Pest free campaign Launched in Makueni to boast Mango production

(L-R)Harrigan Mukhongo Deputy Feed the Future Coordinator USAID Kenya, Esther Kimani, MD ,KEPHIS, Betty Kibaara from Rockefeller Foundation, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and Dr Oscar Magenya, Director Research & Innovation, Ministry of Agriculture during the media launch of the  ‘Komesha Fruit Fly Campaign’ at the Radisson Blu hotel. PHOTO:COURTESY. By Dennis Muritu A campaign to create a Pest Free Area will be launched in Makueni to improve production and quality of mangoes to stimulate export and increase incomes for farmers. The campaign dubbed Komesha: Zuia Fruit Fly Ufaidike will sensitize and create awareness on economic…

SONKO WOES PERSISTS AS ACTING COUNTY SECRETARY TAKES MANTLE

Acting county secretary leboo ole morintat during cabinet meeting Cityhall  photo/Samson wire By Samson wire Things have not been rosy at the county 047 after the county boss was barred by the courts from stepping into his office by the charges from DPP. The embattled Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was arraigned in Court and Charged with Nineteen Counts by DPP over 357million corruption related cases. Operations at City hall has been slow which skeptics alluding to the fact there has been power vacuum created after The Charges bared Sonko from…

A faster, simpler way to buy airtime and pay electricity bills

You can now be able to buy airtime and Electricity tokens by just sending a message to a toll-free shortcode 40512, Purchasing airtime across networks, paying postpaid bills to Kenya Power and buying electricity token has been made easier by Financial Technology Services solution provider Tsenda. Tsenda is a Safaricom PLC’s Paybill-backed system, supported by Kibo Capital’s PaymentGate LLP e-Receipting system. READ ALSO: Aspira ink deal with Xiaomi Mi Home, to enable customers enjoy flexible payment plan With a mobile phone, you can now purchase airtime for any network be it…

KNUT ACCUSES TSC OF PLOTTING TO KILL THE UNION

By Mourice Seretta The Kenya National Union of Teachers Knut on Tuesday accused its employer the Teachers Service Commision, TSC, of the wrangles that almost saw the top leadership of the giant teachers union split. While releasing its end year media brief, the unions boss Wilson Sossion, flanked by the union’s National Chair Wycliffe Omuchei, National Treasurer John Matiang’i amongst other National Union officials, Sossion accused TSC of engaging in activities or programmes that could jeopardize negotiations, as in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement agreed on by both parties, KNUT…

IPM intensifies trustee trainings on pension management

IPM Executive Director James Wanyama,CIC Pension Scheme Trustee Peter Abande &Makerere Univ Scheme Chair Audit &Risk committee David Ssenoga during the Audit,Risk &Compliance workshop in Kisumu   The Institute of Pension Management (IPM) has intensified its trainings on pension management with an aim of enhancing accountability and effectiveness of pension scheme trustees and ultimately boost market confidence on pension. These workshops are informedby the exponential growth of pension funds over the last decade. With only 20% coverage of pension in the country and over 1200 pension schemes registered under the Retirements Benefits…

Soko Maize flour cleared by Kiambu County’s Public Health office

Kiambu County’s Public Health officials have cleared Soko Maize flour after official test results revealed that the product complied with allowable aflatoxin parameters. The clearance now means Soko Maize Meal can now trade freely in any outlets- e.g. Supermarkets, Distributors, Wholesalers, Retail shops, Hotels, Closed and open markets and Schools in the country. “Refer to the visit by Kiambu County Public Health Officials to your factory on 16th November 2019. Following the issuance of circular (KCG/CDH/VOL.1/39 dated 11th November 2019) to Sub County Public Health Officers (SCPHOs) – Kiambu County. As a way…

Price of Bottled water to go up by Sh 7 per litre

Kenyans are set for tough times ahead following the move by the taxman to impose Excisable Goods Management System (EGMS) stamp that will increase water prices by up to Ksh. 100 per 20m litre refil The Water Bottlers Association of Kenya (WBAK) pointed out that the price of bottled water is expected to increase by an average Ksh.7 per litre as the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) moves to implement new excise taxes on the non-alcoholic beverage from Wednesday next week. WBAK chairperson Henry Kabogo said the new excise tax will…

Kenya’s populace matures to 47.6 million people

Kenya’s population has grown by 9.9 million people over the last ten years to reach 47.6 million this year. According to the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census results presented to President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House Nairobi, the total population enumerated during the census exercise conducted in August this year was 47,564,296 persons. The results indicate that the female population which stands at 24,014,716 accounts for 50.5 percent of the total population while the male population is 23,548,056 persons. The 2019 census report, presented to the Head of…

High Court Advocate calls for National Cancer Census

High Court Advocate Karen Nyamu has called on the government to carry out a National Cancer Census immediately and consequently declare it a national disaster. Karen who is also a board member of the Nairobi Water Company has urged Health CS Cecil Kariuki to quickly institute plans that will see cancer statistics updated, arguing that the current stats are six years old. “The cancer statistics available are 6 years old and they indicate that cancer accounts for 7% of overall mortality rate.We know the prevalence has multiplied,” Karen said. She…

Women lobby push for implementation of 2016 Act to enable women own matrimonial land

Women have called on the government to move with speed and equip local communities living in group ranches and community land with accurate and open information relating to compliance of the parcels of land to avoid misinformation, exploitation and extortion of these communities. Speaking during the International Day of Rural Women which seeks to celebrate and honour the role of rural women by recognizing their importance in enhancing agricultural and rural development, Jennifer Kasana Groots Member from Laikipia pointed out that women have been left out in the land matter…