Thursday 21 September 2017
(Quartz 08/31/17)
The management of the public’s craving for negative stories is one of the longest standing dilemmas of journalism ethics. Bad news commands more attention than good news and so, as the old creed goes, “If it bleeds, it leads.” By this rule book, the killings of least two dozen opposition protesters following the declaration of Kenya’s presidential should have elicited banner headlines and rolling TV news coverage. More so given that two of the victims were children—a six-month-old baby and 10-year-old girl shot dead while playing with friends. The stage for this violent outcome had been set within hours of polls closing on Aug. 8, when opposition coalition leaders held a press conference in the wee hours of the morning...
(Xinhuanet 08/31/17)
Cooperation between China and Africa has seen remarkable progress in renewable energy, showing the determination of developing countries to harness the huge potential of clean energy and combat climate change. China-Africa Renewable Energy Cooperation and Innovation Alliance, a coalition of financing institutions, smart grid providers and core manufacturers, on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation with Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI). "Africa has the highest potential for renewable energy, but the least access to it," said Seyni Nafo, chairman of AREI endorsed by the African Union Assembly. The MOU will enable the two parties to cooperate in renewable energy generation in Africa, with Chinese smart grid providers and core renewable energy manufacturers providing technological and financial support...
(AFP (eng) 08/30/17)
Kenya's Supreme Court this week completed two days of hearings during which the opposition alleged fraud it claims handed victory to President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 8 poll. On Friday the court's seven judges will rule on whether the election should be annulled and rerun, as the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) demanded, or the vote and result should stand, as the election commission and Kenyatta contended. The country is on tenterhooks as it awaits the result, here's why. - How did elections go? - Election day was calm with more than...
(AFP (eng) 08/30/17)
Kenya's Supreme Court judges completed on Tuesday their hearing of an opposition challenge to the August 8 poll and said a ruling will be delivered on Friday. Opposition leader Raila Odinga argued the presidential poll was rigged and took his case to the court, challenging the election commission's declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election with 54 percent of the vote. After hearing closing arguments from lawyers representing the National Super Alliance (NASA) opposition coalition, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Kenyatta, Chief Justice David Maraga said
(Daily Nation 08/30/17)
Local lenders are exposed to cyber attacks and ICT-enabled fraud, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has warned. The industry regulator wants banks to increase resilience to IT failures and cyber security incidents including organised fraud. “With increased use of ICT there have been increased cases of ICT related frauds in the recent years,” says the CBK. The regulator says data on fraud reported to Banking Fraud and Investigation Department indicates cases relating to computer, mobile and Internet banking are on the rise. “Another emerging threat has been cybercrime where criminals gain unauthorised access to institutions’ computer programs and data,” says the CBK. “As a result, there is an urgent need for the banking sector management to ensure increased use...
(The Citizen 08/30/17)
Just a week after been inaugurated as the new Kirinyaga Governor, Anne Waiguru has written to the Auditor General requesting the office to conduct what she terms ‘an urgent comprehensive special financial audit for the county’. According to the former Devolution Cabinet Secretary, the purpose of the audit is for her to fully ascertain the financial status and bank accounts of the county for the last eight months, before she embarks on rolling out development projects to the people of Kirinyaga. “I want to know the accurate perspective of financial status of the county. I will appreciate if this audit can be finalized in the next 21 days to enable us make necessary decisions to move the county forward,” said...
(Bloomberg 08/30/17)
One of the world’s poorest regions is making itself more friendly to new products from Novartis AG, Roche Holding AG and other drugmakers by combining the pharmacy regulators of six countries. The East African Community Medicines Registration Harmonization program allows Bayer AG, Merck KGaA, and rivals to speed products to market, while easing patients’ access to new medicines. Drugmakers would like to see the scope of the project, which started in 2012, widened to more countries. Modeled on the European Medicines Agency, the program is designed to slice through red tape in a region of 160 million people grappling with high rates of malaria, HIV, and other infectious diseases. East Africa is often slow to gain the benefit of new...
(Daily Nation 08/30/17)
Friday will not be a national public holiday, acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has said. Dr Matiang’i, in a press statement on Wednesday, explained that Idd Ul Adha, which will be marked this Friday, is listed as a Muslim holiday and not a public holiday. BILL “The holiday is listed as Muslim holiday but plans are under way for the government to present a Bill in Parliament to make it a national public holiday,” the CS said. Dr Matiang’i, however, urged employers to allow their Muslim employees a day off to mark the annual holiday, also called the Sacrifice of the Feast. “Adherents of Islam religion will celebrate the day and therefore employers should allow them to be away...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/17)
Three of the world’s top marathon runners will compete against each other for the first time when Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele takes on Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang at the 2017 Berlin marathon on September 24. Olympic champion Kipchoge, who has the third-fastest personal best official time of two hours, three minutes and five seconds, is keen to break the two-hour barrier and set a world record. The 32-year-old came close during the Nike Breaking2 project, when he missed out by 24 seconds at Monza, though his time is not an official world record due to aspects of the event not satisfying IAAF criteria. Compatriot Kipsang set a new mark at Berlin in 2013 but his time of 2:03:23 was...
(Bloomberg 08/30/17)
One Thousand & One Voices LLC, a private-equity fund started by the great-grandson of the founder of Coors Brewing Co., said it bought a producer of sushi-quality trout that is the largest such facility in Africa. SanLei’s operations are on the Katse Dam in Lesotho, an enclave surrounded by South Africa, 1K1V, as the fund is known, said in an emailed statement Tuesday. The company didn’t disclose the value of the transaction. SanLei has secured a marketing and distribution agreement with CGC Japan Co., which has more than 4,000 stores and collective revenue of more than $40.5 billion, making it Japan’s largest joint-procurement supermarket chain, 1K1V said. The fund has been hunting for private-equity investments that tap Africa’s growing consumer...
(Bloomberg 08/29/17)
Kenya’s main opposition party said the electoral authority failed to heed a court order allowing scrutiny of the body’s computer servers as it seeks to prove this month’s presidential election was rigged. Members of the National Super Alliance waited at the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission’s offices until at least 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning to access the servers, coalition spokesman Dennis Onyango said by text message. The authority has provided “less than 1 percent” of what the court ordered the authority to allow the opposition to access, he said. The alliance alleges that members of Kenya’s ruling Jubilee Party hacked the IEBC’s system to ensure President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second term in elections on Aug. 8. The coalition...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Kenya’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered the election commission to allow the opposition, which is disputing the results of this month’s presidential poll, to have access to its computer servers and electronic devices used in the counting of votes. Election authorities say President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second term in the Aug. 8 poll by 1.4 million votes. A parallel tally by independent monitors based on a sample of around 2,000 polling stations produced a similar result. But opposition leader Raila Odinga’s coalition said in its court petition that results from more than a third of polling stations were flawed. At least 28 people were killed in election-related violence, many of them shot by police after the results were announced,...
(Xinhuanet 08/29/17)
Kenya's landmark plastic ban that took effect on Monday received cautious welcome from retailers who expressed concern over its impact on their businesses despite its much touted environmental benefits. The small scale retailers who spoke to Xinhua said that they were not opposed to the ban since it would reduce environmental pollution but urged authorities to provide them with alternative packaging materials to stave off losses. "A transition from plastic bags to eco-friendly alternatives is a laudable move. As small business owners, we welcome this decision but hope the government has put in place solid measures to cushion us from financial losses," George Wamba, a grocery store owner at a Nairobi suburb remarked. Cabinet Secretary for environment and natural resources...
(Financial Times 08/29/17)
Poll commission told to give access to servers and hand over copies of results forms. Kenya’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered the electoral commission to grant the opposition access to its computer servers and results forms as it began hearing a challenge to this month’s disputed presidential vote. Opposition officials, who claim that the electoral commission’s systems were rigged to ensure President Uhuru Kenyatta defeated Raila Odinga, his main rival, said the court’s decision was “very significant”. “This enables us to access materials that can substantially strengthen our case,” said Moses Wetangula, a senior member of the National Super Alliance, an opposition coalition led by Mr Odinga. “The ICT processes have not been made accessible to the public and we...
(The Associated Press 08/29/17)
Kenya's electoral commission has declined to give the opposition access to its computer servers even after the Supreme Court ordered it to do so, the opposition said Tuesday as it continues to challenge the results of this month's presidential vote. Opposition coalition leader Raila Odinga has claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta's win with 54 percent of the vote was fraudulent. Odinga has claimed that hackers infiltrated the electoral commission's servers and manipulated results in Kenyatta's favor. Odinga's spokesman Dennis Onyango said the opposition has been denied "read only" access to the servers and to the equipment that transmitted the results from polling centers to tallying stations. The Supreme Court has ordered the electoral commission to give the opposition "read only"...
(Andalou Agency 08/29/17)
At least 24 people were killed after Aug. 8 election. Human Rights Watch (HRW) in Kenya released a report Monday on post-election killings and abuses calling for investigations on the alleged use of excessive force by police. Kenyans went to the polls on Aug. 8 to vote for a new government, but the elections were rocked by violence after President Uhuru Kenyatta was announced as the winner of the presidential election, as at least 24 people were killed in protests that ensued after the announcement. "The police had killed at least 24 people nationwide, including one in Kisumu (a six-month-old baby) and 17 in Nairobi. The number is most likely much higher, as Kenyan media were slow in reporting on...
(Xinhuanet 08/29/17)
At least 10 people were killed and 30 others injured early Tuesday after a Nairobi-bound commuter bus collided head on with a truck ferrying building stones in Garissa County in northeast Kenya. Northeastern police commander Edward Mwamburi said those injured were evacuated from the scene to the hospital with multiple injuries after the 3 a.m. incident at Bulta Banta on the Garissa-Nairobi highway. "We have about ten people who lost their lives in the accident and the death toll may increase. We are investigating the incident," Mwamburi said. According to the survivors, the bus whose actual number of passengers could not be established collided head on with the lorry that was using the wrong lane because a section of the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African states agreed a plan on Monday to tackle illegal human trafficking and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean sea. The 28-nation European Union has long struggled to reach a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. After hosting the leaders of Germany, Italy, Spain, Chad, Niger and Libya, French President Emmanuel Macron said it was time for greater coordination. “We must all act together - from the source countries to Europe and passing by the transit countries, especially Libya - to be efficient,”...
(AFP (eng) 08/28/17)
Judges at Kenya's Supreme Court on Monday began hearing an opposition petition challenging the result of the August 8 presidential election. The seven judges have until September 1 to rule in the case in which opposition leader Raila Odinga alleges computer hacking and fraud handed victory to incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta. On Monday the court permitted lawyers for Odinga's National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition to have access to the computer servers of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in order to prove their allegations that the results were fiddled. Odinga challenged his last election defeat in 2013, but lost in court.
(AFP (eng) 08/28/17)
A ban on plastic bags came into force in Kenya on Monday in a bid to slow pollution, with offenders liable to jail time or hefty fines. The ban on the use, manufacture and importation of plastic carrier bags was carried through after the High Court threw out a challenge brought by importers who claim jobs will be lost and livelihoods threatened. Dozens of countries have either restricted, banned outright or imposed levies for the use of plastic bags but Kenya's new law is particularly tough, with fines of up to $38,000 (32,000 euros) and four-year prison sentences. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) estimates that Kenyan supermarkets hand out as many as 100 million plastic bags every year. UNEP head...

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