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Kenyan Hotel Intercontinental, closes and lays off all employees

Kenyan Hotel Intercontinental, closes and lays off all employees
Kenyan Hotel Intercontinental, closes and lays off all employees.FILE:Intercontinental hotel,Nairobi.PHOTO/CapitalFMNewsagency

In yet another massive layoff, the Intercontinental Hotel in Kenya’s capital CBD has sacked all employees and ended its Kenya operations amid the coronavirus economic fallout.

The hotel’s general manager Oliver Geyer told employees in a notice the firm has declared all workers redundant and it would terminate its Nairobi hotel lease.

Kenya has lost Sh80 billion so far in tourism revenue, about half of last year’s total, due to the coronavirus crisis.

In a notice, Intercontinental Hotel revealed that it was already struggling before the pandemic outbreak and last year was declared technically insolvent since it could not service its debts that stood at Sh717 million.

“InterContinental Hotels Corporation Limited is for operational reasons, considering a permanent closure of the Intercontinental Nairobi and winding up all its operations in the Republic of Kenya,” read the notice.

The termination notice comes a few weeks after Norfolk closed its door in a similar fashion.

The InterContinental Hotels Corporation has been running and managing the 389-room InterContinental Hotel Nairobi under a 99-year lease since April 1967.

 

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Senator Kipchumba Murkomen says wife used to send him fare when they were dating

Senator Kipchumba said he was so broke back then and his wife was the one who would send him fare to their dates –

Senator Kipchumba Murkomen says wife used to send him fare when they were dating

He added that she was so generous that she bought the first car the couple owned – The two have been serving couple goals online with countless photos showing how much they are dear to each other Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has opened up for the first time about how he met the love of his life Grace and most importantly, the major role she played when they were just dating.

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Health

Masks From China Failed Quality Tests – Health CS Mutahi Kagwe

Masks From China Failed Quality Tests – Health CS Mutahi Kagwe

Masks From China Failed Quality Tests – Health CS Mutahi Kagwe
Masks From China Failed Quality Tests – Health CS Mutahi Kagwe-Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has revealed that masks obtained from China to help in the fight against coronavirus recently failed quality checks.

Speaking in Kisumu County during the daily Covid-19 briefing, the CS stated that the masks that failed the tests were analyzed by the Kenya Bureau Of Standards (KEBS).

Kagwe noted locally made Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) were of high quality compared to some of the imported protective gear. He encouraged Kenyans to embrace locally manufactured PPES.

Sub-standard PPES increase risk of exposure especially for frontline health workers

Kenya imported PPES from China to aid in the fight against the virus.

Kenya was also among African countries that received a donation of PPEs from Chinese business magnate Jack Ma.:

Kagwe did not specify which of the PPES received from the Asian country failed the quality tests.

At the same time, the CS warned doctors that are issuing negative certificates for deaths as a result of the virus, to enable the families hold normal burials.

“We are aware that there are doctors, in the private sector who are undermining the process of protecting families by exploiting their emotions and colluding with some of them to ensure burials are done normally,” said Kagwe.

 

Kagwe noted that in the past 24 hours Kenya recorded 599 new cases of Covid-19 after testing 4420 samples. The number of infections confirmed in the country now stands at 26,436.

1,062 patients, majority of them in home-based care, have recovered in the last 24 hours, while the death toll has risen to 420 after two more victims succumbed to the virus.

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600 Journalists Have Lost Jobs, 60 have Covid-19 – MCK

600 Journalists Have Lost Jobs, 60 have Covid-19 – MCK

600 Journalists Have So Far Lost Jobs As 60 Get Infected With Covid-19 – MCK
600 Journalists Have So Far Lost Jobs As 60 Get Infected With Covid-19 – MCK-Media Council of Kenya CEO David Omwoyo. [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

At least 600 journalists have lost their jobs due to Covid-19 pandemic, the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) CEO David Omwoyo has said.Speaking to KTN News, Omwoyo said that as of August 9, 60 journalists had been infected with the virus while one had succumbed. Omwoyo said that he could not reveal to the public the name of the deceased journalist.

Omwoyo revealed that another batch of 42 journalists had been “sent away” from their places of work for being associated with Covid-19.

“I was recently speaking to a marketing executive from one of the media houses who told me that they have been barred from visiting some places which are considered hotspots.

He said that MCK has been holding meetings with journalists from the most affected areas to help them psychologically, and also financially.

He however blamed journalists for not taking care of themselves in the first days after Covid-19 was reported in the country, by feeling ‘special’ and ignoring Ministry of Health directives.

Among the journalists who have tested positive for Covid-19 include Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange and Stephen Letoo. Others include BBC’s Ian Wafula and NTV’s Miss Katiwa.

In June 2020, the Royal Media Services (RMS) sent home a number of its journalists especially from the radio department, almost simultaneously with Mediamax Network Ltd which fired hundreds of its journalists.

IN RMS, top journalists who were sent packing include Radio Citizen presenters Syombua Osiany, John Maloba, Himenigilder Mugeni.

Hot 96 FM Presenter Nancy Wanjiku Karanja popularly known to her fans as Shix Kapienga is also said to have been laid off.

Syombua hosted Pambazuka from 4am to 6am.

Kapienga, who doubles up as a comedian and actor, hosted Drop Zone on Hot 96 FM Monday to Thursday from 7pm to 10pm.

A majority of the Mediamax employees who were sacked via night SMS are those who were opposed to pay cuts, instituted due to the effects of Covid-19 on revenues.

Some of the notable faces fired include Sam Njoroge, Rose Gakuo, Fred Indimuli (K24 poached him from Citizen TV in 2018), Eric Njoka, Karen Karimi, Isabella Kituri, Nancy Onyancha, Caren Kibett, Shon Osimbo, Sara Adams, Joy Kariuki, Joab Mwaura, Tony Khwalanda and Milele FM presenter Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o.

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Tottenham Hotspur announce the £20m signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton

Tottenham Hotspur announce the £20m signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton in a five-year deal

Tottenham Hotspur announce the £20m signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton in a five-year deal (photos)
Tottenham Hotspur announce the £20m signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton in a five-year deal (photos)

Tottenham Hotspur announce the ?20m signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton in a five-year deal (photos)

Tottenham Hotspur have announced the signing of midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton.

The 25-year-old Denmark international who underwent his medical at the club’s training ground on Monday August 10, penned a five-year deal with Jose Mourinho’s side for a fee of £20million.

Tottenham Hotspur announce the ?20m signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton in a five-year deal (photos)

Hojbjerg will wear the No 5 shirt vacated by Jan Vertonghen who left the club at the end of the season.

After completing his move, Hojbjerg told Tottenham’s official website: ‘What was very important to me is I wanted to play in a club where I could see myself for many years. Tottenham was the one. I’m very proud, very happy, excited.

‘I think there’s a fantastic future ahead for the Club and I wanted so much to be a part of that.’

Tottenham Hotspur announce the ?20m signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton in a five-year deal (photos)

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Russia announces world’s first Coronavirus vaccine which offers ‘two years’ immunity

 World’s first Coronavirus vaccine

Russia announces world's first Coronavirus vaccine which offers 'two years' immunity
Russia announces world’s first Coronavirus vaccine which offers ‘two years’ immunity

Russia president Vladimir Putin, has announced that his country has finally approved the world’s first Covid-19 vaccine, saying he has tested it on his daughter and it worked.

According to Putin, the vaccine was developed at Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, with large-scale production of the vaccine projected to start in September, while mass vaccination may begin as early as October.

Russia announces world

The vaccine has undergone just less than two months of human testing but Putin speaking to Government officials on Tuesday August 11 said one of his two daughters is among those who have already had a shot of the new vaccine.

Putin did not specify which of his daughters had received the jab, but said she had a temperature of 38C on the day of her first injection, which then dropped to 37C the next day.

He said she had a slight increase in temperature after the second injection, but she is now ‘feeling well’. He revealed she had a ‘high number of antibodies’.

The next stage of the tests, commonly known as a Phase III trial, will involve thousands of participants. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are more than 100 possible Covid-19 vaccines currently being developed around the world.

This phase III stage is normally considered an essential precursor before a vaccine can receive regulatory approval and be distributed worldwide.

Putin speaking today said: ‘I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks.’

According to Putin the vaccine development is a ‘very important step for the world.’

The Health Ministry said in Tuesday’s statement that the vaccine is expected to provide immunity from the coronavirus for up to two years.

Putin emphasized that vaccination will be voluntary and that medical workers, teachers and other risk groups will be the first to be inoculated.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has lauded Russia’s efforts in developing the vaccine and said that the Philippines is ready to work with Moscow on vaccine trials, supply, and production.

Duterte volunteered to “be the first they can experiment on.”

“I will tell President Putin that I have huge trust in your studies in combating COVID and I believe that the vaccine that you have produced is really good for humanity,” Duterte said, adding that he thinks Russia’s vaccine will be ready for the Philippines by December.

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Economy Politics

DP Ruto ready to pay for second time to keep Weston Hotel Land

DP Ruto Wants State Agency To Abandon Quest To Recover Weston Hotel Land, Wants To Pay For It A Second Time

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Weston Hotel/courtesy

Deputy President William Ruto has sought to have a state agency abandon its quest in recovering the land on which Weston Hotel sits on and instead accept payment for it.

According to the Standard, Ruto has urged the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to finish negotiations for compensation of the land as directed by the National Land Commission (NLC).

Apparently, Weston Hotel Limited did a new filing before the July 29 hearing date which will see it conclude negotiations that will determine how much it will pay KCAA for the 0.773-hectare that is opposite Wilson Airport.

Initially, the Hotel had argued that it was the legitimate owner of the parcel of land hence the directive to compensate the government would be unfair and unjust enrichment of the State agency.

Consequently, a fresh valuation of the land is to be done which will determine how much Ruto was to pay NLC so as to regularize the Title to Weston Limited.

Weston through lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi now wants the court to strike out the case citing that KCAA has not exhausted the remedies offered by the commission. Weston accuses KCAA of filing multiple claims over the property in different forums thus abusing the court process.

For example, Weston Limited argues that KCAA’s case does not have a serious purpose since it failed to exhaust the available remedies as the claims were filed in different forums contrary to the principle that states a person challenging a decision must first pursue the available solutions offered to him/her before seeking a review or setting them aside.

“While appreciative of the substance of the subject matter herein and in cognisance of the adjudication process that had already been undertaken by the first respondent (NLC) in relation to the subject matter, the second respondent (Weston Hotel) prays for stay and or dismissal of the petition herein,” the application filed on June 16 is quoted by the publication.

It further reads, “The Constitution and the relevant statutes set out a detailed procedure and process for seeking redress, and the petitioner has already pursued that process and procedure half-way. It is in contention of the second respondent that the procedure and process are mandatory, and this honourable court is lawfully obliged to order the petitioner to finalise and or pursue that process and procedure to the end.”

According to lawyer Ahmednasir, the land dispute was already settled by the commission and the only available approach for Wilson Airport is to approach the court through filing an appeal and not a fresh suit.

A firm alleged to have been the initial owner of the contested land, Priority Limited also echoed the new application by Weston Hotel Limited stating that the case had already been prosecuted.

Priority Limited through its lawyer Katwa Kigen argued that KCAA already prosecuted the case against Weston before NLC could obtain a valid judgement.

“The petitioner’s claim is res judicata in toto in the face of lack of an appeal from the NLC’s adjudication and the decision of the selfsame dispute. The petitioner’s petition is an abuse of the court process, including the proceedings available at the NLC,” reads Priority’s reply filed on July 1.

KCAA through its lawyers Otiende Omollo and Stephen Ligunya has however maintained its stand that its only desire is to get back to its land.

In June 2019, KCAA moved to the Lands and Environment Court in a suit filed by lawyers Otiende Amollo and James Orengo challenging a deal brokered NLC in which Ruto was required to compensate KCAA.

On January, NLC had recommended that the DP “pays the current market price of land to KCAA so as to enable it to purchase land of equal value.”

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Africa News Politics

Tanzania Bans Domestic Broadcasters From Airing Foreign-made Content Without State Permission

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President John Magufuli. PHOTO/ COURTESY

The Tanzanian government has banned all domestic licensed broadcasters from carrying foreign-made content without state permission.

The new directive is part of the revised guidelines issued by the country’s Communications Regulatory Authority.

After obtaining permission to air content from international media houses like BBC, DW and CNN, the authority details that the licensed broadcasters will take responsibility for any content deemed “unsuitable”.

“Baada ya kupata kibali cha kujiunga na mtoa huduma mwingine wa maudhui. Mwenye leseni atawajibika kwa maudhui yoyote yasiyozingatia sheria na kanuni izi,” the government said.

The new regulations further require a government official to accompany any local journalist when covering a story with a foreigner.

To further regulate the media in the country, the authority further defined watershed period as hours from 12.00am to 5am. This is the period when broadcasters can air content only suitable for adults.

The authority stated that the new regulations are aimed at l”improving content” local content.

“Kanuni hizo zimelenga kuboresha huduma za maudhui ya Redio na Televisheni pamoja na usimamiza wake kutokana na uzoefu uliopatikana kwa kipindi cha miaka miwili toka kanauni za zamani zilipoanza kutumika mwaka 2018, ” the authority added.

Failure to adhere to the regulations, the government said, licensed media houses shall be fined.

Some of the journalists working with foreign media houses termed the new regulations as punitive and aimed at restricting international media from covering the October General Elections.

President John Pombe Magufuli is seeking re-election and will be facing off with renowned opposition chief Tundu Lissu.

The Magufuli-led regime has been accused of having taken control of the local media by frustrating journalists who dare to question the government.

Magufuli has also been criticized over attempt to stifle opposition through intimidations and arrests.

“Tanzania will hold its elections in October. Under the new law, foreign correspondents cannot work with local journalist and fixers – unless a government official is with them wherever they go, ” BBC journalist Ferdinand Omondi tweeted.

He added, “The Tanzanian government has already cracked down on domestic journalists. They have been intimidated, banned, and even jailed. Now, it seems state is training guns on the foreign press, seeking total control of the content Tanzania citizens consume.”

 

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Business Economy

Uchumi To Be Auctioned If It Fails To Pay Ksh 4.7 Billion Debt In Six Months

Uchumi To Be Auctioned If It Fails To Pay Ksh4.7 Billion Debt In Six Months
Uchumi To Be Auctioned If It Fails To Pay Ksh4.7 Billion Debt In Six Months-uchumi hyper [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

Cash strapped Uchumi Supermarket has been given six months to pay over 100 suppliers Ksh4.7 billion debt or face auction.

Last week, Justice Mary Kasango allowed the implementation of a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) that 121 suppliers agreed to in March, that will see them take a 70 percent loss.

In the out of court agreement that had initially been opposed by UBA Bank, the retailer will form a committee to ensure the payments are made on time.

Justice Kasango ruled that all money claims currently before court be suspended to allow the payments to be made, failure to which Uchumi’s assets will be auctioned and the retailer evicted by landlords.

“In the event the company defaults…. A person may take steps to enforce a security over the company’s property only with the consent of the supervisor or with the approval of this Honourable Court; A person may take steps to repossess goods in the company’s possession under a credit purchase transaction only with the consent of the supervisor or with the approval of this Honourable Court…”

“…The company’s landlords may exercise a right of forfeiture by peaceable re-entry in relation to premises let to the company only with consent of the Supervisor or with the approval of this Honourable court,” the court papers read.

Out of the 152 creditors who met Uchumi in March, 121 voted to implement the CVA, 28 opposed it while three votes were spoilt.

The 121 creditors will be paid Ksh1.05 billion out of the Ksh3.5 billion they are owed, according to the agreement.

The rest are owed Ksh1.2 billion, and will be forced to abide by the agreement made through majority vote, by receiving 30 percent (Ksh355 million) of what they are owed.

In its recovery plans, Uchumi was planning to sell a 20-acre piece of land in Roysambu for Ksh2.8 billion, before the Kenya Defence Forces claimed the land and occupied it in April 2019.