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Glad tidings as Raila hosts Unaitas Sacco board for breakfast in Bondo

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ODM leader Raila Odinga and his wife Ida on Sunday hosted Unaitas Sacco board members for a breakfast meeting at their home in Opoda farm, Bondo.

The micro-loans lender will on Monday officially open a branch in Kisumu, the 25th in the country, as it seeks to expand its customer and revenue base.

The need to attract more investments for the region was discussed in the morning meeting.

The meeting followed after one held on August 10 when the Opposition leader started the talks of expansion in Nyanza with the Unaitas officials.

“I had a breakfast meeting with officials of the Unaitas Sacco during which we discussed plans of investment in Nyanza,” he tweeted then.

He hailed the meeting as part of his and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s commitment to the Building Bridges initiative.

Unaitas Sacco board members with Ida Odinga during a breakfast at the latter’s home in Opoda, Bondo, Siaya county on Sunday, September 23, 2018. /COURTESY

Unaitas was launched in 1993, then known as Murang’a Tea Growers, to serve tea growers.

The financial institution changed the name to Muramati in 2007 and later rebranded to Unaitas in 2012.

Also read: Unaitas Sacco records profits amidst difficult economic times

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Public relations and customer care officer Sam Otieno said the sacco’s Kisumu branch has been operational for the past two months.

He said the launch coincides with the sacco’s Silver Jubilee celebrations.

Otieno said more branches will be opened in Nyanza, Western, Eastern, and Coast regions.

“Our strategic plan is to open five branches annually. In this region, we target to open branches in Siaya, Homa Bay, Migori, Kakamega and Busia.”

The official said the sacco has a strong membership of 400,000 in Kenya, US, Asia and Europe. “Actually, 16 per cent of our members are in the diaspora.”

“In this region, we shall partner with local saccos to empower them financially. Fish farmers and fishermen who have been exploited by middlemen will benefit from our products,” Otieno said. 

He further revealed that a moratorium has already been deposited at the Central Bank of Kenya to transform the sacco into a commercial bank.

Unaitas CEO Tony Mwangi said the expansion plans are the result of increased demand for financial services.

Mwangi said there are more opportunities from devolution, urbanisation and a young population keen on entrepreneurship.

Unaitas disbursed more than Sh2 billion in loans to 5,000 groups (chamas) last year.

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Is Orengo charting his path away from Raila?

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History of intense rivalry between him and Opposition leader, alleged sabotage in 2013 and 2017 elections and talk of betrayal ahead of 2022.

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Police Deploy Chopper to Rescue Students Lost in Forest for 4 Days –

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Three students who went missing after a forest adventure in Mt Kenya, Karatina, Nyeri County, were finally rescued on Saturday after four days in the jungle.

Four days without food, the boys told members of the press that they survived by the grace of God.

17-year-old Anthony Muhoro, Jackson Karuri, 17, and David Mukoma Kinyua, 20, went missing on May 4.

Muhoro is a Form Three student at Gitunduti Secondary School, Karuri is also a Form Three but at Ihwagi Secondary School while Kinyua is a student at Nyeri National Polytechnic.

Also found alive were two dogs that were in the company of the three when they were reported missing.

Read: Missing Businesswoman Caroline Wanjiku Maina’s Body Found In A Kajiado Mortuary

The rescue team comprised of police officers who after four days of futile search deployed a National Police Service chopper to locate the students who were on the verge of despair.

In the Saturday search, the Nation reports, the officers teamed up with Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service rangers to comb the forest in search of the students.

In an interview with the local publication, Muhoro revealed that they were hiking when they lost their way back home.

“It was by the grace of God that we survived for four days without food and other necessities. We thought we were going to die and kept praying,” Muhoro said in a phone interview.

Read Also: Missing Thika Millionare Julius Gitau Found Alive – Police

“We literally groped in the dark after losing our way back home. We survived on water and wild fruits since we had not carried any food.”

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According to the student, the trio entered the forest through Ragati gate but couldn’t trace their way home hours later.

“We found ourselves deep into the dense woods. I don’t know how far it was from the edges of the forest but we were exhausted,” he said.

“We could not even tell the time since it was constantly dark. That is when panic set in.”

They could not communicate with anyone back at home as their mobile phones lost signals.

Read Also: Son To Murdered Kiambaa Family Reported Missing

“We started moving in the forest, literary going in circles in a desperate attempt to find our way out,” Muhoro said.

Days later as they moved around the forest with the hope of finding an exit, they ‘miraculously’ met some police officers and forest rangers who alerted the rest of the search team.

Mathira East Police Commander James Baraza, who led the operation, said the trio’s disappearance was reported at Karatina Police Station the same day they went missing and a search operation launched immediately.

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Police in hot pursuit of gang that car-jacked a Ruaka resident – KBC

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The vehicle was found abandoned in Kagongo village, having been vandalized.

Kiambu based detectives are pursuing a dangerous and armed criminal gang that car-jacked a Ruaka resident on Friday, before disappearing with his Toyota Premio as he drove to his residence.

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According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations(DCI), the victim had pulled over by the apartment’s gate at Ruaka One River Apartments, unaware that a gang of three assailants was laying in wait for him.

As the gates opened, the driver’s window was suddenly smashed with an iron rod, before two shots were fired in the air from a pistol in an attempt to subdue him.

However, he managed to force his way into the parking lot, but before he could jump out of the car and scamper to safety, the trio caught up with him and roughed him up before grabbing his car keys and phone.

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On receiving the report, DCI detectives based at Kiambaa launched a manhunt for the suspects.

The vehicle was found abandoned in Kagongo village, having been vandalized.

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Its rear and front headlights, side mirrors, all tyres, nose guard, boot and radio had been stolen.

Detectives believe that the three suspects are part of a larger criminal syndicate operating within Kiambu County.

They have been targeting taxi drivers while posing as customers, only to turn against them at isolated places, then vandalize their vehicles.

” Some members of the syndicate have previously been arrested and arraigned in court.” Said the DCI

The DCI has cautioned Kenyans on this trend of crime.

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