Friday, 31 August 2012

Disney stars Mickey and Minnie Mouse tour Kenya

August 2012

Disney’s iconic stars Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be in Nairobi this weekend, thanks to a very special initiative by DStv, GOtv and Disney to celebrate great kids’ television! The famous duo will be spending the weekend at Westgate Mall and you could meet them between 11:00 and 16:00 on either Saturday or Sunday!*

And the good news is that entry is FREE so simply come along with your kids and enjoy! Kids can have their photograph taken with Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse and there will be coloring in activities as they wait for their turn to meet  Disney’s wonderful characters. Plus young fans will also get the chance to learn the popular ‘hotdog’ dance!

With the Disney Junior channel, home to Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, available on DStv, DStv Mobile and GOtv, this weekend’s fun is the ideal way to highlight the channel and its range of great family friendly programming.  

In addition to the highly engaging Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, the channel also screens Jake and Neverland Pirates, Doc McStuffins, Jungle Junction, 101 Dalmations, Handy Manny, Little Einsteins, Special Agent Oso, The Hive, Art Attack and the Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh!

Disney Junior is Disney’s preschool brand, which has been carefully developed for kids and parents to enjoy together. It’s the place where magical storytelling comes to life and delivers special entertainment with heart whilst incorporating specific learning and development themes.

According to MultiChoice Kenya General Manager Danny Mucira, this weekend’s festivities should be a magical moment for young fans. “We know that these two incredible characters are universally loved by young children and so to have them here in Nairobi is very exciting and lots of fun.  This event is definitely something we’re hugely pleased to be part of and we’re looking forward to seeing many of our viewers at Westgate on September 1st and 2nd! ”

Christine Service, Country Manager of the Walt Disney Company Africa, adds, “We are thrilled that both Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will visit Kenya together for the first time ever.”

In addition to Disney Junior, two other Disney channels are available on DStv. The boy-focused, girl-inclusive Disney XD channel (DStv channel 304) includes a compelling mix of live-action and animated programming, hyper-targeting boys and their quest for discovery, accomplishment, sports, adventure, music and humour. Programs to watch include Ultimate SpiderMan, Zeke and Luther, Phineas and Ferb, Lab Rats, Kickin It, I’m in the Band, Pair of Kings and Tron Uprising.

 Meanwhile the Disney Channel (DStv channel 303) is packed full of great live action sitcoms such as Jessie, ANT Farm, Good Luck Charlie, Austin & Ally, The Suite Life on Deck, Wizards of Waverly Place, Jonas LA and Shake It Up.
So whether you watch Disney at home or see Mickey and Minnie in action at Westgate this weekend, be sure to share in the magic of Disney!


*All Entertainment subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.

Raila Odinga former ally announce bid for Presidency in Kenya

Charity Ngilu
NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 31 – Water Minister and NARC leader Charity Ngilu on Friday unveiled her manifesto, detailing five priority areas she aims to address should she be elected as the country’s next president.
The key issues she intends to address are illiteracy; poverty; healthcare; food and water and the empowerment of women – issues that she says have lagged behind since independence.
“The serious issues that I am talking here are the same ones that the late President Kenyatta talked about 50 years ago. 50 years after independence, the issues have not been addressed conclusively and yet when we leaders sit together these issues are never brought on the table,” she said.
Ngilu who joined the government in 2003 under President Mwai Kibaki’s first term said the NARC government came to power with much promise but only delivered free primary education, though with problems in implementation.
She said that despite lending support to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) in 2007- with a hope of better focus on issues – many of them have not been addressed.
“Most of the issues we promised since 2002 and 2007 are not done, we became more intolerant; the leadership did not care about what happened to majority poor Kenyans. I even found it hard to continue supporting President Kibaki in 2007,” insisted Ngilu.
“As long as people do not have food on their table they cannot be productive for development and we need to bring these issues back on the table,” added Ngilu.
The minister who previously served in the health docket says that it’s possible for the government to offer quality and accessible healthcare to the people at Sh8 per Kenyan per day.
She attributed insecurity to high rates of unemployment among the youth and warned that the country would continue to spend more on security if the government failed to create jobs.
“We cannot continue condemning the youth for insecurity and yet we as the leadership have not invested in job creation. We are buying guns to protect who from whom?” she posed.
She gave commitment that her government would enhance the Women Enterprise Fund and build capacity for women to allow them take up 30 percent of government contracts.
Also among her top priorities is the reduction in the level of balance of trade and empowerment of local industries.
“We are spending a lot of money on imports of things that are available locally. I once asked why we should not buy hospital beds from the artisans at Gikomba and was told that the people who operate there do not know how to deal with procurement. My question was why can’t we then teach them about procurement?” Ngilu wondered.
“Why do we import rice, sugar, maize and wheat and yet we have farmers?” she further posed.
Ngilu who first ran for the presidency in 1997 says she only aims to create an alliance with the voters despite previously indicating her willingness to work with other candidates.
The manifesto launch at the Intercontinental Hotel will be followed the launch of her presidential bid on Sunday.
“Delegates will decide on my candidature as well as that of any other person who presents himself, I have a good team looking at the issues and that is the alliance that I am going to form,” she reiterated.
The Kitui Central MP said she is due to graduate from the St Paul’s University in October to meet the constitutional requirement of possession of university degrees on presidential candidates.
The minister said she was open to declaring her wealth, insisting that most of her family’s wealth was acquired by and is still retained in her late husband’s name.
“As a parliamentarian and in my own name I have two flats, a house and another flat in South C,” said Ngilu while insisting that she needed to compute the value of assets she owned together with her late husband.
Last year she was cleared by the Parliamentary Committee on Lands and Natural Resources over accusations of irregularly awarding contracts at her water ministry.
She insisted that it was ‘politically instigated’ by cartels within the ministry who wanted to create reason for her to leave.
Ngilu becomes the third female aspirant after Gichugu MP Martha Karua of Narc Kenya and Kingwa Kamenchu, to declare her intention to vie for the presidency.

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Kenya beefs up security in Nairobi and Mombasa to avert protests

A wounded police officer is wheeled to Pandya hospital in Mombasa, Kenya, Aug. 29, 2012. At least seven policemen were injured and one killed  in a grenade attack in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa  on Wednesday night  when youths took to the streets to protest the killing of the controversial muslim ceric Aboud Rogo.   (Xinhua/Mbuyu Cazeiya)

By Njoroge Kaburo, Chrispinus Omar and Joy Nabukewa
Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan police on Friday enhanced security in key installations in Nairobi and Mombasa to avert planned protests following the death of Islamic cleric in Mombasa early this week.

The move follows credible intelligence reports which urged Muslim community in Kenya to come out in large numbers after Friday prayers to demonstrate along the Nairobi and Mombasa streets to protest the assassination of Aboud Rogo whom the UN and U.S. accused of financing Al-Shabaab militia from Somalia. The alert from sources working at the United Nations in Nairobi cautioned its staff to keep off several places and key highways and roads and areas around the mosques in Nairobi and in Kibera slums where most of the Muslims community reside including central business district. "Because the specific nature of the protests is unknown, militant groups and thugs may take advantage of the situation," reads the alert. "These protests are also likely to turn violent, characterized by running battles between rioters and police, looting, grenade attacks, muggings, burning and damaging of vehicles/property, general business disruptions and heavy traffic snarl ups as has been witnessed in Mombasa over the last three days," it said. "You are advised to avoid Nairobi CBD and above mentioned Mosques and surrounding areas tomorrow - Friday 31st August 2012. If possible, please postpone any business you have in the CBD to another day."

Regional deputy police commander, Moses Ombati, said security forces were about some youth who have been to cause chaos in Nairobi and its environs but were ready to deal with the situation."We are aware of some pockets of Muslim youth who want to cause trouble in Nairobi and its environs but we are ready to counter with equal force," Ombati told Xinhua on Friday. In Mombasa, residents and workers said many businesses have been advised to close their officers by noon for fear of further protests. "We have been advised by our employers to close offices by 12: 00 noon today for fear of looting and destruction of property," an employee who works for a shipping company told Xinhua. "There are many security forces who have been deployed around the mosques and I don't think there will be more trouble like that ones were experienced on Monday and Tuesday," said the employee who did not want to be identified.

The controversial Islamic preacher, Aboud Rogo who was facing charges of illegal possession of weapons and recruiting for the Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab, was shot to death in his car on Monday while he was driving outside Mombasa. Violent riots erupted across the Mombasa town center and continued on Tuesday immediately after his burial on Monday afternoon.  Cars were set alight, several churches were vandalized, and at least 4 people have so far been killed. Police have since arraigned 24 people in court charged in connection with the riots.

The authorities on Wednesday arraigned in court 24 youth who were arrested during the two days of violent demonstration in Mombasa that brought business in the tourist resort city to a standstill. Majengo area believed to be strong hold of murdered Muslim cleric was put under curfew on Thursday as contingent of police officers camped the area since Wednesday night to ensure law and order is followed. The police have also issued a high alert over possible chaos on Friday in all major towns including Nairobi and Mombasa following the killing of Muslim Cleric Aboud Rogo.

Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said although they expect Muslims to hold peaceful demonstrations, they will not overlook things since criminals are likely to take advantage of the current situation. He said the Muslim have right to demonstrate but must notify police in advance and ensure the maintain law and order. Muslims are planning to use the Friday prayers and hold street protest in Major cities with fears that they might turn violent. The police in Mombasa said they have not been notified about any planned protest on Friday and were prepared to deal with any eventuality should the situation turn violent.

However, a statement from one of the mosques in Nairobi denied that Muslims were planned protests on Friday and called on members of the public to treat it as rumours.  "In reference to security alerts in circulation, Jamia Mosque Committee wishes to inform all Kenyans that there is no demonstration called at the mosque before and after Friday Prayers to protest the killing of Sheikh Aboud Rogo," the Committee said in a statement on Friday. "As per our knowledge, no Muslim leader has also called for protests at any mosque in Nairobi, Mombasa or any other part of the country."

The statement said the mosque has also enhanced security around the premises to prevent criminal groups from taking advantage of the situation to indulge in activities which will break the law and threaten the existing peace. The move comes as hundreds of Kenyan security forces in plain clothes were suddenly deployed in strategic places amid concerns the Islamist Al-Shabaab militia might take advantage of the protests to carry out fresh attack. The police have appealed to Kenyans to be extra alert and to take positively the heightened security measures being undertaken by the police in Nairobi. Some police officers patrolling major streets in Nairobi told Xinhua on Friday that security is being stepped up in all hotels, key buildings and restaurants, particularly along the border with neighboring Somalia where al Qaeda-linked fighters are waging an insurgency to avert reprisals.  (Xinhua)

3 people feared dead at Police graduation ceremony in Kenya

Administration Poilce Officer Derick Kangayia (centre) his mother Fridah Kangayia (right) and wife Petronila after the officer graduated on Friday,August 31.4 000 officers passed out and will enhance security surveillance as Kenya prepares to hold its General election in 2013.Picture by Robinson Ambayo
At least 3 people are feared dead at the Administration Police training college in Nairobi,Kenya after a stampede occured at the gate to the college where President Mwai Kibaki was presiding over a graduation ceremony for 4 000 police officers on Friday,August 31.
Our reporters at the scene have reported that the number of people who attended the event were too many. The crowd had surged at the entrance and were struggling to get into the venue when the stampede happened. The entrances along the new by-pass had been sealed by police to enable screening of those who were getting in as part of measures to tame terrorism. Kibaki had arrived at the event and it was getting underway when the incident happened.
"We had to ensure those who got into the event were safe for us. Screening was a must for all and that is what caused the surge," said one officer who was at the scene.
Those injured were attended to  by medics who were rushed there while others were taken to local hospitals.
This is the last time that President Kibaki is officiating at the graduation ceremony because his term of office is about to end awaiting general election to be held in March next year.

Gambia rejects calls to halt death row executions as Kenya seizes drugs from Tanzania

Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- The Gambian government on Thursday rejected calls of foreign countries to halt all death row executions, saying domestic law of sovereign states must be respected.
Gambia President Yahya Jammeh

Njoko Bah, Gambia's head of civil servants and minister of presidential affairs, said in Banjul in talks with foreign diplomats that every sovereign state has its own laws, which may be different from those of other countries. "The sentences were in due compliance of Gambian laws since they were taken to the competent court jurisdiction," Bah said.
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh came under attack Tuesday for sending nine prisoners to the firing squad on Sunday night. He also planned to execute the other 38 convicts on death row by mid-September to curb crimes, which raised concerns from the African Union and rights groups.In the talks, representatives from other countries and international institutions urged the Gambian government to halt further executions. "We want to make sure that the government of Gambia halts the execution of the remaining death row inmates," said British High Commission in Banjul David Monley.In response, Lamin Jobarteh, Gambian attorney general and minister of justice, said Gambia, like many other countries, carried out death penalty for capital offenses, adding that the convicts had legal rights to appeal. Although the death penalty is legal in the West African country, no prisoners had been put to death since 1985 until this week
 Kenya authorities Thursday seized bhang (marijuana) worth 115,000 U.S. dollars along the border with Tanzania.

And Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)  has seized bhang worth 115 000 USD from Tanzania.The 31 sacks of the drug was seized by the police at the Namanga border in an operation that saw the driver of the truck escape the police dragnet. "The officers were on a routine inspection of the truck when they found the bhang concealed in one of the truck's compartments, " KRA spokesman Kennedy Onyonyi said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

Onyonyi said the police have launched a major manhunt for the truck driver as the authorities tighten security at the border to avert future incidents of drug trafficking from Tanzania which is seen as the source of the drug being consumed in Kenya.The police said the bhang weighing 960 kg was concealed in a vehicle which was headed to Nairobi along the Namanga-Kajiado highway. Divisional police commander Stephen Nyatich said cases of transportation of bhang from Tanzania to Kenya was on the rise and vowed to ensure that the trade is curbed.

Nyatich said they will work with their Tanzanian counterparts to fight those engaging in the illegal trade whose market is easily found in Kenya.Drug abuse in the East African nation is widespread with most users said to be in Nairobi and Mombasa. The problem has pervaded all spheres of the society. However, most of those affected are young people. In the recent past, several people have been arrested at Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport while ferrying drugs worth millions of shillings from different destinations.UN reports indicate that most traffickers use Kenya as a transit point. Drugs pass through the country en-route to other African countries, Asia and America.    Drug abuse has been blamed for aiding in the increase of the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country, particularly where users share needles while injecting themselves. (Xinhua)

Statement by UN Secretary General Banki Moon at the 16th Non-Alligned Movement summit in Tehran

U N I T E D   N A T I O N S                                    N A T I O N S   U N I E S
Tehran, 30 August 2012
I thank our hosts for organizing this important Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement and I would like to pay tribute to Egypt as the outgoing chair of the last three years.
I am grateful for the hospitality of the Government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The recent earthquake saddened us all.  The United Nations stands ready to assist in any way.
Last month, I visited the Brijuni Islands in Croatia in what was once Yugoslavia.  Gamal Abdel Nasser, Jawaharlal Nehru and Josip Tito met there in 1956 to help define the Non-Aligned Movement in its early days.
The leaders agreed that:  “Peace cannot be achieved through division but by working for collective security on a world scale and by expanding the region of freedom…”.
At that time, nations and people were speaking of freedom from superpower rivalries and colonial domination.  But freedom has other meanings, as well.  
Today, we see an equally powerful yearning for freedom within nations – the freedom to participate, the freedom to make one’s voice heard and the freedom to choose one’s government.  
Since the last NAM Summit in Sharm-el-Sheikh in 2009, this part of the world has been at the epicentre.  Tunisia.  Egypt.  Libya.  Yemen and beyond.
The Arab Spring was not imposed or exported.  It did not arise from an external conflict or dispute between states.
It came from within -- from people.  People who stood up for a better future.  
People who spoke out for universal values.
In some places this has brought transformation and new beginnings, but in others, we see suppression and frustration.
That is why I have urged world leaders to listen seriously and sincerely.  Listen to the appeals of people – for justice, for human rights, for dignity.
Today, the Non-Aligned Movement represents nearly two out of three members of the United Nations.  You contribute four out of five United Nations peacekeepers.  
I thank you for those tremendous contributions.  
As we look ahead together, we must build on our strong partnership.
You represent diverse societies joined by common goals.  I urge you to unite as well to promote and protect the values embedded in the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including freedom of expression and freedom of association.  
 For much of your membership, this internal effort should be the next frontier of action for your people.
Our organizations must keep pace in changing times.  Long-held assumptions may need to change.
In too many places, for example, military spending continues to dwarf investments in people.  Climate change is a clear and present danger.  Too many women are still denied opportunity.
NAM members include some of the world’s youngest societies.  
We must guide these youth to a world that resolves problems through cooperation, not confrontation.  
Yet tragically, too often, conflict has replaced dialogue.  
We see far too many political disputes within and between states in the Non-Aligned Movement.  
I am concerned, for example, with the failure of Sudan and South Sudan to finalize their borders and prevent further bloodshed.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the security situation and sexual violence against women remain a source of deep concern.
We continue to closely follow the unrest in Mali that has profound implications for the region.  I commend the African Union for its firm stand against unconstitutional changes of government.  
I urge all NAM members to work within the principles of the UN Charter to resolve disputes peacefully.  
But it is not sufficient to focus on lowering tensions between NAM countries, as important as that is.  We must prevent conflict between all UN member states.  
And from this platform – as I have repeatedly stated around the world -- I strongly reject threats by any member state to destroy another or outrageous attempts to deny historical facts, such as the Holocaust.  
Claiming that another UN Member State, Israel, does not have the right to exist, or describing it in racist terms, is not only utterly wrong but undermines the very principles we have all pledged to uphold.  
Today the United Nations and the NAM face the supreme challenge of answering  people’s aspirations.    
I see two paths for rising to this challenge: prevention to help deal with a society’s political grievances; and sustainability to help address society’s developmental challenges.  
With your support, we are improving the capacity of the United Nations to respond early to conflicts.
But prevention starts at home -- by strengthening democratic institutions, safeguarding human rights, ensuring popular participation and guaranteeing the rule of law.
Syria is only the latest example of what happens when that truth is ignored.
The crisis in Syria started with peaceful demonstrations that were met by ruthless force. Now, we face the grim risk of long-term civil war destroying Syria’s rich tapestry of communities.
Those who provide arms to either side in Syria are contributing to the misery.  Further militarization is not the answer.  The situation cannot be resolved with the blood and the bodies of more than 18,000 people and counting.  
There should be no more bullets and bombs.
I urge all parties, in the strongest possible terms to stop the violence now.  The Syrian government has the primary responsibility to resolve this crisis by genuinely listening to the people’s voices.
Our diplomatic efforts will be led by the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi.  He will need the united support of the international community.
And all who have influence must be part of the solution to this crisis and work in close cooperation with the Joint Special Representative.  
There is no threat to global peace and harmony more serious than nuclear proliferation.  
Assuming the leadership of the NAM provides Iran with the opportunity to demonstrate that it can play a moderate and constructive role internationally.  That includes responsible action on the nuclear programme which is among the top concerns of the international community.  
This concern has been demonstrated in repeated Security Council resolutions, including under Chapter VII authority, calling for transparency and full cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
For the sake of peace and security in this region and globally, I urge the Government of Iran to take the necessary measures to build international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear programme.  

This can be done by fully complying with the relevant Security Council resolutions and thoroughly cooperating with the IAEA.
I urge, also, constructive engagement with the P5+1 to quickly reach a diplomatic solution.
And I urge all the parties to stop provocative and inflammatory threats.  
A war of words can quickly spiral into a war of violence.  Bluster can so easily become bloodshed.    
Now is the time for all leaders to use their voices to lower, not raise, tensions.
Let me also note that efforts to create a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction are under way.  
Let us remember that it was Iran itself, 38 years ago, that proposed the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East.  
As Secretary-General, I am absolutely committed to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.  I also share your desire to strengthen controls against the illicit arms trade. Let us keep working for these common goals.
There can be no talk of international or national security without focusing on sustainable development.
 We have made important progress in reducing poverty, yet inequality is rising.  And last year, official development assistance decreased for the first time in years.
 We must intensify our work to meet the Millennium Development Goals and bolster resilience to environmental, economic and social shocks.
 While staying focussed on what must be done now, we are also looking ahead – looking to define a post-2015 global development agenda that is both bold and practical.
 This includes follow-up to the Rio+20 Conference, where the international community agreed to establish universal sustainable development goals (SDGs).
 We need your political leadership and the full engagement of the NAM and the G-77 and China group.
 In this period of profound transition, NAM continues to define its evolving identity and address changing notions of sovereignty in an age of interconnectedness.  
As you engage in that process, your role at the United Nations will remain crucial.
 We must also keep working together for greater democratic governance in international decision making.  That includes strengthening the UN from within and working to ensure that global institutions and bodies – including the Security Council – accurately reflect the realities and dynamics of today’s world.
 The United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement have a close history over fifty years. Guided by our shared principles of peace, justice and equality, let us work together to meet the pressing challenges of our time.
 I thank you very much for your leadership.

Rwanda Police FC release all their 8 foriegn professionals

By Fred Maingi in Nairobi
Brazilian duo of Rivaldo and Ernandez Nani are among eight foreign
players whose contracts  with Rwanda Police FC have been terminated.
  The club has taken the painful decision by offloading all their non
local players  to give a chance  to the locally bred players.The move
has however received condemnation from a  section of Rwanda  football
stakeholders  who feel the action was harsh and could soil the
relationship with their respective countries.
    The Rwanda  club believes by releasing the players, the local
players will get a chance to play in the team for both local and
continental matches.

    The club Chairman Alphonse Katarebe said he had received many
complains from local players that despite their great potential, they
were unable to plunge into the starting line-up owing to the huge
influx of foreign based players.
     “We will use only local players next season and that is why we
have decided to release all foreign players.”said Katerebe.

“We want to give a chance to Rwandan players. Though it is a tough
decision which will even see our team struggle for some time, but long
term dividends will be satisfactory,” he noted.

The foreign players who have been released include Burundian trio of
Gilbert Kaze,Jean d’Amour Nkurunziza, and Harerimana Moussa, Uganda’s
Alimansi Kadogo, Deo Othieno and Salim,
    The MTN peace Cup finalists went close to winning the league as
they finished in the second place but the team failed to win two
matches out of three they were remaining with to win the first ever

Legendary Kadenge to participate in KQ Maasai Mara Marathon

By Fred Maingi in Nairobi
 Kenya’s football legend Joe Kadenge will participate in the
forthcoming 2012 Kenya Airways Masai Mara  Marathon slated for
September 21 at the Lemek conservancy.
The event’s technical director Billy Konchelah said Kadenge despite
the race being an athlete affair, they wanted to make it incorporate other
personalities from other sporting disciplines.
“The marathon is not only about athletics ,it is all about sports in
general,” said the two time World 800m and 1987 All Africa Games
Konchelah said Kadenge will be instrumental in encouraging the locals
to also focus on football and not athletics only.
“Kadenge will be honoured as Masaai elder. This will make him have a
sense of belonging to the event and the community so that it is
not a one off thing for the legend,” he said.
The director said the 800m  Olympic and world record holder David
Rudisha is among celebrated athletes who have confirmed gracing the
He said the others include, World and Olympic 3000m steeplechase
champion Ezekiel Kemboi, five time world cross country champion John
Ngugi, winner of the 3,000 m steeplechase at the 1988 Summer Olympics
in Seaoul Julius Kariuki and national 400m record holder Ruth
Former hurdler Rose Tata Muya, Barcelona Olympic and All Africa Games
champion William Tanui, two time Boston Marathon winner Moses Tanui
and former world marathon record holder Paul Tergat.
Meanwhile, organisers have released details of accommodation packages.
Situated in Nkilenya Plains in the Lemek Wildlife Conservancy,  the
Marathon Village comprises a self-catering camp and three tented
camps. The self –catering village has no minimum night restriction.
However, the tented camps Twiga, Chui & KQ Premiere World have a two
night minimum stay.
The first accommodation option at “KQ Simba Self Catering” charges
will be 3,000 Kshs per adult per night & 1,000 Kshs per child per
night (child 7yrs – 12yrs).
The campsite is equipped with water points, toilets and cold showers.
However, those wishing to use the campsite are required to bring
camping equipment and food for the duration of their stay.
A self-catering area will be demarcated on site, secured with a
perimeter fence for security. Those staying at the camp can drive to
the camp and orgarnisers assure their vehicles will be safe.
 In the second accommodation option at “Twiga Tented Campsite”
features a 2 Night Full Board Package at Ksh18,000 per adult sharing
and Ksh9,000 per child sharing (7- 12years). Those staying in this
camp will only be required to bring along their personal amenities.
 “KQ Chui Camp” will offer two night Full Board Package at 24,000 Kshs
per adult sharing, 12,000 Kshs per child sharing (7- 12yrs). The camp
offers larger tents accommodating 2 people with camping beds &
furniture, toilets and showers.
 The fourth option, “KQ Premiere World Camp”, offers an exclusive
luxury experience complete with privacy and the highest level of
service. The 2 Night Full Board Package costs Ksh150,000 per adult.

Airtel Kenya to sponsor Nakuru Prinsloo Sevens Rugby action

By Fred Maingi in Nairobi

Airtel Kenya has announced its full sponsorship for the 2012 Nakuru
Prinsloo Sevens rugby tournament which will be held at the Nakuru
Athletic Club grounds from September 1st to 2nd, 2012.
Airtel Kenya managing director  Shivan Bhargava reiterated his
company’s commitment to the promotion of sports in Kenya going on to
say that “We are committed to supporting the development of sports in
the country and we will be supporting more sporting initiatives aimed
at nurturing talent among the youth in Kenya. We have recently
supported football and cricket tournaments and we will continue to
support sporting activities that will have a positive impact on our
 Bhargava added that his Company is delighted to have the opportunity
to enable consumers to enjoy their favorite sport while accessing free
airtime to the value of their entry ticket, enabling them to talk for
FREE and connect with their friends and family during and after the
games.  Bhargava also explained that the Company will set up exclusive
Airtel customer service and sales points at the games venue.
Speaking about the sponsorship, the Chairman of the Nakuru Rugby
Football Club Mr. Ali Theban Aljabri expressed his delight at the
offer from Airtel appealing to more organizations to join in the
promotion of the event to cater for more teams and better quality of
the games in the future.
  Aljabri said the tournament will kick off on Saturday  September 1st
2012 with an exciting match between Quins and Blakblad starting 10am.
Defending champions Mwamba will go all out to make it a hat-trick of
victories. Players to watch from Mwamba are, Dan Sikuta, Edgar Abere,
and Kevin Wambua. Humphrey Kayange will be sorely missed after his
re-location to Bristol University.
The 2012 edition will be a 24 team event just as in the last two
year’s. The winners of this tournament will bag 38 points according to
the International Rugby Board Rules.
 The Airtel Prinsloo Sevens Rugby tournament turns 7 years this year
and is the biggest fixture in local 7s circuit rugby calendar to be
held in Nakuru. The tournament is expected to attract more than 10,000
rugby enthusiasts who are drawn from Kisumu, Eldoret, Bungoma,
Mombasa, Machakos, Kakamega, and Nairobi in addition to neighboring
towns.of Dar es salaam and Kampala.

Cecafa Challenge Cup dates brought forward

By Fred Maingi in Nairobi
Nicholas Musonye
This year’s controversial Council of East and Central Africa Football
Associations (Cecafa) Senior Challenge Cup has been brought forward
and will now be played from November 24 through December 8 in Kampala,
The annual event was initially programmed to kick off from November 27
until December 11 but after the tournament’s launch on Tuesday in
Kampala, the organizers opted to come up with new dates.

    The tournament is expected to go a notch higher after five other
African nations including Zimbabwe, , Cameroon ,Zambia, Borswana, and
Malawi   expressed desire to feature as guests.
Uganda are the reigning champions and the most successful of the 12
members of cecafa having won the senior challenge cup 12 times.
Sponsors East African Breweries Limited [EABL], through their flagship
brand, Tusker Lager announced the countdown to the championship and a
$450,000 grant(Approx.Kshs.45 million) to the event.
The tournament will now be known as the 2012 Tusker Cecafa Challenge
Cup. Lemmy Mutahi the EABL (Uganda) Marketing Director who handed the
cheque to Cecafa secretary General Nicholas Musonye, said staging of
this year’s Challenge Cup for the Council of East and Central Africa
Football Associations nations had a special significance.
He revealed that as sponsors, they were happy to have the tournament
hosted in Kampala. This year’s sponsorship shows a 5% increase
compared to last year’s release.
According to Musonye, the sponsorship package will cover the teams’
accommodation and air travels among others.
A total of $60,000 will go towards prize money with the winners taking
$30,000, the runners up $20.000 and $10.000 for the third placed team.
Musonye further revealed that all matches will be broadcast live on Super Sport.
The Sponsors (EABL) confirmed their long time engagement with Cecafa
and praised the regional body for organizing excellent
2010/2011tournament in Tanzania.
All matches with be broadcast “live” on SuperSport television.
The number of Cecafa countries increased recently when newly
independent South Sudan was admitted.
The country took part in a Cecafa competition for the first time at
the Cecafa Kagame Club Cup in Tanzania last month.
Meanwhile, five other African nations including Malawi, Zimbabwe,
Zambia, Cameroon and Botswana have expressed desire to feature as
Uganda is the reigning champions and the most successful of the 12
members of Cecafa having won the Senior Challenge Cup 12 times.
Rwanda has only won the title once in 1999.
  The tournament whose sponsorship package remains $450,000
 had been scheduled for November 27 until December 11 but after the
tournament’s launch on tuesday in kampala,the organizers  decided to
come up with the new dates.       sponsors East African Breweries
Limited [EABL], through their flagship brand, tusker lager announced
the countdown to the championship and a $450,000 ] grant to the event.
The tournament will now be known as the 2012 Tusker Cecafa
challenge cup.Lemmy Mutahi the EABL (Uganda) marketing director who
handed the cheque to Cecafa secretary general Nicholas Musonye, said
staging of this year’s challenge cup for the council of east and
central Africa football associations nations had a special
He revealed that as sponsors they were happy to have the tournament
hosted in Kampala. this year’s sponsorship shows a 5% increase
compared to last year’s release.
According to Musonye, the sponsorship package will cover the teams’
accommodation and air travels among others.
A total of $60,000 will go towards prize money with the winners taking
$30,000, the runners up $20.000 and $10.000 for the third placed team.
Musonye further revealed that all matches will be broadcast live on super sport.
The sponsors (EABL) confirmed their long time engagement with Cecafa
and praised the regional body for organizing excellent
2010/2011tournament in Tanzania.
All matches with be broadcast “live” on Supersport television.
The number of Cecafa countries increased recently when newly
independent south sudan was admitted.
The country took part in a Cecafa competition for the first time at
the Cecafa Kagame club cup in Tanzania last month.