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Juvenal Muka Shiundu
“I will offer continuity to drive the ongoing review and reforms introduced by Mr. Koji Sekimizu, the incumbent Secretary-General, which are beginning to show positive results.” - Shiundu
Mr Shiundu is the only African in a field of six candidates hoping to become IMO's Secretary General in elections slated for July 2015. The hopes of a continent lie on his shoulders.
Mr Juvenal Shiundu, a Naval Architect, is currently working with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at the London Headquarters as the Deputy Director/Head, Programme Management Section. IMO is the UN Specialized Agency with a global mandate for maritime safety, security, facilitation of trade and marine environment protection. Mr Shiundu graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK in 1983 and with a Master's degree in Maritime Safety Administration (Marine Engineering) from the World Maritime University, Sweden, in 1986. He is an alumnus of the Ashridge Business School, UK and has also attended many management and leadership development courses. Prior to joining IMO 17 years ago, Mr Shiundu was the General Manager of African Marine and General Engineering Company Limited, Mombasa, Kenya, the largest shipyard on the East African Coast where he rose through the ranks in the shipbuilding and ship repairing industry to the level of General Manager. He had previously worked for Kenya Ports Authority as Assistant Merchant Shipping Superintendent. Between 1990 and 1996, he was also a registered consultant in the maritime sector to a number of UN agencies as well as the World Bank. More...
Everything about Luyia Culture in One Book
Luyia Culture
Luyia of Kenya: A Cultural Profile is a holistic emic view of the customary beliefs of the Luyia people of East Africa.  Written by Shadrack Amakoye Bulimo, an experienced journalist who previously worked for the Nation and Standard newspapers in Kenya, the 660-page book provides a defrosted window into Luyia cosmology separating fact from fiction.  The book is a cradle-to-grave account of how the Luyia live and die, love and hate, and undertake the rituals of initiations and practice witchcraft. The author tackles the taboo subject of witchcraft and how widespread belief in the occult even among the educated and Christians is still a major hindrance to economic empowerment in Luyialand. The author provides an elaborate analysis of rites of passage - child birth, marriage, circumcision, and death - and how these institutions are governed by customary traditions. These institutions served the clan community well in the pre-European days but are now under siege from modern global economy. This book is an attempt at preserving the Luyia culture for future generations. “I was challenged by my children who made inquiries about their cultural heritage and realized how little I knew then,” explains Bulimo.  “I embarked on a learning journey and a discovery of a body of knowledge which this book encapsulates.”

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