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Oct 6, 2014

Kenyan president to go to Hague court in personal capacity

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s president said on Monday he would attend a hearing at the International Criminal Court this week, the first sitting world leader to appear in The Hague-based court, although he said he would be going in a personal capacity.

Uhuru Kenyatta told parliament he would appoint his deputy, William Ruto, as acting president in his absence to avoid putting the “sovereignty of more than 40 million Kenyans on trial” and would not attend in his position as head of state.

Oct 1, 2014

IMF says Kenya’s new economic numbers show reforms are working

NAIROBI, Oct 1 (Reuters) – An upward revision of Kenya’s
economic output shows that the country’s economic reforms are
paying off, with the potential for future growth to exceed 6
percent a year, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) official
said on Wednesday.

Kenya announced on Tuesday that last year’s gross domestic
product was $53.4 billion – 25 percent higher than previously
stated – after updating the base year for its calculation.
Growth for 2013 was revised up to 5.7 percent from 4.7 percent.

Sep 30, 2014

Kenya’s economy increases by a quarter to join Africa’s top 10

NAIROBI, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Kenya’s gross domestic product
was estimated to be 25 percent bigger after the authorities
changed the base calculation year to 2009 from 2001, sending the
east African nation into the continent’s top 10 economies.

Economic output was calculated to be 4.76 trillion shillings
($53.4 billion) in 2013 after the rebasing, up from 3.8 trillion
shillings ($42.6 billion), the minister for devolution and
planning, Anne Waiguru, told a news conference on Tuesday.

Sep 3, 2014

Attack on Somali Islamist leader seen triggering power struggle

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A hail of U.S. missiles aimed at the leader of Somalia’s al Shabaab militants may have left a gaping hole in the group’s leadership, potentially the biggest challenge to its unity since it emerged as a fighting force eight years ago.

Washington believes its laser-guided attack on Monday killed Ahmed Godane, who aligned al Shabaab with al Qaeda and authorized the group’s deadly raid on a Nairobi shopping mall last year.

Aug 1, 2014

South Sudan conflict drives idea of oil wealth monitoring

NAIROBI, Aug 1 (Reuters) – South Sudan’s oil fields have
become a battleground in the struggle for power in Africa’s
newest nation, encouraging Western nations and regional
mediators to consider international monitoring of crude revenues
as a way to remove a major bone of contention from such

South Sudan sits on Sub-Saharan Africa’s third-biggest crude
reserves, and its oil fields were early targets in fighting that
erupted in December and has rumbled on despite two ceasefire
deals and U.N. warnings that a man-made famine looms.

Jul 24, 2014

Nigeria may have no polio cases next year, says Bill Gates

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Nigeria could cut the number of polio cases to zero next year and be declared free of the disease in 2018 even though a national eradication campaign has had to contend with an insurgency in the north, Bill Gates told Reuters.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports the global initiative to wipe out polio, which includes a campaign in Nigeria, one of three nations where the crippling virus is still endemic. The other two are Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Jul 4, 2014

Clerics urge calm before Monday’s rally in divided Kenya

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Religious leaders in Kenya have urged calm ahead of an opposition rally next week that threatens to stoke tension in a nation scarred by political violence in the recent past.

Raila Odinga, the main rival Uhuru Kenyatta defeated in last year’s presidential election, has set a deadline of Monday for the government to meet a demand for dialogue over militant attacks, corruption, a slow economy and other grievances.

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.

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      "Edmund Blair is responsible for Reuters coverage from more than a dozen East African nations and Indian Ocean islands. He was bureau chief for Egypt and Sudan, and ran the bureau in Iran. He has worked across the Middle East and Africa, covering the Egyptian uprising, Iraq war, Palestinian-Israeli conflict and crises in East Africa. He also has experience in covering the oil and gas industry and financial affairs, including a period as an equities reporter in London."
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