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Drama as auctioneers raid Tuskys Juja City Mall

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Troubled retailer Tuskys has been forced to temporarily shut its branch at the Juja City Mall after auctioneers raided the premise late on Friday following a rent row.

According to sources, the management of the supermarket is at present engaged with the landlord in view of re-opening the store.

Tuskys has continued to mark a struggle in onboarding its disgruntled landlords to its proposed turnaround plan as rent arrears surge to the tune of millions of shillings.

Earlier in the week, the retailer was forced to shut down another branch in Eldoret after the landlord at the premises sent out auctioneers to force due rent payments.

Just last month, the retail chain was forced to temporarily shut down branches at Kisumu’s United Mall, K-Mall in Komarock and inside Nairobi’s Central Business District in a carbon-copy row

Landlords have continued to exploit auction threats to recover part of own monies as the retailer sails through uncertain rough waters.

For instance, the United Mall landlord collected an estimated half of due payments after threatening to auction the supermarket’s merchandise and later served notice of the withdrawal of the retailer’s lease at the facility.

Moreover, Tuskys is yet to clear salaries to staff stretching between the months of July and August despite management’s promises of settlement.

Staff who spoke to Citizen Digital on condition of anonymity told of suffering and disenchantment as management keeps them in the dark of affairs.

Tuskys has been betting on the capture of new capital from a strategic investor to ride through the wave.

Last month, the retailer indicated it had signed a term sheet that would see it receive Ksh.2 billion in new capital injection from a Mauritius-based fund.

Management however remains lip tight on the progress of the investment as it engages the fund before a potential deal is closed.

The retailer has in the meantime focused itself on a rebranding exercise as it targets to drive sales through sharp discounts.

Further, the supermarket continues to engage suppliers as it markets a new settlement platform that is meant to fast-track payments for stocks supplied.

Tuskys owes in excess of Ksh.6 billion in debt to suppliers and other trading partners.

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Sakaja reveals how he owned Mercedes Benz in campus

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has revealed how he got to own a new Mercedes Benz while still in campus.

Sakaa revealed that after joining Univeristy of Nairobi he got into student politics which afforded him privileges such as nice rooms and being able to set up businesses around the school.

Luckily, while he was the chairman of SONU, he landed a role in former President Mwai Kibaki’s administration.

“The first time I met Kibaki was in 2006 after the referendum. He asked to hear my dreams about the country and I started working with him.

“We established the Vijana na Kibaki initiative and started mobilising in universities and that is how I bought my first car a green Mercedes Benz,” he explained.

In the run up to the 2007 election, he took a lead role in rallying support for the presidential secretariat and during the 2008 post-election crisis.

Sakaja’s resolve to see a solution found resulted in him addressing President Mwai Kibaki’s Cabinet at the age of 22.

At the age of 24, Sakaja had written a section of the 2010 constitution.

When he came up with the formula for the delimitation of constituencies.

Sakaja had been consulted by Nancy Gitau, who was State House’s political advisor.

She asked him for his views on the said topic and he responded that he would think about it and advice.

When the team that was working on the draft laws retreated to Naivasha, he represented PNU whereas ODM had brought a very senior professor.

Kibaki and the rest of the team were so impressed by the 24-year-old that they chose Sakaja’s proposal over the professor’s.

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Zuchu denies dating Diamond Platnumz 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Wasafi Classic Baby (WCB) singer Zuhura Kopa popularly known as Zuchu has denied claims that she is in a relationship with Diamond Platnumz.

Speaking during an interview on Wasafi FM, Zuchu described the rumours as baseless adding that if there was a relationship with Diamond, there would have been proof.

“Kwanza ukiangalia ndani ya WCB hakuwezi kuwa na maneno kama hayo kwa sababu hakuna kielelezo na hio story haina muendelezo.

“Tunajua watu walivyo wafuataliaji, trust me kama ningekuwa na any inappropriate relationship na boss, kipo kitu kingeonesha Ushahidi lakini watu wamebase kwenye vielelezo vya promotion ambayo kama ukingalia wasanii wote duniani wa kike wanaofanya vizuri management zao ziliwekeza kweli kweli,”said Zuchu.

She added that instead of people appreciating the WCB boss for investing in a young talents, they have focused on negative things about him.

Zuchu further said that Diamond Platnumz has never disrespected her in any way, and that he is more of a big brother to her.

“Kwa hivyo mi naona badala ya kumpongeza mtu kama boss kwa kuwekeza kwa msichana mdogo kama mimi watu wamnataka kutumia ile nafasi kuweka negativity which is not right. Boss wangu hajawai kunivunjia heshima. I’m saying this with all my heart. He’s a brother and a brother indeed. He has never been inappropriate, hajawahi,” added Zuchu.

Rumours that Zuchu has been having an affair with her boss Diamond Platnumz have been a topic of discussion especially in Tanzania.

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Ledama Ole Kina insists on legalization of marijuana in Kenya

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Naroka Senator Ledama Ole Kina sparked mixed reactions online after sharing a video of himself in a marijuana plantation.

However, the Senator’s intention was to call for its legalization in Kenya.

In the video, Ledama mentioned that he was in a country called Lithuania where its legal to plant marijuana.

He wondered why Kenya has not yet legalized marijuana yet it can help reduce pain for cancer patients.

“Why is it that we in Kenya are still stuck with the old ways of saying this is an illegal drug, this is crazy. My host is telling me that this is hemp that is used for construction, making ropes but really, it actually smells like weed… but that’s not the issue, if this is good either to reduce the pain of cancer patients why not legalize it? What is so bad about it.

He further said that if it is not good for Kenyans then no country in the world should plant it.

“We only live once. I think from our brief moments from our mothers’ wombs to our tombs, we need to come and settle this out. If this weed is good for us, lets legalize it. If its not good then let’s not allow other people in world to plant it.

“Today we are talking about the LGBT and some are saying there’s no more difference we are all equal let’s be strong about it…. I’m actually getting high,” said Ledama Olekina.

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