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Kenya Army Seeking Private Investor to Build 11,000 Staff Houses

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Private investors in East African Community have a big deal awaiting them as Kenya Military seeks private players to fund, build and operate 11,000 homes for its personnel who face a critical shortage of housing.

This is the first time Kenyan military -which has for years undertaken and financed its own projects – has turned to private investors under the private public partnership (PPP) model.

“The Ministry of Defence is faced with a shortfall of accommodation for the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF). This is particularly the case for the non-commissioned officer cadre of the KDF,” said the military.

According to details, private investors will rent out the houses once completed to Kenya Defence Forces ( KDF) for 15 years, allowing them to recoup their capital running into millions of  dollars over the period after which the lease will terminate and ownership revert to KDF, the military said.

“The immediate need is estimated at 11,200 residential units. Owing to funding constraints, the Defence Ministry intends to resolve the housing challenge partly through the use of the PPP project delivery model.”

Phase one, will see the development of 2,340 residential units.

Among the chosen sites for the housing project is the Roysambu military base along the Nairobi-Thika highway where 15 acres of land will be provided for building of 500 residential units.

For the Nanyuki military base, a total of 737 residential units are expected to be constructed on 300 acres of land.

At Lanet military base, a total of 125 units will be put up on 21 acres while in Gilgil’s Kenyatta Barracks 610 residential units will be put up.

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Museveni Orders 17-Gun Salute At Funeral For Archbishop Lwanga

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The gun and Holy Cross may seem very parallel but not in Uganda where President Yoweri Museveni ordered a 17-gun salute at funeral of Kampala Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.

Government of Uganda on Tuesday April 6, accorded the now deceased Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga a state funeral at Kololo Independence grounds in the capital Kampala.

The former Kampala Archbishop Dr Lwanga died from a heart attack according to local press reports.

While Eugolising the deceased clergy, President Museveni said Tuesday, “The reason why I ordered for national mourning is because Dr Cyprian Lwanga was an archbishop, but also because he was our sympathizer while we fought in the bush.”

“I organized this funeral because here, I am in control. COVID-19 is still serious and I appeal to people involved in organizing the final funeral not to put lives at risk by letting in many people,” Museveni said.

Details also indicate that the deceased archbishop of Kampala, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga was given a 17 gun salute at the official funeral organised by Government and held at Kololo airstrip.

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Kenyan Woman Stubs 3 Men Sucks Their Blood

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Kenya Police is holding a woman for brutal murder and seriously injuring two others that were fighting over her love.

According to police, the three men on Wednesday engaged in fisticuffs over the woman – since identified as Margaret Wambui Wangari – before she attacked them.

The suspect reportedly drew a sharp object and drove it deep into the ear of one of the men, killing him instantly.

She then attacked the other two as well, leaving them with serious injuries during the incident that occurred at Saa Mbaya area in Nairobi’s Kahawa West.

Area residents who witnessed the incident are said to have restrained the violent suspect when she started sucking blood oozing from the men.

Police officers deployed to nearby schools to monitor the ongoing KCPE exams rushed to the scene and placed Wambui in custody, thereby rescuing her from the enraged mob baying for her blood.

The injured men, one of them nursing a serious cut on the forehead, were rushed to the Kenyatta University Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) based at Kasarani are presently piecing together evidence to establish what led to the fight.

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Uganda To Conduct Aerial Survey Of Minerals

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Uganda has received planes and technical experts to begin conducting an aerial assessment of its mineral wealth beneath the Karamoja sub region.

This development comes at a time there are concerns that Uganda exports more gold than it actually mines.

According to Dr Mary Kitutu, Energy and Minerals Minister, the data on the type, quality and quantities of minerals available under the ground across Karamoja, will be identified over the next one year.

Details also indicate that a massive U$20million has been injected for this aggressive aerial mineral magnetic survey on the resource rich Karamoja sub region.

Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, says this development will grow investor confidence, shake off speculators and elevate the country on a commercial pedestal for harnessing the mineral resource.

Gold exports more than doubled in the period between January 2018 and January 2019, according to data from Bank of Uganda (BoU).  

According to official statistics, gold exports surged to $514m in 2018 from less than $10m a decade ago. In 2018 gold surpassed coffee as Uganda’s biggest earner of foreign currency.

The east African country shipped $1.25-billion worth of gold in 2019, compared with $514.8 million exported in the previous 12 months.

Uganda’s gold exports, according to Bank of Uganda, during December 2019 and November 2020 grew to 34,450 kilogrammes from 27,025kgs.

Despite skepticism that Uganda may be obtaining gold from conflict sites in the region, Adam Mugume, executive director in charge of research at the central Bank of Uganda, told reporters the spike in export volumes was due to a growing international demand for gold and a boost in Uganda’s refining capacity.

Shipments of gold had been negligible for Uganda but they started to rise sharply after a major refiner, Africa Gold Refinery, opened shop in 2016.

Uganda’s gold shipments stood at under $10-million about decade ago, but in 2018 gold for the first time overtook coffee as Uganda’s biggest export.

Three more smaller refineries have since been commissioned, adding to the country’s processing capacity and allowing Uganda to slowly emerge as a regional gold trading hub despite low domestic production of the metal.

Mugume estimated Uganda’s own domestic gold production, mostly dominated by small-scale wildcat miners, at less than $50-million.

The four refineries source their gold from regional countries, including Democratic Republic of Congo, where rights activists previously blamed parts of the mineral trade for fuelling militia violence.

Mugume said the 2019 jump in exports was also caused by the large consignment of gold that the African Gold Refinery imported from sanctions-hit Venezuela and subsequently re-exported.

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