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Tanzania: Village Solar Microgrid Project Launched in Korogwe

By Daily News Reporter in Korogwe

AT least 50 households in Mpale village, Korogwe District have been connected to solar micro-grid during a project launched between the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in collaboration with Ensol Tanzania Ltd.

Speaking during the launch of the project, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Dr Juliana Pallangyo said connection of power to the area will improve social lives and boost economic activities.

“I would like to thank UNCDF and Ensol for their efforts in promoting access to electricity and in particular renewable energy to improve local economic development and livelihoods,” she said. Ensol has thus far connected 50 households in Mpale Village to the solar micro-grid.

However, plans are underway to expand the project by connecting a total of 250 households by June 2018. She asked the community members to proper utilize the opportunity by engaging in various economic activities.

“I would like to ask Mpale villagers and all other people in this district to use power for income generating activities and not for lighting only,” she said.

Mpale village is located in the remote and mountainous Mpale Ward in Korogwe District, Tanga Region. The village has a population of more than 3,000 inhabitants and 730 households.

Since its establishment in 1972, the village has never had electricity. Most of the people in the village have been relying on unsafe and unclean kerosene as a lighting source. Dr Pallangyo noted that the health center in Mpale Village is now connected to the solar micro-grid.

Therefore, she requested the district officials to always make a good follow up to ensure health services are provided to wananchi as required. The Mpale project manager, Mr Prosper Magali said the partnership with UNCDF has been key in the solar micro-grid project.


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Tourism Sector Players Urged to Embrace Technology

interviewBy Peterson Tumwebaze

Alliy Mbwana is the founder and managing partner at Savannah Fund, an Africa focused Technology Venture Capital fund. The expert wants tourism and hospitality sector players to embrace ICT as a strategy to maximise on profits.

Peterson Tumwebaze interviewed Mbwana on his experience in investing in technology startups and his views on Africa’s potential to become a global technology innovator.

As a technology investor, what new innovations are currently exciting you?

I am excited about drones, robotics and the impact they are having on logistics, agriculture, travel on the continent. Especially, since I started my career as an aerospace engineer in the defense industry, and a lot of the autonomous drones today have similar capabilities at much lower cost than 10 years ago. We will see efficiencies in farming, construction, mining and healthcare delivery.

How do you see artificial intelligence impacting the hospitality industry?

There is a huge potential in artificial intelligence driven personal assistants, concierge services and personalisation in travel that is available in every smart phone that billions of users own. It will lead to new levels of customer service and of course disruption in the labour structure of the hospitality industry- more technology investments and training are inevitable to serve demands of business travelers and holiday makers of tomorrow.

Is Africa leading the way with new technological advances, what can we expect for the future especially in regard to tourism?

The implementation of mobile money technologies is an example- it is spreading across Africa and there will be 500 million plus mobile wallets in Africa in the next few years. We should be watching the impact of block chain technology payments, lending, securing and transfer of assets as well as smart contracts in how we do business.

How can emerging economies develop their tourism industries?

There are many interesting trends occurring in the global travel industry today, and one of the most notable is the growing impact of affluent travelers from “emerging” market countries on travel spending and investment.

Collectively, these countries are now beginning to outpace their “developed” (for the sake of this piece I am referring to the commonly used OECD definitions of the terms “emerging” and “developing”) market counterparts when it comes to creating affluent households.


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CAF Bosses Leave as Kenya Pegs Hope on Sep 23 Meet

By Timothy Olobulu

Nairobi — The Confederation of African Football (CAF) inspection team that has been in the country for the last one week concluded its tour of duty on Friday evening and Kenya will now hinge its hope that next year’s Africa Nations Championship will not be taken away based on the report presented in an Executive Committee Meeting in a week’s time.

A scheduled press conference that had been planned for Saturday morning was called off with growing fear that Kenya will not be in a position to successfully host the event with work on rehabilitating the venues way from completion.

“I am hoping that CAF can trust us to complete the job. It is true there is massive concern in Kinoru and Eldoret and even I would be concerned. But work is going on and we have given our assurances that we will get it done,” Deputy Local Organizing Committee CEO Herbart Mwachiro told Capital Sport.

The CAF team had been scheduled to meet with Governors in Nairobi, Meru and Eldoret, but of the three they met only one, newly elected Meru county boss Kiraitu Murungi and his deputy.

A scheduled meeting with Nairobi’s Mike Mbuvi Sonko did not happen due to the unavailability of the latter while in Eldoret, they met Jackson Mandago’s deputy Daniel Chemno.

As part of the schedule, they were to also have a meeting with Deputy President William Ruto after meeting Sports Ministry officials. However, none of those happened.

“Constant (Omari) was not present and so it would have been impossible for the technical officials to meet with the top ranking government officials. But even with that not happening, I am still confident that we will be given a chance,” Mwachiro added.

The CAF team is said to have been concerned with work at Kipchoge Keino and Kinoru, most of which is in its primary stages. The two are undergoing an almost complete overhaul with the playing turfs all plucked off.

But the county officials have promised to fastrack the process and ensure by latest December, everything is ready.

“Our county engineers will be inspecting the progress of the work being done at the stadium twice a day, to curb any element of complacency. We are ready to do everything possible in collaboration with the LOC to beat the set deadlines, and have the tournament in this sporting region,” Chemno told the visiting CAF delegation at the county offices on Friday evening.

Earlier on Thursday, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa said the biggest of CAF concerns was the political situation with the impending elections, but remains confident that the government assurances will be enough to convince CAF.

The CAF Executive will have a meeting next Saturday in Accra Ghana, before the final of the West African Football Union (WAFU) final where a final decision will be reached on whether or not the tournament remains with Kenya.


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Advantage Gor Mahia as Ulinzi, Posta Draw

By Timothy Olobulu

Thika — Gor Mahia’s match towards their record 16th Kenyan Premier League title was aided when two possible title contenders Ulinzi Stars and Posta Rangers played to a 0-0 draw at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

With Sofapaka also drawing 0-0 with Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday, Gor are now in a race of their own enjoying a comfortable 11 point lead at the top.

Both Posta and Ulinzi Stars had brilliant scoring opportunities in either half but the bug of poor finishing bite both sides again after squandering clear cut chances.

Posta, winless in their last six matches had the best start to the match, clearly all their ambition pegged on getting their promising season back on track.

Posta Rangers head coach Sammy Omollo was disappointed with the result especially his forward line who have now failed to score in four consecutive games.

“We had the game today. We played very well as per our tactics but again we could not use our chances. Within the first three minutes we should have killed this game. In the second half I tried something different bringing in Erick (Kibiru) for Mukaisi because he hadn’t clicked in today. It worked a bit but again the final ball was always lacking,” the tactician told Capital Sport after the game.

His opposite number Benjamin Nyangweso was pleased with the point away from home but just like Omollo, he was left ruing missed chances.

“It is very disheartening when you get very clear chances and fail to score especially on things we have worked on in training. But it is a point gained because we are playing away from home,” Nyangweso said after the match.

Within the opening three minutes of the game, the Sammy Omollo charges had the best two chances of the opening half. In the first minute, Posta won a freekick on the right ti see John Nairuka float it in but Jockins Atudo’s thumping header from close range was kept out by Ulinzi Stars shot-stopper Jacktone Odhiambo.

Two minutes later, Odhiambo gave a gift to his former team-mate Nairuka after his attempted pass back to defender Mohammed Hassan was intercepted by the Posta winger, but the keeper managed to redeem himself denying Nairuka at close range.

Posta had started the match with so much pace dominating play and attacking in pace and numbers. However, they could not find the right key to unlock the Ulinzi defense which was kept on toes throughout.

Posta won many set-pieces including Luke Ochieng’s long throws, but still they could not maximize and create danger.

Ulinzi grew into the game slowly and though they did not trouble Patrick Matasi at the Posta goal, they did manage a few efforts at goal. Churchill Muloma twice tried his luck from distance but both efforts went wide.

Stephen Waruru, who has stagnated at 11 goals since the second last match of the first leg, was isolated and failed to have much of an impact.

-Second half-

In the second half Omollo started by making two subs, bringing out Dennis Mukaisi and Edwin Mwaura for Erick Kibiru and Joseph Nyaga, like for like changes that would add more pace into the attack.

Atudo’s aerial strength came to play again in the 55th minute when he latched on to a corner at the back-post but his pointblank header went straight to Jackton Odhiambo.

The game became even with both sides putting much in attack. But it was Ulinzi who had the best final chances of the game.

In the 75th minute, Kasuti had perhaps what could rank as the miss of the year when he tapped the ball wide with a gaping goalmouth after being picked out by a cutback from Oscar Wamala.

Four minutes later, Kasuti had another chance when he failed to pounce on a spilled ball from Matasi.

Reconciliation Was a Pre-Condition of Rwanda’s Recovery, Says Kagame

By Collins Mwai

President Paul Kagame has said that reconciliation and forgiveness were among the key necessities as Rwanda embarked on a reconstruction journey, following the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Kagame was speaking during a panel discussion at the Nantucket Project, an annual conference held in Massachusetts, US, that brings together leaders from business, politics, arts, and academia.

The President was joined on the panel by Jim Sinegal, the founder and former chief executive of Costco, and Bob Diamond, the chief executive of Atlas Merchant Capital.

The conference this year was held under the theme, “Understanding Understanding,” with emphasis on forgiveness.

Kagame said that following the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, fostering national unity and reconciliation was a necessity given the extent of the effects of the tragedy on Rwandans.

“Forgiving and rebuilding were a necessity, we were a country that lost everything. We had to find a way to reconcile,” he said.

This, the President said, involved self-evaluation among Rwandans to understand what went wrong and what could be done to turn the tide.

“We looked each other in the eyes and asked; how do we reconcile and start building? So we had to make a choice. This was the thinking; Forgiving is a process as well as a choice and we had to do the very thing required to start rebuilding. It was also about having a conversation with each other on what went wrong and why and how can we turn the tide,” the Head of State explained.

Homegrown approach

The unity and reconciliation process also involved a realisation that solutions were not going to come from outside and ought to be homegrown.

“We also realised it was not going to come from outside, it was going to start from the inside, with ourselves,” he added.

Rwanda’s reconciliation process is largely characterised by homegrown solutions, most of them considered unconventional and never tried elsewhere before.

Among the solutions include Gacaca semi-traditional courts that were reintroduced and ultimately dealt with nearly two million cases of the Genocide against the Tutsi, and Umuganda (voluntary community work) to encourage social cohesion, among others.

Speaking at the session, moderated by Bob Diamond, Kagame also cited the significance of human capital in creating a business friendly environment.

He said that human resource continues to be the country’s biggest asset.

“Our people have to have the capacity, skills and knowledge to be useful to themselves and the country. It is a combination of this investment in human capital that we now have to combine with the business environment,” he said.

Other than investing in the citizens, the country has also made efforts to make a name for itself with a sound business environment that addresses investors’ needs.

“As a government we had to create an environment that easily allowed for us to understand the needs of investors. Anyone who comes to Rwanda wants security for themselves and their investment. We had to ensure such an environment,” President Kagame added.

He also explained the government’s reasons for investing in technology saying it has improved service provision and linked the country to the rest of the region.

With about 4,000 kilometres of optic fibre cable rolled out across the country, public amenities such as hospitals as well as businesses across the country have had access to reliable internet, consequently improving service delivery.

Kagame is in the US to, among other things, attend the United Nations General Assembly underway in New York.

President Gives 23-Year-Old MP Brand New Car

Photo: Capital FM

President Kenyatta hands MP John Paul Mwirigi the car keys.

Nyeri — President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday handed over a brand new car to John Paul Mwirigi, the 23-year-old Igembe South MP.

The President had promised to buy the Independent MP a car soon after the Igembe South MP was elected on August 8.

Mwirigi traversed the constituency on foot during the campaign.

The youthful MP thanked the President for the gift saying he will now be able to serve his constituents better with the new vehicle.

The MP, an undergraduate student of Education at Mount Kenya University, got 76 per cent of the votes cast.

He succeeds Mithika Linturi, who is now the Meru senator.


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KCCA Politicians Want Place On Contracts Committee

By Amos Ngwomoya & James Kabengwa

Kampala — The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) political wing is disgruntled that they have not been co-opted on the contracts committee, accusing its members of bias when it comes to the award of contracts.

Currently, the KCCA contracts committee is comprised of the technical team, headed by the legal director and the politicians have raised the red flag that most local companies have not benefitted from the contracts rolling out in massive infrastructural developments in the city.

The politicians accused KCCA technical team of awarding contracts to international companies yet the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Act (PPDA) provides for the award of contracts to local suppliers as well.


Ms Sarah Kanyike, the Kampala deputy Lord Mayor, told Daily Monitor in an interview yesterday that as representatives of the people, the policy does not provide for them to sit on the KCCA’s contracts committee to oversee the manner in which contracts are awarded.

“As leaders, we are also concerned about how contracts are given out. We believe that some local contractors have the ability to do good work but they are at times not considered. Unfortunately, we don’t sit on the contracts committee and that’s why we are pushing to have representatives of the elected leaders on that committee,” she said.

Ms Kanyike noted that it was wrong for the committee to be composed of people from the technical staff, saying only they could fail to account to the public.

Makindye Division mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama and Lubaga Division deputy mayor Mr Ntare Ahmed too backed Ms Kanyike on the matter.

Whereas Mr Mulyanyama said political inclusion would increase transparency, Mr Ahmed Ntare said the policy of Build Uganda Buy Uganda emphasised the need to give priority to local investors.

“Local companies drain the country of foreign currency yet the locals will use their money here and the economy will be boosted,” Ntare said.

But Mr Peter Kaujju, the KCCA spokesperson, asked politicians to lobby for their inclusions on the contracts committee and dismissed accusations only favouring international companies for city contracts.

“We are working with several local contractors. Take an example of Abubaker Technical Services and Supplies Limited and many more. We award contracts based on their integrity and expertise and of course following the PPDA Act,” Mr Kaujju told Daily Monitor from his office yesterday.

He said some local companies have had contracts terminated over wanting standards like shoddy work, failure to meet deadlines and lack of adequate machinery among others.

Standard issues

Abubaker Technical Services and Supplies Ltd is currently constructing and upgrading roads in Makindye Division.

The roads, which cover 7.35km, include; Kulekana-2.1km, Nsambya-Katwe-0.95km, Jjuko-1.3km, Kevina-1.2km, Appas-1.3km and Bugolobi-Namuwongo Link-0.4km worth Shs31b.

According to the available information from KCCA, majority of the road projects were awarded to international construction companies, something city leaders say is unfair.

Mr Kennedy Okello, the KCCA chairperson of engineering and technical services, said some local companies are not contracted to do city projects because some donors like World Bank and African Development Bank have strict conditions which they attach to their funds.

Uganda is currently promoting the Buy Uganda, Build Uganda (BUBU) policy to empower local service providers.

PPDA through the Inter-Institutional Task Force recently developed a draft implementation Local Content strategy with proposed interventions for the government to adopt in promoting local content in Uganda.

Kenya: Long-Serving Co-Op Bank Chairman Exits

By James Anyanzwa

Co-operative Bank of Kenya (Co-op) longest serving director Stanley Charles Muchiri exits after more than three decades at the lender’s board.

Mr Muchiri joined the bank’s board in 1986 as a non-executive director and was later appointed chairman in 2002.

“The Board of Directors has deeply appreciated Mr Muchiri’s transformational leadership and wished him the very best in all his future endeavours,” said Managing Director Gideon Muriuki in a statement Thursday.

Mr Muchiri is credited with steering the bank, as the board chairman, from loss-making territory in early 2000s to now one of Kenya’s most profitable banks.

The Nairobi Securities Exchange-listed lender recovered from a loss of over Ksh2.3 billion (about $23 million) in 2000.

In the six months to June 30 this year, Co-op bank posted a net profit of Ksh6.6 billion (about $66 million).

As the announcement was made, the lender’s share fell by 3.32 per cent to Ksh16 ($0.16) per share at 1.09pm from Wednesday’s close of Ksh16.55 ($0.17). By close of trading Thursday, the share had however recovered to Ksh16.65, 0.6 per cent higher than the previous day’s close.

Mr Muchiri, 71, will be replaced by John Murugu, who has previously worked at Treasury and Central Bank of Kenya, as chairman effective October 1, 2017.

Mr Muchiri’s exit is in line with the Capital Markets Authority’s governance code that sets the age limit of 70 for members serving in listed companies boards.

He holds 0.13 per cent shareholding in the bank, an equivalent to 6,253,333 shares.

Mr Murugu, who served as director of debt management at the Treasury, joined Co-op bank’s board as independent director on May 27, 2015. He owns a 0.03 per cent (1,579,200) stake in the bank.

Mr Murugu, 66, served at the CBK for more than 25 years rising through the ranks to head the bank supervision’s unit as the director. He was later seconded to Treasury.


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AS Kigali Retain’s Women’s League Title

AS Kigali has wrapped up the 2017 Rwanda National Women’s Football League title with two games to spare, after a 4-0 win over Nyagatare on Sunday (1 July 2017) in Kigali.

The capital-based club unbeaten in ten games took their tally to 30 points, eight more than rivals ES Mutunda with two games remaining. Third place Rambura are distant with 19 points on the standings of the eight-club league.

The Kigali City sponsored outfit will be officially crowned during the penultimate match of the season against Rambura on Sunday, 17 September 2017 at the Stade de Kigali.

The record nine-time champions have the best attack in the league, finding the back of the net 64 times and letting in just three.


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Nsimbe Not Throwing in Towel on Title Chase

By Timothy Olobulu

Nairobi — Tusker FC head coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe is still holding on to the final straws of an otherwise disastrous season, keeping faith that the Brewers can still race up a 14 point gap between them and leaders Gor Mahia with 11 rounds of matches remaining.

Nsimbe’s charges revived their faintest title hopes on Wednesday with a 2-1 home win over resilient Zoo Kericho with the win taking them to 33 points and ending a three-match winless streak.

“This is a marathon and we can’t give up. This is a great win for us and maybe this is the touch of luck we were looking for. This might be the turning point. We are not giving up and we will fight to the end. I still believe we can catch up,” a confident Nsimbe told Capital Sport.

The Ugandan tactician, who joined Tusker at the beginning of the season, has also said he is confident the club’s management still has self-belief in him despite an otherwise underwhelming season.

Tusker were eliminated from the GOtv Shield, a title they won for the first time in 23 years last season while their league defense campaign now seems in tatters.

“I am a qualified coach and I know the club has confidence in me. I should have more time to make this team great. This season we have not been very lucky but I still believe we can do something in future,” Nsimbe added.

-Sofapaka title hunt-

Meanwhile, second placed Sofapaka saw their title charge slowed down with a 2-1 loss at the hands of another title hopeful, Ulinzi Stars.

However, the silver lining in Sofapaka’s loss was that Ugandan forward Umaru Kassumba struck his 11th goal in seven matches, moving joint top of the goal scorers’ chart with Ulinzi’s Stephen Waruru.

With a game at hand, the soldiers moved to fifth with 36 points, nine short of leaders Gor Mahia.

“We played well and I see the rhythm is coming back slowly. We have been faced with a tough run of fixtures and getting to pick a win against a team on form like Sofapaka is a big boost for us. We will also give our best in the remaining 12 games and see whether we can challenge for the title,” Ulinzi head coach Benjamin Nyangweso said.

Sofapaka assistant coach John Baraza was gracious in defeat and affirmed the team will not be deterred by the loss, instead focusing more energy to bridge the gap between them and the leaders.

-Relegation battle-

While the battle at the top remained intense, the fight for survival at the bottom equally made interesting twists.

Mathare United who had earlier not lost a single match in the second leg found themselves dragged back into the murky waters of relegation after an astounding 3-0 loss at the hands of Kariobangi Sharks.

The Premier League new boys completed a home and away whitewash of the Slum Boys, a classic example of the apprentice outwitting the master.

Not only have most of the Kariobangi Sharks players come through the Mathare system but their head coach William Muluya is a coaching student of Mathare United’s Francis Kimanzi.

The victory took Sharks to fourth in the standings, much keeping to William Muluya’s ambition of a top five finish

The battle for survival is set to go down the wire with Western Stima and Thika United both dropping points at home while Muhoroni Youth picked one away.

Muhoroni who were promoted to top tier football in 2012 stay confident they will remain in the league despite being placed bottom with 20 points, seven off safety.

“There are 11 games remaining and I need to win only five of those. The gap between us and safety is not big. I am confident the players can get something despite the fact that we are going through tough times especially on finances,” head coach James Omondi told Capital Sport.

KPL midweek results:

Western Stima 0 Kakamega Homeboyz 0 (Moi Stadium Kisumu), Mathare United 0 Kariobangi Sharks 3 (Narok), Nzoia Sugar 3 Bandari 0 (Sudi, Bungoma), Thika United 2 Nakumatt 2 (Thika), Posta Rangers 0 Muhoroni Youth 0, Tusker FC 2 Zoo Kericho 1 (Ruaraka Complex), AFC Leopards 0 SoNy Sugar 1, Ulinzi Stars 2 Sofapaka 1 (Kericho Stadium).

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