- Birth of Café culture in coffee growing country:
The Rwandan highlands with their acidic soils are perfect for growing coffee with a uniquely chocolaty taste – but many of the farmers only grow it for export. A by-product of colonalisation by the German and Belgians who settled in the country in 1904, coffee does not have deep roots in the country’s indigenous culture, not least because of its prohibitively high cost. While relatively affordable tea is being sold in local shops, coffee costs more than a worker might earn in a day. As a result, most coffee farmers say that they rarely ever taste the coffee before exporting their harvest. Vincent Habumugisha has a 15 years’ experience in coffee farming on 1.5 hectar of land located in Rwamagana district in Eastern province, where he harvests at least eight tons of coffee annually. He employs twenty farm workers on a casual basis, but neither him nor his workers have ever consumed a cup of coffee in their lives.
- Deliver your promise made at job interview:
I was once requested to “seek other opportunities” because my “services were no longer required”. Whoa! In just a couple of weeks, my world then was crumbling all around me. Angry and dejected, I wallowed in self-pity until I came face-to-face with starvation and an angry landlord. Hey, I am confiding in you. This is the point at which you simply wish you could have passed me a tissue. Never mind that you’re reading about this on a national daily or why I was out of work to begin with. Like most excited young adults starting out, I believed two huge lies modern life feeds us the minute we set foot in the school system. Most of us are raised to virtually believe in school degrees. Go to school, earn a degree and you’ll get a good job. While I have every respect for the knowledge and a certain socialization school exposes us to, we are all too aware of thousands of brilliant Kenyans walking the streets with degrees in hand, and no job. What happened? Praxis … these poor souls integrated their belief with their behaviour. Unfortunately, they believed a lie. They believed that getting an education was getting a degree, diploma or certificate. That’s not true.
- Regulator’s audit of PhD degrees welcome:
While the move by the Commission for University Education to audit PhD degrees awarded by public universities in recent years is a welcome one, it just goes to show the depth some of our institutions of higher learning have sunk. It is quite worrying when degrees awarded by the learning institutions are queried with the spotlight being turned on their veracity and quality. The probe by the regulator will review the PhDs awarded by local institutions following concerns that the institutions are not following the right assessment procedure. It will also focus on whether the students followed the set rules, including the one that caps professors from supervising more than three PhD candidates at a time. The publications or refereed journals where the PhD gradients have published their works will also be reviewed since some of the journals have had their credibility questioned while some students have been accused of delegating the research work to others for a fee.
- Solar power firm raises cash to connect 20000 homes in off- grid zones:
Micro-grids operator Power hive Inc. has raised Sh930 million in its Series B round of funding for connecting electricity to 20,000 families via solar power. Power hive chief executive Christopher Hornor said Toyota Tsusho participated in the latest round with a commitment to actively participate in the project’s rollout across Kenya and beyond. “We are excited to work with Toyota Tsusho who shared our vision to build climate-friendly, sustainable and profitable businesses,” he said adding that the solar kits once deployed will be locally assembled thereby creating a ready pool of solar technicians to keep Kenya ‘alight’. Toyota Tsusho’s Power Project Business Unit head Hirata Tatsuya said the partnership gives them an opportunity to fully participate in the planned rollout as well as offer expertise and products. “The time is right for Kenya to leapfrog from the old way of doing things and take a fresh approach to energy independence.
- Financial analysts agency elects new chairperson:
Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts (Icifa) has elected financial and investment specialist Jonah Aiyabei chairman. Speaking during Icifa’s annual general meeting, Dr Aiyabei pledged to concentrate his efforts to entrench professionalism among financial analysts and improve services Icifa members offer the private and public sector. Dr Iayabei who took over from Job Kihumba had served as Icifa vice chairman since June of 2016.Other council members elected were Einstein Kihanda, Leah Nyambura and Duncan Elly Ochieng’. Dr Aiyabei currently serves as a director at the Morendat Institute of Oil and Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Keya Pipeline Company and has served as Trust Secretary of KPC Pension Schemes.
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