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Disaster Alerts as 6 Perish in in Kenya floods‎

Disaster Alerts as 6 Perish in in Kenya floods‎ Six people have been confirmed dead and five others are reported missing following flash floods as heavy rains pound parts of the country. Two of the deaths were reported in Nakuru, one person in Mogotio and three children who drowned in Dukana, Marsabit district, according to Kenya Red Cross. It has prompted the government to issue flood alerts...

Hague Judges to Get Poll Chaos List in Kenya

Hague Judges to Get Poll Chaos List in Kenya Names of key post-election violence suspects will be tabled before the Pre-Trial Chamber at The Hague Wednesday. An International Criminal Court (ICC) official on Tuesday said prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo will go before the judges to provide the names and the role they played in the chaos as requested two weeks ago. The names, said Information...

Militias Turn Into Criminal Gangs in Kenya

Militias which perpetrated some of the worst violence in the last general election have transformed into criminal gangs and pose a grave threat to the nation's security. Most of them are taking advantage of the community policing project to claim legitimacy as community-based vigilante groups, according to the latest monitoring report commissioned...

Kenya Overtakes Sri Lanka as Leading Tea Exporter

Kenya Overtakes Sri Lanka as Leading Tea Exporter Kenya has overtaken Sri Lanka to become the number one tea exporter in the world. Latest figures provided by the Tea Board of Kenya shows the country exported 342 million kilogrammes to 47 world markets, accounting for 22 per cent of the world tea exports. "We did dislodge Sri Lanka as the leading tea exporter last year and hope we will continue...

Crisis Looms as Surge in HIV Patients Drains Drug Stocks in Kenya

The government achieved more than it bargained for when it urged people to get tested for HIV as part of its anti-Aids campaign. Many answered the call, and learnt that they were positive. But now they cannot get anti-retroviral drugs because they are not available. The crisis stems from a government initiative six years ago to make anti-...

Tanzania and Kenya at Cross-Purposes on Sale of Ivory

Tanzania and Kenya at Cross-Purposes on Sale of Ivory Lobbying on the status of international trade in ivory has intensified ahead of next month's 15th Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar. African elephants are classified in CITES Appendix I, in which trade is prohibited. Tanzania and Zambia have been lobbying for the elephant to be down-listed from Appendix...

Coalition Will Not Collapse, Says Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga

Coalition Will Not Collapse, Says Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Wednesday said he was confident that the main partners of the ruling coalition would find a way to end a rift over corruption allegations. Speaking in Tokyo, Japan, where he is on a five-day visit, Mr Odinga said there was no danger of the coalition collapsing. "Sometimes disagreements and misunderstandings will...

Fourth Defense Witness Appears In Thomas Lubanga Trial

Fourth Defense Witness Appears In Thomas Lubanga Trial The fourth witness called by the defense in the Thomas Lubanga trial appeared in court today but did not give any evidence in public session. The witness testified with protective measures including face and voice recognition. The start of today's hearing was delayed by an hour and a half, due to what Judge Adrian Fulford said were "difficulties"...

ODM Wants Kofi Annan Back in Kenya

ODM Wants Kofi Annan Back in Kenya The Orange Party on Monday called for the return of mediator Kofi Annan as the crisis in the coalition government entered its second day. Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi accused President Kibaki of breaking the law by quashing Prime Minister Raila Odinga's suspension of two ministers whose dockets have been embroiled in corruption claims....

President Kibaki Overrules prime minister Over Ministers' Suspension

President Kibaki has overruled the suspension of two ministers by the prime minister over graft allegations, saying there has not been any consultation on the matter. The President said the legal provisions on which the PM acted did not give him the power to dismiss a minister from his office. "Therefore constitutionally, the two ministers remain...

President Mwai Kibaki Suspends 8 Officials in Anti-Graft Purge

President Mwai Kibaki on Saturday asked government officials mentioned adversely in the Subsidized Maize Scheme Audit Report and the Free Primary Education Programme to step down to allow for independent investigations. In a statement issued from State House Nairobi, President Kibaki said the officials should vacate office for three months to...

Zap, M-Pesa Lined Up for Global Awards of Kenya

Kenya's status as an innovator in the budding mobile money industry has been boosted with the shortlisting of two of the country's money transfer solutions for global awards. Zain's m-commerce solution, Zap ,and Safaricom's money transfers product, M-pesa, have been shortlisted for awards in the GSM Association's Global Mobile Awards, pitting the...

Kenya to Scrap Prime Minister's Role

Kenya to Scrap Prime Minister's Role A president answerable to a robust parliament, the scrapping of the office of the Prime Minister and a 349 member National Assembly are the hallmarks of the proposed new constitution. The Parliamentary Select Committee wrapped up its negotiation Thursday afternoon after unanimously agreeing to do away with the office of the Prime Minister in the...

U.S. Suspends Kenya Education Cash

The US has suspended millions of shillings earmarked for the Kenya education sector. US ambassador Michael Ranneberger on Tuesday said the money-Sh525 million - set to be disbursed to the Education Ministry this year will stay suspended "until there is a credible, independent audit and full accountability." "Those culpable for the fraud should not...

Thousands of Flood-Affected Still Need Aid in Kenya

Thousands of flood-affected households still require assistance as ongoing rains in parts of Kenya continue to cause population displacement and destroy property and crops, according to humanitarian sources. "Countrywide, 8,270hh [households or 40,165 persons], have been displaced and 40 people killed by floods. Livelihoods have been greatly...