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SPONSORED: Mobility That Brings Smile in Nevada – California

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The people of Sierra Nevada in the Northern California Extended Generosity to Kenya by partnering with Optiven Foundation in a forum held by the Faith Tabernacle Church – a multi-ethnic Christian church in west Los Angeles giving a smile to the differently abled persons.

Apostle Joseph Sakuda among other leaders of The Faith Tabernacle Church (http://www.wlafaith.org ) denoted that #MobilityThatBringsSmiles has given smiles to thousands of physically challenged persons in Kenya. He commended the initiative saying it is a positive transformation to the society. The Church donated 10 wheelchairs to the cause.

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The Chairman and Trustee of the Optiven Foundation Mr. George Wachiuri addressed Kenyans in Nevada and urged them to continue uplifting those differently abled in our valued society.

The Optiven Foundation Campaign dubbed #TheMobilityThatBringsSmiles has been going on targeting thousands of families across 47 counties in Kenya. Some of the counties in Kenya that have benefited from this campaign #MobilityThatBringsSmiles are;

Kajiado County, Oloitoktok https://youtu.be/sOu-nvExXiU

Kisii County, Nyamira https://www.optivenfoundation.org/newsandblogs/113-optiven-foundation-gives-a-smile-in-nyamira

Kiambu County, Githunguri https://youtu.be/hE9ct2LV

Nyeri County, Othaya – https://youtu.be/lUf-GoRwP6I

Nairobi County – https://youtu.be/TThBmY87UfI ,

among many others https://www.optivenfoundation.org/corepillars/promotionofhealth .

Mr. Peter Obwoge 50 , a Kenyan and a father of 5 who lives in Nyamira County, Kenya is one of the beneficiaries of the Optiven Foundation Campaign dubbed #MobilityThatBringsSmiles. Peter though, contracted polio when he was an infant and has been immobile all his life. The tides have now changed for Peter, when Optiven Foundation recently intervened and offered him a free wheelchair, which he is now using to move around and fend for his family. Kisii county, Nyamira – https://www.optivenfoundation.org/newsandblogs/113-optiven-foundation-gives-a-smile-in-nyamira

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.Other partners that have supported this initiative are the entire Optiven staffs who have been donating money to buy wheelchairs.

Mr. James Mugo a staff at Optiven Group was among the many donors who have donated a wheelchair to Optiven Foundation. Mugo who is widely known as (James Ploti) spoke to Optiven Foundation, and had this to say: “You don’t need to have millions to touch a life. I dedicated part of my little salary to be going towards touching the life of the needy. The art of giving is Biblical, give whatever little you have. A life will be inspired with my little donation”. Mugo who is a renowned philanthropist is also one of the staff supporting the Soweto Children Home (https://www.optivenfoundation.org/newsandblogs/99-optiven-foundation-to-unveil-new-home-at-kayole-children-s-home )which is largely supported by the Optiven Foundation. Speaking shortly after receiving the donation, Optiven Foundation Chairman, Mr. George Wachiuri noted that it is such partnerships that are needed to bring smiles to our sisters and brothers who are living with disability. Here is what Mr Mugo had to say on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=415749859257416&set=a.245180596314344&type=3&theater )

During his speech, the Chairman Optiven Foundation explained that the Foundation will be giving new wheelchairs in order to restore the dignity and confidence of the recipients. Mr. George Wachiuri shared his gratitude to the Kenyans in California for this benevolent support of the Foundation’s vision of economically and socially empowering and transforming the valued society. Also commits to remain accountable and match every wheelchair donated because everyone is uplifted by God.

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Creating visible transformation is the objective of this initiative aiming at positively impacts on communities, partners, and all other stake holders through sustainable social-economic programs. The Optiven Foundation, encourages stakeholders from all walks of life to support this initiative in order for us to transform the society, one life at a time and all donations make a difference. If you would like to partner with the Optiven Foundation, please send your generous donation of 150 (USD) contribution to any of the contacts below and together we shall be transforming the society.

Join the transformation movement today by sending your desired support to change and uplift others to:

Mpesa Pay Bill:
Pay bill: 898 630
Account Name: Mobility

Equity Bank Account:
Account Name: Optiven Foundation
Account Number: 1290263495498
Bank: Equity Bank
Branch: Kenyatta Avenue
Swift Code: EQBLKENA
Bank Code: 068

Contacts
Call +718 776 033
Email: info@optivenfoundation.org
Website: www.optivenfoundation.org

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It’s brother versus brother in Sh20 billion city estate fight

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They are among the most elegant residential estates in the country, with residents expected to enjoy the serene environment presented by the beautiful trees surrounding them.

But, for a few months, homeowners in two city estates have not known peace as they fight with their developers over unfulfilled promises such as a gym, swimming pool and other amenities.

What was thought to be a done deal has now spilt to the corridors of justice as owners demand what they were promised on buying their homes.

One of the estates is Kihingo Village, also known as Waridi Gardens in Kitisiru, Nairobi, while the other is Oryx Villas in Lavington.

One pits a brother against his younger sibling supported by homeowners, while the other features eight buyers, among them a sitting MP, a judge and the property developer.

While obtaining an order blocking the development of an empty plot in Lavington, Senior Counsel Paul Muite told Justice Elijah Obaga last year they were apprehensive that they might wake up one day to find a septic tank built on the disputed plot gone.

He said the tank and soak pit for the nine maisonettes in the compound is erected on a disputed plot, with both properties accessed through a common gate.

According to Mr Muite, when his clients purchased the maisonettes known as Oryx Villas, they were promised that a piece of land adjacent to the homes would be amalgamated into one.

He further said the deal would have seen the developer build a gym, swimming pool, gardens, driveways and other amenities on the empty plot. Buyers were also entitled to apply for membership and ownership of one share of Muthangari Gardens.

It is this claim that they have kept reminding the developer to comply with as agreed.

All was well until September 24 last year when they were served with an order from the county government stating that they had illegally blocked an access road to the second plot.

The director of planning, compliance and enforcement at City Hall issued an order allowing Guangzhou Villas, a new developer, to remove a gate and wall blocking an access road to the plot within 48 hours.

The county government is supporting the developer and wants an order blocking the planned construction lifted.

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In a response filed in court, Ms Beatrice Kimathi, the planning compliance and enforcement officer in charge of Dagoretti North, wants the order obtained by the homeowners lifted, stating that it was perpetuating an injustice.

But buyers, led by Angela Musimba, Justice Joel Ngugi, Jane Sigilai and others stated that they were facing the danger of being deprived of their means of sewage disposal if Guangzhou Villas Ltd is allowed to proceed with the planned construction.

The entry of Guangzhou into the dispute, they say, is a sham and intended to defeat the course of justice. This was because Ms Patricia Mwihaki, a major shareholder in the company and the wife of Fred Rabongo, is also a director and shareholder of three other companies involved in the dispute.

Mr Muite said the incorporation of Guangzhou Villas was for the sole reason of defrauding them of the property.

Guangzhou Villas, which wants to develop the disputed plot, told Justice Obaga that they were suffering losses with the order stopping the development still in force.

Through lawyer Mwenda Royford, the company told the court that the order should be vacated because it was issued based on an agreement that they were not privy to. He also said Guangzhou has been sued wrongly.

The homeowners, including Musimba, Stephen Githinji, Charles Njuguna, Evans Sigilai and Janet, Justice Ngugi, Sylvia Kang’ara and John Wachira, obtained orders stopping Guangzhou from accessing and developing the plot.

They have sued Mr Rabongo and his wife Mary, Daniel Ogola, Impulse Holdings, Muthangari Gardens Management Ltd and Dayax Investments Ltd.

It is their contention that none of the defendants has given them copies, despite requests, of the intended developments, on the nature of the developments and there has been no consultation regarding the same issue.

“It is, therefore, amply clear that Impulse Holdings fraudulently held itself out as the registered owner of the subservient property, when it well knew that the said property was not registered in its name,” stated Ms Sigilai in an affidavit.

Guangzhou, on its part, said it is the rightful owner of the plot, pursuant to a transfer registered on May 7, 2019.

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In an affidavit sworn by Patricia Mwangi, a director of Guangzhou, she said Impulse Holdings or Oryx Villas have never owned the second plot.

“The plaintiffs are neither the registered owners of the property registered under Guangzhou Villas nor do they have any beneficial interest in it. The applicant is a stranger to the plaintiffs’ allegations on purported amalgamation of two parcels of land,” she said.

According to Guangzhou, the only common interest is the access road and the shared boundary.

In Kitisiru, Nairobi, Kenyans have been treated to theatrical scenes as two brothers battle for control of an estate estimated to be worth Sh20 billion and known as Kihingo Village (Waridi Gardens) Ltd.

The upmarket estate has 55 palatial houses and the two siblings are battling for control of the multi-billion-shilling property inherited from their father, the late Joseph Augustine Gethenji.

The dispute stems from the control of a Sh4 billion club house, which offers various recreational services to homeowners, including a swimming pool, steam bath and jacuzzi.

The club house, popularly known as Bustani building, is managed by the developer of the estate of Kihingo Village (Waridi Gardens) Ltd-KVWGL.

Homeowners are the only ones who enjoy the facilities at a certain rate.

KVWGL is managed by Kihingo Village (Waridi Gardens) Management One Ltd (KVWGMOL), whose shareholders and directors are Fredrick Gitahi Gethenji, former Tetu MP James Ndung’u Gethenji and Chacha Mabanga.

Through a Memorandum and Articles of Association, KVWGMOL is the controlling shareholder of KVWGL, with a total of 117 shares.

The manager or developer of the estate has two subscribing shares, leaving 115 shares and KVWGMOL, popularly known as Management One, with 60 shares while the house owners have 55 shares.

The brothers have disclosed to the High Court in their various cases that during the voting to pass resolutions on how the managing company will carry out its affairs, the controlling shareholder board of directors appoints a proxy, who votes on its behalf. This has 62 shares and, therefore, has the swing vote.

According to court documents and those filed at the Company Registry in the Attorney-General’s Office, Mr Gitahi resigned on September 20, 2011 and ,after 19 months, he was replaced by Mr Mabanga as a director in Management One Ltd with effect from March 13, 2013.

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In his resignation letter, Mr Gitahi alleged: “Despite several warnings by legal counsel of the illegality of the company structure it continues to be run by only two directors instead of seven as stipulated in law. I cannot and will not be held liable against any legal action.”

The board of directors of KVWGL are Mr Ndung’u, Mr Gitahi, Naresh Mehta, Eric Govani, Mr Mabanga, Amee Chalishazar, Sheetal Khanna and Muhib Noorani.

After his resignation, Mr Gitahi lost the powers to manage the company and the firm is now being overseen by Mr Ndung’u, who is also the chairman of KVWGL.

Because of the constant wrangling police have, on two occasions, picked up Mr Ndung’u and once charged him in court.

In a bid to wrestle control of the multi-billion-shilling estate from Mr Ndung’u, some homeowners held a special general meeting on April 13 last year, where changes were made in the management by removing Mr Ndung’u.

Judges Loise Komingoi, Margaret Muigai and Wilfrida Okwany have given orders to maintain the status quo, keeping Mr Ndung’u at the helm of the estate.

But homeowners, through Kifaru Investment Ltd (KIL), Wanjiru Shinga, Kishorkumar Dhanji Varsani, Harji Dhanji Varsani, Samuel Wambu Mwangi, Mohan Singh Panesar and William Pike, are opposed to the move, claiming that the court should allow them to appoint a reputable agent to manage the estate.

Among the orders they seek is one compelling KVWGL and KVWGMOL to immediately restore utilities and services to all residents of the estate at their expense.

The seven are also seeking to compel the Registrar of Companies to effect changes in the company register and records in accordance with the award of July 28, 2016 and the decree dated February 15, 2019 by removing all reference to Class B shares (the 60 controlling shares held by KVWGMOL in KVWGL).

They are also seeking to remove all purported Class B shareholders (Ndung’u, Gitahi and Mabanga).

The estate sits on 37 acres with self-contained houses, each standing on half an acre, but despite all this, peace still eludes residents.

By Nation.co.ke

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I’m not yet successful- Billionaire Chris Kirubi speaks

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Billionaire businessman Chris Kirubi says he is yet to see himself as successful because he has not achieved his dreams.

He revealed this in an interview with Business Daily, DJ CK, as he’s popularly known, says in spite of battling a sickness this has not made him streamline his day to day activities as he still holds almost six meetings per day at his home. 

“…I’m not yet successful. I have a dream. I work more now in my home than I worked in the office. Many people come to see me because I’m sick. My people want to come and consult with me. I still run my companies. I’ve never switched off.”

Chris reveals achieving a goal and not money is his primary motivation. Though he considers himself a billionaire, he is yet to know how much he is worth. 

“I don’t know (my worth). I never count. Counting means looking back and I don’t look back,” said the Capital Group Ltd Chairman

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Kenyans in the diaspora sent home ksh280 billion in 2019 

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By JUDITH GICOBI

According to the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) new annual record in 2019, Kenyans living and working abroad sent home approximately $2.7 billion (KSh280 billion).

The amount shows a 3.7 percent growth compared to the previous year, whose remittances roughly $2.6 billion (KSh272.3 billion). The lowest remittance was in 2015.

A weekly report bulleting from CBK that was released on Friday shows money sent by Kenyans in the diaspora increase to $250.3 million (KSh25.2 billion) in December 2019. An increase from $218.8 million (KSh22 billion) in November. 

Kenyans in North America accounted for the most substantial part of the remittance in December at 50 percent. Following closely was Europe at 20 percent and 30 percent from the rest of the world.

However, the 2019 total remittances did not meet the World bank’s target of Sh285.5 billion. The target amount would have achieved a five percent growth. “The rate of growth of remittance inflows will rise by just 5 percent compared to a 39 percent growth between 2017 and 2018,’’ World Bank said in December.

World Bank sees the reduced growth in diaspora remittances is due to the increasing economic concerns in the US and the United Kingdom, where a recession may be setting in despite strong employment data.

”With the world slipping into a recession, it is feared that remittance inflows may suffer as companies’ layoff staff in the developed world even as employers and employees adopt austerity measures,” World Bank’s report said.

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