Tuesday 23 January 2018
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
Clashes erupted in a Nairobi slum Sunday after four bodies were found in the streets, hiking tensions on the eve of a Supreme Court ruling on the validity of last month's divisive election re-run. The bodies of three men and a woman were found in the city's Mathare slum, one of several flashpoint areas where violence erupted during the disputed October 26 vote which was largely boycotted by the opposition. The discovery came just two days after three people were shot dead in a nearby suburb during clashes with police which erupted as thousands of opposition supporters turned out for their leader, Raila Odinga. Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome said the cause of the four deaths was not immediately clear...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
Tanzania's ambassador was summoned to explain why Kenyan cows had been forcibly auctioned after crossing into Tanzania, officials said, the latest development in a spat between the east African neighbours. In October, Tanzania seized and sold 1,300 Kenyan cattle which had been driven across the border during a routine seasonal search for pasture, angering Kenya's government. Then, earlier this month, the dispute diversified into poultry when Tanzania confiscated 6,500 chicks and burned them alive saying they had been brought from Kenya illegally and might spread disease. Kenya's foreign ministry issued a "note of protest" in response and has followed it up with a summons to Tanzania's ambassador in Nairobi...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
srael's cabinet voted on Sunday to close a migrant detention centre, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally. Ministers unanimously approved plans to shutter the Holot centre in southern Israel and gave migrants a three-month deadline to leave the country or face deportation, said the interior and public security ministries. "The infiltrators will have the option to be imprisoned or leave the country," the public security ministry said in a statement. Israeli official figures from June 30 show a total of 38,043 African migrants in the country. They include 27,494 Eritreans and 7,869 Sudanese, and their presence in south Tel Aviv has raised discontent among Israelis there and elsewhere. Speaking...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/17)
he African Union on Friday called for Libyan authorities to investigate "slave markets" of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, following the release of shocking images showing the sale of young men. The demand follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400. Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also Chairman of the African Union, demanded an enquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a "despicable trade... from another era". Meanwhile Senegal's government. commenting on Facebook, expressed "outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African migrants on Libyan soil,"...
(AFP (eng) 11/17/17)
Three people were shot dead Friday in Nairobi, an AFP reporter saw, as police dispersed thousands of opposition supporters welcoming home their leader Raila Odinga from an overseas trip. The three men, all with bullet wounds in the upper body, were seen lying on the road in Muthurwa, a city suburb where riot police armed with tear gas, water cannons and rifles clashed with stone throwing protesters, part of angry battles that lasted throughout the day. Odinga won an unprecedented court victory overturning the result of the August 8 presidential poll, leading to a rerun last month that he then boycotted claiming it would not be free and fair. Kenya's Supreme Court is due to rule Monday on whether President...
(AFP (eng) 11/17/17)
Opposition leader Raila Odinga returned to Kenya on Friday only to have his welcome party in Nairobi broken up by police firing tear gas at his convoy and supporters, an AFP reporter saw. Odinga won an unprecedented court victory overturning the result of the August 8 presidential poll, leading to a rerun last month that he then boycotted claiming it would not be free and fair. Kenya's Supreme Court is due to rule Monday on whether President Uhuru Kenyatta can be sworn in for a second term or if there must be another rerun. The dispute over this year's presidential vote has left the country deeply divided and protests between stone-throwing opposition supporters and riot police armed with tear gas,...
(AFP (eng) 11/17/17)
Kenya's Supreme Court said Thursday that it would issue its ruling Monday on challenges to the validity of the October 26 presidential re-run election won by incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta. Chief Justice David Maraga said the six-judge bench would hand down its decision by Monday, the constitutional deadline, having finished hearing two days of oral arguments. "We want to thank you for your courtesy to each other and the court except for a few remarks here and there and we want to encourage this kind of conduct to be continued," Maraga said. Maraga was thrust into the spotlight after annulling the original August 8 vote...
(Reuters 11/17/17)
Two people were killed on Friday as Kenyan police tried to disperse supporters cheering a convoy carrying opposition leader Raila Odinga from the airport to central Nairobi, a Reuters photographer said. Police fired tear gas at the convoy and used water cannon as they tried to stop it reaching the capital’s main business district, live footage on Kenyan TV showed. Some protesters threw stones at police. TV footage showed two vehicles on fire. The deaths occurred as police and protesters fought on one of the main roads leading to the business district, the photographer said. Police spokesmen did not immediately respond to phone calls. Odinga has called for a “National Resistance Movement” to protest against the outcome of a repeat...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
The level of loans given by Kenyan banks has been assessed to be healthy in a new briefing by the Nairobi-based regional investment house Standard Investment Bank. Economic growth in Kenya has slowed in the last four months because of the general elections and a repeat of the presidential election last month, causing some borrowers especially the small scale entrepreneurs to defer servicing loans, banks said . "The level of non-performing loans is yet to mushroom to become a systemic problem," said Francis Mwangi and Martin Kirimi, researchers at the investments bank, in a joint briefing on Thursday. In August, the level on non-performing loans, or loans that had not been serviced for several months rose to 10.7 percent of...
(Xinhua 11/17/17)
Lawmakers from Kenya's coastal county of Lamu that is home to a listed UNESCO world heritage site are pushing for enactment of laws to ensure local communities benefit from infrastructure and energy projects. The lawmakers said in a statement issued in Nairobi on Thursday that mechanisms should be put in place to ensure communities living in Lamu accrue benefits from construction of Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor and a coal plant. "We are in consultation with the government and investors to ensure that local communities benefit from mega energy and infrastructure projects being implemented in Lamu County," said Stanley Muthama, Lamu West Member of Parliament. Muthama added that both the county and national governments have agreed on...
(Reuters 11/17/17)
Kenya Airways reduced first-half losses by 20 percent, helped by cost cuts, and will start flights to New York next year, its new chief executive said on Friday as the company presses ahead with its turnaround. Kenya Airways' Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, with a sitting capacity of 400 passengers, arrives at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, file. REUTERS/Noor Khamis The airline, part-owned by Air France KLM, completed a $2 billion debt restructuring this week as part of turnaround plans after a slump in Kenyan travel and high financing costs on new Boeing jets sent it to the country’s biggest ever corporate loss -- 26 billion shillings ($251 million) -- in its 2016 financial year. Shares in the company were...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
Sino-African relations have entered a new development stage of win-win cooperation, according to the fifth Biennial Conference of China-Africa Industrial Forum (CAIF) that opened here Thursday. Supporting Africa's industrialization and capacity cooperation are of vital importance in the next five years and Sino-African trade is likely to total 180 billion U.S. dollars in 2017, said CAIF secretary general Cheng Zhigang in the opening speech. Sino-African economic and trade cooperation has great potential, said Cheng. China has been Africa's largest trading partner since 2009. Chinese investments in Africa exceeded 100 billion dollars in 2016, about 50 times as much as in 2010. China's investments in Africa have also diversified in business areas, from construction and mining to emerging industries such as...
(AFP (eng) 11/17/17)
Africa is making only faltering progress towards food and nutrition security, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. "Multiple forms of malnutrition coexist, with countries experiencing simultaneously high rates of child undernutrition or anaemia as well as high rates of obesity," it says in a new report, Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition. In sub-Saharan Africa, "progress towards the World Health Assembly global nutrition targets has been generally poor," the Rome-based agency says, referring to goals to end hunger by 2025. The annual document came out Thursday at the start of a two-day food and health seminar in Ivory Coast's economic capital, Abidjan. Around 200 people from 47 African nations are gathered to discuss "sustainable food systems...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
Former World cross country champion Japhet Korir of Kenya will return to competition in Leffrinckoucke town in France during the 28th Cross de l'Acier race on Nov 19. On the women side Margaret Kipkemboi, who was fifth at the London 5km race, will be the athlete to beat. She will however face stiff challenge from Ethiopia's Hiwot Ayalew with Daisy Jepkemoi of Kenya. Korir, who lost his chance to defend his crown in Kampala earlier this year, is hopeful the cross country permit meeting across Europe will secure him the needed endurance ahead of the indoor and outdoor track competition. "Poor form costed me a place in Kenya team in March and I accepted it and moved on. But I...
(AFP (eng) 11/15/17)
Kenya's Supreme Court on Wednesday began hearing two petitions to annul last month's presidential election, which was already a re-run ordered by the court after it annulled an earlier vote. The court hearing is the latest in a long and winding legal drama that has surrounded Kenya's election process since an August 8 election was annulled by the Supreme Court due to "irregularities and illegalities". Two petitions were filed to overturn the result of a re-run on October 26 that was won by President Uhuru Kenyatta with 98 percent of the vote, amid a boycott by his rival Raila Odinga. The court consolidated the two petitions, one filed by former lawmaker and businessman John Harun Mwau and another filed by...
(AFP (eng) 11/14/17)
A Kenyan mother who gave birth to extremely rare naturally-conceived quintuplets has lost all five babies, according to a hospital in the south west of the country. The mother, Jacintah Akinyi, 30 -- who did not know she was carrying five babies -- went into labour on Sunday and gave birth to two babies at home, who both died, before being transferred to the Kisii Teaching and Referral hospital. Nurse Manager Florence Ogero said a third baby died that night, due to being underweight and suffering a condition caused by low levels of blood platelets. "The other one had severe pneumonia and from all those birth-related complications, these babies have succumbed," she told AFP. "It was a premature delivery and...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/14/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s police monitor said on Monday investigations into the alleged killings by police of a girl and a baby in election-related violence were complete, and a spokesman said the case would probably end up in court. Kenyan police frequently face accusations of brutality and extrajudicial killings from civilians and rights groups, but officers are rarely charged and almost never convicted. Human rights groups say at least 66 people have died in bloodshed associated with the August election, which was later voided by the Supreme Court, and in unrest surrounding the re-run of the presidential vote last month. Stephanie Moraa, an 8-year-old girl in the Nairobi slum of Mathare, died after being hit by a stray bullet as...
(The Associated Press 11/14/17)
Kenya’s Supreme Court is poised to hear petitions challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in a repeat presidential poll. The court made history when it nullified Kenyatta’s re-election in August. It cited irregularities and illegalities in the vote count and the electoral commission’s failure to allow scrutiny of its servers to dispel opposition leader Raila Odinga’s claim of fraud. It then ordered a new vote. There are concerns about intimidation after the court failed to find a quorum to consider a petition seeking to postpone the repeat presidential election on Oct. 26, a day after a bodyguard of one of the judges was shot. Politician Harun Mwau and activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa seek to nullify the Oct. 26 election,...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/14/17)
KIGALI (Reuters) - The global airline industry has $1.2 billion blocked in nine dollar-strapped African countries, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Monday. The global commodities price crash that began in 2014 hit economies across Africa hard, particularly big resource exporters such as Angola and Nigeria. Low oil and mineral prices have reduced government revenue and caused chronic dollar shortages and immense pressure on local currencies. The fiscal slump has meant governments have not allowed foreign airlines to repatriate their dollar profits in full. At an aviation meeting in the Rwandan capital, IATA’s Vice President for Africa, Raphale Kuuchi, said that airlines were in talks with “a few governments to unblock airline funds”. He did not specify the...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
A Kenyan woman gave birth to naturally-conceived quintuplets on Sunday, however the first two baby boys died shortly after being born in a small town in the west of the country. There is a one in 60 million chance of a mother falling pregnant with five babies, without hormone treatment, experts say. The mother, Jacintah Akinyi, 30, "started delivering at home. By the time she arrived at this hospital, she had two babies that had passed on," said John Malago, director of the hospital where she was admitted. She further gave birth to two girls and a boy, who were doing well. All the babies weigh between 1.6 and 1.9 kilogrammes. Malago said the woman had not consulted with any...

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