PRESS REVIEW | Today’s top stories

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Italian President Sergio Mattarella to hold talks with Pres. Ruto in State House

Italian President  Sergio Mattarella is set to hold talks with Kenyan President William Ruto in a bid to strengthen ties between the two nations. The meeting is expected to take place at State House in Nairobi and will cover a range of topics, including trade, security, and tourism.

Sergio arrived in the country yesterday night and was received by Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Alfred Mutua.

Italy is one of Kenya’s major trading partners, with bilateral trade between the two countries standing at over 300 million euros in 2021. The meeting between the two presidents is expected to explore ways to further enhance trade and investment between the two nations.

Govt allows for importation of duty-free dates ahead of Ramadhan

In preparation for the upcoming Holy Month of Ramadhan, the government through the Cabinet Secretary for Treasury Njuguna Ndung’u has once again allowed duty-free importation of dates.

This move aims to ensure that there is a sufficient supply of dates, which are an essential food item during the month-long observance.

In a letter seen by NTV, Ndung’u says “The government has authorised that the dates imported and cleared between 13 March and 30 April 2023 be done without the payment of taxes, Import Declaration Fee and Railway Development Levy.”

US VP Kamala Harris set to visit Tanzania in push to boost Africa links

US Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to visit Tanzania and several other African countries including Ghana and Zambia from March 25 to April 2, marking her first trip to the continent since taking office.

The trip is part of the Biden administration’s efforts to strengthen ties with African nations and address pressing regional issues.

During her visit, Harris is expected to engage in high-level talks with government officials, business leaders, and civil society representatives. The discussions are expected to focus on topics such as economic development, climate change, and regional security.

21 migrants die in boat sinking off Madagascar: authorities

At least 21 migrants died when their boat sank off the coast of Madagascar over the weekend, the island nation’s maritime authorities said on Monday, revising downwards its earlier toll.

“To date, 21 people have died, two are missing and 24 have survived. We assume that there were 47 people on board, according to information from fishermen who were the first to try rescue the shipwrecked,” director general of the Madagascar Maritime Authority (APMF) Jean Edmond Randrianantenaina told AFP.

The APMF had in an earlier statement listed 22 dead of those who had “clandestinely taken a boat headed to (the French territory of) Mayotte, but that sank”.

Madrid relying on injury-hit Benzema for more European glory

Karim Benzema has formed an essential part of Real Madrid’s Champions League success, but there are doubts over whether his team can rely on him to extend their European domination this season.

The French striker’s season has been regularly disrupted by injuries, and although Vinicius Junior is a deadly threat on the left, without Benzema, defences can focus on shutting down the Brazilian winger.

His future at Madrid is also unknown — his contract expires in June and no public decision has been made over a renewal by player or club.

“Legends of this club have to stay at Madrid,” said Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, hoping the forward remains at his disposal next year.

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