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Gov’t bans all vehicles from Nairobi CBD for two days a week, hawkers to take over the streets

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Another major transport crisis is looming in Nairobi, after the government on Monday announced that beginning February 1 this year, no vehicle will be allowed in the Nairobi Central Business District on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

In a press briefing in Nairobi, Transport Principal Secretary Paul Maringa said the two days have been designated as car-free days to allow the national government try out the much-hyped bus rapid transport (BRT) system.

Only individuals with bicycles, police vehicles and emergency cars will be allowed into the city centre on the two days.

Hawkers will, however, be allowed to take over the streets for the entire two days and sell their items on the numerous parking lots in the city centre.

According to the PS, matatu operators will drop and pick passengers at the designated termini, while private car owners have been advised to leave their vehicles at home and use public transport on the two days.

The government says 64 high-capacity buses will be imported from South Africa for the BRT pilot programme.

The BRT system is one of the major moves the government is hoping will address the traffic menace in Nairobi.

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Shipped for Sh3 million: Why KWS’ four K-9s are pampered

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Kira, Tibo, Diva and Ram are not just like any other dog. They are expensive. About Ksh 3 million taxpayers’ money was spent on shipping them to Kenya. 

Unlike other dogs, these four have passports and other travel documents for international travel.

Head of the Mombasa-based canine unit, Emmanuel Wafula, says the three malinoises and a German shepherd were shipped in from Europe at a young age, which is the best age for learning new tricks.

“These are among the few dogs in the country with travel documents. The passports have details about their dates of birth, gender and other ‘personal’ information,” he says.

They are trained for about three months for them to master the scent of contraband items.

“The dogs are primarily trained in detecting ivory, rhino horns and pangolin scales. Since their deployment, cases of illegal wildlife trafficking have decreased,” says Wafula.

They are part of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)’s Canine Unit, and they have heavy duty for each dog, one of the heaviest responsibilities a dog can have along Kenya’s vast coastline – sniffing out any contraband wildlife trophies from Kiunga to Lunga Lunga.

The dogs are accompanied by six handlers and sent to key security installations along the coast, such as the Port of Mombasa and Moi International Airport.

They feed once a day pre-cooked dog food in the evenings after a tour of work, and there are not supposed to breed due to their busy schedule.

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Toyota recalls 3.4 million vehicles worldwide over airbag glitch

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Over three million Toyota vehicles have been recalled over malfunctioned airbags.

The electronic error in the manufacture has been experienced in their cars around the world. Some of the airbags failed to launch at impact during accidents.

The recall had affected around 2.9 million vehicles in the US between 2011-2019 Corolla makes, 2011-2013 Matrix, 2012-2018 Avalon and 2013-2018 Avalon Hybrid vehicles.

The malfunction is in the electronic control unit that doesn’t provide sufficient guard against the electrical noises that are experienced during the accidents, which are causing the incomplete release of the airbags. 

The car dealers will have to add a noise filter between the airbag control module and its wire harness where necessary.

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