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Villagers in western Kenya to Test Out UN Carbon Benefits Project

Villagers in western Kenya are the latest participants in a project carried out by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its partners to calculate how much carbon can be stored in trees and soils when the land is managed in sustainable, climate-friendly ways. The Carbon Benefits Project was launched today in communities in and around...

Born-Again Kenya's Prime Minister Now Baptized By Maverick Cleric

Kenya's Prime Minister whose religious affiliation has sometimes been the subject of rumour is now a 'born-again' Christian and was baptized at the weekend by a self-styled prophet. Raila Odinga was baptized by immersion at a private pool in Nairobi on Sunday by Prophet Dr David Owuor, a maverick evangelical cleric noted for controversial...

Kenyan Government Cannot Fail to Prosecute Extra-Judicial Killings

When stock is taken of the Kenyan coalition government's first year in office no marks will be awarded to its handling of extra-judicial killings in the country. Human rights activists claim that the police have murdered about 500 people in the past 16 months. The government, constituted after a mediation process between President Mwai Kibaki and...

Massive Mungiki Manhunt in Kenya

Three students and an 83-year-old man are the latest victims of a vigilante group moving through villages in Central Province hunting for suspected Mungiki sect members. The three - two form two students and a fourth former from Mutito Secondary School in Kirinyaga District - were snatched from their homes on Sunday night and slashed to death...

President Kibaki Yields to PM Power Demand in Kenya

President Kibaki has finally agreed to consult Prime Minister Raila Odinga before making key public appointments in the future. At a meetings between the coalition partners yesterday, the President was taken to task over his unilateral decisions, with Lands minister James Orengo, demanding an interpretation of the National Accord. Kibaki agreed...

Kenyan President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila to Revive Stalled Kilaguni Talks

Plans to revive the stalled talks to iron out problems in the Grand Coalition are expected to start today. Sources in both PNU and PDM said yesterday emissaries had been sent to the two leaders and both were willing to re-establish contact before a joint public appearance this week. Prime Minister Raila Odinga at the weekend described last week's...

Coalition Cracks And Armed Militias of Kenya Threaten Stability

In a rare front page editorial on 10 April, Kenya's biggest selling daily newspaper urges political leaders to sort out their differences in order to avoid the "path of death and destruction" Deepening rifts in Kenya's coalition government, a failure to press ahead with promised reforms and a proliferation of armed militia groups have given rise...

Kenyan Justice Minister Resigns

Kenyan Justice Minister Martha Karua resigned Monday, citing frustration with the pace of government reforms. Karua's resignation comes two days after President Mwai Kibaki's appointment of five High Court judges Friday without Karua's approval. Karua was not aware of the swearing-in ceremony until it was reported by the media. According to the...

Annan Scolds Coalition Government in Kenya

Kenyans are frustrated by infighting in the country's coalition government and by its failure to bring to justice those responsible for last year's post-election violence, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Monday. "They [Kenyans] are equally angry at widespread corruption and the lack of action to root it out," Annan added...

Kenyan Police Reform Key to Ending Impunity Says UN Expert

Radical surgery of Kenya's police force is necessary to end "systematic, widespread and carefully planned" extrajudicial killings in the country, a UN expert said on 25 February. The reforms should include sacking the police commissioner and the resignation of the attorney-general. "The Kenyan police are a law unto themselves and...

Sonia Donnan Gets Them Off the Streets and Into School

When Sonia Donnan, originally from Jamaica, accompanied her husband to work in Kenya in 2003, she never imagined she would end up looking after street-children in Molo town, Rift Valley Province. "A short while into my stay in Molo, I realised there were children living by themselves in parts of the town, with some looking after other...

Post-Election Violence In Kenya Caused Hundreds of Patients Fail to Collect Their Antiretroviral Medication

When post-election violence struck western Kenya's Rift Valley last year, hundreds of patients failed to collect their antiretroviral medication from their regular clinics, leading health workers to fear that their patients would develop resistance, or fall ill and even die. More than 90 percent of patients at the Academic Model for the Prevention...

Raila PS Name Comes in Maize Business

THE name of the Permanent Secretary in Prime Minister Raila Odinga's office has appeared in documents filed in Parliament showing that a company of which he is a director bought 10,000 bags of maize from National Cereals and Produce Board. The names of the directors were found in documents filed by MP Ababu Namwamba in Parliament last week to show...

Kenya Plans Pioneering Post-Election Tribunal

Kenya is inching closer to the creation of a special tribunal, which could try a host of political figures suspected of engineering the widespread violence that swept the country last year. The move would avoid a possible trial of these prominent personalities, including sitting cabinet ministers, by the International Criminal Court in The Hague....

Kenya: Tourism Industry Picking Up Again After Election Violence

As the eagerly awaited recovery in tourism after the election violence in Kenya takes off, bad news has come in the form of corruption allegations. Before tourism minister Najib Balala left for the United States earlier this month to market his country to wary U.S. visitors, he had to act against alleged corruption within the Kenya Tourism Board....