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Here is Kigali’s ultra-modern in-door arena which has mesmerized Kenyans

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Stunning photos of Rwanda’s ultra-modern in-door stadium built in six months has mesmerized Kenyans on Twitter.

The indoor stadium, which has a sitting capacity of about 10,000 people, is among Africa’s top 10 indoor sports venues and the biggest in East Africa.

The Kigali Arena, which was inaugurated by President Paul Kagame is a joint venture between the Government of Rwanda and Turkish Investment Company, Summa.

The Kigali Arena is a multi-purpose facility that will be used to host indoor games, but can also host meetings, conferences, exhibitions and concerts.

 

With the few stadia we have, which have been undergoing renovation for even more than a year, Kenyans had this to say.

“It’s painful to be a Kenyan I tell you. It’s a shame that we always feel like we are among the best performing African country… But tutangangana tu,” @Ziloopi commtented.

“He work can be felt beyond boarders Kenyans should wake up and fight corruption including theft of public resources #TweetForAfrica,” @LfeonBrian tweeted.

“Yes 6 good months No politics just work in progress. Anyway we know our problem. Will fix it one day the day will be tired,” @ammyambrose posted.

“Leave alone nyayo stadium… In Eldoret we have been renovating Kipchoge stadium since 1996…without anything happening in it,” said @jackmpekuzzy97

“Nice work for Paul Kagame. Otherwise yetu is only manipulated by corrupt fellows to satisfy their greed. we are killing sports and talents in Kenya,” posted @kipkiruivicto15

“Kenya is only about fake promises,” @ronniechirchir tweeted.

“We have no pride @CarolRadull. It irks me,” lamented @CynMumbo.

“Imagine if that country had a seaport!” @fredsambu added.

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Woman kills self over ‘chama’ debt

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A 23-year-old woman drowned after jumping into River Kuja, in Ongito village, Uriri, Migori County. Sylvia Aluoch plunged into the river on Thursday on her way home from a women group’s meeting.Police claim the group had threatened to auction her property over a Sh9,000 debt, but it was not clear if this pushed her to her death.

“The woman secured the loan from a Sacco and was under pressure to re-pay,” said Uriri sub county police commander Peter Njoroge who added that the woman had attended the merry-go-round of Wabongo B Group.

She reportedly boarded a motorcycle to her home but alighted on the way.“She had boarded a motorbike of one of the group members and she requested to alight and pick her shawl which had dropped. When the motorbike stopped she jumped into River Kuja,” Njoroge said.

The officer noted that attempts to rescue the woman were futile since “the raging waters swept her downstream”.“That was a small debt that never warranted such a weird action. I could have even chipped in and paid the money if I was approached over the matter,” said Njoroge.

The body has not been recovered.

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US investors express interest in pyrethrum

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Pyrethrum farmers are set for good tidings following increased interest in the sector by foreign investors. This follows an announcement by US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter that investors from his country are already in Kenya scouting to establish pyrethrum processing plants.McCarter said some US investors have already started setting up production factories in Nairobi.

“Pyrethrum is something that Kenya historically has seen a lot of prosperity from, and that market is coming back,” the envoy said during his tour of North Rift region recently. The envoy, who was speaking in Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet County, said the US will continue supporting investments in Kenya, particularly in agriculture.

The cash crop used in the manufacture of agrochemicals including insecticides and pesticides was abandoned in the late 1990s following declining fortunes occasioned by the loss of key markets.McCarter encouraged pyrethrum manufacturers who had quit the business in Kenya to return, saying there was immense potential in the sector.

“We shall continue our support for agriculture. We have some US investors who are already in Kenya now to invest in pyrethrum. We want to encourage investors who left the country to return,” he said.

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Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos said his county was the second-largest producer of pyrethrum before the loss of market that triggered a shift to potatoes.The county boss noted that farmers from Elgeyo Marakwet highlands were ready for a revival of the crop as soon they are assured of a market.

“We invite investors from the US to our county. I wish we knew when the production factory was being established in Nairobi. We would have requested them to set it up in Elgeyo Marakwet,” said Tolgos.

He wooed American investors to set up another processing factory in Elgeyo Marakwet, which he noted will reduce transport costs to Nairobi.“Once we are assured of a market, our people will immediately start growing pyrethrum. We will also increase funds to the sector in our subsequent allocations.”Early this year, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui announced plans to revive pyrethrum through a partnership with four State agencies.

These are Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation, the Pyrethrum Processing Company of Kenya and Egerton University.In the 1980s and early 1990s, Kenya was a major producer and player in the world’s pyrethrum sector. Nakuru, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kiambu, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Kisii and West Pokot were the highest producers.

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Why flights to this part of Kenya have been suspended

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Amboseli airstrip was on Thursday closed by the Kenya Wildlife Service(KWS) after heavy rains pounded the area.

Following the airstrip’s closure, local airlines also suspended their flights on Friday in the wake of the KWS advisory.

There’s massive flooding at the airstrip, including the key amenities after heavy rains prompting the closure.

KWS has put a temporary closure of the airstrip effective 12th Dec 2019 following heavy rains,” a statement from Air Kenya read in part.

In the statement, the main entrance to the Amboseli National Park is also flooded.

The park’s Kimana Gate is periodically flooded and inaccessible as are some parts of the park,” KWS said.

Therefore, all visitors to Amboseli National Park are advised to seek guidance about the status of the roads via the park’s hotline number 0716493335,” the statement added.

The meteorological department has issued a warning of more heavy rains and thunderstorms in many parts of the country, and other regions will experience floods.

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