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Floating pedestrian bridge links Mombasa Island to Kenyan mainland

22nd January 2021 Kenya has opened a $17-million floating bridge in the Indian Ocean that links Mombasa Island to the mainland south for use by the public. The 1.2-km-long Liwatoni pedestrian floating bridge was opened on January 1 and is intended to reduce congestion at the Likoni crossing channel, where ferries... 

Siemens Gamesa wins big Ethiopia wind farm contract

22nd January 2021 Spanish renewable-energy company Siemens Gamesa has won a contract to implement a 100 MW wind power project in Ethiopia, a development that will increase its footprint in Africa. This will be Siemens Gamesa’s first wind power project in the Horn of Africa nation.   

MTN Uganda secures 12-year licence renewal after paying $100m fee

3rd July 2020 Telecoms giant MTN Uganda has resolved a protracted dispute with the Ugandan government, a development that will see its operating licence renewed for 12 years. The company announced the conclusion of negotiations with the Uganda government for the renewal of its second national operator licence,... 

Tanzania, Zambia seeking $400m for petroleum pipeline rehab

3rd July 2020 Tanzania and Zambia are negotiating for a $400-million syndicated loan to finance the upgrade of a petroleum pipeline jointly owned by the neighbouring countries. The project will involve expanding the 1 752 km Tanzania-Zambia Mafuta (Tazama) pipeline, making it a standard 12-inch-diameter... 

Kenya eyeing geothermal PPPs with combined capacity of 560 MW

29th May 2020 Kenya intends to implement geothermal power projects with a combined capacity of 560 MW under a public–private partnership (PPP) framework, as part of efforts to enhance electricity generation from renewable sources.  The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) says the first phase will... 

Kenyan cement firms want protection from surging imports

21st February 2020 Cement manufacturers in Kenya are pushing for tough interventions intervention by government to stem the influx of imports, which are threatening the competitiveness of local producers. National Cement Company chairperson Narendra Raval said this month that Kenya had enough clinker to meet local... 

Kenya plans to inject capital into struggling airline

31st January 2020 The Kenya government plans to inject capital into Kenya Airways as part of the nationalisation process for the struggling national carrier. National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani revealed this month that government was working on a bail-out package to save the airline from total collapse. 

East African criminals using Tanzanian ports to smuggle wildlife

8th November 2019 Criminals involved in the illegal trafficking of wildlife products in East Africa are using the ports of Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, in Tanzania, as export and transit hubs, a new report shows. The report, compiled by nongovernmental organisation TRAFFIC, shows that criminals based in Tanzania... 

Uganda says it will stand firm in standoff with oil majors

8th November 2019 Uganda has vowed to stand firm concerning a standoff with foreign oil majors that have stalled the construction of the Uganda–Tanzania crude oil pipeline. President Yoweri Museveni has said that, although plans are under way for negotiations that will unlock the impasse, the East African nation... 

Kenya officially joins club of oil exporting countries

6th September 2019 Kenya has officially joined the league of oil exporting countries after President Uhuru Kenyatta flagged off the first ship laden with 200 000 bbl of crude, worth about $12-million. The ship was bound for China, where the buyer was State-owned company ChemChina. 

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