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Pope Francis named the first woman to hold a high-ranking post in the Secretariat of State, the male-dominated Vatican’s diplomatic and administrative nerve center.

Italian lay woman Francesca Di Giovanni, who was named by Pope Francis as the first woman to hold a high-ranking post in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, is pictured at the Vatican, December 23, 2013. Picture taken December 23, 2013. [Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS]

Italian lay woman Francesca Di Giovanni, 66, will assume a newly-created post in a division known as the Section for Relations with States where she takes the rank of under-secretary, effectively one of two deputy foreign ministers.
The Roman Catholic Church allows only men to be ordained as priests and women have traditionally been consigned to the shadows of its administration.
However, women’s groups, including the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), an umbrella group of Catholic nuns, have long called on the pope to appoint more females to senior jobs within the Vatican bureaucracy.

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They cite figures showing that more than half of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics are women and that membership of female religious orders is about three times larger than male orders.
A Vatican statement confirming Di Giovanni’s appointment said she would oversee multilateral relations in the Secretariat where she has worked since 1993. Di Giovanni is a specialist in international law and human rights.
She told the official Vatican website Vatican News that her appointment was “unprecedented” though “the responsibility is connected to the job, rather than to the fact of being a woman”.

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She added: “A woman may have certain aptitudes for finding commonalities, healing relationships with unity at heart. I hope that my being a woman might reflect itself positively in this task, even if they are gifts that I certainly find in my male colleagues as well.”
The Vatican, a sovereign state surrounded by Rome, has diplomatic relations with more than 180 countries.

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Despite the pope’s promises to appoint more women to decision-making jobs in the Vatican, Di Giovanni joins only about half a dozen others holding them.
The two most prominent are Barbara Jatta, head of Vatican Museums, and Cristiane Murray, deputy head of the press office.
Last year, Francis also appointed four women as first female councillors for the Synod of Bishops, a department founded more than 50 years ago that prepares major meetings of world bishops held every few years on a different topic.  


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Deputy governor in trouble over deal inflated 50 times

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Deputy governor in trouble over deal inflated 50 times

Kericho deputy governor Susan Kikwai
Kericho deputy governor Susan Kikwai. PHOTO | COURTESY 

Former Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest) Susan Kikwai managing director risks arrest over payment of Sh10.6 million in a deal that ballooned nearly 50 times above the contract sum.

Parliament has recommended that Ms Kikwai, currently Kericho deputy governor, be surcharged over the payments that arose from her failure to settle a paltry Sh217,152 nine years ago for a consultancy service for the development of an investment policy framework.

The delayed payment saw the consultancy fees attract a monthly interest penalty of 3 percent, forcing the investment agency to pay the Sh10.6 million.

The National Assembly’s Public Investments Committee (PIC) chaired by Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir has directed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Authority (EACC) to “investigate the former head and prosecute her if found culpable.”

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PIC raised the red flag that Ms Kikwai made payment to a consulting firm in the financial year 2014/15 and 2015/16 worth Sh6,671,718 being accrued interest and legal fees and another Sh4 million later.

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“The amount was due on or before January 8, 2011,” PIC said in its report on audited financial statements of 48 State corporations.

Mr Nassir said KenInvest delayed to issue instruction to its lawyers on the next cause of action even after they were reminded that the interest was accruing.

PIC said KenInvest lost funds due to negligence of the former managing director,and that the board should use appropriate means to recover the funds lost.

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Firm opens third Artcaffe branch in CBD despite Corona slowdown

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Firm opens third Artcaffe branch in CBD despite Corona slowdown

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US private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners (ECP) has opened its third Artcaffe restaurant in Nairobi’s city centre even as Covid-19 has slowed down the sector.

The new branch is the first of the three additional outlets that Artcaffe was set to open as part of its expansion.

The Chester House branch joins the Kimathi Street and Westminster branches (along Kenyatta avenue) as the brand grows its network.

The coffee chain has also set up a new concept under its umbrella dubbed ArtBakery, with several outlets already operational including one at Westgate Mall and the other on Limuru Road.

The eatery currently has 20 of its branches operational following temporary suspension of restaurant services in the country after a directive by the Ministry of Health to curb Covid-19. ArtCaffe has been reopening its outlets for dine in and take-away services.

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The firm already has more than 30 branches across the city with its rapid expansion seeing 14 outlets opened last year.

The ArtCaffé Group was acquired by ECP for Sh3.5 billion. The transaction was a re-entry of ECP into the restaurant business after it sold its stake in Java two years ago.

The acquisition gave ECP control over ArtCaffe’s business that consists of bakeries, coffee houses, and eatery brands such as Dormans, Tapas Ceviche Bar, Urban Gourmet Burgers and Oh Cha Noodle Bar. The group also operates a central bakery, kitchen, and logistics centre that prepares and distributes artisanal baked goods, food, and drink shipments to its restaurants.

Artcaffe first opened shop in Kenya in 2009 and has expanded rapidly with new openings in Nairobi’s high-end shopping malls.

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Ex- KNCCI head Kiprono Kittony picked as Nairobi bourse chairman

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Mr Kiprono Kittony. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Former Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) national chairman Kiprono Kittony has been appointed the new chairman of the Nairobi Securities Exchange #ticker:NSE (NSE).

Mr Kittony replaces Samuel Kimani who resigned on July 13 after serving as the chairman of the NSE board since 2012.

“After a thorough process, the board of directors has appointed Kittony as the next chairman of the NSE,” NSE said in a statement.

Mr Kittony is also the chairman of the boards of CreditInfo CRB Kenya Ltd, AAR Insurance Ltd, Mtech Ltd and Radio Africa Group.

“Mr Kimani remains on the board as an independent non-independent director for one more year,” said NSE.

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The bourse said Mr Bob Karina will continue to serve as the Vice-Chairman of the Board for the next year.

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Mr Kittony has been serving at the NSE board as a non-executive member in 2018.

He was the KNCCI President for two terms since 2012 before he passed on the baton to the current President Richard Ngatia.

The NSE said Mr Kimani, who will remain in board of the bourse till next year, was instrumental in steering the upgrade of the Equities Trading System, launching of new market segments including the Derivatives Market, the Green Bond Market and the SME incubation platform, Ibuka.

But the bourse has in recent years failed to list a big ticket firm, leading to Safaricom #ticker:SCOM, Equity Group #ticker:EQTY, KCB Group #ticker:KCB, Cooperative Bank #ticker:COOP and East Africa Breweries Limited #ticker:EABL (EABL).

About eight firms including oil marketer KenolKobil and motor vehicle dealer CMC Holdings have gone private in recent years, mostly through takeovers.

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