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KENGEN’s Olkaria Geothermal Plant Lower Evacuation Costs Causes Competitor To Lower Electricity Tariff

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Kengen’s Olkaria Geothermal plant which has low evacuation costs hence providing low power tariff to its customers has ignited its competitor to reduce its power tariff to set up factories in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Olkaria, Naivasha.

The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) said it had approved the tariff deal for the large industries that will set up base in the special zone.

The KenGen Green Energy Industrial Park, which has four zones had set the pace by offering direct connection to cheap electricity in addition to the connection to Mombasa port via the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line.

KenGen recently moved to diversify its revenue streams by inviting investors to set up export-only textile and apparels plants on the 309-acre industrial zone in Naivasha.

It said the Olkaria property is divided into four plots: Site A (70 acres), Site B (82 acres), Site C (100 acres) and 57 acres reserved for Site D.

“Under the lease, the manufacturing/processing firms (locators) will be supplied with utilities such as geothermal steam and brine (hot water) as well as raw water,” said the electricity producer. Factories around the SEZ will also be served by the just-completed Naivasha-Nairobi-Mombasa Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), easing connectivity.

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This will enable them to import raw materials which will be delivered directly to their factories and later have manufactured products exported to other countries like Europe and the Americas with ease due to access to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as well as the Port of Mombasa.

Among the targeted companies are the labour intensive export-only textile and apparels plants. Kenya has been expanding and simplifying the tax incentives it offers for investment in special economic zones in a bid to attract investment into those zones.

In July 2019, the government designated 9,000 acres of land in Naivasha, Mombasa, and Machakos as SEZs in efforts to boost manufacturing. The SEZs are designated areas aimed at promoting and facilitating export-oriented investments. Kenya recently improved its global ranking among the world’s largest geothermal powerhouses after it completed the testing of the first unit of the Olkaria V project.

The 82.7 megawatts project pushed Kenya above Iceland to position eight in the global rankings as the country continues its advancement towards green energy. “We are delighted to announce the completion of the first unit of Olkaria V geothermal power plant and subsequently injecting 79 megawatts to the national grid,” said KenGen Managing Director Rebecca Miano last year.

 

 

 

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20 family movies to watch this Easter – KBC

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We’re all staying home this Easter, so might as well watch a movie as a family

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Easter 2020 has come during a pandemic, so we can’t really go anywhere but we can make the most it with these 20 family movies.

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The snail and the whale

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Mr Lemoncello’s Library

 

The Nut Job 2

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Black Panther; Trouble in Wakanda (Lego movie)

A Dog and Pony Show

The House with a clock in its walls

Stick Man

Wonder Park

Duck Duck Goose

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All Saints

Captain Underpants

Jumanji

Klaus

Invader Zim; Enter the Florpus

Modest Heroes

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind

Goosebumps 2

Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism

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Govt threatens to ban bodaboda operations if they continue to flout COVID-19 regulations » Capital News

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 10 – Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has warned bodaboda operators that they will be banned from operating for flouting COVID-19 regulations.

The operators are required to wear masks at all times and carry one passenger at a time, but Kagwe said the regulations were not being adhered to.

“If you disobey the regulations, your boda boda will be taken [away] until further notice, so there is no absolute reason why you would want this to happen because the masks are available all over the country,” he said.

The CS asked operators who are complying to make sure their colleagues are also complying saying they all risk losing business if the trend continues.

“Unfortunately, when you are closing a sector everybody loses business, it’s not only the bad ones who lose, so, in this case, be your brother’s keeper and ensure that the next bodaboda is obeying the law,” said Kagwe.

Kagwe also urged salons, barber shop operators to always put on masks and restrict the number of clients to avoid congestion which is a high risk for infections.

He asked all those in the Jua Kali sector and small scale businesses including vegetable vendors to take extra caution when dealing with clients as they are at risk of contracting the virus.

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“Assume that everybody is positive and deal with the situation. The person next to you is positive… the person holding that sukumawiki is positive,” he said, and added, “This disease is being moved by people it doesn’t move on its own.”

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He, however, noted that there was increased compliance by the public, saying majority of Kenyans are observing hygiene and putting on masks.

He also lauded Kenyans for observing the curfew time as well as the travel restrictions.

“People are increasingly coming into the realization that this disease is here with us. This is a gain,” he said.

By Thursday, Kenya had confirmed 184 positive cases and 7 deaths.

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Kenya: Ruto Presser Amid Virus War Fails to Impress

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It was the question on everyone’s mind, but when he stepped out of his Karen office to address the media, Deputy President William Ruto left Kenyans puzzled.

Dr Ruto has since the ban on public gatherings maintained a studious silence as Kenyans battle coronavirus.

Apart from tweets, Dr Ruto appears to have turned – or been turned – into a lone ranger and is not part of the communications team on the pandemic.

He is not a member of the Dr Fred Matiang’i-led National Co-ordination Committee on Coronavirus Pandemic, which reports directly to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Of late, Dr Ruto has not attended meetings of the nine-member National Security Council.

Chaired by the president, the council has the DP, Cabinet secretaries in charge of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Internal Security or Interior as is designated, Attorney-General, Chief of Kenya Defence Forces, National Intelligence Service head and the Inspector-General of Police.

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR

The security council, the Constitution says, has the mandate to see and appraise the objectives, commitments and risks to Kenya. It is this council that has been making key decisions on Covid-19.

With Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i leading the team, it is apparent that Dr Ruto – despite his denials – has been sidelined.

At Thursday’s press conference, he offered a possible explanation by directing journalists to think about the “designated survivor” principle – the keeping aside of one key member of an administration who can step in just in case a calamity befalls the ruler.

“You may want to ask yourselves why the president and his deputy cannot travel in the same equipment at any one time,” he said.

In effect, that means Dr Ruto has been missing in action as a matter of arrangement than being sidelined.

“For the record, we consult… almost daily, with the president and the ministers carrying out various tasks in the management of this pandemic. And that is the position of the Jubilee administration,” he said.

NEW ORDER

Dr Ruto was not flanked by any member of the several committees on Covid-19. Paradoxically, the Health Ministry was at the time of his briefing preparing for a separate press conference.

That seemed to confirm that President Kenyatta has solidified the working of the administrative state, with the political wing taking a back bench.

The Covid-19 disease appears to have given Dr Ruto a political challenge and President Kenyatta a chance to finally test the administrative state – an experiment that has been in the works.

Already, Dr Matiang’i’s committee has been given sweeping powers to form ad-hoc committees to fight the virus.

Why President Kenyatta’s principal assistant and a key member of the powerful NSC has been missing in action was on his supporters’ lips.

Dr Ruto insisted that while he had not been seen in the meetings with the president or being on the frontline in the battle against the virus, he is in the know.

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He said in the interest of keeping the physical distance being advocated as a measure against the virus, the government has started making use of teleconferencing and videoconferencing.

“The operation of the government is a preserve of the people in government; how we decide to communicate. We took the decision that this being a pandemic, all of us are going to read from one script. The president is going to take the lead and the Cabinet ministers in those dockets will do their jobs,” Dr Ruto said, evading the question about his role.

Before the emergence of Covid-19, Dr Ruto was out of the centre of power following the camaraderie between President Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga.

The president then asked politicians to concentrate on development instead of rallies, but Dr Ruto used tours guised as inspection of projects to sell his agenda with one message: “I am loyal to the president; it is Raila who has come to rock our boat”.