Author: Cyrus

Respected Kenyan blogger, tech evangelist, and social justice activist. Cyrus is known for his hard-hitting articles and opinions disseminated through his Twitter handle @Kahawatungu or Facebook page (www.fb.com/Kahawatungu). Email: Editor@Kahawatungu.com

Online recruitment portal BrighterMonday Kenya has launched an initiative dubbed ‘Unity In Adversity’ that offers free job listing services for individuals or companies seeking to hire as the country battles Coronavirus (COVID-19). The campaign which runs for the next 90 days will see companies post jobs for free on the portal. It also seeks to boost the continuity of businesses efforts by enabling organisations to recruit the right people to steer them during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic Accordig to the company CEO Emmanuel Mutuma, the move is aimed at boosting the capacity of healthcare providers and others at the…

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Safaricom (NSE: SCOM) and Vodacom have announced that they have completed the acquisition of the M-PESA brand, product development and support services from Vodafone through a newly-created joint venture. The transaction, first announced in 2019, gives both Vodacom and Safaricom full control of the M-PESA brand, product development and support services as well as the opportunity to expand M-PESA into new African markets. Nick Read, Vodafone Group’s CEO, said: “M-PESA is hugely successful and enables millions of unbanked people in Africa to transfer money, pay bills and trade. It benefits communities and helps create a multitude of small and micro-business ventures.…

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Tanzania police in Morogoro region has arrested 24-year old Awadhi Luguya for opening a Facebook page and naming it Coronavirus Tanzania where he gave periodic updates on the virus and its impact in the country. According to the Tanzania police, Awadhi Luguya was arrested for giving “unofficial information” on the page, away from what the government was doing. Tanzanian government led by President John Pombe Magufuli has dismissed the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and urged the citizens to go about their daily lives as “God will protect its people.” Recently, Dar-es-salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda was reported urging residents to…

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As part of DStv’s ongoing efforts to enhance its customers’ television viewing experience and offer them with content as COVID-19 lockdown continues, MultiChoice Kenya has announced the launch of EDU TV on DStv in Kenya. From April 2, 2020, DStv Access, Family, Compact, Compact Plus and Premium subscribers will be able to watch EDU TV on Channel 316. The channel will broadcast, amongst others, classroom-based learning, and life skills programs for children of all age groups, based on the Competency-Based Kenya national curriculum. The channel will air lessons for learners in pre-primary (ECDC), primary and secondary school levels.  EDU TV…

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The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) yesterday conducted raids and seized uncertified sanitizers products produced by Laser Chemicals at Saika Estate, Jirani Court along Kangundo road in Nairobi. The raid was conducted by the KEBS market surveillance team led by Nicholas Nzesya. The KEBS team has been on the lookout and has collaborated with members of the public to prowl on unscrupulous traders manufacturing and selling substandard and uncertified sanitizers. Speaking after the raid, KEBS managing director Col (Rtd) Bernard Njiriani cautioned manufacturers who are taking advantage of the Covid 19 pandemic to enrich themselves by selling substandard uncertified sanitizers…

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Multichoice Africa has announced that it is allocating at least Ksh 500 million to support creatives throughout the continent during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. According to the pan-African entertainment behemoth, the disruptions and delays caused by the pandemic have disrupted the creative industry in the continent, necessitating the move to cushion them. READ: 4 Days to Nairobi Analogue TV Switch-off, GOtv Partners with K24 to Offer Free Decoders The coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic has disrupted productions, affecting the creative ecosystem in the continent. In some countries, there has been a complete halt as resources are channelled towards sustaining the health of…

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Airtel Kenya has announced a new partnership which will see students using the Longhorn Publishers e-learning platform access it without internet charges during the lockdown period. Through the deal, subscribers of Airtel Kenya data services will have access to portal charged zero cost for the duration of lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic. Airtel Kenya has indicated that it’s doing this as a response to the government’s directive to close schools and help contain the spread of the deadly COVID 19 virus. This free access period will be enjoyed by Airtel Kenya subscribers only. Airtel Kenya…

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Safaricom has today launched a partnership with public transport sector (Matatu) to accept cashless payments through M-PESA in the ongoing battle to combat the spread of the Coronavirus through person to person interactions. Through the partnership, the Matatu crew will begin accepting fares through their phone numbers like it was tried with Beba Pay and others which later failed. The move has been prompted by the demand of many businesses to accept payments without exposing the parties to the risks of contracting or spreading the dreaded COVID 19 or Coronavirus. READ: Blogger Robert Alai Charged With Publishing False Information On COVID-19, Freed…

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Kenya’s Mobile Games developer, Usiku Games, is opening the platform and allowing gamers to play free of charge and kill boredom during the Coronavus lockdown. Through a media release, the company has indicated that the gamers on the Kenyan Mobile gaming platform will not pay the usual Ksh.10 (for 1,000 digital coins) to access the games but will play for free until further notice. Founded by Canadian techie Jay Shapiro, Usiku Games, is a localised gaming platform available in leading app stores. According to Jay Shapiro, zero-rating the platform will allow users to enjoy themselves as they practise social distancing…

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Airtel Kenya has announced that it’s abolishing all charges on Airtel Money for a period of 90 days following the directive from Central Bank of Kenya to operators. In the directive which has been honoured by other operators like Safaricom and Telkom Kenya, the telcos were required to abolish charges on the Ksh 1,000 and below transactions while also increasing transaction limits to Ksh 150,000 and daily limit to Ksh 300,000. With Airtel Kenya announcing a 90 days waiver on fees, it will be interesting to see if subscribers join the network to exploit the opportunity. READ: Telkom Kenya Partners With…

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Panafrican Pay TV provider MultiChoice has announced new offers that will keep GOtv and DStv customers in Kenya entertained in the month of March, delivering more value, while making offerings on various entertainment bouquets even more accessible. The launch of Phase 2 of the Step-Up campaign will see active and disconnected DStv customers get upgraded to the next higher package at no extra cost and GOtv customers get a discount on their package when paying for their subscription. According to MultiChoice Kenya Managing Director, Nancy Matimu, the campaign’s objective is to thank DStv and GOtv customers. Below are the two exciting offers: DStv Pay…

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Reports published on the Intelligence Briefs platform have indicated that Somalia National Army (SNA) jammed the Safaricom communication masts located Mandera while the army was fighting with Jubbaland army Bulla Hawo. According to the briefs, the masts located near the border serves residents of the region, including those located in Somalia and Jubbaland regions. READ: IG Boinett Denies Claims That Police Were Bribed By Al-shabaab The briefs indicate that the fighting and the jamming of the masts are linked while it blames the Somalia National Army for supporting terror units links to sabotage of communication along the porous border. According to…

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11 Kenyan Members of Parliament are stuck in Mogadishu after secretly chartering a plane and flying to the Somalia city without the authorisation of the Kenyan parliament or security services. According to sources within Kenya’s security services, the MPs were called for a secret meeting with Somalia’s National Intelligence without the knowledge of Kenya’s security services. The mission of the MPs was unknown but it is believed that they might be behind a plot to capture the Jubaland minister who fled to Kenya. The MPs known to have travelled to Somalia are; Kullow Maalim – (EFP) Banissa- Ahmed Kolosh -…

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Safaricom has revealed that it has signed an agreement with giant online retail services provider, Amazon, to resell it’s cloud services – Amazon Web Services (AWS). The deal will see Safaricom push its cloud offerings as well as stir internal IT transformation, lower costs and provide the telco with a blueprint and skilled resources to assist customers with their journey to the cloud. In addition, Safaricom will be able to offer AWS services to clients in the East African region. Safaricom has also revealed the attainment of Advanced Consulting Partner status in the AWS Partner Network (APN), becoming one of…

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There was a massive scare among passengers on board Jambojet flight no 8657 from Nairobi to Kisumu on Friday evening after the flight struck a bird during landing approach. The flight which was also supposed to fly others back to Nairobi was cancelled after it was discovered that the bird had caused a massive dent on the nose of the plane and a crack on the cockpit window. The return leg of the Jambojet flight number JM 8657, Kisumu to Nairobi, was cancelled after which passengers were booked into hotels in Kisumu as crews called for other planes to come…

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Samsung has inked a deal with Safaricom and M-Kopa to sell the Samsung A10s at hire purchase. In the new mobile phone project, the companies have collaborated to bring customers a Pay As You Go service that will allow one to go home with a Samsung Galaxy A10s and pay in installments. The phone, an upgrade of the Samsung A10 has an internal storage of 32 GB and 2 GB RAM and comes with a 2-year warranty. To get the phone, a customer will need to visit selected Safaricom and M-Kopa shops and make a down payment of Ksh3,499. They…

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