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Nigeria: Fake Anti-Virus Raises Nigeria’s Volatility to Cyber-Attacks

By Adeyemi Adepetun, Femi Adekoya and Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze

Lagos and Abuja — Although the WannaCry ransomware that has been wreaking havoc has been stopped, there are indications that those who initiated the attack at the weekend could go on to alter the code and restart it all over again.

The list of African countries affected by the WannaCry ransomware includes, but is not limited to, South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria and many more.

This poses a risk to Nigeria’s cyber space, which is predominantly characterised by a huge volume of fake, counterfeited and unlicensed software as well as illegal downloads.

Although the 2016 data of unlicensed software usage in Nigeria has not been released by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), however, it claimed that as at 2015, 80 per cent of software used in the country are unlicensed. It put the value at $232 million.

Besides, The Guardian learnt through industry sources that there has been a major increase of about 55 per cent sales and purchase of various inferior anti-virus software in the last six months in Nigeria.

In addition, the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has also alerted Nigerians to the attack, warning especially Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) and other stakeholders to be wary.

NITDA’s Director-General, Dr. Isa Ali Pantanmi, in a statement explained that WannaCrypt spreads by itself between computers and does not require human interaction, stressing that it restricts access to the affected system as well as demanding for the payment of ransom.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) urged Nigerians to obtain software patch released by Microsoft in March 2017 to fix the Ransomware Virus; plan scheduled penetration tests on the networks and systems to ensure protection and availability at all times.

NCC urged subscribers who use their smartphones as substitutes to computers for Internet access to protect themselves and their devices by not opening e-mail attachments/links from unknown sources; not clicking pop-ups and applets on unknown websites and installing effective antivirus software for their mobile devices.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Communication Technology, Adebayo Shittu has stressed the need for the country to build a resilient cyber defence to check cyber crime.

Speaking at the cyber security summit organised by the Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria yesterday in Abuja, the minister noted that Nigeria loses over N127 billion to cyber crime, adding that the financial implication could be more as large number of incidents remain undetected or unreported.

He urged the participants to come up with strategies that will build better and safer cyber space for all.

China, Kenya to Beef Up Collaboration in Plant Species Conservation – Official

Nairobi — China will strengthen collaboration with Kenya in scientific research and capacity development to revitalize conservation of the East African nation’s wild flora, an official said on Monday.

Wang Qingfeng, the Director of Sino-Africa Joint Research Centre (SAJOREC) that is affiliated with Chinese Academy of Sciences said Beijing is committed to helping Kenya advance sustainable management of its botanical wealth.

“In the last five years since we signed a memorandum of understanding with National Museums of Kenya (NMK), we have intensified collaborative research to promote conservation of plant species,” Wang said.

He spoke to Xinhua on the sidelines of the 21st edition of Association for the Taxonomic Study of the Flora of Tropical Africa (AETFAT) congress taking place in Nairobi.

SAJOREC which is housed at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT) has sponsored the five day conference attended by hundreds of scientists and researchers to explore new measures to boost conservation of Africa’s botanic treasures.

Wang said that sustainable management of wild flora is key to accelerate sustainable development in Africa.

“Communities are increasingly turning to native plants for raw materials, medical care, energy, fiber and food hence the need to enhance conservation of plant diversity,” said Wang.

Kenya is among African countries that have benefited from technical and financial support from China to strengthen conservation of vital ecosystems like wild flora and fauna.

Wang noted that exchange programs between Kenyan and Chinese scientists have re-energized home grown initiatives to promote sustainable management of genetic resources.

“We have published several books and articles in peer reviewed journals on biodiversity conservation with our Kenyan partners, we are also promoting joint exploration to identify challenges facing wild flora in several parts of the country,” Wang told Xinhua.

He added that Beijing will continue to support capacity development for African scientists to enhance their contribution to the continent’s ecosystems protection agenda.

“Training the next generation of African scientists is key to boost biodiversity conservation,” Wang said.

The establishment of Sino-Africa Joint Research Centre in Kenya has revitalized biodiversity conservation agenda in the country.

Wang said the centre has improved the capacity of Kenyan scientists and researchers to find solution to challenges facing wild flora like pollution and invasive species.

“Our future collaboration with Kenyan research institutions will focus on emerging threats to plant species,” said Wang, adding that improved research capacity and technology will boost Kenya’s capacity to contain threats to wild flora.

Kenya

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Kenya: Insurers Now Target Schools’ Billions to Shore Up Revenue

By Brian Ngugi

Faced with thinning profit margins amid heightened regulation, insurers are now vying for new revenue streams away from non-traditional segments.

Underwriters last year posted declining returns to shareholders for the third year in a row as new rules on valuation and a tough operating environment hit the industry.

Data released by the industry watchdog shows returns on equity (ROE) stood at 7.91 per cent for general businesses compared to 12.02 per cent in 2015 and 18.23 per cent in 2014.

Similarly for life businesses, Insurance Regulatory Authority shows ROE stood at 14.36 per cent last year compared to 5.07 per cent in 2015.

And now insurers are setting their sights on schools as they diversify their business beyond traditional revenue streams such as motor vehicle and life cover.

Last week, Kenya Orient Insurance announced it is seeking to increase its share of the growing market for insurance services to learning institutions.

The firm has unveiled a new cover named ‘Orient School Pack’ targeting schools and other learning institutions.

Motor insurance still, however, constitutes a significant chunk of Kenya Orient’s business portfolio.

The company has also announced plans to target growth in new segments such as marine, agribusiness, livestock and real estate.

According to Kenya Orient chief executive Muema Muindi, the new cover offers clients “a bouquet of benefits under one policy” as opposed to signing up with different insurers to cover risks such as fire, burglary, motor accidents and personal injury.

Bird’s eye view

The firms’s new product covers learning facilities, students, farms, vehicles, livestock and crops as well as personal and group accident for learners and non-teaching staff.

“Orient School Pack is a complete insurance solution to cater for the needs of the school, staff and students. It eliminates the administrative burden of arranging separate classes for each class of insurance and gives the school management a ‘bird’s eye view’ of what is covered,” said Mr Muindi.

Kenya Orient has until now been selling a specialised insurance solution for schools called ‘Orient Transchool’ covering school buses and vans.

“With ‘Orient School Pack’, however, schools can now enjoy wide coverage against riots, fire injury arising from outdoor activities and ambulance rescue services during events such as sports and festivals. It will also indemnify directors and mangers of learning institutions against legal claims lodged against them in their official capacity,” explained Mr Muindi.

Premiums growth

Last June insurance and financial services firm CIC Group, rolled out a set of products targeted at learning institutions in what it termed as diversifying its customer base.

They targeted primary and secondary schools with a series of products for students, staff and school properties.

“Some of the products with which we are targeting the education sector include Schoolguard for property insurance, students’ personal accident, work injury benefits, principals’ medical, pension and investment covers,” CIC Insurance Group chief executive officer Tom Gitogo said then.

He unveiled the products during the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) meeting held in Mombasa last year.

In 2015 Prudential Insurance introduced a product that covers school fees should death occur or the child attains a certain agreed age as per the policy.

According to the Insurance Regulatory Authority, in 2016 insurance premiums registered a growth of 12.3 per cent largely driven by growth in the life sector.

This was an accelerated growth compared to 9.9 per cent witnessed in the previous year.

The life sector grew by 19.3 per cent compared to 8.5 per cent growth in the non-life segment.

The insurance industry asset base was Sh525.25 billion as at the end of December 2016. This was a growth of 10.1 per cent from Sh477.22 billion held as at the end of the previous year.

Speaker Kadaga Asks for Factories, Vehicles From South Korea

Photo: The Observer

South Korea President Park Geun-hye at the Uganda-Korea Business Forum (file photo).

By Ibrahim a Manzil

Kampala — Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has asked a delegation of Members of Parliament from South Korea to lure more investment in Uganda for the unemployed.

Calling the scenario of unemployed youth “dangerous,” Ms Kadaga appealed for more factories to translate into jobs “for our children.”

“If you could facilitate more factories, more investments, more opportunities so that our people get more jobs, I think it is dangerous to have our young graduates jobless,” she said.

Ms Kadaga was meeting the South Korea Parliamentary Forum led by legislator Lee Sun Yang, who had come to drum up support for their bid to host the 2020 International Scout Jamboree.

Ms Kadaga assured the South Koreans of Uganda’s support for the bid, saying: “You are the only ones I have seen, so expect our full support,” to the thunderous applause of the South Koreans.

Leading the Uganda Scouts Association officials, Works State minister Gen Edward Katumba Wamala said the Ugandan delegation should be facilitated to travel for the voting in Azerbaijan, short of which they may not participate.

“We are supposed to have a delegation of six but we don’t have a clear source of funding; that will be the cause of our absence (at the event),” he said.

Speaker’s pledge

Ms Kadaga pledged to facilitate the travel of two MPs, and promised to talk to donors to bankroll the Ugandan Scouts delegation.

Mr Yang commended the bilateral relations between Uganda and South Korea, saying it was strengthened by President Yoweri Museveni’s visit to the Asian country, which former President Park Geun-hye reciprocated in 2016.

Ms Kadaga used the opportunity to lobby for vehicles to facilitate the travel of Parliament’s committees, a request the South Koreans promised to convey to the manufacturers.

“When I was a junior minister of Foreign Affairs, there was a type of vehicle that the South Korean government would always bring to Uganda,” she said.

She added: “I would want to have an opportunity (to have the vehicles) for the committees of my Parliament if it is still available.”

The South Koreans are now headed to the Democratic Republic of Congo to meet the Congolese Scout Association to drum up support for their bid.

Uganda

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Kenya: Matatu Owners Link Road Carnage to Police Negligence

By Lillian Mutavi

NEGLIGENCE

The Matatu Owners Association has accused the traffic law enforcers of negligence over the increased road carnage.

Speaking at a press conference, the chairman Simon Kimutai MOA said that the National Transport and Safety Authority vested with the mandate of registering and deregistering vehicles depend and the police who inspect vehicles that are plying these routes are to blame.

Mr Kimutai said that the traffic department has set up multiple road blocks especially in the Nairobi-Nakuru highway but that notwithstanding the accidents have become rampant in the route since they have become cash collection points.

ACCIDENT

“We have several road blocks on the road starting from Kabete, Kikuyu, Uplands, Naivasha and Gilgil posing why the matatu with legible writing on its body passed through the wrong route later causing the Soysambu accident which left 19 people dead on Saturday,” he said.

Mr Kimutai says the matatu owners are seeing laxity among the law enforcers as most are compromised.

He said that the sector is highly exploited by police officers, county government and regular police officers and called upon the end of harassment and provision of a conducive environment to carry out business.

ACCOUNTABLE

“The roads and highways operate a cash collection point other than inspection points,” lamented Mr Kimutai.

He called for speedy investigations into the Saturday accident and the officials manning the highway that day be held accountable since they were irresponsible and negligent.

However, Mr Kimutai said that they will not entirely blame the regulatory authority as MOA is cognizant to the fact that the industry has some rogue matatu drivers and conductors.

They have called upon the government to form a training centre that will mandate all drivers and conductors to undergo rigorous training at the National Youth Service so that rogue drivers and conductors can be scrapped from the industry.

Kenya

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Rwanda: How Shirimpumu Used a Salary Loan to Become a Model Farmer, Employer

analysisBy Emmanuel Ntirenganya

It’s 11am and Jean Claude Shirimpumu is inspecting his piggery project in Kageyo sector, Gicumbi District in Northern Province. The farmer can be seen stroking a sow as he feeds it.

Shirimpumu rightly calls pig farming his ‘gold mine’ as he has been able to amass assets worth over Rwf250 million in about six years, thanks to the project.

The farmer rears the big, long type of pigs that weigh up to 350 kilogrammes each. The sow he was feeding is worth about Rwf1 million in monetary terms since a kilogramme of pork is Rwf3,000, according to Shirimpumu.

“Pig farming is a gold mine and a money-spinning business when one practices it effectively using quality breed, proper feeding and ensuring proper care,” the farmer told Business Times.

Starting out

Shirimpumu said he started pig farming in 2009 as a side income generating project to complement his salary while working at Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC).

That is what gave birth to Vision Agribusiness Farm, which is also involved in other farming activities. He was earning Rwf900,000 per month then. The farmer, who holds a master’s degree in project management, said he started piggery business with a salary loan of Rwf10 million from Bank of Kigali that he used to buy five pregnant pigs and feeds, as well as build shed. The entrepreneur had engaged in poultry farming previously.

“Through needs assessment study, I realised that people need eggs and meat to improve their nutrition,” said the 45-year-old father of three.

Over the years, the piggery project expanded to about 600 pigs (though the number changes as he keeps selling some pigs and more are born). Of these, 45 are sows, which ensure project sustainability.

With the growth of the project, Shirimpumu was able to repay the bank loan with ease, and even quit his job at RBC in 2013 to concentrate on pig farming.

“I realised that pig farming was earning me far much more than my job. However, it needed more time for better results. So, I decided to quit my job to dedicate all my time and energy to the project,” Shirimpumu told Business Times in an interview at his Gicumbi farm.

Production and marketing

Shirimpumu sells three category of pigs, including adult or pregnant pigs for breeding (about 10 per month), piglets (about 150 per month), and old pigs for meat estimated to between 10 and 20 per month.

The entrepreneur is the chairperson for the Rwanda Pig Farmers’ Association established in February 2017.

He said he advocated for the establishment of the association as a means to solving issues of low prices of meat (about Rw1,200 a kilogramme) that farmers largely get, leaving the middlemen to pocket hefty profits at the expense of farmers as they resell a kilo at Rwf2,000.

He said the other challenge that needs to be addressed is lack of modern abattoirs to process pig meat in the country. The issue of high cost of animal feeds, ranging from Rwf200 and Rwf250 a kilogramme, is also a hindrance as it is not affordable to pig farmers, he added.

Achievements

Shirimpumu has gotten many assets from the project, including a five-hectare piece of land worth Rwf60 million, which he uses for his agriculture activities. His pig farm sits on a three-hectare piece of land; the farmer is also involved in agro-forestry, and acquired two cars – one for the family and another to facilitate his farming activities.

Investment and profit compared

He said people have a misconception that pigs consume a lot of food, noting that ‘modern’ pigs consume only three kilogrammes per day.

He said pig farming is a good business that ensures return on investment in a short period of time.

Alexis Ndayambaje, the production officer at the farm, explained that three kilogrammes of quality feed (worth about Rwf600) translate into a kilogramme of meat or between Rwf1,200 and Rwf1,500 per kilo in monetary terms.

Ndayambaje is a graduate of rural development.

Using the money from the piggery project, Shirimpumu bought a five-hectare piece of land where he grows vitamin A-rich yellow maize. The farmer harvests about six tonnes per hectare.

Contribution to community

Currently, he employs 12 permanent workers and about 30 casual labourers in his farming activities.

He said he pays some of his workers more than Rwf900,000 per month.

After six years since the establishment of his business, Shirimpumu said he has helped over 200 entities (including farmers and cooperatives) get improved pig breeds. Ndayambaje said apart from good pay, he has gained skills in job-creation and project management.

He added that he wants to pursue post-graduate studies using his salary.

Alexis Mbaraga, a farmer, told Business Times that he bought three pigs from Shirimpumu at Rwf150,000 each three years ago but now has 200 pigs. The City of Kigali resident whose pig farm is in Nyanza District, Southern Province, said Shirimpumu’s pigs are productive, multiply quickly and are not prone to diseases.

“I earn about Rwf10 million per year from piggery. What is good with Shirimpumu is that he trains farmers and make follow ups to ensure they profit from the pigs bought from Vision Agribusiness Farm,” he said.

In fact, Shirimpumu’s company also trains other people interested in piggery on how they can best do it to get desired profits. Vision Agribusiness Farm also offers internships to both secondary and university students who study veterinary and agriculture courses.

Setting up a breeding centre

The farmer plans to set up a breeding centre that will offer many services, including artificial insemination and farmer capacity building. It will also have a fattening lot to increase meat production to satisfy the market, especially for export. He said the centre will employ more youth particularly those with requisite technical skills.

Pig population

There are about one million pigs in Rwanda, according to figures from the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB).

According to Worldwatch Institute, a US-based development research organisation, pork (pig meat) is the most widely consumed in the world followed by poultry, beef and mutton.

Wanjiru, Kiplagat Target Podium Places in London

Photo: Chris Omollo/The Nation

Kenya’s new London Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru acknowledges greetings from fans after arriving at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from London at dawn on April 25, 2017.

By Ayumba Ayodi

Former world champion Edna Kiplagat and London Marathon title holder Daniel Wanjiru say they are happy with their selection to Kenya’s team to the IAAF World Championships in London with Kiplagat gleefully targeting a hat-trick of global victories.

The two are among Kenya’s marathon team selected for the 4 to 13 championships in London. Kiplagat, who is fresh from winning last month’s Boston Marathon, a feat that sealed her place in the team, said she is ready to complete a historic hat-trick at the World Championships after previous wins in 2011 Daegu (South Korea) and 2013 in Moscow (Russia).

A delighted Wanjiru, who won the London Marathon on April 23 in his first appearance, said he will now dedicate his energies and training towards the World Championships marathon.

However, the new women’s world marathon record holder Mary Keitany and Chicago Marathon champion Florence Kiplagat, who were named alongside Edna in the women’s team, were still undecided even as the deadline for confirmation elapsed on Monday.

Meanwhile, Tokyo Marathon champion Wilson Kipsang, who was equally happy for getting another chance in the team, said he will speak to his manager Gerard van de Veen of the Netherlands before deciding his stand on Tuesday.

It’s left to be known whether Kipsang, who has personal best two hours, three minutes and 13 seconds, will shelve his ambitions of trying to reclaim the world marathon record at Berlin Marathon in September for the London World Championships.

OLYMPIC CHAMPION

Dennis Kimetto holds the legal world record with a time of 2:02:57 set in 2014 Berlin when he broke Kipsang’s time of 2:03:23.

While Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge remained quiet about the selection, his coach Patrick Sang said it’s up to Kipchoge to decide his own destiny, having ran the fastest time in marathon history of 2:00:25 during the Nike “Breaking2” project in Monza, Italy, 11 days ago.

The time was, however, not recognised as a world record as the race conditions did not meet requirements of the International Association of Athletics federations (IAAF). Kipchoge, who has legal personal best 2:03:05, also wanted to take a short at the world record in Berlin.

The reigning Boston Marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui and the 2016 Mumbai Marathon champion Gedion Kipketer, who finished second in Tokyo Marathon, have been picked as reserves in the men’s team.

Purity Rionoripo and Agnes Barsosio, who claimed a 1-2 finish at the Paris Marathon in April 9, are on standby in women’s team.

Edna failed to defend her title for the second time at 2015 championships in Beijing where she finished fifth.

Gulu Launches Fundraising Drive for Pece Facelift

By Abalo Irene Otto

After several years of struggling to raise the fallen walls of Pece War Memorial stadium, Gulu district has launched a fundraising campaign to rehabilitate the facility ahead of the 14th edition of the East Africa Secondary School games due in August this year.

The stadium has a dilapidated pavilion, dressing room and a non-functioning sanitary facility. Contributions raised through the campaign will be used to grade and plant grass on the stadium’s bare ground as well as construct the perimeter wall fence.

This comes after the Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Association tasked the hosts to improve conditions of the stadium and pitch.

Gulu district chairman Ojara Martin Mapenduzi disclosed last week that the district has taken over the rehabilitation work from the board of trustees and war veterans association, who were the custodians of the stadium to make it usable for the upcoming games.

A team from the district engineering office did an assessment and came up with a budget of Shs 360 million. According to Mapenduzi, the district does not have enough funds to rehabilitate the stadium, which will co-host the regional games with Layibi College, Gulu High School and Sacred Heart School.

Last month, the district administration set up a team to oversee the rehabilitation process with a fully-fledged finance committee.

World Embrace, a non-governmental organization, has contributed Shs 35 million and refurbished the basketball courts at Kaunda grounds. An account in the name of “Pece Stadium Renovation Committee” has been opened with dfcu bank and contributions can be deposited there.

Uganda

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Kenya, Uganda Set for Kwibuka Cricket for Peace Tournament

By Jejje Muhinde

Kenya and Uganda have confirmed they will participate in the 4th edition of the Kwibuka Cricket For Peace tournament scheduled for June 8-11 at the Kicukiro cricket ground, according to Rwanda Cricket Association (RCA) Communications Officer, Jackson Nzayisenga.

The tournament is part of the events organised in memory of the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Nzayisenga said: “Nigeria and Zambia wrote back to us excusing themselves because they will be participating in other competitions, while Namibia also confirmed this week that will not make it,” he disclosed.

“That means that only Kenya and Uganda will take part in the competition. Uganda will bring two teams; Uganda A and Uganda B.”

Last year, only Rwanda and Uganda participated in the third edition, playing five matches against each other. This year’s edition runs from June 10-13 with 4 T20s and one 40 over game.

Uganda

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Angola: Poultry Farmers to Debate Sector’s Actions

Luanda — The National Association of Poultry Farmers (ANAVI) will organise on 24 May, in Luanda, the first national meeting of poultry farmers, aimed at discussing, among other things, the new goals of the sector and present a census on this activity.

According to note that reached ANGOP last Saturday, the gathering will happen as a result of various meetings between ANAVI and professionals from different provinces linked to the poultry farming activity, held between 2016 and 2017.

“During the event it will be presented the National Census on Poultry Farming- Installed capacity, current production levels, potential of growth and market, and medium and long term goals – as well as it will be discussed strategic topics on the revitalisation of the poultry farming sector and short and medium term actions turned to the national production of eggs and meat”, reads the ANAVI note.

ANAVI also informs that the present production capacity of the sector is of about four million eggs per day and 20,000 tons of chicken meat per year.

Angola

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