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NMS Issues Statement After Outcry on Nairobi Estates

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  • The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) on Thursday, January 14 responded to the public after an outcry of heaps of garbage littering various estates in the city.

    Concerns from Nairobians have been growing due to increasing garbage dumping causing some roads to be impassable.

    NMS highlighted the filth that has engulfed Eastleigh which has been one of their biggest hurdles in maintaining a clean city.

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    Heaps of garbage piled up on the road in Eastleigh, Nairobi.
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    “Dear Kenyans, this is garbage dumped in Eastleigh along the median strip/reserved area separating opposing lanes of traffic in Central Eastleigh.

    “An eyesore and indisputably, ticking health time bomb, a culture that remains the biggest impediment yet to a Green, Clean City,” read a statement from NMS.

    NMS Director, Compliance and Delivery Services, Rachael Maina and Nairobi Regional Commander James Kianda flagged off garbage collection trucks in Eastleigh, Kamukunji Constituency.

    The exercise was championed by NMS’s Compliance and Environment directorates where trucks carted away 15 tonnes of garbage left on road reserves and front yards of residential and commercial premises.

    NMS also announced a monthly clean-up exercise on the first Saturday of every month with the commencement date to be shared soon.

    This comes after a number of residents across the city complained of garbage-littered roads which posed a health risk to them.

    On Thursday, January 7 residents of Huruma flats in Mathare, Nairobi faulted the NMS for failing to clear garbage that has blocked a major road.

    Matatu drivers plying the route have expressed their dissatisfaction with the services asking the NMS to clear the garbage.

    “This county has the NMS and NYS, but I wonder what work they are doing. One of the services should act on the garbage because they have lorries to do so.

    “The garbage is not being collected. The road is wide, yes, but vehicles cannot pass because of the garbage. It’s sad because the government spends a lot of money building roads,” stated one of the matatu drivers.

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    Nairobi Regional Commander James Kianda accompanied by NMS Director Compliance and Delivery Services Rachael Maina flag off Garbage Collection Trucks in Eastleigh, Kamukunji Constituency.
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    Lupita Has Been Unreachable for the Past 5 Years – CS Balala

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  • Tourism CS Najib Balala has explained why he appointed British Model, Naomi Campbell, as Magical Kenya International Tourism ambassador rather than the Kenyan award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. 

    The CS explained his decision while addressing researches at the Kenyatta University on Thursday, January 21. 

    A section of Kenyans had opposed the idea while others reserved their opinions. 

    Balala alleged that Lupita’s managers blocked Tourism officials from accessing her and that the saga dragged on for five years. 

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    Tourism CS Najib Balala addresses researchers at a conference at Kenyatta University on Thursday, January 21, 2021
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    “I know everybody is asking why not Lupita. Lupita has commitments and her managers cannot allow us to access her. We’ve spent the last five years looking for her,” Balala explained. 

    He added that Naomi Campbell was free and loved the idea of marketing Kenya. 

    The Ministry came up with a concept of how to work around Campbell and will unveil details on how she would be used to promote the industry. 

    Balala further defended his decision by saying that he had appointed other Kenyan celebrities such as Eliud Kipchoge as brand ambassadors. 

    Campbell, 50, praised the country’s improvement of infrastructure at the Coast including the upgrading of Malindi Airport to International standards adding that this would boost tourism in the region.

    Kenya Tourism Federation Chair, Mohammed Hersi, disclosed that the model will not charge the Kenya Tourism Board for her services as Kenyans had assumed. 

    “If we were to pay Naomi, she would wipe a good chunk of our destination marketing budget. Those who think we paid millions to get her…I can bet we paid nothing

    “When you reach Lupita’s level, agents run the show, they monetize every single move. Even the father who is Governor of Kisumu cannot use her image to promote the county,” he explained.

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    Tourism CS Najib Balala with British Model Naomi Campbell in Kenya on January 12, 2021
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    Google Shuts Down Service in Uhuru's Project

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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta’s project to provide internet connectivity in Kenya is in limbo after the shut down of Google’s Loon project.

    The announcement was made on Friday, January 22 by tech expert Astro Teller who is in charge of the project that was under Google’s mother company, Alphabet. It was carried out in partnership with the Ministry of ICT and Telkom Kenya. 

    The high-altitude stratospheric balloons provide internet access by creating an aerial wireless network, registering speeds of up to 1 Mbps.

    A high altitude WiFi internet hub, a Google Project Loon balloon, on display.
    A high altitude WiFi internet hub, a Google Project Loon balloon, on display.
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    The company cited that the Loon project was no longer commercially viable, adding that the exit was already in progress. 

    “A small group of the Google Loon team will stay to ensure Loon’s operations are wrapped up smoothly and safely – this includes winding down Loon’s pilot service in Kenya,” Teller announced.  

    Loon launched its first commercial internet service in Kenya in July 2020, consisting of a fleet of about 35 balloons that covered an area of around 50,000 square kilometres.

    President Kenyatta had taken a special interest in the project and was hopeful that the new development would enable Kenya to retain her competitive advantages in ICT and innovation.

    “In that regard, and to foster communication and enable Kenyans to retain and enhance remote access to the offices and enterprises, my administration has granted approvals that will ensure universal 4G data coverage throughout Kenya,” said the President at State House.

    The Google representative thanked Kenya for providing the opportunity to offer its innovation and internet connectivity through the Loon project.

    “Although Loon is going away, our commitment to connectivity isn’t. Today we’re pledging a fund of Ksh1 billion to support nonprofits and businesses focussed on connectivity, internet, entrepreneurship and education in Kenya,” he added. 

    In August 2020, one of the balloons deployed to Kenya crashed in Congo, sparking a flurry of chatter and speculation, including claims that it was a UFO.

    A spokesperson for the Google subsidiary, however, stated that the balloon was deployed in the initial testing phase and was not among those providing commercial internet access.

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    Google Headquarters in San Jose, California
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    Kalonzo at DCI Headquarters

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  • Wiper Democratic Leader Kalonzo Musyoka on Friday, January 22 presented himself at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters along Kiambu road.

    The Wiper leader is expected to record a statement over claims peddled against him that he grabbed a 200-acre piece of land belonging to the National Youth Service (NYS).

    The remarks were made by Deputy President William Ruto in Bomet last Friday.

    Kalonzo has since termed the allegations as propaganda describing himself as a person of high moral and ethical standards.

    He added that the move by the DP was aimed at assassinating his character.

    More to follow…

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