Pakistan starts fencing Afghanistan border in 'high-threat zones'

Pakistan has blamed Pakistani Taliban militants it says are based on Afghan soil for a spate of attacks at home in recent months, urging Kabul to eradicate "sanctuaries" for militants. Citing the attacks, Islamabad earlier this month temporarily shut the main crossing points along the colonial-era Durand Line border, drawn up in 1893 and rejected by Afghanistan. Afghanistan has accused Pakistan of turning a blind eye to Afghan Taliban commanders on its soil and even of supporting the militant group, something Islamabad denies. Pakistan has long harboured ambitions to seal its border, which is largely unpatrolled and mountainous for large chunks. In recent weeks at least two US drone strikes have targeted Pakistani militants on the Afghan side of the frontier.

March 27, 2017 06:45 UTC

Insurers in life segment triple profit to Sh5.9b

All in all, total premiums registered a growth of 12.3 per cent largely driven by the growth in the life sector. “This was an accelerated growth compared to 9.9 per cent growth witnessed in 2015. In terms of premiums, the life sector grew by 19.3 per cent compared to an 8.5 per cent growth in the non-life segment,” the report notes. Old Mutual was the biggest loser in the life segment registering a Sh1.3 billion loss after tax. A rise in claims in the general insurance segment resulted to the losses witnessed by the industry in the period under review.

March 27, 2017 06:33 UTC

Visa unveils its first innovation boot camp in Africa

| Updated Mon, March 27th 2017 at 09:24 GMT +3Visa has partnered with Nest Africa to start a boot camp that will power collaboration opportunities between early stage technology companies, Visa and financial institutions from across Africa. Ten participants were selected from a pool of 122 applicants from 12 countries including Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, Belgium, Switzerland, UK, France and the US, who pitched their fin-tech solutions to an expert panel for a spot at Visa’s first innovation boot camp in Africa. Visa Country Manager for East Africa Sunny Walia said the finalists will get the opportunity to gain knowledge and insights from experts. Nest Africa Managing Partner Aaron Fu said the bootcamp brings together marquee innovators solving critical challenges in the FinTech landscape on structured platform. The companies selected are Okhi, Eat Out, Kwanji, Overview Technologies, Lakt, SokoWatch, Ajala Studios, Data Integrated, Bamba POS, and Lipisha.

March 27, 2017 06:22 UTC

Film board to shut down illegal video outlets

| Updated Mon, March 27th 2017 at 09:15 GMT +3Unlicensed video and film dealers will be shut down after 14 days. Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Chief Executive Officer Ezekiel Mutua warned that dealers who fail to comply with industry laws would be prosecuted and their businesses closed. Addressing stakeholders at a workshop held in Eldoret over the weekend, Mutua said non-compliance with regulations had led to infiltration of obscene and illegal content. "These laws are meant to ensure fair competition and counter the circulation of obscene content to vulnerable groups like children. Through licensing and registration of dealers it is easier to track those flouting the regulations and take appropriate measures," Mutua said.

March 27, 2017 06:11 UTC

Suspected M-Pesa shops robber killed

| Updated Mon, March 27th 2017 at 09:02 GMT +3Nairobi, Kenya: A man described by police as notorious for raiding M-Pesa shops was shot dead in a botched robbery in Kamukunji, Nairobi. According to the police, the suspect, in the company of three accomplices, had tried to rob an M-Pesa shop when an alarm was raised. During the shooting incident, police said a dog was killed by a stray bullet. Nairobi police boss Japheth Koome said the man was wanted for at least six robberies on M-Pesa shops in the area. ALSO READ: It’s our mandate to police Pesalink, says CA boss

March 27, 2017 06:00 UTC

When your man’s grooming goes overboard, beats you in your own game

Women can co-exist quite happily with bushy eyebrows- Makeup- the only time a man should lather their face with make up is if they are appearing in photos that will make them money or win them votes. It is a bit disturbing for any man to powder and gloss their face on daily basis – that is unless they play for the other team. Carrying over boyhood habits of evading showers into manhood will not work in this day and age. - Grooming spend- a man must never spend more time and money on grooming than the women in their lives. If you are spending more than the ladies in your wife in skin care products, beauty regimens, then there could be something fundamentally wrong with your worldview.

March 27, 2017 05:48 UTC

Indeed our education system had collapsed

The fact that our education system was on the verge collapsing cannot be gainsaid. Uneducated graduateMy friend Betty* works at an insurance industry. I was disappointed, myself having never stepped into any university, I wondered what kind of literature they learn there. "Teacher, I don't know"A couple of years ago, my friend teacher told me that he supervised a national secondary examination in a school within Nairobi's Eastland's. As usual, they handed to the candidates the answer scrips, the bell was rung as is the tradition.

March 27, 2017 05:48 UTC

Kenya runs risk of Olympic ban, thanks to boardroom power games

Wycliffe W. Njororai Simiyu, explains the backgroundWhat ails the Kenya national Olympic committee? The National Olympic Committee of Kenya’s inherent problems are not new. The national outrage that greeted the Rio 2016 scandal led the sports minister to dissolve the national Olympic committee. But a judge quickly overturned the government’s action after the national Olympic committee head Kipchoge Keino took the matter to court. The IOC’s collaboration with the government and the national committee to create a more responsive, transparent and responsible organisation is commendable.

March 27, 2017 05:37 UTC

Rigging in primaries reason for voter apathy

Despite this, the Luo have never voted over 70 per cent in party nominations and general elections. The leading county in Nyanza region voted 68 per cent or so while Kiambu voted almost 90 per cent in 2013. Did any serious politician expect their relatives, and supporters to vote for the ODM presidential candidate wholeheartedly in the general elections? Many of the Luo ODM defectors will ask voters to vote for them as individuals and then vote for the ODM presidential candidate. In addition, poor voter turn-out in Nyanza - where politicians defect from ODM to other parties - may mean the defectors and their supporters never voted for ODM in full

March 27, 2017 05:15 UTC

Why lecturers' strike was resolved faster than doctors'

Ever since public university lecturers called off their 54-day strike, some "unforgettable" lessons must be learned by all Kenyans. The lecturers' demands were well anchored – for the common good and considering the state of the economy. The lecturers seemed to have forwarded a reasonable and well-calculated percentage in their demands, unlike the doctors, who had unconditionally offered to bargain no less than 300 per cent. Teaching resumed and as a result, quality delivery will hopefully be witnessed through motivated teaching staff. They come from ethnic communities across the land of Kenya and the trend is really encouraging to the nation and the university staff who for decades have yearned for reforms of this kind.

March 27, 2017 05:03 UTC

Primaries will help end feud with Sonko, says Kenneth

Nairobi governor hopeful Peter Kenneth has said only the nominations will end the “war” between him and Senator Mike Sonko. He has ruled out any negotiations with the senator, saying he is ready for the primaries. Once we get that, we shall hit the ground running,” Kenneth said. In an interview with the Citizen TV, the Nairobi senator lashed out at the former Gatanga MP, saying their feud is personal. But Kenneth has maintained he was born and brought up in Nairobi and vowed to soldier on till the end.

March 27, 2017 04:30 UTC

Thousands flee as Cyclone Debbie bears down on Australia

Cyclone Debbie is a forecast to strengthen to a Category four storm before it makes landfall in the northeast state early on Tuesday, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said. State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk warned it would be the most powerful storm to hit the country since Cyclone Yasi in 2011, which destroyed homes, shredded crops and devastated island resorts. "This is going to be a nasty cyclone," Palaszczuk told Nine Network television. "We'll just give it a go and rally together," Cungulla resident Mike Kennedy told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Police blamed the wild weather associated with the storm for a traffic accident in which a 31-year-old female tourist died.

March 27, 2017 04:07 UTC

The poor are the real victims of Laikipia violence

A smallholder from Kamwenje village. RapeThe same patterns of violence are unfolding across Laikipia, hitting poor people from diverse communities that have been forgotten in media coverage focusing on the attacks against ranches and conservancies. In April the following year armed Pokot broke into the home of Nancy, a widow in her thirties with five young children. In November 2015 in nearby Kariaine village, seven armed Pokot gang raped a young mother in her home. Rape is a weapon of war the world over and abuses inflicted on the poor smallholders in western Laikipia form a pattern strategic, targeted violence.

March 27, 2017 04:07 UTC

Madagascar through to group phase of 2019 Nations Cup qualifiers

Madagascar won successive Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for the first time since 2007 by defeating Sao Tome e Principe 3-2 on Sunday to reach the group phase of qualifiers for the 2019 tournament. Madagascar last won two qualifiers in a row when they defeated Comoros 6-2 and 4-0 in a combined 2010 World Cup/Cup of Nations eliminator. The Indian Ocean islanders join Senegal, Equatorial Guinea and Sudan in Group A of 2019 qualifying with their first fixture set to take place in Khartoum in June. North African-based Madagascans scored the goals that gave their home fans a rare chance to celebrate an important victory. Ferreria Soares and Adilson Varela scored for Sao Tome e Principe.

March 27, 2017 02:48 UTC

CAF secretary general resigns after Hayatou defeat

The Confederation of African Football's secretary general Hicham El Amrani resigned on Sunday, just over a week after elections swept long-standing president Issa Hayatou from power. The 37-year-old Moroccan had served as secretary general for the last six years. Issa Hayatou was deposed as CAF president 10 days ago at elections in Ethiopia, where six of his allies on the body's executive committee also lost their positions. The 70-year-old Hayatou had served as president for 29 years. New CAF president Ahmad of Madagascar is due to meet staff members in Cairo on Monday.

March 27, 2017 02:37 UTC

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