Monthly Archives: January 2022

The gin revolution brings EABL big profits

Gin contributed 5 percent of Diageo’s reported net sales in the period July to December 2021. [Courtesy] The gin revolution in Africa was fueled by the prodigious consumption of Gilbey’s in Kenya. This is according to the interim results of Diageo, a London-based multinational brewer that owns a majority stake …

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Latest Covid, Omicron and Vaccine News: Live Updates

imageThe Omicron wave filled Brooklyn hospitals including Brookdale Hospital Medical Center last month.Credit…Dave Sanders for the New York Times The omicron wave is now receding in states where the extremely contagious variant arrived later, and some governors say it’s time pandemic-weary Americans try to restore a sense of normalcy and …

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Kenya has more to offer than many travelers realize

If you’re planning a safari holiday this year and are ready to delve deeper into what Kenya has to offer, here are suggestions on how you can go off the beaten track across the country while taking advantage of what makes it such a special place power. Giraffe Manor, a …

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Fend off leaders bent on inciting political violence, Wavinya tells Kenyans

Transport CAS Wavinya Ndeti addresses worshipers at the New East Africa Church in Ngelani, Machakos Town constituency, on January 30, 2022. She urged voters to reject leaders who incite Kenyans to violence. [Erastus Mulwa, Standard] Transport Chief Administrative Secretary Wavinya Ndeti has called for political tolerance as the country prepares …

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Review finds about 80 laws to reduce decentralization

The Board of Governors re-elected Chairman Martin Wambora and Deputy Chairman James Ongwae, who addressed the media as they unveiled the new office. [ Jenipher Wachie, Standard] The Council of Governors (CoG) was in the news this week, first with a section of the print media predicting tough battles during …

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Huawei has launched the Matepad T series children’s edition in the Kenyan market, available from Ksh. 25,999

Huawei Mobile Kenya has introduced its newest tablet on the market, the Huawei MatePad T series, children’s edition. The tablet is designed with child safety in mind. It comes with a child’s case and pencil and will be available to retail at Ksh. 25,999 in Huawei Experience Stores, Textbook Center …

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Ruto claims Raila is bribing MPs to defect from ANC, FORD-Kenya

Deputy President William Ruto has attributed the recent defections of western Kenyan lawmakers from the Amani National Congress (ANC) and FORD-Kenya to parties allied to the Azimio la Umoja movement. According to Ruto, the recent exodus from the Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula-led groups was the result of a well-calculated …

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IFC visits Kenya to support development agenda

Global financial institution International Finance Corporation (IFC) MD and Executive Vice President Makhtar Diop will visit Kenya from 31 January to 4 February to demonstrate its support for Kenya’s development agenda. The IFC said in a Jan. 27 statement that the visit would highlight the role of the private sector …

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Kilifi leaders optimistic about China’s plan to build museum

Kenya‘s High Commissioner for Tanzania Dan Kazungu. [Pius Cheruiyot, Standard] Kilifi leaders have welcomed the Chinese government’s plans to build a museum and industrial park in Mambrui, near the city of Malindi. The initiative honors one of China’s greatest pioneering seafarers, Zheng He, who landed in the coastal town more …

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Everything is right for the Sh8b Likoni residential project

A portion of the Likoni Flats buildings in Mombasa County built in 1973. [Robert Menza, Standard] Residents at the Likoni Flats estate in Mombasa have finally agreed to move out of their derelict homes to allow the district government to build new homes in a Sh8bn partnership with a private …

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Kenya: MKF raises non-Gema communities in an attempt to popularize Odinga

Nairobi – The Mount Kenya Foundation (MKF), made up of top businessmen from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s backyard in the central region, has now planned to meet with various communities to rally support for the Azimio La Umoja movement . As the clock approaches the August 9 presidential election, the foundation …

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Kenya condemns terrorist attacks on civilians in Afghanistan

Kenya has condemned terrorist attacks on civilians that continue to undermine peace efforts in Afghanistan, including the recent deadly Islamic State attack in the Provence of Khorasan in Herat. Speaking on Wednesday during the UN Security Council briefing on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Kenya’s Deputy Permanent …

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Hotels in Nakuru are fully booked ahead of the June Safari Rally in Kenya

BY MACHARIA MWANGI Hoteliers in Kenya‘s Nakuru City have started taking bookings for June’s Safari Rally as residents brace for an uptick in business. The county signed a pact last Sunday to keep the event in the World Rally Championship through 2026. This year it will take place between June …

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Kenya is driving the sustainable transport agenda

Often known for its chaotic, congested streets, downtown Nairobi is the site of several pioneering experiments in electrified public transport. From February, Nairobi-based electric vehicle (EV) and finance company BasiGo will trial two electric buses on public transport providers, providing a model for how Kenya can transition to an electrified …

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The state begins development of the second phase of the Lapsset Corridor

Lapsset Director General Stephen Ikua (standing) with Chairman Titus Ibui (left) and Maina Kiondo. [Courtesy] The Lapsset Corridor Development Authority (Lapsset) Corridor Development Authority has embarked on the next phase of transport network development following the launch of Lamu Port last May. The agency said it is now focusing on …

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International Day of Education – From Kenya to Cameroon, students at the Nigerian institute find the root of Stem success

Dancan Onyango left Kenya in 2017 to study at the Life and Earth Sciences Institute at Pan African University in Nigeria and is now the proud holder of a PhD in Environmental Management. After graduating from the institute last May, he returned to Kenya to take up a position as …

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Kenya is trying to regain Dar’s fuel business with its new reserve in Mombasa

By ANTHONY KITIMO Kenya is banking on the new $385 million Kipevu Oil Terminal to rip oil business out of the port of Dar es Salaam, which supplies the Great Lakes region. Tanzania turned the tables on the port of Mombasa after persistent allegations of adulteration of petroleum products on …

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Samuel Njoroge and Erick Ooko share the lead after day one

The Golf Park’s Erick Ooko and Kenya Railway Golf Club’s Samuel Njoroge were two under par on the first day of the Road to Magical Kenya Open golf championship at Limuru Country Club’s par-72 course on Sunday. Ooko, one of the top pros in the country, threw an early shot …

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Inside Mudavadi’s closely guarded secret before the earthquake announcement

Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi will make a major announcement in the Bomas of Kenya on Sunday 23 January. In his recent addresses to the media, the former vice president explained that his announcement would set off a political tremor and send shockwaves across the country. As …

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SJPC appoints Chris Perks as Director of Engineering

Courtesy of SJPC Published 01/22/2022 17:54 by The Maritime Executive South Jersey Port Corporation is pleased to announce the recent appointment of veteran engineer Chris Perks to the organization’s team. Perks has been appointed Director of Engineering to support the agency’s growth strategy and continue to provide quality customer service …

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CS Mucheru urges public institutions to use digitization to improve service delivery

CS Joe Mucheru speaks at the Konza Technopolis – Intel Corporation Forum in Mombasa. [James Wanzala, Standard] ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru wants public institutions to use digitization and innovation to improve service delivery. Citing innovation as the new frontier of value creation and solutions to challenges, CS said the …

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Kenya wants to open more offices abroad, says CS Omamo » Capital News

Nairobi, Kenya, Jan. 22 (Reuters) – Kenya has set up three new diplomatic missions during the COVID-19 period, according to the Foreign Ministry. Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo indicated that missions have been opened Mozambique, Jakarta and Arusha during this period. Omamo, speaking at the unveiling of the State Department’s 2020/2021 …

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RegTech Africa Conference on driving growth and shaping the digital economy

The first edition of the annual Regtech Africa Conference is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 25th May 2022. the RegTech Africa Conference is the premier gathering of regulators, innovation ecosystem developers, investors, businesses and government officials to engage, collaborate and share knowledge on emerging technologies and practices that support …

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Snapshot of African economy as @ 210122

Friday, January 21, 2022 / 12:15 p.m. / United Capital Research / Header Image Credit:Courtneyk, iStock Anglophone West Africa Nigeria According to the National Bureau of Statistics, consumer prices rose 15.6% yoy in December 2021, beating consensus estimates (14.8%; Bloomberg). According to the Minister of Finance in a presentation of …

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The plan to make full use of the railroad to move cargo from the port creates a storm

Cargo being unloaded from SGR train to Meter Gauge Railway freight train at Inland Container Depot in Mai Mahiu Naivasha for onward transport to Malaba. [Antony Gitonga, Standard] Coastal towns along the Northern Corridor are expected to be hit by another wave of economic hardship once Kenya Railways begins hauling …

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Rare twin elephant babies born in Kenya

Issued on: 01/20/2022 – 15:14Changed: 01/20/2022 – 15:12 Nairobi (AFP) – An elephant in Kenya has given birth to twins, an extremely rare event, conservationists said Thursday. Conservation group Save the Elephants said the twins – a man and a woman – were born to a mother named Bora. They …

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Government calls for cooperation to achieve food safety – Kenya News Agency

National and regional governments are committed to working with intergovernmental organizations, farmers and private stakeholders for the thriving of the agricultural sector, the backbone of Kenya’s economy. During the Fourth Intergovernmental Forum on Agriculture in Mombasa, Cabinet Minister for Agriculture Peter Munya said that the country is still lagging behind …

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The Daily Herald – Geothermal: Delivering Opportunities Beyond Electricity

Artistic representation of the extraction and use of geothermal energy. CASTRIES, St. Lucia–The harnessing of geothermal energy — that is, the heat that comes from beneath the earth — in the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) areas has been an ongoing topic of research and exploration since the …

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Kenya’s hammer blow for long overdue rental apps

ideas & debate Kenya’s hammer blow for long overdue rental apps Wednesday 19 January 2022 The Central Bank of Kenya, Nairobi on Sunday 22 November 2020. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NMG BY WANGARI NJATHIMore from this author summary After much ethical uproar from Kenyan digital loan borrowers, the Kenyan …

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FAA rejects FedEx proposal to install missile defense system on Airbus planes

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday it was withdrawing proposed conditions that could have allowed supplier FedEx to install laser-based missile defenses on the jetmaker’s Airbus A321-200 planes. The FAA said Tuesday it “determined that further internal studies are necessary.” The FAA said, to avoid confusion, “a comment period …

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The climate crisis needs to be “humanized” to spur more action

EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Wahuti, the Kenyan activist who delivered an impassioned speech to world leaders at COP26, believes business and society must “open their hearts and listen” to communities already experiencing the worst of the climate crisis , to help make informed decisions for the benefit of society at the next …

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President Áder meets the Kenyan President in Nairobi

Kenya wants to increase its presence in Central Europe and is ready to open a diplomatic mission in Budapest as soon as possible, said Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta told The Hungarian counterpart János Áder on Monday in Nairobi. Áder is the first Hungarian President to visit Kenya since independence. At …

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Exciting motorsport showcase marks Standard Group’s partnership with Classic Rally: The Standard Sports

Standard Group CEO Orlando Lyomu (left) presents a gift to EASCR manager Sinder Sudle during the revival of a 1950 partnership with EASCR on Monday January 17, 2022. [Jonah Onyango, Standard] Excitement was in the air as leading national broadcaster, Standard Group PLC, revived a 1950 partnership with the East …

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Uganda protests Kenya moves to dump cargo in Malaba on old railway

By KABONA ESIARA By ANTHONY KITIMO Uganda has protested the decision by Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) to offload 40 containers bound for Kampala on the Kenyan side of the Malaba border crossing, in total disregard for transit traffic operating norms. Kenya this week began trial runs for express freight train …

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Kenya Railways accountant charged with falsifying payslip and stopping deductions

business Kenya Railways accountant charged with falsifying payslip and stopping deductions Monday 17 January 2022 By SAM KIPLAGATMore from this author summary An accountant at Kenya Railways Corporation has been accused of changing the corporation’s payroll system, resulting in a Sh317,500 loss for the company. Patrick Kareithi Ndegwa, charged with …

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Kenya: Aakif Virani named 2021 Motorsport Personality of the Year

Nairobi – Division One champion Aakif Virani beat greatest challenger Carl “Flash” Tundo to be crowned the 2021 Kenyan Motorsport Personality of the Year during a colorful ceremony at the WRC Safari Rally Secretariat in Kasarani. The acclaimed Skoda Fabia R5 driver beamed in his video message about his fairytale …

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STI spike among Kenyan teens blamed for lockdown

By PAULINE KAIRU A new report points to a worrying rise in the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis, among adolescent girls in Kenya during the Covid-19 lockdown. Preliminary post-pandemic data collected in 2020 shows a dramatic increase in infections compared to 2019. Research in …

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Complete Sports Training Center – offers athletes a holistic training

What sets the Complete Sports Training Center apart is that it is a holistic training center. Just after 6am, John makes his way to the gate of the camp, ready for the morning run. At 6:15 p.m., he was joined by about 20 other elite runners who live at the …

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Global Finance celebrates BoT boss

The Central Bankers’ Reports, published annually by Global Finance since 1994, rate central bank governors of 101 countries and territories, including the European Union, Eastern Caribbean, Central African States and West African States, all of which have monetary unions. The magazine offers free country economic reports, which ranked Prof Luoga …

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Janjangbureh Kankurang Festival 2022 takes on a new dimension

Hasssoum Ceesay, Director General of the National Center for Arts and Culture (NCAC), made the announcement The point newspaper in a pre-festival interview at his office in The Gambia’s National Museum on Monday. DG Ceesay announced that this year’s festival takes on a new dimension as the Local Organizing Committee …

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Kenya’s passport is the eighth strongest in Africa

business Kenya’s passport is the eighth strongest in Africa Friday January 14, 2022 A Kenyan passport. FILE PHOTO | NMG By GERALD ANDAEMore from this author summary Kenya‘s passport is now the eighth most important in Africa and 71st globally after its mobility score improved six places in the latest …

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Port expansions could expose Kenya to more crime

Kenya‘s $ 3.6 billion port master to plan will transform the country’s sea, sea and dry ports over the next 30 years. Modern ports that conform to International Maritime Organization (IMO) codes are attracting a larger maritime market that affects both the Kenyan economy and the region. But with this …

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Alleged drug lord Masuo Bakari from Mombasa found dead in Thika

The body of a suspected Mombasa drug lord who disappeared on December 5, 2021 has been discovered. The body of Masuo Bakari Tajiri was found horribly decomposed in a thicket in Thika, Kiambu County. Masuo, along with Fahmi Bakari, 21, and Hussein Mohamed, 26, are pending a number of drug-related …

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Kenya’s active role in the Global South’s agenda is paying off »Capital News

The rise of the Global South is attributed to increased trade and investment, accelerated regional integration and improved knowledge and technology exchange between the low and middle income countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The most visible manifestation of this increasingly influential grouping of states is the …

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South Sudan and Sudan discuss reopening of the Babanusa-Wau railway line

January 11, 2022 (KHARTOUM) – Costello Garang Ring Lual, South Sudan’s presidential advisor, discussed options in Khartoum to reopen the Babanusa-Wau Railway, which connects the two Sudans. The stretch between Babanusa from West Kordofan and Wau in the state of Upper Nile was fully rehabilitated by the United Nations and …

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Kenyan startup funding declined by Sh15 billion in 2021

Capital markets Kenyan startup funding declined by Sh15 billion in 2021 Wednesday January 12, 2022 The funding of Kenyan start-ups by international investors decreased by 15 billion shredders last year. FILE PHOTO | NMG From KEVIN ROTICHMore from this author summary Data from the American online platform Substack shows that …

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Delta aims to develop the blue economy in order to attract investment

From Adedapo Adesanya Delta State said that developing a blue economy in Nigeria will attract huge investments in the state, including in seaports, tourism, rail and road development, airport, agriculture, oil and gas, housing construction, among others. This will take place in the run-up to the Nigeria Blue Economy Stakeholders …

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Debt servicing, weak shilling reduces Kenya’s net foreign assets by 763 million

BY VICTOR JUMA Kenya‘s net international assets decreased $ 763 million in the year through September, the largest decrease ever, suggesting local financial institutions liquidated some of their overseas portfolios. The net external assets (NFA) refer to the total external assets of the banks and the Central Bank of Kenya …

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Peace and Development in the Horn of Africa: China’s Constructive Role

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (C) and the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (2nd R) at the Kipevu Kenya Oil Terminal in the port of Mombasa, Kenya, January 6, 2022. / CMG Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (C) and the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (2nd …

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Sri Lanka calls for Chinese debt rescheduling due to collapsing economy

Sri Lanka’s foreign exchange reserves had dropped to just $ 1.5 billion by the end of November (file) Colombo: The ailing Sri Lanka tried in talks with guest foreign minister Wang Yi on Sunday to reschedule its enormous Chinese debt, the president’s office said. The island’s tourism-dependent economy has been …

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572 arrested during Interpol’s October operation – DCI

572 people were arrested in Kenya during Interpol’s month-long operation from October 1. A statement by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) on Sunday 8 January indicated that the operation to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in Kenya’s inland waters and along the Kenyan coast was underway. According to …

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The Mombasa County government does not rule car dealers and tankers from the CBD

The government of Mombasa County has ordered the motor vehicle and petroleum tanker showrooms operated in the Central Business District (CBD) to relocate to a designated area on the mainland side in Jomvu subdistrict within 30 days. In a special announcement, Taufiq Balala, the district’s board of directors for transport, …

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Kenya and Uganda need dialogue on trade crisis, says EABC

By Zephania Ubwani Arusha. Business leaders in East Africa have called for an immediate end to the escalating trade blockade between Kenya and Uganda.You want the two neighboring countries to sit together and resolve all open questions amicably, instead of constantly arguing.“Retaliation is and should not be the ultimate solution,” …

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Mobile operator Telekom introduces the Mobile Money app

The South African mobile operator Telecom says his Kenyan operation has launched an app for its T-Kash mobile money product. The company announced in a press release on Tuesday (Jan. 4) that its app will be available in the Google, Huawei and Apple app stores, giving customers broader access to …

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Tanzanians register for the Soundoff Music Festival Dubai

A press release from the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), the organizer of the festival and exhibition, said this week that Tanzania is so far among the nine countries whose winners have started winning the tickets. The winners are the United States, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Uganda, Great …

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KQ pilots are pushing for a revision of the airline’s board of directors and management

Kenya Airways is still suffering from the effects of Covid-19 which is constantly evolving. The aviation industry’s degree of recovery in 2021 is now threatened by the Omicron variant. [File, Standard] Kenya Airways pilots are pushing for a revision of the airline’s management and board of directors, arguing that the …

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India in focus: China appoints special envoy for the Horn of Africa | World news

Sutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Amit Chanda China will appoint a special envoy for the Horn of Africa, a cluster of countries on a major shipping route near India, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced Thursday, a signal that Beijing wants to play a bigger role in the …

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Little known high schools attended by Kenyan billionaires

As the prosperity game in Kenya continues to expand, it’s easier to see that nearly all billionaires of our time have several similarities with an underlying grass-to-grace story. For example, most tycoons have proven they had to work hard with a significant portion of the wealthy and influential individuals who …

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The surgeon applies to the court to extend paternity leave to 3 months

business The surgeon applies to the court to extend paternity leave to 3 months Thursday, January 06, 2022 BY JOSEPH OPENDAMore from this author summary A surgeon based in Nakuru has petitioned the court to order the same length of paternity and maternity leave. Dr. Benjamin Magare Gikenyi, a specialist …

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Kenya’s foreign wealth falls $ 769 million

BY VICTOR JUMA Kenya‘s net international assets decreased by Ksh 87.1 billion ($ 769.7 million) in the year through September, the largest decrease ever, suggesting local financial institutions liquidated some of their overseas portfolios. The net external assets (NFA) refer to the total external assets of the banks and the …

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Why dead family members notice Kenyans who have moved

The late Robert Bundi, his wife Veronica Bundi and their three daughters will be buried on Saturday, January 7th, in their home in Sameta, Kisii County. [Courtesy] An obituary for five family members who were killed in a traffic accident at Christmas moved Kenyans yesterday and reshaped the debate about …

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Chinese Foreign Minister visits Kenya in Africa tour

BY ANTONY KITIMO Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has started his four-day visit to Africa to consolidate trade ties, where he is expected to sign a number of bilateral agreements and memoranda with African countries. Mr. Wang started his visit to Eritrea and the Comoros on January …

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Kenya’s foreign wealth falls by Sh87 billion

business Kenya’s foreign wealth falls by Sh87 billion Tuesday, January 04, 2022 The Central Bank of Kenya, Nairobi on Sunday November 22, 2020. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NMG BY VICTOR JUMAMore from this author summary Kenya’s net foreign assets fell by Shutter 87.1 billion in the year through September, …

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KTB supports efforts to contain the spread of Covid and save the tourism sector

KTB Chairman and Managing Director Savora Group of Hotels Jimi Kariuki. The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has endorsed the Covid-19 guidelines, including the guideline requiring tourists to be vaccinated before they can be admitted to local accommodations. Today, KTB chairman Jimi Kariuki said the speed at which the Omicron variant …

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Tourism players are optimistic about easy money when business picks up

Tourists on Jomo Kenyatta public beach, Mombasa. [Omondi Onyango, Standard] Tourism actors remain optimistic for 2022 despite the uncertainty caused by Covid-19 and the prevailing politically charged season. “The gradual opening of the economies shows that we understand the virus better, and an important highlight will be to optimize tourism …

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Kenya’s surviving cabinet minister for independence, Charles Njonjo, dies at the age of 101

Former Kenyan Attorney General Charles Mugane Njonjo, who died on Sunday the 2nd He died of pneumonia that collapsed his lungs. Njonjo, who turns 100 in 2020 “I was at King’s College Budo and was there with King Freddie (Kabaka Edward Mutesa I),” Njonjo said then. “I like Uganda and …

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Battles Kenyans must defeat this year

This year there will be a successor in the State House, with August 9th being the day of the general election. [Kibata Kihu, Standard] This year Kenyans will have to fight a series of battles that will ultimately determine their political, economic and health fate. Obviously, the ever-mutating coronavirus is …

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President Uhuru confirms merger of Kenya Airways with South African Airways

President Kenyatta has announced that Kenya Airways (KQ) and South African Airways (SAA) will work together to create a pan-African airline. Kenyatta said in its New Years message that the new airline will have unmatched continental reach and global coverage. “To promote tourism, trade and social engagement; and to strengthen …

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I am ready to take Kenya to another level after my election as President

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has assured Kenyans that if he is elected president in the upcoming general election, he will take the country to another level economically. Raila said he would replace President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is a political scientist and engineer. The former Prime Minister …

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