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Uhuru signs Sh180 billion deal during visit to France

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BY KEVIN KOECH

President Uhuru Kenyatta kicked off his France visit at Elysee Palace on Wednesday the 30th of September 2020, where his host Emmanuel Macron warmly welcomed him.

Shortly after 9 PM local time, Uuru inspected a guard of honor by the French Military marking the start of an elaborate state reception ceremony.

The two leaders then witnessed the signing of three bilateral agreements before they led their delegates to a State banquet.

Macron had held the celebration in honor of Uhuru as the visiting leader.

The two heads of state then retreated for private talks.

The two leaders reached a Private Public Partnership (PPP) for the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit Highway construction, signed between Vinci Concessions and KeNHA.

This Summit Highway is among the largest PPP projects in East Africa.

Kenya’s ambassador to France, Prof Judi Wakhungu, also explained that this highway would decongest the existing road.

She further noted that this highway is essential since it facilitates the transportation of goods to other countries.

“We hope that extending this highway, which is going to be about 200km, again, it will ease traffic on that particular very, very important route. I need not remind Kenyans that this is a major highway that connects Mombasa, Nairobi, and all the way to Uganda, Rwanda, and other parts of Central Africa,” Prof Wakhungu said.

The leaders also agreed on the commuter railway from the Nairobi CBD to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

According to Wakhungu, the railway will ease the movement of people in the city.

She also expressed her hope that businesses along the rail will boom.

“Our aspiration is to see that this commuter railway line eases traffic in Nairobi but also eases the movement of people within Nairobi. We hope that along the route and the surrounding areas, other businesses will be able to grow,” Prof Wakhungu said.

Uhuru and Macron also reached an agreement on the 400KV Menengai-Rongai electricity transmission line.

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Amina Abdi quietly quits troubled Capital FM

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Capital FM presenter Amina Abdi Rabar has called it quits at the station which had recently been hit by a massive exodus of presenters.

Amina’s exit was not announced neither did she tell her listeners that she was leaving the station she had worked for for almost a decade.

In the last few weeks, Fareed Khimani who returned to Capital FM last year, has been hosting the morning show alone and disclosed tha there will be a new co-host who will be joining him soon.

“Amina Abdi will not be returning and I will be joined soon by a new co-host. She has gone to do big and better things,” he said.

Amina, who is a vivid social media user, did not tell her followers that she was leaving her morning show leaving many to speculate on what exactly transpired between her and station owned by city billionaire Chris Kirubi.

Her social media pages showed that she had deleted almost everything to do with the media house only leaving the material she promotes and the show she hosts on NTV, The Trend.

Her departure from Capital fm comes just a month after another long time presenter Miano Muchiri left, and unlike the quiet departure by Amina, he said he was leaving his mid-morning show which he had hosted for more than a decade.

“The time has come to say goodbye to radio I would love it if you tuned in tomorrow one last time from 10:00-14:00,” he told his listeners then.

In mid-2019, the media house lost a host of its top talents, including radio host Anita Nderu who resigned saying she felt she had given her best and wanted new challenges.

Others who left the station are Web Editor and lifestyle writer/photographer Susan Wong, who resigned in January 2019 to return to her Canadian home and popular presenter Laura Walubengo, who quit in July 2018.

Others who also left were veteran presenters like Maqbul Mohammed, Cess Mutungi and My Two Cents co-hosts Sharon Mundia.

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Kiraitu Murungi wants Infotrack investigated over extortion

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BY KEVIN KOECH

After coming in as among the worst performing governors, Meru Governor, Kiraitu Murungi, has demanded investigations into Infotrak.

The Meru Governor rubbished the study, claiming that the study was fabricated.

He demanded that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission investigated the firm over extortion.

Murungi said that they had asked him to pay Ksh 3 million for a more favourable score.

“Let them look at Infotrak. I am ready to go there and give evidence that they were asking for Ksh 3 million so that they can give us a better number,” he said.

In the poll, released on Wednesday, October 28th, Murungi ranked 38th out of the 47 county governors.

He got a score of 46.7 per cent.

He was in the company of Homa Bay governor, Cyrpian Awiti, a perennial underachiever.

There were also Nyamira Governor, John Nyagarama and Patrick Khaemba, of Trans Nzoia.

Also in the bottom were Dhadho Godhana, of Tana River, Granton Samboja of Taita Taveta, Mohamad Mahamud of Wajir and Mohamed Kuti of Isiolo.

Former Kiambu Governor, Ferdinand Waititu ranked dead last in the poll, with Moses Lenolkulal of Samburu ranking 46th.

Infotrak took the study from 2019 over to 2020.

Hence, the reason why Waititu, who is now impeached, is in the poll.

Oparanya ranked as the best performing governor, taking to spot with 82.3 per cent, while Makueni Governor, Kivutha Kibwana, came in third.

Kibwana, who faces widespread admiration for how he runs Makueni County, scored 74.4 per cent.

In second place was Salim Vurya from Kwale with 77.1 per cent.

Fourth place had Anyang’ Nyong’o, who scored 65.9 per cent.

The polling did set off another discussion among the political elite.

As with the MP ranking, done by the same company, some governor, just like Murungi, claimed extortion from Infotrak.

Infotrak has repeatedly denied extorting from politicians.

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Tanzania: Tundu Lissu denounced Presidential results

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Tanzania’s Opposition leader, Tundu Lissu, has said that he will not accept the Presidential results, citing rigging.

Tanzania went into elections on October 28th, in one of the most hotly contested elections in the country.

However, the elections were marred by claims of violence, voter suppression and outright rigging.

Speaking at a presser on Thursday, Lissu said that he would not accept defeat due to the irregularities in the elections.

Lissu is the strongest of the other 14 candidates that ran against Magufuli.

“As far as we are concerned there is no election that has taken place. We shall not accept the results and so far we have asked Tanzanians to gather in large numbers for mass action and reject the results,” Lissu said.

Lissu was contesting on the Chadema party against Magufuli’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi.

CCM has been the ruling party in Tanzania since the country’s independence in 1961.

Lissu, though, says that the results do not reflect the will of the Tanzanians that showed up to vote.

Preliminary results show that Magufuli is well ahead of the other 14 Presidential candidates.

“We do not recognise what happened yesterday…because it was marred by irregularities. The results that have been announced since yesterday and which the Electoral Commission continues to announce today are, therefore, illegitimate. They do not reflect the true will of the millions of Tanzanian people who turned up at polling stations.” Lissu said.

Magufuli has come under fire for dictatorship tendencies, and that has been evident in the build up to this elections.

Yesterday, during the voting process, the government shut down the internet in Tanzania.

Furthermore, Lissu had his campaigns suspended over claims of violence.

Magufuli has also shut down several TV and radio stations which are critical of his regime or say something that contradicts the government’s position.

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