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Muslim Clerics Disown Protests in Kenya

Muslim Clerics Disown Protests in Kenya Muslim leaders have asked youths in Mombasa to call of their planned demonstration on Friday. The youths intended to protest in show of solidarity with Jamaican preacher Abdulla al-Faisal who has been in detention pending his deportation after he was linked to terrorism. The leaders also disowned the sheikh -- who served a seven-year jail term in...

Witnesses at Kenya's Post-Polls Violence Trials 'At Risk'

Witnesses at Kenya's Post-Polls Violence Trials 'At Risk' There might be no witnesses when the International Criminal Court (ICC) settles down to try suspected perpetrators of the post election violence, a human rights lobby has said. According to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), about 22 potential witnesses who gave evidence during the Waki Commission sittings were living in fear...

Airlines Refuse to Fly Jamaican Cleric Home

Airlines Refuse to Fly Jamaican Cleric Home Airlines on Wednesday refused to allow radical Jamaican preacher Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal aboard their aircraft, frustrating efforts of the Kenyan Government to deport him. At the same time, mystery deepened over who invited him to Kenya, with Muslim leaders denying knowledge of his visit. Mr al-Faisal was held at the Jomo Kenyatta International...

Kenya Wins Reprieve From U.S. Despite Slow Reforms

Kenya Wins Reprieve From U.S. Despite Slow Reforms US President Barack Obama has handed local exporters a New Year gift by extending trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), allowing them a chance to continue tapping into opportunities in the vast American market in 2010. A raging diplomatic row between the US and Kenya over the pace of reforms had caused jitters among...

Kenya Closes Its Border With Somalia

MOMBASA (Sh. M. Network) - The government has ordered the closure of the 600km Kenya-Somalia border to stop refugees crossing over to Kenya. The Minister for Internal Security and Provincial Administration Prof George Saitoti directed administrators at the Coast Province to ensure that the border remains closed so that Islamist fighters do not...

Diaspora Seeks to Light Up Kenya With Wind Power

Kenyans in the diaspora are to set up a wind power plant in the northeastern part of the country at a cost of Sh55 billion. Through their firm, Gitson Energy Ltd, the 300-megawatt facility is set to begin operating in 2011 and to attain full capacity in 2012. The company is currently collecting solar data and information on wind speeds at the...

Surge in Kenya Child Numbers Strains Amenities

Experts are warning of a major strain on social services due to an unexpected surge in the number of children in Kenya. According to new statistics released last week, a drop in child mortality has kept the population growth unexpectedly high at a time when the economy is recording a serious reversal following last year's post-election violence...

Muslims Ordered to Pull Out of Catholic Schools of Kenya

Muslims have been ordered to withdraw their children from Catholic-run schools in protest at the church's Hijab ban. Sheikh Mohammed Dor said the church's action was provocative and could spark Muslim anger in the country. "From Monday, I would like all Muslims to withdraw their children from Catholic schools and take them elsewhere," he declared...

Members of Parliaments to Devise Means to Pass Tribunal Bill of Kenya

Members of Parliament supporting the Special Tribunal Bill will resort to other means to force law makers enact the proposed law, if Parliament rejects it next month. Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara, who is one of the politicians fronting the Bill, on Wednesday said law makers had no option but to pass the proposed law, or else "the people will...

IDPs Caught Napping as Police Close Camp of Kenya

The police moved into the camp in the wee hours of Tuesday morning and ordered the IDPs to leave or be forcibly evicted. With the element of surprise on their side they pulled down and destroyed tents at Burnt Forest IDP camp. "We pleaded with them to give us time to dismantle our tents but they would not listen," said Joseph Muraya, the chairman...

Kenya Faces Electronic Waste Time Bomb

Kenya is in the league of countries that are headed for an environmental implosion as the take up of electronic gadgets rises among its population without proper mechanisms to dispose of obsolete ones. Environmentalists warn that unregulated disposal of electronic waste - commonly known as e-waste - with toxic elements that can persist for...

Secrets of Kofi Annan Talks With President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila of Kenya

President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga declined to formally invite The Hague to take over the Waki List cases during a private meeting with chief mediator Kofi Annan, the Daily Nation has learnt. But they agreed that International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo should write to them requesting a meeting in the coming...

Kenya Prime Minister Raila Says U.S. Acted On Own Interests

Prime Minister Raila Odinga insists the US acted on its best national interest by sending letters to prominent personalities urging them to push for reforms and oppose violence or face sanctions. Speaking on arrival from an official visit to the US where he also held talks with President Barrack Obama, Mr Odinga said the US action did not need...

Floods May Sweep Away Country's Gains

The expected heavy rainfall has the potential to wipe out at least 11 per cent of Kenya's wealth unless proper preventative measures are put in place. Among the key areas to be affected are roads, water supply systems and health due to a possible outbreak of water borne and related ailments. The 11 per cent damage on the economy is the same as...

Kenya President Mwai Kibaki Protests United States President Barack Obama Letters

President Kibaki has written to US leader Barrack Obama to express "displeasure" with his administration over letters sent to 15 top Kenyan officials. "His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki has written to President Barack Obama of the United States expressing displeasure and concern about letters written by a US Government official to some...