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Jul 26, 2011

Number of Kenyans in need of food aid to jump: U.N.

By George Obulutsa and Katy Migiro

(Reuters) – The number of Kenyans who will need food aid due to drought will rise to 3.5 million by September, the United Nations said Tuesday, while European officials warned such crises would flare up again unless more money was directed at prevention efforts.

Some 11.6 million people are going hungry in the “triangle of death” that straddles Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, with pockets of famine existing in rebel-controlled southern Somalia, adding pressure on donors to respond to the hunger crisis.

Jun 28, 2011

U.N. court refers genocide case to Rwanda

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A U.N. Court trying the masterminds of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide said on Tuesday it had for the first time referred one of its cases to be tried in Rwanda itself.

Rwanda has in the past unsuccessfully sought to have the court hand it some of the cases. In 2007, Rwanda’s parliament scrapped the death penalty for genocide suspects who are either being held in Tanzania or at large elsewhere abroad and has introduced legal reforms required by the court.

Jun 27, 2011

Kenya approves bourse listing of investment firms

NAIROBI, June 27 (Reuters) – Kenya’s capital markets
regulator said it had approved the listing of investment firm
British American Kenya, paving the way for an initial public
offering (IPO) of 650 million shares.

The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) said it had also
approved fellow investment firm TransCentury to list on the
Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE).

Jun 22, 2011

Kenyan shilling edges higher, bond yields jump

NAIROBI, June 22 (Reuters) – The Kenyan shilling hit
a new low against the dollar on Wednesday before gaining ground
as commercial banks trimmed some greenback positions while
two-year Treasury bond yields jumped to 12.4 percent at auction.

Traders said the market had largely shrugged off the central
bank governor’s comments that he would take action against banks
speculating against the shilling, although there was a risk of a
correction if concrete steps were actually taken.

Jun 22, 2011

Tanzania, Kenya gas pipeline costed at $630 mln

NAIROBI, June 22 (Reuters) – A pipeline to move natural gas
from Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam to the coastal
city of Tanga and Mombasa in Kenya is seen costing up to $630
million, an East African Community study showed on Wednesday.

Tanzania has found gas deposits in four areas — Songo Songo
island off the eastern coast, in nearby West Songo Songo, Mnazi
Bay in southeastern Tanzania and Mkuranga near Dar es Salaam.

Jun 6, 2011

EABL says to buy SABMiller stake in Kenyan brewer

NAIROBI, June 6 (Reuters) – East African Breweries Ltd
(EABL.NR: Quote, Profile, Research) is buying SABMiller’s (SAB.L: Quote, Profile, Research) 20 percent stake in its
Kenyan unit as part of a deal to end a partnership that allowed
the firms to produce and market each other’s products.

EABL, east Africa’s biggest company by market value and
owned by British group Diageo (DGE.L: Quote, Profile, Research), said on Monday it would
pay 19.5 billion shillings ($225 million) for the stake.

Jun 2, 2011

Kenya economy to grow 5.0 pct in 2012 -W.Bank

NAIROBI, June 2 (Reuters) – Kenya’s economy is seen growing
by 5.0 percent in 2012 from 4.8 percent this year, as improved
infrastructure including investment in telecoms begin to bear
fruit and external conditions improve, the World Bank said on
Thursday.

The east African country’s economy is under pressure from
fuel and food price-driven inflation which have led to rises in
interest rates, and analysts say political uncertainty ahead of
next year’s general election is also weighing it down.

May 25, 2011

Top Rwanda genocide suspect seized in Congo: U.N. court

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested one of the masterminds of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, a United Nations court handling their cases said on Wednesday.

The Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) said Bernard Munyagishari, a former Hutu militia leader, was wanted on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, including rape.

May 18, 2011

Madagascar’s Avana says eyes 2011 listing

NAIROBI, May 18 (Reuters) – Independent Madagascar-based oil
and gas explorer Avana Petroleum plans to list this year, a move
it hopes will raise about $35 million, its chief executive said
on Wednesday.

Avana has interests in exploration blocks across the western
Indian Ocean in Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar and Mauritius, a
region that has been largely shunned by oil majors because of
its remoteness and resource uncertainty.

May 17, 2011

Africa Oil plans up to 8 east Africa wells

NAIROBI, May 17 (Reuters) – Canadian oil and gas explorer
Africa Oil Corp (AOI.V: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans to drill up to eight exploratory
wells in blocks it holds interests in across east Africa, a
senior company executive said on Tuesday.

Africa Oil and its partners hold exploration licences in
Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region.