When coronavirus hit these shores, everything appeared to go south for Bucon Furnitures Ltd, a local firm specialising in the manufacture of office furniture. As he took his packed breakfast, he came up with the idea of turning to home office furniture targeting the obvious high number of people working away from their offices due to Covid-19. The firm is also custom-making office furniture for individual customers depending on the available space in their houses. “The Government should continue encouraging its agencies to always buy locally manufactured furniture because this way we create and sustain jobs firour ever hardworking workforce,” he said. Imported furniture killing local industry“If only procurement departments in the public and private sectors embraced locally manufactured furniture the industry can create and sustain millions of jobs and boost cash circulation within the country,” said Mr Munene.
September 18, 2020 09:45 UTC
The Kenya Tea Development Agency Limited (KTDA) is in the final stages of setting up Africa’s first Japanese specialty green tea production factory as part of its long-term product diversification strategy. The factory, which will be located at the organization’s Kangaita Tea Farm in Kirinyaga County, will be used to pilot the processing of the specialised Japanese Sencha Green Tea which on average fetches a higher price, in the market than traditional black CTC tea. “With Kenya being the third-largest producer of tea in the world, KTDA is in the process of diversifying the kind of products we are putting in the market; having started with Orthodox tea and now green tea. This particular plant will process a special type of green tea called Sencha. Part of the project will involve mechanised green leaf plucking as the production of Japanese Sencha Green Tea demands a certain type of leaf quality to go through the processing plant.
September 18, 2020 09:41 UTC
KTN News anchor Grace Kuria (Instagram/@GraceKuriaKe)KTN News anchor Grace Kuria has opened up about her struggle with an ailment that took her ability to walk. The eloquent anchor opened up about her battle with an illness that pushed her to the edge and left her relearning how to walk. Unable to walk, walk sit or stand, Grace says she endured pain for seven weeks before she eventually got better and stopped relying on her pain medications. A day after leaving hospital Grace says she felt ‘healed’ and no longer felt pain walking, sitting or sleeping. It’s been months now and I’m supposed to go back for checkup but I’m feeling better and normal I’m not even sure I need to go back to the hospital,“ Grace shares.
September 18, 2020 09:33 UTC
Mombasa businessman-cum-politician Suleiman Shahbal has said he is not desperate to become the county’s governor as he took a swipe at former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar. Both Omar and Shahbal have declared interest to succeed incumbent Hassan Joho. Responding to last week's criticism from Omar, Shahbal said he will not allow politicians to mislead Mombasa residents. But I am desperate to change the lives of Mombasa residents,” said Shahbal at a press briefing at a hotel in Mombasa on Thursday. However, on Thursday, Shahbal responded saying he went to court in 2016 opposing the project because of four main reasons.
September 18, 2020 09:22 UTC
In a tweet that has received more than 321 retweets, 110 quote tweets and 1500 likes, a fake account (@EstherArunga_) impersonating former TV personality tweeted Esther Arunga tweeted asking Kenya for forgiveness as she plans to come home. It was on that day that Arunga would resign from her job as an anchor at KTN. After her release on March 3, 2010, Arunga would get married to Quincy who was still in custody. It's in 2014, the couple’s first-born child died after what was first termed an accident but would later come to be revealed as murder by her husband Quincy Timberlake. Arunga would later testify that she went into the bathroom to find her husband driving blows into her son’s stomach saying “there is a devil in his stomach”.
September 18, 2020 09:11 UTC
Our Friday Fashion Inspo this week is the multi-talented media personality Serah Ndanu Teshna. A celebrated actress, Serah has had several leading roles in both film and TV. Other than acting and hosting TV shows, Serah has also done a couple commercials including the Face of Samsung East Africa and she is also a director of the Miss Intercontinental Kenya beauty pageant. Having left TV sometime in late 2018, she has embarked on building her career in the film industry where she is executive producing her shows while also taking leading acting roles in a number of films. Only in her early 30s, Serah’s sassiness and glam knows no bounds.
September 18, 2020 09:11 UTC
The petitioners have also planned a peaceful demonstration from where Omwoyo died to CS Macharia’s office. WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety indicates there are no laws for helmet wearing, Blood Alcohol Concentration levels for drivers or child restraints in Kenya and where road safety laws do exist they are poorly enforced. Of all traffic fatalities reported, pedestrians comprised 42 per cent, passengers 38 per cent, drivers 12 per cent, and cyclists 8 per cent. Males accounted for 87 per cent of all bicycle deaths, over six times the fatalities for females. Kenyans’ sentiments on Twitter after the death of Caleb Omwoyo:06:09 Ride and rest with angel #ripcaleb Belac Cyclists dont deserve this!
September 18, 2020 08:57 UTC
Microsoft has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa(AGRA) to co-create technology solutions in agriculture. The collaboration between Microsoft, through its 4Afrika initiative, will support AGRA’s digital transformation as it works to improve food security for 30 million farming households across 11 countries by 2021. The MOU aims to encourage the use of big data and AI in the digital transformation of AGRA, working with the Kenyan government and expanding to Nigeria, Rwanda, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Ethiopia. During the past year, Microsoft 4Afrika and AGRA have worked on several engagements. Microsoft and AGRA are also partnering with the Agriculture minitry, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives (MoALFC) to accelerate the transformation of the agriculture ecosystem in line with the recently launched Agricultural Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (ASTGS) for digitisation.
September 18, 2020 08:37 UTC
[Finnegan Flint]After its first successful 500-kilometer voyage across the Indian Ocean, sailing from Lamu to Zanzibar, the Flipflopi dhow is set for another historic expedition across Lake Victoria. Around 30, 000 discarded flip-flops were turned into colourful panels to cover the hull and decking. [Finnegan Flint]Lake Victoria supports more than 40 million people and has been under increased pressure from mismanaged waste and pollution, which has severely impacted the lake and threatened the health and livelihoods of communities. An official ceremony to launch Flipflopi expedition will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at Kenya Wildlife Service Headquarters, Langata Road, Nairobi. The guest of honour will be H. E Keriako Tobiko, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment of Kenya.
September 18, 2020 08:37 UTC
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during his recent appearance before the anti-corruption court at Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi to answer charges of corruption. [David Njaaga,Standard]Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s woes continued after being charged afresh with conspiracy to defraud Sh14 million from the county government. The charge sheet is properly filed and is admitted as part of the court records,” ruled Ooko. Sonko faced a second count of conflict of interest by allegedly receiving Sh8.4 million from Odhiambo in his private accounts arising from the tender for hire of the machinery. The magistrate directed that the cash bail of Sh15 million which the governor had deposited when he was charged last year shall apply to the fresh charges.
September 18, 2020 08:26 UTC
Infinix has launched its new X1 smart TV. With Android TV, the high-quality viewing experience, and the AIoT technology, the new smart TV will develop the new business line for the company. The Infinix X1 Android TV makes it easier to get more from your TV. Access 400,000+ movies and shows, play music and games, cast from any device onto your TV and add the apps you use most - all with Android TV. The company adopts a frameless design, which represents a global trend for high-end TVs in 2020, for the X1 smart TV.
September 18, 2020 08:15 UTC
Dj Cuppy (right) and her sister pose with the Ferrari gifts from their billionaire father. A group of kids have hilariously recreated photos of a Nigerian billionaire’s Ferrari gifts to his daughters. “Papa took us shopping and bought one of each!” they aped the caption by Dj Cuppy, one of the billionaire’s three daughters. The hilarious photos caught the attention of DJ Cuppy who reacted saying, “No. They have also received recognition from rapper Roddy Rich, actor Will Smith and Money Heist actor Alvaro Monte.
September 18, 2020 08:01 UTC
Economist Dr David Ndii now wants proposed constitutional amendments to be audited and approved by the Judiciary before they can be taken to the people. Speaking on Friday on Spice FM, Ndii (pictured) said it is high time the country created a process to guard against mischievous amendments laced with political expedience. Ndii warned that if a process is not created to audit the proposed amendments, Kenyans could end up with an imperial president and repugnant articles in the Constitution. “Essential and core features of the Constitution should be protected and immunized from the willy-nilly attempts to amend the Constitution,” she said. “Accordingly, an amendment to the Constitution cannot be made that had the effect of overthrowing or obliterating the Constitution itself.
September 18, 2020 07:18 UTC
It is the same situation with the immediate former Gor Mahia treasurer Sally Bolo, who is eyeing women’s representative seat in the upcoming FKF elections and the outspoken former Gor Mahia Organising Secretary Judith ‘Nyangi’ Anyango. Your body language must always be professional so that men are not confused.” Football Kenya Federation (FKF) deputy president Doris Petra. Bolo’s principles and high-handedness in treatment of affairs in the crucial department at Gor Mahia earned her friends and foes in equal measure. Her outspoken nature and controversial way of handling issues have made her become a household name in the Kenyan football circles. “It is all about passion for the game because I can’t say there is money in women football.
September 18, 2020 07:01 UTC
But thanks to my pal Davie who lent me his apartment till December, rent isn’t an issue for now. So last week, I find an old one-night-stand called Diane on FB, and soon we are chatting on WhatsApp. I remembered her petite frame in a flowery summer beach dress last time I saw her in June, 2016. The woman who came into the suite had grown chubbier, with a rounder face, wore glasses (shock) and a buibui (shocking! In 2017, she had met a ‘serious man,’ she said, in a tone that implied I’m in the ‘joker’ category.
September 18, 2020 06:56 UTC