| Africatime
Monday 27 February 2017
(Xinhuanet 02/27/17)
Kenya's anti-terrorism detectives on Sunday killed a suspected Al-Shabaab returnee in the coastal town of Kwale. The officers recovered a hand grenade, a thunder flash explosive and a detonating cord with a fuse. Local police boss Joseph Chebusi said Juma Mwamuraji, 44, was on police radar since his return from Somalia. "The suspect was among the several returnees who were being trailed. We acted on intelligence reports and raided the home and managed to kill him," said Chebusi. Chebusi said the suspect attempted to hurl the grenade to the officers but was shot dead. According to 2016 statistics, Kwale County topped in Al-Shabaab returnees
(Xinhuanet 02/27/17)
The Kenyan government said Sunday security had been beefed up in clash-hit Baringo County where cattle rustling and killings have left about ten people dead and several others injured this month. State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu said police records indicated that there had been no incidents in Baringo in the last two days. "Security has been beefed up significantly, and as you know the deputy president was in the area only a couple of days ago to talk to communities to launch other security-enhancing programs," Esipisu told journalists in Kakamega during his weekly briefings. "Our security agents remain vigilant to deal with whatever situation that may arise," he said, urging Baringo county leaders to continue preaching peace and calm and...
(Standard Digital 02/27/17)
The Government has doubled relief food rations to feed three million people, up from an initial 1.3 million Kenyans, State House has said. Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said the Government has also enhanced water trucking across the country, especially in the 23 arid and semi-arid counties that have adversely been affected by drought. "We are tackling the drought with all efforts available to us, especially under the authority of the National Disaster Response that the President has committed to in terms...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 02/26/17)
Kenya's Wilson Kipsang stormed to victory in the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday in the fastest race ever run in Japan. The former world record holder clocked 2hr 3min 58sec over a flatter course than in previous years as he added the Tokyo title to victories in London, New York and Berlin. Sarah Chepchirchir won the women's race in a personal best 2:19:47 -- the first sub-2:20 in Japan -- to complete a perfect day for Kenya. The top six men's...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/17)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday that his government will present its budget proposals earlier than usual as the country prepares for the general elections in August. Kenyatta said his government would officially notify the East Africa Community (EAC) member states on the change of date for the presentation of the budget proposals. He added that the government is taking these measures to ensure the country's operations are not hampered when Kenyans go for elections. EAC member countries have had a tradition of presenting their budgets simultaneously in June and President Kenyatta said Kenya fully supports reforms being
(Bloomberg 02/24/17)
Kenya, Europe’s biggest supplier of cut flowers, has a chance to market horticulture exports to American consumers after the U.S. approved non-stop flights between the two nations. The $69 billion economy, East Africa’s biggest, earned 90.4 billion shillings ($873.6 million) in 2015 from agricultural exports such as green beans, mangoes and carnations. Cut flowers sent to an auction in the Netherlands or directly to supermarkets in the U.K. accounted for almost 70 percent of total shipments. Some exports are repackaged...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/17)
Kenya Airways said on Friday that it has started commercial evaluation plans with relevant authorities for the launch of long-awaited direct flights to the United States. The move follows the decision by America's Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) to clear Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to operate direct flights to and from the United States. Inspectors from America's FAA gave JKIA a clean bill of health after an audit leading to the award of the long-awaited Category One status. The...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/24/17)
Kenyan airlines have been granted security clearance by U.S. authorities for direct flights to the United States, Kenya's minister of transport said on Thursday, having improved infrastructure at Nairobi's main airport. Kenya now has Category 1 security and safety status and hopes that will allow it to boost trade with the U.S. and increase its share of American tourists, James Macharia said. "Kenya Airways will immediately apply for approval to codeshare with U.S. airlines while concurrently pursuing approval for direct...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/17)
East African Community (EAC) member states are fast tracking a comprehensive review of the Common External Tariff (CET) in order to protect infant industries, officials said on Friday. Kenya's Ministry of EAC Affairs, Labour and Social Protection Permanent Secretary Betty Maina said the EAC will review the criteria used in classifying goods that enter the EAC. "The intention of the review is to make the rules of trade facility as well as attract investments into the region," Maina said during...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/17)
Kenya's security forces on Thursday arrested 14 suspects and seized two guns in a major operation to flush out suspected Somali bandits behind attacks in Kora National Park in Mwingi, northeast Kenya. Regional Police Commander Gideon Amalla also confirmed that 500 camels were also driven out of the park as part of efforts to address a crisis that was boiling pitting residents of Mwingi and the herders. Amalla said they had also seized two guns believed to have been used...
(AFP (eng) 02/24/17)
The Confederation of African Football has said four out of five Kenyan stadiums fall short of standards for hosting next year's African Nations Championship (CHAN) and has given Kenya until June to upgrade them. An inspection team led by CAF vice-president Suketu Patel said a lot of work needs to be done, but insisted Kenya remained on track to host the international tournament, reserved for players featuring in their domestic league competitions. "I want to state that the only country...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
Kenya's main opposition leaders agreed on Wednesday to field a single presidential candidate for the August general elections, amid calls for all parties forming the opposition coalition to remain vigilant against pre-election machinations to rig the polls. However, the opposition under the newly-formed the National Super Alliance (NASA) did not unveil the name of its single flag-bearer as its lawyers and a team of technical experts working on the full power-sharing agreement continued to work on the rest of the...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) will rely on data generated from the ongoing census on elephants and other large mammals to strengthen their protection amid multiple threats, officials told Xinhua. Shadrack Ngene, KWS Assistant Director in charge of Ecological Monitoring, said the aerial count of elephants that commenced last week will inform future interventions to shield the giant mammals from threats linked to human activities and climatic stresses. "The core aim of the ongoing census on elephants and large mammals...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
Kenyan police have launched investigations into the horrific murder of three men at a local hotel in Garissa town near the Somali border. Garissa County Commissioner James Kianda said on Thursday that one of the victims managed to escape and is admitted at the local hospital. The three, all locals and workers of the hotel, were attacked by unknown number of armed criminals at around 3 a.m. while deep in sleep. It is still unclear how the killers managed to...
(Capitalfm Business 02/23/17)
The General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress of Kenya (TUC-K) has said the union will critique party manifestos of all political parties to ensure the interests of its members are safeguarded. Wilson Sossion said the union will send questionnaires to all political parties ahead of the General Elections to enable it critique political parties’ manifestos. “We’re approaching all political parties as a labour centre in collaboration with other labour movements in this country. The TUC-K has developed a very...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
Four east African leaders are calling for joint efforts to tackle food insecurity in the region which is affecting millions of people due to multiple seasons of failed rains. In a joint declaration on regional cooperation on the current drought released in Mogadishu on Wednesday night, leaders from Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia resolve to cooperate on cross-border collaboration and efforts to establish security and stability in Somalia to ensure an effective response to the drought and to enable further...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
Kenya seeks to boost its performance at the third and fourth rounds of the Rugby World Series in Las Vegas and Vancouver next month. Head coach Innocent Simiyu is pushing for a compact team in defence as he targets to bag maximum points and boost the country's standing. The coach has recalled Oscar Ayodi, who makes his first series appearance this season, and Frank Wanyama returning to the squad after Dubai and Cape Town legs. They replace Brian Tanga and...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
For the first time in Africa, researchers said Wednesday they have detected a malaria parasite that is partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year. The discovery means that Africa now joins southeast Asia in hosting such drug-resistant forms of the mosquito-borne disease. Malaria infected more than 200 million people and killed some 438,000 people worldwide in 2015, most of them children in...

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