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SPONSORED: Optiven Takes Its Footprint To Canadian Cosmos

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The welcoming of Pauline Mwangi, the Chairlady of the Kenya Women in Canada KWICA to the Optiven Group Head quarters was a clear indication of great things to come.

At hand to receive the KWICA Chairlady was none other that the Optiven Group Chief Executive Mr. George Wachiuri. The team had met in the heart of Kenya’s capital to deliberate on the status of business involving both countries and how to partner in future engagements.

This comes as Optiven Limited, the real estate arm of the Optiven Group has been engaging more and more customers in Canada. The team representing Optiven was last in Canada in the year 2016 where they held a number of forums for Kenyans living in Canada among them distinguished members of KWICA – Kenya Women in Canada, among others.

The attendees to the forums organized by Optiven in both Ottawa and Toronto cities, provided a great opportunity to partner in transformation through land ownership at Amani Ridge, Victory Gardens and Garden of Joy being the favourite projects to invest in.

Like Pauline, the guests meeting courtesy of Optiven were also advised on the different value additions that have been erected on the projects to make them not only aesthetic but investor friendly meaning buyers can commence building as soon as they are done with their payments.

The team representing Optiven took time to engage the investors in the process towards property ownership, the payment options available, the value additions on the ground and any charges applicable in terms of government fees.

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Apart from the courtesy visit to the Optiven Group Headquarters, Madam Pauline was also keen to see more collaboration between KWICA and Optiven Limited with regard to transformation through engaging investors.

Already, the Optiven Group real estate arm has partnered with KWICA in initiatives aimed at empowering it’s members and providing the members with opportunities to invest back in Kenya.

Speaking during the courtesy call at the Barclays Plaza offices, Mr. George Wachiuri, the CEO at Optiven Group lauded the KWICA initiatives to empower its members noting that, “Optiven we exist to empower and transform investors in socio-economic areas with focus on home ownership and a target of providing at least 30000 homes to Kenyans by the year 2030.”

Wachiuri added that this is key for many Kenyans who are working in the diaspora including Canada but who are keen to return home in the future and as such will need their own homes. According to Wachiuri, “Optiven has been in the real estate space for over two decades and with time we continue to lead in providing value that is relevant especially to our diaspora investors with an aim to making them comfortable on return”.

His sentiments come shy of one month since the premier project dubbed Amani Ridge | The Place of Peace in Kiambu launched the gate and wall building. The project located in Kiambu and next to both Nova Pioneer and Tatu City will host the most user friendly and aesthetic gate in that community with completion dates set for 31st December 2019.

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The groundbreaking for the first house on the project was done in May 2019 amidst celebrations and pomp being a testimony that the projects by Optiven Limited are ready to build with the relevant value additions done in advance.

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ABOVE: Optiven Limited customers who pay at least 2 million shillings for any of the projects available qualify for a free holiday

Senior Sales Manager at Optiven Limited George Muteti says, ‘we appreciate the support from the diaspora fraternity and especially Canada where we have had a number of investors becoming property owners courtesy of Optiven. Our promise is to ensure that with the investments, comes value for money and even better, we are happy to deliver title deed right to the hands of our customers.’

Muteti who is leading a delegation of customers to Mombasa this November 2019 under the Tujibambe Mombasani Campaign adds: ‘Investing with Optiven is fun as we work to ensure that our customers are not only empowered but that the journey is also enjoyable. This is why campaigns such as the Tujibambe Mombasani exist in a series of others where we celebrate the milestones of owning land with our customers’.

This is in line with the Optiven philosophy of improving lifestyles of investors and encouraging the bonds of family and friends through coming together to celebrate key milestone including ownership of land and other assets.

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ABOVE: Mr. George Muteti, (left) Senior Sales Manager with customers and staff of the Optiven Limited in Mombasa.

Under the Tujibambe Mombasani Campaign, customers paying a total of 25,500 Canadian dollars which is equivalent to 2 million Kenya shillings for any property automatically qualify for a free holiday in the luxurious and world famous coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya. Optiven Limited is an award winning real estate company with offices in Kansas, USA and its headquartered in Nairobi Kenya.

With expertise in real estate spanning over 20 years, the company has been listed as one to inspire Africa by the London Stock Exchange Group as well as being branded as the lead employer under the East Africa Employer Brands Awards held in Dare Salam Tanzania. Its customers span a variety of diaspora investors including those in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada among others.

For more information on how to invest with us please contact

Phone : 0713 588899 / 0790 667799
Email : capital@optiven.co.ke / diaspora@optiven.co.ke
Website : www.optiven.co.ke
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Kenyan Gay Movie Screened at Milimani Courts for Judge

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Rafiki means friend in Swahili but in the LGBTQ+ circles, it is a litmus test that emboldens this community to mainstream or remain closeted in Kenya.

The Rafiki movie has been screened in major cities and events across the world but back home in Kenya, the Wanuri Kahiu production faces a gargantuan task to be accepted.

Despite Kenya being a conservative but horny country, those in the gay community cannot portray this in public due to the homophobia the country harbours.

Gay Movie at The Law Courts

On Thursday, Wanuri tweeted, “BEYOND EXCITED to be screening Rafiki in Kenya tomorrow at Milimani High Court!!! #FreedomOfExpression.”

She is pushing the boundaries and her tack with the courts could be the turning point for Kenya in regard to homosexuals and how they relate with each other in public.

Thereafter in a series of tweets, Wanuri explained why it was important for the event to happen.

 

 

“My film Rafiki will be screened in the Kenyan High Court,” she added saying that it was historic and “so important in the fight for Freedom of Opinion/ Freedom of Expression/ Freedom of the Media.”

The movie was screened in the Kenyan High Court in a first while still banned in the rest of the country.

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However, for it to qualify for the Oscars shortlisting, it had to be watched locally and in a court ruling, Judge Wilfrida Okwany allowed the screening of the film for seven days to ‘willing adults’.

The ruling temporarily suspended the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) ban and the movie was screened.

In banning the movie, KFCB said the movie was seeking to legitimise lesbian romance.

Wanuri blames Kenyans over the ban saying that they did not advocate for it.

In her campaign which she pushes under the freedom of expression tenet, Wanuri may have succeeded in pushing her agenda by having the courts watch the movie.

She said, “When films, music, art is banned or censored it interferes with our constitutional rights to make and/ or watch the work we create. Rafiki screening in court allows the court to make a decision on IF there has been a breach of constitutional rights”

“Our wish is that Rafiki helps towards upholding the articles in our Bill of Rights as enshrined in our constitution,” she added.

In her updates, she hailed the feat: “So great to see LGBT+ 🏳️‍🌈 story here in Kenyan Court. Even if only as evidence as part of case. Every voice matters, every voice is important.”

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After the screening on Friday, she said the judge asked for a few paragraphs to be submitted based on the film. The arguments are to be heard on December 3.

Kenya Upholds Gay Sex Ban

In May this year, High Court judges Roselyn Aburili, Chacha Mwita and John Mativo ruled against gay sex in Kenya. With this, they upheld a law that makes same-sex affairs punishable by 14 years in jail.

The United Nations and rights activists criticized the ruling which is similar to 70 other countries around where same-sex relationships are a crime.

Justice Roselyn Aburili said, “We hereby decline the relief sought and dismiss the combined petition. We find that the impugned sections are not unconstitutional, accordingly the combined petitions have no merit.”

When President Barack Obama visited Kenya in April 2015, President Uhuru Kenyatta told him that the gay rights agenda was a non-issue for Kenyans.

“We share a lot of things but gay issues are not among them. We cannot impose on people what they don’t accept,” Uhuru told Obama.

He added, “I want to be very clear, I will not engage in any subject that is not of any major importance to the people and the Republic of Kenya. This is not an issue of human rights, this is an issue of society, of our own base as a culture as a people regardless of which society you come from. This is not acceptable, this is not agreeable.”

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Uhuru urged the Americans to respect the Kenyan society which rejected same-sex marriages.

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Kenya’s Filthy Rich and Politically Connected running Govt Agencies

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Kenya has become the butt of jokes (no pun intended!) as the country wastes away due to corruption overseen by those in the highest office in the land.

Despite the billions being wasted daily repaying loans that have benefited a few individuals, Kenyans, on the other hand, are languishing as those entrusted with making their lives better continue looting. The country has become a gangsters’ paradise.

Wambui Kibaki and Her Millions

The first agency that was established by an act of parliament to empower youth is the National Employment Authority which has become a fresh wound for job seekers who never seem to meet the criteria for securing a government job.

On Tuesday, Kenyans were up in arms after it became public that President Uhuru Kenyatta had appointed President Kibaki’s wife, Mary Wambui, as the Authority’s Chairperson.

For a term of three years, Wambui is expected to ensure that jobless Kenyans get opportunities and jobs that can alleviate their suffering.

Ironically, Wambui, a conservative and controversial millionaire does not need the job in the sense that she already has more than enough. But why would she take such a position? That is for the appointee and the appointing authority to explain to Kenyans.

 

 

Most other authorities are led by people whose only merit is being politically connected.

These include the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) whose leadership comprises of Eng Joseph Nakodony Nkadayo as the Chairman with Captain Gilbert Macharia Kibe as the Director-General. Nkadayo succeeded a political reject, Samuel Poghisio, who left the entity in 2017 after serving for 2 years.

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The other is Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) whose disappointing performance could only go to show the incompetence of those appointed.

Interestingly, the former long-serving head of civil service Francis Muthaura is the chairman of the tax collector. He was appointed for the position last year.

The Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority (SASRA) non-executive chairman is John Mati Munuve.

An interesting political reject serving on the SASRA board is former North Imenti MP Silas Muriuki Ruteere.

Muriuki is a teacher by profession with specialized training in Special Education.

Tana and Athi River Development Authority (TARDA) is chaired by Halima Abdillahi Shaiya who was fired from the Kenya Meat Commission in 2014.

A suspension letter presented in court showed that the KMC board was fired for breaching procurement rules, poor performance and failing to implement directors’ resolutions.

The Retirement Benefits Authority (RBA) is chaired by a relative to President Uhuru Kenyatta Victor R. Pratt. Pratt is the husband to Christine Wambui Kenyatta, now Kristina Pratt, who is Uhuru’s older sister.

A politician on the board of directors going by the information on the Authority’s website is politician Sammy Koech who is the MP for Konoin.

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) is chaired by Lt Gen (Rtd) Jackson Ndungu Waweru. He was appointed in 2016.

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Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) is chaired by Eng Erastus Mwongera whose appointment was challenged in court. In the petition by Peter Tana, Mwongera’s appointment was in gross violation of the rule of law.

Tana said that is not suitable to serve in the capacity since he had already served two terms. The tenure at KeNHA is to end in March 2021.

Mwongera cannot discharge any official duties as KeNHA Chairperson until the hearing and determination of the petition.

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is chaired by John Konchellah but the interesting twist is the political connections in the authority’s op management.

Rejects serving at NEMA include Agostinho Neto who was the Ndhiwa MP in a by-election in 2012 and re-elected in 2013.

The immediate former Tana River woman representative Halima Ware Duri also serves as a board member.

In March this year, the Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) board appointments caused an uproar since the maximum number of 10 appointees was surpassed by 3 members.

The board is chaired by former MP Jackson Kiptanui.

And the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) is chaired by another political appointee Retired Joseph R.E Kibwana.

Kibwana, who was the first Navy officer to occupy the office of the Chief of General Staff, oversaw the transition of power from President Daniel Moi to President Mwai Kibaki after the 2002 election.

The General has a chequered career having been among the first of 10 African officers and servicemen recruited to the Navy in 1964.

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The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) is chaired by Isaac Awuondo.

In August, KAA announced the departure of its Managing Director/CEO Jonny Andersen, effective September 30, 2019.

“Jonny has been with the KAA since November 2016 opted not to renew his contract which was due to expire on November 21st 2019,” said a statement from the Authority.

James P.M. Ndegwa is the Chairman of the Capital Markets Authority (CMA). Coming from among Kenya’s wealthiest families, his seat at the table is reserved.

Interestingly, Muthaura’s son Paul Murithi is the CEO. He was appointed on April 22, 2016 with the call backdated to January 2, 2016.

He is expected to leave CMA at the end of this year after serving for seven-and-a-half years.

Out of the 14 Authorities in Kenya, most of them have politicians who have lost in elections appointed as board members or chairs.

In a country where a majority of the youth are wasting away despite their academic qualifications, consecutive governments have consistently sidelined the youth in favour of the politically connected.

Only President Kibaki gave the youths a considerate treatment when he opened the system for youth self-employment. Kibaki’s time saw the country register the highest number of the motorbike industry jobs.

It is at this time that boda bodas became part and parcel of the Kenyan society.

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SPONSORED: Mahiga Homes Directors embark on a meet-the people tour of USA [VIDEO]

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Mahiga homes Directors Mr. Patrick Muchoki and Mr. Joseph Ruhiu will embark on tour of meet the people in the USA on 12th to 13th October 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia where they will be attending the Anniversary of Kikuyu Diaspora Media owned by the Ceo Jeremy Damaris.

Mahiga Homes Ltd is a Real estate developer doing decent and affordable housing. We set out to deliver homes within 12 months, at an affordable rate, in a secure and serene environment. We are passionate about quality of product/ service and meeting of set deadlines. Our values are anchored on a strong foundation of ownership. Mahiga Homes is building the first modern real estate platform in Kenya by pairing the industry’s top talent with technology to make homes acquisition experience intelligent and seamless.

Thereafter they will head to Boston Acre Pub, Lowell 282 Fletch Street on 18th to 19th October where they will meet the esteemed clients there. At Boston it will be a goat eating event as they offer you affordable houses at flexible payment plan.
Here are the affordable houses that they are currently selling;

Mahiga homes Ltd affordable houses.

 

Rockvilla III Estate located just 300 meters off tarmac at Joska along kangundo road, Kangundo rd is under construction to upgrade to dual carriageway,Spa cious 3 bedroom bungalows master ensuite on plot size 40 by 80 kes 3.95m deposit kes 1.6m then pay the balance in 12 monthly instalments

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Brickstone Gardens located off Thika rd superhighway on Kenyatta rd just 300 meters off tarmac, Luxurious 3 br bungalows master ensuite,on plot size 40 by 80, offer price kes 4.25m

 

 

Osoit II Gardens Kitengela just 900 meters off Namanga rd, along Acacia road near Kitengela International School, Spacious 3 br bungalows master ensuite on plot size 50 by 100, offer price kes 4.85m, deposit kes 1.7m then pay the balance in 12 monthly instalments.

The RIVERFRONT, Spacious and Luxurious 3 bedroom bungalows, all bedrooms ensuite, on plot size 50 by 100, kitchen with pantry, located in Ruiru suburbs overlooking Tatu city kes 5.5m deposit kes 2m and pay the balance in 12 monthly instalments.

For more info
Call/WhatsApp +254720460413
www.mahigahomes.co.ke

 

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