Sunday 21 January 2018
(AFP (eng) 09/10/13)
THE HAGUE, September 10, 2013 (AFP) - Kenyan Vice President William Ruto orchestrated a campaign of ethnic killings "to satisfy his thirst for power" after disputed 2007 elections, prosecutors said Tuesday at the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court. Ruto, 46, and co-accused Kenyan radio boss Joshua arap Sang, 38, pleaded not guilty to charges of stoking the worst violence in the east African country since independence in 1963. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ruto's former political foe turned ally, goes on trial at the ICC on November 12. He also proclaims his innocence. The start of the high-stakes case, with the ICC's reputation on the line particularly in Africa, was largely devoted to Ruto's defence, with his...
(AFP (eng) 09/10/13)
NAIROBI, September 10, 2013 (AFP) - Kenyan radio boss Joshua arap Sang, who reported on post-election violence in 2007 that left hundreds dead, appeared in court Tuesday on trial for hate speech and organising killings. A presenter with the Kalenjin-language radio Kass FM, he pleaded not guilty to crimes against humanity accused of murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population, and torture and persecution of political opponents. He appeared in the dock at the International Criminal Court alongside fellow accused Vice-President William Ruto. Short in stature, a dedicated church-goer, professed teetotaller and super-keen Arsenal supporter, 38-year old Sang does not cut a fearsome figure. But he is accused of inciting and helping coordinate attacks -- including through alleged coded messages...
(Voice of America 09/10/13)
NAIROBI — Kenya's parliament voted last week to withdraw from the International Criminal Court at The Hague. The move comes as Deputy President William Ruto goes on trial at the ICC for alleged crimes against humanity. Human rights organizations say Kenya's withdrawal would be a setback to the reforms the country has achieved in terms of fighting political impunity. Kenyan lawmakers last week voted to pull out of the ICC, where the country’s president and deputy are facing trials for crimes against humanity. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto are accused of helping to organize the post-election violence five years ago, in which more than 1,100 people were killed and 600,000 displaced. Both men deny the charges. Now days...
(AFP (eng) 09/10/13)
NAIROBI, September 10, 2013 (AFP) - Kenyan Vice President William Ruto became the most senior figure to voluntarily face trial for crimes against humanity when he appeared at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday. Ruto, 46, smiled as he pleaded not guilty at The Hague-based ICC to crimes against humanity charges for his alleged role in organising the violence that followed Kenya's disputed 2007 elections. A self-made businessman with a tough reputation, Ruto won political popularity by playing on his humble background and his devout Christian evangelism. Unlike many Kenyan politicians, Ruto "resonates well with the ordinary man", religious leader Elijah Kimosop said. Often dogged by graft allegations, Ruto started out from humble beginnings but has amassed considerable wealth. A...
(AFP (eng) 09/10/13)
THE HAGUE, September 10, 2013 (AFP) - Kenya Vice President William Ruto went on trial for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday, the most senior official ever judged by the under-fire tribunal. "Welcome to all," said presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji as he opened proceedings before Ruto, dressed in a grey suit and red and white tie, and his co-accused, radio boss Joshua arap Sang. Ruto, 46, arrived at court voluntarily the day after flying in to The Hague from Nairobi to face charges of masterminding deadly post-election violence in the east African nation five years ago. A crowd of Kenyan MPs and other supporters welcomed Ruto and Sang, 38, as they arrived for the politically-charged trial...
(Voice of America 09/10/13)
Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto goes on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) Tuesday on charges of involvement in violence that left about 1,300 people dead. The ICC accuses Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta of human rights abuses through involvement in Kenya’s 2007-2008 post-election violence that left about 1,300 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes. Also going on trial Tuesday is former radio host Joshua Arap Sang, who is also accused of involvement in the deadly violence. ICC spokesman Fadi El-Abdallah says the court will respect both Kenyatta and Ruto amidst demands by some Kenyan lawmakers that the two leaders be accorded special treatment because of the high office they hold. “We are very respectful of...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/10/13)
THE HAGUE | Tue Sep 10, 2013 (Reuters) - Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto appeared at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday for the opening of his trial on charges of co-orchestrating a post-election bloodbath five years ago. The trials of Ruto and of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, which will start in November, will test the stability of a country seen as vital to security in East Africa. They have split public opinion, and witness testimonies of the violence in 2008 that killed more than a thousand people could stir tension.
(Myjoyonline 09/10/13)
GENEVA — ON Tuesday, the eyes of Kenya will be firmly fixed on The Hague, where the trial of the country’s deputy president, William Ruto, and his co-defendant, Joshua arap Sang, an influential radio executive, is set to begin before the International Criminal Court. They have been charged with crimes against humanity for their alleged roles in the violence that rocked Kenya in late 2007 and early 2008. Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, will face similar charges in a related case set for trial in November. As the world reels from atrocities committed in Syria and Egypt, it may be easy to forget that nearly six years ago, it was Kenya that was on fire. In the wake of a contested...
(Tanzania Daily News 09/10/13)
Maputo — The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) has warned that a Green Revolution cannot materialise in Africa without concerted effort to secure financing for agricultural production. The Forum, which ended on Friday and brought together over 200 delegates from across Africa and the world, focused on the critical role to be played by public-private partnership and inclusive business models in the development of Africa's agriculture. It heard that the global gap in financing for agriculture stood at 450billion US dollars, an issue which was more acute in Africa than anywhere else in the world. Evidence showed that only 10 per cent of African smallholder farmers had access to financing when they needed to expand their production and raise their...
(Business Daily 09/10/13)
The Treasury has exhausted its overdraft facility at the Central Bank barely two months into the new financial year, shutting the emergency borrowing window. This comes at a time when the country’s speed of collecting revenues has fallen far behind the pace of expenditure growth. Data from the Central Bank of Kenya shows that the government hit the Sh34.2 billion ceiling at the end of August, up from Sh7 billion at the beginning of July. A statement from the Treasury showed that as at end of July the government had collected Sh54.7 billion, but had issued out Sh97 billion for recurrent and development expenditure. The government is allowed by law to overdraw from its CBK account an amount equal to...
(The Guardian 09/10/13)
Women are increasingly challenging the traditional male monopoly of African politics. In Cameroon, campaigners have worked tirelessly to boost the chances of women standing in the country's pending elections. On a sunny day in early May, in Ndu, northwest Cameroon, a group of women, many of whom have taken the day off from work on their farms, are evaluating the performance of an aspiring politician. One suggests smiling more, another that the candidate project her voice more and not look at her feet while talking. The women are here in the Bishop Shanahan Centre to improve their public-speaking skills and learn more about electoral procedures. There are no party divisions in the room – women from the Cameroon People's Democratic...
(AFP (eng) 09/09/13)
LA HAYE, September 9, 2013 (AFP) - Kenyan Vice President William Ruto was due to fly in to The Hague from Nairobi on Monday, a day before the start of his crimes against humanity trial at the International Criminal Court. Ruto, 46, is charged with masterminding deadly post-election violence five years ago. He is the most senior politician to date to face ICC judges, and his trial starts just days after Kenyan lawmakers voted to abandon the court in a world first. Ruto shook hands with supporters in Nairobi and waved smiling to a small crowd at the airport as he left, but made no comment. Kenya's 2007-2008 post-election unrest left at least 1,100 dead and more than 600,000 homeless...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/09/13)
NAIROBI | Mon Sep 9, 2013 (Reuters) - Kenya's president said it could be forced to halt cooperation with the International Criminal Court if it requires both him and his deputy - both charged with crimes against humanity - to attend hearings in The Hague at the same time. The West has urged Nairobi to cooperate with the ICC because it failure to do so would undercut contacts with Nairobi seen as crucial to its role as a regional bulwark against militant Islam. Kenya is also a big recipient of U.S. and European aid. Diplomats have said until now that they expect President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, to live up to pledges to cooperate. But Kenyatta's new...
(Vanguard 09/09/13)
Nairobi — Kenya has offered its 46 newly-discovered oil blocs for interested Nigerian investors in the oil and gas industry to develop. Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke announced this on Saturday in Nairobi. The minister said that the offer was part of the outcome of the dialogue group preceding the Nigeria-Kenya Investment Forum held on Friday in Nairobi. President Goodluck Jonathan, who concluded a three-day state visit to Kenya on Saturday, and his host, President Uhuru Kenyatta, presided over the forum. The forum had in attendance more than 500 prominent investors from both countries. Among the delegates were influential Nigerian business magnates who flew into Nairobi, aboard a fleet of seven private jets. The Minister said that beyond giving...
(AL Jazeera 09/09/13)
Concerns of old wounds being reopened are voiced, as president and deputy president prepare to face trial at the Hague. Fears of old wounds being reopened are weighing heavy on Kenyan communities as the country's president and his deputy prepare to keep their date with their trials for alleged crimes against humanity at The Hague. When Deputy President William Ruto enters the dock at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday, to be followed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in November, members of their two ethnic groups fear the course of justice could bring old rivalries to the surface again. Their victory in this year's peaceful election under the Jubilee Alliance has done little to heal rifts on the ground between Kenyatta's...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/09/13)
DUBAI | Mon Sep 9, 2013 (Reuters) - Dubai-based conglomerate Al Futtaim Group is eyeing its first investment in sub-Saharan Africa with an offer worth $86 million to take full control of Nairobi-listed car retailer CMC Holdings (CMC.NR). Al Futtaim will offer 13 shillings ($0.15) per share for CMC, with 50.6 percent of existing shareholders having pledged to accept the takeover offer, it said in a statement on Monday. Gulf Arab companies are boosting their investments in Africa lured by the continent's untapped resources and marking a shift away from their traditionally preferred markets such as the United States and Europe. The offer represents one of the biggest inflows of foreign investment into the Kenyan economy this year and showed...
(Ventures-Africa 09/09/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – New east African oil player, Kenya has partnered with Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer to help it build a sustainable framework for its premature energy industry while offering 46 newly discovered oil blocks to Nigerian investors as prospective concession deals to increase investment in the sector. According to Business Day, Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke made the disclosure adding that the partnership was one of the seven MoUs and bilateral Agreements signed by delegates of both countries at the maiden Nigeria-Kenya Investment Forum last week. “Kenya knows that it only makes sense that we exchange agreement in cooperation to hand over knowledge, capabilities and experience learnt. They want various templates that we have formulated, including...
(Voice of America 09/09/13)
On Monday, the first group of about 20 Kenyan legislators is accompanying Deputy President William Ruto to The Hague before his scheduled trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to lawmaker Elisha Kipkorir Busienei. Mr. Ruto’s trial begins Tuesday. “All of them are not going to be cross examined, but it is only to show solidarity to him. What they are doing at The Hague is just a fabrication, and as you can see some of the witnesses are withdrawing because they know that cannot stand and justify what they were talking about,” said Busienei. Also going on trial Tuesday is former radio host Joshua Arap Sang, who is accused of involvement in the deadly violence. Busienei is a...
(BBC News Africa 09/09/13)
Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto has left for The Hague to stand trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday. High-ranking government officials saw off Mr Ruto at the airport in Nairobi. Mr Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta have been charged with crimes against humanity, which they deny. On Sunday, Mr Kenyatta said the ICC must stagger their trials as the constitution did not allow the two men to be out of Kenya at the same time. Mr Kenyatta is due to go on trial in November. The charges against the three stem from violence that broke out after disputed elections in 2007, in which more than 1,000 people were killed and 600,000 forced from their homes. Mr Kenyatta...
(BBC News Africa 09/09/13)
A retired British army colonel has been shot and killed during a robbery at his son's home in Nairobi, Kenya. Edward Loden, who commanded the unit involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings in Northern Ireland, was on holiday when he was shot on Saturday evening. The attack happened after armed men forced their way into the compound in the Langata suburb. A family statement described Col Loden as a "devoted family man" and said his death was a "brutal tragedy". The BBC's East Africa correspondent Gabriel Gatehouse said he died on the way to hospital. A former colonel in the Parachute Regiment, Col Loden served on numerous operations around the world and was awarded the Military Cross for service in...

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