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  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • Protesters demand rapid inquiry into murder of Kenya election official

    KENYA, 2017/08/02 Protesters marched on the offices of Kenya's election commission on Tuesday, demanding a speedy investigation of the murder of a senior official that has raised fears over the legitimacy of next week's national elections. Chris Msando, the election board's chief of data, communication and technology, was found murdered on Monday. He had been tortured before he was killed, authorities said. Msando oversaw the live transmission of election results, a contentious area that the opposition has said could be used to rig next Tuesday's presidential and parliamentary polls.
  • Kenya: Election Official 'Tortured and Murdered' Before Vote

    KENYA, 2017/08/01 An official charged with overseeing Kenya's electronic voting system has been found dead just days before the August 8 presidential election, according to the commission's chairman. The body of Chris Msando, a top data technology manager at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), has been identified at the city morgue, Wafula Chebukati, IEBC chairperson, said on Monday. "There was no doubt he was tortured and murdered. The only question in our mind is who [killed him] and why he was killed a few days to elections," Chebukati told reporters.
  • Uganda on High Alert as Kenya, Rwanda Go to Polls

    KENYA, 2017/08/01 Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda on Thursday morning called a conference of select Cabinet ministers to chart a blueprint about Uganda's national of preparedness in relation to the upcoming elections in neighbouring Rwanda and Kenya. The conference, sources familiar with the matter told Sunday Monitor, was attended by Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa, junior Internal Affairs minister Mario Obiga, government Chief Whip Rose Nankabirwa, minister in charge of General Duties Mary Karooro Okurut, Security minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde and officials from the Finance ministry. Sources, who attended, intimated that the conference largely deliberated on the August 8 Kenyan polls, which pit the incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta against four-time presidential aspirant Raila Odinga.
  • Kenya: Serem Rejects Salary Deal As Nurses Strike Hits Hospitals

    KENYA, 2017/06/07 One person died next he was turned away from a hospital on Monday, as the health sector was thrown into a crisis next the Salaries and Remuneration Commission rejected a new pay agreement for nurses, which had been negotiated by the Council of Governors. Nurses in public hospitals have downed their tool to turmoil poor salaries. The additional than 25,000 nurses are demanding the implementation of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) signed between their union and the Council of Governors (CoG).
  • UN humanitarian chief urges international support for Kenyans in drought-hit areas

    KENYA, 2017/03/05 The United Nations humanitarian chief today urged international support for the estimated 2.7 million people in parts of Kenya who urgently need food and water following the onset of a severe drought. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O'Brien, saw the devastating impact of drought on rural communities in northern Kenya. “Crops are failing, food prices are rising, and families are going hungry. The spectre of hunger and disease is haunting East Africa again. We need to put a stop to this,” Mr. O'Brien said.
  • Kenyan college where al-Shabaab killed 148 reopens amid tight security

    KENYA, 2016/01/05 Kenya’s Garissa University has reopened nine months next an al-Shabaab shooting rampage killed 142 students and six security personnel. A staff conference was held on Monday, with students expected back for lessons on 11 January. Security has been reinforced, inclunding the deployment of 25 police officers to a new barracks built within the campus. Garissa is the biggest town in the region, straddling Kenya’s long border with Somalia, which has been repeatedly targeted by militants. “The reopening of the university marks an significant milestone,” said principal Ahmed Osman Warfa. “We fought very hard to have this institution here and will not accept losing it.”
  • Mary Cherop Maritim is one of the four finalists for AFIF’s Entrepreneurship Award 2015.

    KENYA, 2015/12/11 Standing in front of a room full of investors at the 2015 Africa Finance and Investment Forum (AFIF) in Cape Town last month, Kenyan Mary Cherop Maritim shared how she started her frozen foods company. “This business has changed my life completely,” she said. “I get emotional at the same time as I say that because I at no time used to be like this. Just having the confidence alone. At no time before would I have stood in front of anybody like this to say anything.” Maritim is the founder of Cherebut Foods, a company that supplies frozen grains and legumes. Today the business has its own factory, produces a tonne of food a week for seven grocery chains in Kenya and employs 11 people.
  • Devolution in Kenya: Panacea or problematic?

    KENYA, 2015/12/03 The levels of violence that followed Kenya's disputed 2007 presidential elections called for radical action to address perceived inequality and rampant corruption. Additional than 3000 people died in the post-election violence. In response, a new constitution was introduced, mandating that the Kenyan government adopt a byzantine from presently on highly ambitious system of devolution. Devolution holds a lot of promise. Implementation continues apace, but currently faces political challenges inclunding concerns from the private sector that multiplying layers of government will lead to confusion and red tape. On 21 November Anne Waiguri, the embattled cabinet secretary for Devolution and Planning announced her resignation following sustained accusations of corruption and economic mismanagement within her department. This has exposed the structural challenges surrounding accountability and discretionary powers in Kenya's decentralisation process. This development is not only a setback for the governing Jubilee Coalition but as well for proponents of devolution.
  • Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta's trial is crucial to the ICC

    KENYA, 2015/08/20 Judges will reopen a hearing into whether to take action against Kenya over allegations it obstructed investigations into its President Uhuru Kenyatta, next an appeals court ordered them on Wednesday to reconsider their rejection of the case. Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) accused Nairobi last year of failing to send in evidence linked to charges Kenyatta orchestrated a wave of deadly violence next 2007 elections. He denied the charges and the case collapsed. The prosecution asked judges to refer Kenya to the United Nations, which could impose sanctions, or the court's overseeing body. An ICC tribunal initially rejected the prosecutors' request, but the appeals court said on Wednesday the panel had made mistakes in its ruling and told it to think again.