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Apr 5, 2012

Kenya oil find spurs interest in new blocks

LOKICHAR, Kenya, April 5 (Reuters) – Kenya has seen a surge
of interest for new oil blocks after striking oil last week,
Martin Heya, commissioner of petroleum at the ministry of
energy, said on Thursday.

The east African country is abuzz with news of its first oil
discovery in the dry and dusty northwest town where
Africa-focused UK firm Tullow Oil Plc has been
exploring.

Mar 28, 2012

Comoros awards first oil exploration licence

NAIROBI, March 28 (Reuters) – Comoros said it has awarded
its first ever oil exploration and production licence to a
privately-owned Kenya-based exploration company, Bahari
Resources Ltd.

Countries in the east and Horn of Africa and others with
coastlines along the Indian Ocean have become a hot spot for oil
and gas exploration, spurred by new finds. Comoros is made up of
islands in the Indian Ocean, between northern Madagascar and
east Africa.

Mar 27, 2012

Tanzania to offer 16 oil blocks for licensing

NAIROBI, March 27 (Reuters) – Tanzania will hold an oil
exploration licensing round for 16 offshore blocks starting in
September this year, a principal geologist at the state-run
Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation said on Tuesday.

Meshack Kagya told an energy conference in Nairobi that
details of the Tanzanian plan would be unveiled next month, with
the process expected to close in 2013.

Mar 26, 2012

Kenya strikes oil, to check commercial viability

March 26 (Reuters) – Kenya announced on Monday its first oil
discovery, saying it was found in the northern part of the
country where Africa-focused British firm Tullow Oil Plc
has been exploring for oil, and was now checking on the
commercial viability of the find.

Kenya and its neighbours in east Africa as well as the Horn
of the continent have become a hot spot for oil and gas
exploration in recent years, spurred by new finds.

Mar 21, 2012

African nations risk losing tax-free access to Europe -EU official

NAIROBI, March 21 (Reuters) – Some African countries could
lose tax-free access for exports to the European Union if they
fail to sign a deal by next year to replace preferential
agreements that the World Trade Organisation has rejected, an EU
lawmaker said on Wednesday.

The European Union and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)
countries had until the end of 2007 to sign the Economic
Partnership Agreement (EPA) agreements to replace existing
unilateral trade preferences, or risk having European trade
disrupted.

Mar 9, 2012

U.S. urges Malawi leader to allow freedom of expression

NAIROBI, March 9 (Reuters) – A senior U.S. official
urged Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika on Friday to respect
his citizens’ right to freedom of expression, days after he
accused Western donors of funding an opposition protest movement
in his country.

Mutharika told state radio on Sunday that the opposition
planned to stage demonstrations in March financed by foreign
donors – some of whom have frozen aid because of concern about
his increasingly tight grip on power in the impoverished
southern African country.

Feb 14, 2012

Kenya lawmakers want central banker investigated in shilling row

NAIROBI, Feb 14 (Reuters) – A Kenyan parliamentary
committee has asked central bank governor Njuguna Ndung’u to
step aside from his post, it said on Tuesday, proposing an
investigation into how he handled the local currency’s plunge to
a historic low late last year.

The shilling hit a record low of 107 per dollar on Oct. 11,
but has since strengthened more than 20 percent after the
central bank raised its key lending rate to 18 percent in
December from 7 percent in September.

Jan 5, 2012

Kenya wind power project to start by April: official

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Construction of a 310 megawatt (MW) wind power project in Kenya is expected to start in April after its financiers complete due diligence on the project, a senior company official said on Thursday.

Most of Kenya’s power is generated by hydroelectric plants, which are prone to the vagaries of frequent droughts, which cut water levels in dams, lead to power outages and force east Africa’s biggest economy to rely on diesel-powered generators.

Nov 25, 2011

Kapchorua, Williamson H1 profit helped by tea prices

NAIROBI, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Kapchorua Tea
and Williamson Tea, which have the same directors, both
reported a jump in first-half profit, helped by higher tea
prices and a weak Kenyan shilling.

Williamson said pretax profit jumped 64 percent to 1.07
billion shillings ($12 million) in the six months to
end-September, while Kapchorua’s profit doubled to 268 million.

Nov 22, 2011

Kenya almost-doubles inflation target to 9 pct

NAIROBI, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Kenya’s central bank
changed another key policy aim by almost-doubling this fiscal
year’s inflation target to 9 percent, just weeks after being
driven to make a huge rate rise to combat soaring inflation and
save the plunging shilling.

Tuesday’s unveiling of the new target, for the year running
July to June, followed months of trenchant criticism of the bank
for not taking aggressive action to stop the shilling’s slide on
the back of double-digit inflation and a yawning balance of
payments gap.