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China is leading source of used clothes for Kenya in 2020 – Report



China is leading source of used clothes for Kenya in 2020 – Report

…As Chinese firm invests $110m in ceramic tiles, baby diapers production in Zambia***

China was the leading source of second-hand clothes and footwear to Kenya in 2020, said a report released in Kenya on Thursday.

Kwame Owino, the Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), disclosed this in Nairobi.

Owino said one of the reasons for significant imports into Kenya was that China “has a huge textile sector and thus the capacity to export both used or out of season textile and apparels.”

The report published by IEA seeks to examine the structure and extent of the used clothing industry and its contribution to the economy.

The report indicated that China accounted for 41 per cent of all imports of second hand clothes in 2019, with Pakistan, Canada, Britain, and the U.S. as other major sources.

The report showed that 97 per cent of Kenya’s imports of second-hand textiles were made in about 20 countries.

The study described Kenya as one of the largest importers of second-hand clothes in sub-Saharan Africa because of its use and export to other countries.

“The volume of imported second-hand clothes and footwear reflect the domestic demand for these goods among the Kenyan population,” says the IEA report.

In another development, a Chinese firm has commenced the construction of two factories for the production of ceramic tiles and baby diapers at the cost of 110 million dollars in Zambia.

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Sunda Group is constructing the two factories at the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Zone, with 100 million dollars to be invested in the ceramic tile factory while 10 million dollars will go towards the baby diaper production factory.

This came to light when the Zambia Consulate-General in Guangzhou held a meeting with a delegation from the company led by Vice-President Daniel Wang, according to a statement from the consulate on Thursday.

The factory to produce ceramic tiles under the brand name Twyford is expected to begin production in April this year while the baby diaper factory will start production in June this year under the name Software.

Wang said during the meeting that the investment was expected to create 500 jobs during the construction phase and 1,500 once production starts.

He said the company would use 95 per cent locally sourced inputs in the production of ceramic tiles, a situation that would promote value addition and create an estimated 2,000 indirect jobs.

The company, he said, was committed to promoting Zambia’s industrialisation and value addition agenda as more investments would be undertaken in the southern African nation.

Consul-General at the Consulate General of Zambia in Guangzhou Daniel Chisenga thanked the Chinese firm for actualising its investment in Zambia.

According to him, the investment gives impetus to Zambia’s economic diplomacy, a strategy under which the country’s embassies abroad have been tasked to attract foreign private investment.





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Israeli army says it has opened door leading to tunnel under hospital



The Israeli army says it has broken open the sealed blast door at the end of a suspected Hamas tunnel under the al-Shifa hospital in the Gaza Strip.

The military published two pictures on social media platform X, formerly called Twitter, Tuesday evening showing the open door in a tunnel.

What exactly is behind the door remained unclear at first.

“Just through this door, underneath the Shifa Hospital, are Hamas’ terrorists tunnels.

“Here’s the PROOF of Hamas’ terrorism festering underneath hospitals,” the Israel Defense Forces said in their post on X.

However, the photographs were published without context and could not be independently verified.

The military suspects a command centre of the Islamist Hamas under the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip.

Buildings in the vicinity of the hospital were also suspected.

According to the army, a shaft uncovered a few days ago in the grounds of the embattled hospital led to a tunnel, at the end of which there was a locked “explosion-proof door” after 55 metres.

Israel says the tunnel leads to a network of Hamas tunnels and bunkers.

In spite of international criticism, Israeli soldiers have been engaging in combat operations in and around the Shifa hospital for days.

Israel accuses Hamas of misusing the hospital for “terrorist purposes.”

But Hamas denies this.

  • dpa


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Israeli tanks raid northern Gaza Strip- Army



Israeli tanks and infantry raided the northern Gaza Strip in a predawn attack Thursday, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said in a statement.

The military said that forces conducted a targeted raid using tanks in the northern Gaza Strip.

According to the statement, the raid was part of preparations for the next stages of combat, in which Israel planned a ground offensive in Gaza.

During the raid, soldiers located and struck numerous militants, infrastructure and anti-tank missile launch posts and “operated to prepare the battlefield,’’ IDF said.

It said the soldiers have since exited the area and returned to Israeli territory.

There were no reports of casualties on the Israeli side and the soldiers exited the area at the end of the incursion.

At least 6,546 people have been killed in Gaza since Israel launched its war on Hamas on Oct. 7 following Hamas’ onslaught on communities in southern Israel earlier that day.

  • Xinhua
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NiDCOM To Investigate Alleged Murder Of Nigerian Student By Group Of Chinese



The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) says it will investigate the alleged murder of a Nigerian student by a group of Chinese citizens in the Philippines.

This is contained in a statement by Mr Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media, Public Relations, and Protocol Unit of NiDCOM.

According to the statement, the investigation is intended to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of the student identified as Ikem.

“The attention of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has been drawn to a viral social media news item on the death of a Nigerian student, identified as Ikem, who was allegedly murdered by

a group of Chinese in the Republic of the Philippines.

“Though the matter had not been officially reported to the Nigerian embassy in the Philippines, NIDCOM has asked the eyewitness who posted the gory incident on his social media handle to provide more

details to the Commission’s e-mail —,” the statement read in parts.

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