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Battle for Top Spot as APR, AS Kigali Clash

By Peter Kamasa

APR and AS Kigali will clash this afternoon at Kigali Stadium as both teams seek to go top of the Azam Rwanda Premier League table for at least a day. Both teams have 4 points from their first two matches.

APR who last won the league has tasked Coach Jimmy Mulisa to reclaim the league title this season. The military side won their first league game against Sunrise 2-0 before being held to a 1-1 draw in Rubavu against Marines.

However, they come up against an AS Kigali side which recruited heavily last season and currently sits a place below APR on the league log with identical points.

Mulisa acknowledges that AS Kigali will be a tough test for his team, but has backed his team to edge past the City of Kigali side.

“I have told my players to be mentally strong because we are facing a team that is one of the favourites to win the league this season. We should not lose hope even if they score first,” Mulisa said.

AS Kigali won their opening tie against newly promoted Miroplast (2-0) before holding champions, Rayon Sport to a 1-1 draw. Last season AS Kigali beat APR 1-0 before both sides shared the spoils in the second leg.

Since promotion to the top flight league in 2001, AS Kigali has not won the league and this year has eyes set on winning this season’s league after finishing fourth last season, behind Rayon Sports, Police and APR.

The new campaign promises to be one of the most exciting and unpredictable in years as most of the top sides brought in many players.

Today

APR vs Kigali 3:30pm

Saturday

Bugesera Vs Rayon Sports

Etincelles Vs Mukura

Espoir Vs Sunrise

Kirehe Vs Musanze

Sunday

Miroplast Vs Kiyovu Sports

Police Vs Amagaju

Gicumbi Vs Marines

Rwanda

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Netizens Can’t Get Enough of Jimi Wanjigi’s Wife

By Naira Habib

A rare public appearance of city businessman Jimi Wanjigi’s wife, who stood by him during a press briefing at his house in Muthaiga on Wednesday morning, has stirred up social media.

The businessman on Wednesday broke his silence on the 72 hour police siege at his home pointing an accusing finger at the Jubilee government for persecuting him for his “unwavering support” for Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

He also narrated to how the police assaulted his wife, Irene Nzisa, as she attempted to record the destruction of their home.

However, what captured the eyes of netizens was the businessman’s wife who stood next to him while addressing the press.

Ms Nzisa public show of affection to her husband did not go unnoticed as she held him possessively with both hands.

Here are some of the reactions from Kenyans on Twitter:

A strong and loving wife maketh a man. #akomberesigns Baba Jimmy wanjigi pic.twitter.com/XX63LyTj3o

— Dunia Wiki Hii (@dunia_411) October 18, 2017

Everything about Jimmy Wanjigi is billionaire.

See how young and happy his father is.

See his wife, oh haleluya.👐

— Nyamwari Misati (@geomisati) October 18, 2017

All eyes are on the Mrs Wanjigi! Kumbe Jimmy Wanjigi has a beautiful wife! Hehe

— Mr waddis The Brand (@kipronoenock) October 18, 2017

If Jimmy Wanjigi want us to believe him he needs to buy Le wife a poker face

Wanjigi: my wife has not stopped crying

Wife: pic.twitter.com/jXtoivcqpg

— 🌼 (@CherryBlo5Som) October 18, 2017

Jimmy Wanjigi’s wife though… … A perfect definition of making great choices.The man has everything.Except a country

— Ben (@antonybenard254) October 18, 2017

Someone hold me like Jimmy Wanjigi’s wife lol

— Nkiro (@Nkirdizzle) October 18, 2017

Kenya

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City Tycoon Jimi Wanjigi Resurfaces After Police End Siege at Home

By Hilary Kimuyu

A jovial Jimi Wanjigi on Wednesday morning resurfaced after police on Wednesday ended a three-day siege at his palatial house in Muthaiga.

Mr Wanjigi was holed in the house as police officers drawn from the Special Crimes Prevention Unit broke doors with axes and metal cutters looking for guns, ammunition and explosives said to be hidden in the house.

The businessman reportedly locked himself in one of the rooms on Monday to avoid arrest.

Nasa leader Raila Odinga spent Tuesday night at Mr Wanjigi’s house to keep watch, according to his spokesman Dennis Onyango.

Police had continued with their even after a High Court had on Tuesday granted the city billionaire an anticipatory bail of Sh 50,000 and directed that he should not be arrested until October 19.

The order was issued on Tuesday by Justice Chacha Mwita.

The court also ordered that police should not commit any action of destruction of property on Mr Wanjigi’s houses, businesses and office.

Kenya

Commissioner Resigns, Says Poll Agency Can’t Deliver Credible Election

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Jubilee MPs Take On Nasa Over Property Damage

By Samwel Owino

Six Jubilee MPs want Nasa principals held accountable for property losses in areas that have been rocked by anti-IEBC demonstrations.

The lawmakers have accused the opposition leaders of failing to contain their supporters to hold peaceful protests as stipulated in the Constitution.

Led by Nyeri MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, lawmakers John Kiarie (Dagoretti South), Moses Kirima (Imenti Central), Fatuma Gedi (Wajir woman rep), Catherine Waruguru (Laikipia woman rep) and Peter Kimari (Mathioya), complained that the Nasa supporters had disrupted business in the city centre.

Addressing a press conference at Parliament buildings on Tuesday, the lawmakers claimed the demonstrators have been carrying weapons, which they have used to harm innocent Kenyans.

“What we have been witnessing in some parts of the country is not peaceful demonstration as stipulated in the Constitution but riots, which is a criminal offence,” Mr Wambugu said.

Ms Waruguru, at the same time, faulted the decision by the High Court to lift the government ban on demonstrations in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu central business districts.

Kenya

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Gambia:Works Minister Denies Any Deal On Banjul Seaport

interviewBy Sanna Camara

The Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure has said that The Gambia government has not made any deal with any firm or country on the country’s seaport. In an exclusive at his office yesterday, Minister Bai Lamin Jobe said the government has so far received five proposals on the seaport expansion project, but none has been given the green light to carry on with the project yet.

“Government has to put all dimensions into consideration before we make a decision. So the thing you are talking about is something in the process and is not finalised. There is nothing definite about it,” Jobe said.

The proposed project has been designed with extending one new jetty and building, a new approach bridge, channel dredging and maintenance dredging, rehabilitation container terminal, head office for the port authority, and pile repairing for Banjul Wharf.

However, other ideas being considered is the relocation of the ports to coasts of Tanji to enable deep sea vessels that are unable to dock at Banjul to be able to dock there in the future.

“You know that the activities at the seaport are drowning our city. We cannot sit down and do nothing or engage in debates for the next 12 months on what to do. The government has to make a decision which will be the best for the ports as a service and for the city,” Minister Jobe said.

So far, there are five proposals on the minister’s desk, coming from various internationally renowned firms in France, the UK, Holland, Dubai and China.

“Everybody wants a piece of the ports so to speak, and we are looking at those proposals currently,” he said.

The minister added that among the proposals, the new government is trying to choose the best option for the country. However, in doing so, he said, procurement and tender are not the best for The Gambia port situation as the government does not have the money to finance the seaport expansion.

“It is not simple tendering… This is called a public-private-partnership, which comes in different forms. There is BOT (build, operate, transfer) to you later but they have put their money in. There is even a BOOT (build, own, operate, transfer). There is also EPC (engineering, procurement and construction),” he explained.

Gambia’s Minister of Works Transport and Infrastructure has many decades of technical experience in public works. He had successful career with the World Bank, Gamworks (as founder and CEO) in 1992, and later on moved on to work with the UN System in Sierra Leone and Sudan – all in technical capacities.

In this interview with journalist Sanna Camara, Bai Lamin Jobe speaks on the Banjul seaport expansion project, and sets the records straight on information floating around town about related matters.

The Gambia’s port expansion project requires a $177 million financing. Tell me how you managed to secure such a deal?

It looks like you talking about something you read in the media already. And you are putting it as a statement. We have to understand that there are a number of proposals on our table about this project – about five proposals. The French, British, the Dutch, Dubai ports and Chinese – everybody wants a piece of the ports so to speak, and we are looking at these proposals.

But the underlying is that we have to take a route that is best for the country, that is best for our capital – the ports is a very important dimension of our capital so we have to put all dimensions into consideration before we make a decision. The thing you are talking about is something in the process and is not finalised.

There is nothing definite about it. It is just floated around and I do not want to engage myself in back and forth… but I welcome opinions. Everybody is entitled to your opinion, but you cannot have you own truth. So that is all I can say about this.

So if no deal has been finalised, tell me what is going on with the ports?

I want this thing going around to be seen in the right perspective. We are faced with a number of proposals about our seaport and what we are trying to do is to choose the best option for this country and our city. And, to do so fast…

You have visited Banjul and you know that the activities at the ports are drowning our city. We cannot sit down and do nothing or engage in debates for the next 12 months on what to do. The government has to make a decision that is the best for the ports as a service and for the city.

What procedures are you employing to process the proposals presented to government? Are you following the international bidding procedures or other methods?

Now let me come to that. This is somehow where people are getting confused by certain media outlets concerning this problem. When you have your money as government or institution or individual; and you want to buy something – especially government – you have to call for tender. You can say what services you want or which studies to be done, and you invite proposals and you evaluate. What is most responsive and cheapest for you is what you choose. This is only when you have your money to do what you wanted.

These days, procurement is not done like that. For people who know, especially when governments don’t have the money to call for bids, they either ask for proposals that come at different times, or people even approach them. For example, they can say ‘you have this problem at the ports, this is a solution we can have for you, and this is the financing we can get for you, and these are the quotations. Do you like it or not?’

This is the way that most works are done now, it is not simple tendering – whoever is telling you that do not know much, I can tell you that… This is called a public-private-partnership (PPP) and it comes in different forms. There is BOT (build, operate, transfer) to you later but they have put their money in. There is even a BOOT (build, own, operate, transfer). There is also EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) so it is not a simple idea of tendering; the world is even past that.

To tell you the truth, I even asked the minister of justice that we should look at this situation because this country is still dealing with procurement rules which are outdated and no longer applicable. That we have to expand those rules because what is coming now is not tendering… .

Well, if you want to buy stationery or furniture for education, yes you can tender and procure because you have your money. But we need to expand the rules because that kind of rule is not applicable in what we are dealing with now.

So there was no tender?

That is the crux of the matter. We are getting proposals and we don’t even ask for them. Even this morning, somebody came to me and he wants to install security for the airport and for the seaport. They have a proposal. I say ‘this is fine but go to the MDs of the two ports and give them the presentation. If they like it, they can work with you to explore the possibility of implementing… .

At what stage are you right now in trying to choose ‘what is best for the country?’

What I can tell you right now is that the process is still on and is not concluded. There are many dimensions and we are exploring… .Ministries of Justice, Finance, and technically, my department. All these components have to come together at one point and it is not finalised yet. There is nobody who has been written to, to go and do the project, I can tell you that.

What message would you have for interested firms wanting a ‘piece of the Banjul port?’

All I can say is that this government is going to do the right thing for the country. They cannot have their way if their way is not the right thing for this country.

Thank you sir, for your time…

You welcome.

You Are Not the Boss of Us – Nasa Marches On, Pays Matiangi No Heed

By Joseph Muraya

Nairobi — Nairobi Central Business District is a no-go zone for the National Super Alliance supporters following yesterday’s ban by Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi.

Anti-riot officers are dispersing any small group on sight attempting to access the CBD.

But protesters who spoke to Capital FM News say they will not allow the Interior CS to infringe on their rights to demonstrate.

“We want to know whether there was a referendum to amend the Constitution so that demonstrations can be criminalised,” one said.

Another added that, “We have to go to University Way.”

A small group had gathered along Kenyatta Avenue but was dispersed using teargas.

Police officers have been deployed across all parts of the city following Wednesday’s demo that left a trail of destruction in the city.

In Mombasa, protesters were dispersed as soon as they started.

The Opposition chief Raila Odinga has declared his withdrawal from the October 26 presidential election citing unfavourable environment.

And in addition to calling for reforms at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Senator James Orengo said they will demonstrating to ensure no election is held without the inclusion of their leader in another repeat presidential poll.

Kenya

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Masogange’s Drug Abuse Case Hearing Now Set for November 14

By Tausi Ally

Dar es Salaam — November 14 has been set as the date on which a case facing Ms Agnes Gerald, a.k.aMasogange, will start being heard at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam.

On that date, the defendant will start making its defence against the case in which she is charged with using illicit drugs.

The accused was supposed to start defending herself yesterday, but State Attorney Adolf Mkini asked court’s Principal Resident Magistrate WilbardMashauri, to set another date for hearing of the case.

After MrMkini’ssubmission, the Principal Resident Magistrate adjourned the hearing of the case until November 14.

This comes after the Court decided that Masogange had a case to answer and therefore she should defend herself by calling in witnesses. The court was informed that she would bring in three witnesses.

MsMasogane is represented by lawyers NehemiaNkoko and Ruben Simwanza. In the case, the Prosecution is led by State Attorney Costantine Kakula, who has already called in three witnesses, who gave and concluded their evidence.

The video queen, MsMasogange, is facing two charges of using illicit drugs, Heroin and Oxazepam. She is accused of committing the offences under Section 18 (a) No. 5 of the Drug Control and Enforcement Act, 2015.

In the case No. 77 of 2017, MsMasogange, it was allged that that between February 7 and 14,2017, in unknown parts within the City of Dar es Salaam, she used illicit substances of the Heroin (DiacetyImophine) type and that between February 7 and 14,2017 she allegedly used illicit drugs of the Oxazepam type.

Tanzania

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South Africa:Dial-a-Ride Users Say the Service Is Deteriorating

By William Yoder

Some members of the Dial-a-Ride User’s Forum have expressed concerns about the safety and quality of the service as well as fee increases under the current contractor.

Members of the forum say the service they get from Dial-a-Ride, which provides transportation to people with disabilities, has deteriorated since HG Travelling Services won the tender on 1 December 2015.

In April, users protested against the provincial government about the use of MyCiTi branding, availability, cost and safety. A Dial-a-Ride bus was attacked recently in a housing protest.

Debbie Bedien, a member of the forum, said that buses used to be plain white with yellow Dial-a-Ride logos. “Whether it was taxi strikes, public strikes,or bus strikes, we weren’t affected,” Bedien said. But the buses now have the colour scheme and the logo of MyCiTi buses.

HG Travelling Services referred GroundUp to the City of Cape Town for comment. The City said the vehicles were clearly marked on the back and sides. However, a Dial-a-Ride vehicle which GroundUp photographed did not have these signs on the right side (it did have a sign on the left side).

Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, said, “The MyCiTi logo features on all of those vehicles that are contracted by the City to provide a public transport service to the public.”

Dial-a-Ride Forum members also complained about the rising cost of the service. Since 2015, a 20km trip with Dial-a-Ride has gone from R8.80 to R13; for a trip under 5km it has gone from R6.70 to R9.

Members of the forum complained that the service was very booked up and Cape Town’s other public transport services were mostly inaccessible, a situation not set to change for several years.

“By 10:30am all rides [for the next week] are fully booked,” said Bedien.

About 800 people use the service on a “regular or ad hoc basis” according to Herron. He said HG Travelling Services had increased capacity for wheelchair users from 72 to 102 since gaining the contract. It currently operates 21 vehicles, 20 of which can accommodate passengers using wheelchairs.

Elroy Lodewyk, also a member of the Dial-a-Ride forum, said bookings were sometimes missed. He said some commuters had even lost their jobs due to the lack of reliability of Dial-a-Ride.

But Herron said, “The City was not informed about any commuter who has lost his/her job as a result of the Dial-a-Ride service.”

He said financial penalties could be imposed by the City should HG Travelling Services fail to provide adequate service.

Dial-a-Ride users say that passengers can be on the bus for hours. Another member of the forum, Luwie Links, said, “They pick up something like nine people. If you are first to be picked up at 5:10am in the morning, you will arrive at work at 8 or 8:30am.”

Members of the forum are also unhappy that Dial-a-Ride now requires users to be assessed by an occupational therapist every two years, even in cases where users’ disabilities are permanent.

Lodewyk said, “I’m 22 years in a wheelchair. What, after 23 years I will walk again?”

Angola:Ende Works On Resumption of Power Supply to Communities

Uíge — The Energy Distribution Company (ENDE) is working on the resumption of the power supply to affected areas (Thermal Planta and fish fridges area), since Saturday, as a result of a short circuit caused by rain, said to the press on Tuesday, the provincial governor of Uíge, Pinda Simão.

The governor reaffirmed that conditions are created for the restoration of lighting to areas damaged by rain, with the monitoring of the local municipal administration.

He said that the visit also aimed at exchanging views with the population and local leaders, in order to find better solutions, with a view to supplying electricity to communities.

The official acknowledged that demand for electricity is greater and, therefore, the Government will continue making efforts to provide better solutions in the future, covering lighting to all areas of the city.

Pinda Simão also asked for the collaboration of economic agents in improving the conditions of the fish selling place.

The fish cooperative of the Caquiuia neighborhood has 65 cold storage containers for fish conservation.

Angola

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Angola: Electro Do Huambo Club Awaits Completion of Its Infrastructures

Huambo — The managing board of the Electro Sport Club of Huambo, formerly Sporting, looks forward to the completion of construction works of its sports infrastructure, on the outskirts of the city.

In 2015, as part of the implementation of the public investment programme, the government of Huambo Province started work, with the demolition of the debris from the fence, the stadium benches and changing rooms.

In the same year, the fence wall was erected and painted, and gates were installed to prevent people from having access to the Electro sports complex, whose degradation, through vandalism, increased from 1994 to 2003.

After two years, the works no longer continued and, as a consequence, the athletes’ training center, although partially destroyed, was once again occupied by families, which transformed it into a dwelling.

Speaking to ANGOP, the president of the club, Francisco Miranda, said today that the interruption of the work is due to the current unfavorable economic situation that the country is going through.

Nevertheless, he was optimistic that work would resume as soon as the financial crisis in the country was over and called for the project to be reinstated in the next local public investment programmes.

Angola

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