City Hall collected Sh1.7 billion from parking services by end of March

Nairobi City County Government collected Sh 1.7 billion from its parking charges in the period ending 30th march this financial year. The county had projected to collect Sh 2.6 billion by close of the 2018/19 financial year and with one and half months only remaining before the year ends, the target remains a pipe dream. The month of January 2019 recorded the highest collections, which is Sh238.3 million while August 2018 recorded the least amount, Sh 148.2 million. In the 2017/18 financial year, the county collected Sh 1.8 billion from…

Hass Consult banks on Riverside Drive for its mixed-use development

Hass Consult unveiled niche development Riverside Square, spanning 250 apartments, offices, boutique stores, infinity pools, gyms and open-air leisure facilities, on Riverside Drive, which it selected as the emerging hub of Nairobi’s wealthy Bohemian class, the BOHOs. “As development managers, we have led the way in financial models and market positioning in Kenya for over two decades. During that time, the real estate market has become more sophisticated, to the position, by 2019, where only carefully thought through investments with clear and under-served target markets now sell rapidly,” said Sakina…

Kenya National Private Security Worker’s Union issues strike notice

Kenya National Private Security Worker’s Union is a duly registered trade Union under the ministry of labour and social protection with the sole mandate of representing unionizable employees in the private security sector in Kenya. We intend to issue 21 days strike notice to All employers in the private security industry in particular the non- complying ones that have persistently opted to: 1. Underpaying the private security officers. 2. Disregarded overtime payments to the private security officers. 3. Drawn disparity in terms of remuneration between day and night guards. In…

New modern market to be built in Dandora, says Sonko

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has ordered for the construction of a modern market in Dandora estate. The market, according to Sonko will be built on a repossessed piece of public land that had been grabbed by a private developer in Dandora Phase 1. The governor revealed that the private developer was illegally given an allotment letter by the previous regime. “I have instructed my Lands CEC Charles Kerich to revoke that allotment letter to pave way for construction of the market,” said Sonko. In addition Sonko has directed Trade and…

CS Magoha calls for reforms in higher education

The CS is calling for reforms in higher education including collapsing institutions offering the same courses citing Rwanda and SA as countries that have instituted mergers in universities with a high level of success. This suggestion came shortly after Education cabinet secretary George Magoha has rejected 30 requests for the establishment of new universities in the country citing new universities establishment will only duplicate courses offered in existing ones. Magoha queried the rate at which universities were expanding calling for the need to churn out quality students as well as establish a…

Africa governments challenged to focus on private-sector led growth

Africa will only achieve the much-needed growth and open the continent for investment if it properly taps the power of the private sector, a continental investment conference bringing together leading business leaders has been told. “Africa has to move away from state-led economic development.  Many African states seem to focus on the idea that government needs to be at the forefront of the industry,” Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance, Republic of South Africa, told the ongoing 5th  African Legal Network (ALN) Africa Investment Conference in Dubai.  “The next…

Survey: 40pc of car insurance policies in Nairobi might be fake

One customer said she had an accident and when she went to claim, she was told that the insurance company did not have her details in their system, despite having paid for the premiums. 40 percent of motor vehicle insurance policies in Nairobi exist only on paper according to research released by insure tech company Bismart. It reveals that a sizeable number of Kenyan drivers could be holding fake car insurance despite having paid for the cover. The research showed that 22 percent of motor vehicle insurance policies could not…

Opportunities for Innovative Universal Health Coverage Financing Identified

A new White Paper on innovative health financing models for achieving universal health coverage (UHC) in Kenya has been launched at the Sankalp Africa Summit by the SDG Partnership Platform, in partnership with Intellecap. The White Paper highlights the need for Government to continue to significantly increase its budgets for health to deliver on the Country’s ambition to realize UHC, while it is taps into complementary sources of financing to optimize the existing resources and bridge critical gaps. The paper identifies various promising health financing models that can help Kenya…

Young legislators decry sidelining of youth in presidential appointments

A section of young parliamentarians has decried failure by President Uhuru Kenyatta to consider young people in his recent appointments. Speaking to the media, the lawmakers said such exclusion was unconstitutional and wanted the president to rope in the youth in his next round of appointments. We are surprised that young people were excluded from appointments to top government jobs. We expect that in his next round of appointments, the president considers the young population since it makes the greater percentage of the country’s population,” said Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja.…

Majority of Nairobians confident the City county on the right path

Majority of Nairobi residents have expressed confidence that Governor Mike Sonko’s administration is moving in the right direction. According to city residents, who are attending the ongoing public participation for the 2019/20 County Fiscal Strategy Paper, the Nairobi County government is doing well in terms of delivering on its mandate. Simon Leboo, Nairobi Deputy County Secretary, said preliminary feedback reports on the County Fiscal Strategy of 2019/20 has been positive. “Overall, the feeling among the majority of Nairobians is that they have confidence in our ability to do better,” said…