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Barely a week after the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) took prompt action on Directline Insurance, the regulator is on the spot for turning a blind eye on gross malpractices and corruption by Trident Insurance Company Limited thereby putting at risk billions of shillings from policyholders.

IRA has not taken any action on Trident Insurance Company Limited when it’s involved in corruption, forgeries and non payment of claims.

Trident Insurance, which is owned by controversial billionaire Diamond Ali Lalji Nurani, has been operating in total disregard of the law and has been left unscathed.

Sources close to IRA revealed that Lalji has pocketed several senior officials at the IRA who deliberately overlook the gross misconduct by the billionaire businessman and his company to the detriment of the interests of millions of policyholders and beneficiaries.

Lalji and his company have been forging recommendation letters from hospitals and other institutions to win lucrative multimillion-medical insurance contracts.

For example, the naughty businessman forged recommendation letters from Nairobi Women’s Hospital, MP Shah Hospital, and Mater Misericordiae Hospital among others.

This was to help Trident Insurance Company win a tender for “Provision of MCAS and staff cover KCA/MED/02/23-24 where Trident Insurance Company was awarded a contract worth over Kshs 39,002,526.

This is after presenting a tender bid with fake documents. Sources close to Lalji informed us that he brags that no other insurance company can match his prowess in bribing tender committees in various county governments, public and private institutions.

The contract was for the provision of outpatient, in-patient, dental, optical, and maternity services. Our investigations have further revealed that EACC is actively investigating this issue.

On the Tender Documents, Lalji and his Company Trident Insurance Company have been using CV’s of directors and senior managers who left the Company months if not years ago.

The IRA is aware that the company has been without qualified technical staff but has decided to allow Lalji and his proxies to operate as they wish by siphoning money from the company coffers and diverting monies meant to pay claims which are now running into billions.

Sources from the company have revealed that despite the Billionaire pocketing billions from County Governments in the medical business, the staff working at the Company decry to have their salaries delayed by months and do not have the basic employee benefits including medical covers for them and their beneficiaries.

Our investigations have further revealed that some of the marketers have not been paid for months despite the Billionaire Lalji and his proxies living a luxurious life funded by stolen Policyholders money.

We are further informed that any staff who dares complain is laid off and their terminal dues withheld. If one goes to court and gets a Judgement, they cannot execute against the company as Lalji has hired goons who beat up anyone who dares go against his will.

Several assault complaints have been lodged at the Capitol Hill Police Station by people who have been beaten at the company offices for claiming what is rightfully theirs.

IRA is aware of what has been going on at Trident but has decided to play deaf and dumb to the complaints lodged at its offices against the rogue insurer and Lalji.

Sources inside the company have further revealed that some of Lalji’s proxies are foreigners who are not employees of the Insurance Company but have been given the full mandate to be signatories in the Company Accounts.

They withdraw and divert money belonging to the company as they wish and IRA is aware of this and has done nothing to deter the possible scheme to secure the interests of policyholders and beneficiaries.

One of them is a Filipino lady known as Mary Jane, who is a girlfriend to Lalji’s son. Despite having no position in the company, she is a signatory to the company’s bank accounts and withdraws millions of shillings over the counter daily.

The question that begs is this; when will the IRA start to do what they are mandated to do and stop the furtherance of this scheme by Lalji and his proxies to defraud the millions of policyholders and beneficiaries?

When is IRA going to act as provided for under the Insurance Act to ensure the effective administration, supervision, regulation, and control of the insurance and re-insurance business in Kenya and tame rogue underwriters like Trident Insurance Company and until then, WHO IS SAFE?

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itel S24

itel, the global leading smart life brand committed to provide affordable and good quality consumer electronic products, proudly announces the launch of its latest innovation smartphone from Super Series – itel S24. Boasting the industry’s first 108MP camera in the same price range, itel S24 is poised to revolutionize the way budget-friendly smartphones capture and create stunning visual content.

Featuring “Clear Imaging Stories Uncovered,” itel S24 introduces users to a world of unparalleled clarity and detail, empowering them to become photography creators anytime, anywhere. The outstanding camera performance of S24 is attributed to the Samsung HM6 ISOCELL Sensor, the first of its kind to adopt the Nonapixel Plus technology. By merging nine pixels at once, this sensor captures more light in low-light conditions and enhances clarity in night scenes, ensuring breathtaking images even in challenging environments. Additionally, S24 features a 3X in-sensor zoom, enabling users to shoot farther and capture more details with ease.

With various shooting modes including Portrait mode, Movie Master mode, and Fancy Photography Filters, itel S24 ensures that everyone can be a lifestyle creator. Portrait mode employs advanced AI beauty algorithms to analyze facial features comprehensively, resulting in enhanced three-dimensional attributes and flawless portraits. It can also quickly identify skin colors, facial features, ambient light, etc., smartly adjusting settings to deliver perfect imaging. Movie Master mode offers an array of vlog templates, simplifying the video creation process and fostering creativity. Fancy Photography Filters enrich the storytelling experience, enabling users to capture their street shots with personal style and depth.

In addition to its groundbreaking camera capabilities, itel S24 is powered by a super-powered Helio G91 processor, delivering great everyday performance for seamless multi-tasking, video shooting and gaming. Coupled with a large memory and RAM expansion options of up to 16GB RAM + 256GB storage, S24 ensures enhanced smoothness and ample space for storing memories.

itel S24 also features a pioneering artistic design with a 90Hz 6.6-inch punch-hole display, offering an incredibly smooth sliding experience every time – whether scrolling through videos or playing high-refresh-rate games. Available in Dawn White, Coastline Blue, and Starry Black, itel S24 back cover design adopts creative color-changing technology and waves-like glitter texture, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication.

Notably, itel S24 stands as the sole 108MP smartphone among $110 price range, making it accessible to a wider audience without compromising on quality. It redefines the standards of mobile photography technology penetration and elevates the user camera experience to new heights.

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Nairobi, Kenya – June 4, 2024 – Xiaomi Kenya is thrilled to announce the launch of the “Xiaomi Deals Carnival,” a month-long promotion featuring unbeatable deals and discounts on a wide range of Xiaomi smartphones. From June 4th to June 30th, customers can enjoy amazing offers on some of Xiaomi’s most popular models, available at all Xiaomi promoter stores across Kenya.

Xiaomi’s “Deals Carnival” aims to provide customers with high-quality smartphones at incredible prices, making cutting-edge technology more accessible than ever. Whether you are looking for a feature-packed device for everyday use or a powerful smartphone to support your busy lifestyle, Xiaomi has the perfect option for you.

Highlights of this Exciting Promotion Include:
Redmi 13C Series: Known for its robust performance and stunning design, the Redmi 13C series offers a range of options to suit different needs and budgets. users can expect exceptional performance and value.

Redmi 13C 8GB+128GB – KES 12,599 Redmi 13C 12GB+128GB – KES 15,099
Redmi 13C 16GB*+256GB – KES 16,499

Redmi 12 Series: With superior camera capabilities and sleek aesthetics, the Redmi 12 series is perfect for those who love to capture life’s moments in vivid detail. Enjoy enhanced photography features and a seamless user experience at a fraction of the usual cost.

Redmi 12 8GB+128GB – KES 14,999 Redmi 12 12GB+128GB – KES 16,999
Redmi 12 16GB*+256GB – KES 19,999

Redmi A3: An excellent choice for budget-conscious consumers, the Redmi A3 combines essential smartphone features with reliable performance. Its stylish design and practical functionality make it a standout option for everyday use.

Redmi A3 6GB+64GB – KES 10,499 Redmi A3 8GB+128GB – KES 12,099

More over Xiaomi fans can join an exciting online campaign where they stand a chance of winning either Xiaomi S1 Active, Redmi Watch 3 or Redmi Power bank weekly. To join the campaign simply purchase any device on offer, more details can be found HERE

Don’t miss out on these extraordinary deals available exclusively during the Xiaomi Deals Carnival. Visit any Xiaomi promoter store in Kenya to take advantage of these offers and upgrade your smartphone experience.

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Maybets, the latest sensation in the Kenyan betting market, has made a significant stride by introducing its Android application on the Google Play Store.

Since its inception, Maybets has captivated the market with its innovative approach and customer-centric offerings. Now, with the launch of its dedicated mobile app, the company aims to further enhance user experience and accessibility.

The Maybets app promises a superior gaming experience, boasting seamless functionality that allows users to indulge in their favorite betting activities with ease. Notably, the application is designed to be lite and consume minimal data bundles, ensuring uninterrupted gameplay even in areas with limited internet connectivity.

One of the highlights of the Maybets app is its exclusive bonuses tailored for app users. These bonuses include the much-anticipated Monday bonus, deposit bonus, jackpot bonuses and free bets, adding an extra layer of excitement to the betting experience. Additionally, every user is entitled to a bonus upon downloading the app, further incentivizing users to explore its features.

In line with its commitment to user satisfaction, the Maybets app incorporates several user-centric features aimed at enhancing convenience and flexibility. These features include bet cancellation, rebet, and sharebet options, allowing users to manage their bets effectively and adapt to changing circumstances seamlessly.

Moreover, the app introduces the highly anticipated cash-out feature, providing users with the flexibility to cash out their winnings before the conclusion of a game or event. This feature adds a new dimension to the betting experience, empowering users with greater control over their bets.

In addition to traditional betting options, the Maybets app expands its offerings to include a diverse range of games. From  Aviator to Spin2Win, Virtuals, Roulette, and Comet Crash, users can explore an array of exciting games within the app, catering to a variety of preferences and interests.

With the launch of its app on the Google Play Store, Maybets reaffirms its position as a trailblazer in the Kenyan betting industry. By combining cutting-edge technology with user-centric features and exclusive bonuses, the company continues to set new standards for innovation and customer satisfaction in the market.

As Maybets continues to gain momentum, the introduction of its dedicated mobile app marks a significant milestone in its journey towards becoming the preferred choice for betting enthusiasts across Kenya. Whether it’s the thrill of sports betting or the excitement of casino games, the Maybets app promises to deliver an unparalleled gaming experience to users, redefining the landscape of online betting in the region.

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Maybets, a leading name in the online betting industry, has announced the release of its much-anticipated Version 2.0.

This major update promises to enhance user experience with a new mobile-friendly interface, robust product offerings, and a variety of exciting features designed to provide a seamless and thrilling betting experience.

Enhanced User Experience

The new version of Maybets boasts an intuitive and easy-to-use mobile interface. Whether you’re a seasoned bettor or new to the scene, navigating the platform has never been easier.

The improved design ensures that users can quickly find and place bets with minimal hassle, making the overall experience more enjoyable and efficient.

Cutting-Edge Features

Maybets Version 2.0 comes packed with a suite of innovative features aimed at enhancing the betting experience:

  • Boosted Odds: Get better returns on your bets with the highest odds in the market.
  • Fastest Livebet: Enjoy real-time betting with the quickest live betting option available.
  • Instant Withdrawal: Withdraw your winnings instantly without any delays.

Expanded Product Range

Maybets has significantly expanded its product lineup to cater to diverse gaming preferences:

  • Crash Games: Dive into thrilling crash games such as Aviator, Comet Crash, JetX, Rocketman, and more.
  • Casino Games & Slots: Explore over 200 casino games including slots, spins, poker, and roulette. There’s something for everyone!

Android App

The new Android app, available for download from the Playstore and the Maybets website, is extremely lightweight at just 2MB.

Despite its small size, the app offers a full range of features and ensures a smooth betting experience on the go.

Promotions and Bonuses

Maybets is also introducing several promotions and bonuses to reward its users:

  • Sharebet Promotion: Win big by sharing your bets with friends. Every week, 200 winners will be selected, with the top winner receiving 70,000.
  • Bonuses: Enjoy a variety of bonuses including app download bonus, freebet bonus, deposit bonus, casino bonus, and referral bonus.
  • Jackpots: Test your luck with daily jackpots of 500,000 and weekly jackpots of 10,000,000.

Easy Deposits and 24/7 Support

Depositing money into your Maybets account is now simpler than ever. Users can deposit funds easily via Mpesa STK push on the website or using the paybill number 498098. Additionally, Maybets offers round-the-clock customer support through social media, call, or WhatsApp at 0701 001 000, ensuring help is always at hand.

With these exciting updates, Maybets Version 2.0 is set to redefine the online betting experience, offering users more convenience, excitement, and rewards than ever before. Download the app today and join the revolution!

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Aquila East Africa, a pioneering force in the marketing industry, has set a new standard with the unveiling of its striking new Pan-African look.

This bold move marks a significant milestone in the journey towards embracing African identity in the marketing landscape.

The unveiling event, held at The Location opposite Yaya center was attended by esteemed guests and senior brand representatives, including Betty Wamaitha, Chief Marketing Manager of Quickmart, Millan Kabata, Marketing Manager of Dairyland, and James Sogoti, General Manager Commercial at NMG.

The event also saw the presence of Dr. Wale Akinyemi, a recognized figure in the African business community, who served as the chief guest. Aquila East Africa’s new Pan-African look embodies the vibrancy and diversity of the continent, setting the agency apart from its competitors.

Aquila East Africa Unveils New Pan-African Look, Leading the Charge in AfricaWith this rebranding initiative, Aquila aims to amplify the beauty of being proudly African, reflecting the richness of African heritage and culture.

During his address at the event, Dr. Wale Akinyemi emphasized the importance of African brands both within the continent and on the global stage. His inspiring speech resonated with the audience, highlighting the need to take pride in growing African brands and showcasing them to the world.

“We are thrilled to unveil our new Pan-African look, which represents a significant milestone in our journey towards celebrating African identity,” said Kester Muhanji, Director at Aquila East Africa. “With this rebranding initiative, we aim to redefine the narrative of African marketing and inspire others to embrace their African heritage.” Aquila East Africa’s commitment to authenticity and innovation sets a new benchmark for marketing agencies across the continent.

The agency’s new Pan-African look is a testament to its dedication to promoting African brands and amplifying the beauty of African identity.

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A few years ago, three friends Njogu Kinyanjui, Titus Marenye and Samuel Njuguna came together to launch an application that would enable people to save and invest small amounts of money.

In a country where a majority of the working population earns no more than Sh50,000 a month, the trio felt that most of the investment tools available in the market had high initial deposit requirements that discouraged willing individuals from investing with them.

Leveraging on their backgrounds in computer science, finance and technology, the three thus developed an application dubbed Chumz that would enable anyone to save and invest with as low as five Kenyan shillings.

“The idea was to help individuals who struggled with creating a savings and investment culture due to lack of discipline and the high capital requirements of most investment channels,” said Njuguna, co-founder of Chumz.

In 2022, they secured a license from the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) to enable them to channel the funds collected to a licensed fund manager who would then offer a return to the fund, and the interests thereafter distributed to individual clients.

The platform would utilize behavioral psychology to guide users on when to save and invest based on their spending habits.

When a user gets a discount on a purchase for instance, the app prompts the user to invest the money they have received as a discount, instead of spending it elsewhere.

“For example, if cooking oil was going for Sh500 but a customer finds it is on discount for Sh400, they can save the Sh100 difference,” posed Njuguna.

The same applies when users negotiate for lower prices. They can save the difference between the marked price and the negotiated price.

“Psychology wise this makes sense because the user had planned to spend the money anyway,” noted Njuguna.

The app sends alerts to users when they are in places where they are likely to overspend, such as on outings.

“A user in a pub for instance can get an alert which will help him or her to avoid over indulging in consumerism,” stated Njuguna.

It also has a group functionality for merry go rounds (chamas), that sends an alert once one member makes a deposit, to encourage other members to follow suit.

The tool also sends reminders at strategic times during the month to encourage clients to save and invest so that they can make the most out of their income.

Titus Marenye, co-founder of Chumz, notes that getting people to change spending habits that have sometimes pushed them to rely heavily on predatory mobile loans for quick cash, and instead focus on saving small amounts of money that could in the long run guarantee financial independence has not been easy.

“Basic financial literacy is lacking and this has meant that we have had to create financial literacy content and partner with a number of entities that do financial literacy. We have also recognized that financial jargon has kept many retail investors from investing, and we are breaking down this jargon to make it more accessible to everyone,” notes Marenye.

He says these approaches have helped even the people who have never saved or invested before to do so, and change the perception that investing is only for a select few.

“For instance, a shoemaker in Ngara called Maina would save Sh50 daily until he managed to purchase his work equipment. His biggest aha moment was when his small savings amounted to something substantial,” notes Marenye.

Njogu Kinyanjui, co-founder of Chumz, says they have also recently noticed that some parents are using the Chumz app to teach their children about finance, how interest accumulates, the long-term effects of deferred gratification, and how to create future financial goals.

“Eliud, a father of 3, has been using the app to save for his kids and train them on how money grows,” poses Kinyanjui.

Currently, the Chumz app, which is available for download on Google playstore and the Appstore, has over 150,000 registered users.

Compared to the continental average of 17 percent, Kenya’s average savings and investment rate is still low, with only about 13 percent of the population engaged in saving. Samuel says they plan on enhancing the app to encourage saving and investing by making it a fun activity.

“We are working on achieving this by creating gamified experiences around saving and investment triggers tied to the clients’ lifestyle around money. We have also created financial calculators to guide clients on how to manage their funds on our website,” notes Kinyanjui.

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14 years ago, billionaire Mohan Galot went to court to regain control of his company where his nephews had stolen billions of shillings in revenue. It was sweet justice yesterday when the High Court settled the vicious battle for the control of garment maker Manchester Outfitters Ltd (MOL) by declaring Mohan Galot as the legitimate director.

Mohan and his nephew Pravin Galot have been battling in court for the control of the company incorporated on November 3, 1977.

But Justices Lilian Mutende, Chacha Mwita and Mugure Thande on Thursday found that the director of Manchester Outfitters Ltd is Mohanlal Pusharam Galot who is also the governing director.

Mohan testified in court that Manchester Outfitters was established in 1954 by his father the late Lachman Pusharam Galot as a sole proprietorship to carry on the business of uniform production and distribution.

It was later converted into a 50/50 partnership between Pusharam and Mohan.

They employed Mohans brothers, Lalchand Pusharam Galot, Ganeshlal Pusharam Galot and Sohanlal Pusharam Galot.

When Pusharam died on November 12, 1973, he left a will dated October 27, 1973, in which he bequeathed his four sons a quarter of his 50 per cent interest in the partnership.

As a result, Mohan’s share of the partnership increased to 62 per cent while each of his brothers got 12.5 per cent of the business.

The issues for determination according to the bench were who the shareholders of MOL are, and who are the directors of MOL.

They relied on the company’s articles of association, specifically article 10 which indicated that once Lalchand died, Mohan was to automatically and without any meeting of shareholders or directors assume the position of governing director of MOL.

He was to hold office until his death or vacate office under Article 13.

As the new governing director, the Judges said Mohan could exercise all the power and authority of the position.

“One of the powers he could exercise was the removal at any time of a director of MOL, howsoever appointed, other than a permanent director,”

Judges said it is not in dispute that Pravin was appointed managing director but at the same time indicated no evidence was placed before the court to demonstrate that Pravin or Rajesh Galot were ever permanent directors in MOL.

“The claim by the defendants that they were permanent directors is therefore without any basis,” the judges ruled.

During the hearing, Pravin and Rajesh admitted that their father Ganeshlal, Mohan, Sohanlal and Lalchand are brothers and the sons of Pusharam.

According to Pravin, he was appointed Managing Director of MOL in 1991.

His case was that there was no board resolution removing him from an office he had held for 31 years.

But the Judges in their ruling found that the removal of Pravin, Rajesh and Ganeshlal as directors of MOL by Mohan in 2007, was an exercise of the power conferred upon him as governing director by Article 10.

“In the circumstances, the conclusion we come to on this issue is that Pravin and Rajesh ceased to be directors of MOL on 14 March 2007 while Ganeshlal ceased to be a director on June 7, 2007,” they said

“It follows therefore that Mohan is the only remaining director of MOL,” they added.

The three-judge bench also cited a registrar record which contains notification of change of directors and secretaries dated March 17, 2007 showing that Pravin and Rajesh ceased to be managing director and executive director respectively, with effect from March 14, 2007.

They subsequently found and held that the shareholders of Manchester Outfitters Limited are Lalchand Pusharam Galot with 1 management share and 349 ordinary shares.

Mohanlal Pusharam Galot with 1 management share and 349 ordinary shares. Galot Limited with 700 ordinary shares and the director is Mohan.

Following the court’s ruling, Mohan in a notice to its employees welcomed the decision saying “I have been reaffirmed as not only the sole director but also its chairman and Governing Director of MOL.”

He assured the staff members that their employment remains secure amidst the changes which will be made.

“We appeal for your patience and cooperation during this period of transition,” read the notice.

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itel, a leading reliable smart life brand, has announced a significant enhancement to its after-sales policy: an extension of warranty coverage for its feature phones across SSA markets from the standard 12 months to an impressive 24 months.

This upgrade not only sets itel apart from its industry competitors, but also serves as a powerful testament to its unyielding dedication to providing trusted services and support to its customers across the region.

Starting its business journey in 2008, itel has deep roots in SSA markets for over 15 years. Throughout its journey, it has always aimed to stand behind the quality of its products and build enduring relationships with its consumers.

The feature phone range offered by itel embodies not only affordability but also practicality, tailored to the diverse needs of users in tier 3 and tier 4 markets across SSA.

Furthermore, itel maintains a stringent focus on product quality, ensuring its devices are resistant to drops and water. This dedication has earned itel the prestigious titles of the global No.1 feature phone brand and No.1 feature phone brand in SSA markets for an unprecedented five consecutive years.

This upgrade not only signifies itel’s position as a global smart life brand, but also underscores its steadfast commitment to prioritizing consumers satisfaction and valuing long-term loyalty among its users. By consistently providing reliable and affordable products and services in emerging markets, itel continues to redefine industry benchmarks, setting new standards of excellence.

As always, itel remains dedicated to transparency and tries to ensure that consumers are fully informed. While after-sales service policies vary by country and product, consumers are encouraged to refer to local policies for detailed information. For further inquiries or to learn more about itel’s innovative product portfolio, please visit www.itel-life.com

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Xiaomi has today announced the launch of Redmi A3, hailed as the best gift you can gift someone this April Holiday season and the latest addition to the entry-level Redmi smartphone family.

Boasting a stylish design, a large, high refresh rate display, AI dual camera, and more, Redmi A3 elevates the entry level smartphone user experience to unprecedented levels of functionality and elegance.

Making style its central priority, Redmi A3 addresses the preferences of users seeking an affordable yet elegant glass design, as well as those who prefer a more subdued finish. Under bright light, the back panel of the Midnight Black is designed to resemble stars in the night sky, while the Star Blue variant reflects a rainbow-like sheen that exudes sophistication and class.

Redmi A3 is also available in Forest Green1, featuring a smudge-resistant, matte, leather-textured back design that exudes rationality and refinement.

All Redmi A3 models feature a large, circular, finely detailed camera deco that presents a different sheen depending on the angle of refraction and lighting environment. Moreover, with an 8.3mm2 ultra-slim body for an excellent in-hand feel, Redmi A3 feels reassuringly robust, sleek, and crafted for optimal comfort.

Redmi A3 brings high-definition video and social media content with a large 6.71-inch HD+ display that offers a refresh rate of up to 90Hz3 to deliver a silky smooth, immersive experience that defies its price-point.

Screen durability is ensured with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 display protection, while enhanced eye-care protection is provided by DC dimming that reduces exposure to blue light and overall flicker.

Users on a budget can still enjoy the upgraded AI dual camera system with 8MP main camera supported by an auxiliary lens that enables stunning portrait shots. Users can also take advantage of film Camera, which allows them to preview scenes using several filter effects in real-time before taking the shot, a feature previously exclusive to Redmi Note devices.

A 5MP front camera is bolstered by a beautifier that smooths skin tone, and a soft-light ring that brightens selfie shots in low light conditions.

Every effort has been made to ensure reliable user experience, with Redmi A3 supporting advanced security features that include both Face Unlock4, and Fingerprint Unlock via a fast and responsive side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Featuring a convenient 3.5mm headphone jack, Redmi A3 is also equipped with a USB Type-C 10W charging port5. Sporting a large 5000mAh (typ) battery, Redmi A3 will keep pace with users throughout the day and beyond, delivering up to 29 hours of call time6, and up to 17 hours of video playback6.

Redmi A3 has also been rigorously tested to deliver outstanding physical durability, completing roller testing (300 times)6 and USB durability testing (10,000 times)6.

Delivering ample performance and power efficiency, Redmi A3 is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G36 processor, and is available in 3GB+64GB, and 4GB+128GB configurations.

Extended memory technology expands available RAM to up to 8GB7, ensuring slick app loading and switching, while additional data storage is available via a microSD slot, which supports microSD cards of up to 1TB8.

Redmi A3 is available in Midnight Black and Star Blue1, in 3GB+64GB, and 4GB+128GB memory and storage configurations, and will be available starting from KES 11,599.

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The Ministry of Interior and National Administration’s Ad Hoc Appeals Committee has directed the Private Security Regulatory Authority (PSRA) to reinstate the licenses of nine private security firms.

PSRA had earlier revoked their licenses citing non-compliance with the minimum wage requirements and other breaches.

The Protective and Safety Association of Kenya (PROSAK) has said this decision is a major win for private security companies.

“PSRA has been disregarding the law and demonstrating impunity through illegal pronouncements. The law remains supreme. This order is a key win for private security guards and the companies whose licenses had been revoked, ” said PROSAK.

“Thousands of private security guards whose jobs were on the line have been saved by this order,” the Association added.

PROSAK had estimated that the private security sector could lose between 500,000 to 700,000 jobs due to recent pronouncements, new laws, and directives by the Fazul-led PSRA. These decisions were made without considering stakeholder participation despite having far-reaching implications that could potentially lead to up to half of the private security workforce losing their jobs.

“The appeals by the nine (9) companies be and hereby allowed.” the Appeals Committee wrote in an order dated March 8,2024.

The nine firms are Hipora Security Solutions Limited, Senaca East Africa Limited, Superb Marketing Solutions Limited, Salama Fikira International (Kenya) Limited, Bedrock Security Alarms Systems and Product Limited, Bedrock Security Services Limited, Victory Protective Services Africa Limited, Victory Consultants Limited, and Marco Security Limited.

Furthermore, the Appeals Committee nullified Legal Notice NO. PSRA/001/2024 that was previously issued by the regulator.

The Appeals Committee stated that PSRA’s decision concerning the minimum wage increase for guards is null and void.

“The Legal Notice NO. PSRA/001/2024/ dated February 5, 2024, is hereby lifted and the cancelled certificate of registration are reinstated,” reads the ruling by the Appeals Committee.

Any adjustments in wages must be gazetted by Labour CS Florence Bore, as stipulated under the Employment Act No 11 of 2007. CS Bore had already disowned the PSRA’s illegal directive that requires private security firms to pay their guards a minimum salary of Sh30,000.

The committee has directed all parties to withdraw any court cases related to the matter which we will adhere to.

PROSAK has maintained that PSRA’s cancellation of licenses was done without following the proper procedures outlined in the PSRA Act Articles 32 and 43, which require notice and appeal before taking such a drastic measure.

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Itel has officially launched the P55+, a smartphone that had recently made waves in the tech community after being spotted in the Google Play Console’s database.

This eagerly anticipated device brings a slew of impressive features, including a high-refresh-rate 90Hz display, a robust Unisoc T606 chipset, substantial internal storage options of up to 256 GB, and a lightning-fast 45W charging capability. 

itel P55+ boasts a sleek 3D leather texture design and an impressive array of features

Catering to the Kenyan market, the P55+ promises a seamless user experience with its Android 13 OS and Itel’s custom UI.

In this article, we delve into the specifications, unique features, and the expected price tag of the Itel P55+, offering a comprehensive overview for tech enthusiasts and potential buyers alike.

Battery and Charging:

At the heart of the P55+ is its remarkable 45W PowerCharge capability combined with a robust 5000mAh long-lasting battery.

This groundbreaking feature ensures that users can charge their devices with unprecedented speed and reliability. The three distinct charge modes further underscore itel’s commitment to enhancing user experience.

45W HyperCharge mode can ensure in just 30 minutes, users can charge up to 65% of their device, and 33W Smart Charge mode goes beyond mere charging. It actively reduces battery aging, thereby extending the overall lifespan and performance of the battery.

18W Low Temperature Charge mode can proactively controlling the temperature, the P55+ ensures that the device remains below 35°C during charging, preventing overheating and associated issues.

itel P55+ places user safety at the forefront, incorporating comprehensive protection mechanisms for the charging port, motherboard, charging IC, and battery. This commitment guarantees a secure charging experience even in cases of overcharging, extreme temperatures, and voltage fluctuations.

Display and Design:

The Itel P55+ boasts a 6.6-inch IPS LCD punch-hole display, presenting visuals in HD+ (720 x 1612 pixels) resolution. What sets it apart is the inclusion of a 90Hz refresh rate, ensuring smoother animations and a more responsive touch experience.

The punch-hole design contributes to a higher screen-to-body ratio, enhancing the overall viewing experience. Users can expect vibrant colors and sharp details, making the device suitable for multimedia consumption and gaming.

The Dynamic Bar, complementing the display, offers smart notifications and free interactions without leaving applications.


Powering the P55+ is the Unisoc T606 chipset, a formidable player in the mid-range segment. Complemented by 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM, and the option for up to 8 GB of virtual RAM, the device promises smooth multitasking and efficient performance. 

With internal storage variants of 128 GB and 256 GB, users have ample space for apps, media, and files. This 4G-ready phone ensures a reliable and fast internet connection, catering to the connectivity needs of modern users.


Capturing life’s moments is effortless with the advanced camera system featuring a 50MP primary camera and an 8MP front camera. The P55+ ensures that every detail is vividly preserved, providing users with high-definition shots and memorable selfies.

Software and User Interface:

Running on Android™ 13 (Go Edition) and powered by the T606 processor, itel P55+ offers a seamless, safe, and elegant user experience. Android™ 13 prioritizes privacy and security, and the octa-core processor delivers excellent performance, enabling efficient multitasking and smooth operation.
Connectivity and Additional Features:
The P55+ covers a comprehensive range of connectivity options, including dual SIM support, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a microSD card slot, a USB-C port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. 

Additionally, the inclusion of face unlock adds a layer of convenience to the device’s security features. The device aims to cater to the diverse needs of users, ensuring seamless connectivity and accessibility.
Colour Options:
Available in Galaxy Blue, Royal Green, and Meteor Purple, the P55+ combines functionality with aesthetics. The choice of colors adds a touch of personalization, allowing users to express their style through their smartphone

Expected Price and Availability:

The Itel P55+ is anticipated to hit the market with an approximate price tag of Ksh XXXX offering a compelling package of features at an affordable price point. 

The device is set to be released exclusively in the African market, catering to the growing demand for budget-friendly smartphones with premium features.


In conclusion, the Itel P55+ emerges as a noteworthy contender in the smartphone market, especially within the mid-range segment. 

With a focus on delivering an immersive display experience, powerful performance, and rapid charging capabilities, Itel aims to provide users with a device that aligns with their modern lifestyle. 

The combination of the 90Hz display and the Unisoc T606 chip ensures a smooth and responsive user interface, while the 45W fast charging addresses the perennial challenge of battery anxiety.

The camera capabilities, coupled with AI enhancements, contribute to the device’s appeal for photography enthusiasts. The inclusion of Android 13 with Itel’s custom UI adds a layer of customization and features, enhancing the overall user experience.

The Itel P55+ not only offers technical prowess but also pays attention to design and aesthetics. The availability of multiple color options allows users to choose a device that reflects their personal style. 

With a competitive expected price point, Itel is poised to capture the attention of budget-conscious consumers seeking a feature-rich smartphone.

As the smartphone market continues to evolve, devices like the Itel P55+ serve as a testament to the democratization of advanced features. Itel’s strategic focus on the African market underscores the brand’s commitment to meeting the diverse needs of users in the region. 

In essence, the Itel P55+ stands as a compelling option for those in search of a well-rounded smartphone that doesn’t break the bank.

The itel P55+ is set to redefine user expectations for fast charging, offering a perfect blend of speed, safety, and style. For more information, visit http://www.itel-life.com/

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Nearly seventy years after independence, racist white people still think Kenyans are their slaves. Today, we were shocked and deeply disappointed by the unprofessional behavior displayed by one of staff members, presumably the owner at Matteo’s in Karen.

The incident which sparks of inbult racism occurred when one of the patrons accidentally broke a nail. Instead of addressing the situation with tact and understanding, the owner a faded Italian Francesco Checchini approached the patron in a confrontational and disrespectful manner, using offensive and deeply racist language and derogatory terms.

“Do you think this is a toilet? get out of my fucking restaurant, go break your nail outside my premises, Jinga sana” he fumed. This behavior was not only uncalled for but also completely unacceptable and racist.

To the patrons dismay, the situation escalated further when the owner Francesco Checchini proceeded to insult and demean the patrons, referring to them as “fucking animals.” Such derogatory language and hostile behavior towards paying customers is entirely reprehensible and has no place in any establishment.

“As Kenyan patrons who have frequented Matteo’s establishment in the past, we were deeply disappointed by this experience. We believe that customer service and hospitality should be paramount in the hospitality industry, and the behavior exhibited by your staff member fell far short of these standards,” says a disgruntled customer Odongo who witnessed the sad situation.

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David Langat net worth

Renowned Kenyan businessman David Langat, celebrated for his success in diverse industries, has recently faced intense public scrutiny amid allegations of financial mismanagement.

Despite being recognized as one of Kenya’s wealthiest individuals, Langat’s reputation has been marred by controversies surrounding unfulfilled debts and legal battles.

However, David Langat has carved a formidable niche for himself in the business world, earning accolades for his entrepreneurial acumen and strategic investments.

As of 2024, Langat’s net worth reflects a diverse portfolio that includes significant holdings in various industries. Let’s delve into seven of his most valued assets that contribute to his status as one of Kenya’s wealthiest individuals.

DL Koisagat Tea Estate

Located in the picturesque Nandi Hills within the Great Rift Valley, DL Koisagat Tea Estate stands as one of Langat’s flagship investments.

Encompassing approximately 1,342 acres, this estate features an exclusive tea zone dedicated to commercial tea cultivation for export purposes. With 2.47 million tea bushes covering 958.75 acres, along with 100,942 eucalyptus trees and 2,223 cypress trees, Langat has positioned himself as a key player in the tea industry.

Nyali Center

Positioned as the largest mall in Mombasa, Nyali Center is a comprehensive shopping, business, and entertainment complex spanning an impressive 330,000 square feet.

Boasting office spaces, shops, supermarkets, restaurants, and showrooms, Langat’s investment in Nyali Center reflects his commitment to contributing to Kenya’s economic landscape.

Sunrise Resort Hotel & Spa Nyali

Langat’s foray into the hospitality industry is evident through the ownership of Sunrise Resort Hotel & Spa Nyali. Situated in Nyali, this three-star hotel is strategically located, just a twenty-minute drive from Moi International Airport. The hotel serves as a testament to Langat’s vision for contributing to the tourism sector.

Pearl Hotel Eldoret

Adding to his hospitality portfolio, Langat owns the four-star Pearl Hotel located on the outskirts of Eldoret town. This investment further solidifies his presence in the hotel industry, offering upscale accommodation options to travelers and contributing to the local economy.

DL Furniture

DL Furniture, Langat’s retail venture specializing in household furniture and accessories, operates showrooms in both Mombasa and Nairobi.

The business caters to the growing demand for quality home furnishings, showcasing Langat’s keen understanding of consumer needs.

Firefox Kenya

Langat’s involvement in the fire safety industry is evident through Firefox Kenya. This company specializes in providing fire detection systems, portable fire extinguishers, automatic sprinkler systems, fire hydrants, and other firefighting accessories. The venture underscores Langat’s commitment to safety and security solutions.

Mufindi Tea & Coffee Limited

In 2018, Langat expanded his reach beyond Kenyan borders by acquiring Mufindi Tea & Coffee Limited, one of Tanzania’s leading producers of tea and coffee.

This strategic move not only demonstrates Langat’s regional influence but also highlights his interest in diversifying his investments across East Africa.

AEZ Pearl River

Langat rose to fame in 2017 when he, in partnership with the Guangdong New South Group, a Chinese company, initiated the KSh 200 billion Africa Economic Zones (AEZ) Pearl River Industrial Park in Uasin Gishu county.

The businessman said he was motivated to start the project expected to change people’s fortunes in Uasin Gishu when he noticed the industrious efforts of young people in Eldoret streets in 2013.

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Redmi Note 13 Series

Xiaomi has introduced Redmi Note 13 Series at a launch event in Nairobi, Kenya.

This exciting new series features three devices that further elevate the popular Redmi Note range: Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G, Redmi Note 13 Pro and Redmi Note 13.

With significant upgrades to camera system, design, display and processor, Redmi Note 13 Series continues to close the gap between mid-range and flagship-level smartphones, delivering all-star durability, fantastic experience, and impressive imaging capability – all at reasonable prices.

Make every shot iconic with Redmi Note 13 Series’ upgraded camera system

Engineered to meet diverse photography needs, Redmi Note 13 Series boasts a versatile, upgraded camera system.

The pro model, Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G and Redmi Note 13 Pro, all feature an ultra-high resolution 200MP camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) to capture photographs with unprecedented levels of detail and bring a flagship-level photography experience to users.

Moreover, 2x/4x lossless zoom offers detailed close-ups from a distance and brings the possibility of focusing on individuals in crowds or zooming in on the action.

These advanced camera systems are supported by a large 1/1.4″ sensor and improved image processing, ensuring astounding image quality even in complex and low light conditions.

The combination of this sensor, a super-large f/1.65 aperture, and Tetra2 pixel (advanced pixel-binning technology) delivers clear and bright pictures even in poor lighting conditions, while the 7P lens with Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) reduces flare and ghosting.

Meanwhile, the base model, Redmi Note 13, is equipped with a 108MP main camera with 3x lossless zoom to deliver incredible images with finer details. Both smartphones also come with a wide selection of film Camera filters for users to customize their photos.

With a triple camera setup comprising a 200MP or 108MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro camera, and a 16MP selfie camera, all these devices are supported by Xiaomi Imaging Engine.

Overall, each device provides next-generation computational photography and powerful image processing, making the Redmi Note 13 Series a great option for capturing iconic images at any opportunity.

Superb clarity, AMOLED display and up to 120Hz refresh rate 

Redmi Note 13 Series features trendy, sleek design with ultra-slim bezels for premium look and feel, and a high-quality display for an enhanced user experience and immersive viewing.

Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G offer a crystal-clear viewing with a 1.5K AMOLED display and 1800 nits peak brightness. Meanwhile, Redmi Note 13 Pro and Redmi Note 13 feature a super-clear FHD+ AMOLED display.

Silky smooth scrolling without lag is ensured on each Redmi Note 13 Series device, thanks to 120Hz AdaptiveSync refresh rate, making all viewing experiences smoother, clearer, and more enjoyable.

For added reassurance during extended viewing, Redmi Note 13 Series devices have TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light, Flicker Free, and Circadian Friendly certifications, and include various eye protection features, such as Reading mode.

Other upgrades include the series’ first addition of a convenient in-screen fingerprint sensor1.

Exceptional durability to set your mind at ease

With upgrades in engineering and design, Redmi Note 13 Series offers durability and toughness for added reassurance in difficult conditions.

This begins from the display, which introduces Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus® to Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G —another series first—for added resistance to accidental drops and scratches. The display has also been further optimized across the series to ensure it is responsive and accurate to touch input, even in the rain.

With an upgraded structure combined with an IP68 dust and water resistance certification2, Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G secures its position as the star model of the series, while the other models have also all been elevated to offer IP54 dust and splash resistance3.

Power iconic moments with advanced processors for upgraded performance

The high-performing Redmi Note 13 Series features some of the most powerful processors available, together with long-lasting batteries, ensuring users can enjoy their devices all day long. All models come with an in-box charger4 for added convenience.

For stellar performance, a 4nm process has been introduced for the first time to Redmi Note smartphones. The series leader, Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G, is equipped with a MediaTek Dimensity 7200-Ultra chipset, a massive 5,000mAh battery5 to power through every busy day and offers industry-leading 120W HyperCharge, charging your Redmi Note to 100% in just 19 minutes6.

Redmi Note 13 Pro is equipped with a MediaTek Helio G99-Ultra chipset, and 5,000mAh battery. Offering a 67W turbo charging, taking 45 minutes to charge to 100%6.

The base model also come with performance to impress with a long-lasting 5,000mAh battery and powerful chipsets.

With upgrades and enhancements across the board, Redmi Note 13 Series takes the beloved Redmi Note line-up to greater heights to let smartphone users around the world revel in flagship features at affordable prices.

Price and availability

Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G comes in Midnight Black, Moonlight White, and Aurora Purple, with two storage variants, starting from KES 73,999/-

Redmi Note 13 Pro comes in Midnight Black, Lavender Purple, and Forest Green, with two storage variants, starting from KES 41,999/-

Redmi Note 13 comes in Midnight Black, Mint Green, Ice Blue, and Ocean Sunset,18 with three storage variants, starting from KES 27,499/-

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Mwale Medical and Technology City (MMTC)

It had been billed to be the nextSilicon Valley of Kenya, with a one-stop shopping centre, offering amultitude of products and services to its customers, all under oneroof.

Upon its completion, the much touted Mwale Medical and Technology City (MMTC) was supposed to have a 5000 bed capacity. Hamptons hospital, a 36-hole golf course, a shopping complex, 4800 new homes and 150 km of improved roads.

But investigations on the ground depicta different picture amid revelations that it is a project being toyedaround with the main purpose of conning donors by those behind it.

Former Kakamega governor Wycliffe Opayanya aptly sums it with a clear warning: “I know the place where the purported complex is located, and I know the purported proprietor well…..the whole thing is a scam aimed at conning donors. Nobody has ever seen all those facilities being peddled around.”

Julius Mwale, a self-proclaimed multibillionaire had a vision for his people of Butere….that of transforming his village into a medical tourism hub centring around the Sh 250 billion Mwale Hamptons Hospital complex.

Determined to actualise his dream,Mwale acquired 5,000 acres that were previously a sugarcane plantation for a local factory that had collapsed and then reached out to farmers inviting them to partner with him on the anticipated 25,000-acre community-owned metropolis.

“If everything had gone according to the plans that we had been given, Butere town would have been transformed into a mega town, attracting visitors from all over the world. We expected a lot not knowing that we were being duped,”says Jacob Toboso, a retired teacher at the nearby Musango market, a few kilometres from the purported MMTC.

According to Toboso, despite all the hype, both local and international, there is very little on the ground about the project.

“All those stories you hear about a 5000 bed capacity hospital, golf course and shopping complex are phantom projects. Those things don’t exist at all,” Toboso told this journalist who was on a mission to establish the authenticity of the project that has earned Mwale international recognition.

Interviews with residents living in Butere and neighbouring towns such as Mumias, Kakamega, Busia and Bungoma , and adjacent market places like Buchinga, Shianda, Musoli,Bukura, Malinya, Buyangu and Shiasa denied the existence of such facilities.

“The only facility at the complex is a small clinic that seems to be treating workers there. But there is no hospital there. Our people seek medication at St Mary’s Mumias, Kakamga, Kakamega County Referral Hospital or the Butere Sub County hospital. The so-called Mwale Medical Centre is a phantom facility that we only read in the press,” says a resident who only identified himself as Lambert from Imanga, fearing the repercussions that would follow him if his real identity becomes known.

Lambert says that apart from the magnificent buildings that adorn the complex to signal the existence of some serious business going on within, nothing else is going on.

“There is tight security at the gates to ensure that nobody accesses the complex to know whatever is going on inside in order to leak it to the outside world. If indeed there is a hospital, why have they blocked the residents from accessing it? Can they tell you just one person who has ever been treated from that facility?” Lambert questioned.

Indeed our efforts to access the complex tucked on an expansive land between Mumias and Butere bore no fruit as guards from a private security firm manning the gates remained adamant insisting that nobody is allowed without permission from the authorities, whose names and contacts they declined to give.

Tales abound from residents about the ruthlessness with which the “proprietors” deal with individuals who leak any information about the complex or individuals perceived to be opposed to the project.

“Many people have been attacked under mysterious circumstances for being opposed to the project. Some have even mysteriously disappeared after receiving death threats. This is a hot potato that nobody would dare touch,” one resident who declined to be named said.

To ensure that nothing negative about the project sees the limelight, major leading newspapers like the Daily Nation and the Standard have been gagged through court injunctions.

“The media has been gagged to ensure that nothing negative comes out. Any media house that attempts to undertake investigations on what is going on in the complex is either sweet-talked with some adverts, which are eventually not paid, or through a court injunction,” another resident said.

Interviews with prominent personalities from the area also revealed that there is no golf course being peddled around.

Oparanya, who hails from Butere and at one time was vocal against the project , before signing an agreement with the lead investor Mwale, says the whole thing is shrouded in controversy and mystery.

“On the ground there is nothing, but we read in the press about how there is an ultra-modern hospital with state of the art equipment. We have also been told of the existence of a 36-hole golf course that nobody has ever seen,” Oparanya said in an interview.

Oparanya now wants the government to undertake through investigations over the said facilities and tell Kenyans the truth about them.

“Logically do you believe the story of the existence of a 5000 bed hospital capacity? If Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) has only about 2,500 beds and is considered to be the biggest in East and Central Africa, then a 5000 bed capacity should be the biggest in the continent. But who are the patients that it treats?” Oparanya questioned.

Central Organisation of Trade Unions(COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli warned President William Ruto to be careful not to associate himself with MMTC.

“We have thwarted several attempts to have former President Uhuru Kenyatta and now President Ruto to visit the ghost project. It is a big scam and President Ruto should be careful not to fall a victim of this con game,” Atwoli said.

Atwoli said he has never heard of anybody from Butere or within Western region, who has ever used the purported airport, golf course or the hospital.

Mid last month, the United States-based Kenyan businessman Mwale was honored with a Social Infrastructure Award during this year’s Africa Prosperity Champions Awards in Accra, Ghana.

The award gala that was in recognition of Mwale’s contributions and investment in health, primarily with the establishment of MMTC, was hosted by Ghanian President Nana Akufo-Addo.

“Your decision, as an entrepreneur, to invest heavily in setting up such a major health facility in Kenya, is both bold and responsible. And, to make it accessible to ordinary Kenyans, particularly those covered by the National Hospital Insurance Fund, is most commendable,” said Gabby Asere Darko, the Chairman of Africa Prosperity Network.

Also honoured at the event included Patricia Scotland, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth who was honoured for her efforts in expanding trade in Africa through the Commonwealth.

Other winners were President Alassane Quattara of Ivory Coast, CEO of Afrexim bank, Creative Entrepreneur Mr. Eazi from Nigeria and Egypt’s deputy Speaker and chairman of Cleopatra group Mohammed El Enein who won the Africa Industrialist award.

Now the locals are questioning the international awards being given out to a phantom project that has never benefited them.
“Some of these people purporting to recognise this man should not just believe the pictures they are being shown but should come to the ground to see the reality. There is no such medical hospital being toyed around to convince the world,” says Mark Shikuku, a retired civil servant from Muluwa market, told journalists.

The project that was to be implemented in three phases from 2014 with phase one being the construction of Mwale Medical and Technology City, involving construction of Hamptons Mall and a residential complex was to have been completed by 2020.

The second phase of the project, which was done between June 2016 and September 2017, was to cover the first section of the 5,000-bed Mwale Hamptons Hospital, more than 70km of roads, and over 300 street lights. It was also to cover phase one of 4,800 homes expected to host doctors and nurses.

The third phase of the project, which was to commence in September 2017, was to include an airport, a 36-hole golf resort and residences, a second mall, a convention centre, and a water park connected to the hospital by a cable car.

“There is no airport. Tell me which plane has ever landed there. All these are stories meant to hoodwink donors in order to easily con them,” Oparanya said.

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