Author: Martin Mwita

Martin Mwita is a business reporter based in Kenya. He covers equities, capital markets, trade and the East African Cooperation markets.

Uganda Revenue Authority assistant commissioner IT James Kizza is the winner of the East Africa CIO of the Year Award 2019.

Uganda Revenue Authority assistant commissioner IT James Kizza is the winner of the East Africa CIO of the Year Award 2019. He has been recognized for his “crucial role” in the trail-blazing digital development of the URA. READ ALSO:Uganda Revenue Authority(URA) disagrees with importers over payment method According to the judges, the role of the chief information officer (CIO) continues to evolve at a breakneck pace, and only those executives who advance in lockstep will enjoy prolonged success and better the enterprises that they dedicate their energies to serve. The 2019 East Africa CIO100 jury led by Professor Louis Fourie, former VC…

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Kenya’s local low-cost carrier Silverstone could soon be back in full operations after the country’s aviation regulator lifted a suspension on part of its fleet. The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) had last week suspended the carrier’s Dash- 8 fleet from flying for seven days to allow inspection after a sequence of mishaps. The move affected eight of its 14 fleet of aircrafts which also includes Fokker and CRJ Series aircrafts. “KCAA wishes to inform the public that the provisional suspension of the Silverstone Air Services limited Dash 8 Series Aircraft Operations imposed on November 12, 2019, has now been lifted,” Director…

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Real Estate developer Superior Homes Kenya is putting up a Sh7 billion ($68.8 million) residential development in Kenya’s coastal town of Kilifi, as it moves to expand its real estate portfolio in the country. Dubbed ‘Pazuri at Vipingo’, the master-planned site will consist of 372 houses and associated infrastructure and amenities covering more than 100 acres. READ ALSO:Property developer superior homes announces Sh30 billion investment The development, which commenced early this year, consists of 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms with phase One of the project comprising of 63 units expected to be ready for occupation in June 2020. “Pazuri at Vipingo has…

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Kenya and Somalia have agreed to normalise bilateral relations starting with the restoration of the issuance of travel visas on arrival arrangement for citizens of the two nations. The restoration of the visa on arrival arrangement is aimed at enhancing free and unhindered movement of people and commerce between Kenya and Somalia. READ ALSO:Is oil wealth pitting Kenya against Somalia? The agreement was reached during a meeting between Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed of the Federal Republic of Somalia on the sidelines of the just concluded Nairobi ICPD25 summit. During the meeting, the two leaders reaffirmed the invaluable…

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More than 66 per cent of total employment is Sub-Saharan Africa is from the informal sector, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has revealed, the biggest provider of employment in Africa. Informal economies are typically characterised by low productivity and non-exportable goods and services. READ ALSO:Sectors that will grow West Africa’s 15 economies On the other hand, the sector also provides crucial livelihoods to the most vulnerable of the urban poor. It is projected that the informal sector is likely to absorb many of the continent’s young employment seekers who are mainly today’s millennial digital natives – educated, learned and very adaptive to…

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Kenya’s top commercial law firm MMC Africa Law has teamed up with Africa’s international law firm ASAFO & CO to form MMC ASAFO, in a merger likely to shake the continental space. In order to provide a unique and integrated offering of top-tier legal services exclusively dedicated to the African continent, the MMC ASAFO team is based in different offices, with a balanced presence in France and in the major African business hubs of Nairobi, Abidjan, Casablanca and Johannesburg. The merged entities are keen tap on the African Continental Free Trade Area which came into effect this year, congregating over…

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Kenya and the Kingdom of Lesotho have signed three key pacts that are geared towards boosting bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The deals signed at the end of talks held between President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Right Hon. Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho at State House, Nairobi , were an agreement on the establishment of a Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC), a Memorandum of Understanding for bilateral consultations as well as a Memorandum of Understanding in the Field of Sports. Prime Minister Thabane, who arrived in the country on Sunday evening for a…

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company has announced  that it is launching an Amazon CloudFront Edge location in Kenya, which is expected to be operational in early 2020. Amazon CloudFront is a highly secure and highly available Content Delivery Network (CDN) that accelerates the delivery of applications, data, and videos to users worldwide, with high transfer speeds. READ ALSO:Kenya Space Agency intensifies use of science to curb drought Kenya is the latest country to be connected to AWS’s global infrastructure network, which is designed and built to deliver the most flexible, reliable, scalable, and secure cloud computing environment with the…

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Global Chinese technology company-Vivo has stamped its mark in the Kenyan market by setting its regional offices in Nairobi. The firm has also unveiled the new V17 pro Smartphone in the Kenyan market. According to the firm, the new V17 pro houses a total of 6 cameras on the front and back that allow users to redefine their selfies with the industry’s first 32mp dual pop-up front camera, a powerful upgrade to Vivo’s iconic elevating front camera. V17 pro also houses cutting-edge features such as the super AMOLED ultra FullView display, professional-grade 48mp AI quad camera, plus stunning makeover features…

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