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New-style traveller centres launch in Naivasha, with first regional electric vehicle charging

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Kenyan real estate company Dowgate Properties has today opened its first Safari Centre highway service
station, on the A104 at Naivasha, in a new servicing model for motorists and travellers, offering facilities
from electric vehicle charging stations to children’s play areas, rest rooms, restaurants, and retail stores,
right beside the highway.

The centre’s electric charging points are the first outside Nairobi and will make it possible for high-end
electric vehicles to drive from Nairobi to Kisumu and back, by charging each way at the Naivasha Safari
Centre. This is the biggest expansion yet to the distance electric vehicles can cover in Kenya and comes
ahead of government plans to add charging stations countrywide.

“Car ownership and travelling have changed completely in the last decade and are set to change even
more as Kenyans, who now register seven times as many cars each year as they did 15 years ago, also
begin to shift towards electric vehicles (EVs). All these trends have created demand for a new kind of
service station for travellers on the country’s vastly expanded and upgraded highway network,” said
James Hoddell, Founder and Director of Dowgate Properties.

Hundreds of thousands of travellers now use Kenya’s trunk highways travelling much longer, continuous
distances than was normal when the roads were poorly surfaced and car ownership was less
widespread. However, this has made tiredness a real danger for drivers, without adequate stops. Kenya
has one of the highest rates in the world of lethal road accidents, with the majority taking place on the
three major highways of Nairobi to Thika, Nairobi to Mombasa and Nairobi to Nakuru and Eldoret. These
roads also account for most of the country’s 80-plus accident hotspots.

Tiredness causes around a quarter of all fatal and serious road accidents, with tiredness-related crashes
most likely to occur on long journeys on monotonous roads or highways, according to The Royal Society
for the Prevention of Accidents in the UK. Stopping the vehicle in a safe place, drinking a caffeinated
drink and taking a short nap are the only ways to relieve dangerous levels of tiredness while driving, the
society reports.

“Drivers need to be well rested and refreshed, in order to be vigilant, alert and safe,” said Derrick
Ngokonyo, the Naivasha Safari Centre Manager.

The Naivasha Safari Centre is being anchored by supermarket Naivas and a wide range of eateries,
including ArtCaffe, Chicken Inn, Creamy Inn, Galitos, and Pizza Inn. It also offers a car wash, pharmacy,
children’s play areas and events, as well as an entirely new kind of designer-rest room, under Dowgate’s
high-tech rest-room brand, Loo4U, a petrol station, curio shops and a Dr Mattress store.
Naivas has opened at the Safari Centre with plans to service some of the 400,000 local shoppers in and
around Naivasha, as well as the estimated 200,000 travellers a month who are expected to stop at the
service centre.

The Safari Centre is the first of many, now at various stages of construction by Dowgate Properties, with
the next due to be built on the Nairobi to Nyeri road at Makutano in Kirinyaga. With further electric
charging stations at Makutano, the developer’s second centre will ensure it is possible to travel from
Nairobi to the Mount Kenya region by electric vehicle.

NAIVAS OPENS 84TH BRANCH IN KAYOLE, NAIVASHA. STOPPOVERS JUST GOT BETTER!

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Leading retailer Naivas Supermarket is set to open the doors of its
newest outlet in Kayole, Naivasha along Nairobi- Nakuru highway.

The opening of the new store covering 18,000 square feet puts Naivas national store count at
84 with three of those now in Naivasha. The other outlets within the town are Naivasha
Kubwa and Naivasha Ndogo. Naivasha Ndogo is the original store that first bore the name
Naivasha Self Service Stores a name that later evolved to Naivas.

Speaking on the expansion, Naivas Chief Commercial Officer, Willy Kimani, said “We celebrate
each store opening as it adds fuel to the fire that drives the business which is to see to it that
we remain to be a local success story upon which many other Kenyan entrepreneurs build
their dreams. However, we are particularly very excited about this opening.”

“The new outlet has a well thought out product range that has become akin to the brand and
being the first foodmarket in Naivasha you can bet that the experience is going to be
wholesome not just for the residence of Kayole but even for travelers headed to the rift and
western part of the country. This mixed-use buildout has all a traveler needs and we can for
sure promise that your stopovers just became better as it is very accessible and has ample
parking,” concluded Willy Kimani.

As is the tradition, exclusive opening will be offered to shoppers living up to its brand
promise; saves you money and more so during these hard economic times.

Stage set for Betsafe Sh.40m jakpot as final 4 selected

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Jackson Kiprop Kosgei, the 8th finalist in the Betsafe Super Jackpot Guaranteed bonus, celebrates after receiving his finalist certificate on 17th May 2022. The final draw of the jackpot will be held on Saturday, 21st May.

NAIROBI, 17TH MAY 2022 –The last four finalists of the Betsafe Super Jackpot guaranteed bonus have been selected, bringing the total number of participants in line to win Sh. 40 million to 10.

Martin Njuguna, Jackson Kiprop, Geroge Karanja, and Maurice Kimaso, all farmers, received the call on Monday 16th May, after the selection process, which was overseen by the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB), was concluded.
Njuguna, a Githunguri-based farmer, was caught off-guard by the call, noting that it had chased away his Monday blues.
“As soon as I saw your number I just started shaking. I had to sit waiting for the good news. Although I hadn’t played expecting to lose, my expectations have been exceeded,” said Njuguna.
He hopes to take home the jackpot and use it to improve his three children’s education and add to his current herd of seven dairy cows. With the balance, Njuguna intends to invest in the securities exchange for a long term profit.
Maurice Kimaso, an Uasin Gishu resident, joined the platform to take a chance at the Sh. 40 million.
“I was just reading the newspaper on my phone and when I saw a popup for the jackpot, I quickly registered and played. I expect to win the Sh. 40m, and with it, as a farmer who deals a lot with agriculture equipment, I will do some improvement on my farming,” said Kimaso.
Similarly Jackson Kiprop, a cattle farmer in Kitale, was attracted by the jackpot on offer, stating that getting this close to such a windfall was like a dream come true for him.
“I saw the jackpot on the internet and decided to try it. I feel like I’m sleeping waiting for that money to be in my hands. I hope I wake up and it is still true,” said Kiprop.
On the other hand, Geroge Karanja, a Kinangop-based dairy farmer, has always been a punter, and was excited to get the chance to win Sh. 40million for which he has big plans.
“I am very happy to be in the draw, and pray that I win the Sh. 40million. If I get it, I plan to expand my dairy business by opening other branches and develop my family,” said Karanja.
Speaking after the final call was made, Betsafe CEO, Victor Simiyu, commended fans for their uptake of the jackpot bonus.
“We’ve seen a tremendous growth in the number of people who play on our platform as they try to win this jackpot bonus. As much as we would like to, we cannot give everyone the full jackpot, but we have made sure that none of our finalists go home empty handed. Each of them, depending on the order in which they are selected, will leave with cash prizes ranging from Sh. 100,000 all the way to Sh. 1 million,” said Simiyu.
The final Betsafe Super Jackpot draw to crown the Sh. 40million winner will be aired live on national television this Saturday, 21st May.
About Betsafe
Betsafe is a leading international sports betting brand with 14 years’ experience and strong passion for sports. Owned by the Betsson AB operating under Betsson Group, it is a world-leader in responsible gaming with a demonstrable commitment to provide a safe and secure environment for its customers. Betsson AB has granted Bet High Limited the right to use the name Betsafe and as indicated above, Bet High will be trading in Kenya using the brand name ‘Betsafe.’

I Will Introduce Housing Levy, Raila

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Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance Presidential Candidate  Raila Odinga has announced that his administration, if elected, will introduce the elusive housing levy to address the housing shortage in the country.

Raila noted that the administration of President Uhuru Kenyatta had tried to introduce the levy but it met stiff opposition from other stakeholders.

The levy, he says, was to tax the employee and employer both contributing 1.5 percent each towards the levy.

Raila explains such a fund will then be ploughed into the development of massive housing units across the country.

He announced that he has engaged the Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU) that was against the introduction of such levy and they are now softening their stand.

He says his administration, if elected, will roll out massive housing development in the country to address the gaps currently witnessed in the country.

Speaking on Tuesday in Kisumu during the ground breaking of Makasembo Estate where LAPFUND is set to construct modern houses, Raila says such steps are in the right direction and will fix the housing shortage in the country.

He further called upon the government to respond to the housing needs of its citizens.

He says a number of Kenyans who migrate from the rural to urban areas are living in abject poverty within the slums areas.

He says the rate at which informal settlements are growing up in the country is alarming, thus the need by the government to reverse the trend and put up low cost houses.

Raila says that in the Capital City of Nairobi, 60 percent of the population live in slum areas.

He says the trend is taking shape in other towns where shanties are being used as houses as a result of people moving to urban areas in search of jobs.

Raila noted that it is the duty of the government to respond to the housing needs and come up with proper plan development.

He says amenities like schools, health facilities, recreational and leisure facilities must be included into the plan.

I will jail corrupt people, Raila declares

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Azimio La Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga adressing the Nyando Constituency residents at Ahero

Azimio La Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga has announced that he will jail those who are corrupt.
Raila who was speaking to residents of Nyando Constituency at Ahero says some leaders have looted the country and they must be sent behind bars.
He says such leaders have been giving out huge sums of money in fundraisings.
“They give millions of money in harambees, money that is stolen,” he said.
Once I get into office, he says “I will send them to Kodiaga and Kamiti prisons”.
Raila is out to meet the people of Kisumu after attending the official launch of Africities conference in Kisumu.
He drummed up support for his presidential candidature noting that his running mate choice is a surebet.
Raila dwelt in giving stipend to poor families, reviving economy of the nation and Baba care that offers to give medication to all.
He addressed roadside rallies in Ahero, Rabuor and Nyamsaria. He was accompanied by Kisumu Central Constituency ODM nominee Dr Joshua Oron.

BY JOSEPH OJWANG’

KAYOLE MUM WINS COCA-COLA’S FIRST TICKET TO QATAR TO WATCH 2022 WORLD CUP LIVE

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Veronica Maweu, a mother of two from Kayole, is the first winner of a fully paid trip to Qatar to watch two matches of the 2022 World Cup live, courtesy of the ongoing Coca-Cola’s FIFA World Cup Buy and Win Promotion in Kenya.

Ms. Maweu will fly to Qatar on a fully paid trip to watch a live World Cup match during the FIFA World Cup tournament taking place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18 this year.

The 34-year-old Maweu was announced winner during the first draw of the ongoing Buy and Win promotion by Coca-Cola that was launched in April, when the Company also announced a partnership with FIFA, the international governing body of Association football, to bring the original FIFA World Cup Trophy to Kenya on May 26th and 27th, 2022, for a fan experience ahead of the tournament in Qatar. Besides giving Kenyans an opportunity to see the Trophy live in Nairobi, the Coca-Cola promotion is also giving five consumers a chance to win tickets to Qatar to watch selected games of the World Cup live, alongside other instant prizes that participating consumers stand a chance to win.

“I run a small shop where I sell everyday items including Coca-Cola products and I had heard about the promotion on radio and seen it being advertised on TV, so I decided to try it out. I did not expect to win the ticket to Qatar, but I am very happy that I did, and I am grateful to Coca-Cola for awarding me the ticket. I look forward to going to Qatar alongside the other winners,” said Maweu.

“We are very excited to hand over the first ticket to Qatar to Ms. Maweu who is our first winner of the trip. The 34-year-old Ms. Maweu will get a 5-day all-expenses paid trip to Qatar which will include tickets to watch two matches live during this year’s World Cup tournament.  There are four more tickets to go, and we encourage our consumers to continue participating in the Buy and Win promotion as there are lots of prizes to be won, beside the four remaining tickets to Qatar.  All five grand ticket winners will get the full Qatar experience in November when they travel for this magical opportunity.” Said Ezile Bubu, Country Channel & Trade Marketing Manager at Coca-Cola Beverages Africa – Kenya.

The Buy and Win promotion by Coca-Cola is part of the activities to engage consumers and football fans ahead of the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola which will stop in 51 countries and territories, bringing Coca-Cola and FIFA one step closer to the goal of visiting each of FIFA’s 211 member associations by 2030. For the first time ever, the tour will visit all 32 countries that qualified for the FIFA World Cup™, inspiring fans across the world through exclusive consumer experiences. Kenya is one of only 9 African countries selected for the Trophy tour.

To participate in the promotion, consumers are required to purchase 1Litre, 1.5Ltr or 2Ltr Coke, Fanta, or Sprite, check the code under the cap and SMS the code to 40111 for a chance to win daily and weekly. Once the consumer wins a prize, they receive an instant message with details of the win & collection process. Consumers have a chance to win amongst other prizes; cash, airtime, tickets to the VIP viewing experience of the FIFA World Cup trophy on the 27th of May in Nairobi when the Trophy is in Nairobi, as well as the top prize of a trip to Qatar. 

The FIFA World Cup Trophy is set to arrive in Kenya on the 26th of May to a series of activities ahead of the consumer viewing experience at the KICC grounds on the 27th of May 2022. Consumers and football fans will be treated to a fun-packed day which will include a concert, experiential activities, and the opportunity to view and take photos with the original FIFA World Cup Trophy.  This is the same coveted Trophy that will be handed to eventual winners of this year’s World Cup Finals. Coca-Cola is the official sponsor of the 2022 World Cup and has partnered with FIFA to facilitate the Trophy Tour to selected countries in the world.

IMPROVING ACCESS TO QUALITY LAB TESTS AMONG PRIVATE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN KENYA

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Gold Star Kenya and Pathologists Lancet Kenya have entered into a strategic partnership that will see over 100 private health facilities linked to Pathologists Lancet Kenya from all over the country. The facilities under Gold Star Kenya Network franchise will benefit from quality assured and affordable lab tests provided by Pathologists Lancet Kenya. 

Speaking on behalf of Pathologists Lancet Kenya, Managing Director and CEO Mwende Musunga said, “One of our key objectives is to increase quality diagnostic care to patients through strategic partnerships, and being part of this healthcare network will ensure patients live healthy lives. We are delighted that with this partnership, we will be able to achieve our goal by increasing accessibility to quality diagnosis to a wider pool of patients.”

In the past, Gold Star Kenya and Pathologists Lancet Kenya have worked together to improve HIV services through quality assured and subsidized HIV testing services including HIV treatment to reduce viral load to undetectable levels.

 “We are excited about this partnership and for us, at Gold Star Kenya, multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary collaboration is the future solution to gaining ground in private health sector quality service delivery. Our widespread Gold Star private sector network of health facilities and medical practitioners and most importantly – the patients (our primary beneficiaries) will now be able to access high-quality and affordable lab tests from a globally reputable and accredited firm, Pathologists Lancet Kenya,” said Dr. Nyawira Gitahi, Executive Director, Gold Star Kenya.  

The private sector in the past has not had adequate support to address the challenges of quality, high cost of lab tests, infrastructure, and sample referral networking. Over the past year, there has been reduced funding in the supply chain which has resulted in many patients in both public and private facilities not being able to access viral tests as prescribed in policy guidelines. 

Dr. Charles Wahome, Chief Pathologist at Pathologists Lancet Kenya said, “In today’s world, we have innovative ways of testing for diseases such as HIV/AIDS. The availability of resources, and expertise have enabled us to advance our offering in different diagnosis and also venture into this partnership. We strongly believe in offering patients quality tests to improve their health. We hope that with this partnership, we will continue to do so with the added pool of patients to our portfolio.”

 This collaboration will improve access to ISO 15189 accredited laboratory services covering HIV-related tests (Viral Load), and Antenatal care profile, among many other tests. This will positively impact the quality of diagnosis and access to safe health care services in the private sector. 

Gold Star Kenya is a leading local Kenyan NGO implementing quality sustainable community health and development programs that cover reproductive, maternal, child, and adolescent health; HIV/TB, NCD, and nutrition. 

NARROW ESCAPE AS FAMILY HOUSE IS RAZED DOWN BY FIRE AT MIDNIGHT

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A family in Sagero village Migori County cheated death when their two bedroom house was razed down by fire at midnight while they were asleep.According to the father of five Otieno Okumu,who is the owner of the house he woke up at night and found huge smoke bellowing in th house and raised an alarm that attracted his 3 children to wake up and tried to rescue a few items in vain.He says that the smoke was too much for them to stay and even walk in and rescue chairs and other items but luckily enough all the family members managed to escape alive and neighbours who came after hearing the alarm did not manage to salvage any items as the whole house was already on fire in all the rooms.

He says that one of his children who is a from one at Sagero mixed High School lost all the school items and that has drawn him back to square one to find more money to buy him books and other school items.Joshua Okumu a brother and neighbour to the affected family said that the family house caught fire at night and efforts to rescue any items were futille as the neighbours feared moving inside the house that burnt to ashes and left the family without even enough clothing to wear.He wants wellwisher to ccome in and help the family establish another house and also help take the form one back to school.Dickens Otieno a witness said that fire started at night and they still cannot tell what caused the midnight inferno that caight the whole family and neighbours unaware of the situation.Otieno Blacky a neighbour called on wellwishers to come out and help the family of 5 build another decent house and help the form one go to school next week.

Safaricom’s Juniors tournament at Karen Country Club.

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Limuru’s 9-year-old Muriithi Gatu and Vetlab-based 12-year-old Rohini Shah have been crowned the overall winners of the seventh leg of the Safaricom Golf Tour junior tournament at the par 72 Karen Country Club course on Saturday.

Gatu, a grade four pupil at Thika Road Christian School, carded a splendid gross of 39 points in a nine-hole tournament to emerge the best boy of the tournament. Vetlab’s junior golfer, a year seven pupil Rohini Shah from Peponi House preparatory school taking the overall Girls’ title after scoring 77 points.

“I liked the experience today as it was pretty unique playing with many different junior golfers. I appreciate Safaricom and US Kids for organizing such a fantastic junior event. My game today was one of the best. My first nine was good, where I scored a par twice, an ego and a birdie that made me win today’s tournament, “said Rohini Shah

Rohini Shah, Winner Girls

The seventh leg’s Safaricom junior tournament at Karen Country Club was also part of the US Kids Foundation tournament. The event attracted a field of 136 junior golfers from Nairobi and its environs, with over 60 aspiring junior golfers taking part in the golf clinic held at the facility. 

Taking the Boys 15-18 title was Asa Dinkins with a gross of 81 points ahead of Dhruv Kavia, who scored 87 points. Winning the Girls 15 and over category was Antonia Mbuthia with 103 points.

Playing in the Boys’ category 13-14 years, Nathan Caralon produced an impressive gross of 82 points to lead his group after a play-off with Junaid Manji, who had also garnered 82 points. In the Girls’ category, 13-14 years, Maryam Mwakitawa scored 86 points ahead of his closest challenger Navya Nagda who finished second with 123 points.

Elsewhere Justin Ngeera continued to dominate the 11 years Boys’ category after scoring a gross of 85 points leading his team of twelve contestants. 

In the 9- 10 years old Girls category, Kanana Muthomi posted outstanding performance at the course to emerge the best girl with 44 points ahead of Nyawira Macharia and Wamaitha Waithaka, who took second and third place with 50 and 54 points, respectively.

Other top scorers were Ashley Gachora in the Girls 8 and Under category with 44 points and Jeff Kibe in the Boys 7 years category with 59 points. 

As part of growing Golf among the juniors in the country, Safaricom has partnered with Junior Golf Foundation to tap and nurture young talent in the golf sport. The juniors can register with Junior Golf Foundation (JGF) for KES.1,000 and have access to any golf club in the country to play Golf.

The tournament marks the halfway stage of the ongoing Safaricom Golf Tour, with seven more legs left before the Tour culminates at Vipingo Ridge in August.

After Karen, the tournament heads to Nyali Golf & Country Club in Mombasa on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2022.

Hon. Sonia Birdi Speaks On Women Leadership And Political Participation

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As the political block continues to take shape, women have been an important part of this progress to a point where some want have applied for positions of presidential running mates a move that has given our leadership another turn.

Being a Woman aspirant is still a big role to take but being an Indian Woman aspirant is even more of a challenge, considering the fact that Indians form a small share of the Kenyan population.

In a discussion with Sanjeev K. Birdi, alias Sonia Birdi, who is the first and only Kenyan woman Lawmaker from the Indian community, she lauded the Kenyan government for its active inclusion of women in leadership to a point that it created the women representative position to increase the number of females in governance

The Yoga and meditation teacher who is vying for Westlands MP seat has been on the fore front fighting for her people and during her time in parliament she fought for a clean environment by stopping dumping of garbage near schools such as st. Elizabeth in Makadara constituency and also was part of legislating the immigration act that focuses on individuals seeking citizenship from Kenya.

Her drive to represent the people of Westlands is drawn from the fact that there are many Indian business people in Westlands who need representation and over the years their voices have not been listened to which drags their growth behind and she therefore seeks to be the face of her community as much as she will be representing other Kenyans

The flamboyant leader who is a firstborn of four children, went to Our Lady of Mercy Primary School in Nairobi, South B from where she proceeded to Loreto Convent, Msongari, for her secondary school education which means she is totally Kenyan and she understands Kenya’s political journey and history.

The Azimio Coalition supporter has also applauded Martha Karua’s bravely in fighting for democracy over the years and she calls on coalitions to form a culture of giving the Deputy presidents seat to women for equality and inclusion of women into power.

Sonia seeks to motivate more women to dive into leadership across all fields in business and politics and she agrees that since her entry into politics more women from her community have gained the courage to engage in leadership matters.

“I have inspired people and 10-12 years later I can see the difference in society and you will be shocked that people have gained positive motivation from me and am grateful to God.” she said

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