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Iran says it will keep Kenya out of its fight with the us

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Iran will leave out Kenya in its wrangles with the United States, the Iranian Embassy in Nairobi has said.

Iran is determined to seek revenge for the killing of its top commander General Qasem Soleimani. Experts see several African countries including Kenya being dragged into hostility between Iran and the US.

The Iran leader was murdered in a US drone attack last week. The US is blaming the leader for planning the terror attacks in Kenya and Turkey in 2011.

Tohid Afzali spoke to the press on Wednesday. Tohid is the head of the political department at the Iranian Embassy in Nairobi. He assured that Iran will still continue to have a cordial relationship with Kenya. “We will maintain an even deeper and closer friendship with Kenya,” said Tohid.

He added: “In our history, we have had very nice friendly and diplomatic relations of more than fifty years with Kenya. This kind of situation cannot overshadow Iran-Kenya relations.”

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Ethiopian Airlines to build $5 billion mega airport 

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Ethiopian Airlines has disclosed a project plan to put up a large airport at a cost amounting to USD5 billion (KSh500 billion).

The construction of the present-day airport will start in the year 2020 in Bishoftu, a town situated 39 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa, according to Ethiopian chief executive officer Tewolde Gebremariam.

The airport will extend over to an area of 35 square km, and it will be built in a way it can serve over 100 million passengers a year.

“Bole Airport is not going to accommodate us; we have a beautiful expansion project. The airport looks very beautiful and very large, but with the way that we are growing, in about three or four years we are going to be full,” the state-run Ethiopian News Agency quoted Tewolde.

Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa handles approximately 19 million passengers in a year. The chief executive officer announced that the construction will commence in the coming six months, but he did not reveal how the project will be financed or who will construct the airport.

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Akon gets the green light to build his own city in Senegal

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, alias Akon, an American-Senegalese singer, tweeted on the development of his own “Wakanda” city in Africa.

Akon gave an update on Monday via Twitter, that the deal for the city “Akon city” has been completed and “looking forward to hosting you there in the future.” 

“Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future,” Akon tweeted.

Akon first shared the plans for “Crypto city” in 2018. The city would be built on a 2,000-acre land that he received as a gift from President of Senegal, Macky Sall. Business transactions in the city will be on its digital cash currency called AKoin.

In 2018, Akon said he believes Akoin could be the “savior of Africa.” “I think that blockchain and crypto could be the savior for Africa in many ways because it brings the power back to the people and brings the security back into the currency system. Cryptocurrency also allows the people to utilize it in ways where they can advance themselves and not allow the government to do those things that are keeping them down.”

 

 

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Ethiopian-Airline Ethiopian passenger plane forced to divert after flying into swarm of locusts

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An Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane is reported to have diverted to the capital Addis Ababa instead of a scheduled landing in the chartered city of Dire Dawa after it ran into a swarm of grasshoppers.

The decision to divert to Addis Ababa was due to reduced visibility despite efforts by the pilots to clean the windscreens upon impact with the locusts.

According to the BBC, a spokesman for the airline confirmed that the plane was diverted by the swarm of insects but did not give further details of Thursday’s incident.

The incident comes at a time various regions of Kenya have been invaded by swarms of locust which have left a trail of devastation that is causing food security concerns in the country.

Former Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Mwangi Kiunjuri, last week said the pest invasion and its potential for rapid spread to other countries poses an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods in the country.

The government is spraying pesticide in the affected areas to battle the insects.

Kiunjuri, who has since been sacked by President Uhuru Kenyatta, said the migratory nature of the locusts made it even more difficult to deal with.

“The fight against this invasion is not without challenges, first of all they are trans-boundary pests that need to be tackled through a regional strategy to ensure that they are attacked from their resting habitats,” Kiunjuri said back then.

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