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Exports to top Kenyan tea markets drop 15 per cent


Tea exports to major markets in the year to October dropped 15 per cent compared with the same period last year with all the top buyers except Pakistan registering significant decrease. Statistics from the Tea Directorate indicate the exports fell to 351 million kilogrammes (Kg) this year from 441.9 Kg between January and October last year. The September report by ...

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Sh30bn bond hits demand for T-bills


The demand for short-term government paper remained sub-par last week as investors kept eyes trained firmly on this month’s Sh30 billion bond auction, which closes on Wednesday. The new issue, a re-opening of previous 10 and 15-year bonds, is also likely to benefit from a more liquid market after the government moved to release Sh77 billion county funds, which have ...

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Kenya: Safaricom bets on voice identity to rein in fraud


Listed telco Safaricom has introduced voice biometric system aimed at reducing fraud and helping its customers to reduce cases of identity theft. The system, dubbed Jitambulishe, will allow customers to access Safaricom services such as resetting M-Pesa PIN and PUK requests through a faster and less intrusive vetting process. The system aims to cut down the number of steps a ...

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Tanzania restores power in parts of country after nationwide outage


Tanzania’s power utility said on Friday it had started to restore electricity to parts of the country after the East African nation was hit by a country-wide blackout on Thursday morning. “Efforts are ongoing to make sure that power supply is restored to all parts of the country,” the state-run Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) said in a statement. TANESCO ...

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East Africa:Burundi’s inflation rises to 17.6% yr/yr in October


Burundi’s inflation accelerated to 17.6 percent year-on-year in October from 15.2 percent in September due to rising food costs on local markets, official figures showed on Monday. Food inflation jumped to 28.0 percent in the year to October from 23.9 percent in September, the Institute of Economic Studies and Statistics (ISTEEBU) said in its monthly report. Advertisement The tiny East ...

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Kenya: Unclaimed assets now hit Sh25bn


Unclaimed cash and securities surrendered to a State agency have hit Sh25.9 billion as managers of non-compliant firms face heavy penalties and jail terms. While the agency is now holding a large haul of cash, most of the surrendered assets are by publicly traded firms. Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority (UFAA) chief executive Kellen Kariuki said by September 30, it had ...

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Kenya: Lecturers launch pay increase strike today


Learning at public universities is set to be paralysed today when lecturers go on strike over the delayed implementation of a pay rise agreement. The strike follows the decision by universities to revert to previous salaries and allowances after implementing Sh10 billion arrears that were running to June 30. Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) secretary-general Constantine Wasonga yesterday asked all ...

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Kenya: Equity bets big on Uganda subsidiary for profit growth


Equity Bank is looking at its Ugandan subsidiary as its best bet for growth in the coming years as its Kenyan and other regional markets slow down due to regulatory interventions, political squabbles and subdued commodity prices on the global markets. Equity’s Ugandan subsidiary posted a 37 per cent jump in profit in the nine months to end of September, ...

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Shortage fears loom as supply of cheap maize flour dwindles


Reduced supply of subsidised maize flour has hit supermarkets days to the end of the subsidy scheme, raising fears of shortages. Some supermarkets did not have flour on Friday while others had only stocked one brand on reduced supplies of the Sh90 a packet flour. This has raised the likelihood of shortages and rationing of the subsidised staple food amid ...

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US firm in Sh450m outlay for Nairobi condom-making plant


American investment firm Restance Inc is set to sink Sh450 million to establish a condom-making plant in Kenya. The firm will invest through East African Development Partners LLC, which it acquired 100 per cent in exchange for five million shares of Restance Inc. The shares were on Friday trading at Sh9 on the OTCMKTS, an over-the-counter exchange. An investors’ brief ...

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