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ICEA LION Group Launches TRAVEL INSURANCE
ICEA LION General Insurance has launched a new travel insurance product targeting to offer protection to unforeseen events such as trip cancellation, interruption, and medical expenses for injury, theft and baggage delay.
When planning a business trip, holiday or any long haul travel engagement via air, land or sea, travel insurance is one of the things left up to the very last minute if at all considered. The ICEA LION General Insurance assistant general manager in charge of retail business Susan Kagiri said the new product targets individuals, embassies, travel agents, corporate clients and business and holiday travellers.
BRINGING NEWS TO LIFE - BBC WORLD SERVICE COMPETITION
BBC World Service is calling on the world’s up-and-coming creative talent to bring the BBC’s global brand closer to younger audiences. Launched jointly with creative member network YCN (You Can Now), the global creative challenge invites those aged between 18 and 34 to "Bring the News to Life". Their challenge is to develop an advert or an advertising campaign that encourages young people in their countries to engage more with BBC World Service.
The entries will be judged by a panel of experts from the BBC and YCN. The winner will receive £3,000, and two runners-up will each receive £1,000. The winning entry will be announced by BBC World Service on Saturday 18 January 2014. Ideas may be turned into a real advertising campaign if they are suitable, and provided terms and conditions are met.
Entries – a piece of advertising, or an advertising campaign - can be in any format, including posters or billboards, magazine adverts, animation, film, radio, online, mobile web.
The deadline for submitting work is Monday 02 December 2013.
For full details, go to ycn.org/BBCCreativeChallenge.
AND THE EMMY GOES TO….
The night of the 65th Emmy awards, Sunday September 22nd, seen many repeat winners and some shocking new takers of this prestigious Primetime Award.
Breaking Bad won the night’s top prize, taking home its first Emmy for Best Drama, while The Newsroom Jeff Daniels took the award for Best Actor in a Drama. Veep‘s Tony Hale and Nurse Jackie‘s Merritt Wever were surprise winners
Repeat winners included Modern Family and Homeland‘s Claire Danes. In the movie/miniseries categories, HBO’s Behind the Candelabra dominated, winning Best Movie, Best Director for Steven Soderbergh, and Best Actor for Michael Douglas.
ECO-WARRIOR AWARDS 2013 WINNERS
Winners of the Eco-Warrior Awards 2013 were announced at a colourful dinner held at the Safari Park and Casino on Tuesday 24th September 2013.
The Eco Warrior Awards are an initiative of Ecotourism Kenya and were launched in 2005 to honour creativity within the tourism industry in Kenya and to inspire innovative actions to protect the environment and integrate local people into the business of tourism.
Some of the winners included:
- Conservancy of the Year 2013: Private conservancy- BORANA CONSERVANCY
- Conservancy of the Year 2013: Community Conservancy- ILNGWESI GROUP RANCH
- Ecotourism Enterprise of the Year 2013: Lodge – SEVERIN SEA LODGE
- Ecotourism Enterprise of the Year 2013: Tented Camp – ELEPHANT PEPPER CAMP
- Ecotourism Enterprise of the Year 2013: Villas/ Holiday homes – MEDINA PALMS
FORMER UK PRIME MINISTER'S DAUGHTER HELD AT GUNPOINT
Kathryn, the 29-year-old daughter of Tony Blair, was on Monday evening held at gunpoint while her and her boyfriend were out walking their dog. The muggers fled empty handed after demanding for cash and jewellery. Kathryn Blair and her partner were shocked but unhurt. A spokesman for the Blair’s said: " No one was hurt and nothing was stolen."
Source and Image: Telegraph
FORMER MUHAMMAD ALI RIVAL DIES
Ken Norton, former rival of Muhamad Ali, died on Wednesday at the age of 70. Mr Norton was the second man to beat Ali in their 1973 heavyweight fight. According to Ken Norton Jr, the senior Ken had been battling poor health for the last couple of years after suffering several strokes. ”He’s been fighting the battle for two years," he said. "I'm sure he's in heaven now with all the great fighters. I'd like to hear that conversation."
Source: Huffington Post Image: ESPN
KING MSWATI III'S NEW WIFE
45-year old Swaziland’s King Mswati III has identified his 15th wife. 18 year old, Sindiswa Dlamini, who just a year ago graduated from Mbabane's St. Francis High School and is currently one of the finalist of the Miss Cultural Heritage Beauty Pagent is set to join the King's household. No stranger to both local and international criticism, King Mswati’s enjoys an extravagant lifestyle with a reported personal fortune of approximately $200 million in a country where many of his subjects live below the poverty line. In the past, only three of his wives have managed to leave his household.
Ironically, Sindiswa will only “officially” become the 15th wife once she falls pregnant.
SUSPECTS HELD OVER BRITON’S MURDER
Four security guards from G4S and Ultimate security companies have been arrested over the death of Col (rtd) Edward Loden. Mr Loden who was on holiday in Kenya visiting his son, was shot while on his way home in Karen, Nairobi on Saturday September 14th . Benson Kibui, Nairobi police chief, has said that the “Police received information about the raid and went to the scene. Our officers opened fire as the gangsters tried to escape. Two of them escaped with gunshot injuries,”
Source: Daily Nation
Calling All Photographers!
Are you an avid photographer who likes to tell stories through pictures and gets energised by pushing your creative boundaries with a lens? If you have answered yes to this question, here is some amazing news for you.
One of the world’s most prestigious photography awards could be yours for the taking. The Sony World Photography Awards, Sony Middle East and Africa FZE on Monday launched the Kenya National Award, a new category for 2014 Sony World Photography Awards and is open to all talented photographers from across Kenya. For more details on how to enter, please log on to www.worldphoto.org and get clicking. You could be Kenya’s best photographer!
Source: Capital FM
POVERTY LEVELS TO RISE OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS
A parliamentary report projects that 3.7 million Kenyan households will be living below the poverty line over the next two years as a result of the negative momentum build during the Kibaki era.
The report titled MPs’ Budget Watch 2013/14: Oversight for Improved Public Expenditure indicated that poverty levels rose between 2005 and 2013. It also projects that poverty levels in Nairobi will increase from 26.1 percent in 2012 to 26.2 percent. The number of poor household in Kenya stood at 2.7 million in 2005/2006 but had increased to 3.7 last year.
It indicates that poverty levels will worsen in most counties in the country before improving in three years time. In Nairobi for example the poverty levels will improve to 25.4 percent in 2015.
The report comes at a time when the VAT bill has come into effect, a move that has seen a rise in the prices of basic commodities.The report also adds that unless the poverty problem in tackled, the number of poor individuals in Kenya will increase to 22 million in 2015/2016.
Source: Standard Digital
IN THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE...
Here is a glimpse of some of the stories we have featured in the September issue of DM, which is now available at a store near you.
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GOOGLE LAUNCHES AFRICA-WIDE WEB COMPETITION
Google on Tuesday launched a web competition that will reward users' positive web-based success stories in Africa.
Speaking at the launch event in Nairobi, Kenya Google's Director of Communications in East and Francophone Africa, Ms Dorothy Ooko, said that there were many positive African stories that needed to be told through this platform.
"The success of Bella Naija blog, M-Pesa, Afrinolly and Mixit show that you can use the Worldwide Web to grow," she said.
The top five stories will be awarded with USD $25,000 each and get a chance to work with a google expert for six months for guidance.
Submissions open on Aug. 27 and close on Oct.31.
Source: All Africa
IT’S BACK! IT’S BIGGER, IT’S BETTER, IT BEGINS THIS SUNDAY
The biggest reality show in East Africa, Tusker Project Fame (TPF) Season 6 is here and it’s promising to be bigger and better.
Speaking at a press conference in Nairobi, the Senior Marketing Manager at East Africa Breweries Limited (EABL) Dan Angima announced that this year, there would be notable changes; including a new judge!
“With this Tusker Project Fame, expect the unexpected,” said Angima.
He also said that this year’s competition will draw contestants from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan and will allow groups of not more than three to enter the competition.
TPF series producer Darryl Senekal said that the show will engage viewers in a more direct way.
“We are hoping to blow you guys away with Season 6. That’s my bet,” he said.
The program will cost in excess of USD 4 million (KSH 349,800,000 million) with the winner walking away with a cash prize of KHS 5 million and a recording contract among other prizes.
The reality TV show will air from Sunday Sept. 1 on Citizen TV from 8:00pm.
HEALTH OFFICER CHARGED WITH POSSESION OF ELEPHANT TUSKS
A health officer has been charged with possession of ivory worth KSH 840,000 in Kyua, Machakos County. The officer from Kitui was found in possession of 17 elephant tusks weighing 42 kilograms and charged before Senior Principal Magistrate Alfred Kibiru.
He denied the charges and was released on a bond of KSH 500,000 pending the hearing of the case on Oct. 17.
Source: Standard Digital
NIGERIAN INVENTS ELECRICITY GENERATING FOOTBALL
A 25-year-old Nigerian from Edo State, Nigeria has invented an electricity generating football which she presented to Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan.
Jessica Mathew was appointed a soccer ambassador by the president following her invention of the ball that can store power for up to three days after 30 minutes of play.
"I am a Nigerian and was at my Aunt's wedding when electrical power went off. Is there anyone who has not been affected? For me I was raised to seek a solution when there is a problem, to be as creative as I can be and open to different ideas so I can address any situation," said the Psychology and Economics graduate from Havard University, United States. The ball can last for one and a half years before it is necessary to replace it.
Source: All Africa
DILLISH WINS BIG BROTHER
Namibian Dillish Mathews is this year’s Big Brother Africa: The Chase, winner. The 22-year-old walks away with USD $300,000 after a 91-day stay at the house.
She had been nominated for eviction five times and is the third female to win the show in its eight seasons.
Source: DSTV, Capital FM
QATAR AIRWAYS TO INCREASE FLIGHTS TO NAIROBI
Starting Sept.1 Qatar Airways will increase its A320 aircraft flights to Kenya from 14 per week to 18.
Qatar Country Manager for Kenya, Clifford Christopher said that the move was influenced by increased demand. He noted that growing demand, both in the passenger and cargo transport, was the reason they had decided to add the number of flights to the country.
“As a travel destination, Nairobi has also grown in popularity over the last few years. Tourist from all over the world are increasingly flocking to the capital city as an entry point to Kenya and a gateway to East Africa,” he said.
East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Phyllis Kandie welcomed the decision by Qatar Airways saying that it will positively contribute towards a rise in tourist arrivals thus help in increasing Kenya’s economic growth.
The airline has been in operation for 16 years and has so far launched six destinations this year and plans to launch eight other destinations by April 2014.
KENYANS MARK 35 YEARS SINCE JOMO KENYATTA DIED
Deputy President William Ruto led Kenyans in marking 35 years since the death of the country’s founding father Jomo Kenyatta.
Ruto was joined by Kenyatta’s widow Mama Ngina at a memorial service held at Holy Family Minor Basilica and a laying of wreaths at Kenyatta’s mausoleum in Nairobi.
“I would therefore like to ask leaders in the country to make their contribution in going beyond the rallying call of the founding fathers of our nation of fighting poverty, disease and ignorance to ensure that the country has good infrastructure, education, health and that it grows at double digits,” said Ruto.
President Kenyatta was not present at the event as he was away on official duty.
Source: Capital FM
MUGABE SWORN IN
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was on Thursday sworn into office to serve another five-year-term. Mugabe, who has been president for 33 years, hit out on Western Nations who he called vile. He was officially inaugurated in front of thousands of jubilant fans at a stadium in Harare.
“I promise you better conditions. The mining sector will be the centrepiece of our economic recovery and growth. It should generate growth spurts across sector, reignite that economic miracle which must now happen,” he said.
Mugabe was re-elected to office on July 31 in an election which opposition leader and former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai claimed was rigged.
POACHERS SWITCH TO HI-TECH GADGETS
Poachers in Kenya are now using guns that have silencers to kill wildlife according to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
KWS Director William Kiprono said that poachers are also using satellite systems to locate the animals making it very difficult for them to be tracked down and making it easy for them to prey on animals.
“Rhino horns are now more in demand than elephant tusks and that will affect the endangered rhino species,” said the KWS boss.
Kiprono noted that unlike before poachers are targeting rhino’s and not elephants. Kenya currently has around 1,000 rhino’s.
Source: Standard Digital
NAIROBI AMONG TOP FIVE AFRICAN CITIES WITH LARGEST CONCENTRATION OF MILLIONAIRES
Nairobi is the fifth among cities with the highest concentration of dollar millionaires in Africa. Johannesburg, South Africa tops the list with 23,400 millionaires residing in the city.
Cairo, Lagos and Cape Town follow Johannesburg with 12,300, 9,800 and 9,000 respectively. Nairobi has 5,000 dollar millionaires according to the New World Wealth survey that was carried out early this year.
The Kenyan capital was second to Accra, Ghana in the list of fastest growing high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs). It was followed by Durban, Casablanca, Pretoria, Luanda and Algiers.
The presence of a larger group of super-rich individuals in a city is seen to be a key growth driver arising from robust demand for luxury goods, prime properties, art and services like wealth management and private banking.
Source: All Africa
SCHOOLS CLOSE AFTER CAPE TOWN GANG BATTLES
The provincial of Manenberg suburb, Capetown, South Africa, Helen Zille has called on the government to send the army to reinforce the police following the death of 50 people at the hands of criminal gangs.
Schools have been closed in the suburbs following increasing incidents of people being shot dead. Recently, a caretaker of one of the schools died after being shot by a stray bullet.
SETTING UP BUSINESSES IN AFRICA MADE EASIER
Registering a business just got easier thanks to icommerce an offline registry that makes it possible to register a business within seconds.
Icommerce is the brainchild of The Gambia and is the fastest way to register any business in the world.
The initiative will provide an enabling business environment for African countries by providing a unique combination of cutting edge technology and an attractive business environment.
The government of The Gambia in partnership with technology specialist, Ifini Africa Group will deliver the icommerce registry using advanced cloud based technology for faster, more secure and cost effective delivery of corporate services including incorporation of limited companies, trusts and foundations.
The service is available 24/7, all year round and is the first phase in a project that will see a number of new facilities becoming available in The Gambia offshore centre over the next 12 months.
These include The Enterprise Zone which includes the development of a technical institute offering tuition in software engineering and technical design services for business. It will also encompass a media development complex with modern facilities for pre and post production.
KENYAN CHARGED WITH RECRUITING MILITIA FOR REBEL GROUP
A Kenyan was charged in a US court with recruiting Kenyans to join an Islamist rebel group in Syria. Mohamed Hussein Said, 25, is charged with 25 counts involving a conspiracy to send militants to fight alongside the al-Qa'ida-affiliated al-Nusrah Front in Syria; charges he pleaded not guilty to.
He was arrested in South Arabia early this month and transferred to Florida, USA where he was arraigned in court Tuesday. He is charged alongside US citizen and Saudi resident Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed who also faces 15 counts involving a conspiracy to send militants to fight alongside the al-Qa'ida-affiliated al-Nusrah Front in Syria. They were both denied bail and face up to 15 years behind bars for each count. One of their recruits was allegedly behind a grenade attack in Nairobi.
Source: Daily Nation
FUEL PRICES RISE
Kenyans will have to dig deeper into their pockets to purchase basic commodities as fuel prices increased. The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) increased prices of Kerosene by KSH4.44 per litre, Super Petrol by KSH 2.74, and Diesel by KSH1.58 for Nairobi residents.
"Taking into account the weighted average costs of imported products and products refined locally, the prices of fuel will go up in Nairobi, maximum prices for other towns have been adjusted accordingly," read a statement from the commission.
Source: Standard Digital
RHINO BUTCHERED BY POACHERS IN NAIROBI AS KWS RANGER IS INJURED IN NAKURU
Poachers on Friday killed a white rhino at the Nairobi National Park adding to the growing numbers of animals who have lost their lives as a result of poaching. The poaching incident brought to 35 the number of rhinos that Kenya has lost to poaching since January this year. Last year poachers killed 29 rhinos.
The remains of the rhino – which had gunshot wounds – were discovered by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers on patrol. The poachers made away with the horns of the slain animal.
In a separate incident, a KWS ranger is recovering at a Nakuru hospital after he was shot by suspected poachers in Lake Nakuru National Park.
The poacher and his colleague encountered two poachers at the park and a shootout ensued. The poachers escaped with injuries and one .458 rifle, six rounds of ammunition and one spent cartridge were recovered.
A meat cutter saw, two cell phones, cleaning rod, pull through, fresh chapatis and Yoghurt, several polythene covers were also recovered.
ELEPHANTS GET MORE LAND
Elephants in Amboseli National Park will have more land to roam in after Africa Wildlife Foundation (AWF) signed 700 new land leases. The leases translate to 7,000 acres of land in the Amboseli ecosystem which is home to about 1,400 elephants is too small for them and other animals to freely search for food and water.
The newly leased land will extend elephants’ range between Amboseli south across the border to Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania. This area, known as the Kitenden Corridor, provides elephants with the space they need to freely and safely move out of the park as they follow rains and search for food.
“By extending the Kitenden Corridor, we aim to reduce conflict and provide both communities and elephants with a more peaceful existence. We have found that partnering with communities to find innovative solutions to securing critical wildlife habitat is the most effective way of conserving land and protecting wildlife while also benefiting people. This is a win–win situation where wildlife get the habitat they need, and communities are given a payment for ecosystem service in exchange,” said African Wildlife Foundation Vice President for Conservation Strategy, Kathleen Fitzgerald.
TEEN CHOICE AWARDS
Below is a list of the winners of this year’s edition of the Teen Choice Awards that were held on Sunday at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, USA.
Ultimate Choice: Ashton Kutcher
Choice Movie, Drama: The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Choice Movie, Comedy: Pitch Perfect
Choice Movie Actor, Comedy: Skylar Astin, Pitch Perfect
Choice Movie Actress, Comedy: Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect
Choice Movie Actor, Drama: Logan Lerman,
The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Choice Summer Movie Star, Female: Sandra Bullock, The Heat
Choice Movie Villian: Adam DeVine, Pitch Perfect
Choice Movie Chemistry: Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, The Heat
Choice Summer Music Star, Female: Selena Gomez
Choice Summer Song: Miley Cyrus/We Can't Stop
Choice Breakout Group: Emblem 3
Choice Breakout Artist: Ed Sheeran
Choice Female Artist: Demi Lovato
Choice Single by a Female Artist: Demi Lovato/Heart Attack
Choice Rock Group: Paramore
Choice Summer Music Star: Bruno Mars
Choice R&B Artist: Bruno Mars
Choice Music Group: One Direction
Choice Music Tour: One Direction
Choice Single by a group: One Direction/Live While We're Young
Choice Love Song: One Direction/Little Things
Choice Breakup Song: Selena Gomez/Come and Get It
Choice TV Show, Drama: Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Show, Comedy: Glee
Choice Summer TV Show: Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Actor, Sci-fi/Fantasy: Ian Somerhalder, Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Actress, Sci-fi/Fantasy: Nina Dobrev, Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Actor, Drama: Ian Harding, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Actress, Drama: Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Actor, Action: LL Cool J, NCIS: Los Angeles
Choice TV Personality, Female: Demi Lovato
Choice TV Female Scene Stealer: Miley Cyrus,Two and a Half Men
Choice TV Male Scene Stealer: Chord Overstreet, Glee
Choice TV Actress, Comedy: Lea Michele, Glee
Choice TV Actor, Comedy: Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Choice Summer TV Star Male: Keegan Allen, Pretty Little Liars
Choice Summer TV Star Female: Lucy Hale, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Villain: Janel Parish, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Breakout Show: The Fosters
Choice TV Breakout Star: Blake Jenner, Glee
Choice Female Hottie: Selena Gomez
Choice Female Athlete: Gabby Douglas
Acuvue Inspire Award: Nick Jonas
Candie's Fashion Trendsetter Award: Miley Cyrus
JKIA CLOSED AFTER INFERNO
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has been shut down indefinitely following a fire that broke out Wednesday morning at the arrivals unit.
All departures have been cancelled while planes that were scheduled to land at the airport have been diverted to Moi International Airport, Mombasa and Kisumu International Airport.
Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) head of security Eric Kiraithe has called on the public to allow emergency workers to do their work. No casualties have been reported following the incident. The cause of the fire is yet to be established.
Source: Standard Digital
DIGITAL MIGRATION SET FOR DECEMBER
All analogue televisions in Nairobi and its environs will be switched off on December 13 this year. Information Communication and Technology Principal Secretary Joseph Tiampati said that Nairobi will be the first followed by Mombasa, Kisumu,Malindi, Nyeri, Meru, Webuye, Nakuru and Eldoret on March 30 next year.
“The switch off will be a phased process, Nairobi being the first, in order to allow for smooth transition ahead of the global deadline,” he said.
The last phase that will cover the rest of the country will be done on June 30, 2014.
Source: Daily Nation
TWO BROTHERS STRANGLED TO DEATH BY A PYTHON
Two brothers aged five and seven lost their lives after they were strangled by a snake that had escaped from a pet store.
The two were asleep when a 16-foot python slithered into the apartment they were staying at in Campbellton City, Canada through a vent and attacked them. They were sleeping in an apartment above the pet store.
They were staying with Jean-Claude Savoie, who owns the pet store that is home to crocodiles, tarantulas, tortoises and snakes.
Savoie said that he walked into his living room at 6:30am and found the boys lying dead and the snake coiled in a nearby hole.
“My body is in shock. I don't know what to think,” he said.
The boys’ mother, Mandy Trecartin, had left them in the care of her best friend, Savoie, when the incident happened.
Source: Daily Mail
CHEF FACES EXPULSION FROM NEW ZEALAND FOR BEING OBESE
A South African chef residing in New Zealand can no longer live in the country because he is ‘too fat’.
Immigration officials in the country declined to renew the work visas of Albert Buitenhuis, who weighs 130kgs, and his wife saying that he did not have an acceptable standard of health. This is despite the fact that he weighs 30kg less than he did when he moved to the country in 2007.
Buitenhuis and his wife applied for the renewal of their work visas in May but this was declined with the immigration spokesman stating that his obesity put him at significant risk of complications including diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
"It is important that all migrants have an acceptable standard of health to minimise costs and demands on New Zealand's health services," said the spokesman.
Buitenhuis' wife said that they have renewed their annual work visas without any problem in previous years despite the fact that her husband was heavier.
KENYA GETS A KSH 13 BILLION LOAN FROM THE WORLD BANK FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE
The World Bank has loaned Kenya KSH 13 billion for the construction of water infrastructures in the country.
The credit will enable the government to develop new water infrastructure such as water storage and irrigation projects. The first beneficiary of the money will be an irrigation scheme on the Lower Nzoia River in Siaya and Busia Counties in Western Kenya.
Construction and improvement of water infrastructure will improve food security in the country as well as improve economic growth.
Source: Daily Nation
PASTORALISTS OPPOSE TULLOW OIL PROPOSAL
Communities in Turkana have opposed a move by Tullow Oil to move to a new exploration site in Lokichar basin, Turkana South saying that the exploration has interfered with their grazing land.
"As much as we need the oil, they should also respect our way of life. They should consider that our animals need pasture," said Paul Ekai, a Turkana elder.
They demanded consultations with the oil company before they are allowed to explore for more oil in the area. Turkana South MP James Lomenen said that the company should slow down on exploration until the dispute on the land is resolved.
Source: Standard Digital
GLOBAL FOOD PRICES DROP
Global food prices fell by two percent in the last four months according to the World Bank Food Price Index. The decline is the third consecutive one and is as a result of declining imports in the Middle East and North Africa – lower demand pushed prices down 12 percent from their August 2012 peak.
The bank said that improved weather conditions will help boost the production of wheat, while maize production is expected to reach a record high this year.
"Poorly designed food subsidy programs that lack transparency and accountability in implementation do not benefit poor people," said Jaime Saavedra, active vice president for poverty reduction and economic management at the World Bank.
Source: Business Daily
GENOCIDE SUSPECT TRANSFERED FROM ARUSHA TO RWANDA
The International Criminal Court Tribunal (ICTR) transferred detainee Bernard Munyagishari from Arusha, Tanzania to Rwanda Thursday.
Munyagishari was arrested in DR Congo in 2011 and was charged with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, complicity in genocide, murder, rape and crimes against humanity. He had petitioned for a Stay but this was dropped by the court and before being transferred he was the last genocide suspect to be held at the court.
“We would like to thank the ICTR generally for the significant vote of confidence it has given to the Rwandan justice system, and for the smooth execution of this transfer. What happens next is following the Rwandan laws, particularly the law on transfer of Genocide suspects from ICTR and other jurisdictions," said the spokesperson of the Rwandan Prosecution, Alain Mukuralinda.
Source: All Africa
KENYAN MAN WANTS JUSTICE OVER JESUS’ DEATH
A Kenyan man has gone to the International Court of Justice to seek justice over the death of Jesus Christ.
The Hague-based court constituted a panel to hear a case filed by DolaIndidis challenging the unfair trial, sentencing, punishment and death of Jesus Christ.
He had first filed the case in the Nairobi High Court on behalf of the Friends of Jesus in 2007 but the court said that it had no jurisdiction.
“The court has communicated to me. I am now waiting for the date of hearing. I filed the case because it’s my duty to uphold the dignity of Jesus and I have gone to the ICJ to seek justice for the man from Nazareth,” he said.
Source: Standard Digital
METROPOLIS HEALTHCARE SETS UP TWO LABORATORIES IN KENYA
India’s leading multinational diagnostic chain Metropolis Healthcare has set up two laboratories in Nairobi in a bid to provide laboratory services to Kenyans who are increasingly seeking medical attention from abroad.
The two laboratories,which will be known as ‘Star Metropolis’, have the capacity to deliver 4,500 different pathology tests; from the most basic the advanced. The labs are located in Upper Hill and Parklands and will take care of 80 percent of the genetic testing workload locally.
“In its next phase of expansion, Metropolis plans to set up five more such labs in Kenya and another five labs in the neighbouring countries at a cost of KSH 250 million. The central idea of this expansion plan is to make the Kenyan labs the hub for serving the entire East African region,” said Ameera Shah, Metropolis CEO, during the launch of the laboratories.
Metropolis Healthcare was incepted by an eminent pathologist Dr. Sushil Shah in 1981. It has grown to become India’s leading multinational chain of over 105 diagnostic and 700 collection centres across India, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East.
A CELEBRATION OF THE CHIVAS BROTHERS SCOTCH WHISKIES
Sankara Nairobi partnered with PernotRicard Kenya to celebrate the world renowned Chivas Brother’s Scotch Whiskies in a recent tasting.
The four course tasting at The Champagne Bar served Chivas Regal 12 Years, Ballantines Finest, Glenlivet 12 Years and the Chivas Royal Salute 21 Years, all of which went exceptionally well with dishes prepared to match their unique flavours, including fresh oysters, chicken and raisin pate, smoked salmon mousse, seared steak, brie, dark chocolate ganache and coffee mousse tartlet among others.
Smooth, rich, creamy, smoky and fruity tastes were explored in the portfolio of the award winning scotch whiskies.
It was a delight to note the hint of honey, chocolate, hazelnut, butterscotch, vanilla and apple in the skilfully-presented, diverse whiskies that were diluted with a dash of water. A blend of the finest whiskies with the delectable pairings was definitely a pleasant surprise to the senses.
NAIROBI POLICE SEIZE EXPLOSIVES IN A BUS
Nairobi police Wednesday seized a consignment of explosives in a Mombasa bound bus at a stage along River Road. The explosives were packed in two cartons and were being sent to Mombasa as a parcel. The owner of the parcel had said that they contained textbooks.
Though police managed to reach the suspect through his mobile phone, he has since escaped and law enforcement officers have launched a manhunt.
Source: The Nation
MOVIE REVIEW: MCCARTHY AND BULLOCK ON FIRE IN THE HEAT
When Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids burst onto the scene in 2011 it was a stunning example of what a strong script and an incredible ensemble cast could do for women-driven comedies and there’s no doubt that he struck director’s gold with the film. So it’s not surprising that he chose to follow that up with The Heat, a buddy-cop film with the twist that its main characters are women, namely Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock.
But it was perhaps an unfortunate choice for an immediate follow up, as The Heat is certainly not Bridesmaids-with-police-instead-of-a-wedding. Instead, it’s a mediocre though serviceable script that serves as a platform for the comedic genius of its leading ladies – who do not disappoint.
Don’t misunderstand, The Heat will be an absolute delight for those looking for a comedic night out (though it would be irresponsible not to note that those even mildly uncomfortable with language should stay away – I can’t recall a Boston movie with as much swearing since Scorsese’s drama The Departed, and I’d wager that The Heat gives it a run for its money). The issue that The Heat runs into is great expectations for a game changer in the cop-comedy genre, while instead it’s more of a wink-and-nod to the standard tropes, made fresh by the great chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy.
As the film opens, we see Bullock’s FBI Agent Ashburn outsmarting and emasculating both suspects and her fellow agents in a raid, setting the tone for her competent yet cocky and socially inept character. Working towards a big promotion, Ashburn is told, through the rather blunt delivery of her superior Hale, played by DemianBichir (“None of the other agents like you”), that she needs to work on her cooperation before she’ll be put in charge of anyone. Sent to Boston with a strict warning to play nice, Ashburn quickly collides with McCarthy’s Mullins, a Boston police officer who, through tough talk and crass manners, has the run of her precinct.
The two are forced to work together to track down an infamous drug lord, and as you’d expect from a buddy-cop film, they do eventually become, well, buddies. The beauty of the film comes in the form of quips, riffs and brilliant comedic timing, which both women have shown their expertise in time and again. And while McCarthy and Bullock aren’t exactly reinventing themselves with these roles, there are significant contrasts from their past performances that they cope with exceptionally well. McCarthy’s plays a tough, street-smart woman similar to her roles in Bridesmaids and Identity Thief,but this time with more vulnerability and charisma, making her infinitely more likable and funny. Bullock, on the other hand, spends most of the film as something of a miserable harpy, making her pitiable but not beloved – a notable turnaround for America’s Sweetheart.
All in all, The Heat is an extremely enjoyable film, granted you’re expecting a slightly crass cop-comedy and not a revolutionary film for the promotion for women’s comedy. While there are a few throw away lines about the difficulties of women in a male-dominated workforce, I’d make the case that the film works much better taken at face value – as a funny cop movie. The Heat works just as well for a date night film (men will love it as much as women) as it does for a girls’ night out, and if you’re not afraid of some language it’s a great time at the cinema.
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MINERALS WORTH USD $62 BILLION DISCOVERED AT THE COAST
The Kenyan economy is set for a boast after a company announced that they had discovered rare mineral deposits in Kwale County.
This is by far the largest mineral deposit in Kenya and the find at Mrima Hill will make Kenya one of the largest rare earth producers in the world,” said David Anderson, managing director of Cortec Kenya Mining.
The hill has one of the largest deposits of rare minerals in the world and currently has deposits of niobium worth an estimated USD $35 billion. The government will earn three percent in royalties from the niobium project and five percent from other mineral deposits.
Source: Business Daily
FOUR EAST AFRICANS NAMED IN THE 10 YOUNG AFRICAN MILLIONAIRES TO WATCH IN 2013 LIST
Four East Africans are among the Forbes 10 young African millionaires to watch in 2013. The list, which is compiled by Forbes Magazine, ranks people below the age of 39 who have built multi-million dollar enterprises while in their 20s and 30s.
This year, Gerald Wamalwa and Ken Njoroge from Kenya are ranked fourth and eighth respectively on the list while Mohammed Dewji and Patrick Ngowi from Tanzania are ranked first and seventh respectively.
Wamalwa, 38, quit his job as a field civil engineer 10 years ago and started his company Mellech, an engineering outfit. The company is now one of the leading construction and infrastructure companies in East Africa. He also owns ACP Telecoms, a company that provides turnkey telecommunication network infrastructure solutions.
Njoroge, 37, is the founder of Pan-African mobile commerce company, Cellulant. The company provides mobile banking, mobile payments, music, and information services among other mobile related services. Together with a Nigerian partner, Goke Akinboro, Njoroge founded the company—which currently has a presence in eight African countries— in 2004.
Mohammed Dewji, 38, runs a manufacturing company founded by his father decades ago. The Tanzanian businessman and politician is the CEO of Mohammed Enterprise Limited (METL), one of the largest industrial conglomerates in East Africa. The group records a turnover of close to USD $2 billion annually and employs more than 24,000 people.
Patrick Ngowi, 28, is the founder of Helvetic Solar, East Africa’s leading renewable energy company. The company’s revenues are expected to hit USD $7 million by the end of this year.
South Africans dominated the list taking up five slots while the remaining slot was taken up by a Nigerian.
BRITISH MOUNTAIN CLIMBER RESCUED AT MOUNT KENYA
A British national who fell ill while climbing Mount Kenya has been rescued to safety and is recuperating at Nanyuki Cottage Hospital.
Twenty five-year-old Kate Pettit developed Acute Mountain Sickness when she and a group of tourists were on a mission to scale Mount Kenya’s Lenana peak.
She got sick on Thursday night while at Old Moses Camp which is 3,300 feet above sea level. Her colleagues called Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rescue rangers who safely evacuated her from the mountain. The other 19 tourists she was with are well continuing with the journey to Lenana peak.
MEET THE WHITE SOUTH AFRICAN MALE WHO CHOSE TO UNDERGO TRADITIONAL XHOSA CIRCUMCISION
Dozens of teenagers lose their lives every year after undergoing traditional circumcision but a 17-year-old Brandon de Wet braved the extreme nature of the ceremony to join his friend of 13 years in the traditional Xhosa circumcision ceremony.
"It was a really tough road and was like nothing I've ever experienced," He said about his three week experience.
He added that going through the experience with his childhood friend would strengthen their relationship even further while acknowledging that the experience was mentally challenging.
Once Xhosa boys reach between the age of 15-17, their parents often take them to an initiation school where they are under a traditional surgeon and nurse. Initiation ceremonies often take place during the June school holidays or in December when initiates are taken deep into the mountain where they are taught how to become outstanding men.
"I can understand a bit of Xhosa but my surgeon would explain the details of what was going to happen and why it was important in English," said Brandon.
After circumcision, boys enter a specially built hut where they live together throughout the initiation period. They dress only in loin clothes and their bodies are covered in mud. Once the initiation is over they take a bath in a river to symbolize the washing off of their old life.
Read De Wet’s full story here.
MANDELA TURNS 95
Former South African President Nelson Mandela turned 95 Thursday but spent his birthday in hospital where he has been admitted for over a month.
Mandela’s birthday is also Nelson Mandela International Day, a day declared by the UN to recognise the reconciliation efforts of the first black president of South Africa.
Millions of school children sang happy birthday to the former president while volunteers marked Mandela’s 67 years as a lawyer, activist, prisoner and president by renovating schools and orphanages, cleaning hospitals and distributing food to the poor.
South Africans were urged to mark his birthday by performing 67 minutes of charitable acts.
The day was also the 15th anniversary of his marriage to his third wife, Graca Machel.
PROTESTS ROCK INDIAN STATE OVER THE DEATHS OF CHILDREN
Violent protests rocked the Indian state of Bihar following the deaths of 23 children and the sickness of dozens after they ate a free school meal.
The Mid-Day Meal Scheme provides lunch to schools across India, reaching an estimated 120 million children in 1.2 million schools, but reportedly also suffers poor hygiene in the handling of the food.
A doctor at the local hospital attributed the deaths to possible pesticide contamination of the food while a cook at the school said that they had recently purchased a new type of cooking oil that looked discoloured.
The oil had allegedly been bought at a shop belonging to the husband of a new teacher at the school, who was in charge of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. The owners of the shop however fled after the incident.
About 47 children fell ill after consuming the meal at a school in Dharmasati Gandaman.
"When the children were clinically examined, we saw that there was severe congestion in the chest, and their pupils were dilated. These are symptoms of organo-phosphorus poisoning. Organo-phosphorus is a compound also used as a pesticide for crops. It is very dangerous. Even a small quantity of it would prove fatal for small children. Looking at the critical condition in which they were brought to the hospital, it seems like there were large quantities of poison in the food that they consumed," said one doctor at the Chhapra district hospital.
Meanwhile, 19 of the children who lost their lives have been buried with three of them being laid to rest around the school's grounds.
Children in other schools in the district are now refusing to eat the free lunch as officials struggle to resolve the issue.
BRITISH MAN CHARGED WITH SEX OFFENCES AGAINST KENYAN CHILDREN
A British man has been charged in the UK with sexual offences against two Kenyan children. Simon Harris,54, was charged under a legislation that allows UK Nationals to be prosecuted for sexual offences committed abroad.
Harris, who hails from Herefordshire, was arrested at his home on Saturday and will appear before a judge at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on a later date.
He is accused of attempted rape and sexual activity with a child.
JK ROWLING REVEALED AS THE AUTHOR OF THE CUCKOO’S CALLING
British author JK Rowling has been revealed as the author of crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling.
In the critically acclaimed novel, which has sold 1,500 hardback copies, Rowling uses the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. On its release, some critics had raised concern that the book was too accomplished to be a debut novel.
"I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience. It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name," she said.
Book sales have since risen by 500,000 percent.
Source: The Guardian
KENYANS WILL GET PASSPORTS IN FIVE DAYS
Kenyans who apply for passports with the right documents will get them in five days, down from the previous waiting period of 10 days. The Director of Immigration Services Jane Waikenda announced the move saying that the government would also intensify security on the Kenyan borders by revamping the existing border points and building new ones.
Previously, people waited for more than a month to get a passport before the waiting period was reduced to 21 days and then to 10 days. The director also said that a major reshuffle was being conducted in the immigration department to curb complacency.
Source: Daily Nation
SEVEN KENYAN JOURNALISTS SHORTLISTED FOR THE CNN MULTICHOICE AFRICAN JOURNALIST AWARDS
Seven Kenyan journalists are among the 27 finalists from 11 countries shortlisted for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards. The finalists of the competition – which is in its 18th year – were announced by the chair of the independent judging panel, Ferial Haffajee.
The winners will be announced at an Award Ceremony and Gala Evening in Cape Town, South Africa, on Oct.12. This year’s competition attracted entries from Journalists in 42 countries.
The journalists from Kenya are:
Thomas Otieno Bwire – Pamoja FM
Florence Dallu – Freelance for Koch FM
Judy Jeptum Kosgei and Mauritius Oduor – Citizen TV
Brenda Okoth – The Star
Roseline Wangui and Wambui Kurema – NTV
MISS KENYA 2013 CROWNED
Wangui Gitonga, a 23-year-old student, beat 10 contestants to be crowned this year’s Miss Kenya. In a ceremony held at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, the linguistics student at the German School also walked away with KSH 1 million.
Sophia Umwanza was the second runner up taking home KSH 50,000 while Leah Tesfamarian was the first runner up taking home KSH 100,000.
Gitonga will represent Kenya in the Miss World contest that will be held in Indonesia in September.
Source: Standard Digital
POACHERS KILL FOUR ELEPHANTS IN TSAVO
Four elephants have lost their lives after they were shot by poachers using poisoned arrows in Tsavo Conservation Area (TSA). The deaths of the elephants come at a time when KWS is treating an average of four elephants every week that have been wounded by poisoned arrows.TCA Assistant Director Robert Obrein said that poachers have resorted to hiring trained hunters to kill elephants using poisoned arrows.
“KWS doctors are using enormous resources in treating injured elephants and this is not good for the country. Relevant stakeholders should all join hands in dealing with the poaching menace,” said Obrein.
He added that it has been difficult for poachers to use rifles because of the increased surveillance, so many have resorted to using arrows.
Source: Standard Digital
TOPE FOLARIN WINS CAINE PRIZE
Nigerian writer Tope Folarin is this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing winner. The US based writer received the prize for his story Miracle which is set in a Nigerian evangelical church based in Texas USA.
The story’s main theme is religion and it is centred on a congregation that gathers in a church to witness the healing powers of a blind pastor.
This year four of the shortlisted writers were from Nigeria with the other candidate being from Sierra Leone. Nigeria has won the prize for the second consecutive year.
Source: Africa Review
ETHIOPIA TO CONSTRUCT AFRICA’S TALLEST BUILDING
Plans are underway to construct Africa’s tallest building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by 2017. The tower, which will be constructed by Guangdong Chuanhui Group- a Chinese private developer, will have 99 floors and house offices and hotels.
Currently the tallest building in Africa is the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg which is 50 storeys tall. There are currently only 17 buildings in Addis Ababa that are taller than 12 storeys. On completion, the building will be named Meles Zenawi International Centre in honour of the country’s former Prime Minister.
Source: All Africa
MIRAA (KHAT) FARMERS UNHAPPY WITH BRITAIN'S DECISION TO BAN THE STIMULANT
Khat farmers in Meru have expressed anger over the decision by the British government to ban the stimulant popularly known as ‘miraa’.
The farmers from the region have demanded that the government shuts down British military training camps and Farms owned by British nationals as a retaliation for the ban.
Britain classified the stimulant as a drug in early July and banned Kenya’s exports to the country. The move came after the Netherlands banned miraa in January this year.
Source: The Daily Nation
DESMOND TUTU CALLS FOR THE END OF MANDELA FAMILY ROW
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called on the Mandela family to end their row saying that they must not "besmirch" the name of the former president.
"Please, please, please may we think not only of ourselves. It's almost like spitting in Madiba's face," Tutu said.
His remarks come at a time when Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela launched an attack on the family after a court ordered him to return the remains of his father and two other relatives to Qunu from Mvezo where he moved them two years ago. The remains were reburied in Qunu Thursday afternoon.
Source: All Africa
ADULT BREAST FEEDING-THE NEW TREND IN CHINA
There is widespread uproar on social media in China after it emerged that rich people were paying to drink breast milk. The new trend is a luxury for the rich with firms offering wet nurse services to adults.
These firms provide wet nurses for newborns, the sick and other adults who pay high prices for the milk's fine nutrition according to the Southern Metropolis Daily.
Adults can drink the milk directly from the breasts or through a breast pump if they are too embarrassed. The nurses are paid USD $2,600 Ksh (224,640) a month for their services and those who are perceived as healthy and good looking could earn even more.
Source: Fox News
BANKS TO USE FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION TO CURB ATM FRAUD
A new line of Automated Teller Machines (ATM) launched Thursday by American tech company Diebold, and Kenyan IT solutions firm Tracom Services will enable ATM card users to be able to use their fingerprints to access their accounts. The biometric technology will see the reduction in ATM fraud conducted through identity theft. ATM users will have the option to either use a PIN number or to use the fingerprinting system increasing the security of ATM’s.
“The biometric sensor will be optional on ATM machines as per the requirements of the banks and their customers,” said Mr Koffijberg Diebold, product Marketing Manager of ATMs. The ATMs will also come with a sensor that detects whether an object other that an ATM card has been inserted in the machine and will also have a safety lock that will prevent the insertion of jammers.
Source: Business Daily.
LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY AND THE NGARE NDARE FOREST TRUST NOW UNESCO SITES
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust in Mount Kenya region have been recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and included in the Mt Kenya World Heritage site. The two are connected to Mt Kenya via the elephant corridor which is used by hundreds of animals every year. World heritage sites are places of universal importance to humanity that are inscribed on the list to be protected for future generations to enjoy.
“Through the protection and management of endangered species, initiation and support of community conservation and development programmes and the education of neighbouring communities in the value of wildlife, Lewa has become a model in Kenya for wildlife conservation on private land and a favoured destination for low impact tourism," said Lewa Wildlife Conservancy chief executive Mike Watson.
Other world heritage sites are the Galápagos Islands, the Taj Mahal, Fort Jesus, Lamu Old Town, the Grand Canyon the Acropolis and the Pyramids in Egypt.
Source: Business Daily
TULLOW STRIKES MORE OIL IN KENYA
British multinational company Tullow has announced that they have discovered new oil deposits in South Lokichar, Kenya and said that they have also doubled oil production estimates in two others.
In a statement they said, “These results are an important step towards understanding the commerciality of the Lokichar Basin and, as we advance towards the commercial thresholds for development, Tullow continues to work in consultation with the Government of Kenya on development options.”
The company struck oil in Etuko-1 following drilling that has been ongoing since May this year. They have also increased the oil estimates in Ngami-1 and Twiga South-1 and the two wells are now estimated to be able to produce 5,000 each per day. The company first discovered oil in Kenya in March, 2012.
Source: Daily Nation
ENDANGERED RHINO CONCEIVED THROUGH ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION BORN
The first Indian rhino to be conceived through artificial insemination is living and thriving a month after he was born.
The rhino, christened Ethan, was born after his mom, Jeta, was inseminated with a thawed frozen semen sample from a male rhino called Himal. This was after the two rhino proved to be too hostile towards each other to mate naturally.
The technique was pioneered by Dr. Monica Stoops, a reproductive physiologist and was collaboration between the Montgomery Zoo and the Cincinnati Zoo’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife-both in the US.
Ethan was born at on June 5 at the Montgomery Zoo and is the first Indian rhino calf to live and thrive after conception using the technique and has gained 4-6kg’s since birth and now weighs 50kg’s.
Dr Stoops started working on the technique in 2004 with her first two attempts failing.
Source: Today Pets
GENOCIDE SURVIVORS TO START A TRUST FUND
Survivors of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide will start a trust fund, which will run like that started by the ICC, which will help vulnerable survivors.
“To date, the funds allocated to survivors from UN Agencies totals USD $250,000 annually. This contrasts sharply with the USD $30million the same body spends on a single suspect at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). With the fund, we intend to pressure UN to allocate more funds for the survivors,” said Albert Gasake, the legal advocacy project coordinator for Survivors Fund (Surf).
In 1998, the Rwandan government established the Fund for Support to Genocide Survivors (FARG) which is allocated five per cent of the Rwandan budget. There are estimated to be 300,000 genocide survivors in the country with 98 per cent of them saying that they are satisfied with how the fund has helped them access education.
Source: The New Times Rwanda
OBAMA ARRIVES IN TANZANIA
US President Barrack Obama arrived in Tanzania Monday to a welcome by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and traditional dancers. He was also welcomed with a 21-gun salute to honour him.
Tanzania is the third and final country Obama is visiting in his tour of African countries.
Tanzanians began to gather in the country’s capital Dar es Salaam early morning for a chance to see the leader of the free world who will visit the Ubungo power plant, after unveiling a new USD $7 billion programme to boost African electric power networks.
He will also hold talks with the president as well as lay a wreath at a memorial for those killed in the US embassy bombing in 1998. A street in the capital will be named after him.
Source: Daily Nation
OPRAH IS THE MOST POWERFUL CELEBRITY
After two years in second place Oprah Winfrey has reclaimed her position as the most powerful celebrity despite making USD $88 million less than last year.
The list of the 100 most powerful celebrities is compiled by Forbes and factors in how much money a celebrity has made in the last year, their popularity on the internet, how they are viewed by people as well as how often they are mentioned in the media.
This year, women dominated the top slots occupying six of the top 10 spots. They are: Oprah (first), Lady Gaga (second), Beyonce (fourth), Madonna (fifth), Taylor Swift (sixth) and Ellen Degeneres (tenth).Women took 35 out of the 100 slots.
The four men in the top ten are: Steven Spielberg (third), Bon Jovi (seventh), Roger Federer (eighth), and Justin Bieber (ninth).
Jennifer Lopez ,who was number one last year, is ranked in position 12 this year. The drop is believed to be because she was no longer on American Idol. She however still managed to make USD $45 million between June 2012 and June 2013.
Madonna is this year’s biggest earner having made USD $125 million from June 2012-June2013.
ONLY SEVEN KENYAN UNIVERSITIES IN TOP 100 AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES
South African universities dominated the list of top African universities with only seven institutions of higher learning in Kenya making it to the list. The universities from South Africa took the top five positions with
University of Cape Town being ranked the best by World University Web.
The Kenyan universities that made it on the list are University of Nairobi at number 17, Strathmore University at number 44, JKUAT number 56, Kenyatta University number 61, USIU number 77, Egerton at 80 and Moi University at number 85.
Source: The Standard
DHL DELIVERS NINE GORILLAS TO BATÉKÉ PLATEAU NATIONAL PARK, GABON
DHL is known to deliver packages world over but recently the logistics company delivered a very unique package; nine Silverback gorillas from Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent, England to Batéké Plateau National Park, Gabon. They were flown in a specially equipped Boeing 767 from the UK to Brussels, Belgium, to Lagos, Nigeria and then to Franceville, Gabon.
They were then transported to their new home in the national park by a helicopter. The animals had a combined weight of 620 kg’s and were accompanied by 1,200kg’s of food and veterinary equipments for their 9,000km journey.
NEW HIV/AIDS INFECTIONS IN KENYA DECREASE
The National Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infection Control Programme (NASCOP) has said that new cases of HIV infection in Kenya have dropped by 40 per cent in the last five years. The director of NASCOP, Dr William Maina, said that 70 per cent of people living with the virus are aware of their status as compared to 36 per cent in 2007.
Of the estimated 6.3 per cent of Kenyans living with the virus, 610,000 are on antiretrovirals while 92 percent of pregnant women are provided with integrated services to prevent mother to child transmission. However, 1,300 newborns are still infected with the disease annually.
“We are now focusing on prevention of mother-to-child transmission to keep the mother alive so that she can take care of the baby. We usually follow the mothers found to be HIV positive and keep them on treatment,” Dr Maina said.
Source: Daily Nation
FOUR PRISONERS EXECUTED IN NIGERIA
Nigerian authorities in Edo State in the Southern part of the country hanged four prisoners Monday in the country's first execution since 2006.
The Justice Commissioner of the state Henry Idahagbon told AFP that the prisoners were convicted of murder and robbery. A fifth prisoner who was found guilty of crimes dating back to the military era is due for execution by a firing squad as officials were not well prepared for his execution.
“The court gave the judgement this afternoon that the execution could go ahead and the prison authority went ahead,” said· Idahagbon.
INTEL TO INVEST IN KENYA
Kenya will be the first country in Africa to get a investment boost from semiconductor chip manufacturer INTEL. The boost from its global Software and Services Group (SSG) will facilitate the creation of a programme to help developers in the country.
Later this year the corporation will sponsor three Kenyan technology start-ups for an online training and mentorship programme conducted by University of California (Berkeley) faculty members and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.
As part of the boost, Intel will provide developers with design tools, resources and give them consulting services and hopes to reach over 400 developers and help develop 100 applications for phones and tablets in the next six months.
The company has announced intentions to collaborate with the University of Nairobi and Strathmore University to build a student developer partner programme and integrate high-performance computing into the curriculum of the universities.
“We are very excited about the growing developer engagement in Africa and seek to increase collaborations with tech hubs, independent software vendors and universities,” said Intel East Africa GM Danie Steyn in a statement.
Source: Tech Central
WORLD WAR Z TO OPEN MOSCOW FILM FESTIVAL
Brad Pitt’s latest movie will be the opening film at the 35th Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) which begins today and closes on June 29.
The Russian premiere of the movie will be part of the festival's grand opening and Pitt, who will be visiting Russia for the first time ever, will be in attendance. World War Z is directed by Marc Forste and is based on a novel by Max Brooks.
The MIFF is one of the oldest film festivals in Europe and attracts entries from Russia, Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Switzerland, Japan, Georgia, France, Serbia, Germany, Hungary, South Korea, Brazil and UK.
FATE OF KENYANS DETAINED IN NIGERIA UNKNOWN
The fate of Kenyan officials who were detained in Nigeria after deporting Nigerian business man Anthony Chinedu remains unknown with both governments keeping mum.
Interior Secretary Joseph ole Lenku said that the Kenya government is in negotiations but did not provide details of how far the negotiations have come while Foreign Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohammed, has not commented on the matter.
Sources indicate that the Kenyans who escorted the businessman and the flight crew were asked to surrender their passports and cannot leave the country.
For more information go to Daily Nation
AL SHABAAB ATTACK UN COMPOUND IN SOMALIA
Members of the Al Shabaab announced Wednesday that they had forced their way into a key United Nations Compound in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu.
“Our commandos have attacked the UN compound… we set off an explosion and have entered the compound, where we are fighting with the infidel forces,” a senior Shabaab official told AFP.
The attacks are said to have started after a suicide bomber killed himself outside the compound and reports indicate that gunfire could be heard inside the compound.
A United Nation’s source said that all the staffers of the humanitarian organization were in a safe room within the compound.
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SOMALI REFUGEES IN KENYA TO BE REPATRIATED
Plans are underway to repatriate Somali refugees in Kenya back to their home country by the end of this year. Kenya will in August 2013 host an international conference that will discuss the modalities of returning over one million Somali nationals back to Somalia.
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohammed, confirmed that a group of International organizations are already mapping out a safe place for the refugees to be resettled. There are currently over one million Somali refugees in Kenya with 600,000 of them being formally registered.
What I am happy about is that 50 percent of these are willing to voluntarily return but we want to do it in an orderly and most humane manner which upholds the dignity to our visitors,” said the minister.
Source: The Standard
POACHERS KILL 137 ELEPHANTS AND 24 RHINOS IN KENYA THIS YEAR
The Kenya Wildlife Service(KWS) has said that 137 elephants and 24 rhinos have been killed by poachers in the first half of 2013. Kenya Wildlife Service director, William Kiprono said that half of these were killed in Tsavo National park by poachers who were pretending to be herders.
He said that rangers had so far arrested 123 suspected poachers, recovering 5,842kg of ivory and rhino horns, 22 firearms and 1,141 bullets. Currently there are 40,000 elephants and 1,025 rhino’s in the country.
Source: Business Daily
CHILD LABOUR RAMPANT IN KENYA
Seventeen per cent of minors in Kenya are child labourers according to the European Union. The EU estimates that the country has 1.9 million child labourers with majority being employed in the agriculture and domestic sectors. Of these, 82 per cent of those employed as domestic workers are rural girls working in towns.
D’Agostino Ogendo from the EU, who was speaking during the World Day against Child Labor Day, said that there are 220 million children worldwide who are victims of child labour.
Source: The Standard
SOMALIA EMBARKS ON POLIO VACCINATION CAMPAIGN
Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud led his countrymen in a polio vaccination campaign that will see at least four million people vaccinated from the disease.
The country has embarked on the vaccination campaign after the disease recently reappeared even after the country was declared polio free in 2007. The vaccination exercise will take place for a week in which time the government hopes to vaccinate four million people.
Parliament Speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari and Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon were also vaccinated against the disease.
Source: Africa Review
AFRICAN COUNTRIES TO BENEFIT FROM VACCINATION AGANIST CERVICAL CANCER
A vaccination project funded by the Global Access to Vaccines Initiative (GAVI) will see the number of deaths from cervical cancer in Africa reduce. Targeted countries will receive funds for a vaccination program against the human papillomavirus (HPV) to protect more than 180,000 girls from the disease.
GAVI will work in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline which manufactures Cervarix and Merck which manufactures the Gardasil vaccine. Kenya and Tanzania are the only East African countries among the first eight countries in Africa that GAVI will provide funding for. The other six countries are Ghana, Lagos, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger and Sierra Leone. The program has already been rolled out in Kitui County in Kenya.
Rwanda was the first East African country to introduce HPV vaccines, immunising school girls nationwide with vaccines donated by Merck in 2011.
Source: The East African
KENYA’S PRESIDENT ORDERS ALL FOREIGN DRUG DEALERS DEPORTED
Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta has instructed security forces to arrest and deport all foreigners who are suspected of being involved in drug trafficking in the country.
The president, who was speaking at a National Agency for the Campaign against Drug Abuse (NACADA), said that it was time the talk about drug abuse ended and action began.
Source: The Standard
KENYA BUZZ WINS GOOGLE INNOVATION AWARD
KenyaBuzz has won The Google Innovation Award in Tourism 2013-2014 for the android App KenyaBuzz Raha.
The awards are sponsored by Google East Africa and aim to showcase the innovative ways that people are using technology to run business, in education, for entertainment and their daily activities.
KenyaBuzz Raha is free to download for all android phones and is targeted towards anyone who wants to know about and actively participate in the rapidly growing social scene in Kenya.
It is also available for dowload from kenyabuzz.com/raha
UGANDA’S DOOR-TO-DOOR HIV TESTING
Uganda has from today embarked on a door-to-door HIV testing campaign. The exercise will take place in Kampala and be conducted from a mobile van for free HIV/Aids Counselling and Testing (HCT).
The van is equipped with a laboratory, reception and two counselling rooms and will take the services to those who need them other than people having to go to health centres for testing.
It will move in slums, streets, clubs, car parks, among others, targeting the most at risk population such as boda boda (motorcycle) taxi operators, mechanics, commercial sex workers, and bus and taxi drivers. The 2011 Uganda Demographic Health Survey revealed that the prevalence of HIV had risen from 6.4 per cent in 2010 to 7.3 per cent in 2011.
“Many people shy away from visiting health facilities for early testing and this puts many at risk of contracting the epidemic,” said Prossy Kayiira, the HCT coordinator at Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG).
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Source: Africa Review
GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IN KENYA
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has promised to support the music industry in the country. The President was speaking at The Groove Awards ceremony held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) where he told players in the industry that the government is open to discussing with them on how to grow the industry.
The President acknowledged that the industry played a major part in promoting the talents saying that his government would help the youth exploit and promote their talents for the country to progress.
“I know that if we give our young people the chance and opportunity, they have the capacity to make this nation great,” he said.
He also said that the government would address the piracy problem that threatens to cripple the industry. He urged artists in the country to work closely with relevant government agencies in ensuring copyright criminals were apprehended and prosecuted.
Groove Award honours players in the East African gospel industry.
Source: Capital FM
SUGAR SHORTAGE IN RWANDA
A sugar shortage is looming in Rwanda after the sole sugar miller closed down. The miller which is owned by the Madhvani Group closed after the Nyabaronga River flooded part of its plantation destroying the sugarcane.
For the past four months, Rwanda has had a sugar shortage but with the closure of the miller things may get worse. Currently a 50 kg bag goes for USD 53 (KSH 4,255).
Half of the Nyabaronga plantation has been covered by water. The plantation is 1,700 hectares where sugar has been planted with 800 hectares having been destroyed by the water.
Source: The East African
TAG OF WAR BETWEEN SRC AND MP’S
Barely a day after Kenyan MP’s approved a motion that paves way for them to increase their salaries, the Salaries and Renumeration Commission (SRC) has said that it will sue anyone who attempts to increase their salary.
Commission chairperson Sarah Serem said that MP’s contravened the Constitution by nullifying the salary gazette notice.
“Anybody who acts outside the law in pursuant of payment will have acted unlawfully and faces the risk of being held liable to abuse of office and aiding in misuse of public funds,” said Serem.
The Kenyan MP’s on Tuesday approved a motion that they believe rescinds the salary gazette notice. SRC said that the notice still stands despite the motion.
MP’s accused the SRC of undermining them by paying some state officers who they have an oversight role over.
CHINUA ACHEBE BURIED
Literary icon Chinua Achebe was buried in his home town of Ogidi in Amambra state, Nigeria. Achebe died in March in Boston, USA, after a short illness. His body arrived at Enugu airport, in Southern Nigeria, from the US on Wednesday and was received by his family and Nigerian officials.
The writer moved to the US in 1990 and was involved in a road accident on arrival, which left him partially paralysed. He frequently travelled to Nigeria. Achebe is regarded as the father of African literature. He died at the age of 82.
KENYAN ECONOMY GREW BY 4.6 PER CENT IN 2012
A new report indicates that the Kenyan economy recorded a growth of 4.6 per cent in 2012. This year’s Economic Survey Report shows that agriculture was among the largest contributors with a growth of 3.5 per cent from 1.5 per cent in 2011.
The report which was handed to the cabinet secretary Devolution and Planning, Ann Waiguru, also shows that the communication industry grew by 5.3 per cent from 4.3 per cent in 2011.
The NSE 20 share index grew by 29 per cent from 3,205 in 2011 to 4,133 in 2012. Last year also saw 659,400 new jobs created, representing a 5.5 per cent growth.
The tourism and transport sectors saw a decline with tourism dropping by 1.9 percent and transport by 0.7 per cent respectively. The country earned KHS 96 billion from tourism in 2012 compared to 97.9 billion in 2011.
Tourist arrivals also decreased from 1.8 million in 2011 to 1.7 in 2012. The economy is predicted to grow by six per cent by the end of this year.
Source: Capital FM
SUSPECT IN BRITISH SOLDIER MURDER WAS ARRESTED IN KENYA THREE YEARS AGO.
The government of Kenya has admitted that it had arrested and released the main suspect in a British soldier’s murder.
Government spokesman Muthui Kariuki said that Michael Adebolajo had been arrested in late 2010 for questioning over links to Somalia terror group Al Shabaab.
He said that the government had denied ever arresting him because of the confusion in names. Adebolajo had been arrested under a fake name and questioned for two days in Nairobi and Mombasa. He was later released for lack of evidence.
He was captured by a CCTV video in London on Wednesday carrying bloodied knives and a meat cleaver after an attack. He said that he had murdered an off duty soldier, Lee Rigby, because the British troops were killing Muslims.
Source: Capital FM
NAMIBIA STRIKES OIL
The government of Namibia announced that they had found oil off the coast of the country.
The government together with a Brazil oil company HRT announced that they had found what they termed as "two well-developed source rocks" and "several thin-bedded sandy reservoirs that are saturated by oil".
This is the first such discovery in the country although the oil is not in commercial volumes. Though the country does not have proven oil reserves it has proven gas reserves of two trillion cubic feet.
Source: Africa Review
OSAMA BIN LADEN’S PICTURES WILL REMAIN SECRET
A federal appeal court in the US has ruled that the pictures of slain terrorist Osama Bin Laden’s dead body remain in the custody of the government.
The court agreed with the Obama administration that, “that the images are so potent that releasing them could cause riots that would put Americans abroad at risk.”
The case was filled by the Judicial Watch which wanted the government to release the over 50 photographs and videos taken during his capture and slay.
In a statement, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that the ruling “would allow terrorists to dictate our laws."
The organisation has said that its lawyers are considering what step to take next.
BRITISH HEIR’S KILLERS STILL AT LARGE
A year since British Heir Alexander Mason was killed in Kenya, the family is yet to get justice. The 28-year-old son of Baron Nicholas Mason died on May 18, 2012 after being arrested and detained by police for what they claim to be possession of drugs.
He is believed to have died from injuries sustained from either being beaten by police or by fellow cell mates. A year after his death his family marched to Diani police station demanding for justice for their son.
His mother, Hillary Martin asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and help the family and others facing the similar situations to get justice.
“I am a Kenyan mother suffering like many others. The loss of my beloved son at the hands of murderers, who are living amongst us free to kill again, is unwarranted. A year has gone and nobody has been charged,” she said.
An autopsy on Alexanders body showed that he had died from blunt force trauma to he head.
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Source: The Standard
FRAUDSTERS STEAL SH 1.5 BILLION IN ONE YEAR
Bank fraudsters have stolen KSH 1.5 billion in one year from Kenyan banks alone. The main perpetrators of the crimes are tech survey bank employees who use their knowledge to rob the banks. Half of the fraud cases reported in banks are linked to bank employees.
Data from Banking Fraud Investigations Department (BFID) reports that KSH 1.49 billion was stolen from customer accounts between April, 2012 and April, 2013. Only 530 million was recovered with officials saying that the figure is only a small portion of the money that is lost by banks.
This is because many banks chose to deal with matters of fraud or attempted fraud internally so as to protect their reputation.
Benjamin Nkungi, CEO at the Association of Microfinance Institutions said that active accounts are the most affected as people rarely keep track of their transactions.
“Financial crimes have become a huge risk to institutions. The losses are substantial,” he said.
Source: The East African
POLICEMAN IMPLICATED IN PORNOGRAPHY RING IN NAIROBI
An Anti- Banking- Fraud unit officer and a senior city policeman in Nairobi have been linked to the pornography industry in the city.
Police say that the officer is a major investor in the sector and uses the police officer to protect his interests. The investor is purported to have given the police officer KSH 140,000 as protection money in the last four months. The pornography business is thriving in the city with many blue movies being shot and duplicated along ‘River Road’ in the central business district. The street is also said to have a “recruitment agency” for blue movie actors.
The news comes just a few days after police busted a Swiss man and 11 girls who were allegedly committing bestiality in the coastal town of Mombasa. The group has a case pending in court.
Source: The Nairobian
VARSITY MAKES ZULU COMPULSORY
All first year students attending the University of KwaZulu-Natal will have to study the Zulu language. The University has said that starting next year Zulu will be compulsory at the institution.
This is in a bid to promote nation-building and bringing diverse languages together. South Africa has 11 national languages. About 23 per cent of the population speak Zulu with the language being spoken by 83 per cent of the people living in KwaZulu-Natal.
The University’s Deputy-Vice Chancellor Renuka Vithal said that this would help build the communication skills of the students.
This is the first time a University in the country is making it compulsory for students to learn a local language.
Source: The Standard
PRINCE HARRY IN THE US
British Royal Prince Harry is in the US for a seven day official tour where his first day saw him join American First Lady Michelle Obama in honoring military mothers. He visited the White House to meet the First Lady as well as a group of children who were making mementoes to honor their mothers.
Among the things on his agenda include promoting British interests in the country, promoting his charities as well as attend the Warrior Games.
Source: The Guardian
TANZANIAN CONTROVERSIAL MUSLIM CLERIC FREED
A controversial Tanzanian Muslim cleric has been freed by a court after seven months in custody, to the jubilation of his funs. Sheikh Ponda Issa Ponda was acquitted together with 49 others for trespassing, conspiracy, criminal possession, theft of building materials and occupying land owned by Agritanza Company Limited. He allegedly committed the acts on October 18 2012.
Resident Magistrate Victoria Nongwa stated lack of enough evidence by the prosecution as the reason she released the cleric. She however sentenced him to a 12 month suspended sentence for forcefully entering a property owned by Agritanza Company Limited.
Ponda and his followers were arrested following clashes in October sparked by rumors that a 12-year-old boy at a Christian school had urinated on the Koran.
Source: Africa review
STARS SUPPORT ANGELINA JOLIE’S DOUBLE MASTECTOMY
Just a day after Angelina Jolie wrote to the New York Times informing the world that she had undergone a double mastectomy, celebrities, women and breast cancer survivors have come out in large numbers to support her decision, most notably musician Sheryl Crow who is a breast cancer survivor. She wrote, “I commend Angelina Jolie for her courage and thoughtfulness in sharing her story today regarding her mastectomy. So brave!"
Others who commended her were Kristen Bell, Nina Dobrev, Elizabeth Banks, Octavia Spencer and Giuliana Rancic.
Her partner Brad Pitt termed her decision to undergo the procedure as heroic.
"All I want for is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children," he said.
In her write up Jolie said, "I choose not to keep my story private, because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options."
Source: Los Angeles Times
DEMONSTRATION AGAINST KENYAN MP’S PAY RISE DEMANDS
On Tuesday May 14th, civil society activists in Kenya staged a protest outside Parliament buildings to campaign against Kenyan MP’s who are demanding a huge pay rise.
They used pigs branded “MPigs” to protest the demand by the MP’s who have rejected the salary of KSH 532,000 that was proposed by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission. The MP’s also want the commission to be disbanded.
President Uhuru Kenyatta had asked them to drop the demands for higher wages saying the recurrent expenditure is unsustainable.
The protestors caused a scene outside Parliament by pouring animal blood on the tarmac and releasing the pigs to feed on it. The pigs appeared to be undeterred even when police fired tear gas to dispel the protestors. Ten of the demonstrators were arrested by police.
Source: Standard Digital
Developments and containing the virus have seen rapid improvement in treatment and life expectancy for infected patients with access to antiretroviral drugs that essentially stop HIV from developing into AIDS – as long as they are consistently taken. But scientists are also working on a cure, at least a functional cure, that would allow HIV-positive people to stop taking daily medication, and there have been exciting developments in the last few years.
Going back to 2008, there was the ‘Berlin Patient’, Timothy Ray Brown, who received a risky stem cell transplant to treat both his Leukaemia and his HIV-positive status. The donor for his new stem cells was a person who was naturally resistant to HIV – a rarity estimated to comprise only half a percent of all HIV-infected persons. While Brown is still HIV-positive, his immune system now contains the virus on its own. This breakthrough, while incredible, had limited application in the real world due to the price of the procedure and the rarity of naturally resistant donors.
More recently, in March this year, a baby who was born HIV was functionally cured of it by heavy doses of antiretroviral drugs early in her life – a development that is extremely promising for other infants born with the disease.
This newest development, however, looks to help infected adults. The virus typically entrenches itself on ‘reservoirs’ in cells, where it hides out from the body’s immune system. This treatment would flushes the virus out and, due to a separate vaccination, makes the patient’s immune system stronger and more able to cope with it. Trials on human skin cells have already proven successful, and the treatment has moved into the human trial stage.
The researchers are confident that the virus will be flushed out of the cells’ reservoirs, the issue is whether or not the patients’ immune systems will be able to deal with the virus. While they are hopeful, sceptics maintain that even if the initial trials are successful, a cure within months may be a bit optimistic as most clinical trials last five to eight years.
Samsung Launches New Smart Phone
Ever since Apple’s announcement and release of its first iPhone, Samsung has been working to undermine their stronghold on the mobile industry. It hasn’t been a pretty fight either, with copyright infringement battles being in the courts for years now. But Samsung has clearly established itself as the leader in the smart phone market, with sales increasing to nearly 80 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to Apple’s 37.4 million.
Experts have attributed Samsung’s success in the smart phone world to their range of phones, including low-end models that allow a wider segment of global populations to access their products. The iPhone, however, has typically outshone their higher-end models due to a reputation for innovation and the Apple aesthetic.
With the S4, however, Samsung hopes to corner the high-end phone market. While Apple’s iPhone 5 left many customers unsatisfied due to incremental developments, the S4 promises sweeping technological changes, including a bigger screen, a better camera, a faster processor and improvements to the Android operating system via Google.
Additionally, Apple is not planning to release their next instalment of the iPhone until September or October and are notoriously tight-lipped about the developments they’ll be offering. While this tactic builds excitement among their incredibly loyal fan base, it also means people trying to choose between the S4 now and the next iPhone later don’t know what they’d be waiting for.
All in all, Samsung has an excellent opportunity to take even more of the market share from Apple, though the profit margins on their phones remain far below Apple’s with the iPhone.
US Offers Reward for Kony
American Secretary of State John Kerry has offered an award of USD $5 million for Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. The leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army is wanted for human rights violations including kidnapping children and forcing them to be soldiers.
Thought to be hiding with between 200 and 500 soldiers in the Central African Republic, Kony has been wreaking havoc in Uganda and its environs for two decades. He claims to be possessed by nine spirits that advise him, and his stated goal is to turn Uganda into a theocracy based on the Ten Commandments and his Acholi tribal traditions.
Since the founding of the LRA, Kony and his chief aides have been accused of various human rights violations, including the use of child sex slaves and child soldiers. In 2005 the International Criminal Court indicted him on charges of crimes against humanity and there have been multiple operations designed to catch him since then.
The Ugandan Army, backed by other African nations and US special forces, has recently stopped their African Union mandated pursuit of Kony, citing hostility from the Ugandan government. Kerry has no misconceptions about catching the warlord, admitting that he “will not be easy to find.”