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Kenya Opens New Railway from Nairobi to Mombasa

By MCNS Staff

170531140341-kenya-nairobi-mombasa-raliway-exlarge-169Last week, a new Diesel train line was constructed from Nairobi to Mombasa, Kenya. The new railway is designed to improve commerce and mobility from the capital (Nairobi) to the port city of Mombasa.

Though many Kenyans are overjoyed, it is not without controversy. The $3 billion project was financed by a Chinese company. A Chinese company will also operate the train line for the first five years.

This is one of many African infrastructure projects financed by China in an attempt to build stronger economic

Trump Calls Kenya President

By Chuma Kisu

 

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta makes address at University Opening in Kenya.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta makes address at University Opening in Kenya.

According to international reports newly elected US President Trump contacted Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta by phone Tuesday, March 7, 20017.

In reports Trump discussed ongoing US, Kenya relations. Reports also say that Trump lauded Kenya’s regional efforts especially in the area of fighting the al-Shabaab insurgents who continue to threaten the Horn of Africa’s peace.

This is Trump’s fourth phone chat with an African leader. Weeks ago he spoke to President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and Jacob Zuma of South Africa. Before the two he had spoken to Egypt’s Abdel

Moussa Mahamat Elected New Chair of African Union

By Shujaa Kwanzaa

Moussa Faki Mahamat

Moussa Faki Mahamat

According to international reports Chad’s Moussa Faki Mahamat has been elected as the new chairperson of the African Union (AU).

He was elected in a vote held at the AU’s headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday, January 30, 2017.

After seven rounds of voting, the Chadian foreign affairs minister was selected over other finalists Amina Mohamed of Kenya and Senegal’s Abdoulaye Bathily.

Two other candidates, Botswana’s Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, and Mba Mokuy, of Equatorial Guinea, were also considered for the seat.

The 56-year-old and father-of-five succeeds South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the first woman to lead the AU of 54 states. Zuma did not seek a second term in office after completing a four-year term.

Kenya was the first to congratulate the newly-elected AU chief.

“Kenya congratulates him on a race well won. We pledge to work with him to defend the pan-African agenda of integration

Kenyan Government Burns Tons of Illegal Elephant Horns

By Chuma Kisu

c361a62b-4ea3-4008-9400-e78652855db2Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has set fire to a huge stockpile of ivory in an effort to show his country’s commitment to saving Africa’s elephants according to international news reports.

More than 100 tons of ivory were stacked up in pyres in Nairobi National Park where it is expected to burn for several days. This represents nearly the entire stock of ivory confiscated by the Kenyan government. This tonnage amounts to tusks of about 6,700 elephants.

Before igniting the first pyre, President Kenyatta said: “The height of the pile of ivory before us marks the strength of our resolve.

“No-one, and I repeat no-one, has any business in trading in ivory, for this trade means death of our elephants and death of our natural heritage.”

The burning comes after African leaders meeting in Kenya urged an end to the illegal trade in ivory. Experts have warned Africa’s elephants could be extinct within decades.

But some conservationists have expressed opposition to the ivory burn in Kenya, the biggest in history. They say destroying so much of a rare commodity could increase its value and encourage more poaching rather than less.

Botswana, which is home to about half