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Uncertainty hits universal health plan after MPs cut budget

A maternity ward at the Kenyatta National Hospital. FILE PHOTO | NMG  Provision of a range of free medical services under universal health coverage hangs in the balance after the Budget Committee move to slash Sh8.4 billion in the Health ministry...

Kenya imposes ban on unaccompanied cargo from Somalia

Foreign Affairs Secretary Monica Juma. FILE PHOTO | NMG  Kenyan aviation authorities Wednesday banned unaccompanied luggage on aircraft from Somalia, and insisted all planes should land at Wajir Airport for security checks.In a letter sent to Somalia, the Ministry of Foreign...

Headcount reveals 40,000 ghost pensioners on payroll

Civil Service retirees at Huduma Centre in Kisumu for a headcount on April 23. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NMG  Taxpayers have been paying billions of shillings to ghost pensioners after a headcount revealed that about 40,000 retired civil servants are...

IFC advising Kenyatta University on funding for hostels

IFC says in its disclosures that it is offering technical advisory to the learning institution worth Sh7 million. FILE PHOTO | NMG  The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is offering advisory services to Kenyatta University (KU) in its plan to build student...

Co-op Bank staff count up by 182 on new branches

Co-op Bank chief executive Gideon Muriuki. FILE PHOTO | NMG  Co-operative Bank #ticker:COOP hired an additional 182 employees in the year ended December, joining a few lenders to expand its workforce at a time most institutions have been reducing their staff.The...

New app links entrepreneurs to customers

Tafutta app innovator Seroney Memba. FILE PHOTO | NMG  A new app, Taffuta that helps individuals and small businesses to connect with customers has been launched.The platform enables vendors such as electricians, carpenters, jua kali artisans to register their business for...

School carves niche moulding students to be top innovators

Students in class at Moringa School, Ngong Road, Nairobi. PHOTO | FAUSTINE NGILA  When Newton Karanu dropped out of university in his first year in 2017, his peers laughed him off while others told him life would come to punish him...

Beware, cyber bullies can make your child suicidal

Adults inadvertently enable unsupervised internet access by children. PHOTO | FOTOSEARCH  Tricia (not her real name) is only 11 but can list some of the dangers posed by internet use, confirming that the dark forces that lurk on the cyberspace are...

CBK to open currency hub in Kisii

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG  The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) will open a currency centre in Kisii ease the distribution of cash to financial institutions.The currency unit will be opened in partnership with...

Digital zebra crossing unveiled for city road users to boost safety

Nairobi County Roads, Public Works and Transport executive Hitan Majevdia. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NMG  City Hall has introduced a new traffic lights system that is set to give pedestrians more control on roads in Nairobi.County Transport Executive Hitan Majevdia...

NSE gets regulator’s nod to launch derivatives market

Stockbrokers at the Nairobi Securities Exchange. FILE PHOTO | NMG  The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has given the Nairobi Securities Exchange the nod to launch and operate the long-awaited derivatives market, setting the stage for introduction of new products this year.The...

World Bank approves Sh75bn Kenya loan

Rising debt has seen Kenya commit more than half of taxes to paying loans. FILE PHOTO | NMG  The World Bank has approved a $750 million (Sh75 billion) loan to Kenya for budget support, underlining the cash flow hitch that has...

Unga crisis looms as CS fears imports fallout

Agriculture Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri says only a full Cabinet can decide on the volume and source of maize imports even as current stocks near depletion

I’ll not wait by the phone over new term, says CBK boss

CBK governor Patrick Njoroge. FILE PHOTO | NMG  Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) governor Patrick Njoroge has played down speculation on whether he will be reappointed for a final four-year term, saying “he is not spending all day by the phone”...

Fake gold scam is a non-issue, says Wetangula

Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula. FILE PHOTO | NMG  Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula, who is a person of interest in the ongoing investigations into fake gold scam, now says it is “a non-issue”.Reports had indicated that detectives had summoned him on Wednesday...

Uchumi alerts CMA of land tussle with KDF

A military vehicle is parked on the land claimed by Uchumi next to Thika Road Mall in Nairobi. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NMG  Troubled retail chain Uchumi Supermarkets #ticker:UCHUM has informed the capital markets regulator of the ongoing land dispute...

65,000 Helb loan defaulters ignore CRB listing threat

Students queuing at HELB offices in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG   More than 65,000 beneficiaries of the Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) were unmoved by the threat of being listed with the Credit Reference Bureaus (CRBs) over unpaid student loans estimated...

NYS probe officers ‘find shrubs’ on Omollo’s multi-million farm

Ex-Public Service and Youth PS Lillian Omollo. FILE PHOTO | NMG  Detectives have found shrubs in a Siaya land where former PS Lillian Omollo said she was running a multi-million shilling horticulture enterprise in a suit where the state has frozen...

800,000 e-passports issued ahead of August 31 deadline

The e-passport avoids reproduction and tampering. FILE PHOTO | NMG  An estimated 800,000 electronic passports have been issued three months to the August 31 deadline amid congestion at the issuing centers.Immigration Principal Secretary Gordon Kihalangwa told Parliament the department is...

KCAA’s revised drones rules set for Parliament

Plan to roll out use of drones in Kenya at advanced stage. FILE PHOTO | NMG  The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) will present draft regulations on drones to Parliament next month in its second attempt to have them approved by...

Why unlocking Nairobi traffic will require more than bus rapid transit

Traffic snarl up on University Way, Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG  Nairobi has been ranked the sixth most dynamic, fastest growing city in the world according to the latest report by JLL’s Global Real Estate Transparency Index 2018, which also indicates...

Taxman, KPA in deal to end cargo delays at port

Ships offloading cargo at the Port of Mombasa. FILE PHOTO | NMG  The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and the Kenya Shipping Agents Association (KSSA) have signed a charter to enhance cargo clearance efficiency and boost regional...

E-ticketing firm Buupas signs up 5 bus operators

L-R: Matatu Owners Association Chairman Simon Kimutai, Easy Coach MD Azym Dossa, Rita Okuthe, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Safaricom and BuuPass Co-founder and Director Sonia Kabra during the launch of the online service where travellers can now book bus travel online and on their...

Family Bank in deal to fund water companies

Bank will offer financing for water, sanitation and hygiene service providers.

Energy firm Koko Networks unveils ethanol burners

From left: Koko Networks CEO Greg Murray, Energy PS Joseph Njoroge and the firm’s chief customer officer Leila Ibrahim during the launch of bio-ethanol stove at Nyama Mama restaurant in Nairobi on May 28, 2019. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG  ...

Agricultural trader ETG raises Sh8bn for exports

Workers at the Export Trading Group package blended fertiliser in Bonje, Mombasa on September 7, 2017. FILE PHOTO | NMG  Kenya-based agricultural commodities trader Export Trading Group (ETG) is raising $80 million (Sh8 billion) to finance its exports of grains from...

Barclays rebrand to drag earnings for 3 years

L-R: Barclays Kenya head of strategy Moses Muthui, Jeremy Awori, Managing Director Barclays Bank and CFO Yusuf Omari during the bank's FY results release at the Villa Rosa Kempinski on March 11, 2019. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG  Barclays Bank...

Airtel Africa targets London IPO cash for debt payment

Airtel shop in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG  Airtel Africa plans to pay part of its debt from the funds it is set to raise from the London Stock Exchange (LSE) through an initial public offering (IPO).The company, a subsidiary of...

KRA keeps CEO search within club of accountants

Times Tower, KRA headquarters, in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG  The Kenya Revenue Authority’s (KRA) board has stuck to its tradition of preferring insiders and accountants as it narrows the search for the next commissioner-general to five candidates.Three out of the...

Silverstone to start daily Nairobi-Wajir flights next month

Silverstone Air has been on an aggressive expansion bid since it established operations in the Kenyan market. FILE PHOTO | NMG  Local low-cost carrier Silverstone Air Services is set to start daily flights between Nairobi and Wajir next month, raising the...
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