October 26, 2016

Kenyan Arstiste Murimi Wa Kahalf of “Ino ni Momo” fame passes away


Popular Kikuyu musician Murimi wa Kahalf died on Thursday evening after a long illness that saw him admitted in hospital for a month. The singer, remembered for his “Ino ni Momo” hit that received countrywide airplay, was battling a yet to be disclosed illness. His friends in early May organised a fundraiser and called for fans to contribute via Paybill to enable them offset his hospital bill that they said had increased significantly. Murang’a Women Representative Sabina Chege confirmed that the singer’s family had indeed lost their celebrity son. “I wish to convey my condolences to Murimi’s family and urge…

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The Kenyan banks to avoid when you are seeking loans


For the longest now, banks in Kenya have been fleecing borrowers with little or no information on how expensive or cheap the money they are borrowing is. This has, however, changed with the introduction of annual percentage rate (APR) and a standard pricing mechanism — Kenya Banks Reference Rate (KBRR). APR combines all charges levied to secure a loan, negotiation fees, monthly charges, interest, commission and insurance to a single comparable rate making it possible to compare rates from the banks. According to the Central Bank, the KBRR would be the uniform base lending rate across the banking sector and…

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[VIDEO] Kajiado rejects medical equipment as Governor says he was not consulted


Kajiado governor David Nkedianye has joined in the chorus of governors who’ve rejected the government’s move to lease medical equipment worth billions of shillings for public hospitals in all counties. The governor says health services had been devolved; yet the county leaders had not been consulted.

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Furious Kenyan pens emotional letter to Lupita Nyong’o


Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, who has been in the country, has received online criticism from Kenyans. The Hollywood star jetted into the country over the weekend and attended her sister’s wedding in which only accredited professional photographers were allowed to take photos. One online user has accused the actress of “acting too important” and blamed her presence during the ceremony as the reason why hotel workers’ phones were confiscated to make sure they did not take her photos. Days after the extravagant wedding, the accredited professional photographer Mwaniki Will shared photos of the couple online stating that he had…

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Land fraudsters on the prowl in Thika


Land fraudsters are on the prowl in Thika and are using all manner of tricks to wrestle the prime parcels from the bonafide owners and sell unsuspecting private developers. Prices of centrally located land parcels have skyrocketed in Thika since the completion of the Super Highway and the grabbers in collusion with some Ministry of Lands personnel identify empty parcels mostly owned by elderly people with little knowledge on land matters or those whose owners have died. They work closely with lands officials. Those with allotment letters from the former local authority which was in place before the county governments…

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Drama in Webuye after thieves unleash bees on police


Thieves on Wednesday released bees on police who had gone to arrest them at Webuye Pan-Paper Mill. More than 10 thieves were trying to steal scrap metal and had carried the bees in a sack. They released the swarm and fled into the forest. The police were forced to retreat. One officer was seriously stung and treated at Webuye District Hospital. -the-star.co.ke

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Kenyan ladies are now buying ‘Hour Glass” body shapes


Most ladies crave that hourglass shape; the kind where, their midsection is almost non-existent whilst their hips and derriere conspicuously stand out! But just when you thought that Kenyan ladies were doing well with their adequately endowed physiques, a new rampant trend that has ladies struggling with waist trainers for that ideal body shape is taking over. All the wearer has to do is strap the waist trainer on and try not to pass out in a low-effort trick that promises to slim your waist and “train” your curves. Soon after top pop celebrities like the Kardashians and Amber Rose…

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FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The late Master Mark Mwangi, 5, to be buried this Saturday


The farewell ceremony for the late 5 year old Master Mark Mwangi who died after drowning in a swimming pool in Roswell, Georgia, will be  this Saturday, June 6th, 2015. Wake/Viewing Time: 1:00PM-2:00PM Venue: West Cobb Funeral Home Address: 2480 MaCland Rd, Marietta, GA 30064 Phone: (770) 419-9234   Funeral Service Time: 2:00PM-2:45PM Venue: West Cobb Funeral Home Address: 2480 MaCland Rd, Marietta, GA 30064 Phone: (770) 419-9234 Burial Time: 3:30PM Venue:  Kennesaw Memorial Park Address: 1306 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA 30064 Phone: (770) 428-0502 The family is still appealing to well wishers for financial support to help offset the funeral cost. Donations &…

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At age 20, is this the youngest female pilot in Kenya?


Her name is Alice Runyutu, a 20-year-old who’s currently a student pilot. The beautiful and humble young lady reveals that her passion for flying came from “the love that I have for adventure and traveling.” Her maiden flight was on a Cessna 152 and for her, she found it a really exciting experience; “I find flying really exciting, fascinating, exhilarating but we cannot ignore the fact that it is challenging,” she says. She believes the aviation  industry in Africa lacks enough women and that’s why she chose to follow that path. In Kenya, that’s also the case. Alice is definitely…

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Walmart debuts in Kenya through Massmart’s chain Game

Johannesburg retailer Massmart has been opening its Game big-box stores in other African countries such as Malawi and Mozambique, selling everything from packaged food to camping gear and television sets. The chain's goal is to become the Wal-Mart of Africa. At the Game store in Maputo, Mozambique, employees even sing a song together some mornings—though it's a local pop tune rather than a Wal-Mart style corporate anthem.

Even as Walmart raced to open its first store in Kenya, there were snags. The retailer was forced to import the trademark bright magenta ink that adorns its brash price offers and doorway décor because nobody in the country could produce it. It was one of several obstacles the world’s largest retailer has run into in Kenya. The US retail giant has spent the past few years trying — and failing — to crack the east African hub, whose growth is fuelled by aspirational consumption. Walmart’s move into Kenya highlights the sea change in the continent, as a nascent consumer…

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