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VIDEO: Uhuru between a rock and a hard place over external debts

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President Uhuru Kenyatta’s low key return to the country on Sunday night after attending this year’s Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) in Beijing is the classic tale of a leader between a rock and a hard place.

The president’s return comes at a time when the political class and the media have already set the agenda; the issue being the rise in fuel prices.

As it stands, all Kenyans’ eyes are trained on him to see what course of action he takes amid public outrage over the matter.

He has two options; to succumb to public pressure and sign the Bill into law or send back the Bill to Parliament with recommendations.

It is a tough balancing act for the president who has in the recent past been meeting world leaders for bilateral talks and drumming up support for his Big Four Agenda.

If he signs the Bill, he risks sending the country into the bad books of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which has put into question the country’s credit worthiness due to the ballooning public debt which stands at a mind-ruffling Ksh5.1 trillion.

Watch as Citizen TV explains the debts in plain langauge:

In 2015, the government entered an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to raise funds internally after the institution raised the red flag over the government’s borrowing appetite and budget deficits. The agreement allowed Kenya access to a standby credit facility which the country can draw in the event of financial distress.

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That facility is yet to be renewed and the decision depends of generating revenue from internal taxes and repealing the cap on bank interest rates, which MPs also shot down. MPs want the 16% fuel tax VAT put on hold for a further two years.

The other option isn’t pretty either; if he sends it back to Parliament, he will be inviting the public’s fury which until now, has been directed at Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich.

The issue has united Kenyans across the political divide, a scenario that down not look pretty for the Jubilee administration.

The government has been under immense pressure to raise revenue to finance the Ksh2.7 trillion budget amid a shortfall of Ksh530 billion in collections by the taxman.

The government is seeking to raise Ksh 71 billion from taxing the petroleum products, attempts which have been termed as insensitive to the common man by politicians and experts.

On September 6, the High Court sitting in Bungoma suspended the tax pending presidential assent or sending back of the bill to parliament. Orders which the government has defied. “We have not been served with the order. If we are served we shall comply but the order is mainly on the National Treasury,” said Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Director General Pavel Omieke in a statement on September 10.

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A crisis meeting between Rotich and the parliamentary leadership over the fuel tax on September 6 ended without any resolutions.

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Why I switched to organic farming

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Sylvia Miloyo started faming as soon as she completed her undergraduate studies in community development.

This is because farming was her first love. But there was a problem.

Like many farmers, she used pesticides and fertilisers which were chemical-based and readily available in the market.

Four years into the venture, she had read so much about  the negative effects of the use of chemical-based farming inputs that she vowed to get a solution for it.

This prompted her into becoming an organic farmer.

She transformed her farm into an organic farming set-up using her savings.

“As of acquiring skills, I just practiced, did a lot of reading and attended short trainings at Real IPM in Thika,” said Sylvia who also holds a Diploma in Business Management.

In this type o farming, she had to include a variety of crops, mainly vegetables.

“In organic farming, you never really mono crop. I have never practiced mono cropping but prefer to grow at least 15 to 20 types of vegetables at every one point,” she said.

According to Ms Miloyo, organic food is healthy for humans and animals . She practices farming in her two farms in Limuru (five acres) and Mai Mahiu (10 acres).

Since adopting organic farming, she says she has attracted clients who she says “are about what they eat and want to only consume safe products.”

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According to the White Paper Report on Pesticide use in Kenya, Pesticides are widely distributed in the environment (like air, soil, water and plants) and as a result, water and soil quality are decreasing and there is an increase in chronic health effects that are suggested to be related to pesticide exposure.

“Many pesticides are either acutely toxic, have long-term toxic effects, are endocrine disrupters (acting on the hormone system), are toxic to different wildlife species or are known to cause a high incidence of severe or irreversible adverse effects,” reads part of the survey.

Ms Miloyo sells her produce mainly through home delivery based on requests.

“Many of our clients are middle class working people and our pricing is very similar with conventional farming, so we basically sell to everyone.”

She noted that takes at least three to years to convert from conventional farming to organic farming.

This also comes with the challenge of battling with pests and diseases in the beginning before you create a micro climate and have a natural balance, where you no longer have too many pests to deal with.

“Market can be an issue for organic suppliers because the populace are not well educated on the benefits of organic farming.”

In order to meet the demands of all her clients, she has an outlet in Nairobi, from where she sells her produce.

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She has established dams to collect rain water as well as a borehole for irrigation.

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I quit computers for my passion in beauty industry

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Beauty and matters skincare are mainly associated with women with most men shying away from the fast-growing sector.

Mwangi Kamau has, however, gone against the grain and made a name in the female-dominated field.

Mr Kamau, who is the proprietor of Blush On Skincare Limited, a Nairobi-based company dealing with cosmetics, has been in the field for 10 years offering solutions to skin problems.

“I always wanted to be in the medical field dealing with human beings or animals, but along the way I found myself doing computer science. But I realised I did not have passion for computers. I really wanted to help for better health and wellbeing,” says the 37-year old cosmetologist and a skincare consultant.

In 2006, he joined a cosmetology college where he graduated with a diploma, enabling him to secure a job as a beauty consultant for eight years. This made him develop more interest. In 2015, he went to Italy to do a two-year course, specialising in skincare.

“After doing computer science I realised that I still wanted to be a health practitioner.”

Having sharpened his skills and knowledge in Italy, he returned home with a dream of stating a business.

“I started the business in 2017 August after getting disappointed by my employer and also realising that I would actually achieve my dream better if I had freedom to work round the clock and engage with clients who have issues in different parts of the world,” he says.

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Starting out, he tells Enterprise, was a big challenge as he didn’t have enough capital to run an office. This made him to start off online which was very tough. However, this was by no means easy.

“Online marketing also demanded money to be effective.”

His work as a skincare expert entails consultation, training and products. He also offers consultation to pharmacies and beauty clinics as well as training in makeup and basic skin knowledge.

“I also have a cosmetics line that I recommend to my clients,” adds Mr Kamau.

The entrepreneur says cosmetology is a well-paying career but depends on how one ventures into it; as a side job or full time occupation.

He makes between Sh80,000 and Sh120,000 monthly and has two permanent employees and four on temporary terms.

“For me, it’s the main deal and I get good amount that caters for my needs and also to save and invest for my family,” he notes.

Some of the charges for his services include skincare consultation at Sh1,000, facial treatments at Sh3,500, face makeovers from Sh3,000, depending on the event, personal make-up classes at Sh5,000 and professional types go for Sh5,000 per session.

He said his plan is to come up with better platforms to enlighten people on the best skincare to get when they are purchasing products and what ingredients to watch out for by also coming up with his line. This should be based on the safest but effective ingredients.

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“My advice to anyone with this kind of passion but lacks confidence is to always have integrity and honesty. Then the rest will play in line and follow suit.”

Mr Kamau also trains young people, mainly in makeup.

“It’s always good to work with the community; so, I have empowered a few young people by training them mainly in make up as we work together and in return they get a retainer,” he told Enterprise.

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PHOTO: Ken Mijungu unveils own startup company days after being fired from NTV

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Days after being axed from NTV, journalist Ken Mijungu has revealed his next move.

Mijungu took to his social media pages on Monday, July 6, where he announced he was diving into the legal field.

Ken Mijungu unveils own startup company days after being fired from NTVKen Mijungu has announced his next move days after he was axed from TV job. Photo/Source: Ken Mijungu.
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Posting on his Instagram account, Mijungu, a trained lawyer, shared a photo of his new business with his name boldly encrypted on the wall.

From the photo, it was clear that the former TV journalist was shifting his focus from media to focus on legal consultancy.

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According to the photo, the former anchor’s firm will be offering legal consultancy on immigration, finance, property, imports and exports.

To affirm that his achievement was a matter of faith, Mijungu captioned the post with a Bible verse.

“Believers will always be believers Mathew 6: 26-34,” he wrote.

Mijungu who many considered as bold and intelligent was among those who were shown the door at Nation Media Group on Friday, July 3.

He shared the news of his firing through a touching Twitter post that saw most of his fans take to the comment section to encourage and console him.

According to his post, the journalist said he was given his termination letter after working for NMG for seven years.

He thanked the station for the opportunity and thanked God for always been there for him.

The NMG firing came a couple of weeks after Mediamax laid off over 100 workers via text messages.

By Tuko.co.ke

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