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Religious Leaders After Years of Eating Free Lunches Confront Dangerous Truth

opinionBy Karoli Ssemogerere

It is an understatement that the sober statement by the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda on the pending amendment of the Constitution has come too late. The religious leaders reading the same cut the figure of half-belief, hesitancy when they came out with a sound statement challenging both the removal of presidential term limits in 2005 and the pending removal of 75 years as the upper presidential age limit coming up before Parliament.

In 2015, Pope Francis I made an ill-advised visit to Uganda just before the general elections of 2016 whose motives unfortunately were directed at shoring up the political fortunes of a certain political group. It was an accident of grace that the Pope as was widely anticipated did not name new Cardinals at this time. Uganda’s only cardinal, Archbishop emeritus Emmanuel Wamala of Kampala is now 91, is in retirement.

A Cardinal is not only an administrative or executive leader; he is also a spiritual leader of the faith. Catholic bishops have had a hard time explaining to the faithful why they must line up for “executive” donations that blur the separation of church and State and created an impression that their very existence relies on government.

The Daily Monitor of Tuesday, September 19 captures this conflict well.

In a widely acclaimed statement, the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, states that the two constitutional issues are so fundamental they should be or (should have in the case of term limits) have been subjected to a referendum. In the inter-regnum period since 2005 when the amendments to term limits were procured and now, they have been mostly ambivalent on this topic failing to appreciate that man-made laws like the Constitution rely on God-made law or natural laws for legitimacy. In fact, sections of the Constitution like Chapter “4” on fundamental human rights are restatements of natural law and tenets like “entrenched”, “non-derogable” or in current language “togikwatako” are value statements by society handed down over the years in major texts like the Magna Carta, the American Bill of Rights all right through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These are declarations of “humanness”, “empathy”, and love for God and man that are the bulwark of civilised society.

Some of the responses by the clerics in Tuesday’s paper are disappointing. There are some who have said it is the issue for the people rather than fundamental values of society to decide. This is similar to Pontius Pilate’s abdication of his duty as a Judge in the Bible to assent to the execution of Jesus. In recent and more embarrassing times, this has been blamed for the rise of fascism in Europe in the interwar period where the churches were accused of complicity in the rise of National Socialism, Fascism and Nazism in Europe.

Traditionally, religious leaders were the most highly educated in society, schooled in the classics like the history of civilisation, ancient languages like Greek and Latin, philosophy and dialectics and jurisprudence. In the high priesthood (ordinary Christians serve in the lay apostolate), there were even more specialisations like propagation of the faith, canon and ecclesiastical law and the foundations of spirituality. Each of the world’s major religions save for the younger offshoots of the older religions, has a similar set up.

Going by the responses of some of the high priests afraid of stirring the waters, their responses made minced meat of the IRC statement. There is a risk that in the coming days as the debate becomes even more heated, some leaders will disown or rubbish the statement.

It goes without saying that it is the Sabakristu of Parliament, an ex-seminarian Raphael Magyezi, who is spearheading the latest motion. This is not a very good day for the republic. It is worse for the religious leaders who find themselves in a Gordian knot.

Mr Ssemogerere is an Attorney-at-Law and an Advocate.

Nairobi Residential Property Wins Multiple Africa-Middle East Awards

Nairobi — A new high-rise residential tower branded Capital M in Nairobi’s Westland suburb has won three Africa and Middle East awards.

The property development picked from a list of 200 other developments in Africa and Arabia region was adjudged a winner in two categories and went on to pick the Five Star award for its Marketing strategy developed.

Capital M – a Fedha Group project – emerged the winner in the High Rise development and best in high-rise architecture by BeglinWoods Architects.

As the Region Nominee for best in the Africa & Arabia Region, Capital M is now automatically entered into the overall International Awards to be held on December 4th in London.

The Africa & Arabia Awards are part of the International Property Awards that include the regions of Asia Pacific, Europe, the Americas and the UK.

The awards celebrate the very best projects and professionals in the industry. An International Property Award is a world-renowned mark of excellence

“Capital M has seen strong interest from investors due to the value proposition and multiple channels for rental revenue, including tapping into the Airbnb model,” said Hooman Ehsani, Director of Century City Property, who is heading up the sales and marketing for the project.

“We have found that buyers are generally more cautious in this market and looking closely at a developer’s reputation to deliver high-quality building. The International Property Awards are a testament of a solid and well-planned development which gives buyers confidence with a property acquisition.” Mr. Ehsani further commented.

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One E-Passport, One Language, EAC Trade Starts With Intra-Trade

[Daily News] WALTER Rodney, a prominent Guyanese historian, political activist and scholar once wrote details in his book ‘How Europe underdeveloped Africa’ and many scholars took hats off to him while others saw his shortfalls in his school of thought and labelled it one sided, but perhaps, former Nigerian President Olesegun Obasanjo overruled it all in 1994 while burying Kenya doyen politician Jaramogi Oginga Odinga by saying: “Thank God Africa has been saved from many earthquakes and Tsunami, but the only earthquake

Black Africans Were Pivotal in Early Science and Technology

opinionBy Patrick Tabaro

A few years back, a book titled Heresy in the University edited by Prof Jacques Berlinerblau caused uproar, especially in North America.

The book followed Martin Bernal’s Black Athena: The Afro-Asiatic Roots of Classical Civilization in which the author argues that Greeks acquired their civilization from Egypt. In the second and third volumes of the book, Prof Bernal gives archaeological and documentary poof of his assertions. The heresy Berlinerblau refers to is Bernal’s contention that Africans civilized Europe.

In this essay, I would like to demonstrate that the basic discoveries and inventions that have fundamentally impacted human culture and civilization were contributed by Africans.

So much appears from Dr Cheikh Anta Diop’s book, Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology. Since entire books have been written on the subject, I will concentrate on mathematics, science and technology.

It is a good idea to study Martin Bernal’s book because in volume one of Black Athena, he gives the explanation why Eurocentric writers, especially academics, allege that Africans have never discovered or invented anything of use to mankind.

The oldest mathematical statement in written form is found in Africa. This is the Ishango bone found at Ishango village to the west of Rwenzori mountains, straddling the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.

It was discovered by Jean de Heinzelin, a Belgian national, in 1960. The bone is currently believed to be more than 20,000 years old.

An analysis by mathematicians, scientists, and archaeologists shows that the three columns on the bone indicate the instrument was used to construct a numeral system or as a counting tool since the markings on the bone are arranged in prime numbers.

One scientist, Alexander Marshack, after examining the bone microscopically, proposed that it might represent a calendar (lunar) based on the movement of the moon.

The ancient Egyptians are on record as having stated that their origin is the Great Lakes region at the foot of the Mountains of the Moon [Ruwenzori]. We do not know whether there is a nexus between this Ishango mathematics and the knowledge systems of the ancient Egyptians apart from the DNA/melanin similarity.

However, by 4236BC, the Egyptians had made a calendar based on 365 days it takes the earth to orbit the sun. This means the black people of Egypt beat Copernicus (14732- 1543 AD) by more than 5,000 years in discovering heliocentricity that is the phenomenon that the earth moves around the sun, and not the other way round. In 2500BC, Pharaoh Nefrikare sent a military expedition to the Rwenzori mountains.

Further and more complicated evidence of knowledge of heliocentricity is found in the comparison between measurements at the base of the great pyramid at Giza, built by Khufu (Cheops in Greek) and the distance traced by planet Venus round the sun. This indicates that the African people knew that all the planets of the solar system orbit the sun.

The classical Greeks who civilized Europe appear on the historical scene very recently, between 650BC and 300BC when the familiar scientists and philosophers such as Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle appear on Europe’s intellectual scene after their studies in Egypt.

All these Greek thinkers, apart from Socrates, have been established to have studied under priest sages of Egypt. One of the famous Greek scientists was Hippocrates (460-377BC) of the Hippocratic Oath taken by doctors on graduating from medical school hailed as the father of medicine in Eurocentric circles; but he researched from the library of Imhotep’s temple in Egypt to study Egyptian medicine.

As Dr Charles Finch shows in his book African Background to Scientific Medicine, the black Egyptians wrote medical textbooks 5000 years ago, and had specialist doctors.

The diseases of each human organ were under the care of a specialist after careful physical diagnosis of patients. It is for these reasons that the father of medicine was Imhotep, the Egyptian, and not Hippocrates, the Greek according to many authorities.

An apt observation in the same field of medicine is the record made by Dr Felkin when he visited Bunyoro in 1879 in connection with a caesarean operation performed by a Munyoro native doctor. This type of surgical operation was known in Buganda and eastern Congo.

The Munyoro doctor saved both the mother and the baby; in Europe then, only the mother could have been saved according to Dr Felkin.

Evidently, Africa was ahead of Europe in that regard as late as 19th century when European powers met at Berlin in 1884-1885 to dismember Africa.

The mathematics, astronomy and science of the black Egyptians is best explained in the technology embodied in the construction of the pyramids.

From the measurements of the great pyramid, one can calculate the value of pie, the distance from the earth to the sun and the circumference of the earth, to mention only three of the wonders of the pyramid technology and mathematics.

These accounts appear incredible precisely because Asian and Europeans invaders had a systematic policy of destroying African civilization as have done many conquerors in history. African history was written and falsified by victors against the vanquished.

The author is a retired judge.

Rwanda: All Set for Continental Aviation Summit in Kigali, Organisers Say

By Francis Byaruhanga

All is set for Rwanda to host the forthcoming 49th annual African Airlines Association (AFRAA) general assembly and summit, organisers have said. The event will attract global aviation executives and stakeholders to discuss meeting will discuss on issues pertaining to the development of air transport in Africa and opportunities for airlines on the continent, according to Dr Elijah Chingosho, the AFRAA secretary general.

Addressing reporters in Kigali on Monday, Chingosho said air transport is crucial for Africa to achieve its development goals. He added that the sector is an “economic bridge linking people, goods and capital to markets and industries, and integrating the vast continent.” Scheduled for November 12-14, the annual general assembly is the biggest aviation summit in Africa.

It is expected to attract over 500 aviation industry players from in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North America, according to the hosts, RwandAir. Chance Ndagano, the RwandAir chief, said the continent event will provide the local aviation sector players a platform to showcase Rwanda’s potential, as well as network and learn from global industry actors.

The event at Kigali Convention Centre will be attended by African airlines executives, ICAO, IATA, AFCAC, civil aviation authorities, airport companies, air navigation services providers as well as aircraft and engine manufacturers, component suppliers, and many other service providers. There will also be an exhibition for aviation companies will showcase their services and IT solutions, Ndagano added.

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East Africa: GSMA Launches Disaster Response Innovation Fund

The GSM Association (GSMA) representing the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem has launched its disaster response innovation fund.

In the overall, the fund is aimed to spur development of mobile technology solutions to assist and empower people and communities affected by humanitarian emergencies, and to strengthen disaster prevention, preparedness and response.

The Fund is backed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and supported by the GSMA and its members.

“Mobile technology is a vital tool to help those impacted by natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies,” said John Giusti, the GSMA’s Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA. “In support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the GSMA has launched the Disaster Response Innovation Fund to extend the impact of mobile in helping build resilient infrastructure and making communities inclusive, safe, and sustainable.”

In times of crisis and disaster, mobile networks facilitate critical communication between humanitarian agencies, affected populations and the international community. This has been evidenced in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the ongoing displacement crisis in the Middle East and Europe, and many other recent events.

The Disaster Response Innovation Fund will stimulate the development of mobile-based solutions that deliver a positive impact on people affected by disasters and crises, helping to reduce risk, save lives, ease suffering and promote recovery.

Application Details

The Fund is open to applicants delivering impact in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and/or North Africa. Applications must represent a collaboration consisting of two or more mobile network operators, NGOs, humanitarian agencies, emergency/environmental bodies and/or private sector companies. For instance, potential applications could include an Internet of Things solution for triggering early warning system alerts or an open-source mobile-based platform for sharing humanitarian information.

o £300,000 per project is available and applicants should be either seed projects to test new products or services, or market validation projects to replicate proven products or services. Applications will be assessed through a two-stage application process: concept notes should be submitted between 7 September and 13 October 2017 and then selected applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal by 1 December 2017. The selection of projects to be funded will be finalised in late March 2018.

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Pharaohs Take Over but Cranes Far From Done

By Andrew Mwanguhya

Kampala — Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat to Egypt saw Uganda drop back into second position and hand coach Hector Cuper’s men the steering wheel. Here is what we learned from the Alexandria clash.

Still a lot more to play for

Egypt and Mohamed Salah might have reclaimed initiatives from coach Moses Basena and Cranes but a lot more can happen in another 180 minutes. By their display in Alexandria, and throughout the five earlier games, Uganda will chase this to the last day. All they have to do is carry out their business against Ghana at Namboole next month and Congo away and let fate sort itself.

Cranes have grown character

Skipper Denis Onyango continues to star for the Cranes, while Farouk Miya’s goals have dried up a little. Miya’s recent underwhelming performances have hardly been helped by limited action at his Belgian club. But the one thing you cannot accuse the Cranes of on Tuesday night and throughout is lack of character, of ambition. Egypt and Ghana may admit their standards have suffered in recent times. But the duo will definitely confess to you Uganda have markedly improved.

Onyango! Just too good

Even before Uganda walked into that cauldron of a stadium in Alexandria, Onyango’s undisputed title of Africa’s best between the goalposts had been emphasized by being named in Caf’s best XI of 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers Match Day Three. The Mamelodi Sundowns shot-stopper proved that by making three match saving saves. Salah did finally breach Onyango but that was after the goalkeeper had stopped his first attempt. Onyango has stopped many top class strikers over the years, one wonders why he still cannot be trusted enough to stop them from Europe.

Wadada slips for Salah to finally manifest

Early jitters saw Nicholas Wadada – under pressure – charge toward his goal, then change direction and re-channel his man forward-bound. But the diminutive Vipers man lost footing, and possession, allowing an Egyptian player to pick out Salah’s run. One mistake, and a goal. Salah had been kept quiet by Godfrey Walusimbi in Kampala. Walusimbi and co felt his presence, trickery and speed in Alexandria.

Cranes defence still world’s best

First, no shame in conceding your first goal in 456 minutes to Egypt and Salah. But it had to take a double take from the Liverpool man after Onyango’s wall had kept out the first. Uganda had gone five World Cup qualifying matches without conceding, bringing them into Tuesday’s match as the best defence in the world. Actually, the Cranes, together with Morocco, remain the only countries in the world to have conceded just once since qualifiers started in October 2015.

Basena should complete WCQs.

Two World Cup and Chan qualifying wins and as many losses respectively is hardly a shabby statistic for an interim coach. Fufa gave Basena and Fred Kajoba the two ties against Rwanda and Egypt as they look for a permanent coach. But after the said games, the current technical team – that now also includes Ibrahim Sekagya and Matia Lule – have done at least just enough to earn the remaining two qualifying fixtures of the World Cup against Ghana and Congo Brazzaville, from which they can further emphasize their case.

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Oasis of Peace – Giving Burundian Refugees New Lease of Life

By Sharon Kantengwa

In 1993, at a time when the number of orphans was steadily increasing in Burundi due to the civil war, the then 24 year old Marguerite Barankitse started an NGO Maison Shalom, which means ‘house of peace’, and REMA Hospital that has been providing love and stability to children whose lives have been affected by Burundi’s pervasive conflict.

With over 20,000 beneficiaries whose lives had changed and brought hope to Burundian communities, Barankitse had begun to see her dream of a violent free Burundi, come to pass.

This was later disrupted when more conflict broke out in 2015. Nevertheless, she vowed never to leave her home country, but continue her work in saving several other young Burundians that needed refuge.

“When I was 16, I was filled with rage because many young people were being used to kill our parents. I lost over 60 relatives to the war in 1993 and made a vow that I would do my best to protect out people and spread love among the youth, even when another war broke out,” she says.

This was until she realised that her life was in danger and staying in her home country was untenable.

“When this happened, I wrote to my ‘children’ living in Canada and one of them wrote back and told me ‘Mummy you have to leave the country because when you arrive in exile, you will save many young people in your country. It is time for you to be our Joseph, so do not be afraid of fleeing,” she narrates.

Barankitse fled the country when there was a spree of killings in 2015, with just a bag of clothes and a photo album, which contains pictures of the children that she saved during the war since 1993.

Without money and a place to stay, she sought refuge at an old friend’s place, after she was told that it was unsafe for her to live in the refugee camp.

“Even though I was safe, my heart was not at peace knowing that I had several brothers and sisters living in misery. I pleaded with my host to give me the money that would be used to cover my expenses so I can share it with my people,” she says.

She was given 100,000 euros and that is when the idea of setting up a community center came up.

The birth of Oasis of Peace

After searching for a place she found Macadamia, which she chose because of its big compound, but was required to pay 5,000 dollars as rent which she couldn’t afford at the time.

I called my friends who paid six months’ rent. I turned it into Oasis of peace and I slowly started gathering refugees and young people. This is now a place where people can dream of love, peace and memory healing,” she says.

The community center, a sister organization to Maison Shalom Rwanda is currently home to hundreds of people that seek space for sociocultural, intellectual and peace building education for Burundian refugees as well as for the population host.

“The center is for everybody, although people may think it’s a community center for Burundian refugees, it is for everybody. I dream to organize activities between different nationalities across the region and encourage them to stand up against manipulation, for the sake of humanity in the great lakes region,” Barakintse reveals as she gives me a quick tour around the center.

Derived from the Bible, Oasis of Peace, the 61 year old says, is meant to give the young people a sense of peace and blessings with values of compassion, solidarity, dignity, tolerance and humility.

At the center, several workers and employees interact in mainly Kinyarwanda, Kirundi and French.

Several young people can be seen in groups having practical lessons in tailoring, hand crafts, and others in the cyber cafe. Another group is seated at the stall with products ready for sale.

In the compound, another group is drawing and painting while the other batch is in the kitchen having catering classes and preparing lunch for the over 200 people that come to the center for a free meal.

All of them are referring to her as ‘mummy.’

“We also prepare secondary school and university and my dream is to buy this place and also build a university of peace,” she says drifting my attention away from the artwork.

Another group of smartly dressed people in the compound is conducting a meeting. Barankitse reveals to me, that they are children she used to help, who now run the daily operations of the center.

“Many of them on hearing that I had opened up a center left their respective countries of residence to join in on this cause.”

As we continue, I’m led to another separate wing which I’m told is a small clinic, where the wounded, and victims of rape find treatment from medics. There, I meet one of the patients, Tresor Manirakiza, a Burundian who became paralyzed after he was shot in the back during the 2015 protests in Burundi.

“The hospitals gave up on him because there was no hope for recovery but I took him up because his pain was as a result of a just cause for his people. My plan is to get him a wheelchair from Switzerland for his condition to aid his movement so he can breathe fresh air outside his room,” she says.

Ushering me to her office, I notice several pictures of the activist in big frames hanged all over the wall. They are pictures of her with several world leaders and icons including the pope, the queen of England and John Croony, all of whom she met since the set-up of Maison Shalom.

On April 24, 2016, she was named the inaugural Laureate of the $1million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity. At the ceremony held in Yerevan, Armenia, Barankitse was recognized for her extraordinary hand in saving thousands of lives and caring for orphans and refugees during years of civil unrest in Burundi. This is just one of the six awards and an honorary degree in Seattle University, which she received after she fled a country.

“In 2015, I watched how politicians fighting for power use young people and how the militia was created. Young people are used in these wars and some killed in our countries. I will not die without realizing my dreams of creating a new generation in this great lakes region,” she says.

I ask her what her greatest joy has been through her achievements and pain. She pulls out her big sized photo album and showing me several pictures with teary eyes she responds:

“When I began Maison Shalom in 1993, I gathered these children from Rwanda, Burundi and Congo and they grew up and became adults. When I wake up in the morning I can’t believe that when I was just 24 and adopted my first seven children four of who were Hutu and three Tutsi and raised them together as one and as children of God.”

“I did not get any biological children because of them, believing that we had many orphans in this great lakes region, but I am the happiest mother in the world, seeing these children grow and some of them are married. They are the reason why I am never afraid of what I do because there are times we were more than 10,000 in centers but we still carried on.”

“I could have chosen to flee to Europe because I have a Luxemburg document to protect me and a Luxemburg passport, but I do not want to be far away from my country and my people,” she says.

I then proceed to ask her what her goals in life are.

We need to save humanity. I want to stop the cycle of wars and killings rotating in some countries in our region, she says.

Why Twitter’s ‘New’ Terms of Service Are Making People Mad

By The Independent

Twitter has made some changes to its terms of service (ToS) for it users that take effect in October.

The terms of service restate that once content is posted on online news and social networking service twitter, it can be reused by others. News organizations, other companies and individuals can already use content found on the site, as it is public and is already considered FAIR USE.

Other than breaking up the terms of service into two, for those in the US for which it is already in effect, and those outside the US from October 2, and adding a new address that is in Europe, the rest of the TOs have been in place.

“Most users probably never read the old terms of service, they seem to assume that everything in the “new” terms of services is actually ‘new’,” wrote techcrunch.com’s Sarah Buhr.

Your terms of service agreement is un-fucking-believable, @Twitter. This is grotesque. Especially for users posting original content. pic.twitter.com/yEE8xly0kJ

— Richard de Nooy (@RicharddeNooy) September 2, 2017

The TOS, state that, “You retain your rights to any Content you submit, post or display on or through the Services. What’s yours is yours — you own your Content (and your photos and videos are part of the Content). By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Services, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed).”

As soon as we post – we do so of our own accord & everything we post is license free. In other words anyone can disseminate our stuff.

— Nande N (@nandnz) September 2, 2017

The TOS go on to tate that, “This license authorizes us to make your Content available to the rest of the world and to let others do the same. You agree that this license includes the right for Twitter to provide, promote, and improve the Services and to make Content submitted to or through the Services available to other companies, organizations or individuals for the syndication, broadcast, distribution, promotion or publication of such Content on other media and services, subject to our terms and conditions for such Content use. Such additional uses by Twitter, or other companies, organizations or individuals, may be made with no compensation paid to you with respect to the Content that you submit, post, transmit or otherwise make available through the Services.”

This section is not new or changed in any way, and is standard for a social network which allows content to be embedded or re-used elsewhere https://t.co/OsLdXzLejC

— Alex Hern (@alexhern) September 2, 2017

Changes that will actually go into effect, with these new ToS according to techcrunch.com , include changes in the language around the right to remove content that violates Twitter’s user agreement, removal of certain limitations of liability such as Twitter user’s liability in access to “as-is” content that could be damaging and an addition of a 30-day notice of changes to the terms that impact others rights of others (which was previously only a promise).

Twitter’s terms of service are making people freak out — but they’re not new https://t.co/Rt0u8cWbqb

— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) September 2, 2017

The Twitter User Agreement 2017 by The Independent Magazine on Scribd

Safaricom Appoints Two New Directors

By Margaret Njugunah

Nairobi — Safaricom has appointed two new directors in what it says is part of its strategy to enhance shareholder value.

Mohamed Shameel Joosub and Linda Watiri Muriuki join the company’s board as non-executive directors with immediate effect.

Safaricom Chairman Nicholas Ng’ang’a says the two directors bring with them a wealth of expertise in creating world-class mobile companies in both Europe and Africa.

“We continue to place a keen focus on building an inclusive board that can both meet the evolving needs of our business, and which takes into account the recent changes in our shareholding structure,” Ng’ang’a said.

Joosub is the current CEO and Executive Director of Vodacom Group as well as the Chairman of the Vodacom Group Executive Committee and Vodacom Limited.

On the other hand, Muriuki currently serves as the Senior Partner at LJA Associates, where she is a practising Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over 27 years of experience.

At the same time, Safaricom announced the resignation of Gianluca Ventura as a substantive director of the company, who will now act as an Alternate Director to Vivek Badrinath.

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