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Editors, KUJ to snub Kenya Pipeline journalism awards

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Editors’ and journalists’ unions have turned down invitation by Kenya Pipeline to be part of a journalism excellence award gala slated for Thursday, April 4.

In March, Kenya Pipeline acting Managing Director Hudson Andambi invited the Kenya Editors’ Guild and Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ), among other media and journalism associations, to be part of the fourth edition of the Energy Journalism Excellence Awards at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi.

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According to Mr Andambi, the awards are “an annual media relations project which culminates in competitions, awarding and recognising journalists who exhibit exemplary understanding and reporting on matters related to the developments in the energy and petroleum sectors”.

“We hereby invite you to attend the ceremony. Please also nominate eight members of the guild who would wish to attend the event to accompany you,” reads the invitation letter sent to the Editors’ Guild on March 28.

However, the Editors’ Guild and KUJ, which defend media freedom and independence, have questioned the integrity of the awards given that Kenya Pipeline and several other sponsors are under active investigation over grand corruption.

Other sponsors of the event to be presided over by Petroleum and Mining Cabinet Secretary John Munyes are Kenya Power, KenGen, National Oil, Energy Regulatory Commission, Geothermal Development Corporation, Ketraco, Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board and the Rural Electrification Authority.

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The two media lobbies termed the gala and its timing as “an affront to independent journalism in Kenya.”

In different letters sent to KPC management, KUJ and the guild categorically stated that they would not take part in the event as currently structured.

“As you may be aware, the Kenya Editors’ Guild is the professional organisation that brings together senior print, magazine, broadcast and other electronic media editors,” a letter from the Guild’s CEO Rosalia Omungo reads in part.

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“The Executive Council of the Guild wishes to register its concern that the EJEA awards as currently structured can be deemed to be an affront on independent journalism in Kenya.”

The guild cited conflict of interest in the awards that seem to recognise and celebrate journalists who cover energy projects, mostly in positive light.

source:nation.co.ke

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Keeping our family coffee business picking

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When 41 -year-old Gitau Waweru Karanja was a boy, he recalls spending his school holidays in his grandfather’s coffee farm with his cousins. His late grandmother would push them to pick berries to earn pocket money. Though he took up his parents’ passion in interior design and studied Interior Design in Kwa Zulu Natal University in South Africa, he did he know that one day he would wake up and smell the coffee and participate in running his grandfather’s coffee farm.

Gitau is the third generation of his family to manage Karunguru Farm, which belonged to his late grandfather Geoffrey Kareithi. Kareithi had bought the 300-acre farm in Ruiru, from a white settler in 1972. Gitau is married to Wangeci Gitau who grew up in Maragwa, in Murang’a where they also had a coffee farm.

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For Wangeci, despite growing up in the coffee fields, she was more passionate about tourism and was a travel consultant before becoming a tour manager at a local company.

In 2012, she got an ectopic pregnancy, which put her on bed rest and thus was compelled to quit her job. When she recovered, she began assisting her husband. “By that time, my husband was selling modern house doors, but the business took a while to pick. Then we began selling milk from Karunguru Farm, but the milk production went down in 2016. The management, comprising of family members, told us to address the issue by becoming dairy managers. But when we joined the management of Karunguru Farm, we saw an opportunity in coffee tours,” she says.

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Taking cue from South Africa where they do wine tourism and also export wine, Gitau and his wife sought to use that knowledge in their coffee farm. “We started Karunguru Coffee and Tours after we found out that despite it being our main export, it was being underutilised when it comes to tourism. So, here we take visitors through the journey that coffee has to go through before getting to your cup,” explains Gitau. Everything is done in Karunguru Farm— including value addition such as processing coffee, drying and even roasting. “We have our very own packaged Karunguru Coffee, which is available in the market,” he adds.

Their late grandfather instilled in them a love for each other and every holiday it is the family culture to meet and bond as a family. The grandpa also ensured that the farm management is shared amongst all his seven children who meet every week to discuss the business of the farm. Once they come to an unanimous decision, it is then passed on to their children, who implements their decision.

Before one is given any role, you have _ . to be qualified for the position. “It’s not about being favoured, but your qualification. I am in tourism, so I handle the tourism aspect, my husband is in operations. In fact, one applies for the position and then you are interviewed. If you qualify, you are placed on probation until the management is satisfied that you can handle the role well,” says Wangeci.

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No entitlement

What makes family business go down is the fact that people who are less qualified are employed. Other people have to cover up for their messes and this creates bitterness and conflict. Gitau sometimes watches his nephews and nieces in the farm, giving them roles to check out whether they have interest in the farm or not before beginning to mentor them. Everyone begins from the lowest level and must know how to roast, pack, as well as prepare a cup of Karunguru coffee. This is to en inculcate the spirit of appreciation and value for the workers employed to do the role.

“My uncles always tell us that we didn’t come in the business because we are their children, but because of the passion we had in the business. With that, entitlement is killed and we ensure that we do our best to take the farm to higher levels,” says Gitau

They don’t entertain gossip,  ‘‘ but if someone has an issue, I then the person is invited ‘ to a meeting where one is confronted and told in love where they have missed the mark.

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VIDEO: Inspiring Journey Taking Shape at Kiambu’s Top Gated Community

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Amani Ridge the Place of Peace was extremely busy today as the Engineers set their focus on achieving the very best in preparing the roads to murrum standard, ready for cabro when time comes.

The following activities will follow:

1. Storm water drainage

2. Piping water along the main lines (those building will only need to pay for water meter)

3. Underground power will follow

4. Installation of solar street lights will be the next step

5. After this, planting of 2, 000 trees will follow along all the roads in the estate

6. The sewerage systems will be replaced by Water recycling technology as initially promised

We are committed to #GoingGreen

Become part of the Amani Ridge family today

 

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Big Smiles on the way for Garden of Joy Owners

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A big announcement concerning the Garden of Joy gated community is set to be made this coming Friday, 23rd October 2020.

The planned announcement will be a cause of great joy for clients who have already made a decision to make the Garden of Joy their joyous home.

Those joining the success train later, will pay slightly higher for this property. We call it the ‘waiting-to-see-expense.’

If you are reading this message, go ahead and call your relationship advisor today to save the waiting cost and to become part of the joyous brigade.

Check us on FB Live on the 23rd October at 4PM as we unveil the greatest news at the Garden of Joy.

Secure your jewel today
Call us on: 0790300300 | 0723400500
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