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Twitter goes over-drive with Collymore succession debate

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: The appointment of Michael Joseph as an interim Chief Executive Officer of Safaricom has elicited a succession debate on social media on who will be next honcho at East Africa’s largest telecommunication company.

The position of Chief Executive Officer fell vacant on Monday following the death of long-serving CEO Bob Collymore who died of cancer in the morning of July 1, 2019.

A special board meeting resolved to have Michael Joseph, a board member of the company, as temporary chief executive officer.

Shortly after the announcement, Kenyans took Twitter with suggestions on who was the most suited to succeed Collymore.

Kenyans on Twitter (KoT) extensively discussed Michael Joseph and Sylvia Mulinge making the two personalities the top Nairobi trends on the better part of Tuesday.

 

Other names discussed by the ‘Twitter employment panelincluded Joseph Ogutu, Head of Business Strategy and Innovation.

Notably, some of the contributors termed the debate premature asking contributors to let the dust settle first before opening the succession topic.

Gabriel Oguda asked Kenyans to let Safaricom Board handle the succession process smoothly noting that KoT suggestions may not form part of the final decision in the appointment.

Collymore appointed Sylvia Mulinge as the director of special projects in October last year months after her appointment as the Managing Director of Vodacom Tanzania failed to take off.Sylvia Mulinge was named Vodacom Tanzania MD early 2018 after the position was left vacant following the exit of Ian Ferrao, a Briton who saw the telco listed in the country’s stock exchange in 2017.

However, the government of Tanzania dragged in clearing  Ms Mulinge’s work permit in what was believed to be a non-issue by the Immigration department.

Before her appointment to the big position in Tanzania, she was the director of Safaricom’s consumer business unit.She joined Safaricom from Unilever in February 2006 and rose to the position of director, Consumer Business.

She is credited with, among other achievements, overseeing the growth of the telco’s enterprise business, spearheading regionalisation strategy and leveraging industry trends to deliver customer-focused products and services.

In April this year, sources informed Reuters that the board interviewed candidates for Safaricom’s top position, including a senior Kenyan banking executive, before settling on an unidentified foreign national from within the Vodafone group to succeed Collymore.

But the government objected, citing an agreement supporting the appointment of a Kenyan as CEO, adopted at a shareholder meeting in 2017.

“The state has said ‘no’. They might have to negotiate,” said the source with knowledge of the succession process.Reuters further wrote that Joe Mucheru, the Minister for Information Communication and technology, said there had been no formal communication from the company on Collymore’s successor.\

However, he said he would be surprised if the board could not find a Kenyan to run the company, adding that part of Collymore’s remit was to groom a local successor.

“I would be very surprised if they can’t find a Kenyan. It will be hard for them to justify, what is so special about telecoms?” Mucheru told Reuters.

Source:Standard.co.ke

 

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Optiven begins USA Summer Tour 2019 To Empower And Partner With Kenyans

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Optiven USA Tour July 2019: Optiven has embarked on a month-long mission in the USA.
“We are empowering and partner with  Kenyans in the USA to help them create wealth back at home and share investment opportunities in the vibrant real estate market,” says Mr George Wachiuri, the Group’s CEO.
The Team is in the USA this Summer.
If you are in Harrisonburg VA , Richmond VA, Baltimore MD, St Louis  MO, Boston MA, Seattle WA, you have an  opportunity to interact and invest through this award-winning real estate company.

Optiven USA July Tour

Schedule:

Harrisonburg VA for  the KCFA Conference  (July 4th-7th)

Special Title Presentation by Optiven
Time: Full Day

Baltimore MD July 6th– 10th 2019.

 

During the Annual Independence Day
Special  Title Presentation by Optiven
Time:Full Day
Venue: Grace Quarters Rd, Middle Rivers 21220 MD

Richmond, VA July 7th-10th,2019

Special Dinner and Title Presentation by Optiven
Time:4:00pm

 Venue: Embassy Suites   By Hilton 2925 Emerywood Pkwy Richmond VA 23294

St Louis, MO July 12th- 17th, 2019

Special Dinner and Title Presentation by Optiven
Time:4:00pm
Venue:Best Western Inn St Louis 6224,Heimos Industrial Park Dr, St Louis.

Boston, MA July 19th-24th, 2019

Special Dinner and Title Presentation by Optiven
Time:4:00pm
Venue: Hyatt Place Boston /Braintree 50 Forbes Rd, Braintree, MA 02184

Seattle, WA July 27th-31st, 2019

Special Dinner and Title Presentation by Optiven
Venue:Comfort Inn Federal Way 31622 Pacific  Hwy S, Federal Way, WA 98003
Time:4:00pm
Optiven is available for one on one in all stations. All Dinners fully paid by Optiven as you witness the presentation of title deeds.
Contact George or Stephen at +254 713 588 899 or +254 708188671
More details on our website https://www.optiven.co.ke/diaspora/usa2019

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WACHIURI: Top 5 Tips On How To Positively Dominate And Influence

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BY GEORGE WACHIURI

When we were created, we were empowered with an astonishing capacity to positively dominate and influence the World. The world could be your career, your business, your life, your family or whatever is around your environment.

Here in Kenya, we have witnessed successful companies such as Optiven Group dominating the real estate market in such a big way, to an extent of being singled out by the London Stock Exchange as one of the top companies that will influence Africa in the year 2019. We have also witnessed individuals who have truly taken charge of what they do. These are people such as the late Mother Teresa, who influenced the humanitarian field in a big way; the late Prof. Wangari Maathai, who took charge of environmental protection with such zeal, that she even picked a Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace. We have great people such as Manu Chandaria and George Wachiuri who have demonstrated a notable passion for philanthropy works in Kenya.

So, how can you up your dominance level, to be at par with such great people who have continued to leave a positive mark on their areas of specialty?

Here are some tips on how you can get to the next level:

 

  1. Know and demonstrate your strength: You must explore your abilities and maximize on them. No one will tell you about your strength. Take charge of your life and move to influence the world.
  2. Develop a Skill: Anyone without a skill in today’s world is like a blind man who is not trained on how to walk. Learn a skill and let the world know that you have it. Once the world has known, you will be paid for it. Just start learning today!
  3. Never stop fighting for the life you want: It is that simple, gold is not collected like gravel, you have to dig down and after that, you will still need to melt it. Work on your life and use it to influence the world. Just stop being lazy and toxic to yourself. Be positive and influence the world.
  4. Use team work in order to excel: One hand is limited and many hands make the work lighter. Work to develop your followers to be leaders. Collaboration works magic. Work with others and influence the world in a much larger scale.
  5. Maintain Key social bonds: Develop a habit of supporting others. If you support someone today, there are 95% chances that the person will stand with you when you need them.

Go forth now, dominate and influence your world positively.

Thoughts by: George Wachiuri: A Leading Entrepreneur, a Published Author, Philanthropist, Youth Empowerment Enthusiast, a Family man and CEO of Optiven Group

Contact Optiven Group:0723 400 500 Email: info@optiven.co.ke Websitewww.optiven.co.ke
George Wachiuri Blogwww.georgewachiuri.com
YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/user/OptivenEnterprises/

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Push to end US cocoa imports tied to forced child labour

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US law gives Customs officials the authority to block the importation of goods produced by forced labourers, and the senators wrote that there is “overwhelming evidence” to justify the use of that authority with regard to cocoa from Ivory Coast, the world’s leading producer.

The letter cited a June story in The Washington Post that detailed the use of child labour on that country’s cocoa farms, and the failure of the world’s largest chocolate companies to fulfil a promise to eradicate the practice from its supply chains by 2005.

Blocking cocoa from the Ivory Coast, as well as the chocolate produced from it, would have broad effects on the US chocolate and cocoa industry. Ivory Coast produces roughly a third of the world’s supply.

“Given the prevalence of forced child labour in the Ivory Coast’s cocoa sector, it is clear at least some, if not a significant portion of those imports, were produced with forced child labour,” according to the letter from Mr Brown. “It is time the US took more aggressive action to combat forced child labour in the cocoa sector.”

In addition, the letter said, authorities should pursue a criminal investigation into the importation of cocoa products tainted by forced child labour.

Legislators have struggled for years to block imported goods that have been produced by forced labour. A longstanding law enabled Customs agents to block such imports, but an exemption allowed their importation if the goods could not be obtained elsewhere.

Mr Brown and Mr Wyden successfully pushed legislation in 2015 to close that loophole, and anti-slavery and labour rights groups in recent years have been pushing Customs officials to use their strengthened authority.

Some of the world’s largest chocolate companies— including Mars, Nestle and Hershey — promised in 2001 to eradicate child labour from their supply chains.

But the practice persists throughout West Africa. A study sponsored by the US Department of Labour in 2015 reported that more than two million children were working on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast and Ghana.

“There’s a good case that there continues to be forced child labour in West African cocoa,” said Judy Gearhart, director of the International Labour Rights Forum, which in 2002 sought a similar investigation of cocoa. “It’s absolutely the case that Customs should be investigating this. It would push forward more effective programmes to ensure that there’s no forced child labour.”

Child labour in Ghana and Ivory Coast has been blamed on the poverty of cocoa farmers, and in recent weeks, the national governments of those countries

announced measures that would demand higher prices for the world’s big cocoa and chocolate companies. Government officials say higher prices will boost farmer incomes, reduce the incidence of child labour and give West African farmers a more equitable cut of global chocolate profits.

The imbalance between the global profits of the chocolate companies and the poverty of the farmers amounts to a “manifest injustice,” Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said last month. “We will not continue to be victims or pawns of the global cocoa industry that is dependent on the work of our farmers.”

By The East African

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