Thursday 25 May 2017
(Business Week 05/28/13)
AIROBI, KENYA - For more than a week now, attention has been drawn to the gridlock at the Mariakani weighbridge along the Mombasa Highway, prompting fears of regional supply chain disruptions. The Northern Corridor is the busiest and most important transport route in East and Central Africa, providing a lifeline through Kenya to the landlocked economies of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hundreds trucks transporting cargo from Mombasa have been lining up at the facility for days on end resulting in a snaking traffic jam tens of kilometres long. Regional transport stakeholders and truck drivers complain that of the five machines at the weighbridge, only two are working. The situation is not helped by claims from...
(The Associated Press 05/27/13)
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A suspect in last week's savage killing of a British soldier on a London street was arrested in Kenya in 2010 while apparently preparing to train and fight with al-Qaida-linked Somali militants, an anti-terrorism police official said. Michael Adebolajo, who was carrying a British passport, was then handed over to British authorities in the East African country, another Kenyan official said Sunday. The information surfaced as London's Metropolitan Police said specialist firearms officers arrested a man Sunday suspected of conspiring to murder 25-year-old British soldier Lee Rigby. Police gave no other details about the suspect, only saying he is 22 years old. The arrest brought to nine the number of suspects who have been taken into...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
MOGADISHU — The Somali militant group al-Shabab said on Sunday its fighters had killed eight Kenyans, including policemen, in a cross-border raid and had taken two captives back into Somalia. A Kenyan official confirmed two policemen had been killed and two were missing but could not confirm if they were kidnapped during the attack on Saturday night. "We have gone 35 km into Kenya and burnt their base, Damajale, last night," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al- Shabab's military operations spokesman, said. Al-Shabab also posted a statement on social media saying the raiding party killed eight people and took two prisoners back over the border. Albert Kimathi, district commissioner for Dadab, an area near the Somali border, said the rebels made...
(Voice of America 05/27/13)
ADDIS ABABA — Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed has expressed concern about Kenyan peacekeepers in the Somali port city of Kismayo, as the government seeks to regain control of the region. The Somali president addressed the issue at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa. Speaking on the sidelines of the summit Sunday, Hassan said his government is in discussions with the African Union after peacekeepers from Kenya allegedly declined to provide security for a group of ministers visiting Kismayo earlier this month. “For us we have no complaint against Kenya, but part of the AMISOM contingent on the ground have misbehaved and they operated outside their mandate," he said. Kenyan troops who helped to liberate Kismayo from al-Shabab militants...
(Voice of America 05/27/13)
ADDIS ABABA — African leaders from the Great Lakes region met Sunday at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa to discuss progress bringing peace to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Security is high on the summit agenda, as is a proposal that could be a game-changer for the International Criminal Court case against Kenya’s president. Fresh from celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the organization that would become the African Union, African leaders got down to business Sunday to address the conflicts plaguing the continent. Members of the Great Lakes region met to discuss the progress of an agreement signed in February to end conflict in the eastern DRC. The agreement was signed by 11 countries...
(Amnesty International 05/25/13)
The African Union (AU) must throw out the resolution tabled by the Kenyan government calling for the International Criminal Court's (ICC) case to be referred for trial in Kenya, Amnesty International has urged. President Kenyatta and Vice-President Ruto are accused of crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the violence which followed the disputed December 2007 election and left more than 1,000 people dead and half a million displaced. The crimes set out in the decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC include murder, forcible transfer of population, rape, persecution and other inhuman acts. “The African Union must reject Kenya’s attempts to shield its leaders from being held to account for the human rights violations that took place in Kenya...
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
(Africa Review 05/24/13)
Kenya made a new plea to the UN Security Council on Thursday to "terminate" International Criminal Court charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta and other leaders over political unrest in 2008. But Western nations on the 15-member council told Kenyan diplomats at a private meeting that Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and one of their followers must face the court, diplomats said. "We have asked that these proceedings be terminated as soon as possible," said Kenya's ambassador to the UN Macharia Kamau after the closed meeting. "How that will be done, by whom that will be done is yet to be determined, but clearly the proceedings need to end because they are not consistent with peace and justice in our country,"...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/24/13)
(Reuters) - African nations have backed a request by Kenya for charges of crimes against humanity by its president to be referred back to the east African country, African Union documents show. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, are both facing trial in the International Criminal Court (ICC), accused of masterminding ethnic bloodshed in post-election violence five years ago that killed more than 1,200 people. Both deny the charges. One minister, who asked to remain anonymous, told Reuters that the African Union specifically avoided calling on the war crimes tribunal to drop its prosecution, but he acknowledged that the request for a local process amounted to the same thing. The document seen by Reuters on Friday said: "(The...
(Standard Digital 05/24/13)
Kenya: British lawmakers pressed their Government to forge closer ties with Nairobi during heated debate on Kenya, prompting an assurance that ties would be strengthened despite the International Criminal Court dilemma. During the debate in the House of Lords on Wednesday, members welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent invitation of President Uhuru to London to attend a conference on situation of Somalia, saying it was an example of “very good relations” between Kenya and Britain. The debate was the second on Kenya’s presidential election and relations with Nairobi after another in March, underlining the UK lawmakers’ interest in their country’s policy towards a traditional ally and biggest trading partner in East Africa. Debate was dominated by the UK’s awkward stance...
(The Economist 05/24/13)
East Africa is in danger of throwing away part of its new-found oil wealth. IN MARCH last year the heads of state of Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan met among mangroves in Lamu, a Kenyan town on the Indian Ocean, to launch the construction of a port and oil pipeline together costing $16 billion that would serve all their countries and vastly enrich them. Taxpayers were billed $350,000 for the celebratory meal, according to local officials, though it actually cost only $4,000. So far, so profitable. But little has happened since. Plans to build the pipeline have stalled. The absence of the Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni, at the launch was the first clue that all was not well. Uganda recently...
(The Associated Press 05/24/13)
South Sudan's president is criticizing the International Criminal Court, saying the court is designed to humiliate African leaders. Salva Kiir spoke Thursday during a visit by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces ICC charges related to Kenya's post-election violence in 2007-08 that killed more than 1,000 people. Kiir said that South Sudan — the world's newest country — will not sign the Rome Statute that binds countries to the ICC process despite offers of "assistance" in exchange for signing it. Kiir and Kenyatta also discussed a planned transport corridor that is to run from Kenya's coastal of city of Lamu into South Sudan. A proposed pipeline would be used to transport South Sudan's oil to the coast without having to go through Sudan.
(Standard Digital 05/23/13)
Kenya has been asked to rethink its support for the self-declared state of Jubaland in southern Somalia as the region and the Federal governments squabble. The situation has further been compounded with warlords drawn from various declaring themselves president. A group of Kenyan businessmen warned that Kenya’s security is likely to be once again threatened if the region returns to the hands of Al Shabaab, with fighting reported in parts of the south after six men declared themselves president. The group told the government to remain neutral in mediating a solution of the emerging conflict between Jubaland and the Federal Government; which is reluctant to recognize an independent Juba state. The new conflict between the Somali Federal Government and Jubaland...
(Standard Digital 05/23/13)
Nairobi, Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta has submitted names of the last two Cabinet nominees to the National Assembly for approval. House Speaker Justin Muturi noted that the National Assembly is required to conclude the process of approval or rejection of the nominees within 14 days from the date of notification. “I now direct that the nominees’ names and curriculum vitae be forwarded to the Committee on Appointments for the necessary approval hearings to be conducted,” said Muturi. Uhuru nominated Joseph J. Ole Lenku as Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and Samwel Kazungu Kambi to the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services. The Speaker directed that the Committee on Appointments should notify the...
(Gurtong Net 05/23/13)
The Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected in South Sudan on Thursday to discuss vital diplomatic ties with his counterpart and host President Salva Kiir Mayardit. This is the very first time Mr. Kenyatta is visiting South Sudan as president of Kenya. “President Kenyatta will be in South Sudan briefly to discuss bilateral issues with Kiir before heading to Addis Ababa for the African Union meeting,” Dr. Barnaba Benjamin Marial told Radio Miraya. “President Kiir has urged all of us to welcome Kenyatta and give him a good reception,” Dr Marial added. Kenya, the largest East African economy is also politically a very important country to South Sudan because it played a crucial role in hosting the peace accords especially...
(Standard Digital 05/23/13)
Nairobi, Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta travels to Addis Ababa Ethiopia today to attend the Assembly of the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government. President Uhuru will be one of the speakers and is expected to reflect on Kenya’s achievements and national programmes in his inaugural speech. On his way to Addis Ababa, the Head of State will have a brief stop-over in Juba for a meeting with the Southern Sudan counterpart President Salva Kiir. The AU summit coincides with the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the OAU-AU. During the AU Jubilee celebrations, member states will take stock of the past fifty years, acknowledge the contribution of the founding fathers of OAU towards pan- Africanism and reflect on the Africa...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/23/13)
Nairobi, Kenya: Kenya's economy is expected to grow by about 6 percent in 2013, up from a growth rate of 4.6 percent last year, driven by growth in sectors like agriculture, Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru said on Thursday. Optimism around the growth prospects for east Africa's biggest economy has risen after the country held a peaceful presidential poll in March, in contrast with the violence-riddled election of five years ago. The Cabinet Secretary made the announcement during the launch of the country’s economic survey. Waiguru said the country would focus on implementing the economic plan of the Jubilee coalition which won the polls in March.Waiguru attributed the outlook to a stable macroeconomic environment and increased investor confidence...
(Capitalfm Business 05/23/13)
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 – The Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology and the Kenya ICT Board, will host the regional Open Governance Partnership (OGP) Conference from May 29 to 30 in Mombasa. Permanent Secretary at the Ministry Bitange Ndemo said the conference is aimed at providing a platform to develop a framework to guide African countries’ participation in the global OGP. It will also provide ideas on how to increase public integrity, raise access to information, manage public resources and promote corporate accountability. Ndemo added that the conference will pave way for discussions around the Open Data Initiative which was launched by the former president Mwai Kibaki in 2011 and how it can be used to promote openness of...
(Voice of America 05/23/13)
NAIROBI — A long-awaited report from Kenya’s Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) has linked several of Kenya’s leaders, including current President Uhuru Kenyatta, to abuses committed throughout the country’s history. The commission has called for further investigation of those responsible for these crimes in an effort to bring closure. After five years of research based on over 40,000 statements and 600 hearings across the country, the TJRC late Tuesday handed over its final report to President Kenyatta. Formed in the aftermath of the 2007-2008 post-election violence, the TJRC was tasked with investigating human rights abuses committed by the state since Kenya’s independence in 1963. Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, are both mentioned in the report, accused of inciting...

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