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Ministers Blame Govt Hardliners for Media Law In Kenya

The ODM believes the contentious Kenya Communications Act is part of a hidden agenda by some PNU hardliners to retain power in 2012. Three senior ODM Ministers told the Nairobi Star yesterday that the Act, which has shaken the stability of the Coalition government, was intended to put pressure on the media. FM and TV stations will have to be...

Poll Violence Planners to Face Special Tribunal In Kenya

Persons suspected of planning and executing Kenya's worst political violence early this year - including Cabinet ministers, Members of Parliament, civil servants and businessmen - will be tried here by a special tribunal. President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Wednesday signed an agreement to set up the tribunal which was...

Kenya Renewed Campaign to Protect Women's Land Rights

Nairobi — Pressure is mounting to include a National Land Policy that ensures equal access to land between women and men in Kenya's new constitution. "It is important that the National Land Policy is anchored on the new constitution. It is under the old law that women have suffered several abuses to their land and property rights,...

Talks Open in Nairobi on Congo Crisis

At least 12 Heads of State are expected today in the Kenyan Capital, Nairobi, for yet another round of talks to resolve the crisis in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The talks come in the wake of renewed fighting in the Northern Kivu province between government forces (FRDC) and rebels of the National Congress for the Defence of the...

Nation Erupts in Ecstasy in Kenya at Obama Election

Kenya is ecstatic at the news of Barack Obama's historic election as president of the United States. Upon hearing news of their beloved "son's" win Wednesday morning (East African time), residents of Kogelo village burst into song and cheers of joy. Kogelo, about 50 kilometres from Kisumu, the capital of Nyanza Province, is home to...

Somali Christians are in dire stare in Kenya

Nirobi: In a secluded house just outside the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, a group of men and women meet at least once a week to worship in secret. Their prayer session is simple and conducted in Somali. Elders take turns to pray or read verses from the Somali bible before a sermon is delivered. There are dozens of Somalis living in Nairobi who have...

Sudanese Cattle lifters killed 10 people in Kenya

Nairobi: At least 10 people were killed and several others wounded in Kenya's northern district of Turkana by suspected cattle rustlers from Toposa, southern Sudan on Saturday. According to local administrators, the raiders armed with AK-47 rifles have struck Mogila area in Lokichogio division and stole 732 animals. Turkana North District...

Kenya rejects amnesty to politicians

Kenya: Kenya's Attorney General has rejected calls to grant amnesty to politicians linked to the post-election violence witnessed earlier this year. Amos Wako told a commission of inquiry that those found guilty should be barred from holding public office. A debate has been a raging on whether an amnesty should be given to those accused of...

Kenya PM slams ICC reports on Sudan

Nairobi: Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odingahas dismissed local media reports that he supports attempts by the International Criminal Court to indict Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir over alleged war crimes in the troubled Darfur region. In a statement received here Monday, Odinga termed the reports which appeared on Sunday as "false and...

Kenya earns gold as Wanjiry breaks Olympic Marathon record

Beijing: Sammy Wanjiru won Kenya's first ever gold in the men's marathon, breaking the Olympic record despite the soaring heat in Beijing. Wanjiru, who was among the leading pack which set the fast early pace, pulled away in the final kilometres to win in 2 hours six minutes and 32 seconds. Morocco's Jaouad Gharib won silver, trailing by 84...

Exiled anti-graft boss returns in Kenya

Nairobi: Kenya's former anti-corruption czar John Githongo arrived back home on Tuesday night for a brief visit after three years of self-imposed exile. Githongo, who fled to Britain saying he feared for his life after forcing senior members of the government to resign during a graft investigation, said he was happy to be back since Kenya is his...

Kenya to tie with US in anti-terror war

Nairobi: The Kenyan government said on Wednesday it will partner with the United States in the fight against terrorism, saying the global war against the vice can only be combated through intelligence sharing. Internal Security Minister George Saitoti said the east African country which has twice been hit by terror attacks will strengthen ties...

Kenyan PM demand for independent probe poll violence

Nairobi: Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga re-ignited the amnesty debate on Monday by calling for independent investigators to probe the post election violence. Addressing an international law conference in Nairobi, Odinga who formed a coalition government with President Mwai Kibaki early this year, said that those arrested over the violence...

Kenya beefed up security at coasts

Kenya: Sea and land patrols have been intensified at the Kenyan coast to check on threats posed by international terrorism and drug traffickers. This comes after families fleeing renewed hostilities in central and Southern Somalia trickled into the country seeking refuge, a chance that can be seized by terrorists to enter the country illegally....

Former graft chief to visit Kenya, not afraid for life

Kenya: Kenya's ex-anti-corruption investigator John Githongo has told he is no longer afraid for his life and is preparing to visit Kenya next week. He fled in 2005 after receiving death threats over claims that the government was guilty of "massive looting". He said that the violence that rocked Kenya after the December elections had...