| Africatime
Sunday 30 April 2017
(AL Jazeera 03/15/17)
Thousands of physicians call off 100-day strike over pay and working conditions after dozens died without care. Thousands of doctors working in Kenya's public hospitals have agreed to end a 100-day strike after reaching a deal with the government on Tuesday that aims to address their grievances. More than 5,000 health workers calling for nearly a 300 percent increase in pay went on strike in December, but it was not clear how much of their demands were met. The government and union officials signed a deal to address pay and other issues in dispute, said Ouma Oluga, secretary-general of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union. Oluga said the biggest achievement in the agreement is that doctors now will...
(Xinhuanet 03/15/17)
As Kenya focuses on increasing production and use of clean and renewable energy, women are prioritized as key agents to achieving the targets. Women are primary managers of fuel for cooking in the households in Kenya. And for years firewood and charcoal has been the major source of cooking energy for millions of households in the country but which World Health Organization (WHO) considers a health hazard due to the loss of lives its costs families. At least 2,000 people die annually in the East African nation due to air pollution contributing to the WHO's global estimation of 1.5 million dying yearly from complications associated with the use of atmosphere impurifying biomass. Daniel Wanjohi, Eastern African Regional Representative for Global...
(Xinhuanet 03/15/17)
The Kenya shilling lost ground against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday to close the day at a low of 102.8, data from Central Bank showed. The local unit had started Monday on strong footing at 102.5 against the dollar but eased, with analysts attributing the fall to a surge in dollar demand from oil and general goods importers. On Tuesday, the currency fell 0.05 percent to close at 102.67, according to the apex bank. The decline was a continuation from Monday where the shilling had slide by the same margin. It is not only against the dollar that the shilling is losing ground. The Kenyan currency has declined against the British Pound, going down 0.07 percent on Monday to stand...
(Xinhuanet 03/15/17)
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Kenya on Wednesday signed a Technical Cooperation Program (TCP) agreement that will provide immediate assistance for drought affected pastoral and agro pastoral households in the country. FAO Representative in Kenya Gabriel Rugalema told journalists in Nairobi that under the deal approximately 2,000 smallholder agropastoralists' households will receive emergency support that will improve their access to water. "We plan to install 30 community water tanks in the northern counties of Isiolo and Marsabit to enable 10,000 livestock breeding stock to receive vital water supplies," Rugalema said. In addition, FAO will deliver 294.2 tonnes of animal feed and 196 tonnes of high-fibre ranch cubes to 545 smallholder pastoralist and agropastoralist households in the drought affected...
(The Wall Street Journal 03/15/17)
Ndalo Media founder Khanyi Dhlomo and Mara Group founder Ashish Thakkar on where the potential is and what’s blocking it How is innovation in Africa different from innovation in Silicon Valley? And how can innovation in Africa be encouraged? Dan Keeler, frontier-markets editor of The Wall Street Journal, discussed those questions with Khanyi Dhlomo, founder and chief executive of Ndalo Media, a publisher based in South Africa, and Ashish Thakkar, founder of Mara Group, a pan-African investment group with operations in banking, real estate, infrastructure and technology. Edited excerpts follow. MR. KEELER: What about innovation in Africa? Khanyi, what sort of things are you seeing that are inspiring you? MS. DHLOMO:There’s a lot of innovation happening in Africa. But it’s...
(AFP (eng) 03/14/17)
Vietnam police seized more than 100 kilograms of rhino horn smuggled into the country in suitcases from Kenya on Tuesday, the latest illegal haul in the wildlife trafficking hub. Vietnam is a hot market for rhino horn, believed to have medicinal properties and is in high demand among the communist nation's growing middle class. The country is a popular transit point for illegal animal products, which often move from Africa through Vietnam to other parts of Asia. The latest haul of the prized animal parts at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport were found hidden in luggage on a flight from Nairobi, according to the official publication of the Hanoi police department. "After scanning and checking, customs officials discovered the two...
(AFP (eng) 03/14/17)
A Kenyan court on Tuesday remanded a suspect in custody over the murder of a British man who was shot dead on his ranch earlier this month. Samson Lokayi, 25, was detained on Sunday. He will remain behind bars until March 28, pending investigation into Tristan Voorspuy's killing on March 6. Thousands of herders -- some armed with spears, others with AK47s -- have invaded private ranches and wildlife parks with their livestock, slaughtering animals and destroying property in central Kenya's Laikipia, as they go in search of pasture in the drought stricken-country. Voorspuy, a British citizen who was born in South Africa, had gone to inspect damage on his ranch caused by the raiders when he was killed. "We...
(Standard Digital 03/14/17)
The government has signed an agreement with Tullow, Africa Oil and Maersk to allow exportation of oil on pilot basis beginning June this year. Tullow, which has had wild success in exploration in Kenya, has in the past estimated that there are about a billion barrels of oil in the Southern Lokichar area. The estimates are based on wells the firm has so far drilled in the region, but expects the quantities to go up as it continues drilling as well as doing further tests on previously drilled wells. The plans to go ahead with oil production are also on the back of what the firm said was a substantial reduction in exploration budget for the country.
(Xinhuanet 03/14/17)
An institute has opened shop in Kenyan capital of Nairobi to train local start-ups on negotiation skills to help them tap an influx of foreign investment capital and linkage with U.S. investors. The African Negotiation Institute and the Chartered Academy of Negotiators (ANICAN) seeks to give leaders soft skills to handle a variety of important tasks with confidence and solve each problem with expedience. ANICAN Group President Professor Alexander Moses told a forum in Nairobi on Monday the Institute will mentor, train, coach and guide both emerging and existing African entrepreneurs to be better negotiators and deal closers. "We all negotiate and one of the skills that is lacking in Africa and among African professionals as well as entrepreneurs with...
(Agence Ecofin 03/14/17)
The Land Policy Initiative (LPI), a joint programme of the tripartite consortium consisting of the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has launched a pilot project to track progress in implementing in the AU Declaration on land issues in Africa. This was revealed by the ECA in a press statement dated March 7. In collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the project will assess progress made in implementing the key decisions and commitments of the AU Declaration on Land adopted in July 2009 by the General Assembly of the pan-African institution. “We are to a large extent in unchartered waters given many of our Member...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/17)
The Kenyan government has struck a deal with one of two unions representing striking university lecturers, the union said, bringing the government closer to ending an embarrassing standoff ahead of elections in August. A second union will continue the strike, which has shut down classes in many public universities since January. Doctors in public hospitals have also been on strike since December. The strikes come amid fierce criticism of the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking re-election in August when the East African nation holds presidential and parliamentary
(Capitalfm Business 03/13/17)
A Bill seeking to amend the elections law to compel the State to fund the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct political parties primaries will on Tuesday be formally introduced in the National Assembly. The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill sponsored by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee Chairman Samuel Chepkonga (Ainabkoi) has been listed for the First Reading in Tuesday’s National Assembly Order Paper. In one of his key amendments, Chepkonga proposes to introduce a new provision to Section 31 of the Elections Act that will provide that; “Parliament will be required to appropriate monies for the effective implementation of this section.” “Where the Commission receives multiple requests, the Commission shall conduct and supervise the nomination of candidates...
(Bloomberg 03/13/17)
East African Breweries Ltd. plans to raise 6 billion shillings ($58.5 million) in a sale of five-year debt, breaking a 17-month drought of corporate-bond issuance in Kenya. The securities, the second and final portion of an 11 billion-shilling program, offer a fixed annual rate of 14.17 percent until maturity on March 28, 2022, a 64 basis-point premium over the benchmark five-year government bond. The initial offer attracted 12.25 percent. “The second and final domestic medium-term note will seek to provide EABL an opportunity to match its borrowings with its medium-to-long-term capex and working capital investment aimed at building capacity and optimizing operations within the brewhouse and packaging,” Dorcas Ngure, head of communications at EABL, said an emailed response to questions...
(The Associated Press 03/13/17)
The governor of Kenya's second largest city says paramilitary police have surrounded his home and office to prevent him from attending a presidential event and answering accusations of corruption. Mombasa Gov. Ali Hassan Joho's aide said Sunday he would attend the event to answer President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has suggested that Joho misappropriated millions of dollars. Joho said Monday he managed to sneak out of his house in his brother's car but was stopped at a roadblock by officers who said the president ordered that he be prevented from attending. Kenyatta during a campaign rally on Sunday said Joho should explain how he had used $389 million allocated over four years. Joho says Mombasa county was allocated $166 million. Kenya...
(Xinhuanet 03/13/17)
Dozens of Chinese firms operating in Kenya on Sunday donated 30 tonnes of food, oil and water to victims of drought in Makueni County located in lower eastern part of the country. Speaking at the donation ceremony, Chairman of Kenya Chinese Chamber of Commerce Zhuo Wu said Chinese enterprises are keen to be part of the solution to drought ravaging different parts of the east African Nation. "We are ready to assist Kenyans affected by drought and have donated maize and wheat flour, cooking fat and water to the most vulnerable. This is part of our responsibility to strengthen bonds of friendship," Zhuo remarked. Zhuo said Chinese firms will extend assistance to other parts of Kenya reeling from severe drought...
(AL Jazeera 03/13/17)
Dorcas, 25, died last week after struggling to find proper cancer treatment amid the government and doctors' standoff. One month after Al Jazeera published the story of Dorcas Kiteng'e's struggle for cancer treatment in a nation whose doctors are on strike, the 25-year-old has died due to lack of proper care. Some 5,000 public sector doctors walked out on December 5 after Kenya's leaders failed to make good on a 2013 agreement to raise salaries, hire new physicians and improve conditions in public hospitals. The standoff between the health ministry, which lost $53 million last year due to corruption, and the doctors, continues to drag on. Nobody knows how many hundreds or thousands of Kenyans have died as a result...
(The Associated Press 03/13/17)
The governor of Kenya’s second largest city says paramilitary police have surrounded his home and office to prevent him from attending a presidential event and answering accusations of corruption. Mombasa Gov. Ali Hassan Joho’s aide said Sunday he would attend the event to answer President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has suggested that Joho misappropriated millions of dollars. Joho said Monday he managed to sneak out of his house in his brother’s car but was stopped at a roadblock by officers who said the president ordered that he be prevented from attending. Kenyatta during a campaign rally on Sunday said Joho should explain how he had used $389 million allocated over four years. Joho says Mombasa county was allocated $166 million. Kenya...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/17)
The United Arab Emirates, one of the Middle East's largest economies, wants to expand trade ties with faster growing nations in Asia and Africa, a senior official said on Sunday. Rich Gulf Arab states are looking at ways to diversify their economies, including who they trade with, after more than two years of depressed oil prices forced a rethink of government spending. The pace of economic growth in Asian and sub-Saharan African economies has made them ideal partners, Abdullah al-Saleh, undersecretary for foreign trade and industry at the UAE ministry of the economy, told Reuters in an interview in Dubai. Asia's two largest economies China and India are expected to grow by 6.5 percent and 7.2 percent this year whilst...
(AFP (eng) 03/10/17)
The International Olympic Committee on Thursday imposed a freeze on grants to the Kenyan Olympic committee in a move which would affect the running of national sports activities in the country. The IOC said in a statement that it was unhappy that the Kenyan National Olympic Committee (NOCK) had failed to implement new reforms demanded after Kenya's embarrassing Rio Games appearance. "The IOC is extremely disappointed by the outcome of the NOCK General Assembly which did not address governance issues the appropriate way," said Emmanuel Moreau, the IOC head of media relations and monitoring department. The IOC assisted in the drafting of new laws following a national outcry over corruption and the treatment of the Kenya team at last summer's...
(Capitalfm Business 03/10/17)
Patients across the country are continuing to suffer even as a few doctors resumed work after the riot act was read out to them by President Uhuru Kenyatta two days ago in Naivasha. A spot check by Capital FM News at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and the Mbagathi District Hospital revealed that the pace at which patients were attended to was slow and many had to wait for long to get the needed services. A few who spoke to Capital FM News however expressed relief after being attended to saying the situation was better than before when they received no services at all. “I have come here to the hospital for a checkup and I have been attended to,...

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