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Jun 24, 2014

Kenyan opposition leader demands dialogue after spate of attacks

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s veteran opposition leader demanded on Tuesday a national dialogue by July 7 and sought a timetable to pull Kenyan troops out of Somalia, hours after a fresh attack on the coast killed five people.

Raila Odinga, who was President Uhuru Kenyatta’s main challenger in last year’s election, has called for nationwide rallies next month over what he said were public worries that include security failings, corruption and rising living costs.

Jun 17, 2014

President says Kenyan politics not Islamists behind attacks

NAIROBI Kenya (Reuters) – Kenya’s president shifted blame to domestic rivals on Tuesday for two attacks that killed 65 people on the coast and he dismissed claims of responsibility by Somali Islamist militants, which Nairobi usually fingers for such assaults. Somalia’s al Shabaab militant group has said its gunmen carried out the attacks on the town of Mpeketoni on Sunday night and on a nearby village early on Tuesday morning.

In comments that could further stoke political tensions in a country where allegiances generally run along ethnic lines, President Uhuru Kenyatta instead pointed the finger at rivals he described as “hate-mongers”, though he did not name anybody.

May 11, 2014

China, east African leaders sign up for new rail link

NAIROBI, May 11 (Reuters) – East African leaders and China
formally signed agreements on Sunday related to the construction
of a new multi-billion dollar railway to run from the Kenyan
port of Mombasa to Nairobi and on to neighbouring states.

The deals were signed in Nairobi on the last stage of an
Africa tour by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, although Kenya’s
president, Uhuru Kenyatta, had already signed up to the deal
during his state visit to Beijing last year.

May 10, 2014

Somali president wants aid airlift for towns retaken from rebels

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia needs help airlifting basic supplies to towns recently retaken by African Union-led forces because Islamist insurgents who were driven out from those areas are blocking aid convoys, the president told Reuters in an interview.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud accused the Al Shabaab militants of trying to create food shortages in newly “liberated areas” to turn locals against the state – and said the aid would show people the benefit of returning to government control.

Apr 28, 2014

Mediators want South Sudan leaders to meet to end killings

NAIROBI (Reuters) – International mediators have called on South Sudan’s rebel leader to meet his rival President Salva Kiir to prevent an ethnic-fuelled conflict turning into a civil war or genocide, one of the envoys who met Riek Machar last week said on Monday.

EU envoy Alexander Rondos said such a face-to-face between the rivals, which would be the first since fighting erupted in mid-December, was essential to end the “cycle of vengeance” and killings that has left a ceasefire agreed in January in tatters.

Apr 11, 2014

Tanzania president maps out plan for transport hub

DAR ES SALAM (Reuters) – Tanzania aims to hike cargo volumes through its main Dar es Salam port in 2015 by almost 40 percent over 2013 levels, part of plans to expand and build new transport links and become a regional hub, the president said on Friday.

President Jakaya Kikwete said bureaucratic hurdles had delayed plans by a Chinese firm to build a new port at Bagamoyo, 75 km north of Dar es Salam, but those were now resolved.

Apr 11, 2014

Tanzanian president says Eurobond would be delayed if costs too high

DAR ES SALAM (Reuters) – President Jakaya Kikwete said on Friday that Tanzania aimed to launch its debut Eurobond worth at least $700 million in the next financial year starting in July and could seek more if conditions were favorable or delay if costs were too high.

The government was also trying to meet a budget deficit target of 5 percent of gross domestic product in 2013/14 – down from 6.2 percent the previous year – but he said it would be tough due to an expected 6 percent shortfall in revenues.

Apr 11, 2014

Tanzania bourse presses state for privatizations

DAR ES SALAM (Reuters) – Tanzania’s stock exchange is pressing the government to sell shares in more state firms to help galvanize bigger private businesses to tap the capital market.

Regulations that will push mobile telephone firms and mining companies to list on the main bourse were at an “advanced stage”, Moremi Marwa, chief executive officer of the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, said in Tanzania’s commercial capital as part of the Reuters Africa Investment Summit.

Apr 7, 2014

Rwanda bourse aims to boost listings, debt market in 2014

KIGALI (Reuters) – Celestin Rwabukumba is this year scrambling to add a new financial listing on the Rwanda Stock Exchange, automate the bourse, launch a market for smaller firms and encourage more companies to use the debt market to raise capital.

The initiatives are part of a broader bid to put the tiny African state on the map as a regional financial hub. But there is a long way to go for the three-year-old bourse with just five listings and where trades are still scribbled on white boards.

Apr 5, 2014

Rwanda’s foreign adventures test West’s patience

KIGALI (Reuters) – Rwandan President Paul Kagame may dress in the sharp suits of a company CEO, but his language can be more like a drill sergeant when he grills his cabinet on its performance.

“When you speak I find myself becoming impatient, almost to the point of being annoyed,” the former military intelligence commander publicly berated a minister last month at an annual meeting of top officials on modernizing the tiny African state.

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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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