Monday 18 December 2017
(CNN 08/12/13)
UN chief Ban Ki-moon says the Central African Republic (CAR) has suffered a "total breakdown of law and order" since rebels seized power in March. He urged the UN Security Council to consider sanctions or to set up a panel of experts to monitor the situation. Seleka rebel group leader Michel Djotodia ousted President Francois Bozize in March. Last month Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said the country's health care system had collapsed. In a report that the Security Council is due to discuss on Wednesday, Mr Ban said infighting among rebel groups had led to widespread abuses. "They included arbitrary arrests and detention, sexual violence against women and children, torture, rape, targeted killings, recruitment of child soldiers and attacks, committed...
(Reuters 08/12/13)
NAIROBI | Mon Aug 12, 2013 (Reuters) - Kenya Airways (KQNA.NR) chief executive Titus Naikuni said the airline has so far lost about $4 million in revenue as a result of last week's fire at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, local media reported on Monday. The blaze in the early hours of Wednesday morning destroyed the international arrivals building, forcing east Africa's fourth-busiest airport to close temporarily. Five days after the fire passengers are still facing long delays and cancellations. "We have lost revenues of about $4 million," Naikuni told journalists at JKIA on Sunday, according to local media reports. Naikuni was touring tents that have been erected as a makeshift terminal outside the airport in Kenya's capital...
(Business Daily 08/12/13)
Kenyan businesses have increased their appetite for Asian goods even as the government campaigns to deepen trade with other African countries. Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) customs data for the first five months of the year shows that India and China have widened their lead over other exporters to Kenya. The import bill from India’s suppliers leapt 13.4 per cent to Sh87 billion in the period from Sh74.5 billion recorded last year. Over the same period, imports from China grew four per cent from Sh63.8 billion to Sh66.3 billion. “Usually, firms are interested in ability of suppliers to meet their demand at effective cost,” Bidco Oil Refineries CEO Vimal Shah said in an earlier interview. The grip by the Asian countries...
(Reuters 08/12/13)
NAIROBI |Aug 12 (Reuters) - Kenya's CFC Stanbic Bank posted an 81.7 percent rise in pretax profit for the second quarter from a year ago to 3.24 billion Kenyan shillings ($37.13 million). Banks in east Africa's biggest economy have reported higher earnings so far in 2013, buoyed by the growth of lending on the back of robust economic growth. CFC Stanbic, which is controlled by South Africa's Standard Group, said on Monday its net interest income increased 14.67 percent to 3.61 billion shillings ($41.38 million) while earnings per share rose to 5.57 shillings from 4.43 shillings in the same period a year ago. ($1 = 87.2500 Kenyan shillings)
(Bloomberg 08/12/13)
Kenya deployed paramilitary forces and plans to acquire drones to fight poaching of rhino and elephant populations in the East African nation where wildlife parks help draw almost 2 million visitors a year. “Wildlife underlies an important and growing role in Kenya’s economy because of the wildlife-based tourism industry,” Richard Lesiyampe, principal secretary in the ministry of environment and natural resources, said today in the capital, Nairobi. “Poaching of our indigenous species, especially elephants and rhinos, has to stop.” Kenya is home to the Maasai Mara park, through which the annual migration of millions of wildebeest takes place, and boasts Indian Ocean beaches. Tourism is the country’s biggest foreign-currency earner after tea, generating more than $1 billion a year. The...
(Reuters 08/12/13)
NAIROBI | Aug 12 (Reuters) - Kenya's Diamond Trust Bank increased first-half pretax profit by 22.3 percent year on year, helped by growth in net interest income, the lender said on Monday. Banks in east Africa's biggest economy have reported higher earnings so far in 2013, buoyed by higher lending on the back of robust economic growth. Pretax profit for the first six months of the year rose to 3.5 billion Kenyan shillings ($40.11 million) from 2.86 billion shillings last year. Diamond Trust Bank said that net interest income for the period rose 17.2 percent to 5.08 billion shillings. Earnings per share climbed to 12.12 shillings from 9.26 shillings in the same period last year. The bank, which focuses on...
(AFP 08/11/13)
JOHANNESBURG, August 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is making "slow but steady" progress back to health, although he remains critically ill, the office of the South African president said Sunday. The 95-year-old former president and anti-apartheid icon has been in hospital for more than two months with a recurring lung infection. "Former President Nelson Mandela continues to receive treatment in hospital in Pretoria and doctors have indicated to President Jacob Zuma that the former president is making a slow but steady improvement," a statement from the presidency said. "The medical team also reiterated that although his health was improving steadily, Madiba still remained in a critical condition," it added, referring to Mandela by his clan name. Zuma asked South...
(Reuters 08/11/13)
(Reuters) - Six migrants drowned off the Italian island of Sicily on Saturday after attempting a dangerous passage from Africa in a fishing boat, according to the Italian coastguard. The 18-metre-long boat carrying some 120 migrants ran aground at dawn some 40 meters (132 feet) from a beach near the city of Catania, its coastguard captain Roberto D'Arrigo said. While most of the passengers reached the shore, the six who drowned were apparently unable to swim. The 120 migrants were mainly from Syria and Egypt, D'Arrigo told Sky Italia television, with an adolescent boy among the victims, who were all under age 30. Egypt has suffered prolonged political and economic turmoil. Syria is shattered by civil war. D'Arrigo said he...
(Reuters 08/10/13)
(Reuters) - Kenya's mining minister denied allegations of corruption on Friday that were leveled against him by the Kenyan subsidiary of Canadian-listed miner Pacific Wildcat Resources. Mining Secretary Najib Balala this week unexpectedly raised royalties on minerals and revoked certain mining licenses, including Cortec Mining Kenya's permit. He said the move was to ensure Kenya got a bigger share of earnings from its nascent mining sector. A senior Cortec official said earlier on Friday Balala had demanded 80 million shillings ($916,900) in order for Cortec to keep its licenses for the exploration of niobium near the country's Indian Ocean coast. Balala called the official's comments unfounded. "We knew that when we take such actions for the better of Kenya .....
(Los Angeles Times 08/10/13)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- As Kenya struggled to contain the economic damage of Wednesday's airport inferno, embarrassing reports emerged that members of emergency crews looted the deserted building as it blazed. Kenya's NTV reported that foreign exchange bureaus at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi had been broken into and robbed during and after the fire. News agencies said ATMs and a safe also were targets of looters. The revelations raised the prospect that the blaze could have been contained more quickly and damage minimized had emergency response teams been focused on putting out the fire. The blaze began at dawn and roared through the main airport terminal, destroying it. News of the looting came as Kenyans were already smarting over...
(Voice of America 08/10/13)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says there is no evidence of terrorist involvement in Wednesday's massive fire at Nairobi's international airport. "There was no element of a terror incident in this fire," he said. "There is no evidence of an explosion or an improvised explosive device. This was basically a fire." Investigation of the blaze is continuing, and Kenyatta told reporters Friday that foreign agencies are helping with the probe. He also said airport security has been revamped, with all security agencies serving the facility now coming under the command of one senior officer. Firefighters spent several hours battling the blaze Wednesday in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport's international terminal, which was heavily damaged. The facility, one of the busiest in East...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/13)
Nelson Mandela, who has been lying critically ill in hospital for just over two months, is becoming more alert and more responsive by the day, his youngest daughter said Friday, adding that the anti-apartheid hero is "not going anywhere anytime soon". "Tata (father) now manages to sit up, like now he is able to sit up in a chair for a few minutes in a day. Everyday you know, he becomes more alert, more responsive, and so on," Zindzi Mandela told South Africa public television SABC. "Tata is determined not to go anywhere anytime soon, I cannot stress this enough. "People must stop saying to the family let go, let go, we are just looking at this man who is...
(Voice of America 08/10/13)
KAJIADO, KENYA — Health workers in Kenya say more than 60,000 people are living with trachoma, an infectious eye disease that causes blindness if not treated early. But doctors are working to bring an outbreak of the disease under control in Kajiado, a remote rural village in southern Kenya. A local trachoma monitor in Kajiado is teaching a group of women how to prevent the eye disease and how, and where, to get treatment. Lester Mortai is well known in this area for his work fighting trachoma. He travels through villages, telling people the best ways to avoid getting the painful disease. “At household level I encourage them face cleanness and even the environment. [In] the case of trachoma, the...
(Reuters 08/09/13)
NAIROBI | Fri Aug 9, 2013 (Reuters) - Kenya will find out who or what was responsible for a fire that destroyed parts of the capital's international airport, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday as authorities scrambled to return east Africa's transport hub to normal operations. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, sub-Saharan Africa's fourth busiest airport, opened to all international flights on Friday for the first time since Wednesday's blaze but there was chaos at a makeshift terminal. The fire gutted the cavernous arrivals hall and damaged some of the departures area, forcing the airport authorities to handle overseas passengers through a tiny domestic terminal, while domestic flights flew out of the cargo terminal. "We want to find out who was...
(AFP (eng) 08/09/13)
The FBI is helping Kenyan authorities investigate the cause of a huge blaze that paralysed Nairobi airport, a police official said Friday. Investigators have still not established what caused Wednesday's blaze, which raged out of control for several hours. The airport's arrivals hall was gutted in the fire, which forced east Africa's main hub to close. "We are not carrying out our investigation alone, we're getting help from our partners including the FBI," a senior police official said on condition of anonymity. "Other agencies have also expressed their support and promised to join in." The fire broke out 15 years to the day after the twin bombings by Al-Qaeda targeting the US embassies in Nairobi and in the Tanzanian economic...
(NBC News 08/09/13)
A massive fire ripped through a terminal at an airport in Kenya's capital early Wednesday, forcing the indefinite closure of one of Africa’s biggest travel and trade gateways. Firefighters struggled to contain the blaze, which raged for hours at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. The fire began at 5 a.m. local time (midnight ET) in the immigration section of the departure lounge and spread to the international arrivals area, officials said. The blaze created a dense, black column of smoke that was visible for miles but there were no reports of injuries. Incoming international flights were diverted or canceled and the airport is closed until further notice, Michael Kamau, the cabinet secretary for transport and infrastructure, told The Associated...
(Reuters 08/09/13)
NAIROBI | Thu Aug 8, 2013 (Reuters) - Kenya pledged to reopen its main airport to all international flights on Thursday night in a bid to reassure travelers that east Africa's transport hub could recover quickly from a fire that left the arrivals terminal a smoldering, blackened shell. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, sub-Saharan Africa's fourth busiest airport, was forced to close on Wednesday after a fire swept through the international arrivals building early in the morning. Investigators said it was too early to ascertain the cause of the fire but had ruled out terrorism. A local FBI unit was assisting with the investigations. Wednesday was the 15th anniversary of an attack by Islamist militants on the U.S. embassies in Nairobi...
(Voice of America 08/09/13)
NAIROBI, KENYA — The Kenyan government says the international airport in Nairobi will reopen to all airlines Friday, following a major fire that shut down operations. The cause of the fire is still to be determined. Kenya’s cabinet secretary for transport, Michael Kamau, told reporters Thursday that all flights will resume as normal in and out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after midnight. “We are back on our feet. Anybody who knows Kenyans, we are very, very resilient, that is known the world over; we are not afraid of competition, it is healthy, we are up, we are running.” Most flights were grounded Wednesday after a fire that began in the immigration section of the arrivals terminal gutted the building,...
(Business Daily 08/09/13)
Counties can now access the Sh210 billion budget after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the County Allocation of Revenue Bill, 2013. The Act provides for the sharing of revenue allocated to the 47 counties on the basis of conditional allocations (Sh20 billion) and equitable share of revenue (Sh190 billion). The new law will facilitate the transfer of allocations made to the counties from the Consolidated Fund to the respective County Revenue Funds. President Kenyatta described the signing of the Bill as historic saying it is the first Senate Bill to be signed under the new Constitution. Speaker of Senate Ekwe Ethuro, Clerk of the Senate Jeremiah Nyegenye and Attorney-General Prof Githu Muigai witnessed the occasion at State House, Nairobi...
(Ips News 08/09/13)
Nairobi — Tucked deep in Kenya's sprawling Kibera slum is the shanty that Alice Atieno calls home. It is just one among many small, badly-lit shacks built close together in this crowded slum where an estimated one million people live on about 400 hectares. But right on her doorstep stalks of green leafy vegetables grow in soil-filled sacks. For the mother of six, these kale plants are the source of her livelihood. Her children have learnt to go about their play without knocking the plants over. "Children in the slum understand hunger, they stay clear of the plants. They know that it's where their food comes from," Atieno tells IPS. This is urban farming for slum dwellers. "I grow seedlings...

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