Samson and Delilah: Judge lays out how plot to assassinate Haitian President Moise was masterminded by his widow

Samson and Delilah: Judge lays out how plot to assassinate Haitian President Moise was masterminded by his widow

Moise was shot dead when armed men broke into his Port-au-Prince bedroom on the night of July 7, 2021, a raid that left the former first lady injured. The judge’s order calls for the arrest and trial of those charged.

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Despite spirited push to incentivise local sugarcane growing, farmers in western Kenya are ditching the ‘lazy man’s’ crop for coffee

Despite spirited push to incentivise local sugarcane growing, farmers in western Kenya are ditching the ‘lazy man’s’ crop for coffee

Despite the government in the past two years trying to assuage sugarcane farmers by paying them for raw material deliveries that been pending for years, continued interest and investment in “lazy man’s crop” – as sugar cane is derided by agricultural experts and economists – has waned significantly in the sugar-belt.

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White House announces US President Biden will host Kenya’s President Ruto in May

White House announces US President Biden will host Kenya’s President Ruto in May

Word of Ruto’s visit comes after Haiti announced this week that it is working on an official agreement with Kenyan officials to secure the long-awaited deployment of Kenyan police forces there. High-ranking officials from both countries recently met in the US for three days to draft a memorandum of understanding and set a deadline for the arrival of forces in Haiti from the east African country.

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How $170,000 factory converted banana, potato farming from subsistence into commercial enterprise in western Kenya

How $170,000 factory converted banana, potato farming from subsistence into commercial enterprise in western Kenya

Now, as Kenya looks to be food secure, harvesting and drying up perishables such as bananas and potatoes (Irish and sweet) is expected to give such foods a longer shelf life, besides diversification.

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Kenya targets lower budget deficit in next fiscal year after decade of debt-fuelled infrastructure spending

Kenya targets lower budget deficit in next fiscal year after decade of debt-fuelled infrastructure spending

To cover the deficit, the government will raise 326.1 billion shillings in net external financing, and another 377.7 billion shillings in net domestic borrowing. Overall spending will rise to 4.19 trillion shillings ($28.90 billion) from an estimated 3.90 trillion shillings in this fiscal year, the ministry said.

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Plan by Kenya to buy back $1.4 billion of international bond eases investor jitters it might default

Plan by Kenya to buy back $1.4 billion of international bond eases investor jitters it might default

The pressure on the Kenyan government’s finances has forced it to try to squeeze every shilling it can from taxpayers, angering voters who had supported the current government on the premise it would lower the cost of living.

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Central Bank of Kenya buys dollars to slow down strengthening of the shilling against hard currencies

Central Bank of Kenya buys dollars to slow down strengthening of the shilling against hard currencies

The government also sold a 70 billion shilling infrastructure bond, receiving over 288 billion shillings of bids, a 412 per cent subscription rate, with strong offshore investor participation. The Kenyan shilling extended gains on Wednesday, hitting its strongest in more than three months as confidence the government would pay off a Eurobond maturing in June buoyed investor appetite.

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Rhinos are returned to a plateau in central Kenya, decades after poachers wiped them out

Rhinos are returned to a plateau in central Kenya, decades after poachers wiped them out

The successful move of 21 eastern black rhinos to a new home will give them space to breed and could help increase the population of the critically endangered animals. It was Kenya’s biggest rhino relocation ever.

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Long orphaned, sorghum farming makes grand return to western Kenya as indigenous crops reclaim niche

Long orphaned, sorghum farming makes grand return to western Kenya as indigenous crops reclaim niche

Sorghum is Africa’s second most important cereal because it is the primary source of daily calories for approximately 300 million people. However, the crop had vanished from Kenyan farms as a result of large-scale maize farming in areas that traditionally grew sorghum and its ‘sister’ crop, millet.

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Commecial fish farming becomes key investment area as blue economy takes root in rural Kenya

Commecial fish farming becomes key investment area as blue economy takes root in rural Kenya

County industrialisation and trade executive Kassim Were says successful implementation of the programme that targets 7,000 fish ponds that will supply five tonnes of fish per day will further diversify the local economy that hitherto depends on sugarcane, maize and dairy farming. However, continued subdivision of agricultural land into smallholdings has rendered available land for farming uneconomical for commercial production of the two crops and livestock keeping, hence the steep decline in output.

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