CS Munya Commissions Ksh 1Billion New Isuzu EA Assembly Lines

The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives Hon Peter Munya, today commissioned new assembly lines at the Isuzu EA Assembly Plant constructed at a cost of Ksh 1billion. Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Isuzu EA Managing Director, Rita Kavashe, indicated that the move was a demonstration of Isuzu EA’s manufacturing capacity to locally assemble a wide range of upcoming commercial vehicles that meet diverse customer needs in different economic sectors. “The introduction of the new assembly lines is aimed at modernizing and boosting assembly operations in readiness for…

KWFT, AAR Insurance and Bliss Healthcare launch affordable health micro-insurance product

Kenya Women Microfinance Bank (KWFT) has partnered with AAR Insurance & Bliss GVS Healthcare to launch a medical micro- insurance cover targeting low and middle income earners in Kenya. The product named KWFT Afyafit is a comprehensive and affordable medical micro-insurance at only Ksh19,800 for a family of six. The product comes with an inpatient limit of Ksh 500,000, outpatient limit of Kshs 75,000, a generous maternity limit of Ksh100,000, dental and optical limit of Ksh10,000 respectively per family. KWFT Afyafit also covers chronic, psychiatric and congenital conditions as well as…

Nairobi’s majority leader challenges new Public Service Board to solve labor menace

By Erick Ludeya The approval of five nominees for the Nairobi County Public Service Board by the county assembly will help in fast tracking labor related challenges at the county. Majority leader Abdi Guyo has asked the nominees to speed the employment of qualified personnel in understaffed departments like health. The five who were approved are former Kakamega deputy speaker Abdihakim Mohamed who will be the chairman, Aisha Wanjiku, Sharon Mirella, Consolata Muthoni and Thomas Mweu. Guyo said that the board should also work on retirement plans for employees who…

Greenpeace: 2019-20 Budget Fails to Cater For Kenyan’s Electricity Needs

Responding to the budget speech by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, Greenpeace Africa’s Senior Campaign Manager, Renee Olende has said: “The Ministry of Energy has failed Kenyans yet again. The budget has a narrow focus; catering for manufacturers will not ensure adequate accessibility and efficient supply of electricity to urban, peri-urban and rural communities. Approximately 40% of Kenya’s population has access to electricity, in contrast, only 15% of rural inhabitants benefit from electricity supply. Even in urban areas,  the quality of power is low and supply is unreliable. “Kenya’s renewable…

StanChart shifts focus to youth as it launched new community investment strategy

Kariuki Ngari, CEO Standard Chartered Bank Kenya. Through its Futuremakers programme, the Bank’s global ambition is to raise USD50 million and build the entrepreneurship capability of 50,000 micro, small businesses Standard Chartered Bank has launched a new community investment approach that focuses more on youth empowerment through education, employability and entrepreneurship opportunities. The new social investment strategy dubbed Futuremakers seeks to build on the community impact and achievements of Seeing is Believing, the Standard Chartered Marathon mantra. “More than 20% of Kenyans are youth, yet the economic opportunities to finding…

Learn about the new generation of rock climbers in Kenya

This week on Inside Africa, CNN International travels to Kenya to explore its iconic climbing culture. From urban walls to Mount Kenya’s snowy peaks, the programme learns how a new generation of climbers are conquering their own mountains. Kenyan born Allan Wide tells the writer how significant his sport, rock climbing, is to Kenya. He says:  “Climbing has always had quite a culture in Kenya. To understand it, I think you’ve probably got to go back quite far… the first ascent of Mount Kenya was in 1899. At that time…

Maritime and Shipping PS calls assures Seafarers Union of government protection

Maritime and Shipping Principle Secretary Nancy Karigithu addressingjournalists during the inauguration of board members of Bandari Maritime Academy held at Bandari College in Mombasa County. By  Tobby Otum Maritime and Shipping Principle Secretary Nancy Karigithu said the Seafarers Union of Kenya (SUK) is a validly registered party under the trade unions act. She insisted the government won’t allow the affairs and welfare of the seafarers to be handled casually. “The splinter group under the name of Kenya Seafarers Welfare Association [KSWA] was formed as a result of an election despute,” she pointed out. Karigithu said the government won’t recognize the…

 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…

Business most trusted entities in Africa, Report

Government is the least trusted institution according to a recently released survey from ten African countries The report titled Annual Trust Barometer ranked businesses as the most trusted institutions in Africa. Produced by E-Plus in Partnership with Edelman, Gina Din Group and KEPSA the report in its  19th  edition sampled 10 African countries Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Cote d’ Ivoire, Ghana, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Angola. However, trust in Media amongst the 10 African countries exceeds the global average of trust in Media. Business is the most trusted in…

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…