| Africatime
Sunday 22 January 2017
(AFP (eng) 01/20/17)
Kenya's new electoral commission was sworn in Friday to replace a team forced to quit after violent protests by opponents who accused them of bias, mismanagement and corruption. The seven new commissioners have only seven months to organise presidential and parliamentary elections which already have emotions flying high in the east African country. The new chief of the electoral commission (IEBC), lawyer Wafula Chebukati, promised to deliver a "free, fair and credible election" after taking the oath of office at the Supreme Court. The previous nine-member commission resigned in October under pressure from the opposition which led violent protests in May and June. The IEBC had been mired in controversy since its establishment in 2010,...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/20/17)
When the Kenyan government announced five years ago that coal deposits had been found in the Mui Basin, a land of rolling hills and pristine forests east of Nairobi, local farmers hoped the discovery would help transform their livelihoods. But as villagers prepare to leave their loamy, fertile soils to make way for the multimillion-dollar mine and power station development, many households fear they will miss out on compensation because women do not have titles to their land. Traditionally, Kenyan society is patriarchal and ownership and decisions on land management or disposal are made by men. The villagers' situation reflects the predicament of thousands of women throughout Kenya who head their households but are not named on land ownership documents...
(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...
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
University lecturers in Kenya began a strike over pay Thursday, joining doctors who walked out in early December, crippling the country's healthcare. The strike was called by the Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) to protest government failure to implement a four-year-old agreement to increase wages by at least 50 percent. Union chairman Muga K'Olale said failure to have their demands met had led to a "massive brain drain in public universities". "It is only this strike that will add premium...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
The first patient Cynthia Waliaula lost was a baby who stopped breathing while she carried him in her arms through the hospital, desperately trying to find an oxygen tank. Barely out of medical school, the bright-eyed young doctor quickly learned that many of the techniques she had spent five years studying meant nothing in a world where there was neither equipment nor drugs. Waliaula, 25, is one of thousands of Kenyan public sector doctors currently engaged in the country's longest-ever medical strike which has dragged on for the last month and a half, demanding a tripling of salaries and better working
(Citizen Digital 01/19/17)
The government has announced that it will start importing maize if the awaited long rains fail to come by June and the country’s maize reserves are depleted. According to Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, Willy Bett, his Ministry is tracking availability of maize and global prices in a bid to start sourcing grain imports from countries that have maize that is not organically modified. “The government has constituted a multi-agency team that is conducting comprehensive drought and food security assessment to inform...
(Citizen Digital 01/19/17)
The government has banned importation of poultry products from Uganda following an outbreak of bird flu in the neighboring country. According to Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, Willy Bett, the government has also established a task force to ensure proper surveillance on smuggling routes on Kenyans borders with Uganda, especially at the Busia border. Bett adds that National Treasury, Kenya Revenue Authority and Ministries of Education and Interior have been directed to be on high alert even as no case of the...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/18/17)
Kenyan legislators on Tuesday approved a corporate lawyer to head the electoral board, hoping to restore voters' confidence in the much-maligned body before national elections later this year. The previous electoral board resigned in October after the opposition accused them of corruption, leading to deadly protests. The new candidate to head the electoral board, Wafula Chebukati, unsuccessfully ran for parliament in 2007 on the opposition ticket but has largely stayed out of politics since then, practicing as an independent corporate...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
Kenyan Sports Minister Hassan Wario is set to be prosecuted over the scandal in Rio where money and kit for the Kenyan Olympic team were stolen. According to local reports on Wednesday, Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko wants Wario and the Principal Secretary in his Ministry, Richard Ekai on the dock to answer charges related to abuse of office. "The persons who should bear the greatest criminal culpability for authorising (or) approving the unlawful payments are the following; Dr...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The last phase of voter registration that commenced on Monday is an indicator that Kenya has put systems running to ensure the Aug. 8 general election is held on schedule. Kenya's electoral agency will conduct a month-long voter listing exercise as a follow-up to an earlier one carried out in February 2016 to ensure citizens who have attained the legal voting age participate in the August polls. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) disclosed that it intends to register...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Monday that the country's counter-terrorism strategy was paying off with reduced number of terror incidents being recorded in 2016. Kenyatta said only 16 people died last year as a result of the terror incidents staged by Somalia Islamist militants, Al-Shabaab, as compared to the 202 who died in 2015. "There has been significant progress in counter-terrorism arising from enhanced capacity. These emanated from terrorism and other forms of organized crime, which required innovative ways...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
Until late 2016, the number of Kenyans facing starvation according to the government were 1.3 million. But the number based on audit by ministry of devolution under which management of drought emergencies that directly relate to distribution of food falls, is to exceed 2 million should there be no urgent implementation of workable solutions. It is the drought; the lack of rain causing depression on farming that farmers had nothing or little to harvest because there was no water to...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The Chinese government's decision to terminate ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017 marked a critical milestone in the journey toward eliminating poaching and other threats to Africa's elephant species, a conservationist group said on Wednesday. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) hailed China for taking bold measures to revitalize global efforts to save African elephants whose numbers had declined this decade due to poaching and climatic stresses. "The recent announcement by the central government of...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
A Kenyan opposition MP has urged fellow women to impose a sex boycott until their men register to vote in August's general election. Mishi Mboko, who is married, said women should withhold sex until their menfolk present their credentials in the form of a valid voter ID card. "Women, if your husband has not been registered as a voter, you deny him a little and tell him to go get registered and then come back and enjoy the game," she...
(New Vision 01/17/17)
“I can tell you that rats destroy up to 60% of health equipment in Africa,” Ssali said. Ssali sought to highlight the dangers that exist when biomedical engineers are not consulted in the management of health equipment including x-rays and CT scans. For instance, he narrated, cables of a CT scan installed at one unnamed facility were eaten up by rats, costing the institution over $5,000 to replace. Biomedical engineers are professionals who maintain and repair machines for diagnosing medical...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Top Kenyan athletes on Monday welcomed a new initiative to stop doping, which has tarnished their image, in which they will be monitored by specially appointed doctors. Athletics Kenya announced last week that from January 17, elite athletes will be under the watch of a select team of doctors, who have been appointed by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Athletics Kenya. The sports ministry organised a meeting Monday in the western city of Eldoret to explain the new...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Kenya's election commission began a national drive to register millions of new voters ahead of the August presidential poll, with rival parties encouraging their supporters to sign up on time. Kenyans will go to the polls on August 8 in what is set to be a hard-fought general election decided in large part by the core support of candidates' ethnic constituencies. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said its 'Mass Voter Registration' exercise would last from Monday until February 14 when registration will end. Already 15.9 million Kenyans have registered, more than the 14.4 million
(Voice of America 01/16/17)
It's a hot day here on the sidewalk outside Nairobi's St. Peter Clavers primary school, but the 20 or so people standing in line behind a small desk don't seem to mind. They are here to register to vote in Kenya's August elections. "It's our right to vote for the next president and our MPs and all of that," said 31-year-old laborer and first time voter Samuel Njoroge. This is the first day of the final mass voter registration drive...

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