NAIROBI, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Wal-Mart’s push for a
foothold in east Africa hit a hurdle after Kenyan retailer
Naivas said on Wednesday it was no longer selling a controlling
stake to the U.S. company’s South African subsidiary, Massmart.
Strong economic growth in Africa is attracting global
retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc, which acquired Massmart
in a $2.4 billion deal two years ago. Sub-Saharan Africa is
expected to grow by 4.9 percent this year after 4.2 percent in
2012, the World Bank said.
NAIROBI, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Second biggest Kenyan cement firm
ARM Cement expects earnings to grow at a slightly
faster rate this year after a new plant in Tanzania has pushed
up capacity, its chief executive said on Thursday.
East African cement consumption is growing thanks to vibrant
economies, drawing in foreign firms like Nigeria’s Dangote
Cement, which plans a $400 million plant in Kenya.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan authorities are holding eight people in connection with an attack by Islamist militants on a Nairobi shopping mall and have released three others after the assault that killed 67 civilians and soldiers, the interior minister said on Friday.
Somali Islamist group al Shabaab suggested Saturday’s attack, followed by a four-day siege, would be followed by other actions by its ‘warriors’.
NAIROBI, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Kenya does not see a
significant impact on its economic growth from the attack by
Islamist militants on a shopping mall, and it plans to go ahead
with a debut Eurobond issue this financial year, the finance
minister said on Friday.
The east African nation’s growth target for 2013 remained at
5.5-6 percent, Henry Rotich said in a statement, adding that
tourism was stable and would not suffer “long lasting effects”
from the attack.
NAIROBI, Sept 25 (Reuters) – As Kenya began three days of
mourning on Wednesday for at least 67 people killed in the siege
of a Nairobi mall, it was unclear how many more hostages may
have died with the Somali Islamist attackers buried in the
Declaring final victory over the al Qaeda-linked gunmen from
al Shabaab who stormed the Westgate shopping centre on Saturday,
President Uhuru Kenyatta said that three floors in a part of the
mall had collapsed near the end of the operation, leaving an
unknown number of bodies under steel and concrete.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya said its security forces had taken control of the Nairobi shopping mall where Islamist fighters killed at least 62 people, and that police were doing a final sweep of shops early Tuesday after the last of the hostages had been rescued.
An overnight eerie silence outside the mall was broken at daybreak following a loud burst of gunfire heard coming from inside the Westgate mall, suggesting that the complex had not yet been secured. A lone military chopper circled above.
NAIROBI, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Kenya said its security forces
had taken control of the Nairobi shopping mall where Islamist
fighters killed at least 62 people, and that police were doing a
final sweep of shops early Tuesday after the last of the
hostages had been rescued.
There was an eerie silence outside the mall after a day in
which gunfire and explosions were heard in the Westgate mall. A
trickle of survivors escaped the building throughout the day on
Monday, but the fate of people listed as missing was unclear.
NAIROBI, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Islamist fighters from
Somalia’s al Shabaab held out at a Nairobi shopping centre after
killing at least 62 people, surrounded by Kenyan forces trying
to crush their group’s cross-border jihad.
President Barack Obama offered U.S. support as the raid went
into its fourth day, saying he believed Kenya – the scene of one
of al Qaeda’s first major attacks and a neighbour of chaotic
Somalia – would continue to be a regional pillar of stability.
NAIROBI, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Heavy and sustained gunfire was
heard at the Nairobi shopping mall where at least 68 people were
killed by a Somali Islamist group, a Reuters witness reported on
Monday, suggesting an assault by Kenyan security forces.
As the siege entered its third day, a Reuters witness at the
scene heard heavy and sustained gunfire for about five minutes.
The blast of gunfire was followed by a lull, and then a series
of small, sporadic explosions occurred.
NAIROBI, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Kenya said its security forces
were in control of most of the Nairobi shopping mall where at
least 68 people were killed by Somali al Shabaab Islamists, but
gunmen still appeared to be holding hostages as the siege
entered its third day on Monday.
Referring to an operation under way since early on Sunday,
following the storming of the upmarket Westgate mall at
lunchtime the previous day, a military spokesman said most of
those who had been in the complex were now free.