| Africatime
Sunday 30 April 2017
(Capitalfm Business 06/04/13)
NAIROBI Kenya, Jun 4 – The fight against rhino and elephant poachers in the Tsavo has received a boost in the form of a Sh70 million grant to deploy state-of-the-art camera traps in the vast conservancy. This was after conservationists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) won the grant from Google’s Global Impact Awards to install a network of next generation cameras to help stop rhinos being slaughtered by gangs of armed poachers. The crucial funding will see cameras with automated sensors installed in poaching hotspots within months – saving hundreds of animals over the next two years. As well as instantly transmitting images of park intruders to the rangers, the cameras can detect vehicles from vibrations and triangulate...
(The Star 06/03/13)
FOREIGN Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed yesterday denied that Kenya will vie for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations security council due the ongoing cases facing President Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto at the Hague. She said Kenya has never been a member of the security council and it was time that the country sought the position due to the pivotal role it plays on security in the region. Addressing a joint press conference at her office in Nairobi together with Somalia deputy Prime Minister, Fawzia Adam, Mohamed said a number of countries including Somalia and Japan had pledged to support Kenya. "The position we are seeking at the UN security council is not linked in any way...
(Standard Digital 06/03/13)
NAIROBI, KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta has clarified that only Provincial Commissioners and Provincial heads will be redeployed as part of the ongoing restructuring of the Provincial Administration. He said County Commissioners, District Commissioners, District Officers and chiefs will remain in office. “I want to clarify that those who we recalled are Provincial Commissioners and provincial departmental heads but the other officers will remain in their stations and are expected to continue performing their duties as they were doing before,” President Uhuru said. Speaking at State House Nairobi after the swearing-in of Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal and Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia, President Uhuru said the Government was in the process of reforming the Public Service in line with...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Kenya’s parliament plans to conclude reviewing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s final list of Cabinet nominees on Monday. Only two nominees are yet to be reviewed by the legislative body. But a Member of Parliament, Gladys Wanga, said Kenyatta’s list of Cabinet nominees did not reflect regional and ethnic balance as enshrined in the constitution. “We did feel that although gender requirement were met, it was very difficult to accept that regional balance for example was met by the Cabinet. A lot of the nominees came from a few communities where the rest were just plugged in,” continued Wanga, “the public did also have a lot of questions around integrity if Cabinet nominees that were passed. So, there was definitely, a weakness...
(Capitalfm Business 06/03/13)
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 3 – President Uhuru Kenyatta now says the provincial administration is here to stay. The president clarified those only Provincial Commissioners (PCs) and provincial heads will be redeployed as part of the ongoing restructuring of the provincial administration. President Kenyatta pointed out that County Commissioners, District Commissioners, District Officers and chiefs are still in service and are expected to continue performing their duties. “I want to clarify that those who we recalled are Provincial Commissioners and provincial departmental heads but the other officers will remain in their stations and are expected to continue performing their duties as they were doing before,” President Kenyatta said. The president had on Madaraka Day recalled the PCs and provincial heads as...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(The Guardian 06/03/13)
Kenyans aghast as deadly co-ordinated attacks bring country's rhino death toll to 24 this year. Gunshots rang out across the wilderness on 23 May when poachers shot to death one rhino in Lake Nakuru National Park. Then three days later on 26 May they struck two sites, Solio Ranch near Nyeri in central Kenya, and at Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary in Tsavo West National Park killing one rhino in each protected area. The very next day they struck again at Meru National Park in the north of the country where they shoot yet another rhino. Two days later on 29 May, three more rhino were poached on a private ranch Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary. All of these sanctuaries were created specifically to...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The Kenyan High Court will hear complaints Friday from civil society organizations opposing a controversial salary increase for members of parliament. Kenyan lawmakers, already among the world's highest paid, voted unanimously this week to raise their own salaries to the equivalent of about $10,000 a month. The vote reversed an earlier decision by a remuneration commission that cut their annual salaries from about $126,000 to $78,000 as part of an effort to trim the government's public sector wage bill. Apollo Mboya, head of the Kenyan Law Society, one of the groups challenging the lawmakers' decision, said Kenya's constitution no longer allows lawmakers to set their own pay. "What we have put in the petition seeks to declare that the Salaries...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(The Christian Science Monitor 05/31/13)
Some analysts view recent Al Shabab attacks inside Kenya as a sign that the Somalia-based militant group is adapting to an African Union campaign against them. An Africa Union military campaign to eliminate Al Shabab, an Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group, has gained ground. But Al Shabab's fighters are adapting and finding space to reorganize into small attack units, some analysts say. Read more here: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2013/0530/Kenya-attacks-raise-worr...
(Voice of America 05/31/13)
A Kenya High Court plans to hear complaints Friday filed by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) as well as other civil rights groups seeking to prevent lawmakers from receiving their recently approved salary increases. Apollo Mboya, the chief executive officer of the Kenya Law Society, says his group is challenging the action of the parliamentarians following a public backlash after lawmakers unanimously voted to increase their salaries, 130 times the legal minimum wage. He says the LSK filed the complaints late Thursday, raising constitutional concerns about the ability of Members of Parliament (MPs) to increase their own pay. “What we have put in the petition seeks to declare that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission is the constitutionally mandated institution...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/31/13)
Securing Japan's economic recovery has been my priority since returning as the country's prime minister at the end of last year. We have made progress and, as this newspaper has observed, Japanese companies and individuals alike are starting to feel the benefits. The nature of the global economy, however, means that "Abenomics" cannot simply be a domestic endeavor, nor can it be about short-term gain. Japan's economic strength has been built on a cornerstone of cooperation and trade internationally, while our foreign policy is founded on the belief that peace and prosperity abroad contribute to peace and prosperity at home. This stance is also reflected in Japan's approach to global development challenges. On my first official visit to Myanmar this...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Vice-premier calls on nations to set goals. The destiny of the African Union and African continent are intertwined, and China will closely work with the AU to further enhance the partnership, according to a high level Chinese official. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative and Vice-Premier Wang Yang said "a prosperous and strong AU makes a prosperous and strong African continent" when he met Dlamini Zuma, chairman of the AU Commission, on Saturday as celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AU kicked off in the Ethiopian capital city. He said Africa and its people should use the anniversary as an opportunity to further stress and promote the spirit of pan-Africanism and reach a consensus on its renaissance mission,...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/30/13)
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court's (ICC) chief prosecutor said on Thursday that Kenya must prove it would "genuinely" conduct proceedings against President Uhuru Kenyatta for alleged crimes against humanity if it wants the court to drop his case. Kenya has asked the tribunal to refer its case against Kenyatta back to the east African country, a move that has been backed by other African Union nations. Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, are facing trial at the ICC, accused of masterminding ethnic bloodshed in post-election violence five years ago that killed more than 1,200 people. Both deny the charges. Kenyatta's trial is due to begin in July. Both he and Ruto have promised to cooperate with the ICC...
(The Star 05/30/13)
MOMBASA, KENYA—A lawyer says British diplomats recommended that a British man detained in Kenya 2 ½ years ago on suspicion of attempting to join Islamic fighters in Somalia be freed. He was let go and last week allegedly helped butcher a British soldier on the streets of London. Man charged appears in court. Wycliffe Makasembo who represented suspect Michael Adebolajo when he was arrested in Kenya on Nov. 21, 2010, said Thursday a letter from the British High Commission in Nairobi recommended that he be released since there was no tangible evidence to link him to a crime. Makasembo said he saw the letter in court, although a reporter could not find it in court records this week. Adebolajo is...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/30/13)
May 30 (Reuters) - Kenyan car retailer CMC Holdings posted a 59 percent drop in half-year pretax profit, blaming it on low demand in the period before the east African country's presidential elections in early March. The firm, which has exclusive distribution rights for Ford in local and regional markets, said profit fell to 221 million shillings ($2.6 million) in the six months to March 31. "High interest rates in 2012 and elections in Kenya in March 2013 constrained the growth of businesses," CMC said in a statement, adding that it expected better performance in the second half due to declining interest rates in the market. Falling rates after the broadly peaceful vote on March 4 would increase consumer purchasing...
( 05/30/13)
Kenyan security forces abused, raped and tortured more than 1 000 Somali refugees living in Nairobi during a 10-week period ending in January, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch released on Wednesday. The 68-page report, You Are All Terrorists, alleges that Kenyan police used a grenade attack, which killed seven people, as a pretence to carry out large-scale night raids and run violent extortion schemes against the refugee population. Kenya has seen a string of grenade attacks since it sent forces into Somalia to help battle the Islamist militia al Shabaab in 2011. The New York-based rights group said it based its allegations upon interviews with more than 100 refugees and other Somalis living in Kenya. "Refugees...
( 05/30/13)
Africa has witnessed remarkable growth over the past decade but must invest heavily in infrastructure to continue on this path, leaders from the continent said. The economies of countries in sub-Saharan Africa grew annually by nearly 5% in the previous 10 years, the African Development Bank said at the five-day meeting being held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. But that "may not benefit a wider section of the population... unless there is a marked improvement in infrastructure," it said. Ibrahim Bocar Ba, commissioner for the Economic Community of West African States, said it was a key concern for the regional bloc. "We have five priorities at ECOWAS. The first is peace of course. But infrastructure comes straight after that"...
(Daily Nation 05/29/13)
The Salaries and Remuneration Commission has said Clerks of Parliament risk being liable for abuse of office and misuse of public funds if they effect higher pay for MPs. SRC chairman Sarah Serem warned the National Assembly Clerk Justin Bundi and the Senate Clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye could be held responsible for "abuse of office and aiding the misuse of public funds" if they pay MPs more than is prescribed in the Gazette Notice. "The Constitution provides for setting of salaries for State Officers and that is what we did," Ms Serem said during a news conference at SRC's offices in Nairobi Wednesday. Ms Serem said the commission published the notice setting State Officers pay in good faith. "SRC was not...
(Daily Nation 05/29/13)
Police tortured, raped and arbitrarily detained about 1,000 refugees in the pretext of fighting terrorism, according to a Human Rights Watch report. The Human Rights Watch said police from four units unleashed a wave of abuses against Somali and Ethiopian refugees and asylum seekers and Somali Kenyans in Nairobi's Eastleigh suburb between mid-November 2012 and late January. Witnesses and victims of abuse told HRW that police from the General Service Unit, Regular Police, Administration Police, and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) committed the abuses, which included beatings, theft, extortion, and arbitrary arrest and detention in inhuman and degrading conditions. The report, based on 101 interviews, said many women and children were among the victims. HRW Senior Researcher Gerry Simpson said...

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