March 26, 2015

Kenya quietly lobbying African countries to boycott Commonwealth Summit

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta turns to speak to a member of his delegation at the Somalia conference in London Tuesday May 7, 2013. British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed Somalia's president and a host of international leaders to London for a conference aimed at securing support for the government in Mogadishu after two decades of conflict. (AP Photo/Andrew Winning, Pool) / ap

KENYA is quietly lobbying African countries to boycott the upcoming 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka from November 15 to November 17, 2013. Diplomatic sources told the Star that Kenya is pushing the move over the union’s failure to take a decisive stance against the prosecution of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto at the ICC. Already, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia have been roped into the plan and may miss out in the meeting. South Sudan and Burundi which had launched bids to join Commonwealth have suspended their bids indefinitely….

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ICC’s Bensouda in dilemma over Uhuru ICC ruling


ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is facing a dilemma over whether to appeal Friday’s decision granting President Uhuru Kenyatta the chance to skip most sessions of his trial. Bensouda will have to make the tough decision this morning against the background of strained relationship between the court and the African Union (AU) over the Uhuru trial. Since she appealed a similar decision in favor of deputy President William Ruto, she may be tempted by this precedent to do the same for Uhuru. But If she does this, the AU will only strengthen their resolve to severe ties with the court. If…

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Conjestina Achieng detained over Sh529,000 medical bill


KISUMU, KENYA: Former top boxing champion Conjestina Achieng has been detained in a hospital in Kisumu over a medical bill amounting to Sh529, 000. Conje, as she is known by her fans, has been admitted two months now, and was supposed to be discharged from the hospital on Sunday after her condition stabilized. Clement Adala, Conjestina’s father said the family had organised a fundraiser at the weekend so as to help raise the bill but only managed to raise Sh60, 000. “It was a big disappointment and as it stands now my daughter will not be out of the hospital soon,”…

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KDF arrest three alleged Al-Shabaab recruits en-route to Somalia


Police are questioning three Tanzanians caught crossing the Kenya- Somalia border at Kiunga to allegedly join Al-Shabaab militants. Officials identified the three as Ali Ramadhan, 22, Musa Daudi, 19 and Shabaan Bakari Waziri, 21. They were arrested by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), a few miles inside Somalia from the Kenyan border and handed over to police at Kiunga police station. According to police who had profiled the three, they were headed to Kismayu to join “the holy war, which they claimed is led by the militants”. Police said the men are from Dar-es-Salaam and had used the Lungalunga border to drive to Mombasa, Malindi and Lamu before getting into Somalia. “They are being…

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Westgate attackers chopper owned by former politician, pilot questioned and released


Detectives probing last month’s attack at Westgate Mall now believe six of the attackers hired a private chopper from Dadaab refugee camp to Nairobi. The investigators said the six terrorists chose to use a helicopter in early September fearing that they might be easily identified should they travel by road. The detectives believe the attackers were carrying weapons used in the attack. The chopper is owned by a former politician and the pilot was questioned and released. The attackers are believed to have crossed over from Somalia six months ago into Dadaab, where they posed as refugees as they planned the September…

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Ruto fixed himself in ICC, says Karua


FORMER Justice minister Martha Karua has denied fixing Deputy President William Ruto at the International Criminal Court. For the last two days, Karua has been tweeting multiple denials that she framed Ruto in the investigations into post election violence. On Monday Ruto’s defence team in the Hague mentioned Karua, Interior principal secretary Mutea Iringo and State House advisor Nancy Gitau and others plotted to expose Ruto over poll chaos in 2008. Karua said Ruto was responsible for his own actions. “Alijiset kwa vitendo’ (he set himself up by his actions),” Karua responded to a direct tweet on whether she fixed…

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Top IEBC men to be charged over Sh1.3billion kits tender


The anti-corruption commission has recommended the prosecution of four top electoral commission officials over the Sh1.3 billion electronic voter identification kits that failed during the March 4 elections. The four are Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chief executive James Oswago, the deputy commission secretary in charge of support services, Mr Wilson Shollei, the director of finance, Mr Edward Karisa, and the procurement manager, Mr Willy Kamanga. In a letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) says the four should be charged with four counts of failing to comply with procurement…

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Charity Ngilu drawn into plot to defraud State of millions


Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu has been sucked into a suspected fraudulent scheme through which wheeler-dealers are targeting hundreds of millions of shillings of taxpayer money through her ministry. The scheme involves prime land in Nairobi, whose ownership was illegally transferred by well-connected individuals, who turned around to sue the government when the ministry revoked the title. The slightly over one acre parcel in Westlands nearly became a diplomatic issue as it belongs to the Kingdom of Kuwait, which complained about its illegal transfer. According to documents seen by the Sunday Nation, the suspected fraudsters have roped in influential public…

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Who is this man Robert Alai?


He is hated and loved in equal measure, his likes and unlikes on social media are even, but this 34-year-old believes he’s the eye that sees what the rest can’t see; but who is this ROBERT ALAI? SHIRLEY GENGA unveils one of the most controversial bloggers in the city. I am a simple Kenyan who is only interested in social justice. It hurts me very much when I see any form of injustice. It pains me to see people suffer because of things they cannot control and that is why I decided to be the voice for the voiceless. You…

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Lupita Nyong’o, the Kenyan actress in US who no one knows but everyone will be talking about


Kenyan native Lupita Nyong’o makes her stunning feature film debut in director Steve McQueen’s highly acclaimed chronicle of American slavery. How she got to this point is itself a Hollywood-friendly tale that is equal parts perseverance and great good fortune. There are so many great actors teeming within 12 Years a Slave that singling out just one of them almost feels selfish. To start, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Salt, American Gangster) gives the performance of his career as Solomon Northup, a free black man living in New York in the mid-19th century who was kidnapped into slavery and wrote the titular memoir…

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