Security Update

securityupdateinkenyaSecurity has been hightened in Kenya due to expected visits of the US President, Barack Obama in July 2015 and Pope Francis in November 2015.

Both  visits involves high-level security arrangements and other logistics due to large crowds that gather to see them and the potential threat to their lives.
Obama will travel to Kenya in July for bilateral meetings and the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, an annual conference that connects entrepreneurs with business leaders, international organizations, and governments.

Pope Francis will be visiting Kenya in November.  “The visit by the Pope also shows the focus by the global community on Kenya as the gateway to Africa. Later in the year, we will also host the World Trade Organisation ministerial meetings here, and believe we have a strong chance to hold the first Ticad summit outside of Japan in Nairobi in the first quarter of next year,” said Mr Esipisu.

In addition, two German airlines are now resuming flights to Nairobi and Mombasa hence boosting tourism. Now there will be weekly flights from Munich to Mombasa. Condor Airline is introducing flights from Munich to Mombasa in addition to its weekly flights from Frankfurt to Mombasa. This came after three weeks after another German airline, Lufthansa, announced resumption of flights from Frankfurt to Nairobi on October. (SOURCE: Daily Nation Monday, June 29, 2015)

obamaWashington (CNN)President Barack Obama is making his first trip to his father's native Kenya as president this summer, the White House announced Monday.

"His trip will build on the success of the August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and continue our efforts to work with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya, to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security," Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.

This will be the President's fourth trip to Sub-Saharan Africa. His last trip was in December 2013 for the funeral of Nelson Mandela. He also traveled to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania during summer 2013 for a series of events on the United States' commitment to African economic growth, democratic institutions and young leadership development.

It is now official: Pope Francis will visit Kenya in November.

State House confirmed the Vatican had officially reached out to the Kenya government and agreed on a papal visit at the end of the year. However, the two governments were working on the specific dates.

“The Vatican has formally contacted the government about a visit to Kenya in November. The government has responded in the affirmative. We look forward to this historic visit by the Holy Father,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s spokesman Manoah Esipisu.

The visit will follow that of Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in mid-next month, and President Barack Obama’s in July.

234333 01 02.JPG“The visit by the Pope also shows the focus by the global community on Kenya as the gateway to Africa. Later in the year, we will also host the World Trade Organisation ministerial meetings here, and believe we have a strong chance to hold the first Ticad summit outside of Japan in Nairobi in the first quarter of next year,” said Mr Esipisu.

Earlier, the Pope had hinted that he may visit Kenya this year during his maiden tour of Africa. He will also visit Uganda and the war-ravaged Central African Republic.

The Pope’s visit involves high-level security arrangements and other logistics due to large crowds that gather to see him and the potential threat to his life.

The official vehicle of the Head of the Catholic Church, known as the Popemobile, has for decades been covered in bullet-proof glass during his tours, but Pope Francis has not been keen to hide behind that shield in order to get close to his flock. 

In April, Pope Francis mentioned Kenya during his Easter prayers after Al-Shabaab terrorists killed 148 people, almost all of them students, in an attack at Garissa University College.

“May constant prayer rise up from all people of goodwill for those who lost their lives – I think in particular of the young people who were killed last Thursday (April 2) at Garissa University College in Kenya – for all who have been kidnapped, and for those forced to abandon their homes and their dear ones,” said the 78-year-old.

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The International Conference for  Advancement of Business and Management Practices in Africa (ICABUMPA) and the Intelligence for Innovation (iN4iN), a project of Leipzig University , Germany, will be hosted by Mount Kenya University School of Business and Economics in partnership with Equip Africa . The  international conference shall be on best business management practices and business acceleration for Africa. The conference is a value driven , practical forum that provides convergence on a singular platform , for policy makers, industrialists  , academia, subject matter experts as well as other stakeholders including entrepreneurs from around the iN4iN member countries to exchange, dialogue and interrogate business acceleration to foster development, growth, and sustainability of business enterprises in Africa. This international conference shall focus on business ecosystem which aims at taking business enterprises to the next level beyond the business idea generation and incubation.

MKU Founder Awarded EOY Award


Mount Kenya University founder and chairman Dr. Simon Gicharu has won the 2014 Eastern Africa Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) Award. Dr. Gicharu, who built the university from scratch, impressed the judges in the six criteria used to pick the winner, namely financial performance, entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, corporate social responsibility, strategic direction and personal integrity.
“I’m humbled by this win,” said Dr. Gicharu in his acceptance message delivered by his wife and fellow Board of Trustees member Jane Nyutu. “I hope my experience will encourage other entrepreneurs and especially our students, that no matter your background, you can achieve exactly what you set your mind to.”
Industrialization Cabinet Secretary Aden Mohammed was the chief guest at the event held at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nairobi.

Dr. Gicharu won in the Master entrepreneur category and represented the East African region in the world finals in Monaco, France. Mr. Alex Nyaga of Parapet Group won the emerging entrepreneur category, while Dr. Mary Okelo of Makini Group of Schools received the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011, Dr. James Mwangi, the chief executive officer of Equity Bank won the global award.
“This award encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement,” said Gitahi Gachahi, the chief executive officer, Ernst & Young.

Dr. Gicharu, who started his entrepreneurial journey in 1996 with a small non- Governmental Organization known as Kenya Entrepreneurship Promotion Programme, squared it out with Mr Jitendra Patel of Foam Mattresses Ltd in the Master category of the competition. A few months ago, his entrepreneurial achievements were recognized yet again when he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Gulu University, Uganda.
“Hardwork, persistence, determination and focus can surmount even the greatest odds,” said Dr. Gicharu. “And as any successful entrepreneur will tell you, the odds are very many as you go up the rungs of success.”

drgicharusMount Kenya University rose from a small commercial college operating from a nondescript building in Thika town to become East and Central Africa’s largest private institution of higher learning. Under Dr. Gicharu’s stewardship, the institution has scored a series of firsts. It was the first private institution of higher learning in Kenya to break the threshold of 10,000 graduands per year; it was the first private university in Kenya to offer degree programmes in Pharmacy; it was the first to establish a campus in the remote Northern region of Kenya; it was the first Kenya university to establish a campus in Kigali, Rwanda and Hargeisa, Somaliland. It was also the first private university in Kenya to build an anatomy lab in a public hospital, notably the General Kago Road Funeral Home at Thika Level 5 Hospital.

The university also has a vibrant corporate social responsibility policy that continues to positively impact the lives of millions of East African residents every year.
The judges at this year’s competition noted that there was increased participation by women and youth. Mr Mohammed, the Cabinet Secretary, encouraged these groups of entrepreneurs to take advantage of the 30% government tenders set aside for them. The five judges in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award were James Boyd McFie, director, School of Accountancy at Strathmore University, Zipporah Maina the head of finance at Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Prof David Maina, Associate Professor, Kenyatta University, Mr. Lucas Meso, chief executive officer, Agriculture Finance Corporation and Mr. Mayur Velji, director, Kenafric Industries.

The Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award was started in the US in 1986. The East African chapter was started in 2011. This is the world’s most prestigious award for entrepreneurs. “The backbone of our vibrant and growing economy is entrepreneurship, said Mr. Gitahi. “Entrepreneurs show unique and innovative ways of responding to their nation’s needs, eventually raising the living standards of its people. EY is fully committed to supporting entrepreneurship, which allows nations to harness their people’s creativity to achieve sustainable economic growth. We celebrate our winners and all our finalists, who inspire others with their vision and leadership achievements.”

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