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Kaikai finally confirms he has quit NTV

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NTV General Manager Linus Kaikai has quit the Nation Media Group (NMG).

Kaikai announced the move during a staff meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

The NTV boss had earlier communicated his address to his staff which had left many guessing on his impending exit.

The move brings to rest rumours of his exit from NMG that have been doing rounds for the past few w

 “You are all invited to a meeting of the broadcasting staff today Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 3PM in the NTV Newsroom on the 5th Floor. The acting GCEO, the GHRD and myself will address the meeting. Please attend,” Kaikai wrote.
Linus Kaikai (right) and journalists Larry Madowo (centre) and Ken Mijungu during a past interview (Nation Media Group)

The announcement now brings to rest rumours of his exit from NMG that have been doing rounds for the past few weeks.

Kaikai was rumoured to be switching the NTV newsroom to its main rival Citizen TV owned by S.K Macharia.

According to sources, Kaikai is said to be headed to Royal Media Services to take over from Farida Karoney as the Chief Operations Officer.

Karoney left RMS to take up the Lands Cabinet Secretary job in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government.

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According to Business Today, signs that Kaikai was headed for the exit door – one way or the other – became clear when Nation Media Group (NMG) Editor-in-Chief Tom Mshindi recently effected editorial changes during which he promoted Pamela Asigi to the position of NTV Editor with a caveat that she would be reporting directly to him. In addition, Kaikai’s long-serving personal secretary was redeployed to Mshindi’s office.

Kaikai was on Monday seen at Nation Centre casually dressed and appeared to be in the process of clearing with management. Archives managers from the NMG library were also seen busy working on his office computers.

His exit from Nation Centre came as it was conclusively established that he will be taking over from Farida Karoney as Royal Media Services Chief Operations Officer following her appointment as Lands Cabinet Secretary. When BT reported two weeks ago that he was set to quit Nation Centre, he told an online publication that he would not be leaving NTV.

At the time, sources indicated he had landed a deal with the S.K. Macharia-founded media house that was also likely to include NTV news presenter Larry Madowo, who has been very unease in recent times.

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While Kaikai had always been a marked man due to perceptions within government that he is an opposition (read Raila Odinga) sympathizer, the straw that broke the camel’s back was the decision to defy Mshindi and proceed to air live proceedings at the NASA mock ceremony at Uhuru Park on January 30 where Raila would eventually be installed as the “People’s President.”

By then, the empire had struck back with the Communications Authority shutting down NTV together with KTN News, Citizen TV and Inooro TV.

A day earlier, Kaikai had ruffled feathers when as the chairman of the Kenya Editors Guild, he issued a terse statement protesting a decision made at State House where media owners and managers were ordered not to live stream the NASA event or risk losing their operating licenses.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i was to later defend the decision to shut down the four TV stations, saying they had gone against a “full prior security brief” on why it was dangerous to air the rally live, which was ostensibly issued at the State House meeting, where Mshindi was one of the attendees.

NTV and KTN News were allowed back on air a week later following negotiations but Citizen TV and Inooro TV had to wait for three more days before being reinstated after they agreed to withdraw a case Macharia and RMS had filed at the High Court to challenge the government decision and to demand compensation.

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Kaikai’s sacking comes amid strong indications the Kenyatta family is keen on scaling down its investment in Mediamax Network Ltd – the company that owns K24 TV, People Daily and a host of radio stations – for a substantive stake in NMG, possibly buying out Aga Khan’s entire 48% shareholding.

-Business Today

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DANGEROUS: Pilot caught sleeping in the cockpit while flying 747 passenger jet [VIDEO]

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A senior chief pilot “with nearly 20 years flying experience” has been filmed sleeping in the cockpit of his passenger jet.

The man was in the China Airlines 747 while his co-pilot recorded him snoozing on the job.The embarrassing video surfaced just days after the Chinese airlines pilots ended an unprecedented seven-day strike over issues such as pilot fatigue and long working hours.

Taiwan’s flag carrier, which has its headquarters in Taoyuan International Airport, has responded to the incident saying the clip was filmed before the most recent strikes took place.The video shows the highly experienced chief officer with his eyes closed and his head down as he sits in the main seat of the cockpit.

While he is yet to be named, he is reportedly the airline’s most senior Boeing 747 pilot, with 20 years of experience flying mainly Tokyo, Okinawa, Seoul and Hong Kong routes.The chief pilot is also said to be an instructor in charge of simulations at the China Airlines Flight Training Centre.

Facing accusations including ignoring flight safety procedures, the pilot is said to have “received adequate punishment”, a statement by China Airlines said.The airline added that the video was filmed prior to the February strikes which affected roughly 20,000 passengers booked on about 100 flights.China Airlines has also suggested the co-pilot who filmed and released the video may also be punished for choosing to record the clip instead of wake his senior officer up.

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Kenyan accountant extradited to US over Sh3.6b fraud

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A Kenyan man accused of stealing Sh3.6 billion ($36 million) from an American media technology services company has been extradited from his South American hideout.

Edward Martin Karuku, alias Paul McDaniel 42, was a former accounting manager who has been on the run since 2017.

He was returned to California from Costa Rica on Thursday to face charges of wire fraud.

According to NBC, the accused fled to Costa Rica in early 2017. He is accused of embezzling funds from Hypermedia Systems Inc., a media-technology services firm, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said that as part of his job, McDaniel was charged with making payments to Hypermedia vendors.

According to the indictment, McDaniel formed a corporation using a name similar to one of Hypermedia’s vendors, then directed more than Sh3.6 billion in funds to the shell company and created bogus invoices on letterhead of actual Hypermedia vendors to justify the expenses.

McDaniel allegedly used the stolen funds to pay off Sh2.3 billion in credit card debt, and transferred Sh800 million to his personal bank accounts.

He was arrested in Costa Rica in 2017 and remained in custody there pending extradition to Los Angeles.

He is facing 10 counts of wire fraud, each of which carries up to 20 years in federal prison.

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VIDEO: Uhuru loses temper, threatens to deal with CS Macharia

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

A video has emerged in which an irate President Uhuru Kenyatta tells off  Transport CS James Wainaina Macharia for not living up to expectation .

Kenyatta made a surprise visit to a Chinese construction site where he found the construction work had stalled and started to enquire the reason behind it.

He also enquired on how they had been allocated funds and listened as the CS and the Chinese contractor each gave a different figure, much to the President’s dismay.

The CS tried to interject the President to save face for the Chinese but a seemingly infuriated Uhuru could hear none of it.

In their defense, the officials from the Chinese company insinuated that there was shortage of funds and that the project would be fast-tracked if they received enough monies.

 

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