Ushahidi partners Facebook to monitor Kenya’s General Election on August 8


The crowdsourcing technology company Ushahidi has partnered with Facebook, InfoNET and The Constitution & Reform Education Consortium (CRECO) to monitor Kenya’s General Election on August 8, 2017.

Using its Uchaguzi platform, Ushahidi will monitor incidences of electoral offences, violence, peace activities and to inform Kenyans on how their counties and constituencies voted during the August 8th General Elections.

The Constitution & Reform Education Consortium (CRECO) is providing 700 monitors located at various polling stations around the country as well as administrative support. InfoNET, a technology partner, is offering the Action Response Team, Analysis and Partnership Platforms.

The hope is that the Kenyan Elections will be peaceful, but if there is any irregularities the 700+ Uchaguzi observers, general public and trained volunteers will be able to report electoral incidences to the Uchaguzi Short Code (20166),  Twitter: @uchaguzi, Facebook: @Uchaguzi2017Kenya or directly through Facebook Messenger, and at https://uchaguzi.or.ke/views/create.

Uchaguzi will continue to monitor activities throughout the campaign period to the actual election day. Between August 5-9 Uchaguzi will operate a 24-hour Situation Room at the iHub. The project has also engaged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Police, Judiciary, Human Rights Groups, Civil Society and Media through online conversations and live chat where the institutions provide feedback to conversations and engage citizens in real time.

Uchaguzi is the most collaborative deployment of the Ushahidi platform to date, having worked with key actors in the humanitarian sector, human rights activists, private sector, government and the technology community in Kenya.

This is the fourth time  that the platform will be used to promote citizen participation in election monitoring initiatives in Kenya. The first instance of the crowdsourcing platform Ushahidi was created in the midst of the 2008 post election violence as a tool to map violence and respond to the crisis.  The platform was also used during the August 2010 constitutional referendum vote and the 2013 Kenya General Election. The platform was also used to monitor US elections last year.

Ushahidi was recently on the wrong side of history when one of its employees resigned and accused its CEO sexually harassing her.

PartsDirect Launches to Enable You Order Car Parts


Getting spare parts for vehicles sometimes is really challenging, especially in a country like Nigeria. You don’t know honest dealers and you don’t know if the parts are original. In cases when the job is left for mechanics, they end up swindling car owners of their money.

But with PartsDirect.ng, you do not have to worry about looking for original replacement parts for your automobile. The platform was launched to enable you easily order for car parts from the comfort of your home, and have them delivered to you.

PartsDirect is an automotive mobile-web platform that serves as an interface between the general public and verified vendors of genuine car spare parts

The platform offers users accessibility to a wide inventory of authentic car replacement parts and delivery to public consumers at great rates with ease and convenience. Using an aggregate of verified vendors, they source parts from for customers, and also provide warranty.

How it works? On the platform, simply search for the car parts you need, and submit details. Then, the PartsDirect team reply you with the price. From there, you then place an order, which is delivered directly to you or your mechanic.

According to the team, “PartsDirect aim to be the nation’s biggest and most efficient one stop shop for Automotive parts. Through our diverse local and international partners, we are creating and aggregating the largest inventory and network of genuine automotive parts suppliers in the entire West African sub regions. We thrive on our ability to certify and guarantee all our merchandise to ensure conformity with international standards and best practices.”

The automobile industry is gradually getting popular in the tech space. PartsDirect is not the online platform for autoparts, as we’ve seen a few in the past. The move of these startups would in no time make the Nigerian automobile industry an enviable one.

Stanford Seed names new director to lead its expansion efforts into India & across Africa


Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, aka Stanford Seed, has named Darius Teter as the new executive director of the institute to  oversee its growth and expansion in Africa and into India respectively.

Teter, is a former VP of global programs at Oxfam America where he oversaw the humanitarian emergency response team and regional development programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America, as well as research, learning and evaluation. Stanford Seed believes his experience in international development,  humanitarian emergencies and financing public infrastructure mega-projects will be key to expanding its programs in Africa and India.

“Darius is passionate about promoting global economic prosperity, making him the ideal leader for Stanford Seed,” said Jonathan Levin, the Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business. “As Stanford Seed continues to grow and evolve, Darius’ deep experience will help guide the institute to its next level of success.”

Teter will work closely with Sørensen, who served as executive director of Seed from 2015 to 2017, and Raj Chellaraj, associate dean for finance and administration at the GSB, who served as chief operating officer of Seed during the same time period. Teter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Yale University and a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard Kennedy School. He has also completed advanced studies in resource economics at the University of British Columbia.

Founded in 2011, Seed held its first Transformation Program in Accra, Ghana, in 2013 and expanded to Nairobi, Kenya, in 2016. Since then, the Seed Transformation Program has trained and mentored 565 entrepreneurs and senior staff members, leading to increased revenue and new job creation throughout the region. In addition, participating companies have raised almost $11 million in funding and 79 percent have grown their customer base.

In May 2017, Seed announced its expansion into India through its new location in Chennai, which will serve entrepreneurs from across the country. The first annual program will run from August 2017 to August 2018 and will be held at the state-of-the-art Infosys corporate campus.

My president launches portals, funny portals

In April 2013, Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as the country’s 4th president in what he called ‘the most complex general election in our history’ with both praise and criticism in equal measure.

In his speech, the jubilant president said his government would be founded on economic growth, strengthened by a globally competitive education system and access to affordable healthcare and food-security.

He promised to be held accountable by all Kenyans on promises such as zero maternity fees, loans for the youth and women, funds for devolution and dealing with unemployment. Whether these were illusions or have been achieved it’s up to Kenyans to decide and vote them back in or out.

This is the battle the Kenyatta government has. To actually prove to Kenyans that it has worked and that its projects were not projects of the coalition government according to Raila Odinga-led opposition coalition  the National Super Alliance or NASA . To help Kenyans easily see and identify its achievements, the Kenyatta team has over the years launched various portals such as President.go.ke which tracks the president’s itenary with speeches and press releases. Mygov.go.ke- the larger government press machinery run by the ministry of ICT and supporting the executive arm to communicate its achievements as well rally for his election and the grand launch of delivery.go.ke which was personally launched by the president and his deputy to showcase the Jubilee government’s achievements since it came in power in April 2013. The site replaces Nexus.or.ke which never survived a month and complements President.go.ke and Mygov.go.ke.

Delivery.go.ke, run by the President’s Delivery Unit, is divided into three sections namely Flagship Programmes, County Programmes and Ministry Programmes. The Flagship Programmes are under ICT, Lands, Health care, and Infrastructure with many listed as completed, ongoing at different phases, or completed.

Whether the projects began in the Kibaki regime or were funded by international organizations, it’s not a big deal. Some of the projects such as roads, hospitals and bit of rural electrification are genuine while others are exaggerated. The site indicates 2.5M plus title deeds have been processed while processing fees for another 3M titles waived. Delivery.go.ke run by the President’s Delivery Unit, a centre of government function based in the Office The President has done a fair job as the primary unit tasked to improve the coordination of National Government flagship programs. Nzioka Waita, its head has done a commendable job. But it gets worse.

Over the weekend, we noticed several sites online allegedly ordered by propaganda firm Cambridge Analytica feared for its role for Trump election and the Brexit referendum vote. The two sites, one for Raila and one for Uhuru, built in the same format with the same goal- respectively spreading hate and loyalty about the candidates on social media. The firm behind it went ahead to buy Twitter and Google Ads for the sites, a move readers think aim to hijack user democracy and win the swing vote among the youth undecided about both Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

To the NASA camp, the websites and ads are miracle if the comments on some of the aerticles are anything to go by. One such article by a certain Kimani Ichung’wa (hope not the M.P) claims to Raila everything is bad if he doesn’t take credit.

“NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga has tried to make this a campaign agenda, and has called for the project to be scrapped or reversed,” Ichung’wa writes. “His statements betray, once again, that attacking the government is more important than advancing the country’s development agenda, and caring for his own constituents. He will have to explain why a high-speed train that will trigger economic development and create jobs in Western and Nyanza regions — his own backyard — should be cancelled.”

“The answer is simple for all who haved followed Raila’s political career. If he doesn’t take credit for something, he tries to discredit it, even if it is good for Kenya and the people. The opposition’s excuse for opposing the SGR extension is another red herring. They claim the government is making the national debt unsustainable,” says the writer. However, to the surprise of the writer, the negative articles are working wonders for Raila Odinga and his team.

Surprisingly most of the readers are in support of Raila Odinga, the NASA candidate and are not portraying the intended negative image the team had intended.

“Job Orandi Mageto you’re so stupid person when you talk badly to Raila. which kenya a you living madeni yanatumaliza kabisa kwa hii serikali yenye haijali mkenya wa kawaida. serikali yenye anatuambia ati unga ni 90 na hali ilali unga ni 130 kwa sababu ya kufikilia duni kuwa supermaket ziko mpaka vijijini.

Denice Job Ochieng Hmmm you talk as if you are a visitor in Kenya and as if you are soon leaving…. Get this its not about the locomotives and all that you say,, look into the life of a normal mkenya who pays taxes as well as looking for sh.200 to pass a meal.. And look forward to another,, now maintaining the life is the problem…. Tell such a Kenyan about the locomotives!!! And yet no food to put him up!!! That’s why I strongly sa that… #JUBILEE_MUST_GO who to take that place #BABA_JOSHUA_RAILA
Frenky Madividy Stupis analysis we all know how much raila has contributed to the development of this country both freedom wise,economicwise and politically.your stupid analysis can only be compared to that of Mutahi Ngunyi who always dreams about raila
Vickery Omwandho ABDUBA DIDA QUOTES:
” Uhuru Kenyatta spent 3 years at the ICC trying to save himself, when he came back he called parties and started campaigning, when did he sit down to work?
Those working in this Country are the Chinese. They propose an idea, fund, implement and manage the idea! and that’s the tragedy of this Country.
 According to the Star, the Jubilee Party hired global data mining company Cambridge Analytica and British communications firm BTP Advisers to help it retain the presidency. For the record, Cambridge Analytica, which allegedly uses fake online opinion pieces as news, hate and ethnic profiling to create divisions between political camps  and win over undecided voters has a string of failures in Nigeria while working for Yar’Adua, and in Lativia and in St Lucia and failure to help Ted Cruz clinch the republican nominations leave alone the US presidency.

Unlike other populations, Kenyans are queer and might not easily be swayed by backward psychological warfare waged by ex-military men through social media ads. Negative labels elevate candidates up above others and easily wins them sympathy votes for not fighting back; a principle used by Sun Tzu, in his Art of War , “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” Apart from public war of words, Raila is not fighting back by showing he cant compete the Uhuru team on resources then using the same tactic to claim the incumbent is using public resources and shortchanging voters against Kenya’s elections Act Section  14.

The act states that a candidate, referendum committee or other person shall not use public resources for the purpose of campaigning during an election or a referendum. No government shall publish any advertisements of achievements of the respective government either in the print media, electronic media, or by way of banners or hoardings in public places during the election period.

Coupled with corruption, ceiling food prices, inflation and unemployment,  the issue of public resources makes Raila an easy sale to his sympathizers by portraying himself as the Joshua to lead his people into a safer Canaan with food and honest leaders. So whether Raila is going to hire a data team to buy ads or not; the damage intended by Jubilee Party strategists is working positively for the opposition.

Though known as a big data firm, Cambridge Analytica doesnt actually use big data, but neuroticism, old-fashioned propaganda and tricks and subterfuge like it did for by creating tensions between Latvians and ethnic Russian residents to influence voting behavior. In Trinidad the firm helped a candidate by importing graffiti artists to do slogans and stickers to appear as if they were by Trinidadians. In Nigeria, in 2016, the firm dissuaded opposition supporters from voting by organizing anti-poll rallies and discrediting opponents. For Leave.eu, the firm targeted anti-BREXIT supporters with Facebook, Twitter, and Google ads using their digital traces.

Cambridge Analytica buys personal data from surveys on social media, land registries, car registration, shopping data, loyalty cards, membership cards, shopping, schools, among others then aggregates this data into real people with their age, address, fears, needs, interests, and where they stay or who they intend to vote for. These findings help Cambridge Analytica to target each person with an appropriate political message to influence their voting. Unless the tactics are stopped, Kenyans should be ready to come across various ads targeting them and their peers with different political messages such as go out and vote against Raila Odinga, not to vote totally or to vote for the Jubilee Party to complete its development projects for the good of all Kenyans.

It gets worse with Google search with various keywords to do with Raila Odinga, Kenya elections, Unga among others lead to paid posts from various sources portraying Uhuru Kenyatta as the savior who pushed down Unga prices.

Read more about Cambridge Analytica here, here, here and here.






How To Buy a Used Smartphone Without Getting Screwed.


Tom: Hi

Me: Hi what’s up?

Tom: Wanted to ask if you’re selling a second hand phone or which phone you’d recommend I buy?

Me: How much are you willing to spend?

Tom: Not more than 7 k            

Me: mmmh… have you checked OLX or Safaricom shop if you have bonga points?

Tom: What is OLX? I don’t have time to go to the Safaricom shop.

Me: Ok, let me check and I’ll get back to you.

I have had this conversation so many times especially in the last 2 months that I thought it would be best if we did a roundup of condition to look when buying second hands phones. From a small research we found that people are interested in certain  features when making a decision to buy a phone, such as How well does it Performs, Camera quality?, internal memory and RAM, sleekness, Battery life, and finally the price.

Figuring out where to buy the phone is tough there are pros and cons to each option, as you might imagine. Personally, I only buy in-person, since I want to inspect the phone—but you’ll get a much better selection buying online. Because smartphones get swapped by greater models so frequently, the second-hand market is massive and thousands of people sell their phones daily. Equipped with a bit of knowledge, knowing where to shop and how to negotiate, you can take advantage of this and pick up a great bargain on a quality phone. Here’s how to go about it.

Be clear on what you want

What kind of phone do I want? What make and model? What operating system? What minimum specifications will I be happy with? Do some research first before deciding on your budget? Use the internet and see what people are generally selling their second hand smartphones for, particularly the make and model you are interested in. A phone’s price will depend on its condition. Phones in good condition would normally fetch a higher price than phones not in the best shape any more.

Shop around
Now that you’ve got a clear idea of what it is you are looking for and what your budget is, start shopping around for a bargain. There are many platforms people use to sell their second-hand phones. For instance OLX.

Prepare yourself
Before parting with your money, you will have to meet the seller in person, in a safe, well-lit public area and inspect the phone. Communicate with the seller beforehand about what you’ll want to test before buying the phone.

How to Inspect a Used Smartphone

At the meeting, you need to bring a few things with you:

Your own charging cable, compatible one.

A laptop

Your SIM card, which can fit into the phone. Read up what type of SIM the used phone needs so you aren’t stuck with microSIM card when the phone uses a nanoSIM.


A micro SD card

Once the seller hands you the phone, you should run a bunch of checks.

Physically inspect the phone. Watch for damage to the body, like dents and scratches, as well as water damage. Be especially mindful of scratches on the phone and on the camera lens at the back. Take your time with this, don’t rush it.

Check all the ports. Pop your own headphones into the handset and check if they are working. Connect the charger cable you got to your laptop and see if it’s charging by that port. If it charges by laptop, it’s going to charge by wall socket. Then run these checks with the packaged accessories too.

Pop in your SIM card. Make a call, send a text, and browse to your favourite website. It’s the best way to check those parts of the phone are working well. If the phone is locked to a network and your SIM isn’t from that carrier, you’ll find out immediately with this simple test.

Bluetooth – Test the phone’s Bluetooth capability on another Bluetooth enabled device, and see whether it’s discoverable.
Wi-Fi – If you have a portable router on hand, switch on the phone’s Wi-Fi and check if it connects easily.
Personal Hotspot – If the phone has this feature, use your laptop to test whether it can connect to the phone via Wi-Fi.

Camera lens – Look for scratches on both the front and back camera lenses.

The Final Negotiation

If everything has checked out and you are ready to hand over your cash, try one final negotiation tactic. What’s the right amount to ask for a reduction? After successfully making a deal with several used phone purchases, I believe I’ve cracked it: negotiate as much as the price of buying a new case.

Since this is a used phone, warranty will be an issue and it’s best to put a case on it that protects the device for long-term usage. So the amount to negotiate equates to the case you want to put on it. If the seller already is throwing in a sturdy case, just be happy with the deal.


Telkom Kenya inks deal to roll out Free Wi-Fi to over 1000 constituency hubs

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Telkom Kenya is set to roll out free Wi-Fi in 1,160 Constituency Incubation Hubs, in a just concluded multi-million deal that will see the once struggling telco get back to its knees.

The deal will see the firm install Wi-Fi in  government-funded Constituency Incubation Hubs in the 290 constituencies across the country.

According to Managing Director of the Enterprise Division at Telkom Kenya, Kris Senanu, “We are excited about the roll-out of this new government project. As a strategic partner to the Kenya government’s national ICT agenda, Telkom Kenya is able to provide end-to-end solutions, tailor-made to meet a growing set of needs for the Public Sector.”

The deal will complement Telkom Kenya’s stakes in the Internet development space, as other players move to lay fiber across the country in a move to profit from the growing middle class who heavily rely on the Internet for their work and play in this knowledge-based economy.

The deal is funded by the Ministry of ICT and the National Constituency Development Fund (NCDF).

Telkom Kenya will install internet in 4 hubs per constituency, which will be equipped with 40 tablet devices each.

The Hubs will benefit youth entrepreneurs by way of helping them develop their ICT skills and applications, bringing them into the digital world and enabling them to grow and start new businesses.

The National Constituency Development Fund will fund the project for the supply and installation of the equipment component while the Ministry of ICT will fund the provision of Internet broadband services for a period of one year.

Telkom Kenya also manages the government’s National Optic Fibre Backbone (NOFBI).

European Commission to invest €300m to support renewable energy in Africa


The European Commission has invested  €300 million in funding in the African Union led Africa Renewable Energy Initiative for sustainable energy projects.

The €300 million is expected to leverage total investments amounting to €4.8 billion, adding 1.8 Gigawatts of new renewable energy generation in Africa.

 Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, announced the preparation of 19 new renewable energy projects, with a total potential investment of €4.8 billion.

 “With these 19 new projects, potentially worth €4.8 billion of investments, the European Union is delivering on its promises. We are turning our pledges into real projects with true impact on the ground. The EU hereby reaffirms its leading role in supporting the African continent in the promotion of renewable energies for the improvement of energy access for African citizens.” said Commissioner Mimica.This will contribute to the European Commission’s aim for 2020: to give 30 million more people access to sustainable energy, to save 11 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, and to help generate 5 Gigawatts of new renewable energy in Africa.

This represents half of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative‘s overall target, as one of AREI’s key objectives is to generate 10 Gigawatt of new renewable energy in Africa by 2020, and to unlock Africa’s potential to generate as much as 300 Gigawatt from renewable energy by 2030.

The EU’s development funding towards sustainable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa for the period 2014-2020 amounts to approximately €2.7 billion.

The European Commission, the EU Member States and the EU Financial Institutions will support AREI through the Africa Investment Facility (AfIF), the Electrification Financing Initiative (ElectriFI) and the future External Investment Plan.

9th edition of annual Connected Summit set to be held in April

Th 9th edition of the annual Connected Summit is set to be held on 9th to 13th April, 2017 at Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort, Diani, Kwale County.
The objectives of the summit include review progress and achievements in the sector since the last summit as well as allow participants to share knowledge, best practices and lessons learnt.
This year’s summit also aims to recommend policy, regulatory and operational interventions and chart a future for Kenya’s economic prosperity via ICT. It will also provide a platform for meaningful networking between the public and private sector and participants will evaluate key milestones in the National ICT Master Plan and Vision 2030 Blueprint.
Last year, the Summit was themed ‘Bridging the Service Gap’, aimed at helping to identify gaps in public sector service delivery and use ICT to solve them.Giving opening remarks, Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT said the summit was “an opportunity to work together to bring about changes. ”

Mucheru said the summit is a chance for Kenyans to give the ministry ideas to make Kenya work in regards to ICT. A time for people to debate on issues such as VAT on devices, 4G an 5G licences, dominance,  regulation of over the top services like Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram and much more.

Impacts of Fake News on Social Media.


Consumption of fake news and answers to it will often implicate the freedom of expression. Control designed to combat fake news can hinder the universal right to freedom of expression. At the same time, propaganda spread by fake news can impact perceptions of governments, elections, and overall attitudes within societies, undermining the integrity of the democratic process.

social media accounts has evolved from a place to post selfie, travel pics, and what you ate for dinner to a platform that people are using to make big money through adverts and now the latest trend driving out shocking, garbage with a goal of going viral.

Fake news, once confined to parody of the internet, has quickly become a challenger for the most powerful expression of the year, after it was revealed that it had an effect on the US General Elections which is a terrifying position to be in. Some of fake news going round on social media includes;


When Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s president, was running for office in 2014, he was accused through social media of being a Chinese Christian and a communist — severe criticism in the deeply Islamic country. The Indonesian politician released his marriage certificate to prove he wasn’t Chinese and made a pilgrimage to Mecca just before voting.

“The fake news had a very big impact in our campaign,” said Tubagus Ramadhan, who helped Mr. Widodo run his social media campaign during the election.

Even in long-established democracies like Germany, Spain and Italy, have reported false news reports and hate speech on social media have whipped up grass-roots populist movements, which have often targeted the recent arrival of Middle Eastern refugees, to save wider election support.

Kenya is one of the several countries having an election this year and it will be great if they rolled out the feature to curb fake news soon enough before the election. Social medial have a huge presence in Kenya. Restricting the spreading of fake news could have a positive impact in the curbing of scam.

These’s a big risk —that social media will hollow out existing gaps in these civilizations. WherePeople are still learning how to use social media, so many can easily fall for hoaxes.

East Africa Countries Unveil a $4.4 Million Electronic Cargo Tracking System to Reduce Transit Time & Cargo Theft


Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have officially unveiled a Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System (RECTs) enabling them to jointly track movement of goods from Mombasa Port to Kampala and Kigali.

The system, launched by the three countries Revenue Authorities is excepted to reduce the cost of doing business by reducing transit time, enhancing cargo safety and helping traders to better predict arrival of goods.  The service was launched in Nakawa, Kampala and will be free as Revenue Authorities will meet all operational costs.

According to URA Commissioner General Doris Akol, “The partnership with Kenya and Rwanda helps us monitor goods from end to end, easing cargo handling, improving revenue collection and reducing diversion of un-taxed goods into the market. It will lead to improved fair trade as goods that have not been taxed will not be diverted to distort the market. This will benefit our traders and assure potential investors of level playing field in our region”.

The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) has supported the project by giving USD4.4million grant through TradeMark East Africa.  The launch of the Regional Electronic Cargo tracking System marks is expected to reduce by a third the time to import and export goods, seal loopholes that lead to revenue loss because of diversion of un-taxed goods into the market, enable transporters to reduce their transit costs and increase the productivity of their fleet and eliminate the need for physical escort and monitoring of sensitive cargo, such as batteries, fuel, cigarettes.

RECTs comprises satellites, central command centres in each of the revenue authorities in Nairobi, Kampala and Kigali, smart gates and rapid response units. An electronic seal is attached on transit cargo vehicles and communicates with the command centres giving real time updates such as vehicle location, speed, and if the container is tampered with or not. Importers, transporters, and the revenue authorities can see this information.

Rapid response units are stationed along sections of the Northern Corridor identified as notorious for diversion of goods. These rapid response units respond to alerts, received from the command centres, about suspicious behaviour like diversion from designated route, unusually long stop over, or attempt to open a container, which they investigate and resolve on the spot.

Frank Matsaert, TMEA CEO said, “RECTs efficiency will ingrain fair terms of trade by creating a level playing field for both importers and local industries as it helps in eliminating diversion of cargo. Surely, with this strong partnership between the private sector, the revenue authorities and TMEA it is possible that we can reduce transit time from Mombasa to Kampala down to 2days”

KRA, URA and RRA hope to work with other revenue agencies in the region to continue integrating their systems and further simplify trade. The first phase of the Electronic Cargo Tracking System in Uganda reduced transit days from an average of 6 days (December 2013) to 1.5days for truckers moving from Busia to Elegu (the border with South Sudan.).




Beware of Mistakes in Essay Writing


Committing errors in paper composing is a typical thing. Mix-ups could be grammar, reference related, and referencing botches, expository or presentational. Each understudy would have experienced the strings of article composing long drawn and exhausting when contrasted with short, fresh responses to questions! They probably had their impart of inconvenience to grammar use and spelling too!

In UK schools, colleges and other instructive foundations, paper composing has dependably been given fundamental significance since this is something which helps instructors and educators to decide common ability, information and aptitudes of an understudy. Lamentably, the majority of the students’ particularly non-local English speakers discover it truly hard to create a top notch article according to the prerequisites of their educators which extraordinarily puts their last grades into peril and to maintain a strategic distance from this hazardous circumstance, they as a rule employ journalists who compose or give significant material.

Mistakes Associated with Unprofessionalism

You may have frequently perused or tuned in from understudies something like “Is there anyone who can compose my exposition for me? All things considered, getting proficient help is not an awful practice but rather when you are not given honest to goodness data, this may be significantly more hazardous for you. You can without much of a stretch discover essay writers from https://writingdone.com/  however in the event that they are not experienced and proficient, you should confront bunch of issues including loss of cash and lower grades. A portion of the greatest frustrations are portrayed beneath to give you a thought how horrible it can be to settle on a wrong choice.

  1. Reference

The primary normal mix-up submitted in custom writings is a reference. It is obligatory to refer to work done by different researchers when composing a paper; accordingly, getting the configuration as well as the style right is imperative. Related with appropriate reference is the mainstream article composing error of poor referencing. There is typically perplexity between a reference list and a list of sources in custom written work. A book reference demonstrates a rundown of works counseled amid the examination while a reference list is a list of the sources utilized for writing survey and you have not to befuddle these. Additionally, there are diverse referencing frameworks that are typically prescribed when making references. Referencing and reference are extremely dubious and that is the reason in the event that you don’t know about them you ought to utilize a paper composing administration to make your work neater.

  1. Data Packing

The second exposition composing botch made by scholars is what is known as data bundling, and it needs to do with how data is in the article is introduced. The paper ought to be clear and straightforward so that the focused on gathering of people can experience it effortlessly it ought to likewise have connecting expressions that make the archive stream normally. Sentences ought to be short and exact.

  1. Grammar and accentuation

Another mistake done during custom writing is the presence of grammar mistakes and vocabulary scattering. These mistakes occur as subject-verb assention, improper utilization of detached voice, elaborate blunders like wrong utilization of quotes, utilization of dangling modifiers, the utilization of possessive things and numerous others. A standout amongst the best methods for maintaining a strategic distance from grammatical mistakes and vocabulary scattering is by utilizing an article composing service since they have experts who are experienced authors.

  1. Plagiarism

Scholars likewise steal the work of others an intense offense. Literary theft is the demonstration of exhibiting another person’s work as your own. Writers ought to give acknowledge where its due as it demonstrates the uprightness of the scholastic author and is an indication of shared regard.

  1. Sources

At last, there is the issue of utilizing assets that are not dependable. Trustworthy sources enhance the nature of an article and the validity of the author; in this manner, it ought to be each writer’s obligation to utilize believable wellsprings of data notwithstanding amid this web period where everything is accessible by the snap of a catch. Focus on focuses that we expressed, and you will enhance your custom writing, the ability that will help you to accomplish your objectives at school and college, and additionally later on, as reports and introductions can once in a while be maintained a strategic distance from.

Becoming an online essay writer – some steps to follow


It has been seen in a number of cases that students try their level best to avoid writing essays during the course of their educational course. But what they cannot seem to contemplate is that the concept of writing essays is perhaps the most important aspect of their entire curriculum at school or university. A lot is expected from the students nowadays, owing to the level of competition that exists in the educational sector. The academic subjects that they have to study are truly a tremendous burden, and while carrying such a burden, they forget to give importance to essay writing and its importance. They actually lack the time to work on writing a proper essay, which may land them in some measure of trouble.

But owing to various technological advancements that have taken place in the last half decade, the situation has improved greatly, and the situation for students has followed suit. There are a number of online essay writing services that provide a valuable service to students all over the world. Today, we will take a look at how one can become a professional essay writer for a service provider such as EssayShark writing service and provide a great and honourable service. Read on to find out more.

Steps to become an online essay writer

  • One should always consider the concept of writing an essay as a process and definitely not as a task limited by a certain deadline or a submission date. A writer’s thoughts should be organized and planned through proper reading and contemplation. The topic needs to be thoroughly studied and understood by the writer. The writer needs to research very carefully before drafting the essay and preparing to finalise it.
  • Some experts are of the opinion that the blank sheet used for writing an essay is the most difficult and complex aspect of the entire writing process, be it paper, or an MS Word file. Sketching out a plan is very much important before the essay can be written, and the blank sheet plays a vital role in the planning process. You need to note down each and every point that comes to mind and assemble these points as per your preference as well as the client’s or the student’s. A logical heading is required for each point, followed by proper elaboration. Some of the subheading ideas that you can use are as follows:
  1. Introduction – The study’s source is explained in this subheading
  2. Main Body – This section will play host to a detailed analysis of the given topic, and will include findings, comments and opinions. You can also use quotations from media studies and scientific research
  3. Conclusion – This section will help the reader to completely understand your points and accept them to be true and well researched facts. You can make the ending interesting if you finish off with a question of some sort.
  • You need to be absolutely clear on one point – your English and language usage needs to be impeccable. This is one prerequisite condition all writers must fulfil. This does not necessarily mean a flowery language, but whatever you write must be correctly written, genuine and unique.

Now we will talk about becoming a fine essay writer, with special focus on how you can become a subject matter expert when writing an essay. If you are someone who has never written an essay, or has an article writing assignment in hand that needs to be written as an essay, you might feel a bit hesitant as you might not know whether your writing skills and your experience would be enough to complete the assignment. But this difficulty can actually be quite easily be avoided, simply with our own mindset and our way to approach the work at hand. This perhaps is one of the most important methods to make your assignment of essay writing a whole lot more easer – whatever the topic might be. You need to prepare your mind and have a clear view to ensure that you can work on any type of essay or assignment given to you.

The very step in this approach related method is to talk to other experts regarding a certain type of assignment or essay on online forums. These experts are always happy to lend a helping hand to those who require some advice on how to work on a certain assignment in the best possible way, including links to already written essays and examples of essay structures and formats. This will definitely be extremely helpful at the beginning stages of the assignment, especially when you are trying to understand what the topic of the essay is about, and how to go about it so as to write it the most efficient way possible. Always be open and non-hesitant to ask for help from writers who have been working for several years in this field and are far more experienced than you and I. Talking to experts, checking out samples, understanding the format – everything will make you a qualified assignment or essay writer.

The second point that you need to consider is that you should never target to become an expert in essay writing overnight – because honestly, it is quite impossible. Instead, be smart about it and take your time to learn the art of essay writing. Always keep in mind that the essay assignment experts you see all around have taken years to accomplish and attain a certain level of success and efficiency. Hence, give yourself and your skills some time to grow. It may take quite a few assignments to ensure that you can reach that level of expertise where you simply cannot make a mistake of any kind.

Last but not the least – you should always rely on the first draft-final draft concept so that your work can be accurate and error-free. Always work on the first draft first, and check the same of grammatical and spelling errors. Only then should you finalise the final draft.


Minute Aspects Of Writing An Essay Effectively


Essay refers to the collection and compilation of ideas after properly segregating the each to form the relevant content of the essay by threading these ideas neatly together. Essay is not just concerned with writing down the points that crop up in your mind, it has much more to it. You need to be aware about the basic and even the minute details of essay writing.

All in all, you need to keep these minute details in your mind so that you can write the essay effectively. These are also the basic parameters on which you are judged as an essay write and the evaluation process also depends strongly on these minute things that one might not even take into consideration. You can also buy an essay online at https://writemyessayonline.com/.

Many of you who are presently reading the article might be wondering about these minute details about which you have never heard before. Today, not only will you get aware about the term but will also learn the proper application of the same. These details which can also be termed as the basic features of the essay are as follows:

  1. Sentence formation, a basic need: Sentence formation is the fundamental aspect associated with the grammar. You can never impress the reader of the essay with howsoever good ideas you might be having in your mind unless you are not able to thread these ideas properly in a sentence. You might be having a misconception that an impressive essay can only be written if you have the ability to form the complex sentences. This notion on your part is however wrong. The sentences you make need not be complex. Doing so will only lead to making your essay a little complex by reducing the readability of the same. Ideally you can simply go in for writing the simple sentence formation.
  2. Inclusion of ideas and facts with relevancy: There might be several ideas related to the topic that you get to write an essay in your mind but it is your responsibility to judge that how many and how much of these are relevant as far as the exact question of the essay is concerned. You are required to include and add only those ideas which are more closely related to the topic and the ones that can satisfy the relevancy clause of the essay. This thing also plays an important role in determining the quality of your content. A quality essay does not beat around the bush but simply hammers the last nail.
  3. Arrangement of the ideas and facts: You cannot simply place your ideas randomly in what so ever place and sequence may suit your convenience. You need to be very careful about the proper sequence in which you need to place the essay. Doing so will lend an extra charm to your essay. Thread your ideas in a way that they form the story instead of appearing to be the broken sequence of different sentences that together fail to make any concrete passage.

5 Steps To Prepare An Effective Speech


Preparing a speech might prove to be a hectic task sometimes. There are several thoughts that keeping coming in the mind but the question is -Are all those thoughts relevant? Can all those thoughts be delivered in a speech? These are the two big questions for which many of you seem to have no appropriate answer. Though the answer is not with you, it’s here in this article. By the end of reading this article, not only will you get the answer to your question but you will also be able to prepare a speech effectively by yourself.

In this technocratic era you get all the types of favour at your doorstep and the one at preparing a speech is no exception. You can avail this help from several sites that make the experts of speech writers available to you but one name that comes to mind is https://gpalabs.com/ . Here at this site you can buy speech online. If you are associated with the work area where time and again you are expected to deliver a speech then it becomes even the more important to prepare a speech effectively to leave a remark on the mind of the audience.

Here are few tips that will help you to prepare a speech in an appropriate manner. These are as follows:

  1. Select the main ideas: Out of all the ideas that you have in your mind, you need to select those that are most relevant. Highlight all the major ideas in your speech and place them appropriately in a proper sequence so that when you deliver the speech those ideas make a sense.
  2. Compile your ideas: Once you have finalized all the ideas that you wish to include in your speech the next task that you have in hand is compiling those ideas. Place these ideas in a sequential manner so that you face no problem while delivering the speech.
  3. Write in the same manner as you talk: Do not make you speech too formal or too informal. Try to prepare it in the same manner as you speak or interact in your day to day life. This will give a human touch to your speech which will then link it to the emotions and other aspects.
  4. Use appropriate words and examples: Make use of words that are acceptable for the audience of all the age groups and give the ideas that everyone can associate themselves with.
  5. Simplify: Avoid making use of too many bombastic words that are hard for the people to understand. Doing so will add complexity to your speech and will solve no other purpose.

All in all, these are the few points that you need to keep in mind in order to prepare a speech effectively. So, next time you sit down to prepare a speech you can use these points. Soon a day will arrive when you will get so habitual to delivering a speech that you will require no prior planning for the same.

A Way Out of No Way And Guaranteed Freedom of Thought.


This a filling that’s  always triggering your mind, where you have a boss and  It’s Friday afternoon at the office and with one eye stuck to the clock and the other fastened to the door. The day feels like it’s never going to end.

That desk job that had promised so much at the start has left you be anxious about Monday mornings and together with how many brain cells you have, left as they waste away up and die from lack of use you have boundaries that you can’t violate.

This where your mind goes  to when your teen and remember that’s moments, your first diary in high school, nothing to write on, all what come in your mind was to set goals. Defined what wanted with your life. I always remember mine and wonder what happened.

When was young, could write what we wanted with our life. Now grown up and no longer living with our parents, having all that freedom longed at early twenties, but always anxious every morning when its initiate our mind will be under supervision for next 7 to 8 hours.

Freelance work offers tremendous advantages and can represent an attractive alternative to a traditional job. If you are considering a freelance career, you should explore the benefits and pitfalls of freelancing.

Working as a freelance is the best way to get to determine yourself, your product/service and a guarantee field where input is parallel to outputs. This only the field that’s built a system of similarly-skilled experts, suppliers, clients and advisors. Not only that, but freelancing is a way of life that affords a lifestyle that working for someone else simply does not.

Working under supervision denies all you imagined of being a sole working lifestyle that, would work, and could provide you with the ultimate life/work balance, a great income and a solid freedom that isn’t possible when working for anybody else, or when somebody else works for you. Also as a freelance you enjoy

Flexibility of hours – Working from home or from a remote workplace as a freelancer allows you to dictate your own hours and work at times most convenient to you.

Income control – Your income is the direct result of your own efforts rather than being set by the law firm or company. In most cases, the harder you work, the greater the reward.

New skills – As a freelancer, you will learn new skills out of necessity that you might not gain as a traditional legal employee.

No office politics – Office politics are non-existent for solo freelancers. If you work alone, you are guaranteed to have the corner office.

Work load control – As a freelance worker, you can control your work load. While client demands can, at times, dictate your schedule, you can turn away work during busy times or accept more work during lean times.

Finally, when one try and be his own, there is a chance to work when, and importantly where, you feel more productive. One can have huge benefits and also bring with it a happier, healthier lifestyle.

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IEBC mulls launch of mobile registration centres to register more voters


Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) might launch mobile registration centers to register voters in Kilifi North, Kilifi South, Ganze, Turkana East and Samburu West Constituencies due to the ongoing drought, insecurity and those in currently in colleges away from their voting areas.

According to a statement from the IEBC, the first week of Mass Voter Registration II drive saw 825,145 new voters register, constituting 58% of the weekly target of 1.4 million.  However, due to logistical constraints, the data it has does not include the full data from Kilifi North, Kilifi South, Ganze, Turkana East and Samburu West Constituencies and the Commission is taking immediate measures to address the challenges outlined above, including considering the use of mobile registration centres.

The Register of Voters, also shows that there are 128,926 shared registration documents (ID and Passport numbers). This number represents 0.8% of the total number of voters in the database due to data entry errors at the time of registration, possible use of one ID to register more than once, attempted registration of more than one person using same ID and shared National ID numbers.

“Out of the 128,926 records of shared IDs, the Commission identified 107,777 records that show Same ID but different names. A further analysis showed that 53,671 of IDs were shared more than once. The remaining 21,149 are for persons who attempted to register more than once in different polling stations. We have also attached a list showing the distribution of the shared IDs across the country,” announced IEBC.

As a way forward, the Commission is working closely with NRB to clean up all the shared IDs.  In addition, a team of Registration officers and ICT operators are conducting further cleanup, IEBC said.

The Commission will make available the provisional register to the members of the public for verification adding that malpractices such as double registration will be firmly dealt with according to the law.

ICANN calls for greater participation of African countries in the ICANN to harness Internet opportunities

ICANN President and CEO Goran Marby called for greater participation of African countries in the ICANN to draw from the wealth of experience needed to capitalize on the continent’s Internet resources.

“The African continent’s participation in ICANN is important and this why we have opened an ICANN engagement office here in Nairobi last year. Partcipation is growing every day, and we want to work together, within our mission, to make sure countries in Africa are well represented on one secure, stable and resilient global Internet,’’ noted Mr.Marby.

CA Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi lauded ICANN for its active engagement with African governments adding that Kenya was proud to host ICANN’s first regional engagement centre and the capacity building workshop.

“We are convinced that the continued capacity building of public policy makers and regulators on matters of Internet governance is crucial for the advancement of the Internet domain name system, which is a pillar to ICTs everywhere today,” said Mr.Wangusi.

The workshop also aims at raising awareness on how governments from underserved areas, through the Governmental Advisory Committee, can best effectively participate and contribute to policy making at ICANN.

On his part Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communications and Technology, Mr. Joe Mucheru said Kenya has heavily invested in the expansion of Internet connectivity, to tap on its potential to catalyse socio-economic growth.

‘‘The proliferation of ICT innovations, improved government services and job creation are all benefits arising from Internet growth,” said Mr. Mucheru.

He added that given the vital nature of Internet resources, Kenya now identifies ICT infrastructure as Critical National Infrastructure and called on African countries to synergize in the growth of country code top level domains (ccTLD) and Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) as well as Cyber Incident Response Teams (CIRTS).

‘‘There is need to support the growth of national and regional IXPs to promote Internet traffic growth and subsequent affordability as well as safety of the Internet,’’ added the Cabinet Secretary.

African countries have intensified efforts to build relevant capacity on the continent to fully exploit opportunities presented by the Internet.

With the Internet permeating virtually every aspect of life, in Africa, businesses and governments are increasingly relying on Internet as a vehicle for transformation.

Insufficient skills have slowed down the continent’s utilization of the Internet’s benefits.  Deliberate steps are necessary to address the capacity challenges.

Delegates from the region and officials from the global body responsible for assigning names and numbers, converged in Nairobi today to discuss how to leverage on the positive impact of the Internet how it can be translated into meaningful socio-economic gains.

The workshop convened by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Communications Authority (CA) of Kenya saw calls for increased investment in ICTs and associated infrastructure.


Facebook pauses use of WhatsApp data in the UK


Elizabeth Denham,UK’s  Information Commissioner has said that Facebook has paused using WhatsApp data in its ads and friend requests after her office intervened.

The firm has also been asked Facebook to explain to customers how their data is going to be used and how they can get control of their data or opt out of similar requirements.

“We’ve set out the law clearly to Facebook, and we’re pleased that they’ve agreed to pause using data from UK WhatsApp users for advertisements or product improvement purposes,” Denham wrote on her blog. ”We have now asked Facebook and WhatsApp to sign an undertaking committing to better explaining to customers how their data will be used, and to giving users ongoing control over that information.”

Denham added that individuals should be given an opportunity to be given an unambiguous choice before Facebook start using that information and to be given the opportunity to change that decision at any point in the future.

”We think consumers deserve a greater level of information and protection, but so far Facebook and WhatsApp haven’t agreed. If Facebook starts using the data without valid consent, it may face enforcement action from my office,” she wrote promising that the Information Office will keep pushing on this, together with other data protection authorities such as the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, where Facebook’s EU headquarters are based, among others.

Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 and promised not to interfere with the firm’s data or operations. However, this year August Facebook announced it was going to use WhatsApp data to improve user experiences on WhatsApp and Facebook as well as in advertisements to the shock of its millions of users and several data protection bodies including the UK Information Commission.

”It’s a particular concern when company mergers mean that vast amounts of customers’ personal data become an asset to be bought and sold. We’re seeing situations where companies are being  bought primarily for this data, and when it is combined with information the purchasing company already holds, there’s a danger that consumers will have little control as datasets are matched and intrusive details revealed,” she said.

Denham added that her office is speaking with industry, competition regulators and consumer groups to see how they can make people aware of the law and will publish a report outlining concerns and discussing solutions.

Kenya’s Ushahidi launches a platform to monitor US elections

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Kenya’s Ushahidi has launched a platform to monitor the ongoing US presidential elections pitting Hillary Clinton of the Democratic party and controversial businessman Donald Trump from the Republican party as the main actors.


This comes against the backdrop of unprecedented conversation in the 2016 USA election concerning the voting process as well as some potential worry of violence on the Election Day.


“While, there is no evidence of voter fraud in America there are instances of voter suppression and voting issues on election day. As citizens, let’s raise our voices and help to report any issues on election day as well as celebrate all those who run a tight ship and bring trust to the underpinning of our democratic systems, ”   said the   Ushahidi Team on their website.

The platform is a nonpartisan citizen-led election monitoring project that will utilize the Ushahidi crowd sourcing software for the sake of transparency.


Ushahidi has helped run citizen-led election monitoring in countries around the world before.

“Let us emphasize that there are many other election monitoring entities working with approved trained monitors on election day.  This includes all state legislatures, both campaigns, the DNC and RNC, as well as non-partisan third party monitors. To learn more about the process, read the National Conference of State Legislatures page on policies for election observers in the USA,” said the team.

Ushahidi was categorical that the project is not meant to replace or compete with any  existing efforts, but to only to complement them.

This is a means for regular citizens who are going to vote, to report on any issues they come across, anything they witness, as well as to say that everything went great!

In case of any observation or reports go to usaelectionmonitor.com to learn how to report on the election or to help with verification of reports.

How it works

Citizens can report via Website, SMS, Twitter, or Email. Vetted volunteers will then verify those reports and publish them to this site, where they can be viewed on a map and timeline.

How you can help

1) Report on the election

Will you be at a voting booth on Nov 8th? If so, you can report to this election monitoring tool via:

2) Become a vetted verifier and help verify reports on election day      

Join the team and help verify all incoming reports. We will give you a training on how to run the tool, and set you up to help triage and verify any incoming reports on Nov 8th.

3) Get the word out!

Help us spread the word to all citizens about how to report on election day!

Suggested posts for social media:

All citizens can submit reports about polling locations and voting experiences at http://bit.ly/2exqIMl #USAelectionmonitor


Are you witnessing or experiencing voter suppression at your polling location? Raise your voice and report it here http://bit.ly/2fax8m0 #USAelectionmonitor

Many thanks for helping contribute to transparency in our electoral processes.



















An ICT accessibility Policy for E.A Persons with Disabilities in the offing


The East Africa Community member states have begun a process of formulating a policy on ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities (PWDs), with an aim of bridging the gap between the disabled persons and the non-disabled ones.

The process kicked off at two day meeting in Nairobi on Thursday that brought together regulatory and government officials from the member states. The meeting was organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) regional office and hosted by Communications Authority of Kenya.

The member states intend to have a common policy approach to facilitate access by disadvantaged and marginalized groups, including persons with disabilities. Once formulated, the ICT accessibility Policy will be formally adopted and domesticated in all the countries in the region.

Globally it is estimated that more than a billion people in the world live with some form of disability, and 80 per cent of them live in developing countries.

A  Kenya National Survey for Persons With Disabilities, conducted by  the National Coordinating Agency for Population and Development, in 2008 showed that 4.6 per cent  of Kenyans experience some form of disability and that  more disabled persons reside in rural areas than in urban areas.

“We must, collectively, exercise joint responsibility to ensure the barriers  and challenges are eliminated if not reduced so that they can be able to meaningfully  use ICT products and services,” John Omo, Communications Authority of Kenya ,  Director Legal Services said in speech on behalf of Francis Wangusi, the Director General.

Although the mobile telephone technology is greatly improving accessibility to information in Africa, its applicability for use by people with disabilities is still highly wanting.

There are barriers to accessibility mainly because of the different designs of ICT tools used by people in the mainstream which are not adaptable for use by the PWDs.

These challenges include but are not limited to, absence of assistive technologies to help even the educated PWDs, the absence of clear intervention strategies by governments.

Marcelino Tayob, ITU Regional Office for Africa noted that the world has realized that despite the disabilities  one may have, one  can contribute to  society and be productive if  given the opportunity and if the environment is conducive and/or supportive.

“We hope that this region will be a pace setter in this regard and other regions in Africa will take steps to also have similar policies for their regions and for the benefit of their countries,” said Mr Tayob.

ITU is the specialized agency for the United Nations   for the ICTs.

The East Africa Community representative said there is urgent need for member states to closely cooperate to adopt a common approach towards addressing the needs of the disadvantaged and the marginalized, including PWD.

“Given the promise of digital services, society cannot afford to leave People with Disabilities behind. It is imperative that policies, laws, and standards are implemented to ensure that digital services are accessible to all,” The East Africa Community representative.

“Based on that Treaty provision, the EAC can do pretty much with regard to ICT accessibility, including the recommendations that may come from this workshop.”policy