By James Ratemo
They are smart and aggressive. They sometimes sound professional and calculative but at times they employ scare tactics to extort money from innocent, gullible or terrified citizens.
That sums up the hardcore criminals at Kenya’s Kamiti Maximum Prison who use mobile phones to commit crimes.
Joseck Ombasa, a resident of Maili nane in Kitale remember vividly how he lost sh9,000 from his Mpesa account in December last year.
“I received a message that seemed to originate for Safaricom indicating I had received sh10,500 from a sender, ” narrates Mr Ombasa, dejected and bitter. Read more…
Kenyan banks are scrambling to leverage on Safaricom’s mobile banking platform, M-Pesa, to attract more customers.
Kenya’s CfC Stanbic Bank has now launched an electronic payments service that will provide its Business Banking and SME clients with the ability to accept M-PESA payments. Read more…
Safaricom limited, Britam and Changamka Micro-insurance have jointly launched an affordable micro-insurance health cover which will widen the bracket of the population with access to medical insurance.
The health insurance product known as Linda Jamii is an affordable and comprehensive medical cover that will provide a family premium cover at an annual subscription of Ksh 12, 000 for a cover valued at Ksh 290,000. Read more…
The journey and impact of Safaricom’s money transfer service, M-Pesa, has now been documented in a book.
The book titled “Money, Real Quick- The story of M-PESA” has been co-authored by Tonny Omwansa, a lecturer at the university of Nairobi and Nicholas Sullivan, a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Emerging Market Enterprises with funding from Rockefeller. Read more…
NIC Bank is targeting customers with a set of solutions that make banking easy and quickly accessible. The bank has officially shifted to the new strategy dubbed “NOW” Banking to address the needs of time –conscious customers. Read more…
IBM has unveiled its Master the Mainframe competition in Kenya to allow students showcase their talent and explore future employment possibilities
Through the contest, students learn everything from how to log onto mainframe environments to developing code and problem solving. Read more…
The tussle between Safaricom and Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) over renewal of its license will be resolved amicably.
CCK Director General Francis Wangusi on Tuesday said negotiations are ongoing between Safaricom and CAK ahead of the license renewal in June this year.
The Authority had earlier indicated that Safaricom’s license shall be renewed based on the quality of service check list. Read more…
Kenya plans to tame rogue mobile subscribers and operators through stiffer penalties in a new set of laws to be published this week.
The fines are included in the Kenya Information and Communications (Registration of subscribers of Telecommunications Services) Regulations, 2014, which will be promulgated by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK). Read more…
Kenyans traveling to India must undergo polio vaccination: http://t.co/7qDa2YpLCV
— James Ratemo (@KenyaCurrent) January 9, 2014
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Full Polio Vaccination for travelers entering India from Kenya
NAIROBI JANUARY 9, 2013
If you are a Kenyan planning to travel to India soon please ensure you have undergone full polio vaccination.
Latest advisory from India indicates that in addition to completing a full course of vaccination against polio, preferably with Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), travelers from Kenya entering India will also be required to have received an additional dose of OPV at least six weeks before they travel. The full course of polio vaccination will be valid for one year.
The new regulations by the Government of India takes effect from February 14, 2014.
India has probably taken the step due to recent reports of olio outbreak in Kenya. The government of Kenya has already rolled out campaign to vaccinate all children under five years across the country.
Polio is one of the dangerous diseases that the World Health Organisation had declared ‘eliminated.’
See a communique from Kenya Airways below for details: Read more…