Huge security blanket thrown over Nairobi

The elaborate security blanket thrown over Nairobi for United States President Barack Obama’s three-day visit could easily be the biggest ever to take place on Kenyan soil. Many residents stayed away from the city centre as armed Kenyan police officers and American security personnel patrolled the areas where delegates to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit are being accommodated. Security was tight near upmarket hotels where the GSU officers worked with traffic police to direct motorists away.…

"Huge security blanket thrown over Nairobi"

Kenya, US sign agreements deepening bilateral relations as Obama lands in Nairobi

A new agreement has been signed between Kenya and the United States increasing Visa validity period for Kenyans travelling to the US to five years. This will be welcome news to students, temporary visitors, business people and tourists travelling to the US as they have been hitherto restricted to a one year visa period. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) allowing a Visa duration was among four separate agreements signed on Friday between the two countries…

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Barack Obama’s politics of turning rivals into partners

When US Vice-President Joe Biden returned to the White House 11 days after the burial of his son, President Barack Obama dashed out of a meeting to welcome him back. Mr Biden was returning to the West Wing after weeks of outpouring sympathy following the loss of his son, Beau, in June this year. President Obama travelled to Biden’s Delaware home town and gave an emotional eulogy for Beau. For the past six years, Mr…

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Nairobi returns to normal after Barack Obama’s visit

With the exit of United States President Barack Obama, Nairobi has returned to its normal chaotic self. The heavy security presence ahead and during the three days President Obama was hosted in Nairobi has been withdrawn as residents, who had been asked to avoid loitering in the capital, return to their normal busy lives. Streets were nearly empty and unusually quiet during the period the US President was in Kenya. However, motorists have now to…

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Obama’s visit exposed our infrastructure deficit

The visit by President Obama to Nairobi has magnified our infrastructure-planning dilemma. Closing Mombasa Road, Waiyaki Way and Thika Road brought the entire city to a standstill. A city the size of Nairobi should not have so few arteries as they constitute single points of failure, resulting in huge traffic disruptions whenever something happens. We need good roads that parallel each of the major highways into the city so that in the event of one…

"Obama’s visit exposed our infrastructure deficit"

UN delays refunding Kenya Sh2.3bn incurred on troops fighting Al-Shabaab

The UN has delayed refunding Sh2.3 billion for Kenyan troops fighting Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia. Treasury documents for the fiscal year ending June show that Kenya expected to receive Sh6.1 billion by the close of the year but had only received S.8 billion. Reimbursement in the just ended fiscal year was delayed for seven months with Kenya finally receiving S.7 billion in February 2015. The money is supposed to be reimbursed quarterly and Kenya had…

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