Ambulance Emergency Telephone Numbers In Nairobi, Kenya

Emergency telephone numbers  for Ambulance services in Kenya can come in handy when you are faced by an emergency.

Here are some of the most used Ambulance emergency telephone numbers -:

Ambulance Provider Emergency Number(s)/Hotline
Police, Fire & Ambulance in Kenya 112 or 999 or 911
AMREF Flying Doctors Ground & Air Ambulance Service in Kenya +254 20 699 2299
AAR Emergency Ambulance in Kenya +254 725 225 225 or +254 734 225 225
Kenya Red Cross Society Ambulance in Kenya 0700 395 395 or 0738 395 395
Emergency Plus Medical Services in Kenya 0700 395 395 or 0738 395 395
Phoenix Aviation Limited Ambulance Service in Kenya +254 733 632 769 or +254788 632 769 or +254 705 167 171
St John Ambulance in Kenya 0721-225-285 or (020)-22-10-000

 

KeNIC appoints new CEO Joel Karubiu

The Kenya Network Information Centre has named Joel Karubiu as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective July 15th, 2019.

KeNIC board chair Prof. Meoli Kashorda expressed confidence in Joel’s ability to run the organisation testimony from his past experience in Business Development and Marketing as well as setting up of new business operations and start-ups.

“Mr. Karubiu was the immediate former CEO of Marketing Society of Kenya. He previously served as a Division Head – Business Development with Arch Skills Kenya LTD, a Division of GEMS Education Group (2016 -2017) and for over six years as the Business development Manager at PWC in Tanzania and Kenya. He established the Business Development division of PWC in Tanzania.” said Prof. Meoli Kashorda.

Mr. Karubiu is a graduate of USIU-Africa in International Business Administration. With the launch of the Kenya Digital Economy Blueprint 2019 and the National Broadband Strategy 2018-2023, the Board now has a new ambitious strategy bent on ensuring that KeNIC takes its rightful position as the enabler of the digital economy. We expect Mr. Karubiu to dramatically improve KeNIC’s performance and organizational health as one of the leading Country Code Top-level domain (ccTLD) registries in Africa.

The 2019 KeNIC public stakeholders meeting shall be held on August 22, 2019 where we shall also introduce Mr. Karubiu to the Kenya Internet community and stakeholders.

The Board is committed to fully support Mr. Karubiu and wishes him success in the transformation of KeNIC into a high performance and healthy organization.

Expert to address Red Alert: Regulation of food and drugs in Kenya

The use of controlled chemicals to preserve foods such as beef and milk has been rising in Kenya and reported by the media, including by NTV Kenya’s investigative feature on how rogue traders and supermarkets are using Sodium Metabisulfite to keep meat looking fresh. Indeed, consumer investigations have revealed a myriad of illegal additives and chemicals now going into foodstuffs sold in our local markets.

 

Yet, even as it becomes a top priority to ensure the full enforcement of the country’s chemicals and food regulations, a private member of parliament has introduced a Kenya Food and Drugs Authority (KFDA) Bill that will fragment the country’s food regulations and raise severe additional dangers in regulating our food safety.

 

The bill is currently with the parliamentary committee of health for review ahead of its second reading.

 

Prof Andrew Edewa, Food Safety Specialist at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), is available to respond the questions on food safety and regulation in the country.

Key issue arising 

  • Kenya is looking at merging of food and drugs regulations as other leading economies are moving away from this model e.g. Tanzania, South Africa and USA (FDA). The US has stated explicitly that the FDA’s remit was undermining and compromising food safety for consumers.
  • Food safety requires experts who have mastered the risks posed by food hazards and understand the requirements necessary to manage them across the entire food chain.
  • The private member’s bill will also remove County responsibility for ensuring the safety of food traders, in breach of the constitution.
For interviews requests, contact
Daniel Mbugua
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daniel@africanlaughterpr.com
In case you missed it, here’s NTV’s Investigative piece #RedAlert: How supermarkets use chemicals to ‘preserve’ meat

How to Fuliza M-PESA

Fuliza M-PESA is a new overdraft service which allows M-PESA customers to complete their M-PESA transactions when they have insufficient funds in their account.

Here’s how you can register and use the service -:

  1. Dial *234# and select Fuliza M-PESA to opt in. You need to be an M-PESA registered customers with an active Safaricom line.
  2. Once you have opted in, you can Dial *234# and Select Fuliza M-PESA to check your limit, balance, mini statement and opt out option. Every time you transact using Fuliza, you will receive an sms with the outstanding Fuliza amount.

You can also install the mySafaricom app that is available on Android and iOS. The app allows you to monitor your fuliza without having to dial *234#

HOW TO INSTALL THE MYSAFARICOM ANDROID APP         

Fuliza M-Pesa does not allow you to withdraw money. Here are a few other facts -:

How many accounts can I hold for Fuliza M-PESA services?

Every M-PESA registered line will be treated as a different account. Each mobile number will qualify for Fuliza M-PESA and will be awarded a limit. This limit will be reviewed every 3 months depending on your usage.

How many times can I use Fuliza M-PESA?

You can use it as many times as needed as long as you are within the allocated Fuliza M-PESA limit.

Which M-PESA transactions can I complete using Fuliza M-PESA?

  • Lipa Na M-PESA: Buy goods and Paybill as well as Send money

How do I use my Fuliza limit?

All you need to do is transact normally on M-PESA and if you have insufficient funds, Fuliza M-PESA will cover the shortfall.

How do I grow my Fuliza M-PESA limit?

Continue using Safaricom and M-PESA services frequently and repay Fuliza M-PESA on time by toping up your M-PESA account.

How much will I be charged for using Fuliza M-PESA?

You will be charged 1% access fee and a maintenance fee on the outstanding balance as per below table. Normal M-PESA transaction charges apply.

 

Band Tariff Promotional Tariff for 30 day from launch
0 -100 One-time fee of Ksh 2 One-time fee of Ksh 0
101-500 Ksh 5 per day
501-1000 Ksh 10 per day
1001-1500 Ksh 20 per day
1501-2500 Ksh 25 per day
2501-70000 Ksh 30 per day  

 

Are there any Penalties for late repayment?

You will not have access to your Fuliza M-PESA limit if you have any unpaid balance after day 30. This will however be restored on full repayment of your Fuliza balance.

Safaricom gives Kes 5M Boosts Towards Afro-Asia Fintech Festival

Safaricom has announced a KES 5 Million sponsorship towards the inaugural Afro-Asia FinTech Festival 2019- ‘Fintech in the Savannah’ which will be co-hosted by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

The two day festival themed “Sustainable Finance; Inclusive and green” will be held at the Kenya school of Monetary studies on 15th and 16th July 2019. This will be the first of its kind in the region and will provide a platform for connections, collaborations and exchange of ideas between Africa and Asia and also seek to explore sustainable financial services innovations from emerging Afro-Asian Markets.

The festival is a great platform for us as it presents opportunities to showcase the progress that Safaricom has made over the years towards financial technology as well as interact with peers in FinTech across the globe,” said Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, Chief Financial Services Officer, Safaricom.

Two years ago, we opened up our Daraja API portal giving over 16,000 developers an opportunity to integrate their businesses with M-PESA seamlessly. This is in line with our strategy to deepen financial inclusion and give developers a chance to come up with new innovations,” said Sitoyo.

We are indeed delighted to host such a unique event which shows where we are as an African country in the spectrum of Fintech, we are at the front. We are the pacesetters and we are not just excited about technology but the difference it is making for millions of people in Africa and billions around the world,” said Dr. Patrick Njoroge, Governor, Central Bank of Kenya.

The event which seeks to bring together over 5,000 participants, policy makers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers across the world is modelled after the Singapore FinTech Festival. It will provide a platform for players to exchange ideas, forge partnerships and nurture thriving Fintech ecosystems.

Some of the topics that will be discussed include Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cyber Security, Technology risks, Social impacts (SME Financing, financial literacy and inclusion, Sustainable finance and spirit of innovation among other key areas in Fintech.

Kenya is one of the African countries that has grown significantly in technology and is seen as a lucrative market for FinTechs. Last year, two Kenyan companies Cellulant, and Tala emerged among the Top 50 emerging Fintech companies in the world in the KPMG FinTech100 report.

KICD learns from community service learning geared towards developing the CBC curriculum at secondary level

The Ministry of Education and KICD, in partnership with Educate! is running a program on Community Service Learning to learn how best to design the new learning area for senior secondary in the CBC curriculum. The aims of the learning area are to empower youth to create jobs, increase youth engagement in community problem solving, and enhance personal value and life skills among leaners. The first phase of the program has held closing exhibitions in 10 counties

Nairobi, 8th July 2019: The Ministry of Education and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in partnership with technical advisor Educate! have this weekend completed a Community Service Learning Program across 65 secondary schools in 10 counties, with the aim of learning how best to develop the new learning area for the CBC curriculum at secondary level.

“The Community Service Learning we have been testing applies concepts students have learned in the classroom to real-life situations and enhances entrepreneurship, social awareness and responsibility,” said Dr Julius Jwan, Director and CEO at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

The program follows global research into community service learning that has shown it delivers a rapid and significant change in students’ attitudes and skills.

According to a study of 1,500 US students published in the Michigan Journal of Community Learning, the learning area changes students’ personal values within just six months, significantly raising the chances of students entering careers that help others, and raising their levels of volunteering and community leadership.

It has also been shown to increase students’ belief in their ability to solve community problems and their sense of connection with the community.

“We have, furthermore, run the Kenyan program under the theme of ‘Igniting the High School Social Entrepreneur’ to equip students to create livelihoods while also solving local problems,” said Diana Mwai, Educate!’s Kenya Program Director.

This emphasis reflects the KICD’s commitment to achieving a more relevant curriculum that will address the issue of high youth unemployment, which was running at 26.2 per cent in 2017, according to the United Nations Development Programme.

Educate!, which aims to impact 1 million students across Africa, has advised on curriculum reforms and run similar programmes in Rwanda and Uganda. These were found to nearly double the earning power of participants, increase the use of learner-centred teaching methods, and deliver a greater focus on community issues.

The program has already transformed the lives of Kenyan learners too, both through community engagement and through the entrepreneurial skills gained.

Kwirenyi Secondary School in Kakamega County wanted to improve community health, so it taught community members how to treat water and keep it safe for drinking, whilst also running a sensitisation campaigns on preventing malaria and cholera.

The program has also taught learners how to connect the knowledge they are gaining from other learning areas to their entrepreneurial ventures. Students from Agoro Sare school from Homabay County applied what they learned in chemistry and biology to create a bio-gas business, using kitchen waste and cow dung from the school herd to create bio-gas fuel. The business intends to provide the school with a source of low-cost and sustainable fuel.

Likewise, students from Mbitini Girls Secondary School in Kitui County started a rabbit project after learning about diabetes in class. The business aims to sell and promote the consumption of white meat in the community.

In addition to benefiting learners, a key goal of the program is to produce research to be used by curriculum developers. Professor of Teacher Education at Moi University, Dr. Charles Ong’ondo, has led the 18-month, qualitative research project, in collaboration with the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development and MOE. The research team conducted three rounds of research, beginning with a needs assessment before the program began. The research team is now in the process of collecting final data, which will lead to a summative research report. The research will be shared with national stakeholders at KICD’s curriculum conference in August and will inform how to best design this new learning area, as KICD prepares for the development of the secondary curriculum.

“Our aim is to deliver powerful skill sets that prepare students for individual success and to tackle youth unemployment,” said Diana, in targets that tie with Kenya’s Vision 2030, which places emphasis on the link between education and the labour market.

The results of the Community Service Learning programme have been exhibited by participating schools for assessment by the Ministry of Education (MOE), Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC). The exhibitions were held on June 29th and 30th in Taita Taveta, Kitui, Garissa, Homabay and Kisii counties. Schools in Nairobi, Kakamega, Uasin Gichu, Kiambu and Embu counties held their exhibitions on Saturday July 6th, closing the first phase of the Community Service Learning program.

How to Pay for Safaricom Home Fibre

Safaricom Home Fibre is a service that allows you to have fast, reliable and unlimited internet access from the comfort of your home. Once registered you will be given a Wi-Fi router that will enable you to have wireless and LAN internet access.

Use this instructions only if you have an existing account.

  1. Use M-PESA PAYBILL no. 150501 and key in your Safaricom Home Fibre account number under the account number section
  2. Via USSD,
    • Dial *400#
    • Select Manage your subscriptions
    • Select your preferred package and make payment via M-PESA
  1. Via Bonga – this allows you to pay for your Safaricom Home fibre subscription using Bonga points. Simply dial *400#, select manage subscriptions, select your account then select renew subscription, select the account no that you are renewing, then select bonga points. You will then confirm payment and input your service PIN. A confirmation SMS will then be sent to your number confirming your successful payment.

If you are a new customer, please read How to Get Connected to Safaricom Home Fibre.

For assistance, please call 400 from the number that you used to pay for the service. Alternatively, you can send an email to safaricomhome@safaricom.co.ke

How to Get Safaricom Home Fiber Connection

Safaricom Home Fibre is a service that allows you to have fast, reliable and unlimited internet access from the comfort of your home. Once registered you will be given a Wi-Fi router that will enable you to have wireless and LAN internet access.

You must be living within any of the Safaricom Home Fibre Zones. You check the coverage through the Safaricom website here. If your are is not covered, Safaricom allows you to submit a coverage requests.

If you are lucky and your area is covered, all you have to do to get connected  to the service is Simply contact Safaricom by sending an SMS ‘FIBRE’ to 400 or visiting any of our Retail Shops;

Safaricom will call you back within 48 hours. Fill and hand in the Safaricom Home Fibre Application Form which will be provided to you.

Once you complete the Safaricom Home Fibre form, the Safaricom representative will give you an Account Number that you will use to make payment in one of the following ways:

  • Dial *400# and follow the steps
  • Pay via M-PESA by using the Safaricom Home Pay bill number 150501
  • Pay at any Safaricom shop.

Once you make payment, Safaricom will connect you to the Service within 48 hours, subject to you granting their representatives access to your home.

As part of the installation process, they will provide you with a Wi-Fi router that will enable you to access the Wi-Fi Network within your home. They will set up the Wi-Fi network and configure your username and password which you require to access the Service.

Below are the fibre prices effective from October 18th, 2018.

Package Price (Kshs.)
Bronze 2,900
Silver 3,999
Bronze Plus 3,400
Silver Plus 4,999
Gold 5,699
Gold Plus 6,699
Platinum 11,499
Platinum Plus 12,499

 

For assistance, please call 400 from the number that you used to pay for the service. Alternatively, you can send an email to safaricomhome@safaricom.co.ke

How to Reverse Call on Safaricom

Safaricom has today announced the availability of its “Reverse Call” feature enabling its more than 31 million customers to pay for calls for loved ones. The service enables a caller to transfer the cost of a call to the receiver.

Here’s how to reverse call on Safaricom -:

  1. Open the “Phone” application on your Mobile Device.
  2. Dial the number you want to call but this time add this number sign # before the number you are calling. For instance, to transfer the cost of the call to 0722000000, you will dial #0722000000.

A customer receiving a reverse call request will see the caller’s details appear on the screen as normal, but once they pick the call, they will receive a voice prompt asking them to key in “1” to accept the reverse call. The cost of the call will be equivalent to the receiver’s normal call cost.

The service is only available for on-net calls and will not be applicable for off-net, roaming and international calls.

Read More: Safaricom Rolls Out “Reverse Call” Feature To All Customers 

Safaricom Rolls Out “Reverse Call” Feature To All Customers

Safaricom has today announced the availability of its “Reverse Call” feature enabling its more than 31 million customers to pay for calls for loved ones. The service enables a caller to transfer the cost of a call to the receiver by adding ‘#’ before the number they are calling. For instance, to transfer the cost of the call to 0722000000, a customer will dial #0722000000.

“At Safaricom, we maintain our commitment to always provide our customers with relevant products in line with their needs. This innovation is in line with this commitment and has been tailored to mirror the relationships between our customers with a goal of empowering them to always remain connected with their loved ones,” said Sylvia Mulinge, Chief Customer Officer, Safaricom.

A customer receiving a reverse call request will see the caller’s details appear on the screen as normal, but once they pick the call, they will receive a voice prompt asking them to key in “1” to accept the reverse call. The cost of the call will be equivalent to the receiver’s normal call cost.

The service is only available for on-net calls and will not be applicable for off-net, roaming and international calls.

The Reverse Call feature complements Safaricom’s existing “Please Call Me” service which enables a customer to send five free messages to other customers requesting for a call back.