Delays in Processing Construction Permits is Hurting the Economy

By Dennis Murutu The Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) and the Kenya Private Developers Association (KPDA) say the E-Construction Permit systems has not been working as expected in various counties adversely affecting projects in the building and construction sector. Speaking during a press conference Monday to address the downtime issue on the electronic permitting systems in Kenya, the associations says they have been following this matter closely and keenly to no avail. They noted in May this year, the Nairobi County system started experiencing hitches and eventually collapsed when the…

Marketplace Africa explores Kenya’s Geothermal Power Industry

This week on Marketplace Africa, CNN International discovers how a key partnership between Kenya and Japan has led to Kenya becoming one of the top ten producers of geothermal power in the world. Nearly 50% of the total energy powering Kenya’s national electric grid is produced at the Olkaria Geothermal Field power plant. This facility is run by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen). CNN meets Peter Ouma, the Geothermal Development Director for KenGen, who tells the programme about the power source, “Geothermal energy is thermal energy generated and stored…

Athi Water gets a new look in bid to provide better services

Athi Water Services has re branded to Athi Water Works Development Agency in a bid to re-engineer the firm to efficiently deliver its services. This comes after the renaming of the agency under the 2016 water Act from Athi water services board to Athi water works development agency. The new look sets the future outlook of AWWDA in fulfillment of the constitutional rights and the Water Act obligations to clean and safe water. The launch comes in at a time when the government is focusing on ensuring all citizens have…

Dangote Industries shows its commitment to empowering Africa

A new branded content campaign on CNN TV, digital and social media platforms is showing global audiences some of the many ways that Dangote Industries is impacting people in African communities and industries.   The ‘Touching Lives’ campaign, which starts airing on TV this month, has been conceived and developed by CNN International Commercial’s award-winning branded content studio Create as part of the extended partnership between Dangote Industries and CNN. Announced last year, the partnership also includes sponsorship within CNN Marketplace Africa and Dangote being the first African brand to…

Meet Nairobi’s next generation of environmentalists on Going Green

By 2050, 68% percent of the global population will live in a major city. CNN’s Going Green travels to Nairobi, Kenya, to hear how a population which has doubled since 1986 is adapting to today’s environmental challenges. The programme meets Sam Dindi, who has dedicated his life to volunteering and campaigning to protect the environment in his home city. Alongside a group of volunteers, Dindi has helped clean the banks of the Nairobi river, including founding a park for local residents. Dindi tells Going Green: “My journey to keep Nairobi…

shocking as Dozens of elephant carcasses found in Botswana

It’s one of the world’s last sanctuaries for African elephants. But now, Botswana says, its population of the animals will be fair game for hunters. The southern African nation, which is home to 130,000 elephants — more than anywhere else on the continent — imposed the ban in 2014 to help declining numbers recover from poaching and shrinking habitats. Late on Wednesday, Botswana’s government scrapped the ban, shrugging off criticism from some environmental groups and conservationists. It cited increasing conflict between humans and elephants, as well as the need to…

 Plastic Ban Requires regional policy for its success

Responding to the news that the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has issued a warning over the return of plastic bags in the country, Greenpeace Africa’s Campaigner  Amos Wemanya has said: To curb the influx of contraband single-use plastics into Kenya, the government needs to improve its coordination and collaboration among various enforcement agencies including the NEMA, National Intelligence Service and Police units acting both within and across borders to nab the illegal suppliers of banned single-use plastic carrier bags.   “Unscrupulous businessmen and traders continue to take advantage of…

A legacy of lunacy haunts Kenya’s old railway. Will China’s $3.6bn line be different?

Kenya took on huge debt to buy a modern railway from Beijing that it hopes will boost its economy … despite the controversy it has attracted. At the close of the 19th century, Britain decided to build a railway line, the Lunatic Express, from the port of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean to its protectorate of Uganda, in a bid to lay claim to the land in between amid rumblings that the German and French empires were coming for it. In 2014, the Kenyan government decided the aging line needed…

Kenyan food with a twist

“Food tastes much better when you eat it with your hands,” declares Nairobi-based food blogger Kaluhi Adagala, using her fingers to tease some freshly baked tilapia off the bone. “It’s like a hands-on, intimate relationship between you and the food.”Adagala is in the dining room of the Delta Plaza branch of contemporary Kenyan restaurant Nyama Mama bold with African wax prints with a colorful feast of fish, meat, samosas, cornmeal and greens prepared by executive chef Lesiamon Sempele. Nairobi is the vibrant, chaotic heart of Kenya. It’s a fast-evolving city…

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…