August 5, 2015

Google, Safaricom Launch Waze Traffic App In Kenya


Google and Safaricom have launched Waze, a free interactive mobile app that will give Kenyan drivers real-time traffic information through crowd-sourced data from other drivers using the same route, ITWebAfrica reports. The free GPS-based mobile app is already used by 4.4 million drivers in 200 other countries, where it collates information on road conditions and gives advice on potential alternative routes. Waze is not new to Kenyan motorists, TechMoran reports. The app has been freely accessible since 2010 but wasn’t used in significant numbers. Google purchased Israeli startup Waze in 2013 for $1 billion, according to TechWeez. Some users appreciate the accuracy of the service, especially in estimating time of arrival.  Waze also works as a…

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The 31 Year-Old Entrepreneur Who Is Challenging PayPal In Kenya


Danson Muchemi, 31, is the founder of JamboPay, Kenya’s leading Online Payment Gateway. JamboPay, which was founded in 2009, now has more than 1,500 institutional clients and processes more than $50 million in payments every year. The company has a presence in Kenya, Tanzania and Senegal and is expanding to 4 additional countries before the end of 2015. I caught up with him recently in Nairobi and we chatted briefly about JamboPay’s model, service offering and future plans. What’s your personal and professional background? I am the CEO of JamboPay and a firm believer in deploying technology for the good…

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[VIDEO] IEBC Chairman Isaak Hassan decries poor diaspora voter registration


Out of 200,000 Kenyans living in the United Kingdom, only 8,889 have registered as voters with the Kenya High Commission. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Isaack Hassan revealed this during a meeting with diaspora voting stakeholders held in London on Friday. Mr Hassan said despite a sense of frustration, the electoral body was still hopeful that more Kenyans will register with their respective missions around the world. “We are trying our level best to make sure that we obey the ruling of the Supreme Court which directed that those in diaspora vote come 2017,” he said. “Your…

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Kenyan Woman Murdered by Kenyan Lover in Germany


A 29 year old Kenyan woman and mother of two was on Thursday morning stabbed to death by her 28 year old Kenyan lover in their home in Wiesenhügel, in the city of Erfurt located in central Germany. The lady identified as Belinda A. and the man identified as Nelson N. had been living together as a couple and even working together as business partners. Police were called in at around 8am on Thursday morning by neighbours who heard the screams of the Kenyan lady, coming from the fifth floor of the apartment building. On arrival, the police found the…

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Senators allege plot to scrap Kenya’s Presidential term limit


A group of senators have  expressed fears that President Uhuru Kenyatta is using the National Assembly to lay the ground for the removal of term limits to enable him to rule “forever”. The lawmakers, who included Dr Boni Khalwale (Kakamega, UDF) and Mutula Kilonzo Jr (Makueni, Wiper), said Kenyans must be wary of piecemeal amendments to the law intended to achieve “selfish interests”. The proposed Kenya Defence Forces (Amendment) Bill 2015, which has been tabled in the National Assembly, is a government ploy to pass draconian laws to create a powerful Presidency and sanction human rights violations, they claimed. Dr…

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[VIDEO] Kenyan mob kills NIS officer as he was clearing traffic jam


A National Intelligence Service officer was beaten to death by members of the public while his colleague escaped death narrowly in Donholm on Sunday evening as they attempted to clear a traffic jam. The two officers, both based at the NIS headquarters, had alighted from their car and tried to control traffic but members of the public mistook them for robbers. In the ensuing confrontation, one of the officers shot a resident on the hip. Detectives from the NIS on Monday visited the scene and Buruburu police station after preliminary investigations showed that some two police officers, one believed to…

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Cars banned from Lamu Old Town, only donkeys, ambulance to operate on Island


Many Lamu residents have heeded to a ban requiring all automobile owners to be removed from the old town by end of August. While announcing the ban at the Lamu fort, Lamu governor Issa Timamy said Lamu Island was a heritage site and that there was need to maintain it as such without trying to bring in western and modern elements that are now threatening to erode the typical heritage of the site. Previously, there had been over 20 vehicles, 30 motorcycles and over 100 bicycles on the tiny island. Timamy said the growing number of vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles…

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KQ services unattractive to travellers, parliamentary probe finds


A Select Parliamentary Committee says Kenya Airways made its service unattractive to customers through high ticket prices and frequent flight cancellations despite intense competition among airlines. The committee formed two months ago by the Senate, Kenya’s lower House, to probe the national carrier’s nose-diving finances said evidence gathered so far also pointed to poor investment decisions, industrial unrest and lack of expansion in Africa among the five major problems that plunged it into a record $251 million after-tax loss. “Prima facie evidence so far gathered shows that the airline faces major problems which the committee is looking deeply into with…

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Official response from FEP Holdings to complaints raised by Kenyan shareholders in US


  FEP Holdings has issued a statement responding to complaints by Kenyans in the US over the company’s management and business operations.The statement dated August 3rd and sent to was signed by the Group Chief Operations Officer Mr Maurice K. Korir last week published a statement issued by a section of shareholders in the country lamenting that the FEP Group is giving them a run around when it comes to how their investments are handled. (Read: Kenyans in US who invested with FEP cry foul as concerns over the company grows) Here is the company’s repsonse Preamble The FEP Holdings Board of…

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Death Announcement: Agnes Waithera Kamau of Oklahoma


It’s with heavy hearts that we regret to announce the passing of one of our own, Agnes Waithera Kamau. Agnes went to be with the lord on July 31st 2015.   She was wife to Samuel Kamau Thuo.  Meetings will be held daily at Wachuka’s and Charles residence at 2619 Silvertree Dr. Oklahoma City, OK 73120 from 6pm to 9pm for prayers and funeral arrangements starting Sunday, August 2nd. Your presence, financial support and prayers will be highly appreciated. We loved Agnes, but God loved her more. “The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of…

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