Kenya – Mombasa Info http://mombasainfo.com/ Tue, 25 Jan 2022 13:56:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://mombasainfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-3.png Kenya – Mombasa Info http://mombasainfo.com/ 32 32 Kenya is driving the sustainable transport agenda https://mombasainfo.com/kenya-is-driving-the-sustainable-transport-agenda/ Tue, 25 Jan 2022 13:56:55 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/kenya-is-driving-the-sustainable-transport-agenda/

Often known for its chaotic, congested streets, downtown Nairobi is the site of several pioneering experiments in electrified public transport. From February, Nairobi-based electric vehicle (EV) and finance company BasiGo will trial two electric buses on public transport providers, providing a model for how Kenya can transition to an electrified and sustainable transport future.

The e-mobility startup, which launched last November, plans to bring over 1,000 25- and 36-seat electric buses to Kenya over the next five years for bus operators to buy.

The buses will be sourced from BYD Auto, the world’s largest manufacturer of electric buses, and although the pilot buses were entirely imported, the ultimate goal is for BasiGo buses to be assembled locally.

“We have partnered with two different public vehicle operators in Nairobi for our pilot program,” said Jit Bhattacharya, CEO and co-founder of BasiGo.

“Following our pilot project, we will offer electric buses to all owners, savings and credit unions and businesses that currently operate city buses in Kenya. Until now, diesel buses have been the only technology option for bus operators in Nairobi. We want to help all PSV operators reap the economic and reliable benefits of electric buses.”

BasiGo has raised approximately $1 million in pre-seed funding to date, which it will use to demonstrate the feasibility of the electric bus model.

“In parallel with the start of our pilot project, we will also be accepting reservations for our first sale of electric buses exclusively to operators in Nairobi. These buses will be delivered to customers by the end of the year,” adds Bhattacharya.

Greater affordability

BasiGo says bus owners can buy an electric bus for the same initial cost as a diesel bus of the same size. They also intend to improve affordability through a financing model that allows operators to pay for the battery and charging separately through a pay-as-you-go financing arrangement.

“Bus owners then pay BasiGo a ‘pay-as-you-drive’ subscription based on the daily kilometers driven. This subscription covers all charging and maintenance work at the BasiGo depots, as well as e-bus battery rental,” says Bhattacharya.

The buses are designed to go 250 km on a single charge, so they can go all day without recharging. The operators bring the e-bus back to a BasiGo-owned and operated charging depot every night, where they are also serviced.

The company says it chose Kenya as its location because the country is a world leader in green energy, with over 90% of all electricity generated by the country coming from renewable sources such as hydro, geothermal, solar and wind. The Kenya Power and Lighting Company currently has a surplus of clean, renewable energy on the power grid, especially at night, making Nairobi an ideal location for the pilot.

combating air pollution

Privately owned buses and minibuses known as matate, which accounts for about 40% of all journeys in Nairobi, remain one of the most important means of transport in Kenya and many African cities.

But their diesel engines are a major source of urban air pollution, classified by the World Health Organization as one of the top environmental threats to human health, and are responsible for greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

In Kenya, the electric buses could produce 95% less CO2 -Emissions as most of the country’s electricity comes from renewable sources such as hydroelectric and geothermal. The price of running a vehicle – currently subject to the vagaries of the fuel market – could become more predictable.

“For years, diesel-powered buses have been the only viable solution for bus operators in Kenya. We are excited to offer public transport operators a new option: state-of-the-art electric buses that are more affordable, more reliable and less subject to bus operators from the rising cost of diesel fuel,” says Bhattacharya.

Once established in Nairobi, BasiGo intends to use the data and experience gained in Nairobi to expand and roll out electric buses to other East African cities.

An expanding market

BasiGo isn’t the first EV vendor on the market. Opibus, a Swedish-Kenyan electric vehicle manufacturer, EkoRent Africa, a Finnish-Kenyan company operating an all-electric taxi call service, Ecotrify, an e-mobility infrastructure provider and installer, and Kiri EV, an electric bicycle manufacturer, all introduce themselves parallel systems for electric transport.

In December 2021, after successfully completing a pilot program, Opibus partnered with Uber to provide 3,000 electric motorcycles for African drivers by 2022. Uber’s presence in 16 African cities will allow Opibus to accelerate the mass adoption of electric vehicles across the continent, the partners say.

“The goal of working with Opibus is to simplify the use of electric motorcycles across Africa. This follows an agreement between the two parties that Opibus will deliver 3,000 electric motorcycles in 2022 to meet Uber’s demand,” the company announced in December.

According to Opibus, the Kenyan motorcycle industry is the largest single employer and is estimated to employ over 1.2 million young Kenyans. There are over 1.6 million motorcycles registered in the country, with an average of 16,500 units imported per month.

Albin Wilson, Opibus’ chief strategy and marketing officer, says Opibus deployed 150 bikes on a pilot basis to test the technology and validate the project.

“The bikes are assembled in Nairobi and designed by local engineers for the African market,” he says. Opibus is also working on rolling out electric buses, and Wilson says the company will launch 10 buses for a commercial pilot this year, after which they aim for wider rollout by 2023.

The EV manufacturer has installed 10 AC chargers and will soon install more. The company has successfully raised $7.5 million, which will be used to increase production of motorcycles and buses.

Meanwhile, EkoRent launched NopeaRide in 2018 with the aim of becoming “the continent’s first 100% electric taxi service”. The company operates a growing fleet of electric vehicles and charging stations across Nairobi and plans to add up to 100 electric vehicles to its NopeaRide fleet.

In 2021, the company received €200,000 from EEP Africa, a financing facility backed by Austria, to develop solar-powered charging stations in Nairobi for the taxi industry.

]]> Samuel Njoroge and Erick Ooko share the lead after day one https://mombasainfo.com/samuel-njoroge-and-erick-ooko-share-the-lead-after-day-one/ Sun, 23 Jan 2022 18:50:31 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/samuel-njoroge-and-erick-ooko-share-the-lead-after-day-one/

The Golf Park’s Erick Ooko and Kenya Railway Golf Club’s Samuel Njoroge were two under par on the first day of the Road to Magical Kenya Open golf championship at Limuru Country Club’s par-72 course on Sunday.

Ooko, one of the top pros in the country, threw an early shot on the par 4 second hole and par 3 fifth hole whose pin position denied many players birdie opportunities, but managed to nine after birdies over the third Balancing par 5 and short par four ninth.

He then played a stable, bogey-free back nine that included two birdies on the 14th and 18th.

“I was destined for a clear five under or better for the two shots I took on the front nine. The pin positions, especially the 5th and 12th, were definitely illegal pin positions and it’s really discouraging when you play well and then drop a few shots because of such bad pin positions,” said Ooko.

Njoroge, on the other hand, dropped a shot at fourth place but birdied through first, ninth and 13th to take an early lead before being joined by Ooko at the top at the end of the day.

The two leaders were just a shot better than Uganda Open champion Justus Madoya and Windsor’s Riz Charania.

Madoya, who said he has been shooting under par since returning from Entebbe Uganda, bogeyed two holes on the front nine against a similar number of birdies over the sixth and ninth and two more birdies on the 14th and 18th with a bogey on the 15th .Denying him a clean back nine.

“My approach shots have been my strongest in my game just like during the Uganda Open and although I dropped some shorts it’s still possible to shoot 12 or so under par which will give me a big boost when I find myself preparing for the Magical Kenya Open. said Madoya of the Great Rift Golf Resort in Naivasha.

A total of 73 players had appeared at Limuru, although 10 players were eliminated in the first round, five of them had shot more than 85, while two others, David Odhiambo and Boniface Koskei, were disqualified for playing wrong balls while three others were withdrawn for various reasons.

But close behind the leaders were Greg Snow and Edwin Mudanyi, who landed on level par 72s, while four others, led by South African resident Daniel Nduva, were on a par 73+.

The second round starts on Monday at 7.30 a.m.

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Samuel Njoroge 70

Eric Oko 70

Justus Madoya 71

Riz Charania 71

Edwin Mudanyi72

Gregory Snow 72

Daniel Nduva73

Robinson Owiti 73

Mutahi Kibugu 73

John Kariuki (A) 73.

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Kenya wants to open more offices abroad, says CS Omamo » Capital News https://mombasainfo.com/kenya-wants-to-open-more-offices-abroad-says-cs-omamo-capital-news/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 06:45:57 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/kenya-wants-to-open-more-offices-abroad-says-cs-omamo-capital-news/

Nairobi, Kenya, Jan. 22 (Reuters) – Kenya has set up three new diplomatic missions during the COVID-19 period, according to the Foreign Ministry.

Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo indicated that missions have been opened Mozambique, Jakarta and Arusha during this period.

Omamo, speaking at the unveiling of the State Department’s 2020/2021 report, stated that Kenya intends to open more missions in other parts of the world.

“We want a footprint that not only helps Kenya grow its presence around the world, but also one that allows us to advance our economic interests, benefit from knowledge sharing, knowledge transfer, capacity building and so on,” she said .

The CS for Foreign Affairs noted that Kenya’s diplomatic footprint needs to be reviewed regularly so that it can see the benefits of having diplomatic missions around the world.

She added that the country plans to open a new mission in Hungary and to operationalize the mission in Maputo and Indonesia by sending ambassadors to those countries.

Omamo said the new missions will strengthen Kenya’s connections and influence in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world.

“We believe that opening missions in these three areas will be beneficial for Kenya,” she said.

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She added that despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the government has managed to stand the test of time by stepping out on the plate when the country and region needed it most.

Among the milestones made by the country during this period is winning seats on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which allowed the country to increase its international influence.

She added that the achievements are a culmination of previous efforts by her predecessors and the current team.

“I’m so glad that this transformation that we’re witnessing over the last 10 years, when Kenya was seen as a country that was only entitled to significant contacts with a country that now sits on the United Nations Security Council,” she added .

Omamo said that for the first time ever, Kenya hosted a Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) Summit, demonstrating cooperation between the two countries

She added that COVID-19 is a wake-up call for African countries to come together to strengthen their ability to engage on the world stage as a whole.

“We’ve been able to do that quite well through the African Union when we’ve been advocating for access to vaccines and access to medicines to treat Africans during the COVDI-19 pandemic,” she said

Other achievements include the publication of the Foreign Service Law, which the foreign CS said will professionalize the State Department.

She added that the bill will play a key role in achieving merit-based recruitment, promotion, transfer and affiliation within the ministry.

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Present at the event were, among other partners, Minister of Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau, Cabinet Secretary (CAS) Ababu Namwamba.

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Rare twin elephant babies born in Kenya https://mombasainfo.com/rare-twin-elephant-babies-born-in-kenya/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 14:14:12 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/rare-twin-elephant-babies-born-in-kenya/

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Nairobi (AFP) – An elephant in Kenya has given birth to twins, an extremely rare event, conservationists said Thursday.

Conservation group Save the Elephants said the twins – a man and a woman – were born to a mother named Bora.

They were first spotted by lucky guides on a weekend safari drive in the Samburu reserve in northern Kenya.

Videos show the day-old newborns adjusting to their savanna environment with their doting mother and an older sibling, Bora’s first calf, who was born in 2017.

African elephants have the longest gestation period of any living mammal, carrying their young for almost 22 months and giving birth approximately every four years.

“Twins are rarely found in elephant populations, accounting for only about one percent of births,” said Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save the Elephants, in a statement.

However, elephant twins often don’t fare so well. The last pair of twins born in Samburu in 2006 did not survive more than a few days.

“Often, mothers don’t have enough milk to feed two calves,” Douglas-Hamilton said.

“The next few days will be up and down for the new twins, but we’re all crossing our fingers for their survival.”

According to the country’s first national wildlife census, conducted last year, there are an estimated 36,280 elephants in Kenya.

That number represents a 12 percent increase in the population in 2014, when the killing for ivory was higher.

Only one in 100 elephant births results in twins Jane Wynyard SAVE THE ELEPHANTS/AFP

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warned last year that poaching and habitat destruction, particularly through conversion of land for agriculture, had had a devastating impact on elephant populations across Africa.

The population of African savannah elephants has plummeted by at least 60 percent over the past half-century, leading them to be listed as “Vulnerable” in the latest update of the IUCN “Red List” of Threatened Species.

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Kenya’s hammer blow for long overdue rental apps https://mombasainfo.com/kenyas-hammer-blow-for-long-overdue-rental-apps/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 21:02:24 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/kenyas-hammer-blow-for-long-overdue-rental-apps/

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Kenya’s hammer blow for long overdue rental apps


The Central Bank of Kenya, Nairobi on Sunday 22 November 2020. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NMG

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  • After much ethical uproar from Kenyan digital loan borrowers, the Kenyan government finally launched a sledgehammer to regulate lawless fintech in December 2021.
  • Kenya’s fintech law, which comes into force in March 2022, indicates that many moons later, the Kenyan government has finally recognized the bad and harmful practices such as high interest rates and harassment of borrowers by the digital lenders.
  • The Central Bank of Kenya (Amendment) Act, 2021 will address infringement or illegality of digital lenders under this sledgehammer of change.

After much ethical uproar from Kenyan digital loan borrowers, the Kenyan government finally launched a sledgehammer to regulate lawless fintech in December 2021.

Kenya’s fintech law, which comes into force in March 2022, indicates that many moons later, the Kenyan government has finally recognized the bad and harmful practices such as high interest rates and harassment of borrowers by the digital lenders.

The Central Bank of Kenya (Amendment) Act, 2021 will address infringement or illegality of digital lenders under this sledgehammer of change.

Most Kenyans have felt the whirlwind and impact of unregulated fintech. As described in my journal article published at the African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA) in August 2019, the sophisticated digital loan apps have done more harm than good.

Although easier access to credit contributes to rampant digital borrowing, it affects the financial health of low-income households through the accumulation of debt and the loss of future credit opportunities.

A significant number of borrowers who fail to repay their loans end up being severely penalized, blacklisted by credit bureaus (CRB) and barred from future loan options.

Sometimes some borrowers have taken drastic measures, including selling their assets or skipping a meal, just to avoid being locked out of the credit system.

A 25-year-old man killed himself two years ago after being blacklisted and banned for late paying Sh3,000.

Although quite late, the amendment to the law is a commendable gesture. It’s time for sledgehammer methods to regulate the pervasive influence these digital lending apps embody under the guise of financial inclusion and indiscriminate borrowing.

To the extent that these companies provide access to quick unsecured short-term loans, a lack of regulation had increased the risks of the borrowers who rely on them.

Areas of concern that need mitigating are high short-term interest rates; invasion of privacy through data mining; Failure to understand why their information is needed and how this determines eligibility for the loans; bias towards customers with small digital footprints; the fraudulent use of SIM cards to register multiple accounts; and lack of technical know-how to operate the complicated user interface.

A heavily unregulated fintech space is evolving into what some scholars have dubbed modern-day exploitation. The “double-edged sword” is cultivating a credit pandemic and lifetime debt, while opening up access to digital credit.

The over-promotion of financial inclusion coupled with the proliferation of mobile lending apps in Kenya has further amplified the existing balance of power within our society. No wonder ordinary people are hit the hardest. It is clear that modern bourgeois society has created new conditions of oppression and new forms of struggle to replace the old ones.

Modern day exploitation is implied here by the conscious buying into the digital loan apps by low-income populations in order to survive; they unknowingly stick to the prescribed rules and take out crippled loans with high interest rates, which they cannot repay on time due to a lack of regular cash flows.

As a result, they end up being severely penalized and enriching the company. Consequently, the launch of digital lending apps aimed at low-income earners inevitably demonstrates the intrinsic interplay of power and authority between these three functions: What’s in it for app companies? What do borrowers have to gain or lose? What is the role of government?

There is little understanding why it has taken the government over 10 years to enact and regulate digital lenders in Kenya. It’s devastating to ask these questions when digital credit has taken root.

Exactly how fintech startups have been licensed to do business without proper implementation of a regulatory framework that protects the consumer from digital credit remains a gray area.

Exactly why the Kenyan government and agencies would be willing to stand by and watch the bottom of the pyramid sink into debt has eluded theorists and commentators.

Given the capital investments channeled into fintech by digital lenders and theories of financial inclusion, it is undeniably challenging that there is still no assessment of the socio-economic impact of digital lending.

Ironically, an assessment of the market study conducted by FSD Kenya in 2018 and another by IFC in 2017 found it difficult to identify the social and economic impact digital lending has had over the past five years. But the glorification continues.

Without a proper regulatory framework, borrower education and transparency, the interactions between fintech startups, borrowers and the government will continue to feel trapped in a financial maze.

But for the borrowers mostly because they lack the financial and technical knowledge to use these apps to their advantage.

This kind of financial paralysis parallels David Graeber’s argument that debt can also be a way of punishing winners who shouldn’t win.

The position that borrowers have been placed in is an attempt to escape from poverty; However, they remain in chains until they can repay their debt to avoid the hefty penalties or being blacklisted by CRB.

I wish these laws were enacted before the fintech space kicked off in Kenya.

More importantly, the process, policies, structure and regulations need to be streamlined on a regular basis, especially when there is a proven case study of financial inclusion success rate.

Njathi is a graduate student in communications and digital media at North Carolina State University

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Uganda protests Kenya moves to dump cargo in Malaba on old railway https://mombasainfo.com/uganda-protests-kenya-moves-to-dump-cargo-in-malaba-on-old-railway/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 06:08:17 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/uganda-protests-kenya-moves-to-dump-cargo-in-malaba-on-old-railway/

By KABONA ESIARA

By ANTHONY KITIMO

Uganda has protested the decision by Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) to offload 40 containers bound for Kampala on the Kenyan side of the Malaba border crossing, in total disregard for transit traffic operating norms.

Kenya this week began trial runs for express freight train services from the port of Mombasa to Malaba, as it also seeks to offer seamless cargo transfers to Uganda’s ports of Jinja and Port Bell via Kisumu port vessels.

But now Kampala says it was not informed of the changes in Nairobi’s cargo traffic and is protesting “Kenya’s failure to implement agreed rail transit doctrines”.

Uganda Railways Corporation (URC) says the standard requires rail transit freight to be handed over to the destination rail operator, in this case URC, or delivered to the final destination.

“The transit rail doctrine states that rail freight cannot be unloaded before reaching its final destination,” said Abuberkerer Ochaki, operations manager of Uganda Railways Corporation (URC). The East African.

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This suggests that KRC should have delivered the cargo to Tororo, Uganda, Jinja or Kampala, Uganda’s main railway stations on the Northern Corridor.

Mr. Ochaki told The East African that URC will formally write to KRC to complain about the latter’s failure to implement agreed rail transport doctrines.

That means Huaye International Logistics, a Ugandan company whose cargo was transported to Malaba by rail, has to find alternatives for the last mile connection. Last Thursday, the cargo was still stuck in Malaba, Kenya.

However, Uganda Shippers Council chairman Charles Kareba said it was not entirely true that URC was picking up on issues with Kenya Railways.

Instead, he advised URC to expedite the redevelopment of the Jinja-Kampala section of meter gauge to allow for smooth cargo movement from the Port of Mombasa to Kampala.

“URC cannot use its new locomotives on this critical section of the meter gauge railway line. The line needs to be refurbished and upgraded for the new engines,” said Mr. Kareba.

The back-and-forth between the two countries comes as China proposed a major infrastructure plan for the Horn of Africa that would include upgrading the two major railways — Kenya’s standard-gauge railway and the Ethiopia-Djibouti line — to Uganda and Eritrea, respectively, with the development of ports on Red Sea and Indian Ocean in Mombasa Harbour.

According to proposals announced during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Kenya last week, the Mombasa-Nairobi SGR will be expanded to include Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and eventually the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Mr Wang also said the line linking the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa with Djibouti will be extended to Eritrea, but that both plans will only come to fruition “in due course”.

“We must see faster development of the Red Sea and Indian Ocean to develop a framework of ‘two axes plus two coasts’,” the Chinese minister said.

This change of heart by Beijing to extend these projects, however, comes at a time when Kenya and Ethiopia, despite initial doubts about their viability, are struggling with loan repayments for the first phase of their railways, even as Kampala struck a deal with another Chinese firm to refurbish the meter gauge railway from Malaba to Kampala.

On Wednesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta received Uganda’s first son Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba at the Naivasha Inland Container Depot to witness the transfer of containerized cargo from the SGR to the Meter Gauge Railway (MGR) for onward transport to Malaba on the Kenya-Uganda border.

The President welcomed the “partnership between Kenya Railways Corporations and Kenya Ports Authority for the successful implementation of the container transshipment project from SGR to MGR”.

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Last May, Uganda and Kenya joined forces to push ahead with the rehabilitation and seamless connection of the old metre-gauge railway line. Kenya has since upgraded its meter gauge line from Naivasha to Malaba, and began passenger services to Kisumu in December.

“The idea is to ensure that we have smooth operation of the meter gauge railway line from Naivasha to Kampala. So we thought it made sense that Uganda needed to do the same for their lineage to complete this project. The Uganda agreement with the contractor is to do this in the shortest possible time to ensure the line works for business people all the way to Kampala,” Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure James Macharia told The EastAfrican in a previous interview .

But even as Kenya attempts to ship the cargo to Malaba, rehabilitation work on the 160-mile (260 km) meter-gauge Malaba-Kampala line has stalled. The China Road and Bridge Corporation was awarded the contract.

Mr Ochaki said the contractor is expected to complete the work in 12 months.

The construction of the Tororo–Gulu section has been awarded to Vinci Group’s subsidiaries, namely Sogea Satom and the ETF. The two companies will replace the entire section of the 375 km meter gauge line with a standard gauge line.

They will also be responsible for the production and installation of 200,000 cubic meters of crushed stone, as well as replacing and repairing sleepers, rails and fasteners.

In August last year, Kampala approved US$376 million for the 215 km Malaba-Kampala metre-gauge railway rehabilitation project. It also approved an additional $12 million investment to purchase eight locomotives for the route and an additional $2.5 million for routine repairs throughout the network.

Uganda’s goal is to shift freight from road to rail and expects to move six million tonnes a year. It is also aiming to reduce rail transport costs from 13 US cents to five to seven US cents per net tonne-kilometer.

This week, Nairobi said that from March this year it plans to ship cargo destined for Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and parts of eastern DRC, which accounts for 30 percent of imports and exports, through the Port of Mombasa on its renovated railway.

KRC chief executive Philip Mainga said direct shipment of cargo will begin after all loose ends have been sorted out.

efficiency target

“The connection, which underpins seamless and efficient rail service along the Northern Corridor, will be completed in the next few weeks. The integration of the SGR and MGR lines will improve the flow of cargo directly from the port to the hinterland serving Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and parts of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo,” said Mr. Mainga.

“Our customers will now enjoy smooth cargo transportation from the Port of Mombasa to Malaba and onward to the East African region in a safe, reliable and cost-effective manner,” he added.

Kenya said the railway line offers safety, efficiency and reliability. It also reduces reliance on road transport on the 572km route, allowing hauliers and importers to collect their cargo in Malaba 36 hours after the train departs from Mombasa, and importers have the choice to use the Malaba to Kampala railway.

This comes at a time when the Kenyan government is grappling with how to increase efficiency at the Naivasha Inland Container Depot, which has an annual capacity of 120,000 20-foot units (TEUS).

KRC has now scheduled eight trains to operate on the refurbished Naivasha-Malaba meter gauge line, connecting to the Mombasa-Naivasha SGR.

The Shippers Council of East Africa has called Kenya’s cargo movement game-changing, but only if ports and rail agencies work at their best to ensure efficiency.

“Importers consider cost and efficiency. If the shipment arrives on time at the cheapest price, they will go for it. The introduction of the railroad is what we have been pushing for as it offers importers an alternative mode of transport for their cargo,” said CEO Gilbert Lagat, adding: “Despite the protests, the railroad has proven to reduce instances of lost cargo as it there is less diversion of loads instead of trucks.”

However, the express rail service from Mombasa to Malaba has been criticized by transport sector operators, with truckers urging Nairobi not to make use of the service mandatory but to allow freedom of choice in choosing the means of transport.

Carriers also demand transparency.

“KRC is issuing misleading information about freight transportation while trying to lure more importers into using the freight trains. The government does not share with importers the cost and time involved in last mile cargo transportation as KRC has proven incompetent in cargo handling,” said Newton Wang’oo, chairman of the Kenya Transporters Association.

“We will oppose any move to oblige importers to use meter gauge trains to carry cargo, as this violates a court ruling requiring importers’ freedom of choice,” Mr Wang’oo said.

Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association chairman Roy Mwanthi said KRC could make an encouraging offer to ship cargo to Malaba, but they needed to adopt a reverse strategy to ensure containers are brought back on time.

“The promotional prices are good, but how will they deal with the freight at the end of the rail? There is no last mile strategy and how to return empty containers as opposed to using trucks. This could cause delays in returning empties as demurrage charges increase,” Mr Mwanthi said.

The railway agency said it intends to offer end-to-end rail delivery to Uganda’s Jinja and Port Bell ports via the Kisumu port and the direct main line through Naivasha-Malaba-Kampala.

cost carrot

To attract more users, the government has offered 30-day free warehousing and fast freight handling and railcar transshipment.

Last December, KRC announced promotional tariffs for meter gauge freight transportation, charging container freight from Mombasa to Malaba for a 20-foot container weighing 0 to 30 tons at USD 860 and for a container over 30 tons at USD 960. Shipping a 40ft container weighing 0 to 30 tons will cost US$1,110 while containers over 30 tons will be charged US$1,260 via SGR/MGR seamless network.

Currently, shipping containers via the SGR network from Mombasa to Nairobi costs US$500 for a 20ft container weighing 0-30 tons and US$600 for a container weighing over 30 tons. On the other hand, it costs USD 630 to transport a 40-foot container weighing 0 to 30 tons, and USD 780 for containers weighing over 30 tons.

KRC charges USD 450 to transport a 20ft export container from Malaba to Mombasa (down direction) via SGR/MGR network and USD 690 for a 40ft container. Shipping an empty 20ft container and 40ft container costs US$100 and US$150 respectively.

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STI spike among Kenyan teens blamed for lockdown https://mombasainfo.com/sti-spike-among-kenyan-teens-blamed-for-lockdown/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 14:06:46 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/sti-spike-among-kenyan-teens-blamed-for-lockdown/

By PAULINE KAIRU

A new report points to a worrying rise in the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis, among adolescent girls in Kenya during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Preliminary post-pandemic data collected in 2020 shows a dramatic increase in infections compared to 2019.

Research in the ongoing study showed a 55 percent increase in bacterial vaginosis (BV) and a 34 percent increase in STIs. While BV is an inflammatory condition caused by an overgrowth of certain bacteria naturally found in the vagina, it increases the chance of getting an STI.

Bacterial vaginosis can occur without penetrative sexual activity in some cases. Nonsexual risk factors include intravaginal and vaginal hygiene practices and smoking.

The report also showed significant co-infection, with 31 percent of girls with BV having an STI and 35 percent of girls with an STI also having BV.

The latest findings, published Jan. 2 in the journal Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, blame post-Covid socioeconomic factors, including high Covid-related stress, increased poverty during menstruation and sexual activity.

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The scientists, who studied how stress-related pandemics have affected sexual behavior and risk of sexually transmitted infections among girls and young women in Kenya, said: “Not surprisingly, voluntary and/or forced or tricked sexual activity among girls with detected sexual activity BV or STI were more common, although 52 percent of girls with BV and 39 percent of girls with STI reported never having had any type of intercourse.”

Of the girls in the study, who had an average age of 16, nearly a third, or 30.2 percent, reported having had sex in the past, and of these, 54 percent said they had been forced or tricked into having sex.

Among sexually active girls, only 8.5 percent reported using a hormonal contraceptive for family planning.

The original study, which began in April 2018 by co-researcher Penelope Phillips-Howard at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, aimed to understand the effects of menstrual cups and the role of the vaginal microbiome in reducing rates of bacterial vaginosis and STIs Understanding Diseases in the Western World Kenya.

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Research has shown that it is common for girls to have transactional sex to get items like toiletries, soap and underwear, and that young women aged 15 to 19 have a disproportionate share of sexually transmitted infections.

A new phase of the study by University of Illinois Chicago researchers will seek to understand where Covid-19 lockdowns and school closures have significantly impacted the community, changing girls’ access to and dependence on exchange sex for necessities, particularly those who do may have occurred are otherwise obtainable through schools.

The researchers received a $2.6 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health to gain deep insight into how pandemic-related stressors affect sexual behavior and the risk of STIs.

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Kenya’s passport is the eighth strongest in Africa https://mombasainfo.com/kenyas-passport-is-the-eighth-strongest-in-africa/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 21:01:08 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/kenyas-passport-is-the-eighth-strongest-in-africa/

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Kenya’s passport is the eighth strongest in Africa


A Kenyan passport. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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  • Kenya‘s passport is now the eighth most important in Africa and 71st globally after its mobility score improved six places in the latest ranking.
  • The Henley Passport Index report released on Monday shows that the number of countries Kenyans can visit without a visa or receive on arrival has risen to 72 from 64 in January last year.

Kenya’s passport is now the eighth most important in Africa and 71st globally after its mobility score improved six places in the latest ranking.

The Henley Passport Index report released on Monday shows that the number of countries Kenyans can visit without a visa or receive on arrival has risen to 72 from 64 in January last year.

The mobility score measures the number of countries that a Kenyan passport holder can visit without a visa, or the countries where they can obtain a visa on arrival.

Kenya finished eighth, a spot it shared with Tanzania and behind Mauritius, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Seychelles and South Africa in the latest ranking.

Last year, Kenya’s travel document on the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic was ranked 77th in the world.

“…Covid-19 and its interplay with instability and inequality has highlighted and exacerbated the shocking disparity in international mobility between wealthy industrialized nations and their poorer counterparts,” the report said.

Uganda ranked 76th, while Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan ranked 82nd, 92nd and 99th, respectively, according to the report.

The mobility score, which is an initiative of the Henley Passport Index, downgraded the strength of Kenya’s travel document last year due to the devastating effects of Covid-19, which reduced the number of countries one would visit without a visa.

Japan and Singapore rank first, with citizens of these countries being able to visit 192 countries without a visa. Germany took third place in the global ranking.

Kenya has introduced new chip-enabled passports for its citizens to combat widespread forgery and impersonation of holders. The new features aim to make it impossible to forge or duplicate a Kenyan passport.

The introduction of 10-year electronic passports marked the beginning of the end of the “analogue” passports used since independence and has joined 60 other countries using new passports.

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Kenyan startup funding declined by Sh15 billion in 2021 https://mombasainfo.com/kenyan-startup-funding-declined-by-sh15-billion-in-2021/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 21:01:47 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/kenyan-startup-funding-declined-by-sh15-billion-in-2021/

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Kenyan startup funding declined by Sh15 billion in 2021


The funding of Kenyan start-ups by international investors decreased by 15 billion shredders last year. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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  • Data from the American online platform Substack shows that financing for young local companies increased by USD 549 million (62.2 billion) in the past year.
  • The poor performance of the Kenyan startup ecosystem came after the country ranked fourth in 2020 on deals of over $ 1 million ($ 113 million) raised in Africa had fallen in the last year.

The financing of Kenyan start-ups by international investors went down by Sh 15 billion last year. back, while the number of deals worth more than Sh 1 million. (113 million Sh.) Decreased.

Data from the American online platform Substack shows that the financing of young local companies increased last year from 549 million US dollars (62.2 billion US dollars) in 2020 to 411 million US dollars (46.5 billion US dollars ) has decreased, which corresponds to a decrease of 25.1 percent.

The poor performance of the Kenyan startup ecosystem came after the country ranked fourth in 2020 on deals of over $ 1 million ($ 113 million) raised in Africa had fallen in the last year.

Kenya had a particularly strong 2020 and led the table, but could not stay at the same level in 2021,” says the Substack report.

“2021 tells a more contrasting story as the country has dropped to fourth and fifth totals in terms of the number of $ 1 million deals.”

The slump last year came after Kenyan startups set a record for funding growth of Sh62.2 billion. in 2020, compared to Sh 20.85 billion. in 2019.

Nigeria led the way in venture capital (VC) investments in Africa last year with $ 1.5 billion ($ 170 billion). It was followed by South Africa with $ 945 million ($ 107.1 billion) and Egypt with $ 599 million ($ 67.8 billion).

“Nigeria slumped in 2020 but recovered massively in 2021, fueled by some strong mega-deals,” the report said.

Kenya is home to several start-ups such as Twiga Foods and Komaza, which annually attract billions of shillings from international investors.

The most active investors on the continent are Launch Africa with more than 44 deals, Kepple Africa (32), Y Combinator (27), LoftyInc Capital (23) and Flat6Labs (19).

Last November, for example, Twiga Foods, which supplies fruit, edible oil and snacks via a mobile-based platform, raised $ 5.56 billion for East and West African expansion from international investors such as Creadev, OP Finnfund Global and Endeavor Catalyst Fund.

As in the developed world, most of the startups funded in Kenya and other African markets are in the tech field.

The growth of Internet connectivity has enabled innovators to find new solutions to problems in various fields such as payments, marketing, entertainment and transportation.

Investors are drawn to the potential of the solutions that can be developed on a large scale and with minimal additional cost through mobile apps or computer software.

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572 arrested during Interpol’s October operation – DCI https://mombasainfo.com/572-arrested-during-interpols-october-operation-dci/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 12:08:00 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/572-arrested-during-interpols-october-operation-dci/

572 people were arrested in Kenya during Interpol’s month-long operation from October 1.

A statement by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) on Sunday 8 January indicated that the operation to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in Kenya’s inland waters and along the Kenyan coast was underway.

According to a report on the operation launched by Interpol’s Environmental Security Program and Sub-Directorate for Maritime Security and coordinated nationally by the Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) based at DCI headquarters, the use of illegal fishing gear and fishing methods are the main causes of this Paralyze the lifeline of hundreds of thousands of people who depend on fishing.

The overall objective of the operation, named Ikatere, was to monitor and combat illegal activity and it was carried out between October 1 and October 31, 2021.

Some of the arrested fishermen will be dispatched to the port of Kisumu in October 2021.

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The report found that the illegal and unregistered activities harmed marine life and, in some cases, led to conflict between Kenyans and their Ugandan counterparts.

“The report found that the indiscriminate use of small calf nets for Omena Finishing has been the greatest threat to marine life resulting in the destruction of fish hatcheries, particularly in Lake Victoria, Lake Naivasha, and the Lamu Archipelago.

“This has, for example, led to a decline in fish stocks in Lake Victoria, which has led to cross-border conflicts between Ugandan and Kenyan fishermen who are struggling for the scarce resource,” the statement said in part.

The report also found that human trafficking is also flourishing in the country’s inland waters, particularly in Lake Turkana, where immigrants from Ethiopia illegally cross fishing boats into Kenya in search of greener pastures.

“Smuggling of contraband is also widespread, particularly in Lake Victoria and the coastal waters of Lamu, where sugar, miraa, turtle meat and powdered milk are smuggled by criminals posing as fishermen.

“During the operation, a total of 572 arrests were made in target areas of the Indian Ocean and in the inland waters of Lake Victoria, Lake Turkana, Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru,” the statement said.

In addition to the arrests, there have been thousands of seizures of non-dutiable goods, banned fishing gear and unregistered fishing vessels.

The operation was conducted in a multi-agency context that brought together Kenyan law enforcement agencies such as the National Police Service, the Kenya Coast Guard Service, the Kenya Maritime Authority and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

Others were the Department of Immigration Services, the Kenya Fisheries Service, the Kenya Wildlife Service, the National Environmental Management Authority, and the Kenya Ports Authority.

In fact, it does so while tensions continue to rage between Kenyan fishermen and their Ugandan counterparts. Four Ugandans were arrested in mid-December 2021 after harassing Kenyan fishermen.

The four were charged with arresting Kenyan fishermen and demanding Ksh 30,000 from each.

A file image of the DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road.

A file image of the DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road

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