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Victor Wanyama Now Linked With Move to Liverpool

By Nahashon Musungu

Barely a month after scoring a stunner against them in the English Premier League, Liverpool have been linked with a move for Victor Wanyama at the end of the season.

And Wanyama has been endorsed by arguably Liverpool’s most prominent player of all time in the frame of Steven Gerrard who described him as a ‘monster’.

According to UK newspaper Daily Mail, Manchester United and Chelsea have also taken note that the Kenya international has been used sparingly by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino following his recent return from injury.

The 26-year old has started the FA Cup ties against AFC Wimbledon and Newport County but has been used predominantly as a substitute during the eight other games that he has been involved in since returning from a knee injury.

BENCHED

He was also benched in his teams’ two-all away draw against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League in midweek before coming on as a second half substitute.

Former Liverpool captain and now youth team coach Steven Gerrard highlighted Liverpool’s need to find a ‘monster’ holding midfielder for next season to bring the best out of new signing Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson.

And with Emre Can weighing up a summer move to Juventus, Gerrard said: “I think Liverpool would benefit from a monster of a central midfielder and a holder. A Wanyama-type player who does sit in and is disciplined, and he would give more protection to the back four.”

Wanyama’s advantage according to the paper is that he knows several players within the Liverpool squad whom he played alongside at Southampton.

The Kenyan also dislikes warming the bench, a situation that once had him disagree with then coach Ronald Koemen at Southampton.

Kenya

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Africa:Airbnb Looks for Tourism Growth Across Africa

Airbnb is an international shared economy start-up that has built its presence in Africa without a lot of hoopla. At the end of last year, it released a progress report on where it had got to so far and set itself some ambitious targets for working with townships and rural communities. Russell Southwood spoke to its Regional Marketing Consultant (Southern Africa) Velma Corcoran about where it’s headed.

Velma Corcoran is Airbnb’s Regional Marketing Consultant (Southern Africa). She started her career in advertising before spending five years heading up the marketing department at Cape Tourism.

According to its report, Overview of the Airbnb Community in Africa – which came out late last year – it has 100,000 listings in Africa. But I asked Corcoran, how does that break down?: “There are 44,000 listings in South Africa and the next biggest after that is Morocco with just over 20,000. Then there’s a big gap and you get Kenya with 6,000. We’re seeing the business become more and more significant and I’m excited by the opportunity Africa presents. We want a world where anyone can belong anywhere.”

The report says that: “The typical Africa host on Airbnb earns $1,500 yearly and the typical listing on Airbnb is shared for 18 nights per year. The average age of hosts in Africa is 43 and the host community is evenly split at 51 percent women and 49 percent men”.

“In Nigeria, one of the newest Airbnb communities in Africa with 730 active listings, the typical host earns $1,000 and the typical listing on Airbnb is shared for 13 nights per year”. As Corcoran told me: “In some markets, the key to building trust is the quality of the listings and the quality in Lagos and Nairobi has improved considerably over the past year. The other thing that builds trust is the review system which is relevant across the platform.”

Also when it launched Airbnb Experiences, which is a set of pay-for events run by locals, in 2016 in 10 cities, two of these cities – Cape Town and Nairobi – were in Africa: “The events are aligned to a passion. If you’re going to a place and you’re into say music and the arts and you want to connect to a local who is passionate about the same things, this is a way to do it. You find things you wouldn’t be able to find on your own. For example, if you’re a foodie, you might get to meet with chefs or wine-makers.”

Airbnb’s pitch is that 97 percent of what’s charged for accommodation stays with the listing owner and 42% of guest spend is in the local neighborhood. Over the last five years, there have been over 2 million visitors and hosts have earned US$139 million.

On competitors, Corcoran argues that it has its own niche: “We’re investing and experimenting to carve out this unique space. 40% of guests in South Africa would not have come to Africa without Airbnb”.

It has launched a US$1 million initiative over 2 years to develop tourism in Africa and it wants to see the “democratization of travel”. The sharp end of these nice words has been a pilot programme run in 2017 – together with local partners – to support training in hospitality and technology for residents from townships across the Western Cape. It is expanding this programme to 15 more townships across South Africa and will scale the programme to other African countries in 2019.

“We worked with people in the townships or rural communities with a room or small B & B business. We gave them the skills to host and the tech skills to use the platform to participate in the sharing economy.”

And what about overall expansion plans?:”From the local team point of view, the focus is going to be on inclusive tourism. That’s the only real way to grow sustainably. We’re focused on long-term growth and I like to think of South Africa as an incubator for other (African) markets.”

Africa

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Kenya’s Wanjiku Ends Her Winter Olympics Debut

By Cellestine Olilo

Kenyan Sabrina Wanjiku Simader made an impressive attempt at gold on Saturday morning when she clocked 1:26.25 in the Super Giant Slalom (Super-G) category, missing the title by just five seconds. Competing on a technically testing hard-packed, artificial snow along the slopes of Pyeongchang, Simader finished 38th from a starting rank of 41 as Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka eventually won after clocking 1:21:11 in front of a 4,000 capacity crowd.

Ledecka, who was a favourite in the Slalom earlier this week, coursed down the polished 2-kilomentee long Jeongseon course to edge defending champion Anna Veith of Austria by one-hundredth of a second. Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather, who finished 0.11sec off the pace, claimed bronze.

“All the other girls didn’t risk a lot. There must be a lot of pressure on them. I was just trying to do my best run. I am so surprised about all of it. I’m really trying to win and do a good run every time, but I didn’t really realise that this really can happen,” a shocked Ledecka said.

Simader was Kenya’s lone participant in the Winter Olympics, and the 19-year-old put up a spirited fight on her debut at the Winter Games on Thursday where she finished 59th from a starting rank of 67 with a time of 1:23:27 in the Giant Slalom competition.

TERGAT CHEERS SABRINA ON

Simader was cheered on by National Olympic Committee of Kenya Ppresident Paul Tergat, Kenya’s Ambassador to Korea Mohamed Gello, and Rwanda’s Ambassador to Korea Emma Isumbingabo among others.

Kenya

Police Name Three Wajir Terror Attack Suspects

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Police Name Three Wajir Terror Attack Suspects

By Bruhan Makong

Police have named three men suspected of carrying out the terror attack at a Wajir primary school that claimed three lives.

Two non-local teachers were killed Friday morning, alongside the wife of one of them, when gunmen attacked Qarsa Primary School.

North Eastern regional coordinator Mohamud Swaleh revealed the names of the suspects as Maalim Yusuf Abdullahi, Daud Ahmed Mohamed and Abdirashid Ibrahim Osman.

Mr Swaleh named Mr Abdullahi, who hails from Bojigaras, as the commander of the group that carried out the attack.

Mr Abdullahi is married with three children, officials said.

Mr Swaleh directed the chiefs in the area to produce the suspects to security officers.

Kenya

Kenya’s Wanjiku Ends Her Winter Olympics Debut

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K24 Anchor Ian Wafula Falls Victim in Car Ownership Dispute

By Evelyne Musambi

K24’s Ian Wafula is on the verge of losing all his cars after a sale agreement turned sour.

Wafula narrated on Instagram the ownership of his new car has been the subject of police investigation for the last few months.

“It has been a depressing couple of months after a car I owned for a whole year become subject of investigations. Traded in my Toyota Axio for a VW Jetta at a Car Bazaar on Ngong Rd owned by this guy here Collins Bootsy Muraya and instead he did not remit the money to the Original Jetta owner. The owner in turn claims that’s after Collins vanished he sold the car to his Lawyer who had eyed it and the two managed to change its ownership; all this while I was in possession of the car,” Wafula explained.

He went on to provide details of how he traded his Axio and added Sh300,000 he had raised from the sale of his IST and was promised to get the logbook after his Axio had been sold and full amount (Sh950,000) paid to the Jetta owner.

FULL PAYMENTS

“One year down the line, November 2017; a lady who claimed the car was her brother’s stopped me on the road home. She waved me down while on a motorbike seemingly she had followed after spotting the car. She made me speak to her brother Peter on phone that claimed he took the car to the bazaar but Collins was yet to make full payments of the car to him. We exchanged contacts and agreed to meet the following day on how to trace Collins.

“Later I would receive endless calls from a lady identified as Jolly who even showed up at my work place to collect “her car.” A further call from Central Police summoning me confused me beyond. The Officer, Elias Kiptum said I was handling a vehicle I didn’t own. Upon doing a search on the NTSA portal the car was under the name of Jolly contrary to my first search while purchasing which showed Peter’s company name,” Wafula narrated.

Collins, the car dealer, told Nairobi News that he paid the Jetta owner Peter in full and was shocked when he heard about the dispute of ownership.

“The deal was very good and so when he (Peter) asked to be paid in cash I did not hesitate but I remember he was in a hurry and I told him to acknowledge receiving the cash in a text message. I don’t know how the car ownership was changed online a year later while Ian was still using it but as he mentioned in his post, the matter is still being investigated,” Collins said.

CALL BACK

When Nairobi News contacted Peter on the changing of ownership to his lawyer’s name, he requested to call us back. He had not call back by the time of publishing.

Wafula has some advice to people seeking to purchase vehicles.

“Thousands of innocent buyers fall in the hands of such individuals, especially we young people; don’t to caught up in excitement while purchasing an asset be keen to check the Car history with KRA before checking with NTSA’s portal which I have since learnt is highly temperable. As it stands I might have just lost two cars in essence. Stay Woke.”

Very often social pressure and expectations force us to hide behind our jobs; that our lives are perfect, free of baggage. NO. It has been a depressing couple of months after a car I owned for a whole year become subject of investigations. Traded in my Toyota Axio for a VW Jetta at a Car Bazaar on Ngong Rd owned by this guy here Collins Bootsy Muraya and instead he did not remit the money to the Original Jetta owner. The owner in turn claims that’s after Collins vanished he sold the car to his Lawyer who had eyed it and the two managed to change its ownership; all this while I was in possession of the car. Police suspect foul play but until investigations are done all I have are many unanswered questions. Thousands of innocent buyers fall in the hands of such individuals, especially we young people; don’t to caught up in excitement while purchasing an asset be keen to check the Car history with KRA before checking with NTSA’s portal which I have since learnt is highly temperable. As it stands I might have just lost two cars in essence. Stay Woke.

A post shared by Ian Wafula (@ian_wafula) on Feb 15, 2018 at 9:24pm PST

Kenya

Kenya’s Wanjiku Ends Her Winter Olympics Debut

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14 Battle for Makerere Guild Presidency

By Derrick Wandera

Kampala — 21-year old Prize Mari Ahimbisibwe from the school of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) will tussle it out with 13 men who have vied for the helm of the students’ leadership at Makerere University.

During the launch of the campaigns at the University which had a small turn up, National Resistance Movement (NRM)’s Ms Ahimbisibwe said she feels disturbed that girls are still stack back in today’s generation.

“I am here to cause equality among the female and male students, bridge the gap between the students and staff and make NRM great again,” she said.

The other candidates are Mr Andama Fred Afro, Bruno Bayuda, Fredrick Chiluba, Dan Isabirye, Kasumba Javiira Joe, Silver Lwamaza, Samuel Nuwataho, Emmanuel Jonathan Obbo, Salim Were Papa, Arnold Semanda, Julian Andrew Taliwaku, and Henry Turyasingura.

Others who are yet to be cleared for campaigns include; Patrick Kamyuka, Edward Kinene Semakula and Florence Namuganza.

The one month campaign started on a low note as few of the supporters escorted their candidates to the campaign ground.

Mr Semanda promised to deal with divisionism in the University and called upon students to vote for him.

“I am the only person who can bring the university together, please vote for me. I will also fight unemployment within the students,” he said. He didn’t explain how he would do this.

The official day for voting will be on March 12. The University is known to be a big stronghold for Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and Democratic Party (DP).

Sources at Makerere University said those yet to be cleared could have some of the favorites to win the race.

Ms Ahimbisibwe said she has had enough with girls lagging behind and this time round, “I want to be the eye opener of this whole new phase at this university.”

Makerere has previously had female guild presidents including Anna Adeke and Sarah Kagingo.

Uganda

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South Africa:Mandela Bay Listeriosis Outbreak Source Still Not Found

The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality has assured residents that everything possible was being done to address the outbreak of listeriosis in the metro, but the outbreak source has still not been identified.

“We wish to assure all local residents and communities that the municipality is actively managing the Listeriosis outbreak in the city, in cooperation with all members of the Listeriosis Outbreak Response Team, which includes the provincial Departments of Health and Agriculture, as well as the municipality’s Environmental Health and Emergency Services divisions,” said spokesperson, Mthubanzi Mniki.

Mniki said while the environmental health team was investigating all possible sources of the outbreak within the city, the contaminated source had not yet been identified.

“The investigations undertaken are extensive and include the tracing of all listeriosis patients, testing their surroundings, and inspecting and testing bulk milk suppliers, food processing facilities and food distribution centres,” he said.

“All samples taken, are tested by an accredited laboratory at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in Johannesburg. The inspections and tests will continue until the source is found and isolated,” he said.

Largest outbreak ever

Mniki said the municipality had extensively tested the municipal drinking water, both at the water treatment works and water supply points.

“The tests are being done by an independent and accredited laboratory, and all test results have confirmed that Listeria bacteria are not present in the Municipality’s drinking water sources,” he said.

The World Health Organisation recently said the listeria outbreak in South Africa, with about 750 confirmed cases, is believed to be the largest ever outbreak of the bacterial disease listeriosis.

As of January 17, it had been confirmed that nine people in city had contracted the disease.

Listeria bacteria are found in the general environment, including in soil, water and vegetation, including vegetables.

In humans, symptoms are usually mild and may include fever, malaise and sometimes nausea and diarrhoea. It can also cause meningitis.

In particular, babies, pregnant women, elderly folks and people with compromised immune systems are at risk.

“Community members are urged not to rely on unverified social media posts for information on the incidence of Listeriosis in the city,” said Mniki.

Source: News24

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Diamond Platnumz to Dominate Kenyan Market With New Wasafi Studio in Nairobi

Photo: Diamond Platinumz/Instagram

Diamond Platinumz

By Naira Habib

Tanzanian singer Diamond Platnumz plans to bring competition to the doorstep of his Kenyan rivals with a new music studio for his record label Wasafi in Nairobi.

The singer announced this week on his Facebook page plans to set up the studio and asked fans to tag all Kenyan artistes they would like to be signed by his record label.

He also went ahead to post a video of a young man singing to his song, ‘Haleluya’ that he collaborated with Jamaican singers Morgan Heritage.

“As we are about to Launch @wcb_wasafi Branch in KENYA… Please help me tag all the Kenyans Talented artits, you would like to be signed under @wcb_wasafi , starting with this one… .. (Kama unavyofaham mwaka huu @wcb_wasafi tunafungua Tawi jipya nchini Kenya, Maalum kwajili ya kuendelea kunyanyua vijana wenzetu wenye Vipaji tokea mtaani.. tafadhali nisaidie kuwatag vijana wote wenye Vipaji kenya, akianziwa na Huyu,” posted Diamond.

The Bongo star started Wasafi Classic Baby (WCB) record label three years ago that has since employed more than 50 recording artistes from Tanzania.

Some of the artistes signed include Rayvanny, Lava Lava, Rich Mavoko, Maromboso, Harmonise Queen Darling among others

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Probe Launched Into Attack By DR Congo Soldiers On Rwandan Territory

By Jean d’Amour Mbonyinshuti

Military experts from the DR Congo-based Joint Verification Mechanism Friday launched an investigation into circumstances under which Congolese armed forces (FARDC) violated Rwanda’s territorial integrity by launching an attack on a Rwanda Defence Force base inside Rwanda.

The probe by the mechanism, that is composed of officers from different countries in the region, was requested by RDF to establish the motive of the attack on their base in the Volcanoes area in Mugari Cell, Shingiro Sector in Musanze District.

The incident occurred on Tuesday morning, at around 7am, according to the RDF commander in the area, who says their Congolese counterparts attacked and started shooting at them before they returned fire.

Brig. Gen. Eugene Nkubito, the Commander of RDF Second Division, who on Thursday evening met the EJVM officers at his offices in Musanze District, said it was unfortunate that FARDC attacked them despite the prevailing cordial ties between the two countries.

He called upon the verification mechanism to immediately launch an investigation and come up with concrete findings about the attack as well as establish the motive behind it and propose recommendations on the way forward.

He said RDF officers on the ground had provided enough evidence to confirm the attack was carried out on Rwandan territory discrediting claims that the attack was masterminded by the Rwandan soldiers, adding that the mechanism should also provide the clear facts on who attacked who.

“We have had a meeting with EJVM and made a presentation about the incident, how it started and how the attack happened on the Rwandan territory. We showed them all the coordinates and told them our military base is there to protect the country because of FDLR soldiers who may invade from DR Congo,” Nkubito said after the meeting.

FDLR is an outfit based in DR Congo that is mainly made up of elements that masterminded the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

Nkubito added that much as Rwanda was committed to enhance the existing cooperation with her neighbours, it would not allow such provocative military incursions on its territory.

He said that the region should work together to neutralise the different armed groups such as FDLR, CNRD and RUD.

The team of experts agreed to launch investigations to verify what happened on the ground.

Col Theophile Maviondo, from Congo Brazzaville, who headed the EJVM team, said they would start Friday by visiting the scene of crime to get first-hand information before they can come up with a report.

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How Expatriates Mint Millions Working in Nairobi Illegally

As the dust settles on the unceremonious deportation of Miguna Miguna, the self-proclaimed “General” of the National Resistance Movement, Saturday Nation has learnt there are hundreds of foreigners leaving and working in the country illegally.

The expatriates, mostly from the United States, Europe and Somalia are attached to international charities and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) either operating in Kenya, South Sudan or Somalia but have their headquarters in Nairobi.

The NGO Coordination Board, a government body which regulates the sector, estimates more than 12,000 expatriates live in the country working on issues from human rights to maternal health and conservation.

EVADING DRAGNETS

The foreigners have found a clever way of evading local security dragnets to extend their welcome as they operate on their tourist visas instead of acquiring work permits.

The Director of Immigration Services Gordon Kihalangwa said he was not aware of such practices going on in the country and therefore could not substantially put a number to the foreigners exploiting tourist visas to work in Kenya.

He said the procedure is that a foreigner can only work in the country with a work permit or a special pass while awaiting the processing of the former.

“A tourist visa only allows you to visit and stay in the country for a specified moment but you need a work permit or at least a special pass to work in the country.”

On June 2016, the government announced it will only issue work permits to expatriates in instances where Kenyans lack the requisite skills and qualifications to undertake such jobs.

But the expatriates changed tack to take advantage of Kenya’s perforated security system to thrive years-on end without proper documents.

A case in point is an international charity organisation based in Nairobi’s Westlands but has programmes across the East African region.

The Saturday Nation has seen documents of more than five senior officials attached to the organisation.

TOURISM VISAS

The officers apply for tourism visas, which are valid for three months, then travel back to their countries and return on fresh visas.

“The top management of the organisation earn more than $400,000 (Sh40m) a month but since they do not have work permits their salaries are remitted to their bank accounts in their countries,” a source said.

“Some of these officers tried to apply for work permits but were denied because the government said there were thousands of Kenyans to occupy such positions, so they decided to come in as tourists,” he said, adding that the organisation only employs locals to occupy lower positions such as drivers and liaison officers.

The source further said that the foreigners sit for interviews before being sent in here to take up the plum jobs.

So, essentially the organisation are abetting the criminal act.

Initially, some of the officers tried applying for work permits but were denied after the government said there are many qualified Kenyans for the positions.

The officers therefore resorted to working locally while lying to the authorities they are here for tour.

Rtd Maj Gen Kihalangwa denied knowledge of such people saying if the information is credible they should be apprehended.

“If there are such people then we need to be informed for the department to act on them.”

Similar sentiments were expressed by the NGO Board in a circular dated April 21, 2016, claiming foreign workers on average earned four times their Kenyan peers.

LIFELONG CAREER EXPATRIATES

“Yet they fail to transfer jobs to local workers, and instead stay on in Kenya as lifelong career expatriates,” the regulator said.

Former Foreign Affairs assistant minister and Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka blames the loopholes exploited by the foreigners on lack of stringent registration procedures at the borders, toxic corruption at the immigration department, bilateral agreement and lack of laws to regulate the entry of the foreigners.

Rtd Maj Gen Kihalangwa agrees a number of loopholes exist in the country that could be exploited by the foreigners, including dishonest employers, failure by citizens to report the foreigners and sheer taking of risks by the foreigners.

Mr Onyonka points out that the local security system is not watertight enough when it comes to the management and control of illegal immigrants.

He also says lack of incorporation of technology in the registration of the foreigners at the borders is problematic as it does not give the officials a system to track the foreigners and know what they are doing.

“My belief is we don’t have a database and we have not been maintaining strong data and entry system within the immigration department and that has been a major problem,” the former minister said.

TOXIC CORRUPTION

He reckons toxic corruption at the Immigration department has also made it easy for the foreigners to cheat the system.

“Everybody knows that one of the most corrupt department in the government is the immigration one where foreigners can even get passports and identification cards,” the legislator pointed out, adding that Kenya has signed bilateral agreements with some countries to allow citizens from those countries to be in Kenya on tourist visas as long as they want without changing their status, thus creating a loophole often exploited by the foreigners.

“All the foreigners have to do is keep renewing the visas and they come right back,” he said.

Going forward, Mr Onyonka says the country must adhere to biometric system of registration of individuals to enable continuous follow up of the foreigners.

“This is why the government is introducing the new electronic passport where it will have certain features one cannot easily circumvent,” he pointed out.

THREAT TO SECURITY

Mr Jacob Nyaudoh, a security consultant, says allowing foreigners whose backgrounds and motives are not well understood pose threats to the country’s security.

“World over, terrorists employ agents who come as tourist to visit their target country to conduct reconnaissance before an attack,” observed Mr Nyaudoh.

Background checks, he says, should be conducted on foreigners and their information gathered before the embassy issues them with visas.

Mr George Mucee, an immigration expert and practice leader at Fragomen Kenya, says the immigration department has a capacity challenge to enable it properly reinforce crackdowns on runaway immigrants.

He also says the government loses taxes by hosting foreigners who do not have work permits.

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