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SHOWBUZZ: Bieber and Hailey cancel wedding

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Pop singer Justin Bieber and his fiancée, model Hailey Baldwin, have reportedly postponed their wedding for the third time.

The two were set to wed on March 1 this year, on Bieber’s birthday. However, they were forced to postpone the ceremony after several of their dearest ones confirmed that they wouldn’t make it on that date.

According to TMZ, about 300 guests who had already received invitation cards were informed last week that the wedding is being reschedule to a different date that they will be informed of in due course.

The couple tied the knot in a non-religious ceremony last September but didn’t confirm the news until two months later.

Muthoni the Drummer Queen.

Muthoni the Drummer Queen.

Female rapper and cultural maverick Muthoni the Drummer Queen (MDQ) has been selected as a TED Fellow 2019, for her work in developing the cultural landscape in East Africa through her barrier-breaking, genre bending music, as well as her game-changing Africanised music festivals Blankets & Wine and Africa Nouveau.

MDQ joins a class of 20 change-makers from around the world set to deliver a talk on the TED stage this April in Vancouver.

An excited MDQ said the opportunity means so much to her, as it’s a clear indication that the world takes note of what is happening in the Kenyan music industry.

“Being on the global TED platform will help me amplify this position as well as the political undertones to creators, investors, industry players, leadership the general population of Kenya, and Africa at large,” said the “Suzie Noma” hit maker.

Founded in 2009, the TED Fellows programme has 472 Fellows from 96 countries, whose talks have been viewed more than 250 million times overall. In its ten-year history, the TED Fellows programme has created a powerful, far-reaching network made up of scientists, doctors, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, journalists and beyond.

Avril: I just wanted time with my baby

Musician Avril.

Musician Avril.

Singer Avril has finally revealed why she turned down Naiboi’s request to feature in his “2 In 1” hit song video by disclosing that she didn’t “just want to work with him”. Avril was forced to respond after appearing on Otile Brown’s recently released song “Kenyan Girl”.

In a recent radio interview, the sassy lass said she found Naiboi’s request to be in bad taste as it came at a time she had just given birth and was trying to adjust to the new life of being a mother.

“It’s sad that a couple of men and, unfortunately, some women wouldn’t understand that once a woman gives birth she needs some time to herself and her child, away from work. I was in that state at that time. I found his comments to be in bad taste so I just chose to block his negativity and not respond,” Avril explained.

After the release of the song, Naiboi appeared in several interviews where he blasted Avril and Victoria Kimani for snubbing him when he requested them to feature on the song.

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Naiboi claimed he sent his request to Avril on WhatsApp and the response he received was blue ticks.

Sorry, I’m not sorry: DJ Pinye

Dj Pinye and rapper Fena Gitu.

Dj Pinye and rapper Fena Gitu during the unveiling of the Battle of the Beats Dj contestants at Serena Hotel, Nairobi. November 1, 2018. PHOTO| FILE

Legendary retired DJ Pinye last week celebrated his 48th birthday by apologising to all the local musicians who feel he derailed their careers. Last month DJ Pinye made headlines when he was quoted on NRG radio saying that he cannot play mediocre music.

He noted that back then he wouldn’t have played music from the likes of rappers Khaligraph Jones and DNA, and that hit songs like “Lamba lolo” or “New Position” by Ethic Crew would never make a cut on his playlist.

A number of artistes came out to blast him for being self-centred and never supportive when they were upcoming. Celebrating his birthday, DJ Pinye took time to offer his apologies to all the artistes who feel he let them down.

“On my birthdays, I usually reflect on a lot of things about my life. Today, I am thinking about my impact. My impact on other people’s lives, specifically those in the music industry. One thing is clear, I am aware of my influence. I apologise to those who feel I played a part in derailing their music career. But I am not apologetic for the values and standards I uphold for our music industry. It’s my birthday,” he posted on social media.

Artistes reject move on royalties

A sectionof local musicians led by gospel singer Rufftone and rapper Nonini rejected the move by Kenya Classification Board (Kecobo) to license three Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) — Performers Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK), Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP) and Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) to collect royalties on behalf of the artistes.

Musician Rufftone.

Musician Rufftone speaks during a media briefing attended by various artistes to talk about the collection of music royalty. PHOTO| FRANCIS NDERITU
In a statement, the musicians faulted Kecobo boss Edward Sigei’s decision which they said went against Sports, Arts and Culture Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa’s directives.

The artistes stated that they had reached out to CS Echesa to understand how Sigei managed to issue the licenses to the three CMOs while there were concerns raised on royalty collection yet to be solved.

“The CS informed us that Kecobo CEO went against his directive not to issue any communication on licenses or the licenses before outstanding conditions that denied MCSK a license in 2017 were re-solved, and all stakeholders are on one page with a lasting solution to the problems that have existed in the whole business of royalty collections” the artistes lamented.



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Sordid tale of the bank ‘that would bribe God’

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Bank of Credit and Commerce International. August 1991. [File, Standard]

“This bank would bribe God.” These words of a former employee of the disgraced Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) sum up one of the most rotten global financial institutions.
BCCI pitched itself as a top bank for the Third World, but its spectacular collapse would reveal a web of transnational corruption and a playground for dictators, drug lords and terrorists.
It was one of the largest banks cutting across 69 countries and its aftermath would cause despair to innocent depositors, including Kenyans.
BCCI, which had $20 billion (Sh2.1 trillion in today’s exchange rate) assets globally, was revealed to have lost more than its entire capital.
The bank was founded in 1972 by the crafty Pakistani banker Agha Hasan Abedi.
He was loved in his homeland for his charitable acts but would go on to break every rule known to God and man.
In 1991, the Bank of England (BoE) froze its assets, citing large-scale fraud running for several years. This would see the bank cease operations in multiple countries. The Luxembourg-based BCCI was 77 per cent owned by the Gulf Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  
BoE investigations had unearthed laundering of drugs money, terrorism financing and the bank boasted of having high-profile customers such as Panama’s former strongman Manual Noriega as customers.
The Standard, quoting “highly placed” sources reported that Abu Dhabi ruler Sheikh Zayed Sultan would act as guarantor to protect the savings of Kenyan depositors.
The bank had five branches countrywide and panic had gripped depositors on the state of their money.
Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) would then move to appoint a manager to oversee the operations of the BCCI operations in Kenya.
It sent statements assuring depositors that their money was safe.
The Standard reported that the Sheikh would be approaching the Kenyan and other regional subsidiaries of the bank to urge them to maintain operations and assure them of his personal support.
It was said that contact between CBK and Abu Dhabi was “likely.”
This came as the British Ambassador to the UAE Graham Burton implored the gulf state to help compensate Britons, and the Indian government also took similar steps.
The collapse of BCCI was, however, not expect to badly hit the Kenyan banking system. This was during the sleazy 1990s when Kenya’s banking system was badly tested. It was the era of high graft and “political banks,” where the institutions fraudulently lent to firms belonging or connected to politicians, who were sometimes also shareholders.
And even though the impact was expected to be minimal, it was projected that a significant number of depositors would transfer funds from Asian and Arab banks to other local institutions.
“Confidence in Arab banking has taken a serious knock,” the “highly placed” source told The Standard.
BCCI didn’t go down without a fight. It accused the British government of a conspiracy to bring down the Pakistani-run bank.  The Sheikh was said to be furious and would later engage in a protracted legal battle with the British.
“It looks to us like a Western plot to eliminate a successful Muslim-run Third World Bank. We know that it often acted unethically. But that is no excuse for putting it out of business, especially as the Sultan of Abu Dhabi had agreed to a restructuring plan,” said a spokesperson for British Asians.
A CBK statement signed by then-Deputy Governor Wanjohi Murithi said it was keenly monitoring affairs of the mother bank and would go to lengths to protect Kenyan depositors.
“In this respect, the CBK has sought and obtained the assurance of the branch’s management that the interests of depositors are not put at risk by the difficulties facing the parent company and that the bank will meet any withdrawal instructions by depositors in the normal course of business,” said Mr Murithi.
CBK added that it had maintained surveillance of the local branch and was satisfied with its solvency and liquidity.
This was meant to stop Kenyans from making panic withdrawals.
For instance, armed policemen would be deployed at the bank’s Nairobi branch on Koinange Street after the bank had announced it would shut its Kenyan operations.
In Britain, thousands of businesses owned by British Asians were on the verge of financial ruin following the closure of BCCI.
Their firms held almost half of the 120,000 bank accounts registered with BCCI in Britain. 
The African Development Bank was also not spared from this mess, with the bulk of its funds deposited and BCCI and stood to lose every coin.
Criminal culture
In Britain, local authorities from Scotland to the Channel Islands are said to have lost over £100 million (Sh15.2 billion in today’s exchange rate).
The biggest puzzle remained how BCCI was allowed by BoE and other monetary regulation authorities globally to reach such levels of fraudulence.
This was despite the bank being under tight watch owing to the conviction of some of its executives on narcotics laundering charges in the US.
Coast politician, the late Shariff Nassir, would claim that five primary schools in Mombasa lost nearly Sh1 million and appealed to then Education Minister George Saitoti to help recover the savings. Then BoE Governor Robin Leigh-Pemberton condemned it as so deeply immersed in fraud that rescue or recovery – at least in Britain – was out of the question.
“The culture of the bank is criminal,” he said. The bank was revealed to have targeted the Third World and had created several “institutional devices” to promote its operations in developing countries.
These included the Third World Foundation for Social and Economic Studies, a British-registered charity.
“It allowed it to cultivate high-level contacts among international statesmen,” reported The Observer, a British newspaper.
BCCI also arranged an annual Third World lecture and a Third World prize endowment fund of about $10 million (Sh1 billion in today’s exchange rate).
Winners of the annual prize had included Nelson Mandela (1985), sir Bob Geldof (1986) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1989).
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Tracking and monitoring motor vehicles is not new to Kenyans. Competition to install affordable tracking devices is fierce but essential for fleet managers who receive reports online and track vehicles from the comfort of their desk.

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Agricultural Development Corporation Chief Accountant Gerald Karuga on the Spot Over Fraud –

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Gerald Karuga, the acting chief accountant at the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC), is on the spot over fraud in land dealings.

ADC was established in 1965 through an Act of Parliament Cap 346 to facilitate the land transfer programme from European settlers to locals after Kenya gained independence.

Karuga is under fire for allegedly aiding a former powerful permanent secretary in the KANU era Benjamin Kipkulei to deprive ADC beneficiaries of their land in Naivasha.

Kahawa Tungu understands that the aggrieved parties continue to protest the injustice and are now asking the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to probe Karuga.

A source who spoke to Weekly Citizen publication revealed that Managing Director Mohammed Dulle is also involved in the mess at ADC.

Read: Ministry of Agriculture Apologizes After Sending Out Tweets Portraying the President in bad light

Dulle is accused of sidelining a section of staffers in the parastatal.

The sources at ADC intimated that Karuga has been placed strategically at ADC to safeguard interests of many people who acquired the corporations’ land as “donations” from former President Daniel Arap Moi.

Despite working at ADC for many years Karuga has never been transferred, a trend that has raised eyebrows.

“Karuga has worked here for more than 30 years and unlike other senior officers in other parastatals who are transferred after promotion or moved to different ministries, for him, he has stuck here for all these years and we highly suspect that he is aiding people who were dished out with big chunks of land belonging to the corporation in different parts of the country,” said the source.

In the case of Karuga safeguarding Kipkulei’s interests, workers at the parastatals and the victims who claim to have lost their land in Naivasha revealed that during the Moi regime some senior officials used dubious means to register people as beneficiaries of land without their knowledge and later on colluded with rogue land officials at the Ministry of Lands to acquire title deeds in their names instead of those of the benefactors.

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“We have information that Karuga has benefitted much from Kipkulei through helping him and this can be proved by the fact that since the matter of the Naivasha land began, he has been seen changing and buying high-end vehicles that many people of his rank in government can’t afford to buy or maintain,” the source added.

“He is even building a big apartment for rent in Ruiru town.”

The wealthy officer is valued at over Sh1.5 billion in prime properties and real estate.

Last month, more than 100 squatters caused scenes in Naivasha after raiding a private firm owned by Kipkulei.

The squatters, who claimed to have lived on the land for more than 40 years, were protesting take over of the land by a private developer who had allegedly bought the land from the former PS.

They pulled down a three-kilometre fence that the private developed had erected.

The squatters claimed that the former PS had not informed them that he had sold the land and that the developer was spraying harmful chemicals on the grass affecting their livestock and homes built on a section of the land.

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Naivasha Deputy County Commissioner Kisilu Mutua later issued a statement warning the squatters against encroaching on Kipkuleir’s land.

“They are illegally invading private land. We shall not allow the rule of the jungle to take root,” warned Mutua.

Meanwhile, a parliamentary committee recently demanded to know identities of 10 faceless people who grabbed 30,350 acres of land belonging to the parastatal, exposing the rot at the corporation.

ADC Chairman Nick Salat, who doubles up as the KANU party Secretary-General, denied knowledge of the individuals and has asked DCI to probe the matter.

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William Ruto eyes Raila Odinga Nyanza backyard

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Deputy President William Ruto will next month take his ‘hustler nation’ campaigns to his main rival, ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Nyanza backyard, in an escalation of the 2022 General Election competition.

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