Transportation

Somali plane ‘was holed by bomb’ after Mogadishu take-off

“It was a bomb that exploded in the Daallo Airlines flight. It was meant to kill all aboard,” Transport Minister Ali Ahmed Jamac said, after the plane from the airline Daallo had returned with a hole in the side on Tuesday. One passenger was sucked out of the plane and died, and two other passengers were injured. The Djibouti-bound Airbus 321 was forced to make an emergency landing. Some reports

M-Pesa the bribe, and other tricks traffic police use

The traffic police department is once again in the spotlight following recent allegations of corruption and cover-up. Investigations and interviews by the Sunday Nation reveal the dirty tricks rogue traffic police use — sometimes punishing innocent motorists and letting offenders go free. The most recent allegation involved claims that officers from Tigoni police station attempted to cover-up details of an accident linked to Pastor James Ng’ang’a in which a woman

Strike notice: Bus, truck owners tell drivers to respect the September 30 deadline

Cargo and commuter bus owners have told drivers refusing terms provided by their employers to return the vehicles instead of pushing for a strike. Speaking at a press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the owners said that there is no cause for drivers to strike because their claims were being solved. “Drivers were demanding a work contract between them and their employers which has largely been solved, while other

KLM deal flying Kenya Airways into losses, Senate team told

The partnership between Kenya Airways and KLM has plunged the entities into losses in the last three years, a Senate inquiry was told yesterday. Kenya Airways CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said that the deal has not been making any money for the national carrier due to a drop in the number of travellers in the shared routes. The partnership has come under scrutiny following the Sh26 billion loss suffered by Kenya

Chinese govt to build high speed railway for Tanzania

The Chinese government plans to construct in the future high speed railway in Tanzania and other priority business partner countries as a way of bolstering economic relations with them. The plan was revealed in Beijing recently by the Director-General of China Centre for Urban Development, Li Tie while briefing Tanzanian women journalists on the benefits of the long-standing economic ties between the two countries, future general outlook and new strategies

Safaricom, Google launch app to reduce traffic jams

Safaricom and Google Monday launched the application, ‘Waze,’to offer motorists accurate and real-time traffic information, based on crowd-sourced data from other road users. It uses a Global Positioning System technology to collect traffic information varying from; accidents, impassable routes, traffic jams and advices on alternative routes. “Waze will be the ultimate driving companion, tracking your progress in traffic jams, it will also update you of information by other motorists,” Charles

Osama bin Laden sister and stepmother feared dead in UK plane crash

The sister and stepmother of notorious al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were reportedly among the dead after a business jet crashed at a private airport in Hampshire and ploughed into a car auction centre. Without confirming the identities of the victims, the Saudi ambassador to Britain, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, offered condolences on the embassy’s official Twitter account to the Bin Laden family, a prominent Saudi Arabia clan

Tragedy as groom dies on wedding eve in Baringo

A bridegroom drowned on the eve of his wedding day after his car plunged into a dam in Baringo County. The 25-year old man whose wedding was scheduled for Saturday, when he had the accident and drowned at Kirandich dam near Kabarnet town in Baringo County on Friday. John Mwangi, a resident of Nyeri County, and worked in Meru County was together with his friend who survived the 8am incident

World Bank delegates compliment Dar Port

The Port of Dar es Salaam has been commended by the World Bank Vice President for Africa, Dr Makhtar Diop who cited its improved infrastructure and efficiency. Speaking on site over the weekend when he toured the Port, Dr Diop said the WB is impressed with the ongoing improvements at the port. “This will have a positive impact on the economy of Tanzania and its landlocked neighbours,” he said. The

Pilots seek govt action to save Kenya Airways from collapse

Pilots in the country now want national carrier Kenya Airways saved from possible collapse. Through their association, the Kenya Airline Pilots Association (Kalpa), the pilots also accused the airline’s management of mistreating them. Association general-secretary Captain Ronald Karauri said Kenya Airways was “literally on its knees” due to poor management and called upon relevant authorities to intervene. “In 2012, Kenya Airways proceeded to retrench 447 employees in a move that