Google clamps down on illegal loan apps in Kenya, Nigeria • ZebethMedia

Google is requiring loan apps in Kenya to submit proof of license to operate in the country by its apex bank, failure to which they risk removal from Play Store, its digital distribution service. Those that have applied for licensing, and can produce evidence of the same, may also be spared. Google’s action has, however, […]

Kenya’s Twiga dismisses in-house sales team, affecting 21% of it employees • ZebethMedia

Kenya’s B2B e-commerce food distribution platform Twiga has laid off 211 of its full-time employees following restructuring that has eliminated the company’s in-house sales team. The laid-off staff make up 21% of the over 1,000 employees mainly in Kenya, where it links farmers or agricultural producers and fast-moving consumer goods manufactures to retailers. The agritech’s […]

BasiGo to kick-off EV assembly in Kenya after $6.6M funding • ZebethMedia

BasiGo will begin assembling electric buses in Kenya from next month, ramping up its production of public transport vehicles (PSVs) as it targets to deliver 100 units by end of next year. The startup plans to deliver 15 of the 100 buses, manufactured using parts from China’s EV maker BYD Automotive, in January next year, […]

Uber withdraws petition to annul new ride-hailing regulations in Kenya • ZebethMedia

Uber has applied to withdraw a petition in Kenya challenging the new ride-hailing regulations that capped commissions at 18%, and required taxi apps operating to acquire licenses. Coulson Harney, the law firm representing Uber, filed the notice of withdrawal bringing to an end its push to have the new digital ride-hailing regulations annulled. “Take notice […]

MoKo, Kenya’s home furniture startup, raises $6.5M • ZebethMedia

Kenya has the largest and most thriving furniture industry in East Africa, but the sector’s potential is hindered by several challenges among them production inefficiencies and quality concerns, forcing most major retailers to settle on imports. MoKo Home + Living, a Kenya-based home furniture manufacturer and omnichannel retailer, saw this gap and over several years […]

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