Kenyan passports to be phased out next year, to adopt East Africa travel permit

Kenya will phase out issuance of its national passports from next year and adopt the East Africa travel permit in the quest by the six countries to harmonize business and regulatory processes. The phase-out period will last two years and the six countries including South Sudan that was this week admitted to the East Africa Community (EAC) expected to only issue the regional e-passport by the start of 2019. The

Facebook brings to Kenya, hurdles abound

Facebook wants to partner with local telcos to bridge the digital divide in remote places even as the world raises fears over its platform. The application allows users to access the web for a limited amount of time free of charge. Complaints are, however, rife that the application does not reach its target audience and goes against set policies. “Facebook has made it easier for any mobile operator to

Rwanda: Standards Board, PSF feud could cost 500 jobs

Since April 2014, RBS has been pushing local gin manufacturers, a budding industry of about 10 players, to start packaging their products in glass bottles of volumes ranging from 250ml, 500ml, 750ml and 1,000ml. The manufacturers currently use plastic bottles (polyethylene terephthalate) in packaging of the gin products mainly consumed by low income earners with the price of the smallest gin bottle costing less than Rwf400. The standards body claims

Why ‘small jobs’ are answer to unemployment

They are shunned by the majority of the people; and those that do them are ridiculed. Many a time they are underestimated and seen as useless because they are small. But what is indisputable is that small businesses, like your neighbourhood store, moto-taxi business or fruit vending are the engine of any economy. The heartbeat that runs global economies. And, there’s nothing small about the impact they have on the

Life expectancy rises in Rwanda

Life expectancy in the globe’s poorest countries has risen by an average of nine years over the past two decades, thanks to major improvements in infant health, the United Nations has said. In its annual statistics, the UN’s World Health Organisation (WHO) said that six of the countries had even managed to raise life expectancy to over 10 years between 1990 and 2012. «An important reason why global life expectancy

Rwanda protest arrest of spy chief Karenzi Karake

Rwanda’s foreign minister on Tuesday slammed the arrest of the country’s intelligence chief, held in London by British authorities acting on a Spanish indictment. “Western solidarity in demeaning Africans is unacceptable!!” Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said on Twitter, saying the arrest was a conspiracy by those who deny Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. “It is an outrage to arrest Rwandan official based on pro-genocidaires lunacy!” she added. Rwanda also said it had

Firm partners to supply IT products in East Africa

Technology products re-seller Virtual Works East Africa has partnered with US data storage provider EMC Corp, to add value to the latter’s products and distribute them in the region. The deal will see Virtual Works offer data storage and back-up services in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia, where it has a presence. Virtual Works chief executive Abraham Parel said his firm would maintain its focus on delivering enterprise-centric

Tax institutions at border posts irk traders

Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), Misenyi Municipal Council and the Police Force supervising trade and tax collections at Mtukula border between Tanzania and Uganda have been said as institutions hindering the flourishing of business along the border. Speaking during a two days seminar in Missenyi, Kagera Region yesterday, traders said the zero tariff protocol signed by the East African member states were not being at observed borders. “We are forced to

FDLR condemns the arrest of singer and pianist Kizito Muhigo his colleagues and other innocent Rwandans

To condemn the arrest of singer and pianist Kizito Muhigo, his colleagues and other innocent Rwandans being arrested on daily basis. The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) is deeply concern by the Rwandan government led by Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) totalitarian behaviors, stripping it’s people of their basic rights, using terrorism tactics and arbitration for anyone who dares exercising his/her right of expression. 1. In effort to

Keep your religions to yourself

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m not a hugely religious person; in fact, scratch that, I’m not religious at all. If you asked me to tell you what I believed in, I would tell you that I believe in common sense, good manners and logic. And why shouldn’t I be non-religious? When I look around, all I see are‘people of God’ acting in ways that they should