Monday, May 27, 2013

Five people killed in fresh Mandera County attacks

By Cyrus Ombati

NAIROBI, KENYA: Five people were killed, three others injured and several camels killed in fresh inter-clan fighting in Banisa District- Mandera CountyThe victims were attacked by a militia that is said to have crossed from Ethiopia on a revenge mission on Saturday morning. 
Police said the gang later vanished into Ethiopia, which is few kilometers away. 
The deceased and injured are said to be from bothGarreh and Degodia sub clans. 
North Eastern police boss Charlton Murithi said the injured are admitted at the local  District Hospital in a stable condition with bullet wounds.
 “We suspect the attack was in an apparent retaliation to the ongoing clashes that have occurred in the past weeks. It happened deep in the villages and the attackers targeted herders,” said Murithi. 
The attack happened days after the military moved to the area to stem a pending attack following intelligence that showed so. 
Murithi said they have deployed enough personnel in the area to contain more attacks. But the attackers have been targeting people in villages where there are no security agencies. 
Officials said tension was high along the Kenya- Ethiopia border after the retaliations which have now claimed five people in two days.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Kenya To Host Top AU Organs - Citizen News

Kenya To Host Top AU Organs
The African Union Commission and the government of Kenya on Thursday signed an agreement to host African Union Organs in Kenya.

The agreement was signed at the AU Head Quarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, between the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Amina Mohamed  and Chairperson of the AU Commission Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.
According to the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two parties, Kenya will host the Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (IBAR), the Pan African University’s Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovations (PAUISTI), as well as any other organ that may be hosted in Kenya with the authority of the Government of Kenya.
IBAR is already operational in Kenya.
Speaking during the signing of the memorandum, Dr. Zuma said that she was satisfied with the agreement.
She noted that the signing of the MOU means that “we can start putting structures in place for the Pan-African University where our youth will gain knowledge and skills to drive our economy.”
She thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for “moving swiftly on his prior agreement in hosting the campus for the Science and technology” saying that science is the way to go.
Ambassador Mohamed expressed her gratitude for being able to rapidly deliver the assignment given by President Kenyatta.
The Kenyan delegation to the signing ceremony was composed of Kenya’s Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Dr. Monicah Juma and others.
The AUC Chairperson was accompanied by her Chief Advisor Ambassador Baso Sangqu, Commissioner for Human Resources Science and Technology (HRST) Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga and the HRST Director Dr. Abdul-Hakim Elwaer.
By Koome Kimonye

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Kenya : President Uhuru Kenyatta wants his ICC trial pushed to next year -Standard Digital News -

President Uhuru Kenyatta now wants the International Criminal Court ( ICC) to postpone his trial due in two months, until January next year.
If granted, it would be the second time the three-judge bench would be postponing the trial against the President.
Uhuru’s trial at The Hague-based court is scheduled to commence on July 11.
The trial was initially set for April 11, but was vacated shortly after the March 4 elections following a request by his defence lawyers.
In his new submission to the Trial Chamber judges, President Uhuru raised a number of issues relating to ‘Prosecution failure’ on disclosure, which he maintained makes the July 9 untenable.
He argued for example, he requires additional time to adequately investigate some prosecution witnesses whom he said have a criminal background and significant issues on integrity.
“The scale of Prosecution disclosure served after the confirmation of the charges necessitates further substantial defence investigations due to the high incidence of witnesses relied upon by the Prosecution with a criminal background and significant issues relating to their credibility,” his defence counsels Stephen Kay and Gillian Higgins said.
They also told the bench led by Japanese Judge Kuniko Ozaki they would require time to investigate the credibility and substantive allegations made by five witnesses whose identities have not been disclosed. The defence also complained the transcripts of interviews of witnesses remain substantially redacted.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Kenya PE firm Catalyst buys 50pc stake in Ethiopia food company - Corporate News -

Kenya-based private equity firm Catalyst has acquired a 50 per cent stake in Ethiopian food and drink maker Yes Brands to tap into the Horn of Africa nation's large population and fast economic growth, the company said.
The Mauritius-registered Catalyst Principal Partners raised $125 million last year for its Catalyst Fund 1 to be invested in consumer growth-related opportunities in the region with some of the world's fastest growing economies.
Paul Kavuma, Catalyst's chief executive, said it would build on the strength of Yes Brands in mineral water bottling by investing in operational capacity and product distribution.
The value of the deal was not disclosed due to confidentiality clauses in the agreement.
Officials in Addis Ababa said last year they expected Ethiopia's economy to expand by 11 per cent in the 2012/13 fiscal year.
Catalyst is also looking to invest in east Africa's property market, Mr Kavuma said last month.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Kenyan Govt Frustrating the Hague's Investigations

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has submitted details of the government's alleged attempts at frustrating the investigation process including witness intimidation and the surveillance of prosecution staff.

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