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Union Seeks DC Intervention in Dispute

By Amina Juma

Mvomero District Commissioner Mohamed Utaly has been urged to intervene in a crisis facing Mtibwa Sugar Estate workers who are alleged to have been forced to write resignation letters while in police custody.

The Tanzania Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (TPAWU) said it unsuccessfully tried to communicate with the company’s management to find an amicable solution to the problem.

The sugar firm and police have denied reports that the workers were forced to resign.

TPAWU east zone secretary Nicholaus Ngowi told The Citizen that they wrote several official letters to the company asking to meet with the management but no response was given.

“We urge the DC to intervene in this issue as the management has refused to respond to our request,” he stressed.

He said the company forced seven workers to write resignation letters under duress, something which is unlawful and should be dealt with accordingly.

TPAWU has communicated with Mr Utaly to organise meeting with Mtibwa management.

The company is accused of forcing the workers to write resignation letters in police custody on grounds that they were ringleaders in industrial action to demand a pay rise.

The seven workers, together with their 500 colleagues, threatened to strike last month to push for a ten percent salary increase as per contract agreement that was supposed to have been honoured since August.

Mr Utaly has confirmed receipt of the TPAWU letter, which named Mr Sudy Ntutuguru, Mr Japhary Lugenge, Mr Elisha Kipopele, Mr Mathias Kindole, Mr Tyson Gasper, Mr Benjamin Brosso and Mr Salmon Wahenga as the victims.

However, Mtibwa chief manager Stanley Rau said that the crisis had been resolved.

The company is alleged to have at least 2,500 employees, 600 of them being plantation workers who took part in the strike.

Tanzania

Govt Urged to Abolish Death Sentence

Pressure is mounting for Tanzania to abolish the death penalty. Read more »

Vivian – I Survived on Sh500 a Month Yet I Was a Celebrity

Photo: Daily Nation

Musician Vivian Wambui on stage.

By Hilary Kimuyu

Musician Vivian Wambui hit the limelight after she collaborated with Starehe MP Charles Njagua aka Jaguar for the song Dream in 2015.

But her life was never rosy as people might think.

In a candid confession on Facebook, the Teren Teren singer said her life was a struggle before she released the hit song.

“At that time I used to earn Sh4,000 from my Karaoke gig, after deducting the rent, transport, I would survive on less than 500 for a whole month,” Vivian wrote.

COULDN’T AFFORD CLOTHING

“I couldn’t afford good clothing worth public appearances. I vividly remember there is a concert I was invited to perform but the promoter refused me to get on stage due to my dressing.”

According to Vivian, she was told she looked ghetto which broke her heart.

In her post, she thanks one Tamina for donating clothes to her and fellow musician DK Kwenye Beat for sharing his food.

“Sometimes I slept hungry. Yes, I was a celebrity but sleeping hungry. My songs were playing everywhere but deep inside I was in agony,” she adds.

NO SEATS

She also had no seats in her house

The musician, who was earlier this year proposed to live on air by her manager Sam West, says she now lives in God’s abundance.

“A good big house, a good car and enough for my fill!”

Vivian has done collabos with mega music star’s like Dr Jose Chameleone, Redsan, among others.

Kenya

Govt Bans Demos in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu CBDs

The government has banned demonstrations within the Central Business Districts in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu following… Read more »

Female Soldier Stabs Male Colleague to Death

By Hilary Kimuyu

A 23-year-old female soldier stationed at Kahawa Barracks on Wednesday night stabbed a male colleague to death in Wendani, Kiambu County.

The assailant stabbed her 28-year-old counterpart in the chest and neck leaving him bleeding profusely after a quarrel between the two.

The victim was died on his way to the hospital.

According to police report, the duo picked up a quarrel before a fight ensued leading to the fatal stabbing.

It is not clear what caused the fight between the two who stayed outside the camp.

The suspect is being held at Kahawa Barracks by military police.

Police recovered a knife at the scene and the body was moved to Memorial Forces Mortuary awaiting postmortem.

Military law requires that the suspect be court-martialed before being handed back to regular police for charges.

Kenya

Govt Bans Demos in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu CBDs

The government has banned demonstrations within the Central Business Districts in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu following… Read more »

Tanzania:Madaba Township in Ruvuma Region Finally to Get Power

Madaba — It is a dream come true to thousands of Mabada township residents in Ruvuma Region. After a long time promise, the residents are now sure that they will get electricity in the near future.

Their hope is banked on the construction of transmission and distribution systems and infrastructure undertaken by power utility firm – Tanesco.

“Finally, I can sale cold juice and soda in my shop,” beams Bernadeta Ngonyani, a resident of Madaba township who owns a small shop.

Ms Ngonyani said she has been planning to expand his business but electricity has been a problem.

“With electricity I can do a lot… electricity will enable me expand my business. We’re now sure that the promise to give us power will be implemented,” she said and when asked what gives her hope that they will get the much needed power, she points at a newly installed transformer and says:

“Look at that transformer. As you can see, poles for distributing electricity have already been erected. I don’t think that this is a joke.”

Read: Invest more in renewable energy, govt told

A young man who identified himself by one name of Ernest, said youths in the area might soon start getting employment.

“We hope that after getting reliable electricity, investors will come to our rea to establish factories. This will give us employment,” he said.

Briefing editors who toured the township recently, Eng Didas Lyamuya, who oversees Makambako-Madaba-Songea power project said construction of distribution infrastructure at Madaba and 120 other villages was component of the major power project.

“We have been telling wananchi that this project is theirs and this is what we meant by that. We are undertaking the project so as to give Tanzanians electricity. It is upon them to get prepared to enjoy this service,” he said.

Tanzania

Govt Urged to Abolish Death Sentence

Pressure is mounting for Tanzania to abolish the death penalty. Read more »

Remittances Grow 9.26% to Sh17 Billion in August

By Brian Ngugi

Kenyans abroad have kept cash remittances healthy with money sent home growing 9.26 per cent in August this year compared with a month earlier.

Monthly data released by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) shows that diaspora remittances reached $166.4 million (about Sh17.18 billion) in August compared with $152.3 million (about Sh15.72 billion) in July this year.

Year on year, the August remittances grew 13.4 per cent from the $146.7 million (about Sh15.15 billion) reported in August last year.

Diaspora remittances, which have become a key support of the Kenya shilling that is under pressure due to low export earnings, stood at $154.8 million (about Sh15.99 billion) in June.

This is a drop on 4.1 per cent compared to the $161.5 million (about Sh16.7 billion) recorded in May this year.

Biggest earner

In April, the remittances stood at $138.6 million (about Sh14.31 billion), six per cent lower than the $147.5 million (about Sh15.23 billion) recorded in March this year.

Remittances have become the country’s biggest source of foreign exchange income, insulating the domestic economy from external shocks by ensuring the steady supply of dollars in the system.

Also, these cash transfers are a major driver for domestic consumption, hence contributing to strong economic growth.

According to a World Bank report, Kenya is among the highest recipients of remittances in Africa.

Kenya

Govt Bans Demos in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu CBDs

The government has banned demonstrations within the Central Business Districts in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu following… Read more »

Tanzania: Madaba Township in Ruvuma Region Finally to Get Power

Madaba — It is a dream come true to thousands of Mabada township residents in Ruvuma Region. After a long time promise, the residents are now sure that they will get electricity in the near future.

Their hope is banked on the construction of transmission and distribution systems and infrastructure undertaken by power utility firm – Tanesco.

“Finally, I can sale cold juice and soda in my shop,” beams Bernadeta Ngonyani, a resident of Madaba township who owns a small shop.

Ms Ngonyani said she has been planning to expand his business but electricity has been a problem.

“With electricity I can do a lot… electricity will enable me expand my business. We’re now sure that the promise to give us power will be implemented,” she said and when asked what gives her hope that they will get the much needed power, she points at a newly installed transformer and says:

“Look at that transformer. As you can see, poles for distributing electricity have already been erected. I don’t think that this is a joke.”

Read: Invest more in renewable energy, govt told

A young man who identified himself by one name of Ernest, said youths in the area might soon start getting employment.

“We hope that after getting reliable electricity, investors will come to our rea to establish factories. This will give us employment,” he said.

Briefing editors who toured the township recently, Eng Didas Lyamuya, who oversees Makambako-Madaba-Songea power project said construction of distribution infrastructure at Madaba and 120 other villages was component of the major power project.

“We have been telling wananchi that this project is theirs and this is what we meant by that. We are undertaking the project so as to give Tanzanians electricity. It is upon them to get prepared to enjoy this service,” he said.

Tanzania

Mt Kilimanjaro Gets Award for Continent’s Top Tourist Attraction

Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, has scooped the 2017 ‘Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ title in the recent… Read more »

14 Arrested for Attacking Police During Nasa Demo

By Justus Ochieng’

Fourteen people have been arrested following the attack on two police officers and destruction of property in Homa Bay town during protests by the opposition on Wednesday.

Nyanza Regional Coordinator Wilson Njega said the arrests also followed destruction of a firearm belonging to one of the officers by the attackers, who threw it in a burning kiosk during the protests by National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters.

“We have arrested 14 people in Homa Bay following Wednesday’s attack of two police officers and confiscation of a firearm, which was later destroyed by the youth. They will be charged in court,” Mr Njega told the Nation.

He said two suspects, who were arrested in Kisumu following Friday’s break in at Tumaini Supermarket have already been charged.

“They have been charged with robbery with violence for breaking into the supermarket,” added Mr Njega.

During the Wednesday protests in Homa Bay Town, two police officers were injured after being cornered by protesting youth.

One firearm was lost but later recovered without a magazine.

The protests have been called by Nasa to push for electoral reforms and resignation of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission CEO Ezra Chiloba and ten other officials following the bungled August 8 elections.

Kenya

Govt Bans Demos in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu CBDs

The government has banned demonstrations within the Central Business Districts in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu following… Read more »

Kenya Poll – Decision to Withdraw From Repeat Elections Could Stoke Violence

analysis

Kenyan presidential challenger Raila Odinga has plunged an already tense country into further uncertainty by withdrawing from the repeat presidential elections on 26 October. By PETER FABRICIUS.

Odinga’s decision to withdraw from a contest which he said would not be free and fair leaves President Uhuru Kenyatta as the only candidate. The decision has sparked renewed fears of violence, especially after Odinga’s coalition NASA called for street protests on Wednesday against Kenyatta’s rejection of demands for reforms to the electoral system.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Kenyatta the winner of the 8 August presidential election. But Odinga disputed the results, claiming electoral fraud. On 1 September the Supreme Court annulled the presidential election, citing “illegalities and irregularities” in the IEBC’s tallying of votes and transmission of results.

The IEBC then announced a new election would be held on 16 October but later postponed this to 26 October to allow more time for preparation.

Odinga has been engaged in a running dispute with Kenyatta and the IEBC since then, demanding the firing of several IEBC officials allegedly complicit in the mishandling of the 8 August poll and also insisting on changes to election procedures. He also wants a…

Kenya

Govt Bans Demos in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu CBDs

The government has banned demonstrations within the Central Business Districts in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu following… Read more »

Insurance Industry Shareholder Funds Increase By 6.5%

By James Ngunjiri

Insurance industry equity grew 6.5 per cent to stand at Sh141.25 billion as at end of June this year from Sh132.68 billion reported in the first half of 2016.

This has been attributed to capital restructuring following the changes in regulatory capital requirements.

Data from the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) indicates that some of the key components of shareholders’ funds were retained earnings at 36.4 per cent, paid up capital at 29.7 per cent and statutory reserves at 14.9 per cent.

Others were share premium at four per cent, revaluation reserves at 3.2 per cent and other reserves at 11.7 per cent.

Under the new law, general insurance companies are required to have at least Sh600 million as capital, while life insurers must be capitalised to the tune of Sh400 million.

A firm that combines both life and general businesses (composite insurer) is required to raise its level of capitalisation to at least Sh1 billion.

But industry analysts say the current insurance business model is not profitable as depicted by the high expense and loss ratios.

Kenya

Govt Bans Demos in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu CBDs

The government has banned demonstrations within the Central Business Districts in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu following… Read more »

Court Opens Field for Presidential Candidates in Repeat Poll

A Kenyan court has ordered the electoral agency to include Thirdway Alliance presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot in the ballot paper for October 26 repeat election.

Nairobi High Court judge John Mativo Wednesday directed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to amend a gazette notice it had issued on presidential candidates to contest in the poll re-run.

In his judgment, the judge said he saw no reason why the petitioner should not be included, adding that the exclusion from the repeat election was a violation of Mr Aukot’s rights.

The ruling opens the field for all candidates who participated in the August 8 presidential election to now contest in the re-run.

The Supreme Court annulled the August presidential election citing irregularities and illegalities and ordered for a repeat vote.

Judge Mativo said the repeat election was a fresh poll and not a run-off in which only two leading candidates compete.

Kenya

Govt Bans Demos in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu CBDs

The government has banned demonstrations within the Central Business Districts in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu following… Read more »

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