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First Lady Jeannette Kagame Calls for an End to Extremism

By Athan Tashobya

First Lady Jeannette Kagame has said that the world is in need for peace, which is why stakeholders should do everything within their capacities to put an end to extremism and violence faced around the world.

Mrs Kagame was speaking at the Global Hope Coalition event, held on the margins of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Monday.

The event was held under the auspices of Global Hope Coalition-an international initiative providing a global platform to bolster the civil society campaign to fight violent extremism and intolerance and preservation of cultural heritage-on the topic: Women, Children and Trauma of Extremism.

This event was attended by First Lady Jeannette Kagame, First Lady of Mali Keita Aminata Maiga, as well as Director General of UNESCO – Irina Bokova, among many other participants.

“Our world is in desperate need of giving the right attention to extremism, as demonstrated by the violence, near and far from our homes,” the First Lady said.

She shared Rwanda’s history, adding light to the situation Rwanda faced in the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, where over a million innocent lives were lost, while those that survived were left were left facing many traumas.

Thousands of women were raped and deliberately infected with HIV/AIDS needless to mention thousands of widows, orphans left behind and millions who fled to neighbouring countries, she said. This post-1994 era also saw a strong and defiant survival instinct contribute to the healing of our nation, the First Lady remarked.

“After the Genocide, we had to devise sound strategies, to help us all regain dignity and strength, and make ‘Never Again’ a reality,” Mrs Kagame added.

The First Lady of Mali, Mrs Keita Aminata Maiga, shared her country’s experience following the recent terrorist attacks noting that these have greatly affected education of the girl-child as well as hurting tourism to the country’s world cultural heritage sites.

Irina Bokova , the Director General of UNESCO and Honorary President of Global Hope Coalition said that women and children are shouldering the heaviest of burdens of extremism and violence around the world, hence the need to fight for the “dignity” of these groups.

“Extremists hurt us at the very core of our identity,” Bokova said.


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Mbeya Opt for DSE Listing

By Merali Chawe in Mbeya

MBEYA City Council has formed a company entrusting its football team, Mbeya City to a company. The move enables Mbeya City Council to own 50 per cent of shares while the remaining 50 per cent will be owned by the shareholders.

Mbeya City team’s General Secretary, Emmanuel Kimbe, unveiled yesterday in a meeting to discuss the team’s development strategies and challenges, where it was reached a decision to entrust it to the public who will own the club by buying shares.

He said currently the club faces financial constraints in daily operations due to the decline in sources of revenues in Mbeya City Council. He said they were obliged to find new approaches which will enable stakeholders to invest in the club.

Kimbe said since the government cannot list in the stock market, the City Council has decided to create a company known as Mbeya City Football Club Limited Company eligible to market the team’s shares to the public.

“We are in the final stages of listing the club into the stock market and soon our shares will be in the market, with the aim to sell over 50 per cent of shares to the public,” he said. Mbeya City become the second Premier League club to sell its shares to the public after Simba, though in a slight different approach.

However, Kimbe said they are yet to decide the kind of investment, but the plan is to sell over 50 per cent of shares.


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Whatever CAF Decides, CHAN Circus Must End

opinionBy Moses Ojuang’

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) officials were in the country on a tight schedule to inspect Kenya’s facilities for the 2018 Africa Nations Championships (Chan).

They were taken to all the stadiums expected to host the January matches — MISC Kasarani, Nyayo National Stadium, Moi Kinoru Stadium in Meru and Eldoret’s Kipchoge Keino Stadium.

Somehow, the Machakos stadium was not inspected for reasons known best to the inspectors and perhaps Football Kenya Federation too.

We watched with a somewhat sinking feeling as the inspectors took their notes while politely asking some questions that were being answered inaudibly and at length by Kenyan officials.

One wishes we could peek into their notes and get a glimpse of what they really were thinking about us.

To say the truth, of the stadiums mentioned, only MISC Kasarani, which hosted the IAAF World Under-18 Championships in July meets the hosting requirements!

The rest are a shame even to the adults walking around the Caf officials with wide smiles that betrayed their restlessness. This time round, it was a whirlwind tour of the venues and there was no time to take them to the Nairobi National Park to adopt some cheetah chimpanzee or godknowswhatelse!

We had to show them the real things on the ground and that to us was gehannum! At the dug-up pitch at the never-ending, ever-being-refurbished Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret, people are working with the most rudimentary tools like jembes, et al.

Trenches are filled with foul water at Nyayo National Stadium and the horror that is Kinoru… it was indeed an interesting tour.

All the time, our visitors were taking notes — some even doing it in Arabic — and asking those simple embarrassing questions. Our officials were looking important and took the opportunity to assure us that all was well.

The verdict is not yet out but we must be ready for anything now. Steel our nerves and hope for the best while expecting the worst. That way, when the cudgel falls ,we shall not feel much bitterness, rave and rant against our big men. We shall have cushioned all those feelings.

The final decision will now be taken at the next Caf’s executive committee meeting in Accra this Saturday.

We wish we could sleep sans fear but that is not the case. We wait with crossed fingers and hope that we shall keep the hosting rights. We have talked about this small thing for such a long time till boredom creeps in whenever we revisit the matter.

We shall not give up until it is over and we shall chide the authorities as much as we can. This should be the last thing we ever bid for if it fails to take place here! We shall ask that whoever tries to bid for hosting rights for our country be jailed for shaming us!


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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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CAF Chiefs Start Inspection of CHAN Facilities

By Cellestine Olilo

The third and final inspection tour of facilities that Kenya will use to host next year’s African Nations Championships stadium begins on Tuesday.

The delegation will be led by Confederation of African Football Tournaments Director Mohammed El Shawarby, accompanied by other representatives from Caf in the six-day visit which will culminate in a press conference on Saturday where the inspectors are expected to issue a verdict on Kenya’s status as hosts of 2018 Africa Nations Championship.

Caf’s second vice president Omari Selemani had been scheduled to lead the team, but he pulled out Tuesday following the death of a close relative.

The inspectors will begin their tour at Nyayo National Stadium at 8.30am, after which they will proceed to Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.

On Wednesday, the team will fly to Meru’s Kinoru Stadium at 10.30am before returning to Nairobi in the afternoon. Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos will be inspected on Thursday before the team winds up its tour on Friday with a visit to Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret.

“We have started doing excavation, and I shall be here when the inspectors arrive. I have been contracted to lay an artificial turf on the stadium by the end of November, which is possible with the personnel that we have at the moment,” Kamau Mbugua, a contractor at Kinoru Stadium, said on Monday.

This week’s tour is believed to be the final visit by Caf inspectors who expressed disappointment with Kenya’s level of preparedness in their previous tour in June.

Those accompanying El Shawarby are Caf IT Director Tarek El Deeb, Competitions Deputy Director Khaled Nassar, Service Deputy Director Abdel Razek, Media Manager Mohammed Thabet, and Marketing and TV Assistant Amira Amin.

Last month, Sports Kenya completed the evaluation of tenders and settled on the contractors who will supervise construction works at Kasarani, Nyayo, Kinoru, Kipchoge Keino and the Kenyatta stadiums.

The said stadiums were closed down a fortnight ago to enable contractors instal stadium seats, new grass turfs, electronic installations as well as state-of-the-art water reticulation and irrigation systems to maintain the quality of grass planted on the playing surface of the stadiums.


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ODM MPs Tell Off Duale Over Campaign Fundraiser

By Justus Ochieng’

Orange Democratic Movement MPs have slammed National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale for criticising the Nasa campaign fundraising.

Mr Samuel Atandi (Alego Usonga) and Onyango K’Oyoo (Muhoroni) said Mr Duale should not attack the National Super Alliance leaders because they are not doing anything illegal.

Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka launched a paybill number (991444) through which their supporters can contribute financially to their cause.


Mr Atandi said Nasa’s quest for campaign funds was not strange “as it is a common practice in mature democracies”.

“In fact, the overwhelming grassroots support [Barrack] Obama received in both his presidential bids in 2008 and 2012 were partly because of ..donor funding by American citizens who believed he represented their values and interests,” he said at Acacia Premier Hotel in Kisumu on Saturday.

On Friday, Mr Duale accused Nasa of planning to defraud Kenyans.

“Kenyans must ignore these fraudsters masquerading as liberators. We are asking Kenyans to be very careful because this is similar to gambling […] he said.


Speaking separately, Mr K’Oyoo told the Garissa Town MP to focus on Jubilee Party matters.

“What is Duale’s concern? He seems to be too idle. I wonder why he gets so preoccupied with Nasa affairs.

“He should stick to Jubilee issues and leave Nasa alone,” Mr K’Oyoo said.


CHAN – We Have Another Chance, Let’s Make It Work

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Champions Tusker Fall to Sony

By Brian Yonga

Defending champions Tusker FC succumbed to a 2-0 loss away to Sony Sugar on Sunday in a SportPesa Premier League match at the Awendo Green Stadium.

George Abege struck a brace in the first half to deal the brewers a major blow as they bid to retain their title.

In Kericho, hosts Zoo went down 3-1 to AFC Leopards as Sofapaka thrashed 10 man Chemelil Sugar 4-1 at the Narok Stadium.

George Abege opened the scoring for Sony Sugar in the seventh minute after Benjamin Mosha delivered a good pass from the right flank. Abege then beat Duncan Ochieng in a one on one scenario before putting the ball into an empty net.

Sony’s Salim Bab was a constant menance to the Tusker defence. Abege added his second from a rebound as Ochieng failed to deal with a powerful cross from Amos Asembeka.

Tusker improved after the break pushing bodies forward in search of a way back in the match as the homeside resorted to defesive duties to protect their two-goal advantage.

Tusker coach George Nsimbe then responded by bringing on Stephen Owusu in place of Boniface Muchiri in the 53rd minute however it was not to be as Sony held on for the three points.

The defeat, which was Tusker’s eighth of the season, leaves them in ninth place with 30 points. Tusker have two home matches against Zoo Fc and on fire Mathare United in the coming weeks.

The win sealed Sony’s sixth win of the season lifting them them to 26 points ahead of a trip to face AFC Leopards in their next match.


CHAN – We Have Another Chance, Let’s Make It Work

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RVR Workers Reject Six-Month Contracts

By Bonface Otieno

More than 2,600 Rift Valley Railways (RVR) workers have rejected a six-month probation contract handed to them a week ago by the Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC).

The employees comprising train attendants, security personnel, welders, engineers and drivers said they can only accept employment on permanent basis.

The workers, through their representative, said a probation contract was an indication that KRC is not ready to absorb them.

“We will not accept to be employed on a six-month probation contract because we have been working under permanent contracts. The court ruled that all RVR workers should be transferred to KRC,” said their representative who asked not to be named.

The KRC Managing Director Atanas Maina had issued the workers with short terms contracts saying he needs time to reorganise the organisation and make an assessment of the total manpower required before the employees can be engaged on long term .

In a statement, Mr Maina said the workers could not be transferred directly to KRC.

He further stated that all liabilities to suppliers, or any other party who have dealings with RVR will remain with RVR.

Mr Maina noted that concession contact provides that all employees liabilities at termination remained with the concessionaire and therefore, the workers could not be transferred to another party.

The KRC Managing Director said that RVR should have closed the contract with its employees in accordance with labour laws and it’s only after that that KRC could have awarded them contacts on terms to be approved by the government.

The move by former RVR workers to reject contracts come barely a week after Kenya terminated a 25-year contract it signed with RVR to run its century-old metre-gauge line to Uganda.


CHAN – We Have Another Chance, Let’s Make It Work

Officials from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) arrive on Monday for an inspection visit that will ascertain… Read more »

Police Investigate Death of Couple in Land Dispute

By Henry Nyarora

A couple was murdered in Nyamira County over land dispute.

Relatives found David Nyakundi and his wife Dorcas Kerubo dead in their house in Kebirigo village, Nyamira South, on Sunday morning.

The incident enraged the villagers who torched a house belonging to Mr Nyakundi’s father, claiming he was behind the deaths.


Nyamira OCPD Riko Ngare said Mr Nyakundi had a long-standing family land ownership dispute.

“They were supposed to appear before the chief on Monday to try and solve it.

“Our preliminary investigations indicate that the murder is associated with the land dispute,” Mr Ngare said.


The OCPD said the assailant(s) gained entry into the couple’s bedroom by breaking a window.

“There are no physical injuries on the body of Mr Nyakundi…. However, there are some injuries on his wife,” Mr Ngare added.

The bodies were taken to the Nyamira Referral Hospital mortuary.


CHAN – We Have Another Chance, Let’s Make It Work

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Kazungu Kambi Joins Kenyatta Campaign Wagon

By Kazungu Samuel

Former Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi will campaign for Uhuru Kenyatta in the presidential election re-run.

Mr Kambi has also been joined by former Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro in rallying voters to support President Kenyatta.

“We decided to come together so that we can support President Kenyatta win a second term,” Mr Kambi said at Silver Palm Hotel in Kilifi on Saturday.


They said they met to chart out a campaign strategy.

Mr Mung’aro added that they had brought teams from various political parties together to enable the President get many votes from the county.

“It is not only Kadu Asili but we have also joined forces with Labour Party of Kenya, Maendeleo Chap Chap, Chama Cha Mashinani and Shirikisho.

“These are all parties friendly to Jubilee with only one mission of getting the votes for President Kenyatta,” Mr Mung’aro said.


He said door-to-door campaigns will begin on Wednesday at Bamba trading centre in Ganze constituency.

On Friday at Kikambala village, Kilifi South, Jubilee Party supporters assembled to deliberate on campaign tactics.


CHAN – We Have Another Chance, Let’s Make It Work

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