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Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi is pleased to confirm Safehotels certification as a new safety and security initiative for 2019. 

The certification, based on the Global Hotel Security Standard®, is recognized by hotel and travel associations, corporate accounts and organisations such as the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) around the world.

The criteria for the certification achieved by the hotel consists of more than 230 individual standard components relating to security, emergency management, fire safety, health and occupational safety.

“We are delighted to announce our hotel has been certified by Safe hotels,” said Andreas Flückiger, General Manager, Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi.

He added “The safety and security of our guests is always our top priority and we are always looking for new initiatives to further develop our existing standards for both guests and employees”

Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi team receives a Safe Hotel Certificate from Andy Williams - VP Quality Assurance Safehotels

Maintaining Safehotels certification is an ongoing process and the hotel will be recertified through an onsite visit and independent assessment by Safe hotels every year.

“Our certification aims to further enhance the existing levels of hotels safety and security, through the experience, expertise and fresh approach Safe hotels provides for a hotel” said Andy Williams, VP Quality Assurance Safehotels.

Adding “Staying at a Safehotels certified hotel is valued by corporate and leisure travellers around the world and we are delighted to celebrate with Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi in achieving this certification award”.

The family of Likoni Mp Mishi Mboko is mourning the death of their son and brother Dr Hamisi Ali Juma.

According to reports Hamisi who  was among the 50 Kenyan doctors sent to Cuba to pursue further studies at the University of Medical Sciences in Havana, to specialize in Family Medicine died yesterday (Sunday) with reports suggesting that he might have committed suicide over poor living conditions.

The late DR Hamisi Ali Juma

A statement from the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of health Sicily Kariuki and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho however notes the circumstances resulting in the death are not yet clear and investigations by the Cuban authorities are still underway to establish the cause.

According to the statement plans are already underway to bring the body back home.

The Orange Democratic Party took to twitter to send their condolences to the family.

“Condolences to the family of Likoni MP and deputy director of elections Hon @mbokomishi following the death of her brother Dr Ali Hamso in Cuba where he had gone to pursue Masters Degree in Medicine. We pray for God's fortitude in the family during this sad moment.”  tweeted ODM.

Addressing members of the press in Mombasa, Monday morning Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union Secretary General Abidal Mwachi called on the Government to recall all the remaining countries to the country stating the union had earlier raised the red flag over the poor living conditions in the country.


Friday, 15 March 2019 18:23

New Video: Aslay- Nyang'anyang'a

Tanzanian singer Aslay has just dropped a new music titled 'Nyang'anyang'a'.

Watch its video below


Major Lazer debuts in Kenya the video to the remix of “Blow That Smoke” ft. Tove Lo produced by Nigerian producer E Kelly —listen here.

The music video is a collaboration between Duran Levinson & Dolph - a production company based in Johannesburg, South-Africa.

Shot in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa the project started with Duran filming some scenes and traveling around Cape Town, looking for interesting people and unique stories before traveling to Johannesburg for 2 weeks to work with Jesse & Dan of Dolph.

Together they traveled into mine dumps, the heart of Soweto and townships like Cosmo City looking to capture some cinematic realism and good vibes.

The video was shot by Duran and Marty Bleazard and later edited and animated by Jesse & Dan, who really brought everything to life with their strong visual styles. 

Duran Levinson says, “This project was a collaboration between a small group of people who did it for the love and the opportunity to work with Major Lazer. We hope you enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed making it.”

E Kelly has produced several top-charting records such as ‘So inspired’ by Waje ft. Muna, ‘Say My Name’ by Wizkid, Mr. Eazi’s  ‘Pour Me Water’  and Loose Kaynon’s ‘Mo Ti De’ ft. Maytronomy.  

The remix follows a string of releases from Major Lazer collaborating with African artists including Burna BoyBabes WodumoMr. EaziRAYE and Kizz Daniel, plus Kranium.

Originally released in October, ‘Blow That Smoke’ continues to receive critical acclaim—Rolling Stone describes the song as “a bouncey stomper with a West African guitar riff and heavy groove.”

Major Lazer also revealed their career spanning Major Lazer Essentials compilation this year.

 Essentials highlights Major Lazer’s reach across the globe, and the vast range of their influences and influence to date.

 Upon the release, Billboard hailed “it’s undeniable how important and multi-faceted Major Lazer’s 10 years have been.”

With three albums under their belt, the band continues to tour the world over, making the world smaller by making the party bigger. A highly anticipated fourth album is on the way, with much more to come from Major Lazer in 2019. 

 Watch the video


A motion to impeach the Mombasa County Transport, Infrastructure and Public works County Executive Committee Member Taufiq Balala has officially  been table in the County Assembly.

The motion was tabled on Tuesday by Jomvu Kuu ward representative, Athman Shebe and seconded by Magogoni MCA Ali Shomari.

The MCAs accuse Balala of incompetence, arrogance, abuse of office and violating the Constitution, refusing  to allow the assembly to exercise its oversight role over his department.

While tabling the motion before the house, Shebe accused the executive of failing to submit documents requested by the assembly and presiding over stalled projects that have overlapped financial years.

Speaker Aharub Khatri directed that the motion be debated on Tuesday, next week.

This comes just days after the County Governor Hassan Joho cautioned the MCAs from 'intimidating' his executives, the Governor threatened to marshal support from the residents and seek to dissolve the County assembly.

A local lobby group dubbed 'Fagia Bunge' has started collecting signatures from residents in a bid to dissolve the assembly.

Absentee funeral prayers(Salat al- Gha'ib)  for the pilot of ill - fated Ethiopian Plane Captain Yared Getachew were held yesterday evening at the Baluchi Mosque, Mombasa.

The prayers were held immediately after the evening prayers (Magharib) led by Imam Nizar Mohammed.

Among those who attended the prayers were close family members led by the victim's uncle Khalid Shapi who is the Managing Director for Pollmans Tours and Safaris Limited.

Mulsim faithful comforting family members of the late captain Yared Getachew, the pilot of the ill - fated Ethiopian plane after funeral prayers at Baluchi Mosque Mombasa

Getachew was born of a Kenyan mother, Dr Rayan Shapi of Mombasa and Dr Getachew Tessema who originally came from Ethiopia. The parents reside in Nairobi. He was only 29 yrs old and schooled at Oshwal High School in Nairobi.

According to the airlines Group CEO, Mr Tewolde Gebre-Mariam,  Getachew was a senior pilot who had been flying the same plane since November 2007.

Ethiopian pilots and flight crew held a vigil on Monday morning in Addis Ababa.

At first glance, Coke Studio Africa collaborators Naiboi and Rayvanny, seem to be music industry polar opposites. The Kenyan is on a laid back chill tip whereas the Dar Es Salaam native is swaggerlicious in style and attitude. But over Nyama Choma in Nairobi at a former hood Naiboi left ten years ago, they discovered commonalities that helped them cook up a super romantic song in studio. 

“Being on Coke Studio Africa for the first time is a big deal for me and I’m also excited because I’m a big fan of Rayvanny’s”, said the "2 in 1" hit maker before they met and covered each others chart toppers. “It’s a challenge for me, cause he has an afro trap vibe and I’ve not been involved in hip hop for a long time.” Though, noted Rayvanny of "Chombo" fame,“Our music is actually not so different, his sound just has more of a ragga tone."

The real ice breaker, however, was when Naiboi took Rayvanny on a visit to the hood he built his career in, they went to his old home and studio and they chatted as they walked round the place he left ten years ago.

 “I feel so good to see where he grew up and how he lived in his community and what his home looked like  - when I looked at him it seemed he was feeling a little emotional.” Indeed.

“Now I’m back here with Coke Studio Africa, man it’s just proof that if you work hard at things and keep your prayers up, dreams come true,” said Naiboi. The trip provoked memories to come flooding back and he shared them with his new song making mate over their side walk meal. 

“I was set on being an artist” reminisced Naiboi. “And that was very hard, especially because my relatives felt my dad was wasting money investing in me, they felt he was letting his child waste his life.” His father supported him none the less, “He bought me machines and computers and I started to record myself in his house.”

Turns out Rayvanny’s father was also pivotal in his musical career, “He worked at the railway company. He was an engineer, but when he came home from work, he’d fix radios. On those radios he would play music, and I think that’s what made me love music, and now it’s my career…”

Naturally such a heart to heart would lead to relationship talk. "2 in 1" was inspired by Naiboi’s great love, the mother of his child and his son. “I also have someone” answered Rayvanny.

In an industry where committed and admitted relationships are rare, the two share the desire to get married. Though they both nodded their head when Rayvanny commented, “It’s not the right time to get married though.” Naiboi replied to Rayvanny’s delight, “When you do get married, call me, I will come, and I will sing! But then you also have to sing at my wedding too!”

So clearly, though walks down the aisles are some time off,  what it was the right time for, was to create "Vigelegele" - a jam inspired by marriage and weddings. Produced by Rayvanny’s long time producer Lizer, the two created what Ravyanny calls “A wedding song for everyone to celebrate love with, women, men, children, everyone!”

Naiboi, who was so pleased with the marimba touch he spiced the song with, agrees that “It’s a song that can be played at each an every African wedding across the world. It just has that authentic African touch

Watch Naiboi and Rayvanny's "Vigelegele" performance here

Special prayers for the pilot of the ill-fated Ethiopian plane Yared Tessema Getachew are expected to take place today evening in Mombasa.

According to a source from the family, the prayers will take place at the Baluchi Mosque after the evening (Magharib) prayers.

Getachew was born of a Kenyan mother, Dr Rayan Shapi, of Mombasa and Dr Getachew Tessema who originally came from Ethiopia. The parents reside in Nairobi.

According to reports the late Getachew who was only 29 yrs old schooled at Oshwal High School in Nairobi.

According to the airlines Group CEO, Mr Tewolde Gebre-Mariam,  Getachew was a senior pilot who had been flying the same plane since November 2007.

The aircraft, with 157 people on board, including eight crew members, was flying from Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport to Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. 32 Kenyans perished in the crash.

 Ethiopian pilots and flight crew held a vigil yesterday (Monday) morning in Addis Ababa.

Tanzanian artist Harmonize has dropped his first video off his newly launched EP 'Afro Bongo', featuring Diamond Paltnumz and Burna Boy from Nigeria.

The video 'Kainama' was shot and directed by Mr C in Ghana and Director Kenny in Tanzania under Zoom Production. Audio produced by Mix Master Garzy.

Watch the video below


Award winning media personality, Janet Mbugua was part of a panel on BBC for the show the #SheWord that aired on NTV on Saturday night. 
 Janet who is passionate on gender equity gave insight on one of the factors that influenced her resignation two years ago.
"There is pressure to be a good mother and there is also pressure at work," Janet Mbugua revealed. 
She shed some light on the gender pay gap that it "has forced most women to either resign from their jobs or settle for less than what they ought to be paid. A working woman in the corporate field has her fair share of challenges especially when it comes to being valued in comparison to their male counterparts.”
Current statistics states that it will take 135 years to close the gender pay gap in sub-Saharan Africa.
Speaking about the show, Janet said, “I really enjoyed being on #SheWord. It was informative to listen to the perspectives of the other panelists, amazing African women who come from different parts of our continent – Shamim Nsubuga from Uganda, Amadea Birhan from Eritrea, and Adesuwa Onyenokwe from Nigeria.”
Janet added, "We need systems in place that allow mothers to be able to bring their best in the workplace and at home. Men should also be encouraged to participate in the home so that women are allowed the space to thrive in the workplace. For example, my father cooked. He didn’t say, 'This is what women do, this is what men do."
Janet, a mother of two, says, “The issue of gender wage gap is rooted on our societal norms with regards to how women are perceived by the society, the gender wage gap is about choice, opportunity and the roles played by both genders which makes it complicated.
She continues, "When you hear about the gender wage gap, you might think it’s the result of overt pay discrimination between women and men. But in reality, discrimination only accounts for a small fraction of this disparity.
“Women are still seen as the weaker link In the workplace, as they try to rise to senior positions a myriad of challenges are thrust before them, such as the “motherhood penalty”: meaning they are less likely to be promoted; considered less committed to their jobs; and less likely to earn pay rises. But the opposite is true for Men who are fathers – they are offered more money, perceived to be more committed to their jobs, and more likely to be recommended for promotions."
Janet pointed out, "The gender pay gap issue stems from a wider understanding of gender roles and gender equality. There is need for discussions on gender equity and demystification of gender roles in our homes. These conversations need to move from the boardrooms and TV’s to our homes to solve the imbalance."
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