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Airtel Africa’s profit for the first half ended September 2021 more than doubled on-year to $335 million, while revenue for the same period rose 25 per cent YoY to $2.27 billion.

Airtel’s Africa business reported a net profit of $192 million in the fiscal second quarter, which more than doubled year-on-year (YoY) and rose over 35 per cent sequentially. The profit growth was on the back of a sharp reduction in finance costs coupled with strong growth in data and mobile money revenues.

Revenue for the quarter to September rose 20 per cent on-year and 4.31 per cent sequentially to $1.16 billion, the company said on Thursday.

Accordingly, Airtel Africa’s profit for the first half ended September 2021 more than doubled on-year to $335 million, while revenue for the same period rose 25 per cent YoY to $2.27 billion.

“Our first-half financial performance has been strong. The first half of last year, and especially Q1, was impacted by the start of Covid, but even after adjusting for these effects, our revenue growth rates for the half-year for the Group and all our service segments are ahead of our FY’21 revenue growth trends, and in reported terms, these are all in strong double-digit,” Segun Ogunsanya, Airtel Africa’s recently appointed new chief executive officer, said in an official statement on Thursday.

Net finance cost in the July-September quarter fell 23% on-year and nearly 27% sequentially to $71 million. 

Airtel’s Africa arm said, “The continued strength of the business has led the board to declare an interim dividend of 2 cents per share in accordance with an upgraded dividend policy which sets a new target base dividend for FY’22 of 5 cents per share, with the aim to grow this at a mid-to high- single-digit percentage each year.” 

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The family of a Kenyan woman allegedly killed by a British soldier in 2012 have told the BBC of their anger and despair that no-one has yet been convicted of her murder.

The UK defence ministry says it has been co-operating with a Kenyan inquiry into Agnes Wanjiru's death following allegations of a cover-up reported by the Sunday Times at the weekend (subscription required).

Her body was found in a septic tank at a hotel in central Kenya nearly three months after she had spent an evening partying with soldiers.

The 21-year-old left behind a five-month old daughter, who is now being cared for by her sister Rose Wanyua in the town of Nanyuki, 200km (125 miles) north of the capital, Nairobi.

Ms Wanyua sobbed as she revealed how the Sunday Times report had raked up painful memories.

She and her husband John Muchiri said the family had given up any hope of finding justice for Ms Wanjiru, who they knew as Ciru.

Agnes Wanjiru's sister and brother in law looking at a phone
Image caption,Agnes Wanjiru's sister (L) was in tears as she recalled the death of her sibling

"If it was Ciru who had killed that white person, by now I wouldn't even know where she is jailed," Ms Wanyua said.

"But whoever killed her went free and is living his life. I am raising her child alone, no-one has asked about their well-being, not even the government."

'We can't afford lawyers'

Ms Wanjiru, who dropped out of high school and later became a sex worker to look after her baby, was last seen by witnesses on the night of 31 March 2012.

She was walking out of a Nanyuki bar accompanied by two British soldiers.

Her body was later discovered behind a room where the soldiers had stayed, with missing body parts and a stabbing injury.

Kenyan judge Njeri Thuku concluded after an inquest in 2019 that Ms Wanjiru had been murdered by one or two British soldiers.

She ordered two further criminal inquiries, but the military took no action, the Sunday Times reports.

A soldier told the paper that the killer had confessed to him and he had reported it, but the army had failed to initially investigate.

Kenyan detectives are also said to have asked British military police to question some of the soldiers, but the UK's defence ministry denied receiving such a request.

On Tuesday, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the Ministry of Defence (MOD) had fully co-operated with the Kenyan investigation - and would continue to do so.

British soldiers at the Lolldaiga conservancyIMAGE SOURCE,AFP - Image caption,The British army holds training exercises near Nanyuki

Mr Muchiri said the family felt let down, but could not afford legal representation to take the matter further.

"You know, we are poor. I'm a casual labourer. We'd have loved to retain a lawyer to follow up. We can't," he said.

For decades, locals have complained about the British army, which has a training base in Nanyuki.

A lawyer who represents them told the BBC many of the issues go unaddressed.

"Even with our local police, you will just report a case, and then nothing goes beyond the investigation stage," Kelvin Kubai said. "Most of the locals do not have the resources and financial capacity, to enable them pursue justice on such grounds."

The UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Jane Marriott, has expressed "shared concern" over Ms Wanjiru's death and reiterated her government's support for the investigation.

The British Army Training Unit Kenya (BatUK) has also said it is supporting the MOD's discussions with Kenyan authorities over the murder.

For Agnes Wanjiru's family - nine years after her murder - the wait for justice continues. By Ferdinand Omondi, BBC

Moussa Faki Mahamat/Photo Courtesy

African Union (AU) chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has reiterated the organisation’s call for the immediate and unconditional removal of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by western powers at the turn of the Millenium.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mahamat said the continued sanctions have negatively impacted Zimbabwe’s socio-economic development and recovery efforts.

The statement read:

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat renews the African Union demand for the immediate and unconditional removal of sanctions imposed against the Republic of Zimbabwe and in support of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) commemoration of SADC Anti-Sanctions Day.
 
The Chairperson remains concerned by the negative impact of continued sanctions against the Republic of Zimbabwe on the country’s socio-economic development and recovery efforts. 

The Chairperson reaffirms the commitment of the African Union to continue working closely with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to support all regional efforts, and in this regard, the African Union associates itself fully with the statement issued by President Lazarus Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi and current Chairperson of SADC. Source: Pindula

  • An undated photo of ODM leader Raila Odinga inside an aeroplane FILE 
 
  • Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga took a break from campaigns and jetted out of the Country on Wednesday, October 27, for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    In a statement signed by Odinga's Spokesperson Dennis Onyango, the ODM leader left at 4pm on Wednesday.

    Odinga will be going to UAE in his capacity as the African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa.

    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga speaks during the Mashuja Day Celebrations in Kirinyaga on October 20, 2021.
    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga speaks during the Mashuja Day Celebrations in Kirinyaga on October 20, 2021.
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    He will attend a conference that will bring together high level officials and Ministers in Infrastructure, Energy, Transport, ICT and Water Sectors as well as Private Sectors companies leading in the Infrastructure sector.

    "He will upraise the conference on second phase of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA PAP2) being implemented from 2021-2030," reads an excerpt of the statement. 

    Odinga will also engage stakeholders on the effective service delivery of infrastructure on the continent.

    He is expected back in the Country next week.

    In addition, he will brief the conference on infrastructure and Energy improvements necessary for increased economic growth rate in the wake of the meltdown caused by coronavirus.

    Odinga's trip came just months after he left the country for the UAE for a strategic and political meeting. 

    Accompanying him at the time was Suna East MP Junet Mohammed, one of his close allies.

    An undated photo of Opposition leader Raila Odinga aboard a plane at the airport.
    An undated photo of Opposition leader Raila Odinga aboard a plane at the airport. (COURTESY) Kenyans,co,ke
     
 

 

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has welcomed Tanzanian consultancy Tanz PR as an International Member.

Operating in Tanzania and the United Kingdom, Tanz PR’s mission is to develop successful business opportunities between the UK, Europe, China, Tanzania, the Great Lakes, and East Africa. Tanz PR provides a full range of PR services, including branding, crisis management, corporate and public affairs, business planning, international marketing, and more.

Tanz PR CEO James Msalilwa MPRCA said: “Public Relations is not about spin or propaganda, instead it’s there to create reputation, business growth and understanding between organisations and publics. In many developing countries, as well as in Africa, it’s not yet well-known. You need Public Relations practitioners to help you how to present and say it”.

PRCA Director General Francis Ingham MPRCA said: “The PRCA Africa Network aims to elevate the standing and professionalism of communications in Africa. That can only be achieved by working with the continent’s leading organisations and that is why I am pleased to welcome Tanz PR as our newest international member. Tanz PR has experienced significant growth across its core business and integrated services in recent years. We look forward to playing a central role in their continued growth in the years to come.” - tanz-pr.com/Africa Business Communities

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