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DailyNation: Public schools in Garissa to be connected to electricity by end of September

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All public schools in Garissa County will have electricity by the end September, Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum Charles Keter has said. Speaking while commissioning the Dadaab power station on Tuesday, Mr Keter said that only eight out 605 public schools in the county had been connected to power. The CS said the government is committed to ensuring that power reaches every Kenyan without discrimination. “In one month’s time, all primary schools in Garissa County will have power connections. "This is a government initiative to ensure all Kenyans get affordable electricity,” he said. Mr Keter was in Dadaab to commission power projects which were funded by the government in conjunction with United Nation High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Deputy Representative of UNHCR to Kenya Wella Kouyou said the power station would have great value to the people living in Dadaab. PROJECT OF GREAT VALUE “UNHCR and its staff in Dadaab are very happy to witness the commissioning of this…

Capital News:Seven Dadaab Al Shabaab suspects to be held for 10 days

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Seven Al Shabaab suspects will be held by police for 10 days to allow completion of investigations. The Anti-Terrorism Police Unit said the five refugees at Dadaab camp and two Kenyans are believed to be facilitating terrorism activities within the refugee camp. The refugees Abukar Mohamed Ali, Hishi Mohamed Maow, Dahir Abdile Farah, Habiarimana Desire and Osman Shuaib Abukar together with Abdikarim Noor Ahmed and Samwel Kamau were arrested within Dadaab refugee camp of Garissa County on August 21 and handed over to Anti-terrorism Police Unit. The suspects who were paraded before Resident Magistrate Elector Riani in Nairobi will be detained for the period sought by the investigation team. ATPU claims that the five refugees were arrested while on their way to Somalia without authority from relevant refugee management while the two Kenyans are employees of one Alex Mwangi who works within Dadaab camp. The court heard that the investigating officers want to travel to Wajir and Garissa Counties to…

John Kerry to meet African ministers over South Sudan violence, Somalia

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and counterparts from eight African nations meet in Nairobi on Monday to discuss ways to prevent South Sudan from sliding back into civil war and advance a political transition in Somalia. Kerry arrived in the Kenyan capital late on Sunday – after a two-week summer break – for his second trip as secretary of state to Nairobi since May 2015. “We will … talk about how we move forward in trying to implement peace in this country,” a senior State Department official said of South Sudan. “The people of South Sudan have suffered for far too long, and the continued instability there has led almost a million refugees and a humanitarian crisis that is far beyond the abilities of even the international community to respond to,” the official told a conference call. The international community has poured billions of aid into supporting the world’s youngest nation, which gained independence in 2011. Oil production, by…

U.S. and Kenya to Discuss Somalia Elections

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US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in the country today (Sunday) ahead of security talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenyatta and Kerry will tomorrow hold talks at State House, Nairobi focusing on regional security, counter-terrorism cooperation as well as next year's elections. Kerry is also scheduled to meet with Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and other regional foreign ministers to discuss various issues, with main focus on resumption of a political process in South Sudan and support for Somalia's political transition. Al Shabaab insurgence in East Africa will be discussed.  According to a press release by the Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Kerry travels to Kenya and Nigeria from August 21 to 28. "He will have the opportunity to meet with participants of the Young African Leaders Initiative and the Mandela Washington Fellows programmes, which are US programmes targeting young leaders in sub-Saharan Africa," she noted. Though not confirmed yet, the debate of closure of the…