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Kenya: US Wikileaks Comments Malicious

Kenya says it is surprised and shocked by reported comments about the country contained in leaked U.S. diplomatic memos.The German magazine Der Spiegel says the cables depict Kenya as a "swamp of corruption."  Kenyan government spokesman Alfred Mutua says that if the report is true, the comments are malicious and a total misrepresentation of Kenya...

Somali Pirates Hijack Malaysian Ship, 23 Crew

Somali pirates have hijacked a Malaysian-flagged container ship in the Indian Ocean.Multiple sources said Tuesday that pirates seized the MV Albedo west of the Maldives islands on Friday.  The ship was en route from the United Arab Emirates to Kenya.The European Union's anti-piracy force says the Albedo  has a crew of 23 from Pakistan, Bangladesh...

Kenya’s Government Launches Anti-Graft Investigation

The director of Kenya’s Anti-Corruption Authority told VOA his organization has begun investigating several high ranking officials, including cabinet ministers in the current administration, who have been accused of committing graft. PLO Lumumba, a constitutional law expert, also called upon Kenyans to get involved in the graft fight to weed out...

US Envoy Calls for Ouster of Top Kenyan Officials

The U.S. Envoy in Kenya has called for the removal of the nation's chief justice and attorney general as the country steps up its fight against corruption.  Kenya's Daily Nation is reporting that American Ambassador Michael Ranneberger has called for sweeping changes to Kenya's justice system on Monday. Speaking at a development forum in the...

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga Orders Arrest of Gay Couples

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga  Orders Arrest of Gay Couples Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Sunday ordered for the arrest of gay couples. Addressing a rally at Kamukunji grounds in his Langata Constituency, the PM said their behaviour was unnatural. "If found the homosexuals should be arrested and taken to relevant authorities," Mr Odinga said. The PM thrilled the crowd when he asserted that the recent...

Report: New Sudan Civil War Could Cost $100 Billion

A new study says a return to civil war in Sudan would cost more than $100 billion over 10 years.British-based non-governmental group Aegis Trust published a study Thursday that assesses the cost of a resumption of war following January's planned referendum on southern independence.Analysts say the cost to Sudan itself would amount to $50 billion...

Report Finds Widespread Abuse of Minorities in Somalia

Minorities in conflict-ridden Somalia are suffering rape, summary executions and other human rights violations, a report by Minority Rights Group International (MRG) said Wednesday. Over the past twenty years, near-constant violence from civil war and recent Islamist insurgencies has forced hundreds of thousands of Somalis to flee their homes....

Future of Somali Government in Doubt as Cabinet Debate Stalls

Procedural bickering has once again thrown the Somali parliament into a deadlock. With less than one year left on its mandate, the approval of the proposed cabinet as well as the future of the transitional government is in doubt. Less than one month after being approved by the Somali Parliament, Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is now...

Optimism, But No Deal, at Summit on Sudan Referendum

An East African regional summit on Sudan has ended with no deal between north and south on key disputes threatening a referendum on southern independence. But the two sides did agree to keep talking as time for a deal runs short.Five heads of state and one possible future head of state gathered at a posh hotel Tuesday to see what could be done to...

E. Africa Summit Expected to Push Sudanese Parties Toward Referendum Deal

East African leaders are scheduled to meet on Tuesday in Addis Ababa to try to pressure north and south Sudan to settle critical issues blocking a January referendum on southern independence.  Our correspondent reports that ministers laying the groundwork for the summit are hoping for a breakthrough. Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is in Addis...

Local Resistance Leaving Somali Refugees Without Shelter in Kenya

As the rainy season in Kenya continues, resources at the Dadaab refugee camps are being stretched to the limit. With refugees pouring across the Somali border, the demands of local politicians are forcing the humanitarian agencies to simply turn families away. In Northeastern Kenya, the ever-expanding Dadaab refugee camp may finally have reached...

Kenyan Suspended Higher Education minister William Ruto Strikes Evidence Deal With ICC Chief

Kenyan Suspended Higher Education minister William Ruto Strikes Evidence Deal With ICC Chief Suspended Higher Education minister William Ruto on Thursday agreed with International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on rules by which he will give evidence on Friday. His lawyer, Dr Kithure Kindiki, on Thursday evening told the Daily Nation that they had agreed on the rules and procedure that will enable Mr Ruto to tell what he...

World Cup Boosts Kenya Airways (KQ) Passenger Numbers

National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) recorded an increase in passenger numbers between July and September, boosted by the World Cup which raised traffic on its Southern Africa route. The increased customer traffic, which is in line with the ongoing global economic recovery, has raised expectations that the airline will report improved half-year...

Attorney-General Amos Wako to Advise Kibaki, Raila On Ruto's Fate in Kenya

Attorney-General Amos Wako on Sunday appeared to shoulder the burden of the government's next move on the criminal charges facing Higher Education minister William Ruto. The government chief legal advisor said he would advise President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga on the action to take against the minister but would not reveal what that...

Cabinet Team Agrees on Secret Notes to Surrender to International Criminal Court in Kenya

Cabinet Team Agrees on Secret Notes to Surrender to  International Criminal Court in Kenya A Cabinet team on Tuesday approved a set of minutes of security meetings to be handed over to the International Criminal Court to speed up the trials of the masterminds of Kenya's worst post-election violence. The minutes will cover sensitive security meetings held before and during the 2007 post-election violence that led to the killing of 1,133...