Tuesday 24 April 2018
( 09/05/13)
Should Kenya choose to leave the ICC -- the first country potentially to do so -- it will be more of a symbolic vote of defiance and would not affect upcoming trials of the East African nation's leadership, since legal proceedings have already started. On Tuesday, Vice-President William Ruto will be in The Hague to face three counts of crimes against humanity for allegedly organising 2007-2008 post-election unrest that killed at least 1,100 people and displaced more than 600 000. Ruto's trial comes about two months ahead of that of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces five charges of crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, persecution and deportation. Both Kenyatta and Ruto have said they will cooperate fully with the court...
(Business Daily 09/05/13)
International Criminal Court Judges has allowed the Prosecution to add two more witnesses to the witness list in the case facing Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang. The disclosure of the decision dated September 3 by the Judges Chile Eboe-Osuji, Olga Herrera Carbuccia and Robert Fremr comes a day after two more witnesses withdrew from the case facing the president and his deputy. The prosecution had made the application to add witness p-604 on August 13, and P-613 on August 22. The application which were earlier filed on August 2 and rejected by the Chamber were opposed by Mr Sang and Ruto on the grounds that it would prejudice their case. But the judges observed that the...
(AFP (eng) 09/05/13)
NAIROBI, September 5, 2013 (AFP) - Kenyan lawmakers were Thursday to debate pulling out of the International Criminal Court, in an angry snub of The Hague-based tribunal ahead of next week's trial of the country's vice-president. Should Kenya choose to leave the ICC -- the first country potentially to do so -- it will be more of a symbolic vote of defiance and would not affect upcoming trials of the East African nation's leadership, since legal proceedings have already started. On Tuesday, Vice-President William Ruto will be in The Hague to face three counts of crimes against humanity for allegedly organising 2007-2008 post-election unrest that killed at least 1,100 people and displaced more than 600,000. Ruto's trial comes about two...
(New Vision 09/05/13)
Kampala — Foreign and defence ministers from the region are today meeting in Kampala ahead of the emergency meeting by regional heads of state to discuss the situation in Eastern DR Congo. The heads of state are set to meet at the Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo on Friday September 6, under the auspices of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). This follows the launch of an offensive by the UN intervention brigade against positions of the M23 rebels. Elly Kamahungye, the spokesperson of the Ugandan foreign affairs ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that Uganda, as chair of the ICGLR, felt it urgent to convene an extraordinary Summit for the member states. "This coming extraordinary summit should...
(Voice of America 09/05/13)
Heads of state and government in the Great Lakes region of Africa plan to meet in Uganda on Thursday to discuss the security crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following renewed clashes between the national army and the M23 rebels. Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, the head of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region, will open the meeting in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, according to Ambassador James Mugume, the permanent secretary at Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Ministry. The heads of state, Mugume says, will focus on addressing concerns of the recent DRC conflict, which threatens regional peace and security. “We would hope that the fighting would stop. We would go back to dialogue and we would have harmonization of...
(Capitalfm Business 09/05/13)
Nairobi — A new report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime indicates that the ports of Mombasa and Dar-es-Salaam are major transit points for ivory within the Eastern African region. The report indicates lack of proper laws have derailed spirited efforts to curb the menace. The programme manager for the Threat Assessment for Eastern Africa (TOCTA) Gerhard Van Rooyen however says the Kenyan government has made major efforts compared to the rest of East African countries. "Compared to the rest of East African countries, the Jubilee government has really tried to address the issue though a lot needs to be done," he observed. The report indicates that there are approximately 140,000 elephants in Eastern Africa today...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/05/13)
NAIROBI, Sept 5 | Thu Sep 5, 2013 (Reuters) - Kenya's Uchumi Supermarkets will launch a 1.5 billion shilling ($17 million) rights issue by December to fund expansion locally and within east Africa, Kenya's Business Daily newspaper reported on Thursday. "According to our timetable, the rights issue is slated for November, latest December," the newspaper cited Uchumi Chief Executive Jonathan Ciano as saying. Uchumi, ranked Kenya's second biggest supermarket chain by sales, announced this week a 20 percent jump in pretax profit to 486 million shillings in the year through to June. It already operates in neighbouring Tanzania and Uganda and plans to enter Rwanda and South Sudan
( 09/05/13)
The Federal Government of Nigeria has offered to help Kenya with the management of its newly discovered oil resources. This was disclosed by the Nigeria High Commissioner to Kenya, Mr Akin Oyateru, on Thursday in Nairobi, while speaking to journalists ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan's state visit to Kenya. It will be recalled that Kenya only recently announced that the country will be joining the league of oil producing nations as its oil resources have met the benchmark for commercial exploitation. According to Oyateru, Nigeria had a comparative advantage over Kenya in the oil sector and will be willing to assist them in several ways. Oyateru said that the visit of President Jonathan which is focused on the expansion of...
(Business Daily 09/05/13)
The stock market reversed a week of consistent decline to post gains following Central Bank of Kenya (CBK’s) interest rate decision to hold the main policy lending rate at 8.5 per cent. Turnover rose to Sh459 million from Tuesday’s Sh226 million, as the number of shares traded rose to 20 million against the previous day’s 9.7 million. The NSE 20-Share Index closed 11.64 points higher to stand at 4,659 points. “The market posted another straight day of gains after the Monetary Policy Committee held the benchmark rate unchanged at 8.5 per cent,” said Standard Investment Bank in its daily market report. The shilling also remained stable on Wednesday, quoted at 87.53 to the dollar in the CBK mean indicative rates,...
(Business Daily 09/05/13)
Kenya and South Africa's software application developers have secured the highest numbers of participants at a Pan-Africa launch pad event for emerging technologies that links the innovators with venture capitalists. Out of the 40 applicants South Africa will launch 12 start-ups; Kenya will launch nine while Nigeria and Egypt will launch four and five start-ups respectively. Tanzania had two qualifying start-ups while Ghana, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Uganda and Morocco will each have one project launching at the DEMO Stage. The finalists were picked from a record 300 technology start-ups from 24 African countries that applied to launch at the event. The DEMO Africa event provides a platform for innovative ideas and local tech start-ups looking for opportunity to nurture their...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/05/13)
NEW YORK | (Reuters Health) - Despite concerns that iron supplements may increase children's risk of malaria in regions where it is common, a new study found kids in Ghana who received nutrient powder with iron were no more likely to get the disease than their peers. According the World Health Organization (WHO), there were approximately 660,000 deaths from malaria in 2010. About 90 percent of those occurred in Africa, most in children under five years old. Some studies have suggested giving children iron might increase their risk of malaria - including one trial that was halted early due to more hospitalizations for malaria and other infections among children receiving iron. The theory is that malaria-causing parasites can take up...
(AL Jazeera 09/04/13)
Legislators recalled for vote in advance of trials of president and vice president at international court at the Hague. Kenya's parliament has been recalled to debate ending its membership of the International Criminal Court, in advance of a crimes-against-humanity trial of the vice-president starting next week. Joyce Laboso, parliamentary deputy speaker, issued on Tuesday the order for the "special sitting of the assembly", with parliament to meet on Thursday. However, even should Kenya choose to leave the ICC - the first country potentially to do so - it would not affect upcoming trials since legal proceedings have already begun. The ICC trial opened of Vice-President William Ruto, who is facing three counts of crimes against humanity for allegedly organising 2007-2008...
(Standard Digital 09/04/13)
Kenya National Congress leader Peter Kenneth has criticized the attempt by parliamentarians to pull out Kenya from membership of International Criminal Court ( ICC). This follows the anticipation of opening of parliament on Thursday this week earlier than scheduled to debate on the matter in both houses simultaneously. “I however oppose the action by our parliamentarians and their motive on the ICC.” Kenneth who unsuccessfully vied for Presidency in previous general election stated. Adding an attempt to pull Kenya out of Rome statute will not serve any meaningful purpose. He viewed the move as an “unnecessary distraction” calling it an exercise in futility with regard to the cases currently before the court. Kenneth refered the intended removal of Kenya from...
(The Star 09/04/13)
Police in Bungoma have moved to curb the influx of illegal firearms from the neigbouring Uganda. Speaking to the Star yesterday, county commissioner Mohamed Maalim said the firearms from the Uganda are the main cause of insecurity in the. "We have instituted measures that will ensure thorough checks at our border points of Malaba and Lwakhakha to ensure that firearms are not sneaked from Uganda,"he said. Guns are easily available in Uganda with security guards and most civilians in the country allowed to posses such making them easily available. On Saturday evening police arrested a suspected criminal and recovered an AK47 and 6000 rounds of ammunition Chwele Market on his way from Lwakhakha. Maalim said the suspect who had stuffed...
(The New York Times 09/04/13)
NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s Parliament will meet on Thursday to vote on whether to pull out of the International Criminal Court. The extraordinary legislative session was called a week before Deputy President William Ruto is scheduled to be tried by the court, in The Hague, on a charge of crimes against humanity. The accusations against him stem from the violent aftermath of Kenya’s 2007 election, when at least 1,100 people were killed. The case is viewed as a bellwether for the highly anticipated trial of President Uhuru Kenyatta on the same charge, which is scheduled to begin in November. Both men deny the charges. The two were ordered in January to stand trial, but they still won election in March...
(Business Daily 09/04/13)
When the East African Market Protocol came in force in May 2010, we expected to experience a dramatic increase in regional economic integration and trade. This has not visibly happened, and there is no evidence that integrated regional trade will happen any time soon. When this protocol was signed, the Arusha bureaucrats did not go out to market it to the citizens of East Africa who remain mostly ignorant of objectives and mandates of East African Community (EAC). It is evident that since 2010, individual EAC member-states have been preoccupied with pressing national priorities inevitably reducing focus on the wider EAC agenda. Kenya had a new constitution to implement. Elections were in the offing. Subsequently, devolution has pre-occupied the entire...
(Business Daily 09/04/13)
A statutory body and farmers want the government to review the VAT Act to lower the cost of milk. The Kenya Dairy Board (KDB) and dairy farmers took issue with the imposition of the 16 per cent VAT on processed milk. "We are going to talk to the parliamentary committee on agriculture and that of budget to amend the Act otherwise milk is going to be too expensive compared to our neighbouring countries and other countries in the world," KDB managing director Macharia Gichohi said Tuesday. Addressing journalists after a meeting with dairy farmers at the Public Service Club in Nairobi, Mr Gichohi said the new law would make consumers ignore processed milk and increase the hawking of raw milk...
(Voice of America 09/04/13)
Kenya's Constitutional Court is set to begin hearing a lawsuit brought by a civic organization seeking to bar the country's president and vice president from attending their upcoming trials in the International Criminal Court. The lawsuit is set to open Wednesday in Nairobi. It seeks to block President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, from appearing at the tribunal in The Hague until they serve their full five-year terms in office. The two officials face charges of crimes against humanity for their alleged roles in orchestrating ethnic violence following Kenya's disputed 2007-2008 elections. More than 1,100 people were killed in that violence. Ruto's trial is set to begin next week, while the president's is slated for later this year,...
(Daily Nation 09/04/13)
The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) has delved into the ongoing Nairobi County workers’ strike urging the county executive to ensure the agreement signed between the parties is honoured. Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli said the collective bargaining agreement signed between the former county council staff and the government was binding, since assets and liabilities of the defunct local authorities were transferred to the county governments. He warned Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero against reneging on the deal to increase workers’ pay by between 40 and 60 per cent arrived at in October, 2012. “Cotu wishes to caution and warn the management of Nairobi County against their move to disown and trash the 2012 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that was...
(The New York Times 09/04/13)
NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s Parliament will meet on Thursday to vote on whether to pull out of the International Criminal Court. The extraordinary legislative session was called a week before Deputy President William Ruto is scheduled to be tried by the court, in The Hague, on a charge of crimes against humanity. The accusations against him stem from the violent aftermath of Kenya’s 2007 election, when at least 1,100 people were killed. The case is viewed as a bellwether for the highly anticipated trial of President Uhuru Kenyatta on the same charge, which is scheduled to begin in November. Both men deny the charges. The two were ordered in January to stand trial, but they still won election in March...

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