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Treasury Department triggers removal of Kenya’s electric wheelchair ahead of AGM

Kenya Power CEO Vivienne Yeda. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Kenya Power Chairwoman Vivienne Yeda will leave the utility after the Treasury Department decided not to support her re-election at the company’s annual general meeting scheduled for December 16.

Ms. Yeda, who was hired in November 2020 to lead Kenya Power’s turnaround, told investors she would be quitting on the day of the shareholders’ meeting.

Sources at the utility believe the new government was unhappy with its tenure at Kenya Power and its connections to top State House officials under the Uhuru government.

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Her departure will add to the instability in Kenya Power’s board and senior management that has resulted in directors resigning in rapid succession.

“We received a letter dated November 18 from the Treasury expressing the government’s desire to remove Vivienne as Kenya Power’s director,” said a senior Kenya Power official, who asked not to be identified. “Vivienne didn’t want to fight and withdrew.”

The Business Daily saw excerpts from the letter from the Ministry of Finance, which holds 51.01 per cent of the voting rights in Kenya Power, and requested a special notice on the agenda of the AGM calling for Ms Yeda’s dismissal.

Traditionally, a change in administration has often sparked tremors in semi-state circles as the president and ministers seek to exert their influence over state-run corporations previously used as centers of patronage by previous regimes.

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William Ruto was sworn in as Kenya’s fifth President on September 13.

Ms. Yeda’s term was due to expire in November 2023.

“Ms. Vivienne Yeda has announced her resignation as Director effective as of the date of the AGM,” Kenya Power said in a public statement yesterday.

Ms. Yeda is also CEO of the East Africa Development Bank.

She joined Kenya Power in 2020 on a newly formed board tasked with restructuring the company and recovering the utility from losses.

In May, three directors – Elizabeth Rogo, Abdulrazaq Ali and Caroline Kittony-Waiyaki – appointed alongside Ms Yeda, resigned under unclear circumstances, leaving the utility with a shortage of independent board members.

The board departures came days after Kenya Power appointed a new acting chief executive, Geoffrey Waswa Muli, to replace Rosemary Oduor, who had served in the same capacity since August 2021.

The company said in the middle of this month Mr Muli would take over Ms Oduor immediately when she went on annual leave.

Ms. Oduor succeeded Bernard Ngugi, who also resigned last August.

Mr Ngugi became the fourth CEO in four years to leave the company amid a boardroom dispute that came months after the court dismissed a motion to remove him from previous procurement deals.

He had come under pressure from the board and shareholders for turnaround plans in the wake of a series of losses at the energy supplier. He resigned barely two years after being appointed to a three-year term.

Last year the Kenya Electrical Trades and Allied Workers Union (Ketawu) threatened to go on strike to press for the resignation of Ms Yeda and the three directors.

The strike threat came at a time when the anti-corruption watchdog had subpoenaed non-executive Kenya Power board members to include statements about procurement battles that had rocked that utility weeks after Mr Ngugi’s departure.

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A source for the company said the new board has taken an active role in management, including questioning sourcing decisions and abandoning management’s strategy of increasing tariffs, which officials believed would lift Kenya Power out of the red .

In July 2018, Kenya Power faced a crisis after its chief executive and several senior executives were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit economic crimes and abuse of office. They all denied the allegations.

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Rwanda is terrified as Uganda, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo shake hands Mon, 21 Nov 2022 06:51:47 +0000

The Congolese Revolutionary Army, commonly referred to as the March 23 Movement or M23, is a rebel military force stationed in the eastern parts of Congo. They were driven to Rwanda and Uganda by Congolese and UN forces in 2012–2013 and pursued. The return of M23 in the current era has wreaked havoc in Congo. To increase its influence on the territory of its resource-rich neighbor, Rwanda has long supported the M23. But now that three African countries have joined forces to permanently crush the insurgency, the Rwandan government is cold.

According to recent reports, Uganda is sending 1,000 troops to the DRC to help the government fight rebel groups.

This decision was taken following the deployment of troops from Kenya to the DRC to support the fight against the M23 rebel organization in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province.

The Ugandan army, which is already at odds with the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group with bases in the country, has announced that it will deploy about 1,000 troops to the eastern Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo before the end of the month becomes.

According to the Ugandan army spokesman Brigadier General Felix Kulaigye, the group intended for this mission has been in training for months. Plans to train and deploy this unit have been in the works since June this year.

The M-23 Movement:

Formed in 2012, the M23 claimed to defend the interests of Congolese Tutsis, a group sharing the ethnicity of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, against armed Hutu groups, and in the same year captured Goma, the largest city in eastern DR Congo. After a peace deal in 2013, many M23 fighters were integrated into the national military.

The group resumed fighting in late 2021 after years of lying dormant, accusing the government of failing to honor an agreement to integrate its fighters.

It has since seized much of North Kivu territory, including the key town of Bunagana on the Uganda border in June.

For months, M23 has been conducting its most sustained offensive in years, killing dozens and forcing at least 40,000 people to flee in just a week. Almost 200,000 people had been displaced before the latest wave of violence last year.

DR Congo has repeatedly accused Rwanda of supporting the rebels, a claim Rwanda has repeatedly denied.

Rwanda may claim no ties to the M-23 movement, but the data clearly shows otherwise. You see, a significant portion of the world’s reserves of cobalt, copper, diamonds, tantalum, tin and gold are found in Congo. It is the main export revenue stream of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Since M23 can help Rwanda access these reserves, it is quite conceivable that Rwanda will fund the organization for this purpose in order to quickly benefit from the minerals.

In addition, Rwanda has been exposed to cross-border smuggling of the minerals.

Rwanda accepts defeat?

However, the Rwandan government has started acting like a cat in a hot rocks as key African states like Kenya and Uganda join forces with the Democratic Republic of the Congo to take down M-23s. Recently, Kenya’s former President Uhuru Kenyatta went after Rwandan leader Paul Kagame over the need for M23 rebels to cease fire and withdraw from captured areas in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the East African Community (EAC) bloc ).

This is a fundamental departure from Rwanda’s existing foreign policy agenda, make no mistake about it. It means, albeit ambiguously, that the Rwandan government has agreed to support the M-23 movement. Rwanda is scared and left alone while other powerful African states come to the DRC’s aid. The Rwandan government’s support for M-23 may soon end as isolation from its neighbors could be fatal for the country’s government at home and abroad. As such, without financial or military support from Rwanda, the M-23 could soon end up on the ash heap of history.

State of Tech layoffs in Kenya and abroad in 2022 Wed, 16 Nov 2022 07:03:06 +0000

Internet companies around the world are having a tough time. This was confirmed by the number of layoffs, hiring freezes and investment freezes to develop new products and services.

Some of the world’s top tech companies have been hit, including Meta, which owns Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Microsoft.

However, you might ask what’s going on? Well, there’s been talk of inflation, the war in Ukraine and a generally weak economy – all of which have affected these companies and others even outside of the tech space.

The pandemic has also accelerated this development – and the layoffs have been stronger after Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition, and the billionaire fired more than 50 percent of the microblogging platform’s employees, although he has done so since admitted to having made a mistakeand brings back some of the laid-off workers.


Overall, it can be argued that the layoffs were motivated by revenue concerns these companies have as advertisers reassess their ad spend. Advertisers also fear a case of recession in a highly uncertain macroeconomic environment.

Which tech companies have laid off their employees for this purpose and how many people were affected? Well, here’s a list of the organizations we’ve been able to round up so far:

As of today, we got to know this ecommerce giant Amazon plans to lay off 10,000 employees this week. According to reports, some workers have been informed of this development so that they can take the necessary precautions. Amazon has also reported that it will pause on hiring companies.

Apple, the maker of iPhones and MacBooks, has also slowed hiring and will only fill necessary positions. So far, however, she has not fired anyone.

Twitter, of course, has received more media coverage thanks to its new owner, who is the richest person in the world. When Elon took over the platform, he laid off more than 50 percent of the staff. Up to 5,500 workers and contractors are said to have been laid off so far.

Meta, The company, which operates Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus, has also announced job cuts affecting 11,000 workers. The company has had a very tough year that has been attractive to both users and advertisers. It was also in a platform battle with Tiktok, which it is no match for. Meta has also massively failed to push the Metaverse agenda.

chip manufacturer intel was not spared either. Apparently it is preparing layoffs this quarter. It also plans to reduce operating costs by up to $10 million. Reason? Well, the PC market is declining worldwide, which has negatively impacted Intel.

Patreon laid off 17 percent of its workforce (80 employees) at the beginning of September.

Google stopped half of its incubation projects. Some like Project Loon were dissolved in January 2021, affecting key markets like Kenya. More recently, incubator workers have been encouraged to look for new jobs and this has affected 1,400 workers.

Snapchat has laid off 20 percent of its workforce. It is also said to have canceled many projects related to the social media platform.

After laying off 260 workers reportedly fired hundreds of other employees after August this year. in the same breath FTXa crypto exchange platform has since filed for bankruptcy after losing at least $1 billion of its customers’ money.

automaker Rivianwhich makes electric vehicles, some of which have found their way to Kenya, has now laid off 6 percent of its employees.

Streaming service in mid-2022 Netflix 300 people released. This was motivated by the loss of subscribers, but the company has since regained its numbers. It also has a free service in Kenya and plans to introduce ad-supported and cheaper plans to target more subscribers.

Around June this year also music streaming service Spotify also announced that it plans to cut hiring by 25 percent. Spotify, which has since launched in Kenya, is active in the African market and continues to experiment with new products.


So far, some tech startups in Kenya have closed their businesses or laid off some of their employees.

Kune food closed shop after raising tens of millions of shillings. Before the closure in June 2022, 70 percent of the workforce had already been laid off.

Notify logistics also closed his shop. The company said it was unable to stay afloat due to high operating costs.

Last month, Send announced it had suspended utility services. It also came at a cost, as the company was forced to lay off 20 percent of its employees. It now focuses on fulfillment services.

We learned that too today Twiga Foods is reduced. With a workforce of 1000 employees, it is laying off some of them. Twiga will also downgrade some employee benefits. It also plans to upgrade its commercial development representatives to agents and plans to move operations to an agency model for the sales department.

Startups have had a rough time in 2022, and current trends are reportedly not going away anytime soon. It is also now evident that VC funding has been slow around the world. For example, the technology sector has reported poor performance, which in turn has limited VC’s ability to raise money. The general fallout has affected all other startups.

As said, these trends have been attributed to inflation and geopolitical conflicts. Central banks in different parts of the world have been everywhere trying to phase out the COVID-19-era stimulus that was reportedly accelerating valuations. Some have raised interest rates, with notable sell-offs in stock markets, even for startups. Development follows such companies to this day.

The slowing investment is not expected to end any time soon as the recovery from the economic crisis will take a long time.

Sad reality of Kenya’s runners who have been banned for doping but are injured Sun, 13 Nov 2022 06:00:33 +0000
Wilson Kipsang from Kenya crosses on 13. [AFP]

Kenya is on the verge of being banned from international athletics competitions as a number of athletes become embroiled in doping scandals.

As the athletics world absorbs the rising number of Kenyan athletes being sanctioned for using banned substances, key stakeholders in the sports industry remain engaged in finger-pointing.

So far, the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak) has sanctioned 22 athletes whose names have yet to be released.

There are also another nine active cases amid claims that there have been conspiracies to hide the names of some drug scammers.

The main players – sports federations, sports ministries, athletes and medical professionals – all bear a fair share of the blame for the dirty doping business that has tarnished Kenya’s image since 1988 when the first Kenyan, Cosmas Ndeti, was banned for doping.

And as the matter continues to be investigated, today The Sunday Standard is able to unveil the list of drug scammers whose names have not been made public but have been sanctioned by Adak.

It includes Shieys Chepkosgei (from December 27, 2020 to December 5, 2022); Jedidah Wanjiru Karungu (December 20, 2018 to December 21, 2022); Bernard Kiplangat Kibilo (January 30, 2019 to January 30, 2023); Henry Kosgei (November 19, 2020 to November 20, 2024); Willy Kipkemoi Rotich (December 11, 2018 to December 12, 2022); Beatrice Jepkorir Rutto (June 5, 2021 to June 6, 2025); Joy Kemuma Loyce (October 13, 2020 to October 14, 2024); Purity Talam (February 12, 2022 to February 13, 2026); Wilson Mutua Maina (December 20, 2019 to December 21, 2023); Boniface Mbuvi Mwema (December 20, 2019 to December 21, 2023) and Joseph Mbatha (December 20, 2019 to December 21, 2023).

Banned for life

Others include Patrick Kipyegon Terer (four-year suspension effective February 24, 2020); Henry Cheruiyot Kosgei (banned for life effective February 4, 2021);
Alpha’s Leken Kishoyian (July 28, 2020 to July 29, 2024); George Ngángá Kimotho (April 2, 2021 to April 3, 2025); Selly Jepkemoi Korir (September 15, 2020 to September 16, 2024); Henry Sang (October 22, 2020 to October 23, 2024); Joan Rotich Nancy (February 28, 2020 to February 29, 2024); Phenus Kipleting (March 31, 2021 to April 1, 2023); Whyvone Isuza (September 6, 2021 to September 7, 2025); Martha Wanjiru Njoroge (August 4, 2021 to August 5, 2023) and Judith Jengétich (August 4, 2021 to August 25, 2025).

Adak also exclusively shared with The Sunday Standard a list of the nine athletes who have been provisionally suspended for unspecified substances. They are Teddy Otengo Osok (from March 1, 2022), Keli Everlyne Symbua (from May 29, 2022), Phenus Kipleting (from March 31, 2022), Vincent Kiplangát Koskei (from July 25, 2022), Perister Morangi (from July 7, 2022). July 2022). , 2022), Stellah Barsosio Chepngétich (as of March 1, 2022), Eric Kumari Taki (already sanctioned by the Athletics Integrity Unit) and Gloria Kite (as of September 2, 2022).

Adak CEO Sarah Shibutse recognizes the seriousness of the issue and calls on stakeholders to continue supporting the agency. A change in the law, she says, now allows those who test positive for banned substances to be published.

“In the previous code from 2016, when an athlete tested positive, we were only allowed to inform the athlete, national and international federations, and it was up to the athlete to pass on the information.

“We could tell other parties that it is confidential until the final decision is made. AIU started releasing ahead of the 2021 Code, which gives us the latitude to release,” Shibutse said.

Everyone involved, she added, agreed to release any information on the tentative list.

fake injuries

“It was a collective agreement. Adak had previously hesitated because we didn’t want a case that would suppress other anti-doping violations. We could lose cases before the tribunal,” she said.

“We avoided that. We were cautious. We realized that it was better to help sports federations to publish. Wada recognized the decision. It’s easier now. But we agree that there are cartels in the fight against doping and we’re trying to break into these cartels. It really takes a lot of money.”

Noah Busienei, a former athlete and now a coach, said athletes pay anti-doping agencies to avoid having their names published.

“They give bribes so an athlete can’t be named. Some athletes were asked to pay Sh7 to Sh8 million not to be named. Such athletes feign injuries or claim to be on maternity leave,” Busienei said. “It’s shocking that an athlete can win a big race, make good money and then go on maternity leave in great shape. Usually it’s the other way around. A lot of managers, he said, are just out to make money. Let’s do that avoid.” Brokers who transact our athletes. Then we have a permanent solution.”

Wilson Kipsang, a former world marathon record holder who is serving a four-year ban for not updating his whereabouts, said there are many factors leading to the rise in the number of those using banned substances.

“There are so many challenges that have led to an increase in the number of doping cases in Kenya. There is a problem of updating the whereabouts,” Busienei said.

“An athlete must be in constant communication with the person responsible for updating their whereabouts. The pros can update themselves. I have no regrets because there was a mess. They came to me at 10 p.m. and postponed. I never missed my slots.”

Athletics Kenya, he said, should do more to raise awareness among athletes about doping.

“There is insufficient awareness of the issue of whereabouts. AK should conduct awareness seminars on doping across the country. AK should do this more often, there are many new athletes coming,” he said, adding that many athletes have been banned but names are not allowed to be published even for two years.

Athletes must designate one hour per day during which doping control officers can locate them for testing. If you fail to do this after four attempts within 10 months, you will be banned for four years.

dr Kipchumba Byron, an expert in kinesiology and exercise science from the University of Georgia, said much needs to be done to combat the threat.

Medicines are available

“There are limited awareness campaigns in Kenya. I also think Adak is limited in terms of its resources to fulfill its core mission. The agency is responsible for sample collection for testing. They are budget constrained,” he said, adding that sanctioning an athlete alone does not help the process.

“Athletes are workers; they work in sports economics for different units. You are the producers. This comes from AK, Adak, managers and many others. The first line of income is the manager, who receives a percentage, support and bonuses. Most athletes don’t realize how much they’re entitled to in racing. Penalties imposed on athletes should be distributive. But lumping everything together for athletes while these drugs are well out of reach of athletes isn’t fair. The majority of medications are available but must be prescribed by a competent person.”

He added that the hunger for quick cash drives many athletes to use banned substances, but the impact is far-reaching.

“It has physiological and psychological effects. There is also blood doping, where an athlete takes part of the blood and stores it, to then transfuse it after some time. It affects the red blood cells. The introduction of blood biological passports has made it possible to do this to expose.” . This is one of the reasons for the increasing number of doping cases,” said Dr. Kipchumba.

Wada found a way to detect the masking agents.

“Most of our problems are local. It is the interests of foreign managers who exploit the athletes. When an athlete gets injured in Kenya, they usually take him abroad, where we suspect doping is taking place,” Kipchumba said, adding that there is a need to repeal the sports law to protect the country’s athletes from foreign manipulation to preserve. “We need to change the law to make all athlete support staff accountable. Work permits should include an accountability clause if an athlete fails a drug test.”

He also calls for a structured mechanism to manage foreigners dealing with Kenyan athletes. “Adak should have people who understand sports science and policy making in the country,” he said.

Most of the banned substances are stocked in drugstores and pharmacies, as some are used to treat asthma and pneumonia.

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Kenya should “curb the appetite for borrowing”, says the chairman of the budget committee Thu, 10 Nov 2022 06:52:00 +0000

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NAIROBI, Nov 10 (Reuters)The Kenyan government has decided to lower its lending rates, especially in the domestic market to stimulate lending to companiesthe chairman of of Parliament This was announced by the budget committee on Thursday.

PThe administration of resident William Ruto, who took over in mid-September, is on board revise his budget for this fiscal year to reduce spending by 300 billion Kenyan shillings ($2.47 billion).

“We need to curb our appetite for borrowing,” Ndindi Nyoro, the board’s chairman, said at a meeting to discuss the fiscal year 2023/24 (July-June) budget.

TThe revision is expected to bring the projected budget deficit for the current fiscal year down to 5.8% of GDP from the original 6.2%, the Finance Ministry said.

Economic growth is expected to rise to 6% next year, from an estimated 5.3% this year, Finance Minister Njuguna Ndung’u said at the same budget preparation meeting.

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Pope Francis accepts the resignation of the Catholic Bishop of Kitale in Kenya and appoints his successor Fri, 04 Nov 2022 22:30:29 +0000

Mons. Odonya began his priestly formation in 1997 at St. Mary’s Propaedeutic Molo Seminary in the Diocese of Nakuru, Kenya.

He later joined St. Augustine Mabanga Seminary in Bungoma Diocese and St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Nairobi Archdiocese for his philosophical and theological studies respectively.

As a priest, the bishop-designate has served in various capacities, including parish vicar of the parishes of Kapcherop and Ndalat in the diocese of Eldoret; Pastor of the parishes of Kapcherop and Kolongolo and Chepchoina of the diocese of Kitale and as Fidei Donum priest.

At the national level, the graduate of the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, where he obtained a degree in Missiology in 2018, has been President of the Association of Fidei Donum Priests in Kenya and President of the Priests’ Association of the Diocese.

At the time of his appointment as bishop, Mons. Odonya served as Former Former at St. Patrick’s Philosophy House in the Archdiocese of Durban, South Africa.

Once ordained bishop, the Kenyan-born cleric, who will become the youngest Catholic bishop in the East African country, will serve as second local ordinary of the 11,737-square-kilometer diocese established in April 1998.

The diocese is reported to have a population of 264,000 Catholics Statistics 2019 and is part of the ecclesiastical province of Kisumu.

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a keen interest in communications related to the Catholic Church. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has extensive experience in the media production industry. He currently works as a journalist for ACI Africa.

Busia County struggles with CD shortages while the rest of Kenya worries about drought and starvation Tue, 01 Nov 2022 10:52:31 +0000

At a time when Kenya is going through a period of drought and famine, Busia County is struggling with an acute shortage of condoms.

Photo for illustration purposes only. Source: Kenyan News Agency.
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The worrying revelation is that some residents have resorted to recycling the produce while waiting for a new broadcast, NTV reports.

Busia, a border town linking Kenya with neighboring Uganda, is a hub for business and pleasure.

One of the booming businesses in the area is commercial sex work as there is an influx of truck drivers entering and leaving Kenya 24 hours a day.

This explains why shortages of condoms are fatal for many residents who want to indulge in sexual pleasure after a long day at work.

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According to the call girls, the state condoms provided free of charge are hard to come by these days.

This can be attributed to a drop in funding from foreign donors, which has made it difficult to claim the merchandise, as it has been.

“Sometimes you find someone washing a used condom before you use it again and that means it’s easy to rupture because the lubricating oil isn’t there,” said one of them.

According to the director of medical services in Busia Janerose Ambuchi, the practice should be discouraged because it exposes users to sexually transmitted infections.

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Their concerns come at a time when the rest of the country is searching for answers to a biting drought that is leaving many Kenyans struggling to survive.

Images of emaciated citizens and dead animals circulated across mainstream and social media, with the public asking for government intervention.

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Alice Awiti wins the first top 100 brands popular by women golf tournament in Kenya Sat, 29 Oct 2022 18:45:53 +0000

Alice Awiti emerged as the winner of the inaugural Top 100 Brands loved by women in Kenya golf tournament, held at the Windsor Country Hotel and Golf Club, Nairobi.

Handicap 44 Alice Awiti accumulated a total of 47 points to win the inaugural edition of the championship organized by the Top 100 Brands Loved by Women in Kenya.

C.Muchuru took the men’s top honor after finishing the game with 41 points, while Chris Kinuthia and M.Irungu each scored 40 points to finish second and third.

Ruth Omwansa, L, receives her Best Lady trophy

Handicap 23 Ruth Omwansa recorded 41 points to win the best lady award while Doris Night and Irene Kimeu finished second and third respectively.

Albert Gitonga endured tough resistance to win the front nine prize with 23 points, while Jonathan Marucha returned a core of 21 points to win the best back nine.

Doris Night took her second prize of the night after emerging as the top female player in the long drive category, while the men’s award was won by Gicheru Kimani.

Golfers pose for a photograph during the TMLB tournament at Windsor Golf Club

Hillary Tororey was the winner in the Men’s Closest to Pin category while Gladys Mboya won the award among the women golfers.

Organized by the top 100 brands that women love in Kenya, the tournament was designed to empower women and help raise the level of the game among women.

The desire of all brands, companies and organizations to participate in our inaugural TMLB golf tournament has equally demonstrated their strong belief in our cause and their confidence in promoting the top 100 brands loved by women,” noted Eva Muraya, Founder and CEO of BSD Group.

BSD Group Founder and CEO – Eva Muraya (left) – awards one of the participants of the Top 100 Inaugural Golf Tournament during the Gala Dinner.

She added: “As such, this forum is setting the pace to promote the need, and place much more emphasis on the need to recognize and learn what women are essentially like – the engine of the country’s economic and business growth.” .”

The one-day championship attracted 150 players.

Missing Kenyan executive ‘killed’: Indian high commissioner meets with President Ruto to speed up investigation Tue, 25 Oct 2022 02:31:01 +0000 Days after a close aide of Kenyan President William Ruto claimed that former senior television director Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan, who had been missing in that country since July, had been killed along with another Indian national, the Indian High Commissioner in Nairobi met Ruto and shared this with “deep concern” and called for the investigation of the matter to be expedited.

MEA official spokesman Arindam Bagchi said Monday: “We have been in regular contact with the Kenyan government to establish the whereabouts of the two missing Indian nationals, Mr. Mohammad Zaid Sami Kidwai and Mr. Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan.”

“Our High Commissioner in Nairobi, Ms. Namgya Khampa, today called on President William Samoei Ruto to express our deep concern and to request the expediting of investigations into this matter,” he said. “The High Commissioner of Kenya in New Delhi was also summoned to the ministry on October 23 to share our concerns on the matter,” added the MEA spokesman.

The State Department said the “specific circumstances of the kidnapping and the subsequent lack of information are very worrying. We expect the case to be thoroughly investigated.”

Bagchi said the Indian High Commission in Kenya is in contact with and supporting the family members of the two Indians. “The case is being actively investigated by the Kenya Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit (IAU). We have found that several people have been taken into custody in connection with this, including officers from the Kenya Police Force’s recently abolished Special Service Unit,” he said, adding that the ministry continues to monitor any developments related to the case.

It has emerged that Khan, 48, has been embroiled in a bitter struggle between political parties in Kenya, where general elections were held in August this year. William Ruto won the election and became president in September of that year after defeating incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.

Khan was reportedly tapped by Ruto’s team, who were in opposition, for helping with the social media campaign. It is understood that this did not go down well with the Kenyan ruling establishment led by Kenyatta. As a result, Khan was kidnapped – a claim backed up by President Ruto’s adviser Dennis Itumbi.

In a post on Twitter, he said the missing Indian was killed by the now-defunct Special Service Unit (SSU), a group accused of extrajudicial killings.

Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan and his friend Mohamed Zaid Sami Kidwai, who were part of Kenya Kwanza’s digital campaign team, disappeared from Mombasa Road in July along with taxi driver Nicodemus Mwania. The two worked for Ruto’s campaign, said Itumbi, who was a key figure in the campaign.

He praised them, saying on Twitter, “Sometimes when our team was overwhelmed and we needed graphics, I would send (material) to them and they would interrupt whatever they were doing and do me the favor.”

“They visited Mombasa, Homa Bay, (Masai) Mara, Nyama Choma venues and also loved our dance venues. They invited me to India; I told them that I would visit them after (the) elections. Their eyes were primarily focused on enjoying Kenya as much as possible. When they sat down, they produced very engaging content,” he added.

“As usual, they (Zaid and Khan) always did something special. A meme here, a video there, a Box quote and more,” he said. “We even had a Telegram group that rarely fell silent and had endless ideas.”

Just two days before their return to India, Itumbi recalled learning that the duo had lost a phone during an evening. “You couldn’t be reached. Only recently did I finally get to know her painful final moments in the hands of people whose sole mission was to ensure that Dr. Ruto will not become president even if it means killing people,” he said. “In this case, they killed people whose only fault was being our friends.”

The Twitter posts follow President Ruto’s order last Saturday to order the disbandment of the SSU after an investigation into the disappearance of the two Indians was linked to the entity, according to a Kenyan media report. Officials who served in the unit are also being investigated.

The Foreign Ministry said the Indian government has been in contact with Kenyan authorities on the matter.

Bagchi had said last week: “As far as we know, there were two Indian nationals, Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan and Zaid Sami Kidwai, and they have been missing in Kenya since mid-July. Shortly thereafter, a police complaint was filed there… A habeas corpus petition was then filed with the Kenyan court. We are aware that the matter is now before the Kenyan High Court and a number of hearings have taken place.”

Khan was COO of Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms and former CEO of Indian entertainment channel Star Plus. A friend of Khan’s said Sunday his friends only knew what had been reported in the media.
His friends had previously said that Khan was visiting Kenya as a tourist and his family and friends did not hear from him around July 21. Earlier this month, his friends asked the authorities in India and Kenya for help in tracking him down. Khan, a Mumbai resident, left for Kenya in the last week of June, a friend said last week.

On October 20, his friends shared a note repeating that he was in Kenya as a tourist and had met several Indians there as tourists.

Difficult tasks await Kenyan leader Ruto’s cabinet to adjust policy Sat, 22 Oct 2022 07:24:02 +0000


Kenyan President William Ruto’s government is forming, and cabinet candidates are buying into his regional agenda.

This week, a National Assembly special committee had reviewed more than half of the nominees by Friday. The team of 22 technocrats and politicians will take office once the National Assembly has approved their nomination and formal appointment by President Ruto. They defended the president’s policies, including facilitating the movement of goods by reducing congestion on the main corridors.

Once confirmed and sworn into office, the new cabinet is expected to address various challenges affecting East Africa’s largest economy.

Some of these challenges include drought that has claimed lives in parts of the country, high cost of living, insecurity and high costs of doing business.

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Appearing before the 15-member parliamentary committee chaired by National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula, the trade, energy and infrastructure nominees identified roles likely to extend beyond Kenya‘s borders.


CS nominee for Trade, Investment and Industry Moses Kuria said he would hire other trade ministers from Africa to get the US to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

The US will host the meeting of trade ministers and senior officials from sub-Saharan countries in December to discuss expanding trade and investment ties and implementing the AGOA.

Kenya enjoys substantial duty-free access to the US market through the AGOA, a preferential trade program for sub-Saharan Africa, but expires in September 2025.

Kenya's Trade, Investment and Industry CS candidate Moses Kuria.

Kenya’s Trade, Investment and Industry CS candidate Moses Kuria. He said he would hire other trade ministers from Africa to get the US to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NMG

Trade Agreement with Africa

Mr Kuria is also expected to lead Kenya’s negotiations with the US government, which is seeking both bilateral and multilateral trade deals with Africa.

Official data shows that exports to the US rose 47 percent to Shillings 38.8 billion in the first half of the year, on the back of rising apparel sales. Mr. Kuria’s immediate regional focus is on resolving pending trade wars with neighboring Uganda over milk, sugar and poultry products, among other things.

Mr Kuria accompanied President William Ruto to Uganda and Tanzania where the issue of trade barriers was discussed.

“The Trade Minister of Uganda told me something profound; that Uganda imports million-day-old chicks from Kenya every week that eventually become sexually mature, how can you refuse eggs from your own hen? asked Mr Kuria in a tweet about his recent meeting in Uganda.

Sales of Kenyan-made goods to Uganda fell slightly to Ksh36.2 billion (US$298 million) during the period from Ksh36.3 billion (US$299 million) in the same half last year.

Uganda imports from Kenya

Kampala’s list of imports from Kenya has narrowed over the years as investors set up factories in the country to manufacture goods previously imported from Nairobi, including cooking oils and cement.

When asked about the Export Processing Zones (EPZ), Kuria said the ministry will set up aggregation centers in each county to help locals pool their exports, saying it will boost value creation and export.

On exporting Kenyan goods abroad, he said his ministry would increase the number of commercial attachés.

“We will be strengthening commercial attachés around the world. They will be more than the ambassadors,” he said.

The ministry will take care of producers who have left Kenya and provide them with a plan on how to support their ventures.

Stock in key markets

On plans to use the EAC market, Kuria said the ministry will work to set up warehouses in key markets that will only sell Kenyan products, adding that one will be in the DRC.

Referring to rising cooking oil prices, he said the ministry will open the market to allow smaller companies and individuals to produce and import oil.

Cabinet Secretary-nominee for Transport and Public Works Kipchumba Murkomen says he will work with various agencies to set up a camera-based e-police system that will be used to collect traffic fines.

“We will use the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) and therefore no longer need the analogue handling of discipline on our roads,” he said.

He also pledged to improve technological infrastructure along border points to ease truck congestion along the North Corridor. He pointed out that the congestion along the Malaba border was caused by poor technological networks used by the Kenya Tax Agency to clear trucks.

clearance of goods

“Due to the technology used, sometimes even the internet is used. We will be able to work with the relevant ministries of finance and the Kenyan Revenue Service to ensure they use modern technology to clear goods,” Murkomen said.

“If approved I will ensure that the Kenya National Highways Authority uses the latest technology to ensure the weighing of goods is expedited.”

Both the Busia and Malaba border posts have long been characterized by endless queues of trucks stretching up to 25 km along the Bungoma-Malaba highway, delaying the free movement of goods between Kenya and Uganda.

Murkomen proposed building a car park on the Busia-Malaba border to ease congestion.

Abuse of Kenyans in the Gulf

Regarding the mistreatment of Kenyans, particularly in the Gulf, Dr. Alfred Mutua, CS’s foreign affairs candidate, said if nominated he would make his first trip to Saudi Arabia to try to resolve the problem of mistreatment of Kenyans seeking work in the Middle East.

He also pledged to involve the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to investigate the deaths of Kenyans in the Gulf.

“It’s a shame that we’ve lost 85 Kenyans in the last three months, mostly in Saudi Arabia. We need to send a message that no Kenyan will die abroad and the government is not doing anything about it,” said Dr. Mutua.

There are also allegations of corruption against some of the nominees.

Davis Chirchir, a former CS at the Department of Energy and Petroleum, was suspended in early 2015 over allegations related to the printing of 2013 election materials in the infamous Chicken Gate scandal. He was later acquitted by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

restructure the energy sector

The CS candidate informed the committee that he plans to restructure Kenya’s energy sector starting with generation, transmission and distribution by working with key players such as KenGen, Kenya Power, Kenya Power Electricity Generating Company and Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC). works together to ensure that consumers enjoy competitive tariffs and use renewable energy sources as opposed to expensive thermal energy.

“We need to make sure we’re putting our electricity into the grid at the right cost,” Chirchir said.

Kenya currently has an installed capacity of 3,100 MW of renewable energy, led by geothermal, wind, solar and biomass, which accounts for 81 percent of the energy generated.

“We need to extract more from geothermal energy where we have more resources. We’ve been told we have up to 10,000 MW,” he added.

President Ruto presented his 22 candidates for cabinet on September 27, two weeks after being sworn in.

Only one cabinet secretary, Simon Chelugui, Kenya’s CS for Labor and Social Protection (and now Ruto’s Cooperative CS candidate), who served under the previous government, was retained in the new lineup. dr Monica Juma, currently CS for Energy, was retained but appointed as National Security Advisor, a new post at the same level as Cabinet.

The cabinet candidates reviewed so far have a net worth of about Ksh 10.02 billion (about US$82.5 million), with Cabinet Prime Minister-elect Musalia Mudavadi accounting for 40 percent of that number.

Sixteen of the 22 CS candidates screened between Monday, October 17 and Friday, October 21 are multi-millionaires, most of whom trace their wealth to investment real estate, government salaries, investments in stocks and savings.

The 14th candidate Mithuka Linturi, CS for Agriculture, who was vetted on Friday, claims to be worth Sh1.2 billion.