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KFS cracks whip in key staff shake up :: Kenya

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Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko (PHOTO: FILE)

NAIROBI, KENYA: The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) has announced key management changes geared at revitalising the organisation’s service delivery capacity.

In the changes announced by KFS Chairman, Mr. Peter Kimathi Kinyua, the organisation has also made history by appointing a career Forester Lady to the organisation’s helm.

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Speaking when he announced the Management changes, the KFS Chairman, said the Board had appointed Ms. Monica Kalenda, with immediate effect, as the Acting Chief Conservator of Forests to replace Mr Emilio Mugo who has stepped aside pending investigations.

The appointment of Ms. Kalenda, a seasoned forest resources management expert, Kinyua said, will serve to accelerate ongoing reforms initiated by the KFS board aimed at enhancing forests’ conservation countrywide.

“At KFS we are committed to ensuring that Kenya achieves a more than 15 percent forest cover by the year 2022 by leading efforts to plant more than 170million trees in the next five years and the management changes are geared at providing impetus,” Kinyua assured.

Assisted by a competent management team, Ms Kalenda, he said, will spearhead far reaching reforms on forests management including tree replanting exercises, beefing up security in forest zones, facilitating public education and awareness on forestry and advancing human capacity development through training programmes.

“Following the discussion that has been going on in the Country and the observation that my Board has made during the past one and half years we have been in the office, the following changes are necessary for the Sector to run smoothly,” Kinyua said, adding that, “The Board will remain steadfast in supporting the management team to deliver against their mandate with renewed energy.”

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As part of the changes, Ms Kalenda will be deputised by Mr Esau Omollo who retains his Position as the Senior Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests.

Other key appointments include: Charity Munyasia – Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests and Patrick Kariuki- Deputy Chief Conservator Farm and Drylands.

The former Comandant, Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests in charge of Forests Protection and Security, Mr Alex Lemarkoko has been redeployed to serve as the Acting Head of Administration and Human Resources Management. In his place, Mr Wilson Oleleeboo takes over as the Acting Commandant/Head of Forests Protection and Security.

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In the Finance and Administration docket, Anastasia Muasya takes over from Patrick Nyaga as the Acting Head of Finance with John Mburu taking over the Head of Procurement and Supply Chain role following the stepping aside of Mr Victor Kobia pending the resolution of ongoing investigations.

To spearhead field services reforms, Mr Ezekiel Korir takes over the Acting Head of Plantation and Enterprise Division replacing Mr Simiyu Wasike while Ms Mary Mwai, Fred Ogombe and Mr. Samuel Gitonga Ihure take over as the Acting Head of Conservation Eastern, Head of Conservation Mau and Central Highland Conservancies respectively. 

At the Headquarters, Mr Josephat Ingaji takes over as the Acting Manager Corporate Services, Lucy Kiboi, Acting Senior Manager Support Services. Mrs. Laura C Yego will assume the Acting Corporation Secretary role following the exit of Ms Esther Keige who has been sent on Compulsory Leave.





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WPP preparing to merge Young & Rubicam and digital ad firm VML: WSJ

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(Reuters) – The world’s largest advertising company WPP Plc’s (WPP.L) is preparing to consolidate some of its businesses in a bid to keep pace with the industry’s digital shift, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

FILE PHOTO: A logo hangs on the wall outside the WPP offices in London, Britain April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo

The company, under its new boss Mark Read, is considering a merger between Young & Rubicam and WPP’s digital-ad firm VML, putting the combined group under the leadership of VML CEO Jon Cook, WSJ reported, citing sources.

There are talks about having the group’s direct-marketing company Wunderman work with its creative firms to provide access to consumer data to help them craft more relevant ads, the WSJ reported, citing a source.

The market leader has been hit hard in the last year as clients have increasingly turn to online platforms such as Google and Facebook to reach consumers.

The group is also recovering from the departure of its founder and veteran CEO Martin Sorrell who left in April after complaint about personal misconduct, which he denied.

WPP was not immediately available to comment on the report.

Reporting by Mekhla Raina in Bengaluru; Editing by Edmund Blair

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European Banking Authority is asked to investigate oversight of Danske Bank

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COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – The European Commisssion has asked the European Banking Authority (EBA) to investigate what went wrong in the oversight of Danske Bank’s (DANSKE.CO) Estonian branch, which is at the center of a major money laundering scandal, it said on Sunday, confirming a report in Financial Times.

FILE PHOTO: Danske Bank sign is seen at the bank’s Estonian branch in Tallinn, Estonia August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo

The Commission has also sent letters, written at the request of justice commissioner Vera Jourova, to the Danish and Estonian governments to ask about the case and its supervision, the spokesman said.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Writing by Teis Jensen; Editing by David Goodman

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China, Saudi dominate Sh106 billion imports in July

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A cargo ship at the port of Mombasa. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Goods from China, Saudi Arabia, India, South Africa and Japan accounted for 80 per cent of imports last July even as the countries made insignificant purchases from Kenya.

Machinery, construction materials and consumer items were among items worth Sh35.3 billion bought from China making up 33.14 per cent of the total Sh106.5 billion. They were followed by Saudi Arabia that mainly sold petroleum products valued at Sh21.45 billion.

China accounts for 25 per cent of Kenyan imports bill under the current common external tariff structure of zero per cent, 10 per cent and 25 per cent for raw materials, intermediate goods and final goods respectively.

India sold drugs, electrical transformers, IT equipment and iron-rolled products, among others, worth Sh14.3 billion with Japan-based traders receiving Sh9.15 billion, mostly for motor vehicles’ purchase.

South African exports were valued at Sh6 billion. Pakistan was the leading buyer of Kenyan exports, mainly raw tea worth Sh5.35 billion, with American traders buying clothing and flowers worth Sh5.33 billion.

The US sold Kenya goods worth Sh3.93 billion. Trade between the two is expected to grow starting November when direct cargo and passenger flights from JKIA to New York’s JF Kennedy Airport start operating next week. Uganda maintained its top position as Kenya’s biggest East African partner buying goods worth Sh3.7 billion compared to June’s Sh4.35 billion, while Tanzania settled for Sh1.93 billion up from June’s Sh1.8 billion.

Rwanda received goods worth Sh1.4 billion from Kenya, while the Netherlands bought goods worth Sh3.62 billion and exported to Kenya Sh1.3 billion cargo.

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