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Kenya positions itself to bridge gap between Africa, CARICOM countries

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Kenya is positioning itself to act as a bridge between Africa and the people of the Caribbean.

The country is already planning to host the first ever conference that will bring together the African Union member countries and the countries that are members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The conference will be held in Nairobi next year just ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government that will also be held in Kigali Rwanda.

The announcement of the conference to bring together Africans of the continent and those from the Caribbean was announced at State House, Nairobi, today when President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley.

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PM Mottley was received in an elaborate ceremony complete with a 19 gun salute before she held talks with President Kenyatta.

The two leaders later held bilateral talks where they were joined by their respective delegations.

They later oversaw the signing of two agreements between Kenya and Bardbados as the two countries announced that they will be bridges between Africa and the Caribbean.

One of the agreements that President Kenyatta and PM Mottley witnessed was for the avoidance of double taxation. The other agreement was a Memorandum of Understanding on Health that will allow Kenyan universities to enter into partnership with Barbados in training medical students.

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PM Mottley said her country is eager to have Kenya Airways fly to Barbados and onwards to North America as part of efforts to link the two regions.

“It boggles the mind that despite all the time there has been no attempt to deepen the relationship between the two regions,” said the Barbadian leaders.

She said Barbados will appoint an Ambassador to Kenya in April next year as she invited Kenyan investors to explore opportunities in her country and use it as a launching pad for the larger Caribbean markets.

She said Kenya and Barbados can partner in many fields including tourism where Kenya is a world leader in safari destinations while Barbados leads in Beach tourism.

In the field of education, PM Mottley said a number of Kenyan schools have been chosen to twin with similar institutions in Barbados so that the youth can learn from each other.

“It is good to know about each other but it is much better to know each other. The youth are more inquisitive and they will grow up when they know each other,” said the Prime Minister.

She said the current crop of leaders have a responsibility to bridge the gap that has existed for centuries between Africa and the Africans of the diaspora.

On his part, President Kenyatta said PM Mottley’s visit is historic since it is the first visit by a Barbadian leader to East Africa.

He said he is ready to champion and forge close links between Africa and the people of the Caribbean.

President Kenyatta noted that Kenya and Barbados will soon sign an air services agreement to lay ground for direct flights between the two countries.

He said issues of mutual interest will be discussed at the conference that will bring together the African Union and Caricom.

Cabinet Secretaries Monica Juma (Foreign Affarirs), Ukur Yattani (National Treasury), Joe Mucheru (ICT), Peter Munya ( Trade and Industry), Amina Mohamed (Sports), Farida Karoney (Lands) and Sicily Kariuki (Health) attended the bilateral meeting.

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Haraka Haraka app to link customers with service providers

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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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Balala wants investigation into alleged harassment at Ol Jogi launched – KBC

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Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala

Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has directed the Kenya Wildlife Service to commence investigations into the alleged harassment of a victim by private game ranchers at Ol Jogi Conservancy in Laikipia County.

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It is reported that the victim known as Mordecai Ogada in the company of his children was harassed on Saturday while driving on a public road in the conservancy.

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In a statement, Balala has asked for speedy investigations and findings to be concluded by Wednesday this week.

The CS added that no discriminations will be allowed to any Kenyan at any conservancy in the country.

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“The government of Kenya and my ministry will not condone any undue harassment or intimidation of Kenyans who are going about their normal businesses and enjoying their God given heritage by anyone,” said CS Balala.

He urged Kenyans to report any such incidents with facts for action to be taken.

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