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REVEALED: Bob Collymore was about to take up a new job in UK before he died [VIDEO]

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Bob Collymore, the late chief executive of Safaricom , had expressed his desire to leave the company after he was offered a new job by Vodacom in the United Kingdom, acting CEO Michael Joseph has revealed.

A few months before his demise, Collymore had said he had agreed to stay in the top job at Kenya’s biggest telecoms operator for an extra year.

Collymore had been set to step down in August after nine years at the helm, during which time Safaricom’s share price has risen by more than 400%, according to Reuters.

We knew we had to start looking for his replacement after Vodacom UK offered him a job, said Mr Joseph.

Watch as he speaks to KTN:

The appointment of his successor had been delayed as the Kenyan government, which owns 35% of the company, has insisted that a local be picked to succeed him.

Britain’s Vodafone has a 5% stake in Safaricom, which controls about 62% of Kenya’s mobile market with more than 30 million subscribers.

Collymore travelled to the United Kingdom in October 2017 to receive treatment for acute myeloid leukemia. He returned to Kenya in July 2018 to resume his duties as CEO of Safaricom while undergoing treatment at a number of hospitals. His condition worsened in June 2019, and he died at his home on the morning of 1 July.

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Ethiopian Airlines to build $5 billion mega airport 

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Ethiopian Airlines has disclosed a project plan to put up a large airport at a cost amounting to USD5 billion (KSh500 billion).

The construction of the present-day airport will start in the year 2020 in Bishoftu, a town situated 39 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa, according to Ethiopian chief executive officer Tewolde Gebremariam.

The airport will extend over to an area of 35 square km, and it will be built in a way it can serve over 100 million passengers a year.

“Bole Airport is not going to accommodate us; we have a beautiful expansion project. The airport looks very beautiful and very large, but with the way that we are growing, in about three or four years we are going to be full,” the state-run Ethiopian News Agency quoted Tewolde.

Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa handles approximately 19 million passengers in a year. The chief executive officer announced that the construction will commence in the coming six months, but he did not reveal how the project will be financed or who will construct the airport.

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EXQUISITE: Buy this $1 Million home in Kenya today [VIDEO]

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Introducing Amara Ridge in the leafy suburbs of Karen. Cytonn Investment, Cytonn Investments,  an independent investments management firm, is proud to present this outstanding and exclusive private gated community in Karen that offers a distinctly luxurious real estate option.

It is an exclusive private gated community in Karen and it is close to everything in Karen yet tucked away from it all.

Conveniently located with easy access to Lang’ata Road and Ngong’ Road, residents have an array of amenities to enjoy, and events to keep their calendars buzzing with activity all year round.

“The first time I asked to be allowed to see these $1million homes from Cytonn real estate was in February 2019. I kept asking until my request was granted. For me, walking through real estate is believing. Prepare to become a believer,” says Carol Mutoko. Watch:

The lush and leafy suburb of Karen is located just 30 minutes outside of Nairobi, and is surrounded by Ngong’ Hills and Ngong’ Forest.

Its winding roads run through forested areas, streams, ridges and open plains, lending this suburb an air of tranquility and natural beauty.

Cutting through Ngong’ Forest and running along the boundary of Karen is the Southern Bypass which offers Karen residents easy and fast access to the city and to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

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Karen boasts a selection of high-end retail stores; shopping malls as well as several dining options, and the largest concentration of international schools in Nairobi.

Its heritage is steeped in the legacy of Karen Blixen, the Danish author and humanitarian, who lived in this part of Nairobi, fell in love with its environs and people, and left a mark and memory that permeates the very essence of Karen and showcases the beauty of Kenya, to this very day.

To live in Karen is to embrace a lifestyle that is beautiful, expansive, elegant, tranquil and luxurious. Karen is a destination for those who dare to dream.

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New Agriculture CS orders KCC to buy milk at Sh33 a litre

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Peter Munya, Agriculture CS, has issued a directive to the New KCC to purchase milk from farmers at Sh33 instead of the low Sh25 per liter. The order is aiming at improving farmers’ morale who have been complaining of low prices.

 Milk prices have dropped drastically in the last three months due to oversupply, lack of market and cold storage facilities.

Several farmers heave considered leaving daily farming due to low margins.

Mr. Munya was speaking at his first press briefing as the Agriculture CS. 

He reassured that the milk buying prices would go up when the New KCC can buy and process more milk.

He cautioned the farmers and traders against bringing in cheaper milk from neighboring countries, whereas local farmers have sufficient milk.

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