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Kenya’s most educated makanga? Meet conductor with degree in biochemistry

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He could be one of Kenya’s most educated makangas, what with a degree in biochemistry, but still jobless.

At 29, James Mwangi has tarmacked searching for a job since graduating from the University of Nairobi in 2013 without success.

The first of three boys is the son of a photographer father and a house wife mother also tried his hand at various biasharas to no avail in between sending over 200 job applications to among others; pharmaceutical companies and laboratories that would benefit from his knowledge.

He reckons that “getting a job in Kenya without connections or a ‘Godfather’ can be a serious hurdle.”

The alumnus of Gathaiti Primary and Ngenia High school in Limuru told The Nairobian that “I would be a part time teacher at Temple Road high school Nairobi and St Grace Learning Centre Uplands” during semester breaks and even at one time went to Somalia but ended up in a construction firm erecting security infrastructure in 2012.

“When I was invited to Somalia I thought I was going to exercise my knowledge only to be sent to AMISOM camp,” recalls Mwangi adding that the income allowed him to invest in several businesses upon return to Nairobi but they “they did not pick up well” and he ventured into mtumba business besides opening a pub in Banana on the outskirts of Nairobi and the business also “sunk my money.”

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James Mwangi in action [Photo: Courtesy]

Frustrated, Mwangi put his qualifications aside and approached a matatu operations manager in Limuru and requested him to be fixed wherever he could which turned out to be a stage attendant whose job description is verbally calling out for passengers at the main Everbest route terminus in Limuru.

“Mine is basically  a job of persuading public to board my SAACO matatus as the competition here is break neck,” explains Mwangi whose other duties include to “follow on SAACO payments by individual matatus.

Mwangi shrugged off initial discomfort in view of his academic qualifications, but gradually accepted as it is the only job he had. He trousers between Sh10, 000 to Sh12,000 a month which at the moment is better than begging or idling around.

“I call my customers with dignity and with a lot of decorum and this has earned Everbest respect at the terminus,” Mwangi said, adding that he also tries to clean the image people have of touts and matatu operators, which Jane Njeri, a customer concurs saying “Mwangi is courteous, well- groomed and handles us in a very dignified way that’s why I board here.”

Mwangi is still hopeful he’ll one day get a job fit for his qualifications.

“I feel bad but I am determined to soldier on, I am not giving up  any time soon,” said Mwangi said adding that he consoles himself with the words of American civil rights Dr Martin Luther King Jr who spoke of accepting “finite disappointments, but never lose infinite hope.”

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80 per cent of Kenyans support Handshake-Poll

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Eighty per cent of Kenyans support the March 2018 Handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, the latest study by Ipsos Synovate has revealed.

According to the study, Rift Valley (76 per cent), Central (76 per cent), and Western (75 per cent) regions registered relatively –but still high support for the reconciliation as the remaining five other regions gave resounding backing.

The study reveals that those who support the newfound friendship between Mr Odinga and Mr Kenyatta cite peace and tranquility as their main reason.

The study reveals 86 per cent of the respondents support of the handshake because, they believe, it has brought about peace and unity and eased political tensions in the country.

It further states: “On the other hand, the negators of the handshake claim that it has brought about political confusion (36 per cent) while 24 per cent hold that it has further weakened the opposition.After suffering successive defeats in Ugenya and Embakasi South, two-thirds of the total respondents said that ODM Party is on its death bed, the research says.

Sixty-six per cent of the respondents felt that internal wrangles would kill Jubilee.According to Ipsos, it fully funded the research which was conducted on April 15 and 18, 2019, where respondents were sampled across the country.According to the study, the Coastal region leads with the highest number of people who have never heard about the Handshake or events surrounding it at 25 per cent.

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It is followed by Western and Eastern at 16 per cent and 15 per cent respectively. In total, 12 per cent of respondents have never had about the newfound relationship between Kenyatta and Odinga.

Also in the study, 13 per cent of the respondents say the ODM Party lost the by-elections because of the poor choice of leaders.A significant amount of the respondents (36 per cent) say they have not seen the benefit of the handshake to the country.At the same time, Northeastern (7 per cent) and Nyanza (6 per cent) lead in terms of those who feel that the handshake has brought development.

Uhuru’s outburst

On Sunday, President Uhuru verbally attacked Tanga Tanga brigade allied to his deputy William Ruto warning them not to interfere with his efforts towards unifying the country.
Pro-DP Ruto Members of Parliament under the Tanga Tanga have expressed their displeasure with Uhuru’s closeness with his rival-turned-friend Raila Odinga. The MPs have always accused Mr Odinga of trying to wreck the Jubilee Party, and they have insisted that they are fully behind Ruto’s candidature in 2022.

Source:Standard.co.ke

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Bid to replace Chiloba hits a snag, yet again

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The recruitment of new a CEO for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has hit a snag yet again after the human resource firm picked by the commission to help in the exercise rejected the offer.

The ongoing process is the second attempt at hiring the commission secretary after the first failed when IEBC took too long to act upon the applications.

The process was stopped by the Employment and Labour Relations Court on May 20 after the IEBC was found to have flouted the law in the requirements for applicants.

Alpex Consulting Africa Limited (ACAL) surprised the commission when it communicated its rejection of the award last Friday, the day it was supposed to sign the contract.

The firm cited, among other reasons, the fact that it was not involved in the advertisement for the position, that the applications were handled by the management, which is conflicted, given that acting CEO Marjan Hussein is also eyeing the position. It even suggested that IEBC’s image problems arising from past elections were ‘a turn-off’.

The rejection is one of the many setbacks the search of new commission has suffered. Of the 11 firms the IEBC had pre-qualified, only four submitted their bids. The other seven, including PwC Kenya and Deloitte, did not respond.

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‘Reverse Call’ makes comeback

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Safaricom on Tuesday introduced ‘Reverse Call’ feature which will enable subscribers to enable a caller to transfer the cost of a call to the receiver.

The service which was popular in the 90’s and during the days of fixed landlines will now see mobile users add ‘#’ before the number they are calling.

“At Safaricom, we maintain our commitment to always provide our customers with relevant products in line with their needs. This innovation is in line with this commitment and has been tailored to mirror the relationships between our customers with a goal of empowering them to always remain connected with their loved ones,” said Sylvia Mulinge, Safaricom Chief Customer Officer.

HOW IT WORKS

How this works is one will just add a # before the phone number you’re dialing, for instance, to transfer the cost of the call to 0722000000, a customer will dial #0722000000.

They will then get the call, but first hear a voice prompt alerting them that they will be billed for the call at the normal call rates.

Once they pick the call, they will receive a voice prompt asking them to key in “1” to accept the reverse call or “2” to decline but it will not work if the person being called lacks airtime.

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The service is only available for on-net calls and will not be applicable for off-net, roaming and international calls.

The ‘Reverse Call’ feature is similar to the existing “Please Call Me” service which enables a customer to send five free messages to other customers requesting for a call back.

Source:nairobinews

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