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Ex-Minister Hezron Manduku dies at 79

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Former Nyaribari Masaba MP Hezron Manduku has died at The Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted, his son, Dr Robert Manduku, has confirmed.

Dr Manduku died on Saturday night at the age of 79 after battling a terminal illness for a long time.

Following the death, Nyaribari Masaba MP Ezekiel Machogu sent his condolences to the family.

“I have learnt of the passing on of Dr Hezron Manduku with utmost shock and sadness. [He] was truly a blessing to so many lives in Nyaribari Masaba and beyond through his selfless service to mankind,” Mr Machogu said.

On his part, Nyaribari Chache MP Richard Tong’i mourned Dr Manduku “as a visionary and energetic leader who worked tirelessly and inspired the lives of very many people in a very positive way”.

The late Dr Manduku was first elected to parliament in 1992 on a Kanu ticket but he would lose his seat to Kisii Senator Sam Ongeri in 1997.

He later defected from Kanu and was re-elected in 2002 on a Ford People ticket.

Dr Manduku and Prof Ongeri served as MPs for Nyaribari Masaba Constituency for over two decades, with each claiming that only the other one could remove him from power.

He also served as an assistant minister for Foreign Affairs between 1993 and 1997.

Dr Manduku is known for having operated for several years without a CDF office in his constituency.

He was a medical doctor and worked at Kenyatta National Hospital. He also worked in Kakamega and Meru hospitals as a medical superintendent.

The former MP was also the proprietor of Hema Hospital in Kisii town and Hema Coffee Millers.

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US investors express interest in pyrethrum

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Pyrethrum farmers are set for good tidings following increased interest in the sector by foreign investors. This follows an announcement by US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter that investors from his country are already in Kenya scouting to establish pyrethrum processing plants.McCarter said some US investors have already started setting up production factories in Nairobi.

“Pyrethrum is something that Kenya historically has seen a lot of prosperity from, and that market is coming back,” the envoy said during his tour of North Rift region recently. The envoy, who was speaking in Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet County, said the US will continue supporting investments in Kenya, particularly in agriculture.

The cash crop used in the manufacture of agrochemicals including insecticides and pesticides was abandoned in the late 1990s following declining fortunes occasioned by the loss of key markets.McCarter encouraged pyrethrum manufacturers who had quit the business in Kenya to return, saying there was immense potential in the sector.

“We shall continue our support for agriculture. We have some US investors who are already in Kenya now to invest in pyrethrum. We want to encourage investors who left the country to return,” he said.

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Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos said his county was the second-largest producer of pyrethrum before the loss of market that triggered a shift to potatoes.The county boss noted that farmers from Elgeyo Marakwet highlands were ready for a revival of the crop as soon they are assured of a market.

“We invite investors from the US to our county. I wish we knew when the production factory was being established in Nairobi. We would have requested them to set it up in Elgeyo Marakwet,” said Tolgos.

He wooed American investors to set up another processing factory in Elgeyo Marakwet, which he noted will reduce transport costs to Nairobi.“Once we are assured of a market, our people will immediately start growing pyrethrum. We will also increase funds to the sector in our subsequent allocations.”Early this year, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui announced plans to revive pyrethrum through a partnership with four State agencies.

These are Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation, the Pyrethrum Processing Company of Kenya and Egerton University.In the 1980s and early 1990s, Kenya was a major producer and player in the world’s pyrethrum sector. Nakuru, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kiambu, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Kisii and West Pokot were the highest producers.

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Why flights to this part of Kenya have been suspended

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Amboseli airstrip was on Thursday closed by the Kenya Wildlife Service(KWS) after heavy rains pounded the area.

Following the airstrip’s closure, local airlines also suspended their flights on Friday in the wake of the KWS advisory.

There’s massive flooding at the airstrip, including the key amenities after heavy rains prompting the closure.

KWS has put a temporary closure of the airstrip effective 12th Dec 2019 following heavy rains,” a statement from Air Kenya read in part.

In the statement, the main entrance to the Amboseli National Park is also flooded.

The park’s Kimana Gate is periodically flooded and inaccessible as are some parts of the park,” KWS said.

Therefore, all visitors to Amboseli National Park are advised to seek guidance about the status of the roads via the park’s hotline number 0716493335,” the statement added.

The meteorological department has issued a warning of more heavy rains and thunderstorms in many parts of the country, and other regions will experience floods.

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VIDEO: Kenyan flag honored on the world’s tallest building in Dubai

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Kenyans on Twitter were uncontrollable after the Kenyan flag was beamed onto the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa,UAE, on Thursday night.

In the video, the Kenyan flag can be seen rotating from the top to the bottom as elated tourists watched. Photos and videos of the mall decorated with the Kenyan flag made rounds on social media. The beaming was displayed on December 12 when Kenyans celebrate Jamhuri day.

For a promotional advert or message it costs between Ksh 7 million to Ksh 27.5 million for five three minute impressions depending on the time and whether it’s a weekend or weekday.

Questions also arose on the cost of the 828 metre height display. It is not clear on who bore the cost for the display. Whether Kenya paid for the display or it was Dubai’s way of celebrating Kenya, which has a huge number of visitors and workers in the flashy Emirate.

 

 

 

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