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Government to pays Matiba KSh 504 million as compensation for torture

Kenneth Matiba being greeted by President Uhuru Kenyatta

Multiparty crusader Kenneth Matiba Wednesday won a landmark case when he was awarded Sh504 million as compensation for torture. The High Court in Nairobi ruled that the State was to blame for Mr Matiba’s ill health and ordered that he be paid Sh18 million to take care of his hospital bills. In the judgment read by High Court Judge Chacha Mwita for Supreme Court Judge Isaac Lenaola, the former Cabinet minister also got Sh15 million as compensation for the pain he suffered at the hands of law enforcement officers. He was given an additional Sh471 million to cater for his collapsed businesses. The court noted that his business empire crumbled because of government operatives and his poor health “This judgment has joined the list of victims of past violations of fundamental rights save for the unique claim made by the petitioner relating to the collapse of his business,” the judge observed. “One thing is certain in my mind: the State must now wake up to the reality that the past conduct of its officials and agents will no longer remain unpunished.” Matiba will go into the history books as the petitioner who was awarded the highest amount by a court for torture. The evidence presented by the politician went unchallenged. His medical and business history was narrated by his personal doctor and close associates.

 

His doctor, Dan Gikonyo, told the court that Matiba was now in his sunset days. The Government did not challenge the evidence. The judge was told that Matiba fell ill soon after he was released from detention. “Real justice can be expensive and nothing in compensation can return Kenneth Matiba to the sprightly and fit man he was before detention and stroke,” Justice Lenaola said. “Nothing can return to the business mogul what he was once was, a man who towered over the political and financial landscape of Kenya like a colossus.” The former multiparty campaigner told the court that he was kept in solitary confinement for five months during which his family was not allowed to see him. He also testified that there was a plot to kill him by poisoning his food. Matiba also said he continues to suffer excruciating psychological pain and mental anguish and his health has continued to deteriorate. The former Kiharu member of Parliament narrated that his problems with the Government began in May 1990, when he and Charles Rubia convened a press conference calling for a change of the law to allow multiparty politics. The two were arrested and detained without trial until 1991. Other pro-democracy leaders were also detained. Matiba was among the founders of the Forum for the Restoration of Democracy (Ford). - The Standard

 

 

 

Pastor Grace and Pastor Gad of Revival House have lost their father in Kenya

Pastor Grace and Pastor Gad of Revival House have lost their father in Kenya. The late Phillip Waruiru passed away on Monday 14th August in the afternoon. Family and friends are meeting as from Wednesday 16 August from 7pm-9pm at Revival House (Ground floor), 500 High Street North E12 6QN.
For more information please contact Grace 07949427050, Gad 07984410236, Mama Gad 07572362287 or Kinjo 007944653618.

 

Pay us now, agents tell Nasa and Raila Odinga


Mr Norman Magaya, the head of Nasa’s secretariat. Agents want his office to pay them.


The National Super Alliance (Nasa) secretariat has been urged to speed up payments for agents who represented the coalition’s presidential candidate in last week’s polls. According to the Mr Dickson Manyara, who was the Nasa election coordinator for Nyandarua, and his Laikipia counterpart Abraham Lemanyishoe, they are yet to receive the cash to pay the over 2,000 agents in the two counties. The two lamented that they were under great pressure from the agents who were demanding their dues. “We are calling on the secretariat to give us a timeline when the agents are going to get the money or call a meeting to make the matter clear,” Mr Manyara said. “We have been under immense pressure from these agents who think that we have received the money on their behalf and sat on it,” he said. - Daily Nation

 

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Hurricane Gert aftermath to split UK - with

North and South seeing very different weather

The aftermath of Hurricane Gert is expected to hit the UK, splitting the North and South with very different weather. The storm, currently north of Bermuda, is expected to bring strong winds and rain in the North as it travels across the Atlantic and hits the UK on Sunday. However, the South is set to bask in sunshine, with temperatures forecast to reach up to 27C on Monday as the low pressure system draws warm air up from Europe. Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said there was still a "little bit of uncertainty" when it comes to what the weather will bring. "If the hurricane tracks a little bit further south, that rain will be a bit further south," he said. "At the same time, if it tracks further north then the drier, warmer air will be a bit further north too." The National Hurricane Centre said on Tuesday that Gert, the Atlantic Ocean's second hurricane of the season, would be generating winds of up to 80mph before becoming calmer as it moves over colder Atlantic water on Thursday. A tropical depression in the Atlantic Ocean formed the storm on Sunday, but it did not make landfall.

 

NASA leader Raila Odinga said the alliance would not accept ‘computer-generated leaders’ or 'Vifaranga vya Computer' saying there was a glaring fraud with the results transmission system.


 

See you in court, Raila Odinga tells Uhuru Kenyatta



National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate Raila Odinga says they are moving to the Supreme Court to contest President Uhuru Kenyatta win in August 8 poll. Mr Odinga on Wednesday termed as "computer-generated", Mr Kenyatta's victory as declared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). He said their decision to fight Mr Kenyatta in court was partly informed by the ongoing crackdown on pro-democracy civil societies, including the Africa Centre for Open Governance and Kenya Human Rights Commission. Their mission in the top court in the land, Mr Odinga said, is to "demonstrate to the whole world the making of a computer-generated president". "We will show the world how the figures were cooked and Uhuru Kenyatta declared the winner," Mr Odinga said at Okoa Kenya offices in the capital Nairobi. - Daily Nation
 

 

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Elections official Roselyn Akombe 'removed' from US flight


Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Commissioner Roselyn

Kwamboka Akombe at a past press briefing. She was delayed at JKIA on her way to the US.


An Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) official was being held at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Wednesday morning after being removed from a flight and her luggage offloaded. The commissioner, Dr Roselyne Akombe was en route to New York on Tuesday night when she was ordered out of her plane reportedly on instructions of State security. Reports indicate that the commissioner was held at the airport until Wednesday morning but was allowed to depart in a Kenya Airways flight after 9am. The IEBC confirmed that Dr Akombe had been blocked from travelling but appeared to downplay the incident, terming it a “delay”. “Dr Akombe who is traveling to US for an official meeting. Was delayed at JKIA by officials who have since apologized. She returns on Sunday,” the commission said on its official Twitter account. Sources, however, told the Nation that some State operatives feared that Dr Akombe, who reportedly holds both Kenyan and US passports was fleeing from Kenya. “She was prevented from boarding. She was going to New York. Still at the airport,” a source at JKIA told the Nation. Reports indicate that it took the intervention of diplomats for her to be released from police custody and transferred to government pavilion at JKIA. - Daily Nation.

 

GIRAFFE ARK GAME LODGE TEAM IN THE UNITED STATES

The managing Director of Golden pearl properties Mrs Annette Mahu will be attending

Mugiithi wa Kameme at Birmingham city Alabama, USA

 

CS Fred Matiang’i suspends action against two NGOs

Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has directed the NGOs Coordination Board to suspend any actions against two organisations pending investigations. The two organisations are Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG). Dr Matiang’i also directed Interior Principal Secretary to “immediately form an inclusive and representative committee to work with the board to review the compliance status of the two organisations”. In a letter to NGOs Coordinating Board Executive Director Fazul Mohamed, the CS said he had reviewed his correspondence with the NGOs. - Daily Nation.

 

A RETREAT CENTRE IN NORTHAMPTON

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Activists block police, KRA raid on AfriCOG offices

Police and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officials on Wednesday attempted to raid Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) offices in Lavington, Nairobi. The officers however left after being denied entry over claims the court order they had is illegal. Lawyer Harun Ndubi said an affidavit presented by the police and KRA officials had no heading and the orders it contains is not related to what they are requesting for. “It is a forgery or careless work. It is shameful we can have this kind of action,” he said adding that he was called by AfriCOG Wednesday morning. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 


In life, some may walk, others may run, but....


In life, some may walk, others may run, but remember the Lord gave the tortoise and the horse the same days to reach Noah's ark. Your journey might be rough and tough but you will definitely get to your destination. Jacob looked at Joseph and saw a good son! The ten brothers looked at Joseph and saw a useless dreamer! The travellers looked at Joseph and saw a slave!! Potiphar looked at Joseph and saw a fine servant!! Potiphar's wife looked at Joseph and saw a potential boyfriend! The prison officers saw in Joseph a prisoner! How wrong were all of them! God looked at Joseph and saw a Prime Minister of Egypt in waiting!! Don't be discouraged by what people see in you!! Be encouraged by what God sees in you!! Never underrate the person next to you because you never know what the Lord has deposited in that person. Your maid may be a Chief Executive Officer in waiting for a company which shall employ your child. Your garden-boy may be a president in waiting. (Remember David got the anointing of becoming a King while he was a simple child herding sheep. Esther was a simple orphaned girl yet she was a Queen in waiting). Let's share God's love and make the world a better place to live. Show that love by sharing this message with those you love.

IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW PEOPLE SEE YOU, IT MATTERS HOW GOD SEES YOU
God is God:
He doesn't care about age, no wonder he blessed Abraham.
He doesn't care about experience, no wonder he chose David.
He doesn't care about gender, no wonder he lifted Esther.
He doesn't care about your past, no wonder he called Paul.
He doesn't care about your physical appearance, no wonder he chose Zacchaeus
(the shortest one).
He doesn't care about fluency in speech , no wonder he chose Moses.
He doesn't care about your career, no wonder he choose Mary Magdalene; a prostitute.
All I know is that my God never changes
He never made a promise he wouldn't keep
He never saw a person he wouldn't help
He never heard a prayer he wouldn't answer
He never found a soul he wouldn't love
He never found a sinner he wouldn't forgive
This is the kind of God I would like to commune with every day the moment I wake up. I strongly recommend Him to you.

 

Family Bank makes Sh492 million loss


Family Bank has reported a Sh492 million net loss for six months to June this year due to a 50 per cent reduction in interest income following a slowdown in lending as well as an increase in bad loans. The bank made Sh711 billion profit after tax during the first half of 2016. Financial results released yesterday attributed the poor performance to a drop in the interest earned on loans, which fell to Sh3.3 billion over the first half compared to Sh6 billion in a similar period last year. Family Bank has over the last year slowed down on lending, which is seen in its loan book declining to Sh43 billion from Sh57.7 billion in the first half of last year and Sh50 billion in December 2016.


Loans and advances
Net non-performing loans and advances went up to Sh4.7 billion from Sh2.6 billion in 2016. While there has been an industry-wide caution in lending since the implementation of the interest capping law in September last year, Family Bank’s lending capability to advance loans might have been affected by a dip in deposits from customers. The bank’s depositors started getting jittery and made major withdrawals following a tumultuous time in the banking industry that saw a number of struggling lenders put in receivership. Allegations of complicity in the infamous National Youth Service (NYS) scandal, where more than Sh1 billion of taxpayer’s money was lost, also played a part in eroding confidence in the bank. Last year, the Central Bank of Kenya unravelled a scheme where money stolen from the NYS was laundered using Family Bank. The bank was fined Sh1 million and some of its former top executives are facing charges in court. Other lenders found to have been lax and did not report the suspicious transactions are Faulu Micro Finance and Sidian Bank, formerly K-Rep, which also had to part with a Sh1 million fine each.  


Increased competition
Banks are facing increased competition from technological advances that have made it easy for people to make financial transactions without involving banks. The success of mobile money services such as M-Pesa has created an avenue for innovators to provide phone-based microloans, bypassing traditional lenders. Some banks are now closing down branches to save costs and also migrate most of their services to the phone and the internet. - The Standard

 

 

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WORD OF TODAY

Hebrews 4:2

 

Get the mix right!

We read in Hebrews 4:2: "For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it." In order for cement to become concrete, it must be mixed with sand and water. If you don’t get the mix right, the cement will never become concrete. And just as your body needs good nutrition each day, your soul needs to be fed on God’s Word. But you can’t stop there. You must act on what you hear and read. Faith is acting like God is telling the truth! If you don’t act on God’s Word, it won’t do you any good. ‘The message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (with the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) by those who heard it.’ To get the results God’s Word promises, note what you must ‘mix’ in: ‘Confidence in his power, wisdom, and goodness.’ Why do you go to church and sit down in a pew? Because you are confident that the pew will hold you up. The reverse is also true. You may say you believe the pew can hold you up, but if you never sit down on it, you’re not exercising faith – because you’re not acting on what you say you believe. What does it mean to ‘act’ in faith? 1) To agree with God’s Word and refuse to say anything that contradicts it. 2) To wait patiently, allowing God to fulfil His Word in His own way and on His own schedule. ‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for’ (Hebrews 11:1 KJV). Note the word ‘substance’. Your faith must be based on something substantial. And that ‘something’ is the tried, proven, unfailing truth of God’s Word.

 

Our guest singer today is Solly Mahlangu - Siyabonga Jesu (Wa Hamba Nathi) from South Africa - CLICK HERE

 

 

PASTOR FRANCIS IRUNGU MAINA OF OXFORD HAS LOST HIS MOTHER IN KENYA

Pastor Francis Irungu Maina of Revival House, Oxford has lost is mother back in Kenya.

You can contact him on 07979911434 or 07830200041. More later.

 

Arrest threat hangs over Githongo, Kiai, Gladwell as AfriCOG ordered shut

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 15 – The NGO Co-ordination Board has written to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations urging it to immediately shut down the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) and arrest its directors. The Board’s Executive Director Fazul Mahamed has also advised the Central Bank of Kenya to freeze all its bank accounts since it is operating illegally. “AfriCOG is not registered under the NGOs Co-ordination Act 1990 as required by law. In fact,” Fazul states, “AfriCOG is and continues to operate as a charitable organisation in direct contravention of Section 22(1) which according to the Act is an offence punishable by law.” An offence which Fazul submits, attracts the penalty of an 18-month jail term. - CapitalFM

 

 

 

The Big Question : Raila Odinga's options - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

My message today is crafted for former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, who, if he does not take the bold decision to join Jubilee, will continue staying in an outfit that knows how to propose things not keeping in mind that it is something else to execute them.

 

 

Election loss: Raila Odinga cancels his big announcement


Nasa leader Raila Odinga. He came second in the August 8 polls with 6,762,224 votes, according to IEBC.


Nasa leader Raila Odinga will not be making his much-anticipated announcement this Tuesday after all. A statement from Mr Odinga’s Chief Agent in the August 8 poll Musalia Mudavadi says negotiations on the announcement had taken longer than expected. “Owing to the urgency, complexity and delicate nature of issues Nasa Summit is handling, our consultations are on-going and progressing well,” he said. "We regret that the consultations are taking longer than anticipated and Nasa will therefore not address Kenyans as projected today. Nasa will issue a comprehensive statement to the nation tomorrow.” Kenyans were waiting with bated breath for Mr Odinga to declare his next course of action. He made the pledge last Sunday during a visit to Kibera slums where he also urged his supporters to boycott work on Monday and mourn their colleagues felled by police bullets. The opposition chief is expected to guide his supporters on what actions his coalition would take after losing the General Election last week. - Daily Nation.

 

 

Parliament defends silencing Big Ben to protect workers

Parliament has defended silencing the chimes of Big Ben for four years to protect workers' hearing during restoration works. Cabinet minister David Davis described the move as "mad" and newspapers also criticised the decision. But a UK Parliament spokesman said that "prolonged exposure to the chimes would pose a serious risk to the hearing" of those working on the project. The TUC said silencing the chimes was "common sense".

 

Five cops killed in Garissa after al Shabaab attack police post

Suspected al Shabaab militants killed five police officers in an ambush in Alijize, Garissa county on Tuesday. Police sources confirmed the incident which comes in the wake of a string of deadly attacks in the region. The nearly 100 insurgents stole the officers' weapons and torched their vehicle during the attack on a police post. A police official who asked not to be named said two officers survived the ambush, although one was shot in the thigh. Northeastern Regional Police Commander Edward Mwamburi said the officers were attacked 10kms from their post. KDF troops from Bargoni military camp were called in for reinforcement. The attackers fled and are being pursued," Mwamburi said. However, he said the number of casualties could not be established immediately. Al Shabaab militants have claimed a series of cross-border attacks in recent months. These include a spate of roadside bombings targeting security forces and a mass beheading in Lamu. Al Shabaab say the raids are retaliation for Kenyan security forces operating in Somalia. Kenyan officials, on the other hand, say al Shabaab launched raids long before Kenyan soldiers entered Somalia in 2011. - The Star


Kenyan boy brutally murdered in Houston Texas, USA

The late Emmanuel Milton Okoth


Our brother Emmanuel Milton Okoth was loving, joyful and adventurous young man. We moved to America from Kenya and left our mother behind in pursuit of a better life and fulfilment of our dreams. Emmanuel graduated from Klein High school where he was loved by many. Our brother very gifted and always left a lasting impression on everybody who crossed his path. Emmanuel went to college and became a machinist. On August 4th 2017 Emmanuel left our home accompanied one of his friend on an errand which changed our lives profoundly. Emmanuel and the friend were sadly killed. The case is currently ongoing and we hope and pray for justice for our youngest sibling and his friend. We are kindly reaching out to you, asking for financial assistance and prays so we can transport our late brother to our home in Kenya. As the cost is a bit much for us. We would like to thank everybody who has shown us support, prayed with us and contributed to our fundraiser. Our brother was 21 yrs old We love and miss him so much. Words can’t express the pain filled in our hearts. You can send your contribution to; Cash App $Okothfredrick Fredrick Okoth Chase Bank 1802148014. Go fund me, https://www.gofundme.com/emmanuel-milton For more information please contact: Fred Okoth 346-270-5627, Riziki Okoth 832-614-0258, Susan 832-754-6166, Rudolph 832-246-9545, Vincent 832-754-0166, Joy 713-303-8254, Judy 832-877-9773, Elizabeth 281-706-0018, Solomon 723-894-3344, Richard 281-758-9056 or Maggie 832-403-9046.

 

 

Pastor Grace and Pastor Gad of Revival House have lost their father in Kenya

Pastor Grace and Pastor Gad of Revival House have lost their father in Kenya. The late Phillip Waruiru passed away today Monday 14th Aug in the afternoon.

For more information  contact: Grace on 07949427050 or Gad 07984410236.

 

HERI HOME'S LAST SUPPER

Heri Home team from Kenya currently in UK have now completed their UK tour. The team which has been in the UK for the last six weeks held a dinner with Mr. Seed on Sunday 13th August, 2017 in a London restaurant. From left is Mr. Joram of Heri Homes, Dennis Njiiri, Mary Njonjo of Heri Homes, Pastor Jane Njiiri, Mrs. Grace Kimotho wife of Heri Home CEO, Mr. Seed and Heri Homes CEO Mr. Kimani Kimotho. The team have sold over 100 properties in their UK tour. Their off plan system have worked very well with the Kenyans in the diaspora and many people have joined Heri Home Sacco as they aim to join the housing ladder. Mary Njonjo left on Monday 14th August and the CEO and his team will be leaving on Thursday. For more information please contact Heri Homes CEO Mr. Kimani Kimotho on his UK no. 07459386561 or Mary Njonjo on 07404679182 or +254 737265816 (on WhatsApp) and her email: mary@herihomes.co.ke or Mr. David Ngatia currently touring midlands on 0744884121.

 

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Kenya To Have Two Governments if Raila Is Not Sworn In - Babu Owino - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

'Hundreds' dead in Sierra Leone flooding and mudslides


 
 At least 312 people have died and more than 2,000 are homeless after a series of floods and mudslides hit the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. President Ernest Bai Koroma declared a national emergency as the military, police and Red Cross were deployed in an effort to search for survivors. A Red Cross spokesperson said the number of dead was likely to rise further as more bodies are recovered. Storms swept through the capital of the West African country on Monday, leaving streets under water and causing landslips in rural areas. TV pictures showed people using their hands to dig through mud to find their loved ones. One of the worst mudslides occurred in the mountain town of Regent where a hill partially collapsed, according to local media. Social media images showed bodies lying in the street being collected by emergency personnel as the rain continued to fall. - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
 
 

 

 

 

Kitui governor-elect seeks divine guidance - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

Bitcoin exchange clocks $4,287

Bitcoin, the most powerful currency on planet earth

BITCOIN HITS RECORD HIGH HEADING TO $10,000 PER BITCOIN

The Bitcoin closed on Monday August 2017 with  exchange rate  of 4,287.98 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Saturday 12th August 2017 with  exchange rate  of 3,806.02 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Saturday 15th July 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2023.29 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Sunday 25th June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,601.04 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Saturday 10th June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,900.00 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 9th June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,838.38 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 5th June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,654.96 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 2nd June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,444.83 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Wednesday 31st May 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,277.85 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 26th May 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,256.87 against the US Dollar

On 3rd May 2017 the Bitcoin was worth $1,555.6 today Thursday 11th May - 1 Bitcoin = 1,873.63 US Dollar

For more information contact Mr. Seed on 07951220695 or misterseed@yahoo.co.uk

 

Plastic bags will be banned in Kenya from 1st September 2017

 

 

 

I won't stand for president again, Raila says after Uhuru defeat


Raila Odinga has declared he will never be a presidential candidate again following the August 8 defeat by President Uhuru Kenyatta.


IEBC's official announcement on Friday named Uhuru winner with 1.4 million votes more than the Opposition leader's. Raila has refused to concede and called for a work boycott on Monday, saying the National Super Alliance will make a major announcement on Tuesday. The Financial Times reported Raila's declaration following his interview with the news agency on Sunday. "I’m not going to be a candidate again,” he said. “We just want Kenyans to know what happened, what the whole world is not understanding is happening.” The Opposition chief vied and lost in 1997, 2007 and 2013 and has alleged rigging but he noted in the interview that he is not trying to take the presidency by extra-constitutional means. "It is not about me. It’s not about Raila Odinga," he said. "...there’s no point in people going to elections in the future, queuing for hours to vote or running around for months campaigning. At the end of the day it’s the computer in the national tallying centre that’s making the decisions." There has been growing international pressure for Raila to concede defeat, especially after observers said the election was largely free, fair and credible. Their united stance leaves him isolated if he chooses to maintain the allegations of election fraud and proclaim himself president.


The Opposition leader disputes the results saying it was rigged but he has not provided documentary evidence. In the FT interview at his home in Karen, Nairobi, he said he will give "compelling evidence". “We will show the kind of charade the whole world has been treated to," he said adding the United Nations should audit the election result. He also said: “With the experience of what happened to Chris Msando they were very frightened." Msando, who was IEBC's acting ICT manager and in charge of the KIEMS, was murdered in what Opposition leaders claim had to do with the election. International investigators FBI 9USA) and Scotland Yard (UK) offered to help with the investigation. Protests erupted in a few of Raila's strongholds in Nairobi and Kisumu following Uhuru's win. A 10-year-old girl was among people shot dead as protests intensified in Mathare, Kibera and parts of Nyanza region on Saturday. Kenyans are fearing a repeat of the violence that followed 2007's disputed election. Around 1,200 people were killed then and 600,000 displaced after Raila called for political protests that sparked ethnic violence. Regional trade was paralysed and Kenya's economy - the region's biggest - took years to recover. The country was largely quiet on Sunday following the violence and a rights group said there have been at least 24 deaths and claims police are attacking the public but authorities have denied this. On Sunday, State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu asked people to go back to work and said police will handle illegal protests. - The Star


 

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President Uhuru, DP Ruto to be sworn in on August 29


President Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in for his second and last term in office on August 29 if his victory is not challenged in the Supreme Court.   According to the law, the President-elect and his deputy are to be inaugurated  14 days after the first Tuesday following the declaration of the presidential vote if no petition is filed. This means that Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto will take oath of office in the presence of Chief Justice David Maraga on August 29, barring a court petition. According to Garissa Town MP Aden Duale, the National Assembly and the Senate will be convened by August 22 for the swearing-in of MPs, election of Speaker and deputy speakers and also constitution of committees of the Houses. "The MPs and senators will be gazetted latest Tuesday ," said Duale, adding that Uhuru will thereafter be at liberty to name a new Cabinet. He added: "Once that House is ready, the President can reconstitute his Cabinet and send names to Parliament for vetting and approval. This time, we don't have any fears of delaying the exercise since we have a super majority in both Houses. We can even amend the Constitution." But should any election petition be filed at the Supreme Court, then Uhuru and Ruto will have to wait a little bit longer to be sworn in, as happened in 2013 when CORD filed a petition against Uhuru's election, whch the Supreme Court threw out. Although NASA has reiterated several times it will not challenge the verdict in court, the law grants any citizen the right to file a petition to challenge the results. If that happens and the Supreme Court upholds the election, then the inauguration will take place in mid-September.

This is because anybody intending to challenge the results has seven days from last Friday to do so, making this Friday the deadline. If that is done, then the Supreme Court will have to give its verdict within 14 days; which takes this to September 1. If the victory is confirmed by the seven-bench Supreme Court, the duo will take oath on September 12, being the first Tuesday following the seventh day after the court ruling. Uhuru and Ruto will then embark on reconstituting the Cabinet and Government in general, with reports that some Cabinet secretaries will be dropped. It is expected Uhuru will be seeking to cement his legacy in appointing the Cabinet while  DP Ruto will be keen on a team that can deliver and is attuned to his 2002 uhuru succession. "There is a Government in place and it's the prerogative of the President to hire or fire. Until the President is sworn in, the current Cabinet will continue work. After inauguration, he (President) may decide that this government should continue or re-organise it," Jubilee vice chairman David Murathe said when asked what next after the polls victory. A source close to Ruto, however, intimated close to half of the Cabinet will be fired as the DP will be looking at 2022 when naming Cabinet secretaries and bosses of parastals and other  state offices. But political analyst Elias Mokua argues that given the cohesive nature of the current Cabinet, Uhuru and Ruto may go for minimal changes, adding that should they go for reconstitution, then it would be massive. State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said it was time for all of Kenyans to move forward in nation building activities aimed at achieving prosperity and development for the country following the end of electioneering. "But, as the President has made clear, there is work to be done. In the next five years, he intends to make sure every Kenyan — young men and women, in particular — feel the full effect of our progress," Esipisu said. - The Standard

 

 

Manangoi, Cheruiyot stage 1-2 sweep in 1500m


Kenya's Elijah Motonei Manangoi (left) wins the final of the men's 1500m at the 2017 IAAF

World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 13, 2017.


IN LONDON
Elijah Motonei Manangoi put up a sterling performance to upstage teammate Asbel Kiprop to win gold in the men's 1500m at the IAAF World Championships on Sunday. Manangoi needed the last 400m to upgrade on the silver he won from 2015 Beijing World Championships with victory in 3 minutes and 33.61 seconds, beating compatriot Timothy Cheruiyot to silver in 3:33.99. It’s Cheruiyot who led through 400m in 1:01.63 before dragging along Manangoi and defending champion Kiprop as the trio cruised past the 800m in 1:57.59. The situation stayed the same with 1,200m gone but Kiprop seemed to wilt to the high-paced race with Filip Ingebrigisen from Norway swinging into third to scoop bronze in 3:34.59. Kiprop, who was targeting to equal Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj’s record of four consecutive metric mile title wins, sunk to ninth place in 3:37.24. Filip Ingebrigtsen of Norway claimed bronze in 3:34.53. Manangoi said that their strategy of a past paced race worked well what with Cheruiyot being good at lapping. “That is what great team work can deliver and kudos to Cheruiyot and Kiprop for the good ground work,” said Manangoi, adding that they were under pressure after the Kenyan youngsters delivered during the World Under-18 championships in Nairobi. “It’s a great feeling to win and this is just the start of my reign,” said Manangoi, who has now set his sights on the Commonwealth Games title next year in Australia. Kiprop, who handed Kenya its maiden World 1,500m title in 2011 Daegu, hailed his colleague’s performance, saying he is happy that the title remained in Kenya for fourth consecutive time. Kiprop said he intends to shift gears to 5,000m as Cheruiyot was happy with his efforts for silver. “It was a tough race and somehow we needed to sacrifice to uphold and honour and dignity,” said Cheruiyot, adding that his day will soon come. - Daily Nation


 

 

Why is the US dollar falling?


The US dollar, long a symbol of American economic might, has fallen steadily this year. The value of the dollar index, which tracks the dollar against six major global currencies, has fallen about 10% since January. It pushed lower on Friday, even as demand for other safe-haven assets - typically a category that includes the US dollar - rose amid sabre-rattling between the US and North Korea. The dollar, which surged in 2014 as the US economy gained strength, is hardly in danger territory. The index is running just a bit lower than it was a year ago. But key US economic data was weaker last year. So what's behind this year's decline?


Things are looking up in Europe.

In some ways, this is a good news story, driven by a better economy in Europe. The euro lost ground against the dollar in 2014, when central bankers adopted a stimulus program, while the US started to move away from stimulus policies. Now, as the Eurozone economy improves and the European Central Bank eyes an end to the stimulus, the currencies are starting to move closer together. The election of pro-EU Emmanuel Macron in France in June contributed to confidence in the Euro. The Euro's gain is the dollar's loss. A Euro is now worth more than $1.17, up more than 10 cents since the end of last year.

 

How Uhuru and Ruto secured re-election

President Uhuru Kenyatta receives certificate from IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati on 11th August 2017

 

It was billed as a tight contest, almost too close to call, according to pollsters. Some even predicted that the vote would end up in a run-off. But when the results were declared yesterday, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto emerged victorious with a comfortable lead over NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga. Uhuru and Ruto pulled a staggering upset on Raila using a clever combination of tactics and numbers. One of the surprises of the election was the manner in which President Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party successfully pulled off surprising victories in territories billed as Opposition strongholds.


Swing-vote counties
NASA’s real chance at taking over government relied on their ability to consolidate their base of Western Kenya, Coast, South Nyanza and Lower Eastern and also the swing-vote counties of Kajiado, Narok and Samburu. But the same strategy was employed by Jubilee with relative success, topping up votes from its strongholds with those from Kisii, Nyamira and Bungoma. Uhuru garnered 243,993 from Bungoma, Busia, Vihiga and Kakamega, up from 66,185 in 2013. It was a clever strategy, one that was targeted at improving Uhuru’s 2013 performance — concentrate on Opposition strongholds and convince them that UhuRuto were the better option. Uhuru’s inroads into pro-opposition zones partly relied on members of his government from such regions. And it worked, to the surprise of many, including its own leadership. Water Minister Eugene Wamalwa delivered to Jubilee 12 legislators from the wider Western Kenya region. The result is that Jubilee now has more MPs from Western Kenya than Raila’s ODM.

In Gusii, Jubilee relied on acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, city lawyer Ken Ogeto (who also represented President Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court) and outgoing Kisii senator Chris Obure. From Kisii and Nyamira, Jubilee now has five parliamentary seats. The presidential vote rose to 269,992 up from 149,667 in 2013. But it is Jubilee’s move to field candidates in almost all the elective positions, more so in areas thought to be no-go zones for the ruling party, that helped it clinch more seats. From the outset, this election was always going to be won by whichever candidate marshalled the majority of his supporters to come out and vote. To achieve that, both Uhuru and Ruto played special attention to their strongholds and made overtures in opposition areas. The clamour for voter turnout roped in the local administration, local businessmen and vernacular radio stations. Then came the gruelling campaign period. The President and his deputy devised a brilliant plan where they would be together in an area and separately in another, all in a day, paying keen attention to the swing vote counties and opposition strongholds where they thought Jubilee could beat NASA. In the last days of the campaign, Uhuru and Ruto made whirlwind tours, sometimes touring several counties as far apart as Isiolo and Busia.

The message of their campaigns was carefully tailored to match the audience and was often advised by comments of the Opposition to advance the Jubilee agenda. Down-to-earth For instance, when he missed the televised presidential debate, Uhuru retreated to his backyard of Mt Kenya where he made a villain out of the media and played down the merits of the debate. When Raila made comments touching on the emotive land issues in Kajiado, Uhuru made that the key message of his campaign. He told voters that the Opposition did not have any plans of uniting the country. In its campaign secretariat, Jubilee had employed the best minds to assist in strategy and party image. In media adverts, Jubilee sold the image of Uhuru as an approachable, down-to-earth and easy-going individual. While ODM made a blanket condemnation of independent candidates following the problematic party nominations, Jubilee employed a softer approach. Uhuru asked voters to “give him leaders he could work with”, neither embracing or dismissing them. He now heads back to State House for five more years, with a majority in both houses of Parliament and the Council of Governors (COG). - Sunday Standard.

 

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CAUGHT AT KENYA AND FRIENDS IN THE PARK LONDON

Rev. Joseph Karanja of Grays, Essex being welcomed by Ms. Nancy Gathuku, Head - Retail Banking Co-operative Bank of Kenya at the Co-operative Bank Stand at the Kenya in the Park. On right Mr. & Mrs. Njenga (far right) of West London posing with Mr. Seed and Cecilia (4th from far right) the pensioner who has bought a house cash from Heri Homes

"I want you to tell your husband that I want to buy a house from Heri Homes" a customer caught telling  Mrs. Grace Kimotho

(3rd from right) the wife of Heri Homes CEO Mr. Kimani Kimothi. On right some ladies came dressed for the occasion.

 

 

A reckoning in Charlottesville

In the middle of Emancipation Park in Charlottesville on Saturday, two young women, one white and one black, took each other's hands and held them tightly, and with their other hands they gripped the steel barrier in front of them. A few feet away, a young white man with a buzzed haircut and sunglasses leaned towards them over a facing barrier. "You'll be on the first f*****g boat home," he screamed at the black woman, before turning to the white woman. "And as for you, you're going straight to hell," he said. Then he gave a Nazi salute. For the third time in a few months, white nationalists had descended on the small, liberal city of Charlottesville in the southern state of Virginia, to protest against the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee. This time they came under the banner of the so-called "alt-right", for a rally they called "Unite the Right". They were a motley crew of militia, racists, and neo-Nazis, and some who said they simply wanted to defend their Southern history. They gathered early in the morning at Emancipation Park - formerly Lee Park - where the statue sits, some dressed in full tactical gear and openly carrying rifles. Others wore black shirts, helmets, and boots.


In a column they surged into the park, using sticks and their fists to shove aside anti-fascist counter-protesters. Then they blocked off the entrance with shields. Inside, David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, grinned and waved as the crowd, almost entirely white and male, cheered him on, chanting his name and putting their arms up in Nazi salutes. They had reason to be pleased. They were in the middle of the largest gathering of white nationalists in America for decades. In the park, in a pen ringed by steel barriers, they shouted anti-immigrant, anti-semitic and racist slogans and targeted white women counter-protesters, calling them "traitors" who "needed to get subjugated". Outside, anti-fascist protesters threw bottles of water at the white nationalists and chanted "Off our streets, Nazi scum". Pepper spray, used by both sides, filled the air. Eventually, riot police moved into the park and the streets around it, pushing everyone back. The governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency and the rally was cancelled. The national guard began to close off the area, but not before a driver ploughed into a crowd of counter-protesters two blocks away, killing a young woman and injuring 19 others.


'One long prayer'

Twenty-four hours earlier, Reverend Brenda Brown-Grooms closed her eyes and prayed for peace. Sitting in a side room at St Paul's Memorial Church, while volunteers undertook non-violent resistance training next door, she prepared herself for a "reckoning" the following day in her home town. "This is physically a very beautiful place, it has always been my template for what a city should look like," she said. "But I've always understood that this beautiful place is also quite ugly. And the statue has become the match point for that ugliness."

 

 

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A Whispers from London (Stop wasting your chance!)

Written by: Man ManKambugua        E-mail: manman@fsmail.net     Facebook: Man Man Kambugua

 

It took me exactly two hours to fly from Luton London airport to Budapest international airport in Hungary. I was scheduled to spend one week with a potential client then head back to England.


As I arrived at Budapest International Airport, I was through with immigration process so I waited for my luggage just like anybody else in the flight. I looked around and saw a young black man of about twenty years carrying a small bag from a distance. He seemed lost and confused and was in deep thought. Incidentally, in the whole of the luggage area, he and I were the only black people. Just before we made our way to go out of the airport, I turned to the young man to greet him and to get to know him.

'Hello Sir,' I said.
'Nice to meet you too, my name is Man Man,' I said as I extended my hand to greet him.
'Oh! Nice to meet you. I am Tobias,' he said.
'Nice to meet you too,' he said as he extended his small hands to greet me. After greeting me, he looked around and let out a long yawn.

Soon we were out of the main building waiting for cabs. I asked him whether he had arranged for transport and he told me that he had been given a certain number to call by his host once he arrived at the airport. Since my client had dispatched his driver with his car to come for me, I asked him whether he would be okay if I offered him lift to the city centre and he agreed. For the whole week that I was to be in Budapest, I was to live in one of the hotels in the city centre so we would drop him in my hotel and from there he would find his way.

We drove past the Pest side of the city before crossing over to Buda. Budapest is composed of two cities in one, one is Pest and the other is Buda, thus Budapest. Between the two cities is big, long 2,800 Kilometres river called river Danube which passes through ten countries including Germany and Austria.

I was seated in front with the driver while Tobias was seated at the back. Once in a while I could look at him through the inside mirror and I could see that he was mesmerised by the beauty of Budapest especially the magnificent Houses of Parliament that is located by river Danube. He could then yawn and yawn. I guessed he was either very hungry or just tired.

After about twenty minutes, we were in the hotel. My client could not meet me the same day so we arranged to meet the following day. I asked Tobias to call his host just in case she was near where the driver was going. I would request the driver to take him or maybe suggest other convenient forms of transport.

At first he tried to call her, then the second and third time with no success. Before he tried the fourth time, the driver decided to call her using his phone. Luckily enough she responded.


'Hello, is that Faith?' asked the driver.
'Yes I am! Who is the caller and where did you get my number?' asked Faith.
'Hello there is a gentleman called Tobias who wants to speak to you,' said the driver.
'Who the hell is Tobias?' she asked.


'He is the gentleman from the Airport...' said the driver as he passed the phone to Tobias.
The conversation between Tobias and one Faith started with casual greetings. From the talks, I gathered that they had never seen each other but and that their conversation was focused on one person. She said that she would come for him much later because she was by then in a town called Bekescsaba which is over two hundred kilometres away from Budapest. The only noble thing I could do was to stay with him in the hotel although he was a total stranger to me.

I took the phone from Tobias so that I could inform her where he would come for him.
'Hello...Hello...Faith...Faith...Faith? Can you hear me?' I asked.
'What is it AGAIN?!!! LEAVE ME ALONE!!!' she said angrily.


'Can I give you the address of where you will come for Tobias?' I asked.
'I think that other guy has told me that it's Hilton HOTEL?!!' she exclaimed.
'Yes it is but do you know the person to ask? Just ask for Man Man from London,' I said.


'But London is not in Heaven!' she said.
'Did I say that it is in Heaven?' I asked.


'It is the way you are explaining it as if London and Hilton are only patronised by Angels!' she said.
'Faith, why are you talking like that? Why are you feeling so sexy and nice?' I asked as my anger kept on mounting.


'First of all tell Tobias that I need all my money that his mum went with,' she said.
On hearing what Faith was saying, I formed an opinion that her intelligence was very low or she was just stupid.

Soon the driver left leaving me with a stranger called Tobias. Something in me was telling me to mind my own business but at the same time the value of humanity told me to help where I could. I checked in the hotel and invited Tobias in my room.

No doubt the young man was hungry so I bought him lunch which he ate hungrily. Next I bought soft drinks as we relaxed on the sofas. My first question to him was where in Africa he had come from and he informed me that he was from Nigeria.
'So what brings you to Hungary Tobias?' I asked him casually.
'I have come to see somebody,' he said.


'Somebody? Somebody as at? What kind of somebody? A friend maybe?' I asked.
'Just somebody I saw in a photo,' he said.
'Meaning she is a pen pal, girlfriend...do you mind to shed the light?' I asked.
'Just know that it is somebody I always see in the photo. She is a stranger to me,' answered.
'Tobias, I am lost here...you have flown all the way from Lagos to Budapest to come and see someone who you have never met? She is not your girlfriend and not even your pen pal? What are you hiding? I asked.

My patience was about to run out because I wanted a straight answer from Tobias not to be taken in twists and turns. I interrogated him further to know whether he was visiting Budapest for the first time and he told me that indeed that was his very first time to even enter an aircraft and to leave Nigeria. On asking him how much he had to survive in Budapest, he informed me that he had US$ 20.00

I excused myself to go to the toilet and when I came back, I met Tobias looking at one photo from his bag. At one time he took one more serious look at the photo and placed his hand on the chin and started to cry. When he saw me, he put the photo back to his bag. I could clearly see that it was a photo of a middle aged woman. I decided to let him cry because I never knew whether he was pretending.


'What's the matter Tobias?' I asked him.
'Nothing,' he said.
'But you are crying?' I asked.
'Is crying a crime?' he asked.


'Well...well...well, you are your own best manager. Are you crying because of your pen pal?' I asked him.
'Man Man, why are you tormenting me? Stop it!' he told me. He rose up and headed to the direction of the bathroom.
I took advantage of his absence to call his host even though we had traded bad words. I called four times without with no answer but on the fifth time she picked it up.
'Are you ever going to leave me alone?!!!' she asked.


'I just want you to come and get your visitor,' I told her.
'If he is consuming the oxygen around you, why don't you switch it off?' she said.


'Faith, let's stop throwing handles at each other and reason like two adults. This young man is distressed about something. He is crying, please come for him before it's too late,' I said.


'Before he cries again, ask him whether he is going to pay the money his mum took from me?' she said.
'I do not get the correlation between your debt and coming to get him. Why can't his mother come for him?' I asked.
'Stop pretending that you don't know! I know you know everything! Just tell him that since he is the son, he has to pay me US$200.00 that her mother went with!'she said.


'Why don't you trace his mother? This is just a twenty year old man in college,' I said.
'Please don't try to fool me. I know you know the story but you are digging something from me. I am smarter than you think!' she said and then disconnected the phone.
When Tobias came back, he found that host Faith had just disconnected the phone in the course of our conversation. His tears had dried up though he still looked lost and very distant.

I informed him that I had just talked to Faith and that she was one hour away. At first he was astonished by my revelation that I had talked to Faith. I then told him that I understood his plight but he should fight like a man.


'Don't bother to pay that debt Faith is talking about,' I assured him.
'What debt? By who?' he asked.


'Tobias, stop pretending you know what I am talking about! You are not to blame for your mum's deeds,' I said to him.
'You mean you have all the information about my mum?' he asked. 'In that case there is no point of me hiding anything to you if Faith has already spilled the beans,' he said.

He opened up by telling me that he had come to see his mum and had all along lived in Budapest in most of her life.
'Does that mean that you were possibly born here?' I asked.


'No, I was born in Nigeria. My mother gave birth to me and when I was one week old, he took me to her mum (my maternal grandmother) who took care of me. She saw me through kindergarten, Primary school and high school and now in college,' he said.


'In all that time, when did you have time with your mother?' I asked.
'Never! In all that time she was living in Lagos, she never came to the village to see me or her parents. She forgot about me and relatives completely!' he narrated.
'I guess she came to say good-bye when she headed to Europe?' I asked.


'No, never! She never told anybody. While in Lagos she befriended a Hungarian tourist and one thing led to another until they both got married. Since she immigrated to Europe, she has never set foot in our country again!' he said.

As he continued to narrate his life, his eyes were full of tears which flowed freely down his cheeks.


'Man Man, as we are talking, I have never seen my mum in real life. I don't even whether I have half brothers or sisters. My mum was very mean to me,' he said.


'Don't worry, at least you now have a chance to meet face to face? She will have so many questions to answer from you,' I told him.


On listening to me he gave me a serious look which made me feel like he was studying my face.


'I thought Faith told you everything!' he exclaimed.
'Not that bit I guess,' I told him.


'I told you that I have never seen her alive and I will never see her alive. There is no chance of us meeting in this world. Her funeral is the day after tomorrow,' he said.
'You mean she is dead?!' I asked.


'Yes! She died of ovarian cancer last week. Before she died she asked her friend who I came to know as Faith to call my grandmother and ask me to come to her funeral. Faith and her friends organised for my air fare from Lagos to Budapest. That is how and why I am here. I am here to attend the burial of my mother who I have never seen. She had the chance of seeing me when alive but she wasted the chance. How I wish I saw her alive even for a minute! How I wish I know why she abandoned me! How I wish, I could have the chance of telling her that despite everything she was my mother and my love for her was unconditional. Now that she is gone on a journey where she will never come back, I wish her well. May good fortunes be with her until we our paths meet again in Heaven,' he concluded.
When Faith finally came, I gave her the US$200.00 that she was demanding from the poor boy. I did that out of humanity. I have since earned many more times over as a businessman because God is in control. I have every reason to believe his story because I saw his passport and even saw him and Faith during the day of the funeral coming from the cemetery in Budapest.

When you wake up, remember that is a golden chance God has given you. You can use it to be nasty to people or to be a blessing. If you have your kid or kids somewhere and you abandoned them, today is the day to get back to them. Stop being silly and take that phone and ask them how they are doing. Take time to talk to their mother also and if there is any bad blood, rise above mediocrity and start a new chapter. Life is too short. Use the chance God has given you to be the best wife to your husband. If you claim to be husband and wife and you don’t do things together, you have fallen short of glory. That is a dead relationship, why? You husband train yourself to be the best husband to your wife. Be the best son, son-in-law, daughter or daughter-in-law because we are just passer-by in this world. You are not a permanent tenant in this world so make your life a holiday not hell on earth. If you decide to waste your God given chance on earth, you are your own best manager!

 

Brutality: Girl, 10, among people killed in protests

A1 0-year-old girl was among people killed after police moved in to quell protests staged by perceived opposition supporters against the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The Standard Four pupil at Mathare Primary School was said to have been playing with other children outside her parents’ home in Nairobi’s Mathare North Area 2, when a bullet hit her chest and exited through the back. The Nation team found the body with a bullet wound at the site before it was taken away by the police. Her aunt, Ms Jane Misori, said the girl was playing on the balcony when she was shot. Her mother, too traumatised to speak, wailed as she watched over the body of her child, four hours after the 9 am incident. “Look, she got shot in the chest. She was playing outside with other children. Outside, police were firing bullets and tear gas,” said Ms Misori as she showed our team bullet holes on the wall. Her mother, Damacline Marube, said her daughter’s friend came running to the house and told her that her girl had fallen to the ground and was bleeding. She rushed to the balcony and, on viewing her, noticed she was dead. "We have just booked her at Chiromo mortuary,” she later told Nation.


CONFLICTING FIGURES
This came as conflicting figures on the number of those said to have been dead or injured remained unclear. At a midday media briefing, acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i denied any protester had been killed and said police did not use live bullets or excessive force to quell disturbances. He also called for calm and inferred that victims could have been criminals taking advantage of the situation. Since Friday night when Mr Kenyatta was declared President, incidents were reported in parts of Nairobi, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay and Migori.  


24 DEATHS
The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) claimed it had evidence of 24 deaths in election-related incidents since the August 8 voting day. “We are concerned about the use of excessive force and we ask the Independent Policing Oversight Authority and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to investigate these killings with a view to bringing the culprits to book,” Ms Kagwiria Mbogori, KNCHR chairperson, told a press briefing yesterday. KNCHR said their monitors reported 17 deaths in Nairobi, two in Siaya and Migori counties, one each in Homa Bay, and another in Kisumu. The Multi-Sectoral Forum, a grouping of religious leaders drawn from various faiths, put the figure of the dead at 18. At a press conference at Ufungamano House, the religious leaders said they were saddened by the deaths. - Sunday Nation.

 

QUEUING FOR HERI HOMES IN READING, UK

It was a busy day for Heri Homes Team currently visiting the UK in London on Saturday 12th August 2017. A large number of customers visited Heri Homes stand during the 3rd Annual Family Fun Day in Reading. A large number of customers committed themselves to buy a property from Heri Homes while others joined Heri Homes Sacco to kick start their journey of joining the property ladder. Over 400 guests attended the ceremony. For more information please contact Heri Homes CEO Mr. Kimani Kimotho on his UK no. 07459386561 or Mary Njonjo  on 07404679182 or +254 737265816 (on WhatsApp) and her email: mary@herihomes.co.ke or Mr. David Ngatia currently touring midlands on 0744884121.

 

 

REV. PETER KINYANJUI OF LONDON HAS LOST HIS BROTHER IN KENYA


Another sorrowful moment for Rev. Peter Kinyanjui (above) and family. His brother who worked hard for his bringing up passed on Saturday morning 12th August, 2017 after being admitted for one day in Kikuyu Hospital. (Lungs infection). Rev. Kinyanjui who was vying for MCA seat in Loitokitok, Kenya on an independent ticket did not go through. His contact in Kenya is +254 797449985.

 

 

Three dead as white supremacists fight anti-fascist campaigners


Three people have died as mass brawls broke out between white supremacists and anti-fascist protesters at a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
People threw punches, hurled water bottles and used pepper spray during the violence as riot police were deployed to try to disperse the crowds. At least eight people were hurt. Among the three dead were two police officers who were the pilot and passenger on a helicopter that crashed near the scene. The other death was a 32-year-old woman who had been crossing the street when she was struck by a car that hit a group of anti-Nazi campaigners also leaving 26 people injured. The male driver has been arrested. The rally by far-right activists was organised to protest against Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the city.
Speaking about the disorder, US President Donald Trump said he condemned "in the strongest possible terms" what he called an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides". He added: "What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives." Charlottesville mayor Michael Signer had said he was disgusted the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed the US leader for inflaming racial prejudices during his presidential campaign last year. Mr Signer said: "I'm not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame for a lot of what you're seeing in America today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president."

 

Teacher wants documents changed to indicate her sex is male

Born a girl, grew up to be a boy. Now Sheila Makungu wants the government to change her documents to indicate that her sex is male. Ms Makungu’s identity card, and her birth certificate, Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and P1 indicate that she is female but when you meet her, she has a beard, a deep voice and will most likely be wearing men’s clothes. Even the photo on her ID card will make you think someone mistakenly placed a man’s photo on a woman’s card, and that scares Sheila. “When I go to an M-Pesa agent, I dread being asked for my ID,” she says. “Even the TSC (Teachers Service Commission) may reject me. They may say I’m not the person they trained,” she says.


A GIRL
She had been raised as a girl since was born in September 1986. At her home village of Musala in Sabatia constituency of Vihiga County, she wore girls’ clothes and was socialised as a girl. But in 2004, when she was a Form Three student at Keveye Girls in Vihiga, she discovered something was amiss with her body. Ms Makungu shared her story with the Nation at a time when the government is seeking ways to officially recognise transgender people. Since May 26 when Attorney-General Githu Muigai announced the formation of a taskforce to come up with institutional and administrative reforms with regard to transsexuals, a team of nine has been seeking ways of creating government policy for that category of people. The taskforce has six months to come up with recommendations and it is chaired by Mr Mbage Ng’ang’a, the chairman of the Kenya Law Reform Commission. Mr Ng’ang’a says the team has been holding meetings to analyse its scope, create terms of reference and identify the relevant stakeholders. - Sunday Nation.

 

 

Bitcoin has split in two, so you can have double the cryptocurrency

A little after 8AM ET on Tuesday 1st August, 2017, Bitcoin was split into Bitcoin Cash, an alternative cryptocurrency, in a chain split that had been anticipated for months. The split, called a “hard fork,” comes out of a bitcoin group’s desire to combat high transaction fees and a bitcoin size limit that made mining larger blocks invalid. This has a nuanced implication for Bitcoin owners. If you own Bitcoin and control your private keys, the same private keys can be used to spend your newly minted Bitcoin Cash. If you own Bitcoin but don’t control the keys, then it depends on whether you’ve chosen to keep your bitcoins on a Bitcoin Cash-friendly platform or digital wallet. Each platform is treating the new Bitcoin Cash differently. To enjoy this extra currency, you should check with your platform and wallet to see what the company policy is.

THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR CRYPTOCURRENCY EXCHANGE HAS REJECTED THE NEW BITCOIN CASH
As a prelude to the split, Bitcoin trading platforms like CEX.io suspended Bitcoin withdrawals beforehand. CEX.io will allow both cryptocurrencies and split the coins for its customers. CEX.io chief marketing officer Eugene Kovalyk says, “Whether we will list Bitcoin Cash as a new trading pair depends on the demand. If demand is big we should consider adding it definitely...No one should lose Bitcoin Cash on our platform.”

Meanwhile, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency exchange, Coinbase, has rejected the new Bitcoin Cash to some customers’ chagrin. It argues that their systems can’t support Bitcoin Cash without a major system rework that is currently not worth the unknown value of Bitcoin Cash. A spokeswoman for CoinBase says, “If this decision were to change in the future and Coinbase was to access Bitcoin Cash, we would distribute Bitcoin Cash to customers associated with Bitcoin balances at the time of the fork. Coinbase would not keep the Bitcoin Cash associated with customer Bitcoin balances.” The exchange allowed a brief window of time before August 1st for users who wished to access Bitcoin cash to withdraw their funds from Coinbase.

 

 

IEBC DECLARES THE WINNER

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'Uhuru must go': Deadly protests in Siaya,

stone-throwing in Kisumu after Raila defeat

Riots in Kisumu town, August 12, 2017


One person was shot dead in Siaya town as residents protested against President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election on Friday night. Residents poured into the streets as soon as IEBC declared Uhuru the winner for the presidential race. They chanted anti-Uhuru slogans and engaged in running battles for most of the night until early Saturday. Several vehicles and a petrol station were also torched on Saturday morning. Despite heavy downpour, residents in Kisumu also held protests following IEBC's announcement. Wailing could be heard in most neighbourhoods as protesters engaged in running battles with police in Manyatta, Kondele, Obungo, Migosi, Nyalenda and even close to the Kisumu International Airport. Residents accused police of using excessive force, saying police fired live bullets and tear gas canisters. Association chair Audi Ogada said three youths are set to undergo surgery for gunshot wounds. "I am on my way to the [Jaramogi Oginga] county hospital to confirm the same and will update you once there," he told The Star on phone. Sounds of gunshots have rent the air for much of the night and Saturday morning as police disperse youths. Roads have also been barricaded with burning tires and stones, paralysing transport in both regions.

 

 


DEATH AT UHURU CELEBRATION
In Molo town, a man was crushed by a lorry as residents celebrated Uhuru's win. The man identified as Okoth tried to hang on to a lorry but missed and fell on the tarmac, after which it ran over him. Okoth is said to have been drunk at the time of the accident. "He was about 27 years old and worked as a cook at Molo police station," John Ng'ang'a, a resident, said. Ng'ang'a faulted police absence during celebrations for the accident. "People were hanging recklessly on vehicles and even wheels. Police should have been here to control the crowds," he said. Ben Kamau said they were forced to stop the celebrations after the incident. "We had warned the youth about hanging on the lorries and vehicles but they did not listen. Molo base commander Moses Nderitu asked residents to be careful and celebrate in moderation. Okoth's body was taken to Molo subcounty mortuary. - The Star

 

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Dear NASA Brothers and Sisters,


I extend my hand of friendship now that the elections are over. We belong to one country called Kenya and must remain our brother and sister's keeper. Our political discussions on this forum may at times have been heated and we didn't always agree. We did so because we believed our country could do that much better.  We must moving forward work to make Kenya better through constructive discourse and without insults or bitterness.

While i congratulate President Elect Uhuru Kenyatta, I recognise with gratitude the gallant contribution to our country of the Rt. Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga. Kenya is better because he lived.

I believe history will treat Raila more kindly than his political competitors and adversaries have.

May God bless our country and it's people.
Mwalimu Alex Kamau, London

 

 

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Three dead during Uhuru celebrations in Nakuru


A supporter of incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta reacts after he was announced winner

of the presidential election in Nairobi, Kenya August 11, 2017. /REUTERS


Three people were killed in Nakuru county during celebrations marking President Uhuru's re-election on Friday night. Two died in Mai Mahiu as a vehicle rammed into Jubilee supporters who flooded the streets as soon as IEBC declared Uhuru winner. Scores were injured after which irate residents torched the vehicle and blocked the Mai Mahiu-Limuru road. James Njoroge, a witness, said the driver failed to slow down and ended up ramming part of the crowd. "The injured were rushed to various hospitals with one of them dying on the way. Irate residents burnt the vehicle as those inside escaped," he said. He said residents engaged police in running battled for a few hours before normalcy returned. Another man was killed by a speeding car on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway while he celebrated Jubilee's win. Father of the deceased Francis Njoroge said his son was among Jubilee supporters marching along the highway. "My son George Njuguna was pronounced dead on arrival at the Gilgil subcounty hospital," he said. Celebrations were peaceful in Naivasha town and went on until Saturday morning. Chaos has mostly been experienced in Opposition strongholds. A girl was shot dead in Mathare on Saturday morning as post-election protests intensified in the area. - The Star

 

 

 

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Uhuru it is! IEBC declares 'tano tena' for Kenya's president


President Uhuru Kenyatta receives his certificate from IEBC commissioners after he was declared winner of the presidential election, August 11, 2017. 
Uhuru Kenyatta has won the 2017 presidential election. The President got 8,203,290 votes, while rival Raila Odinga got 6,762,224, IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati said on Friday. "I wish to declare Uhuru president-elect and William Ruto deputy president-elect," he said amid cheers. Uhuru, who was earlier at KICC, received his certificate while thanking the commission chair. The crowd erupted, singing 'Twasema asante', shortly after which Uhuru was invited to address the gathering. NASA boycotted the announcement earlier on Friday saying their concerns have not been addressed. After days of ghost towns, tedious vote counting and varied opinions by NASA and Jubilee, Uhuru has been granted another five years as Kenya's ruler. Kenyans waited anxiously as tallying was done, supporters of Opposition leader Raila Odinga clearly showing they wanted him to win on his fourth try. They held protests and celebrations as the National Super Alliance addressed several press conferences.

 

Despite NASA's boycott, the announcement was attended by various dignitaries, including US Ambassador Robert Godec, JP secretary general Raphael Tuju and Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs) and Najib Balala (Tourism). Uhuru will receive his certificate from the commission and there will not be much protocol as his security is already in place. It is expected that the Opposition will issue a statement on their way forward as Raila and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) have not accepted defeat. Uhuru had been leading the interim tally but Raila's NASA party declared him winner. They even demanded that the electoral agency name Raila president, saying his votes numbered 8.04 million and Uhuru's 7.7 million. By 11 am on Friday, the commission's portal showed Uhuru had 8,170,016 votes (54.26 per cent) and Raila 6,754,173 votes (44.85 per cent). Celebrations broke out in pockets of Kenya on Thursday after the opposition said Raila should be declared winner, a claim an election commission official said was "ridiculous".

 

Hundreds of supporters, mainly young men, poured onto the streets of the opposition stronghold of Kisumu in celebration. At least one truck of anti-riot police followed them, a Reuters witness said. Some older men tried to convince the youth not to join the crowds. There were pockets of similar celebrations in opposition strongholds in Nairobi as well. After complaining of fraud, the Opposition chief told Reuters he believed most of more than 20,000 polling station result forms uploaded to the election commission's website were fake. He said results were being filled out by agents working out of a Nairobi hotel but he did not provide any evidence. He previously said the election commission's computer network had been hacked and that results were "fictitious". A senior official in the election commission rejected the claim. "They have done their own additions and they think Raila has eight million (votes), which is ridiculous, there is nothing," Abdi Guliye said. "As far as we are concerned, we don't believe they have any credible data." Later the commission provided a detailed rebuttal of the opposition claims, pointing out mathematical errors and saying documents purporting to be from their system "were plainly falsified and contain elementary errors."

"WE DON'T WANT TO FIGHT"
Uhuru, a 55-year-old businessman seeking a second five-year term, and Raila, 72, loser of Kenya's last two elections amid similar claims of fraud, are the heads of Kenya's two political dynasties. Earlier in the week, Raila urged his supporters to remain calm but warned: "I don't control the people." The US State Department urged any candidate challenging the result to do so in accordance with the "constitution and rule of law and not through threats or acts of violence", while also urging candidates to "peacefully and patiently" await official results. International observers have said the election was free, fair and credible. "It would be very regrettable if anything emerges afterwards that sought to corrupt the outcome, to spoil that outcome," said Thabo Mbeki, the former South African president in charge of the African Union observer mission Many members of the public say they just want their normal lives back. "We don't want to fight," said Kisumu driver Evans Omondi, 28, wearing a polo shirt and jeans. "We want to go back to work." In 2007, tallying was halted and the incumbent president declared the winner, triggering an outcry from Raila's camp and waves of ethnic violence that led to International Criminal Court charges against Uhuru and Ruto. The cases against them collapsed as witnesses died or disappeared. - The Star

 

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Mudavadi, Orengo storm out of national tallying centre


Nasa chief agents James Orengo and Musalia Mudavadi address the media at Bomas of Kenya on August 11, 2017. 


Nasa presidential candidate's chief agents stormed out of the national tallying centre at Bomas of Kenya on Friday evening.
The Nasa officials hinted that they may opt for mass protests to force the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to declare Mr Raila Odinga as the winner of the Tuesday polls. Nasa co-principal Musalia Mudavadi and Siaya Senator James Orengo accused the IEBC of disregarding their concerns and insisting on declaring President Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the presidential poll before addressing the concerns they raised over the transmissions of results. “The issues we raised have not been adequately addressed and the commission (IEBC) telling us to put our concerns in writing was like a PR exercise,” Mr Mudavadi said. “For the record, we are storming out and we shall not be party to the games being played by the commission,” Mr Orengo said, vowing as agents not to sign any documents as required by law.


SUMMONED AGENTS
They said the source of the conflict was the IEBC's meeting with agents of presidential candidates late Friday where the electoral agency informed the agents of its intention to declare President Uhuru bas the winner in the Tuesday polls. Nasa had earlier in the day, during a meeting between the IEBC and its principals led by Mr Odinga, presented a five page document to the commission detailing anomalies in forms 34A and 34B they say compromised the results in favour of the incumbent. During the meeting, the IEBC had asked the opposition coalition leaders to give it time to consider the concerns raised in the document that was also shared with diplomats and religious leaders on Friday. However, around 6.30pm, the commission’s Chief Executive, Ezra Chiloba summoned an urgent meeting of all the agents where the news of Mr Uhuru being declared the winner was delivered. He assured the Nasa agents that the concerns raised will be dealt with after the announcement had been made.


EXECUTIVE
Mr Orengo alleged that the IEBC had shown that it is an arm of the executive, considering the decisions it has been making lately. The Siaya Senator-elect alleged that the President, his deputy and the entire government machinery knew all along what the electoral commission was going to do. “All the blood and sweat of Kenyans to create an independent electoral commission has resulted to naught. That struggle took many people to jail, while some were killed in order to have this Constitution,” Mr Orengo said. “This is not a question of Kenya being greater. Kenya can be greater if it can take care of all of us. This is not the end of the matter,” Mr Orengo insisted. He ruled out going to the Supreme Court saying “judgment is now out there in the court of public opinion”.


RIGHTS
“I can tell you, Kenyans always rise up. The resilience of Kenyans to deal with impunity, to deal with violations of their rights every time those rights have been trampled upon they have always risen up,” he said. He added: “I would urge the Kenyan people to judge the decision of this commission (IEBC) in the contest of the Constitution that belongs to the people and not any individual.” “Going to court is not an alternative for us. We have been there before and everybody knows what we got. But the Kenyan people have never disappointed in standing up for their political rights,” Mr Orengo. Nasa further questioned the competence of the several people who have led the retinue of observer missions the IEBC invited to monitor the elections. He said the missions should adopt a policy of vetting the individuals before deploying them to observer missions. “The missions should vet observers to determine if they have relationships with the actors in the political contest. Some of them have interests that serve those in government,” he said. He named former Ghanaian President John Mahama, who is leading the Commonwealth observer mission, former South African President Thabo Mbeki, who is leading the AU mission and former US Secretary state John Kerry who is leading the joint US embassy and Carter Centre missions as examples. - Daily Nation.

 

We won't challenge presidential results in court - NASA


Opposition leader Raila Odinga leaves the National Tallying Centre at Bomas of Kenya, August 11, 2017.

 
NASA has said it will not be party to the declaration of presidential results on Friday night as their concerns have not been addressed. The opposition coalition has strongly disputed the outcome of the presidential results, saying they do not represent the true verdict of Kenyans. The results put President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead of his rival Raila Odinga with 8,194,411 against 6,788,734 respectively. NASA chief agent Musalia Mudavadi said IEBC told them their concerns will be addressed after the declaration is made. “Basically (the meeting with IEBC) was a PR exercise,” Mudavadi told the press at the National Tallying Centre. He spoke after the NASA coalition walked out of the meeting with IEBC commissioners where the commission made its stand to announce the winner. “This commission has shown that it is an arm of the executive. It looks like the president (and) the deputy president knew all along what the commission was going to do,” coalition agent James Orengo said. His remarks were in relation to preparations at the KICC where the President and DP William Ruto are waiting to make a public address soon after IEBC announces the winner. “When the deputy president left here (Bomas) to go to the KICC, the stage had been made,” Orengo added He accused international observers of pressuring and encouraging the IEBC to announcing the winner regardless of NASA's concerns about the accuracy of the election results.


Orengo said the African Union, the European Union and the Commonwealth should adopt the vetting the observer missions to ensure they have no relationships with the governments of the day. “The AU should have vetted the members of those observer missions because clearly the delegations rushed to judgement and gave this commission to go on with making this announcement and telling us we can do what we want suggesting that we should go to court." Orengo said ex-Ghana president John Mahama should have been vetted alongside his South African counterpart Thabo Mbeki and ex-US Secretary of State John Kerry. "These characters look like they are from heaven but they also have a past,” Orengo said. He said “going to court is not an alternative, we have been there before”. The Senator said the verdict now lies with the Kenyan people who he believes will refuse to accept the results. “Every time an election has been stolen, the Kenyan people have stood up to make sure changes are made to make Kenya a better place. No force on earth can go against a people united. "Therefore nobody should think this is the end of the matter and nobody should make us feel guilty that we have got constitutional alternatives in interrogating the decision that has been made by this commission that is a great tragedy,” Orengo said. - The Star

 

Tension did not stop Jubilee and NASA leaders from arriving at Nairobi’s Bomas

of Kenya in style for IEBC’s presidential election results declaration.

Bomas of Kenya, which has been closed to public from 1st July, 2017, has been the venue where the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has been using as the National Tallying Centre for the  August elections and  will be the same venue where the Presidential results will be announced today, 11th August, 2017 later today in the day. It will be opened to public on 1st September, 2017. There is heavy security at the national tallying centre.

Deputy President William Ruto (left) upon arrival at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi for IEBC announcement and Nairobi Governor-elect Mike Sonko (entre) arrives at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi ahead of IEBC’s address on presidential election results.Nasa flag bearer Raila Odinga (right) arriving at Bomas of Kenya on August 11, 2017. 

 

 

US happy with IEBC’s election role, wants democracy protected – Godec

US ambassador Robert Godec is pleased with the IEBC’s role in the general election whose official presidential results are to be announced Friday.

 

At Bomas of Kenya ahead of the announcement, Godec told the press the commission died a commendable job despite facing several challenges. He noted the United States holds the position that the process was free and fair, as attested by several groups of observers. The ambassador asked political leaders to exercise restraint and let IEBC discharge its mandate. “We urge all the parties to let the commission discharge its responsibilities. Kenyan democracy has come a long way..no one should curtail the process.” Godec further said any party that will feel aggrieved by IEBC’s announcement should use legal channels to seek justice.

He appealed to the Judiciary to exercise total independence in handling disputes and disagreements. “The future of the Kenyan nation is so bright. Those who will be aggrieved, let them seek court intervention rather than resorting to violence. No Kenyan should die because of an election.” He added the independence of the courts remains critical to protecting the democratic process achieved so far. Godec’s comments came hours after former Secretary of State John Kerry said it was too early for NASA coalition to contest the results. Kerry, who is leading a delegation of international observers from Carter Centre, said the results can only be contested after declaration by IEBC.

 

“We are not taking sides of any political affiliation. All we are saying is the [electoral] commission will let the will of people speak,” he told the press on Thursday. Kerry said the test of Tuesday’s general election will be determined through a detailed process of ballot counting. “It is up to the electoral commission to ensure the rights of any registered voter who with a lot of patience and calmness braved the long queues to cast their vote,” he added. In a joint statement by heads of missions on Friday, observers noted this has been a historic week and that they have been impressed. They reiterated: “IEBC’s independence and credibility have been, and remain, critical to the success of these polls.” They urged the public to support the commissions, the Judiciary and other organisations. “It is now vital that the IEBC be given space to complete its task and make its final declaration of results, in line with the constitution, laws and regualtions.” The observers discuraged violence saying Kenya’s future is more important than this period. “Leaders need to make that clear.” The Star.

 

 

 

 

DEATH AND FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT

LATE BENSON IRUNGU KARIUKI

It is with great sadness and humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the passing on to glory of Mr. Benson Irungu Kariuki who went to be with the Lord on, 8th August, 2017. He was husband to Mrs. Jane Kirigo Irungu, father to Ian Kariuki, Tabitha Wambui and Margaret Wanjugu of Bolton, UK. Brother to Maxwell Wathanga, Erastus Gathuri and Tirus Muraguri of Kenya and Liz of North London among others.

The funeral procession will leave; Shaw and Son, 20 Park Street, Bolton, BL1 4BD AT 1:00pm to the; Overdale Crematorium, Overdale Drive, Chorley New Road, Heaton, Bolton, BL1 5BU. Thereafter, there will be a reception after ( wake) to celebrate Benson's life at; The Retreat Grill-Bar-Restaurant, 319-321 Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 5BP, From 3:15 to 5:45pm. Everybody is welcome to celebrate Benson's Life.

Family, relatives and friend are meeting for prayers at his house, 37 Briercliffe Road, BL3 5PN Bolton at 6.00pm from today. There will be a special prayer meeting on Saturday 12th August 2017 starting at 600pm at the same place.

For any financial support, please use this account details: Name: Mrs J K Irungu, Sort Code: 20-10-71 and Account No.53242374, Halifax Bank.

Further details about the funeral arrangement will follow soon. Thank you for your prayers and support at this trying times.

For more information, contact: Jane 07870733167 or Rose 07757715549 or Wambui 07411475172.

 

 

Media Blackout: Raila Press Conference Declaring Himself Winner Cut Abruptly

 

In an act of putting the country first, Kenya’s main TV stations have put an end to a TV press conference called by Nasa to declare Raila the president-elect. The conference that ended a few moments ago was aired for the most part, but was cut short abruptly during the Q and A session. NTV was first followed closely by Citizen TV and the rest. Prior to this one, all other press conferences by both Jubilee and Nasa, and even by the various observer missions were aired live until the last question was asked.

 

Moreover, it appeared as though instructions were sent to stop studio commentators from talking about Nasa statements. On Citizen TV, Swaleh Mdoe specifically stopped one analyst from talking about it, stating ‘it has already passed’. In the press conference, Musalia Mudavadi speaking on behalf of Nasa and flanked by top Nasa leaders; Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, James Orengo and Hassan Joho, announced that they are in possession of new data direct from IEBC servers that shows Raila is ahead. According to Nasa, Raila has 8,041,726 with Uhuru coming second with 7,755,448.

However, they refused to reveal how they came across this data, expressing the need to protect their sources. Most people have however rubbished the numbers particularly because Jubilee has whitewashed Nasa affiliated party all over Kenya, getting majority in parliament, senate and even the Council of Governors. Also, literally all observer missions have given IEBC a thumbs up, calling the election ‘free, fair and credible’. Furthermore, hundreds of sampled Form 34A show no discrepancies with what has been streaming on IEBC website.

It is unclear whether the government intervened to force the media to cease broadcast, or whether the media saw it as a civic duty.-nairobiwire.com

 

 

Revival House Church held a Spectacular Affirmation

& Rite of Passage Ceremony on Sunday the 23rd July 2017

 

A group photograph of the youths together with their Pastor, parents, teachers, and mentors.

 

SafeBridges Youth Mentoring Programme runs from September to July, ending the year with a 3-day Camp and an Affirmation ceremony. As part of the curriculum, the young people had a wonderful weekend away before graduation (Fri 14th to Sun 16th ), together with their parents, teachers, and mentors.

 

There were lots of activities like; Go karting, archery, football, table-tennis, pool table, bonfire night, barbecue, parent-child bonding session, a few seminar sessions and many other activities. SafeBridges is both learning life and social skills and having fun while at it. 

Sunday 23rd July 2017 was a glorious day at Revival House Church when SafeBridges, hosted an amazing affirmation and coming of age ceremony. The day was filled with celebrations for the young people who were translating from Childhood to Adulthood after one-year training and mentoring. Smiles shone on the faces of the youth as all attention fell on them, emotions and pride was seen on the faces of parents and mentors as each child received blessings and affirmation at the altar from their own parents.

 

The young people were awarded a Certificate and a trophy each, as a reminder of this big day in their life. They were really made to feel special with a splendid reception in the church Hall downstairs afterward where there were celebrations with food and drinks, a chocolate fountain with fruits and marshmallows, a delicious well prepared cake etc. Joy and  

This was a well-deserved celebration for the dedication of all parties involved in the Programme; the young people, their parents (with some coming every other weekend from as far as Oxford) and the teachers and mentors.

Registration is now on going for laughter filled the hall; it was surely a memorable day.

September intake. Safebridges Youth Mentoring Programme is a targeted at young people from the age range of 11yrs-17yrs old. Its mission is to mentor, train, and equips the youth during this crucial transitory stage from childhood into adulthood preparing them for life as responsible, successful and fulfilled adults/leaders.

For more information, check out their website www.safebridges.org.

 

 

We Got You:IEBC Proves Raila Faked Hacking Claims, Forged Log Files and Falsified Numbers

Kenya election chief rejects claims of poll hacking

It was a sad day for democracy yesterday, after one side of the political divide attempted to subdue the will of the people, based on what has now been confirmed to be fabricated data.

On Wednesday, Raila made the first allegations that the entire vote transmission process was a fraud and Kenyans should reject all results from MCA upwards. He said that the transmission system had been ‘hacked’ to give Jubilee a constant lead. He went on to reveal that the late Msando’s login credentials were used to add algorithms into the system that would add a certain percent to Uhuru and reduce from him. Raila even provided a 52 page document (log file) which he said showed evidence of this hack. Basically, a log file is a document that records activities in a computer system. Most software, from small ones to large ones like Windows or An

droid operating systems produce various log files. What Raila had provided was later revealed to be an ‘error log file’. This basically means it recorded the errors in that particular system and not any other activities. Some of these errors included the failed login by users named ‘Msando’ and ‘Chebukati’.

Inadvertently, what this log file proved was the opposite of what Raila intended. That the system was in fact not penetrated since login failed. And then IEBC gave their bombshell yesterday. The electoral body had earlier said they had not received a formal complaint from Nasa. Yesterday afternoon, Nasa finally delivered it to Bomas, also including the new numbers which they claimed were leaked by a whistle blower, showing Raila ahead of Uhuru. IEBC responded a few hours later and shared their response with the media.


In the letter signed by Chairman Wafula Chebukati, IEBC deconstructed Nasa’s claims one by one, and impressively if I may add. The most obvious one was rubbishing the hacking allegation by revealing that IEBC does not use the type of database the error logs are pulled from. The logs clearly reveal that database was of MS SQL type, while IEBC is using Oracle. If we were to put that in comparative layman terms, Raila provided files from a Samsung Galaxy, while the IEBC is using an iPhone. More experts have termed the Nasa log files ‘falsified’, particularly pointing out revelations on the same logs that the database was running on a maximum 4gb machine. For comparison, I am typing this article on an 8gb computer. It would be very unlikely that an entire IEBC system with millions of records and carrying the hopes and aspirations of an entire country is less powerful than a mid-priced laptop.


The simplest logical explanation is that someone working from his laptop/computer, probably very far from Bomas, created a database and named it ‘IEBC’, and then created the users ‘Chebukati’ and ‘Msando’; and the numerous tables for all counties. Then printed the log file that was the backbone of Raila’s hacking claims. In the same IEBC response to Nasa, they point out that the numbers Nasa had provided showed laughable arithmetic errors, like the votes cast in Siaya exceeding the registered voters, or the number of votes cast in Nyamira county being the exact same number of votes cast in Nairobi county. That’s a pretty big coincidence. IEBC also states that Nasa has failed to provide the Form 34As and Form 34Bs to back up the figures they allege. So far, the Form 34As and Form 34Bs presented to party agents and uploaded to the public portal correspond to what has been streaming all along. Presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot alluded to the same in his concession speech, saying their analysis showed no differences. He congratulated Uhuru Kenyatta and urged Raila to concede.
From the IEBC response, we can conclude that Nasa’s allegations are a big fat lie. Either innocently fed to Raila and party leadership, or deliberately fabricated and released to try and subdue the will of the people. Read the entire IEBC response below. The letter is dated 9th August but it was obviously released yesterday. So that is just a simple typing error. 

CLICK HERE FORE THE LETTERS.-nairobiwire.com.

 

Eggs scandal: 700,000 distributed in UK

About 700,eggs from Dutch farms in contamination scare have been distributed to UK, up from estimated 21,000. The FSA says the new figure is 0.007% of the eggs eaten in the UK every year, so "it is very unlikely that there is any risk to public health". Dutch and Belgian police are searching several premises linked to use of the insecticide fipronil. Supermarkets in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany have withdrawn millions of eggs from sale. The Belgian raids are in the Campine and West Flanders regions, Belgian media report. Hygiene firms that use the insecticide are reportedly being searched. Fipronil can harm humans and is banned in food production. The chemical can damage people's kidneys, liver and thyroid glands. It is used to kill lice and ticks on animals. But experts say the current food safety risk is not acute. The Netherlands is Europe's biggest egg producer - and one of the largest exporters of eggs and egg products in the world. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly.

 

Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,
do not associate with one easily angered,
or you may learn their ways
and get yourself ensnared

 

Kenya election 2017: Raila Odinga says election systems hacked

Left, Kenya opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has said the electoral commission's IT system has been hacked to manipulate the election results which he said came after a computer hack. Centre, protesters marched in Nairobi’s Mathare slums, an opposition stronghold and right, Riot Policemen have been seen on the streets of Kisumu, Western Kenya

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Kenya opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has said the electoral commission's IT system has been hacked to manipulate the election results. He rejected provisional results from Tuesday's vote indicating a strong lead for President Uhuru Kenyatta. But Kenya's chief electoral officer Ezra Chiloba said the systems were not compromised at any point. The opposition's claim led to sporadic outbreaks of violence amid calls for calm from politicians. One person was killed in a confrontation with police in the capital, Nairobi, witnesses told the BBC, although this has been denied by the government. Police have also fired shots at opposition supporters in the western town of Kisumu, an opposition stronghold. But Mr Chiloba said the electoral commission had received no formal complain about hacking. Speaking on Wednesday, he added: "I wish to take this opportunity to confirm that our elections management system is secure. There were no external or internal interference to the system at any point before, during or after the voting."  Many fear a repeat of the violence after the disputed election 10 years ago. More than 1,100 Kenyans died and 600,000 were displaced following the 2007 vote.  

Raw polling data published on the website of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says that with 96.83% of results in, Mr Kenyatta is leading with about 54.3%, to Mr Odinga's 44.8% share of the vote. These results mean Mr Kenyatta appears to be heading for a first-round victory. But they are not officials results, Mr Chebukati said, as Forms 34A - filled in by presiding officers to tally votes at polling stations - have not yet been checked against the results the IEBC has already declared. CLICK HERE FOR MORE AND VIDEO. BBC NEWS

 

 

 

Eight things about the Kenyan elections By BBC News

Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee Party was formed after a merger of two main parties and other small parties

 

Two rival families will compete for power in Kenya's presidential election, in a relationship that goes back to before independence. The BBC's Dickens Olewe looks at some of the more unusual aspects of the election campaign.

1) The sex strike:

Nothing comes close to explaining how close the race for the presidency is than the public plea by opposition leader Raila Odinga to his supporters to hold off having sex until after the election. "8 August will be a historic day and no vote will be left without being cast. Men will sleep outside. When the day comes, no man should sleep with a woman," he was quoted as saying by the Star newspaper.

 

Turnout will be key in this election and it looks like Mr Odinga does not want to take any chances in the battle to defeat President Uhuru Kenyatta.

 

2) The booze ban

Mr Odinga's sex strike is not the only indulgence that leaders are hoping to restrict. A government body in charge of fighting drug abuse has also called on a ban on alcohol during the week leading up to the poll saying that Kenyans need to be sober on election day.

 

3) Loving oranges

One thing you will spot at opposition rallies is people covered in oranges.

Space suits would have been more appropriate because the opposition is called the National Super Alliance, which is delightfully shortened to Nasa and invites comparisons with astronauts who will take Kenya into a new age. But Nasa is an amalgamation of five opposition parties, including the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), which is the biggest.

The orange brand is so strong that when a breakaway party, ODM Kenya, was formed in 2007, its founder, Kalonzo Musyoka, used an orange cut in half as the party's symbol.

But it didn't bode well.

ODM Kenya performed dismally in the 2007 election. Party officials blamed this on the half orange. They said voters couldn't tell the different between a half and a full orange on the ballot box. They promptly replaced the half orange symbol with an umbrella. The origin of the orange goes back to the 2005 constitutional referendum when the electoral commission chose a banana and an orange to represent the Yes and No sides. Mr Odinga was part of the successful No campaign and the orange symbol stuck.

4) Inspired by the past:

President Kenyatta is contesting the poll under the banner of the Jubilee Party. It is primarily a merger between The National Alliance Party (TNA), which he led, and the United Republican Party (URP) of his deputy, William Ruto. The party is colloquially known as Jubilee, the name was inspired by Kenya's celebration of 50 years of independence in 2013.

Its rallying song is "Tano Tena", which is Swahili for "five more years". Nasa is using gospel song "Mambo Yabadilika", meaning "things are changing", reinforcing their change message.

5) Dynastic rivalry

The Kenyatta and Odinga families have been competing for power since shortly after Kenya gained independence from Britain in 1963. But this election is probably going to be the last time that Kenya's longest political familial rivalry will be on display.

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga (left) and Jomo Kenyatta (right) were allies in the independence struggle

The families started as friends. Raila Odinga's father, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, was offered a chance to assume power by the British. But he refused, saying that Kenya could not be independent with its leader Jomo Kenyatta in prison. After independence, Mr Oginga Odinga became Jomo Kenyatta's vice-president. But the two fell out in 1966 and this gave birth to the political rivalry which has roped in their Kikuyu (Kenyatta) and Luo (Odinga) ethnic groups.

6) Sweep them all

#Fagiawote is, a Swahili hashtag meaning "sweep them all", has been used on Twitter as a rallying call to vote out the current political class. Politicians, especially MPs, are loathed by many Kenyans who feel they live pampered lifestyles and are out of touch.

 

They say some are not in tune with the real issues that affect them and others show contempt towards ordinary people. The only way to get back at politicians is during the election.

The clear-out seems to have began in the party primaries held in April where several incumbent politicians lost their seats. One governor was especially targeted by women voters because he had been using sexist language.

7) The Wavinya challenge

When a candidate for governor of Machakos county in south-west Kenya made a slip of the tongue it became a national joke. Wavinya Ndeti intended to say a proverb which roughly translates as "water under the bridge", in other words, "let's forget about the past". But she got her words scrambled and instead of saying "yaliyopita si ndwele" said "yaliyo ndwele sipite" which is just meaningless. This really tickled Kenyans. People started competing to change other sayings to make them meaningless. And so The Wavinya Challenge was born.

But it didn't end there. Comedian MC Njagi made a song named after the slip-up, making her an object of ridicule. The Jubilee Party took notice and asked MC Njagi to compose a song praisingthe ruling party. But MC Njagi isn't giving away who he will vote for - as he went on to then make a song in support of Ms Ndeti, who he was originally mocking.

8) The final result will be final

In June, the high court ruled, after a successful argument by the opposition, that presidential results announced in the 290 constituencies will be final and should not be subjected to any alterations. This ruling upends the tradition of results being collated at a national tallying centre before they are announced as final.

Critics have argued that the national tallying system has been used to rig the election. This change could mean that the winner of the presidential race could be known much faster than before. But it does not mean that it's protected against manipulation. The electoral commission however remains the only body that can make the official announcement about the final election result. More on Kenya's elections: CLICK HERE FOR MORE

 

Kenya presidential election Provisional results with 95.3% of votes counted

 

 

 

 

Kenya election 2017: Kenyatta ahead as votes are counted

Left, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta called on Kenyans to pull the country together and centre, people began early in the morning and even overnight to cast their votes. Right Mr. Odinga has raised fears of vote-rigging

 

Kenya's incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken an early lead as votes are counted after Tuesday's election. With more than half the results in he has 55% of the vote against 44% for his rival, Raila Odinga, figures show. Mr Kenyatta is hoping for a second term in office but faces a tough challenge. Voting has passed off largely peacefully and the electoral commission has urged people to wait calmly for all the results. "During this critical phase, we urge all Kenyans to exercise restraint as we await official results from the polling stations and indeed as they start trickling in," the commission said.  

Many fear a repeat of the violence that followed the disputed 2007 election. More than 1,100 Kenyans died and 600,000 were displaced. Some of the votes have already come in, but it could be days before the full result is known. To win outright, a candidate needs more than 50% of the vote, and at least 25% in 24 of Kenya's 47 counties. If that threshold is not met, a run-off vote between the top two candidates will be triggered. Voting for the national and local assemblies are also taking place.

Scenes from the polling station

People started queuing early to ensure they could cast their vote. Long queues could be seen, and video footage at one polling station showed people injured on the ground after an apparent stampede. There was also the failure of some voter-identification equipment and one in four polling stations were apparently without mobile phone coverage meaning that officials would have to drive to the nearest town to send results. There were reports that one man had been killed in clashes in Kilifi area. But there was one heartening moment when a woman gave birth to a baby girl as she queued in West Pokot to cast her ballot. New mother Pauline Chemanang called the circumstances of the birth a "blessing" and called her baby Kura, Swahili for "ballot", according to local radio. Casting his vote in his hometown of Gatundu, north of Nairobi, Mr Kenyatta said he would accept the outcome of the election. "To my competitors, as I have always said, in the event that they lose, let us accept the will of the people. I am willing, myself, to accept the will of the people," he said.

Opposition leader Mr Odinga cast his ballot in the Nairobi slum of Kibera. Speaking outside the voting centre, he told his supporters: "Let's turn out in large numbers and vote." So far Kenya's national elections have been going well, but the queues are long and the voters impatient. Many arrived in the middle of the night to cast their ballots early and the electronic system is taking quite a while to verify voters. If fingerprints don't register, ID card numbers have to be typed in to the electronic tablets and then there's a manual backup. The responsibility lies with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to deliver a free and fair election. The test will come when the polls close, the votes are counted and the results have to be transmitted to the tallying centres.

The presidential race is expected to be close.

Mr Odinga, 72, has run for president three times and lost each time. President Kenyatta, the 55-year-old son of Kenya's founding president, beat him in the last election in 2013, but their rivalry is generations old - their fathers were political opponents in the 1960s. Mr Kenyatta and his running-mate William Ruto were indicted by the International Criminal Court for their alleged roles in the bloodshed a decade ago. The case ultimately collapsed due to lack of evidence, and after key witnesses died or disappeared.

Kenya elections 2017: 'Six-piece' vote explained.

-Six separate ballot papers: For president, national assembly, female representatives, governors, senate and county assemblies.

-47 parliamentary seats and 16 senate seats reserved for women

-Eight presidential candidates: President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga are favourites. Kenyatta beat Odinga in 2013 - their fathers were also political rivals in the 1960s 

-A candidate needs 50% plus one vote for first-round victory

-More than 14,000 candidates running across the six elections

-More than 45% of registered voters under 35

-Some 180,000 security officers on duty nationwide in case of trouble

Decoding the poll

Vote strains mixed ethnicity marriages

What first-time voters make of it all

View of those behind 2007 poll violence Chief EU observer Marietje Schaake said much would depend on the faith people hold in the new electronic voting system. Before election day, a top election official was murdered, there were claims of vote-rigging and hate speech flyers and rhetorical text messages began circulating. Some nervous Kenyans stockpiled food and water, while police prepared emergency first aid kits in the event of violence.

Kenya election fears trigger exodus. BBC NEWS.

 

 

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WARNING: Contaminated eggs from Netherlands sold in British supermarkets

Farmers throw their eggs away in nertherland while the contaminated could  be being sold in Brirain. The signs and symptoms to be aware of is sudden feelings of weakness, severe Athma, nesttle rash (hives) anywhere on the body, signs of generalised flushing of the skin , collapses and unconciousness among the others many. Getty Images.

The supermarkets Aldi and Lidl have taken millions of eggs off their shelves amid fears they could contain Fipronil. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the public health threat is 'very low', but that it would be monitoring the situation. Aldi have said that it was a “purely precautionary” measure and its eggs in its UK stores are produced in Britain. The Food Standards Agency has warned that around 21,000 eggs from Dutch farms linked to the contamination scare were distributed to Britain between March and June. The World Health Organisation has warned that the pesticide is modernly toxic. 

 

The European Commission said on Monday that Germany and the Netherlands notified the EU’s food safety alert system on the weekend. Dozens of farms are being checked in the Netherlands, while Belgium's food safety agency is investigating how Fipronil might have entered eggs destined for supermarkets. Britain produces 85 per cent of the eggs it consumes but imports almost two billion annually, according to the FSA. The British Egg Industry Council said there was no need to "change the way they cook or consume eggs" and that buyers should look for the British Lion mark to ensure they are getting "safe British eggs”. Commission spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen said the aim was ‘to share the information so that everybody knows that it’s now also up to the Swedish, Swiss, French and to the UK national authorities to check’. The latest health scare follows a bird flu epidemic that swept norther Europe last year and forced poultry farmers to cull their flocks. Belgium's food safety regulator was criticised over the weekend after it admitted to learning about a case of fipronil contamination in early June. Express, CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO.

 

 

Kenyans win Golds in IAAF World Athletics Championship 2017

 Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui (left) clinched gold in men’s marathon and Faith Kipyegon of Kenya added the world title to her Olympic crown after sprinting to victory in the women's 1500m on Monday during the IAAF World Athletics Championship 2017.

 

 

 

Britons travelling to Europe post-Brexit face tough grilling and £5 permit to enter EU

Britons travelling to Europe post-Brexit could face tough questioning when trying to enter the EU and UK citizens are expected to be treated as 'visa-exempt third country nationals

Britons travelling to Europe post-Brexit could face tough questioning when trying to enter the EU And permit applicants will have to divulge personal information to prove “his or her identity, travel document, residence information, contact details, education and current occupation” and health status under the proposed European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). The regulations are expected increase the cost and complexity of holidays and business trips to the Schengen Area, which includes 22 EU countries plus Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. The news comes as British holidaymakers were left stranded for hours in queues at major European airports due to new and stricter border checks. Under the proposed ETIAS travellers will have to answer questions provide details of any serious convictions, including for “racism and xenophobia” and to explain any previous presence in war or conflict zones. EXPRESS.

 

 

 

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Nairobi is becoming a ghost town as a tense and tightly-contested election nears

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Passengers gather to use public bus transport as they travel to the countryside ahead of next week’s general election in Nairobi, Kenya August 3, 2017. (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya)
and (EPA/Daniel Irungu)

Days before Kenya holds a high-stakes general election, its capital city has become a ghost town as residents head to their ancestral rural areas to vote or to avoid any potential violence. The city’s traditionally clogged streets are quiet. Grocery store aisles sit empty, their stocks cleared out by families stocking up in case instability renders them homebound. Some foreigners have left the country for a while—the United States has issued travel warnings for Kenya for the election period and other countries have cautioned their citizens to take extra care during the election. “It is only prudent to get out,” says Asad Hussein, a Somali refugee who was born in Kenya and studies at a local private university in Nairobi. He is going back to stay with his family in the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya. The Aug. 8 polls, the country’s most expensive presidential election in history, comes a decade after disputed results of an election in 2007 pitched the country into chaos. At least 1,100 people were killed and about 600,000 displaced, plunging the East African economic powerhouse into uncertainty. The country’s last election in 2013 was peaceful, but locals and observers worry this time won’t be the same. Local media and officials are not as focused as they were in 2013 on promoting peace. Observers also say that public confidence in Kenya’s electoral commission and the judiciary, which would mediate any dispute, are both low. Most significantly, the race is close.

As recently as May, incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta was expected to win a second, five-year term handily. Now different polls show him and his rival, opposition leader Raila Odinga, closing in on each other with the possibility of a run-off. Almost every step of this campaign season has been fraught. Protests have been volatile and even fatal. On July 31, just eight days before polling starts, Chris Msando, the senior electoral official in charge of managing the IT systems of the voting technology, was found dead in Kikuyu town outside of Nairobi with one of his arms cut off. A man armed with a machete also attacked the home of deputy president William Ruto. Fake news has also become a mainstay of the election, with Facebook and WhatsApp driving the spread of attack ads, propaganda stories, and misinformation. “The potential for a contested outcome to the presidential election in 2017 resulting in inter-communal conflict or violent street protests remains high,” says Murithi Mutiga, senior Horn of Africa analyst for International Crisis Group. It’s not just the presidential election that is cause for concern. On Tuesday, Kenya’s 19.6 million registered voters (pdf) will also vote for the over 14,000 aspirants vying for legislative, gubernatorial, and regional county representatives. Kenya adopted a new constitution in 2010, devolving more power to governors and county assemblies, making those elections as hotly contested as the presidential race.


Tough times


President Kenyatta is pinning his re-election hopes on promising to create 1.3 million jobs yearly, rolling out free secondary school education from January 2018, providing free medical care to anyone aged over 70 years, expanding the country’s infrastructure, and enhancing agricultural production.
Despite some successes, his administration has been stained by industrial strikes and widespread corruption. Equally, his government went on a borrowing spree to ramp-up electricity production, build ports, roads, bridges and the new Chinese-built railway from Mombasa to Nairobi. The massive investment in infrastructure has supported an economic growth of over 5% since 2013, but the benefits haven’t trickled down to the ordinary folk. “The man on the street has found themselves worse off rather than better off. This is a conundrum the incumbent party is rowing against,” says Aly Khan Satchu, a Nairobi-based financial analyst. Odinga, on the other hand, is promising to fight endemic graft, ensure a food secure nation, uphold the rule of law and press freedom, provide universal healthcare, eradicate poverty, and rein in growing public debtcurrently at over $41 billion (53% of GDP). In June 2013, the country’s gross public debt stood at $18.9 billion. QUARTZ AFRICA.

 


Three arrested in Uganda over Msando murder

The vehicle that was intercepted by Ugandan police parked at Gulu Police Station. It was later moved to Police headquarters in Kampala. PHOTO

The vehicle, a Toyota Fortuner, had Ugandan registration number plates but police say it had Kenyan plates when it crossed the border at Busia. It was said to have been headed to South Sudan when it was intercepted in Northern Uganda. FLYING SQUAD Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson Mr Jimmy Patrick Okema confirmed to Daily Monitorconfirmed that the arrests are related to Mr Msando’s death. He said Uganda Flying Squad trailed the vehicle after they were tipped about the suspects, who had crossed into Uganda on Monday.

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“It’s believed that the vehicle could be for killers, but I still don’t have all the details, may be Interpol will give all the details. However this is the little information I have, the arrest is related to Msando’s death,” Mr Okema said.

KENYAN POLITICIAN

He added: “The suspects and the intercepted vehicle have been taken to the Police Headquarters in Kampala for further investigation.” A search of the Kenyan registration number showed the plates belongs to a Mercedes Benz registered in the name of a Kenyan politician. The electoral agency’s ICT manager was killed alongside a 21-year-old woman, Ms Carol Ngumbu. Their bodies were found last Saturday a few metres from each other at Muguga Forest in Kikuyu. A post-mortem has revealed that they were strangled, possibly using a rope.

 

 

Wake up Kenyans, there’s an elephant in the room

Cllr. Daniel Munyambu

Events of the past few months point to a very systematic plot to destabilise the country. From the happenings in court to the unnecessary pressure being exerted on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), all is not well. The structural weakness and lack of sufficient accountability mechanism in the Judiciary and the overall defective criminal justice system has created an appetite by external and internal interests to influence a change in the country. Such dangerous clandestine external policies have been effected elsewhere like in 1970s in Chile where there was a regime change as a result of such plots. In Kenya, there was an attempted coup in the early 1980s where some people lost their lives in a clandestine move to remove a civilian Government. The question we must be asking as Kenyans is, could there be a possibility of some echelon in security apparatus, especially intelligence, being compromised? Chances are that there is slackness within the our security circles that has allowed some unscrupulous individuals to try influence key Government apparatus. The current trend in the High Court rulings, extending from Mombasa to Nairobi, whereby IEBC has been put under siege, is wanting. The role of the Judiciary is to administer justice for the interest of the public but instead we have seen the opposite. Kenyans have suffered before as a result of election and this should not be allowed to happen because of political competition. Daniel Munyambu, is a former councillor in Basildon, Essex in the UK. The Stanandard Digital.

 

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British cyber expert Marcus Hutchins who halted

NHS ransomware attack arrested in US

The NHS (left) was hit by biggest ransomware attack in history in May 2017 and the British cyber-security researcher, Marcus Hutchins (left), who stopped the worldwide WannaCry cyber-attack that hit the NHS has been arrested by the FBI in Las Vegas. Marcus Hutchins was at a hacking conference in Las Vegas when he was arrested as part of an FBI investigation.

 

THE British cyber-security researcher who stopped the worldwide WannaCry cyber-attack that hit the NHS has been arrested by the FBI in Las Vegas. Marcus Hutchins was at a hacking conference in Las Vegas when he was arrested as part of an FBI investigation. UK law enforcement and security agencies confirmed a British citizen had been arrested. The 23-year-old cyber expert thrust into the limelight back in May after he managed to find a way to stop the WannaCry ransomware, working from his bedroom in his parents home under the pseudonym MalwareTech. The US Department of Justice said he had been arrested for his alleged involvement in a separate matter. A statement read: "Marcus Hutchins... a citizen and resident of the United Kingdom, was arrested in the United States on 2 August, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada, after a grand jury in the Eastern District of Wisconsin returned a six-count indictment against Hutchins for his role in creating and distributing the Kronos banking Trojan.

"The charges against Hutchins, and for which he was arrested, relate to alleged conduct that occurred between in or around July 2014 and July 2015." It is believed Mr Hutchins was initially being held at the Henderson Detention Center in Nevada in the US. But a few hours later he was moved to another facility, according to a close personal friend. Shortly before his arrest, the young reseracher was in Las Vegas during hacking conferences Black Hat and Def Con. A spokesperson for the UK’s National Crime Agency said: “We are aware a UK national has been arrested but it’s a matter for the authorities in the US." The young man, who lives with his parents, searched for a weakness in the hack software and discovered a website address that nobody owned so purchased it, but did not expect to sop the ransomware spreading. He said: “I’ve been stuck at the computer working for the past three days trying to sort all this out.” Talking of his fears of a retaliation attack, Mr Hutchins said: “In future someone might want to retaliate - they could find my identity within seconds. “If they know where I live, they could do anything. “A security blogger had people send heroin to his house and try to frame him after his identity was leaked and he even had death threats.”

 

 

 

 

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Scientists hail 'major step' towards cure for the common cold

Scientists believe the discovery of a molecule in the immune systems of humans and animals could be a big step towards a cure.

Adults get around three colds a year, compared to seven to 10 for children

Scientists say they have made "exciting" progress in finding a cure for the common cold. Researchers at Edinburgh Napier University have discovered a molecule found in the immune systems of humans and animals which they believe could be a crucial step towards a cure.They discovered possible new treatments based on antimicrobial peptides that occur naturally in immune systems, and increase the body's natural response to infection. The five-year study, which cost £200,000, found the peptides from different mammals all contain properties which can fight rhinovirus, the main cause of colds in humans. During experiments which used peptides made in a laboratory, the molecule successfully attacked the cold virus. In the next stages of the research, scientists will try to modify the peptide to make it better at killing the rhinovirus. Dr Peter Barlow, associate professor of immunology and infection at the university, said: "This study represents a major step towards finding a treatment. Research is still in the early stages, but Dr Barlow said: "This is an exciting discovery and our next steps will be to modify the peptide to make it even better at killing this virus. "We will ultimately be looking to develop drug treatments that have the potential to cure the common cold." Rhinovirus is the most common strain of over 200 different types of cold virus. Children get around seven to 10 colds a year, compared with two or three for adults, according to the NHS.

 

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Woman killed with Chris Msando is Carol Ngumbu

The late Carol Ngumbu, 21 was to graduate in December, the mother says. Her mother describes her as a “very calm and peaceful child”. PHOTO | COURTESY | FACEBOOK

 

The woman who was found dead together with IEBC ICT Manager Chris Msando has been identified. Her name is Carol Ngumbu, 21, from Gachie, Kiambu County, and had just completed her studies at the Karen campus of Kenya Medical Training College.

GRADUATION Her mother, Alice Nduruka, on Tuesday told the Nation that Carol was awaiting graduation this December. s Nduruka described her daughter as a “very calm and peaceful child”. "When she told me she was going out on Friday I did not expect could receive such news," she said. “This is not something that could have happened to my daughter because she is such a good person.” Carol’s sister Jedida Wanjiku said they last talked on phone at around 7pm, when she (Carol) told her she was going to have a few drinks with Mr Msando. Carol said she would be home after the drink date, Jedida said. Carol and Mr Msando, the sister said, had been friends for months.

MORTUARY

Jedida said she realised her sister was missing on Saturday after Carol's male friends called looking for her but her phone was off. “Yesterday (Monday) after seeing the news on TV,” she said. “I immediately knew it was my sister because she had last gone hanging out with Chris but I hadn't heard from her.” In the company of her friends, she left for City Mortuary, where the bodies had been taken by police. “We did not even inform our parents before going,” she said.

SCREAMS

“At the mortuary, I was scared and I let my two friends go inside while I stayed outside. I shortly heard my friend scream and I knew it was her.” When the Nation visited the family’s Gachie home, we found the mother surrounded by friends mourning Carol. Other women were preparing breakfast for the grieving family. Jedida sat under the canopy of an avocado tree and narrated the story of Carol. She was overcome by emotions from time to time as she talked and we had to take breaks to allow her to ompose herself.

TEARS

Meanwhile, children played outside the family's main house oblivious of the tragedy that had befallen their parents. Carol’s father, Charles Ngumbu, was away during the interview. We were informed he had left for City Mortuary to transfer his daughter’s body to a morgue near home. “When we went to view the body we did not tell my parents because we did not know what to tell them,” said Jedida. “So I got home and they came and found a crowd had gathered."  Daily Nation.

 

 

AUNTY MSO FAMILY LOSES THEIR MOTHER IN KENYA

LATE MRS RUTH NGINA NDIRANGU

 

It is with great sadness to announce the demise of our beloved Mother, Mrs. Ruth Ngina Ndirangu. She was the wife of the late Douglas Ndirangu Ndachi of Githunguri, Kiambu County. Mother to the late Daniel Ndachi Ndirangu, Kenya, Alice Waithira Mwaura, Susan Wangui Wambeu, Kenya, Mary Wanjiku of London, Ellizabeth Muthoni-Aunty (Mso, UK), Samuel Ndungu of Kenya, Peter Mwangi  (Mingo, UK, former Chef at  Thatched House, UK, Esther Wangari, UK, Annie Wanjiru Kungu, Kenya. A grandmother to Ruth Ngina, UK, Caroline Ngina, Boniface Mwaura, UK, Catherine Njeri, UK, Moses Ndirangu, Canada, Caroline Ngina, US, Lilian Nduta, Kenya, Ruth Ngina Ndachi, Kenya, Ruth Ngina, Kenya, Douglas Ndirangu, Kenya, Ruth Wanjiru, Dubai and Daniel Waweru Wanjiku, Qatar. She was blessed with many more Great Great Grandchildren.

Family and friends will be meeting in Barking every evening from today 7.00pm – 10.00pm at Ngina’s House, 60 Merscia House, 104 Harts Lane, Barking, IG11 8LP for prayers and funeral arrangement.

For any financial support, please, use Metro Bank, Account Name: Miss E. Ndirangu; Sort Code: 23-05-80, Account No: 23706634 or Barclays; Account Name: Miss A. Waithira; Sort Code: 20-72-89; Account No: 73710025.

For more information, please, contact: Aunty Mso - 07404634943 or Ngina - 07716300778. More to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   PCEA UK OUTREACH

Memorial Community Church

395 Barking Road, London, E13 8AL

Minister: Reverend Edwin M. Kibathi

Tel: 020 8595 1969 / 079 4670 0301 

Email: pceaukoutreach@yahoo.co.uk

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PRESS RELEASE

This is to inform all that with effect from 6th November 2016, PCEA UK Outreach Congregation was officially relocated from it's former Worship Venue at St. Mathews Church, Dyson Road, Stratford, E15 4JX to 395 Barking Road, E13 8AL. 

Please, be informed and note that, PCEA UK Outreach has no other congregation or branch in London and is not responsible for any other group using it's name in the UK.

NOTICE is therefore given to ALL, that, PCEA UK Outreach Minister and Leaders will not be held responsible for any claim, resulting from contract or advertisement through media and more the PCEA UK Outreach Facebook Account which has been compromised.  This also applies to any person or group using the name or purporting to represent PCEA UK Outreach within or outside the UK without permission or knowledge of the Leadership or of the presiding Minister Rev'd. Edwin Mbugua Kibathi.

For any clarification of the above, please contact any of the undersigned:-

Reverend Peter Kania:-  

PCEA Secretary General, PCEA Head Office, Nairobi. 

Mobile. No. +254716546633

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Minister, PCEA UK Outreach, London

Mobile No. +447946700301

 Mrs Grace Kamau:-

Secretary, PCEA UK Outreach, London.

Mobile No. +447908227728

 

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CO-OPERATIVE BANK OF KENYA IN READING, BEDFORD AND COVENTRY TODAY

The Co-operative Bank of Kenya team outside the Kenya Commission Offices in London on Friday 28th July, 2017

 

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Kenyan election official 'tortured and murdered' as fears of violence grow

Officials say Chris Msando, who was missing for three days and had key role in 8 August poll, was tortured and murdered

Chris Msando’s body was found on the outskirts of Nairobi (left) Photograph: AP and right, Kenyans pray during a rally in Nairobi calling for peace before the election. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Fears of electoral violence in Kenya rose on Monday after colleagues of a senior Kenyan election official who was found dead said he had been tortured and murdered. The body of Chris Msando, the head of information, communication and technology at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the main body verseeing the polls, was found on the outskirts of Nairobi on Saturday but news of his death was released 48 hours later. The corpse of an unidentified woman was also found. The apparent murders come nine days before voters in the east African state will choose a new president, as well as lawmakers and local representatives. sando, who had a key role developing a new electronic ballot and voter registration systems at the IEBC, had been tortured before he died, election officials said. Local media reported Msando told police he had received death threats before going missing last week. “There’s no doubt that he was tortured and murdered,” Wafula Chebukati, the chair of the IEBC, told reporters outside the city mortuary in Nairobi.

The 8 August poll, which pits the incumbent, Uhuru Keyatta 55, against veteran challenger Raila Odinga, 72, has turned out to be unexpectedly close. Local media reported Msando told police he had received death threats before going missing last week. “There’s no doubt that he was tortured and murdered,” Wafula Chebukati, the chair of the IEBC, told reporters outside the city mortuary in Nairobi. The 8 August poll, which pits the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta, 55, against veteran challenger Raila Odinga, 72, has turned out to be unexpectedly close. Kenyatta, who leads the Jubilee Alliance, is seeking a second and final five-year term. Both sides have accused the other of underhanded tactics in the run-up to the polls, with the president saying Odinga is trying to divide the nation and provoke violence, and the opposition leader claiming Kenyatta plans to rig the poll. Odinga says that fraud robbed him of victory in the last two elections. In 2013, electronic voting machines were hit by widespread malfunctions, but a court dismissed Odinga’s complaints. Msando had made frequent media appearances to reassure voters that new technology to be deployed in the coming election was reliable against fraud. “The only issue is who killed him and why … I demand from the government that they provide security for all members of the IEBC for them to give Kenya free and fair elections,” said Chebukati.

Police were not available for comment. Rashid Abdi, a regional analyst at the International Crisis Group, said that the killing of “someone who was involved in a critical component of the elections, the electronic infrastructure” would “definitely raise suspicions and undermine public confidence in the outcome” of the poll. Human Rights Watch said Msando’s death should be urgently investigated. Most analysts have said that the prospect of disorder on the scale of 2007 is remote, though some local clashes are to be expected during the campaign and after the results are declared. The announcement of Msando’s death came days after an attacker killed a police officer outside the vice-president’s country home. Kenya, east Africa’s largest economy, is experiencing drought, deep corruption, soaring inflation and high unemployment. There have been violent clashes between pastoralists and ranchers in the Laikipia region. Early predictions were that Kenyatta would win easily, but more recent polls have indicated a tight race. “It is not clear if the gap is actually narrowing, but … there is certainly a perception that the opposition has momentum,” said Nic Cheeseman, a professor of democracy at the University of Birmingham and an expert in African politics. “They are hitting the government hard on corruption, rising inequality and rising cost of living. They have been connecting all three very well.” Some analysts question the impact of economic factors, stressing that most Kenyans still vote along ethnic lines. Guardian.


 

 

 

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IEBC bars voters from taking photos inside polling stations


Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati addressing guests during a media briefing on July 28, 2017. Voters have been barred from taking photos inside polling stations. 


Voters will not be allowed to take photographs inside polling stations, the electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati has said. They have been forbidden to even take photos of ballot papers showing who they have voted for. Only journalists accredited to cover the August 8 General Election will be allowed to take photographs inside the polling stations.


SECRECY
They will however be limited to only showing how the voting is going on within the polling station. “Voting is supposed to be secret. It is illegal to show everyone or post on any social media group who you have voted for,” Mr Chebukati said on Friday at the Bomas of Kenya. “Nobody is saying you cannot take your selfies after voting. In fact, you can have your mobile phone or camera on you at the polling station. "The only request we are making is that you do not take photos or make calls within the polling station as a voter,” Mr Chebukati added.

SOCIAL MEDIA
The chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said the restriction is meant to protect the right of voters to secrecy of the ballot in accordance with the law, and not to intimidate them not to pick their preferred candidate. IEBC commissioner Margaret Mwachanya said she cannot imagine a scenario created by every voter displaying on Facebook or any other social media platform whoever he or she has voted for. “Let’s imagine that, then have a candid discussion,” Ms Mwachanya said.


TRUST
Law Society of Kenya president Isaac Okero urged Kenyans not to behave like “tourists” in a polling station. “The secrecy of your vote is paramount. I believe Kenyans would not want to behave like tourists, taking selfies in the ballot booth. It’s a tool for accountability,” he said. At the same time, Mr Chebukati asked Kenyans not to judge the commissioners on the basis of the events of 2013 as “we just came in January and have put all systems in place to deliver a credible poll”. - Daily Nation

 

 

 

Heri Homes Team will be in Leicester, UK on

Sunday 6th August, 2017 as from 2 p.m.

Venue: The Addies Pub, 41 Courtney Road, LE3 9TA.

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Caught at the Kenya in the Park on Saturday 29th July

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police search for missing IEBC manager

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati addressing

guests during a media briefing on July 28, 2017. One of the agency's managers is missing. 


Police are searching for a senior employee of the electoral agency who has gone missing. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said on its Twitter page that the whereabouts of the manager have not been established. "The commission wishes to notify the public that one of its ICT managers was last seen on Friday night. "The last communication from him is an SMS text sent to one of his colleagues at around 3am on Saturday morning," the tweet read. The IEBC, police and family members are searching for him. - Sunday Nation.

 

 

 

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CO-OPERATIVE BANK OF KENYA IN LEEDS AND GRAYS TODAY

Co-operative Bank of Kenya team outside the Kenya Commission offices in London on Friday 28th July, 2017

 

On Sunday 30th July the team will be at Proclaimers Sanctuary Church, Grays, RM17 5LL as from 10.00 a.m. before joining PCEA UK Outreach, Memorial Community church, 395 Barking Road, London E13 8AL as from 2.00 p.m. Co-operative Bank 2nd team will be in Leeds on Sunday 30th July, 2017 at Safari Afrique Club, 32-34 Assembly Street, Leeds, SL2 7DE as from 3.00 p.m. On Tuesday 1st August 2017 the team will will be at The Anchor, 300 Cardington Road, Bedford MK42 0DA as from 2.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Another Co-operative Bank team will be in Three Horse Shoe Pub, 1007 Foreshill Road, Coventry CV6 5HN as from 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Co-operative Bank is the 3rd largest bank after KCB and Equity and that they have won the best Diaspora Banking Award in Kenya. The Co-operative Bank team is lead by Nancy Gathuku (UK no. 07405805148) head of Retail Banking, Milka Wachira - Head Diaspora Banking, Julieanne Onsando  - Relationship Manager Diaspora Banking and Francis Manyonje - Relationship Manager Diaspora Banking. For more information please contact Milka Wachira on local number 07404221789 or Julieanne Onsando, Relationship Manager, Diaspora Banking, Retail Banking Department, +447459508019, +447459134240, +254 722343097, Office Line: Ext 13609/020 3276 609/ +254 711 049 609, Email 1: jonsando@co-opbank.co.ke|Website: www.co-opbank.co.ke or Milka Wachira +254 722451885 (on Whatsapp) - mmwachira@cp-opbank.co.ke, Email 2: diasporabanking@co-opbank.co.ke, Relationship Manager, Francis Manyonje, fmanyonje@co-opbank.co.ke +254 720 360 405 Or. Mr. Seed on 07951220695 - misterseeduk@gmail.com
 

 

 

 

 

MISTERSEED FAMILY MEMORIAL SERVICE IN LONDON

IS TODAY SUNDAY 30TH JULY 2017 AT 6.00 P.M.

Misterseed, Esther Kamanu (Mama Kevin) (London) and Anne Nyambura Mwathi of Maryland, USA have lost their sister back in Kenya. Beth Njeri passed away in the early hours of Sunday 23rd July in Nairobi after a short illness. Meetings to plan for the funeral arrangements will be held daily from Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th, Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Memorial on Sunday 30th rom 7pm to 9pm at Revival House 500 High Street North E12 6QN. Family in Kenya are meeting at Blue Springs Hotel, Thika Road opposite Garden City everyday as from 6.00 p.m. For more information in Kenya contact Mwaura on 0722247134. The family in UK  is preparing to travel to Kenya for the funeral. The body leaves Kenyatta University Mortuary on Wednesday 2nd August 2017 at 7.00 a.m. The funeral in Kenya takes place on Wednesday 2nd August, 2017 at Njiiri's Farm, Kinyona, Kigumo, Muranga. Those wishing to help financially can do so through Barclays Bank in UK, Account no. 10850047, Sort Code 207291 and Account name: J. Njiiri. Memorial Service in London takes takes on Sunday 30th July, 2017 at Revival House 500 High Street North E12 6QN as from 6.00 p.m. For further details and to comfort the family in UK please contact Misterseed on 07951220695, Mama Kevin on 07951503308, Pastor Jane Njiiri 07983253562 or Anne Nyambura Mwathi in Maryland +14432781047.

 

 

KENYA AND FRIENDS IN THE PARK IN LONDON

They came big and small, it rained but the event went on until after 11 p.m.

LEFT: The organisers of the Kenya in the Park posing with Foreign Affiars PS Mr. Oloo

and on right Co-operative Bank of Kenya team posing with Seed's family on Saturday 29th July 2017

 

The guests came dressed in Kenya attire. On left is Mr. & Mrs. Theuri from Luton posing with mr. Seed. More later.

 

The wife of the Kenya High Commissioner in the UK Mrs. Nelly Amayo (centre) with the Acting Deputy

High Commissioner Mrs. Grace Cerere (right) at the park where thousands of Kenyans attended

 

Hours of fierce battle as Ruto home under siege


Officers and residents outside DP Ruto's home in Sugoi. 


In one of the most brazen security breaches in the country’s history, the Deputy President William Ruto’s Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu County was attacked by armed men and placed under siege for hours. There were conflicting reports that three attackers were subdued and killed after a six-hour gun-fight, but another source from the DP’s office later said an elite paramilitary police was waiting for nightfall to flush out the attackers. But a statement released by Inspector General Joseph Boinnet at 8.45pm Saturday said a lone man attacked a police officer with a machete before he hid in a building under construction at the gate.


“Specialised forces have been mobilised to deal with the intruder,” said Mr Boinnet “They are at a vantage position and police were finding it difficult to engage them but they will be dealt with under the cover of darkness because the officers have night vision equipment,” he said. The motive of the attack is still unknown but the gunmen, who according to eye witnesses numbered four, gained access into the DP’s residence at about 11am about 30 minutes after he had left for a campaign rally in the neighbouring Trans-Nzoia County.

According to reports, four men, two riding on a motorbike and the others on foot, went to the sentry gate and told a police officer that people inside Ruto’s home owed them money for clothes and other items sold to them. One whipped a machete and stabbed an officer who questioned them on the neck and hands before they grabbed his gun and demanded keys to the armoury. They then headed for the second gate, about 100 metres away but were repulsed by another officer who shot at the intruders. Sensing danger, the gunmen dashed back to the sentry area, where they opened the armory and began exchanging fire with General Service Unit officers. Villagers told Sunday Standard that some traders had been frequenting the area recently selling shoes, jackets, trousers and cheap perfume. “We do not know if people from Ruto’s home bought their wares, but it is possible because they were behaving like ordinary traders we meet on the streets and were quite friendly,” said a neighbour who declined to give his name.


It therefore appears that they had done proper surveillance and knew that they could easily overpower the lone GSU guard and gain access to the amoury located next to the sentry area. There were many farm workers in the compound at the time of the attack. “Thank God they didn’t get to the house because they could have held many people hostage and we could have had a situation like the one we witnessed in Garissa or Kapenguria,” a heavily armed police man was overheard telling a colleague. By mid-day, scores of villagers armed with bows and arrows had rushed to the scene but were barred from entering the compound where gunfire was renting the air. At 5pm, the Sunday Standard team was told by a senior police officer in Nairobi and another official who was with the DP in Kitale that three of the attackers had been neutralised while the fourth had suffered life threatening injuries. As darkness enveloped the area, police warned residents to vacate as gunshots rent the air. Among the people in the home was a personal assistant of DP’s wife Rachel, farm workers and domestic workers, who escaped through a different gate. The first batch of GSU and Recce squad officers arrived by road at 2pm, followed by another team of 12 who were flown from Ruiru by helicopter.


Until late evening, police did not comment on the attack and no official statement was forthcoming from the government. President Uhuru Kenyatta and the DP neither issued any communication. There were conflicting reports on the number of attackers earlier in the day as witnesses said they saw three men but it la ter emerged they were four, before the IG said there was only one gunman. Ruto left in the morning by helicopter for campaigns in Trans-Nzoia County. None of his close family members were also in the home located about three kilometres from the main Webuye-Eldoret highway. The home is located 100 metres from the recently tarmacked Tapsagoi-Turbo Road that joins the main Eldoret- Webuye Highway. It therefore means it could have taken the attackers a short time to reach the DP’s house. The DP’s house is surrounded by an electric fence and enclosed between gum trees. The red-tiled house is visible from the main gate, which is guarded 24-hours by GSU officers.

There are also several other gates leading to the DP’s expansive farm, which has a banana plantation, napier grass among other crops. The first batch of Recce squad officers to arrive comprised the presidential guard. The second batch arrived in the recently acquired Kenya Police helicopter, which first overflew the compound and landed at a nearby school. The attack is puzzling as the DP is the most guarded after the President, and his personal security detail is drawn from some of the elite forces. Among the first people to arrive at the scene was Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter and his Kapseret counterpart, Oscar Sudi. - The Standard

 

 

Rigging plot: Military documents don't leak,

Mutahi Ngunyi says after KDF admission

Mutahi Ngunyi is worried about KDF's admission of the authenticity of a letter presented by the Opposition on a rigging plot. NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga said they had evidence of an audacious plan by Jubilee and top military commanders to use force to subvert next month’s election with a rigged outcome KDF spokesman Joseph Owuoth confirmed the authenticity of documents on operation Dumisha Utulivu. But he noted they were quoted out of context and that the military is apolitical and professional. Ngunyi, a political analyst, said: "Military documents do not leak. And if they leak, military never confirms that they are authentic." He added via Twitter on Saturday: "KDF Spokesman executing a scheme. Worrying." With the election just nine days away, some Twitter users who reacted to Ngunyi's post said Owuoth should be fired. "Imagine a KDF spokesman authenticating secretly marked documents ...it's recklessness of the highest order. This spokesman must be fired from the ob tonight," said Kamau Kinyenje. But Victor Were said "real men respond with facts". "Why should he be fired? Why can't action be taken against the architects of evil plans to bungle our elections? Only fools can't read mischief," he said. Kim Kyallo said Raila's access to highly classified information should worry the ruling Jubilee Party. "It simply says institutions are fed up with the administration." User Jakadawa supported Ngunyi, noting the leaking of highly sensitive and confidential information is wanting. "Oh yes, NASA quoted the right document," he wrote. - The Star

 

AFTER PARTY

Kenya in the Park

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CO-OPERATIVE BANK TEAM VISITING KENYA HIGH COMMISSION

As they made their final touches for the Kenyan in the Park, the Co-operative Bank of Kenya team currently in the UK took time to visit the Kenya High Commission offices in London. The team was welcomed by the Acting Deputy High Commissioner Mrs. Grace Cerere and other mission staff.   The team will be at the Kenya and friends in the Park on Saturday 29th July, 2017. On Sunday 30th July the team will be at Proclaimers Sunctuary Church, Grays, RM17 5LL as from 10.00 a.m. before joining PCEA UK Outreach, Memorial Community church, 395 Barking Road, London E13 8AL as from 2.00 p.m. Co-operative Bank 2nd team will be in Leeds on Sunday 30th July, 2017 at Safari Afrique Club, 32-34 Assembly Street, Leeds, SL2 7DE as from 3.00 p.m. On Tuesday 1st August 2017 the team will will be at The Anchor, 300 Cardington Road, Bedford MK42 0DA as from 2.00 p.m. to  8.00 p.m. Another Co-operative Bank team will be in Three Horse Shoe Pub, 1007 Foreshill Road, Coventry CV6 5HN as from 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. The team said that Co-operative Bank is the 3rd largest bank after KCB and Equity and that they have won the best Diaspora Banking Award in Kenya. The Co-operative Bank team was lead by Nancy Gathuku head of Retail Banking.(3rd seated from left),  Milka Wachira (standing 4th from left) - Head Diaspora Banking, Julieanne Onsando (standing 2nd from left) - Relationship Manager Diaspora Banking and Francis Manyonje (seated far left) - Relationship Manager Diaspora Banking. For more information please contact Milka Wachira on local number 07404221789 or Julieanne Onsando, Relationship Manager, Diaspora Banking, Retail Banking Department, +447459508019, +447459134240, +254 722343097, Office Line: Ext 13609/020 3276 609/ +254 711 049 609, Email 1: jonsando@co-opbank.co.ke|Website: www.co-opbank.co.ke or Milka Wachira +254 722451885 (on Whatsapp) - mmwachira@cp-opbank.co.ke, Email 2: diasporabanking@co-opbank.co.ke, Relationship Manager, Francis Manyonje, fmanyonje@co-opbank.co.ke +254 720 360 405 Or. Mr. Seed on 07951220695 - misterseeduk@gmail.com

 

 

19-YEAR OLD LADY BUYS A HERI HOMES PROPERTY

19-Year old, 71 year old and cash buyers among those who attend the dinner

It was joy and excitement at the Heri Homes Dinner in London on Saturday 22nd July, 2017 when young and old joined the property ladder with Heri Homes CEO Mr. Kimani Kimotho. The colourful dinner took in a hotel in South Kensington, London. A 19-year-old lady bought a house, a 71-year-old also bought a house as well as a lady who say the advert about Heri Homes and joined the party which ended up by buying a house cash without a mortgage. For more information please contact Heri Homes CEO Mr. Kimani Kimotho on his UK no. 07459386561 or Mary Njonjo currently in UK on 07404679182 or +254 737265816 (on WhatsApp) and her email: mary@herihomes.co.ke or Mr. David Ngatia currently touring Leicester, Nottingham and Coventry on 0744884121.
 

 

Tanzania blocks 20 Kenyan companies escalating crisis

 

Brookside Dairy is among the nearly 20 Kenyan companies that have been blocked from accessing the Tanzanian market despite last week’s deal lifting trade restrictions between the two countries. Matters are complicated by the requirement for Kenyan professionals to pay Sh5,000 for business visas – even for a one-day working visit - defying a regional agreement allowing a free pass of up to six months on the job. Hostilities between the two countries continue to fester despite a high-level meeting called on Sunday where a truce was called. “The United Republic of Tanzania will lift restriction on milk and milk products and cigarettes manufactured in Kenya with immediate effect,” read a joint statement issued by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and her Tanzanian counterpart Augustine Mahiga. - The Standard

 

 

MEDICAL BILL APPEAL

The organizing committee for Pastor Steve cordially invite you to a fundraising event to assist in settling his late father's in law ( Michael Juma) hospital bill.


VENUE: Gorse Hill Community Centre. SN2 2DA.


DATE: 5th August 2017.


TIME: 4pm - 9pm.


NB: For more information, please contact;
Eva: 07391196598
Pastor Steve: 07787193957
For those unable to attend, the bank details are as follows:


Steve Chacha
Lloyds bank
A/c: 81775368
S/c:309841.


May God bless you as you purpose to attend.

Thanks.

 

 

To the great Kenyans in Oxford UK
 This Sunday 30th from 5pm


 
 Welcoming you to a Classic Self discovering evening with Seasoned Entrepreneur

George Wachiuri. Be ready to Laugh, Smile & get inspired.
 
 Come with an open heart to learn from each other. We make it easy for you.
 
 It will an afternoon worth spending with a man who failed 15 times but

who is now CEO of Award Winning Superbrand Firm in East Africa


 https://youtu.be/eoxTvH9v99o
 
 From 5pm-7pm Come & as we share; Revival Centre
 Holloway, Oxford OX4 2ND
 
 *How to identify opportunities and turn them into monetary value*
 
 *Free Refreshment Will be Served*
 
 Call 0744 021 602. Our base is Revival Centre
 Holloway, Oxford - OX4 2ND* for eye to eye relationships.
 
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Uhuru and Raila hire lawyers for election

Jubilee and NASA will hire lawyers exclusively as constituency chief agents on August 8, signaling the possibility of nother legal duel at the Supreme Court. “NASA formed 47 teams of lawyers long ago,” advocate Danstan Omari told the Star yesterday. “In every county there is a team of lawyers. Jubilee is just trying to catch up now.” This strategy puts lawyers at the heart of vote-protection machinery of both Jubilee and NASA. It also reveals more of their massive election spending. As opinion polls show a close race between President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA challenger Raila Odinga, the two are going flat out to seal possible rigging loopholes. Lawyers will also document any electoral irregularities that will form evidence, should the presidential contest end up in the Supreme Court as in 2013. The decision to hire advocates was triggered by the landmark Court of Appeal decision on June 23 that presidential poll results announced at the constituencies are final and cannot be changed in Nairobi. The Star has established both parties are finalising recruitment of their lawyers . However, a top Jubilee official in Uhuru's reelection bid, said lawyers would not be engaged as party agents but as volunteers to advise grassroots representatives to eliminate mischief.


“We have lawyers in the whole country who are Jubilee supporters. We want them to volunteer to be able to verify that what the returning officers are announcing is what is coming from the polling stations,” the official told the Star. The official warned they will not sign results declaration forms in which lawyers point out anomalies or flaws. These could precipitate a presidential court petition. “Since everybody has their agents and is sending results from polling centres, we will also be sending them and they will be cross-checking what the returning officer has received from the presiding officer,” the official said. “That way if he announces the correct results, everybody will be happy. But if they try to play with those numbers, we will not sign, and you see everybody must sign unless advised by our legal team.” A senior NASA official said Jubilee was copying their strategy after the opposition completed engaging lawyers a few weeks ago. Lawyers will be expected to monitoring voting at polling stations where they will be on standby to advise local agents on sticky issues. At the constituencies, they will monitor the tallying process and in case of malpractices, they are unlikely to sign results declaration forms. NASA wants the lawyers to ensure strict compliance with the law to eliminate what it terms the “militarisation of elections”. According to law, police at polling stations will be under the direction of presiding officers, not their police bosses. Raila has been saying, however, that Jubilee intends to rig the polls by deploying security officer. - The Star

 

CO-OPERATIVE BANK OF KENYA TEAM ARRIVES IN UK

Make an appointment with the Co-operative Bank Team in UK on 07404221789

Co-operative Bank of Kenya team arrived in UK on Wednesday evening 26th July, 2017. The team will be in the UK for 10 days as from 26th July to 4th August 2017. The team will be having a stand at the Kenya in the Park on Saturday 29th July, 2017. The team will be visiting several others cities before going back to Kenya. The team will be having a ONE to ONE meeting with interested parties including individuals as well as groups. If you have a chama or a group organisation in UK you can contact them to see how you can move to the next level. They are offering a lot of new products including 10 per cent loans. A large number of Kenyans in the diaspora have managed to get that attractive loan this year alone. If you left your documents in Kenya when coming to the UK you can come and see and see how they can help.  Nancy Gathuku - Head Retail Banking, Milka Wachira - Head Diaspora Banking, Julieanne Onsando - Relationship Manager Diaspora Banking and Francis Manyonje- Relationship Manager Diaspora Banking. For more information please contact Milka Wachira on local number 07404221789 or Julieanne Onsando, Relationship Manager, Diaspora Banking, Retail Banking Department, +254 722343097, Office Line: Ext 13609/020 3276 609/ +254 711 049 609, Email 1: jonsando@co-opbank.co.ke|Website: www.co-opbank.co.ke or Milka Wachira +254 722451885 (on Whatsapp) - mmwachira@cp-opbank.co.ke, Email 2: diasporabanking@co-opbank.co.ke, Relationship Manager, Francis Manyonje, fmanyonje@co-opbank.co.ke +254 720 360 405 Or. Mr. Seed on 07951220695 - misterseeduk@gmail.com

 

HERI HOMES TEAM MEETING INVESTORS IN LONDON

Heri Homes Team have sold more than 10 properties in London last 5 days

The popular property development company from Kenya Heri Homes team currently in the UK on Thursday 27th July, 2017 met some investors from West London. The group has been saving and they now want invest in Kenya. The team took time to make a modern day presentation to the investors where the CEO of the Heri Homes Mr. Kimani Kimotho told them that "It is not how much you earn that determines your wealth, it is what you do with what you earn.".The investors where very happy to learn the modern way of investing in Kenya. For more information please contact Heri Homes CEO Mr. Kimani Kimotho on his UK no. 07459386561 or Mary Njonjo currently in UK on 07404679182 or +254 737265816 (on WhatsApp) and her email: mary@herihomes.co.ke or Mr. David Ngatia currently touring Leicester, Nottingham and Coventry on 0744884121.
 

 

Giraffe Ark Game Lodge will be at the

KENYA IN THE PARK ON 29TH JULY

CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFORMATION

 

Trump is warned 'holy hell to pay' if Attorney General Jeff Sessions is fired

 

Visit our Stand at "The Kenya in the Park"

this Saturday the 29th July 2017

 NATIONAL BANK OF KENYA HAS COME TO YOU!

The National Bank of Kenya Diaspora Banking team is in the U.K. Visit their stall at Kenya in the Park on the

29th of July 2017 to discover banking and investment options in Kenya, that are tailored to suit your unique needs.


The team will be at the Thatched House on the 30th of July from 2pm. Join them for Nyama Choma and

personalized discussions on home and wealth management solutions available to you at the National Bank of Kenya.

For more information please WhatsApp +254720128005 or call 07867617125.

 

Driver turns new Ferrari into fireball in 60 minutes


 

 A driver has narrowly escaped after catastrophically crashing his £200,000 (KShs. 28 million) Ferrari - just an hour after he bought the luxury car. The Ferrari 430 Scuderia spun off the M1 near junction 37 in South Yorkshire and flew into the air, before bursting into flames and ending in a twisted wreck 50 metres down a bank in a field. The driver, who has not been named by police, lost control of the car in wet conditions. He emerged from the wreck with only cuts and bruises. Police described the man's fate as a "miracle escape".  In a statement on Facebook, police said they asked the driver what kind of car he had. He replied: "It was a Ferrari." "I've only just got it, picked it up an hour ago," he added. In the same post South Yorkshire Police reminded drivers to take care on the roads, explaining that in recent weeks "driving styles have not reflected the road and weather conditions".
 

 

ALL roads HEADING to

KENYA in THE park

29th JULY 2017

Plaistow PARK London E13 0AS

 

 

MISTERSEED AND ESTHER KAMANU HAVE LOST THEIR SISTER IN KENYA

Misterseed, Esther Kamanu (Mama Kevin) (London) and Anne Nyambura Mwathi of Maryland, USA have lost their sister back in Kenya. Beth Njeri passed away in the early hours of Sunday 23rd July in Nairobi after a short illness. Meetings to plan for the funeral arrangements will be held daily from Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th, Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Memorial on Sunday 30th rom 7pm to 9pm at Revival House 500 High Street North E12 6QN. Family in Kenya are meeting at Blue Springs Hotel, Thika Road opposite Garden City everyday as from 6.00 p.m. For more information in Kenya contact Mwaura on 0722247134. The family in UK  is preparing to travel to Kenya for the funeral. The body leaves Kenyatta University Mortuary on Wednesday 2nd August 2017 at 7.00 a.m. The funeral in Kenya takes place on Wednesday 2nd August, 2017 at Njiiri's Farm, Kinyona, Kigumo, Muranga. Those wishing to help financially can do so through Barclays Bank in UK, Account no. 10850047, Sort Code 207291 and Account name: J. Njiiri. Memorial Service in London takes takes on Sunday 30th July, 2017 at Revival House 500 High Street North E12 6QN as from 6.00 p.m. For further details and to comfort the family in UK please contact Misterseed on 07951220695, Mama Kevin on 07951503308, Pastor Jane Njiiri 07983253562 or Anne Nyambura Mwathi in Maryland +14432781047.

 

 

 

 

HERI HOMES FOR THATCHED HOUSE ON FRIDAY 28TH JULY

Heri Homes Team currently in UK will be at Thatched House on Friday 28th July, 2017 for a ONE to ONE meeting with potential investors as from 2.00 p.m. The team include Heri Homes CEO Mr. Kimani Kimotho (left) Mrs. Mary Njonjo (centre) and Mr. David Ngatia. (right). The team held a dinner in Central London on Saturday 22nd July 2017 where over 13 people secured a property and over 24 people joined Heri Homes Housing Sacco as a way of joining the housing ladder. Come and get started on investing in your future today! For more information please contact Heri Homes CEO Mr. Kimani Kimotho on his UK no. 07459386561 or Mary Njonjo currently in UK on 07404679182 or +254 737265816 (on WhatsApp) and her email: mary@herihomes.co.ke or Mr. David Ngatia currently touring Leicester, Nottingham and Coventry on 0744884121.
 

 

 

 

Co-operative Bank Team have arrived in UK to see YOU

 

 

 

A Whispers from London (Lend me your ears you average Kenyan in the Park)

Written by: Man ManKambugua        E-mail: manman@fsmail.net     Facebook: Man Man Kambugua

 


Before I tell you of what I think about a Kenyan in diaspora, I want to ask you kindly to ignore anything that I will write which to your opinion is not correct. I am a human being who has lived in this wide world for a number of years and has interacted with people from all walks of life.

I was brought up in a tiny village when the level of illiteracy was very low. Many people did not believe in the power of modern medicine, for example, if a child was suffering from kwashiorkor, the villagers believed that he had been bewitched. You could hear the mother telling another person that from the way the kid’s tummy was protruding, the witch had put seven frogs and a swarm of bees in the kid’s tummy. If the woman had just given birth and the breasts were not producing milk, then other women of her age will join to rebuke the husband who they thought was still having sex with someone who needed extra care. This shallow line of thinking is still with majority of us, that is why some are revolving around a circle always despite being surrounded by abundance.

My focus is on you Kenyan who thinks that you are just an average person. In the first place, the fact that you are in England is a powerful testimony that you are a very special person. It was Cecil Rhodes (the one who found Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe) who said that if you are an Englishman, you have already won the first prize lottery of life. I will paraphrase it to say that if you live in England, you have already won that First prize lottery of life. In the first place you are not an average person, you are one among equals. You are among the chosen few. You have ever heard of people trying to close Mediterranean Sea by boat only for the boat to capsize and drown everybody. As for you, you are still alive and in one of the most vibrant economies in the world so why belittle yourself? As a man thinks, so shall he become so you have got to transform the way you think about yourself. You have got to have new believes and philosophies for you to come out of your situation. If you don't, you are in a wakeful slumber and by the time you wake up, other people will have gone so far and so fast that you will not even see their dust. The current world has no place for mediocre people. You are either phenomenal or the world will forget you.

Woo unto you people of the same family who do not see each other eye to eye despite being so blessed to be in the West. You cannot claim to love God who you have never seen with your eyes and you hate the one who is your neighbour. This lack of love one another is what makes you to be in the statistics of an average Kenyan. If your whole family thinks like you, then your family is an average family living an average life in England. Last year each of your family member did not make any step forward, you were all revolving around a circle and even this year, the story is the same. The best you do is to call your friends and relatives back in Kenya and soil each other's name. Know what? You are missing the mark. By the time you finish that 'important' call, there is another Kenyan somewhere who is mapping out strategies on how to plough back the £100 Million net profit from his businesses. It is about time you stopped having an average mind-set and put your ears on the ground.

You are in the land of milk and honey but if your attitude stinks, you are like a goat that has been tied to a tree and it can only eat the grass within the radius of the rope. You are the way you are today because of the accumulation of thoughts that you harbour. You have got to stand out as a unique member of your family and break from the family tradition otherwise there is chance that twenty years from now, you will all be talking of being broke. God did not bring you to diaspora to punish you. You are your own enemy because your thinking is not of good report. Come out of it!

What I like about being in the West is that people are civilised. Honesty and integrity among the British is beyond reproach. In the third world, we were not well known for our honesty. When we arrive in the First world, nature strictly forbids us from being dishonest. Obviously there are times when truth will not set us free but will give us a direct ticket to hell. If you doubt it, ask the father of Isaac when he went to Egypt and was asked who his dear wife was. Circumstances forced him to tell the then Pharaoh that his only dear wife Sarah was not his wife but his sister. He denied that he had ever shared more than a blanket in bed. There are some of us who still have the same mentality of the third world when they live in the First world. The body is in the West but the mind is in the third world.

Their way of doing things is mediocre, they still dress as if they are taking cattle to the cattle dip in the village. These are the same people who physically abuse their wives and children in twenty first century? I met somebody in my swallowing joint who told me that he could not allow his wife to drive a car in London because there are so many car jerking in the city. What a stupid way of thinking?! When we were growing up, some things like a family radio or a bicycles belonged to our fathers. It was a cardinal sin to imagine that any other family member would listen to any other programme than what the father chose. If our interests contradicted with those of our fathers, those of our fathers prevailed just like statutes and constitutional laws. There are fathers within us who do not let their kids open the computer (it belongs to the father!) despite being in the West. This is shallow thinking from an average person!

I still emphasise that average thinking is bad because it will always make a person think that he or she was born to suffer. On the face value, we all look okay. We pretend that we do not have challenges and when they come, we throw them to our neighbours. In the park, we are all well dressed with men’s moustaches well-trimmed and women’s cleavages well pronounced. The couples are very quick to hold each other’s hands and call each other ‘sweetheart’ which to many people is a London cursed name. An ordinary person will think that the couple is drunk with love for each other but in reality they are putting up a show because something is not right with the relationship.

Every human being (me included) has challenges that make him wonder whether God forgot him or her. If you are heavily in debt, you are not alone my brother my sister. Even Richard Branson has debts from the banks. No situation is permanent so even you, this is just a temporally situation. You are in England which is one of the greatest nations on earth and the country is still doing business. There are so many opportunities lying on the ground waiting for us to discover them. If you have the right attitude, the universe will command Heaven and earth to bring situations that will help you get out of the present financial quagmire.

Being lonely and feeling unwanted is the worst poverty. If you are single, there is somebody somewhere for you. There are too many men out there who are single and they are looking forward to be in relationships. Likewise, there are many women out there who want to have somebody they can call theirs. Again, if your attitude is right, God is sending somebody to you. The reason as to why the partner is taking too long to appear is because God is choosing the best for you. He wants to give you something not just anything. An Eagle is a patient bird.


As for you women who have husbands and you have no respect for them, your men are just about to be taken away from you and be given to those who deserve. Even you husbands who have no respect for your wives, the clock is ticking fast. There are very many men out there who would want to have your wife and their wife. There are hyenas out there. Watch your steps because you never know what you have until you lose it.

I want to advice each of the spouse to focus on what is good in the other person. Nobody is perfect. If your wife cooks rice and when ready the rice smells as if it has been urinated on by a he-goat, this is not the time to see her as useless. She might not be a good cook but she takes care of your children. She sacrificed her life so that you can be called father of so and so. How comes she is of no value to you today? Why don’t you look at her and raise your hands and tell God thank you for giving you such a wonderful human being? Your average mind tells you to regret why you did not marry the girlfriend you left in Africa.

You and your then girlfriend used to meet in a hotel as young people and have drinks with her full breasts pointing at you which made you think that she was an Angel as compared to your wife who has seen the inside of a maternity for a number of times.What you didn’t realise is that with children, more challenges came up that brought stress in your relationship. As with your former girlfriend, all what both of you cared was whether you would eat chicken in bed,in the kitchen or on the stairs (Oh God!) As a wife, forget your lovely past relationships and try to make the best out of what you have. Open your eyes and see how easy it is for relationships to go down the drain in the West and make yours the best. Any woman who says that men are there to be seen not to be heard is an agent of Satan and has an average mind.

How I wish organisers of the Kenyans in the park will tell people to mingle and know each other. If I was the high Commissioner, I would tell people to introduce themselves and inform the other person their marital status. I can see the introduction going like, ‘I am single, married, living with partner, married bachelor, sex partner or flatmate.’ Whatever your marital status is, when you go home after the event, start a new beginning. Have new ideas of doing things because we live in England which is a land of abundance. We have good quality of people like his Excellency the Ambassador, Misterseed, Gabriel Rwamba, Mayor Kang’ethe, George Wachiuri of Optiven among others who have beaten all odds to make it big worldwide. We are the world! In the park, there will be someone who can make you a multi-millionaire through his/her connections. Your future husband or wife is there among the other people. Make a special prayer to God to give you that what you desire. Pray as if you are making a telephone call to God with God on the other side listening. Stretch your thinking to create abundance because the world has no place for poor people. In whatever you do, if you have God’s signature, you will flourish. Be blessed.

 

Visit our Stand at "The Kenya in the

Park" this Saturday the 29th July 2017


 

Hundreds of title deeds revoked in clean-up of land records


Nasa co-principal Musalia Mudavadi at Ngong Racecourse in Nairobi in June 2017. He is one of hundreds

of Kenyans who have collectively lost thousands of acres of land whose title deeds have been revoked. 


National Super Alliance co-principal Musalia Mudavadi and independent presidential candidate Joseph Nyagah are among hundreds of Kenyans who have lost thousands of acres whose title deeds have been revoked in a massive and unprecedented cleanup of land ownership records across the country. The National Land Commission claims Mr Mudavadi was irregularly allocated public utility land in Woodley, Nairobi, reserved for county government housing, and has revoked the title deed. It has also repossessed two pieces of land each measuring 0.050 hectares (0.12355 acres) in Kanyakwar on the outskirts of Kisumu and returned them to the commissioner of lands. A piece of land owned by Mr Mudavadi’s father, Moses, has also been given back to the Kakamega Golf Club, while Kenya’s permanent representative to Unesco, Prof George Godia, has lost land that the commission says belongs to the prisons department in Eldoret. Most of the people affected by the cancellations contained in a special July 17, 2017 KenyaGazette notice issued by the commission are politicians, former top civil servants, lawyers and businessmen. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

 

Huge maize imports cause logistics nightmare at port


Increased flow of maize into the country has created a logistical nightmare at the Port of Mombasa even as traders scale up volumes to cash in on the duty waiver. Last week, for instance, the port received nearly 6,000 metric tonnes of maize packed in bags and another 23,756 tonnes in bulk consignment. Logistics agencies at the port have given priority to clearance of maize as the government moves to address the current flour shortage. The decision taken by agencies such as the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Bureau of Standards and Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service has affected transportation of other commodities. Trains, seen as alternative means of transport, still haul just about five per cent of the port’s cargo. Last week, the port received 60,430 tonnes of wheat, more than 50,000 tonnes of clinker, more than 21,000 tonnes of coal and over 4,000 tonnes of fertiliser which also need to be transported to the hinterland. - businessdailyafrica.com
 

 

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The project comprises of affordable (1/8th and ¼ plots) Agri – business serviced plots, residential plots, commercial plots etc. Penta Gardens Phase II also boasts of a gateway facility that will be accessible at extremely discounted rates to our clients.
Affordable housing will also be part of Penta Gardens Phase II prepositions. Investors will have an opportunity to choose approved plans for their farm homes and have the same constructed at discounted instalment prices.
Apart from the gateway facility, investors will also get to enjoy well graded roads, secured perimeter fencing, lavatory facilities, fresh borehole water, dam, manicured garden, electricity etc.
Penta Gardens Phase II will also offer clients an opportunity to make money over the appreciation period of their property through agri-business. The product will be a complete package where it will be bundled as follows:
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Optiven CEO says - "Thank You!"

It was with tremendous honour to have met the lovely people of Manchester, BedFord, Milton Keynes and Luton. We now look forward to great Events in

Oxford this Sunday@
*Revival Centre*
Holloway,Oxford
OX4 2ND* & Meeting you at the Kenyans in Park *London* on July 29th...

We appreciate all those who *bought* our *super value added plots*, those who committed, sent to *Optiven* many referrals & the great interactions at the hotels.

We say with humility *Thank you*. Again *Thank you*

In case you missed *our top-selling project that was in the market for a few months - We have *Fourteen* real value plots remaining & you can call now to secure with only *£385* and payment can be up to *3 years with affordable terms*
Call now & create your wealth *07440 021 602* 0r +07459 950067

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George Wachiuri
CEO Optiven Group

 

 

 

Heri Homes Stand at

The Kenya in the Park

Coming with big bag to take your house home.

 

 

3 DAYS TO GO

ALL ROADS TO KENYA AND FRIENDS IN THE PARK

SATURDAY 29TH JULY 2017

The Biggest Kenyans Day in the UK

PLAISTOW PARK E13 0AS 11 AM-10 P.M

 

 


President Uhuru Kenyatta dangles carrot in Marsabit

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday promised to give a job to the loser among two gubernatorial opponents Ukur Yattani and Mohamud Ali if Marsabit residents voted to re-elect him next month. The President spoke at a rally in the county where supporters of incumbent Governor Yattani and Mr Ali clashed. “If you support me and make a choice of who to govern the county, I will ensure the other one gets a job with the government,” said President Kenyatta. In an apparent bid to avoid getting mired in the county’s ethnic hostilities that have resulted in at least 10 deaths recently, the President said both support him. On Wednesday, five people were injured when chaos erupted before and after the President and his deputy William Ruto’s arrival as the two rival groups clashed. Three of them were shot and wounded soon after the leaders left for Samburu. - Daily Nation.

 

 

Chinese firm gets Sh9.45b geothermal contract

KenGen has awarded a consortium led by a Chinese firm a Sh9.4 billion contract to build a geothermal power plant at Olkaria in Naivasha. Yantai Jereh Oilfield Services Group announced that it bid to construct a modular power plant on one of the wells that has been drilled but has yet to start supplying steam to any power plant. It bid for the job in a joint venture that included local contractors H Young. The project entails the installation of wellhead generators which use steam to generate electricity. This is usually a short-term measure and the wells that are used in the production of electricity are those undergoing testing or awaiting construction of permanent plants. Wellhead power plants usually take about six months to construct compared to the larger plants that can take up to three years. KenGen was as at December 2016 generating 83 megawatts using wellhead generators. The power generating firm has accelerated its investment in geothermal electricity as it seeks to increase the contribution of renewable energy in the country’s power mix, including wind sources.

 

Optiven Limited will be having

A STANDING AT

THE KENYA IN THE PARK

 

Wildebeest migration: World wonder defies travel advisories


Hundreds of wildebeest at the Maasai Mara Game Reserve as they prepare to cross Mara River in this picture taken on June 23, 2017.
The huffing, snorting and a cloud of dust as the wildebeest cross the Mara River from Serengeti National Reserve in Tanzania to Maasai Mara National Reserve is a sight to behold. On one side of the river, hundreds of local and international tourists’ line up to watch the wildebeest migration, one of the world’s largest. Ms Amy Papacek from the US told the Nation that she had to witness the migration despite negative reports about Kenya ahead of the elections in international media. “My husband was very concerned about Kenya’s forthcoming polls that he tried to restrain me from coming. This is because the information reported by the world media painted a picture of violent elections. But I can now confirm that the situation is not as bad as it is being reported,” she said. Another tourists, Ms Flora Farago said she decided not to travel with her family over reports of tension. “But what I have found out here is the opposite, Kenya is so peaceful now, and I like the migration. It has lit up tourism in the reserve with the huffing and snorting of the animals taking my breath away,’ she said. This year, the migration started earlier, with the hoofed animals jumping into the crocodile-infested water at the Sand River Gate crossing point.


SPECTACLE
It is the world’s largest migration, involving more than two million animals in search of greener pastures in Kenya. It usually starts in July and ends in October. The beasts crossed the Sand River Gate crossing point from July 15 in the spectacle witnessed by dozens of tourists and tour operators. Also known as the gnu, the stocky, oxlike African antelope with a drooping mane and beard, a long tufted tail and curved horns made a grand entry into the Mara, accompanied by zebras, all stampeding across the River Gate tributary. They gather at the river bank, as if waiting for a sizable ‘crowd’ to gather before crossing. The then edge closer to the water and it takes one of the animals to start crossing for the rest to join in a frenzy of crossing the river. This is a feast season for crocodiles that lie in wait under water to catch one of the animals as they cross for a meal. The migration also brings with it lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and other carnivores that prey on the wildebeests.


GREENER PASTURES
The migrating wildebeests are now headed northwards towards River Talek, where they graze and mate every day on their endless journey of chasing greener pastures. Matira Camp tour wildlife specialist-cum-guide, Mr Antony ole Tira said the migration takes place across 150,000 square miles of woodland, hills and open plains that form the wilderness across the two reserves. Mr Tira, who has been in the industry for the past 25-years, said the yearly cycle begins in the south of Serengeti, where half a million calves are born between January and March. But when the rains end in May, the land dries fast forcing the grazers to move to their green haven in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.


WATER
From July to October—the main tourist season when visitors flock in to watch the dramatic river crossings—the wildebeests meander between the western and eastern sides of the river, crossing it at different points almost daily. However, Sarova Mara Camp Manager Kioko Musyoki said the reducing water levels in the Mara River is worrying. “If the irregular flow of River Mara becomes more and more extreme, it could affect the wildebeest population and impact the entire migration cycle that sustains the Maasai Mara-Serengeti ecosystem,” he said. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

NGO FROM KENYA WITH A STAND AT THE KENYA IN THE PARK

AN NGO MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY COMING TO THE UK


While on my visit to Kenya a few weeks ago, I met an NGO by the name LODI Kenya which is in a class of it's own. Lord Kenya vision is: "To sustained food secure, healthy and crime free society." The NGO is coming to the UK and will be having a Stand at the Kenya in the Park day on 29th July, 2017. You don't need to give money the community in your village, you only need to sponsor them to go and study at LODI Kenya and their live will be no longer the same. I am in the process of sponsoring 10 people from my village for this programme. RODI Kenya believes that a fundamental cause of poverty is not lack of resources, but rather a lack of capacity to mobilize local resources and flawed structures that stifle indigenous capacities and undermine local development initiatives. RODI believes in the principle and power of positive thinking and as such uses Resources Oriented Development Approach (RODA), School-based Development Approach, Restorative prisoner Rehabilitation Approach, Peer Education Approach, Group- based Approach, Community Based Development Approach to identify and mobilize local resources. Their target groups are pupils, prisoners, ex-prisoners and their home communities. We train them in among other things- Agro-processing and value addition, making soaps and detergents, motorbike repair, Eco-construction, income generation. Ex prisoners are followed up in order to monitor their performance and to work with them and their home communities. They are encouraged and supported to pass on the training to the wider community and where possible form community groups to ease training and reduce poverty and crime. The groups are called Community Livelihood Improvement Groups (CLIGs). RODI Kenya is establishing branches in all 47 counties of Kenya.
 
RODI KENYA CORE VALUES
• Meaningful change for all beneficiaries, Power of positive thinking.
• Creativity, innovativeness and trending on unique grounds.
• Enhancing a sense of self esteem as a basis for empowerment.
• Identifying and mobilizing local resources for development.
• Organizing, informing and linking farmers for empowerment.
• Evolving, learning and partnering for sustainability.

For full information and to sponsor a person or a group please contact Mr. Ngunjiri +254 722307576, Tel: 722307576 or 720717419,
Email rodikenya@iconnect.co.ke and then visit Website: www.rodikenya.org More information to follow.

 

 

 

 

Trump bans transgender people in the US military


Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the US armed forces. The decision reversed a policy initially approved by the Defense Department under President Barack Obama, which was still under final review, that would allow transgender individuals to openly serve in the military. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced last month that he was delaying enactment of the plan to begin allowing transgender individuals to join the US military.

 

 

 

GIRAFFE ARK AND GOLDEN PEARL WILL BE AT KENYA IN THE PARK ON 29TH JULY

Meet Giraffe Ark Game Lodge and Golden Pearl team on 29th July 2017 at Kenya in the Park. To live a GOLDEN LIFE STYLE we PRESENT Thika Golden Pearl Project where Co-operative Bank is offering financing to Kenya living in the diaspora.

This is your season to receive your dream home. At Golden Pearl Gated community we have 3 designs to choose from. Palm Island, Melville Island and Wellington Island. All with different design theme to cater for every one. To find out more on the property deals and holiday packages in Giraffe ark kindly contact Annette Mahu +17472202473. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

Pastor Alex Waithaka Kanyi (left below) of Luton has lost his father (right)

The late Hon. Nahashion Kannyi Waithaika (right)

 

Its with humble acceptance we annouce the death of Hon Nahashion Kanyi Waithaka (right Photo) of Tetu Nyeri on wednesday 19th July 2017. He was the husband of Agnes Gathoni and Anne Nyambura. A loving father to Waguthi Muhugu (Kenya), Abel Gichuru (USA Boltimore), Kingori Kanyi (USA Califonia), Denis Maina(kenya) and Pastor Alexander Kanyi of luton (UK).  Friends and family are meeting daily in the evening for prayers from 7.00pm to 9.30pm @128 Leagrave High street Luton LU4 9LX.  A memorial service will be held in Luton on Saturday 29th July 2017 4pm @Suit 8 , Britania house, leagrave Road LU3 1RJ.  your contribution will be greatly appreciated in helping us honour his legacy and we lay him to rest.  Accounts detals  Bank of Scotland  Account no 10054273 sort code 162430.  For further information contact Joseph  Tel 07944086976 or Alex 0743280255.  May Dad's Soul  Rest in peace.

 

 

 "A good name is better than precious perfume, And the day of one’s

death better than the day of one’s birth." - Ecclesiastes 7:1

 

How you'll get election results — IEBC


IEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba. The commission says election results will be declared based on physical forms. 
The electoral commission has announced how Kenyans will get the results of the August 8 General Election. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Tuesday said the outcomes of the poll would be communicated through the media and its website. CEO Ezra Chiloba guaranteed local and foreign media managers, editors, producers and technical teams a dedicated feed from the national tallying centre in Nairobi. “Results will be declared based on physical forms though,” he said when he met the media stakeholders at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi. “We do not expect any variances between the forms and the electronic data.” He said the commission would not announce any constituency results at the national tallying centre, meaning returning officers will have the final say. “We don't know how long it will take before the final result is known,” he said.

338 CENTRES

“But since returning officers don't have to travel to Nairobi we expect it may be fast.” According to the CEO, it is not a must for presiding officers to travel to the constituency tallying centre because results can be relayed electronically. This means the outcome will be delivered to tallying centres quickly, barring a cut or underperformance of the internet connection. “Returning officers are not obligated to wait for the physical form from the polling station,” he said. A total of 338 tallying centres with an internet connection across the country, he said, had been set up for the poll.

KIEMS

He said the Kenya Integrated Election Management (KIEMS) that the commission will use would make it hard to rig the poll. “Given the design of this kit, it will be very difficult to stuff ballots. We've built in a system for ballot reconciliation,” he said. And in case biometric voter identification fails, he said, an elaborate manual procedure would be followed. “The presiding officer, returning officer and head of ICT will be involved in this decision,” he said, adding that signed forms would also be available on the IEBC website.

OATH

On crowd control, Mr Chiloba said presiding officers have the power to eject people from polling stations. “They've taken an oath and whatever decision they take they must be able to defend,” he said. “They will be held personally responsible for the decisions they make,” he said. The National Super Alliance has announced that it will recruit people to guard its votes against theft, a position the commission, Jubilee Party and the government have opposed. - Daily Nation.

 

Chemicals, smoking and obesity could be possible reasons behind a dramatic

fall in the sperm count of Western men, reports the i on its front page...

 

 

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WORD OF TODAY

Psalm 133:1

 

Be a uniter, not a divider

We read in Psalm 133:1: "How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!" David said, ‘Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity…there the LORD commanded the blessing’ (vv. 1, 3 NKJV). When we strive to work together in spite of our differences, God ‘commands’ His blessing to be upon our efforts. Satan knows this, so his chief strategy is to divide and conquer. He knows the power, synergy, and blessing that results from working in harmony; therefore he makes every effort to bring division. So when things begin to splinter and fall apart, look for ‘the devil in the details’. The sixth chapter of Proverbs lists seven things the Lord detests; among them is ‘a man who stirs up dissention’ (v. 19 NIV 1984 Edition). Paul says, ‘Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace’ (Ephesians 4:3 NIV 2011 Edition). (He knew that sometimes it required tremendous effort.) We can’t afford to be ignorant of Satan’s tactics designed to keep us at odds with one another. He’ll cause you to become offended over a harmless statement, or read more into a comment than the speaker intended, or ascribe impure motives to someone’s behaviour, or believe a lie. But when you pray and seek God, He’ll reveal the truth of the situation. ‘He is our peace’ (Ephesians 2:14 KJV), and when we embrace Him, He directs us into peaceful resolution of our issues. In fact, our conflicts can become stepping stones to stronger relationships when we make a commitment to understand each other and refrain from divisiveness. That’s why Paul writes, ‘I plead with you to be of one mind, united in thought and purpose’ (1 Corinthians 1:10 TLB).

 

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New diesel and petrol vehicles to be banned from 2040 in UK


New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040 in a bid to tackle air pollution, the government is set to announce. Ministers are to unveil a £255m fund to help councils introduce steps to deal with pollution from diesel vehicles as part of £3bn spending on air quality. The government will publish a court-mandated clean air strategy later, days before a High Court deadline. Campaigners said the measures were promising, but more detail was needed. The government was ordered by the courts to produce new plans to tackle illegal levels of harmful pollutant nitrogen dioxide. It came after the courts agreed with environmental campaigners that previous plans were insufficient to meet EU pollution limits. Ministers had to set out their draft clean air strategy plans in May with the final measures due by 31 July. Local measures could include retrofitting buses and other transport to make them cleaner, changing road layouts, altering features such as speed humps and re-programming traffic lights to make vehicle-flow smoother.

 

 

 

Only IEBC can announce results, warns Chiloba

 

Tea company moves to court seeking

wind up of Nakumatt over Sh60mn debt


NAIROBI, Kenya, July 25 – A tea manufacturing company is seeking to wind up Nakumatt Supermarket over a debt amounting to Sh60million. According to Gold Crown Beverage’s the amount owed has remained unpaid since January 2016. The tea producing firm claims that Nakumatt has committed various bankruptcy offences for the last two years. Gold Crown contends that the debt is within the prescribed insolvency level in accordance with the Insolvency Act, 2015. The Kericho based firm wants the retail chain supermarket liquidated by the court under the Insolvency Act and an authorized receiver appointed to act as the provisional liquidator.


The aggrieved firm alleges that it has repeatedly requested Nakumatt Ltd for payment but it has refused. In a sworn affidavit filed by finance manager David Karanja, the court has been told that it is only fair the orders sought granted. “The orders sought should be granted since the company is unable or has no reasonable prospects to pay its debts,” Karanja states. Deputy Registrar Elizabeth Chepkoich Tanui has directed the tea firm to advertise its petition to the public before liquidation proceedings can continue. Parties will appear in court on September 17 for mention to confirm compliance of the orders and further directions. The retail chain supermarket has been experiencing difficulties in paying suppliers and keeping some of its outlets well stocked in the recent past over cash flow challenges. The retailer, which is the largest in the region claims a harsh operating environment has triggered what it termed as transient challenges. - capitalfm.co.ke

 

 

 

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.

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I talk to Kenyans directly, not via media,

Uhuru says after skipping debate


President Uhuru Kenyatta and other Jubilee Party leaders during a rally at Jomvu in Changamwe, Mombasa county, July 16, 2017.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he is engaging Kenyans directly, not through the media, a day after skipping the presidential debate. He spoke in Mukurwe-ini, Nyeri county, on Tuesday on the first of 400 stops he intends to make in 30 counties before campaigns for the August 8 polls close. "I am here to talk to you, not through the media but directly, because I want you to understand the foundation we have laid in the last four years," Uhuru said. Speaking mostly in the Kikuyu language, he said he has managed to deliver because there are no wrangles between him and Deputy President William Ruto in government. "You know what that man (ODM leader Raila Odinga) did to [former President Mwai] Kibaki...work could not even be done. We have picked up from Kibaki's work and will continue to deliver after the elections," Uhuru said. "I am sure you want to see progress. So are you going to let that man take over and come spoil things again?" In his one-man show during the debate on Monday night, Raila noted he and his rivals only jokingly hurl insults at each other.

 

"If I called Uhuru a drunkard then it was in a light touch ... it doesn’t mean he is drunk. They are political jokes," he said. "In politics you must have jokes. When Uhuru says I am mad man, I don't think he means I am 'mad'." Uhuru's odyssey will take him to Nyeri, Murang’a, Marsabit, Samburu, Bungoma, Kakamega, Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo. He will also visit Embu, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Kajiado, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Nairobi, Bomet, Kericho, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kisii, Nyamira, Nandi, Garissa, Migori and Uasin Gishu. In a statement on Tuesday, Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said the President and Ruto will take an intense 12-day tour of Kenya. "This will be a vote-hunt blitz in strongholds, battlegrounds and NASA zones," he said. Esipisu further said Uhuru will sit with Kenyans at business premises, farms, markets and other places to engage them directly. "He will account for his last four and a half years in office and discuss how he plans to transform the country and the lives of Kenyans." The spokesman said Uhuru will also speak about his Action Plan to create more than 6.5 million jobs in the next five years. The President, who is Jubilee Party leader, will once again face his arch-nemesis Raila, in the elections that is 13 days away. Uhuru is the son of Kenya's first president and the urbane scion of a wealthy family while Raila is the son of the first vice president and a fiery populist. The President has been holding live chat sessions with Facebook fans to discuss his Action Plan. On Sunday morning, he spent a little under an hour taking questions from fans but the session left many disappointed. - The Star

 

 

 

Banks face Sh20m fine for cheating borrowers


 
 The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has published new regulations quadrupling the penalties that commercial banks will pay for failing to disclose the true cost of credit to customers, sustaining the pressure on the lenders already feeling the heat from the law capping interest rates. The draft regulations on penalties for banks, mortgage companies and credit reference bureaus indicate that the CBK will impose the maximum penalty of Sh20 million for every violation arising out of customer complaints on charges and other cases of non-compliance with the Banking Act and Prudential Guidelines. “Specific violations, which may be subject to assessment of monetary penalty under these regulations, include paying interest or return on deposits below the prescribed statutory minimum; failure to disclose total cost of credit or charges to a customer; imposition/increase of any charge on any product or service without prior written approval,” the CBK regulations say. The new rules are meant to bring into force the Finance Act of 2016 that increased the fines for violation of the laws from the previous Sh5 million. Individuals found in breach of the rules will pay a higher fine of Sh1 million up from Sh200,000. Non-compliant banks will also pay aggravated daily penalty of Sh100,000 from Sh20,000 till the day of full compliance.
 he new rules promise greater protection to bank customers, who have been suffering from arbitrary increases in charges and interest on loans as well numerous fees hidden in fine print. The CBK says the penalties prescribed under the regulations will apply “to each and every violation and assessment of the penalty may be carried out for each and every single violation.”   The previous law was silent on whether a fine imposed on a bank with multiple violations would be assessed individually or collectively.


 
 Penalising violations individually could leave banks with huge bills in the event of complaints by a large number of customers. The CBK, however, says any fine imposed will take into account the financial condition of the institution being fined so as not to paralyse it as a result. The lenders will also face fines for charging interest on loans or other credit in excess of the prescribed statutory maximum and for recovering interest or other charges on non-performing loans in excess of the prescribed limit. A number of banks have recently been reported to have sent notices to loan defaulters warning them that they would be hit with levies above the legal cap of 14 per cent, causing fear across the entire industry. The rate cap law that came into force last September is silent on levies to be charged on defaulters, a position the banks saw as a loophole to charge additional interest on credit. The proposed measures are contained in a letter that the CBK has written to chief executives of banks asking for their input by the end of this month.

 

They came to light on the same day CBK governor Patrick Njoroge disclosed yesterday that the regulator had rejected 13 out of 16 commercial bank request for permission to increase charges. “Since September 2016 we have had something like 16 requests for fees, imposition of a fee or adjustment in fees or request for approval for fees. We have only approved three,” said Dr Njoroge at a press briefing in Nairobi. “Those three (requests) have been new services, new products. We are holding the other 13 (requests) in abeyance.” The banks’ quest to impose higher levies is typical of their reaction to the rate cap law, which has cut interest earnings, leaving higher fees and commissions as the only means of growing income from lending operations. A number of bank customers have since September complained to the CBK that the lenders had imposed arbitrary charges or unilaterally converted their savings accounts into transactional accounts, making them lose the benefits that were accruing from the savings. On Tuesday, Dr Njoroge insisted banks need to review and scrap all “nuisance fees”, saying such moves have had a significant negative effect on customers. Banks have recently moved closer to disclosure of total cost of credit with the launch of a new website that shows interest, charges and third party costs on a customer’s loan or mortgage. - businessdailyafrica.com

 

Kenya Presidential Debate 2017

Raila Odinga At Presidential Debate 2017

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HERI HOMES TEAM IS VISITING UK CITIES WITH THEIR CEO

Buying a house of your own starts with your mindset


"During my visit to the UK, I want to give an opportunity to everyone by either buying

their own house or how to start the journey" - Heri Homes CEO Mr. Kimani Kimotho

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday. 25th 26th 27th July - IBIS Barking. The whole day

Saturday 29th July - Kenya in the Park

LUTON
Sunday 30th family Bbq luncheon. From 3pm to 7pm
Lewsey farm learning centre 92 Tomlinson avenue Luton beds LU4 0QQ

SOUTH EAST LONDON
Wednesday 2nd from 12noon to 7pm
Venue: Restoration World Revival Church.
Unit 22, 2nd Floor, Day Lewis House
324-340 Bensham Lane, Thornton Heath CR7 7EQ
For entrance ring 222 on the street door

BEDFORD
Friday 4th August from 2pm to 7pm
The Anchor pub 300
Cardington rd,Bedford. Mk42 OLD

OXFORD
Saturday 5th August. Ox4 2nd 73 Holloway Road from 2pm to 6pm

NORTHAMPTON
Sunday 6th August.2017
Venue: Venue : 2 Orchard Hill, Little Billing, Northampton NN3 9AG - Time: 10.00 a.m.

For more information please contact Heri Homes CEO Mr. Kimani Kimotho on his UK no. 07459386561 or Mary Njonjo currently in UK on 07404679182 or +254 737265816 (on WhatsApp) and her email: mary@herihomes.co.ke.

 

 

New Hat in Town

 

 

HOLIDAY HOME IN NAIROBI
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Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
 

A Beautiful Holiday Home in Nairobi. Cosy private 5 bedroom home is located at serene upmarket Hardy Karen area Nairobi. With easy connections to National Park, Giraffe Centre and world famous Daphne elephant orphanage. The surrounding well treed area is great for fresh air jogging and leisure walks. A serene roomy comfortable majestic home set on about half an acre. The home is in a gated community with 4 houses. - CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFORMATION.

 

 

KTN News Live - Kenya's

Presidential Debate - 24th July 2017

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A KENYAN MAN HAS PASSED AWAY IN WASHINGTON, USA


A Kenyan man has passed away in St. Auburn, Washington, USA. While it was everyone’s hope to have Pastor Francis Njuguna Mbogo (husband to Nancy Ngima Njuguna, father to James Mbogo, Mercy Njeri, Grace Murugi, and Abigail Wangari, and grandfather to Jayden, Alexandria, and Ethan) recover from colon cancer treatment, God has finally rested his soul in peace. The book of Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Please find it in your heart to join the family for prayer and macakaya at their home at 5015 South 291st St, Auburn WA 98001. This will take place every day starting from 6pm. A fundraiser to raise funds to transport thebody back to Kenya for burial is scheduled to take place next Saturday July 29, 2017 at All Nation SDA Church, 810 S 312th St, Federal Way, WA 98003, starting from 5:30pm. In the meantime, please feel free to give via https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/PastorMbogo. Rev 14:13, “Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” Contact: Joseph Karanja (Baba Vivian) – (253) 632-4921, Margaret Gitome (Mama Njoroge) – (253) 334-3051, John Kimani (Chairman) – (253) 241-1642 or Gitau W. Munge II – (253) 632-5359. - Diasporamessenger.com

 

 

A Hong Kong-based airline operator plans to launch

a Sh4.6 million a ticket luxury flight to Nairobi

A Hong Kong-based airline operator plans to launch a Sh4.6 million a ticket luxury flight to Nairobi targeting Asia’s super-rich keen on sampling Kenya’s prime holiday destinations. Crystal AirCruises – the luxury private jet and resort operator – said last Friday its private jet will make the inaugural flight from Hong Kong to Nairobi on September 30. A number of European charter airlines have resumed flights to Kenya as source markets respond to improved security in the country. Kenya has invested over Sh300 billion in defence of its borders and internal security, boosting its profile as a safe holiday destination. The money has gone into equipping the police and the Kenya Defence Forces to handle terrorism threats, especially from the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab. The private jet service belongs to Genting Hong Kong and will stay in Nairobi for three nights before flying to Tahiti on October 4. It will return to Hong Kong on October 8. Genting said the inaugural flight will carry 86 guests to the Kenyan capital. “I am delighted that our parent company, Genting Hong Kong, is introducing Crystal Skye – a wondrous new experience to the discerning travellers of Asia Pacific,” said Crystal CEO and president Edie Rodriguez.

 

While in Kenya, the group will stay at Villa Rosa Kempinski in Nairobi and the Governors Camp in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Genting said prices for the trip start at $45,000 (about Sh4.6 million) per guest, making it an exclusive service for high networth individuals. The Hong Kong firm boasts having “the world’s only twin-aisle private plane”, accommodating just 86 guests.  “Taking the art of travel to new heights, literally, Crystal Skye will cater to a clientele that can afford their own private jet but would prefer to travel with extended groups of friends and family in the most spacious aircraft in the world and entrust their journey to the vast expertise and knowledge of the acclaimed Crystal brand for an all-inclusive yet ultra-exclusive, hassle free experience,” said Kent Zhu, president of Genting Cruise Lines. “As we are anticipating an overwhelming response from the region’s most sophisticated and discerning globe-trotters for this extraordinary new travel option, we will be offering a limited quantity of seats for key Asian markets to ensure our valuable guests have the opportunity to experience the opulence of Crystal Skye.” - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why we Should Vote Uhuru or Raila Decisively

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HOLIDAY HOME IN NAIROBI
Serene Cosy Home
Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
 

A Beautiful Holiday Home in Nairobi. Cosy private 5 bedroom home is located at serene upmarket Hardy Karen area Nairobi. With easy connections to National Park, Giraffe Centre and world famous Daphne elephant orphanage. The surrounding well treed area is great for fresh air jogging and leisure walks. A serene roomy comfortable majestic home set on about half an acre. The home is in a gated community with 4 houses. - CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFORMATION.

 

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

1. No matter how beautiful and handsome you're just remember Baboon and Gorillas also attract tourists .
Stop Boasting

2. No matter how big and strong you are, you will not carry yourself to your Grave .
Be Humble

3. No matter how tall you are, you can never see tomorrow.
Be Patient

4. No matter how Light Skinned you are, you will always need light in Darkness ?Take Caution ?

5. No matter how Rich and many Cars you have, you will always Walk to Bed
Be Contented

Take Life Easy, Life is short.

WHAT A LIFE WE LIVE!

Have you taken note of the CO-INCIDENCE OF LIFE:

1. CHURCH has 6 letters so does MOSQUE.

2. BIBLE has 5 letters so does QURAN.

3. LIFE has 4 letters so does DEAD.

4. HATE has 4 letters, so does LOVE.

5. ENEMIES has 7 letters, so does FRIENDS.

6. LYING has 5 letters, so does TRUTH.

7. HURT has 4 letters, so does HEAL.

8. NEGATIVE has 8 letters, so does POSITIVE.

9. FAILURE has 7 letters, so does SUCCESS.

10. BELOW has 5 letters, so does ABOVE.

11. CRY has 3 letters so does JOY.

12. ANGER has 5 letters, so does HAPPY.

13. RIGHT has 5 letters, so does WRONG.

14. RICH has 4 letters, so does POOR.

15. FAIL has 4 letters, so does PASS.

16. KNOWLEDGE has 9 letters, so does IGNORANCE.

Are they all by Coincidence? We should choose wisely, this means LIFE is like a double-edged sword.


If you think it is your alarm clock that woke you up this morning, try putting it beside a dead body and you will realise that it is the grace of God that woke you up. If you are grateful to God, forward this to all your friends to inform them that it is JUST BY THE GRACE OF GOD that we are alive.

 

 

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Kenyan security expert accused of land grabbing in Uganda


Ambrose Wekesa Murunga who is being investigated by the Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters in Uganda. 


Kampala

A Kenyan security expert who controversially became one of the most powerful people in Uganda’s police force is facing charges of land grabbing and forceful evictions in Luweero district on the outskirts of Kampala. Ambrose Wekesa Murunga, who also served as a technical advisor to Inspector General of Ugandan police Gen Kale Kayihura, was arrested and detained by the Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters in Uganda last week in connection with the alleged fraudulent land dealings. He has since been released on a police bond pending further hearings.  Mr Murunga, who records show is a Kenyan citizen born in Trans Nzoia County, is accused of falsifying his nationality to acquire more than 400 acres of land under Mailo tenure (a land ownership system in Uganda)  in Gayaza Village, Butuntumula sub-county in Luwero District, in contravention of the Constitution and the Land Act.


PAYING TAXES
Evidence before the commission headed by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire alleges that Mr Murunga forged his birth certificate, dodged paying government taxes, and holds large tracts of land in the neighbouring country despite being a foreigner with no valid work permit. He is further accused of being in possession of a land title which was fraudulently procured in connivance with the land registrars at Bukalasa land registration office in Luweero district. Mr Murunga is also accused of criminalising, arresting and detaining residents he found on the land with a view to evicting them from the land they occupied for decades. “Is it not true that you were going to use your office and you were going to use all means to ensure that people leave that land and you get vacant possession? Is not true that you actually abused the office because you must have been working for somebody that you have not told us and because of the nature of your evidence you will have to tell us…?” Mr Murunga was quizzed by Justice Bamugemereire who later handed him over to investigators for further grilling.


TERRORISE CITIZENS
“You actually abused your office, used our police officers to go and terrorise those citizens who had been lawfully, quietly and peacefully living on their land. We would like to know the land officers you were working with and the big people you are working for or helping you to do that,” the judge declared. The evidence shows that Mr Murunga falsified his particulars to acquire interests on land measuring more than 430 acres before subjecting more than 200 occupants to arrests and detention in police custody. Witnesses told the commission that the land office at Bukalasa in Luwero district offered Mr Murunga another 120 acres of land in the same area without certified documents which led to untold suffering of people.


EXPIRED WORK PERMIT
Mr Murunga, a former Nation columnist, holds a Kenyan passport but has allegedly been living in Uganda on an expired work permit. He is accused of abuse of office for working in cahoots with top Ugandan government officials to traumatise hundreds of people in Luweero whom he allegedly criminalised, arrested and detained using police officers in the area. Appearing before the commission early this month, Mr Murunga said there was a conflict with the people he found occupying the land due to fraudulent transfers perpetrated by the seller, Ms Rose Nalutaaya, who is now deceased. It is alleged that Ms Nalutaaya sold to Mr Murunga the disputed land at USh132 million but the transfers were not signed and no photographs of the seller were provided as required by law. Mr Murunga was quizzed on how he acquired the land titles without getting the photographs of the seller and false declaration of his nationality.


DETENTION
The commission also ordered the detention of Mr Raymond Jjagwe, an assistant superintendent of police in Luweero, who was accused of facilitating arrests and torture of the residents. “People have been in and out of prison because of Mr Murunga and they have suffered at the hands of wrong people in government offices,” Justice Bamugemereire said. Accused of arresting, detaining and torture of women to compel their husbands to appear before Mr Murunga for action, Mr Jjagwe claimed that fears of eviction and torture by the people are unfounded. Ms Madina Nabukeera, a registrar of titles who approved the entries, said Mr Murunga’s registration on the two titles will be cancelled to enable the occupants to use their land freely. Asked how he came to live in Uganda, Mr Murunga, who described himself as a security expert, maintained that he had relatives in Uganda. ‘My wife, too, was Ugandan, but importantly I was asked by the government to come and work here.”


FARMER
“I was head hunted by the late Brig Noble Mayombo to come and work for government. It was 2005/2006 that the late (Mayombo) came directly to meet me and my company got a contract with the government of Uganda and I was seconded to work here,” he said. He told the commission that he is a qualified lawyer from Kings College London but is currently a farmer growing bananas and coffee in Kiboga and Luwero. Tasked to explain the particulars of the land he owns in Luwero, Mr Murunga revealed that while looking for land for agriculture in 2009, he used brokers to access it. He told the commission that his late mother who was a Ugandan national had property in Lugazi and Jinja. Mr Murunga claimed that he was born at Mulago Hospital in Kampala but documents including his passport showed he was born in Trans Nzoia in Kenya where his father lives to date.

BIRTH CERTIFICATE
“With the Ugandan birth certificate, I couldn’t be given a Kenyan passport at that time. The Kenyan government insisted that I had to get a Kenyan birth certificate in order to get a Kenyan passport,” he argued while maintaining that he holds two birth certificates which are both valid. “I have children here who have two birth certificates, one Ugandan and one Kenyan because they were born in Uganda and got birth certificates which were converted in Kenya for them to get Kenyan passports and both of them are valid.” Media reports indicate that Mr Murunga was hired as a technical advisor to Inspector General of Uganda Police Gen Kale Kayihura in 2004 in unclear circumstances.


POLICE FORCE
According to the reports, Mr Murunga served as a policeman in Kenya and was a newspaper columnist before moving to Uganda.  In April 2013, the Uganda Police Force declined to renew Mr Murunga’s contract after it expired with the Ugandan police boss stating that he did not want to be associated with “controversial things.” During his time in the Uganda police force, Mr Murunga is said to have wielded a lot of influence such as determining who would be deployed where including directors of police. Gen Kayihura claims that Mr Murunga was introduced to him by former Ministry of Defence Permanent Secretary, Brigadier Noble Mayombo, who died in May 2007. It is alleged that Mayombo met Mr Murunga through Els De Temmerman, the former editor-in-chief of The New Vision, when she was operating an NGO in Gulu district. 

MUSEVENI
Mr Murunga was reportedly in Gulu to investigate a story on the activities of Joseph Kony, the elusive Lord’s Resistance Army rebel leader. Prior to Mr Murunga’s recruitment, Gen Kayihura had asked President Yoweri Museveni to hire a technical advisor to the IGP’s office. Mr Murunga said that he was seconded to Uganda Police Force as a technical advisor by Corporate Technical Service Limited, a company based in Nairobi after the post was advertised. Despite being employed by Uganda Police Force, Mr Murunga had no work permit, a requirement for all foreign nationals in gainful employment in Uganda. During his nine years of service in the Uganda Police, Mr Murunga was a common sight around major police operations. Mr Murunga is known to drive around in a bullet proof BMW and a Range Rover. - Daily Nation

 

 

Nine cargo planes will ferry ballot papers every two days, says Chiloba


IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba with Vice Chairperson Consolata Nkatha inspect the Gubernatorial

ballot papers before being offloaded from a Saudi Cargo Plane at JKIA on Tuesday


Nine cargo planes will deliver ballot papers into the country every two days until August 3, the country’s electoral agency has said. IEBC executive director Ezra Chiloba (pictured, in spectacles) said the planes have been landing at JKIA with the materials since the first batch of deliveries was made on Tuesday. Speaking during a TV interview on Thursday night, Chiloba said the commission is working round the clock to ensure the electoral exercise takes place smoothly next month. He said, “As we speak, we have received a batch of deliveries for the Senate position for 30 counties and 28 for woman representatives.” On Thursday, the Court of Appeal handed the IEBC victory and dealt the opposition a double blow after it reversed an earlier order that had stopped the printing of presidential ballot papers. In a landmark ruling, the Appellate Court also rejected NASA’s claims President Uhuru Kenyatta had influenced the contract to Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company. The five-judge bench of Erastus Githinji, Alnashir Visram, Roselyn Nambuye, Jamila Mohammed and Otieno Odek ruled that public participation is not mandatory in direct procurement. The bench unanimously faulted High Court judges Joel Ngugi, George Odunga and John Mativo, saying they committed a serious error when they failed to consider millions of voters, whose rights to a free, fair and regular election would have been violated, should the August 8 polls fail to go on. - The Star

 

 

 

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WORD OF TODAY

Isaiah 26:3

 

Living in a peaceful state of mind
We read in Isaiah 26:3: "You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You." Who are you trusting to solve your problems, God or yourself? Before you answer, read this: ‘You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you…whose thoughts are fixed on you!…for those who are righteous, the way is not steep and rough. You are a God who does what is right, and you smooth out the path ahead of them’ (vv. 3, 7 NLT). What a great promise! If you want to maintain a peaceful state of mind, live by this principle: ‘Do your best, and trust God with the rest.’ Some of us grew up with the notion that it’s wrong to enjoy ourselves when we have problems. We’ve been conditioned to think that if we can’t do anything else – at least we can worry and be miserable. Paul addresses this: ‘Do not [for a moment] be frightened…for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign…from God’ (Philippians 1:28 AMPC). Satan doesn’t know what to do when he can’t get you upset; you’ve taken a powerful weapon out of his hands. By trusting God completely, you’re no longer at the mercy of circumstances, other people, or your own emotions and limitations. Broadcaster Paul Harvey once quipped, ‘In times like these, it’s helpful to remember there have always been times like these!’ The question isn’t ‘Will trouble come?’, it’s ‘How will you handle it?’ The Bible says, ‘We which have believed do enter into rest’ (Hebrews 4:3 KJV). When things go wrong – don’t go wrong along with them. Follow God’s leading, stand on His Word, then rest in Him and trust Him to work on your behalf.

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Chia: New crop in town that fires up libido and is easy to grow


A number of farmers in Nyanza have discovered a highly nutritious plant that is quite promising — chia seed. One of the reasons chia seed is fast gaining popularity is because it boosts libido, a fact backed by credible research and nutritional experts. Lilian Aketch, a nutritional and dietetic based in Nairobi says Chia seeds are super nutritious. “If taken in adequate amounts, chia seeds improve brain health, which in turn increases one’s sexual desire. The seeds are a good source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids which the body cannot produce. The seeds are also high in fibre, calcium and other minerals,” the nutritionist says.


The Palestinian president has suspended all contacts with Israel until metal detectors near the al Aqsa mosque are removed.

 

 

 

 

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns


White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has quit, reportedly in protest at an organisational shake-up. Mr Spicer stepped down because he was unhappy with President Donald Trump's appointment of a new communications director, according to reports. Combative Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci has been picked for the role that Mr Spicer partially filled. Mr Spicer's press briefings were a cable news hit, but he withdrew from camera in recent weeks. He told US media that the White House "could benefit from a clean slate". The shake-up comes amid several investigations into alleged Russian meddling in last year's US presidential election and whether Mr Trump's campaign team colluded with Moscow. The New York Times reports that 45-year-old Mr Spicer "vehemently" disagreed with the appointment of Mr Scaramucci, which he believed to be a "major mistake".

 

 

 

Bank of America picks Dublin for EU hub


Bank of America has chosen Dublin as its new base to service EU clients as part of its Brexit contingency plans. It is the first US bank to confirm the Irish capital as its preferred site. Citigroup has picked Frankfurt as the base for its EU trading operations, and reports say Morgan Stanley has also chosen the German financial centre. Banks had been required to submit plans to the Bank of England earlier this month, detailing their preparations for when the UK exits the EU in March 2019. Many banks intend to set up subsidiaries in Europe so they can continue to look after EU customers if their UK-based operations lose the ability to operate across the bloc following Brexit. Bank of America currently has 700 staff in Dublin and 6,500 in the UK, of which 4,500 are based in London. Brian Moynihan, chairman and chief executive of Bank of America, said: "Dublin is the home of more of our employees than any other European city outside of the UK. "We already have a fully licensed and operational Irish-domiciled bank which, combined with Ireland's strong commitment to business and economic growth, makes Dublin the natural location to consolidate our legal entities as we transition."

 

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Nasa loses bid to stop polls in case kits fail on August 8

IEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba. The commission will use manual back-up if the electronic kits fail. 

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) has lost yet another court battle against the electoral commission. The Raila Odinga-led coalition on Friday lost its bid to have the August 8 elections put off in affected counties, constituencies or wards if the electronic system fails. In its petition, Nasa had argued that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had failed to put in place a complementary system as required by law. The opposition had hinged its case on Section 55(b) of the amended Elections Act, which allows the IEBC to postpone the elections until a complementary system is put in place. But Justices Kanyi Kimondo, Hedwig Ong’udi and Alfred Mabeya dismissed the case, saying the IEBC had adopted mechanisms to counter system failures. They agreed with the IEBC's argument that the commission has adopted regulations to cater for both identification of voters and transmission of results in case the system fails. Nasa, the bench ruled, failed to plead precisely in the petition, and that regulations 69 and 83 have already been put in place to cater for a complementary system as required by section 44(a) of the amended elections Act. The judges said the Nasa application would also plunge the country into political uncertainty. "It would not be feasible to postpone the election as the date has been cast in stone," they ruled. The case was dismissed and Nasa was directed to pay the IEBC and the Jubilee Party the costs of the lawsuit. The latter two had supported the commission's defence. Nasa's loss comes barely a day after the Court of Appeal overturned a High Court judgement that had stopped Dubai-based Al Ghurair from printing presidential ballots. The opposition had won the case at the High Court. - Daily Nation

 

HERI HOMES TEAM VISITS KENYA HIGH COMMISSION

Heri Homes team currently visiting the UK visited the Kenya High Commission offices on Thursday 20th July, 2017. The team were welcomed at the mission by the Deputy High Commissioner Mrs. Grace Cerere (centre seated) other staff at the mission. Seen above seated from right is Mary Njonjo of Heri Homes and Heri Home CEO Mr. Kimani Kimotho (3rd from left). Standing from left is Mrs. Anne Kamau the Commercial Attache, Mary the secretry of the Commissioner, Mr. Evans Kinyanjui the Immigration Attache and Mr. Seed. 1st Consular at the mission Mr. Fredrick Kidali also attended the meeting. On right is Heri Home CEO and Deputy High Commissioner Mrs. Grace Cerere. Heri Home CEO explained that the have done a lot of calculation and feasibility study where they came up with the Equity Model where everyone can afford to join the housing ladder. He explained that their aim and objective is to see that Kenyans in the Diaspora have bought a property in Kenya. He continued to say that those who cannot be able to raise the deposit can be helped by joining their Investment Housing Sacco. Heri Home CEO invited the team for their Dinner in London on Saturday. Another Heri Homes team arrived today ready for the dinner on Saturday 22nd July, 2017. For more information please contact Mary Njonjo currently in UK on 07404679182 or +254 737265816 (on WhatsApp) and her email: mary@herihomes.co.ke.

 

 

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 Excellent Evening Today with the Great People of Milton Keynes

 
 The air will be filled with inspiration talk, unveiling what one can do to tap Zillions of Opportunities, We shall challenge & Educate each other to take up opportunities in East African.Call up your friends in Milton Keynes or environs to secure a seat for free. It will be an Evening like no other.  See the Brief about the Speaker - CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO
 
 
 

 

 

Do we all need someone to inspire us to reach our

full potential and be the best we can be?



In June 2010, 13 year old Sarah Kerr was just like any other school girl among a group of classmates when Kenyan athletics World Champions and Gold medallists visited her school in Bedford to inspire young people and the community to be the best they can be. A polite, innocent and shy teenager, the Stars noticed her potential in a run.

They told her that she was a very good and talented runner. She couldn’t believe what she was hearing bearing in mind who was telling her. She became overwhelmed and started crying hysterically. Our caring athletes surrounded her and comforted her. To her disbelief, Ben Limo a World Champion even offered to run with her alone encouraging her around the field to assure her until she composed herself. He promised to mentor her.

With the support of her mentor and armed with the encouragement and inspiration she received, Sarah worked hard and grew in confidence. Determined, she made it to Team GB.


3 MONTHS AGO IN APRIL, SARAH KERR REPRESENTED GREAT BRITAIN IN THE EUROPEAN TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD IN SPAIN AND CAME POSITION 2!
The future is bright for her…

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As much as we all need inspiration, you too can inspire someone…

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35 saccos sign up to offer interest-free house loans


A group of 35 savings and credit co-operative societies (saccos) has unveiled a housing loans plan in which their members will get interest-free mortgages. The scheme dubbed Africa Tenancy Purchase Initiative will see credit union members pay an upfront deposit of 10 per cent of the cost of a unit and then pay the balance in “rent” instalments for up to 20 years. The unions, including Kimisitu Sacco, Safaricom Sacco, Habitat Housing Co-operative, and Nation Sacco, have a pipeline of five projects under the tenant purchase scheme comprising high-rise apartment blocks within the Nairobi metropolis. Up to 5,000 members are expected to benefit in the next two years, a number that is projected to rise as more saccos join the scheme. “With more than 90 per cent of Kenyans being tenants, this scheme converts their rent payments to make them homeowners. You just pay the deposit and the balance as rent. There is no interest rate,” said Mr David Ndegwa, a real estate developer and member of the scheme’s steering committee. “We have critically analysed the consumer behaviour and the dynamics around how much a typical Kenyan in urban areas pays for rent and structured an affordable rent-and-purchase mechanism,” he said in an interview. Saccos are banking on the tenant purchase scheme to tap into the lucrative property market by offering cheaper mortgages to low-income earners, who have largely been shunned by commercial banks. The International Finance Corporation — the World Bank’s private sector lending arm — will offer partial credit guarantee for the housing projects, while Co-operative Bank and Shelter Afrique will provide short-term financing to develop the units, said Mr Ndegwa.


State backing
Upcoming projects include Sh2 billion Sunset Boulevard phase two located in Athi River, Sh800 million Komarock Wendani Heights, Sh6 billion Karen Heights, Sh6 billion Art Stone in Juja comprising 400 apartments, and Sh22 billion Habitat Heights in Athi River made up of 5,200 units. For example, a sacco member who wants to buy a Sh3.8 million two-bedroom apartment at Sunset Boulevard — whose construction begins next month — will pay Sh380,000 as down payment, and the remainder in monthly rent instalments of between Sh15,000 and Sh25,000. It would take 14 years to clear the balance, assuming monthly pay of Sh20,000.  The project is also backed by UN-Habitat and the State department for housing and urban development.Credit unions turned to setting up their own rent-to-own scheme following the State’s pussyfooting on plans to set up a special kitty where saccos would draw cheap cash for onward lending to members as mortgages. “We are working with our development partners to put in place a mortgage liquidity facility, which will provide long-term funding to financial institutions, to enable them provide longer tenure mortgages,” Treasury CS Henry Rotich said in June. - Daily Nation.

 

GIRAFFE ARK GAME LODGE CEO JOINS ROSEMARY

DURING HER ALBUM LAUNCHING IN LONDON

Giraffe Ark Game Lodge CEO Mrs. Annette Mahu final moments in the UK business tour was a guest at the launch of the 1st Album of Rosemary Wa Sam in St. Mark Community Centre in London on Sunday 16th July 2017 It was at this moment when the CEO of Giraffe Ark Game Lodge Mrs. Annette Mahu gave thanks to God for a successful business tour. She was also grateful for the support and kindness bestowed to her during her stay by the UK community. She was there to support the good work the gospel artist is doing to spread the gospel in praise and worship. The praise and worship atmosphere was witnessed and the event was well attended. - CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS

 

Praises for Nicholas Biwott as he is buried

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All Roads heading to Kenya and Friends in

the Park followed by After Party

SATERDAY 29TH JULY one way to KENYA IN THE PARK PLAISTOW PARK E13 0AS 11 AM-10 P.M. then

After Party at BOLEYN BANQUETING SUITE 7-11 BARKING ROAD E6 1PW 10 minutes walk from the Park.

 

 

 

 

Nasa loses presidential ballots case, Al Ghurair to print papers


The Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court judgement blocking Al Ghurair of Dubai from printing presidential ballot papers. The second highest court in the land on Tuesday said the High Court erred in granting orders on the grounds of public participation.

MEETING

The judges ruled that public participation is not a requirement in direct procurement, which was applied by the electoral commission in awarding the contract to Al Ghurair. They also faulted the High Court for failing to appreciate that there was no time to award another tender. However, the appellate judges agreed with their High Court counterparts in rejecting claims that President Kenyatta met Al Ghurair officials and that he influenced the awarding of the tender. The High Court, they said, was right in holding that newspaper cuttings were not sufficient to prove that the President met directors of the firm. “Such articles remain hearsay unless the author appears in court and is interrogated on the authenticity of the article,” they said.

EVIDENCE

Nasa, they said, should have also provided unmistakable evidence to prove that during the alleged meeting, the ballot printing tender was discussed. The court has not found any such evidence, they ruled. They also agreed with the High Court decision converting judicial review to a constitutional petition. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had appealed the nullification of the tender. High Court judges Joel Ngugi, George Odunga and John Mativo had made a finding that the commission had failed to engage the public in awarding the tender. They had directed the IEBC to start the process afresh and come up with a framework for ensuring public participation.

ERROR

In the papers filed at the Court of Appeal, the IEBC had argued that the judges made an error in law in finding that public participation is a mandatory precondition to direct procurement conducted as provided under the Public Procurement and Assets Disposal Act. The commission is also dissatisfied with the order directing it to craft a programme of public participation to operationalise Article 10 of the Constitution. “By the said finding, the judges were, in effect, directing IEBC to usurp Parliament’s role of legislating,” IEBC had argued. The commission said the judges erred when they assumed the constitutional function and autonomy of the IEBC to set operational programmes, including the timetable for procuring election materials. The IEBC says the High Court judgment split the tender in contravention of the procurement Act. - Daily Nation

 

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HERI HOMES CEO ARRIVES IN LONDON FOR HERI DINNER AND KENYA IN THE PARK

Home Heri Homes CEO Mr. Kimani Kimotho (2nd right) arrived in London on Thursday 20th July 2017. After his arrival at the City Airport London he was met by Mary Njonjo of Heri, Mr. William Wango and Mr. Seed. He was happy to God for giving him a safe journey to London. The jovial CEO had this to say: "I am here to push Kenyans in the UK with money or without money to start the journey of owning a property in Kenya. If one has no enough money for the deposit, we can teach him or her how to start the journey. Buying a house in Kenya is just a matter of determination. You mindset is the beginning of the journey." the CEO said. Seen on left with Mary of Heri Homes sharing a copy of KARIBU MAGAZINE where they have 5 pages of advertisements and on right being welcomed by Mr. William Wango. For more information please contact Mary Njonjo currently in UK on 07404679182 or +254 737265816 (on WhatsApp) and her email: mary@herihomes.co.ke.

 

 

 

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YOU WILL RETIRE AT 68 IF YOU ARE BETWEEN 39 AND 47 YEARS

Six million men and women in UK will have to wait a year longer than they expected to get their state pension, the government has announced. The rise in the pension age to 68 will now be phased in between 2037 and 2039, rather than from 2044 as was originally proposed. Those affected are currently between the ages of 39 and 47. The announcement was made in the Commons by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, David Gauke. He said the government had decided to accept the recommendations of the Cridland report, which proposed the change. "As life expectancy continues to rise and the number of people in receipt of state pension increases, we need to ensure that we have a fair and sustainable system that is reflective of modern life and protected for future generations," he told MPs.Anyone younger than 39 will have to wait for future announcements to learn what their precise pension age will be. The change will affect those born between 6 April 1970 and 5 April 1978. The government said the new rules would save the taxpayer £74bn by 2045/46. While it had been due to spend 6.5% of GDP on the state pension by 2039/40, this change will reduce that figure to 6.1% of GDP. Labour said the move was "astonishing", given recent reports suggesting increases in life expectancy were beginning to stall, and long-standing health inequalities between different income groups and regions in retirement.

 

 

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A FAMILY OF ACHIEVERS

The father is a community leader who have achieved hundreds of Awards, the mother is Leader in Business Innovation and Leadership, their first daughter is a banker, oldest son is in Westham Football Team, 2nd daughter in the University, 3rd daughter in A-level and the last born son is training as a professional boxer. They now have a grandchild who might end up to be another Obama. Full information in the magazine.

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Nairobi, Africa account for over half mobile money transactions


Kenya and other Sub-Saharan Africa countries account for more than half of all mobile money transactions worldwide according to new data by cellular lobby GSMA. The report reveals that the number of live mobile money services in the Sub-Saharan Africa region reached 140 across 39 countries at the end of last year, accounting for more than half of the 277 mobile money deployments worldwide. In the last decade there has been tremendous growth in mobile money services in the region following the launch of Safaricom’s M-Pesa in 2007. It notes that there are now seven markets in the region where more than 40 per cent of adults are active mobile money users including Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. “Mobile money is now achieving mass-market adoption in all corners of Sub-Saharan Africa, enabling millions of people to access financial services for the first time and contributing to economic growth and social development,” said Mats Granryd, director general of the GSMA.
“Mobile operators in the region today are using mobile money to create new financial ecosystems that can deliver a range of innovative new services across multiple industry sectors, including utilities and agriculture.” The volume of these new types of ‘ecosystem payments’ almost quadrupled between 2014 and 2016 and now account for about 17 per cent of all mobile money transactions, driven by a significant rise in the number of mobile-based bill payments. There were 277 million registered mobile money accounts across Sub-Saharan Africa at the end of 2016 and 1.5 million registered agents. Mobile money users have historically been concentrated in East Africa, home to major mobile money markets such as Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. However, the latest data suggests that user growth is now being driven by other markets in the region, notably West Africa. Almost 29 per cent of active mobile money accounts in Sub-Saharan Africa are now based in West Africa, compared to just 8 per cent five years earlier. - businessdailyafrica.com

 

 

 

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Family and friends' tributes reveal soft side of mysterious Nicholas Biwott


Nicholas Biwott's grand children during the memorial service of former Minister Nicholas Biwott at AIC Milimani on 18/7/17-BEVERLYNE MUSILI A rare character of the late Kipyator Nicholas Kiprono Biwott was on display as family, confidantes, and business associates mourned the former powerful Cabinet minister. Away from the secretive and highly guarded personality that was known of Biwott, whose name was mentioned in the 1990s' unresolved murder of his former Cabinet colleague Robert Ouko, those close to him disclosed a soft side of the man, away from the clench-fisted persona, revealing him as a statesman, patriot and a philanthropist. And for the first time, Biwott’s family, one of his otherwise closely guarded life, was revealed to the public, with his wife Hannie Biwott, leading his children and grandchildren in mourning the man, whose attributes in improving the livelihood of the Kenyans he interacted with, led to him being nicknamed “Maendeleo (Development) or Karnet (Kalenjin for steel hardened)”. Though details of his family were not contained in the eulogy delivered by his most publicly visible child, former Investment Secretary in the Treasury, Esther Koimett, Kenyans had the rare opportunity of seeing some of his children and grandchildren as they delivered their personal tributes. Hannie, who was the only widow publicly recognised at the funeral service held at AIC Milimani Church, termed Biwott as a noble and a humble man who helped many but did not wish to be recognised for it. “I am privileged to have been his wife of 52 years and the mother, grandmother and great-grandmother of his family. I am here to tell you that he was a noble man, very proud to tell you that he was my husband,” she told the mourners, who included former Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete and Opposition leader Raila Odinga. - The Standard

 

 


Mobile phone is the new king of delivery for firms

Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (or the GSMA), through their famed GSMA Intelligence, has just released their much coveted The Mobile Economy Sub-Saharan Africa 2017 report—which contains some very insightful data on the mobile economy in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). GSMA is the worldwide grouping of mobile operators uniting nearly 800 operators in the broader mobile ecosystem. GSMA Intelligence, on the other hand, is the GSMA’s research unit. It houses extensive database of mobile operator statistics, forecasts and industry reports. Some three sets of statistics from this report strike me as significant. First is penetration. Overall, they are putting SIM connections in SSA at 731 million at the close of 2016, which translates into a penetration of 74 per cent. Unique subscribers (probably the most vital statistic) stood at 420 million at the close of 2016 implying a penetration rate of 43 per cent. Kenya’s unique subscribers stood at 28 million (or a penetration of 59 per cent). They project SSA’s unique subscribers will hit 535 million by 2020 (or a penetration rate of 50 per cent). This means that the cake is still big enough for our telcos in as far as domiciliation of more unique subscribers is concerned. Second is the growing smartphone adoption. GSMA Intelligence puts users in SSA at 200 million at the close of 2016. They project that 300 million additional smartphones will be added to this pool by 2020. This should be juicy news for utilities. In East Africa, they’ve put adoption at 21 per cent. Finally, the mobile phone continues to drive a big plug-in economy. These guys (GSMA Intelligence) are estimating in 2016, the industry generated some Sh11 trillion (or $110 billion) of economic value in SSA. That’s an equivalent to eight per cent of the GDP. And there’s more.


The mobile ecosystem also supported some 3.5 million jobs in the region in 2016. That’s significant. To bring it closer home Safaricom, the leading telco, in its 2016 annual sustainability report, says that the total value it created for the Kenyan economy stood at Sh414 billion (or equivalent of $4 billion). The telco adds it sustained some 182,883 direct and indirect jobs in its ecosystem—and if the wider effects on economy are factored in, then the figure rises to 845,846 jobs. Essentially, the mobile phone has transformed into such a powerful economic tool public and private sectors. The public sector is already doing very well in as far as adoption is concerned. The Treasury has just launched the second tranche of the mobile phone-based bond sale (or otherwise known as M-Akiba); I can pay my water and electricity bills via the phone. Some public sector entities have even transitioned into the smartphone space. For instance, Kenya Revenue Authority now has an iTax app on Android platform; e-Citizen platform, too, has an app. We are still waiting for such key entities as Land ministry to follow suit. For private sector, any mass-market focused business that’s not already thinking mobile phone is planning for extinction—from banks, insurance companies, saccos, microfinance institutions to capital market intermediaries. There’s no doubt the mobile phone is the new king of delivery. Forget feature phones. The smartphone is the newest battle ground. As aforementioned, SSA expects to add 300 million more smartphones by 2020, primarily driven by increasing affordability: GSMA notes that sub-$100 smartphones, mostly from Asian manufacturers such as Gionee and Tecno (and not forgetting my beloved Blackberry), are now commonplace across the region. As I always tell banks, stop referring to the mobile phone as an alternative channel-it’s the new title of the branch.

 

Optiven Group CEO Joins the Optiven team in UK as they

get ready to attend Kenyans in the Park Event on 29th July

Mr. George Wachiuri (left) with his team arrived on Wednesday 19th July, 2017 ready for Kenya in the Park



George Wachiuri is finally here as he joins the Great Optiven team. The CEO brings with him a wealth of experience in business spanning over a period of 18 years. He will offering valuable investment advice as well as motivational talks to all. The Optiven team heads to meet the Great people of Milton Keynes from 20th to 27th July.

Friday 21st July
We are at Bedford from 12.00 to 9pm
300 Cardington Road
Bedford MK42 0DA


George will be speaking from 6.30 to 7.30pm
Topic - How you can be part of Kenya is rising narrative

Saturday 22nd July
We shall have a Nyama Choma & Inspiring Talk on  Saturday 22nd July Moorlands family centre, Beanhil Local centre Dodkin, Beanhil. THE talk start from 6.30 to 7.45pm

Sunday 23rd July

Later on Sunday 23nd, George Wachiuri will be in Nottingham at the Clock Bar, Craven rd Nottingham. You are invited for Nyama Choma and a great Motivational Talk that will start at 6.30 to 7.30pm
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Isiolo Airport: Airport set for grand opening - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

 

 

Ballot papers for Governor, Woman Rep and Senator seats arrive in Nairobi


The printing of ballot papers for Governor, Member of Parliament, Senator, Woman

Representative and Member of County Assembly started on June 23/COURTESY-IEBC


NAIROBI, Kenya, July 19 – Ballot papers for Governor, Senator, and Woman Representative positions arrived in the country Tuesday night ahead of the General Election set for next month. According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), all is ready for the exercise that has attracted 14,552 candidates for the six elective seats. The Commission stated that the ballot papers will be stored in its warehouse “before being dispatched to counties.” The voting materials arrived even as the electoral body awaits the Court of Appeal’s ruling challenging the decision of the High Court directing the electoral agency to tender afresh the printing of presidential ballot papers by Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing firm. The printing of ballot papers for Governor, Member of Parliament, Senator, Woman Representative and Member of County Assembly started on June 23. The printing of the ballot materials has been a source of conflict between the Commission and the Opposition National Super Alliance. In its ruling, a three-judge bench comprising Justices Joel Ngugi, Joseph Mativo and George Odunga granted an application filed by the Opposition, after establishing that IEBC did not undertake adequate public participation while sourcing for a printer. - CapitalFM

 

 

Jacaranda, San Valencia hotels closed over cholera concerns


NAIROBI, Kenya, July 19 – The Ministry of Health has closed down the Jacaranda and San Valencia hotels following a cholera outbreak in Nairobi. Health CS Cleopa Mailu explained that the hotels will remain closed until they comply with new food safety requirements. He indicated that many more may follow after the government ordered all food handlers to acquire fresh certification within 21 days. He explained that the certificate will only be issued once the staff and premises are tested and found to comply with set standards. The Health Cabinet Secretary was speaking after visiting patients at the Kenyatta National Hospital which has received 101 patients, 67 of whom are currently undergoing treatment of a particular strain of cholera. He also put water vendors, water bowser operators on notice saying they will need to go through inspection by the County Government to disclose their sources of water. The Director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko indicated that 500,000 water tablets will be distributed in areas susceptible to the cholera bacteria. He stated that the ministry will also be setting up treatment centres in six informal settlements including Mukuru, Mathare, Kibera and Mbagathi hospital. He further urged Kenyans to be in high alert and observe high personal hygiene directed the county government to ensure all broken sewers are fixed as they are a source of the outbreak. - CapitalFM

 

 

Githurai 44 matatu crew sentenced to death for sexual assault


The incident was captured on a video that was widely circulated on social media prompting the Director of Public Prosecutions to act/CFM NEWS
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 19 – Three men accused of violently robbing, stripping and sexually assaulting a female passenger three years ago at a petrol station in Githurai 44 have been sentenced to death. Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi directed Edward Gitau, Nicholas Mwangi and Meshak Mwangi to face death for the offence which he described as most heinous. The incident was captured on a video that was widely circulated on social media prompting the Director of Public Prosecutions to act. The court handed the matatu driver, his conductor and a pump attendant at Millennium Petrol Station the sentence, saying the prosecution had proven the case against the accused persons beyond any reasonable doubt. For the offense of sexually assaulting the woman, the court ordered the convicts to serve a jail term of 25 years each but this will remain in abeyance if they are hanged. The death sentence in Kenya has since been commuted to life sentence, meaning that they will spend the rest of their lives behind bars. While handing the sentences, Magistrate Andayi said it is important to respect all human beings “because we are equal but it is equally important to respect the dignity of a woman.” He said that what started as a joke by spanking the woman “led them to commit a serious offense.” “This is what many uncultured men do out there,” he said. - CapitalFM

 

 

 

OPTIVEN CEO ARRIVES IN UK


Optiven Limited CEO Mr. George Wachiuri arrived in the UK on Wednesday 19th July, 2017. He will be visiting different cities in the UK where he will be selling properties to the Kenyans in the UK. George and his team will be in Milton Keynes on 22nd July and in Nottingham on 23rd July, 2017. George had this to say: "In God we trust for His Favour as Optiven creates new partnership, visit cities and empower Kenyans in a new way. May the 14 days we are here create Inspirations to people's hearts and in their personal wealth creation May Divine favour be upon Optiven team , our customers in UK and other countries . May the people who support us get double favour as they lead the team to the right favourable customers. May the customers we deal with love Optiven. We are servants and we are ready to serve. May God annoit our lips as we talk to clients. We value all our customers Amen" - George Wachiuri, www.optiven.co.ke and website is www.georgewachiuri.com

 

 

 

Rerieve for IEBC as court dismisses BVR kits case


 The High Court has granted reprieve to the electoral body in a case where United Nations Special rapporteur Maina Kiai had sued it for allegedly flouting rules in the importation of Biometric Voter Identification (BVR) devices. High Court judge John Mativo dismissed the case saying there was no sufficient evidence tendered in court to compel the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to acquire alternative BVR kits. The case was filed by Mr Kiai, Mr Khelef Khalifa and Mr Tirop Kitur. The trio had in April sued the IEBC and the Kenya Bureau of Standards over claims of flouting pre-export verification standards in the acquisition of the kits. BVK kits will to be used by IEBC in identification of voters during the August 8 elections but three had alleged that there was misapplication of the law in the manner in which the said devices were acquired. - Daily Nation
 

 

 

UK inflation unexpectedly slows to 2.6% in June


The UK's inflation rate dropped unexpectedly to 2.6% in June, down from 2.9% in May, official figures have shown. It is the first fall in the rate since October 2016 and was largely down to lower petrol and diesel prices. Fuel prices fell for the fourth month in a row in June, according to the Office for National Statistics. Economists say the fall in inflation could ease pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates. The UK inflation rate has risen sharply since the referendum on membership of the European Union last June, partly due to an increase in the cost of imported goods following the fall in the value of the pound. "These numbers are a real surprise, showing the first drop in inflation since autumn 2016," said Lucy O'Carroll, chief economist at Aberdeen Asset Management. "This is going to kill the chances of a rate rise in the short term. We'll learn more about the Bank of England's thinking in a couple of weeks, but we can expect the calls for a rate rise to reduce to a whimper." But June's fall in inflation is a blip, according to some economists. "We have not necessarily passed the peak of inflation," said Andrew Sentance, senior economic adviser at PwC. "Oil prices are volatile and could bounce back later this year. Meanwhile, the big fall in the value of the pound since last summer is still working its way through the pipeline and has not yet fully fed through into shop prices." Another measure of inflation, the Retail Prices Index (RPI), edged lower from an annual rate of 3.7% in May to 3.5% in June. RPI is used to calculate the interest rate for student loans, for example. The ONS also reports a version of consumer price inflation that includes housing costs known as CPIH. That rate fell to 2.6% in June from 2.7% in May. Also contributing to June's fall in inflation was a decline in prices for recreational and cultural goods, which includes items such as toys, computer games and sports events.


Jubilee Rally  In Ukunda Kwale County on Tuesday 18th July, 2017 - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

Biwott requiem mass held in Nairobi

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Swiss glacier reveals couple lost in 1942


A shrinking glacier in Switzerland has revealed two frozen bodies believed to be of a couple who went missing 75 years ago, Swiss media report. Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin disappeared at a height of 2,600m (8,530ft) after going to tend to their cows in the Alps in August 1942. They were farmers whose seven children never gave up hope of finding them. Their youngest daughter, 79, said she was now planning to give her parents the funeral they deserved. Mr and Mrs Dumoulin were never found despite extensive searches. "We spent our whole lives looking for them," Marceline Udry-Dumoulin told Lausanne daily Le Matin. "I can say that after 75 years of waiting this news gives me a deep sense of calm." A DNA test will be conducted in several days' time, police say.

 

 

Leaders pay tribute to former Moi era Cabinet Minister Biwott - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

KARIBU MAGAZINE

Kenyans in UK Community Magazine

IS NOW OUT

HARD COPY WILL BE AVAILABE AT THE KENYA IN THE PARK ON 29TH JULY 2017

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The widow of the late Nicholas Biwott speaking - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

Giraffe Ark CEO joins Golden Pearl team in US

Giraffe Ark CEO joins Golden Pearl team in US. With her is the CEO Golden Pearl properties Mr Peter Mahu and Golden Pearl properties advisor Mr Kelvin Githuka.To find out more on the property deals and holiday packages in Giraffe ark kindly contact Annette Mahu +17472202473. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

Why Biwott Demanded to be Buried in Bullet proof Coffin - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wildfires rip through southern and central Europe


Wildfires are raging in parts of central and southern Europe, with thousands of firefighters tackling blazes in five countries. About 12 wildfires broke out in Croatia's second largest city of Split, a popular tourist destination. Several cars were burned and a shopping centre was evacuated in the suburbs of Split, covering the area and thick black smoke. Around 4,500 hectares (11,120 acres) of land was destroyed, including homes, according to initial estimates. Firefighters worked through Monday night to bring the fire under control, but some parts of the city reportedly remain without water or electricity. In neighbouring Montenegro, forest fires forced the evacuation of more than 100 campers on the Lustica peninsula and spread further inland but were all under control, the interior ministry said. The country requested two firefighting planes from NATO to help contain the blaze, according to state TV. The cause of the fires in the two countries is still unknown

 

 

 

Give us Sh2 billion to bring down illegal buildings, says State regulator


Rescuers at the scene where a seven-storey building collapsed in Pipeline last month.

According to the construction authority, it is costly to demolish illegal buildings.


The National Construction Authority has often been accused of being a toothless dog when it comes to demolishing illegal structures. However, it has now emerged that demolitions are an expensive affair, besides a host of other factors that come to play whenever the authority’s intervention is required. National Construction Authority chairman Stephen Oundo says demolishing an illegal building, in a professional manner, would cost the authority Sh3 million to Sh3.5 million. Although it is supposed to claim the money from the owner of the condemned building later, he says, it is never easy. According to an audit report by the National Building Inspectorate, over 600 houses have been marked for demolition. So far, only 40 buildings have been brought down. Oundo said professionals are needed to execute the job so as not to interfere with other nearby buildings. He said there have been instances where NCA gives notices, but the owners ignore forcing the authority to demolish the buildings. But he insisted that the bylaws governing construction in the city should be fully implemented. For example, Oundo said, it is a legal requirement that buildings with more than four floors have lifts. “This is a bylaw that was to be effected in 2012. Buildings constructed before the law came into effect should provide an alternative means,” said Oundo.
Enforcing the law
He, however, agreed that enforcing the law on all the buildings was not easy since NCA was formed in 2014 while the bylaws have been in existence since 2012. By the time the authority started working, most buildings had already been constructed without approval, forcing it to go through the courts to handle the situation. According to Oundo, there are procedures to be followed with regards to buildings that do not meet construction requirements. “One, the owners should be forced to provide an alternative means... guaranteeing the tenants’ safety,” said Oundo. Oundo also mentioned some of the challenges they face include owners rushing to court to stop demolitions and the court proceedings take time. He also added that some of the buildings are owned by cartels, and they find it hard to carry out demolitions due to security risks. Security concerns “There are cartels who own buildings and cannot be accessed, this is one thing we are really trying to harmonise with the police as the NCA staff face a lot of intimidation,” said Oundo. Oundo explained the categories of buildings that were marked for demolitions by the audit; these included the ones where no architect was involved though the structure was sound. Owners were asked to regulate and get approval. The second category were buildings with structural weaknesses; that involved poor lighting and sewerage, and lack of lifts. Owners were to enforce and implement proper systems. The final category were buildings that did not matter and could not be salvaged in terms of structure for example buildings in road reserves. Oundo linked the collapsing of buildings to so many factors including the design, mix of concrete and using poor materials. He appealed to the Media and society to report any marked houses and take pictures of those in bad states. - The Standard

 

 

 

The CEO of giraffe ark Mrs Annette Mahu was at

Milton Keynes where she meet with Kenyans in the park

Secure yourself a valuable piece of land as low as 100GBP from

Golden Pearl Properties Limited. For more information click: https://goo.gl/ozz9FJ 

 

 

 

 

6 reasons why Kikuyu women are

heavily stereotyped in Kenya today

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Citi Bank to move from London to Frankfurt as Brexit plan emerges

The Wall Street bank, which employs 9,000 people in the UK, will unveil its Brexit contingency plans this week, Citi will become the latest Wall Street giant to unveil plans to cope with the UK's departure from the European Union this week when it names Frankfurt as the location for a major new trading operation. Sky News has learnt that Citi executives have finalised plans to establish a second EU-based broker-dealer, which will handle many of the market trading activities currently undertaken in London. The US bank has decided to name Frankfurt as the location for the new broker-dealer after also evaluating Paris as an alternative, according to insiders. Citi's decision reflects the issue confronting all international banks which rely on the EU's passporting regime to trade seamlessly across national borders. The likes of Barclays, JP Morgan, HSBC and UBS have talked in recent weeks about the acceleration of their contingency planning, even as Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, stressed his determination to secure a transitional period enabling companies to contend with the impact of Brexit. David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, led a new round of talks with EU officials on Monday, although the post-election period has seen growing concern in the UK business community about the Government's ability to negotiate a good deal. Jim Cowles, the chief executive of Citi's operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, told a conference earlier this year that it would make a decision about the bank's Brexit plans within months. "Our issue is with our broker dealer, which is located in the UK and will lose, presumably, passporting rights," he said. Citi, which was among a quartet of Wall Street banks which donated money to the campaign to keep the UK in the EU, warned staff shortly before last year's referendum that a vote to leave would have implications for some of its 9,000-strong UK workforce. "To continue to serve our clients and maintain efficient access to those markets currently enabled through the EU passporting regime, we would likely need to rebalance our operations across the EU," James Bardrick, Citi's UK chief country officer, said at the time. Initially, Citi's decision about its new EU-based broker-dealer will not affect more than approximately 150 UK-based jobs, an insider said.
 

 

We will bury you, President Kenyatta tells Al Shabaab over Lamu attacks

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Australian Justine Damond shot dead by police in Minneapolis after calling 911


An Australian woman who called 911 to report a disturbance outside her home has been shot and killed by police in Minneapolis.
Justine Damond, 40, from Sydney, is thought to have lived with her fiance in the US city. According to the Star Tribune, her family said she had called emergency services after hearing "a sound" in the alley near her home late on Saturday night. Witnesses said she was in the alley, wearing pyjamas, when officers arrived in a squad car. She is said to have gone to the driver's-side door and talked to the officers through the window. The police officer in the passenger seat is reported to have pulled out his gun and shot at her. No weapon was found at the scene and the investigation is expected to include a focus on why the officers' bodycams were not recording. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension confirmed that an officer had fired a weapon, fatally striking a woman. Mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodges said she was "heartsick" over Ms Damond's death.

 

The Ministry of Health has cancelled all medical certificates for food handlers and directed County Health Departments to review the applicants following the outbreak of Cholera which has left three people dead and dozens hospitalised.

 

 

 

 

Cholera claims more lives in Nairobi amid shortage of staff


Your regular bite of fruit could lead to a cholera infection, doctors warned on Monday, barely 24 hours after two patients died of the disease at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH). At least 50 people were admitted in ward 1F, most of them from diverse parts of Nairobi County. “We have patients from Kileleshwa, Githurai, Kawangware, Pipeline, Mukuru kwa Njenga and Embakasi South,” said a nurse at the hospital’s emergency wing, which is now awash with patients suffering from cholera. With patients drawn from all over Nairobi, there seems to be no safe place as the cases are sporadic and not concentrated in one place. And although the hospital said there were no cases of sick healthcare providers, it was battling with a shortage of staff. - Daily Nation.

 

 

 

Sunday’s endorsement of President Uhuru Kenyatta by the leader of the Tanzanian Opposition, Mr Edward Lowassa, is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

 

OPTIVEN GROUP CERTIFIED AS A SUPERBRAND

Optiven Group, one of the leading real estate establishments in East Africa was on Monday 17th July 2017 certified as a Superbrand joining the league of some of the top brands in Africa. This latest major fete was conferred by SuperBrands East Africa Projects Director Jawad Jaffer and witnessed by Optiven's visionally Captain George Wachiuri and team. SuperBrands East Africa is an independent and World leading arbiter and this new development will catapult Optiven to great global heights.

 

Mary Njeri of London has lost her mother in Kenya

It is with humble acceptance that we announce the death of our beloved mum-Helen Wamaitha Wambugu of Nakuru, Kenya on Saturday the 15th July, 2017, after a short illness. The late Helen Wambugu was the wife of the late Sospeter Wambugu of Metal Engineering Works, Nakuru. Mother to Dorothy Wanjiru of Nairobi, Judy Muthoni, Mary Njeri of Croydon, South London, the late Fred Kanyagia, Victor Kigotho. Mother in law to Daniel Njoroge (Dee). Grandmother to the late Michael Mwenda, William Wambugu, Arnold Kanyagia. Mathew Wambugu, Duncan Mungai, Jema Wambui and Kamau, Koine.  Friends and family are meeting every evening for prayers at 32 Hillside house, Duppas Avenue,Croydon, CR0 4BX. For further information please contact Mary on 07411383054 or Judi on 07956904293.  May Mum’s soul rest in peace

 

 

 

 

CBK tipped to hold rate as credit fizzles

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) is today widely expected to leave its policy rate unchanged even as banks continue rationing credit, inflation remains high and the shilling is under pressure. The last meeting ahead of the General Election comes against the backdrop of sentiment by experts that Kenya’s decision to peg interest rate cap on its base lending rate has eroded decision making of the CBK. Analysts polled by the Business Daily on Friday expect the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to hold the rate, just like in May, at 10 per cent. “I expect the MPC to stay their hand, against a backdrop where the interest rate cap has created some interference in the transmission of monetary policy and where if you look at the composition of the inflation basket, you will note that excluding food the basket is close to turning negative,” said independent investment analyst and Rich Management CEO Aly Khan Satchu. “The next rate move will be down but not until after the election and near the end of the year…So no change.” Stanbic Bank CFC • 76.00 regional economist for East Africa Jibran Qureshi said recent inflation print had vindicated the MPC, which has previously argued inflation was predominantly driven by food prices. “Despite soft domestic demand and weak private sector credit growth, risks associated with political uncertainty could still prompt the MPC to maintain a neutral stance for now,” said Mr Qureshi. In a pre-MPC outlook, Cytonn Investments said on Friday that based on the trend in private sector credit growth, which is now at an eight-year low and the slowdown in gross domestic product growth, it expects the MPC retain the rate to support economic growth. Razia Khan, chief economist for Africa at Standard Chartered, citing a research note by the lender, concurred the next cut could be in November. “The persistence of low-double-digit inflation poses risks to our call for a 50bps rate cut in November, but weak demand and muted secondary price pressures should allow the Central Bank of Kenya to cut the central bank rate to 9.5 per cent by end-2017,” says her report on Kenya. Kenya’s inflation fell to 9.21 per cent year-on-year in June, from 11.70 per cent a month earlier. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics partly attributed this to a drop in food prices. Month-on-month inflation was minus 1.2 per cent.

 

 

 

 

TEAM KENYA SUPPORT LONDON - WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

TEAM KENYA SUPPORT – WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

– LONDON - 4TH – 13TH AUGUST (18 DAYS AWAY)

After a very successful World Under 18 Championships in Kasarani with Kenyans making it a magical night by showing their support and love with the event recording over 60,000 spectators on Sunday (the largest ever crowd in the History of the event), attention now turns to London for the World Athletics Championships in less than 18 days.

Kenyans in UK and elsewhere are urged to come in big numbers to show the same Love and support witnessed in Nairobi. David Rudisha, Helen Obiri, Asbel Kiprop, Ezekiel Kemboi and London Marathon Champion Daniel Wanjiru are among 49 athletes that will be arriving shortly to compete in one of the greatest Global events that will see the Historic retirement of Usain Bolt. It will be also the last appearance of Sir Mofarah on Track and field before moving to Marathon. Winners will be crowned World Champion.

If you don’t have stadium tickets, you have a big chance and opportunity to cheer Team Kenya’s marathon both men and women on Sunday 6th August. The Men’s race starts at 10am while the women’s race will start at 2pm. The World Championships marathon route course will be different from the usual London Virgin Marathon route where the race traditionally starts at Greenwich and ends at THE MALL.

ON SUNDAY 6TH AUGUST, THE RACE STARTS AT THE TOWER OF LONDON AND ENDS AT THE SAME TOWER OF LONDON. Most importantly, THE WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED THEIR MEDALS AT THE TOWER OF LONDON WHERE A BIG STAGE WILL BE ERECTED FOR SPECTATORS. Imagine the National Anthem of Kenya being played to the whole World at the Tower Bridge! Don’t miss!

We urge Kenyans and friends of Kenya to turn up in large numbers to show our Love, patriotism, and cheer our athletes. Bring your children to connect with their heroes/heroines and cultural background. Come dressed in Kenyan attire, bring your flags, drums etc. Make friends and make as much noise as possible. Create a carnivore atmosphere with Kenyan Patriotic songs. By attending, you will be promoting Kenyan Tourism at the Heart of London therein creating employment back home. See you all there!

MEANWHILE, SEE YOU AT KENYANS IN THE PARK ON 29TH AUG.

By Jack Waiyaki
BEDFORD

 

 

 

 

 

Social media sites to delete hate mongers’ accounts in a day

Kenya Social media sites will be required to pull down accounts propagating hate speech within a day of being notified by the government, according to newly published guidelines. The Communications Authority (CA) Friday published guidelines to prevent the spread of “undesirable political messages” via mobile phones and social media. Kenyans using social media to disseminate political content have been warned against using language that amounts to hate speech, ethnic contempt, incitement to violence, harassment, or defamation. Administrators of social media platforms are required to moderate conversations and steer them from dangerous waters.  However, if messages fit into the State’s definition of “undesirable” content, sites will be required to take action.

Pull down accounts
“Social media service providers shall be required to pull down accounts used in disseminating undesirable political contents on their platform that have (sic) brought to their attention within 24 hours,” say the guidelines. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter already have their own guidelines for weeding harmful and hateful content. These guidelines do not always match with the wishes of the State, as was seen last year when the Kenya Film Classification Board tussled with YouTube over a video. Those posting political content on social media will also be required to state any allegiances to politicians and ensure that it is truthful. If unsure whether it is inflammatory, those posting are supposed to cool their heels for 24 hours as they seek approval from the National Cohesion and Integration Commission. The CA amended the rules from the draft first proposed in June getting rid of clauses that would have required Kenyans to be “polite” and “civilised” on social media. The guidelines also cover the spread of political content via SMS warning parties against disseminating hate speech.- Daily Nation.

 

Down With Haters of Country

WITH MUTAHI NGUNYI

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More tear gas, guns arrive to deal with any mass protests after August elections

 

 

CABINET MINISTERS ESCORTING THE GENERAL TO HIS FINAL RESTING PLACE

Cabinet Secretaries carry the flag-draped coffin of Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery

before his burial ceremony at his home in Bisil, Kajiado, July 15, 2017. /REUTERS

 

 

JOAN MIANO OF MIAMU PROPERTIES COMING TO THE UK

Joan Njeri Miano is coming to the UK with goodies

 

"I am Joan Njeri Miano. I am a Director at Miamu Properties Limited and I have over 16 years of work experience in the property industry having worked in various firms here in Kenya. I am visiting the UK with the soul purpose of making friends and building lasting relationships by helping those people interested in investing back home in Kenya. I will be at Kenya and Friends in the Park, London on Saturday 29th July, 2017." They have properties in different areas. They have good properties along Kiambu road, going for KShs. 9 million. These spacious in the modern art of state apartments are located along Kiambu road, approximately 8 kms from cbd. features; a club house. a gym, superb naturally lit rooms, stylish finishes, solar water heating, standby generator, in-built furniture’s, open plan kitchen with built in appliances, 2 basketball hoops, ample 1.5+ parking,2 service gates, electrified fence, outdoor entertaining area, 400 metres of Kiambu road,24 hours security (cctv and alarm response) with police post 300metres away…Asking Price is 8.5 million Kshs. For more information please contact Joan on Phone : 0764865864, Mobile : 0724729581 and Email : hello@miamu.co.ke Visit: http://www.miamu.co.ke

ABOUT MIAMU PROPERTIES
Miamu Properties is a real estate company registered under the Companies Act in Kenya. We are a unique property company that offers you solutions in property management, sales and conveyancing consultations as well as property scouting. Our aim is to give our clients that opportunity to get exactly what they want while looking for their dream home, property or office, land, management among many others.

 

Miamu Properties focuses on:
· Providing the best possible service to our clients at all times so as to provide the highest standard of professionalism.
· Providing a property management service second to none so as to obtain the best return possible and minimize expenses.
· Establishing and developing mutually beneficial business relationships by implementing instructions to the letter.
· Leasing ones property to the most suitable tenant as quickly and efficiently as possible.
· Maintaining and enhancing an investment.


Company Strategy and Vision
Purpose To be a leader in the real estate industry by providing enhanced services, relationship and profitability.
Vision To provide quality services that exceeds the expectations of our esteemed customers.


Mission statement To build long term relationships with our customers and clients and provide exceptional customer services by pursuing business through innovation and advanced technology.


Core values We believe in treating our customers with respect and faith• We grow through creativity, invention and innovation.• We integrate honesty, integrity and business ethics into all aspects of our business functioning.


Goals Regional expansion in the field of property management and develop a strong base of key customers. • Increase the assets and investments of the company to support the development of services.

 

 

OUR ONLY DAUGHTER IS DEAD & WE CAN"T BURY HER ITS 3MONTHS NOW!!

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ONE BEDROOM HOLIDAY FLAT IN KENYA

One Bedroom Holiday Flat near Nairobi City Centre near State House. Security in that area is very good. Minimum 2 weeks let. If interested please call 07908521056 Email: veronicawood89@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

To All Kenyans living in UK

Starting This Weekend

The Optiven team will be visiting the UK to offer you investment advice and amazing investment

opportunities. Be sure to mark your calendar on the dates.

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RECORD OF NAKED SWIMMERS IN FINLAND


Hundreds of naked swimmers have taken to the water in Finland in a bid to break the world record for the biggest naked swim. Some 789 people at a music festival in eastern Finland went skinny dipping on Saturday, organisers said, beating the previous record set in Australia by just three, reports said. Organisers were waiting for Guinness World Records to confirm the record. It is the third Finnish attempt at the record, Yle news website said.

 

 

 

SGR gets 18 engines, 60 wagons ahead of launch


 
 Kenya Railways has received more locomotives and wagons in readiness for the commissioning of the standard gauge railway freight services. The fleet of 18 freight locomotives and 60 wagons designed for double-stacking of containers was offloaded at the Port of Mombasa on Saturday. KR Managing Director Atanas Maina said freight services will commence this year. Double stacking will play a critical role in reducing congestion at the port. “We have a team working round the clock to ensure all aspects of freight operations are in place. "The inland container depot at Embakasi (Nairobi), which is a key installation for Kenya’s railway operations, is on course for completion by September,” Mr Maina said. He added: “Already, the freight trains have been engaged to assist in the transportation of relief food imported by the government. We have transported close to 30,000 tonnes to date. “This has also served as an appropriate testing phase for the freight rolling stock, which I must say has performed as required.” - Daily Nation

 

Appeal for Aaron's medical fund


 
 Aaron is 9 years old and has been diagonised with T cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. He is in Getrude's Children's Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. His condition can only be treated abroad, because of lack of facilities in Kenya. The financial burden has become too heavy for us as a family and I am appealing to all well wishers for help. Help me bring that smile back! He is my nephew. His name is Aaron. - CLICK HERE TO DONATE
 

 

 

RED SPINACH

One cup of raw red spinach contains:
 27 calories.
 0.86 grams of protein.
 30 milligrams of calcium.
 0.81 grams of iron.
 24 milligrams of magnesium.
 167 milligrams of potassium.
 2,813 micrograms of Vitamin A.
 58 micrograms of folate.

 

 

Bitcoin value drops from $2900 to $1872.10 one month down the line(16th July 2017)

 

 

Possible health benefits of spinach


Diabetes management
Spinach contains an antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid, which has been shown to lower glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity, and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes.

Studies on alpha-lipoic acid have also shown decreases in peripheral neuropathy and autonomic neuropathy in diabetics.

However, most studies have used intra-venous alpha-lipoic acid and it is uncertain whether oral supplementation would elicit the same benefits.

Cancer prevention
Spinach and other green vegetables contain chlorophyll, which has been shown to be effective at blocking the carcinogenic effects of heterocyclic amines, which are generated when grilling foods at a high temperature.

Asthma prevention
The risks for developing asthma are lower in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients. One of these nutrients is beta-carotene, of which spinach is an excellent source. Apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, pumpkin, and carrots are also rich sources of beta-carotene.

Lowering blood pressure
Due to its high potassium content, spinach is recommended for people with high blood pressure; it can help reduce the effects of sodium in the body. A low potassium intake may be just as big of a risk factor for developing high blood pressure as a high sodium intake.

Other high-potassium foods include avocado, banana, beets, potatoes, tomatoes, lima beans, and oranges.

Bone health
Low intakes of vitamin K have been associated with a higher risk of bone fracture. Adequate vitamin K consumption is important for good health, as it acts as a modifier of bone matrix proteins, improves calcium absorption, and may reduce urinary excretion of calcium.

Promotes regularity
Spinach is high in fiber and water, both of which help to prevent constipation and promote a healthy digestive tract.

Healthy skin and hair
Spinach is high in vitamin A, which is necessary for sebum production to keep hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair. Spinach and other leafy greens high in vitamin C are imperative for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair.

Iron deficiency is a common cause of hair loss, which may be prevented by an adequate intake of iron-rich foods, like spinach.

 

 

Amarantha is Terere in Greek

 

 

Visa considers incentives for UK firms to go cashless


Visa has said it is considering offering incentives to UK businesses to go cashless, after introducing a similar scheme in the US. The payments company is selecting 50 small companies in the US to receive $10,000 if they only use cards. The companies have to bid for the money by explaining how going cashless would affect them, their staff and customers. However, the idea has been criticised by consumer groups, who say cash is still vital for many people. "It is easy to categorise it as a bribe, but ultimately they are incentivising companies to do away with cash, and that's not the job of people like Visa," said James Daley of consumer group Fairer Finance. In any case, the offer could be of limited appeal to many retailers, who have to pay fees every time a customer uses a debit or credit card. Even though interchange fees, as they are called, have been capped by the EU, retailers still pay an average of 16p on each credit card transaction, and 5.5p on each debit card. In total UK retailers still paid £800m in such fees last year, charges that have been criticised by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).


Vulnerable customers
Cards have already overtaken cash for retail payments, according to figures for last year from the BRC. But banks and card companies should not be driving that move, Mr Daley said. In 50 years it seems unlikely that most of us will be using cash. But banks need to let evolution follow its natural course, rather than accelerating it," he told the BBC. "As a responsible society we need to look after vulnerable customers who rely on cash." Last month Victoria Cleland, the Bank of England's chief cashier, said that 2.7 million people in the UK rely almost entirely on cash - that's 5% of adults. Nevertheless at least one cafe in London - Browns of Brockley -has already gone cashless. In a statement, Visa said that following the launch of the scheme in the US, "we hope to bring similar cashless initiatives to other countries, including the UK". "At this time, we do not have a firm plan on when such an initiative would be available in the UK." In June this year, Visa chief executive Al Kelly told investors that the company was "focused on putting cash out of business". "The number one growth lever [for the company] is the conversion of cheque and cash to digital and electronic payments."
 


Acid attack offenders 'could face life sentences' in new crackdown



The Home Secretary has indicated acid attack convictions could soon carry life sentences as a crackdown on corrosive substances was unveiled by the Government. Amber Rudd claimed an overhaul of current guidelines would ensure those who use noxious liquids as a weapon "feel the full force of the law". "I am clear that life sentences must not be reserved for acid attack survivors," she wrote in The Sunday Times. Plans to ensure acid and other corrosive substances can be classed as dangerous weapons are among the changes included in the shake-up. The Government will also aim to put in place measures which restrict the sale of such substances by retailers. The Home Office will work with police and the Ministry of Justice to assess whether powers available to the courts, including sentencing, are sufficient. Possession of acid or other corrosive substances with the intention to do harm can already be treated as possession of an offensive weapon under the Prevention of Crime Act, which carries a four-year maximum penalty. Crown Prosecution Service's guidance to prosecutors will now be reviewed to ensure it makes clear that acid and other corrosive substances can be classed as dangerous weapons, and what is required to prove intent. The Poisons Act 1972 will be assessed to consider if it should cover more harmful substances, while retailers will be asked to agree to measures to restrict sales of acids and other corrosive substances. In an earlier statement, Ms Rudd said: "Acid attacks are horrific crimes which have a devastating effect on victims, both physically and emotionally. "It is vital that we do everything we can to prevent these sickening attacks happening in the first place. "We must also ensure that the police and other emergency services are able to respond as effectively as possible, that sentences reflect the seriousness of the offences and victims are given the immediate support they need." Sarah Newton, minister for crime, safeguarding and vulnerability, will outline the Government's strategy in the Commons on Monday.
 

 

 

Kenyan woman named Director of Human

Relations at University of Oklahoma


Assistant vice president and director of Intercultural Initiatives at the University of Oregon, Jane Irungu, Ph.D., has been named the director of the University of Oklahoma’s Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies, beginning Aug. 2.

As director of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies, a program of the University of Oklahoma Outreach, she will focus on project management and program growth, including the highly successful National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). She will also continue the center’s supporting role with the Freshmen Diversity Experience, initiated by President David L. Boren, which helps prepare OU students to engage in a diverse campus community. The Freshmen Diversity Experience was created and maintained in conjunction with the Office of University Community.

“I am excited to have Dr. Irungu join us as director of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies (SWCHRS) under Outreach at the University of Oklahoma,” said Belinda Biscoe, interim vice president for outreach at the University of Oklahoma. “Her experiences in the social justice field including working with underrepresented groups and working on multicultural and international issues will serve to complement the significant work underway at OU. Additionally, Dr. Irungu will work with the center staff and Outreach administration to ensure that the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) in American Higher Education remains the premiere conference on race and ethnicity and issues of social justice in the United States.”

At the University of Oregon, Irungu oversees initiatives with goals of promoting cultural understanding, equity and well-being of underrepresented populations with the aim of creating a welcoming and nurturing environment for students and staff impacted by policy changes in local, state and federal government.

Before February 2017, Irungu served as assistant vice president and director of the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence in the Division of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Oregon. Her portfolio included oversight of programs for historically underserved, underrepresented and first-generation students, faculty and staff resource groups, leadership development and training, scholarship administration, diversity and inclusion programs, community outreach and pipeline programs, ethnic organizations, social justice initiatives and post-graduation success.

Irungu has more than three decades of experience in the field of education and intercultural relations. She has worked extensively with K-12, higher education professionals and private organizations in the U.S. and in Africa. Prior to joining UO, Irungu worked at the University of Kansas for twelve years in many different capacities, such as associate director for the federally funded Title VI Kansas African Studies Center; program director with the Office of International Programs; Outreach and Foreign Languages coordinator; and lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies.

Irungu received her PhD in Higher Education Administration and Policy Studies with minors in African Studies and Women and Gender Studies in 2010, and a Masters in Higher Education Administration in 2000, both from the University of Kansas. She received her Bachelors in Education in 1986, with majors in KiSwahili, Philosophy and Religious Studies from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, where she was a high school teacher and eventually principal. She migrated to the U.S. in 1997.

Irungu is multilingual and provides consultancy in curriculum design, translation and interpretation in her two native languages, Swahili and Kikuyu. She is also an active member of several national organizations including Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) and the International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS), among others.

Irungu believes that education is a human rights issue; it is transformative and should be used as a tool for societal change and for the improvement of the quality of life for all citizens. She advances this philosophy in her daily work as well as community service through her non-profit organization, Renewed Hope International Inc.

“I am thrilled to be joining the University of Oklahoma Outreach under the leadership of the interim vice president for outreach, Dr. Belinda Biscoe,” said Irungu. “There is an incredible amount of transformative work that is ongoing at all levels; locally, nationally and internationally. I look forward to collaborations and partnerships, including those within Oklahoma that will continue the vision of transformative change in social justice education, research, advocacy and intercultural understanding.”

Established in 1961, the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies was designed to extend the resources of the university to Southwest communities faced with civic conflict and controversy. The center’s earliest programs included workshops for public school personnel attempting to comply with mandated school integration. Later, programs extended to intergroup relations training for elected officials, American Indians, journalists and editors, clergy and counselors, law enforcement agencies and others concerned with human rights. - insideoutreach.ou.edu

 

33 hospitalised with cholera in Nairobi

 

Uhuru Kenyatta pays tribute to Joseph Nkaissery

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Colonel Mugambi: Nkaissery is the best friend I have ever had for 43 years - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

GREETINGS FROM THE MOUNTAINS IN WALES

Greetings from the Mountains in Wales where we have been holding a family holiday for a week. A land of mountains. If you think there are only hills in the county of Murang'a you are wrong. Just have a visit to the Mountains in Wales. Mountains after mountains without end. That is where we had a holiday with my family as from Friday 7th July, 2017. I thank God for giving me back my family from WhatsApp and Facebook as there was no network at the luxurious holiday home. There was Wifi in the house but we used our allocated data on our first night. In case you want to make a phone call you had to climb the hills to the get network. A nice quiet place with two floor holiday home where you use a bell to summon the family to the dinning room. There was an in-house swimming pool where everyone enjoyed. The nearest shop was 15 minutes away. The residents are only allowed to keep sheep and meat cows and according to the locals it is against the law to milk your cow because there is no processing milk factory in the area. I managed to talk to two shopkeepers in the area and they had this to say. A man with a shoe shop, 82 years told me: "I live with my mum who is 108 years and my two sisters, one 68 years and 74 years and they never married. We live as a family. I never married because if I marry the wife will bring confusion in our happy family. The second shopkeeper, a 33 year old lady told me: "I have never been to London. I am a village girl. I don't like going to town. The furthest town I have ever visited is Birmingham 120 miles from here." the lady said. The family shared the duties including nyama choma preparation. Games in the facility include games of badminton, volleyball and football, in-house swimming competition but the most popular one was mountain climbing. There are 4 mountains surrounding the holiday home which was a few metres from Irish Sea.

The holiday home was built on 1664 and you had to use a bell to summon the family to the dinning room

 

Mountain climbing was the most popular event where old and young enjoyed

 

 

Opposition outfit National Super Alliance has welcomed the appointment of John Kerry as an election

observer in the August polls, but asked the electoral commission to ensure every process remains credible.

 

 

Rtd. Captain Muigai eulogises Nkaissery - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

PRESIDENT UHURU COMFORTING SENATOR GG'S WIFE

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Francis Ole Kaparo's speech at Nkaissery's burial - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

The former prime minister believes public opinion is "moving" on quitting the EU, but admits he called the general election wrong.

 

 

DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN IN UK?

His name is Antony Mwaura in UK. His relatives haven't seen him since 2012. Anybody with

information about the above guy, please write to or call George in UK on 07888 88837.

 

HERI HOMES TEAM IN MILTON KEYNES AND LUTON THIS WEEKEND

Catch up with them and learn how you can buy your own home in Kenya

Heri Homes Team currently in UK will be in Milton Keynes and Luton as from Saturday 15th July 2017 to Monday 17th July, 2017. Catch up with them to learn how you can easily buy your own home in Kenya. Learn how you can secure a deposit to kick start the housing ladder. We money or without money you can start by joining their Sacco which will later help you to get a deposit for your dream house. Over 350 Kenyans in the Diaspora who have bought a property in Kenya this year from Heri Homes. 33 of them thought it was impossible to buy a property within their income. After getting an advice of how easy you can manage yourself they are now happy to join the property ladder. Whether you are buying a property in Kenya or not gauge yourself by contacting an expert on this issue. It is just a matter of connecting with the right people. Heri Homes will be having a stand at the Kenya and Friends in the Park on 29th July, 2017. For more information please contact Mary Njonjo currently in UK on 07404679182 or +254 737265816 (on WhatsApp) and her email: mary@herihomes.co.ke.

 

GG Kariuki passes on aged 79 - CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

 

 

North Korean Military Photos That Are Scaring The Entire Planet

The biggest piece of the North Korean military is the Korean People’s Army Ground Force. Consisting of over 1 million active soldiers, it’s kind of a big deal. In addition, there are several more million in reserve.

 

 

A Whispers from London (The cave you fear to enter...)

Written by: Man ManKambugua        E-mail: manman@fsmail.net     Facebook: Man Man Kambugua

 

On a day like any other day I found myself waking up in the morning, taking my breakfast and flipping channels of the Television and gazing at the ceiling not knowing what to do next. I was not on Holiday neither was I sick but circumstances beyond me had changed so much that they forced me to stay at home. After breakfast I went to the balcony and watched as other people were busy making their way to the city to work and I wondered whether I was indeed dreaming. Never in my life had I imagined myself joining those in the statistics of those who were unemployed. Now that I was unemployed, how was I going to support my young family? How was I going to fuel my car? What would I tell my friends who knew that I was working with a well-known international Company? I raised my head and looked in the sky for an answer and all what I could see were moving white clouds that were very pregnant with rain! If one threw a stone to anybody who was disappointed and frustrated, it would bleed Man Man alias L.J. Carlos.

Our Company had for many years had been doing very well. In each and every year we were voted the best and biggest Company in the world in our field. We had offices in almost every country in the world with Headquarters in New York and London so we were very well connected. So as to avoid diminishing returns, we opened some few sister companies which also happened to have no competition because their sales skyrocketed every now and then. Considering that the company had a good solid financial base with good international connections, our life was very good, so good that so many people wished they were us. May I open the lid and inform you that in the previous year, I had been given an award as one of the employees of the year (So what?!) which came with a generous amount cash and reputation (Again, what has that got to do with the price of fish?). The world was on our feet and we saw no misfortunes.

One morning after we had our ten o'clock tea, we heard a loud BANG, followed by another louder BANG! In the city. It was a bomb blast aimed at the American Embassy! All the buildings around the Embassy had either been flattened or damaged considerably by the effect of the bomb. Many people were killed and maimed thereby creating a very sad day for the country. All the local and international Television stations were focused on what had happened in the country.

When we went back to our offices, we had no idea that our business would be the first to be adversely affected. The cream of our business came from United States of America and the American Government had strongly advised her citizens not to travel to our country because of insecurity. Many other countries followed suit finally making our business to experience very low sales where it could not even break even. Obviously there was no way the company could sustain us so most of us were made redundant. Redundancy in this case meant that we ceased to be employees so our income flow had stopped. I hate living in a life of poverty but with no income, poverty was on its way if I did not play my cards early enough. How could something so good go so wrong all of a sudden? My father used to tell me that women will always find a wealthy man attractive even if he is ugly and has a face that looks like a combination of hills and valleys with a head that is shaped like a mountain peak. He also told me that when a man is broke, the only time he remembers that he is a man is when he goes to urinate because whatever he holds belongs to male gender.
We were all back to square one with many people looking for jobs that were not forthcoming. Others started small businesses with the redundancy money which either dried up or sprang up somehow. In short, our lives were never the same and some might never recover the sudden nightmare. That is how life is. Expect anything in life, do not sit pretty because what has a start has an end. My focus is on you my brother, my sister. Rejoice when everything is going on well but remember that what is good today can turn out to be a nightmare tomorrow.

I am assuming that you as a couple are in a very good relationship together. The devil of relationships in diaspora works overtime so if he has not visited you, a time will come when he will definitely visit you. Now that you can laugh and even take each other to the toilet at night (even if the toilet is only some few metres away from your bedroom), relax and give glory to God. I am also assuming that you are in very good relationship with your in-laws especially the sisters to your husband. If you can call them and they start laughing with you, then you are privileged and you have already won the first prize lottery of life. When all is going on well and your husband is alive, you are the best lady to have been born after Eve the faithful wife of Mr. Adam. To your in-laws you are everything good. All that goodness that they associate you with will disappear when your hubby will pass away. You will no longer answer to the name ‘our mum’ but ‘that prostitute’ who spends their son’s money. If the so called son died with nothing because he was not hardworking, you are to blame. Why? Because when he was alive, you never advised him to buy even a two centimetre plot. If he happen to die mysteriously, according to them, you poisoned him to acquire his property.

It is dangerous when the husband is the only breadwinner because tomorrow he can pass away. As a wife, being a housewife is like stepping on a log to cross a flooded, dangerous river. Chances of being swept away are very real. Get real and start working, enter into that cave of employment that you fear and stand on your feet for a better tomorrow.

Woo unto you my brother who looks after the children when your wife is working. It will be a very big mountain to climb for your wife to respect you if she is the one who pays the bills and buys food. With time, the devil in her will tell her that you are good for nothing. If you find that your feet and hers are very far apart when you go to bed, this is the time to know that there is no love and the relationship is in serious trouble. Forget those names you call yourselves when people are around, those are meant to boost your ego so that you can feed the children well when she is away. The days of her finding you sexy and nice stopped the moment you stopped bringing income in the house. Deep inside, your wife is frustrated that it is taking you too long to think of getting a job. In private, she seeks advice from her friends who highly advise her to find herself a plan B. Plan B is a man like you but the only difference is that he has money and is educated. By the time you realise that things have gone south, she will be in a very solid relationship. If you happen to look at the photos taken in the birthday of your kid sometimes back when you were a house husband, there is a possibility that you might find a man who is a stranger to you who attended. He might be a stranger to you but in reality there could be a triangular relationship between you and him with your wife at the apex. Every person in diaspora is capable of cheating. It is not rocket science! Enter that cave that you don’t know and bring income to avoid being messed aloud because poverty is a curse.

We will all die one day because we are mortal men. Imagine for a moment you are attending your hubby’s funeral and a teenage boy or a girl is reading eulogy and he or she is introduced as your hubby’s kid? What would you do and who do you blame for lack of such vital information? When you visit Africa, you hate to spend nights in the village because those village dwellers are primitive. When you go for holiday, spend time in the village. There is something about your husband that you don’t know that you will know before it is too late. Whether they live in a cave or in a mud hut, swallow your pride and spend time with them to equip yourself with more knowledge. Alternatively, just stay in a five star hotel in the city and you will be blank on what goes on behind your back.

You have heard your children describe those village relatives as animals. In fact, they have a feeling that those people walk on hooves and they are murderers. Last Christmas you were on Holiday when Uncle ‘Njothobu’ (Corrupt name for Joseph) killed a goat on your behalf to welcome you home. Your then thirteen year old kid that you now call Hammersmith and City saw it all. He saw Njothobu cut the goat head and testicles and then started to barbecue them and from there he formed an opinion that the uncle was a murderer. From that time, he does not want to look at him or even greet him with hands that have spilt blood which of course does not reflect very well on the African code of ethics. Your village relatives will not tell you but they have very little respect for your children. Slowly by slowly, they have earned a curse and that curse might affect generations and generations to come.

I am telling you to come out of your comfort zone because tomorrow will come and it will come with its own challenges. What will happen if you are made redundant and you have no income henceforth? Supposing your adopted country becomes hostile due to changing political changes in the world, what would happen to you and your family? If you find that your husband is in another relationship and has nothing to do with you, what would you do? What of if you find that your wife is cheating on you? Is this the time to rebuke the devil in her by praying by jumping up and down and chasing imaginary demons? I would not want to comment on such an issue but in private there is what I tell my children Juma, Fatuma and Idi inside the walls of our home in Birmingham.

Don’t fear to tackle anything or anybody because life is precious and very short. Here is my message - The cave you fear to enter has the treasure that you seek.


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Kenya will remain, after August 8. It has to be peaceful. It has to be secure. It has to be united.

That is the legacy General Nkaissery would have loved to see. That's what we must give him.

 

 

 

 

Úgî wî mbere ya Hinya

 

Bitcoin, the most powerful currency on planet earth

BITCOIN HITS RECORD HIGH HEADING TO $10,000 PER BITCOIN

The Bitcoin closed on Saturday 15th July 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2023.29 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Sunday 25th June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,601.04 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Saturday 10th June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,900.00 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 9th June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,838.38 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 5th June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,654.96 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 2nd June 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,444.83 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Wednesday 31st May 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,277.85 against the US Dollar

The Bitcoin closed on Friday 26th May 2017 with  exchange rate  of 2,256.87 against the US Dollar

On 3rd May 2017 the Bitcoin was worth $1,555.6 today Thursday 11th May - 1 Bitcoin = 1,873.63 US Dollar

For more information contact Mr. Seed on 07951220695 or misterseed@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

 

 

The Kenyan Rich Must Voluntarily Donate their Riches

The Kenyan Rich Must Voluntarily Donate their Riches to Worthy causes...Failing which Taxes of up to 35% on death are overdue......

The last few days have seen the death of GG Karikuki and now Nicholas Biwott. Biwott may have been worth nearly 100 billion shillings, perhaps more. GG had land worth hundreds of millions. Njenga Karume, Saitoti, Michuki, Mutula Kilonzo, Kirima, J.J Kamotho are also billionaires who died not long ago. Their combined wealth could buy for cash several Kenyan counties, including their poor and starving inhabitants.

We know the richest men in our country are politicians or ex-politicians. We also know few acquired their riches honestly. Truth be said many of them STOLE or used their positions to access very lucrative business opportunities, including crucially public land.

Rich Kenyans esprcially ex-politicians need to give their grotesque wealth up to benefit society and also as restitution for what they stole or acquired fraudulently. The governmnet should courageously impose death taxes on a graduated scale up to 35% for estates in excess of 500 million shillings, to be used specifically for socially beneficial programs such as health, scientific/medical research and education. Excess wealth must be used to benefit the society from where it was extracted or STOLEN.

This will help reduce the shameful and growing inequality in our country. Some of the most prestigious universities and public facilities in the US are from billions left by individuals who understood better than the Kenyan billionaires the danger of getting enslaved by excess wealth. Rockefeller, Carnegie, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett,Michael Bloomberg and Mark Zuckerberg all understood this common sense. The rich in Kenya too must do likewise.

If the rich knew they will lose much of their billions to the taxman on their death, they would put it into better use while alive.

The richest amongst us have a unique responsibility to make society better than they found it. It's the least they can do.

I invite those interested in understanding the need for higher taxes on wealth to read a book called "Capital in the 21st Century" by Thomas Piketty. - Copyright: Alex Kamau 2017.

 

 

 

Mutula Kilonzo drank with friends died at his home
 Otieno Kajwang drank with friends collapsed at home after the drinks.
 Fidel Odinga drank with friends found dead at home.
 Nkaissery drank with friends collapsed at home after the drinks.
 Stop drinking with friends, drink with enemies and when you drink dont go home

 

 

 

 

 

Safaricom goes for photo IDs to block M-Pesa fraud


Telecoms operator Safaricom’s mobile money agents will soon start using photos to identify those withdrawing or depositing money on the popular M-Pesa platform in a new push to curb fraud. Safaricom said it has distributed about 25,000 pre-programmed smartphones to its mobile money agents to be used in registration of new SIM cards. The process involves capturing faces of SIM card owners and storing digital copies of the same for retrieval during M-Pesa transactions. Safaricom, which has 28.1 million registered customers and 19 million active M-Pesa users, said the special phones in use for registration are linked to the Registrar of Persons’ database, helping verify the data as it is fed into the system. Safaricom says the digital database, which is also being populated with photos of existing subscribers, should ease service delivery as agents and customer care representatives need not ask for proof of identity prior to allowing a transaction. The Business Daily has established that M-Pesa agents will be conducting all transactions through the company-issued mobile phones, allowing them to validate the national ID card details presented to them and the person doing so. “Using an application in the phone, the agent keys in the customer’s registration details then takes a photo of the documents and the person registering,” Stephen Chege, Safaricom’s corporate affairs director, told the Business Daily. “The big win from this process is the photo evidence of the person registering. This will eliminate use of stolen personal identification documentation to commit fraud,” Safaricom says. The law requires telecoms firms (or their appointed agents) to register SIM card owners after noting down their “full name, identity card number, date of birth, gender, physical and postal address.”

Improve security
Safaricom, however, seems to be using the new registration format to enhance its database and lift its customer security levels to those of commercial banks. M-Pesa has been the target of fraudsters who explore loopholes in its processes to steal money from customers. Fraudsters have used different methods, including stolen or forged national identity cards, to register different M-Pesa accounts and use the same to steal funds from other people’s M-Pesa accounts. Besides, conmen have called customers to inform them that they have won some money in a competition and through a series of instructions shepherded unsuspecting users to the point of sending money to the fraudsters as a prerequisite to accessing their winnings. Fraudsters have also got some customers to reveal year of birth (which is often but insecurely used as PIN numbers), ID numbers and a few recent transactions and used the information to draw funds from their M-Pesa accounts. In 2011, a convicted criminal serving time at the Kamiti Maximum Prison, forged an ID card belonging to retired Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), General Jeremiah Kianga. The fraudster conned Kenyans off thousands of shillings via mobile money with the promise of enrolling them in the army. Last March, police in Eldoret arrested a man suspected of stealing over Sh180,000 from mobile money agents in Nandi using dozens of stolen SIM cards and ID cards, which were used to register M-Pesa lines. The failure by some mobile money agents to countercheck the identity of a customer with that on the ID card presented often leads to fraudulent withdrawals from customers’ accounts. “This (