No cash for hiring as MCAs approve Sh3.6 billion to offset debts

The planned hiring of more than 1400 staff at City Hall hangs in the balance after MCAs warned that the ballooning wage bill at the county may not favour absorption of new staff. This emerged as MCAs approved Sh 3.6 billion to help clear debts owed to suppliers and contactors at City Hall. The Supplementary budget also saw Sh 1.3 billion allocated for Ward Development projects that have stalled for the last two years. Nairobi County Assembly Finance and Budget Committee Chairman Robert Mbatia while reading the supplementary budget estimates,…

EXCLUSIVE: How sickness turned into Passion to support people with bleeding disorder

By Lynda Kiyeng 1) Tell us a little about you?  I was born here in Nairobi in February 17 1993, at Nairobi hospital. I went to primary school at st Georges school and later st Nicholas school there after transitioned to high school in Kitusuru boys in form one later transferred to Pumwani boys then finished at Nairobi Pentecostal church senior school, after which I passed and joined university of Nairobi law school. I graduated with honors in 2016 and later did my post graduate diploma at the Kenya school…

Samsung Note 10 LITE to retail at Ksh 57,999

If you’ve always wanted a NOTE device from Samsung, this may be the chance for you. Samsung has launched LITE versions of their flagship devices. So there’s now a NOTE 10 Lite These are not just like cheaper versions of the flagships, they’re like completely new devices with the flagship branding to make them appealing. The NOTE 10 Lite features an Exynos 9810 processor, 6/8GB of RAM, with 128GB storage. There’s a triple camera setup at the back, and a single 32MP selfie on the front. There’s a huge 4500mAH…

EABL half year Profits hit 10.6Billion

East African Breweries Limited (EABL) announced a pre-tax profit of Kshs10.6 billion during the half-year ending 31 December 2019, representing a 9% increase compared to the same period last year. Profit after tax also grew at the same rate, reaching Kshs7.2 billion during the period under review. With the three brands alone raking in about 71% of EABL sales in Kenya, the half year financial report also reveal that net sales in EABL’s largest market, Kenya, grew by 8%, with beer and spirits growing by 6% and 11%, respectively. READ…

Sonko reshuffles Cabinet in bid to bring sanctity in the city

By Samson Wire Governor Mike Sonko has made changes to his cabinet in a bid to revamp services as he battles to clear his name. Sonko reinstated Charles Kerich as CEC after his suspension in September last year. Kerich now heads the Lands, Urban Planning and Housing docket that was previously held by Pauline Kahiga. He is expected to spearhead the urban renewal program that targets to set up affordable houses for Nairobi residents. The program started last week in Pangani, with the contractor having officially moved to the ground.…

Nairobi leaders want Sonko to take charge of BBI in the city

By Erick Ludeya A section of leaders in Nairobi  have asked the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) taskforce to give Nairobi governor Mike Sonko the mantle to spearhead  the initiative in Nairobi. The leaders who spoke to CEO Africa argue that Sonko is still the legitimately elected governor of Nairobi and should take charge of the BBI activities. They further noted that since the taskforce is working with governors to collect views and popularise the initiative in counties, Sonko should be accorded the responsibility to guide Nairobi residents on the same.…

Co-operative bank to sponsor about 655 needy students

By Dennis Muritu Co-operative bank will this year sponsor about 655 needy students from across the country through its scholarship program. This is after the lender’s board of directors announced the selection of the beneficiaries of this year’s Co-operative Bank Foundation Scholarship Scheme. Of the 655 new scholarships to Form One students, 420 were identified by the bank’s Regional Delegates’ Forums and the remaining 235 scholarships, at 5 per county,awarded by County Governments in all the 47 counties, the bank’s Group Managing Director & CEO Dr. Gideon Muriuki said. “Our…

Sonko tops governors in Clearing Pending Bills

By John Papanoo When Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko took over the office in 2017, he found pending Bills standing at Ksh. 64 Billion. The governor further realized most of the bills were fake, prompting him to go to court and obtained a moratorium stopping suppliers from forcing him to make payments until the bills were verified by his administration. In order to fast-track this, Governor Sonko set up the first Pending Bills Committee headed by Senior Advocates PLO Lumumba and Eric Mutua. READ ALSO: Sonko to fix shortage of health…

Kenyans to enjoy Billionaire Jack Mas’ Empowerment Initiative on StarTimes

Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma has set out to share his experience with Africa as well as financially support young entrepreneurs to build their own business empires. The Billionaire is tailoring an event dubbed the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI). The ANPI is a flagship initiative of the Jack Ma Foundation, created by Jack Ma after his first trip to Africa in 2017. The aim of the prize is to support and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs who are building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future.…

Ireland hosts education fair in Kenya

Irish Ambassador to Kenya Fionnuala Quinlan By Dennis Muruitu Irish embassy hosted an Education Fair in Kenya to highlight education opportunities and programmes that are available in Ireland across various disciplines. The event brought together students, parents, teachers, education agents, educational institutions and the Irish Embassy to showcase the benefits of studying in Ireland. Ireland has a centuries-old tradition of educational excellence, a tradition they are proud of and committed to maintaining. Today, graduates from Irish universities are welcome by employers in every industry and in every corner of the…