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EAC trade Featured image for DRC overtakes Uganda as Kenya's fastest-growing export market in EAC bloc
Wed 10 Jul, 2024 13:41
DRC overtakes Uganda as Kenya's fastest-growing export market in EAC bloc
Featured image for DRC overtakes Uganda as Kenya's fastest-growing export market in EAC bloc

Despite strained diplomatic relations between Nairobi and Kinshasa, Kenya's exports to the DRC surged by 56.04 per cent to Sh8.62 billion in the first quarter of 2024, the highest year-on-year growth...


KNBS Featured image for Kenya's ICT sector posts 7.8pc growth in Q1 2024, marking first slowdown since Covid
Fri 05 Jul, 2024 12:42
Kenya's ICT sector posts 7.8pc growth in Q1 2024, marking first slowdown since Covid
Featured image for Kenya's ICT sector posts 7.8pc growth in Q1 2024, marking first slowdown since Covid

The ICT sector gained significant traction during the Covid-19 crisis as the population shifted from in-person interactions due to government measures to contain the virus.


Business Featured image for Report: Anti-government protests hit hard retailers, construction firms, and farmers
Fri 05 Jul, 2024 11:44
Report: Anti-government protests hit hard retailers, construction firms, and farmers
Featured image for Report: Anti-government protests hit hard retailers, construction firms, and farmers

The PMI report for June shows a significant fall in private sector activity, with a measure of 47.2, down from 51.8 in May. The protests have resulted in near shutdowns in major urban centres, with bu...


x spaces Featured image for Gen Zs plan parallel X Space with Ruto and his cabinet
Fri 05 Jul, 2024 10:55
Gen Zs plan parallel X Space with Ruto and his cabinet
Featured image for Gen Zs plan parallel X Space with Ruto and his cabinet

On Thursday, President Ruto announced that he would be engaging the youth on X Space from 2 pm to 5 pm.


Sudan war Featured image for African Union set for new political dialogue to end Sudan war
Sun 30 Jun, 2024 18:52
African Union set for new political dialogue to end Sudan war
Featured image for African Union set for new political dialogue to end Sudan war

The initiative, endorsed by the AU Peace and Security Council, aims to bring together Sudan’s warring factions and political movements under one roof, facilitated by the AU High-Level Panel on Sudan.


Supreme Court Featured image for Banks must seek treasury clearance for interest rate uncreases, rules Supreme Court
Sat 29 Jun, 2024 17:47
Banks must seek treasury clearance for interest rate uncreases, rules Supreme Court
Featured image for Banks must seek treasury clearance for interest rate uncreases, rules Supreme Court

They emphasised that while banks can have discretion over interest rate changes within mutually agreed contracts, this discretion is neither absolute nor unlimited.


Raila Odinga Featured image for Raila criticises court decision to deploy military in anti-Finance Bill protests
Sat 29 Jun, 2024 16:37
Raila criticises court decision to deploy military in anti-Finance Bill protests
Featured image for Raila criticises court decision to deploy military in anti-Finance Bill protests

Raila expressed his concern that the judicial endorsement of this practice undermines the role of the Kenyan police force, which is constitutionally mandated to handle internal security issues.


regis wanjala Featured image for Finance Bill demos: Kidnapped students Joshua Okayo, Regis Wanjala found
Sat 29 Jun, 2024 12:57
Finance Bill demos: Kidnapped students Joshua Okayo, Regis Wanjala found
Featured image for Finance Bill demos: Kidnapped students Joshua Okayo, Regis Wanjala found

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) confirmed Joshua Okayo's rescue along with that of Regis Wanjala, another student who had also been missing.


Rex Kanyike Masai Featured image for NCCK calls for overhaul of controversial Finance Bill amid nationwide protests
Sat 22 Jun, 2024 17:12
NCCK calls for overhaul of controversial Finance Bill amid nationwide protests
Featured image for NCCK calls for overhaul of controversial Finance Bill amid nationwide protests

He warned that ignoring public sentiment could precipitate a severe social crisis. “If you don’t listen to the people, you risk pushing this country into an uncontrollable social crisis.” 


tanzania foreign debt Featured image for Kenya, Tanzania receive billions in aid, report shows amid rising debt concerns
Sat 22 Jun, 2024 09:53
Kenya, Tanzania receive billions in aid, report shows amid rising debt concerns
Featured image for Kenya, Tanzania receive billions in aid, report shows amid rising debt concerns

In 2022, 10 African countries, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and the DRC, accounted for nearly half of the continent's ODA. This significant influx of funds, though crucial, highlights a concerni...


Susan Nakhumicha Featured image for Governors demand NHIF pay Sh8 billion debt before transition to SHIF
Sat 22 Jun, 2024 09:38
Governors demand NHIF pay Sh8 billion debt before transition to SHIF
Featured image for Governors demand NHIF pay Sh8 billion debt before transition to SHIF

With the transition to the Social Health Insurance Fund (SHIF) from July 1, county leaders insist that the arrears must be cleared to avoid financial instability in public health facilities.


Bashir Mohammed Featured image for Kampala's air pollution linked to over 7,000 deaths in four years - study
Wed 19 Jun, 2024 13:06
Kampala's air pollution linked to over 7,000 deaths in four years - study
Featured image for Kampala's air pollution linked to over 7,000 deaths in four years - study

The study, published on June 15 in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, attributes 7,257 deaths in the past four years to air pollution.


Public participation Featured image for New Bill aims to ensure citizen participation in governance processes
Wed 19 Jun, 2024 11:28
New Bill aims to ensure citizen participation in governance processes
Featured image for New Bill aims to ensure citizen participation in governance processes

If passed, the law will require public entities to involve citizens in decision-making processes, failure to which they risk a Sh300,000 fine or a six-month jail term.


Sudan war Featured image for G7 leaders condemn external interference in Sudan conflict
Sat 15 Jun, 2024 08:38
G7 leaders condemn external interference in Sudan conflict
Featured image for G7 leaders condemn external interference in Sudan conflict

The Rapid Support Forces (RSF), accused of committing war crimes against civilians, have been a focal point of international concern.


raila AUC Featured image for Ruto secure's Algeria's support for Raila Odinga's AUC chair bid
Sat 15 Jun, 2024 07:45
Ruto secure's Algeria's support for Raila Odinga's AUC chair bid
Featured image for Ruto secure's Algeria's support for Raila Odinga's AUC chair bid

President William Ruto secured support during the 50th G7 Summit in Apulia, Italy, following discussions with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.


treasury budget Featured image for Treasury reverses the excise duty hike on mobile money transfers
Fri 14 Jun, 2024 08:58
Treasury reverses the excise duty hike on mobile money transfers
Featured image for Treasury reverses the excise duty hike on mobile money transfers

Safaricom had argued that raising the tax on mobile money transfers would undermine financial inclusion efforts and could potentially drive users towards black market money transfer services, thereby...


KUTRRH Featured image for Senate Committee recommends KUTRRH return to Kenyatta University management
Thu 13 Jun, 2024 10:52
Senate Committee recommends KUTRRH return to Kenyatta University management
Featured image for Senate Committee recommends KUTRRH return to Kenyatta University management

This shift removed the university vice chancellor and one university council representative from the hospital board, leaving KU with only one representative on the nine-member board.


Eurobond Featured image for Kenya seeks second Sh130bn Eurobond buyback to ease debt burden
Wed 05 Jun, 2024 10:26
Kenya seeks second Sh130bn Eurobond buyback to ease debt burden
Featured image for Kenya seeks second Sh130bn Eurobond buyback to ease debt burden

In February, Kenya sold a new $1.5 billion (Sh196 billion) Eurobond to fund the buyback of a large portion of the $2 billion (Sh261.4 billion) bond.


Headlines Featured image for Kenya plans to invest Sh13.1bn in key African financial institutions
Thu 30 May, 2024 08:59
Kenya plans to invest Sh13.1bn in key African financial institutions
Featured image for Kenya plans to invest Sh13.1bn in key African financial institutions

The additional capital will also support the African Export-Import (Afrexim) Bank, headquartered in Cairo, and the Trade and Development Bank (TDB), based in Bujumbura.


National Featured image for He started by climbing trees, Cheruiyot Kirui’s parents speaks

World Weather Attribution Featured image for El Nino not to blame for deadly East Africa floods, scientists say
Sat 25 May, 2024 20:42
El Nino not to blame for deadly East Africa floods, scientists say
Featured image for El Nino not to blame for deadly East Africa floods, scientists say

Instead, they pointed to climate change as a key driver of the intense rainfall, making the event twice as likely and five per cent more intense.


United States Featured image for We're not facing West or East- Ruto on whether he prefers China or US
Sat 25 May, 2024 19:12
We're not facing West or East- Ruto on whether he prefers China or US
Featured image for We're not facing West or East- Ruto on whether he prefers China or US

President Ruto clarified that Kenya's development goals, not geopolitical alignments, drive the country's foreign policy.


National Featured image for 'Cheruiyot Point' landmark named in honour of first African to almost summit Everest
Sat 25 May, 2024 18:07
'Cheruiyot Point' landmark named in honour of first African to almost summit Everest
Featured image for 'Cheruiyot Point' landmark named in honour of first African to almost summit Everest

Despite meticulous preparation and an unwavering resolve, Kirui tragically lost his life during the final ascent.


Sudan war Featured image for Ethiopia offers free visa extensions to over 15,000 Sudanese refugees
Sat 25 May, 2024 14:51
Ethiopia offers free visa extensions to over 15,000 Sudanese refugees
Featured image for Ethiopia offers free visa extensions to over 15,000 Sudanese refugees

This comes amid a surge in the number of Sudanese refugees arriving in Ethiopia, with over 50,000 residing in camps across the country, predominantly in the Amhara and Benishangul-Gumuz regions.


Sudan Featured image for Women's group calls for ICC probe into SGBV cases in Sudan's Al-Fashir
Sat 25 May, 2024 10:26
Women's group calls for ICC probe into SGBV cases in Sudan's Al-Fashir
Featured image for Women's group calls for ICC probe into SGBV cases in Sudan's Al-Fashir

The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) has made this call, noting that the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) "has been waging a constant siege on the city" since May 11. 


Raila Odinga Featured image for Raila calls for intra-African trade and connectivity among African countries
Fri 24 May, 2024 23:41
Raila calls for intra-African trade and connectivity among African countries
Featured image for Raila calls for intra-African trade and connectivity among African countries

Raila also highlighted the importance of water transport and the blue economy, proposing initiatives like enhancing river transport to create navigable routes connecting the Mediterranean through the...


National Featured image for Kenya sees 19pc surge in crime amid economic struggles
Tue 21 May, 2024 19:12
Kenya sees 19pc surge in crime amid economic struggles
Featured image for Kenya sees 19pc surge in crime amid economic struggles

This worrying trend highlights the desperate measures individuals are taking to survive harsh economic realities.


second-hand vehicles Featured image for Kenya's vehicle market faces steepest decline in seven years amid high taxation
Tue 21 May, 2024 12:15
Kenya's vehicle market faces steepest decline in seven years amid high taxation
Featured image for Kenya's vehicle market faces steepest decline in seven years amid high taxation

A combination of factors, including increased taxation, rising interest rates, and currency fluctuations, have attributed this sharp decline, the most pronounced in seven years.


Regional Featured image for Ethiopian Airlines unveils state-of-the-art domestic terminal in Addis Ababa
Tue 21 May, 2024 10:51
Ethiopian Airlines unveils state-of-the-art domestic terminal in Addis Ababa
Featured image for Ethiopian Airlines unveils state-of-the-art domestic terminal in Addis Ababa

Valued at $50 million, the project represents a substantial investment in Ethiopia's aviation sector.


World Wildlife Crime Report 2024 Featured image for Sub-Saharan Africa key hub for illegal wildlife trade - UN report
Mon 20 May, 2024 20:09
Sub-Saharan Africa key hub for illegal wildlife trade - UN report
Featured image for Sub-Saharan Africa key hub for illegal wildlife trade - UN report

The region accounts for a staggering 19 per cent of global seizures of wildlife materials, underscoring its significant role in the illegal wildlife trade.


somalia rains Featured image for Somalia cholera outbreak: UN steps up response as death toll hits 120
Mon 20 May, 2024 17:41
Somalia cholera outbreak: UN steps up response as death toll hits 120
Featured image for Somalia cholera outbreak: UN steps up response as death toll hits 120

The UN's response includes deploying medical teams, providing clean water, and improving sanitation facilities to curb the spread of the disease.


TFC digital technology report Featured image for African firms trailing in use of digital tech for business growth - IFC study
Sun 19 May, 2024 20:31
African firms trailing in use of digital tech for business growth - IFC study
Featured image for African firms trailing in use of digital tech for business growth - IFC study

Several ongoing challenges hinder the full adoption of digital technologies, among them the high cost of equipment in Sub-Saharan Africa.


News Featured image for Restaurants to register to play music or pay fine of Sh500,000 - KECOBO
Sun 19 May, 2024 12:44
Restaurants to register to play music or pay fine of Sh500,000 - KECOBO
Featured image for Restaurants to register to play music or pay fine of Sh500,000 - KECOBO

The stringent enforcement aims to protect the rights of musicians and ensure fair compensation for their work.


News Featured image for Ekuru Aukot petitions UN to stop deployment of Kenya police to Haiti
Sun 19 May, 2024 09:26
Ekuru Aukot petitions UN to stop deployment of Kenya police to Haiti
Featured image for Ekuru Aukot petitions UN to stop deployment of Kenya police to Haiti

The High Court had previously blocked the deployment in January, citing the lack of a reciprocal agreement between Kenya and Haiti.


tropical cyclone Featured image for Tanzania Meteorological Authority warns of emerging Cyclone Ialy
Sat 18 May, 2024 21:48
Tanzania Meteorological Authority warns of emerging Cyclone Ialy
Featured image for Tanzania Meteorological Authority warns of emerging Cyclone Ialy

TMA has advised sea users and the general public to stay informed by monitoring forecast updates and adhering to guidance from meteorological experts.


Nairobi County Featured image for Nairobi County announces 100% waiver of land rate penalties, interests
Sat 18 May, 2024 21:04
Nairobi County announces 100% waiver of land rate penalties, interests
Featured image for Nairobi County announces 100% waiver of land rate penalties, interests

The waiver comes as a relief for landowners who have been grappling with the burden of accumulated penalties and interests.


KURA Featured image for State to build 17 flood-damaged footbridges in Nairobi at a cost of Sh500m
Sat 18 May, 2024 19:10
State to build 17 flood-damaged footbridges in Nairobi at a cost of Sh500m
Featured image for State to build 17 flood-damaged footbridges in Nairobi at a cost of Sh500m

The floods have had a significant impact on the country, causing loss of life, disrupting the movement of people and goods, and resulting in substantial economic losses.


TSC Featured image for Learners affected by floods to be admitted to neighbouring schools -Ministry
Sat 18 May, 2024 18:46
Learners affected by floods to be admitted to neighbouring schools -Ministry
Featured image for Learners affected by floods to be admitted to neighbouring schools -Ministry

President William Ruto promised an emergency kitty to aid affected learning institutions, and the Ministry of Education is working to ensure all children return to their respective schools.


Motor Vehicle Tax Featured image for Insurers urge MPs to reject proposed motor vehicle tax, cite potential harm to industry
Sat 18 May, 2024 16:36
Insurers urge MPs to reject proposed motor vehicle tax, cite potential harm to industry
Featured image for Insurers urge MPs to reject proposed motor vehicle tax, cite potential harm to industry

AKI acknowledges the need to expand tax revenue but advocates for a focus on creating a conducive business environment to achieve sustainable growth.


Rwanda Featured image for Ruto tells off re-election critics, calls for inclusive global reforms
Sat 18 May, 2024 15:38
Ruto tells off re-election critics, calls for inclusive global reforms
Featured image for Ruto tells off re-election critics, calls for inclusive global reforms

The president's remarks came during the annual Africa CEO Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, where he joined other African leaders and business executives to discuss economic development and growth strategies.


nigeria oil Featured image for Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, bets big on continent's growth
Sat 18 May, 2024 14:12
Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, bets big on continent's growth
Featured image for Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, bets big on continent's growth

Speaking at the Africa CEO Forum that took place in Kigali on May 16–17, Dangote noted that Africa has the potential for greatness.


Rwandan Patriotic Front Featured image for Kagame presents re-election bid as Rwanda prepares for July election
Sat 18 May, 2024 12:50
Kagame presents re-election bid as Rwanda prepares for July election
Featured image for Kagame presents re-election bid as Rwanda prepares for July election

The ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi) nominated Kagame, 66, as its candidate during its congress in March, paving the way for his re-election bid.


National Featured image for Koome appoints 3-judge bench to hear cases challenging Affordable Housing Act
Wed 15 May, 2024 18:48
Koome appoints 3-judge bench to hear cases challenging Affordable Housing Act
Featured image for Koome appoints 3-judge bench to hear cases challenging Affordable Housing Act

Justices Olga Sewe, John Chigiti, and Josephine Mongare will preside over consolidated cases, which include a petition filed by 22 senators, led by Busia's Okiya Omtatah.


News Featured image for The story behind the name Cyclone Hidaya and history of storm naming
Sun 05 May, 2024 13:13
The story behind the name Cyclone Hidaya and history of storm naming
Featured image for The story behind the name Cyclone Hidaya and history of storm naming

Assigning names to tropical cyclones makes tracking and discussing specific storms more straightforward, especially when multiple storms are active simultaneously.


National Featured image for Kenya, Tanzania resolve long-standing poultry export dispute
Wed 01 May, 2024 17:26
Kenya, Tanzania resolve long-standing poultry export dispute
Featured image for Kenya, Tanzania resolve long-standing poultry export dispute

The global outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in 2021 imposed a ban that severely impacted Kenya's poultry industry, hindering access to a vital market.


world economic forum Featured image for World Economic Forum: Kagame urges world to explore Africa's untapped potential
Sun 28 Apr, 2024 22:36
World Economic Forum: Kagame urges world to explore Africa's untapped potential
Featured image for World Economic Forum: Kagame urges world to explore Africa's untapped potential

The Rwandan leader noted the crucial need for global collaboration with Africa, citing its vital contributions to international relations.


zimbabwe ZIG Featured image for 'Brave move': Ruto praises Zimbabwe’s latest shot at stable currency
Sun 28 Apr, 2024 19:19
'Brave move': Ruto praises Zimbabwe’s latest shot at stable currency
Featured image for 'Brave move': Ruto praises Zimbabwe’s latest shot at stable currency

Zimbabwe has introduced the ZiG, replacing the Zimbabwe Dollar (ZWL), which had undergone frequent and rapid depreciation.


south sudan president Featured image for South Sudan mediation talks to begin soon in Kenya
Sun 28 Apr, 2024 15:50
South Sudan mediation talks to begin soon in Kenya
Featured image for South Sudan mediation talks to begin soon in Kenya

The development follows South Sudanese President Salva Kiir's request last December for Kenyan leader William Ruto to mediate.


SRC Featured image for Ruto's CASs to receive Sh780,000 monthly salary, plus benefits -SRC
Tue 23 Apr, 2024 22:53
Ruto's CASs to receive Sh780,000 monthly salary, plus benefits -SRC
Featured image for Ruto's CASs to receive Sh780,000 monthly salary, plus benefits -SRC

The salary structure includes Sh459,113 in basic pay, Sh165,000 in house allowance, and Sh155,887 in salary market adjustment.


News Featured image for IEBC commissioners to have ICT, accounting skills if proposal is approved
Tue 23 Apr, 2024 22:07
IEBC commissioners to have ICT, accounting skills if proposal is approved
Featured image for IEBC commissioners to have ICT, accounting skills if proposal is approved

The committee's report states that the additional qualifications aim to enhance election management.


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