Barcelona Star Lionel Messi Heading to Chelsea

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to buy Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for Pep Guardiola.

Express.co.uk reported that Chelsea and Manchester City have lodged bids for Lionel Messi, the world’s best football player!  CHELSEA and Manchester City have both tabled offers for Barcelona star Lionel Messi, according to Spanish football expert Eduardo Inda.

The prospect of buying Messi has been tentatively discussed and it’s suggested Abramovich would not blink should Conte demand the Argentine’s signing.

Lionel Messi is said to have been unsettled at Barcelona in the past months and is yet to agree a new deal with the best club that offers him a great deal. His current contract expires in the summer and he is yet to put pen to paper on a supposed “lifetime deal” which is in the pipeline.

Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda has claimed the 30-year-old has been unsettled by the recent unrest in Catalonia and has weighed up a move to China.

List of African Qualifiers for 2018 FIFA World Cup

Here is the list of five African countries that qualified for the 2018 World Cup championship. The list is now full after two other northern African countries snatched a ticket today.

Morocco and Tunisia took the official ticket today after getting high scores and will represent African in the finals of the world’s most popular tournament.
Tunisia needed only one point to go to the tournament and succeeded in getting a point from the goalless draw against Libya’s national team.

Tunisia’s finished on the top of Group with 14-points. Morocco for their part did the unthinkable after defeating Ivory Coast at their defeating Ivory Coast in Abidjan. The visitors defeated Ivory Coast to top the Group C with a two goals win at Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan. The first goal was scored by Nabir Dirar in the 25th minute to give Tunisia an early lead. Mehdi Benatia scored the second goal to assure him team of the presentation at 2018 Russia World Cup.

Therefore the 5 countries that will represent Africa at the 2018 World Cup are;

  • Egypt
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • Tunisia
  • Morocco.

Rwanda Increases Gorilla Permit Prices

On 6th May 2017, Rwanda took a step in tourism sector by increasing the cost for gorilla permits from US$ 750 to US$ 1,500 each. This move has surprised various parties that include tour operators, other stake holders like Lodge/ Hotel owners, visitors who were planning to trek Gorillas among others. The policy was set and implemented urgently.

Currently, the number of people taking gorilla treks in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. This has reduced as many travelers claim they cannot afford to buy gorilla permits at US$ 1,500. Up to 2019, Uganda Gorilla permits remain at US$ 600 each that is why most tourists have decided to go gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Rwanda is called the Land of a Thousand Hills because much of the country is covered by rolling, grassy hills with volcanic mountains like Sabyinyo Volcano, Karisimbi Volcano, Karisoke Volcano among others. Such Volcanoes are found in the North Western part of the nation. Rwanda is becoming increasingly noticed for its environmental policies and breathtaking beauty. Positive internal and international support for infrastructure, education, security and eco-tourism has made it an attractive African destination.

For the past years, Rwanda tourism industry has been among the fastest growing sectors but the recent increase of the gorillas. Rwanda Tourism sector was booming in 2012 tourism sector generated US$ 281.8 million and it attracted investments totaling over US$323 million. The sector attracted over 1.07 million visitors representing an increase of 22 per cent compared to same period in 2011. Tourism sector has been the top foreign exchange earner for the country.

Rwanda has managed to sustain all the categories of accommodation ranging from Luxury to Budget. The super luxury accommodation near volcanoes national park include Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Virunga Lodge and Mountain Gorilla View Lodge among others.

Rwanda’s people have a rich culture which includes ancient folk music and dances and this usually attracts visitors to the country. The famous cultural village near Volcanoes national Park is Iby’wacu, this is where you find ex-poachers performing to the tourists.

Rwanda has various means of transport which includes air transport that mainly caters for visitors that use Kigali International Airport and road transport connecting to various towns in the country. There is limited water transport on Lake Kivu.

The major entries to Rwanda include Kigali International Airport, Boarder entry points like Katuna (Uganda- Rwanda), Cyanika (Uganda – Rwanda boarder), Kanyaru (Burundi – Rwanda Boarder) among others.

Apart from Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda have two other national parks that offer, for example, a range of wildlife and biodiversity. Other national Parks in Rwanda include Akagera National Park (Home of a variety of wild animals and birds) and Nyungwe National Park (Home of primates). Furthermore, the country has been particularly successful in attracting large numbers of business and conference travelers, mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as the neighboring countries of the East African Community (EAC).

For many years, Rwanda has been considering Tourism as a major strategy to fight against poverty, for example by directly involving local communities. The local communities are directly involved in tourism activities to preserve wildlife and their habitats.

Eric Kiraithe Named Kenya Government Spokesman

Former police spokesman Eric Kiraithe has been named the National Government spokesman, reviving the office thta had previously been scrapped by President Uhuru Kenyatta..

Mr Kiraithe, who was the general manager in charge of security at the Kenya Airports Authority, will now work under the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.

A statement from State House Deputy Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita said the appointment of the police senior officer was “to ensure timely, consistent, coherent, and coordinated communication to the public on all matters relating to the national government’s agenda”.

“Mr Kiraithe, who has a long and distinguished history of public service mainly in the security sector, will take up his new post immediately, moving from his current role as general manager for security services at the Kenya Airports Authority,” said Mr Waita.

Mr Waita said while Mr Kiraithe will operate from the Ministry of Interior offices, the office of the State House spokesperson, headed by Mr Manoah Esipisu, will remain within the Executive Office of the President.

OFFICE SHUT

In August 2013, the government shut the government spokesman’s office and its holder, Mr Muthui Kariuki, was redeployed.

A statement from the Presidency at that time said the move was informed by the need to ensure “coherence, clarity and consistency” in the way the government communicates.

“The Office of Public Communication Secretary and Government Spokesman does not fit within the new structure of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration and has consequently been shut,” the statement said.

Mr Esipisu then took over communication within government.

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua once held the post during the reign of President Mwai Kibaki.

Somalia’s Al-Shabab Claims Baidoa Attack Killing 30

Islamist militant group al-Shabab has said it carried out Sunday’s attack in Somalia’s southern city of Baidoa that killed at least 30 people.

A car bomb exploded outside a restaurant as people were watching the English Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal.

In a second explosion, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a busy junction.

This is the fourth major al-Shabab attack in Somalia since the beginning of the year.

It came on the same day as countries which contribute to the African Union force in Somalia, Amisom, pledged “to reinforce military operations in Somalia, to effectively counter threats from al-Shabab”.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud held an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday evening in response to the Baidoa attack, and Security Minister Abdirizak Mohamed Omar called for extra laws to help the government fight the militant group.

AU representative in Somalia Francisco Madeira condemned the attack saying he was “saddened by the loss of innocent lives through acts of terror committed by ruthless individuals who have no value for life”.

In addition to the 30 deaths, the attacks injured 60 people who are being treated in hospital, a local journalist told the BBC.

15 January – on a Kenyan base in el-Ade that Somalia’s president said killed at least 180 soldiers

21 January – on a restaurant at Mogadishu’s Lido beach killing 20 people

26 February – on Mogadishu’s SYL hotel killing nine people

28 February – on a restaurant and busy junction in Baidoa killing at least 30 people

Baidoa is being protected by Ethiopian soldiers, who make up part of the 22,000-strong Amisom force.

Troops from Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Sierra Leone and Djibouti are also part of the force that supports the Somali government in its attempt to gain control over the country.

Heads of state from the troop supplying countries said after a meeting in Djibouti on Sunday that they were concerned about the “decision by the European Union to reduce financial support to Amisom… by 20% especially during this critical phase of operations”.

The EU, which pays for troop allowances, decided to cut its funding earlier this month.

The leaders of the countries contributing troops to Amisom have called for an urgent review of their military response to al-Shabab, following weeks of sustained violence.

In addition to the weekend’s attacks, jihadi fighters have clashed with Amisom troops in different parts of the country, forcing the peacekeepers to withdraw from some areas.

Somalia’s allies now say more needs to be done to stem these attacks.

The Amisom nations agreed at Sunday’s meeting in Djibouti that they need more funding and logistical support for their own operations, not to mention helping the Somali National Army stand on its own feet.

The leaders complained that the absence of their troops in some key regions provided a safe haven for al-Shabab.

US election 2016: Super Tuesday to Test candidates

Candidates bidding for their party’s ticket in the November US presidential election face their biggest test yet in the so-called Super Tuesday primaries.

Twelve states cast votes for candidates from both the Republican and Democratic party nominations in a contest seen as make-or-break for the hopefuls.

Contests stretch from Massachusetts in the east to Alaska in the north-west.

After earlier votes in four states, Donald Trump leads the Republican field and Hillary Clinton the Democrats.

Senator Ted Cruz cannot afford to lose to Mr Trump in Texas, his home state, while a reverse for Mr Trump in Massachusetts, with its moderate voters, could break the property tycoon’s nationwide momentum.

Mrs Clinton is hoping to build on her weekend victory in South Carolina, where she polled heavily among African-Americans, to restore her political fortunes after a bruising defeat in New Hampshire to Bernie Sanders, her self-styled democratic socialist rival.

On 8 November, America is due to elect a successor to Barack Obama, a Democratic president standing down after two terms in office which have seen the Republicans take control of both houses of Congress.

Opinion polls give Mr Trump a lead in almost all of the 11 states holding Republican contests on Tuesday: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Alaska and Minnesota.

The colorful campaign of the billionaire, who won three of the four early voting states, has divided Republicans.

On the eve of the polls, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse became the highest-ranked elected party member to come out and say he would not back him for president.

He said he was “frustrated and saddened” and would look for a third option if Mr Trump won the Republican nomination.

Protesters, including some from the Black Lives Matter movement, repeatedly disrupted a Trump rally in Radford, Virginia, on Monday after he was criticized for failing to condemn a Ku Klux Klan white supremacist leader in an interview.

Marco Rubio, the third-placed Republican contender after Mr Trump and Mr Cruz, is hoping to stay competitive, gambling on a win in his home state of Florida on 15 March.

Democrats are voting in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Colorado and Minnesota, as well as in the US territory of American Samoa. Democrats abroad will also submit their votes.

Mrs Clinton is eyeing black voters in places like Alabama, Georgia and Virginia after taking eight out of 10 black votes in South Carolina.

Jane Sanders said her husband faced a “rough map” on Super Tuesday but would take his campaign through to July’s Democratic convention.

“We expect to win some states and lose some states tomorrow and we think it will only get better as it goes along,” she said on Monday.

Source: www.bbc.com

Kenyatta University Launches “State of the Earth” PSV Bus Line to Transport Students

Kenyatta University is by no doubt one of the leading universities in Kenya and across East Africa both in terms of academics and development wise.

Recently the university decided to go for high capacity vehicles, popularly used in developed Bus Rapid Transit systems in a bid to reduce transport cost for its students who are not residing from the hostels and o make it convenient for students to make it to school in time for their classes.

Kenyatta University Bus

However it’s not clear yet what route the new buses will be plying, but it seems the law students at Parklands may be the first beneficiaries, since a good number of them reside inside the main campus or around Kahawa area. Students from KU Ruiru campus may also benefit. Here is the picture of stundents enjoying the first ride in the state of the earth PSV bus!

Kenyatta University Students

Safaricom Launches 4G LTE Advanced Network

Today on 4th December 2014 Safaricom Kenya Ltd becomes the first operator in Sub Saharan Africa to launch LTE Advanced Safaricom 4G Network which will offer peak speeds of up to 100Mbps.

This comes after several months of testing in 4G sites in Nairobi although the service was not available to consumers. The service is now available in Nairobi and Mombasa with places like Gigiri, Runda, Buruburu, Lower Kabete, Parkands in Nairobi and Mombasa Island and Changamwe in Mombasa already having 4G LTE service.

Safaricom has sights set on March 2015 for complete coverage of Nairobi and Mombasa, by March 2016 there will be coverage of 15 counties and in 36 months the company will have covered all counties.

Safaricom 4G LITE has been made available on the 800MHz spectrum that Safaricom acquired for 75 million USD and aligned to the closing of the contract to provide the Kenyan government with security surveillance contract. Safaricom also spent 82 million USD to acquire 450 sites and other network infrastructure from Essar.

Safaricom now becomes the first to 4G LTE-A in the African Continent. This comes after Safaricom was also the first mobile network to launch 3G in Kenya in 2008 and faster HSPA connections in 2012. Bob Collymore went further to affirm to Kenyans that “This is the best 4G in the whole continent of Africa and at 100MBps is the fastest in Africa,” He further added that 4G LTE will not only make an impact to consumers on their phones but also in banking, education and telemedicine which will become more accessible to both enterprises and their consumers.

Safaricom currently has over 100,000 LTE ready smartphones and Safaricom has a plan to bring the costs down for devices to as low as Kshs 9,000. What users need to have to use 4G on their phones is a 4G ready smarphone and a new SIM card that accepts 4G. The current SIM cards in use are not compatible to 4G but the new 4G SIM cards are backwards compatible.

IGP David Kimaiyo Resigns and Ole-Lenku Fired

Amid growing insecurity in Kenya with the latest attack in Mandera leaving almost 38 Dead Inspector General David Kimaiyo has since resigned from office following criticism from different parties with claims of failing to contain the insecurity situation in Kenya citing his resignation on personal grounds.

On the other hand credible sources indicate that President Uhuru Kenyatta has fired Cabinet Secretary for interior and Co-Ordination of National Government and in place appointed former cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery to take charge.
Below is a Photo of some of the non-Muslims who were massacred today morning.

Museveni encourages tourists to visit Uganda

PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has strongly encouraged tourists globally to visit the African continent in general and Uganda in particular as the country enjoys the best climate in the world.

The President was on Wednesday opening the 39th World Congress of African Travel Association (UTA) at the Commonwealth Speke Resort Munyonyo, near Kampala.

The 5-day conference that is running under the theme ‘Tourism is Everyone’s Business’ has attracted local, regional and international delegates who are engaged in the tourism industry worldwide and who are also brought together under the umbrella of ATA.

African Travel Association, founded in 1975, is a registered non-profit Association in the United States of America, headquartered in New York. It has branches around the world and has so far signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Union with the aim of promoting tourism in Africa.

President Museveni added that all parts of Africa are miracles. Tropical forests, huge lakes, rivers, snow capped mountains like the Rwenzori and even in the deserts oases are found that, among many others, are tourist attractions.

He, therefore, called on tourists to take advantage of the beautiful climate in Africa and Uganda as well as neighboring countries in East Africa and visit the land that does not require any air-conditioning like those in Europe and other parts of the world.

Mr. Museveni informed delegates that historically, Africa is also the cradle of humankind, civilization and the main religious groups that include Christianity and Islam.

Commenting on faith based tourism, President Museveni noted that it’s quite a vibrant one and Uganda benefits from it citing the 3rd of June of  every year when over a million pilgrims from all over the world flock to Namungongo Martyrs’ shrine to commemorate Martyrs’ Day.

The President also observed that peace is prevailing in most parts of Africa adding that pockets of conflict and strange diseases cannot severely affect the tourism industry.

He pointed out that other challenges to infrastructure for tourism, such as hotels, have been addressed and others such as air, land and water transport are being worked on.

The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Ms. Maria Mutagamba, hoped that challenges affecting tourism like lack of adequate media publicity would be addressed.

The ATA Executive, Uganda Chapter, Mrs. Susan Muhwezi, called on the local and international media, to portray Africa positively in their publicity in order to attract more tourists.

The Executive Director of ATA, Mr. Edward Bergman, pledged to promote public-private partnership to make the tourism industry flourish in Africa. He thanked President Museveni for his support to the industry.

The opening ceremony was also attended by Ministers from neighboring countries, diplomats and all stake holders in the tourism industry, among others.