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VIDEO: Former Kenya’s head of Civil Service Francis Kimemia speaks to VOA

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Former Kenya’s head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet who is the current governor of Nyandarua County, Francis Kimemia, has told the Voice of America (VOA) that contrary to a position taken by some naysayers, the devolved system of government is fast transforming Kenya in a myriad ways.

During an interview at VOA’s headquarters in Washington DC Thursday, Kimemia hailed the “good relations between Kenya and the US,” as well as the assistance extended by the latter over the years to the East African nation in support of good governance.

“I am very proud of the role I played in ensuring that the constitution was changed to pave way for the county system of governance,” he said. Kimemia also spoke on several topical issues, including Corruption, national reconciliation and eviction of Kenyans from Mau Forest, Kibera and other areas.

Earlier in the day, he was a guest at an online live-streaming event organised by Voice of America’s Student Union, an online community and news site for international students who study or wish to study in the United States.

Kimemia was among Kenyan Governors, their deputies and Senators who attended this year’s annual United States National Governors Association (NGA) Summer session in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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23  Kenyan governors, several senators and other government officials joined the general secretary of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling party, the Chinese and Japanese ambassadors to the United States, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s national security adviser, who also attended the event.

International leaders talked about the relationship between sub-national governments and the federal government. Speakers included the governor of Kenya’s Turkana County, Josphat Nanok – who is also the Chairman og Council of Governors in Kenya, as well  the general secretary of Germany’s Christian Democratic Party.

NGA is an organization consisting of the Governors of the states, territories and commonwealths of the United States which acts as a collective voice for Governors on matters of national policy, as well as allowing governors to share best practices and coordinate inter-state initiatives.

 

Former head of Kenyan Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet, who is the current Governor, Nyandarua County, Francis Kimemia during the interview at VOA Studios in Washington DC. PHOTO/VOA

This year’s attendees held discussions on international development and diplomacy.

Later, the Council of Governors Peace Committee held  a meeting with the National Democratic Institute in Washington DC, where they discussed possible areas of partnerships and support for peace and reconciliation efforts.

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The Kenyan delegation also visited several US Cities, including Dallas, Texas, where a number of governors attended a Diaspora Conference organized by Kenya Diaspora Advisory Council.

 Voice of America is the U.S.’s largest international broadcaster, reaching 236.8 million people weekly in more than 40 languages. For more information, you can visit our website.

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VIDEO: Pomp and colour as Real Estate Developer ‘Mahiga Homes Ltd’ celebrates 2nd Anniversary

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ADVERTISER’S MESSAGE: Your number one most trusted real estate developer in East and Central Africa Mahiga homes Ltd celebrated 2nd anniversary in pomp and colour, the event was marked with jubilation as every speaker praised the developer for the great achievements in just two years.

The developer has built and handed over 4 housing projects namely;

*Cornerstone I Estate
*Cornerstone III Estate
*Cornerstone IV Estate
*Kamulu Cornerstone Gardens
The celebrations were attended by several guests and clients who have invested with Mahiga homes.
Kikuyu Diaspora Media CEO Jeremy Damaris and Finance Director Josephine Wairimu graced the event.

Jeremy Damaris had this to say, ‘when Ruhiu told me that he has a project I listened to him and trusted him as my brother, its two years down the line and have never heard any complains from any client.
Mahiga homes Directors thanked and appreciated all the clients from believing in the developer.

Here are the current affordable houses that the developer is selling,
Rockvilla Annex located just 400 meters off tarmac at Joska long kangundo road, Kangundo rd is under construction to upgrade to dual carriageway,Spacious 3 bedroom bungalows master ensuite on plot size 40 by 80 kes 3.95m deposit kes 1.6m then pay the balance in 12 monthly instalments.

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VIDEO: Pomp and colour as ‘Mahiga Homes Ltd’ celebrates 2nd anniversary

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ADVERTISER’S MESSAGE: Your number one most trusted real estate developer in East and Central Africa Mahiga homes Ltd celebrated 2nd anniversary in pomp and colour, the event was marked with jubilation as every speaker praised the developer for the great achievements in just two years.

The developer has built and handed over 4 housing projects namely;

*Cornerstone I Estate
*Cornerstone III Estate
*Cornerstone IV Estate
*Kamulu Cornerstone Gardens
The celebrations were attended by several guests and clients who have invested with Mahiga homes.
Kikuyu Diaspora Media CEO Jeremy Damaris and Finance Director Josephine Wairimu graced the event.

Jeremy Damaris had this to say, ‘when Ruhiu told me that he has a project I listened to him and trusted him as my brother, its two years down the line and have never heard any complains from any client.
Mahiga homes Directors thanked and appreciated all the clients from believing in the developer.

Here are the current affordable houses that the developer is selling,
Rockvilla Annex located just 400 meters off tarmac at Joska long kangundo road, Kangundo rd is under construction to upgrade to dual carriageway,Spacious 3 bedroom bungalows master ensuite on plot size 40 by 80 kes 3.95m deposit kes 1.6m then pay the balance in 12 monthly instalments.

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A milestone for Kenya as relationship with UK elevated to ‘strategic partnership’

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Kenya may have signed trade deals worth Sh227 billion at the recent UK-Africa Investment Summit but officials say the ultimate goal was to cement guarantees that could provide Kenyan businesses at least a five-year assured market.

After a meeting between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Uhuru Kenyatta, the statement indicated Kenya and the UK were elevating their relationship to ‘strategic partnership.’

In international relations, countries routinely enhance the status of their cooperation depending on need, and labelling theirs ‘strategic’ implies deeper long-term goal for business, political or cultural ties.

Kenya has a similar status with the US and China, while it has run a ‘special status agreement’ with Ethiopia since 2012.

LONG OVERDUE

For the UK though, officials admit it may have been long overdue, given UK’s more than 200 firms operate in Kenya, with an annual foreign direct investment of about Sh80 billion by 2017.

The British High Commission in Nairobi says 80 per cent of all workers employed in private corporate bodies in Kenya earn from a British-related firm. It adds that the British also pump in Sh7.4 billion annually in security cooperation.

UK will also be sending some Sh527 billion in aid.

So what will it mean for Kenya?

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At the summit, there were about 50 Kenyan corporate chiefs.

EXPERTS AND RESOURCES

The dispatch said this elevation, targeting the first half a decade, will create a pool of experts and resources to focus on business, security, conservation, people relations and sustainable development known as the ‘five pillars.’

“From 2020-2025, we will work together across five pillars…reflecting the key challenges and opportunities of our time,” a joint dispatch from the meeting between PM Johnson and President Kenyatta said.

“Our countries will develop new investment and trade opportunities that will support business, including those of the Blue economy, and create jobs.”

The UK wants to start a formal exit from the European Union (EU) starting next week on January 31 and the worry among Kenyans was that there is no trade agreement to replace the one signed during the EU days.

NO DUTY

The leaders agreed that Kenya enjoys the old order of no duty imposed on Kenyan fresh produce during the 18-month transition, but technocrats will have to thrash out a deal within the next one year.

Initially, the EU insisted on negotiating with the East African Community as a whole and it often led to some members moving slowly, inconveniencing the stronger economy in Kenya.

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In London, Kenyan officials argued that the collective approach was burdensome on the country and called for what is known as a geometric asymmetry where those willing to sign go ahead.

Ahead of the summit where 21 other leaders were invited, Kenya had said it will use the event to pitch for investment in affordable housing and healthcare.

GREEN BOND

It saw the launch of the first green bond worth Sh4 billion by UK property developer Acorn Holdings.

If it raises this money, the developer intends to use the funds to build eco-friendly hostels for 50,000 university students in Nairobi.

The UK has also offered to buy in what Kenya is marketing as Nairobi Urban Renewal Programme, which involves giving land to investors to put up affordable houses.

A railway city in Nairobi, estimated to cost Sh395 billion, was announced two years ago. But lack of money has stalled it to date.

The President said he was looking for people to invest in it, as private dealers, probably dodging the perennial criticism of taking loans.

“There was a great focus on private sector investment to grow jobs,” Kenya’s High Commissioner to the UK Manoah Esipisu told the Nation on Saturday.

ISSUES OF THE DAY

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“There was also a great focus on partnership in tackling issues of the day such as immigration, security and climate change.”

The University of Manchester Hospital and the Christie National Hospital Service inked MoUs for cancer research collaboration with Kenya.

But one of the criticism about UK-Africa relations is the tough visa rules, often taking weeks to mature and sometimes applicants being rejected.

For example, it is often easier to get a visa into China than to the UK.

There was no formal announcement on specifics, but there was a promise to ‘look into’ how Kenyan students in the UK could be granted a two-year stay after graduation to gain work experience.

DEALS

The following are some of the deals:

  • Solar power producer Globeleq said it will put some Sh6.6 billion in establishing a solar farm in Malindi.
  • Tullow listed as pledging to continue investing £1,200m in continued oil production in Kenya.
  • British beer maker Diageo, which owns a big chunk of East African Breweries, investing Sh22 billion in projects meant to improve the environment.
  • British firm Acorn Holdings fetching Sh4 billion million via green bond on the London stock exchange, to build student hostels in Kenya.

-Nation.co.ke

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