200 students graduate from Kagoto Vocational Centre

A total of 200 youth have graduated in various courses at Kagoto Vocational Training Centre in Kiamaina Ward of Bahati Sub County in Nakuru County.

The majority of whom are from humble backgrounds having received sponsorship from Community Based Organization -Community and Progress Youth empowerment-CAP.

The students lauded the CBO for coming to their rescue in ensuring continuity of their professional studies.

They however called on their fellow youth to take serious technical courses terming them key in the current world.

Cecilia Wanjiku- a student noted that she has been able to acquire skills that will enable her in the market sector.

“I am very grateful for this far through the help of CAP. I appeal to young people to shun drugs and substance abuse and enrol for technical courses to better their lives” she said.

Kagoto Vocational Training Centre Principal Malachi Manaseh Omela revealed that that is the first lot graduating under the program on short technical courses.

While noting that drug and substance abuse poses a challenge to the education sector in the area, Manaseh challenged young people to shun from such vices and focus on their studies especially through the vocational centres.

“it is a great day in our centre that we have this lot graduating, an indicator that technical courses are the way to go especially during this time that we are talking of manufacturing agenda. If our young people can shun criminal activities and focus on education then we can have a better society” stated Manaseh.

Similar sentiments were echoed by Nakuru County Assistant Director Vocational Training Ms Catherine Mugo.

She called on youth to maximize on the numerous courses offered in the various Vocational Institutions in Nakuru County.

“We have many different courses offered in our vocational institutions in Nakuru County and I challenge young people to enrol” she said.

PS Torome leads delegation in compiling county governments’ monitoring and evaluation booklet

Government through the Ministry of Finance and Planning is working on a booklet that will offer guidelines on matters Counties and Planning.

Principal Secretary State Department for Planning Saitoti Torome says the booklet is at final stages.

Speaking in Nakuru over the weekend during a workshop with representatives from departments, Saitoti revealed that the booklet is a brain child of various stakeholders in the Finance sector both from governmental and non-governmental.

He noted that the booklet is key especially to the devolved units of governments adding that counties will now have ease in handling matters financial planning and the coming up with County Integrated Development Plan.

“We started this journey sometime back and we are happy that we are almost finalizing the booklet so that it can be launched to aid the counties on matters financial planning|” said Torome.

The booklet which will be launched early next year, financial experts point out that will be key in aiding the new county officials once in office hence seal the gap that has always been experienced in the past.

Benson Kimani from Directorate of Economic Planning says the counties for the first time will have an aid manual when it comes to financial planning.

“This is a key step in matters financial planning and we hope once the booklet is launched, the counties will embrace the same” he said.

Similar sentiments echoed by Ms Maureen Kenga from the Department Coast Region.

According to her, apart from the County officials, the booklet once launched can be used by citizens, as well as the County assembly members in monitoring matters finance.

“The booklet can be used by citizens as well as county assembly members especially on monitoring financial expenditure” said Kenga.

 

 

How NFTs can help Kenyan artists earn more

By Mowgli Dodhia

Every year, musicians and performing artistes protest against organisations that collect royalties due to the ridiculously low payments they receive.

The average payment of Sh1,215 to artistes is laughable. This is despite the huge revenues collected from media houses, call-back-tone service providers and other licensed users of their copyrighted work.

The magnitude of the problem that has for years affected the creative industry was brought to the fore during this year’s annual World IP day in April.

Speaking during the event, Partners Against Piracy interim Convener & MyMovies. Africa™ Co-Founder, Mike Strano said piracy in Kenya costs the industry over Sh92 billion per year.

This is through pirated music, cinemas, television content, books, magazines and newspapers and gaming. He also revealed that the government loses over Sh17 billion in taxes annually.

But these are problems that Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) marketplaces can solve.

Through NFTs, there is hope for artists and creatives to regain their autonomy and earn what they deserve from their creative works. NFT marketplaces provide a concrete route to supplement artiste’s income.

NFTs provide a legitimate built-in record of ownership that can travel beyond the first sale, which allows artistes to continuously generate royalties that provide a percentage of revenue to the original artist on subsequent sales of their work.

NFT’s, for example, create routes for musicians that give them control over their work for which they normally have to sign over ownership rights in deals they make with record labels.

Photographers, painters, sculptors etc., can sell their authentic work directly to consumers without the need of a middleman.

In addition, digital artists face issues involving their work in an increasingly tech-driven world.

Most of their work is re-published with no credits where royalties would be rightfully due. NFT marketplaces are consumer oriented, and Kasuku NFT users will be able to receive 97.5 percent of all sales revenue with the platform only taking a 2.5 percent cut.

While digital art constitutes the biggest chunk of the NFT market, the nature of the technology provides limitless experimentation in what an NFT can represent.

Creatives will have an opportunity to benefit from blockchain-based proof of ownership and authenticity.

Because blockchain, on which NFT’s run, is a publicly accessible and immutable digital ledger, it provides visibility of the entire transfer history of a specific NFT.

We can see who created the NFT and who purchased it. We can also see the people who have owned it and for how long.

Furthermore, we can see the value at which the transaction occurred, and this creates a transparent marketplace in terms of ownership and value.

The NFT marketplace has revitalized digital ownership which continues to grow exponentially.

Government regulation continues to flounder at the expense of artists who are only nominally protected as recent developments in the last few years have shown.

There is an opportunity for creatives to be proactive and take advantage of NFT’s.

The writer is the CEO and co-founder, Kasuku NFT

Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust Open Applications and Call for Brilliant Kenyan Teens to Join the Global Rise Community

Schmidt Futures, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, has announced the opening of applications for 2023 Rise Global Challenge with the launch of ‘Rise To’ campaign.

The applications are open to young people ages 15 to 17 years (as of July 1st, 2023). The flagship program of Schmidt Futures and the anchor of a broader $1 billion philanthropic commitment from Eric and Wendy Schmidt, Rise finds brilliant people who need opportunity and supports them for life as they work to serve others.

Rise will build a lifelong community of students, teachers, and institutions across sectors who aim to serve others.

The program, which identifies young people between the ages of 15 and 17 from around the world, is designed to encourage a lifetime of service and learning by providing support that could include scholarships, career services, and funding opportunities to help these leaders serve others for decades to come.

Over the last two years, a total of seven Kenyan students have been selected as Rise Global Winners.

Their projects include:

Promoting reading among underprivileged communities in Kenya;

 Developing the Rapidcovix Breathalyzer to help rural, low-income families better detect

Infectious disease at low cost; and

 Preventing deforestation through a program aimed at planting trees in local communities, among others.

Schmidt Futures recognizes that talent is created equally, but opportunity is not, which is why the Rise program partners with 30+ global organizations, including NBA Africa, the HALI Access Network, KenSAP, and Akili Dada in Kenya, to scour the globe to find brilliant young people who are passionate about building a better world.

“Akili Dada is thrilled to continue growing our partnership with Rise in Kenya as we work together to nurture the next generation of young and innovative leaders looking to build a better world,” said Diana Njuguna, Head of Programs for Akili Dada.

Since its inception, Rise has welcomed more than 150,000 people from over 170 countries to its community and selected 200 Winners from 69 countries of origin who have showcased their brilliance – from making education more accessible to mitigating global warming and developing tools to better detect cancer.

Rise Global Winners will receive individualized and flexible support to achieve their goals as they work to serve others.

The program is designed to encourage a lifetime of service to develop innovative solutions to solve society’s hard problems. That’s why Rise provides all applicants, regardless of Winner status, with access to its global network, free online courses, and curated opportunities from partners.

To stay up to date on the benefits available for Rise applicants each year, please read the Official Rise Challenge Rules by visiting https://www.risefortheworld.org/rules.

“Eric and I have been impressed by the optimism, initiative and curiosity of the young people in the growing Rise community” said Wendy Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt Futures and president of the Schmidt Family Foundation.

“We are excited to continue expanding this network with the 2023 cohort and can’t wait to see what these talented teens can accomplish when they work together in service for others. We look for hidden brilliance, in whatever form it takes, wherever it is in the world,” said Eric Braverman, CEO of Schmidt Futures.

“There are so many extraordinary people who could do so much more to make the world better if they only could find opportunity — and each other.  We hope to make the longest bet we can imagine on exceptional talent with perseverance, integrity, and care for others.We know that amazing things happen when talented people from different backgrounds are brought together and given opportunities to study, collaborate, and innovate,” said Elizabeth Kiss, CEO of the Rhodes Trust.

“Rise is an extraordinary opportunity for people from every corner of the world to embark on a lifelong journey of service and impact. Wherever you are, we encourage you to apply. You only know what you can achieve when you try.” She added.

All Rise Global Winners receive the following benefits upon selection:

 Residential Summit: A fully-funded, three-week residential summit with other members of    the Rise Global Winner cohort.

 Global Winner Network: Access to the Rise Global Winners network to connect on common interests, make service commitments, launch enterprises, and collaborate.

 Counselling and Career Support: Advice and support for applying to university and selecting a career

 Programming: Access to specialized programs, courses, and other opportunities through Rise partners.

 Higher Education Scholarships: A four-year, post-secondary scholarship at any accredited university, including tuition and a living stipend, based on need and where not already covered by financial aid.

 Technology: A technology package, such as a laptop or tablet, to be determined annually.

In addition, all Rise Global Winners can apply for the following benefits:

 Partner Network: Matching to programs, secondary school scholarships, internships, and other benefits from partners who are part of the Rise network.

 Funding Opportunities: Apply for funding to experiment with innovative ideas to address major problems in local communities or around the world—ranging from seed money to start a social enterprise to a grant for a non-profit.

 Education Support: Apply for scholarship funds for a graduate degree.

To celebrate the opening of applications, the ‘Rise To’ creative campaign invites brilliant young minds to continue to turn opportunities into action as they ‘Rise To’ face the world’s most pressing issues.

Produced by Ogilvy, the campaign seeks to inspire and foster a global community of 15- to

17-year-olds invested in creating a better future. Rise has partnered with multi-platinum singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs, known for her viral track “River,” on a series of beautifully shot films and audio ads featuring 2021 Rise Global Winners. The ads will come to life across social media as well as on Spotify and are set to the tune of Brigg’s new single “superhuman.” The song, which was recently released, is inspired by this new generation of young people and recognizes the super humans that lie dormant in each of us.

“As a new parent, when I wrote ‘superhuman,” I was inspired by this brilliant up-and-coming generation. The Rise Global Winners dedication to building a better world truly exemplifies what the song is about — knowing you have the strength to continue on no matter what comes your way” said Bishop Briggs.

Over the next two weeks, ‘Rise To’ will feature an integrated digital campaign showcasing the diverse brilliance of Rise Global Winners and inviting more to join the community. The activation will involve celebrating two years and 200 Global Winners across two iconic locations — Times Square in New York and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Winners featured in the ‘Rise To’ campaign include:

 Rushank Goyal (India), who advocates against food adulteration in his community by conducting discussion sessions.

 Leah Mtindya (Zambia), who spreads awareness among teenagers about sexual and reproductive health, Trans healthcare, and domestic abuse.

 Saoirse Exton (Ireland), who rewrote Irish mythology from a feminist perspective, Foregrounding the strong characters that traditional narratives tended to suppress.

 Artash Nath (Canada), who created a way to measure the effectiveness of COVID-19 Lockdowns using seismic vibrations to track human movement.

 Jennifer Uche (United States), who launched a podcast that highlights the importance of youth advocacy and the power of young people to change the world.

How to Apply?

The online applications are open on the Rise website and are available until January 25, 2023, at 16:59 GMT. For applicants without access to mobile technology, Rise works with its partners on the ground to offer alternative pathways through paper applications.

Rise provides applicants with multiple opportunities during the application process to showcase their potential through videos, projects, and group interviews. The application allows applicants to select projects most suited to their interests, abilities, and time availability.

The Rise 2023 Challenge has three stages: 

 Submission: Applicants introduce themselves through videos, create an individual project that demonstrates their talents and benefits their communities, and peer review otherapplicants; projects, among other activities.

 Interview: Rise then selects up to 500 Finalists to advance to; Finalist Days; where they demonstrate their motivations, problem-solving abilities, and teamwork skills in an innovative interview format.

 Global Winner Selection: From the Finalists, Rise selects 100 Global Winners to receive a lifetime of benefits as they work to serve others.

 

Safaricom Foundation improves school facilities for over 2,000 students in Western Kenya

Over 2,000 learners from Western Kenya region have benefitted from classrooms, dormitories, and water and sanitation facilities funded by Safaricom Foundation.

 

In Bungoma County, learners from Sikulu Friends Primary School benefitted from a classroom to improve access to education while those in Lukhokhwe FYM Primary School received an ablution block and water tank which will enable access to clean, safe water in the school. In Kakamega County, Precious Virginia Home received a dormitory to accommodate 25 children with disabilities to support their education and health.

 

St. Paul’s Buderie Primary School in Busia County and Kamasi Primary in Migori County benefitted from newly constructed and equipped classrooms, which have reduced congestion among learners.

 

Investment in the projects was KES 7.7 million.

KCB Group feted for scaling efforts in sustainable finance

KCB has been named the Best Bank in Sustainable Finance by the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA), in recognition of its efforts in creating a more sustainable business enterprise environment through its deliberate socio-economic interventions.

 

The Bank also emerged second Runners-Up in the category of Best Bank Response to Covid-19 pandemic.

The awards spearheaded by KBA under its Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) Catalyst Awards recognizes financial sector players for their commendable progress in creating long-term value by funding initiatives designed to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change, building a resilience socio-economic environment, and help build a more sustainable future for humanity.

The award comes at a time when institutions are being called upon to embrace sustainable practices by adopting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guide to assist in the attainment of reduced global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide by about 45 per cent by 2030.

To align, the Group has adopted 9 of the global goals, to ensure it creates the most impact to the environment, society, and economy. These are tracked through various key performance indicators that are championed by various businesses within the organization.

Speaking about this achievement, KCB Group CEO Paul Russo said, “We are privileged and honoured to be the top mover of the Sustainability Agenda. The win reinforces our commitment to building a brand that is not only focused on profits alone but on the customers and the communities we serve. At KCB, we acknowledge that we are in a decade of action that requires us to fast track our ambitions in achieving sustainable development by 2030.’

In line with the Groups adopted SDG 13 – Climate Action, we are aware of the effects our operations may have on the environment and life on earth. We are therefore stepping up our climate finance initiatives with strategic partnerships.

These have been established through meaningful collaborations with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Global Climate Fund (GCF) to finance green economies that will aid in the mitigation and adaptation effects of climate change.

KCB Group has been accelerating sustainable finance not only in Kenya but  also across the region, consequently accelerating t h e  transition to a low-carbon resilient.

Currently, the Group has set a target of transitioning 25% of its total loan portfolio to green investments by 2025, as part of its Net Zero ambition.

President Kenyatta’s full speech on 8-point economic stimulus programme

SATURDAY 23RD MAY, 2020

BY PSCU

 

Today I want you to reflect on the state of our economy with me.

 

But before I invite you to do so, let me first make an observation. Whenever we talk to you about the economy, we bombard you with figures and statistics without a human face.

 

Yet behind these figures are real lives.

 

There is a hardworking farmer who mixes his sweat with the soil in order to feed his or her family and our communities; a diligent mother who has the double role of nurturing the family and maintaining a full-time job; an aspiring and driven young person, with hopes and dreams for tomorrow; and an impatient teen who cannot wait to grow up and be a part of the game.

 

But when we give you economic figures, you never see the faces of these Kenyans.

 

Today, I will paint a picture of these Kenyans.

 

The Coronavirus pandemic will continue undermining our efforts to revitalize the economy for the unforeseeable future. The rate of infections may SURGE upwards if we FAIL to comply with the protocols issued by the Ministry of Health. It is my prayer that we heed the call and conduct ourselves with responsibility and

 

As of this morning, we have cumulatively tested 57,650 samples, out of which 1,192 persons have tested positive for the Coronavirus disease, with 50 of our compatriots having so far, succumbed.

 

Because of the effects of this pandemic on the economy, there are Kenyans who have been stripped off their dignity, they cannot feed their families or pay their rent.

 

Many of these Kenyans find themselves in a vulnerable and difficult situation.

 

And that is why EVERY week, my Administration, has been dispatching a total of 250 Million Shillings to vulnerable families.

 

And you may ask WHY we have chosen to directly send the money to these vulnerable groups? We are MOTIVATED by two reasons.

 

One, in the past, if a family could not feed itself because of floods or famine, or other such natural calamities we rushed to give them FOOD RELIEF.

 

Government got suppliers, gave them resources to buy the food and arranged for the logistics of distributing the relief to those in need.

 

Unfortunately, with this measures we only discovered with time.

 

We noted that half the financial resources given to relief suppliers were LOST to BROKERS and logistics.

 

Very little of such resources reached to the targeted groups.

 

We had to change this method of support delivery by leveraging on technology through cash transfers directly to the families.

 

This way we have by-passed BROKERS and CARTELS.

 

Two, we have catalyzed the local economies by injecting 250 million shillings each week through these families.

 

Money in the hands of a family, gives them power to make economic choices in their local spaces and not depend on lining up to receive food donations.

 

And these choices catalyze and build the economy from the bottom up.

 

During these unprecedented times of CORONA VIRUS, we have to cushion the economy from below and not from top down.

 

Now, I will paint a second picture. It is about our young people.

 

Our nation is made up of over 70% young people.

 

Although this gives me hope, because a young population is better equipped to fight the Corona virus, it also WORRYING.

 

Worrying because, during a pandemic like the one we have, the SHEER ENERGY of our young population will FIGHT the VIRUS, alright.

 

BUT in the process, their energy could also be misdirected.

 

And this is why we MUST direct it to constructive use.

 

As we fight this VIRUS, I have started to HARNESS the ENERGY of our young people, engaging them in the National Hygiene Programme – Kazi Mtaani Initiative.

 

Under this programme, we will SPEND a total of 10 Billion shillings engaging our youth in restoring public hygiene standards, urban civil works, and other public undertakings.

 

Currently, during the trial period the number of youth engaged is 26,000; we intend to increase that number to 200,000 youths, across the country.

 

And to make it sustainable after the COVID crisis, we will regiment them into livelihood guilds. These are small groups of young people with a purpose, and a passion for Kenya.

 

Working with county governments, we will look for ways of generating work for them.

 

We are making this endeavor through an urban renewal programme to upgrade and to modernize our towns and cities; we want our towns to be clean and green, just like Singapore is. There is no reason why Kenya cannot be.

 

Fellow Kenyans,

 

This COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis, it is fundamentally an economic crisis. Jobs have been lost, businesses have closed and the economy is on a go-slow. To combat the effects of this down-turn, my Administration has had to take additional measures.

 

Today, I am happy to announce the rolling out of my 8-Point Economic Stimulus Programme, amounting to a total of Ksh 53.7 Billion.

 

The injection of this money into the economy will stimulate growth and cushion families and companies as we navigate our way out the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The first element of the 8-point programme will focus on infrastructure. Following the ongoing rains, road infrastructure has been adversely affected across the entire country. To address this challenge in the short term, as a Government, we intend to rehabilitate access roads, footbridges and other public infrastructure.

 

We have set aside a total of Ksh. 5 billion to hire local labour for this undertaking.

 

We are convinced, with the use of local labour and local construction materials, in line with our “Buy Kenya Build Kenya” Policy, we will stimulate and support micro and small business enterprises.

 

The second element of the stimulus programme will be about education. I know the anxiety weighing on the minds of parents and their children in regard to when schools will re-open. We will in the very near future, be communicating, what plans and programmes we have for the education sector. In that regard, we have allocated an additional budget of KSh. 6.5 Billion to the Ministry of Education.

 

The purpose of this is to hire 10,000 teachers and 1,000 ICT interns to support digital learning. The programme will also support the improvement of school infrastructure, including acquisition of 250,000 locally fabricated desks. The aim is to get thousands of our graduates off the bench and into action while we support local artisans and builders businesses.

 

The third element of the programme will target Small and Medium Enterprises. During this COVID pandemic, the liquidity of these enterprises has been adversely affected.

 

The stimulus programme will deal with this in two ways. First and Foremost, we have allocated Ksh 10 Billion to fast-track payment of outstanding VAT refunds and other pending payments. I am also happy to note that just yesterday, we released Ksh. 30 Billion towards payment of pending bills in the roads sector.

 

In addition to this, we will inject Ksh 3 Billion as seed capital for the SME Credit Guarantee Scheme. The intention here is to provide affordable credit to small and micro enterprises.

 

And to do so in an efficient and structured manner, borrowing from the professional standards and practices of private sector credit arrangements.

 

Health is our fourth target of the 8-point stimulus programme. My Administration intends to hire an additional 5,000 healthcare workers with diploma/certificate – level qualification for a period of one year. This will not only enhance our COVID-19 response capability but also enhance the implementation of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) programme.

 

Further, the stimulus programme will set aside Ksh.1.7 Billion for the expansion of bed capacity in our public hospitals. I encourage the Ministry of Health to utilize our Jua Kali Sector in this endeavor.

 

Similarly, resources will be pumped into our medical research facilities to enhance their research capacity, which is critical to generation of new innovations in the medical field.

 

But with the extra resources, these facilities will also undergo some level of reforms to optimize their performance.

 

Fellow Kenyans, we will in due course announce a raft of reforms in our research institutions. I am persuaded that these reforms will upscale our medical research facilities to a standard that can rival the best in the world.

 

The fifth element of the stimulus programme will focus on agriculture. My Administration has prioritized Ksh. 3 billion for the supply of farm inputs through e-vouchers, targeting 200,000 small scale farmers.

 

This is meant to cushion farmers from the effects of adverse weather, and to secure food supply chains in the post COVID-19 period and into the future. Further, under this programme we have allocated Ksh. 1.5 billion to assist flower and horticultural producers to access international markets, in a period where we have a shortage of flights into and out of the country.

 

These interventions will support the sustenance of our farming communities and provide continued gainful employment for thousands of workers in our bread basket areas.

 

Tourism is the sixth area of target for the stimulus programme. This sector has suffered the most – because of restricted movements, and termination of international flights.

 

To jumpstart this important sector, and protect its players from heavy financial losses, my Administration will provide soft loans to hotels and related establishments through the Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC), and A total of Ksh 2 Billion will be set aside to support renovation of facilities and the restructuring of business operations by actors in this industry.

 

In addition to this, funding will also be set aside to support the operations of our premier hospitality institution, Utalii College, to guarantee the steady supply of well-trained hospitality professionals.

 

The tourism component of the stimulus programme will also engage 5,500 community scouts under the Kenya Wildlife Service at a cost of Ksh. 1 billion. Additionally support will be made available to approximately 160 community conservancies at a cost of Ksh. 1 billion.

 

Fellow Kenyans, we want to green our country and hence the seventh element of the stimulus concerns the environment. To mitigate the impact of deforestation and climate change, and to enhance the provision of water facilities, my Administration will rehabilitate wells, water pans and underground tanks in the Arid and Semi-Arid areas. For this purpose, we have set aside Ksh. 850 million. A further Ksh 1Billion has also been set aside for flood control measures; and another Ksh 540 Million for our Greening Kenya Campaign.

 

Our Eighth and final element of the stimulus programme is manufacturing. As a strategy, we will enforce the policy on “Buy Kenya Build Kenya”.

 

To this end, my Administration will set aside an initial investment of Ksh. 600 million to purchase locally manufactured vehicles. This is expected to sustain the operations of local motor vehicle manufacturers, and the attendant employment of workers.

 

I also want at this point to thank the National Assembly and Parliament as a whole for its incisive and speedy consideration and approval of the tax measures my Administration proposed to spur the economy – by ensuring that employees have more of their earnings available to them to spend and to reduce the corporate tax burden as an incentive to business enterprises.

 

I therefore take this opportunity similarly urge the August House to consider, on a priority basis the Budget Proposals to anchor my 8 – Point Economic Stimulus Programme in order to release this money to Kenyans who are in need.

 

Finally, my Fellow Kenyans, the challenges of the moment have put us on a new road. And the twists and turns of this road are unknown. Not only to us, but to the world at large. Every Country is struggling to find a way forward.

 

But I am comforted by only one thing about Kenyans. Throughout our history, we are on record as a people who know how to do a good fight. And we have proven this over and over again. If we stay the course, we will overcome this challenge as we have done in the past.

 

I urge all of us to remain true to our country and confident that the endurance we are so famous for will drive us to victory.

 

I take this early opportunity to wish our Muslim Brothers and Sisters a Happy Idd-Ul-Fitr.

 

God bless you, God bless our Beloved Nation.

General Robert Kibochi-the new Chief of KDF

General Kibochi.PHOTO/Courtesy.

General Robert Kariuki Kibochi is the new Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces.

Before his appointment as CDF, Lieutenant General Robert Kariuki Kibochi was the Vice Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces following his elevation and appointment on 13 July 2018.

Lt Gen R K Kibochi was enlisted into the Kenya Defence Forces on 18 May 1979 and underwent Officer Cadets Training until 30 March 1980 and commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant and posted to Signals Battalion.

He has held various command and staff appointments including his immediate former appointment as Commander of the Kenya Army, Assistant Chief of Defence Forces in charge of Operations, Plans, Doctrine and Training at Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Chief of Strategic Plans and Policy, Director International Peace Support Training Centre, Col Operations Requirements (CIS) and Commander Corps of Signals.

Other appointments held include Chief of Staff at the Eastern Africa Standby Force, SO1 Records at Headquarter Kenya Army (HQ KA), SO1 Comms HQ KA, SO1 Mobilization DHQ, SO1 Comms CIS DHQ and SOII Operations and Training at the HQ of the Corps of Signals.

Lt Gen Kibochi has earned Masters Degree of Arts in International Studies, Masters Degree in Computer Based Information Systems, Bachelors of Technology in Communication and Electronics Engineering, and is currently pursuing Ph.d degree in Peace and Conflict Management.

His other professional training include National Security Studies at the National Defence College (Kenya),Army Commandand Staff Course (UK), Overseas Telecoms Engineering Course (UK), Signal Officers Degree Telecommunications Engineering Course (India), Sub Unit Commanders Course, Platoon Commanders Course, Regimental Signal Officers Course among other training courses.

He served with the United Nations as Commander of Kenyan Contingent in the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) from 2000 – 2001; while his decorations include Moran of the Order of the Golden Heart (MGH) and Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) among others.

Lt Gen Kibochi was born in Nakuru on 15 August 1959.

He is married to Tabitha and blessed with four daughters and a grandson.

Government launches internship program for youths

The process of filling 3600 advertised internship opportunities in government ministries, agencies and boards has been launched.

Speaking on Tuesday during the launch at the Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology in Nakuru, Public Service Commission Commissioner General Dr. Reuben Chirchir revealed that the commission was overwhelmed by high number of youths adding up to 18,000 who applied for the limited positions and only 8,000 youths were shortlisted for the interviews.

“There is overwhelming number of youths who applied but unfortunately only 8,000 were shortlisted for the interviews” he said.

According to Chirchir, the opportunities are limited for university graduates with a bachelor’s degree and those who only graduated from 2015 onward.

Hundreds of youths came out for the interviews hoping that success in the process will mark a stepping stone in their career journey.

However some have expressed their fear due to high number of shortlisted graduates saying that it will be tricky to get 3600 out of the 8000 shortlisted graduates country wide.

The process is expected to run for the next nine days in the 16 centers that are spread countrywide.

PHOTO/GoK:Public Service Commission Headquarters in Nairobi.

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