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Taita Taveta leaders urge investors to cash in on County

Local leaders in Taita Taveta County have urged Investors, including the ones attending the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), to invest in the County. Speaking yesterday in Nairobi during the Taita Taveta Investors’ roundtable conference, John Mruttu the Governor Taita Taveta told investors from, Hungary, China, and Angola, that there are many opportunities for investment in Taita Taveta. He noted that the County government plans to showcase Taita Taveta as a strategic investment destination for regional and International investors.

The County boasts 10,000 ha of land set aside for food production, which Mruttu said is available to anybody willing to invest. The County has also launched 23 new flagship projects, some of which will target both local and international investors. The leaders are looking for a lasting solution for the animal-human challenges that invade into farms, Jones Mwagogo Voi Member of Parliament said. Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) Vice Chairman Stephen Onditi said that the chamber is ready to build infrastructure to attract investors willing to invest.

Internet users to experience interruptions, low speeds as cable company continues with maintenance drive

Internet users in Kenya and the East African region are set to experience low speeds and disruptions as The East African Marine System (TEAMS) Limited cable undergoes preventive maintenance. The disruption will be experienced from July 20 to 28, 2016 as the firm enhances security of its cable at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) off shore against anchoring ships and external aggression following the proposed expansion of the UAE Port of Fujairah scheduled for July to August 2016

TEAMS General Manager Joel Tanui said that during the time, users are likely to experience slow Internet speeds because of bandwidth constraints as result of limited traffic restoration via other cable systems. TEAMS is a public private partnership undersea cable system servicing the entire East African region, a 5,000 Kilometre fibre-optic undersea cable which links Kenya’s Mombasa with Fujairah in the UAE. Among the shareholders include the government of Kenya, Safaricom, Telkom Kenya, Liquid Telecom Kenya, Jamii Telecom, Wananchi Telecom, Access Kenya Group, and Bandwidth & Cloud Services Group.

KEBS warns public of conmen masquerading as Bureau officials

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has warned the public of people masquerading as its officials and policemen who have been going to retail outlets and industries to allegedly carry out inspections. Managing Director Charles Ongwae said the conmen are demanding bribes when they find goods that do not have KEBS standardisation marks especially the Import Standardization Mark (ISM).

The MD reiterated that all KEBS employees are required times to identify themselves using the KEBS and national identification documents before commencement of any inspections at all. Ongwae stated that the public can verify the information provided by the staff using their SMS platform where they can send the staff number as indicated in the staff ID to 20023 (HR#staff Number). The KEBs boss has encouraged members of the public to report any cases of harassment to the nearest police station or to the Bureau.

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