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World Bank Warns of Greater Decline Food Production in Kenya

Kenya is among countries that will be hardest hit by even more severe food shortages in coming years due to a warming climate. Some parts of the country have already lost 90 per cent of their water. Although almost every part of the country had lost substantial amounts of water, the hardest hit areas are Eastern and North Eastern provinces....

UN Agency Sounds Alarm On Dire Food Situation of Kenya

The United Nations food agency today issued a warning that Kenya faces a dire hunger crisis due to failed rains, appealing today for $230 million to feed nearly 4 million Kenyans - nearly one-tenth of the African nation's population - over the next six months. "Red lights are flashing around the country," said Burkard Oberle, Kenya director of the...

Kenya's Population Hits the 40 Million Mark

Kenya's population is expected to approach 40 million as the national population census is conducted on Monday night. This is a big jump of 10 million from the 28.7 million recorded 10 years ago. In 1989, there were 21.4 million Kenyans. The figure is also markedly higher than the projection of 35.7 million for this year and 36.3 million for next...

Kenyan Justice minister Mutula Kilonzo Seeks Removal of Judges

Justice minister Mutula Kilonzo has said that he will introduce a motion in Parliament that will seek the removal of some members of the Kenyan Judiciary. Mr Kilonzo told lawyers that he would seek to amend Section 62 of the Constitution that will see judges removed from office on the grounds of incompetency. The minister who was speaking on...

Government Kicks Out Eritrea Diplomat in Kenya

Kenya revealed on Friday that it had deported an Eritrean diplomat "for security reasons" hours before the country's Foreign Minister made an abrupt visit to Nairobi seeking audience with President Kibaki. The diplomat is the second Eritrean to be expelled from Kenya in as many months on grounds of "security" -- which is diplomatic speak for...

American President Barrack Obama Warning on Kenya's Leaders

The United States on Wednesday threatened to impose sanctions on Kenya's leaders if they continue to block the formation of a special tribunal to try election violence suspects. In a strong message delivered behind closed doors by the US Secretary of State, Mrs Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, American President Barrack Obama asked the leaders to...

Cabinet in the Eye of a Storm in Kenya

The International Criminal Court (ICC) will be keenly watching how Kenya deals with post-election violence suspects in the wake of the recent Cabinet decision to try them in local courts. In a guarded response to inquiries by the Sunday Nation, ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said on Saturday he would wait until the end of the September when the...

Kenyan Police Lose Vital Files On Al-Qaeda

FOR the second time in six years, Kenyan police officers have lost the files of one of the world's most wanted terrorists, Haroun Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, raising doubts over the integrity of the security services. Fazul is wanted for the 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi and the 2002 bombing of Paradise Hotel at Kikambala. It also appears...

ExploitHilary Clinton Visit, Govt Urged

The US embassy is calling on the Kenyan Government to use a visit by senior American officials led by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to improve the country's image tarnished by last year's post-election violence. Eugene Young, the embassy's economic counsellor, said next month's visit by Mrs Clinton and her counterparts, Tom Vilisack of...

Rights Watchdog Names Ministers as Violence Suspects Kenya

Seven cabinet ministers, three assistant ministers and seven MPs are among over 200 individuals named in a new list of alleged perpetrators and financiers of the post-election violence. The list includes five ministers from the Rift Valley and one from Central Province. The seventh minister is from the Coast Province. Another politician, who...

Wrong Drugs Pull Back Malaria War in Kenya

The government is concerned about the continued use of wrong malaria drugs in the market, including in its own health facilities. Only a third of people seeking malaria treatment are getting the recommended medicine and some are even being treated with chloroquine, which was phased out almost 10 years ago. The government is concerned about the...

Nation Out for a Piece of the Indian Ocean

Kenya has moved swiftly to make public a policy on ocean management, a condition given by the United Nations before it is granted a massive territorial extension it applied for in the Indian Ocean. The policy consolidates different ocean management interventions contained in various documents and is developed in harmony with internationally...

President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga Assure on New Constitution

President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga have said they will give all the required support to ensure the review process is completed within the stipulated time. The two spoke on Tuesday during a meeting with members of the Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review at Harambee House. President Kibaki commended the committee of...

Annan Gives Deadline for Local Tribunal in Kenya

Kenya has been given an ultimatum by the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to set up a tribunal to try the perpetrators of the 2007 post-election violence or face prosecution at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Annan who brokered a power-sharing deal to end the violence in which some 1,500 people were killed and over 350,000 displaced...

Unless Kenya's politics Hurting Economy

Unless Kenya's politics of grumbling and bickering is addressed, the economy will continue to sink. The National Economic and Social Council (NESC) has advised that the government fast tracks the proposed political reforms in order to improve the investment climate. The council's 17th session meeting chaired by Prime Minister Raila Odinga heard...