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Steps And Requirements For One To Use The Nairobi Expressway

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Finally, long-awaited Kenya’s world-class expressway is set to commence operations anytime from now.

The 27-kilometre expressway stretches from Mlolongo through Uhuru Highway to the James Gichuru Road junction in Westlands.

The facility will be operated by Moja Expressway, a subsidiary of China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) which designed, financed and constructed the road.

Motorists who intend to use the Nairobi Expressway will be required to register with the company that will run it.

How to register

To register with Moja Expressway, one will be required to physically visit Nairobi Expressway Plaza Service Centre on Mombasa Road, opposite General Motors.

At the service centre, one will prove ownership of the vehicle (logbook). Thereafter, you will subscribe to a mode of payment you will be using.

Payment modes

It should be noted that one has to make payment for using the expressway.

There exist three modes of payment that will be used;

  • Cash payment
  • The Manual Toll Collection (MTC) card
  • The Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) service

How to apply for a Manual Toll Collection (MTC) card

An MTC card can be loaded with toll points used to pay toll fees at Toll Stations on the expressway.

Its acquisition involves the following steps;

  1. Visit the service centre at Nairobi Expressway Plaza
  2. Fill in the MTC Card Subscriber Registration form
  3. Present the required documents ID/Passport and Logbook
  4. Pay a service charge of Ksh.300
  5. Purchase toll points and activate your MTC card
  6. Load toll points into your MTC card.

How to apply for the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) service

ETC allows toll points to be electronically deducted through the pre-installed On-Board Unit (OBU) device. This is advantageous as it offers a non-stop road service.

Its acquisition involves the following steps;

  1. Visit the service centre at Nairobi Expressway Plaza
  2. Fill in the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) service subscriber registration form
  3. Present the required documents (ID/Passport and Logbook)
  4. Pay a service charge of Ksh.1,000.
  5. Install and activate your OBU device that will be mounted on your vehicle
  6. Purchase toll points
  7. Load toll points into your OBU device

NOTE: Minimum purchase of Toll Points for MTC is Ksh.1,000 while that for ETC is Ksh.2,000. The validation period for the two modes is one year.

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Safety measures

Besides normal traffic safety measures, the motorist using the expressway will meanwhile have two additional safety rules to operate under.

  1. Motorists using the Nairobi Expressway will be required to move at a speed of 80km/h.
  2. Taking U-turns and reversals is prohibited on the expressway, with motorists who miss the planned exit forced to proceed to the next toll station to leave.

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Hackers Make Tactical Change, Now Targeting Small Businesses

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Traditionally, cybercriminals have been targeting big companies with aim of demanding ransoms running into millions. Nonetheless, the trend no longer holds, as new studies have shown the shift in hackers’ interest from big companies to small and medium ones.

Studies have shown that hackers are shifting their focus to small online businesses which they believe are more vulnerable.

Experts have warned that these SMEs and payment portals, especially those relying on mobile payment solutions, are now facing high risks of cyber attacks coordinated by these hackers.

Speaking during the inaugural Africa Cybersecurity Congress held in Nairobi, Hadi Maeleb, Agora Group co-founder and CEO said the threats to online businesses were growing at a high rate.

Further, he stated that more than 90% of business owners are unaware that their enterprises are at risk, despite the high growth rate of the attacks.

“Cybercriminals are now targeting small businesses more as they have realized that these enterprises do believe they would be exposed due to their comparatively low turnovers until they lose their data and payments are compromised,” said Mr Maeleb.

With the adoption of e-commerce platforms, State agencies, financial institutions, healthcare, energy and utilities have persistently faced cyber-attacks in the recent past.

According to CAK- Communications Authority of Kenya’s first-quarter data (between January to March 2022), a total of 79.2 million cyber-attacks were reported. This has prompted the government to issue 28,848 advisories in an attempt to fight the rising attacks.

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Mr Maeleb noted that business owners should invest in cybersecurity tools as there is no magical solution to cybercrime.

“This ‘democratization’ of cyberattacks is expected to push losses due to business interruption, financial theft, personal data breaches and even ransom payments over the Sh4 trillion mark by end of 2022,” he said.

At the peak of the pandemic, several states adopted tough lockdown measures such as social distancing, working from home, and online learning.

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Hackers shifting focus to small businesses.

This adoption of digital solutions such as e-commerce, remote working and banking went up as Kenyans turned to online platforms to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

“Unfortunately for them, the business of cybercrime has evolved to a point where attacks like ransomware are now sold as a service,” he added.

Even though these measures triggered the adoption of digital platforms, they also increased vulnerability such as ransom, data breaches, harassment, cyberbullying, and data breaches.

Kenya’s ICT Policy which came into effect in 2006, is credited for creating an enabling environment for the growth and usage of technology.

Kenya’s ICT Policy which came into effect in 2006, is credited for creating an enabling environment for the growth and usage of technology.

To achieve Kenya’s Vision 2030 goal of a regional ICT hub, the tech sector was expected to contribute directly and indirectly to an additional 1.5% of Kenya’s GDP by 2017/2018.

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Why Buyers Are Now Running Away From Popular Used Toyota Cars

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As it has been noted that Kenyans are now running away from the popular used Toyota car models, contrary to what has been a tradition in the country. The rise in their costs has seen even dealers cut down on imports of these vehicles due to decreased demand.

Traditionally, popular models such as Toyota Premio and RAV4 have been synonymous with middle-income earners over the years. However, this is no longer the trend.

Car dealers say more Kenyans are now going for vehicles such as Nissan Sylphy and Mazda, which cost less compared with popular Toyota models.

Toyota Vs Nisaan and Mazda models

According to Charles Munyori, the secretary-general of Kenya Auto Bazaar Association, Nissan Sylphy and Mazda’s CX5 and Axela, are quickly gaining popularity among Kenyans.

Mr Munyori said the price of a Toyota RAV4 has short up to Sh3 million currently from Sh2.8 million in February while a Premio is going for Sh2.2 million from Sh2 million four months ago.

On the contrary, Mazda Axela is now selling for Sh1.6 million with Nissan Sylphy (Blue Bird) going for at least Sh1.5 million.

Currently, consumers find these brands to be the best alternatives to their preferred models, as they are relatively cheaper and good.

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With the rising household costs, these car prices are making them affordable to most Kenyans as they struggle to balance the high cost of living.

“We are seeing a shift where Kenyans are now moving from the popular brands such as Toyota Premio and RAV4 to other models. This shift has been occasioned by the high cost that these cars are now fetching at the market,” said Mr Munyori.

“In fact, most of the car dealers are hardly bringing in Premio and RAV4 models because they are not moving and they will tie up money that they would need for importation of more vehicles,” he said.

Ex-Japanese vehicles

Ex-Japan vehicles dominate the Kenyan second-hand sector with a more than 80% market share.

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The buyers in the sector prefer these cars as their spare parts are easier to obtain locally compared to other brands. Additionally, buyers believe that the resale value of Toyota vehicles are higher than that of other brands like mazda or Nissan.

Reasons for risisng vehicle cost

The rising cost of vehicles in the country has been linked to the unavailability of dollars locally, a shortage of electronic chips in Japan, and a weakening shilling against the dollar.

The country is currently experiencing extreme dollar shortage, that one has to wait for at least three days to get $20,000 or $25,000 from the banks.

“We have to wait for like nine days in order to accumulate $80,000, and this has seen car dealers delay in making their orders. We are really feeling the impact of the dollar shortage in the market,” Mr Munyori said.

banks have imposed regulations on dollar purchase. This has forced traders to face difficulty in meeting their obligations.

Industrialists are forced to start seeking dollars in advance. The shortage puts a strain on supplier relations and the ability to negotiate favourable prices in gap markets.

On the other hand, Semiconductors are used in making electronic devices. Their shortage has forced the vehicle manufacturers to scale down the production. The quantity and quality cannot be maintained with decrease in one of the crucial raw material.

Finally, the shilling has persistently remained weak against the dollar. this has made it costly for importers shipping in goods.

The shilling has hit a record low trading at of Sh 117.06 against the dollar. This predicts a continued rise in imported goods, and signifies a further dollar shortage crisis.

The continuous depreciation in shilling stability is attributed to increased demand for dollars from importers. This highly arises on importaion of crude oil and merchandised goods.

It should be noted that most external debt is repaid in the dollar. Therefore, a weakened shilling increases prices of imported goods, and puts pressure on the country’s debt repayment.

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Interesting facts about Kenya’s Kapenguria six and the museum

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The Kapenguria museum has been active since in 1993. It is located in Kapenguria town, at the detention site of the six most influential leaders in the struggle for independence.

To preserve the history of the struggle for independence, the National Museums of Kenya, with financial support from the Dutch funded Arid and Semi-Arid Lands project in West Pokot, preserved and rehabilitated the prison.

The Kapenguria six were the founding fathers of the Kenyan Nation. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Kungu Karumba, Mr. Fred Kubai and Mr. Paul Ngei.

The Kapenguria Six Legacy

Others were Bildad Kaggia and the Hon. Ramogi Achieng Oneko. All of them have passed on although their legacy will always remain alive.

Displays in the Museum include books and documents in a memorial library, in honor of all heroes who participated in the struggle for independence.

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The cells, the ethnographic galleries and the Pokot homestead provide the foundation of Kapenguria museum.

Pokot gallery

The Pokot gallery houses artifacts and photographic collections on the Pokot people. Mrs. Anny Mulder, an anthropologist who carried out work in this area among the Pokot people. Created and established the gallery.

Other sections of the museum are the political development exhibits. A section containing exhibits revealing pre-colonial Kenya and slavery.

More to that are the arrival of Europeans, African resistance to colonial rule and activities of pioneer nationalists.

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