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Nasa abandons protests as it takes up new strategy

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Kenya on alert after 'deadliest' Somalia explosion

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NSE facing tough times in  final quarter of the year

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EU lauds IEBC's plans for repeat presidential election

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A reversal of roles? Jubilee in three-phase strategy around Kenya repeat presidential poll

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Deal on Chase Bank runs into shareholder wall

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President Kenyatta rules out talks with Raila Odinga on repeat poll
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have ruled out talks with the opposition on the repeat presidential election, saying Jubilee is ready for next week’s poll. At the same time, the President warned individuals planning to disrupt next week’s repeat election that they will face the law, as he condemned attacks on electoral commission officials across the country   Read More ...
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Malaria cases go up in Kenya as over 1,000 test positive
than 1,000 people have tested positive for Malaria in Marsabit, northern Kenya, weeks after the deadly disease killed more than 26 people in the expansive region. A report handed to the country's Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu also showed that the 1,000 were from a sample of 2,500 people who sought treatment from hospitals in the area. While presenting the report to Dr Mailu on Tuesday evening, director of clinical and referral services Boru Okutu said the number of malaria cases were rising in the Illeret ward   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  North Eastern |  Marsabit | 
Escape from the cut: A shelter for girls in Kenya is reviving dreams
A few weeks after Abigael Taki’s mother was buried, her father and stepmother came up with a plan to marry her off. First, the nine-year-old needed to be circumcised to usher her into womanhood as per the age-old customs of her Maasai community. Her “suitor” was a 60-year-old man. That did not happen. The village pastor got wind of the plan and whisked Abigael off to the Tasaru Rescue Centre   Read More ...
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Kenya poll agency chairman says cannot guarantee credible election
Kenya's electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said Wednesday that he could not guarantee the credibility of October 26 repeat presidential election. Mr Chebukati, addressing the media hours after IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe resigned, said it would be difficult to assure that the fresh poll would be free and fair, citing current conditions and divisions with the commission. The Supreme Court on September 1 nullified the August 8 Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election citing irregularities and illegalities, and ordered a fresh poll in 60 days   Read More ...
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Kenyan banks to declare lower dividends
Kenyan banks are expected to declare reduced dividends to shareholders this year due to an increasing number of bad loans as borrowers struggle with repayment in an underperforming economy. The situation is likely to worsen next year when banks start allocating more resources to cushion themselves from bad debts under a new set of global accounting rules. The rules require banks to make higher provisions for bad loans by roping in even the risk-free lending to the government through Treasury bills and bonds   Read More ...
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Nasa abandons protests as it takes up new strategy
Kenya's main opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga has said he is ready for talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta, but pointed out that they should be on a free and fair election and not a coalition government. Mr Odinga made the remarks as he announced the suspension of the anti-Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) demonstrations. He said the National Super Alliance will, instead, hold public rallies from Wednesday to explain to its supporters why a fresh presidential election should not be held on October 26 as planned by the IEBC   Read More ...
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Kenya election agency under siege: Key issues why Roselyn Akombe quit
The resignation of Kenya's electoral commission official Roselyn Akombe has exposed a heavily-divided team at the commission led by a chairman who does not seem to be fully in charge. Dr Akombe fled to New York and resigned Wednesday morning, saying she did not feel safe, and that, as currently constituted, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cannot hold a credible election on October 26   Read More ...
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Kenyan electoral commissioner Roselyn Akombe resigns
Kenya electoral agency commissioner Roselyn Akombe has resigned. Dr Akombe sent a statement from New York saying that the repeat election as planned by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cannot meet the basic expectations of a credible election. "The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on October 26. I do no want to be party to such a mockery to electoral integrity," she said   Read More ...
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Mobs disrupt electoral officials trainings in western Kenya
Mobs on Tuesday disrupted planned training sessions for electoral officials in three stations in opposition's western Kenya strongholds of Kisumu, Migori and Homa Bay counties. In Kisumu, the rabble threw into disarray a meeting of clerks hired to conduct the upcoming elections forcing a change of venue. Kisumu Returning Officer John Ngutahi said the four-day training event was to prepare 399 presiding and deputy presiding officers   Read More ...
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Tags: Elections | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Western |  Kisumu |  Central Kisumu | 
Kenya seeks credit guarantees to boost cash flow among banks
When Kenyan banks (Dubai, Chase and Imperial) collapsed over the past three years in quick succession with depositors’ money, market confidence was shaken and big banks refused to extend credit to small banks in the overnight lending market. As a result, the small banks did not have money to lend or meet their day-to-day obligations at the clearing house. Interbank rates also shot up to a high of 24 per cent in August 2015 compared to 0   Read More ...
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Kenya on alert after 'deadliest' Somalia explosion
Security agencies in Kenya have been placed on high alert after a truck bomb exploded in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing 276 people. “Officers are on high alert. The surveillance has been increased. We have always been and therefore cannot drop our guard now. "We have activated our systems because they (terrorists) carry out an attack in one area they tend to do it as a pattern, by attacking elsewhere,” Police spokesman George Kinoti said   Read More ...
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NSE facing tough times in final quarter of the year
Kenya’s stock market faces tough times as the year comes to an end despite putting up a bullish performance over the nine months to September 30. Analysts told The EastAfrican that share prices of most companies are likely to fall further because of the current political uncertainty, which has seen foreign investors exit the market. Kenya’s equity market is more than 50 per cent controlled by foreigners, although daily prices are largely determined by local speculators who buy and sell shares for quick returns   Read More ...
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EU lauds IEBC's plans for repeat presidential election
The European Union has called for dialogue and compromise ahead of the October 26 repeat presidential election, even as it lauded efforts by the electoral agency to right the wrongs identified in the annulled August 8 poll. In a statement, the EU observer mission in Kenya warned that the political aggravation was not good for the country ahead of the polls   Read More ...
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Nasa cancels Tuesday anti-IEBC protests
Kenya's opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) has called off demonstrations against the electoral commission scheduled for Tuesday to allow them visit victims of police brutality across the country. In a statement, Nasa leader Raila Odinga's spokesman Dennis Onyango said they will take the day off to condole with supporters who were injured by police during the Monday protests. "This is a temporary step to enable the coalition to attend to the supporters who were brutalized and hurt and families that lost loved ones today (Monday) after police and State-protected goons descended on protesters and Nasa leaders," the statement read   Read More ...
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Keep off Kenyan affairs, Uhuru tells foreign powers
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have fired a warning shot to foreign countries, accusing them of trying to interfere with Kenya’s affairs. Speaking during political rallies in central Nyahururu and Karatina, the two said the country was not in a crisis to deserve interference by the foreign countries. “I want to tell the international community that there is no problem in Kenya   Read More ...
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Police killed over 33 during demo — Amnesty International and HRW
Kenya police killed at least 33 people in Nairobi during demos sparked off by August 8 presidential poll results, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch research shows. A report by the two rights watchdogs reveals as many as 50 people, mainly in perceived opposition strongholds in the capital, could have lost their lives during the protests against President Kenyatta’s win. Shot dead   Read More ...
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Why the presidential election on Oct 26 won’t resolve Kenya’s political crisis
Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance, Kenya’s main opposition party, has withdrawn from next week’s fresh presidential election which was ordered by the Supreme Court after it nullified the earlier election held on August 8. That decision won’t stop the election: Uhuru Kenyatta, the incumbent, seems desperate to hold it at any cost — but it will deepen the political crisis   Read More ...
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By right, secession is the sword against exclusion, oppression
By CHRISTOPHER ROSANA Calls for secession inundated Kenya’s political discourse following the declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta winner of the August 8 election, until the Supreme Court nullified the results. As a recurring theme in Kenya, talk on secession is a pointer to the fact that the country is not a nation yet: It is simply a state. Secessionist calls are a reminder of the failure to translate the “harmony” in the national anthem into a tangible national adhesive   Read More ...
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A reversal of roles? Jubilee in three-phase strategy around Kenya repeat presidential poll
A parody circulating on social media among President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party supporters mourns that the president has been reduced to an opposition leader leaving nothing to chance on the campaign trail, while Nasa candidate Raila Odinga makes the headlines from calculated media appearances and statements. The apparent reversal of roles is born out of frustrations that while the opposition has had a clear game plan — push for reforms, litigation and street protests — the governing party has not been proactive enough and has been playing catch up on an agenda scripted by the opposition   Read More ...
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Deal on Chase Bank runs into shareholder wall
Three days before the Central Bank of Kenya made public its receipt of a non-binding offer from Mauritian lender SBM for Chase Bank, governor Patrick Njoroge sought to get the buy-in of stakeholders of the troubled financier. After presenting details of what SBM Holdings Ltd, already a player in the Kenya banking scene after acquiring Fidelity Bank, Dr Njoroge invited questions from the audience, mainly depositors and shareholders   Read More ...
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What next for Kenya as Raila, govt harden stance?
The week’s announcement by opposition leader Raila Odinga that he will not be participating in the fresh October 26 presidential election as ordered by the Supreme Court took us by surprise. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission went for a retreat to consider the legal position of Odinga’s withdrawal. Religious bodies declined to comment until they understood the legal position. A mercurial and well-known individual went straight to the High Court to seek a constitutional interpretation   Read More ...
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Six killed as South Sudanese gunmen attack Kenyan school
Five students and a security guard were shot dead early Saturday morning at a secondary school in Turkana County in northwestern Kenya. Confirming the incident, Turkana County Commissioner Seif Matata said one of the attackers was a student at the Lokichogio Mixed Secondary School who had been suspended due to indiscipline. The attack, according to the county chief, occurred between 3:30am and 4am   Read More ...
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A dream come true for a banker-turned dairy farmer
The dairy sector was a natural choice for Margaret Lugut Kibogy, having been born and raised in a region of Kenya where dairy farming is a mainstay of the economy. But she was not always in the dairy sector. Ms Kobogy started her career in the banking sector, where she worked for 15 years rising through the ranks to the position of head of retail banking in one of Kenya’s commercial banks   Read More ...
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Tags: Farmers |  Dairy farming |  Dairy farmers | 
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Diplomats in efforts to unlock Kenya's political impasse
The standoff pitting Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta against opposition leader Raila Odinga over the repeat presidential election has rekindled the role of the international community, which has in the past brokered political deals in similar circumstances. With religious leaders being accused of failing to help the country heal from deep divisions, the diplomatic missions in Nairobi, mainly the European and US ambassadors, could help the country find a solution to the political stalemate   Read More ...
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EAC called out to mediate in Kenya’s drawn out political standoff
Political analysts want the East African Community to intervene in the Kenyan situation, just as it did with Burundi. “Kenyan politics should be discussed within the East African Community. Members of the community should take this issue seriously; the situation is very worrying and disturbing right now” said Mwesiga Baregu, political commentator from St Augustine University, Tanzania. Unrest in Kenya will disrupt a region already facing numerous challenges to peace and stability   Read More ...
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Double triumph for Kenya in L'Atelier art competition
Kenya has enjoyed success in the prestigious Absa L’Atelier art competition — at the double. Firstly, congratulations go to Nairobi-based artist Maral Bolouri, outright winner of this year’s Africa-wide competition. Her installation Mothers and Others, which questions African cultural attitudes towards women, was chosen ahead of thousands of works submitted from nine African countries as well as Kenya. Her prize is a six-month study term at the Cité Internationale des Arts, in Paris (the old joke being that second prize is for 12 months in Paris) with all expenses paid, a two-day seminar on the professional management of an arts career, a mentor to guide her development for 12 months, and the promise of a solo show in South Africa   Read More ...
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Tags: The Arts | 
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Economy hurts as Kenyan political stalemate holds
Kenya’s drawn out election coupled with the political impasse is impacting negatively on the economy, threatening to have a spillover effect on the neighbours with whom it trades heavily. Latest market and economic data, with a few exceptions, such as tourism and horticulture paint a picture of an economy in suspense as the two political poles maintain hardline positions, whose negativity is already showing in the macro and micro sides of the region’s largest economy   Read More ...
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Opposition Nasa’s well-crafted game plan to scuttle Kenya election
Challenging the legitimacy of President Uhuru Kenyatta after October 26 is the final card in Kenya’s main opposition grouping, the National Super Alliance (Nasa) strategy, following the withdrawal of its presidential candidate Raila Odinga and running mate Kalonzo Musyoka from the fresh presidential poll. Meanwhile, Nasa plans a protracted legal battle with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in a bid to scuttle the October 26 election and — should this fail — have the poll declared illegal to pave the way for challenging the legitimacy of President Kenyatta   Read More ...
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