SACCO MANAGEMENT: WHERE ARE THE WOMEN?

So much for women’s empowerment, or the constitution’s two-thirds gender rule, a report by the Sacco Regulatory Authority (Sasra) has revealed that of the 165 chairpersons of deposit-taking savings and credit cooperative societies, only six are women.

Of the 4.78 million Sacco members some 1,634,760 are women, 34.2 percent of the total but when it comes to the chairman positions women make up less than four percent.

Women do better at the vice-chairperson level accounting for 25.4 percent of all positions but that’s as good as it gets.

Saccos are big business controlling over 30 percent of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product and 80 percent of accumulated savings.

Saccos handle deposits of Sh380.4 billion and Sh419.55 billion in loan disbursements (December 2019 figures) so perhaps it comes as no surprise that the treasurer’s position is much sought after but again men dominate as office holders accounting for 84 percent of them.

Likewise with the post of secretary, also highly coveted, where men make up  85.2 percent of office-holders.

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LIKONI FERRY – A TRAGEDY WAITING TO HAPPEN

Last September Mariam Kigenda and her four-year-old daughter Amanda Mutheu died tragically when the car they were in slipped into the Likoni channel as they tried to drive on to the ferry. They were not the first to die at the crossing point, they will not be the last, and without immediate and effective action the fear must be that one day there will be a major disaster with great loss of life at Likoni.

In December 2019 a Mr John Mutinda died when his car slid from the ramp leading to the ferry. The police said it was suicide.

Since January 10 there have been at least three accidents at the Likoni ferry.

Last weekend saw a 35-seater bus slip from the ferry, fortunately without loss of life.

Some of the problem is that a newly built ramp is very slippery, particularly when it rains.

On Monday, the MV Safari, recently brought into service, stalled in mid-stream and started to drift to the sea after it’s engine failed.

Multiple times every day sees the overcrowded ferries plying across the channel.

A new floating bridge spanning the channel was built to ease pedestrian congestion at the ferry but the bridge is often closed, leaving people stranded.

APPEASE THE ‘GODS OF THE SEA’?

Elders of the Mijikenda community have called for rituals to be held – apparently including the spilling of cows blood – to appease the gods of the sea.

The Kenya Forum looks to a more worldly authority to avert the ever-present risk of tragedy.

In December  the Kenya Ports Authority were put in charge of the crossing by the government, taking over from Kenya Ferry Services. They need to take action this day. One collision and it will not be one death we are reporting but quite possibly hundreds.

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UGANDA DECIDES – Bobi Wine Vs Museveni

By Winnie Kabintie

Uganda’s General Elections started on Thursday 14th January, amidst a countryside internet shutdown that has critics have condemned as an onslaught to freedom of speech and democracy.

The incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the country since 1986, is seeking re-election and his closest challenger is the youthful firebrand musician turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine.

Voters in Uganda will be headed to the ballot to decide whether to extend President Museveni’s tenure or vote in Bobi Wine.

Interestingly, born in February 1982, Bobi Wine was only 4 years old when 76-year-old Museveni started ruling Uganda in 1986. Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled Ugandan leaders Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85) before he captured power in the 1980s.

Bobi Wine is the current Member of Parliament for Kyadondo County East constituency in Wakiso District, in Uganda’s Central Region, following his election in 2017.

Electoral system In Uganda

The General Election in Uganda is held to elect the president and Members of Parliament.

The President of Uganda is elected using the two-round system, with candidates needing to receive at least 50% of the vote to be elected in the first round.

Uganda’s National Assembly has a total of 529 seats, including 353 representatives elected using first-past-the-post voting in single-winner constituencies.  146 seats are reserved for women in a ratio of one seat per district. 30 seats are also indirectly filled via special electoral colleges: 10 by the army, 5 by youths, 5 by elders, 5 by unions and 5 by the persons with disabilities. In each of these groups, at least one woman must be elected.

Election Campaigns in Uganda

The election campaigns in Uganda have been marred with violence and massive arrests with President Museveni being accused of using the army to harass his opponents.

 

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WORLD BANK: WHY KENYA’S NOT WORKING

Pre-Covid official figures from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics estimate that some half-a-million (500,000) small enterprises cease trading every year, the entrepreneurial life blood of the economy cut off at source. Now a report from the World Bank suggests some answers as to why this is happening.

The World Bank’s Systematic Country Diagnostic report published earlier this week points at corruption and excessive bureaucracy in Kenya as two of the prime reasons why the country’s business start-ups fare so badly.

OLD, UNPRODUCTIVE COMPANIES AND STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES RESTRICT GROWTH

The report also suggests that the economy is too dependent on old established companies and some unproductive companies that are not creating employment.  Added to this the report argues, are the sizeable state-owned enterprises and others that are state-linked that are restricting the growth of new enterprises in Kenya.

The upshot of these factors is that there are not enough new businesses coming to market and many that do are unable to survive the start-up phase.

The oxygen that loans provide in nurturing a new business enterprise is also reduced by considerable government borrowing, with banks understandably preferring to put their money into less risky state institutions.

SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL

Small and medium sized enterprises are the basis of many of the world’s most economically successful countries. With over 1.8 million people unemployed in Kenya the country’s economy needs entrepreneurial base if jobs are to be created.

Kenya’s young people are a go-getting and innovative. Many tens of thousands of them however, are languishing in an unemployment trap. We need to unleash their talent and resourcefulness. To do so we need to cut the corruption, cut the red tape, invest in new talent, and enable our young entrepreneurs to compete on a level playing field.

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Hollywood Stars In Kenya – Maradona, Naomi Campbell

Maradona, Queen of Pop tours Samburu County

By Winnie Kabintie

2021 has kicked off on a high note, at least for the country’s tourism and entertainment frontiers.

Maradona arrived in the country on January 8 in the company of her four children and proceeded to Samburu County, where she had a good time with the locals. The queen of pop also toured a Pokot village in Baringo county.

The seven-time Grammy award winner documented her trip to Kenya in her Instagram page, where she left her fans in awe.

Naomi Campbell Appointed Magical Kenya’s International Tourism Ambassador

Millicent OmangaMinistry of Tourism taps Naomi Campbell, a tired model who has lost her mojo to be the Magical Kenya international Brand Ambassador and is to market Kenya as a tourism and travel destination. Why not @Lupita_Nyongo or one of our daughters of international repute? Lol
 

CS Tourism Najib Balala and Magical Kenya Ambassador Naomi Campbell

Kiigen K. KoechEliud Kipchoge is already Magical Kenya’s Destination Ambassador. Naomi Campbell has been rightfully appointed as its International Ambassador due to her following, influence & love for Kenya. Lupita Nyong’o doesn’t remember her Kenyan roots unless it fits a specific narrative.

Shadrack Musembi© :Kenyans should understand that these two top models Naomi Campbell and Lupita Nyongo pose and commands quite different niche markets when it comes to sponsor different entities,here the CS

has something unique why he’s targeting Naomi Campbell and not otherwise!

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