Monday, April 23, 2018

The Most Honest Matatu Conductor/Tout in Kenya

Just when you think that the world is a dark ugly place to live, some amazing person goes out and does something that restores your faith in humanity.

We all like to share tragic news but there are stories that, in my opinion, need a lot more airplay anda little more sharing.

Like what would you do if you came across someone else's Ksh. 30,000? Do you secretly thank God for finally answering your questions or do you try and find the rightful owner?

Daniel Mwaura went with the later option and you can read about this incedible story in the facebook post below...


What do you think?

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Process of Buying Land in Kenya

I came across this post by one Innocent Ratemo on the process of buying land in Kenya and I just had to share. He breaks it down step by step and it is impressive.



If you are buying land from an individual or a group, please follow the following steps:
  1.  Ask to see the title deed or copy of title deed. Then do a search at the ministry of lands to confirm who the real owners are or if the title has any Caveat on it. The search will cost you kshs 520.
  2. Do a search with the local authorities to check of any unpaid land rates. If any, agree with the seller on who will settle the debt. Nb: land can't be transferred if there are unpaid land rates.
  3. Go to the ministry of lands and buy 2 maps, one showing the exact measurements of the piece u are buying (called mutation) and the other showing the neighbouring lands. Each costs Ksh 350
  4. With your 2 maps and a surveyor (you can even do it yourself) , visit the land you are buying and verify the details on the map. Check out all the beacons.
  5. Sit down with ua seller and bargain the price. Write down an agreement. The agreement can be done before a lawyer or yu may decide to do it yourself. It's not a must to be written by a lawyer. According to LSK, if the value of the land is below 1 million, you pay the lawyer 3k. If above 1m, yu pay 8k for the agreement.
    The spouse MUST BE present! Ask me why the spouse must be present.
  6. Pay some amounts or as per your agreement. Don't pay everything, hata kama unazo pesa.
  7. Book a meeting with the lands control board(LCB). They meet once a month. It will cost you kshs 1,000. But there is a special LCB meeting which yu can book at 5k. LCB will issue consent for the land to be sold.
  8. Pay the remaining balance after getting consent from LCB.
  9. With the consent from LCB, a recent search(not more than 6 months), clearance form from County land rates, your 2 maps, the agreement, KRA PIN, 2 Passports and copy of the title deed, go to the ministry of lands to change ownership. Cost kshs 5000.
  10. At this stage, you no longer need the seller. Now go and pay stamp duty ie according to the value of the land.
    4% of sale value in municipalities
    2% " " " in reserves
  11. Now the land belongs to you. But before celebrating, go to the ministry and do a search to confirm if it really reads your name.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

NHIF Frequently Asked Questions

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1)  Did you know that NHIF has partnered with private hospitals to offer value-added benefits to cater for additional expenses besides the daily rebate?
 2)  Did you know NHIF Members can access these services in most facilities including private hospitals like The Nairobi Hospital, Aga Khan, Mater, MP Shah, Gertrude's, Medanta, Vital ray etc.?
3)  Did You Know that NHIF covers the following specialized Radiology services?
  • CT Scan Kshs. 8,000/-
  • MRI Scans Kshs. 15,000/-
  • Dialysis Services Kshs.9,500/-
4)  Did you Know that the following classifications of Surgeries are covered under NHIF?
  • Minor Surgical Procedures between Kshs. 10,000 up to Kshs. 30,000
  • Intermediate Surgical Procedures between Kshs. 40,000 up to Kshs. 80,000
  • Major Surgical Procedures up to Kshs. 130,000
  • Specialized Surgical Procedures up to Kshs. 500,000
  • Kidney transplants up to Kshs. 500,000
  • Oncology Kshs. 25,000 to Kshs. 150,000 per cycle* up to a maximum 24 sessions p.a.

5)  Did you know you should Always carry your NHIF Card and ID card during your hospital visit?
6)  Did you know that you can visit any NHIF office or Huduma centre and update ALL your dependents (Spouses & Children ) on your NHIF card?
 7)  Did you know that the Hospital will seek NHIF pre-authorisation, hence you should ensure you fill a pre-auth form for all covered services?
8)  Did you know that as the patient you should seek pre-authorization if you require more than 2 Radiology sessions per week?
9)  Did you know that all Surgical Packages (must be preauthorized) by the facility via the NHIF hospital portal?
10) Did you know that for very special cases, the hospital may request the patient to seek NHIF pre-authorization direct?
In such cases, the documents required are:-
a.  Comprehensive medical report
b.  Filled NHIF Pre-auth form
c.  Pro-forma invoice
d.  scanned copy of NHIF card
e.  National ID

11) Did you know that FA medical cover caters for bills NET of any charges payable by another insurance/payer including NHIF?

Ensure you have your NHIF card and ID card for the procedures and the FA insurance cover will issue an undertaking for the difference.

* These rules DO NOT apply to life-threatening/emergency cases.  

You pay up to a Maximum 1,700/= a month and hence you should enjoy NHIF Services!!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

How to Set Up a Custom Domain on Blogger

One of my readers reached out to me yesterday asking how he can use his own custom domain on blogger instead of the blogspot subdomain. Since I know that others might be having this very problem, I thought it would be better to answer him here. In this post, I shall walk you through the steps you take to set up a custom domain on blogger.

  1. On your blogger dashboard, click on 'Settings'
  2. Under 'Basic' Settings, click on '+ Setup a Third Party URL for your blog'
  3. Enter your custom domain in the dialogue box ensuring that you include the www. part
  4. Click on save and you will get an error message with 2 CNAMEs that will allow you to verify your domain ownership
  5. Log into your Domain Registrar's website and locate the Domain Name Settings otherwise known as DNS
  6. Add the 2 CNAME Records provided to you in step 4 above. The first one is the same for everyone. Under Name, Label or Host, add 'www' and under Destination, Target or Points To, add 'ghs.google.com'
  7. Now add the second CNAME as shown below
  8. You then have to add 4 'A Records' pointing to these IP addresses; 216.239.32.21
    216.239.34.21
    216.239.36.21
    216.239.38.21.
    Enter @ as the Name Label or Host and the IP addresses above as the Destination, Target or Points to. Save and Repeat for all four as shown below.
  9. Now go back to your blogger dashboard and click on save. You should be able to see a screen like shown below if you followed all the steps correctly.

  10. The final step involves clicking on the 'Edit' next to your domain and selecting 'Redirect' to ensure that your bare URL redirects to www.yourdomain.
Congratulations, you now know how to set up a custom domain on blogger.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Appleton International Technical Training Institute

Registered as an Early Childhood Development Teachers College in October 2016,  Appleton International Technical Training Institute is the only ECDE college with a model Montessori kindergarten! Their first students were admitted in April 2017.
The institute that is located in Kilimani, Nairobi prepares teachers for the ECDE KNEC Certificate examination.
They also train teachers in the Montessori teaching method; this is in fact their key purpose of existence.
Trainees can take their internship at their Montessori Kindergartens. They also source for placement for them.

Admissions at the school are currently undergoing and you can get more information on their Facebook page.

You can also send an email to info@appletoncollege.co.ke

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

GOtv MAX Package

GOtv has unvealed a new package going by the name GOtv MAX. This brings the number of GOtv Packages available to 4.

The most basic package is the GOTV Lite. The package comes with 17 channels and costs 220 shillings a month. GOTV vlaue will set you back 470 bob a month and comes with 28 channels while the GOtv Plus costs you 699 shillings monthly and comes with 42 channels.
GOtv MAX has added a number of channels for your family's entertainment among them La Liga on SS Select 4, Fox Entertainment, Sony MAX and CBS Reality. The package will cost 1,299 shillings each month.

 GOtv Plus customers will have a taste of the package from 1st - 31st Oct 2017.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Solar Water Heating Systems in Nairobi

There is a regulation by the ERC (Energy Regulatory Commission ) that requires anyone using more that 100 liters of hot water to install a solar water heating system. This means that any house with 3 bedrooms or more needs to have a water heating system installed.

Those failing to comply with this new rule face a 1 million penalty or even jail time. To help their clients with this transition, Chloride Exide have sliced the prices of their solar water heating products for the months of October and November.

You can request a site survey by calling 0722 351 262 or sending an email to lilian@chlorideexide.com.

For pricing, see the banner below.



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