Sunday 24 September 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 04/10/13)
NAIROBI, April 10 (Reuters) - The average price of Kenya's top grade Broken Pekoe Ones tea fell slightly to $3.40 per kg at auction from $3.50 at the previous sale, market participants said on Wednesday. The east African economy is the world's leading exporter of black tea, which is a major source of foreign exchange, fetching 112 billion shillings ($1.3 billion) last year. Grade Best Broken Pekoe Ones (BP1) TEABP1-BEST-KE sold at $3.80-$3.00 per kg at the auction, down from $4.20-$2.80 per kg at the last sale on March 25 and 26, Africa Tea Brokers (ATB) said in a market report. Best Pekoe Fanning Ones (PF1) TEAPF1-BEST-KE sold for $3.16-$2.65 per kg from $3.18-$2.84 per kg previously. ATB said 146,155...
(Voice of America 04/09/13)
NAIROBI — Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to promote peace, unity and economic development at his inauguration Tuesday as Kenya’s fourth president. Kenyatta and his deputy are taking power while facing charges at the International Criminal Court, which could complicate the country’s relations with the world community. Kenyatta took the oath of office in an elaborate ceremony at the Moi International Sports Center outside Nairobi. A host of African leaders watched the proceedings in VIP seating behind the dais, including Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. The U.S. ambassador and the British high commissioner to Kenya also attended. Vowing peace, unity The 51-year-old son of Kenya’s founding president, a former finance minister and one of the country’s...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/09/13)
(Reuters) - Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as Kenyan president on Tuesday, presenting Western states with the challenge of how to deal with a leader indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Cheered by tens of thousands of people at the ceremony, Uganda's president praised Kenyans for rejecting what he called the court's bid to sway the vote by "blackmail", a reflection of the distrust or resentment of the court felt by many Africans. Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's first president, a hero of independence, is charged with crimes against humanity for orchestrating an orgy of intercommunal violence after the last presidential election five years ago. He denies this and has repeatedly promised to work with the court to clear...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/09/13)
Uhuru Kenyatta took the oath of office as Kenyan president on Tuesday, presenting Western states with the challenge of how to deal with a leader indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Uganda's president praised Kenyans at the ceremony for rejecting what he called the court's bid to sway the vote by "blackmail", a reflection of the distrust or resentment of the court felt by many Africans. Kenyatta is charged with crimes against humanity for orchestrating an orgy of intercommunal violence that followed the previous presidential election five years ago, an accusation he denies. When the United States and European powers outlined their policy during the campaign of only having "essential contacts" with court indictees, many Kenyans and some of...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/09/13)
(Reuters) - President Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces international charges of crimes against humanity, said on Tuesday that Kenya under his leadership would work to uphold its international obligations, speaking after taking his oath of office. In remarks likely to reassure Western powers that have urged Kenyatta to cooperate with the International Criminal Court, he said: "I assure you again that under my leadership, Kenya will strive to uphold our international obligations, so long as these are founded on the well-established principles of mutual respect and reciprocity."
(France24(EN) 04/09/13)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn into office on Tuesday following a hard-fought election that has left Western countries grappling with how to deal with head of state who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta took his oath of office on Tuesday, presenting Western states with a challenge of how to deal with a leader indicted by the International Criminal Court. After a calm election that followed a bloodbath five years ago, many Kenyans hope Kenyatta will deliver on his promise to be a president for all and not just work for his own ethnic group, a practice they have come to expect from politicians. For Western states, big donors to east Africa’s largest...
(In2 East Africa 04/02/13)
Another officer is admitted at a local hospital in serious condition following the attack that took place at about 11 am. The gunmen who were on foot grabbed a pistol from one of the officers and escaped with it. Witnesses said the attackers first threw a grenade at nine officers who were in a group before shooting at them. “Two officers from the regular section died on the spot while an AP officer was injured and taken to the hospital,” a witness who survived the attack said. Police said the officers were attacked near the local Post Office by gunmen who seemed to have been stalking on them. According to North Eastern police boss Charlton Mureithi, the victims were on...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/29/13)
Kenya's Supreme Court held its last session on Friday on a challenge to Uhuru Kenyatta's presidential election victory a day before giving a ruling that will test Kenyans' trust in the newly reformed judiciary. The court delivers its verdict on Saturday on the challenge raised by defeated candidate Raila Odinga after peaceful voting on March 4 went some way to rebuilding Kenya's image following tribal blood-letting in the wake of the disputed 2007 vote. But the final test will come when Kenyans learn whether Kenyatta's win is upheld or a new vote is ordered. Kenyatta, who is facing charges in the Hague relating to the 2007 vote riots, was well ahead of Odinga in total votes but had only just...
(In2 East Africa 03/28/13)
Kenya – Prime Minister Raila Odinga sought invalidation of the March 4 presidential election results on the basis that the electoral body mismanaged it by failing to deploy appropriate technology to discourage theft and manipulation of votes. Making his presentation of evidence for the fi rst time before the Supreme Raila Court, the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy candidate argued the issue was not whether he trailed Mr Uhuru Kenyatta but if the president-elect got the requisite 50 per cent plus one vote to avoid a run-off. “This is not about Uhuru and Raila but the future of Kenya and future elections,’’ said his lead lawyer, Mr George Oraro. He painted a grim picture of what, in his view, the...
(The Associated Press 03/28/13)
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A lawyer for Kenya's election commission cited the U.S. Supreme Court case Bush vs. Gore on Thursday during arguments before a Kenya Supreme Court that must now rule on the outcome of this East African country's presidential election. Ahmednasir Abdullahi told Kenya's highest court Thursday it should adhere to judicial restraint and uphold the March 4 result from Kenya's election commission showing that Uhuru Kenyatta won with 50.07 percent of the March 4 vote. Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the runner-up with 43 percent, and civil society groups are asking the court to order a new election because it wasn't free and fair. The court is expected to rule by Saturday. Abdullahi quoted U.S. Supreme Court justice...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/28/13)
Kenya's president-elect, whose victory is being challenged in the Supreme Court, apologized on Thursday for comments in which he seemed to dismiss the judges as "some six people" who will "decide something or other". Uhuru Kenyatta, who also faces trial at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity over post-election violence five years ago, made the remarks - which went viral on social media - while consulting with allies at a resort. The gaffe emerged after Kenya's chief justice last week told politicians to stop speaking publicly about the petition against the March 4 election result, to try to ease any tensions over a case seen as a major test of the country's democratic system. "It was not my...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/28/13)
Eight people were killed when dozens of machete-wielding raiders struck a casino popular with tourists and local Italian residents in the coastal Kenyan town of Malindi early on Thursday morning, police said. Armed officers shot dead six of the attackers suspected to be members of a banned coastal separatist group while two policeman were also killed, police official Ambrose Munyasia said. A series of attacks blamed on the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) has damaged the prospects for growth and investment along Kenya's coast, a major tourist draw, and in Mombasa, an economically vital port city. "A gang of 50 MRC suspects armed with machetes and other crude weapons raided a casino in Malindi and started attacking patrons before police were...
(In2 East Africa 03/28/13)
The Coast Tourism Industry fraternity has reacted angrily to the latest US travel advisory warning its citizens of possible danger and violence over the outcome of the presidential election petition going on at the Supreme Court. Speaking in Mombasa yesterday under the aegis of the giant Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers (Kahc) Coast branch termed the US Government’s latest move as reckless, irresponsible and very insensitive to Kenyans. “The US has always been expecting negative outcomes of the Kenyan situation . We want to tell the Obama-led administration that elections were well and peacefully conducted . We shall come out victorious as one nation irrespective of the outcome of the election petition expected by Saturday,’’ Kahc Coast Branch Executive...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/27/13)
Lawyers challenging Uhuru Kenyatta's victory in the Kenyan presidential election said on Wednesday new technology meant to counter fraud had broken down, leading to a manipulated vote count. Losing candidate Raila Odinga is contesting the result in court and both sides have agreed to accept the outcome. A disputed vote five years ago ignited tribal violence that dented Kenya's reputation as a stable democracy but the presidential election on March 4 took place without bloodshed. Lawyers for Odinga told the Supreme Court that the failure of an electronic system to transmit numbers from polling stations to a tallying center and the breakdown of other equipment had undermined the chances of a transparent vote. "The voting system was prone to manipulation...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/27/13)
Kenya's CIC Insurance plans to expand its business to South Sudan and Uganda this year after profits more than doubled last year due to a jump in underwriting and investment income, the firm said on Wednesday. The insurer, in which Co-operative Bank is the single largest shareholder, said it planned to create a subsidiary in South Sudan and acquire a 40 percent stake in Uganda Cooperative Savings and Credit Union. Insurance is viewed as a growth sector in the east Africa, because of low penetration rates, with less than 5 percent of the population having any form of insurance cover. CIC said regional expansion was one avenue for growth. Others the company said it was pursuing included "micro insurance", new...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
"BRICS, Don't Carve Africa" reads a banner in a church hall in downtown Durban where civil society activists have gathered to cast a critical eye at a summit of five global emerging powers. The slogan evokes the 19th Century conference in Berlin where the predominant European colonial states carved up the African continent in a scramble historians see as epitomizing the brash exploitative capitalism of the time. Decades after Africans threw off the colonial yoke, it is the turn of the blossoming BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa to find their motives coming under scrutiny as they proclaim an altruistic-sounding "partnership for development, integration and industrialization" with Africa. Led by that giant of the emerging powers,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger. The report by the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by Irish rockers Bono and Bob Geldof, said Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone either met or were close to meeting targets for increased budget spending on agriculture. All of the countries, except Cape Verde where there is little data, are also on track or close to meeting a U.N. target of halving extreme poverty by 2015, the report said. The African leaders will visit the White House on Thursday to showcase their fledgling democracies, but...
(The New York Times 03/26/13)
BEIJING — As President Xi Jinping of China continues his first overseas trip as his country’s leader, arriving in South Africa late on Monday after Russia and Tanzania, he meets with much goodwill – but also some concern among Africans that China may be a “new colonial power,” extracting resources and selling manufactured goods, as I reported on Sunday. China knows it. In a speech in Tanzania, Mr. Xi sought to calm the concerns, as my colleagues Chris Buckley and Jeffrey Gettleman reported. “China frankly faces up to the new circumstances and new problems in Sino-African relations,” Mr. Xi told an audience of Tanzanian politicians and officials in Dar es Salaam, the country’s economic hub and a center of government,...
(The Zimbabwe Mail 03/18/13)
NAIROBI - Kenyan police lobbed tear gas on crowds supporting the prime minister as he filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to void election results. Prime Minister Raila Odinga's court filing comes a week after Kenya's election commission declared Uhuru Kenyatta – the son of Kenya's founding father – the winner of the country's March 4 vote. Kenyatta won by a hair, with 50.07% of the vote, breaking the 50% mark by about 8 000 votes out of 12.3-million cast. Kenya's election has been largely peaceful, unlike the disputed 2007 vote that sparked two months of violence that killed more than 1 000 people. But downtown Nairobi carried the scent of tear gas on Saturday after police threw canisters...
(BBC News Africa 03/14/13)
Botswana's foreign minister has apologised for saying that Kenya's newly elected president would be banned from the southern African nation if he refuses to co-operate with the ICC. Phandu Skelemani made the apology after Kenya's government accused him of being contemptuous towards Uhuru Kenyatta. The International Criminal Court has charged Mr Kenyatta with crimes against humanity. He denies the charges and won the 4 March poll with an outright majority. He got 50.07% of the vote compared to his rival Raila Odinga's 43.31%. 'Innocent until proven guilty' Mr Odinga has launched legal action to challenge the result, saying the election was marred by fraud. Analysts say the ICC case bolstered Mr Kenyatta's electoral chances, as voters saw it as interference...

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