| Africatime
Thursday 23 March 2017
(AFP (eng) 03/23/17)
Kenya, a pioneer in mobile money, on Thursday began selling the first ever government bonds via mobile phone, allowing anyone from teachers to shop owners to invest and fund infrastructure projects. The bond is named M-Akiba, which means "mobile savings" in Swahili, and was launched with a value of 150 million shillings (1.3 million euros, $1.4 million) ahead of the main launch of a five billion shilling bond in June. "Police officers, primary school teachers or those working in kiosks can actually buy government securities just as they would buy products or transfer money with their phones," said central bank governor Patrick Njoroge at the launch of the bond. "Frankly if this is not transformational,...
(Capitalfm Business 03/23/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, following talks with Somali’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, announced that direct flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu would be relaunched within a fortnight. “We’ve directed the security teams from both countries to meet immediately and agree on modalities of relaunching direct flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu and this is to happen with the first flight being within two weeks.” A move welcomed by Mohamed, more popularly known by his nickname Farmajo, when he, together with President Kenyatta gave a joint press briefing on their talks, at State House, Nairobi. “I wanted to thank you for making the flights from Mogadishu to Nairobi starting in two weeks. We will welcome that and we really appreciate,” he said...
(Daily Nation 03/23/17)
The government is developing a national legislation to guide counties on revenue collection. This follows complaints that some devolved units had come up with prohibitive taxes that have scared away investors. The guide is meant to check on the unnecessary levies that are way above what the business community can afford and remain in business. National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said a review of the fees charged by counties will also include increasing rates paid for properties like land...
(Daily Nation 03/23/17)
President Kenyatta now claims Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga played a central role in 2007/8 violence. Speaking on his tour of the larger Gusii region on Wednesday, Mr Kenyatta said Mr Odinga, who rejected the 2007 General Election results, had a hand in the chaos that claimed over 1,133 lives. "Raila was at the centre of the 2007 chaos in which Kenyans fought but he blamed it on Ruto," he told a gathering of leaders at Nyanturago Stadium in...
(Shabelle News 03/23/17)
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed flew to Kenya Thursday, for his first State visit to the neighboring country ahead of a special summit on the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The President accompanying top Government officials jetted off to Nairobi to attend IGAD heads of State summit on Somali refugees which is expected to kick start next Saturday. Sources said, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo will hold talks with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, to discuss the bilateral relations between...
(APA 03/23/17)
Kenya on Thursday joined the rest of the world in condemning a London terror attack that left five people dead and 40 others injured after being run over and stabbed. According to reports, the attacker’s car on Wednesday ploughed into pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge before later proceeding to stab a policeman to death before being shot dead himself by another officer. Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohamed condemned the attack, saying her country remains a strong partner of...
(Voice of America 03/23/17)
The smell of rotting animals permeates the air in parts of central Kenya's Laikipia area, as lurking vultures and hyenas seem to be the only ones benefiting from the drought. Dead elephants, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, cattle, sheep and goats dot the landscape. While some died from the drought, some of the wildlife was shot or speared to death by armed herders in search of pasture and water for their tens of thousands of cattle, sheep and goats. Ranch and conservancy...
(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...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke...
(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...
(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

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