Monday 20 November 2017
(Standard Digital 06/18/13)
Kenya has initiated diplomatic talks with Nigerian authorities aimed at securing the release of Government officers who are held in Lagos. Kenya has been grappling on how to secure the release of seven Government officials and five-airline crew of a private jet that was chattered to deport 10 foreigners, including five Nigerians, among them controversial businessman Anthony Chinedu, who had a long running court battle with his former wife Alice Akinyi about two weeks. The 12 have been detained for almost two weeks at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, as Nigerian authorities claim Antony Chinedu was not procedurally deported. The charted plane belonging to East African Safari Express has also been detained. Yesterday, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina...
(Business Daily 06/18/13)
Kenya is set to benefit from the installation of a major commercial biogas plant to be set up near Lake Naivasha. The biogas digester is expected to produce 2.4 megawatts of power to heat greenhouses and light up over 5,000 households near the area. The facility is also set to produce an environmentally friendly fertiliser for use on farms.The plant follows the signing of deal between Tropical Power, a developer of biogas and solar plants in Africa, and European firm Clarke Energy to “supply the first two containerised biogas engines in Sub-Saharan Africa.” The anaerobic digestion facility will produce biogas, originating from the digestion of food processing wastes coming from the surrounding farms. The biogas engines are scheduled for delivery...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/17/13)
(Reuters) - Kenyan police shot dead two suspected militants on Monday who they said were planning attacks in the country on behalf of Somalia's al Shabaab. During a dawn raid on a house in the port city of Mombasa, police shot Kassim Omollo after he defied orders to surrender and returned fire, senior police officer Thomas Sangut said. Police arrested Omollo's wife, who gave information that led them to the home of the second suspect, Salim Mohammed Nyiro, also known as Abdullahi. "He, too, defied and tried to draw a gun... but our officers gunned him down," Sangut said. Police found weaponry including assault rifles, grenades, a pistol, ammunition and improvised explosive devices at the properties, Sangut said. Kenya has...
(Business Daily 06/17/13)
The World Bank projects that the Kenyan economy will grow by 5.7 per cent in 2013 supported by higher investment and low interest rates. The World Bank Kenya Economic Update launched Monday attributes the higher growth compared to 4.7 per cent in 2012 to a stable macroeconomic environment, the peaceful elections in March 2013, and smooth transition of political power. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to improve further to 6 per cent in 2014. “The government needs to create an enabling environment for private sector-led growth by continuing to invest in infrastructure, increasing domestic energy production, removing bottlenecks to doing business and sustaining sound monetary and fiscal policies,” said World Bank Country Director for Kenya Diarietou Gaye. World...
(Business Week 06/17/13)
NAIROBI, KENYA--Kenya is staring at a huge budget hole following the presentation of $18.8 billion financial estimates for 2013/2014 to parliament by Finance Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich last week. The budget presented by Rotich represents a 13.4% leap from the 2012/13 version which involved $17 billion in expenditure. Many observers have this as the most ambitious budget in Kenya’s history. The budget, the first under the presidency of Uhuru Kenyatta largely borrows from his predecessor Mwai Kibaki’s expansionary trend where huge estimates were presented for expenditure with little regard to revenue collection. Out of the total amount, the government announced plans to raise $15.2 billion in revenue to fund the budget. Of this amount, $11.3 billion will come from ordinary...
(Ventures-Africa 06/17/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Kenya’s economy, the biggest and fastest growing in the east African economic bloc, is forecast to surge by almost 6 percent this year boosted by greater capital flow into the economy and low interest rates. This is according to the World Bank Kenya Economic Update, which was released on Monday, stating this growth would be driven by the country’s steady macroeconomic climate, the non-violent polls in March this year and efficient changeover in political power. Diarietou Gaye, World Bank Country Director for Kenya urged the Kenyan government to invest in infrastructure and expanding domestic energy production. “The government needs to create an enabling environment for private sector-led growth…sustaining sound monetary and fiscal policies,” Business Daily quoted Gaye...
(Ventures-Africa 06/17/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Private equity fund, GroFin announced it has invested $2.3 million in two Kenyan mid-sized public transport firms, Wargen and Centaurus, to boost transportation services across the country. The multinational financier disclosed the investment to Business Daily last week adding that it plans to further invest $1.5 million in transport companies by 2014. GroFin did not disclose the exact amounts invested in both firms, though the fund’s typical investment is within the $50,000 to $1.5 million bracket for a period of 4-5 years. “With its growing reputation as a regional commercial hub, it follows that there will be an increased need for transport services for commercial goods across Kenya and the East African region” said GroFin (Kenya) general...
(Standard Digital 06/17/13)
Kenya will host a major international conference in August to discuss on modalities of repatriating more than one million Somali refugees to their country. The conference, which will be held in the second week of August, will be co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya, Somali and UNHCR with the International Organization for Immigration (IOM) being invited. Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed Monday revealed that a group of international organisations are already mapping out safe places for the refugees to resettle; saying the exercise will be conducted in the most humane manner. Ambassador Amina said that currently there are over one million Somali refugees, of which 600,000 are formally registered. She said that the organisations have already compiled documents and...
( 06/17/13)
NAIROBI – Non-Kalenjin residents of the expansive Uasin Gishu county located in the expansive Rift Valley province of Kenya, have petitioned president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to intervene and save them from “tyrannical deeds” allegedly being perpetrated against them by Governor Jackson Mandago. Inside sources in the county charged that “a dictatorial” Mandago was using and paying regular and administration policemen, as well as municipal council askaris a colossal amount of sh 200,000 daily allegedly stolen from the county coffers to harass the luhyas, Kikuyus, Luos and Kambas after they voted for him in the last elections in order to appease the Kalenjin community and emerge a hero. A cross-section of independent-minded members of the Nandi community...
(In2 East Africa 06/17/13)
MOMBASA, KENYA: Stakeholders in the multi-billion dollar tourism sector at the Coast have cast aspersions on budgetary allocations to the Ministry of East African Community, Commerce and Tourism. They argue the Sh5.9 billion earmarked for the expanded ministry is inadequate to promote tourism. The chairman of the Mombasa and Coast Tourist Association said the Sh5.9 billion allocation was inadequate considering the new ministry shelters three others in the former regime. He spoke moments after Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Mr Henry Rotich read the National Budget. “We have now to share with EAC and Commerce. Our sole prayer is that tourism be given priority as it is the goose that lays the golden egg. This seemingly gives us a ray of hope...
(New Business Ethiopia 06/17/13)
Delonex Energy Limited (together with its subsidiaries referred to as “Delonex Energy” or “the Company”), a new, energy exploration and production company (E&P) announced that an affiliate of Warburg Pincus, has agreed to lead an investment of up to 600 million US dollars in the Company. Delonex’s key strategic areas include the East African Continental Rift System, which extends from the Red Sea through Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania to Mozambique; the Central African Rift System from Chad to South Sudan, and the coastal margins of East Africa. The company plans on accessing opportunities in these areas through farm-in and direct awards from host governments. Delonex Energy is led by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rahul Dhir, the former CEO of Cairn...
(Capitalfm Business 06/17/13)
NAIROBI, Kenya June 17 – A man described by police as a wanted terrorist was shot dead by police in Mombasa on Monday morning. The man identified by police as Kassim Omolo Otieno was gunned down during a dawn raid at his house in Mlaleo area of Kisauni, police said. “We had been looking for him because he is a dangerous terrorist,” outgoing Coast Provincial Police chief Aggrey Adoli said. “The man was armed with grenades and rifles when he was confronted,” he added. Two grenades and a pistol and an AK 47 rifle were recovered from the slain man. Adoli said they had been trailing the suspect since he arrived back from Somalia where he had gone for training...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/17/13)
ICT firm, supported by Ministry of Agriculture and Ford Foundation, needs capital to launch interactive farming app offering data entry, manipulation and retrieval while working on the move; Repots say pilot project and feasibility studies have been conducted. This is according to the emergingstars.com. The application will provide comprehensive one-stop for information on production, disease control, and price of commodities. The farming app will offer farming information in localized content (using indigenous languages), in an easy to understand format and content, accessible to farmers. The company seeks to merge advanced software and extensive agricultural expertise to provide an app in tune with the requirements of modern farming. App will assist farmers with key tasks including enabling data entry, manipulation and...
(Mareeg 06/17/13)
Mareeg.com-Nairobi, 17 June, 2013- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has partnered with NGO Heshima Kenya to provide clothing for refugees departing from Kenya and traveling to the United States as part of the United States Refugee Admission Programme. Every week, Somali, Ethiopian, Sudanese and Congolese refugees from Kakuma and Dadaab Refugee Camps are brought to the IOM’s Transit Centre in Nairobi to complete preparations for their journey to the United States. Every departing family is given a flight tool kit which includes clothing, shoes, toiletries, diapers, snacks and drinking water. These items are important during the refugees’ journey as often refugees do not have adequate or appropriate clothing for their transition to the life in United States. The clothing...
(Business Daily 06/17/13)
CIC General Insurance has paid claims of more than Sh100 million to wheat farmers who lost their crop due to bad weather. The farmers from Nakuru, Eldoret, Laikipia, Kinangop, Maralal and Timau were paid Sh23 million last year and another Sh81 million in 2011. CIC Insurance Agriculture Underwriter Michael Waigwa said the company had set clear timelines for payment of claims to increase uptake of the cover. “We are already paying 75 per cent of claims within four days of being lodged and we want to improve it to 90 per cent,” Mr Waigwa said. The company, a subsidiary of CIC Insurance Group Limited, offers the covers under a joint venture with Coop Bank and East African Malting’s Limited. The...
(Capitalfm Business 06/17/13)
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 17 – The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) is scheduled to announce on Monday when the teachers’ strike will begin. KNUT Chairman Wilson Sossion told Capital FM News to expect the news any time from 10am, “We will be giving the way forward at a press briefing at the KNUT headquarters,” he said. Sossion has given the 2013/2014 budgetary estimates as the reason for the strike saying that it has not factored in funds for the recruitment of teachers or for the promotion of those currently employed by the government. “Who is going to teach those children how to use laptops? How do you allocate Sh53 billion for laptops and then turn around and say there...
(In2 East Africa 06/17/13)
NAIROBI, KENYA: For every Sh100 President Uhuru’s Government will spend this year, only about Sh5 will go towards the ailing healthcare system. KISUMU-DISTRICT-HOSPITALThis is less than last year and only a third of what Kenya and other African countries pledged to invest on healthcare two decades ago. It also makes 2013 the fourth year in a row that Kenya has cut health spending in a trend sector insiders say is grinding medical facilities to a halt. In 2010, Kenya spent Sh7.20 for each Sh100 on healthcare. This fell to Sh6.10 in 2011 and last year, it was further cut to Sh5.9. This year, the national and county governments plan to spend Sh5.70 per Sh100 on the sector, translating to 5.7...
(Business Daily 06/17/13)
Kenya Power will spend Sh1.3 billion to distribute free energy-saving bulbs this year to help cut electricity demand by 130 megawatts through lower consumption. The firm will replace ordinary bulbs with 3.3 million energy-saving bulbs to about one million customers in a project funded by the government and French Development Agency. The lower consumption will help reduce demand for thermal power — whose contribution to the national grid has been rising — and which emits tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. “Selected target customers for the project include low income households and Stima Loan customers in various parts of the country, who will get a maximum of four bulbs,” Kenya Power said in a statement. “The bulbs use less...
(AFP (eng) 06/15/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 15, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is a very lonely man, one of his bodyguards told AFP Saturday, accusing the ailing anti-apartheid icon's medical team of controlling visits like prison guards. As South Africa and the rest of the world held its breath a week after the revered 94-year-old was hospitalised, Shaun van Heerden spoke out against the team run by army Surgeon-General Vejay Ramlakan. "At times it felt like he was back in prison," Van Heerden said. The bodyguard said he was "given leave" by his employers over accusations he leaked the place where Mandela was being treated to the media. Before he was checked in last week to receive treatment for a recurring lung infection, in...
(CNN 06/15/13)
(CNN) -- I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1964, the year Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Civil Rights Act was passed in the United States, and Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. Mine was a relatively idyllic childhood in the affluent and segregated northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Like many white South Africans, I lived in an ignorant cocoon of privilege, with no idea that having two live-in maids, a full-time gardener and a driver was unusual. It was perfectly normal for my African nannies, Rosina and Phina, to live with us rather than with their own children, and there was no need to learn their language or even their last...

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