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Kenya and the international court: Off the hook?

Monday, September 15, 2014 @ 6:14 pm

The two leading Kenyans facing prosecution at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague were once mortal enemies whose followers killed each other in the wake of a disputed election in 2007. Yet they have since been locked in a cosy [...]

Somalia: al-Shabab terror group names new leader

Monday, September 8, 2014 @ 9:16 pm

(Abdi Guled) Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, named a new leader Saturday after confirming the killing of their previous leader by a U.S. airstrike, a commander of the group said. The Somali militants unanimously selected Ahmad [...]

Common enemy drawing Africa’s top spies closer

Monday, September 8, 2014 @ 9:05 pm

(Daniel Kalinaki) At the Safari Park Hotel on the outskirts of Nairobi, intelligence agents from across Africa circle each other, nibbling on queen cakes and samosas and making small talk. For years many of these agents spied on each other’s [...]

Kenya faced 133 terror attacks since Somalia intervention

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 @ 11:52 pm

(Paul Wafula) Terrorists attacked Kenya 14 times on March 3 and 4, the day the country held elections, but security agencies suppressed this information to prevent panic among voters, we can now reveal. ​ Official data released to The Standard on [...]

What is it like to be Somalian in Kenya?

Monday, April 14, 2014 @ 1:21 am

Twitter is abuzz and Somalis are trending in Kenya, not for reasons of their own, but rather impositions beyond their capacity. There is quite a lot of outrage from all corners that Kenyans venture, from the passionately human to the average [...]

Briefing: President Kenyatta’s official visit to Ethiopia

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 @ 9:59 pm

President Uhuru Kenyatta was on a three day official visit to Ethiopia this week (March 10-12) at the invitation of Prime Minister Hailemariam. He was accompanied by a high level delegation of senior officials, including several Cabinet Secretaries [...]

Kenyan President to cut top officials’ salary by 20%

Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 1:57 am

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta continued Monday (March 10th) to announce slashes to salaries of top officials in an effort to cut down the country’s wage bill. On Friday (March 7th), Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto announced that [...]

The Crisis in South Sudan and its implications for Ethiopia

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

(Mehari Taddele Maru and Abel Abate) Since 15 December 2013, soldiers loyal to the deposed Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, have fought against President Salva Kiir’s loyalists in Juba in the vicinity of the Presidential palace. Emboldened by the [...]

Kenya’s illiberal backslide

Sunday, November 24, 2013 @ 2:27 am

(By Magnus Taylor) In recent weeks I’ve had some interesting conversations, interviews and more formal sessions on the current political situation in Kenya. In the main, these have focused on the post-election domestic politics within the country [...]

Kenya: Draft law limits foreign funding for NGOs

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

The Government is set on a collision course with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country over a proposed new law regulating the flow of foreign funds. The Miscellaneous Amendment Bill 2013, published on October 30, which itself comes [...]

Kenya: Timeline of ongoing Nairobi’s mall attack

Sunday, September 22, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

Timeline: How a busy Saturday at a smart Nairobi mall descended into a bloodbath as al-Shabaab terrorists stormed the centre, going from shop to shop shooting. 59 are dead, a siege remains. Saturday morning It was a busy Saturday morning in a [...]

Kenya wants UN to drop crime charges against President

Sunday, May 12, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

Kenya has asked the U.N. Security Council to end International Criminal Court proceedings against President Uhuru Kenyatta and others, but council diplomats who discussed the request on Thursday said the 15-member body could not stop the case. The [...]

Kenyata's election-win in Ethiopian eyes

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

Last week saw the election of Dep. PM Uhuru Kenyatta as President of Kenya, the 2nd biggest economy in Eastern Africa. Most Ethiopians, however, are more familiar with his rival PM Raila Odinga, as part of the 2007 Kenyan presidential elections and [...]
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