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3×3 BASKETBALL TEAM RECEIVE CRUCIAL SUPPORT TOWARDS NATIONS LEAGUE

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The National 3×3 Women’s Basketball team’s departure to Constanta, Romania, for the FIBA 3×3 U23 Nations League 2022 on 13th September 2022 received a major boost when the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) extended support to them.

The Nations League is the first stride in qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics, whereby the top country earns a direct ticket. Should the country fail to qualify, they get another opportunity if they are to become the leading nation in the Africa Cup in December, in Cairo.

12 women and 12 men will be heading to the Games and Kenyan will play in Pool D, alongside Japan and Lithuania. The top country in each pool qualifies for the quarter-finals followed by knockouts, heading to the finals.

3×3 BASKETBALL TEAM

The Kenyan team consists of four athletes- Alexandra Juma (Strathmore), who’s the captain, Madina Okot (KPA), Jackline Kogo (Zetech) and Yvonne Okelo (KPA).  The Head Coach, Tonny Ochieng and Team Manager Hilmi Ali will accompany the team to the Games slated from 14th-16th September, 2022.

The Kenyan women’s team and the Rwanda Men’s team were selected to represent Africa after winning the Africa South Conference of the FIBA 3×3 Nations League 2022 at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi on July 11-16 where Kenya gathered 510 points.

“This is the biggest tournament straight from the Commonwealth Games. The team is very young, with the youngest player Madina Okot, 18 years of age, having gained experience in Birmingham. The motivation for the young team- we want them to learn to play this game and reach the biggest global stage in Basketball and that is the Olympics”, said Hilmi Ali, who is also the 3×3 National Coordinator and Vice-Chairman, Kenyan Basketball federation.

Speaking during the sponsorship presentation, NOC-K Secretary General, Francis Mutuku, flanked by NOC-K Women Representative, Paurvi Rawal spoke on the importance of the support as a stepping stone to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

“We pride in supporting this young team as they head out for the first step towards Paris 2024. At a time where there’s limited resources available to teams because of the prevailing circumstances, we deploy our meagre resources to support teams in preparations towards the Olympics and we wouldn’t like to see them missing any opportunity, particularly with the promise we see in youthful players.”

NOC-K has recently supported three teams- The Netball women to the Africa Cup 2022, Boxing National team to the Africa Boxing Championship 2022 and Malkia Strikers, who are currently in Brazil preparing for the World Championship later this month in the Netherlands and Poland.

“Three things to note as we continuously prioritize teams; a team has to be youthful which is in our strategic focus and objective not only towards Paris 2024, but Los Angeles 2028, A team has to be consistent, on the path to Olympics (An Olympic or World Cup qualifier) and numbers are not large. The pool can only support as much”, reiterated the NOCK SG.

Speaking, while receiving the Kshs 1.1 million cheque, Alexandrea thanked NOC-K and assured that the team, which has been practicing at Nyayo Stadium, was more than ready.

“For a young girl who’s grown up in Kibera and only got to Strathmore through a Scholarship and now I get to represent my country and for the first time, even to go on international duty, all I can do, and I speak for my team, is bring glory back home. The team is ready and above that, young and full of hope.”

About The 3×3 Basketball Game:

 The Game has taken a great triumph since Kenya’s team represented Africa in Birmingham and has evidently been captured at the School Games, through Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA introducing it in the school’s calendar. upcoming basketball female star Medina Okot, a former student at Kaya Tiwi school in Kwale County, spoke on the importance of all the skills she learnt in Birmingham as she heads to the World Nations League.

The youthful player was among the top 60 African Under-18 players who got picked to attend the Basketball Without Boarders (BWB) camp in Cairo, Egypt.

She is also set to join Troy University College in the US for a fully paid four-year scholarship to study and play basketball. She joins another Kenyan international basketballer Felmas Koranga at the institution.

KCB Gets IFC Loan for Green Lending

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KCB Bank Kenya and IFC have signed a partnership that will help catalyze the growth of climate finance in Kenya by increasing support for businesses addressing climate change.

IFC will extend a $150 million loan to KCB Bank Kenya to fund the growth of the bank’s climate finance portfolio, with a specific focus on financing the development of energy efficiency projects, renewable energy, climate smart projects, and green buildings. Through the partnership, IFC will support the bank to develop a climate finance strategy and build its capacity for climate risk assessment and reporting.

“We continue to play our role in climate mitigation and adaptation in Kenya in the realization that business is no longer just about profits but ensuring that we also take care of our environment, ensuring sustenance of the current and future generations,” said KCB Group Chief Executive Officer Paul Russo. “KCB is stepping in to help businesses curtail the adverse impacts of climate change, thus boosting economic growth, food security, and job creation in Kenya and building resilience.”

KCB Kencom Branch

The Government of Kenya has committed to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent through integrating climate change adaptation into national and county-level development planning by 2030. Kenya is vulnerable to climate change and the latest World Bank Kenya Economic Update estimates that up to five million people need food assistance due to drought and rising food insecurity.

“Recurring natural disasters like droughts and floods have impacted the livelihoods of Kenyans and the country’s economic development. The private sector can play a significant role by mobilizing financial resources to help finance the country’s green transition,” said Amena Arif, IFC Country Manager for Kenya. “Our partnership with KCB Bank Kenya will increase access to climate finance in the country and enable the development of more green projects that support Kenya to respond to the effects of climate change and shift to a greener development model.”

Kipande Branch

IFC is committed to growing its climate-related investments globally to an annual average of 35 percent of its own account in three years and working with financial institutions to finance projects supporting mitigation and adaptation. A 2019 IFC report estimated that Nairobi has an $8.5 billion climate investment opportunity for the period 2018 to 2030—$5 billion of which lies in electric vehicles and the rest in public transport, green buildings, water, renewable energy, and waste. The loan to KCB is part of IFC’s growing work in Kenya to increase the amount of climate financing available.

NAIVAS MAKES A GRAND RETURN TO THE CITY OF CHAMPIONS WITH 85TH OUTLET

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Kenya’s number one retail chain, Naivas Supermarket opens doors of its newest outlet in Eldoret town. The new store will be the retailers 85th store in the country and the 4th in Eldoret town. The outlet covering 39,999 square feet of trading space is located along Stendi Kisa-Yala Road at Elgon View Mall in Elgon View Estate, a suburb in Eldoret.

“We are very delighted to be making a grand return to the city of champions, a town that we as a
homegrown brand take great pride in being a part of. Eldoret has seen the success of three of our
outlets; Referral, Sokoni and the year old, Zion Mall. A factor that influenced this new development.
Over and above that, this opening was motivated by the need to continually offer shoppers an
experience that compliments their lives by being a one stop premium shop.

Our greatest pride and joy is that with every support accorded to us as a brand, we get to grow our contribution to the Kenyan economy by supporting industries, farmers and creating jobs both directly and indirectly,” said Willy Kimani, Naivas Chief Commercial Officer. Willy Kimani also added “This new store will deliver nothing short of an authentic Kenyan hospitality something that is part of our Kenyan DNA, and which underscores our standing as “the ndonyo for champions”.

Our customers know that each time they walk through our doors they can trust us to deliver on our promise; saves you money. This is cemented by our mantra; we exist to make other people’s lives better, which underpins each of our undertakings.” The new store will carry a wide range of product categories including but not limited to fresh produce, commodities, electronics, and other general products. As is tradition, the retailer will run exclusive store opening offers to celebrate the milestone with the shoppers who are the true driving force behind the success experienced in the region.

The retailer has a busy first half of financial year 23 ahead, as it sets its eyes on several store openings
which include Ojijo Road in Parklands, Meru and Ruai.

HISTORIC OMANYALA DELIVERS IN BIRMINGHAM

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History was made on Wednesday night as Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala became the first Kenyan to win 100m gold at the Commonwealth Games.

Africa’s fastest man Omanyala truly lived up to the billing of Team Kenya’s clarion call at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham ‘Inspiring the Nation’ by opening Kenya’s gold medal account in a scintillating fashion.

Omanyala

Omanyala said he is happy to inspire a new generation of sprinters in Kenya including Samuel Imeta, who reached the semis in his Club Games debut.

An elated Omanyala commended his track antics in Birmingham and here’s what he had to say after the epic final.

“I know it will sink in after some days, but it feels nice to lay my hands on this coveted crown and I am happy about it. My aim is to pave the way for many Kenyan sprinters and I know that I will inspire countless others to embrace the sprints,” the Kenyan record holder said.

“They just needed someone to break the barriers, and I am sure many more talented Kenyans will now come out strongly to prove their mettle to the world.”

Omanyala’s outstanding gold medal came hot on the heels after Irene Cheptai led compatriot Sheila Chepkirui to a 2-3 finish in the women’s 10,000m final.

Cheptai, the 2017 World Cross Country Champion, scooped silver for Kenya while 2016 African 5000m champion Chepkirui settled for silver.

Sheila Kiprotich and Irene Cheptai

From when the track and field athletics program started on Tuesday, Aug 2, Kenyan athletes lit up Alexander Stadium with their determination for medals, scooping 4 medals in between after giving fans in the sold-out Stadium the experience of their lifetime.

Kenya has so far, a total of seven medals; 1 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze and will be looking to add more medals on Friday in the women’s 3000m steeplechase final.

In the women’s 100m, Maximila Imali reached the semi-finals while in beach volleyball, the Kenyan ladies bagged its first win after eliminating Ghana 2-1, in boxing it was tough luck for Elizabeth Andiego who was eliminated in the women’s middleweight.

Omanyala

In badminton, Sammy Sikoyo was eliminated in the round of 64 while Brian Mutua started on a high, winning 4-1 against Ramon Maxwell of Barbados before losing 4-2 to Akhilen Yogarajah of Mauritius.

In the men’s singles Kenyan Muqtadir Nimji lost 3-0 to Zambian Kundanji Kalengo as Judoka Dianah Kana slipped to Sarah Hawkes of Northern Ireland. 

COCA-COLA AWARDS FINAL TICKET TO QATAR WORLD CUP IN CONSUMER PROMOTION

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Lucas Mokaya Bundi is the lucky winner of the final ticket to Qatar to watch this year’s FIFA World Cup in the just concluded Coca-Cola’s FIFA World Cup Buy and Win Promotion in Kenya.  

Mokaya won the last grand prize ticket in Coca-Cola’s national consumer promotion that will see him and four other Kenyans get a chance to experience two live matches of the much-anticipated football tournament scheduled to kick off in November 20th in Doha, Qatar.

The 27-year-old resident of Kayole, in Nairobi County who works as a waiter in a local restaurant, couldn’t contain his excitement over the news and what the opportunity means to him.

He will be joining four other winners of the grand prize: Veronica Maweu also from Kayole, in Nairobi County, Wendy Cherop from Nakuru County, Duncan Wekesa from Meru County and William Maore from Mombasa County, on a fully paid trip to Qatar courtesy of Coca-Cola.

The five winners will each receive a package inclusive of a round trip, four nights’ accommodation, all meals catered for, a ticket to two matches of the FIFA World Cup and on ground transportation for the duration of their stay.

Mokaya Lucas

“I have not travelled outside of the country before, and to imagine that my first trip is going to be to Qatar to watch the World Cup, all-expenses paid, is unbelievable. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity,” said Mokaya.

“We have had a successful consumer promotion and would like to thank everyone who participated. Special congratulations to Mokaya and our grand prize winners as we look forward to giving them a life altering experience with this trip to Qatar to watch the FIFA World Cup. We are privileged to be able to give this opportunity to our consumers, right from the viewing experience of the original World Cup trophy earlier in May to sponsoring five Kenyans to experience first-hand the World Cup tournament in Qatar,” said Miriam Limo, Senior Marketing Manager at Coca-Cola, Kenya.

“We hope to deliver a real magical experience for our grand prize winners in Qatar. Moments like these that bring joy to our consumers make our brand proud. We remain committed to creating more magical moments for our consumers through our products and campaigns such as this one,” Limo added.

The Coca-Cola Buy and Win promotion which was launched in April and ran up to July has seen close to 3 million Kenyans win more than Kes. 80 million in cash and airtime.

The national consumer promotion also saw 3000 Kenyans win tickets to the viewing experience of the original FIFA World Cup trophy at KICC on May 27th. The trophy was in the country on May 26th and 27th as part of the global tour of 54 countries. It was accompanied by 2002 FIFA World Cup legend, Brazilian defender Juliano Belletti and presented to His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House.

To participate in the promotion, consumers were required to purchase 1Litre, 1.5Ltr or 2Ltr Coke, Fanta or Sprite, check the code under the green closures and SMS the code to 40111 for a chance to win.

Swearing-in Senators and MPs

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  • 337 elected members of the National Assembly take their oath of office today
  • On the first sitting of the two Houses, the first business is the swearing-in of the members who will then elect the speakers.
  • Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula of Kenya Kwanza is expected to square it out with Mr Kenneth Marende of Azimio for the Speaker of the National Assembly position.
  • The Deputy Speaker position will see Dadaab MP Farah Maalim (Azimio) go against Uasin Gishu Woman Rep Gladys Shollei (Kenya Kwanza).

Nigeria to host Shelter Afrique’s 42nd AGM in May 2023

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Nigeria’s Minister of State Hon. Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub (right) and Shelter Afrique Ag. Managing Director Mr. Kingsley Muwowo pose for a photo session after signing a host agreement. With them is Shelter Afrique Company Secretary Mrs. Juliette Kavuruganda.

Nigeria will host Shelter Afrique’s 42nd Annual General Meeting in Abuja, the pan- African housing development financier has disclosed.


This follows the signing of the host agreement at the end of July between Shelter Afrique and the Federal Government of Nigeria in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe during the 41st AGM.  

The agreement was signed by the Minister of State Hon. Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub on behalf of the government of Nigeria and Shelter Afrique Ag. Managing Director Mr. Kingsley Muwowo and witnessed by the Chairman of Shelter Afrique AGM Bureau & Zimbabwe’s Minister of National Housing and Social Amenities Hon. Daniel Garwe, Shelter Afrique Company Secretary Mrs. Juliette Kavuruganda, and other senior government officials.

The event scheduled to take place in May 2023 is expected to cover an Annual Symposium, a Ministerial Roundtable, the 42nd Annual General Meeting and some interlinked business activities as part of the proceedings.

Housing Ministers from 44 member countries, housing sector players from the public and private sectors and other governmental and non-governmental entities are expected to attend. 

Following the signing of the host country agreement, the Federal Government of Nigeria is expected to ensure effective organisation and success of the meetings by undertaking to contribute to the physical planning which include country entry requirements, provision of hosting premises, transport for designated officials and related protocols and formalities.

Commenting on the country’s readiness, Mr. El-Yakub commended Shelter Afrique for choosing Nigeria to host its AGM a second time, adding that the government was pleased with the Shelter Afrique investment in the country.

“Nigeria is happy to be the next host of the Annual General Meeting. We appreciate how things come full circle. We were the host for the 36th Annual General Meeting in 2016. We steadied the ship and handed stewardship to Zimbabwe. Now Zimbabwe has an opportunity to do the same for us. This is the role we must all play in advancing the cause for affordable housing.,” Mr. El-Yakub said.

“We look forward to collaborating with the Chairperson of the 41st Annual General Meeting, Hon. Daniel Garwe, and with the 2nd Vice-Chairperson, Rwanda and indeed all shareholders. Our planning begins now, we must continue the tradition of excellent hosting, and we will shortly communicate more information on the date, venues and sundry”.

Thanking the government of Nigeria for committing to hosting the 42nd AGM, Mr. Muwowo said the signing of the Host Agreement was significant in highlighting Shelter Afrique’s role as a catalyst in the industry and its ability to leverage partnerships, adding that this provides an opportunity for the government of Nigeria to shape and lead the conversation on affordable housing in the region and across the continent.

“We are pleased with the emphasis the Federal Government of Nigeria has placed in the provision of affordable housing. We believe that by hosting our 42nd AGM Nigeria will be able to take the lead on shaping the narrative around affordable housing in Nigeria and beyond,” Mr. Muwowo said.

Nigeria is one of the countries that established Shelter Afrique and has been an active member over the years. Currently, it’s the second largest shareholder in the Company, with a shareholding of 15.8%, after Kenya.

increased engagement

In the recent past, Shelter Afrique has increased its activities in Nigeria, providing tailor-made, long-term funding solutions for the provision of affordable and adequate housing in Nigeria. In line with this strategy, Shelter Afrique issued the ₦46 billion (US$110.7 million) Series 1 Fixed Rate Senior Unsecured Bond Issuance in Nigeria’s capital market under our ₦200 billion (US$481.3 million) bond issuance programme.

The Company has also initiated a discussion with the several stakeholders, including State governments and the Federal Housing Authority to see ways of collaboration and further the affordable housing agenda in Nigeria.

“We are currently considering an equity investment in the Nigerian Mortgage Guarantee Company. We are also considering a Public-Private-Partnership agreement with state governments, for 60,000 affordable homes which we believe will create 300,000 jobs,” Mr. Muwowo said.

Shelter-Afrique is a pan African housing finance and development institution established by African governments to address the need for a sustainable housing delivery system and related infrastructure projects in Africa. Shareholders include 44 African countries, the African Development Bank, the African Re-Insurance Corporation, and Fonds de Solidarité Africain (FSA).

Obado heckled during Ochillo’s swearing in

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Outgoing Migori governor Okoth Obado had a rough time handing over the instruments of power to his successor Ochilo Ayacko during the swearing-in ceremony.

Rowdy crowds started hurling water bottles at him as a section of others jeered him.

Obado was among high-ranking guests invited to the function at Migori county stadium.

It forced a protocol breach as Awendo MP Walter Owino who was to call Obado failed to calm the charged crowd heckling him.

But the charged crowd continued yelling and shouting unprintable words forcing Ayacko to come and calm them.

Mohammed who was elected on an independent ticket told off Obado and Ruto for trying to ‘buy her off to move to Kenya Kwanza.

But amid jeers, Obado said he will not stop supporting Ruto irking the crowd further.

Obado congratulated Ayacko and insisted that he will support him fully and said for ten years “it was not an easy walk, it was difficult terrain which should not repeat itself”.

Ayacko thanked Obado and said he still has a chance to make Migori better by working as a leader.

Trouble started when Nyatike MP Tom Odege, Migori Woman Representative Fatuma Mohammed, Uriri MP Mark Nyamita, Suna Central MCA elect Samuel O’brien and South Kanyamkago MCA Graham Kagali attacked Obado, his administration and alliance with Deputy President William Ruto directly.

Nyamita said Ayacko should know that being a governor is not in competition with MPs saying they have a special mandate to develop Migori, 

Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Applauds Kenyans For a Peaceful Election

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Speaking during the press conference the lobby group’s chairperson Mrs Rahab Muiu said; ” As mother’s and as custodians of Families, we are glad the election went well. Today children have gone back to school and women have gone back to their businesses without fear of violence. That is indeed a great achievement!

We want to thank president Uhuru Kenyatta for holding the country together in peace, before during and after the elections. I want to urge Kenyans to remain peaceful until everything is concluded”

Maendeleo put a voice and if our voice helped us to get to where we are then we thank God because we have the numbers to do what we think we need to do for this country and that is developing this country

Kenyan women participation in the elections has improved. When the country settles down, we will engage the women who have been elected so that we forge a way forward for the many members we represent in this country

STATEMENT BY WOMEN OF KENYA UNDER THE AFRICAN WOMEN LEADERS NETWORK (AWLN) AND THE WOMEN MEDIATION NETWORK (WMN)

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On 9th August 2022, a little over 14 million Kenyans braved the chilly weather
and exercised their democratic and constitutional right to vote and elect
leaders of their choice. Except for the staff of IEBC, the rest of us went back
home to wait for results. For the large part, Kenyans have been civil and have
maintained peace throughout this process. This is as it should be, and we thank
you.

This is a demonstration that our democracy is maturing and that we as
Kenyans are slowly but surely appreciating that elections are seasonal – they
come and go. However, the country remains. We commend all Kenyans,
Political Parties, Candidates and their agents, and the IEBC for their active
participation in this election and thank God for bringing us to the end of this
season. We also thank the International Community and our neighbouring
Countries for standing with our country. Specifically, we appreciate the UN and
the UNWomen as well as other development partners for supporting the cause
for peace and for women’s leadership.

As is the case with all competitions including a General Election, the process
yields winners and losers. As a country that produces some of the best
athletes in the world, we know this only too well and the 2022 general Election
is not any different. We are convinced that everybody gave it their best. As it
is, we remind ourselves that there remain numerous opportunities for all of us
to serve our communities in diverse ways.

In addition, we remind ourselves that Kenya is a country that respects the rule
of law and this should make us feel that much safer. In this respect, we urge
candidates who may be aggrieved by the results to seek redress through legal
means and avoid actions that may escalate violence. We appreciate that

Kenya has strong institutions with capacity to address disputes of any sort and
plead with all parties that took part in the election to revert to these
institutions as the rest of the country resumes daily activities. We are aware
that all our Four Presidential Candidates had signed a Peace Pledge to maintain
peace before, during and after elections. We plead with them to be faithful to
this commitment as well as any other decision made by the institutions
mandated by our Constitution.

We do well to remember the words written by one journalist who once wrote:
‘To hold power is to have at your disposal blunt instruments. But without
influence, power dies out at the end of its own channels of command. To have
influence is to gain assent, not just an entourage: to have imitators, not just
subordinates. Power gets its way (when it gets it). Influence makes its way.
And in free societies it makes its way faster’ (Times Magazine, June 17th 1996).

As Mothers, we are in pain this morning because one of us, Mother to our son
the late Daniel Musyoka is a broken Mother after losing her son who was only
doing his job as a Returning Officer in Embakasi East before he went missing
and later found dead. Musyoka is just one out of a few others but one too
many. We mourn with our sisters. We feel the pain of these dear sisters and
pray that no other life is lost because of a mere General Election. We call upon
our security apparatus to move quickly with investigations and bring the
murderers of our children to book. This will not take away the pain, but it will
certainly ease and calm our hearts when we know that justice has been done.
May these lives be the last to be wasted.

Finally, we appeal to all mothers, Kenyans of good will and our faith leaders to
earnestly pray for our country so that God will grant continued calm and
peace during this period. As the womb bearers and Mothers of the nation we
are confident that with God’s help, our country will get over this phase. God
bless Kenya

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