Kenyan passports to be phased out next year, to adopt East Africa travel permit

Kenya will phase out issuance of its national passports from next year and adopt the East Africa travel permit in the quest by the six countries to harmonize business and regulatory processes. The phase-out period will last two years and the six countries including South Sudan that was this week admitted to the East Africa Community (EAC) expected to only issue the regional e-passport by the start of 2019. The

JK attacks rivals

President Jakaya Kikwete emerged from the closet of inertia amid the ongoing pre-election saga yesterday to sling mud on his political rivals in a style typical of an incumbent he was 10 years ago. But he was addressing the audience of workers in the ministry of works, led by his anticipated successor Dr John Magufuli, who had invited to bid him farewell. The outgoing president branded activities ahead of the

Tanzanian Police use teargas on Lowassa supporters in Arusha

Tasking the government and especially the police force in the International Criminal Court was mooted by presidential opposition contender Edward Lowassa here yesterday. The former premier talked for only five minutes to thousands of supporters waiting for him  at Tindiga grounds in easterly outskirts of this emerging city at Kimandolu, where he said indictment of individuals was possible as happened in the case of Kenyan political heavyweights Uhuru Kenyatta and

Chinese govt to build high speed railway for Tanzania

The Chinese government plans to construct in the future high speed railway in Tanzania and other priority business partner countries as a way of bolstering economic relations with them. The plan was revealed in Beijing recently by the Director-General of China Centre for Urban Development, Li Tie while briefing Tanzanian women journalists on the benefits of the long-standing economic ties between the two countries, future general outlook and new strategies

Moses Kuria returns to court to know fate of his bond terms

A proposed cancelation of the bail terms granted to Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria take centre stage before a criminal court in Nairobi Monday where he faces charge of hate speech, ethnic contempt and incitement to violence. His lawyer, Danson Mungatana is expected to convince the court why the Sh2 million bond should not be cancelled and the politician sent into custody pending the hearing and determination of the case,

Kenya and US agree deal on stringent measures to stem runaway corruption

An agreement signed between Kenya and the American government could introduce new drastic measures in curbing corruption and help seal loopholes in the dwindling war against the vice in the government. But the initiative could dampen hopes of Cabinet secretaries mentioned in various corruption scandals of ever getting back to government after the US demanded a much more combative approach to the vice, said to be consuming 10 per cent

Kenya Airways fall is plot to seize firm, says Orange party

The Orange Democratic Movement claims there is a scheme to bring down Kenya Airways so that it can be acquired by “corrupt cartels”. ODM chairman John Mbadi said the dip in profits of the airline appears to have been created to force critical staff into going on strike and quitting to provide an excuse for the take over of the company. Mr Mbadi spoke Friday after holding a meeting with

Tundu Lissu on Lowassa joining Chadema

A few hours before the former Prime Minister Edward Loawassa officially joined the opposition coalition Ukawa under the Chadema ticket, the party’s lawyer Tundu Lissu   posted the following statement on social media. By joining the party (Chadema) Edward Lowassa will be presidential candidate for the party and the Coalition of People’s Constitution (Ukawa). “Lowassa is perhaps the most controversial and divisive political figure in the country right now and

Lowassa ditches CCM Enough is enough, he declares as he joins opposition

Former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa yesterday publicly announced that he was joining opposition party   Chadema,  ending weeks of speculation on the party he would cross over to from the ruling CCM. Chadema is one of the four parties forming the Coalition of People’s Constitution (Ukawa). Other parties are NCCR-Mageuzi, Civic United Front (CUF) and National League for Democracy (NLD). Speaking at a press conference in Dar es Salaam, Lowassa