The People Principle in Security

Security systems are only as successful as the people who sit behind them In May 2020, the personal records of more than 24 million South Africans and nearly 794,000 companies were handed over to someone impersonating a client. The personal records, identity numbers and addresses of millions of people and thousands of businesses were given to this person because they had fooled the system. It’s a hard lesson in how important it is to embed security not just into the technology and the devices of a company, but into its…

KBA, FSD Kenya, GIT partner to promote access to people with disabilities

By Mourice Seretta The Kenya Bankers Association has partnered with the Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSD Kenya), non-profit inABLE and Georgia Institute of Technology in a programme to promote access to financial services for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). The initiative, whose pilot phase kicked off this month, aims to identify major accessibility challenges PWDs face while using banking service channels. The programme seeks to assess PWDs’ access challenges using the sample of seven banks. The project will be jointly funded by the banking industry and FSD Kenya. Under the partnership,…

Devolution Ministry closes shop after 18 staff test positive of Covid-19

By Mourice Seretta  The Ministry of Devolution has asked all its staff to go on self-isolation for two weeks after several staff from the ministry tested positive for Covid-19. In an internal memo to staff, the ministry’s Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli says 18 staff members tested positive from the virus out of 128 samples tested. “Following the mass testing for COVID-19 that was done on July 23, 2020, it has come to our attention that 18 officers tested positive for the disease out of 128 samples. The purpose of this…

Safaricom names its former CEO Michael Joseph as Board Chair

By Mourice Seretta Safaricom has appointed its former Chief Executive Officer Michael Joseph as its new Board Chairman following the retirement of Nicholas Nganga from the post. A statement released by the firm CEO Peter Ndegwa says the appointment of Joseph takes effect as from August 1st 2020. Joseph takes over from Nganga who joined the board in May 2004 and took over the chairmanship through an election in January 2007. ‘He has steered the company through various milestones over the 13 years he was at the helm,” Ndegwa said.…

KNUT faults TSC of Intimidation

By Mourice Seretta     The Kenya National Union of Teachers, KNUT, now wants its employer, the Teachers Service Commission, TSC, to immediately release Kshs7 billion it is allegedly holding meant for an earlier signed and agreed upon Collective Bargaining Agreement. Addressing the media from KNUT Headquarters in Nairobi, the Union’s Secretary General Wilson Sossion flanked by his assistant Clement Gicharu  and National Treasurer John Matiang’i said TSC is intentionally and unproceduraly holding the Kshs7 billion out of the total Kshs54 billion allocated to teachers so as to victimise some of…

NAIVAS OPENS NEW AIRPORT VIEW FOOD MARKET STORE

By Mourice Seretta Supermarket chain, Naivas, has opened a new branch in Nairobi. The 64th store is located on Mombasa road opposite the Syokimau Railway station and has been designed as a fresh food outlet to serve the burgeoning population of residents and businesses in the western side of Machakos County. It is the third store to open since March after Mountain view and Kilimani branches. Naivas Chief Commercial Officer Willy Kimani stated that the retailer had opened the branch that spots its flagship food market interior and a modernistic…

  Racism haunts football – Watford’s Christian Kabasele

It was a moment that shocked European football. Christian Kabasele, who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, scored for Genk against Standard Liege in October 2015 and celebrated with a monkey imitation. His celebration was in protest of the monkey chants he’d been subjected to by some Kortrijk fans in September 2015 in another Belgium Pro League game. The Belgium Pro League did not immediately respond to CNN Sport’s request for comment, though the Royal Belgium Football Association pointed to projects that it has introduced to combat racism earlier this year. However,…

SOCIOECONOMIC COSTS OF COVID 19 MAY GO OVER AND BEYOND THAT OF HIV

By Joanne Mwangi-Yelbert As news of the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emerged, global financial markets reacted pessimistically and behaved in ways not seen since the 2008 financial crisis, the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression of 1929. A full understanding of the potential economic and social impact of the virus which leads to this disease remains difficult to predict. This is because spread of a disease on this scale both geographically and exponentially is unprecedented in the modern world. Since the first reported case in Wuhan China,…

KRA begins to pay Ksh.10 billion VAT refunds to businesses

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has begun paying out Ksh.10 billion in VAT refunds following a presidential directive and release of funds by National Treasury. “We have begun paying various businesses entities VAT refunds from special funds allocated by the government and released to KRA and expect to finalise the payments process in one Week”, said the Commissioner for Domestic Taxes Ms. Elizabeth Meyo. The refunds are expected offer financial relief to businesses worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic especially the horticulture, transport and hospitality sectors of the economy. “Only…

COVID-19 numbers go up as government intensify testing across the country

Kenya has recorded 127 positive cases of COVID 19, out of 3,831 samples tested in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of positive cases to 1745. These cases are spread in Nairobi (76), Mombasa (19), Busia (16), Uasin Gishu (8), Kiambu (2), Kajiado (5) and Isiolo (1). The announcement was made by the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Health, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi who said the high numbers are as a result of the increase in the sample size and also a show that the virus is firmly in our midst. “This can be stopped…