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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
Hundreds of children released from armed groups in South Sudan – UNICEF

Hundreds of children released from armed groups in South Sudan – UNICEF

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, SOUTH SUDAN
YAMBIO, South SudanMore than 200 children were released by armed groups in South Sudan on Tuesday. This was the second release of children in a series, supported by UNICEF, that will see almost 1,000 children released from the ranks of armed groups in the coming months. The first release of children took place in Yambio Town in early February, where more than 300 children were released to return to their families, or to UNICEF-supported care centres. This latest release of a further 207 children continues that effort and took place in a rural community called Bakiwiri, about an hour’s drive from Yambio, in Western Equatoria State. “No child should ever have to pick up a weapon and fight” said Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF’s Representative in South Sudan. “For every child released, toda
Kenya to showcase the 4th Turkana County Cultural & Tourism Festival

Kenya to showcase the 4th Turkana County Cultural & Tourism Festival

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, UGANDA
LODWAR, Turkana, Kenya Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta will today, officially open the 4th Turkana County Cultural and Tourism Festival, popularly known as Tobong’u Lore which means welcome back home. The event whose aim is to showcase the Turkana rich cultural heritage is also geared towards fostering inter-community peace and unity. The event, which will show case, various activities including a marathon, will be graced by delegations from the neighboring countries of Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia. The festival which began in 2014 features dances, traditional regalia, songs, foods and various aspects of Turkana lifestyle. with-over, 20,000 delegates including nine Governors and leaders from across the country, in attendance. The cultural event will take three. Acco
Kenya’s First Lady distributes mobility carts in Migori, roots for persons with disability

Kenya’s First Lady distributes mobility carts in Migori, roots for persons with disability

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, KENYA
Migori,Kenya Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has called for concerted efforts to remove barriers that prevent persons with disability from realizing their full potential. She said issues affecting people with disability should be given priority in policy and legislation. “Disability needs to be given higher priority in policy and legislation. But policy and legislation alone will not solve the discrimination that persons with disabilities face every day  because what we are doing as individuals is not enough,” she said, adding: “We need to do better. We all, individually, can play a role and ensure Kenya does become an all inclusive nation.” The First Lady was speaking today in Migori where she distributed 140 hand driven mobility carts to persons with disability. Apart fr
UK’s Armed Forces Minister visits East Africa

UK’s Armed Forces Minister visits East Africa

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, RWANDA, SOUTH SUDAN
ADDIS ABABA, EthiopiaRt Hon Mark Lancaster MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces of UK has visited East Africa to witness the full spectrum of UK Defence activity across the region. During his tour he visited Rwanda, Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia. Mr Lancaster’s visit to Ethiopia focused on where the UK and Ethiopia work together on peacekeeping. From mission specific training to a large peacekeeping deployment, the minister has seen the breadth of the UK’s role in Africa. In Somalia, the minister saw the AU’s highest priority mission. In Kenya, he visited the UK’s primary training facility in Africa, whilst in South Sudan he was able to meet members of the largest deployment of UN peacekeepers, and in Rwanda he saw further key aspects of the UK’s defence en
UNHCR and Israel sign agreement to find solutions for Eritreans and Sudanese

UNHCR and Israel sign agreement to find solutions for Eritreans and Sudanese

AFRICA, EUROPE, REST OF THE WORLD
NIAMEY, Niger United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the State of Israel  signed a Framework of Common Understanding to promote solutions for thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese living in Israel. A joint working group will be set up with a series of objectives and a timetable to implement solutions for some 39,000 people over five years. As a result of the Framework of Common Understanding signed today, the Government of Israel will not pursue its non-voluntary relocation policy. UNHCR appreciates the collaboration with the Government of Israel to find a way out for thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese "UNHCR appreciates the collaboration with the Government of Israel to find a way out for thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese. This agreement will ensur
We shall stand and speak with one prophetic voice, in the face of war, violence and hunger, says South Sudan Church Leaders

We shall stand and speak with one prophetic voice, in the face of war, violence and hunger, says South Sudan Church Leaders

AFRICA
JUBA, South Sudan The South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) issued its Easter message on 29 March saying it will continue to “stand and speak with one prophetic voice, in the face of war, violence and hunger” in their landlocked nation. "The Church stays committed to hope and refuses “to yield to fear or indifference” in our troubled homeland where the end of a bitter conflict seems elusive once again." said Rev. Peter Gai Lual Marrow, chair of the South Sudan Council of Churches The SSCC is an ecumenical body incorporating all the major Christian traditions in their country. Its chair Rev. Peter Gai Lual Marrow, of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and Sudan and Father James Oyet-Latansio, its Roman Catholic general secretary said they have returned from a recent v
15 South Sudanese Oil Entities Added to the Entity List

15 South Sudanese Oil Entities Added to the Entity List

AFRICA, BUSINESS, INTERNATIONAL
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa The United States is taking action against fifteen South Sudanese oil-related entities whose revenues have contributed to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan. This action reflects the U.S. commitment to doing all it can to protect the innocent people of South Sudan. By placing these entities on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Entity List, the United States will impose a license requirement on all exports, re-exports, and transfers of any U.S origin items to those entities.  The names of these specific entities will be published in the Federal Register on March 22. Technical questions regarding the details of today’s action should be addressed to the Department of Commerce. "The listed entities are a source of substantial revenue for the Govern
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