April 2018


Being street smart simply means that one has learnt how to take what has happened to them, good or bad, thought about it and learnt to improve from it.

It is the shrewd resourcefulness needed to survive in an urban environment (be it people management, project management or business management) and comes from experience. On the flip side, being book smart comes from being well-versed with books.

This is not to say that a good education is a bad thing. Being book smart is essential in certain situations. But there are other times where being book smart is useless other than to impress one’s friends with how worldly and intelligent one is.

The prime distinction between street smarts and book smarts is who is at the center of the knowledge. On the street, it's you. There is no doubt that street smarts beats book smarts hands down.

To be street smart means one has situational awareness, can assess the environment they are in, who is in it and what the available angles are.

Being on the street, in the trenches or whatever low to the ground metaphor you prefer, requires one learn to trust their own judgment about people and what matters. This skill, regardless of where one develops it, is of great value everywhere in life regardless of how far from the streets one is.

Hawkers and Makangas.

In an urban setup, being street smart means instinctively knowing how to keep oneself safe from scams and bad guys. It means one knows their way around, how to handle themselves in tough situations and how to “read” people’s intent.

For instance, in the urban centres, there are no better “survivors” than the street vendors (hawkers), matatu crew, the mama mbogas and the jua kali artisans. These group of people will virtually get out of any situation unscathed and can survive in any situation unlike their counterparts in the white-collar jobs and in formal business setups.

These are the type who will build a business empire from merely a thousand shillings. Theirs involves having a basic understanding of the street ‘level’, being on the ground and being in the battle rather than looking down atop of it. Their solutions to problems and tasks are usually more likely to be practical and pragmatic, developed purely from experience and ‘real life’.

Fundamental advantage.

Their “smartness” comes from actually doing the task that others read about. From getting their hands dirty, getting ‘stuck in’, either through successes or failures, these first hand experiences develop their knowledge and understanding of the world and their work.

This is the fundamental advantage. They have learnt things one can’t just read about in books. They know the ins and outs that can only be gained by doing. Whereas book smarts knowledge is gained second hand from their readings and learning.

In reality, the startup world contains those same very risky streets, but in the business context.
Initially, it will be tough knowing what has to be done. So many people to talk to, so many things to do, and so many decisions to be made.

Social intelligence.

With each person, there will be behavioral nuances to take note of. It is not something school could have prepared anyone for.

The constant exposure to varying intense situations makes one accustomed to them. They develop a stronger social intelligence, where they get to know what to do, what to say, how to say/do things and when exactly to speak/act to get the best outcome.

It is something that comes from both raw experience and actively synthesizing lessons from their own experiences.

Here’s a simple guide and key disciplines to train your gut:

1. Work smart. 

This means using discipline to get smart before you start working. Find out everything you can about the business domain you are targeting.

In addition, maintain a change-oriented and future-focused mentality, with an actionable execution plan. When someone tells you they are working hard, it’s usually an excuse for not working smart.

2. Don’t back down from stressful or uncomfortable situations.

If anything, immerse yourself in as many of these situations as possible. These are the catalysts of your growth. The more you face them, the better you are going to become.

3. Present everything. 

If you are trying to gain commitment or persuade someone, practice the discipline of thinking beyond conversational chatter. The four steps of a successful presentation always include preparation, practice, delivery, and asking for the order. Make these part of every interaction with partners, customers, and team members.

4. Deal with people. 

People do business with your people, not your startup. Finely tuned people skills make you more likeable, warm, friendly, open, and effective. Put yourself in their heads to see things from their perspective. Have patience, and listen actively before speaking.

When you know how people think and feel, you will naturally know what to do and how to best work with them. Regular interactions and spending more time with said people will help.

Street smart entrepreneurs practice this discipline until it is not work.

5. Watch your money. 

It is not unusual for creative entrepreneurs to find finances difficult to understand, intimidating or just a numbing bore.

If you feel that way, find a partner who loves that critical side of the business. In reality, the discipline to manage cash does not require a financial genius. It just requires a discipline of relentless focus.

6. Focus on doing, doing and more doing.

Every field experience will make you socially more intelligent. Make “doing” your modus operandi. 

It’s okay to acquire social knowledge through books, but remember that it’s from being in the situation that you will develop your intuition and social smarts.

7. Distill lessons for application.

With each situation you face, distill lessons for application. Ask yourself: Why did this happen? (If it was an unfavorable experience.) What can I do to prevent this/make it better? What can I learn from this? How can I do things better the next time?

Then, apply these lessons in the next situation.

8. Get more business. 

This discipline is the art of making a constant of new business opportunities, new customers, and new revenue flowing into your startup. Develop an aggressive prospecting mentality, stay close to current and past customers, get referrals, and optimise Internet marketing. If you startup isn’t evolving and growing, you are failing.

9. Manage yourself. 

Entrepreneurs will always be wearing many hats in their business and personal life. Even the more important activities can sometimes be excuses to avoid the underlying challenge of working towards your life-changing goals.

Learn and practice time management disciplines. Banish procrastination. Be decisive. Have fun.

10. Everybody sells. 

It may not be in their job descriptions, but everyone in a startup should be selling. The very first moment that you have contact with an investor or a customer has contact with your team, an impression and a perception is created. That perception is your reality and you only get one chance to make it a good one.

CONCLUSION:

Basically, street smarts requires that one puts all these things together for problem solving and to dodge and weave effectively through the risky business streets. It means balancing your idealistic vision of how things could be, against the realities of the business world. Confidence and a positive attitude are also required to be a street smart and successful entrepreneur.

But attitude and problem solving are not sufficient, without the basic disciplines outlined above. No one is born with all these disciplines. These represent the knowledge and experience of many successful business people. Study them carefully and practice them religiously. The alternative is a long and painful learning curve, which neither you nor your investors can afford.


A metropolitan area survey has identified areas around Thika is the most affordable place to buy land outside of Nairobi

According to a Nairobi Metropolitan Area Land Report released by Cytonn Real Estate company, the asking prices for an acre in Thika is at Sh9.2 million compared to Syokimau and Mlolongo at Sh12 million.

An equivalent parcel of land in Athi River and goes for at Sh12.9 million and Sh13.1 million respectively.

Despite its low prices, the report also indicates that Thika offers investors the highest expected returns of 9.7% against a market average of 3.7%.

Average price for an acre in low rise residential zones is at Sh. 87 million with Spring Valley having the highest price at Sh. 154 million per acre, followed by NyaLi at Sh. 109 million.

In Karen, an acre currently stands at Sh. 52 million with Ridgeways and Runda both at Sh68 million. Kitusuru is at Sh70 million.

Speaking during the release of the report, Research Analyst Juster Kendi noted that Thika’s price appreciation was boosted by speculative tendencies brought about by the growth potential of the area and urbanization pressure due to devolution.

“The submarkets with the lowest returns were Nyari, Riverside and Upper Hill attributable to rapidly increased land prices over the last five years, whereby the area recorded an annual growth of 20.8 percent, an oversupply of office space in the node as well as traffic congestion into and out of the area that has led to many developers focusing on Kilimani, an upcoming office node with lower supply,” Kendi said.

Karen, Kilimani, Ridgeways, Juja, and Kasarani were among the best-performing submarkets in terms of capital appreciation, recording annual rates of more than 5 percent in 2017.

The report noted that the land sector is facing challenges such as inadequate infrastructural development as seen through the shortage of trunk infrastructure such as electricity, water drainage, sewer and roads in specific areas, slowed real estate sector performance as a result of the extended electioneering period and thus reduced demand for land, and a difficult legal environment characterized by long procedures in title deed issuance and cases of double titling.

The factors expected to shape the sector in 2018 are government land banking initiative, digitization of land ministry, and the relaxation of zoning regulations of some suburbs such as Spring Valley.

“The key factors driving land prices have mainly been positive demographic such as a high population growth rates of 2.6 percent per annum, higher than global averages of 1.2 percent, a rising middle class with increasing purchasing power, continued investments in infrastructure such as roads, water, sewer and power connection, reduced supply of development class land at affordable prices, and a robust real estate sector,” Senior Manager, Regional Market, Johnson Denge, noted.


Generally, men in general are not expected to live as long as women. The average life expectancy for a man is 79 whereas women are expected to live to 82.

According to medics, this is so because of genetics. Women have two X chromosomes, which provides them with a backup if a mutation occurs. However, men do not have that luxury — they only have one X chromosome to express all their genes.

However, there are six ways a man can boost his life expectancy.

1. Stare at boobs

It may seem like an inconvenience or an invasion of privacy to many women, but staring at boobs creates a positive mindset in men.

According to a research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, boobs make men happy, and happiness is the key to unlocking your full potential.

Experiencing pleasant emotions can help individuals make better decisions about their health.

2. Have a lot of sex.

Sex could decrease a man’s mortality rate by as much as 50%.

Sex releases serotonin, the happy hormone which makes us feel better overall. Sex also promotes physical well-being, as well as being a stress reliever — which can help reduce the likeliness of illness.

It protects you from cancer, it keeps your heart healthy, and it helps you sleep better. Not to mention how amazing it feels.

3. Get married

Not something everyone would have thought — but married men do live longer though this depends 
on the age at which they get married.

A survey involving 127,545 American adults found that married men are healthier than men who were never married or whose marriages ended in divorce or widowhood. 

The research also revealed that men who have marital partners also live longer than men without spouses so are men who marry after age 25 get as they get more protection than those who tie the knot at a younger age.

The longer a man stays married, the greater his survival advantage over his unmarried peers.

4. Be responsible

A sense of responsibility can do wonders. A study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology discovered that older people in nursing homes who were given a plant to care for had improved socialisation, alertness and general function.

Perhaps that is why having kids are good for you.

5. Have kids.

According to Swedish researchers observed information from over 700,000 men and 725,000 women born between 1911 and 1925, your little ones might be upping your longevity.

The study showed that people with children had greater longevity across the board.

According to the study, men with kids are expected to live 2 years longer than non-fathers at age 60. By age 80, dads are expected to live about 8 months longer than non-parents.

6. Get a ‘katummy’.

Most men gain a bit of weight after they have kids, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

A book called “How Men Age” argues that gaining weight after fatherhood makes men healthier, more attractive and more likely to live longer than their “skinny” counterparts.

The author claims that tubby men are less likely to suffer a heart attack or prostate cancer and are more likely to invest their time in their children. It adds that their increased fat levels also make them more attractive to women.

Stay healthy, my friends.


The National Assembly is set to debate and vote on the creation of the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) that will create a system for generating a harmonised national identification document for Kenyans.

NIIMS is part of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill introduced in the house two weeks ago.

Under this system, all Kenyans will have a unique national identification number. It will also harmonise all information from other databases hosted by government agencies on registration.

According to the bill, NIIMS will create, manage, maintain and operate a national population register as a single source of personal information on all Kenyan citizens and registered foreigners resident in the country.

It will print and distribute all national identification cards, refugee cards, foreigner certificates, birth and death certificates, driving licences, work permits, passports and foreign travel documentation, and student identification cards.

The Niims will also generate a format for the document that will capture all the information required for creation of the single identification document.

Starting next year, Kenyans will be issued with digital identity cards with special features and personal details. Among the special features the ID will have are health insurance, social security, taxation and driving licence details.

Students getting back to school in an earlier photo.
As schools start opening their doors today for 2nd term, expect a lot of human traffic and activity in town, especially today, tomorrow and Wednesday.

And with the traffic, criminals get a field day. It's harvest season for them. They will be allover the place preying on and stealing from unsuspecting parents and students.

We have attempted to highlight some of the most common methods used to either steal or con parents and students alike and we hope that it will be of some help to someone out there.

1. Pickpockets.

Be very alert as at this time pickpockets are very fond of hoovering around banks, supermarkets, school stationary shops and bus termini. 

They will pretend to be very busy doing something but all they are doing is to monitor your body language and movements. Once they spot an easy target or a victim overwhelmed by the activities of the time, they will strike, pretend to be 'squeezing' for space to pass or to get an item to buy and before you know it, they have emptied your bag or pockets and vanished.

These people usually walk in groups and once one of them steals from you, they will immediately hand over the loot to their accomplices and within a span of one minute, it will have been transferred to more than three hands. So, by the time you realise it, it is very far away and the suspect you hold, in case you get him, will be bearing no incriminating evidence.

Then there are those who will cut your bag using a razor blade and empty your valuables or leave you only hanging its straps on your shoulders.

2. Strangers asking for direction.

The other set of criminals to be wary of are "strangers" asking for directions to a particular place or building.

These criminals pretend to be very new in town and lost. They will immediately offer to greet you by extending a hand for a handshake and before you realise it, they have already drugged you using sedative-hypnotic drugs commonly called depressants. 

Depressants slow down or "depress" the activity of the brain and the victim end up being controlled like a robot. The drugs are known to wipe out someone’s memory on what actually happened.

3. Fake prophets.

These "prophets" will spot their prey and approach them as though God has just sent them to you. More often than not, they are usually middle-aged women between 30 years old and 50. They disguise as village women, more likely to be women in turbans and bearing very innocent looks.

These women will trick you into telling your story through very obvious common challenges that happen in majority of our families. They will even call you by name and pretend to be prophesying about your predicament and before you know it, you have already fallen into their trap.

Majority of them are also known to drug their victims into zombies before emptying their wallets and wiping their bank accounts dry in the name of praying for their money.

WARNING: Do not be tempted to "shake hands" with strangers or encourage too much talk with strangers. If you must, your conversation should be very brief and to the point. Otherwise, you will end up wiped out of all your money without knowing what hit you.

4. Bodaboda bag snatchers.

Then there are the usual bodaboda bag snatchers. This group targets only women and girls and can strike from anywhere. 

Take care of your possessions and always be alert of what is happening around you.

5. Student thieves.

The last batch to keep watch are the "student thieves" or criminals in school uniforms. They look harmless and usually walk in groups. At times they are very noisy and pretend to be those "tough mohines" out to win fellow school girls.

Do not get deceived by their innocence. Majority of these students (some have completed school but dress as students to commit crime in disguise) are hardened criminals and drug abusers. 

They mostly target fellow students especially the younger ones and those walking alone. They will surround their victims, harass them and steal from them without the general public noticing anything amiss because they pretend they are just playing or kidding; the kind of students' stuff you assume.

Before you realise it, the victim has lost their pocket money and all what they had bought for school.

So, stay vigil this "Back to School" moment or lose your money to any of these criminals. We just thought you should know.....

Two people have died while 21 others were injured when a bus belonging to Joy Kenya Company that was heading to Meru town from Nairobi crashed few metres from Maara River bridge at about 9:40pm on Saturday.

According to Maara OCPD Johnston Kabusia, the bus veered off the road into a nearby bush to avoid crashing into the river after its breaks failed.

The crash that occurred near Kajiunduthi High School along Meru -Nairobi highway in Tharaka-Nithi County also involved several other vehicles.

A lorry, which was coming from Meru town towards Chuka Town, ran into a crowd of people and several vehicles at the scene of the Joy Kenya bus crash, killing two and injuring 12.

The OCPD said the lorry, too, developed break failure.  

Some of the injured were rushed to Chuka County Referral and PCEA Chogoria Mission hospitals with the bodies of the deceased being moved to Chuka Hospital mortuary.

Kabusia said that they have also launched investigation to establish whether the 52-seater bus was actually licensed to operate on the Nairobi-Meru road.


The most successful people view every situation as an opportunity to earn an extra coin, however difficult it may seem. Others will call it a blessing in disguise. 

As we talk, the rainy season is here with us and while some farmers are laughing all the way to their farms, majority of us have our heads bowed down in fear of this time of the year when heavy floods and cold seem to be a clog in the wheel of their commercial activities.

The situation is even worse for those in flood prone areas as they are likely to encounter traffic congestion especially when the roads are filled with pot holes. Worse off, people are susceptible to the loss of property worth millions of shillings through flooding.

Such people are convinced that nothing much can be done as all plans are either thwarted or slowed down by the rains.

In business, it’s always advisable to take advantage of every situation. So, depending on the mentality and the speed with which one seizes opportunities, some people will be richer while others will be poorer by the end of this rainy season.

Whereas some of us will be busy shivering or tightly covering themselves with big warm duvets, these investments may make you smile to the bank even before the rains are over. There is always a silver lining even with bad tidings. You can actually make money during the season.

The starting point is to assess your surrounding and what you can do about it to make hay while the sun shines so to say.

Here are some business ideas that can earn you quick money during this period of long rains.

Umbrellas

These ones will move like hot cake. This is the most opportune time to hang out with your umbrellas and sell to make good money.

For people who have to report to work or duty, the use of umbrella during this weather is inevitable. One funny fact is that very few people are likely to keep their umbrellas until the next season begins. 
In fact, one can buy an umbrella when it is drizzling in the morning but if it fails to rain in the evening, chances are that he will forget the umbrella either in the office, matatu or elsewhere and that will call for a demand of another umbrella immediately it starts raining again. 

It is therefore advisable that you buy your stock when the weather is dry and sell them when the rains start. You can make thousands of shillings within very few hours, just like a joke.

To make good cash out of this, you have to keep watching the skies and start as soon as the clouds get pregnant. The more you defy the weather, the more you will make huge sales.  If you are too busy, hire someone with the dedication to do it.

Gumboots

You will always meet both young and old with backpacks during this rainy season. Most probably they are carrying an extra pair of shoes to change when they enter their places of work.

Get nice water-proof boots and sell them to your colleagues at work. It is human nature for people to want to be unique and as a business person you won’t go wrong if you make your customers feel special by availing tailor-made items. And remember, they will pay handsomely for the good item.

Selling rain coats and cold-weather apparel.

For people who work in the rain and cannot use umbrellas, raincoats are the best options. Sell them raincoats and you will be amazed at how they scramble to buy.

Sweaters and jackets are other items that will sell like hotcakes when the rains properly sets in. Now is the time to get your suppliers working overtime on beautiful items that cheer up people during the dull period. Go for warm colours like orange, yellow, pink and baby blue.

Rainy seasons is usually characterised by cold weather that comes with myriad diseases. No one would like to be sick just because of the bad weather and as a result, this is the time that use of thick clothing like gloves, cardigans and sweaters sky rockets making the demand for such to rise above the normal demand curve.  Establishing a cold-weather apparel store at this time of the year is therefore a sure bet that will see you smiling with a fully loaded pocket when the rains are over. 

Start a tea/coffee café.

When it rains, people’s appetites for hot snacks and drinks rise. Hot chapatis and mandazi are irresistible. So are hot drinks.

As human beings, our bodies always try to maintain warm temperature in cold weather. One way we can do this is by taking hot fluids or drinks. In most towns, many people leave their estates early without having breakfast and once in town, they walk inside hotels to have a cup before proceeding to their work places.

If you can get space around a busy place, it is the perfect time to start selling coffee and tea. Opening a tea/coffee cafe during this period is therefore likely to provide a solution to many people as you cash in their pennies. All you need to do is to ensure your shop should is situated where there is continual flow of people or near matatu or bus stages and is neat.

If you stragetise well, you will find it hard to cope with the demand. Plan ahead, make your sales and grow your savings. As long as it is raining, this market is not likely to get saturated but how smart you interact with your clients will give you an upper hand and beat competition from other hotel owners.

Windscreen wiper blades 

Windscreen wiper blades are not often put to use when there is no rain. This factor may make some blades that have become exposed to the heat of the sun stiffened.

When the rain starts and they are now needed, they do not wipe off the water and the steam effectively. Thus, a driver who doesn’t want to experience a clouded vision will be compelled to change the wiper blades. Some negligent motorists, whose blades have become removed may not replace it until it starts to rain. Such ones are willing to do anything to get wiper blades for their cars.

Taxi business 

Rainfall threatens to bring most activities to a halt, but it is not an acceptable excuse to avoid work, or to remain indoors and not go to the market to either buy or sell just because it is raining. This means that movement continues in the rainy season, despite rain fall or flooded roads. Taxi (or tuktuk) is the most convenient means of transportation in the rain, as bodabodas expose riders to the rain.

Some car owners also prefer taxis to their own cars because of bad roads and choose to take taxis instead. This makes taxi business to pull high demand during this season. 

Car wash business

Most car owners are using them during this period. Due to the muddy conditions, they cannot remain clean for long. This makes the existing car wash centres too busy.

You do not need expensive machines to open a car wash. All you need is water vessels and some manpower. Make the prices reasonable and you will reap big. However, if you want a proper washing to make your customer appreciate your service and always come back, you will only need a need a pressure washer. 

Tent hire 

Many people or corporates organising outdoor activities are most likely to hire tents to shield them from the rain this season. This could be another good idea that can make you some quick cash considering that there will be more than one or two events every weekend.

You can make money by engaging in the tent hire business or if you don’t have adequate cash to buy your own tents for hire, you can lease it from sellers and hire out to those who need it, taking the commission as your gain.


A police officer who was aboard a Neo Kenya Mpya bus that was heading to Thika town was shot dead by gangsters and his firearm stolen in a hijack incident along the Thika superhighway last night.

Five gangsters are said to have hijacked the bus, ransacking the passengers before one of the gangsters stumbled on the officer’s gun, stabbed him before snatching it and shooting him with it.

The officer is said to be attached to the Ruaraka Police Station in Nairobi.

It is understood that the bus slowed down at the Drive Inn bumps where two men boarded to join three other gang members who had boarded it in city..

On reaching the Garden Estate bumps, the five men among the passengers ordered everyone to lie down and surrender all their valuables. They then ransacked and robbed the passengers all the way to Ruiru Kimbo where the bus turned back towards Nairobi and towards Baba Ndogo area. 

It then drove towards Outering road before slowing down at the National Concrete where the thugs alighted and fled on foot.


As the bus approached NAIVAS the then driver alighted after the passengers demanded it to be driven to a police station. A second person who identified himself as the official bus driver took over and drove it to GSU roundabout.

Two other passengers who were stabbed during the hijacking have being treated at the MSF clinic on Juja Road and are in a stable condition. One of them had been fatally stabbed several times and shot in the neck.

The driver of the bus and his conductor have since been arrested and are helping police with investigations.

The body of the dead officer has been taken to Kenyatta University Funeral Home awaiting postmortem.

80-year old Virginia Wanjiru Kuria who has since August last year been detained at St Matia Mulumba Mission Hospital for a bill now amounting to sh. 418,210 and still counting.

A family in Thika is appealing to well-wishers to help them offset an outstanding hospital bill for their kin who has been detained in hospital for the last 8 months.

80-year old Virginia Wanjiru Kuria from Endarasha, Muiga, Nyeri has been detained at St Matia Mulumba Mission Hospital since August 2017 after the family failed to pay a medical bill amounting to sh. 82,000.

The bill has since shot to Sh. 418,210.

Virginia was admitted on August 8 2017 after suffering from a stroke. Unknown to the family, she was also suffering from diabetes and needed blood.

After three weeks of treatment, she was discharged but couldn’t be released from hospital since the family was unable to raise the sh. 72,000 after sh. 10,000 was deducted from their deposit.

“Unfortunately, by the time we traced her NHIF Card, she had already been discharged and NHIF could not foot her bill. The hospital management declined to release her until we cleared the balance,” narrated Mary Wagunyu Waigumo, the granny’s daughter.

On 17th August last year, they managed to raise Sh. 25,000 but the bill had further increased to Sh. 125,000. The management declined to release her, insisting that the bill had to be cleared in totality.

After again soliciting for funds from well-wishers and kin, Mary was again able to raise Sh. 60,000 and paid the amount to the hospital on 3rd March 2018 but then the balance had shot to Sh. 340,000.

It is sad to note that the granny also suffers from breast cancer and has not been attending chemotherapy sessions at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) as prescribed.

Her right breast has a wound and she needs to be discharged in order to seek further help from KNH. However, the management at St Matia Mulumba Mission Hospital still insists on the family still looking for more funds despite family having exhausted all their options.

Her family’s predicament only points to the jeopardy that poor families find themselves in when hospitals hold on to patients due to unpaid hospital bills. Mary is a fruit vendor in Thika and this family hails from a very poor background and raising such an amount is a tall order.

“If we had land or something valuable, we would give the hospital the ownership documents as a security to allow us to take our mother home. I just want to take my mother home and take good care of her as she resumes her chemotherapy sessions at Kenyatta. We cannot afford to clear the bill for now but keeping my mom in the hospital doesn’t solve the matter. It only complicates the situation,” said the daughter.

The family is now appealing to well-wishers to assist them to get their mother out of hospital.

You can reach the daughter via 0710207910.

Daniel Mwaura and his 34 weeks pregnant wife. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Daniel Mwaura, the bus conductor from Gachie who took social media by storm this week for his honesty is now counting his blessings after he returned Sh.30,000 to a passenger that was onboard his vehicle earlier on this week.

The Nairobi Hospital has gifted his wife, who is expecting their second child in June, with a free maternity package that will have options for a normal, assisted or caesarian section delivery.

At Nairobi Hospital, antenatal care usually costs Sh. 40,000 with normal delivery going for Sh. 80,000. Assisted delivery costs Sh. 100,000 with a caesarean section costing Sh. 160,000.

This offer will see Mwaura save the money he had set aside for the birth of his second child.

“I’m very excited as I had an NHIF Card and had started saving up in case we are required to top up any cash. We had however not booked for delivery at the St. Teresa Kikuyu Hospital where my wife has been attending clinics,” said Mwaura.
In the mood, The Mwauras in a file photo.

His wife also joined her husband in the excitement saying news of how her husband returned a customer’s money has been overwhelming.

“I am so happy that I can’t explain how much this gift means to us. I remember when I was informed by my friend that my husband was trending, I read the story and asked him how comes he returned the money when we have a baby coming. I have always known him to be an honest man but returning such a huge amount of money surprised me,” Mrs. Mwaura.

On 11th April 2018 while working as conductor of bus registration no KCC 997E (Fayal Maggy) that operates between Gachie and Nairobi, he collected a wallet loaded with sh. 30,000 that had been accidentally dropped by a customer inside the bus and made efforts to trace its customer through their Sacco management.

It’s owner,  Stanley Kaberi, later came seeking information about his lost documents and was shocked to get not only his documents, but also all his money that on the material day, he had withdrawn to clear his child’s hospital bill.

When asked what gift he wanted for his honesty, Mwaura turned down the offer and asked Kaberi to first sort out his child’s hospital bill as it was a priority.

Elsewhere, George Iregi, the Githurai 44 Matatu Driver and his conductor Richard Wachira who helped a woman passenger to deliver a baby were gifted yesterday with two 20-liters Delo oil by Caltex.
Caltex  Marketing Manager Hudson Kidaha (lefting) presenting the gift to George Iregi (centre) and his conductor Richard Wachira.

Caltex  marketing head in charge of saccos Hudson Kidaha applauded the duo saying the Delo diesel oil  will now enable them to service the matatu for the next 15 weeks.

He encouraged other matatu operators to emulate good gesture that was shown by Iregi and Wachira.
Iregi welcomed the move promising to do more and enhance humanity among his fellow matatu operators.

Africana College of Professionals Director Dr. Susan Gitau (C) shakes hands with The Confucius Institute at Univeristy of Nairobi Director Prof. Xiao Shan (with black top) after paying a courtesy call on her at The IPCC offices in Thika looking on are members of the Chinese Institute and Africana College. 

The Confucius Institute of University Nairobi has entered into collaboration with Africana College in a bid to offer Chinese language classes at an affordable price.

Speaking at I.P.C.C  offices  in Thika after paying a courtesy call on Africana College Director Dr. Susan  Gitau on Friday afternoon, Prof. Xiao Shan the Director of the Confucius Institute of University Nairobi welcomed the partnership and encouraged learners to enrol for Chinese classes at Africana College as way of improving their competency in language  and broadening their chances for employment.

“ We are looking forward to better cooperation between the two institutions and we would like to encourage learners to enrol for these classes, and urge them to study Chinese language because these competence will give them various opportunities to work in Chinese owned companies as translators, teachers.” she said.

On her part Africana College Director Dr. Susan Gitau welcomed the idea of partnering with Confucius Institute and called upon residents of Thika town and its environs to enrol for classes.

“ We welcome the idea of streamlining the curriculum and lowering the fees from 60,000kes per term to 25,000kes this will provide an opportunity for more students to enrol, as well as will give the college an opportunity for us to offer Chinese language classes as well as guidance and counselling mentorship  for the our learners ,” said Dr. Susan Gitau. 

The Confucius Institute of University Nairobi together with Africana College of Professionals will also be recruiting student delegates for the annual student delegate cultural educational tour to China slated for June 2018 interested delegates must have undertaken or is currently enrolled at Chinese Language at the College, under 35, Valid Kenya Passport, and Multi-Cultural Competency is a must.

"We are also calling on those who might be interested in touring China in June for the annual student delegate cultural educational tour to China slated for June 2018 to get in touch with us as soon as possible because we have limited slots unlike previous years," she further said.

Africana College shall be offering regular, weekends and school based programmes to their learners.


John Macharia, the son to Kenyan media mogul SK Macharia, is dead.

John died on last night at the Karen Hospital where he had been rushed after a freak crash along the Southern Bypass.


The young Macharia was cruising the 911 Turbo S 2016 car worth Sh30 million when he crashed into another vehicle..

A female passenger who was with him, however, escaped unscathed.

Karen police boss Cunningham Suiyanka confirmed that there was a crash at 10pm on the Southern Bypass. He said one person died but declined to give further details.

This is the same vehicle was involved in an an accident along Waiyaki Way in November 2016. He was later arrested and charged with drink driving.

Police arrested him for drunk driving and was charged before a Nairobi traffic court after failing to follow a traffic officer's order to blow into a breathalyser.

He pleaded guilty through his lawyer Ian Maina.

Maina said his client was remorseful for his actions and indeed would not repeat the offence.

A seasoned entrepreneur, Mr. Macharia is credited with introducing insurance premium financing in Kenya having founded and run Triple A Capital Ltd.
Over the years, Mr. John Macharia has also built one of the most successful Public Service Vehicle underwriters, Directline Assurance Limited in which to date he serves as an Executive Director.
Mr. Macharia is an Executive Director at Harbour Capital with over 20Yrs experience in the financial services sector.

The Water Services Regulatory Board (Wasreb), which sets the rules and enforces standards in the water sector, has questioned the legality of the newly launched Kiambu Water and Sewerage Company Limited by the county administration.

In an advertisement featured in the local dailies, Wasreb has expressed concern that the county government had not yet provided them with information on compliance with regulatory requirements in terms of viability and sustainability of the new entity under the Water Act 2016.

"Wasreb is aware that the county government has yet to legally take over/merge the businesses of the existing licensed water services providers in the county as initiation and completion of the contemplated due process under the Companies Act 2015 and the Insolvency Act 2015 are yet to be finalised," read part of the statement.

According to Eng. Robert Gakobia the Wasreb CEO, the eight water companies purported to have been dissolved by the County Government of Kiambu should continue their operations as no winding up orders had been communicated to Wasreb.

The eight companies in question are;- Limuru Water and Sewerage Company, Kikuyu Water Company, Karuri Water and Sanitation Company, Ruiru Juja Water and Sewerage Company, Thika Water and Sewerage Company, Kiambu Water and Sewerage Company, Githunguri Water and Sanitation Company and Gatundu Water and Sanitation Company.

"Consumers in the surface area of the companies above are therefore advised to continue obtaining services and paying bills to the respective companies," continued the statement.

Wasreb said that they would continue giving technical assistance and advice to the County Government of Kiambu in its vision to create viable and sustainable water service providers but must adhere to the precepts of the law.

"Wasreb supports the concept of clustering water companies to achieve the the economies of scale and facilitate sustainability in the provision of water services. While the proposed company could be the first step by the county in achieving its vision, it is important that the legal and regulatory position is clarified for consumer protection and sustainability of the water services sector," stated Wasreb.

On Thursday last week, High Court Judge W.A Okwany issued an order barring the county government from implementing the Kiambu Water and Sanitation (amendment) Act, 2018, whose enactment paved way for the dissolution of the utility companies.

This was after a section of county residents moved to court to challenge the Act, on grounds that it was unconstitutional.They argued that there was no public participation during the formulation of the law, and that it is against the spirit of devolution.

On March 27, 2016, former Transitional Authority chairman Kinuthia Mwangi, Thika District Business Association and Jamhuri Ofafa Starehe Welfare Association filed a petition at the Kiambu High Court challenging the validity and constitutionality of the Act which was signed into law the same month by Mr Waititu.

But despite the order, Mr Waititu on Friday held a ceremony to fold all the companies and unveiled a new company dubbed Kiambu Water and Sewerage Company and even unveiled its interim board.

The event was held at the Kiambu Town county headquarters, and was graced by Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony, whose county merged two utility companies three years ago.

Managing directors of all the eight water companies surrendered their respective company seals, certificates of registration and articles and memorandums of association.

(Related story: Kiambu Government sued over constitutional breach.)

Waititu justified his action saying it will enhance efficiency and transparency in the water sector, accusing his political competitors of being behind the court case.
“We have followed the Constitution which gives our county assembly the mandate to pass laws, which they did (by passing the water Act), and they held public participation.
"So if you never showed up during public participation, there are other people who did it because Kiambu has many people, and public participation is not for specific people.”
"There are those (people), who are not with us (not supporting the merger), (and) they are those who we competed with (in 2017) or are planning to compete with me (in 2022) and so it is expected that they will fight any good project that I come up with,” Waititu said.

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