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Teachers, lecturers among the best paid in Kenya, top list of workers earning over Sh100,000

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Lecturers, tutors and teachers dominate the list of formal employees who earn above Sh100,000 per month, official statistics show, reflecting their negotiating power.

Workers in the education sector who earned in this pay bracket increased by 805 to 17,001 in 2017 compared to a year earlier, data released by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows.

That is an equivalent of 22.13 percent of the 76,804 formal employees who were paid in the upwards of Sh100,000 in 2017.

Overall, only 2.89 percent of the country’s 2,656,553 workforce in formal employment were in that pay category.

Employees in the education sector made up a third of the additional 2,511 workers who joined the Sh100,000 or more monthly pay club in 2017.

Teachers and lecturers have a strong negotiating power for a pay increment, through the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with their employers.

Teachers, through their union, signed a CBA on October 20, 2016 with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), giving them a cumulative pay rise of Sh54 billion to be implemented in four years from July 2017.

The number of workers in financial services pocketing more than Sh100,000 nonetheless fell by 147 to 11,459 last year compared with 2016.

A similar trend was witnessed in agriculture where top-earning employees dropped by a further 40 to 2,892. This means agricultural workers in this category have nearly halved compared to 5,433 in 2015 amid rising mechanisation and digitalisation of farm operations.

The number of employees in the wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles whose pay was within this pay category rose by 244 to 10,504 workers.

Construction and manufacturing were also among key economic sectors which witnessed a rise of 142 and 51 to 4,840 and 6,034 employees, respectively.

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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.

-standardmedia.co.ke

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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.

Source: NBC and Nairobi News

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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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