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  • Standard Media Group boss poses for a photo FILE 
  • The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), on Monday, December 19, sought to detain Laban Cliff Onserio for five days to allow the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) to investigate a case where he was arrested with an explosive inside his car. 

    According to a report seen by, Onserio, the Standard Media Group Chief of Staff, was apprehended on Sunday, December 18, while reportedly threatening the public with a grenade.

    The incident allegedly occurred in basement two of a popular church in Nairobi CBD.  

    Detectives accused the former NTV anchor of failing to declare to the security guards that he was in possession of the flash-bang training system grenade.

    Standard Media Group boss poses for a photo at a past event
    Standard Media Group boss poses for a photo at a past event FILE

    He also reportedly failed to provide a certificate to show that he legally owned the grenade, according to the prosecutor who arraigned him at the Kahawa Courts.  

    The report further added that the journalist could not provide satisfactory reasons why he was in possession of the flash-bang grenade. 

    "The respondent was arrested by a multi-agency team who responded at the scene after receiving information about a terror threat.

    "He had not made a declaration to the security guards that he was in possession of the Flashbang training system grenade," the report detailed. 

    DCI further accused Onserio of illegally accruing the grenade in 2021, from a British national currently working with an airline company in Kenya.

    He was suspected of being in possession of more flash-bang grenades, prompting the investigating team to require more time to obtain a search warrant. 

    It was also speculated that the journalist had associates, and the detectives and security agencies within and outside the country launched a manhunt for the said persons.  

    "The explosive device recovered has been forwarded to the Bomb disposal and hazardous unit to be forensically examined and reports are yet to be obtained and analysed," the report detailed.

    In addition, his cell phones were forwarded to the ICT laboratory for forensic examination, and analysis to determine whether there were any links to terrorism

    Police officers manning DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road.
    Police officers manning DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road. TWITTER NTV

What you need to know:

‘‘Don’t trust people who promise you can quickly and easily make money in the crypto markets” 

Not so long ago, OneCoin and its criminal mastermind Ruja Ignatova, also known as ‘Cryptoqueen,’ became the only woman on the US Federal Bureau of Investigation’s list of 10 most wanted fugitives.

However, like the morning mist, she disappeared into the airy thinness of time. This was in 2017.
The 40 or so year old Bulgarian is wanted by the FBI for her role in OneCoin, the cryptocurrency scam she founded. The FBI alleges that Ignatova defrauded people who took part in OneCoin of $4b. The scheme had all the makings of a Ponzi. 

It promised investors that they could “make lots of money” with “zero risk,” using network marketing and commissions to reel people in.
As with any such scheme, everyone who introduced a new buyer to the platform received a commission.

Here in Uganda, police at the beginning of this year arrested the director of a supposed crypto company that is suspected to have defrauded Ugandans of more than Sh3 billion. CID spokesperson Charles Twine said the suspect reportedly defrauded more than 1,000 Ugandans through online digital transactions between 2018 and 2020 before vanishing.

This and many more examples over the years have made people wary of cryptocurrencies. Thereafter, cryptocurrency has become a byword for “scam”.

However, scams are not the norm when it comes to investing in cryptocurrencies. It is easy to protect one’s investment from a crypto con by noticing certain red flags. 

Only scammers demand payment in cryptocurrency. No legitimate business is going to demand you send cryptocurrency in advance – not to buy something, and not to protect your money. That’s always a scam. 

Then, don’t trust people who promise you can quickly and easily make money in the crypto markets. As with any investment, a digital asset is acquired with the goal of generating income or appreciation. Appreciation simply means an increase in the value of an asset over time. So it is not a get-rich-quick fix to your financial needs.  By Mr Martin Orena, Daily Monitor

AKM Glitters produces 150,000 chicks per week from its hatchery.  Photo Courtesy

Entrepreneur Ann-Elizabeth Swai is the founder of poultry business AKM Glitters in Tanzania. Instead of selling chicken meat and eggs directly to the public, she has built a franchise business model where AKM Glitters provides its franchisees, or ‘brooder enterprises’, as the company calls them, with the farm inputs and technical services to run their own poultry ventures. Currently the franchisees don’t operate under AKM Glitters’ branding, although this is something the company is working towards.

The Dar es Salaam-based AKM Glitters supplies its franchisees, typically existing smallholder farmers, with a package of day-old chicks, feeds, vaccines, drugs, drinkers and feeders, poultry guidebooks as well as other tools and resources they need to raise them. The company also provides them with extension services and training. The franchisees then rear the chickens for about four weeks and sell them for a profit of 20-30%.

AKM Glitters has around 520 franchisees across the country. Farmers choose to work with the company because it can be challenging for them to find high-quality chicks and supplies on their own. AKM Glitters specialises in the hardy Kuroiler breed, originally from India. It took the company 10 years to obtain the necessary approvals to import this breed. Kuroiler is a dual-purpose breed producing both meat and eggs. The breed has a high egg and meat production, with eggs production ranging from 160 to 200 eggs per year.

From UN employee to poultry entrepreneur

Swai spent many years working for the United Nations (UN). During that time, she began purchasing day-old chicks from nearby villages and raising them in her backyard. This side hustle proved to be profitable, as she was able to sell eggs and live cocks for meat consumption.

In 2006, Swai left her job at the UN and used her early retirement savings to focus on her poultry venture full-time, a move that was “scary” at the time.


In the early days of her business, Swai continued to operate from her home, gradually expanding her operations. She purchased a small incubator with a capacity for around 3,000 chicks, which she used to hatch eggs at home. A modest feed mill was also installed in her garage.

Starting in 2010, Swai began slowly moving the company’s operations out of her home. In 2011, she brought on a lawyer and finance expert as fellow shareholders who help manage the business on a daily basis. The abbreviation “AKM” in the company’s name stands for the first names of the three shareholders, while the “Glitters” part represents Elizabeth’s desire to “light up people’s lives and make them shine”.

Ann-Elizabeth Swai / Photo Courtesy

Vertical integration

Swai has built an integrated business by investing along the poultry value chain.

Currently, AKM Glitters has three parent stock farms that produce eggs for the hatchery, where they are incubated. The company produces over 150,000 chicks per week from its hatchery, which are then sold to franchisees throughout the country.

A few years ago, AKM Glitters opened its own feed mill, which produces chicken feed from locally sourced crops such as maize, soya and rice. The company plans to enter into a contract farming arrangement with local farmers in order to secure a consistent supply of the desired crops. Under this arrangement, it will provide training, extension services, and farm inputs to the farmers. By partnering with the farmers, the company aims to prevent disruptions in production and ensure a steady supply of the crop.

Growth potential

Despite the increasing competition in the industry, Swai sees opportunities for growth. She says that AKM Glitters’ strong, trust-based relationships with smallholder farmers is one of its competitive advantages. Trust is crucial when working with these farmers, and she emphasises the importance of being honest and transparent, even when there are production challenges. She believes that including smallholder farmers in the decision-making process is key to maintaining relationships.

There is strong demand for broiler chickens (poultry raised specifically for meat production), and AKM Glitters plans to expand to production of these birds. Swai is also considering investing in an abattoir to process poultry raised by AKM Glitters’ franchisees for sale in the local market and abroad. 

Within the broader poultry supply chain, Swai believes there is potential for the local production of products like veterinary drugs, safety gear, and feeding systems. Currently, most of these items are imported.  By 

  • An image of Raila Odinga at a past media briefing.   THE STANDARD 
  • Siaya's Orange Democratic Movement politicians challenged compatriots opposed to the party leader, Raila Odinga, to quit and form their own party, stating that there was no vacuum in the region’s political leadership. 

    Governor James Orengo, flanked by Ugunja MP, Opiyo Wandayi, declared that the petty attacks on the ODM leadership must halt, and those seeking favour from the government must do so with respect.

    Orengo and Wandayi were speaking at Pap Boro village in Usonga during the funeral of the late Rosa Athieno Amoth on Saturday, November 17. The deceased was the mother of the acting director general of Health, Patrick Amoth.  

    "We want to assure you that any such rebellion will be crushed convincingly. If you feel you have the capacity to challenge ODM, please go ahead and form your own party," Wandayi declared on Saturday, December 17.

    ODM leader Raila Odinga and Siaya governor James Orengo during burial of Barack Otieno Oduor
    ODM leader Raila Odinga and Siaya governor James Orengo during burial of Barack Otieno Oduor on October 28, 2022  TWITTER  JAMES ORENGO

    Orengo equally reiterated that Odinga was not only Nyanza's political kingpin but also of the Western region. 

    “We shall not accept a few people to undermine Raila Odinga, leaders from both the national and county governments must respect him," he remarked.

    Wandayi, the leader of the minority in the National Assembly, also urged the government to confirm Amoth as the director general of health, alluding that he deserved the confirmation, owing to the experience he has accrued over the years.

    Raila's wife, Mama Ida Odinga, also called out a section of Azimio La Umoja politicians, lamenting that they were hypocritical about their loyalty and support for his husband. 

    Ida accused some of them of using the former Premier to fuel their political ambitions only to dump Raila after Ruto won the race.  

    A section of ODM legislators in Luo-Nyanza have been pushing for Raila Odinga’s retirement from active politics.

    Led by former chairman of Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) Odoyo Owidi, the politicians openly asked Raila to retire from politics after he lost to President William Ruto in the 2022 presidential election. 

    On October 2, some of the 'rebel' politicians joined President Ruto at a prayer service in Homa Bay Africa Inland Church, where they pledged to work with Ruto and develop the region.

    Ruto has been making inroads in the region, trying to court residents, with ICT CS, Eliud Owalo, as his main emissary. Owalo, Ruto's point man during campaigns in the Nyanza region, stated that the election was over, and the community needed to move on and chart their destiny.

    ICT CS Eliud Owalo with other leaders from Siaya County
    ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo with Siaya County Commissioner Jim Njoka flag off a lorry carrying relief food to Siaya County on Sunday, December 4, 2022  FACEBOOK  ELIUD OWALO

Atiku Abubakar/Photo Courtesy 

Leaders of Peoples Democratic Party and its Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, according to APC Presidential Campaign Council, are playing on the seeming forgetfulness and insulting the collective intelligence of Nigerians.

According to a statement by Bayo Onanuga, Director of Media and Publicity, having consistently shown lack of capacity for introspection, PDP Leaders have been going about the country slandering the All Progressives Congress-led government of President Muhammadu Buhari, believing that as Nigerians “we have forgotten their atrocious era and that we are unappreciative ignoramuses.” 

He continued: “Notably Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the party that once contemplated changing its brand name because of its atrocious record, has been emboldened by our assumed forgetfulness as a nation, mounting podiums and trying to deodorise and beautify the party’s ugly era.

Alhaji Atiku blamed the APC for the emergence of Boko Haram, forgetting that the insurgents emerged in 2009 under his party’s watch. He blamed Buhari over the economic challenges, forgetting that he opportunistically joined the coalition that toppled the clueless PDP government of President Jonathan, when the economy was nose diving.

Atiku has now been joined by Abubakar Saraki, the failed Senate President and saboteur-in-chief of the Buhari agenda, who in his latest comment in Ilorin, urged Nigerians to “go back to the PDP at both the State and the national levels”. In the famous words of Dino Melaye, we say “PDP: God forbid ”.

Pushing his party’s propaganda to insane level, Saraki said: “From my trip round the country, I discovered that Nigerians are tired of the ruling APC government because they are overwhelmed with hardships,” he said.

The truth be told, PDP in a sane society should not be canvassing for votes to be returned to office, when during their 16 years in power, they laid the foundation for the challenges we face today. 

Let us not forget what the party of looters did to our treasury, depleting foreign reserves to $28 billion by May 2015, even though a record N75 trillion flowed into the treasury from oil sales alone, with almost nothing to show.

Let us not forget that the party of looters nurtured the conditions that led to the emergence of Boko Haram on our soil and it was so clueless about how to deal with the menace as our cities and people were bombed and maimed by Boko Haram terrorists.

Let us not forget that for six years, the PDP allowed the insurgents to declare a Caliphate on our soil, controlling 17 local governments in Borno State and four in Adamawa, making Atiku unable to go to Jada, his hometown.

Let us not forget that the PDP left our infrastructure decrepit, highways impassable after allotted money to contractors had been shared by party stalwarts.

Let us not forget that this party now posing as recovery agents had already grounded our country and made our economy comatose before Buhari took over on 29 May 2015.

Let us not forget that the two poorest states in our country, Sokoto and Bayelsa are states being governed by the PDP in the last 8 years.

In the past seven and a half years, the Buhari government has been trying to clear the mess left by the PDP predecessors. Despite the challenges faced on the economic front, among which is dwindling revenue exacerbated by oil theft, the government has been able to showcase many game changing projects.

One of them which temporarily opened 15 December, is the Second Niger Bridge. The PDP promised the South East states and Ifeanyi Okowa’s Delta state that it would do the bridge. For 16 years, the party made one empty promise after another. Muhammadu Buhari in 2018 decided to take on the project. He awarded it all over again and in record time the 1.6 kilometres long bridge is ready.
And it comes with other ancillary infrastructure including a 10.3 km highway, a bypass to Owerri and a toll station at Obosi.

While we promise Nigerians that our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will build on Buhari’s legacy and improve the economy and the security situation, we can only say to the PDP: “Nigerians have rejected you and our people will not buy your lies again!”  The News

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