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Kenya seeks additional $3.5 billion loan from Eximbank

The Kenyan government is seeking additional $3.5 billion loan from China Eximbank for the construction of the Nairobi-Mombasa railway line, local media reported. This additional loan from China Eximbank will help the East African nation to finance the construction of the third phase of the Nairobi-Mombasa railway project. The Nairobi-Mombasa 270km railway is the first […]

Kenya: US freezes $21ml health aid amid corruption scandal

The United States government on Tuesday announced the suspension of over $21 million direct aid to Kenya’s Ministry of Health amid concern over corruption. According to the Nairobi-based US Embassy, support for HIV drugs and other health programs outside the ministry would continue. “What we have done on health assistance is to temporarily suspend technical […]

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Kenyan predicts right outcome of 17 games, wins $2m

28-year-old Kenyan Samuel Abisai has won $2 million after he correctly predicted the outcome of all 17 games in last weekend’s mega jackpot. A statement from gaming company, Sportpesa, said the winner was called shortly after midnight on Sunday and was revealed at a red-carpet ceremony in Nairobi later. The University of Nairobi graduate becomes […]

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Kenyan president raises minimum wage ahead of polls

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday announced plans to increase the minimum wage ($106 a month) by 18 percent in the East African nation. “We know that for two straight years, we have not increased the minimum wage. So, after consultation with key stakeholders, I have directed that the minimum wage be increased by 18 […]

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Kenya to recruit 10,000 police officers for August 8 polls

Kenyan government has launched mass recruitment of police officers ahead of the general elections on August 8, 2017, local media reported. The National Police Service has opened applications to recruit 10,000 people with induction to be done after nine-month training, the police service announced. “Applicants recruited for the training into the service shall be bonded […]

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Kenya, Ghana and Malawi to Pilot world’s first malaria vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday announced that the first vaccine against malaria, Mosquirix, was developed by GlaxoSmithKline and that pilot tests on children will take place in three African countries: Kenya, Ghana and Malawi. The Mosquirix vaccine (also called RTS, S) was created especially for infants aged 5 to 17-month olds, the WHO […]

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AfDB questions Africa’s annual $35bn food importation

African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina on Thursday lamented the negative effects that huge food imports had on the African continent. Speaking at the Center for Global Development event held in Washington DC, the former Nigerian Agriculture Minister indicated that the continent must break the food import chain and aim for self-sufficiency in food production […]

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Kenya: President Warns against Violence Ahead of Polls

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday warns against violence among rival camps within his party ahead of primaries. Two parliamentary candidates have been victims this week after being caught up in such a clash, Reuters reported. The East African nation, where disputed election results in 2007 stoked ethnic violence across the country, goes to the […]

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U.S. Government issued travel alert ahead of elections in Kenya

The U.S. State Department has warned its citizens of possible unrest that could turn violent, ahead of general elections slated for Aug. 8 in Kenya. A year ago, Police in Nairobi used tear gas and water cannon to break up rallies urging resignation of supervising body in run-up to August vote. Authorities face pressure to […]

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Kenyans get 550 Sudanese scholarships

Some 550 Kenyan students will be awarded scholarships to study in Sudanese universities, Sudanese Ambassador to Kenya Elsadig Abdalla Elias told reporters in Nairobi. The Scholarships include 30 slots of oil-related programs and studies in medicine, pharmacy, agriculture and technology. The move aims to boost ties between the two countries, Elsadig Abdalla Elias said. “We […]

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