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Victoria Amunga is a journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Mobile Solar-Powered Science Labs Increase Access for Students in Kenya

15 Feb 2024  |  voaafrica.com
A Kenyan government agency is facilitating access to science education for students from low-income families by producing solar-powered mobile laboratories. These mobile labs offer a more affordable alternative to constructing permanent facilities. The report is by Victoria Amunga, with camera work from Jimmy Makhulo in Nairobi.

Kenyan Journalist Spotlights Women Challenges

20 Jan 2024  |  www.voaafrica.com
A Kenyan journalist, Victoria Amunga, reports on a publication called Woman Kenya Network, which focuses exclusively on issues affecting women. The publication aims to help women tell their stories in a society that often downplays their issues.

Kenyan Lawmakers Want More Details on $5B Railway Loan After Contract Partially Released

30 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Kenyan lawmakers are demanding more transparency regarding a $5 billion loan agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China that financed the Standard Gauge Railway. The partial release of the contract by Transport Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen has raised concerns about the extent of legal authority granted to China and the potential use of public facilities as collateral. Critics argue that the non-disclosure agreement is unlawful and that key details are still missing. Lawmakers and analysts are calling for the full disclosure of the contract to ensure public accountability.

100 People Arrested in Sierra Leone Night Curfew

06 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Clashes between police and protesters in Sierra Leone have resulted in 13 deaths and over 100 arrests during a curfew. The protests, primarily in the northeast region of Makeni, were driven by anger over the rising cost of living. Public and private properties were vandalized, and three police stations were burned. As of Friday, normalcy is reportedly returning, with banks and offices reopening. A 2020 World Bank report highlights that 80% of Sierra Leone's population lives in poverty, predominantly in rural areas.

Kenya’s Longhorn Publishers Helps Students Using Artificial Intelligence

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Longhorn Publishers, based in Kenya, is leveraging its LoHo Learning platform, which utilizes Artificial Intelligence, to provide students of varying financial backgrounds with affordable access to quality educational materials. This initiative allows students to save on the costs typically associated with purchasing textbooks.

Ghanaian Painter Campaigns Against Child Marriage

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Awanle Ayiboro, a painter in Ghana, is leveraging her art to campaign against child marriage, drawing from her own experience of being forced into marriage as a teenager. The campaign aims to dispel misconceptions about the development of girls and young women. The report is by Victoria Amunga from Accra, with camera work by Senanu Tord.

Kenya App Allows Users to Help Track Rare Mammals

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Kenya's wildlife authorities have launched the Mammal Atlas Kenya (Makenya) app to help track and protect rare mammals. The app allows users to log sightings, upload photos, and provide details about mammal behavior and locations. Developed by the National Museums of Kenya and the Mammal Committee of Nature Kenya, the app aims to engage the public in conservation efforts amid challenges posed by climate change and human activities. Since its launch, users have reported over 2,500 sightings. Experts emphasize the app's importance in identifying and managing endangered species, contributing to broader conservation initiatives.

Kenya Provides Shelters for Victims of Human Trafficking

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
The Kenyan government is establishing shelters to support survivors of human trafficking, aiming to aid their reintegration into society, assist in their recovery from trauma, and facilitate the prosecution of traffickers.

Kenya Sets Up Shelters for Human Trafficking Survivors

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
The Kenyan government is establishing shelters to support survivors of human trafficking, aiming to aid their recovery, help them rebuild their lives, and facilitate the prosecution of traffickers. This initiative underscores the government's commitment to addressing human trafficking and providing necessary support to victims.

Kenyan Manufacturer Fights Carbon Emissions

03 Sep 2023  |  voaafrica.com
Burn Manufacturing, a Kenyan company, produces the “Kuniokoa” cooking stove, which translates to

Kenya's Legislature Initiates Bill on Carbon Markets

28 Aug 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Kenya's parliament has proposed legislation to establish a local framework for buying and selling carbon credits, aimed at reducing carbon emissions. The report includes a case study of a Kenyan manufacturer producing cooking stoves that contribute to lower emissions.

Kenyan Radio Station Broadcasting in Street Language Gains Popularity

20 Jul 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
A Nairobi radio station has gained a loyal following by broadcasting in Sheng, a street language that combines elements of English, Swahili, and other languages. The station's unique approach has resonated with listeners in Kenya's capital.

Cholera Crisis Looms at Kenya Dadaab Refugee Camp

06 Jun 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warns that a cholera outbreak at Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp is nearing epidemic levels, exacerbated by poor water and sanitation conditions. The camp, housing over 300,000 refugees primarily from Somalia, has seen its population swell due to prolonged drought, straining resources. Despite cholera vaccinations by Kenya's Ministry of Health, the outbreak persists. MSF emphasizes the urgent need for sanitation improvements to curb the disease. The Kenyan government's past attempts to close the camp, citing security concerns, have been met with resistance from the United Nations.

Kenya: Conservationists Decry Killing of Lions in Kenya That Attacked Livestock

17 May 2023  |  allAfrica.com
Wildlife conservationists in Kenya are alarmed by the recent killing of 10 lions, which they say undermines efforts to protect the species. The lions were killed by herders after attacking livestock near Amboseli National Park. Experts highlight the challenges posed by habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict, noting that a significant portion of wildlife lives outside protected areas. The Kenyan Wildlife Service has increased surveillance to monitor lion movements, though officials believe the actual number of lions killed may be higher.

Conservationists Decry Killing of Lions in Kenya that Attacked Livestock

15 May 2023  |  www.voanews.com
The killing of 10 lions in Kenya over the past week has raised concerns among wildlife conservationists, who argue that these incidents undermine efforts to protect the dwindling lion population. The lions were killed by herders after attacking livestock near Amboseli National Park. Conservationists highlight the challenges posed by habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict, with experts calling for better management of protected areas. The Kenyan Wildlife Service has increased surveillance around Amboseli to monitor lion movements, acknowledging that the actual number of lions killed may be higher.

Kenyan President: Regional Bloc Won't Allow Military Rule in Sudan

09 May 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Kenyan President William Ruto, speaking in Nairobi, emphasized that East African leaders will not permit military rule in Sudan, highlighting the region's commitment to democratic governance. Despite previous failures in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the East African Community (EAC) is seen as having a chance to persuade Sudan's military factions to cease fighting. The conflict, which began on April 15, has resulted in 400 deaths and displaced over 800,000 people. The Intergovernmental Authority on Development has agreed to send regional leaders to broker a cease-fire, with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir playing a key role due to his country's reliance on Sudan for oil exports.

Sudanese Ex-PM Urges International Community to Push for Truce

01 May 2023  |  allAfrica.com
Former Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok urges the international community to maintain pressure on the warring factions in Sudan to achieve a lasting truce. Speaking at the 2023 Mo Ibrahim Governance weekend in Kenya, Hamdok emphasized the need for a unified international approach to end the military conflict. U.N. Sudan envoy Volker Perthes called for adherence to the cease-fire, while both military factions defended their positions. The conflict has resulted in over 500 deaths and more than 4,000 injuries, with accusations against the Rapid Support Forces for raiding homes and stealing possessions.

Kenyan EAC Force Mission Commander in DRC Resigns

27 Apr 2023  |  www.voanews.com
General Jeff Nyagah, the Kenyan commander of the East African Community regional force in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has resigned due to security threats and systematic frustrations. He cited surveillance and non-payment of administrative costs by the DRC government as key issues. The mission, established to combat insecurity in eastern DRC, includes troops from Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, and Uganda, and aims to curb violence and displacement caused by clashes with M23 rebels.

Kenya's First Earth Observation Satellite Sparks Learning

15 Apr 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Kenya is leveraging the launch of its first operational observation satellite to enhance space education and science through school space clubs. The 3U nanosatellite was launched on April 15 aboard the SpaceX Falcon Force base in the U.S., marking a significant step in Kenya's space exploration efforts.

Kenyan Economists Say Newly-Arrived Ukrainian Wheat Could Ease Hunger

23 Mar 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Kenyan economists believe that the arrival of 30,000 tons of Ukrainian wheat could alleviate hunger in drought-affected regions and reduce high food prices. The shipment is part of the 'Grain from Ukraine' program and the U.N.-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative, which Russia has threatened to leave. The disruption of Ukrainian agricultural exports due to the Russian invasion has caused shortages and price hikes in African countries dependent on these imports. Economists stress the need for African nations to develop self-sufficiency to avoid being impacted by external events. The U.N. World Food Program highlights that the conflict has contributed to widespread food insecurity.

Kenyan Café Employs People with Cognitive Disorders

18 Mar 2023  |  voaafrica.com
Diana Ayoo, a Kenyan entrepreneur, established Ayira’s Neuro-Soul Café to create a welcoming environment for individuals with cognitive conditions such as autism. The café also aims to provide employment and education to increase awareness and understanding of neurodiversity.

Kenya Rolls Out Vaccination Campaign Against Malaria

10 Mar 2023  |  allAfrica.com
Kenya has launched a campaign to vaccinate over 400,000 children against malaria, a disease that claims over 12,000 Kenyan lives annually. The vaccine, first piloted in Kenya, Malawi, and Ghana in 2019, has shown effectiveness, reducing malaria prevalence from 27% to 19% in endemic zones. Despite these gains, the emergence of a new mosquito vector, Anopheles Stephensi, poses a threat to progress. The World Health Organization has highlighted the risk of increased mosquito-borne diseases due to global warming. Kenya continues to implement interventions such as mosquito nets, spraying, and habitat control, with the hope that vaccination will contribute to eradicating malaria.

Kenyan App Users Pay for Health Care With Personal Data

20 Feb 2023  |  www.voanews.com
A Kenyan mobile application, Snark Health, allows users to pay for medical services by selling their personal data through blockchain technology. The app's Hippocratic Coins have attracted over 300 doctors and 4,000 users, addressing the high cost of health care in Africa. Victoria Amunga reports from Nairobi, Kenya, with camera work by Jimmy Makhulo.

Kenya Court Sentences 3 Policemen, Informant in Murder of Human Rights Lawyer, Others

03 Feb 2023  |  www.voanews.com
A Kenyan court has sentenced former police officer Fredrick Leliman to death for the 2016 murders of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda, and their taxi driver Joseph Muiruri. Two other former police officers, Stephen Cheburet and Sylvia Wanjohi, received long prison sentences, while informant Peter Ngugi was sentenced to 20 years in jail. The case highlighted the issue of extrajudicial killings by police in Kenya, with President William Ruto calling for an end to such practices.

Kenyan Prosecutors Charge Suspected Lover of LGBTQ Activist with Murder

24 Jan 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Kenyan prosecutors have charged Jackton Odhiambo, a suspected lover of LGBTQ activist Edwin Kipruto (also known as Edwin Chiloba), with his murder. Chiloba's body was discovered in a metal box, initially raising concerns of a hate crime. However, investigators have linked the murder to a love triangle rather than a hate crime. Odhiambo, a freelance photographer, appeared in court but has not yet entered a plea. Other suspects were released due to lack of evidence. The case has drawn international attention, with the U.S. State Department urging a thorough investigation.

US Offers $10 Million Reward for Mastermind of 2019 Nairobi Terrorist Attack

13 Jan 2023  |  voanews.com
The United States has announced a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the arrest of Mohamoud Abdi Aden, the alleged leader of the 2019 attack on Nairobi's Dusit D2 hotel complex, which resulted in 21 deaths. The U.S. State Department has designated Aden as a terrorist. U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman stated the reward aims for Aden's arrest and conviction, as well as information on others involved in the attack. This is part of a series of U.S. reward offers targeting al-Shabab leaders. Security analyst Daniel Omondi views these rewards as a sign of the U.S.'s proactive role in counterterrorism in the region.

Kenya's Agriculture Authorities Defend Killing of Invasive Birds

12 Jan 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Kenya's Ministry of Agriculture is defending the use of pesticides to kill invasive quelea birds that are destroying rice crops. The ministry claims the pesticide is safe and necessary, while environmentalists argue for alternative methods to control the bird population. The quelea birds have caused significant crop damage, leading to economic losses. The debate highlights the tension between agricultural needs and environmental protection.

Kenya: Rights Groups Welcome Ruto's Promised Investigations Into Police Killings in Kenya

07 Jan 2023  |  allafrica.com
Kenyan President William Ruto has ordered investigations into extrajudicial killings by police, including a case where bodies were found in a river. Rights groups and activists, including Amnesty International Kenya and Human Rights Watch, have welcomed the move but emphasize the need for comprehensive police reforms. Critics point out Ruto's lack of action on the issue during his tenure as vice president. The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights reported at least 94 people were killed by police in 2022.

Rights Groups Welcome Ruto's Promised Investigations into Police Killings in Kenya

05 Jan 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Kenyan President William Ruto has ordered investigations into extrajudicial killings by police, a move welcomed by rights groups. Ruto's directive includes probing a recent incident where dozens of bodies were found in a river. Critics note Ruto's previous silence on the issue as vice president and emphasize the need for police reforms. Amnesty International Kenya and Human Rights Watch highlight the importance of concrete steps to address the problem. The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights reports at least 94 extrajudicial police killings in 2022.

Kenyan Lawmakers Want More Details On $5b Railway Loan After Contract Partially Released

09 Nov 2022  |  allafrica.com
Kenyan lawmakers are calling for full disclosure of a $5 billion loan agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China for the Standard Gauge Railway, criticizing the partial release of documents by Transport Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen. The released pages suggest excessive legal concessions to China, including dispute resolution in Beijing and a secrecy clause. Analyst Javas Bigambo deems the non-disclosure illegal under Kenyan procurement laws. Concerns are raised about potential public assets used as collateral, with MP John Kiare highlighting rumors of government institutions at stake. MP Makali Mulu criticizes Murkomen for not disclosing the entire contract. The railway, spanning 600 kilometers from Mombasa to Naivasha, is underutilized and hasn't met economic expectations, while China holds a significant portion of Kenya's external debt.

Kenya Airways Threatens Action against Striking Pilots

07 Nov 2022  |  voanews.com
Kenya Airways is threatening disciplinary action against pilots participating in a strike by taking sick leave, which the company deems illegal. CEO Allan Kilavuka stated that the strike violates a collective bargaining agreement and pilots could face dismissal. The strike, which began Saturday over pensions and salaries, has led to the cancellation of 47 flights and stranded approximately 12,000 passengers, although 2,000 have since departed. The pilots' union, KALPA, has been summoned to court. Kenya Airways, which serves over 4 million passengers annually, has been experiencing financial difficulties and is now hiring new pilots, potentially escalating the dispute.

US Overtakes Uganda in Buying Kenyan Goods

23 Sep 2022  |  www.voanews.com
The United States has surpassed Uganda as the largest buyer of Kenyan goods, with exports to the U.S. reaching approximately $321 million between January and June 2022. This shift is attributed to increased sales of Kenyan clothing apparel and a deepening bilateral relationship, including more direct flights to New York. Uganda's imports from Kenya have decreased as local manufacturing in Uganda grows. Kenyan economists highlight the strong U.S.-Kenya relations, bolstered by the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the new government under President William Ruto, who is keen on expanding American partnerships. The U.S. is enhancing its presence in Africa, with plans for collaboration in agriculture, digital trade, and customs procedures.

Kenya-Made Device for Premature Babies Helps Save Vulnerable Ukrainian Newborns

15 Sep 2022  |  allafrica.com
A Kenyan-manufactured breathing device for premature babies, known as a bubble continuous positive airway pressure system (bCPAP), is being used to save newborns in Ukraine amidst the Russian invasion, which has damaged hospitals and caused power outages. The device, produced by Revital Health Care and the Vayu Global Health Foundation, operates without electricity and has been acknowledged by the World Health Organization for its use in at least 25 Ukrainian facilities. The bCPAP, which costs about $400 in Kenya, is also used in over 20 countries and is crucial for controlling infant mortality, especially in low- and middle-income countries where nearly 1 million infants die annually from respiratory issues.

Kenyan-Made Device Helps Save Premature Babies Born Amid Ukraine War

14 Sep 2022  |  www.voanews.com
A Kenyan-manufactured breathing device, the bubble continuous positive airway pressure system (bCPAP), is being used to save premature babies in conflict-affected countries, including Ukraine. The device, which operates without electricity, has been crucial in hospitals and clinics where power cuts are frequent due to war. Developed by Revital Health Care and the Vayu Global Health Foundation, the bCPAP needs only a pressured oxygen source to function. It has been acknowledged by the World Health Organization and is currently used in at least 25 facilities across Ukraine. The invention aims to reduce infant mortality by providing a non-invasive way to support newborns in respiratory distress, and is available in over 20 countries.

Kenyan Analysts Say Public Starting to Accept More Diverse Leadership

17 Aug 2022  |  allafrica.com
Kenya's recent elections marked a shift towards more diverse leadership, with a record number of women winning seats in the National Assembly and Senate, and seven women securing county governor positions. Additionally, Martin Wanyonyi became the first person with albinism to win a competitive election to parliament. Political analysts, including Mark Bichache and Bina Maseno, view these developments as signs of the public's growing acceptance of female leaders and candidates with disabilities. Vimal Shah of Mkenya Daima praised the nearly 2,000 women who ran for office. The election results are seen as a positive step towards diversity in Kenyan politics.

Rwanda: U.S. Concerned By UN Report Saying Rwanda Is Backing Rebels

11 Aug 2022  |  allAfrica.com
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed concern over a U.N. report alleging Rwanda's support for M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. During his visit to Kinshasa, Blinken pledged U.S. support for Congo, emphasizing investment and sustainable mining practices. He also raised concerns about the environmental impact of Congo's oil and gas block auctions. Blinken plans to address the issue with Rwandan officials during his visit to Rwanda.

Anti-Government Protests Turn Deadly in Sierra Leone

11 Aug 2022  |  www.voanews.com
At least 13 civilians and six police officers were killed during anti-government protests in Sierra Leone, primarily in the capital Freetown and two other towns. Protestors, angered by a 40% increase in the cost of living under President Julia Maada's government, clashed with police, leading to fatalities. Sierra Leone's Vice President Mohammed Juldeh Jalloh labeled the protests unauthorized, while rights groups, including Amnesty International, called for investigations and urged the protection of peaceful assembly rights.

US Concerned by UN Report Saying Rwanda Is Backing Rebels

10 Aug 2022  |  voanews.com
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed concern over a UN report alleging Rwanda's support for M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. During his visit to the DRC, Blinken highlighted the issue and promised to address it in Rwanda. The Rwandan government has denied the accusations. Blinken assured the DRC of U.S. support, particularly in responsible mining practices, and discussed concerns about the environmental impact of oil and gas auctions in the Congo Basin. Blinken is set to conclude his Africa tour with a visit to Rwanda.

For the first time in 21 years, not a single rhinoceros was poached in the country's national parks last year.Kenya Looks to Maintain Zero Rhino Poaching Record

Experts in Kenya say chemicals meant to kill desert locusts, and other pests, are killing off bees and other pollinating insects Forcing Farmers to Hand Pollinate.

Kenya’s Gender-Based Violence Cases Quintuple During Pandemic campaigners note that stigma and fear of reporting abuse means the number of cases that go unreported is many times higher

Rights Groups Condemn Rwandan Court Conviction of Paul Rusesabagina

22 Sep 2021  |  Voice of America
Rights groups in Africa are criticizing the Rwandan High Court for sentencing Paul Rusesabagina to 25 years in prison on terrorism charges. Rusesabagina, known for his role in saving lives during the Rwandan genocide as depicted in the film 'Hotel Rwanda', denies the charges. Critics, including Bahima Macumi, argue that the trial was unfair. Human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have highlighted concerns over fair trial violations, including Rusesabagina's unlawful rendition to Rwanda and lack of judicial independence. Despite the Rwandan government's assertion of a fair trial, international observers and the U.S State Department have expressed doubts about the trial's fairness and the verdict's legitimacy. Rusesabagina has the option to appeal, but there is skepticism about the impartiality of the Rwandan judiciary.

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