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Jack Ma’s donation was stolen, State now admits

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Some of the Covid-19 donations from the Jack Ma Foundation did not arrive in the country despite reports that they were delivered, a parliamentary committe was told yesterday.

Yesterday, the government for the first time admitted that the consignment of 21 packages of coronavirus equipment from the Chinese billionaire did not make way to Nairobi but were offloaded in Addis Ababa where they were repackaged and sold out.

Transport Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Chris Obure yesterday told the National Assembly’s Health Committee that the ministry, which was tasked to clear the items at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) did not receive 21 packages which were listed as part of the consignment.

Obure, however, said the ministry was not informed of the specific items contained in the missing luggage.

Oburu further told the committee that the ministry realised that the 21 packages were missing after verifying against the packing documents from China.

“We realised that 21 packages were not part of the listed items. We raised the matter with the Ministry of Health officials who were the consignee but got no answer,” said Obure.

He told the committee that the Ethiopian Airlines crew that delivered Jack Ma’s donation to Nairobi maintained that it brought what was packed in China.

Committee member Joshua Kuttuny said information had been conveyed to the Kenya government that Jack Ma Foundation had insisted on the donations being sent through Ethiopia for fear that corrupt government officials in some African countries including Kenya might not deliver the items to the intended recipients.

True to Jack Ma’s worries, what he had donated in good faith ended up

being sold to the government. Yesterday, Obure said he had no information why the Chinese billionaire decided to send the donation through Addis Ababa.

When he appeared before the committee on Wednesday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe had denied that the donation from Jack Ma was stolen.

“We are not aware of any missing donation from any well-wisher, in fact, we had it through the media that Jack Ma’s donations were stolen and then sold to this ministry,” Kagwe said.

Missing cargo

But speaking during yesterday’s session, Obure said he had personally raised the matter with top officials of the Ministry of Health who confirmed they were aware of the missing cargo and were pursuing the matter through the ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ethiopian Airlines.

Government Director of Clearing Agency Felix Aten said that upon learning of the missing cargo, he raised the issue with the Ministry of Health who promised to follow up.

“The Health ministry is yet to come up with a response and we are still waiting. My assumption is that they are still probing the matter,” Aten said.

Asked by committee chairperson Sabina Chege to confirm whether the consignment disappeared after landing in Nairobi or while on transit, Obure said it was established that the items were offloaded in Addis Ababa, which was the first destination. There have been allegations that Covid-19 donations, including those from Ma, were misappropriated or diverted.

Donations from the Foundation included 100,000 face masks but less than 20,000 were delivered to Kemsa.

Consignment to Kenya also included 20,000 testing kits, which arrived at JKIA on March 24.

Kagwe has since acknowledged that thieves had found their way to Jack Ma’s consignment, and promised that police had opened investigations into the matter.

Obure further told the committee that the Ethiopian Public Health Institute wrote to the Kenya government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs notifying it on the number of items contained in the donated consignment.

It also emerged that the consignment was not insured and it was not possible to claim the missing packages.

Obure said the Transport ministry has since surrendered clearing duties to the National Treasury and was not privy to the continuing investigations on the matter.

“The mandate to clear items on behalf of the government has since been transferred from us to the National Treasury. The matter of the missing items can now be well explained by Treasury and the ministry of Foreign Affairs who are pursuing the matter with the neighbouring country,” Obure told the committee.

A similar philanthropic gesture from the Jack Ma Foundation was extended to more than 30 other African countries.

By PD.co.ke

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‘I have been living with HIV/Aids for 10 years’ Narrates rape survivor Nikita

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A South African woman identified as Nikita has won the admiration of many for publicly speaking about her journey with HIV/Aids.

Sharing her experience via her twitter account she says

‘I have survived raped twice by my uncle and a unknown man,I have survived abuse from my mom.

I grew up in a orphanage, I was conceived via rape,I got diagnosed at 18 with a CD4 of below 100.

10 years later Im stil here thanks to my arvz #Covered24_7′

Nikita, who has been living with HIV for 10 years.

In another tweet Niqita said she was once sexually once abused while expectant by someone who should have protected her.

‘Ever had to be sexually abused while pregnant simply because you needed accommodation yep that was me. It made my strong.’

Describing herself, the mother of three said that HIV does not define her.

In the recent past more and more people are sharing their HIV stories. Among the most public cases are Asumpta Wagura, the late Binyavanga Wainaina,Phenny Awiti and Doreen Moraa.

Phenny Awiti was born with the virus but only found out when she was in high school.

Doreen Moraa has been living with the disease for 20 years.

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Top 3 robotics process automation (RPA) tools you can train on to become a highly paid consultant

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BY BOB MWITI

If you are an IT enthusiast or you are someone who want to make a career change, there is a wide range of cutting edge technologies in the tech industry right now, that you can train on to become a highly paid consultant.

One of those technologies is Robotics Process Automation (RPA). This is a relatively new technology that is blowing up right now! There is so much demand by companies to automate business processes and yet not many people have the skills needed to implement such a complex project.

In this episode of Success With Bob Mwiti Show, I breakdown the top RPA tools that you can train on, to become a highly paid consultant. If you like my work, kindly subscribe to my YouTube channel.

A Little Bit About Me!

I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS Financials and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) here in USA. I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

I’ve been blessed to have learned a lot in my career as an IT consultant. My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself. Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own online business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.On the internet, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

Keep your dream alive and never give up! To learn about my company’s amazing programs, please go to;

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I have not left my wife: Ex-president Jakaya Kikwete

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Former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has denied allegations that he has parted way with his wife Salma. Addressing a Chama Cha Mapenduzi (CCM) rally in Arusha on September 9 ahead of the October 28 General Elections, Mr Kiwete sought to put to rest the rumours propagated on social media.

“Should I, or should I not say?” Mr Kikwete posed to the crowd which cheered him on.

“I’ve heard that people were saying that ‘this lady has been dumped and that’s why she wants to become a Member of Parliament’. Do you want to take my wife from me? I have not left her,” said a laughing Mr Kiwete.

Making history

Mama Salma, as she’s popularly referred to by Tanzanians made history in 2017 after becoming the first former first lady to become MP after being nominated by President John Magufuli. Mrs Kikwete’s nomination was, however, viewed as a move to reach out to politicians with a big influence within CCM, as they were seen to be drifting away from the president.

After Mr Kikwete stepped down in 2015 after serving 10 years as president as per the constitution limit, Mrs Kikwete vigorously campaigned for Mr Bernard Membe, a close family friend to clinch the CCM seat and succeed her husband.

Soon after clinching the seat, rumours started swirling that President Magufuli’s crackdown on tax evasion at the Port of Dar es Salaam put him at odds with the Kikwete family as firms they were in business with were under investigation.

However, Mr Kikwete and President Magufuli both dismissed the allegations as a mudslinging campaign.

Women empowerment

During her tenure as First Lady, Mama Salma was hailed for being at the forefront of empowering women. She founded the Wanawake na Maendeleo (Wama), a non-profit dealing with women empowerment. She also founded Wama Secondary School, an institution that enrols bright but disadvantaged girls.

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