PWANI OIL STORY

Pwani oil launches a three in one laundry bar soap

Founded by Ramesh Malde, the company was started by its chairman and his two brothers. Pwani oil started 37 years ago as a coconut oil  milling  in Mombasa county and today is one the leading edible oil refineries in Kenya. From vegetable cooking oil to fats and soap.

Pwani oil story opens the door to let the audience inside their company and share how  they are pioneering innovation, efficiency and profitability by refining the lives in our community through quality products.

Idea conception was done in 1977 while its birth officially came in 1981, Rajul Malde the commercial director shares in the documentary. The story documents the processing which we are shown is fully automated to prevent oil touching by the hand from the beginning to the end for consistent quality products production continuously

Pwani oil workers

Digitally controlled systems are used to ensure manual intervention is decreased.The oil we are also showed and told by the quality assurance manager, Joseph Mbugua is triple refined in three stages: degumming, deodorization and fraculation. We also see lab tests done on the oil and research. Crude vegetable, Patrick Mwenda deputy chief executive officer says is the main raw material.

In an open field interview with Ramesh Malde, he says that Pwani life cannot be expressed in words its a feeling. He also mentions quality, health and innovation is their priority. A true definition of their slogan, “Living embodiment of quality and that is our heritage”.

The deputy CEO closes by appreciating its board of directors, stake holders, business partners, staff and consumers. Although he says at Pwani life they celebrate each other we are however not shown any mentor-ship programs. All in all its a satisfying film that guarantees quality products and innovation to its clients.

Rajul Malde with Timothy Kimani(Njugush) the brand ambassador during the launch of White wash extra laundry bar soap in Mombasa

KAITITU THE SLAYER Pt 2b

 

Kaititu listening to his sentence

News and politics

Case Files, Narrated by Dennis Onsarigo

KTNNews

Kaititu was a popular police officer in Githurai 45 bus station area earning praise from notorious population by knife welding gangsters roaming free until he slayed an innocent young man, Oscar Kimani.

The documentary walks into court rooms, interviews relevant people and analyzes the evidence presented to tell a story of justice.

The fact that not a single cartridge was recovered from the scene of Kimani’s slaying and none of the bullets fired were linked to his firearm, the court had no choice but to let the celebrated police officer walk to freedom.  Justice WaKiaga told Kaititu from his own alibi he had not only placed himself at the scene of the murder but also that another key witness spotted him.

A footage of the court proceedings shows Kaititu’s lawyer defending him.

Family lawyer Leah Gikonyo also is unveiled confirming that when Kaititu returned his fire arm to the armorer three bullets were missing.

In an interview with Peter Kiama the director of Independent Medical Legal Unit, he reveals the danger of allowing police officers to operate outside the law.  A big reveal is made on how the scene of crime photos taken by scene of crime investigators were not presented with claims that due to too much exposure were damaged.

Justice WaKiaga rules that despite almost all the witnesses testifying in defense of the killer, Kaititu is found capable of the murder of the 26 year old. As advocates for the family of the victim in view of of the supreme court judgement, Leah narrates that they preferred he was sentenced 30 years as opposed to death penalty for Kaititu to suffer.

The documentary finally details that the prosecution was able to place Kaititu at the scene of Kimani’s murder. The family through their lawyer said they weren’t done with Kaititu since the killing of their elder brother still remains unresolved. The court has asked for a probation report touching on the conduct and behavior of Kaititu while in prison. The probation report could have a bearing on the sentencing of the police officer linked to the death of Oscar and his younger brother is likely to take.

This film is uses repetition of sayings and pictures which enables easy grasping of the story. For a four year old case it was good trial and powerful expose.

THE FRONT LINE PART 1 A

Kenyan forces in Somalia reveal experiences

News

Citizen Tv

Narrated by Hassan Mugambi.

The Kenya Defense forces  moved into Somalia 10 years ago to pursue Al Shabaab insurgents.  After a series of kidnapping along the Kenya-Somalia border in what was called Operation Linda Nchi. In February 2012 Kenya agreed to re-hat its forces under the African Union mission in Somalia AMISON after capturing the port city of Kismayu.

The documentary is a highlight of the success and challenges of the Kenya Defense Forces mission through the Citizen television lens and crew led by Hassan Mugambi who pay a visit to the battle ground.

The film starts at Sunrise in Dhubley in Somalia where just a fort night before Hassan Mugambi’s team took on the trip nine KDF soldiers were killed after a vehicle they were travelling in hit a land mine. Joakim Wamburi commander sector 2 termed it cowardice.

Hassan’s team explore citizen participation in security during a day patrol on a Friday to Wamo primary school one of the three functional schools still running. The sound of armored personnel carrier they are on means goods for the children. We see the manifestation of order restored in the area, life steadily bouncing back for them after 10 years. The troops don’t go empty handed. They donate desks to give the children hope to look forward interms of the future.

The documentary insight relays that the war raving Nation is divided into six sectors where troupe contributing countries have deployed their men. Kenya is the military component in charge of sector 2 that covers Dhubley, Afmadow and Tabda which are along 830 km Kenya-Somalia border line. The lower and middle Juba are critrical to Kenyan stability. Also in sector three covers Bakool and Gedo which border Mandera county.

In an  interview the president of Juba, Mohammed Islam says sector two is the most fluid due to geographical environment. The terrain calls for tough souls and even boots to contain the enemy. Reason why one region is still under control of Al Shabaab.

The documentary also shows the fall of darkness. A time to be alert in the forward operating bases in Somalia. Rapid fire raid the air as KDF sentries step forward to defend their camps.

This is a good film to help educate Kenyans on security for appreciation of efforts and soldiers working on battles to protect our lands. We are driven through the real streets of Somalia and also shown maps for sufficient demonstrations.

FAMILY ELIMINATOR PART 2

Titus Musilu with his lawyer Cliff Ombeta

News and Politics

Case Files

KTNNews

April 2013 a 26 year old man is gunned down in  broad day light by the Githurai 45 bus terminus in Kasarani. An undercover police squad nick named spive reports to their seniors that the man they killed was a notorious phone snatcher at the company of seven other gangsters. In an official report penned by the squad Keneth Kimwani Mwangi had been killed after a shoot out. The report doesn’t include who was the shooter.

This documentary is a continuation of the mystery behind Osar  Mwangi’s death that involved a cop who was his community’s favorite and also most feared.

For one year two organizations Independent Medical Legal Unit and Independent Police Oversight Authority which oversight police excess embarked on a highly charged offence investigation. National Police Service stood its ground Kimani was a gangster while IPOA and IMLU maintained the man was a victim of extra judicial killing.

Kaititu was a darling in the file and rank of the NPS but was a thorn in the flesh for young men of Githurai 45.

The documentary reveals that several months later it emerged that Keneth Mwangi was a victim of a trigger happy police officer (Titus Musilu alias Kaititu). His older brother would also face his fate in the hands of Kaititu three days after the Director of Public Prosecutions ordered Kaititu’s arrest. IMLU said Oscar had received several threats from Kaititu.

Weeks later Titus Musilu was formerly charged before a Nairobi court for the  murder of Keneth Mwangi  as a witness protection agency in a panic move moved the rest of the family to Norway. The prosecution lined up several witness among them a man who saw kaititu pull the trigger. The witness is interviewed in the film saying the police officer was a man he knew too well. He saw Kaititu and Kimani having an off chat thinking Kimani would be arrested and his friends would secure his release after parting with some money but things took a turn for the worse.

In his defense Kaititu told the court he wasn’t the one who killed Kimani on the material day, he just gave chase while shooting in the air only to discover Kimani dead.

A ballistic expert testified during the four year murder trial, told the court bullet lodged in Kimani’s scull didn’t originate from Kaititu’s fire arm, let alone his two other colleagues, Mwandiro told justice Wa Kiaga.

However the records of fire arms movement seen by the court painted suspect display of a massive cover up.

The prosecution lined up several witnesses during the four year trial but many of them turned around and testified in favor of Kaititu.

The documentary gathers more pictures and uses more practical explanations in following up the story but still leaves the audience in mystery about where real justice lied.

UN Habitat, urbanization development

 

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president Liberia

UN HABITAT Production.

In the past urbanization used to be looked at negatively as affect to development but today urbanization is becoming a powerful for development with the UN spear heading the running call for governments to consider cities as key agents for economic development.

This documentary explores Africa in-terms of economic development showing us Africa’s current state, undergoing projects and also giving us visions and economic implementations of various African heads of state.

The documentary reveals that the African Union is sensitizing its members to raise the profile of urbanization as a force of Africa’s development as spelt out in what is known as Agenda 2063, a long term regional agenda to achieve development in five decades.

This process will be supported by sustainable development goals (STGs) and the new urban agenda that was adopted during the UN  Conference on housing and sustainable urbanization in Kito, Equador.

Former President Seychelles, James Michel is sat down and he says Africa has well educated young people, many people with skills to be able to participate in economic development and also able to understand what is good for them.

The documentary also goes down to the streets with current president Yoweri Museveni admitting they have worked on urban roads but not as much as they would love to do, he adds that the housing is mainly done by the private sector currently

Paul Kagame current Rwandan president elaborates effective decentralization system where citizens participate in any process including deciding what happens in their resettlement and this works for urbanization as well.

In the end it is revealed that sustainable urbanization promotes development when well planned and managed. Urban economies are critical for national and regional economic growth. Sustainable urbanization requires effective urban governance and legislation. Public space including streets is the core of well functioning urban areas.

The documentary sensitizes a very important sector in all countries thus contributing to pushing  Africa, kudos to it although we are shown a lot of talks from leaders and less action on the ground. Even the lying riches to be fully exploited are not well exhausted in the film.

 

 

ASHLEYS WESTGATE KENYA DEAF EMPLOYEE ‘KAREMBO’

Interview with Nelly, Ashleys Westgate manager

Persons With Disabilities

HIGH DEF FILMS

Directed by Rafael Mbalo

Produced by Beauregard Nyange

Signs TV  a station in Kenya that propagates social, economic, political and talent development of persons with disabilities documented work, passion and relationship life of Karembo who is a deaf professional working at Ashleys Westgate.

The documentary flashes the elegant expensive facilities equipped inside Ashley’s building giving an over view of Karembo giving a massage to a client. The instrumental music on the background as we see her work creates a relaxed ambiance that makes you wish you were Karembo’s client at the time.

Nelly Ngere the manager is seated in for an interview where she narrates her examination of Karembo. She admits to having communication problems with her the first time they met. They started with pen and paper and chats on the phone communication. Later on Karembo brought her a small book to study the sign language which helped.

Within the two year work experience with her she notes that Karembo is a nice girl who loves fashion and has passion in what she does, treats it special. She is very good with clients and is treated equally with other employees. The manager recommends understanding and employment of the disabled saying they are very talented.

Another interview with Lucy a beauty therapist at Ashleys relays her as a good friend for four years now who is easy to communicate with and passionate. Lucy became the manager’s interpreter after being taught the language by karembo.

A good documentary but more enjoyable if you understand sign language.

 

 

 

KAITITU THE SLAYER PART 1

Titus Musilu appearing in court

News and Politics

KTNNews

Case Files Reported by Dennis Onsarigo

Five years ago police officer Titus Musilu alias Kaititu was accused of gunning down an innocent man in cold blood whom he claimed was a gangster. He was the darling of the community at the mercy of marooning gangs and so the residents of Githurai 45 took to the streets in his defense. This documentary details the mystery, evidences and justice given to the case.

We are flashed back to 2013 when Titus Musilu was thrust in the limelight and for a whole week was all over the tabloid. He was then attached to Kasarani police station under a police squad code name spive a police crack unit which was efficient in keeping the team in population of Githurai safe but had also transformed itself into a notorious police squad.

Kaititu manned the matatu terminus and was known by virtually every unemployed youth manning the station. Among the youth who new him very well were three brothers, Walter Wamaya Mwangi, Keneth Mwangi and Oscar Moshuki Mwangi who are since no more but their elimination revolved around a man wanted by the law but praised by the community.

The documentary reports that those who new him claimed he was the kind of police officer who would decide in a split second if a suspect was to stay alive or face the barrel of the gun, claims that terrorized residents of Githurai 45 especially the young men and women.

Not even one week long protest and the death of one protester would stop the unrelenting pressure from residents for Kaititu to be released.

The political class came to his defense claiming the father of four had done a stellar job gunning down notorious criminals and keeping the public safe.Caving into pressure the National Police Service weighed in but residents of Githurai 45 remained adamant.

For months close to one year Kaititu was still at large, still manning his station alongside his two other colleagu

An initial report booked at Kasarani police station had included that a group of about eight men had dropped passengers of a matatu while armed with knives. One female passenger lost her mobile phone to one the gangsters and in the process sustained injuries. Responding to a distress call Kaititu and his two colleagues gave chase, there was a shoot out and one of the robbers was gunned down. The female passenger the report claimed later visited Kasarani Police Station, identified the body of Kimani then at the back of a police land rover as the man who snatched her phone

With the NPS out to protect their own, the Independent Medical Legal Unit (IMLU) picked up the matter. Its director Peter Kiama was interviewed in the documentary. He reveals his biggest obstacle in the case was that Kaititu was highly protected within the police system that even after the complaint had been filed he was never arrested, not even when the investigation was still active and he threatened witnesses.

One year later the matter was now in the hands of Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) . Director of Public Prosecution of the time Keriako Tobiko ordered the arrest of Kaititu. For four days he remained at large until he finally surrendered himself to the police. It was the end of the road  a highly celebrated police officer as it emerged that not only did he kill an innocent man in cold blood but he had also threatened Kimani”s older brother who was also executed in the same way.

This documentary is a story of a law enforcement officer, a desperate community running away from runaway crime and a family quest for justice. Backed with interviews, evidence, elaborations and pictures incorporated the story is a neat flow of event which is very interesting to the crime audience.

SLAVERY IN THE GULF

Foreign job seekers trapped in the middle east

Slavery in the gulf:

Narrated by Rose Wangui, Ntv.

Produced by Alex Kobia, Nicholas Ndiritu.

Young women travel to countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman hopping to earn a better living but many end up abused, exploited, threatened and isolated by their foreign employers. This documentary aired on Ntv narrates the ordeals of five Kenyan Coastal women during their search for greener pastures in the middle east revealing the dark world behind the glitz and glamour of the beautiful cities

The documentary reveals that that there are between 100,000-300,000 Kenyans working in Saudi Arabia with an average of 40,000 working as domestic workers some as nannies, cooks or house helps. 90% are from the coastal region. They are connected to these countries via Uganda, Tanzania through unscrupulous local agents from shady recruitment agencies able to acquire travel documents for them within two weeks but some times just con the clients and disappear in the wind escaping with their cash. Those who get to travel are given two year contracts with their employers which the local agents do not allow them to read before they get to the airport and finally upon reading find that they are written in other languages difficult for them to interpret.

On arrival the women all remarked at the comments of their employers who eventually tell them to their face, “You are our slave, we bought you”. The documentary sits as down with case study victims, strong women who break down at some points while exposing their cruel and sad tale to the world.

Their conditions in Saudi Arabia were totally devastating. With no rest they would start their duties immediately. Were given no breakfast and always fed scraps from the families leftovers. Slept on floors and did not escape verbal abuse combined with physical beating for any mistakes. Upon arrival the salary would be reduced yet they would be worked excessive hours without rest or off. Case study one was made to carry sacks of rice upstairs, raped by her employer”s son and cleaned a whole three-storey mansion alone. She suffered a lot of humiliation and almost committed suicide saying Saudi Arabia was her worst decision. Non Governmental Organisation Stress Kenya, came to her rescue and fled her back home.

Case number two went as a tailor but a week later discovered that a brothel for men and women was secretly run by her employer. She was soon forced to wear a skimpy dress and do a catwalk for customers looking for new arrivals and eventually given juice laced with drugs. Her legs and hands tied then raped by four men. up-to date she is still traumatized.

Case number three”S  mobile and passport were confiscated, her bible was ripped and she was almost drowned to death. Case number four was sexually harassed by her employer”s sons. Survived being stashed in the fridge when her madam”s kids refused to participate in the act with her.

The documentary is an exposure of slavery in middle east that is more of human trafficking masked under employee recruitment. declining advances from their bosses easily gets the women killed. whoever gets pregnant is jailed until delivery and isn’t allowed to come back home with the baby. At the deportation centers there is no justice even with evidence of bruises, the victims languish there indefinitely waiting to be fled back home.

This film is a good work but perhaps due to financial power The Secret Slave of The Middle East by The Why Foundation  beat it by sending their reporter to Saudi Arabia, having real videos of torture, including the shady agents in their interviews and also incorporating more sound effects that created suspense and gave a thrill in transitions maintaining the audience glued to the film.