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Equity retains ‘Best Bank’ title in Kenya for 10 years in a row

The Banking Awards by Think Business, which have been running for the past 16 years, are organized by Think Business Limited, a strategic research and competitive intelligence company specializing on the financial sector.

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Equity Bank Kenya has received 22 accolades in the 2021 Banking Awards by Think Business cementing the bank’s position as the leading bank in Kenya.

For the 10th year in a row, Equity was ranked Best Overall Bank in Kenya and Best Bank in Sustainable CSR for the 5th year running.

The Bank also garnered first position in 10 other categories which included Best Tier 1 Bank, Best Bank in Trade Finance, Best Bank in Agriculture and Livestock Financing¸ Best Bank in Asset Finance, Best Bank in Mobile Banking, Best Bank in Product Innovation, Best Bank in Agency Banking, Best Bank in Internet Banking, Best Commercial Bank in Microfinance and Bank with the lowest charge for individuals.

Equity took 1st runner up position in 4 categories including Best Bank in SME Banking, Best Bank to borrow from, Best Bank in Mortgage Financing and the Special Judges Award for Product Innovation for the Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme Climate Resilient Agricultural Livelihoods Window (KCEP-CRAL), e-voucher mobile program targeting smallholder farmers and agro dealers.

Additionally, Equity took third place in the Best Retail Bank, Best Bank in Digital Banking and Most Customer- Centric Bank award categories reinforcing the brand’s positioning as a people-centred, digital bank and the bank for all irrespective of the sector or segment they are in.

In the leadership categories, Equity Group MD and CEO Dr. James Mwangi was crowned CEO of the Year for his contribution to financial inclusion, for steering the dynamism of the region’s banking sector and for his role in championing corporate social investment in the various communities that Equity operates in. Dr Mwangi has been feted CEO of the Year for 5 years now since 2017.

Edwin Kiburu, who serves as a Technical Product Manager in charge of Lifestyle Payments also won the Outstanding Young Banker Award marking the 3rd year that Equity has bagged the award. A testament that Equity is passionate about professional youth empowerment, leadership development and mentorship.

While receiving the awards in a virtual ceremony, Equity Bank Kenya Managing Director Gerald Warui commented on the win saying, “The recognition by the Think Business Banking Awards has reinforced our position in the market as a bank that customers have trusted, a bank that listens and cares for customers, a bank that enables businesses to grow and thrive, a progressive bank that offers self-service digital solutions and a bank that is responsive to the market and customer needs.”

The Banking Awards by Think Business, which have been running for the past 16 years, are organized by Think Business Limited, a strategic research and competitive intelligence company specializing on the financial sector.

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MKU: How to register for special CATs to address missing marks

Two months ago, MKU Vice-Chancellor Professor Deogratius Jaganyi agreed and regretted that the issue of missing marks has dogged the private multi-campused university for years.

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Mt Kenya University has come up with a provision for students to sit for special continuous assessment tests (CATs) in a bid to address missing marks challenges.

Over the years, students at the university have failed to graduate in time due to missing marks, even having sat for the CATs and main exams and having proved to it.

In MKU course-specific Whatsapp groups, students often express frustrations experienced while pursuing the missing marks, even after visiting the MKU headquarters in Thika, Kiambu County.

Today, the university in a notice ti students said a provision had been made in the Student’s Portal for those students with the examinations marks and no CATs to book by registering for special CATs.

To register open the students portal, course registration, Special CATs Reg., Select Semester details, and proceed with registration. Select the units, click register selected units then Click on Assessment courses enrollment.

The special CATs will be administered online in the Assessment Portal from June 21, 2021, to July 3, 2021. The deadline for registration is June 20, 2021. Kindly comply.

Two months ago, MKU Vice-Chancellor Professor Deogratius Jaganyi agreed and regretted that the issue of missing marks has dogged the private multi-campused university for years.

He said the institution is selective in the recruitment of highly qualified members of staff whom he said to deliver a high standard of teaching, churning out highly sort-after graduands.

“It is, therefore, imperative that this is matched with the service to the students,” he stated while expressing the university’s commitment to addressing the missing marks complaints.

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Atwoli hints a possible postponement of 2022 general elections

Atwoli has also appealed to Kenyans to urge parliamentarians to postpone the elections if at all the Building Bridges Initiative process failed to be passed citing post-poll violence that he said mostly affects workers.

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COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli at a past function. Photo/Courtesy.

Central Organization of Trade Unions, COTU (K) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has hinted at a possible postponement of the 2022 general elections if the constitutional referendum fails to take place before August next year.

Atwoli has also appealed to Kenyans to urge parliamentarians to postpone the elections if at all the Building Bridges Initiative process failed to be passed citing post-poll violence that he said mostly affects workers.

“If something happens and we don’t get it, we will move to the Supreme Court. If we can’t get it, then we will have to start it afresh and we will appeal to our parliamentarians to extend the election by a year,” he proclaimed.

On Thursday, May 13, the High Court ruled that the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 was unconstitutional due to several illegalities encompassed in the bill. BBI proponents have since appealed the ruling at the Court of Appeal.

According to the Constitution, 1) The President shall be elected by registered voters in a national election conducted in accordance with this Constitution and any Act of Parliament regulating presidential elections. (2) An election of the President shall be held-

(a) on the same day as a general election of Members of Parliament, being the second Tuesday in August, in every fifth year; or (b) in the circumstances contemplated in Article 146.

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Gospel Artistes pay their last respect to fallen colleague Edith Terry Chamah

Edith is survived by husband Rev.Martin Chamah,three children(Joskey Chamah,Billy Chamah and Mike Chamah).

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Family lay wrath of flowers at the grave of Edith Terry Chamah.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Several Artistes from Kisumu and Nyanza Region as a whole on Tuesday paid their last respect to their fallen colleague Edith Terry Chamah.

Mrs.Chamah who was laid to rest at her home in Nyahera, Kisumu was uologized as a devoted christian who had passion to serve humanity.

Her charity and great humanitarian support in transforming lives of many orphans was also attributed.

She succumbed on June 3, 2021 after a short illness.

Gospel colleagues who attended the funeral service narrated their last moments with her and how she was so passionate about serving vulnerable children.

“Mama never gave me money but she always advised me that do this and that and you will succeed” said Lorna Bolo.

Similar sentiments echoed by gospel Artistes from Homabay.

Led by Kevin Gombe and Phoebe Moses,the Artistes uologized Mrs Chamah as a disciplined person in the industry.

They vowed to continue supporting the music talents in the region.

“She shaped the gospel music industry and we shall stand by her virtues” they said.

Until her demise,Edith was the Director Bethel Rays of Hope orphanage in Kisumu.

She had also started a school in Kandiege, Homabay County besides her new released audio album ‘Panguza Machozi’.

Edith is survived by husband Rev.Martin Chamah,three children(Joskey Chamah,Billy Chamah and Mike Chamah).

 

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