Friday, March 31, 2017

Budget 2017 Highlights

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Video: Python Swallows Man in Indonesia

A massive 23-foot reticulated Python attacked and swallowed a farmer on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. The farmer was found missing on Monday 27th March 2017. Villagers saw the snake, with a distended body, moving in the bushes near a palm tree plantation. They suspected it of having eaten the farmer and proceeded to kill it.

Reticulated pythons can grow to over 7 meters or 23 feet.

Watch the horrifying footage below of the snake being cut open to retrieve the farmer's body.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

How to Buy Treasury Bonds via Mpesa #MAkiba

The Kenyan Government recently launched a mobile-based treasury bonds auction platform dubbed M-Akiba. Through M-Akiba, you can now invest in the Kenyan Government Infrastructure bond where the government is looking to raise Kes 5 Billion and other subsequent treasury bonds for as little as Kes 3,000. This is a big departure from the traditional system that has locked out many people who could afford the high minimum investment amounts required.

Investing in treasury bonds offers greater returns compared to savings accounts such as M-Shwari and fixed deposit accounts. Investors will be paid interest twice a year. According to The Treasury, at a 10 per cent M-Akiba Interest rate, an investment of Kes 10,000 is set to give investors a return of Kes 500 every six months or 1,000 annually. At the end of the bond's three year maturity period, investors will get their original investment back.

The current bond is an infrastructure bond hence, interest payments to investors are tax-free.

When the bond matures, the principal amount you invested and the interest earned will be paid to you via Mpesa or Airtel Money.

How to Use M-Akiba

  • Dial *889# from a Safaricom or Airtel line. These are the only two mobile operators participating at the moment. 
  • Follow the prompts. 

Tips & Warnings

  • Registration, trading, and settlement will be done through your mobile phone. There will be no physical documentation for CDS accounts. 
  • If you miss out on the bond in the primary issue you the option of buying it in the secondary market at the Nairobi Stock Exchange. But, market forces will determine the purchase of the bond in the secondary market.

Suggested Reading

How to open a CDS account


The National Treasury

Monday, March 20, 2017

Infographic: Ten Equations that Changed the World


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

How to Query & Pay Land Rent Online

All government services in Kenya are going digital. As we noted in an earlier article, it is now possible to perform land searches online. In addition, you can also query and pay land rent online right from the comfort of your home or office. In fact, you can even query and pay land rent using your mobile phone.

This service is saving people lots of time. You no longer have to waste long hours in a queue to find out and pay your land rents. In fact, the Ministry of Lands is no longer accepting manual payments.

Option 1 - eCitizen

  • Log into to eCitizen and sign up or sign in if you are already registered. 
  • Click on Ministry of Lands & Physical Planning and select Make Application.
  • Next, Select Land Rent from the options available. There are currently two options under this menu, so choose what you want to do from:
  • Land Rent Payment History
  • Query and Pay Land Rent
  • Next, enter your Title Number – e.g. NAIROBI/BLOCK123 and the parcel number – e.g. 321 which is found on the Certificate of Title. 
  • Fill in the online form and submit. 
  • Confirm all the details and proceed to pay using available payment options.
  • Once payment has been confirmed, you have the option to print the results or simply leave the results in your eCitizen account. 

Option 2 - Mobile Phone

  • Begin by registering. Send the word ‘lands’ to the shortcode 21504. 
  • Once you get a confirmation, dial *512# to request amount due.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also perform a land search online, report missing land records and soon stamp duty will be payable online. 

Ministry of Lands

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Monday, March 6, 2017

County Offices of Registrar of Political Parties

The following is a list of the contact persons in the county offices of the Registrar of Political Parties. Telephone numbers have been included.

1Mombasa Kevina, B0721-523881 
2KwaleNeema, M0700-369502 
3KilifiPatricia, C. 0733-987829
4Tana RiverMaryleen, D.0714-895734 
5LamuAhmed, K.0703-640927 
6Taita-TavetaRamadhan, I.0724-718064
7Garissa (1)Naima, S.0724-450803 
7Garissa (2)Fahad, M.0726-110330 
8WajirHassan, A 0722-250225 
9ManderaAbdinasir, M.0729-430958
10MarsabitHalima, H.0701-144316 
11IsioloIbrahim, W.0790-931094
12MeruLuka, M.0722-450386
13Tharaka-NithiCasty, N.0706-873334 
14EmbuEvalyne, M.0706-911964 
15KituiRuth, M. 0711-351066
16MachakosReynard, N.0720-615057
17MakueniEsther, M.0725-679125
18NyandaruaSerah W.0727-506737 
19NyeriMaureen, K0716-547515
20KirinyagaDavid, G0710-100153 
21Murang'aCaroline, M.0715-823301
22KiambuMary, K.0712-023634
23TurkanaBenjamin, K0726-538208
24West PokotJoseph, C.0728-772034 
25SamburuLily, L.0727-298057 
26Trans-NzoiaLawrence, O. 0723-207344 
27Uasin GishuGideon, K0718-918741
28Elgeyo-MarakwetPriscah, R.0720-306060
29NandiRuth, M. 0720-641450
30BaringoSimon, K0721-504663
31LaikipiaAnthony, T.0706-833911 
32NakuruNelly, M.0711-977024
33NarokMathew, N.0713-385017 
34KajiadoKingwala, L.0725-334798 
35KerichoKemboi, G.0724-281726
36BometWilly, K.0719-190125 
37KakamegaStephen, M.0723-410876 
38VihigaNancy, A.0729-219064
39BungomaIsaac, M.0729-966174
40BusiaWilfred, W.0705-721410
41SiayaMoses, O.0704-565274 
42KisumuNancy, O.0724-475826 
43Homa BayFlorence, O. 0733-891194
44MigoriRhoda, N.0722-558211
45KisiiJudith, K.0719-405134 
46NyamiraMoses, N.0718-967159 
47Nairobi (1)Judy, N.0722-782502 
47Nairobi (2)Michael, M.0723-312730


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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Find Out Your Political Party Membership Status

Are you a member of a political party? Don't be too quick to answer. In recent days, it has been found that some political parties fraudulently registered people as members without their consent or knowledge. The identification data is usually obtained illegally from M-Pesa agents and other sources.

The Registrar of Political Parties has warned of dire consequences for any party caught registering people without their consent or knowledge.

To find out if you have been fraudulently registered, simply visit the Political Parties Membership Status Portal. Enter your ID or Passport number and click View Report to see if you have been registered by any party.

What do you do if you have been fraudulently/Mistakenly Registered?

If you find your name in the register of a political party without your consent, you need to write a complaint letter the Registrar of Political Parties and email it, together with a copy of your ID/passport, to If you are unable to email, the Registrar of Political Parties has advised people to call the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties in their County and request the county officers to collect the documents. See their Tweet below.


Office of the Registrar of Political Parties

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