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RARE WHITE GIRAFFES IN KENYA CAPTURED ON VIDEO FOR THE FIRST TIME


In June this year, reports of a white baby giraffe and its mother reached rangers in Ishaqbini conservancy, Garissa county.

The rangers got the information from a villager who claimed to have sighted a pair of rare white giraffes, a mother and its child.

The rare giraffes have finally been caught on camera for the first time.

The unique giraffes suffer from a genetic condition called leucism, which prevents pigmentation in skin cells and results in a white, pale colour.

TYPES OF PIGMENT

Unlike albinism, where there is only an absence of melanin, leucism is a condition that is caused by a reduction in multiple types of pigment.

The footage of the distinctive giraffes was filmed in the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservacy in Kenya’s Garissa county by conservationists after locals tipped them off.

According to Hirola Conservation Programme (HCP), white giraffe sightings or leucistic giraffe as they are better known have become more frequent and common nowadays.

The only two known sightings have been made in Kenya and Tanzania. The very first reports of a white giraffe in the wild was reported in January 2016 in Tarangire National park, Tanzania.

A second sighting was again reported in March 2016 in Ishaqbini conservancy, Garissa county, Kenya.

According to HCP, it is thought that it is the first time anyone has captured video footage of the rare sighting.

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China, Africa step up renewable energy cooperation

BEIJING, Sept. 1 — Cooperation between China and Africa has seen remarkable progress in renewable energy, showing the determination of developing countries to harness the huge potential of clean energy and combat climate change.

Seyni Nafo, Acting Head of the Independent Delivery Unit with the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), said that Africa had the highest potential for renewable energy, but the least access to it.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on Thursday by AREI and China-Africa Renewable Energy Cooperation and Innovation Alliance, both sides will cooperate in renewable energy generation in Africa, with Chinese smart grid providers and core renewable energy manufacturers providing technological and financial support.

Pilot projects include helping build micro-grids in some African households and villages, in combination with large-scale power construction.

As part of China’s technology transfer efforts advocated by the United Nations Development Program, the move is expected to better deploy and distribute renewable energy technology in Africa.

The MOU indicates a shared vision to combat climate change and to promote sustainable development, as renewable energy is expected to function as a central pillar of China-Africa cooperation on climate issues, Nafo said.

The majority of developing countries now have climate policies. The biggest challenge they face is mobilizing adequate resources to support the implementation of their climate strategies, Nafo said.

The MOU would deepen China-Africa cooperation in many areas from capacity building, technology domestication to the integration of climate change into national development processes.

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How Kenya can make its ethnic democracy work

 

How Kenya can make its ethnic democracy work

When Kenyans vote, ethnic conflict is never too far behind.

When Kenyans vote, ethnic conflict is never too far behind. 
Image: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

This past election has confirmed that Kenya’s democracy is not fit for purpose. I say this because the country’s democracy hasn’t taken into account Kenya’s ethnic makeup. Ethnic tensions recur every election cycle making it pretty obvious that politics in Kenya is a game of ethnic numbers.

Call it ethnic majoritarianism if you like – the idea that a majority tribe, or coalition of tribes, has the power to make decisions that affect the whole society.

Kenyans live in an ethnic state that exists within the civic space, guided by a constitution, but dominated by institutions that are populated by a positive sum group. By positive sum I mean the two tribes that have occupied the presidency since independence – the Kikuyu and the Kalenjin .

The recent election that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta garner 8.2 million votes, is testament to how entrenched the voting patterns of these two communities have become. Although official figures of the 2017 election are subject to a court decision, the trend of Kikuyus and Kalenjins voting for Kenyatta is pretty clear.

But I would argue that this ethnically motivated voting pattern is not the problem. The problem is that the constitution does not provide a mechanism to accommodate the best loser, who in this case garnered 6.7 million votes. Raila Odinga’s 6.7 million votes were largely drawn from the Luo, Kamba and Luhya communities.

History of ethnic dominationTo understand how Kenya got to this point, it is important to look back on the arc of history. Immediately after independence Kenya adopted a centralised Westminster model of government.

This model vested imperial powers in the presidency. It meant that the president had powers to hire and fire cabinet, to dissolve parliament and hire members of the judiciary. In short the presidency controlled the three arms of government: the executive, the legislature and the judiciary.

These imperial powers are akin to the powers Turkish President Recep Erdogan recently acquired in the April 2017 referendum. Erdogan now has powers to directly appoint top public officials, intervene in the judiciary, and decide whether or not to impose a state of emergency.

In Kenya, there’s the ethnic factor to contend with in this mix.

Under the Jomo Kenyatta (1964-1978), Daniel Arap Moi (1978-2002) and Mwai Kibaki (2002-2013) regimes the allocation of resources was centralised. And because power was vested in one office, it was perceived as favouring the tribe of the occupier.

Mwai Kibaki, who took over from Daniel Arap Moi in 2002, was the first president who was not a member of the Kenya African National Union, which used to be Kenya’s only political party.

He was able to ascend to the presidency because of a 1991 amendment to the independence constitution that introduced a multi-party system. At the time it was believed that multi-partyism would limit presidential excesses. The move set the tone for constitutional change.

In 2010, the 1964 constitution was replaced in a bid to insulate Kenya from the post-election debacle of 2007, when violence erupted, pitting supporters of the two main protagonists, President Mwai Kibaki and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga, against each other.

The new constitution introduced a devolved system of government and emphasised the separation of powers. But how effective was it in changing Kenya’s political landscape? I would argue that it didn’t take the country’s ethnic landscape into consideration which explains the tensions during every election cycle.

Accepting Kenya’s ethnic stateEthnic mobilisation in Kenya’s presidential elections has been the norm. While most Kenyans refuse to accept their ethnic biases, these have resulted in a cycle of election violence. Violence erupts because some people feel excluded from power, while others feel entitled to it.

The country’s laws don’t help because they don’t consider the complexities of ethnicity, focusing on the functions of government and how power is exercised while remaining silent on who should hold that power. That part is left to a democracy, which I would argue, isn’t fit for purpose.

Seeking solutionsA possible solution would be to adopt a hybrid model that would maintain parts of Kenya’s current system of government while completing the ethnic equation. The aim would be to ensure that no tribe, nor constellation of tribes, could lord it over the others.

This hybrid solution is borrowed from Kenya’s pre-independence Legislative Council of 1957. Eight native Kenyans were elected to the council to represent the country’s eight provinces in what was a majority white legislature.

Based on this system of provincial representation, my hybrid model would do away with the presidential ballot. Kenyans would not go to the polls to elect a president. Rather, each ethnic region would choose its own representative leader. In this way each of the country’s 44 tribes would have its own representative.

There would be one extra slot for a neutral candidate. This would bring the tally of representative leaders to 45. For the lower levels of government, Kenyans would elect the same representatives from the ward to the gubernatorial level.

The 45 leaders would choose a head of state from their ranks. No one tribe would be able to serve more than two terms until the presidency had rotated through all the 45 communities. The head of state would appoint a prime minister from parliament to be the head of government: he or she would appoint the cabinet.

The structure of the rest of government would remain as is.

The rationale would be to shift the focus from national to local representation. This would promote ethnic cohesion by removing the tensions that arise when Kenyan voters choose a president. More importantly it would secure Kenyans against feelings of exclusion and therefore strengthen the national fabric.

This system of governance might sound impossible to some. But a similar model exists in Switzerland where a unique federal government model ensures that the presidency is rotational. So it is possible. And it might be the only way for Kenyans to restore their faith in a collective nationhood.

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‘It’s difficult,’ says R14-million bonanza student

Rivals’ suspicions aroused when WSU student underwent a ‘Cinderella-like’ transformation

Walter Sisulu University student and Pasma leader Sibongile Mani

Sibongile Mani, the Walter Sisulu University student at the centre of an accidental R14-million payout, said she will get through the experience.

“It’s difficult, very difficult but I will get through [it],” said Mani, who had allegedly spent more than R800,000 after an administrative error saw her receive R14-million for food and book allowances.

Asked to tell her side of the story, Mani said: “I am not ready.”

Intellimali CEO Michael Ansell said on Wednesday the company would be taking full financial and administrative responsibility after Mani had apparently “misappropriated” R818,000 in what the company described as an “unprecedented” event in its 10 year history.

“The investigation is ongoing and legal action will be taken against the student,” Ansell said on Wednesday.

“Intellimali is currently in talks with NSFAS and WSU to determine the most appropriate action to be taken,” he said in a statement.

Ansell said the funds were paid over in June, and the error was only discovered in early August after she had spent a big amount of money.

“Regardless of the outcome of the investigation referred to later‚ Intellimali takes full administrative and financial responsibility for the incident. Neither the funder‚ National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) nor the university (WSU) have erred in any way and they are not responsible for this. In addition‚ no student’s financial aid support will be affected in any way‚” he said.

Ansell said the company had already implemented the necessary controls to avoid such an incident in the future.

“As is our standard practice, Intellimali deactivated that student’s allowance and notified the university that we would investigate the matter.

“In this case, the investigation proved to be complex, highly technical and time consuming. It required the attention of both internal professionals and external experts,” he said.

Sibongile Mani accidentally received a R14.1-million payment on her student debit card and allegedly blew over R800,000 of it.

Sibongile Mani accidentally received a R14.1-million payment on her student debit card and allegedly blew over R800,000 of it. 
Image: Supplied

NSFAS spokesperson Kagisho Mamabolo said they had requested the university to explain how the error occurred.

“The university must account,” he said.

University spokesperson Yonela Tukwayo said the university had been notified that Mani went on a “lavish” spending spree.

“People started complaining after she started living a very lavish lifestyle,” Tukwayo said.

“All students who were supposed to receive their money, did receive their money. This didn’t negatively affect any students,” she said.

Tukwayo said the university would be investigating how Mani managed to spend so much money, since there were only certain merchants where the money could be spent on food and books.

“Some students picked this up from the very lavish lifestyle she started living. We will also be looking into how this money was spent to buy some of the expensive goods‚” Tukwayo said.

“It was very callous and she did not report the matter immediately. She will definitely be held responsible‚” she said.

Lwando September, an SRC member and part of the Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (PASMA), declined to comment.

“We are not in a position to comment as PASMA [and] we were advised not to speak,” September said.

Mani is the student movement’s Buffalo City Campus branch secretary.

Criminal law expert Professor James Grant said it would be unlikely that Mani could be charged with fraud but “certainly theft”.

He said for her to be charged with fraud, it would require proof that she had made a misrepresentation of some sort.

Grant said the requirement for theft was to prove that she used money which she wasn’t entitled to.

“Her conduct was to spend the money, while knowing – that is the assumption – that she received it in error. In our criminal law as soon as you realise it was paid in error, then yes, it is theft and nothing else,” he said.

“On the other hand, if somehow she didn’t realise that in law she wasn’t entitled to do this or in law that if spending the money couldn’t possibly make her guilty of a criminal offence… then she would be making a mistake of law which in South African law is a valid and complete defence to the charge of theft then she could not be convicted then.”

Criminal lawyer Ulrich Roux said she could definitely be criminally charged if she didn’t repay the money.

“She isn’t justified to keep that money,” he said.

He said the moment she realised an error was made and she received more money than was due to her, she had a duty to report it to the company.

Roux said there was no law that said she was entitled to keeping the money.

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Zodwa Wabantu Latest Pictures at the #DSTVMVCA Looking All Sexxy

Zodwa Wabantu Latest Pictures at the #DSTVMVCA Looking All Sexxy… She was part of opening act at the the DSTV Viewers Choice Awards and though she appeared for a short time she rocked the stage…

Check out the pictures from the prestigious event…Zodwa Wabantu latest Pictures

 

Zodwa Wabantu latest Pictures

Zodwa Wabantu latest Pictures

Me saying I belong to you guys thank you so much,we all know where we are going,self rules,self love Owabantu,Singabantu ngabantu👭👬👫👭👬👫👭👬👫👭👬👫👑❤ yes I have people holding my hand,Team @djtira @msenzisto @tipcee_ ngiyabonga kakhulu guys.

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6 YEAR OLD DROWNS AT SCHOOL OUTING IN DURBAN

A school outing took a tragic turn yesterday when a six-year-old fell off a raft and drowned at Shakaskraal, north of Durban.

Paramedics said eight children were at the Lucky Linton Gold Mine and Animal Farm when tragedy struck.BEACH

Witnesses said eight children had been taken around the dam on the raft by a guide from the facility of an outdoor venue.

Three children fell off the raft into the water.

Paramedics said two of the three children were pulled out of the water by the guide who leapt in to save them, while the third remained submerged for about 10 minutes.

Despite the efforts of witnesses who initiated by-stander CPR and IPSS advanced life support paramedics, the child was declared dead at scene.

Paramedics said the two remaining children were assessed by paramedics and remained in the care of teaching staff.

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Simple Ways To Prevent Malaria.

malaria is a disease that a disease-carrying vector transmits. It is a disease spread by mosquito, once a mosquito bites an individual, protozoan ‘plasmodium’ multiples in the blood.

So, a mosquito is the major transmitter of malaria. The good news is that there are precautions one can take to prevent bothe mosquito bites and malaria itself.

Also, malaria is occasionally transmitted by blood transfusion. Although, this is rare and it occurs when they do not test the blood well in the laboratory.

Once you are aware of the risk of getting malaria, it will be very easy to prevent it.

Some of the simple ways to prevent malaria are the following;

1. The most important way is to avoid mosquito bites. You can achieve this by using mosquito repellents and insecticides. Also, the use of mosquito net is another effective way to prevent mosquito bite.

You can also wear clothes that cover your body, especially your arms and your legs.

2. Another important thing is that you should not wait till you have the symptoms of malaria before you treat it. Prevent it even before it manifest, take precautions.

Use anti-malaria drugs that help you combat the disease. You can use the drug at intervals but it is important to use it according to prescriptions.

Also, when you use anti-malaria drugs, it is important that you finish the course, do not stop half-way, complete the dose.

3. Also, sleep in a well-aerated room to avoid mosquito bites, This is good for those that do not like sleeping under mosquito net due to reactions, allergies and some other reasons.

Whenever you notice the symptoms of malaria, go to a hospital for adequate treatment. You can also take anti-malaria as a means of treating malaria.

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Davido Acquires 2017 Porsche 911 , Flaunts It On Social Media (See Photos)

Davido

It’s yet another balling season for the omo baba olowo as he purchases another exotic ride for himself – the singer who has cars like the 2012 Honda Accord worth around N5m, a porsche turbo, about N20m, a Range Rover Sport worth about N25m and a Chevrolet Camaro GS, valued at N11m and other luxurious automobiles, adds this new purchase to his collection.

With a estimated net worth of about N6bn… it’s not unusual for the singer to have such possession in his care – he showed off his newly acquired ride on social media.

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‘If I Buy Arsenal, The First Thing I Will Do Is To Fire Wenger’ – Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Africa’s richest manAliko Dangote, has revealed that the first thing he would do if he buys Arsenal club is to fire the club manager, Arsene Wenger.

The 60-year-old Business Tycoon said he will consider making an offer to buy the club once the $11 billion oil refinery he is constructing in Lagos is completed.

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“The first thing I would change is the coach. He has done a good job, but someone else should also try his luck.”

Wenger who renewed his two-year contract with Arsenal in May this year, is one of Europe’s longest-serving manager. He was first appointed in 1996 and has won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup trophies.

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Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak freed after six years in detention

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been freed from detention, six years after being overthrown.

Mr Mubarak left a military hospital in southern Cairo and went to his home in the northern suburb of Heliopolis, his lawyer said.

He was ordered freed earlier this month after Egypt’s top appeals court cleared him over the deaths of protesters in the 2011 uprising.

Mr Mubarak, 88, became president in 1981 after Anwar Sadat’s assassination.

He had been at Maadi Military Hospital since 2013, when he was transferred there on bail from Torah prison.

 

Hosni-Mubarak

 

Mr Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in 2012 of complicity in the killing of protesters who died at the hands of security forces in February, 2011.

Another trial was held and a judge decreed in May 2015 that Mr Mubarak could be released from detention.

However, the government of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi was reportedly reluctant to free him because of the public backlash that might accompany such a move.

Mr Sisi served as Mr Mubarak’s military intelligence chief and led the military’s overthrow of his democratically elected successor, Mohammed Morsi, in 2013.

In all, more than 800 people are believed to have been killed as security forces clashed with protesters in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and other cities around Egypt during the 18-day uprising that forced Mr Mubarak to resign

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