Obituary: Professor Maathai – First African Woman to Win a Nobel Prize

Professor Wangari Maathai (1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011): Kenyan environmental scientist and activist. In trying to sum the life and times of the late Prof Wangari Maathai, Mr Achim Seiner, the executive director of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) called her “a force of nature” likening her to a desert growing acacia … Read more Obituary: Professor Maathai – First African Woman to Win a Nobel Prize

Kenya: NEMA Rules on Development in the Maasai Mara Reserve

Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has pointed out that wildlife conservation is in conflict with agriculture. The Chairman of the NEMA Board of Management Mr Francis Ole Kaparo has said tourism has taken away the best grazing areas for livestock in the Maasai Mara Reserve and the neighboring group ranches. “This has resulted to … Read more Kenya: NEMA Rules on Development in the Maasai Mara Reserve

Kenya: 28 New High Court Judges Appointed

Kenya’s Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has appointed 28 new High Court Judges to help in clearing case backlogs as well as usher in much anticipated reform in the Kenyan judiciary. “The recruitment of these 28 candidates was done in strict compliance with the provisions of the constitution and the Judicial Service Act,” said Hon. Justice … Read more Kenya: 28 New High Court Judges Appointed

Kenya: Urbanization a Threat to the Environment

Water bodies are under a threat in Kenya as most urban centers in Kenya are located near water bodies, Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has said. Due to this “inadequate or lack of effluent treatment facilities, poses serious environmental concern on rivers, lakes or ocean pollution.” NEMA cites examples of Nairobi River and Lake … Read more Kenya: Urbanization a Threat to the Environment

Kenyan Environmental Authority Raises Concerns Over Waste Management

Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has issued directive on liquid and solid waste management particularly in urban towns to save the present environment and future generations. “Increased population in urban centers without adequate infrastructure and proper planning is a cause of worry for the authority,” NEMA Acting Director General Dr Ayub Macharia has said. … Read more Kenyan Environmental Authority Raises Concerns Over Waste Management

78% of Kenyans “Proud to be Kenyan”

The Kenya National Perception Survey 2011 indicates that up to 78 percent of Kenyans are proud to be Kenyans. The survey was carried out by the Brand Kenya Board to reveal the general feel and attitude of Kenyans towards their country. The board says that in the 2009 survey, this figure was at 67 percent. … Read more 78% of Kenyans “Proud to be Kenyan”

New Vice Chancellor of the Catholic University of East Africa, Rev. Dr. Pius Rutechura

Rev. Dr. Pius Rutechura is the new Vice Chancellor (VC) of the Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA). Dr Rutechura becomes the sixth VC of CUEA succeeding Rev. Prof. John Maviri – who served the University as a VC for nine years. CUEA Chancellor Rev. Prof. Tarcisio Ziyaye described the outgoing VC as “a very … Read more New Vice Chancellor of the Catholic University of East Africa, Rev. Dr. Pius Rutechura

Crime Prevention in Kenya – Making the Police More Effective and Accountable

Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA) is collaborating with the United States International University (USIU) with the support of the Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA) to hold a six-day seminar series on crime prevention in Kenya. “Dealing with crime and insecurity remains a key concern for government. I believe that the deliberations of the … Read more Crime Prevention in Kenya – Making the Police More Effective and Accountable

Professor Olive Mugenda: Quality Education Will Transform Africa

Professor Olive Mugenda, the Vice Chancellor of Kenyatta University, spoke to The Global Herald about transforming higher education systems in Africa to support knowledge driven societies. The interview took place during an international conference on education – a collaboration between Kenyatta University and Syracuse University in the USA. Kenyatta University has set the pace by … Read more Professor Olive Mugenda: Quality Education Will Transform Africa

Kenyan Government Focuses on Irrigation as Solution to Food Security

Kenya and the Horn of Africa are struggling to emerge from the grip of food insecurity and drought. According to the Kenya Redcross, 12.4 million people have been exposed to starvation. An ambitious plan is being is being put in place by the Government of Kenya to alleviate the perennial hunger problem. According to the … Read more Kenyan Government Focuses on Irrigation as Solution to Food Security

Airtel Launches Mobile Money Platform in Kenya

“Mobile Phone Financial services have in particular presented Kenya with an opportunity to significantly upscale access to financial services cost effectively. It has also shown there is a market and everyone now wants a slice of it”, the Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya, Prof Njuguna Ndung’u has said. The Governor was speaking during … Read more Airtel Launches Mobile Money Platform in Kenya

Health Minister Beth Mugo Encourages Kenyan Women to Breastfeed

“Breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer. Infants exclusively breastfeeding for 4 months are less likely to develop asthma than those not breastfed or breastfed for shorter durations. And there is a decreased risk of development of obesity and of poorer cardiovascular health in late adolescence. Thus breastfeeding is pivotal in any policy push that … Read more Health Minister Beth Mugo Encourages Kenyan Women to Breastfeed

Minister Announces Support for an ICT Enabled Kenya at ICEFICT 2011

The government of Kenya has taken notable steps in facilitating an enabling environment for emergent technologies in line with Vision 2030, the Minister for Information and Communications, Mr Samuel Poghisio has said. Mr Poghisio said they have so far improved access to information and communication technology (ICT) resources through a number of measures. Globally linked … Read more Minister Announces Support for an ICT Enabled Kenya at ICEFICT 2011

“Africa Can Feed Itself” – Professor Ratemo Michieka

Kenya and the Horn of Africa are capable of producing enough food for the people who live there, says Professor Ratemo Waya Michieka an expert agronomist and weed scientist. Prof Michieka, who is the former Vice Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, said that there is indeed a problem of water in … Read more “Africa Can Feed Itself” – Professor Ratemo Michieka

Interview with Professor Francis Gichaga on ERB Standards in Engineering

Prof Francis Gichaga, who has taught civil engineering for 40 years, rose to be the University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor and is currently serving as the Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, has spoken out on the controversy that has been raging in Kenya between some institutions of higher learning and the … Read more Interview with Professor Francis Gichaga on ERB Standards in Engineering