Otiato Guguyu is a Kenyan writer and journalist at the Daily Nation Business Desk. He currently reports on agriculture, economic affairs, insurance, transport and logistics. He is also a poet with great interest in philosophy.
Kenyan businessman David Langat has made a bold move to expand his tea venture with an acquisition of one of the leading tea producers and trading company in Tanzania. Mr Langat who owns Koisagat Tea Estate in Nandi County has bought three companies from British firm Rift Valley Corporation for an estimated price of Sh6 billion.
Solar provider M-Kopa has attracted private equity funds of Sh1 billion ($10 million) from FinDev Canada. The latest funding round is being led by British firm CDC which has committed Sh708 million ($7 million) in additional investments. CDC has nominated Dave Easton to M-Kopa’s Board of Directors. “I’m delighted that other investors like Canada’s new development finance institution are following our lead and investing long-term capital in the company,” said Nick O’Donohoe, CEO, CDC.
Commercial Bank of Africa has concluded its deal to set up shop in Rwanda after acquiring Crane Bank Rwanda from DFCU. DFCU, the 6th largest bank in Uganda that bought troubled Crane Bank last year, has sold off its entire stake in the Rwandan outfit, what will give President Uhuru Kenyatta family-owned bank a bigger footprint in the region. CBA has operations in Kenya with 33 branches, Tanzania 11 and two in Uganda and is seeking to expand to Burundi and South Sudan.
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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