Kenya, Ghana, Malawi Chosen for Breakthrough Malaria Vaccine Trial

The World Health Organization has announced that trials of a new malaria vaccine will take place in three African countries – Kenya, Ghana and Malawi.

Kenya's hunger crisis fuelled by history of rural neglect

It is late afternoon in a small settlement in Kakuma, Turkurna County, northwestern Kenya.

Kenya's history of election violence is threatening to repeat itself 24 APR 2017 14:13

In the last few weeks Kenya has seen an increase in intra-party political violence following the start of its political party primaries that began on April 13th and are scheduled…

President Kenyatta mourns former Foreign Affairs Minister as well as Kambu accident victims

NAIROBI, 25 April 2017 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned former Foreign Affairs Minister Fredrick Lawrence Munyua Waiyaki as well as 26people who died in a road accident at…

China wants increased co-operation with First Lady’s Beyond Zero Programme

NAIROBI, 25th APRIL 2017, (PSCU)—First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today at State House met with the Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Dr. Liu Xianfa who called for enhanced co-operation between China and…

At least 27 killed in a road accident involving an oil tanker and a commuter bus

KIBWEZI, Kenya, April 25 (Xinhua) -- At least 27 people were killed and several others injured early Tuesday in a grisly road accident involving an oil tanker and a commuter…
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Nairobi-Kenya April 24th,2017: Primarosa Flower Limited has moved all its operations to its Nyahururu firm, as an expansion plan that will see production increase by 20 percent year on year.

 

Liquid Telecom Kenya has launched a series of countrywide awareness campaigns to protect rural fibre optic cable networks from vandalism that is costing the country hundreds of millions of shillings a year.

 

  • Telkom Kenya launches free 50MB Amkia MBundle, a once opt-in offerfor all pre-paid Mobile customers;
  • Customerswho opt into the offer will receive free 50MB every day;
  • The Amkia MBundle will be active every day from 6.00 am-8.00 am;
  • The offer is accessible only by dialing *50# from a mobile phone, phablet or tablet.

 

Nairobi: Telkom Kenya has diversified its Internet service offering with the new “Amkia MBundle” data offer that provides free 50MB data every day from 6.00am to 8.00 am for its pre-paid subscribers.

13th April 2017… HF Foundation has partnered with the German development agency (GIZ) to support artisans gain hands-on training in occupations related to the construction sector.

Nairobi, 12 April 2017 –  Safaricom has signed a distribution agreement with Econet Media’s Kwesé TV, Africa's newest multi-platform Pay TV network, to deliver premium video content to Kenyan consumers.

NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Kenya's tourism sector recorded a 17-percent growth in earnings in 2016, buoyed by more overseas tourists from countries like the United States, India and China, an official said Monday.
KISUMU, (Xinhua) -- Fishing and fish business has for decades been the major economic activity for communities living by the shores of L.Victoria whose waters are now being consumed by relentlessly spreading water hyacinth, consequently threatening the sole source of livelihood for the communities.   
 
"It is impossible to fish in waters where the water hyacinth has fully grown. It is bad news. Just terrible," Okoth Odhiambo, one of the fishermen who has earned a living from the lake for the past three decades told Xinhua adding that the weed is gradually taking away his livelihood. Odhiambo is among thousands of the lake-side locals in the Western Kenya staring a threat to their social and economic well-being as fishing is the main source of income which caters for the educational, energy, health and additional food needs. For more than ten years, the water hyacinth, a green weed-like plant, has been thriving on the Lake Victoria waters in the counties of Kisumu, Siaya and Homabay. "Urgent measures need to be implemented to remove this water hyacinth. It is going to swallow the lake and we will not have anywhere else to fish," he said.
 
Odhiambo is convinced that pollution of the waters with solid and fluid waste is the key cause for reemergence and thriving of the invasive aquatic plant.Lake Victoria is a crucial development resource in the Kenyan economy predominantly supporting the country's fisheries sector.  Fishermen are crucial to the country's fisheries and aquaculture sector directly influencing the nation's gross economic performance.  For instance, available data from Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicate that yields from Lake Victoria constituted 90 percent of the total fishery and aquaculture production in 2013. But for the fishermen the future of the lake shared with their fellows from Tanzania and Uganda is uncertain.
 
Okuku Ndiege, chairperson of Beach Management Unit in Siaya County said communities around the lake basin are facing an unpredictable future should the aquatic plant which has invaded many of the beaches in the region continues to flourish. "The first time I saw the water hyacinth in the lake was 1997 and for over the ten years it has caused too much suffering to the people in this region. It invaded and has refused to go," said Ndiege who believes the water hyacinth spread from Uganda. "We are suffering because we cannot fish in the beaches where it is a major infestation. Cows cannot get fresh water from the lake. The community can't get clean water from the lake. The water covered with the hyacinth smells so bad because it's stagnant and deoxygenated," he said.  He emphasized the need to executive workable solutions to save the livelihoods of the fishermen.
 
The respective county governments where the aquatic plant is predominantly infesting the waters should collaborate with the national government in financing its manual removal, he said. "The county governments cannot manage it on their own because it is a huge menace. Only if they can partner with the national government. We need to get money and mobilize youth to remove it manually in all the beaches in Homabay, Kisumu and Siaya counties," he said. While this largest lake in the East African region remains a major economic resource for millions of people in the three counties, enforcing multisectoral cross-boundary strategies would restore its purity minimizing introduction of harmful elements such as the invasive plant according to environmental experts.
 
Antony Saisi, National Environmental Management Authority(NEMA) director in Kisumu County, said implementing integrated multisectoral approaches involving communities living along the lake, countries hosting it and those with investments in the nearby would lead to a reduced pollution of the waters.  Lake Victoria constitutes of 75 percent of rainwater which carries along nitrates and phosphates, the nutrients encouraging growth of the water hyacinth, said the environmental expert. "For a long time there has been pollution of the lake from agricultural activities upstream. There are more chemicals from fertilizer used ending up in the lake," he said.
 
Also, due to lack of treatment facilities, sewerage from factories has had its way into the lake, he said. "This has increased nitrates and phosphates in the lake creating a conducive environment for water hyacinth to grow," he added. The hyacinth can remain under the water for nearly 40 years before it can sprout which necessities continuous undertaking of research to develop solutions to counteract its dynamics, he said. Although manual removal of the hyacinth is a possible solution, Saisi noted importance of adopting mitigation measures to curb flow of excessive phosphates and nitrates into the lake.  Treatment plants and sewerage infrastructure must be set up and maintained within required standards to eliminate any disposal of harmful effluent into the lake. "We must improve on solid waste management, farming and soil conservation to reduce pollution of the lake with phosphates and nitrates," he said.
 
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- The Maasai market, located at the heart of Kenya's capital-Nairobi on Saturdays and various venues across town on other days of the week has stood the test of time to remain the country's premier bazaar where tourists and visitors can buy cultural artefacts from hundreds of traders.

Nairobi, 5th April, 2017…In its continued show of commitment to enhancing the lives of its customers through technological solutions, Airtel Kenya, a leading telecommunications services provider has today launched it’s Free Internet for Schools Program in partnership with the Computers for School Kenya (CFSK) at the Aquinas Boys High School in Nairobi.

Consumers can pre-order from April 10, where they will get a portable Bluetooth speaker, the Level Box Slim

Nairobi, Kenya, April 5, 2016… Following the global release of the new Galaxy S8, Samsung Electronics East Africa has opened up pre-orders of the device ahead of its arrival in Kenya forecasted for May.

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