| Africatime
Thursday 30 March 2017
(AFP (eng) 03/27/17)
Kenya dominated the World Cross-Country Championships on Sunday, Geoffrey Kamworor defending his men's title, Irene Cheptai leading a historic cleansweep in the women's race and Asbel Kiprop helping to secure a third gold in the mixed relay. Kamworor had to rely on a late break to win the men's race in 28min 24sec, making him the first back-to-back winner since 2006. Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei had led for most of the race, to the delight of the home crowd, with dozens of Ugandans running alongside him. But there was drama as he collapsed in the final lap, eventually recovering to hobble over the line in 30th place. Kamworor made no mistake with his perfectly-timed run, sprinting in ahead of Kenyan cross...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/17)
Kenya, European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union (EU) and France on Monday signed a 180-million-euro deal to boost electricity connectivity in the East African country. Cabinet Secretary in the National Treasury Henry Rotich told a media briefing that under the agreement 300,000 households will be connected to the national grid. "The funds will support Kenya's Last Mile Connectivity initiative that aims to connect all Kenyans to national grid by the 2020," Rotich said. The financial package consists of a 90-million-euro loan from the French Government, 60-million-euro loan from the EIB and a grant of 30 million euros from the EU. EIB Vice President Pim van Ballekom said that funds will enable more Kenyans to have access to more reliable...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/17)
Sudan is seeking investment opportunities in mining sector in a bid to revive the economy which lost two thirds of its oil revenues following separation of South Sudan in 2011. The Sudan International Mining Business Forum and Exhibition kicked off sessions on Monday in Khartoum with the participation of 29 foreign companies from all over the world and 36 local ones. "The forum tends to inform with and promote for Sudan's mineral potentialities in addition to utilization of modern technologies in operations of minerals' research, exploration and extraction as well as advanced progress achieved in the developed countries in this field," Ahmed Mohammed Sadiq Al Karuri, Sudan's Minerals Minister, said when addressing the forum's opening session. "We reiterate that we...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/17)
Kenya on Monday formed a team to spearhead campaigns for preventing and countering violent extremism that has caused deaths in the East African nation. Government spokesman Eric Kiraithe said the team would include all principal secretaries and office of the Inspector General of Police. Kiraithe said Kenya had initiated a cross-cutting multi-agency national campaign to prevent and counter violent extremism. He said the formation of the team is in recognition of the need to bring to bear preventive, mitigation, and rehabilitative measures to complement ongoing counter terrorism efforts. "This is in order to protect our democracy, cohesion and development from the dangerous threats of ideologically-driven extremist radicalization, recruitment and attack," he added. The campaign will take place under the National...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/17)
The Chinese government on Monday announced donation of 21,366 tonnes of rice, worth 21.8 million U.S. dollars, to alleviate hunger and malnutrition among Kenya's drought victims. Speaking at a ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya's Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich lauded Beijing for responding to a presidential appeal for emergency food aid. "The food donation is obviously a good gesture from a friendly country," said Rotich, adding that Kenya also appreciates China's assistance in infrastructure development, agriculture and health sectors. Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa said the rice would be shipped to Kenya soon and would support 1.4 million drought-affected people for one month. "China is always paying attention to the drought situation in Kenya," Liu said, noting the Chinese community...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/17)
Kenya's investment environment will remain favorable in the coming months ahead of Aug. 8 elections, Nairobi-based investment firm Cytonn said Monday. "We expect that the upcoming electioneering period will not have significant effect on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) as foreign investors with a long-term view of the market continue driving FDI inflows," Cytonn said in its analysis report. According to the firm, towards the end of 2007 when Kenya was going to elections, FDI inflows peaked at 450 million U.S. dollars as foreign investors did not shy away during the run-up to the polls. "However, as a result of the post-election violence, FDIs drastically reduced to their lowest level in the last seven years, which also contributed to Kenya recording...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/17)
There is need for China and its African allies to kick start a new dialogue aimed at revitalizing wildlife and ecological conservation in the world's second largest continent, a conservationist has told Xinhua in an interview. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), told Xinhua that Beijing is an indispensable partner in efforts to protect Africa's iconic wildlife species that are grappling with human and climatic induced threats to their survival. "China is playing a big role in Africa's economic development and would like to see it direct more support towards protection of wildlife and vital ecosystems in the continent," Sebunya said. Sebunya noted that China's growing economic and diplomat clout place it at a vantage position to help...
(Voice of America 03/25/17)
Kenya on Friday recognized World Tuberculosis Day by releasing results of a TB study by the country's ministry of health — the first of its kind since Kenya's independence. TB remains high in Kenya, and experts say the country lags in the fight against the disease. The survey represents a united front by many committed parties to determine the true burden of tuberculosis and how to best combat the fourth-leading cause of death in Kenya. The survey is intended to provide an accurate estimate of Kenya's TB burden, determine existing challenges in delivering TB testing and treatment, and identify people with TB not yet detected by the National TB control program. It was conducted to inform the government on how...
(BBC News Africa 03/24/17)
Kenya has become the first country to exclusively sell government bonds to citizens via their mobile phones, as it seeks new ways of raising money. The country is already a pioneer in the use of mobile money. The government is looking to tap into that network by allowing mobile phone users to trade the government securities across their phones. Kenyans can buy one of the bonds for as little as 3,000 Kenyan shillings ($30; £23), the country's central bank said. Kenya's banking system is fuelled by mobile payments. The main provider of mobile transactions, M-Pesa - which is Swahili for money - has about 20 million users, and there are more than 100 times as many M-Pesa kiosks as there...
(Voice of America 03/24/17)
The Kenyan government says it will open the border with Somalia to boost trade and allow the flow of people between the two countries. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta also pledged to help Somalia in the fight against al-Shabab militants and support and train government workers. His remarks followed a meeting he had in Nairobi with his Somali counterpart, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. After a closed door meeting that lasted more than three hours, the two heads of state addressed the media in a display of friendship. President Kenyatta discussed the border issue. "We agreed to take the following actions within the shortest possible time, open two border posts, in Dobley-Liboi and Mandera-Bula Hawa, and to facilitate the movement of people, goods...
(Standard Digital 03/24/17)
Tanzanian president John Pombe Magufuli told president Uhuru Kenyatta that Kenya is bound to become a very great nation if as Kenyans we will stand out and uproot tribalism. Addressing delegates who had accompanied President Uhuru when he had gone to seek bilateral trade ties between Tanzania and Kenya president Magufuli said that it is very sad to see a country with few ethnic tribes than Tanzania struggle with tribalism menace. “ As I was talking to President Uhuru Kenyatta he told me that in Kenya they have 43 tribes while in Tanzania we have 121 tribes,” said Magufuli. According to him, Tanzania is united because they have a common uniting language which is Kiswahili.Meaning all Tanzanians are waswahilis. He...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/24/17)
Despite the scorching sun, Kirinkle Saruni keeps a watchful eye on his 15 cows grazing by a sand dam. "I hope water reserves will sustain us until the next rains. Pastoralists from other areas are increasingly coming to the dam for water," said Saruni, looking pensive. He is one of about 400 villagers in Olenarau, in Kenya's southern county of Kajiado, who make daily trips to the dam to quench their animals' thirst. Recent rain failures have particularly hit livestock-herding communities across the country, some of whom have lost their entire herds to drought, or are left to walk long distances in search of water. When rain spells do occur, the barren land is less able to absorb rainwater. To...
(AFP (eng) 03/24/17)
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama starred for Kenya as they stretched an unbeaten run to nine matches Thursday by drawing 1-1 at home against Uganda. Wanyama set up Michael Olunga to give the "Harambee Stars" a 35th-minute lead in a friendly at Kenyatta Stadium in eastern town Machakos. Kenya retained the lead against their long-time east African rivals until three minutes from time when Moses Waiswa levelled. A draw was a predictable outcome given the proximity of the teams in the African national team rankings with Uganda 16th and Kenya 21st. The Kenyans play the Democratic Republic of Congo at the same venue Sunday as they prepare for a 2019 Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone during June. Machakos...
(AFP (eng) 03/24/17)
Kenya stretched an unbeaten run to nine matches by drawing 1-1 at home against Uganda on Thursday. Michael Olunga gave the "Harambee Stars" a 35th-minute lead in a friendly at Kenyatta Stadium in eastern town Machakos. Kenya retained the lead against their long-time east African rivals until three minutes from time when Moses Waiswa levelled. A draw was a predictable outcome given the proximity of the teams in the African national team rankings with Uganda 16th and Kenya 21st. The Kenyans play the Democratic Republic of Congo at the same venue Sunday as they prepare for a 2019 Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone during June. Machakos is staging the matches because both Nairobi international-standard stadiums are being revamped...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/17)
A group of non-government organizations (NGOs) on Friday called on African leaders to find practical solutions to protect and assist Somali refugees and asylum seekers facing ongoing conflict and a humanitarian crisis in Somalia. In a joint statement issued on the eve of the regional summit on refugees, members of the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS), Somalia NGO Consortium and the Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) expressed hope that the leaders will take practical steps towards the development and implementation of a comprehensive regional approach. "It is hoped that such an approach, developed in the spirit of the New York Declaration, will support countries and communities that host Somali refugees in improving asylum space, integrated access to services, inclusive economic opportunities...
(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, I don't know what it...
(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 that currently doesn't match the current market rates. Speaking during a legislative summit in Mombasa, Mr Rotich said counties must be innovative to raise more money at the local level without burdening residents of their regions. Property tax He said...
(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 Kisii County. FLAMES "Yeye ndio aliwasha moto (He is the one who ignited the flames," he said. The President said the Abagusii were among communities that were affected by the violence and internally displaced persons in the region would be...
(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 the two nations. The summit will be preceded by a special session of the IGAD ministerial committee on durable solutions for Somali refugees on Friday, 24th March bringing together ministers responsible for interior, security and refugee affairs from the Horn...

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