| Africatime
Friday 28 April 2017
(AFP (eng) 04/28/17)
Kenya's opposition lined up Thursday behind a single candidate, veteran political leader Raila Odinga, in an unprecedented step to strengthen their challenge to the government in August's polls. Former prime minister Odinga, 72, was named presidential candidate by senior leaders of the National Super Alliance (NASA) at a large rally in the capital Nairobi. Odinga will, for the second consecutive time, challenge President Uhuru Kenyatta in a repeat of a 2013 election that he lost in the first round. However, this time five of the country's main opposition leaders have united, something they always failed to do previously.
(Washington Post 04/28/17)
A coalition of opposition parties announced Thursday that Raila Odinga, a three-time presidential candidate and former prime minister, would be its standard-bearer in elections in August. The announcement sets up a rematch between Odinga and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who narrowly won the last election in 2013. Odinga contested the results of that race, alleging irregularities in the counting of votes. But Kenya’s Supreme Court rejected the challenge and declared Kenyatta the victor. Odinga is now 72, and this is seen as his final chance to win the presidency. He was also a leading candidate in 2007 elections, winning widespread support as he faced off against President Mwai Kibaki. But Kibaki was declared the victor. That announcement triggered ethnically related...
(AfricaNews 04/28/17)
Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth is showing signs of recovery this year after a tumultuous period in 2016. The World Bank estimates that GDP growth will rise to 2.6 percent in 2017 compared to 1.3 percent last year and rise further to 3.2 percent in 2018 and 3.5 percent a year later. “Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to grow at a moderate rate of 2.6 percent in 2017, and somewhat improve towards three percent in 2018. This timid recovery is certainly better than...
(Voice of America 04/28/17)
Kenya and Ethiopia have used excessive force against Somali civilians amid efforts to halt cross-border attacks by al-Shabab, according to an internal report by aid agencies working in Somalia. The report, obtained by VOA's Somali Service, says Kenya has carried out dozens of airstrikes targeting pastoral communities in Somalia's Gedo region since June of 2015. It says Kenyan Wildlife Service personnel pressed into border patrol duty have targeted people with arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killings. The report says Ethiopia deployed...
(Daily Nation 04/28/17)
The Agriculture ministry requires an additional Sh320 million emergency funding to combat crop-eating caterpillars known as fall armyworms that are ravaging maize fields, further threatening food security. The government had set aside Sh100 million to tackle the fall armyworm following reports that it had invaded farms from neighbouring Uganda. "We have requested the Treasury to allocate us an additional Sh320 million because the fall armyworm invasion is bigger than initially thought," said Clement Muyesu, the assistant director of Agriculture. The...
(Voice of America 04/28/17)
A low-cost and widely available drug could save the lives of 1 in 3 mothers who would otherwise bleed to death after childbirth, according to a new study. Severe bleeding, known as postpartum hemorrhage, or PPH, is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide, killing more than 100,000 women every year. Even for mothers who survive, it is a painful and traumatic experience. The world's poorest countries, especially in Africa and India, are the worst hit. Drug from 1960s But...
(AFP (eng) 04/27/17)
Veteran political leader and former prime minister Raila Odinga was Thursday named Kenya's opposition presidential candidate for elections in August, at a large rally in the capital Nairobi. The public announcement was made by senior leaders of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition of which Odinga will be flag-bearer, challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta in a repeat of the 2013 election line-up. Kenya's five main opposition leaders hope their unprecedented alliance will be enough to defeat the ruling Jubilee Party on...
(Bloomberg 04/27/17)
An alliance of Kenyan opposition parties chose former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as its candidate to run against President Uhuru Kenyatta in elections scheduled for August. Odinga’s running mate on the National Super Alliance ticket will be former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, co-principal Musalia Mudavadi said Thursday at a rally in the capital, Nairobi. The two were recommended by a technical committee that also considered former Mudavadi and Senator Moses Wetang’ula as potential candidates. “The one who will fly the NASA flag is engineer, the right Honorable Raila Odinga,” Mudavadi said to the cheers of thousands of supporters at a rally in Uhuru Park in the city center.
(Reuters (Eng) 04/27/17)
Climate change is making drought and humanitarian disasters worse in the Horn of Africa, Oxfam said on Thursday, ahead of a major climate march in Washington to coincide with the first 100 days of the Trump administration. About 12 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are at risk of hunger due to recurring droughts, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says, with Somalia at risk of slipping into famine for the second time in six years. "Climate change...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/27/17)
Perched on a stool in a tin shed, Nyawira Njau carefully lines the top of a dozen cookstoves with aluminium foil. A call on her mobile interrupts her concentration, and she answers with one word: "Tomorrow". "That was an order for 20 cookstoves to deliver in Murang'a County," she explained. Making and delivering cookstoves in this central Kenyan region has been Njau's job for the past year. Unusually long drought has caused fields and soil to dry up around Nyeri,...
(Capitalfm Business 04/27/17)
The Government of Kenya and the United States have signed Memorandum of Understanding which will strengthen the security of both countries through the exchange of passenger information. The Automated Targeting System- Global will serve as a key step towards the actualization of direct flights between Kenya and the United States. The agreement was signed during a high-level steering committee meeting of the two countries security governance initiative. Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has lauded the move saying the partnership has...
(Business Day Ghana 04/27/17)
There are currently 960 million mobile subscriptions across Africa – an 80 percent penetration rate among the continent’s population. Internet penetration is at 18 percent with 216 million internet users, according to the latest Jumia mobile trend report for Africa. The 2017 edition of the African Mobile Trends Paper is the third white paper presentation from Jumia delving into mobile trends across Africa and specifically Nigeria. The study takes a look at the how the market has democratised mobile internet...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/26/17)
A crowd of elated young men danced outside the market in Kenya’s southern Kisumu city, waving the crisp new 200 shilling ($2) notes that a local politician was distributing from behind a dusty speaker that pounded out music. Shoppers paid scant attention. Cash handouts are common during African elections; in Kenya, the devolution of power to 47 counties has made them ubiquitous in the run up to polls for president, parliament and counties due on Aug 8. The counties, which...
(AFP (eng) 04/26/17)
Kenya's Olympic chief Kipchoge Keino will not contest the May 5 elections, an independent board mandated to oversee the polls said Wednesday. Keino, 77, has been president of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) since 1999 and had not submitted his nomination papers by the time the deadline for entry passed on Tuesday. "He did not submit his nomination papers so he's not vying for elections," said Irene Tindi, the secretary of the Centre for Multi-Party Democracy (CMD), which...
(Xinhuanet 04/26/17)
At least one person was killed in Nairobi on Wednesday after being stabbed in the chest and another injured in clashes between rival political groups during party nominations in Nairobi. Nairobi County police commander Japheth Koome confirmed that the deceased was stabbed twice in the chest and back before he ran away from the danger. He was however later hit by a speeding minibus in Pangani area of Nairobi while crossing the road to escape from his attackers. Koome said...
(AL Jazeera 04/26/17)
In parts of Kenya, tradition dictates that a widow is inherited by another man, usually a relative. Before that happens, however, she first has to engage in so-called widow-cleansing rituals which can include a sexual act with another man. Alice Akinyi, a widow in western Kenya's Nyanza village who was "inherited" twice, told Al Jazeera that she supported the tradition and would do it again. "I would also agree to my daughter following the tradition because it is what I...
(Xinhuanet 04/26/17)
The Belt and Road (B&R) Initiative is a golden opportunity to bring about regional integration and sustainable economic growth for Africa, said Berhane Gebre-Christos, special envoy of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, on Tuesday. The special envoy made the remarks at the opening of a seminar organized on the B&R Initiative in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. Welcoming the initiative, the special envoy said he is looking forward to the expected effects of the initiative. "The B&R is a project that will...
(AFP (eng) 04/25/17)
At least 26 people were killed and many others injured in a head-on crash between a bus and a truck on the highway between Nairobi and Kenya's second city Mombasa, police said Tuesday. "It was a very bad head-on collision. We lost 26 people in the accident," Leonard Kimaiyo, police chief for the southern town of Kibwezi said. Another senior officer said the bus, heading to Mombasa, was overtaking several vehicles when it collided with an oil tanker. Kenya has...
(Bloomberg 04/25/17)
Kenya’s ruling Jubilee Party will try again to select candidates for August elections after abandoning a chaotic process last week that analysts said may be a harbinger of upheaval during the national vote. The process that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party began on April 21 will restart Monday after being marred by inadequate ballot papers, violent stand-offs and allegations of rigging, Kenyan newspapers including the Nairobi-based Daily Nation reported. Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement also last week rescheduled its...
(AFP (eng) 04/24/17)
A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020. The injectable vaccine RTS,S could provide limited protection against a disease that killed 429,000 people worldwide in 2015, with 92 percent of victims in Africa and two-thirds of them children under five. "The prospect of a malaria vaccine is great news. Information gathered in the pilot will help...

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