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Kenya dam bursts, kills at least 47

Floodwater from a commercial flower-farm dam in Kenya’s Rift Valley has killed at least 47 people as it swept through 450 homes and smashed into two villages, the local governor said. The walls of the reservoir, situated on top of a hill in Nakuru County, 190 kilometers northwest of Nairobi, gave way late on Wednesday, […]

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Swahili becomes first native African language to get Twitter recognition

Social media platform Twitter has officially recognized the use of Swahili as a language on the platform. It became the first African language to achieve that accomplishment. The social media now approves Swahili words and offers translation. It started detection of the language in tweets and subsequently offers a close to perfect translation as with […]

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Kenya’s president begs for forgiveness from Kenyans

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday called on Kenyans to forgive him for ‘damaging the unity of the country’ during the East African nation’s last presidential polls. In his 5th State of the Nation address to the joint session of the National Assembly and Senate on Wednesday, President Kenyatta conceded that last year’s elections threatened […]

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Kenya’s economic growth to rebound in 2018

Kenya’s economy is expected to grow 5.8 percent this year compared with an estimated 4.8 percent in 2017, thanks to drought cut and less political risk after last year’s presidential election, Finance Minister Henry Rotich said on Wednesday. According to Rotich, the economy of the East African nation will benefit from increased investment in key […]

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Mauritius’ SBM Bank completes acquisition of Kenya’s Chase Bank

Mauritius’ banking group SBM Holdings will inject an additional $60 million into Kenya’s Chase Bank in a month’s time, SBM Holdings Chairman Kee Chong Li Kwong Wing told a news conference on Tuesday. Kenya’s Chase Bank has been in receivership since April 2016 after failing to meet its financial obligations. He said SBM had already […]

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Landslide buries 30 homes in Kenya’s Makueni region

At least 30 families have been left homeless following a landslide in Kenya’s eastern Makueni region, local media reported. According to Kenya Red Cross, their staff have been “activated to conduct assessment and help move locals to safer areas”. It tweeted photos from the scene. Unconfirmed reports indicate that some of the victims may have […]

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Kenya: Government’s plan to tap phone calls is illegal – High Court

A court in Kenya Thursday declared that the government’s plans to tap private phone conversations of its citizens is illegal, the Daily Nation reports. The government, through the Communications Authority of Kenya, has ordered the three major telecom agencies in Kenya, Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom Kenya, to allow it to tap their computers by planting […]

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Kenya: World’s last male northern white rhino dies

Sudan, The world’s last male northern white rhino, died on Monday after “age-related complications,” Kenyan authorities said on Tuesday. According to Old Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, the 45-year-old rhino was euthanized on Monday after his condition “worsened significantly” and he was no longer able to stand. The 45-year-old muscles and bones had degenerated and his […]

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UN seeks $80 million to support refugees in Ethiopia

Two United Nations humanitarian agencies are jointly seeking $80 million to provide food assistance to refugees in Ethiopia, which hosts the second largest number of refugees in Africa. In a joint news release issued Wednesday, the World Food Program (WFP) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that food ration […]

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French companies to invest $10 billion in Kenya – Official

French companies will invest $10 billion in Kenya in roads, energy, manufacturing and other sectors, Reuters reported on Thursday. The relationship between the two countries is dynamic with more than 70 French companies currently operating in Kenya, including the Peugeot Group, which resumed the assembling of passenger vehicles last year. The oil-giant Total SA also […]

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