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Daily Nation : February 11th 2014
2 smart company EDITOR’S DESK THE GOVERNMENT, through state-owned Kenya Electricity Generating Company, has been on a mission to generate additional units of power to meet and even surpass the rising demand for domestic and industrial use. The Geothermal Development Company, on the other hand, has been busy tapping steam that can be used to generate electricity. The most notable is its Olkaria plant in Naivasha. The firm has also gone full steam in Baringo County, mapping out possible areas where this vital raw material could be extracted. The company’s thirst for steam has earned it deserved kudos. The firm is now a model that should be emulated by neighbours and all those seeking to tap cheap sources power. Although these efforts are commendable because a nation cannot progress without adequate and reliable power supply, some questions remain unanswered regarding the country’s capacity to absorb the extra energy within the given time-frame. Secondly, the announcement of a rise in connection charges doesn’t make matters any brighter. It is unfair to ask domestic consumers to pay up Sh75,000, up from the current Sh35,000, to hook their homes to the national grid. For a family that survives on less than a dollar a day, this kind of money is the stuff dreams are made of. Granted, Kenya Power needs to remain in business by charging the optimum amount of fees to meet its costs. The hitch is, the number of Kenyans who can afford Sh75,000, even if in phases, is low. The net effect will be a slowdown in the number of those applying to light their homes. The authorities should split power applicants into groups, with each asked to pay according to the intended use. Those interested in running businesses should, for example, pay more, compared with those whose only purpose is lighting their homes. Involvement of banks in partly financing electricity connection is good, but given some Kenyans’ apathy towards borrowing, its objective may not be fully realised. The interests of financial institutions should not come in the way of connecting homes. Cheaper, reliable and adequate electricity supply will ultimately put the country ahead of its neighbours in terms of what we produce... and its cost. — Abuna Ayiro email@example.com EDITORIAL DIRECTOR: Joseph Odindo MANAGING EDITOR: Mutuma Mathiu BUSINESS EDITOR: Wachira Kang’aru SUB-EDITORS: Abuna Ayiro, James Wambua, John Cheruiyot STAFF WRITERS: Immaculate Karambu, Griffins Omwenga, Muthoki Mumo, John Njiru CONTRIBUTORS: Joshua Masinde, Charles Wokabi, Mwaniki Wahome, David Muturi. PRODUCTION EDITOR: Peter Wangai REVISE EDITOR Mary Wasike CHIEF GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Rogers Mogusu SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS: Nzisa Mulli, Andrew Anini, Hassan Ibrahim, Michael Mosota GRAPHIC DESIGNERS: Benjamin Situma , Dennis Makori, Alice Othieno, Ken Kusimba, Joy Abisagi, Virginia Borura, Oscar Anaswa, Felix Miring’u, Teddy Murimi, Eliud Maumo COVER GRAPHIC : Hassan Ibrahim Mwera receipt of such material, the Nation Media Group Limited cannot accept responsibility for accidental loss or damage. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org companysmart CYBER SPACE Smart Company is published every week by the Nation Media Group Limited. It is distributed free with every Tuesday’s ‘Daily Nation’. ©Nation Media Group Limited, 2011. All rights reserved. Unsolicited manuscripts, artwork, transparencies are submitted at the sender’s risk. While every care will be taken on EMILE KOUTON | AFP Ivory stock seized recently in a port in Togo is displayed in Lome. The country is intensifying its efforts to crack down on ivory trafficking after a number of large seizures, warning smugglers that Togo will no longer be a staging post for the illegal trade. Last week alone, nearly four tonnes of ivory have been discovered at the tiny West African nation’s main port in the capital, Lome. Dramatic rescue as cargo ship splits into two A spokeswoman for the re- INSIDER The crew of a Spanish cargo ship have been airlifted to safety after it slammed into a jetty and split in two. The hold of the 100-metre- long ship, the Luno, was empty when the accident happened along the coast of the southwestern French town of Anglet. The ship had been heading to a nearby port to load up with cargo when its engine broke down and the rough waves carried it into the jetty. Its stern half drifted onto the Shame of disused ministry websites They are busy doing crazy things, especially with money. That’s what they avoid exposing. — Zack Justice Asha How can one be digital and yet work with analogue systems? If you are digital and you work with analogue systems then the output will always be analogue. — Mathew Muthama What’s Dennis Itumbi doing? He’s in charge of ‘Digital’. — Fredrick William Owino Nigeria-based Guaranty Bank launches operations in Nairobi Be careful, people! — Arsen Tony Sit back and watch as ‘oga’ banks begin setting base in Kenya. — Germa Okore I think Mututho is a genius. Why chase drunkards in the highways? Bar exits are ideal for alcohol blow. — Jeremiah Mathiu Bar owners in protest over alcohol tests Life is more precious than your business. —Hannah Elkanah shore, while the bow remained stuck on the rocky jetty. Kenyans complain over everything, the government should now order police to push for random HIV tests. Kenyans will cry like babies. — Samuel Kamau ERC appointee turns down job offer You mean a Kenyan can turn down an appointment? — Bournaventure Ndubi This board seems to belong to some “people” ...and they drive it like a miraa’cle vehicle. — Bryant ‘Kay’ That is cool. Have you really told them? Isn’t that commission a Mt Kenya commission? — Chadwick Ogola — Compiled by Lilian Ochieng’ @LilianMerab email@example.com gional government said the 12man crew was evacuated, and rescue vehicles were on site to provide medical care. Anglet City Hall spox Liane Beobide said one of the crew members had sustained a broken nose, but there were no other injuries reported. Southwestern Europe, includ- ing France’s western coast, has been battered by high winds and waves in recent days. (Orange.co.uk) overview Tuesday February 11, 2014 DAILY NATION Haul of ivory seized at Togo port Food security JARED NYATAYA | NATION Agriculture principal secretary Sicily Kariuki (centre), NCPB North Rift manager Jonah Marindich, the board’s acting head Cornel Ngelechey (right) and other officials are tickled by Michael Obare, who works at the Eldoret depot, last weekend. Ms Kariuki said the government is currently stocking maize in the strategic grain reserve.
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