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Kanze Dena weds lover Nick Mararo in top secret ceremony




Statehouse spokesperson and Head of President’s Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU) Kanze Dena exchanged vows of marriage with her hitherto secret lover on Saturday in the scenic Ol Pejeta Conservancy and overlooking Mount Kenya.

No electronic gadgets, including phones, were allowed in the top secret affair.
The event, held in the restricted but exotic venue- the Sweet Waters Serena camp inside the conservancy, was such top secret that even some of  her close friends didn’t know about it beforehand.
She walked down the aisle dressed in a flowing cream gown to the arms of her man, Nick Mararo, a source,  at the invite-only event- who did not wish to be named -said.
The hitherto little known Nick Mararo is a communication specialist.
Kanze Dena, 39,  has a 9-year-old son, Nathaniel Amani, from a previous relationship.
She previously worked as a news anchor but resigned  in June 2018, after being appointed as the Deputy State House Spokesperson and Deputy Head, PSCU, a role she held for a six weeks before ascending to her current role of Spokesperson in the Executive Office of the President.

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VIDEO: Tuskys partners with optiven for 60 days of christmas promotion



Optiven Limited, Kenya’s leading real estate company is the choice partner for Kenya’s leading Supermarket Tuskys as it rolls out it’s newest campaign “60 days of Christmas with Tuskys”.

The campaign launched in Eldoret will see over 20 shoppers walk away with title deeds for their properties located in the cosmopolitan county of Machakos.

Addressing the media in Nairobi, Dan Githua, CEO Tuskys Supermarkets said, ‘2019 Christmas for our customers will definitely be different as we are keen to innovate and provide them with special gifts top of which is a piece of land.

The campaign which runs for 60 days to January 5th2020, will be open to shoppers at any of the 60 Tuskys Supermarket branches countrywide.

Daniel Koech, the General Manager for Business Development and Customer Experience, says ‘all customers spending 3000 shillings will have an opportunity to win the piece of land and many other exciting prizes in a transparent exercise that has been automated.  We have already had two winners including one from Kisumu in our first awarding ceremony that was held on 30thNovember 2019 at T-Mall Tuskys in Nairobi.

He added that customers are guaranteed to take home quality and all the different stores under the grand Tuskys Supermarkets network are ready to provide value and variety at the most affordable prices.

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The event was graced by Mr. George Wachiuri, CEO at Optiven Group who hailed the move by Tuskys Supermarkets to partner with the leading Real Estate company in Kenya.

Wachiuri noted that, ‘the values espoused by Tuskys Supermarkets merge well with those of Optiven Group and it is a humbling experience for us to be able to transform the lives of the 20 winners that will take home title deeds during the 60 Days of Christmas with Tuskys’.

He assured the public that the promotion is real and the property is available even for the public to view but more importantly to ensure that they make their purchases from Tuskys.

Wachiuri added that the expertise by Optiven Limited in the Real Estate sector spans over 20 years with over 70 projects having already been sold out and titles issued out to the investors.  ‘We guarantee that the plots are as real as can be and can confirm that we have already put power, water, security, electricity and greening spaces on site.

The campaign will run until the 5thof January 2019 and the process according to Koech, has been listed under the BCLB – Betting Control and Licensing Board.

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All winners will be notified following a public announcement on television with the names being announced by the Tuskys team in the different branches.  Winners will also have a variety of prizes including goats, make overs, shopping vouchers, electronics and an opportunity to acquire merchandise through a special hire purchase that is interest free in the Lipia Pole Pole option.

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Principals switch off phones as parents look for vacancies



Headteachers are grappling with growing demand by parents seeking to transfer their children who were selected to join far-flung secondary schools.

It emerged yesterday that some parents are uncomfortable with the idea of sending their children to institutions in distant counties.In one of the cases seen by The Standard, a candidate from Kakamega County was selected to join a school in Taita Taveta County.

Another candidate who sat the KCPE exams in Kisumu was admitted to a school in Nyeri while a candidate from Nairobi was selected to join a school in Busia.

Data from the Ministry of Education reveals that many counties do not have adequate spaces in their schools to accommodate their students.Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said this week they were aware of the problem of limited places in some counties.

“Faced with this challenge, the ministry opted to place learners from these counties to schools in neighbouring counties, and not to schools of their choice,” said Prof Magoha.

The CS said nearly 30,000 candidates were placed in schools they did not select, which he attributed to skewed candidates’ choices or unavailability of vacancies in their home counties.Headteachers who spoke to The Standard yesterday said they had been forced to switch off their cell phones as pressure from parents mounts.

“Many parents are coming to school and some are calling the office and our private mobile phones asking for Form One slots,” said a principal in one of the national schools.

Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha) national chairman Kahi Indimuli said principals had also complained about a large number of parents demanding to be issued with admission letters directly from the schools.“It is stressful because some do not know the procedure. It is impossible for a principal to issue a letter because parents are required to print them from the website,” said Mr Indimuli.

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The chairman explained that for a transfer to be effected, the school must declare a vacancy is available after which the request is uploaded to the National Education Information Management System (Nemis).“The conditions are that there must be a vacancy in the school that parents are seeking a transfer to. The school must also have been part of the choices made by the student during the application process,” said Indimuli.

Reject request

He said Nemis would reject a transfer request if the school was not among the institutions selected by the candidate.

Sources at the ministry said the move to introduce printing of admission letters from the ministry’s website and a new rule for headteachers to declare available slots was aimed at ensuring fairness.Previously, some principals reportedly sold vacant Form One slots to the highest bidder, locking out poor but deserving students.

Parents were also said to hop from one preferred school to another and readily parted with thousands of shillings to bribe headteachers and secure the hoarded slots for their children.

It also emerged that some principals under-reported the number of available Form One vacancies to allow more room for business when admissions start.

The principals are now required to declare these vacancies and propose the names of students who have expressed interest to take up the available slots.Parents who spoke yesterday revealed the agony of the admission process especially when their children rejected their assigned schools.

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Kenya Parents Association chairman Nicholas Maiyo said he was a victim of the selection process.

“My child was placed in a school that he never selected. He declined to go there but I am convincing him that it is a good school,” Mr Maiyo said.

It also emerged that primary school headteachers contributed to the skewed secondary schools application exercise.

A Kenya Primary School Heads Association (Kepsha) delegates meeting in Mombasa heard that parents and children do not get adequate advise on how to select secondary schools.Some headteachers, however, faulted the manner in which schools clusters are arranged.

“Every year we face this problem of parents seeking transfers and we ask ourselves what the problem is. And if it is about school clusters, then make the resolution here and forward it to the ministry,” said Indimuli.Giving an example, he said it was the wrong decision for a candidate to select Pangani Girls as a first choice and follow it up with Kenya High or Alliance Girls.

“If your second choice is a competitive school then be assured it is someone else’s first choice and you will also miss out on it.”

Four categories

During the application process, each candidate is expected to select a maximum number of schools from four listed categories.The categories are national, extra-county (divided into three clusters), county and sub-county schools.

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Candidates with disabilities also pick an institution from a fifth category of special schools.Candidates are expected to select 11 schools: national (four), extra-county (three; one from each cluster), county (two) and sub-county (two).

Students with disabilities can pick one more school from a list of special/integrated institutions.Under extra-county schools, in Cluster One, candidates select one preferred school from a list of 332 institutions.

In Cluster Two, they select from a list of 208 schools while in Cluster Three, they pick from a list of 198 schools.Extra-county schools are boarding institutions that admit only 60 per cent of students from the host county.County schools, on the other hand, select all their students from the host county. Each candidate is expected to choose two schools from the list provided.

Some candidates find themselves at a disadvantage when they select county schools situated in other counties.Speaking during the selection exercise on Monday, Magoha revealed that some candidates opted to select one or two secondary schools instead of 11, thus limiting placement to their preferred choices.

At the headteachers’ meeting, it also emerged that guidance was lacking for secondary students seeking university admission.

The students have 18 choices when applying to join a university.There are six options for degree courses, four for diploma programmes and a similar number for craft certificate options.The students also have four options for artisan certificate courses.

by Standard

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Senior officer ordered to return more than Sh100m worth of unexplained wealth



The Anti-Corruption Court in Nairobi has ordered a senior Interior ministry officer to return more than Sh100m worth of unexplained wealth.

Thomas Njogu is accused by the anti-graft agency of siphoning Sh113m from public coffers in a span of one year and eight months.

Justice John Onyiego in his decree in favour of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), ordered Mr Gitau who is a senior assistant accountant, to surrender Sh48 million in cash and properties worth Sh67 million as he could not explain how he amassed the same within a short period of time.

“The burden of proof lay on the defendant (Gitau) to explain how he acquired the wealth after the plaintiff (EACC) questioned its source,” said Justice Onyiego.

It emerged that Gitau earned at least Sh155,000 gross pay. However, his accounts had Sh111 million cash, which excluded his salary.

The anti-graft watchdog started investigating Gitau sometime in 2017 after a tip-off that he was making explained cash deposits in several intervals in a day.

Grace Maina, EACC lawyer, told the court that the accountant would deposit cash in his bank accounts multiple times in a day and would ensure that the amount would not surpass Sh1 million to avoid questions on his source of money.

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During investigations, the commission netted $3,500 and a further Sh6.9 million in his office at Harambee House.

Gitau explained that the Sh6.9m was petty cash, but could not provide supporting documents. He is said to have volunteered to return Sh200,000 from the Sh350,000 during the probe.

According to Maina, EACC also found Sh1.2m in his house located at Marurui estate, Nairobi County.

The probe established that he had bought a house at Thome Estate worth Sh27m and another one in Kajiado worth Sh26m. He had also purchased a Toyota Hilux car at Sh624,000.

EACC added that he had another property at Kabete which is valued at Sh17.5m and another one at Euaso Nyiro worth Sh1.7m.

“Your Lordship, the litigants are in agreement that one way or another, the defendant came to be in possession of assets worth over Sh100m between January 2016 and August 2017. The only point of departure is the source of that income. The plaintiff alleges it was acquired through corrupt conduct and has demonstrated facts giving rise to its reasonable suspicion,” argued Maina.

The man had five accounts at Equity Bank, two at Co-operative Bank, two at Family Bank and one at Barclays Bank.

In the case where Gitau’s wife Teresiah Njeri had also been named as a defendant, he explained that cash deposits were mostly made up of friendly loans, family savings, rental income and proceeds of sale of land.

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According to Gitau, he had two friendly loans from two friends

— Ann Wathatu Ngururi and Francis Mureithi — which amounted to Sh40m in cash.

However, Ngururi and Mureithi could not provide collateral he had used to secure the massive loan. They could not also provide an agreement on how Gitau would pay the loan.

The court heard that Ngururi and Mureithi could not provide bank statements to show their source of the money.

Annual turnover

Ngururi explained that she had a supermarket with a Sh100,000 turnover and rentals with an annual turnover of about Sh10m. She could not provide supporting documents to prove her argument that she had loaned Gitau Sh20 million.

Mureithi, who is also said to have given Gitau Sh20m, told the court that he had known latter for only five years and he was to buy his (Gitau’s) land in Kajiado at Sh55m. Gitau had bought the same property five months before floating it for sale at Sh55m.

The saga unveiled another puzzle as Mureithi told investigators that he was 20 years old. How he got huge amounts led to the conclusion he was dealing in suspicious transactions.

by Standard

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