Archives July 2019

Kenyatta National Hospital(KNH) is fundraising to build a hostel for cancer patients but some Kenyans are afraid of sending their donations

The Kenyatta National Hospital(KNH) is planning to build a hostel for cancer patients from all over the country but with the help of Kenyans. In a donation plea to Kenyans, KNH proposed the Ksh. 230million hostel building project that will require a maintenance fund of about the same value. ”KNH is calling upon all people…

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Kiamaiko slaughterhouse runs on the sweat of young boys, trafficked from Ethiopia. Abdi Youssef is one of them. He came to Kenya when he was 7. He is now 27

It is 4.30am. As the rest of the city drags itself from sleep, Kiamaiko Market in Nairobi is abuzz with activity. At an open field, business is booming and around 20 trucks are parked. On one side, women with makeshift eateries are busy making tea, chopping vegetables and preparing for the long day.  On the…

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DusitD2 Nairobi is re-opening today in style after January terror attack

DusitD2 Nairobi is re-opening today in an elaborate ceremony that marks a new beginning after the January 15 terror attack that left 21 people dead. Events lined up in a programme released by the establishment shows that a flag was set to arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the morning to be received…

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Hiring two house girls is setting yourself up for a stroke

If there is one thing I will never do no matter how moneyed I am, it is to employ two house girls. That is a recipe for chaos and drama. What I am talking about is unfolding in the house of a close friend. Now let us call her Mama Wendy. Mama Wendy who was…

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7 ways to get rid of fruit flies in your house

There has been a strange infestation of fruit flies recently due to the high heat and there is no better word to describe them other than annoying. These little gnats become a nuisance flying across your face and feasting on your ripe fruits. Fruit flies are tiny quick-reproducing flies that sneak into your house through…

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Haunted? The castle that MacMillan built in Ukambani

You have probably heard of or walked by Lord McMillan’s legacy – the McMillan Memorial Library in the CBD. Erected by his widow in his memory in 1931, the library is the landmark most commonly associated with the McMillans. McMillan was a steel heir born in 1872 in the United States. He came to East…

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Nairobians who keep dogs or cats will be charged Sh1,000 by County Government

All Nairobi households will for the first time be required to pay for fire certificates, garbage collection and inspection of the health of their pets in a raft of new taxes proposed by Governor Mike Sonko’s administration. The Nairobi City County’s Finance Bill 2019 proposes that all households in the city pay a fire certificate…

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Sunset Boulevard Estate in Athi River will not be autioned after all

The planned auction of houses in Athi River’s Sunset Boulevard Estate over a defaulted loan has been stopped amid a court order handing reprieve to more than 200 home owners. Leaky’s Auctioneers, appointed to oversee the sale of 204 houses 390 units on the estate said the principals — I&M Bank and Sunset Boulevard Limited…

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UN-Habitat Nairobi unveils a new house affordable to everyone made of recycled plastic and steel

The UN-Habitat has unveiled a house prototype for affordable green building aimed at addressing housing shortage in densely populated urban areas. Dubbed Tiny House, the model is expected to address the problem of affordable housing in Kenya and tackle climate change. Unlike conventional houses, the ‘tiny’ house occupies smaller space and makes maximum use of…

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How to set-up your own concrete brick-making business (precast plant)

Whether you’re new to the business or a seasoned professional, making the decision to adopt a new technology can be challenging. But once you have determined that adding a precast line to your existing production is the right move, keep the following tips in mind to make establishing your precast plant as smooth as possible:…

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Njenga Karume’s Jacaranda Hotel in Westlands to be auctioned over debt

The troubled empire of late politician and business tycoon Njenga Karume is facing a litmus test with the planned auction of the prime Jacaranda Hotel in Nairobi to clear a bank loan. The hotel, which is among the few surviving businesses that the late politician left behind, has been earmarked for sale to recover a…

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How subdividing land into small parcels is hurting agriculture and keeping Kenya in perpetual food crisis

Kenya is an agricultural economy. Even with the advances and aspirations of being a manufacturing-driven economy, agriculture will continue remaining a key component in supplying raw materials, or at least food. However, it is also not possible to talk of food security without mentioning land tenure which is directly correlated with economies of scale and…

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