Kenya’s cabinet approves sale of its shares in six listed companies

Kenya’s cabinet approves sale of its shares in six listed companies

The move complements government plans to offload shares in other state-owned companies. In November, Ruto said the government planned to privatise 35 state companies after enacting a law in October to guide the process.

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Cooking and coughing: Respiratory diseases surge in Kenya as 20 million people burn wood to save money

Cooking and coughing: Respiratory diseases surge in Kenya as 20 million people burn wood to save money

Respiratory diseases have been the most prevalent diseases in Kenya for the past several years and are on the rise, according to government authorities, with 19.6 million reported cases last year. Burning biomass such as firewood is the largest contributor to those diseases, said Evans Amukoye, a scientist with the Kenya Medical Research Institute’s respiratory diseases research centre.

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New study in Kenya’s Samburu national park finds African elephants call each unique names

New study in Kenya’s Samburu national park finds African elephants call each unique names

Researchers tested their results by playing recordings to individual elephants, who responded more energetically, ears flapping and trunk lifted, to recordings that contained their names. Sometimes elephants entirely ignored vocalizations addressed to others.

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Central Bank of Kenya to use part of World Bank loan to make $500 million bond payment

Central Bank of Kenya to use part of World Bank loan to make $500 million bond payment

Kenya’s economy is estimated to have grown 5.8 per cent in the first quarter of this year after 2023 growth of 5.6 per cent.

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Central Bank of Kenya retains base lending rate at 13 per cent on strength of stable inflation

Central Bank of Kenya retains base lending rate at 13 per cent on strength of stable inflation

The Kenyan shilling has stabilised against the dollar after the government successfully raised $1.5 billion from international markets in February to partially buy back another bond that is maturing in June.

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Divine quest: Kenya’s President Ruto, wife Rachel turn to evangelical pastors to intercede in Haiti mission

Divine quest: Kenya’s President Ruto, wife Rachel turn to evangelical pastors to intercede in Haiti mission

Not everyone is convinced by the Kenyan pastors’ strategy. Evangelicals themselves have a complex history in Haiti, where they have poured resources into humanitarian projects but also faced criticism for ethical scandals, including alleged child trafficking by some missionaries after a devastating 2010 earthquake, and for preaching intolerance of local spiritual practices.

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Mass murder: Vaccinated coronavirus patients died at twice the rate of the unvaccinated – study

Mass murder: Vaccinated coronavirus patients died at twice the rate of the unvaccinated – study

A review article published in the journal Vaccine in January discussed the potential role of IgG4 antibodies in the non-specific effects (NSEs) of vaccines. The authors noted that people who received two or more Covid-19 mRNA vaccines were reported to have unusually elevated concentrations of IgG4 antibodies.

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Kenya, backed by EU, agrees to help Seychelles prosecute piracy suspects in Indian Ocean

Kenya, backed by EU, agrees to help Seychelles prosecute piracy suspects in Indian Ocean

On May 14, six suspected pirates were handed over to the Seychelles authorities for trial by Operation Atalanta, after being involved in an attack on the Marshall Islands-flagged Merchant Vessel Chrystal Arctic on 10 May.

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World Bank approves $1.2 billion budget support for Kenya to help create competitive labour market

World Bank approves $1.2 billion budget support for Kenya to help create competitive labour market

The funding had been agreed amid an improved macroeconomic environment following government efforts to address liquidity pressures

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Government crime statistics for 2023 show gun violence rose by 20 per cent in Kenya

Government crime statistics for 2023 show gun violence rose by 20 per cent in Kenya

The latest figures from the Small Arms Survey, which tracks global weapons trends, suggest there are some 750,000 firearms in civilian hands in Kenya. That is more than the army and police combined.

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