SOUTH SUDAN ORDERS EXPULSION OF FOREIGN WORKERS

south-sudan-mapIn a shock move the Government of South Sudan appears to have ordered the expulsion of all foreign workers from the country, effective from October 15, and their positions to be taken by “competent South Sudanese nationals”. South Sudan became an independent state splitting from Sudan in 2011.

The statement published in local papers, read: “All non-governmental organisations, private companies, telecommunications companies, petroleum companies, hotels and lodges working in South Sudan are directed to notify all aliens working with them in all positions to cease work as from 15th October”.

Ostensibly the ban also includes all foreign aid workers.

KENYAN COMPANIES AND WORKERS WILL BE HIT

The move, if it is implemented, will come as a shock to Kenyan companies who have set up operations in South Sudan. Companies affected would include East Africa Breweries Ltd (EABL), Kenya Commercial Bank, Equity Bank, Kenya Airways, Kenyan insurance companies, and petroleum and telecommunications companies.

There are estimated to be some 30,000 Kenyan workers currently employed in South Sudan.

Although there is some doubt as to whether the directive will be implemented with such haste (a South Sudan government spokesman is reported to have said that no foreign workers will be forced out of the country), the move still appears to be an act of economic illiteracy.

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir

CATASTROPHIC MISTAKE

Such arguments, to replace “foreigners” with “locals”, are occasionally heard in Kenya. It would be a catastrophic mistake to do so in South Sudan, or Kenya.

In South Sudan there is a skills gap that cannot be filled by local expertise. It is also the case that many foreign workers are in effect part of the export earnings for the country, and that goes too for Kenya.

It is true that many foreign workers receive much larger salaries than local people but that income is very often brought in from an overseas account and is then spent in the host country. Whilst that can drive up prices it also results in higher, not lower, employment of local people.

The Kenya Forum says that if there is one way of sending an economy in the region down the long-drop it would be to expel foreign workers.

Related coverage and articles:

‘South Sudan orders firms to fire expatriates’, Daily Nation

‘South Sudan labour directive to hurt Kenyan workers’, Business Daily

‘Special Report: In South Sudan, a state of dependency’, Reuters, July 2012

 

 

 

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ICC PROSECUTION PAID WITNESS OVER SH1 MILLION – IS THIS NOT NEWS?

Ruto and Sang at the ICC - Witness says he was paid Sh1 million to testify against them

Ruto and Sang at the ICC – Witness says he was paid Sh1 million to testify against them

You probably haven’t seen this. A witness, originally for the prosecution at the ICC trial in The Hague, has said he received over Sh1 million to testify against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang. The story first appeared in the Star online but not in the print version of that newspaper. Nor has it appeared in the Daily Nation but it has just scraped into a small column on page 12 of today’s Standard.

WITNESS 604

‘Witness 604’ said he was paid Sh1,015,571 by the prosecution over two years to give evidence against Ruto and Sang. The money was to cover “accommodation and daily spending” for which he did not have to provide receipts.

Between December 2013 and April of this year the court heard Witness 604 was paid Sh460,000. In January he was paid Sh165,000 for ‘subsistence’, money he said he would normally take two years to earn. In total he has received $11,406 (that’s right, US Dollars) to cover ‘transport, food and accommodation’ while waiting to give his testimony.

No wonder witness 604 described the amounts of money given to him “fantastic” and “wonderful”.

WITNESS HAD “NATURAL HATE” FOR RUTO

According to Witness 604 he had a “natural hate” for Ruto and that, together with the offer of money from the prosecution ‘to support him in any way with any proposal he made’, led him to lie in his statement.

The witness had, of course, been called by the Fatou Bensouda’s prosecution team but given his change of story he has been deemed by the court as a “hostile witness”.

KENYA’S EDITORS NOT INTERESTED?

If Witness 604 made his original testimony against Ruto and Sang because of the large amounts of money on offer to him from the prosecution, somebody surely needs to be called to account. And, the Kenya Forum asks, why has such an important story been so little recorded in our national newspapers?

Related coverage (such as it is!):

‘ICC gave witness Sh1 million before he changed testimony’, The Star (online Sept 15).

‘Witness: I lied about Ruto, Sang to get Sh 1million ICC payment’, The Standard (Sept 16).

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND REPORTERS CAUSED SEVERE SECURITY BREACH DURING WESTGATE SIEGE

twitter_featureIsraeli experts have revealed how the use of social media, Twitter, to be precise put the lives of victims and security forces at risk during the September 2013 Westgate mall siege.

According to a study by the Israelis, which was published at Ben-Gurion University on August 25 in the journal Plos One, tweets by reporters, bystanders and witness accounts presented a serious security breach and may have contributed in prolonging the attack.

After monitoring and analyzing tweets throughout the Westgate siege, the experts concluded that live information shared notified the terrorists on the armed response against them, which they were able to use to enhance their reaction.

The study cites one instance where the Kenya Police was compelled to demand a Twitter user to delete a tweet bearing images of military helicopters preparing to launch an attack on the mall.

The Israeli team also criticizes the mainstream media for their coverage which at some point bared the approach of the security forces.

ISRAELI EXPERTS HELPED KENYA WITH PROBE OF MALL TERROR SIEGE

Following the four day terror attack on the Kenyan mall by Islamist militants, U.S., British and Israeli agencies stepped in to help Kenya investigate the attack which killed at least 72 people and left scores injured.

A total of 67,849 tweets during the four-day siege were audited in the Israeli study. The Kenya Police, which had 20,267 followers is reported to have tweeted 569 times during the siege while The Ministry of Interior tweeted 1,533 times. The Al-Shabaab who claimed responsibility for the attack through Twitter, had tweeted 258 times between September 21 and September 25 2013.

OVERCROWDING IN CRIME SCENES

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‘Self-appointed journalists’ (scene just after Moi Ave. blast)

That Kenyans have peculiar habits is without a doubt, and the Kenya Forum has on numerous occasions highlighted on how just some of these behaviours are in bad taste; one of these includes crowding around crime scenes just to take photos and give first witness account stories to the media, oblivious of the danger that they expose themselves to. In most cases, the overcrowding at crime scenes has even made it difficult for rescue forces to help victims.

As one ‘sober’ Kenyan tweeted during the twin blasts that hit two buses on Nairobi’s, Thika superhighway in May this year;

“Sad how we crowd crime scenes without caution for our safety. Let’s learn from experience if not common sense”.

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THE COKE STUDIO AFRICA EXPERIENCE

Yemi with Diamond

Yemi with Diamond

On Friday afternoon my colleague and i set off to film studios, the location for the Coke Studio Africa recording.  East Africa’s king of music Diamond, from Tanzania and songbird Yemy Alade from Nigeria were going to be recording and being fans of both artists, we were super excited. Better still, we were honouring an invitation by the Coke Studio Africa project manager David Sanders and this only meant one thing, we had VIP Access.

The recording was simply epic and the chemistry between Yemi and Diamond was just superb not forgetting the energy that the two had. The Coke Studio’s set is also very serene and spectacular and having been in numerous sets, I found the crew for this production very organised and professional which was quite commendable.

Coke Studio Africa is a music television series produced by the Coca-Cola Company featuring live studio-recorded music performances by various artists. The one of a kind music show brings together artists from different genres, eras and regions to create a modern and authentic sound through musical fusion. The purpose of Coke Studio is to reinvent the way music can capture the spirit of a nation, opening hearts and minds, and of course, happiness.

Season II of Coke Studio Africa premiered on NTV at 8PM on Saturday and the production teams promises that each episode will showcase unexpected fusions by various artists as well as a behind the scenes look into their interactions and experiences on set.

OJ Oballa, the Digital Content Creator for Coke Studios would later reveal that this week, on Tuesday to be precise a mega recording will be going down featuring hip hop recording artist, musician, actor Wycleaf, Rabbit,  Iyanya among other great artists from across Africa.

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‘DEADBEAT KENYA’: FACEBOOK GROUP OUT TO EXPOSE RUNAWAY FATHERS

Prezzo received backslash

Prezzo exposed by ex-wife over irresponsibility

There is a ‘storm’ that has engulfed social media in Kenya and it comes in the form of a new Facebook group going by the name Deadbeat Kenya, which is out to expose runaway parents.

As expected, men make up the majority of the culprits being exposed considering that it’s the woman who mostly bears all primary responsibilities of a child since its conception.

Deadbeat Kenya is barely a week old but by the time this article was posted it had 55,156  members up from 27,273 yesterday at 4pm.

“This is a descriptive term that refers to parents of either gender who have freely choosen not to be supportive parents, or who do not pay their child support obligations. Deadbeat dad and deadbeat mom are commonly used by child support agencies to refer to men and women who have fathered and mothered a child but are unwilling to pay child support ordered by a family court or statutory agency,” reads the group’s description which has been posted by one Jackson Njeru, who is the admin of the group.

DAISY KIPLAGAT EXPOSES PREZZO’S IRRESPONSIBILITY

Daisy Kiplagat, the ex-wife to flamboyant singe/rapper Prezzo has become the first woman to expose a personality who has absconded his parental responsibilities.

“You all know this monster called Jackson Ngechu Kimotho Makini aka Prezzo. I have not seen or communicated with him since my daughter was 2 yrs. I finally took him to court to pay child support and upkeep of the child and up to date hasn’t paid a dime. He goes around on TV and since he is able to hold a mic or have fake written interviews he is always claiming to be taking his daughter to the best school in Kenya and that she is her princess spoils her rotten. He has never paid her fees never paid any dime for her up keep all this is my sweat and my blessed parents and family support,” reads a section of daisy’s posted on dead beat Kenya.”

Well, going by the buzz on social media, the biggest fear for some married women popularly referred to as DW (Darling Wife) is to find their DH (Darling Husbands)  exposed in Dead Beat Kenya.

BUT IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO…

Although most people are excited about the forum, a section of others are opposed to the group.

 “I need to say something…..we dont get ourselves pregnant alone……while men are buzzy saying they are trapped…..its unspeakable since nobody is forced to have sex without a condom…if you know you are not ready for a baby why then dont you use one? For your info contraceptives are not 100% effective hence they do backfire at one given point….Fathers Take responsibility as men…put down that crap of being trapped!!!!Its not that these women need your money you can be taking the kids to hospital personally…shopping…..and checking on their progress in school! Do you have an idea on how it is to grow without a father?? No wonder men neglect kids but are never happy with their marriages because they are carrying curses..>!! So where do you want these women to air their grievances if most of you can buy yourself out from the legal fraternity!!! Kudos to the admin and shame on you DEAD BEAT DAD’s hehehe someone is coming after you…man up and own up!…‪#‎MYTWOCENTS#”, one Susan Wairimu Metta posts on the page.

According to another member, Paul Namwamba, some women might just maliciously expose an innocent man.

Where is Justice here? Just seen a well known whore exposing a friend who has not sired with her nor anyone else cos she demanded 5k for a night and was given 3k! How do you authenticate truth from pure malice here? At this rate, the page will fizzle out fast as it came.”

Well, if you are a runaway ‘deadbeat’ dad, be warned…..Kenya is watching.

 

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