Omar Mohammed

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12 Mar 2019 | 7:19 PM

Kenya’s Safaricom secures deal to use M-Pesa payments on

Kenya's Safaricom said on March 12 it had secured a deal to use its M-Pesa mobile payment service for online shopping on one of Alibaba's platforms, part of a move to expand its most profitable product beyond Kenya.

Safaricom said the deal was part of an effort to transform M-Pesa into a global payments platform. M-Pesa has become a major profit driver for Safaricom. — Reuters
11 Mar 2019 | 5:03 AM

Hours in purgatory as families wait for news of Ethiopian Airlines crash

NAIROBI (Reuters) - More than three hours after Ethiopian Airlines tweeted that there were no survivors from flight ET302 to Nairobi which crashed on Sunday, authorities finally began informing families waiting in Kenya.

28 Nov 2018 | 12:21 AM

Under pressure from Western donors, Tanzanian leader prefers Chinese aid

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Tanzanian President John Magufuli, who has faced threats in recent weeks from Western donors to cut off aid in response to human rights concerns, said on Tuesday he prefers assistance from China, as Beijing imposes fewer conditions.

23 Nov 2018 | 12:40 PM

In Tanzania, a bulldozer president tests donors

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The soldiers started fanning out in the cashew nut growing regions of southern Tanzania - a jolting sight for traders and, campaigners say, a watershed moment for a country once held up as a darling of development groups.

12 Sep 2018 | 6:18 PM

Slamming the door: How Trump transformed U.S. refugee program

WASHINGTON/KAKUMA, KENYA (Reuters) - On Jan. 19, 2017, Aden Hassan’s long wait to start a new life ended when he stepped off a plane in Columbus, Ohio, half a world away from the Kenyan refugee camp where he had lived for a decade.

20 Aug 2018 | 5:45 PM

Uber to push further into East Africa with services like Chap Chap

Uber the global ride-hailing company, is considering expanding into two other East African countries before the end of 2018, focusing on low cost services like Chap Chap in Kenya, the company said.

A vehicle of Uber operating taxi is seen at a parking lot in Nairobi, Kenya. — Reuters
13 Aug 2018 | 7:30 PM

Uber rival Taxify bets on motorcycles and rickshaws in East Africa

Taxify, an Estonian ride-hailing company aiming to take on Uber in emerging markets, will invest millions of euros in East Africa in the next five years with a strategy focused on motorised rickshaws and motorcycles.

Taxify differentiates itself from rivals by offering locally popular modes of transport, and also working to take less commission from drivers. — Reuters
4 Aug 2018 | 7:33 PM

Eritrean Airlines starts regular flights to Addis, improving relations -minister

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Eritrean Airlines has begun regular flights to Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, the Eritrean information minister said on Saturday, marking another step in improving relations between the Horn of African countries after a generation of hostility.