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UoN broke, heavily in debt: auditor

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The University of Nairobi is technically broke and cannot meet its financial obligations unless it receives support from the government and lenders, according to the latest audit report tabled in Parliament.

According to the audit report, the university’s statement of the financial position as at June 2018 reflects current liabilities totalling Sh5,724,377,000 and current assets worth Sh4,288,628, resulting in a negative working capital if Sh1,435,749,000.

In the period under review, Auditor-General Mr Edward Ouko noted in his report tabled by majority leader Aden Duale, the university was unable to meet its financial obligations.

In particular, Mr Ouko said, UoN was unable to remit several payments – Sh282 million (Pay As You Earn), Sh3 million (National Social Security Fund), Sh10 million (National Hospital Insurance Fund), Sh204 million (Chuna Sacco) and Sh1.5 billion (Higher Education Loans Board).

The report says UoN’s management attributed the debts to a decline in capitation from the parent ministry, a decline in module 2 student enrollment, strikes by academic staff and the prolonged presidential elections, which led to the closure of the University.

“The university therefore is apparently facing financial problems and its continued operations as a going concern will continue to depend on the support of the government and lenders,” reads the audit report.

Mr Ouko further said that outstanding students debts for the last one year stood at Sh871, 067,587 and expressed concern about recovery of the debt.

The report warned students that section 8.1 of the university’s financial regulations states it shall withhold any and all services, examination results, conferment of any degree, certificate or award until all outstanding fees are settled.

The auditor also raised concern that the public may not get value for money for the stalled students’ hostel at the Lower Kabete campus.

Mr Ouko pointed out that the project began in 1990 and stalled in 1992, and that the contract was mutually terminated in 2000.

At the time of termination, the university owed the contractor Sh50 million, which remains unpaid to date. The contractor has since gone to court and claimed the Sh50 million plus interest and costs.

Auditors who visited the project site found visible cracks in the columns and beams, as well as chemical and physical damage.

“Completion of this project would provide secure accommodation for students currently seeking accommodation in surrounding areas,” the report states.

source:nation.co.ke

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Man accuses pastor of eloping with his wife

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A businessman from Juja Farm, KiambuCounty, has accused a pastor who presided over his wedding of eloping with his wife of 26 years.

Mr John Kanyua, a father of five, alleged the pastor supported them and even signed their marriage certificate.

Mr Kanyua claimed the pastor’s relationship with his wife started when his wife was appointed an assistant pastor of a church in Juja Farm.

“I objected Mr Kanyua’s appointment as an assistant pastor, but he (my husband) was determined to have his way. I confronted Mr Kanyua’s wife and threatened her not to play games with my husband,” said the pastor’s wife of 34 years.

The pastor’s wife says her husband soon began to invite Mrs Kanyua for family dinner.

“I confronted Mr Kanyua and asked him to keep his wife away from my husband, the two later eloped in 2015,” she added.

Mr Kanyua alleges that bishop would visit his house in the morning and spend the entire day locked with his wife in the house until he sought the intervention of the local administration and the church.

“The pastor later eloped with my wife and children and rented a house at a nearby market,” Mr Kanyua said.

Mr Kanyua alleges his parents-in-law have since asked him to accept a compensation of the dowry he paid to pave way for their daughter’s new wedding.

He alleges the pastor has informed his children of his intention to marry another wife after separating with their mother.

Mr Kanyua says he still pays school fees for his children and sends them foodstuffs.

“I won’t sit back and watch another man take away my family, I will not allow the wedding to continue,” said Mr Kanyua adding that he is ready to forgiver his wife.

The pastor’s wife says she still does not understand why her husband turned against her.

“We have passed through a lot when we started the church, I won’t allow him to marry a stranger,” she said.

by nation.co.ke

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Immigration Advice: How to Avoid Losing Your Green Card Or Becoming Ineligible for Naturalization

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Each year, about one million people receive US permanent resident status, also known as green cards. Lawful US permanent resident status gives an individual the right to live and work permanently in the United States.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) however says this right is only provided on condition that the green card holder does not commit any actions that would make them removable from the country under immigration law.

Failure to follow some guidelines could make green card holders be at risk of deportation, or make them ineligible for US citizenship.

USCIS and Immigration law experts provide some guidelines on how to maintain permanent resident status:

  • Maintain permanent residence in the US. The US government will find you to have abandoned your permanent resident status if you remain outside the US for a period of more than one year. If you intend to be out of the country for more than one year as a green card holder, USCIS and immigration experts advice you to first obtain a re-entry permit before leaving the US.
  • Do not commit crime. In addition to penalties you will face for committing crime, USCIS says those offenses are also considered immigration violations. Permanent residents who commit serious crimes such as murder, rape, sexual assault on minors, fraud, terrorist activities, drugs and people trafficking, could lose their lawful permanent resident status and also become ineligible for naturalization in the future.
  • Always file taxes, and make sure to file the US resident tax return (Federal Form 1040). This applies even if all your income was earned outside the US.
  • Never claim to be a US citizen when you are not, whether verbally or in writing. Immigrants are especially warned that claiming to be a citizen to a law enforcement officer is considered a serious crime and could make you deported if found guilty, or make you ineligible for naturalization.
  • Permanent residents are warned to never vote in national, state or local elections that require voters to be US citizens. There are criminal penalties for illegal voting. Such voting could also lead to the loss of your green card.
  • Do not be a habitual drunkard. A permanent resident who is deemed to be drunk or uses illegal drugs most of the time is ineligible to become a US citizen.
  • Failing to support your family or pay child or spousal support could make permanent residents lose their green cards or ineligible for naturalization.
  • Males between the ages of 18 and 25 are required by US law to register for the Selective Service.

SOURCE: –mwakilishi.com

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Safaricom achieves 50pc female employees target

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Safaricom says it has achieved 50 percent share of female employees on its payroll, coming amid an increase in the number of direct and indirect jobs it sustained in the last financial year growing nine percent to 979,000.

This is according to the telco’s 2019 Sustainable Business Report released on Thursday in which the firm also announced a plan to plant five million trees in the next five years as part of a carbon offset programme.

“We have achieved a 50:50 gender balance among our employees and 34 percent of senior management are women. In addition, 2.1 percent of our staff are persons living with disabilities,” the report notes.

In the year under review, the firm says 178 women-owned businesses were pre-qualified under its Women in Business initiative.

The firm supports 167,083 M-Pesa agents, 433 dealers, 1,138 suppliers, 4,503 permanent employees as well as other stakeholders.

The company had a staff headcount of 6,323 (permanent and contract staff) as at March 2019, an increase from 6,130 in 2018.

The latest Sustainable Business Report also notes that the telco disciplined 78 staff in the last financial year, even as an earlier released annual report had indicated that Safaricom fired 31 employees in the year ended March 2019 over fraud.

“We consistently review our compliance with regulatory obligations, particularly those surrounding fraud, corruption and anti-money laundering legislation,” the report adds.

by nation.co.ke

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