Thursday 21 September 2017
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday in Windhoek said that the aim of the event is to promote a holistic private sector engagement, raise a sense of ownership and accountability for heritage protection as well as transmission of World Heritage sites in Namibia and Africa. "To...
(The Citizen 09/13/17)
Nurses and clinicians have claimed that the health sector is under siege from the Sarah Serem-led commission, claiming they are to blame for the ills bedeviling the health sector. The Kenya Union of Clinical officers (KUCO) and has threatened to call for a nationwide strike on Friday, September 15, over what it termed as failure by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to consult the union while conducting job group evaluations for health officers. Secretary General George Gibore said that the commission is responsible for the woes facing the health sector in the country. saying that SRC has demoted certain workers in its latest audit of salaries and allowances of the health officers. “The health sector is under siege from...
(AFP (eng) 09/12/17)
Kenya's opposition boycotted the opening session of parliament on Tuesday after the Supreme Court cancelled the result of last month's presidential election and ordered a fresh vote. President Uhuru Kenyatta -- who had his victory in the August 8 poll annulled on September 1 -- led proceedings, while opposition lawmakers made good on a promise to boycott the ceremony. Supreme Court judges normally attend the opening of parliament but also stayed away. "No matter the political noises that are loudest during...
(Bloomberg 09/12/17)
Kenya’s opposition National Super Alliance threatened to stage street protests and prevent a rerun of last month’s annulled presidential election if the head of the country’s electoral authority refuses to step down. Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba should be removed or the opposition will hold “mass demonstrations,” Norman Magaya, the CEO of the five-party alliance, said by phone Tuesday from the capital, Nairobi. “There will be no election.” The opposition group also plans to start “contempt proceedings” against the IEBC for failing to comply with a Supreme Court order to allow full scrutiny of its computer servers. Kenya’s top court annulled the Aug. 8 presidential vote, won by President Uhuru Kenyatta, after finding the election...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta opened parliament on Tuesday by warning against divisive and destructive politics, while opposition lawmakers boycotted the legislature and rallied to demand the resignation of election officials. Kenya held parliamentary, presidential and local elections on Aug. 8, but the Supreme Court nullified the presidential results three weeks later, citing irregularities in the tallying process. New elections are scheduled for Oct. 17. While calling for unity and respect for the constitution, Kenyatta delivered a thinly veiled warning to the opposition lawmakers who had chosen to stay away from parliament. “My government will not tolerate anyone intent on disrupting our hard-won peace and stability. Under no circumstances must Kenyans ever allow our free competitive processes to become a threat...
(Xinhuanet 09/12/17)
Equity turnover at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) on Monday surged 123 percent to 10 million U.S. dollars, boosted by a rise in foreign purchases. Safaricom, Equity Bank, East African Breweries Ltd, NIC Bank and Centum accounted for 93 percent of the total turnover. The most traded counters, however, were Safaricom, Equity Bank, NIC Bank, Centum and Kenya Commercial Bank moving 20 million, 6.5 million, 1 million, 700,000 and 500,000 respectively. However, most of the large stocks remained flat or went down like Athi River Mining and Uchumi to push the benchmark 20 Share Index slightly down. The NSE 20 Share Index decreased 24.28 points to close at 3,815.71 points, with the indicator reversing a positive trend witnessed in the...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Kenyan police detained a ruling party lawmaker and a former opposition senator on Monday for alleged hate speech, as political tensions simmered following the Supreme Court’s decision to annul the presidential election. Both the candidates in that ballot, incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta and veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga, also ratcheted up the temperature in public speeches on Monday and the opposition said it would boycott the opening of parliament. Politics in Kenya often follows ethnic lines and has in the past erupted into deadly violence, making the authorities sensitive to perceived inflammatory statements. Reported instances of hate speech have risen sharply since the surprise ruling on Sept. 1, the first of its kind in Africa, when the supreme court voided...
(Bloomberg 09/12/17)
Kenya’s electoral body said officials who oversaw last month’s annulled presidential vote should stay in place to organize the planned rerun, a move that opposition candidate Raila Odinga has said could lead him to boycott the election. Due to “serious time constraints,” the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission should work to deliver a second vote that’s “aligned with the existing organizational structure,” the IEBC said on its Twitter account on Monday. The body will seek to improve the way it arranges votes, it said. The move is likely to be opposed by Odinga’s five-party alliance, which has demanded the electoral commission be overhauled and said it wants guarantees on fairness before it agrees to participate in the Oct. 17 rerun...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr Bayor,” AIBA said in a statement on Monday. It found Bayor had “committed serious and unacceptable violations of the AIBA Disciplinary Code” at the tournament in Congo Republic. AIBA said the ban was from all boxing activities and responsibilities and...
(Xinhuanet 09/11/17)
Kenya has started borrowing from the Central Bank through the overdraft after about one-year hiatus as liquidity increases in the market. The east African nation had exclusively turned to borrowing from the domestic market through Treasury bills and bonds as it stopped expensive overdraft in October last year. Overdraft at the apex bank initially accounted for 3 percent of the domestic debt, but had remained zero percent until three weeks ago, Central Bank of Kenya showed Monday. The government started borrowing using the tool on Aug. 11 by taking up 118 million U.S. dollars and nearly doubled the amount the following week to 215 million dollars. Last week, the East African nation's government borrowed 200 million dollars using the facility...
(AFP (eng) 09/11/17)
Confederation of African Football (CAF) inspectors arrived in Kenya on Monday to assess the country's progress towards hosting next year's African Nations Championships (CHAN). The eight-member team's visit was delayed a week due to uncertainty surrounding the disputed outcome of last month's presidential election in Kenya. CAF vice-president Constant Omari Selemani is leading the inspection team that will visit training facilities and four stadiums before issuing a final verdict on Kenya's readiness to host the biennial 16-team tournament...
(Xinhuanet 09/11/17)
Kenyan security officers on Monday repulsed a group of Al-Shabaab militants after a fierce gun battle in the border region of Mandera. The militants were repulsed to neighboring town of Bulla Hawa in Somalia, Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia said. The militants were said to be pursuing Somalia National Army (SNA) who have since Sunday night camped in Mandera town after Al-Shabaab attacked Bulla Hawa. "Our forces are monitoring the situation closely as we prevent more spillover by the militants (from Bulla Hawa) to Kenya, but we have managed to contain everything," Shisia said. Bulla Hawa is just about 2 km away from Kenya's northeast Mandera town, and there are fears of spillover of the fighting between the Somali army...
(Xinhuanet 09/11/17)
Kenya and Tanzania have agreed to conduct joint verification exercise on all imports and exports to help solve trade issues between the two neighboring countries. The exercise, once established, will see goods such as lubricants, edible oils, cement and textiles produced outside Export Processing Zone trade un-prohibited between the two countries, according to a joint communique between Kenya's Principal Secretary for Trade Chris Kiptoo and his Tanzanian counterpart Adolf Mugenda issued in Nairobi on Sunday. In the communique issued following three days of intensive talks, the duo underscored the significance of having regular bilateral meetings to discuss concerns and opportunities with a view of promoting trade for the mutual benefit of the two countries and its people. "The two sides...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/11/17)
Kenyan police detained a lawmaker from the ruling party and a former opposition senator on Monday over allegations of hate speech, a spokesman for the interior ministry said. Reported instance of hate speech have risen sharply since Sept. 1, when the Supreme Court annulled the results of last month’s presidential election. The surprise ruling, the first of its kind in Africa, voided the win of incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, citing irregularities in the tallying process. “Moses Kuria, a member of parliament and Johnson Muthama, a former senator, have been arrested on hate speech allegations,” ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka told Reuters by phone. Njoka did not give details on why the two politicians had been arrested, and police did not respond...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope to look past Brexit turmoil. “Even if I hadn’t had the money put aside, I would have found a way to pay for it,” said Corrie, 50, who estimates the business she runs with her husband would have lost 10,000...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/09/17)
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga says he will make the mismanagement of last month’s annulled presidential vote the focus of his new election campaign, linking it to a series of political scandals. The Supreme Court last week nullified the Aug. 8 election, ruling that incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta’s win by 1.4 million votes was invalid due to flaws in the tallying process. “Right now, we are basically dealing with the rigging of elections, which is basically an extension of corruption,” Odinga told Reuters in an interview on Thursday, repeating his allegation, rejected by the court, that Kenyatta had deliberately manipulated the vote. Odinga has threatened to boycott the re-run unless a series of demands are met. The court ruling sent...
(Bloomberg 09/08/17)
French digital-security company OT-Morpho denied its systems used in Kenya’s annulled elections last month were tampered with and said it’s handed over all data for analysis by the country’s Supreme Court. “The system deployed in the delivery of the results employs proven technologies that we’ve used in elections in other countries,” Olivier Charlanes, director for Africa and the Middle East at OT-Morpho, said in an emailed statement. “The system used in Kenya wasn’t pirated. It wasn’t an attempt to interfere, and we’ve passed on all the logs to be analyzed by experts commissioned by the Supreme Court.” The Kenyan court on Sept. 1 canceled the result of last month’s presidential election, the first such ruling in Africa, and ordered a...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/08/17)
Buoyed by record gains in last month’s elections, Kenyan activists say they hope the nation’s top court will enforce women’s right to better political representation, following a surprise decision to nullify the presidential election. Female Kenyan lawyers have asked the High Court to declare the nation’s new parliament illegal, saying it violates a constitutional requirement that one third of its members be female. Kenya’s highest court made history in Africa last week by ordering a re-run of its presidential election, saying President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory was undermined by irregularities. Kenyan women say they see the ruling as an opportunity, having lobbied for years for better political representation, which is the lowest in East Africa. “We hope to get a favorable...
(Bloomberg 09/08/17)
Kenya is scheduled to hold a rerun of its presidential election Oct. 17 after the country’s top court annulled the result of Aug. 8 voting, giving the win to President Uhuru Kenyatta. The new vote will give former Prime Minister Raila Odinga his fifth shot at the presidency, if he chooses to participate. Lingering questions over the fairness of the voting system have prompted the opposition to threaten a boycott. That’s kept political tensions high in the weeks after violent protests greeted last month’s results announcement. Any turmoil in East Africa’s largest economy would be felt across the region, particularly in landlocked Uganda and Rwanda, which rely heavily on Kenya’s ports and roads to access international markets. 1. Why was...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist group. “Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment” presents the results of a two-year UNDP Africa study on recruitment in the most prominent extremist groups in Africa. The study reveals a picture of a...

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