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Unclaimed Cargo at Mombasa Port Auctioned

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Unclaimed Cargo at Mombasa Port Auctioned

BY ALLAN TAWAI

Consignments worth millions of shillings were auctioned on Wednesday at the port of Mombasa after importers failed to meet duty payment to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

KRA deputy commissioner in charge of Southern Region Nicholas Kinoti said the miscellaneous goods were auctioned after the importers failed to collect their cargo.

Speaking at Customs Warehouse at the port of Mombasa on Wednesday during the auction Kinoti said they gave the importers a 30-day notice for them to pay the required duty but they failed to do so.

“It is important for importers to pay duty when their goods arrive at the port of Mombasa. If they fail to do so, the KRA is mandated to auction the goods to generate revenue,” he added.

The KRA official called on Kenyans to participate in the auctions.

The cargo, which went under the hammer included vehicles, household items, electrical appliances, travelling bags and washing machines.

He noted that another auction would take place on January 17.

The KRA official said some cargo could not be auctioned as they were still being held for verification or waiting valuation.

Some goods, which were considered expensive by buyers, he added, are awaiting devaluation approval from the authorities ahead of the second auction exercise this month.

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“An auctioneer has been brought from Nairobi in a bid to ensure transparency in the auction goods. We want to ensure that the process is fair to all bidders,” he added.

In the previous auction, he added, the Kenya Revenue Authority sold off goods worth Sh100 million.

A Mombasa businessman Bipin Narandas said this year’s auction was transparent as the bidders were given an opportunity to openly bid for the goods of their choice.

“In the previous auctioneering, there used to be numerous complaints of favouritism, but this time around, the exercise was conducted fairly,” he said.

However, the businessman called on the Kenya Bureau of Standards to fast track verification of the authenticity of cargo to enable the owners collect them on time.

“The Kenya Bureau of Standards should speed up the verification of foods and medicine to prevent them from going bad,” he said.

He said importers of foods and medicine end up sustaining huge losses after the commodities go to waste due to authentication delays.

 

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Gov’t to build Sh1 billion museum in Turkana 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Work at Ngaren, the Museum of Humankind, commissioned by paleoanthropologist Dr. Richard Leakey is set to begin in 2022.

Located in Turkana, Ngaren is going to be Africa’s most iconic and technologically advanced museum.

This is because its set to be built at the location believed to be the cradle of mankind where Dr Leakey first discovered the nearly complete skeleton of Turkana Boy in 1984.

“Ngaren is not just another museum, but a call to action. As we peer back through the fossil record, through layer upon layer of long extinct species, many of which thrived far longer that the human species is ever likely to do, we are reminded of our mortality as a species.” Dr Leakey stated during an interview.

He further revealed that the museum would present over two million years of human history.

Standing 80 metres tall, the iconic structure is inspired by ancient hand axes and other primitive tools.

It was designed by Polish architect Daniel Libeskind, whose other works include the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Imperial War Museum North, Manchester; Denver Art Museum; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Danish Jewish Museum; Royal Ontario Museum; and the Military History Museum, Dresden.

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By May 2019, the project had raised Ksh400 million via online social investment platforms, with the overall project expected to cost more than Ksh1 billion.

The museum will employ the use of technology such as Virtual Reality (VR) headsets for visitors to be able to interact with the early humans and explore the lush green forest days of Turkana.

“Maybe we don’t want to exhibit the original fossils at all. Why don’t we have a room you come in to wearing a 3D headset and sit quietly in the middle of a band of Homo erectus moving all around you?

“That’s much more interesting than a skeleton of Turkana Boy behind glass,” the famous paleoanthropologist detailed.

The Turkana County government, which fully supports his vision, committed to upgrading roads and building an airport to usher in visitors.

Ngaren will run entirely from renewable energy with a zero-carbon footprint.

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Alinur Mohammed: Aspiring MP arrested in Nairobi while distributing food

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BY KEVIN KOECH

A video showing Nairobi politician Alinur Mohamed being arrested by police went viral on social media eliciting mixed reactions.

The aspiring politician was accused of holding an illegal gathering.

Alinur revealed that he was arrested at the Kamukunji Grounds, but failed to understand why he was being arrested.

“I have just been arrested while at the Kamukunji Grounds. I don’t know where they are taking me to,” he wrote on Twitter.

The video showed the politician, who was dressed in maroon tracksuit, being manhandled by three individuals one of whom donned a blue police uniform.

“You have no authority to hold this meeting. Let us go to the station,” one of the officers informed him before he boarded the police car.

This comes even as politicians increasingly defy Covid-19 measures from the Ministry of Health while hosting their gatherings.

Alinur stepped into the spotlight in January 2020 when rumours claimed thst he was dating former K24 TV anchor Betty Kyalo.

The politician was highly touted as most likely candidate to win the Mandera Parliamentary seat in 2022.

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Moses Kuria resurfaces after battle with COVID-19 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has made his first public appearance after a three-week battle with COVID-19.

Kuria accompanied Deputy President William Ruto to Africa Inland Church (AIC), Ziwani for the Installation Service of AIC Bishop for Nairobi area, Rev. Joshua Nzau Kimuyu.

Other leaders in attendance included MPs Silvanus Osoro, Nickson Korir, and Ndindi Nyoro among others

On September 2nd, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria revealed that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19 story.

At the time, the MP said he had been battling the disease in a hospital bed for 27 days.

Kuria said he was admitted at the Karen Hospital and urged Kenyans to take the disease serious.

“I really hope that beyond all the debate around Covid-19, all and sundry will not forget that Corona Virus is real. The worst thing we can do is to lower our guard!

“And above all let us remember our gallant front line workers- Not just doctors and nurses like but subordinate staff who put their lives in the line of danger to give care to Corona Virus patients,” he wrote.

“If you are in a hospital bed- Like myself for the last 27 days here at Karen Hospital you witness first hand the amount of sacrifice they make amid vert difficult circumstances. You learn to focus more on the virus and our front line workers, and less on side shows. We shall overcome COVID-19,” Kuria added.

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