Thursday 25 May 2017
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Africa's diaspora is playing a big role in the economic transformation of the continent, the UN said on Tuesday. UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director Dr Julitta Onabanjo told Xinhua in Nairobi that remittances are important source of income for many African families. "The diaspora therefore complements government efforts to lift many families out of poverty," Onabanjo said on the sidelines of the First Africa-China Conference on Population and Development. Onabanjo said that Africans in the diaspora also bring back to the continent, the valuable skills and knowledge that they have acquired in the developed world. "This pool of skilled labour can help the continent address challenges that hinder social economic development," she added. The...
(Xinhuanet 04/04/17)
Kenya's migration to digital television has made more households acquire TV sets, with the number of those owning the gadgets going up considerably. About 4.3 million households in the East African country now own TV sets, latest statistics from the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) showed Tuesday, up from about 3.5 million when the country shifted to digital migration in February 2015. The new figures indicate that digital migration has been a roaring success in East Africa's biggest economy despite initial fears that had been expressed by various stakeholders, including media houses and consumer rights organizations. During the switch to digital TV, many opposed the process noting over half of Kenya's population would have information blackout. But with the number...
(APA 03/31/17)
The 2017 2.26 trillion shillings budget tabled by National Treasury Cabinet Secretary (CS) Henry Rotich on Thursday, grabbed the attention of major Kenyan dailies on Friday. “Poor families win big in Budget,” reported the Daily Nation which pointed out that Thursday’s Budget tabled in Parliament was “win-for-all” Budget which was designed to spur consumption, woo investors and promote local goods. “National Treasury Cabinet Secretary (CS) Henry Rotich struck a careful balance not to hurt the wider public and made proposals...
(APA 03/23/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta accusing an opposition leader of fanning the 2007/08 post-election violence and politicians forming militia groups ahead of elections, grabbed the attention of major Kenyan dailies on Thursday. “Uhuru shifts blame to Raila over 2008 post-poll killings and chaos,” screamed the headline of the Standard newspaper which reported that President Kenyatta Wednesday reignited controversy over the 2007/8 post-election violence that saw him and his deputy William Ruto appear before the International Criminal Court. “Speaking in Kisii County, Uhuru...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to...
(News24 03/01/17)
Kenya will ban government adverts in private media, according to a leaked memo seen by AFP on Monday, as the presidency announced plans to launch its own free newspaper. Government advertising currently brings in some $19m per year for the country's newspapers, according to an official at the Government Advertising Agency. The letter from state house chief of staff Joseph Kinyua said that cabinet ministers had approved the creation of a newspaper to be known as MY.GOV "that will articulate the government's agenda in a deeper and more accurate way for a better appreciation of government's effort to improve the livelihoods of the citizens".
(Standard Digital 02/27/17)
There are indications that the Government intends to totally withdraw its advertising from mainstream media houses and place it on a government-run portal; MY GOV. The tradition has been that advertisements from government ministries and institutions get carried in the mainstream media, obviously because of its broad platform and wider reach. But since 2013 when the Jubilee coalition took over Government, revenue from advertising in mainstream media has shrunk from nearly 50 per cent to about 20 per cent currently...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(Xinhuanet 02/13/17)
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Monday urged Kenya to leverage the power of radio to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern African Advisor for Communications and Information Jaco Du Toit told a media forum in Nairobi that radio has an important role to play in order to leave no one behind in terms of development. "Radio can give a voice to people to explain and express themselves on issues that are relevant...
(AL Jazeera 02/06/17)
'When my parents called the [cutter for my sister], I warned the district officer. Our generation can bring change.' Girls in colourful dresses dance and sing while holding candles that light up their smiling faces. "Extinguish the light of [FGM]. Kindle the light of education," they sing as they lift their candles. These girls of a Maasai community in Magadi, southern Kenya, are entering their adult lives through a new ceremony designed to abandon a tradition that has injured so...
(APA 12/30/16)
The release of the Kenya certificate of Secondary Education exam results (KCSE), grabbed the attention of major dailies on Friday. “Matiangi’s shocker,” screamed the headline of the Standard newspaper which reported that the Kenyan certificate of Secondary Education exam results released on Thursday registred a drastic reduction in high grades. In 2016 KCSE, there were only 141 straight As as compared to 2,636 As in 2015 and 3,075 As in 2014,” reported the daily. “Alliance Girls top,” reported the Daily...
(APA 12/16/16)
Chaos that has marred Jubilee strongholds in ongoing elections for interim party officials and President terming opposition coalition as a tribal outfit grabbed the attention of major Kenyan dailies on Friday. “Chaos witnessed at Jubilee,” reported the Star newspaper which pointed out that for the second day running, meetings to select Jubilee Party interim officials were marred by chaos. “In Mt Kenya region, chaotic scenes were witnessed in Tharaka Nithi, Laikipia and Embu counties as aspirants and incumbents met to...
(AL Jazeera 12/13/16)
Biennial event is promoted by conservationists to curb lion hunting and spot talent among southern Kenya's Maasai tribe. Lion hunting is an age-old tradition for Maasai tribes in southern Kenya, which used the sport as a rite of passage from adolescence to manhood for young male tribe members. With the encouragement of conservationists, amid a drop in the lion population, Maasai warriors are finding other ways to maintain their cultural identity and prove their leadership. The third edition of the...
(APA 12/06/16)
The ongoing countrywide doctors strike and ruling and opposition parties move to block IEBC nominees, grabbed the attention of major Kenyan dailies on Tuesday. “Uhuru, Raila allies seek to block IEBC nominees,” reported the Star newspaper which pointed out that Jubilee and Cord have filed petitions to disqualify some applicants for membership of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. “Details of four petitions emerged yesterday, even as complaints were made about political interference with the selection panel and process. National...
(Xinhuanet 12/02/16)
The Chang Rong Light Centre, a primary school funded by Chinese situated deep inside Nairobi's Mathare slums is only a few kilometers from the city's central business district. In the slum, one will come across kiosks run by Chinese citizens who easily mingle with the residents and children who have mastered the basics of the Mandarin language. It is also not uncommon to hear them drop a few lines in the language. "Ni hao!" John Kinyua blurted in greetings while...
(APA 11/30/16)
IEBC new elections timelines, expected results of Kenya’s most guarded national exams and President Uhuru Kenyatta labeling opposition leader as bad for economy, grabbed the attention of major dailies on Wednesday. “IEBC sets new election timelines,” reported the Star newspaper which pointed out that the IEBC has unveiled a new roadmap for the already bitterly contested 2017 polls, outlining key timelines critical to leading coalitions as the general election draws near. “In the new plan, IEBC will advertise for, recruit...
(APA 11/17/16)
Failure by investigating agencies to tame spiraling graft, IEBC and waning over Jubilee Campaign team, grabbed the attention of major Kenyan dailies on Thursday. “Scandals see no evil hear no evil,” screamed the headline of the Daily Nation which reported that parliament has decried the failure by key investigative agencies to get to the bottom of the scandals at the National Youth Service. “The Public Accounts Committee, the key watchdog team of the House, strongly criticised the Ethics and Anti-Corruption...
(APA 11/09/16)
Government ministries and departments mired in corruption, US polls and Deputy President William Ruto denial in court documents that he is a land grabbed and a killer, grabbed the attention of major dailies on Tuesday. “Graft: List of Shame,” screamed the headline of the Daily Nation which reported that the ministries of Transport and Infrastructure and Interior and Coordination of National Government and the Office of the Deputy President top the list of departments that have been investigated for corruption...
(The Guardian 11/02/16)
Contest in Nairobi aimed at fighting back against persecution in east Africa, where albino body parts are sold on black market, the Daily Maverick reports. With its evening gowns, celebrity judges and tears of joy, this beauty pageant in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, was like many others – except for one thing: all 20 contestants had albinism. Titled Beauty Beyond Skin, the world’s first albino pageant was designed to celebrate people who lack pigment in their skin, hair and eyes, and...
(APA 10/26/16)
Teachers new pay deal and bid by Deputy President William Ruto bid to reveal wealth in legal suit, grabbed the attention of major Kenyan dailies on Wednesday. “Revealed: Details of teachers’ new pay deal,” reported the Standard newspaper which pointed out that teachers are set for a major salary rise that will see the lowest paid primary school teacher take home Sh27,195, up from Sh21,756. “The lowest paid secondary school teachers will also have their salary increased to Sh34, 955,...

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