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China tops Kenya’s international lenders – Treasury

China has invested Sh520 billion ($5,202.37 million) in Kenya in 2017, making Beijing the top partner that advanced bilateral loans to the East African nation, latest data from the Treasury show. China has become the lender of choice for Kenya in the last ten years and funded major infrastructural projects like the standard gauge railway […]

Indian telecom operator Airtel shapes Africa exit plan

India’s biggest mobile carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd, which owns telecom assets in 14 African countries, on Wednesday said it is looking at a potential initial public offering (IPO). Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV said the discussion on feasibility of listing its shares on an “internationally recognized” exchange was still in preliminary stage. Bharti Airtel, which […]

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Africa: UN chief calls for end to Female Genital Mutilation

As the world is celebrating this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation — a UN-sponsored annual event–, UNFPA, jointly with UNICEF, leads the largest global program to accelerate the abandonment of FGM. The program currently focuses on 17 African countries and supports regional and global initiatives. The UNFPA and UNICEF hope […]

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Kenya: AU “ready” to intervene as political crisis worsens

The African Union Commission (AUC) said Thursday it is ready to help defuse the political imbroglio in Kenya. The AUC said in a statement it “rejects all actions that undermine constitutional order and the rule of law.’ Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has been “sworn in” as the “people’s president” by thousands of his supporters […]

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Kenya declares opposition resistance movement a criminal group

The Kenyan government on Tuesday declared the main opposition National Super Alliance’s resistance wing, National Resistance movement (NRM), as an illegal entity. According to a special gazette notice issued on Tuesday under the Prevention of organized Crimes Act, the Ministry of Interior has declared the National Resistance movement (NRM) to be “organized criminal group for […]

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Kenya: Media blackout ahead of Odinga’s banned inauguration

The Communications Authority of Kenya has switched off Citizen Television and Radio in most parts of the East African Nation as opposition leader Raila Odinga plans to swear himself in as president. The independently-owned Citizen Television and Radio stations said that government authorities forced them off the air over plans to cover a gathering in […]

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African Union launches long-awaited single aviation market

The African Union has finally launched the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) during the 30th annual African Union summit in Addis Ababa. The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) is a flagship project of the African Union Agenda 2063, an initiative of the African Union to create a single unified air transport market and […]

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Kenya launches $25 million social housing project

The Kenyan government will soon start implementing a major social housing construction program, officials said. The project worth $25 billion will allow the construction of one million low-cost housing units in the East African nation by 2023. The Kenyan government has already adopted a series of incentives to help private sector players invest in social […]

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Togo, only African country to back US position over Jerusalem

Togo, a tiny West African nation, is the only country on the African continent to have voted in favor of President Donald Trump’s political move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The UN General Assembly repelled Trump’s decision in a resolution adopted by an overwhelming majority last week. The resolution in effect condemned President Trump’s […]

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US government halts aid to Somalia’s military over graft

The United States on Thursday, said it is suspending food and fuel aid for most of Somalia’s armed forces over corruption concerns. The US government suspension came after the Somali military repeatedly failed to account for food and fuel aid. During recent discussions between the United States and the Federal Government of Somalia, both sides […]

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