Kenya’s Top Court Slams Electoral Body Over Botched Election

Kenya’s Top Court Slams Electoral Body Over Botched Election

NAIROBI (Capital Markets in Africa) – Kenya’s top court delivered a stinging rebuke of the nation’s electoral commission, identifying a litany of failures in its handling of last month’s botched presidential elections and describing its explanations for the failure of its systems as unacceptable. The Supreme Court ruled the Aug. 8 election unlawful on Sept. 1, and ordered a rerun. A five-judge bench on Wednesday delivered the court’s detailed judgment, which upheld the main opposition’s complaints that President Uhuru…

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Tanzania Needs Clear Rules Amid Economic Transition, Ndulu Says

Tanzania Needs Clear Rules Amid Economic Transition, Ndulu Says

DAR ES SALAAM (Capital Markets in Africa) Tanzania needs to provide clear rules to businesses as it improves governance and makes better use of its natural resources, the governor of the central bank said. President John Magufuli’s government has embarked on an industrialization drive that will need the public sector and business to work better together to achieve inclusive growth, Bank of Tanzania Governor Benno Ndulu said Tuesday at a book launch in the commercial capital, Dar es…

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Kenyan Credit Growth Accelerates for First Time in Two Years

Kenyan Credit Growth Accelerates for First Time in Two Years

NAIROBI (Capital Markets in Africa) – Lending to Kenya’s private sector accelerated in August for the first time in two years, after growing at the weakest pace since 2002 the month before as banks continued to shun borrowers because of a government-imposed interest-rate cap. Credit grew 1.6 percent in August from a year earlier, compared with 1.4 percent in July, the Central Bank of Kenya said in an emailed statement. The bank kept its benchmark interest rate…

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Tanzanian Leader’s War for Taxes Puts Economy in Firing Line

Tanzanian Leader’s War for Taxes Puts Economy in Firing Line

DAR ES SALAAM (Capital Markets in Africa) – Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s deepening dispute with  companies he accuses of being tax cheats is rattling investors and dimming the   allure of one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies. Since taking office in late 2015, Magufuli has been on a drive to increase  revenue from natural resources to help fund his industrialization plans. His   administration has passed laws enabling it to renegotiate contracts and ordered   foreign mining firms to…

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Death Threats, Split Authority Said to Endanger Kenyan Vote

Death Threats, Split Authority Said to Endanger Kenyan Vote

NAIROBI (Capital Markets in Africa) – Death threats to top members of Kenya’s divided electoral body are endangering preparations for a rerun of last month’s annulled presidential election, a senior official at the authority said. The relatives of one administrator at the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission fled the country after their lives were threatened, while Chairman Wafula Chebukati made additional security arrangements for his family, said the official, who asked not to be identified…

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Kenyan Growth Jitters Rekindled as Court Orders Ballot Rerun

Kenyan Growth Jitters Rekindled as Court Orders Ballot Rerun

NAIROBI (Capital Markets in Africa) – Kenya’s economy may pay the price of opposition leader Raila Odinga’s successful bid to nullify the outcome of last month’s election, as prolonged political uncertainty pending a court-ordered rerun weighs on growth and investor confidence. “There was a lot of exuberance that the elections were over,” Kenneth Minjire, head of securities at Genghis Capital in Nairobi, said by phone. “Inquiries had shot up from private-equity firms, from foreign investors, who…

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Acacia Drops Most Since July on Output Cut Over Tanzania Row

Acacia Drops Most Since July on Output Cut Over Tanzania Row

DAR ES SALAAM (Capital Markets in Africa) Acacia Mining Plc shares dropped the most since July as the company will stop underground production at Tanzania’s Bulyanhulu mine until a dispute with the government over taxes and exports is resolved. The stock declined as much as 15 percent, the most since July 25, as Acacia cut its output forecast to about 750,000 ounces, from 850,000 to 900,000 ounces, for this year. It traded down 8.9 percent by 11:31…

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