| Africatime
Saturday 25 March 2017
(Voice of America 03/25/17)
Kenya on Friday recognized World Tuberculosis Day by releasing results of a TB study by the country's ministry of health — the first of its kind since Kenya's independence. TB remains high in Kenya, and experts say the country lags in the fight against the disease. The survey represents a united front by many committed parties to determine the true burden of tuberculosis and how to best combat the fourth-leading cause of death in Kenya. The survey is intended to provide an accurate estimate of Kenya's TB burden, determine existing challenges in delivering TB testing and treatment, and identify people with TB not yet detected by the National TB control program. It was conducted to...
(BBC News Africa 03/24/17)
Kenya has become the first country to exclusively sell government bonds to citizens via their mobile phones, as it seeks new ways of raising money. The country is already a pioneer in the use of mobile money. The government is looking to tap into that network by allowing mobile phone users to trade the government securities across their phones. Kenyans can buy one of the bonds for as little as 3,000 Kenyan shillings ($30; £23), the country's central bank said. Kenya's banking system is fuelled by mobile payments. The main provider of mobile transactions, M-Pesa - which is Swahili for money - has about 20 million users, and there are more than 100 times as many M-Pesa kiosks as there...
(Voice of America 03/24/17)
The Kenyan government says it will open the border with Somalia to boost trade and allow the flow of people between the two countries. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta also pledged to help Somalia in the fight against al-Shabab militants and support and train government workers. His remarks followed a meeting he had in Nairobi with his Somali counterpart, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. After a closed door meeting that lasted more than three hours, the two heads of state addressed the media...
(Voice of America 03/23/17)
The smell of rotting animals permeates the air in parts of central Kenya's Laikipia area, as lurking vultures and hyenas seem to be the only ones benefiting from the drought. Dead elephants, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, cattle, sheep and goats dot the landscape. While some died from the drought, some of the wildlife was shot or speared to death by armed herders in search of pasture and water for their tens of thousands of cattle, sheep and goats. Ranch and conservancy...
(Voice of America 03/21/17)
Tanzania has announced a plan to send 500 doctors to Kenya after a doctors' strike paralyzed health services in the neighboring country for months. Kenyan doctors, however, say the government should not hire any foreign doctors but instead employ the more than 1,000 trained physicians who are unemployed. Tanzanian President John Magufuli announced the plan to dispatch the doctors after a recent meeting in Dar es Salaam with a visiting Kenyan delegation that included Kenya's health cabinet secretary, Cleopa Mailu...
(Voice of America 03/21/17)
East African leaders attending the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Kenya this week are expected to talk about Somali refugees and regional security. However, there are doubts that IGAD has what it takes to ease the crisis in the region. The Kenya State House spokesperson, Manoah Esipisu, said the repatriation of Somali refugees will be the main agenda item at the summit. "It will focus largely on the questions of Somali refugees and creating a conducive environment in their...
(Bloomberg 03/20/17)
The European Union said it’s giving an extra 165 million euros ($178 million) to battle humanitarian crises in East Africa, including a famine in South Sudan and drought in Somalia. From the total, 100 million euros will be allocated to help responses to the crisis in South Sudan and an influx of its refugees to neighboring countries, the EU said Monday in an emailed statement. Humanitarian assistance for droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya will be targeted with 65 million...
(Voice of America 03/18/17)
Thousands of HIV-negative Kenyans will for the first time be placed on daily antiretroviral medication, or ARVs, in a bid to avert new infections. The new program seeks to lower the country's HIV transmission rate to individuals who face a substantial risk of contracting HIV, such as rape victims and HIV-negative drug users. The head of the National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP), Martin Sirengo, said the measure will be rolled out in April and will involve the use of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. “We are introducing PrEP to a selected population, not to everyone, and this selected population includes, for instance, HIV-negative partners
(Voice of America 03/18/17)
Each year, the University of Southern California hosts the African Global Economic and Development Summit, bringing delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas. Visa issues are not uncommon for people traveling from African nations. During her prior three summits, Mary Flowers saw a high percentage of her attendees unable to attain visas. "Usually we get 40 percent that get...
(Voice of America 03/17/17)
The Kenya Association of Manufacturers says the government's directive to ban plastic bags beginning in September will hurt more than 170 companies and put at least 60,000 people out of work. The problem is not plastic bags, but consumer behavior, says Phyllis Wakiaga, the association's chief. "Issue of waste management is an issue we must admit as a country because all of us are responsible for it," Wakiaga said. "How we manage our waste at the individual level, at a...
(Voice of America 03/17/17)
One of the enduring legacies of the Barack Obama presidency will be the relationship built between the United States and young Africans. As part of Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), each year 1,000 young people from sub-Saharan Africa travel to the United States to spend six weeks at a U.S. college or university. The program will continue this summer. But building enduring relationships is a two-way street, and many in Africa want to see Americans coming to their continent...
(Bloomberg 03/16/17)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said he’ll rectify a decline in bank lending to business caused by his decision in August to impose a limit on commercial lending rates. Kenyatta in August capped rates at 4 percentage points above the central bank rate, fulfilling a campaign pledge he made before coming to power in 2013 to lower the cost of credit. The ceiling has failed to stimulate lending, with growth in loans to the private sector slowing to 4.3 percent in...
(Usa Today 03/16/17)
A 100-day doctors' strike that has created a health crisis for millions of Kenyans neared an end Tuesday, when government and union officials signed an agreement to improve pay and work conditions, the union announced. The country's 5,000 public-sector doctors will resume work on Friday, said Ouma Oluga, secretary-general of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union, according to the Associated Press. Doctors, who were once on call at all times, will now work 40 hours a week and...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(Voice of America 03/09/17)
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that East Africans are facing starvation and that the situation might worsen if nothing is done to avert the crisis. The United Nations estimates more than 17 million people are facing hunger in nine countries. Somalia is facing its second famine in less than six years, South Sudan has declared some parts of the country in famine, and Kenya's government declared the drought there a national disaster. More than 10 million people are going...
(Bloomberg 03/08/17)
The Kenyan president’s interest-rate pledge is in tatters. Just five months before Uhuru Kenyatta seeks re-election, the country’s inflation rate has surged to the highest level since 2012 and the government is struggling to borrow money at yields it’s ready to offer. That’s left the caps he imposed on commercial interest rates all but unviable in a country already heading for a cash crunch. The bank teller-turned-politician, whose father was the nation’s founding president, has put central-bank policy makers in...
(Bloomberg 03/07/17)
Safaricom Ltd, East Africa’s biggest mobile-phone company, would have to reconsider future investment in Kenya if proposals to break up the company are implemented, the head of mobile money at parent Vodafone Plc said. The company 40 percent owned by Newbury, England-based Vodafone was found to be Kenya’s dominant carrier in a draft report by U.K.-based advisory group Analysys Mason. The study was commissioned by the Communications Authority of Kenya to check whether the market leader had abused its position...

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