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Kenya: Latest News
Tom Jackson, 3:54 am AFKI Original
In a surprising but not unfathomable announcement this week, Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) confirmed that the IT infrastructure deployed during the country’s recently nullified presidential election will again be utilised in the approaching re-run on October 26. It has gambled twice on tech at elections, and lost. To gamble a third time, and with the same flawed system, could unleash forces outside of its control.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:49 am
Malaysian bitcoin technology provider Belfrics Global is launching a bitcoin exchange in Kenya, allowing users and traders of the cryptocurrency to transact through additional services. The Kenyan arm of Belfrics will offer a number of digital services revolving around the Blockchain, as well as a payment gateway for merchants to accept bitcoin as payment for products and services. They will then expand to Nigeria, Ghana and Botswana.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:27 am
Five Kenyan girls have been invited to take part in the 2017 Google Technovation after they impressed with their mobile app, which aims to put a stop to female genital mutilation in the East African country. The girls, aged between 15 and 17 years old, are the only Africans selected to be part of this year’s event at Google’s headquarters in California, where their app will be in contention to win a $15,000 prize.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:23 am
Kenya is the first country in the world to issue a mobile phone-based bond that does not require the availability of a bank account. The Kenyan government began selling a three-year infrastructure bond, known as M-Akiba, on March 23, issuing an initial $1.44 million worth that was sold out in a matter of days. The success of the bond issue via mobile has led to another $9.64 million being made available following the first part of the bond being fulfilled.
Staff, 1:00 am
The world has entered into a Fourth Industrial Revolution, and this time Africa is poised to take maximum advantage of it. Venture capitalists are investing large sums in Africa-based tech startups — $1 billion in 2016 — with the number of startups reaching 3,500. The revolution is led by entrepreneurs whose pioneering innovations seem destined to turn Africa into a global powerhouse and partner, changing its relationship with the rest of the world.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:41 am AFKI Original
Mary Keitany of Kenyan stormed to her third consecutive New York City Marathon victory on Sunday, pulling off a stunning victory in a time of 2:24:26. After moving away from the leading pack before the halfway point of the race, Keitany kept an excellent pace to win the event that she has become very familiar with after wins in 2014 and 2015.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:38 am AFKI Original
A selection of South African and Kenyan athletes have been included in the list of nominees for the 2016 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athlete of the Year awards. A list of 10 men and 10 women was revealed by the world athletics body this week, including the likes of sprint king Usain Bolt and Britain’s Mo Farah.
Keren Mikva, 2:26 pm AFKI Original
Kenya’s economy benefited in recent months from low oil prices and a stable exchange rate, but tourism — a key sector of the economy — historically decreases in election years. Protests and a legacy of electoral strife like deadly violence after the 2007 election scares away tourists. The current conflict is forcing businesses to close on a weekly basis. In Nairobi, many businesses close each week on what is now known as “Teargas Monday,” costing an estimated $5 million in lost profits each day.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:19 am AFKI Original
The Kenyan rugby team went all the way to the final at the Singapore Sevens event, allowing them to win their first ever World Series event with a stunning victory over Fiji in the title match. A surprise 30-7 win in favour of the East Africans earned them the respect of the rugby world, and their maiden competition win on the tour which spans the globe.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:07 pm
In an Olympic year, Ethiopian athletics is being threatened with a ban from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) if they do not get their house in order and begin proper doping testing on their athletes. The IAAF expects Ethiopia to do mass testing on almost 200 athletes by November.
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