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Kenya to reopen its embassy in Somalia

Kenya to reopen its embassy in Somalia

AFRICA, African Union, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS, Security, Somalia
Kenya will reopen its embassy in Somalia "as soon as possible", Nairobi authorities announced on Monday, responding favorably to a proposal from their neighbour for the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Somali Minister of Foreign Affairs had sent a letter last weekend to his Kenyan counterpart inviting him to reopen the Kenyan diplomatic representation in Mogadishu, which was closed since December after Somalia broke off diplomatic relations between the two states. The unilateral decision according to Mogadishu came "in response to Kenya's recurrent and blatant political violations against Somalia's sovereignty". The situation led to the expulsion of the Kenyan ambassador in Mogadishu while the Somali ambassador in Nairobi was recalled. In a...
President Kenyatta mourns businessman Chris Kirubi

President Kenyatta mourns businessman Chris Kirubi

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, KENYA, Nairobi
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family, friends and relatives of businessman Christopher John Kirubi who passed away today. In his message of comfort, the President mourned Mr Kirubi, 80, as a seasoned businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist who founded and successfully ran some of Kenya's largest corporations. "I have received the shocking news of the passing away of my friend Chris Kirubi with a lot sadness. The cruel hand of death has robbed our nation of a patriot whose enterprenuerial spirit, hardwork and determination saw him create some of our country's largest enterprises which offer employment to thousands of our people," the President mourned. Alongside running a successful business empire, the President mourned the late Kirubi a...
Solberg secures Hyundai WRC return in Safari Rally

Solberg secures Hyundai WRC return in Safari Rally

FIA, GAMES, KENYA, Motorsport, RACING, Safari Rally, Sports, WRC
Oliver Solberg will join the top World Rally Championship class again having secured an outing with Hyundai Motorsport at the Safari Rally later this month. The son of 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg will make his second appearance in a Hyundai WRC car in the championship at the iconic Kenya event (24-27 June), which returns to the championship after a 19-year hiatus. Solberg was set to contest Rally Sardinia earlier this month before having to withdraw from the event after his father contracted COVID-19. As a result, the 19-year-old was forced to quarantine for 14 days in Porto following Rally Portugal, as per the championship’s COVID-19 protocols. Confirmation of Solberg’s second WRC call up for Hyundai comes while the rising star is driving a Hyundai i20 WRC car at the ta...
Covid-19: Govt bans pupils from crossing into Kenya

Covid-19: Govt bans pupils from crossing into Kenya

AFRICA, BORDER CROSSING, CHILDREN, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, FAMILY, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, UGANDA
More than 500 pupils have been banned from crossing the border for school in Kenya in a move to combat the spread of Covid-19. The ban was on Wednesday announced by Mr John Achila, the Busia Resident District Commissioner , during a Covid-19 taskforce meeting at the district council hall. Mr Achila, the head of the taskforce, said the restriction is in line with the Presidential directives on the closure of schools in the country following a surge in Covid-19 cases. President Museveni, on Sunday listed 40 directives which, among others, included the immediate closure of all institutions of learning. “The continuous crossing of the border by our children who study in Kenya is in contravention of the presidential directives and is not only a risk in the spread of Covid-19 to...
President Kenyatta mourns pioneer Civil servant and diplomat Amb. Dennis Afande

President Kenyatta mourns pioneer Civil servant and diplomat Amb. Dennis Afande

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA
Amb Denis Daudi Afande - Background NAIROBI, 12th June 2021, (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family relatives and friends of Kenya's former envoy to Washington DC, Amb. Dennis Daudi Afande who passed away recently. In his message of comfort and encouragement, the President mourned the late Afande as consummate diplomat and pioneer public servant whose long and distinguished service helped lay the foundation of the Kenyan Nation. “As a country, we owe a debt of gratitude to Ambassador Dennis Afande for his role in shaping our nation's foreign policy during his long service as a diplomat. As a pioneer public servant and diplomat, Ambassador Afande helped position Kenya on the global map as a steadfast Republic," the President mourned. Amb....
Kenya restores direct flights to Somalia

Kenya restores direct flights to Somalia

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Somalia, Transport, TRAVEL
Kenya on Thursaday lifted a ban on direct flights from Somalia ending a month feud after the suspension of air travel between the two countries. Kenya through its Foreign Minister Said it has “taken due consideration of intercessions made and has decided to reopen Kenya’s airspace to all flights originating from Somalia and emanating from Kenya to Somalia.” Kenya-Somalia diplomatic relations have severed in recent months with the latter blaming Kenya of meddling in its internal political affairs. Somalia on Monday ordered all its diplomats in Kenya to leave within seven days while also ordering Kenyan diplomats to quit within the same period. Somalia has said its southern neighbor is backing Jubbaland state governor Ahmed Madobe, a key foe of President Farmajo. The two ...
Invest in training that supports CBC, President Kenyatta tells universities

Invest in training that supports CBC, President Kenyatta tells universities

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA
NAIROBI, 11th June 2021 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked universities to invest in research and training that support Kenya's new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC). “The Competence-Based Curriculum is a revolutionary step we took as a country to provide our learners with twenty-first-century practical skills relevant to the needs of the present world,” the President said. President Uhuru Kenyatta signs the Aga Khan University-Kenya Charter during a ceremony to award the institution a charter at the Aga Khan University Centre-Kenya in Parklands, Nairobi County. President Kenyatta, who spoke on Friday in Nairobi when he awarded a charter to the Aga Khan University-Kenya (AKU), also urged universities to concentrate on producing graduates who can ...

President Kenyatta warns leaders fuelling inter-clan conflicts

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, PEOPLE
The Government will not tolerate leaders who fuel inter-clan conflicts and blame it on terrorism, President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned.“We intend to fight and we have fought Al-Shabaab. But we do not and will never allow leaders and individuals to use the name of Al-Shabaab to continue inter-clan animosities and conflicts,” the President said.President Kenyatta spoke Wednesday at the Regional Traffic Police Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County, where he presided over the burning of 5,144 illegal firearms as well as obsolete state-owned small arms and light weapons.The Head of State underlined the importance of peaceful resolution of conflicts through dialogue, saying the Government is more than happy to engage all Kenyan citizens in such endeavours.“A peaceful Kenya, a united Kenya...

PICTURES: President Uhuru Kenyatta – Destruction of Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, Security
President Uhuru Kenyatta sets on fire 5,144 illicit small arms and light weapons at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County. A cache of 5,144 illicit small arms and light weapons burns after being set on fire by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County. President Uhuru Kenyatta looks on as a cache of 5,144 illicit small arms and light weapons that he set on fire burns at the Regional Police Traffic Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County.
President Kenyatta receives credentials from new envoys

President Kenyatta receives credentials from new envoys

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRESIDENT
NAIROBI, 9th June 2021 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Nairobi received credentials from six (6) ambassadors and high commissioners recently posted to Kenya. Half of the envoys will be resident in Kenya while the rest will be based in neighboring Ethiopia. Mrs Giovanna Valverde Stark (Costa Rica), Isatu Bundu (Sierra Leone) and Jeronimo Rosa Joao Chivavi (Mozambique) will be resident in Nairobi. The non-resident envoys are Nestor Alejandro Rosa Navarro (Uruguay), Jainaba Jagne (The Gambia), and Khadijetou Mbareck Fall (Mauritania). The President, who was joined by Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua and Foreign Affairs PS Amb Macharia Kamau, welcomed the envoys to Nairobi and wished them a successful tour of duty in the country. Ends...
President Kenyatta: Safaricom will help transform Ethiopia’s economy

President Kenyatta: Safaricom will help transform Ethiopia’s economy

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 9th June 2021 (PSCU) — President Uhuru Kenyatta has told Ethiopians that the entry of Kenya's technology giant Safaricom will help transform their country by positively impacting most sectors of the 112 million population economy. Using the example of Safaricom's impact on the Kenyan economy over the years, President Kenyatta lauded Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed and his administration for choosing to liberalize the country's telecommunications sector. “Today’s ceremony is the first step in an exciting and rewarding opportunity for Ethiopia. Kenya has seen the great gains and opportunities unleashed by Safaricom across the entirety of our socio-economic landscape. “Ethiopia now stands at the cusp of making even greater strides in Safaricom’s areas of strength...
PICTURES: President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives in Ethiopia for an Official Visit

PICTURES: President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives in Ethiopia for an Official Visit

AFRICA, African Union, DIPLOMACY, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for an official visit during which he is scheduled to witness the issuance of a telecommunications license to Safaricom. President Kenyatta, who is accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs) and Joe Mucheru (ICT), was received at Bole International Airport by his host, Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed. 
Serve with utmost integrity, President Kenyatta tells new judges

Serve with utmost integrity, President Kenyatta tells new judges

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA
NAIROBI, 4th June 2021, (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenytta has challenged the thirty four (34) newly appointed judges to serve the people of Kenya with unfailing integrity and commitment. (featured image),Caption: Newly sworn-in Judge of the Court of Appeal Justice Amraphael Mbogholi Msagha takes his oath of office at a swearing-in ceremony held at State House, Nairobi. - President Uhuru Kenyatta with newly sworn-in Judge of the Court of Appeal Justice Hellen Amollo Omondi after she took her oath of office at a swearing-in ceremony held at State House, Nairobi.  The President, who spoke on Friday at State House, Nairobi during the swearing-in of the judges, called on the judicial officers to apply the law with equity as enshrined in the constitution. - President Uhuru...
President Kenyatta unveils a Shs 2.2bn agribusiness fund as he launches rebranded 4-K Clubs

President Kenyatta unveils a Shs 2.2bn agribusiness fund as he launches rebranded 4-K Clubs

AFRICA, Business, EALA, EAST AFRICA, East African Business Council, KENYA, Kenyan Parliament, PAN AFRICA
NAIROBI 4th June 2021, (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenyatta has today unveiled the Shs 2.2bn Empowering Novel Agribusiness-led Employment (ENABLE Kenya) program, a youth capacity building initiative aimed at creating employment, generating income and bridging succession gap in agribusiness. At the same event, the President unveiled the rebranded 4-K Clubs with a call to County Governments and stakeholders in the agriculture value chain to increase their support for efforts to empower the youth in agribusiness. “In addition, I note with appreciation the prioritization of initiatives to build capacity in modern agribusiness technologies and to provide access to affordable and high quality inputs. "I note also that numerous on-going agricultural projects have integrated compo...
Katiba Institute contests ‘cherry-picking’ of 34 judges, omission of six by President Kenyatta

Katiba Institute contests ‘cherry-picking’ of 34 judges, omission of six by President Kenyatta

AFRICA, African Union, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA
President Uhuru Kenyatta chairs the sixth extraordinary session of National and County Governments Co-ordinating Summit on November 4, 2020. PHOTO | PSCU Katiba Institute has filed an application contesting the appointment of 34 judges and omission of six others by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The institute termed the move by President Kenyatta as cherry-picking, saying the swearing in of the 34 would violate the Constitution as well as the rights of the remaining six. Katiba, in an application filed through lawyer Dudley Ochiel on Friday, argued that Article 166( 1) commands the President to appoint judges of superior courts in accordance with the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC). They faulted President Kenyatta for not giving any reasons or explanation fo...
Beyond Zero receives a donation of tablet computers from China’s technology giant Huawei

Beyond Zero receives a donation of tablet computers from China’s technology giant Huawei

ADVOCACY, China, DEVELOPMENT, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Huawei Kenya, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, International Hospital Kampala, International Medical Group, KENYA, Kenyan Parliament, Nairobi, Parliament
Beyond Zero’s Coordinator Ms. Angella Langat receives a donation of tablet computers from China’s technology giant Huawei’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Fiona Pan at Beyond Zero’s Headquarters in Nairobi. The tablets will be used by Beyond Zero’s Secretariat and its service partners during Beyond Zero Mobile Clinics’ outreach programme.
President Kenyatta mourns Mrs Rose Simba

President Kenyatta mourns Mrs Rose Simba

AFRICA, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT
NAIROBI, 3rd June 2021, (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family, relatives and friends of Mama Rose Simba. Rose, an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, is the wife to former Executive Chairman of the National Bank of Kenya and businessman Dr John Simba. In his message of comfort and encouragement, President Kenyatta eulogised the late Mrs Simba as a virtuous leader, gifted lawyer and a woman trailblazer. “Mrs Simba was a progressive person who knew no limits and excelled as a lawyer. Throughout her public life, she distinguished herself as a dependable and patriotic leader who continuously created opportunities for others to thrive,” President Kenyatta eulogised. An alumnus of the University of Nairobi, Mrs Simba was the founding par...