Kenya is ready to reap the benefits of excise stamps

Kenya is ready to reap the benefits of excise stamps

The new round of the Excise Goods Management System (EGMS) in Kenya has finally gone live. Since November 13, all bottled water, juices, energy drinks, soda and other non-alcoholic beverages either manufactured in, or imported to, Kenya must be affixed with excise stamps approved by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)….

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Kenya landslide toll at 37 as rains continue over East Africa

Kenya landslide toll at 37 as rains continue over East Africa

The death toll has risen to 37 in Kenya, where authorities continue to deal with heavy rains and landslides in West Pokot, a county along the border with Uganda. Saturday’s massive downpours complicated the rescue efforts, isolating communities because of closed roads and leaving “already remote areas virtually unreachable,” according…

Omar, Harris comment on Kenyan image used by U.S. campaign

Omar, Harris comment on Kenyan image used by U.S. campaign

The controversy over stock-art images from Kenya used by United States presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg wasn’t going away on Monday, as U.S. lawmakers and rival presidential campaigns pointed to the damage done by an already-weakened Buttigieg campaign on race and diversity issues. Buttigieg, an Indiana Democrat surging in polls ahead…

Kenyatta talks investment in Saudi Arabia

President Uhuru Kenyatta, speaking at the Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, said it was time for Middle Eastern nations to renew the historic investment interest in African economies, one that dated back to the ancient days of maritime trade depending on dhows and monsoon winds. “Here we…

African heads front and center for ‘Davos in the Desert’

Four African presidents will lead the discussion Wednesday on “what’s next for Africa” as global government and corporate leaders in Riyadh meet this week at Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative, often known as “Davos in the Desert.” The four – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou and…

Lupita Nyong’o tapped for wildlife advocacy award

Lupita Nyong’o has met with plenty of accolades, and now the Kenyan-Mexican actor is receiving a new one for her commitment to wildlife protection. Nyong’o was named this year’s Wildlife Champion on Monday by WildAid, a global conservation organization with a mission to end the illegal wildlife trade and a…

Sakharov Prize awarded to Uyghur activist

This year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded for exceptional achievements in human rights, goes to Ilham Tohti, an economist and widely recognized Uyghur defender who was sentenced to life in Chinese prison in 2014. Tohti was selected by the European Union from a short list of finalists that…

Kenyan anti-FGM teens on short list for EU Sakharov Prize

Five students from Kenya have been named as short-list finalists for the European Union’s prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded for exceptional achievements in human rights. The five – Stacy Owino, Cynthia Otieno, Purity Achieng, Mascrine Atieno and Ivy Akinyi – developed an app to help young women…

Kenyatta makes his pitch for U.S. business investment

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta met with business leaders in the United States this week in a bid to attract more investment, particularly in manufacturing as his nation seeks to nearly double the sector’s share of GDP by 2022. Kenyatta spoke at a private forum hosted by the U.S. Chamber of…

Kenya begins malaria vaccine program

Kenya has joined the nations of Ghana and Malawi in administering a new malaria vaccine, with parts of the country participating in a pilot program offered in partnership with the World Health Organization. The vaccine known as RTS,S has taken 30 years to develop and so far is the only…

Scientists announce IVF success for nearly extinct rhino

Scientists racing to save the northern white rhino say they’ve successfully created two embryos in the lab by using eggs from the last two remaining females and frozen sperm from deceased males. “The embryos are now stored in liquid nitrogen to be transferred into a surrogate mother in the near…