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Kalonzo Musyoka decries rising cases of teenage pregnancies

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Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka says parents must take a more direct role in raising their children now that they are at home due to Covid 19.

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Kalonzo said it is the responsibility of parent to ensure their children’s discipline through counseling.

“Teachers are there to help educate your children but it is you as parents who should be able to instill discipline, as you bring up your child,” He said.  

He says Kenyans are looking forward to less cases of teenage pregnancies during this pandemic period as well as other social ills associated with teenage hood.  

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Kalonzo says although a policy that allows teenage mothers to continue with their studies after giving birth is place, it should not serve as a catalyst to defend teenage pregnancies saying they should be totally discouraged.

The Wiper Leader made the remarks when he received more food donations from donors who included Agrichem African Limited, Pinkerton Kenya Limited and Mwingi Friends toward the KMF FOOD BASKET initiative.

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Kapchorua Tea makes profit of KSh 19.4 Million

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Listed tea processor, Kapchorua Tea Kenya Plc, has reported a profit of KSh19.4 million according to its audited accounts for the financial year ended 31st March 2020. This is compared to a loss of KSh125.7 million during the previous financial year.

Directors have recommended a dividend of KSh10 per share to be paid out of retained earnings.
The recommended final dividend, subject to approval, will accrue to the members on the register at the close of business on 30th July 2020.

At the end of its financial year in 2019, Kapchorua tea issued a profit warning after its forecasts indicated that several financial obligations would lower its earnings by at least 25%.

Kapchorua Tea is a subsidiary and shares a board with Williamson Tea which is its biggest shareholder. Both firms are scheduled to hold a joint AGM on 2Oth August 2020.

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At its AGM, members will seek to amend the firm’s articles of association to allow for holding of annual general meetings, extraordinary general meetings and board meetings virtually and for voting to be carried by electronic means.

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Williamson Tea Kenya Profit Hits KSh 137.2 Million

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Uber Delivery Service “Connect” Launches in Kenya

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Uber recently launched “Uber Connect” delivery services in Kenya, a move that follows its global shift to delivery services. The service will use motorcycles to deliver packages, providing same-day courier services.

Costs for the Uber delivery services match with those of its motorbike service “Uber Boda”, charging a base fare of KSh 55 and an additional fee of KSh 14 per kilometre and Ksh 1 per minute on the road.

In Kenya, the service has a weight cap of 15 kilograms for every package. Further, the uber delivery service does not cover the transport of items worth more than Ksh 5,300, since it does not offer insurance for packages.

Uber Delivery Service to Save Bleeding Ride-Hailing Revenues

Globally, Uber delivery services started in April, reducing the blow of the ongoing pandemic on ride-hailing services. The new vertical came with other delivery services for essential goods like groceries through Uber Direct.

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The diversification of services in Kenya and beyond shows the growing need for ride-hailing companies to find new verticals after the Coronavirus reduced movement. In May, its rival app Bolt introduced delivery services, whereas Little Cab went beyond delivery to add ambulance services.

READ ALSO: Ride-Hailing Apps Shift Focus to Delivery Services

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RwandAir Optimistic on Demand ahead of 1 August Resumption Date

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National Carrier for Rwanda “RwandAir” will resume its flights on 1 August after almost five months since they suspended their operations. Officials of the airline said that the carrier is already receiving forward booking on different routes, bringing high hopes that demand will gradually grow.

The airline will first resume flights in African destinations and Dubai, increasing frequencies to other routes in tandem with demand. RwandAir will not hike its fare charges in a bid to attract more passengers. Further, it will offer bonus mileage and flexible pricing to passengers.

The airline is making inflight adjustments in life with health recommendations to improve safety and boost passenger confidence. Company CEO Yvonne Manzi Makolo says, “We have put all measures in place as directed by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) to make sure that our passengers and staff are safe when we resume operations.

A Different RwandAir Experience

Passengers will present a certificate to prove that they tested negative for COVID-19 before flying into, through and out of the country. Further, they will have to observe physical distancing rules at airports.

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RwandAir Chief Commercial Officer Gobena Mikael says flights will amend how they offer meals and snack services, looking to minimize contact between crew and passengers. The airline will now offer a lunch box hot meal as opposed to a served meal.

“For airline meals and snacks services, there is going to be a significant amendment from regular service to serving bottled drinks and packed snacks consequently reducing contacts between crew and passengers,” CGTN quotes Mikael.

The airline will also require passengers to wear masks as well as check their temperature before boarding. Passengers will only carry one piece of luggage per passenger to reduce congestion. Aircrafts will also have physical distancing signage and desk shields.

READ ALSO: Hope For Nigeria as 5 Airlines Resume Domestic Flights

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