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We are not about to auction Kenya, says Chinese ambassador

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The Chinese government says it will not hog limelight as Kenya’s biggest development partner, amid criticism on mounting debt.

At a function in Nairobi on Thursday, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Wu Peng said Kenya should benefit from all development partners, especially when it comes to the Big Four agenda.

“We are willing to strengthen cooperation with other development partners on the basis of keeping the leading role of Kenya, so as to achieve win-win outcomes,” he told guests at the Chinese Embassy in Nairobi.

“After all, China does not have its own agenda in Kenya. Kenya’s development priorities are also our preferred areas of cooperation.”

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Wu, Beijing’s newest envoy to Kenya, recently embarked on fighting back critics of China’s development in Kenya, who accuse China of skewing its loan products and placing them in secrecy.

The former spokesman in the Chinese ministry of Foreign Affairs has argued that his country does not want to burden anyone with debt.

Owed about Sh534 billion, Beijing has risen to become Kenya’s highest bilateral lender.

But the envoy said China’s contribution to Kenya should be seen as beyond the debt owed.

“China is dedicated to Kenya’s development with many efforts, far more than just loans,” he said.

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DIRECT INVESTMENT

The embassy claims China’s direct investment in Kenya reached $520 million (Sh52 billion) in 2018 and that Chinese enterprises in Kenya created more than 130,000 jobs.

“I always encourage Chinese companies to align themselves with the Big Four agenda by increasing investments in areas such as manufacturing,” he said referring to the government’s vision to improve food security, housing, healthcare and manufacturing.

Though Kenya’s biggest development partner through infrastructure financing, China’s trade with Kenya is still unbalanced, with Kenya selling goods worth Sh10 billion in 2018 and importing commodities worth Sh390 billion from Beijing.

The envoy did admit the imbalance but argued it can be helped by more investments in manufacturing.

“This will help Kenya achieve industrialisation and a favourable trade balance through implementation of import replacement.”

Source: Nation.co.ke

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PHOTOS: Bizarre case as thief falls fast asleep after breaking into journalist’s house

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In a bizarre case, a thief who broke into a journalist’s home fell fast asleep midway through his crime.

Confirming the incident in an interview with East Africa Radio, ITV Zanzibar presenter Farouk Karim said that the thief accessed his compound by scaling the perimeter fence.

According to the journalist, the thief stole shoes and clothes from the hanging line before setting his eyes on his car’s power windows. Recounting the fateful night happenings, Farouk said he’d left home early in the morning only to receive a call that a thief had been found at his home.

“I left my house for morning exercise and that’s when I received a call that a thief had been caught at my house; I was shocked. Some of the youths I was exercising with accompanied me and we found the thief was actually not in the house, but my car.

“We found him dead asleep in the car with all he’d stolen the previous night on his lap,” he said.

According to the journalist, the thief easily accessed the car as the doors were not locked and proceeded to steal the power window mechanism from the passenger’s door.

“I think as he tried removing the power window from the driver’s side and that’s when he fell deep asleep.”

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Fast asleep

Farouk further revealed that an angry mob gathered at the scene of the crime baying for the thief’s blood.

“I stopped them from beating him up as it was inside my compound; should anything have happened to him, I would have been held accountable.”

That’s when he called law enforcement officers who arrived and handcuffed the thief, who was still fast asleep. He was roused from his deep sleep and taken to the police station.

“We accompanied him to the police station as one would a bride on her wedding day. I think he fell asleep after getting contended with his loot.”

Responding to numerous enquiries from callers insinuating that voodoo had something to do with the incident, Farouk stressed the importance of prayer.

“The easiest way to make a thief fall fast asleep is praying to God to protect you and your home.”

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Fairmont Hotels reverses sacking of its employees

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Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has bowed to pressure from the government and staff union by withdrawing a memo which fired all its employees.

In a new directive issued by the Fairmont management, the hotelier said it had withdrawn the retrenchment memo circulated to staff on May 27, following a consultative meeting held with the Workers Committee Management and the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospital and Allied Workers (KUDHEIHA) on Wednesday.

“We would like to reiterate that the owners, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and subsequently Accor Hotels are very committed towards the health, safety and wellbeing of the employees,” read the new memo.

“To this end, the Management has withdrawn the said memo as we continue with consultative meetings with all stakeholders until an agreement is reached.”

The workers union termed the sacking exercise as forced and contrary to provisions of an existing Collective Bargain Agreement (CBA).

In yesterday’s meeting, the union fronted a discussion on the payment of 50 percent of salary payments for the month of May.

“We are shocked that the procedures and provisions used by management do not meet bare minimums as provided by parties to the CBA,” read part of the letter by KUDHEIHA.

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In a memo dated May 27, Fairmont the Norfolk and Fairmont Mara Safari Club ceased their operations as a spiral effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent flooding of Fairmont Mara Safari Club.

“Due to the uncertainty of when and how the impact of the global pandemic will result in the business picking up soon, we are left with no option but to close down the business indefinitely,” said Mehdi Morad, Country General Manager Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.

In retaliation, the Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto in a letter to the management demanded justification of the move by the hotel, saying the issue was  a matter of public importance. “This matter is of public importance and great concern to the Government and in view of the Attorney General’s mandate to promote, protect and uphold the rule of law and defend the public interest, this Office should be very grateful if you would provide it with clarification regarding the said media reports and complaints from employees, including on the veracity thereof and the justification for the taking of such action, if this is the case,” read a letter undersigned by the Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto on May 29.

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Boss Moves: Betty Kyallo breaks the internet a few days after leaving K24 TV

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Betty Kyallo is one of the most loved and supported celebrities around thanks to her supporters #TeamBetty.

The media personality who recently hit 2 million followers on Instagram has broken another internet record.

Betty started a YouTube channel two weeks ago and she has amassed 44.7k subscribers already, making her the first Kenyan to gain such subscribers in a short period of time.

She has been sharing videos of her personal life and what she has been up to lately and they’re going viral.

One of her fans identified as Fulasa also noted that Betty had ‘made it’

‘That channel guys… First Kenyan YouTuber to make such a record in just two weeks.. 44k and counting,’ he posted.

Betty, who is also one the most followed Kenyan media personality on Twitter with 822k followers, left K24 TV on May 30 after two years and she is currently focusing on her salon business. She has moved the location of her salon from the iconic FCB Mihrab to a bigger place in Kilimani.

Below is the instagram post she made of the new salon place.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA3OJqoHxjo/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

In a previous interview with Mpasho.co.ke, while speaking about her salon, she said

Thank God for the hard work I’ve put in. Apart from giving birth to my daughter Ivanna, I don’t think there’s any other thing I have put more effort in like Flair by Betty. It’s where my heart and all investments are. Because of the passion and dedication that the team at Flair has put in, it’s been a fantastic start, and I thank God.

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