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President Ruto launches MV Uhuru II, first ever ship constructed in Kenya



The MV Uhuru II has been officially launched by President William Ruto at the Kenya Shipyards Limited in Kisumu County.

After the big launch, it will soon go on its first voyage on Lake Victoria, a development eagerly anticipated by companies that supply petroleum to neighboring East African nations.

The first ship entirely constructed in Kenya is the MV Uhuru II. Kenya is now the forerunner in shipbuilding in East and Central Africa with the completion of the Sh2.4 billion ship.

The warship was built and put together locally, saving the Kenyan government Sh1.3 billion that would have been spent on imports

The 1,800-ton MV Uhuru II was constructed at the Kenya Ship Yard by Kenyan organizations, including the Kenya Defense Force,  in partnership with a Dutch firm.

The vessel is anticipated to complement the MV Uhuru I, which was given to Kenya by a Scottish company in 1966 and had a capacity of 1260 tons.

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta went to the Kisumu Port on August 2, 2022, to supervise the ship’s floatation and to officially open the shipyard.

The 100-meter ship, which can transport 22 wagons across the lake and has a two million liters of crude oil capacity every voyage.

Brigadier Paul Otieno Owuor, the managing director of the Kenya Shipyard, claims that the ship can reach Tanzania and Uganda, which are nearby, in less than 10 hours.

The load capacity is somewhat greater than that of the MV Uhuru I, which can transport cargo at a speed of and has a capacity of 1.1 million liters to Port Bell Uganda in 17 hours.

Apart from opening more opportunities for export, the facility is also expected to present the locals with job opportunities

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MPs decry delay of Mt Kenya projects



Two Members of the Parliament from the Mt Kenya region have raised concern over the delay in the completion of the Mau Mau link road.

Kangema MP Peter Kihungi and his Juja counterpart George Koimburi on Sunday asked Treasury to release funds for the completion of the road that links Murang’a, Kiambu, Nyeri and Nyandarua counties.

They said that in the recent supplementary budget, the amount allocated to the road was slashed from Sh280 million to Sh175 million.

They said the Jubilee administration had allocated the project Sh4.5 billion and substantial work had been done on the ground. Kihungi said road is of immense economic importance to the local community and the country. “Residents are very much concerned about the progress of the road.

The construction during the previous government was going on well and we are worried since in the current budget Sh280 million was allocated but when it came to the supplementary budget the money was cut by more than half to Sh175 million which can hardly do much,” said Kihungi. Koimburi (pictured) said they promised their people that the Mau Mau Road would be completed once the Kenya Kwanza government assumed office.

“We want to ask the Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen to ensure money is allocated for roads being done in Mt Kenya. Residents are eagerly waiting for completion of these roads which are expected to spur the local economy,” he said

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British soldier killed off duty in Kenya



A British soldier in Kenya passed away, after being attacked while off duty.

On November 29, UK Ministry of Defence reports that Maj Kevin McCool, 32, passed away.

In a statement released on Friday, the ministry stated that McCool “tragically died while off-duty” and did not disclose any more details regarding his death.

However, according to British media, he was attacked while riding a motorcycle off base.

According to the soldier’s father, who was cited by Sky News, McCool rode his bike away from the base in preparation for his tour of duty coming to an end in three days.

“He decided to go out on his scrambler motorbike for one last ride up a local mountain. He went up a road and two guys jumped out at him with a gun,” the father identified as Joseph told the broadcaster.

“It seems that he thought the gun was a dummy, he didn’t think it was real. He made the mistaken assumption that the gun was artificial, and they shot him.”

The Ministry of Defence states that McCool was stationed throughout Europe, the Middle East, the Falklands, and Africa after receiving his commission from Sandhurst in August 2014.

He was a “big family man” who was enjoyable to work with, according to the ministry.

“As well as a glittering operational record, he also aced many of the military’s hardest courses,” read an eulogy, “His fitness was legendary, once beating the whole Battalion on a two miler, as was his endurance. His enthusiasm was infectious.”

“He had a mischievous twinkle in his eye, that made him tremendous fun to be with. Yet his professionalism and sense of purpose was paramount and clear to all those lucky enough to serve with him.”

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Ex-Uhuru PS decries state of JKIA, terms it ‘makeshift warehouse’



Former Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Macharia Kamau has expressed disapproval of the condition of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Macharia claimed in an X statement that it might be disheartening for visitors to JKIA, particularly those from affluent nations, to arrive after a journey overseas.

He claimed that once inside the airport terminal, which resembles a temporary warehouse, the situation only becomes worse.

The former PS said that getting into the terminal gives one the feeling of “living in the stone age” period.

“Sometimes one arrives home from an international trip, say from Dubai, and one looks out the window of the plane at the depressing & chaotic urban sprawl and then gets into the makeshift warehouse that is the terminal & one just wanna weep. It’s like we are still in the Stone Age,” Amb Macharia said.

His comments coincide with the discovery of a roof leak in one of JKIA’s recently rebuilt terminals.

Henry Ogoye, Managing Director of the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), claims that throughout the past ten years, the airport’s facilities and infrastructure have not been adequately upgraded.

“…even temporary interventions became permanent solutions hence the current state of affairs in service disruptions,” he said.

He, however, said the government has commenced the process of addressing infrastructure development of the facility.

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