Kenya-Ethiopia pact targets communities at the border By PSCU Updated Wednesday, December 10th 2014 at 15:28 GMT +3 Share this story: Kenya and Ethiopia have signed an agreement that aims at creating opportunities for communities at the border, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Wednesday. This will create stability and security, he said. Speaking when bidding farewell to the Ethiopian Ambassador to Kenya Ato Shemsedin Ahmed, he assured the envoy that his Government is determined to implement the special status agreement signed between the two countries. “A busy person will have no time thinking of taking a gun to commit crime, rather he would be so committed to their businesses which he/she knows will ensure they get their daily livelihoods,” the President added. On terror, President Kenyatta said Kenya is committed to winning the war and that his Government will continue working with and borrowing best practices from Ethiopia, which also neighbours Somalia. The Ethiopian envoy condoled with the President and the people of Kenya following the recent terror massacre in Mandera saying the Ethiopian Government will work closely with Kenya to ensure they root out the Al-Shabaab menace in the region. See also: Witness in Ruto ICC case 'proven wrong' via video clips He assured the President of the Ethiopian Government commitment to the implementation of the agreement saying it will ensure security and stability within the region. Ambassador Ahmed said conflict between border communities has also contributed to border insecurity. Share this story: World
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A cloud was cast over the great tradition of Kenyan distance running Friday when Rita Jeptoo, winner of the Boston and Chicago marathons the past two years, tested positive for a banned substance, international officials said.
Jeptoo, 33, who has won Boston three times and Chicago twice, is by far the most prominent Kenyan runner to have failed a doping test. She had a positive test on an A sample for an unnamed banned substance, according to the World Marathon Majors, which represents the world’s six most prominent marathons. But under antidoping rules, a second sample of the same test must come back positive for her to be found guilty of a doping violation by the International Association of Athletics Federations, track and field’s international governing body.
Jeptoo is the second high-profile female marathon runner to be entangled in a doping scandal this year. In April, Liliya Shobukhova of Russia, who has the second-fastest women’s marathon time, received a two-year ban after abnormalities were found in her biological markers that are used to detect evidence of doping.
Along with neighboring Ethiopia, Kenya has developed the world’s richest tradition in distance running. In recent years, though, the sport has grown more complicated there, characterized by wondrous achievement and undermined by evidence of doping as money and interest have bloomed and technology has grown more sophisticated.
In September, Dennis Kimetto of Kenya ran 2 hours 2 minutes 57 seconds at the Berlin Marathon, making him the first person to run 26.2 miles faster than 2:03 and shattering the world record by 26 seconds. His victory spurred further debate about when a sub-two-hour marathon might be run.
But then an antidoping task force last month criticized Kenya’s track and field federation for what it said were lax efforts to catch athletes using banned substances.
More than 30 athletes have tested positive for banned substances in recent years, a report by the task force said. Pharmacies, clinics and athletes’ representatives have assisted in the procurement of prohibited drugs, it said. The blood-boosting drug EPO, which enhances oxygen-carrying capacity, was one substance mentioned in the report.
Officials with the World Anti-Doping Agency, who expressed frustration with efforts in Kenya, recently met with Kenyan officials about the country’s efforts to combat the use of prohibited substances.
On Sunday, after the New York City Marathon, Jeptoo was to receive a check for $500,000 for winning the World Marathon Majors, a prize for the top male and female runners for performances at races in Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York in a two-year cycle. That was postponed.
“The stakes are so high,” said George Hirsch, chairman of the board of New York Road Runners, which organizes the city’s marathon, speaking in general about the temptation to use banned substances in a country such as Kenya. “It’s far more money than almost anybody in that country could earn in a lifetime.”
Any formal sanctions against Jeptoo would be levied by the I.A.A.F., which has not yet announced a doping violation or any potential ban.
The World Marathon Majors has joined the I.A.A.F. in helping to provide more out-of-competition testing, considered the only reliable way to catch those using banned substances. Nick Bitel, general counsel of the marathon group, said Friday, “Cheats need to understand that they are not welcome in our sport and that they will be caught.”
Although Jeptoo was not competing in Sunday’s race, the news of her positive test was a distraction for the final major marathon of the year. Many elite runners heard about Jeptoo’s positive doping test on their way to, or at, a scheduled news conference Friday morning.
Instead of talking about his attempt to become the first man to win three New York City Marathons in a row since Alberto Salazar in 1982, Geoffrey Mutai, another Kenyan standout, was confronted with questions about how often he had been drug-tested and whether he thought he was running on a level playing field.
For years, it has been said that many Kenyan distance runners refuse to take even an aspirin for a headache. And some international experts cautioned against painting all Kenyans with a brush of skepticism.
“I don’t know that you can extrapolate or make any general findings or conclusions until we know the circumstances,” Bitel said.
Yet the number of positive tests in Kenya has risen sharply in recent years, which could reflect increased testing as much as growing drug use.
Jeptoo is the third runner to test positive among one of Kenya’s most successful training groups, which has Federico Rosa as its manager and Claudio Beradelli as its coach. Rosa and Beradelli, who are from Italy, denied any involvement in doping.
The Rosa group, founded by Federico Rosa’s father, Gabriele, a highly respected marathon coach, has produced such top stars as Paul Tergat, a former world-record holder in the marathon, and Sammy Wanjiru, the 2008 Olympic champion.
But the training group — and by extension, Kenyan distance running — has come under increased examination. Mathew Kisorio, a former member of the group, received a two-year ban in 2012 and later told the German television network ARD that doping was not rare in Kenya.
“I went with it because everyone told me I wasn’t the only one — and none of the others got caught for doping,” he said. “I know that a lot of medical substances are used, which are injected straight to the blood for the body to have more oxygen. And when you run, you run so smooth. You have more stamina.”
Jemima Sumgong, another Rosa group runner, also received a two-year ban after a failed doping test in 2012, but it was later reversed. Sumgong, who is scheduled to compete in Sunday’s marathon, declined to comment on Jeptoo’s case but said that in general, when it came to the use of performance-enhancing drugs, “we athletes, we are not happy about it.”
Rosa said Friday that he had been cooperating with the I.A.A.F. in investigating the rising number of positive doping tests in Kenya.
“It’s surprising on one side, not surprising on the other because of a lot of problems in Kenya about this,” Rosa said of Jeptoo.
Rosa said “there’s a fear” doping was becoming commonplace in Kenya, adding, “For sure, we will go legally after the people that put Rita in this situation, and probably also Rita if we found out she is cooperating with them.”
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Regional leaders: Ethiopian Hailemariam Desalegn, Yoweri Museveni, Uhuru Kenyatta and Salva Kiir. PHOTO/Enock Kakande
By Vision Reporter
President Yoweri Museveni along with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalgen of Ethiopia, President Salva Kiir Mayardit and their host President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya have resolved to fast track the implementation of the Lamu Port Project that will boost trade and investment in the region.
The Lamu Port, South Sudan and Ethiopia transport corridor project is an infrastructural venture that aims at facilitating trade, promoting regional economic integration as well as connectivity between African countries.
In a press briefing after the one day Summit at State House Nairobi, the host President, Uhuru Kenyatta, who described the meeting as the latest chapter in the deepening of integration agenda, pointed out that the focus is on opening up the region's interconnectivity, trade and investment as well as ensuring that the region's enterprises are globally competitive.
He, however, noted that the 7 components of the Lamu project requires a huge amount of funds amounting to US$24.5 billion of which Lamu Port alone will need US$32 million for its construction. He also said that the project will need a joint innovative approach for its quick implementation.
Uhuru Kenyatta added that leaders of the Lamu Corridor will utilize the forthcoming US-Africa Summit slated for the 4th to 7th August 2014, to interest American investors into the project.
"In our discussions, we were informed of the up-coming USA-Africa Summit to run from the 4th to the 7th August 2014. The Summit will allow us chance to engage American investors on the project", he said.
President Kenyatta added that they also discussed the necessity for regional peace and security that will provide conditions in which the Lamu Port Projects and many others will deliver the full benefits of growth and equity to a region that is hungry for progress.
President Museveni returned home last evening, having been seen off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by Senior Kenyan Government officials.
Others at the Airport to see off President Museveni included Uganda's High Commissioner to Kenya, Ms. Angelina Wapakhabulo and the Kenyan High Commissioner to Uganda Ambassador Geoffrey L. Okanga.
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Kenya should not leave Somalia on the grounds demanded by Al-Shabaab, a notorious terror group whose attacks have mounted security fears in the East Africa Region, the Speaker of the East Africa Legislative Assembly has declared.
Speaker Margaret Zziwa told The Guardian on Sunday at mid week in Dar es Salaam that the Kenya Defense Force (KDF) units deployed in Somalia were not representing just Kenyan state interests but are crucial for the betterment of the whole of East Africa.
The EALA speaker said the cardinal reason for the deployment of Kenyan troops in Somalia was to restore peace in the country, clarifying that the initiative was in harmony with the treaty for establishment of the East African Community.
“I want to remind the general public of East Africans that Ugandan UPDF troops as well as Burundian Defence Force units are also in Somalia under the same spirit in which Kenyan troops were deployed in the terror embattled Horn of Africa failed state,” she stated.
“The question of security both internally and across territorial borders is part of a collective responsibility,” the EALA Speaker asserted, noting that under Articles 124 and 125 of the 1999 Treaty issues of security and defense are vested in the member state governments, working together for the purpose.
Whereas Article 124 provides for regional peace and security that of the partner states agree that peace and security are prerequisites to social and economic development and vital to the achievement of objectives of the Community.
“In this regard, the partner states agree to foster and maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to peace and security through co-operation and consultations on issues pertaining to peace and security of the partner states with a view to prevention, better management and resolution of disputes and conflicts between them among others,” she pointed out.
In the same sprit security organs from the partner states are sharing tasks in undertakings to promote and maintain good neighbourliness as a basis for promoting peace and security in the region, she said.
Peace keeping and peace enforcement, along with disaster management mechanisms lead to requirements of harmonising training operations, technical co-operation and mutual support in areas such as common mechanisms for the management of refugees.
Other areas are cross-border crime, provision of mutual assistance in criminal matters and the exchange of information on national mechanisms for combating criminal activities, the Speaker noted.
To this end the partner states undertake to enhance the exchange of criminal intelligence and other security information between the partner states’ central criminal intelligence information centres and conducting joint operations, the treaty provides.
Other matters include patrols to promote border security, establish common communication facilities for border security under United Nations model law on mutual assistance on criminal matters, she pointed out.
Security in the EAC states is part of its wider determination to strengthen economic, social, cultural, political, technological and other ties for rapid, balanced and sustainable development.
Border security was vital for realizing the target of an integral customs union area, a common market, monetary union and political federation.
Recently Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto insisted that Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) units will not leave Somalia until peace is restored in the Horn of Africa nation.
Responding to calls for withdrawal of Kenyan troops due to rampant terror attacks, Ruto said: “We shall stay engaged under AMISOM to create a peaceful and stable condition for Somali people.
.He said the tripartite agreement between the Somalia government, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Kenya government on voluntary repatriation will be signed in two weeks.
“This agreement has been long overdue and in the next two weeks we should sign it in Mogadishu or in Nairobi,” he said.
Nairobi media reports affirmed that since Kenya intervened in Somalia in October 2011, insecurity has gone out of control, with attacks becoming commonplace in Nairobi, the coastline, and parts of the north eastern border zone with Somalia.
They fall into sophisticated attacks like the Westgate infamy and lately Mpeketoni bombing which cost many lives, and amateurish low-grade and low casualty like border attacks meant to gather arms from isolated police posts.
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Your are here » Home » North Eastern Two killed, one missing in Moyale attack BY LIBAN GOLICHA Updated Thursday, June 19th 2014 at 19:17 GMT +3 Share this story: Moyale, Kenya: At least two people have been killed and over 200 livestock stolen after unknown attackers raided pastoral camps along Kenya – Ethiopia border on Wednesday evening. One person is reported missing following the raid. The attack occurred at Dofano grazing zone between Antuta and Kate settlements, about 40 kilometres from Moyale town. The area is mainly occupied by Borana and some Gabra community. Both communities alleged they were attacked by their rivals and their livestock stolen respectively. There was tension at the border town of Moyale after the incident. While addressing journalists Thursday evening, Moyale OCPD Thomas Atuti said two bodies have been collected from the bush and confirmed that one person was still missing.
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Ethiopia snatches key tourism event from Kenya BY MACHARIA KAMAU Updated Monday, June 2nd 2014 at 22:44 GMT +3 Share this story: Kenya: A premier tourism industry investments forum scheduled to take place in Nairobi has been relocated to Addis Ababa. This follows a switch of venue that will add misery to the local tourism industry that is already struggling to stay afloat. UK based Bench Events who are the organisers of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) said the switch of the venue from Nairobi to Addis Ababa has been due to capacity constraints. In a statement yesterday, the firm said the space available in Nairobi was inadequate to accommodate the huge number of people who had expressed interest in attending and exhibiting at the event. The event was to take place at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi,Â but will now be held at the Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa in late September. The cancelation of the event in Nairobi comes amid security concerns that has resulted in large number of cancellations of booked and paid holidays as well as tourists already in the country cutting short their trips. “AHIF was due to take place in Nairobi but a surge in interest from sponsors wanting to use the event for networking and promotion of their businesses led to concerns over physical space to accommodate increased numbers,” said Bench Events Managing Director Matthew Weihs. Â “The speed of demand from new sponsors has taken us by pleasant surpriseâ€¦ with over four months left, we’ve already reached capacity and with a strong pipeline of exhibitors, we felt a move to a bigger location means we’d not have to disappoint anyone and we’d also be better able to reflect the growth story of the continent.” Industry players expect to lose more than Sh5 billion, due to cancellations — most of them coming after the elevation of travel advisories by US, UK, France and Australia in early May. Though Bench Events did not allude the relocation to insecurity, saying limited space was the reason, it is however notable that Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi has over 350 rooms while Sheraton Addis Ababa has 293 rooms. According to Wiehs, Nairobi falls short when it comes to conferencing and exhibition area. The event will play part in raising the profile of Ethiopia as a tourist destination.
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BY STEVE MBOGO, NAIROBI, APRIL 23 2014, 23:22
A SUSTAINED diplomatic push over the past decade has resulted in Ethiopia opening its tightly state-controlled economy to Kenya, which is expected to increase trade between the two neighbours considerably.
The Ethiopian parliament approved the Special Status Agreement between the countries last month. This was two years after the deal was first signed, an indication of Ethiopia’s traditionally cautious approach to bilateral trade relations. Its parliament is expected to say by next month on what date the deal comes into effect.
At this stage the agreement allows Kenyan banks to open representative offices in Ethiopia. Their functions are limited to marketing, soliciting business and liaising with potential customers.
The agreement requires the two countries to ease the issuing of work permits, jointly promote and market tourism and establish warehouses and inland container depots. It requires them to set up one-stop border posts to ease the movement of goods and services across the frontier and permit the free movement of commercial vehicles.
They are also required to implement a double taxation agreement and establish a joint private investment council.
Despite relatively good diplomatic relations — except for the period when Ethiopia was under the Marxist rule of Mengistu Haile Mariam — trade relations between the countries have been dismal. Business picked up in the mid-2000s, when former Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki sought to improve matters with the late Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi.
Current president Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia directed the formation of a high-level joint tripartite council and a joint technical committee in March to prepare for the implementation of the agreement. They challenged the private sector to take advantage of new trade relations to improve the economies of the two countries.
“It is time to deepen our public-private partnerships and to make the private sector’s efficiencies our own. The prizes are economic growth, new jobs and better public services,” said Kenyatta.
Kenya’s exports to Ethiopia are valued at US$54m but Ethiopian exports to Kenya are at a mere $4m, according to Central Bank of Kenya data .
The move by Ethiopia is seen as the first step in opening up its economy as a result of continuing regional business integration and comes weeks after Ethiopia’s decision, along with those of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, to sign the Common Market of Eastern & Southern Africa (Comesa) free trade area agreement by December. Ethiopia is a founding member of the 19-country Comesa, but has yet to sign the agreement, which requires members to eliminate tariffs, quotas and protectionism.
It has also said it intends to join the East Africa Community, which is gradually implementing a common market trade protocol.
The Kenyan business sector, which has good manufacturing potential, welcomes Ethiopia’s decision. “This is very good news. What we need to do is to [ put in place] the committee required by the agreement so that we can start its implementation,” says Kenya Association of Manufacturers CEO Betty Main.
She says Kenyan businesses are happy with the incentives offered by Ethiopia, such as soft terms to lease land, tax holidays of five to seven years, infrastructure and support services, very low-cost energy and noncollateral bank loans.
David Mwai, who imports shoes from Ethiopia, says: “We have been trading very well at an informal level and if the countries streamline the trade issues, it will be much better for us, as taxes could be reduced.”
A road connecting Nairobi to Addis Ababa is nearly completed. Flights between the two countries are regular and competition between Kenya Airways and Ethiopia Airlines has increased. “The good road network between Ethiopia and Kenya guarantees unhindered movement of goods,” says Sisay Gemenchu, Ethiopia’s industry minister.
Joe Kieyah, principal policy analyst at the Kenya Institute of Public Policy and Research, says the agreement allows Kenya to have access to one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies. “This is all good. It’s a win-win situation. Such trade relations would give Kenyan banks access to the second-most populated country in Africa,” he says.
Ethiopia has a population of 91m, compared with Kenya’s 41m. Ethiopia doubled its per capita GDP from $151 in 2004 to $421 in 2012, based on an average annual growth rate of 11%. Kenya’s growth averaged 4,5% in this period.
Progress has also been made with joint infrastructure projects. The construction of a 2 000MW 1 068km high-voltage transmission line is under way; and the planned Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor has a component linking Lamu Port in Kenya and Addis Ababa by rail.
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