| Africatime
Thursday 30 March 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 03/30/17)
Kenyan herdsmen burned down a luxury safari lodge owned by a white conservationist on Wednesday, a neighboring ranch owner said, the latest attack to take place in the drought-stricken Laikipia area. The attack on the Mukutan Retreat, where guests can pay more than $650 per night according to travel websites, followed a military operation to restore law and order in the area. Kenyan security officials and the lodge's owners were not immediately available for comment. Insecurity in Laikipia has spiked in recent months as armed cattle herders searching for scarce grazing drive tens of thousands of cattle onto private farms and ranches. A dozen people have been killed. Some lawmakers have said the violent land...
(The Citizen 03/30/17)
Police have impounded 41.9 kg of ivory pieces with a street value of about 2 million shillings at a home in Msambweni, Kwale County. Msambweni OCPD, Joseph Chebusit, says the elephant tusks were found in a woman’s house packaged in sacks after being cut into smaller pieces. Chebusit says police have counted 88 pieces of elephant tusks but are yet to establish the sources and destination of the captured ivory pieces and are searching for suspects behind the ivory smuggling. By Nicky Gitonga
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
The African Union (AU) is extremely appalled by the attacks against African students in Noida and other cities in India. The pan-African bloc has deplored the violence unleashed during the riot that started on Monday targeting Africans of various nationalities, particularly Nigerians, which resulted in loss of innocent lives and serious injuries, the AU said in a statement. The attacks have also resulted in the displacement of many Africans from their normal places of residence, thereby putting their lives in...
(AFP (eng) 03/29/17)
Kenya's High Court on Wednesday gave parliament 60 days to enact legislation that would make it obligatory to have more female lawmakers, or face dissolution. The 2010 constitution requires that no more than two thirds of lawmakers should be men, a principle hailed at the time as a big step towards equality. However the current male-dominated parliament has repeatedly rejected legislation to enforce this. Four rights groups had petitioned the courts to compel parliament to enact such a law before a general election on August 8, saying there was a risk of a constitutional crisis.
(Xinhuanet 03/29/17)
The Kenya Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on Tuesday appealed for 25 million U.S. dollars to help 1 million Kenyans in need of food assistance. The IFRC warned that the number of people now in need of food assistance has reached 3 million -- well over double the number recorded in December 2016. Abbas Gullet, Secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross Society and Vice President of the IFRC said...
(AL Jazeera 03/28/17)
Kenya is one of several East African countries ravaged by drought with Somalia said to be on the brink of famine. The number of Kenyans needing emergency food aid has doubled in the past three months to three million, the Red Cross said on Tuesday, as the effect of a devastating drought worsens. Kenya is one of several East African countries suffering from food crises, along with Ethiopia, South Sudan, where famine has already been declared, and Somalia, on the...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/28/17)
As Wanjiku, a Kenyan land rights activist, stepped out of the minibus and into the night, two other passengers pushed her into a nearby car. She had made a mistake: not taking seriously death threats over her campaign to stop logging around Mount Kenya, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is an important source of water for the East African nation and home to endangered elephants. "They told me: 'We have to be at the mugumo tree at midnight'," said...
(Capitalfm Business 03/28/17)
Four Kenyans are among six aid workers killed in an ambush on March 25 in South Sudan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says efforts are currently underway by South Sudan security agents in conjunction with officials from GREDO and UNICEF to recover the bodies of the victims. “The ministry is actively engaging all stakeholders to ascertain the exact circumstances leading to this tragedy” CS Amina Mohamed said Tuesday. The aid workers were killed as they travelled in convoy from the...
(Voice of America 03/28/17)
The World Health Organization and U.N. children's fund are spearheading a massive immunization campaign across Africa to rid the continent of the last vestiges of polio. Tens of thousands of health workers will fan out across 13 central and western African countries to vaccinate more than 116 million children under age five against the crippling disease. The U.N. agencies report more than 190,000 volunteers, traveling on foot or bicycle, will go house to house across all cities, towns, and villages...
(AFP (eng) 03/27/17)
Kenya dominated the World Cross-Country Championships on Sunday, Geoffrey Kamworor defending his men's title, Irene Cheptai leading a historic cleansweep in the women's race and Asbel Kiprop helping to secure a third gold in the mixed relay. Kamworor had to rely on a late break to win the men's race in 28min 24sec, making him the first back-to-back winner since 2006. Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei had led for most of the race, to the delight of the home crowd, with dozens...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/17)
Kenya on Monday formed a team to spearhead campaigns for preventing and countering violent extremism that has caused deaths in the East African nation. Government spokesman Eric Kiraithe said the team would include all principal secretaries and office of the Inspector General of Police. Kiraithe said Kenya had initiated a cross-cutting multi-agency national campaign to prevent and counter violent extremism. He said the formation of the team is in recognition of the need to bring to bear preventive, mitigation, and...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/17)
The Chinese government on Monday announced donation of 21,366 tonnes of rice, worth 21.8 million U.S. dollars, to alleviate hunger and malnutrition among Kenya's drought victims. Speaking at a ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya's Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich lauded Beijing for responding to a presidential appeal for emergency food aid. "The food donation is obviously a good gesture from a friendly country," said Rotich, adding that Kenya also appreciates China's assistance in infrastructure development, agriculture and health sectors. Chinese Ambassador...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/17)
There is need for China and its African allies to kick start a new dialogue aimed at revitalizing wildlife and ecological conservation in the world's second largest continent, a conservationist has told Xinhua in an interview. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), told Xinhua that Beijing is an indispensable partner in efforts to protect Africa's iconic wildlife species that are grappling with human and climatic induced threats to their survival. "China is playing a big role in Africa's...
(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...
(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...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/24/17)
Despite the scorching sun, Kirinkle Saruni keeps a watchful eye on his 15 cows grazing by a sand dam. "I hope water reserves will sustain us until the next rains. Pastoralists from other areas are increasingly coming to the dam for water," said Saruni, looking pensive. He is one of about 400 villagers in Olenarau, in Kenya's southern county of Kajiado, who make daily trips to the dam to quench their animals' thirst. Recent rain failures have particularly hit livestock-herding...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/17)
A group of non-government organizations (NGOs) on Friday called on African leaders to find practical solutions to protect and assist Somali refugees and asylum seekers facing ongoing conflict and a humanitarian crisis in Somalia. In a joint statement issued on the eve of the regional summit on refugees, members of the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS), Somalia NGO Consortium and the Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) expressed hope that the leaders will take practical steps towards the development and implementation of...
(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...
(AfricaNews 03/21/17)
At least 10 people have been killed in Kenya following clashes over pasture. According to reports, the 10 were killed in Kom, Isiolo County, in eastern Kenya after fighting between armed herders from two neighbouring communities over grazing land. It is estimated that 50,000 animals were grazing in the area when the violence broke out. Police were dispatched to the area to restore normalcy. The clashes come days after a British rancher was shot dead in central Kenya by herders...

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