NICK MWENDWA WINS FKF PRESIDENCY

imagesKariobangi sharks founder/ Chairman Nick Mwendwa was yesterday elected president of the football Kenya federation after garnering 50 votes ahead of his top competitor, Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier who garnered 27 votes of the 77 votes cast , during the federation’s national election held at the Safaricom Indoor Arena, Kasarani.

“I had said for long that we would win this and we did it today. We now have a new federation and the aim is to begin with youth football, get the national team to prepare adequately for the next game and also change the people’s attitude on the game.”

The 37 year old IT guru, had previously maintained during his campaign period that he has what it takes to “bring back the game and get Kenya playing again” and went out to roll out a three pillar manifesto to back his claims.

SAM NYAMWEYA PULLS OUT OF RACE

Outgoing chairman Sam Nyamweya, surprisingly pulled out of the race moments before voting started, on grounds that he had decided to focus on family business. His name remained on the ballot paper, where he got zero votes alongside Sammy Aina, Gor Semelang’o and Sammy Sholei.

Nick Mwendwa’s running mate, Doris Petra, garnered 36 votes to trounce Andrew Amukowa (21 votes) and Dan Shikanda (13votes).

AMBROSE RACHIER CONCEDES DEFEAT

Rachier conceded defeat and promised to work with the new president. He however cited issues of bribery of delegates.

“I must accept the results. It was a clean and transparent exercise here on the floor but what I can complain about is the bribery of delegates,” said Rachier.

“The board has done a great job on the day, but there was a lot that happened on the eve of the elections,”

“A lot of money changed hands on the eve of the elections, with some delegates being handed more than Sh150, 000 each,” he said.

Kenyans, who couldn’t wait for Nyamweya’s exit, seem to be happy with the wave of change and are hopeful that Nick Mwendwa and his “team change” will bring the much awaited revolution of the county’s ailing football.

FERDINAND OMONDI :   Nick Mwendwa was totally ahead of the pack even in his thoughts and how he argued his case. Good luck to him. #FKFElections

The Mutai®:  Remember #NyamweyaMustGo? Hehe Finally a sigh of relief. Let us see what the new man will do. Vijana tumegutuka @mboyacliff #FKFElections

Dennis Itumbi:  Congratulations once again @Nmwendwa – may your 8 year plan now come to life #FKFElections

Bsp Margaret Wanjiru: Congratulations @Nmwendwa Bring the Glory back to Football. #FKFElections

Over to you Team Change.

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MORE PAY DOES NOT CUT CORRUPTION IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE

Corruption

Article by Winnie Kabintie

Higher pay for public officials, as it’s theoretically perceived, is not enough to tame the massive corruption in the public service.

Corruption has been so rampant in Kenya that citizens have almost learned to live with it. The article “Just Steal a Little” by Jeffrey Gettleman that was published in the New York Times last year in April, could not have captured it any better;

“But even for Kenyans, who have witnessed countless corruption scandals over the years, the graft coming to light now is almost too outrageous to believe,”.

 …..“If you’re going to steal,” he said, echoing the famous words of Mobutu Sese Seko, the former dictator of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), “please, just steal a little.” The article read in part.

Corruption in Kenya is now more or less perceived as a means to an end thanks to economic factors including a high cost of living that is pushing majority of Kenyans to the periphery of poverty and therefore no matter how much you fatten the paychecks of public officials, that alone is not a solution to curb corruption.

MORE PAY, MORE DEMANDS,MORE GREED

When a person’s salary raises, their lifestyle advances in equal measure, they will move to a bigger house, buy a good car, take their children to better schools and what have you; so money will never be enough, that’s human nature to say the least.

A New research, published in The Economist, involving a natural experiment in West Africa has also refuted the theory that higher pay aid in cutting corruption and also suggested that conventional economic theories of corruption are wrong.

“….. Ghana’s police became more corrupt after their salaries increased, both absolutely and relative to Burkina Faso’s police and Ghanaian customs officers. “

The same can be said for Kenya where our legislators are some of the highest paid in the globe yet we are top on the list of most corrupt nations.

Kenyans have also witnessed massive “lootocrasy” and grand corruption scandals from state officers, a tradition that has fueled the “it’s our turn to eat mentality” in the sense that most people who venture into the murky political arena are driven by the “get rich quick” mindset and not the primary desire to bring change.

When corruption thrives, a country’s economy suffers and although the government of the day has acknowledged the effects of corruption, little efforts have been made to eradicate it and Kenyans have given up the hope that the vice will ever be stamped out.  It’s now  the typical scenario of everyone for themselves and God for us all and with life in Kenya becoming hard by day, it’s becoming apparent that every Kenyan now in his own line of work, either in the private or public sector, is always looking for a way to make that extra shilling; the only difference is in the levels of “looting” and the mundus operandi because well; “if our leaders can do it and get away with it, why not us?”; “Why should I pay taxes and they are going to loot it anyway, when I can just pay someone something small and evade?”

KENYA NEEDS THE POLITICAL WILL TO FIGHT CORRUPTION

It will only take a great deal of political will to stamp out corruption because even though Kenya has a body to fight graft; the ethics and anti-corruption commission (EACC), it remains a toothless bulldog thanks to deliberate political interference among other things.

Despite numerous public officials being linked to corruption scandals, Kenya is yet to prosecute any person(s) even in blatant cases that have involved foreigners like the Chicken Scandal saga, where the UK accomplices to the Kenyan officials were jailed yet Kenya is allegedly still “lacking sufficient evidence” to press charges on its crooks.

The Singapore experience provides a model for dealing with runaway corruption in Kenya and it will only take a steadfast political will, to weed out the vice.

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RICHARD LEAKEY FILM WILL BE SHOT IN KENYA NOT SOUTH AFRICA

Richard Leakey. Image by © Christopher Cormack/CORBIS

Richard Leakey. Image by © Christopher Cormack/CORBIS

Kenya’s celebrated conservationist, Richard Leakey has refuted claims that the film, AFRICA, which is based on his life, will be shot in South Africa and not in Kenya.

Leakey, who was reacting to an article published by the Daily Nation, which alleged that the film, starring Brad Pitt and directed by his wife Anjelina Jolie, was going to be done in South Africa, maintained that he had not received any indication from the agents or producers of the film that the location had been moved to SA as alleged.

“I have no doubts that whilst the preliminary negotiations are still ongoing and that the storyline and finances are still being finalized, the intent is to film in Kenya,” Leakey said in a statement.

“The movie with working title Africa is to be based on my life and is to be directed by Angelina Jolie. It is Kenya where my life has been and where the film has to be made,” he maintained.

News on plans to produce Hollywood film directed by Ms Jolie and written by Mr Roth gives rise to misgivings.

WHY SA IS A MUCH PREFFERED FILM DESTINATION COMPARED TO KENYA

The allegations on Kenya missing out as a preferred location for the Richard Leakey film came about as details emerged that new movie set to be based on the Westgate mall siege, will be shot in South Africa.

Despite Kenya having a favorable climate and landscape for filming, the country’s bureaucratic environment has seen Kenya loose out to South Africa as the most preferred film location for international productions.

Unlike Kenya, S.A has invested massively in the film industry and offers various incentives, which make it cheaper to make a movie there than in Europe or the US.

South Africa has signed co-production treaties with eight countries: Canada, Italy, Germany, the UK, France, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. This means that any official co-production is regarded as a national production of each co-producing country, making it eligible for any benefits or programmes of assistance available in either country. South Africa also has a memorandum of understanding relating to film with India.

TAX INCENTIVES

In an effort to encourage and attract large-budget films and television productions and post-production work that will contribute towards employment creation and enhancement of South Africa’s international profile. Some of the incentives offered by the government’s Foreign Film and Television Production and Post-Production Incentives include;

  • A 20% tax reduction on production expenditure for foreign productions filmed in South Africa with a budget of R12-million (about $1,3-million) or above.
  • A 22.5% to 25% reduction if filming and post-production takes place in South Africa. Post-production expenditure must be R1,5-million (about $166 000) or above to qualify.
  • The South African Film and Television Production and Co-Production Incentive
  • A rebate of 35% for the first R6-million (about $662 000) spent, and 25% for the remainder of production expenditure.
  • The South African Revenue Service, through Section 24F of the Income Tax Act, grants a deduction of the production cost of a film to the film owner. It excludes any deductions for production costs under any other provisions of the Income Tax Act, providing for a film allowance instead. Section 24F also provides that a film owner may deduct a film allowance from his income.

In June last year, Kenya’s government announced a directive to zero-rate film equipment imports, a move that was welcomed by industry players. The enforcement of the same remains a challenge though as there has not been a clear enforcement of the same.

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EVANS ONDIEKI DECLARES INTEREST IN NAIROBI COUNTY GUBERNATORIAL RACE 2017

ondiekiThe 2017 general elections are looming and candidates eyeing elective seats have started aligning themselves and have begun to come out to publicly declare their interests.

The latest kid in the block is former Nairobi county government environment Minister, Evans Ondieki, who has declared his intentions to run for the Nairobi county gubernatorial seat in the 2017 election.

“Several of us who want to be governor are coming together… and I am one of them. It is within my political rights to aspire to be the Governor of Nairobi, then we come together and share ideas on how best can we realize this objective,” he stated.

If elected, Ondieki says that he will among other things strive to tackle the massive corruption in the county, which has crippled the county government’s mandate.

Evans Ondieki was fired by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero last month, days after he had reshuffled his government. Kidero, who only said the move, was aimed at enhancing service delivery to Nairobians, appointed Urban Renewals and Housing CEC Tom Odongo to take over from Ondieki in acting capacity.

ONDIEKI SUES KIDERO FOR WRONGFUL DISMISSAL

Ondieki has maintained that he was fired for supporting former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru and Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru and on Monday he filed a suit seeking  to sue Governor Evans Kidero and Nairobi County saying his dismissal from the Environment minister post was arbitrary and contrary to the law.

In his application, filed as urged at the Milimani High Court in Nairobi on Monday, Ondieki further said his sacking was instigated by malice and political whims.

“He cannot purport to be sacking people on grounds that he is getting rid of graft in the county,” he said.

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PROTEST AGAINST UBER IN KENYA GETS VIOLENT

uber-taxiThe obstruction of Uber services from Kenyan traditional taxi players has reached a low height following incidents of physical attacks on Uber drivers that have been reported in the city over the weekend.

Yesterday, an Uber taxi driver was attacked at Valley Arcade, an area that has been highlighted as the most volatile hot spot, which is occupied largely by “local” taxis.

The local taxis operators allegedly smashed the windscreen of the Uber driver as he picked a passenger at Valley Arcade.

Uber also alerted its drivers to be cautious around the oval building in Westlands.

“We have received reports of isolated intimidation and harassment of our partner-drivers at the Oval — a commercial building complex — in Nairobi’s Westlands,” Uber said in a message sent to partner-drivers.

“Please be alert and aware in this area by concealing your Uber device and ensuring that your pick-ups and drop-offs take place in public, well-lit areas,” read the text from Uber.

Majority of Kenyans, who seem to be in favour of Uber owing to its affordable prices and convenience compared to traditional cabs, took to social media to condemn the goons.

Taxi operators argue that Uber represents unfair competition because Uber drivers can flout the rules and restrictions that regulate the professionals.

the Uber cab allegedly attacked at Valley Arcade

the Uber cab allegedly attacked at Valley Arcade

P. Kiptoo : This is exactly why I’d use @uber_kenya over these taxi operators. Just a bunch of thugs.

Kennedy W Nyoro #UberTaxiWars those driving Uber taxis are not foreigners, they are Kenyans who have realized they cannot stand in the way of tech change

brian arapleleito This is criminal…where are the police?? How is this happening in broad daylight?? #UberTaxiWars

Mkenya Daima  Is it possible to medically evaluate public service drivers.We might be dealing with an acute issue. #UbertaxiWars

Daddy Owen  Technology has landed. ..Conform or be phased out! Sad but true! #ubertaxiwars

Nyadida Bernard : If you can’t beat them join them. Business is about creativity, competition and innovation @uber_kenya. #UberTaxiWars

HOW UBER WORKS

Uber,a tech based  American taxi service made an entry into the Kenyan market in January 2015. In August the same year, the taxi company tripled its market growth in Nairobi after introducing a cash payment system. The company also announced that Nairobi is now Uber’s fastest growing places internationally.

Users get a taxi by using a downloaded application that gives them a ride on demand depending on their direction.

Uber’s pricing is hinged on a metering gauge that charges users for every kilometre covered – meaning every trip is openly priced, hence fairer compared to traditional taxis who always overcharge especially depending with the  time of the day.

COMPETITION

Other than the protest from traditional taxi operators, Uber’s main competitors in the Kenyan market is Easy Taxi Kenya, the local franchise of a Brazil-based firm targeting emerging markets, and Maramoja, a Nairobi-based company.

The local protest facing under is not limited to Kenya as the taxi company as suffered similar reactions in various countries across the globe.

 

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