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SWVL introduces long distance Nairobi to Nakuru trips for KES. 1000

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SWVL is going the Little Shuttle Longhaul way with the newly introduced Nairobi to Nakuru and back route. The pickup will be at Afya Centre, going through Chiromo, Delta, and Kinoo, with drop off being Prestige Mall, Nakuru.

Unlike with Little Shuttle (which I am not sure if they ever resumed operations), there are no pickup/drop off points past Kinoo. Maybe you’ll need to tell your driver, but it doesn’t seem to be in the app.

There’s currently 5 shuttles in the trip: first one at 8.30am, with last one at 4.00pm.

What’s funny about this new route is that we’ve seen a couple of new PSV 14 Seater shuttles with Matatu branding. And the company they’ve been sort from appears to be Prestige Shuttles that ply the Nakuru-Nairobi route.

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Which means these are but the normal Prestige Shuttles you can get at Afya Centre. The new thing is you can now book them on an app. (I wonder if they’ll stick to schedule)

SWVL has introduced a Promo Code to give customers up to 60% off, which sounds like an offer, till you check the price on the app, and discover that they’re charging KES. 1000 per trip. With the discounted offer it becomes KES. 400 – which happens to be the introductory price of Little Longhaul that if you remember offered free rides on weekends.

Anyway, coming during the Festive season, perhaps this is but a partnership to cash in on the holiday rush home. Only time will tell. Will SWVL try out more long distance routes? Will their prices be more competitive? And what will the value be compared to using normal transport options?

The company is yet to introduce dynamic pricing they promised a while back. The app still claims to be charging KES. 200 per trip in their short distance Nairobi routes – though they send out promo codes making the rides either free or KES. 50 every week. Their promise of premium quality rides is sort of failing with the introduction of normal matatus, and clueless drivers. Will they survive this market? Will they ever make money?


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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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