| Africatime
Sunday 30 April 2017
(Daily Nation 03/23/17)
President Kenyatta now claims Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga played a central role in 2007/8 violence. Speaking on his tour of the larger Gusii region on Wednesday, Mr Kenyatta said Mr Odinga, who rejected the 2007 General Election results, had a hand in the chaos that claimed over 1,133 lives. "Raila was at the centre of the 2007 chaos in which Kenyans fought but he blamed it on Ruto," he told a gathering of leaders at Nyanturago Stadium in Kisii County. FLAMES "Yeye ndio aliwasha moto (He is the one who ignited the flames," he said. The President said the Abagusii were among communities that were affected by the violence and internally displaced persons in the region would be...
(Shabelle News 03/23/17)
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed flew to Kenya Thursday, for his first State visit to the neighboring country ahead of a special summit on the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The President accompanying top Government officials jetted off to Nairobi to attend IGAD heads of State summit on Somali refugees which is expected to kick start next Saturday. Sources said, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo will hold talks with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, to discuss the bilateral relations between the two nations. The summit will be preceded by a special session of the IGAD ministerial committee on durable solutions for Somali refugees on Friday, 24th March bringing together ministers responsible for interior, security and refugee affairs from the Horn...
(APA 03/23/17)
Kenya on Thursday joined the rest of the world in condemning a London terror attack that left five people dead and 40 others injured after being run over and stabbed. According to reports, the attacker’s car on Wednesday ploughed into pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge before later proceeding to stab a policeman to death before being shot dead himself by another officer. Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohamed condemned the attack, saying her country remains a strong partner of the United Kingdom in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and friends of the brutal terrorist attack in London,” she said in Nairobi. British authorities have termed the attacked as...
(Voice of America 03/23/17)
The smell of rotting animals permeates the air in parts of central Kenya's Laikipia area, as lurking vultures and hyenas seem to be the only ones benefiting from the drought. Dead elephants, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, cattle, sheep and goats dot the landscape. While some died from the drought, some of the wildlife was shot or speared to death by armed herders in search of pasture and water for their tens of thousands of cattle, sheep and goats. Ranch and conservancy owners say these herders are invading their private property — breaking fences, stealing cattle, using grass and water meant for their livestock and their neighbors' livestock, cutting down olive trees for the leaves, even killing the owner of Sosian ranch...
(APA 03/23/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta accusing an opposition leader of fanning the 2007/08 post-election violence and politicians forming militia groups ahead of elections, grabbed the attention of major Kenyan dailies on Thursday. “Uhuru shifts blame to Raila over 2008 post-poll killings and chaos,” screamed the headline of the Standard newspaper which reported that President Kenyatta Wednesday reignited controversy over the 2007/8 post-election violence that saw him and his deputy William Ruto appear before the International Criminal Court. “Speaking in Kisii County, Uhuru said Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who rejected the election results, played a role in the chaos that claimed over 1,133 lives,” reported the daily. “Raila fanned poll violence, says Uhuru,” reported the Daily Nation which pointed out that the post-...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke at the end of a two-day visit to Chad where she sought to outline her policies regarding the continent, which has long held an important place in French foreign policy. "It was only in coming here and explaining that I...
(AfricaNews 03/21/17)
Kenya’s government has signed with four international banks to raise $800 million in syndicated loans that authorities say will boost foreign-currency reserves and plug a widening budget deficit. The East African nation’s Treasury signed the agreements with Standard Chartered bank, Citibank, Rand Merchant bank and Standard Bank. Kenya plans to raise 154 billion shillings ($1.5 billion) through external borrowing in the current budget year that ends June 30. It has already secured $250 million from lenders led by PTA Bank, an East African trade-finance lender based in Burundi.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/21/17)
Kenya will start selling a mobile-phone based government bond this week, the Treasury said on Tuesday, the culmination of a lengthy plan to tap a new pool of investors into government securities. The Treasury said the bond will go on sale on Thursday, without offering more information. Kenya pioneered the use of mobile money in 2007 with M-Pesa, a money transfer service, by telecoms operator Safaricom. Known as M-Akiba, the new bond will be offered on M-Pesa and similar mobile phone financial services by other firms, a source in the telecoms industry said. Investors will be able to buy the bond through their phones, where a record of their holdings will be stored. Coupon payments will also be made through...
(Voice of America 03/21/17)
Tanzania has announced a plan to send 500 doctors to Kenya after a doctors' strike paralyzed health services in the neighboring country for months. Kenyan doctors, however, say the government should not hire any foreign doctors but instead employ the more than 1,000 trained physicians who are unemployed. Tanzanian President John Magufuli announced the plan to dispatch the doctors after a recent meeting in Dar es Salaam with a visiting Kenyan delegation that included Kenya's health cabinet secretary, Cleopa Mailu. Mailu said this was a deal that would benefit both countries. “We have so many government health centers that need doctors," said Mailu. "Yes, we have doctors in our country; we recently had a doctors' strike and one of their...
(Xinhuanet 03/21/17)
Kenya has started negotiations with Britain to maintain its market shares as the latter prepares to leave the European Union (EU). Principal Secretary of International Trade Chris Kiptoo told Xinhua in a telephone interview that informal trade negotiation has started between the two countries. “We have started talks with UK officials as part of ensuring we have maintained our market once the country formally leaves EU. The talks are going on at both ends, but formal discussion will start once UK formally exits EU,” said Kiptoo. As time nears for Britain to leave the EU formally, Kenya is compelled to devise new ways to maintain its market share in the EU and in Britain. Britain occupies the fourth position in...
(AfricaNews 03/21/17)
At least 10 people have been killed in Kenya following clashes over pasture. According to reports, the 10 were killed in Kom, Isiolo County, in eastern Kenya after fighting between armed herders from two neighbouring communities over grazing land. It is estimated that 50,000 animals were grazing in the area when the violence broke out. Police were dispatched to the area to restore normalcy. The clashes come days after a British rancher was shot dead in central Kenya by herders who have been invading farms as they seek pasture for their animals. Last Friday, Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, odered the military to deploy to the some of the counties in the Rift Valley that has seen a surge of violence...
(Xinhuanet 03/21/17)
Police in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya have intensified an operation aimed at rescuing two teachers who were abducted by Al-Shabaab militants a fortnight ago. Local police boss Aaron Moriasi told reporters on Monday there are suspicions the kidnapped teachers could be hidden in Dadaab refugee camp. He revealed that 200 suspects have so far been arrested and will be probed to shed light on the kidnapping of teachers. "The arrested suspects will be investigated to enable police to obtain more leads to the kidnapping saga," said Moriasi. Cases of kidnappings linked to Somalia based Al-Shabaab militants are common in north eastern Kenya. In February, two heavily armed suspected Al-Shabaab militants stormed into a school compound in...
(Capitalfm Business 03/21/17)
The Ministry of Education has launched a policy document on Education and Sustainable Development (ESD) geared towards achieving provision of quality education as provided for under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Principal Secretary in the State Department for Education Belio Kipsang Tuesday said the policy will ensure the mainstreaming education for sustainable development as the country continues to carry out reforms in the sector. “This policy will enable the implementation of ESD across the educational sector to enhance the attainment of SDGs by improving quality of education, building capacity at all levels and enhancing public understating on SDGs,” Kipsang said during the launch at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). Education is goal 4 among 17 goals outlined in...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/21/17)
It hasn't rained on John Mwema's farm in over a month. But on his one-acre piece of land stand thousands of green maize plants. "I grow baby corn," said Mwema, bending to examine a bunch of tiny corn cobs. "It is a type of corn that is three to four times quicker to harvest and uses less water than regular corn." Farmers in the eastern Kenyan village of Ngoliba and across the country are increasingly faced with water scarcity. Some 2.7 million people across half of Kenya's 47 counties have been affected by drought, which the government recently declared a national disaster. A growing number of farmers in Kenya are switching to growing baby corn – an immature ear that...
(Voice of America 03/21/17)
East African leaders attending the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Kenya this week are expected to talk about Somali refugees and regional security. However, there are doubts that IGAD has what it takes to ease the crisis in the region. The Kenya State House spokesperson, Manoah Esipisu, said the repatriation of Somali refugees will be the main agenda item at the summit. "It will focus largely on the questions of Somali refugees and creating a conducive environment in their own country so that they can feel safe to go back and to contribute to their country's development as well as their country's growth," he said. Kenya plans to shut the Dadaab refugee camp by the end of May. Dadaab...
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa illegal, trade. Animal rights groups say the docile beasts of burden are often cruelly bludgeoned to death before being skinned in backyards and clandestine slaughterhouses. Around Mogosani village, in South Africa's North West province, residents say syndicates catch the animals in grazing fields and pens. Soon after, skinned carcasses with hooves chopped off are...
(Xinhuanet 03/20/17)
Kenya has started negotiations with Britain to maintain its market shares as the latter prepares to leave the European Union (EU). Principal Secretary of International Trade Chris Kiptoo told Xinhua in a telephone interview that informal trade negotiation has started between the two countries. "We have started talks with UK officials as part of ensuring we have maintained our market once the country formally leaves EU. The talks are going on at both ends, but formal discussion will start once UK formally exits EU," said Kiptoo. As time nears for Britain to leave the EU formally, Kenya
(Xinhuanet 03/20/17)
Campaigners on Monday urged Kenya to prioritize domestic resource mobilization in order to reduce reliance on foreign borrowing. Tax Justice Network Africa Deputy Executive Director Jason Braganza told a media briefing in Nairobi that the current global economic slowdown means that traditional donor nations are reducing overseas development aid. "As a result, we recommend for Kenya and other African countries to focus on domestic resource mobilization in order to reduce budget deficits," Braganza said during a civil society forum on the proposed Nairobi International Financial Center Bill. Kenya hopes that the Nairobi International Financial Center will provide funding for key development projects as well as employment opportunities for the growing youth population. Braganza said that key sources of domestic resources...
(Bloomberg 03/20/17)
The European Union said it’s giving an extra 165 million euros ($178 million) to battle humanitarian crises in East Africa, including a famine in South Sudan and drought in Somalia. From the total, 100 million euros will be allocated to help responses to the crisis in South Sudan and an influx of its refugees to neighboring countries, the EU said Monday in an emailed statement. Humanitarian assistance for droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya will be targeted with 65 million euros. The new funds will “scale up and strengthen” the more than 400 million euros that the EU allocated last year to address the crises and the impact of the El Nino weather phenomenon on the region, the EU said...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/20/17)
A gun battle between two pastoralist communities competing for grazing killed least 10 people in northern Kenya on Sunday morning, police said, raising questions about the government's ability to maintain peace before August elections. Armed cattle herders from Isiolo and Samburu counties fought over grazing access along the two county borders, said Isiolo County police commander Charles Ontita. "Ten bodies have been recovered from the scene. Scores of people sustained gunshots wounds," Ontita said during a press briefing at his office. Northern Kenya is suffering a severe drought, which has worsened competition for grazing and water holes. Some residents say local politicians are fuelling the violence in an effort to win votes from particular ethnic blocs in national elections scheduled...

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