Burundi began an official mourning for President Pierre Nkurunziza on June 10 a day after the announcement of his sudden death from a heart attack aged 55, leaving in shock the East African nation he had ruled with an iron grip for last 15 years.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed were among the first world leaders to express their condolences June 9 evening, with Kenyatta hailing Nkurunziza’s “contribution to the integration and progress of the region”.
Nkurunziza, 55, started to feel unwell after attending a volleyball match on June 6, and appeared to be improving until his condition suddenly deteriorated on June 8 and his heart stopped, the presidency announced in a statement.
“Despite intense efforts, the medical team was not able to save the patient,” said the statement, adding that doctors had spent several hours trying to revive him. A post on the government’s official Twitter account early Tuesday evening announced Nkurunziza‘s death “with great sadness“, and a statement from the presidency said he died in a hospital in the eastern city of Karuzi.
Nkurunziza’s wife, Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza, has been transported to Kenya for Covid-19, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
Kenya’s profit from tourism raised by almost a third in 2018 from the previous year to 157.4 billion shillings ($1.55 billion), after the number of visitors increased by 37%, the tourism ministry said.
The World Bank report 2018 on Ease of Doing Business ranks Kenya No. 80 up from No. 92 in 2017, and is expected to rise in 2019, contributing mainly to tourism sector.
However the UK government Foreign travel advice warns, that “bag snatching is common in transport hubs like bus stations, railway stations and airports. Mugging, kidnapping, car-jacking and armed robbery occur regularly, particularly in Nairobi, Mombasa and other large cities. Foreigners are not generally targeted, but incidents of violent crime have resulted in the death of several British nationals in recent years. Crime rates are higher in slum areas of Nairobi, the Old Town of Mombasa and on and around the Likoni Ferry (which links Mombasa and the southern resorts). Gun attacks in Kwale County on the south coast resulted in fatalities in September and October 2017. You should be vigilant at all times and follow any security advice given by your employer or your hosts.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta will on January, 11 make an official visit to South Africa in his first foreign trip since he was sworn-in for a second term.
According to State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu, President Kenyatta will hold talks with his counterpart Jacob Zuma, in the Indian Ocean city of Durban centered on bilateral and pan-African issues.
Manoah Esipisu added, the leaders will be discussing possibilities of enhancing the existing cooperation in trade, security, and in developing of infrastructures.
Kenya’s Supreme Court has annulled the result of last month’s presidential election, citing irregularities, and ordered a new one within 60 days.
The election commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes.
Raila Odinga, Mr Kenyatta’s opponent, said the commission was “rotten” and demanded resignations and prosecutions.
President Kenyatta said he would respect the court’s decision but also branded the judges “crooks”.
Other elections in Africa have been annulled or cancelled but this appears to be the first time on the continent that an opposition court challenge against a presidential poll result has been successful.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has inaugurated a major new railway between the port city of Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said during the launch that the $3.2bn (£2.5bn) Chinese-funded line signalled a new chapter in the country.
He warned that he would authorise the execution of vandals after four people were arrested damaging sections of a guardrail.
It is Kenya’s biggest infrastructure project since independence.