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  • In pictures: Kenyatta sworn in for a second term

    KENYA, 2017/11/30 Kenyatta's calls for unity echo those he made throughout an election campaign in which he as well launched searing attacks on the judiciary and opposition. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday vowed to be the leader of all Kenyans and work to unite the country next a bruising and drawn out election process that ended with his swearing-in. "I will devote my time and energy to build bridges, to unite and bring prosperity," he said as he started his second term faced with a large portion of the people that rejects his election outright.
  • Chaos in Kenya as President Kenyatta sworn in, with police clashing with supporters and opposition groups

    KENYA, 2017/11/29 Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term on Tuesday in what some hoped would be the end of months of election turmoil, which Kenyatta said stretched the country “almost to the breaking point”. But violence continued, with at least one person killed as police fired rifles and tear gas to break up a large opposition gathering. During and next Kenyatta’s inauguration, police elsewhere in the capital, Nairobi, tried to stop the opposition from holding demonstrations to mourn dozens killed by police and militia since the original election in August. A witness said one person was shot dead, and opposition leader Raila Odinga was shoved into his vehicle amid clouds of tear gas any minute at this time next he called Kenyatta’s presidency illegitimate.
  • Gasping for breath: pneumonia's deadly toll among the hungry children of Kenya

    KENYA, 2017/11/04 The baby lying under a red printed blanket is gasping for air. Her tiny chest is convulsed with the effort of drawing oxygen into her lungs and,as her mother looks on helplessly, her pupils roll back under half-closed eyelids. Sumea, six months old, from Lodwar, Kenya, is suffering from the disease parents here fear the majority: pneumonia. Without treatment, she could be dead in a day or two. In Kenya, one of the worst nations affected by the disease, it claimed the lives of 22,473 people in 2015, almost all under the age of two. But Sumea, the daughter of a businessman, is one of the lucky ones. Her mother, Fatuma Abdi, brought her to hospital at the same time as she began breathing very rapidly, a telltale sign that pneumonia has become life-threatening. In Turkana, a rural county where awareness of the symptoms is poor, her mother’s quick thinking helped save her. Only half of children in sub-Saharan Africa with such symptoms are brought to a healthcare facility.
  • Kenya: Nakumatt Files for Voluntary Administration, PKF Consultant to Take Over Management

    KENYA, 2017/11/01 Troubled retailer Nakumatt has applied for an government order under the insolvency act. In papers filed at the High Court, the directors of the Supermarket chain have proposed Peter Kahi of PKF Consulting Limited to be appointed as the administrator with a view of turning around the supermarket. "Kahi is an experienced business turnaround professional and if the application is granted, Mr. Kahi will act as an independent administrator and perform his functions in the interests of Nakumatt's creditors as a whole," the directors say.
  • Namibia Scraps Visas for Africans

    BOTSWANA, 2017/11/01 Namibia has gotten the ball rolling on plans to scrap visa requirements for African passport holders next Cabinet authorised the implementation of this process - to be carried out in line with diplomatic procedures. Namibia will any minute at this time start issuing African passport holders with visas on arrival at ports of entry as a initial step towards the eventual abolition of all visa requirements for all Africans.
  • Africa: Experts Explore Infrastructure and Cooperation to Improve Lives

    BOTSWANA, 2017/11/01 Addis Ababa — African economies require structural transformation to attain sustained increase that trickles down to all its peoples, an official from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) told experts gathered at the organization’s Ethiopian headquarters. Soteri Gatera, who heads the ECA’s Industrialization and Infrastructure Section, says only such “inclusive” economic increase will help resolve the “persistent social economic problems” Africa faces.
  • Africa's last international banks make their stand

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/31 On June 1, 2017, Barclays sold a 33.7% stake in its African business, Barclays Africa Group Limited (BAGL). The transaction reduced the UK lender’s stake in its African offshoot to 14.9% and permitted, in accounting terms, the deconsolidation of BAGL from its parent. Additional symbolically, it brought to an end Barclays’ operations on the continent next additional than 100 years. The rise of Africa’s home-grown financial players has led most international lenders to withdraw from the continent. However, Société Générale and Standard Chartered are not only staying put but marking territory for digital expansion. James King reports.
  • Africa’s Growth: Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz Calls For New Strategy

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/19 Joseph Stiglitz has advised African nations to adopt coordinated strategy encompassing agriculture, manufacturing, mining, and service sectors to attain same success delivered by the old manufacturing export-led strategy. Prof. Stiglitz, an economist and professor at Columbia University, New York, gave the advice at the Babacar Ndiaye lecture series introduced by African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) which debuted in Washington D.C.
  • Ecobank launches mVisa across 33 African Countries

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/19 Ecobank Scan+Pay with mVisa delivers instant, fasten cashless payment for goods and services by allowing customers to scan a QR code on a smartphone or enter a incomparable merchant identifying code into either a feature phone or smartphone Ecobank (https://Ecobank.com) has partnered with Visa to launch Ecobank Scan+Pay with mVisa solutions to their consumers. The strategic tie-up signals interoperability on a cross border level – and potentially huge gains – as it affords consumers with the ability to use their mobile phone to due access the funds in their bank accounts to pay person-to-merchant (P2M) or person-to-person (P2P).
  • Drought cuts 14pc in tea production

    KENYA, 2017/10/17 Tea production in the initial eight months of the year dropped 14 % due to a severe drought in the initial quarter. Monthly data from the Tea Directorate indicate the volumes of the crop dropped from 309 million kilos last year between January and August to 265 million kilos in the corresponding period this year.