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Kenya Defence Forces Set To Receive 6 US-Made Choppers

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The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) is set to received 6 military choppers from the United States of America by December 2019.

The planes are part of the $253 million arms deal that the Kenyan government signed with USA in May 2017 where the latter was to supply 12 choppers and other arms to help boost military operations. The deal also got the United States Congress approval and the choppers were expected to be delivered to Kenya between April and August 2019. There is no information given as the cause of the delay.

“We are pleased MD Helicopters was selected to provide mentorship, maintenance expertise, and Pilot and Maintainer training to the Kenya Defence Forces,” said Lynn Tilton, MD Helicopters, Inc. Chief Executive Officer. “As the aircraft OEM, no one is better suited to provide the full spectrum of aftermarket operations, training, and support services to our customers.”

In a statement seen by Inversk from MD Helicopters, Inc, the shipment of the 6-aircraft MD 530F Cayuse Warrior fleet will include a U.S. Army-issued AWR.

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The MD 530F helicopters will replace the MD 500 platforms that are flown by the 50th Air Cavalry Battalion of the Kenya Airforce. The new aircraft will constitute the core of the reconnaissance equipment supporting ground forces.

Powered by the Rolls-Royce 250-C30 650shp turbine engine, MD Helicopters also announced that these aircraft will feature an advanced, all-digital glass cockpit, ballistically tolerant crashworthy fuel system, Harris RF-7850A tactical radio, Rockwell Collins HF-9000D, and the full complement of mission equipment that is standard to the Cayuse Warrior.

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551,000 Litres Of Oil Spilt In Kiboko Has Been Recovered, KPC Says

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Kenya Pipeline Company has recovered 551,000 litres of oil from the Kiboko oil spill that occurred on March 30, the company’s acting Managing Director, Hudson Andabi has said.

On the morning of March 30 2019, a section of the 450km Mombasa-Nairobi Pipeline leaked at Kiboko springs in Makueni County, a critical water source. The result of the leakage has since been established as damage to the pipe coating caused by impact, leading to accelerated corrosion activity. The total area that was affected by the spill is 400 meters by 350 meters.

The pipeline resumed its normal operations 15 hours later on March 31st after repairs were done.

Although the company is still on the recovery process for the oil that got spilt during the puncture, Andambi says the company developed a strategy that has so far helped the organization recover some of this oil.

“The products went into the ground and we dug pits, excavated trenches and pumped to lift those products from the ground and transported through the terminal from Kiboko,” said Adambi.

“The process is still going on we will give final figures once the reconciliation process is done as we bring in the final products,” KPC boss added.

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Kenya’s Inflation Drops To 3.83% As Economic Growth Slows To 5.6% In Q2 2019

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Kenya’s overall year-on-year inflation fell to 3.83% in September, from 5.0% in August, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) has disclosed.

However, the country’s economy grew by 5.6% in the second quarter of this year, down from expanding 6.4% in the same period a year earlier, the statistics office said on Monday.

In a report emailed from Nairobi on Monday, the national statistics body noted that while a number of sectors posted impressive performances, the overall growth was curtailed mostly by a slowdown in activities of agriculture, manufacturing and transportation.

“Agriculture’s performance, as well as that of electricity and water supply, was mostly hampered by a delay in the onset of the long rains. The transportation industry was negatively impacted on by rise in prices of fuel,”

“On the other hand, accommodation and food services; information and communication; wholesale and retail trade; and construction industries maintained high growths and thereby supported the overall gross domestic product (GDP) growth,” the KNBS said.

According to the statistics bureau, between August and September 2019, food and non-alcoholic drinks index decreased by 0.40 percent due to a drop-in price of some foodstuffs outweighing increases recorded in others.

  “The ‘year on year’ food inflation dropped from 7.13 percent in August 2019 to 6.31 per cent in September 2019,” it said.

In September 2019, prices of carrots, cabbages and tomatoes decreased by 9.80, 6.32 and 4.14 percent, respectively.

The price of sugar registered a 24 per cent drop with a kilogram retailing at Sh106 last month from Sh140 last year. Irish potatoes, kales and onions similarly recorded significant drops in prices with a kilogram of each going down by 15, 18 and eight per cent respectively compared to retail prices recorded over a similar period last year. The Standard newspaper reported on Tuesday.

  Zachary Mwangi, KNBS director general observed that the agricultural sector is estimated to have grown by 4.1 percent compared to 6.5 percent in a similar period last year.

“The slowed growth was mainly attributed to delayed long rains that somewhat curtailed agricultural production. However, performance of the sector was supported by a 17.6 percent increase in the volume of cut flowers from 35,800 metric tons in the second quarter of 2018 to 42,100 metric tons in the review period,” Mwangi said.

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Why Former Nairobi County Finance Boss Will Pay Ksh.317M to the Government

He was convicted in a case filled by the EACC in a bid to recover Sh872 million from the former chief finance officer (CFO) on grounds that his accumulated wealth did not tally with his known legitimate sources of income.

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Former Nairobi County Chief Finance Officer Jimmy Kiamba was ordered to pay the government Sh282 million by a Nairobi Court.

Further to this, Kiamba is required to pay an additional Sh35 million to the government, failure to which he will forfeit his house in Runda Water Estate, Nairobi.

The judgement was arrived after the court established that the convicted is in possession of unexplained assets.

While delivering the judgement, Lady Justice Hedwig Ong’udi ruled that Jimmy Kiamba could not explain how he acquired his massive wealth, which the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) said was looted from the county coffers.

“My analysis of evidence proves that the EACC established that the huge cash deposits in his accounts were proceeds of economic crimes and constitute unexplained assets which must be forfeited to the state,” the judge ruled.

The case was filled by the EACC in a bid to recover Sh872 million from the former chief finance officer (CFO) on grounds that his accumulated wealth did not tally with his known legitimate sources of income.

In its argument, the EACC submitted that Kiamba’s salary between 2009 and 2015 totalled to Sh5.8 million and wondered how he ended up with over Sh1 billion in cash and assets during his tenure as CFO between 2013 and 2015.

The commission, through Philip Kagucia, said it investigated Mr Kiamba’s 11 accounts in eight banks and obtained bank statements for the accounts and compared the amounts deposited and his salary. It is through this investigation that the commission noted huge inter-account transfers.

Mr. Kiamba is said to have deposited more than Sh400 million between January and November 2014 despite earning a monthly salary of Sh85,000 as City Hall CFO. Evidence provided showed that he used several people at City Hall to make deposits in his accounts including Joseph Njoroge, his driver.

Mr Njoroge made total deposits of Sh66.8 million, while former head of treasury at City Hall Stephen Osiro made total deposits of Sh4.1 million.

In his defense to explain the source of the huge deposits, Kiamba told the court that he was in engaged in several other businesses apart from employment including farming, hotel business, transport, rental income as well as water business, while interior design and beauty parlor were his wife’s. This, as narrated in court, amounted as follows: Cattle revenue (Ksh.21,971,810), Wheat revenue (Ksh.17,094,610), maize revenue (Ksh.12,478,430), landed property (Ksh.35,000,000), Kwamga Mboya advocates (Ksh.300,000), totaling Ksh.317,648,604.

However, the judge argued that it was impossible to know how much had been injected in the transport business and therefore the house, which he allegedly bought at Sh35 million, fell under the category of unexplained assets.

It is after this analysis that the court ruled that EACC had established on a balance of probability that the cash deposits which Kiamba tried to explain through the revenue collection constituted unexplained assets as defined under Section 2 of ACECA and should be forfeited to the State.

“I therefore declare that the total sum of the, money indicated to be unexplained assets,” ruled Justice Hedwig Ogundi.

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