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Published: 02 Jul 2019 07:55

This Kenya Alert includes calls for the mining sector, particularly rare earths, to be given a boost Kenya's mineral resources could pull millions out of poverty, a plan to tap in to the global medical tourism industry It's time for Kenya to invest in medical tourism, and news of a land rights ruling that could benefit women in agriculture Kenyan Tribe Divided Over Women's Land Rights After Landmark Ruling.

 Kenya (40) 

Politics

Kenya: Western unity agenda on course as leaders pursue fresh strategy

Over the decades, efforts to realise political unity among the populous Luhya community have remained a pipe dream with competitors and observers poking fun at the endless “elusive Luhya unity” quest. Now the trio of Amani National Congress (ANC) leader, Musalia Mudavadi, Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula and Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Eugene Wamalwa...

Source: Daily Nation (23 Jun 2016 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: As criticism grows, Ruto pledges undying loyalty to Uhuru

Deputy President William Ruto on Friday pledged unwavering loyalty to President Uhuru Kenyatta, promising to ensure projects the government initiates are implemented. Amid rising voices from the Kieleweke grouping, made up of politicians whose main bone of contention has been the DP's defiance to his boss, Dr Ruto ...

Source: Daily Nation (22 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya, Somalia: Al-Shabaab waning as Kenya takes fight to their home bases

The ragtag Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militia remains a security threat, with active cells in Kenya’s northeastern counties although its capacity to stage regular attacks has been diminished, the Nation can reveal. The organisation has in the past few weeks focused on targets in the border regions of Mandera, Wajir and Garissa where it has killed police officers and soldiers with home-made bombs...

Source: Daily Nation (25 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Four CSs roped into Jubilee wars over Ruto ‘murder plot’

The long-running suspected split in the executive over the highly charged 2022 succession race has spilt into the open after four Cabinet secretaries from the Mount Kenya region were summoned to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) yesterday morning over an alleged plot to assassinate Deputy President William Ruto...

Source: Daily Nation  (25 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya, Tanzania: Tanzania told to issue statement on Kenya politician ‘xenophobic’ remarks

Dodoma . Speaker of Parliament Job Ndugai ordered the Government on Tuesday June 25  to promptly issue a statement on the safety of Tanzanians in Kenya after a Kenyan politician’s xenophobic remarks went viral on social media. The remarks in a video are allegedly for Kenya’s Starehe Constituency ...

Source: The Citizen (25 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya, Somalia: Kenya elected to lead anti piracy group

Kenya has been elected the chair of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) for a period of two years beginning January 2020. The unanimous decision was made at the 22nd Plenary Session of the group...

Source: Journalducameroun.com (21 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: More trouble in Jubilee Party as more MPs demand Tuju ouster amid Ruto assassination claim » Capital News

By DAVIS AYEGA , NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 25 – The discord within the ruling Jubilee Party continues to escalate by the day as Western Kenya and a section of MPs from Central loyal to Deputy President William Ruto joined the fray for the ouster of the party’s Secretary General Raphael Tuju. This comes as another faction of the amorphous Tanga Tanga faction met on Tuesday ...

Source: CapitalFM Kenya (News Kenya) (25 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Agriculture/food

Kenya: KTDA increases farmer prices to curb tea hawking

Kenya Tea and Development Agency (KTDA) has increased payouts to farmers in areas with rampant cases of leaf hawking in an effort to curb the ...

Source: Business Daily Africa (24 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Food rights group faults agriculture budgetary allocation

An alliance seeking to realise the human right to food in Kenya has faulted the just released 2019/20 budget for not being reflective of the political prominence and commitment that food security has been given under the Big 4 Agenda. Government spending on agriculture and food security, according to the alliance, Route to Food Initiative, remains inadequate...

Source: Daily Nation (21 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda: Erratic rains in Kenya a boon for Uganda, Tanzania farmers

Kenya has become a big market for food exports from its neighbors as erratic rains in the east African nation hit crop and livestock production. Rains in the east Africa's biggest economy failed this season...

Source: xinhuanet (15 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Africa's biggest "digital dividend" lies in its rural areas, report

Digital innovations could transform African rural areas and agriculture while tackling many of the continent’s other emerging challenges, from youth unemployment, food insecurity and the need for further economic growth, a new report explains... Apps such as FarmCrowdy and FarmDrive in Kenya use Big Data to build credit scores for farmers and have since helped thousands gain access to ...

Source: KBC Channel (21 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Banking/financial services

Kenya: Kenya's cashless system still slow

Kenya’s payment systems has evolved overtime however the cashless system is not picking as fast, yet it is predicted to raise up to 30 percent of the country’s revenue. iPay Chief Executive Officer Philip Nyamwaya said the system is quite slow

Source: CapitalFM (21 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: La fondation du groupe bancaire KCB recevra 98 millions $ de MasterCard pour soutenir des entrepreneurs au Kenya

(Agence Ecofin) - KCB Foundation, la branche d’investissement social du groupe bancaire kényan Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Group, obtiendra un apport financier de 10 milliards de shillings (environ 98,1 millions $) de la MasterCard Foundation. Ces ressources seront injectées dans le programme 2jiajiri qui offre des formations et accompagne des entrepreneurs dans la ...Translate

Source: Agence Ecofin (24 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Kenyan Banks Invested Ksh. 2.1 Billion in Corporate Social Responsibility in 2018

Kenya’s banking industry invested 2.1 billion shillings in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in 2018, according to the 2019 Kenya Banking Industry Shared Value Report released by the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA)...

Source: Soko Directory (21 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Kenya Pension Funds Too Big on Bonds, $39 Billion Firm Says

Kenyan retirees may be missing out on better returns because of the over-emphasis local pension fund managers place on domestic fixed-income assets, according to money manager Allan Gray. Retirement fund managers in East Africa's largest economy invested less than 2% of their assets offshore, well short of the 15% allowed by the ...

Source: Bloomberg (21 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: New rules to protect Kenyan Sacco members

Kenya is working on new rules to tame deposit-taking Saccos (DT-Saccos) that fleece members through inflated charges, delays in reimbursement of deposits, and “reckless” lending and debt collection. This comes amid concerns over mismanagement, fraud and bad loans that are putting the stability of the DT-Sacco subsector at risk. The EastAfrican has learnt that the ...

Source: The East African (25 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Banks make lower profits after banking on government bonds

Listed banks in Kenya registered lower profits in the three months to March 31, after heavy investments in government securities went bust, attracting lower yields. The banks had put their funds in risk-free Treasury bills and bonds after the government introduced an interest rate cap in September 2016. Many lenders reduced their lending to small and medium-sized ...

Source: The East African (25 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Energy

Kenya: LETTERS: Why Kenya should stop investment in coal

It is estimated that only a third of the total Kenyan population has access to electricity. These figures are higher in the urban areas with notable reduction in the rural off-grid regions. Statistics estimate that only about 6.7 percent of the rural population in Kenya has access to electricity...

Source: Business Daily Africa (24 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Heads of Terms Agreed For Project Oil Kenya

Tullow Oil pic (Tullow) has announced that, together with its Joint Venture Partners in Kenya, Total and Africa Oil Corp, have signed Heads of Terms with the Government of Kenya for the development of the oil fields in the South Lokichar Basin. This is a major and important milestone towards reaching a Final Investment Decision (FlO). ...

Source: Kenya Engineer Magazine (News) (25 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Healthcare

Kenya: Nakuru hospital strained as doctors leave for further studies

One of South Rift’s largest referral hospital, Nakuru Level V Hospital, is reeling from a shortage of doctors after at least 60 of them left to pursue post-graduate studies, the Nation has learnt. Their exit to pursue advanced studies has affected service delivery at the hospital which serves Nakuru County health ...

Source: Daily Nation (25 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya, DR Congo, Uganda:  Kenya Responded Fast to Ebola Scare, but Cross-Border Risk Remains High

interview The second largest Ebola virus disease outbreak on record is currently raging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with over 2,000 cases and more than 1,400 deaths recorded. Uganda, which shares a long and porous border with DRC, registered its first confirmed cases and two deaths and, earlier this week, a suspected case in Kenya fortunately turned out negative ...

Source: The Conversation (25 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Housing/real estate/construction

Kenya: Decent housing for all is fundamental to national prosperity

Of all of the tenets of the Big Four Agenda, affordable housing is the most critical one in my eyes. Uhuru’s Affordable Housing Programme (AHP) was created to address the need for proper shelter throughout Kenya...

Source: Standard Digital (24 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: State calls suppliers for affordable homes

Construction and building material suppliers have been invited to bid in the multi-billion-shilling affordable housing scheme set for national roll-out. A State Department of Public Works notice said bidders must quote prices based on locally procured construction and building materials that will be delivered to government ...

Source: Daily Nation (25 Jun 2016 )  Share  Web Page

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Leisure/tourism

Kenya: It's time for Kenya to invest in medical tourism

While Kenya can take pride in attracting two million international tourists last year with its wildlife, beaches and tropical weather, it can significantly increase the numbers by tapping into the global demand for health services.

Source: The Star (24 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: It's time to change our tourism's narrative

Kenya’s tourism industry is perhaps the most consistently successful foreign exchange earner this country has had since independence. Indeed, one can argue that apart from our natural resources and climate...

Source: Daily Nation (18 May 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Kenya challenged to invest more on conservancies

Kenya and other African countries stand to earn more revenue from increased investment in national parks and other state-owned conservation a new report states. The working paper released on Monday by conservation organization Space for Giants finds that private sector engagement in underfunded areas holds the key to more earnings from conservation...

Source: Standard Digital (24 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Manufacturing

Kenya: Manufacturers on winning side in 2019/20 Budget proposals

Noteworthy strides have been made to support critical policies to drive the economy and improve the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector. The government, through the budget, made efforts to address issues affecting the sector...

Source: CapitalFM (21 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Mining

Kenya: Kenya's mineral resources could pull millions out of poverty

The test of our progress lies in whether we provide enough for those who have little, not whether we add more to the abundance of those who already have much. These words by former US president Franklin D. Roosevelt speak volumes about the African leadership that fails to take advantage of the opportunity arising from the US/China Trade War....

Source: Daily Nation (24 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: We are working with community in the Vanga exploration phase: Base Titanium states

Australian mining firm, Base Titanium has moved to clarify that they have undertaken an extensive community engagement programme that involved working closely with Kwale County leadership and administration officials prior to being granted with a mineral prospecting licence in December last year...

Source: Standard Digital (23 May 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Trade

Kenya, Africa: Kenya exports to Africa flat despite expansion drive

Kenya's earnings from exports to Africa have remained flat in the first four months of the year despite renewed efforts to expand market on the continent. The value of exports to African countries stood at Sh71.51 billion in the period...

Source: Business Daily Africa (24 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya, China: KENYA TO INCREASE EXPORTS TO CHINA

Kenya will participate in the first China-Africa Economic and Trade Forum to be held this month in China, the cabinet secretary of trade and cooperatives, Peter Munya, announced on Wednesday in Nairobi. Ecns.cn (Date:06/20/2019 18:03) Read full article >>

Source: ECNS (20 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda: Should Kinshasa be fast-tracked to EAC?

The East African Community partner states are excited and ready to fast-track the application of the Democratic of Republic Congo as the seventh member, but questions abound. The DRC — with a population of 81 million — is a welcome addition to the Community, since it means an expanded market and resource base that will give the bloc political and economic muscle. But ...

Source: The East African (25 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Transport

Kenya: Kenya Railways adds 40 coaches on city-Ruiru route

Kenya Railways (KR) has refurbished 40 coaches which will be commissioned early next month to improve the commuter service for the Ruiru-Nairobi ...

Source: Business Daily Africa (24 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Storm over Sh14b upgrade of sleepy airports, airstrips

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has revealed plans to spend Sh14 billion to upgrade airports and airstrips across the country, even as MPs questioned the viability of some of the projects...

Source: Standard Digital (22 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: SGR project brings to question our wildlife conservation ethos

By KALTUM GUYO The standard gauge railway (SGR) project now appears like a toy car I recently bought for my nephew in a local supermarket. It was Chinese-made, remote-controlled and looked like a lovely cruiser. But when we took it home and tried it out, it only lit up, crackled a little but did not move an inch. My nephew’s ...

Source: Daily Nation (24 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Women and youth

Kenya: Kenya can't afford to close universities, Alfred Mutua says

Education minister George Magoha's plan to merge and scrap some universities is " backward", Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has said. Dr Mutua, leader of Maendeleo Chap Chap party, noted that Kenya needs more universities as the population keeps growing. He added that 80 percent of the people are less than 40 years old. Prof Magoha on Thursday gave universities two weeks to prepare a list of institutions to be merged and those to be shut down ...

Source: Daily Nation  (22 Jun 2018 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Equity to play key role in creating 5 million jobs for young Kenyans

Equity has signed up to the Young Africa Works, Kenya; a public-private partnership between the Kenya Government, Mastercard Foundation and the private sector. The transformative and holistic program funded by Mastercard Foundation to the tune of Sh30 billion will transition 5 million Kenyan youth to dignified work by 2023.

Source: CapitalFM (24 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya:  Kenyan Tribe Divided Over Women's Land Rights After Landmark Ruling

A few months ago, the idea of coming home with a hoe in one hand and a sack of freshly harvested potatoes in the other was only a dream for Rachel Korir. When her father died in 2012, his land in the village of Kapcheboi, in western Kenya, automatically went to his two sons... But in April, after a legal battle that lasted almost 20 years, Korir and her sisters got the title deeds to five acres...

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation (25 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya:  I'll Introduce Gender Bill Again but Women Must Unite - Duale

By Ojwang Joe Kisumu — National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has announced plans to re-introduce the elusive Bill on two-thirds gender rule that flopped for a record fourth time in February. Duale who spoke in Kisumu when he graced Mothers for Peace conference on Saturday, however, decried the division within women legislators fearing that the Bill will still ...

Source: Capital FM (24 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Men need to move with the times

In the not-so-distant past, life, particularly in Kenya, largely revolved around men. Men were seen as the sole breadwinners and protectors in many households, and with this came nonpareil power with which they towered over women. Although the country is still male-dominated in many fields, women have made significant gains in terms of acquiring power....

Source: Daily Nation  (24 Jun 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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