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Martin Siele is the Editor and Content Lead at Business Today.

Carrefour’s Newly Opened Westgate Store to Create 200 Jobs

The store is intended to serve residents of Westlands, Parklands and the larger Thigiri area. It sticks to the Carrefour Market model - offering a selected assortment of essentials along with light household items and small electrical appliances relevant to customers' everyday lives.

Opera Pilots Built-in Chat Service ‘Hype’ in Kenya

Opera's aggressive push to bridge the digital divide in Africa has seen it grow its user base in Africa by 40 per cent since 2018. As of 2019, over 120 million people on the continent used Opera's browsers and mobile applications. Opera noted that it developed the chat service as it reimagined the future of browsers and what they have to offer - in a bid to enable seamless surfing, sharing and communication without compromising speed or driving increased data consumption.

Motorists Banned from CBD as Kisumu Ramps Up Non-Motorized Transport

County enforcement Officials in Kisumu on Tuesday, February 23 implemented a ban on all motorised transport in the Central Business District (CBD) under the Sh241 million non-motorised transport (NMT) project in the county. Hundreds of drivers, boda boda operators and tuk-tuks were ejected from the CBD as the county executed the city’s beautification project. 

Haji’s Family to Fulfill His Dying Wish – Donating Last Salaries...

The DPP visibly held back emotions and had to stop his speech more than once as he told Garissa residents of his father's battle with illness. He thanked the residents for their prayers and unwavering support for Haji over the years.

Spotify is Finally Coming to Kenya, Here’s What You Can Expect

Many Kenyans already use Spotify, but are forced to sneakily do so using VPNs as the service is not available in the region. The firm has in recent years faced harsh criticism from African artists, fans and lobby groups for distributing African music while the service remains inaccessible on the continent, and news of the expansion will no doubt be music to their ears.

After Safety Blunders, Silverstone Air Changes Name in Rebranding Exercise

In October 2019, the low-cost carrier was in the headlines when one of its planes skid off the runway at Wilson Airport injuring two of the 50 passengers on board. A month later, another of its aircrafts was forced to make an emergency landing at Eldoret International Airport after one of its wheels came off.

Dusit Hero Turns Villain as New Book Angers Kenyans

Kenyans complained over the seeming erasure of the role of Kenyan security forces and local heroes such as Inayat Kassam; the licensed fire-arm holder who saved lives at Dusit, and the Westgate and 14 Riverside attacks before that.

Going Continental: Java Taps Ex-KFC Boss as CEO, to Lead Expansion

Cities eyed for new locations include Accra (Ghana), Lusaka (Zambia) and Lagos (Nigeria). Java already operates in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Locally, Java has remained competitive despite the entry of PE-backed players and international restaurant chains.

Why Lyft Nicotine Pouches Could Soon Make a Comeback in Kenya

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe had in October 2020 declared the registration of nicotine pouches including BAT's Lyft brand illegal. The move followed intense lobbying by groups including the Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance (Ketca), who wanted the products heavily regulated and taxed.

WPP-Scangroup CEO Bharat Thakar Suspended, Investigation Launched

Bharat Thakrar has over thirty six years in advertising and communication. He is considered a pioneering figure for the country's lucrative marketing industry. He founded Scanad, now Scangroup, in 1982 and built it up into a marketing behemoth.