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See Russian man conned over Sh20 million in fake gold deal at JKIA

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A Russian man has lost more than Sh20 million in a dubious gold-buying scam that involves crooks at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Vladimir Borisenko, 41, claims he lost the cash to five fraudsters working in cahoots with a controversial city businessman who contested for a parliamentary seat but lost.

The money was paid in instalments of USD 62,800 (Sh6, 342,800), USD 132,600 (Sh13, 392,600) and USD 7,000 (Sh707, 000), being clearance fee for 100 kilos of gold.

The Russian was apparently introduced to the fraudsters by his Kenyan business partner, 29-year-old Michael Mung’ore Amesa, the director of Schiller Group Limited.

Vladimir and Michael met in Seychelles, where the Kenyan worked as a manager at Hotel Tamasa, while the Russian ran a brewery business.

Amesa returned to Kenya, starting Schiller Group that deals in gemstones and minerals. He invited Borisenko to help him start the business. The Russian loaned Amesa Sh10 million as starting capital.

On December 12, Amesa and his sales representative identified as Jamila Twalib, met one Mohammed at a prestigious five-star hotel in Nairobi, who, the following day, linked them to Amisi Bin Ramazani, a Congolese national who claimed he had a huge amount of gold stored at JKIA.

He told me that he had gold that was under customs department that was being held pending payment of customs duty. Being the first big transaction, we got into a written agreement for 20 kilogrammes of gold. This was done in the presence of my lawyer Fernardos Ombaso at my offices in Westlands,” Amesa says in his statement made at Kilimani Police Station.

Fatma Kalima was introduced as an agent of Ramazani. The woman said she worked for Alsalatin Group Limited, which was to prepare the necessary documents and process the shipping of the gold to Hong Kong.

Alsalatin Group received USD 62,800 through a bank transfer from Schiller Group, being payment for 20 kilos of gold. Ramazani in turn issued a safekeeping receipt, which indicated the gold was under the custody of Priority One Security Limited.

After that, one Abdul Karimu Murenzi, a Congolese, came into the picture. He introduced himself as one of the directors of Isiro Mining Group.

He purported to own the whole consignment of 100 kilos. It is at this point that Ramazani became elusive, and stopped picking calls or honouring appointments.

Ramazani told me that his visa had expired and would like to travel to Congo to regularise his immigration papers. I gave him US dollars 500 (Sh50, 000) as a soft loan,” says Amesa. Fatma meanwhile failed to meet the deadline of shipping the 20 kilos of gold. When Borisenko confronted her, Fatma claimed the 20 kilos could not be separated from the whole 100 kilos and advised Schiller Group to purchase the whole consignment.

Schiller Group was forced to enter into discussion with Karimu for the purchase of the whole 100 kilos, which led to signing of a new contract dated December 21 and USD 132,600 paid in cash to Alsalatin Group,” recounts Borisenko. Alsalatin Group in turn committed to completing documentation in three days.

A collateral agreement was signed, granting Schiller Group possession of five kilos of gold to be held as security for the money paid.

On the day the consignment was supposed to be ready, the Russian and his Kenyan business partner were taken to the offices of a clearing and forwarding firm (name withheld) at JKIA.

They were introduced to one Patrick who demanded the five kilos collateral, which was supposedly to be added to the main consignment.

They were issued with waybill tickets after payment of USD 7,000 being fee for clearance of the consignment.

Fatma then vanished. Borisenko and Amesa camped at JKIA for two days, waiting for her to no avail. This was on December 25 and December 26.

We realised we had been conned. We reported the matter at the DCI Airport who managed to arrest two suspects linked to the clearing firm, and Patrick. We were referred to Kilimani Police Station, where we lodged an official complaint via OB 68/11/01/2019,” says Amesa.

A male foreigner identified as Samir Munyinyi together with Karimu were arrested on January and taken to court in connection with the scam. They are out on cash bail as Borisenko fled the country following threats on his life.

A police officer based at Kilimani allegedly threatened Borisenko. The officer, in the company of other people known to him, forcefully took Sh190, 000 from him.

Kilimani DCIO Fatuma Hadi said the matter was under investigation.

Right now we are focusing on the terrorist attack at Dusit, I will respond next week please,” promised Fatuma.

Borisenko has hired Trimo Security, a private investigations firm, to help him recover his money and trace the suspects involved.

Paul Otieno Odida, an employee of the firm, was assaulted by one officer at Kilimani when he went to check on the progress of the matter.

“Borisenko left the country fearing for his own safety. The police officer is among those people who threatened to kill him if he continued staying in the country. He advised us to conduct parallel investigations after losing faith in the police,” says Trimo boss Jane Mugo.

Source: SDE

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Man praises stepdad for being amazing father

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Thabani Nhlengethwa, a South African man, has shared a touching story on Facebook about the man who raised him.

Thabani Nhlengethwa praised his stepdad for making him the man he is today. Photo credit: Facebook/Thabani Nhlengethwa

Thabani Nhlengethwa owes every success he will experience in the future to his stepdad. Photo credit: Facebook/Thabani Nhlengethwa
Source: Facebook

In a post written on #ImStaying group, the young man praised his stepdad for being an outstanding man and amazing human being.

He said he owes every success that he enjoys in the future to his dad, Jita.

According to Thabani, Jita met his mom back in 1996. He was only four years old at that time.

Jita accepted Thabani and his siblings who were all sired in previous relationships.

Man praises stepdad for being amazing father, exceptional husband

Thabani hopes to give his stepdad the world one day. Photo: Thabani Nhlengethwa
Source: Facebook

The kind man schooled them, fed them and protected them as if they were his own flesh and blood.

The netizen owed everything he knew to the man who raised him and hoped that one day fortune would knock on his door and enable him to treat Jita like a king.

He added that at the moment, the fanciest thing he can do is take his stepdad out for breakfast, but soon things will change.

Man praises stepdad for being amazing father, exceptional husband

The man said his stepfather was the breadwinner and did not mind providing for them. Photo: Thabani Nhlengethwa
Source: Facebook

“I love and owe every success I might have in the future to this amazing gent right here. Jita met my mom in 1996, I was only four-years old by then and my mom already had 4 kids from her previous relationships.”

“Jita took all of us under his wing, took us as his kids and loved us. He took us to school and we all were able to finish matric because of him. My mom was not working and so Jita was the breadwinner,” he said.

In a related story by TUKO.co.ke, a young lady took to Facebook on Monday, June 15, and shared a beautiful story about the hero of her life.

At the age of three, Portia Thabisile’s biological father decided to leave her and her mother.

Thankfully, her mother met a wonderful man who raised Portia as his own daughter.

She shared her inspirational post via the I’m Staying Facebook group.

“I am staying because of my daddy, he took me in when I was three years, after my biological father left me and my mum, he gave me love till today,” the lady wrote.

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Uhuru names Amb. Martin Kimani new envoy to NY as he moves to cement his legacy in foreign affairs

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has either moved or nominated envoys to fill 12 positions globally. In the new line-up, Uhuru  has settled on a member of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) taskforce Amb Martin Kimani as the new Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations who will be based in New York.

The position fell vacant when Amb Lazarus Amayo moved to Washington DC as the envoy to US.

But who is Ambassador Martin Kimani? He was the Director of Kenya’s National Counter Terrorism Centre and Special Envoy CVE, and once served as the Permanent Representative and Head of Mission to the United Nations at Nairobi and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Kimani holds an MA and PhD in War Studies from King’s College of the University of London and is a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Program.

He was also the 2013 Distinguished African Visiting Fellow at the South African Institute of International Affairs.

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Kenyatta has also nominated three former IEBC commissioners for deputy head of mission positions in the latest appointments.

Connie Maina, Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwanchanya have been picked as deputy heads of mission in the latest changes made by the Head of State.

The list of nominees features 25 people who are expected to fill up the positions of high commissioner, permanent representative, ambassadors and deputy heads of missions.

According to an Executive Order signed by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, and released on Thursday evening; the group will join the country’s foreign service in various capacities.

The order states partly, “His Excellency the President has on this fifteenth day of October 2020, caused nominations and appointments to the senior ranks of the public service for persons to serve the nation as Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Permanent Representatives in Kenya’s Embassies/High Commissions/Missions abroad. The persons who by dint of the Presidential action will join our nation’s esteemed foreign service…”

Former IEBC vice chair Consolata Nkatha has been picked as the deputy head of mission in Rome, Italy. Her colleagues, Paul Kurgat and Margaret Mwanchanya will occupy similar positions in Moscow (Russia) and Islamabad (Pakistan) respectively.

Below is the list of individuals nominated for the positions of deputy heads of missions:

In the order, Amb John Tipis who headed the Directorate of the African Union heads to Canberra as Kenya’s High Commissioner to Australia. Immaculate Wambua has been picked as Kenya’s High Commissioner to Canada, and she will be based in Ottawa. Closing the list is Amb Catherine Mwangi who will be Kenya’s High Commissioner to South Africa. She will be based in Pretoria.

 

In the list of appointments are 12 people who have been picked for ambassadorial positions. They include Amb Jean Kamau (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), Linday Kiptiness (Bangkok, Thailand), Amb Tom Amolo (Berlin, Germany), Amb Lemarron Kaanto (Brasilia, Brazil), Amb Daniel Wambura (Bujumbura, Burundi), Stella Munyi (Harare, Zimbabwe), Maj. Gen. (Rtd.) Samuel Nandwa (Juba, South Sudan), Maj. Gen. (Rtd.) Ngewa Mukala ) Khartoum, Sudan), Amb Benson Ogutu (Moscow, Russia), Joshua Gatimu (Tehran, Iran), Amb Tabu Irina (Tokyo, Japan) and Amb Jean Kimani (UNHABITAT).

Resignation from IEBC

The three former IEBC officials announced resigned from the commission on April 16, 2018, claiming that their boss Wafula Chebukati was incapable of running the IEBC affairs.

“For far too long and way too many times, the commission chair has failed to be the steady and stable hand that steers the ship in difficult times and gives direction when needed,” the trio said in a statement.

They added: “Instead under Chebukati’s leadership, the commission boardroom has become a venue for peddling misinformation, grounds for brewing mistrust and a space for scrambling and chasing individual glory and credit”.

But on August 12, 2018, Justice Wilfrida Okwany ruled that the commissioners did not legally tender their resignation and were still adjudged to be in office. The court ruled that the trio ought to have resigned in writing rather than in the press conference.

“As I have already found in this judgement, the issue of the alleged resignation of the four commissioners was a matter that was neither here nor there and was not proved by any tangible evidence,” said Okwany.

-Standardmedia.co.ke

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Kenyan entrepreneur among top 10 finalists of Jack Ma Foundation competition

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Kenyan entrepreneur Chebet Lesan is among the 10 finalists of Africa’s Business Heroes, a competition organized by the Jack Ma Foundation to identify and recognize the continent’s top entrepreneurs.

Chebet is the founder of Bright Green Renewable Energy, a social enterprise that turns urban waste into clean burning charcoal for households, schools, farmers, hospitals and many others.

She is now among the 10 finalists who will pitch at the competition’s grand finale in November for a chance to win a share of a US$1.5 million prize pool.

Speaking to Nairobi News, Chebet said being among the top 10 is a humbling experience for her as they were up against strong competition.

For Chebet and the team at Bright Green Renewable Energy, a win in the competition will be a win for more than 800 million people in Africa who cannot access clean energy.

“It will mean that the problem we are solving of energy poverty across Africa, that the voices of 800 million people in Africa who still don’t have access to clean cooking fuel have been heard and are going to get the support they need to be able to improve their situation,” Chebet said.

For Chebet to win, As Kenyans you can support her by sharing your first Ugali experience using the hashtag #ugaliyanguyakwanza

https://twitter.com/lesanerick/status/1316076593492701185

The finalists were chosen from a pool of more than 22,000 applications across all 54 African states and key sectors, including agriculture, fashion, education, financial services, healthcare and renewable energy.

The top 10, an even split of female and male entrepreneurs whose average age is 34, represent eight African countries: Kenya, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

On November 13 and 14, Africa’s Business Heroes will host its Grand Finale and winners of the 2020 ABH prize will be announced on November 14.

During the online Grand Finale pitch, the top ten heroes will present their business ventures, as well as their vision and leadership profile, to the finale judging panel that includes Jack Ma, Founder of the Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Group, Ibukun Awosika – Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria and Founder/CEO of The Chair Centre Group, Strive Masiyiwa – Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Group and Joe Tsai – Executive Vice Chairman of the Alibaba Group.

All of this will be part of ABH brand-new business entertainment televised show due to air in five episodes from November 21-December 19 across Africa.

BY NN

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