NAIROBI, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Barclays Bank of Kenya
has earmarked 30 billion shillings ($295 million) for lending to
small and mid-sized business as it seeks to catch up with profit
growth at rivals.
Foreign funds have been investing in Kenyan lenders in
recent years, attracted by growing trade flows and the rise of
mobile-phone banking which is helping to win new customers.
NAIROBI, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Kenya has rejected a request to
bring two young chimpanzees rescued in Ebola-hit Liberia to a
Kenyan wildlife sanctuary due to fears about the deadly virus,
the country’s top veterinarian said on Wednesday.
Ebola has killed more than 11,200 people in the West African
countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since late 2013.
Liberia was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation
in May, but there have been some new cases since then.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan officials said on Friday they were considering conservationists’ appeals to give two baby chimpanzees, rescued from possible traffickers in ebola-hit Liberia, sanctuary in a Kenyan reserve but public health fears were holding up transfer.
Conservationists believe the animals had been victims of trafficking that sent baby chimps from West and Central Africa to Chinese zoos and private estates in the Middle East, where they can fetch as much as $25,000.
NAIROBI, July 31 (Reuters) – Kenya’s new Chinese-built rail
line will cut through the capital’s sprawling sanctuary for
lions, giraffes and zebras, wildlife officials said on Friday,
replacing the colonial-era railway known as the “Lunatic
Kenya’s game parks and abundant wildlife draw tourists from
across the globe but the government has said that must not stop
the east African nation from building infrastructure to speed up
development in a country where poverty remains rife.
NAIROBI, July 26 (Reuters) – Barack Obama told Kenyans on
Sunday on his first presidential trip to his father’s homeland
that there was “no limit to what you can achieve” but said they
had to deepen democracy, tackle corruption and end exclusion
based on gender or ethnicity.
After political talks on Saturday with President Uhuru
Kenyatta on security and business, his speech to a packed sports
hall in Nairobi struck a personal note, talking of his own
experience and Kenya’s in the five decades since independence.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Barack Obama told Kenyans on Sunday on his first presidential trip to his father’s homeland that there was “no limit to what you can achieve” but said they had to deepen democracy, tackle corruption and end exclusion based on gender or ethnicity.
After political talks on Saturday with President Uhuru Kenyatta on security and business, his speech to a packed sports hall in Nairobi struck a personal note, talking of his own experience and Kenya’s in the five decades since independence.
NAIROBI, July 25 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
told Africans on Saturday that discriminating against gays was
like treating people differently because of race, drawing
criticism from anti-gay activists who said he was imposing his
morality on the continent.
The comments in Kenya by Obama, whose father was Kenyan and
who Africans claim as their son, exposed the divide on gay
rights between Western states and religiously conservative
Africa where many states ban homosexual relations.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to help by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption.
Obama was addressing a Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the start of the first presidential visit to Kenya, his father’s homeland and the biggest economy in east Africa, which has been hit by a spate of attacks by Somali Islamist group al Shabaab.
NAIROBI, July 21 (Reuters) – President Uhuru Kenyatta said
on Tuesday that improving security cooperation and trade links
between Kenya and the United States will top the agenda when
U.S. President Barack Obama visits the east African nation this
A key Western ally in the battle against the spread of
militant Islam out of Somalia, Kenya’s security agencies receive
training and equipment from United States, Britain and Israel.
KOGELO, Kenya (Reuters) – When Barack Obama visits Africa this month, he will be welcomed by a continent that had expected closer attention from a man they claim as their son, a sentiment felt acutely in the Kenyan village where the 44th U.S. president’s father is buried.
“We thought the American government could at least bring some assistance to the area,” said Stephen Okumu Obewa, a teacher in Kogelo village who works at Senator Barack Obama Primary School, named before Obama reached the White House.