Thursday 21 September 2017
(APA 08/23/17)
Kenya’s Supreme Court on Wednesday warned parties to the Presidential election petition to refrain from prosecuting the case publicly, and profiling of the seven bench judges, warning that the matter is sub judice. The Supreme Court said it has already received the petition, and warned the parties against making statements to discuss the merits and demerits of the case, as it would be perceived as intended to direct the court on the conduct of the petition lodged by the opposition last week. The Supreme Court in a statement added that the presidential petition is being considered by the court and any attempts
(Daily Nation 08/23/17)
An official of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was arrested in Machakos while trying to buy copies of Form 34A from agents of a political party. Mavoko IEBC Deputy Returning Officer Onesmus Kaloki was arrested on Tuesday in Mlolongo after two agents of Maendeleo Chap Chap Party alerted the police. The agents, Ms Everlyne Mwenda and Ms Winnie Ndunge said Mr Kaloki had been calling them since Saturday asking them to surrender the forms. "He kept calling me demanding for the forms and when I asked him what he wanted them for, he said he lost his copies," said Ms Ndunge. The agents said Mr Kaloki had promised to give them money in exchange for the forms. Machakos...
(The Citizen 08/23/17)
The Supreme Court and the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) have directed petitioners, politicians, political parties and interested parties to refrain from prosecuting the presidential petition outside the Supreme Court. In a statement to newsrooms, the Supreme Court says it has fully seized the presidential petition and has barred interested parties from prosecuting the presidential petition in any other forum but the Supreme Court. “The court is now fully seized of the petition challenging the presidential election, therefore, petitioners, respondents, agents, advisers and supporters in reference to the sub judice rule are directed to refrain from prosecuting the merits of their case(s) in any other forum other than this court,” read the statement. In the statement, the Supreme Court notes...
(Daily Nation 08/23/17)
Uganda and Tanzania have ceased to be Kenya’s export drivers after relinquishing the position to Pakistan and the United States that have upped their appetite for Kenyan goods. Pakistan has this year overtaken Uganda as the largest buyer of Kenyan goods, while the United States is fast bridging the gap between it and Kampala on Kenya’s export market table. Exports to Pakistan jumped 90.8 per cent to Sh24.8 billion in the year to May from Sh13 billion in a similar period last year, marking the fastest growth. Shipments to the US grew 20 per cent to Sh18.5 billion in the period, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics data shows. On the flipside, exports to Uganda remained unchanged at Sh21.9 billion...
(Daily Nation 08/23/17)
Police on Wednesday dispersed youth in Kisumu after they chased away workers erecting a banner with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s portrait near Jubilee market. The youth set the banner on fire before the police lobbed teargas canisters to disperse them as they had blocked Kisumu-Nairobi Road. Motorists had to divert other alternative routes after the crowd became hostile, chanting ‘Uhuru must go’ and ‘No Raila no peace’. “We are still hurt, they should wait for the case to be determined first before he is congratulated. All they are doing is provoking us,” said a resident, Mr Zablon Awilo. Mr John Oketch, another resident said the billboard was meant to provoke National Super Alliance supporters as they await the hearing and ruling...
(Capitalfm Business 08/23/17)
The ban of poultry trade between Uganda and Kenya has been partially lifted as three facilities from Uganda have been allowed to sell their poultry products to Kenya after having met high levels of bio-security. According to the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Willy Bett who spoke during a press conference on Wednesday, the decision was arrived at after the Kenya technical team reviewed the measures taken by Uganda to contain the infection of avian influenza that had hit the country. “When there is a ban on trade of poultry you can imagine the impact it creates in business that’s why this matter is taken seriously so as to see there is continuity in trade and the minute...
(APA 08/23/17)
The U.S. government has on Wednesday announced $32.6 million in new funding for humanitarian assistance to address Kenya’s drought. The drought is causing an increase in malnutrition especially among children in northern Kenya. The U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Robert F. Godec said the additional funding is part of USAID’s ongoing support to the Government of Kenya’s drought response, coordinated by the National Drought Management Authority. “The United States is helping to feed children and families who are suffering as a result of the drought. We are working to save lives and to support Kenyan efforts to build resilience in the most vulnerable communities,” Godec said in Nairobi on Wednesday. Drought relief includes immediate deliveries of emergency food, nutrition, and water,...
(APA 08/23/17)
Kenya’s immigration department is preparing to begin the roll out of the e-passport by 1 September. However, the department noted that holders of valid current passports will be allowed to use them for the next two years, after which they will be rendered invalid. The move is expected to facilitate faster clearance at ports of entry and exit and also curb fraud cases, the department has said in a notice on their website. The machine readable passport will hold an individual’s biometric information and security features which will prevent unauthorized use or forgery.
(Voice of America 08/23/17)
Violence surged in rural central Kenya earlier this year as armed northern herders brought thousands of cattle, sheep and goats onto private property, prompting clashes that took the lives of humans and wildlife. As drought raged on, it did not help that some politicians encouraged constituents to graze their livestock wherever they could find grass and water. Peter Hetz, executive director of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum, says that although the recent elections and change in government were peaceful, there are still unresolved issues. “People are feeling optimistic and empowered by the power of the vote and the ability to vote out some of the people who were implied in the early politicization of this county and the maneuverings of armed...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50 countries. China has pledged that it would, in three years, train 200,000 technicians and provide 40,000 training opportunities in China, and will offer 30,000 government scholarships, he said. Stating that 1,100 Ethiopian candidates are invited this year to attend short-term...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/22/17)
Kenya's opposition will argue before the Supreme Court that technology enabled rather than curbed election fraud, as it seeks to overturn a vote this month won by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Opposition leader Raila Odinga's National Super Alliance (NASA) said in a petition filed on Friday that results from more than a third of polling stations were "fatally flawed", in some cases because of irregularities in electronic transmission of paper results forms. The documents suggest the opposition will link alleged irregularities to the murder of Chris Msando, the election official overseeing information technology, days before the Aug. 8 election. Kenyatta won a second term by 1.4 million votes, election authorities said. A parallel tally by independent monitors based on a sample...
(APA 08/22/17)
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday vowed he will not bow to foreign pressure to accept defeat and move on after the August 8 elections. Odinga is still insisting that the election victory was stolen from him and handed over to the incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta. Speaking in the Coastal town of Mombasa, while launching a national campaign for truth and electoral justice in Kenya in protest of election outcome, Odinga maintained that the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) systems were hacked by agents working at the behest of the ruling Jubilee administration and the results tinkered in favour of Kenyatta. “Let the agents of foreign powers exhorting us to accept and move on so that they can continue...
(Voice of America 08/22/17)
Women and girls as young as 12 from Kenya's countryside are being forced into sex work to support families affected by prolonged drought. They have little or no education and travel at least 50 kilometers (30 miles) to reach urban areas, working in unsafe conditions far from their homes. “Since I was raped, I entered into prostitution, because I saw that is something that my family depends on,” a 24-year-old mother told the International Rescue Committee (IRC). “It is not something good, but the need to care for these children is what forces me, because I don't have anywhere else to run to,” the woman said. The IRC has been working in Turkana, a region in northwestern Kenya with over...
(APA 08/22/17)
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday led the nation in marking the 39th anniversary of the death of the founding father of the republic, Jomo Kenyatta. Speaking at a memorial service in Nairobi, the President described his late father as a man who dedicated his life towards attainment of independence. “Mzee Kenyatta led this country for 17 years and built a very strong foundation. Mzee believed in us speaking in one voice, working together as a Kenyan people,” he said. “And I look forward, we also have an obligation to ensure that we leave a country and a people that can forge ahead for another 3,800 years long after we have left because of the foundation that we shall also...
(APA 08/22/17)
Kenyans are bracing for the ban on the use of plastic bags expected to take effect on August 28, with local traders and manufactures crying foul over the move. Earlier in the year, the government through a gazette notice banned the manufacture and importation of plastic bags used for commercialization and household packaging. The plastic bags are categorized under carrier bags constructed with handles and with or without gussets and flat bags constructed without handles and with or without gussets. Kenya decided to take the route after plastic bags were identified as major causes of environmental damage and health problems. Following the imminent ban, there has been an outcry from manufacturers following the gazette notice banning the use of plastic...
(Xinhuanet 08/22/17)
African officials on Monday called for urgent infrastructural development and regional integration to boost the continent's economy. At the Infrastructure Africa 2017 in Johannesburg, Zambian Minister of Finance Felix Mutati encouraged Africans to speedily address infrastructural deficit. "We have to inject some sense of urgency in ourselves. If we remain captured by business as usual, we are headed for disaster," said Mutati at the opening ceremony of the two-day event. "Competitiveness in Africa is being constrained by infrastructure deficit. We need about 93 billion U.S. dollars every year to address the infrastructure gap in the continent. We need to urgently implement projects," he said. Mutati said Africa has to narrow focus to innovative financing and design, better use of existing...
(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
Kenya are to play friendlies against Togo and Mauritania in Morocco as part of their build-up for the African Nations Championships (CHAN) which they are hosting in January 2018. The warm-ups featuring local-based players will be played in Rabat on August 31 and September 4. "Whereas AFCON 2019 qualifiers and the FIFA Rankings remain crucial for us going forward, CHAN 2018, which will be hosted in Kenya is equally important, and we are happy to have secured the two friendlies," Football Kenya Federation (FKF) chief executive officer Robert Githiomi said. The CHAN 2018 championship scheduled to be held between January 11 and February
(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/17)
As disputes raged over the presidential results from Kenya's election last week, a little-noticed democratic revolution blossomed in the layer of government directly underneath. Kenyans sent home 25 out of 47 county governors, upholding a strong anti-incumbency tradition and warning that voters would turf out failing local leaders after power and money devolved to the counties in the last election cycle. Anti-corruption campaigners - and voters - hope the new taste of direct accountability will eventually help curb corruption in East Africa's biggest economy and weaken the grip of parties that rely on ethnic voting blocs. "Party doesn't matter. We want performers," said Ann Wairimu, 48, a real estate agent in Nairobi, where dirty water and open sewers caused a...
(Voice of America 08/21/17)
“It’s still fresh in my mind, the scene of female genital mutilation,” said Purity Achieng, a 17-year-old from Kenya. Achieng was speaking on stage in the finals of the Technovation Challenge World Pitch Summit, a competition that invites girls from around the world to come up with tech solutions to local community problems. Since it began in 2009, 15,000 girls from more than 100 countries have participated in the competition. Achieng and her team of four other Kenyan teen girls call themselves “The Restorers.” They are taking on Female Genital Mutilation or FGM. They have created an app, called i-Cut, which connects girls at risk of FGM with rescue agents and offers support for those who have already been cut...
(Bloomberg 08/21/17)
GreenWish Partners, a renewable energy company run by a former Morgan Stanley executive, is planning to invest $800 million on solar-powered telecommunications towers across Africa. The project could fuel economic growth by providing power for essential services. Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest rates of energy access in the world and is home to about half of the world’s 1.2 billion people without reliable electricity, according to the International Energy Agency. The problem extends to businesses as well as households, cutting into productivity and growth. “We reduce the total cost of power by 30 percent,” said Charlotte Aubin-Kalaidjian, the founder and chief executive officer of GreenWish, who was formerly a managing director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. “Smaller towers can run...

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