Tanzania reduces number of Kenya Airways flights…why do i think this will hurt them more than it hurts KQ?

So this week Tanzania retaliated to Kenya by reducing the number of Kenya Airways flights to 42 to 14 a week. Whereas this will hurt Kenya Airways i think Tanzania will lose alot more. Kenya Airways  currently is responsible for 80% of all the passengers flying into Zanzibar and over 50% of all the passengers within Tanzania. Currently Tanzania doesn’t have a national airline, with their only option being Fastjet the budget airline.

Well i do think Tanzania will need to soften their hardline stance especially once the ban begins affecting their tourism numbers as very few airlines would even consider increasing their flights to Tanzania and international airlines preferring to land in Addis Ababa or Nairobi to pick connecting passengers. Not all Tanzania’s agree with the directive with Zanzibar calling the decision, ill thought….



Travel start Kenya ad

So if you have been living under a rock, like i have you most probably haven’t come across this new ad by Travelstart.

I quite like it, really i do. Its witty, nicely scripted and Kevin Maina or to the youngings (Makmende), brings out the script excellently. What is travelstart you ask?


Since 1999, Travelstart has been providing the simplest way to book domestic and international flights online. Their mission is to make travel easier for their customers when it comes to searching, comparing prices and booking. Currently they are in

10 countries.

182 staff worldwide.

Thousands of flights booked.

Millions of happy travellers.

Having used their site, i should say its a breath of fresh air…

Killing the NIC Move Brand and why i think it was a bad idea…

I had a conversation with someone about move one of the most brilliant concepts/ products in Kenyan banking…and NIC bank killed it because it was too successful….

How now????? still pained years later…


NIC was incorporated in Kenya on 29th September 1959, when Standard Bank Limited and Mercantile Credit Company Limited (Mercantile) -both based in the United Kingdom – jointly formed the company. The company was amongst the first non-bank financial institutions to provide hire purchase and installment credit finance facilities in Kenya.
NIC became a public company in 1971 and is currently quoted on the Nairobi Stock Exchange with approximately 22,000 shareholders. Barclays Bank of Kenya Limited acquired 51% of NIC’s total shares through the acquisition of Mercantile in the 1970s and Standard’s shareholding in NIC in the 1980s. Between 1993 and 1996, BBK divested its shares, selling 38% of its shares to the public in 1994, and the remaining 20% in 1996 to the First Chartered Securities Group (FCS).

In the local market NIC Bank was very well known as the Asset Financing Bank which had be a large piece of…

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Remove roundabouts in Nairobi….replace them with????

One of the biggest stories this week was the Nairobi Governor Evan’s Kidero walked when his motorcade was caught in traffic. Clearly this was big news, very big news since as governor never walks anywhere. And his motorcade bullies the rest of us out of traffic daily. I think the governor should consider getting a nduthi guy, or as the uptown guys call them a boda boda guy to get him to the meeting on time. Mr Governor, the rest of us have to deal with the traffic and that’s how traffic in Nairobi is.

Now the idea of removing roundabouts, is a good idea, only if you have overpasses. This idea of replacing roundabouts with cross junctions, is a bad idea Mr Governor. If you don’t believe us please ask your counterparts in the US. I believe you should have a conversation with Mayor’s of major cities in the US. Anyway on to much better more positive news….

Nairobi, has been ranked 3rd in the Continent’s cities of opportunity report by PWC. The report ranked 20 African cities using 5 criteria’s

1. Current development or future potential
2. Location
3. The Opportunity
4. Must have or knock out factors
5. Time scale

The full ranking and the report can be found here….http://pwc.blogs.com/press_room/2015/03/pwc-launches-into-africa-the-continents-cities-of-opportunity-report-to-highlight-potential-of-the-c.html