Mombasa – Mombasa Info Sat, 25 Sep 2021 06:52:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mombasa – Mombasa Info 32 32 East Africa Breweries Limited plans major green energy transition Sat, 25 Sep 2021 06:52:42 +0000

E.ast Africa Breweries Limited (EABL) is investing in a large green energy system that will soon part with Kenya Power. The brewer is investing $ 200 million in a solar power system that will power its Kenyan factories, fueling companies’ move to generate their own electricity from solar energy.

Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) general manager John Musunga said the brewery aims to move 100 percent to green energy by 2030 and to decouple itself from Kenya Power in Kisumu.

The brewer’s investments come in the midst of an outcry from Kenyan energy supplier Kenya Power that some of its industrial customers – who account for around 68.31 percent of sales – are gradually switching to self-generated solar power, which is another blow to the already falling income. .

According to Musunga, the EABL is committed to getting 100 percent renewable electricity in all of its facilities by 2030, with biofuel production included in the $ 200 million.

The production of biofuels will help the brewery reduce CO2 emissions by 95 percent (approx. 42,000 tons of carbon per year) and create over 900 direct and indirect jobs across the supply chain.

Mr. Musunga confirms that the plan is already being partially implemented at the Kisumu plant and that 10 percent of the current electricity needs will be covered by renewable energy from solar energy.

READ: Industrial conversion to solar energy fuels debate in Kenya

The mega-investment, which is Diageo’s largest climate change investment in sub-Saharan Africa, will be launched in early 2022.

KBL joins a list of industrial companies and factories that use on-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to provide electricity for internal use to ensure reliable supply and reduced operating costs.

Some large-scale consumers, such as Mombasa International Airport, have recently put solar power systems into operation on their properties. The major conversion to solar energy by large consumers has pushed Kenya Power into a deeper dilemma in the course of the overproduction of electricity.

Power generators have increased production amid lower consumption by households and businesses in the wake of Covid-19.

Payments for no-load electricity are passed on to consumers thanks to a take-or-pay clause in contracts between the government and power producers that forces Kenya Power to buy the agreed amount of electricity regardless of demand.

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Pope Francis orders the German cardinal, whose handling of abuse caused a “crisis of confidence”, to take a sabbatical Fri, 24 Sep 2021 20:25:27 +0000

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki from Cologne will take a “spiritual sabbatical” after an investigation by the Vatican has shown that he did nothing illegal in his handling of clerical allegations of sexual abuse, but that he contributed to a “crisis of confidence” Archdiocese.

The German Bishops’ Conference announced on September 24th that Pope Francis had had “a long conversation” with Cardinal Woelki at the beginning of September, and agreed to the Cardinal’s request that the Archdiocese would need a pause from mid-October to the 1st Renewal and reconciliation. “

The auxiliary bishop of Cologne, Rolf Steinhäuser, will act as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese and lead “a spiritual process of reconciliation and renewal”.

In May, Pope Francis ordered an apostolic visit to the Archdiocese of Cologne “to get a comprehensive picture of the complex pastoral situation” and to examine how the Cardinal and Auxiliary Bishops Dominik Schwaderlapp and Ansgar Puff dealt with allegations of sexual abuse by clerics are. both had offered to resign.

The auxiliary bishop of Cologne, Rolf Steinhäuser, will act as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese and lead “a spiritual process of reconciliation and renewal”.

After an on-site investigation and review by the offices of the Roman Curia, Pope Francis “has decided not to accept her resignation from office. In the case of both bishops, there were isolated deficiencies in the handling of the procedure ”, but“ no intention to cover up abuse or to ignore those affected ”, according to the statement of the German bishops.

Bishop Puff will resume his regular service immediately, the statement said, while Bishop Schwaderlapp “has asked permission to work as a chaplain in the Archdiocese of Mombasa, Kenya, for one year before taking up his post as auxiliary bishop the archdiocese returns Cologne. The Holy Father has granted this request. “

Regarding the 65-year-old Cardinal Woelki, the statement said: “There was no evidence that he acted unlawfully in dealing with cases of sexual abuse.”

Claims that the cardinal was trying to cover up cases or the extent of the problem “are refuted by the facts now published and the documents examined by the Holy See. The archbishop’s determination to come to terms with the crimes of abuse in the church, to reach those affected and to promote prevention is evident not least in the implementation of the recommendations of the second study, which he has already started. “

Claims that the cardinal was trying to cover up cases or the extent of the problem “are refuted by the facts now published and the documents examined by the Holy See”.

The cardinal’s decision not to publish a first report by a Munich law firm on the handling of allegations caused a stir. Instead, the cardinal ordered a new report from a Cologne criminal defense attorney and published it in March. The report cleared Cardinal Woelki of wrongdoing.

Cardinal Woelki made “big mistakes in dealing with the issue of abuse as a whole, especially at the level of communication,” the statement said. “This has contributed significantly to the crisis of confidence in the archdiocese, which has disturbed many believers” and prompted the cardinal to ask the Pope for a sabbatical.

In a conversation with reporters in Cologne on September 24th, the cardinal asked the people to acknowledge how the Pope and the Vatican investigations found that he had dealt with the allegations “seriously and thoroughly and did not cover anything up”.

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, President of the German Bishops’ Conference, expressed his hope on Twitter for a “reconciliation process in the Archdiocese of Cologne” in the absence of Cardinal Woelki in a few months. “

“The instrument of a sabbatical is not enough. It is completely unclear what the end of such a sabbatical could be, and it is not likely to restore lost confidence. “

The bishop said many victims of sexual abuse by clergy and many Catholics in the archdiocese were “confused and hurt” by the Pope’s decision not to remove any of the bishops, and therefore prayed that the Catholics in Cologne would have “great strength and determination “Would have and the necessary patience for the path that begins now.”

Thomas Sternberg, president of the Central Committee of German Catholics, said he couldn’t understand the Vatican’s decision to keep Cardinal Woelki in office.

“The instrument of a sabbatical is not enough. It is completely unclear what the end of such a sabbatical could be, and it is not likely to restore lost confidence. “

The sabbatical is not a solution to the crisis of confidence, he added.

“In politics and in democratic structures, resigning from office can help to take on responsibility and initiate changes. The decision of the Vatican prevents such a renewal process, which is urgently needed. “It is now important that the leadership of the archdiocese strive for a close involvement of the faithful in order to find out” how a constructive church life in the archdiocese is possible again “.

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Anli Serfontein contributed to this story in Berlin.

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Kenya: MPs urge the dissolution of the Kenyan Power Board Fri, 24 Sep 2021 08:22:13 +0000

MPs are now pushing for Kenya Power’s board members to be sent home over procurement battles with management as problems at the country’s only electricity distributor mount.

Members of the National Assembly’s Energy Committee accused the Kenyan Power Board, headed by Chair Vivienne Yeda, of rejecting parliamentary summons to explain irregularities in tenders.

On Thursday, Nakuru Town East’s energy committee chairman David Gikaria accused the bureau of disregarding the authority of parliament.

“This committee has the power to recommend the dissolution of the Kenya Power board of directors. This committee oversees Kenya Power. We can’t have a board promoting procurement irregularities while we sit back, ”Gikaria said.

Fafi MP Abdikarim Osman announced that the committee would recommend that the House of Representatives dissolve the Kenyan power board for disregarding parliamentary summons and promoting selfish procurement interests.

“It is not appropriate for a board of directors who are supposed to oversee the management of the company to influence the issuing of bids. This is a conflict of interest and the board is therefore not obliged to continue its work, ”said Mr. Osman.

It’s not clear how MPs will oust the board, considering that Kenya Power is a publicly traded company whose directors can only be removed by shareholders.

Staff pressure

MPs’ plan to dismiss the board comes after Kenya Power officials pushed for the board to be dismissed for usurping management’s mandate.

Through the Kenya Electrical Trades and Allied Workers’ Union (Ketawu), the employees of Kenya Power have further accused the board of enforcing their selfish interests in procurement.

Ketawu specifically highlighted the CEO and members Caroline Kittony, Elizabeth Rogo and Gudka for pushing lucrative contracts with Indian and Chinese companies.

The MPs’ failed grilling comes after former Kenya Power CEO Bernard Ngugi was allegedly pushed off the board during a stormy August meeting when the bidding wars at the state facility were feverish.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is already investigating board members for irregular purchases and a number of statements have been made.