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President Kenyatta launches Ksh 50 billion programmes to boost service delivery in counties

President Kenyatta launches Ksh 50 billion programmes to boost service delivery in counties

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA
Kakamega,  Kenya Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has launched two programmes that will see the National Government inject Ksh 50 billion as performance based conditional grants to boost the capacity of county governments to deliver quality services to Kenyans. The President announced the launch of the Kenya Devolution Support Programme and the Kenya Urban Support Programme in a speech delivered during the opening of the 5th Annual Devolution Conference in Kakamega. “Both, combined, will inject Ksh 50 billion into your county governments, to help you build and improve the systems that support your staff, and your delivery of services,” the President told county governments. He added: “Just like us in the National Government, you must also strive to perform to the very highest standar
UN delivers Explosive Ordinance Disposal equipment to support Libyan authorities in dealing with explosive hazards

UN delivers Explosive Ordinance Disposal equipment to support Libyan authorities in dealing with explosive hazards

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY
TUNIS, Tunisia In most of Libya's cities, the continued use of war explosives especially by the armed conflict has lead to to devastating humanitarian consequences, causing injury, death and massive displacement of civilians across Libya. With limited resources, Libyan Security Institutions such as the National Safety Authority and Military Engineers carry out the critical and risky clearance work to reduce the impact of explosive remnants of war on civilians’ lives. In a bid to enhance the Libyan capacity in ridding the country of explosive remnants of war, The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), thanks to a EUR 500,000 contribution from the Government of Austria, delivered 12 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) kits to the Libyan Military Engineers and the Nationa
Immunization partners launch week-long campaign across Africa

Immunization partners launch week-long campaign across Africa

AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo The World Health Organization in the African Region, in collaboration with UNICEF, African Union and other partners, has  launched the eighth African Vaccination Week (AVW).The week long campaign from 23 to 29 April 2018 under the theme: ’Vaccines work, Do your part!,’  will raise awareness of the need and right of everyone, particularly children and women, to be protected from diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. It will also draw attention to the progress that has been made to ensure access to basic life-saving vaccinations across the continent. “The African Region has made commendable progress towards improving access to vaccines. African Heads of State and Government committed to investing more in immunization services and ensurin
UN expert raises concerns about violence against women, calls for legal reform

UN expert raises concerns about violence against women, calls for legal reform

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
KHARTOUM, SudanThe UN Independent Expert has expressed concern about reports that the security forces were using violence, intimidation and other forms of abuse to silence women across the country. “These abuses are made worse in the wider context of gender inequality in Sudanese society and the legal framework that institutionalizes it,” Aristide Nononsi said at the end of a 10-day visit to the country. He added that so called public morality offenses, such as those used against women deemed to be “indecently” dressed, along with the humiliation of corporal punishment, violated international human rights norms. Nononsi reiterated his call for the Government to take effective measures, including reforming the country’s current legal framework, to address the serious insti
IGP Okoth Ochola Promotes Police’s Common Wealth Gold Medalists

IGP Okoth Ochola Promotes Police’s Common Wealth Gold Medalists

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, SPORTS
  Uganda's Inspector General of Police ( IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola has promoted the Uganda police athletes that represented Uganda at the Gold Coast Common Wealth Games in Australia. SPC Joshua Cheptegei who won two gold medals in 5000 and 10000 meters has been regarded to the police constable and then appointed to the rank of Inspector of Police in addition to a token of Ten Million Shilling. Special Police Constable (SPC) Stella Chesang who won gold medal in 10000 meters women has also re-graded to Police Constable and appointed to the rank of Inspector of Police also with a token of five millions. SPC Chelengat Mercyline who won bronze medal in 10000 meters was also re-graded to the rank of police constable and appointed to the rank of Assistant Inspector of poli...
Ecobank launches Fintech Challenge competition for African start-ups

Ecobank launches Fintech Challenge competition for African start-ups

AFRICA, BUSINESS
  LOME, TogoEcobank , the leading pan African banking group, is inviting African fintech entrepreneurs to enter its Ecobank Fintech Challenge. Now in its second year, the initiative gives African start-ups the chance to promote their fintech solutions, and potentially to partner Ecobank in rolling out their solutions across Ecobank’s 33 markets. Ecobank is currently welcoming submissions from all start ups and developers in any of Africa’s 54 countries to enter its 2018 Ecobank Fintech Challenge at http://EcobankFintech.com 10 Finalists will be selected to participate in an Awards and Innovation Fair at the global headquarters of Ecobank in Lomé, Togo in July 2018. Following a series of pitches from the finalists, a panel of judges will select the top three winner
Kenyan government rebukes media claims about pending arrival of Cuba specialists

Kenyan government rebukes media claims about pending arrival of Cuba specialists

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA
Nairobi, Kenya The government of Kenya has rebuked claims within the media speculations in respect of the impending arrival of medical specialists from Cuba. Nzioka Waita, CBS Chief of Staff and Head of the President's Delivery Unit, states that the doctor-to-patient ratio remains 1 doctor to every 16,000 patients which means that Kenya is not anywhere near to meeting the ratios required for the provision of quality healthcare to a majority of Kenyans. Under this partnership with the Cuban Government,  Kenya is bringing in specialists in very complex areas of medicine, including oncology, nephrology and dermatology. "Specialists in these areas are few and far between, yet their services are in high demand." he said Further, the underlying objective of the partnership is to b
Committee on Migrant Workers closes its twenty-eighth session

Committee on Migrant Workers closes its twenty-eighth session

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
GENEVA, Switzerland The Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families has concluded this afternoon its twenty eighth session after adopting its concluding observations and recommendations on the reports of Algeria and Guyana, as well as conclusions in the absence of a report on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Ahmadou Tall, Committee Chairperson, reminded that the Committee had held interactive dialogues and adopted concluding observations and recommendations on the reports of Algeria and Guyana, and had adopted conclusions in the absence of a report on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. "The Committee has held a successful ceremony to launch the General Comments on the rights of the child in the context of migration, and t...
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