Kenya

Science • Animals
Numbers of elephants in Kenya have doubled over the last three decades
Numbers of elephants in Kenya have doubled over the last three decades
Credit: Kenya Wildlife Service via Facebook

Kenya's Tourism Minister Najib Balala has announced that the authorities of the country have "managed to tame poaching" over the past decades which lead to the doubling of the elephant population in the country.

While in 1989 only 16,000 lived in the country the number has grown to over 34,000 in 2018 according to the Director of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) John Waweru.

Regional News • Africa
Tanzania: Former President Benjamin Mkapa dies aged 81
The late Benjamin William Mkapa, third President of Tanzania, during World Economic Forum on Africa 2010.
The late Benjamin William Mkapa, third President of Tanzania, during World Economic Forum on Africa 2010. Credit: Copyright World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org)/Photo by Aly Ramji / Mediapix / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Benjamin Mkapa, the former President of Tanzanzia, has died at age 81. The news were broadcasted by Tanzania’s president John Pombe Magufuli alongside a declaration of a seven-day national mourning period.

Mkapa led from 1995 to 2005 and was the leader of regional peace mediation efforts. He also played a part in the ending of the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007.

Health
Kenya: a teenage pregnancies rise during lockdown
Kenya: a teenage pregnancies rise during lockdown
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Machakos County has reported almost 4000 teenage pregnancies since the coronavirus outbreak in March. The statistics were released by the Children’s Department of Machakos. Girls were below 19, 104 cases were girls between the ages of 10-14. Machakos government has started an investigation to verify these numbers.

Climate & Environment
Kenya: Single-use plastic ban takes effect on Friday
Plastic bottle on beach
Plastic bottle on beach Credit: unsplash.com/Ishan @seefromthesky

Kenya forbids single-use plastics in the country's protected areas like national parks, forests and beaches. These include water bottles, straws and other single-use packaging. This ban was first announced three years ago and takes effect on June 6th, World Environment Day.