Thursday 27 July 2017
(Capitalfm Business 06/06/17)
Six patients have died at the Coast General Hospital as the nurses strike entered its second day Tuesday. Confirming the fatalities, Mombasa Health Chief Officer Khadija Shikely said three patients died at the emergency section while the other three passed away in the hospital wards. Shikely said the situation was under assessment even as Capital FM News established that the hospital was already discharging patients in a number of wards. Meanwhile, confusion has taken centre-stage among Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) members as union officials differed on the validity of the strike.
(Business Daily 06/06/17)
Kenya will ship out crude from Turkana oilfields three times in a year as vessels require more than 10 times the daily output. The country is this month expected to evacuate 2,000 barrels per day from Turkana via road to storage tanks in Mombasa. Petroleum principal secretary Andrew Kamau said the oil will be stored at Mariakani refinery tanks for between three and four months and amass adequate quantities to fill a ship. “Kenyan oil will be exported about three times in a year. The oil must be accumulated for months to fill a ship,” said Mr Kamau. The small-scale crude production is expected to run until 2021 when Kenya expects to have its own pipeline. Tullow has stored more...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/06/17)
Boniface Mwangi has been arrested 12 times for extravagant anti-government protests. In two months' time, he could be an MP. Kenya’s most flamboyant anti-corruption activist, Boniface Mwangi spent years enraging politicians with headline-grabbing stunts, once herding blood-drenched pigs to parliament to highlight legislators’ sky-high salaries. Now he’s running for office. Mr Mwangi, the fiery 33-year-old son of a street hawker, promises to force change from within if he wins a parliamentary seat in the 8 August elections, when Kenyans choose a president, parliamentarians and local representatives. Winning the seat he seeks in a Nairobi district could be tricky. Kenyans are used to politicians showing up in convoys of luxury cars around elections, handing out small banknotes while asking for votes,...
(Capitalfm Business 06/06/17)
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has received 250 complaints over nomination clearance even as it is set to deliver its first rulings Tuesday. Through its Twitter handle, the electoral body stated that it had published the cause list and dates for hearing the complaints. The selected committee is hearing the disputes at the Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi, and will sit through to June 13. IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati on Monday cautioned against sideshows and urged politicians to fully cooperate so that judgments may be expedited. He also urged politicians to fully cooperate so that judgments may be concluded speedily. Chebukati further assured that the electoral commission is committed to ensuring a free and fair election in August. At...
(Daily Nation 06/06/17)
The government has moved to convert its existing loans in Kenya Airways #ticker:KQ into equity as part of a capital restructuring plan. Treasury has also announced that it will guarantee long-term loans totalling $750 million (Sh77.3 billion) that KQ owes Export-Import Bank of the United States of America ($525 million) and local lenders ($225 million). These guarantees are being made in exchange for “material concessions”, includes extension of debt tenures, which will improve the airline’s repayment obligations. The Kenyan government currently owns 29.8 per cent of KQ while KLM owns 26.7 of the loss-making airline. Parliament approval Treasury secretary Henry Rotich is now expected to submit the Cabinet-approved plan to Parliament for approval, heralding a new phase in ongoing attempts...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete lifting of the blockage against Cuba," said Geingob. According to Geingob, the conference will lead to the development of the common African strategy in terms of support to Cuba. The delegates also called for the return of the Guantanamo Bay,...
(Xinhuanet 06/02/17)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta led the nation in marking 54 years of self-internal rule on Thursday amid calls for peaceful polls and unity across the country's political divide. As celebrations were marked across the country, Kenyatta urge Kenyans to vote wisely in the August general election so that the country can continue on the path of prosperity and development. He also urged Kenyans to re-elect him for a second term pointing out that he has laid down the foundations to accelerate the country's economic growth and create more unity. "I appeal to Kenyans to give us the opportunity to finish the job we have started. A new Kenya is here. We must continue to dream big, and boldly implement our...
(Daily Nation 06/02/17)
A top Chinese official has rubbished claims circulated on social media that the locomotives used to propel trains on the standard gauge railway are refurbishments of old models. China's vice-minister for Foreign Affairs Zhang Ming said his country abhors the export of any used item and that there was no chance that a previously used machine could find its way to Kenya. At a press briefing with Kenyan and Chinese journalists at a Nairobi hotel, Mr Zhang, who was China's ambassador to Kenya between 2006 and 2009, said the source of the claim of using second-hand locomotives was "understandable because, in Kenya, we see many people sell old cars and even second-hand clothes". "Let me assure you that China never...
(The Guardian 06/02/17)
Food shortages, spiralling prices and rampant corruption cast a long shadow over Uhuru Kenyatta’s government ahead of elections in August. The severe drought affecting Kenya, which has driven up the cost of food and fuelled inflation, has become a key issue on the election campaign trail. Food security has deteriorated since the end of 2016 and conditions remain dire in half of the country’s 47 counties. The situation has been exacerbated by the impact of climate change, and it is anticipated that some regions could reach emergency levels of need by September. The price of maize flour, known as unga – the staple food for most of the population – has risen by 31%, milk by 12% and sugar by...
(RFI 06/02/17)
Kenya on Wednesday unveiled the first section of its 12-billion-euro railway. The standard gauge railway (SGR) will link Nairobi with the port city of Mombasa, and eventually to cities in Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan. Billed as the most ambitious project since Kenya's independence in 1963, it's also controversial. Are Kenyans getting good value for their money? That's the overriding question being asked about the SGR. "I was among a group of people who wrote a letter to the president [Uhuru Kenyatta], specifically with regards to the value for money proposition," political analyst Tom Mboya told RFI on Tuesday. At a staggering cost of nearly four billion euros--almost entirely funded by China's Export Import bank-- just for the first phase...
(Voice of America 06/02/17)
Suspected al-Shabab militants killed a teacher and abducted another as they burned down a school late Wednesday in northeastern Kenya. The Kenyan MP from the region Musfafe Abdirashid told VOA's Somali Service a number of militants entered Fafi village, about 90 kilometers east of Garissa town, and created havoc. “They killed one local teacher and abducted another one; also they have destroyed telecommunication masts to disrupt communications," Abdirashid said. “We have informed government security forces about the attack and KDF forces were deployed to the area this morning,” he added. A local reporter says the militants also burned a police car and injured three policemen who were tracking them after the attack in Fafi. Attacks by al-Shabab militants in Kenya...
(Daily Nation 06/02/17)
The Kenyan music industry is in mourning following the death of former Calif Records singer Laety Laetitia. The mellow-voiced singer died on Thursday but the cause of her death is yet to be revealed. Her death was announced by her family via social media on Friday. The family also shared and translated the lyrics to her latest song Alamo . The singer and song writer had taken a low profile for a while until last month when she released her new single Alamo . She was signed to Calif Records in the early 2000 and did the popular Number Yako hit in collaboration with rapper Flexx. Her other popular hit is Siwezi Mind featuring Kano Boyz. According to her Facebook...
(Xinhuanet 06/02/17)
Fifty-four African Union member states will convene the 5th Continental Conference of Solidarity with Cuba in the Namibian capital from June 5-7, said an Naminian official on Thursday. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, said the aim of hosting the conference in Namibia is to intensify solidarity and to strengthen bounds of friendship between the people of Cuba and the progressive peoples throughout the African Continent. Namibia's President Hage Geingob will open and address the conference, which will run under the theme, "Intensifying Solidarity and continuing the legacy of Fidel and Che". The conference, which will also be attended by a Cuban delegation, will also recognize the important work done in support of...
(Daily Nation 06/01/17)
Each constituency will get Sh101 million for grassroots development projects in the year starting July as the allocation formula continues to disadvantage marginalised areas. MPs, in a new law that shares money from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) equally among the 290 electoral zones, removed land area and fiscal responsibility from the allocation formula. This means that a poor constituency such as Lunga Lunga in Kwale County will receive the same amount as Nairobi’s Starehe. MPs retain influence over CDF as patrons. In the current financial year, the legislators shared Sh25 billion after the High Court reduced the allocation from Sh35 billion.
(Daily Nation 06/01/17)
Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) has revised its profits upwards by Sh5 million following the approval of a tax waiver by the Treasury. Treasury cabinet secretary Henry Rotich in January approved a tax waiver of 32.5 per cent of the outstanding penalties and interest owed on corporate tax, withholding tax, PAYE and VAT for the years 2008 to 2011. The self-listed bourse was required to pay the 62.5 per cent balance amounting to Sh14.5 million. Sh19.5 million had been provided for in the prior year’s financial statements to cover the liability. “The 62.5 per cent payment required of Sh14.5 million was paid in January 2017. A credit of Sh5 million has been written back to these financial statements as this matter...
(Xinhuanet 06/01/17)
At least five people, including four police officers, were killed and seven others still missing on Wednesday in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in the Kenya's coastal region of Lamu. Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) spokesman Joseph Owuoth said two police officers are among the seven people who could not be traced after their vehicle was hit by IED planted by suspected Al-Shabaab militants at Kiunga in Lamu County. Owuoth said the military managed to repulse the militants as they responded to the attack. The police officers are attached at Mangai Rapid Border Patrol Unit (RBPU) in Lamu East. Their armored police car had on board seven RBPU officers who were heading to Mokowe town in Lamu West for refueling...
(AFP (eng) 06/01/17)
One in five children born with a twin sibling in sub-Saharan Africa dies before the age of five -- three times the rate among singletons, said a study Thursday. Almost two-thirds die in the first month of life -- often succumbing to the after-effects of a difficult birth or entering the world too early or underweight, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal. And while rates of under-five deaths in the sub-Saharan African region have declined over two decades, the improvement has been much slower for twins than for single-borns. "Twins account for 10.7 percent of all under-five deaths and 15.1 percent of neonatal (newborn) deaths in the region and these percentages are increasing," the study said. "The...
(AFP (eng) 05/31/17)
Four police officers were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in southeastern Kenya, a week after 14 others died in similar attacks claimed by Shabaab Islamists, a police source said Wednesday. "We have lost four officers in this attack that also killed another person. The vehicle drove on an IED (improvised explosive device)," a senior police officer in the coastal Lamu district near the Somali border, told AFP on condition of anonymity. It was not immediately clear if the fifth person, a civilian, was in or near the vehicle at the time. According to a police report seen by AFP, the vehicle was carrying seven officers when it drove over the device in the southeastern town of Baure...
(AFP (eng) 05/31/17)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday inaugurated a Chinese-built railway, the country's biggest infrastructure project since independence that is aimed at cementing its role as the gateway to East Africa. Dancers and a military band entertained passengers and dignitaries from Kenya and China shortly before they, and Kenyatta, were to take the maiden journey from a gleaming new terminal in the port city of Mombasa to Nairobi. The five-hour journey will take less than half the time to drive between the two cities, a hair-raising trip on a one-lane highway clogged with lumbering trucks and where accidents claim dozens of lives each year.
(AFP (eng) 05/31/17)
Five UN workers at a refugee camp in northwest Kenya were allegedly involved in fraud and other serious misconduct, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday. One staff member was arrested after the agency referred three workers at the Kakuma camp to Kenyan police for criminal prosecution, according to the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). "Protecting lives is at the core of UNHCR's work, which makes the betrayal of trust we have seen in this case so galling," said deputy head of the UNHCR George Okoth-Obbo. The UNHCR launched an internal investigation after receiving allegations of fraud, corruption, threats and intimidation in the camp, it said. Two of the workers have since resigned and disciplinary actions are being taken against...

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