Prof Wangari Maathai’s State funeral

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Prof Wangari Maathai’s State funeral will be similar to that of former Vice President Kijana Wamalwa.

The government on Thursday said preparations begin in earnest on Friday.

Government Spokesman Dr Alfred Mutua said it will be “similar to Wamalwa’s”. The funeral committee has set a tentative burial date of October 11.

Committee chairman Njeru Kathangu told the press at Holy Family Basilica that they had concurrence of the family.

Two weeks of mourning

President Kibaki declared two weeks of mourning for Mr Wamalwa, who died in a London hospital in 2003. Mr Wamalwa got a gun salute as flags flew at half-mast. (READ: Maathai to be accorded State funeral)

The President also announced a State funeral and two days of mourning for Prof Maathai during which the flag would fly at half mast. The two days of mourning end on Friday.

Mr Wamalwa’s family turned down a government offer to bury him at Heroes Corner in Jamhuri Park.

And, according to Dr Mutua, the government will respect whatever Prof Maathai’s family wishes.

“The government is keen to do two things — to respect the wishes of the family and to give her a befitting send-off, something similar to Wamalwa’s that befits her stature,” said Dr Mutua. (SEE IN PICTURES: Wangari Maathai)

During a State funeral, government functionaries take over the event entirely and control the programme in consultation with the family.

The State could also assist with hospital bills Prof Maathai might have incurred.

“It is a great honour but could also be a ploy to stop Maathai’s comrades from criticising the State as they will control the programme,” former Subukia MP Koigi Wamwere observed.

Mr Wamwere witnessed the funerals of founding president Jomo Kenyatta and former VP Wamalwa.

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Kenyans react to Wangari Maathai’s death

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I had my mouth wide open when i read the sad news yesterday. Mathaai was a wonderful, inspirational woman, i honestly hope her legacy continues to guide us because surely her trees will protect and feed us for a long time. Thank you Professor, and may Allah bless you.
somalipal 21 hours ago
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may the spirit of the most high God be with you
kakzstroud 1 day ago
God bless you Wangari! God bless your family too and may they find peace in the knowledge that you will meet again and my we all follow in your foot steps and srtrive to leave this world a better place than we found it for the sake of our children and their children’s children! God bless!!
NusuKappeti 1 day ago
May her infectious golden smile, continue to shine over Kenya. Oh I will miss that smile.
karuitha 1 day ago
SHE IS THE ONLY KENYAN THAT PEOPLE FROM ALL TRIBES, CAN IDENTIFY AND MOURN, AS A KENYAN HERO.
M45Sebring 1 day ago in playlist More videos from NTVKenya
I asvso lloking forward to meeting Wanagari Maathai this wednesday. Unforturnately it was not meant to be the event was cancelled without any explanations. Rest in peace mama.
nyarbondo1 2 days ago
RIP Maathai.U had a life well lived
felods1 2 days ago
…we are looking forward to time God will give back life. RIP wangari maathai
oriango1 2 days ago
RIP
TheHarshguy 2 days ago
Kenya needs more ‘Wangari Maathais’ ! ! !

Her life and dedication should be a challenge to every patriotic Kenyan.

We will always be proud as Kenyans to have been associated with Wangari Maathai.

Internet Governance Forum

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The continued penetration of the internet and mobile telephone connectivity is expected to boost productivity not just in Kenya but across Africa. These are the gains that are being assessed at the internet governance forum that is currently underway at Gigiri here in Nairobi. Zawadi Mudibo attended the forum

story of the government printer’s appearance before MPs

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To regret deeply, it has been said, is akin to starting afresh and the government printer knows this just too well. Problem is, he could not reveal in plain English what he was regretting, but still he escaped. His dramatic unmasking was the showstopper though. And as Emmanuel Juma reports on Bull’s-Eye, the story of the government printer’s appearance before MPs is not one he would wish to see printed.

Financial industry alarmed by new Bill on unclaimed assets

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Financial industry alarmed by new Bill on unclaimed assets If you migrated from Kenya and left a fixed deposit account in a bank you have not transacted for a long time — dividends you have not claimed for years or a life insurance policy that matured while you were way — move quickly and claim your money before a new law now pending in Parliament catches up with you.

Parliament is about to pass a Bill that will create a new government agency, the Unclaimed Assets Authority, with powers to take over all unclaimed assets sitting in dormant accounts with either commercial banks or insurance companies or unpaid dividends sitting on the books of quoted companies.

If you migrated overseas a long time ago and left behind a deposit with a utility company such as Kenya Power or Nairobi Water Company Ltd, the monies will be deemed as abandoned assets under the new law and handed over to the new government agency.

Monies kept for long periods in safe deposits boxes with commercial banks will also be declared abandoned and remitted to the new government agency.

The list of assets to be treated as unclaimed assets and handed over to the government agency include mature life insurance policies, travellers cheques, money orders, and bankers cheques which have not been cashed for long periods.

Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the Unclaimed Assets Bill — a private members motion by Laisamis MP Joseph Lekuton — is the proposal to grant the proposed new government agency powers to sell the abandoned assets at public auction to the highest bidder after only three years.

The implication of this is that an owner or beneficiary whose assets are handed over to the proposed authority shall not be entitled to interest or dividends on the assets once they have been liquidated.

Banks and insurance companies are also alarmed at the intention to make the proposed law retroactive.

If it is passed, the new law would apply even to dormant bank accounts and matured life policies that existed before the new law comes into effect.

The Unclaimed Assets Bill was tabled for first reading on May 10, 2011.

On Thursday, the leader of government business and vice-president Kalonzo Musyoka listed it among the urgent Bills to be processed during the current session of Parliament.

This action has sent shock waves through board rooms of big banks and insurance companies who are uncomfortable with the prospect of having to hand over unclaimed assets to an authority under the control of political appointees.

Their point is that the Bill as as presently crafted may force them to hand over assets to the new government agency, yet they would remain liable to any owners who emerge later to lay claim to the assets.

Under the Limitation of Actions Act, assets can only be treated as abandoned after a period of seven years. Banks and insurance companies maintain that it is a bad Bill because it seeks to circumvent the law of contract by breaking the six-year limitation.

Industry sources have told the Sunday Nation that players are planning meetings to lobby for amendments to the Bill to introduce a longer period after which unclaimed assets can be declared abandoned.

They will also be seeking an amendment to state clearly that once assets have been handed over to the authority, the owners cannot claim anything from them.

Kenya has not had a comprehensive law governing the handling and disposition of unclaimed assets.

Indeed, the country does not have so much as a rudimentary system of monitoring unclaimed assets sitting in dormant bank accounts or dividends that remain unpaid for years.

In 2007, then minister for Finance Amos Kimunya amended the CMA Act by providing that any dividend unclaimed for a period of seven years must be transfered to the Investors Compensation Fund. However, the compensation fund is yet to take root.

Initially, it was estimated that the value of unclaimed assets sitting within the financial system, the corporate sector and even utilities was in the region of Sh200 billion. But an empirical study by a government task force on unclaimed assets in 2007 came up with a much lower figure.

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