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Jun 24, 2015

Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power eyes Sept 2016 for first output

LAKE TURKANA, Kenya, June 24 (Reuters) – Kenya’s Lake
Turkana Wind Power project aims to start supplying some
electricity as early as September 2016, once a transmission line
is built linking the remote northern region to the national
grid, a director of the project said on Wednesday.

The 310 megawatt (MW) project, originally aimed for start-up
in 2011, has been delayed in part because it was awaiting a
428-km high-voltage line linking the area. The transmission line
was approved in August 2014 and will take about two years to
build.

Jun 18, 2015

Kenya, Uganda may decide on oil pipeline route by mid-July

NAIROBI, June 18 (Reuters) – Kenya and Uganda could decide
by mid-July on the route for a crude pipeline linking their
newly found oil fields to the Kenyan coast, a vital step for oil
firms to make a final investment decision, a senior Kenyan
ministry official said.

Two possible routes have been proposed, one running through
north Kenya to the coast in the Lamu region and a second
following the route of an existing products pipeline further
south that would run to the port of Mombasa.

Jun 18, 2015

Kenya, Uganda may decide on oil pipeline route by mid-July – official

NAIROBI, June 18 (Reuters) – Kenya and Uganda could decide
by mid-July on the route for a crude pipeline linking their
newly found oil fields to the Kenyan coast, a vital step for oil
firms to make a final investment decision, a senior Kenyan
ministry official said.

Two possible routes have been proposed, one running through
north Kenya to the coast in the Lamu region and a second
following the route of an existing products pipeline further
south that would run to the port of Mombasa.

Jun 2, 2015

Kenya’s president nominates IMF adviser as central bank chief

NAIROBI, June 2 (Reuters) – Kenya’s president has picked an
IMF adviser, Patrick Ngugi Njoroge, as the next central bank
governor, pending approval by parliament, his spokesman said on
Tuesday.

Njoroge is an adviser to a deputy managing director at the
Washington-based International Monetary Fund, has been named to
lead the bank at a time when the shilling has come under
heavy pressure because of the global strength of the dollar,
falling foreign exchange revenues and a widening current account
deficit.

May 21, 2015

Insight – Burundi ruling party youth rattles nerves in ethnic tinderbox

NGOZI, Burundi (Reuters) – In the Burundian president’s rural stronghold, his party’s youth wing dismisses the fears of those who have fled the east African nation that it is gathering arms and sharpening knives for a new bout of ethnic bloodletting.

“Whoever has a machete uses it for cultivating, not for other purposes,” said Patrice Barutwanajo, 28, a member of the so-called Imbonerakure in Ngozi in northern Burundi. “It is impossible to say that people have machetes for killing.”

May 21, 2015

Burundi ruling party youth rattles nerves in ethnic tinderbox

NGOZI, Burundi (Reuters) – In the Burundian president’s rural stronghold, his party’s youth wing dismisses the fears of those who have fled the east African nation that it is gathering arms and sharpening knives for a new bout of ethnic bloodletting.

“Whoever has a machete uses it for cultivating, not for other purposes,” said Patrice Barutwanajo, 28, a member of the so-called Imbonerakure in Ngozi in northern Burundi. “It is impossible to say that people have machetes for killing.”

May 21, 2015

Two killed in running street battles in Burundi’s capital

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Street battles and gunfire erupted again in the capital on Thursday as protesters against President Pierre Nkurunziza rejected his calls for calm in Burundi, an ethnic tinderbox with a history of civil war and genocide.

The Burundi Red Cross said two protesters were killed as soldiers and police fired tear gas and shots in the air in confrontations with scores of young men throwing rocks and burning makeshift barricades in the roads.

May 21, 2015

Street clashes, gunfire erupt again in Burundi capital

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Street battles and gunfire erupted again in the Burundi capital on Thursday as protesters against President Pierre Nkurunziza rejected his calls for calm in the east African nation, an ethnic tinderbox with a long history of civil war and genocide.

Soldiers and police fired tear gas and warning shots in the air as they faced off against scores of young men throwing rocks and burning makeshift barricades in the roads, Reuters witnesses said.

May 20, 2015

President delays Burundi elections, more shooting in capital

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundi’s president pushed back parliamentary and local elections to June 5 on Wednesday and further clashes between police and protesters broke out in a power struggle threatening to unleash more ethnic bloodshed in Africa’s Great Lakes region.

President Pierre Nkurunziza said the parliamentary and council vote would be postponed from May 26. His decree made no mention of the weeks of unrest in the capital Bujumbura or last week’s failed coup.

May 19, 2015

Burundi police fire tear gas, beat anti-president protesters

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundi police fired tear gas and beat protesters who were demanding President Pierre Nkurunziza end his bid for a third term, in a resurgence of unrest has stoked fears of ethnic conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes.

A Reuters photographer said at least eight of the flag-waving and chanting demonstrators were dragged off by police on Tuesday. Some in the crowd responded by pelting officers with stones and rocks.

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      "Responsible for Reuters coverage from Egypt and Sudan, and overseeing operations of the Cairo-based Reuters Arabic language service. Previously was Bureau Chief, Iran. Have worked throughout the Middle East for most of the past 15 years, including covering the Iraq war and Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Have also covered financial and energy affairs, holding positions that inlude equities reporter in London."
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