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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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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson starts week-long first Africa trip

The United States will give more than $533 million in humanitarian aid for victims of conflicts and drought in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and the West and Central African countries bordering Lake Chad, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. Tillerson made the announcement at a speech in Virginia before departing for a week-long trip […]

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South African Shoprite eyes Kenya entry

South African retailer giant, Shoprite Holdings, will open seven prime shopping malls in Kenya in the coming months, the firm’s chief executive, Pieter Engelbrecht said. According to Engelbrecht, Shoprite has opened 158 new stores in 2017 across 14 countries; creating 4,254 jobs. The supermarket chain operates 2,811 outlets employing 148,000 people. Six of its seven […]

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South Sudanese rebels release Kenyan pilots

South Sudanese rebels have released two Kenyan pilots they had kidnapped on January 7, a rebels’ spokesman said on Monday. Captain Frank Njoroge and his copilot Kennedy Shamalla were held by rebels in Akobo, in the Greater Upper Nile region. The pilots were flying from Juba to Akobo County in the Upper Nile state, according […]

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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 […]

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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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