Monday 20 November 2017

Kenya

(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
Kenya's Supreme Court on Monday dismissed two petitions to overturn the country's October 26 presidential election re-run, validating the poll victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta. "The court has unanimously determined that the petitions are not merited. As a consequence, the presidential election of 26 October is hereby upheld as is the election of the third respondent," said Chief Justice David Maraga, referring to Kenyatta. The ruling paves the way for Kenyatta to be sworn in on November 28, bringing to a close what has been a divisive and bloody election process. Maraga had in September annulled an August 8 election due to "irregularities and illegalities", in a historic decision hailed across the globe as an...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/17)
he African Union on Friday called for Libyan authorities to investigate "slave markets" of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, following the release of shocking images showing the sale of young men. The demand follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400. Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also Chairman of the African Union, demanded an enquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a "despicable trade... from another era". Meanwhile Senegal's government. commenting on Facebook, expressed "outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African migrants on Libyan soil,"...
(AFP (eng) 11/17/17)
Three people were shot dead Friday in Nairobi, an AFP reporter saw, as police dispersed thousands of opposition supporters welcoming home their leader Raila Odinga from an overseas trip. The three men, all with bullet wounds in the upper body, were seen lying on the road in Muthurwa, a city suburb where riot police armed with tear gas, water cannons and rifles clashed with stone throwing protesters, part of angry battles that lasted throughout the day. Odinga won an unprecedented...
(AFP (eng) 11/17/17)
Opposition leader Raila Odinga returned to Kenya on Friday only to have his welcome party in Nairobi broken up by police firing tear gas at his convoy and supporters, an AFP reporter saw. Odinga won an unprecedented court victory overturning the result of the August 8 presidential poll, leading to a rerun last month that he then boycotted claiming it would not be free and fair. Kenya's Supreme Court is due to rule Monday on whether President Uhuru Kenyatta can...
(AFP (eng) 11/17/17)
Kenya's Supreme Court said Thursday that it would issue its ruling Monday on challenges to the validity of the October 26 presidential re-run election won by incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta. Chief Justice David Maraga said the six-judge bench would hand down its decision by Monday, the constitutional deadline, having finished hearing two days of oral arguments. "We want to thank you for your courtesy to each other and the court except for a few remarks here and there and we want to encourage this kind of conduct to be continued," Maraga said. Maraga was thrust into the spotlight after annulling the original August 8 vote...
(Reuters 11/17/17)
Two people were killed on Friday as Kenyan police tried to disperse supporters cheering a convoy carrying opposition leader Raila Odinga from the airport to central Nairobi, a Reuters photographer said. Police fired tear gas at the convoy and used water cannon as they tried to stop it reaching the capital’s main business district, live footage on Kenyan TV showed. Some protesters threw stones at police. TV footage showed two vehicles on fire. The deaths occurred as police and protesters...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
The level of loans given by Kenyan banks has been assessed to be healthy in a new briefing by the Nairobi-based regional investment house Standard Investment Bank. Economic growth in Kenya has slowed in the last four months because of the general elections and a repeat of the presidential election last month, causing some borrowers especially the small scale entrepreneurs to defer servicing loans, banks said . "The level of non-performing loans is yet to mushroom to become a systemic...
(Xinhua 11/17/17)
Lawmakers from Kenya's coastal county of Lamu that is home to a listed UNESCO world heritage site are pushing for enactment of laws to ensure local communities benefit from infrastructure and energy projects. The lawmakers said in a statement issued in Nairobi on Thursday that mechanisms should be put in place to ensure communities living in Lamu accrue benefits from construction of Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor and a coal plant. "We are in consultation with the...
(Reuters 11/17/17)
Kenya Airways reduced first-half losses by 20 percent, helped by cost cuts, and will start flights to New York next year, its new chief executive said on Friday as the company presses ahead with its turnaround. Kenya Airways' Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, with a sitting capacity of 400 passengers, arrives at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, file. REUTERS/Noor Khamis The airline, part-owned by Air France KLM, completed a $2 billion debt restructuring this week as part of turnaround plans...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
Sino-African relations have entered a new development stage of win-win cooperation, according to the fifth Biennial Conference of China-Africa Industrial Forum (CAIF) that opened here Thursday. Supporting Africa's industrialization and capacity cooperation are of vital importance in the next five years and Sino-African trade is likely to total 180 billion U.S. dollars in 2017, said CAIF secretary general Cheng Zhigang in the opening speech. Sino-African economic and trade cooperation has great potential, said Cheng. China has been Africa's largest trading...
(AFP (eng) 11/17/17)
Africa is making only faltering progress towards food and nutrition security, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. "Multiple forms of malnutrition coexist, with countries experiencing simultaneously high rates of child undernutrition or anaemia as well as high rates of obesity," it says in a new report, Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition. In sub-Saharan Africa, "progress towards the World Health Assembly global nutrition targets has been generally poor," the Rome-based agency says, referring to goals to...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
Former World cross country champion Japhet Korir of Kenya will return to competition in Leffrinckoucke town in France during the 28th Cross de l'Acier race on Nov 19. On the women side Margaret Kipkemboi, who was fifth at the London 5km race, will be the athlete to beat. She will however face stiff challenge from Ethiopia's Hiwot Ayalew with Daisy Jepkemoi of Kenya. Korir, who lost his chance to defend his crown in Kampala earlier this year, is hopeful the...
(AFP (eng) 11/15/17)
Kenya's Supreme Court on Wednesday began hearing two petitions to annul last month's presidential election, which was already a re-run ordered by the court after it annulled an earlier vote. The court hearing is the latest in a long and winding legal drama that has surrounded Kenya's election process since an August 8 election was annulled by the Supreme Court due to "irregularities and illegalities". Two petitions were filed to overturn the result of a re-run on October 26 that...
(AFP (eng) 11/14/17)
A Kenyan mother who gave birth to extremely rare naturally-conceived quintuplets has lost all five babies, according to a hospital in the south west of the country. The mother, Jacintah Akinyi, 30 -- who did not know she was carrying five babies -- went into labour on Sunday and gave birth to two babies at home, who both died, before being transferred to the Kisii Teaching and Referral hospital. Nurse Manager Florence Ogero said a third baby died that night,...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/14/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s police monitor said on Monday investigations into the alleged killings by police of a girl and a baby in election-related violence were complete, and a spokesman said the case would probably end up in court. Kenyan police frequently face accusations of brutality and extrajudicial killings from civilians and rights groups, but officers are rarely charged and almost never convicted. Human rights groups say at least 66 people have died in bloodshed associated with the August election,...
(The Associated Press 11/14/17)
Kenya’s Supreme Court is poised to hear petitions challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in a repeat presidential poll. The court made history when it nullified Kenyatta’s re-election in August. It cited irregularities and illegalities in the vote count and the electoral commission’s failure to allow scrutiny of its servers to dispel opposition leader Raila Odinga’s claim of fraud. It then ordered a new vote. There are concerns about intimidation after the court failed to find a quorum to consider a...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/14/17)
KIGALI (Reuters) - The global airline industry has $1.2 billion blocked in nine dollar-strapped African countries, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Monday. The global commodities price crash that began in 2014 hit economies across Africa hard, particularly big resource exporters such as Angola and Nigeria. Low oil and mineral prices have reduced government revenue and caused chronic dollar shortages and immense pressure on local currencies. The fiscal slump has meant governments have not allowed foreign airlines to...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
A Kenyan woman gave birth to naturally-conceived quintuplets on Sunday, however the first two baby boys died shortly after being born in a small town in the west of the country. There is a one in 60 million chance of a mother falling pregnant with five babies, without hormone treatment, experts say. The mother, Jacintah Akinyi, 30, "started delivering at home. By the time she arrived at this hospital, she had two babies that had passed on," said John Malago,...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
Ministers from 13 European and African countries on Monday pledged steps to ease the migrant crisis around the Mediterranean, vowing especially to improve conditions for migrants held in Libya. Interior ministers and other representatives from countries impacted by the ongoing wave of migration up through Africa towards Europe, including Libya, voiced deep concern over the "ongoing human tragedy" along the so-called Central Mediterranean route. "The participants intend to address the challenges posed by the alarming situation along the migration route...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
Samuel Kalalei won the 35th Athens Classic Marathon on Sunday as Kenyan runners dominated the gruelling, largely uphill course by sweeping the top five places in the men's race. The 23-year-old crossed the line in two hours, 12 minutes and 17 seconds, ahead of Milton Kiplagat Rotich, who clocked 2:14.18, with Jonathan Kiptoo Yego in third at 2:16.08. The women's race was won by 18-year-old Ethiopian Bedaru Hirpa Badane in a time of 2:34.18. Around 18,500 runners from dozens of...

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(Reuters 11/17/17)
Two people were killed on Friday as Kenyan police tried to disperse supporters cheering a convoy carrying opposition leader Raila Odinga from the airport to central Nairobi, a Reuters photographer said. Police fired tear gas at the convoy and used water cannon as they tried to stop it reaching the capital’s main business district, live footage on Kenyan TV showed. Some protesters threw stones at police. TV footage showed two vehicles on fire. The deaths occurred as police and protesters fought on one of the main roads leading to the business district, the photographer said. Police spokesmen did not immediately respond to phone calls. Odinga has called for a “National Resistance Movement” to protest against...
(AFP (eng) 11/17/17)
Africa is making only faltering progress towards food and nutrition security, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. "Multiple forms of malnutrition coexist, with countries experiencing simultaneously high rates of child undernutrition or anaemia as well as high rates of obesity," it says in a new report, Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition. In sub-Saharan Africa, "progress towards the World Health Assembly global nutrition targets has been generally poor," the Rome-based agency says, referring to goals to end hunger by 2025. The annual document came out Thursday at the start of a two-day food and health seminar in Ivory Coast's economic capital, Abidjan. Around 200 people from 47 African nations are gathered to discuss "sustainable food systems...
(AFP (eng) 11/14/17)
A Kenyan mother who gave birth to extremely rare naturally-conceived quintuplets has lost all five babies, according to a hospital in the south west of the country. The mother, Jacintah Akinyi, 30 -- who did not know she was carrying five babies -- went into labour on Sunday and gave birth to two babies at home, who both died, before being transferred to the Kisii Teaching and Referral hospital. Nurse Manager Florence Ogero said a third baby died that night,...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
A Kenyan woman gave birth to naturally-conceived quintuplets on Sunday, however the first two baby boys died shortly after being born in a small town in the west of the country. There is a one in 60 million chance of a mother falling pregnant with five babies, without hormone treatment, experts say. The mother, Jacintah Akinyi, 30, "started delivering at home. By the time she arrived at this hospital, she had two babies that had passed on," said John Malago,...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
Ministers from 13 European and African countries on Monday pledged steps to ease the migrant crisis around the Mediterranean, vowing especially to improve conditions for migrants held in Libya. Interior ministers and other representatives from countries impacted by the ongoing wave of migration up through Africa towards Europe, including Libya, voiced deep concern over the "ongoing human tragedy" along the so-called Central Mediterranean route. "The participants intend to address the challenges posed by the alarming situation along the migration route...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/10/17)
LAMU, Kenya (Reuters) - The beaches of Kenya’s idyllic Lamu island are dotted with traditional Swahili stone and coral houses, mansions built by European royalty, the odd donkey and, increasingly, tidal lines of plastic trash. When a resident organized a beach clean-up that collected 33 tons of rubbish in a single summer, British-Ethiopian safari organizer Ben Morrison decided he couldn’t stand by while his beloved island was ruined. So the tall, bearded 42-year-old decided to try to design a traditional...
(AFP (eng) 11/08/17)
A dozen other students look on as Umar Amadu uses a glass pipette to draw a solution from a conical flask as part of a chemistry experiment. It could be a scene from any school laboratory around the world, but until two months ago Amadu and his fellow students had no access to any science equipment. Science subjects at his rural secondary school outside the city of Katsina in northern Nigeria were taught using theory only. But now they have...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/07/17)
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc. [UBER.UL] is growing rapidly in sub-Saharan Africa and considering moves into more markets, despite sometimes violent opposition from metered taxi drivers, a senior executive said on Tuesday. Uber’s service has triggered protests by rivals from London to New Delhi as it up-ends traditional business models that require professional drivers to pay steep licensing fees to do business. “We are bullish on Africa. The growth here is still substantial and we think...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/17)
The chief photographer for Agence France-Presse (AFP) in east Africa appeared in court Monday after 48 hours in police custody, charged with trespassing on a property belonging to the president's family. Japanese photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba, 46, was arrested on Friday afternoon at a farm belonging to the Brookside dairy company which is owned by President Uhuru Kenyatta's family. He had gone to photograph the company logo after the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) named Brookside as one of three companies its supporters should boycott as part of a "resistance" campaign following disputed presidential elections. Chiba, accompanied by an AFP driver...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/06/17)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa’s mobile internet connections are set to double in the next five years, a study showed on Monday, thanks to affordable smartphones and the roll-out of high-speed networks. A report by research and consulting firm Ovum in London estimates that mobile broadband connections will rise from 419 million at the end of this year to 1.07 billion by the end of 2022. “Data connectivity is growing strongly in Africa, and there are also good prospects on the...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/31/17)
GISHARU, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On the edge of Mt. Suswa, an active volcano in southwest Kenya’s Rift Valley, Kipas Ole Masiodo checks on volcanic steam rising from cracks in the ground, careful not to let any go to waste. As prolonged drought dries water reserves across Kenya, harvesting these fleeting wisps of water vapor near Masiodo’s home has been a lifeline for his family and community. “It is clean and safe for drinking,” the 35-year-old said. “It is...
(BBC News Africa 10/25/17)
Kenya's Chief Justice has said the Supreme Court is unable to hear a petition calling for a delay in Thursday's presidential re-run. David Maraga said not enough of the court's seven judges were available to hear the case. The deputy chief justice was not available after her bodyguard was shot by gunmen on Tuesday. The BBC's Alastair Leithead in Nairobi says the election is now expected to go ahead as planned. The Supreme Court annulled the original election in August,...
(The Associated Press 10/25/17)
A Kenyan judge has ruled that the appointments of electoral agents at the constituency level for the Thursday’s repeat presidential election are illegal, throwing more uncertainty on the controversial elections. Judge George Odunga ruled Wednesday that the electoral commission did not follow the law when appointing constituency returning officers and their deputies. Returning officers manage the polling centers at the constituency level and are responsible for the transmission of results to the national tallying centers. Despite this ruling, the electoral...
(AFP (eng) 10/24/17)
Elephant poaching in Africa declined for a fifth straight year in 2016 but seizures of illegal ivory hit records highs, the CITES monitor said Tuesday, calling it a "conflicting phenomena". In its latest report, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species also noted that despite the overall fall in poaching, Africa's elephant population has continued to drop "due to continued illegal killing, land transformation and rapid human expansion." Global illegal ivory trade has remained relatively stable for six years,...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/23/17)
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African political leaders, activists, and local chiefs joined forces on Monday to commit to ending child marriage in West and Central Africa, the region with the highest child marriage rate in the world. More than a third of girls in the region are married under the age of 18, with the rate over 50 percent in six countries and up to 76 percent in Niger. Driven by factors including poverty, insecurity and religious tradition, marrying...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/17)
The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, which is rapidly becoming a major center of US military action. Their mission is to counter the advances of a slew of jihadist movements across the continent, including Al-Shabaab in Somalia, affiliates of the Islamic State group in the Sahel region and Boko Haram in Nigeria. Of the 8,000 special forces "operators" deployed globally this year, more than 1,300...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/17)
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The #MeToo social media campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment and abuse has sparked conversation in parts of Africa where domestic violence is rampant but strong cultural and religious taboos prevent women from admitting it. Prompted by sexual abuse allegations against American film mogul Harvey Weinstein, millions of women around the world have been sharing their experiences of harassment and abuse on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #MeToo. The movement has reached only...
(Xinhua 10/19/17)
Kenyan universities are embracing biometric registration of students in bid to curb terror networks within the institutions, a government official said on Wednesday. University students have become easy targets of terror groups in Kenya as witnessed by the April 2015 attack at the Garissa University College where 148 students were killed. Some of the gunmen were said to have been university students. To curb repetition of such incidences, in June 2016, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi ordered all universities to...
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
Kenya's Garissa University College (GUC), which Al-Shabaab attacked in April 2015 and killed more than 140 people, mostly students, is set to be awarded a Charter this week, a legal document that authorizes the university to discharge its mandate. President Uhuru Kenyatta was expected to award the Charter in Nairobi on Thursday, completing the turnaround of the university following the attack. The award would bring the number of public universities in the East African nation to 31. Kenya currently has...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/16/17)
ISIOLO, Kenya (Reuters) - An expelled student shot dead six of his former schoolmates and a security guard at his school in northern Kenya on Saturday, and was then himself lynched by a furious mob, officials said. The attack took place at a school in the remote town of Lokichogio in Kenya’s Turkana region, close to the border with war-torn South Sudan. At least six other students were flown to hospital with bullet wounds. The assailant was a 17-year-old from...

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(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
The level of loans given by Kenyan banks has been assessed to be healthy in a new briefing by the Nairobi-based regional investment house Standard Investment Bank. Economic growth in Kenya has slowed in the last four months because of the general elections and a repeat of the presidential election last month, causing some borrowers especially the small scale entrepreneurs to defer servicing loans, banks said . "The level of non-performing loans is yet to mushroom to become a systemic problem," said Francis Mwangi and Martin Kirimi, researchers at the investments bank, in a joint briefing on Thursday. In August, the level on non-performing loans, or loans that had not been serviced for several months...
(Reuters 11/17/17)
Kenya Airways reduced first-half losses by 20 percent, helped by cost cuts, and will start flights to New York next year, its new chief executive said on Friday as the company presses ahead with its turnaround. Kenya Airways' Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, with a sitting capacity of 400 passengers, arrives at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, file. REUTERS/Noor Khamis The airline, part-owned by Air France KLM, completed a $2 billion debt restructuring this week as part of turnaround plans after a slump in Kenyan travel and high financing costs on new Boeing jets sent it to the country’s biggest ever corporate loss -- 26 billion shillings ($251 million) -- in its 2016 financial year. Shares in the company were...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
Sino-African relations have entered a new development stage of win-win cooperation, according to the fifth Biennial Conference of China-Africa Industrial Forum (CAIF) that opened here Thursday. Supporting Africa's industrialization and capacity cooperation are of vital importance in the next five years and Sino-African trade is likely to total 180 billion U.S. dollars in 2017, said CAIF secretary general Cheng Zhigang in the opening speech. Sino-African economic and trade cooperation has great potential, said Cheng. China has been Africa's largest trading...
(The Associated Press 11/14/17)
Kenya’s Supreme Court is poised to hear petitions challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in a repeat presidential poll. The court made history when it nullified Kenyatta’s re-election in August. It cited irregularities and illegalities in the vote count and the electoral commission’s failure to allow scrutiny of its servers to dispel opposition leader Raila Odinga’s claim of fraud. It then ordered a new vote. There are concerns about intimidation after the court failed to find a quorum to consider a...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/14/17)
KIGALI (Reuters) - The global airline industry has $1.2 billion blocked in nine dollar-strapped African countries, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Monday. The global commodities price crash that began in 2014 hit economies across Africa hard, particularly big resource exporters such as Angola and Nigeria. Low oil and mineral prices have reduced government revenue and caused chronic dollar shortages and immense pressure on local currencies. The fiscal slump has meant governments have not allowed foreign airlines to...
(Xinhuanet 10/31/17)
Jane Mukami was rattled when the skies opened, paving way for torrential rains that threatened to destroy 50 kilograms of rice she had just harvested in her farm in central Kenya. Having lost her entire harvest in previous heavy downpours, Mukami had to be innovative enough to cushion herself from a similar predicament that not only sapped her energy but also depleted her revenue base. At the same time, selling her rice immediately after harvesting is not an option for...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/31/17)
HARARE (Reuters) - Economic growth is expected to rise to 3.4 percent in sub-Saharan Africa next year from 2.6 percent in 2017, the IMF said in a report on Monday, but warned that rising debt and political risks in larger economies would weigh down future growth. Nigeria and South African are the biggest economies in Africa south of the Sahara, but both nations have been clouded by political uncertainty linked to the tenure of their leaders. The IMF said a...
(Xinhuanet 10/19/17)
The use of mobile money in Kenya declined by the biggest margin in August, pointing to jitters related to East African nation polls first held on Aug. 8. Kenyans transacted on mobile phone 2.8 billion U.S. dollars during the month, down from 3 billion dollars in July, Central Bank of Kenya data showed Wednesday. It was the biggest fall since the start of the year, with mobile money transactions recording rise and decline in use in separate months during the...
(Xinhuanet 10/19/17)
Kenya's travel agents on Wednesday appealed to political leaders to find a solution to the current poll standoff, saying prolonged electioneering period is taking a great toll on business travel in the East African nation. The Kenya Association of Travel Agents (KATA) said whereas the industry was able to withstand the aftermath of the Aug. 8 general election, the ongoing political uncertainty punctuated with violent protests is threatening to bring business to a grinding halt. "Overall air ticket bookings from...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/17)
Rent-a-room giant Airbnb said Tuesday that it had provided accommodation for 1.2 million visitors to Africa over the last year -- double the previous year as tourism expands across the continent. The website now offers more than 100,000 accommodation options in Africa, global public affairs director Chris Lehane said on a visit to Johannesburg. "It's an incredibly rich and diverse continent, an incredibly dynamic place, certainly a big part of our future," Lehane told AFP. Airbnb was founded in 2008...
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
Kenya's plantation union on Monday denied reports that flower farmers are relocating to Ethiopia due to frequent labor unrest in the east African nation. Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU) Assistant General Secretary Meshack Khisa rejected reports made by county officials as alarmist and reckless. He said that workers in the sector had the right to agitate for higher pay due to the high cost of living which had pushed up the price of basic commodities. "The governor's statements...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Dakar (Senegal) - The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration. AfDB President Adesina will receive...
(APA 10/12/17)
APA-Nairobi (Kenya) - One of Kenya’s leading retail supermarket, Tusky Mattresses ongoing corporate transformation efforts have received global commendation at the prestigious 4thWorld Branding Awards held at the Kensington Palace in London on Wednesday evening. In a rare commendation for a local brand, Tusker Mattresses Limited which runs the Tuskys branded chain of retail stores won the Kenya Supermarket Brand of the Year category in the awards which focus on branding excellence. The World Branding Awards is the premier awards...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/17)
"Time for an interview? I have a lot of time at the moment," said Owino Onyango, sweating as he stepped out of his blacksmith's shop in Nairobi to talk business, and politics. "Business goes with politics: if politics go down, business also goes down", said the 64-year-old, grumbling about the "unhealthy" political climate in Kenya since the Supreme Court's September annulment of President Uhuru Kenyatta's election. Election seasons stifle the economy in Kenya, but this year's protracted crisis, with many weeks of court disputes and street protests, has been particularly bad for business. Onyango appears hard at work, hammering a glowing shaft of metal fresh from the forge, but his industry is an illusion.
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is set to accelerate to 3.4 percent next year, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday, citing Nigeria's recovering oil and agricultural sectors. The IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook report that the region would grow by 2.6 percent this year after 1.4 percent in 2016. "Growth is expected to rise gradually," it said, while noting that the rate would be uneven and "barely above population growth". GDP in the west African powerhouse Nigeria...
(APA 10/09/17)
APA-Nairobi (Kenya) - The Central Bank of Kenya(CBK) on Monday disclosed that it has received an offer from Mauritius-based financial Institution (SBM) Holdings acquire to Chase Bank Kenya which is under receivership since April 2016. CBK said that they have received a non-binding offer which includes the acquisition of certain assets and matched liabilities from Chase Bank. Last year, CBK placed Chase Bank, under statutory management for a year due to what the regulator termed as unsafe financial conditions. “Whilst...
(APA 10/06/17)
APA-Nairobi (Kenya) - Thousands of Gikomba market traders in Nairobi were on Friday mourning the loss of their property worth millions after a huge fire gutted down their wares in Nairobi’s largest open air market. Thousands of traders watched in disbelief after the fire that begun around 3.am in the morning razed down their property after the fire broke in the fish and groceries section. By Friday morning, all county fire engines were on the scene battling with the inferno that had spread to other other parts of the market and buildings housing banks close by. No cases of casualties has been reported with the cause of fire still unknown.
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Nairobi-Uganda - The deterioration of the Kenyan private sector intensified during September, driven by an unfavourable political climate, Markit Stanbic Bank Kenya Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report revealed on Thursday. The seasonally adjusted PMI dipped to a new survey record low of 40.9 in September from 42.0 in August. According to the survey, the overall decline of the private sector was driven by sharp contractions in output and new orders. In response to lower output requirements, firms decreased their payroll...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT.N) plans to spend $50 million over the next five years to add 100 hotels to its chain in Africa, it said on Thursday, joining other chains keen to tap growing business and international travel on the continent. One property will open in the Kenyan capital Nairobi by the end of this year and another in the Rwandan capital Kigali in 2018, it said in a statement. There was 11 percent growth in...
(APA 10/04/17)
APA-Nairobi (Kenya) - The Kenyan government plans to spend 6 billion shillings ($5.8 million) to subsidize maize, and make the staple food affordable to Kenyans. This is a response to the negative impact of the ongoing drought that has hit the Horn of Africa region, including Kenya. President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the money will be used to buy all the maize offered for sale by farmers this season, under the government’s strategic food reserve programme to boost food security...

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(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
Former World cross country champion Japhet Korir of Kenya will return to competition in Leffrinckoucke town in France during the 28th Cross de l'Acier race on Nov 19. On the women side Margaret Kipkemboi, who was fifth at the London 5km race, will be the athlete to beat. She will however face stiff challenge from Ethiopia's Hiwot Ayalew with Daisy Jepkemoi of Kenya. Korir, who lost his chance to defend his crown in Kampala earlier this year, is hopeful the cross country permit meeting across Europe will secure him the needed endurance ahead of the indoor and outdoor track competition. "Poor form costed me a place in Kenya team in March and I accepted it...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
Samuel Kalalei won the 35th Athens Classic Marathon on Sunday as Kenyan runners dominated the gruelling, largely uphill course by sweeping the top five places in the men's race. The 23-year-old crossed the line in two hours, 12 minutes and 17 seconds, ahead of Milton Kiplagat Rotich, who clocked 2:14.18, with Jonathan Kiptoo Yego in third at 2:16.08. The women's race was won by 18-year-old Ethiopian Bedaru Hirpa Badane in a time of 2:34.18. Around 18,500 runners from dozens of countries took part in the authentic marathon which began near the tumulus erected for the Greek dead from the Battle of Marathon. Another 30,000 participated in the shorter 5km and 10km races in downtown Athens. According to legend, the 42km...
(AFP (eng) 11/07/17)
Kenya's Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has been suspended for four years for doping, Athletics Kenya said Tuesday. "Sumgong will serve the four-year ban as from (April 3) when she was provisionally suspended," Athletics Kenya said in a statement. The 32-year-old tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO in an out-of-competition test by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in her native Kenya. Erythropoietin is a natural hormone that stimulates red cell production. For a runner, injecting an...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/07/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has been handed a four-year ban by Kenya’s anti-doping agency (ADAK) after testing positive for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO), officials said on Tuesday. Officials said Sumgong, who became the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic marathon title when she struck gold in Rio last year, had failed an out of competition test in April, days before she was due to defend her London Marathon title. Her four-year ban has been...
(Xinhuanet 10/19/17)
Kenya will tackle the opening two legs of the 2017-18 World Sevens Series in Dubai and Cape Town, South Africa without their skipper, Andrew Amonde, who has been ruled out with injury. Amonde confirmed on Wednesday he has undergone successful surgery to repair the hernia injury he sustained while playing for his domestic side, KCB RFC at last weekend's Christie 7s ruling him out of the series openers in Dec. "I will not recover in time for Dubai and Cape...
(Xinhuanet 09/29/17)
Athletics officials in Kenya have announced major changes in their local schedule in order to accommodate seven major international and continental events that will take place during the 2017/2018 calendar of events. Athletics Kenya (AK) Senior Vice-President in Charge of Competitions, Paul Mutwii, said the calendar of track and field season will commence in early November 2017 away from the traditional March date and end in April 2018. "We were compelled to make the changes because the Commonwealth Games have...
(APA 09/25/17)
The current fluid political situation in Kenya is to blame for the decision by the Confederation of African Football to strip Kenya rights to host next year’s African Nations Championship, a top government official said on Monday. Addressing the media in Nairobi, Sports Principal Secretary, Kirimi Kaberia said that Kenya’s repeat Presidential elections slated for October 26, was the sole reason CAF decided to strip the East African nation rights to host the championships. He said that Kenya was ready...
(AFP (eng) 09/24/17)
Kenya's Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge underlined his status as the world's best current long-distance runner by winning the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, but missed the world record. Kipchoge clocked an official time of two hours, three minutes 32 seconds after holding off the challenge of Ethiopia's Guye Adola, who finished 14 seconds back on his debut at the distance (42.195km, 26.219 mi). Ethiopia's Mosinet Geremew finished third, clocking 2:06:12. "The conditions were not easy, because of the rain, but fortunately...
(AFP (eng) 09/22/17)
Kenya's high court on Friday ruled against the country's football federation (FKF) in a case challenging new licensing regulations and an increase in the number of premier league teams proposed by the governing body. Ruling on a petition brought by former FKF boss Sam Nyamweya, high court judge John Mativo said the introduction of new club licensing regulations without the participation of members and stakeholders was illegal and in violation of FIFA and CAF guidelines. The new rules, some of...
(Xinhuanet 09/19/17)
Kenya's junior football team will carry an advantage in their return leg match against Ethiopia in their qualifier for the 2018 FIFA under 20 Women's World Cup. With a 2-2 draw, Kenya hold a small edge over Ethiopia and will require a 1-1 draw or a win of any margin to secure their place in the next phase where the winner will have to battle with either Algeria or Ghana in another two-legged tie. "It is not easy to secure...
(Xinhuanet 09/15/17)
Former world record holder Patrick Makau and former world champion Luke Kibet of Kenya are the latest inclusion to the men's elite list at the Berlin Marathon on Sept. 24. Makau, who made headlines in 2011 when he became the second Kenya to claim the world marathon record after legendary Paul Tergat, will return to the German capital expectant of a strong performance. However, with a very strong challenge group ahead of him, albeit on form and time, Makau will...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr...
(AFP (eng) 09/11/17)
Confederation of African Football (CAF) inspectors arrived in Kenya on Monday to assess the country's progress towards hosting next year's African Nations Championships (CHAN). The eight-member team's visit was delayed a week due to uncertainty surrounding the disputed outcome of last month's presidential election in Kenya. CAF vice-president Constant Omari Selemani is leading the inspection team that will visit training facilities and four stadiums before issuing a final verdict on Kenya's readiness to host the biennial 16-team tournament...
(AFP (eng) 09/06/17)
Kenyan Olympic chief Kipchoge Keino said Wednesday he will not stand for re-election during the General Assembly in Nairobi on September 29. The 77-year-old double Olympic gold medallist has been at the helm of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) since 1999 when he took over from Charles Mukora, who resigned following the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics bribery scandal. "I believe it is the right time to hand over the baton to someone else. I have served four...
(AFP (eng) 09/04/17)
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has called off its final inspection visit to Kenya to assess preparations for the 2018 African Nations Championship, officials said on Sunday. A delegation was expected in Nairobi on September 7 but the current political situation in Kenya following the Supreme Court's decision to annul the results of last month's presidential poll has cast doubt over the country's chances of hosting the 16-team tournament. "We have just been informed that in the light of the recent happenings CAF will be sending its second...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/17)
Three of the world’s top marathon runners will compete against each other for the first time when Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele takes on Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang at the 2017 Berlin marathon on September 24. Olympic champion Kipchoge, who has the third-fastest personal best official time of two hours, three minutes and five seconds, is keen to break the two-hour barrier and set a world record. The 32-year-old came close during the Nike Breaking2 project, when he missed out...
(Xinhuanet 08/24/17)
Kenya's national soccer team head coach Stanley Okumbi has come under fire for calling up a banned player to his provisional squad for three international friendlies. Kariobangi Sharks FC defender Pascal Ogweno was suspended for six games after assaulting a match official in a top-flight local league clash against Posta Rangers FC on April 22. The defender, who tore up the referee's red card after being sent off, was then sanctioned by his club of deducting his pay. Okumbi, formerly...
(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
(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...
(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...

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(AfricaNews 10/05/17)
Another year of disappointment for the African favourite for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o who has been tipped to win the prestigious prize since 2010. The 2017 prize was awarded to British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro for his emotionally impactful novels, the Nobel Foundation announced on Thursday. He was selected out of the about 350 nominations made by literary experts and former Nobel laureates from around the world. 79-year-old Ngugi published his first book in English in 1964, which is the first by a writer from East Africa. He later changed his language of writing to his native Gikuyu language. He set up a revolutionary theatre in the 1970s that provoked...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday in Windhoek said that the aim of the event is to promote a holistic private sector engagement, raise a sense of ownership and accountability for heritage protection as well as transmission of World Heritage sites in Namibia and Africa. "To...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/17)
After a ride on Kenya's newly-launched Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), Nairobi Railway Museum guide Daniel Shikoli felt an urge to tell visitors what it meant for the country to run a new, modern rail link after a century-long hiatus in rail projects. Like Shikoli, Kenyans have good reason -- and ample opportunities -- to be excited. A trip by the Chinese-built SGR linking the port city of Mombasa and the capital Nairobi takes less than five hours for an otherwise...
(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...
(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...
(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...

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(The Associated Press 10/25/17)
Kenya’s Supreme Court said Wednesday it could not hear a last-minute petition to postpone Thursday’s presidential election because it didn’t have a quorum of judges, while the shooting of one judge’s driver hours before the hearing raised fears about intimidation. Chief Justice David Maraga appeared alone in the courtroom and said only he and one other judge had been able to attend the hearing. The announcement appeared to clear the way for Thursday’s fresh presidential elections to proceed. Outside the court, hundreds of women in white scarves gathered to call for peace as tensions have risen about possible violence.
(BBC News Africa 10/25/17)
Kenya's Chief Justice has said the Supreme Court is unable to hear a petition calling for a delay in Thursday's presidential re-run. David Maraga said not enough of the court's seven judges were available to hear the case. The deputy chief justice was not available after her bodyguard was shot by gunmen on Tuesday. The BBC's Alastair Leithead in Nairobi says the election is now expected to go ahead as planned. The Supreme Court annulled the original election in August, saying there had been "irregularities and illegalities". Opposition leader Raila Odinga is boycotting the re-run, saying nothing has changed. Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41747735
(The Associated Press 10/25/17)
The husband of an Australian teacher has been arrested as a suspect in her murder last week, a Kenyan police official said Tuesday. Cyrus Bernard Maina Njuguna and his cousin John Njuguna Waithira were arrested, said area police chief Cunningham Suiyanka. Maina is the prime suspect in the murder of his estranged wife, Gabrielle, said the police chief. Gabrielle had complained of receiving threats from her husband before her killing and had obtained a restraining order as the couple was...
(The Associated Press 10/25/17)
A Kenyan judge has ruled that the appointments of electoral agents at the constituency level for the Thursday’s repeat presidential election are illegal, throwing more uncertainty on the controversial elections. Judge George Odunga ruled Wednesday that the electoral commission did not follow the law when appointing constituency returning officers and their deputies. Returning officers manage the polling centers at the constituency level and are responsible for the transmission of results to the national tallying centers. Despite this ruling, the electoral...
(Bloomberg 10/05/17)
Kenya will deploy security forces to monitor protests planned by the main opposition alliance, the government’s spokesman said, as he criticized the demonstrations for slowing down business. The opposition National Super Alliance plans to hold demonstrations in the capital, Nairobi, and other cities on Friday. The coalition began a campaign of twice-weekly protests on Monday to press its demands for an overhaul of the electoral commission before a rerun on Oct. 26 of the country’s annulled presidential elections. “It seems...
(Bloomberg 10/04/17)
Kenya’s electoral commission said it’s made progress on meeting the demands of the main opposition coalition on how the rerun of August’s annulled presidential election will be handled. A day of talks between Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission officials and representatives of the opposition National Super Alliance, or Nasa, and the ruling Jubilee Party were “fruitful,” commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati told reporters Tuesday in the capital, Nairobi. A technical team is working with Nasa to produce a statement on what...
(Bloomberg 09/29/17)
Kenya’s main opposition coalition walked out of negotiations on how a rerun of last month’s annulled presidential election will be managed and threatened street protests, setting back preparations for the Oct. 26 ballot. The officials quit the talks because of plans by the ruling Jubilee Party to remove powers from the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission, James Orengo, a senator for the opposition National Super Alliance, told reporters Thursday in the capital, Nairobi. Proposed changes to the law include enabling commissioners to appoint a new chairman and reducing the number of people required to make a quorum, according to a copy of the bill provided by government spokesman Eric Kiraithe’s office.
(Voice of America 09/29/17)
After two days of talks among members of Kenya's electoral commission, the ruling party and the opposition fell apart apart amid disagreements over how to conduct fresh presidential elections set for next month. There are fears Kenya is headed for a political and constitutional crisis. The dispute centers in part on two proposed amendments to the electoral law ahead of the October 26 ballot. The ruling Jubilee Party wants the law changed so officials rely more on election results that...
(Bloomberg 09/27/17)
Kenya’s main opposition group began protests in the capital to press its demand for changes to the electoral commission before next month’s presidential election rerun, as it accused the body of working with the ruling Jubilee Party to prepare another fraudulent vote. Police fired teargas to disperse hundreds of National Super Alliance supporters who gathered outside the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission’s offices in the Nairobi city center on Tuesday. More demonstrations were held in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu, Nairobi-based broadcaster Citizen TV reported. “The tragedy we face today, and which we have to confront before it consumes us, is not that elections were stolen,” opposition presidential
(Bloomberg 09/27/17)
SBM Holdings Ltd., Mauritius’s second-largest lender, plans more acquisitions in Kenya as it seeks to become one of the country’s top 10 banks within the next three years before expanding into West Africa. The bank, which obtained a license to begin operating SBM Kenya Ltd. in May, expects to have its systems and staff in place by December, Advisor to the Board of Directors & Group Lead Executive Moses Harding said. It will then expand by establishing brokerage, micro-finance and...
(Bloomberg 09/27/17)
Studio 189, a label founded by actress Rosario Dawson and fashion executive Abrima Erwiah, is reinvesting in its African roots. It’s hard enough to build a fashion brand, let alone an empire. Rare is the person who makes a mission of using fashion to build communities. Such is the case with Studio 189, a label founded by longtime friends Abrima Erwiah (formerly a marketing executive at Bottega Veneta) and Rosario Dawson (an enduring star most recently seen in Netflix’s Marvel...
(Bloomberg 09/25/17)
Kenya is lurching toward a constitutional crisis as a standoff deepens between the two presidential candidates over how to manage a rerun of last month’s botched election. Both sides have entrenched their positions: Raila Odinga’s opposition coalition has called mass protests starting Tuesday to demand the electoral commission is overhauled before the vote takes place, while President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ruling party rejects any changes to the authority and says the ballot must take place by the end of October. The...
(Bloomberg 09/25/17)
Kenya’s main opposition alliance will begin mass protests this week to force out electoral officials it suspects of rigging last month’s annulled presidential vote. The National Super Alliance will begin its campaign on Tuesday and will continue until the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission officeholders resign, said Norman Magaya, chief executive officer of the opposition coalition. It may escalate the protests if lawmakers from the ruling Jubilee Party continue with plans to amend the country’s electoral laws, he said. “Demonstration...
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
African first ladies and activists hailed progress that some governments on the continent are making on gender equality. They met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We used to have 23 percent female representation in parliament but, with the stroke of a pen it went up to 48 percent. So, we managed to double our female representation with that decision,” said Namibia’s first lady Monica Geingos at a roundtable invitation-only event co-hosted by the...
(Bloomberg 09/22/17)
Kenya’s electoral commission rescheduled the date for a rerun of last month’s annulled presidential vote, as President Uhuru Kenyatta slammed the Supreme Court ruling that overturned his victory as a “judicial coup.” The Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission said Thursday the vote will be held Oct. 26, nine days later than its initial suggestion, to ensure the body is “fully prepared” to deliver a credible election. Just before, Kenyatta said in a televised address that the East African country’s highest...
(Bloomberg 09/20/17)
Kenya’s top court delivered a stinging rebuke of the nation’s electoral commission, identifying a litany of failures in its handling of last month’s botched presidential elections and describing its explanations for the failure of its systems as unacceptable. The Supreme Court ruled the Aug. 8 election unlawful on Sept. 1, and ordered a rerun. A five-judge bench on Wednesday delivered the court’s detailed judgment, which upheld the main opposition’s complaints that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reelection was rigged. The court criticized...
(Bloomberg 09/20/17)
Kenya’s electoral commission is considering a proposal to postpone the rerun of last month’s annulled presidential election because of technical constraints, the authority’s spokesman said. OT-Morpho, a Paris-based company that provided two electronic systems for the ballot, wrote to the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission on Monday to say it’s unable to provide a new results-transmission system by Oct. 17, when the vote is scheduled to take place. The company may also be constrained by the Kenyan Supreme Court’s detailed...
(Bloomberg 09/19/17)
Kenya may have to delay a rerun of its presidential election scheduled for next month if the Supreme Court requires the country to host the results-transmission system, the Daily Nation reported. OT-Morpho, a Paris-based company that provided systems used in last month’s annulled presidential vote, told the Kenya Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission in a letter that moving the system to Kenya from France by Oct. 31 would be technically impossible, the Nairobi-based newspaper said. Penina Nyawira, a Kenya-based spokeswoman...
(Bloomberg 09/18/17)
Death threats to top members of Kenya’s divided electoral body are endangering preparations for a rerun of last month’s annulled presidential election, a senior official at the authority said. The relatives of one administrator at the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission fled the country after their lives were threatened, while Chairman Wafula Chebukati made additional security arrangements for his family, said the official, who asked not to be identified citing personal-safety reasons. “The fact that there’s a split at the...
(The Guardian 09/18/17)
Anna Jones says that, through selling its cocoa cheaply, Africa is exporting its wealth overseas; while Sue Banford claims that the soya moratorium in the Amazon has done nothing to halt deforestation. Only the final paragraph in your article on cocoa farming causing deforestation in Ivory Coast (Forests pay price for world’s taste for cocoa, 14 September) mentioned the most fundamental thing – the farmer’s livelihood, or lack of it. The low value of his (or more likely her) crop...

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