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Kenyan billionaire sues after being blacklisted by CRB over Sh1k loan he didn’t take

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A Kenyan billionaire has sued a mobile money lending money for messing up his credit rating after it erroneously listed him with the a credit reference bureau (CRB) for a Sh1,000 loan, which he had not borrowed.

The complainant is Kenyan business magnate Peter Nduati, the founder of Resolution Health insurance company and is the CEO of Centric Air, an airline ambulance company.

His portfolio also includes PineCreek Records and Trueblaq Entertainment. By January 2015, he had already built a Sh3 billion fortune.

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To better understand his riches, Mr Nduati told a journalist in a 2015 interview that he follows the Sevens Rugby circuit around the world every year –travelling first class.

“I travel to Dubai, Vegas, London, Scotland and Hong Kong. I know it is an expensive venture but I can afford it now, but if I did not have the money, I wouldn’t do it,” said Mr Nduati in the 2015 interview.

Trouble for Mr Nduati started when his company Centric Air was in the final stages of getting a loan that it had applied for when the bank responsible told him that they could not issue him with the loan. Reason? He had been blacklisted as a defaulter.

“I am very particular in maintaining a good credit score coz I use leverage for investing. The bank could not disclose who had listed me and referred me to CRB,” he said.

That is when he realised that the mobile money lending app (which we can’t name for legal reasons) had reported him in December 2018.

Mr Nduati, who narrated his tribulations on Twitter, said that in his life he has never borrowed from any mobile application.

MAKE MATTERS WORSE

To make matters worse, when he asked about the number that was used to list him, he discovered that it was not even his.

According to him, the network revealed to him that the number in question was not registered in his name but declined to tell him who it belonged to.

“I then went back to CRB with that report who told me that only (the money lender) could clear me and I had to write a dispute letter,” he said.

The company insisted that the number was linked to his ID number and that he had borrowed the Sh1,000/- and defaulted. “I was now pretty tired of the run around and they kept insisting,” he said.

Later, though, he received a call from the CRB that the money lending company had cleared him and that it was an error.

“No further explanation but that transaction has brought my credit score to BB- or something like that which simply means I have a 40 per cent chance of defaulting,” he added.

Mr Nduati says that he is now fighting to sort out his credit score because of the loan that he even never borrowed in the first place.

source:nation.nairobinews.com

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BREAKING: Evans Kidero arrested again

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Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and former Chief of Staff George Wainaina have been arrested.

The arrests come following investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission over irregular payment of Sh68 million by the Nairobi City County government to a law firm.

EACC has been investigating allegations of irregular payment of the money to M/S Wachira Mburu, Mwangi and Company Advocates.

In a press statement, the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said that after reviewing the file submitted by EACC, there was enough evidence to charge Dr Kidero and others over the suspected illegal payment.

According to the DPP, the suspects will be charged with, among others, conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption, abuse of office and money laundering.

Source:nation.co.ke

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Blonde Dj Mo caught using iPhone while marketing Oppo

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The concept of an “influencer” is pretty clear; “an individual who can reach many people through various communication channels and can therefore, potentially, influence them to like or dislike, adopt, buy or skip buying, products and services”.

Samuel Muraya, popularly known as Dj Mo, broke the code by going the opposite while influencing for and endorsing the latest Oppo smartphone F11 launched this week.

The gospel Dj sent out several tweets to describe how he likes the latest Oppo gadget while using an iPhone which is a rival product.

Kenyans online, who never miss the opportunity to poke fun at an online gaffe, took notice before Dj Mo could delete the tweets.

NEW FORM OF MARKETING

Using celebrity influencers has become the new form of marketing. It is believed that their fans are likely to use a brand that their “idols” are associated with.

Mr Muraya is not the first person to make such a blunder.

American media mogul and former talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey once sent shares of Windows tumbling down after she used an iPad to promote Windows Surface tablet.

Another influencer Luka Sabbat was sued last year for failing to live up to an agreement to promote Snap Spectacles on his Instagram account.

The company filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court, alleging that Sabbat breached his agreement to post three Instagram stories and one post to his Instagram feed in which he would be wearing the spectacles.

While in Nigeria, renowned tech YouTuber, Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) Samsung Nigeria was forced to deactivate their verified account after he posted from an iPhone.

Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak, who doubled as Samsung’s brand ambassador was also sued after she was photographed using an iPhone X during a TV interview instead of a Samsung.

source:nairobinews

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Kenyan Cultural Ambassador Emmy Kosgei lands in Atlanta for Majuu 2019 Festival

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Social media was abuzz Thursday after word went out that Kenyan celebrated gospel artiste Emmy Kosgei had landed at Atlanta’s  Hartsfied Jackson International Airport for the Atlanta Majuu Cultural festival 2019.

The musician is expected to make several performances at the Cobb Civic Centre in Marietta, Georgia, where this year’s extravaganza will be held.

On arrival, she posted the following message on Instagram:

Yaaay #atlantamajuuculturalExpo 2019 #ATLANTA#GA see you this friday 26th thru sunday the 28th! Celebrating our heritage and diversity#bringingculturealive #fashion #food #music#cobbciviccentre

The event, which  is organised by the Kenyan American Community Church, has been billed as an exceptional expo featuring a myriad Kenyan-African inter-cultures, and will also be graced by Kenya’s ambassador to the United States, Robinson Njeru Githae, among other dignitaries.

It coincides with 20 years anniversary of the Church.

KACC has, through such events in the past, added to the cultural tapestry that shapes the American Society which is increasingly becoming multicultural.

This year’s fete, the biggest since inception, is expected to pull thousands of guests, including other musicians from around the US.

Emmy Kosgei-Madubuko is best known for her 2009 hit song, Taunet Nelel, among many others.

“We are so excited to have her with us,” said Timothy Ndegwa, the KACC administrative secretary and proprietor of Mykenyanlink, an online platform which seeks to connect Kenyan entrepreneurs around the world. “This will be a weekend to remember as we shall also be having Gospel music stars like Wamuyu and Naomi Karanja,” he added.

“KACC has been promoting and supporting other Kenya Diaspora communities in celebrating their cultural heritage with great pride and enthusiasm,” wrote the head of the Church, Rev Dr GG Gitahi, on the Festival’s website.

For the last twelve years, the church has, through various cultural events, with great passion nurtured and celebrated cultural diversity that is exhibited in the rich Kenya-African culture.

However, Majuu festival was launched in 2015.

 There will also be – among other activities – traditional dances, children and youth cultural fashion shows, booths and huts showcasing Kenyan diverse ethnic groups’ cultures and traditions.

A poster announcing the 2019 Atlanta Majuu Cultural Festival. FILE PHOTO

“The festival seeks to inform, educate, inspire and entertain those in attendance even as it mesmerizes those who will be experiencing the Kenyan African Culture for the first time,” said Dr Gitahi.”

The event runs through Sunday night after which some of those in attendance will go on a 7 day cruise which will take them to The Bahamas and back.

We have many visitors from Kenya and around the world, said Catherine Njogu one of the event coordinators.

Other events include; Running with the champions, and a golf tournament.

Here is part of the program:

Run With A Kenyan Champion
Venue: Barrett Summitt
Address: 1990 Vaughn Rd NW,
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2019
***Volunteers report at 5AM
***Runners report at 6AM
1K Starts at 7:00AM Promptly
5K Starts at 7:30AM Promptly

Golf Tournament
Venue: Creekside Golf & Country Club
Address: 591 Westchester Club Dr
Hiram, GA. 30141
Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2019
Time: 10:00AM-3:00PM

Atlanta Majuu
Venue: Cobb County Civic Center
Address: 548 South Marietta Pkwy SE,
Marietta, GA 30060
Date: Friday 26th, Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th

For a full schedule of this weekend’s events, check the church’s website.

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