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Naomi Campbell Saves Kenya Millions in New Ambassador Job

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  • Despite the backlash triggered by the appointment of Naomi Cambell as Kenya’s tourism ambassador, the supermodel has saved the country millions. 

    Kenya Tourism Federation Chair Mohammed Hersi disclosed that Campbell is not charging the Kenya Tourism Board for her services.

    “If we were to pay Naomi, she would wipe a good chunk of our destination marketing budget. Those who think we paid millions to get her…I can bet we paid nothing and all this is personal goodwill from Tourism CS Najib Balala,” Hersi stated.

    Kenya Tourism Federation Chair Mohammed Hersi with Tourism CS Najib Balala
    Kenya Tourism Federation Chair Mohammed Hersi with Tourism CS Najib Balala
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    According to a US celebrity booking website, celebritytalent.net, Naomi’s appearances set you back Ksh2.7 million to Ksh4.2 million for events in the US and possibly more for international duties. 

    A long-term engagement such as Kenya’s tourism deal would require clients to pay the supermodel millions of shillings.

    Hersi also addressed the suggestions from some Kenyans that Hollywood actor Lupita Nyong’o was a better fit for the tourism goodwill role.

    Lupita may be our daughter but she is now a high-flying brand and if we are to get her, be prepared to pay top dollar for her brand. Let me also tell you that even the father who is Governor of Kisumu cannot just use her image to promote Kisumu. 

    “When you reach Lupita’s level, agents run the show, they monetize every single move,” he explained.

    Hersi added that Naomi had more than 10 million followers on Instagram compared to Lupita’s 8.9 million adding that the supermodel had visited Kenya every December for the last 15 years. 

    Due to her close relationship with the communities in Malindi, Campbell was given the Giriama name Kadzo.

    The Kenya Tourism Federation chair urged Kenyans should focus on how to tap into Campbell’s high-value networks to seek opportunities instead of criticizing the move by KTB.

    “Dear Naomi please don’t read too much into sentiments expressed by Kenyans on social media. You see, we use social media to ventilate and please take it with a pinch of salt. I leave you with the words of Michelle Obama…When they go low, you go high…Keep soaring,” he concluded with a message to the supermodel.

    Tourism CS Najib Balala and British model Naomi Campbell pose for a photo
    Tourism CS Najib Balala and British model Naomi Campbell pose for a photo
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    DCI Captures Ksh3.5M Bank Heist Suspect

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  • Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have traced and arrested a suspect in connection to a robbery along Mombasa Road that led to the loss of Ksh3.5 million from a local bank.

    The suspect was traced to his home in Githunguri, Kiambu where he was arrested. 

    Authorities believe that the suspect disposed of the guns which had been taken from police officers guarding the bank. 

    Firearms recovered by detectives following the heist on Monday, January 18.
    Firearms recovered by detectives following the heist on Monday, January 18.
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    Two pistols were found dumped outside Kiambu Hospital Gate on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

    “The firearms were dropped by a motorbike passenger at Kiambu Hospital’s Gate shortly before the motorbike disappeared into the darkness,” DCI George Kinoti said. 

    Police are yet to recover the motorbike which ferried the suspect to the scene where the guns were found. 

    The investigation is being conducted by a team of DCI detectives from the headquarters, Embakasi and Special Service Unit officers. 

    The arrest brings to four the number of suspects in police custody over the Monday afternoon robbery.

    The suspects in custody include the two police officers who were guarding the bank and a teller.

    The bank teller is expected to help DCI with insights on the heist which was conducted in broad daylight. 

    The robbery was staged in a way that even motorists who were driving in and out of the building did not suspect anything. 

    A private security guard sustained injuries on his right arm during the robbery. 

    DCI George Kinoti issuing a statement on Wednesday, December 2.
    DCI George Kinoti issuing a statement on Wednesday, December 2.
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    NMS to Open Newly Built Hospitals in 4 Nairobi Estates

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  • The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) under General Mohamed Badi will open the first batch of the newly built hospitals in Nairobi estates in late January 2021. 

    NMS said that the first four of the 24 hospitals it constructed will be ready for use in Uthiru, Kiamaiko, Ushirika and Soweto-Kayole.

    The facilities are both Level 2 and Level 3 hospitals. 

    “Contractors are installing equipment. They will be ready next week. 

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    Hospital beds outside the Nairobi Green Park terminus dispensary.
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    “We are finalising on the projects,” NMS Director of Health Services Dr Josephine Kibaru-Mbae said. 

    NMS further recruited 600 nurses who will be deployed to the 24 facilities which Badi hope will all be unveiled in 2021.

    The newly recruited health professionals and hospitals will clear the backlog of unattended patients in the county hospitals and the country’s referral Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH). 

    “The nurses presented their documents for verification,  subsequent issuance of appointment letters,” NMS added on its website.

    NMS also opened a dispensary at Green Park Terminus at Nairobi Railways. Beds, heart rate monitors and sanitisers were installed to curb the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

    The terminus will also include police post, restaurants, supermarket, modern ablution block, restrooms for motorists and commuters.

    Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko handed over health functions to the NMS in February 2020. President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the agency would ensure his Big 4 Agenda, Universal Health Care, was achieved. 

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    A woman having her temperature checked at the Nairobi Green Park terminus dispensary.
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