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UK Budget stamp duty removed on homes up to £300,000
The Chancellor has given first-time buyers a boost by abolishing stamp duty on homes up to £300,000, but there were gloomy forecasts about the health of the economy.
Philip Hammond had been expected to reveal measures to try to win back the young vote in the Autumn Budget, and chief among these was the stamp duty giveaway - a move the Government says will save £1,660 on average. House prices could actually climb once more after Philip Hammond axed stamp duty for homes up to £300,000, experts have warned. While the chancellor billed the move as a boost for first-time buyers , analysts said it could backfire. The measure will also apply on the first £300,000 of a £500,000-plus property, meaning 95% of first-time buyers will see at least a cut in the amount of stamp duty, with 80% paying none at all. Martin Upton, director at the Open University Business School, said as first-time buyers would potentially have more spending power, that could see asking prices rise. “This is a ‘nice’ gesture but it’s not really the silver bullet that’s going to open up the property market for those who can’t afford it,” he said.
“In the grand scheme of things, this is a small saving and it doesn’t address the biggest problem of the deposit required to make the move.” His view was echoed by the Office for Budget Responsibility which said the main beneficiaries would be those who already own property, rather than first-time buyers, as it would mean they can sell their homes for more. In a Budget that put Britain’s “broken housing market” front and centre of plans for the government, the chancellor left pulling the stamp duty rabbit out of the hat until right near the end of his hour-long speech. The move comes into effect immediately, potentially saving thousands of people thousands of pounds. “This is our plan to deliver on the pledge we have made to the next generation that the dream of home ownership will become a reality in this country once again,” Hammond said.
Stamp duty – the numbers:
For the average first-time purchase of £208,000, the current £1,660 stamp duty is being axed.
A £300,000 purchase would have seen a £5,000 stamp duty charge – now, no such cost.
A £410,000 average first-time buyer property in London would have resulted in a £10,500 stamp duty for a first-time buyer – now that falls to £5,500.
For properties costing £500,000, the charge will drop from £15,000 to £10,000.
Stamp duty is unchanged on properties above £500,000.
Alison Platt, boss of Countrywide, one of the UK’s largest estate agents, said: “Stamp duty is a significant hurdle for all buyers, not just first-time buyers. “It is activity among movers that is most critical to the growth of transactions in the wider housing market. While first time buyers face affordability issues, so do movers and without making it easier for these second steppers to move on the supply of property to buy will always be limited, adding more to price pressures.” The chancellor also used his Budget statement to pledge to build 300,000 more homes every year.
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We read in Mark 6:31: Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” The Bible says, ‘The length of our days is seventy years – or eighty’ (Psalm 90:10 NIV 1984 Edition). If you’re blessed to live that long you’ll typically spend an average of twenty-four years sleeping, twenty years working, ten years in church and on holiday (mostly holiday), seven years eating, six years travelling, four years dealing with sickness, and two years getting dressed. One writer said: ‘The press of busyness is like a charm…seeking to lay hold of ever-younger victims so that [we] are scarcely allowed time for God to develop in us Christian character.’ It’s a mistake to think that rushing through life buys you more time. It doesn’t. Apart from keeping your adrenaline pumping and perhaps making you feel and look important, busyness can be the enemy of your soul. It can rob you of spiritual growth by preventing you from reflecting and examining your heart. We’re not talking about the number of things you manage to get done every day, but the quality of your life’s product. You can be busy, yet not be balanced. One Bible scholar said, ‘Solitude is the furnace of transformation.’ There are three kinds of solitude: 1) Brief intervals experienced daily. 2) Longer ones involving a few days or more away from it all. Despite His hectic schedule, Jesus made a habit of withdrawing from the demands of the crowd to spend time with His Father. (Did He know something we don’t?) And He told the disciples, ‘Come with me…to a quiet place and get some rest.’ 3) Forced rest. ‘He maketh me to lie down’ (Psalm 23:2 KJV). Don’t wait until God makes you lie down! Endeavour to live a balanced life.
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Migrants sold into slavery in Libya tell of ‘total hell’
ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, Nov 22 – Survivors of slave auctions in Libya have described a “total hell” that they wouldn’t wish on their “worst enemy” as global outrage grows over footage showing migrants being sold off in the war-torn country. “We were slaves,” said Moussa Sanogo, a migrant who flew back to Ivory Coast from Libya this week after surviving regular beatings and forced labour in the fields. For the Arabs (Libyan jailers), black-skinned men are nothing but animals — animals were treated better,” said Sanogo, who spent more than four months in Libya trying to get to Italy by boat. The North African country has long been a major transit hub for migrants trying to reach Europe. He was just one of those who returned home with stories similar to those aired last week by US TV network CNN, which showed an apparent slave auction where black men were presented to North African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400 (340 euros). “It was total hell in Libya,” said Maxime Ndong, one of 250 migrants flown back to Cameroon on Tuesday night. “There is a trade in black people there. People who want slaves… come to buy them,” he told AFP. “If you resist, they shoot at you. There have been deaths,” said Ndong, who spent eight months in Libya. The Cameroonians flew back to Yaounde on Tuesday aboard a plane charted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as part of a project to return and reintegrate some 850 people.
– Sold by the police –
Sanogo, 22, was one of about 600 Ivory Coast migrants that were returning from Libya with IOM’s support. Around 150 people landed in the capital Abidjan on Monday with the rest to be brought home during the week. Sanogo described Libya as an anarchic country preyed on by bandits where the forces of law and order were involved in human trafficking. “At one point, we were caught by people who said they were police,” he said. “The police then sold me for 500 dinars (310 euros, $365) to a man who made me work in a tomato field for a month. You have to work.” Sanogo fled across the desert to Niger where he was imprisoned again before finally escaping to Tunisia. Then a people smuggler promising a path to Europe convinced him to return to Libya.
‘Pricing you like merchandise’
“We were captured and locked in a small room with 60 other people,” and were “not able to wash,” he said. “When the Arabs entered they wore masks due to the smell,” he said, shaking his head at the memory. “They are buying you. You’re there, you have been arrested, you see they are judging your price like merchandise. They bought you and you’re going to work… like a slave,” he said. “They hit you all the time – especially if you’re big like me – until the blood flows, with sticks, metal, the butt of a gun. “For food, you are given a piece of bread and a piece of cheese, that’s all… I’m happy to be back,” he said. “I would not wish it on my enemy.”
‘Humiliation for Africa’
Another migrant, Seydou Sanogo from Abidjan, said: “You would have to see what we lived through to believe it”. But not everyone wanted to leave Libya. One woman with an 18-month-old baby said she did not want to return to Ivory Coast. “We were waiting for the boat. We were almost there,” said the woman, who did not give her name. The slave auction footage has triggered an outcry across Africa, bringing to public consciousness a situation that has previously been condemned by many non-governmental groups and observers. Music and football stars have expressed their outrage at the revelations, including Ivorian reggae singers Alpha Blondy and Tiken Jah Fakoly, as well as footballer Didier Drogba. “It is a double indignation, a cry from the heart: I am shocked to see the children of Africa die… trying to find a better tomorrow,” said A’Salfo, lead singer of the group Magic System. “A humiliation for Africa.” The United Nations said the slavery auctions should be investigated as possible crimes against humanity, and the issue will be on agenda at an African Union-EU summit on November 29 to 30 in Abidjan - Capitalfm.co.ke
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UK BUDGET 2017 IN BRIEF
* Stamp duty for first-time buyer home purchases up to £300k abolished
* The duty on the first £300k of up to £500k also scrapped for first timers
* £44bn thrown at house-building to deliver 300,000 new homes a year
* UK economic growth forecast for 2017 slashed from 2% to 1.5%
* Extra £3bn over the next two years for Brexit preparations
* Tax-free personal allowance to rise to £11,850 and higher rate threshold to £46,350 in April 2018
* Duty on beer, wine, spirits and most ciders will be frozen, equating to 12p off a pint of beer
* Vehicle excise duty for diesel cars that do not meet latest standards to rise by one band in April 2018
* £1.5bn package to "address concerns" about the delivery of universal credit
* £2.8bn in extra funding for the NHS in England
* Young person's railcard extended to 26-30-year-olds
UK Budget 2017: UK growth forecast cut by Hammond
Chancellor Philip Hammond has given a sobering assessment of the economy, saying it is expected to grow more slowly than previously thought. But he sought to rally Conservative MPs in his Budget by scrapping stamp duty for the first £300,000 spent by first-time buyers, a saving of up to £5,000. The cut will apply to buyers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Mr Hammond also promised £1.5bn to "address concerns" about the flagship universal credit scheme. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the government had a "record of failure". At the start of his speech, Mr Hammond struck a positive note, saying the economy continued to "confound those who seek to talk it down" by creating jobs and continuing to grow. But he then said productivity levels remained "stubbornly flat" with growth until 2021 expected to be lower than predicted in March. It is the first time in a generation that growth is forecast to grow below 2% every year. Mr Hammond's statement came with him under pressure from Eurosceptic Tory MPs and others calling for more spending to ease austerity. The chancellor - who has been accused of being too pessimistic about life outside the EU - said £3bn would be spent on Brexit planning, and that the government would prepare for "every possible outcome"
What were the other key announcements?
* Freezing alcohol duty apart from an increase in duty on high-strength white ciders
* The price of 20 cigarettes goes up by 28p and by 41p for 30g of rolling tobacco
* A promise to fund a pay rise for nurses if one is recommended by an independent panel
* Refunds on VAT for Scottish emergency services
* A one-off tax on new diesel cars that do not meet latest emissions standards
* £28m for Kensington and Chelsea council for counselling and regeneration in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire
* Bringing forward a planned cut in business rate rises by two years to 2018
* An extra £2.8bn for the NHS in England up to 2022
* Support for electric cars including a £400m charging infrastructure fund
* A new railcard offering discounts to those aged between 26 and 30.
Housing - what's changing?
Housing had been billed as one of the key themes of the Budget - and the chancellor promised the "next generation" that getting on the housing ladder would not be just a "dream". Promising the government would deliver 300,000 new homes a year, he pledged £44bn capital investment and measures aimed at getting building projects started. And towards the end of his speech he made the pledge on stamp duty, which is paid by people buying properties over a certain value. Rates vary across the UK - in England, Wales and Northern Ireland it kicks in at £125,000 - and in Scotland, which has its own devolved tax - at £145,000. The cut will only operate in Wales until the matter is devolved next April and stamp duty replaced by a land transaction tax. Mr Hammond said his change would benefit 95% of first-time buyers. But in its assessment, the Office for Budget Responsibility said the main gainers would be those who already own a home. It also said it would lead to higher house prices and predicted it would only lead to an extra 3,500 first-time buyer purchases.
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Mnangagwa vows jobs and 'new democracy'
Zimbabwe's incoming leader has hailed the start of the country’s "new and unfolding democracy" as he made his return from exile.
Addressing supporters hours after returning to Harare, Emmerson Mnangagwa pledged to create jobs and kickstart the faltering Zimbabwean economy. The 75-year-old will be sworn in as president on Friday - two weeks after he was sacked as vice president by longtime ruler Robert Mugabe and fled to South Africa. Mr Mnangagwa said: "I pledge myself to be your servant. I appeal to all genuine patriotic Zimbabweans to come together. We work together. No-one is more important than the other - we are all Zimbabweans.
"We want to grow our economy. We want peace in our country. We want jobs, jobs, jobs in our country." The President-designate claimed he left Zimbabwe after being informed of plans to "eliminate me", adding that he was "subjected to poisoning" in August. To loud cheers, he referred to "former president Robert Mugabe" and said: "The people have spoken. The voice of the people is the voice of God." After emerging from hiding in South Africa, Mr Mnangagwa met with South African President Jacob Zuma and flew to Zimbabwe in a private jet.
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The adoption of online filing of returns using Kenya Revenue Authority’s (KRA) iTax system has helped boost the country’s tax administration ranking globally. A new report by the World Bank and business consultancy firm PwC has hailed the iTax platform, saying it had substantially simplified tax administration, which had, in turn, enabled medium-sized firms to file tax returns with ease. The report, titled Paying Taxes 2018, ranked Kenya at position 92 globally in terms of ease of paying taxes last year, a 26 per cent jump from position 125 in 2015. The report looked at the time taken to file taxes, the number of taxes a firm is required to pay, a company’s total tax liability and handling of post-filing processes that included tax refunds from the tax authorities. “In 2016, there was a widespread adoption of online filing of taxes and this is one of the reasons there has been an improvement in the general tax administration in Kenya,” said Titus Mukora, director PwC. “The improvement was largely driven by electronic filing and payment systems and the widespread adoption by taxpayers.” According to the report, it takes a total of 185 hours to file taxes, compared to the previous 195 hours while businesses had to pay a total of 26 taxes in 2016, an improvement from 34 taxes in 2015. - The Standard
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A KENYAN MAN HAS PASSED AWAY IN CONNECTICUT, USA
It is with deep regret that the family of Dominic Gicheru Kariuki, 33 announce his passing away, which happened on Thursday November 16, 2017. Dominic died peacefully in his sleep at his family residence in Danielson, Connecticut, Massachusetts, USA. Dominic leaves behind his sister Jane Kariuki of Putnam CT and Pauline Kariuki of Tennesse;cousin Catherine Njoroge of Worcester and other family members in Kenya. He will greatly be missed by close family of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Njoroge Kibe (Danielson CT) with whom he lived with for over 10 years and had become their loved son. Following his death, the family invites you for daily prayers to be held at Miss Catherine Kibe’s house 21 Ludlow Street Worcester MA 01603 starting Sunday November 26th from 4pm. Family and friends are also invited for visitation/wake to be held Tuesday November 21st at 3pm and November 22nd at 11am, 623 Main Street East Hartford CT, 06108. Memorial service will be held Sunday December 3rd at St. John Anglican Church 29 Main Street Sutton MA starting at 2pm. Funeral shall be held at his family home in Limuru, Kenya. Dominic was a pleasure to have and enjoyed drawing as a favorite hobby among other things. Blessing be the name of the Lord. We welcome prayers and any financial support which can be done via CashApp: 8604209640For further information please contact the following Jane Kariuki: 860 420 9640, Catherine Kibe: 7745356838, George Ngari Mwangi: 8603774144 OR Peter Gatongo: 5086156437. - Diasporamessenger.com
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Teachers’ sacrifice and critical role lauded in good results
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i announces the 2017 KCPE examination results at KICD on November 21, 2017. He praised teachers for good work.
The critical role and sacrifice that teachers played in the administration of this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) was evident on Tuesday when the results were released. The Teachers Service Commission Chief executive Nancy Macharia explained during the event how teachers were kept incommunicado during the process with head teachers waking up as early as 4am to collect examination materials. “I commended teachers for accepting critical role of centre managers, which required them to wake up as early as 4am to be in containers and they did it in a splendid manners, waking up at 4am is not easy. "They also prepared the candidates from nursery to Standard Eight and going even to mark the examination,” Mrs Macharia said.
She went on: “We are very proud of teachers for fantastic job, supervisors and invigilators who assisted the process by agreeing to implement tough examination rules including g remaining incommunicado as they were not required to have phones during the exams.” “You can imagine some of them are mothers, others are fathers and you can imagine the anxiety of staying without phones and not disobeyed these rules until the exams were over and we appreciate them.” Mrs Macharia said the improved performance in the national examination also indicate teachers are working as the year was not good due to high political temperatures.
However, Mrs Macharia cautioned those who engage in irregularities. “We are appealing to a few errant teachers who failed to stick to professional ethics to style up,” she said. Kenya National examination Council (Knec) chairman George Magoha lauded the teachers for the good work saying it was evident during monitoring of the examination. “I saw candidates doing the mathematics calculation with confidence. That shows they were ready,” Prof Magoha said.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i also praised teachers for good work. “I thank the teachers and parents who, in one way or another, prepared the candidates until they were ready to sit the examinations,” the CS said. He said the government will work towards improving the welfare of teachers so that they can focus on teaching. Dr Matiang’i said last year, the Ministry exposed a scandal in some private schools that operated multiple examination centres with an aim of engaging in unethical practices meant to enable them to record favourable ranking in national examinations. - Daily Nation.
Bitcoin exchange clocks record highest rate of $8,408.31 on Tuesday 21st Nov. 2017
MARY NJONJO OF HERI HOMES ARRIVES IN LONDON
Mary Njonjo of Heri Homes arrived in London early this morning of Tuesday 21st November, 2017. Mary arrives a basket full of 4 New Heri Homes Projects in Nairobi, Kenya. Kitisuru Phase 3, Kitisuru Phase 4, 4-bedroom maisonette with a servant quarter in Thika and Daystar University Shopping Mall Shop Spaces. Mary has done very well in the diaspora this year. She has sold more than 300 properties to Kenyans in the Diaspora. Heri Homes off plan scheme together with their Heri Homes Housing Cooperative Society has helped many to raise money for the deposits. Now their Cooperative Society has gone a step father of giving x5 of your savings in the Society without any problem because your house is the security. Asked by Mr. Seed why she arrived in London at 1.00 a.m this morning, Mary had this to say: "The Early Bird catches the worm. I have to arrive early to beat everyone else as I have done before. This time, I am in for a serious business. Tell everyone who thinks he cannot afford to buy a house in Nairobi to call me. As they UK housing have started accepting Bitcoin, I will also accept Bitcoin." concluded Mary as she jokes. For more information please contact Mary Njonjo 07404679182 or +254 737265816 (on WhatsApp) and her email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Fresh start' as Robert Mugabe resigns
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has announced his resignation with immediate effect. Wild celebrations broke out as a resignation letter was read out in the country's parliament, where impeachment proceedings against the ruler had begun. Mr Mugabe said he had chosen to step down "to ensure a smooth, peaceful and non-violent transfer of power", adding that he made the decision voluntarily. The announcement sparked jubilant scenes in Zimbabwean capital Harare, where protesters had gathered to call for the 93-year-old to be removed from office. Paul Mangwana, a senior official from ruling party ZANU-PF, has told Sky News that exiled vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as President on Wednesday.
Safaricom’s online portal set to sign up foreign vendors
Safaricom Director- Strategy, Joe Ogutu.
Safaricom’s e-commerce platform, Masoko, is set to start signing international vendors on its online portal in the first quarter of 2018, enabling local customers to purchase items directly from abroad. The platform, modelled after retail e-commerce giants Alibaba (Chinese) and Amazon (US), went live yesterday offering more than 20,000 items from 160 vendors. To buy products, shoppers are required to create an account, provide shipping address and pay via mobile money or make card payments before delivery of the items by Wells Fargo or Sendy, the official Masoko partners. “We view this initiative as part of our ongoing initiatives to drive value for our customers. Masoko will form part of the Sh32 billion we are investing on our platform this financial year,” said Safaricom Director- Strategy, Joe Ogutu. Kenya’s e-commerce sector is dominated by brands such as Jumia, Kilimall, OLX, Pigiame among others. Safaricom is expected to face stiff competition from market leader Jumia, which boasts 5,000 vendors. - Daily Nation.
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Bitcoin breaks $8,000 barrier amid speculation over spin-off
One unit of the cryptocurrency now valued at more than six times an ounce of gold, after tenfold rise since start of 2017
London, Friday 17 November 2017
The price of the virtual currency bitcoin has broken the $8,000 barrier for the first time, prompting speculation that it could soar past $10,000 by the end of the year. The rise means one unit of the world’s first major cryptocurrency is now valued at more than six times an ounce of gold, traditionally seen as a safe-haven investment in times of economic turmoil. Bitcoin’s value is regularly volatile but despite several steep falls this year it has now surged tenfold from around $800 at the beginning of 2017 to more than $8,000 in the early hours of Friday morning. Its latest increase, a month after it broke through $5,000, is linked to speculation about the likelihood of a “hard fork” to create a spin-off currency. Expectations of a fork tend to boost bitcoin because when it happens, existing holders gain some of the new currency for free. Bitcoin’s market price has been volatile lately after the cancellation of a technical upgrade known as SegWit2x, designed to increase transaction speeds. According to the cryptocurrency exchange CoinBase, a large number of bitcoin “miners” – people who provide the computational power that underpins bitcoin in exchange for the chance of financial reward – could now go ahead with their own upgrade. There is speculation that this could trigger a fork. Lukman Otunuga, a research analyst at the foreign exchange broker FXTM, said: “I find it remarkable and somewhat frightening how, no matter how much bitcoin is pummelled by sellers, it simply bounces back even stronger.
“Will bitcoin hit $10,000 before year end? This is the question every investor is asking.” Nicholas Gregory, chief executive of the cryptocurrency business CommerceBlock, said there was more to bitcoin’s rise than speculation about a fork. “The cryptocurrency’s momentum is being driven by a growing sense among speculators that the banking industry is firmly in its crosshairs,” he said. “Increasingly, traders and speculators are looking at banks as Blockbuster Video and bitcoin as Netflix.” Bitcoin has proved particularly controversial, with financial pundits divided over its stability and long-term prospects. Jamie Dimon, the JP Morgan chief executive, has branded it a “fraud” fit only for drug dealers, murderers and people living in places such as North Korea, China banned bitcoin exchangesthis year, sending the currency’s value tumbling more than 40% from $5,000 to below $3,000. Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has called forregulation of cryptocurrencies, saying their use “bears serious risks” such as money laundering, tax evasion and funding for terrorism. Bitcoin was launched in 2009 after being invented by Satoshi Nakamoto, believed to a pseudonym for multiple developers. Within three years it had achieved parity with the dollar, and it has surged, amid periods of intense volatility, ever since. - The Guardian, London
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At least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bombing on a mosque in northeast Nigeria, according to police. Police say the young bomber was mingling with worshippers in the town of Mubi when he detonated his explosives.
Kebs tightens used car import rules
Importers of second-hand motor vehicles will no longer have a three-month grace period after the expiry of the deadline set by Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) in a bid to enforce the eight-year age rule. This means that all certificates of roadworthiness for vehicles whose year of first registration is 2010 will only be valid up to December 31, 2017. Importers must therefore ensure that all vehicles with such certificates arrive at the port of entry by the same date. Under the rule by Kebs, dealers will be expected to complete import arrangements for used motor vehicles whose year of first registration is 2010 by the end of next month. “This is not the first time that we are doing this. We are simply reminding motor vehicle importers to move fast and ensure inspection by end of November to allow for shipment in December to avoid roll over cases that have been experienced before,” said Kebs managing director Charles Ongwae. Mr Ongwae said Kebs has witnessed significant compliance by importers on the eight-year rule. “This means that motor vehicles owned by residents, diplomatic staff and the general public registered in January 2011 will only be allowed in the country as from January 2018,” he said. Imported vehicles must pass safety and mechanical inspection, must be right-hand drive and must be less than eight years old. This is aimed at reducing the risk associated with substandard vehicles entering the Kenyan market are safe for use. But Mr Charles Munyori from the Kenya Auto Bazaar Association (Kaba) said that implementing the age limit regulation is impossible because Kenya allows vehicles with no age limit from neighbouring countries such as Tanzania to enter the country. He said that a law should be enacted at the regional level to govern the age limit of vehicles. “It is high time countries in the East African Community agrees on a harmonised age limit. Unfortunately, EAC has been dropping this proposal arguing that Kenya is a mature economy with citizens who can afford better cars,” said Mr Munyori. - Daily Nation.
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Unrest forced Opposition leader Raila Odinga to travel to Zanzibar on Sunday night, his adviser Salim Lone has said. “The unrest pushed Odinga out of the country. He left Kenya and is now in Zanzibar, off the coast of mainland Tanzania,” Lone told the New York Times on Monday. The NASA chief arrived to a grand welcome from the US on Sunday but tear gas and shootings followed. Tension carried on over the weekend and on Sunday, police fired teargas to disperse a crowd that was protesting against the murder of five people in Riverside near Mathare. Earlier today, Raila’s daughter Winnie said a tear gas canister was thrown at his car before fire was opened. In a statement by Lone, Winnie said a gunshot was what damaged the windscreen of the car her father travelled in from the JKIA in Nairobi. The car was damaged on Jogoo Road as the two moved along surrounded by his supporters. A six-judge bench has dismissed petitions challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election and upheld his victory. Chief Justice David Maraga said the Supreme Court upheld Uhuru’s re-election in the re-run as two key petitions against the victory lacked merit. In his response to the verdict, the opposition leader said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rule remains illegitimate. - the-star.co.ke
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Robbers dig tunnel and make away with Sh50m
Police officers outside the KCB Bank in Thika where Sh50 million was stolen in the night of
November 19, 2017. Three people have been arrested in connection to the robbery.
Robbers who appeared to have learnt from an American crime television series dug a 30-metre-long tunnel into a bank’s strongroom in Thika Town and stole more than Sh50 million. The criminals dug the tunnel from inside a stall opposite the Thika divisional police headquarters, where they had been running a bookshop, through which they accessed the local Kenya Commercial Bank branch and stole the money. Not even the police, stationed just 150 metres away from the bank, noticed any suspicious activity — until Monday morning, when the money was discovered missing by the branch manager, Mr Samuel Ng’ang’a.
Mr Ng’ang’a told the police that he noticed that something was amiss when he opened the bank’s vault. “When the manager opened the strongroom, he smelt smoke and reported the matter to the police,” Kiambu police commander Adiel Nyange said. Mr Nyange added that officers immediately rushed to the bank’s strongroom and noticed that the items stored there were in disarray. They also found a hole that had been dug inside. “The officers started checking a building adjacent to the bank. They eventually found a tunnel that was leading into the bank. "It was then that the bank officials checked the safes and realised that slightly above Sh50 million had been stolen,” the police boss said.
The building, Friendly Exhibitions, hosts several stalls that include M-Pesa shops and bookshops. It is in one of the bookshops that the tunnel had been dug. Police said drilling must have started soon after the traders rented the stalls in June. “They packaged the sand in cartons and sacks, which they loaded into a vehicle. They gave the impression that the cartons and sacks contained textbooks. Traders occupying other stalls had not detected the tunnel, neither did officers whose station is 150 metres away from the building,” Mr Nyange said.
The owner of the bookshop is said to have rented three stalls in June, and was yet to fully settle as every now and again neighbours could hear sounds from the shop and concluded that some repairs were being done. Police suspect an individual occupying a stall next to the three, who was running a phone repair shop, was part of the syndicate. They said the man is at large. Thika District Business Association chairman Alfred Wanyoike said he had attempted to woo the two into the organisation but they kept saying they were not yet fully settled. “They were young people, hardly known around here. I doubt they were residents of Thika,” Mr Wanyoike said.
The police are holding three people for questioning. One is the custodian of the keys for the stalls and the other two are the building’s agent and an employee of the phone repair shop. “Those who rented the stalls are at large. They are the main culprits. We are holding these three for questioning. "Investigations will reveal whether it was an inside job but as of now, we cannot rule out anything,” Mr Nyange added.. - Daily Nation.
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Brexit: Key Leave ministers appear
to back £40bn EU divorce bill
Theresa May appears to have won the backing of Cabinet Brexiteers to double the UK's "divorce bill" offer from £20bn to £40bn. At a tense two-hour meeting of senior ministers in 10 Downing Street, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are believed to have agreed to the move - with conditions. As a result, the Prime Minister is now poised to offer £40bn later this week if the rest of the EU is ready to move towards trade talks in December. And in another significant move aimed at breaking the deadlock in Brexit negotiations, the UK will allow a role for the European Court of Justice after Brexit. The moves were agreed at a meeting of the Cabinet's Exit and Trade (Strategy and Negotiations) Cabinet committee, already being called a Brexit "war Cabinet".
'Roadmap agreed' with Robert Mugabe, says Zimbabwe's military chief
Zimbabwe's military chief Constantino Chiwenga says a roadmap has been agreed with deposed president Robert Mugabe. Mr Chiwenga also added that vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose firing led to the unrest in the country, will return to Zimbabwe "shortly" to meet with the president. Mr Chiwenga called for calm and patience, and paid tribute to Zimbabweans for their support. It said it was "encouraged by new developments" in discussions with the president, who has resisted calls to resign and now faces impeachment. Robert Mugabe has rubbed the noses of his opponents in his decision not to resign, by ordering weekly cabinet meetings every Tuesday at State House, his official residence. The 93-year-old, who has been in charge in Zimbabwe for 37 years, is defying the overwhelming will of the people, the military and the political party he set up, by ignoring calls to stand down. An ultimatum from his Zanu-PF party to resign by midday or face impeachment, came and went with no word from President Mugabe. The party will now press ahead with the procedure, which it believes can be done and dusted in just a couple of days. However, Dr Tarisai Mutangi, a constitutional lawyer, has told Sky News impeachment could take months. "He knows the law is on his side, that the constitution is on his side and that the king pins of this process want to do it constitutionally, and that means it's going to take quite some time," Dr Mutangi said. Under the Zimbabwean constitution, the president can be impeached for four things:
* Serious misconduct
* Failure to obey, uphold or defend this constitution
* Willful violation of this Constitution
* Inability to perform the functions of the office because of physical or mental incapacity
Maraga upholds election, Uhuru to be sworn-in on November 28
Supreme Court judges preside before delivering a ruling on cases that sought to nullify
the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in October, November 20, 2017
The Supreme Court has dismissed two key petitions and upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory in the re-run on October 26. One of the cases was filed by former Kilome MP Harun Mwau and the other by activists Njonjo Mue (International Commission of Jurists) and Khelef Khalifa (Muslims for Human Rights). "The court has unanimously determined that the petitions are not merited," Chief Justice David Maraga ruled on Monday, after considerations by the six-judge bench. "The presidential election is upheld." The full judgment will be delivered in 21 days. Maraga explained they could not do this today, and that the petitions were consolidated and heard together, due to time constraints. "After the hearings of the petitions, we retired with only two days left to the deadline. It was impossible to write a full judgement," he said. "What we [will] read today is a summary verdict on issues raised. The petitioners had asked the court to nullify the election on grounds of low voter turnout and violence in areas where the vote was boycotted.
The judges considered factors including enactment of changes to election laws and its impact, Raila's withdrawal and its effects, failure to conduct fresh nominations and failure to conduct polls in 25 constitutes. Following a directive by the NASA chief, the election was mainly boycotted in Kisumu, Migori, Siaya and Homa Bay counties. The repeat poll was ordered by the Supreme Court after it annulled the results of the August election, won by Uhuru, over procedural irregularities. IEBC declared Uhuru the winner of the repeat with 98 per cent votes after a turnout of 38.84 per cent. Raila then announced his moves - a national resistance movement and people's assemblies - through which the opposition and its supporters will push for several reforms. In last week's court proceedings, lawyers for both sides - those challenging the poll and those defending it - argued the country was on the brink and would "plunge into the abyss" depending on the court's ruling. Violence has rocked several parts of the capital since the original August 8 election and the fear is a repeat of the 2007/8 violence that left at least 1,300 dead and more than 600,000 internally displaced. - The Star
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Supreme Court was under duress, Uhuru reign illegitimate - Raila
Chief Justice David Maraga presides before delivering a ruling on cases that sought to nullify the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, November 20, 2017.
Raila Odinga's perception of the government as 'illegitimate" has not changed with the Supreme Court's verdict on President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election. The Supreme Court dismissed two key petitions and upheld Uhuru's victory in the re-run on October 26. One of the cases was filed by former Kilome MP Harun Mwau and the other by activists Njonjo Mue (International Commission of Jurists) and Khelef Khalifa (Muslims for Human Rights). "The court has unanimously determined that the petitions are not merited," Chief Justice David Maraga ruled on Monday, after considerations by the six-judge bench. "The presidential election is upheld." But Raila, through his adviser Salim Lone, said: "We in NASA had repeatedly declared before this Supreme Court ruling that we consider this government to be illegitimate and do not recognise it. This position has not been changed by the court's ruling." In a statement on Monday, Lone said the ruling was not surprising to the coalition, whose candidates Raila and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka withdrew from the poll. "This ruling didn't come as a surprise. It was a decision taken under duress. We do not condemn the court. We sympathise with it," he said. After the ruling, Kisumu youths stoned and burnt a vehicle in Kondele. They were seen trying to dismantle the white car as others looked for rocks to break the windscreen before they set it ablaze. But in Rift Valley and Central, Jubilee Party supporters celebrated saying justice had been served. - The Star
All eyes on apex court as it rules on poll petition
Chief Justice David Maraga arrives for the hearing of the presidential election petition at the Supreme Court
after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner in the October 26, 2017 elections, Nairobi, November 16, 2017.
Focus will today be on Chief Justice David Maraga as Kenyans wait to see if the Supreme Court will uphold the reelection of President Uhuru Kenyatta or nullify it for a second time. Will the Supreme Court deliver a unanimous decision? Will it be a tie or will there be a dissenting opinion once again, where the majority either for or against Uhuru’s election will carry the day? Should the six judges, who heard the case tie and give a three-three verdict, then Uhuru will carry the day and he will be sworn into office on November 28. The six are Maraga, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, and justices Jackton Ojwang, Smokin Wanjala, Njoki Ndung’u and Isaac Lenaola. They retreated on Thursday night with voluminous and lengthy submissions to come up with a verdict that will chart the country’s destiny and probably end months of speculations and political anxiety. In his closing remarks, Uhuru urged the judges to dismiss the petition, saying there is zero basis to send Kenyans to another election.
Through his legal team, led by lawyer Fred Ngatia, the President accused the opposition of sponsoring “proxies” to challenge his well-deserved win after boycotting the October 26 poll. His message to the court was “return the country to the Kenyan people” and rule for the “common good of the nation”. But activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa, through lawyers Julie Soweto and Harun Ndubi, told the judges not to fear nullifying Uhuru’s win for a second time as long as they uphold the rule of law and the Constitution. Soweto said nullifying the “illegal election” will be “shutting the door unto darkness”. The key issues the judges will look at include the question of nominations. The electoral agency told the court it was guided by the Supreme Court’s decision of September 1, directing it to hold a repeat presidential election within 60 days. The judges will also look at whether the election boycott in some regions affected the outcome of the presidential poll. If the judges, either by majority or unanimously decide to invalidate Uhuru’s win, they will order a repeat election for a second time. The judges may also decide to dismiss the case. - The Star
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Open toilets for your clients, CS Mailu orders banks, malls in Kenya
Clashes erupted in a Nairobi slum Sunday after four bodies were found
in the streets, hiking tensions on the eve of a Supreme Court ruling
on the validity of last month’s divisive election re-run.
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Pastor Joseph NJuguna (2nd left) in 1995 with his friends Mr. Mukiri (far left) and Pastor Njuguna's brother.
On right is Man of God at Heathrow Airport in his way to USA for a mission
Man of God flying on 1st Class from London to USA (left) and on right Man of God and his wife Sofie.
Storm Caroline could leave Britain colder than Lapland with odds on
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An intelligence report has revealed that Kenyan-born Al Shabaab leader, Ahmed Iman,
is contemplating to quit the terror group after major fall-out with its leadership.
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Uhuru Kenyatta pays courtesy
call on former President Moi
President Uhuru Kenyatta paid a courtesy call on Former President Daniel Moi at his Kabarak home this Sunday afternoon. This is not the first time Uhuru has visited Moi, in February, Uhuru met the former President, Kanu chairman Gideon Moi and West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo at Moi’s Kabarnet Gardens residence in Nairobi. Uhuru’s visit came a few weeks after his mother Mama Ngina paid Mzee Moi a visit at his Kabarak home. It was during that meeting that Kanu joined hands with Jubilee as they had done in 2013 to ensure Uhuru got enough support in the Rift Valley. Lonyangapuo said retired President Moi asked the party leadership to consider the matter. Baringo Senator Gideon Moi also reiterated his support for President Kenyatta few days after the meeting. “We in Kanu decided to back President Uhuru because we want to give him a chance to build his legacy and positively change the lives of Kenyans. He means well; let us give him our votes,” said the Senator.
The Senator reaffirmed his support for the re-election of Uhuru in the repeat elections. “Prior to the August 8 General Election, Kanu endorsed President Kenyatta but his victory was annulled by the Supreme Court. We are law abiding people thus we respected the court’s verdict and our resolve to back him in the repeat presidential poll is still solid,” stated the Kanu chairman. Uhuru’s political journey has not been a walk in the park, he suffered a humiliating defeat in his first quest to be an MP in 1997 and was rejected and once more in his first bid at the presidency in 2002 he lost. In December 2, 1989, President Moi was guest speaker as Uhuru wedded Margaret Wanjiru at the Nairobi’s Holy Family Basilica. Moi had said in his remarks: “Nafurahi kijana sasa atakua na boma yake ndio ajue kumenyana na wanaume wengine (I am happy the young man now has his own homestead and will learn to fight it out there with other men).” Uhuru’s political journey commenced after Moi’s remarks. - standardmedia.co.ke
Theresa May is expected to get the green light from ministers to increase her Brexit
“divorce bill” offer in a bid to break the deadlock with Brussels, the FT reports...
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Danish police say Kenyan killed baby before suicide
Ms Rashida Shironya, who died in Denmark on November 10, 2017
Police in Denmark now say a Kenyan woman who was found dead alongside her 10-month-old son at a house in Gentofte last week could have killed her child before committing suicide. Following enquiries by the Sunday Nation, police in the town of North Zealand, which is in the Danish island of Zealand, said in an update that an examination of Ms Fridah “Rashida” Shironya’s body led them to the conclusion that she took her own life. “As part of the investigation, there has been autopsy of the deceased, as well as a number of technical examinations,” the police said in a statement on Friday, which we translated from Danish.
Ms Shironya’s husband, a Dane, is the one who had alerted police of the death of the two. Initial reports had indicated he was being treated as a suspect but the police have ruled out his involvement. “All of these studies show that the mother killed the little boy and then herself. Nordsjællands (North Zealand) Police wishes to emphasise that the man is beyond any suspicion on the matter,” the statement added. Early last week, North Zealand police investigator Brian Grayston told the Press that the team of investigators included a forensic clinician. Ms Shironya, who is in her 20s, had been working with the Teachers Service Commission in Nairobi and she flew to Denmark in July 2014 to live with the man she had met when he worked in Kenya with a global charitable organisation. She hails from Kakamega County.
Since her death, her friends have been weighing in with messages on Facebook, a social media site, particularly the ones she posted on the Thursday and Friday before her death, which made reference to emotional abuse. “Her latest posts on FB (Facebook) were a cry for help. I wish I had reached out to her,” wrote one Nyambura at the Mkenya Ujerumani blog, which largely covers issues involving Kenyans living in Germany and neighbouring countries. One of the online posts on November 9 read: “Just because a person doesn’t put hands on you, that doesn’t mean they aren’t abusive. Abuse is control, blatant disrespect, and also hurtful words.” One of Ms Shironya’s close confidants, who did not wish to be named for personal reasons, told theSunday Nation that her friend had hinted at marital problems and kept breaking down during their conversation.
“I spoke to her after seeing the posts,” said the friend, who wanted her to take time off the marriage. “But she told me, ‘I can’t do anything; I have a baby’. Then she started crying. That’s the painful part of it. She was like, ‘How can I leave a baby? The moment I step out of this house, I’ll be deported’.” She assured Ms Shironya that there was no cause for deportation: “I was like, ‘No, there is no way they can deport you just like that.’ I think she didn’t have that much knowledge of what to do.” One of the last actions Ms Shironya took was to send contacts of her mother to her friend living near her house in Denmark. She also sent a contact of the Denmark friend to her mother. Ms Shironya’s friends are currently raising money on GoFundMe, an online fundraising platform, for the family in Kenya to travel to Denmark. “We are working on finding a way to bring Frida’s family to Denmark as they live in Kenya. We are appealing to people of good heart to help in financially facilitating this and the funeral for our two angels,” says a message on the site. By Saturday 47,656 Danish Krona, equivalent to Sh783,264, had been raised from 219 people. - Sunday Nation.
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KISMAYU TRADERS IN SOMALIA SELLING CHARCOAL ON MAY 21, 2013. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP
The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday urged the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) to implement a ban on charcoal exports which earns Al-Shabaab at least Sh1 billion ($10 million) a year. In adopting a resolution renewing the ban, the council acted on the basis of a UN monitoring group finding that Al-Shabaab earns at least $10 million a year by shipping charcoal primarily to Dubai. KDF contingents assigned to Amisom are specifically cited in the UN monitors’ report as having failed to assist Somali authorities in blocking charcoal exports. The report notes that Kenyan troops are deployed at the two ports in Somalia from which Shabaab sends charcoal to Dubai. KDF commanders have denied the monitors access to those ports in Kismayo and Buur Gaabo, the report states. The council resolution adopted by a vote of 11 in favour and four abstentions urges Amisom to assist Somali authorities in “implementing the total ban on the export of charcoal from Somalia.” - - businessdailyafrica.com
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||St. Andrew’s, Turi a school with deep Scottish connection
ST. ANDREW’S SCHOOL WAS FOUNDED BY THE LEVET FAMILY AND TAKEN OVER BY PETER
AND JEAN LAVERS, POPULARLY KNOWN AS MA AND PA. FILE PHOTO
The Third Baron Delamere settled in Kenya in 1901. After two failed attempts to secure land from the government, he was eventually granted 100,000 acres of land in 1904 in an area between Nakuru and Njoro, which he aptly named Equator Ranch. The government later proceeded to set aside land for European settlement in the larger Nakuru area, Njoro, Molo, Kericho, Eldoret and Kitale, which came to be known as the “White Highlands”. Delamere played a large part in encouraging white settlement in these areas and his friend Lord Egerton joined him in Njoro soon after World War 1. It was for these white farmers’ children that St. Andrew’s School, Turi was established in 1931. St. Andrew is the patron saint of the Scottish people and the feast of St. Andrew is commemorated on November 30 every year in Scotland.
The school was founded by the Levet family and taken over by Peter and Jean Lavers, popularly known as Ma and Pa. Situated near Molo town at over 8,000 feet above sea level, the school sits on a generous 300 acres of prime land, which easily replicates the climate in the Scottish Highlands. The first enrolment comprised 15 pupils drawn from the white farming community at Molo and its environs. In 1944, the school was burnt to the ground following a fire in the kitchen. The British colonial government gave permission for Italian prisoners of war, who were in plentiful supply at the time, to help in rebuilding the school as the estimated cost of replacement was very high. This time the school was built using stone instead of timber. The school crest features a phoenix rising from the ashes, and an annual bonfire commemorates this episode in the school’s history. The first African pupils were admitted in the 1970s. In 1988, a secondary school based on the IGCSE system was opened for children between the ages of 13 and 18. Today St. Andrew’s, Turi is a large and successful boarding school providing a first-class education to children from East Africa and beyond. A college to prepare students for university was added in 2010.The school caters for about 600 students between the ages of five and 18.
Recently, the Kenya media was abuzz about an allegedly “leaked” menu from St. Andrews, which revealed that the students eat an array of expensive meals such as waffles, chipolatas and grilled tomatoes for breakfast and lasagna, meatballs, chicken drumsticks and turkey tagine with pitta bread for other meals. To be honest, in a school where the fees range from Sh304,000 to over Sh800,000 per term one can only expect the very best facilities all round and the exceptional quality of meals comes as no surprise. St. Andrew’s is regarded as one of the top international schools in East Africa. It is fully co-educational, and the majority of pupils are boarders. The school has an overtly Christian foundation and encourages pupils to “live and lead with integrity”. It is one of nine schools in Kenya who are members of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS), the body representing the top prep schools in Britain. The Kenyan schools form the largest IAPS group outside of Britain and, with rising numbers, are an unusual phenomenon, proving highly popular with African families as well as expatriates. As Michael Joseph famously said, “Kenyans have peculiar habits”.
Kenya is the only former British colony to have kept such a concentration of prep schools. Could these extremely “English” schools be seen as a relic of empire? Unfortunately, the Kenyan education system is based very much on passing exams whereas the system in prep schools is more holistic. The expanding number of prep schools in Kenya reflects the faith in the calibre of British education as well as in the principles that the prep schools instil. It has been argued in some quarters that the environment in these high-cost schools tends to shield pupils from the harsh conditions of the real world particularly for African children who lose touch with their culture. Parents in this case, have a huge task of filling the gap where they want their children to learn the African culture as well. Small class sizes of not more than 26 pupils, higher teacher-student ratios, a wide range of academic and extracurricular activities and more personalised and specialised teaching are the secret to success at such schools. The holistic nature of learning helps to bring out the best in each student and not necessarily in the academic realm. For those fortunate enough to afford the cost, there is real value for money at St. Andrew’s, Turi. - businessdailyafrica.com
Zimbabwe latest: Thousands celebrate end of Mugabe era
Jubilant scenes are unfolding on the streets of Zimbabwe's capital Harare, as protests demanding the resignation of President Robert Mugabe have turned to a celebration of the army's role in ending his grip on power. BBC correspondents say protesters are hugging soldiers in the crowd and cheering for them. One man told the BBC the day was "about a new beginning". The rally is supported by the army and members of the ruling Zanu-PF party. War veterans - who until last year were loyal to the president - are also saying Mr Mugabe should quit. A BBC correspondent in Harare says this is a watershed moment and there can be no return to power for Mr Mugabe. A man arriving at the rally said: "As Zimbabweans, we are saying to our army: Thank you very much for the peaceful intervention.
"And it's time for the masses of Zimbabwe to say: Mugabe must go and must go, like, yesterday. We can't wait to see his back. For us, it's about a new beginning. "For us, it's about the end of authoritarian rule and we are going to take our Zimbabwe back." Mr Mugabe, 93, had been under house arrest since the army takeover on Wednesday, but on Friday he made his first public appearance. He spoke only to open the graduation at a university of which he is chancellor. Grace Mugabe was not present. It had been thought she had left the country but it emerged on Thursday that she was at home with Mr Mugabe. The military made its move after a power struggle over the successor for Mr Mugabe, who has held power for 37 years. He sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week, apparently to pave the way for his wife Grace Mugabe, who is four decades younger than him, to take over the presidency instead. The military said it was "engaging" with Mr Mugabe and would advise the public on the outcome of talks "as soon as possible". Mr Mugabe has led Zimbabwe since it gained independence from Britain in 1980.
Fear has lifted overnight
Analysis by the BBC's Andrew Harding in Harare
Euphoric crowds are surging through the centre of Harare, chanting "He must go!" and waving placards demanding President Mugabe's immediate resignation. People are sitting on their cars, horns blaring, and on top of buses, holding Zimbawean flags. "This is a revolution," said one man emerging from a supermarket to join the protesters. "It has been a long time coming." For years such scenes have been unthinkable in Zimbabwe, but the army and governing Zanu-PF gave these rallies their blessing, and the fear that held back so many people appears to have lifted overnight. "We just want change," said a woman in a long queue outside a bank in the centre of Harare. Others spoke of the country's deep economic problems and its soaring unemployment, and hoped that a change of leadership might improve people's lives. "Mugabe and his wife must leave the country," read one placard being waved at a crowded intersection in front of the party's headquarters. The governing party - now ruthlessly purging itself - will be hoping to retain its iron grip on power in Zimbabwe, but today's extraordinary street protests may have unlocked forces that will be hard to control.
Who is protesting in Harare?
Christopher Mutsvangwa - the leader of the influential war veterans' association - earlier this week called for a huge turnout at the rally. "We want to restore our pride and tomorrow is the day... we can finish the job which the army started." "There's no going back about Mugabe. He must leave," he said. Meanwhile, at least eight out of 10 regional branches of the Zanu-PF party voted on Friday for Mr Mugabe to resign as president and party secretary. In an unprecedented broadcast, several regional leaders appeared on state TV saying that he should step down. They also called for Grace Mugabe to resign from the party, and for Mr Mnangagwa to be reinstated in the party's central committee. The party's members agreed to mobilise support for and attend Saturday's rally. The party is planning to hold a special central committee session over the weekend to discuss the crisis. The BBC's Anne Soy says the sight of ruling party supporters, war veterans and civil society at the anti-Mugabe rallies is unprecedented.
Goons leave a trail of destruction
Organised criminals in the Nasa procession Friday left a trail of destruction as they marched from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to the city centre. A man armed with a bow and arrows was captured on camera taking cover behind a police lorry, then aiming at the police near the City Stadium. At the same time, protestors lit newspapers and threw them into the police lorry, setting it ablaze. It was one of the vehicles reduced to shells on Jogoo Road. Other vehicles had their windows shattered with stones.
During the procession, another man was captured on camera holding a bunch of ripe bananas in his right hand while on the left, he carried a knife stained with what appeared to be fresh blood. Another gang of about 10 men broke into an M-Pesa kiosk along Jogoo Road. In another incident during the chaotic day, youthful men broke into Airtel branded kiosk and Amarus shop on the road. At Burma market, youths stormed the stalls and looted soft drinks and slaughtered chicken as well. Fruit vendors who operate on the roadside also lost their goods. A Nation vehicle carrying journalists was stoned and its windscreen shattered by youths. The matter was officially reported to police.
In the Nasa procession, there was a pick-up truck loaded with jerricans, from which the supporters picked water to wash their faces when tear-gassed. All the way from the airport, where supporters received Mr Odinga, a group of youths shielded the politicians and never left their side even when they reached the police blockades. But at the junction of Haile Selassie Avenue and Processional Way, one of Uhuru Park’s exits, the crowd ran for cover to Railway Club grounds, leaving the politician’s SUVs, forcing them to drive on. Lynching incidents were reported on Landhies Road, country bus and at Ngonya wa Gakonya grounds at Ngara. National Police Service spokesman George Kinoti said five people were killed in the chaos. - Daily Nation.
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Four die as aircraft and helicopter
crash in mid-air near Waddesdon
Four people have died after an aircraft and a helicopter crashed in mid-air over Buckinghamshire. Two people were killed in each aircraft, Thames Valley Police said. Police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said they have launched a joint investigation to establish the cause of the collision just after midday at Waddesdon Estate, near Aylesbury. A Wycombe Air Park spokesman said both aircraft came from the airfield.
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Chaos and gunshots as Raila Odinga enters Nairobi CBD
Chaos, teargas, running battles and suspected live bullets marred Nasa leader Raila Odinga's entry into Nairobi city centre upon his arrival from the US on Friday. Mr Odinga left Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in a convoy of tens of vehicles accompanied by a host of Nasa leaders and hundreds of their supporters.
Chaos started immediately the convoy left the airport, with the vehicle ferrying Mr Odinga taking the wrong side of Mombasa Road. This was because the route heading to Mombasa had a gridlock stretching kilometres following violent confrontations between police and Mr Odinga’s supporter in the morning. The Nasa supporters wanted to force their way into the airport but police lobbed teargas canisters at City Cabanas and other sections of the road to arrest their march. The convoy later diverted from Mombasa Road to Jogoo Road but the chaos followed Mr Odinga and his team as police engaged youths in running battles. Their plan was to march through Jogoo Road on to Haile Sellasie Avenue, then into Uhuru Park, but the violent confrontations just would not stop.
The clashes between Nasa supporters and police brought business to a standstill on the busy road that serves eastern parts of the capital. The City Stadium roundabout was brought to a standstill as police blocked road in their bid to stop the chaos from spilling over into town. For the better part of the afternoon, no traffic was not moving as traders closed kiosks and fled for their safety. A mini bus belonging to Forward Travellers sacco, a police lorry and two pull carts were torched outside Burma Market. Along the road, smoke from burning tyres billowed and competed with the teargas police were firing without stopping.
From Rikana Supermarket all the way to Muthurwa Market, the road was littered with the rocks Nasa supporters used to engage the police. The chaos took a different turn at Muthurwa after Nasa supporters were engaged by rival group believed to be Jubilee supporters. President Uhuru Kenyatta's supporters are opposed to Nasa demos, which they argue disrupt businesses and lead to destruction of property and loss of lives. Police used verbal orders, teargas, live bullets to restore calm and order on the road without much success. They also sprayed the youths with two water canons but Nasa supporters would not stop charging at them. At some point, police resorted to using live bullets, with gunshots heard for a few minutes near Muthurwa Market. A man was seen in pain on live TV after he was allegedly shot in the foot.
Motorists and journalists were not spared as they attacked and injured in the chaos. A Nation car has been hit by a teargas canister lobbed by the police. The canister hit and smashed the car’s windscreen. The police threw the canister as the car made its way through the Likoni roundabout to join the Jogoo road. Inside the car the Nation reporters Silas Apollo, Brian Moseti, photographer Denis Onsongo and driver Nicholas Musyoka. Earlier, police assaulted Mr Moseti at the airport and snatched him his staff badge. The officers accused the journalist of taking their pictures as they battled the protesters. The attack on the car occurred in the convoy of Mr Odinga who was en-route to the city's central business district. KTN journalist Duncan Khaemba was also hit and injured on the head as he reported the violence that was covered live by national TV stations. - Daily Nation.
Wreckage of ill-fated chopper recovered
at Lake Nakuru after three-week search
Part of the ill-fated helicopter that was recovered at lake Nakuru. Nakuru, Kenya: Divers from Kenya Navy have located the helicopter which crashed into Lake Nakuru after more than three weeks of search. The helicopter crashed into the lake a few minutes after take-off from Jarika Hotel on October 21 morning with five people on board. The five who were in the ill-fated helicopter owned and operated by Flex Air Charters included Apollo Malowa (pilot), Veronicah Muthoni, Sam Gitau, John Mapozi and Anthony Kipyegon. Bodies of the pilot and Kipyegon were recovered in the first week of the search to the relief of parents who had camped at the Lake Nakuru National Park. The search conducted by experts from various fields and professional divers drawn from Kenya Navy assisted by Kenya Rescue Divers and Kenya Life Savers has not been successful for the past 28 days. - The Standard
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Emmy Kosgei Kneels Before Her
Husband and Social Media Can’t Cope
A photo of gospel artist Emmy Kosgei kneeling before her husband has hit social media leaving many women gasping and men wishing. In her own wisdom, humility is key and controlling one’s character pays off. And to cap it, treating your husband like a king will add the much-needed value to your marriage. Putting her words into actions, she knelt before her husband Apostle Madubuko as an act of humility and submission.
‘’Humility is never a weakness in life.. pride as they say comes before a fall. It doesn’t hurt to humble yourself, it doesn’t take anything out of you it actually adds! You remain a rib and helper to him regardless of you status financially or otherwise, must you be right always.
Must your point come through always Must you announce your contribution inyour marriage Must it be known that you do all things
Learn to tame your character, learn to bite your tongue. Treat him like a king that he is, love and honor him…. some little acts look foolish but it adds value! Do it out of love! Wisdom is profitable! Step down from 7th flr.’’ She posted.
As expected, it did not go well with everyone and some thought her actions were out of order.
morigold007 No, I will never do this shit: D. King my a** haha
mom_angel_the_iron_lady Not by kneeling for him only for God not a husband cheeiiiii abomination
ikuamrs To my God only….
Some of the comments read.
Well whatever the case, to each his/her own. In an interview with Eve Woman Mercy Masika another celebrated gospel singer said that humility was key in marriage. In her words “Submission is greatness under authority and ordained by God. Pride is a big culprit for failure in marriages.” She however said that that should not be misused or taken advantage of. Emmy and Madubuko have been married for four years after an unforgettable wedding they threw down in Kenya in 2013. - Standardmedia.co.ke
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Esther Wairumbi has authored a book being launched 8th December in Nairobi and you are all welcomed. Her new book IDEAS INTO PROFIT 8 Essential steps, To Help Make Your Business Idea A Reality; highlights on some of the steps a successful entrepreneur needs to consider to ensure success.
From her expansive experience in banking sector in the city of London where she advised and supported SME for many years, she shares helpful advice, useful tip and pitfalls to avoid when starting up. The book is aimed at those wishing to take their business ideas to the next level and also to encourage many people to consider entrepreneurship in order to create opportunities for themselves and for others.
Unemployment level globally is alarmingly high and predicted to rise. For many young people the future outlook is not promising. Faced with dwindling employment opportunities, jobs for life becoming extinct and shrinking pension pots, a decent lifestyle is just but a dream for many. Equally disturbing is the high levels of people who work but still live in poverty.
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Returning where our parents were shot in front of us
Seventy years ago, a young British couple was shot dead at a mission hospital in Kashmir, making orphans of their three sons - one only two weeks old. To mark the anniversary two of those sons, now white-haired, made a personal pilgrimage to the spot. "I feel very emotional to be here," says Doug Dykes, standing yards from the veranda where his mother and father suffered fatal bullet wounds when he was two years old. "I saw my parents being killed - that's what I've been told. My father tried to stop the attackers approaching the nuns and he was shot. I ran screaming towards my father. My mother ran after me - and then she was also shot." There's a touch of anguish in his recollections - a sense that he may in some way have been responsible for the death of his mother. - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
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Carer jailed for 21 years after 'smashing skull' of
90-year-old woman with seven-inch hammer
A carer who smashed the skull of a 90-year-old woman with a seven-inch hammer and stabbed her in the throat has been jailed for 21 years for attempted murder. Abosede Adeyinka, 52, was handed the prison term at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday following the attack on 90-year-old Pamela Batten at her home in Lilac Place, Yiewsley . She was the former carer of Ms Batten's late husband Ernest. Adeyinka, of Hayman Crescent, Hayes , was convicted by a jury at the court on Wednesday (November 1), following eight days of evidence at a trial after the defendant pleaded not guilty. Born in Woolwich but raised in Nigeria, Adeyinka returned to the UK as an adult. The court heard she was previously convicted while aged in her late 20s and 30s on actual bodily harm and burglary charges. She had worked as a Sunday school teacher, educating more than 30 young children in London, and had previously worked at St Mary's Hospital in an administrative role for several years. The carer was heard sobbing in the dock as the judge delivered his sentence. Judge Peter Clarke QC said: "You went to Pamela Batten's house and rang the bell or knocked on the door but there was no answer. "There was a long delay so you went to the keysafe for which you knew the combination. "You thought you were going into an empty house, which shows your intentions." Earlier the court was told that Ms Batten's husband, who Adeyinka had cared for before his death, had kept a sum of money in the house that Ms Batten was not aware of.
Zimbabwe latest: Mugabe in crunch talks over his future
Robert Mugabe met the army chief who led the move against him
Zimbabwe's long-time President Robert Mugabe has been holding direct talks with the army over his future. Pictures emerged of the 93-year-old meeting the army chief and two envoys from South Africa at his official residence in Harare. The army put Mr Mugabe under house arrest on Wednesday after moving in to take control. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says Mr Mugabe must resign but sources suggest the president is resistant.
President Mugabe, his wife Grace and Army General Emmerson Mnangagwa
Why did the military take this action?
President Mugabe has been in control of Zimbabwe since it threw off white minority rule in 1980. However, the power struggle over who might succeed him, between his wife Grace Mugabe and former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has split the ruling Zanu-PF party in recent months. Last week, Mr Mugabe came down in favour of his wife, sacking Mr Mnangagwa, a veteran of Zimbabwe's anti-colonial struggle. That proved too much for military leaders, who seized control of the country on Wednesday. "He is refusing to step down. I think he is trying to buy time," one source close to the army leadership told the AFP news agency. Zanu-PF officials had earlier suggested Mr Mugabe could remain nominally in power until the party congress in December, when Mr Mnangagwa would be formally installed as party and national leader.
What do South Africa and the region want?
South Africa is hosting millions of Zimbabweans who fled after the country's economy crashed in 2008. It has a special interest in seeing stability restored. South African Defence Minister Nosiviwe Maphisa-Nqakula and State Security Minister Bongani Bongo are the envoys meeting Mr Mugabe on behalf of Sadc, which South Africa currently leads. They will be pushing for a democratic solution. The body, which represents 16 countries, does not support coup-led governments as this would set a dangerous precedent in the largely peaceful region, says the BBC's Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg. The head of the African Union (AU), Guinean President Alpha Condé, was clear the AU would "in no case accept" a military seizure of power. He said he was "inviting the army to return to its barracks and return to constitutional order".
And Zimbabwe's opposition?
Mr Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T) party and the main opposition leader in Zimbabwe, said on Thursday: "In the interests of the people, Mr Robert Mugabe must resign... immediately." Mr Tsvangirai, who has been abroad receiving treatment for cancer, also called for a "negotiated all-inclusive transitional mechanism" that would lead to "comprehensive reforms for free and fair elections to be held". This has been echoed by another Zimbabwean opposition leader, Tendai Biti, who told the BBC: "It is urgent that we go back to democracy... that we go back to legitimacy but we need a transitional period and I think, I hope, that dialogue can now be opened between the army and Zimbabweans."
Petitioners slapped with KSh80mn bill to copy voters register
Hours after the Supreme Court granted their adamant pleading for access to the register, the
petitioners returned to the court through counsel Harun Ndubi, to protest the cost
It was a case of biting off more than one can chew when rights defenders Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa were confronted with the Sh80 million cost of copying the voters register. Hours after the Supreme Court granted their adamant pleading for access to the register, the petitioners returned to the court through counsel Harun Ndubi, to protest the cost. Ndubi submitted to the court that they had expected the ‘State’ to foot the KShs. 80 million bill from the printers.
“Access to justice must be reasonable. Now this fee they’re asking for Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa of Sh80 million is completely unreasonable. We will not afford it let me say bluntly,” Ndubi told the court. Chief Justice David Maraga was however unsympathetic and was unrelenting that if Mue and Khalifa wanted a hard copy of the register, it was only right that they bear the cost. Especially as, IEBC submitted, the cost had been made clear to the petitioners right from the onset, at the filing of its responses. “In the reply of the Commission, that figure was actually indicated. If it is to be produced within the time that is remaining for this court to sit, it requires to be done in the factory. That will take about two days and that is the cost of production. If it was to be copied, in Kenya, at the normal rate of photocopying or printing, it will take about two weeks for all 450,000 pages at a cost of Sh40 million,” translating to about Sh89 per A3 page.
Forced to choose between parting with a cool Sh80 million and a free soft copy, the petitioners settled for the latter. In addition to a certified copy of the voters register, the Supreme Court also directed the IEBC to provide Mue and Khalifa access to the original presidential election result forms now popularly known as 34A, 34B and C. It however declined to compel the IEBC to open up its servers, make available the KIEMS logs, proffer its internal memos or avail polling station diaries on the grounds that the IEBC had already made available some of these records but also: “Because of the sheer impracticability of their implementation given the short time left for the determination of the petitions at hand. “Others have been declined because they were not pleaded with sufficient articularity in the petition yet others were declined on grounds that they are couched in such general terms as to be no more than fishing expeditions,” Supreme Court judge Smokin Wanjala gave by way of explanation. - CapitalFM
Man freed after 'wrongly' spending 45
years in jail for rape and kidnap of nurse
Wilbert Jones walked free from prison after his conviction was overturned. Pic: Innocence Project New Orleans A US man has been freed from jail after "wrongly" serving nearly 50 years in jail for the rape and kidnap of a nurse. Wilbert Jones has walked free from prison after a judge overturned his conviction for the crime, which took place in Louisiana in 1971. He thanked God for his freedom and for his loyal family, who never gave up hope, as he left the prison in Baton Rouge where he had been moved in preparation for his release. He also hugged his legal team at the Innocence Project New Orleans, the charity that had worked for more than a decade to get him out of jail. Earlier this week, State District Judge Richard Anderson said the case was "weak at best" and authorities withheld evidence that could have cleared him decades ago. On Tuesday, when the court heard he would be released, Mr Jones showed no reaction even though many of his relatives were reduced to tears as they hugged each other. His lawyer, Emily Maw, praised his "extraordinary strength" for spending "over 16,000 days in prison for something he didn't do". His niece Wajeedah Jones said she expected his first request on being released to be served his favourite food. "We will have the gumbo ready for him when he gets out," she said.
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.
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Kenyan Woman and 10-Month-Old Son
Found Dead in Apartment in Denmark
Police in Copenhagen, Denmark are currently investigating the mysterious deaths of a Kenyan woman and her son in their apartment. The woman, who has since been identified as Fridah Rashida – a native of Kakamega, and her 10-month-old son, Kwanza, were found dead on Saturday morning in Gentofte, a municipality about 20 minutes from Copenhagen. According to reports from Denmark, police suspect foul play but no suspect has been arrested so far. Police said they received a call from the woman’s husband and child’s father after he reportedly found them dead. “We found a woman and a little boy. We had technicians and an on-the-spot forensic clinician to investigate what happened in the apartment,” investigator Brian Grayston of North Zealand(Nordsjællands) Police said as reported by the Danish paper, BT. The husband was questioned by the police upon their arrival at the scene, but he was later released. He is currently not a suspect in the case. Due to the sensitivity of the case, the police in their press statement could not disclose the cause of deaths or any other details. “Of course we have talked to the father and he has been allowed to go afterwards, as everything points to the fact that it is a very tragic event in the small family,” added Brian Grayston. - http://nairobiwire.com
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ANNE KANSIIME’S MARRIAGE WITH OJOK IS NO
MORE, TALES OF CHEATING AND BARRENNESS
In 2013, Gerald Ojok drove all the way to Anne Kansiime’s home in Kabale where the two were officially married in a traditional ceremony. It was a union of an Acholi man and a Mukiga woman. It was not just a marriage of two people, it was a marriage of two tribes and two separate regions. In 2016, BigEyeUG broke the story when the first signs of a marriage break-up had begun to show. This had mainly been attributed to Kansiime’s busy career where she had been unable to find time for her man. Nonetheless, the families spoke sense to the couple and the two got back together. But now, it seems Ojok finally gave out and the two have gone separate ways. It all started when Kansiime built her Kansiime Backpackers at Lake Bunyonyi. As such, Kansiime started spending most of her time in Kabale and less time in Kampala. Ojok who had already complained that he was tired of eating the maid’s food everyday was now complaining of ‘long time no see’ when it came to his wife. The Kyambogo University employee would take weeks, sometimes even a month without seeing Kansiime. “The few days Kansiime would come to Kampala, she would be packing up her clothes for a gig outside the country. She was either on the plane or in Kabale,” a friend to the couple tells us.
All of a sudden, rumours begun circulating that Ojok was cheating on Kansiime. This infuriated the Ninja causing her to separate bedrooms and opt for the guest’s bedroom whenever she was in Kampala. Ojok on the other hand was dealing with endless questions from his family that kept asking for a child. “Honestly, the family said that it was coming to five years and there was no child in the marriage and Ojok was not getting any younger. They wondered whether Kansiime was just childless or was just not interested in giving Ojok a child,” a friend further narrates. One unfortunate day, Ojok landed on some paper evidence of his wife being on contraceptives. He was in shock. Ojok could not believe that all along Kansiime had intentionally just denied him an offspring. Did she not trust him? Had she chosen a great career over her marriage? It is then that he confronted Africa’s queen of comedy and all hell broke loose.
According to their neighbours, Kansiime kept telling Ojok; “you are not the man I got married to. I don’t think I still feel the same way I felt about this marriage. I need some soul-searching.” The black chocolate as Kansiime prefers to call him went mad and hinted that Anne’s over reliance on contraceptives could have been the cause of the miscarriage. It was a straw breaker. Anne broke down in tears, something that is very uncommon among Bakiga. As such Ojok’s marriage has become a joke. Although once in a while, Kansiime may post a photo of Ojok, to many friends, all this had become a disguise tactic for a marriage that is no more. Although the two once in a while meet at their Kampala house, it is not the same love in the air. Ojok says he can’t stand going to Kabale and managing the backpackers as he says it makes it look as if it’s Kansiime that married him.
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Don't worry, God will use your case to prove to them that,
their pushing you away, does not determine your destiny
He pushed me away and later said "sorry"
I went to the banking hall few months ago. As I was about to enter, a man ran ahead of me and pushed me away, so he could quickly join the long queue before me.
I did not say anything.He thought l would come behind him, but I was actually not there to withdraw some cash, I had come to deposit.
So I walked to the deposit machine and I was the only one there.When I finished depositing and I was about to leave the hall, the man came from the queue and apologized for pushing me away.
With a regretting smile on the face,he said 'I am sorry please for pushing you away, I thought you were coming to this queue".
I just smiled and assured him not to worry. But since then, the lesson in this story kept coming to my mind, and I feel I should share it, for us all to learn from it.
Family, who are you "pushing away"and trying to outrun in the race for destiny, relationship, bussiness, ministry, career,etc?
Are you sure that you're going to the same 'queue' (destination)? Your path may seem the same, but your destinations are different!
How many people did you say 'sorry to' after you mistakenly pushed them aside, before you realized that, that person was not actually going to the same queue as you?
Are you reading this and you are pushing people away by slandering them, hindering their progress, blocking their promotion, spoiling their good names through lies and rumours, all in a bid to 'get there' before them.
I challenge you today, to take it easy.You might not be going to the same destination. It might surprise you later that, with all your pushing away that you're doing, they may still leave you on the 'queue' of destiny.
Finally, are you reading this and you can feel people in your office, ministry, business, etc pushing you away so that they can get ahead of you?
Don't worry, God will use your case to prove to them that, their pushing you away, does not determine your destiny, it is the Lord who does.
Please, don't push away anybody whom you might meet on the same path, because you might not be going to the same' queue' (destination).
Everyone has unique and special destiny. Run your race.In my case I will limp my race.
Zimbabwe crisis: Did China give nod to army takeover?
The Chinese military holds a welcoming ceremony for Gen. Constantine Chiwenga
The general behind Zimbabwe’s coup may have sought Chinese approval days before the army launched its takeover of Robert Mugabe’s government, it emerged on Wednesday. Mr Mugabe remained under house arrest, still president of Zimbabwe if in name alone, a prisoner of once slavishly loyal generals who now hold the country’s fate in their hands. As the former British colony faced a deeply uncertain future under military tutelage, a trip to Beijing by Gen Constantine Chiwenga, the head of the armed forces, last week has reignited concerns about rising Chinese influence in Africa. The general held high-level meetings with officials from the Defence Ministry, and visited a school to observe a Shaolin Kung Fu class. Although the Chinese foreign ministry insisted Gen Chiwenga’s visit was a “routine visit”, analysts have suggested that Beijing may have given the rebellious army chief its tacit blessing in advance. Mr Mnangagwa and his allies have made conscious efforts to court Beijing as both an investor and a military partner. China, which has displaced Western rivals to become Africa’s largest trading partner and is a major investor in Zimbabwe, notably declined to call for Mr Mugabe’s restoration yesterday, despite his long ties to Beijing dating back to the Cold War. Last year, China pledged to invest $4bn in Zimbabwe for investment, loans and aid over the next three years. Responding to the coup, the Chinese foreign ministry merely stated that Beijing was “paying close attention to developments”, prompting suggestions that China had agreed to sacrifice “Comrade Mugabe” in the interests of an orderly succession.
Registration for all Kenyans of the age of 70 and above
Kindly note...registration for all Kenyans of the age of 70 and above for the inua Jamii cash transfer programs under the ministry of EAC,labour and social protection will commence on 3rd July to 31st August 2017,the eligibility criteria is a national id and all persons over the age of 70 rich or poor...first payment will be on January 2018. Pass this information as much as possible.
They will be given NHIF cards with a limit of 3.2m per year (I may be wrong about the limit), and will cover many treatments like dialysis, prostrate, Hypertension, major & minor surgeries, cancer treatments e.g. radiation, chamotherapy, etc.
Please let's register our parents (those who have reached the age of 70). Free treatment in all Government hospitals as well as any other private hospital graded A by NHIF. For hospitals graded B, also coverage is pretty high.
Registration is at the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection
Mugabe wife flees Zimbabwe as Military takes over
There are explosions in Harare as military vehicles roll in but the army denies seizing power as forces detain Robert Mugabe. Armoured vehicles have been spotted heading towards Harare,Zimbabwe‘s capital, a day after the army commander threatened to “step in” to calm political tensions over President Robert Mugabe‘s sacking of his deputy. Eyewitnesses said military vehicles were also blocking major roads outside the city, with the ruling ZANU-PF party, led by Mr Mugabe, accusing the head of the army, General Constantino Chiwenga, of “treasonable conduct”. Mr Mugabe – the only leader Zimbabwe has known in 37 years of independence – sparked a rift with the military by sacking his Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa, 75, last week. The long-serving veteran of Zimbabwe’s 1970s liberation wars had been viewed as a likely successor to the President. However, his downfall appeared to pave the way for Mr Mugabe’s wife, Grace, to succeed her 93-year-old husband. Mr Mnangagwa, who enjoyed the backing of the military, fled the country and said he and his family had been threatened. Over 100 senior officials allegedly supporting him have been listed for disciplinary measures by a faction associated with Ms Mugabe.
On Monday, General Chiwenga warned that the military would not hesitate to step in to end purges against former liberation war fighters, including Mr Mnangagwa, who is known as the “crocodile” because of his perceived shrewdness. “We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that, when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in,” said General Chiwenga in a statement. “The current purging ... targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith.” The commander of Zimbabwe Defence Forces, and political ally of Mr Mnangagwa, added that the ZANU-PF had been hijacked by people who did not fight in the 1970s conflict, which some commentators read as a criticism of Ms Mugabe: a vocal critic of the former Vice President. In response to the General’s words, ZANU-PF issued a statement accusing the commander of “treasonable conduct”, saying his comments were “clearly calculated to disturb national peace and stability” and were “meant to incite insurrection”. It was not clear whether the commander still had his post.
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One person held as arsonists burn vehicle in Dundori forest in Nakuru county
Police in Bahati have launched investigations into an incident in which unknown people drove a car into Dundori forest and set it ablaze. According to residents living near the forest, several gunshots were heard at around midday within the forest before a huge dark smoke was seen billowing from the forest. “I was going on with my normal duties at home when I heard gunshots in the forest. As I rushed to my neighbour, a huge plume of black smoke filled the sky, which prompted us to report the matter at Dundori Police Post,” said Peter Kuria, a local resident. Through the registration number of the vehicle, the police were able to identify the owner who was called in and assisted in the arrest of one of the suspects. “We identified the owner of the vehicle, Mr Edward Mwangi, using the registration details. He had hired the vehicle to two people in Roysambu, Nairobi, one of whom we have since arrested,” said Mr Wafula. One of the suspects, a 19-year-old student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultural Technology, was arrested after the police laid a trap. “The owner of the vehicle called one of the people he had hired the vehicle to and organised for a meeting. One of the boys showed up and was arrested,” said the OCPD. - The Standard.
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"Can you fly with us to Nairobi Mr. Seed through Kigali then Nairobi"
Caught at the World Travel Market in Excel, London last week is Rwanda Air team at the Rwanda Stand. As I passed through the stand Rwanda Air country Manager Mr. Dennis Malala Rwiliriza (far left) said: "Can you fly with us to Nairobi through Kigali, then Nairobi. We are now flying from Gatwick Airport." where he was accompanied by Rwanda Air Accounts Manager Donna Holmes (2nd left). At the same stand, Kenya and Friends in the Park team Mercy Kiminta and Lydiah Olet caught up with the Rwanda Air team where they supplied them with a copy of "Karibu" magazine. Rwanda Air is now flying from Gatwick Airport to Kigali and then Nairobi with a one and a half hour stop over in Kigali. They are flying on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Their fares are very competitive. You can make a booking with Rwanda Air through Tel: +44 1293874096 or visit www.rwandair.com
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A KENYAN AND HIS FAMILY LIVING IN ST. KITTS, CARIBBEAN
I met a Kenyan Mr. Peter Ngunjiri at the World Travel Market, Excel, London last week. Mr. Ngunjiri and his family has been living at St. Kitts & Nevis, Caribbean for the last 20 years. How did he end up living in the tiny islands in the Caribbean?
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Supreme Court locks out Jubilee, Nasa from petition
Chief Justice David Maraga speaks at the Supreme Court during the pre-trial hearing of election petitions on November 14, 2017.
The National Super Alliance and Jubilee Party were last evening kicked out of the petitions filed at the Supreme Court, challenging the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The judges also suspended from the hearing a case filed by Institute for Democratic Governance (IDG) against Nasa leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi because they said it was not time-bound. The six judges also expunged from the court records the controversial internal memos obtained from Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Attorney General Githu Muigai was admitted as interested party but his application as amicus curiae, friend of the court, was rejected. In their determination last evening after the pre-trial hearing, judges headed by Chief Justice David Maraga directed that Nasa cannot be retained as a respondent in the matter and parties to the case were restrained from making any references to Nasa leadership. They also admitted Dr Ekuru Aukot as an interested party saying that his application meets the criteria. On the IEBC memos, which turned to be a quick win for Mr Kenyatta, lawyer Mellisa Ng’ania said the documents were obtained illegally and should not form part of the record.
Ms Ng’ania said there is a procedure for obtaining information from public bodies, and that there is no evidence such request was made to the commission by the petitioners. “They are clearly internal memos. Without such request it is best to assume that they were obtained illegally,” she said. She added that retaining the memos would jeopardise the work of the commission and infringe on the independence of the independent bodies. The lawyer said had the commission wanted the documents to be in the public domain, they would have been displayed on its website. The President, through lawyer Fred Ngatia, also wanted some documents filed one day after the deadline struck out of the case. “I do not need to emphasise that the petition must be filed within seven days, a day which was to expire on the midnight of November 6,” Mr Ngatia argued.
The lawyer also wanted an affidavit by James Ngodi in support of the petition by Mr Mue and Mr Khalifa struck out of the petition, arguing that retaining it would cause confusion because it is not part of the record. “If you remove the documents that were filed out of time, strike out some paragraphs because they speak to the documents in contention,” he asked the court. Mr Kimani Muhoro, for IEBC, supported the removal of the letters from the court record, arguing they were selectively introduced to create a narrative.
The lawyer said the court should abhor such conduct as the memos are inconclusive. But the petitioners, through lawyer Julie Soweto, explained the difficulties they encountered while filing the documents, pointing out that it was their duty to bring to the court sufficient copies of the petition. “Justice should be administered without undue regard to procedural technicalities,” Ms Soweto said. “This is a procedural technicality.” Wednesday morning the court will formally start the hearing of the three presidential petitions challenging the election of President Kenyatta for a second term. - Daily Nation.
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Foreign exits from Safaricom drag down the market
The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) full-week performance was dragged lower by foreign investors exiting Safaricom and banking shares. The main NSE-20 share Index fell 1.3 per cent to close the week at 3,752.15 points. Data showed foreign investors were net sellers for the second week running as their participation at the bourse dropped to 56.6 per cent from 61.5 per cent the previous week. Safaricom was the main casualty of the foreign exits, which sliced its share price by 3.9 per cent to hit a three-week low of Sh24.50 a share. The counter was, however, still 27.9 percent higher this year, double the average NSE performance. Dealers said a call by the main opposition party Nasa to its supporters on November 3 to boycott Safaricom services had not influenced the downturn in the share price. “There is no fundamental change to the company or the industry or economy as a whole that you can pin on the drop,” Ronald Lugalia, head of trading at Kingdom Securities, said. Safaricom’s share price was unchanged on Monday. - businessdailyafrica.com
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Rains continue with spate of destruction
A woman is assisted to cross a flooded section of Sultan Hamud-Kasikeu-Kyambeke Road in Makueni County on November 11, 2017.
Heavy rains continued to wreak havoc in parts of the country; damaging crops, destroying property and major roads. In Homa Bay County, at least 10 farmers at Kanyikela Ward in Ndhiwa are counting losses after their crops, including maize, beans, tobacco, cassava and millet were destroyed. Strong winds also blew off roofs from two buildings.
Mr Joram Okolla, whose 10 acres of maize and beans was destroyed in Otange village, said he had lost crops worth about Sh110,000. Other villages affected include Minyere, Gul-Kopondo and Ariri. Cane farmers are the most affected since their produce cannot reach Sony Sugar Factory in Awendo. “Sometimes our cane is stolen from the immobile tractors at night. Sony should suspend cane transport in the affected areas until the roads are improved,” a farmer in Ogwedhi, Mr John Okello, said.
Kiganjo residents in Thika on November 11, 2017 wade through a flooded street.
Motorists in the eight sub-counties are now forced to use longer routes to avoid the damaged sections. The road situation in Kilifi County is similar. Ganze deputy county commissioner Mohamed Mwabudzo, however, said the distribution of KCSE exam papers has not been affected by the rains. “As we speak now most roads are impassable in Midoina and Rima Ra Pera,” he said.
Mr Mwabudzo said some areas of Sokoke and Jaribuni were also affected by the rains. However, in Kitui County the exam was delayed after the vehicle transporting the papers was swept away while crossing River Karura in Mwingi Central. A school principal and his driver escaped unhurt after their Land Rover was overpowered by the swollen river in the morning The maths and biology exam papers were retrieved by Good Samaritans. Kitui County commissioner Boaz Cherutich said a rescue team was quickly mobilised to dispatch the exams safely to schools as the principal, driver and some invigilators were given alternative means of transport.
In Meru, the rains have led to water shortages in the town and its environs. Meru Water and Sewerage Services acting technical manager Christopher Murithi said rains had led to blockage of intakes, making it difficult to pump water to treatment plants. In a message to customers, the firm stated: “Due to heavy rains, the water received at the treatment plant is extremely muddy and untreatable. We are doing all we can to normalize supply.”
Mr Muriithi also said frequent power outages had hampered pumping of water and urged Kenya Power to solve interruptions speedily. Separately, irate Juja, Kiambu County, residents on Monday held demonstrations protesting the poor state of roads, especially the road leading to Juja Farm from Juja flyover. The residents, waving placards and twigs, accused the county leadership of failing to repair the roads, whose condition has been worsened by the rains. Attempts by their MP Francis Waititu to calm the protesters were futile, but he later assured them that Governor Ferdinand Waititu would address the issue.
In Embu, acting county secretary Wilson Ireri and his family escaped unhurt after their vehicle was swept away by flash floods on the seasonal River Muiru, in Mutuobare. He was travelling from Kindaruma when the vehicle got stuck and attempts to push it did not help as it was carried away by raging waters. The occupants got out and escaped to safety. - Daily Nation.
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A KENYA LADY HAS PASSED AWAY IN BEDFORD, UK
A Kenyan lady has passed away in Bedford, UK. The late Maimuna in her 40s passed away in a Bedford Hospital a week ago. Maimuna's final resting day is on Tuesday the 14th November 2017 at 10 a.m. in Bedford, UK at Norse Road Cemetery, 100-104 Norse Rd, Bedford MK41 0RL. More later.
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Kenya Govt to break ground on 8,000 housing unit project in Mavoko
The ministry is also planning to set up 10,000 units to clear up slums in informal settlements part of its social housing mission/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 8 – Transport and Housing Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has said the government will build 8,000 houses in Mavoko on a 55-acre piece of land, with construction expected to kick off next month. The housing project, he says, is part of the government’s plan for building 1 million houses within the next five years with a target of building 200,000 units every year targeting the middle class. “Apart from the piece of land in Mavoko, we are considering other locations where the government owns land so that we can build there too,” Macharia said in a press briefing Wednesday. The ministry is also planning to set up 10,000 units to clear up slums in informal settlements part of its social housing mission. Macharia said the social housing project will be fully executed by the national government – with the assistance of the National Treasury – while the 1 million house project will include private sector players’ participation. “The social housing project will be executed within the slums. This is mainly because there is a vast majority of slum dwellers who want to remain within those locations. We are also considering the issue of lack of land. With proper utilization of technology, this is will be possible.”
The National Housing Corporation, a parastatal under the Ministry of Housing, will contribute 6,000 houses to this ambitious target across 8 counties over the next three years. NHC chairman Francis Gitau Mungai said the parastatal will also construct housing estates with a combined 5,000 units on Eldoret (Uasin Gishu County), Stoni Athi (Machakos County) and Changamwe (Mombasa County) and another 1,000 units in Voi (Taita Taveta County), Kericho, Kisumu, Meru and Nyeri Counties. “We are cognizant of the fact that majority of Kenyans are yearning to access decent and affordable housing,” Mungai said, with conventional estimates showing Kenya has a shortage of close to 2 million houses. Mungai says among the issues that face the sector is the availability of land and utilization of new technology. “There’s also a need to have supporting infrastructure such as roads, electricity and water. Regardless of how good the houses we put up can be, things such as good roads are extremely important,” the Housing CS said. The two were speaking during the handing of a Sh23.7 million cheque by the National Housing Corporation to the National Treasury from its 2015/2016 fiscal year where it made Sh339.9 million in its pre-tax profit. - capitalfm.co.ke
EX-MAYOR ELIZABETH KANGETHE ENGAGEMENT IN LONDON
Former Mayor Elizabeth Kangethe was engaged by Bishop Benson Kariuki well known as BK on Sunday 12th November, 2017 in Revival House Church, London were the mayor worship and is a leader in the church. The colourful ceremony was attended by hundreds of friends and family members who came to witness the occasion. Pastors prayed for the couple and their families. Speaking at the ceremony Bishop BK said that the Lord has remembered him.
Bishop Benson Kariuki (BK) 2nd from left with his fiance Mayor Elizabeth Kangethe
A group of Revival House women escorted the Mayor for the occasion. On right is the two families who has now become one. From far left is the
daughter of Bishop BK, his son Pastor Boniface and his wife, Bishop BK, Mr. Ken Kangethe son of Mayor Kangethe and Elizabeth Kangethe.
Britain's most married man now going for ninth wife
'The last one': Ron Sheppard, 68, has been reunited with call centre worker Cristel
Marquez-Lalec, 26, pictured together, after she arrived from the Philippines for a holiday
Britain's most married man is planning his ninth wedding - and will tie the knot as soon as he divorces wife number eight. Great-grandfather Ron Sheppard, 68, proposed to call centre worker Cristel Marquez Lalec, 26, on New Year's Eve last year after spending Christmas with her family in her hometown in the Philippines but has not seen his fiancee since. Now wedding bells are ringing once again after Miss Lalec, mother to a seven-month-old son, arrived in Britain for a month-long holiday, the Daily Mirror reported. The only obstacle holding up the nuptials is that Mr Sheppard is still legally wed to Weng Plantino, and is waiting for the divorce to come through. The pensioner, who was 19 when he wed his first wife in 1966, has so far been unlucky in love but believes Miss Lalec is 'the one'. He said: 'Make no mistake about it, Cristel will be my forever wife. This one is real love. This is the last one – I promise.' Mr Sheppard met his fiancee at Heathrow airport before giving her a quick tour of Windsor Castle and taking her home to his flat in Somerton, Somerset. Miss Lalec said she is looking forward to a traditional Christmas Day with her fiance before she returns to the Philippines in January to care for her son. She will come back to the UK to tie the knot, once Mr Sheppard is once again a single man.
Opinion: Boycotts not panacea to hate, tension in deeply divided country
Leaflet from Anti-Nazi Boycott Committee, Jewish War Veterans of the USA, circa 1936 Photo: Courtesy
A few weeks after Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor by the President of Germany in January 1933, the global Jewish community declared an economic and financial war on “the New Germany”. Global Jewish leaders together with powerful international Jewish financial interests launched a boycott of Germany and its products with the aim of crippling her already struggling economy and to bring down the new Hitler regime. The anti-Nazi boycott by the Jewish community did not achieve its purpose. Hitler and the Nazi Party didn’t fall. In its stead, it was followed by reprisals against Jews and Jewish interests in Germany that increased in intensity and cruelty over the years. At first, the backlash was subtle. At that time Hitler was not fully in charge of the armed forces and was part of a coalition government. As soon as he had control of government and the armed forces, the reprisals turned from economic sabotage and passing of anti-Jewish laws to the confiscation of Jewish property and businesses and detention of male Jews in concentration camps.
On April 7 1933, a law was passed barring Jews from holding civil service, university and state positions. In the same month, Gestapo, the police force later responsible for inhuman atrocities on Jews was established. In May of the same year, the burning of books written by the Jews and their political writings started. On August 2 1934, Hitler proclaimed himself the leader and the chancellor. In May of that year, Jews were barred from the Armed Forces. In September by law, the Jews were no longer considered German citizens and were barred from marrying Aryans. In March 1936 Jewish doctors were barred from offering medical institutions. In April 1937, Jews were required to declare and register their property.
In October, the German authorities marked all passports of Jews with the letter “J” to stop them from immigrating to Switzerland. In the same month, 17,000 Polish Jews were expelled from Germany and Poland refused to admit them back. They were left stranded at the border. In the period of one week, between November 9 and November 15, 1937, 7,500 Jewish shops were looted and destroyed, 30,000 male Jews were sent to concentration camps, all Jewish pupils were expelled from schools and all Jewish retailers were forced to hand over their businesses to Aryan hands. Germany invaded Poland in the following year. The Nazi boycott that started in 1933 and culminated into WWII, initially began as a reaction to a global Jewish boycott. Both boycotts, ill executed, and mired in malice and ethnic bigotry, had grave consequences. Millions of Jews died. Millions of soldiers from different nations followed suit when the rest of the world rose up to meet and conquer the invading Germans and their allies.
Nip the boycott in the bud. There is no disputing that we are a divided if not fragmented society. Economic ruination or stagnation may be the immediate target of the boycott. However, the psychological impact on the society is likely to have far deeper and longer effects than the targeted economic effects. The boycott will only have the effect of further deepening and cementing the “them” vs “us” mentality. Throughout history, and the examples are many, with those as close as Rwanda, or as far as Yugoslavia and Cambodia, a society that fences itself into “them” vs “us” camps, eventually, after years of negative tensions, ends up in a mindless bloodied conflict in which both sides emerge as the long term losers. In a country boasting millions of sober and brilliant minds, is a boycott the only solution? Are there no other solutions that can demystify our tribal differentiations and forever bury the hatchet, not just in law like has been tried before, but within hearts, souls and minds? Nip the boycott in the bud. - The Standard
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United Kingdom NASA supporters raise
money to help victims of demonstrations
A group of National Super Alliance (NASA) UK supporters have raised money in London to help victims of recent demonstrations in the country. Abdi Ali, the NASA UK coordinator, said the fundraiser at St Mary's Church Hall, Hayes, was meant to help victims injured by the police. "A few officials just held an impromptu meeting to raise funds to support families of victims of police brutality in Kisumu. They need treatment, so we raised Sh134, 000," said Mr Ali. During the fundraiser attended by about 50 NASA supporters at the weekend, Abdi called for investigation on the officers who used excessive force to quell the protests. - The Standard
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Uhuru battles to defend win as NASA joins petition
President Uhuru Kenyatta has put up a spirited fight to demonstrate to the Supreme Court why it should not invalidate his election for a second time, even as NASA made a last-minute entry into the case. The Jubilee candidate has filed a total of 13 affidavits sworn by, among others, the National Assembly Aden leader of Majority Aden Duale and chief agents David Chirchir and Winnie Guchu. The President, in his response to two different petitions challenging his election, tackled the claims of alleged illegality of the October 26 election, and claims that the new election laws were passed to curtail use of technology in elections and alleged control of the electoral commission by his party Jubilee, among other things. The two cases were filed by former Kilome MP Harun Mwau and activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa. Also pending before the court is another case, which is not an election petition but seeks the formation of a caretaker government. In the replies, the President contends that Khalifa, being a registered member of ODM, cannot purport to file the case which arises out of the wrongdoing of his own party. It is ODM’s candidate Raila Odinga who withdrew from the last election, in effect sabotaging the exercise and as such his party cannot challenge the results. According to Chirchir, NASA did not appoint any agents for the October 26 poll as the only ones present were agents of candidates who took part in the election. On the issue of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission being allegedly controlled by Jubilee Party to give a favourable election date, the court was told that this is a mere rumour. - The Star
Woman gives birth to quintuplets
in Oyugis, Homa Baby County
30-year-old Jacinta Akinyi was going on with her normal duties at a farm where she was working as a casual labourer on Saturday evening not knowing that on Sunday morning she would deliver quintuplets. Akinyi who hails from Katula Kachiel area in Homa Bay County told The Standard that she felt some labour pains on Sunday morning after which she informed her mother-in-law and was rushed to Matata Hospital in Oyugis Town at 5AM where she delivered the five babies. She was seven months pregnant at the time of the delivery with two of the children passing away due to some complications during child birth. Medical staff at the hospital worked hard to resuscitate them before they were referred to the Kisii Referral Hospital. “I was only expecting to deliver one baby when the right time come since I was only seven months pregnant, I have been visiting a local clinic at home where they recommended me to go for scanning to establish the status of my pregnancy but we did not have any money since my husband and I are casual labourers who survive on menial jobs to sustain our family,” said Akinyi. - The Standard
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Kenyan Kalalei triumphs in Athens Marathon
Samuel Kalalei of Kenya runs to win the 35th Athens Marathon at the Panathenaic stadium in
Athens on November 12, 2017. Kalalei won the marathon with time 2 h 12 min 17 sec.
Samuel Kalalei won the 35th Athens Classic Marathon on Sunday as Kenyan runners dominated the gruelling, largely uphill course by sweeping the top five places in the men's race. The 23-year-old crossed the line in two hours, 12 minutes and 17 seconds, ahead of Milton Kiplagat Rotich, who clocked 2:14.18, with Jonathan Kiptoo Yego in third at 2:16.08. The women's race was won by 18-year-old Ethiopian Bedaru Hirpa Badane in a time of 2:34.18. Around 18,500 runners from dozens of countries took part in the authentic marathon which began near the tumulus erected for the Greek dead from the Battle of Marathon. Another 30,000 participated in the shorter 5km and 10km races in downtown Athens. According to legend, the 42km route from Marathon to Athens was first run by Pheidippides, an Athenian messenger who in 490 BC dashed to the city to announce victory over the Persians, before dying of exhaustion. Run on a four-lane concrete avenue through the urban districts of east Athens with a finish at the all-marble Panathenaic Stadium, the site of the 1896 Olympics, the race is a challenge for runners as much of it is uphill. - Daily Nation.
Chinese villager creates farm buildings out of cobs of corn
A villager in northeast China is building a farmhouse and outbuildings out of more than 20,000 cobs of corn, hoping the “farm” will become a tourist attraction, according to a news agency report. Liu Hongcai was building the farm at a village near Shulan in Jilin province with the help of 14 other villagers, China News Service reported on Wednesday. It would take about another week to complete the project, the report said. Liu Hongcai was building the farm at a village near Shulan in Jilin province with the help of 14 other villagers, China News Service reported on Wednesday. It would take about another week to complete the project, the report said. “We have to hurry up before the heavy snows hit,” Liu was quoted as saying. The farmhouse is 12 metres long and four metres wide. The buildings made of corn include a windmill, barns, a well and surrounding fences. Corn is attached to frames made of metal or wood. To preserve the buildings from rats, Liu also kept cats in the farmhouse, said Yan Xue, the village’s deputy construction director. “We have specifically brought in many stray cats from the city. This will give them a home. I think it’s a brilliant idea,” Yan was quoted as saying.
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Mark Yusko, the founder & CEO of Morgan Creek Capital Management, the $3.7 billion North Carolina-based investment firm, has stated that the bitcoin price is expected to reach $400,000 in the long-term. Over the past 12 months, the price of bitcoin has increased from less than $900 to over $5,900. In a relatively short-term, the bitcoin price has demonstrated an exponential rate of growth, almost immediately recovering from China’s ban on cryptocurrency trading and increasing from $3,300 to $5,900 within two months. According to Yusko, the highly regarded hedge fund manager, the challenge for bitcoin at its early stage was to surpass the $100 mark. Today, the price of bitcoin is closing on the $6,000 region, and Yusko emphasized that the long-term target of $400,000 should be “easy” to achieve. “Only gamble was whether bItcoin would make if from $0 to $100, that was the real miracle. Going from $4,000 to $40,000 or $400,000 is easy,” said Yusko.
Embakasi East MP, Babu Owino has come out with a fresh ultimatum to Kenyan banks interested in banking his constituency’s funds or doing any business with his office. In an Instagram post on Friday, the flashy MP demanded that the banks should first provide employment to at least ten Embakasi East constituents.
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Motorists on Mombasa-Nairobi highway
stuck in major traffic snarl up
Motorists on Mombasa-Nairobi highway were stranded for more than 18 hours morning after a crane that attempted to recover a lorry that had overturned near Salama shopping centre also overturned. The snarl up affected all lanes and caused anguish to travellers headed to various destinations. "Vehicles that attempted to evade the snarl up by driving on the wrong lanes made the jam worse," said Mukaa OCPD Charles Muthui. Affected motorists and passengers spent the night on the road.
"What started lightly as an attempt by motorists to overlap became a total gridlock and drivers had to switch the lights off and passengers decided to spend the night in the vehicles," said Ken Kyeva, a victim. The jam was compounded by heavy rains in the area that saw Sultan Hamud River break its banks and blocking the busy road on Saturday morning. Police advised motorists to drive through Machakos-Wote-Makindu route to avoid the gridlock. A Nairobi-bound bus that was attempting to evade the jam slightly rammed a lorry at Matiliku shopping centre as it manoeuvred through the soggy Emali-Ukia route. None of the passengers and crew of the two vehicles was injured. This is is the second time in a week a lorry accident at the same stretch of the busy road has caused a gridlock that lasted for hours. Last weekend, motorists spent more than six hours in a jam after a lorry transporting sand blocked the road after it broke down at Malili shopping centre. In both instances, Mr Muthui blamed inpatient motorists who attempted to evade the jam by overtaking from the wrong lanes for the protracted snarl up. - Daily Nation.
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FORMER UK RESIDENT PASSES AWAY IN KENYA
Mrs. Mary Karuana Gathungu 69, our beloved mother passed away in Kenya on 6 November 2017 following a long illness bravely borne. Mrs. Gathungu served as a nurse in Kenyatta hospital in Kenya. Was a nurse in various other institutions in UK thereafter between 2001-2007. She was mother to Steve Mbugo and Annah Murugi Edinburgh. Florence Wanjiru Nairobi, Anthony Gathungu Mwea and late Jeff Gathanu. The funeral will be on Tuesday 14th November at her farm in Mururi Mwea. Funeral arrangements are still ongoing in Nairobi Jukwaa Lounge Uhuru Park, her home in Mururi Mwea and her niece's home Milton Keynes Lucy Maina, 182 Downs Barn Boulevard. MK14. 7QQ. Financial Support, Nat west, Account 60951729, Sort 60 14 55. For more information please contact Tel: Steve Mbugo +44 7852 470006.
Taxman now have the last call on account opening
The taxman has finally been granted complete access to snoop into Kenyans’ bank accounts. This is after the Central Bank of Kenya directed all banks to ask for a Kenya Revenue Authority Personal Identification Number (PIN) certificate before signing on clients. A spot check by Weekend Business has established that most banks do not allow opening of accounts without a PIN certificate. “The directive has been there but they were not very strict but now you must have a PIN certificate to open an account,” staff member at one of I&M Bank’s branches told Weekend Business. A member of staff at Standard Chartered Bank said the mandatory requirement kicked in on November 1 and that they could not open an account without the PIN certificate. While the requirement has existed as part of the Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements, banks have now been told to enforce it as mandatory option after the CBK directive. The taxman set up a database known as Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence, which offers a single view of a taxpayer’s profile, linking them with third-party systems such as banks and utility firms for easier determination of compliance. KRA has been keen on getting third party data including Safaricom’s M-Pesa to track the movement of money by individuals. The telecoms operator, however, said they would resist efforts by the taxman to gain unfettered access to the private data since ‘the Constitution of Kenya restricts access to confidential customer information’. Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, through the Finance Bill 2016, amended a section of the Tax Procedures Act (TPA), laying the ground for KRA to get the data without necessarily seeking a court order.
“The iTax system has been crucial in expanding our tax base allowing us to link information from Ifmis (Integrated Financial Management Information System) bank accounts to ensure there are no leakages,” CS Rotich said on Thursday. While KRA has faced opposition from telcos, lenders seem to have warmed up to the idea upon instructions from the regulator. KRA Commissioner General John Njiraini is on record stating that the taxman would start comparing returns from transaction filings and bank balances. The taxman wants to use your bank data to analyse unreported activities of taxpayers including other sources of incomes, to detect tax fraud, and to score and rank risk profiles. KRA will be able to expand the tax base that currently nets around 4 million taxpayers to help the taxman meet the ever increasing tax targets set by the National Treasury. Last financial year, KRA collected Sh1.365 trillion to June, against a target of Sh1.431 trillion, reflecting a shortfall of Sh66 billion. This was a 13.8 per cent improvement from the Sh1.21 collected in the 2015/16 financial year. This may, however, work against the regulator’s push to increase financial inclusion as very many informal sector players lack PINs. Those likely to be locked out of banking facilities include several taxpayers who were kicked out of the taxman’s data base at the beginning of last month. The move to punish tax cheats with the termination of PINs was effected on those who did not migrate their profiles to the online platform. - The Standard
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WORD OF TODAY
Set goals for your life
We read in Habakkuk 2:2: "Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it." Only when you’re clear about your personal goals, can you measure your personal growth. Here are eight proven principles that will help you to establish the right goals for your life: 1) Begin with prayer; otherwise the ladder you’re climbing may be leaning against the wrong wall. ‘Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but…the LORD’s purpose… prevails’ (Proverbs 19:21 NIV 2011 Edition). 2) Think on paper. God told Habakkuk, ‘Write the vision and make it plain.’ Writing your goals down gives them a sense of permanency, plus it energises you. 3) Set deadlines. ‘The vision is yet for an appointed time’ (Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV). Without a definite beginning and ending, it’s easy to procrastinate and get nowhere. 4) List the steps you need to take. Then keep the list before you at all times; it will show you the path to follow. 5) Prioritise the steps in order of importance. What do you need to do first? What can you do later? An organised plan is always better than trying to carry stuff around in your head. 6) Take action – now. ‘Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity’ (Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV 2011 Edition). A mediocre plan that’s implemented always beats a brilliant plan that isn’t. 7) Do something each day to move you forward. For example, read systematically through the Bible in a year…call a specific number of clients every week…engage in physical activity every day. 8) Have goals you’re willing to devote your life to. The psalmist said, ‘Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom’ (Psalm 90:12 NIV 1984 Edition).
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Photos: Is this DP William Ruto’s Sh1.2 billion plush home?
Pictures have emerged of what is believed to be Deputy President William Ruto’s nearly completed home in Uasin Gishu. The building, a plush, multi-million-shilling residence in Eldoret town, has a complete private airstrip. Aerial photos show the home has a main house with a gazebo right in front of it. It also has an artificial lake in the middle of the compound and six other houses at the front. The stately home sits on an estimated 20 acres, part of 700 the DP bought in Moiben constituency in 2015. The land was part of the 6,000-acre Jagir Farm, known locally as Kapkochir, whose owner was an Asian businessman. Ruto often self-deprecates as a hustler who once sold chickens by a railway line. But the Deputy President also owns the five-star Weston Hotel opposite Wilson Airport, Nairobi. The Star first wrote about the home in 2015 but Ruto later denied that he was spending Sh1.2 billion on it. “I would be daft to take Sh1.2 billion to a village to build a house in which I will stay for a week a year. That story is ridiculous,” Ruto said in a TV interview days after the story ran. - The Star
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Why part of Ngong Road will be inaccessible for a week
You will not be able to use a section of Ngong Road in Nairobi from Sunday November 12, 2017 to November 19. This follows a move by Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) to close one side of the dual carriage way to allow for construction. In an alert to motorists, the authority says Ngong Road from City Mortuary roundabout to Kenya National Library service in Upper Hill will be closed to allow surface works along that section. The first phase of construction aimed that expanding the busy Ngong Road into a dual carriageway was launched in August 2016 and was due for completion in July, 2017. Expected to ease traffic along that road, the 2.6 kilometre stretch cost Sh1.3 billion. The project, which is sponsored by a grant from the Japanese government, seeks to break ground for a bus rapid transport or light railway to be built later. However, the Japanese contractor World Kaihatsu Kogyo Ltd. ran months late owing to challenges of shifting of water and power lines along the road. KURA has requested motorists to use alternative routes during that period. - The Standard
THE LATE SAMSON KIHUHA LAID TO REST IN COVENTRY, UK
The body of the late Samson Kihuha (left) being taken out of the church after the
memorial service. On right pastors posing with the late Kihuha's family
The Late Samson Kihuha, 25. was laid to rest in Coventry, UK on Thursday 9th November, 2017 where hundreds of Kenyans and friends attended the burial ceremony. A memorial service was held at St Luke’s Anglican Church, Rotherham Road, Coventry where the ceremony was officiated by Bishop John Gichiri and Pastor Jane Muita. The burial ceremony followed thereafter at Lentons Lane Cementry in Coventry. The family, mother of the deceased as well as his wife and his two children attended the ceremony. For more information please contact Jane Muita 07460022242, George 07480477200, 07534091059. - CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS
Elizabeth Gathoni, widow of Mbiyu Koinange, dies at 117
Elizabeth Gathoni, the widow of colonial-era chief Koinange wa
Mbiyu at her home in Kiambaa, Kiambu County earlier this year
Elizabeth Gathoni, who was the only surviving widow of colonial-era chief Mbiyu Koinange has died at the age of 117 years, which made her among the oldest people world over. The granny, who was lucky to see her sixth generation, according to her son Leonard Koinange died at her Kiambaa home in Kiambu County on Thursday evening at around 9.30 pm due to what he said was her old age. “We can say that she has died because to her old age and not illness. She was not sick but had started withdrawing from food, and for the better part of the day, she had refused to take any meal,” Mr Koinange, who is a sixth born said.
Ms Gathoni, who was born in 1900 according to her national identity card, was the fifth of the chief’s six wives. Her age, which had saw her participated in all the elections Kenya has ever had, would probably had earned her a slot in the Guinness Book of record saw her story feature in a documentary in the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The architect of the story is 23-year-old Priscilla Ng’ethe, Ms Gathoni’s great granddaughter who is a London-based freelance journalist with BBC. After winning a BBC story-telling challenge, the broadcaster assigned her a team to fly with her to Kenya to cover the story. In April this year when this reporter visited her home after an interview, Ms Gathoni’s character portrayed her as a jovial, full of life, a staunch Christian and a kind hearted person, who loved people, and her story in her own words is that of pain, struggle and resilience.
Despite her age, the memory was fine that she would easily recall the events of her youth, some that happened before Kenya attained independence, and did not have mental faculties which one me have expected her to have due to her age. According to Mr Koinange, the centenarian was able to identify all of her generations with ease. Health wise, she was fine, hardly got sick and during our interview, she said he would not have recalled the last time she saw a doctor, yet the vagaries of old age have caught up with some of her children. Her meals consisted of boiled fresh foodstuffs like potatoes, green bananas, pumpkins, arrowroots, yams and meat. “I hardly take salt or rice. I can’t recall when I last had them,” said Ms Gathoni who also does not use cooking oil. Ms Gathoni was born in Muchatha village in Banana, Kiambu County, and never went to school despite her father being wealthy. Back then, she says, a girl would stay at home until she was of marriageable age.
She remembers going for discos together with her age mates in the hope of getting suitors. Most of her age mates got married at the age of between 20 and 25 but she delayed following her father’s death and also because she was among the young girls who used to entertain the “who is who” of that time. “I was a good dancer and a mukui (a troupe leader), and any time there was a show, all the prominent people would refuse to rise until I took to the floor. This took much of my time,” Ms Gathoni said. Her journey to marriage is an interesting one. Mr Koinange would visit their home to see her brother who had taken over their father’s role after his death. Ms Gathoni, who reckoned she was a beautiful girl, had an elder sister who was yet to be married. And according to Kikuyu customs, a woman would not be married off until all her elder sisters have found husbands. For some reason, Ms Gathoni and her family were convinced that the chief had an interest in her elder sister. In fact, she often tease her elder sister, telling her she would get married to an “old man”. The bald-headed chief was almost the same age as their father. One day, young men drove a herd of goats to Ms Gathoni’s home, and this was a sign that the chief had chosen a woman in the homestead to be his wife. The following day, a marriage ceremony was to take place.
But on that night, Ms Gathoni’s elder sister escaped. This meant that the ceremony had to be cancelled and that the chief would have to collect his goats. But he said he would not collect them; that his interest was in Gathoni despite the fact that she had never spoken to him, leave alone receiving a marriage proposal. “I had no choice but to get married. I think then we were very foolish because after few days, without a second thought, I was escorted out of my home,” she recalled. She got married in the Christmas season when most colonial chiefs married for the first time or acquired additional wives. After the quick turn of events, Ms Gathoni settled into her duties as a wife. She bore seven children. The eldest, a daughter, was born in 1932. She would latter suffer during the fight for independence after her husband was labelled a rebel who was sympathetic to Mau Mau despite having been given a job by the British after he sided with the armed resistance group. - Daily Nation.
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Uber loses court appeal against drivers' rights
James Farrar is one of the two drivers at the centre of the case
Taxi firm Uber has lost an appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be treated as workers rather than self-employed. Last year a tribunal ruled drivers James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam were Uber staff and entitled to holiday pay, paid rest breaks and the minimum wage. Uber appealed, arguing its drivers were self employed and were under no obligation to use its booking app. Uber said it would appeal against this latest ruling, too. Any judgment applies to all the estimated 50,000 people across the UK who drive for Uber. Uber claims 80% of its drivers would rather be classed as self employed. Uber has up to 40,000 drivers registered to it in London alone, where the company is fighting to retain its licence to continue operating. Uber said there were two further possible stages in the appeal process - the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The Employment Tribunal upheld its original decision that any Uber driver who had the Uber app switched on was working for the company under a "worker" contract. It said they were therefore entitled to workers' rights. It has faced regulatory and legal setbacks in a host of cities around the world.
Homeless and broke, Kenyan woman in Dubai cries for help
A homeless Kenyan woman stranded in Dubai is appealing for assistance after giving birth in the gulf state The 28-year-old woman had traveled to Dubai looking for a job but ended up overstaying and in debt as she could not get employment A 28-year-old Kenyan woman and her three-month old baby are stuck at a Dubai hospital after she failed to pay a KSh 371,000 hospital bill. Only identified as Jedidah,the woman who is homeless and jobless traveled to the gulf country on a one month visa on February 2017 to look for a job. This is after she separated with her husband back in Kenya. Four months pregnant and desperate to start life afresh, Dubai looked the best destination for her or so she thought. According to News Xpress, Jedidah could not find a job as a nanny and at the same time, her pregnancy was taking a toll on her.
“I was four months pregnant at the time but separated from my husband. I wanted to get away from my circumstances back home, so I came here hoping to find employment. But that was not to be as I am still jobless and in a complete mess,” she is quoted by the news site. Heavily pregnant, she sought refuge into a women and children shelter where she was put in a hotel but vacated the following day. She was found on the streets crying by a Good Samaritan who took her to hospital to seek medical attention where she also delivered her baby. But she could not raise the bill and she is now appealing for help to clear it and come back home. “It was time for my delivery and I ran into a bill of Dh14,277(Approx. Ksh 371,202),” said Jedidah. The woman could previously not surrender to the authorities for deportation back to Kenya as she did not have her papers in order. Now her passport has been confiscated after she failed to clear the bill and her daughter is yet to get the required vaccination despite being almost three months old now. - Tuko.co.ke
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Raila blasts Western diplomats based in Kenya
Opposition leader Raila Odinga addresses the public at the Centre for Strategic
and International Studies in Washington DC on Thursday
Opposition leader Raila Odinga used a forum in the US to attack foreign diplomats stationed in Nairobi. The National Super Alliance (NASA) chief Thursday accused the envoys of favouring President Uhuru Kenyatta and challenged world powers to step up their intervention in Kenya. Although he did not mention names, Raila accused the envoys of siding with President Kenyatta and his Jubilee administration in the disputed presidential election. He claimed instead of assisting Kenya to resolve the crisis caused by what he termed as “lack of free and fair elections”, they (envoys) were part of the problem. “The envoys have not succeeded in diffusing the crisis. Let me be blunt again. They sometimes have contributed to the problem,” Raila told his audience at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. “I have come to Washington to convey a simple message. We need a much fuller engagement from the many arms of governance that your country possesses to assist the envoys based in Nairobi,” he added. In an address titled, “Overcoming Kenya’s political crisis and advancing democracy, rule of law and stability”, Raila called on the US to champion democracy in Kenya. “Among the other great setbacks for Kenya in the current crisis has been the disappointing role of our partners who were with us in the decisive struggle for multiparty democracy in the 1990s,” said Raila. He said they intervened with lightning speed during Kenya’s catastrophe a decade ago when mass violence erupted after the 2007 elections but was disappointed that they failed to intervene this time round.
“Kenya matters, at least it did then. In this crisis though, the US and other pro-democratic friends chose to avert their gaze from the unfolding election lawlessness and continued against all the evidence to support a deeply tainted electoral process,” said Raila. He claimed Kenya was hurtling into a dictatorship, accusing President Kenyatta of hanging onto power and that Jubilee plans to extend its reign with Deputy President William Ruto succeeding him. But Ruto immediately mocked Raila, claiming his mission to the US was to scuttle his (Ruto) presidential ambitions. “So, Tinga went all the way to the US to seek support to scuttle the possibility of a son of a peasant being elected… in 2022! Balaa!” Ruto tweeted after Raila’s speech. Raila singled out both the IEBC and the Supreme Court of Kenya as institutions which he alleged the Government had targeted in a crackdown and wondered why the envoys did not highlight.
“These two independent bodies have been targeted through a reign of terror,” he said. “The election commission was comprehensively undermined before the August 2017 elections. The assault on the Supreme Court began after a courageous CJ David Maraga and his fellow judges astounded Kenyans and the world by annulling the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.” He said he was disappointed that despite alleged massive malpractices and admission by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati that he could not guarantee a free and fair election prior to the October 26 poll, the envoys based in Nairobi urged him to participate in the election. He said the wrangles that rocked the electoral body before the repeat poll forced Roselyn Akombe, one of the electoral agency commissioners, to resign. “Before that a commissioner had resigned and also cited the reasons why she thought elections cannot be free and fair,” he said. “But in a stance that has astounded Kenyans, the Western envoys two days later announced they believe that the commission in Kenya could hold a free and fair poll and supported that highly controversial election,” he added. -standardmedia.co.ke
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Burundi orders all unmarried couples to wed in two months
All unmarried couples in Burundi now have less than two months to wed, failure to which they will face punishment that includes jail term. This is in line with a controversial law signed by President Pierre Nkurunziza in May 2017 which is pegged on creating a “more moral Burundian society”. Speaking to Al Jazeera, Burundi’s Minister for Human Rights Martin Nivyabandi warned that couples who will not have married by the end of 2017 will be charged in court. “After December punishment will be carried out towards those families who will not be legally married…If they don’t respect the law some of them will be taken to court and jailed,” said Nivyabandi. In May 2017, President Nkurunziza launched a campaign “to moralise society” where he urged Burundians to show their love for each other and their country by getting married. Since then, the government of Burundi has been pressuring unwed couples across the country to tie the knot. The Burundian government insists that having a legal marriage protects women and their children, especially when it comes to issues of inheritance. However, the muslim community in the East African country says the law infringes on their religious beliefs, customs and practices which allow men to marry as many as four wives. “It will be unfair if the law forces the man to register only one wife, what happens to the other wives?” posed Amisa Hakisimana. Others argue they cannot afford to marry as it is an expensive affair that entails paying a bribe price and organising a wedding ceremony. Nonetheless, some couples in Burundi support the new law saying it is necessary to have a legally recognized marriage. Source link- citizentv.co.ke
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Death Announcement For Elizabeth Macharia of Dallas, USA
Death announcement: It’s with sadness and acceptance of God’s will that we announce the passing away of Ms Elizabeth Macharia of Dallas, TX. Elizabeth was sister to the late Rev. Mary Nkoyo and mother to Richard Macharia of Dallas. Elizabeth lived amongst us for many years in Dallas, serving and reaching out to many in need in the community with love and kindness. She passed on to glory on November 7th, 2017 after returning to Kenya recently in frail health. Our family and friends are meeting at her nephew’s place on Thursday and Friday Nov 9th & 10th and at All Nations Church Dallas on Saturday, Nov 11th for prayers and raising support for funeral expenses which include medical bills incurred in Kenya and travel for her son Richard who had just recently come to US. A go fund me account is being set up to facilitate the effort. The budget is approx US$15,000.00. May God bless you as you pray, encourage and give. Details on gofundme to follow. https://www.gofundme.com/elizabeth-macharia. Or CashApp to: Ole Mbati. Contact: JohnMbatia 4692677780, Roxanne 9722469069, Jerusha 9789027520, Armstrong 6823654722, MajorNkoyo 2542142384 or Carol David 2063167429. Event Addresses below: Armstrong (nephew) and Jerusha Nkoyo, 13256 Poppy hill lane, Fort worth Texas, Thur-Fri 11/9 & 11/10 from 7 p.m. All Nations Church Dallas and 1323 Columbia Dr, Richardson, TX 75081. - Diasporamessenger.com
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Amazing benefits of purple tea
The tea is a beautiful purple colour and it is touted as the next big thing in skin care
Purple tea is a variety of tea found in the Mt Kenya region. After years of research by the Kenya Tea Development Authority, this variety of tea was found to grow successfully in the rich volcanic mountain soils. The tea is a beautiful purple colour and it is touted as the next big thing in skin care. A Japanese company found that the extracts of the purple teaprovide the following five benefits: –
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4 Oxygenation of the skin due to presence of free radical scavengers
5 Useful as a hair and scalp tonic to aid in hair loss prevention
How to drink purple tea
Unlike green tea, purple tea is quite palatable. It is simple to prepare by deeping the tea leaves in hot water for a few minutes. Lemon and honey may be added if desired. It works best if drank on an empty stomach twice per day. Two cups per day are sufficient to attain the correct dose. Results are visible after two weeks of use. Within a month, the whole body tends to feel healthy, less tired and looks better.
How to make a beauty treatment using purple tea
Make a strong brew of the tea and add some lemon juice. Place in a small bottle and refrigerate. Use this liquid daily to tone your skin after cleansing. This mixture may also be added to a banana mask and used for 15 minutes before the routine cleansing of the face.
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Having refused to succumb to bearish technical pressures, the world's largest cryptocurrency is better bid today. At press time, the bitcoin-U.S. dollar (BTC/USD) exchange rate is at $7,511 levels on CoinDesk's Bitcoin Price Index. As per CoinMarketCap, BTC has gained 4.22 percent in the last 24 hours. Over that period, prices have climbed by over $270 amid growing opposition to the upcoming Segwit2x hard fork, which looks increasingly unlikely to succeed in updating the bitcoin blockchain to a new rule set without creating another asset. Increasing opposition to the alternative bitcoin code could mean heightened odds of a blockchain split into two rival assets. Thus, the bid tone around bitcoin may be strengthening on speculation that the event might end up creating free "Segwit2x coins" for holders of bitcoin. The futures market also indicate low odds of the hard fork being implemented successfully. According to CoinMarketCap, Segwit2x futures have dropped 8 percent in the last 24 hours. Compared to the Nov. 4 high of $1,968.80, they are down 33.96 percent. Still, caution is advised. Despite predictions of a split, Segwit2x may not yield the benefits that bitcoin holders enjoyed with the creation of bitcoin cash (BCH) in August. With the market likely to stay volatile in the run-up to the hard fork, price action analysis suggests there is scope for a rally to fresh record highs, although the sustainability of any gains is uncertain. The above chart shows a symmetrical triangle breakout, which occurs when prices form lower highs and higher lows. It is a bullish continuation pattern: i.e. an upside break as seen on the chart above signals the revival/continuation of the rally. Thus, the doors are open for a rally to fresh record highs above $7,600, however, the daily chart shows doji reversal, and there is merit in being cautious as long as the price trades below the doji high of $7,630. Any rally to fresh record highs could be short-lived, courtesy of the overbought daily relative strength index (RSI).
Nasa to resume demos for electoral justice on Friday
Nasa supporter protests inside a pool at Uhuru Park, Nairobi, on October 11, 2017. The
opposition coalition is pushing for wat it terms "electoral justice". - Daily Nation.
UK’s Tullow Oil targets first Kenya
international crude exports next year
Tullow struck oil in Turkana’s Lokichar basin in northwest Kenya in 2012
British oil explorer Tullow Oil says it intends to ship out Kenya’s first crude to the export market next year. Kenya last July delayed a plan to start small-scale crude oil production of about 2,000 barrels a day for transportation by road to Mombasa for export. On Wednesday, Tullow said produced oil will initially be stored, until all work is completed and necessary consents and approvals granted for the transfer by road. “…the current phase of exploration and appraisal drilling in the South Lokichar Basin has been concluded and the focus is now on the Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS) and the development of the discovered resources,” it said in an update. “As part of EOPS extended production, water injection testing and a water-flood pilot test utilising the Ngamia-11 well are planned for the first half of 2018.” Tullow initially struck oil in Turkana’s Lokichar basin in northwest Kenya in 2012 and has since followed it up with a string of other finds, putting the country on the path to becoming a producer. The recoverable reserves are estimated at 750 million barrels, considered commercially viable. Last month, the government signed an agreement with Tullow to build a pipeline to evacuate the oil. - Daily Nation.
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CAUGHT AT WORLD TRAVEL MARKET , EXCEL, LONDON
The Kenya High Commissioner in the UK HE Lazarus Amayo and his wife were among the guests who toured the Kenya stand at the World Travel Market, Excel London on Wednesday 8th November, 2017. The biggest tourist event in UK was attended by guests from all over the world. The event started on Monday 6th November, 2017 and ended up on Wednesday 8th November, 2017. Over 50,000 people attended this year's event. A large number of exhibitors from Kenya in the tourism and hospitality industry attended the event. More later.
The CEO of Kenya Tourist Board Dr. Betty Addero Radier (left) welcoming the Kenya High Commissioner in the UK at the Kenyan Stand.
From left is the Kenya High Commissioner in the UK HE Lazarus Amayo, Dr. Betty CEO Kenya Tourist Board, Doreen S. Katusiime Uganda PS of Ministry of Tourism and Fatuma Hirsi Mohamed the Principal Secretary, Minstry of Tourism, Kenya. From far right is Mr. Ndichu, High Commissioner, Mr. Mwangi of Lake Nakuru Lodge, Mr. Muya of Lake Nakuru Lodge and Rev. Peter Ngugi of Church of England in London.
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Jubilee resists Raila’s push for ‘transition government’
Opposition leader Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance arrives
for a rally in Kibera slums, Nairobi, Kenya, October 27, 2017
NASA chief Raila Odinga's call for a six-month transitional government has caused an uproar and Jubilee immediately repudiated power-sharing as "wishful thinking". Jubilee says there's no crisis or emergency, Raila's holding the country to ransom, wants another Grand Coalition (2008-2013) and is creating turmoil so he can illegally enter government through the back door. Ratcheting up the pressure, the former Prime Minister wants an interim government to prepare for a fresh, free and credible presidential election. It would spearhead repeal of the winner-take-all presidential system and substitute a parliamentary system. He has already launched a National Resistance Movement and called for demonstrations in Nairobi tomorrow to push for electoral reforms. A transitional, interim or provisional government is an emergency governmental authority set up to manage a political transition. The former Prime Minister in the Grand Coalition wants this transitional government to be all-inclusive, with representatives from both NASA and Jubilee. It would only last six months, until the election. "What we are calling for requires a longer time. We are calling for, in the meantime, that we need to have an interim arrangement of government in which we will involve representatives from both parties,” Raila told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday. Raila is in the US for a series of meetings, some with with elected leaders to whom he will explain his view of the Kenyan political turmoil since the August 8 General Election. His handlers call it a diplomatic coup.
The Supreme Court overturned President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory on August 8, citing massive irregularities and legalities. Raila rejected that poll and the October 26 rerun as shams and charades. He does not recognise Uhuru Kenyatta as President. “We think six months will be required to carry out all these changes we want in this country in order to have proper a free and fair election," the ODM chief said But Jubilee MPs accused Raila of using unconstitutional means to create a Grand Coalition. The onslaught was led by National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale and Senate majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen "Kenyans voted on October 26 [in the presidential rerun] and elected the President. Raila Odinga should forget a share of government. We are tired of this gerrymandering and desperate manoeuvres for nusu mkate," Duale yesterday told the Star "Kenya is not a failed state, we have a Constitution that has not collapsed. It is wishful thinking of Tinga (Raila) to imagine Kenya is in political crisis," he said. Murkomen told the Star Raila's latest demand confirms he only wants to get into government "through the backdoor". "You can see the country is calm and the Supreme Court will make its decision in 11 days. So the crisis Raila is talking about is a figment of his fertile imagination. - The Star
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Priti Patel quits cabinet over Israel meetings row
Priti Patel has resigned as UK international development secretary amid controversy over her unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials. She was ordered back from an official trip in Africa by the PM and summoned to Downing Street over the row. In her resignation letter, Ms Patel said her actions "fell below the standards of transparency and openness that I have promoted and advocated". The PM said her decision was "right" as "further details have come to light". Ms Patel had apologised to Theresa May on Monday after unauthorised meetings in August with Israeli politicians - including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu - came to light. But it later emerged she had two further meetings without government officials present in September.
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Eyes on Maraga as fresh presidential election disputed
Chief Justice David Maraga at Supreme Court on October 25, 2017
The Supreme Court is set to hear three petitions on the repeat presidential election.
All eyes are on Chief Justice David Kenani Maraga again as he leads Supreme Court judges in deciding the validity of a repeat presidential election. This is the second time in three months that the seven-judge bench is being called upon to adjudicate on a presidential poll dispute. On Wednesday, the CJ gave directions on timelines for the hearing of the three petitions filed at the court, which is set to rule on the matters by November 20. The country’s top judge won admiration and criticism in equal measure when the Supreme Court nullified the August 8 victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ordered a fresh presidential election held within 60 days.
The incumbent had been declared winner, but the court, by a majority decision, nullified it, citing irregularities and illegalities after his main challenger, National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga, petitioned. Mr Odinga pulled out of the October 26 fresh election, saying the electoral reforms he had demanded to level the field had not been effected. The veteran opposition leader described the fresh election — won by Mr Kenyatta — as a sham but refused to challenge it in court. Instead, he has called for street protests and a “People’s Assembly” to resist the Kenyatta administration and pave the way for fresh elections within 90 days. Two of the three petitions were filed by former Kilome MP Harun Mwau and human rights activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa. Mr Mwau, Mr Mue and Mr Khalifa argue that the withdrawal of Mr Odinga from the race meant that the poll was void. They have also cited numerous irregularities in the vote tallying, as well as violence that prevented voting in 25 constituencies, as grounds for quashing the election result. - Daily Nation.
KPA to start using digitised system at Mombasa Port
The Kenya Ports Authority is expected to start using an upgraded terminal operating system at the Port off Mombasa from early next year. According to Trade Mark East Africa, who are implementing the project with the authority, they are only waiting for KPA to decide whether it will upgrade the current system or overhaul it for a new one. An international tender announcement by the port and published in October last year revealed that the upgrade will involve the system review, design and implementation. While in this process, Trade Mark will also set up a port community system that will integrate all players at the facility to enhance effective communication and reduced documentation process. “Through this system, we look forward to achieve 100 per cent papers activities by having all services transacted electronically,” Trade Mark East Africa director ICT for trade Alban Odhiambo told the Star in a mobile interview. The port serves as a point of exchange for imports and exports to and from South Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and Kenya. With this in mind, Odhiambo noted that the digitisation of port activities will be expanded to other East African countries through partnerships with government agencies that deal in trade related activities. Cumulatively, he approximated the whole integration project to cost an approximate Sh3.21 billion ($30million) and will be complete in a period of three years.
Through this modification process, the authority intends to reduce transaction costs at the port by 30 to 35 per cent, reduce border clearance time by 65 per cent and reduce documentation process by 55 per cent. The system upgrade is aimed at reducing increasing traffic at the port that is exerting pressure on the existing ICT infrastructure. Shippers and clearing agents have been calling for the upgrade of the system to the globally-acceptable standards that would enable receipt of precise information of cargo prior to its arrival at the port. However, the current system, installed in 2008, has led to a number of disappointments to stakeholders which include but not limited to delays that have led to industrial shut downs, exports missing their orders, perishable exports as fruits and horticulture get spoilt leading to huge losses. The current system, Kilindini Waterfront Automated Terminal Operating System,allowed for the automation of key port areas, including container, conventional and marine operations. It currently integrates operational activities covered in Nairobi and Kisumu inland container depots. In addition to automation of the port activities, Trade Mark East Africa will, in March 2018, roll out a modern integrated custom management system for the Kenya Revenue Authority that will help in easing cargo clearance, minimising document forgery and cub tax evasion cases. - The Star
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Chinese men marrying their women
Ugandan immigration officials are not at ease over an influx of Chinese men marrying Ugandan women to gain residency in the country. According to Quartz Africa, sham marriages were on the rise as the Chinese businessmen men sought to marry Ugandan women in order to continue their business interests in the country. Immigration officials who appeared before a parliamentary committee early this month stated that cases of Chinese-Ugandan couples was on the rise. The officials added that the unions were rising parallel to the increase of factories and retail shops selling imported Chinese goods. “But we have many who are marrying and even producing… Even our Ugandan women are accepting to [reproduce] with these men,” an immigration official was quoted by Quartz Africa as saying. There are between 10,000 and 50,000 Chinese nationals in Uganda.
NASA’s People Assembly Motion ready to be moved to counties
NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 7 – The National Super Alliance (NASA) has crafted the People’s Assembly Motion that will be moved to county assemblies in NASA friendly counties by Tuesday. Speaking to the media on behalf of the coalition, NASA co-principal Moses Wetangula said the people’s assembly initiative is anchored in Article One of the Constitution of Kenya.
Safaricom home Internet passes 90,000 houses
Safaricom home fibre optic Internet has passed more than 90,000 households, a milestone that has enabled the telco to grow its residential network penetration to 27 per cent since its launch in February. The firm has, however, only managed to connect 28,000 homes in 20 neighbourhoods in South B and Pangani in Nairobi as well as Ngong and Rongai in Kajiado. The home fibre Internet is also available in Nyali and Bamburi (Mombasa), parts of Kisumu, Eldoret and Thika towns. Safaricom announced that it had content partnerships with video-on-demand companies Iflix and Showmax, and plans are in the pipeline to bring other players on board. “We are excited about the possibilities in the home in the near future. We have now passed over 90,000 homes, nearly double what we had passed by the end of March due to an accelerated rollout plan,” said Safaricom chief finance officer Sateesh Kamath, currently also acting as the CEO. “We have improved our conversion rate from 21 per cent in March to 27 per cent in September, and have a 50 conversion rate on homes passed a year ago,” said Kamath, who is also sitting in for chief executive Bob Collymore who has taken sick leave.
Latest data from Communications Authority of Kenya data shows that there were 54,700 fixed fibre optic subscriptions in June compared to 27,571 such connections recorded during a similar period in 2016. Internet penetration now stands at 64.8 per cent. The fibre optic segment of the data business has seen increased investment from service providers over the past few years. Fibre firm Jamii Telecom has increased five-fold the speeds it offers business and home customers, without raising prices. Liquid Telecom recently re-entered the retail space and is counting on its Hai fibre brand to take it to Kenyan homes. Liquid says it has connected at least 3,000 homes to fibre Internet. The growing number of subscription on-demand services such as Showmax Iflix and Netflix allowing people to stream live programmes in Kenya and more people opting to work from home has led to the increased demand for the Internet in residential buildings. - businessdailyafrica.com
Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru dies after road crash
Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru. He died following a grisly road crash on Tuesday morning.
Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru passed on Tuesday morning following a freak road crash at Kabati along the Thika-Sagana highway in Murang’a County. He was rushed to Thika Level 5 Hospital for emergency treatment but succumbed to his injuries on arrival.
He died as medics prepared to airlift him to Nairobi for specialised care. Murang'a County Commissioner John Elung'ata confirmed the death. Mr Elung'ata said Kabati is black spot and motorists lose control whenever it rains.
Police said the governor's car had four occupants at the time of the crash— him, his personal assistant Albert Kaguru , his body guard Ahmed Abdi and the driver, Mr Samuel Kinyanjui Wanyaga. The personal assistant’s right hand and leg are broken and police were still looking for his wrist at the scene of the crash. The bodyguard's legs were seriously injured while the driver is okay. Police attributed the crash to a "tyre burst during heavy downpour." The governor's body was moved to Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi.
The governor was heading to the capital for talk shows with a vernacular radio and TV accompanied when his vehicle veered off the road and hit a guard rail. Photos of the wreckage of the Mercedes Benz at the scene of the crash was doing rounds in social media for the better part of Tuesday morning, Dr Gakuru becomes the second Nyeri governor to die to in office after Governor Nderitu Gachagua, who died in February this year. Dr Gakuru’s death came as one of his three sons sat for his Form Four national exams at Alliance Boys High School in Nairobi.
The governor’s Twitter page shows he hosted the candidate, together with some of his classmates, at his Runda residence on Monday, November 6. Dr Gakuru holds a doctorate in Public Administration and Policy from Arizona State University, the United States. He graduated in 2004. In 2001, he graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration from Willamette, the United States. He holds a similar qualification, MBA, from from the University of Nairobi, where he also studied for his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration between 1988 to 1991. The consultant and former university lecturer also served as a director of Vision 2030, Equity Bank and National Aids Control Council. - Daily Nation
PCEA CHURCH CELEBRATES PCMF WEEK
It was PCMF (Presbyterian Church Men's Fellowship) Sunday on 5th November 2017 worldwide. This was celebrated by all PCEA churches and St Matthews the PCMF London joined in the celebrations. Elder Peter Muturi delivered the sermon on total dependence on God and looking unto God as a guide instead of looking up to earthly kingdoms. Members appreciated the increased the men's participation in leading most of the prayers and church activities.
Men Fellowship team from PCEA St. Mathews London on Sunday 5th November, 2017
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A LARGE TEAM FROM KENYA ARRIVES IN LONDON FOR WTM
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Uhuru faces Mwau, NGOs poll petitions
President Uhuru Kenyatta's second-term bid ran into headwinds yesterday after two petitions were filed against his October 26 victory, which was marred by low turnout and an Opposition boycott. But a separate suit was also filed at the Supreme Court seeking to bar Opposition chiefs led by Raila Odinga from holding public office because they mobilised against the presidential rerun. This means Uhuru's swearing-in, which was set for November 14, must await the outcome of another titanic legal duel The first petition was filed by former Kilome MP Harun Mwau. The second petition was filed by veteran human rights activists Khelef Khalifa and Njonjo Mue. Khalifa and Mue say no nominations were carried out for the repeat presidential election, the principle of universal suffrage was violated and the IEBC was not independent, impartial or neutral. The suit alleges the election was conducted in an environment rife with violence, intimidation and blatant breaches of the law.
According to the activists who have been on the radar of the state through the NGO Regulations Board, the presidential candidates were not issued with new nomination certificates. “A nomination certificate issued to a candidate under Section 14 of the Elections Act is valid only for the election for which it is issued,” they said. In a supporting affidavit, Mue, chairman of the Kenya Section of the International Commission of Jurists, makes the same argument used by Raila when he withdrew from the race. Mue argues Raila's withdrawal ought to have automatically triggered vacation of the scheduled election. The two petitioners accuse the IEBC chairman of making irrational, inconsistent and unpredictable decisions, especially in limiting the election to only two candidates and then amending the ballot to include other names. “The IEBC thinks the law is a nuisance and only follow it when they want to or when it suits a particular predetermined outcome,” the petitioners say.
In his separate petition, Mwau says the IEBC violated the Constitution by failing to subject presidential candidates to fresh nominations, as required by law. The former MP who served as the first director of the old Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority, said the electoral agency violated Article 82 1(b) and 2(a,b) of the constitution by failing to comply with the mandatory requirement for nominations. Mwau had sought to stop the October 26 polls on similar grounds but the case was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. "By refusing to conduct fresh nominations, IEBC and Chairman [Wafula Chebukati] violated article 83 of the Constitution thereby denying eligible citizens the right to vote or stand for election," he said. "This renders the elections held on October 26 invalid as they were conducted in an unconstitutional, irregular, illegal manner and in flagrant disobedience of the [Supreme] Court's directions.”
He is seeking several declarations, including that the elections as held by the commission were invalid because various articles of the Constitution were violated. The late gazettement of Cyrus Jirongo as a presidential candidate after the printing of ballot papers commenced has also returned to haunt IEBC. Mwau is seeking a declaration the Commission violated the Constitution by including Jirongo on the ballot without first gazetting his name in the special gazette notice like the other seven candidates. He says the Commission failed to accord all candidates equal time to campaign, which affected the conduct and results of the elections. After nullification on September 1 of Uhuru's victory on August 8, the IEBC said only Raila and Uhuru will be on the ballot, citing the 2013 Supreme Court ruling. But the High Court on October 11 quashed that decision and allowed all the previous contenders to run – leaving them with only 12 days campaign period A separate suit was filed against Raila and his co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi for allegedly mobilising against the repeat elections.
The petition by the Institute for Democratic Governance seeks a declaration the Opposition chiefs are unfit to hold public office and engaged in electoral malpractices. The petitioner, therefore prays that a declaration that the respondents are jointly and severally liable for the loss and damages arising from the acts of violence and intimidation occasioned during the period of fresh presidential election,” the suit states. The petitions are likely to pose a major challenge for the Judiciary that has been under intense pressure after the David Maraga-led team historically voided Uhuru’s win on September 1. An unshaken Maraga pledged that his team was prepared to pay the ultimate price to protect the Constitution, despite threats from Uhuru to “fix” the court. The Supreme Court judges warned on September 1 that they will not hesitate to nullify another presidential petition if the letter and spirit of the Constitution are violated again. “It [the judgment] ought to lead the IEBC to a soul-searching and to go back to the drawing board. If not, this Court, whenever called upon to adjudicate on a similar dispute will reach the same decision if the anomalies remain the same, irrespective of who the aspirants may be,” Maraga said. - The Star
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M-Pesa agents say 1 million jobs at risk in Nasa boycott call
An M-Pesa shop in Nairobi. M-Pesa agents have condemned the opposition Nasa for calling on
its supporters to boycott Safaricom’s products saying the move will result in the loss of many jobs.
M-Pesa agents have condemned the opposition Nasa for calling on its supporters to boycott Safaricom’s products saying the move will result in the loss of many jobs. Through their national chairman Alfred Nyangweso, the agents said that the call is tantamount to killing the economy of Kenya. Mr Nyangweso said the money transfer service has employed over five million people countrywide and its failure will amount to massive unemployment in the country. “M-Pesa as one of the services offered by Safaricom has grown to be one of the largest sources of self-employment in Kenya and asking people to boycott all Safaricom products will render many jobless,” said Mr Nyangweso.
Mr Nyangweso said the service provides a source of income and livelihood to citizens of all regions regardless of tribe or political affiliation and shops can be found in every town and village in the country. He added that in the Nyanza region, it has employed over one million people, most of whom are youth. “This means that it is not only Jubilee supporters who will be affected by snubbing Safaricom. Over one million people in the Nyanza region will lose their jobs, most of whom are youth,” he added. Mr Nyangweso further said that the telecommunications company is owned by millions of Kenyans through shareholding and the profit it makes trickles down to them.
He added that in the first half of the year, the money transfer platform was able to make over Sh26 billion in profit and it is expected to make more than Sh53 billion by the end of the year. He said that the coalition’s supporters will be blindly destroying themselves if they heed Nasa’s call. “Safaricom is a company owned by many Kenyans and they will be blindly destroying their own investments if they follow through with the boycott,” he said. Mr Nyangweso added that the move will also affect the newly-established online sales platform, Masoko, which is set to create more employment opportunities for the youth who are using the internet to market their products. Masoko is modelled to ride on M-Pesa and will target the formal retail and informal online trading in Kenya. It will start with 200 vendors and about 30,000 consumer goods ranging from electronics to food stuffs and will provide a platform for merchants to trade goods on social media sites. “If the site continues to grow, then more vendors will be needed and thus more people will get jobs,” said Mr Nyangweso. “M-Pesa and mobile data are becoming the engines of growth in the country,” Safaricom’s Chief Financial Officer Sateesh Kamath had said during the launch of Masoko.
Mr Ali Musa, the deputy chairman of the agents’ association who has over 500 M-Pesa outlets in Nyanza region, says he earns over Sh3 million in monthly profits and has employed many people through his business. He urged Nasa to look for different ways to solve its political grievances rather than destroy the economy. He also told the all Kenyans to ignore the boycott calls and urged agents embark on a promotional campaign to recover the losses they made during the election period. “Now that the election is over, M-Pesa agents should start an aggressive campaign to recover lost revenue during the electioneering period,” he said. - Daily Nation.
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Boycott of products meant to address injustices: Nasa
Nasa members led by Raila Odinga (center) display their new Airtel SIM cards at the mobile operator’s shop on Koinange Street in Nairobi on November 6, 2017. Nasa accused Safaricom of aiding rigging of the elections. The Nasa leadership has defended the call for boycott of products from companies they claim are supporting the Jubilee government. The leaders said the move was a means of addressing electoral injustices in the country. National Super Alliance co-principal Musalia Mudavadi denied claims the boycott call was a witch-hunt of the three companies listed. The opposition, he said, sought to prevent the subversion of the people’s will during elections. Opposition leader Raila Odinga led Nasa MPs in buying Airtel SIM cards at the mobile operator’s shop on Koinange Street in Nairobi. - Daily Nation.
Harun Mwau files petition challenging Uhuru's re-election
A box containing former Kilome MP Harun Mwau's petition against President Uhuru
Kenyatta's election that was filed at the Supreme Court on November 6, 2017
Former Kilome MP Harun Mwau moved to the Supreme Court on Monday to challenge President Uhuru Kenyatta's October 26 win. Mwau alleges that the electoral commission violated the law by failing to conduct fresh nominations as required. He says the agency violated Article 82(1)(b) and 2 (a, b) of the constitution by not complying with the mandatory requirement for nominations. The petitioner further alleges that IEBC and its chairman Wafula Chebukati failed to ensure voting was simple and transparent. He says voting was not lawfully done because no candidate was validly nominated. "By refusing to conduct fresh nominations, IEBC and Chebukati violated Article 83 of the constitution thereby denying eligible citizens the right to vote or stand for the elections." Chebukati declared Uhuru winner with a 98 per cent margin while the other seven candidates shared about one per cent. NASA leader Raila Odinga boycotted the elections but his name was on the ballot. Mwau further argues the commission failed to regulate the nomination of candidate by parties and their registration. He says the election was not conducted according to the dictates of the Constitution and Election Laws.
He says the IEBC's refusal to monitor the compliance of candidates with nomination laws went against Article 88 of the constitution. "IEBC deliberately failed to ensure that persons who vied for the October 26 presidential elections complied with Article 137 of the constitution." He says the electoral commission deliberately disobeyed what was required of it following the Supreme Court's judgement on September 1. The apex court, in a majority decision of four judges against six, annulled the August 8 election saying it was not conducted as the law dictates. Mwau is also of the view that IEBC flouted clear constitutional and election laws providing the manner, conditions, precedent and time frame within which presidential elections are to be held. "This renders the elections held on October 26 invalid as they were conducted in an unconstitutional, irregular, illegal manner and in flagrant disobedience of the courts directions," he says. Mwau also argues that instead of complying with the constitution and applicable electoral laws, the commission engaged in media appearances and negotiations which ate into the 60 days granted by the supreme law. He is seeking several declarations including the declaration of the election as invalid because of violations of various articles of the constitution. Mwau also wants a declaration that the polls body violated the constitution by including Cyrus Jirongo on the ballot without gazetting his name in the special notice as was the case with the other seven candidates. He further says the commission failed to to accord all candidates equal time to campaign, affecting the conduct and results of the elections. - The Star
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At least 20 dead at Texas church mass shooting
At least 20 people have been killed and dozens injured in a mass shooting at a church in South Texas. ABC has reported a man in "full gear" entered a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, 30 miles southeast of San Antonio, at around 11.30am on Sunday. In a video posted by a witness on local news station KSAT's Facebook page, a large police presence can be seen near the church. According to reports on KENS5, the gunman has been "taken down by police". The Sheriff's Office told CNN he died after a brief car chase, but it is not clear if he was killed by police or killed himself. Scores of police vehicles and ambulances can be seen lined up outside the church as some of the witnesses post photos and videos on Facebook. About 50 people usually attend Sunday service at the church. Local media outlets have reported that children are among the dead. In a post shared on Twitter, the FBI is seen arriving at the scene, and the caption reads: "FBI just arrived at the scene. The scene is getting pushed back". The San Antonio FBI branch confirmed its agents have been deployed, but there is no indication of the gunman's motive. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott shared his condolences to those affected in the incident on Twitter, writing: "Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response." A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is sending special agents from field offices to the site.
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Uhuru’s victory to be challenged in court today
Canon Sammy Wainaina, Anglican church of Kenya Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit, first lady Margaret Kenyatta, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Opposition leader Raila Odinga during the Centenary celebration in Nairobi on November 5,2017.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s bid for a second term faces a first major hurdle as a fresh petition challenging his October 26 victory is filed at the Supreme Court today. The Star has established that the petition will be filed by a coterie of civil society organisations, setting the stage for yet another major legal duel at the apex court. The new suit will essentially bring to a halt the swearing-in preparations for Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto that was set for November 14. The petition is likely to pose a major challenge for the Judiciary that has been under intense pressure after the David Maraga-led team historically voided Uhuru’s win on September 1. An unshaken Maraga however swore his team was prepared to pay the ultimate price to protect the Constitution, despite threats from Uhuru to “fix” the court. Yesterday Maraga sat on the same pew as President Kenyatta when the two attended the ACK centenary celebrations. Opposition leader Raila Odinga was also present. The Supreme Court judges warned on September 1 that they will not hesitate to nullify another presidential petition if the letter and spirit of the Constitution are violated again. - The Star
Major changes in the offing as Uhuru crafts new Cabinet
Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen (left), accompanied by Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa, addresses a press conference
at Parliament in Nairobi on October 24, 2017 about the fresh election. He has argued that the next Cabinet will be all-inclusive.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have started the process of crafting a new cabinet, with up to seven cabinet secretaries set to face the axe. This is even as the Jubilee duo wait to see if their October 26 win will be challenged in court, theSunday Nation has learnt. The seven are seen not to have delivered on their mandate with others considered not to be politically savvy. It is understood that their positions are likely to be filled with individuals who come with more political capital.
Though the crafting of new candidates remains a tightly controlled affair, lobbying has been intense, with some candidates approaching influential relatives of both the President and the deputy president seeking consideration. Sources, who spoke in confidence, also indicated that the President is planning to exhaust the number of cabinet secretaries to the maximum of 22. Currently, there are 19 cabinet secretaries, meaning the President can still have three more dockets hived from the current ones. This is part of President Kenyatta’s delicate balancing act in a term riddled with an annulled poll, and a disputed fresh election that was boycotted by his main opponent, Mr Raila Odinga.
At the same time, there is the political requirement to make strategic appointments for the Jubilee Party and for succession politics, with his deputy at the center of a 2022 State House bid. “I hope he does (fill the 22 posts). I do not even see the reason why he left them not filled in his first term. "Those posts will give us an opportunity to provide an all-inclusive government, one of the pillars of our campaigns,” Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah told the Sunday Nation. Talk of an expanded executive has dominated Jubilee Party circles, with a feeling that the 17 posts — which were later increased to 19 — that President Kenyatta had filled were not enough.
The Constitution only allows a minimum of 14, and a maximum of 22 cabinet secretary posts, but does not apportion a figure to the number of principal secretaries that can be appointed — another avenue the Jubilee team is looking at to increase the positions to be dished out. But while increasing the posts will please the many politicians and chief campaigners promised top jobs, it will also have an eye on the 2022 State House race that DP Ruto is seeking to influence so that he can leverage on when the time comes. Though Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen said the cabinet to be formed will help Mr Ruto’s race if it performs, he warned against succession talk in the appointments. “If Jubilee delivers, no matter whether the Deputy President had a hand in the appointment of the cabinet secretaries, he will still be an automatic beneficiary when he runs for the top job in 2022,” Mr Murkomen said.
The Elgeyo Marakwet Senator argued that the next Cabinet will be one that is representative of the country and its diversity, comments echoed by Baringo North MP William Cheptumo. “As the President considers the things he has promised, it will all be in the interest of making an all-inclusive Kenya, which is more than just a Jubilee manifesto promise, it is a constitutional requirement,” Mr Cheptumo said. President Kenyatta amassed politicians from the Raila Odinga-led National Super Alliance (Nasa) after the August 8 presidential poll was annulled by the Supreme Court in a landmark ruling on September 1. The Head of State then went on a shopping spree, bringing in poll losers from the Nasa side, those from his own party, and added them to an already long list of those that had lost in the competitive Jubilee Party nominations.
While this will bring in the challenge of choosing the new CSs, it will also mean a more political cabinet. An ambitious President Kenyatta had entered State House ready to go with a fully professional Cabinet, even instructing allies Najib Balala and Charity Ngilu not to involve themselves in politics. That has changed, with the CSs now in full-blown political mood and, sometimes, openly campaigning for them. With the bringing in of Mr Eugene Wamalwa (Water) and Devolution’s Mwangi Kiunjuri after a reshuffle in 2015, and former Kericho Senator Charles Keter (Energy) and former Malindi MP Dan Kazungu for the Mining docket, and the subsequent involvement of technocrats Joe Mucheru of ICT and Sicily Kariuki of Gender and Public Service, the next Cabinet can only follow that line.
In the run up to the polls, President Kenyatta consistently promised them that there was enough space for all of them in government and that they would all be accommodated, winners and losers. “I want to thank those of us who were part of our team who did not make it. "And I take this opportunity through you to assure them that my government will not leave them behind,” he told elected leaders a week after the annulled polls. Already, the election of former Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka as Senate Speaker has narrowed the chances of other western Kenya politicians who joined the Jubilee camp for the polls, given that Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and his Environment counterpart Judi Wakhungu are from the same area.
ABABU VS OTUOMA
Though former Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga, and his challenger Yusuf Chanzu, as well as Bungoma Orange Democratic Movement gubernatorial candidate Alfred Khangati, have joined the bandwagon, it is the jostling between Busia Governor hopeful Paul Otuoma and former Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba that has caught the eyes of many in western Kenya. For Mr Namwamba and Mr Otuoma, it is the battle of neighbouring constituencies that had full ministerial posts in the Grand Coalition government where Mr Odinga named Mr Otuoma for the full five years, with Mr Namwamba serving a short five-month stint with the flag before the 2013 election. Mr Namwamba joined President Kenyatta’s re-election bid early this year, while Mr Otuoma, who unsuccessfully contested the Busia governor seat as an independent candidate after losing the ODM ticket, joined after the August 8 elections.
RUTO AND MUNYA
None of them answered Sunday Nation’s queries but have both spent time campaigning for President Kenyatta, with Mr Namwamba even leading a caucus known as the Council of Kenyan Professionals, that is mainly made up of poll losers, in a bid to raise his profile. There is also the case of the Coast, where the President has won over former Mombasa Senator Omar Hassan, former Tana River Governor Hussein Dado, his Taita Taveta counterpart John Mruttu, as well as Jubilee politicians who lost in the poll, including the outspoken Suleiman Shahbal of Mombasa and Kilifi’s Gideon Mung’aro. But it is in the choice between former powerful governors Isaac Ruto of Bomet and his Meru counterpart Peter Munya that the Jubilee leadership faces its biggest balancing test, yet.
While their decamping to Jubilee Party after a brief dalliance with the opposition was a plus, their known political ambitions in the 2022 race complicates President Kenyatta’s choice, but even more so those of the DP, a man who wants the same seat the former county chiefs have said they will go for. But Mr Ichung’wah, the Kikuyu MP, does not think this as a problem. “Why is the fact that Jubilee has many people jostling for the seats going to be a problem? We have promised to be as representative as possible, and it is what we will do,” Mr Ichung’wa said. Mr Cheptumo was more diplomatic: “I think we all need to just understand that the spaces are limited, and that when one of us is appointed, we learn to appreciate. We cannot all be in one position.” Those who fail to make it to the Cabinet are likely to be considered for plum diplomatic and parastatal positions. - Daily Nation.
Eleven Saudi princes have been arrested as part of a crackdown on corruption in the Gulf state, reports the Financial Times...
Kenya Airways partners with one of largest charter airline operators
Kenya Airways and KLM have partnered with one of the largest charter airline operators in Europe – TUI to boost tourism numbers in Kenya. The partnership targets tourists taking package trips to Kenya’s top destinations including the coastal towns of Mombasa and Diani as well as the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Under the partnership, TUI (formerly known as Thompson) will book its Kenya-bound customers on Kenya Airways and KLM flights. Customers will be connected to their tourist destination through Kenya Airways hub, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), in Nairobi. Kenya Airways Head of Global Marketing Jacque Muhati said: “This partnership will underscore the important role that Kenya Airways plays in the growth of tourism, specifically creating vital linkages.” - The Standard
Five police officers shot in Kenya by colleagues in 10 months
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BURIAL OF THE LATE SAMSON KIHUHA IS ON THURSDAY IN COVENTRY, UK
The late Samson Kihuha
A young Kenyan man passed away in Coventry. Samson Kihuha. He was the son of Tessy formerly of Luton. Sam is a nephew to Vanessa and Wakaranja of Coventry. The late Samson Kihuha 25, passed away on Tuesday 17th October, 2017 in Coventry. The funeral will be held on Thursday 9/11/2017 at St Lukes Church, Rotherham Road, Coventry CV6 4FE at 10am. Thereafter Lentons Lane Cementry. Coventry. CV1 1AA. Please contact Jane Muita 07460022242, George 07480477200, 07534091059.
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WORD OF TODAY
1 John 4:18
Don’t let jealousy destroy your marriage
We read in 1 John 4:18: "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." Solomon writes, ‘Jealousy is cruel as the grave’ (Song of Solomon 8:6 KJV). There are many practical applications for this verse, and one of them is that jealousy can cause the death of a marriage. When you’re jealous of your partner, you distrust them and try to control their every move. And that’s doubly true when someone in your past has betrayed you. Your fear of it happening again can make your spouse feel like his or her feet are always being held to the fire. And if you keep doing it long enough you’ll create the very thing you fear; you’ll end up driving them away. Even if they do stay, they may live in emotional isolation without ever fully giving themselves to you. With that in mind, here’s what the Bible has to say: ‘We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them…as we live in God, our love grows more perfect…Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear’ (1 John 4:16-18 NLT). When you know that God loves you in spite of your imperfections, your sense of self-worth grows and you start believing you are worthy of love. And when that happens, it’s easier to accept that your spouse loves you too and will be faithful. That’s like getting out of prison – a prison of your own making called ‘jealousy’. Today God wants to set you free from jealousy and give you the relationship you’ve always longed for. Talk to Him about it.
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Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, after a loud explosion
was heard near Riyadh airport. The missile was destroyed over the capital and fragments landed
in the airport area, officials quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency said.
House prices defy credit crunch, polls to record marginal growth
KBA Director of Research and Policy Jared Osoro
House prices in Kenya rose marginally in the third quarter, defying tough liquidity pressures and the long electioneering period. According to the latest housing price index from the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA), prices across the country rose by a marginal 0.42 per cent between July and September 2017. Apartments registered the largest demand, accounting for 82.66 per cent of the total units sold in the quarter with maisonettes and bungalows taking 10.7 per cent and 6.64 per cent. The demand across the lower, middle and upper market segments helped push up the prices of apartments by higher margins compared to bungalows and maisonettes, with the rise in prices in the latter two segments remaining muted.
Affordability “The rise in the price of apartments compared to bungalows and maisonettes signals an element of the search for affordability by potential home buyers given the lower cost of construction per unit on the developers’ side and, therefore, relatively low offer process,” said KBA Director of Research and Policy Jared Osoro. “As a consequence, market activity appears to be skewed towards the lower end compared to the middle and the upper market segment.” KBA, however, said the increase in prices was the lowest in three years largely owing to the lengthened election period and the capping of interest rates. “With the generally depressed demand in the economy and the slowdown in credit expansion, households relying on the credit market towards home acquisition have been adversely affected,” said Mr Osoro. - The Standard.
"Without fools there would be no wisdom." - African Proverb
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BitCoin keep going up the record going for $7,373.54 against the dollar (3rd November, 2017).
||Mbadi rules out Supreme Court engagement to challenge Oct 26 poll
NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 2 – National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi has said there are no plans by the National Super Alliance (NASA) to go to the Supreme Court to challenge the October 26 repeat presidential election that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta emerge victor. The Suba Member of Parliament has said the move to challenge the outcome of the poll to have it annulled will be a process in vain hence focusing their attention to the People’s Assembly, the latest opposition new formation which he termed will be a vehicle through which they will push their agenda with. “Even if you get that prayer and have the elections annulled nothing is going to be different with the same electoral commission officials still in office. The People’s Assembly will start a serious discussion on how the party can have the government listen to our plea,” said Mbadi.
Divers withdraw from Lake Nakuru search mission citing lack of resources
U.S. military strikes ISIS in Somalia
The United States struck ISIS targets in Somalia for the first time on Thursday, a few days after a terrorist linked with the militant group killed eight people in a New York City attack. President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. military had been hitting the ISIS terror army 'much harder' since it was linked with Tuesday's deadly attack. 'Every time we're attacked from this point forward, and it took place yesterday, we are hitting them ten times harder,' he pledged. Now it's clear what he meant. Trump vowed Friday that with every ISIS-led act of aggression against Americans, 'we are hitting them ten times harder.' The president referred to a counter-assault that 'took place yesterday' but didn't offer specifics. Now U.S. Africa Command says that U.S. forces conducted two separate airstrikes against ISIS in northeastern Somalia. 'killing several terrorists.' 'The first strike occurred at approximately midnight local Somalia time with the second separate strike occurring at approximately 11 a.m. local Somalia time.' The al-Qaeda-linked terror group Al Shabab has seen some of its fighters split off in recent months to join the self-proclaimed ISIS 'caliphate.' The Trump administration has carried out more than a dozen drone strikes on Al Shabab targets this year, but Thursday's military action marks a new focus there.
"Time is what we want most, but... what we use worst." - William Penn
Stanbic is named best private bank
STANBIC CHIEF EXECUTIVE PHILIP ODERA
Stanbic has been named the best private bank in Kenya for the third year running in recognition of its wealth investment and management arms. The 2017 Banker and Professional Wealth Management Global Private Banking Awards held last week in Singapore also saw it clinch the accolade for its units in Ghana and Nigeria. Stanbic Bank Wealth and Investment has a presence in South Africa, Mauritius, Jersey and London. The award comes a week after the bank was named as the “Safest Bank in Kenya” by the Global Finance. “This recognition is testimony to our solid track record of providing bespoke solutions that are globally relevant, yet attuned to our clients’ dreams, goals and ambitions,” said bank’s Head of Wealth and Investment Anjali Harkoo. - businessdailyafrica.com
The London Stock Exchange Group’s biggest shareholders have demanded the resignation of its chairman, reports the Financial Times...
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Hassan Joho, Amason Kingi call for breakaway of Coast
Coast leaders address the media at Treasury Square in Mombasa on November 3, 2017.
Coast opposition leaders have resolved to push for secession of the region for development and to protest of President Kenyatta's re-election. The more than 18 leaders on Friday accused current and past regimes of oppressing locals. Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi, who led the group, said they had started talks to ensure the break-away from Kenya succeeds. The leaders— including 12 MPs, four senators— announced that they would use all legal means, both local and international, to achieve their ambition. “The journey to realise secession for the coastal people has just began,” Mr Joho said after their meeting at his office at Treasury Square. “This is just but the beginning of a consultative process that will involve abroad network of people to be able to realise our dream.” Mr Joho said local and international lawyers had been engaged to ensure the Coast delinks from the rest of the country for development. He said they were set to hold a series of meetings with the clergy, elders, youth and “everyone else in the region so that it is not seen that the drive is by the elected leaders only.”
“We understand that there will be challenges, but what we know for sure is that whatever the challenges we will get where we want to be and we will realise our dream,” Mr Joho said. The leaders said they were not going to be involved with any illegal groups, including the proscribed Mombasa Republican Council. “We are not going to use any illegal means. If anyone tries to link us with any group, that won’t work at all,” Mr Joho said. Mr Kingi said their ambition was in the interest of and would involve Kenyans. “We have decided that we are going to engage the Coastal people and get their views on the same,” he said. MPs Owen Baya, Abdulshamad Nassir, Mohamed Faki and Mr Madzayo and were selected to spearhead the push for secession. Mr Baya has said he is preparing a bill to be presented to Parliament to allow the Coast to govern itself. - Daily Nation.
NHIF members no longer need to choose outpatient hospital
NHIF beneficiaries will no longer be required to choose an outpatient health facility for healthcare services, chief executive Geoffrey Mwangi has said. He said patients will from this month be able to access any hospital they prefer from a list provided by the fund. “In line with these changes, members will no longer co-pay as was the case previously and will continue enjoying the same benefits package,” Mwangi said in a statement. This means NHIF members will walk in and walk out of the facilities fully treated at the cost of NHIF without making additional payments. “Members shall be informed upon visiting the facility the arrangement for healthcare delivery as engaged by NHIF,” Mwangi said. The changes allow for portability of services and will apply to both members of the national scheme and managed schemes. NHIF registers all eligible members from both the formal and informal sector. It is compulsory to be a member for those in the formal sector while those in the informal sector and retirees, membership is open and voluntary. Membership is open to any Kenyan aged 18 and above with a monthly income of over Sh1,000 for those in the formal sector.
The scheme has reached a national coverage of about 24 million beneficiaries which includes the contributors and their dependents. The number of principal contributors stood at 6.5 million by June this year. NHIF service providers must first be accredited and recognized by the Fund before being allowed to offer services to NHIF members and claim reimbursements thereof. Mwangi urged facilities that are yet to sign the contract to do so saying those who had not signed on November 1 should not offer services. He said NHIF members can access the designated list of contracted hospitals and declared healthcare facilities by visiting any NHIF service point. They can also call the toll free service line on 0800-720601 or get information via NHIF website and social media pages. “The Fund is responding to the needs of its beneficiaries and at the same time adapting to the changing market dynamics while promoting the aspiration of universal healthcare coverage with a view to facilitating access to affordable, sustainable, equitable and quality social health insurance,” Mwangi said. - The Star
Safaricom plans regional expansion as profit grows by 21.4 percent
Nasa announces boycott of some goods and services
Parliamentary wing of the National Resistance Movement has officially launched boycott of products from companies it claims are supporting Jubilee. The National Super Alliance (Nasa) MPs on Friday listed Safaricom, Bidco and Brookside as some of the firms whose products and services their supporters should boycott. "We will resist the products of these companies because they are beneficiaries of the regime that killed people in this country," said Suna East MP Junet Mohamed. The opposition alliance gave its supporters five days to find alternative products, saying the move is just the beginning of economic liberation in Kenya. Nasa accuses Safaricom of aiding rigging of August poll in favour of President Kenyatta, a claim the firm has denied and dismissed. - Daily Nation
Millions of people across the globe experienced problems connecting to the widely
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Uhuru to pay 200-year-old debt to Narok village family
Ole Gilisho family at Ng'oswani in Narok West Sub County. The family will receive bride price for its daughter Mosana who is President Uhuru Kenyatta's great grandmother. In most African communities, paying bride price is mandatory, regardless of the time it takes for the debt to be paid. That is the reason Uhuru Kenyatta’s family is planning to pay the family of his father's grandmother, identified as Mosana, a visit in Narok to settle her bride price after more than two centuries. At the home of the Gilisho family in Narok West Sub County, preparations are already in top gear ahead of the visit by the first family on a yet-to-be-disclosed date. According to President Kenyatta’s cousins, former Gatundu South MP Ngengi Muigai and his brother Kung’u Muigai, who are leading negotiations with the Gilisho family, they would like to finally settle the ‘debt’ for the ‘stolen girl’.
For the past few years, the Kenyatta family has relentlessly been tracing the roots of Uhuru’s great grandmother with the help of Maasai council of elders. Mr Kung’u, who spoke recently in Narok, narrated how Agikuyu warriors raided the Maasai village of Naroosura and made away with a herd of cattle and a girl who later gave birth to Kung’u Magana. Mr Magana was the father of the first Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta, James Muigai and Kung’u Muigai. Capt (Rtd.) Kung’u explained that President Uhuru, whose middle name is Muigai, was named after his great grandfather, Muigai, and therefore it is Uhuru’s responsibility to pay the bride price. Kung’u, the patron of the National Council of Elders, said Kung’u, the son of Mosana married without paying his mother’s dowry. Mzee Kenyatta also never paid his grandmother’s bride price, according to Kung’u. However, Uhuru is determined to correct the irregularity by settling the old debt.
The home of Mosana, the Kenyatta family’s matriarch, was traced to Naroosura in Narok after Uhuru ascended to power in 2013. “Mosana is the mother of our family. We respect her and that is why we have taken time to trace her origin,” he said. Gilisho’s family has been a beehive of activity recently with a manyatta under construction and the family working round the clock to prepare for the big day. A special bull has also been identified for the ceremony. Chief John Gilisho, the family’s spokesman, said all will be done according to Maasai culture during the ceremony. “We are working tirelessly to ensure the day is a success. Everything will, however, be done according to Maasai culture,” said Chief Gilisho. He said a special black-and-white bull will be slaughtered and its meat dried on oloirien (olive) leaves after being cleansed by elders, ready to be prepared for the guests. Even though the family is yet to be notified of the date of the visit, Chief Gilisho said they were not taking chances as they did not want to be caught flat-footed.
Traditional Maasai attire (red sarongs) will be worn by the elders who will sit on traditional stools to listen to the visitors’ apologies for taking too long to pay the bride price. Gilisho, however, said members of the public were welcome to the ceremony but only family members will be allowed into the negotiation room. The Kenyatta family also revealed that it was at Naroosura, at his grandmother’s home village, where Mzee Kenyatta learnt to speak the Maasai language after going into hiding there for over five years to avoid being conscripted into the British Army. Kung’u said Mosana advised Kenyatta to go into hiding after his elder brother, Kung’u, was forced to join the army during the First World War in 1914. He never came back. After five years, senior Kenyatta returned to Gatundu speaking fluent Maasai and wearing the beaded belt called ‘inyatta’ in Ma. The name Kenyatta is derived from "inyatta". Captain Kung’u and Ngengi are sons of James Muigai, hence Uhuru’s first cousins and Mosana (Wanjiru) their great grandmother. “Kenyatta lived in Naroosura during the whole period of first-world war. - The Standard
Bird flu hits South Africa's poultry industry
Avian influenza, or bird flu, has hit the poultry industry in South Africa. It's estimated that four million chickens have been, or are being, culled to stop the outbreak; and an egg shortage means prices could rise by as much as 20%. The BBC's Vumani Mkhize has more.
Government gazettes controversial election laws
Members of select committee of both Senate and National Assembly on amendments of election laws speaking
to journalist on October 12, 2017. The controversial amendment Bill has now become law after gazettement.
The controversial Bill on election laws is now law. The bill was published in a special issue of the Kenya Gazette that was published Thursday and has the date of assent indicated as October 28, two days after the repeat presidential election. It states: “This Act may be cited as the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2017 and shall come into force upon publication in the Gazette.” Among the significant provisions of the bill is a clause that would make it difficult for the Supreme Court to annul the election of the President based on minor inconsistencies. It states that: “A Court shall not declare an election void for non-compliance with any written law relating to that election if it appears that (a) the election was conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the Constitution and in that written law; and (b) the non-compliance did not substantially affect the result of the election.”
The Bill also sought to protect the result from being annulled on the basis of inconsistencies in the result forms as long as they are not meant to mislead. It states: “A form prescribed by this Act or the regulations made thereunder shall not be void by reason of a deviation from the requirements of that form, as long as the deviation is not calculated to mislead.” A majority of the rest of the amendments were already implemented by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission via the regulations it published before the repeat election on Thursday last week. They would however apply in future elections.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Monday that he had not signed the Bill on the basis that some people had argued that the new law amounted to changing the rules of the game midway and that it would give him an advantage over his competitors. “And because law must be founded on reasoned national consensus, I listened to these voices. I did not sign the new Bill into Law,” he added. The new law provides for the IEBC to announce the date of a new election once it is annulled, publish the names and political parties of the candidates to participate in the fresh poll and is specific that there would not be fresh nominations. The new Act was published the same day a former MP challenged its constitutionality. - Daily Nation
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UK interest rates rise for first time in 10 years
For the first time in more than 10 years, the Bank of England has raised interest rates. The official bank rate has been lifted from 0.25% to 0.5%, the first increase since July 2007. It is likely to rise twice more over the next three years, according to Bank of England governor Mark Carney. The move reverses the cut in August of last year, which was made in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union. Almost four million households face higher mortgage interest payments after the rise, but it should give savers a modest lift in their returns. As well as many of the country's 45 million savers, anyone considering buying an annuity for their pension will also see better deals. The main losers will be households with a variable rate mortgage. Mr Carney expects banks to pass on the rate rise to savers, but said many mortgages, loans and credit cards would not see an immediate impact.
He said that British households have been "savvy" with their finances and have mostly taken out fixed-rate mortgages, which means it will take some time before the rise has an impact on them. The Bank estimates that almost two million mortgage holders have not experienced an interest rate rise since taking out a mortgage. Mr Carney expects banks to pass on the rate rise to savers, but said many mortgages, loans and credit cards would not see an immediate impact. He said that British households have been "savvy" with their finances and have mostly taken out fixed-rate mortgages, which means it will take some time before the rise has an impact on them. The Bank estimates that almost two million mortgage holders have not experienced an interest rate rise since taking out a mortgage.
Of the 8.1 million households with a mortgage, 3.7 million - or 46% - are on either a standard variable rate or a tracker rate - which generally move with the official bank rate. The average outstanding balance is £89,000 which would see payments increase by about £12 a month, according to UK Finance. The panel which sets interest rates, called the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), justified the rate increase by pointing to record-low unemployment, rising inflation and stronger global economic growth. Seven out of the nine members voted in favour of higher rates. Mr Carney told the BBC that the Bank expected the UK economy to grow at about 1.7% for the next few years, which he said would require "about two more interest rate increases over the next three years". The pound fell about 1% against the dollar and euro, as some investors had hoped to see hints of more rate rises. Sterling dropped more than a cent against the two currencies to $1.3130 and €1.1280 respectively.
The financial markets are indicating two more interest rate increases over the next three years, taking the official rate to 1%. Howard Archer, chief economic adviser to the EY Item Club consultancy, said: "The Bank of England seemingly sees the hike to 0.50% as more likely to be a case of 'one and a little more to come' rather than 'one and done'." The MPC also said that the decision to leave the European Union is having a "noticeable impact" on the economic outlook.
Why Our Winner Takes It All, Centralised Politics are Untenable.
By Alex Kamau.
Our country stands at a perilous crossroad - with the Uhuru/Ruto duo convinced they have the right and legitimacy to rule - and a bitter and determined Raila convinced he has once again been robbed of his birth right.
We didn’t get where we are by mistake. Those involved in the current scrimmage unwittingly delivered themselves there, by design or via a carefully calculated skulduggery.
Kenyan politics are regrettably a do or die, winner takes it all affairs; in a society very much used to shortcuts and casual back of envelope arrangements; and where cheating and dishonesty have been normalised on an industrial scale. Without doubt, were Mr Odinga in Uhuru’s very position now, his language would not be that of a man seeking change and redress; but one convinced the voters are on his side; and he has the mandate to rule. If you doubt this listen to freely available YouTube clips of William Ruto in December 2007, and juxtapose that with his CNN interview last week. Many of our politicians are pathologically dishonest.
Unless we change the rules and laws of engagement, with the country rather than politicians in mind; we shall be back where we are in exactly 5 years from today should the Jubilee win be upheld and they carry on to 2022 - with or without Raila. That outcome is not inevitable. We could take action today or in the next few years to avoid that eventuality. That way we shall normalise our elections, reclaim our sense of nationhood and call ourselves Kenyan at last.
First we need to broaden our politics and democracy by creating and embedding in the constitution the Office of the Official Leader of the Opposition - with a salary, staff and security just below that of the president or his deputy. Mechanisms need to exist to ensure there is a healthy tension between the two and that they officially meet regularly in the country’s best interest (twice a month at the least). There should also be a well-structured shadow cabinet paid for by the taxpayer as an alternative government in waiting. Had this option been available to Raila or Uhuru, the bitterness and vitriolic anger we are witnessing from Raila would be less pronounced and bloody, and our country’s economy would not have lost the billions it’s lost on account of the present political morass. Such a move represents a justifiable cost that Kenyans must willingly bear. The alternative is our present quagmire.
Secondly we need to expand the Executive branch of government to include a Primeminister’s position with 3-4 deputies to ensure all the Kenyan regions feel a part of the government, whether they voted for the winner or the loser. An arrangement where some of these posts went to marginalised communities would represent leadership and courage, not tribalism. Those blind to the obvious fact that Jubilee has been somewhat a two community affair need to wake up from their hypocritical torpor. We are Africans; and by and large are a collegial people, for whom symbolism is psychologically important. If you doubt it, look at the voting patterns and you’ll witness that communities who felt represented by Jubilee voted for Uhuru and Ruto, while those who felt left out genuflected at Raila’s feet for salvation.
Thirdly the government needs to start thinking seriously about decentralising and relocating major operations away from Nairobi. It’s foolish that nearly all government headquarters are in Nairobi. With advances in communication technology, there is no justification for government agencies to be located in Nairobi. Why do we need the CID, Police, Immigration, Fisheries, Transport, Telecommunications, Teachers Service Commission, most Agricultural departments, the Army Headquarters all in Nairobi? Why can we not have every one of the 47 counties being the headquarters of at least one government body? That way our country will start feeling national again. Kenya Power, KenGen and Geothermal Ltd should be headquartered in Embu and Naivasha.
The Forestry and Wildlife departments should be in Machakos/ Makueni/Taveta/Nyandarua/Nanyuki and of course Fisheries squarely in Kisumu. Agricultural and livestock departments should be split between Nakuru, Kitale, Narok, Kisii, Uasin Gishu and Eldoret. The sugar bodies should be based in Western Kenya. Petroleum headquarters should be relocated to Turkana. Tourism bodies should be at the Coast. Far from making government expensive, moving agencies out of high labour cost Nairobi into low cost locations makes perfect economic justification. Such a move will also lead to new auxiliary sectors in those regions. It will also balance regional development in our country and decongest Nairobi! A win win arrangement.
Fourth our Media need to put its house in order. While the development of media plurality has been a good thing for our country, standards have awfully fallen and the Kenyan Media is not entirely honest and impartial. It has failed to adequately hold politicians both in government and opposition to account. Those who watched the presidential debate in July cannot disagree that Raila got away lightly. Those who interviewed him showed reverence, a casual bias and a reluctance to pin him down on issues such as corruption and poor governance which he’s consistently blamed on others; while they blatantly stink within his party and in offices he’s held in the past.
That President Kenyatta’s family own and control significant chunks of the media (Print, Radio and TV) further stifles impartiality and the media’s role in promoting governance and high standards in public life. Regrettably a worrying number of Kenya’s journalists are very poorly trained, poorly paid and susceptible to compromise. An independent and impartial media is paramount.
Finally, our police need to be retrained to see demonstrators as citizens rather than hooligans and bullet targets. No doubt Raila has diminished his stature by encouraging demonstrations without actively discouraging violence and destruction. In the minds of his opponents Raila wrongly remains a messiah of doom and violence. Demonstrations yes but destruction and death No. The nearly 50 Kenyans who’ve lost their lives since the August elections represent an unforgivable and painful stain on our collective psyche. No Kenyan should die in the name of politics.
Kenya’s many problems are peculiar and will require leadership, courage, painful sacrifice and unconventional actions. We must take bold, brave and unpopular sacrifices and choices in the short run - to preserve our country long-term. Doing nothing only postpones the inevitable and impending bloody and chaotic implosion whose aftermath will be catastrophic for us all. Leaving things as they are offers only a false promise.
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US President Donald Trump. He has said that he will end the popular US green card lottery after a
radicalized Uzbek man who entered the country under the programme killed eight people in New York.
US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would end the popular US green card lottery after a radicalized Uzbek man who entered the country under the programme killed eight people in New York. "I am starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery programme," Trump told reporters. "We have to do what's right to protect our citizens. "We will get rid of this lottery programme as soon as possible," he told reporters.
The 1990 programme awards US permanent resident visas to around 50,000 applicants from around the world each year, opening the door as well for members of their broader families to follow them, so-called chain migration. According to Trump, Sayfullo Saipov, who ploughed a rented truck into cyclists and pedestrians on a New York City bike path Tuesday, came to the country via the programme. Saipov was arrested after being shot by police and officials said he planned to undertake his attack in the name of Islamic State for weeks, following online instructions from the jihadist group.
Trump's threat would further close the doors to hopeful US immigrants, after slashing the country's annual refugee intake by more than 50 percent, tightening visa issuance around the world and attempting to ban travellers from 11 countries, most of them with Muslim-majority populations. Uzbekistan is not among the 11. The programme Trump threatened Wednesday aims to diversify the origins of people granted permanent residence — so-called green cards — in the United States. In 2015 the green card lottery, applications were received from more than 14 million people, and 49,377 won green cards. That included 2,524 Uzbeks. Trump said he wants to move US immigration to a "merit-based system" and not allow immigrants to bring their extended families. "We want to get rid of chain migration," he said. - Daily Nation.
Equity bets big on Uganda subsidiary for profit growth
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Equity Bank is looking at its Ugandan subsidiary as its best bet for growth in the coming years as its Kenyan and other regional markets slow down due to regulatory interventions, political squabbles and subdued commodity prices on the global markets. Equity’s Ugandan subsidiary posted a 37 per cent jump in profit in the nine months to end of September, contributing Sh700 million to the group’s profit after tax. The lender on Monday reported a three per cent drop in after-tax profit up to the third quarter of its financial year, attributed to lower earnings from interest income in the home market where rate caps law was introduced in September 2016.
Group CEO James Mwangi said the lender plans to invest more in Uganda as the relative political stability in the landlocked nation and an expected oil boom hold bright prospects for banking. He did not however disclose the capital injection budget for the country. “It (Uganda subsidiary) is not becoming better than Kenya in size but return on asset and return on equity is much better. With the hope of oil, it appears that Uganda will receive about $20.4 billion in the next four years from their oil industry,” Mr Mwangi said during an investor briefing announcing the lender’s nine-months performance. The bank, which is the largest in Kenya by customer numbers, has fully-owned subsidiaries in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). n“Uganda is likely to become a very significant economy in the East African region on account of oil. [It] has also opted to invest significantly in its infrastructure and doesn’t have political uncertainty as in Kenya. You may not agree with their politics but it has no political uncertainty.”
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The rates cap has fuelled a slowdown in credit growth to 1.5 per cent in June this year from a high 8.6 per cent in June 2016. A politically charged environment this year has also hurt business in Kenya. The flat profitability is attributable to a drop in interest income on loans. Equity Bank grew profit in South Sudan despite political unrest in the country, something Mr Mwangi attributed to the bank “aligning to the environment”. Only its DRC subsidiary posted a 7 per cent drop in profit after tax to about Sh500 million mainly due to increased investment in the branch network there and a difficult business environment occasioned by a political crisis and lower earnings from copper and cobalt export. “We have increased the branches from 11 to 32 and we are now ranked in terms of net worth the second-largest in DRC,” Mwangi said. “We see the political risk as having dissipated and the economic shock having decreased significantly. We expect a very good year in the coming year.”
Kabogo ordered to pay Sh100m as he loses muti-million property
Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has lost possession of a multi-million worth
property in Nairobi’s Westlands area that was fraudulently acquired by his company.
Kabogo, through his firm, Caroget investments is now required to pay Sh100 million as general damages to Aster Holdings Limited for the illegal occupation. Justice Elijah Obaga has further ordered Kabogo’s firm to vacate the 5.2-acre parcel of land on Mvuli Road and hand it over to its registered owner with immediate effect, ending the long-running dispute. “The suit property history is that it had been in private ownership since 1946. It ceased to be government land and was therefore not available for alienation by the Commissioner of Lands. The suit property never reverted back to the government as to be available for re-allocation,” Obaga ruled on Wednesday. Aster Holdings had sued Nairobi County Council, the Lands commissioner, the Registrar of Titles, the Attorney General and Caroget.
In April, Kabogo told court that he duly registered the land estimated to be worth Sh3.5 billion, in 2007 with Lands ministry after paying all the requisite fees. But judge Obaga said the land was fraudulently obtained in a well-orchestrated scheme that began in 2006. He said for 14 years, Nayan Patel who is the rightful registered owner of the suit property, could not develop it because of the illegal occupation. “From the evidence adduced herein and the documents produced in this case, it is clear that the title by the first defendant (Nairobi County Government) which was subsequently transferred to the fifth defendant (Caroget Investment Ltd) was obtained illegally, unprocedurally and through corrupt scheme,” Obaga said. According to documents, Kabogo title was later cancelled but Caroget moved to court and managed to quash the revocation. Aster Holdings had initially bought two parcels of land in 1993 for Sh11 million. The titles were later amalgamated with plans to establish a residential hotel and apartment. Justice Obaga said the property was not available for allocation to the City Council, because it had already been purchased and the title amalgamated. - Source link-the-star.co.ke
ODM received Sh100 million as opposed to full amount set by law
An ODM follower dances during a rally at Kamukunji grounds. The High
Court declined to order the Government to pay the party Sh4.1 billion
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has lost a bid to recover Sh4.1 billion it claims it is owed from the Political Parties Fund. The party went to court early this year demanding payment of arrears accrued between 2012 and 2016. The Raila Odinga-led party told the court it had received Sh100 million as opposed to the full amount set by law. But High Court judge Roslyne Aburili ruled that she could not force the taxpayer to shoulder the arrears as ODM never demanded the money. The judge said the fund set aside from the national revenue was not a debt and thus could not be paid if it was not allocated by the National Assembly at the time. - The Standard
No more ‘oops, wrong group’ messages as WhatsApp introduces delete feature
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BITCOIN PRICE IN ZIMBABWE HITS $10,000
What is fueling Zimbabwe's record-breaking Bitcoin binge?
Zimbabweans queue to withdraw cash outside a bank in Harare. A severe currency shortage has led to growing interest in digital alternatives.
(CNN) The most expensive bitcoin in the world are flying off virtual shelves in Zimbabwe. The price of the digital currency has soared beyond $10,000 over the past week on Harare-based trading platform Golix, almost double the rates on major international exchanges. "The price has been high for some time and it keeps going up," says Golix trade coordinator Yeukai Kusangaya. She expects soaring demand to drive the price even higher. Bitcoin is no longer a specialist curiosity in Zimbabwe. The virtual currency is in increasingly common usage, even accepted by businesses such as car dealers. A uniquely dysfunctional economy has created ideal conditions for the bitcoin surge.
Bitcoin prices have topped $10,000 over the past week, fueled by soaring demand.
Zimbabwe is undergoing a fresh currency crisis. President Robert Mugabe's administration addressed rampant hyperinflation in 2008 by ditching the Zimbabwean dollar and replacing it with US currency. But the southern African nation now faces an acute shortage of US dollars that has led to banks rationing withdrawals. The government has sought to make up the shortfall by issuing "bond notes" that it claims have equivalent value to the US dollar. But their value has dropped sharply on black market exchanges, leading to price inflation in stores, and they are not accepted by foreign suppliers. International trade is further complicated by strict capital controls, which have left importers searching for creative solutions -- including digital currencies. "Bitcoin isn't subject to the central bank measures so it has become an alternative that importers are willing to pay a premium for," says Zimbabwean technology analyst Nigel Gambanga, pointing to a rise in businesses accepting the currency as payment. Bitcoin also offers investors a refuge from the faltering formal economy. "When confidence in national currencies wavers because of monetary policy or political uncertainty, bitcoin often behaves as a safe haven because the price is totally based on market discovery," says Nolan Bauerle, director of research at news site CoinDesk. "Some people find bitcoin useful because it is immune from the bright ideas of centralized authorities and their unintended consequences."
A photo of a one hundred trillion dollar note, issued by Zimbabwe's central bank after hyperinflation. Zimbabwe now uses US currency.
Even before the current crisis, Zimbabwe offered favorable conditions for bitcoin adoption. The country ranks third on the Bitcoin Market Potential Index, created by economic historian Dr. Garrick Hileman of the University of Cambridge, just behind the inflation-plagued economies of Argentina and Venezuela. The Index cites Zimbabwe's vast informal economy and history of financial crises as key factors that could drive bitcoin adoption. But while Zimbabwe's conditions are unique, digital currency experts believe it offers a valuable test case for the viability of bitcoin on a national scale, which could have global implications. "The underlying takeaway is that cryptocurrencies are here to stay and have a place in the world where monetary policy and fiat currencies cannot be trusted," says Saxo Bank analyst Kay Van-Petersen. "It's only a matter of time before an emerging or frontier market government decides to adopt a cryptocurrency as a foundation for credibility, transparency, accountability, and attraction of foreign capital."
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Should the bitcoin surge continue, the market could come under pressure from Mugabe's authoritarian government. "I wouldn't expect any tolerance from a country with a fragile financial system trying to maintain capital controls," says Hileman, suggesting the Zimbabwean government might follow China's example of banning bitcoin exchanges. But he questions whether the country has the resources to enforce such a ban, which could safeguard the currency's future. Another possibility is the government could embrace a thriving market and seek to take advantage of it. "If trade in bitcoin intensifies with no resolution to the country's currency woes, we could witness the central bank and government revise its position by taking on a more active role in cryptocurrency trading," says Gambanga. "At the very least, (by) recognizing cryptocurrencies through some form of regulation." The analyst even raises the prospect of bitcoin becoming an official currency of Zimbabwe. "The state has already taken extreme measures like banning the importation of fruits," he says. "So adding bitcoin to the country's multi-currency basket might not be so absurd." - CNN.
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Tea farmers get Sh42bn bonus after 2-day delay
Small-scale tea farmers started receiving Sh42 billion payment popularly known as bonus Tuesday 31st October, 2017 following a two-day delay occasioned by impromptu holidays last week. The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) managing director Lerionka Tiampati confirmed that over 600,000 growers affiliated to the firm had the money wired to their accounts starting yesterday. KTDA is the management agent for the factories. Last week, the government gazetted two holidays, Wednesday and Thursday, to enable Kenyans take part in the repeat presidential election on October 26. “The holidays created a bit of delay because banks were not operational on those two days,” Mr Tiampati said in an interview. The growers will earn the Sh42 billion, which is lower by Sh2 billion compared with a record high of Sh44 billion last year. Industry report from KTDA indicates that farmers will get 76 per cent of the Sh78 billion turnover realised in the current financial year up from 75 per cent in 2016, reflecting improved operational efficiency. Small-scale farmers’ earnings dropped by four per cent from Sh84 billion last year on account of drought that cut production by 20 per cent. The record earnings in the 2015/2016 financial year was attributed to increased sales volume that stood at 272 million kilos compared with 233 million kilos registered in the current financial year. - businessdailyafrica.com
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Epidemic of deadly airborne in Madagascar
1,300 people in Madagascar as map reveals the nine countries officials fear the killer disease will spread to next
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Raila plots Egypt like revolution to force a new election
Eight dead in terror attack in New York
Eight people are dead and 11 have been injured after a truck mounted a bicycle path in lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, mowing down cyclists and runners while shouting 'Allahu Akbar'. The 29-year-old driver, named as Sayfull Saipov, mounted the bicycle path at Houston Street at 3.05pm and drove 17 blocks downtown, knocking down victims before coming to a stop at Chambers Street where he eventually crashed in to a school bus. There were children inside the school bus at the time. They are among the injured people now in hospital. The terrorist then emerged from his rented truck waving a paintball gun in one hand and a pellet gun in the other. He was shot in the stomach by an on-duty NYPD officer who was at the scene and is now in hospital under police supervision. Police will not release the man's name but say he committed the atrocity in a 'cowardly' act of terror. - CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY
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Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi has taken a dig at Opposition leader Raila Odinga dismissing his National Resistance Movement. In a Twitter post on Tuesday, Mr Ngunyi said that Raila’s NRM was a failed plan and is just a guerilla movement. The controversial analyst likened NRM to the famous Uganda’s Lord's Resistance Army, a guerrilla group that formerly operated in Uganda under the leadership of Joseph Kony. He also pointed out that the movement has similarities with Sierra Leone’s rebel group, Revolutionary United Front that was led by Foday Sankoh.
Ngunyi added that telecoms operator Safaricom should freeze the former Prime Minister's number. “RAILA Resistance Movement is Dead on ARRIVAL. Safaricom SHOULD begin by freezing Raila Number,” read his post. Raila on Tuesday announced the establishment of peoples’ assembly, a broad based forum to discuss issues affecting Kenyans. The people’s assembly will be a forum of elected leaders, members of the civil society and religious leaders who will be discussing issues affecting Kenyans and pass resolutions that can be debated in county assemblies. He said it was time for his movement to begin the essential task of making elections count and democracy work in Kenya.
“We will be the people who will end electoral fraud not only in Kenya but in all of Africa and be the team that will uproot the evil culture of sham elections with pre-determined outcomes,” declared Raila. The Opposition chief lauded his staunch supporters for boycotting the repeat poll indicating that President-elect Uhuru is a product of fraud and there is nothing like tyranny of numbers in Jubilee. “We exposed the so-called tyranny of numbers in jubilee to be a fraud, the 8-million plus votes Uhuru claimed to have secured in August to be fiction and vote-fixing and manipulation of figures by the IEBC to be real,” said Raila. The former Prime Minister also pointed out that since the Supreme Court annulled the August 8 presidential election, the country became deeply divided on the question of holding free, fair and credible elections. “No society that calls itself a democracy should be divided on the need for free, fair and credible elections,” stressed Raila. In his acceptance speech, President-elect Uhuru celebrated the resilience of Kenyans, democracy, and institutions. He said the Supreme Court of Kenya did not question the numbers he garnered in the August 8 Election but the process of declaring them, adding that by getting 7.5 million votes, his supporters had re-validated his mandate.
On the controversial electoral laws, Uhuru said he did not sign the Bill because he was advised it would be unfair to change the rules in the middle of the game. "The road to October 26 was not easy. Parliament took the legislative critic by the Supreme Court very seriously,” he said. He said Raila went to court and was granted his wish, but he chose to ignore the rest of the ruling. "You cannot choose your opportunity to exercise a right and then abscond from the responsibilities of your choice," Uhuru noted. Thirdway Alliance leader Ekuru Aukot said Kenya needs urgent healing beyond the 2017 election. "We have been consistent in our quest for justice and rule of law. We believe that we have been able to shape how politics is done in Kenya, albeit in our own small way," he said in a statement to newsrooms. On the just concluded repeat presidential poll, Aukot said; "we fought to be included in this repeat election. I want to thank NASA for supporting us.
Our decision to participate was based on the fact that the Thirdway Alliance has always advocated that the Constitution of Kenya must be safeguarded and followed at all times." He said they had misgivings on IEBC's preparedness but they decided to participate in the fresh elections as it was the only way to avoid anarchy in the country. "We disagree with any proposals that the elections were to be boycotted. To abandon the repeat election would have caused a constitutional crisis... We strongly believe that the supreme law of the land, and not the wishes of a tiny minority, must guide our elections now and in future." In the repeat election, 25 constituencies in Nyanza did not participate in the poll. On Monday, IEBC vice chairperson Consolata Nkatha said areas that did not participate in the election would not affect the final result. Out of 266 constituencies that submitted results, Uhuru got 7,483,895 votes. This was only 719,395 votes less of the 8,203,290 votes he got on August 8. - The Standard
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A RETREAT CENTRE IN NORTHAMPTON
Are you looking for a peaceful, quiet place where you can withdraw yourself from the busy schedules of life and spend time with God in prayer and meditation? Ebenezer Retreat Centre is the place for you at affordable rates from £40 per person per night which includes bed and breakfast. You can book as an individual or as groups of upto 20 people. For More information please contact the numbers on the flier.
WHITE MAIZE IS NOW READY TO BUY IN A LONDON FARM
White Maize from David Mwanaka's farm in North London is now ready. You can now visit their shop in North London. They have variety of products including White Maize (fresh and frozen), White Sweetcorn, Pumpkins, Pumpkin Leaves, Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Peanuts and Mustard Leaves (Tsunga). As the United Kingdom is colder than most places where white maize is grown, our maize has a unique taste. Because of this taste many people think that white maize has a better taste than normal sweetcorn. It is usually served in the same way as corn on the cob, but also tastes great when roasted. The kernels can also be crushed to make all kinds of dishes. Try it and you will be pleasantly surprised. We also grow many varieties of large sweet pumpkins. From the pumpkin plants we also supply pumpkin leaves which are a popular nutritious delicacy in many countries including China, Malaysia, India, large parts of Africa and South America. The farm shop is located at 744 Hertford Road, Enfield, London EN3 6PR. Opening times is Monday to Saturday – 10:30am to 5:30pm and on Sunday – 10:30am to 5pm. Directions to the shop: From M25 exit at junction 25 towards London Enfield. At traffic lights turn left into Bullsmoor Lane. If you are coming from London along the A10, turn right into Bullsmoor lane at the last set of traffic lights before the M25. At next junction with Esso filling station on left, turn right into Hertford Road. Nearest Train Station: Enfield Lock and Turkey Street (a few minutes walk). Buses: Bus route 279 runs past the shop. For order and more information please contact the man from Zimbabwe Mr. David Mwanaka on 07708572914
Some of the Products from Mwanaka's Shop in North London
THE MAN BEHIND THE WHIE MAIZE IN LONDON
Mwanaka Fresh Farm Foods is the brainchild of David Wilfred Mwanaka, an award winning writer and journalist. Born in Zimbabwe, David grew up eating white maize. When he came to Britain in the early 1990s, David was surprised to know that white maize was not grown or even known about. He missed eating white maize so much that he thought of growing the crop himself. David then started carrying out trials, growing white maize. After 6 years, David was confident he could grow white maize commercially in Britain. From such simple beginnings, helped by his wife Brenda and their three children Jonathan, Ruth and Miriam, the family now successfully grows white maize on a farm just outside London. As from 2007 David came up with another new product in the UK. That is White Sweetcorn, which is so popular as an alternative to yellow sweetcorn. Children love it and would advise you to put it on your list of 5 a day health eating. For that reason it quickly found its way onto shelves of supermarkets like Sainsbury’s and into UK top stores like Harrods and Selfridges.
GRACE CHEGE OF DALLAS AND MP SABIBA CHEGE
HAVE LOST THEIR MOTHER BACK IN KENYA
Grace Njeri Chege (Mrs. Njuguna, left) of Texas, USA and Sabina Chege (right) Women Representative, Muranga have lost their mother in Kenya through a road accident. The accident occurred on Thursday evening 5th October, 2017 between Kangari and Githumu, Muranga as both parents of Grace and Sabina were driving home from Nairobi. The couple collided with a Unaitas Bank vehicle where the mother passed away and the father is recovering at Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi. For more information contact Grace in Dallas on +1214 6169894 or Sabina in Kenya on +254 722624684. Mr. Seed and family would like to send our condolences to Grace and Sabina's family who happen to be our neighbours in Kinyona village, Muranga.
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HERI HOMES NEW BUSINESS COMPLEX IN DAYSTAR HOSTELS
Chemists, salons, cybers, fast food rest, bank ATM's, video library, stationery shops, e.t.c
Daystar shopping complex details: (spaces for chemists, salons, cybers, fast food rest, bank ATM's, video library, stationery shops, e.t.c
1.Area space -30 metres square
2. Price - KShs. 1.8 million
3.deposit of 30% balance within 15 months
4.construction to commence on January 2018
5.location - within the newly constructed (320 units) Heri daystar hostels, 50metres from Daystar university.
6.Target market for shops- The 320 students within the hostels
* other Daystar student population, (total in no 2,500 students )
* lecturers and staff
* other local community neighbouring the university, as none is available.
For more information please contact Mary Njonjo, Head Diaspora, Heri Homes.
07404679182 or +254 737265816 (on WhatsApp) and her email: email@example.com
ABC BANK INSURANCE IS ONE OF THE BEST
A KShs. 10,000 Diaspora death insurance where they pay KShs. 200,000
ABC Bank in Kenya can deliver. With an account with ABC Bank, you only need to pay KShs. 10,000 (£70) a year to cover 5 members of your family in case of their death they will pay you a ticket back home worth KShs. 200,000. A Kenyan living in UK was on Thursday 17th August, 2017 paid KShs. 200,000 for his air ticket to Kenya after his relative passed away in Kenya. The bank goes an extra mile by banking the cheque for the customer and then sent the message to him. Your account has been credited with KES 200,000.00 at Westlands Branch being ABC cheque deposit on 17-08-2017 due for clearance. This is a major step forward and we should encourage our Kenyan community in the Diaspora join these kind of insurance to reduce the burdens in the community. ABC Bank has several other insurance products. You can Mr. Joseph Waithaka on +254 701303731 or Sammy Kimani on +254 720458000 both in WhatsApp.
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IS YOUR MONEY EARNING YOU INTEREST ABROAD?
Co-operative Bank of Kenya Retail Banking Manager Ms. Nancy Gathuku (far right) explaining the adventages of the bank to the Deputy High Commisioner Mrs. Grace Cerere (far right) during their UK tour in UK last month. Taking notes is Anne Kamau (2nd right) Commercial Attache at the Kenya High Commission. Mrs. Milka Wachira (2nd right), Julieanne and Francis of Co-op Bank escorted their boss.
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HERI HOMES DINNER IN LONDON ON 22ND JULY 2017
"We have sold over 200 properties in the Diaspora this year"
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Heri Homes have sold more than 300 properties in the diaspora this year
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Taxpayers to use new KRA platform to reactivate PINs
The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has introduced an online portal to help taxpayers reactivate suspended PINs. This comes as a reprieve to thousands of Kenyans who faced strenuous paperwork to restore their tax accounts that had been blocked by the taxman for failing to migrate their profiles to the online platform by end of August. KRA used this as a broader plan to smoke out tax cheats. “Has your KRA PIN been suspended? Whatever the reason, don’t panic! Click here to reactivate your PIN”, reads a notice on KRA website. Many Kenyans found themselves on the wrong side of the taxman’s book early this month after their PINs were de-activated. KRA said the reason for de-activating PINs could have been as a result of failing to file Value Added Tax (VAT) returns yet one had a VAT obligation. Also, it could have been because of trading with PIN yet it is not updated on iTax; one could have been declared as a supplier by a VAT registered taxpayer, but was not registered for VAT obligation. Those whose PINs were de-activated have been going through a tedious process to reactive them. - businessdailyafrica.com
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CELEBRATING THEIR FIRST ANNIVERSARY
Betty's Unisex Hair Studio, the most popular Kenyan beauty joint in UK celebrated its one year anniversary on Saturday 2nd September, 2017. Located London, Barking, Unit 37, Barking Mall, Vicarange Field Shopping Centre, IG11 8DH, opposite Barking Train Station the beauty Saloon is a beehive of Kenyan ladies hunting for beauty. The patron Mrs. Beth Kungu invited her customers to celebrate the occasion. Beth who has many years of experience even before coming to the UK and was the official hair stylist of former Mayor Elizabeth Kangethe among other dignitaries. Beth has taken time to qualify with hair dressing with several certificates in UK. Her studio specialises in Stylist do African, Asian and Caucasian (European), Nail technician and Make-up artist. They also sell X-pression, Kenyan hair, crochet braids and many more. You need to book an appointment for the services. All buses going Barking will drop you at the Studio which is 3 minutes away from Train Station. She is also offering some refreshments in case you wake up late for the appointment - drinks, tea and coffee are on the menu. She is also on digital platform - Tel: 07735389332, 07865939152, Facebook Betty's Unisex hair Studio, Twitter @BUHS and Instagram styledbysandrine. - CLICK HERE FOR THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE
The Patron of the Betty's Unisex Hair Studio celebrated her first anniversary on Saturday
Customer of Betty's Unisex Hair Studio (left) joined Beth and her daughter Sandra to celebrate their first anniversary
A KENYAN LADY IN UK IS HAVING 12 BITCOINS IN HER WALLET
A Kenyan lady living in Dagenham, UK has 12 Bitcoins in her Blockchain Wallet. She bought her Bitcoin when the price was between $1,000 and $2,500 within 6 months. The price of the Bitcoin today is 31st August, 2017 is $4,633.82 against US Dollar.
That means today the lady (name withheld) is having $4,633.82 x 12 = $55,605.84.
a) $55,605.84 x KShs. 103 is equivalent to KShs. 5,727,401
b) The above is a Bitcoin Visa card with a pin and can be used anywhere in the world
c) The card can withdraw £800 in a ATM against ordinary card that with draws a maximum of £300
d) If the lady holds the Bitcoins in her wallet until the end of the year where it is said the cost of the Bitcoin will be over $10,000 the lady might make a kill.
e) If the lady continues to hold her Bitcoin up to 5 years where it said that the Bitcoin value will be more than $1 million the lady will retire comfortably.
f) Remember she bought her first Bitcoin at $800.
g) TIME WILL TELL.
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Furnished Spacious 3 Bed Holiday home - Bungalow
to let in Kitengela- Kenya (Gated Community)
* 30 minutes to/from airport (JKIA)
* Situated in a clean, secure and gated community comprised of 8 bungalows
* Ensuite master bedroom
* Instant hot water showers
* Fridge, cooker, microwave
* Dining and living rooms
* Free weekly home and clothes cleaning services offered
* 55 inch LED TV with all free local channels
* Living room Ceiling fan
* Access to borehole so no water problems.
* Lockable safe
This is in a gated community of eight units of (3) three bedroom bungalow master ensuite with Dsq on 1/8 acre plot. The units are tastefully, beautifully designed setting of stylish yet affordable home in Kitengela Mililani area. The area is one of the most sort after in kitengela. The houses have perimeter wall with razor wire for enhanced security. Parking spaces for two with individual compound. Common green area suitable as play area for children. The houses are separated by bougainvillea wrapped chain link fence that heighten the beauty of the estate. Wide road that may double as parking area for visitors, modern kitchen with excellent MDF finishes and granite top, large pantry, spacious backyard with dhobi area, spacious lounge with separate dining area, large window to enhance natural lighting , spacious master ensuite with modern finishes and adequate storage space and electric perimeter fence.
Only a few metres from Naivas in Kitengela town.
Contact Mr. Seed for booking on +44 7951220695 or email@example.com. Summer bookings ongoing ......
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