Safari Rally in Kenya

Ababu Namwamba, Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, the Arts, and Sports, revealed the creation of the steering committee (SC) and organizing committee (OC) for the World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally Project as well as the selection of its representatives.

The choice was made in response to the International Motorsport Federation's (FIA) resolution to designate Kenya's Safari Rally as a major continental rally competition.

The committees were established to offer direction on policy and adhere to global norms for organizing the FIA World Championship Rally.

The Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, the Arts, and Sports will serve as Chair of the Steering Committee, according to a gazette notice from the CS dated February 10. The Principal Secretary of the State Department of Sports will serve as Deputy.

Carl Tundo will lead the organizing committee, while Brian Mutembei will serve as vice chair.

Along with the CEO of the Sports Arts and Social Development Fund and the Event Secretary, Hellen Shiri, the committee also consists of the Director-General of the National Youth Service, Phineas Kimathi Muriithi, a delegate from the Council of Governors, a delegate from the Ministry of Roads and Transport, a representative from the Ministry of Interior, and a representative from the Ministry of Interior.

Who is Brian Mutembei?

In 2020, a mysterious Kenyan company agreed to pay Sh18 billion for Tanzania's cashew nuts and promised to transmit the money in "three days," only for it to fail and con President John Magufuli's government.

On January 30, 2020, Indo Power Solutions startled the industry by winning the prestigious contract to purchase 100,000 metric tons of cashew nuts from the Tanzanian government. Prominent global corporations had previously dismissed Tanzania's offer due to President Magufuli's strict price criteria.

Later, the focus returned to the corporation and its chief executive officer, Brian Mutembei, who claimed that they were a "commodities company" that dealt in the production of coffee and chickens, the importation of alcoholic beverages, and the sale of complete petroleum products.

Due to their failure to gather the required funds, Dar terminated them in March 2020.

Ignore the business that made a deal with us in Arusha. "We have to reject them since they did not adhere to the terms of the contract," stated Tanzania's trade and industry minister Joseph Kakunda in 2020.

Economists were already questioning the firm's capacity to carry out such a maneuver at the time, considering that it was not known to trade in or handle cashew nuts, even as Tanzanian authorities signed the agreement with Indo Power.

It raised questions about its transactions when it agreed to send US$180 million (Sh18 billion) for the cashew nuts "within three days."

"After the contract was signed, they were required to pay in full within two months." However, the company eliminated itself by breaking the norms and restrictions outlined in the contract, " according to Mr. Kakunda.

Tanzania had to start again and shortlist six more companies, two of which were local, to purchase the cashew nuts.

Brian Mutembei attended Saumu Mbuvi's graduation celebration in 2018—the daughter of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

They each handed her Sh500,000, along with Paul Kobia. Additionally, Mr. Brian Mutembei is said to support a number of athletic events in Meru County.

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