EAST AFRICA

Uganda’s Tugume returns with three Medals from World kickboxing Games 2018

Uganda’s Tugume returns with three Medals from World kickboxing Games 2018

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, SPORTS, UGANDA
Kampala, Uganda: Uganda’s kick boxer Titus Tugume has returned home with two Gold Medals and Silver from the 2018 World Kickboxing and Karate Games in San Antonio, Texas, United States. Tugume an Army officer in the Uganda Peoples Defense Force is one of the best kick boxers on the African Continent, and has won several Continental titles since 2011. “It is always a pleasure to win Gold in any event but when it comes to a world competition it becomes special to receive a Medal, I thank my coaches and all the people who have guided me towards my victories.” Tugume said. However, becoming a world Champion in PAM AFRICAN Games will automatically improve his rankings in the World Kickboxing that will see him gaining professionally. This was the second edition of PAN AMER
President Kenyatta travels to London for Commonwealth summit

President Kenyatta travels to London for Commonwealth summit

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA
Nairobi, Kenya Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has traveled to the United Kingdom to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). CHOGM is a biennial meeting of leaders from the 53 countries that make up the Commonwealth of Nations. This year’s summit is focused on promoting prosperity, safety, sustainability and fairness with the theme: “Towards a common future”. The summit brings together at least 5000 participants from government, business, and civil society. The climax of the summit will be the CHOGM Leader’s retreat at the Windsor Castle on Friday, 20th April 2018. The retreat is a private meeting where the Heads of State and Government discuss collaboration on global issues and priorities for the commonwealth grouping. On the sidelines of the Summit
MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE TO THE FAMILY, RELATIVES AND FRIENDS OF THE LATE MZEE KENNETH STANLEY NJINDO MATIBA

MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE TO THE FAMILY, RELATIVES AND FRIENDS OF THE LATE MZEE KENNETH STANLEY NJINDO MATIBA

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA
It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of loss that Margaret and I send Mrs Edith Matiba and her family this message of condolence and encouragement following the death of Mzee Kenneth Matiba. "Mzee Matiba was a true patriot who loved this nation of Kenya, a nationalist who believed in hard work and building strong bonds of friendship for the betterment of all." remarks the President He adds that Mzee Matiba was among the first sons of Kenya who formed the team that began to lay the foundation of our great Nation.  He played a key role as a teacher in Kangaru High School in 1960; then in 1961 through 1962 as an officer for higher education; and later in 1963 as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Co-operatives.  He also served as Minister for Transport an
THREE IEBC COMMISSIONERS RESIGN

THREE IEBC COMMISSIONERS RESIGN

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA
Three Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission members (IEBC) have resigned with immediate effect. These include Consolata Maina, Margeret Mwachanya, and Paul Kurgat. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is an independent regulatory agency that was founded in 2011 by the Constitution of Kenya. The Commission is responsible for conducting or supervising referendum and elections to any elective body or office established by the Constitution, and any other elections as prescribed by an Act of Parliament. It was created in a provision of the 2010 constitution and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Act. Its mandate includes; "The continuous registration of voters and revision of the voter’s roll, the delimitation of constituencies and w
Bank of  Uganda reduces the amount of time it takes to process a cheque

Bank of Uganda reduces the amount of time it takes to process a cheque

AFRICA, BUSINESS, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
Kampala, Uganda The Central Bank of Uganda, has announced a roll out of a new cheque processing system that should ease existing stringent roadblocks that have made processing cheques a slow and expensive mode of cash transfer. Currently it takes between four to five days to cash in on a cheque, especially when the transaction involves more than one bank. With the new cheque truncation system, the cheque will now be cleared on the same day or within 24 hours depending on whether the cheque is local or outstation. According to Central Bank, the new Automated Clearing System, which will begin on April 20, will remove the physical movement of cheques between banks and across bank branches thus speeding up the process of cheque clearance, settlement among banks and realization of f...
Kenya’s President  Uhuru Kenyatta launches Kshs 4billion NHIF cover for students in public secondary schools

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta launches Kshs 4billion NHIF cover for students in public secondary schools

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, KENYA
Nairobi, Kenya Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has launched a Kshs 4.05 billion National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) comprehensive medical cover that will cater for all students in public secondary schools. Through the NHIF cover, the Government will pay a premium of Kshs 1,350 per student for the 3 million students in public secondary schools as part of the efforts to fulfil one pillar of the Big Four Agenda – provision of affordable health care to all.  Speaking during the launch at State House, Nairobi, President Kenyatta said the negotiated comprehensive cover is unique as it only caters for the specific students, rather than the usual one that caters for families. “This will ensure that our students access quality health services and thereby easing the burden from their parent
President Kenyatta briefed on ambitious Nairobi regeneration, officials who fail on delivery to be sacked

President Kenyatta briefed on ambitious Nairobi regeneration, officials who fail on delivery to be sacked

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA
Nairobi, Kenya The team leading the regeneration of Nairobi has committed to ambitious timelines for the delivery of key services, ranging from garbage collection to launching a mortgage refinance company. The regeneration team comprising the national and county leaders and co-chaired by Governor Mike Sonko and Tourism CS Najib Balala met President Uhuru Kenyatta to agree on their commitments. Importantly, officials leading on specific delivery programmes from both the national and county governments committed to resigning if targets were not met. "Garbage will be cleared from all 85 electoral wards in Nairobi within 30 days, and a clean-up of Nairobi river will also started." The team said The team will also oversee the launch of the Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company, which is at the
President Kenyatta commends Tony Elumelu Foundation for supporting budding entrepreneurs

President Kenyatta commends Tony Elumelu Foundation for supporting budding entrepreneurs

AFRICA, BUSINESS, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, UGANDA
Nairobi, Kenya Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended the Tony Elumelu Foundation, an African founded and funded philanthropic organization for empowering young entrepreneurs in the continent. The President said the Tony Elumelu Foundation was doing a good job supporting growth and welcomed the selection of 74 entrepreneurs from Kenya as this year’s members of the 4th cohort of the foundation’s entrepreneurship programme. “It is a great thing to see Africans coming out forcibly to build to Africa through initiatives such as this. Our continent is endowed with massive resources, we do not have to always rely on support from elsewhere,” the President said. He said this while speaking at State House, Nairobi, when he met Mr Tony Elumelu, the chairman of the United Bank for
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