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Uhuru returns home with Sh21.9 billion from China as questions over national debt abound

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Kenya has secured Sh21.9 billion financial assistance from China for infrastructure development and drought mitigation. The money includes a Sh19.2 billion grant to deepen ties between the two countries. An additional Sh2.2 billion (150million Yuan) is for measures to tackle drought and a further Sh500 million (5million Yuan) for refugees.

It was however not clear whether, when or how the money would be repaid.

The deals were agreed during bilateral talks between President Uhuru Kenyatta, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Kequang at the Great Hall of the People. The talks were on the sidelines of the just-ended Infrastructure International Conference in Beijing, China.

Kenya is also angling for part of the Sh870billion China offered developing countries for the multi-billion Silk Road Fund infrastructure development. In turn, the Chinese are enticing Kenya to open her skies. President Xi and Li are seeking partnership in the aviation industry, where Kenya would buy aircraft from China and in return, allow Kenya’s registered planes to access its routes.

President Xi is keen to have a comprehensive and strategic relationship with Kenya, as he affirmed his commitment to the conclusion of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). On the commercial front, Uhuru also sought a Sh362billion ($3.59billion) loan for the third phase of the SGR from Naivasha to Kisumu and $161million for the construction of the Western by-pass by the China Roads and Bridges Corporation signed last year.

President Kenyatta with other world leaders. PHOTO/PSCU

 

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President Kenyatta urged the two leaders to accelerate the issuance of the loans sought from China’s EXIM Bank to facilitate the completion of the projects. “The bank should fast-track the process of the loans,” Uhuru said.

Xi and Li said China supports the projects, though the request would be processed in normal terms once National Treasury puts in a formal request. Subsequently, President Kenyatta in reinforcing his resolve to see the SGR through Kampala and Kigali, Rwanda, informed the two leaders that he had spoken with Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) and Paul Kagame (Rwanda) about the matter and how they can collaborate. “We have spoken and agreed to send a joint team to China to negotiate on the financial aspect,” he said.

President Xi and Li also reciprocated by confirming they would set up a team to discuss the matter with the East Africa officials upon their arrival. President Kenyatta invited Xi to come witness the inauguration of the SGR project, which he expressed his willingness to grace but due to other commitments, promised to send his special envoy, two ministers and one vice minister to the inaugural ride of the rail, to be commissioned on May 31 in Mombasa. “I am very supportive of the project. It will connect Africa, Asia and Europe,” said Xi.

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‘I have been living with HIV/Aids for 10 years’ Narrates rape survivor Nikita

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A South African woman identified as Nikita has won the admiration of many for publicly speaking about her journey with HIV/Aids.

Sharing her experience via her twitter account she says

‘I have survived raped twice by my uncle and a unknown man,I have survived abuse from my mom.

I grew up in a orphanage, I was conceived via rape,I got diagnosed at 18 with a CD4 of below 100.

10 years later Im stil here thanks to my arvz #Covered24_7′

Nikita, who has been living with HIV for 10 years.

In another tweet Niqita said she was once sexually once abused while expectant by someone who should have protected her.

‘Ever had to be sexually abused while pregnant simply because you needed accommodation yep that was me. It made my strong.’

Describing herself, the mother of three said that HIV does not define her.

In the recent past more and more people are sharing their HIV stories. Among the most public cases are Asumpta Wagura, the late Binyavanga Wainaina,Phenny Awiti and Doreen Moraa.

Phenny Awiti was born with the virus but only found out when she was in high school.

Doreen Moraa has been living with the disease for 20 years.

By Mpasho.co.ke

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Top 3 robotics process automation (RPA) tools you can train on to become a highly paid consultant

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BY BOB MWITI

If you are an IT enthusiast or you are someone who want to make a career change, there is a wide range of cutting edge technologies in the tech industry right now, that you can train on to become a highly paid consultant.

One of those technologies is Robotics Process Automation (RPA). This is a relatively new technology that is blowing up right now! There is so much demand by companies to automate business processes and yet not many people have the skills needed to implement such a complex project.

In this episode of Success With Bob Mwiti Show, I breakdown the top RPA tools that you can train on, to become a highly paid consultant. If you like my work, kindly subscribe to my YouTube channel.

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I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS Financials and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) here in USA. I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

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My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.On the internet, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

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I have not left my wife: Ex-president Jakaya Kikwete

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Former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has denied allegations that he has parted way with his wife Salma. Addressing a Chama Cha Mapenduzi (CCM) rally in Arusha on September 9 ahead of the October 28 General Elections, Mr Kiwete sought to put to rest the rumours propagated on social media.

“Should I, or should I not say?” Mr Kikwete posed to the crowd which cheered him on.

“I’ve heard that people were saying that ‘this lady has been dumped and that’s why she wants to become a Member of Parliament’. Do you want to take my wife from me? I have not left her,” said a laughing Mr Kiwete.

Making history

Mama Salma, as she’s popularly referred to by Tanzanians made history in 2017 after becoming the first former first lady to become MP after being nominated by President John Magufuli. Mrs Kikwete’s nomination was, however, viewed as a move to reach out to politicians with a big influence within CCM, as they were seen to be drifting away from the president.

After Mr Kikwete stepped down in 2015 after serving 10 years as president as per the constitution limit, Mrs Kikwete vigorously campaigned for Mr Bernard Membe, a close family friend to clinch the CCM seat and succeed her husband.

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Soon after clinching the seat, rumours started swirling that President Magufuli’s crackdown on tax evasion at the Port of Dar es Salaam put him at odds with the Kikwete family as firms they were in business with were under investigation.

However, Mr Kikwete and President Magufuli both dismissed the allegations as a mudslinging campaign.

Women empowerment

During her tenure as First Lady, Mama Salma was hailed for being at the forefront of empowering women. She founded the Wanawake na Maendeleo (Wama), a non-profit dealing with women empowerment. She also founded Wama Secondary School, an institution that enrols bright but disadvantaged girls.

By SDE

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