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Sonko Suspends Water Board Members Over Strike

By Lillian Mutavi

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has suspended members of Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company board over week-long strike by workers.

The workers downed their tools after the board refused to renew contracts of the Managing Director Philip Gichuki, Commercial Director Stephen Mbugua, Finance Director Johnson Randu and Ms Rosemary Kijana, the Director Human Resource over non-performance.

Speaking after a meeting with the workers at Kampala offices, Mr Sonko said they decided to stop the board from transacting business after meeting union members and listening to their grievances.

AUDIT

“I will do an official communication to the board stopping them from transacting any business until all the grievances are heard and auditing is done,” said the new governor.

Mr Sonko added that they have also agreed with union officials that the strike would be called off.

Nairobi County Workers Union Branch Secretary Matilda Kimetto, speaking at the same meeting said they have been picketing over privatisation of the firm.

SELL

“We want an overhaul of the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company as its intention is to sell the firm and also sack the workers,” said Ms Kimetto.

During the address the union pledged to work with the new government to improve water supply in the city.

They demanded the reinstatement of Mr Gichuki saying he had steered the firm to a level where they have been recognised internationally.

Addressing the same meeting, acting MD Nahashon Muguna said the biggest challenge facing the firm is water shortage.

Kenya

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Ex Ambassador ‘Directly Contributed’ to Uganda’s Anti-Gay Laws

By James de Villiers

Former Ugandan ambassador and controversial columnist Jon Qwelane “directly contributed” to the formulation of anti-homosexuality laws in Uganda, the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights alleged on Tuesday.

Qwelane was appointed the ambassador to Uganda by President Jacob Zuma in 2010 following a column published in the Sunday Sun in 2008 titled ‘Call me names, but gay is NOT okay.’

Uganda’s anti-homosexual laws were adopted after his arrival in the country, UP’s Centre for Human Rights said in a statement.

“In a perverse turn of events, he thus became a representative of a constitutionally democratic and liberal South Africa to a country that was just beginning to discuss the promulgation of an anti-gay law that initially at that time prescribed the death penalty for homosexuals.

“[His] utterances in writing can, therefore, be said to have directly contributed to the determination to make a law criminalising minority sexual and gender identities in that country.”

The South Gauteng High Court on Friday ruled that Qwelane must unconditionally apologise to the LGBT+ community for his 2008 column wherein he praised Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe for his “unflinching and unapologetic stance” on homosexuality.

In the column, Qwelane further equated homosexuality with bestiality, when he wrote, “Otherwise at this rate, how soon before some idiot demands to ‘marry’ an animal, and argues that this Constitution ‘allows it?'”

The court ruled that Qwelane’s apology must be published in the Sunday Sun or any national Sunday newspaper.

In the statement, UP’s Centre for Human Rights said Qwelane contributed to the hateful rhetoric against members of the LGBTI+ community which has led to the killing, rape and discrimination of people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

“Mr Qwelane’s negative and hateful disposition towards homosexuality and by proxy the homosexual, transgender and intersex community manifested itself in many other copycat hateful utterances over the years after the publication of his column,” the centre’s statement reads.

Source: News24

South Africa

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Kenya: No Salary Increment in New KQ – Pilots CBA

By Kennedy Kangethe

Nairobi — Kenya Airways (KQ) has signed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Kenya Airlines Pilot Association (KALPA) that aims at enhancing productivity, ending three years of negotiations.

The new CBA comes with no salary increment but instead provides an opportunity for pilots to earn a productivity allowance for more hours worked beyond a certain threshold.

The move will see more pilots flying thus eliminating the perception of pilot shortages in some fleets and will assist in stemming pilot attrition.

The CBA is valid for one year covering the period of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 with the implementation subject to registration at the Employment and Labour Relations Court.

KQ Human Resource Director Sammy Chepkwony and KALPA Secretary General Captain Paul Gichangi signed the CBA on Tuesday.

KALPA called off a strike in October last year after fruitful discussions with Kenya Airways Chairman Michael Joseph who had just joined following the departure of Dennis Awori.

Apart from remuneration, KALPA also wanted the resignation of the then KQ Managing Director Mbuvi Ngunze who they had termed as inexperienced and lacking capacity to bring the airline back to recovery after taking over from Titus Naikuni.

Mbuvi Ngunze left KQ in March 2017 but is still an advisor to the board.

KALPA has also raised concerns over the two years of revenue loss, questionable recovery strategies that include selling its most valuable assets in a bid to get back to profitability.

The national carrier cut their losses by 62 percent in 2017 to hit Sh10.2 billion loss compared to the Sh26 billion loss it recorded in 2016.

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No Salary Increment in New KQ – Pilots CBA

By Kennedy Kangethe

Nairobi — Kenya Airways (KQ) has signed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Kenya Airlines Pilot Association (KALPA) that aims at enhancing productivity, ending three years of negotiations.

The new CBA comes with no salary increment but instead provides an opportunity for pilots to earn a productivity allowance for more hours worked beyond a certain threshold.

The move will see more pilots flying thus eliminating the perception of pilot shortages in some fleets and will assist in stemming pilot attrition.

The CBA is valid for one year covering the period of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 with the implementation subject to registration at the Employment and Labour Relations Court.

KQ Human Resource Director Sammy Chepkwony and KALPA Secretary General Captain Paul Gichangi signed the CBA on Tuesday.

KALPA called off a strike in October last year after fruitful discussions with Kenya Airways Chairman Michael Joseph who had just joined following the departure of Dennis Awori.

Apart from remuneration, KALPA also wanted the resignation of the then KQ Managing Director Mbuvi Ngunze who they had termed as inexperienced and lacking capacity to bring the airline back to recovery after taking over from Titus Naikuni.

Mbuvi Ngunze left KQ in March 2017 but is still an advisor to the board.

KALPA has also raised concerns over the two years of revenue loss, questionable recovery strategies that include selling its most valuable assets in a bid to get back to profitability.

The national carrier cut their losses by 62 percent in 2017 to hit Sh10.2 billion loss compared to the Sh26 billion loss it recorded in 2016.

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Kenya: Equity Bank HY Profit Drops By 7.4% to 9.4B As Assets Cross Sh500 Billion

By Ken Macharia

Nairobi — Equity Group Holdings has posted a 7.4 percent decline in profit from the Sh10.1 billion it posted in the first six months of 2016 to Sh9.4 billion same period in 2017.

The Group’s Chief Executive Dr. James Mwangi has said the headwinds in the financial sector including the interest rate capping and uncertainties in the operating environment have impacted Kenya’s unit, which contributes over 90 percent of the profit to the Group.

“Regional Subsidiaries have grown to contribute 10pc of total income from 5pc and we project the units outside Kenya contributing 40pc in 5 years,” said Mwangi.

The bank’s profits from its operations in Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and DRC all grew by double digits, with Uganda’s profit growing by an exceptional 139 percent.

South Sudan branch, however, saw a drop of profit by a massive 125 percent, due to the ongoing conflict, to just break even.

The Group’s assets hit half a trillion shillings, a growth of 14 percent for the period ended 30th June.

Mwangi says the growth in assets is attributed to the Bank’s innovative, diversified and transformative business model.

He says the Bank is now redirecting its focus on an adjusted business model that includes innovation, digitization, non-funded income growth and regional diversification.

“The new business model of Equity Bank focuses on growing and expanding non-funded income, regional diversification, liquidity and balance sheet agility and treasury operations,” said Dr. Mwangi at an investor briefing.

Other focus segments include asset quality, innovation and digitization, and efficiencies and cost optimization.

“The revised business model has played a big part in cushioning the business as well as boosting value creating for shareholders. Innovation had proved to be a great enable in driving growth. We are already registering efficiency gains from digitization,” adds Dr. Mwangi.

The interest rate capping regime saw a decline in funded income by 15 percent to Sh17.9 billion while non-funded income grew by 20 percent to Sh13 billion during the six months.

Kenya

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Anger as Student, Watchman Killed in Cold Blood in Kericho

By Anita Chepkoech

A watchman and a student were Monday night murdered in cold blood and a computer lab vandalised at Kaptebeswet Secondary School in Kipchebor Ward, Kericho County.

Emotions were high as residents stormed the school to protest the killings of the Form Four student and the guard.

Kericho Deputy County Commissioner Stanlaus Apwokha said the bodies of the two had injuries pointing to a torturous experience that led to their deaths.

“Initial investigation shows that the two died from all sorts of injuries ranging from stab wounds and strangulation. As you can see there is a lot of blood,” said Mr Apwokha.

The bodies are said to have been discovered by a worker who came in at 6am only to find the gate unusually locked. He used the back entry and was shocked to discover the bodies and alerted residents.

The student’s body was in his residence while that of the watchman was in one of the classrooms. Both had their hands tied at the back.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY

The student and his twin brother, who are from Fort Tenan, had been allowed to reside in school during the holidays as they are needy. One was however not in at the time of the murder as he had gone to get food from home.

Several item were stolen, among them six computers and a public address system.

Two cooking gas cylinders were recovered from a nearby tea plantation.

Kipchebor Ward MCA Eric Bett said the security situation is slowly getting out of hand and called on residents to be vigilant and report suspicious characters to the police.

“It is a very sad day in this village and the situation is highly emotive. But I am calling on the residents to maintain calm as we work with the police to get to the root cause of this,” said Mr Bett.

Kenya

De-Listing of Human Rights Commission Suspended

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De-Listing of Human Rights Commission Suspended

By Maureen Kakah

The High Court has suspended deregistration of Kenya Human Rights Commission by the NGOs Coordination Board.

Justice Chacha Mwita issued the order on Tuesday following an application by the rights watchdog.

CASE

Through lawyer Nzamba Kitonga, KHRC had sued the NGOs Coordination Board following the August 14 directive that cancelled its certificate of registration.

The directive was issued by the NGO Coordination Board Executive Director Fazul Mahamed through a letter copied to the Central Bank of Kenya, Kenya Revenue Authority and other State agencies.

In its case, KHRC argued that Mr Mahamed’s decision was arbitrary, and that it was likely taint its image internationally as well as affect its operations.

The agency argued that it was never issued with a notice to give an explanation on the matter, or any opportunity to be heard before the action was taken.

According to the lobby, its image, internationally, is bound to suffer since it had been “maliciously” accused of tax evasion, money laundering, misappropriation, embezzlement and diversion of donor funds.

“As the leading human rights organisation in the country, KHRC maintains the highest levels of financial and operational integrity.

“It demands the same of the public authorities it seeks to keep accountable,” Mr Kitonga said.

The commission asked the court to suspend the directive until its case is heard and determined.

The judge granted the request.

LSK

He ruled that KHRC’s operations would be jeopardised if the orders are not granted as requested.

He directed that the order should remain in place until October 2 when the matter will be mentioned for further directions.

The Law Society of Kenya is listed as an interested party.

The LSK wrote to the board on August 15, protesting against the deregistration of the rights group.

Kenya

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Nairobi Water Co. Advertises Post of Managing Director

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) has advertised the position of Managing Director which was previously held by Philip Gichuki whose contract was not renewed.

In an advert placed in the local dailies, the company stated that candidate should have 15 years experience at a senior management level and must display strong management and leadership skills.

He or she will be expected to be responsible for the day-to-day operations at the firm to provide the effective and efficient provision of water and sewerage services at optimal costs.

The company’s board declined to renew the contract of Gichuki and three other directors despite workers vowing not to resume work until their contracts are renewed.

Following the board’s decision, Nahashon Muguna the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Technical Director has been appointed the acting Managing Director.

The workers in July protested the privatisation of the water company and the non-renewal of contract for three directors alleging the recent events were politically instigated.

Others whose contracts have not been renewed include Commercial Director Stephen Mbugua, Finance Director Johnson Randu and the Human Resource and Administration Services Director Rosemary Kijana.

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Nairobi Water Company Gets New MD Amid Workers’ Protests

By Lillian Mutavi

The board of directors of Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) will not renew the contract of Managing Director Philip Gichuki despite workers boycotting work over the directive.

The board has appointed Nahashon Muguna, the Nairobi Water technical director to take over in an acting capacity.

The workers in July protested the privatisation of the water company and the non-renewal of contract for three directors alleging the recent events were politically instigated.

Others whose contracts have not been renewed include Commercial Director Stephen Mbugua, Finance Director Johnson Randu and the Human Resource and Administration Services Director Rosemary Kijana.

TERMINAL LEAVE

In a letter to Mr Gichuki dated August 17, 2017, the board directed him to immediately proceed on terminal leave.

“I am in receipt of your letter dated June 12th June 2017 requesting for extension of your contract of employment for a period of two years. I wish to inform you that the board, after deliberations, declined to grant your request as you have already served the full tenure permitted in law,” read a letter by board Chairman Raphael Nzomo.

Mr Nzomo said that the MD was to formally leave the company upon expiry of his contract on January 1, 2018.

I am very grateful for the many years of service rendered to the Company and the residents of Nairobi City County government as a whole. It is with your support that the services of the company have grown significantly,” added Mr Nzomo.

PICKETING

Speaking to Nation, Nairobi County workers union branch secretary Matilda Kimetto said that they have resumed picketing since the termination of contracts of the MD and two directors were done maliciously.

Ms Kimetto said that the board was taking advantage of the transition period to advance their personal interests.

“This board is has gone ahead to take advantage of the transition period to bring to its knees this company as they are bitter with Dr Kidero’s [loss in the elections],” said Ms Kimetto.

The incoming Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe cancelled a meeting scheduled for Friday with the picketing workers citing a planned disruption by goons.

Kenya

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Former Ambassador Found Guilty of Hate Speech

Photo: Werner Beukes/Sapa

Former South African ambassador to Uganda, Jon Qwelane.

Former ambassador to Uganda Jon Qwelane was found guilty of hate speech, in the South Gauteng High Court on Friday. Judge Dimpheletse Moshidi said, “The offending statement is hurtful, harmful and incites propaganda hate towards the LGBT community.”Moshidi said that Qwelane must turn to the LGBT community with an unconditional apology within 30 days.

The apology must be published in the Sunday Sun or any National Sunday newspaper and the proof of the published apology must be brought to court.

Qwelane must pay all costs of the proceeds, including those of the postponements and senior council.

The matter would be referred to the Saps for further investigation.

In his column headlined, “Call me names, but gay is not okay”, Qwelane expressed his opinion about homosexuals.

The column was published in the Sunday Sun on July 20, 2008.

In the column – which was accompanied by a cartoon of a man marrying a goat – Qwelane lauded Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s “unflinching and unapologetic stance” on homosexuality.

Qwelane wrote, “There could be a few things I could take issue with Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, but his unflinching and unapologetic stance over homosexuals is definitely not among those.”At his last court appearance the court heard that his column was harmful and hurtful towards the gay and lesbian community.Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi for the The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) argued at the time the commission had received 350 complaints in relation to the article – which is the highest number it has ever received.Ngcukaitobi said the words contained in the column had negative psychological and emotional effects on the gay and lesbian community.

News24

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