Nairobi 2nd May 2024 Directors affiliated with KTDA-run factories are set to benefit from capacity building and training on Environmental Social and Governance initiatives under a partnership between the Co-operative Bank and green financing fund Eco.business Fund.

Under the partnership, KDTA Holding will utilize support from the two institutions to enable it to implement its Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) initiative aimed at strengthening the resilience of the smallholder tea value chain. KTDA’s ESG initiative are aimed at enabling smallholder tea farmers and factories to develop economic resilience while adopting sustainable and environmentally friendly practices that will enable the sector to combat the diverse effects and challenges posed by climate change.

KTDA plays an important role in improving the livelihoods of tea communities by promoting sustainable growth and prosperity for the smallholder tea sector with a direct and indirect impact on the markets and communities where it operates.

The key objective of the partnership is to build capacity for tea sector players especially the leadership through sector-related ESG pillars and ensure that the sector continues to support the socio-economic needs of the more than 700,000 smallholder tea farmers under KTDA management. The initiative targets over 400 Board Members, Independent Directors, Factory Directors, and senior leadership at all levels.

Commenting on the partnership, Co-operative Bank’s Group Managing Director & CEO Dr Gideon Muriuki said, “Co-op Bank implemented an ESG roadmap in 2022 which integrated ESG imperatives in all its operations. As such, this partnership is one of many strategic initiatives that the bank is involved in providing capacity building and technical support to the farmers”. 

Co-operative Bank became the first Kenyan financial institution to secure funding from the Eco.business Fund in 2021 when it secured an investment of $10 million as a subordinated loan for onward lending to sustainable agribusinesses.

 “Eco.business Fund Development Facility, in collaboration with KTDA and Cooperative Bankco-sponsored this insightful event for the KTDA board and senior management, shedding light on crucial environmental and social issues in Kenya’s smallholder tea production,’’ said Hector Gomez Ang, Fund Director of eco.business Fund advised by Finance in Motion GmbH.

‘‘We need to address challenges like climate change, biodiversity, and their impact on livelihoods by exploring the potential for innovative adaptation solutions. Our partnership helps pave the way for sustainable growth in the tea industry by enabling the tea sector to harness modern factory equipment to extract valuable tea derivatives for pharmaceutical use and exploring the creation of alternative tea-based beverages like iced teas and tea wine.” He added.

KTDA Holdings has tasked the Climate Action Committee of its board and Foundation to lead and implement this joint program touching on the 12 KTDA Zones with 71 factories in operation.

Speaking in the just concluded governance and ESG training for KTDA board and senior management, KTDA Group Chief Executive, Wilson Muthaura noted that,

“Matters related to climate change can no longer be ignored as they have an impact on tea production which is rain-fed. Variations in weather have a direct impact on tea production, the only way to ensure farmers have a sustained tea business is by implementing actions that mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.”

The KTDA Foundation plans to roll out climate action activities geared towards greening the smallholder tea value chain and enhancing the adaptive capacity of the sector which is a key GDP driver of the Kenyan economic prosperity.

The eco.business was initiated in 2014 by KfW Development Bank, Conservation International and impact asset manager, Finance in Motion, with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Finance in Motion has served as Fund Advisor since the inception of the fund.

The eco.business Fund provides dedicated financing and technical assistance to local financial institutions and businesses that are committed to implementing sustainable practices in unique ecological landscapes both in Latin America and the Caribbean and in sub-Saharan Africa. The fund aims to promote business and consumption practices that contribute to biodiversity conservation, to the sustainable use of natural resources and to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts.


Nairobi, Kenya, April 29th 2023-In an exciting showdown of musical prowess, Esther Nakhanu Kutolo professionally known as KeyJayTheDeejay, this past weekend emerged triumphant as the Smirnoff Battle of the Beats DJ competition, Rift Region winner.

She battled it out against 16 other talented contestants, showcasing exceptional skills and electrifying performances to claim the coveted title. Notably Geejoe The Deejay  and DJ Blackspin secured the second and third positions respectively, in the fiercely contested competition.

Winner KeyJay Thee Deejay speaking during the Rift valley finals of the Smirnoff Battle of the Beats competition this past weekend

The Smirnoff Battle of the Beats DJ competition stands as a groundbreaking initiative designed by East African Breweries Limited (EABL) to unearth the country’s top-tier DJs. Serving as a pivotal platform for nurturing emerging talent within the DJ community, this competition symbolizes EABL’s commitment to promote creativity and innovation in Kenya’s vibrant music scene.

Speaking during the crowning ceremony, Smirnoff Shopper Manager, Jonathan Ruto said, “The Smirnoff Battle of the Beats DJ competition is a celebration of talent and creativity, embodying EABL’s commitment to supporting the vibrant music culture in Kenya. We are thrilled to witness the exceptional performances and look forward to DJ XXX representing the Rift region in the ultimate finals.”

The competition now moves to the Coast region, with the first round of auditions scheduled for early June. Already crowned are DJ Insta and DJ Kryptic from Mountain and Lake regions respectively. The final round will be Nairobi region, after which all the 5 winners will battle it out for the ultimate bragging rights to take place later this year

To participate, DJs are urged to upload their thrilling 2–5-minute performance on Instagram or Facebook, tagging @smirnoffkeand using the hashtags #WeDoWe where the completion’s judges will then select the top 20 who will proceed to battle it outlive on TV.


Nairobi, Kenya. April 30, 2024. Twiga Foods today announced the appointment of Charles Ballard as its new Chief Executive Officer, following completion of a comprehensive global search process.

With a career spanning over 15 years, of which 9 years in the Kenyan market, Ballard brings a wealth of experience in e-commerce, retail, and financial services. Most recently, Ballard was CEO of Jumia Kenya, a leading e-commerce company, where he led the transformation of the business toward profitability.

Hein Pretorius, Chairman of Twiga’s board of directors, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Charles as our new Chief Executive. His deep understanding of the Kenyan e-commerce and retail landscape, his proven operational grip, his entrepreneurial drive, and his passion for the Twiga Foods opportunity make him the ideal leader to steer Twiga into its next phase of growth and success.”

Charles Ballard, Twiga Foods CEO
Charles Ballard takes over the role to drive growth and innovation for the tech company.

Welcoming his new appointment as Twiga CEO, Charles, expressed optimism for the opportunity:” I am honoured to lead such a talented team at Twiga Foods during this pivotal time. With our unique value proposition, we are ideally positioned to seize key market opportunities.”

He observed that Twiga Foods was in a good position to enhance its operations, technology, and user experience to create significant value for all stakeholders and the ecosystem. “I am deeply committed to developing our team and fostering a culture of collaboration and excellence that will drive us into our next phase of growth.”, he concluded.

As CEO, he will oversee all aspects of Twiga’s business supported by the other senior leaders – Chief Operating Officer Anjan Dasgupta, Chief Technology Officer Paul Bombo, Chief People Officer Susan Kiama, and Chief Financial Officer Zuber Momoniat. The appointment of a new CEO will bolster Twiga Foods’ ambition to continue to deliver on its mission to transform food supply chains in Africa.


Nairobi, Wednesday 17th April 2024: Majani Insurance Brokers (MIB) has partnered with Britam to launch an affordable outpatient medical insurance for smallholder tea farmers across the country. The cover is an enhancement of the Kinga Ya Mkulima cover provided in partnership with Britam.

According to MIB General Manager, Pauline Mwangi, the cover offers additional financial protection to farmers and reduces out-of-pocket expenditure on medical bills. The Kinga ya Mkulima cover already has an inpatient package.

“Farmers have indicated that while the inpatient cover has been beneficial, they also want to be covered when they are seeking outpatient medical services or when they need to take medication at home” said Ms. Mwangi.

In partnership with Britam, MIB has developed an enhanced package that caters to both inpatient and outpatient needs of tea farmers. The enhanced cover will offer more benefits to farmers, at an additional premium, enabling them to access over-the-counter medication among other outpatient benefits. 

Ms Mwangi said that Majani will be working with Greenland Fedha, a microfinance outfit that, like MIB, is a subsidiary of the Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd (KTDA) to provide credit to farmers to meet any financing gaps to access the insurance cover.

Britam Director of Emerging Consumers, Saurabh Sharma, observed that with such flexible insurance solutions to protect farmers during adverse health events, they can focus their energy and resources on their core business of producing high-quality tea for local and international markets.

“We understand that out-of-pocket medical expenses can put a strain on any family and this expanded cover will ensure access to necessary medical care without financial worries, promoting a healthier and more productive population,” said Sharma.

The cover is available to farmers in 71 tea factories run by KTDA. The inpatient cover offered by MIB and Britam has been highly successful as it has over 200,000 members insuring over 700,000 lives and has settled more than 150,000 claims. The new outpatient enhancement is expected to scale up this product further to reach over one million lives.

The cover is also available to non-tea farmers, but unlike tea farmers who have the unique flexibility of paying their premiums in monthly instalments, non-tea farmers have to pay upfront when joining the scheme.


Nairobi, Friday, April 26thThe private sector has been instrumental to the growth of holiday travel which accounted for 45% of the choice of travel to Kenya by foreign tourists, according to the 2023 tourism statistics.

KTB Chairman Francis Gichaba says that the private sector has contributed immensely to growing new travel segments beyond the traditional wildlife and beach experiences.

He noted that the diversity of facilities and experiences offered by the private sector continues to attract new audiences and keep Kenya ahead of competitors.

The Chairman was speaking during an engagement meeting for affiliates of the Magical Kenya Signatures Program (MKSE) in Nairobi. The event was held to appreciate those who have grown the program from 15 unique experiences in 2019 to the current 61 diverse ones and discuss ways of improving Kenya’s offerings to the global traveller.

KTB CEO June Chepkemei on her part said MKSE program  would  augment the strategy to diversify tourism offerings  to cater for the different preference of today’s traveller.

“The passion and innovation of our partners in the private sector are what make Kenya such an attractive and memorable destination. We have seen growth in areas like cultural tourism, ecotourism, and adventure travel. The private sector’s role in developing Kenya’s experiential travel offerings and value-added services has been invaluable in appealing to today’s discerning traveller seeking immersive, multidimensional experiences.”  Said the CEO

She noted that the destination has evolved from a safari-focused model to a more holistic and experiential destination, which he added aligns with global travel trends and provides more value to the traveller.

“Travellers today seek transformation, learning and growth. Our private partners have grasped this well and are providing the kinds of authentic, meaningful experiences that today’s travellers value,” she added.

With most signature experiences nestled outside traditional tourism circuits, the affiliates were urged to work with the board in targeted destination marketing towards key and emerging source markets such that these hidden gems become widely known in every corner of the country.

The two made remarks against the backdrop of a notable rise in tourism arrivals. Data indicates an increase from 1,483,752 arrivals in 2022 to 1,951,185 in 2023, a growth of 31.5%.

The tourism marketing agency is also seeking to bring in 3 million visitors by the end of 2024 with fucus on emerging markets and the African continent that has shown resilience to the challenges affecting tourism business.

Kenya Airways Suspends Flights To Kinshasa

Due to the continued detention of KQ employees by the Military Intelligence Unit in Kinshasa, Kenya Airways (KQ) is unable to support our flights without personnel effectively. As a result, we reached a difficult decision to suspend flights to Kinshasa effective 30TH April 2024until we can effectively support these flights.

The continued detention of our employees has made it difficult for us to supervise our operations in Kinshasa, which include customer service, ground handling, cargo activities, and generally ensuring safe, secure, and efficient operations. We also ask that our staff be treated humanely and respectfully during this unlawful detention.

We sincerely apologize to our customers for any inconvenience caused by this situation. We assure you that your safety and well-being, as well as that of our staff, is our number one priority. Affected customers are advised to contact our customer excellence team at +254 711 024 747, WhatsApp at +254 705 474 747, or email customer.relations@kenya-airways.com.

We continue cooperating with the investigating agencies and the relevant Government entities in both DRC and Kenya to ensure this matter is resolved. We ask that the Military court’s direction that they be released to allow due process to be respected so that our innocent staff can return to their families and everyday lives without harassment.

Kenya Airways Position Statement on the Detention of Kenya Airways Employees in Kinshasa

Kenya Airways (KQ) confirms that on Friday, April 19th, 2024, two of our employees at our airport office in Kinshasa were arrested and continue to be detained by the Military Intelligence Unit known as Detection Militaire des Activities Anti Patrie (DEMIAP). During their arrest, their phones were seized, and all access to them has been denied. On April 23rd 2024, the Kenyan embassy officials and a few KQ staff were allowed to visit them but only for a few minutes. The reason for their arrest was alleged to be missing custom documentation on valuable cargo that was to be transported on a KQ flight on April 12th, 2024. However, we wish to state that the said cargo was not uplifted or accepted by KQ due to incomplete documentation.

The facts on the incident are as follows: 

  • The cargo was not on the air side for transportation and, therefore, not in the possession of KQ as the logistic handler was still completing documentation before handing it over to KQ. 
  •  This cargo was still in the baggage section undergoing clearance when the security team arrived and alleged that KQ was transporting cargo without customs clearance. 
  •  All efforts to explain to the military officers that KQ had not accepted the cargo because of incomplete documentation proved futile. 
  • The military officers took the two employees to the military side of the air wing (DEMIAP)to record statements.
  •  They were held incommunicado until 23RD April, when the Embassy officials and KQ team were allowed to visit them.

Kenya Airways Renews Partnership as Official Airline Sponsor of WRC Safari Rally

Nairobi, 27th March 2024 – Kenya Airways has announced the renewal of its partnership with WRC Safari rally as its official airline sponsor for the event.

The WRC Safari Rally, which will be held from 28th to 31st March is part of the World Rally Championship. As the official airline sponsor, Kenya Airways is assisting in the transportation of rally cars and team members to ensure the smooth operation of the event.

Allan Kilavuka, CEO of Kenya Airways, stated: “Being named the ‘Official Travel Partner’ of the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team for the WRC Safari Rally Kenya for three consecutive years is a testament to Kenya Airways’ commitment to facilitating world-class sporting events. Our partnership not only ensures the seamless logistics of bringing in M-Sport’s cars, drivers, support crew, and spare parts but also underscores our commitment to elevating the global stage for motorsports enthusiasts worldwide.”

Kilavuka said the airline will this year also sponsor International Automobile Federation (FIA) Rally Star, Hamza Anwar.  “This year, Kenya Airways is proud to once again sponsor young Kenyan driver, Hamza Anwar, who will be competing in the championship.  Kenya Airways will continue to identify, train, and develop the next generation of Kenyan rally champions through similar initiatives,” said Kilavuka.

Kenya Airways has contributed over KES100 million to the FIA program to date. These funds have been instrumental in supporting and facilitating young rally drivers, their support teams, and officials as they travel to rally competitions across Africa and Europe.

EABL Unveils “Tujengane” A National Consumer Promotion To Reward & Support Consumers

Nairobi, Kenya – Tuesday 9th April, 2024– East Africa Breweries Limited (EABL) has announced the rollout of its National Consumer Promotion dubbed “Tujengane.”

The Tujengane campaign represents a bold commitment to fostering a sense of togetherness and resilience within communities. The 12 weeklong campaign that will run from April to June 2024, seeks to reward and celebrate consumers by providing them with exciting opportunities to enrich their lives.

Speaking at the launch event, Mark Ocitti, Managing Director, KBL, emphasized the strategic significance of the Tujengane campaign. “The Tujengane campaign represents a pivotal moment for EABL as we navigate through dynamic market conditions. By leveraging ingenious marketing strategies and consumer-centric initiatives, we are confident in our ability to drive engagement, loyalty, and growth for our brands while providing tangible value to our consumers.”

“Tujengane embodies our collective spirit of resilience and togetherness as Kenyans. Our consumers trust us to provide quality products consistently, and we take this responsibility seriously. Beyond that, we are deeply committed to working closely with regulatory authorities to uphold the highest standards of quality and safety, guaranteeing the safety and reliability of every product we offer. With Tujengane, we celebrate this commitment to excellence and safety, while embracing the spirit of togetherness.” He added.

The Tujengane campaign is strategically positioned to resonate with consumers seeking value, connection, and hope amidst economic uncertainty. By offering tangible rewards and fostering a sense of community,

To participate in the campaign, consumers who are above 18 years and hold a national ID are invited to purchase any of the participating EABL spirit brands, that include Kenya Cane, Orijin, Triple Ace, Smirnoff, Kane Xtra, Chrome Gin, Chrome Vodka, Gilbey’s and Captain Morgan. Each bottle has a unique code that consumers will be required to submit via the SMS number 20405, to enable them to enter into a draw for a chance to win a range of prizes.

Joel Kamau. Group Commercial Director said, “The Tujengane campaign embodies our dedication to celebrating our consumers in meaningful ways. Our focus goes beyond just offering prizes, it’s about creating opportunities that can truly transform lives. The prizes we are offering, represent our commitment to providing tangible benefits to our consumers. We believe that by coming together, we can achieve more, and this campaign is a testament to that belief.”

Consumers have the exciting opportunity to win an array of enticing prizes including the grand prize of 4 brand new cars that will be awarded to 4 lucky winners. Similarly, 3 lucky winners will each win Ksh 1Million each. Embracing the ethos of Tujengane, half of the winnings will be allocated to support a community initiative of the winner’s choice. Additionally, 24 lucky winners will ride away with their very own Motor bikes. To further extend support, select winners will receive rent waivers, amplifying the campaign’s positive economic impact on individuals and communities alike. Other prizes include shopping vouchers, airtime and more cash prizes. The campaign seeks to reward consumers across the national daily, weekly and monthly over the duration of the campaign. Total targeted number of winners will be over 200,000 ensuring widespread participation and excitement nationally.

Also present at the event was Kennedy Mutula, Marketing Manager – Spirits, EABL who said, “One of the key aspects of this campaign is our strategic partnerships, particularly with the artists behind the Tujengane anthem. These collaborations amplify the voices of our consumers, reflecting their values and aspirations authentically. The Tujengane anthem, with its powerful message of togetherness, resilience, and hope, serves as a rallying cry for our brands, resonating deeply with our audience. “

Kenya Airways and Vietnam Airlines Renew Codeshare Agreement for Seamless Connections between Africa and Vietnam

Nairobi, 22nd February 2024 – Kenya Airways (KQ), Kenya’s national carrier, and Vietnam Airlines have renewed their codeshare partnership following KQ’s resumption of flights to Thailand, which commenced on November 21, 2023.

The codeshare partnership between Kenya Airways and Vietnam Airlines will allow customers to enjoy flexibility and choice with smooth connections via Bangkok and Nairobi to points such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Kisumu, Entebbe, Kigali, and Mombasa, among others—perfect for leisure and business travellers or those visiting family or friends. Customers travelling to Vietnam can connect to Hanoi and Saigon easily via Kenya Airways’ services in Bangkok and onwards on Vietnam Airlines.

Kenya Airways resumed its services to Bangkok on November 21, 2023, offering flights three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays on its popular B787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.

Travellers can buy single-ticket itineraries on Kenya Airways’ flights for their entire trip and take advantage of hassle-free flight benefits, including the airline’s baggage allowance, in addition to convenient bag check-through to the final destination. Kenya Airways and Vietnam Airlines are members of the SkyTeam Global Airline Alliance, and frequent flyers can therefore earn miles on both airlines, while Elite Plus traveler’s benefit from SkyPriority services.

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