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



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.


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.


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.

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Ezekiel Mutua opens up on medical condition that has given him sleepless nights



Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua on Monday opened up about a heart condition that has been giving him sleepless nights.

Through a post on Facebook, Mutua stated that last week he checked into hospital for a checkup but doctors told him that he had a serious condition and needed to see a cardiologist.

“My BP was 157/86 against the normal of less than 120/80. My heart rate was 115 beats per minute against the normal of 60-80.

“A flurry of tests would follow and the medical team attending to me recommended admission and a subsequent heart operation.

“It was the scariest news I had ever received,” he said. Adding that he thought about his family and all those who depended on him.

He, however, vowed to remain strong but also sought a second opinion from medical professionals.

One of his friends who happens to be a doctor referred him to Dr Saleem Bagha, a Consultant Physician/Cardiologist at the Aga Khan University Hospital Doctor’s Plaza.

“I gave him a call and he asked me to go over to his clinic right away. A man of impeccable integrity and professionalism, Dr. Bagha has managed me in a way that I know God is using him. He has restored hope where others planted fear.

“He has put professionalism before money and with his calm and assuring demeanour has been used by God to save my life. I am grateful to have a second chance.

“This is the kind of experience that makes one to have an introspection on what truly matters in life,” wrote Mutua.

He also thanked all those who supported him through prayers and assured the public that he is stable and Dr Bagha is taking good care of him.

“People like Dr. Bagha represent the best of humanity. They use their expertise to give hope and not fear. I am grateful to have ended up in his hands.

“I am being attended to as an outpatient and in two days there’s so much change. Dr. Bagha has even become a family friend, the kind you want to keep for life. May God bless him for me!” he said.


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Eagle-eyed Kenyan has noted something interesting about this picture



A sharp-sighted Kenyan on social media has noted something interesting about a picture from the awkward moment DP William Ruto met his archrivals ODM leader Raila Odinga and Industrialisation CS Peter Munya.

The three met on Monday during the official opening of the Kenya Trade Week and Expo 2019, Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi County.

Pictures shared on Dr Ruto’s social media show him sandwiched between Mr Odinga and Mr Munya.

The DP has publicly accused Mr Odinga of seeking to wreck Jubilee Party and Mr Munya of planning to assassinate him.

A video from the event shows the DP chatting with Mr Odinga and the CS at different times.

But what has caught the eye of one social media user, John Riaga was the number of water bottles placed in front of each leader.

In the pecking order, DP Ruto would ideally be the most senior leader on the table. But while Mr Odinga had three bottles of water, Dr Ruto has two and CS Munya one.

Mr Riaga shared his observation on his Facebook.

It attracted various comments from his friends.

Edward Ochieng said: “Donge I wish Kenyans could be creative in matters of development like in social media. We could have joined the league of G8 countries.”

Okumu Kennedy noted: “Ruto had the longest day sitting between Aman he attacks daily and another he accused of planning to kill him or assassinate him.”

Sharon Gerald quipped: “Ahahahahaha… Kumbe it’s that serious?! Mpaka maji?!”

Ken Arek said: “A bottle of water, two bottles of water and three bottles of water. Sasa wewe.”

Absalom Ochuka added: “Eyiii. Un keen to details…”

By Nairobinews

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Bongo actress ‘makes it rain’ at media briefing – VIDEO



Popular bongo actress Irene Uwoya on Monday caused a stampede at a media briefing in Dar es Salaam by bribing journalists with a rain of money.

Uwoya, flanked by other top bongo actors walked in late for the press conference at Hyatt Regency DSM.

She had convened the media briefing  to make an announcement on the launch of a new Tanzania movie service called Swahiliflix,  a new channel that intends to market and sell bongo movies online.

The official launch of the Swahiliflix is set for August 31 at Mlimani City Plaza in Dar es Salaam.

“Tarehe 31 ni siku ya kumbukumbu kwa wasanii sisi bongo movie, haijawahi kutokea hiyo kitu itakayotikea Mlimani City itaweka historia, itakuwa ni red carpet ya funga mwaka. Kwa hiyo ndugu zetu waandishi mjipange hata kwenye kuvaa mjipange. Msituangushe sasa mje masuti nini msije kama hivi tulivyozoea,” Uwoya urged them.

Uwoya also apologized to the journalists for keeping them waiting.

And as she stood to leave, Uwoya reached out in her hand bag, pulled out a bundle of cash and started throwing it towards the journalists.

She said its was a small incentive to appreciate their support.

“Na nisiwachoshe sana nimewaweka muda mrefu, swahiliflix ni mambo moto lazima tusalimiane na ndugu zetu waandishi wa habari, nawatuza na kitu kidogo.”

Journalists present shoved each other as they scrambled to grab the notes from the air.


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