Sunday 19 November 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/11/17)
"Time for an interview? I have a lot of time at the moment," said Owino Onyango, sweating as he stepped out of his blacksmith's shop in Nairobi to talk business, and politics. "Business goes with politics: if politics go down, business also goes down", said the 64-year-old, grumbling about the "unhealthy" political climate in Kenya since the Supreme Court's September annulment of President Uhuru Kenyatta's election. Election seasons stifle the economy in Kenya, but this year's protracted crisis, with many weeks of court disputes and street protests, has been particularly bad for business. Onyango appears hard at work, hammering a glowing shaft of metal fresh from the forge, but his industry is an illusion.
(Xinhuanet 10/11/17)
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday called for protection of children trapped in emergencies across Sub-Saharan Africa. In a statement issued to mark the International Day of the Girl, UNICEF said millions of girls in the Eastern and Southern African region continue to be denied their basic rights amid the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, a protracted crisis in Somalia, and unrelenting drought in the Horn of Africa. "In conflict situations, girls are 2.5 times more likely to be out of school than boys, and more girls are likely to be victims of child marriage. All of us in society must do all that we can to protect girls from any form of violence and abuse," said Leila...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew Tuesday from a re-run of the presidential election in the latest twist to a political saga that has plunged the nation into uncertainty. Odinga, 72, said he was pulling out because Kenya's election panel had failed to make vital reforms -- but he indicated this did not mean his battle was over. He cited legal arguments which his party believes will compel election officials to begin the whole process from scratch. The Supreme Court stunned the nation last month when it annulled the August 8 election victory by President Uhuru Kenyatta, citing what it called widespread irregularities in the counting process.
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Two university employees were killed and two police officers and a driver injured Tuesday morning when unknown gunmen fired on a vehicle close to Diani, a popular coastal tourist resort in Kenya. The car was transporting officers and staff members from Diani to the Technical University of Mombasa's nearby Kwale campus when gunmen opened fire on Tuesday morning. "The officers were escorting university staff members when they were ambushed by the gunmen who killed two and wounded three including two officers," said regional police chief Larry Kieng. Kieng said the two university workers died at the scene while the wounded have been taken to hospital. After the attack a silver sedan car was left riddled with bullet holes and abandoned...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/10/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition lawmakers said on Tuesday they would boycott parliament over proposed election law amendments ahead of a re-run of a presidential vote on Oct. 26, a contest experts say looks increasingly unlikely to happen. The poll pitting President Uhuru Kenyatta against opposition leader Raila Odinga must be held by the end of October, according to a Supreme Court ruling. Judges ordered the re-run after nullifying Kenyatta’s win in Aug. 8 polls due to procedural irregularities. If the election is not held, it is unclear who would lead Kenya, a regional trade and transport hub. The East African nation’s free market and staunch alliance with Western nations make it a favored investment and tourism destination and the...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/10/17)
MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - Two staff members of a Kenyan university were killed south of Mombasa on Tuesday when gunmen fired on vehicles carrying them and students to their campus, the area police chief said. The identity of the gunmen was unclear. Police in the coastal county of Kwale, where the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) has a campus, said they could be robbers or militants. Security is poor in the area and the convoy had a police escort. Somali Islamist militants al Shabaab frequently carry out attacks along the Kenyan coast and have been recruiting new members there. In 2015, al Shabaab gunmen killed 148 students at a university in Kenya’s Garissa town near the Kenya-Somali border, an attack...
(The Associated Press 10/10/17)
Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday withdrew his candidacy for the fresh presidential election ordered by the Supreme Court, saying the election commission had not made changes to avoid the “irregularities and illegalities” cited in the nullified August vote. It was Odinga’s legal challenge that led the court to nullify the Aug. 8 election that President Uhuru Kenyatta won. He alleged that vote results had been hacked into and manipulated. The Supreme Court also ordered a new election, which is set for Oct. 26. It was the first time a court had overturned the results of a presidential election in Africa. Odinga said “there’s no intention” on the part of Kenya’s election commission to undertake any changes before the...
(The Associated Press 10/10/17)
Gunmen killed two female employees of a university in Ukunda, near Mombasa on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast in a suspected extremist attack, a Kenyan police official said Tuesday. The assault occurred as President Uhuru Kenyatta campaigned in the coastal region for the rerun of presidential elections later this month. The gunmen suspected to be al-Shabab rebels from neighboring Somalia sprayed a vehicle carrying university staff and police with bullets near the campus, Larry Kieng, the region’s police chief said. Ukunda is 31 kilometers (19 miles) southwest of Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city. Two women staff members of the Technical University of Mombasa were killed in the attack, said Mwangi Kahiro, acting county commissioner for Kwale County said in a statement...
(Bloomberg 10/10/17)
Kenyan opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga withdrew from a rerun of the country’s annulled presidential election, pushing the East African nation toward a constitutional crisis.
(Reuters (Eng) 10/10/17)
KAKUMA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Turkana County is one of Kenya’s most arid regions, but land near the town of Kakuma sports a dense thicket of thorny trees. That’s not good news. The plant is Prosopis juliflora, a fast-growing invasive species that has wreaked havoc by taking over land once used for pasture, choking rivers and overwhelming indigenous trees in this part of northwest Kenya. But a clever plot is now underway to clear the invader – by turning it into charcoal for an energy-starved refugee camp nearby, while providing jobs for local people. More than 180,000 refugees, many from Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan, live at Kakuma camp, which was established in 1991 on the outskirts of the town...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is set to accelerate to 3.4 percent next year, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday, citing Nigeria's recovering oil and agricultural sectors. The IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook report that the region would grow by 2.6 percent this year after 1.4 percent in 2016. "Growth is expected to rise gradually," it said, while noting that the rate would be uneven and "barely above population growth". GDP in the west African powerhouse Nigeria contracted by 1.6 percent in 2016, but is predicted to grow by 0.8 percent this year and 1.9 percent next year. The IMF said Nigeria was benefitting from "recovering oil production and ongoing strength in the agricultural sector", but the...
(The Associated Press 10/10/17)
Kenya’s main opposition leader Raila Odinga has surprised the nation by withdrawing his candidacy for the fresh presidential election set for later this month. It was his legal challenge that led the Supreme Court to nullify the August election won by President Uhuru Kenyatta and order the new vote. It was the first time a court had overturned a presidential election in Africa. Here’s a timeline of the recent developments: ___ Aug. 8: Kenyans vote in presidential election with Kenyatta and Odinga the main challengers. Aug. 11: Election commission says Kenyatta wins election; Odinga disputes the results as protests break out. Aug. 16: Opposition announces it will challenge election results in court. Aug. 19: Opposition files petition with Supreme Court...
(AFP (eng) 10/09/17)
Thirty-seven people were killed after Kenya's August elections, and all but two of the cases were caused by "excessive" force by police, a human rights watchdog said Monday. Previous tolls from the disputed elections -- since annulled by the Supreme Court -- had not exceeded 24, and until now there were few details into how the deaths occurred. In a 262-page report, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) said 35 of 37 deaths it documented between August 9-15, were due to "excessive use of force by police". The remaining two were due to "civilian aggression". The August 8 presidential poll has been cancelled by Kenya's paramount court, which cited widespread "illegalities and irregularities." New elections are scheduled for...
(APA 10/09/17)
APA-Nairobi (Kenya) - The Central Bank of Kenya(CBK) on Monday disclosed that it has received an offer from Mauritius-based financial Institution (SBM) Holdings acquire to Chase Bank Kenya which is under receivership since April 2016. CBK said that they have received a non-binding offer which includes the acquisition of certain assets and matched liabilities from Chase Bank. Last year, CBK placed Chase Bank, under statutory management for a year due to what the regulator termed as unsafe financial conditions. “Whilst the non-binding offer is still subject to confirmatory due diligence and a binding contract, it is expected that this transaction will inter alia ensure a substantial recovery for depositors currently under moratorium and a transfer of a substantial number of...
(AFP (eng) 10/06/17)
Police in Kenya fired tear gas on Friday at crowds of opposition supporters marching in three main cities ahead of a tense presidential election re-run. Opposition leader Raila Odinga has called for biweekly protests to pressure the government to overhaul the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ahead of the vote scheduled for October 26. Leaders of the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition say the election commission, in its present form, should be barred from managing the re-run vote after the Supreme Court annulled the original August poll, citing widespread "illegalities and irregularities". In the opposition stronghold Kisumu in western Kenya, thousands of protesters were dispersed with tear gas after they tried to storm the election body's local offices...
(Reuters 10/06/17)
Police fired teargas at opposition activists in Kenya’s capital as protests mounted in cities on Friday calling for the sacking of election board officials involved in August’s cancelled presidential vote. Crowds gathered in Nairobi, the western opposition stronghold of Kisumu and the port of Mombasa for the second time this week. Kenya’s Supreme Court voided the Aug. 8 election citing irregularities without finding any individual at the election board responsible. [nL5N1M119T] President Uhuru Kenyatta, who won the vote only to have his victory annulled, has accused the Supreme Court of bringing the country close to “judicial chaos”.
(APA 10/06/17)
APA-Nairobi (Kenya) - Thousands of Gikomba market traders in Nairobi were on Friday mourning the loss of their property worth millions after a huge fire gutted down their wares in Nairobi’s largest open air market. Thousands of traders watched in disbelief after the fire that begun around 3.am in the morning razed down their property after the fire broke in the fish and groceries section. By Friday morning, all county fire engines were on the scene battling with the inferno that had spread to other other parts of the market and buildings housing banks close by. No cases of casualties has been reported with the cause of fire still unknown.
(Xinhuanet 10/05/17)
The African Union (AU) on Wednesday called for a peaceful resolution of disputes in Kenya ahead of the fresh presidential election scheduled for October 26. The chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, continues to follow with concern the recent political developments in Kenya following the Supreme Court ruling annulling the 8 Aug. 2017 presidential election and subsequent scheduling of fresh presidential election for 26 Oct., according to an AU statement. With a few days remaining until the election, the chairperson is concerned about actions and utterances that have the potential to adversely affect the holding of the fresh presidential election as scheduled. He has called on all stakeholders to refrain from actions and utterances that will derail Kenya's...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Nairobi (Kenya) - The Carter Center on Thursday urged Kenyan political leaders to engage constructively with the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to discuss and agree on key measures needed to allow fresh, transparent, and credible elections within the constitutional timeframe. The Centre which deployed an observer mission in Kenya during the August 8 general elections, pointed out that the agreed measures should be in line with the Supreme Court judgement that annulled the elections and ensure that the repeat polls will be transparent and verifiable. “The agreed measures should be guided by the court’s written ruling and ensure that the fresh election will be transparent and verifiable, with parties and observers given the required access to observe all aspects...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Nairobi-Uganda - The deterioration of the Kenyan private sector intensified during September, driven by an unfavourable political climate, Markit Stanbic Bank Kenya Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report revealed on Thursday. The seasonally adjusted PMI dipped to a new survey record low of 40.9 in September from 42.0 in August. According to the survey, the overall decline of the private sector was driven by sharp contractions in output and new orders. In response to lower output requirements, firms decreased their payroll numbers while firms continued to face increases in input costs at the end of the third quarter, but reduced their charges again. PMI is an indicator of the economic health of the manufacturing sector based on five major indicators which...

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