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Kenya biofuel project creates anger

Kenya: Kenyan environmentalists have told that the government should revoke a decision to allow a controversial biofuels project to go ahead. The project involves growing sugarcane for biofuels in coastal wetlands. The project's backers argue the development in the Tana River Delta will produce ethanol and generate power, providing thousands...

Somalia: Alliance leader meets US Envoy in Kenya

Kenya: The chairman of alliance for Reliberation of Somalia sheikh Shaif Sheikh Ahmed has met with United States Ambassador to Somalia John Yates in Kenyan Capital Nairobi on Wednesday officials said. Sources close to the meeting told Shabelle English service that Sheikh Sharif was accompanied by that meeting With Yates Sherif Hassan Sheikh Aden...

Somali MPs take shelter in Kenya for security reason

Somalia: About 50 Somali MPs are in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, as their safe heaven, after they fled from Baydhabo and the capital, Mogadishu, for security reasons, as they have claimed. Although the insecurity in the country (Somalia) is apparent, the MPs expressed fear for their lives due to operations by insurgents to hunt down members of...

Kenya by-election overshadowed by ministers death

Kenya: Kenya is holding by-elections in five constituencies, six months after the disputed presidential polls that triggered deadly violence. Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki's Party of National Unity (PNU) and Prime Minister Raila Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) are seeking to increase their parliamentary seats after forming a...

Kenyan ministers killed in plane accident

Kenya: Kenyan Roads Minister Kipkalya Kones and Home Affairs Assistant Minister Lorna Laboso were killed in a plane crash on Tuesday in west Kenya. The two were among four people killed in the crash involving a Cessna 210 light aircraft in Kanjogoo area in Narok District. Prime Minister Raila Odinga 's spokesman, Salim Lone, said 56-year-old...

Kenya ready to launch new development plan

Nairobi: The Kenyan government said it will launch a new blueprint for the country's economic development next week. Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya told a news conference in Nairobi that President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odingawill on June 10 launch Vision 2030, a long-term plan to transform the lives of Kenyans. Oparanya...

Somali insurgents return seized vehicle, guns to Kenya

Somalia: Security forces at the Kenyan-Somalia border said on Wednesday the militia had called to say they had left the vehicle and four firearms at the border. The officers who did not want to be named said the callers said the weapons and the vehicle were at the Harehare border point. "We have picked up the vehicle and guns. But the...

Kenyan fighter patrol Somali border after attack

Nairobi: Kenyan war planes and military helicopters flew over the border with Somalia on Tuesday, close to where suspected Somali Islamist insurgents attacked Kenyan police on Saturday, residents said. Locals said the militants who launched the raid in Dadajabula belonged to Somalia's al Shabaab group, which the United States has listed as a...

Troops gathering in central Sudan

Sudan: Rival troops from north and south are converging on central Sudan, a UN official has told the BBC.   The country was "on the brink" of a resumption of the 20-year civil war, said UN regional co-ordinator for South Sudan David Gressley. The warning follows recent clashes in the oil-rich region of Abyei, which is claimed by...

Somali militants raid police post in Kenya

Kenya: Unknown armed Somali groups have injured four Kenyan policemen at a local police station along the common frontier with Somalia, Kenyan police confirmed on Monday.   Charles Owino, the Kenyan deputy police spokesman said initial reports from the killing indicate that the police officers were disjointedly shot in Liboi and an area...

Somali insurgents free prisoners assaulting Kenya police

Kenya: Suspected Somali Islamists attacked Kenyan policemen holding three men, including two British nationals of Somali extraction, who had crossed into Kenya illegally, Kenyan police said on Sunday.   One policeman was severely wounded in the attack, which took place on Saturday night in the northeastern frontier town of Dadajabula, where...

Kenyan President says 'no amnesty for post-election unrest'

Kenya: Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Sunday ruled out general amnesty to perpetrators of the post-election violence which rocked the east African nation due to disputed presidential elections.   President Kibaki said the government would not allow the amnesty noting that those responsible for the deadly unrest must face the full force of...

Kenya police open fire following food protest

Kenya: Kenyan police have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of people demonstrating against the soaring cost of food.   Protesters in the capital Nairobi carried placards demanding the government cut the cost of basic Kenyan staples like maize flour. The police said the demonstration was illegal and four arrests were made. Food prices in...

Abductors release Kenyan lecturer in Somalia

Somalia: Somali gunmen released a Kenyan university lecturer on Friday after abducting him in the capital Mogadishu last week, a university staff member said. "Moses (Nyandusi Matundura) is in a Mogadishu hotel then on his way to Kenya," the staff member, who did not wish to be named, the news agency. "He was treated well and is...

Kenya arrests 19 people in 'witch' killing

Kenya: Nineteen people have been arrested in Kenya in connection with the burning of 11 people accused of being witches.   A police spokesman told reporters that those arrested may not have been involved in the killings but possibly incited the attacks. Eight women and three men, aged between 80 and 96, were burned to death in the western...