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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Mombasa set to get Dubai-like free port


Imported vehicles in Mombasa. file PHOTO | NMG
Imported vehicles in Mombasa. file PHOTO | NMG 
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Mombasa is set to get a free trade zone (FTZ) for motor vehicles this year in a policy move that could create thousands of new jobs for traders and service providers.
An FTZ, such as the world renowned Dubai, is a re-export gateway where goods in transit are temporarily stored to avoid strict customs regulations and lengthy administrative procedures that home-bound imports face. 
The establishment of such a facility in Kenya - almost four years after the Cabinet gave its nod to the plan - means vehicle imports destined to other markets in the region will first be received and sorted in Mombasa.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Day when a rogue businessman caused gun scare at State House


Retired President Daniel Moi
Retired President Daniel Moi addresses a gathering during the opening of Trans National Bank, Iten branch, in Elgeyo-Marakwet County on January 23, 2015. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP  
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The story isn’t much what State House releases as official dispatch. It is in what never comes to the public limelight. These are some of the incidents State House shall never confirm or deny ever happened.
Kiarie wa Mbugua is a familiar name in Kiambu county. It’s the name of a famous businessman who died sometimes back.
Many knew Kiarie wa Mbugua or Kiarie wa Njoki to be a businessman and coffee farmer. But many others knew he did other things that angels in heaven weren’t happy with. To the latter, the man was Kiarie Muiici (Kiaire The Thief).

The untold stories of Kenyatta’s private Bamburi posh residence

Jomo Kenyatta.
Kenya's first President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

SUNDAY JANUARY 21 2018     

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Very little is known about Mzee Kenyatta’s Bamburi home – only that this was his escape away from the power trappings of State House, Mombasa, when he was on a tour of the coast.
As an archival file on Bamburi beach cottage now shows, the late President Kenyatta could relax here and enjoy the Ocean breeze with minimal security around him.
The new archival file allows us to peep into the private life of President Kenyatta: His love for Njahi, citrus fruits, coconut trees, flowers and goats! All these were brought to Bamburi.
The file also brings out an issue that few Kenyans would believe: Government officials always refused — and in writing — to pay Kenyatta’s private bills and billed him for any service rendered to him. That would be surprising for a man whose private life has been thought to be mixed with his public one.

Pain and anguish as gangsters rob people in broad daylight

Thugs descend on a pedestrian

Thugs descend on a pedestrian on Nairobi street. NATION MEDIA GROUP


Daring daylight robbers who include the notorious 40 Brothers gang have intensified their activities in Nairobi’s city centre, triggering questions on the effectiveness of police patrols and CCTV cameras.  
The criminals, who prowl the concrete jungle in packs like wild animals, appear to have been emboldened enough to relocate to streets in the city centre that were previously considered safe, according to police sources. They usually target people leaving ATMs, forex bureaux and M-Pesa shops — and even pedestrians going about their businesses.
Once they zero in on a target, the gangs, that are made up of 10 or more people who walk in smaller groups, will converge and surround the victim – leaving no room for escape.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Nasa troubled by nagging questions over plan to swear in Raila


Nasa leader Raila Odinga
Nasa leader Raila Odinga (centre) receives a Bible from Ms Christine Ndila (second left) during the launch of the people’s assembly at the Machakos Golf Club on January 19, 2018. On the right is Mr Kalonzo Musyoka. Wananchi at the event said they want Mr Odinga sworn-in as the people’s president. PHOTO | DENIS KAVISU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 
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Abrupt, off-the-cuff unilateral decisions by Nasa leader Raila Odinga and his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party are at the heart of intense discussions in the opposition coalition, documents seen by the Saturday Nation have revealed.
Top among the decisions in dispute is the call for a January 30 “swearing-in”, one that multiple interviews described as a spur-of-the-moment decision by one actor rather than a product of consultation within the coalition.

The psychological damage done by second hand clothing in Africa.

KIGALI, Rwanda — In Kenya, they are called the “clothes of dead white people.” In Mozambique, they are the “clothing of calamity.”
They are nicknames for the unwanted, used clothing from the West that so often ends up in Africa.
Now, a handful of countries here in East Africa no longer want the foreign hand-me-downs dumped on them because they’re trying to manufacture their own clothes.
But they say they’re being punished for it — by the United States.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

I will form my government even from exile, says Raila


Nasa leader Raila Odinga
Opposition leader Raila Odinga addressing a press conference at the Okoa Kenya Secretariat in Nairobi, on October 31, 2017. He has said that his swearing-in as people's president will go on. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 
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Opposition leader Raila Odinga has vowed to form a rival government when he is sworn in on January 30 even if it is based outside the country.
He spoke as 13 opposition MPs said they will have all the National Super Alliance (NASA) affiliated lawmakers to support the oath by swearing affidavits declaring they will only recognise Mr Odinga as president.
In an interview with Voice of America, the opposition leader said his oath of office will be based on the results of the August 8, 2017 election, which he claims he won.
He said he will form a cabinet and run a government even if it will be from exile.
“This is no joke. An illegitimate government is in office, and the one that the people actually wanted to be there is outside. On January 30, we will end this. We will be sworn in with the August 8 results that shows we won,” he said.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Raila, molasses and the men from Pretoria


The Kisumu Molasses plant. While Tony Teixeira
The Kisumu Molasses plant. While Tony Teixeira survived, Energem, which had a stake in the Kisumu molasses plant, went under in 2011. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 
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The two men came from Pretoria.
One gave me his card and we went into a room — away from my newsroom desk.
It was mid-morning, August 2004. On my side was a lawyer, Mr Moses Kurgat.
I had just penned an investigative piece about Mr Tony Texeira, a South African Portuguese whose firm, Energem Resources, had just snapped 55 per cent stake in Oginga Odinga family’s molasses plant in Kisumu — a controversial purchase which was concluded during the days Raila Odinga’s National Development Party (NDP) had softened its stance towards President Moi and then ruling party Kanu.
The two wanted to know two things: where I got the Energem documents from and, secondly, whether they could have a look at them.
I pointed out that the documents were on their website and some were company tax filings. Apparently, as I came to learn later, somebody must have uploaded the documents to the public by mistake. 

Sunday, 7 January 2018

New DCI boss seems to tick all right boxes, but will he deliver?


George Maingi Kinoti
The new Director of Criminal Investigations George Maingi Kinoti. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 
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One evening in 2005, George Maingi Kinoti lay helpless in the middle of Jogoo Road, Nairobi, writhing in pain after gangsters sprayed him with bullets and left him for the dead.
On the fateful day, Mr Kinoti was driving alone when he bumped into a five-man gang that was attempting to carjack a motorist.
With no time to call for back-up, and a gun in hand, he confronted two of the gangsters unaware there were others following in a different car.
After the shooting, he spent two months, including days in a coma, at the Armed Forces Memorial Hospital as it was known at the time.
Today, the detective has metal plates in his legs because some of his bones were shattered.

Friday, 5 January 2018

How one family built a real estate empire

There is a sense of pride as the two brothers survey the cornerstone of their empire.
Their gaze hovers with contentment over one of their family’s key businesses, The Village Market.
The high-end shopping complex, was built by their father, Ahmed, and uncle, Mehraz, who conceived the idea way back in 1992.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Disquiet over SportPesa threat


Everton's English striker Wayne Rooney (right) celebrates scoring the opening goal during their English Premier League match against and Stoke City at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on August 12, 2017. PHOTO | OLI SCARFF |
Everton's English striker Wayne Rooney (right) celebrates scoring the opening goal during their English Premier League match against and Stoke City at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on August 12, 2017. PHOTO | OLI SCARFF |  AFP
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Uncertainty has gripped the Kenyan sporting world after Pevans East Africa Limited, the company that owns online betting firm SportPesa, reiterated its threat to terminate all existing financial sponsorship agreements with clubs and federations.
Thursday’s High Court decision to uphold proposed tax laws requiring all betting companies to remit 35 per cent of their earnings to the government revived SportPesa’s threats of withdrawal, plunging clubs and associations enjoying their sponsorship into panic. 

What 2018 holds in store for the Big Five in Nasa and Jubilee


Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto
President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and Deputy President William Ruto will remain the key players in Jubilee in 2018, with the succession factor offering a sub-text from a wide cast of other players. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 
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The August and October election have demonstrated one thing about Kenya: It has finally evolved into a country of two major political formations unlike in the early years of multi-partyism when there was a plethora of ethnic-based parties.
That means Jubilee and Nasa will be the political formations to watch in 2018. 
It is likely that Jubilee will retain the same leadership and composition in the coming year, but it will have to contend with the occasional and inevitable complaint or dissent.
However, Nasa will most likely evolve into a hydra-headed creature, with each head pulling away from the others.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

What Raila ‘swearing-in’ means for Uhuru, Ruto


Nasa co-principal Musalia Mudavadi (centre), flanked by Moses Wetang'ula (left) and Kivutha Kibwana, reacts to questions during a media briefing at their Okoa Kenya offices in Nairobi on December 10, 2017. The opposition has refused to recognise the Kenyatta-Ruto duo as duly elected. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP  
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The renewed threat by the National Super Alliance (Nasa) to symbolically swear in Mr Raila Odinga as the “People’s President” with Mr Kalonzo Musyoka as his Deputy has understandably not been taken kindly by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto. 
As executed, it will also have direct implications on more political players, including other Nasa bigwigs.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Envoys pick four-point agenda as they prepare for talks

  • Momentum for the talks was given impetus by President Uhuru Kenyatta who on Tuesday said that he was willing to talk to the opposition led by Mr Raila Odinga. 
  • Earlier, Mr Odinga had said that he and his allies had suspended his parallel swearing-in to give room for dialogue.
  • Under strengthening of institutions, the issues to be discussed are likely to include electoral reforms targeting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Four key agenda items for Kenya’s national dialogue have been proposed ahead of talks facilitated by diplomats, the clergy, business and trade union leaders.