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Mothers raise concern over proliferation of fake diapers

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When you want to purchase baby nappies, do you know how to identify a fake one from an original?

Mothers, who raised their concerns  revealed that many Kenyans could unknowingly be buying fake diapers.

Ms Jecinter Nyokabi* has never had preference for any particular brand and just shops for any that is available.

That is until yesterday when she noticed that her baby was crying constantly and scratching himself after she used a popular brand. He later developed a nasty rash, raising an immediate red flag for the mother.

“I initially thought that he had soiled himself. When I checked, he had not. I went ahead and removed the diaper and he calmed down,” she said.

Ms Nyokabi reached out to the company on their social media pages and asked how one should identify a genuine Pampers nappy because she had detected slight differences between the one she had bought and what she has used previously.

While acknowledging the existence of fake Pampers in parts of Nairobi, the company said they were working with the authorities to apprehend the culprits behind the counterfeits.

“Our priority at Pampers is to ensure that your baby gets superior dryness protection and comfort from the brand that you have come to love and trust,” they said.

The company said one quick way to determine whether the diaper one is buying is an original Pampers is to check whether the packaging is the same colour and clearly reads “Pampers Baby Dry” or “Pampers Premium Care”.

The production date and batch number should also be visible.

“On opening the packaging, the diapers inside should have the usual cartoon character in colourful design and there should be a serial number on the side of each diaper besides having it on the package,” the company advised.

The original Pampers is longer to keep the accumulated baby urine at a comfortable distance away from the baby’s genitals, company staff said.

Both the ears of the teddy bear on the front side of the diaper should be orange in colour and there should be an orange line running across the curves of the diaper (the portion which touches the inner legs of the baby).

The material of the original pampers is much softer and smoother than the fake one. Efforts to get comments from the Kenya Bureau of Standards were futile as e- mails and messages went answered.

Early last week, the French national health agency, Anses, reported that it had found chemicals in babies’ diapers that exceed safety levels.

Tests found substances that are potentially dangerous to human health, including the controversial weed killer glyphosate, the agency said.

It has called for rapid action “considering the possible risks these chemicals may pose” to babies. Some nappy brands available in France are also sold in other countries.

Among the chemicals found in excess of safety thresholds were the perfumes Lilial and Lyral, and aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins, and furans.

Marketed under the name Roundup in the US, glyphosate is widely used by manufacturers but has been a frequent target for health and environmental campaigners after the World Health Organisation classified it as “probably carcinogenic”.

 

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UK investors to develop 80,000 affordable houses in Kenya

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Investors from the United Kingdom have made a deal to construct 80,000 houses, which will be under President Kenyatta’s new affordable housing project.

The project to build the new housing units was finalized during the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit held in London last week, according to Housing Principal Secretary Charles Hinga.

“During the UK tour, we managed to get potential investors for 80,000 units, 30,000 of them under Nairobi Urban Renewal and 50,000 as rental units,” said Hinga.

At the summit, the Kenyan team by President Kenyatta made deals worth KSh170 billion. In a statement by the British High Commission in Nairobi, said the deals covered through housing, finance, renewables, and entrepreneurship “will create a new lasting partnership that will deliver more investment, jobs, and growth to Kenya.”

Through the National Affordable Housing Programme (AHP), Kenyatta’s government aims to construct 500,000 new units across the country by 2022.

The housing project, together with food security, universal healthcare, and manufacturing, are Kenyatta’s four main pillars that will build his legacy.

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US billionaire investor exits Kenya, sells 3,700 acre farm in Siaya County

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Calvin Burgess, an American tycoon, is reported to have sold his multi-billion-shilling farm in Kenya after what he cited as frustration by politicians.

Calvin is reported to have sold his 3,700-acre Dominion Farms in Siaya County to a powerful Rai family, as written in a gazette notice dated January 13th, 2020. 

The billionaire blames ODM leader Raila Odinga and his political allies of sabotaging his farm despite investing billions and providing jobs to many Kenyans at the farm.

In a report by Sunday Nation, the large farm was bought by Lake Agro Company, belonging to Jasweet Singh Rai, Tejveer Singh Rai, and Onkar Singh Rai. Calvin has to settle all the debts and bills accrued to the company before the completion of the transfer. 

Dominion farms was founded 17 years ago, where they had plans of expanding to becoming the largest farm in Africa. In 2017, he wrote a 22-page report of how Odinga was sabotaging his investments after he declined to support his presidential bid and campaigns in 2007. 

But Odinga and his close political allies dismissed the allegations. In 2017, former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo and other ODM leaders still defended Odinga from the claims.

“We know he is planning to relocate, but we want him to leave the farm machinery intact because they were bought in this country with money generated from the sweat of our people.”

“Odinga is not a beggar as Burgess is trying to portray him. We are not going to allow him to continue tainting the image of our leaders,” Midiwo said.

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VIDEO: Raila declares his wealth on National TV, says he is worth Shs 2Billion

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ODM leader Raila Odinga has revealed that the Odinga family is worth Sh2 billion, denying claims that the family has exploited its big influence in politics to make a huge financial fortune.

The former Prime Minister further denied claims that the ongoing Building Bridges Initiative consultative forums have cost the taxpayer Sh10 billion.

The ODM leader clarified that the Odinga family wealth is more in terms of properties the family has acquired over time and the shares they have invested in several companies in the country.

“I am not rich. I am just about Sh2 billion which we own collectively as the Odinga family,” he said, when challenged to declare his wealth.

“The wealth is in terms of property and investment in shares,” he added, pointing that the family is doing anything for the benefit of the People of Kenya and not the luo community.

He denied suggestions that the Odinga family had used its influence to create wealthy for themselves, pointing out that his siblings, just like other Kenyans, are earning salaries from their jibs which they got competitively.

“Our father Odinga died a poor man. There is nothing we inherited from him as his children. It must be remembered that throughout his life that he was in government for only two and half years.”

He was speaking on Sunday during a live interview with the NTV’s Consulting editor Joseph Warungu at his Karen home.

The interview touched on Mr Odinga’s relationship with DP William Ruto, the relationship between the Odingas and Kenyattas, the ongoing debate on the Building Bridges Initiative and his role in the politics beyond 2022.

However, the former PM, who has emerged as the public face of the BBI campaigns, took on the media which he accused of developing a counter narrative on the process, especially the cost incurred so far on the BBI process since it started early last year.

IN particular, he appeared pricked by suggestions that the process has so far gobbled up to Sh10 billion, which he said was propaganda propagated by the media to demonise the process.

“Where is this Sh10 billion,” he asked Mr Warungu, even as he appeared to be agitated. “Who has spent this money and where is it coming from?”

“I sometimes think the media should be bold enough to explain where they get this kind of information of figures from.”

He insisted that the BBI regional campaigns have been cheap as they only require a podium and a public address system.

“People will come on their own as they don’t need to be bused to the venues.”

On Mr Ruto, the former PM said he had no personal problem but revealed that he does not like the DP’s modes operandi, especially in terms of the huge amounts of money he donates to fund raisers every weekend.

He also rejected claims that BBI is an enterprise whose purpose is to sideline Mr Ruto or that he is interfering in decision making in both Jubilee and government.

“I am not in government and therefore the question of interfering does not arise,” he said, dismissing assertion that he maintains a great influence in the manner in which President Kenyatta makes decisions.

“I don’t know about influence because I don’t make decisions in government. In fact I don’t discuss government issues or Jubilee party with the President because he is competent to make such decisions.”

The two were members of ODM during the grand coalition government of between 2008/13 but fell out over the issues related to the indictments related to the 2007/08 post elections issued by the international criminal court.

During the interview Mr Odinga revealed they had fallen out after he, as PM, tried to suspend Mr Ruto over the scandal involving the sale of maize from the National Cereals and Produce Board.

A probe conducted by an audit firm Price Waterhouse had indicted Mr Ruto, then Agriculture Minister, for the scandal in which Mr Ruto had authorized the NCPB to dish out maize to MPs friendly to him who later sold to the Millers, triggering the rise of retail price of maize flour.

However, the suspension was rejected by President Kibaki on the account that he had not been consulted.

“Our relationship is cordial only that he does things that are contrary the known ways of doings things,” he said,

He said the large contributions the DP makes are dubious and only corrupts the national politics.

-Nation.co.ke

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