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End of an era as iconic retailer Ebrahim Supermarket shuts

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One of Kenya’s oldest retailers, Ebrahim Supermarket, has closed down its Moi Avenue branch in a move that ends its 75-year run in Nairobi.

The retailer sold all of its stock on discounted prices throughout last week in a massive clear-out that ended on Saturday, marking its last day of operations.

The building that housed the retailer on Moi Avenue will now be converted into stalls and shops with the owner seeking businesses to buy space through posters.

LOST JOBS

At least 30 workers lost their jobs in the move that has closed the chapter on one of the city’s most iconic supermarkets established in Kenya’s pre-independent era.

A worker said employees were not privy to the goings-on and expressed surprise at the closure that now leaves them jobless.

“Hatujui ni nini anataka mara ni stalls na maduka,” (We do not know what exactly is happening because we are setting up shops and stalls now), said the worker.

Ebrahim was established in 1944 as a supermarket with electronics and computer distribution unit next to Sarova Stanley Hotel on Kenyatta Avenue.

The owner also established an outlet on Kimathi Street that sells electronics.

CLOSED OTHER OUTLETS

The supermarket has in the past closed other outlets in Kisumu, Nakuru and Mombasa leaving only the stores in Nairobi.

“Ebrahim was already an established shopping outlet by 1977 when I joined the University of Nairobi as a first-year student,” recalls veteran journalist Emman Omari.

“You can’t really talk about old supermarkets in Kenya without mentioning it.”

Ebrahim’s closure also follows the near-collapse of troubled retailers Nakumatt and Uchumi, two other pioneer supermarkets that have shut down most of their outlets amid ballooning debts running into billions of shillings.

Source: Business Daily

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VIDEO: Uhuru loses temper and deals with CS Macharia

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

In a video dating back to 2018, Chinese contractor and Transport CS James Wainaina Macharia seem to have crossed the president’s path.

President Uhuru Kenyatta made a surprise visit to a Chinese construction site where he found the construction work had stalled and started to enquire why.

He also enquired on how they had been allocated funds and listened as the CS and the Chinese contractor each gave a different figure, much to the Presidents dismay.

The CS tried to interject the President to save face for the Chinese but a seemingly infuriated Uhuru could hear none of it.

In defense, the officials from the Chinese company indicated that there was shortage of funding alleging that the project would be fast tracked had they received enough monies.

 

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American tourist visiting Mara in trouble over fight with a local resident

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An American tourist has been arrested following a fight with a businessman in Narok town.

The foreigner, who has been identified as Mr Amando Kurti from Alabama, United States, is set to be arraigned on Monday for assault and resisting arrest, according to Narok OCPD Joseph Kisombe.

But the man’s partner Ms Danielle Olivier, who is a New Zealander, and Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina, have accused the police of taking sides.

“The police seem to fear Mr Ishmael, why haven’t they arrested him after equally injuring the tourist,” said Mr Kina.

Ms Olivier blamed the trader for starting the fight.

Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina (right) and Danielle Olivier from New Zealand, whose partner Amando Kurti was arrested for allegedly assaulting a businessman in Narok, arrive at Narok Police Station on February 17, 2019. PHOTO | GEORGE SAYAGIE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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JKIA ranked among the busiest airports in the continent

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The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi has been ranked as one of the busiest airports in Africa.

The latest report by Airports Council International has ranked the facility as the fourth busiest airport in the continent.

Johannesburg International Airport (South Africa) has been named the busiest airport in Africa, handling at least 281 passenger flights on average per day.

Cairo International Airport (Egypt) and Bole International Airport in Ethiopia are ranked second and third busiest airports in the region.

Source: Daily Nation

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