| Africatime
Sunday 30 April 2017
(AFP (eng) 04/05/17)
Henry Eshiboko considers himself privileged. The 20-year-old lives with his wife and child in a single, windowless, nine square metre room. The tin roof and walls are held firm by wooden beams so there are no leaks when it rains, there is a power socket and, a little way down the alley, a shared water tap. "This is all thanks to football!" said the local club left winger and resident of Kibera, a huge slum in the heart of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. "With the 300 shillings ($2.9; 2.7 euros) I get for training, four times a week, I can feed my family and pay a part of the rent," said Eshikobo. Win bonuses are worth 10 times more. "With...
(Xinhuanet 04/05/17)
Kenyan authorities said Wednesday they are holding seven Somali refugees for hosting Al-Shabaab terrorists and human trafficking at the Dadaab refugee camp in northeast region. A regional government official Mohamed Saleh said the suspects who are kingpins of human trafficking through the refugee complex were arrested during a joint security operation conducted on Tuesday at the sprawling camp. "The suspects have been facilitating refugees to move to Nairobi for documents to enable them to move to Europe and Canada. The suspects have also been hosting terrorists at the camp," Saleh said in Garissa. He said the suspects have also been linked to the syndicate in the complex that facilitates Al-Shabaab activities in the world's largest refugee camp in northeast Kenya...
(Voice of America 04/05/17)
A Red Cross report says African countries are failing their internally displaced people. Reversing that trend was the subject of a high level meeting of the International Red Cross and the African Union that wrapped up Tuesday in Zimbabwe. Africa has about 13 million internally displaced people, a third of the global number of IDPs, and more than double the amount of refugees on the continent. By definition, refugees flee across a national border, while IDPs leave their homes but stay within their own country. African Union Commission head of humanitarian affairs, refugees and displaced people Olabisi Dare says the situation of IDPs in Africa is very critical, dire and worsening. "...The issues that are generating internal displacement [are] multiplying...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/04/17)
Kenyan activists on Monday welcomed a High Court ruling giving parliament 60 days to ensure a third of lawmakers are women or face dissolution. The ruling follows a lengthy struggle to increase women's political representation in the patriarchal society. Kenya's 2010 constitution guarantees women a third of seats in parliament, but its male-dominated assembly has repeatedly frustrated efforts to pass legislation needed to enact the quota. "The ruling is good for women who, because of patriarchal cultural backgrounds, cannot effectively compete with men," Josephine Mongare, chairwoman of the Federation of Women Lawyers
(Xinhuanet 04/04/17)
Kenya's migration to digital television has made more households acquire TV sets, with the number of those owning the gadgets going up considerably. About 4.3 million households in the East African country now own TV sets, latest statistics from the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) showed Tuesday, up from about 3.5 million when the country shifted to digital migration in February 2015. The new figures indicate that digital migration has been a roaring success in East Africa's biggest economy despite initial fears that had been expressed by various stakeholders, including media houses and consumer rights organizations. During the switch to digital TV, many opposed the process noting over half of Kenya's population would have information blackout. But with the number...
(Capitalfm Business 04/04/17)
Nairobi — Water rationing in Nairobi is expected to worsen in the next two weeks after the levels at the Ndakaini dam hit a new low of below 25 per cent. Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) Managing Director Philip Gichuki attributed the situation to the drying up of the rivers feeding the dam as result of the current dry spell. Speaking to Capital FM News, he described the situation as dire and stated that the rationing program will have to be reviewed. "The situation has not improved. The dam is completely depleted. We are currently at below 25 per cent which is the first time we are getting to that level," he said. He expressed optimism with the...
(Xinhuanet 04/04/17)
Former world marathon record holder, Paul Tergat of Kenya, on Tuesday announced his bid for the helm of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) ahead of the association's elections scheduled for May 5. The former five-time world cross country champion will seek to unseat one of Kenya's greatest Olympic athletes, Kipchoge Keino, who has held the seat for the last 12 years after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) proposed that their local affiliate holds elections under a new constitution. "Keino is well known globally, and his achievements on and off the track have been exemplary," Tergat honored Keino in his speech. "However, sport is changing by the day with new technologies and advancements and I do believe time has...
(Financial Times 04/04/17)
Countries should develop policies to attract labour-intensive production leaving China. China’s initial wave of investments in Africa focused on natural resource extraction. Their demand for metals and energy was so large that it actually boosted global commodity prices overall, which in turn accelerated growth across the African continent. These times of China propping up global commodity prices are now over, as it has built up excess capacity in many sectors and now faces slow investment growth. This lower demand has contributed to the overall slump in global commodity prices since 2014, making it unlikely that China will again fulfil the role of driving commodity prices. Rather, its position has now shifted to becoming the largest exporter of capital. This provides...
(Daily Nation 04/03/17)
The electoral commission is looking to employ 41,940 staff for the 30-day voter verification period, which is scheduled to start on May 10. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is also seeking to fill 32 vacancies. 40,000 CLERKS These are permanent jobs-- a Constituency Elections Coordinator for Kasarani, 30 County Information Communication Technology Officers and an administrative assistant for Dadaab Constituency. "The temporary staff will support our field staff during the 30-day voter verification period (May 10 - June 9)," IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba said in advertisement in the Nation today. The temporary jobs are: 290 Constituency Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) clerks, 1,450 Register of Voters Verification Assistants and 40,200 Voter Verification Clerks. This means that there...
(Daily Nation 04/03/17)
The Kenyan government is now facing a decision on how -- or whether -- to proceed with its intention to buy a dozen armed crop-duster aircrafts and related items from US contractors. There is no deadline for Kenya's choice. It can accept the terms of an official offer made on Wednesday by New York-based L3 Technologies, or it can seek to negotiate better terms, or it can refuse to make any deal with L3. The price and components of the weapons package now on offer from L3 have not been disclosed. Neither the company nor the US government, which oversees arms deals in accordance with the Foreign Military Sales programme, has responded to Sunday Nation requests for release of that...
(Daily Nation 04/03/17)
National Bank of Kenya is racing to close a Sh4.4 billion shareholder loan to help shore up its capital after the lender's key capital ratio slipped further below regulatory requirements. NBK's total capital to total risk-weighted assets ratio stood at 11.9 per cent as at December 2016, which is 2.6 percentage points below the Central Bank of Kenya's statutory minimum of 14.5 per cent. The listed lender first breached the ratio -- crucial for the bank to grow its loan book -- in March last year when it fell short by 1.4 percentage points after remaining compliant by a razor-thin margin for several quarters. Chief executive Wilfred Mutuku Musau said the bank is at an "advanced stage" to secure the...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/03/17)
Dressed in a green hat and black mud boots, Gilbert Gitonga is busy tending his 3-acre (1.2-hectare) farm in Kenya’s Meru County. Moving among rows of maize plants, he pulls weeds and reaches for the maize heads, squeezing them to see if they are mature enough to harvest. But Gitonga’s crop, which covers one-third of his land, is not destined for human consumption – it’s purely to provide fodder for livestock. Gitonga is one among a growing number farmers in Meru County who are cultivating maize to produce silage – maize stalks and immature ears that are chopped up and then compressed for at least three weeks in an airless container to ferment without rotting. Silage is considered more nutritious...
(The East African 04/03/17)
Nairobi — The 2017 Mo Ibrahim Foundation annual Governance Weekend will be held in Marrakech - Morocco from April 7-9. A press release from the Foundation identifies the Palmeraie Resort as the venue for this year's meeting. The three-day event brings together prominent African and Africa-focused leaders, civil society representatives, multilateral and regional institutions and Africa's international partners to identify policy challenges and possible solutions. Violent extremism The conversation is normally extended to a wider audience through music, art and sport at major public events, showcasing some of Africa's brightest talent. The Foundation has released a report that sets the stage for high-level discussions in Morocco. The priority areas for the Marrakech talks, according to the report, include violent extremism...
(Bloomberg 03/31/17)
Kenya plans a slight increase in government spending ahead of general elections in August as concerns increase that it could be taking on more debt than it can handle to finance its budget. Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich told lawmakers the government planned to increase spending to 2.287 trillion shillings ($22.2 billion) in the fiscal year that starts in July, a 2.6 percent increase from 2016-17. “We shall continue to progressively reduce the fiscal deficit and ensure the continued sustainability of our debt,” Rotich said Thursday in the capital, Nairobi. “The sharp reduction of the deficit reflects reduced expenditures owing to the one-off expenditures mainly those related to the general elections and the drought, which are not expected to recur.” The...
(Daily Nation 03/31/17)
Many media commentators wrote surprisingly of the successful official state visit of Somalia's President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, to Kenya on Thursday last week. In fact, the Somali President's warm welcome by his counterpart, President Uhuru Kenyatta, was not the main story as this was a given, but how quickly they moved to agree strategic action on all matters of common concern and opportunity within this single face-to-face encounter. All the agreed policies at this fruitful meeting from security, trade and investment to direct flights between Mogadishu and Nairobi are not new either. They were negotiated, agreed and renewed as part of the Joint Commission of Cooperation (JCC) which was signed between the two governments in February 2016. However, what is...
(Xinhuanet 03/31/17)
NAIROBI, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Kenya has announced a drastic cut in the fiscal deficit from 9 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 4 percent by 2019/2020, buoyed by increased domestic revenue collection and the restructuring of the foreign debt. Treasury Minister Henry Rotich told Parliament on Thursday evening that the government recorded a higher financial shortfall equivalent to 9 percent of the country's overall economic strength as a result of overspending on a strike by doctors, nurses and teachers, security and challenges of handling drought. "The result was a higher fiscal deficit of 9 percent of GDP, financed by external debt, fiscal consolidation and increased grants," Rotich said while presenting this year's budget statement for the 2017/18...
(The Associated Press 03/31/17)
Three alleged international human traffickers who are suspected of smuggling recruits for the Islamic State and helping to finance the group have been arrested in a town on Kenya’s coast, police said Thursday. Police spokesman George Kinoti said the two Kenyans and a Somali were arrested Monday in the coastal town of Malindi. Somali-born Ali Hussein Ali is accused of being recruited by the Islamic State group after he left Kenya in 2010 and “deployed” back to the country in November, Kinoti said. He also is accused of facilitating the transfer of money to the Islamic State in Libya, concealing its purpose by transferring it through several countries. Ali allegedly is part of the Magafe human smuggling network in Africa...
(Xinhuanet 03/31/17)
NAIROBI, March 31 (Xinhua) -- A new vaccine to contain meningitis was launched on Thursday evening in Nairobi as the debilitating bacterial disease threatens to break out in the country's northern counties amid biting drought. The new meningitis vaccine called Nimenrix was developed by Pfizer, an American pharmaceutical giant and will bolster efforts to eradicate the highly infectious disease that is rampant in Kenya and 26 other Sub-Saharan Countries. Deshnee Achary, the head of Pfizer Vaccines in the Anglophone region said Kenya became the first country in the region to benefit from a meningitis vaccine that was developed after rigorous scientific research. "Vaccination is a critical intervention in healthcare like clean water. The meningitis vaccine will therefore offer long-term immunity...
(Xinhuanet 03/31/17)
Daniel Muoki, a 21-year-old Kenyan who studies railway technology in Beijing, has a big plan for his future. "When I graduate here, I will work in Kenya for some years and then I may come back to China for my masters, or even a PhD," said Muoki, with a confident smile on his face. Currently a sophomore student at Beijing Jiaotong University, a top university in China for railway studies, Muoki is originally from a small village in Makueni county in southeast Kenya. Situated near a national park and surrounded by thick forests, Muoki's hometown is only 15 km from the Mombasa-Nairobi rail line -- the country's first modern railway built with Chinese standards and technology. Usually, people in Makueni...
(Daily Nation 03/31/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition chief Raila Odinga have been dealt a huge blow after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) left open a window for party nomination losers to run as independent candidates. President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga had last year whipped their members in Parliament to pass a law barring politicians from changing parties after they lose primaries to be held between April 13 and 26. But a window in the law the MPs passed may just come as a reprieve for party nomination losers. They might not run to the other parties, but they can contest the August 8 elections as independents. "Candidates intending to participate in the general election as independent candidates shall not be...

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