How to Clean up after the festivities

Many of us plan on closing this year with a bang, either by feasting with family during the Christmas dinner, hosting the new years party or both! Either way, after all the fun, laughter and merrymaking, you are left with all the mess.

Through our experience in  cleaning after parties, we KNOW it’s not an easy task. Here are some tips from the TasKwetu team on how to easily clean up fast after the guests have left.

1. Wash as You Cook

Preparation for the party can get quite messy. Make sure that as you cook, wash the dishes you’ve used instead of letting them pile up. This will lessen the amount of work to be done later.

2. A Little Goes a Long Way!

Don’t over do it with the party decorations! Balloons, party laces and the whatnot’s just  add to the list of more things to pick up.

3. Make It Happen Outside

What’s easier? cleaning a soiled carpet or grass? The point is, spilled drinks will be absorbed by the earth, which means less to clean after.

4. Disposable Dishes

Less dishes to wash. If you do not want the funky colors they come in to ruin your theme, go for the colorless/transparent option.

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5. Parchment Paper

If you plan on baking, make sure to line your pans so as to avoid scrubbing stubborn stains in the wee hours of the night.

6. Soak In Hot Water

In case you forget to line your dishes, or after clearing the table, soak the dishes in hot water with detergent as you continue cleaning up or overnight.

7. Clean Up Right After The Guests Leave

lessen the next days burden by wiping spills or collecting trash . gather up the table cloth from the dinning table and shake crumbs over the dustbin. Soak it in warm water and favored detergent to loosen stains overnight. The rest can wait till the next day.

8. Leftover Food

Refrigerate! you don’t want to attract pests overnight, or food spoiling.

9. Last But Not Least…

Chill out! Don’t stress over the mess. The important thing is that you enjoy your time with your loved ones, not fretting over spilled drinks and crumbs getting on the carpet. And after a job well done, take a rest. Watch a movie. Put your feet up because your place is neat!


With Love,

TasKwetu Team





Do you want to acquire a pupil’s pass in Kenya?


The immigration Act Cap 172 provides for issuance of Kenya Pupils’ Passes to applicants (foreign students) who wish to pursue their education in Kenya’s education or training institutions.

A pupil’s pass is issued to foreign students who have been accepted by approved educational or training establishments in Kenya. It is to be applied for through the Kenyan learning institution of choice.

Here is what you need to do:

  • Fill out an application form (Form 8) dully filled, signed and stamped by the institution you will be training/studying in
  • Cover Letter from the institution indicating the Course to be pursued as well as the duration addressed to: The Director of Immigration Services
  • Proof of sponsorship/commitment letter indicating surety of Fees and Accommodation + a copy of the Sponsor’s/Guardian’s National Passport. addressed to: The Director of Immigration Services
  • Proof of funds for self-sponsored students (Copies of Bank Statements – at least for the last 3 months)
  • Valid copy of National Passport (the bio-data page and Current Immigration Status for the student).
  • Two recent colored passport size photos of the applicant.
  • Copies of previous Academic Certificates (Translated and certified by the recognized institution for non-English speaking countries) – advisable institutes (Alliance Française or Goethe Institute
  • Copy of Research Permit for students undertaking research.
  • Copy of Admission Letter (issued by the institution’s Registrar).

Fess to be incurred

East Africans (Rwandese, Tanzanians, Ugandans & Burundians)

  • One/Two Years – Ksh.500

Other Nations

  • One Year – Ksh.5,000
  • Two Years – Ksh.10,000

Note that:

  • To receive education or training at any educational or training establishment within Kenya without a Pupil’s Pass.
  • While in possession of a Pupil’s Pass, to engage in any form of employment either for gain or not.

All the best,

Taskwetu team

How to acquire a birth certificate in Kenya


Ever gone online and tried to search for information about how to apply for a certificate and you get lost between many haphazard articles? We have organised a comprehensive step by step list on how to get one whether you are a first time parent who wants to acquire a birth certificate for your little one or perhaps you simply misplaced yours and would like to replace it because it’s the one document that you will need to apply for nearly everything: a passport, a national ID e.t.c or perhaps your child was born abroad and you would like them to have a kenyan birth certificate. Well, you came to the right blog. Courtesy of yours truly, here is how you should go about it

For a new parent, here is what you need:

  1. A copy of your ID
  2. A copy of the baby’s father ID
  3. A copy of the birth notification
  4. The original birth notification
  5. Your original ID
  6. A fee of ksh 90/ – ksh 200/-
  7. A form which is available at Sheria House or you can download one here

Registration for Late Birth Certificate

Late birth registration refers to all births which are not registered within six months from the date of birth of such a child.

  1. Municipal notification of birth.
  2. Certificate of doctor or midwife who attended the birth.
  3. Child immunization clinic card.
  4.  School leaving certificate.
  5.  Baptismal certificate.
  6. Identity card or passport
  7.  Letter from employer indicating date of birth
  8. Fill out  an Application for Registration of a Late Birth

Registration of Birth Abroad:

This is registration of birth of Kenyan citizens occurring outside Kenyan territorial boundaries. This kind of birth refers to persons who are born of Kenyan parents outside the country and is required for the child to qualify as Kenyan citizen by descent. One needs to obtain an official birth certificate from the country that the child was born in.

  • Visit the Kenyan embassy with the birth certificate.
  • Wait for the official document. This may take anywhere from a few days to a few months. Should the Registrar of births of Kenyans occurring outside the country be not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that child is not Kenyan then he/she cannot be registered in the register of birth of Kenyans occurring abroad as a Kenyan.
  1. Complete the birth certificate request form.
  2. Provide copies of supporting documents.
  3. Enclose the correct payment with the form.
  4. Wait for the Kenyan birth certificate to arrive by mail.

For adults without a birth certificate:

You can apply by going to your local sub-chief or your district birth and death registry office.

  1. A copy of your National Identification Card (Birth notification cards from hospitals or baptism cards from churches are accepted)
  2. Fill in the B1 form which is available at Sheria House.

Remember, you can always reach us on +254 719 784 245 for further information and assistance in case you get stuck.

With love,

Taskwetu team

Huduma centre coming to Kitui soon!!

Kitui Huduma centre coming soon

Great news residents and passer bys of Kitu, Huduma centre is coming to you!

Huduma Kenya is a programme by the Government of Kenya that aims to transform Public Service Delivery by providing citizens access to various Public Services and information from One Stop Shop citizen service centres called Huduma Centres through integrated technology platforms.

This means that you will be able to get  birth certificates, national identity cards, passports, registration of business namesmarriage certificates, drivers’ licences, police abstracts… and many other services in a one stop place.

We will keep you posted once it is officially opened.

How to register for an Alien Card in Kenya


You are a foreigner who would absolutely love to do business in Kenya right?There are couple of procedures that you have to go through in order to set base for your company. One of the mandatory process of opening your company is registration of a KRA Individual Pin & KRA Company PIN  but BEFORE you can acquire any of these, you must have an identification card. In your case it will be an alien identification card. Currently, under the (Kenya Revenue Authority) KRA’s new i-Tax system, you are not able to register KRA PIN using your passport as a foreigner.

Here is how you do it:

  1. Fill in the alien card application form
  2. Have at least 4 recent passport sized photos (immigrations department will require two copies)
  3. Visit the Immigrations department to get a fingerprint scan. Due to this factor, note that no third party can apply on your behalf so do not be misguided!
  4. A non- refundable registration fee of ksh 2000/- payable to the immigrations department

Note that the process should a maximum of 4 weeks of processing unless there are technical malfunctions in their system.

Wishing you all the best in your entrepreneurial journey and congratulations for venturing in to entrepreneurship,

With love,

Taskwetu team

Don’t pull a ‘Zao’ when doing business in Kenya


Remember Zhao Yang?Well she owns/-ed a chinese restaurant situated in Nairobi’s commercial and residential district of Kilimani,that was recently shut down due to its policy of not allowing Africans to eat there in the evening.

As everyone focuses on the ‘Racism’ policy that was enforced, this incidence should serve as a reminder to foreigners who wish to set up shop in Kenya.

Ensure you have the proper documentation (work permit and legit license)!!! In case you do not know how to go about it, ain’t this your luck day…

Work permit requirements are issued to any Non-Kenyan wishing to engage in employment in Kenya whether in gainful employment or voluntary service. The Work/Residence Permits issued by the Immigration Department are classified from A to M inclusive and are issued under Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act 2011 of Laws of Kenya.


◦Dully filled and signed application Form 3.
◦Covering letter from employer/self/organization depending on the class (as applicable)
◦Copies of the National Passport.
◦Two coloured Passport size photographs.


◦Application fees are only payable upon receipt of an approval notification.
◦Dully completed Entry Permit applications should be submitted at immigration Aliens counter 9 located atNyayo House Ground floor (south wing) for acknowledgement.
◦Applications for renewal of entry permits should be done three months prior to expiry date.
◦These permits are normally issued for period of two years.
◦A fee 40/= is payable for Application forms.

While there are several classes of work permits, we have simply picked a few for those who wish to engage in the following activities:

Class D.
This issued to a person who is offered specific employment by a specific employer who is qualified to undertake that employment.

Class D Requirements.

•Copies of academic/professional certificates along with the CV.
•Evidence that the organization failed to fill the vacancy from the local labor market.
•Form 22 dully filled, signed and sealed by the company.
•Processing Fee Kshs.10,000 non-refundable.
•Fee is Ksh. 200,000/= per year or part thereof.

Class G.
Work permit issued to investors in specific trade, business or consultancy.

Class G Requirements.

◦Documentary proof of capital to be invested/already invested minimum of 100,000 US dollars or equivalent in any other currency.
◦Registration certificate of the company OR certificate of incorporation.
◦Copies of personal and company PIN (Personal Identification Number) if business is running.
◦For renewals; audited accounts for previous 2 years and a certificate of tax compliance from the Kenya Revenue Authority.
◦Processing Fee Kshs.10,000 non-refundable.
◦Fee is Kshs. 100,000/= per year or part thereof.

After acquiring a work permit, make sure you also get the proper licence for the business depending on it’s nature and industry it falls in….More on this in our next article