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Makamuzi ya maraisi wetu walipokutana huko bondeni!

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Askari Kanzu, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. Askari Kanzu

    Askari Kanzu JF-Expert Member

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    Matumizi ya Mh. Kikwete na msafara wake hayakutajwa lakini unaweza kujumlisha!

    African leaders live it up at ultra-expensive Joburg hotel
    Jun 13, 2011 12:23 AM | By Staff Reporter

    Swaziland's embattled King Mswati III was enjoying the high life in the up-market Saxon boutique hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, at the weekend while attending two meetings of the Southern African Development Community.

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    The King of Swaziland King Mswati III
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    [​IMG] Nightly accommodation bill . totalled R86800 [​IMG]

    The absolute monarch of impoverished Swaziland has been criticised widely for his lavish lifestyle. Popular resentment led to an unsuccessful uprising against his regime this year.

    Mswati and his delegation, which included princes, took over the newest section of the hotel, which was completed in time for last year's soccer World Cup. Their nightly accommodation bill - for three villas at R7600 each and four presidential suites, at R16000 each - totalled R86800, excluding additional services, and food and drink.

    Main courses in the hotel restaurant average R190. Desserts, such as chocolate sorbets, tiramisu and apple tatin, start at R95 each. A single 50ml serving of brandy costs up to R200. There are two 50ml measures of cognac on the menu costing R4000 each.

    Mswati, who was attending both a SADC meeting on Zimbabwe at the weekend and a summit to discuss establishing the continent's biggest free-trade bloc, was not the only head of state to stay at the plush hotel.

    Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki was also a guest at the Saxon.

    Kibaki stayed in a presidential suite in the original hotel building, at a cost of R16000 a night. Guests in this section are served a complimentary bottle of champagne - replenished every night by the hotel - as well as port and sherry.

    They also have a 24-hour butler and service.

    The exclusive hotel is behind high walls and a high wooden sliding gate in a garden oasis. The hotel has previously hosted former US talkshow host Oprah Winfrey, former US president Bill Clinton, rock star Mick Jagger and actors Kevin Spacey and Morgan Freeman.

    It is not known who paid for accommodating the African heads of state attending the summit. However, political analyst Stephen Friedman said that the SADC secretariat funded the work of SADC delegates.

    The SADC receives annual contributions of about R175-million from the governments of its member states.

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    Today's exchange rate

    Rand to US Dollar Conversion
    $1 = R6.79
     
  2. Msarendo

    Msarendo JF-Expert Member

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    Naona Rand inathamani!
     
  3. Papa Mopao

    Papa Mopao JF-Expert Member

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    Sana tu, wana export sana wale watu ndo maana Rand yao ina nguvu!Hii shilingi yetu we acha tu!
     
  4. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Kibaki Stays in a SH209,000 Hotel in J'burg.

    PRESIDENT Kibaki and his delegation spent close to Sh3 million during their three-day stay at the upmarket Saxon Boutique Hotel in Sandhurst, Johannesburg. They were attending the EAC, Comesa, SADC tripartite free trade area meeting.

    Kibaki was accompanied by Cabinet ministers Prof George Saitoti, Amos Kimunya, Prof Hellen Sambili, Chirau Mwakwere, Franklin Bett; MPs Eugene Wamalwa, Kiema Kilonzo and other senior government officials.

    The ministers and other officials in the delegation stayed at the Intercontinental Sandton Towers where the rate for a standard room is Sh28,985 (US$341) while the deluxe rooms which come in three ranges cost between Sh34,800 (R2,769) for a deluxe king to Sh39,000 (R3,012) for a corner deluxe room to Sh51,000 (R3,962) for a Club Floor king-sized room. President Kibaki stayed in a presidential suite at the Saxon Boutique Hotel and Spa that costs Sh209,363 (R16,000) a night.

    Guests are served a complimentary bottle of champagne that is replenished every night by the hotel as well as port and sherry. They also have a 24-hour butler service. The exclusive hotel stands behind high walls and has a high wooden sliding gate which opens into a garden oasis.
    The hotel has hosted US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, former US President Bill Clinton, rock star Mick Jagger and actors Kevin Spacey and Morgan Freeman. Nelson Mandela wrote parts of his biography A Long Walk To Freedom at the hotel and his portrait adorns its walls.

    It is not known who paid the expenses for the African Heads of State attending the summit. However, political analyst Stephen Friedman was reported in South Africa's the Times newspaper saying the SADC secretariat funded the SADC delegates. The SADC receives annual contributions of about R175 million (Sh2,289,916,762) from its member states.. The all-suite hotel, set on six acres of land, has 24 suites and three villas. It is close to Sandton and the CBD.

    Kibaki arrived in Johannesburg on Saturday evening for a three-day official visit. His plane touched down at Waterkloof Airforce Base shortly before 5 pm local time.

    On arrival, President Kibaki was received by South Africa senior government officialsa and Kenya's High Commissioner to South Africa Ambassador Thomas Amolo before inspecting a guard of honour mounted by a detachment of South African Airforce.

    He was in Johannesburg with other Comesa, SADC and EAC heads of state to launch negotiations for the establishment of a tripartite free trade area comprising the three regional blocs.

    They discussed the time frame for harmonisation of trade, customs and infrastructure policies of the three blocs which have a combined population of 527 million people. The meeting was therefore considered historic not only for economic benefits but also for integration of Africa.
    At the first tripartite summit held two years ago in Kampala, it was agreed that the transport and energy master plans be harmonised.Last month, Prime Minister Raila Odinga was caught up in controversy after Cherengany MP Joshua Kuttuny claimed in Parliament that he spent Sh600,000 a night at the prestigious Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York last April on a state tour.But in a statement, Raila denied the allegations and said he spent Sh136,000 a day for the three days he was at the hotel.

    His suite included a meeting room, the bedroom, a dining room and a bedroom annex for one bodyguard and a personal assistant. "The other members of the PM delegation stayed in standard rooms at the cost of US$250 (Sh20,000) per night," the PM's Chief of Staff Caroli Omondi said at the time.

    Omondi said the hotel had been chosen by the Kenyan embassy in US and hosted Kenyan delegations to New York for decades."Indeed, our delegation to the UN General Assembly led by HE Mwai Kibaki, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kenya, have stayed at the Waldorf Astoria," Omondi said.
     
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    boma2000 JF-Expert Member

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    Unategemea rais wa nchi akakae hotel ndogo kwa hadhi yake? Lazima akae panapofaa kwa usalama pia, ndiyo maana inatakiwa safari za marais kwenda nje ya nchi zipungue ili kupunguza gharama
     
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    Makucha JF-Expert Member

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    Kama Rais hawezi kukaa katika hotel ya hadhi hiyo nani atakaa hapo na hasa kama wengine wasio marais wanakaa hapo pia. Na kama ni hotel ya marais tu kwa nini marais wetu wasikae hapo maana pametengwa kwa ajili yao.

    La musingi hapa ni kudhibiti safari zao na kutoa nafasi kwa wawakilishi kupunguza gharama.
     
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    tambarare Senior Member

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    nani apunguze ******????? ili muwe mnagongana namnani?
     
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