South Africa: Teens to fly Cape to Cairo in a plane they assembled

By iOL.co.za (MERCURY REPORTER)

An epic adventure in the form of an aviation challenge promoting and supporting innovation, technology and entrepreneurship will see 20 teenagers embark on a Cape-to-Cairo-and-back excursion in a self-assembled Sling-4 aircraft.

The aircraft uses ordinary motor fuel and was built in just three weeks.

The excursion, earmarked to start next month, will see different teams of the 20 teenagers pilot and charter a course that will cut across several African cities and towns, spreading the key messages of an African narrative that started as a dream.

Teen pilot, author and motivational speaker Megan Werner, sparked by her passion to inspire, founded U Dream Global Foundation to uplift, empower, equip and transform the lives of thousands of youth throughout Africa and the world by “dreaming and achieving the impossible as well as succeeding beyond expectations”.

“The challenge has enabled us to take a lot of teenagers from different backgrounds and to teach and equip them with life skills that they can take with them into the future.

“Throughout Africa, we are hoping to do similar initiatives affecting thousands of youths who are the future of the continent,” said Megan.

Megan and various teen co-pilots are now set to chart a course across Africa to visit towns and cities in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Egypt, and a return trip that will include Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia.

Pupils assemble the Sling-4 aircraft, which they plan to fly from Cape Town to Cairo and back on an epic journey next month.

Voluntary support for logistical aspects of the flight is being provided by CFS, ExecuJet, Worldfuel and Mike Blyth, the founder of The Airplane Factory – the enterprise that designed and built the original Sling plane series.

Using specially modified, self-made drones, the challenge will be documented on video.

Six teenage pilots will take turns to fly the plane as the challenge moves from country to country.

Rwandan youth have potential to shine but need to rise to the occasion

By The New Times

The potential is there but young people need to stand up to the plate and make the most of these opportunities.

Rwandan youth have over the years been afforded many life-changing opportunities, ranging from education and entrepreneurship to business and sporting and entertainment areas.

Indeed few of them have grabbed some of these opportunities with both hands and have been able to change their lives and impact their communities.

But many have remained in their comfort zones and failed to take advantage of the various initiatives across the different sectors.

One such latest opportunity has come in the form of basketball. United States’ National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) have just announced a plan to launch a professional basketball league for Africa and Rwanda is one of the countries that will be participating.

The Basketball Africa League, slated to get underway in January 2020, will comprise of 12 teams drawn from several countries including Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia and Rwanda.

The development presents a great opportunity to young Rwandans seeing as this country has proven that it has untapped potential in the sport.

In addition to the growing competitiveness of country’s elite basketball league, many youngsters have continuously expressed interest in the sport, with some impressing under the Giants of Africa basketball programme launched in Rwanda in partnership with basketball legend Masai Ujiri and NBA’s Toronto Raptors.

Young Rwandans benefiting from such initiatives should take these opportunities seriously by consistently investing their energy, talent, passion and time if they are to succeed.

Above all, they need to be patient and disciplined.

The potential is there but young people need to stand up to the plate and make the most of these opportunities.

Source The New Times

Kenya’s rugby sevens banking on youth to turn World Series around


By Xinhua


Kenya’s rugby sevens team will for the third time lead a youthful team to the World Series, as senior players stay away amid ongoing contractual disputes.

Head coach Paul Murunga on Wednesday announced a team containing five debutants for the matches at the Hamilton Sevens in New Zealand on January 25 and against Australia’s Sydney Sevens on February 2.

“As the season progresses, more players will be exposed to the international series. We saw a good number do well during the Cape Town Sevens in South Africa and are looking forward to seeing how the new call-ups perform at the Hamilton Sevens and in Sydney,” Murunga said in Nairobi.

The uncapped five are William Reeve, Harold Anduvate, Brian Wandera, Eliakim Kichoi and Mark Wandetto.

There is also a return for Jacob Ojee for the first time since 2015, with Michael Wanjala also coming back into the squad. Veteran Ojee will captain the squad for this Oceania tour, with Wanjala serving as his deputy.

“It’s an honor to captain the Kenya Sevens team,” said Ojee. “It is a huge responsibility but with the current squad, I am confident that we are going to improve on our performance.”

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman Richard Omwela has offered his support, saying the squad named is the best that is available for the assignment at hand.

“We are fully behind the squad named today by head coach Murunga,” said Omwela.

Among the established players missing from the Oceania tour are Collins Injera, Andrew Amonde, Sammy Oliech, Nelson Oyoo, Jeff Oluoch, Leonard Mugaisi, Dan Sikuta, Dennis Ombachi, Brian Tanga, Eden Agero, Willy Ambaka, Oscar Ouma, Augustine Lugonzo and Billy Odhiambo.

They have all boycotted training and will not sign new contracts unless the terms are improved.

Kenya has endured a troubled start to this season’s World Series, only garnering four points across the first two legs in Dubai and Cape Town, leaving them one position away from the relegation zone in the 16-team leaderboard.

The 2018/19 Sevens Series will form part of the qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, with the top four sides securing automatic qualification to the Games.

An additional six teams will qualify through the men’s and women’s World Rugby continental Olympic qualification tournaments, while a final opportunity for Olympic qualification will come at the World Rugby Olympic Repechage tournament.


Source Xinhua


Apply for the World Youth Alliance Africa for young leaders planned in Nairobi, Kenya.


By NIYONKURU PROSPER


Are you students, recent graduates, and young professionals? are looking to make a difference? The World Youth Alliance (WYA) is looking for young people and leaders with a strong desire to protect and promote human dignity while making a positive impact on society. Successful interns have been proactive, self-driven, resourceful, detail-oriented, and humble individuals with the willingness to learn, and give the best from their experiences, skills, and initiative. This program takes place at the WYA Africa offices in Nairobi, Kenya.

The duty of interns.

The WYA Africa Internship Program grants qualified members real-world experience in project management, international law and advocacy together with a good understanding of the basic philosophy of the human person. The WYA Africa Internship Program is a 3-month volunteer opportunity for young people committed to fulfilling WYA’s mission through work with their regional staff on projects related to advocacy, education, or culture. Interns will report to the WYA Africa office in Nairobi, Kenya. It could take longer than 3 months depending on the circumstances.

Benefit.

As an intern, you can be involved in the following: Join an international youth organization that promotes human dignity. Learn about national, regional, and international policy-making that impacts development; Help implement WYA projects in advocacy, education or culture; participate in WYA’s Certified Training Program discussions with young people from different parts of Africa Challenge yourself and advance your skill sets and field of expertise.

Eligibility

This internship program is open to university students, recent graduates, and young professionals. Ideal candidates possess a strong passion for the defense of human dignity. We seek committed members with strong communication abilities and organizational skills. Interns must also be able to motivate and inspire others. The Africa Internship Program is open to all World Youth Alliance members in the Africa region between the ages of 18 to 30. Internships are voluntary and may be done on a part-time or full-time basis for a period of 12 weeks.

Scholarships

Interns are expected to take care of their living expenses while in Nairobi, Kenya. Applicants accepted into the internship program may apply for limited scholarships for a monthly stipend but approval is granted on an individual case basis and is dependent on applicant need.

Application Requirements:

To apply for the internships, you must complete the application form (available upon request by email to africa@wya.net or downloaded from https://www.wya.net/get involved/internship/)

Cover Letter; Resume or CV, Two letters of recommendation; Signed copy of the WYA charter (for new members)

For more information, visit The World Youth Alliance Internship Program

Visit this Application form to apply.


Source regioweek


Kenya President Kenyatta Lauds Youth for Looking Beyond Tribe to Intermarry


By Editor


President Uhuru Kenyatta said the future of Kenya where there is no tribalism is being moulded by its youth who are rejecting the ways of the older generations.

The President spoke at the wedding of the daughter of Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi, Makena Murungi and James Bukusi held at the Ngong Racecourse in Nairobi County.

“We celebrate the coming together of our people. This generation is doing a tremendous thing because they do not see barriers amongst them. They see the person they went to school with and the person they work with. That is whom they respect. That is who they fall in love with and marry,” said the President.

The President and Deputy President William Ruto said Kenyans should celebrate their different cultures instead of seeing them as barriers to their friendship and unity.

Kenyatta praised young Kenyans who respect and tolerate those they study or work without any influence of ethnic prejudices.

He said Kenya will become more secure and prosperous when Kenyans start accepting each other without using tribe or religion as a guide.

“That is the Kenya we are looking for. A Kenya where we have respect for one another, where we cherish our different cultures,” said the President.

He encouraged the youth to be the foundation for a better future for the nation as he wished the newlyweds a happy and blessed union.

Deputy President Ruto said the marriage of James and Makena was an indication of the positive attitudes of Kenya’s youth.

He said Kenyan youth are going beyond tribal boundaries to set ground for a stronger nation.

The DP said the marriage of Makena Murungi to James Bukusi, whose parents originate from Busia County, was a step in the right direction as it is helping to build bridges between Kenyan communities.

“You are assisting the President in building bridges,” said the DP. He said every Kenyan must take deliberate steps to go beyond ethnic boundaries, faiths and political parties to create a more harmonious nation.

DP Ruto said young Kenyans of marriage age should be encouraged to settle down saying that the family is the foundation of any society.

“The foundation of a nation is the family and we have come to celebrate your marriage,” the Deputy President counselled.


Source Capital FM


More than 50 youths seeking to join KDF conned in Kenya

By BERNARD ROTICH

Some of the youth who were turned away during the Kenya Defence Forces recruitment drive in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, on Sunday have admitted that they were conned.

They told KDF officials that they paid up to Sh300,000, for “recruitment letters”, but their hopes were dashed when they were caught with fake documents.

By the end of the drive at the Recruit Training School in Eldoret town, more than 50 suspects had been arrested with fake recruitment letters and were to be charged.

KDF spokesperson Paul Njuguna said they had warned potential recruits to be alert to avoid being conned.

“We had warned Kenyans to be on the lookout because many people out there con jobless youths whenever such opportunities arise,” he said.

A victim who declined to be named said her father paid a senior officer at the Lanet Barracks Sh300,000 to facilitate her recruitment. “Part of the money was paid in cash and the balance via M-Pesa and we were given the recruitment letter,” she said.

Some youths are said to have sold property, including land, to raise money for letters.

Col Njuguna said those arrested are being held in different police stations in Eldoret town and will be charged after investigations are completed.

According to Col Njuguna, those who were arrested confessed that they paid up to Sh300,000 for appointment letters.

SH2 MILLION

“It is unfortunate that some people have taken advantage of very innocent Kenyans to fleece them of millions of money on grounds that they are going to employ them. This should not be happening in this age and era,” explained Col Njuguna.

Last year, more than 60 youths were arrested with fake appointment letters were charged.

In April, police in Kilifi arrested a man suspected to have conned youth of more than Sh2 million by promising to recruit them into the KDF. He was arrested in a hotel in Malindi Town.

Police said he is the ring leader of a syndicate that has been operating in Mombasa and Kilifi counties, conning unsuspecting youth looking for jobs.

He had been masquerading as a Kenya Navy officer, Mtwapa OCPD Joseph Muriuki said.

Source Daily Nation

Kenya: UNODC Hosts Youth Conference On Anti Corruption

By Capital News

Nairobi — The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Gigiri, Nairobi, is hosting hundreds of youth for a three-day conference that seeks to dialogue and generate solutions on anti-corruption.

The high-level meeting kicked off Thursday and was opened by ambassadors and Global youth representatives to the United Nations covering all 47 counties.

Speaking at the opening of the ceremony, the Director General to United Nations in Kenya Hanna S Terreh noted that, there is a devastating negative impact of corruption in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals which aim at promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, and every shilling lost to corruption denies a Kenyan youth the ability to rise above the poverty line.

“The Youth Workshop will serve as the launch of UNODC-ROEA’s Regional Youth Program which aims to serve as a valuable resource for youth integration into leadership opportunities and anti-corruption initiatives, supporting the Sustainable Development Goals and Vision 2030,” he said.

Head of UNODP East Africa Dr Amado Philip said the reason why people fail as a nation is because they fail to see vast opportunities and lack of seeing the bigger picture.

“To remove cancer, you have to fight it from its roots in order to succeed. If we invest more in top notch knowledge from the lower level all the way to upper academic level, get the best technology from around the world then employer ability will increase” He added.

“The great concern is what can we do as a nation to curb on drug abuse and crime in this Nation, the dynamics that revolve around the solution focus on creating a wide range of employment opportunities.”

Youths that got rehabilitated from drugs and crime gave experiences that have transformed their lives from drug addiction and they will be awarded by Credit Bank with financial support for the best entrepreneurial ideas at the end of the three-day conference.

Source – Capital FM

Kenya: Staff arrested in Kenya LGBT centre for ‘recruiting’ gay youth

By Pinknews

Two members of staff at an LGBT+ organisation in Mombasa, Kenya, were arrested after police received a “tip off” about gay-related activities in the area.

Police raided the non-governmental organisation today and arrested two members of staff after receiving the tip off, according to Nairobi News.

According to the local news outlet, the police accused the group of “recruiting youth in the area to join the gay community.”

The staff members were held for more than four hours where they were interrogated by police, however they were let go earlier today.

Nairobi News quote Makupa Police Station as saying: “We received complaints from members of the public about the activities of the organisation.

“We raided and nabbed some of its staff for questioning,” the source continued.

It is illegal to be gay in Kenya, and the LGBT+ community can face a number of challenges in their daily lives as a result.

Men who are convicted of having gay sex in Kenya could be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison for the offence. Other sexual practices between men are punished by up to five years in prison.

Transgender people also suffer discrimination in Kenya, where society is highly conservative and negative views about the LGBT+ community are widespread.

The scale of anti-LGBT+ sentiment was recently shown in Kenya when lesbian film Rafiki was banned because it was seen to promote homosexuality.

The film – which was made and set in Kenya – has been gathering awards buzz, and in an unprecedented move, the ban was lifted for a week so it would be eligible for Academy Award nominations.

When it was screened for a week in Nairobi in order to meet Academy rules, it broke box-office records in the Kenya. The ban is now in place again, however the filmmakers are pursuing court action to have the ban lifted permanently.

Meanwhile, a rugby team in Bristol this week launched a crowdfunding campaign to keep one of their teammates – who is originally from Kenya – in the UK.

The Bristol Bisons launched the fundraiser on November 22 after a petition to keep Ken Macharia in the UK topped 70,000 signatures.

Speaking to PinkNews this week, Macharia said he would have to conceal his sexuality if he is deported to Kenya.

“It’s extremely homophobic,” he told PinkNews from Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre. “There is mob ‘justice’ and criminals can blackmail you [over your sexuality] on online dating.”

He added: “I would not be able to live openly. I would be forced to go back in hiding. I would be forced to go back into the closet.”

Source – Newzimbabwe

Kenya: Youth, women yet to get 30pc State tenders, agency says

By SAMWEL OWINO

An ambitious plan by the Jubilee administration to give youth, women and the disabled 30 per cent of all government tenders is yet to be fully realised.

This is according to the latest report compiled by the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority.

The agency’s latest report for 2017-2018 tabled in Parliament indicate that cumulatively, only 23.4 percent of tenders were awarded to the youth.

“From the review of the requirement that procuring entities reserve at least 30 per cent their annual planned procurement spends for the target groups, cumulatively, during the 2017/2018, the two levels of government cumulatively planned to spend Sh194 billion on their procurements of which Sh45 billion was reserved for procurement of goods, works and services from firms owned by youth, women and people living with disability. This represents a reservation of 23 percent which less than the required minimum of 30 percent,” reads the report.

The regulatory authority noted that persons living with disabilities were awarded the least contracts in terms of number and value.

Some procuring entities, the report noted, did not award contracts to this target group at all.

The report says that state corporations reported the highest number of contract awards at 8,340 followed by universities, colleges and polytechnics and technical institutions at 3,610.

Ministries, State Departments and State House had 1,533 contracts awarded.

Source – Daily Nation

Kenya: Uhuru pushes for gender parity, youth involvement in AU reforms

By PSCU

Institutional reforms at the African Union (AU) will enhance its efficiency in meeting Africa’s needs and aspirations, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

The president said this on Saturday, noting the reforms process will enhance the capacity of African nations to face challenges and diversify their economies for increased resilience.

STRUCTURES

President Kenyatta spoke at the 11th Extraordinary Session of The Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The main focus of the summit is the AU reform process, which is aimed at making the body more efficient in the delivery of its mandate.

President Kenyatta noted Kenya’s support for the Executive Council’s recommendation for an eight-member commission comprising the chairperson, deputy chairperson and six commissioners.

He also said Kenya supports the establishment of a non-elected post of director-general, who will coordinate the work of non-elected members of the African Union Commission (AUC).

President Kenyatta further advised the AUC to ensure that as it goes on with the reforms, it guards against duplication of roles to improve overall coherence and efficiency in line with best practices.

“In order to have member states and regions on board, we welcome the intention to respect gender parity and inter and intra-regional rotation, and commend the leadership for the proposal to have a 35 percent threshold of youth in the selection process.”

The president underscored the importance of the full implementation of the new structures to drive the continental body to attain the “Africa we want” ambition as outlined in its Agenda 2063.

BLUE ECONOMY

Mr Kenyatta also noted that Kenya warmly welcomed the integration of the sustainable blue economy component in the new structure of the AU.

The move, he said, is in the right direction since the sector has immense untapped potential to contribute to Africa’s transformation and growth.

Kenya is spearheading a new global focus on the blue economy and is set to host an inaugural Sustainable Blue Economy Conference later this month.

“It is in this regard, that I once again invite you to the High Level Sustainable Blue Economy Conference to be held in Nairobi from November 26 to 28, a forum that will afford us an excellent opportunity to engage further on this important topic,” said the president.

NEW PRESIDENT

President Kenyatta congratulated his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame, the outgoing AU chairperson, “for his steadfast and able stewardship” of the reforms process.

He also congratulated Ethiopia for the historic election of the first female president in the country, H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde.

Mr Kenyatta had lunch with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and later visited President Zewde.

He congratulated her on the election and pledged the country’s support.

While inviting President Zewde to visit Kenya soon, he promised to lead a trade delegation to Ethiopia next year to explore avenues for deepening trade ties.

The Ethiopian President thanked President Kenyatta for Kenya’s outstanding leadership role in the region, especially in economic, social integration, peace and security matters.

She said she acquired valuable leadership lessons during her past interactions with President Kenyatta and pledged to work more closely with him that she did while serving the United Nations in Nairobi.

She sent greetings to First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, whom she described as a close friend and a big inspiration to women leaders in Africa.

TRADE TIES

President Kenyatta and Mr Ahmed spoke about the need to enhance trade ties between Kenya and Ethiopia, and agreed to explore joint ventures especially in the establishment and operation of special economic zones.

They also discussed regional security and the need to make border areas safe for business.

The president applauded the PM for his strong support for women leaders, as seen through the election of Ms Zewde, and the recent Cabinet reshuffle that saw more women earn ministerial appointments.

Mr Ahmed told President Kenyatta that Ethiopia is committed to achieving a united and prosperous continent.

He said that under his leadership, Ethiopia will lead the push for African unity and progress.

Source – Daily Nation