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African press review 26 February 2016


A case of caning is making waves in Kenya, while Egypt is talking about tourism. Plus, The East African reports from Bujumbura where shop owners are loosing money because of the current political crisis.


We start with regional paper The East African which headlines on Burundi. The paper says that the crisis "that erupted in Burundi in April 2015 following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term" didn't just hurt people but also the economy.

According to the latest figures we have, Burundi GDP contracted by 7.2% in 2015 and is set to fall further this year.

That's why the daily decided to ask traders working in Bujumbura how the crisis had affected their jobs.

There's for example Nyabenda, who has been working in the capital for six years. He says he was earning around 70 euros of revenue a day before the crisis, but now that amount went down to 20 euros.

"The fall is explained by the fact that so many customers fled the country as Burundi descended into violence" and "those who have stayed don’t have the same purchasing power so the quantity of goods sold has markedly declined" explains The East African.

The situation won't improve anytime soon. According to the paper, the 2016 budget "shows a fall in government spending of more than 46 per cent".

While we are talking about the economy, The Egypt Independent headlines on tourism this morning. That's because the country, at least according to its Tourism minister, is expecting to receive a large numbers of tourists.

This statement follows the presentation of reasearch that, as the paper puts it, "reveals significant interest in Egypt" by tourists.

The country has seen a recent decline in numbers of visitors, following growing security concerns in the region.The Egypt Independent notes that "the downing of a Russian plan in October where 224 people died" in the Sinai is one of the primary reason of that fall.

Still, according to the American study," 61 percent of tourists consider Egypt a destination they look forward to visiting during their lifetime". The pyramids will always make us dream...

Meanwhile in Keny, the Education Secretary has promised to deal with a recent controversy according to this morning's Daily Nation.

Earlier this week, a video of school students being beaten by their teachers surfaced online.

"The footage posted on Facebook on Tuesday shows four teachers   three men and a woman caning the students in the school’s staff room" explains the Nation.

The video was shot last year but only surfaced this year, but the revelation pushed the Education Secreatary, Fred Matiang'i to order "swift punishment" of the teachers who were filmed caning students.

Matiang'i made the annoucement during a visit at a school yesterday.

The Kenyan National Union of Post Primary Education is surprisingly defending the teachers. The union argues that because video was taken last year , it "could therefore not be used as a basis to punish the teachers" explains the Daily Nation.

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