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The Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ministry of Information Communications and Technology, Joe Mucheru, has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to supporting a free media in the country.

Speaking Friday during the opening of the Editors’ Annual Conference in a Mombasa, the CS said among the many roles the government plays is supporting press freedom and a free media for development to be achieved.

“As a government we are very supportive of a free media. With the media migration we now have many more media houses, over 170 radio stations, over 70 TV stations so the number has increased which in a sense also means the audience is increasing and shrinking for some,” observed Mucheru.

He, however, noted that what doesn’t seem to be increasing is the advertising that seems to be shrinking which is not governance related.

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The CS took cognizant that in this era issues to take note is the request to make the media Councils Complaints Commission to become like the Ombudsman Office, assuring that his Ministry is looking into.

The ICT CS reiterated that the government has provided facilities, including the creation of independent institutions such as the Media Council with membership from the industry who forward a list to his office for approval without any alteration.

Mucheru said the government is contented to have an independent Media Council and that it is only the funding from government that connects the two.

“As a government, the only reason we are there is because of the financing but otherwise we are happy to look for this opportunity for making the Media Council an Independent Commission,” declared the CS.

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The CS said nothing will necessarily change because, the government does not influence the Media Council.

He observed that the Media Council is independent and regulated by a Board that takes the decisions, citing that as a Minister he has matters that he raised at the Council’s complaint Commission which have not been resolved up to date.

The CS conveyed the commitment of the government under President Uhuru Kenyatta to ensure a free media, adding that the President shared his thoughts on media freedom in an earlier conversation today before the meeting.

“I had a conversation with the President this morning, he sent his greetings and he was very happy that many of you the editors used the SGR for the first time,” said CS Mucheru in his speech.

He observed that editors have written a lot about the SGR and that from the feedback he got all were excited on the price, the quality of service, security, safety of the SGR and the number of people it is bringing to Mombasa as well.

CS said the amount of tourist that is streaming to Mombasa is unprecedented and in that in this era of fake news it is not true that all cargo has to go through SGR.

He invited the editors to have the opportunity to visit and see the kind of infrastructure investment the government is putting in to ensure that growth is realized in the country.

The CS, specifically asked the editors to visit Mama Ngina Water Front Park and see the transformation that has happened as well, the new terminal for the cruise ships due to be launched by the President at the Mombasa Port soon.

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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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