Mombasa – Mombasa Info Mon, 27 Jun 2022 15:57:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mombasa – Mombasa Info 32 32 African Member States Reaffirm Commitment to Protect Underwater Cultural Heritage – Education in India | Latest Education News | Global Education News Mon, 27 Jun 2022 15:57:08 +0000

The urgency of protecting Africa’s underwater cultural heritage was underscored during an awareness event held on June 4, 2022 in the beautiful historic city of Mombasa, Kenya and at the idyllic site of Fort Jesus, a World Heritage Site.

This event took place as part of the UNESCO project “Building Capacity and Raising Awareness of the Underwater Cultural Heritage in Africa” supported by the Japanese government and took place at the end of a 10-day training for 18 participants from 14 African countries, namely Benin, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, Sudan and Tanzania. It was attended by community leaders, government officials, civil society organizations and stakeholders from Mombasa and the surrounding area.

Mr. Stanvas Ongalo, Ag. The Director General of the National Museums of Kenya also stressed the importance of the event at Fort Jesus and its contribution to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

The event sensitized stakeholders to the tremendous opportunity and importance of protecting underwater cultural heritage and developing sustainable tourism and blue economy. Threats to underwater cultural heritage such as treasure hunting, looting, commercial exploitation, environmental degradation, acidification or pollution were also discussed.

The 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage provides a roadmap for protecting this fragile and often underestimated heritage, which includes shipwrecks, airplanes and sunken cities. Among the beneficiary countries, Nigeria, Namibia, Benin, Madagascar and Senegal have ratified this important convention, and a total of 19 countries across the continent. Therefore, the Japanese government-backed project on “Capacity Building and Awareness Raising on Underwater Cultural Heritage in Africa” is crucial.

Through this project, UNESCO together with its main partners; the National Museums of Kenya and Rising from the Depths Network have successfully completed a 10-day workshop in Mombasa with experienced trainers and underwater and marine archaeologists. During the workshop, representatives from different African countries were trained in exploring and protecting underwater cultural heritage. With the support of their trainers, the trainees showed a photo and graphic exhibition of the projects developed during the training, which was a continuation of the June 2021 online engagement, and stood ready to present and answer the questions stopped by the audience.

To further build capacity and raise awareness of Africa’s underwater cultural heritage, the program will launch a 12-minute short film to raise awareness among local communities and 8 three-minute modules to train underwater archaeologists. The films will be shared on UNESCO social media platforms, websites and museums across the continent.

South Sudan uses the port of Djibouti as an import route Sun, 26 Jun 2022 01:32:52 +0000

Aerial view of Djibouti port. [Photo courtesy]

JUBA – South Sudan plans to use the port of Djibouti as an import route for goods from international markets.

Chamber of Commerce Deputy Chairman Lado Lukak Legge said plans were underway to divert trade from the Port of Mombasa to Djibouti.

“We are in talks with the Djibouti authorities so that we can connect Djibouti, Ethiopia and South Sudan so that we can use the port of Djibouti via Ethiopia,” Lukak said during a networking business seminar for Ethiopian traders hosted by the Embassy in Juba was organized on Thursday.

Lukak said it was easier and cheaper to import goods through the port of Djibouti.

“Djibouti is close to South Sudan compared to the port of Mombasa in Kenya, and the Djibouti government stands ready to strengthen trade ties with South Sudan and Ethiopia.”

Lukak called on the governments of Djibouti, Ethiopia and South Sudan to build roads connecting these countries to facilitate the movement of goods.

“We want roads connecting Djibouti to Ethiopia and South Sudan so that we can use Djibouti’s port to reduce dependence on Kenya’s Mombasa.”

“We would like the governments of both countries to strengthen their bilateral ties and allow access for South Sudan to use the port of Djibouti to export goods and other essential goods.”

South Sudan receives much of its imports from the port of Mombasa in Kenya via Uganda.

Trading companies have long complained about losses due to the congested port.

Source: Sudan Post.

Giancarlo Davite in Kenya for Safari Rally 2022 | The new time Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:59:08 +0000

Renowned rally driver Giancarlo Davite is in Kenya representing Rwanda in the Rally Safari, which takes place in Mombasa from 23rd to 26th June.

Rally Kenya is one of 13 races listed by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) on the World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar this year.

According to Rwanda Automobile Club (RAC) President Christian Gakwaya, Davite is the only Rwandan representative who has expressed an interest in participating in the rally in Kenya.

The driver, who is taking part in a WRC race for the first time in his career, told times sports that: “It’s a dream after we couldn’t participate last year because of Covid problems”

“The goal is simply to finish as well as possible,” he added.

Japan’s Takamoto Katsuta, Elfyn Evans, Craig Breen and Adrien Fourmeaux are among the favorites to win the race.

The launch ceremony took place in Nairobi on Thursday before the drivers headed to the Super Special Stage at Kasarani, from where the cars proceed to the KWS Naivasha Training Institute.

Several stages have been tweaked to include new sections, and the itinerary unveiled Monday saw the Geothermal Stage (10.8 kilometers) and the 19.2-kilometer Narasha stage as new additions to last year’s edition, with the latter stage being used for the first time since 2002.

Hell’s Gate remains the Power Stage, while Sleeping Warrior, the stage that turned the rally upside down last year when it suddenly rained, is the only full-length test that remains unchanged from 2021.

A total of 19 stages have to be contested during the four-day race with a distance of 363.44 km.

The Safari Rally is notorious for its unforgiving conditions, with dusty roads dominating the route, raising the question of whether the hybrid rally cars will survive on the tracks.

KRC begins revitalizing 127 km of railroad track two decades after cessation of operations Tue, 21 Jun 2022 21:01:25 +0000

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KRC begins revitalizing 127 km of railroad track two decades after cessation of operations

Workers participate in the rehabilitation of railway lines in Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu county, Feb. 9, 2021. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NMG

The government has started rehabilitation of the 127-kilometer Voi-Taita-Taveta railway line, which was closed two decades ago.

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has already urged dozens of trespassers into the railway land reserve along the Voi-Taita-Taveta metre-gauge railway corridor to vacate it before the end of this month to facilitate rail rehabilitation.

“We would like to make the public aware that the company intends to rehabilitate the 127-kilometer Voi-Taita Taveta MGR line. All unauthorized persons who have entered or reside and/or operate in the corridor of the MGR Line are hereby granted a period of fourteen days to voluntarily evict immediately upon the expiry of this notice or to be faced with forced eviction in order to to make way for the planned revival. Read part of KRC’s announcement.

The company said that after the notice period, any illegal buildings/property found along the corridor will be demolished and/or removed at the risk and expense of the intruders.

Several people are expected to count casualties as some sections of railway land along the corridor have been converted to stands.

The line is now in a state of disrepair and some of its sections have been vandalized with missing rail bars, notably in Tsavo West National Park.

The railway line, built in 1924 by the British government during the First World War, closed in 2000 and was the preferred mode of transport to carry their goods from Taveta and neighboring Tanzania.

According to the KRC Master Plan, after its rehabilitation, the line will be connected to the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and play a key role in moving cargo from the Port of Mombasa to Holili on the Kenya-Tanzania border.

The project would significantly boost international trade between Kenya and northern Tanzania considering it will be linked to the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) inland container depot to be built in Taveta.

KPA has secured a 50-hectare plot of land in Taveta, on the Taveta-Holili border, to build an inland freight hub, but construction has not yet started. When completed, it will facilitate the evacuation and delivery of cargo to Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda.

In a previous interview, Saitoti Torome, secretary-general of the planning department, said plans to refurbish the old line have been completed and that revitalizing the corridor will boost the movement of cargo by providing cheap transportation from Mombasa Port.

Former state officials arrested by the EACC for fraud Mon, 20 Jun 2022 06:34:59 +0000

A number of senior former Land Department officials have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the fraudulent acquisition and transfer of publicly owned land.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission announced Monday morning that former Lands Commissioner Wilson Gachanja, the former Senior Lands Officer in charge of the coastal province of Zablon Mabeya, and Jabu Salim Mohamed – Physical Planner at the Ministry – have been arrested “for aiding and abetting in appropriating public land by private developers.”

“The public land in question is a public access road – Kwale Diani/Beach Block/1072 valued at Kshs 30,000,000,” said EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak

The suspects are currently being held at the EACC Integrity Center Police Station and are scheduled to be transferred to Mombasa to appear in court on Tuesday 21 June 2022.

“Wilson Gachanja and Zablon Mabeya in particular play prominent roles in the various public land reclamation lawsuits that EACC has filed in court.”

“EACC seeks to hold accountable all those involved in public land grabs. Further investigations into this are ongoing,” said the EACC chief

Jambojet joins the Adopt a Forest Campaign to promote forest cover Fri, 17 Jun 2022 14:28:21 +0000

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 17 (Reuters) – Jambojet Limited and Kenya Forest Service (KFS) have partnered to plant 1000 trees on one hectare of land in the Ngong Hills Forest to meet the government set target of 10 percent forest cover by the end of this year year to achieve.

The airline has joined the KFS Adopt-A-Forest campaign, which aims to increase forest cover and plant 2 million trees by 2032.

Jambojet chief executive Karanja Ndegwa acknowledged at Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony that their operations have had an impact on the environment through carbon emissions, and to offset this they are working to reduce global warming.

“Globally, the dominant discussion about climate change assumes that the earth is about 1.1 degrees Celsius warmer than it was at the end of the 19th century and that emissions will continue to rise. The goal is to keep global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius and therefore emissions must be reduced by 45 percent by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050,” he said.

The managing director further pointed out that Jambojet plans to replicate the Adopt-A-Forest framework at its seven destinations in Kenya, including Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Diani, Malindi, Eldoret and Lamu.

“We heed the global call for a zero-net transition, and planting trees is one of the activities we consciously engage in to reduce the environmental impact of our operations. We have been actively involved in tree planting activities with schools, public bodies and the private sector and partnering with the Kenya Forest Service provides a great framework for the uptake,” explained the Jambojet manager.

Francis Kariuki, Nairobi Region Head of Conservancy, said current forest cover is 8.3 percent, versus the 10 percent forest cover set out in Vision 2030.

For his part, Kajiado North Assistant County Commissioner Bathsheba Osiemo reaffirmed the government’s commitment to work with private organizations to address climate change.

“As a national government, we support various organizations. We usually work closely with private entities, so we work as private and public partnerships so that we can accomplish our various missions,” Osiemo said.

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Kenya’s triathlon team aims to make their mark at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham Wed, 15 Jun 2022 06:00:37 +0000

Nairobi – Ahead of its debut at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in the United Kingdom, Team Kenya has prepared for the triathlon with head coach Camila Lydia, who will compete in the July 28-August 8 triathlon.

John Paul and Joseph Okal, who were at camp under the tutelage of Lydia, are joined by Aisha Nasser Baksh and Vivian Hillier, who were added to the team following the women’s Commonwealth Games trials held in Kilifi over the weekend.

“At first one of my athletes (John Paul) from Mombasa had an issue with the altitude but he has adapted well and our training is going smoothly. We are focused on the techniques and the concentration is good because there are no distractions in the camp” said the coach.

Paul, who lives in Mombasa, says the altitude difference was a big challenge for him as he has always lived and trained at low altitude.

“I’m from Mombasa, that’s zero altitude so the first week when I came to Nairobi was bad. I was struggling to breathe and almost got sick, but I’m glad that got under control and I’m fine now,” Paul said openly.

A triathlon is an endurance multisport race consisting of swimming, cycling and running over various distances, with athletes competing for the fastest overall time, completing each segment sequentially with the time transition between included disciplines.

“I try to perfect everything (swim, bike, run), especially my bike and run. My swimming is good but there is always room for improvement. As we have a track in Kasarani this will help with my runs and we have a pool to work on swimming. We also have a wonderful terrain for cycling training in Kasarani,” he concluded.