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

Leading financial technology firm Cellulant has today announced a partnership with Adyen – a global payment company, to increase Adyen’s capability to offer its global merchants access to key local payment methods in major African markets. Adyen’s move into Africa highlights how its single payment platform can drive growth with one integration and no extra contracts. READ: Safaricom Launches Overdraft Facility For Mpesa Users, Fuliza With Cellulant processing over 12% of Africa’s digital payments, Adyen will have access to 40 mobile money operators, over 600 local & international merchants and over 120 banks in Africa with just a single integration to Cellulant’s…

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Touted as one of the best smartphones of the year 2019, Huawei P30 Pro is now facing a bleak future as the phone giant deals with the ripple effects of US blacklisting it over espionage suspicions. Various news websites including Ubergizmo and Forbes are reporting that the smartphone is losing more than 90% in value on various e-commerce platforms. In the U.K., websites like musicmagpie have Samsung S10+ being traded in for £510 (Ksh 83,500) while Huawei P30 Pro now trades in for just £100 (Ksh 12,800). READ: Samsung Fined $340,000 For Hiring Internet Trolls to Bash HTC Launched at the…

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Oracle has finally fired it’s controversial East Africa boss, Corine Mbiaketcha who has faced accusations of corruption and favouritism in the East Africa office. According to a recent communication sent out to staff, Corine is being removed and her position will now be handled by Andrew Sordam, the Vice President and Regional Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa. Corine Mbiaketcha has not only been involved in cases of fraud where she is known to give kickbacks to senior government officials who push through contracts, but she has also been accused of removing many Kenyans from the East Africa office and bring…

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WhatsApp has announced that it is adding a layer of protection to the messaging platform’s users with a view of clamping down on those adding others to groups against their will with the aim of spreading propaganda, fake news or misinformation. According to the company, this will “help to limit abuse” and keep people’s phone numbers private. The app will also now have an invite system which makes it easy for a user to limit which invites he/she can receive from group admins or other users. This move comes on the wake of recent calls for limit to WhatsApp in…

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Kenya’s Equity Bank has indicated that it is at an advanced stage of introducing Chinese financial services WeChat Pay and Alipay in the country. Kenyan-based regional financial institution Equity Bank plans to boost presence of WeChat Pay and Alipay in Africa, a banker said on Monday. Speaking to Xinua News Agency, the Managing Director of Finserve Africa, Jack Ngaresaid that they are continuing to make the Chinese financial services technologies available in four East African countries – Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda. Finserve Africa is a wholly owned subsidiary of Equity Bank. According to Ngare, Finserve Africa is at advanced…

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The wife of Deputy President William Ruto, mama Rachel Ruto, was involved in a Kenya Airways KQ 619 plane mishap at Mombasa International Airport on Friday night. According to sources at the airport, Rachel Ruto was scheduled to depart Mombasa to Nairobi aboard KQ 619 plane (22:10 hrs) which was later canceled and passengers put on Jambojet 8619. The JamboJet flight was also forced to turn back to Mombasa midflight because one of the engines failed. Passengers were told that the flight was canceled and only 20 passengers of the 70 on board managed to find hotel bookings for the…

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Kenya’s Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Jefwa Mwathethe has been accused by a widow in Karen of trying to grab her five acre piece of land. According to the sickly Beatrice Sosa Adongo, she is retired and sick at home but caretakers of her property were chased by General Samson Mwathethe while accompanied by 3 other individuals on Thursday last week. The general together with the unidentified individuals threatened the caretakers of the property and decided to take over with the help a clique of officers from Karen Police Station. According to Beatrice Adongo, the land was allocated to…

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Two Kenya Airways (KQ) planes 5Y-KYR and 5Y-FFF collided and severely damaged each other just in front of the airline’s hangar at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The two planes were up for what is called C4 Check which is a major maintenance of the engine after a period of time. After the maintenance, the planes have to undergo what is called Engine Run which is throttling the engine to the take off level while brakes and chokes are on. KQ has not invested in an engine run bay at the maintenance bay so the maintenance team always use an…

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Telkom Kenya Limited and Airtel Networks Kenya Limited, today announced the signing of a binding agreement that will see the shareholders of the companies enter into an agreement to merge their businesses in Kenya to operate under a joint venture company to be named Airtel-Telkom. Telkom Kenya called its employees for a town hall meeting this afternoon where the employees laughed off the new name, even going as far asking the current CEO, Mugo Kibati, why it had to be that way. From the town hall meeting, the employees sounded uninspired and unenthusiastic in the announcement. Despite denials and loud silence…

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Kenyans have reacted angrily to a move by ethnic Somali legislators and businessmen to raise over Ksh 30 million for family members of two young Somalis who were also killed in the DusitD2 hotel attacks. Through social media, netizens have questioned why they decided to raise money for those of their ethnicities and not all those who perished while the source of all problems is Somalia. The fundraising was for the families of Abdalla Dahir (33) and Feisal Ahmed (31) who were both killed in the DusitD2 attack in January. Abdalla was a photographer while Feisal just started a family…

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icolo.io, a provider of carrier neutral colocation services, has announced the commencement of construction of their second data centre, called NBO1, in Nairobi. This is the second icolo.io data centre in the country following the construction of the company’s first data centre in Mombasa. Construction of the NMO1 data centre started in November 2018 and is expected to be complete in August 2019. This new site will host more than 250 racks and accommodate IT power of 825kW. NBO1 will have over 624m2 of rack space in an architectural design which sits on a 4,400m2 area and supposed to be concurrently maintainable. This data…

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Police and intelligence officers have this morning raided National Transport Services Authority (NTSA) offices in Upper Hill and arrested top executives led by Director of Registration and Licensing, Jacklin Githinji. According to sources inside, Jackline is the second officer to be arrested in twenty four hours after one Musembi who actually gave the vehicle used in Dusit terror attack fake registration details. The investigations on fake registration just happened after the attack with police officers previously ignoring complains of fake registration of vehicles. NTSA has made itself a law unto itself with no proper monitoring and reporting to board or…

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Indian billionaire and Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal is in Kenya after to sign the deal which will see Bharti Airtel Kenya merge with Helios owned Telkom Kenya. According to sources in the know, Sunil arrived in Kenya on a private jet through JKIA and was quickly whisked into a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta who also sneaked into Nairobi through the Madaraka SGR Train Service. President Uhuru came back last night with police, special units and contractors providing coverage throughout the route while two choppers escorted the train to Nairobi from Mombasa. The 61 year old Indian billionaire…

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President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to arrive in Kisumu, his first visit after what Raila Odinga and his supporters have called “The Handshake”. The visit by President Uhuru comes at a time when the economy of the country is not at a great state but the two leaders enjoys a goodwill from the region which is known to religiously support opposition leader, Raila Odinga. The region has historically been marginalised economically and starved off by successive governments because of religiously being an opposition zone. Former Prime Minister and current opposition leader Raila Odinga has now indicated that he is not…

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Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang Nyongo is being urged by residents and suppliers in Kisumu County to crack whip on plundering officers particularly in procurement Department. According to sources within the county, the worst hit is Health Department where Caren Adwenya who is from Western Kenya but married to Paul Adoyo, Chief Officer in Migori County is embroiled in Corrupt deals. Caren and her conduits apparently forces suppliers to part with 10 percent of a tender payment before landing a contract. A few months ago, the lady was bought a car by a lady supplier who had been promised a contract,…

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