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Kenya: incumbent Kenyatta takes lead in tightly contested polls

Kenya’s incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken a significant lead as votes are counted after Tuesday’s polls in the East African nation. With results from 80 per cent of the 41,000 polling stations declared, the electoral commission said President Kenyatta was leading Mr Odinga by 54.9 per cent to 44.3 per cent. The figures are […]

Kenyans vote in tight, hotly elections to elect President, MPs

More than 19 million Kenyan voters are heading this Tuesday to 40,883 polling stations across the East African nation to elect a president and a new parliament. Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, 55, is seeking a second and final five-year term in office but faces solid competition from opposition coalition veteran leader Raila Odinga, 72. Kenyatta, […]

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Rwanda: Diaspora casts votes in presidential poll

Rwandan expatriates have started casting ballots in presidential elections as polling stations in Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti and South Africa, opened on Thursday. More than 44,000 registered Diaspora are set to cast their vote. According to local media portal, the New Times, Rwandans back home will cast their votes in presidential polls on Friday, August 4. […]

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Kenyans demand rapid inquiry into murder of expert

Protesters in Kenyan on Tuesday marched on the offices of Kenya’s election commission, demanding a speedy investigation after an IT chief overseeing the country’s general election has been found dead. Chris Musando was Deputy Director of ICT for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission – Kenya’s equivalent of the Electoral Commission. Police found Musando’s grey […]

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The Ethiopia-Djibouti railway line to start commercial operations in October

Chinese-built electric rail line built in Ethiopia will start commercial operations in October this year, it was officially announced. The 756-km stretch linking Addis Ababa and the Red Sea state of Djibouti aims at creating new manufacturing industries, improving transport and opening up landlocked Ethiopia further. “We hope the rail project will facilitate expansion of […]

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CAF-Morocco: CAF meeting to move AFCON to summer

As part of the highly expected decisions to be made during Rabat gathering of the African Football Governing body CAF, the continent’s flagship football competition; African Cup of Nations (AFCON) is expected to be moved to summer instead of the January-February period, reports say. Leaders of CAF are due to meet in the Moroccan capital […]

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South Sudan seeks assistance to adopt Swahili as official language

The South Sudanese government on Wednesday announced plans to introduce Swahili language in school curriculum ahead of its adoption as an official language. In a statement quoted by the News portal, The Citizen, South Sudanese Vice President Taban Deng Gai has called on Tanzania to send Swahili teachers to the World’s youngest nation. The war […]

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AU secures $150 mln to boost Africa’s geothermal energy

The African Union has mobilized about $150 million in geothermal energy development in East Africa, Chinese News Agency Xinhua reported. According to Rashid Ali Abdallah, Principal Energy officer at the Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the AU, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda and Kenya are the countries initially targeted by the funds. “East Africa alone […]

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Kenya to introduce new generic AIDS drug as fist country in Africa

Kenya is the first African country to start using a generic version of the latest AIDS drug that can improve and prolong the lives of people living with HIV, Kenya’s government and the global health initiative UNITAID on Wednesday announced. The East African nation will make the generic version of the new first-line drug, known […]

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In new Manifesto, Kenya’s ruling party pledges to expand free education, healthcare

Kenya’s ruling party on Tuesday, promised to expand free education and healthcare in East Africa’s biggest economy, as the party launched its manifesto ahead of the August 8 polls. President Uhuru Kenyatta, the head of the Jubilee Party, is seeking a second and final five-year term in office. The 76-page document titled, ‘Continuing Kenya’s Transformation, […]

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