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Chiloba left out in new poling team

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Electoral commission head Wafula Chebukati Tuesday evening pushed aside senior staff who oversaw the nullified presidential election and appointed a fresh team to oversee the October 17 election.

Flexing his muscles as the Returning Officer for the presidential election as outlined in the Constitution, Mr Chebukati appointed a six-member team that will effectively be in charge of the election, under his watch.

He appeared to push aside Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba and other senior staff that the National Super Alliance (Nasa) has targeted for removal.

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The head of the team named by Mr Chebukati is Mr Marjan Hussein Marjan, one of the two deputy CEOs. He was named Project Co-ordinator.

Mr Hussein headed the team at the Bomas of Kenya that received the Forms 34B from the constituencies before their validation.

Pushed aside along with Mr Chiloba is his deputy Betty Nyabuto, Director of Voter Registration and Elections Operations Immaculate Kasait, her junior Mwaura Kamwati, the manager of operations, and head of ICT James Muhati.

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Also in the list of those who have been bypassed is Anne Nderitu, the director of training, and Praxedes Tororey, the head of legal.

“In my capacity as the National Returning Officer for the presidential election and in accordance with Section 38 of the Elections Act (2011), I have hereby appointed the following staff members to serve in a project team for purposes of the presidential election to be held on October 17, 2017,” Mr Chebukati said in the brief statement.

The chairman said that the seven will start work immediately on a three-month contract.

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Perhaps to show the extent of his interest to get the polls technology right, Mr Chebukati appointed a new ICT manager whom he has directed to report directly to him.

This is the commission’s South Coast Co-ordinator, Mr Albert Gogo.

Mr Muhati was suspended months to the election on claims that he had refused to hand over crucial information in the course of the voter register audit.

Ms Nyabuto has been replaced by Dr Sidney Namulungu, who will be the head of operations.

She is the other deputy CEO and has been in charge of operations.

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Ms Nancy Kariuki is taking over as head of logistics and has, therefore, replaced Ms Kasait and Mr Kamwati.

Mr Bernard Misati Moseti has replaced Ms Nderitu as head of training while Mr Silas Rotich will be the head of the National Tallying Centre.

Ms Tororey has been replaced by Ms Salome Oyugi as head of legal.

Ms Tororey was part of the team that put together the trove of information filed at the Supreme Court.

Mr Chebukati said the changes were part of his bid to show commitment that the fresh presidential election will be “in accordance with the Constitution, the relevant laws and that it reflects the sovereign will of the Kenyan people”.

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The commission has twice this week denied as “fake news” reports of internal strife over the decision of the Supreme Court and accusations in reports by the registrar that it failed to do its job properly.

There have also been reports of discomfort within the commission with the announcement by Mr Chebukati hours after the decision last week that there would be internal changes, with complaints that the remarks were premature.

The changes were announced at the end of a day in which Nasa ramped up pressure on the commission, questioning its decision to set October 17 as the date of the fresh election and setting out a list of seven conditions it wants met before the new elections are held.

The Jubilee Party asked Nasa to keep off the commission and accused it of not being prepared for the elections.

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Mi Vida Holds a Second Successful 2-Day Open Day Event next to Garden City.

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Mi Vida sales representative Alice Wanjiru with Dr.Kimani (client) during the Mi Vida Open Day Weekend

Kenya’s new leading real estate company, Mi Vida, held its second open day event in partnership with Absa Bank Kenya on the 3 rd and 4 th of July 2021. The event happened both physically and online allowing prospective customers globally to learn more about their project at Garden City and receive updates on construction Launched in 2019, Mi Vida Garden City Phase 1 is located next to Garden City Mall, off exit 7 Thika Superhighway. The project is centered on sustainability, green space, and family living, offering attractive amenities within the development. Their Sales experience center and show apartments are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.
Earlier in the month Mi Vida signed an MOU with Absa Kenya Bank to introduce a 25-year mortgage facility targeting middle-income families seeking affordable homes within Nairobi. According to both entities, the partnership will enable Kenyans to own 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom apartments at Mi Vida Garden City through mortgage financing by the lender at a discounted rate of 12.5 percent per year.
The success of Mi Vida’s open day weekends this year has shown that there is still a strong demand for quality homes, even amidst economic uncertainty. Mi Vida’s projects aim to assist in answering to the shortfall of quality affordable homes within the market, and the lack of trust within the real estate industry.
Backed by Actis and Shapoorji Pallonji Real Estate, Mi Vida brings expertise and partners who have over 220 years of combined experience in global real estate.

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Absa Partners With Mi Vida to Offer Affordable Mortgage Financing Targeting Middle Class Earners.

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  • Absa has partnered with property developer Mi Vida to provide preferential mortgage benefits to prospective and existing customers, with an aim of making it easy for middle income families to buy quality homes.
  • 25-year tenor is the longest repayment period in the market
  • The units being financed will include 1, 2-and 3 bedroom apartments with prices ranging from Sh8.8 to 15.7 million.

Wednesday, 16 June, 2021… Absa Bank Kenya has introduced a 25-year mortgage facility targeting middle income families seeking affordable homes within Nairobi.

 

The proposition seeks to increase mortgage uptake by prospective homeowners, offering options towards home ownership such as construction loans and home loans for self-employed individuals (SMEs) with a dedicated a team of experts who will walk customers throughout every step of buying or constructing their dream home.

 

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Absa customers will also benefit from established partnerships with players in the home ownership value chain such as property developers, furnishing partners and home appliance partners, who will offer homeowners a wide range of benefits among them great discounts.

 

This was announced as the bank signed a financing partnership with Mi Vida Homes where customers will enjoy a discounted rate of 12.5% p.a with up to 90% financing.

 

Speaking during the signing of the Absa-Mi Vida partnership, Peter Mutua, Absa Bank Customer Network Director, urged both existing and prospective customers to invest in the lengthened payment period and low interest rates of the Absa – Mi Vida mortgage proposition to own their dream homes.

 

“As a truly African bank, we understand that home is where the heart is. This is why we have availed the Absa – Mi Vida mortgage facility to employed and self-employed customers, presenting a lifetime chance to own ready-to-move-in homes. As a bank, we believe in developing sustainable financing models for our customers, we are offering up to 90% financing within market rates, over a period of 25 years to service their loans,’’ says Mr. Mutua.

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The proposition is one of the bank’s contributions towards the government’s housing pillar under the Big 4 Agenda and aims to provide quality family homes with sociable amenities and green spaces that enhance quality of living spaces to potential homeowners.

 

“We have a team of dedicated experts that will walk the journey with customers using our financial and non-financial expertise to provide credible information, services and solutions throughout every step of acquiring their dream home.” adds Mr. Mutua.

 

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Mr. Antony Kambiriri, Chief Financial Officer Mi Vida, said, “We are delighted to partner with Absa Bank Kenya as it brings us closer to our goal of addressing the shortage of middle-income housing in Kenya. There is a huge demand for affordable and middle-income homes and through this partnership, we will bridge the gap in this market to exceed customers’ expectations.”

 

Mi Vida’s project at Garden City, is a first of its kind with the development centred on green space and family living. Phase 1 at Garden City offers 1. 2- and 3-Bedroom Apartments. Launched in 2019, under construction and on course to be complete by March of 2022.

 

Besides the Mi Vida proposition, Absa’s mortgage flexible offers different options towards home ownership such as financing land purchases and disbursing construction loans as well as home loans for self-employed individuals.

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Forests Are The Life Of The Earth – BM Foundation

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We need the earth more than it needs us. This is the message that runs down through the veins of BM Foundation who have been leading the way in ensuring that the earth has additional trees as they strive to make it better.

BM Foundation was founded in 2017 as part of BM Security’s commitment to be a responsible corporate citizen.

“BM Security is cognizant of the importance of the community and environment we work in and are thus committed to programs that will impact positively on the same. BM foundation drives all initiatives by BM Security geared towards improving our society,” said (Michelle Morgan, BM Security Executive Director).

Focusing on Health and Wellbeing, Social Impact, and Climate Change, the Foundation believes that the only way to make sure that the earth has more trees is by planting more.

In one of its recent events, the Foundation was hosted by the Kenya Forest Service, Friends of Karura, and attended by over sixty dedicated volunteers from the BM fraternity planted over 500 trees in Karura Forest.

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The participants showed up with their family members marking BM Foundation’s pledge to contributing to a sustainable environment and ecosystem geared toward enhancing livelihoods through environmental and social initiatives.

During the event, the BM Foundation fraternity was guided on the best practice of tree planting by the KFS with Ceremonial trees planted in honor of Bob Morgan planted by Chief Executive Officer Neil Morgan and in honor of Managing Director Cedar Morgan planted by Executive Director Michelle Morgan led by the Station Manager, Paul Musembi.

“The goal of halting deforestation and restoring forests, as set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is an attainable objective if we continue our efforts. This goes a long way towards achieving KFS’ Presidential and in turn constitutional mandate of 10 percent Tree cover,” said (Peter Kinyua, the Chair of the Kenya Forest Service).

According to the Foundation, there is a need for organizations to help in reducing carbon emissions across the country and the world in general. The Foundation says it is striving to stamp its carbon footprint and through initiatives such as this seeks to leave a legacy of a sustainable future.

“We ask individuals to join the cause contributing to a sustainable environment and ecosystem geared toward enhancing livelihoods through environmental and social initiatives,” added (Nicole Gitau- BM Foundation Manager).

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‘Reggea to Continue’ Uhuru Breaks his silence on BBI

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President Uhuru Kenyatta at Wagai
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has finally said something on BB1 since it was downed by the five High Court judges.

President Uhuru Kenyatta at Wagai

The state CEO believes with BBI they will drive Kenyans future-forward. He shares his views speaking at Wagai market in Gem Constituency, Siaya, Uhuru added that his handshake with Raila Odinga is a long-term engagement that will go into the future.

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CNN’s Inside Africa explores Africa’s Green Energy Revolution

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CNN International recently met the innovators leading the charge in Africa’s renewable energy revolution.

Renewable energy sources are increasingly being explored as a solution to power the continent. Erick Donasian Massawe, M-Kopa’s Director of Sales and Customer Retention, discusses the potential for Africa to become a key player in green energy, “The potential for Africa to become a leader in the energy trade is huge. Sub Saharan Africa alone represents more than 600 million people who don’t have access to energy, basic electricity, so if you think about that in terms of the market size it’s really big.”

Nairobi-based M-Kopa launched in 2010 with a vision to ensure everyone has access to high-powered energy, and they started by rolling out pay-as-you-go solar power across Kenya. Massawe speaks about the company, “Our mission is to finance progress, and really financing progress of our customers. And that is perhaps one of the most exciting parts about M-Kopa, because it is actually touching development aspects of every individual person here. So, as we offer them solar products, we are powering their lives, we are giving them access to power.”

Kenya is at the heart of the renewable energy revolution, as sustainable natural resources are increasingly being used to fuel business, industry, and the country’s entrepreneurial spirit. Chalker Kansteiner, founder and CEO of GridX Africa explains why Kenya is ideal for renewable energy companies, “I think Nairobi is emerging as a bit of a hub for the entire continent when it comes to tech start-ups and clean energy. So, in that way we’re surrounded by really amazing sort of peers in the space, and there’s a huge amount of demand for our business here. It’s a great jumping point to reach the rest of the continent. I think the opportunity to grow here is better than anywhere else.”

GridX Africa Project Manager George Mosomi talks about how solar power is changing lives across the country, “We have communities now being able to feed themselves through solar-powered irrigation. Communities able to power themselves through microgrids, the communities able to have a longer day through more security through solar-powered lights.”

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The programme joins Mosomi as he conducts a site visit with Bernard Njoroge, one of Kenya’s most successful entrepreneurs and the Managing Director of the telecommunications company Adrian Kenya. Njoroge describes why he endeavours to use renewable energy, “The biggest thing in African companies, in manufacturing, is the source of the power. I must be able to use sustainable energy because it’s natural.”

Njoroge believes that entrepreneurs across Africa can use sustainable methods to empower and inspire others, “The most important thing is that, I believe, problems all over Africa will be solved by Africans.”

Inside Africa also looks at how hydroelectric energy is being used to power communities in Kenya. In Muranga County, John Magiro, founder of Magiro power, uses the flow of the river to harness kinetic energy and transforms it into electric energy utilising an innovative small-scale hydropower plant he designed and built himself. He discusses the impact on the local community, “Right now, I have connected about 608 households and it is around 2,500 people that are using Magiro Power.”

Growing up in Muranga County, Magiro says access to power was expensive and unstable. This inspired him to come up with this alternative supply of energy for his community, “I think on my side I can propose mainly focusing off renewable and green energy in Africa. Because even if you have energy and it is not renewable, I think you are not going somewhere. But if you have the clean and renewable and affordable energy, the continent of Africa will be impressed.”

Renewable energy is powering up and empowering communities across Africa. Mosomi sums up the continent’s innovative role, “I see this as a big opportunity for the rest of the world to learn from what’s happening in Africa.”

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