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App Riders switch them off

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App Riders yesterday resolved to switch the Apps off and remain with my Ride app.

The switch-off started Midnight 12th May 2021. The process kicked off Country-Wide with a peacefull procession By taxi Ubers app

Kenyan taxi drivers and vehicle owners joined Uber in 2016 thus marking the entry of the digital transport industry.

5-years later we have seen Little cabs and Maramoja Transport Kenya Limited enter the Kenyan Market.  Bolt getting a share of the Kenyan digital transport market.

To date, we have seen homegrown applications like Safeway’s, Hava, Wasili and Taxiye taxis among other companies enter the market in post covid era.


The Digital Transport Forum Lobby groups appreciate the gains that come with mobility applications to the drivers, vehicle owners, and passengers from a technology scope, through more transparent and convenient pre-booking systems, real-time estimation of arrival time, knowing the identity of the driver and the possibility of contacting the driver prior to pick up.  Technology companies on Skewed and Biased Business Models. Many lobby and public boycotts since 2017 have not borne any fruits from the lack of collective legal agreements between the Technology network companies and the driver and partner community lobby groups to oversee private company Service Level agreements between individual drivers and partners and the company.


Lobby groups noticed that SLA (Service Level Agreements) agreements by Uber, Bolt, SWVL, and Maramoja Transport are signed in Kenya and governed by foreign laws. This is oppressive as most driver and vehicle owners who are deactivated have no fair platform for a fair hearing under the laws of Kenya. The lobby groups equate these acts to modern-day slavery.
We, therefore, call the government of Kenya, international human rights groups, international and local Labour rights groups to highlight these practices in a bid to secure the industry standards. 
 

Application Companies Operate as Employers but Claim to have an independent contractor relationship with Drivers.

The application companies operate as employers and not as independent contractors. This is out of the simple fact that they control the driver’s time, they willingly deactivate the driver, they collect trip fares on behalf of the driver and the drivers spend an average of 8 hours a day or more driving on these platforms.
The lobby groups, therefore, demand application companies pay drivers minimum benefits under the NSSF Voluntary Social Protection and NHIF national schemes meant for the informal sector.
Two years ago, in a joint statement issued by Bolt, Maramoja, Littlecabs SWVL, and Uber the action companies jointly committed to supporting new models of incorporating and integrating drivers into national social protection by NSSF and NHIF and availing group insurance covers for drivers, benefits that are accorded by full-time employment. In 2021, this promise is on paper. 
 Regulating Commissions and prices. Driver Lobby groups have made the first step in the history of the digital transport industry by signing a contract with MYRIDE to regulate commissions and prices the agreement captures a balanced approach to. 
Setting up of prices and commissions that require all application companies to drivers and partners commission and price demands to Transport Network Companies to be accomplished through legally binding agreements. 
   Setting up public deactivation policies that are available to drivers and partners across all platforms that the leadership The community has taken the first initiative to partner with MYRIDE in setting up industry standards that are more transparent and accountable. 
The driver community has in the past complained about application companies through failed boycotts. 
We, therefore, take a step to initiate local partnerships with companies that support driver representation organizations.
 Driver welfare and dispute Resolution Committees. The driver and partner community through its lobby groups has designed a transparent approach to solving driver and partner disputes.
 The community has used MYRIAD as a benchmark, there is a two-bench committee where the company sits weekly, to address driver and vehicle owner disputes that touch on client service and industry matters.
This is a drive that will eventually realize an industry that is sanitized and with disciplined and safe drivers.
Corporate Social Responsibility by the Community lobby groups to Major Corporates amid the covid 19 pandemic. We have experienced price was among major technology firms accelerated by the search for tenders to secure corporate rides. 
Corporate rides pay well but the drivers still get peanuts. Vehicle owners end up not sustaining their return on vehicle investments leading to loan defaults.
The driver and partner lobby groups would like to Lobby, Major corporates like Safaricom, KCB Bank, Equity Bank among other companies to consider the prices that the driver and partner community prefers in order to sustain their livelihoods and businesses.
The Corporate PRICE and Commissions preferred by the driver lobby group are; Minimum Wage Per Trip: Kes. 400.00, dead mile considerations, toll-free daily bundles, and airtime while online, 15% commissions cap with a 5% lifetime rebate on both driver and client referrals. 
The Corporate PRICE and Commissions preferred by the driver lobby group are; Minimum Wage Per Trip: Kes. 400.00, dead mile considerations, toll-free daily bundles, and airtime while online, 15% commissions cap with a 5% lifetime rebate on both driver and client referrals.
The Wellness Packages proposed and preferred by the lobby group’s for both corporate and retail rides are; Group personal accident covers, last expense benefits to drivers sponsored by the application companies, NHIF and NSSF integration support and collection support, Payment of 50% of the driver voluntary NSSF and NHIF subscriptions.
 Instant withdrawals on corporate trips and Payment of Client Discounts. The lobby groups want instant withdrawals on corporate trips and in some instances interest-free advances available on the driver’s wallet to vehicle fuel and operations costs. 
Discounts on retail rides should also be paid instantly at the end of the ride. MY RIDE standards have been set as a guideline and have provisions for all the above features. Grievance.
Adoption of Community Security models for driver community and rider safety.Lobby by bodies to directly partner with the National Police Service and National Transport and Safety Authority and Ministry of ICT and Innovation on driver community.

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KBL launches corporate logo redesign competition ahead of 100th birthday in 2022

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Kenya Breweries Limited has launched a competition for the design of a new logo as it looks to mark its 100th birthday in 2022.

Dubbed KBL Still Got Skillz?, the competition is open to design artists from Kenya aged between 21 and 25 years and is intended to culminate in a next-generation logo for one of Kenya’s oldest companies as it marks its centenary.

Artists have been invited to submit their artistic impressions of how a Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) logo would look like at www.eabl.com/stillgotskillz from November 29 to December 10, 2021. The submissions can be made by an individual or a group of up to four people.

The artists with the winning submission will win a cash prize of KSh1 million and an opportunity to intern at J. Walter Thompson (a Scangroup creative agency), where they will work with a team of experienced creative and advertising experts.

The second and third placed will each receive a cash prize of KSh500,000 and KSh250,000 respectively. The top three designs will be selected by judges after a hackathon where the top 20 will refine their submissions under the guidance of experienced professionals in the design world.

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Billionaires want to make money and will not invest in something because it’s good: Senator Sakaja

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Speaking as the chief guest during the 3rd Edition of the Association of Startup and Small and Medium Enterprises conference held at the crown plaza early today Senator of Nairobi County Hon. Johnstone Sakaja weighed in on why Kenyan Billionaires are not interested in Investing in Scalable Start ups.

Sakaja wants NLC probed for delay in issuance of title deeds to Nairobians

“Billionaires are not interested in nice things.They are interested in making money. As such they put their money where they see money can be made and where their interests are protected. They are not necessarily the good people who like hugging as saying this is a beautiful thing to do.They are sharks and if they do not see how they will benefit from a start up they will not have any interest in it.”

Speaking on how such Private sector players can be influenced to take an active role in enabling growth of scalable startups Hon Sakaja added.

“For such billionaires to invest in scalable start ups incentives by the cabinet secretary to include tax incentives and laws safeguarding such investor interest by the National Assembly should be put in place.So for the first 5 years such investors may be excepted from corporate tax or be entitled to some tax breaks.”

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Boma International Hospitality College on the spot for denying a lady graduation due to alleged sexual harassment case

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A section of lobby groups and education stakeholders are now demanding that Boma International Hospitality College to immediately ensure that one student, Jolly Gatwiri Mugendi, has graduated.

This is after it emerged that she had been denied her rights to graduate despite the fact that she had completed her studies.

The lobby groups under the umbrella body dubbed ‘Concerned Citizens Kenya’ argue that Ms Mugendi is being denied her rights to graduate because she refused sexual harassment advances by the manager of Estate Sonsira where she was undergoing her industrial attachment leading to a delay in releasing her attachment documents hence the delay to submit them to the College for graduation.

It is believed that after Estate Sonsira realized their mistake, they quickly released her documents but despite that, Boma International Hopsitality College still refused to have her name among those expected to graduate this year.

‘This is against the vision, mission and core values of Boma International Hospitality College, and also contrary to the Sexual Offences Act, a behavior that is unwelcome and offensive to the recipient. Denying Jolly Gatwiri Mugendi her right to graduate after completing her studies has created conditions that are intimidating and humiliating to her,’ says the lobby groups.

They further say that all the actions and atrocities by Boma International Hospitality College and the management of Estate Sonsira has made her suffer physical, psychological, spiritual and economical damage, shame, humiliations, fear and isolation’s trauma which includes numbness and headaches, depression, fear of authority, flash backs and intrusive thoughts, decreased self-esteem, introversion and lethargy.

‘We wish to state that all certificate, diplomas and degrees offered at Boma International Hospitality College are sexually transmitted. Students cannot get certificates, diplomas and degrees at the College unless a student parts with sex and that all the stated violations and abuses are happening with the full knowledge of Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Dr Asha Mohammed who is also the Director of the College, and Gina Din-Kariuki the Chair of the board of the College, Mr Samuel Irungu the Director Academic Affairs at the College and George Adala the Director of internship,’ they say.

The lobbies now demand that the College offers Ms Mugendi her Diploma and participate in the graduation ceremony that will be held this Friday failure to which they shall hold a protest march over sexual harassment at the College.

 

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