Business Daily, Pg: 8 GOtv firm in hunt for new Kenya boss

MultiChoice, a pay - TV firm in Kenya has begun the search for a new country general manager, a position that fell vacant after the resignation of Mr. Danny Mucira.

The position is currently held by Ms. Janet Oyugi, the finance manager, in acting capacity. Mr. Mucira resigned after serving in the position for two years and five months. The new general manager will take over the position amidst increased competition from Wananchi’s ZUKU and StarTimes TVs. The switch to the digital signal is also set to increase competition in the sector. To this end, MultiChoice plans to sell its GOtv decoders at Kshs1,799 each from the previous retail price of Kshs3,399.

Business Daily, Pg: 15 Online platform links farmers to buyers

A new platform, the Soko Plus, is seeking to link small scale farmers to major markets where limited agriculture takes place. The web based platform championed by the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) allows farmers to upload photos of their produce where interested buyers can pick and buy. Farmers from Kitui, Kajiado, Homa Bay, Laikipia and Baringo counties are some of the major beneficiaries of this platform.

The management of ALIN makes arrangements for the produce to be transported to the buyer’s place or a convenient place the buyer can get the item once a purchase has been made. The platform also has a database comprising of the names of agricultural extension officers in a locality. One can access the platform on where only registered members can buy and sell.

The Standard, Pg: 2 Government rules out pushing digital shift date

The Information, Communications and Technology Principal Secretary Joseph Tiampati has said the deadline for rolling out digital migration will not be extended. He further added that the government has spent so much time on the issue hence Kenya was in the danger of being left behind by her neighbours.

Mr. Tiampati said the Communications Authority has come up with a roadmap to guide the switch after lengthy discussions with stakeholders. Three major media houses, the Nation Media Group, The Standard group and the Royal Media Services had requested the Communications Authority to move the switch to April next year to allow time for the media houses to put up the proper infrastructure needed.