Posts Tagged ‘Kenya’

Kenya to be first in Africa with solar power farm

16.April.2011 · Posted in news

Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (Kari) is looking to create a solar-powered facility that aims to have the first “green” farm in Africa using renewable energy. ...

Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (Kari) is looking to create a solar-powered facility that aims to have the first “green” farm in Africa using renewable energy.

The farm, set to come online in June, will use solar power to operate over 100 acres of land at Kari Muguga. The facility began trial tests with a new greenhouse technology acquired from the South Korean government and will coincide with the newly created Africa Carbon Exchange facility.

 

Source: ae-africa.com

Kenya: HSBC will open liaison office

12.April.2011 · Posted in business

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya has licensed HSBC Limited to open a representative office for marketing and liaison purposes in the country, the east African nation’s central bank said on Thursday. Foreign banks have been queuing to set up operations in the region’s biggest economy, drawn in by robust economic expansion and the country’s status as ...

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya has licensed HSBC Limited to open a representative office for marketing and liaison purposes in the country, the east African nation’s central bank said on Thursday.

Foreign banks have been queuing to set up operations in the region’s biggest economy, drawn in by robust economic expansion and the country’s status as a hub for financial services in the region.

“This follows authorization granted to HDFC Bank of India in June 2008 and Nedbank of South Africa in June 2010. CBK (Central Bank of Kenya) is also processing a fourth application for a Representative Office from a South African Bank,” central bank said in a statement.

The office “is restricted from mobilising deposits from the public”, it added.

There are 43 commercial banks and one mortgage finance company in Kenya, of which 30 are locally owned and 13 by foreign institutions.

Analysts say the country’s banks are likely to benefit this year from vibrant economic growth in the region, increased lending at higher spreads and improved margins from cost reductions through job cuts and other measures.

Source: Reuters Africa

Travel: COCONUT VILLAGE RESORT-Malindi, Kenya

21.January.2011 · Posted in travel

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Comparing development

23.March.2010 · Posted in business

This little list just show how different development is between Kenya and the UK. ...

Comparing Development:

  • Wealth – Average income per person. Kenya: $355, UK $24,323
  • Food – Daily calorie supply as a % of needs (this one really got me!).
  • Kenya 89%, UK 130%.
    (I know that these facts are pretty obvious if you think about it but put like this it’s still shocking.)
  • Education – % of children attending secondary school. Kenya 20%, UK 83%.
  • Health – Number of people per doctor. Kenya 10,130, UK, 300.
  • TVs – Number of sets per 1,000. Kenya 26, UK 521.
  • Cars – Number of cars per 1,000 people. Kenya 15, UK 476.

Source: africaexpatwives.blogspot.com

Abortion and the Human Rights of Rapists

15.March.2010 · Posted in news

Image via Wikipedia By Katy Fentress, Freelance journalist Kenyans continue to debate the issue of abortion and how it should be defined in the constitution, after a revised draft of the document was announced last Friday. A person’s right to life begins at the moment they are conceived, states the new version of the constitution. ...

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By Katy Fentress,
Freelance journalist

Kenyans continue to debate the issue of abortion and how it should be defined in the constitution, after a revised draft of the document was announced last Friday.

A person’s right to life begins at the moment they are conceived, states the new version of the constitution.
This change of wording marks a victory for religious pressure groups that had previously complained that the original draft had mentioned the right to life but not when it started.

The draft however controversially goes on to say that medical practitioners will be allowed to decide whether to conduct a termination if they feel that the mother’s health is in danger.

Article 26(4) of the updated version states that: “Abortion shall not be allowed, unless if in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life of the mother is in danger or if permitted by any other written law”.

The last sentence “permitted by any other written law” is also cause for concern for the Kenyan anti-abortion lobbies, who claim that there is nothing to prevent parliament from passing such a law at a later point.

The columnist Kwamchetsi Makhoka, in an opinion piece for one of Kenya’s main broadsheets the Daily Nation, argued that: “allowing abortion would encroach on the human rights of people who commit rape and incest, who need to reproduce and ensure their progeny [like] everyone else… a woman’s uterus is public property – just like the airwaves”.

Over the past few days, a disproportionate number of the opinion columns on the Nation seemed to be vying in favour of outlawing abortion entirely. The main argument used is that an unborn baby’s human rights, is equal to that of its mother.

The letters from the public pages in the Daily Nation seemed however to be more balanced out, with opinions evenly split on both sides of the argument.

Statistics from the Sunday Nation show that around 800 abortions a day are performed in Kenya.

A report compiled by the crime scene investigation unit (CSI) in Nairobi estimated that 40,500 rapes had taken place in Kenya between December 2007 and June 2008.

Another statistic published by the Daily Nation outlined how girls had failed to reach any of the top positions in the Kenyan Certificate School Examinations (KCSEs) this year.

With such high levels of rape and violence coupled with a brutal disparity in education levels for women, outlawing abortion would seem to be an ineffective way of dealing with a society-wide problem.

Kenya

14.January.2009 · Posted in African countries

Full Name Republic of Kenya Capital Nairobi Form of Government Semi-Presidential Republic Date of Independence 12 December, 1963 Date of Entry into the UN Total Area 580,367 km2 (47th)224,080 sq mi Total Population (2008 estimate) 37,953,840 (36th) Time Zone EAT (UTC+3) Currency Kenyan Shilling GDP (nominal, 2007 estimate) $27.026 billion GDP Per Capita $779 Human ...

Full Name Republic of Kenya
Capital Nairobi
Form of Government Semi-Presidential Republic
Date of Independence 12 December, 1963
Date of Entry into the UN
Total Area 580,367 km2 (47th)
224,080 sq mi
Total Population (2008 estimate) 37,953,840 (36th)
Time Zone EAT (UTC+3)
Currency Kenyan Shilling
GDP (nominal, 2007 estimate) $27.026 billion
GDP Per Capita $779
Human Development Index .521
Languages Swahili, English
Etnic Groups
Religions 78% Christianity, 10% Islam,
10% Indigenous
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OBAMA WIN SENDS KENYA WILD

05.June.2008 · Posted in news

The win in the primaries by the US democratic presidential candidate Barrack Obama has sent Kenya - his roots - in celebrity mood. ...

The win in the primaries by the US democratic presidential candidate Barrack Obama has sent Kenya – his roots – in celebrity mood.obama

Immediately the results were announced, Kenya, especially Nyanza province where Obama’s father was born and brought up, went into frenzy.

Obama’s grandmother, Sarah Obama, was so elated by the election results. She had no words to express herself as her neighbours from the rural village  – K’ogalo in Siaya district (about 500km from Nairobi) where she lives kept on trooping into her compound with congratulatory messages.

Since the announcement, Kenyans have gone on a drinking spree to celebrate Obama’s win. They are slaughtering cows, goats and eating a lot of fish, a delicacy of the Luo community where Obama originates from. The Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga also comes from the Luo community. The Luo community regard Obama’s win as a blessing to Raila who is poised to contest the presidential race in Kenya in 2012. He lost the seat during last year’s disputed presidential election in Kenya leading to a coalition government where he was appointed the PM.

“We can now live like Americans and benefit from America after Obama wins the presidency”, one enthusiast was heard shouting in the streets of Nairobi with the anticipation that Obama will subsequently clinch the coveted US presidency in the coming elections.

Many Kenyans believe that Obama’s win is a Kenyan win as he traces his roots to the country. His grandmother said she received the news of Obama’s win from a relative in South Africa and says “Obama’s win is a Kenyans win”.