Friday, January 31, 2020


Kaimu Katibu Mkuu Wizara ya Habari Utamaduni Sanaa na Michezo Dkt.Ally Possi akizungumza na wafanyakazi wa Wizara yake leo Jijini Dodoma wakati alipokua akifunga Baraza la Wafanyakazi wa Wizara ambalo amewakumbusha watumishi hao kufanya kazi kwa uadilifu na weledi mkubwa kwa maendelo ya Wizara na taifa kwa ujumla.
Mkurugenzi Idara ya Utawala na Rasilimali watu wa Wizara ya Habari,Utamaduni,Sanaa na Michezo Bw.Bernad Patrick akiwasilisha mada kuhusu idara yake katika Baraza la wafanyakazi wa wizara hiyo lilifanyika kwa siku mbili januari 30 -31 Jijini Dodoma.
Mkurugenzi wa Sera na Mipango wa Wizara ya Habari,Utamaduni,Sanaa na Michezo Bw.Petro Lyatuu akiwasilisha mada kuhusu Utekelezaji wa Bajeti ya mwaka 2019/2020 na vipaumbele vya bajeti ya 2020/2021 katika Baraza la wafanyakazi wa wizara hiyo lilifanyika kwa siku mbili januari 30 -31 Jijini Dodoma.
Na Shamimu Nyaki – WHUSM, Dodoma.
Kaimu Katibu Mkuu Wizara ya Habari, Utamaduni, Sanaa na Michezo Dkt. Ally Possi amewataka watumishi wa Wizara hiyo kuendelea kufanya kazi kwa bidiii,


 Waziri wa Nchi Ofisi ya Makamu wa Rais (Muungano na Mazingira) Mhe. Mussa Azzan Zungu akifungua mkutano wa Baraza la Wafanyakazi wa Ofisi hiyo kilichofanyika jijini Dodoma leo ambapo aliwataka kuwajibika ipasavyo mahali pa kazi.

Waziri wa Nchi Ofisi ya Makamu wa Rais (Muungano na Mazingira) Mhe. Mussa Azzan Zungu akiwasili katika ukumbi wa mikutano kwa ajili ya kufungua mkutano wa Baraza la Wafanyakazi wa Ofisi hiyo uliofanyika leo jijini Dodoma.

Naibu Katibu Mkuu Ofisi ya Makamu wa Rais Balozi Joseph Sokoine akimkaribisha mgeni rasmi kwa ajili ya kufungua mkutano wa Baraza la Wafanyakazi wa Ofisi hiyo uliofanyika leo jijini Dodoma.

Sehemu ya wajumbe wa Baraza la Watumishi la Ofisi ya Makamu wa Rais wakiwa katika mkutano wa Baraza la Wafanyakazi wa Ofisi hiyo uliofanyika leo jijini Dodoma na kufunguliwa na Waziri Mussa Azzan Zungu.

Naibu Katibu Mkuu Ofisi ya Makamu wa Rais Balozi Joseph Sokoine (wa pili kulia) akiongoza mkutano wa Baraza la Wafanyakazi wa Ofisi hiyo jijini Dodoma. Wengine pichani kuanzia kulia ni Katibu wa Baraza la Wafanyakazi Eva Mbigi, Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Wafanyakazi Isaya Kisiri na Naibu Katibu Mkuu wa TUGHE Taifa Jane Mbura

Waziri wa Nchi Ofisi ya Makamu wa Rais (Muungano na Mazingira) Mhe. Mussa Azzan Zungu akiwa katika picha ya pamoja na wajumbe wa Baraza la Wafanyakazi wa Ofisi


Katibu Mkuu Kiongozi Balozi John Kijazi akitangaza majina ya Viongozi mbalimbali walioteuliwa na Rais wa Jamhuri ya  Muuungano wa Tanzania Mhe. Dkt. John Pombe Magufuli Ikulu jijini Dar es Salaam Januari 31, 2020.
Katibu Mkuu Kiongozi, Mhe. Balozi John Kijazi amewataja walioteuliwa kama ifuatavyo;

Apple unveils revamped map app to challenge Google

 FILE PHOTO: The Apple Inc. logo is seen hanging at the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo
Apple on Thursday said it has finished rolling out an overhauled map app in the US in another

Raila’s rising fortunes and why Ruto is his main rival for 2022

Special Correspondent 
Deputy President William Ruto and Opposition chief Raila Odinga in a past event. Even in the absence of opinion polls, the two are the frontrunners in the 2022 elections. [File, Standard]
Two years after his controversial swearing in ceremony as “the people’s president,” Raila Odinga has

Four lessons on money you can learn from Njenga Karume estate woes

Mbatau wa Ngai  The late billionaire Njenga Karume. The estimated Sh500 billion at the core of inheritance disputes filed in courts between relatives of departed billionaires is a cautionary tale of what happens when patriarchs fail to have structured talks with stakeholders on how their empires should be run after they die. 

 The late billionaire Njenga Karume’s family dispute is only one of many that are dragging their way through the country’s lethargic court system that appears to only benefit estate administrators and the

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Inflation dips slightly on mixed food prices

inflation-dips-slightly-on-mixed-food-pricesMacharia Kamau  Heavy rains over the recent months were not enough to bring down the cost of living as the prices of

Aviation employees pile pressure on KQ to halt China flights

Moss Ndiema Kenya Aviation Workers Union secretary-general Moss Ndiema at a past media briefing in Nairobi. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU 


    • This follows an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, which has so far claimed 160 lives.
    • The Kenya Aviation Workers Union (Kawu) Thursday threatened to lead its members in boycotting work “if KQ does not stop flying to China in the next three days”.
    • The loss-making carrier said on Wednesday that it will not suspend its flights to China following the outbreak of the deadly virus.

Bid to bar Kenya from ICJ maritime case with Somalia flops

Somalia and Kenya are involved in a border Somalia and Kenya are involved in a border dispute at the International Court of Justice in the Hague over an area in the Indian Ocean about 100,000 square kilometres, which is said to contain hydrocarbons reserves. FILE PHOTO | NMG 


    • The 20 petitioners had argued that the Attorney-General's participation in the case amounted to ceding Kenya’s sovereignty but the court said the converse is true.
    • Three judges noted on Friday that issues raised in the petition would be more effectively resolved through diplomatic, legislative, policy and other executive interventions, rather than by a constitutional decision.
    • Kenya has argued, however, that the case should not be heard at the ICJ, which it says is rigid and may not resolve political issues attached to the case.

EABL finance director Gyorgy Geiszl exits after five years

Mr Gyorgy Geiszl Mr Gyorgy Geiszl. PHOTO | NMG 


    • Mr Geiszl will be replaced by Risper Genga Ohaga, a Kenyan, who has been the chief finance officer at Barclays Bank Zambia Plc.
    • Ms Ohaga was unveiled on Friday during the release of half year results to December 2019 in which net profits grew nine percent to Sh7.2 billion.
    • The growth was lifted by strong performance across all segments in the region.
    • The outgoing finance director was hailed by Mr Cowan as having been a key architect in EABL’s double digit growth over the years.

‘My extra bedroom earns me over Sh100,000’

Molly at her apartment in Lang'ata Molly at her apartment in Lang'ata. PHOTO | LUCY WANJIKU | NMG 
From outside, there is nothing especially hotel-like about these homes. Some are located in very desirable neighbourhoods while others are in downtown Nairobi. Some have beds made from recycled pallets but fancy, others have gone extra with Bohemian interiors while many are just basic Kenyan homes, minimally decorated.
Yet these houses, listed on the home sharing site Airbnb, charging from Sh1,500 for accommodation to Sh7,000 a day, are attracting thousands of foreigner travellers and earning Kenyans extra income.
As the younger generation begins to travel more, they are opting for authentic experiences over the comfort and luxury offered in traditional hotels. They want to live like locals, mingle and share experiences with them in markets where they buy their daily groceries to joining them in churches.
Molly Ogogo is one of the Airbnb entrepreneurs. The teacher by profession rents out extra space in her apartment in Nairobi’s Langata.
She first came across of the home sharing concept when she was doing a random Internet search on cheap places to stay in Singapore. Though banned in Singapore, Airbnb was everywhere on the results page, she says.
She first enrolled as a guest, and later came back to Nairobi and started hosting others for extra income.
Airbnb house in Lang'ata
Ms Ogogo's Airbnb house in Lang'ata. PHOTO | LUCY WANJIKU | NMG
Ms Ogogo is among the growing list of Kenyans who are renting out extra rooms or houses on different homestay platforms. From stand-alone houses to apartments and single self-contained rooms, local hosts have listed a variety of properties.
Some hosts rent an apartment, furnish it and then give it out to tourists for short stays. This is the case with David Kiragu and Martin Kinuthia, both IT professionals.
Mr Kiragu has listed a property on Kirinyaga Road in downtown Nairobi while Mr Kinuthia has rented out an apartment in Ruaka, not far from Two Rivers Mall.
“The property is steps away from Two Rivers Mall. I chose the area because it’s better known for expatriates on long-term contracts, middle-class locals and foreigners,” he says.
Mr Kiragu says that proximity to the city centre informed his choice of the Airbnb house.
“I know many people might have doubts [due to insecurity] but the property is close to Globe Roundabout and the security is pretty good, despite the perception most have of downtown Nairobi,” he says.
For years, hotels have dominated the accommodation part of tourism. But the high rates made travelling expensive. Nowadays, low budget hotels, desire to explore the world and affordable Airbnb homes have made it easier for many to travel, even those who do not have a lot of disposable income.
Travellers are also looking for experiences away from the confines of designated tourist areas. Millennials are passionate users of Airbnb and roughly 60 percent of all guests who have ever booked on Airbnb are the young generation.
Kenya, according to Airbnb, ranks third in Africa on listing homes after South Africa and Morocco. In 2018, there were about 132,000 property listed on Airbnb in Africa, and the number is rising.
David Kiragu at Eagles Tower Kirinyaga Road
David Kiragu at Eagles Tower Kirinyaga Road. PHOTO | LUCY WANJIKU | NMG
The homes attract from solo travellers to families and groups.
Families on leisure or business trips favour Ms Ogogo’s house. They stay in her spare bedrooms while sharing the living room.
She adds that her sharing her three-bedroom apartment with strangers is not only about making money. Some who stay for months have become her friends and return guests.
“The concept of hosting strangers is rewarding in itself. I get to learn so much from them because they come from different backgrounds and countries. The guests on their part receive a different kind of experience from luxury hotels,” she says.
For Mr Kinuthia, ensuring tourists have a memorable stay in Nairobi is what excites him.
Martin at his house in Ruaka
Martin at his house in Ruaka, which he has listed on Airbnb. PHOTO | COURTESY
“Hosting is a great experience because I meet people from all over the world. Because they are well-travelled, some give me tips on how to make my house more comfortable and they recommend it to their friends and families,” he says.
Some of his guests are now like family, he adds.
“I actually take care of their needs as if they were my own, recommending nice hangout joints, my favourites, so they definitely feel like family to me.”
Mr Kiragu gives an example of a couple he hosted months ago and they have been communicating since.
“Most times, a host’s kindness is rewarded with a high rating and constant bookings. And who knows, they might even invite me visit them,” Ms Ogogo says.
Some of the Airbnb entrepreneurs in Kenya also have day jobs. So how do they juggle work and hosting?
The concept of homestay is straightforward; homeowners give out extra space in their houses for travellers and as a host, one is only obligated to give space and not around the clock services as is the case in hotels.
Kitchen area of Mr Kiragu's Airbnb along Kirinyaga Road
Kitchen area of Mr Kiragu's Airbnb along Kirinyaga Road, downtown Nairobi. PHOTO | LUCY WANJIKU | NMG
So there is no cooking for the guests or planning their itinerary, unless on request and which attracts extra charges.
This gives hosts time to focus on other things, say full-time employment while using their free time to welcome tourists to their homes or a separately rented apartment.
“Hosting is not really engaging as long as someone is there to usher in the guest and orient them. Most guests have their daily engagements so you get ample time to do you other tasks,” says Ms Ogogo.
The platforms also have features that make it easy for hosts to organise their schedules, only inviting people in their homes when they have the time and their listings are ready.

IMF reveals Sh153bn asset base of non-deposit saccos

Ekeza Sacco Ekeza Sacco members line up for verification during a special general meeting at Kasarani last February. FILE PHOTO | NMG 


    • An IMF technical team that was in Nairobi in August 2019 was also able to find out that they had given out loans of up to Sh118.22 billion and had taken up deposits of up to Sh117.50 billion.
    • Treasury data shows that as at the end of June 2018, Saccos regulated by Sasra held Sh766 billion in assets.
    • Previous IMF missions in 2015 and 2016 discussed the possibility of including non-deposit taking Saccos in monetary data.

Patience running out for Kenyan students trapped in virus city

A passenger wears a mask as she waits at passport control in Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, on January 30, 2020, following an outbreak of coronavirus in China. PHOTO | MICHAEL TEWELDE | AFP 

South Africa takes AU chair with huge task of silencing guns

Illegal weapons
A Kenyan security officer stands guard during the destruction of weapons recovered from criminals. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Tanzania ready to defend its Copa Cup

Copa Coca Cola Cup.
The Tanzanian Under-16 team are winners of the 2019 continental Copa Coca Cola Cup. PHOTO | COURTESY