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Wednesday 22 March 2017

Kenya

(AfricaNews 03/21/17)
Kenya’s government has signed with four international banks to raise $800 million in syndicated loans that authorities say will boost foreign-currency reserves and plug a widening budget deficit. The East African nation’s Treasury signed the agreements with Standard Chartered bank, Citibank, Rand Merchant bank and Standard Bank. Kenya plans to raise 154 billion shillings ($1.5 billion) through external borrowing in the current budget year that ends June 30. It has already secured $250 million from lenders led by PTA Bank, an East African trade-finance lender based in Burundi.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/21/17)
Kenya will start selling a mobile-phone based government bond this week, the Treasury said on Tuesday, the culmination of a lengthy plan to tap a new pool of investors into government securities. The Treasury said the bond will go on sale on Thursday, without offering more information. Kenya pioneered the use of mobile money in 2007 with M-Pesa, a money transfer service, by telecoms operator Safaricom. Known as M-Akiba, the new bond will be offered on M-Pesa and similar mobile phone financial services by other firms, a source in the telecoms industry said. Investors will be able to buy the bond through their phones, where a record of their holdings will be stored. Coupon payments will also be made through...
(Voice of America 03/21/17)
Tanzania has announced a plan to send 500 doctors to Kenya after a doctors' strike paralyzed health services in the neighboring country for months. Kenyan doctors, however, say the government should not hire any foreign doctors but instead employ the more than 1,000 trained physicians who are unemployed. Tanzanian President John Magufuli announced the plan to dispatch the doctors after a recent meeting in Dar es Salaam with a visiting Kenyan delegation that included Kenya's health cabinet secretary, Cleopa Mailu...
(Xinhuanet 03/21/17)
Kenya has started negotiations with Britain to maintain its market shares as the latter prepares to leave the European Union (EU). Principal Secretary of International Trade Chris Kiptoo told Xinhua in a telephone interview that informal trade negotiation has started between the two countries. “We have started talks with UK officials as part of ensuring we have maintained our market once the country formally leaves EU. The talks are going on at both ends, but formal discussion will start once...
(AfricaNews 03/21/17)
At least 10 people have been killed in Kenya following clashes over pasture. According to reports, the 10 were killed in Kom, Isiolo County, in eastern Kenya after fighting between armed herders from two neighbouring communities over grazing land. It is estimated that 50,000 animals were grazing in the area when the violence broke out. Police were dispatched to the area to restore normalcy. The clashes come days after a British rancher was shot dead in central Kenya by herders...
(Xinhuanet 03/21/17)
Police in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya have intensified an operation aimed at rescuing two teachers who were abducted by Al-Shabaab militants a fortnight ago. Local police boss Aaron Moriasi told reporters on Monday there are suspicions the kidnapped teachers could be hidden in Dadaab refugee camp. He revealed that 200 suspects have so far been arrested and will be probed to shed light on the kidnapping of teachers. "The arrested suspects will be investigated to enable...
(Capitalfm Business 03/21/17)
The Ministry of Education has launched a policy document on Education and Sustainable Development (ESD) geared towards achieving provision of quality education as provided for under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Principal Secretary in the State Department for Education Belio Kipsang Tuesday said the policy will ensure the mainstreaming education for sustainable development as the country continues to carry out reforms in the sector. “This policy will enable the implementation of ESD across the educational sector to enhance the attainment...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/21/17)
It hasn't rained on John Mwema's farm in over a month. But on his one-acre piece of land stand thousands of green maize plants. "I grow baby corn," said Mwema, bending to examine a bunch of tiny corn cobs. "It is a type of corn that is three to four times quicker to harvest and uses less water than regular corn." Farmers in the eastern Kenyan village of Ngoliba and across the country are increasingly faced with water scarcity. Some...
(Voice of America 03/21/17)
East African leaders attending the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Kenya this week are expected to talk about Somali refugees and regional security. However, there are doubts that IGAD has what it takes to ease the crisis in the region. The Kenya State House spokesperson, Manoah Esipisu, said the repatriation of Somali refugees will be the main agenda item at the summit. "It will focus largely on the questions of Somali refugees and creating a conducive environment in their...
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa illegal, trade. Animal rights groups say the docile beasts of burden are often cruelly...
(Xinhuanet 03/20/17)
Kenya has started negotiations with Britain to maintain its market shares as the latter prepares to leave the European Union (EU). Principal Secretary of International Trade Chris Kiptoo told Xinhua in a telephone interview that informal trade negotiation has started between the two countries. "We have started talks with UK officials as part of ensuring we have maintained our market once the country formally leaves EU. The talks are going on at both ends, but formal discussion will start once UK formally exits EU," said Kiptoo. As time nears for Britain to leave the EU formally, Kenya
(Xinhuanet 03/20/17)
Campaigners on Monday urged Kenya to prioritize domestic resource mobilization in order to reduce reliance on foreign borrowing. Tax Justice Network Africa Deputy Executive Director Jason Braganza told a media briefing in Nairobi that the current global economic slowdown means that traditional donor nations are reducing overseas development aid. "As a result, we recommend for Kenya and other African countries to focus on domestic resource mobilization in order to reduce budget deficits," Braganza said during a civil society forum on...
(Bloomberg 03/20/17)
The European Union said it’s giving an extra 165 million euros ($178 million) to battle humanitarian crises in East Africa, including a famine in South Sudan and drought in Somalia. From the total, 100 million euros will be allocated to help responses to the crisis in South Sudan and an influx of its refugees to neighboring countries, the EU said Monday in an emailed statement. Humanitarian assistance for droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya will be targeted with 65 million...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/20/17)
A gun battle between two pastoralist communities competing for grazing killed least 10 people in northern Kenya on Sunday morning, police said, raising questions about the government's ability to maintain peace before August elections. Armed cattle herders from Isiolo and Samburu counties fought over grazing access along the two county borders, said Isiolo County police commander Charles Ontita. "Ten bodies have been recovered from the scene. Scores of people sustained gunshots wounds," Ontita said during a press briefing at his...
(Daily Nation 03/20/17)
Tanzanian doctors will start working in Kenya in the first week of April, Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu has said. Dr Mailu on Monday said the medics would be given two-to-three year contracts, and would be posted to national, county and faith-based health facilities. KNH VISIT Speaking during an impromptu visit to the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Dr Mailu said the recruitment of the 500 doctors was within the law. He dismissed claims by the doctors union that there...
(Xinhuanet 03/20/17)
Kenya has ruled the World Cross Country Championships in all the four editions held in Africa. That trend is not about to end as the team takes their title challenge to Kampala, Uganda on Saturday. Head coach Juma Ndiwa, himself a former 800 meters runner, who represented the country in World Championships and Olympics, said there is every sign that the team will rule the roost in the Ugandan capital. It will also be the fifth time the championships will...
(Agence Ecofin 03/20/17)
At the Africa CEO Forum which opened this morning in Geneva, AFD Group – in partnership with the European Union – unveiled the “African Renewable Energy Scale-Up facility”, designed to boost private sector investment in on–grid and off-grid renewable energy production in Africa. In order to meet Africa’s constantly increasing energy requirements, support must be provided for mass development of the renewable energy technologies – especially solar energy – that will play such a key role over the coming years,...
(Voice of America 03/18/17)
Thousands of HIV-negative Kenyans will for the first time be placed on daily antiretroviral medication, or ARVs, in a bid to avert new infections. The new program seeks to lower the country's HIV transmission rate to individuals who face a substantial risk of contracting HIV, such as rape victims and HIV-negative drug users. The head of the National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP), Martin Sirengo, said the measure will be rolled out in April and will involve the use of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. “We are introducing PrEP to a selected population, not to everyone, and this selected population includes, for instance, HIV-negative partners
(Reuters (Eng) 03/18/17)
Kenya's national Olympic committee has escaped the threat of suspension after failing to adopt a new constitution but funding will continue to be withheld until further notice, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Saturday. The IOC froze financial support to Kenya nine days ago, after the country's troubled national committee (NOCK) failed to adopt a revised constitution, and said it would discuss the matter at its executive board (EB) meeting in Pyeongchang this week, leading to speculation that it...
(Voice of America 03/18/17)
Each year, the University of Southern California hosts the African Global Economic and Development Summit, bringing delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas. Visa issues are not uncommon for people traveling from African nations. During her prior three summits, Mary Flowers saw a high percentage of her attendees unable to attain visas. "Usually we get 40 percent that get...

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(Voice of America 03/21/17)
Tanzania has announced a plan to send 500 doctors to Kenya after a doctors' strike paralyzed health services in the neighboring country for months. Kenyan doctors, however, say the government should not hire any foreign doctors but instead employ the more than 1,000 trained physicians who are unemployed. Tanzanian President John Magufuli announced the plan to dispatch the doctors after a recent meeting in Dar es Salaam with a visiting Kenyan delegation that included Kenya's health cabinet secretary, Cleopa Mailu. Mailu said this was a deal that would benefit both countries. “We have so many government health centers that need doctors," said Mailu. "Yes, we have doctors in our country; we recently had a doctors'...
(AfricaNews 03/21/17)
At least 10 people have been killed in Kenya following clashes over pasture. According to reports, the 10 were killed in Kom, Isiolo County, in eastern Kenya after fighting between armed herders from two neighbouring communities over grazing land. It is estimated that 50,000 animals were grazing in the area when the violence broke out. Police were dispatched to the area to restore normalcy. The clashes come days after a British rancher was shot dead in central Kenya by herders who have been invading farms as they seek pasture for their animals. Last Friday, Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, odered the military to deploy to the some of the counties in the Rift Valley that has seen a surge of violence...
(Xinhuanet 03/21/17)
Police in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya have intensified an operation aimed at rescuing two teachers who were abducted by Al-Shabaab militants a fortnight ago. Local police boss Aaron Moriasi told reporters on Monday there are suspicions the kidnapped teachers could be hidden in Dadaab refugee camp. He revealed that 200 suspects have so far been arrested and will be probed to shed light on the kidnapping of teachers. "The arrested suspects will be investigated to enable...
(Capitalfm Business 03/21/17)
The Ministry of Education has launched a policy document on Education and Sustainable Development (ESD) geared towards achieving provision of quality education as provided for under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Principal Secretary in the State Department for Education Belio Kipsang Tuesday said the policy will ensure the mainstreaming education for sustainable development as the country continues to carry out reforms in the sector. “This policy will enable the implementation of ESD across the educational sector to enhance the attainment...
(Voice of America 03/21/17)
East African leaders attending the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Kenya this week are expected to talk about Somali refugees and regional security. However, there are doubts that IGAD has what it takes to ease the crisis in the region. The Kenya State House spokesperson, Manoah Esipisu, said the repatriation of Somali refugees will be the main agenda item at the summit. "It will focus largely on the questions of Somali refugees and creating a conducive environment in their...
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa illegal, trade. Animal rights groups say the docile beasts of burden are often cruelly...
(Bloomberg 03/20/17)
The European Union said it’s giving an extra 165 million euros ($178 million) to battle humanitarian crises in East Africa, including a famine in South Sudan and drought in Somalia. From the total, 100 million euros will be allocated to help responses to the crisis in South Sudan and an influx of its refugees to neighboring countries, the EU said Monday in an emailed statement. Humanitarian assistance for droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya will be targeted with 65 million...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/20/17)
A gun battle between two pastoralist communities competing for grazing killed least 10 people in northern Kenya on Sunday morning, police said, raising questions about the government's ability to maintain peace before August elections. Armed cattle herders from Isiolo and Samburu counties fought over grazing access along the two county borders, said Isiolo County police commander Charles Ontita. "Ten bodies have been recovered from the scene. Scores of people sustained gunshots wounds," Ontita said during a press briefing at his...
(Daily Nation 03/20/17)
Tanzanian doctors will start working in Kenya in the first week of April, Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu has said. Dr Mailu on Monday said the medics would be given two-to-three year contracts, and would be posted to national, county and faith-based health facilities. KNH VISIT Speaking during an impromptu visit to the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Dr Mailu said the recruitment of the 500 doctors was within the law. He dismissed claims by the doctors union that there...
(Voice of America 03/18/17)
Thousands of HIV-negative Kenyans will for the first time be placed on daily antiretroviral medication, or ARVs, in a bid to avert new infections. The new program seeks to lower the country's HIV transmission rate to individuals who face a substantial risk of contracting HIV, such as rape victims and HIV-negative drug users. The head of the National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP), Martin Sirengo, said the measure will be rolled out in April and will involve the use of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. “We are introducing PrEP to a selected population, not to everyone, and this selected population includes, for instance, HIV-negative partners
(Voice of America 03/17/17)
The Kenya Association of Manufacturers says the government's directive to ban plastic bags beginning in September will hurt more than 170 companies and put at least 60,000 people out of work. The problem is not plastic bags, but consumer behavior, says Phyllis Wakiaga, the association's chief. "Issue of waste management is an issue we must admit as a country because all of us are responsible for it," Wakiaga said. "How we manage our waste at the individual level, at a...
(Voice of America 03/17/17)
One of the enduring legacies of the Barack Obama presidency will be the relationship built between the United States and young Africans. As part of Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), each year 1,000 young people from sub-Saharan Africa travel to the United States to spend six weeks at a U.S. college or university. The program will continue this summer. But building enduring relationships is a two-way street, and many in Africa want to see Americans coming to their continent...
(Usa Today 03/16/17)
A 100-day doctors' strike that has created a health crisis for millions of Kenyans neared an end Tuesday, when government and union officials signed an agreement to improve pay and work conditions, the union announced. The country's 5,000 public-sector doctors will resume work on Friday, said Ouma Oluga, secretary-general of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union, according to the Associated Press. Doctors, who were once on call at all times, will now work 40 hours a week and...
(Standard Digital 03/16/17)
Kenya plans to roll out e-passports to Kenyans from September 1, 2017. The Immigration department announced the postponement of the exercise from April to September. Immigration Services Director Maj Gen (rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa said the postponement was due to unforeseen circumstances. "Due to circumstances beyond our control, the launch will now happen as stated," said Mr Kihalangwa in a statement. To get the e-passport, applicants will be required to apply for a replacement passport and return their current passports. Information...
(Standard Digital 03/16/17)
Being in possession of a plastic bag for whatever use could soon land you in trouble with the authorities. This follows the announcement that the Government will beginning September ban the use of plastic bags. In a gazette notice dated February 28, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu said the ban particularly targets carrier bags, plastic bags with handles as well as flat bags - those without handles - all used by consumers to carry goods, especially from...
(Xinhuanet 03/16/17)
China's aid to the education sector in Africa is helping boost teacher training, a key component in skilling the population to fast track development, a UN official has said. Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, Director of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Regional Office for Eastern Africa, in an interview recognized China's contribution to Africa's education sector over the years. "We value the initiative in teacher training in Uganda and other countries in Africa. This will revitalize the teaching profession,"...
(AFP (eng) 03/15/17)
Kenyan doctors signed a deal on Tuesday to end a strike over pay and working conditions that has crippled public hospitals for 100 days. The government had threatened repeatedly to fire the strikers and hire foreign doctors, and union officials were even briefly jailed in a bid to end the country's longest-ever medical strike. Poor salaries and working conditions -- such as a lack of vital drugs and equipment -- have pushed Kenyan doctors to flee the public sector or go to other countries where there are better opportunities. The deal, signed at a ceremony broadcast on television, followed intense negotiations brokered by religious leaders.
(AL Jazeera 03/15/17)
Thousands of physicians call off 100-day strike over pay and working conditions after dozens died without care. Thousands of doctors working in Kenya's public hospitals have agreed to end a 100-day strike after reaching a deal with the government on Tuesday that aims to address their grievances. More than 5,000 health workers calling for nearly a 300 percent increase in pay went on strike in December, but it was not clear how much of their demands were met. The government...
(Xinhuanet 03/15/17)
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Kenya on Wednesday signed a Technical Cooperation Program (TCP) agreement that will provide immediate assistance for drought affected pastoral and agro pastoral households in the country. FAO Representative in Kenya Gabriel Rugalema told journalists in Nairobi that under the deal approximately 2,000 smallholder agropastoralists' households will receive emergency support that will improve their access to water. "We plan to install 30 community water tanks in the northern counties of Isiolo and Marsabit to...
(AFP (eng) 03/14/17)
Vietnam police seized more than 100 kilograms of rhino horn smuggled into the country in suitcases from Kenya on Tuesday, the latest illegal haul in the wildlife trafficking hub. Vietnam is a hot market for rhino horn, believed to have medicinal properties and is in high demand among the communist nation's growing middle class. The country is a popular transit point for illegal animal products, which often move from Africa through Vietnam to other parts of Asia. The latest haul...

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(AfricaNews 03/21/17)
Kenya’s government has signed with four international banks to raise $800 million in syndicated loans that authorities say will boost foreign-currency reserves and plug a widening budget deficit. The East African nation’s Treasury signed the agreements with Standard Chartered bank, Citibank, Rand Merchant bank and Standard Bank. Kenya plans to raise 154 billion shillings ($1.5 billion) through external borrowing in the current budget year that ends June 30. It has already secured $250 million from lenders led by PTA Bank, an East African trade-finance lender based in Burundi.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/21/17)
Kenya will start selling a mobile-phone based government bond this week, the Treasury said on Tuesday, the culmination of a lengthy plan to tap a new pool of investors into government securities. The Treasury said the bond will go on sale on Thursday, without offering more information. Kenya pioneered the use of mobile money in 2007 with M-Pesa, a money transfer service, by telecoms operator Safaricom. Known as M-Akiba, the new bond will be offered on M-Pesa and similar mobile phone financial services by other firms, a source in the telecoms industry said. Investors will be able to buy the bond through their phones, where a record of their holdings will be stored. Coupon payments will also be made through...
(Xinhuanet 03/21/17)
Kenya has started negotiations with Britain to maintain its market shares as the latter prepares to leave the European Union (EU). Principal Secretary of International Trade Chris Kiptoo told Xinhua in a telephone interview that informal trade negotiation has started between the two countries. “We have started talks with UK officials as part of ensuring we have maintained our market once the country formally leaves EU. The talks are going on at both ends, but formal discussion will start once...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/21/17)
It hasn't rained on John Mwema's farm in over a month. But on his one-acre piece of land stand thousands of green maize plants. "I grow baby corn," said Mwema, bending to examine a bunch of tiny corn cobs. "It is a type of corn that is three to four times quicker to harvest and uses less water than regular corn." Farmers in the eastern Kenyan village of Ngoliba and across the country are increasingly faced with water scarcity. Some...
(Xinhuanet 03/20/17)
Kenya has started negotiations with Britain to maintain its market shares as the latter prepares to leave the European Union (EU). Principal Secretary of International Trade Chris Kiptoo told Xinhua in a telephone interview that informal trade negotiation has started between the two countries. "We have started talks with UK officials as part of ensuring we have maintained our market once the country formally leaves EU. The talks are going on at both ends, but formal discussion will start once UK formally exits EU," said Kiptoo. As time nears for Britain to leave the EU formally, Kenya
(Xinhuanet 03/20/17)
Campaigners on Monday urged Kenya to prioritize domestic resource mobilization in order to reduce reliance on foreign borrowing. Tax Justice Network Africa Deputy Executive Director Jason Braganza told a media briefing in Nairobi that the current global economic slowdown means that traditional donor nations are reducing overseas development aid. "As a result, we recommend for Kenya and other African countries to focus on domestic resource mobilization in order to reduce budget deficits," Braganza said during a civil society forum on...
(Agence Ecofin 03/20/17)
At the Africa CEO Forum which opened this morning in Geneva, AFD Group – in partnership with the European Union – unveiled the “African Renewable Energy Scale-Up facility”, designed to boost private sector investment in on–grid and off-grid renewable energy production in Africa. In order to meet Africa’s constantly increasing energy requirements, support must be provided for mass development of the renewable energy technologies – especially solar energy – that will play such a key role over the coming years,...
(Voice of America 03/18/17)
Each year, the University of Southern California hosts the African Global Economic and Development Summit, bringing delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas. Visa issues are not uncommon for people traveling from African nations. During her prior three summits, Mary Flowers saw a high percentage of her attendees unable to attain visas. "Usually we get 40 percent that get...
(Daily Nation 03/17/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended Kenya's debt, saying the money was used to finance infrastructure to stimulate growth. The President told a joint session of both Houses of Parliament that Kenya was not at any risk of default. He said the proportion of debt to gross domestic product (GDP) was still safe enough for the country to honour its obligations without defaulting. "Every year since the start of my administration, we have made adequate budgetary provisions to service the debt...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/17/17)
The Kenyan unit of U.S. ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc has increased its fare by 20 percent, a move that follows protests and strikes by Uber drivers who said a lower fare made their service uneconomical. Uber, which operates in several African countries, cut its fare in Kenya to 35 shillings ($0.3400) per kilometer last year, after local rival Little - backed by Kenyan telecoms operator Safaricom Ltd - introduced a service with a lower price. Uber drivers have staged...
(Xinhuanet 03/17/17)
The Kenyan government must allocate adequate funds to support nuclear research and innovation in a bid to hasten industrial transformation, an expert said on Thursday. Director of the Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology at the University of Nairobi, David Maina, said Kenya should allocate sufficient funds in the nuclear technology arena if the country is to realize the target of commissioning a nuclear plant by 2027. "There is no need to train students in nuclear science when you don't...
(Xinhuanet 03/17/17)
Amid an ever rising cost of paraffin in Kenya, adoption of solar lamps for night fishing is rapidly becoming a cheaper source of power for fishermen at the expansive Lake Victoria in Western Kenya. A liter of kerosene cost an average of 0.55 dollars in March, 2015 against the average 0.7 dollars in early 2017 thus increasing the cost of input for the fishermen who spend 12 hours in the waters searching for a healthy catch. However, solar lamps are...
(Xinhuanet 03/17/17)
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and CDC Group, the UK's development finance institution, will invest up to 35 million U.S dollars in Africa Logistics Properties Holding (ALP). ALP is a developer and manager of modern, grade-A warehousing. The financing is expected to fill the gap in logistics infrastructure in the region. The investment -- 10 million U. S dollars from IFC and 25 million U.S dollars from CDC -- will be used for...
(Bloomberg 03/16/17)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said he’ll rectify a decline in bank lending to business caused by his decision in August to impose a limit on commercial lending rates. Kenyatta in August capped rates at 4 percentage points above the central bank rate, fulfilling a campaign pledge he made before coming to power in 2013 to lower the cost of credit. The ceiling has failed to stimulate lending, with growth in loans to the private sector slowing to 4.3 percent in...
(Xinhuanet 03/15/17)
As Kenya focuses on increasing production and use of clean and renewable energy, women are prioritized as key agents to achieving the targets. Women are primary managers of fuel for cooking in the households in Kenya. And for years firewood and charcoal has been the major source of cooking energy for millions of households in the country but which World Health Organization (WHO) considers a health hazard due to the loss of lives its costs families. At least 2,000 people...
(Xinhuanet 03/15/17)
The Kenya shilling lost ground against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday to close the day at a low of 102.8, data from Central Bank showed. The local unit had started Monday on strong footing at 102.5 against the dollar but eased, with analysts attributing the fall to a surge in dollar demand from oil and general goods importers. On Tuesday, the currency fell 0.05 percent to close at 102.67, according to the apex bank. The decline was a continuation from...
(The Wall Street Journal 03/15/17)
Ndalo Media founder Khanyi Dhlomo and Mara Group founder Ashish Thakkar on where the potential is and what’s blocking it How is innovation in Africa different from innovation in Silicon Valley? And how can innovation in Africa be encouraged? Dan Keeler, frontier-markets editor of The Wall Street Journal, discussed those questions with Khanyi Dhlomo, founder and chief executive of Ndalo Media, a publisher based in South Africa, and Ashish Thakkar, founder of Mara Group, a pan-African investment group with operations...
(Standard Digital 03/14/17)
The government has signed an agreement with Tullow, Africa Oil and Maersk to allow exportation of oil on pilot basis beginning June this year. Tullow, which has had wild success in exploration in Kenya, has in the past estimated that there are about a billion barrels of oil in the Southern Lokichar area. The estimates are based on wells the firm has so far drilled in the region, but expects the quantities to go up as it continues drilling as...
(Xinhuanet 03/14/17)
An institute has opened shop in Kenyan capital of Nairobi to train local start-ups on negotiation skills to help them tap an influx of foreign investment capital and linkage with U.S. investors. The African Negotiation Institute and the Chartered Academy of Negotiators (ANICAN) seeks to give leaders soft skills to handle a variety of important tasks with confidence and solve each problem with expedience. ANICAN Group President Professor Alexander Moses told a forum in Nairobi on Monday the Institute will...
(Bloomberg 03/13/17)
East African Breweries Ltd. plans to raise 6 billion shillings ($58.5 million) in a sale of five-year debt, breaking a 17-month drought of corporate-bond issuance in Kenya. The securities, the second and final portion of an 11 billion-shilling program, offer a fixed annual rate of 14.17 percent until maturity on March 28, 2022, a 64 basis-point premium over the benchmark five-year government bond. The initial offer attracted 12.25 percent. “The second and final domestic medium-term note will seek to provide...

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(Xinhuanet 03/20/17)
Kenya has ruled the World Cross Country Championships in all the four editions held in Africa. That trend is not about to end as the team takes their title challenge to Kampala, Uganda on Saturday. Head coach Juma Ndiwa, himself a former 800 meters runner, who represented the country in World Championships and Olympics, said there is every sign that the team will rule the roost in the Ugandan capital. It will also be the fifth time the championships will be hosted by Africa after Rabat in 1975, Johannesburg in 1996, Marrakech in 1998 and Mombasa in 2007. Kenya team, which has pitched camp in Embu, will be leaving Nairobi for Kampala on Thursday with...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/18/17)
Kenya's national Olympic committee has escaped the threat of suspension after failing to adopt a new constitution but funding will continue to be withheld until further notice, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Saturday. The IOC froze financial support to Kenya nine days ago, after the country's troubled national committee (NOCK) failed to adopt a revised constitution, and said it would discuss the matter at its executive board (EB) meeting in Pyeongchang this week, leading to speculation that it might ban the country. However, IOC Deputy Director General Pere Miro said a Kenyan undertaking to bring in the new constitution at a meeting later this month meant the IOC had stayed the threat of further action. “The IOC EB...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines...
(Xinhuanet 03/08/17)
World Cross country champion Agnes Tirop of Kenya has endured two years out of competition since her win in Guiyang, China in 2015. A right leg tendon injury, which she picked up on her way to win gold in Guiyang, punctured her sails and derailed what looked to be a promising career for the then 19-year old. She has struggled to regain her fitness and stature in the choking long distance field and World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda...
(AFP (eng) 03/07/17)
Kenya faces possible suspension by the International Olympic Committee after the country's national governing body failed to implement reforms demanded after Kenya's embarrassing Rio Games appearance. The IOC had warned it would take "appropriate action" against Kenya if its National Olympic Committee (NOCK) did not resolve a seven-month impasse and adopt a new constitution paving the way for fresh elections. The IOC assisted in the drafting of new laws following a national outcry over corruption and the treatment of the...
(Xinhuanet 03/07/17)
Kenya will now wait for the verdict from International Olympic Committee (IOC) to know if a pending ban will be slapped on them after its national body declined to change its constitution as required. IOC, which had two of its officials in Nairobi Tuesday as observers during a stormy Extra Ordinary Meeting, had asked Kenya to amend its laws but the officials voted down the proposal. This comes after it was reported that Kenyan athletes were mistreated during the Olympic...
(Xinhuanet 03/06/17)
Kenya's hopes of reaching the 100 point mark in this season' World Rugby Sevens Series looks bleak after reaching the halfway stage with a paltry 35 points. Head coach Innocent Simiyu faces a rough ride in the remaining five legs starting with this weekend's show in Vancouver, Canada where the country is paired in a tricky Pool A that has Vegas champions South Africa, Cape Town 7s champions England and a fourth team to be invited by World Rugby. Captain...
(Lusaka Times 03/03/17)
Kenya’s Harambee Stars winger Clifton Miheso has put behind his back the woes that befell him at South African Club Golden Arrows to seal a one-year contract with newly promoted Zambian Premier League club Buildicon FC. Miheso travelled to Ndola, the base of the Zambian outfit early this week and put pen to paper on his new deal on Thursday afternoon after his first training session. “I really feel happy with this move because it has been a long time...
(AFP (eng) 02/26/17)
Kenya's Wilson Kipsang stormed to victory in the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday in the fastest race ever run in Japan. The former world record holder clocked 2hr 3min 58sec over a flatter course than in previous years as he added the Tokyo title to victories in London, New York and Berlin. Sarah Chepchirchir won the women's race in a personal best 2:19:47 -- the first sub-2:20 in Japan -- to complete a perfect day for Kenya. The top six men's...
(AFP (eng) 02/24/17)
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. "I want to state that the only country...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
Kenya seeks to boost its performance at the third and fourth rounds of the Rugby World Series in Las Vegas and Vancouver next month. Head coach Innocent Simiyu is pushing for a compact team in defence as he targets to bag maximum points and boost the country's standing. The coach has recalled Oscar Ayodi, who makes his first series appearance this season, and Frank Wanyama returning to the squad after Dubai and Cape Town legs. They replace Brian Tanga and...
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Elite Kenyan runners competing at the Tokyo marathon on Sunday will be targeting two birds with one stone. Both Wilson Kipsang and Bernard Kipyego hold onto outside chance that victory in the Japanese capital will earn them a slot in the Kenya team to the London World Championships. And like other top runners, they are eyeing to break the world record on the fast Tokyo course. "The world record is not too far. I tried it in London, which is...
(AFP (eng) 02/11/17)
Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in the World Under-18 championships in Kenya under a neutral banner, the organisers said on Friday. It will be the first time that Russia is represented in an international championships after the country was suspended last September by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) over doping violations. "Russians athletes will be eligible to compete in Nairobi as "individuals" under a neutral banner (presumably under the IAAF)," the U-18 championships organising committee (LOC) chief executive officer, Mwangi Muthee said. The Russian entry should serve as a consolation for the championship organisers following
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first...
(Xinhuanet 02/01/17)
A Kenyan international footballer is demanding just over 37,000 U.S. dollars in compensation after being forced out of South Africa Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Golden Arrows. Winger Cliffton Miheso who also plays for the country's national football team Harambee Stars was forced out of Arrows amid gun drama last month and he has instructed his lawyers based in Nairobi to pursue damages for contract violation. The player fled to the C R Swart Square Police Station in Durban after...
(Xinhuanet 01/30/17)
Olympic 5,000m silver medalist Hellen Obiri will skip the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda in March. Obiri, 27, will instead seek to polish her skills and cover up the miles to improve her endurance before setting her focus on competing in the energy supping IAAF Diamond League, starting in May in Doha, and the London World Championships in August. "My focus is on the world championships. I have competed in cross country, but that should not mean that...
(AFP (eng) 01/29/17)
In his long athletics career Felix Sanchez dominated the 400m hurdles for 17 years, winning two Olympic, two world and one Pan American gold titles. And when he retired in April 2016, the Dominican-born Sanchez didn't have a clue what to do next. "I was so worried that after so many years on the track, I didn't really know what I was going to do," Sanchez told AFP in Nairobi. The 39-year-old legend has taken up to coaching four Kenyan...
(AFP (eng) 01/23/17)
Kenya have appointed former captain Maurice Odumbe -- who was banned for five years -- as their batting coach ahead of the crucial ICC World Cup league qualifier against Nepal. Odumbe, who captained the team from 1996 to 2001 and played a key role in Kenya's three successive World Cup appearances, was suspended from cricket in 2004 after he allegedly received money from bookmakers. The 46 year old is now set to formally join his former teammates, head coach Thomas...
(Xinhuanet 01/20/17)
Kenya's Olympic marathon champion Elud Kipchoge said he will not take part in this year's London Marathon scheduled for April. Kipchoge, who is also the London Marathon defending champion, has instead opted to take part in the Breaking 2 Marathon whose date and venue is yet to be determined. "I normally plan for only one race in a year. I have already embarked on training for the Breaking 2 Marathon, which is an event that aims at having the first...
(Xinhuanet 01/20/17)
Kenya's Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champions Conseslus Kipruto and Ruth Jebet of Bahrain will compete at the Cross Internacional Juan Muguerza in Elgoibar, Spain on Sunday. Kipruto, who has skipped all local cross country meeting, is keen to impress the selection panel as he bids to lead the Kenya team to the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda in March. "I have done well before in Italy and Spain cross country meeting and this will be another chance for me...

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(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 the West, criticism of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and pride in being African. One of 20 feature-length movies on show at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival (Fespaco) in Burkina Faso's capital...
(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,...
(AFP (eng) 10/22/16)
In many parts of Africa albinos are stigmatised or hunted for their body parts, but for one night in Kenya those with the condition took to the catwalk to show off their unique beauty. Billed by organisers as the first pageant of its kind, young albino men and women on Friday competed for the title of Miss and Mr Albinism Kenya. "People with albinism are not seen as beautiful and handsome so it is very rare to find those two...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in an industry otherwise battered by falling CD sales and rampant piracy. A recent study of the entertainment sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accountants showed rapid earnings growth in many African countries, fuelled largely by live performances by local artists. "Consumers are increasingly wanting local content," Vicki Myburgh, a PwC director who conducted the study released last month, told AFP. "The Nigerian music market... will (soon) grow at...
(APA 10/12/16)
The construction of a controversial multi-billion water project in Murang’a and demands by governors for direct tickets for the 2017 elections, grabbed the attention of major Kenyan dailies on Wednesday. “Raila to Murang’a leaders: Face the truth on water project,” Raila has fired back, accusing the Murang’a governor Mwangi wa Iria of avoiding the substantive issues and instead concentrating on personal attacks on him. "Governor Iria should stop being a coward and stand up for the survival of his people...
(APA 10/11/16)
Opposition leader Raila Odinga allegations of the construction of a multibillion water project by the government that will eventually turn five counties in deserts, grabbed the headlines of major dailies on Tuesday. “Raila fights project he launched,” reported the Star newspaper which pointed out that Opposition chief Raila Odinga appeared to shoot himself in the foot on Monday when he savagely opposed a Sh6.8 billion "secret Jubilee Government" water project — which he launched as Prime Minister in 2012. “Raila...

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(Voice of America 03/21/17)
Tanzania has announced a plan to send 500 doctors to Kenya after a doctors' strike paralyzed health services in the neighboring country for months. Kenyan doctors, however, say the government should not hire any foreign doctors but instead employ the more than 1,000 trained physicians who are unemployed. Tanzanian President John Magufuli announced the plan to dispatch the doctors after a recent meeting in Dar es Salaam with a visiting Kenyan delegation that included Kenya's health cabinet secretary, Cleopa Mailu. Mailu said this was a deal that would benefit both countries. “We have so many government health centers that need doctors," said Mailu. "Yes, we have doctors in our country; we recently had a doctors'...
(Voice of America 03/21/17)
East African leaders attending the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Kenya this week are expected to talk about Somali refugees and regional security. However, there are doubts that IGAD has what it takes to ease the crisis in the region. The Kenya State House spokesperson, Manoah Esipisu, said the repatriation of Somali refugees will be the main agenda item at the summit. "It will focus largely on the questions of Somali refugees and creating a conducive environment in their own country so that they can feel safe to go back and to contribute to their country's development as well as their country's growth," he said. Kenya plans to shut the Dadaab refugee camp by the end of May. Dadaab...
(Bloomberg 03/20/17)
The European Union said it’s giving an extra 165 million euros ($178 million) to battle humanitarian crises in East Africa, including a famine in South Sudan and drought in Somalia. From the total, 100 million euros will be allocated to help responses to the crisis in South Sudan and an influx of its refugees to neighboring countries, the EU said Monday in an emailed statement. Humanitarian assistance for droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya will be targeted with 65 million...
(Voice of America 03/18/17)
Thousands of HIV-negative Kenyans will for the first time be placed on daily antiretroviral medication, or ARVs, in a bid to avert new infections. The new program seeks to lower the country's HIV transmission rate to individuals who face a substantial risk of contracting HIV, such as rape victims and HIV-negative drug users. The head of the National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP), Martin Sirengo, said the measure will be rolled out in April and will involve the use of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. “We are introducing PrEP to a selected population, not to everyone, and this selected population includes, for instance, HIV-negative partners
(Voice of America 03/18/17)
Each year, the University of Southern California hosts the African Global Economic and Development Summit, bringing delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas. Visa issues are not uncommon for people traveling from African nations. During her prior three summits, Mary Flowers saw a high percentage of her attendees unable to attain visas. "Usually we get 40 percent that get...
(Voice of America 03/17/17)
The Kenya Association of Manufacturers says the government's directive to ban plastic bags beginning in September will hurt more than 170 companies and put at least 60,000 people out of work. The problem is not plastic bags, but consumer behavior, says Phyllis Wakiaga, the association's chief. "Issue of waste management is an issue we must admit as a country because all of us are responsible for it," Wakiaga said. "How we manage our waste at the individual level, at a...
(Voice of America 03/17/17)
One of the enduring legacies of the Barack Obama presidency will be the relationship built between the United States and young Africans. As part of Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), each year 1,000 young people from sub-Saharan Africa travel to the United States to spend six weeks at a U.S. college or university. The program will continue this summer. But building enduring relationships is a two-way street, and many in Africa want to see Americans coming to their continent...
(Bloomberg 03/16/17)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said he’ll rectify a decline in bank lending to business caused by his decision in August to impose a limit on commercial lending rates. Kenyatta in August capped rates at 4 percentage points above the central bank rate, fulfilling a campaign pledge he made before coming to power in 2013 to lower the cost of credit. The ceiling has failed to stimulate lending, with growth in loans to the private sector slowing to 4.3 percent in...
(Usa Today 03/16/17)
A 100-day doctors' strike that has created a health crisis for millions of Kenyans neared an end Tuesday, when government and union officials signed an agreement to improve pay and work conditions, the union announced. The country's 5,000 public-sector doctors will resume work on Friday, said Ouma Oluga, secretary-general of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union, according to the Associated Press. Doctors, who were once on call at all times, will now work 40 hours a week and...
(AL Jazeera 03/15/17)
Thousands of physicians call off 100-day strike over pay and working conditions after dozens died without care. Thousands of doctors working in Kenya's public hospitals have agreed to end a 100-day strike after reaching a deal with the government on Tuesday that aims to address their grievances. More than 5,000 health workers calling for nearly a 300 percent increase in pay went on strike in December, but it was not clear how much of their demands were met. The government...
(The Wall Street Journal 03/15/17)
Ndalo Media founder Khanyi Dhlomo and Mara Group founder Ashish Thakkar on where the potential is and what’s blocking it How is innovation in Africa different from innovation in Silicon Valley? And how can innovation in Africa be encouraged? Dan Keeler, frontier-markets editor of The Wall Street Journal, discussed those questions with Khanyi Dhlomo, founder and chief executive of Ndalo Media, a publisher based in South Africa, and Ashish Thakkar, founder of Mara Group, a pan-African investment group with operations...
(Bloomberg 03/13/17)
East African Breweries Ltd. plans to raise 6 billion shillings ($58.5 million) in a sale of five-year debt, breaking a 17-month drought of corporate-bond issuance in Kenya. The securities, the second and final portion of an 11 billion-shilling program, offer a fixed annual rate of 14.17 percent until maturity on March 28, 2022, a 64 basis-point premium over the benchmark five-year government bond. The initial offer attracted 12.25 percent. “The second and final domestic medium-term note will seek to provide...
(AL Jazeera 03/13/17)
Dorcas, 25, died last week after struggling to find proper cancer treatment amid the government and doctors' standoff. One month after Al Jazeera published the story of Dorcas Kiteng'e's struggle for cancer treatment in a nation whose doctors are on strike, the 25-year-old has died due to lack of proper care. Some 5,000 public sector doctors walked out on December 5 after Kenya's leaders failed to make good on a 2013 agreement to raise salaries, hire new physicians and improve...
(Voice of America 03/09/17)
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that East Africans are facing starvation and that the situation might worsen if nothing is done to avert the crisis. The United Nations estimates more than 17 million people are facing hunger in nine countries. Somalia is facing its second famine in less than six years, South Sudan has declared some parts of the country in famine, and Kenya's government declared the drought there a national disaster. More than 10 million people are going...
(Bloomberg 03/08/17)
The Kenyan president’s interest-rate pledge is in tatters. Just five months before Uhuru Kenyatta seeks re-election, the country’s inflation rate has surged to the highest level since 2012 and the government is struggling to borrow money at yields it’s ready to offer. That’s left the caps he imposed on commercial interest rates all but unviable in a country already heading for a cash crunch. The bank teller-turned-politician, whose father was the nation’s founding president, has put central-bank policy makers in...
(Bloomberg 03/07/17)
Safaricom Ltd, East Africa’s biggest mobile-phone company, would have to reconsider future investment in Kenya if proposals to break up the company are implemented, the head of mobile money at parent Vodafone Plc said. The company 40 percent owned by Newbury, England-based Vodafone was found to be Kenya’s dominant carrier in a draft report by U.K.-based advisory group Analysys Mason. The study was commissioned by the Communications Authority of Kenya to check whether the market leader had abused its position...
(Voice of America 03/07/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump signed a revised executive order Monday, calling for a 90-day suspension of admissions for people from six Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, if they do not already have visas. All refugees must wait 120 days. The ban, coming six weeks after Trump’s original order, which was blocked by federal courts, takes effect March 16. Ahmed Omar Bihi, 42, is a Somali refugee who has lived in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp for...
(The Guardian 03/07/17)
British high commissioner to Kenya speaks out following death of Tristan Voorspuy, whose ranch was invaded by herders. Britain has urged Kenya to restore law and order in the north of the country after a British rancher was shot dead there. Nic Hailey, Britain’s high commissioner to Kenya, was speaking after the killing of Tristan Voorspuy, whose lodges had been burned by attackers. His body was found on Sunday at his ranch 118 miles (190km) north of Nairobi. Kenya’s domestic...
(The Independent 03/06/17)
Th term was coined by sceptical officials, worried about the importance given to Commonwealth trade deals ahead of Brexit negotiations. Plans by government ministers to boost trade links with African Commonwealth countries are being internally branded “empire 2.0” by sceptical officials who are worried about the importance being placed on such deals ahead of the UK’s negotiations of leaving the European Union (EU). International Trade Secretary Liam Fox is expected to promise to build better links with the whole of...
(Voice of America 03/04/17)
Drought is hurting eastern Africa's parks and game reserves, as well as the creatures that reside in them. The Kenya Wildlife Service says dozens of animals have already died because of the lack of water. Last month, the government declared the drought a national disaster. Kenya Wildlife Service spokesman Paul Gathitu says lack of water and grazing land has pushed some animals into human settlements, increasing the risk of human-wildlife conflict. "We've had impacts on wildlife, particularly outside not in...

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