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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

Lake Victoria to Be Extinct in 50 Years If Urgent Action Not Taken – Governor

Kisumu Governor, Anyang Nyong’o, has urged East African countries to urgently address environmental concerns that… Read more »

NEC Investigate Reports That a Ballot Paper Was Stolen

By John Namkwahe

Dar es Salaam — The National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Saturday, February 17 said it was closely following on the reports circulated on social media platforms suggesting that a man allegedly stole a ballot box at Idrisa in Magomeni.

The commission also acknowledged that it was satisfied with a way the by-election for Siha and Kinondoni constituencies were conducted peaceful, a statement issued and distributed to the public by the commission on Saturday disclosed.

“A few minor issues were reported to have occurred during voting process, and they were immediately resolved by the relevant electoral supervisors,” a part of the statement reads.

The commission further urged the political parties to adhere to proper legal procedures to report their complaints whenever they suspect election irregularities being carried out at the polling stations.

Tanzania

Suicidal Thoughts – Diamond Platnumz Opens Up On Divorce With Zari Hassan

Tanzanian musician Diamond Platnumz has broken his silence over his divorce with Ugandan socoalite Zari Hassan. Read more »

Lake Victoria to Be Extinct in 50 Years If Urgent Action Not Taken – Governor

Photo: The Monitor

Lake Victoria.

By Kisumu

Kenya — Kisumu Governor, Anyang Nyong’o, has urged East African countries to urgently address environmental concerns that threaten the existence of Lake Victoria.

Quoting a recent report discussed in the EU headquarters, Nyong’o says Lake Victoria faces extinction in the next 50 years if no action is taken against environmental degradation.

“This means the Lake Basin Commission has an urgent work to do to come up with an action plan that will make it possible for us to save the lake as early as possible,” said Nyong’o while meeting East Africa Legislative Assembly members in Kisumu.

Nyong’o says the countries sharing the resource must act fast and decisively, urging the Lake Victoria Basin Commission to come up with an urgent action plan to save the lake.

“In the meantime, we must make sure we use the resources in the lake in a sustainable way.”

The Governor noted that maritime transport has not been fully embraced by the EAC member states to spur trade and movement of people across the region.

Kenya

KOT React After Citizen TV Anchor Swaleh Mdoe Admits He’s Broke

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Boda Boda Riders Block Off Road As They Share Donated Money

Photo: Daily News
By Frank Kisakye

Boda Boda cyclists have this afternoon closed off Tufnell Drive in Kamwokya for almost 30 minutes as they shared money supposedly given to them by music promoter Sipapa (Charles Oryem).

At about 2:20pm, a fleet of at least 100 rowdy cyclists ascended Tuffnell Drive chasing one unidentified man who is believed to have received the money at 10am this morning but had refused to share it.

When they caught up with him at the tail end of Tufnell Drive, just adjacent to the perimeter wall of The Observer newspaper premises, they started aggressively demanding for their money.

Some grabbed his collar as others tried to search him for ‘their’ money. Some residents first thought that someone had stolen a motorcycle and was about to get lynched. They wanted to call police but later learnt that these were just cyclists sharing their bounty.

“Omugagga Sipapa gave us Shs 3m at 10am at Meat Packers (in Industrial Area) from but the man has been evading us since then. We just want our money; he can’t cheat us,” said one angry cyclist.

In the process, they cut off all traffic and no oncoming traffic could continue down to Mawanda road. Cars started using Tagore Crescent as the cyclists parked in middle of the road and started receiving Shs 5,000 each from the unidentified man.

While the money was primarily given to cyclists in the area surrounding Meat Packers, even those that joined the chase through the City Centre to Kamwokya lined and received a share.

Others were seen going for double payment since there was no order or roll call. But some were less than pleased.

“We have been chasing this man since morning and he just gives us just Shs 5,000. He has cheated us. The rich man gave him more money than this,” said one cyclist.

The road slowly cleared as whoever received the money sped off to return to respective stages or look for customers. It is unclear why the promoter gave them this money. With the increasing scramble for fame in Kampala and Uganda at large, many people have been seen dishing out money to adoring crowds.

It is now common to see the likes of Brian White, SK Mbuga, Maama Fiina, Godfrey Kirumira dolling out money for no good reason.

Some commentators have related this to Uganda’s desperate, poor population surviving on hand-outs chiefly championed by President Museveni.

Uganda

Uganda Challenged to Improve Coffee Quality

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Jambojet Entry to Cut Entebbe-Nairobi Flight Costs

By Jonathan Kamoga

Observers have welcomed the entry of Kenyan airline, Jambojet, into the Ugandan airspace, saying this is likely to reduce the cost of travelling between Entebbe and Nairobi.

The airline launched last week and will operate double daily flights with departures from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 09:10am and 17:30pm. They will also have two flights from Entebbe International airport for Nairobi at 11am and 19:20pm every day.

Jambojet is expected to bring competition among airlines plying the Entebbe-Nairobi route, a move that will lower air prices for frequent travellers.

The airline has an introductory fare of Shs 400,000 per route, which is among the cheapest. Currently, the cheapest ticket on that route has been going for Shs 525,000.

Speaking during the launch at Entebbe airport, Jambojet chief executive officer, Willem Hondius, said the price was intended to encourage more people to travel by air both in Uganda and the region.

“In East Africa alone, we have a market of over 100 million people and we have barely scratched the surface in air travel. We believe that Jambojet’s entry into Uganda will make air travel more affordable to majority of people who travel for business or leisure in the region and beyond,” Hondius said.

He noted that there is a huge opportunity for the tourism sector to develop too.

“In particular, we expect the tourism industry to reap maximum benefits from facilitation of an EA circuit which would give tourists an opportunity to visit scenic attractions in Uganda such as the source of the Nile., Murchison Falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park and the rare Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest,” he said.

The ministry of Works’ director of transport, Benon Kajuna, who represented government, said the growth of air transport sector was important for the entire economy since it created opportunities for investment, capacity building and employment including creating linkages for better intra-regional trade.

“We need to build capacity to allow our local businesses to have greater access to foreign markets. Air transport and connectivity supports exports and simultaneously increases competition and choice in the home market from foreign-based producers,” he said.

“This in turn encourages firms to specialize in areas where they possess a comparative advantage, allowing for opportunities to exploit economies of scale, which lowers the cost of production and ultimately benefits domestic consumers.”

Uganda

Boda Boda Riders Block Off Road As They Share Donated Money

Boda Boda cyclists have this afternoon closed off Tufnell Drive in Kamwokya for almost 30 minutes as they shared money… Read more »

Former Kameme FM Presenter Njoki Wa Ndegwa Passes On

By Chad Kitundu

Former Kameme FM presenter Njoki wa Ndegwa is dead. She died on Friday in USA after a long battle with brain tumour.

Until her death,Njoki was running Jambo Radio Network (JRN), a popular radio station in USA.

She relocated to USA two years ago after parting ways with Kameme FM.

Njoki died at the Parklands Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, where she was being treated for metastatic brain tumors.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 that was successfully cured.

In October 2016 however, she started having problems with her voice and balance. Upon going to the hospital, she was again diagnosed with aggressive metastatic brain tumors which led to the loss of her voice as well as mobility.

A veteran radio broadcaster, Njoki worked at Kameme FM for almost four years before moving to the United States.

Njoki told NPR News that she did not know what the future held for her and some of her friends urged her to return to Kenya to continue with her successful radio career.

“Why not be a Kenyan radio star right here in Boston?” she told the news agency.

The online station was later renamed Jambo Radio Network (JRN) and under Njoki’s leadership the station garnered a large audience among Kenyans living in the USA and other countries worldwide.

Kenya

Lake Victoria to Be Extinct in 50 Years If Urgent Action Not Taken – Governor

Kisumu Governor, Anyang Nyong’o, has urged East African countries to urgently address environmental concerns that… Read more »

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

Balancing Cyber Security and Internet Freedom in Africa

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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

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EAC Heads of State to Meet Over Health, Infrastructure

By Athan Tashobya

East African Community Heads of State are expected to convene in Uganda’s capital Kampala next week to discuss a number of regional matters, including infrastructure and health sector growth.

Olivier Nduhungirehe, the State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community, confirmed to The New Times on the agenda includes a two-day Joint EAC Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development.

The meeting will be held between February 21 and 22 and will be followed a day later by the 19th Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State, which will also be held in Kampala.

“We are going to examine the progress of EAC agenda; looking into a number of issues facing the regional bloc, ranging from EAC financing to infrastructure development,” Nduhungirehe said yesterday.

EAC Secretary General Liberat Mfumukeko said in a statement that preparations are in “high gear” for the joint Heads of State retreat themed “Deepening and widening regional integration through Infrastructure and Health Sector Development in the EAC Partner States”

Mfumukeko, who was speaking at a news conference held at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania, to update the media on the upcoming Joint EAC Heads of State Retreat and 19th Ordinary Summit, said that the former is aimed at accelerating the attainment of the objectives of the EAC Development Strategy, African Union Agenda 2063, and the Sustainable Development Goals in the infrastructure and health sectors in the EAC.

He said the joint retreat is expected to harness political support for regional flagship projects, funding commitments, and public-private partnership arrangements.

Mfumukeko said that the EAC had identified infrastructure development and health as sectors in which it would have to invest massive resources to spur economic growth and prosperity in East Africa.

“Let me assure you that EAC investment in infrastructure projects and health development continues to receive the utmost political attention by none other than EAC Heads of State,” Mfumukeko said in the statement.

He said the retreat would also be preceded by separate infrastructure and health sector investors’ and donors’ round-tables on 21st February 2018.

He added that the 4th Joint Retreat Programme will include an International Infrastructure and Health Sector Exhibition that will run from 21st to 22nd February, 2018.

The exhibition will provide a platform for players in the Infrastructure and Health sectors to showcase new products and services as well as exhibit latest advances in research and innovation.

Nduhungirehe also confirmed to The New Times that the Presidents will deliberate on the US economic policy on Africa, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

In 2015, the EAC Heads of State adopted a three-year gradual process to phase out the importation of second-hand clothes and footwear to promote the textile, apparel and leather industries in the region.

US is currently reviewing Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania’s eligibility to AGOA after the three EAC states remained firm on their pronouncement to phase out second-hand clothing to facilitate the growth of domestic factories even as the US asked the block to remove the limit on used clothing from the West.

East Africa:EAC Heads of State to Meet Over Health, Infrastructure

By Athan Tashobya

East African Community Heads of State are expected to convene in Uganda’s capital Kampala next week to discuss a number of regional matters, including infrastructure and health sector growth.

Olivier Nduhungirehe, the State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community, confirmed to The New Times on the agenda includes a two-day Joint EAC Heads of State Retreat on Infrastructure and Health Financing and Development.

The meeting will be held between February 21 and 22 and will be followed a day later by the 19th Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State, which will also be held in Kampala.

“We are going to examine the progress of EAC agenda; looking into a number of issues facing the regional bloc, ranging from EAC financing to infrastructure development,” Nduhungirehe said yesterday.

EAC Secretary General Liberat Mfumukeko said in a statement that preparations are in “high gear” for the joint Heads of State retreat themed “Deepening and widening regional integration through Infrastructure and Health Sector Development in the EAC Partner States”

Mfumukeko, who was speaking at a news conference held at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania, to update the media on the upcoming Joint EAC Heads of State Retreat and 19th Ordinary Summit, said that the former is aimed at accelerating the attainment of the objectives of the EAC Development Strategy, African Union Agenda 2063, and the Sustainable Development Goals in the infrastructure and health sectors in the EAC.

He said the joint retreat is expected to harness political support for regional flagship projects, funding commitments, and public-private partnership arrangements.

Mfumukeko said that the EAC had identified infrastructure development and health as sectors in which it would have to invest massive resources to spur economic growth and prosperity in East Africa.

“Let me assure you that EAC investment in infrastructure projects and health development continues to receive the utmost political attention by none other than EAC Heads of State,” Mfumukeko said in the statement.

He said the retreat would also be preceded by separate infrastructure and health sector investors’ and donors’ round-tables on 21st February 2018.

He added that the 4th Joint Retreat Programme will include an International Infrastructure and Health Sector Exhibition that will run from 21st to 22nd February, 2018.

The exhibition will provide a platform for players in the Infrastructure and Health sectors to showcase new products and services as well as exhibit latest advances in research and innovation.

Nduhungirehe also confirmed to The New Times that the Presidents will deliberate on the US economic policy on Africa, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

In 2015, the EAC Heads of State adopted a three-year gradual process to phase out the importation of second-hand clothes and footwear to promote the textile, apparel and leather industries in the region.

US is currently reviewing Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania’s eligibility to AGOA after the three EAC states remained firm on their pronouncement to phase out second-hand clothing to facilitate the growth of domestic factories even as the US asked the block to remove the limit on used clothing from the West.

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