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The Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company losses water valued at KES 2.1 billion due to raging illegal water connection in low-income areas.

With Kenya Power having  implemented the use of prepaid digital water meters systems; there is need also for Water Companies to take up use of digital meters to save on water shortage. The water meters will solve the issue of cartels and paying huge bills of water experienced among consumers.

Digital water meters are an important initiative that will alert consumers and water companies on water leakages and later be able to identify where the problem is.

How it works

To access the system that works similarly to a prepaid electricity system, consumers will have to buy tokens either through mobile money, ATM cards or pay directly to water companies and load them into meters.

Once one loads credit into the meter, the valve opens and water flows.  In case of low credit or battery, the system will send a signal to the user. 

Merits of the system

The tamper proof and all weather meter alerts water companies and consumers in case of leakages helping them to troubleshoot where the problem is.

The meter can produce detailed reports for management, give maintenance schedules and prevent fraudsters from interfering with the water flow.

This technology will help companies get accurate bills and prevent water loss through leakages. This will later promote a balance of water needs among people in the urban areas against water providers.
The digital meters will be connected to water supplying companies and managed through a Meter Management Systems (MMS).

In August 2014, the Nairobi city water and sewerage company planned to review the water bill to ensure that water is available and affordable to all. The water company is now producing 550,000 cubic litres daily against a demand of 650,000 cubic litres daily.  The demand for water has risen greatly, which is a challenge in supply of water.

Once this technology is implemented, Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company (NWSC) will be at a niche in terms of provision of affordable and quality water.




Kenya's Engineering students will undergo three more additional years of mandatory training after their university education. This will prepare them for the Job market.


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Kenyan real estate developers have been urged to embrace Chinese innovation to meet the demand of housing in the country.

The Chief Business Officer of the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Samuel Makome said Chinese building efficiency has been tested and proven for its effectiveness in industry-focused technologies.

"Innovation is not about something new, but what has been tried and verified. China has demonstrated that even with low-cost technology, it is still possible to come up with world-class architectural designs," Makome said in Nairobi.

He was speaking during the KCB Developers Club pre-trip briefing to China that will see a group of over 50 developers travel to the Far East country for a ten-day trip from Oct. 8-18 2014 to experience China's innovative world-class building technology.

The trip will focus on core themes currently in highest popularity across China, namely, building efficiency, intelligent cities and smart home, industry-focused technologies, and energy management.

The trip, during which the members will sightsee Shanghai and Guangzhou and also attend the 116 Canton Fair, aims at getting exposure to modern construction methods and to discover new building technology and building materials.

Members making the trip, the fifth expedition to China, are drawn from various sectors of the real estate industry such as developers, estate agents, architects, engineers, contractors, and quantity surveyors as well as those who provide complimentary services to the real estate fraternity, such as lawyers, valuers and building material suppliers.




Kenya Airways will unveil from 01st October 2014 a new and exciting baggage policy across its entire network that significantly increases free baggage allowance in all classes.




The High Court has revoked the KES 24.6 billion school laptops tender awarded to Olive Telecommunications this year. The court claims that this contract, awarded by the Ministry of Education, was done without set procedures from procurement stage to reviewing board.

The three-judge bench ruled that the tender for the supply of 1.3 million laptops be halted to promote equity in the tendering process.

Olive Telecommunications was to deliver its first batch of 400,000 laptops to Standard one pupils this year but this didn’t take place due to a file suit filed by Hewlett Packard (HP) against Olive Telecommunication’s tender win.

In August 2014, Rural Electrification Authority reported to have connected 15,157 primary schools to the national grid and was remaining with 6,065 to light for the project to continue.

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In March 2014, the Public Procurement Board cancelled the award of the tender to Olive Telecommunications, as the company did not meet requirements of the board.

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The Nairobi High Court has blocked the Government from entering into agreement with Gulf Energy, Centum consortium over KES 174 billion tender to construct a 1000MW coal power plant in Lamu. This decision was made following a petition issued by one the bidders that the whole process had irregularities.

The applicant, Hebei Construction Investment Group (HCIG) wants the Energy and Petroleum Ministry and its PS stopped from further processing of the September 1, 2014, award until petition filed before the Public Procurement Oversight Authority (PPOA) Petition Committee on September 9 is heard and determined.

The coal power plant tender, which is part of the Lamu Port South Sudan and Ethiopia Transport corridor (Lapsset) project, was termed as irregular and unfair to the bidders who had qualified in the initial stage of the process.

The Lamu coal power plant is central to attaining the country’s objective to increasing generation capacity and significantly reducing the cost of power.  It will be the largest power generating plant in East, Central and Southern Africa accounting approximately 55% of Kenya’s power production.

This project will allow the Kenyan economy to compete globally in terms of investment, affordability and availability of power.







The Public Investments Committee (PIC) has called upon directors of two international companies, China Petroleum Engineering Company and Zakhem International, who bid for the oil pipeline construction, from Mombasa to Nairobi, to appear before parliament.

China Petroleum Engineering is contesting against Zakhem which won the tender with the lowest bid of KES 43 billion from 12 other companies. They will both appear before parliament on Tuesday nextweek and October 1, 2014 respectively after failing to honour house summons.

PIC is currently investigating the award of the tender and has advised the government to stop the project until investigation is complete.

Kenya Pipeline Company is seeking to replace the existing 14-inch pipeline that has been operational for the past 36 years with a 450 kilometer oil pipeline from Mombasa to Nairobi.

Zakhem International, under consultancy of Shengli Engineering and Consulting Company is supposed to also construct a 20-inch diameter pipeline and a 96 core fibre optic cable along the right of way of KPC from Mombasa to Nairobi.

The oil pipeline is scheduled to run parallel to the planned Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) project which involves construction of a pipeline from Lamu to South Sudan.





Safaricom plans to review legal terms to migrating M-pesa customers who opt to use the paper-thin overlay SIM card technology. This comes after Equity Bank attained approval to use the overlay thin SIM card to offer mobile phone services such as money transfer on a one year trial period.

Safaricom’s review of the legal commitments will address legal exposures that could emerge from use of the SIM overlay technology in relation to mobile banking activities.

According to Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) and Central Bank of Kenya, the use of this technology will remain under strict observation and if any malice is reported then the system will be terminated during the one year trial period.

The Authority has approved Taisy’s SIM cards, Taiwanese firm Equity contracted through its Mobile Virtual Network Provider Finserve Africa, to operate in the Kenyan market.

In addition, the Authority has began hiring process of an internationally reputable firm to conduct a security inspection on all SIM cards and particularly use of thin SIM in mobile transfer activities. This will ensure that there is a framework regulating use of thin SIM cards in Kenya during this period.

How the thin SIM card operates

The technology enables placement of a thin SIM card on top of a primary standard one, a new technology that had been opposed by Safaricom over data security concerns. If you type your PIN code or other codes, for it to access your tool kit, the thin SIM sitting in between is capable of seeing that transaction.

The SIM thin card gets merged to the existing card and turns your phone into a dual SIM although it has only one slot. If somebody calls you on your Equity line, you can pick it and if they call you on another network, you do the same.

This means Equity customers will not need to migrate to the bank’s mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) by getting new SIM cards or be forced to purchase dual SIM phones. Equity Bank won an MVNO license in April this year.

The SIM cards will be available for free, a tactical move that analysts say could accelerate its penetration into the market.

Equity Bank has already started distributing 300,000 smartphones to retailers.







More than 2,500 residents of Mumias sub-County will enjoy clean piped water with the completion of the KES1.8 billion Mumias Water Supply Project. The project aimed at boosting water supply and sanitation services in Mumias Municipality and its surroundings through a new gravity scheme, designed to meet future demand by 2025.

The project executed by Lake Victoria North Water Services Board (LVNWSB) was jointly funded by the Government of Kenya and World Bank through International Development Association at a cost of over KES 1.4 billion.

It will become the major source of clean, piped water in the area with a capacity to provide 15 million litres of water daily. The project’s source of water is River Lusumu which is fed by the Malava forest catchment.

The construction works was carried out by a Chinese firm, Jiangxi Zhongmei Engineering Construction Co. Ltd and supervised by Mangat, I.B. Patel and Partners Consulting Engineers.




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