Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta rejects gay agenda in global population conference

NAIROBI, Nov 11 (NNN-AFRICANEWS) — Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta rejected any gay agenda to be tabled in a global population conference to be held in Nairobi starting tomorrow.

Kenya will host the Nov 12-14 population conference “but will not accept practices that are at conflict with our cultures,” President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

Kenyatta reiterated Kenya’s stand to protect cultural norms by not allowing any practices that will be seen devaluing traditions of various local communities.

WHO calls for inclusive platforms to global health targets

NAIROBI, Nov.10 (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for an inclusive platform of social participation in order to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) health targets.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of WHO told a health forum in Nairobi via a video conference call that for the international community to achieve universal health coverage, it must prioritize the needs of those left furthest behind, including women, children and adolescents.

Kenya agrees to share disputed Migingo Island with Uganda

NAIROBI, Nov 7 (NNN-ALLAFRICA) — Kenya has agreed to share the disputed Migingo island with Uganda. This comes even as the government maintains that the land is in Kenya.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma said they had signed an MoU with Ugandan authorities to enable fishermen and other Lake Victoria users to access either side of the boundary.

Kenya to open $1bn Chinese-built railway line

NAIROBI, Oct 16 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The second phase of Kenya’s new railway line, running from the capital Nairobi to Naivasha town, will be opened Wednesday for passenger services only.

Cargo services will have to wait for the construction of a dry port, which could take longer than planned after the local Maasai community moved to court to oppose its construction.

The 120km stretch has been built by the China Communications and Construction Company at a cost of 150 billion Kenyan shillings.

Roadside Blast Kills 11 Security Officers In Kenya

GARISSA, Kenya, Oct 13 (NNN-KBC) – A roadside blast killed at least 10 paramilitary police officers in Garissa, along Kenya-Somalia border, a security official said.

A senior police officer said, the security officers from Harehare General Service Unit (GSU) Camp, lost their lives when their vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device (IED), suspected to have been planted by al-Shabab militants.

“The vehicle was extensively damaged,” said the police officer, who did not want to be identified.

Kenya classroom collapse kills seven children, injures 64

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Seven children were killed and 64 injured when a classroom collapsed as students were starting their morning lessons at a school in Kenya’s capital Nairobi on Monday, officials said.

Television stations showed images of rescue workers sifting through metal sheeting and slabs of concrete at the Precious Talent school, and carrying white body bags to an ambulance.

Kenya’s crude oil to hit international market next week

NAIROBI, Aug 21 (NNN-KBC) — Kenya’s maiden crude oil will hit the international market next week destined for China.

The crude oil will be shipped by Chinese state owned firm ChemChina which won the tender to buy the maiden Kenyan oil early this month.

Petroleum Principal Secretary Andrew Kamau has said the sale gives momentum to the nascent oil exploration industry in Kenya.

Kamau further says the construction of 810 kilometers pipeline between Lokichar and Lamu is expected to commence next year and take three years to complete.

Experts say U.S. flip-flopping on trade policy

NAIROBI, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Many scholars and business leaders consider the U.S. flip-flopping on its trade policy towards China an act of bullying after Washington decided to impose an additional 10 percent tariffs on 300 billion U.S. dollars worth of Chinese imports, contradicting the consensus reached by the two heads of state in Osaka.

Eric Mangunyi, a researcher at the Walter Sisulu University in South Africa, said it is obvious that the United States is trying to press China to make significant concessions on trade talks while refusing to budge itself.

Al-Shabab suspects steal gun, food at Kenyan village

MANDERA, Kenya, May 5 (Xinhua): Al-Shabab militants on Saturday night attacked a Kenyan village in the border town of Mandera and escaped with food and a gun, a police officer confirmed on Sunday.

The officer said the attack in Hareri Hosle, a village in Mandera Arabia road at the border of Kenya-Somalia started at around midnight when about 30 al-Shabab believed to have crossed from Somalia, roamed the village.

China taking lead in promoting use of clean vehicle technologies: UN

NAIROBI, March 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese companies and government have taken the lead in promoting the use of cleaner vehicle technologies around the world through partnerships with national and city authorities, a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) official said.

Jane Akumu, program officer in charge of Air Quality and Mobility Unit at the Economic Division of UNEP, said through its work with Chinese authorities, progress is being made locally and regionally to introduce cleaner city transport technologies in Africa.

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