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Gor down tools: Players fail to honour training sessions over unpaid salaries and allowances

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Newly crowned SportPesa Premier League champions Gor Mahia players have downed their tools, owing to unpaid salaries and allowances.

The playing unit has given the training sessions a wide berth for the last four days hence disrupting their preparations for the next league match.

Gor Mahia were relying on the proceeds from sale of Ugandan defender Godfrey Walusimbi, whom they cashed to South African-based Kaizer Chiefs for a reported fee of Sh12m, to clear the players dues. However, the Kenyan champions are yet to receive the money from South Africa, forcing the players to desert duty as a way of tabling their grievances to their bosses.

According to a source, who sought anonymity, the players have not trained for the last four days in protest for unpaid salaries and allowances, an allegation which the first vice chairman, John Pesa, has differed with, saying the salaries had been cleared by the sponsors, SportPesa.

The source said: “It’s true we have not trained for the last four days because we have not received our salaries and allowances. We are yet to hear from the executive committee on the status of our dues.”

Pesa said their shirt sponsor SportPesa had cleared the salaries and were only expecting money from Kaizer to sort playing unit’s allowances. He said: “We are yet to receive money from the sale of Walusimbi and as soon as we receive, we will sort the players allowances. As far as I am concerned SportPesa have cleared the salaries and we will soon play our part.”

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Gor, who have been declared champions with six matches to spare, are set to play Thika United this weekend as the league resumes after the Fifa international break.

Meanwhile, Masoud Juma is back to his roots — Kariobangi Sharks — after terminating his contract with South African Premier League side, Cape Town City FC, according to Goal.com.

A free-agent Juma rejoined Sharks for a training session yesterday to keep fit, almost a month after he terminated his contract with City. “Our legend is back!” Sharks said on their official facebook page accompanied by the photo of Juma and his former coach William Muluya warmly embracing each other.

Neither the club nor the player has made any statement on the current arrangement and it’s highly suspected that the 2017 Kenyan Premier League top scorer may rejoin his former club next season should he fail to get another club.

Though not eligible to play for Sharks this season, Juma can still sign for any club but will have to wait until next season to play. Juma decided to end his eight-month stay with Benni McCarthy’s side after realising that he was facing the axe. The Harambee Stars striker was among five players who were facing the chop following the arrival of Dutch keeper Peter Leeuwenburgh from Ajax Amsterdam.

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Suluhu: Closer ties for Kenya and Tanzania

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?President Samia Suluhu’s address to Parliament was a masterclass in charm, punctuated by periodic applause and stomping of feet by Kenyan lawmakers.

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Covid-19 deaths, hospitalizations soar among youth in Americas – KBC

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Hospitalizations and deaths of younger people are surging as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across Latin America and the Caribbean, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday.

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“Adults of all ages – including young people – are becoming seriously ill. Many of them are dying,” Etienne said at her daily press briefing as quoted in a PAHO release.

In Brazil, mortality rates doubled among those younger than 39, quadrupled among those in their 40s, and tripled for those in their 50s, between December 2020 and March 2021, she said.

“For much of the pandemic, our hospitals were filled with elderly COVID patients, many of whom had pre-existing conditions that made them more susceptible to severe disease,” Etienne said. “But look around intensive care units across our region today. You’ll see they’re filled not only with elderly patients, but also with younger people.”

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Etienne urged hospitals in the region to increase the size of intensive care units (ICU) in anticipation that the trend will continue, while warning that expansion of ICUs cannot continue indefinitely.

As a result, she urged nations to double down on prevention measures such as lockdowns and facemasks.

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Uhuru wa biashara, Suluhu ya vikwazo: How Kenya-Tanzania trade will be streamlined

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President Uhuru Kenyatta with his Tanzania counterpart Samia Suluhu, who is on a two-day state visit in Kenya.[PSCU]

President Uhuru Kenyatta says ministers from both Kenya and Tanzania should resolve all non-tariff barriers and other restrictions affecting the two countries within four months.
Uhuru, on Wednesday said going forward, there will be no business visa or work permits for Tanzanian wishing to do business in the country.
“You are free to come and trade here in Kenya, there will be no business visas or work permits as long as you abide by the laws of the land,” he said.
Uhuru was speaking during the Kenya-Tanzania Investment Forum at Serena hotel. The forum was in line with President Samia Suluhu’s two-day state visit.
Kenya has about 513 companies doing business in Tanzania compared to Tanzania’s 30 in Nairobi.
Uhuru said in the next two weeks, concerned ministers from both sides should clear all the traffic jams at the Taveta and Namanga border points.
Uhuru said they should pay a special focus to the issuance of Covid-19 certificates to ease the movement of  transit cargo.
“I direct that all the maize lying at the border be cleared in two weeks. We cannot subject businesses to more suffering,” Uhuru said.

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Uhuru urged the ministers to move swiftly and ensure the ease of doing business at the border pointswas decisively tackled.
“It is not about wearing suits and meeting over tea.Get to the ground and understand what is affecting those traders. Don’t just sit in those offices. If you need to consult, do it and get the work done,” he said.
Uhuru’s sentiments came shortly after the Kenya Business Community nsaid it was ready to trade with the Tanzanian business community.
Led by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce (KNCC), the community proposed the formulation of a Joint Business Council that will support the two countries.
KNCC President Fred Ngatia said the council would play a key role in addressing issues that bedevil  Nairobi-Dar trade,
The community said there should be policy forums and investment-focused events that will target small-scale enterprises.
“We are going to focus more on economic projects by identifying favourable financing institutions that will help us settle some of the commercial disputes affecting our community,” Ngatia said.
He said this will be made possible through the Public-Private Partnerships offered by the government.
As a result, KNCC in partnership with the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce will host a trade and investment exhibition in Dar es Salaam this August aiming to help SMEs unlock their potential.
So far Trade and Agriculture ministers from the two sides have had a breakfast meeting and agreed to initiate bilateral discussion before the end of the month.
Trade CS Betty Maina said the discussions aim to iron out all issues that have been hampering trade between the two countries.
This includes issues surrounding maize import.
President Samia Suluhu said her government was ready to serve as a bridge to pave way for businesses between the two countries to thrive.
“It is not about competing and complicating things, but about developing business relationships to allow both parties to explore opportunities,” she said.
Suluhu said while Tanzania is rich with natural resources and tourist attractions, Kenya is thriving in the ICT world and thus the need for exchange of skills on research and development.
“Muna bahati sana maanake upande mmoja mnao Uhuru wa kufanya biashara na upande mwingine Suluhu la kuondoa vikwazo,” Suluhu said.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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