Video: The Elusive Kisumu County Development Record & the 1% Myth

In reaction to the ODM task force report, a section of residents of Kisumu have expressed their disappointment in the manner in which their governor Jack Ranguma is running the county’s development agenda.

How To Eat Fish; the Kisumu Way

Fish is very much associated with the Luo as the chicken is to the Luhya. If a safari takes you to Kisumu, this is a must eat meal that anyone must take the opportunity to sample, of course served with brown ugali.

There are very many joints serving this local delicacy, but the most visited place is Lwang’ni Beach, where there are a cluster of mabati/tin restaurants scattered along the lake shore, with cars being washed in the “free” lake water also being “laundered”.

The most common fish delicacy is tilapia (ngege); but also omena  is also in plenty in the open air markets in the rural states.

As a matter of fact, one cannot purport to have visited Kisumu City without eating fish. It is an “initiation kind of thing”, that’s why they say Luo ain’t a tribe, but a lifestyle.

How do you eat Fish?

So many people don’t know how to eat fish properly.

Here below is a pictorial sequence on how to eat fish from start to end…. Please follow the photo sequence

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Via Gidi Gidi

House Probes Flight Delays Claim Against Jambojet on the Kisumu-Eldoret-Nairobi Route

Kenya Airways’ budget carrier, Jambojet, is on the spot over alleged flight delays on the Nairobi-Eldoret route.

The issue emerged on Tuesday at a meeting between Transport and Infrastructure principal secretary Nduva Muli and MPs, who had summoned him to Parliament over the matter.

Mr Muli appeared before the Maina Kamanda-led committee to respond to concerns raised by Marakwet East MP Kangogo Bowen who had claimed that Jambojet has been delaying passengers in Kisumu for up to two hours before flying to Eldoret.

“There is serious inconvenience by Jambojet. Sometimes they take us to Kisumu from Eldoret and then to Nairobi. At times they fly us to Kisumu then to Eldoret, delaying us,” said Mr Kangogo.

Officials from the Ministry of Transport and Kenya Airways are set to meet with MPs next Monday to address the issue.

The MP said majority of travellers on the North Rift region had complained of travel delays given that Jambojet does not in most cases fly directly to Eldoret.

Mr Kangogo had sought to know why Kenya Airways stopped flights to Eldoret and when the decision would be rescinded.

Mr Muli said Kenya Airways stopped its operations to Eldoret on April 1, 2014 in favour of its low-cost subsidiary Jambojet.

He said KQ agreed to let its low-cost carrier serve all networks in Kisumu, Eldoret and Mombasa.

“Data from the airline shows that only one of two carriers can serve the route with double daily flights.

“From July 2014, Jambojet has been offering morning and evening flights for the Eldoret route. Commercialisation and capacity within the market is the issue,” Mr Muli said.

He said Jambojet has had a challenge of passenger numbers to the region.

“We will look at issues of scheduling. Market dynamics are causing these delays,” he said.

Mr Kamanda said if the passenger numbers are not sufficient, then the air passenger business to Eldoret is not viable.

“People have now opted to use roads. There were two flights daily but the introduction of Jambojet has created problems,” Mr Kangogo said.

Emanuel Wangwe (Navakholo) suggested that Kenya Airways looks at ways of assigning a smaller plane to the Eldoret route if passenger numbers are not adequate for larger commercial airlines.

“The issue of delays can only be addressed if you get a smaller plane for Eldoret and another to Kisumu.

“The model they (KQ) introduced for Jambojet is not good. The plane has a lot of seats. It reminds me of the flight between Goma to Kinshasha, which we used to fly with some goats on board.  That is the same situation with Jambojet,” said Mr Wangwe.

Mr Muli said he would hold a meeting with the affected group of MPs to address their concerns.

Via Business Daily

CBA’S M-Shwari Crosses 10 Million Customer Mark

Commercial Bank of Africa, Kenya’s largest privately owned bank, has taken pole position as the country’s largest bank by customer numbers to vindicate its innovation of offering savings and loan products through the mobile phone.

“We are delighted to announce that we signed on our 10 millionth customer this week, and this cements CBA’s credentials as the category leader in this space,” said Mr. Isaac Awuondo, CBA’s Group Managing Director.  “M-Shwari is leading the revolution towards a cash-light economy in East Africa, and today it ranks as one of the world’s most successful full service mobile banking deployment that has managed to reach scale in just over 2 years.

M-Shwari, Kenya’s first truly mobile-centric banking service was launched in partnership with Safaricom Limited on November 27, 2012.

The partnership has seen M-Shwari deposits throughput gross over Kshs 153 billion since launch, affirming the trend in Africa of the growing convergence between the financial services and telecommunications sectors as the greatest catalyst to accelerated financial inclusion amongst the world’s under-served populations.

“This milestone goes beyond a mere number and two institutions. It shatters the myths about how to scale social innovation in banking to expand financial inclusion by offering a simple and affordable model to reach out to millions of Kenyans who want to save or borrow in a convenient, fast, reliable and affordable manner, to help them meet their daily needs” said Mr Awuondo.

Backed by a dynamic mobile phone based credit scoring system, CBA has extended loans amounting Kshs 29 billion, processing an average of 50,000 loans per day over the last two years without demanding security or the need for clients to visit a bank branch to apply for the loan.

The demographic indicators show, 59% of M-Shwari customers are male while women account for 41 per cent of the customer base, with the highest usage witnessed among 24-35 year age group. Women are however using the savings product more, while men over of 40 years are saving at a higher rate than their younger male counterparts.

HELB, KCB Automate Payout of KShs. 8 Billion Students Kitty

High Education Loans Board (HELB) and KCB have today launched a Student Smart card aimed at improving efficiency in the loan disbursement scheme. This comes ahead of the June 2015 deadline to discard the use of Bank accounts to access the loans from the institution.

The Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled card will be on a digital wallet platform hence other than tuition fees, the card can be used to pay for meals, accommodation and pocket money. In addition, the students can access cash through KCB branches, Mtaani and MPESA agents anywhere in the country. The card will also be used as a photo card for student identification.

According to the HELB Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Charles Ringera, the Board has been unable to recall up to KShs. 11Billion over time from beneficiary students and universities with the performing loans equating to KShs. 14Billion.  This effort is in line with our goal to maximize loan recovery, reduce non-performing loan, and promote access, equity and equality of opportunity for Kenyans pursuing higher education.

“The automated scheme will provide a smoother procedure in regards to student tuition fees payment process which affects all HELB loan beneficiaries and to find it easier to expand loan services to other colleges,” added Ringera. The Card will have the ability to interface with HELB, the Universities’ systems and the approved banks.

Speaking during the launch, KCB Group CEO, Mr. Joshua Oigara stated that; with the Banks’ reliable card business and countrywide reach of over 240 branches and over 10,100 agents, the Bank will be able to offer convenient means of availing the funds to the registered students in various tertiary institutions. This initiative hopes to enhance convenience, security, accessibility and efficiency as well as accountability process.

KCB Group remains on the lead to offer cashlite solutions, to be innovative and improving consumer experience journey. One of the most valuable contributions the Bank is making is formalizing the financial system. KCB is dedicated to creating pathways to financial inclusion by supporting government efforts through products, services, technology and payments and strategic partnerships.

The initiative comes when government is targeting to fully automate its services and fee collection systems by the next financial year, which starts July, this year. It is aimed to ease service delivery and seal revenue leakages.

Can a Smartphone Really Give You an Orgasm?

The world’s number one sexual wellbeing brand, Durex, has today revealed that it has diversified into digital technology ahead of a major product launch it claims could revolutionise our sex lives.

Durexlabs is the company’s first significant step into the digital marketplace, with the division’s manifesto being to embrace changing social behaviours and the paradigm of intimacy and mobile technology.

Durexlabs will imminently announce what it describes as its first game-changing product, a technological breakthrough that will actually help users achieve an orgasm. It was developed in partnership with tech entrepreneur Susie Lee, CEO of Siren Mobile.  One of the leading lights in the world of mobile technology, Lee’s expertise as a biochemist, biophysicist and visual artist have brought a fresh perspective on our evolving relationships with mobile technology.

Susie Lee, CEO of dating app Siren, says: “It’s been such an incredibly exciting process working with Durexlabs.  Through the proliferation of smart phones, social media and dating apps, technology has proven a hugely successful medium in bringing people together and maintaining close relationships. With Durexlabs we are taking the next vital step by embracing technology to amplify human connection in the bedroom and improve our sex lives.”

Richard Arnold, Head of Research and Development Durex, says: “With our deep understanding of arousal and the impulses involved, it was only natural for us to look at how we could combine this with digital technology.

“We took inspiration from modern habits and our ever growing reliance on portable technology for virtually everything in day to day life and our market research has identified a genuine desire for this technology in our sex lives.”

Durex is looking for beta testers around the world to be the first to experience this new breakthrough.  Anyone can register their interest in advance for updates from Durexlabs via www.durex.com/durexlabs where they will receive a first look and free access opportunity for a limited period.

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About Durex

Durex® is the #1 sexual wellbeing brand worldwide. The brand not only produces condoms which exceeds global testing standards, but also offers pleasure gels, lubricants and personal massagers. With over 80 years of experience in the bedroom, Durex is dedicated to inspiring lovers to love sex safely. That is why Durex will never stop innovating with new products that enhance the sexual experience, helping couples get closer and go further together.

For more information, go to www.Durex.com

About Durexlabs

Durexlabs is the new digital technology research division of Durex.  Formed in response to extensive quantitative and qualitative research into our evolving relationship with digital technology, Durexlabs’ manifesto is to embrace changing social behaviours and the paradigm of intimacy and mobile technology.  From 2015 Durexlabs will aim to develop a series of products that use digital technology to benefit couples in the same way as the company’s traditional range of products.

LakeHub Kisumu Official Launch #LakeHubLaunch

Finally, LakeHub is booting.

Join LakeHub in celebrating the official launch of Western Kenya’s first innovation and technology hub on March 13th 2015, at Planet Media Cinemas, Mega City Mall Kisumu.

Almost 2 years ago a few enthusiastic techies in the area began with an idea to build a home for technologists in the region. That idea developed into a series of informal meetings of tech-enthusiasts who met regularly at coffee shops and in hotel lobbies. The informal gatherings pulled in wider circles and established more effective programs. Today, that community has become a full-force hub buzzing with activities day-in day-out. To celebrate the growth and success of this thriving community, we would like to invite you to a more formal launch and celebration of the current success and future path.

We got our current space in September 2014. Our intention was to encourage information and technology types to walk in and look for like-minded folk so that they could talk to each other and figure out if they could work together on projects that will transform society. Six months later, we have tracked more than 400 unique walk-ins, about 80 each week. We have about 50 regular members who meet to regularly work in user groups such as those in mobile development, design, computer science, networking and entrepreneurship just to mention but a few. While these meet-ups have largely been informal, members have managed to come up with and working on projects that are destined to transform Western Kenya.

One such project is Village Code – where volunteers are going to move into schools to equip children with programming and entrepreneurial skills. Another big project is the Kisumu Schools Online project, where Schools in Western Kenya are going to receive free websites thanks to the good work of the community. The main aim of these projects is to bring as many schools as possible to the 21st century, increase connectivity and putting giving the world access to information on them.

With the progress that we have noted, the LakeHub community can be seen as a game-changer in months and years to come. We have tested the interest, it is there. By formally launching our activities, we are affirming our position and commitment in transforming our counties and by large our country through the use of technology.

Get your ticket HERE

10 Things I Want People to Know About Kenya

This post first appeared at the Huffington Post by 

This could be titled ‘Why I love Kenya’ so be ready for some unabashed positive messages about the country.

I keep coming across people who ask me if it’s safe in Kenya, and while at first I was surprised, having lived for some time in Johannesburg in South Africa, later I realized that people are reading the Kenyan situation all wrong. If you hang out in any bad neighborhood bad stuff is going to happen.

All of the incidents have been in isolated dark and dingy areas of Mombasa or Nairobi and like most places in the world, there are certain areas you really do not want to wander around it. We caught the underground in New York this month, and ended up in just one such dark and dingy stop at 2am and it was as uncomfortable as in the back streets of Mombasa. The pristine wildlife camps and high-end lodges are almost like a different world in Kenya.

So the first thing I wish people knew about Kenya is that it’s safe in the areas you actually go to Kenya for! Some safari operations with camps in the Maasai Mara and in other regions now pick guests up at the international airport and whisk them off directly to the bush to start their adventure, avoiding the hustle and bustle of cities, isolating them from any threat.

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A little magic was sprinkled onto the destiny of Kenya in late 1977 when a group of local women banded together with Richard Leakey and other conservationists and marched on parliament calling for a ban on hunting.

The lion population was in trouble even 37 years ago and today there are fewer than 1,500 in Kenya. But I love the fact that this was the first country in Africa to take a stand like this and make it stick. Some say that wildlife numbers today are lower than when they were back then. The same can be said for just about any wildlife population (except a couple of species that cohabit well with Man: rats and mice, viruses, and bacteria.) In general wildlife numbers decline in proportion to increased human population.

I was sitting on a small hill on the Olare Motorogi Conservancy and mulling over all this recently, and as I scanned around for big cats my binoculars passed over; giraffe, topi, wildebeest, zebra, Thompson’s gazelle, impala, some ostriches, eland, buffalo, elephants, a blur of warthogs, Grants gazelle and finally a pride of lions sitting virtually eye level to me on a far hill. Having found my ‘prey’ I realized that there is probably no other place in the world where one can see this amount of wildlife in one place! The sheer biomass is staggering. First time visitors to Africa should choose the Maasai Mara because there won’t be a dull moment and it is what the safari is all about: wild animals. It’s like stepping into a National Geographic film, on steroids.

And then there is the migration, although I see that more as the moving, bleating, crazy brochure for Kenya that doesn’t need much announcement. Every cable channel around the world has had some kind of film on the poor wildebeest leaping into brown churning rivers that hide giant gnarly crocodiles but for me the Mara is much more about lush green rolling plains that are punctuated with the first steps of a new born Thompson’s gazelle as he stands up, no taller than the average sized camera I use, and these hills further punctuated by a watching cheetah. This wildlife only exist today because of tourism. Without the income, cattle would soon overwhelm the Mara and it will be just like any other place in Africa, dry, barren, overgrazed, with a scattering of poverty and sadness.

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It’s also not just isolated to the Maasai Mara. Last month we got in a small Cessna and flew south from the Mara to ol Donyo Lodge, out of the lush green rolling savannas that you expect to see if you grew up on Out of Africa, as I did, across the great Rift Valley that holds so much mystique for me.

At the foothills of the Chyulu Hills where the shadow of Kilimanjaro really does stretch across the plains I spotted a gerenuk antelope, a weird long necked beauty that stands on its hind legs to reach up to new buds on acacia trees, a surprising animal. I then caught a glimpse of great grey giants. Despite the fact that Africa loses five elephants an hour now, these giants still survive at here, protected to a large degree by the tourism that supports the anti poaching. With tusks reaching down to the ground and with names like One Ton and Unbelievable, elephants that come from ancestors with a tradition of names like “He who Ploughs the Earth” are valued representatives of an elephant population that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. They represent the elephants that once where, the stories of our childhoods, the memories of a time when giants ruled this continent from coast to coast and ploughing the earth with gleaming ivory. An anti-poaching force run by the Big Life Foundation of over 270 rangers patrol and secure two million acres of land.

People should know that there is a battle for Africa going on and it is being fought on three major wildlife fronts: lions, elephants and rhinos. In Kenya we help fund the Predator Compensation Fund (under Big Life) by paying fair value for cows killed by lions and Maasai warriors have agreed to stop spearing lions. It’s a major coup.

The warmth of a warrior’s smile one day, a six foot tall man in red checked robes with beads and spears and swords is something I will not forget but when he told me that real warriors don’t need to kill lions anymore, my heart swelled with pride, compassion and a sense of shared hope.

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A few years ago, an electrical fire burned down most of the international airport. Like a few thousand other people we were trying to fly out and I was struck by the kindness and willingness of officials to help, to direct and just be good at making the best of a smoke filled bad thing. When we handed in our passports, and said: “Tough day?” she looked up at us and smiled, “Could have been much worse.” And I took this to be the attitude of Kenyans in general.

Innovation, passion, that frontier spirit, huge tusker elephants, lions in the largest density known to scientists, weird long necked antelope, deserts and mountains.

Mostly what I would like people to know about Kenya is that is fulfills dreams, against all kinds of odds. Those dreams only exist on a warm bed of tourism.

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A glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour at the gym

Love a good glass of vino but hate hitting the gym to work it off? This news will make your day.

Research conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada has found that health benefits in resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, are similar to those we get from exercise.  Red wine over a heavy session on the cross-trainer? Now that’s something we can definitely get onboard with. According to lead researcher, Jason Dyck, these findings will particularly help those who are unable to exercise. Resveratrol was seen to improve physical performance, heart function and muscle strength in the same way as they’re improved after a gym session.  “I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable,” he says.

“Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do.”

Discussion over the health benefits of red wine have been well documented. Studies have revealed that those who drink a glass of red wine a day are less likely to develop dementia or cancer, that it’s good for your heart, anti-ageing and can regulate blood sugar.  And now there’s research backing that fact that it boosts heart rate? This is literally the best thing ever.

Though, let’s be straight here – this is all in moderation and it only applies to red wine.

Other foods that include resveratrol? Blueberries, peanut butter, red grapes and dark chocolate – so mix it up. Remember, a balanced diet is everything.

Via My Daily

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