Monday 21 August 2017

Kenya

(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
Kenya are to play friendlies against Togo and Mauritania in Morocco as part of their build-up for the African Nations Championships (CHAN) which they are hosting in January 2018. The warm-ups featuring local-based players will be played in Rabat on August 31 and September 4. "Whereas AFCON 2019 qualifiers and the FIFA Rankings remain crucial for us going forward, CHAN 2018, which will be hosted in Kenya is equally important, and we are happy to have secured the two friendlies," Football Kenya Federation (FKF) chief executive officer Robert Githiomi said. The CHAN 2018 championship scheduled to be held between January 11 and February 2 will feature 16 national teams. But two-time champions and current holders...
(AFP (eng) 08/19/17)
Kenya's opposition filed a petition late Friday at the Supreme Court challenging the conduct and results of last week's election won by President Uhuru Kenyatta, demanding new polls. Court registrar Esther Nyaiyaki received piles of bound papers from lawyers representing the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, 90 minutes before the midnight deadline for challenges to be lodged."The entire process of tallying recording, transmitting, verifying and confirmation of results was so fundamentally flawed that you cannot talk of any meaningful results," NASA said in a statement outlining the alleged irregularities.
(AFP (eng) 08/18/17)
Four people were hacked to death and their houses torched in Kenya's coastal Lamu county, police said Friday. While the region is prone to attacks by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group, coastal police chief Larry Kieng said the attack appeared to be motivated by local grievances. "The number of people killed are four and we have established it is a conflict between herders and farmers," Kieng said. He said the attack happened on Thursday night, and that three suspects had been...
(AL Jazeera 08/18/17)
Attack comes after 9 people were decapitated by assailants in the same region in July. Suspected members of Somalia's al-Shabab armed group beheaded at least three men in an attack on a Kenyan village. "They were slaughtered. Their heads were cut off from the rest of their bodies," a police source told Reuters news agency, asking not to be named. Police said four bodies had been found at Maleli village in Kenya's coastal county of Lamu. Area county commissioner Gilbert...
(Bloomberg 08/18/17)
Kenya’s top court will decide over the next two weeks whether to nullify the outcome of this month’s presidential elections that the main opposition says were rigged. Most legal experts and political analysts expect President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory to be upheld. Opposition leader Raila Odinga alleges that members of the ruling party hacked the electoral authority’s computers to deliver Kenyatta, 55, a second term. Odinga’s five-party National Super Alliance initially ruled out legal action because it didn’t trust the Supreme...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/17)
Observers piled pressure on Kenya's election commission Thursday to finish publishing results forms from every polling station, a day after the opposition said it would challenge the presidential outcome in court. Defeated opposition leader Raila Odinga claims the electronic results were hacked and manipulated to hand victory to incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and plans to take his complaint to the Supreme Court. The failure of the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to publish all 40,883...
(Bloomberg 08/17/17)
Kenya’s opposition leader said he’ll challenge last week’s presidential election result in court, describing the declaration that President Uhuru Kenyatta won the vote as a “computer-generated fraud.” The Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission’s results released on Aug. 11 were unlawful because they weren’t backed by documents that were supposed to be supplied from polling stations, Raila Odinga told reporters Wednesday in the capital, Nairobi. An algorithm was introduced to the IEBC’s systems to ensure Kenyatta maintained his lead during the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/17)
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Wednesday he would challenge last week's presidential election result in court, calming fears that further street protests by his supporters might lead to widespread violence. At least 24 people have been killed since the Aug. 8 vote, many of them shot by police. But while there have been scattered protests in Odinga strongholds, the demonstrations were relatively muted as supporters waited to hear what Odinga had to say. When Odinga, a 72-year-old former...
(Xinhuanet 08/17/17)
The U.S. observer mission on Thursday called on Kenya's electoral body to finalize posting of presidential election results. The Carter Center said in a statement in Nairobi that the availability of the complete set of forms would enable independent verification of the results used by the commission to declare the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. "Access to official results data is critical for interested parties so that they can crosscheck and verify results, and exercise their right to petition if...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/17)
In the simmering heat of the Kalobeyei refugee settlement in northwest Kenya, Augustine Murenzi brushes soil off a maturing watermelon in his small kitchen garden. “My house is fully furnished from these,” said the Rwandan refugee, explaining how he sells his surplus melons for income, before moving on to a patch of kale. Murenzi is one of many refugees who have embraced small-scale farming on the land behind their shelters in Turkana County’s Kalobeyei camp. The tiny plots measure 5...
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
Opposition leader Raila Odinga said Wednesday he would take his claims that Kenya's presidential election was rigged to the Supreme Court, after previously refusing to do so, and vowed to protest peacefully. "We have now decided to move to the Supreme Court and lay before the world the making of a computer-generated leadership," he told journalists. He also called for peaceful forms of protest, recalling that the rights to demonstrate, strike and carry out acts of civil disobedience were enshrined...
(Bloomberg 08/16/17)
In a Nairobi slum named Lucky Summer, residents tell of being terrorized by men with dreadlocks wearing official Kenyan paramilitary uniforms who stalk the streets at night carrying machetes, clubs and guns. The troublemakers belong to the Mungiki, a criminal gang that played a key role in ethnic fighting that followed a contested 2007 vote and claimed at least 1,100 lives, according to more than a dozen people interviewed in the hodgepodge of dilapidated apartments and shanties in the northeast...
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
Kenya's interior minister on Wednesday suspended plans to shut down two rights bodies, a move that had raised alarm and suspicion just days after a hotly disputed election. The country's NGO board, a regulatory body attached to the interior ministry, had earlier this week moved to shut down the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) as well as the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG). Officials from both organisations viewed the move as highly suspicious at a time when they are...
(Bloomberg 08/16/17)
Kenyan airport authorities stopped an electoral official from traveling to the U.S. before allowing her to continue on her journey, the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission said. Officials at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the capital, Nairobi, “delayed” Roselyn Akombe before apologizing and allowing her to travel, the commission said in a statement on its Twitter account. Akombe, who is visiting the U.S. for an official meeting, will return to Kenya on Sunday, it said. The Citizen, a Nairobi-based broadcaster,...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
The Kenyan government ordered the suspension of moves to shut down two rights groups that raised concerns over last week's election, hours after authorities raided one of the group's offices. Police and tax authorities on Wednesday raided the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG), one of the organizations that has regularly highlighted problems with preparations for the Aug. 8 vote. President Uhuru Kenyatta won the election by a margin of 1.4 million votes, according to official figures. Observers say the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
A six-month-old girl has died in Kenya, her doctor told Reuters on Tuesday, after her parents said she was teargassed and clubbed by police in a security crackdown after last week's disputed election. Samantha Pendo was asleep in her mother's arms when police forced their way into their home and beat her and her parents as they searched for protesters, her parents said. "She remained in coma throughout. She never improved one bit," said Dr. Sam Oula at the Aga...
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
The UN human rights chief has called on Kenyan leaders to act responsibly by calming volatile political climate peacefully amid reports of police brutality that has led to deaths and injuries, including children. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the government should make an immediate announcement that it will cooperate and ensure accountability for reported abuse by security forces. "Kenya is at a critical juncture. The country's political leaders must do their utmost to...
(Standard Digital 08/16/17)
World leaders continued to congratulate President Uhuru Kenyatta for his re-election. The leaders asked Kenyans to reject violence and those with disputes to petition the courts. US President Donald Trump’s administration described the election an important step forward and acknowledged statements by international observers terming the elections credible. “The United States congratulates the people of Kenya on the successful conclusion of elections, and President Uhuru Kenyatta on his re-election. We commend the dedication of candidates, officials, and the public to...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga is expected to unveil his next move Wednesday to contest a presidential poll he claims was rigged in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The 72-year-old cried foul shortly after vote counting began in last Tuesday's election, sparking deadly protests in his strongholds that left at least 17 dead and 177 injured. The unrest quickly gave way to a tense limbo as his supporters wait to hear if their leader will take his grievances to court,...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga was weighing his next move Monday to contest an election he claims was rigged after defying pressure at home and from abroad to take his complaints to the courts. The 72-year-old insists he was the rightful winner of a "stolen" election last week and has urged his supporters to stay away from work Monday to mourn the deaths of those killed in angry protests against the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. However, after nearly a week in limbo in which businesses remained shut and workers stayed home...

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(AFP (eng) 08/18/17)
Four people were hacked to death and their houses torched in Kenya's coastal Lamu county, police said Friday. While the region is prone to attacks by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group, coastal police chief Larry Kieng said the attack appeared to be motivated by local grievances. "The number of people killed are four and we have established it is a conflict between herders and farmers," Kieng said. He said the attack happened on Thursday night, and that three suspects had been taken into custody. Lamu county, which borders Somalia, has faced a string of attacks by the Shabaab, mostly roadside bomb attacks targeting security forces. In July nine people were shot and hacked to death in...
(AL Jazeera 08/18/17)
Attack comes after 9 people were decapitated by assailants in the same region in July. Suspected members of Somalia's al-Shabab armed group beheaded at least three men in an attack on a Kenyan village. "They were slaughtered. Their heads were cut off from the rest of their bodies," a police source told Reuters news agency, asking not to be named. Police said four bodies had been found at Maleli village in Kenya's coastal county of Lamu. Area county commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said he was aware of three deaths. "A group of armed suspects raided and killed three locals. All the three were men," Kitiyo said, adding the suspects set houses ablaze before disappearing into a nearby forest. "We cannot speculate...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/17)
In the simmering heat of the Kalobeyei refugee settlement in northwest Kenya, Augustine Murenzi brushes soil off a maturing watermelon in his small kitchen garden. “My house is fully furnished from these,” said the Rwandan refugee, explaining how he sells his surplus melons for income, before moving on to a patch of kale. Murenzi is one of many refugees who have embraced small-scale farming on the land behind their shelters in Turkana County’s Kalobeyei camp. The tiny plots measure 5...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
The Kenyan government ordered the suspension of moves to shut down two rights groups that raised concerns over last week's election, hours after authorities raided one of the group's offices. Police and tax authorities on Wednesday raided the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG), one of the organizations that has regularly highlighted problems with preparations for the Aug. 8 vote. President Uhuru Kenyatta won the election by a margin of 1.4 million votes, according to official figures. Observers say the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
A six-month-old girl has died in Kenya, her doctor told Reuters on Tuesday, after her parents said she was teargassed and clubbed by police in a security crackdown after last week's disputed election. Samantha Pendo was asleep in her mother's arms when police forced their way into their home and beat her and her parents as they searched for protesters, her parents said. "She remained in coma throughout. She never improved one bit," said Dr. Sam Oula at the Aga...
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
The UN human rights chief has called on Kenyan leaders to act responsibly by calming volatile political climate peacefully amid reports of police brutality that has led to deaths and injuries, including children. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the government should make an immediate announcement that it will cooperate and ensure accountability for reported abuse by security forces. "Kenya is at a critical juncture. The country's political leaders must do their utmost to...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(The Guardian 08/12/17)
At least two shot dead during overnight protests by opposition supporters who claim presidential vote was rigged. At least two people have been shot dead in Kenya during protests by opposition supporters against the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, officials said. “We have one person killed and four others admitted in hospital with gunshot injuries,” said Dr Ojwang Lusi, the regional health chief in western Kisumu county. In the south-western town of Siaya, a police officer said a man had...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
Kenyan police took security precautions on Friday ahead of an expected announcement that President Uhuru Kenyatta has won re-election despite allegations of vote rigging by opposition leader Raila Odinga. Police stationed extra forces at the airport in the western city of Kisumu in a bid to forestall any protests. The city is in a province that is Odinga's stronghold. "We are securing the airport so people can get in and out," Kisumu County police commissioner Joseph Keitany told Reuters. "We...
(AFP (eng) 08/09/17)
Kenyan police shot dead two protesters in the capital's flashpoint Mathare slum on Wednesday, as unrest broke out after opposition accusations that the general election was rigged, a senior officer told AFP. "They were part of a group that was protesting in the area and officers were sent to quell the chaos," the officer said on condition of anonymity. "We are told many of them were also thieves who took advantage and could not even obey the police. Two have been fatally wounded." An AFP photographer saw one of the victims, with a massive...
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
Riot police engaged in running battles Wednesday with protesters in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu in western Kenya, as presidential aspirant Raila Odinga claimed massive poll fraud, an AFP reporter witnessed. Police fired tear gas as several hundred protesters in the neighbourhood of Kondele -- an epicentre of violence after disputed 2007 polls -- set fire to barricades and tyres and placed rocks in the streets.
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
Some Kenyans braced long queues, others rain and chilly weather, but one woman gave birth Tuesday while in line to vote in general elections and still made sure to vote. A heavily pregnant Paulina Chemanang was feeling fine as she left to vote early at a polling station in remote West Pokot country, she told local radio Capital FM. "I had no labour pains, and they just came as soon as I arrived here. I was not feeling anything since...
(Voice of America 08/04/17)
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced Thursday it will provide an additional $169 million in humanitarian aid to the drought-stricken African countries of Ethiopia and Kenya. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said the funds, over $136 million for Ethiopia and almost $33 million for Kenya, would be used for emergency food aid, nutrition supplies and health services. USAID said nearly 8 million Ethiopians are in need of urgent humanitarian aid. Without it, the agency said "food...
(The Star 08/04/17)
Over two tons of ivory artifacts were crushed in a high-profile event at the heart of New York City’s Central Park on Thursday. American and Kenyan officials present put elephant poachers and ivory traffickers on notice saying they should stop before they are caught. "Today, we are crushing ivory, tomorrow we will be crushing you," Daniel Foote, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, said. Foote noted that ivory trafficking was linked to terrorism,...
(AFP (eng) 08/04/17)
Televangelist Gilbert Deya was extradited to Kenya Friday from Britain to face charges for allegedly stealing children and presenting them as "miracle babies" born due to prayer, police said. The scandal first broke in 2004 as it emerged Deya and his wife Mary claimed their prayers could see infertile and post-menopausal women fall pregnant in four months, and without intercourse. However the "miracle babies" were allegedly stolen, mainly from Nairobi's Pumwani Maternity Hospital. Kenya plans to charge Deya with five...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/03/17)
Al Shabaab militants attacked a remote police outpost in northern Kenya on Thursday and killed an officer days before national elections, police said. A major attack could undermine the security credentials of President Uhuru Kenyatta who is standing for a second and final term at elections next Tuesday when the country will also vote for members of parliament and regional authorities. The attackers hit two vehicles when they fired rocket propelled grenades at the camp in Lafey village near the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/03/17)
The Trump administration gave $169 million to feed people starving in Ethiopia and Kenya, USAID said on Thursday, adding to earlier assistance for those suffering from drought and conflict in four other nations. USAID, the U.S. government's humanitarian relief agency, said in a statement that it would provide $137 million in aid for Ethiopia and nearly $33 million for Kenya. The latest wave of funding comes after Trump pledged $639 million last month in urgent food assistance for those in...
(The Associated Press 08/03/17)
NAIROBI, Kenya — Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels killed a Kenyan policeman Thursday when they attacked a police station in northern Mandera County, raising security concerns over next week’s national elections. Al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the attack on Lafey police station near the border with Somalia. The group made the claim through its Shahada News Agency’s blog and social media accounts, according to the SITE monitoring group. Two vehicles were burned in the early morning attack,...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/02/17)
Residents of Kailer village normally live to the rhythm of mooing cows and bleating goats. But over the past year, silence has reigned over these swathes of dry land dotted with cacti and mathenge, a dense shrub. Faced with severe drought, herders and their animals have had to travel further than normal to find water or grazing - and to escape worsening raids on their livestock at home, say the village's women. "We don't know when they'll return, as cattle...
(Capitalfm Business 08/02/17)
Nairobi — Beds in most public hospitals in Nairobi remain deserted and dusty following nurse's strike that has entered its second month. The Capital FM News crew visited various health facilities on Tuesday, and found nurses nowhere to be seen and where they happened to be, they were few and were only assisting in outpatient operations. The nurses' strike has been ongoing since June where the nurses expressed their disappointments for non-implementation of their Collective Bargaining Agreement that was agreed...

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(Reuters (Eng) 08/14/17)
Kenya's opposition called on people to stay away from work on Monday in protest at last week's declared election result, but response to the call was limited with many businesses re-opening after being closed during the tense election period. Many shops opened up again in the capital, Nairobi, and in the western town of Kisumu for the first time in days, and cars and buses were moving around on streets that had been deserted even before the result was announced of the Aug. 8 presidential election. In Kibera, Nairobi's biggest slum where opposition support is strong, minibuses and taxis were also plying their trade through the rubble-strewn streets, and some food stalls and phone and...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
Winning a second disputed election may have been the easy part for Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Now he needs to tackle daunting economic challenges ranging from slackening growth and runaway government spending to an unemployment rate that tops 40 percent. Kenyatta resoundingly won an Aug. 8 rematch of a 2013 contest against former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who alleged he was cheated of victory. Opposition protests largely fizzled out over the weekend after a security crackdown and Odinga’s five-party coalition is still deciding whether they will challenge the results in court. East Africa’s largest economy boomed during most of Kenyatta’s first term, expanding an average of 5.7 percent a year as it benefited from new road and rail links and...
(Business Daily 08/09/17)
Kenya’s electricity imports from Uganda have grown 281 per cent in the six months to June as drought cut local generation of hydro-electric power by a third or 615.69 million kilowatt hours. Kenya imported 131.6 million kilowatt hours (kWh) from Uganda in the first half of this year compared to 34.5 million units in the same period last year — marking a 281 per cent growth, according to official data. This is a departure from last year when Kenya cut...
(Business Daily 08/09/17)
Less than two hours after stating that Madaraka Express trains would be suspended until further notice, the Kenya Railways Corporation has sent out another statement to newsrooms retracting the move. The earlier statement had cited the current political climate and security concerns for passengers as the reason for the indefinite suspension. "Following a security meeting and review, Kenya Railways will resume all services on both the Madaraka Express and the Nairobi commuter rail service," the State agency said Wednesday. The...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The key indices of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) defied political jitters resulting from a disputed presidential election and rose on Wednesday, the first day of trading after Kenyans went to polls on Aug. 8. The NSE 20 Share Index rose 31.86 points to stand at 3,850.13 boosted by increase in prices of various large stocks. Similarly, the All Share Index (NASI) ended 1.71 points or 1.1 percent higher to stand at 160.54 while the NSE 25 Share Index added...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Nervous Kenyans stockpiled food and water on Monday and police prepared emergency first aid kits as families headed to their ethnic heartlands on the eve of an election many fear could descend into violence. Opposition leader Raila Odinga, 72, who lost elections in 2007 and 2013, has already said President Uhuru Kenyatta, 55, can only win if his ruling Jubilee party rigs the vote, a stance that increases the chances of a disputed result and unrest. Opinion polls before Tuesday's...
(Xinhuanet 08/04/17)
East Africa's largest financial institution, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Group and the Chinese financial service giant UnionPay International, on Friday entered into a partnership to boost digital payments in Eastern Africa. KCB Kenya Head of Channels Dennis Njau said that the collaboration will see the issuance of UnionPay Prepaid Travel Mate cards in the Eastern Africa region. "The cards will enable the digitalization of payments at retailers, large and small, to take advantage of one of the world's fastest payment...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/03/17)
The new railway linking Nairobi to the port of Mombasa was supposed to be the crowning achievement of an infrastructure bonanza propelling President Uhuru Kenyatta to victory in Kenya's Aug. 8 polls. Instead, more than two months after Kenyatta inaugurated it to great fanfare, the Chinese-built line is plagued with administrative problems, particularly the ticketing process that has made it impossible to buy tickets online or on the day of travel, for example. The problem, critics say, is that the...
(APA 08/03/17)
The Ivorian government has announced the appointment of two new general managers to the country's main cocoa and cotton boards. The appointments followed Wednesday’s cabinet meeting chaired by President Alassane Ouattara, According to Minister and government spokesman Bruno Nabagné Koné, MM. Yves Ibrahim Koné was appointed Director-General of the Coffee-Cocoa Council. Adama Coulibaly has been named as Director-General of the Cotton-Cashew Council. Koné is taking over from Massandjé Touré-Litsé, who was sacked on Tuesday. Coulibaly was confirmed in his new...
(Bloomberg 08/03/17)
Safaricom Ltd. of Kenya plans to introduce an e-commerce platform within eight months targeting formal retail and informal online trading in East Africa’s biggest economy, directors at the company said. Known as Masoko, Swahili for markets, it will offer products ranging from electronics to beverages and cosmetics, and provide a tool for people currently buying and selling goods on social-media platforms such as Facebook, Director of Enterprise Business Rita Okuthe said in an interview. The portal is currently undergoing in-house...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year,...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/17)
The timing was perfect. Two months before Kenya's August 8 vote, President Uhuru Kenyatta inaugurated the nation's biggest infrastructure project: a railway connecting the capital Nairobi and the port of Mombasa. With pomp and ceremony Kenyatta touted the railway as proof of his campaign promises on the economy, yet at the same time the price of maize flour, a Kenyan staple, was rising fast, stoking anger, especially among the poorest. Rising food prices constitute a crisis on the eve of...
(The East African 08/02/17)
Kenya Airways's restructuring plan could suffer a blow after one of its key creditors hinted at seeking legal redress, which could effectively block its passage at a special general meeting the airline has called for next week. The management of the Kenyan national carrier has been hoping to bring all its 11 local lenders on board while pushing its restructuring programme, which would see it swap debt for equity in the firm. However, The EastAfrican understands that Ecobank, Equity and...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...
(APA 08/01/17)
Kenya's overall inflation rate dropped from 9.21percent in June to 7.47 percent in July, the country’s statistics bureau disclosed on Monday. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) further pointed out that food and non-alcoholic drinks’ index decreased by 2.05 percent, with the drop caused by significant falls in the prices of several food items arising out of good weather conditions in some parts of the country. “As a result, the year-on-year food inflation dropped from 15.81 percent in June...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
The butcher is closed, metres of shelves are empty save for a single brand of shampoo and, worst of all, the toilet paper is out-of-stock. Once a Kenyan success story, homegrown Nakumatt supermarkets are grappling with product shortages so severe even the country's best-known cartoonist has taken notice, lampooning the company's slogan in a recent drawing as, "You need it, we don't have it". The dizzying fall of East Africa's largest retailer has been blamed on a combination of bad management, misguided expansion plans and increased competition, and many industry insiders say the damage wrought on the company...
(Bloomberg 07/31/17)
Kenya’s election authority said a high-ranking official who went missing three days ago was found dead, a week before the East African country holds its presidential vote. The body of Chris Msando, an ICT manager at the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission, was found on Monday at a mortuary in the capital, Nairobi. The commission is working with the police to ensure his killers are caught, its chairman, Wafula Chebukati, told reporters outside the facility. “There is no doubt that...
(The East African 07/28/17)
The long-running cross-border trade spat between Kenya and Tanzania has resumed barely four days after the two countries signed a pact removing restrictions that had cost traders billions of shillings by the time it was resolved last Sunday. The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) yesterday said Tanzania had maintained a number of restrictions that existed before the Sunday truce, making it hard for Kenyan products to access its market. Kenya's Foreign Affairs minister, Amina Mohamed, and her Tanzanian counterpart, Augustine Mahinga, announced last Sunday that the two neighbouring states had agreed to end the import restrictions after ironing out long-standing trade differences.

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(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
Kenya are to play friendlies against Togo and Mauritania in Morocco as part of their build-up for the African Nations Championships (CHAN) which they are hosting in January 2018. The warm-ups featuring local-based players will be played in Rabat on August 31 and September 4. "Whereas AFCON 2019 qualifiers and the FIFA Rankings remain crucial for us going forward, CHAN 2018, which will be hosted in Kenya is equally important, and we are happy to have secured the two friendlies," Football Kenya Federation (FKF) chief executive officer Robert Githiomi said. The CHAN 2018 championship scheduled to be held between January 11 and February 2 will feature 16 national teams. But two-time champions and current holders...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/09/17)
Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto continued his country's dominance of the 3,000 meters steeplechase with a courageous and confident victory at the World Championships on Tuesday, just weeks after recovering from an ankle injury. A silver medalist in Beijing two years ago and Olympic champion in Rio last year, Kipruto kicked on to take the lead with less than 300 meters left and was celebrating well before crossing the finish line in a time of 8 minutes 14.12 seconds. The east African nation has now won 12 out of the 15 editions of the race in World Championships history. "I'm happy to be world champion. Last year I became Olympic champion and this year to be world champion was my hope," Kipruto...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
Kenya's David Rudisha's hopes of adding world 800 metres gold to the Olympic title he won in a world record time at the same track in the 2012 London Olympics have been dashed because of injury. The 28-year-old -- who ran an astonishing time of 1min 40.91sec to take gold in 2012 -- took to Twitter to reveal he could not take his place in the London Stadium for the championships. "It's sad and disappointing to announce my no show...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the...
(APA 07/17/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday lauded the Kenyan IAAF team for bagging four gold, seven silver and four bronze medals at the IAAF World U18 Championships that concluded on Sunday evening in Nairobi. Kenyatta said the team exemplified true patriotism by flying the country’s flag with great pride and representing the nation with real distinction. "They shone a light on us as a preferred destination, pulling in investment and earning international confidence in our country's security," he said. He said...
(Xinhuanet 07/17/17)
Ethiopia may not have had an edge over Kenya in the overall medal tally, but the visitors won the battle of long distance races as the World U18 Championships ended in Nairobi on Sunday. However, Kenya has promised to return to the drawing board, immerse itself in training hoping to emerge with a perfect plan to beat their rivals at the senior athletes World Championships in London in August. With Kenya hosting the championships, Ethiopia had to device a better...
(Xinhuanet 07/12/17)
The Kenyan government has thrown a security cordon at the venue and environs of the 2018 World Under-18 Athletics Championships that get underway on Wednesday in Nairobi. All the facilities that will play host to the event that will run from July 12 to 16, have been secured in one of the biggest security undertakings to be seen in the country in recent times. Contingents of armed law keepers from all security formations are leaving nothing to chance in order...
(Xinhuanet 07/10/17)
Kenya's final preparations for the London 2017 IAAF World Championships are set to begin in earnest from Monday after top athletes started trickling into their residential training camp in Nairobi. Beijing 2015 Worlds champions, Ezekiel Kemboi (men's 3000m steeplechase) and David Rudisha (men's 800m) as well as men's 10,000m silver medallist, Geoffrey Kamworor are among the handful of athletes who made it to camp by Sunday. Two-time Olympic champion Rudisha who is bidding for a third world title having won...
(AFP (eng) 07/04/17)
Kenya is in the midst of a frantic eleventh hour effort to be ready to stage the IAAF World under-18 athletics championship next week. No less than 1,400 athletes from 130 countries are expected to arrive in Nairobi for the four-day competition, which is the final meet of the World U18 competition. On Tuesday the athletes' village at Kenyatta University was declared ready, but the organising committee acknowledged a lot of work still needed to be done to complete the...
(AFP (eng) 06/23/17)
Former world cross country champion Agnes Tirop beat training partner Irene Cheptai to win the women's 10,000 metres on the first day of the Kenyan world championship trials on Friday. Tirop, winner of the women's senior cross country title in Guiyang, China in 2015, sprinted away from Cheptai on the home stretch to win in 31min 56.0sec and qualify for her first world track and field championships. Cheptai, who succeeded Tirop as champion at this year's world country event in Kampala, Uganda, clocked 31:56.4 to also book her ticket...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/17)
Kenya's sports minister Hassan Wario assured the CAF delegation that all five stadiums will be ready at least three months before the competition. The Confederation of African Football has said four out of five Kenyan stadiums fall short of standards for hosting next year's African Nations Championship (CHAN) and has given Kenya until June to upgrade them. An inspection team led by CAF vice-president Suketu Patel said a lot of work needs to be done, but insisted Kenya remained on track to host the international tournament, reserved for players featuring in their domestic league competitions.
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Kenya on Tuesday confirmed its withdrawal from next month's Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas to concentrate on hosting the IAAF world under-18 athletics championships. The July 19-23 Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, which features athletics, boxing, judo, rugby sevens, swimming and tennis gets under way three days after the conclusion of the world under-18 track and field champs in Nairobi. "After due considerations and deliberations, I have been advised to inform you that we will not be in position...
(AFP (eng) 05/24/17)
Kenyan athletics selectors have been forced into wholesale changes to the marathon team for the August 4-13 World Athletics Championships in London following the withdraw of four top runners including Olympic men's champion Eliud Kipchoge. Kipchoge, who narrowly missed out on becoming the first athlete to run a sub-two hour marathon last month, said he needed to rest after the gruelling record attempt in Monza, Italy. He is joined on the withdrawal list by former world record holder Wilson Kipsang,...
(AFP (eng) 05/14/17)
Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and London marathon winners Daniel Wanjiru and Mary Keitany will represent Kenya in the event at this summer's World championships in the British capital, officials said. Kipchoge, 32, is one of Kenya's most consistent runners and was part of a three-man Nike team that attempted to break the two-hour mark in the marathon in Monza, Italy early this month. Kipchoge set a world-leading time of 2hr 00min 25sec but it was not recognised as a...
(AFP (eng) 05/06/17)
Reigning Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya narrowly failed in his attempt to complete the distance under the previously insurmountable two-hour mark, finishing in a time of 2hr 00min 24sec on Saturday. The time, which smashed the world record of 2hr 02min 57sec set by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya, will not enter the record books largely because of the non-compliant system of pacemaking used in the attempt, made on the Monza National Autodrome racing circuit. For the entire attempt, Kipchoge ran behind a six-man pacesetting team which trailed a time-keeping vehicle by less than 10 metres. Despite narrowly missing the mark, Kipchoge said he believed it was possible and that he could make
(Xinhuanet 05/03/17)
Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya said here Wedensday that he is ready to make history by running marathon in under two hours in Italy. "I like challenges and that is what inspired me to take up this task. It is something that offers to change the unthinkable by running the marathon under two hours and for me to be part of this experiment means a lot," said Kipchoge before jetting out to Monza, Italy, for the marathon this...
(AFP (eng) 04/26/17)
Kenya's Olympic chief Kipchoge Keino will not contest the May 5 elections, an independent board mandated to oversee the polls said Wednesday. Keino, 77, has been president of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) since 1999 and had not submitted his nomination papers by the time the deadline for entry passed on Tuesday. "He did not submit his nomination papers so he's not vying for elections," said Irene Tindi, the secretary of the Centre for Multi-Party Democracy (CMD), which...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/18/17)
Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat produced a Kenyan sweep at the Boston Marathon, winning the men's and women's races on Monday by conquering the race's hilly final miles to establish their dominance. Kirui finished in two hours nine minutes and 37 seconds after holding off a challenge by American Galen Rupp in the race's final stretch down Boylston Street, the site of the deadly 2013 bombing attack. Kirui repeatedly tested Rupp in the closing miles, with the American Olympic bronze...
(AFP (eng) 04/17/17)
Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat led a Kenyan clean sweep at the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, both timing late bursts to perfection to claim the men's and women's races of the prestigious event. Kirui, 24, produced a devastating sprint with four miles to go to settle an enthralling tactical battle with American rival Galen Rupp, the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist. Kirui waved and smiled as he took the tape in a time of 2hr 9min 37sec, with Rupp finishing...

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(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in...
(APA 08/01/17)
The killing of Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Information Communication Technology manager, grabbed the headlines of major dailies on Tuesday. “FBI may join hunt for Msando's killers,” screamed the headline of the Daily Nation which reported that America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation and Britain’s Scotland Yard may be drafted into the investigation to unmask the killers of election technology manager Christopher Chege Msando. “US ambassador Robert F. Godec and British High Commissioner Nic Hailey condemned the killing and said they welcomed the government’s commitment to investigate the crime, adding: “We have offered our assistance in the investigation,” reported the daily. “Who killed Msando? Chebukati demands,” reported the Star newspaper which pointed out that six days to the polls, police...
(APA 07/17/17)
Opposition Chief Raila Odinga battles to seal rigging loopholes, Magufuli effect and security forces preparedness to deal with mass protests, grabbed the attention of major Kenya dailies on Monday. “Raila battles to seal ‘rigging’ loopholes,” reported the Star newspaper which pointed out that OPPOSITION chief Raila Odinga is going all out to seal all possible rigging loopholes he believes could deny him “a third victory” in a do-or-die rematch with President Uhuru Kenyatta. “In what is probably his last stab...
(APA 07/11/17)
Salary cuts for state officials and death of former powerful Interior Cabinet Secretary, grabbed the headlines of major Kenyan dailies on Tuesday. “Serem cuts salaries in tough job changes,” reported the Daily Nation which pointed out that MPs were on Monday hit hardest by the salaries commission, which slashed the earnings of State officers, including the President, to save the country Sh8.8 billion annually. “Salaries paid to all ranks of elected leaders — such as the President and his deputy,...
(The Star 06/06/17)
Jason Derulo will be in Nairobi for the 5th edition of Coke Studio Africa. Word on the street is that the deal to get the Wiggle hitmaker is "95 per cent done", according to industry insiders. Apparently, Jason was among two other hot stars on the Coke Studio Africa hit list. "Future and Ed Sheeran were being considered for the season," our source whispered, "But due to other commitments, they couldn't make it. But Jason Derulo is definitely coming. That...
(Daily Nation 06/02/17)
The Kenyan music industry is in mourning following the death of former Calif Records singer Laety Laetitia. The mellow-voiced singer died on Thursday but the cause of her death is yet to be revealed. Her death was announced by her family via social media on Friday. The family also shared and translated the lyrics to her latest song Alamo . The singer and song writer had taken a low profile for a while until last month when she released her...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/17)
Entertainment | France | film | festival | Cannes | Zambia | witchcraft Cannes, France | AFP | Friday 5/26/2017 - 14:01 UTC+3 | 615 words by Katy Lee Being accused of witchcraft is no laughing matter in Africa -- but movie director Rungano Nyoni decided a dose of humour was just what was needed to tackle a problem rampant in parts of the continent. Set in Zambia, the sharp satire "I Am Not A Witch" has premiered to strong...
(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...
(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...
(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...

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(AL Jazeera 08/18/17)
Attack comes after 9 people were decapitated by assailants in the same region in July. Suspected members of Somalia's al-Shabab armed group beheaded at least three men in an attack on a Kenyan village. "They were slaughtered. Their heads were cut off from the rest of their bodies," a police source told Reuters news agency, asking not to be named. Police said four bodies had been found at Maleli village in Kenya's coastal county of Lamu. Area county commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said he was aware of three deaths. "A group of armed suspects raided and killed three locals. All the three were men," Kitiyo said, adding the suspects set houses ablaze before disappearing into a...
(Bloomberg 08/18/17)
Kenya’s top court will decide over the next two weeks whether to nullify the outcome of this month’s presidential elections that the main opposition says were rigged. Most legal experts and political analysts expect President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory to be upheld. Opposition leader Raila Odinga alleges that members of the ruling party hacked the electoral authority’s computers to deliver Kenyatta, 55, a second term. Odinga’s five-party National Super Alliance initially ruled out legal action because it didn’t trust the Supreme Court’s impartiality, but backtracked after international pressure and the deaths of supporters in violent street protests. Odinga, 72, has failed on three previous attempts to win the presidency in Kenya, sub-Saharan Africa’s fifth-biggest economy and a regional hub for companies...
(Bloomberg 08/17/17)
Kenya’s opposition leader said he’ll challenge last week’s presidential election result in court, describing the declaration that President Uhuru Kenyatta won the vote as a “computer-generated fraud.” The Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission’s results released on Aug. 11 were unlawful because they weren’t backed by documents that were supposed to be supplied from polling stations, Raila Odinga told reporters Wednesday in the capital, Nairobi. An algorithm was introduced to the IEBC’s systems to ensure Kenyatta maintained his lead during the...
(Bloomberg 08/16/17)
In a Nairobi slum named Lucky Summer, residents tell of being terrorized by men with dreadlocks wearing official Kenyan paramilitary uniforms who stalk the streets at night carrying machetes, clubs and guns. The troublemakers belong to the Mungiki, a criminal gang that played a key role in ethnic fighting that followed a contested 2007 vote and claimed at least 1,100 lives, according to more than a dozen people interviewed in the hodgepodge of dilapidated apartments and shanties in the northeast...
(Bloomberg 08/16/17)
Kenyan airport authorities stopped an electoral official from traveling to the U.S. before allowing her to continue on her journey, the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission said. Officials at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the capital, Nairobi, “delayed” Roselyn Akombe before apologizing and allowing her to travel, the commission said in a statement on its Twitter account. Akombe, who is visiting the U.S. for an official meeting, will return to Kenya on Sunday, it said. The Citizen, a Nairobi-based broadcaster,...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
Winning a second disputed election may have been the easy part for Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Now he needs to tackle daunting economic challenges ranging from slackening growth and runaway government spending to an unemployment rate that tops 40 percent. Kenyatta resoundingly won an Aug. 8 rematch of a 2013 contest against former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who alleged he was cheated of victory. Opposition protests largely fizzled out over the weekend after a security crackdown and Odinga’s five-party coalition...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(The New York Times 08/12/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday was officially declared the winner of a bitterly disputed election in Kenya, but his opponent, Raila Odinga, refused to concede defeat, criticizing the vote as a charade and edging the country closer to violence. Mr. Kenyatta, 55, was re-elected with just over 54 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, easily surpassing the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff, according to an announcement from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. Mr. Odinga, 72,...
(The Guardian 08/12/17)
At least two shot dead during overnight protests by opposition supporters who claim presidential vote was rigged. At least two people have been shot dead in Kenya during protests by opposition supporters against the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, officials said. “We have one person killed and four others admitted in hospital with gunshot injuries,” said Dr Ojwang Lusi, the regional health chief in western Kisumu county. In the south-western town of Siaya, a police officer said a man had...
(Bloomberg 08/12/17)
After a night of protests against a disputed election, an uneasy calm prevailed across most of the Kenyan capital on Saturday, as residents stayed home, shops and markets remained shut and the police and paramilitary forces maintained a heavy presence. President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner late Friday of an Aug. 8 vote the electoral commission said was free and fair. The main opposition National Super Alliance said the commission’s computer system was hacked to rig the results and...
(Bloomberg 08/11/17)
Kenya’s immediate fate rests on whether opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga presses his claim that initial tallies from this week’s election were rigged and calls on his supporters to protest the announcement of final results expected later on Friday. The Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission will declare the outcome of the vote at 2 p.m. in the capital, Nairobi, spokesman Andrew Limo said in a mobile-phone text message. The authority’s chairman slammed the opposition’s figures showing Odinga won the race...
(Bloomberg 08/09/17)
Kenyans are bracing themselves for trouble after the main opposition alliance said the vote-counting system had been hacked and that preliminary results from Tuesday’s elections showing President Uhuru Kenyatta has a commanding lead are “fake.” With votes from more than 90 percent of polling stations counted, Kenyatta has 54.4 percent support, while his main rival Raila Odinga has 44.7 percent, according to the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission’s website. Odinga called the results “a complete fraud” and said his alliance’s...
(Voice of America 08/08/17)
The Uganda Red Cross says it has begun registering Kenyans who have fled their country in anticipation of violence surrounding elections set for Tuesday. The Uganda Red Cross says it plans to set up receiving sites at the border towns of Busia and Tororo. The Uganda Red Cross says it has received and seen a number of Kenyans who crossed the border, fearing for their safety. Bob Akankwasa is its director of disaster risk management. “We’ve seen a couple of...
(Voice of America 08/08/17)
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged his country's voters to cast their ballots in peace and make Kenya's founding fathers proud of them. In one of the most closely watched races on the African continent, Kenyatta is facing off against his longtime rival, opposition leader Raila Odinga, in Tuesday's presidential vote. The race is projected to be tight. "Ask every single eligible citizen to turn out tomorrow in great numbers to do that which our democracy entities you to do...
(Bloomberg 08/08/17)
Having watched Kenya’s economic boom pass him by, security guard Frederick Kibaraza is skeptical whether there’s any point voting in Tuesday’s cliffhanger elections. “I am not falling for the ideas of politicians,” Kibaraza, 27, said as he strolled along a dusty street near his home in Kawangware, a slum in the capital, Nairobi. “We vote for them and they go there and benefit themselves. Somebody driving a Toyota Corolla, we vote for them and after one year you see him...
(Voice of America 08/04/17)
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced Thursday it will provide an additional $169 million in humanitarian aid to the drought-stricken African countries of Ethiopia and Kenya. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said the funds, over $136 million for Ethiopia and almost $33 million for Kenya, would be used for emergency food aid, nutrition supplies and health services. USAID said nearly 8 million Ethiopians are in need of urgent humanitarian aid. Without it, the agency said "food...
(Bloomberg 08/03/17)
What matters isn't so much who wins the upcoming elections, but how they win. On Aug. 8, Kenyans will choose a new president, as well as new governors, senators and members of parliament. Much as it matters that the best candidates win, something else matters even more -- that the election itself succeeds. This cannot be taken for granted. Violence and intimidation have cast a pall over four of the six votes Kenya has held since becoming a multiparty democracy...
(Bloomberg 08/03/17)
Safaricom Ltd. of Kenya plans to introduce an e-commerce platform within eight months targeting formal retail and informal online trading in East Africa’s biggest economy, directors at the company said. Known as Masoko, Swahili for markets, it will offer products ranging from electronics to beverages and cosmetics, and provide a tool for people currently buying and selling goods on social-media platforms such as Facebook, Director of Enterprise Business Rita Okuthe said in an interview. The portal is currently undergoing in-house...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Kenyan opposition candidate Raila Odinga drew more support from voters in three opinion polls as he prepares to take on President Uhuru Kenyatta in next week’s election, raising the likelihood of a runoff vote. Polls released on Tuesday showed Odinga is favored by as much as 49 percent of the electorate, compared with as little as 42 percent two months ago. Kenyatta is backed by up to 48 percent of voters, down from a high of 49 percent, according to...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...

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