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HIV Positive Kenyans Call on Leaders to Deliver on HIV Funding

As Kenya begins its first National AIDS Conference in Nairobi, hundreds of Kenyans living with HIV have gathered to demand that promises are kept in fighting the disease. On Wednesday morning, Kenya’s Minister for Special Programs Esther Murugi opened the first, biennial Kenya National AIDS Conference.  But as Murugi and other Kenyan officials...

ECOWAS Set to Combat Cybercrimes

A spokesman for the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] says justice ministers have unanimously agreed on a common legal mechanism to combat cybercrimes in the sub-region. Communications director Sonny Ugoh, said his organization will also cooperate with the rest of the international community to address the growing “menace” in the...

African Livestock May Benefit From A Scientific Breakthrough In Fiighting Tsetse Fly Parasite

A team of scientists have made a revolutionary breakthrough on a parasite carried by the tsetse fly.  The Researchers say it may prove to be vitally important to the lives and livelihoods of millions of African farmers. The parasite known as trypanosome causes both African sleeping sickness in people and a wasting disease in cattle. Scientists at...

Kenya Eyes Nuclear Power Development

Kenya is seeking to develop a viable nuclear energy program within the next 15 years to meet its growing energy demands. A government commission formed last year is conducting a feasibility study and the University of Nairobi is setting up programs to train people for the nuclear program. Critics say they're concerned about plant worker safety and...

Kenya’s Judicial Reform Moves Forward With Key Nominations

Kenya may finally be nearing completion of its long-awaited judicial reform program following nominations for several key positions in the country's judicial branch. This would be a major move forward after months of infighting and setbacks. Despite the milestone, not all are happy with those chosen to lead the courts.On Monday, members of Kenya’s...

T-Shirts Return From Africa With Purpose

Castoff American t-shirts, which have flooded African markets for years, are starting to trickle back to the United States as part of a non-profit initiative spearheaded by two young American social entrepreneurs.American Sean Hewens said he recently was stuck in a traffic jam in Nairobi, Kenya, when he saw a t-shirt worn by a rickshaw pusher...

British Human Rights Lawyer Deported from Kenya

A British Lawyer has been deported from Kenya while investigating human rights abuses in the region. Late Thursday, the Chairman of the government-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Hassan Omar Hassan revealed that British lawyer and human rights activist Clara Gutteridge was deported from Kenya on the orders of the government....

African Gays Under Attack as HIV/AIDS Epidemic Turns 30

Thirty years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, stigma and discrimination continue to slow efforts to prevent and treat the disease. And more and more, gay men are becoming the targets in sub-Saharan Africa. In Uganda, for example, legislation had been pending that could have imposed the death penalty for some homosexual acts. In its final day of doing...

Aid Groups Warn of Somalia Food Crisis

With seasonal rains failing across Somalia, a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is urging immediate action to fight what they are calling one of the "worst droughts in recent memory."Since March, farmers and pastoralist communities across east Africa have been waiting for the long rains which will sustain them until the end of the...

Amnesty International Releases Annual Report on Human Rights

Amnesty International says in its latest annual report that recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa show that freedom of expression lies at the heart of human rights. 2010 ended with a public uprising in Tunisia that forced that country’s longtime leader from power.  Then in the new year, similar public demonstrations prompted Egypt's...

As Museveni Sworn in, Questions Raised About Uganda’s Democracy

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been sworn in for a fourth term in office, which will extend his rule of the country to 30 years. Once viewed as a liberator and reformer, Museveni is now facing increasing criticism over his consolidation of power and his commitment to human rights.Security was tight in Kampala as police and military alike...

Kenya Hip Hop Artist Remembers His Roots

Henry Ohanga, otherwise known as "Octopizzo," is one of Kenya's hottest hip hop artists. He says his most satisfying work is helping fellow youth in Nairobi's so-called "informal settlement" of Kibera to turn away from drugs and crime and instead make a living from their talents.  Born and raised in Kibera, Octopizzo started a youth self-help...

Uganda Opposition Leader Barred From Flight Home

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been blocked from re-entering the country, one day before President Yoweri Museveni will be inaugurated for his fourth term.In Nairobi Wednesday, Besigye was barred from boarding a Kenya Airways flight bound for Uganda. The airline said it blocked Besigye because it had received information the plane...

US Concerned as Somalia Blocks Lawmakers' Travel

The United States has expressed concern about the Somali government's move to block dozens of lawmakers from traveling abroad.Officials say Somali security forces prevented more than 40 parliamentarians from traveling to Kenya on Monday, where they were to discuss future elections.A statement by the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi accused security...

Kenya Employers Call Planned Union Strike Illegal

Kenya's employers are blasting a planned strike by the country's unions over the minimum wage. With groups demanding a raise to help meet the rising cost of living, employers are calling the actions illegal.  A standoff is developing between Kenya’s workers and Kenya’s employers over wages and the rising cost of living.Kenya’s largest umbrella...