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Kaikai denies receiving a termination letter from Tom Mshindi



NTV’s Linus Kaikai has responded to claims that he had been fired from Nation Media Group (NMG) by the Managing Editor Tom Mshindi.

According to a story by Business Today, Kaikai was handed his termination letter on Friday last week and he was seen at Nation Centre on Monday casually dressed and appeared to be in the process of clearing with the management.

playLinus Kaikai who has spoken on getting fired from Nation Media Group (Courtesy)


Business Today also reported that archives managers from the NMG library were also seen busy working on his office computers.

However, speaking exclusively to, Linus Kaikai refuted the claims saying that he was still at work.

playStandard’s Joe Ageyo and Yvonne Okwara with Linus Kaikai who has spoken on getting fired from Nation Media Group (Courtesy)


The NTV General Manager who also chairs the Editors’ Guild was early in the month reported to have landed a new job with rival media house, Citizen TV where he was to take over from Farida Karoney as the new Chief Operations Officer at Royal Media Services, following her appointment to the cabinet by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

playLinus Kaikai who has spoken on getting fired from Nation Media Group (Courtesy)


Linus is said to have fallen out of favor with the Aga Khan owned Nation Media Group after he authorized the live coverage of National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga’s swearing-in as the People’s President on January 30 in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park, defying orders that had earlier on been given by Managing Editor Tom Mshindi.


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First ever Laundromat opens in Kenya



Kenyan entrepreneurs interested in the laundry industry are set to benefit from the launch of commercial laundromat by Alliance Laundry Systems, the US-based world leader in commercial laundry.

The world leader in commercial laundry is targeting entrepreneurs from major urban centres in the country who will receive full laundromat store concepts with all operational and technical support.

According to Jean-Paul Mailhac, Regional Sales Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa from Alliance, a fast growing demand for laundry services and products, combined with a booming economy and annual growth of more than 6%, makes Kenya the ideal place to start a laundromat.

“We have already witnessed that Kenyan entrepreneurs are passionate about a laundromat. Kenya is the country from where we have received the most inquiries by far. It is quickly becoming a need in this society as people spend a lot of time and effort on their looks,” Mr Mailhac said in a statement on the launch.

Urban centres have been targeted with Laundromats for what Alliance Laundry Systems terms as having the highest profit potential.

“For the majority of Kenyans living in urban areas, owning a washing machine is a considerable investment. The normal practice is washing by hand, an inefficient and environmentally damaging process. With an emerging market for Laundromats, this task can be easily and efficiently taken over,” Mr Mailhac explained.

Alliance attributes the lack of uptake of Laundromats in the country to the lack of global best practice experience, limited local technical expertise and no specific retail cleaning knowledge with Mr Mailhac adding that:

“These are exactly the reasons why we at Alliance decided to promote the laundromat concept. We will give Kenyan entrepreneurs the opportunity to make an excellent return on investment.”

The Laundromats are expected to offer convenience to their users in the urban centres and cutting the cost of running and owning a washing machine from their budgets.

“A Laundromat can professionally clean and dry laundry, making garments look newer, last longer, feel better, eliminating the need to own an expensive machine. One added advantage is having the flexibility to use the laundromat whenever necessary, due to the close proximity of stores. In the right locations, one store can service a 9km2 area – meaning plentiful opportunities in larger cities,” the Alliance Regional Sales Manager Sub-Saharan Africa pointed out.

To ease their entry into the country, Alliance plans to have a number of demonstration events in Nairobi to explain in detail all benefits their laundromat concept has to offer later in the year.

“We can help entrepreneurs from start to finish. Not only by providing the best-in-class machines, but also by giving them all the valuable input needed to operate a successful and profitable laundromat,” said Mr Mailhac.

Alliance Laundry Systems is present in 140 countries with a team of more than 2,900 employees.

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Larry Madowo threatens to delete his twitter account over trolling




Embattled Kenyan journalist Larry Madowo says he is ready to quit Twitter if the San Francisco headquartered company does not respond to his complaints.

In an opinion piece in the influential American Newspaper Washington Post, Madowo says  Twitter is hopelessly broken and often tone-deaf.

“I have over 1 million twitter followers and I am ready to quit,” writes Madowo.

Though one of the most popular media personalities in Kenya with a huge following, Madowo equally has a fair share of “haters” who troll him on social media. A case in point is a photo he posted while in the Emergency Room (ER) after a bicycle accident on Friday with the caption:

“Check out my hot new arm accessory after a trip to the ER for a bad fall while cycling. I’ll be rocking this baby everywhere.”

Larry Madowo in hospital. PHOTO/COURTESY

This did not seem to go well with his critics who, in their thousands, made very derogatory comments.

Rozah Njiruh wrote: “In hospital bed and enjoying as if in a 5 Star hotel? Only that you have money to waste. An ordinary Kenya will break his arm and go for kibarua. In the mean time, NASA died yesterday.”

Wagacunga wrote the following in KSN’s comments section : “Isnt it strange how people in the public eye use the media when it suits them. Like posting a picture of oneself on a hospital bed smiling like the cat that got the cream. When people criticise their action, they cry foul. Why should you not be trolled? Kenya is a country where people cant afford (majority) to go to your kind of hospitals. That picture is sure to irk many. Close your account by all means. Twitter wont die because you aint there.”

A clearly liid Madowo has told off Twitter for ignoring those in the rest of the world. “If you think Twitter is a mess in America, it is even worse for the rest of the world.

Says he: “My experience on the platform has been the most degrading experience of my career. I am constantly considering deleting my account for good. If nothing changes soon, I will have no choice but to deactivate it and walk away from the vile, toxic mess it is for heavy users with strong opinions like me.

Hate and abuse are now synonymous with tweeting, but Twitter’s indifference (or inability) to deal with it has been particularly damaging. I’ve reported multiple accounts that directly threatened me or whose abuse crossed a line — yet there is almost always no response from Twitter — especially if the offending tweets are in local languages. In the most egregious instances, offenders just registered new accounts to continue their hateful campaigns after I blocked them.”

Trolling has been taking a toll on Kenyan celebrities in the recent past as “hate speech” continues to spread on social media like bush fire.

Madowo recently discontinued his engagement as a Daily Nation columnist after his seniors refused to publish last week’s #FrontRow article, which was critical of the government’s decision to shut down four television stations and how media managers handled the situation.

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Kaikai finally confirms he has quit NTV



NTV General Manager Linus Kaikai has quit the Nation Media Group (NMG).

Kaikai announced the move during a staff meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

The NTV boss had earlier communicated his address to his staff which had left many guessing on his impending exit.

The move brings to rest rumours of his exit from NMG that have been doing rounds for the past few w

 “You are all invited to a meeting of the broadcasting staff today Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 3PM in the NTV Newsroom on the 5th Floor. The acting GCEO, the GHRD and myself will address the meeting. Please attend,” Kaikai wrote.
Linus Kaikai (right) and journalists Larry Madowo (centre) and Ken Mijungu during a past interview (Nation Media Group)

The announcement now brings to rest rumours of his exit from NMG that have been doing rounds for the past few weeks.

Kaikai was rumoured to be switching the NTV newsroom to its main rival Citizen TV owned by S.K Macharia.

According to sources, Kaikai is said to be headed to Royal Media Services to take over from Farida Karoney as the Chief Operations Officer.

Karoney left RMS to take up the Lands Cabinet Secretary job in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government.



According to Business Today, signs that Kaikai was headed for the exit door – one way or the other – became clear when Nation Media Group (NMG) Editor-in-Chief Tom Mshindi recently effected editorial changes during which he promoted Pamela Asigi to the position of NTV Editor with a caveat that she would be reporting directly to him. In addition, Kaikai’s long-serving personal secretary was redeployed to Mshindi’s office.

Kaikai was on Monday seen at Nation Centre casually dressed and appeared to be in the process of clearing with management. Archives managers from the NMG library were also seen busy working on his office computers.

His exit from Nation Centre came as it was conclusively established that he will be taking over from Farida Karoney as Royal Media Services Chief Operations Officer following her appointment as Lands Cabinet Secretary. When BT reported two weeks ago that he was set to quit Nation Centre, he told an online publication that he would not be leaving NTV.

At the time, sources indicated he had landed a deal with the S.K. Macharia-founded media house that was also likely to include NTV news presenter Larry Madowo, who has been very unease in recent times.

While Kaikai had always been a marked man due to perceptions within government that he is an opposition (read Raila Odinga) sympathizer, the straw that broke the camel’s back was the decision to defy Mshindi and proceed to air live proceedings at the NASA mock ceremony at Uhuru Park on January 30 where Raila would eventually be installed as the “People’s President.”

By then, the empire had struck back with the Communications Authority shutting down NTV together with KTN News, Citizen TV and Inooro TV.

A day earlier, Kaikai had ruffled feathers when as the chairman of the Kenya Editors Guild, he issued a terse statement protesting a decision made at State House where media owners and managers were ordered not to live stream the NASA event or risk losing their operating licenses.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i was to later defend the decision to shut down the four TV stations, saying they had gone against a “full prior security brief” on why it was dangerous to air the rally live, which was ostensibly issued at the State House meeting, where Mshindi was one of the attendees.

NTV and KTN News were allowed back on air a week later following negotiations but Citizen TV and Inooro TV had to wait for three more days before being reinstated after they agreed to withdraw a case Macharia and RMS had filed at the High Court to challenge the government decision and to demand compensation.

Kaikai’s sacking comes amid strong indications the Kenyatta family is keen on scaling down its investment in Mediamax Network Ltd – the company that owns K24 TV, People Daily and a host of radio stations – for a substantive stake in NMG, possibly buying out Aga Khan’s entire 48% shareholding.

-Business Today

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