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Chives farming transforming farmers’ lives in Bahati, Nakuru

Nakuru farmers harvest chives. Photo courtesy of Bob Koigi.

There is nothing that makes a farmer rejoice more than knowing there is a ready market for their produce. Hassle free. This is one advantage that a section of farmers from Bahati Constituency in Nakuru have as farming takes a more economic approach from the usual subsistence practice. The more than 80 farmers have adopted chives production, with the export ...

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Should Kenya legalise corruption as it morphs into a monster?

President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta (R) greets his supporters with his running mate, William Ruto after attending a news conference in Nairobi on March 9, 2013. The two have been indicted by Kenyans for not doing enough to fight corruption. [Photo: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola]

For the past several months, runaway corruption and the lethargy expressed by the highest office in the country to fight have been the talk for many Kenyans. Billions have been lost in shady projects whose expenditure cannot be explicitly proved or explained. The country continues on more borrowing sprees, further burdening the taxpayer who continues paying for either no service ...

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‘It’s not yet time,’ as Waiguru brushes off resignation calls

Devolution CS Anne Waiguru. She has issued a statement saying that the push for her to resign is an attack on her person and not on corruption. [Photo: standardmedia.co.ke]

Embattled Devolution CS Anne Waiguru has issued a statement on the ongoing corruption allegations against her ministry. In what has been a sustained push for transparency by Kenyans from all walks of life, Waiguru has made yet another proclamation that she is in no way involved in corrupt dealings at her ministry. In the statement issued on Wednesday, Waiguru said, ...

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Bankers Association says house prices have increased modestly in the third quarter

Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) CEO Habil Olaka (left) and KBA Director of Research and Financial Markets Policy Jared Osoro during the launch of the KBA Housing Price Index findings for Quarter 3 2015. [Photo: KBA]

Average house prices in Kenya increased by 1.26 per cent during the third quarter of 2015 representing a relatively faster increase compared to the previous quarter’s 0.2 per cent increase. According to the Kenya Bankers Association Housing Price Index (KBA-HPI), the observed modest price movement signals the softening of the overall house prices in line with the demand and supply ...

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Okiya Omtatah stokes Eurobond fire as Kenyans seek answers

Activist Okiya Okoiti Omtatah. Photo credit www.businessdailyafrica.com

The Eurobond controversy has refused to go away. This is despite the government giving all manner of assurances that the country is doing well financially. The topic which has been on the lips of many Kenyans, on and off social media platforms, has been one seeking answers which have not been forthcoming. In an editorial cartoon in one of the ...

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Paynet Group rebrands to Interswitch unveiling new corporate identity

Interswitch Group CEO Mitchell Elegbe (L) and Bernard Matthewman, Interswitch East Africa CEO (formerly Paynet Group CEO) toast to a new logo during the launch of Interswitch East Africa. Paynet Group which owns PesaPoint network is now Interswitch East Africa. [Photo: Kamau Ngunyi/ Wheels Media]

Interswitch, an integrated digital payments and commerce provider focused on Africa on Wednesday launched its brand new corporate identity in Kenya. This marks a new phase in Interswitch’s expansion across Africa and follows the completion of merger with leading East African e-payments provider Paynet Group. Effectively, Paynet Group – East Africa’s multi-institutional payments provider and owner of PesaPoint brand now ...

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Verve International launches in East Africa from Kenya

Verve International Chief Executive Officer Charles Ifedi (L). He said Verve’s commitment and drive is to always go the extra mile to satisfy its customers in Africa. [Photo: Kamau Ngunyi]

Verve International (‘Verve’), an African payment card brand, has announced its official entry into the Kenyan market. The launch in Nairobi included the announcement of a strategic partnership with Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) to expand card acceptance and payment services in six key East African markets. Verve, which is also the biggest payment card brand in Nigeria with more than ...

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Parents advised to embrace family planning for better education

Vihiga MP Yusuf Chanzu addressing participants at the forum. [Photo:Malachi Motano]

By Malachi Motano Parents have been advised practice family planning in order to offer quality education to their children. Teachers must also enhance good teacher-pupil interaction so as to create a good environment for learning and allow the students to open up to them. Vihiga MP Yusuf Chanzu speaking at an education forum organized by Uwezo Kenya Educational researchers at Mbale ...

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Is nyama choma consumption exposing Kenyans to cancer?

Nyama Choma which is a common delicacy in Kenya's events. Consumption of red meat has been flagged as a risk for increased cancer. [Photo: commons.wikimedia.org]

Did you know that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent? In a recent report, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has evaluated the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat and for meat lovers, ...

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Human rights defenders urged to monitor, document human rights abuses

Kimutai Birech from NCHRD-K explaining a point to participants on how to monitor and document human rights violations. [Photo:  Wema Fadhili]

By Wema Fadhili As the country gears towards the 2017 general elections, actors dealing in human rights issues have been urged to be on the lookout in documenting human rights violation while doing monitoring. “Documentation holds key to accuracy, accountability and transparency. Lack of documentation has contributed to those committing atrocities get away with it,” said Otieno Aluoka from the ...

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Boost for SMEs as information handbook launched

The handbook wil help SMEs grow and expand their revenues. [Photo: kuzabiashara.co.ke]

By Maurice Momanyi Players in the Micro and Small Enterprises (SMEs) sector in the country and the region at large are set to benefit more from an updated sector booklet on services and products offered by the small business owners. The launch of the second edition of the Medium and Small Enterprises (MSMEs) Handbook is a project of the SME ...

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Kakuma Refugee Camp to benefit from EU’s financial boost to UNICEF

A view of Kakuma Refugee Camp. The camp has received Sh 100 million to help address cholera outbreaks and child mortality. [Photo: globalviews.dk]

The European Commission has signed two agreements with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to fund humanitarian programmes for children and women in Kenya worth €895,000 an equivalent of Sh100 million. The Commission will provide €545,000 (sh61M) in support of UNICEF Kenya’s preparedness and response to the ongoing cholera outbreak. A further €350,000 (sh39M) will support protection measures for children ...

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Unilever ranked top employer in Kenya

CEO for East Africa Marc Engel. He says The ‘Winning with People’ agenda is fundamental to the success of our business strategy. [Photo: amref.org]

The Top Employer Institute, an international certification institute, has ranked Unilever as the number one employer in Kenya in 2015/16 for the third year in a row. The institute based in the Netherlands, benchmarks companies against global human resource best practices and its certification is recognized internationally. It certifies excellence in the conditions that employers create to ensure that employees ...

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Posta Kenya, Kilimall partner to enhance logistics services for online buyers

Postmaster General Dr. Enock Kinara (L) and Kilimall logistics manager Chris Nyaga, exchange a signed memorandum of understanding (MoU). The MoU seeks to enhance the logistics-service experience for online buyers via posta Kenya outlets across the country. [Photo: Redhouse PR]

The Postal Corporation of Kenya (Posta) and online shop Kilimall have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance the logistics service experience for online buyers. The partnership will allow Kilimall to use Posta outlets across the country. The arrangement allows Kilimall to use post offices as a collection points from which online shoppers can collect their ordered goods. Customers will ...

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Kenyans want President Uhuru to enjoy his 54th birthday but work

President Uhuru Kenyatta celebrates his 54th birthday today. Kenyans have given recommendations on wht he should do to restore Kenyans' confidence in his government. [Photo: france-rwanda.info]

President Uhuru Kenyatta should obey court orders, pay teachers and put sense into the heads of legislators Moses Kuria, Aden Duale, Kithure Kindiki, Kipchumba Murkomen and the 36 bloggers! These are some of the recommendations by Kenyans on Twitter well known as #KOT regarding the downward spiral the country is in and as President Uhuru Kenyatta celebrates his 54th birthday. ...

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