Tag: kenya

Kenyan health officials lose millions earmarked for maternity care

Kenyan health officials lose millions earmarked for maternity care

| November 1, 2016

(GIN)—Dizzying amounts of taxpayers’ money have gone missing from Kenya’s Ministry of Health including 800 million shillings (close to $8 million U.S.) designated for free maternity care for poor mothers to be. The scandal has stunned even the most jaded media pundits who have seen the theft of public monies throughout their careers. “This is […]

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Opposition rebuffs ANC plans to withdraw from global court

Opposition rebuffs ANC plans to withdraw from global court

| October 25, 2016

(GIN)—South Africa has taken the first steps toward withdrawing the country’s membership in the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) but it faces a tough fight from the Democratic Alliance (DA), the country’s major opposition party. Parliamentarian James Selfe, a leading member of the DA’s legal affairs group, slammed the move which he said occurred before […]

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Kenya lifts death penalty for more than 2,000 inmates

Kenya lifts death penalty for more than 2,000 inmates

| October 25, 2016

(GIN)—While American leaders bicker over the fate of the death penalty, with 17 inmates going to their deaths so far this year, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed commutation documents commuting all death sentences into life imprisonment. The documents, signed this week at State House, Nairobi, affect some 2,747 death row inmates—2,655 men and 92 […]

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Longet lives for Kenyans, medical journal finds

Longet lives for Kenyans, medical journal finds

| October 11, 2016

(GIN)—Life expectancy showed a slight uptick for Kenyans, according to a study prepared for the U.N. and its benchmark sustainable development goals (SDGs). Better health raised the life expectancy of a child born last year in Kenya to 65—slightly more than their parents born in 1990 whose expectancy was 62 years, the study by medical […]

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Worst earthquake to hit Tanzania leaves hundreds injured, 16 dead

Worst earthquake to hit Tanzania leaves hundreds injured, 16 dead

| September 13, 2016

(GIN)—A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck northwest Tanzania over the weekend and was felt throughout the Great Lakes region, local authorities said on Sunday. Tanzanian premier Kassim Majaliwa headed to the worst-hit city, Bukoba, to attend a ceremony at its stadium. “This tragic event is unprecedented. We’ve never known this in our country,” he told mourners. “The […]

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Kenyan gender activists in uproar over star’s attack on dancer

Kenyan gender activists in uproar over star’s attack on dancer

| July 27, 2016

(GIN)—A well-known soukous star from the Congo got a quick lesson in the evolving status of Kenyan women when he was detained and summarily deported, his performance scuttled, after he was caught striking a woman with his foot on a bystander’s cell phone camera. In the grainy video image posted online, Koffi Olomide, age 60, […]

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Anatomy of the word ‘shellacking’

Anatomy of the word ‘shellacking’

| July 20, 2016

Gerald W. Deas, M.D.MPH At Downstate Medical Center, where I have taught for many years, one of the courses that first-year medical students have to take is an anatomy class. There they are shown how to vut open and dissect the remains of people who have donated their bodies to science so that students can […]

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Riot police using ‘excessive force’ to break up opposition protests

Riot police using ‘excessive force’ to break up opposition protests

(GIN)—Demonstrators in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kakamega and Kisumu in western Kenya seeking a new slate of election commissioners were met with an excessive use of violent force by uniformed officers that stunned many Kenyans over its brutality. Smaller groups of protesters were tear-gassed earlier on Monday, according to a report in the Voice of America. Authorities […]

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Press freedom still a distant right in Africa

Press freedom still a distant right in Africa

(GIN)—At a U.N. sponsored conference in Helsinki last week, Unesco’s director general, Irina Bokova, described World Press Freedom Day as “one of the most inspiring moments on the global calendar…  a moment to shine light on the right to access and share information, and a moment to stand with all journalists to defend their safety.” […]

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Liberia outsourcing public education to U.S. firm

Liberia outsourcing public education to U.S. firm

| April 5, 2016

(GIN)—In what might be a first in Africa, Liberia will put its entire pre-primary and primary education system in the hands of a U.S. start-up that would bring a charter school model to struggling schools on the continent. Bridge International Academies already has a presence in Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda. Despite a headquarters in Nairobi, […]

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