May 3, 2016

Investigative Journalists in Kenya on the Spot in New Security Bill


Newly proposed security laws are seeking to jail or fine journalists who are found guilty of undermining investigations or security operations through their broadcasts or publications. The Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014 wants such persons jailed for up to three years or fined Sh5 million or both. Amendment 30F(1) states, “Any person who, without authorisation from the National Police Service, broadcasts any information which undermines investigations or security operations relating to terrorism commits an offence and is liable of conviction to a term of imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to a fine not exceeding five million…

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[VIDEO] How aggressive Nairobi prostitutes rob men


Nairobi prostitutes have been robbing men in uncanny ways. The hookers approach the men in the city streets and offer their services. If the man declines or seems uninterested, they throw themselves all over the victim in a desperate bid to lure him in. At the same time though, they are robbing the victim of his possessions. The hotspot is around Luthuli Avenue and River Road. Watch video courtesy of K24TV

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Senate report on CIA torture reveals Kenya role


Kenyan authorities were involved in renditioning terror suspects to Somalia from where a torture interrogation programme ran by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was secretly conducted. A US Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture carried out by the CIA during interrogations revealed that some of the terror suspects arrested in Kenya for involvement in bombings had been “disappeared” only to be taken to Somalia by plane. The report released on Tuesday says America’s CIA officials covertly ran a torture centre within the premises of Somalia’s National Security Agency headquarters in Mogadishu. This was where suspects captured in Kenya who the…

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Githurai stripping suspects now face death penalty


The crew of a bus in which a female passenger was stripped and sexually assaulted in Githurai, Nairobi, now potentially face the death penalty after they were on Wednesday charged with robbery with violence and sexual assault. Mr Nicholas Chege Mwangi and Mr Meshack Mburu Mwangi denied that on the night of September 19 and 20 at Millennium Petrol Station in Githurai 44, they jointly with others not before the court robbed the 21-year-old woman, whose identity the court ordered concealed until she testifies. They face the death penalty — in addition to a 10-year jail term or enhanced life…

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Kenya government to probe makers of Al-Jazeera report on death squads


NAIROBI, Kenya –  The Kenyan government says it has ordered an investigation with a view to prosecuting the makers of an Al-Jazeera documentary which appeared to show Kenya officials admitting that police assassinate suspects in operations planned at the highest level of government. (Read: [VIDEO] Inside Kenyan Police Death Squad) The report, released on Monday, says the orders to carry out extrajudicial killings come from Kenya’s National Security Council, which includes the president, the chief of defense forces and the top police chief. The most high-profile police killings are aimed at Muslim leaders believed to have links to Islamic extremists….

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Fatou Bensouda asks to appeal decision not to refer Kenya to ASP


Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has asked the International Criminal Court to allow her to appeal the decision against Kenya being declared non-cooperative even as victims of post-election violence urged her to go for smaller fish. On Tuesday evening, Ms Bensouda contested the Trial Chamber V (b)’s decision not to refer Kenya to the Assembly of State Parties (ASP), saying the judges had made an error. The decision by judges Kuniko Ozaki, Robert Fremr and Geoffrey Henderson was made in March this year after the Prosecutor accused Kenya of non-compliance with her office. Trial Chamber V (b) rejected a Prosecution request for…

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Missing Daystar student found dead after a two week search


Kenya: The search of a 31-year-old lady who mysteriously went missing two weeks ago came to a tragic conclusion Saturday afternoon when she was found dead. The former Standard Digital Intern went missing on Sunday, November 23 and it emerged that she had been involved in a hit-and-run incident while she was headed to church just a few kilometres from her house. Witnesses at the scene of the accident said the driver of the car was drunk and speeding when he veered off the road to the pavement where Deborah was walking. Deborah died on the spot and her body…

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Sauti Sol’s ‘Nishike’ tops list of most watched music videos in Kenya


Sauti Sol’s “Nishike” was Kenya’s most watched music video of 2014 on YouTube, according to Google. The video has over 900,000 views to date. The group, which was named Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards, also had the third most watched music video — “Sura Yako”, which featured Sarakasi Dancers — behind Willy Paul and Size 8’s “Tam Tam” remix. (READ: Sauti Sol delivers first ever MTV EMA award for Kenya) “Open Your Eyes Kenya”, an advertisement by the Safaricom Foundation, was the most watched video of the year, with just under 1,340,000 views on the site…

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U.S. House Republicans prepare 2015 immigration legislation


(Reuters) – U.S. Republicans, outraged with President Barack Obama for easing deportations of millions of undocumented residents, plan legislation in 2015 strengthening the U.S.-Mexican border to discourage illegal immigration. The move, likely to come early next year according to House Republican leadership aides, may lead to other steps the House of Representatives could contemplate to repair parts of U.S. immigration law. When legislation materializes, it would follow a year and half of congressional inactivity in the aftermath of the passage of a sprawling Senate bill backed by Obama but killed by the House. “I think there is the realization…that this…

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[Photos] JKIA received flashy new buses


The Kenya Airport Authority is set to receive five new buses to be used exclusively at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. The KAA received the first of the five buses this month with two more buses expected to be received later this month. The remaining two buses are expected next month. Here are photos of the first bus.  

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