA HOTELS AND SOME THREE STAR HOTELS and
some times you go out with frends where you could spend up 10,000/= Ksh in one sitting.

Later your are seduced to take a loan and buy a CAR, JUST TO MAINTAIN THE NEW SOCIAL STATUS.
With this loan your are deducted 25,000/= Ksh mothly from your salary to service the loan.

The car NEEDS FUEL, insurance, services......etc

BUT there is this form 4 leaver who washes CARS at the road side, He puts on the same work clothes every day you take your car for washing, you leave your car key with him, so with other costumers who bring their cars to be washed......He appears very dirty and he calls you BOSS, Tajiri yangu, SIMBA WA TOWN, KING, QUEEN OF THE BANK etc and that makes you happy and proud, as he is washing your car you are in a Drill drinking and having NYAMA CHOMA, when you come back you add some few coins to him as an appreciation for the praising names he called you ...

HIS CAPITAL IS HIS HANDS TO WASH, soap, water that he fetches at the roadside dams and a container to preserve the cars keys of his costomers.....

He reports to his car wash at 5:am and he leaves at 8 pm, he only eat lunch of GITHERI 20/=vegetables 10/=and a piece of water Melon 10/=total 40/-


BREAKFAST AND SUPER HE EATS AT HOME the one prepared by his wife.
In a day he washes about 50 cars on average. On peak days he washes 100 cars, on low season 30 cars a day.
To Wash one small car like yours costs 200Ksh....(BIG CARS ARE CHARGED MORE)

LET US TAKE THE NUMBER OF CARS HE WASHES during low season, that is 30 cars in a day(we leave out the big cars)

SO,
30 carsX200shX30days=180,000/=


He earns 180,000/= Ksh in a month, net cash, UNTAXED CLEAN MONEY,3 times your Salary as a teller in a Bank......

The moment you learn that this car wash man has HOUSES IN KAREN, LAVINGTON, WESTLANDS and one of the bar you the banker drink from.... YOU WILL DEFINITELY BRAND THIS CAR WASH MAN AS ILLUMINATE OR FREEMANSORY...

My dear, wealth can be found the much you want. Have plans B,C,D etc for generating more money.........
Be rich authentically and stop appearing rich while making other rich.

Your little salary could be dublicated to greater wealth.....

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AMNESTY IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Who is eligible for this scheme?
Non-EEA nationals resident in the State who held a student permission during the period of 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2010, who have not in the intervening period acquired an alternative immigration permission. Other conditions include not having a criminal record.

 

How long will the scheme be open for?
The scheme will be open for 3 months, from Monday 15 October 2018 to Sunday 20 January 2019 (inclusive). INIS has developed an online application form for eligible applicants to apply under the scheme.

Can people currently not residing in Ireland apply for permission under this scheme?
No, applications are only accepted from people who are residing in Ireland.

 

Is there a fee for applying to this scheme?
Yes. A non-refundable administration fee of €250 applies to the processing of this application, which must be paid at the time of application. An additional €450 fee must also be paid at the time of application, and this will be refunded if the application is unsuccessful. Successful applicants will be issued with an initial 2 year registration at a reduced fee of €300 (normal fees would be €600 i.e. €300 paid annually).

 

What immigration stamp will successful applicants receive and can they access the labour market?
Successful applicants will be granted a stamp 4S permission that will provide an immigration permission to live and work in the State without the need for an Employment Permit, for 2 years. At the end of the 2 year permission period applicants will be granted a Stamp 4 permission for 1 year if they can provide evidence that they have complied with the terms of the temporary stamp 4S conditions.

 

If applicants are granted a Stamp 4S permission, can their family members obtain this permission also?
Under this scheme, family reunification is not permitted - i.e. spouse or partner and dependent children living outside the State, cannot seek to join the applicant in Ireland. However, the family circumstances of persons present in the State will be taken into consideration. This means that where a person qualifies under this Scheme, the family unit who have been residing with them in the State may be given permission to remain under the scheme.

 

What are the conditions attached to this permission?
The following conditions apply to the temporary permission on Stamp 4S conditions to remain in Ireland:
That they will obey the laws of the State;
That they have and will in the future not become involved in criminal activity;
That they will reside continuously in the State;
That they will make every effort to gain employment and not be an undue burden on the State;
That they accept that the granting of this temporary permission does not confer any entitlement or legitimate expectation on any other person, whether related to you or not, to enter or remain in the State;
That at the end of the 2 year period they have acquired at least the minimum English language skills as set out in the Scheme Notice.

 

What happens at the end of the 2 year period?
After two years, if applicants have adhered to the terms of their permission they will be granted a Stamp 4 permission for a further 12 months. The permission to reside on Stamp 4 conditions is renewable after 12 months if they have adhered to the conditions of that permission. -


 

 

 

The Kenya government plans to reduce the age-limit for imported

second hand vehicles from the current 8 years to 5 years

The Kenya government plans to reduce the age-limit for imported second hand vehicles from the current 8 years to 5 years in efforts to grow the local motor vehicle assembling business and create more jobs.

 

 

At 21, Sarah Mohamed Khalif is the first

Somali woman to win an election in Belgium


In the elections that took place in Belgium on Sunday, a 21-year-old Somali woman made history for becoming the first of her kind to win a seat in the council. Sarah Mohamed Khalif, who is also the first ever Somali woman to take political office in the country, has been voted to represent Belgium Socialist Party (SPA) as the newest council member of Leuven city. She garnered 772 votes. The second year student at Leuven University has been referred to as a hardworking woman with ambition and determination in politics. The news of her win has warmed the hearts of many including her parents, who are proud of her achievements.


Among her priorities as the new council member, Khalif hopes to help the  youth “use their creativity and create space where they can realize their projects.” She was inspired to run for elections by her need to create a change in her community. “I commit myself to the elections because I want to mean something for the community in Leuven, and want to make a difference in the future. Like many others have ever inspired me, I now want to do the same for others,” her statement said.


Khalif joins the increasing number of people of Somali origin to take political posts across the country. Just recently, Leila Ali Elmi made history as the first Somali and East African woman to be voted into the Swedish parliament on a Green Party ticket. She represents the Angered District in Gothenburg, where she was a member of the Angered district council since 2014. Others are  America’s Ilhan Omar, who is hoping to represent Minnesota in the Congress and UK’s Magid Magid, the youngest person to become the mayor of Sheffield. In the same Belgian elections, Congolese-born Belgian Pierre Kompany became the first black mayor of Ganshoren district and in Belgium.


“My success, my election, shows the direction of the march of history, which is towards a more peaceful history. I think one has to regard this as a victory for humanity as a whole,” Kompany, who arrived in Belgium in 1975, said. Kompany found his way into the country after escaping the atrocities of President Mobutu Sese Seko, who had imprisoned him and others for protesting against his dictatorial regime. His election as mayor has been seen as a way of acknowledging the Congolese presence in the country as well as one of the steps Belgium is taking in addressing its colonial past. Praises for his historic elections have started pouring in, led by his son, Manchester City player and Belgian international Vincent Kompany, who expressed pride in his dad’s ability to gain the trust of the people. - face2faceafrica.com

 

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves” – Dalai Lama

 

 

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, this is a special invite to all Women Ministers to come we join together for empowering leadership workshops, prayers and 1st anniversary celebrations.

If you haven't joined us yet, please plan to come or get in touch for more information. Our mission is to Promote Unity amongst Women Ministers based on Psalms 133. United we're strong and blessed.

Please pray and plan to come for a day of being Empowered, Equipped and Connect with other Women Ministers. For Iron sharpens Iron, come let's sharpen one another.

 

 

 

 

Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi Arabian

consulate in Istanbul and off the face of this Earth


At 1.14pm on October 2, Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul and off the face of this Earth. He vanished as if he had never existed. But the fallout from his disappearance grows by the day. It is now widely believed that Mr Khashoggi was killed in the building by members of a 15-strong Saudi regime hit squad that had flown into the city earlier the same day. On Monday, police and prosecutors inspected the consulate building in Istanbul for more than eight hours. Now Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said they found fresh paint in the building where Mr Khashoggi vanished. Turkish officials believe he was killed and dismembered in the consulate. According to reports, the government has an audio recording which they have shared as evidence with Saudi Arabia and the US.

 

 

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High Court refers Mwilu case to CJ Maraga


Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu arraigned on

August 29, 2018. She is accused of abuse of office. 


Chief Justice David Maraga will have to set up a bench to hear and determine the case in which his deputy Philomena Mwilu is challenging her prosecution. High Court judge Enoch Chacha Mwita has ruled that because it is the first time a senior judge was arrested in the precincts of the court for possible prosecution since the promulgation of the new Constitution, the matters raised in the case need to be determined by a bench. "I hereby certify this application as one raising a substantial matter of law, hence refer it to CJ for consideration of empanelling a bench to hear and determine it," said Justice Mwita. The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji had asked the court to have the matter referred to the CJ, arguing that the court needs to determine whether prosecution of a sitting superior court judge amounts to an attack on the Judiciary’s independence. The DPP also wants the bench to determine whether criminal proceedings can be instituted against a sitting judge and whether independent bodies can be curtailed from exercising their mandate. DCJ Mwilu moved to court to challenge her criminal prosecution. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

US strike in Somalia killed 60 militants: Pentagon


A US Air Force fighter jet. The US military says it has killed 60

Shabaab militants in an airstrike on Friday in Somalia.


The United States conducted its largest air strike in nearly two years against militants in Somalia, killing about 60 Al-Shabaab fighters, the US military said Tuesday. "This precision air strike was the largest air strike against Al-Shabaab since November 21, 2017," when air-dropped US munitions targeted one of the group's training camps, killing about 100 extremists, US Africa Command said in a statement. The strike took place Friday in the Harardhere area along the central coast of the Horn of Africa country, where US forces train Somali troops and also partner with the United Nations-backed African Union Mission in Somalia. Air assaults and missile strikes have increased in recent months against the Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda affiliate fighting to overthrow the internationally backed Somali government in Mogadishu. Friday's air strike came the day before suicide bombers killed at least 16 people at a restaurant and coffee shop in the southwestern city of Baidoa. It also came just before the first anniversary Sunday of a truck bombing that left more than 500 dead in Mogadishu, the worst ever attack in Somalia blamed on Al-Shabaab. - Daily Nation.

 

“An open heart is an open mind.” – Dalai Lama

 

ARCHBISHOP GILBERT DEYA

NEW CHURCH IN NAIROBI


Archbishop Gilbert Deya at his new Church in Pili House along Mombasa Road


The “miracle-babies” saga put him in huge trouble in Kenya and abroad, but self-styled Archbishop Gilbert Deya still believes in miracles. Stubborn, resolute and raring to go, the man who spent close to a year behind the cold concrete walls of Kamiti Maximum Security Prison is now winning fresh adherents after a small break with the law. Three months ago, he walked out of prison on a Sh10 million bail after a nine-month sojourn following deportation from the United Kingdom. His brand new followers, one could say miraculous adherents, have since surpassed 100. “Miracles work through me via Jesus Christ,” he states without blinking. His Gilbert Deya Ministries/United Evangelical Churches of Kenya in Nairobi has acquired space measuring 2,250 square feet at the imposing, all-blue Pili Trade Centre opposite Hilton Gardens on Mombasa Road where the aggressive Man of God meet his bulging flock. He says his Gilbert Deya Ministries in Britain remains intact under the able stewardship of his son, Amos Deya, who is also a pilot. “Amos is a British citizen and the ministry there is fairing even better under him,” he says. Stay informed while on the go by subscribing to the Standard Group SMS service.


“In my vision for Kenya is a 24-hour church, a centre for training church leaders and a 24-hour television station to help spread the gospel,” he divulges, adding that his calling is directly from God. “I was never ordained by anybody. Mine was a direct call,” he brags. Archbishop Deya purports to enjoy more following in West Africa and contemplates setting up his African headquarters in Nigeria once he is done with his case. In his words, what caused his extradition? “The advocates I engaged to represent me locally gave me a fake order, hence the loss of my extradition case and three-month incarceration (between May and August 2017) at Woolworth Prison in West London prior to my extradition,” Deya says, pensively. He says he believes God used the mess to bring him back home because he had sworn never to return to Kenya. “That was foolish of me. God used the advocates to destroy the foolishness. I am grateful to Him because coming back home was a blessing in disguise.” He is reluctant to comment on matters before the court, but exudes confidence that he will win his case as his wife was acquitted in 2011 on a case of stealing five babies and forging their birth certificates.


Weak learner On reflection, Bishop Deya says God’s spirit came to him when he was barely 10. “I was seated with my mother when a bright light came on me. I remember exclaiming thus: ‘Mama see Jesus is coming!’”. He was a weak learner who dropped out of school at Class Seven with D minus in all the three subjects -- English, mathematics and the General Paper. His talent was in business, selling sweets to his classmates and preparing charcoal. “No sooner was I out of school than I started buying and selling bananas and sugarcane for a profit,” he recalls. During our sitting for this interview at a slap-up Nairobi hotel, Deya relives the poverty in his early life, recalling how his first child, Peter, succumbed to complications of malnutrition while he earned six shillings per week as a stone cutter at a quarry in Njiru.

“I worked as a stone cutter for two years upon landing in Nairobi from a brief stay in Uganda visiting my married sister. I met my wife Mary there,” he says. Deya was to get a better-paying job as a toilet cleaner at a garment factory in Nairobi’s Industrial Area, upon which he moved to Kibera where he paid Sh80 monthly rent for a wooden shack. He was paid Sh240 per month for the stench-saturated job, Sh20 of which went to ‘Pay as You Earn’ (PAYE) Government tax. That was in 1974. As fate would have it, says Deya, the toilet cleaning job that he did diligently served as the launch pad to a more prosperous, albeit controversy laden future. The latter-day millionaire would walk several kilometres from Kibera to the Industrial Area. “I was made the chairman of Lindi Village in Kibera where four of my children, all grown up and responsible citizens of the world now, were born. I built rental houses that I later sold to buy a matatu,” he remembers.


“After Amos who lives in Birmingham, came my daughter Jane (United States) and son Daniel (businessman, Scotland). Behind them are daughters Rebecca (Britain) and Deborah (Dubai). David and Sarah who are pursuing their university education in the United Kingdom were born while I lived in Dandora,” he says. A year into cleaning the toilets, he was upgraded into an office messenger. “I saw an opening to augment my income via a 120-day credit window to pay for garments taken by low cadre employees. I opened my own garment shop in Ngara to sell clothes that I took on credit and paid for after 120 days. The shop flourished because it was located in a high population area where many Africans and rich Indians lived. Enough money Deya’s star was to shine even brighter when the company’s salesman retired and they picked him to take his place because of his charisma. He started earning Sh3,000 per month. All along, the non-ordained Man of God was a preacher under the United Evangelical Churches of Kenya and in Chrisco Church.

“I soon had enough money and I sold the matatu to start a shoe manufacturing company in Kariobangi. As money flowed, I quit the garment factory,” he narrates. Again, as fate would have it, things changed abruptly when the factory caught fire. Everything went up in smoke even though there were several fire fighters. He says the fire reduced him to zero. “I held huge crusades at Uhuru Park that drew the envy of pastors who accused me of being un-ordained and without education,” recounts Deya. “I had returned from a trip to the US with a lot of vim that pricked my competitors,” he recalls. He says the complaints prompted an inquiry on him chaired by Apostle Harry Das who found nothing wrong. “I subsequently packed my things and left for Britain in keeping with God’s voice that I had heard before the fire, telling me to sell everything and leave for the UK,” he says. He remained there until his extradition on August 8, 2017. - The Standard

 

 

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President Kenyatta 'ashamed' to read his speech


President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses delegates at an SME forum on October 16, 2018.


President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday declined to read his speech when he officially closed a two-day small and medium enterprises (SMEs) forum saying his government had failed the sector. Mr Kenyatta said most government officials tasked with ensuring better conditions for SMEs have never visited the traders in their working areas to see the difficulties they face. He said both the national and county governments have failed to deliver on past pledges made to the traders, citing promises made in 2014 to build roads the populous Gikomba market but are yet to be implemented. “I will not read my speech because it is shameful for the government. “I'm embarrassed to stand here in front of you people to be reminded of what we should have done many years ago,” Mr Kenyatta said. The President also hit at Nairobi governor, Mike Sonko for City Hall’s failure to construct proper drainage systems for the traders at the popular Gikomba market.

The market is home at least 14,000 traders but it is a nightmare whenever it rains due to the poor drainage and flooded thin roads making it hard for buyers to access. Mr Kenyatta was responding to numerous concerns raised by SMEs at the two-day event, with most hitting out at the government for lack of proper infrastructure, high power tariffs and lack of protection from international players. He instead directed a similar meeting be held in a month’s time where the relevant state agencies will update the small scale manufacturers on the measures put in place to provide an enabling environment.  SMEs are the country’s biggest employer with the government banking on them to create more jobs and reduce the unemployment rate amongst the youth which stood at 22 per cent according to a United Nations Human Development report released last year. Data by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics indicates that there are more than 17 million SMEs registered in Kenya with 98 per cent of them contributing about 25 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). - Daily Nation.

 

Natives sad as efforts to revive dying language fail


Manasseh Matunge, 52 , sets a beehive on a tree. The Yaaku are yet to abandon beekeeping despite assimilation by the Maasai. Honey was their staple food. It’s 11 am, the sun is scorching in a sleepy village in Doldol more than 60km from Nanyuki town. In a fenced homestead on a hill, Leteiyon Leitiko, is sheltering under a tree from the baking sun. From here, Leitiko has a magnificent view of the surrounding hills in Mukogodo. His brother joins shortly and after a brief conversation, the wife and son–in-law join us. The 70-year-old man gets distressed every time he muses over his native language, Yakunte that is getting extinct. The Yaaku were assimilated by the Maasai community and Leitiko and his six tribesmen speak fluent Yakunte. Many died before their children could learn the language. - The Standard

HOW I WAS CONNED IN KENYA BY A

MZUNGU LADY ON 13TH OCT 2018


It started on Friday when I posted a vehicle am selling on OLX Kenya. A white lady posing as an interested party sent a text and enquired whether it was my vehicle. She requested me to send the interiors images of the vehicle through a Whatsapp number 0751566433. She said she is ready to purchase it and we can arrange how we can meet. She proposed we meet the following day, Saturday if I was available. We scheduled we meet at 11.00am since she was coming from Narok.


On Saturday morning at 7.33am, she sent a text alerting me that she is on her way from Narok heading to Nairobi purposely to see me. I wished her a quick and safe jouney. After almost one and a half hours, she called informing me that she have had a small accident of which I responded am somewhere very noisy and will call back soon.


I called her back at around 10.00am. Amidst sobs, She informed me that she hit and killed two cows belonging to a Masai headsman. She alerted me how they are planning to burn her car and already they have snatched the car keys from her and she is unaware of what they are discussing about her in swahili. She requested me to intervene since sheb doesn’t understand kisahili. She gave the owner of the cows her phone and the Masai was singing war songs. he told me….”hii mama ni mang’aa sana.. namuongelesha ananikondolea macho hapa tu na haongei.. mimi tachoma hii gari yake na nimchome pia. Ameua ngombe zangu mbili …haki ya nani mimi hasamehei hii mama mzungu. Kama hatalete elfu arobaine saa hii saa hii atanitambua. Wacha nikaite masai wengine huyu mama atakupigia akilia akichomeka” I told him to cool down and give the phone back to huyo mama mzungu. I told the lady that the Masai is demanding 40,000/= as compensation but asked her to involve the police on this issue.

She calmly declined to involve the police for it will complicate issues more and she will end up paying a lot more. She argued that two cows are not worth 40k, so she better give them money rather than involve the police on this. On the background, I could hear the Masai threatening to burn the car. She requested me to remove her from that mess by speaking to the owner of the dead cows and promise him that all shall be well. I asked the lady to pay the masai if she had the money of which she said she had 10k in cash and the rest were in the bank. So she wanted to give them the 10k she had and be allowed to go and withdraw the balance from the bank. I informed the plans to the masai of which he declined the offer.

He told me tusimchukue mjinga tukiwa na hii mzungu. “mimi hapana jinga na najua hiyo ni njia ya kutoroka. Mimi hapana kubali hiyo. Mimi amekataa” I pleaded with him to an extent of offering my self to travel to Suswa and stand for the lady so that she can leave me with her vehicle as she goes to get the 30,000/= balance. I asked the lady to call her friends so that they can sort her out since am just a stranger trying to assist her. She told me its barely one month since she came to Kenya. They are based in Narok where their nobble work is to assist the needy. The only friend she has went for burial and she is not picking her phone. I could hear the lady utter amidst our conversation…’oh my god, what do they want to do now, they have sorrounded my car” I called the masai again and this time he was more hostile than before.

I had to find means to calm him down and explain to him that it was impossible for him to get money if he won’t either stay with the car or release the madam to go and fetch money for him or either still, he accompany her to the bank. He told me she can’t leave his livestock and he wants to move ahead to graze. We bargained and came down to 35k. I asked him if he gets the half of that amount whether she can release the lady to go and get the balance of which he accepted. So I informed the lady of the new developments. She insisted she only have 10,000/= and If I can assist her and remove her from that mess, she could refund and reward me with extra 5000/=. “Am very uncomfortable here, kindly remove me from this mess I beg you, trust me, am a church woman and I can never lie”


I called myself for a brief meeting with myself. I asked myself, what if its me who is in such a situation in a foreign land. Not even in a foreign land,..hapa hapa tu mbele ya Ruiru. I checked my whatsapp and found she had sent some images of the scene of accident. There lied two dead cows and a vehicle registration Number KBR 423G. My doubts were over. This must be a genuine case and I might be very ungodly if I don’t assist that mzungu hata kama simjui. I remembered Mother Teresa…. I also remembered our own Baba Teresa a.k.a.. Ndungu Nyoro. I remembered the words, “Service to Humanity is Service to God” Here is a lady who was coming to buy my car and she was involved in an accident and she is now trouble because of me. If I choose to ignore him and his vehicle burnt down, is such a vehicle worth 35,000/=. If they harm her, is her life worth 35K.?


I called her once more and asked her, what do we do now,?. “If you could only add me 10k, I will be comfortable with that and in two hours time, I will come and refund your money as I buy that car you are selling. Without a second thought, I sent 10K to the Masai (Munamai Yohana Memoriki – 0712350164) and confirmed whether he has received. I told him to get the other 10k from the Mzungu and release her and in two hours time he will get his money through mpesa. He agreed.


Two minutes were not over when Masai called me back. “hii mzungu yako nitachoma sasa.. mnanichezea nini haki ya mungu… msiniongeleshe tena nyinyi sasa.. angalia ile pesa huyu mama mang’aa ananitolea,.. pesa fake pesa ya majano pesa sijawahi ona maisha yangu yote. Anafikiria mimi mjinga sijui pesa..heish!!..” I was lost for words. I told him to give me a minute. I called the mzungu and asked her why he was embarrassing the masai and the game was almost over. She told me she has 100 dollars and they are equivalent to 10,000 Kenya Shillings….. “and you are giving 100 dollars to a Masai headsman.?”.. I asked.. I got angry but restrained myself coz already she owed me 10k and 5k as a token.


I had no other option but to sweet talk the Masai to accept some other 5k and take the situations as they are for I had no other money in the mpesa account. He had to accept on conditions that am the one to send the balance after two hours because he doesn’t want to deal with that silly mzungu again. I sent the 5K to him amounting to 20k. Immediately, he released the Mzungu. She was very thankful. I wished her a safe journey and urged her to drive carefully rest she gets herself in another mess. It was approaching some minutes to one.


At 3.30pm. I enquired how far she is. She was past Limuru. Nikajua huyu mzungu anakuja tu. Pesa yangu nitapata na nimuuzie gari. I started to celebrate. She told me that her phone was low in power and I give her some moment to switch it off and as soon as she comes near Nairobi, she will give me a call. She told me that she was traumatized by the accident and she is driving at a very slow speed. I understood her. Nikamwambia zima simu basi. I had no problem with that juu ikizima tutacommunicate na nini.


It was around 5 pm when she gave me a call. I was very patient with her for I had gained full confidence and trust. She told me she has been arrested by police and she isn’t understanding what they are telling her. She gave the officer her phone and we talked. He told me, ‘mkubwa, huyu mama mzungu tumemshika na tunampeleka police station juu inaonekana amefanya accident pahali, indicator light hakuna na hana police abstract.” I pleaded with them nikawaambia I don’t know that lady but nilimsaidia na sioni kwanini pia wao wasimsaidie.” He then told me..”Kama wewe hapana jua yeye ni biashara gani hii mko naye.. nyinyi ni wale mnauza mercury hapa.? I became irritated for I knew his motive. I pleaded with him to write an abstract for her and show her the shortest route to Ngong road. He told me the fee required for an abstract is 3500/=. I asked the mzungu to deal with him if she has money but told me she has not changed the dollars because she didn’t want to waste more time on the way. I talked with the officer and asked him to assist him but he insisted that I send 1000/= and she will get the abstract and the receipt for the same. He gave me his number (Ibrahim Mumia – 0702779688) Add another one thousand to 20k. The lady was greatful once more and promised she will refund all the money I had spent.


It was approaching 6pm and something told me that it was better we meet in town, I get my refund and plan about the car may be the next day. I told her to drive to town and when he is somewhere convenient, he can alert me so that I can find her. I remembered some words from my wife when I told her am going to meet a stranger. She told me its advisable to be in a company of another person isiwe yuko na motive mbaya. I left my place of work at almost 6.20 and by 6.45, we were in town with one of my workmates. I called her and she told me to meet her in Hilton Hotel. Within no time we were inside Hilton hotel demanding to see our guest. We calmly sat at the reception area and made another call. She told us she is in Hilton, Double Tree. The security informed that Double Tree is along Ngong Road and that is where she might be.

I called her once more and confirmed that in deed, she is in Double Tree, Ngong road. We headed there at supersonic speed. By the time we reached at the gate, it had started raining. We were treated as guests by the security who were very friendly. They covered us with umbrellas from the parking area to the reception. We sat comfortably and made another call. This time, her phone was off. I was not amazed because I knew it might happen any time. I went around the hotel checking any guest lady who might be sitting alone. I went asking those lonely white ladies whether am the one they were expecting. I found none. I went back to the security desk at the gate. I narrated my story and told them am sure her phone might be off due to low power. We went through the parking at the basement but didn’t find her car. I went to his whattsapp account to check her image again. She had removed her photo and her status. I tried to call but the reply was “ The number you are trying to call is incorrect, please check the number and try calling again.”. That’s when I told my collegue…” hapa naona kama nimechezewa… I have been conned” And that was it. The Maasai’s phone was off, The police’s officers phone was off, the mzungu’s phone was off to this day.


CONMAN BUSINESS IS REAL.
IT HAPPENED TO HIM.

 

Google Maps launches motorbike service in Kenya

Tourism CS Najib Balala (4th left) with a team of Google innovators during the launch of Street View at Movenpick Hotel in Westlands, Nairobi on October 15, 2018. Google Maps users in Kenya can now smile after a motorbike choice was added to travel modes.


Google Maps users in Kenya can now smile after a motorbike choice was added to travel modes on the platform that offers direction and navigation services to millions of users across the world. Through its Country Manager Charles Murito, Google said it aims to make lives better for Kenyans by providing turn-by-turn navigation online services to access areas impenetrable by cars in a shorter duration. Mr Murito was speaking at an event held in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism in Westlands, Nairobi on Monday.

FIRST TO USE SERVICE
Kenya is the first African country to use the new service that has been successful in India where it has attracted thousands of motorbike riders since its launch in December 2017. The Alphabet Inc owned subsidiary also said it will now work closely with boda-boda riders to identify routes that can be used during high road traffic in major towns in Kenya. “For over one million Kenyans, boda-bodas are a convenient and affordable way to move and transport goods. The new motorbike mode now provides directions for boda-boda riders to allow for more time efficient routes,” Google said in a statement.

STREET VIEW
The tech giant also launched Street View, a service that allows users to see locations and destinations on their phones as they actually appear when they get there. The service is currently available for users in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nakuru, Nyeri and Malindi. Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala lauded Street View as a great innovation that will boost tourism in Kenya. He urged hotel and tourism van owners to enable free Wi-Fi to ease search for routes within game parks and reserves. “We are excited that Google Street View is coming to the national parks but it is very unfortunate that some tourism companies still believe offering free Wi-Fi in vans and hotels is a breach of privacy,” he said. He said majority of tourists across the world nowadays are millenials (18-30 years), who are tech savvy and expect services to be delivered in a seamless virtual manner, and thus there is need to align the tourism industry in Kenya with technological trends. Country Google Marketing Manager Farzana Khubchandani said research has shown that Google users now want search results more quickly and the company has moved with speed to satisfy that need.\

FASTER SEARCH
“We now have Google Go and YouTube Go which allow faster search of text and videos besides providing text to speech services at the user’s reading speed choice,” she said. Swahili lovers in East Africa have not been left out as Google Swahili now fetches the best matches on words searched on Google since its launch three months ago. “We have partnered with Safaricom to allow Kenyans pay for mobile apps on Google PlayStore via M-Pesa. Programmers of these apps and users of AdSense can also be paid via the same platform,” said Mr Murito. At the event held at Movenpick Hotel and attended by hundreds of innovators from the country, Google announced a Sh100 million grant to train Kenyan farmers on digital skills aimed at improving food security. Kenya has over 30 million internet users with 2.5 million Kenyans having benefited from Google’s training camps and boosting the skills of over 9,000 app developers in the country. - Daily Nation

 


 

 

The family of kidnapped Tanzanian dollar billionaire Mohammed Dewji has said it will give

a reward of a billion Tanzanian shillings (Sh44.1 million) for information leading to his rescue.

 

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Fostering Financial and Social Inclusion

has Enhanced Refugee Livelihoods


Wednesday, 15th October, 2018…….

Continued collaboration between humanitarian and development partners as well as private sector players has played a key role in uplifting livelihoods of forcibly displaced persons who include refugees and IDPs. Through supporting their economic ventures and fostering social inclusion, the affected persons have become empowered.


These sentiments were relayed during a recent High-Level Workshop on the Financial Inclusion of Forcibly Displaced Persons at The Hague, Netherlands. Equity Bank was invited to the workshop by virtue of the fact that it was identified as a good case study on implementation of financial initiatives that support forcibly displaced persons especially refugees and IDPs to be economically self-reliant.


The workshop convened up to 80 participants representing financial regulators, supervisors and policymakers from G20 and non-G20 countries, humanitarian and development agencies, private sector including established industry players and new fintech innovators as well as academia. The workshop was under the G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) framework that was established to adopt financial inclusion of Forcefully Displaced People (FDPs) as a priority in 2017.


Speaking during the conference, Equity Bank Director of Special Projects, Mr. Allan Waititu noted that Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya has more than 30 humanitarian agencies that support the refugees and the host community. By partnering with these agencies, Equity Bank has become one of the very few banks worldwide that does Refugee Banking and allowing them to access the very same financial services as national citizens.


“Equity Bank, through its robust financial infrastructure of branches, Equity Agents and mobile banking as well as Social Payment Programmes has been at the fore front in partnering with the government in terms of embracing approaches that empower refugees to become economically independent especially at Kakuma Refugee Camp,” he said.


Equity Bank Kakuma branch opened its doors on 10th June 2014, after the Bank saw a financial need for the more than 300,000 people who used to travel more than 150km to Lodwar to access banking services.


Through research, the Bank realized that 20% of the refugees were involved in several business ventures either as individual business men/women, or as groups. Some of the businesses they were involved in are general shops, small hotels, tailoring business, small bread baking factories, small supermarkets, commercial farming via irrigation, supply of power to the camp via generators and transport via motorbikes and taxis to and from the camp.


Over 20,000 refugees were also employed by Humanitarian Agencies as workers and through Equity Bank; they could now be paid through formal accounts.


As from June 2015, the Bank in partnership with AAHI (Action for Africa Help International) started to lend money at the refugee camp. So far, over Kshs KSH 12M has been lent to over 50 groups and individuals through a revolving fund initiative desired to see most of the refugee gain self-reliance.


Apart from traditional banking services, Equity Bank is the only bank with a branch in Kakuma offering credit through Equitel, a mobile SIM-based platform. Additionally, the Bank offers credit to refugees in partnership with NGOs who select beneficiaries, disburse funds and manage the loans on behalf of Equity Bank.


“To resolve the lack of security or collateral, Equity Bank has invested in alternative credit appraisal based on other data such as savings account history. With the rise of digital finance, we are now able to reach customers in extremely remote locations without costly investments in brick and mortar branches,” Mr Waititu added.


The Bank also addresses some of the gaps by offering financial literacy programmes on business management skills, budgeting and how to market for their goods as well as basic economic concepts on how to use a variety of financial services. These include savings, bookkeeping and credit products, thus formalizing banking at the camp.


Equitel’s loan products have since emerged as the most common source of formal credit among Kenya’s refugee communities according to a recent report by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) dubbed Kakuma as a Marketplace.


The recent 2018 workshop was similar to last year’s event held under Germany’s G20 presidency and sought to support the development of the G20 “Roadmap for Sustainable and Responsible Financial Inclusion of FDPs” and ensure that the perspectives of all relevant stakeholders was reflected.

 

 

 

Twin brothers grow enormous 2,270lb (1029.201)

pumpkin to break own UK record

Twin brothers who have made it their mission to create the biggest ever pumpkin have smashed the UK record by growing a vegetable weighing 2,269lb (1029.201) . Stuart and Ian Paton, 56, have spent hundreds of hours over four months tending to their record-breaking pumpkin which they submitted at the Autumn Pumpkin Festival in Netley, Hampshire. They already held the UK record with their impressive 2,254lb pumpkin from last year, but have beaten it again just 12 months later. The brothers say they can use up to 100 gallons of water a day to help their gigantic squashes grow, which can increase in weight by as much as 60lb a day. The pair, of Lymington, Hampshire, UK have been addicted to growing the enormous pumpkins now for the last ten years.

 

France weather: Red alert as flash floods kill 10 in south-west


At least 10 people have been killed by flash floods in the Aude region of southern France. Local authorities say several months' worth of rain fell in just a few hours overnight, leaving roads blocked in some areas. A nun was swept away by the River Aude, local broadcaster BFMTV reports. Separately, a policewoman attending to a weather-related traffic accident in the town of Albi was hit and killed by a motorist. The death toll has been revised down from 13, France's interior ministry explained, because of an error which meant some of the dead had been counted twice. Alain Thirion, the prefect of Aude, said people were stranded on rooftops and would have to be evacuated by air because it was too dangerous by boat. One person was injured, he added, when a house collapsed in the locality of Cuxac. The floods are the worst the Aude river has seen in more than 100 years, according to the weather monitoring service Vigicrues. Seven helicopters and 700 emergency service workers have been deployed, according to France's Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, who has also visited the area. An angry resident of Villegailhenc told the prime minister there had been a lack of public information, including from the media, when flooding hit in the early hours. People on social media have also been sharing photos showing the extent of the damage to homes and streets in the area.


Two company directors in court

over Sh160m tax evasion

Hassan Barhe Nur (left) and Umar Idle Yakub, directors of Kalme General Contractors

and Suppliers Ltd when they appeared in court in Mombasa on October 15, 2018

charged with Sh160 million tax evasion. They were released on bond


Two directors of a construction and supplies company have been charged with denying the government Sh160 million in taxes. Hassan Barhe Nur and Umar Idle Yakub, who are directors of Kalme General Contractors and Suppliers Limited, are accused of omitting from the value added tax (VAT) returns, money worth millions of shillings. The suspects are charged with ten counts of omitting from the returns an amount which should have been included, contrary to the Tax Procedure Act. They are accused of knowingly omitting from the VAT returns for the months of January to December 2014, sales amounting to Sh40.8million, which they ought to have declared to the commissioner as required by the VAT Act. In other counts, the suspects are charged with omitting from the VAT returns for 2015, sales amounting to Sh19.8million, deliberately defaulting to remit Sh6.6 million to the Commissioner of Domestic Taxes and omitting from the income return filed in the same year money amounting to Sh45.8 million. They are further charged with deliberately defaulting in the obligation to remit income tax by the due date, according to the Tax Procedure Act, where they are accused of failing to remit Sh5.5 million in 2015. The suspects are further accused of omitting from income returns filed for 2016, income amounting to Sh17.6 million and failure to pay Sh2.1 million in taxes in the same year. Mr Nur was additionally charged with failure to submit tax returns for 2015. - Daily Nation.

 

 

Matiang’i suspends leave for security

officers during KCSE, KCPE period

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i speaks during the issuance of security padlocks

and keys at the Kenya School of Government, Kabete,on October 15, 2018.


Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has suspended leave for the country’s security personnel until the national examinations are concluded. Speaking at the Kenya School of Government in Kabete on Monday, Dr. Matiang’i added that he would also be on duty for the entire period of the examinations, saying his diary had been cleared from October 29 to November 29.
The CS further stated that he has held separate meetings with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) as well as the Inspector General of Police and that their main aim is to rid the country of the menace of examination cheating.


“Our resolve has not changed… our mission still remains the same… our focus is still the same… and our commitment is even stronger; that we will deliver clean exams, that we will continue the legacy of honesty and integrity in the way we manage our education system in the country,” said CS Matiang’i. “I want to assure my colleague who is leading us this year in this exercise, Ambassador Amina Mohamed, that we will give her and the entire team in the education sector 100 per cent support from the security team.”


Matiang’i also stated that his ministry had effectively deployed enough security personnel throughout the country, further assuring parents and Kenyans, in general, of safety to children who will sit the national examinations. He also fired a warning shot to rogue examination officials, teachers and students saying those caught trying to cheat will be arrested. - Citizen Digital.

 

 

IMF projects that Kenya’s

economy will expand by 6.1%

In its regional economic outlook report, the IMF projects that Kenya’s economy will expand by 6.1% in 2019 up

from 6.0% in 2018 but warns that this growth is under threat due to high debt levels and inflationary pressures.

 


Meghan and Harry: Duchess

of Sussex expecting a baby


The Duchess of Sussex is pregnant and is due to give birth next spring, Kensington Palace has revealed. The announcement came as Meghan, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, arrived in Sydney on Monday ahead of a 16-day tour of Australia and New Zealand. Kensington Palace said the couple, who got married in Windsor five months ago, were "delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public". Their baby will be seventh in line to the throne. The Queen and other senior royals were told about the pregnancy on Friday, when members of the Royal Family gathered in Windsor for Princess Eugenie's wedding. Meghan - thought to be about 12 weeks pregnant - attended the wedding with Prince Harry, wearing a long, dark blue coat, which sparked speculation she could be expecting.

 

Gatwick Airport second runway


Gatwick Airport is due to unveil plans to use its emergency runway to increase capacity. The airport's latest draft plan is set to be released on Thursday and will go out to public consultation, a spokesman said. The emergency runway would be used for smaller aircraft departures, as part of future growth plans. Opponents to expansion at the West Sussex airport have called it "a second runway by the back door". An airport spokesman said it was "exploring how to make best use of its existing runways, including the possibility of bringing its existing standby runway into routine use". "This would deliver an incremental increase in capacity that complements the expansion schemes of other airports across the South East." The airport was also looking at using the existing runway "more intensely", aided by the use of modern technology, the airport spokesman told the BBC.

 

 

 

 

Not guilty, Maribe and fiance

Irungu say over Monica murder

 

Television journalist Jacque Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Irungu alias 'Jowie' have on Monday pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of businesswoman Monica Kimani. The two will spend two more nights in custody after High Court Judge Jessy Lesiit ordered that they return to court on Wednesday, October 17, when they will be given a date for a hearing of their bail application. Ms Maribe's lawyer, Katwa Kigen, had requested the court to expedite the mention of the case, arguing that the suspects have been in custody for long Mr Irungu, main suspect in the case, was arrested on September 24 while his fiancée was nabbed five days later. Ms Kimani was killed on the night of September 19, just hours after arriving in Nairobi from South Sudan. A third suspect in the case, Mr Brian Kassaine, was freed by the court last week but ordered to be reporting regularly to the police. - Daily Nation.

 

Mohammed Dewji: Africa's 'youngest

billionaire' abducted in Tanzania


Africa’s youngest billionaire has been kidnapped by gunmen in Dar es Salaam, according to officials. Mohammed Dewji, 43, who is said to have a fortune of .5bn (£1.1bn) and is the president of MeTL Group, which operates in about 10 countries across sectors ranging from agriculture to transport and food, was abducted as he entered a hotel gym. The regional governor, Paul Makonda, said: “Initial information indicates he was kidnapped by whites travelling in two vehicles. This kind of incident is new here.” Lazaro Mambosasa, the Dar es Salaam police chief, told a press conference the kidnappers had “shot into the air” before bundling Dewji into a car. He said police were looking for suspects and had already made arrests. Dewji was born in Tanzania and studied at Georgetown University in Washington DC. He served as an MP from 2005 to 2015. In 2013, he became the first Tanzanian to be on the cover of Forbes magazine, and was named Forbes Africa person of the year in 2015. Dewji is also the main shareholder in Simba football club, based in Dar es Salaam. He is ranked 17th by Forbes on its list of Africa’s billionaires. Dewji is married with three children. In 2016, he signed a pledge to donate at least half his fortune to philanthropic causes.

Who is Mohammed Dewji?
Financial magazine Forbes puts his wealth at .5bn (£980m), and has described him as Tanzania's only billionaire. In a 2017 report, it said Mr Dewji was Africa's youngest billionaire. Mr Dewji is also a major sponsor of one of Tanzania's biggest football teams, Simba. He promised in 2016 to donate at least half his fortune to philanthropic causes, Forbes said. Mr Dewji, locally known as Mo, is credited with turning his family business from a wholesale and retail enterprise into a pan-African conglomerate, reports the BBC's Athuman Mtulya from Dar es Salaam. His company, MeTL, has interests in textile manufacturing, flour milling, beverages and edible oils in at least six African states. Mr Dewji served as a ruling party MP for a decade until 2015. He told the BBC in a 2014 interview that this possibly made it easier for him to meet top politicians, but it did not give him an unfair advantage, as other businessmen also had access to them.


'Relaxed approach to security'
Mohammed Dewji has huge celebrity status in Tanzania. You would be hard pressed to find a person in Dar es Salaam who did not know of Mohammed or the Dewji family and he would often draw large crowds at public events. But despite his wealth and fame he has always been incredibly relaxed in his approach to security - in fact all the Dewji family were. He never moved with security guards or bouncers and would often pop out to the gym on his lunch break or to meet friends after work unaccompanied. In his day to day life he didn't look like a billionaire - he was a friendly, affable young man going about his business.

 

 

 

The Chinese phone giant

that beat Apple to Africa


Hong Kong (CNN Business) Samsung is powering toward record profits thanks in part toApple's new iPhones. The two tech companies compete aggressively in high-end smartphones, but Samsung also provides key parts for Apple's (AAPL) devices. The South Korean electronics maker said Friday it expects to pull in as much as 17.6 trillion won (.6 billion) in operating profit for the three months ended in September. That's a jump of more than 20% from the same period a year earlier and Samsung's highest quarterly earnings ever. The company didn't provide a detailed breakdown of results yet, but analysts are ready to fill in the blanks. The bumper profit haul was likely driven by strong sales in memory chips and higher earnings in Samsung's display and consumer electronics business, according to SK Kim, an analyst with investment bank Daiwa Capital Markets. The higher margins for flexible screens Samsung is supplying for the new range of iPhoneshelped boost earnings, Kim said. Business from Apple accounts for 25% to 30% of sales at Samsung's display division, he added. The unit generated about 10% of the South Korean company's 54 trillion won ( billion) profit last year.

There are doubts about how long Samsung's profits can keep hitting new highs. Analysts have been warning about slowing demand and a subsequent drop in prices for some memory chips, the business that drove a year-long streak of record profits at Samsung. And despite the blockbuster earnings Samsung forecast Friday, analysts expect the company to report disappointing smartphone sales for the third quarter, despite the release of a new flagship device, the Galaxy Note 9, in August. Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker, is suffering "a slowdown in many markets" compared with the same quarter last year, said TuanAnh Nguyen, an analyst at research firm Canalys. Competition from Apple and Huawei's new flagship phones mean Samsung faces "tremendous challenges to remain strong" in the high-end market, he added. Samsung will report full results at the end of this month. Beyond smartphones and memory chips, another reason Samsung's earnings were so hot last quarter was because South Korea was so hot — literally. A sweltering summer in the country fueled an increase in air-conditioner sales for Samsung's consumer electronics division, according to Kim. Samsung shares closed flat in Seoul on Friday. The stock has fallen about 12% so far this year, weighed down by concerns about future demand for memory chips.

 

 

Govt defers meeting between

Uhuru and musicians

The National Government has postponed a meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and musicians to allow for adequate preparations. Spokesman Eric Kiraithe on Sunday said that the government received more than 10,000 requests from musicians wishing to attend the forum, which is meant to discuss issues afflicting the industry. "To allow for adequate preparations so that the meeting meets the intended purpose and systematically improve the music industry in Kenya, the October 16 meeting has been postponed," he said in a press statement. Mr Kiraithe said the Sports ministry has been directed to establish a multisectoral team to organise the meeting. "The President is keen to meet musicians at the earliest possible opportunity, and therefore the ministry has been directed to expedite these preparations." He said the meeting must address all crucial concerns of musicians and that the resolutions should be sustainable. Mr Kenyatta made the invitation on Thursday last week in Murang'a during the burial of benga artiste Joseph Kamaru. - Sunday Nation.

 

 

 

 

The con scheme that left former MP

Danson Mungatana Sh76m poorer

Former MP Danson Mungatana.


Former MP Danson Mungatana has been conned an eye-watering Sh76 million to smooth crooks - some West Africans - who had promised to multiply his loot to a billion. The former Assistant Minister for Medical Services would have been an overnight billionaire, but is now crying in the toilet after selling prime land in Karen to top up money which was to be multiplied. The con scheme took place between March and September 2018 according to a close relative. Police sources intimated to The Nairobian that Mungatana, the “mla mamba” from Garsen, Tana River County,  reported the matter to the police to recover his dough which he lost through “wash-wash” in which chemicals are used to ‘launder dirty money’ and turn it to legal tender. “Wash-wash” has been employed by smooth criminals as a time tested method of separating suckers from their money. Mungatana thus refused to write a police statement for fear of exposing himself to ridicule. Instead, he chose to direct police to the con artists operation base in Brookside Drive in Westlands Nairobi where police recovered Sh1 billion in fake American dollars and Euroswhich could been Mungatana’s windfall.


The former Garsen MP had first invested a few millions into the scheme, and the returns were four times his seed money. The deal was good and Mungatana was baited like a crocodile in Tana River. He swallowed it hook, line and Sh76 million sinker. A senior police officer explained to The Nairobian that the conmen “first ‘wash’ some money and then give their victim the dollars to go to a forex bureau or a bank to confirm authenticity,” he said. “For them, it’s the investment they put into their dirty business. Thereafter, the victim will be convinced that the dollars are real and more can be found. So a victim goes back but they ask for more money. That’s the trick mheshimiwa fell for,” said the officer. Mungatana, who topped his class at Alliance High School before graduating with a degree in Trade and Investment Law from of University of Nairobi, and is a two time legislator, also lost his Mercedes to West African tricksters. Mungatana gave the West Africans his car to sell and add proceeds to purchase the “wash wash” chemicals for turning the dirty dough into a billion. But by August 2018, the man President Uhuru Kenyatta had appointed chair of Kenya Ports Authority in 2014, shortly realized “pesa ime kunywa maji” and that he had been taken to the cleaners.  The “wash wash” guys kept on asking for more money forcing him to sell his Karen land to top up. But on noticing he was being taken for a ride, Mungatana reported to the Nairobi Area Police where officers recovered Mungatana’s Mercedes which is now being held as an exhibit. The con men are ironically from, you didn’t guess this one, Mali: Abdoulaye Tamba Kouro, his son Abdala Tamba and a Kenyan, Anthony Mangangi Munyiva.

The Sh1 billion in fake foreign currency and which they intended to “wash” was recently paraded on local television stations. Mungatana is one among eight Kenyans who have fallen victim and lost millions of shillings to the West African “wash wash” conmen. Another Kenyan businessman in the aviation industry lost Sh14 million from these crooks who have invested in money printing equipment, paper cutters, chemicals, masks and foil which police recovered alongside fishy paraphernalia associated with juju. Nairobi Magistrate Sinyiak Tobiko allowed police to detain the conmen for 15 days to enable police conclude investigations. While allowing the application, the court noted that “the amount seized is huge and if released it will crumble the economy.” Police told The Nairobian that masterminds of the con game include a Cameroonian, Arafat Omar alias Rashid Omar, who is in police custody after cops raided his Muthaiga home and recovered Sh52 million, several passports and a firearm. Also looped into the con game are Kenyan politicians from Western Kenya, one an MP, and the other a government technocrat. According to Police sources, the con game started when the “wash wash” guys met in March 2018 and fingered Mungatana as their next victim. They baited, looped in and systematically started obtaining money in several tranches from Mungatana. Mungatana was convinced to part with the money so that they could buy ‘ink’ to clean the billion shillings worth of ‘dirty’ dollars in a scam that lasted seven months. We were unable to reach him for comment because his mobile phone was switched off. - Sunday Standard.

 

 

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Wales see 'worst flooding in 30 years'


A small town in southeastern Wales was turned into an island today after torrential rain brought in by Storm Callum led to river banks bursting and flooding the streets. Cars left completely submerged in water were abandoned by owners and sandbags had to be wedged against Crickhowell residents' front doors to stop the floods from getting inside. Firefighters were forced to stand on walls to avoid the floods as they pumped water from the local pub. An amber warning for rain was put in place by The Met Office today for parts of south Wales, with flooding expected to cause 'a danger to life'.  -

 

 

Jamal Khashoggi: Missing journalist 'recorded

audio of his killing on Apple watch'

Missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi recorded audio on his Apple watch of the moments he was allegedly interrogated, tortured and then killed, according to reports. He has not been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul over a week ago after apparently giving his fiancee his iPhone, which the watch was synced with. Turkish officials have said they believe a 15-member Saudi "assassination squad" killed Mr Khashoggi there. President Trump warned the US would inflict "severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia was behind his disappearance. He told CBS: "We're going to get to the bottom of it." The Saudi journalist, who has been critical of the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is believed to have turned on the recording feature before he went inside the building on 2 October to get documents for his forthcoming marriage. The new revelations by a Turkish newspaper, which have not yet been verified, put more pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to Mr Khashoggi. The pro-government Sabah paper, which claims Turkish officials now have the audio, reported that Saudi intelligence agents realised after he died that the phone was recording. They apparently then tried to delete the recording, first by incorrectly guessing Mr Khashoggi's pin number on the watch, then later using the journalist's finger. However unlike iPhones, Apple watches do not have a fingerprint ID unlock function. Authorities recovered the audio from Mr Khashoggi's iPhone and his iCloud account, the newspaper said. "The moments when Khashoggi was interrogated, tortured and murdered were recorded in the Apple watch's memory," it added. Turkish officials have alleged they also have video of him being killed, but have not explained how they obtained it, nor have they published any evidence he was murdered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment firm FEP sinks deeper into red


Outgoing FEP chairman Erastus Mwongera


Audit firm PKF Kenya has raised queries on the financial health of investment firm Fountain Enterprises Programme (FEP) Holdings after its fiscal results for 2017 indicated that its liabilities exceeded its assets by Sh339 million. According to the company’s 2017 annual report released a fortnight ago, FEP incurred a net loss of Sh649 million in the year ended December 31 and had Sh3 billion accumulated losses against its current Sh2.5 billion net assets. In 2016, the diaspora-backed firm posted Sh100 million as profit for the year. PKF, however, noted that due to absence of supporting documentation of FEP subsidiaries Fountain Technologies (T) Limited, Fountain Technologies Uganda Limited and Mobikash Afrika Limited, it could not obtain audit evidence of the chama’s financial results. “These conditions (loss and liabilities), along with other matters … indicate that a material uncertainty exists that may cast significant doubt on the group’s ability to continue as a going concern,” said PKF Kenya. FEP, which boosts a membership of 200,000 people out of which investors are 70,000, has investments in the real estate, savings and loans, insurance and technology sectors. Its outgoing chairman Erastus Mwongera blamed the firm’s poor financial performance on the prolonged electioneering period and adverse weather conditions that he said affected the economy. “This resulted to us taking a conservative approach in operations and business while staying alert to identifying new opportunities and building on existing ones,” said Mr Mwongera who retired from the board last month. The firm is now eyeing its mobile money lending product instaloan and the real estate business to steer it back to profitability. - businessdailyafrica.com

 

 

 

 

 

“Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock

back and try again. All we can do is use the present well.” – Dalai Lama

 

 


Safaricom ranks among best employers globally


NAIROBI, KENYA: Safaricom has been ranked among the top 100 best employers globally in a list dominated by US companies. The telecommunications company has been ranked number 67 in the Forbes Global 200 list of World’s Best Employers. This list is based on Forbes’ 2018 Global 2000 rankings, which included publicly traded companies from 60 countries that together accounted for .1 trillion in sales, .2 trillion in profit, 9 trillion in assets and .8 trillion in market value. Safaricom is engaged in providing converged communication solutions, which include mobile telecommunication, voice, messaging, data and fixed broadband services. Safaricom was founded in1993 and is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. The company has 5,434 employees. For the second year in a row, Alphabet has topped the list of the World’s Best Employers. Google’s parent company was the only one to receive a perfect score. U.S. companies dominated the list in general. Out of the top 500 employers, 185 U.S. companies made the list. Only 80 companies from China and Hong Kong were featured on the list. The sole Hong Kong company to make the top 10 was oil and gas producer CNOOC Limited. Last year’s third-place winner, Japan Exchange Group, fell nine spots this year, coming in at No. 12. This year, German companies were the second most represented on the top 10. Auto company Daimler AG ranked seventh, and BMW scored the tenth spot. - The Standard

 

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.” – Dalai Lama

 

Sh3 billion cooking gas for the poor hit by fraud

Fraudulent contractors supplied 67,251 faulty gas cylinders, scuttling a government plan to provide poor homes with cheaper cooking fuel, a report on the multi-billion shilling project has revealed. More than a third of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders supplied to the National Oil Corporation of Kenya (Nock) were sub-standard, including having faulty valves that posed the danger of fire eruptions. Under the Sh3 billion plan, dubbed the Mwananchi Gas Project, the households were to receive 6kg cooking gas cylinders and burners at a discounted price of Sh2,000. The market price for the a 6kg gas cylinder with cooking accessories is about Sh5,000. An internal report prepared by Nock, the State oil marketer, shows it rejected 67,251 cylinders supplied by four local firms out of a total of 353,000 that were supplied, citing poor quality. The tender in the first phase of the gas plan was valued at over Sh700 million. The cheaper cooking gas plan is aimed at entrenching use of the commodity among low-income households. The subsidy plan is aimed at cutting reliance on kerosene and charcoal, which are not environment-friendly. Under the plan, which has already been piloted in Machakos and Kajiado counties, the Ministry of Energy is expected to buy about one million new cylinders for distribution. - Daily Nation.

 

Audit firm PWC manager dies in 17th floor fall


PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) employee died on Friday when he jumped from the 17th floor of their building in Nairobi’s Westlands. A Pricewaterhouse Coopers manager has fallen to death from the 17th floor of its Delta House offices in Westalands, Nairobi. The man identified as Stephen Mumbo (pictured) was an Assistant Manager of Executory and Forensic Investigations at the international audit firm. PwC's regional senior partner Peter Ngahu in an email to staff confirmed the death. “We are all in a state of shock and disbelief. Our collective grief and sense of loss at this time is profound; but it cannot compare to what Steve’s family must be feeling. Our hearts and prayers go out to them,” he said. Kilimani OCPD Michael Muchiri said Mumbo died of injuries at Aga Khan Hospital. He added that they were treating the matter as a suicide. Photos circulated on-line indicate the plunge was broken before ground zero which would explain why he died in hospital. More to follow. StandardDigital.

 

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How the Rich are Doing Weddings


For years, many wealthy couples have obsessed with doing dreamy weddings in beaches or castles. Now they are getting married in national parks or conservancies with the roars of lionesses or elephants trumpeting in the background. They charter aeroplanes to transport their guests to the wilderness, hire all hotel rooms or villas or rent luxurious private homes that are turned into intimate spaces and then they fly in the peonies or the roses, flowers that elegantly blend in with nature. Laikipia and Maasai Mara are fast becoming Kenya's top bush wedding destinations, attracting the wealthy who want privacy. What entices many is doing a lavish wedding in a unique location with views of Mt Kenya, wild animals roaming and that has luxury lodges and camps for guests as well as the colourful culture of especially the Samburus. Alexandra Atkelsky, a planner and floral designer in Kenya who has organised weddings for wealthy clients from different parts of the world says Laikipia is now a playground for high-profile couples. “Many celebrities love Laikipia … it is a whole other world in itself. When they drive through Nanyuki on a clear day they see the snowcapped mountain and it just takes their breath away,” she says. Most of these couples hire private homes such as Arijiju which is open to guests for a very small proportion of the year or Cottar’s 1920s, a bush villa in Mara or Mahali Mzuri in Motorogi Conservancy in Maasai Mara owned by Richard Branson that costs about Sh1.9 million during low season and Sh2.9 million in high season for exclusive use of all the 12 tents. “Lewa Conservancy, which is also popular with high-end clientele, has private houses like Lewa House and Sirikoi which attract Americans, mostly from New York. Mukima House built in 1940s, has its own dam. They all have stunning views of Mt Kenya which is what sells Nanyuki. I have a wedding coming up in the Aberdares Country Club in a colonial building, and that's going to add extra charm and character to the day,” Ms Atkelsky adds.

 

 

 

The increase in number of chartered aeroplanes to Laikipia and Nanyuki has made it easier to transport guests to the conservancies. The aeroplanes are also fairly prized. For instance, a piston which is a Cessna 206 costs 0 (Sh60,000) for four people per hour, while the Caravan, which is a Cessna 208 (13 person capacity) is about ,500 (Sh150,000) per hour. “I’ve done an exclusive wedding at Mahali Mzuri in Motorogi Conservancy in Maasai Mara for a British couple who rented out the property. They were very high-profile to the extent that all the staff members allocated for the occasion were bosses in their departments because of the kind of money that was being spent. They had never been to Mara before. I flew in flowers, decor and other things from Nairobi,” says Ms Atkelsky who handled all the logistics. The planner who also does floral arrangements, says the good thing about doing exotic weddings in Laikipia is that she gets perfect flowers from Timau and Nanyuki farms. “I get the premium export quality, but they are slightly more expensive at about Sh3 to Sh5 more per stem,” she says. To spice up their days, a few of her clients also seek out traditional Maasai weddings or blessings. “Last July, we had a couple from Miami in the US who wanted a Maasai blessing. They stayed in Saruni Lodge. She loves designer dresses and was wearing a red Alexander McQueen dress which coupled with a Maasai shuka. It contrasted well with the landscape and the manyattas. They actually flew from Diani and landed in Maasai Mara for the wedding. They went through the entire process, including the elders spitting in their shoes as a blessing. A lot of people are certainly interested in the culture,” says Ms Atkelsky.

 

2 to 15 guests
Bush weddings is a growth market increasingly capturing the imaginations of those who want to wed differently. However, sometimes the planning may go wildly awry like when five lionesses pitched tent under the wedding spot. Pareet Shah of Cheka Photography who captures the blissful memories in exotic destinations has seen it all. “One time, I landed at Ol Kiombo airstrip in Maasai Mara and as we were driving to Ashnil Mara Camp, we spotted five healthy looking lionesses relaxing under a lone tree. I then noticed our driver panicking and talking animatedly over the radio in Maa- ‘Olgatuny olgatuny!!’ I still had no idea what was going on. ‘Pareet, we have a problem. This is the tree that Noelia and Reuben are going to get married under in two hours!’”, he said. Mr Shah says that of the safari weddings he has shot in the northern Kenya, few of the couples have been Kenyan. “Most of the weddings tend to have two to 15 people. When it comes to Kenyans, whether that’s Africans or Asians, these ceremonies tend to have between 200 to 400 people and only a select number of properties in that region can accommodate that many people,” he says.


For instance, Mr Shah attended a high-end wedding in Ol Pejeta where the bride had a big family from Ethiopia and the groom had an equally big one from Kenya. ‘‘The beautiful ceremony was in the shadows of Mt Kenya and this was followed by a crazy party at night complete with lots of exotic Ethiopian food and dancing,” he says. Many of his international clients, like Noelia and Reuben from Spain, are also attracted to safari weddings because of the vibrant culture rather than just a typical Christian wedding. “It was actually a surprise wedding for Reuben as he had no idea he would be getting married on that day. Noelia, his beautiful bride from Spain, wanted to surprise him by having the wedding in a location that meant a lot to them: The Maasai Mara. The look on Reuben’s face when he saw Noelia step out of the safari Land Cruiser in her white dress with the colourful Maasai beaded jewellery was absolutely priceless. There was a moment of confusion for a split second before he realised what was going on,” says Mr Shah. He adds: “Once the initial surprise had died down, they proceeded with their traditional marriage ceremony. A cultural troupe of 20 men formed a spectacular bridal party, singing, dancing and jumping whilst the overhead clouds were gathering to tease us. But the rain thankfully never came down that afternoon. A Maasai elder carrying a wildebeest tail in one ochre-painted hand and a glass of champagne in the other hand. It was a visual feast and a clash of cultures that only this location could pull off well.”

Perfect photos
Most couples that usually hire him like the fact that he is also a wildlife photographer. “They get three different types of photos. They get shots of the actual ceremony which usually merges cultures and often takes place between 4pm to 5pm. They get a couple’s shoot at about 5pm as animals are lurking in the background in the golden light of the setting sun. A majority also want wildlife pictures, so we go on a game drive the next morning, and they have hundreds of photos to take back home,” says Mr Shah, adding that safari weddings in Kenya are unique in this way as there are only a handful of places in the world where this dream can be realised. - businessdailyafrica.com

 

 

 

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SafeBridges is a Youth Mentorship program that is targeted at young people from the age of 10 to 19 years. The Mission is to train and mentor the youth, equipping them in the crucial transition into young adults. The program prepares them to be responsible, successful and passionate individuals ready to take their talents and use them to impact their families, community and the world.
We aim to help young people discover their God given potential, using it as a force for social change and development. We do this by arranging group training on specific given days during half terms throughout the academic year, education seminars for parents as well as students, an annual 3-day residence camp in June/July for training as well for bonding time for parents with their children, partnerships with corporate entities such as schools, local authorities, business organisations including blue chip companies, and through mentorship.

 

 


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The training culminates into two key components – a rite of passage in the form of an affirmation day, and on-going mentorship. The affirmation day takes places on the first weekend after the residence camp when all training has been completed. During this day, parents help the youth to mark the transition into focused young adults with a significant and memorable day full of pomp and pageantry to celebrate the young mentees. The parent prepares a short affirmation speech to be given publicly, typically detailing the strengths and passions they have observed in their child and blessing them to go on and pursue their dreams.


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The high and mighty meet at Joseph Kamaru's burial 


President Uhuru and Raila Odinga attend the

burial ceremony of the late Joseph Kamaru.


President Uhuru Kenyatta join mourners for the burial of the late Gikuyu pop musician Joseph Kamaru. The funeral service of the late Gikuyu pop musician Joseph Kamaru is on at Muthithi PCEA Secondary School in Kiharu Constituency. Hundreds of mourners have turned up at the school to pay their last respects to the pop king who later went gospel died last week at MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi. He will be interred at a private ceremony in his home later in today. President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and Raila Odinga have arrived for the burial. Family: He was married to Susan Wanjiru and the late Rev. Teresia Wanjiku with whom he had five children- Boniface Macharia, the late Stephen Irungu, Ann Wanjiru, Samuel Macharia and Stephen Maina. 1957: Kamaru moves to Nairobi where he works as a cleaner/cook at Kahawa Barracks, buys his first guitar. To supplement his income, Kamaru and his wife Susan sell fruits and vegetables off a bicycle. Music bug bites: Drawing inspiration from the song Mbeca Ithiragira Urakua by Mwangi wa Gachau Wagaithari, Kamaru and his sister launched his music career,  produced his first song titled ‘Uthoni wa Mbathiini (Celina).’ He also releases ‘Mboco iri Mbuca. Inspiration: Kamaru’s music was influenced by political, social, economic and cultural events that happened in the country, Africa and the world at the time. 1966: Kamaru records the controversial ‘Ndari ya Mwarimu’ that got Kenyans and the Kenyan Parliament speaking. Success: Thereafter, Mzee Kamaru recorded multiple other songs which he sold at Kamaru Music Store – one located along Luthuli Avenue and the other at Ramogi. 1989: Kamaru Performs at the wedding reception of Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and at Carnivore to an over-capacity crowd. October 1, 2018: Kamaru is hospitalised at MP Shah Hospital October 3, 2018: Kamaru dies in the presence of his family at the hospital. - The Standard

 

WANGANANGU WORD TO THE PRESIDENT

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Court finds woman guilty of killing husband, cutting body


Mary Njoki, 50, was found guilty of brutally and cruelly executed her husband,

James Ng'ang'a Ritho, 60, in cold blood at Kangemi estate, Nairobi three years ago.


A woman has been found guilty of murdering her husband, cutting his body into pieces and dumping in a quarry at Machakos County. Justice Stellah Mutuku who convicted Mary Njoki, 50, said she brutally and cruelly executed her husband, James Ng'ang'a Ritho, 60, in cold blood at Kangemi estate, Nairobi then cut his body into small pieces and stuffed in a travelling bag. The court heard Ms Njoki wrapped the parts with bed sheets then dumped in a quarry at Lukenya in Athi River, Machakos County three years ago. Quarry workers discovered the rotting body.


ROTTING BODY
“Quarry workers noticed a bag that had many flies around it and a strong stench of a rotting body filled air. The workers notified police and the bag was retrieved and a rotting body of a male adult was stuffed therein,” the judge stated. Ms Njoki had made a report to the police that the victim had been kidnapped by a three-man gang who attacked them at their Kangemi residence in Nairobi County on the night of December 14/15, 2015. Justice Mutuku dismissed the accused defence saying it was an after thought. She said the accused “ cooked up the story to cover-up her heinous acts of brutally and cruelly ending the life of her husband of 30 years.” “ This court finds that the State prosecutor Ms Mercel Ikol proved beyond reasonable doubt that you premeditated the killing of your husband,” ruled the judge adding “You are hereby convicted for the offence of murder.” In her mitigation Ms Njoki said she is remorseful and highly regrets her acts which gave rise to the murder of her husband.


REFORMED

“I urge this court to consider handing me a non-custodial sentence since I am a Guild Women leader of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa,” she said. She told the judge that while in custody she studied theology and has been awarded a diploma by the University of PCEA. Ms Njoki told the judge that she has decided to devote the rest of her life preaching the gospel. “I am a reformed person as I stand before you. Sometime one makes a mistake in life then regrets as I do. Give me a second chance,” she pleaded. But the judge reserved her sentence until the probation department avails a report on the accused. She will be remanded until October 25, when the court will sentence her. - Daily Nation.

 

 

FIRST LADY MARGARET KENYATTA ARRIVES IN LONDON

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta with the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry at the St. James Palace ahead of the official opening of the fourth London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT). Photo/PSCU


First Lady Margaret Kenyatta arrived in UK on Wednesday morning 10th October, 2018 and in the evening she was hosted to a royal reception at ST James Palace in London shortly after arriving in the United Kingdom. She is in the U.K. for the fourth London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT). Mrs Kenyatta, who is the patron of the “Hands Off Our Elephants” initiative, held talks with the Duke of of Cambridge Prince William Arthur and the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry. The First Lady is scheduled to lead a Kenyan delegation for the two day conference on Thursday which will be opened by Prime Minister Theresa May. The London conference brings together delegations from 75 countries across the world. It is hosted by the UK Government for global leaders to discuss strategies that will strengthen efforts to end illegal wildlife trade and protect the world’s most iconic species from threat of extinction.

 

 


Prime Minister appoints world’s first Minister for

Suicide Prevention on World Mental Health Day


The Prime Minister is attempting to tackle the number of people taking their own lives by appointing what is believed to be the world’s first Minister for Suicide Prevention. Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price will lead the national effort and try to end the stigma which stops people from seeking help, Theresa May announced as she marked World Mental Health Day. Some 4,500 people take their lives every year in England and suicide remains theleading cause of death among men under the age of 45. The Prime Minister has also pledged up to £1.8 million to ensure the Samaritans’ helpline remains free for the next four years, to help those most in need.

 

 

 

Shilling exposed in IMF absence


Absence of a precautionary IMF cover has exposed the shilling to negative investor sentiment that could cause volatility in the unit, analysts have warned. Analysts at risk and research firm Stratlink Africa say the shilling also faces headwinds of capital flight from emerging and frontier markets to the US due to rising US interest rates. This is despite the local currency so far resisting the pressure that has seen peer African currencies depreciate significantly against the dollar. Kenya’s 9.8 million (Sh99.9 billion) Stand-By Arrangement with the IMF expired mid last month, removing the insurance it offered to the shilling in case of a shock to the economy. “The removal of the standby facility has far -reaching consequences. Increased susceptibility of the currency to volatility has a negative effect on investor sentiment,” says Stratlink in its October 2018 African markets review. “Currency instability risks increasing Kenya’s cost of servicing foreign-currency-denominated debt and with an estimated 32.9 per cent external debt stock as a proportion of GDP in 2017, this cost would be significant.” This week the shilling was exchanging at an average of 100.90 to the dollar, well within the range of 100.80/101.15 that it has held in the past month following the expiry of the IMF facility. The relative stability is underpinned by the Central Bank of Kenya’s foreign currency reserves, which the regulator can deploy to mitigate against volatility in the shilling. The regulator says the reserves are as of now sufficient to cover against such occurrences. CBK data shows the reserves stand at .459 billion (or Sh853.5 billion), equivalent to 5.6 months import cover, well above the required 4.5 months. “It is important to note that with current import cover of 5.6 months and a relatively sound macroeconomic environment, Kenya is fairly well positioned to deal with currency shocks,” said Stratlink. CBK governor Patrick Njoroge has also suggested that the option of a new standby facility remains on the table, saying Kenya will engage IMF but will not sacrifice independence of key decision- making institutions. such as CBK in the process. - Daily Nation.


 

 

President Kenyatta expected at Kamaru’s burial Thursday


Benga musician Joseph Kamaru entertains guests during Madaraka celebrations in Nyeri

on June 1, 2017. Mr Kamaru died at the MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi on October 3, 2018.

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta will join leaders and fans of musician Joseph Kamaru at the latter's burial in Lahari village, Kigumo Constituency Wednesday. Murang'a County Commissioner John Elungata visited the burial site and said everything is in order. “We expect the President to join us. Everything, including security, is okay and we will do everything to ensure the ceremony ends well,” the county chief told the Nation by phone Wednesday. Leaders and businesspeople have been flocking to the musician's city home in Thome to pay their last respects. Royal Media Services chairman SK Macharia and businessman Peter Munga are among those who have been at the home. Murang'a Governor Mwangi wa iria, Murang'a ward representatives and Keroche Breweries MD Tabitha Karanja also visited the musician's Nairobi home on Thursday. Artistes have been meeting at the home as they prepare to give one of their own a befitting send-off. Governor Iria and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria have invited music lovers at Golden Palm Inn in Kenol town where Mr Kamaru's songs will be played all night long. Mr Kamaru was born in Kangema in 1939 and married Ms Susan Wangari and Ms Teresia Wanjiku. He started his career in 1957 and his music addressed social, political and economic matters. Mr Kamaru interacted with presidents Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi. He accompanied Mr Moi to Japan in 1980 after which the crooner composed “Safari ya Japan”. Mr Kamaru also performed during the wedding reception of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his wife Margaret in 1990. - - Daily Nation

 

 

Woman who spent £16m

(KShs 2 Billion) in Harrods revealed


Zamira Hajiyeva, pictured in 2017, once spent £150,000 in a day
at

Harrods and on right is Jahangir Hajiyev - husband of Zamira Hajiyeva

A woman who spent £16m at Harrods in a decade can now be identified as Zamira Hajiyeva - the first target for the UK's new anti-corruption law. Mrs Hajiyeva lost a legal battle to stay anonymous after the media argued the public should know the full facts. Originally from Azerbaijan, she is the wife of an ex-state banker. She risks losing her £15m home near the London store and a Berkshire golf course if she fails to explain the source of her wealth to the High Court. Under the terms of the UK's first ever Unexplained Wealth Order, Mrs Hajiyeva, 55, must now provide the National Crime Agency with a clear account of how she and her husband, Jahangir Hajiyev, could afford to buy their large home in the exclusive London neighbourhood of Knightsbridge. Mrs Hajiyeva's lawyers said the UWO "does not and should not be taken to imply any wrongdoing", by her or her husband. They have applied for permission to appeal against the order.

 

What is an Unexplained Wealth Order?
A UWO is a new power which has been designed to target suspected corrupt foreign officials who have potentially laundered stolen money through the UK. Investigators from the National Crime Agency believe there are billions of pounds of dirty money invested in British property - but it is almost impossible to charge the owners with a crime or seize the assets because of a lack of evidence. The new Unexplained Wealth Orders are an attempt to force the owners to disclose their wealth. If a suspected corrupt foreign official, or their family, cannot show a legitimate source for their riches, then the National Crime Agency can apply to the High Court to seize the property.

 

The couple's home in west London, a short walk from Harrods

 


Who are the couple at the centre of this first action?

Jahangir Hajiyev is the former chairman of the International Bank of Azerbaijan. He was jailed in 2016 for 15 years after being convicted of being part of a major fraud and embezzlement that saw tens of millions of pounds disappear from the bank. Judges also ordered him to repay m. Seven years earlier, a company based in the British Virgin Islands paid £11.5m for a large home, just minutes' walk from Harrods in west London. Its current market value is estimated at £15m. The High Court heard that the ultimate owners were Mrs Hajiyeva and her husband. In 2013, another company controlled by Mrs Hajiyeva spent more than £10m buying Mill Ride Golf Club in Berkshire, a plush course and estate near Ascot. The Home Office gave Mrs Hajiyeva permission to live in the UK under a visa scheme for wealthy investors.


How much money did the couple bring to the UK?

During a High Court hearing in July, in which the couple were known only as Mr and Mrs A, it was revealed that Mrs Hajiyeva had an enormous amount of disposable income. Over ten years she spent more than £16m in Harrods - the equivalent of more than £4,000 a day. Examples of her big spending, revealed to the court, included £150,000 spent on a single day on Boucheron - a luxury jewellery, perfume and watches brand. The next day, the court heard, she topped up the wine cellar by spending £1,800. On another occasion she spent £100,000 on Cartier jewellery and £20,000 on luxury men's goods. Mrs Hajiyeva used three store loyalty cards and 35 credit cards issued by her husband's bank.

 


Majorca flash flood strips homes

and fills streets with debris


As we approached this small Majorcan town, I wondered if we'd got the right place. There was no sign of damage or even of any heavy rain. But then we entered Sant Llorenc itself. The torrent of water that swept through at seven the previous evening was localised but devastating. The narrow lanes that funnelled the water are caked in several inches of thick mud and contents of people's homes are now in piles everywhere. The buildings themselves, despite being old, seem to have held up well. But the water rushed through the ground floors taking everything with it. The images filmed by those who were here when it happened show just how much water there was. With several hours of heavy rain, run off from the hills, and drainage ditches that could never cope, the consequence for this small Majorca town was a disaster. Cars were lifted off their wheels and swept away. They now lie on their sides covered in mud and debris carried by the water. One villager told me she saw some people being swept away inside their cars - the water came so quickly they had no time to escape.

 

Death toll in Fort Ternan crash in Kericho climbs to 50


The death toll in the fatal accident that occurred on Wednesday at Tunnel flyover on the Londiani-Muhoroni highway has risen to 50. During the 5 am crash, the bus was on its way to Kakamega from Nairobi, a few kilometres from Fort Ternan. The bus veered off the road and rolled. Its roof was ripped off.  Rift Valley Police Commander Francis Munyambu told the Star 50 people have been confirmed dead.  The scene of the crash is characterised by winding steep slopes.  Kericho County police commander James Mugera said the injured were rushed to hospitals in Muhoroni and Kericho. Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett said police are looking for the owner of the bus. He said the bus lacked a licence to operate at night. He said the owner and sacco officials will be charged for violating rules. - The Star

 

Governance: State sets tough rules for county foreign trips


The Government has introduced guidelines to limit foreign travel by county staff. MCAs to refund money The new policy makes it almost impossible for governors, their deputies, county and assembly staff, and MCAs to conduct benchmarking trips aboard. The Government said the guidelines were part of austerity measures and were "informed by the need to rationalise travel budgets across the board". “The guidelines apply to all staff of county executives and county assemblies,” a circular by Devolution Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli reads. The new policy requires all applications for international travel to be accompanied by a statement of benefit to the respective county and endorsed by the county secretary. “In the case of MCAs, requests for travel approval must be accompanied by minutes of the respective assembly committee authenticated by the speaker of the respective assembly,” the circular states. All training, workshops, seminars, or conferences requiring participants to pay fees to the organisers will no longer be approved. “Exempt for this rule are conferences organised by recognised international professionals and associations to which the Government of Kenya is a member and which require registration fees" and training courses not locally available. All invitation letters pertaining to the travel, the new policy states, shall bear official stamp indicating they were received in the office of the respective county secretary and must be marked "approved" by the county secretary or assembly clerk. They are further required to indicate the total cost of travel. - The Standard

Scare as matatu bursts into flames in Nairobi


A 14-seater matatu burst into flames on Juja Road on Wednesday morning with passengers on board. The vehicle was full of passengers, who escaped unhurt in the incident that happened in the Huruma Flats area. The PinPoint Sacco matatu was plying from Kayole to Eastleigh. The incident happened at 8:45am. “Some of them (passengers) jumped through the windows,” he added. - nation-co-ke

 

A British couple are thought to be among at least nine people killed during flash

floods in Majorca. They were swept away while travelling in a taxi in

Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, Spanish newspaper El Pais reports, and their driver is missing.

 

 

Shady parallel economy where tax-free billions roam


Officials inspect fake phones in Mombasa.
 


Rohinton Mistry an Indian-born Canadian writer may have had Kenya in mind when he wrote in his 2001 novel, Family Matters: “Black money is so much a part of our white economy, a tumour in the centre of the brain — try to remove it and you kill the patient.” Since the Kenya Revenue Authority, the Kenya Bureau of Standards and Anti-Counterfeit Agency started a partnership to stamp out a secret economy run by powerful individuals out to cut corners, a lid has been lifted, offering a glimpse into the shadowy dealings estimated by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers at Sh200 billion. Usually described by government officials as cartels, they are roaming free in almost all sectors of the economy jeopardising the effectiveness of policy planners. Illegal imports are circulating freely in the economy, many companies are facing survival battles and standards of goods having been compromised as some of the very officials employed to guard against such economic crimes look the other way. “I wish the government could sincerely talk to us, especially us who have been victims,” Jackson Mutua managing director of Eveready told Smart Company. “There is a booming underground economy in almost all sectors. If you do a fact check on how many containers leave, say China, destined for Kenya, and how many are registered at the customs department for tax, you will begin to understand the enormity of the rot.” Once among the most loved stocks on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), Eveready’s share price has plunged in the recent past as cheap imports forced it to close its battery-manufacturing plant, sending home hundreds of workers. - Daily Nation

 

 

 

 

Two teachers killed as Al Shabaab

militants attack Mandera school

Two teachers killed as Al Shabaab militants attack Mandera school

Al-shabaab. PHOTO/FILE

Two non local teachers were Wednesday morning killed after suspected Al Shabaab militants attacked and torched Arabia Boys High School in Mandera East. The militants are said to have raided the school at around 1am.- By CITIZEN Digital.
More to follow…

 

 


 

Governors intervene in row over

revenue from Murang’a water

Ndakaini Dam in Murang'a County whose water is consumed in Nairobi. The Council of Governors (CoG) and the Ministry of Water have agreed to develop a benefit-sharing mechanism aimed at ensuring that the people of Murang’a profit from water sourced from the county.


The Council of Governors (CoG) and the Ministry of Water and Sanitation have agreed to develop a benefit-sharing mechanism aimed at ensuring that the people of Murang’a profit from water sourced from the county and consumed in Nairobi. In a meeting led by the CoG chairperson of the water committee, Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi, and other committee members and attended by Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa and his Water counterpart Simon Chelugui, the team agreed that a framework will be developed to ensure counties where dams are located benefit from the resources. “The Ministry of Water and Sanitation will develop a benefit-sharing mechanism to ensure residents of Murang’a County benefit from water resources in their own backyard. I’m happy that we were able to resolve these outstanding water disputes,” Mr Murungi said.

APOLOGY
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the country owes Murang’a County an apology for underestimating its demand for water when residents from other counties enjoyed the same. “I express my sympathy to Murang’a people and the country owes it an apology. When a man cries for water he should not be mistaken with a mad man and there is no way they [can] be sitting on such a critical asset, Ndakaini Dam, and they are starving for water,” he said. Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o called for the scrapping of the water boards across the country saying they are just a duplication of the county governments’ water function. “These creatures called water services boards should be gotten rid of; they do what is expected of county governments and they give counties a headache,” Prof Nyong’o said.

CHANGE OWNERSHIP
The CoG also directed the directors of water companies in Murang’a to change their articles and memorandums of association to give their ownership to the county government in order to resolve the ongoing management wrangles between the companies and Governor Mwangi Wa Iria. “Murang’a County is the rightful owner of Muwasco (Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company) and four other water utilities in the county hence the transfer of the water utilities from private individuals to the county government should be urgently implemented without further delay,” the council said. The deliberations by the governors’ council and the Water ministry may bring to an end the animosity between Murang’a and Nairobi counties as well as the five water companies. The dispute has found its way to the courts. Embattled Muwasco chairman Peter Munga has gone to court thrice in bid to retain his position at the water firm. - Daily Nation.

 

Live-in or live-out experienced

Nanny needed in Purfleet, London


Live-in or live-out experienced Nanny needed to look after 2 children in Purfleet (20minutes on C2C train from West Ham or 15minutes on C2C from Barking). One child aged 7 (goes to school full time) and a 6months old baby. Tasks include; mainly looking after the 6-months old baby, picking up the 7-year old from school at 3.15 and light chores. Needed only Monday to Friday.

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New double decker bus for Mombasa

sightseeing officially launched


MOMBASA, KENYA: The Port City of Mombasa on Tuesday witnessed the unveiling of a luxury double-decker bus for sightseeing at the historical Elephant Tusks. The unveiling comes at a time when Mombasa is preparing to host the global Skal Congress- a meeting for tourism executives from all over the world at Pride Inn Paradise Beach Resort, Convention Centre and Spa next month. Owners of the bus painted in colours of the Kenyan national flag, Mombasa Sightseeing Limited said that they were delighted at starting the new service in the Port city of Mombasa which is a tourist hub. Mombasa Sightseeing Limited Chief Executive Officer, Ms Everlyne Lele said that they were happy at the initial reception they received from both the County Government of Mombasa and tourism players in Mombasa. ''We are highly indebted to the support and advice we have received from all stakeholders and pledge to do our best to ensure that the new bus service lives upto its billing as luxury bus provider of choice,'' Lele said. Mombasa Catholic Archbishop Martin Kivuva led special prayers to dedicate the new bus service and announced that he was ready to open up the century old Holy Ghost Cathedral to tourists on sightseeing and city tours. Lele added that going forward, they plan to introduce similar buses in Nairobi with a probable date being January 2019. Speaking at the same function, Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC) Chief Executive Officer, Mr Jonah Orumoi while welcoming the launch of the new double decker bus for sightseeing, termed it as a move in the right direction for new tourism experience in Mombasa. - The Standard

 

Woman seeks divorce to stop husband

from getting share of dowry price


A woman in Nakuru has moved to court seeking to divorce her 70 year-old estranged husband and stop him from benefiting from their daughter's dowry. A woman in Nakuru has moved to court seeking to divorce her 70 year-old estranged husband and stop him from benefiting from their daughter's dowry. Joyce Chemutai, appearing before Senior Resident Magistrate Yvonne Khatambi, prayed for the court to dissolve her marriage to Joel Lang’at. The couple claimed to have separated for over 20 years after they got married on January 31, 1992 at the registrar of marriage. They were blessed with three children but separated two years later after wrangles erupted. According to the petition, it was till early this year that Lang’at contacted Chemutai demanding to have a share in her daughter’s dowry. Since their marriage was still legal, Chemutai decided to file divorce and have the marriage dissolved. In her case, Ms Chemutai told the court that she is neither seeking costs from Langat nor does she seek any maintenance from him. Chemutai said that the main reason she filed the suit was to stop her husband the chance to share the dowry for daughter since he abandoned them while she was still young. “The respondent (Langat) deserted the petitioner (Chemutai) without cause or consent. He withdrew from cohabitation with the petitioner and denied her conjugal rights at their matrimonial home in Salgaa, Rongai Sub-County within Nakuru County,” read the petition.

 

Chemutai also claimed that she was forced to take her three kids and flee to her parents’ home after the torture was unbearable. She stated that she has been catering for her kid’s education and upkeep. She further insisted she was deprived of comfort and solace by her so called husband after Langat moved on and married another wife while their marriage was still subsisting. Chemutai believes that their marriage cannot be salvaged because it had broken down and she was convinced reasonably that the solution will be to dissolve the union. In the response to the petition, Lang’at stated that Chemutai was lying and he was the victim in their separation. “I never deserted my wife. In fact, she is the one who deserted me, cut off all communications and denied me the chance to be with my children and care for them,” claimed Lang’at. Lang’at said that Chemutai became cruel and denied him solace and that the fact that their marriage is irreconcilable was caused her unfaithfulness to him. Mr Lang’at appealed with the court to grant him more days, in order for him to provide more witnesses to support his claims. - The Standard

 

Jamal Khashoggi: Turkey to search Saudi consulate
Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since entering the consulate


Turkey says it will conduct a search of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul over the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The country's foreign ministry said Saudi Arabia was "open to co-operation" and a requested search of the building could now go ahead as part of the investigation. Mr Khashoggi was last seen visiting the consulate last week and Turkey says he may have been murdered there. Saudi Arabia denies the suggestion. It says the journalist left the consulate shortly after arriving, while Turkey says he was not seen leaving the building. The country has demanded Saudi Arabia prove he left - despite not giving evidence of the claim he was killed inside. A critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mr Khashoggi was living in self-imposed exile in the US and writing opinion pieces for the Washington Post before his disappearance.

BBC Newshour interviewed the journalist just three days before his visit to the consulate, and in an off-air conversation asked if he would ever return to his home country. The programme has released audio of the conversation, saying that although it would not normally do so, it had decided to make an exception "in light of the circumstances". US President Donald Trump has said he is concerned about Mr Khashoggi, while US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Saudi Arabia to "support a thorough investigation" of his disappearance and "to be transparent about the results". Last week, Crown Prince Mohammed told Bloomberg News that his government was "very keen to know what happened to him", and that Mr Khashoggi had left "after a few minutes or one hour". Crown Prince Mohammed's brother and the Saudi ambassador to the US, Khaled, has insisted all the reports about his disappearance or death "are completely false and baseless". "Jamal has many friends in Saudi Arabia, and I am one of them," he said in a statement, saying the two had kept in touch while he was living abroad "despite differences".

When was he last seen?
Jamal Khashoggi went to the consulate last Tuesday to obtain a document certifying he had divorced his ex-wife, so that he could remarry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. She said Mr Khashoggi had been required to surrender his mobile phone, which is standard practice in some diplomatic missions. He told her to call an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan if he did not return.

What have both countries said?
Turkish officials say Mr Khashoggi was killed on the premises and his body was then removed. The head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association, Turan Kislakci, told the New York Times that Turkish police officers providing security for the consulate had checked their security cameras and did not see the journalist leave on foot. Turkey reportedly says it is scouring road cameras for a black van they believe carried Mr Khashoggi's body from the consulate, while the Washington Post released CCTV footage of the journalist entering the building on Monday. Saudi Arabia meanwhile says the allegations were baseless. It has allowed journalists into the consulate to show Mr Khashoggi is not there, reportedly even opening cupboards.

Who is Jamal Khashoggi?
He is a high-profile critic of the crown prince. Mr Khashoggi, 59, has more than 1.6 million Twitter followers and has written for the Washington Post opinion section. A former editor of the al-Watan newspaper and a short-lived Saudi TV news channel, Mr Khashoggi was for years seen as close to the Saudi royal family. He served as an adviser to senior Saudi officials. But after several of his friends were arrested, his column was cancelled by the al-Hayat newspaper and he was allegedly warned to stop tweeting, Mr Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia for the US. There he wrote opinion pieces for the Washington Post and continued to appear on Arab and Western TV channels.

 

Mexico couple found with body

parts could have killed 20


Police in Mexico are investigating a couple arrested for transporting body parts in a pram in connection with at least 10 murders. At a hearing following his arrest, the man reportedly confessed to killing 20 women in a suburb of Mexico City. Investigators have found body parts in the couple's flat and at another nearby property. They were kept in buckets filled with cement and in a fridge. Prosecutors say the couple sold the body parts but it is not clear to whom. Femicides - murders of women - are common in Mexico and often go unpunished, but the gruesome details of this case have caused outrage and triggered street protests in Ecatepec, the poor suburb in Mexico state where they occurred. Neighbours said that whenever they saw the couple they were pushing the pram in which police found the body parts. Police stopped and searched them after the disappearance in September of a local woman, 28-year-old Nancy Huitron and her two-month old baby, Valentina.

 

 

UK weather forecast: Met Office issues DANGER

TO LIFE storm warning as FREAK HEAT hits


A BLAST of hot air from Morocco is about to send temperatures soaring into the 80Fs heralding the start of a week-long Indian Summer. Thermometers will rocket more than 10C above normal for the time of year as sweltering warmth sweeps in from North Africa and the Continent. However Atlantic low-pressure systems responsible for the freak hot spell could trigger the third named storm of autumn – Callum. Torrential downpours and 80mph gales threaten to lash parts of the country on Friday prompting Government ‘danger to life’ warnings. Much of the UK is about to be plunged into an almost summer-like warm spell with thermometers set to rise through the coming days. Southern Britain could reach the mid 20Cs by the weekend with tropical humidity making it feel close to 30C (86F) in parts. Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “There is a weather front pushing northwards at the moment bringing unsettled conditions to parts of the country, however will gradually pull warm air in from the south. “We could see temperatures of 23C (73.4F) or 24C (75.2F) across southern England by the middle of the week, the whole country apart from the far north of Scotland will be much warmer than average for this time of the year. - express.co.uk

 


Kenya dominates at Africa edition of WTA

Several local destinations received recognition at the 25th continental edition of the World Travel Awards last weekend in South Africa. The Maasai Mara National Reserve and Diani Beach were named Africa’s Leading National Park and Leading Beach Destination respectively during the ceremony in Durban. It is the sixth time that the reserve has been crowned, having beaten five other national parks across Africa. Diani Beach received the award for five consecutive years, having outmatched five other beach destinations. Nanyuki’s based Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to the world’s two remaining northern white rhinos, was recognised as Africa’s leading Conservation Company. Kenya Tourism Board chief executive officer Betty Radier said the awards are a confirmation of Kenya’s unrivalled top position as a beach and safari destination.  “We are honoured as a destination to receive these awards. The awards truly attest to the fact that Kenya offers an unrivalled beach and safari product experience that is second to none in Africa,” Radier said. National carrier, Kenya Airways was named Africa’s leading airline in the business class service for the sixth year in a row and in the economy class category for a second time. Hotels and tented camps that won awards include Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, Aberdare Country Club, and Villa Rosa Kempinski, Nairobi. Bonfire Adventures was named Africa’s Leading Travel Agency for the third year running. In 2017, Kenya was named the world’s Leading Safari Destination. - The Star

 

BONFIRE ADVENTURES HAS WON TOP AWARD IN AFRICA

Bonfire Adventures CEO Mr. Simon Kabu (in blue), his wife Sarah and Mr. Seed outside Backingham Palace, London last month. Bonfire Adventures was last weekend named Africa’s Leading Travel Agency for the third year running in South Africa. In 2017, Kenya was named the world’s Leading Safari Destination.

 

 

DIASPORA FARMERS IN UK

Mr Julius Maina and Mr John Ndegwa inspecting their crop.

 

Two Londoners have decided to take the walk of their fore fathers by jointly exploring farming in diaspora. Mr Julius Maina and Mr John Ndegwa who have been allotment farmers for over five years have gone a notch higher from a hobby to commercial farming.


They have completed several trials with different types of sweet corn, corn, African pumpkins, kale, Japanese Kabocha, terere, managu and butternut squash. This has been possible through a broad consultation with crop researchers locally and internationally.


Mr Maina and Mr Ndegwa are happy this season to present to you their pride of hard labour; freshly tasty harvested corn for roasting and boiling from their farm in Essex.


There is only a limited stock for corn and pumpkins. Please make your order by phoning John on 074 3807 8411 for London area to organise delivery/collection. The early bird catches mahindi choma/chemsha.

 

 

 

 

 



THE MAN WHO DESIGNED KENYATTA

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE


Architect who designed iconic KICC building says it was to look like donkey’s penis Ask any one whether from the countryside or the city about the most distinct landmark in Nairobi and there is a pretty good chance they will mention the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC). Many people have always been fascinated by the extreme height of the KICC but have you even taken a second to think what inspired the unique shape of the structure? Kenya’s first African Chief Architect David Mutiso on Monday, October 8, explained what inspired him to come up with the building’s design. The 28-storey building was apparently designed to befit not national heroes or a certain heritage in the country – but a male donkey’s privates.

 

 

 

 

2 held over botched bank robbery in Githurai

Police in Ruiru are holding two security guards following an attempted robbery at the Cooperative Bank in Githurai on Sunday night. The two, 32-year-old Richard Amboya and 30-year-old John Mukanya, work for a local security firm and were on duty when the incident occurred. Confirming the incident, Ruiru police boss James Ng'etich told Nation that the robbery attempt was foiled after a member of the public noticed the activities on the wall and informed the branch manager.  "The unknown suspects were in the process of drilling a hole on the wall of the bank's building when someone noticed the activities on the wall and alerted the manager who then called in the police," said Ng'etich. The police commander said nothing was stolen from the bank and that investigations into the incident are ongoing. Police suspect the drilling must have started on Saturday night. A crowbar, chisel and pliers were recovered at the scene. - Daily Nation

 

Joseph Irungu's father says his son didn’t kill Monica Kimani

 

Youth killed, head severed renewed Njoro clashes


Jeremiah Kipng'eno's father, James Chepchilat and his wife, Sabina, at their home on Sunday


The beheading of a man on Saturday has heightened tension in Njoro sub-county. Jeremiah Kipng’eno, 22, had gone to collect potatoes on their farm allocated under the shamba system at the foot of Mau Forest, when a group of armed men attacked him. “We harvested potatoes but didn’t carry everything home. In the evening, he was escorted by his friends to the forest but he never made it back home,” said his father, James Chepchilat. Kipng’eno’s four friends escaped after a group of more than 10 men, armed with bows and arrows, attacked them. He was shot in the back and fell as the rest took off. His attackers then slashed his body several times and made away with his head. “When his friends came home they reported the attack and residents rushed to the scene. We found his body seriously severed with a sharp object. We couldn’t find his head,” said Mr Chepchilat. Police collected the body from the scene on Sunday morning and took it to Egerton University mortuary amid protests from residents of Tebeswet village, in Mauche ward, who demanded that the head be sought first. - The Standard

 

 

 

 

Google to shutdown Google+ after security glitch


SAN FRANCISCO
Google announced Monday it is shutting down the consumer version of its online social network after fixing a bug exposing private data in as many as 500,000 accounts. The US internet giant said it will "sunset" the Google+ social network for consumers, which failed to gain meaningful traction after being launched in 2011 as a challenge to Facebook. A Google spokesperson cited "significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers' expectations" along with "very low usage" as the reasons for the move. In March, a security audit revealed a software bug that gave third-party apps access to Google+ private profile data that people meant to share only with friends.

 

 

 

Donald Trump to rival China's investment in Africa


US President Donald Trump gestures as he steps off Air Force One upon arrival for a

"Make America Great Again" rally in Topeka, Kansas, on October 6, 2018. 

 


NEW YORK
President Donald Trump is expected within days to approve an initiative to overhaul US investment strategy in Africa. Kenya is likely to benefit from the plan designed by key figures in the US Congress in response to China's enhanced economic and political influence in the Sub-Saharan region. A State Department official told reporters last week that the shift will offer Africa "a better alternative to Chinese state investments". Known as the Build Act (Better Utilisation of Investments Leading to Development Act), the legislation will double, to billion (Sh6tn), funds for promoting US corporate investment in Africa. "Our theory on engagement [in Africa] is that it should be led by the private sector," Manisha Singh, the top business-focused official in the State Department, said.

DEBT TRAP
The Build Act reflects that emphasis, Ms Singh added. It is "very different" from China's approach, she said. "Predatory lending" is a hallmark of China's government-directed investment strategy in Africa, added Matthew Harrington, an assistant secretary in the State Department's Africa Bureau who also spoke at the October 4 press briefing. But following China's lead, the Build Act will also enable a newly created US government agency to take an equity stake of its own in development projects in Africa. The US government entity that the Build Act replaces had not been permitted to make direct investments of that sort. Its mandate was limited to activities such as underwriting risk insurance for US companies venturing into emerging markets.

INVEST
Trump administration officials say they cannot yet provide specifics on how the new International Development Finance Corporation will benefit Kenya. But they add that the increased funding provided by the Build Act will likely lead US private businesses to invest more aggressively in countries such as Kenya that are viewed as posing comparatively less risk. "It makes US companies more competitive and reduces the risk in a growing market that is not well understood by American business," Witney Schneidman, an Africa specialist at a Washington consulting firm, wrote regarding the Build Act in a recent blog post.

FUNDING
The legislation soon to be signed into law by President Trump has also drawn criticism. Raj Bhala, a US law professor and adviser to the Dentons investment consulting firm, argues that the billion in funding for the Build Act is too "paltry" a sum. The US cannot hope to counter Chinese influence in Africa when its new international development arm can muster only six percent of the total value of China's investments in the developing world, Prof Bhala wrote last week on the Bloomberg news agency's opinion website. - Daily Nation

 

 

LAND FOR SALE IN LARI KWA MATHOLE

Land for sale in Githoya Escarpment in Uplands, Lari Division. 1.5 acres with title deed for KShs. 15 million. Neighbouring farm has electricity and metered water which would be readily available on the land. The land is fenced off and has road access by vehicle. The land is a few metres from the Nairobi/ Nakuru highway.


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WORD OF TODAY

2 Timothy 1:5

 

Develop your child’s potential
We read in 2 Timothy 1:5: "I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also." It’s said Timothy became an apostle when he was seventeen. He was Paul’s spiritual son, and his designated successor. And it happened because of two women: his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. Interestingly, his father and grandfather are not mentioned. So as a single parent you can raise a winning child. According to a ten-year study conducted at Harvard Medical School, there are six factors related to the eventual intellectual capacity of a child: 1) The most critical period of a child’s mental development is between eight and eighteen months old. 2) The mother is usually the most important person in the child’s environment. 3) The amount of ‘live’ language directed to the child between twelve and eighteen months is absolutely critical. 4) Children given free access to living areas of their homes progressed much faster than those whose movements are restricted. 5) The family is the most important educational delivery system. 6) The best parents are those who excel at three key functions: they are superb designers and organisers of their children’s environments; they permit their children to interrupt them for brief thirty-second episodes during which personal comfort and information are exchanged; finally, they are firm disciplinarians while simultaneously showing great affection for their children. In other words, they love their kids, talk to them, treat them with respect, expose them to interesting things, organise their time, discipline them fairly, and raise them in strong stable families. It’s a time-honoured recipe for producing bright (and happy) children.

Our guest singer today is Kongowea Catholic Church Mombasa Kenya -

 

 

MAKEUP IN MAASAI MARA

While celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary Mrs. Seed had her makeup done in the bush (left) before

heading to the ceremony escorted by Best Maid Mrs. Rachel Ngotho (right) who did it for the 2nd time

 

Mrs. Seed being escorted by her girls and grandchildren just before saying I do for the 2nd time

 

 

UK Temperatures set to soar to 24C as

summer sunshine returns to London


Temperatures are set to soar into the mid-20s this week as Brits enjoy a spell of unseasonably warm and sunny weather. The Met Office forecasts the mercury could reach as high as 24C in London and the South East, way above the October average of 15C for the region. However, the skies are set to become more “unsettled” from Thursday onwards with rain and wind both likely. A Met Office forecaster said: “In the next few days it’s going to be dry across London and the South.Through Tuesday and Wednesday a lot more sunshine will develop and we could see 23C or 24C, which is well above what we would normally expect for this time of year." He added: “As we get towards the end of the week there might be one or two showers. By Friday there could be some pretty strong winds.” “Particularly towards the South West we could see gales by the end of the week.” Two women enjoy the autumn sunshine in Green Park (PA Wire/PA Images) Temperatures are expected to stay above 15C on Tuesday ad Wednesday, with Brits in line to enjoy a brief return to the unusually warm weather witnessed earlier in the year. This summer, the UK enjoyed its joint hottest summer on record, with temperatures in the South consistently topping 30C during a six-week spell.

 

 

 

 

 

Ex-Cooperative Bank chairman

Stanley Muchiri dies in Nigeria


Former Cooperative Bank of Kenya chairman Stanley Muchiri


Former Cooperative Bank of Kenya chairman Stanley Muchiri has died. Mr Muchiri  died in Nigeria on Saturday night while he was on a business trip. He is said to have collapsed and was pronounced dead in a nearby hospital where he was taken.  His daughter Jane Njoki said the family had been briefed about the incident. "We shall fly to Nigeria to get more details as what we have is scanty," she said yesterday. Muchiri's family in Murang'a County received the news yesterday morning and by 2pm, meetings had been convened to organise how the body would be airlifted to Nairobi. - The Standard

 

 

 


Two runners die at Cardiff

Half Marathon finishing line


Two runners have died after collapsing at the finishing line of the Cardiff Half Marathon. The pair are believed to have suffered cardiac arrests and were taken to the University Hospital Wales in Cardiff, where they were later pronounced dead. The deaths are the first fatalities in the 15-year history of the race, according to organisers Run 4 Wales. The organisation's chief executive, Matt Newman, said: "This is a terrible tragedy for the families. "Our deepest sympathies go out to their family and friends. "The emergency services reacted to this terrible situation with great speed and professionalism. Everyone connected with the race is devastated."

 

'Horrific' limousine crash

leaves 20 dead in New York


Twenty people have died after a limousine on its way to a birthday party crashed into a parked car in upstate New York. The Ford Excursion struck an unoccupied sport-utility vehicle after failing to stop at an intersection in Schoharie on Saturday. State police have confirmed 18 of the victims were inside the limousine, while the other two were pedestrians standing in the car park of the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe. The crash happened shortly before 2pm in the town 170 miles north of New York City. Jessica Kirby, the store's manager, told the New York Times: "That limo was coming down that hill probably over 60mph. "I don't want to describe the scene. It's not something I want to think about."

 

 

 

A Whispers from London (This is material world!)
Written by: Man ManKambugua E-mail: Facebook: Man Man Kambugua

 

My grandfather needs very little introduction to you. He is a person I like writing about because when he was alive, he was my hero. For one, he was a paramount chief, so every living or non-living thing stood to attention whenever he coughed. When he was making a speech, he expected everybody to keep quiet. If by any chance he caught anybody talking when he was explaining something, he could tell that person to step forward and tell the multitude what he was going to say. Woo unto you if you happened to be one of his wives! Whenever the wives quarrelled, he could call them for a meeting and ask them whether there was anything else they shared apart from one vital royal part of his body that was beautifully and wonderfully made. Watch this space!

To feel like a real man, he had married a whole thirty-nine wives and several concubines. When asked why he married so many wives, he could say that he could not imagine that a full-grown man with hair on the chin and some other legal and illegal places could sleep alone with one wife from this harvesting season to another. He also said that a chief worth his financial status needed many hands in form of wives to till land and take care of his livestock. His livestock was thousands of cows, goats and sheep. In all his live, his major competitor as far as wealth was concerned was none other than late Senior Chief Njiiri wa Karanja.

Owing to my granddad's immense wealth (Man Man who cares about your grandfather's wealth?!) many young people came for his advice. When young people wanted to get married, they would first come to him for advice and some sort of anointing which sometimes was weird. For example, he would tell young man that the woman's place was in the kitchen and that if he did not want to be 'sat on' by the wife, he should never laugh with her. With the blood of love burning in the young man's veins, I have no idea whether he took the advice seriously or not.

I also have no idea whether my grandfather practiced what he preached. All what I remember is that any time he wanted to 'talk' to any of his wives, he would send any of the hundreds of kids in the homestead to tell his selected wife to bring him porridge. The wife would bring him porridge and then she would be told that she was the one who was to light the fire in his hut and make his bed. That was a coded message to the wife that she was to perform other duties apart from making his bed. May I open the lid and inform you that every wife of his wanted to be assigned the task of making the bed to the chief of chiefs, ruler of all men and the Lord of all good harvests especially millet. One could cut jealousy from other wives with a knife whenever the ‘lucky’ wife stepped out of the old man’s hut in the morning.

At one time a young man of about twenty-five years came to inform my grandfather that he was thinking of getting married to a certain girl from the neighbouring village. In those days, the first question that elders wanted to know before anything else was whether the girl was from their tribe, which clan or whether she was circumcised or not. If she was not circumcised, even if she was as beautiful as a rainbow, there was no way marriage will be given a nod. Since there was no way my grandfather would ever know whether the girl in question was circumcised or not, the young man told him that indeed she had faced the knife. On being asked what pigmentation of her skin was, he informed granddad that her biological father was a white, but her mother was from his tribe. This aroused a lot of interest in my granddad because he liked anything that was foreign. He told the young man to come with her the next week so that he could question her on her background.


'My son, when you mention that she has two different bloods, I need to see her. I don't want you to marry somebody who comes from a family that is known to have challenging behaviour. Some families have a history of having mental challenges or their forefathers could have been thieves. I don't want you to fall into a pit. I can smell a rotten person from far, believe you me!' he told the young man.

As expected the young man came the following week with a young lady of about twenty-four years old who was in her final year in the local University. She was in a dark skirt suit, a white blouse with matching black shoes that made her walking look like she was doing a catwalk. Her beautiful set of white teeth gave her a world class smile that would give miss world a run for her money. Any time she looked at my granddad through her thin glasses, I could see grandfather's tongue lick his gigantic set of uneven red lips like a male donkey longing to see his donkey girlfriend.

The young man and his beautiful girlfriend stayed with my grandfather for about two hours. In 90% of the time, the old man was telling them about his wealth and all how his generations to come will never be able to finish even 10% of his wealth. The girlfriend to the young man asked him how he managed to acquire all that wealth and he told her that all his wealth was in his brain.
'I can give you all my wealth today and I will have acquired ten times as much within one year! Why do you think all these thirty-nine women's love gravitates towards me? This is simply because they know that once they are associated with me, poverty will never land on their doorsteps!' he said.


The young man asked him what he could do to be as wealthy as he was, and he told him that the one to blame for his poverty was his mum who chose his dad as the husband when she knew very well that he was from a poor family.
'But...the bible says that it will be easier for the camel to enter through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven...?' he asked. 'God gave you a head, that head is not just for carrying your mouth but your mind also...' he said.

The meeting ended with granddad asking to have a follow up meeting with both separately. He put it to the young man that since the girl had a certain percentage of 'foreign' blood, he (grandfather) needed to dig deeper to the roots of the girl in case she was an evil spirit in form of a beautiful girl. He called him aside and told him not to be fooled by her immense beauty because she could be a fossil that refused to be extinct if her past was looked at closely. Both agreed that the girl should come two to see granddad two weeks later for 'further investigation.' May I inform you that for all that time the meeting was going on, my grandfather's eyes never left the girl's chest and the face. The devil is a liar! Tell that to your neighbour! Say like you mean it!

The day when the girl was to come and see my grandfather came. For her to gain confidence, she asked me to take her to my grandfather and I obliged. The old man was always comfortable with me because I used to tell him that all my teachers used to consider him as the greatest man who ever lived which was obviously a lie. I just wanted to massage his ego and since he was illiterate, his 'greatness' would compensate his illiteracy. Anytime we met, I could tell him that the white priest had said 'hello' which was my own imagination. In return my grandfather wanted to meet me as many times as possible to tell of who said what about his greatness. I also used to write for him letters to his friends and enemies alike (that is a story for another day).

When the old man saw the girl, he was very excited. The girl told him that she felt intimidated by his other wives who were not convinced that she had not come for a date with her. 'Forget about them young girl! They can do nothing to you! They are all 'Dee Oh Gees...(D.O.G.S)! Whoever looks at you in an evil way has me to answer to! Relax and feel at Heaven!' he assured her. At last, the old man suggested they go to a restaurant in town where she could be free to talk. The driver to my grandfather was asked to clean the vehicle and within twenty minutes my grandfather and the girl were ready. By good luck, he asked me to accompany them which to me was a very piece of luck. It was luck because in town, my grandfather would buy me exotic food that was only found on Christmas day.

We all sat in the restaurant in town and grandfather ordered for a meal of meat and other delicacies. He then listened to the girl keenly where he could nod occasionally. At times, he felt uncomfortable asking some ‘deep’ questions in my presence. He did not want to be seen with a girl young enough to be her grandfather alone, so my presence was of paramount importance. My concentration was more with the rare food in front of me rather than what they were talking about. Somewhere in the conversation I overheard the following: -


‘Young girl why are you walking into poverty with your eyes wide open! That boy you are calling your boyfriend won his first shoes the other day he went to high school. I am the one who bought him the first pair of trousers. I wish you could see the way he was going to school smelling smoke in the morning! I think his family is cursed with poverty. Your boyfriend is in the fifth generation of poverty line. Why don’t you get a person who is blessed with wealth?’ he said. They then arranged several meetings which I am very sure was not about discussing about changing the constitution but how they could become an item.

In the following month after the meeting, my grandfather and I went to inspect his other piece of land far away from home. We were welcomed by the caretaker and soon we started having our lunch. The old man told us that he wanted to take a nap. No sooner had he slept than some strange birds started making noise on top of trees about two hundred metres from the house. He commanded us to go and chase them away with stones until he woke up. As we were busy chasing away the evil birds, I saw a young lady enter the old man’s house but pretended that I had not seen anything. When we came back, we found the same young lady who came with the boyfriend cooking supper. As we ate supper that evening, I kept asking myself in what capacity was the young lady cooking supper as. As who? What happened to her love for the young man who was her boyfriend? The answer is simple – Poverty is a curse, and this is material world. Just like any other human being, the young girl enjoyed fame and glory that a man the age of her grandfather could provide. Surely the young man had long been forgotten! There is no romance without finance!

In whatever you do, hate poverty with passion. Your relationship is strong because your finances are in good shape. If you want to know the true colours of your wife/girlfriend, just lose your job or let her be the one paying rent/mortgage and other bills every now and then. Poverty will bring other financially well-off men on her way and she will forget you. Forget what you hear that true love knows no bounds. Read books on wealth creation and have a business however small to act as a safety net if you are terminated or made redundant from employment. You have yourself to blame if you do not train your children on how to create wealth. Encourage them to read books on prosperity and workings of the mind. We are surrounded by abundance and it is against nature not to flourish. Stop being in the company of mediocre people who will never show you the way to drive away poverty. Pray that you or your children and generations to come will never be poor. The surest way of being a slave to people is being poor because this is material world!

 

 

 

 

Has Esipisu’s departure left PSCU in disarray?

State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu holds a press briefing at State House, Nairobi, on April 15, 2018.

 


Last Tuesday, State House released a statement that indicated President Uhuru Kenyatta had signed an Executive Order to establish the Kenya Prisons Enterprise Corporation — a State body mandated to expand the scope of the prisons work programmes. A few minutes later, another statement was sent indicating that the President was yet to sign the order and therefore the previous statement stood nullified. Media houses instead of informing their readers and viewers of the new development, stated that the President was set to sign the Executive Order and went on to quote the previous statement extensively.

ASKING QUESTIONS
A week earlier while in New York, USA, President Kenyatta oversaw the signing of an agreement between the Kenya government and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). According to statement posted on State House Kenya Facebook page, the agreement involved the construction of 100,000 affordable housing units to be spearheaded by UNOPS as part of the Big Four agenda. However, it was a sentence in the statement written out of context that got many readers asking questions. “The total estimated cost for the investments for the programme of delivering affordable housing is approximately USB,” read the sentence, implying that the 100,000 units by UNOPS would have cost this much. It didn’t take long for readers to do calculations and pose whether the project made economic sense.

COMMUNICATION TEAM
Shortly after, the post was pulled down and a shorter version posted. It is worth noting that the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) did not post photos of his departure or arrival in New York. Though this is routine and expected, the updates on the President’s movements are done as a matter of record and it was baffling why such an omission was committed. These are just an illustration of the chaos within the President’s communication team in the recent past. “There is nothing wrong with the President’s communication team. We are doing okay,” said State House acting spokesperson Kanze Dena.

POMP AND COLOUR
She explained that the recalling of the President’s statement on reforming Prisons’ operations was informed by the realisation that there was need to have “more pomp and colour” when making the announcement. Insiders now says the exit of Manoah Esipisu and appointment of the former Citizen TV News anchor could have led to the current apparent disarray. Mr Esipisu came from the international media and had age on his side — which brought networks and a solid grasp of policy. - Daily Nation.

 

KRA boss Njiraini avoided tax, estate agent claims


KRA Commissioner General John Njiraini appears before the Senate Standing Committee

on Tourism, Trade and Industrialisation on June 5, 2018. He has been accused of tax evasion.

 


Kenya Revenue Authority Commissioner-General John Njiraini undervalued a Sh2.93 billion property acquired in Nairobi, denying the taxman millions of shillings in stamp duty after paying only Sh160, documents filed in court claim. The filings, which effectively allege tax avoidance, indicate that Mr Njiraini paid the amount as stamp duty for a property jointly owned with Kenya Revenue Authority Staff Pension Scheme Registered Trustees that was bought at a staggering Sh2.93 billion. In the High Court filings, it is alleged the taxman potentially lost Sh29 million, being one percent of each share that Mr Njiraini — listed as a director and respondent in the case — and KRA Staff Pension Scheme Registered Trustees acquired. In transfer documents presented as part of the evidence, Mr Njiraini and the KRA Staff Pension Scheme Registered Trustees acquired Corporate Business Centre in 2015, a building in Nairobi’s Upper Hill, which currently hosts some of the taxman’s offices.

SHARES
The acquisition saw Mr Njiraini and the pension scheme replace the original owners and became new shareholders — effectively owning the property and the land it occupies. The property is registered under Corporate Business Centre Limited. The previous shareholders and directors were Kirankumar Manubhai Patel and Mandip Singh Amrit. Mr Amrit transferred his one share to Mr Njiraini while Mr Patel transferred his one share to the KRA Staff Pension Scheme Registered Trustees. The two shares were valued at Sh100 and, therefore, it is this amount that stamp duty was paid for and not the Sh2.9 billion. The revelations are contained in a suit filed by Lustman and Company Ltd that was designated as the lead estate agent between Mr Patel and Mr Amrit as directors of Corporate Business Centre Limited and the new directors.

FRAUD
Lustman Ltd accuses both sides of engaging in fraud by “deliberately avoiding payment of taxes by not declaring the actual purchase price of the suit property by sale of the shares purchased and allotted, failing to disclose the correct and true value of the sale transaction in the shares transfer and failing to pay the requisite stamp duty for the shares transferred”. Lustman insists that by undervaluing the value of a share capital to Sh100 and not half of Sh2.9 billion amounts to contravention of Section 45 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act. Mr Njiraini, KRA Staff Pension Scheme Registered Trustees and the Corporate Business Centre denied the accusations. “The defendants deny the particulars of fraud enumerated by Lustman.

The defendants were under no legal obligation or contract to disclose to Lustman details of the purchase transactions,” the defence says. In the suit papers, Lustman further charges that despite having been the lead agent for the transaction, the two sides secretly connived and dropped them from the proceedings when the deal reached the penultimate stage thereby denying the company its commission. “By an agreement in writing contained in the letters dated 08/08 2014, 12/08/2014 and 14/08/05 2015, Lustman Limited, which is a duly registered estate agent, was requested and agreed to act as the Corporate Business Centre Limited agent in getting and sourcing for a purchaser for its property and the building thereon situated in the upmarket area of Nairobi Upper Hill area ... In consideration for a commission of two per cent of the sale price,” Lustman noted.

COMMISSION
The agent would have pocketed at least Sh58 million. Lustman further says it dutifully devoted time to search for a buyer before settling on the pension agency. But unknown to the agents, the property was acquired through purchase and transfer of shares of the company registered as the owner of the building namely Corporate Business Centre Limited. “Out of the sale transaction valued at Sh2.93 billion, the defendants failed, refused and have rejected to pay to Lustman Ltd for its services rendered as an estate agent thereby denying it its rightful commission despite being aware that Lustman introduced Mr Njiraini and the KRA Staff Pension Scheme Registered Trustees to the Corporate Business Centre Ltd after which they bought and had transfer in their favour,” Lustman says. On December 18, 2015, Corporate Business Centre Ltd directors, Mr Patel and Mr Amrit, held a meeting that resolved to transfer the shareholding to the new owners. Additional directors appointed on that day include Constantine Kandie, Evans Kaikai, Kimotho M’ Mukindia, Fiona Waithira, Christopher Were, Samuel Tororei and Alfred Maritim. The property in question is located on Elgon Road, Upper Hill Nairobi. It sits on two acres and has a lease of 99 years from October 1, 1988. It has 266 parking lots and its initial selling price was Sh1.8 billion as indicated in a letter by Lustman Ltd to KRA in July 2015.

ADVERT
In his defence, Mr Patel said at no time did he and Mr Amrit contact Lustman Ltd as estate agents. He said the three letters Lustman Ltd mentions that originated from Corporate Business Centre Ltd were not from him or Mr Amrit, and disowns one Morrison Wayaya who had signed the letters on behalf of the property company. “All transactions by the Corporate Business Centre over the property and in particular letters and contracts were always signed by both the directors. Further, all the agents were engaged through signed contracts which bore the signatures of both the directors,” Mr Patel swore in his response. He further states that correspondence between the Corporate Business Centre and KRA Staff Pension Scheme Registered Trustees was not copied to Lustman Ltd. “In any event, there was a billboard on site advertising the property for sale and the recommended letting agent on the billboard was Knight Frank. The availability of the building for sale was therefore a matter of public knowledge,” Mr Patel says.

MEETING
In his defence, Mr Amrit echoes Mr Patel’s stand. Mr Njiraini and the pension scheme trustees said that at no time did they contact Lustman Ltd. But in their reply to the denials of Mr Patel and Mr Amrit, Lustman Ltd states that Mr Woyaya was the general manger of their property. The company further indicates that its employees introduced the representatives of Mr Njiraini and those of KRA Staff Pension Scheme Registered Trustees to the offices of Corporate Business Centre in Westlands, Nairobi. “The claim of there being a billboard by Knight Frank and the issue of public knowledge is therefore not applicable to this suit,” Lustman Limited says. The High court is yet to set the hearing dates for the suit. - Sunday Nation.

 

 

 

 

CS Joe Mucheru at the launch

of direct flights to Nyeri


Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga inspects the aircraft after

landing at Nyaribo Airstrip in Nyeri on October 6, 2018.


Nyeri County on Saturday had its first commercial direct flight from Nairobi County. Arriving on the Beechcraft King Air (BE 200) were ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, Nyeri Deputy Governor Caroline Karugu, MP Ngunjiri Wambugu and Lands Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri were among passengers who traveled on the maiden flight which landed at Nyaribo Airstrip. The flight flew in from Wilson Airport in Nairobi and the journey only took 25 minutes. Governor Mutahi Kahiga welcomed the passengers on the tarmac and noted that the direct flights would open up Nyeri for great business opportunities. “This will open up new opportunities in the transport, trade and tourism sectors. The flights will also save the three hours which people use in travelling to Nairobi on road,” Kahiga noted. The flights, Kahiga stated would strengthen the business link between Nyeri and Nairobi and offer tourists and business a shorter ride to Nyeri County. - The Standard

 

 

Tribe meets white man for the first time

 

 


Munga loses case against his

replacement at Muwasco board


Embattled Muwasco chairman Peter Munga who has been dealt a major blow after the labour court struck

out his case in which he had challenged his replacement at the water firm by Governor Mwangi Wa Iria. 


The embattled Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company (Muwasco) chairman Peter Munga has been dealt a major blow after the labour court has struck out his case in which he had challenged his replacement at the water firm. The tycoon had filed a case challenging Governor Mwangi Wa Iria’s decision to replace him at the board with Prof Joseph Kimura through a gazette notice. He had argued that the county boss arbitrarily ended his tenure, and irregularly, unlawfully and unconstitutionally appointed Prof Kimura.

GAZETTE NOTICE
Following his application Justice Byram Ongaya temporally revoked Mr Wa Iria’s appointment and stopped the implementation of the gazette notice until Mr Munga’s case was heard and determined. But on Thursday, Justice Nzioki Wa Makau of the Employment and Labour Relations Court struck out the petition after the governor successfully filed an application urging the court to dismiss the matter on account that it lacked jurisdiction to hear the matter. Through his lawyer Ng’ang’a Mbugua, Mr Wa Iria stated that the matter before labour court “is not an employment and labour matter, nor a company law issue nor a Water Act issue but a constitutional decree which must be carried out however painful and unpalatable it is to Mr Munga”. Mr Wa Iria added that the matter is before the Murang’a High Court and thus the decision to litigate the matter at the labour court by the petitioner was an abuse of a court process and risks embarrassing both the High Court and the labour court. “The application is therefore hopeless, unmeritorious, an abuse of court process and should be dismissed with costs,” Mr Wa Iria’s affidavit read.

GO TO HIGH COURT
While delivering the ruling, Justice Makau noted that Mr Munga had not sought relief as an employee of Muwasco and that his petition would be best heard at the High Court. The judge took note of the fact that there was a matter pending in the High Court in Murang’a, another reason for him to strike out Mr Munga’s petition. “It was pointed out that there is an action pending before the High Court in Murang’a. In keeping with precedent, I will down my tools as I hold the opinion that I have no jurisdiction to deal with the manner on the mode of appointment and removal from office of directors in a limited liability company as those matters are the province of the High Court,” he said. While replacing Mr Munga, Mr Wa Iria said he was informed by two High Court rulings which had been made after the water companies went to court to challenge the dissolution of the companies’ boards. He said he issued a Gazette Notice No 8391 following the ruling which stated that water is a devolved function under the county government, a ruling that objected Muwasco and Mr Munga’s application to bar the governor from interfering with the running of the water firm.

GIVE WAY
On April 30, 2017 the Murang’a High Court ruled that “…Needless to say, the county government’s ability to realise its constitutional function of providing water and sanitation services may be gradual and incremental. But, again, needless to say, the applicants must in equal measure give way gradually to the county government in this regard as they move towards eventually winding up their business.” After the ruling, Muwasco sought for its interpretation and on December 7, 2017 the court ruled that “…After promulgation of the new constitution, the ex parte applicant would have a limited time to continue doing so independently, because the provision of water and sanitation services was now a devolved function of the county government of Murang’a, and that they would probably continue to provide services only until such a time as the county government was ready to take on that function.”


FRUSTRATED
Governor Wa Iria said the county had been ready to take up its mandate to provide water for eight years but “had been frustrated by the petitioner and Muwasco who were keen to retain their privileged and profitable operations at the expense of the people of Murang’a”. He added that in December 2017, the Water Services Regulatory Board directed Muwasco to amend its memorandum and articles to have the county government as the main shareholder of the water firm and that persons 60 years old should cease their membership, a directive they ignored. Mr Munga is 76 years old and has been the chairman of Muwasco since its inception. - Sunday Nation.

 

 

 

 


Rich men hunted by KRA in tax evasion probe


Kenya's leading businesses and their directors have started feeling the pinch after the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) cast its net far and wide in a renewed drive to catch tax evaders. KRA has been stung by a perennial shortfall in collections, coming against the backdrop of pressure for the government to pay its rising debts, especially to external creditors, as well as to pay for major projects and other obligations, such as salaries. Now, politicians, bureaucrats, corporate titans and some of the wealthiest businessmen in the country — as well as the companies in which they are directors — are on the taxman’s radar. Although some have protested their innocence, saying they have been paying their taxes, they will have to contend with the public backlash that comes with the revelations considering that ordinary workers are taxed regularly and painfully.

SUSPECTS
Whereas some are being asked to pay as much as tens of billions, others are being sought for tens of millions. Among those named in court papers filed by the taxman as well as reports by the Auditor-General are former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, his former finance chief Jimmy Mutuku Kiamba, former Foton agent Da Li, Mastermind Tobacco owner Wilfred Murungi and Oil Libya Kenya General Manager Duncan Murashiki. Although they do not owe the money in their personal capacity, they were at the helm of companies and public institutions that have been accused of failing to pay full taxes. Others which are on the spot are Mumias Sugar Company, which is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange, Sony Holdings which owns the Westgate Mall and Darasa Investments, which was controversially linked to the importation of sugar earlier in the year. The estates of fallen billionaires Njenga Karume and Gerishon Kirima — which have since attracted parallel disputes between administrators and the respective families — are also on the radar.

AUCTION
Indeed, KRA has already asked auctioneers to attach the properties of Mastermind Tobacco over its failure to pay about Sh2 billion in taxes. The taxman sent a notice to the company owned by Mr Wilfred Murungi on September 19. In all, the companies, individuals and estates have been asked to pay sums running into tens of billions of shillings cumulatively. KRA missed its revenue collection target for the 2017-2018 financial year by Sh172.4 billion. It collected Sh1.48 trillion against a target of Sh1.65 trillion. It last hit its collection target in the 2010-2011 financial year, when the then President Mwai Kibaki was nearing the end of his second term. Efforts to get a response from KRA on its renewed drive and why it is still not meeting collection targets were futile as the taxman had not responded to our queries by the time of going to press.

BANKS
But the lengths and depths that KRA is going to cover to net big names and companies that it believes owe it money are unprecedented. Through the use of technology and corroboration with other law enforcement agencies, the taxman believes that soon evaders will have nowhere to hide. Already, banks have been put on notice to match account numbers to KRA PINs as part of a wider strategy to track incomes for purposes for tax deductions. The KRA acting commissioner for domestic taxes, Ms Ruth Wachira, said that leakages had been plugged through use of information technology and business intelligence systems which net "big and small fish" alike. “We have really not gone out to target specific taxpayers," she said. "We have maintained surveillance and focus on all taxpayers. For every big tax payer on the spotlight, we have perhaps tens more small taxpayers who are also on our radar.” For instance, in Kiamba’s case, KRA rode on the findings of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

RECOVER
While investigating Mr Kiamba, who has since been jailed for abuse of office, EACC came across two bank accounts at Stanbic Bank. From them it determined that he owed the taxman Sh480 million. It also uncovered another nine bank accounts Mr Kiamba had been operating, and obtained freeze orders. The EACC has since moved to the Anti-Corruption Court to have the former Nairobi CFO convicted for embezzlement and to recover assets he acquired while in public office. In some instances, the taxman has been able to settle disputes out of court, as was the case last month when it reached a deal with sugar importer Darasa Investments.

RESOLUTION
Under the deal, the firm owned by Mr Ibrahim Hillowoly agreed to pay the Sh2.5 billion to have its consignment of 40,000 tonnes of sugar released. The Darasa deal pushed to Sh10.8 billion the amount KRA has raised through out-of-court settlements this year. KRA had earlier reached amicable settlements with 181 companies which then paid Sh8.3 billion. It has not been a smooth ride though. In May, it lost in court a demand of Sh822 million it had placed on lawyer Tom Ojienda. - Daily Nation.

 

 

NEW KENYA HIGH COMMISSIONER IN THE

UK EXPECTED IN LONDON NEXT WEEK


The newly appointed Kenya's High Commissioner to the UK HE Manoah Esipisu is expected to arrive in London next week. The former State House Spokesperson will replace the immediate High Commissioner the UK HE Lazarus Amayo who have been moved to New York. His arrival is expected to be met by a busy schedule as alot has been hanging waiting for him.

 

 

 

 

Equity Bank Ranked 35th

Most Solid Bank in the World

Equity Group Holding Plc Group Chief Executive and Managing Director Dr. James Mwangi with a copy of the Top

1000 Banks 2018 report by the Banker. Equity Bank was ranked first in Kenya and no 35 on soundness globally.

 

Equity Bank is among The Top 1000 Banks in the World in a report released by the Banker Magazine.


According to the ranking, Equity Bank was placed first in Kenya, an improvement from last year’s 2nd position and number 799 globally with 8 Million in Tier 1 capital. This shows that the financial institution has moved seven places up, compared with the 806th position placed last year.


In other categories, the bank ranked number 11 on Return on Assets, 35th on soundness based on Capital Assets Ratio, 44th based on Profits on Capital globally. Equity’s ranking in Kenya was based on Return on Assets and Capital Assets Ratio and 14.63% increase in Tier 1 capital YOY.


The ranking is an indication that Equity Bank remains robust, despite the challenging operating environment. The Bank has already developed and adopted a sustainable business model to cushion the business as well as boost value creation for shareholders. Innovation has proved to be a great enabler in driving growth and already registering efficiency gains from digitization.


According to The Banker, Africa’s economic fortunes improved over the 2017 review period following a difficult couple of years in which lower commodity prices hit the performance of the Africa continents’ largest markets.


The Banker July 2018 edition features the Top 1000 World Banks ranking, which has been setting the industry benchmark since 1970. The ranking provides each bank’s performance, strength and stability. This helps track bank performance, identify banking partners for the future and track the big movers and new arrivals by benchmarking on their size, growth, profitability (Return on assets, return on capital and cost to income ratio) as well as advantage in terms of Capital to assets ratio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melania Trump visited the The Nairobi National Park

Melania Trump visited the The Nairobi National Park today. The First Lady of the United States is in Nairobi during her first solo tour of Africa. She spent the morning getting up and personal with baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. The 48-year-old was pictured feeding and petting the orphaned animals with the First Lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta. Mother-of-one Melania appeared in good spirits throughout the visit, smiling as she observed the fascinating creatures. Donald Trump’s wife also went on safari and saw a heard of Zebra in the wild. Stylish Melania certainly looked dressed for the part in a classic white skirt and khaki trousers. She teamed the safari look with a pair of practical brown knee-high boots and donned a white hat to shield her face from the African sun. - express.co.uk


Melania Trump and Margaret Kenyatta after her arrival in Kenya on Thursday night.

On right Melania Trump is on safari in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday 5th October, 2018

 

Melania Trump spent the morning getting up and personal with baby elephants

and on right Melania also visited the Nest children's home orphanage 

 

 

REV. GITHIORA ARRIVES IN LONDON

FOR THE PCEA YOUTH CONFERENCE


Rev. Githiora a PCEA Minister in Kenya arrived in UK on Thursday 4th October, 2018. Rev. Simon Githiora will be the Guest Speaker at the Youth Get Together Conference on Saturday 6th October 2018 at UK PCEA, St. Mathews Church, Dyson Road, London E15 4JX as from 11.30 p.m. For more information please contact Elder Francis Githinji on 07951013245.


 

 

THE LATE KAMARU'S FAMILY

REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT


Following the death of the Late Joseph Kamaru wa Wanjiru the family are requesting family and friends to support them financially. They had a Hospital Bill as well as other funeral expenses. You can channel you help through Pay Bill - 962456. Acct 1871940 or the senders name. President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned Kikuyu benga maestro Joseph Kamaru who died on Wednesday night at MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi. Mr Kenyatta on Thursday said Mr Kamaru’s death had robbed the Kenyan music industry of a gifted artiste who mentored and nurtured many talents since 1980s. “It was a blessing for us as a country to have had such a talented artiste who played a big role in promoting the Kenyan brand of music,” Mr Kenyatta said in his condolence message to Mr Kamaru's family, friends and fans. “Indeed, we will miss his educative music which was unique in many aspects.” The late Kamaru, who died at 79, started his musical career in 1956, and has so far recorded more than 2,000 songs— mostly addressing morality and social values. 

 

 

 

ONE BEDROOM HOLIDAY FLAT IN KENYA
 
 One Bedroom Holiday Flat near Nairobi City Centre near State House. Security in that area is very good. Minimum 2 weeks let. If interested please call 07908521056 Email:
 

 

 

Rev. Simon Githiora from Kenya coming to UK PCEA

Rev. Simon Githiora, the Parish Minister, Makongeni Parish will be joining the UK PCEA at the Monthly Family Breakfast and Fellowship on Saturday 6th October 2018, starting at 9:00am

He will also be the Guest Preacher at our Sunday Worship, 7th October, 2018 starting at 2 pm.

Rev Githiora has served as PCEA Youth Director and has a special call in the Youth Ministry. He has a message about the need for transformation of the young people and he will be speaking about this during the Youth Get Together planned to follow after the Family Breakfast (Sat 6/10/2018 - 11:30am).
Please encourage the young people to attend.

For further information, please contact: Elder Francis Githinji on 07951013245.

All is happening at the address:
UK PCEA, St Matthew, Dyson Road, London E15 4JX.

UK PCEA welcomes you to join us at any or all of the above events.

 

 

Diaspora Kenyan Men Becoming

‘Women’? The End Of Manhood!

A woman who acts as a church ‘elder’ in a diaspora church was asked by the senior pastor why she was constantly fighting against any thing he says during their monthly church meeting. She was the most vocal resulting in her husband, who is also an elder, to never participate in the discussions. The pastor asked her in front of the meeting, “Who is the head of your household?” She shagged her shoulders and said, “let us not go there.” The pastor responded, “Oh, I see.”


The modernity that is working to destroy America and the western world is also sweeping into the homes of Kenyans in the Diaspora. The other day I visited old friends of mine. The Lady is a person I consider as one of the most hospitable human beings on the face of the earth. As I sat down in the living room, a car pulled up and a beautiful girl came out and walked into the house. As I looked closer, I realized that it was not a stranger; rather, it was her 19-year-old son! The young man had make up on, dressed in a dress, and had even bought bras! I honestly thought it was a girl! After he went into the bedroom, I asked the mother “is that your son?” She responded, “Yap Teddy . . . he decided that he does not want to be a boy anymore.” What, he decided? “That is absolutely insane, and you allowed this to happen?” I asked. She explained, “Teddy it is the new trend! What could you have done?” Her husband gave up after she took over leadership.


As they are a white American family it is hard to help them. Even though they are believers in Christ, they operate on another mode of thought: We call it the ‘freedom of the individual.’ This freedom of the individual is taken by many Kenyan women in the United States as the power to go against their husband’s leadership in the home. And I am not talking about who cooks or whether the man can do laundry, rather, that there cannot be two leaders in the home! Of the children of diaspora who fail, majority is from homes where men have become ‘women’! Or where parents have no clear distinctions as to who is the head of the household. The Pentecostal idea of women as co – equal spiritual leaders in the home is distractive and it is contributing to the advancement of feminism among the diaspora! In a single parent home, this is understandable, but not in marriage.


After graduating from high school, I fought with a girl who was helping us in the house. My father had taken her from her village in Embu to study Nursing at the local hospital. She and I did not like each other that much. My mother always waited for my father to report ‘crimes’. My father did what he always did. He sat me down and enquired about my behavior. I made a case that she was not a member of the home therefore I could beat her up if she played with me. My father looked at me and before I knew it, his heavy right hand landed on the left side of my face. It was so loud that my mother came to check. She stood at the door and watched, then, she went back to the kitchen. I opened the door and he said, “Son, if you walk out that door, do not come back to this home.” I never opened that door.


That lesson taught me the need to respect even the maid in the house, a great lesson that I practice even today. My father taught me that the man is the head of his household. His wife, my mother affirmed that in every way. Not that she did not reserve the right to correct him, rather, she made it clear that there was one head. Many diaspora men are letting down their leadership. They are becoming women in disguise! I always say that I am a male chauvinist: I believe a man is a man and a woman is a woman. But I am not a sexist: I believe in the intellect and abilities of women! I am a Pauline theologian: the man is the head of his household. If a woman does not want to recognize this, then she should find a woman to marry!


When my young man finished tenth grade, I realized the American landscape was beginning to erode his manhood. He was beginning to loose the toughness of a man: the created warrior nature needed to stand up to nonsense. I took him to the village, dumped him at home in Kenya. I told my parents to let him walk to the local school even in the mud. He stayed there two years. When I hosted his graduation party in the village, he said, “This has changed my life. I am a better man.” I heard he is going to the Navy after studying emergency response medicine. He is going to be a Navy Medic, as a MAN! He is married to a woman and they have a son! - Diasporamessenger.com

 

 

Surveillance: KRA to track bank

and mobile cash transactions


The taxman plans to net an additional half-a-million taxpayers to raise Sh60 billion by targeting their mobile phone data and professional bodies. Under the new plan, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) will try to match data from bank accounts with holders’ professions, including doctors, real estate developers and suppliers to ensure that everybody pays their fair share of taxes. Currently, only four million people pay taxes in a country with 18 million voters. It’s hoped that expanding KRA’s mandate under the new plan would enable it to collect more revenue as the country grapples with an ever-widening budget deficit. “This approach, commonly internally referred to as Data Driven Compliance, is meant not only to help us optimise our compliance and audit interventions but in addition to assure objectivity in our engagement with taxpayers,” said Commissioner General John Njiraini at the launch of the annual Taxpayers’ Month in Nairobi yesterday. Mr Njiraini also said the new framework offered an avenue for speedy dispute resolution. “In this regard, our revamped tax dispute resolution programme will provide taxpayers with a credible, transparent and customer-friendly process that removes perceptions of unfairness and underhand dealings in the resolution of tax disputes,” he said.

KRA aims to substantially reduce the number of tax disputes finding their way into the judicial system, with the ultimate goal being to resolve at least 80 per cent of tax disputes internally. KRA is also targeting presumptive tax, which has replaced the now abolished turnover tax.The tax will be calculated at 15 per cent of the business permit or trading licence fees issued to informal sector players and will be final with effect from January 1, next year. According to financial results posted by the National Treasury, KRA collected Sh204.7 billion in the first three months of the financial year against a target of Sh1.6 trillion. The tax body has had a history of underperforming on Treasury tax targets and in May this year the latter reduced tax estimates to Sh1.415 trillion. In January, the taxman requested that the State reduce targets from Sh1.49 trillion to Sh1.439 trillion. Even this turned out to be too ambitious. Kenya’s financing deficit over the past few years has been oscillating between 8.4 per cent in 2014 to 7.4 per cent in 2015, 8.8 per cent in 2016 and last year it stood at 6.9 per cent. - The Standard

 

40TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY JUMP

Mr. Seed and his sons joined Maasai Jumping competition in Maasai Mara during Mr. Seed and his wife 40th Wedding Anniversary on 21st August 2018. The high you jump, the higher the status in the community. The youngest in the family Dennis (left) started the ball rolling following by Mr. Seed on right.

 

Jackson (left) and Joseph (right) joined the game. Who won the competition? More later.

 

 

REGAINING KENYA CITIZENSHIP

Were you a citizen of Kenya by birth? And were you aged 24 years and above of age on 27th August, 2010? (The date when The Constitution of Kenya, 2010 was promulgated); Had you acquired citizenship of another (e.g. British, Irish, German e.t.c) before 27th August 2010? Then you are eligible to regain Kenya Citizenship. Apply now through the Kenya High Commission, London. For more information visit their website

 

DECLARATION OF DUAL CITIZENSHIP

Are you a Kenyan aged 18 years and above who also holds Citizenship of another country? Yes, a dual citizen? and Are you aware that a dual citizen is required by law to disclose/declare their other citizenship in the prescribed manner within three months of becoming a dual citizen? Did you acquire citizenship of another country after 27th August, 2010? or were you aged 23 years and below on 27th August,2010? or have you regained Kenya Citizenship? Apply now through the Kenya High Commission, London. For more information visit their website

 

KENYA NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD

Are you aware that to apply to replace/renew your Kenya Passports or your Children’s Kenya passports a Kenya National Identity Card (ID) is mandatory?; Did you know that ALL Kenyans who attain the age of 18 years are eligible and are required to obtain identity cards?; Did you know that Kenya High Commission, London processes applications for Identity Cards? Apply now through the Kenya High Commission, London. For more information visit their website .

 

US First Lady Melania Trump arrives in Kenya


US First Lady Melania Trump arrives in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 4,

2018. She was received by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.


US First Lady Melania Trump has arrived in Nairobi on the third day of her solo trip to Africa to promote health and education. Mrs Trump landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at around 9pm on her maiden visit to Kenya ahead of her talks with First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Friday. She has already visited Malawi and Ghana, and is later expected in Egypt. "I am so proud of the work this administration is doing through United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) and others, and look forward to the opportunity to take the message of my 'Be Best' campaign to many of the countries and children throughout Africa," she said early this month. The Be Best campaign, which addresses the social well-being of children, was rolled out this year. Mrs Trump's agenda resonates with Mrs Kenyatta's Beyond Zero initiative that seeks to alleviate health problems afflicting mothers and children countrywide. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

 

: Prince William Plays Soccer With

Kenyan Youth During Africa Tour

The Duke of Cambridge has concluded his working visit to Africa, with a trip to Kenya. Prince William, who is Colonel of the Irish Guards, joined the Number Two Company for a training session at the Laikipia Training Area in Kenya. They are known in the country as the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) and the Duke observed how British and Kenyan troops are training together to improve performance on operations, for the benefit of both countries. The staff have also been working on the Kinamba Community school project and the Duke, dressed in uniform, showed off his skills during a football match. William, who is an avid Aston Villa fan, brought footballs along for the kickabout, as he was introduced to the players. There were hugs when the Duke met his namesake William at the match before presenting him with an Aston Villa football shirt. The main focus of William’s week-long trip has been on conservation efforts, with the aim to stop the illegal wildlife trade. In Namibia, the Duke joined rangers as they tracked black rhinos in the Kunene region. He also visited Tanzania, where he met with President John Magufuli. –yahoo.comyahoo.com

 

 

Politicians to blame for Mau debacle as eviction plan still on

The destruction of the Mara was bound to happen after it was turned into a playground as political and commercial interests converged inside the Maasai Mau Forest. The original goal was the control of then Narok County Council which held the Maasai Mau Forest as trust land for the community. It was the arrival of members of the Kalenjin community as new settlers in the Maasai Mau that appears to have changed the matrix in the 1980s. Starting from 1998, the Nation was told, there was collusion between officials from the Ministry of Lands (most of who were from the Kalenjin community) and politicians such as Mr Anthony Kimetto, who served as MP for Chepalungu. “He used to go to Narok each week to supervise printing of title deeds on an industrial scale. But unknown to Mr Kimetto and the people who bought the land, the Narok County Council and the Lands ministry had not gazetted the relevant areas as adjudication areas,” Mr Parselelo Kantai, a journalist who watched and documented the destruction as it started, said. - Daily Nation.

 

"If I look hot, I look good, there has got to be some

rich guy who will pay good money to possess me."

In Kenya, more and more young women are using sugar daddies to fund a lifestyle worth posting on social media. Among them are the stars of the reality TV show Nairobi Diaries, Kenya's own blend of Keeping up with the Kardashians and The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The show has launched several socialites out of Nairobi's slums and on to yachts off the coast of Malibu or the Mediterranean. "Nairobi Diaries is like the Kardashians playing out [on screen] in real time. If I look hot, I look good, there has got be some rich guy who will pay good money to possess me," says Oyunga Pala, Nairobi columnist and social commentator. -

 


Bottle of whisky sold for world-

record Sh100 million (£848,000)


The world's most expensive bottle of whisky has been sold for a record price of about Sh100 million (about 1.1 million U.S. dollars) at an auction in Edinburgh on Wednesday. The 60-year-old bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami, distilled in 1926 and bottled in 1986, set a new world record at the Bonhams' whisky sale, fetching 700,000 pounds plus a sales premium of 148,000 pounds, the BBC reported. It has been described by experts as the "holy grail of whisky" because of its rarity, vintage and unique artwork, the BBC said. The previous record was set by another bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 sold in May at Bonhams Hong Kong for a then record price of 814,081 pounds. The Scotch whisky distillery Macallan commissioned pop artists Valerio Adami and Peter Blake to design labels for a limited edition of 24 bottles, with each artist contributing to 12 bottles. The lately auctioned whisky is among the 12 bottles designed by the 83-year-old Italian painter Adami, who is best known for his bold and colorful imagery bordered by black lines. Interestingly enough, the Blake bottles haven't done quite as well at auctions, according to luxury lifestyle magazine The Robb Report. The English pop artist is best known for creating the cover of the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It remains unclear how many of the Adami bottles still exist. One is said to have been destroyed in an earthquake in Japan in 2011, and it is believed at least one of them has been opened and consumed, the BBC said.

 

 

 

Referendum on law change inevitable, says Raila Odinga

 

Inside raging battle for the

control of key eCitizen system

Soon after assuming office in 2013, President Uhuru Kenyatta began the push for a digital payment system for government services. His team was quick to deliver with the eCitizen platform, which has now threatened to leave thousands of service seekers in limbo. The rush saw a project launched and operated so quickly that several legal procedures were set aside. Regularisation of the project, which has been in operation since December 2014, has threatened to crumble everything. The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), Immigration Department, Ministry of Lands, Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Attorney General’s office and several others have restricted a number of their services to the portal.

STANDOFF
Without a backup, thousands of Kenyans and foreigners, companies and the government itself would be left in a difficult position, should an ongoing standoff escalate and lead to its death. The system has since inception been operated and maintained by Webmasters Kenya and its proprietor James Ayugi, with only a handful other people aware of how to keep the system running. Trouble has already started brewing with several service seekers’ calls for help on eCitizen’s Facebook and Twitter pages going unanswered. “I applied to have a company linked online at the beginning of June and nothing has been done to date. I got someone who works there through a friend and he (the employee) is now asking for Sh3,000 to help me,” said Ms Betty Njeri-Anthony, one of the complainants on eCitizen’s Facebook page, when contacted.

CALLS UNANSWERED
Another user, Ms Vilma Kiarie, said the customer service number given has been going unanswered leaving her unable to reverse a wrong payment. The World Bank, which funded eCitizen’s pilot phase, washed its hands off the project in August last year after confirming that the portal was implemented as per contracts signed in June 2014. A court battle between the eCitizen developer, a company that has been collecting funds through the system, and the Treasury has not only revealed several holes in the project implementation, but has also complicated matters.

TREASURY SUED
Goldrock Capital, which has been collecting money and remitting to government from the platform, has sued the Treasury for locking it out of the mobile money collection portal. Goldrock has made party to its suit Webmasters Kenya which developed the portal and which contracted it to do the collections. As soon as the Treasury finally wrested control of the digital payments system, it began regularisation of the entire project but the process has sparked a three-way standoff. “After a lot of back and forth, the President’s chief of staff placed the secretariat under the Treasury. It was not clear from the onset how we were going to regularise this. We can either go back and say 'you did wrong' and crucify everyone involved or regularise this project that is still on pilot,” said Mr Ayugi, the developer.

NO COMMENT
Contacted Tuesday, Dr Thugge said the Treasury cannot comment on our queries because there is a matter in court on eCitizen. But he said the ICT ministry is in the process of training staff to provide technical support for the platform. "The government digital payments secretariat provides technical and customer support to eCitizen users. The Ministry of ICT is in the process of further rolling out the system to more government services," he said. The President formed a task force to find a digital payments solution in April 2014, appointing Treasury’s then director of economic affairs Justus Nyamunga to lead the team. One month down the line, the team asked financial service providers to present their ideas. Mr Ayugi’s concept was taken up. He is one of the World Bank’s shortlisted contractors.

EMPTY WALLET
The team was comfortable with Mr Ayugi. The only catch was that the team was operating on an empty wallet as it had not been budgeted for. “They said they had a July 2014 deadline for a concept,” Mr Ayugi said in an interview. “My system was already plugged in with Pesa Pal, a payment service provider. The team didn’t have money or a budget but wanted a product because they were under pressure.” Dr Thugge then wrote to the World Bank’s lending arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on May 29, 2014 seeking funding for the system. As setting up a whole new project would take time and a lot of money, it was agreed that the system would come in as an expansion of the e-registry. IFC in its response said it could only fund the pilot project but only on four conditions — that at least 10 government agencies would be included in the pilot, Mr Ayugi’s Webmasters Kenya would host the system, the government would fund the subsequent phases and finally it would go on record that the project did not require going through the usual public procurement process. With everyone in agreement, IFC funded the pilot and Webmasters came up with eCitizen.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT
The contract between IFC and Webmasters Kenya that has been filed in court indicates that the developer was to provide technical support for eCitizen until January, 2015 — six months after going live. Deputy President William Ruto was the first person to renew a driver’s licence through eCitizen, Mr Ayugi said. Mr Ruto threw his weight behind eCitizen. Things went smoothly until Pesa Pal, which was handling the payment system, opted out arguing it was spending most of its technical support budget on sorting out eCitizen issues. “We started with Pesa Pal which charged a fee of 3.5 per cent of the transaction. We were utilising most of their support resources.” “Another problem with both Pesa Pal and Jambo Pay, which we also briefly engaged, was that we could not have a single dashboard for different services. For you to enable 200 services, you would need 200 accounts and that would be difficult to maintain. There was a meeting with all mobile network operators at Kempinski and it was suggested that we get a single paybill number,” Mr Ayugi said. The software developer then negotiated a deal with Goldrock Capital.

PAYBILL NUMBER
Goldrock registered a paybill number, 206206, with Safaricom for M-Pesa payments alongside a short code 22206 across all mobile networks. Webmasters also hired 50 individuals to handle technical support and customer care. At this point the project was still under the Office of the President. On May 13, 2015 President Kenyatta expanded his task force’s authority to include day-to-day implementation and management of the system. On November 10, Safaricom wrote to the President chief of staff, Mr Joseph Kinyua, seeking confirmation of administrators of the paybill number as the May, 2015 gazette notice only gave authority to the task force. Mr Kinyua would respond 19 days later, confirming that Goldrock was to be an administrator. Read the letter from Mr Kinyua’s office: “The bank details and the premium service provider records as provided to you by Webmasters Kenya, pursuant to their mandate remains unchanged during this transitional period." Shortly after, the Treasury wrested control of the project from Mr Kinyua’s office.

LOCK OUT GOLDROCK
Dr Thugge on April 28, 2017 wrote to Safaricom instructing it to lock Goldrock out of the M-Pesa paybill number, sparking the court battle. In response to Goldrock’s claim that the Treasury unfairly locked it out of the M-Pesa account, the PS said the ministry has never gazetted any private firm to collect eCitizen payments on behalf of government. The suit is yet to be determined, but Goldrock has laid claim to Sh127 million collected between 2015 and 2017. Mr Ayugi has since dismissed the support crew he hired for the system, which has stalled a number of issue resolutions raised by service seekers. The developer said he has never been paid by the government for works done after the World Bank’s funding ended in January, but that he is hopeful. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

 

 

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” –James Allen

 

 

WORD OF APPRECIATION

THE LATE GRACE NJERI HINGA

The entire family of Reverend Mr David Hingas and from Grace Njeri Hinga’s Husband Mr Steve Gatonye  would like to express heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of our relatives, friends and well-wishers who surrounded us with their love and care during our period of bereavement. We were deeply touched by the numerous calls, text messages, Whatsapp messages, visits, prayers, financial support and words of encouragement. It is because of your support that we were able to send off our sister Grace Njeri Hinga in an honourable way. Your acts of kindness and generosity made our burden more bearable. We thank you from the depth of our hearts.  Special thanks to the organising committee for the great work well done. May God bless each individual in a special way. The late Grace Njeri Hinga went to be with the Lord at Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, Harlow Hospital, United Kingdom on Tuesday 21st August, 2018. May God rest her soul in peace.

 


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Musician Joseph Kamaru, 79,

dies at MP Shah Hospital


Celebrated Kikuyu benga musician Joseph Kamaru has died at the MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi where he had been admitted since Monday after he fell ill, his son, Stephen Maina, has confirmed. He was aged 79. Kamaru, who hailed from Kangema in Murang'a County was born in 1939. He started his singing career in 1956. Mr Maina said that the king of benga died at about 9.50pm Wednesday after developing difficulties in breathing. "Our dad has gone to be with the Lord while at MP Shah Hospital where we took him on Monday after having difficulties in breathing and having tremors. "He was diagnosed with Parkinson plus, a nerve disease which we believe is the main cause of his death. But we thank God for giving him to us," Mr Maina told the Nation.

SIBLINGS
He said the late Kamaru has left behind four siblings, Maina Kamaru, Macharia Kamaru, Wanjiru and Mr Macharia (two men with the same name, Macharia). Mr Maina said the musician started developing health problems at the beginning of 2018. On April 27 this year, the benga musician trashed news about his death which was circulating on social media. Speaking to the Nation then at Avenue Hospital in Nairobi, Mr Kamaru said God could not take him until he oversaw changes in the music industry and mentor upcoming musicians to get the best songs for their audiences and in return get a better pay.

CARTELS
"There have never been bad times for the music industry like these times; there are cartels and the piracy issues. The Lord God can't take me before ensuring that musicians get the sweat of their hard work," he noted. Mr Kamaru, who started singing in 1956, is popularly known for his hits like Tiga Kuhenia Igoti and Uthoni Wa Mbathini among others. He had said that he intended to build a kikuyu cultural home in one of his many farms in Murang’a to safeguard and protect the Kikuyu culture, a dream he has not managed to achieve. Kikuyu pop musician Epha Maina eulogised the late Kamaru terming him as the "father of all the artistes" and one whom they relied on for advice and ways to improve the music industry. "It is a loss to the the Mt Kenya region and whole country at large. He was a strong pillar in the music industry but God had his plans for him," Mr Maina told Nation. - Daily Nation.

 

 

What makes a good life?

Lessons from the longest study on happiness


What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life. -

 

 

Theresa May: Tories must be a party for everyone


Theresa May has told the Conservatives they must be the "party for everyone" and said austerity was ending in her party conference speech in Birmingham. The prime minister said that a decade on from the financial crash, "there are better days ahead", signalling an increase in public spending. She also defended her under-fire Brexit strategy, saying she was "standing up for Britain". And she announced new borrowing powers for councils to build more homes. A cap on the amount councils can borrow to fund new developments "doesn't make sense" and would be scrapped, she said. Other promises included a "step change" in how cancer is diagnosed with a strategy aimed at increasing early detection rates, plus another freeze in fuel duty. The prime minister - whose dancing in Kenya made headlines in August - danced on to the stage to the sounds of Abba, and immediately sought to make light of last year's difficult speech. She joked that if she had a cough this time, it was only because she had been up all night gluing the letters on to the backdrop.

 

 

 

Police pursue four friends Irungu called for advice

Joseph Irungu at the Kiambu Law Courts last week


A prime suspect in the murder of a woman reportedly sent distress messages and placed frantic phone calls to friends. Police are looking for the four people Joseph Irungu contacted on the night of September 19 “seeking advice on an issue that was disturbing him”. Investigations suggest Irungu was the last person seen leaving the apartment, where the body of Monicah Nyawira Kimani was found in a bathtub with her throat slit, on September 20. Sources close to the investigation say an analysis of mobile phone communication shows that several hours after Irungu had left the house at Lamuria Gardens off Denis Pritt Road, he called and sent messages to at least four people.   “Among others, the suspect made calls and sent texts to some of his friends seeking their advice on an issue that is under probe for now. He then switched off his phone until the following day,” said another officer. The identities of the friends, who are being sought for questioning to explain what Irungu told them, was not immediately clear. Police have warned that the friends would be prosecuted should it be established that Irungu, who is popularly known as Jowie, had confided in them about a crime and they failed to report it to the authorities. The law says that if one does not have prior knowledge about a murder but gets to know about it and tries to assist a suspect by creating an alibi, one can be charged with accessory to murder after the fact. Irungu, his fiancée, TV journalist Jacque Maribe, and their friend, Brian Kasaine, are being held by police over Monica’s murder.

Detectives are pursuing two main theories that may form the motive for the killing of the 29-year-old woman on the night of her return from Juba, South Sudan.One of the motives is that the killers wanted to steal a large amount of money that was in the house. Police have yet to establish how much money Monica might have had when she arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Taxify driver A Taxify driver who dropped her off at the apartment at about 7.15pm is among those who have been questioned about Monica’s luggage. He told police that the woman had three bags when he picked her up at the airport. When Monica arrived at the apartments, she picked up clothes she had ordered dropped off at the gate and her house keys before retiring to her apartment, Number A8, on the third floor of the second block. In Juba, Monica was running the family business, Milly Paul General Trading Ltd, which was started by her father when he ministered in the war-torn country.


The company provided cleaning services and was contracted by a number of Kenyan companies. It is not clear if she was engaged in any other business. Monica was said to have lived a flashy lifestyle and was due to travel to Dubai to meet her lover. The other theory police are exploring is that a love triangle may have led to the murder. “The theories, among other issues, form the basis of our probe as we look for the motive. We are open to many others,” said an official. Sources said Kasaine could become a prosecution witness depending on what he tells the investigators and if the Director of Public Prosecutions agrees to a plea bargain. Plea bargain He was arrested after it was established that Irungu used Kasaine’s gun to attempt to commit suicide. The attempted suicide took place in Maribe’s house at Royal Park estate in Lang'ata hours after Monica's body was found. Police are trying to establish if there was a link between the murder and the attempted suicide. Detectives told a Kiambu court they were also trying to establish if Kasaine was in the house where Monica’s body was found. The apartment was swept for clues and samples collected for DNA analysis. Police also believe a knife was used to kill Monica but the murder weapon has yet to be found. The killer also dumped two of Monica's phones in a container full of water. - The Standard

 

 

7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left,that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. - Joshua 1: 7-8.


Enter the general: How Monica

Kimani made a fortune in Juba

South Sudanese politician and former warlord Daniel Awet Akot (right). Paul Ngarama, the father of Monica Kimani (left), who was murdered in Nairobi's Kilimani estate, has dismissed claims that his daughter was married to Mr Akot.


Monica Kimani’s father Paul Ngarama has dismissed claims that his daughter was married to South Sudanese politician and former warlord Daniel Awet Akot, but admits that the politician is “very close” to the family. Close relatives and friends had claimed that Ms Kimani was married to Mr Akot, and that it is through this connection that the family’s fortunes have improved over the past three years.

THROAT SLIT
Ms Kimani was killed by having her throat slit in the bathtub of her Kilimani flat on the night of Wednesday, September 19. Celebrity news anchor Jacque Maribe, her boyfriend Joseph Irungu and a neighbour, Mr Brian Kassaine, have been arrested in connection with the killing. Police are still trying to figure out the motive. Mr Ngarama, who was a newspaper vendor in Juba in 2013, said Mr Akot, who rose to the rank of Lieutenant-General in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and is a war veteran, helped him establish numerous churches in Rumbek, Juba and other parts of South Sudan.

NEWSPAPERS
Sources had claimed to the Daily Nation that Mr Ngarama moved to South Sudan in 2007 to sell Kenyan newspapers, and that soon he became well known among the Kenyan community in the country. “He used to also deliver newspapers on a bicycle, was very friendly and lived an ordinary life,” said a man who knew the family but asked not to be named to speak freely. He said Mr Ngarama later moved to Rumbek and became close to the then Bahr el Ghazal Governor, Mr Awet Akot, who developed trust in him. In 2013, the source said, just a year after Ms Kimani graduated from the Kenya Polytechnic, Mr Ngarama invited her to Rumbek, where she got a job in the Governor’s office.

GOVERNOR LIKE HER
“The governor liked her so much that she was always accompanying him and she rose through the ranks in his office. “Meanwhile, Mr Ngarama established the Rebuilding Apostolic Faith Mission Church, and opened branch after another with the help of the governor,” he said. The church currently has branches across East Africa. Mr Akot, according to an online profile, got military training both in South Sudan and the United States. He commanded the Sudan People’s Liberation Army rebel forces around Renk in northern South Sudan. Mr John Garang, his friend and age-mate, appointed him one of the 11 alternate members of the SPLA Political-Military High Command, making him one of the most powerful military commanders. When Lt-Gen (rtd) Akot became the Deputy Speaker in the National Legislative Assembly of South Sudan, he moved to Juba with his family. He also moved with Ms Kimani who, at the time, was not working in his office. Ms Kimani expanded the family business in Juba.

PRODUCTS
“The family business dealt with courier services between Kenya and Sudan but Monica started stocking the premises with beauty products, especially from Kenya and Uganda. “Gradually, the business grew and then she started her own interior design business in 2017 and won contracts from government offices and other private organisations with the help of Mr Akot’s connections,” the family friend revealed. Within just two years, Ms Kimani had bought properties in Nairobi, Ruiru and Syokimau. She also bought her mother a car and had already ordered one for her father. “She used to travel to Kenya at least twice a month because she had properties in Nairobi, and also to check on Mr Akot’s properties in Nairobi’s Kilimani and Kileleshwa areas,” another family member said.

MONEY
Her friends in Juba believe that Ms Kimani may have travelled to Kenya on Wednesday 19 with a large amount of money because Kenyan banks operating in Juba usually take time to clear each transaction. The source claimed that despite tough laws restricting the movement of money, Mr Akot used his influence to facilitate her travel with the money. So far police have said they did not find any money in her apartment or the house of Ms Maribe. Ms Kimani was killed on the night of Wednesday, September 19 and 20 by an assassin who expertly cut her throat from ear to ear and left her in the bathtub of her Kilimani, Nairobi apartment. Her brother, Mr George Thiru, found her body on Thursday after he failed to reach her on the phone for two days and she failed to turn up at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where she was set to take a flight to Dubai on holiday.

SUSPECTS
Three suspects are in police custody as detectives conduct investigations into the murder. Police were Monday considering the possibility that Mr Kassaine and Mr Irungu may have engaged in a brawl before Mr Irungu was shot in the chest. He claims he was shot by gangsters. Investigators are unsure about the possibility that Mr Irungu attempted suicide because of the angle at which the bullet entered his chest. They also believe Mr Irungu and Mr Kassaine may have been together on the night of the shooting. A police officer involved in the investigations said accounts by the three suspects in custody about what happened on the day of shooting did not tally. The police source added that Ms Kimani, Mr Irungu and Mr Kassaine attended the Kenya Polytechnic together, and that the three were friends and met with Ms Maribe on several occasions. - Daily Nation.

 

'Left with no protection to die':

Widow of Westminster attack PC Palmer savages police

Michelle Palmer's criticism comes as the chief coroner ruled

there were "shortcomings" in security systems at Westminster.

PC Keith Palmer was fatally stabbed by Khalid Masood


The widow of a police officer killed during the Westminster terror attack has told the inquest into his death that he was "left at a vulnerable location with no protection to die". Michelle Palmer criticised the Met Police after the coroner found that there were "shortcomings" in the security systems at Westminster which could have meant it was "possible" to prevent the death of PC Keith Palmer.

She said: "How could Keith have been left alone, unarmed, guarding an open gate at one of the most iconic buildings in the world and one of the country's top terrorist targets? "He was left at a vulnerable location with no protection to die.
"The fact there were no firearms officers there for nearly an hour is hard to believe."
Chief coroner Mark Lucraft QC found shortcomings in security at the site meant armed officers were not aware of where they were supposed to patrol.

He said: "Due to shortcomings in the security system at New Palace Yard, including the supervision of those engaged in such duties, the armed officers were not aware of a requirement to remain in close proximity to the gates. "Had they been stationed there it is possible that they may have been able to prevent PC Palmer suffering fatal injuries." - SKY NEWS

     

 

Kalonzo sought Uhuru's help

in Philomena Mwilu case

Opposition politician Kalonzo Musyoka has revealed how he tried to save Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ) Philomena Mwilu from being prosecuted on claims of corruption. Mr Musyoka, leader of Wiper Democratic Movement, said he sought the intervention of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who had travelled to the US to meet President Donald Trump at the White House. Investigative agencies claim DCJ Mwilu unlawfully received Sh12 million from Imperial Bank Limited and that this amount was credited to her account on October 23, 2013. They also accuse her of abuse of office and obtaining security by false pretence. In a Citizen TV interview on Tuesday night, Mr Kalonzo said: “The president told me he was surprised upon learning that the DCJ was going to be arraigned before a magistrate's court. President Kenyatta told the attorney-general that the issue was critical." - Daily Nation.

 

273 Kenyans languishing in

foreign jails, says CS Juma


Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma who has revealed that least 273 Kenyans are serving jail terms in other countries. 
At least 273 Kenyans are serving jail terms in other countries, according to the Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma, in a document she presented to a parliamentary committee Monday. Appearing before the Defence and Foreign Relations Committee, Dr Juma said that although the list is not exhaustive, at 79, the neighbouring Tanzania has the highest number of those jailed. The high number raises fears that Kenyans are not getting the required assistance from the country’s missions abroad. Mr Don Bosco Gichana was among the Kenyans held in Tanzania but committee chairman Katoo ole Metito (Kajiado South) confirmed during the session with the CS that he had been set free after six years of jail after paying a fine of Sh13.2 million. Dr Juma also noted that the country cannot afford legal assistance for those incarcerated even as she urged Kenyans living abroad to register with the embassies to enable the government provide consular services. “We do not have provisions for legal assistance because engaging international lawyers can be pretty expensive. What we are doing is to urge Kenyans to respect the laws of other countries,” Dr Juma said and promised to provide an updated list within 14 days. She also disclosed that the missions abroad have been directed to engage Kenyans regularly to help them avoid running into trouble with the law. According to the CS, China has 57 prisoners from Kenya, Uganda 47, Malaysia 25, South Sudan 10, Qatar eight, Thailand seven, Seychelles six, Ethiopia and Indonesia five, Philippines, Kuwait, Botswana and Pakistan have three each while Togo, Oman and South Africa have two. Rwanda, Japan, Austria, Brazil, Nepal and South Korea have a Kenyan each in their prisons. However, Dr Juma said that data protection laws in the United Kingdom and Switzerland prevent them from sharing information on Kenya nationals in their penal detention or those with pending legal proceedings as well as the crimes they are facing. - Daily Nation

 

Anti corruption commission

exposes the most corrupt counties


NAIROBI KENYA: The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has revealed the sums Kenyans  part with in order to get public services. In its latest report on corruption (National Ethics and Corruption Survey 2017), the body says winning a tender attracts the largest average bribe of Sh102,921 while people seeking employment pay an average of Sh28,606.99. Collection of building or construction certificate costs Sh17,661.11 and, seeking a transfer is now Sh15, 240.33. Many also pay up to Sh3,973 in bailing out arrested individuals and up to Sh200 for the application of KRA Pin, NSSF and NHIF cards. According to the report, Wajir ranks top among counties with high chances of bribery followed by Tana River, Mandera, Kakamega, Busia, and Narok. Other counties making it in the top ten list includes Machakos, Mombasa, Kisii and Homabay. Assessments by County revealed that Mandera County recorded the highest average bribe of Sh35,440 followed by Kisumu Sh26,762, Busia Sh18,866.61, Nyamira Sh10,967, Muranga 9,297 and Nairobi at Sh8,916. Service seekers in Turkana pay Sh6791, while Uasin Gishu and Wajir pay Sh6744 and Sh6235 respectively. Further analysis by County indicates that, Wajir County (90 percent) recorded the highest proportion of service seekers who paid bribes to obtain government services followed by Meru (88.5 percent), Trans Nzoia (83.3 percent) and Kajiado (81.5 percent).

 

 


The reasons cited for paying the  bribes were thaat that in Marsabit, Tharaka Nithi, Embu and Kitui Counties, all service seekers paid because it was the only way they could access a service. Those who paid to hasten up the service were largely in Garissa (48.8 percent), Isiolo (42.4 percent), Elgeyo Marakwet (41.9 percent), Kajiado (40.7 percent) and Siaya (39.7 percent) counties respectively as shown in Table 2. In Narok (54 percent), Busia (41.8 percent), Laikipia (36.6 percent), Kisumu (32.9 percent) and Kericho (28.1 percent) respondents indicated that they paid because it is expected. Seeking a driving license ranked highest with 8.66 times in terms of bribe payment followed by pension follow-up (2.26), application for college admission (2.19) and collection of a building and construction certificate (2.11). Turkana County presented the highest average times a bribe is paid at 5.53 times followed by Mandera (3.39), Murang’a (2.79) and Uasin Gishu (2.19). Kirinyaga County recorded the lowest average of 0.88 times followed by Nandi County (0.96). - The Standard

 

 

FRANCIS NJOROGE IS IN LONDON

Mr. Francis Njoroge Joram is in UK for a few days. Mr. Njoroge arrived in London last week. Originally from

Limuru, Kenya he now resides in Nakuru, Kenya. Seen above touring London on Monday 01st October, 2018. His contact in UK is 07448075604.

 

 

Kenya meets IMF terms after legal changes


Treasury secretary Henry Rotich

 
Kenya’s compliance with conditions of the International Monetary Fund has improved with the recent legal enactments, even after a fallout with the fund. Kenya met at least eight of the conditions specified in the March 2018 IMF staff report, but was only partially in compliance for several others while information is lacking on the status of some such as modernisation of the monetary policy framework. Among the conditions that have so far been met include effecting fiscal consolidation through austerity implemented via a supplementary budget, and increase of tax revenues. This included widening the tax base by introducing new measures to remove value added tax exemptions and meeting the fiscal deficit target for the 2017/18 fiscal year. Parliament passed new tax measures that are expected to reduce the deficit and cut reliance on debt by raising more revenue for the exchequer. While it cut VAT on fuel to eight per cent instead of applying the standard 16 per cent, it introduced several other measures that effectively counteracted the effect of the lower VAT on fuel. Analysts said the Treasury was in a better position to negotiate with the IMF for a new precautionary facility after the old one expired on September 14. “We are of the view that the austerity measures will give the Treasury ammunition to renegotiate a new precautionary facility with the IMF following the expiry of the 9.8 million Stand-By Arrangement,” said Genghis Capital, an investment bank. The Central Bank of Kenya’s (CBK) official foreign exchange reserves are also above the target of 4.5 months of import cover agreed on with the fund. As of September 25, the CBK held official reserves to the tune of 5.6 months of import cover. “One of the reasons for obtaining the IMF facility was to have a fall-back position in terms of foreign exchange reserves that Kenya can resort to if need be. “Now we have enough forex reserves. That shilling’s value is okay. On the rate cap, it couldn’t be removed because that would make credit expensive,” said Susan Makena, a research analyst at Sterling Capital. Kenya is, however, yet to comply with enacting a new Income Tax Act, which further reduces the exemptions and thereby widens the tax base — a revenue raising strategy that is intended to also cut reliance on debt financing in the Budget. - Daily Nation.

 

 

Senator Ole Kina points finger at opponents of Mau evictions

 

 

 

This life ........

In 1981 a white American girl named Catherine Donnelly gained admission to Princeton University, which was predominantly white and got the shock of her life on her first day at school.

Her new roommate would be a tall lanky black American girl named LaVaugn Michelle Robinson from Chicago.

She picked the phone and called her mother immediately.

She’s what?” Alice Brown asked, the tone of her voice hovering somewhere between anxiety and outright panic. Her knuckles turned white as she gripped the phone. She called Catherine's grandmother and together they drove to Princeton to protest "the calamity" but unfortunately no alternative room was available, so "poor" Catherine had to bear the indignity.

So it was that 17 year old LaVaugn bore the brunt of discrimination and attitude of her two white roommates who moved out as soon as a new room could be found. Thereafter LaVaugn had a whole room to herself because she was black. It had degenerated so badly that when she encountered Catherine on the way, Catherine would turn her face away.

LaVaugn was to describe these years in her later life as scary. In fact, LaVaugn moved on from Princeton to read law at Harvard. She graduated, met a young man and got married.

In 2009, when Barak Obama became 44th President of the United States and the first black American to attain that height, his wife Michelle LaVaughn Obama became the first African-American First Lady.

Now I know you may be wondering what later became of Catherine Donnelly ? I honestly didn't see or read that part of the story and I am pained but I sure know she hasn't become the wife of a United States president and that is how she lost the opportunity to a business card that reads " FRIEND OF THE FIRST LADY OF USA OR WIFE OF THE PRESIDENT ".

 

Well the moral of this story is profound........

 

 

 

Bear market eats into stockbrokers’ profits


Stockbrokers and investment banks’ half-year profits dipped by 36.6 per cent, saddled by increasing administrative costs and depressed activity at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), latest market data shows. Key players such as Dyer & Blair Investment Bank, African Alliance, Faida Investment Bank, Kingdom Securities, Old Mutual Securities Limited, Apex Africa Capital, ABC Capital and NIC Capital all reported losses, signalling the tough times the sector has been undergoing since the year began. Financial reports show that nine of the 21 market intermediaries that have published their results posted losses while two returned a fall in profits, pulling down the cumulative net profit by Sh37.14 million to Sh64.33 million. Renaissance Capital’s net earnings dipped 54.8 per cent to Sh77 million as those of Standard Investment Bank fell 16.2 per cent to Sh5.1 million. Capital Markets Authority (CMA) director of policy and strategy Luke Ombara told the Business Daily that the results reflected the heavy reliance by stockbrokers and investment banks on buying and selling shares at a commission, a position that exposes them to seesawing returns with the fortunes of the NSE. "We are asking them to do more than just agency. Instead of relying on commissions they should explore other options that the scope of their licences provides," said Mr Ombara. "The licences are sub-optimally used. If you look at the licensing regulations, they are doing like a fifth of the potential." Market data shows that the stockbrokers’ performance was the victim of depressed activity at the Nairobi bourse, especially in the second quarter of the year. - businessdailyafrica.com

 

 

 

Cosmas Korir: I Will Share The

Sh208million Jackpot With My Friends


When Cosmas Korir received a strange call, he was hesitant to pick as he was on his way home. Little did he know that the person on the line would make a big announcement that will forever change his life. Korir a cash crop director at West Pokot County who had previously entered a bet for seven games with sportpesa betting firm would later come to terms with news that he is the new millionaire in town. He was announced as the Sh208, 733,619 mega jackpot winner. The jackpot winner vied for a parliamentary seat in Konoin constituency in Bomet County through Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) ticket and lost. Had he won the seat, he would have been earning an approximate salary of Sh700, 000 per month. Now his interest in betting has made him a millionaire. Korir who spoke on Sunday on phone to SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri revealed that his previous major win with the betting company has been Sh990 after using Sh100. Speaking on Monday at his office where his colleagues paid him a visit, Korir narrated how he had cooperated with his friends to decide on the teams that they will place their bets on. “We were three of us and as usual we sat down and strategized on the teams we should bet our money on. My friends did not have money, so I shared with them Sh200 so that they could bet on five teams each while I decided to bet on seven teams,” he said on a video circulating on the internet. He added: “After placing our bets, we went on with our businesses.

On Sunday, a strange number kept calling as I drove prompting me to answer and challenge the caller to wait until I arrive at my destination. “The caller on the line announced to me that I was the mega jackpot winner. I stopped my car to digest the information I had been given. Initially as we placed our bets, we promised each other to share the price money. I will still do the same to my friends who assisted me in selection of teams,” he said. Social media was awash with congratulatory messages for the middle aged man whose fortune had changed after betting with Sh100. On his facebook wall, where he is known as Korinyang Kipngetich Korir, he wrote: “God works in mysterious ways. God saw it fit to add value to me. God is good all the time and all the time God is good. (Jeremiah 17:7),” read his post. Titus Suter on Facebook wrote: “I am sure politics is now irrelevant for him. Unless otherwise! Unless he’s interested in power and serving the people, I always believe you don’t have to be elected to a political office to make a difference,” he said. His win comes at a time that the government has implimented 15 percent tax on betting, lotteries and price competitions. Cher Ben another Facebook user said “The amount will be taxed and reduced by the state.” Shazzie Too added “Korinyang Kipngetich Korir utatulipia tu hii Deni tunadaiwa upunguze, 208M ni mingi (You will assist us in paying the current public debt. Sh208 million is a lot), she told him.– standardmedia.co.ke

 

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Good Life Sacco set to be wound up


Commissioner of Co-operatives Mary Mungai 


Good Life Sacco Society Ltd founded by Obadiah Maina will be liquidated after an audit by the Co-operatives ministry found it had breached all regulations on handling member funds. Commissioner of Co-operatives Mary Mungai said the sacco’s licence had been cancelled and invited former members to file claims within the next 30 days with the appointed liquidators, Johnson Njoroge and Gerald Mwai. The liquidators were further directed to take possession of all assets belonging to the society, books and other documents with a view to winding up its operations within the next one year. “I cancel the registration and order that it be liquidated. Any person, aggrieved may within thirty (30) days of publication in the Kenya Gazette appeal to the Cabinet Secretary against this order,” she said. The savings society had collected more than Sh1 billion and had opened branches in Eldoret, Nairobi, Thika, Nyeri, Nakuru and Nyahururu. Mr Maina had earlier claimed that panic withdrawals triggered cash flow problems at the sacco. - businessdailyafrica.com

 

Former model accuses Ronaldo of rape, he calls it 'fake news'

 

 

 

 

 

Mali national arrested with Sh1bn

fake notes in Westlands raid


A Mali national was on Monday arrested in Nairobi with Sh1 billion fake notes in dollar and Euro currencies. The suspect was nabbed in a raid by homicide detectives at a house on Brookside Drive, Westlands. Detectives said the fake money was in heaps of the said currencies. They added that the arrest was part of an ongoing operation to weed out illegal immigrants. An officer leading the investigation said they acted on a tip-off by members of the public. He said they believe the suspect in their custody is the money launders' kingpin. Kenyan victims of the con game were advised to report to the nearest DCI to lodge their complaints. - The Star

 

 

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Kenya Revenue Authority targets

M-Pesa to raise additional income


The taxman wants to get and additional half a million taxpayers to raise Sh60 billion by targeting mobile phone data and professional bodies. The government will try to match data from bank accounts with professions including doctors, real estate developers and suppliers to ensure that everybody pays their fair share of taxes. Only 4 million people are paying taxes in a country with 18 million voters and if the government ensured that KRA’s mandate is expanded they be able to collect more. “This approach, commonly internally referred to as Data Driven Compliance is meant not only to help us optimise our compliance and audit interventions but in addition to assure objectivity in our engagement with taxpayers,” Commissioner General John Njiraini. Mr Njiraini also said the new framework offers an avenue for speedy dispute resolution. - The Standard

 

 

 

A wonderful article worth reading

 

Just 17 years ago, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they were bankrupt. This will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years - and most people in those industries don't see it coming.

It will happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. Software disrupting 90% of traditional industries within 5-10 years. It is amazing to think that Uber is just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world. Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don't own any properties.

In the US, young lawyers can’t get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. Watson already helps nurses diagnose cancer, 4 time more accurate than human nurses. Facebook has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

In 2019 the first self-driving cars will appear. By 2022 most of us won’t own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up and drive you to your destination. Our kids will never get a driver's licence and will never own a car.

Cities will have 90-95% less cars, parking space can become parks. We now have one car accident every 60,000 miles, autonomous driving will drop that to 6 million miles and save a million lives each year. Many car companies could become bankrupt. Without accidents, insurance will become 100 times cheaper, the car insurance business model will disappear. Real estate will change, because working while you commute will enable people to live better further away.

Cities will be less noisy because cars will be electric. Electricity will be incredibly cheap and clean: Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than new fossil installations. The price for solar will drop so much that coal companies will be out of business by 2025.

With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as they need, for nearly no cost.

One of the major beneficiaries will be health: There will be companies who will build a medical device called the "Tricorder", that works with your phone, taking your retina scan, your blood sample and when you breathe into it. it analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medicine, nearly for free.

The future is already here.

 

 

Jacque Maribe to remain

in custody for 10 more days


TV Journalist Jacque Maribe will spend more days in police cells, a Kiambu Court has ruled. Kiambu Principal Magistrate Justus Kituku on Monday morning ruled that Maribe should spend 10 more days in police cells as investigations in the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani continue. “Am convinced that compelling reasons do exist to warrant retention in custody. So in the interest of justice I have granted prosecution 10 days to detain the suspect at Gigiri Police Station,” the Magistrate said. She appeared before the Magistrate at 9am as the state prosecution requested to extend her lock-up as they investigate the murder.  Her fiancé Joseph Kuria Irungu was arrested and is also being detained in relation to the murder of Monica Kimani. Maribe was arrested on Saturday and taken to Gigiri Police Station where she has been before being arraigned in court. Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti called for her arrest as she was being linked to the murder. Police seized Maribe’s car on the same day her fiancé Joseph Irungu aka Jowie was arrested. It is suspected that Jowie used Maribe’s vehicle to go to Monica’s apartment in Kilimani on the day of the murder. - Daily Nation. -

 

 

Theresa May is pledging to stop high street restaurant chains deducting

money from tips given by customers to waiters and bar staff

 

Uhuru, Prince William discuss

wildlife conservation


Britain's Prince William (R) talks to Kenya's Defence Cabinet Secretary Rachael Omamo as British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, looks on during his visit to the 1st Battalion, the Irish Guards Battle group, training under the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK), in his role as Colonel of the Regiment in Laikipia, on September 30, 2018.


President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday held talks with Prince William Arthur, the Duke of Cambridge, who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi. Their one-on-one meeting mainly focused on wildlife conservation. The Duke of Cambridge, who was accompanied by the British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, briefed President Kenyatta on the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference that will be held in London on October 11 and 12. Prince William’s meeting with President Kenyatta concludes a seven-day tour of Africa that saw him visit Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya. The prince is the patron of the Royal African Society, a long-standing institution dedicated to promoting Africa in the UK. He is also the president of United for Wildlife, an organisation which fights illegal trade in wildlife, as well as the patron of Tusk, a UK-base charity organisation which promotes wildlife conservation in Africa. The deaths of elephants, rhinos and other animals have been a blow to Kenya's tourism industry, which is one of the highest earners. Poaching remains a big threat though the government has taken steps such as the use of sniffer and tracker dogs and the heavy punishment of offenders. In March, Kenya boosted its war on ivory trade by signing a petition for the European Union (EU) to ban ivory trade and close markets. Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko signed the petition on behalf of President Uhuru Kenyatta at a ceremony held in Kasane, Botswana. Kenya joined 32 African countries that signed the petition. - Daily Nation.

 


Kenya’s real GDP expands 6.3pc

in second quarter up from 4.7pc


Kenya’s real GDP expands 6.3pc in second quarter up from 4.7pc in same period last year after calm returns The Kenyan economy expanded by an estimated 6.3 per cent in the first six months of 2018 signalling hope for more jobs, even as the cost of living spiked in September after the Treasury slapped value-added tax (VAT) on fuel. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) data released on Friday show a rebound in the agriculture sector and a stable macroeconomic environment in the first half of the year helped lift the economy as the knocks of last year’s prolonged electioneering and drought faded away. “The country’s real gross domestic product is estimated to have expanded by 6.3 per cent in the second quarter of 2018 compared to 4.7 per cent during a similar quarter in 2017,” said the KNBS in a statement. “The growth was against a backdrop of a fairly stable macroeconomic environment and favourable weather conditions.” The KNBS said during the period, the country experienced heavy rains that “impacted positively on most of the agricultural and generation of hydroelectricity activities”. “Activities of agriculture, and electricity and water supply recorded significant improvements to grow by 5.6 per cent and 8.6 per cent compared to growths of 0.8 per cent and 6 per cent, respectively during the second quarter of 2017,” said the KNBS.

This came as Kenya’s inflation climbed steeply in September compared to the previous month due to higher fuel and transport prices. The rate rose to 5.7 per cent, from 4.04 per cent in August, the agency said, representing a 12-month high. “During the review period (between August and September 2018), the transport index increased by 7.99 per cent compared to the previous month and 17.29 per cent compared to the same month in 2017,” the KNBS said. “This was mainly on account of increase in the pump prices of petrol and diesel which triggered an increase in prices of other transport components.” Kerosene recorded the steepest price rise of 27.2 per cent to Sh109.25 a litre, followed by matatu fares, which rose 7.9 per cent to Sh449.77 on average. At 5.7 per cent, the September inflation is within the Central Bank of Kenya preferred range of between 2.5 per cent and 7.5 per cent. President Uhuru Kenyatta on September 21 signed into law the Finance Act 2018, which comes with several new consumer taxes and levies including the eight per cent VAT on fuel products aimed at growing government revenue and reducing the budget deficit as demanded by the International Monetary Fund. The rebound in economic growth is expected to give some relief to the Kenya Revenue Authority, which has struggled to meet revenue targets due to a softer economy, which expanded at the slowest pace in five years in 2017. - Sunday Nation.

 

State agencies have waived penalties on overstayed cargo and ordered owners to evacuate their

freight within t wo weeks as authorities fight to clear congestion at the port and inland depots.

 

Sir Isaac Newton predicted the world will end in 2060


Sir Isaac Newton predicted the world will end in 2060 in newly discovered writings unearthed by academics. The renowned scientist, who discovered gravity, wrote about a second coming of Christ in just over four decades time- marking an end to life as we know it. Born in 1643, Newton was considered an insightful theologian who had a life-long interest in the existence of God and religion. He based a lot of his religious writings on his extensive readings of the Bible.

 

 

 

     
More than 400 people killed after

earthquake triggers tsunami in Indonesia


More than 400 people have been killed after an earthquake and tsunami struck Indonesia. The figure comes from one city - Palu - where hundreds of people are injured and thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed, a spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency confirmed. At least 540 people were badly injured and 10,000 people are estimated to be in shelters across the city, he added. Waves up to six metres (20ft) high swept onto the island of Sulawesi after the magnitude 7.5 quake brought down several buildings and sent people fleeing from their homes when it struck at a depth of six miles (10km) just before 11am GMT - early evening in Indonesia on Friday. The number of people who have died is expected to rise sharply on Sunday as news arrives from remote areas. About 60 people are trapped in the rubble of Palu's Roa-Roa Hotel, which was completely flattened by the quake, killing one guest. Many of those killed were at a beach festival in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province, which was strewn with debris from collapsed buildings and pooled seawater. Hundreds who were attending the festival are unaccounted for, the national disaster agency said. Terrified locals slept outside on Saturday night, fearing powerful aftershocks would topple damaged homes.

 

 

Jacque Maribe arrested as murder probe continues


Journalist Jacqui Maribe leaves Kilimani Police Station on September

27, 2018 after being questioned over the murder of Monica Kimani.


Journalist Jacque Maribe has been arrested amid investigations into the murder of Monica Kimani, who was found dead in her apartment in Kilimani, Nairobi County, on September 20. Gigiri police boss Richard Mugwai confirmed this on Saturday night and said she was taken to the station. It is expected that Ms Maribe, a Citizen TVanchor, will remain in police custody until Monday, when police will prefer charges against her. She is being represented by lawyer Katwa Kigen. Ms Maribe was earlier questioned on the matter, to corroborate a statement by the main suspect, 28-year-old Joseph Irungu, who is her fiancé. Police say they are interested in getting more information from her on the shooting her fiancé claims occurred near their house in Lang’ata a day after Ms Kimani was killed. The journalist also took Mr Irungu to several hospitals after the alleged incident, trips which detectives are also looking into. The officers further want to establish who owns a gun and a bullet that were found in Ms Maribe's bedroom and which have since been taken for examination. Her car, a Toyota Allion, was also of interest to the detectives because Mr Irungu was driving it on Friday— the day he claims he was shot by unknown gunmen as he left the Royal Park Apartment where the journalist lives. On September 28, Ms Maribe arrived at the Kilimani Police Station shortly after 2.30pm, accompanied by lawyer Katwa Kigen and members of her family. She spent about 30 minutes at the Kilimani Directorate of Criminal Investigations offices before being escorted to the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road.

 

DETENTION
Mr Irungu will spend 10 more days in remand, a Kiambu court ordered on Wednesday. The man accused of killing the 28-year-old Ms Kimani will be held at Muthaiga Police Station to allow detectives to complete investigations. Ms Kimani, who had just arrived from South Sudan where she runs a family business, was on Thursday morning found dead in the bathtub of her apartment. Her throat had been slit. Investigations show the suspect and the deceased had communicated for long and that they even planned to meet at the airport on her arrival. Ms Kimani was buried on Friday at her parent's home in Gilgil, a ceremony at which her family and Gilgil MP Martha Wangari called for justice.- Sunday Nation.


Zambia refuses entry to PLO

Lumumba for 'security' reasons

Kenyan law professor PLO Lumumba was on Saturday prevented from entering Zambia by the country’s immigration authorities. A twitter post by Zambia’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services and Chief Government Spokesperson, Ms Dora Siliya, said Mr Lumumba was denied entry “due to security considerations". “[The government, through the] immigration [department] has denied entry into Zambia of Prof Patrick Lumumba, a Kenyan national, due to security considerations. Immigration is a security wing working with agencies within and beyond Zambia,” the minister said. Media in Zambia said Mr Lumumba was sent back by Immigration officials shortly after landing at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka. According to Lusaka Times, he “was due to deliver a public lecturer on China-Africa relations on Saturday night at Eden University". The topic was ‘Africa in the age of China influence and global geo-dynamics’. Sunday Nation could not reach the lawyer, a former director of the anti-corruption commission, for his comment on the matter. Prof Lumumba was in the team of lawyers who represented the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in the presidential election petition, which was eventually nullified. He was derided for his presentation in defence of the manner in which the IEBC conducted the elections. He also came under social media attack from supporters of the National Super Alliance. - Sunday Nation.

 

 

Families of victims of macabre

killings still cling to hope


They were all young and upwardly mobile but ended up as victims of macabre murder

 


Are you a modern woman in her mid to late 20s? Do you rub shoulders with the high and mighty and hobnob with celebrities? Do you live what looks like a flashy lifestyle? Are you active on social media? Do your updates create the impression that you have everything going for you and your life could not be in a better place? If the answers to all these questions is yes, then you fit the profile that is at highest risk of being a victim of a crime of passion if recent trends are anything to go by.

PERPETRATORS
The gruesome killings of young women such as Sharon Otieno and Monica Nyawira in the last one month suggest that these are some of the attributes that the victims of recent crimes of passion share in common.

It appears that being young and upwardly mobile could put you at high risk of falling victim of a cold-blooded murder. According to data from police, there were 2,774 homicides in 2017, a slight increase from the previous year. In the same year, 1,213 men were reported to have committed murders compared to 222 women. Out of seven reported murders, six had been committed by men, and only one by a woman. In 2014, the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey published some alarming statistics showing that 44 percent of women reported that they had experienced physical violence by men since turning 15. The worst affected were women aged between 44 to 49 years.


VICTIMS
Even before the families could come to terms with the murder, another family in Kisii has been plunged into mourning after the killing of 17-year-old Alvin Moracha. Her family believes that a jilted lover could be behind the killing of the KCSE candidate.

Others are:
1. Ms Anne Wanjohi
The 23-year-old was killed by police constable Simon Njoroge Njau in Nairobi’s city centre in September last year after she refused to marry him. She was shot five times. The officer had known her for three months.
2. Ms Endinal Nyainda
The KU graduate was killed in July 2016 by her lover inside their rented apartment at Kahawa Wendani. Maxwell Otieno is believed to have stabbed her several times in the stomach after she threatened to leave him.
3. Monica Nyawira Kimani
The 28-year-old was killed last week in Kilimani, Nairobi. A suspect, Mr Joseph Kuria Irunguhas been charged in court over the killing.
4. Sharon Otieno
The 26-year-old university student was killed earlier this month in Homa Bay. Migori Governor Okoth Obado has been charged over her death.
5. Janet Wangui
She was killed in May at City Park in a police shooting incident. Police fired 15 bullets into the car she was in with a nephew, one Bernard Chege, who survived.

CHRIS MSANDO
6. Lucy Njambi
She died in February after being forced to swallow acid that her attackers later doused her with.
7. Carol Ngumbi
She was found murdered alongside the then IEBC ICT official Chris Msando in July last year. They had been reported missing on July 28.
8. Diana Chumutai Rono
The popular musician was found dead in January 2016.
9. Careen Chepchumba
She was found dead in her apartment at Kilimani’s Santonia Court, Nairobi, on February 14, 2012. A former TV journalist, Mr Louis Otieno, has testified in her inquest.
10. Mercy Keino The 25-year-old university student died in June 2011. Her body was found dumped on Waiyaki Way, Nairobi. She had attended a party at Wasini Luxury Homes on Church Road, Westlands, about 100 metres from where her body was found. A governor has denied involvement in the case.

MARRIAGE
A closer look at the incidents of violence across different dynamics revealed some interesting trends. For instance, the rate of violence towards married women or those cohabiting with their partners was at 47 percent, meaning that nearly half of married or cohabiting women have suffered physical violence from their partners. The number of single women who experienced physical abuse was significantly lower at 31 percent. Men are often the perpetrators of violence against women. The survey states that “among ever-married women, the most commonly reported perpetrator of physical violence is the current husband or partner (57 percent) followed by the former husband/partner (24 percent)."

CAREER
In some of the recent killings of young women, among those who have been charged are men, who were sexual partners. In one case, that of Ms Sharon Otieno, detectives believe she was sexually assaulted before she was stabbed to death. Sharon was pregnant at the time she met her death. Counselling psychologist Josephine Abincha notes that the rate of violence towards women has increased as they (women) become more independent and grow in their careers. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

 

 

World’s strongest man impresses Nairobi

residents, pulls fire engine outside City Hall


Zyrunas Savickas, the World’s Strongest Man -


Zyrunas Savickas, the World’s Strongest Man is in Kenya. On Friday, September 28 he amazed Nairobi County residents by pulling a fire engine outside City Hall. In a video shared by Nairobi County Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko on his Facebook page, Savickas is seen strapping himself up – with the help of some locals ofcourse – before pulling the heavy fire engine for a few metres using only a rope tied to his waist and back. As he pulled the truck for a few metres, much to the amazement of eyeballing fans, cheers and claps could be heard in the background - a sign that the World’s Strongest Man easily impressed. He then expressed his excitement of being in Kenya and promoting athletes taking part in the sport. “I invite everybody to come tomorrow to watch Kenyan Strongest Man and we’ll have a lot of fun” said a panting Savickas. - standardmedia.co.ke -
 

 

 

JOSEPH MUNIU (BELOW RIGHT) HAS LOST HIS

BROTHER NJENGA (LEFT BELOW) IN KENYA

The late Zachary Njenga (left) brother to Joseph Muniu (far right)

 

We regret to announce the sudden death of our beloved younger brother the late Zachary Njenga Gachohi, brother to Zachary Muniu Gachohi of Grays, kihumba Gachohi, Joseph Muniu Gachohi of London, jecinta Mugure of Bedford, Monica Wambui of  Dubai, and many many more in Kenya. Brother in law to Jennifer Muniu,Monica Kihumba, Esther Muniu, Martin waweru, and many more cousins here in uk and kenya. The body will be laid to rest coming Friday at his fathers farm in Ereri, Longonot, Nakuru County. Their will be prayers meeting 6pm to 9pm Saturday 29th September 2018 and this Sunday at,  24 A Mitre Road, Stratford, E15 3JF.  A memorial is planed for Friday a venue to be confirmed. For any Financial Help ; Joseph Muniu, Barclays Bank, Sort 204422 and Account 50105236. For more information please contact Muniu ; 07950761284, Kihumba; 07474884312. May God rest his soul in eternal peace.

 

 

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Facebook hacked, 50 million accounts affected


San Francisco
Facebook announced Friday that up to 50 million accounts were breached in a security flaw exploited by hackers. The large social network said it learned this week of the attack that allowed hackers to steal "access tokens," the equivalent of digital keys that enable them to access their accounts. "It's clear that attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook's code," vice president of product management Guy Rosen said in a blog post. "We've fixed the vulnerability and informed law enforcement." Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said engineers discovered the breach on Tuesday, and patched it on Thursday night. "We don't know if any accounts were actually misused," Zuckerberg said. "This is a serious issue." As a precaution, Facebook is temporarily taking down the "view as" feature -- described as a privacy tool to let user see how their own profiles would look to other people. "We face constant attacks from people who want to take over accounts or steal information around the world," Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page. "While I'm glad we found this, fixed the vulnerability, and secured the accounts that may be at risk, the reality is we need to continue developing new tools to prevent this from happening in the first place." Facebook said it took an additional "precautionary step" of resetting access tokens for another 40 million accounts where the vulnerable feature was used. This will require those users to log back in to Facebook. "We're taking this incredibly seriously and wanted to let everyone know what's happened and the immediate action we've taken to protect people's security," Rosen said. "People's privacy and security is incredibly important , and we're sorry this happened." The breach is the latest privacy embarrassment for Facebook, wich earlier this year acknowledged that tens of millions of users had personal data hijacked by a political firm working for Donald Trump in 2016. - By AFP

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Scottish Run in Glasgow on Saturday 29th Sept. 2018

 

 

 

MARY NJONJO OF HERI HOMES COMING

TO LEEDS, COVENTRY AND DERBY


Mary Njonjo of Heri Homes comes to Leeds, Coventry and Derby over the next weekends

If you are in Leeds, please make a point of meeting Mary Njonjo at 

LEEDS ON SATURDAY 22ND SEPT. 2018
4C HAREHILLS ROAD  LS8 5PB LEEDS. On 22nd of September from 2pm till 12pm

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COVENTRY ON SATURDAY 29TH SEPT. 2018

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DERBY ON SUNDAY 30TH SEPT. 2018

On 30th of September, DERBY, be prepared and take advantage of the opportunity as she will be in derby over this day. Address to be communicated soon.

If you are a group official in this areas, please call her and she will make a point of seeing you.

Take advantage of low prices while project is still in its early stages and enjoy the capital appreciation that comes with in in less than 2 years!
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Brett Kavanaugh: Trump's Supreme

Court pick faces FBI inquiry


President Donald Trump has ordered an FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against his nominee for the US Supreme Court. A Senate committee earlier voted to approve Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the top US court. But a Republican member only backed the move on the understanding that such an inquiry would occur. As a result, a full Senate vote on Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation has been delayed for up to a week. Judge Kavanaugh, an appeal court judge, denies allegations from at least three women. On Thursday, the committee heard testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, a professor of psychology in California, who says Judge Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s. Judge Kavanaugh also testified, angrily rejecting the allegation he had ever assaulted her or anyone else. He accused Democrats of politicising the process and harming his family and good name.


What will the investigation do?
Announcing the move, President Trump said: "I've ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh's file. As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week." The inquiry will involve the FBI reopening its previously completed background check on Judge Kavanaugh. This might mean going back to old witnesses - or speaking to new ones. Friday saw Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee throw out Democrat attempts to subpoena Mark Judge, a friend of Judge Kavanaugh who Dr Ford said had witnessed the assault on her 36 years ago.


What led to this?
Friday saw the Senate Judiciary Committee split along party lines in a vote on passing the nomination to the full Senate. Democrats accused the 11 Republicans of attempting to rush the process, while Republicans countered that the 10 Democrats were using the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh in an attempt to delay - and ultimately block - the conservative judge from joining the Supreme Court. Arizona Republican Jeff Flake told the committee that he would back the motion to send Judge Kavanaugh's nomination for a full vote on the Senate floor - but would not support his confirmation in the Senate without the additional FBI inquiry.


Why is this vote so important?
The Supreme Court plays a vital role in US political life. Appointed for life, its nine members have the final say on US law. This includes highly contentious social issues, such as abortion, and challenges to government policy. Judge Kavanaugh's appointment could tilt the balance in favour of conservatives for years to come. Republicans control the Senate by a narrow 51-49 majority. Without the support of Mr Flake and one other Republican senator - and assuming all Democrats vote against - the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh cannot occur.

 

 

 

 

Burundi suspends foreign NGOs

to force compliance with new law


Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza - AFP 


Burundi has decided to suspend the activities of most foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) until they comply with a new law imposing tighter controls on their operations. Silas Ntigurirwa of the National Security Council (CNS) said most of the estimated 130 foreign NGOs in the country "were not compliant" with a January 2017 law governing their operations. "The CNS has decided to suspend all activities of these NGOs for a period of three months dating from October 1, to allow the institutions in charge of them to verify their compliance with the laws and rules in place," he said on national television late Thursday. They would only be allowed to resume operations if they conformed to the new law, which was denounced by NGOs for placing tight controls on finances, imposing administration fees and staff ethnic quotas. With Burundi experiencing foreign currency shortages due to European Union sanctions, the law ordered international charities and rights groups to keep their accounts in foreign currency at the central bank.

 

 

 

 

Brexit news latest: 'Angela Merkel out to

stop us getting good deal,' David Davis says


German Chancellor Angela Merkel is leading moves in the European Union to stop Britain being “seen to  succeed” fromBrexit, David Davis claimed today. In an exclusive interview with the Evening Standard, the former Brexit Secretary said only French president Emmanuel Macron is taking a harder line against the UK. “Other than Macron, Merkel is the most emphatic in Europe about us not being seen to succeed,” he said. Theresa May should not see Mrs Merkel as a “champion” ready to salvage a good future trade deal for the UK at the eleventh hour in the face of French opposition, Mr Davis continued. He added that the Brexit turmoil was likely to get even “tougher” for the Prime Minister. He spoke out as Mrs May prepared to head to the annual Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, where she will have to convince members to back her Chequers Brexit blueprint after it was savaged by Brussels, Right-wingers and even some centrist MPs. Mr Davis lambasted French Brexit policy as being driven by “daft” and “hysterically wrong” views on Britain. He also hit back at Mr Macron after the French president effectively branded him a liar at the Salzburg summit earlier this month, when EU leaders tore into the Chequers plan. Mr Macron said: “Brexit has shown us one thing ... it has demonstrated that those who said you can easily do without Europe, that it will all go very well ... are liars.” Mr Davis retorted: “It’s not the mark of a great man to throw insults around.”

 

We have a winner!

African Travel Centre and Kenya Airways have announced the winner.

Her name is Mrs Josephine Gaita (below)

 

 

CAUGHT IN CAPERNAUM, THE TOWN OF JESUS

Mr. Robinson Muthaka (left) was caught in the town of Jesus last year. On right is Pastor

Gabriel (far right) of South London, Elder Githinji of PCEA and Pastor Anne Kiruthi

 

 

Pain, agony as Monica Kimani is

finally buried amid calls for justice


Tears flowed freely as the late Monica Nyawira Kimani who was brutally murdered last week was laid to rest in her family's farm in Chemichemi village in Gilgil. Some relatives collapsed while others wailed uncontrollably as the body was lowered into her final resting place some minutes before 4pm. And two weeks before Monix as she was popularly known celebrated her 29th birthday, her body which was carried in white coffin was interred as her death continued to attract more questions than answers. Tens of friends and relatives who had come to bid her good bye braved the scorching sun as speaker after speaker spoke fondly of the deceased. At one time, a group of her friends who had travelled from South Sudan broke down after they were given a chance to eulogise her. This came as details emerged that the deceased once dated Joe Irungu the main suspect behind the beastly murder before they fell apart over his behaviours of dating several women. - The Standard

 

 

 

 

Taxes push up bank charges in Kenya

Kenyan banks are racing to implement the doubling of excise taxes on fees they levy on transactions following the signing into law of the Finance Bill 2018 in a move that is expected to significantly increase the cost of banking. Some of the lenders, including KCB , Sidian and Diamond Trust , have notified their customers of the decision to increase charges on all transactions beginning Tuesday this week. "In line with the Finance Act 2018, the bank has increased excise duty from 10 per cent to 20 per cent on all bank fees and commissions with effect from 25/09/2018," Sidian Bank said in a notice to its customers. KCB and DTB also sent similar notices. The tax is applicable on the fees banks charge on transactions, including bank transfers — both local and international — over-the-counter withdrawals as well as ATM and account fees. Banks earned an aggregate of Sh70.6 billion in fees and commissions last year, indicating that the National Treasury will raise at least Sh7 billion from the tax. The Treasury has also increased excise tax on mobile money transfers to 12 per cent from 10 per cent while the rate on telephone and Internet data services jumped to 15 per cent from 10 per cent. For bank customers, the higher excise duty is expected to increase the charges from a few shillings to hundreds of shillings depending on the nature and value of the transaction.


Banking services that attract fees and charges include obtaining account statements, ATM cash withdrawals and cheque clearance. Besides banks, the higher excise tax is to be charged by other financial institutions, including insurers and fund managers. This move is expected to be particularly painful for banks who have been turning to commissions and fees to boost their profits. This has resulted in a significant increase of revenue from these business lines that has helped mitigate the impact of narrower margins in the mainstay lending business. Central Bank of Kenya Governor Patrick Njoroge said during the monetary policy committee (MPC) briefing that the new tax could slow down cash inflow in the economy. Excise duty on bank charges was first implemented in August 2013 at a rate of 10 per cent with the exception of interest charges. The Treasury had at the time sought to take a piece of the Sh32.8 billion that banks earned from operational fees and commissions annually. All banks are expected to have implemented the 20 per cent excise duty, including those that are yet to communicate the same to their customers. The lenders and other affected agencies have warned that introduction of higher taxes on financial services and mobile money transfers will hurt Kenya’s efforts to promote financial inclusion. On July 1, telecoms operator Safaricom raised its mobile money transfer charges after the excise duty rose by two percentage points to 12 per cent. The cost of withdrawing sums of between Sh501 and Sh2,500 from an M-Pesa agent, for instance, went up by between Sh1 to Sh28 while withdrawing Sh2,501 to Sh3,500 now attracts a charge of Sh50 compared to the previous Sh49.

 

DIASPORA BANK ACCOUNT OPENING
Do you want to open a New Diaspora Account?


1) Co-operative Bank of Kenya
2) Equity Bank                       
3) ABC Bank                           

                   
Please contact Mr. Seed on

Tel: +44 7951220695.

 


Uhuru meets top business people from Canada


President Uhuru Kenyatta meets Canadian captains of industry in New York on Thursday, September 27, 2018. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday morning held insightful talks with top Canadian captains of industry in the US who assured him of their continued appetite to invest in Kenya. The over 25 business executives, including the most recent investor David Kay whose Tenor Capital company has invested US$ 300 million in the renewable energy, expressed their desire to partner with the government in achieving the President's Big Four agenda. Speaking on behalf of the Canadian investors, Fairfax Africa Holdings Corporation CEO, Michael Wilkerson, said they have already updated themselves of what entails the ‘Big 4’ agenda that informed their desire to partner in realizing the transformative vision. Already 150 Canadian companies are operating in Kenya and many more are lining up to take advantage of the potential offered under the Big 4 pillars of manufacturing, affordable housing, universal health care, food security and nutrition. "I know your Big 4 agenda and as I look at it, there are many opportunities beneficial to both Kenya and Canada. On the Canadian side we are very excited and as you know we are world leaders when it comes to renewable energy, engineering, technology, space industry, value addition to agricultural produce and the blue economy," Wilkerson said.


 

CAREFUL IF YOU HAVE A KENYAN PASSPORT

IN THE DIASPORA WITHOUT AN ID


Be careful if you are in the Diaspora with a Kenyan Passport and you don't have a Kenyan Identity Card. If your passport happens to expire, you have nothing to travel back home. You might be stranded abroad. This is because you need to have an Kenyan ID in order for you to renew or get a new passport. I would advise you to travel home while the passport is still valid and pick up an ID before you get stuck. More later.

 

Ride-hailing firm Uber is paying 8m (£113m) to settle legal action over

a cyber-attack that exposed data from 57 million customers and drivers.

 

 

BONFACE AND JOYCE WEDDING IN KENYA

Boniface and Joyce of Revival House London wedding took place in Kenya on Saturday 19th August, 2018. The colourful wedding took place at a Coffee Farm along Kiambu Road. The venue was one of the best I have ever attended. It was next to a dam where the ceremony took place. The reception took place in a beautiful marquee next to the dam. The wedding was officiated by Rev. Anataka Mugenyi assisted by Pastor Bonface Mbugua of Revival House London and Pastor Muhoro.

 

The wedding colours was matching with the carpet

 

 

David Beckham was cleared of speeding after using the services of a lawyer called "Mr Loophole", The Sun says...

 

 

 


CBK warns banks of stiff

sanctions if found aiding graft

Commercial banks found to be handling graft proceeds will face stiff sanctions, Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor Patrick Njoroge warned on Thursday. Dr Njoroge, who addressed bankers at a banking forum organized by sector lobby Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) in Nairobi, said that the regulator is ready to crack the whip again on any rogue bank which helps ship out money from public institutions illegally obtained from graft. “Two weeks ago we informed the Kenyan people of the action we took against some your institutions because of non-compliance with integrity laws. Make no mistake, it was not easy, we considered all the possible negative outcomes from those actions,” said Dr Njoroge at the 7th Annual Research Conference by the KBA. “But we will not hesitate to do it again in under similar circumstances. Banks must steer away from being used conduits for of ill-gotten funds,” he added. He said local bank heads owe a duty of care to the public not to abet or aid graft in public institutions. “The Kenyan people including “Wanjiku” (ordinary Kenyan) demand that, from all of us, and will take us very unkindly if we look the other way,” Dr Njoroge said. Mid this month the CBK fined five commercial banks a total of Sh392.5 million in connection with the theft of funds at the National Youth Service (NYS). Those penalised are KCB Group KCB • 40.50 0.61% (Sh149.5 million), Equity Bank EQTY • 40.00 (Sh89.5 million), Standard Chartered Bank-Kenya SCBK1883.59% (ShSh77.5 million), Diamond Trust Bank DTK • 175 2.34% (Sh56 million) and Co-operative Bank of Kenya COOP • 15.15 1.00% (Sh20 million).


A day later, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji said that implicated chief executives and employees of the banks who helped ship out billions of shillings from the NYS will be arrested and prosecuted. The law requires all financial institutions including banks, insurance companies and Saccos to file with the Financial Reporting Centre (FRC) daily reports on transactions above Sh1 million and those deemed suspect. Bank executives and persons who are convicted for handling illicit cash face a Sh1 million fine and a three-year jail term, while institutions including banks, credit unions facilitating such deals could be fined up to Sh20 million upon conviction. Banks could also lose their licences. The two day KBA event, themed “Credit Market Dynamics in an Evolving Regulatory and Market Participants’ Environment”, has brought together banking experts and stakeholders to assess ways in which the financial system can “promote efficient credit allocation to the economy.” “This forum brings together a rich mix of thought leaders from both the public and private sectors to explore challenges in the financial sector with a view to explore what works and what doesn’t,” said KBA CEO Habil Olaka. - businessdailyafrica.com

 

 

 

 


Why crickets may soon jump onto your dining table

It used to be that two sorts of people in this part of western Kenya ate crickets: the hungry, and singers who believed consuming the chirping insects would improve their voice. Times have changed. In recent years the business of rearing insects for human consumption - known as entomophagy - has begun to take off in Kenya. That’s in part because there is more interest in alternative, sustainable sources of protein as climate change, population growth, and intensive farming and grazing increase pressure on land and water, according to experts at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe), a Kenyan-based research body. Former motorbike taxi driver Rogers Oduli used to be sceptic about the six-legged food. Now he works at one of the largest bug farms in Kisumu, the region’s main city. “These are the pinheads,” he said, lifting the lid on a plastic box of baby crickets to show hundreds of black dots bouncing around on green leaves.“We give them kale, for vitamins,” he said. Like many his age, 26-year-old Oduli once regarded insects as inedible, and believed eating them was a tradition that had died out with his grandparents. No longer. After two weeks on the job, he sampled the crickets - which are sold dried and whole in bags, or ground up and used in breads and sweets at the farm shop - and was converted. “They taste sweet to me, and they’re nice because they’re high in protein and make me feel good,” he said. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates at least two billion people worldwide eat more than 1,900 species of insects. Beetles, caterpillars, bees, wasps, ants, grasshoppers, locusts and crickets are the most popular. - businessdailyafrica.com

 

Anti-terror crackdown in Nanyuki town

ahead of Prince William visit


The Northern Gate at the BATUK Nyati Camp in the outskirts of Nanyuki Town. Britain's

Prince William is expected to visit British soldiers at the camp on Sunday September 30.


Nanyuki is the focus of a war on terror, as detectives rounded-up suspects ahead of a visit on Sunday by Britain's Prince William to British forces based in the town. The crackdown has targeted a number of suspects, including radicalised youth. Already, police have raided a little known mosque on the outskirts of Nanyuki Town and arrested 40 worshippers who were allegedly being inducted into radical Islamic teachings. They were taken to Nanyuki Police Station for questioning, after which 29 were released and 11, including an Imam, were detained on suspicion of having links to terror group Al-Shabaab.

ATPU
They have since been handed over to the regional offices of the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) in neighbouring Isiolo County. Those released were aged below 18 and were from outside Laikipia County. The arrest at Kabiru Mosque, which neighbours three army barracks, could be a pointer that Islamic preachers are targeting Nanyuki town for radicalisation of youth. Laikipia East police boss Mutoro Kizito, who led the raid at the mosque, said security officers were "on top of things". He added: "Radical Islamic preachers might be thinking that security officers are engrossed in tackling cattle rustlers and invaders of private ranchers. But anyone who sets his foot here to engage in crime will be arrested and prosecuted". Mr Kizito urged residents to be on the lookout for suspicious people and activities.

SHABAAB SYMPATHISERS
He maintained that those arrested were Al-Shabaab sympathisers. “What was the purpose of setting up a camp here in the name of converting people to Islam and teaching Madrassa to children while there are mosques in the counties these suspects come from?” he asked. The arrests bring to 15 the number of people held by police in the past two months in Nanyuki Town on suspicion of having links to terrorists. One of the suspects who gave his name as Isaack Ngugi Nyerere was apprehended outside Nanyuki’s Mandera Shopping Complex while preaching in the streets. He did not have identification documents and claimed to have come from Kitui County. A month earlier, another suspect was arrested as he tried to recruit a woman. The suspect is from Tana River County and has a brother working for the British Army Training Unit (Batuk) in Kenya. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

Apostle Gabrielle Febe Death Announcement


Following the death of Apostle Gabrielle Febe in Israel last week, friends are meeting on Friday 28th September 2018 at 91 lsandula Road Basford Nottingham NG7 7ER from 6pm - 8pm..For financial support to offset the Bill left behind of 60.000 Dollars  kindly use the account below . Grace Kamau, NatWest 36846376, Sort code 560061 Please put Gabrielle as the reference.. Come all let us Minister to her even as she ministered to is all. God bless you. There will be a memorial service too in her remembrance. Some of her friends have flown to Israel for her burial on Thursday 27th September, 2018.

 

 

BURIAL OF THE LATE AGNES SUSAN NYAMBURA KARIUKI

IN LONDON IS ON FRIDAY 28TH SEPTMBER 2018

Ms. Agnes Susan Nyambura Kariuki


It is with deep sadness that we humbly announce the promotion to Glory of Ms. Agnes Susan Nyambura Kariuki, also known by many as Auntie Susan or Tata. She was sister to the late Andy Njogu, the late Cyril Kigo, the late Dorothy Kabura, the late Nelson Njoroge. She was Mother to Richard Nyaga of Canada, Catherine Kamau, Jane wairimu Kamau also of Canada, Tabitha Mukami Kibochi, Susan Nyambura Wachira, Late Lucy Wambui Kamau and James Macharia Kamau of Kenya and Cucu to Njoki Muchiri and Wambugu Wachira of UK. She has numerous nieces, nephews, grand children and great grand children. She hailed from Muranga County, Kahuhia in central province. She has been living in London , United Kingdom since 1974 at Highbury and Islington. Susan worked at Kenya high commission and Kenya tourist office for many years. Before she retired a few years ago she worked at The highgate nursing home. Tata was known as a hard worker, with strong work ethics that is a strong legacy that she has bestowed on everyone she met. Ms. Kariuki went to be with the Lord on 13/09/2018 after a long illness. For any further information, prayers and financial support please contact: Richard Nyaga on +447917016647 in UK, +19059202741 in Canada, +254799459336, Email address is . Natwest Bank, Account number 66985005, Sort code 504237. Or Mama Dee on 07904980625. Thank you all for your prayers and support


UPDATE AS OF 26 SEPT 2018
The Funeral will take place on 28 Sept 2018 at Sebert Road, Manor Park Cemetery, E7 0NP at 2:45 pm. The cortege will leave her residence at 1:45 pm for church service and burial. (Those coming to the residence, please be here by 1:30pm). There will be a reception thereafter at St. Matthew PCEA UK Church, Dyson Road Stratford E15 4JX at 5:00 pm. All are welcome.

 

Uhuru to leave Kenyans with

Sh7trn debt at end of his term


President Uhuru Kenyatta will accumulate nearly Sh2.13 trillion more in public debt by the time his final term ends in August 2022, Treasury projections show, signaling increased pressure on taxpayers’ funds. Treasury chiefs project in draft Budget Review and Outlook Paper that total debt will jump to nearly Sh7.17 trillion in the year ending June 2022, from nearly Sh5.04 trillion this June. If that comes to pass, Mr Kenyatta will have contracted at least Sh5.27 trillion debt to implement his manifesto in 10 years in power after he inherited slightly more than Sh1.89 trillion in June 2013. The Jubilee administration has ramped up spending since 2013 to build much-needed new roads, a modern railway, bridges and electricity plants, driving up borrowing to plug the budget deficit. The increased debt has seen Kenya commit more than half of taxes to paying loans, leaving little cash for building roads, affordable housing and revamping of the ailing health sector. Public debt stood at Sh5.04 trillion in June 2018, up from Sh4.41 trillion in June 2017, Sh3.62 trillion in June 2016, Sh2.83 trillion in June 2015, Sh2.37 trillion in June 2014 and Sh1.89 trillion in June 2013. Mr Jibran Qureishi, the regional economist for Stanbic Bank, said growth in public debt has partly been driven by over-budgeting leading to ambitious tax targets, which have largely been missed.


The ambitious tax targets, he added, have increased the government’s appetite to continue spending without corresponding impact on economic growth. “When you do that (have ambitious revenue targets) from the beginning, you feel like you have enough room for maneuver when it comes to expenditure, but reality is you are not going to achieve that tax number,” Mr Qureishi said. The growth in Kenya’s debt has raised concerns the ballooning repayment costs are hurting economic activities by taking up a large chunk of government revenue. Treasury secretary Henry Rotich plans to spend Sh870.5 billion on debt repayments this year ending June next year from a Sh435.7 billion for the year ended June 2018 against expected taxes of Sh1.76 trillion. Kenya’s access to cheaper international loans from multilateral lenders has reduced after the economy upgraded to lower middle-income economy in September 2014. This has seen the country resort to expensive short-term loans from international lenders. For the period to June 2018, foreign commercial banks accounted for 37.85 per cent (Sh968.9 billion) of the Sh2.56 trillion external debt. “The emerging concern is that the government’s appetite for borrowing seems unlikely to wane any time soon and this could eventually push debt towards unsustainable levels,” the parliamentary Budget Office says in its budget watch report released last month. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

 

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Mobile operators in UK could soon be forced to reduce monthly bills

for customers who have finished paying for their handset.

 

 

 

 

Actor Bill Cosby jailed for up

to 10 years for sexual assault


Television actor Bill Cosby has been jailed for up to a decade for sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.
Judge Steven O'Neill sentenced the 81-year-old comedian to three to 10 years behind bars and fined him ,000 (£19,000) in a Pennsylvania courtroom. He told Cosby, who is the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison, that he was not entitled to bail while he appeals his conviction. Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of five to 10 years in jail. Cosby's defence lawyers asked for house arrest. The former Cosby Show star, who was known to millions as 'America's Dad', was convicted in April of drugging and molesting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home 14 years ago. More than 60 women have made similar allegations. The comedian did not make a statement in court. He sat back in his chair, with his head on the headrest as the sentence was read. "It is time for justice. Mr Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come," Judge O'Neill said. He quoted from Ms Constand's own statement to the court, in which she said Cosby took her "beautiful, young spirit and crushed it". The punishment came at the end of a two-day hearing at which the judge declared Cosby a "sexually violent predator" and will have to have monthly counselling for the rest of his life. It also means that neighbours and schools will be notified of his whereabouts.

 

 

WORD OF TODAY

Psalm 73:2

Patience, love, and encouragement
We read in Psalm 73:2: "But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold." If you’d met the person who wrote some of the psalms, you’d probably have thought he hadn’t a care in the world. But you’d have been wrong: ‘I came so close to the edge of the cliff! My feet were slipping and I was almost gone.’ Then at the end of the psalm he does a one-eighty, and writes, ‘My health may fail, and my spirit grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever’ (v. 26 NLT). Despite his problems, he chose to speak words of courage. When you have an opportunity to encourage someone, do it. You never know what a person is going through - that’s true whether they live in a mansion or a mud hut. Here’s an important principle to keep in mind: people tend to become what the most important people in their lives think of them! So, think the best, believe the best, and express the best towards them. You say, ‘But they need to stop making the same stupid mistakes!’ Change happens by inches, not miles. Even when it seems simple, it’s rarely easy. The only way we can break old habits is to form new ones, and that takes time and practice - lots of it. You can’t tell people something once and expect them to get it; they need to hear it over and over before they can make the adjustment. And how you tell them can determine whether they freeze in fear or soar above the obstacles. Be persistent. Never give up trying to help them improve. Acknowledge every step of progress they make. The way to get lasting results is through patience, love, and encouragement.

Our guest singer today is East Africa Gospel Songs -

 

A whale spotted in River Thames


A rare beluga whale which has been spotted in the River Thames could be "in trouble," marine wildlife experts have said.  Ecologist Dave Andrews first shared video footage of the sea mammal on social media, which he said was swimming in the river off Coalhouse Fort, Essex. He said: "Can't believe I'm writing this, no joke - BELUGA in the Thames off Coalhouse Fort." Mr Andrews added that the beluga had been feeding around barges on the river for around an hour and had not moved more than 200m in either direction on the river. Beluga whales, also called white whales, are typically spotted off the coast of Scotland, as this is closest to their native waters.

 

The benefits SGR completely outweighs the phobia of loans


In August I commuted by SGR from Nairobi to Mombasa.  It's a one track rail line, but the 5 hours journey was so comfortable you won't realise when you arrive. The train has a dining area with a canteen where you can buy snacks and refreshments of your choice.  In the middle of the trip, you are guaranteed a free hot or  cold drink.  You don’t find these facilities in a London’s Central line (1st world). I didn't notice the noise you would experience in a central or District line in London. Syokimau (Nairobi) or Mombasa stations are like London's Stratford Station - no difference  - it's that posh. The number of travellers waiting in the stations is a good indication of the gem the government has invested in.  They rage into thousands, you would think it’s Manchester United crowd at Old Trafford. SGR has transformed Kenya.  Wait until it reaches Naivasha and clearance of goods at Mombasa Port will be instant.  The benefits completely outweighs the phobia of loans, the latter of which is repayable anyway.

 

Central Bank of Kenya  warns of expected rise in inflation, retains lending rates at 9 percent

 

 

Police question Jacque Maribe's fiance

over gruesome murder of Monica Kimani


The fiancé of TV journalist Jacque Maribe, Joseph Kuria Irungu, popularly known as Jowie, has been arrested in connection with the murder of Ms Monica Kimani in Kilimani. He was arrested as police could not corroborate his claim of being shot in the shoulder at Langata which he reported at Lang'ata Police Station. 28-year-old Monica Kimani was found dead in the apartment the same day she got back from South Sudan. Her brother found her lifeless body in the bath tub with her throat slit. Irungu had reported the incident at Langata Police Station on September 21, stating he had been attacked and shot on the left side of the chest. He told police he had arrived at the Royal Park Estate last week on Friday morning to drop off the journalist when he noticed three men standing at the entrance. He had earlier on picked Maribe from a a nightspot in Kilimani and driven her to her residence. After arriving at the house, the man drove back to the gate to check what was happening with the strangers hanging around. Irungu told police when he tried to establish what their mission was, one of them shot him on the left side of his chest. The bullet exited at  the back and the attackers escaped on a motorbike. Irungu is apparently a licensed gun holder but it is not clear if he was armed then. He then went back to the house and told the woman what had happened. The woman told police she drove him to Nairobi West Hospital where he was attended to and left to go home. Irungu was driven back to Langata Hospital where he was admitted on Friday afternoon until Monday evening when he was discharged. Police say preliminary findings show no shooting was reported at the scene.  Detectives tell Standard Digital they have interrogated the woman.  “We have not established the motive of the shooting. No spent cartridge was recovered at the scene but the probe is ongoing,” said an officer conversant with the incident. The officers added they were waiting for a medical report from the hospital to establish the nature of the wound on the man. A team of officers from Langata Police division visited Irungu at the house on Tuesday to take his statement as part of the probe.- The Standard

 

"Si unipatie kamaziwa kadogo"

 

 

And this isn't the whole list! Do the maths!!

1 president (2.5 m)
1 people's president @ (2m)
1 deputy president @ (1.8m)
20 Cabinet secretaries @ (1.2m)
10 chief Admin secretaries @ (1m)
31 principal secretaries @(1m)
7 Regional co ordinators @ (800k)
47 county commissioners @(500k)
289 Dep. c. commissioners @(350k)
831 Ass.county commiss. @(150k)
110 Ind. commissioners @ ( 1.2m)
2 National assembly sp. @ ( 1.4m)
47 elected senators @ ( 1m)
20 nominated senators @ (1m)
47 Elected women reps @(1m)
290 Elected Mps @(1m)
12 Nominated Mps @(1m)
47 governors @(1.5m)
47 deputy governors @ (1m)
47 County speakers @(700k)
481 County ex. secretaries @(500k)
1422 elected MCAs @(300k)
772 Nominated MCAs @ (300k)

Totals:
1,776,900,000/month
21,322,800,000 annualy
106,614,000,000 5years
These are salaries for big people only.
Mungu atusaidie. Let's call for referendum tomorrow morning!

A third world Country supporting all above mentioned leaders, each pocketing salaries and sitting allowances from the public, with one or more bodyguards alongside driving heavy vehicles fueled by the state is no joke.

Constitutional amendments needed to fix the issue

Wanjiku Amechoka
Punda Amechoka


 

 

 

6 killed as matatu plunges into dam on Thika Road

At least six people died after the 14-seater matatu they were travelling in plunged into a dam on Monday night. The accident happened at Clay Works on the Thika Road. By Tuesday afternoon, it was not clear how many bodies were still trapped in the water as the rescue mission was ongoing. But rescuers told the Nation they could see more bodies in the dam. Witnesses said the matatu veered off the road as it headed to the city. - Daily Nation.

 

Victim of Narok clashes discharged,

six others still recovering


Young men armed with bows and arrows in Olposimoru, Narok County on September 25, 2018.

 
Tension was still high in clash-hit Olposimoru, Narok County on Tuesday as police repulsed youths torching houses in Lengape and Tegat villages. Police said more than 10 houses were set alight. One out of the seven victims of the Olposimoru clashes who were admitted at Tenwek Mission Hospital in Bomet County has been discharged. The victim was discharged today morning as six others who were admitted with arrows lodged in their bodies are still undergoing treatment at the hospital. Mr Geoffrey Langat, the hospital’s chief executive officer said the patient had sustained minor injuries. "Six patients brought in on Sunday night with various degree of injuries are recuperating in the general wards after successful operation to remove the arrows which were lodged in their bodies," said Mr Langat. The patients were admitted at the hospital following skirmishes that erupted between members of Kipsigis and Maasai communities at Olposimoru on the border of Nakuru and Narok counties. Meanwhile, more security officers from the General Service Unit (GSU) have been deployed to quell chaos in the area. A security source told the Nation that the officers were deployed from a GSU camp at Soit in Transmara, Narok county. - Daily Nation.

 

AFTERNOON TEA IN RITZ HOTEL

The finest slice of life

Mr. Simon Kabu the CEO of Bonfire Adventures Kenya and his wife Sarah concluded their London Tour by visiting Ritz Hotel for an Afternoon Tea on Monday 24th September, 2018. As the slogan of the hotel state it is the finest slice of life. Indulge in a slice of one of the finest British traditions and take Afternoon Tea at The Ritz. Enjoy a selection of finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve, and a mouth-watering range of exquisitely presented pastries and teacakes, which will be replenished on request whilst dining in The Palm Court. As well as 18 different types of loose-leaf tea to choose from as you sip a glass of Champagne to add some extra sparkle to the occasion. This most charming traditional Afternoon Tea in Piccadilly, is served in the spectacular Palm Court, with glittering chandeliers and elegant mirrors, which add a light and stylish flourish to the room. The Ritz London is the only hotel in the UK to have a certified Tea Sommelier, Giandomenico Scanu, who travels around the world to various tea plantations to source our wonderful teas. This time Simon who was accompanied by Mr. Seed had no option but to choose Kenyan tea which was on the menu. Why not try our exclusive Ritz Royal Blend Tea, only available at The Ritz. The elegant ambiance is complemented by a musical ensemble from our resident pianist and harpist – the final ingredient to ensure your Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, is quite simply, unforgettable. Afternoon Tea is served daily at 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm, and 7.30pm. Prices from £57 for adults and from £35 for children.  From 31st December 2018, prices will be from £58 for adults. The couple (above right) left the hotel late last night and they flew out of London for Nairobi on Tuesday morning.

 

 

USA Diversity Visa 2019


DV 2019 official announcement is finally here. Please spread the word, given the current political realities, this might be the last time this program is made available.
Actual application time is October 3rd - November 7th.

https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/diversity-visa/instructions.html

Please pass it on to family and friends. You never know whom God will bless.

 

 

 

 


Pastor's brain tumour causes his nipples to leak MILK and

has left him unable to have sex with his wife for ten years


Francis Gichuru Gachieki, from Nairobi in Kenya, suffers from prolactinoma


The condition is a tumour in the brain's pituitary gland, affecting hormones


It means he has lost his libido, gained weight and his breasts leak milk 


A pastor has spent more than 18 years suffering from the pain and humiliation of a brain tumour which causes his chest to leak milk and has left him unable to have sex. Pastor Francis Gichuru Gachieki, 52, from Nairobi in Kenya, has been suffering with the unusual problem since shortly after he was married in 2000. Doctors have laughed at him, he has been judged by family and friends for being unable to have children, and he has spent over £9,000 trying to get help. Medics were baffled by the preacher's symptoms but he managed to get help after hearing someone discuss the condition on the radio in 2009. Pastor Gichuru's conditon, known as prolactinoma, is caused by a non-cancerous tumour in the pituitary gland in the brain, which controls hormones. He has become obese and weak because of the hormonal problem and is trying to raise money for treatment, which is expected to cost another £10,000. Pastor Gichuru realised something was wrong when, after his wedding in 2000, he could not perform sexually. He said he lost his sex drive and became unable to have sex at all – he says and his wife have now not made love for over 10 years. And he soon noticed an 'unusual liquid' which was sticking to his shirt – which he assumed to be sweat. But when he got home and told his wife, Merci Muthoni, 48, about the problem, she examined his chest and found milk oozed out of his breasts when she squeezed them. Pastor Gichuru told local news site The Nairobian: 'The problem began immediately after our wedding in 2000, then I could not perform to the maximum, but we could not figure out the root cause. While coming out from a cyber café one day, I noticed an unusual liquid sticking on to my shirt but ignored it thinking it to be sweat and proceeded for my home.' Pastor Gichuru visited a local clinic to try to get to the bottom of the problem, but was then referred to the larger Kenyatta National Hospital for tests. He had to queue with women for tests on his breasts, and said both patients and staff would laugh at him. 'The female patients would look at me and laugh as I queued with them on the same line,' he said. - dailymail.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Unaitas celebrate 25 years and 25 Branches across the county at the Royal

Grand Swiss Kisumu as we launch our Branch no 25 Unaitas Kisumu.

 

Pound falls after May's Brexit statement


The pound's fall against the dollar and the euro has deepened following Theresa May's assertion after an EU summit that "no deal is better than a bad deal". Sterling was already trading lower after EU leaders warned the UK must make compromises on trade and the Irish border to secure a Brexit trade deal. After the Prime Minister said the UK and EU were at an "impasse" the pound fell further. The pound dropped from 1% to 1.5% lower against the dollar to .3068. By the end of US trading, the pound was on track for its biggest daily drop against the dollar so far this year. Against the euro, the pound was down 1.1% at €1.1144 after Mrs May's  "The rhetoric that 'no deal is better than a bad deal' is startling, and undermines recent hopes that a deal could be finalised soon," said Hamish Muress, currency analyst at OFX. Business bodies reacted with alarm to the latest development. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) warned that the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a trade deal was a big concern for firms. "Many firms are hugely worried about a messy and disorderly outcome, and the potential impact on their ability to trade and grow. Others could be caught flat-footed. Both sides must make every effort to avoid this scenario," said BCC director general Adam Marshall. Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the CBI, said negotiators on both sides had to change tack. "The stakes could not be higher. Jobs, wages and living standards are at risk, on both sides of the Channel. "With time slipping away, employers and employees alike need to see constructive dialogue. Pragmatism must come before politics. Every day lost in rhetoric is lost investment and lost jobs," she added. Mrs May's statement followed a cool reception for her Chequers plan at a summit of EU leaders in Salzburg. She said the two sides were still "a long way apart" on the post-Brexit economic relationship. The two options being offered by the EU - for the UK to stay in the European Economic Area and customs union or a basic free trade agreement - were not acceptable, she said. She said EU leaders needed to come up with new alternatives to her Brexit proposals if both sides were to break the current deadlock. "It is not acceptable to simply reject the other side's proposals without a detailed explanation and counter-proposals," Mrs May said.

 

 

 

 

 

Maasai Warriors escort in the Maasailand

The Bride Pastor Jane Njiiri caught being escorted by Maasai Warriors

to celebrate her 40th Wedding Anniversary in Maasai Mara last month.

 

 

Daystar hostels now complete, individual house

unit titles and handover ceremony very soon

 

While in Kenya last week, I took time to visit Heri Home's Daystar University hostels where almost half of the 300 hostels belong to Kenyans in the Diaspora. While on the ground I found that the work has progressed very well and the students have already started entering the hostels even before the final touches. It was good to see at least people who can deliver in Kenya. To learn more about this project.This project started towards the end of 2016 . Now the houses are complete ready for occupation by students.  This was a great project in terms of capital appreciation, flexibility in repayments, low deposits, short construction time and return on investment.  Groundbreaking prices of  bed sitters were shs 1.2m (Kshs 1M for cash buyers)  Deposit as low as 200k and monthly payments of 50-75k a month for 18 months, construction time. Now,2018 current price is  kshs 2.4m over double in capital appreciation. Rent is going for kshs 15k per month. Over 75 UK clients invested in the Bedsitters, and have finished paying. 

1 bedroom apartments

Very ideal for the international students and lectures with family.  Ground breaking prices were kshs 1.8M(Cash buyers kshs 1.6M) deposits as low as 280-320k . Monthly installments of 90k per month. Current price in 2018 kshs 3.2m! Even if you had saved your money in a fixed deposit scheme in a bank, you would not compare capital appreciation witnessed here.  This was a great project and so are other Heri homes projects since the feasibility study is thoroughly done before embarking on any project. Please call Mary Njonjo for the few remaining units in Kitisuru phase 3 and 4  which were recently broken ground and construction is at foundation stage. Keep it Heri for housing and investment solutions, don't just save money in a bank, invest it, watch it grow and have money work for you!  For more information on how you can invest as an individual or Chama, call me on contacts below, or visit our offices at Chad well Heath, 321-323 office suites RM 6 6AX. Contact Mary Njonjo in UK on +44 7404679182 Or +44 7568752228 and Kenyan no (+254737265816 (Whatsapp only). Email : .


 

Many years back when many  children

used to be a source of pride for men

Borrowed : fb odhiambo levin 

A man with a big family was considered strong, capable, and a good organiser and therefore  had to be accorded the highest position in the community, that of Chief. One such man was Chief  Njiri Karanja. At the age of 109  he had 103 children with his last born being, 5 year old  Watura Karanja. With such a big family, Watura was assured of being brought up surrounded  by close family members even if his parents died. In addition to 102 brothers  and sisters, he also had  34 mothers  and 300 nieces and nephews. When Chief Njiri was interviewed by  a reporter from the  Indianapolis in 1972, he advised: "The way to long life and happiness is to get as many wives and  children as you can afford." He ,however, admitted that a large  family has its own problems. For example at times he confused  a wife for a daughter, and vice versa. And often mistook his grandchildren for his own grandchildren. He recalled marrying his first wife in 1899 and his 34th wife in 1960s although he wasn't sure of the date. Housing a big family wasn't a big problem for Chief Njiri, after all he had his own village which was  named  Karanja's.  As a member of the family married and had children, a new home was added to the village, and  so it  grew. Throughout his life Chief Njiri retained his loyalty for His Majesty King George and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll. As a result he was  awarded  an OBE (order of the British Empire) whose holders include David  Beckham OBE, and also made a Member of the British Empire  (MBE) which is awarded to senior military officers and outstanding civilians. He visited Britain twice and met members of the Royal family. Dangling Watura on his knee the Chief said, "marriage is good for man." Nowadays men  are ready to kill to avoid being fathers.Slay Queens, on the other hand, have gone on an  extortion spree. - Borrowed : fb odhiambo levin 

 

 

 

 

 

MR. GILBERT KIRERA OF PCEA UK HAS LOST HIS SISTER IN KENYA


It is with great sadness I inform you of the sudden death of my loving elder sister, Lucy Njeri Kibandi which occurred on Sunday 9th September, 2018 in Kenya. Lucy has been fighting cancer for a while, was admitted in hospital 2 weeks ago but yesterday succumbed to her illness surrounded by her husband, children, sisters, brothers & friends. I was told she slept peacefully with no pain, Glory to God. She is a loving mother to Ngugi I, Kirera L, Njoki C, Muthoni P and Wambui. Brother to W. Mburu (teacher retired), Capt N. Kirera (Air K), late Chief W. Mburu-Maragwa Ridge, Former DC Gilbert (UK), Revd E. Njeri Gachucha (USA) among others. Auntie to Capt W. Kirera (KQ) Njoki ( Qatar Airlines), D Kirera (USA), Annie (USA), Irene (AG's Chambers), among others. More details will follow. Contact Gilbert on 07985425775 in UK or Sister Terry on 0740906651 in Kenya.

 

 

 

 

 

GOVERNOR JOHO AT THATCHED HOUSE, LONDON

Caught at Thatched House, in London on Monday 10th September, 2018 was Mombasa Governor Ali Joho moments before taking a dinner at Thatched House. Seen above with one of Thatched House Patron Mr. PK and on right is William welcoming the Sultan of Mombasa.

 

EQUITY BANK UPDATES

From left to right: Finserve Africa Managing Director, Mr. Jack Ngare demonstrates the capabilities of the newly launched Jenga Payment Gateway to Communication Authority Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi, Finserve Africa Board Chairman Dr Patrick Uwizeye and Equity Group Managing Director and CEO Dr James Mwangi during the launch of Finserve Africa. The Jenga Payment Gateway, a product of Finserve, consolidates all payments and presents one integration platform to businesses.
 
 


 From left to right; Communication Authority Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi,Telkom Board Chairman Eddy Njoroge, Communication Authority Chairman Ngene Gituku, Equity Group Managing Director and CEO Dr James Mwangi and Finserve Africa Managing Director, Mr. Jack Ngare during the launch of Finserve Africa Limited. Finserve Africa Limited is a fintech subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings Plc.
 

 


 Finserve Africa Managing Director, Mr. Jack Ngare (left) with Communication Authority Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi (right), during the launch of Finserve Africa. Finserve operates Equitel (MVNO), a one of its kind platform that converges mobile telephony and banking services.
 


 


 Finserve Africa Managing Director, Mr. Jack Ngare (left) shares a light moment with Opera Software Managing Director Eddy Ndichu (right) during the launch of Finserve Africa. Finserve has distinguished itself as an innovator with futuristic solutions that will contribute to the ease of doing business in Africa and beyond.

 

 

 

Sharon Otieno’s Killers Were After Baby, Autopsy Shows

The seven-month-old foetus in Ms Sharon Otieno’s womb may have been the key target of her gruesome murder last week, detectives investigating the case believe. Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said on Sunday that the killers ensured that they stabbed the baby. An autopsy on the second-year medical records and information student’s body showed that she was strangled and stabbed eight times — four on the back, three on the neck, and once on the left side of her abdomen — leading to excessive bleeding. Mr Kinoti said he has watertight evidence that will lead to the successful prosecution of those who planned and executed the kidnapping and subsequent killing of the former Rongo University student.

 

 

Omar al-Bashir sacks his entire Cabinet, appoints new PM

KHARTOUM,
By AFP
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir Sunday sacked the country's 31-member cabinet and appointed a new prime minister who will form a smaller government to tackle a growing economic crisis in the African country. Bashir's decision to fire the entire government was approved by the top leaders of his ruling National Congress Party (NCP) at a late night meeting.


NEW PM
The decision to form a new government comes as Sudan faces a growing economic crisis led by an acute shortage of foreign currency and surging inflation of more than 65 percent. The economic situation needs to be resolved and for this President Bashir decided to cut the government at all levels," Faisal Hassan Ibrahim, a top aide to Bashir, told reporters after the NCP meeting. President Bashir has decided to have a smaller 21-member government," he said. The outgoing cabinet was comprised of 31 ministers led by premier Bakri Hassan Saleh, who was also the first vice president. Bashir named Moutaz Mousa Abdallah, who was the irrigation minister in the outgoing cabinet, as the new prime minister, while Saleh will continue to be the first vice president. Bashir also appointed Mohamed Osman Yousif Kiber as vice president. Ibrahim said Abdallah had been tasked with forming the new cabinet, but it was unclear when he would be sworn in. Earlier on Sunday, the presidency announced Bashir's decision to sack the government of Saleh "in order to fix the situation facing the country".

CRISIS
"He (Bashir) will form a new government that can once again bring hope to the Sudanese people," the presidency said. Sudan's economic conditions have only worsened, with the cost of food items and other products more than doubling over the past year, while the foreign currency market has seen the Sudanese pound plunge against the US dollar. The central bank has twice devalued the pound this year, and it currently trades at 41 to the dollar on the black market. The official rate is 28 to the dollar. Sudan's economic crisis was highlighted for the first time in April when then foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour announced in parliament that he had been unable to pay salaries to his staff for months due to a shortage of funds. He was immediately sacked. Days after Bashir dismissed Ghandour, he announced a major cabinet reshuffle that saw the oil, interior, agriculture, youth and sports and justice ministers replaced. That reshuffle was also aimed at tackling the economic crisis. Sudan's economic crisis has deepened despite the United States lifting in October its decades old trade embargo imposed on the African country. Expectations that the lifting of the sanctions would help revive Sudan's ailing economy have so far failed to materialise. Although Washington lifted the embargo it has still kept Sudan on its list of "state sponsors of terrorism," a factor which officials say keeps investors away from Sudan

PROTESTS
Sudan's economy is already suffering from the loss of three-quarters of its oil resources when South Sudan gained independence in 2011. The World Bank and other global financial institutions have urged Sudan to adopt swift structural reforms to revive its ailing economy. Sudan's average gross domestic product growth between 1998 and 2008 was above six percent, after which it steadily declined. Previous efforts at economic reform have proven controversial. An attempt in September 2013 to cut fuel subsidies led to bloody confrontations between anti-austerity protesters and security forces that left dozens dead in Khartoum. In January Sudan again witnessed sporadic anti-government protests after a sharp rise in food prices. The authorities swifty moved in to curb these protests by arresting several activists and opposition leaders. In August, the NCP chose Bashir as its candidate for 2020 presidential election.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shock in Migori County as unknown people buy all newspapers


For the last two days, newspaper readers in Migori County have not laid their hands on the local dailies. The residents said that unknown people have been buying all the newspapers by 6 am. On Saturday morning, a spot check by theNation in the streets of Migori town revealed that all the leading local dailies were not on the streets. The situation was similar in Rongo, Awendo, Isebania and Kehancha. "Three people come around and order all the newspapers. They pay for all of them and even give us tips. Given that all we need is to sell the papers we have no option," said Fred Omondi, a newspaper vendor. "I am so disappointed that I could not get my favourite paper, Saturday Nation. I went to the news stands as early as 6 am. I could not even get the newspaper from from the supermarkets," said Mr Mark Sirwa, a Migori resident. The residents wondered who was behind the buying of the newspapers and why. However, a number of people linked 'scarcity' to the murder of Ms Sharon Otieno, the Rongo University student, whose body was found in Kodera forest in Homa Bay County early this week. The woman’s murder has dominated the headlines for the last couple of days. "Whoever wants us to stay in the dark because of Sharon's (Otieno) murder should know that they will not succeed as we are already aware of the latest developments," said Bramwel Mwita, another resident of the town. - Sunday Nation.


 


Moody's cautions debt pile-up bad for rating


Kenya’s credit rating would come under downward pressure if it hit the maximum public debt level of 74 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), a Moody’s analyst says. The gross public guaranteed debt level amounts to 58 per cent of the nominal GDP, meaning it is only Sh1.38 trillion away from the Sh6.55 trillion level that would trigger a major concern on rating. A lower rating would cause the country to borrow at higher interest rates. As at the end of last month, the estimated public debt stood at Sh5.166 trillion, although this amount did not include any external debt that could have been incurred in both July and August whose data is not yet available. The 74 per cent public debt-to-GDP ratio is the level specified in the debt management strategy paper that is passed or approved by Parliament as one of the annual budget documents. “While the 74 per cent debt to GDP ceiling is well above the Treasury’s current level and so provides some shock absorption capacity to the fiscal authorities, if actual debt reaches this level it would put downward pressure on the rating,” said Lucie Villa, vice president and sovereign analyst for Kenya in response to our queries. The maximum public debt level is set by Parliament as part of a debt management framework which is formulated by the Treasury every three years. The Treasury has traditionally desired (in fiscal policy projections) to keep debt at below 50 per cent but has found this difficult in recent years in the face of mega projects and limited revenue generation locally. “We understand that the 74 per cent debt-to-GDP ceiling in Kenya is not a fiscal policy anchor, but it’s more Parliament approving the Treasury’s borrowing up to a certain limit,” noted Ms Villa. Due to the huge public liabilities, debt servicing and the wage bill are the two largest items on the recurrent expenditure to the extent that development expenditure has fallen below the officially desired minimum of 30pc. - Daily Nation.

 

A NEW LANDROVER DISCOVERY FOR A BIRTHDAY

I was invited to my friend's surprise birthday in Croydon, South London on Saturday 8th September, 2018 where the children surprised their father with a brand new Landrover Discovery. The family of Robert Kinganga which is the biggest Kenyan family in UK invited close friends and relatives for the party. The man cried with joy as he did not expect such a gift. After presentation he blessed all of his children one by one. The ceremony was officiated by Bishop Njuguna Warui of London. More later.

The family of Robert Kinganga (2nd right) presenting the key for the new car through Bishop Warui (far left)

 

Mr. Robert Kinganga (left) sitting in his new car where friends and family congratulated him.

 

 

Mr Rotich moved quickly last Friday directing the Kenya Revenue Authority and the

Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to effect a 16 per cent value added tax.

 

 

HEALTH BENEFITS OF AVOCADO LEAVES TEA

 

Avocado leaves make a great tea that works wonders for treating colds, flues, stomachaches, arthritis, kidney cleansing, antibiotic, detoxing, diuretic, good for gout, anti-inflammatory, lower back pain, high blood pressure, toothache, works well for diarrhea, and even helps to regulate menstrual periods.

 

 

 

WE LIVE IN INTERESTING AND FUNNY TIMES

1. We live in times where we see many humans, but not  humanity;

2. We live in times where the rich has more rooms than children and the poor has more children than rooms.

3. We live in times where smart phones bring you closer to those who are far, but distance you from those who are closer;

4. We live in times where we open Facebook, more than Holy Book;

5. We live in times where a single mother can look after 10 children, but 10 children can't look after a single mother;

6. We live in times where the rich walk miles to digest food, while the poor walk miles to search for food;

7. We live in times where women are paid to be naked, while others have no clothes to cover their nakedness

8. We live in times where our contact lists are huge, but our relationships are poor

9. We live in times where our possessions are more, but our appreciation is less;

10. We live in times where we know how to earn a good living, but somehow forget how to live good;

11 we live in times where many know the price of everything, but  not the value of anything

Indeed, we live in a strange world. May God help and Guide Us

 

 

A Kenyan Film Director Phoebe Ruguru from

Peterborough, UK wins an Award in Nigeria

The Kenyan film, 18 HOURS, produced by Phoebe Ruguru and Bill Afwani, and directed by Njue Kevin, won the biggest award in African cinema, the AMVCAs (African Movie Viewers Choice Awards). The film, which follows a rookie paramedic spending 18 hours with a road crash victim, won an award for Best Picture Editing which was received by Mark Maina. The film also won the award for Best East African film. The biggest award of the night also went to 18 HOURS, recognising the film as the Best Overall Movie in Africa, 2018. This category had never seen a Kenyan film be nominated, and so marks history as the first Kenyan film to be nominated and to win the Best Overall Movie category in the history of the AMVCAs.

The producers of the film, working under the company Rocque Pictures, are working on their next feature film, an action-drama. You can keep up with them on their website: www.rocquepictures.net or on social media using the handle: @18hoursfilm.

 

 

Deliveries by Sea!

Luton, UK

Dear Customer,

The 1st September container is now gone. Our next container collection cut off is 15th Sept. It takes 6 to 8 weeks to arrive.

Airfreight is every Friday, cut off is every Thursday. It takes 5 working days to arrive.

NEXT DAY DELIVERY SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE.

NB! PACKING LIST PER BOX IS A MUST.


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Morris Njuguna 07949 531 238, 07474 951 195 Sanaipei 01582 561029 0739 810 5110 Kenya Exports Ltd.

 

 

Tension runs high in Narok South

At least one person was killed and more than 50 houses torched as clashes between two rival communities escalated in Narok South on Thursday. The killing brings to two the number of people who have died so far died in the bloody confrontation. The government dispatched a contingent of security personnel to quell the violence. Police were forced to fire in the air to disperse youths who were armed with bows and arrows. Human Rights lawyer Kanyinge Sena narrowly escaped death when he was attacked by armed youths at Ololoipangi. “I was here to try and drive away my cows but more than 100 youths shot my vehicle with arrows, and I was forced to shoot in the air,” said Mr Sena on phone. Narok County Police Commander Thomas Ngeiwua said the chaos erupted at Nkoben and Chepalungu villages in the Maasai Mau Forest where one man was killed. Mr Ngeiwua said 67 goats that were stolen have been recovered. “Some of the raiders drove the stolen animals towards Chepalungu, Center 1 and Kipchoge where eviction of settlers has been going on,” he added.   Top security officials held a crisis meeting to address the clashes that have displaced hundreds of residents living on the edge of Mau forest. The fighting started when members of the one community went on a revenge mission after one of their kin was killed by youths from another community. The chaos have increased tension in the area with both communities accusing each other of fanning the violence. But a section of Narok leaders led by Narok North MP Moitalel Ole Kenta said the clashes were politically instigated to divert the attention of the planned Mau forest evictions. “This clashes are one way to diverting attention of the intended phase two of the forest evictions that is due to start very soon,’ said Mr Kenta. - Daily Nation

 

 

CHARLES MATHU OF NORTHAMPTON,

UK HAS LOST HIS FATHER IN KENYA

The late Joseph Ngigi Mathu

It with deep sadness but glory to God that we humbly announce promotion to Glory of Mr. Joseph Ngigi Mathu of Muranga South,  Kandara Division, Muruka, Kahaini Village (Naro). He was the husband to Mrs Elizabeth Wambui Mathu of  Kimunyu, Gatundu Division,  Kiambu. He was the father to Charles Mathu of Northampton UK, Titus Mwaura of Meru , Kenya,  John Njoroge of Nanyuki, Kenya. Father in law to Polyn Mathu & Grace Njoroge. Grand Father to Mark Ngigi, Joe Kiragu of UK, Karen Wambui Sean Ngigi, Kenya. Family & friends are meeting on Friday 7th  & Saturday 8th September 2018 at Ebenezer Gospel Centre,  Northampton,  NN2 9AG from 18:30 to 20:30hrs and in Kenya at Holy Family Minor Basilica,  Saint Kizito Hall from 18:00hrs. For prayers and financial support contact Charles Mathu or Polyn in United kingdom on +447939880709. Llyods, Account Number 00513107 Sort  Code 309392 or Mpesa Mobile Account Number  0720511677. Your prayers & support will be highly appreciated. Thanking you all

 

 

The Seed's Celebrations Inside the Mara

Everyone for himself but God for us all. More coming!

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS

MR & MRS PETER NJIIRI KIRUTHI

(Mr & Mrs Seed)

ON YOUR

CELEBRATIONS

Mr & Mrs Peter Njiiri Karanja-well known by many, as Mr & Mrs Seed, seen (left) in Masai Mara, Kenya, where they were celebrating their 'Ruby Wedding Anniversary' (40 yrs of marriage) trying to 'step-wal'k how they were walking during their Wedding Day back in 1978. Right, Mr & Mrs Seed repeating their marriage vows again  in the presence of Bishop Samuel Muya of the Talents Revival Churches in Kenya, who officiated their 40 years Wedding Anniversary Celebrations in Masai Mara in Kenya. Also in the picture (Right), from left, is their Mother, Mrs. Margaret Nyathira Kiruthi, the best man and the best lady. The Celebrations were A Gift from Mr & Mrs Seed Children.

A group photograph of the members of the  family and friends who accompanied Mr & Mrs Peter Njiri KIruthi to Masai Mara, Kenya, during their 'Ruby Wedding Anniversary' Celebrations. Seated from lelf are; the Best Lady, Mrs. Jane Ruguru Njiiri, Mr. Peter Njiiri Kiruthi, Mr. George Kamau, who was the Best man and their mother, Mrs Margaret Nyathira Kiruthi. Bishop Samuel  Muya is 4th (standing) from right among the others. More to follow.

 

Dutch Hospice Seeking for Next of Kin of Terminally Ill Kenyan Patient

A dutch hospice is seeking help in locating the family of a Kenyan patient in their care since October last year. The illness has unfortunately made the patient unable to share these details with the hospice.

The Kenyan lady identified as Mary Ng’ang’a is believed to have been born on 25th January 1949. She has been living in Utrecht for several years and has no children or relatives in the Netherlands. Her last known address was in an apartment in Overvecht, also in Utrecht.
She was taken ill last year in October when she had a stroke, which made her paralysed and affected her speech and memory. She is unfortunately not in a position to share details about who she is, who her relatives are or who can be contacted.

Her friends from her church, the Dutch Baptist Church, and the workers at the Careyn Rosendaal, where she is receiving care are appealing to anyone who might know her or her family to help locate them.

Anyone with information can contact the:

Careyn Rosendaal on +31 88 123 9988 or
the Dutch Baptist Church on +31307115380
Any information will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

WORD OF TODAY

Proverbs 23:22

Stop complaining about your parents
You don’t learn how to be a parent in school or college, you learn it ‘on the job’. And you make lots of mistakes, ones you sometimes look back on and cringe. But through it all, you love your children and want only what’s best for them. What’s the point here? If your parents failed you, then you probably have wounds that need to be healed. And God says, ‘I am the Lord that healeth thee’ (Exodus 15:26 KJV). But don’t fall into the trap of self-pity by buying into the idea that you came from a ‘dysfunctional family’. Some families are better than others, but all of them have areas of dysfunction. Look back and consider your parents’ circumstances and some of the challenges they faced while raising you, and perhaps you’ll be able to view the mistakes they made with a little more compassion. They are human beings, just as you are; they make mistakes, just as you do. Nobody’s perfect. By showing compassion towards them you’ll be better able to show compassion towards yourself when you inevitably make mistakes with your own children. And – this is important – when your children see you extending grace towards your parents, they’ll be better able to extend it towards you. So if you need to forgive your parents, do it today and move on. Don’t keep bringing it up. Would you like God to keep reminding you of the sins He’s forgiven you for? No? Then try to show that same grace and compassion. And pray for them. Why? Because when you pray for somebody it’s hard to complain about them!

 

 

 

 

SAFARI YA NAIROBI VIA KIGALI NA RWANDAIR

Rwandair now flying from Gatwick Airport London to Nairobi via Kigali

 

Rwandair is currently the cheapest airline from London to Nairobi with the air tickets going from £400 plus or minus depending with the season. The airline is now flying from London Gatwick Airport to Nairobi via Kigali. The airline flies 3 times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays returning on the same dates. The airline is good compared with other connecting airlines because you arrive in Nairobi 4 hours late compared to a direct flight which arrives in Nairobi 6.00 a.m. while Rwandair arrives at 10 a.m. This is good because the other day I was flying through Dubai I had a stopover of 6 hours in Dubai arriving in Nairobi 20.00 hours (8 p.m.) having left London the previous night at 22.00 hours (10.00 p.m.). Rwandair gave us 2 complimentary Air Tickets with my wife last month to Nairobi. We left Gatwick North on 8th May 2018. Rwandair desk is located in a quiet corner in 1st floor of Gatwick North Terminal. It took us less than 10 minutes to check in after arrival. We arrived at the customer desk at 17.30 hours, dropped our 4 check in luggages then proceeded to the security gates which also took us about 5 minutes to go through the security. There was no congestion at the check in desk nor in the security area. "I like everything about this flight including food, customer service as well as the pricing. It is good even when you have children. No hurry, hurry like other airlines." my wife commented.

 

 

President Kagame of Rwanda with Rwandair staff (left) and on right is Rwandair business  class

 

Our flight left on time at 19.10 hours and landed in Brussels Airport 45 minutes later. The aircraft picked some passengers in Brussels where we stayed for one hour before heading to Kigali, Rwanda. We arrived in Kigali the following morning at 7.00 a.m. After one and half hours in Kigali, we left at 8.30 a.m. for Nairobi arriving in Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport at 10.55 a.m. The airlines service including food was good. It was good news for us because we arrived in Nairobi when the traffic congestion was low. It took us less than 30 minutes to our hotel unlike in the morning where we usually take 2 hours. We came back on 29th May 2018 through the same route where we left at 5.00 a.m. in the morning arriving in London Gatwick Airport at 17.50 hours. The route is served by the newly acquired state of the art Airbus A330 fleet in a triple class configuration with inflight connectivity.

 

About RwandAir
From Kigali as its hub at the heart of Africa, RwandAir, well reputed for excellent on time performance, is one of the safest airlines and operates one of the youngest fleet on the African continent. With eleven aircraft, the young airline currently reaches out to nineteen cities in Western, Eastern and Southern Africa and in the Middle East. In 2016, RwandAir started operations to Cotonou and Abidjan, received its first two wide-body brand new Airbus A330s, East Africa’s first triple class configuration, and its third Boeing 737-800NG. All equipped with inflight connectivity. It also renewed its IOSA certification and has been ISAGO and EASA certified. In 2017, it plans to acquire its fourth Boeing 737-800NG and also to expand its wings to Guangzhou in China, Bamako in Mali, Conakry in Guinea, Lilongwe in Malawi and New York in the U.S.A. RwandAir is an IATA member airline.

 

 

Inside Rwandair

 

Whether you are planning a holiday or travelling to Kenya, RwandAir is one of the best and most recommended airline carriers. They will help you find cheap flights with RwandAir. Thanks to their easy-to-use website, you can also find the best place to reserve your hotel and car rental service. So next time you’re planning a flight, try the Jetcost website first. You may be looking for the best flight offers with RwandAir or you may be thinking of car hire and hotels as well. Whatever it is, Jetcost will deliver the best solutions for you. When you are looking for a flight with RwandAir, it makes a lot of sense to start with Jetcost. They are not agents or intermediaries, just a search and research engine: pure and simple. This means that once you’ve found the perfect flight deal, you simply click through to the RwandAir website and book direct.

To reach Rwandair UK customer service center, please use the contact number 0129 387 4922. This phone number is for Rwandair London office in 2nd Floor, North Terminal, Gatwick Airport and can be reached during office timings only. In the UK, the airline operates flights to London Gatwick Airport only and to book flights you can either do online booking or call on Rwandair UK contact number mentioned above or visit their London office, for which address is also given below. Rwandair London office contact number: 0129 387 4922. Fax number: 0129 387 4096. Email address for UK customer services: . 24 hours phone number: +250 788 177 000. London Gatwick Airport office timings: Opens 3 hours prior to departure and closes after the flight departs. - By Mr. Seed,London, 6th June, 2018.

 

 

BANK EMPLOYMENT IN KENYA

JOB  OPPORTUNITY

ABC Bank in Kenya is looking for someone to Manage the UK Market. We are looking for someone currently in the UK who wants to work in Kenya for a Bank in the Diaspora Department.


Send your CV to:
Attn Joseph, Waithaka
Head of Diaspora Banking
Email Address: [email protected] .com

 

 

 

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Wanjiku posing with her Award she received at International Special Commendation for Ageing Services

from the Global Ageing Network. The CEO on 19 September 2017 in Montreux, Switzerland

The lady with a heart for the Elderly in Kenya is in UK. Ms. Wanjiku Joyce Kairu arrived in London on Monday 16th April, 2018 for a meeting in Reading, UK. Wanjiku had been invited to the meeting after receiving a prestigious Award for her work. Wanjiku would like to meet Kenyans while in her UK tour. You can contact Wanjiku on UK contact 07466318547 or on her Whatsapp +254 718778615. In November 2011, Purity Elderly Care Foundation (PECF) a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) was registered in honor of the late mother of the founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Wanjiku Joyce Kairu. Wanjiku’s mother was diagnosed with cancer of the colon in 2009 at its final stages. Wanjiku says “I was too ‘busy’ to go back home to take care of my ailing mother and she and I knew very well that the cancer had metastasized and she did not have long to live”. Six days to her mother’s demise, Wanjiku went home on 28 May 2010 and her mother  succumbed on 3 June 2010 in Wanjiku presence. After laying her mother to rest, Wanjiku returned to South Africa (SA) amid overwhelming soccer world cup (2010). She says her mind  was occupied with the world cup and this is when it dawned on her that  “if I had time to spend time on soccer, I also should have had time to give compassion to my ailing mother and more importantly support  her with personal care giving like bath her, change diapers, escort her to hospital and help with taking medicine, plait her hair, sing with her among others for the period she had left” she exclaims.


This drove her to a serious conviction to dedicate her whole life to serving the Older Persons of society. Although Wanjiku participated personally in philanthropic  activities and with Rivers Foundation (under Rivers Church) in Johannesburg, SA, she begun by visiting and helping the Older Persons in Soweto and Alexander, Johannesburg. She says she mainly visited to give them compassion, escort the sick to hospital and clean homes, visit museums, listen to the rich SA history etc. She involved the Rivers Foundation (RF)  (whose theme is “HELPING PEOPLE”) in her activities, but due to the many diversity in activities of the RF, Wanjiku decided to dedicate and focus her charity activities to her calling of taking care of the Older Persons, both male and female who are vulnerable.


While at it in SA, she explains “I felt my calling was back home where there is more need and where the social fabric has altered family values, with most of us travelling around the globe”. She took a  decision to quit her well paying job and informed her employer, Lexmark International where she employed as a Project Manager, seconded to one of the largest financial institutions, Stanbic Bank. She explains ‘this did not go down very well with my employer, friends and the church as they did not understand me or this calling I kept talking about. They all suggested that I go for counseling for a mental check up. Their surprise, I attended a few sessions which reported that I was normal and that it was a decision that was immutable and unstoppable”. “I wrote a concept paper which I believed I would work with and in August 2011, I packed my bags, left my high lifestyle of living in a posh house, luxury cars and globe roving, came home to Kenya to serve humanity which I have been doing with compassion, humility and commitment” She explains. Since then, she has been helping the Older Persons with the help of volunteers, community health workers, donors, sponsors and like-minded partners. For more information please contact contact Wanjiku on UK contact 07466318547 or on her Whatsapp +254 718778615 or visit www.purityelderlycare.org - You can financially donate to Purity Elderly Care Foundation by

We have Prime property along Masai Lodge Road for Sale and available in ¼, ½, 1, 2, 3, to 10 acres. All plots have ready TITLE DEEDS, Water and Electricity.

     Price guide: ¼ Acre Kshs. 7.5 Million
     ½ “ Kshs. 15 Million
     1 “ Kshs. 30 Million

The area borders the Nairobi National Park affording occasional free view of buffalos, elephants , giraffes, cheetahs, lions and other wild animals. Nairobi sky line with its skyscrapers also visible in the distant.

This is a well-to-do neighbourhood with Members of Parliament, Senators and other notable personalities living here. Security is assured through a manned barrier and private guard patrols.

Magadi Road, the main road from which Masai Lodge Road branches off, is soon to be made dual carriage making the journey to Nairobi city a 15 minute drive.

There are endless development possibilities including lodges, hotels, tourist resorts, residential home/s etc.

To arrange a viewing please call +254 713 034 470.

WOULD ANYONE LIKE TO SPONSOR A CHILD AS A LAST CHANCE TO JOIN FORM 1 ALMOST TOO LATE

So far 12 children have been sponsored this year. 8 Children WAITING to be sponsored

I would like to thank all the sponsors who have helped these poor children go to secondary school this year and to all previous sponsors in the last 9 years who have supported over 150 very needy families in Kenya. A special thanks to Misterseed for you have made this possible through this website. Heko Bwana Seed!!

1. James Maina - Sponsored by Lucy UK,
2. Peter Masese 365/500- Sponsored by PCEA London
3. Helen Waithira 349/500- Sponsored by Mary London
4. Ann Njeri 289/500- Sponsored by Mr Kamau UK
5. David Githaiga Mwangi - Sponsored by Ann UK
7. Gullian Mumbi 382/500 - Sponsored by Jacinta UK (photo 1 & 2 above)
8. Jacinta Wanjiru 281/500 -Sponsored by PCEA London
9. Dorcas Wangari 244/500- Sponsored by William UK (Photo 3&4 above)
10. Joan Wacera form 2 drop out - Sponsored by Alice UK
11. Grace Wangui - Sponsored by Monica
12. Eunice Wanjiku Mwangi - Sponsored by Alice UK

Yet to be sponsored and still at home or reported with many problem and at a high risk of dropping out:-

13. Rose Watiri 249/500 - Ingwamiti Sec still at home (photo 5)
14. Peter Waithanka Form 2- Sponsored last year only
15. Moses Chege 333/500 - Shilange Sec, no fees paid (photo 7)
16. Lorence Muthoni 372/500 Karima...many problems
17. Catherine Nyambura home for 2yrs now
18. Samuel Kamau 285/500, Njorwa Sec..only paid 2k (photo 8)
19. Ann Wambui - form 2 Njorwa Sec (photo 6)
20. Beth Nduta 398/500 Singore High reported late and fees not paid

All above children still at home due to lack of funds to go to secondary school and those who have reported they either go a a small bursary or paid very little facing many challenges ahead. The bursary for form one is between ksh 6,000 - 8,000 and is only for the lucky few.

If anyone would like to help please email me on or call me Joyce on +447532358061

I will give you child's contact, school contact and account number where you can send the money straight. Please have a look at the children on my website below. NB on welcome page click on adobe flush on the right to view the proper format of website.


Prostate cancer has overtaken breast cancer to become the third biggest cancer killer in the UK. Charity Prostate Cancer UK said 11,819 men now die from prostate cancer in the UK every year – the equivalent of one man every 45 minutes. It said prostate cancer deaths have risen due to an increasing and ageing population. In light of the report, and to raise awareness of the disease, here are the symptoms to be vigilant of.


What is the prostate?
The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis found only in men. About the size of a walnut, it is located between the penis and the bladder. It surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis. 
The main function of the prostate is to help in the production of semen. It produces a thick white fluid that is mixed with the sperm produced by the testicles and is secreted at the time of ejaculation.


Symptoms of prostate cancer
It’s worth noting that while breast cancer is often discovered by the presence of a lump in the breast, symptoms of prostate cancer are often far more invisible. In fact, it usually doesn’t cause any symptoms until the cancer has grown large enough to put pressure on the urethra.


At this point, men might experience symptoms such as: needing to urinate more frequently, often during the night; needing to rush to the toilet; difficulty urinating; straining or taking a long time to urinate; having a weak flow and feeling that your bladder hasn’t emptied fully.


According to Prostate Cancer UK, if the cancer has spread men might experience bone and back pain, a loss of appetite, pain in the testicles and unexplained weight loss.


Diagnosis
If you experience any of the above symptoms, or a member of your family has had prostate cancer, you should visit your GP. There, your doctor should take a urine sample to check for infection, take a blood sample to test your level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and examine your prostate. 


PSA is a protein produced by the prostate gland. Prostate cancer can increase the production of PSA, so the test looks for raised levels of PSA in the blood that may be a sign of the condition in its early stages.


The prostate examination involves a doctor or nurse inserting a finger into the rectum (back passage) to feel for abnormalities. While it can seem like a daunting prospect, the examination doesn’t hurt and is over in seconds. 


Treatment for prostate cancer will depend on how aggressive it is and whether it has spread. The NHS lists the four stages of prostate cancer as:


:: Stage 1 - where the cancer is very small and completely within the prostate gland.


:: Stage 2 - where the cancer is within the prostate gland, but is larger.


:: Stage 3 - the cancer has spread from the prostate and may have grown into the tubes that carry semen.


:: Stage 4 – the cancer has spread into the lymph nodes or another part of the body, including the bladder, rectum or bones.


If the cancer is considered ‘low-risk’ (meaning it is not growing or spreading), men are usually put under active surveillance, where doctors test them regularly to gather extra information and see whether the disease is changing.


If the cancer is confined to the prostate, men might opt to have a radical prostatectomy where the prostate gland is removed completely. It’s worth noting that after surgery, men might experience erectile dysfunction and bladder problems.


Radiotherapy is another option for prostate cancer which is confined to the prostate or that has spread. It involves using radiation to kill cancerous cells. In people with terminal cancer, it can help to slow the progression of the cancer spreading. Temporary side effects can include diarrhoea, loss of pubic hair, tiredness and cystitis. More permanent side effects may include erectile dysfunction and bladder problems. 


For more information on prostate cancer treatment, visit the NHS Choices website.