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Yes, Kenya’s county funding based on five-year-old national revenue figures

11th July 2019 A push to amend Kenya’s constitution continues to simmer, with backers of a draft bill saying they have the required million signatures supporting... 

Yes, Kenya’s health budget has risen 30% in last two fiscal years

8th July 2019 Better healthcare is a key pillar of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s legacy projects, known as the Big 4, as he serves out his second and final term.... 

South African police minister cites dubious UN standard as he calls for 60 000 more officers

2nd July 2019 Giving his second state of the nation address in June 2019, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa said that the first step to creating a country... 

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No evidence powerful Kenyan minister urged debtors to default on popular mobile apps

27th June 2019 Has Kenya’s powerful interior minister banned mobile lending apps, as a post on a popular Facebook page claims? As evidence of this order, the user... 

Coca-Cola is right: 50% of young women in northern Nigeria have no formal education

25th June 2019 To mark International Women’s Day in March 2019, Coca-Cola Nigeria tweeted a video that opened with the claim that “50% of young women in northern... 

Kenya’s 2019 budget speech: do finance minister’s numbers add up?

18th June 2019 On 13 June 2019 Kenya’s finance minister Henry Rotich announced his budget for the 2019/20 financial year, which starts on 1 July. Rotich said the... 

Does Kenya have one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the world?

13th June 2019 A British charity’s recent appeal for donations said the death rates of mothers and young children in Kenya were very high, giving statistics to... 

Are nearly 80% of Kenya’s farmers smallholders? No data shows this

6th June 2019 Household budgets can be a tight balancing act in Kenya, with unpredictable weather playing ping-pong with food prices. The government’s budgets... 

Cadbury South Africa’s 3.7-million orphans claim based on old data

4th June 2019 A paper plane is the “closest thing to a toy” South African orphans may ever have, according to a May 2019 marketing campaign by chocolate company... 

Quick read: South Africa’s 2019 election in numbers

28th May 2019 In May 2019 South Africa held its sixth democratic election. Millions queued to make their mark on a longer than usual ballot paper. The dust is... 

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