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Tuskys opens Malindi branch as stakeholders’ hail local retailers’ resilience

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Local retailer Tusker Mattresses has extended its Coast regional footprint with the opening of its 58th local Tuskys Supermarket branch, in the coastal town of Malindi. 

The opening of Tuskys Malindi Friday, extends the market leadership currently enjoyed by local retail operators against multinational players.

Speaking in Malindi, Tusker Mattresses Group CEO, Mr. Dan Githua said the opening of the new branch is part of the firm’s commitment to deepen its market presence in strategic towns and locations in Kenya.

He assured Tuskys customers in Malindi that the retailer will bridge along standing fair pricing barrier that had seen the town’s residents and tourism operators pay higher prices for retail provisions.

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“Our main proposition to the shoppers of Malindi will be fair pricing. We have realised that groceries here including foodstuff are about 10% more expensive than Mombasa and we are committing to bridge the gap by offering similar prices to those enjoyed by our Mombasa or Nairobi customers,” Githua assured.

He added that, “With the opening of Tuskys Malindi, we are also enhancing the variety of products available here. Malindi residents will no longer need to travel to Nairobi or Mombasa to purchase quality electronics and furniture items.”

Tusker Mattresses, he confirmed has invested more than Kshs 50million in there stocking and fit out of the branch to Tuskys brand standards.

“At Tuskys, we appreciate the support provided by our business partners including suppliers, staff members, landlords among others who have enabled us to maintain market leadership,” Githua said, adding that, “The retail market, is a barometer of economic performance and we are encouraged that the economy is beginning to show positive recovery signs.”

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Tusker Mattresses, the retail chain that operates Tuskys Supermarkets and Mavazi Lifestyle Clothing stores, in Kenya and Uganda has opened the doors to Tuskys Malindi, located at the Oasis Shopping Mall, further confirming the resilience of homegrown retail players in this market.

The opening of the new Tuskys Malindi branch, has also won the support of the local business community led by Mzee Sultan Khimji who described the entry of the retailer as a shot in the arm of the Malindi economy.

Khimji, who is also a real estate investor in Malindi town, said the entry of Tuskys would project the much needed confidence in restoring investor confidence following a wave of poor tourism returns.

“As a member of the Malindi business community, we wholeheartedly welcome Tuskys to this market and celebrate the resilience of local retailers who continue to inspire our confidence,” Khimji said.

In the Coastal region, Tusker Mattresses operates other branches in Mombasa Mainland, Mtwapa and Kilifi.

 

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Regional experts draft confederation constitution

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At least two constitutional experts and a legislative draftsperson nominated by each of the East African Community member states were expected at the consultation meeting on drafting the EAC political confederation constitution that kicked off in Ngozi province in Burundi last week.

After the committee of experts drafts the regional constitution, a Bill will be submitted to the Heads of State Summit for approval.

According to the chairperson of the committee, Benjamin Odoki, a draft constitution is expected in two years, in time for the proposed implementation of the confederation model by 2023.

The Political Federation—the pinnacle of the EAC Regional Integration—is the fourth step after the Customs Union, Common Market and Monetary Union.

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If the constitution is adopted, partner states will begin ceding power to the confederation. Each partner state’s constitution will then be subordinate to the federation’s constitution

Even as Burundi is hosting the five-day meeting, its sour relations with Rwanda came to the fore as Kigali did not send a representative, prompting President Pierre Nkurunziza’s deputy spokesman Alain Diomede Nzeyimana to tweet “President Pierre Nkurunziza believes that the idea of a “Political Federation” will not be easy to realise given the absence of Rwanda in the consultations.”

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Commenting on Kigali’s absence, Rwanda’s EAC Minister Olivier Nduhungirehe said it would not hinder the process “since the absence of Burundi in EAC meeting hosted by Rwanda never impacted the EAC integration.”

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Labour court kicks out Mary Wambui : The Standard

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The Labour Court has nullified the appointment of former Othaya MP Mary Wambui (pictured) as chairperson of the National Employment Authority (NEA) board.
Justice Onesmus Makau yesterday said Wambui was unqualified and dismissed her appointment as irregular and unconstitutional as she does not meet the qualifications for the position.
The court quashed the Gazette notice on the appointment, with Justice Makau saying the authority needs a person with academic expertise.
SEE ALSO :Kenyans mock ex-MP Mary Wambui’s appointment”Her appointment to the board does not meet the constitutional requirements; it is therefore null and void. The Gazette notice is quashed. It is unlawful. A permanent injunction is issued barring her from being appointed to the post,” ruled the judge.
The case was filed by Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association, a lobby headed by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja.
According to the lobby, the former MP had severally admitted that she had limited education background.
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Section 10(2) of the National Employment Authority Act provides that a person shall be qualified to serve as the chairperson of the board if they have at least seven years’ experience in Human Resource Management or its equivalent.
However, there is no age limit.
SEE ALSO :A country of old peopleThe court heard that she did not have academic and professional qualifications to allow her run the office.
In a Gazette notice dated October 14, 2019, then Labour CS Ukur Yatani picked Wambui for the job, triggering an outcry from Kenyans.
Following the appointment, Wambui was expected to lead a team that will create job centres in all constituencies where youths would register, detailing their skills.
The authority is also expected to be a link between employers and potential employees by posting available vacancies on social media. 

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Rwanda sets aside $10m for CHOGM sprucing of Kigali

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Rwanda is pulling all stops in its preparations to host the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) slated for June 22 to 27. The biennial summit was last held in East Africa in 2007 in Kampala.

The government has set aside up to Rwf10billion ($10.5 million) to improve and build infrastructure needed for the event.

“We have various committees working on the different aspects of CHOGM preparations, from infrastructure, hotels, to protocol, we are moving well and we have put up various mechanisms to ensure that we are ready by that time,” said Rwanda’s Minister for Foreign affairs Vincent Biruta.

Kigali will be the biggest beneficiary as authorities construct inter-city and connecting road network roads that will see the free flow of traffic.

There is new Mulindi Road, Kabeza-Alpha Palace Road, Rwandex Network Road, Nyabisindu-Nyarutarama Road and Migina Network Road connecting Gasabo district headquarters to Sports View Hotel.

All the roads under construction are situated in areas surrounding the airport, and are aimed at decongesting the main Kigali International Airport Road, which will be mostly used during the event.

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“We have different on-going construction projects around the city, many of which are infrastructure, we are also working on recreational sites and green parks such that guests have a great experience. Preparations are at 55 per cent,’’ said Ernest Nsabimana, City of Kigali vice mayor.

Up to 10,000 delegates from all the 53 Commonwealth countries are expected to attend the event. It is expected that the event will stretch the limit of city’s roads, conference venues as well as accommodation.

The Rwanda Convention Bureau did not respond to our questions on the progress on ensuring that the country has adequate accommodation for the CHOGM delegates at the time of going to press.

But it is expected that the existing high-end conference facilities like the Kigali Convention, the Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village, Intare Arena will all be put to good use.

The airport is key in the CHOGM preparation process, and currently the construction and modifications are ongoing to increase the number of parking space for aircraft and passengers lounge at the terminal.

“The event is expected to raise Rwanda’s profile as a tourism and MICE destination, and the country already has up to 25 events lined up for 2020.

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