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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

SUPERSPORT TO CARRY OLYMPICS ON SEVEN CHANNELS

SuperSport will dedicate seven of its channels on DStv to 24 hours Rio Olympics coverage with another three on GOTV showing the games, Multichoice Africa has announced.

Kenyan reporter James Wokabi, will be a roving reporter for Supersport in Rio accompanying Carol Tshabalala and Rui de Oliveira who will do the Portuguese coverage.

Because Kenya is six hours ahead of Brazil, DStv will archive a lot of the action in its Catch Up service as well for viewers to recap the action as it happened.

Supersport has the widest global coverage of sports and this time it will be covering the Olympics on more channels than any other outlet except Sky Sports.

BBC  is carrying the games on just three channels while ESPN is doing about 12-15 hours a day as network  NBC carries the bulk of prime time coverage for the US market.

Supersport 4, 5, 6 and 7 as well as Supersport 11, 12, 13 will be dedicated to the Olympics

Overflow content like Sevens rugby, soccer and golf, will be carried on Supersport 1 and 3.

Kenya has sent its Rugby sevens team to the games in addition to the track and field athletes.


Monday, July 25, 2016

UPPER HILL, KILIMANI MOST EXPENSIVE LAND IN NAIROBI

An acre of land in Upper Hill is going for Sh517million (US$51.7m), data from property manager Hass Consult indicates.

The rapidly growing financial district leads the list of most expensive real estate in Nairobi. Kilimani at Sh430m ($43m) comes in second as it continues to see an upsurge of apartment complexes and commercial developments.

Parklands at Sh402m ($40m) an acre is the third most expensive location with Westlands at Sh398m closely behind.

Rounding off the top 10 are:


Location
Cost (KES)
1
Upper Hill
517,000,000
2
Kilimani
430,000,000
3
Parklands
402,000,000
4
Westlands
398,000,000
5
Kileleshwa
278,000,000
6
Eastleigh
268,000,000
7
Lavington
224,000,000
8
Gigiri
210,000,000
9
Spring Valley
147,000,000
10
Muthaiga
120,000,000


Of Satellite towns around Nairobi, Ruaka is the most expensive at Sh68m an acre followed by Kiambu at Sh38/acre and Mlolongo at Sh23m/acre.

This is Hass's second report on the Land sector this year.

The UAP Tower in Upper Hill

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

PROFILE OF THE SIX CANDIDATES FOR CHIEF JUSTICE


Six distinguished officers of the court have been shortlisted by the Judiciary Service Commission to interview for the position of Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court. We profile them here...

Smokin Wanjala, 56, was born in Machakos  in 1960 and is a judge of the Supreme Court. Appointed in 2011, he was part of the seven judge bench that heard the presidential election petition of 2013. He was seen as a close confidant of retired Chief Justice Willy Mutunga. A scholar who has over 15 years teaching experience at the University of Nairobi Law School, Dr. Wanjala has in the past served as a director at the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission where he served under rtd. Justice Aaron Ringera and was in charge of research. He is one of four remaining judges on the Supreme Court bench following the retirement of CJ Mutunga, DCJ Rawal and Justice Tunoi. He holds a Ph. D from the University of Ghent, Belgium, a Masters degree in Law from Columbia University and an LL. B from University of Nairobi.

Nzamba Kitonga was born in 1956 and is aged, 60 years. This would make him CJ for a full term of 10 years. A past chairman of the Law Society of Kenya (elected in 1997), he has also served as the Judge President of the COMESA court. He is best remembered as the chairman of the Committee of Experts that steered the process of delivering the Constitution of Kenya 2010. He previously served as a Commissioner on the Goldenberg Commission chaired by (rtd) Justice SEO Bosire. He is a past chairman of the East African Law Society and a past recipient of the Jurist of the Year award from the International Commission of Jurists (2010).

Justice Mbogoli Msagha was born in 1953 (aged 63) in the then Coast province of Kenya. He is the Principal Judge of the High Court of Kenya. Appointed judge at the young age of 34 years in 1987, he has served on the bench for close to 30 years. He has presided over landmark cases such as the Mwai Kibaki petition against the election of President Moi in 1997 and the suit challenging the laying off of 1800 workers from Kenya Airways in 1990. He has sometimes in the past been accused of avoiding making hard decisions when issuing rulings and judgements.




Justice Alnashir Visram who is in his mid-sixties sits in the Court of Appeal. He is famously remembered as having been appointed to be the next Chief Justice to replace the retiring Evans Gicheru in 2011 by President Mwai Kibaki. But the ensuing uproar raised by coalition partner Raila Odinga over the manner of the appointment led to the withdrawal of this appointment and the JSC was tasked to vet candidates for the post. Willy Mutunga emerged the choice candidate and became the CJ. Visram is an Ismaili Muslim who has served as the CEO of the Aga Khan Fund in Kenya and as High Court judge for many years having been appointed to the bench in 2001.
Interviewing for the post of CJ for a second time, Visram is likely to face the same problems he faced last time when he failed to explain decisions and rulings he made in past political cases. http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2000034450/visram-s-past-judicial-rulings-haunt-his-bid-for-cj-post

Justice Roselyn Nambuye, 64, is a judge of the Court of Appeal. The resilient Justice who has twice fought forced retirement, first by the Ringera Commission’s so-called radical surgery in 2003 and secondly by the Sharad Rao vetting board in 2012 is seeking a Supreme Court seat for the second time. She became the third woman in the country appointed judge of the High Court in 1991. She is married to rtd Justice Daniel Aganyanya who served on the Court of Appeal. In 2011 she was appointed to the Court of Appeal after she unsuccessfully applied for the position of Deputy Chief Justice. In a race against Martha Koome, Mary Kasango, Hannah Okwengu, Mary Ang’awa and Joseph Nyamu, all justices, and lawyers Nancy Baraza and Gladys Shollei, she lost out to Nancy Baraza. Justice Nambuye has spoken frankly about how her inability to have children led to the breakdown of her first marriage and how she and her second husband have raised numerous step children and adopted many orphans whom they have educated and nurtured. A crusader for gender inclusivity in the judiciary, she delights at more women being appointed to the bench.

Justice David Kenani Maraga, 64,  is the Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeal in Kisumu. He was appointed to the High Court in October2003 and to the Court of Appeal in 2011. A holder of both an LL.B and an LL.M from the University of Nairobi, he also chairs the Judiciary Committee on Elections tasked with overseeing election petition hearings that may arise after the 2017 elections within the prescribed period in the constitution. He successfully underwent the vetting board fending off accusations of tribalism and bribery seeking and was unanimously endorsed to continue to serve in 2012. An avowed Seventh Day Adventist, he startled the board proceedings when he invoked God’s name loudly and went on to swear that he had never taken a bribe in his life.

THE SECOND CLASS

This is the second time the position of Chief Justice is being contested through a vetting process. In 2011, the candidates who sought to make the inaugural Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court included.
1.       Willy Mutunga
2.       International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Judge Lee Muthoga
3.       Justice Alnashir Visram JJA (Court of Appeal)
4.       Justice Joseph Nyamu JJA
5.       Justice Riaga (RSC) Omollo JJA
6.       Justice Samuel (SEO) Bosire JJA
7.       Justice Paul Kihara J (High Court)
8.       Justice Msagha Mbogoli
9.       Justice Mary Ang’awa

10.   Justice Kalpana Rawal


CJ Mutunga is now retired as is Kalpana Rawal who was later to become Deputy Chief Justice and only left the bench after a bitter judicial fight ended at the Supreme Court. Visram is a candidate once again. 
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Justices Joseph Nyamu, Riaga Omollo, Samuel Bosire and Mary Ang'awa were found unfit to serve by the Sharad Rao led vetting committee of the judiciary and have since exited. Justice Kihara is now the President of the Court of Appeal.

Monday, July 11, 2016

SAFARICOM PILOTS MPESA CARD WITH STAFF

Listed telco Safaricom is said to have piloted its LIPA NA MPESA (PAY WITH MPESA) card with it staff as it prepares to launch it to the public.

The card is to be used at merchants for purchase of goods and services and will have its own Point of Sale System, the machines used to swipe popular payments cards.

This is likely to launch an intense battle for the local payment market which has recently seen fast rising uptake of Visa card services particularly at petrol stations and bars and eateries.

However, the move by Safaricom to introduce this card, which it has previously sought to bring to the market, is seen by some as being more of a reaction to plans by local banks to introduce a interbank switch allowing cash transfers within the banking system without going through MPESA.

However, that threat was significantly hobbled when the two largest banks in Kenya, KCB and Equity Groups, instituted demands before signing onto the switch including the fact that the switch would not allow merchant banking.

This means it cannot be used for payment of goods and services like MPESA.


SPORTSPESA POURS IN HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS FOR KENYA RUGBY SPONSORSHIP

Mover over Safaricom, EABL. There is a new sheriff in town. Sports betting platform Sportspesa will announce a deal to sponsor all of Kenyan rugby for the next five years to the tune of Sh1billion.

The deal will see Sportspesa become the sponsor of the popular Kenya Rugby 7s, the fast-rising Rugby 15s, the Women's rugby and the Development of talent.

The deal dwarfs other long-drawn out contracts with local companies that The Kenya Rugby Union has had to engage in.

Sportspesa has recently ramped up its sports marketing presence appearing on Stadia and other  sports related collateral pointing to the billions it is bringing in from bettors.

Some estimates place Sportspesa's weekly revenues before deduction of costs at Sh9billion and rising.

The company will also announce partnerships with the English Premier League where it already has some projects with the popular league's teams.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

EQUITEL'S Q1 TRANSACTIONS HIT SH64BILLION

Payment platform Equitel has announced a 38 per cent jump in quarter on quarter transactions for the first three months of 2016.

According to figures released by the Communications Authority of Kenya, 44.7m transactions were handled through the platform as compared to 42m transactions between September 1 - December 31st, 2015.

The fast growing platform is a subsidiary business of grassroots lender, Equity Group.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

CJ MUTUNGA ANGRY EMAIL EXCHANGE WITH JUSTICE NJOKI NDUNGU OVER RAWAL RULING

The Star is reporting that Confidential emails between the CJ Willy Mutunga and Justice Njoki Ndung'u have emerged showing supremacy wars at the apex court.
The crisis threatens to tear apart the Supreme Court as the country heads to the 2017 polls.
The emails exchange started a few minutes on Friday after a bench of five-judges of the Court of Appeal ruled that Deputy CJ Kalpana Rawal and Justice Philip Tunoi should retire at 70.
The two, however, rushed to the Supreme Court and Judge Njoki Ndung'u granted them orders suspending the Court of Appeal decision.
The Judge, sitting as a single judge, stopped the Judiciary Registrar from recruiting a DCJ until the matter is heard on June 24. CJ is expected to retire on June 16.
The two judges exchanged bitter emails using their personal email addresses with the CJ admonishing Judge Ndung'u for acting unilaterally in a very important matter.
Here is the chronology of events:
On May 27, 2016, at 2:26 PM, Willy Mutunga wrote:
Colleagues:
The CA (Court of Appeal) has decided.
I am told there are applications and appeals already filed.
I have instructed Hon Lucy Njora (Supreme Court Deputy Registrar) to place the applications before me for directions.
I will deal with the applications as a single judge.
--
Dr. Willy Mutunga, D.Jur,SC,EGH
Chief Justice/President, Supreme Court of Kenya
"The poor need Justice; others need the Law." Professor Dani Nabudere
"The rich don't need the law, they've got wealth and power. It's the poor who need the law." Albie Sachs.
"The Supreme Court of Kenya neither has friends nor enemies among Kenyans. All the Court cares for is Justice for and to all Kenyans."
Judge Njoki's reply
On Fri, May 27, 2016 at 3:32 PM, Njoki Ndungu wrote:
CJ,
I saw your email very late. It would have been better if you had called on phone directly if you had directions for me. I assure you I have followed the provisions of our rules and Act strictly.
As duty Judge for today I already heard 2 certificate of urgency applications by Justices Rawal and Tunoi. I have already disposed of them, given interim orders and given dates for interparties hearing. I think that is in order.
Sincerely,
Njoki
Mutunga reply
On May 27, 2016, at 3:46 PM, Willy Mutunga wrote:
I counseled against copying the applicants in any mail coming from us!
I thought, given the history of this matter, you would have considered that those of us who are around could be involved in some brief conferencing. Even as a duty judge, isn't there a standing guideline that after the files are given to judges is either the CJ or the DCJ who does the allocation?
I am surprised you suggest I should have called you? Did you think of calling me?!
From: Njoki Ndungu
Date: May 28, 2016 at 8:42:37 AM EAT
To: Willy Mutunga
Cc: Mohammed Ibrahim , jbojwang , swanjala
Subject: Re: The Decision of the CA
With utmost respect CJ, I do not understand your angry tone - which I find inappropriate - to me in this email, for the following reasons:
1. I did not know you were in the country to begin with as your earlier email communication to us indicated you would be out of the country from the 22nd may. (How would I know to call you when you are out of the country? You never pick my calls anyway.)
2. You did not copy any email to ME asking not to copy our colleagues.
3. The first email from you to me arrived in my inbox at 2.31 pm when I had already started listening to the matters, and I was not online at that time. I only saw your email AFTER I had disposed of the applications.
4. Justice Ojwang who was the only other Judge not affected by the matter who was in chambers at the time and we consulted and agreed I should proceed hear the matters.
5. The matters were exparte and took a short time. I communicated to you immediately I saw your email and got your message from The DR.
5. I am not aware that there is anything wrong or untoward with the manner I handled the matters.
6. Did you have a specific outcome in mind? It appears to me, that once again you are having issues with the decisional independence of Judges in your court, particularly myself. This is a subject that has been discussed before. How do you suggest we handle this?
Njoki.SCJ.
The exchanges emerge after CJ Mutunga on Monday morning directed that the hearing on the retirement age of DCJ Rawal and Justice Philip Tunoi be heard on Thursday, June 2.
Justice Njoki Ndung'u, while suspending the Court of Appeal decision on Friday, initially directed the case to be heard on June 24.
Rawal has dismissed Mutunga's move terming it as "outrightly illegal unlawful directions".