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Rift Valley Railways the concessionaire of the Kenya Uganda railway has appointed Mr Isaiah Otieno Okoth as the new Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO).

He replaces Carlos De Andrade who served for 3 years.

Making the announcement in a press release today the Chairman of RVR Titus Naikuni stated Mr Okoth is a respected management professional with years of experience at the highest level and that his appointment will give the executive management team (EXCO) and the company in general the necessary leadership and focus necessary to succeed.

“As a board we have the fullest confidence in him and believe he has the skills and experience to take RVR to the next level, unhealthy http://dentalrealsaltillo.com/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/tmpl/category_item.php ” said Oboth.

Mr Oboth’s appointment comes at a time when RVR has reached a pivotal stage of its development by concluding a five year investment and transformation programme.

This has seen the company more than double its locomotive and wagon carrying capacity, rehabilitate key sections of the rail infrastructure and introduce modern rail management systems.

As a result the company has improved on its reliability, efficiency and turn-around times bringing much needed confidence and customers back to the railway.

“The past five years have been challenging for everyone involved in the concession because of the sorry state the railway was in, however given the investments made and progress registered we believe RVR has finally turned the corner, the appointment of a new CEO is a very clear sign of this and we anticipate exponential growth under his leadership”.

Mr Okoth has been General Electric (GE) General Manager in charge of Health Care for East Africa.

He joins RVR on the March 1 to commence the management transition and takes over on a full time basis on the 1st April 2016.
Rift Valley Railways the concessionaire contracted to operate the Kenya-Uganda railway line has appointed Isaiah Otieno Okoth as the new Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO).

Otieno according to a Friday statement from RVR, pilule http://cgdt.org.br/plugins/system/jat3/core/menu/base.class.php will assume the new role effective 1st March 2016 and take over the role full time basis on 1st April 2016 from Mr. Carlos de Andrade who has been the GCEO since July 2014.

Commenting on the new development, price http://challengemetennis.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/custom-content-types.php Carlos Andrade the outgoing RVR Group CEO said, “It has been an honour to be part of the RVR Capex programme that commenced in 2012 to witness a major turnaround in revitalizing the Kenya – Uganda railway. A lot of progress has been done in the last seven years when ownership of the concession changed in 2008 and we still continue to do more.”

Isaiah comes with over 20 years of high level strategic leadership and business management experience having worked with a number of leading regional and international companies most recently with General Electric (GE) where he was General Manager in charge of Health care and Business Operations, for East and Central Africa including Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Southern Sudan & Eritrea.

“He has the capability to address safety issues, complete back-due maintenance to improve reliability and hauling capacity, improve services to clients, and capture long-term gains through substantial investments in information technology which are priorities at the forefront of Rift Valley Railways,” added the statement.

Otieno holds an MBA in Corporate strategy & Finance from University of Warwick, Warwick Business School.

His appointment comes at a time when the company is completing a five year investment and transformation programme that has seen the company purchase a significant amount of new rolling stock, invest in automated management systems and rehabilitate key sections of the railway infrastructure.



The East African Legislative Assembly has urged Partner States, web http://coparmex.org.mx/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/module-headings.php Organs and Institutions of the Community to uphold and apply the principles and provisions as enshrined in the Treaty in respect to privileges of Members of EALA.

In this regard, viagra buy http://citybreakguide.ro/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/infinite-scroll.php it is now official the tenure of the four Members of EALA from Burundi whom the Burundi National Assembly had wanted recalled from the Assembly will be upheld.

Late yesterday, visit this the Assembly passed a Report of the Committee on Legal Rules and Privileges on the consideration of a Resolution on a matter of Privileges arising from a threat of tenure of office of Office of four Members of EALA.  The Report was presented by Hon Peter Mathuki, Chairperson of the Committee.

The Assembly also passed the Resolution on the same – which was the main subject matter but with amendments contained in the Report of the Committee on Legal Rules and Privileges.

The Resolution moved in November 2015 by Hon AbuBakr Ogle, had advised the Assembly to urge Partner States not to introduce attempts to manipulate institutions, threaten Members or undermine their status, terming such a move unlawful and an affront to the principles under the EAC Treaty.

The Resolution (then had) condemned all attempts to undermine the authority of the Assembly and claims to the privileges and status of its Members.

However, the Committee in its Report yesterday suggested and made changes to the Resolution reaffirming to the position taken by the Speaker of EALA as communicated to the Speaker of Burundi National Assembly on the matter.

In November 2015, the Speaker of the Burundi National Assembly, Rt. Hon Pascal Nyabenda wrote to the EALA Speaker, ceasing membership of four Members from Burundi to EALA. The four are Hon Jeremie Ngendakumana, Hon Frederic Ngenzebuhoro, Hon Yves Nsabimana and Hon Dr. Martin Nduwimana.

The letter stated that the conditions through which they (four Members) presented themselves for elections had now changed. It said in part that the party on whose strength two Members were elected to EALA was no longer represented in the Burundi National Assembly. Two other Members had on their part ceased to be Members of their parties having duly resigned.

In his response to the said letter, the Speaker of EALA after consultations noted that the request was not tenable owing to the fact that it had contravened section 51 of the EAC Treaty among other provisions. Hitherto, the Counsel to the Community offered legal opinion on the matter after acquaintance with the Constitution of the Republic of Burundi and the Electoral laws in the country.

The Resolution which was seconded by Hon Dr. James Ndahiro noted that matters of privileges of Members touch on the integrity and independence of the Assembly and that any threats bring with it a potential to undermine the authority of the Assembly and compromises its functioning under the EAC Treaty.

Justifying the matter on the floor of the House, Hon ABuBakr Ogle remarked that independence and privileges of the House were vital. The Resolution further appeals to the Organs and Institutions of the Community to guarantee safety and security of all Members of EALA and staff as well as those of other Institutions of the Community.

During debate yesterday, Hon Abubakar Zein said the sovereignty of Members of the Assembly was key and that it was imperative for the Assembly to analyse the context in which the letter was written as well as the impact such would have on them.  He said it was important for the Members of the Assembly to feel safe to carry on with their mandate.

Hon Mumbi Ngaru said that it was necessary for the Report of the Committee to have gone deeper bearing in mind that the tenure of Members must come to an end at some point.

Hon Joseph Kiangoi said the provisions of membership of EALA within the EAC Treaty was clear, while Hon Dora Byamukama stated that the Motion was delicate and thus it was necessary to be considerate and diplomatic in handling the matter.

Hon Chris Opoka said the said the legitimacy of membership of the four Members in question cannot be said to have ceased simply because their parties were not in Parliament. Others who supported the Report and the Resolution included Hon Dr. Martin Nduwimana, Hon Sarah Bonaya and Hon Martin Ngoga.

The Minister in the Office of the President in charge of EAC Affairs, Hon Leontine Nzeyimana stated that it was necessary for the law of the Partner States to be respected stating that Partner States had interests in the Community and that such must be respected.


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