| Africatime
Tuesday 25 April 2017
(Xinhua 03/04/13)
Kenya's general elections are scheduled to take place on Monday. Following are profiles of the two leading presidential candidates: -- Raila Amollo Odinga, the son of Kenya's independent Vice President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, has been an active political player in Kenya's political arena since early 1980's. Born on Jan. 7, 1945, Odinga is a hero of second liberation campaigning on the platform of reformist politicians in Cord coalition, a coalition of 17 parties that have nominated him to contest the March 4 elections. To his admirers, he is fondly known by various names -- Agwambo (mysterious), Tinga (tractor), Jakom (chairman) and Owadgakinyi (son of Akinyi). Odinga, 68, has been associated with the agitation for political reforms, sometimes taking leadership of...
( 02/27/13)
Kampala — Uganda and Kenya ranked first at the 10th Africa Fine Coffee and Exhibition held in Kampala recently. Uganda took the first position for Robusta Coffee while her Kenyan Counterpart grabbed both the first and second position for the best Arabica Coffee in Africa beating Africa's largest producer Ethiopia. The coffee that was proved basing on scientific characteristics including Aroma and Taste among others beat more than 10 other coffee producing countries including Ethiopia in Africa. According to the Executive Director Uganda Fine Coffee, Samuel Kamau, Uganda has made significant progress in its coffee especially Robusta given the favorable climate and the good soils. "The taste and aroma of Ugandan coffee was exceptional in terms of quality as compared...
( 02/27/13)
Some businesses in Kisumu, Kenya's third-largest city, have reduced stock or closed ahead of Monday's presidential elections for fear of a repeat of the tribal violence that killed more than 1,200 people at the last such vote five years ago. On the outskirts of the Lake Victoria port city, abandoned ruins still bear witness to the weeks of looting and torching that brought East Africa's biggest economy to a standstill. "Last time most of what was targeted was alcohol, foodstuffs and non-breakables," said Saga Shah, who works for a firm that runs a supermarket on the city's main street that rioters turned into an inferno after the close race of 2007. "So a lot of people are reducing these items...
(New Vision 02/26/13)
The Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) has dispatched a team of eight people to Nairobi that will monitor Kenya’s presidential election scheduled to take place on March 4, 2013. CCEDU is a civil society coalition on democracy and elections and a project of the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI). The team that consists of five men and three women was led by the project’s coordinator, Crispy Kaheru. The other members were Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala, Celestine Mugisha, Patrick Kaboyo, Christine Nakirya, Lillian Nakaweesi, Farida Lule and Ogoti Wada. It was revealed that CCEDU is to partner with other regional and continental groups including the West African Election Observers Network (WAEON) and Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO)...
( 02/26/13)
(Reuters) - The trial of Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta for crimes against humanity is unlikely to begin until August, international prosecutors said on Tuesday, a delay that would leave him freer to run in the election's second round. Kenyatta is running neck and neck with Prime Minister Raila Odinga in opinion polls ahead of the March 4 election. A second-round run-off would take place in April. A former finance minister and the son of the country's founding president, Kenyatta is one of four accused at the International Criminal Court (ICC) of orchestrating tribal fighting that killed 1,200 people after the last vote in 2007. He has pledged to attend his trial in the Hague. His defense team says prosecutors...
( 02/26/13)
NAIROBI, Feb 26 (Reuters) - The top price of Kenya's benchmark grade AA coffee dropped to $399 per 50 kg bag from $420 last week, the Nairobi Coffee Exchange said on Tuesday. The east African nation is a relatively small producer compared with Brazil and other growers, but roasters prize its speciality beans for blending with those from other countries. A total of 24,764 bags of coffee were offered for sale and only 9,044 bags were bought, NCE said in a market report. Last week, some 21,223 bags were offered and 8,573 received buyers. Grade AA COF-AA-KE sold for $271-$399 per bag, compared with $123-$420 in the last sale, NCE said. Grade AB COF-AB-KE sold at $132-$227 per bag, from...
( 02/15/13)
Kenya's High Court on Friday cleared the way for Uhuru Kenyatta to run in next month's presidential election, dismissing arguments that his looming trial on charges of crimes against humanity made him ineligible. Kenyatta, a former finance minister and the son of the country's founding president, is one of four accused at the International Criminal Court of orchestrating tribal fighting that killed 1,200 people after the last vote in 2007. He is running a close second to Prime Minister Raila Odinga according to opinion polls ahead of the March 4 election. If Kenyatta wins, his first foreign trip as president could be to appear in the dock at the court in the Hague at a hearing scheduled for April. The...
( 02/14/13)
East Africa's most powerful economy and a key regional ally in the U.S.-led war against militant Islam could next month elect a president accused of crimes against humanity, posing a diplomatic headache for Western capitals. If Uhuru Kenyatta wins the March 4 poll, Kenya will become the second country after Sudan to have a sitting president facing trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The son of Kenya's founder president, Kenyatta is running a close second to Prime Minister Raila Odinga in opinion polls. Foreign powers face a dilemma over what to do if Kenyatta wins the election. His running mate William Ruto is also indicted by the ICC for grave crimes linked to post-election violence following the...
( 11/21/12)
Nairobi — A survey released by research firm Ipsos Synovate on Tuesday shows that presidential aspirants Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi and Uhuru Kenyatta's ratings have dropped by between three and four percent since September. On the other hand, the study conducted between November 10 and 16 indicated that William Ruto and Kalonzo Musyoka have gained support by three percent each. "The runners have dropped three percent for Odinga from 36 in September, Kenyatta from 30 to 26, and Mudavadi from seven to four percent," the study indicated. Synovate Consultant Tom Wolf said Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth who launched his presidential bid on November 4, improved from one percent to three percent while Martha Karua's popularity dropped by one percent from...
(20 minutes 11/21/12)
On November 15, 2012, High Court Judge David Majanja delivered the much-anticipated ruling on the issue of voting by Kenyans in the Diaspora. This was the matter of New Vision Kenya (NVK Mageuzi) et al v. Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) & 4 Others, Petition No. 331 of 2012, in which the petitioners had sought orders among others, to compel IEBC to set up more polling stations in the Diaspora. The Court dismissed the petition, finding that the right of Kenyans abroad to vote was not absolute and may be subject to reasonable restrictions. It agreed with IEBC that the law only permitted "progressive realization" of the right to vote by these Kenyans. We respectfully disagree with the Honorable...
(African Global News 11/21/12)
The lion economies are on the prowl. McKinsey Global Institute, a business think tank, shows that sub-Saharan Africa's real GDP growth rate jumped to an annual average of 5.7%, up from only 2.4% over the previous two decades. However, impressive GDP growth rates in Africa have had no impact on Africa's chronic hunger and malnutrition. According to the first Africa Human Development Report by UNDP, over 200 million Africans are undernourished and one third of Africa's children are stunted. Africa's chronic hunger and malnutrition impairs livelihoods, undermines human development and creates intergenerational poverty traps. The US, the world's largest exporter of maize and wheat, is facing the most severe drought in 50 years. Similarly, severe weather has also visited havoc...
( 11/21/12)
At least 10 people have been shot and injured in Garissa after KDF soldiers reportedly shot indiscriminately at protesters who were trying to block military vehicles along Kismayu road that were headed to Somalia. Tension remains high in the area following the killing of three KDF soldiers yesterday. Several businesses have remained closed and residents have opted to remain indoors as KDF patrols the area. The town was yesterday placed under an unofficial curfew as soldiers conducted a house-to-house search for the killers of three soldiers early on Monday. The soldiers had stopped to change a tire on their truck at a local garage on Kismayu Road next to Midnimo Hotel when they were shot dead by unknown assailants. The...
( 11/21/12)
Two witnesses of the International Criminal Court (ICC) who had been placed under protective custody in Europe have been deported back to Kenya by their host country. It is not clear which of the four ICC accused the witnesses were to testify against over their role in the 2007-08 post-election violence, but both the deportees are residents of the Rift Valley. The four suspects facing crimes against humanity are Eldoret North MP William Ruto, journalist Joshua arap Sang, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura. The two witnesses were deported back to Nairobi last week under unclear circumstances. One was returned along with his wife and three children. One of the deportees refused to...

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