Nairobi, Kenya: African Union endorses Kenya for UN Security Council Post

Monica Juma

The African Union (AU), today through a popular member vote, endorsed Kenya for a non-permanent membership to the United Nations’ Security Council. Kenya defeated Djibouti by a wide margin after garnering 37 votes against their rival who garnered 13 votes. The voting activity was in its second round. In the first exercise, Nairobi accessed the support of 35 countries with Djibouti City gathering the confidence of 15 countries. The first round had two AU members abstaining. Lack of a two-thirds majority win, for Kenya, in the first round justified the…

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Kitany: Linturi could not pay his rent

The now infamous divorce proceedings between Marianne Kitany and Mithika Linturi are taking an exceedingly interesting dimension after the enstranged wife continued to spill the beans on their union. On Wednesday afternoon, Kitany told the court that she housed Linturi after the Meru senator failed to pay rent for his then apartment along Ngong Road. “I came to learn later that he had rent arrears and I assisted by paying…he asked for some money to pay rent and much later I got to see letters from the landlord. I gave…

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Raila meets Indonesian President, discusses infrastructure development

African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development Raila Odinga today met Indonesia President Joko Widodo during the Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialogue in Bali. Earlier, Raila held talks with Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi on “increased and improved collaboration between Africa and Indonesia in various sectors”. Present during the meeting were the host nation’s Ambassadors to Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa. The Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialogue is a platform for the business community, government officials and other stakeholders from Indonesia and Africa aimed at ensuring collaboration in the infrastructure sector. The forum will be…

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Crisis Group warns of hurdles in implementing Sudan agreement

The International Crisis Group has given caution over the implementation of the Sudan power-sharing deal. In a statement, the organisation said the Junta might not let civilian authorities audit or control the sources of foreign exchange. “Caution is warranted, however. The junta signed the agreement only under intense external pressure from parties that included the AU, the U.S., the UK and the EU. Many of its members are beneficiaries of the patronage-based economic system that Bashir created,” they said in a statement. The Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation…

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Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei arrested over hate speech

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei has been arrested at in his Eldoret home. Senator Cherargei’s arrest comes a day after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations summoned him over hate remarks he made at the weekend during the funeral of the late teacher Dominic Kiptoo Choge at Lelwak in O’lessos. Detectives had surrounded his home for hours after the senator reportedly refused to open the gates. He was driven to the DCI offices in Nandi to record a statement. Speaking at the funeral, Cherargei said supporters of Deputy President William Ruto were…

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Baktash Akasha sentenced to 25 years in prison

Baktash Akasha, a prominent member of the infamous Akasha family, today received a jail sentence of 25 years. Manhattan Presiding Judge Victor Marrero read the judgment and imposed a fine of US$100,000 on Baktash. Baktash Akasha, part of the wider Ibrahim Akasha’s family was extradited to the US alongside his brother to answer charges on drug trafficking. The duo pleaded guilty to the charges and agreed to a plea bargain with the office of the Manhattan district attorney. The two brothers were extradited even at the face of a court…

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Breaking: Rugby players Frank Wanyama and Alex Obala handed a 15 year jail sentence

Besieged rugby players Frank Wanyama and Alex Obala received a 15-year jail sentence on accusations of gang rape. The court sustained that, with all evidence adduced before it, a custodial sentence was the only route to justice. The magistrate, Martha Mutuku, handed the minimum judicial sentence as guided by the law. The magistrate had, on Thursday last week, found them guilty of gang rape.

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I will run for Presidency, declares Kivutha Kibwana

Professor Kivutha Kibwana, the current County Governor of Makueni, on Thursday, declared his interest in running for the country’s top seat. Speaking during the Fifth Annual Tobong’u Lore (meaning welcome home) in Turkana County, Kivutha reminded the audience that he had, earlier, mentioned the same thing. He reinforced this announcement in the presence of Deputy President William Ruto, a man who is leaving no chances in his quest to succeed his boss, Uhuru Kenyatta. Kivutha Kibwana implored on Ruto to join the handshake bandwagon and join Raila Odinga in uniting…

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Kenyan Government initiates move to tax YouTube, Netflix

YouTube

The Kenyan Government has commenced regulatory processes aimed at taxing online content channels especially YouTube and Netflix. In a move targeting foreign online streaming services, the government, through the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) intends to have over the top services (OTT) declare income earned from Kenyan consumers. CA’s Director General, Francis Wangusi, indicated that this is standard practice already working in developed countries. “Many countries especially developed ones have policies that guide these services, and that is where we are heading to as a country,” Mr. Wangusi said, adding…

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Huawei facilitated spying of Bobi Wine in Uganda, Wall Street Journal

Bobi Wine in court

According to the Wall Street Journal, Huawei Technologies aided the Ugandan government in amplifying surveillance on Bobi Wine’s private communications. According to the publication, technicians from the Chinese company intercepted encrypted messages in a Whatsapp group that had the membership of Bobi Wine. Bobi Wine, popularly identified as Robert Kyagulanyi, is a fierce critic of President Yoweri Museveni. His #PeoplePower movement is seen as a prominent threat to Museveni’s hold of power. Upon interception of the messages, the Huawei technicians shared them with Ugandan authorities. Security agencies used the messages…

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