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Direct PayPal-Mpesa Transactions now possible: Paybill Number

Direct PayPal-Mpesa Transactions now possible: Paybill Number

PayPal users can now withdraw or load accounted via Mpesa

Safaricom has partnered with PayPal to enable Mpesa users make direct withdrawals or deposits.
Users can load their PayPal accounts via Paybill number 800088.

How to link PayPal with Mpesa, Withdraw or Top Up

For a long time PayPal users in Kenya had to rely on Equity bank for direct transactions.

The partnership now means direct PayPal-Mpesa transactions will be not only much quicker (within 2 hours), but also more secure.

There will be no transaction charges other than prevailing exchange rates and standard Mpesa Paybill charges.

Kenyan e-commerce enthusiasts had to rely on PayPal-Mpesa agents whose credibility they could not readily ascertain. Besides, these agents also charged a premium facilitation fee.

Some of the individuals set to benefit from this partnership include online shoppers, bloggers, gamers and freelancers.

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Posted by on April 9, 2018 in News, Technology

 

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Videos: Miguna Manhandled, Forced to Emirates Plane

Videos: Miguna Manhandled, Forced to Emirates Plane

Miguna Miguna being manhandled by plainclothes officers at JKIA

There was drama and shameful scenes at JKIA for the better part of yesterday night and today morning as Kenyan immigration and  security officers denied self-proclaimed NRM general Miguna Miguna reentry into the country.
Instead, the officers used brute force to try and bulldoze Miguna into a Dubai-bound Emirates plane that had been delayed for several hours.

Hon. Raila Odinga watched helplessly as the events unfolded, at one point he tried to ran after the officers whisking Miguna away, all in vain.

Nonetheless, Miguna characteristically caused a ruckus, shouting that the airline cannot be used to fly him out of his birth country. Understandably, he did not have his luggage and travel documents with him at the time.

Several journalists and controversial businessman Jimmy Wanjigi were also manhandled at the airport as they tried to follow up on the transpiring events.

Here are some videos capturing the ugly scenes at JKIA:

Miguna being whisked away by plainclothes officers. Video: Nelson Havi

Hon. Raila Odinga tries to follow up…

Miguna caused scenes in the Emirates plane, ensuring it did not take off. Video: Citizen TV

The Emirates plane finally took off shortly after midnight without Miguna Miguna. He is said to be still at the airside awaiting whatever fate holds for him.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2018 in News

 

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President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Full Speech after Meeting with NASA leader Raila Odinga at Harambee House, Nairobi

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Full Speech after Meeting with NASA leader Raila Odinga at Harambee House, Nairobi

Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga shake hands at Harambee House. Photo: courtesy

In an unprecedented move, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta met with NASA coalition leader Raila Odinga.

The two promised to put their differences aside and forge a better Kenya for all.

Here is President Uhuru’s full speech:

Goodafternoon everyone.

First and foremost, I have taken great pleasure this morning in welcoming my brother Raila to Harambee House where – as he has clearly indicated – we have had an opportunity for an extensive discussion on matters Kenya and We have come to a common understanding, an understanding that this country of Kenya is greater than any one individual.

And for this country to come together, leaders must come together. Leaders must be able to discuss their differences, leaders must be able to discuss freely and openly what ails our country, what is the reason and the cause for the ethnic divisions and frictions that we see across the country that sometimes lead to inter-communal conflicts. As we have seen in various parts of our country, as we have seen up in Wajir, as we have seen on the borders of West Pokot and Marakwet and many other places.

So we have a responsibility as leaders to be able to come together to discuss these issues and to find solutions. Solutions that will bind our people together; that will unify our country, and that will give us a life cycle that is beyond the five years that we have established for ourselves.

Elections come and go but Kenya remains; so as we plan ourselves for the future, our future cannot be dictated by the forthcoming elections. Our future must be dictated by the prosperity, stability of our nation and the well-being of our people.

Democracy is not, as has often been said, an end in itself. It is just a process by which the will of the people is heard. But the national good, the national interest must always prevail over those elections.
And this is why me and my brother (Raila) have agreed that starting today, we will begin a process of bringing our people together. That, we will begin a process of discussing what ails us and what creates divisions amongst us. And we look forward to the support of every single leader. We look forward to the support every single Kenyan so that we can build together a united, harmonious, stable nation where no individual feels left out or left behind.

So to me, this marks a new beginning for our country, a beginning in which we hope that we shall march together as Kenyans and that we can differ in terms of political alignments but always remain steadfast and united in matters Kenya.

With those few and brief remarks, a more detailed statement will be given to all of you to be able to read and to understand what formulates this new beginning that we seeks to start. We thank you for finding time to join us and as my brother (Raila) has said, we look forward to you to be our partners to create this new Kenya.

Thank You and God bless you.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2018 in News, Uncategorized

 

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How to Check 2017 KCPE Results

How to Check 2017 KCPE Results

Education CS Fred Matiang’i has surprised many with the sudden release of Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Results, something that’s becoming characteristic of the tough-talking Matiang’i.

Education CS Fred Matiang’i releasing the KCPE results

The top student scored 455 marks out of a possible 500.  Over 9,000 students scored over 400 marks.

To check results, SMS index number to the short code 22252. Each SMS will be charged Kshs. 25.
The results will be later uploaded to KNEC port http://www.knec-portal.ac.ke/

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2017 in News

 

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#WATWB – ResqueBnB: Bringing Together Victims and Volunteers Amid Post-Poll Chaos in Kenya

#WATWB – ResqueBnB: Bringing Together Victims and Volunteers Amid Post-Poll Chaos in Kenya

The August 8th presidential elections turned out to be a fierce dynastic contest pitting the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta against his rival, formidable opposition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. The outcome, where the electoral commission declared Uhuru Kenyatta winner, led to pockets of protests across the opposition leader’s strongholds.

Police responded to the protests with deadly force, leading to an unknown number of deaths. Human rights groups put the number of deaths at twenty four while opposition leaders put the figure at over a hundred.

In the wake of this brutality, some families were forced to run away from their homes, citing cases where police broke into people’s houses to brutalize them. Those who ran from their dwellings were essentially stranded given that most did not have secondary residences.

While some chose to sit back and blame the victims for being ‘violent protesters,’ Kenyan developer Tevin Otieno and colleague Miss Nyawira came with ResqueBnB, a collaborative endeavor between social media users and humanitarian volunteers to connect stranded victims with willing hosts who can accommodate them for an unspecified period. The initiative has also overseen collection of cash and food donations. The groups activities are also coordinated via their Twitter handle @ResqueBnB. A more detailed description of the initiative can be found here.

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We Are the World Blogfest” seeks to promote positive news. There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world.

This month’s co-hots are Simon Falk, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Inderpreet Uppal, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, and Mary J Giese,

For guidlines and how to join, click here

 

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Kenya Media Blacks Out Post-Poll Chaos

Some parts of Kenya broke into song and dance as chaos and mayhem rocked others following the IEBC’s declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the just concluded, hotly contested presidential elections.
Reports of people being being shot and brutalised started streaming into social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp and Telegram shortly after the electoral commission declared Uhuru the duly elected president.

Images of people shot dead, particularly from the lakeside town of Kisumu, a bastion of opposition leader Raila Odinga, were shared widely.

Conspicuously though, none of these incidences has made it to mainstream local media, pointing to a deliberate effort to black out such news.

Here are some posts on popular social platforms:

Meanwhile some supporters of the ruling party could not restrain from gloating.

While some goverment sympathizers have accused the opposition, pointedly Raila Odinga, for not calming their supporters, it is clear from the video below that is not the case. Opposition leaders were earlier in the day talking to supporters when they were attacked by police.

Despite videos and photos telling a contrary tale, Cabinet Secretary for Interior Security Dr. Fred Matiang’i as well the police spokesperson have said police are acting within the law to deal with looters and that no live bullets have been used. In the video below police officers are clearly breaking into someone’s house while calling for them to come out. Clearly contradicting the statement that police are not brutalising innocent civilians.

It remains to be seen if Uhuru will commit to unite a Kenya so polarised along tribal lines that it’s threatening to tear apart at the slightest provocations.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2017 in News

 

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#WATWB: The 100-year old Living Saint

Every end month, members of the ‘We Are The World Blogfest’ post uplifting and inspiring stories from news sites.

For my second #WATWB post, I’ve chosen to once again share the story of grandpa Dobri, which has a special place in my heart and is in fact one of the initial posts I did when I created this blog.

Grandpa Dobri is a 100-year-old beggar who is already celebrated as a saint in Bulgaria; a country ravaged by poverty and corruption. For over 20 years, Dobri Dobrev has been begging on the streets of Sofia, collecting alms worth lots of money. You would expect him to use the money to better his life, but that’s not what he does. The old begger gives all proceeds from his begging to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, making him the church’s largest private donor. 

Besides donating his collections to the church, Grandpa Dobri also shares food items given to him with other believers. According to a bishop from the church, Dobri gave them $24,900 in 2009 while he continued living a life deprivation. This is a considerably huge amount of money that can change a man’s life given the high poverty level  in Bulgaria; the poorest, if not one of the poorest, members of the EU. The bishop notes that the old man also donates to snaller churches around the area.

His selflessness and generosity hasn’t gone unnoticed despite his meekness and refusal to grant interviews to the media. He is is locally known as “The Living Saint from Baylovo” and graffiti artists painted a mural of him holding a candle on a 10-storey building in a Sofia neighbourhood. 

Grandpa Dobri Mural. Photo courtesy

Dobri is indeed an inspiration that any one can do good to others in society irrespective of financial standing. You can read the story in it’s entirety here.

For guidelines and how to join the #WATWB community click here

For further info, get in touch with this month’s cohosts Simon FalkRoshan RadhakrishnanIndepreet UppalSylvia Stein and Damyanti Biswas.

 
 

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