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February, 2017

  • 24 February

    Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua dies

    Nyeri Governor, Nderitu Gachagua has died at Royal Marsden Hospital in London while undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer, becoming the first governor to die while in office. The Governor, born on July 29, 1953, had traveled to London for treatment where he succumbed. The family had earlier dispelled rumors of ...

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  • 24 February

    7 steps to build a strong online brand

    Whether you are on social media, or you have a sleek website or you have a consistent brand aesthetic online, all is not enough. Branding your business on the web demands more of interaction than just presentation. You need to be up to speed in innovation and ingenious with the ...

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  • 24 February

    GSMA report stimulates digital economies

    The GSMA on Wednesday launched a new report that encourages governments to pursue policies that encourage investment and promote development of digital economies, building an inclusive digital future for their citizens. The report, “Embracing the Digital Revolution: Policies for Building the Digital Economy,” developed in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group ...

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  • 24 February

    Safaricom online mall spells doom for retailers

    Safaricom is gearing up to launch an online shop to retail a number of its products, including cellphones in what will certainly disrupt the retail market in Kenya. The company is already piloting the online mall, branded SafMall, internally before it rolls it out. It is not clear if the mobile ...

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  • 23 February

    Samsung firms quest to deepen access to education

    Samsung has reiterated its commitment to advance access to technology in education across Africa. Speaking at the Samsung Africa Forum 2017 that brings together all Pan African partners, Jung Hyun Park, Managing Director, Samsung Electronics East Africa said in today’s digital era, any community, especially in disadvantaged areas, would benefit from hands-on experience with ...

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  • 23 February

    Huawei banks on dual camera to drive GR5 sales in Kenya

    Huawei Mobile Kenya has launched its advanced dual camera device, Huawei GR5 2017 at it seeks to grow its market share from the current 14%.  This year, Huawei Mobile Kenya intends to leverage its performance and grow local sales by 50% by introducing more innovative products. The GR5 2017 is the ...

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  • 23 February

    Digital media devouring TV and newspaper ad revenues

    Online platforms are slowly eating into the advertising revenue of television and print media, a new report shows. The trend, the report titled “Online Media Versus TV: Calm Before the Storm” by global financial services firm Deloitte says, is mainly being driven by growing Internet and smartphone penetration in the ...

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  • 23 February

    Gado under siege as Standard censors cartoon on Safaricom

    Just a week after Standard newspaper blocked publishing of a cartoon that stung President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, today the top editors at Kenya’s second largest media house have done it again. The newspaper did not publish today’s editorial cartoon and instead ran a cheeky photo of ...

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  • 23 February

    Kilimall signs up Aramex to strengthen delivery for e-shoppers

    Kilimall has signed a partnership with Aramex, the global logistics and transport services provider, to enhance its delivery services countrywide to meet the growing demand for its products. Under the partnership, Aramex will provide a full range of last-mile delivery solutions to Kilimall’s online shoppers in various parts of the ...

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  • 23 February

    Tuskys shuts city centre branch

    Tuskys Supermarkets has shut down its branch on Nairobi’s Sheikh Karume Road. The retail chain’s chief executive Dan Githua, declined to comment on the closure of what has been one of its biggest stores with multiple floors. “No comment for now,” said Mr Githua in response to queries by the ...

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  • 22 February

    KCB to layoff staff in Kenya

    Kenya’s largest bank by assets KCB Group has confirmed plans to lay off an undisclosed number of staff in its Kenyan unit to cut expenses. The lender said yesterday the redundancies had been occasioned by “fast evolving technology changes, and a dynamic regulatory regime”. “KCB Bank has over the past ...

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  • 22 February

    After fallout with South African partner, Kirubi buys back Haco

    Businessman Chris Kirubi is buying back his 51% stake in Haco Industries which he sold to South Africa’s Tiger Brands in 2008, the Business Daily reports today. This comes barely two years since the businessman fell out with the South African firm’s management over the company’s strategic direction. Tiger bought a ...

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  • 21 February

    A rebellion shakes up KPMG

    Disgruntled employees and partners seek to oust leading audit firm’s CEO Josphat Mwaura The corner suite at KPMG East Africa is getting a little uncomfortable for Josphat Mwaura. The man who heads the regional office of the leading audit and consulting firm is not sitting pretty at all, with employees ...

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  • 21 February

    Want to work for Safaricom?

    Safaricom has announced that it will be taking 63 university students under its 2017 technology internship programme. This year’s intake will target at least 40 female interns and four positions for persons living with disabilities, while the remaining 19 positions will be open to male interns. Beginning this year, the ...

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  • 21 February

    Resolution bets on marine cover

    Resolution insurance has launched a marine insurance cover dubbed ‘Resolution Marine Cargo’. Speaking during the launch in Mombasa, Resolution Insurance Group Chief Executive Officer  Peter Nduati said the launch is in line with the insurer’s business strategy on financial inclusion and deepening insurance penetration. “Resolution marine insurance will ease safety ...

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  • 21 February

    What a woman can do, a man is doing better!

    Do men really fit in beauty parlours? It is kind of ridiculous how many men perceive taking a plunge into this field without raising eyebrows. But visit Machakos town and meet Boniface Mwaka a 26-year-old beautician who has defied odds to make a mark in a female-dominated field. Mwaka was born and ...

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  • 21 February

    Court stops state from rolling out spying system

    Milimani High Court Judge Justice John Mativo has barred the Communications Authority of Kenya from installing the controversial communication monitoring Device Management System.  Justice Mativo ruled that the installation be suspended pending the hearing and determination of a case filed by activist Okiya Omtata. Last week, Omtata moved to court ...

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  • 21 February

    LG showcases premium products

    LG has embarked on its premium product line-up at the company’s annual two-day innovation event – InnoFest 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. This year’s event has attracted over 250 retailers, partners and customers from across the Middle East and Africa (MEA), presenting a crucial platform for reiterating LG’s position in the ...

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  • 21 February

    KQ, KTB back SportPesa All-Stars team

    SportPesa has partnered with Kenya Airways and the Kenya Tourism Board in support of All-Stars team that will be travelling to England on Wednesday February 22nd this year for the English Premier Soccer friendly match. The match scheduled for 27th  February next week at KCOM Stadium in the UK  will see the English ...

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  • 20 February

    Equity Bank enters Zanzibar

    Equity Bank has commissioned its newest branch in the coastal city of Zanzibar as it seeks to deepen its presence East Africa. The Zanzibar branch brings to 14 the number of Equity branches in Tanzania and is part of the bank’s planned regional expansion. It is also aligned to the Zanzibar government’s ...

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  • 20 February

    Betting firms cry foul as noose tightens

    Exaggerated and unproven death reports coupled with poor understanding of the gaming have led to stigmatisation of the industry, this negatively impacting its business. The Association of Gaming Operators of Kenya chairman Ronald Karauri says the industry is heavily taxed due to many misconceptions on its effects and earnings. Mr ...

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  • 17 February

    Bank CEOs, directors face fresh vetting by CBK

    The Central Bank of Kenya is vetting directors of banking institutions and senior managers afresh to weed out people with questionable integrity or conflicts of interest. CBK chairman Mohamed Nyaoga said today the re-vetting has been necessitated by recent bank failures that threatened to crush the confidence in Kenya’s banking ...

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  • 17 February

    Land firms offer credit to attract buyers

    A  new study has shown a rise in the number of firms offering installment purchase of land from 13% to 87%, with 61% allowing payments of up to three months. In recent months, real estate companies especially those selling land have taken on installment plans to attract buyers. The report ...

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  • 17 February

    Riverwood awards get Sh2.5m boost

    The Kenya film and Classification Board has increased its sponsorship for this year’s Riverwood Academy Awards to Ksh2.5 million. Making the announcement today in Nairobi, Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Chief Executive Officer Ezekiel Mutua said Riverwood Academy was creating employment for many Kenyan film professionals and related industries. “There ...

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  • 16 February

    Kenya US military planes deal meets headwinds

    A US congressman has asked for the sale of 12 Air Tractor aircraft to Kenya to be halted to allow for investigations into allegations of faulty contracting practices, fraud, and unfair treatment. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on January 19 notified Congress of the possible sale of up to ...

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  • 16 February

    Why universities are training half-baked graduates

    An audit report released today by the Commission for University Education (CUE) has revealed so much rot in Kenyan public universities and called on urgent reforms to restore confidence in higher education. CUE launched the audit last month following public outcry on the quality of graduates graduating these institutions of ...

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  • 16 February

    Ransomware: Should you pay cyber criminals?

    Ransomware, a form of extortion malware, is often disguised as innocuous emails, links or pop-ups, thereby easily hoodwinking gullible users to grant access into their system and eventual takeover for ransom. Ransomware maintained its attractiveness amongst cybercriminals in 2016. Of note is the steady growth on multiple platforms including mobile ...

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  • 16 February

    BlackBerry smartphone market share falls to 0%

    It’s the end of an era: BlackBerry’s share of the global smartphone market is now 0.0%. In the fourth quarter of 2016, more than 432 million smartphones were sold, according to a report published on Wednesday by the research firm Gartner. Of those, just 207,900 were BlackBerry devices running its ...

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  • 16 February

    Banks payment service to rival M-Pesa

    Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) today unveiled the PesaLink brand and kicked-off a phased rollout of the digital payments platform that is expected to cut the cost of transactions and transform the way consumers interact with their banks. PesaLink, will for the first time enable customers to make payments between banks ...

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  • 16 February

    Farming most popular side-hustle among youth

    A new report indicates that millennials (young people aged between 18 and 35) are turning to farming as a side-business, with many striving to turn side-hustles into their main focus through borrowing capital from banks and relatives. The report released yesterday by GeoPoll sampled youths in six African countries: Kenya, Uganda, ...

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  • 16 February

    Reaching out to millennials: How brands can get it right

    East Africa is a region where millennials (18 to 34-year-olds) constitute more than three quarters of the population. It is thus important for most brands to win over this segment to achieve sustainable growth. The major challenge for most brands is how to reach and engage this particular age group ...

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  • 16 February

    Mitsumi clinches HP supply deal for Middle East

    Mitsumi Distribution – the IT, consumer electronics and telco distributor in the Middle East and Africa  – has been appointed by Hewlett Packard (HP) Middle East, as an authorised  HP supplies distributor for the Middle East region. HP and Mitsumi already have a well-established alliance of six years. This agreement ...

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  • 16 February

    Former employees hold insurance firm hostage

    Court Freezes Four Accounts of Heritage Insurance For failing To Pay Ksh100 Million to Employees unfairly Sacked Heritage Insurance has suffered a major blow after the court temporarily froze its bank accounts for failing to pay over Ksh100 million to its employees whose services were unfairly terminated. Justice Hellen Wasilwa ...

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  • 15 February

    Hope as jailed doctors released

    Doctors union officials jailed on Monday are set to walk to freedom. Lawyers for the Council of Governors and Kenya Medical Practitioners’, Pharmacists and Dentists Union have agreed to have the medics released immediately to carry on with talks. The negotiations aimed at ending the two-month doctors’ job boycott will ...

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  • 15 February

    No more secrets in M-Pesa charges

    Safaricom has updated its mobile money transfer service M-PESA to enable customers to automatically receive information on the cost of each transaction. As part of its drive to enhance pricing transparency on the payment platform, the updates will be made available to all 24 million M-PESA customers in three phases, ...

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  • 15 February

    Gado cartoon that Standard killed

    Take a copy of the Standard newspaper today and turn to the editorial page. If you are a keen reader of newspapers you will notice something missing: Gado’s Cartoon. It’s not by accident, according to insiders. The cartoon that was to run today was ‘killed’ for being too harsh on ...

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  • 15 February

    In contempt suit, Imperial Bank owners seek to jail CBK directors

    Imperial Bank shareholders have sued Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation (KDIC) and asked the High Court to jail their board members for failing to update the on the bank’s receivership status even though depositors continue to receive payments. The shareholders, who filed a suit on ...

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  • 15 February

    Book pirates in trouble

    Traders dealing in pirated books have been dealt a huge blow after publishers introduced security-tags on newly approved school set-books to prevent fraud. The move came as Kenya Publishers Association (KPA) called on the government to make piracy an economic crime with stiffer penalties. “First and second offenders should be ...

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  • 15 February

    It’s Sh3.5m Valentine for Sh100 wedding couple

    The couple who spent just Sh100 on their wedding a few weeks ago tightened their marriage yesterday in a lavish Valentine’s Day ceremony funded by well-wishers to the tune of Ksh3.5 million. The event was held at Bliss Garden along the Northern Bypass in Nairobi. Wilson and Ann Mutura were ...

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  • 14 February

    Low rainfall forecast sets stage for high food prices

    The March-May 2017 seasonal rainfall is expected to be generally poor over most parts of the country, Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) has said. The most affected regions will be in the eastern sector particularly the Arid and Semi-Arid Areas (ASAL). Giving a weather outlook for the 2017 long rains season ...

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  • 14 February

    Imperial Bank directors take on CBK in assets freeze case

    Directors of Imperial Bank have blamed Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) for failing to prevent the loss of Ksh42.2 billion. The non-executive directors filed an application at the High Court seeking to have the CBK’s quest to freeze their assets struck out on the grounds that it does not disclose any wrongdoing ...

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  • 14 February

    Squeezing millions from fruits

    Two friends, united by poverty, raised Sh20,000 ten years ago to start fruits business. Today, they are multi-millionaires According to a report by the guardian in March 2016, 35% of Kenyan youths face the nightmare of unemployment. Also, 80% of the unemployed are below the age of 35 years. Titus ...

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  • 14 February

    August election hangs in the balance

    Preparations for the next elections could be thrown into jeopardy because of the ripple effect of the ruling annulling the award of a Sh2.5-billion tender for printing ballot papers, the chief executive of the electoral commission has said. In a series of tweets Monday night, hours after the ruling by ...

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  • 14 February

    New rules a game-changer for courier firms

    Courier operators will be required to ensure same-day delivery for at least 80 per cent of all parcels sent within cities or face fines. Under proposed Quality of Service (QoS) standards by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), the operators will have an extra day for items sent within Kenya ...

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  • 14 February

    Doctors strike talks continue as union officials jailed

    Negotiations between doctors and their employers will continue despite jailing of seven officials of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union (KMPDU) for one month. Justice Hellen Wasilwa yesterday ordered the seven officials to serve a one-month jail term after they failed call off the strike, which is in ...

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  • 13 February

    We fired the wrong people, says Star editor

    In the wake of the massive sackings at Radio Africa last week, a senior editor at the Star newspaper sensational claimed that the company had overzealously sacked some of its best talent, leaving behind ‘dead wood’. In a heated Facebook conversation, Radio Africa training editor Victoria Graham appeared to give ...

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  • 13 February

    Partnerships to improve access to healthcare

    Experts drawn from the pharmaceutical industry have called for strategic partnerships between both the public and private sectors to improve healthcare delivery in the sub-Saharan region. Speaking during a conference on Improving Access to Medicines through Partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa organised by Takeda, a pharmaceutical company, the team of experts ...

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  • 13 February

    Coca-Cola sends strong signal to Kenya

    Coca-Cola Southern & East Africa Business Unit kicked of the year with a two-day conference that saw 300 associates from 18 African countries converge at the regional office for East Africa operations in Upper-hill, Nairobi. The conference dubbed ‘Kick-off’, aims to align the company’s business plans for the upcoming year ...

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  • 13 February

    Airtel steps up support for digital literacy

    Airtel Kenya has extended its support for digital literacy in peri-urban and urban communities across Kenya by offering more routers and 3G connectivity to ensure free internet connection services to the Intel Mobile Caravan under the She Will Connect program. Following the official launch of the Intel Mobile Caravan in September ...

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  • 13 February

    Sanlam Kenya withdraws profit warning

    Listed non-bank financial services provider, Sanlam Kenya, has withdrawn the profit warning notice it had issued earlier ahead of its full year results. The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) listed firm in regulatory filings and a Public Notice dated 9th February 2017, cancelled the warning on a substantial fall in profitability  issued ...

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  • 13 February

    Radio remains most powerful media

    TV and radio studio

    Today, Kenya joins the global community in marking the World Radio Day 2017.  The day was unanimously proclaimed by all Member States of Unesco in 2011 during 36th General Conference. In 2012, the UN General Assembly endorsed the proclamation of annual World Radio Day on February 13 to coincide with ...

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  • 13 February

    Pattni sues CBK over Sh55 million

    Uhuru Highway Development Limited (UHDL), a company associated with billionaire businessman Kamlesh Pattni, has sued the Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation (KDIC) seeking to recover deposits it had in the collapsed Pan African Bank. UHDL claims in a fresh suit filed in the High Court that the KDIC has refused to ...

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  • 11 February

    Kenya Airways fires McKinsey management consultants

    Kenya Airways (KQ) has terminated an 18-month contract it had signed with global consultancy McKinsey as the airline’s turnaround plan enters its final phase. KQ hired McKinsey to help implement about 400 cost savings and revenue generation initiatives for which the US firm was to earn performance-based fees. Micheal Joseph, ...

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  • 11 February

    Big win for media as defamation law declared invalid

    A high court judge on Monday declared section 194 of Penal Code as invalid, saying it contravenes freedom of expression guaranteed under section 33 of Constitution. Milimani High Court Judge John Mativo has ruled that anyone who is defamed has remedy under civil law to seek compensation and therefore criminalizing ...

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  • 10 February

    KBC launches youth and county TV stations

    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) has launched a new television station for young people and is in the process of launching a series of county TVs. Y254 is targeting the growing youthful audience in the country, who are under-served by mainstream televisions. The station, which went on air on Monday, is ...

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  • 10 February

    Interview: Bob Collymore on the future of M-Pesa

    CNN Marketplace Africa features Safaricom, M-PESA and Kenya’s new person-to-person money transfer platform February 10th 18:15 EAT This week, ‘CNN Marketplace Africa’ looks at how M-PESA has revolutionised mobile payments in Kenya, and how a possible new challenger from Kenya’s banks could allow simple and cheap person-to-person money transfers. CNNMoney Africa ...

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  • 10 February

    Former Nation news editor Eric Shimoli joins Standard

    Former Daily Nation news editor Eric Shimoli is set to join Standard Group, in a move likely to jolt Nation Centre. Mr Shimoli, who was among journalists recently laid off by Kenya’s leading media house, is said to be in advanced talks to join The Standard newspaper as a senior ...

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  • 10 February

    Shocking new cyber threats and how to counter them

    Cisco released the 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report (ACR) during the Cisco Connect East Africa 2017. According to the Cisco® 2017 ACR, over one-third of organizations that experienced a breach in 2016 reported substantial customer, opportunity and revenue loss of more than 20 percent. About 90 percent of these organizations are ...

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  • 10 February

    Valentine’s chocolate festival

    dusitD2 Nairobi will hold its second Annual Chocolate Festival from 11th to 14th February 2017, to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This year’s festival will feature a chocolate buffet menu, Devarana Spa Chocolate wrap, Valentine’s Day special four course dinner and Valentine’s Day Stay package. “dusitD2 appreciates the strong connection between chocolates ...

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  • 9 February

    Youth spending reveals strange habits

    Youthful consumers in Sub-Sahara Africa are very image conscious and spend over 50% of their earnings on personal care items, according to a recent GeoPoll survey carried out among youth between the ages of 18 to 35 in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda. In an article appearing on ...

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  • 9 February

    Cyprian Nyakundi: The cat and mouse games that led to arrest warrant

    Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi, moving to forestall arrest, has defended himself against accusations of failing to honour court summons in a defamation case filed by Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore.  Mr Nyakundi says he has religiously attended court hearings. “Last year on September 13th, this year January 19th and January 31st, I sat ...

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  • 9 February

    Love story that won Sh2.5m Valentine competition

    Ramzi: It was a rather sunny day out in the plains. Being a jobless undergraduate, single and somehow desperate, I was out grazing my dad’s cows, since I had no other option unless I wanted to be reminded by ‘Mzee’ what a useless adult I was wasting away at his ...

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  • 9 February

    Kakamega couple wins Sh2.5 million Valentines treat

    A couple based in Kakamega are the winners Villa Rosa Kempinski’s Sh2.5 million valentine’s treat. Mr Ramadhan Mohamed and Ms Esha Gelleh, who both work in Kakamega town, emerged the best in the Valentine Day competition dubbed, The Greatest Love Story. Ramadhan, 27, popularly known as Ramzi and his girlfriend, ...

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  • 9 February

    Renault unveils Kadjar SUV in Kenya

    Renault Kenya has unveiled the new Kadjar SUV. The French brand’s mid-sized SUV enters a hotly contested local segment with a number of other brands driving in this category. The new Renault Kadjar comes at a competitive price for cars in its category with outstanding features that will offer improved driving ...

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  • 9 February

    Radio Africa HR manager in trouble for calling sacked employees fools

    As if getting fired was not painful enough, Radio Africa Group Human Resources manager Kathy Kageni-Oganga did the unthinkable this morning and abused former employees who were retrenched this week, calling them fools and getting egg all over her face. Ms Kageni went into an outburst on Facebook lacking decency ...

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  • 9 February

    Oh No! Star editor fired after long illness

    The retrenchment at Radio Africa Group continued yesterday, with more employees from Star newspaper and its broadcast division being given sacking letters. Among those sacked on Wednesday Feb. 8th was Wanjiru Kinoti, who seems to have fallen victim of the scrapping of the opinion desk, where the entire team has ...

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  • 8 February

    Star newspaper set to be shut

    Star newspaper

    Even as the retrenchment continued at Radio Africa Group, it has emerged that the fate of The Star newspaper is hanging in the balance. Very credible sources close to management reveal that the newspaper, whose circulation has dropped by more than 50% over the past two years to below 10,000 ...

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  • 8 February

    Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi to be arrested

    Justice Mwihaki Njuguna has issued a warrant of arrest against blogger Cyprian Nyakundi who has consistently failed to honour summons to attend court. Nyakundi, a ferocious blogger with a knack for controversial issues, was found to be in contempt of court in December 2016 for continuous disrespect of the courts. ...

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  • 8 February

    Nakumatt automates warehouse operations

    Nakumatt has completed the first phase of a Warehouse Management System (WMS) integration project at its Nairobi logistics hub. The WMS, which features one of the most advanced systems in sub-Sahara Africa, will support deployment of an automated warehousing solution, to boost its supply chain efficiency across East Africa. Nakumatt Holdings Managing ...

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  • 8 February

    KBA appoints CEO for fintech subsidiary

    Kenya Bankers Association (KBA), the banking industry umbrella body, has appointed a management team that will spearhead technical and business operations of its fully-owned payments technology subsidiary, Integrated Payments Services Ltd (IPSL). According to KBA Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Habil Olaka, the formal appointment of the IPSL Chief Executive Officer ...

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  • 8 February

    Hope for starving families as Sh9bn released

    The Kenya government will releases Ksh9 billion this month to address the famine crisis in the country. Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has said the fund is part of the Ksh21 billion the government had set aside in the national budget to address the effects of drought. “Phase One in ...

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  • 8 February

    CITAM launches new television station

    Christ is the Answer Ministries (CITAM) has unveiled a television channel, Hope TV, as the church seeks to widen its reach across the country. Speaking during the launch, Information,Communication and Technology Cabinet Secretary (CS) Joe Mucheru said that the launch was an indication of the ever increasing demand of the ...

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  • 7 February

    Total Gapco takeover shakes up Kenya’s oil market

    A least one shilling from every litre of diesel, super or paraffin sold in Kenya will now end up in the bank accounts of French oil multinational Total Outre Mer SA. This is the new reality after the oil giant’s bid to acquire a company representing the interests of India’s ...

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  • 7 February

    CEO paid enormous amount of money to stop working

    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz made headlines recently by promising to hire 10,000 refugees in response to Donald Trump’s immigration ban, prompting a #BoycottStarbucks social media backlash from supporters of the President’s policy. Schultz, however, can afford to shrug off the uproar: Not only will he step down as CEO of ...

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  • 7 February

    Star newspaper sacks top journalists

    The axe has finally fallen and the names of those who have been retrenched by Radio Africa Group have started trickling out. From initial reports, the retrenchment signals a clinical clean-up that will leave the media house with skeleton staff. Day one of the layoff started with sales department where more ...

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  • 7 February

    The trouble with Radio Africa

    The writing has been on the wall for Radio Africa Group for the past two or so years. But it seems the trouble with the company’s management is refusing to follow its own advice. Things have not been particularly good, with its established radio stations falling in ranking and advertisers ...

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  • 7 February

    Counsellors deployed to manage massive layoff at Radio Africa

    Radio Africa Group today formally began sacking its employees to trim its payroll as a way of bringing down its operating expenses. Employees across the departments – editorial, production, sales and management – have started receiving their letters, with the exercise expected to be concluded by tomorrow. It is the ...

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  • 7 February

    FEP installs ERP system to automate operations

    FEP Holdings has implemented an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system worth $131,008 (Ksh13.5 million) to improve efficiency and enhance internal controls as part of its on going implementation of a framework strategy dubbed Explosion 2020.  Mr Maurice Korir, the Chief Executive Officer of FEP Holdings, said the strategy is aimed ...

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  • 7 February

    KCB Lions Den season one ends with Sh150m invested

    The first season of the award-winning business reality show, KCB Lions’ Den show has successfully come to an end with over Sh150 million invested in local businesses. The Lions’ Den show came through the 2jiajiri initiative of KCB Bank Kenya, which aims to tackle the unemployment scourge facing the youth ...

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  • 7 February

    Tuskys wins contract to feed KCB interns

    Leading regional retail Chain, Tuskys Supermarkets, has won a tender to serve food to over 5,000 KCB Foundation Tujiajiri programme interns who will be graduating today at Kasarani satdium. The event will be graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Tuskys beat a host of other bidders, thanks to its innovative Deli section that operates ...

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  • 6 February

    Kenya becomes model for digital migration

    The GSMA has launched a new report that highlights lessons learnt from the country’s experience with its digital switch-over in the last 10 years. The report  – Digital Migration Process in Kenya – provides useful information and guidance to regulators and policymakers from other countries where similar migration processes are ongoing ...

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  • 6 February

    Radio Africa begins sacking 90 employees

    Tension is high at Radio Africa Group with some employees are keeping off the office just three days after the management announced major restructuring that will see the company say “goodbye to colleagues who have worked to bring the company to where it is” This statement has been taken quite ...

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  • 4 February

    Sh100 wedding couple are now millionaires

    It’s a honeymoon of a different kind. Just when they thought things were going to get worse, they seem to be getting better and better. The young couple that held a wedding worth Sh100 got a major financial boost from a wellwisher who was touched by their desperate financial situation. ...

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  • 3 February

    Kilimall to reward lovers with romantic night

    Online retailers are gearing up for a piece of the valentine’s cake. Kilimall, the leading online market place, is offering an exclusive romantic night on February 14th, when the world marks Lover’s day, in an effort to boost sales. The company has also slashed prices of various products on its ...

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  • 3 February

    Equity joins Red Cross drought fundraiser

      Equity Bank has joined the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) initiative #WeAreAllKenyans to mobilize for donations towards drought alleviation in counties that are in urgent need of food assistance. To support the bid, the bank has launched an EazzyPay Pay bill number 200000 where well-wishers can send their contributions ...

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  • 3 February

    Huawei to launch mid-range smartphone in Kenya

    Huawei will be launching GR5 2017 in the Kenyan market later this month as the company strengthens its mid-range and entry level smartphones. The Huawei GR5 2017 will officially be launched in partnership with Safaricom. Customers will be privileged to pre-order the device for Ksh34,999 and get a free Huawei Fit ...

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  • 3 February

    CBK blocked cash injections that would have saved ailing Imperial Bank

    Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) turned down two offers from reputable and solid banks to acquire Imperial Bank shortly after it was placed under receivership, according to  shocking new revelations that are likely to intensify the spotlight on the regulator and add more credence to accusations that it is out ...

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  • 2 February

    Safaricom to help secure city estates

    Safaricom has partnered with the Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA) to beef up security in neighbourhoods in its efforts to promote sustainable cities and communities. Under the partnership, Safaricom will cooperate with residents associations in laying out and maintaining telecommunication infrastructure for use in deploying technology to enhance security. ...

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  • 2 February

    Microsoft stimulates creativity in Africa through NexTech

    NexTech Africa is demonstrating Microsoft’s commitment to support and empower African creativity and innovation. The organisation’s flagship Africa technology event is taking place on 2 and 3 February in Nairobi, Kenya, under the Building for Africa, “As a company, we really want to hear from local innovators, businesses and technologists on ...

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  • 2 February

    Extra Sh11 billion oil pipeline budget stopped

    The Parliamentary Public Investments Committee (PIC) has ordered Kenya Pipeline (KPC) to stop the payment of an additional Ksh11 billion for the Mombasa-Nairobi pipeline.  Mr  Adan Keynan, Chairman of PIC, said additional costs would overburden the taxpayer. “The committee has today ordered KPC not to accept the cost variation made by ...

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  • 2 February

    Alix Grubel: Stoic lady who started KenyaBuzz on a dining table

    KenyaBuzz is a leading provider of event and lifestyle information in Kenya. It has a website, magazine and e-newsletters, and provides the most comprehensive information about what’s happening around the country in sports, nightlife, music, theatre, movies, the arts, kids’ events and more. It also provides business listings, movie reviews ...

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  • 2 February

    In buying KenyaBuzz, Nation shows a growing appetite for digital

    Nation Media Group (NMG) has acquired KenyaBuzz, a lifestyle and events information web magazine, as it seeks to strengthens its presence in the digital media space. The acquisition, solemnized on Wednesday, also includes UgandaBuzz, a subsidiary of KenyaBuzz. The deal’s financial details were not disclosed, but it has set the ...

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  • 1 February

    Airtel Kenya replaces CEO

    Airtel Kenya today announced the appointment of Prasanta Das Sarma as Managing Director. He takes over from Adil Youssefi who has decided to pursue external opportunities post the completion of his contract period. Raghunath Mandava, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Africa, said: “I am pleased to announce the ...

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  • 1 February

    Tell your love story and win Sh2.5 million

    Villa Rosa Kempinski has planned a spectacular, fairy-tale Valentine’s Day competition dubbed The Greatest Love Story that will see one lucky couple win a chance to enjoy the hotel’s Valentine pampering worth Ksh2.5 million. The competition is open to everyone regardless of financial or social status and seeks to celebrate ...

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January, 2017

  • 31 January

    Tuskys joins elite brands in East Africa

    Tuskys Supermarket was on Monday ranked among top 20 Superbrands in East Africa. The brand was placed number 17 out of over 50 brands ranked from a consumer-based survey done by London-based firm, The Centre for Brand Analysis, in partnership with Superbrands East Africa. This is a huge leap from last year’s ...

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  • 31 January

    Radio Africa sacks expectant lady as lay-off of 100 employees begins

    Radio Africa Group today kicked off its much-awaited staff rationalisation through which it seeks to push out over 100 employees, including journalists.  The layoff, which was put off last year after a backlash over the inhuman way they had sacked one of the editors, resumed after rolling out a new ...

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  • 30 January

    Is Airtel quitting African market?

    Airtel Africa, which has operations in 15 countries across Africa, has refuted media speculation over its possible exit from the continent. The mobile telecommunications company has reaffirmed its commitment  to Africa and “will continue to invest in its operations to grow sustainably in Africa.” The management said Airtel Africa’s recent third quarter ...

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  • 30 January

    Car & General profit jumps to Sh150m

    Car & General profit before tax for the full-year ending September 2016 rose to Ksh150 million, 85% higher than Ksh81 million the previous year, but its management sees elections slowing down growth. Net profit attributable to shareholders increased to Ksh89m from Ksh31million. The earnings per share increased from Ksh0.76 to 2.22. ...

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  • 30 January

    Kenya’s first skills show seeks to bridge gaps in employment

    Kenya’s first ever skills show seeking to improve employability of youth was held on Friday and Saturday in Nairobi. The Kenya Skills Show brought together training institutions, government and private sector players, civil society as well as career experts at an exhibition of some of the careers available in the ...

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  • 30 January

    Chad’s foreign minister beats Amina Mohamed

    Chad’s Foreign Affairs minister Moussa Faki Mahamat has been elected the new African Union Commission Chairperson (AUC). Guinea’s President Alpha Conde becomes the new chairperson of the African Union. Kenya’s candidate for the position of Chairperson of the African Union Commission who is also the Foreign Affairs and Trade Cabinet ...

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