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Chai SACCO marks 50th Anniversary, banks on digital transformations to propel its growth plans


Chai SACCO, a leading Deposit-Taking (DT) Savings and Credit Cooperative (SACCO), marks fifty (50) years since it started its operations of empowering its members economically, and socially, and promoting financial inclusion.

Over the past fifty (50) years, Chai SACCO has played an integral role in enriching the lives of Kenyans and in the transformation of the SACCO subsector through financial inclusion, wealth creation and employment in the country.

Some of the most recent milestones the SACCO has achieved are the investment and introduction of innovative financial products and services including credit, savings, loans and insurance solutions that have resulted in the growth of its membership base and improved financial performance of SACCO for the period ending 2022.

While gracing the celebrations, Cabinet Secretary State Department for Cooperatives Principal Secretary Patrick Kiburi Kilemi said, “I am delighted to be part of this important occasion when you are celebrating your Golden Jubilee as well as the awarding of Quality Management System (QMS)- ISO  9001-2005 certification. The Ministry will continue to strengthen commodity co-operatives to carry out value addition with their view to increase their competitiveness and returns to members.”

Speaking during the half-century celebrations and commenting on the financial performance of the SACCO, Chai SACCO Chairman Boniface Ayub said, “As we mark the 50th anniversary, the SACCO has achieved remarkable success in its financial operations. We have recorded a growth of 8.7 per cent in 2022 compared to 7.5% in 2021, with the total assets growing from Ksh. 4.3 billion to close at Ksh. 4.7 billion. Our revenue increased by 14.2 per cent from Kshs 634million to Ksh.725million. These are good projections and a golden ticket to chat the path forward. We continue to implement our strategic plan which is anchored on technology and new innovations. I’m proud to mention that we have been able to achieve all our ratios, particularly, the institutional capital ratio which was below the threshold of 8%.”

Mr Ayub disclosed that the Chai SACCO has a strong membership base with the Society recording an active membership growth of 27.9 per cent from 25,945 members in 2021, closing at 33,184 members in 2022. He noted that the results are attributed to a new recruitment drive, activation of dormant accounts and review of membership policy to include transactions such as deposits, shares and saving; and loan repayment in determining dominant membership. He disclosed that the execution of these initiatives led to the reduction of the dormant members from 9,131 to 707.

And added: “Chai SACCO members’ share capital grew by 6.1% from Ksh.536million to Ksh.569million. Members’ deposits also increased from Ksh. 3.0 billion in 2021 to Kshs 3.3 billion in 2022. This shows the resilience of our SACCO and its members amid the global macro environmental challenges and most industries and sectors struggling to sustain their businesses due to the economic shocks and recovery from the global pandemic,’’ said Mr Ayub.

During the reporting period, Chai SACCO has focused on investing and enhancing its operational efficiency by implementing robust ICT systems, introducing member self-service products like e-loan, short-term electronic loans and online products and services. The SACCO has successfully implemented a Quality Management System (QMS) process that led to achieving the ISO 9001:2015 QMS certificate.

Commenting on Chai SACCO’s future outlook, Mr Ayub said that the SACCO played a significant role in the development of the SACCO subsector in Kenya. He noted that the SACCO’s commitment to good governance, transparency, and accountability has set the standards for other SACCOs to follow. He added that the SACCO’s financial strength and stability have inspired confidence in members and the wider public, and have contributed to the growth and development of the cooperative movement in the country.

The SACCO subsector is a significant contributor to Kenya’s economy with an approximation of 5.7 per cent of the total assets to GDP ratio. There has been upward growth within the sector which cannot be found ignored. The SACCO movement in Kenya has been instrumental in transforming the country’s financial sector by providing financial services to millions of Kenyans who would otherwise not have access to them. SACCOs are member-owned financial cooperatives that provide savings and credit facilities to their members at affordable interest rates. Over the years, SACCOs have grown in popularity and membership, with over 5,000 registered SACCOs in Kenya today, serving over 14 million members.

Speaking at the same function, Chai SACCO CEO Festus Mwatee expressed his gratitude to the members for their unwavering support over the years. “We are proud of what we have achieved over the past 50 years, and we look forward to continuing our journey of transforming the lives of our members and the communities we serve,”

As the Chai SACCO celebrates its 50th anniversary, it reaffirms its commitment to continue offering quality financial services to its members while supporting the development of the tea-growing regions and the country at large. As part of the celebrations, the SACCO also held its 50th Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The Kenyan government has recognised the important role that SACCOs play in the country’s economy and has over time introduced policies to support their growth. The government has provided financial support and incentives to SACCOs, including tax breaks and grants, to encourage them to expand their operations and reach more members.

One of the most significant contributions of SACCOs to the Kenyan economy has been their role in promoting financial inclusion. SACCOs have enabled millions of Kenyans to access financial services, which has in turn helped to reduce poverty and increase economic growth. By providing affordable credit to small businesses and farmers, SACCOs have also helped to stimulate local economies and create employment opportunities.

Chai SACCO continues to grow its stature in the SACCO subsector and financial industry, demonstrated by its unrivalled commitment to transforming the Tea, Small and Medium-size Enterprises (SMEs), Agri-business sectors, and Youth and Women empowerment initiatives.



 The Coca-Cola system in Kenya has launched the biggest national consumer promotion of the year, set to reward Kenyans with a year’s worth of food shopping. The promotion, which runs for 12 weeks, offers consumers a chance to win over 50 million Kenya Shillings worth of prizes, including cash (mobile money), airtime, and shopping vouchers.

To participate, consumers need to buy a 1L, 1.25L or 2L bottle of Coca-Cola, Fanta, or Sprite and check under the green cap for a code. They will then need to send an SMS with the unique code found under the green cap to 40111 for a chance to win instant prizes and be entered into a draw for more prizes. The SMS to 40111 is free.

In addition to the grand prize of a year’s worth of food shopping other prizes include instant cash, airtime and shopping vouchers, enabling consumers to share meal moments with their loved ones. The promotion seeks to inspire Kenyans to continue enjoying meal moments together with a Coca-Cola.

Speaking at the launch of the promotion, Monique Katana, Coca-Cola Kenya Frontline Marketing Manager, said, “Our National campaign is dubbed “Recipe For Magic” alluding to the magic that comes when you have a tasty meal, a memorable moment, and an ice-cold Coke. Coke is the not-so-secret ingredient to make meals magical. The promotion will be rewarding our loyal consumers with opportunities to share a meal together with their loved ones through shopping and grocery vouchers as we know that meals become magical when they’re enjoyed together with family and friends.”

Grand prize winners will be contacted through a dedicated customer care number to be advised on their winnings. To take part in the competition, consumers must be eighteen years and above and registered users of either Safaricom, Airtel & Telkom.

The Coca-Cola Company has conducted unique brand experiences and consumer promotions to give Kenyans a chance to win magical prizes over the years. Last year, the brand took four lucky winners under the ‘Coca-Cola’s FIFA World Cup Buy and Win Promotion’ to the prestigious 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win a year’s worth of shopping and other amazing prizes. Grab a participating bottle of Coca-Cola, Fanta, or Sprite today and start sending the codes under the cap to 40111 for a chance to win!

KBL Set to Host the Country’s Biggest Easter Festival


Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), through its flagship beer brand Tusker, has announced the return of the biggest Easter festival in the country, Tusker Fest.

The month-long series of parties will see consumers experience the ultimate kenyan cultural extravaganza – Great musical performances, unique kenyan food, A list Kenyan DJs and upcoming artistes among them graduates of Tusker’s talent platform, Tusker Nexters.

The Tusker Fest will kick off in Kisumu on the 1st of April with subsequent stops in Meru, Eldoret, Nairobi and Mombasa on the 8th, 15th, 22ndand 29th of April respectively. The shows will be headlined by the popular hip-hop trio Wakadinali, who are Tusker’s newest talent signees. The trio will take the stage amongst a host of other upcoming Kenyan talents. 

The Easter showcase is Tusker’s first major event of the year following the brand’s recent milestone celebration, as it marked 100 years of existence throughout 2022. The Centenary celebration saw the Tusker brand launch the Tusker Nexters talent platform, which went across the country identifying the next big talents in Music and e-Sports.

Speaking during the official launch of the Tusker Fest, EABL Head of Beer, Joanne Looby expressed the brand’s excitement at hosting the nationwide parties, heralding them as a further opportunity to support Kenyans within the creative space. “Tusker has always been a brand that gives Kenyan artists a platform to shine. Tusker Fest is no different. Our flagship brand, Tusker, will continue to champion the local music industry as we hold the proverbial hand of the bright, bold spirit of Kenya through our budding musical talent and we invite all of you to come and support us,” said Looby.

On the newest partnership, she mentioned, “We are equally excited to announce our newest collaboration with the hugely talented trio – Wakadinali. These urban pop young musicians mirror the best qualities of our target audience (the Nexters). Young, vibrant, unapologetic, artistic Kenyans taking on the world by storm. We believe as we work with the group and other artists on various projects like Tusker Fest it will be another stepping stone and platform for more budding Kenyan musicians and creatives to explore their talent and shine.”

Tusker’s centenary milestone was a landmark achievement for the brand that now shifts its focus to charting its path for the next 100 years. Touchpoints like Music and Sports will remain cornerstones of the brand’s consumer engagement plan as it continues to live its promise of promoting everything that’s loudly and proudly Kenyan into the next 100 years.

For more details on the exciting Tusker Fest extravaganza, follow Tusker’s social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Kevin Mbatia Wins Inaugural Leg of the 2023 NCBA Golf Series


Kevin Mbatia is the overall winner of the first leg of the 2023 NCBA Golf Series which was held at the Kenya Railway Golf Club yesterday, Friday 3rd March 2023.

Paying off handicap 7, Mbatia emerged as the champion, after scoring 76 gross points on the day.

Among the Mens, Fidhelis Kimanzi, playing off handicap 1, was the champion after scoring 77 gross points while Francis Muthiani came in second, having scored 79 gross points, playing off handicap 5.

Among the ladies, Dr Mary Wainaina, playing off handicap 19, was the star after scoring 89 gross points. Susan Koinange, playing off handicap 22, came in second, having carded 89 gross points.

Mens category winner Fidhelis Kimanzi (L) receives his award from NCBA Group Regional Business Director Gift Shoko at Kenya Railway Golf Club

In addition to the main categories, there were other winners in various challenges. Patric Karanja and Fred Makala were the stars in the first and second Nine contests, each having carded 41 gross points.

In the Longest Drive challenge, Geoffrey Teyo and Dr Mary Wainaina were the champions among the men and women’s categories, respectively, while Eng. Njoroge emerged as the champion in the Nearest to the Pin challenge.

Michael Rotich and Arnod Kiptoki were the stars among the guests and staff categories, respectively.

Speaking during the event, NCBA Group Director of Regional Business, Gift Shoko, praised the success of the event. “We are thrilled to see the overwhelming participation and competition in this year’s NCBA Golf Series. It is a testament to our commitment to support the growth of golf in the region and the development of young talent in the sport,” he said.

“As one of the leading banks in the region, we believe that it is our responsibility to give back to the communities we serve. Through this tournament, we are not only promoting the sport of golf but also creating a platform for networking and business opportunities The NCBA Golf Series is more than just a competition; it is an opportunity to bring together our partners and customers for a common cause. It is a chance to connect, share ideas and build valuable relationships that can shape the future of our businesses and communities,” he added.

The NCBA Golf Series is aimed at uplifting the game in the region as part of the company’s commitment to supporting the sport in the country. The series will feature a total of 13 club qualifier events across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda, markets where NCBA has a presence.

The next qualifier leg of the series will be held on March 25th, 2023, at the Kampala Golf Club in Uganda.



NCBA has announced the launch of the third edition of the NCBA Golf Series, aimed at promoting the sport of golf across the East African region.

The 2023 NCBA Golf Series will see a total of 17 club qualifier events played in various golf clubs across Kenya and Uganda, and for the first time since its inception, the Series will be held in Rwanda, and Tanzania.

In addition, the Series will include two junior tournaments to be held at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort in Uganda and at the Nyali Golf Club in Mombasa, Kenya. The Junior tournaments will be held in partnership with Junior Golf Foundation and U.S. Kids Golf as part of the company’s continued commitment to supporting junior golf development in Kenya.

NCBA Group Managing Director John Gachora makes a ceremonial tee-off during the official launch of the 2023 NCBA Golf Series

The format of play for this year’s edition will be stroke play, where the player’s score is determined by the number of strokes they have played on the course. This is different from the past two editions where the format was stableford.

The overall winner, men’s category winner, ladies’ category winner and the junior category winner at each of the 17 events will qualify to play at the Grand Finale which will be held in December at the Sigona Golf Club. This year, the top prize at the finale will be a Ksh 100,000 cash award to each of the top three winners. These will be the Overall Winner, Men Winner and Lady Winner.

Speaking during the launch of the series held at Kenya Railway Golf Club, NCBA Group Managing Director John Gachora said:

“We are delighted to launch the NCBA Golf Series 2023, which is part of our continued commitment to democratizing the sport of golf in the East African region. Going by the success of the first two editions, we believe that this series will not only promote the game but also contribute to the growth and development of golf in Kenya and the East African region.”

“We believe that the Series will provide a platform for golfers across the region to showcase their skills and talent. This is an opportunity to elevate the sport and offer a unique experience for golf enthusiasts and players alike. We shall also continue with our investment in junior golfers by offering them an opportunity to nurture their skills and talent. We believe that developing young talent is critical to the growth of the sport in Kenya and the region and also contributes to personal growth for the children”

On her part, NCBA Group Director of Marketing & Communication, Nelly Wainaina said:

 “This series is important to us as a company as it not only provides a unique platform for golf enthusiasts to showcase their talent but also offers an opportunity for NCBA partners and customers to network, explore business opportunities and build long-lasting relationships. This event is an important part of our commitment to developing the sport and creating meaningful connections with our stakeholders.”

The Series teed-off today at the Kenya Railway Golf Club with 124 participating in the tournament.

From Left – Junior Golf Foundation (JGF) President Regina Gachora, Kenya Golf Federation (KFG) Chairman Peter Kiguru, NCBA Group MD John Gachora and Kenya Golf Union Chairman Njani



A Kisii-based businessman, Francis Momanyi, who only missed two of the 17-game SportPesa Mega Jackpot predictions for last weekend has put fellow punters on notice, as he eyes the Ksh289,460,586 payout for grabs this weekend. 

Momanyi who won bonuses for two of his bets – one for 14 out of 17 correct predictions and the other for 15 correct predictions was awarded Ksh243,948 and Ksh1,772,216 respectively.  

“I will continue playing because I want to win Ksh289 million which is what I am going for!” he asserted. 

“It will change my life, I am telling people out there that the 289 million shillings is going to be won by Francis, I have not stopped playing on SportPesa even though I have become a millionaire, I am going for the biggest amount.” 

Momanyi was speaking on Wednesday at SportPesa offices in Nairobi.  

Also awarded a hefty payout during the week was Amos Njogu, a mechanic from Kiambu county who got 12 correct predictions out of the 13-game pool he had opted for in the Mega Jackpot. 

Njogu won Ksh1,098,101 for the impressive attempt at the jackpot. This weekend’s winning amount for the 13-match selection within the Mega Jackpot stands at Ksh13,287,454. 

Enabling financial inclusion in Kenya: Impact investor NMI now Abler Nordic and announces new fund on the horizon

From left: Godfrey Kaindoh Investment Director- Africa, Abler Nordic; Arthur Sletteberg – CEO and Managing Director, Abler Nordic; Mwangi Githaiga – Managing Director, KWFT and Nigel Smith - Head of Strategy and Deal Advisory ,KPMG East Africa

Abler Nordic is the new name of Nordic Microfinance Initiative, a public-private partnership investing in companies in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia supporting low-income households with financial services. The new name was launched locally at an event in Nairobi on February 21 by Managing Director Arthur Sletteberg, along with the announcement of the start of fundraising for their latest Fund V in 2023.

“Kenya is one of our key markets, and we are are excited to continue our growth under our new name and our new fund. Global poverty has risen for the first time in 20 years and low-income people across Sub-Saharan Africa are among the hardest hit by climate threats, despite contributing very little to global greenhouse gas emissions. Access to a wide range of financial services such as savings, agricultural financing, and insurance in addition to microcredit help low-income people adapt and manage economic and climate shocks. Our new name reflects our company’s overall goal: to help low-income households gain access to these types of relevant financial services so that they can lay a foundation for a better life,” said Arthur Sletteberg, Managing Director of Abler Nordic.

At Abler Nordic, public investment capital from the Norwegian and Danish governmental funds for developing countries, Norfund and IFU respectively, is blended with commercial capital from private investors. Up to now, Abler Nordic has invested over USD 34 million in Sub-Saharan Africa, with USD 16.4 million invested in Kenya in 3 companies. Foreign Exchange Facilities, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, enables Abler Nordic to provide capital in local currency and have been instrumental in securing both equity and debt investments in Kenya of USD 14 million across four currencies, where hedging conditions otherwise would limit such investments.

“The opportunities for inclusive economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa are vast, yet more risk-willing investment capital is needed. At Abler Nordic we do not invest where it is easiest or where risk is lowest, but where we believe we can achieve the biggest social impact alongside sustainable financial returns. I am looking forward to continuing to partner with our African portfolio companies—alongside our Kenya-based team—and seeking new investment opportunities as we continue to grow in Africa,” said Godfrey Kaindoh, Investment Director, and Head of Abler Nordic’s Kenya office.

A committed and long-term investor with a tailor-made approach, Abler Nordic plays an active role in the development of the five Sub-Saharan African financial inclusion organisations it is currently directly invested in: Juhudi Kilimo (Kenya), Kenya Women Microfinance Bank, Baobab Group (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Tunisia, DRC, and Madagascar), Baobab Senegal, and Tugende (Uganda and Kenya).  Abler Nordic holds board seats at all their equity investments and partners with portfolio companies to create value and support sustainable growth to help them achieve their mission.

Today, Abler Nordic’s global portfolio companies reach 9.4 million customers, 93 percent of whom are women and 71 percent living in rural areas. Women often face systemic barriers in accessing formal financial products, and rural areas are often the last to be financially served, due in part to infrastructure challenges. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 90 percent of loans are given for income generating purposes, which allow both rural and urban households to start and grow small businesses and improve their quality of life through increased spending on healthcare, education, and home improvements. Since inception in 2008, over 12 million customers globally have been supported with access to responsible financial services through Abler Nordic’s investments.

Shelter Afrique delegation meet Nigeria’s Housing Minister ahead of AGM


Shelter Afrique delegation led by the Board Chairman Dr. Chii Akporji and Managing Director & CEO Mr. Thierno-Habib Hann held a five-day working tour of the Nigerian market where the team held talks with several stakeholders, among them, the Hon. Minister for Works and HousingBabatunde Raji Fashola.

The team appraised Hon. Fashola on the preparations for the Company’s 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will be held in Abuja, Nigeria during the week of 8th to 11th May 2023.

“Shelter Afrique is grateful to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria through your Ministry for supporting the delivery of its mission of providing decent and affordable housing for all in Africa. We deeply appreciate the role Nigeria has played in safeguarding the organisation and the role you have played personally in being a vanguard and a voice of reason for the shareholders,” Dr Akporji said.  

“I’m glad to inform you that preparations for the 42nd AGM are on course as the invitations have already been sent out through your office and Shelter Afrique team is working on garnering the required quorum for a successful meeting,” Dr. Chii Akporji quipped. 

Receiving the delegation, Hon. Fashola implored the board and management of Shelter Afrique to take a leading role in financing the provision of affordable housing in Africa based on impact.  He also appealed to the board to strengthen and safeguard the organisation’s corporate governance credentials as it moved into a new phase.

He mentioned that as a major stakeholder, Nigeria will continue to hold Shelter Afrique to the highest standard of governance as this is critical in unlocking further investments into the organisation.

Key market

Mr. Hann said a strong mission to Nigeria shows the importance Shelter Afrique places in the Nigerian market, adding the country has a critical part to play in addressing affordable housing crisis in Africa. 

“Nigeria is one of the key market for us. Besides being the second largest shareholder after Kenya, Nigeria has one of the biggest housing needs in Africa and we are certain that if we get it right with Nigeria, we shall have gotten it right with the entire continent,” Mr. Hann said.  

The team also paid courtesy calls and held talks with several other stakeholders including representatives, Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hon Zainab Ahmed, who reaffirmed Nigeria’s firm commitment to Shelter-Afrique as one of the largest shareholders.

Other key stakeholders the team met include management and representatives from the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company, Mixta Africa, Landmark Africa, Infracredit, Keystone Bank, Access Bank, Lekki Gardens, the African Development Bank, Wema Bank, The Real Estate Developers of

Nigeria (REDAN), Family Home Funds, Modern Shelter, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Fund (NSIA), Chapel Hill Denham, UPDC, one of the largest Real Estate developers in Nigeria, Africa Finance Corporation, as well as the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; Mrs. Aisha Ahmad.

“We have had great and successful working sessions with our partners and stakeholders in Nigeria and I believe this sets pace for the next phase of our engagements,” Mr.  Hann concluded. 

Notes to Editor                             

Shelter Afrique

Shelter-Afrique is the sole pan-African housing finance and development finance 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, and the African Re-Insurance Corporation.

The Institution’s mandate is to provide advisory and financing through debt, quasi-equity, and equity to public and private institutions for housing and urban infrastructure projects in its member countries. Shelter Afrique builds strategic partnerships and offers various products and related services to support the efficient delivery of affordable housing and related commercial & social infrastructure. These include project finance, lending to Financial Institutions, equity investments & joint ventures, SME & Trade Finance for housing, and Gender, Climate friendly Green/Resilient housing.

The Institution offers practical advice and technical assistance to a wide range of industry stakeholders.



The National Olympic Committee of Kenya has today flagged off two Refugee Scholarship Athletes from Kenya as they depart for World Cross Country Championships in Bathurst, Australia on 18th February.  

The Kenyan-based athletes, 24-year-old Josephine Tain and 29-year-old Anjelina Nadai were invited by World Athletics to join the team of four based on their previous performances, the other athletes being from UK and France, to make the full Athlete Refugee Team.

Anjelina is fresh from winning an international competition and hopes to give a good show when she faces the best of the world in Bathurst. On 5th February, she became the first runner from both the World Athletics Athletes Refugee Team or IOC Refugee Team to win an International Competition at the European Champion Clubs Cross Country at the picturesque Oropesa del Mar, a historic town in Castellón, Spain.

Commenting during the flag-off event at NOC-K offices, Anjelina remarked, “Being coached by Kenya’s legend has given me the motivation to prove myself to the world and I feel ready especially after winning ten days ago. I competed in Rio 2016; I’ve been to the last two World Championships in Oregon and London and recently I was in Tokyo 2020. This cross country, I have a target, it’s setting me up for the 1500m and 5000m come Paris 2024. I want to prove to the world-anything is possible.”

Kenyan coaches have been given the charge by World Athletics to manage the team. Former 800m World Champion Janeth Jepkosgei is the Coach while 800m Commonwealth Gold Medalist Japheth Kimutai Butia is the Team Manager.

Speaking during the event, NOC-K Secretary-General, Francis Mutuku explained his excitement for flagging off the team of four from Kenya.

“We are excited that despite visa issues, Anjelina and Josephine will depart today at 3.00pm to Australia. As hosts of the Kenya Refugee Scholarship Athletes, we manage the athletes with support from the International Olympic Committee Solidarity Program to ensure the athletes prepare well for such championships with the main goal being to qualify to the Refugee Olympic Team Paris 2024.’

Currently, eight athletes (seven in athletics and one in taekwondo) are under the scholarship.

“We are happy to see our scholarship athletes compete at the highest level of competitions as they prepare for Paris 2024 and we can’t wait for the President Dr. Paul Tergat to welcome them in Bathurst as he cheers on two teams; Team Kenya and Kenya Refugee Team.”

Bernard Rono a United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative, thanked NOC-K for taking in refugee athletes under their wing and giving hope to all other refugees to dream and believe in their talent.

“We are proud of our partnership with NOC-K which has been fruitful and can sit back, and watch over a nice nyama choma on Saturday as the team performs to its best,” Rono said.

“As UNHCR, we value ourselves highly in support and protection of refugees, their education, and documentation including travel documentation.”

Janeth Jepkosgei is delighted in being given the role as the coach and promised a good performance at the 44th edition of the global showpiece.

“This is my second year in a row with refugee athletes and I can say, I am home. As a coach, I’ve prepared them well physically and mentally. It won’t feel any different watching Team Kenya perform well but currently; this is my home. I love the thrill of something new, so I’ll just say-watch this space.”

NOC-K President Dr. Paul Tergat is the World Ambassador for the 2023 World Cross Country Championships. Being one of the greats in the race and where his real success story began, he saw his first five individual World Cross Country crowns; Durham 1995–in Stellenbosch in 1996, Turin in 1997, Marrakech in 1998, and Belfast in 1999. This paved the way to a historic two world half marathon titles, two Olympic 10,000m silver medals, and three 10,000m medals – two silvers and a bronze – at the World Championships. 



A punter has narrated how his SportPesa Mid-week jackpot bonus win saved him mental anguish, coming at a time he was helpless after his daughter was nearly turned away from school for lack of basic items and levies when she reported to form one last week.

Fredrick Odhiambo Onyango, a casual labourer working in Nairobi said despite missing out on Ksh16,124,722 which was last week’s SportPesa Mid-week Jackpot amount by a whisker, the bonus payout of Ksh1,197,168 for getting 12/13 correct predictions was God-sent.

“I felt very good to get that message. I had nothing at the time, no money yet it was the last day for my daughter to report to school. I only had Ksh20,000, so when I heard that I had won, I was very happy,” Onyango recalled.

“It makes me happy to see my child go to school.” Odhiambo is a father of three with the eldest aged 15.

Odhiambo was with his daughter at the school when he received the congratulatory message from SportPesa last Friday afternoon. He plans to pay his daughter’s fee in advance for the full four-year period with part of his winnings.

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