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VIDEO: Why Kenya’s DP won’t answer questions on controversial maize import

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto appeared on Citizen TV at prime time Tuesday night for a wide-ranging interview covering politics and all manner of other topics.

But when the real elephant in the room at the time was mentioned, he told the interviewer – Anne Kiguta – that it was unfair of her to ask him to disclose the identity of the people behind the controversial importation of maize from Mexico – or wherever the corn had come from.

On Monday, it became evident that the close to 30,000 tonnes of maize was actually shipped from South Africa and not Mexico as earlier reported, raising many questions over the speed at which the government had acted.

During The Big Question news segment which aired shortly after 9PM, Ruto maintained that the government had nothing to do with the controversy.

“It is not fair of you to ask me that question Anne because the government did not import any maize. All we did was subsidize the price and the maize was imported by the millers,” said the DP.

He however wondered why some members of the opposition were concerned over the maize taking three days to arrive in the country. “Did they want it to take longer?” he asked.

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A source familiar with the goings-on told this reporter that the cereals had already left Mexico long before the government authorized sh6 billion as subsidy in an effort to mitigate the crisis that has hit the country in the recent past over high price of maize meal and sugar, among other commodities.

“The maize was already in South Africa by the time the government was sealing the deal with millers,” the source, speaking on condition of anonymity told ksnmedia.com  Tuesday night.

‘That is why it took only 3 days for the ship to dock in Mombasa,” added the source.

Meanwhile, Daily Nation, a Kenyan daily, reported Wednesday that a ship belonging to a company which was mentioned in the 2004 maize scandal  docked in Kenya with 29,900-tonnes of maize on Tuesday.

Watch the full 1 hour 13 minutes interview here courtesy 0f Citizen TV:

 

 

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VIDEO: New Chinese ambassador to Kenya presents her credentials to Uhuru

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday at State House, Nairobi, received credentials from China’s first female ambassador to Nairobi Ms Sun Baohong.

Ms Sun was among three new ambassadors who have recently been posted  to Kenya. The diplomats also included Sri Lanka’s Commissioner-designate Weerawardena Sunil Dharmasena De Silva and New Zealand’s non-resident ambassador-designate Mark Ramsden, who will reside in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

President Kenyatta told Ms Baohong that Kenya had enjoyed a strong mutual understanding with her predecessor, Dr. Liu Xianfa, and hoped that the partnership between the two countries will continue during her term in Nairobi.

On her part, the new ambassador pledged to use her new position to enhance Sino-Kenyan Relations to further promote the existing strategic partnership and deepen ties between Nairobi and Beijing.

Ms Baohong, the 15th Chinese Ambassador to Nairobi is also her country’s permanent representative to two global institutions-United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat).

China and Kenya have for many years enjoyed mutual collaboration in various areas including infrastructure development and manufacturing.

Kenya is keen to tap into Chinese investments in the manufacturing sector by harnessing Beijing’s technical prowess, capital and experience to promote industrial growth as outlined in the Vision 2030 blue-print.

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This co-operation is aimed at creating jobs locally and boost Kenya’s export potential.

President Kenyatta told the New Zealand ambassador that Kenya wishes to prosper the relationship with the Australasia nation.

He singled out Geo-Thermal energy sector and sport especially Rugby as two areas where the two nations could co-operate for mutual benefit.

The Head of State called for stronger people-to-people ties with Sri-Lanka.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Monica Juma was also present at the function.

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VIDEO: Why you should never buy potatoes in a rush

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Are you always in a hurry when you buy stuff by the roadside? Think twice.

Investigations have revealed that many vendors trick their customers into thinking that they are buying overflowing buckets of potatoes – and indeed other commodities – only for the unsuspecting buyers to end up with half of their money’s worth.

Yes, it is true! Unscrupulous traders are on the prowl are literally stealing your potatoes. This is what the cameras found out. Watch:

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VIDEO: Angry pastor warns members against ‘seducing’ other attendees with their ‘near-naked’ dresses

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A pastor whose name we are yet to establish is warning his congregation against going to church while scantly dressed saying by so doing, they are seducing other members. “This is unacceptable,” he says, adding that even the guests at the royal wedding were all  “fully dressed.”

I saw all the stars who used to go naked were well covered, he adds.

“Today we have almost naked people singing on the pulpit, seducing the members of the church.”

The pastor is cheered wildly when he declares that neither fame nor money can save humanity.

“Whether you are a Hollywood star or whoever you are, nothing can save you except Jesus Christ.”

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