Thursday, July 28, 2016

List of Taxi Apps

Uber and its many copycats have taken the world by storm and, Kenya is no exception. The number of taxi-hailing apps seems to be growing by the day. At the time of going to print there were five taxi apps in Kenya with more in the works.

The apps are mainly available on Android since Android is the dominant mobile operating system in Kenya with over 90% of smartphones in Kenya running on Android. The links below take you to The Google Play Store.

  1. Uber Taxi - operated by Uber, the global pioneer in this industry. They also offer the first ride free
  2. Easy Taxi - Another leading taxi solution found in over 420 cities worldwide. However, they exited the Kenyan market in May 2016.
  3. Taxify - an Estonian initiative that partnered with the Kenya Taxi Cab Association in response to Uber entering the market. 
  4. Little Cab - owned by Kenya's largest mobile phone operator, Safaricom and developed by Craft Silicon, a successful Kenyan tech firm. They also offer the first ride free. Simply use the code L1616465 to sign up.
  5. Mondo Ride - a Dubai-based firm that is also offering motorcycle rides in Kenya
  6. Pewin Cabs - operated by one of Kenya's largest taxi firms, Pewin
  7. Maramoja - operated by Maramoja Transport Limited. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

How to Make Pizza at Home

Since the mid 1990s, Pizza has been a popular fast food in Nairobi and other major cities around the country. But, have you ever wondered how make Pizza at home? Well, it turns out it isn't that difficult and the ingredients are readily available in Kenyan supermarkets.

Pizza Ingredients

There are no rules on many of the ingredients and it all depends on the type of topping you want on your Pizza. The only thing you need to note is that meat toppings will have to have been pre-cooked. So for example, if you want beef cubes or strips as topping, you have to cook them separately first. You will also need an oven to prepare your Pizza.

The main Pizza ingredients are:
  1. Half a kilo of wheat flour
  2. Half of teaspoon of baking powder (yeast)
  3. 1 Teaspoon of salt
  4. 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  5. One and a half cups of luke warm water
  6. Cooking oil
  7. 2 Peeled and chopped tomatoes or tomato paste
  8. I peeled clove of garlic
  9. Quarter kilo (250 grams) of grated cheese - you can buy cheese in any supermarket (Check the frozen foods section) preferably Mozzarela (150g) and Cheddar Cheese (100g), the are well labelled at the Supermarket. Grate the cheese and have it ready in a bowl. 
  10. Toppings of your choice e.g. bacon, meat cubes/stipes, mince meat, pineapple, omena stated before, there are no rules but of course don't put njahi or some other weird thing like carrots. 

Pizza Preparation Process

  1. Start by making the dough.
  2. Pour the flour into a big bowl.
  3. Mix the sugar and baking powder (yeast) into the luke warm water and stir using a fork.
  4. Pour the liquid into the bowl of flour and stir with a fork until it becomes sticky. 
  5. Use your hands to mix and knead the dough the same way you would when making chapati. 
  6. Apply flour to a kitchen top surface to prevent the dough from sticking to the surface and knead it thoroughly for ten minutes.
  7. Spread some oil all around the bowl, place the kneaded dough back into the bowl and cover the bowl completely. If you have cling film, even better. Leave it for one hour.
  8. In the meantime, start working on the Pizza sauce.
  9. Pour the peeled tomatoes into a small sufuria. 
  10. Crush the garlic and pour it into the sufuria as well.
  11. Turn the cooker on and let the mixture simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes. Stir the mixture well to make a nice thick sauce. Take the sufuria off the cooker and allow to cool.
  12.  Take the dough out of the bowl and tear it into two equal pieces and then tear each piece into two additional equal pieces so that you end up with four separate pieces of dough.
  13. Pour some more flour on the preparation surface. 
  14. Take one of the dough pieces and roll it using the a rolling pin the same way you would roll a chapati. Roll it quite thin because it will rise as a result of the baking powder.
  15. Preheat your oven to 230 Degrees Celsius.
  16. Place the rolled dough on an oven pan and spread 1 tablespoon of sauce on it. Spread the sauce evenly on the dough. You can apply as much sauce as you like. There are no rules on this. 
  17. Sprinkle the cheese generously on the dough.
  18. Next, apply your toppings in any pattern or manner that pleases you.
  19. Sprinkle a dash of oil you pop it into the oven ten minutes.
  20. Repeat steps 14 to 19 with the remaining three pieces of dough. 
  21. Remove, serve and enjoy.
The video below should help you understand the process better. 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

How to Get your NHIF Membership Number

Finding out your NHIF Membership number is pretty straightforward.

  1. On your mobile phone compose a new message.
  2. Enter the initials ID followed by a space and then type your National ID or Passport number depending on the document you used to register e.g. ID 1234567
  3. Send to 21101
  4. You will get a text message in a few seconds with the details of:
    • Your membership number
    • Full name
    • Year of birth
    • Date of last contribution


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List of Paybill Numbers for Universities

The following are the Paybill numbers for all universities in Kenya at the time of publishing this article.

Name Paybill
Africa Nazarene University 701100
Daystar University Via Citi 209800
Great Lakes University of Kisumu 978850
Inoorero University Trust 810500
International Leadership University 519400
Kabarak University 983100
KCA University via Standard Chartered 329106
Kenya Highlands Evangelical University 983750
Kenyatta University 960500
Kenyatta University via Standard Chartered 329107
Marist University College via NIC 488513
Mombasa Islamic University 521300
Multimedia University 300241
Oxford University Press EA Ltd 918700
Pwani University 986450
Riara universityB 805703
Riara UniversityC 805702
United States International University 516900
University of Nairobi-Examination 913901
University of Nairobi-JAB 913900

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How to Pay NHIF Using Mpesa Paybill

Paying for NHIF using Paybill is applicable for voluntary contributors and the self-employed only.

  1. On your Safaricom phone, go to the Mpesa App and select the Lipa na M-pesa option
  2. Choose Pay Bill.
  3. Enter NHIF's Business number which is 200222.
  4. Enter the account number which is your National Identity Number.
  5. Enter the amount  you want to contribute.
  6. Enter your M-Pesa pin.
  7. Confirm all details are correct then press OK

You will receive a confirmation SMS from Mpesa in a few seconds confirming the name of the receiver and giving you 20 seconds to cancel if you made a mistake. If everything is correct, you will receive a payment confirmation SMS from both Safaricom and NHIF in a few seconds.


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Monday, July 18, 2016

How to Perform Vehicle Logbook Search Online

Before purchasing a vehicle in Kenya, a motor vehicle logbook search is recommended due diligence to avoid being scammed. This online search runs the vehicle registration particulars through the database of the Registrar of Motor Vehicles and confirms that what appears on the logbook is a true reflection of the official record.

The NTSA logbook search returns the following information:

  • Vehicle registration number
  • Ownership information
  • Logbook number
  • Year of manufacture
  • Body type
  • Chassis Number
  • Engine Number
  • Make
  • Color

A few years ago, the only way to perform a logbook search was to go to a KRA office, stand in a queue, pay the search fee and wait for the search results. However, it is now possible to perform a logbook search on eCitizen.


  1. Log into eCitizen.
  2. Select the NTSA option.
  3. Click Make Application and in the MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION drop down menu, select  MOTOR VEHICLE SEARCH ( COPY OF RECORDS).
  4. Enter the vehicle registration number and click continue.
  5. On the next screen, click submit and pay Kshs 550 using the Paybill number provided to get a copy of the log book records.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Understanding Court Fees in Civil Cases

For many years, the Kenyan legal system has faced intense criticism for its opaque processes. One of these areas has been the court fees payable for civil cases filed in the High Court. The assessment and computation of court fees is one such area where legal customers aren't always in the know. Knowing how much you are likely to incur in court fees before you even visit a lawyer puts you in an informed position and allows you to plan your finances accordingly.

The rules relating to the assessment of court fees are contained in the Judicature Act Cap 8 Laws of Kenya and the schedules to the various statutes. The assessment of court fees payable is based on the Guide to Assessment of Court fees Revised Edition, 1995.

Court fees are also referred to as ‘Appropriation-in-Aid’ and are a major source of government revenue.

There are various categories of court fees, including:

  • Court Adjournment Fees (CAF)
  • Further Court Fees (FCF)
  • Court Collection Fees (CCF)- Incase of deposits and execution of warrants by auctioneers
  • Admiralty Marshal fees
  • Fees on miscellaneous matters
  • Fees on special cases
  • Fees on part-heard matters
  • Mention fees
  • Certification fees
  • Reference to archives fees

Exemption from Paying Court Fees

  • Court fees is not charged in criminal matters. However, fees is payable in privately prosecuted criminal cases.
  • Other exemptions from payment of court fees are those provided under Article 22(3) c of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and the provisions of Order 33 of the Civil Procedure Rules in the case of paupers.

Court Fees Payable in Civil Matters

In civil matters, there are two categories of court fees, that is:

  1. Fees on liquidated claims – this is where the plaintiff is suing for a specific amount of money. The fees payable for monetary claims ranging from Ksh 1 – Ksh 6000 are specifically tabulated in the court fees guide. However, any court fees above Ksh 5000 is assessed by deducting 5,000 from the amount claimed and then taking 5% from the balance and adding the result to Ksh 730 which is the fees payable on the Ksh 5, 000 initially deducted from the amount claimed. For example, if you are suing to recover a specified amount of Ksh 1, 000, 000, the court fees payable would be computed as follows:                                                                   Court fees = (1, 000, 000 – 5 ,000)*5% + 730                                                                             Court fees = Ksh 50, 480
  2. Fees on non-liquidated claims – this is where the plaintiff is suing for an unspecified amount/general damages and/or is seeking some other relief. The fee for such claims is Ksh 1,500 in the first instance, per relief sought. The actual fees payable is paid as further court fees (FCF) once the amount of damages has been assessed and awarded by the court or by consent of the parties.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is an offence to deliberately under assess court fees.
  • In the case of non-liquidated claims, the registry cannot issue a decree or order before the payment of further Court fees (FCF).
  • A court fees certificate shall be completed and signed by the DR before a decree or order is
  • signed and issued.
  • Court fees is non- refundable except in cases where court fees has been wrongly assessed.
  • It is possible to contest the court fees assessment by way of a written protest filed within 7 days after assessment stating the reason(s) for contention. In such a case, the fees shall be reassessed by the registry.

The Judiciary

Monday, July 11, 2016

How to Invest in Unit Trust Funds

What is a Unit Trust?

Unit Trusts are also known as collective investment schemes. They have grown in popularity in Kenya over the last two decades. There were virtually no unit trusts in 2001 but by 2016, there were 19 unit trust schemes registered by the Capital Markets Authority (CMA).

How do Unit Trusts Work

These investments are the small investor's answer to diversification without the need to have a large amounts of money to invest. In a unit trust fund, money from many investors is pooled together and invested in a portfolio of money market instruments, bonds, shares and other authorized securities depending on the fund's objectives. Investors are known as unit holders and the fund earns income by way of interest, dividends and capital gain when the underlying securities increase in value.

An investor invests in a unit trust fund by buying units at the prevailing price. The price is computed on a daily basis. Investors can sell the units back to the fund at the current buying price.

Management fees are charged to manage the fund, usually ranging from 1 - 3% of the fund balance annually. Some unit trusts also charge an initial joining fee of between 0.5 and 5% of the invested amount.

Registered Unit Trusts in Kenya

Unit Trusts in Kenya are legally referred to as Collective Investment Schemes. As at the time of writing, there were 19 collective investment schemes operating in Kenya. The types of funds and minimum investment amounts are listed below:

Name Type Minimum Investment
African Alliance Kenya Unit Trust Scheme Shilling Fund Kes 100,000
Fixed Income Fund Kes 100,000
Managed Fund Kes 100,000
Equity Fund Kes 100,000
Amana Unit Trust Funds Scheme Shilling Fund Kes 10,000
Balanced Fund Kes 10,000
Growth Fund  Kes 10,000
British-American Unit Trust Scheme Money Market Fund Kes 250,000
Income Fund Kes 250,000
Balanced Fund Kes 250,000
Managed Retirement Fund Kes 250,000
Equity Fund Kes 250,000
CIC Unit Trust Scheme Money Market Fund Kes 5,000
Balanced Fund Kes 5,000
Fixed Income Fund Kes 5,000
Equity Fund Kes 5,000
Commercial Bank of Africa Unit Trust Scheme Money Market Fund Kes 5,000
Equity Fund Kes 5,000
Diaspora Unit Trust Scheme Money Market Fund Data unavailable
Bond Fund
Equity Fund 
Dyer and Blair Unit Trust Scheme Diversified Fund Data unavailable
Bond Fund
Money Market Fund
Equity Fund 
Equity Investment Bank Unit Trust Scheme Money Market Fund Kes 1,000
Balanced Fund Kes 1,000
FCB Capital Unit Trust Scheme First Ethical Opportunities Fund Kes 2,000
Genghis Unit Trust Funds Balanced Fund Kes 500
Money Market Fund Kes 500
Equity Fund  Kes 500
ICEA Unit Trust Scheme Money Market Fund Kes 10,000
Equity Fund Kes 10,000
Growth Fund Kes 10,000
Bond Fund  Kes 10,000
Madison Asset Unit Trust Funds Equity Fund Kes 50,000
Balanced Fund Kes 50,000
Money Market Fund Kes 50, 000
Nabo Unit Trust Fund (Centum) Money Market Fund USD 50,000
Balanced Fund USD 50,000
Fixed Income Fund USD 50,000
Equity Fund  USD 50,000
Old Mutual Unit Trust Scheme Equity Fund Kes 50,000
Money Market Fund Kes 1,000
Balanced Fund Kes 50,000
East Africa Fund Kes 50,000
Bond Fund Kes 50,000
Pan Africa Unit Trust Scheme Money Market Fund (Pesa Plus Fund) Kes 2,500
Balanced Fund (Chama Plus Fund)  Kes 2,500
Stanlib Unit Trust Scheme (formerly Stanbic) Money Market Fund Kes 10,000
Bond Fund Kes 10,000
Equity Fund Kes 10,000
Balanced Fund  Kes 10,000
Standard Investment Unit Trust Scheme Equity Growth Fund Kes 5,000
Fixed Income Fund Kes 20,000
Balanced Fund  Kes 20,000
UAP Investments Unit Trust Scheme Money Market Fund Kes 250,000
Equity Fund Kes 250,000
Fixed Income Fund Kes 250,000
Zimele Unit Trust Scheme Balanced Fund Kes 5,000
Money Market Fund  Kes 5,000

Unit Trust Tips and Warnings

Before deciding to invest in a unit trust, you must pay close attention to the following:

  • The investment objective and strategy
  • Investment limits
  • Current portfolio
  • Recent performance
  • Past performance i.e. over 12 months
  • Specific features and constraints conflicting with your needs or preferences e.g. minimum investment amount or initial charge 
  • Shareholders, board of directors and key management staff
  • Financial strength, track record and expertise 
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How to File a Civil Case in the High Court

Ever since the first Chief Justice under the new Kenyan constitution took the over the reigns of power in the Judiciary, the Kenyan court system has undergone radical administrative changes to make it more responsive to the citizenry and provide better service. This has seen a great improvement and streamlining of court processes.

The process of filing a civil case begins at a lawyer's office. See our article on lawyers in Kenya to find a lawyer.

You will explain your case to your lawyer and agree on a course of action. The lawyer will ask you for various particulars which s/he will need in order to file the case.

The High Court Registry Manual, first published in 2013, provides useful insights for anyone interested in filing a civil case.

Civil cases include the following:-
  • Contracts and tenancies
  • All manner of torts, for example; defamation, nuisance, negligence, trespass, running down/accident cases and so forth.
  • Miscellaneous civil applications which include;
    • Taxation.
    • Registration of foreign judgments and arbitration awards.
    • Registration of applications for pauperism. 
    • Application for leave to appeal out of time.
    • Application for transfer of cases from magistrates Courts.
    • Applications for presumption of death.
  • Appeals from subordinate courts and tribunals, for example; Rent Restriction and Business Premises Rent Tribunals, Provincial Appeals Committee, Alcoholic Drinks Control Licensing Committees, Co-operative Tribunals and so forth.
  • Disputes related to leadership in societies such as; churches, sports associations, professional bodies and clubs.

The processes for filing a case in the High Court and Magistrates Civil Courts are governed by the Civil Procedure Act Cap 21.

Requirements to File a Civil Case

The requirements may vary slightly for each type of civil case but generally, the requirements are as follows:

  • Choice of Track, namely, Small Claim, Fast Track, Multi Track.
  • Name of the court in which the claim is filed.
  • Sworn verifying affidavit(s).
  • Physical, postal, e-mail addresses and mobile telephone contacts of all the parties and or advocates.
  • Summons to enter appearance.
  • List of witnesses.
  • Plaintiff’s statements.
  • Written statements by the witnesses except expert witnesses.
  • Copies of documents to be relied upon during trial.
  • Demand letter.
  • Authority/Consent to sue in case of representative suits which are instituted by way of originating summons.

Registration of Civil Cases

The case also needs to be registered in the court registry. The following requirements must be met for registration:

  • Plaint/Originating Summons is presented at the registration counter.
  • Pleadings and documents are verified.
  • Court fees is assessed.
  • Payment voucher with serial number is issued.
  • Court fees deposit slip is verified.
  • Case number is assigned.
  • Court fees receipt is issued by the cashier.
  • Documents are date stamped.
  • Case details are registered in a manual and electronic Civil Case Register.
  • Case file is opened.

The Judiciary – High Registry Operation Manual

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Process of Issuing Summons in a Civil Case

A court summons is a notice to a defendant in case to appear before the court and enter a defense to the plaintiff's charge/accusation/demand.

For civil cases in the High Court of Kenya, the process of issuance of summons is as follows:

  • Summons to enter appearance are signed by the Deputy Registrar or Registry Supervisor.
  • Summons are sealed with the Seal of the Court on the day of filing the suit and issued by the Court within 30 days from the date of filing.
  • The suit becomes null and void where summons to enter appearance are not collected within 30 days of issuance, other than those to be served by the Court.
  • Summons is valid for 12 months from the date of issue and extension may be sought from the Court upon expiry. For cases certified urgent the summons is signed simultaneously with the order.
  • The period of extension of summons, if granted is marked on the Summons with an official Stamp.
  • Service of Summons is carried out by licensed Court Process Servers.
  • Summons sent for service outside the jurisdiction of the Court are forwarded to the nearest Court for Service.
  • Affidavit of Service of Summons is filed after Service has been effected.
  • Service of Summons abroad is effected by the Court through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Service of foreign legal process in Kenya is done by Court Process Servers. No Court fees are charged in respect of this service.
  • A register of all Service of Summons is maintained in the High Court Registry.

The Judiciary – High Registry Operation Manual

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

List of Traffic Offence Fines

There are currently 38 traffic offences listed in the first schedule of the traffic act. The following is a list of the offences and their corresponding fines.

Count OFFENCE FINE (in Ksh)
1. Driving without number plates or number plates not fixed in the prescribed manner 10,000
2. Exceeding speed limit prescribed for class of vehicle:-
By 1 – 5 kph 500
By 6 – 10 kph 3,000
By 11 – 15 kph 6,000
By 16 – 20 kph 10,000
3. Exceeding speed limit of 50 kph or as prescribed by a traffic sign
By 1 – 5 kph 500
By 6 – 10 kph 3,000
By 11 - 15 kph 6,000
By 16 - 20 kph 10,000
4. Driving on or through a pavement or
a pedestrian walkway
5. Driving a vehicle on a footpath 5,000
6. Causing obstruction by allowing a vehicle to remain in any position on the road so as to obstruct or cause inconvenience or to other traffic using the road. 10,000
7. Failure of a driver to conform to the indications given by any traffic sign. 3,000
8. Failure of a driver to stop when required to do so by a police officer in uniform 5,000
9. Failure of a driver to obey any directions given, whether verbally or by signal, by a police officer in uniform, in the execution of their duty 3,000
10. Driving without a valid driving license endorsement in respect of the class of vehicle 7,000
11. Failure to renew a driving license 1,000
12. Failing to carry and produce a driving license on demand 1,000
13. Driver using a mobile phone while vehicle is in motion 2,000
14. Learner failing to exhibit “L” plates on the front and rear 1,000
15. Failure of a vehicle to carry reflective/warning signs (lifesavers) 2,000
16. Failure to display reflective triangles or lifesavers in cases where any part of the vehicle remains on the road in a position so as to obstruct or cause obstruction 3,000
17. Failure by owner of vehicle to have seat belts in motor vehicle as prescribed in Rule 22A(1) 1,000 for every seat that is not fitted or, is not of the proper standard or specification
18. Failure to wear seat belt while motor vehicle is in motion 500
19. Driving a PSV while being unqualified 7,000
20. The driver of a PSV driver who lets an unauthorized person to drive 5,000
21. Person who while not being the designated driver of a PSV drives the vehicle 5,000
22. Unlicensed person driving or acting as a conductor of a PSV 5,000
23. Owner or operator of PSV employing an unlicensed PSV driver or conductor 10,000
24. Driving a vehicle without a valid inspection certificate inspected 10,000
25. Failure of a PSV driver or conductor to wear special badge and uniform 2,000
26. Failure to pay for fare paid for incomplete portion of journey for which full fare has been paid 5,000
27. The driver of a motor omnibus or matatu picking or setting down passengers in a place that is not authorized as a bus stop or terminal 3,000
28. Touting 3,000
29. Travelling with part of the body outside moving vehicle 1,000
30. A passenger alighting or boarding any omnibus or matatu at a place which is not authorized as a bus stop or terminal 1,000
31. Failure to fir prescribed speed governor in PSV and Commercial Vehicle 10,000
32. Failure of a conductor of PSV to keep seat belts in a clean, dry and generally wearable condition 500
33. Failure of a PSV to carry functional fire extinguishers and fire kits 2,000
34. A person driving or operating a PSV with tinted windows or windscreen 2,000
35. Pedestrian willfully obstructing the free passage of vehicles 500
36. Driver of Motor Cycle carrying more than one pillion passenger 1,000
37. Motorcycle rider riding without protective gear 1,000
38. Motorcycle passenger riding without protective gear 1,000

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How to Check the IMEI of a Mobile Phone

IMEI is an acronym for International Mobile Equipment Identification. Every mobile phone has a unique IMEI. Think of it as a unique fingerprint of any phone when it connects to a mobile network. No two phones have the same IMEI. The other name for IMEI is MEID which is an acronym for Mobile Equipment Identity.

To find your phone's IMEI:
1. Open the dialer.
2. Dial *#06#

The IMEI will be displayed on your phone.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Kenyan Banks Offering Diaspora Banking Services

The following banks offer banking services that are specially designed for Kenyans working in the diaspora. All the banks below offer Internet banking and have streamlined processes that allow you to open a Kenyan bank account while abroad and operate it.

The services offered range from normal checking services to wealth management and Insurance.

Bank Diaspora Services Special Conditions
African Banking Corporation (ABC) All account types, E-banking, Loans, Stock Trading, Investments and Insurance None
CBA All account types, E-banking, Loans, Mortgages, Stock Trading, Investments and Insurance Compliance with the US FATCA Act
CFC All account types, E-banking, Loans, Mortgages, Stock Trading, Investments and Insurance Compliance with the US FATCA Act
Cooperative All account types, E-banking, Loans, Mortgages, Stock Trading, Investments and Insurance Compliance with the US FATCA Act
Equity All account types, E-banking, Loans, Stock trading, Investments, Insurance and PayPal withdrawals Compliance with the US FATCA Act
Family All account types, E-banking, Loans, Mortgages, Stock Trading, Investments and Insurance Compliance with the US FATCA Act
Gulf African All account types, E-banking, Loans and Mortgages Compliance with the US FATCA Act
I&M  All account types, E-banking, Credit cards, Loans, Mortgages, Stock Trading, Investments and Insurance Compliance with the US FATCA Act
Kenya Commercial (KCB) All account types, E-banking, Loans, Mortgages, Stock Trading, Investments and Insurance Compliance with the US FATCA Act
National All account types, E-banking, Loans, Mortgages & Insurance Compliance with the US FATCA Act
NIC All account types, E-banking, Loans, Mortgages, Stock Trading, Investments and Insurance Compliance with the US FATCA Act

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How to Use Kenyan Driving License in US

Anyone visitor, worker or student from a foreign country visiting the United States can use their home country driving license legally on US roads for up to a year. The only condition is that the home country must have ratified The 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic. Kenya is one such country.

You can therefore use your Kenyan driving license to drive on US roads for the first 12 months following your date of entry (as stamped on your passport). After that you have to apply for a US driving license at your resident State Motor Vehicle Division or Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Also, note that you can only drive the vehicle categories endorsed on your Kenyan driving license. Thus, if your license only allows you to drive a small car, you cannot drive a bus or truck.

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