Friday 17 November 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 09/05/13)
NEW YORK | (Reuters Health) - Despite concerns that iron supplements may increase children's risk of malaria in regions where it is common, a new study found kids in Ghana who received nutrient powder with iron were no more likely to get the disease than their peers. According the World Health Organization (WHO), there were approximately 660,000 deaths from malaria in 2010. About 90 percent of those occurred in Africa, most in children under five years old. Some studies have suggested giving children iron might increase their risk of malaria - including one trial that was halted early due to more hospitalizations for malaria and other infections among children receiving iron. The theory is that malaria-causing parasites can take up...
(AL Jazeera 09/04/13)
Legislators recalled for vote in advance of trials of president and vice president at international court at the Hague. Kenya's parliament has been recalled to debate ending its membership of the International Criminal Court, in advance of a crimes-against-humanity trial of the vice-president starting next week. Joyce Laboso, parliamentary deputy speaker, issued on Tuesday the order for the "special sitting of the assembly", with parliament to meet on Thursday. However, even should Kenya choose to leave the ICC - the first country potentially to do so - it would not affect upcoming trials since legal proceedings have already begun. The ICC trial opened of Vice-President William Ruto, who is facing three counts of crimes against humanity for allegedly organising 2007-2008...
(Standard Digital 09/04/13)
Kenya National Congress leader Peter Kenneth has criticized the attempt by parliamentarians to pull out Kenya from membership of International Criminal Court ( ICC). This follows the anticipation of opening of parliament on Thursday this week earlier than scheduled to debate on the matter in both houses simultaneously. “I however oppose the action by our parliamentarians and their motive on the ICC.” Kenneth who unsuccessfully vied for Presidency in previous general election stated. Adding an attempt to pull Kenya out of Rome statute will not serve any meaningful purpose. He viewed the move as an “unnecessary distraction” calling it an exercise in futility with regard to the cases currently before the court. Kenneth refered the intended removal of Kenya from...
(The Star 09/04/13)
Police in Bungoma have moved to curb the influx of illegal firearms from the neigbouring Uganda. Speaking to the Star yesterday, county commissioner Mohamed Maalim said the firearms from the Uganda are the main cause of insecurity in the. "We have instituted measures that will ensure thorough checks at our border points of Malaba and Lwakhakha to ensure that firearms are not sneaked from Uganda,"he said. Guns are easily available in Uganda with security guards and most civilians in the country allowed to posses such making them easily available. On Saturday evening police arrested a suspected criminal and recovered an AK47 and 6000 rounds of ammunition Chwele Market on his way from Lwakhakha. Maalim said the suspect who had stuffed...
(The New York Times 09/04/13)
NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s Parliament will meet on Thursday to vote on whether to pull out of the International Criminal Court. The extraordinary legislative session was called a week before Deputy President William Ruto is scheduled to be tried by the court, in The Hague, on a charge of crimes against humanity. The accusations against him stem from the violent aftermath of Kenya’s 2007 election, when at least 1,100 people were killed. The case is viewed as a bellwether for the highly anticipated trial of President Uhuru Kenyatta on the same charge, which is scheduled to begin in November. Both men deny the charges. The two were ordered in January to stand trial, but they still won election in March...
(Business Daily 09/04/13)
When the East African Market Protocol came in force in May 2010, we expected to experience a dramatic increase in regional economic integration and trade. This has not visibly happened, and there is no evidence that integrated regional trade will happen any time soon. When this protocol was signed, the Arusha bureaucrats did not go out to market it to the citizens of East Africa who remain mostly ignorant of objectives and mandates of East African Community (EAC). It is evident that since 2010, individual EAC member-states have been preoccupied with pressing national priorities inevitably reducing focus on the wider EAC agenda. Kenya had a new constitution to implement. Elections were in the offing. Subsequently, devolution has pre-occupied the entire...
(Business Daily 09/04/13)
A statutory body and farmers want the government to review the VAT Act to lower the cost of milk. The Kenya Dairy Board (KDB) and dairy farmers took issue with the imposition of the 16 per cent VAT on processed milk. "We are going to talk to the parliamentary committee on agriculture and that of budget to amend the Act otherwise milk is going to be too expensive compared to our neighbouring countries and other countries in the world," KDB managing director Macharia Gichohi said Tuesday. Addressing journalists after a meeting with dairy farmers at the Public Service Club in Nairobi, Mr Gichohi said the new law would make consumers ignore processed milk and increase the hawking of raw milk...
(Voice of America 09/04/13)
Kenya's Constitutional Court is set to begin hearing a lawsuit brought by a civic organization seeking to bar the country's president and vice president from attending their upcoming trials in the International Criminal Court. The lawsuit is set to open Wednesday in Nairobi. It seeks to block President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, from appearing at the tribunal in The Hague until they serve their full five-year terms in office. The two officials face charges of crimes against humanity for their alleged roles in orchestrating ethnic violence following Kenya's disputed 2007-2008 elections. More than 1,100 people were killed in that violence. Ruto's trial is set to begin next week, while the president's is slated for later this year,...
(Daily Nation 09/04/13)
The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) has delved into the ongoing Nairobi County workers’ strike urging the county executive to ensure the agreement signed between the parties is honoured. Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli said the collective bargaining agreement signed between the former county council staff and the government was binding, since assets and liabilities of the defunct local authorities were transferred to the county governments. He warned Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero against reneging on the deal to increase workers’ pay by between 40 and 60 per cent arrived at in October, 2012. “Cotu wishes to caution and warn the management of Nairobi County against their move to disown and trash the 2012 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that was...
(The New York Times 09/04/13)
NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s Parliament will meet on Thursday to vote on whether to pull out of the International Criminal Court. The extraordinary legislative session was called a week before Deputy President William Ruto is scheduled to be tried by the court, in The Hague, on a charge of crimes against humanity. The accusations against him stem from the violent aftermath of Kenya’s 2007 election, when at least 1,100 people were killed. The case is viewed as a bellwether for the highly anticipated trial of President Uhuru Kenyatta on the same charge, which is scheduled to begin in November. Both men deny the charges. The two were ordered in January to stand trial, but they still won election in March...
(Capitalfm Business 09/04/13)
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 4 – A new report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime indicates that the ports of Mombasa and Dar-es-Salaam are major transit points for ivory within the Eastern African region. The report indicates lack of proper laws have derailed spirited efforts to curb the menace. The programme manager for the Threat Assessment for Eastern Africa (TOCTA) Gerhard Van Rooyen however says the Kenyan government has made major efforts compared to the rest of East African countries. “Compared to the rest of East African countries, the Jubilee government has really tried to address the issue though a lot needs to be done,” he observed. The report indicates that there are approximately 140,000 elephants in...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/03/13)
NAIROBI, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Kenya may seek as much as $2 billion from its debut Eurobond issue, double the previously stated $1 billion, the country's finance minister said on Tuesday, an amount analysts said could be expensive to borrow. The move would also come as many emerging markets are being battered by sell-offs brought on by fear of the withdrawal of U.S. cheap financing. Kenyan Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich said, however, he was confident east Africa's biggest economy would match the realtively low yields secured by other sub-Saharan states. "Once we prepare the documentation we will firm up the numbers. It will be more than $1 billion dollars but not more than $2 billion," Rotich told Reuters. Kenya has...
(BBC News Africa 09/03/13)
Kenya's parliament has been recalled for an emergency session on Thursday to debate ending membership of the International Criminal Court (ICC). A resolution supporting Kenya's withdrawal is likely to be passed, making it the first country to do so, a BBC reporter says. Deputy President William Ruto is due to appear at The Hague next week on charges of crimes against humanity. The ICC said the case would continue, even if Kenya pulled out. President Uhuru Kenyatta is due to appear at The Hague in November on charges similar to those faced by Mr Ruto. Both men deny the charges, which stem from violence that broke out after disputed elections in 2007. 'Immense implications'. They were on opposite sides of...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/03/13)
NAIROBI, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Kenya's central bank held its key lending rate at 8.50 percent on Tuesday, in line with market expectation, saying inflation was within an acceptable margin of its medium target. A Reuters poll ahead of the decision had forecast Kenyan policymakers would leave the bank's benchmark rate unchanged until at least the end of the year to help counter inflationary pressures and a bearish currency. The bank's Monetary Policy Committee said the short term outlook for inflation was stable. The new VAT bill which came into effect this week would, it said, contribute inflationary pressures, but these were expected to be mild. "The Committee concluded that there were no demand-driven inflationary pressures which would require a...
(Haaretz 09/03/13)
Last week’s announcement that an agreement had been reached with an African country, later identified as Uganda, to accept African migrants from Israel was not only premature but far too optimistic in terms of the number of people likely to be involved, a senior government official said Monday. Haaretz has learned that the contacts with Uganda relate to the absorption of only a few hundred migrants, so even if an agreement is successfully concluded, its influence will be limited. According to the Population, Immigration and Border Authority, some 54,000 African migrants are now living in Israel, more than 90 percent of them Eritrean and Sudanese nationals. The initial announcement about an agreement with Uganda was made last week by Interior...
(Voice of America 09/03/13)
JOHANNESBURG — Journalists and South Africans have flocked to former South African president Nelson Mandela’s home in Johannesburg following his release Sunday from a Pretoria hospital. Mandela spent 85 days there after being admitted on June 8 for a recurring lung infection. While many South Africans are breathing a sigh of relief, some have questioned why the world icon was released despite the fact that his condition remains critical and at times unstable. Since Sundays’ announcement that the 95-year-old former president was allowed to return home from the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, social media have been flooded with congratulatory messages, and the story has made international headlines. The media that was entrenched for months outside the hospital now has...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/03/13)
NAIROBI, Sept 3 | Tue Sep 3, 2013 (Reuters) - Kenya's Mumias Sugar fell to a 2.24 billion shilling ($25.6 million) pretax loss in the year through June after a 20 percent fall in revenue, but was confident of returning to profit soon, the company said on Tuesday. "The global and regional sugar supply has increased, resulting in much lower selling prices which further (hit) ... turnover when coupled with low production," Mumias said in a statement. "Cheap sugar imports also served to depress prices." ($1 = 87.5500 Kenyan shillings).
(Business Daily 09/03/13)
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) is demanding the employment of more teachers to alleviate the shortage in public primary schools. KNUT acting secretary-general Mudzo Nzili said there was a shortage of 70,000 teachers in public primary schools. “We need more teachers for all public schools to help transform the education standards as well as make our institutions children friendly,” he said. He also asked for continued promotion of teachers and better pay for graduate teachers. “The Teachers Service Commission is talking of plans to suspend promotion of teachers. We are opposed to such a move,” he added. KNUT national chairman Wilson Sossion called on the government to offer teachers on contracts permanent jobs. Mr Sossion also asked the...
(Business Daily 09/03/13)
Mumias Sugar has posted a Sh1.67 billion loss for the full year ending June, pulled down by a decline in cane supply and factory inefficiencies. The company, which made Sh2 billion in profit after tax last year, said its turnover dropped 20 per cent to Sh14.9 billion due to reduced production, compounded by cheap sugar imports and an increase in global supply of the commodity. “The global and regional sugar supply has increased resulting in much lower selling prices which further dipped turnover when coupled with low production. Cheap sugar imports also served to depress prices,” the company noted in a statement to the Nairobi Securities Exchange. Mumias Sugar processed 1.72 billion tonnes of sugarcane, 10 per cent lower than...
(Capitalfm Business 09/03/13)
Kwale — President Uhuru Kenyatta has told former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to join him in solving the land problem in the country or shut up. He said if issuing title deeds and resolving the age-old land problem in the country was tantamount to doing a clerical job, he was ready to continue doing it until the problem is solved permanently. "Those who are not ready to serve Kenyans should shut up and allow us to improve the lives of Kenyans," President Kenyatta said. The President spoke on Monday in Kwale town when he issued title deeds to land owners in the county. President Kenyatta said the Jubilee Coalition pledged to find a lasting solution to the land problem and...

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