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FLY 540 At It Again, Throws Out Passenger With DISABILITY

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Fly 540 crew gets aboard the plane

Fly 540 crew gets aboard the plane

Fly 540 Aviation Company yet again finds itself in the wrong spotlight following discrimination claims by a physically handicapped client. Mr Muhib Noorani, the proprietor of Rocky Driving School, is the latest victim of a worrying trend of disdain for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) by the airline. Mr Muhib says that the airline’s staff in Eldoret denied him access to the aircraft because of his physical condition.

“I booked Fly 540 as I had been told there was no other flight. I checked in at 6.35pm, but they wouldn’t let me aboard. They didn’t give any explanation for the refusal. I was asked to look for other means to get to my destination and let the other passengers behind me check in,” he narrated in an emotional testimony.

“This is the first time I’ve been made aware of my disability. I had to speak out so that other citizens in a similar condition don’t have to go through such trauma. Disability is not inability, and we didn’t choose to be this way.”

Unpleasant history

This is not the first time a complaint has been lodged against the low-cost aircraft. A few months ago, another PwD- a paediatrician at Nyeri Provincial Hospital, complained of a ‘dark-skinned, very tall and intimidating’ Fly 540 pilot who had kicked her out of the aircraft claiming that she was going to delay everyone.

Dr Agnes Mithamo said that the pilot wouldn’t even let some volunteers help her up the stairs of the plane. “The pilot told me that he had the powers to decide whether I was going to use the aircraft or not. He ordered the men who had volunteered to help me aboard to take me back to the lounge. It was humiliating.”

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In 2014, Bishop Jackson Kosgei, the current chairperson of Kenya Film Classification Board and father to musician Emmy Kosgei, was forced to crawl his way out of the aircraft after the staff blatantly refused to help him disembark.

The chairperson of Kenya Disability Parliamentary Association (KEPIDA), nominated MP Isaac Mwaura, has condemned such incidences and said that they will call for sterner actions such as suspension of the airline’s license since even parliamentary summons has failed to tame the practice. “We cannot allow systemic discrimination of Kenyans with disabilities,” Mr Mwaura has warned.

A Fly 450 response to a client on Facebook stating their policies on persons with disability

A Fly 450 response to a client on Facebook stating their policies on persons with disability

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RBA Gives Cytonn Investment The Nod To Manage Retirement Benefit Schemes Funds

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Investments Manager at Cytonn Maurice Oduor.

Cytonn Asset Managers Ltd (CAML) says it has been registered and authorised by the Retirement Benefits Authority (RBA) to manage retirement benefit schemes funds.

The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) also licensed CAML in March 2018. The Cytonn arm said it will “further grow its regulated products portfolio to include fund management services for retirement benefits schemes” following the nods.

“Despite the retirement benefits assets under management growing to about Sh1.2 trillion as of June 2018, only 15 per cent of Kenyans belong to a registered pension scheme and there is a vast opportunity to increase this,” said Cytonn Asset Managers principal officer Maurice Oduor.

“With this licence, we look forward to adding value to the retirement benefits industry by reaching more Kenyans and enabling them to save for their retirement and securing their future.”

According to Zamara, a pension fund administrator, pension funds only earned 9% p.a in the last year. The entry of Cytonn into the pensions industry brings high yielding products earning upto 18% p.a into the industry.

Cytonn Asset Managers earlier acquired Seriani Asset Managers Ltd.


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With Sh2B Investment, Taaleri Set To Purchase 20 Per Cent Of Cytonn Real Estate Project

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Cytonn CEO Edwin Dande

On 8th November 2018, Cytonn held a client cocktail meeting at the Nairobi Serena Hotel. The forum served as a platform to enable Cytonn celebrate the ongoing successful partnership with Taaleri, its institutional investor, while also providing an opportunity for Cytonn clients to interact directly with The Cytonn Board and Taaleri.

A section of attendees during the cocktail

“This forum is meant to celebrate the great milestone we have had in our relationship with Taaleri. It will be a platform to get to know what we are doing as Cytonn, The Board and Taaleri as well as get to respond to any questions our clients may have around the firm’s governance,” said Edwin H. Dande, Cytonn’s CEO during the forum.

Edwin H. Dande, Cytonn’s CEO

“With the continued attractive investment opportunity in Kenya and the region, and the committed team at Cytonn, Taaleri has this year invested a further Kshs. 2bn in our Real Estate projects, and are now looking to purchase 20% of Cytonn during our IPO,” said Prof. Daniel M. Njiru, Cytonn’s Board Chairman and Vice Chancellor at Embu University, during the forum.

Prof. Daniel M. Njiru, Cytonn Group’s Board Chairman

He further said that, “The listing of Cytonn will only serve to increase our levels of governance, risk management, disclosure and transparency. As a Board, we are supporting Management on the listing, and would like to congratulate them for taking the firm to these heights.”

Prof. Daniel M. Njiru also introduced members of the various Boards at Cytonn, which are The Cytonn Group Board, Cytonn Asset Managers Limited (CAML) Board, Cytonn Hospitality Board, the Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) Boards and The Cytonn Education Board.

A representation of The Cytonn Group, Affiliates and Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) Boards

Kati Salo, Taaleri Africa Team representative, reaffirmed the Cytonn – Taaleri partnership. “As a Risk Manager, I am confident about the risk position of the firm and I can sleep well knowing that my investments are in good hands,” she remarked.

Prof. Daniel M. Njiru engaging with a client

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Cytonn Opens Doors To The Public As They Unveil The Ridge Show House

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The Ridge.

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, CytonnInvestments is holding an open day on Saturday for clients and members of the public on site at The Ridge.

The show house for the project will be unveiled, giving guests a preview of what the finished product will be like. Visitors get to sample the distinct and magnificent lifestyle development and ask the management questions on any issues about Cytonn’s activities.

The event will run from 12 noon to 4 pm, so that clients have enough time to explore the site, view the show house, and interact with the management of Cytonn.

The Ridge.

Alongside the open day, the company is offering a 5% discount for early buyers, which will run for a limited time. Interested guests are advised to sign up and reserve their slots before spaces run out.

This project was made for people who want to live in luxury and style, at surprisingly affordable rates. The list of amenities goes on and on, but I think the best part about it is the location. Imagine living just a few minutes from Windsor Golf Club, Two Rivers Mall, UNEP headquarters, and only 10 km from town!

The luxury project will have 1,2,3 & 3 bedroom apartments withdomestic servants’ quarters (DSQ).

Just a few months ago, Cytonn handed over the Amara in Karen, another of its projects, which is currently 100% complete and sold, proving they have what it takes to deliver beautiful, exclusive homes that perceptive Kenyans can enjoy.

If you want to buy a home or to invest, this is your opportunity! You cannot afford to miss out. RSVP here.

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