Monday 26 June 2017
(Xinhuanet 05/30/17)
Robust involvement in activities that promote social good and ecological sustainability has become the defining feature of Chinese firms that have invested in Kenya, a report said on Monday. The 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, launched by the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), revealed great enthusiasm by Chinese firms to advance the welfare of Kenyan communities. Kenyan officials, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa and senior executives from the CCCC, attended the launch of the CSR reports that gave a positive score on the activities of Chinese firms. Principal Secretary of Kenya's Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Paul Maringa Mwangi, lauded Chinese firms for prioritizing community welfare and ecological protection during implementation of mega infrastructure projects in the country...
(Bloomberg 05/30/17)
Africa’s corn harvest this year is a tale of two extremes as worries about overflowing silos and rotting crops in the south contrast with the east where supermarkets are running short of the staple food. Zambia and South Africa are both predicting record output of the grain, while Zimbabwe may meet its domestic needs for the first time since it began seizing land from white farmers in 2000. Yet in East Africa, 17 million people may be facing hunger, and concerns about food shortages are driving up prices as governments scramble to secure imports. “It all comes down to weather,” said Wessel Lemmer, a senior agricultural economist at Barclays Africa Group Ltd.’s Absa unit in Johannesburg. “There’s usually an inverse...
(AFP (eng) 05/29/17)
More than a century after a colonial railway gave birth to modern Kenya, the country is betting on a new Chinese-built route to cement its position as the gateway to East Africa. The $3.2 billion (2.8 billion euro) railway linking Nairobi with the port city of Mombasa will Wednesday take its first passengers on the 472 kilometre (293 mile) journey, allowing them to skip a hair-raising drive on one of Kenya's most dangerous highways. The railway is the country's biggest infrastructure project since independence, and while it has courted controversy, it is a key selling point for the ruling Jubilee party ahead of August elections. It is also part of a "master plan" by east African leaders to connect their...
(Bloomberg 05/29/17)
The outcome of Kenya’s election pitting President Uhuru Kenyatta against a former prime minister will be close and may involve a run-off vote if turnout in opposition strongholds is high, according to analysts Verisk Maplecroft. While opposition support is seen as depressed due to “disillusionment” with main candidate Raila Odinga, the ex-premier who failed in three previous presidential bids, he can still force a run-off if enough supporters are mobilized to cast ballots, Emma Gordon, senior analyst at the Bath, England-based risk consultancy, said in a report. Kenyatta and Odinga have near-equal support among ethnic voting blocs, Gordon said, and if opposition supporters defy expectations and raise turnout in swing counties by 10 percent on Aug. 8, that would spur...
(AfricaNews 05/29/17)
Kenyan opposition politician Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka on Sunday (May 28) presented their election documents to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ahead of the presidential election in August. Odinga, who comes from one of Kenya’s most powerful political families, will try to unseat President Uhuru Kenyatta, the wealthy son of the country’s first president and head of the ruling Jubilee party, who is seeking a second term. It is Odinga’s fourth time as a presidential candidate. The veteran politician was nominated by a group of other leaders who also had presidential ambitions and came together to form the National Super Alliance, known by its acronym NASA. Kenyans go to the polls on August 8...
(Voice of America 05/29/17)
In Kenya, the official campaign period has begun as the electoral body clears candidates to run for the presidency. The commission is calling on the candidates to maintain peace during the August polls. Kenya’s presidential campaign has begun with 70 days to the August elections. So far the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has cleared seven candidates and rejected three because of logistical issues. Addressing Jubilee Party supporters Monday in Nairobi, Deputy President William Ruto said he and the president would make a re-election bid. “As you are aware today President Uhuru Kenyatta is going to present his papers to the IEBC given to him by Jubilee Party so that he can compete for the presidency on August 8th and...
(Agence Ecofin 05/29/17)
Kenya's sugar production hit 172,722 tons at the end of the first quarter of 2017, or 28% less than last year over the same period, reports Business daily africa citing the Kenyan Sugar Board (KSD). According to KSD, the lower output is due to a poor performance of processing plants in the country, as their raw material input has also slumped amid drought hitting most of the production areas. However, beyond the unfavorable weather, there are internal issues which are also responsible for the performance and must not be ignored. These include the disinterest of producers in the crop due to the lack of support from the government and delayed payment of the raw material. Meanwhile, let it be noted...
(Xinhuanet 05/29/17)
Two Ethiopians have been charged in the Ethiopian Federal High Court with inciting violence during the Oct. 2, 2016, Irrecha religious festival, which witnessed a stampede that killed at least 55 people. State affiliated media outlet Radio Fana reported on Sunday that the two, identified as Tufa Melka and Kedir Bedasso, were in particular accused of snatching microphones from elders during the festival and broadcasting inflammatory statements that led a crowd to initiate violence. Irrecha is an annual religious festival where Ethiopia's largest ethnic group, the Oromos, congregate on Bishoftu city, 45 kms south of Addis Ababa, in their thousands. The Ethiopian Federal High Court adjourned the case to June 1, 2017 to hear from defense and prosecution opening statements...
(Daily Nation 05/29/17)
The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum is seeking to tap London cash for Kenyan power projects. The ministry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the London Stock Exchange (LSE) to promote dual-listings of energy companies in Nairobi and London. The memorandum was signed by Energy secretary Charles Keter and London Stock Exchange Group (LSE owner) chief executive officer Nikhil Rathi. This is the first agreement signed between them. It outlines both parties' commitment to raising capital for Kenya's energy industry, through public market equity and debt listings. The MoU also lays out their plans to assemble key stakeholders to establish an effective dual-listing framework for equity listings in London and Nairobi. The signing follows an event in Nairobi on...
(BBC News Africa 05/29/17)
The daily journey to work can be a stressful, exhausting or plain boring experience. It may not be to everyone's tastes but one husband-and-wife team of preachers in Kenya believes the time is best used for spiritual upliftment and has transformed a Nairobi commuter train into a prayer session. Self-styled pastor Helen Wangui Tiphy, a secretary in a government office, believes she plays a vital role in helping commuters cope with their problems. "Many of the people travelling in the morning are jobless, others are discouraged. We decided to give them the word of hope." "You can see someone has many problems, but when we preach the word, you can see the person getting better and getting healed. There is...
(Agence Ecofin 05/29/17)
Over the last few days, the land issue has been brought up on various occasions in the debates preceding the Kenyan presidential elections which are to take place on Aug 8, 2017. The opposing party accused the administration of President Kenyatta, who is to visit the six counties of the coastal part of the country, of ignoring land injustices in the region. President Uhuru Kenyatta responded by reminding that members of the coalition, the "Super Alliance Nasa" as it known, did not to tackle the same issues that he is being accused of ignoring, while they were in the government. He referred to Raila Odinga and James Orengo, both former Prime Minister and Minister of Lands respectively. Coastal counties have...
(The Star 05/29/17)
Agriculture CS Willy Bett on Friday urged Kenyans to diversify farming to curb food shortage. Bett said the country faces maize shortage because many Kenyans depend on it as their staple food. The CS spoke at the Kenyenya Green Stadium in Bomachoge Borabu constituency where he launched avocado farming in Kisii county. Bett was invited by Kenya Health Inspectorate Service and distributed 10, 000 avocado seedling to trained farmers. He urged farmers to embrace avocado farming to improve their earnings. The CS was with KEPHIS managing director Esther Kimani, county commissioner Karanja Njora, county police commander Agnes Mudambi and Agriculture executive Vincent Sagwe. “I urge the Kisii people to embrace intensive farming to increase food production for local consumption and...
(AFP (eng) 05/27/17)
The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights Friday ruled the Kenyan government had violated the rights and freedoms of the Ogiek hunter-gatherer people by driving them out of their ancestral lands. The court ordered the government "to take all appropriate measures within a reasonable time frame to remedy all the violations established and to inform the court of the measures taken within six months from the date of this judgement". The Ogiek, one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer peoples of east Africa, live in the Mau forest complex in the Rift Valley. They alleged that the Kenyan government had violated their rights, including to property, natural resources, religion and culture. In their decision, the nine judges also asked the...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home. However, the two-day meeting got overshadowed by a suicide bombing in northern England on Monday that killed 22 people, and also got bogged down by lengthy discussions on the merit of free trade and the 2015 Paris Agreement to tackle...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/17)
Five police officers were killed Thursday when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Kenya in an attack claimed by Shabaab Islamists a day after nine police died in similar blasts. The officers had been deployed to the restive northeastern region to take part in an operation against the Somali-led militants after two separate roadside bombs on Wednesday. "The five police officers killed in the attack were headed to boost the ongoing operation in Liboi," said North Eastern regional coordinator Mohamud Ali Saleh referring to a town on the border with Somalia. The Kenya Red Cross said the latest attack occurred between Malelei and Kulan in Garissa county when a vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast flipped...
(Xinhuanet 05/26/17)
Chinese State Councilor Wang Yong will attend a ceremony in Kenya to mark the completion of the railway linking Mombasa and Nairobi, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Friday. At the invitation of the Kenyan government, Wang will be in Kenya from May 30 to June 1 as the special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, spokesperson Lu Kang said at a daily press briefing. The railway from Mombasa to Nairobi, the flagship project of China-Kenya practical cooperation, will be open to traffic on May 31, Lu said. He said China is ready to work with Kenya to implement the outcomes of the Johannesburg summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, push forward the Belt and Road Initiative and capacity...
(Bloomberg 05/26/17)
Kenya’s Aug 8. presidential elections will be a rematch of the 2013 race, which pitted Uhuru Kenyatta against Raila Odinga. That vote saw Kenyatta squeak to victory in the first round and the Supreme Court reject Odinga’s allegations of rigging. This time, five of the main opposition parties have united to form the National Super Alliance and thrown their weight behind Odinga. With violence and intimidation having overshadowed four of the six elections held in Kenya since the advent of multiparty democracy in 1991, the East African nation’s ability to stage a peaceful and credible vote will be as keenly watched as the outcome. 1. How does the vote work? The president and his deputy are elected on the same...
(Xinhuanet 05/26/17)
Growing Sino-Kenya ties are going to boost Kenya's economic growth, a Chinese embassy official said on Friday. Economic and Commercial counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya Guo Ce said in a commentary published in a local daily that nearly half of all Kenya's 30 flagship projects under the national economic blue print Vision 2030 are due to the close cooperation. "Along the Kenyan coast, following in the more than 600 year old footsteps of the great navigator of the Ming Dynasty Zheng He, one can find three projects that bear witness of the benefits of the bilateral cooperation," Guo said. Guo said that the Chinese funded Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway is Kenya's largest project since independence and is a...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/17)
Entertainment | France | film | festival | Cannes | Zambia | witchcraft Cannes, France | AFP | Friday 5/26/2017 - 14:01 UTC+3 | 615 words by Katy Lee Being accused of witchcraft is no laughing matter in Africa -- but movie director Rungano Nyoni decided a dose of humour was just what was needed to tackle a problem rampant in parts of the continent. Set in Zambia, the sharp satire "I Am Not A Witch" has premiered to strong reviews at the Cannes film festival, taking aim at the blatant sexism behind accusations that overwhelmingly target women. White tourists are seen gawping at women detained in a "witch camp" in the movie, taking pictures of them as if they're...
(AFP (eng) 05/25/17)
Five police officers were killed Thursday when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in northeastern Kenya, a day after two separate IEDs killed eight officers, a regional security official said. "The five police officers killed in the attack were headed to boost the ongoing operation in Liboi," said North Eastern regional coordinator Mohamud Ali Saleh referring to a town on the border with Somalia. The Kenya Red Cross said the attack occurred between Malelei and Kulan in Garissa county. The Shabaab, a Somali-led Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group, claimed the attack -- as well as the previous two --

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