August 1, 2015

VIDEO: Catch behind the scenes summary of Obama’s trip to Kenya dubbed “Jambo Kenya”


Welcome to West Wing Week Dispatches, your guide to the President’s historic trip to East Africa. This week, the President became the first sitting U.S. President to visit Kenya, the first sitting U.S. President to visit Ethiopia, the first sitting U.S. President to address the African Union, and the first sitting U.S. President to visit with a 3.2 million year old Australopithecus. Along the way, the President met with the young people shaping Africa’s bright future, and sat down with the men and women leading these nations today. That’s July 24th to July 29th or “Jambo Kenya.”

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Kenya Airways 25.7 billion loss has wiped out shareholders’ wealth


National carrier Kenya Airways’ record-setting Sh25.7 billion loss has wiped out shareholder wealth, taking it to a Sh5.9 billion negative capital position and adding momentum to the long-running erosion of its share price at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE). At Sh25.7 billion, the airline’s loss for the year ended March 2015 was nearly eight times the Sh3.4 billion net loss it reported a year earlier, reflecting the impact that the debt-fuelled aircraft acquisition spree has had on the company. KQ, as the airline is popularly known, has been executing a debt-financed fleet modernisation programme that has pushed its total liabilities…

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Death Announcement: Mrs Sarah Njambi Kimani Hiatt of North Carolina, mother to JCC’s Pastor Pat Njoroge


It is with very heavy hearts that we inform you of the sudden passing away of Sarah Njambi Kimani Hiatt, (also known as Agnes Wahu in Kenya), 66, beloved newlywed bride of Arthur Howard Hiatt of New Charleston, North Carolina since April 11th 2015. She was the loving mother to Pastor Pat K. Njoroge of Judah Ministries and JCC Kenya, Zippy Wairimu, Holland, Hosea Ngige Njoroge, Kenya, Catherine Njeri (Mdogo), Kenya and the Late Eva Wanjiku. Sarah was in the process of moving from Maryland (where she had lived for years) to North Carolina. She was still enjoying her honeymoon…

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As the world mourned Cecil the lion, five of Kenya’s endangered elephants were slain


NAIROBI — While the world mourned Cecil, the 13-year-old lion that was allegedly shot by an American hunter in Zimbabwe, an even more devastating poaching incident was quietly carried out in Kenya. Poachers killed five elephants in Tsavo West National Park on Monday night. The carcasses were recovered by rangers on Tuesday morning — what appeared to be an adult female and her four offspring, their tusks hacked off. While the killing of the lion in Zimbabwe has attracted the world’s attention, the death of the five elephants has received almost no coverage, even though elephants are under a far…

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Kenya bans mock exams in bid to curb exam-phobia


The Education ministry has banned mock examinations in schools in a bid to contain the increasing cases of unrest that have been attributed to exam-phobia. Education Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said schools will only be allowed to conduct internal examinations saying that mocks were exerting unnecessary pressure on students. “We have to do away with the many mock exams in schools from sub-county to county mock examinations that are exerting unnecessary pressure on learners,” said Prof Kaimenyi. He made the remarks at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in Nairobi, during a stakeholders forum on schools unrest that was convened…

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Beth Mugo’s cancer testimony that moved First Ladies to tears

Beth Mugo

She has shared her experience many times, but last week former Health minister Beth Mugo moved African first ladies to tears when she – for the first time – revealed how she desperately struggled to hide from the media the shocking news of her cancer diagnosis. Mugo, currently a nominated senator, also hid from public for months as she painfully absorbed the impact of the 2011 diagnosis. “When you’re first diagnosed with cancer, you feel this is it…..I am going to die. I had told my doctor to keep my file under lock and key and especially the press must…

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Auditor General to look into Kenya govt’s spending on Barack Obama visit


Auditor-General Edward Ouko has said government spending in preparations for and during US President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya will be audited. While answering questions from journalists in Mombasa, Mr Ouko said “time will come when we will have to look at that. It was a substantial government expenditure and we will of course look at it when time comes”. The Nairobi County government is said to have spent Sh40 million to beautify the city ahead of the US president’s visit. It is not clear how much the national government spent on the visit. Speaking on the sidelines of the…

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“This is bullsh*t,” Chris Kirubi blasts Kenya Airways as Kenyans react over Sh 29.7 billion loss


“This is bullshit”, KQ shareholder Chris Kirubi said during a Thursday investor briefing on a financial report that revealed a Sh29.7 billion pre-tax loss. His reaction came after Kenya Airways CEO Mbuvi Ngunze revealed the largest loss by any firm listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. At the charged meeting, Kirubi recommended drastic measures to turn the airline’s fortunes around. “Kenya Airways should be taken off the market, leave it for private investors… We need to buy out KLM, get them out and try to have an East Africa common market strategy,” he said. Kirubi, who said he will keep his…

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Kenya Airways in record Sh29.7 billion loss, acquires Sh20 billion loan to stay afloat


National carrier Kenya Airways has recorded a pre-tax loss of Sh29.7 billion for the 2014-2015 financial year against Sh4.8 billion during the 2013-2014 financial year. While reporting the findings Thursday morning, KQ’s CEO Mbuvi Ngunze attributed the loss to increased overhead costs which he said stand at Sh25 billion. Ngunze added that the fuel costs have also contributed to the loss. “We have had turbulent times and this loss is obviously significant. It is, however, important to know that we have made a significant investments at a time when the industry generally was going through hard times,” Ngunze said. Ngunze…

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[VIDEO] Kenyan family in Seattle struggles to save their daughter from severe disease


SEATTLE — A Seattle family’s journey to save their young daughter who suffers from a severe form of sickle cell anemia has taken many heartbreaking turns. Joey Onchiri was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia when she was just an infant. It’s a blood disorder that can lead to lung infection, organ failure, blindness and even death. Joey and her family moved from Kenya to Seattle when she was just a baby so her father, Frankline, could get his Ph.D. at the University of Washington. The now 7-year-old gets blood transfusions monthly at Seattle Children’s Hospital to minimize complications from the…

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