August 30, 2016

How to avoid customs headache when relocating back to Kenya from abroad


Over the past 15 years, Christine Asiko has moved from Kenya to the UK to South Africa and back. The career moves to foreign countries have spanned much of her children’s lives who are now teenagers. It is not easy, she says. “I remember at one point, when we were moving from the UK to South Africa, my eldest child decided not to move with us and we actually had to leave him behind,” Ms Asiko says. Moving to another country to start a new job can be difficult. The young and single may find it easy to put on…

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[VIDEO] 100% electric car makes slow but steady progress in Kenya


The demand for electric vehicles is growing fairly rapidly around the world. Currently the total global market is to close to 900,000 units, majority of them in the U.S. China, and Japan. In Kenya, interest is slow, but it’s definitely growing. CCTV’s Maria Galang visited one of the early adopters of the technology and looks at the possibility of the trend catching on.

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School on wheels takes technology to Nairobi city slums

Inside the bus used by Craft Silicon Foundation as a classroom for computer classes in Kawangware, Nairobi. The vehicle had its interior customised, its seats removed and replaced with 64 chairs and 32 reading tables. Each table has a computer desktop, modifications that have turned the ordinary bus into a typical computer lab. PHOTO | FILE

It is 11 o’clock. Ruth Wanjiru and her friend jump out of a 72-seater bus parked at a chief’s camp in Kawangware, Nairobi. Minutes later, a group of teenage boys and girls alight from the bus, some clutching bags, others carrying books in their arms. Watching the boys and girls from a distance, it is easy to mistake them for regular passengers. But no! The teenagers are not passengers, and the blue bus is not exactly a bus; it is a moving computer classroom. “We study inside here,” says Wanjiru, pointing at the bus. “This bus is a mobile ICT…

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Kenya receives 1000 applications seeking to operate drone-based transport services


At least 1,000 applicants are seeking regulatory approvals to operate drone-based transport services in Kenya, hinting at a high demand for the robotic aircraft. Drone owners want to use the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for film shooting, relief services and other commercial purposes, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has said. Non-military use of drones is currently restricted here due to lack of a legal framework. KCAA director-general Gilbert Kibe, however, expects the use of the UAVs to start in Kenya’s airspace from next month once the National Security Advisory Committee approves regulations for commercialisation of drones in Kenya. “We…

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HELB will not advance loans to students whose parents are defaulters


Students seeking loans from the Higher Education Loans board (Helb) and whose parents are defaulters will only access the money once their parents start to repay their loans. Helb chief executive officer Charles Ringera said a number of parents who are loan defaulters had stood as guarantors to their children seeking the loans. He however said the learners will be awarded the loans but the transfer of the funds to their accounts will be delayed until their parents resume payment of the loans. “We will not deny the students loans since they are entitled to it but in case of…

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Hackers risk 20-year jail term in proposed Kenyan law


Hackers will face fines of up to Sh20 million and up to 20 years in jail under a new law to tame cyber crime being prepared by the government, Information, Communication and Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has said. Mr Mucheru said the security agencies would need training on how to handle crimes assisted by information technology while judicial officers would also need to upgrade their knowledge of such matters. He said the punitive punishments are contained in the Computer and Cybercrime Bill, which is being prepared and is yet to be presented to the Cabinet for approval. “The number…

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Kenya’s Edulink, UK’s University of Northampton to offer Sh400,000 per year degree courses in Nairobi


UK-based University of Northampton has partnered with Nairobi-based Edulink International College to offer three-year degree courses locally from next month at Sh1.2 million, eyeing Kenyan students seeking international qualifications. This will see Edulink offer diploma and degree courses in business, marketing, accounting and entrepreneurship at its Ngong Road campus in Nairobi. “We seek to bring international experience to the Kenyan market,” the UK university told Business Daily. Students will pay Sh1.2 million for the three-year degree courses, which is equivalent to Sh400,000 per year. This is more than double what local private universities charge. Officials, however, justified the cost saying…

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T-Mobile US and Sprint Wireless Carriers Announce Unlimited Data Plans


T-Mobile US CEO John Legere and Sprint chief executive Marcelo Claure traded barbs on Thursday as the two wireless providers announced unlimited data plans.  Legere said his company is the only carrier capable of offering an unlimited-only data plan. “It’s very, very exciting, and it’s a big change, and I challenge the whole rest of the industry to figure out how to do it,” he said Thursday in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.” T-Mobile US on Thursday announced it would abandon traditional data plan pricing and offer unlimited talk, text and data under a new program called T-Mobile…

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Equity Group sponsors 64 Kenyan students to top US Universities


Equity Group has sponsored 64 students to top universities in the United States such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as it pushes to develop top talent under its leadership programme. The bank is currently sponsoring 329 students in global universities with a total scholarship value of Sh8.2 billion.  “This programme epitomises the Tom Mboya academic airlift in the 1960s that saw the likes of Barack Obama Snr and the late Nobel Laureate Prof Wangari Maathai, who later impacted our country in social economic development,” said chief executive James Mwangi. Equity Leadership Programme has now supported…

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KRA issues tax rules on personal effects at international airports


Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has set maximum duty collected on personal effects at Sh50,000 ($500) in its latest bid to speed up clearance of passengers at the international airports. The guidelines published last week also details a list of items to be subjected to customs taxes at the arrival and departure terminals. Basically, all the taxable items attract levies at rates determined by the value of money paid at a foreign country rather than factors such as quality, size, or weight, the guidelines state. “The Harmonised Tariff System provides duty rates for virtually every existing item,” KRA said. The guidelines…

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