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Abraham Samoei Elected President Institute of Surveyors of Kenya

The Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK) is a land sector professionals’ organization made up of Valuers, Land Surveyors, Geomatic Engineers, Registered Estate Agents, Property Managers, Building Surveyors, Land Administration Managers and Facilities Managers. Current membership stands at over 4000 spread throughout the Country.

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Institute of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK) has elected Abraham Samoei as the President in the hotly contested polls on Friday.

Valuer Abraham Samoei won the election with over 400 votes against his competitor who got about 150 votes. He was declared winner at Kempiski Villa Rosa, Nairobi, where the tallying was conducted for the whole day. Eligible voters cast their votes through a fool proof system that has been hailed as very efficient and verifiable.

“I am glad to have won. I thank my supporters and those who did not support my bid too. It was not an easy victory since my opponents had mounted a strong campaign. We used all techniques to win but now it is time to work. Let us leave all the techniques we used at the campaign and join in hands to work for our people,” said the ISK President. He urged members to embark to work and winners should not celebrate for too long.

The Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK) is a land sector professionals’ organization made up of Valuers, Land Surveyors, Geomatic Engineers, Registered Estate Agents, Property Managers, Building Surveyors, Land Administration Managers and Facilities Managers. Current membership stands at over 4000 spread throughout the Country.

The election went on smoothly and within two hours the free fair and transparent poll was over, and each member was able to log into their account and vote. Each Institute member was able to vote and watch over their vote.

Only those members who are in good standing with the Institution were eligible to be nominated, nominate and vote during the elections. To qualify, as a full member, a candidate must have been a Graduate Member for at least two years and hold a post-graduate Diploma from the Institution or any other relevant qualifications recognized by the Institution.

There was about 70% outcome, the highest in the ISK history. Mr Abraham in his victory speech offered to share the lesson to other institutes on how they managed to offer a mechanism for members to choose their leaders.

“Our main interest is to enhance professional interests. Through an electoral process, members can choose the officials they believe can help to transform their interests. Over 75% voter endorsement is great against my opponents 25%,” he said.

Being leaders of the professional body, Mr Abraham promised to assist members to participate in the national development, provide professional advice and growth of the country.

More importantly, the President expressed optimism and gratitude to members showing confidence in him to steer the ISK to greater heights in the next two years.

The other categories of leaders elected were chairpersons of the; Professional Practice and Ethics Committee, The Education Foundation and Research Committee, The Editorial and Public Relations Committee, The Finance and Audit Committee, The Human Resource Committee, Finally The Young Surveyors Committee.

 

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  1. Naomi

    August 31, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Good read

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Story Of Veteran Politician And Heroine, Mama Jael Mbogo.

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By William Oloo Janak

On this Jamhuri Day, I visited veteran politician and heroine, Mama Jael Mbogo.

She has a treasure of Kenya’s history. She contested the Bahati parliamentary seat in Nairobi in 1969 and says she was rigged out in favour of Mwai Kibaki, and again in 1974 in favour of Kibaki’s protege, Dr. James Muriuki.

In her bid for the Bahati seat, she not only won the seat but her allies won 6 out of the seven civic seats while only one of Kibaki’s candidates won a civic seat.

The votes were counted four times and each time she had a landslide against Kibaki. On the fifth count, her agents were beaten up at the counting hall at Jamhuri High school where state agents switched off lights and carted away many ballot boxes from her stronghold to Dandora dumpsite and destroyed them while some were thrown into pit latrines.

That’s when Kibaki was declared the winner with a paltry 111 votes ahead of her.

The then Finance Minister had to get back to parliament, whichever way. She gathered evidence and was due to petition the outcome when she got wind of credible threats to her life and decided to go into hiding for months, in the process, abandoning the petition.

Her advisers told her it was unsafe. 1969 was a bad year. Her friend and political mentor Argwings Kodhek had died after a mysterious car accident and admission at Nairobi Hospital in January 1969 and this was followed by the assassination of Tom Mboya six months later on July 5 that same year.

In October that year there was the Kisumu massacre during the opening of Russia Hospital (Now Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital) after an altercation between President Kenyatta and Jaramogi, which resulted in the banning of the Opposition party, Kenya People’s Union (KPU). Followed bu the elections which resulted in threats to her life which was in December. Clearly, this was a dangerous year.

In 1974, Kibaki moved to the relatively safe rural Othaya Constuency and Dr. Muriuki was persuaded and promised state support to run in Bahati.

Mama Jael was threatened, removed from various boards where she was serving to allow Dr. Muriuki go in unopposed but she declined and ran for the seat. She contested against 10 other candidates including Dr. Muriuki, some of them former allies that were propped up to deny her votes in various wards.

She came a close second in what she avers was a rigged election. She has had an illustrious career.

Mbogo had in 1962, succeeded Pheobe Asiyo as President of Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organisation, after Asiyo was appointed Commissioner of Prisons.

Jael was one of the founders of the Forum for the Restoration of Democracy (FORD) with Jaramogi Odinga and others.

She coined the powerful song used by FORD at the time to rally support against Kanu: “Mayienga koro yiengo, Mayienga! Mayienga FORD yiengo KANU! ”

She has mentored many leaders.

….The full story of Mama Jael Mbogo to follow…

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Angola: Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 in the Oil and Gas Sector

Covid-19 had a significant impact on operational activities, leading to the suspension of drilling activities and substantial limitations on production activity in general

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Energy Capital & Power (www.EnergyCapitalPower.com) International Conference Director, João Gaspar Marques, spoke to H.E Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, Minister of Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas of Angola, about the impact of COVID-19 on the country’s oil and gas sector.

What have been key developments in the Angolan oil and gas sector in the past twelve months, giving particular weight to the state of emergency imposed by COVID-19?

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the mineral resources, oil and gas sector has materialized and expanded its reforms with the consolidation of the role of the National Oil and Gas Agency, ANPG, as National Concessionaire and the execution of the Restructuring/Regeneration Program of Sonangol-EP.

H.E. Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, Minister of Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas of Angola (Source: Energy Capital & Power |

Within the specific scope of the Petroleum Concession Allocation Strategy for the 2019-2025 period, the implementation of the bidding program continued, with the bid for nine onshore blocks in 2021 for the 2020 bid – six from the Lower Kwanza Basin and three from the Lower Congo Basin. The block bidding strategy for 2021 was also recently approved.

During this period, continuity was given to the project to modernize and expand the Luanda refinery, which aims to increase gasoline production. We launched the construction of the Cabinda Refinery, the public tender for the construction of the Soyo Refinery was launched, and the international public tender for the partnership to execute the construction of the Lobito Refinery was also launched.

The development of marginal fields is beginning, and in this sense, some marginal fields have already been declared and approved, namely the PAJ (Palas Astrea and Juno) of Block 31, N’singa (already in production), Lifua, Kambala and N ‘dola Sul, in Block 0.

We, therefore, consider that the state of emergency imposed by Covid-19 had a significant impact on operational activities, leading to the suspension of drilling activities and substantial limitations on production activity in general.

What initiatives has the Ministry taken to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic within the energy sector, and how does it assess the effectiveness of these initiatives so far?

The various initiatives taken in consultation with the national health authorities, the association of oil-producing companies in Angola and the association of companies providing services to the oil industry to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic include:

» Demobilization of non-essential personnel

» Adoption of remote work mode for some functions

»Establishment of quarantine regimes, social isolation and systematic and mandatory testing of all personnel, that is, before accessing oil facilities either offshore or onshore.

With the continuous advancement of construction projects and renovation of several refineries, how can the development of the downstream sector reduce dependence on volatile fuel imports and offset losses in crude oil exports?

Angola currently imports around 80% of refined products to satisfy its internal needs, therefore, spending vast amounts of foreign exchange.

The refining strategy drawn up by the Angolan Executive includes the improvement of operational processes and the consequent increase in gasoline production at the Luanda refinery (revamping) and the construction of three new refineries in Cabinda (60,000 barrels per day), Soyo (100,000 barrels per day) and Lobito (200,000 barrels per day).

The projects listed above aim to achieve internal self-sufficiency in terms of refined products, export of surplus to neighboring countries, and maintenance and generation of jobs.

Given the current volatility in oil prices, how can COVID-19 facilitate the energy transition to alternative and clean energy sources, including natural gas?

It is important to start by clarifying that the Ministry of Energy and Water oversees issues related to energy transition; however, our Ministerial Department has contributed with essential subsidies related essentially to hydrogen, and some companies in the oil sector are involved in the design of renewable energy projects.

The Angolan State has policies and programs aimed at the energy transition, among which the conversion of thermal power generation plants from diesel to gas is the current priority. For example, we can mention the Soyo Combined Cycle Power Plant and the Malembo Thermal Power Plant in Cabinda. We also launched an initiative to build a photovoltaic power plant (50 MW) in Namibe, a partnership between Sonangol-EP and Eni.

Additionally, we highlight that Angola has an LNG plant in Soyo, which has been in operation since 2012 and originated from the need to monetize natural gas resources, eliminating its flaring in oil operations.

Can COVID-19 serve as an opportunity to expand local content development?

The prospects for the hydrocarbon sector in the post-pandemic period (short and medium-term) are focused on mitigating the decline in oil production, minimizing unexpected losses, optimizing and boosting the production of refined products to ensure the country’s self-sufficiency in these products and increase storage capacity of fuels and lubricants, guaranteeing their distribution coverage throughout the country.

The Legal Regime for the Local Content of the Petroleum Sector was recently approved, which aims to regulate matters relating to the transfer of technology and knowledge, the recruitment and training of Angolan human capital, and the acquisition of goods and services produced locally by companies operating in the oil sector, as tools for fostering Angolan business and promoting economic development.

What is the Ministry’s short, medium, and long-term prospects for the Angolan hydrocarbon sector in the post-pandemic period?

Mitigating the natural decline in production represents one of the biggest challenges for the sector and is therefore a top priority.

Thus, the Angolan Council of Ministers recently approved the Hydrocarbon Exploration Strategy, which is based on four pillars, namely: a) availability and accessibility to the areas that constitute Angola’s sedimentary basins for research and assessment activities; b) expansion of geological knowledge and access to oil and natural gas resources; c) ensuring the successful execution of the General Strategy for the Allocation of Petroleum Concessions in Angola; d) the intensification of research and evaluation in the concessions and Free Areas of Angola’s sedimentary basins.

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Split as Secretary General Fredrick Okang’o Battles to take Full Control of the ThirdWay Party

SG Okang’o led faction met and signed the minutes and letter to oust their comrades who are dissenting and slowly rejoining the once party leader Ekuru Aukot.

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By KURIAN MUSA

Kenya’s Leading Opposition Party ThirdWay Alliance has expelled its National Chairman Daniel Miruru Waweru. The party Chair is accused of gross misconduct, gross indiscipline and misdemeanor.

The purge has also hit among other leaders; Ms. Angela Mwikali (Deputy Party Leader), Ms. Giovanna Bunei (National Women Leader) and Joan Lagat (Deputy Youth Leader). It is a trend that has since seen the Party Leader Ekuru Aukot also chilling out of the Party highest ranks.

On August 5, the Party Secretary General Fredrick Okang’o led his team into the ouster of their colleagues led by the Party Chairman over claims they had joined hands with Dr Aukot Ekuru, to regain his position as Party Leader. Dr Aukot has been battling the control of the party in court unsuccessfully.

Party is divided in the middle

It is now clear the ThirdWay Alliance Party is divided in the middle with the four expelled members joining Dr Aukot the side, chaperoned by Mr Miruru Waweru.

According to article 25.1 (1) of the ThirdWay Party Constitution, the four were ‘automatically expelled,’ for gross misconduct, violating the party constitution that demands members should use the Internal Dispute Resolution and Disciplinary Mechanism instead of going straight to court.

SG Fredrick Okang’o (Right) address the press about the party leadership tussle. He led his party to oust the Party Chairman Mr Miruru Waweru and four others for gross misconduct on August 5, 2021. (Photo: ThirdWay Party)

Secretary General Fredrick Okang’o now has in his camp; Anita Nkirote (National Deputy Organising Secretary), Christine Mwebia (Deputy National Women Leader), Felix Apiyo (National Youth Leader), Phelister Wakesho (Deputy National Secretary General), and Andrew Njoroge (Executive Director and National Treasurer).

In a statement and letter seen by the Correspondent.africa, the expelled members are accused of frustrating the party operations. They disregarded the show cause letters inviting them on the diverse dates in the months of April, May, June and July 2021, to address the complaints against them.

Party communication tools

Among the issues the party leaders are tussling are; Party communication tools and digital assets. Mr Waweru Miruru is alleged to hold the assets and declined to give the rightful custodian, against their party constitution.

On December 22, 2020, Party Treasurer Andrew Njoroge sought the login credentials from the domain host Legibra Limited to transfer them to Safaricom plc and the Party. It emerged that the party digital assets are now with a German company, an issue that has brought a fresh tug of war.  The party claims this is ‘putting the data and confidential information at risk of being compromised,’ against the party constitution.

Mr Waruru is also alleged to have misused the party communication tools to misrepresent the Party position. He is also accused of forgery of the signature of the Former Party Leader Ekuru Aukot, to call for an “illegal” National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting. This, according to the Show cause letter, dated April 1, 2021, the meeting Scheduled for April 16, 2021 was against the party laws. Dr Ekuru was not allowed to transact on behalf of the party by then.

Legitimacy

A raft of accusations has been leveled up against the ousted Chairman Mr Waruru. Among them is, writing a letter on March 11,2021, questioning the legitimacy of the Executive Director and Treasurer of the Party Andrew Njoroge. Both had worked together for three years in similar capacity.

It also emerged that Mr Waruru is accused of transacting with the Building Bridges Initiative Secretariat (BBI), a body that was pushing a similar constitutional review changes as the Punguza Mizigo Kenya (PMK) Initiative against the party constitution.

PMK prototype signature collection platform

“That in 2020 around November, you acknowledged in a WhatsApp group of sharing a PMK prototype signature collection platform with your BBI contacts which you sold to them and the party has since learnt that they adopted a similar platform like the Punguza Mizigo Kenya. You did this against the party policy and in violation,” reads part of the letter.

The disciplinary measures, were merely his own wish, in ‘your reply letter against you by the ED/National Treasurer and copied to the SG, you asked for disciplinary action to be taken against you on all the allegations. The party Chair is also accused of borrowing Party funds Ksh. 1.1 Million to cushion personal effects, from the Treasurer, but has not refunded.

“The party is intact, the ousted members were referred back by Political parties distribute Tribunal (PPDT) to the party to exhaust the Internal dispute resolution measures. The Registrar of political party has tried to mediate but the faction rubbished the process,” clarified, Andrew Njoroge , National Treasurer.  He Further noted that  the Chairman and Party Leader were the only signatories to party financial accounts against the party constitution, till this year when the party made the changes. “They would allocate themselves funds, Andrew opined.

After an audit, the party ousted the Party leader on allegations of financial misappropriation, an issue still pending in court.

The Mr Okang’o led faction met and signed the minutes and letter to oust their comrades who are dissenting and slowly rejoining the once party leader Ekuru Aukot.

 

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