Sunday 19 November 2017
(Voice of America 08/20/13)
NAIROBI — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on a state visit to Beijing aimed at fostering economic ties between the two countries. But the Kenyan president may also be looking for a powerful friend to help him shake the case against him at the International Criminal Court. Accompanied by a delegation of Kenyan businessmen, the stated purpose of Kenyatta’s trip is to build on economic partnerships with China and to seek greater market access for Kenyan exports. On his arrival Sunday, Kenyatta spoke of the transformative power of Chinese investment in Kenya. “As Kenyans very well know, we as a country have benefited greatly from Chinese investment, especially in our infrastructure. The roads that...
(Bloomberg 08/20/13)
Kenya is headed to become the first oil exporter in East Africa, moving in less than five years from being a have-not nation to the regional leader in cutting reliance on energy suppliers such as Royal Dutch Shell Plc. After Tullow Oil Plc (TLW) discovered oil last year, Kenya is set to start shipments in 2016, overtaking neighboring Uganda, where Tullow found crude more than seven years ago. The U.K. explorer plans to start pumping in Kenya as soon as next year, Chief Operating Officer Paul McDade said in an interview. Kenya’s deposits may top 10 billion barrels, according to the company, more than three times the U.K.’s remaining reserves. Exports will underpin Kenya’s shilling currency and are being pushed...
(Dw-World 08/20/13)
Despite being praised for bringing banking to the poor, Kenya's mobile phone-based money transfer system, M-Pesa, can be used to identify undiscerning users, Nairobi-based ICT expert Grace Githaiga tells DW. DW: M-Pesa has been praised for bringing banking to the poor, but what are some of the privacy issues arising as a result of its widespread use in Kenya? Grace Githaiga: One of the privacy issues arising out of M-Pesa in Kenya is the whole question of protection of data. For you to be able to withdraw or use the M-Pesa platform, you must register your details so they want your identity card number, they want your address, sometimes even physical address, so when you transact, whichever transaction you undertake...
(Standard Digital 08/20/13)
Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers officials Makueni branch have threatened to go to court to stop the recruitment of additional and replacement of teachers exercise over discriminative guidelines. Makueni Kuppet executive secretary Justus Kimeu, Chairman Alex Maingi and Treasurer Cosmus Muteti said the new TSC recruitment guidelines are discriminative to those who undertook bridging or Pre University courses before studying for a bachelor of education. According to the 2013 recruitment guideline, a graduate candidate must have attained a mean grade/Subject grade of C+ in KCSE plus a bachelor of education in two teaching subjects. This is different from the 2012 guidelines that stipulates thus, “Degree holders who may not have attained the minimum entry requirement of C+ should...
(AFP (eng) 08/20/13)
African immigrants warned Monday of a rise in racist attacks in Morocco, as hundreds gathered outside a morgue holding the body of a Senegalese man who was murdered last week. Some 250 people, mostly Senegalese immigrants, gathered outside the morgue in Rabat, where the man's remains were taken after he was stabbed to death on a bus in the Moroccan capital last Monday. Anna Bynes, a Senegalese student at Rabat university, said the attack was the latest in a string of racist violence targeting sub-Saharan Africans. "It is the last straw... The other day it was a Congolese man killed on a bus in Tangiers. Then a Gabonese woman was raped. Today a Senegalese has been killed." The police on...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/19/13)
NAIROBI | Aug 19 (Reuters) - Kenya signed deals worth $5 billion with China on Monday to construct a railway line and an energy project, deepening ties with the Asian country keen to expand investment in Africa. The cash would be spent on energy projects, a standard gauge railway linking the port of Mombasa in east Africa's biggest economy to its border town of Malaba, meant to provide faster access from Kenya's port to markets in the region, the presidency's media service said in a statement on Monday. The rest would be used to improve wildlife protection, in a country where well armed criminal gangs have killed elephants for tusks and rhinos for their horns that are often shipped mainly...
(AFP (eng) 08/19/13)
BEIJING (AFP) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces trial on charges of crimes against humanity, was welcomed to China on Monday with a 21-gun salute and a meeting with President Xi Jinping. Kenyatta, who took office in March after a contested election, met Xi following an elaborate ceremony outside Beijing's ornate Great Hall of the People. The Kenyan leader has been charged by the International Criminal Court (ICC) with crimes against humanity over violence following elections in 2007, which claimed some 1,100 lives and displaced around 600,000 people. The post-poll riots quickly turned into ethnic killings and reprisal attacks, plunging Kenya into its worst wave of unrest since independence from Britain in 1963. Kenyatta faces five counts of crimes...
(Daily Nation 08/19/13)
Business leaders from Kenya and China are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding to promote trade between the two countries. Mr Kiprono Kittony, chairman of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said they will be looking to partner with Chinese firms to attain value addition of products before export. “This is one of the ways of achieving trade balance that is currently hugely in favour of China” said Mr Kittony in a statement. The delegation of businessmen drawn from the hospitality, banking, finance, mining, transport, building, construction and other sectors will join President Uhuru Kenyatta to execute a major push to woo Chinese investors and carry out negotiations aimed at achieving trade balance with the Asian economic...
(Washington Post 08/19/13)
NAIROBI — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta begins a visit Sunday to the country that is fast becoming this East African nation’s biggest economic engine. It’s not the United States, one of Kenya’s biggest aid donors. Nor is it former colonial power Great Britain. It’s China. Kenyatta’s choice of Beijing as one of the first places outside Africa to pay an official state visit to since his inauguration in April speaks volumes about China’s growing presence in Kenya. It also highlights the United States’ waning influence in a country vital to U.S. interests, say analysts. “The Chinese government and people are eagerly expecting the arrival of President Kenyatta,” wrote Liu Guangyuan, China’s ambassador to Kenya, in a recent opinion piece published...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/19/13)
NAIROBI | Aug 19 (Reuters) - Kenyan media company Standard Group more than doubled pretax profit in the first half of the year, helped by growth in advertising revenues. Traditional print media remains profitable in Africa despite growing Internet use, while Kenyan companies also benefited from campaign advertising in both print and electronic media in the run-up to the presidential election in March. Standard Group, which publishes Kenya's second-largest daily newspaper The Standard and operates a television and radio station, said that pretax profit jumped to 223.3 million Kenyan shillings ($2.6 million) in the six months to June 30. That was a 109 percent increase on the same period last year. Total revenue rose 31 percent to 2.26 billion shillings,...
(Daily Nation 08/19/13)
Three government institutions in the technology sector have been consolidated into a new authority set up by President Uhuru Kenyatta to step up efficiency in the industry. According to Information Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, the President signed a notice establishing the Information Communication Technology Authority (ICTA). ICTA now takes over the roles and resources previously held by the ICT Board of Kenya, the e-Government Directorate and the Government Information and Technology Services (GITS). “ICTA, as we speak, is a legal entity. We’ve amalgamated these three bodies into this authority which will coordinate government activities in ICT sector,” Mr Matiang’i told the Nation last week. The presidential notice, the Nation has learned, is being processed by the Government Printer. Mr Matiang’i...
(New Vision 08/19/13)
Ugandans spend $66m annually on Kenya’s tourism, Amos Wekesa, a board member of the Uganda Tourism Board, has said. “It is unfortunate that we appreciate every thing foreign as far as tourism and purchases are concerned, yet it is our time now to appreciate our own local products,” he said. Speaking at a stakeholders dinner at the Imperial Resort Hotel in Entebbe, Wekesa said Uganda is the number one source market for Kenya’s tourism, with over 33,000 Ugandan tourists going to Kenya and Mombassa and spending over $66m. “It only makes sense if the same Ugandans go to Ugandan national parks and spend the same amount or if we get the same number of Kenyans coming to Ugandan parks, which...
(Business Daily 08/19/13)
Russia has pledged to assist Kenya in accessing fertiliser at an affordable cost, securing a major deal for President Uhuru Kenyatta who sought a partnership with Moscow on imports and a manufacturing plant. The Russian deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Kozak, said his government would ensure Kenya gets fertiliser directly from producers without going through middle men. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the IAAF World Championships. Kenya’s fertiliser demand stands at 500,000 tonnes a year. Agriculture Secretary Felix Koskei will visit Moscow in a week’s time to discuss the deal further, said a dispatch from the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit. Russia is one of the world’s top exporters of fertiliser and is also reputed for its long experience...
(Reuters 08/19/13)
(Reuters) - Passenger traffic is back to normal at Kenya Airways after a fire at Nairobi airport caused havoc for passengers and dented revenues, Chief Executive Titus Naikuni said on Monday. The blaze in the early hours of August 7 destroyed the international arrivals building, forcing east Africa's fourth-busiest airport to close temporarily. Pointed white tents dotted around the airport now act as temporary lounges. Naikuni last Monday said Kenya Airways had by then lost about $4 million (2 million pounds) from lost revenue as many flights were cancelled at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. "I'm pleased to let you know we are already back to where we were in terms of passenger numbers," Naikuni told reporters at Terminal 2,...
(Business Daily 08/19/13)
Sugar production is becoming a bitter business in Kenya, thanks to the inefficiencies of the millers and smuggling of cheaper produce from neighbouring countries. This has seen the sector return to the bad days of the 1990s when the sugar millers, especially the State-owned, were unable to sell their produce, hurting the livelihoods of nearly six million Kenyans that depended on the crop. The millers are now struggling to meet their short-term obligations, including paying for suppliers and cane deliveries, a reflection of poor financial health. The Nairobi-bourse listed Mumias Sugar, the largest and so far the most successful miller, issued a profit warning and is going through one of its toughest financial moments since its inception four decades ago...
(Daily Nation 08/19/13)
The task force appointed by Mining Secretary Najib Balala to review all mining permits and agreements issued by the Mines and Geology Department since 2003 has been gazetted. The seven-member team is headed by lawyer Mohammed Nyaoga and has until October 30, 2013 to hand in its report. “The Cabinet Secretary of Mining, … as a first step and with aim of streamlining the mining sector and in the context of comprehensive review of the mining policies in Kenya, appoints a task force to be known as the Task Force on Review of Prospecting, Exploration and Mining Licenses and Agreements,” the gazette notice published on Friday read in part. Among the terms of reference, the task force will review are...
(Business Daily 08/19/13)
Uganda’s power distributor, Umeme, has posted a 52.87 per cent increase in profit after tax on increased revenues and a drop in finance costs. The power distributor on Monday said that profit after tax grew to Ush47.33 billion ($18.2 million) in the first six months of this year compared to Ush30.96 billion ($12.5 million) posted over the first six months of last year. Earnings growth was supported by a 17.63 per cent increase in revenues to Ush467.04 billion ($180 million) as at the end of June 2013 from Ush397.03 billion ($160.6 million) as at the end of June 2012. Financing costs dropped 20.67 per cent to Ush12.79 billion ($4.9 million) from Ush16.13 billion ($6.5 million) over the same time period...
(BBC News Africa 08/17/13)
Four Kenyan police officers have been shot dead by suspected Somali militants close to the countries' border near the town of Garissa, officials have said. About 40 heavily armed men attacked a police post in Garissa late on Friday, the county commissioner said. The Somali militant group al-Shabab said it had carried out the attack. Kenya has suffered a series of attacks since its troops moved into southern Somalia to combat the al-Shabab militants in 2011. County Commissioner Rashid Khattor told Reuters news agency: "Four administration police officers were killed during the attack and we are now preparing to transport their bodies from the scene. "Our initial assessment points to the attackers being al-Shabab militants who crossed over the border...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/13)
GARISSA, Kenya | Sat Aug 17, 2013 (Reuters) - Four Kenyan police officers were shot dead in the border county of Garissa when 40 heavily armed men, suspected of belonging to Somali militant group al Shabaab, attacked a police post, a senior regional government official said on Saturday. The east African nation, which sent its troops into Somalia in late 2011 to pursue the al Qaeda-linked militants, has suffered a string of gun and grenade attacks claimed by al Shabaab group as retaliation. "Four administration police officers were killed during the attack and we are now preparing to transport their bodies from the scene," Garissa County Commissioner Rashid Khattor said. "Our initial assessment points to the attackers being al Shabaab...
(Business Daily 08/16/13)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Russian investors to partner with Kenya in undertaking agricultural projects aimed at bolstering the sector. He specifically urged the Russian business community to partner with the government in establishing a fertilizer plant in Kenya. “Our current needs are around 500 thousand metric tonnes per year. The requirements are higher if the target is the greater East African market,” President Kenyatta said, noting Russia as one of the largest producers and suppliers of fertilisers. President Kenyatta was speaking a meeting hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation, where Russian business leaders drawn from diverse sectors expressed interest in expanding and initiating operations in Kenya. The meeting brought together over 40 giant Russian companies...

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