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22 November 1963

It happened long before I was born but this one event has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. It set the stage for the greatest web of conspiracy theories, signaled the end of an era, and plunged the world to new depths of the human horror. Before 9/11 it was, and arguably still is, captured by and became the most watched video tape in history. You can’t help but watch it again and again, second by second, this tragic moment in human history, the tape is silent but conveys cruelty, hope, horror – and screams many other emotions as a life ended while condemning others and altering millions more who questioned what they saw and what they were told

I have seen that tape in different formats, read dozens of books, seen hundred of photographs, and postulated many more what-if and why-was, who-did-it variations in my mind. It goes on and on. Somehow this mystery may never get solved until the day the world stops and we can rewind to that moment of that dark day and watch it from multiple angles and have the answers revealed.

Pot Pourri

Biz news

– Want to start an airline? Boeing has created a site to guide your operations into this very risky business. (From Randy’s Journal – a Boeing VP’s blog!)
– Kenya Airways now offers flight status information via phone to passengers at 20/= per SMS.
– There was a small story on the KTN news indicating that Five forty aviation (Lonrho air) which will launch air services to Mombasa this month will be priced as a low cost no frills airline.
– Pan Africa airways (which is hiring crews for F27 and B737aircraft) has also been licensed to operate from Nairobi to Mombasa, the coast and Loki.
– Jet Airways of India plans to launch flights to Nairobi next year

Banking: Kenwsitch and Pesa Point are collaborating to enable ATM customers to access each other’s networks.


from the daily papers

Financial accountant – Nairobi at the Institute of security studies. Apply to by 24/11

Internal audit manager at Oserian flowers. Apply to by 22/11

Pricewaterhousecoopers: (i) Financial effectiveness [senior consultants and consultant](ii) IT effectiveness [senior consultants and consultant] (iii) governance, risk & compliance/financial management in the public sector [senior consultants and consultant] (iv) governance, risk & compliance/internal audit services [senior consultants and consultant] (v) manager, human resource consultancy (vi) Human resource consultant [senior consultants and consultant]. Apply to the human capital manager at by 30/11

Asian languages
Last year a Confucius Institute opened at the University of Nairobi teaching Chinese languages. Now Kenyatta University if offering a diploma course in Japanese languages as a 2 year program beginning in January 2007 (application deadline is 24 /11)

– the Kenya anti corruption authority (KACA) has advertised to procure an interview recording system (that works). KACA also plans to open an office in Mombasa.

Corporate Blog?

This afternoon I had an interview with a company about a website – and my concept was for the company to incorporate a blog to generate interest in the website and market the company better to its diverse customers, many of who accesses its products over the internet.

I mentioned that other corporations were doing this now and it gave a human face to their communications from CEO’s to customer service people.

I don’t know if my idea went over well, and I hope that I was wrong in my feeling afterwards that some of the panel appeared to have that we already have a website, blogu kitu gani? face.

After such a session, you are always every critical of yourself. During question time, I wanted to instead rush back to one or two points I had just remembered. And even taking the stairs down afterwards, I wanted to go back to the conference room and give them another 3 or 4 points that I had forgotten to mention that would strengthen my case.

Oh well, see how it goes. It was a very nice company, good to work with, and appears to have a nice work culture, and a very laid back (low bureaucracy) atmosphere.


from the daily papers this week

Manager at the Carnivore restaurant Nairobi. Apply to

Classic Camps: chief accountant, senior accountant(s), sales & marketing manager sales executive(s), executive assistant. Apply to by 15/11

Commercial Bank of Africa: (i) internal audit manager [Ref: AM-BR] (ii) internal auditor [IA-BR] (iii) account relationship manager, corporate banking [ARM-CB] (iv) account relationship manager, business banking unit [ARM-BBU]. Apply to by 21/11

Communications commission of Kenya: Supply, deliver, install and maintain solar energy solutions st CCK sites in Taiita Taveta, Isilolo, Suba and Thika districts. Submissions to by 13/12

Communications professional at DFID. Request an application form from and reply to by 1/12

Property valuer at Housing Finance. Apply to by 20/11

ILRI aka international livestock research institute. (i) Internal audit manager (ii) resource mobilization officer (iii) help desk administrator. Apply to by 24/11

Law Society of Kenya: advocates to consult on current professional development of lawyers, review the conduct process (standards & ethics) in place and make proposals on the same. Apply to by 24/11

McCann Erickson: (i) general manager (ii) account director. Apply to

National Museums of Kenya: (i) director, development & corporate affairs (ii) director, institute of primate research (iii) director, administration & HR (iv) director(s) (3) museum sites & monuments – for central, western and coast regions of Kenya. Apply to by 30/11

Internal audit manager at Oserian.a apply to by 22/11

Logistics manager at Oxfam. Apply to by 22/11

Practical Action aka intermediate technology development group: (i) program officer [technical support] (ii) program officer [financial support]. Apply to by 24/11

Royal Media Services (i) ICT assistant (ii) ICT technician. Apply to by 24/11

Sotik Tea (i) engineering manager (ii) field assistants/management trainees. Apply to by 24/11

Maid Sabotage

I went home one day this week and found that the maid had sold my entire stack of precious newspapers that I have meticulously collected over the last 5 years.

It’s partly my fault because I had separated and tied several stacks to be sold with instructions that the others not sorted /tied up were not to be sold. However when the newspaper buyers came round, she sold the entire lot – tied & untied newspapers and away went historic articles from the nation, standard, people, weekly citizen, financial post, defunct tabloids like Kenya confidential, Patriot and some foreign newspapers – pages & pages of business articles, company & executive profiles, election & referendum stories, career guides, strategic & other business ideas, bar-fighting, sexcapades and corrupt deals of politicians etc. – vital sources of information and references for bankelele – all gone to be recycled or to wrap/pack pieces of meat at the supermarket.

The last time I sold my newspapers was after the referendum and 60 kilos of newspapers netted about 855 shillings.

The gain this time was much less (about 500/= to go towards groceries) but the loss was priceless

Related: More maid drama.

November 3 Jobs

Most are from the daily papers this week

Afri Afya: (i) Health knowledge management officer (ii) Project administrator (iii) Project officer.
Apply to by 15/11

Akili Africa: (i) Programs & implementation consultant, (ii) Technical sales people. Apply to by 10/11

Bamburi Cement: (i) Quarry manager (ii) Plant manager (iii) Project engineer (iv) Legal officer.
Apply to by 15/11

Celtel : (i) Financial directors (ii) Financial controllers. Apply to by 8/11

Gap marketing (i) Team leader (3) (ii) Retail representatives (32) (iii) HR & financial assistant. Apply to by 10/11

Leasing advisor at IFC in (Kigali Rwanda). D/L is 10/11

Magadi Soda: (i) Plant operators (ii) Shift analysts (iii) technicians in (a) Mechanical maintenance (b) Electrical maintenance (c) Welding & fabrication. Apply to by 17/11

Accountant at Pricewaterhousecoopers. Apply to by 17/11

Brand manager at Reckitt Benckiser EA. Apply to by 17/11

Sameer Agriculture & Livestock (Uganda): (i) Senior milk procurement managers (2) (ii) plant operators (6) (iii) general manager sales & marketing (iv) business development manager (v) sales executives (6) and other vacancies. Apply to by 30/11

Key Account manager at Tetra Pak. Apply to by 24/11

Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) Decentralisation at UNDP in Nairobi (with frequent travel in Somalia). Apply to by 10/11