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Corruption features in Kenyatta’s speech at UN as Kenya signs Sh 1.3b deal to build 100,000 cheap houses

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Kenya’s president, Uhuru kenyatta, who has been under fire at home over widespread corruption in East Africa’s economic hub, is now blaming graft on a “globalised financial and legal system.”

Mr Kenyatta told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday that the “trust deficit grows” with governments as the free press and social media share news of fraud.
He said Africa has lost trillions of dollars in illicit outflows in recent decades.

Earlier this year, 18 Western nations including the United States urged Kenya to take strong action against corruption after scandals were revealed around several government ministries.
Kenyatta at the time vowed “there will be no mercy for the thieves.”

He declared corruption a national security threat in 2015.
On Wednesday, Kenyatta also denounced the inequality of nations in the UN Security Council, adding that Kenya joins in the demand for two permanent seats for Africa.
“Africa is under represented in the non-permanent category of the Security Council and we are totally not represented at all in the permanent category”, he said, calling it “historical injustice”.

Meanwhile, Kenya and the United Nations have signed a deal that will have 100,000 cheap housing units constructed in the country.

The project will be financed through a partnership between the Kenyan government and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

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The signing of the deal was done on the of the sidelines of the ongoing 73rd session of United Nations General Assembly in New York and was witnessed by President Kenyatta.

“Our Affordable Housing Program seeks to implement interventions that will ensure that developers can produce housing units at scale, homebuyers can access affordable financing facilities that allow them to buy homes, and that the enabling environment facilitates innovation, embraces technology, and commercial arrangements that can bring down the cost of construction,” President Uhuru noted when he witnessed the signing of the agreement.

The 100,000 affordable houses will be built in different parts of the country at a cost of 1.3 billion shillings. The President said government looks to deliver the affordable housing pledge without putting much pressure on Kenyan taxpayers.

“We are therefore focusing on financing and investment frameworks that will unlock private sector financing for this program,” said President Kenyatta.

“We believe that we will be able to utilize our labor and create 3 to 5 direct jobs and up to 8 indirect jobs per unit we build,” he added.

Meanwhile, corruption and off-shore accounts featured prominently in his speech at the plenary on Wednesday. Watch:

 

-Mwakilishi.com contributed to this story

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Plane with 17 passengers on board crashes in DRC

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A passenger plane with about 17 passengers on board crashed on Sunday in the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, killing several people, the provincial governor’s office said.

The plane, operated by the local company Busy Bee, crashed during takeoff for a flight to the city of Beni, North Kivu Governor Carly Nzanzu Kasivita’s office said in a statement.

The number of fatalities was not yet clear.Busy Bee was not available for comment.Air accidents are relatively frequent in Congo because of lax safety standards and poor maintenance. \All Congolese commercial carriers, including Busy Bee, are banned from operating in the European Union.

A cargo plane departing from the same airport crashed an hour after take-off in October, killing all eight passengers.

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Why school kept news of student’s family members’ death a secret for 22 days

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A school in Tanzania decided not to inform a 16-year-old girl that her entire family of five had been wiped out by flash floods last month to enable her complete her examinations.

Anna Zambi’s parents and siblings were on their way to visit her in school for prayer day ahead of her final secondary school examinations when they met their death.

TRAGIC INCIDENT

A private car in which they were travelling in was swept away in floods following incessant rains in Handeni District, Tanga Region.

According Tanzanian daily, The Citizen, the school chose to keep the tragic incident a secret to enable Zambi complete her exams in peace.

The incident happened just two days before the start of the examinations.

The head teacher of Mother Teresa of Calcuta Girls Secondary School revealed how he managed to ensure the student was kept in the dark over the tragedy that took the lives of her parents and three other siblings on October 26.

GRAVEYARDS

In breaking communication at the school, he said, all students were no longer allowed to watch TV on the pretext that it was examination time and that they must always be busy with their books.

On Monday, almost a month after the incident, she traveled back home to be with her family after finishing the exams, only to learn that her parents and siblings were no more.

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It was not until Saturday, November 16, when a wave of grief and deep sorrow rolled through relatives and mourners who had gathered for hours to receive Zambi and take her to the graveyards of her parents and three siblings.

At the same time, the Tanzanian government has pledged to support the bereaved teenager, saying that it would pay for her psychological rehabilitation and education.

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Invitation to the African Girls Hope Foundation Annual Gala happening this Saturday in Atlanta

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BY BEN KAROMO

African Girls Hope Foundation (AGHF) annual Gala is happening this Saturday at the Kenyan American Community Church in Marietta, Georgia, USA. AGHF  is a non-profit founded by Grace Faraja, a former refugee from the 1990s civil war that ravaged the DRC. She started the foundation to help educate girls in rural Congo caught in the ongoing civil unrest, poverty and disease.

As a former beneficiary of a full scholarship that changed her life, Grace believes providing an education to orphaned and less privileged girls can open a world of opportunities to them and help then end the cycle of poverty and early marriages.

This year, AGHF’s aim is to provide full-year scholarships to 120 girls at a cost of $29 per month per girl. We are seeking your help to raise funds to meet the overall goal of $34,000 for the year 2019-2020.

We ask you to help us meet this goal by donating on our website at https://africangirlshopefoundation.com/.

We prayerfully desire to support the education of 120 girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya. With hope that God will open doors to other African countries in the near future. We have partnered with a local pastor running a school in the village of Mulenge in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Our partner has identified numerous girls in the village who are orphans of father and mother. Girls selected as AGHF beneficiaries are 65% of orphans of both parents.

Atlanta residents, please join us for our Annual Fundraising Gala dinner, to be held on November 9th at the Kenyan American Community Church KICC in Marietta, Georgia. Dinner and parking will be provided.

Below are some of the girls who need our help:

 

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