How Tanzania’s Udzungwa Mountains influenced recreation of butterfly forest by an Italian museum

How Tanzania’s Udzungwa Mountains influenced recreation of butterfly forest by an Italian museum

With at least 2,500 plant species, more than 120 mammals, and thousands of invertebrate species, Udzungwa Mountains is rich in biological diversity. It’s part of the Eastern Arc Mountains of Kenya and Tanzania that are a proposed UNESCO Heritage site. It has more than 40 endemic species of butterflies.
MUSE’s work here is vital because of this variety, said Sevgan Subramanian, principal scientist and head of environmental health at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi.

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US designates Kenya as major non-Nato ally as it deepens relations with East African nation

US designates Kenya as major non-Nato ally as it deepens relations with East African nation

Kenya, like the United States, has become “an engine for innovation”, the official said, citing its $1 billion “Silicon Savannah” technology hub that is home to more than 200 startups spanning a range of sectors, including clean energy, microelectronics, financial technology, and e-commerce.

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Ruto honoured with state visit for agreeing to deploy police to crime-ravaged, gang-infested Haiti

Ruto honoured with state visit for agreeing to deploy police to crime-ravaged, gang-infested Haiti

The United States for years has partnered with Kenya on counterterrorism efforts in Africa, including battling the extremist group al-Shabab. Kenya has participated in the Ukraine Defence Contact Group and an international maritime taskforce launched by the Biden administration in December in response to Houthi attacks against vessels operating in the Red Sea.

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Kenya’s largest bank, KCB, announces first quarter pretax profit up 53 per cent

Kenya’s largest bank, KCB, announces first quarter pretax profit up 53 per cent

Net interest income rose to 31.06 billion shillings from 22.06 billion shillings. Gross loans increased 12.2 per cent to 1.13 trillion shillings, while loan-loss provisions stood at 6.3 billion shillings, up from 4.12 billion shillings.

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White House outlines Ruto state visit: Regional security, debt relief and peacekeeping top agenda

White House outlines Ruto state visit: Regional security, debt relief and peacekeeping top agenda

It is no secret that democracy is on the backfoot in a lot of places globally. If you talk to democracy scholars, democracy is on something like its 20th year of global decline. So, Africa is not alone in this regard. The Biden administration is focused on lifting up and partnering with democracies to help them deliver.

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How successive regimes in Kenya ruthlessly effected scorched earth policy to pauperise Luhyia and Luo, then profile them as lazy

How successive regimes in Kenya ruthlessly effected scorched earth policy to pauperise Luhyia and Luo, then profile them as lazy

Our children now sit their Form Four (secondary school) exams and thereafter head to Kibra and Kawangware to look for menial jobs. They are ridiculed as pagazi (slaves). We are so poor that when the NCPB (National Cereals and Produce Board) Kisumu edition of the scandal was exposed last month, all the players in the team were Kip-This, Kip-That and Kip-Steal! The granary is bang in the middle of our land, but the products kept in it, plus the keepers and the thieves, come from elsewhere. How about that! Our own sons and daughters qualify for pagazi roles, their skills level notwithstanding.

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Minimum wage rebuff: Labour Day May 1 in Uganda will forever be grim reminder of pay injustices, worker exploitation

Minimum wage rebuff: Labour Day May 1 in Uganda will forever be grim reminder of pay injustices, worker exploitation

Unfortunately, Labor Day is often used as a day to defend workers’ rights. However, in Uganda, for the past 38 or so years, it has been a day that the ruling party, National Resistance Movement (NRM) uses to make political speeches to highlight what it has achieved and what it will achieve, if it continues in power. NRM also uses the day to give medals to some people who have helped the regime to hold onto power since 1986.

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Eulogising Ugandan patriot, Prof Rubaihayo, who raised alarm over Rwandan Tutsi infiltration of state and was jailed for it

Eulogising Ugandan patriot, Prof Rubaihayo, who raised alarm over Rwandan Tutsi infiltration of state and was jailed for it

My association with Professor Patrick Rubaihayo grew from weak to strong to excellent. I would always check on him at his office in the Faculty of Agriculture and forestry and he would check on me at the Faculty of Science. He taught me a lot about Uganda politics, since I had been out of the country for about two decades. He also convinced me to accept that the best politicians are scientists. At that time, he did not know like I did that science is one with three dimensions – natural, social and arts (or humanities).

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Review: African migration mindset at present gives a fillip to human trafficking, slave trade and rights abuse

Review: African migration mindset at present gives a fillip to human trafficking, slave trade and rights abuse

The Migration Policy Framework for Africa and Plan of Action (2018 – 2030) is so comprehensive and inclusive that it captures a range of issues, including: brain drain, remittances, migrant smuggling, human trafficking, forced displacement, return and readmission, refugees and asylum seekers, reintegration, internal displacement and internal migration (migration within countries, for example, from rural to urban areas, from one region to another).

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Kenyan long distance runner Rodgers Kwemoi banned six years for blood doping

Kenyan long distance runner Rodgers Kwemoi banned six years for blood doping

Kwemoi, whose signature event is the 10,000 metres, took bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and finished fourth at the 2019 world championships.

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