Dimanche 19 Novembre 2017
(The Star 08/07/13)
THE Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers yesterday signed a return to work agreement with the Teachers Service Commission. This will pave the way for talks over the next ten days. In a swift reaction, KNUT condemned the agreement as "inferior" and urged teachers to support the strike that started on June 18. KNUT has a membership 270,000, far larger than the 40,000 of Kuppet. TSC boss Gabriel Lengoiboni said the talks with Kuppet will be the first since it was formed in 1998. Kuppet had no collective bargaining agreement unlike KNUT which was supposed to clear its CBA before June 30. Deputy President William Ruto yesterday appealed to teachers to call off the strike and return to class. Ruto...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/07/13)
America's wealthiest universities are venturing into Africa's fast-growing frontier markets in search of outsized investment returns that will allow them to offer scholarships, lure star professors and fund research. For Sub-Saharan Africa, recognition from these deep-pocketed U.S. institutions, who have often earned envy among fellow global investors for their strong returns, marks a significant shift. American university endowments - permanent funds of educational institutions - pride themselves on spotting new investment opportunities early, such as venture capital, private equity and natural resources such as timber. Combined, they manage assets of over $400 billion. A study of 831 endowments by the Commonfund Institute and the National Association of College and University Business Officers published this year showed their annual net returns...
(The Associated Press 06/07/13)
There was no official update Saturday morning on the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who is in critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with a recurring lung infection. He was taken to a hospital in Pretoria, the capital, on June 8. The government has said Mandela is not in a vegetative state, contrary to recent court documents. A close friend told Sky News that the anti-apartheid leader was conscious and responsive earlier this week. There has been an outpouring of concern in South Africa and around the world for Mandela, a transformative figure who led the tense shift from white rule to democracy two decades ago in a spirit of reconciliation.
(Daily Nation 03/07/13)
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has declared a stalemate in negotiations with the government with Chairman Wilson Sossion describing the meeting as 'nothing', adding that it may anger the striking teachers more. Earlier, KNUT officials had demanded that officials of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) exit the negotiations at the Labour cabinet secretary's office. The negotiations, which started at 10am at the NSSF building, are chaired by Labour Principal Secretary Ali Ishmail and attended by Knut officials alongside the Teacher Service Commission (TSC) and National Treasury and Education officials. Kenya union of post-primary teachers (Kuppet) officials are expected to have an opportunity to present their case in the afternoon. According to the Labour cabinet secretary, the government...
(Capitalfm Business 02/07/13)
Nairobi — Learning in public schools throughout the country remained paralysed on Tuesday morning as teachers defied a court order to return to work. Public schools in Nairobi, Kisumu, and Nyahururu among others were deserted as teachers mobilised for demonstrations. "People say KNUT (Kenya National Union of Teachers) and KUPPET (Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers) are divided but here in Nyahururu we are united and call on private school teachers to join us," a teacher from Nyahururu told Capital FM News. The teachers have gone on with their strike, which is in its second week, despite a warning from Attorney General Githu Muigai that they risk imprisonment and penalties should they remain out of the classroom. "It is...
(AFP (eng) 01/07/13)
Somalia's government has demanded that Kenyan troops stationed in the volatile port city of Kismayo as part of an African Union force be replaced, accusing them of backing a militia force opposing Mogadishu. Calling for a "more neutral African Union force", Somalia's information ministry accused the troops of supporting militia soldiers "in violation of their mandate", as well as attacking civilians and arresting a top government army commander. Several rival factions are battling for control of Kismayo, a strategic and economic hub in the southern Jubaland region: these include former Islamist chief Ahmed Madobe, who in May appointed himself "president" of Jubaland, and Bare Hirale, a former Somali defence minister who also leads a powerful militia. The Kenyan troops, who...
(Standard Digital 01/07/13)
Somali government wants Kenya Defence Forces to leave Kismayo and the forces be replaced by a more neutral one. This was after the KDF forces who are under Amisom apparently arrested a commander with the Somalia National Army (SNA) and involvement in violence. €œAMISOM Section Two forces purposefully arrested government appointed division 43 SNA commander, Col Abbas Ibrahim Gurey,” deputy minister for information Abdishakur Ali Mire said on Sunday. A statement from the Prime Minister’s Media Office Mogadishu, Somalia said the government regretted the national loss of the three days fighting in Kismayo and called for the replacement of AMISOM Section Two forces to what the minister described a more neutral African Union force. Mire claimed AMISOM Section Two forces...
(The Star 01/07/13)
The Somali government has accused a section of the AMISOM troops of violating of their mandate and has further demanded a replacement of the section posted in the port city of Kismayo with "a more neutral African Union force". The Deputy Minister for Information, Telecommunication and Postal Services Abdishakur Ali Mire said that the Somali Federal Government was displeased with the three days of fighting in the port city and the arrest of a top Somali National Army commander. "AMISOM Section Two forces purposefully arrested government appointed division 43 SNA commander, Col. Abbas Ibrahim Gurey," Abdishakur Mire said. Mire further added that the the AMISOM Section Two forces supported one side of the two fighting factions, and further accused them...
(L'Avenir Quotidien 01/07/13)
Raymond Tshibanda, chef de la diplomatie congolaise et représentant spécial du président de la République a participé du 24 au 25 juin 2013 au sommet de la CEEAC, de la CEDEAO et de la CGG sur la sûreté et sécurité maritimes dans le Golfe de Guinée. L’élaboration d’une stratégie régionale de sécurisation collective dans le Golfe de Guinée, était l’objectif de ce sommet interrégional. Arrivé à l’aéroport international de Yaoundé Nsimalem, le 23 juin dans la soirée, le chef de la diplomatie congolaise, Raymond Tshibanda a été accueilli par son homologue, Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, ministre des Relations extérieures du Cameroun. A lui, comme aux autres hôtes de marque, un accueil amical et chaleureux a donc été réservé à l’occasion de...
(The Star 26/06/13)
Cabinet Secretary. Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi has said the government has already paid the allowances demanded by striking teachers. Speaking today at the Kenya Education Management Institute, Kaimenyi said the government has been paying the three allowances demanded by teachers since they were agreed upon in 1997. The Education Cabinet Secretary urged teachers to dialogue with the government. He further said that funds set aside for the laptop project will not be diverted towards teachers allowances stating the project which is supposed to provide all standard one students with a free laptop by next year will be implemented as planned. Kimemia said the teachers should appreciate the importance of e - learning. The nationwide teachers strike which has paralysed learning in...
(Capitalfm Business 26/06/13)
Three East African leaders meeting in Entebbe, Uganda have made key decisions which will significantly enhance trade and integration in the region. President Uhuru Kenyatta, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and their host Yoweri Museveni held trilateral talks in Entebbe State House where they noted that non-tariff barriers including movement of labour continue to hamper intra-EAC trade and full implementation of the Common Market. In a joint communiqué read by the Ugandan Foreign minister immediately after the talks, the three leaders noted that delays in the clearing of goods at Mombasa Port and Malaba have also contributed to the slow growth of trade within the region. The leaders agreed to take immediate measures to improve management of the port and expedite...
(Xinhua 21/06/13)
NAIROBI -- Le Kenya va décréter une loi pour renforcer la lutte contre la prolifération des armes à feu illicites dans le pays, a indiqué jeudi un responsable gouvernemental. Le directeur du Bureau kenyan sur les armes légères Patrick Ochieng a déclaré à la presse à Nairobi que la loi renforcera les peines afin de dissuader les gens d'acquérir des armes illégales. "La stratégie du Kenya en matière d'armes illicites consiste en partie à adopter une loi destinée à lutter contre la prolifération des armes qui constituent une menace importante pour la paix, la sécurité et la stabilité", a expliqué M. Ochieng. Il a tenu ces propos lors d'une réunion du Comité directeur du Projet de l'Union africaine (UA)-Union européenne...
(Standard Digital 12/06/13)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked anti-corruption agencies to step up surveillance in fighting graft. He noted that cases of corruption were still high in the country despite reforms undertaken by the government in the past few years. The President put public servants who engage in corruption on notice saying that their days were numbered. “I am calling on all anti corruption agencies to step up surveillance in order to map out corrupt officers, systems are already in place to deal with these corrupt fellows,” he said at a national leadership and intergrity conference in Nairobi. “ Corruption and impunity are on the rise and are major hindrances to our progress and must be contained," he said adding that taming the...
(AFP (eng) 12/06/13)
Dancing Kenyan demonstrators paraded a giant papier-mache pig doused in animal blood outside parliament Tuesday to protest wage hikes for newly elected lawmakers. A few hundred placard-waving "Occupy Parliament" protesters then smashed the pig at the gates of parliament, pouring animal blood over it and themselves and chanting slogans demanding MPs cut their pay. Protestors also waved fake banknotes and placards with the slogan "MPigs". "I'm your employer!" one banner read. "Help the needy, not the greedy," read another. Last month Kenyan lawmakers voted themselves a pay rise, overturning cuts ordered by the national salaries commission and reinstating their hefty paychecks, some of the best legislative salaries in the world. Their tax-free monthly salary in the previous parliament was cut...
(Voice of America 12/06/13)
NAIROBI — Kenyan civil society groups have staged their second protest in less than a month against the decision by legislators to increase their own salaries. The protesters insist that what the members of parliament are paid is enough. Demonstrators at the Kenyan parliament Tuesday poured animal blood on the street and tossed fake printed money at the gate, symbolizing the greed of the Kenyan lawmakers. Musician Eric Wainaina, who was among more than 100 protesters, said there are other workers who deserve a pay rise more than legislators. “We are here to campaign against the higher salaries MPs want to give themselves because the economy of Kenya cannot afford it and there are so many people who need to...
(The Associated Press 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The desk is spotless and books neatly line the shelves in Nelson Mandela's office at a Johannesburg-based foundation that carries his name, but the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader hasn't worked there for years. The meticulously preserved room is one of many tributes to the legacy of a former prisoner who became so revered for his efforts to reconcile a racially divided nation that many South Africans cannot bring themselves to speak openly about the possibility of his death. That reluctance is gradually eroding as the 94-year-old receives treatment for a recurring lung infection, spending a fourth day in a Pretoria hospital on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma called Mandela's condition "very serious" but said he has...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was spending his fourth day in hospital Tuesday where he was being treated in intensive care for a lung infection. The 94-year-old former president was rushed to a Pretoria hospital early Saturday and was said to be in serious but stable condition. His latest health scare has been met with prayers and a growing acceptance among South Africans that their hero may be nearing the end of his life. "He is receiving intensive care treatment," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, who served jail time with Mandela, told AFP on Monday. He "remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged," the presidency said after describing him as being in a "serious but stable" condition...
(Voice of America 05/06/13)
Kenya’s Airport Authority has launched an investigation into complaints that former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was humiliated after officers allegedly prevented him from using the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s VIP lounge. “There is an investigation because when we got the report, we thought it actually happened, but then the airport [said] he was not barred from accessing the VIP lounge,” said Ezekiel Mutua, Kenya’s communications director. “So you just kind of check whether indeed an officer who was not informed or acted in an individual capacity might have disrespected the former prime minister. “That is a matter of disciplinary procedures,” Mutua added. Mutua says the Airport Authority has denied the reports. He said the former prime minister is still entitled...
(Business Daily 05/06/13)
Hundreds of workers at east Africa's only oil refinery protested on Wednesday at the threatened closure of the facility, on Kenya's Indian Ocean coastline, and its possible conversion into a storage facility. Fuel distributors have long complained about the poor quality products from the 50-year-old refinery in the port city of Mombasa and want it closed so they can buy cheaper and better imports from refineries of their choice. Distributors say the plant is operating below its 35,000 barrels per day capacity and some have already threatened to boycott it. But under Kenyan law, they are obliged to buy fuel from the refinery run by India's Essar Energy, which co-owns the refinery with the Kenyan government. Essar has said it...
(Daily Nation 03/06/13)
The government may be forced to pump Sh6 billion of taxpayer’s money into Telkom Kenya in what is turning out to be a nightmarish privatisation scandal. The Treasury is fighting to hang on to its dwindling shareholding in the troubled company, 51 per cent of which was sold to France Telecom. If more money is not poured in, the government’s stake in what used to be a giant parastatal, built over many years with Kenyans’ taxes, will continue to be watered down. The Daily Nation has learnt that Telkom Kenya has just written to its two shareholders — the government of Kenya and France Telecom — requesting a massive Sh13.9 billion cash injection.The company says it needs the cash to...

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