| Africatime
Friday 24 March 2017
(The Associated Press 03/13/17)
The governor of Kenya's second largest city says paramilitary police have surrounded his home and office to prevent him from attending a presidential event and answering accusations of corruption. Mombasa Gov. Ali Hassan Joho's aide said Sunday he would attend the event to answer President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has suggested that Joho misappropriated millions of dollars. Joho said Monday he managed to sneak out of his house in his brother's car but was stopped at a roadblock by officers who said the president ordered that he be prevented from attending. Kenyatta during a campaign rally on Sunday said Joho should explain how he had used $389 million allocated over four years. Joho says Mombasa county was allocated $166 million. Kenya...
(Xinhuanet 03/13/17)
Dozens of Chinese firms operating in Kenya on Sunday donated 30 tonnes of food, oil and water to victims of drought in Makueni County located in lower eastern part of the country. Speaking at the donation ceremony, Chairman of Kenya Chinese Chamber of Commerce Zhuo Wu said Chinese enterprises are keen to be part of the solution to drought ravaging different parts of the east African Nation. "We are ready to assist Kenyans affected by drought and have donated maize and wheat flour, cooking fat and water to the most vulnerable. This is part of our responsibility to strengthen bonds of friendship," Zhuo remarked. Zhuo said Chinese firms will extend assistance to other parts of Kenya reeling from severe drought...
(AL Jazeera 03/13/17)
Dorcas, 25, died last week after struggling to find proper cancer treatment amid the government and doctors' standoff. One month after Al Jazeera published the story of Dorcas Kiteng'e's struggle for cancer treatment in a nation whose doctors are on strike, the 25-year-old has died due to lack of proper care. Some 5,000 public sector doctors walked out on December 5 after Kenya's leaders failed to make good on a 2013 agreement to raise salaries, hire new physicians and improve conditions in public hospitals. The standoff between the health ministry, which lost $53 million last year due to corruption, and the doctors, continues to drag on. Nobody knows how many hundreds or thousands of Kenyans have died as a result...
(The Associated Press 03/13/17)
The governor of Kenya’s second largest city says paramilitary police have surrounded his home and office to prevent him from attending a presidential event and answering accusations of corruption. Mombasa Gov. Ali Hassan Joho’s aide said Sunday he would attend the event to answer President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has suggested that Joho misappropriated millions of dollars. Joho said Monday he managed to sneak out of his house in his brother’s car but was stopped at a roadblock by officers who said the president ordered that he be prevented from attending. Kenyatta during a campaign rally on Sunday said Joho should explain how he had used $389 million allocated over four years. Joho says Mombasa county was allocated $166 million. Kenya...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/17)
The United Arab Emirates, one of the Middle East's largest economies, wants to expand trade ties with faster growing nations in Asia and Africa, a senior official said on Sunday. Rich Gulf Arab states are looking at ways to diversify their economies, including who they trade with, after more than two years of depressed oil prices forced a rethink of government spending. The pace of economic growth in Asian and sub-Saharan African economies has made them ideal partners, Abdullah al-Saleh, undersecretary for foreign trade and industry at the UAE ministry of the economy, told Reuters in an interview in Dubai. Asia's two largest economies China and India are expected to grow by 6.5 percent and 7.2 percent this year whilst...
(AFP (eng) 03/10/17)
The International Olympic Committee on Thursday imposed a freeze on grants to the Kenyan Olympic committee in a move which would affect the running of national sports activities in the country. The IOC said in a statement that it was unhappy that the Kenyan National Olympic Committee (NOCK) had failed to implement new reforms demanded after Kenya's embarrassing Rio Games appearance. "The IOC is extremely disappointed by the outcome of the NOCK General Assembly which did not address governance issues the appropriate way," said Emmanuel Moreau, the IOC head of media relations and monitoring department. The IOC assisted in the drafting of new laws following a national outcry over corruption and the treatment of the Kenya team at last summer's...
(Capitalfm Business 03/10/17)
Patients across the country are continuing to suffer even as a few doctors resumed work after the riot act was read out to them by President Uhuru Kenyatta two days ago in Naivasha. A spot check by Capital FM News at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and the Mbagathi District Hospital revealed that the pace at which patients were attended to was slow and many had to wait for long to get the needed services. A few who spoke to Capital FM News however expressed relief after being attended to saying the situation was better than before when they received no services at all. “I have come here to the hospital for a checkup and I have been attended to,...
(Agence Ecofin 03/10/17)
Last Wednesday, the World Bank announced it would provide more than $1.6 billion to Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Southern Sudan and Yemen to fight hunger. More than 20 million people are to benefit from the facility. “Our first priority is to work with partners to make sure that families have access to food and water. We are working towards a financial package of more than $1.6 billion to build social protection systems, strengthen economic reliance, and maintain service delivery to the most vulnerable,” said World Bank’s president, Jim Yong Kim. “This package includes over $870 million worth of existing projects which will help fight hunger. I am also working with the bank’s board of directors to secure the approval of...
(Capitalfm Business 03/10/17)
A strong National Police Service is vital if the country is to remain stable before, during and after the August 8 General Election. Speaking when he presided over the graduation ceremony of more than 3,000 General Service Unit (GSU) police recruits in Embakasi on Friday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said the police service needs to remain firm and quell any attempt to stir violence by those who have no regard for the rule of law. “The need for a strong police service is further heightened by the reality that we’re in an election year. Tragically we have a history replete with scenes which in a democratic process that should be a cause for celebrations sometimes degenerate into deadly violence,” President Kenyatta...
(AFP (eng) 03/10/17)
In the beginning was .com, followed by a host of other .somethings, but on Friday, 32 years after the world's first domain name was registered, the African Union has launched .africa for the continent. Africans who want to register a website will be able to apply for a .africa domain name in the coming months, which outgoing AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said would allow the continent's people and businesses to better reach the world. "With .africa, I would say Africa has finally got its digital identity," said Dlamini-Zuma, who will next week hand power to Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat after four years at the helm of the continental body Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the lowest rates...
(Xinhuanet 03/09/17)
Kenya's 364-day Treasury bill registered an oversubscription for the first time in six weeks following the Central Bank of Kenya's move to suspend the sale of the 182-day paper. Last week, the bank choose not to issue the 182-day Treasury bill which had over-performed for weeks as it sought to avoid heavy maturities at the same time. The move, which it has repeated this week suspending the sale of the paper in the auction dated March 20, thus, pushed investors to bid for the one-year paper. "The Central Bank offered 364 days Treasury bills for a total of 97 million dollars. The total number of bids received amounted to 160 million dollars representing a 166 percent subscription," said CBK in...
(AFP (eng) 03/09/17)
A lawmaker from Kenya's restive highlands was charged Wednesday with inciting violence for allegedly encouraging a wave of land invasions which have left eight people dead including a British man. Heavily armed herders have in recent weeks forced their way into private ranches in central Laikipia, slaughtering wildlife and destroying property in invasions blamed on a biting drought, but also local politics. The MP for Laikipia North, Mathew Lempurkel, is one of the local leaders accused of inciting the invasions. Youths clad in T-shirts with the slogan #TeamLempurkel were pictured taking part in the invasion of the 44,000-acre (17,600-hectare) Suyian ranch where tourist huts were burnt down in January. And Lempurkel called into a local radio station last year saying:...
(Xinhuanet 03/09/17)
The Kenya shilling strengthened further against the U.S. dollar on Thursday following increased inflows from foreign investors seeking to trade in government securities. The Central Bank of Kenya quoted the local unit Thursday morning at 102.5 against dollar from 102.6 the previous day. However, commercial banks placed the value of the shilling against the dollar even higher at an average of 102.4 as they attributed the surge to increased foreign investors' inflows amid low dollar demand from importers. On Wednesday, the Kenyan currency gained 0.02 percent against the dollar as it sustained gains from the previous days, where it had risen 0.22 percent on Monday and 0.01 percent Tuesday. Last month, the Kenya shilling appreciated against the dollar by 1...
(Voice of America 03/09/17)
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that East Africans are facing starvation and that the situation might worsen if nothing is done to avert the crisis. The United Nations estimates more than 17 million people are facing hunger in nine countries. Somalia is facing its second famine in less than six years, South Sudan has declared some parts of the country in famine, and Kenya's government declared the drought there a national disaster. More than 10 million people are going to bed hungry in Ethiopia alone. Guterres, ending a visit to Kenya on Wednesday, discussed the South Sudan political and humanitarian crisis with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. "We had the opportunity to discuss, to find, identify [a] point of view...
(Xinhuanet 03/09/17)
A critical mass of trained and well equipped community health workforce is key to easing the rising burden of infectious and noncommunicable diseases in Africa, experts said on Wednesday at a continental forum taking place in Nairobi. The experts, policymakers and campaigners who attended Africa Health Agenda International Conference agreed that optimal engagement of community health workers is key to revolutionize response to diseases ravaging the continent. Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Health Cleopa Mailu in his opening remarks said that investments in training for community health workers will have multiplier impact on Africa's socioeconomic development. "We require highly skilled and motivated cadre of community health workforce to deal with a high diseases burden in disadvantaged settings in this continent. These...
(Xinhuanet 03/08/17)
Kenya's tourist arrivals rose 16.7 percent in 2016 boosted by improved security and advertising in source markets. The East African nation last year received a total of 874,385 tourists through Jomo Kenyatta international airport in the capital Nairobi and Moi international airport in Mombasa, its main entryways, latest data from the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) showed Wednesday. Other tourists, however, came through the Mombasa port via cruise ships and chartered flights, with industry players putting the figures at about 3,000. Most of the arrivals during the period were recorded in the third quarter, where the East African nation clocked 262,149 tourists. In the second quarter, arrivals stood at 186,685, in the first 206,224 while the fourth quarter 219,327. The numbers...
(Bloomberg 03/08/17)
The Kenyan president’s interest-rate pledge is in tatters. Just five months before Uhuru Kenyatta seeks re-election, the country’s inflation rate has surged to the highest level since 2012 and the government is struggling to borrow money at yields it’s ready to offer. That’s left the caps he imposed on commercial interest rates all but unviable in a country already heading for a cash crunch. The bank teller-turned-politician, whose father was the nation’s founding president, has put central-bank policy makers in a dilemma as they prepare to meet on March 27. They must raise interest rates to restore the flow of funds to a government that’s missing borrowing targets and tax collections. Yet, if they do so, they risk choking off...
(Xinhuanet 03/08/17)
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) confirmed Wednesday that one of Africa's oldest and Kenya's last great tusker elephants was found dead on Jan 4 in Tsavo East National Park in southeast Kenya. KWS spokesman Paul Gathitu said Satao II, about 50 years old, was found dead under unclear circumstances. "We wish to confirm that the elephant was found dead on Jan. 4, in Tsavo East National Park near Satao area," Gathitu said in a statement issued in Nairobi. He said the initial inspection by a joint KWS and Tsavo Trust team during the removal of tusks did not find any unusual marks on the carcass and, therefore, was considered to have died from natural causes. The iconic Satao lived in...
(Xinhuanet 03/08/17)
World Cross country champion Agnes Tirop of Kenya has endured two years out of competition since her win in Guiyang, China in 2015. A right leg tendon injury, which she picked up on her way to win gold in Guiyang, punctured her sails and derailed what looked to be a promising career for the then 19-year old. She has struggled to regain her fitness and stature in the choking long distance field and World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda on March 26 will offer her the first major platform, globally, to stamp her authority. "It is true I am nervous. It has been a while since I made the Kenya team. You always wonder if you will come back...
(AFP (eng) 03/08/17)
Lawyers and human rights campaigners launched an initiative for African whistleblowers in Senegal on Tuesday, aimed at providing a secure means of exposing wrongdoing on the continent. African nations such as Somalia, South Sudan, Libya and Guinea-Bissau regularly appear at the very bottom of rankings such as Transparency International's Corruption Index, while none make it into the top 30. The Platform for the Protection of Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF) will provide guidance from legal experts, secure submission of information and a hotline for potential informants, according to its founders. The initiative is the brainchild of Spanish superstar lawyer Baltasar Garzon -- who has defended Julian Assange of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks -- along with French lawyer William Bourdon, who worked on...

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