Leferne Afrique is leasing out maize harvesters to farmers in the North Rift. This is expected to bring down the costs and reduce the workloads for farmers. Mr. Tom Oyidho, a Director at the company said the machine also minimizes losses farmers incur during harvesting such as pilferage. The machine can harvest over 30 acres of maize with an efficiency of more than 90% in a day.
Oil Pipeline to be Constructed
Tanzania has signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction of a 1200km oil pipeline with Noor Oil of Qatar. The pipeline will run from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza. Tanzania’s refinery was closed down in the mid 1990’s.
Leaders to Identify areas of Common Ground
The leaders of South America will meet with their African counterparts at their first summit on November 30 to December 1 in Abuja, Nigeria. The leaders will be seeking to identify areas of common ground after their shared histories of colonialism. Talk of South-South cooperation will dominate proceedings at a time when Latin American powerhouses such as Brazil and Venezuela are striving for a greater presence on a continent once carved up by Europe.
Kenya’s Nominees Barred from Taking Seats at EALA
Kenya's nine nominees have been barred from taking their seats at the Arusha-based East African Legislative Assembly (EALA). The East African Court of Justice rejected the Kenyans on grounds of unprocedural nomination and barred the new members from taking their oaths in the EALA on Wednesday. The Kenyans will not participate in the election of the Speaker when the Assembly starts business until the court decides whether their nomination is valid. The nominees are Gervase Akhaabi, Sarah Godana, Abdi Rahman Haji, Christopher Nakulei and Reuben Oyondi. Others include: Clarkson Otieno Karan, Safina Kwekwe Sungu, Catherine Ngima Kimura and Augustine Chemonges Lotodo.
Electronic Waste Management
The 8th Conference of Parties to the Basel convection on hazardous waste kicked off in Gigiri, Nairobi. During the opening ceremony the Nobel Peace laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai said that e-waste was a fast growing challenge especially to developing countries. Poverty, she said, was driving poor nations to offer their countries as dumping grounds for toxic wastes. These countries do these at the expense of their citizens in order to settle international debts.
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