How to easily get your Huduma Number

Every Kenyan Citizen will now be required to have a huduma number (Namba) issued through the NIIMS portal. This is applicable to every person residing in Kenya. What is Huduma Number (Namba)? Huduma Number (Namba) is a number provided through NIIMS registration that is the ‘source of truth’ of identity of all persons residing in Kenya. Unlike a national ID or birth certificate that is issued to only Kenyan Citizens, Huduma Number will be issued to all persons residing in Kenya, be it refugees or foreigners. Is it Must to…

One year more for general in the office

President Uhuru Kenyatta on the advice of the Defence Council has extended the term of service for the Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Jefwa Mwathethe for one year effective 6th May 2019. According to a statement by KDF spokesperson Bogita Ongeri Monday, the President at the same time also upheld recommendations by the Defence Council, Chaired by Defence Cabinet Secretary Amb Raychelle Omamo various promotions, appointments and postings of the officers of the Kenya Defence Forces. Major General Adan Kanchoro Mulata was promoted to Lieutenant General and appointed Commandant…

Africa is facing housing crisis, Shelter Afrique says

Majority of African countries are facing a housing crisis as a result of high population growth, increased urbanization and low supply of affordable housing, the Pan-African housing development financier, Shelter Afrique, has said. Speaking in Nairobi at the inauguration of Karibu Homes, a low-cost housing project financed by the organization, Shelter Afrique Chairman Daniel Nghidinua said the situation is compounded by lack of affordable housing finance, high cost of urban land and weak tenure security, rising construction costs, and rapid growth in slums. The company is now calling for 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…

3M online jobs to be created in Kenya by 2025

Kenya is expected to have a bigger share of 3 million jobs projected to be created in an online marketplace in Africa by 2025. Boston Consultant Group says this will be aided by government involvement in creating policies that will enhance trust between e-commerce vendors and customers. Online Marketplaces in Kenya has for the past decade given physical stores a run for their money. This has been primarily supported by increased internet access where Kenya boasts of a penetration rate of 89 percent according to Communications Authority data. Boston Consultant Group’s Managing Director Mills…

Samsung to replace plastic packaging with recycled paper

Samsung to replace plastic packaging with recycled paper Samsung Electronics has announced plans to start taking steps this year to replace plastic packaging materials with paper and other environmentally sustainable elements. From the first half of 2019, the packaging used currently for Samsung’s products and accessories – ranging from mobile phones and tablets to home appliances – will be substituted with environmentally sustainable materials like recycled/bio-based plastics and paper. To revamp product packaging, Samsung Electronics has formed a task force involving design and development, purchasing, marketing and quality control for…

Tatu City and Equator Energy deliver first solar power plant

Tatu City has installed its first solar power plant in partnership with Equator Energy, to generate renewable energy for the city. The installation comprises of 2,880 solar modules that have been mounted on 5,700 square meters of roof space at Dormans Coffee’s global headquarters at Tatu Industrial Park. The plant is expected to produce 1.4 million kilowatt-hours per year, the same amount of energy consumed by 8,500 people. The installation is in line with Tatu City’s long-term commitment to environmental conservation through harnessing renewable energy sources. The solar power plant…

Tenant purchasing schemes to help reduce housing deficit

Experts are calling for more strategic support to Kenya’s home ownership market. According to a recent report by the World Bank “Kenya Economic Update: Housing Unavailable and Unaffordable” the housing deficit in Kenya stands at 250,000 housing units annually. With a constantly growing population, the deficit can only get worse. The Vision 2030 social pillar on housing seeks to attain an adequately and decently-housed nation in a sustainable environment. “The stand on bank interest rates capping remains unresolved. This has made banks apprehensive in granting of loans and mortgages. Consequently, house…

The new trends driving private infrastructure investment in emerging markets

A according to a recent report by PwC which identified a number of themes likely to guide investment in a world where politics, technology and markets are changing fast; shows over US$4.5tn a year will be spent on infrastructure between now and 2020. The five themes include investors broadening their horizon, new political leadership unveiling ambitious goals, future-proofing against obsolescence, and sustainable infrastructure for the long term, commodity-rich regions prioritizing infrastructure among others. Of these themes, I think three are particularly relevant, with each having its own specific drivers and…