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Daily Nation : February 12th 2014
DAILY NATION Wednesday February 12, 2014 ROMANCE | Game reserve ranked among top ten places worth visiting this weekend Mara ‘best Valentine getaway’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 (Indonesia), Jamaica, Victor Harbour in Australia, Agra in India and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) also featured among the most preferred getaway spots where one is assured of an experience of a life time. Without mentioning any spe- cific establishment, the Indian based travel website said Kenya was endowed with multiple world class exclusive resorts where one can enjoy a peaceful ‘‘wild’’ weekend in the most serene environment in the world. And on Prague, the capital of the Czech republic, the website said: “Nothing says ‘I love you’ better than a romantic weekend in a European capital — Prague with its many romantic hotels and then set out into the city with your beloved. A walk across the Gothic bridge, a ride in the boat and some local booze, will make you fall in love all over again — with your Valentine and the city.” Ideal getaway Croatia which has produced some of the world’s best lawn tennis players is said to be an ideal getaway for anyone looking for some “quality couple time”. Its highlights are listed as; its clean beaches, locally squeezed wines and its ageless Old Town that provides a beautiful city “which has romance spilling out from every nook and cranny, making a Valentine weekend all the more special”. The site also ranked Cana- da’s Montreal city as arguably the most under-rated romantic city on Earth. “Montreal is a treasure-chest for couples looking to maintain or rekindle their romance. Kick-start the occasion with a French-Canadian candlelight dinner and a carriage ride through the old city. Plan a sunset cruise or go ice skating,” it said. Though a great and famous National News 3 Ndung’u defends himself in Sh1bn corruption claim BY NATION REPORTER Central Bank of Kenya governor Njuguna Ndung’u has defended himself against allegations of corruption in a Sh1.2 billion tender to install a modern security system at the institution. In an email sent to senior CBK staff, Prof Ndung’u said the contract award was above board and appeared to accuse the institution’s tender committee of sabotage by rooting for losing bidders. He said the crux of the matter was a tussle pitting CBK’s tender team against the evaluation committee. Prof Ndung’u said Horsebridge Networks Systems East Africa Limited—which won the tender—was the lowest evaluated bidder and that he would not seek to reverse the decision. The tender dispute went to the Public Procurement and Oversight Authority (PPOA) which awarded the contract to Horsebridge as the “lowest evaluated bidder”, he said. “A reading of the two decisions IF YOU GO What makes park popular The Maasai Mara Reserve is located in south-western Kenya and stretches 1,510km. It is about 270km from Nairobi. It hosts over 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds. It is globally famous for the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) and the annual wildebeest migration. The Maasai Mara is a major research centre for the spotted hyena. city, the report mourns that the romantic appeal of New York City is overshadowed by the hustle-bustle that dictates the city’s life. It said the city has PHOTO | DOMINIQUE DELFINO Tourists on a game drive at the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, which has been described by a travel website as one of the world’s best Valentine getaways. panoramic views from ‘Top of the Rock’ or the Empire State Building that re-create some iconic scenes from many ‘aromcoms’ (romantic soap operas). “Round off your day on a mu- sical note by strolling down to the Ambassador Theatre for a Broadway show and remember there is just so much to see in NYC that one weekend getaway will not do it justice but on this occasion (Valentine) it is not the place but the person that matters,” its authors said. Despite the unfortunate inci- dent in which over 200 tourists died in a disco hall, Bali city in Indonesia is featured at Number 5. It is described as a star-struck city where movies are made. Reggae-music mad Kingston city in Jamaica comes at number six for its secluded resorts inside forests where one can while away the day watching birds. “Going on a historic tour will grow on one like a second skin,” the site said. Victor Harbour in Australia is famous for Penguin spotting while India’s Agra city is the home of the world famous Taj Mahal Hotel, a symbol of eternal love. Rio de Janeiro closes in the best top 10 destinations where a tour on Valentine Day is described as ‘sensual’ with its streets alive with the rhythm of samba drums. JoGuru website helps travellers plan itineraries and search for interesting places to visit. It also helps tourists to find and book the best hotels and travel experiences worldwide. made by the PPOA tribunal clearly shows that the tussle is between the bank evaluation and tender committees,” the CBK governor said. “The tender committee ordered the inclusion of two bidders who had been disqualified by the evaluation committee. The two bidders failed even after re-evaluation,” he said, noting that PPOA faulted the tender committee’s orders. Prof Ndung’u has come under The tender committee ordered the inclusion of two bidders who had been disqualified.” pressure to challenge PPOA’s decision to award the tender to Horsebridge in court but he says the legal opinion on which this pressure is founded has not captured all the tender’s intrigues. “An opinion was written. But we knew someone was CBK governor Njuguna Ndung’u going to try and change that opinion. So we waited. Just like night follows the day, the opinion changed. This I will deal with administratively,” he said without naming the saboteurs. He said that crucial information was withheld by CBK staff during the first PPOA hearing including the fact that the tender had been terminated on September 26. Minutes were also presented showing that CBK signed a declaration that the tender was not terminated, dealing a blow to credibility of the bank’s records. Meanwhile, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commis- sion spokesman Yasin Amaro yesterday said that they had received the file from the Director of Public Prosecutions office, with the consent to prosecute.
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