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After four months of campaigns, some 10,000 lawyers across the country will pick their next leaders Thursday in an election seen a possible turning point for the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).

An institution that played a central role in the second liberation of the country, LSK has lately been accused of being tame and playing to the dictates of the State, and in so doing abandoning its watchdog role.

There were 10,764 lawyers with valid practice certificates as at December 31, 2019, and these are eligible to take part in the elections.

Like in previous years, the elections will be conducted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. The outcome is likely to be known several hours after the polls close.

For the position of president, the candidates are Nelson Havi, Harriette Chiggai, Maria Mbeneka and Charles Kanjama.

The race for vice-president attracted only two candidates: Carolyne Kamende Daudi and Eric Nyongesa.

Lawyers will be electing 11 council members; three representatives of the general membership of the society, one of whom shall be an advocate of at least 25 years standing; four upcountry representatives who shall be persons who do not ordinarily practice in Nairobi or at the Coast; three Nairobi representatives who shall be persons who ordinarily practice in Nairobi and one Coast representative, who shall be a person who ordinarily practices at the Coast.

 

The presence of Ms Chiggai and Ms Mbeneka gives hope that LSK could have a woman president in 16 years. The last and so far the only woman to lead LSK was Raychelle Omamo, the Foreign Affairs CS. She served as the council chairperson from 2001 to 2003.

 

 

Those who will be elected will serve until 2022. Under the current LSK law, the president only serves one term.

LSK published an elections notice on October 25. For some candidates, the announcement marked the start of the campaigns. Over the last four months, mainly the presidential and vice-presidential candidates have spent a fortune in countrywide campaigns for votes.

 

 

 

The candidates

  1. Nelson Havi — presidential candidate

He is the only candidate who is currently not in the LSK Council and as such is seen as a fresh face.

His campaign mantra has been “A brave new bar, promising to restore LSK’s lost glory. His agenda is threefold: Monitor legislation; Defend rule of law and Constitutionalism;

  1. Harriette Chiggai — presidential candidate

She is the LSK vice-president and previously served as deputy secretary-general of the East Africa Law Society.

Her agenda, if elected, will be: pursue the realisation of the objects of LSK to the letter and adherence to the spirit; restore the face of the Bar and to remake the LSK into an all-inclusive institution representative of the diverse membership age, gender and creed notwithstanding; structure a fit-for-purpose secretariat that can deliver efficiently and effectively the LSK mandate both to the public and to its membership.

  1. Maria Mbeneka — presidential candidate

She is currently a member of the LSK Council. Her agenda, she says, is founded on the premise of inclusivity, integrity and innovation. She is imploring LSK members to be united and speak with one voice. “We will strengthen the society by having an elaborate mentorship programme put in place as well as continuously developing both predominant and emerging practice areas.”

  1. Charles Kanjama — presidential candidate

He is the chairman, LSK Nairobi branch. He promises to work with lawyers to transform the legal profession into a strong LSK that works effectively with its branches and chapters to enhance the practice and welfare of members, to advance the good of the profession and to strengthen the interests of the rule of law.

  1. Carolyne Kamende Daudi — vice presidential candidate

She is currently a member of the LSK Council. She is promising to formulate and implement policies that promote the welfare of members through the establishment of a rapid and responsive mechanism to protect and defend advocates against any unfair treatment in their line of duty, and development of an emergency and endowment fund for response to members’ health distress.

  1. Eric Nyongesa — vice presidential candidate

He is an LSK Council member from the Coast. He wants to champion for devolution within LSK through improved funding for branches and consultations with councils of branches before making major decisions affecting the society.

He also wants to champion for the interests and welfare of members with emphasis on proper remuneration, better practice conditions and standards targeting improved CPD trainings and enhancing programmes under the Advocates’ Benevolent Association (ABA).

His other priority would be to increase technical capacities of the Secretariat and Branches towards improved service delivery to members; and to improve on public interest litigation, transparency, accountability and responsiveness.


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Navigating through the Covid-19 Terrain and a Story of Exceptional Transformation at Optiven

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Navigating through the Covid-19 Terrain and a Story of Exceptional Transformation at Optiven

Optiven Group has continuously had all its eyes trained on its vision of economically and socially empowering and transforming the society.

This vision was however momentarily shaken by Covid-19, especially on the month of March 2020, when the first case was reported. Soon, all was not business as usual. The pandemic scared our staff and customers alike. With huge loans to pay, massive salary bills and many office rentals to cope with, everything seemed daunting. The worst was when we closed our offices and temporarily sent hundreds of staff home. That was extremely agonizing to bear.

As an entrepreneur, this was one of my worst periods ever. The headaches were not ceding ground and the only thing that was consoling was the power of prayers. It is during such times when the test of leadership comes to play.

Our most affected area of business was our sister venture entities in the name of restaurants. Indeed, we sent hundreds of staff home. We are now however thanking God that 85% of these staff are back and with a projection of bringing back the rest soon, as business starts coming back.

Importantly, soon after Covid-19 pandemic hit, Optiven Group was swift in adopting new strategies and quickly embracing appropriate technology to counter the new terrain. This is perhaps one of the reasons why the firm is still expanding, especially on the area of job creation and mentorship front.

It is largely courtesy of these strategies that despite the current pandemic, we have managed to launch enormous mentorship programs such as the George Wachiuri School of Mentorship and also engaged in encouraging SMEs that have really been struggling to stay afloat through our business mentorship sessions. Through the latter, we have continued to inspire over 7,000 active participants through George Wachiuri’s Facebook LIVE shows that are also available on my You Tube channel, this has continued to give hope to many.

Still, during this period, we have managed to create over 100 permanent jobs for both senior and middle level employees, plus over 200 casuals that daily work in our projects. This job increase is in line with our goal of creating over 30, 000 jobs by the year 2030.

On the real estate front, we really had to think away from the box and undertake a massive 360 degree transformation that was educated by thinking differently and changing how we used to do things before Covid-19.

Thanks to this, we have continued to provide our customers with even more offerings in terms of value additions to our projects. It is during this period of Covid-19 when we decided to put our efforts towards GoingGreen in most of our projects. Matter of fact, we have surprised our customers by further transforming our projects through installation of green energy, massive tree planting, and installation of water recycling systems, encouraging plot owners engage in farming of organic foods and subsequently feed their families from their previously idle plots. Significantly, we also changed from use of Kenya Power electricity in our projects to the use of solar energy on almost all amenities and by so doing, we have now managed to save millions of shillings in terms of KPLC bills. Most importantly, we are glad that we are now fully plugged on the green energy agenda.

All along, the company has continued to flourish through innovation, partnerships, massive philanthropy activities and even more importantly, a commitment to always entrust all our undertakings to God.

We are glad that we are consistently realizing our vision of being pacesetters in social economic transformation through opportunities such as job creation that have a positive multiplier effect on the society.

Guided by the same vision, we always dedicate 5% of what we make in business and channel it to the less fortunate through a registered foundation viz Optiven Foundation. We have hundreds of orphans whom we support to go through school. We also support the physically challenged to get free wheelchairs and support girls to access schools. The Foundation also cares for over 300 families and helps them to get food daily.

Indeed, we at Optiven exist to economically and socially empower and transform the society.

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Contact Optiven Group:0790 300 300
Email: admin@optiven.co.ke Website: www.optiven.co.ke George Wachiuri Blog: www.georgewachiuri.com
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Maradona dies at 60 following a heart attack

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Argentina legend Diego Maradona died on Wednesday at the he age of 60 following a heart attack. According to ESPN, Matias Morla, Maradona’s longtime agent, confirmed the news to of his demise.

He suffered a heart attack at his home in the outskirts of Buenos Aires on Wednesday, according to Argentine media as well as several acquaintances of the former player.

Maradona had recently battled health issues, even undergoing emergency surgery for a subdural hematoma several weeks ago.

Following his death, a statement from the Argentina Football Association read: “The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest pain at the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You’ll always be in our hearts.”

He was one of the most recognisable people in the world.

Maradona, who was born in 1960, captained Argentina to World Cup 1986 glory as well as reaching the final in 1990. At the height of his club career, at Napoli from 1984 to 1991, he helped the side win its only two Italian league titles. le people in the world.

According to ESPN, in 2004, he was hospitalised with severe heart and respiratory problems related to a long battle with drug addiction.

Major news agencies report that he had undergone two gastric bypass operations to control his weight and received treatment for alcohol abuse.

Maradona is survived by his wife, Veronica Ojeda, two daughters, two sons, and his former wife, Claudia Villafane.


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Janet Mbugua shares her Covid-19 scare

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Media personality Janet Mbugua has shared the tale of the time she faced a scare as thought she had contracted Covid-19 last month.

In a video she shared on Instagram, the former Citizen tv news anchor said she experienced Covid-19 symptoms which escalated quite quickly.

The video shows her being taken through the nasal swab test for Covid-19, which is known to very uncomfortable.

Luckily, the result for the mother of two came back negative.

Janet Mbugua said that her scary experience motivated her to fight the fear and stigma related to Coronavirus, and will use her platform to advocate for a vaccine.

This comes as Covid-19 cases continue to rise sharply in Kenya amid a rush by various pharmaceutical companies globally to come up with an effective vaccine.

By NN


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