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China to boost malaria research in Uganda

Posted by African Press International on January 26, 2008

KAMPALA(Uganda) A partnership agreement between the governments of China and Uganda has resulted in the establishment of a center dedicated to the treatment and control of malaria, APA has learnt

Dr. James Tibenderana, director of the Uganda Malaria Research Center, said Friday that the center to be set up at Mulago Hospital, Kampala, will be operational by June.

He explained that the 400,000 dollar-center will study how to improve malaria diagnosis and will also seek to improve treatment as well as link the latest research information to other health facilities.

Meanwhile, Tibenderana said that the Uganda Malaria Research Center was conducting research on the resistance of malaria parasites to artemisinin-based drugs like Coartem.

It is also investigating the association between HIV infection and cerebral malaria, he concluded.

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Chinese envoy arrives to open embassy Saturday

Posted by African Press International on January 26, 2008

Lilongwe (Malawi) Chinese foreign minister Zhai Ju, who arrived in Malawi on Friday, will officially open a diplomatic mission offices in the capital Lilongwe on Saturday one month after the two countries set up diplomatic ties, APA learnt on Saturday.

Malawi\s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Henry Mumba, said in Lilongwe that the Chinese minister, who is coming as a special envoy of Chinese President Hu Jintao, will finalise the Beijing agreements that set up diplomatic relations between Malawi and his country last December.

“His coming is a sign of strong relationship which the two countries have established and opening of the embassy here means a lot to the people of this country,” he said.

Malawi was previously using the PRC offices in Lusaka, Zambia, to communicate with Beijing.

Malawi recently dumped its diplomatic relations with Taiwan and announced its ties with People\s Republic of China after 42 years of ignoring the giant Asian nation.

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Uganda begins relocating Kenyan refugees

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Kampala (Uganda) The first bus load of Kenyan refugees headed for a temporary transit center in eastern Uganda left Busia town on Wednesday morning for relocation at the former campus of the Mulanda Community Polytechnic Institute in Tororo, APA has learnt.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) began the relocation of the more than 6,000 Kenyans who have been camped for the past three weeks at Busia Integrated Primary School and St. Jude Primary School in Malaba, outside Kampala.

The refugees fled their country following violence that broke out in the wake of the Kenyan presidential elections.

Roberta Russo, the UNHCR spokesperson, said on Wednesday that three buses were sent to Busia and another three to Malaba to start the five-day relocation exercise. She said the agency hired 60-seater buses from Horizon Bus Company to conduct the exercise.

The refugees, most of whom are from the Kikuyu tribe, have been living in basic temporary shelters in Lwakhaha, Bumbo, Bukwo, Busia and Malaba in eastern Uganda.

Several of the refugees however intimated that they were unwilling to go to Mulanda, confident that the situation in their country will normalize soon. The government of Uganda however, has reconfirmed that Mulanda will only serve as a temporary transit point and not a refugee camp.

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Deputy UN Secretary-General Guehenno visits Chad on Friday

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NDjamena (Chad) The deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations for peacekeeping operations, Jean Marie Guehenno, is expected Friday in Ndjamena, APA has learnt.

Jean Marie Guehennos visit fits within the framework of the deployment in Chad of the United Nations Mission for the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), the sources said.

A UN resolution that created it stipulates that MINURCAT will be deployed in the East of Chad and the North of the Central African Rep. (CAR) to assist the refugees and displaced people in these zones.

Guehenno visits Chad 48 hours after the EU commissioner for development Louis Michel. Michels visit to Chad was for the deployment of the EUFOR.

The EUFOR, the European force, will be deployed in the East of Chad and the North of CAR to protect the refugee camps and displaced people, just like the MINURCAT.

The MINURCAT mission deployment depends on the EUFOR mission, which should be deployed in mid-February.

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3 BILLION SHILLING KIBOS NEW SUGAR FACTORY HAS BEGAN TRIAL PRODUCTION NEAR KISUMU

Posted by African Press International on January 26, 2008

odera-omolo.jpg<By Leo Odera Omolo
Kisumu, Kenya

A newly constructed multibillion shillings white sugar factory, located in Kibos in the outskirt of Kisumu city went into trial production a couple of weeks ago.
The new factory will be commissioned later this year as the eighth Sugar factory.in Kenya. It will manufacture both white and brown sugar as it gradually attains. its full production capacity depending on the future availability of row material.
The Kibos Sugar and drilled Industries limited is the brainchild of outs industrial and farming family operating under its business flagship of Chanan Agricultural Contractors [CAC).
It is the family of a well known large scale cane farmer in Kibos area Mr. Chanan Singh.
Established at a cost of Ksh 3 billion the Kibos sugar allied industries Ltd. Is currently producing between 1600 and 1650 bags is made sugar per day and is expected to alleviate the single of in employment in this region.
In its full production capacity the factory done will create employement for 600 workers and staff while its agricultural department is expected to engage 2000 workforce.
The company has no neuclus estate therefore will depend entirely on outgrowers who are expected to absorbe close to 10,000 workers either directly or indirectly in their farmous.
The first of its kind to be operated without classified can growing zone, Kibos sugar will collect in raw cane from farmers without specific boundaries.
This will entail the company to collect motor cart for crushing from or for field as South and North Nandi; the entire Nyando District, Belgut in Kericho and from anywhere within the region where cane is grown as cash crop.
Large scale farmer within Kibos and Miwani areas will deliver their cane to the factory. At the same tins the company plans to assist the outgrowers canes farmers scattered in the Kano plain with some input. To enable the produce top quality cash crop. It will develop small scale farmer in the surrounding villages.
Already Kibos sugar has spent a colossal amount of money in the construction of tendor and access road loading to the come surrounding areas like Ombaking , Nyamware and Kobura area along the Lake Victoria anytime.
One of the company top directors Mr Raju Chanan told times writer at the factorys officers in Kibos that form is expected to play a private role in up lifting the standard of the local in Kano plain, Kajulu and around the nearby cane growing zones.
Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries Ltd is also reported to have worn a recent tender bid to acquire the Muhoroni Sugar Company another multimillion shillings government owned sugar mill, which is located in Nyando but with trigger production capacity. Muhoroni has been under the official receivers ever since 2001.
Mr. Raju Chanan, however describe the spate of the recent event, which he said contributed to big losses of cane crop to arsonists before it collect the harvested.
Farmers he said will use a lot if money as they prepared for replant their field. The worst hit are both small and large scale farmers in Kibos, Miwani, Chepsweka and even in the outlaying rural location will bear the brunt of the massive losses.during the post-election violence.
The sugar manufacturing companies in the region will have to chip in a lot of cash to help the farmers plough and replant sugar cones after their crop was burnt by arsoniots.
All the major producing companies such as Chemelil, Muhoroni, Miwani, Sonysugar and Nzoia are serious affected Previously the country had a total of seven functioning white sugar factories, namely Mumias, Chemelil, Sonysugar, West Kenya, Muohoroni, Nzoia and Miwani producing a total 670,000 tonnes of sugar annually..
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Kenya is on fire

Posted by African Press International on January 26, 2008

Kenya is no more, writes
Mr J.K. LELEITTO SANG
Take alook at this guys,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG0MgzLRzb8&feature=relatedEdward Too <snuka2000@yahoo.com> wrote:
This quote by one of the Mungiki murderers named Dennis Kariuki ( a bus conductor by day a murderer by night ),

“We have vowed that for every Kikuyu killed in Eldoret, we shall kill two Kalenjins who are living in Nakuru,”is an indication they are on a revenge mission. Theystarted thebrouhaha by putting down one Kalenjin and hoping that they ( Kales )would just give in to slaughter like mindless, stupid, chicken.
One thing is true: One Kalenjin life is worth a thousand Kikuyu souls! We hate that a fewbad people shouldcause the suffering of the many, but that is what war means. Unfortunately the newsmen reporting on the ground are on a mission to portray the Kalenjins ( the offended ) as the aggressors, and the Kikuyu ( the offenders ) the victims.



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Things have gone wrong in Kenya in a big way

Posted by African Press International on January 26, 2008

Considering the many things which have gone wrong since December 27,2007 general election,

it is apparent that Kenya need a quick remedy which require short, medium and long term solution to resolve the ever growing impasse!

This will save the country from disintegrating into tribal states or fiefdoms akin to what happened to former Yugoslavia. It is already clear that another bungled event could lead to irreversible unwarranted and severe consequences.

This is not time for myopic and rabid greed style of politics which has been the bane of Kenya and Africa!

harrison-ikunda.jpgBy Harrison Mwirigi Ikunda,

Nairobi. Kenya.

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Kenyan politics: How smart is Raila Odinga?

Posted by African Press International on January 26, 2008

Ali Mazrui once wrote that the 2007 election would pit Railas strategic ability versus Kibakis intellect. Here is the score so far.Election Rigging:a) Chase away your opponents agents from your strongholds to enable some tweaking. Score—-Draw. (Both did so effectively).b) Announce results early from your strongholds with stuffed ballots, compared to, announce your results late in your strongholds after observing your opponent. Score—-Kibaki.c) Cry foul early to prepare people well in case you must allege rigging, compared to campaign exuding confidence urging all to accept results. Score—–Raila.d) Heckle ECK Commissioners at KICC to delay announcement till all is settled, compared to allowing your opponents to crowd at KICC while you plan your swearing in. Score—Kibaki.e) Marching and chaos while knowing that the International Community will intervene,compared to sitting at State House to consolidate power and only meeting mediators at your own pace. ScoreKibaki.

f) Finally appearing at your opponents office for a meeting and being subjected to his official power compared to hosting your opponent at your office, confirming in public that you are the duly elected President and at the same time getting him to call for peace. Score—-Kibaki.

So far,five-noe. Is it luck for Kibaki, or is Raila not really so smart after all?

By Joe Kibet

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OPEN LETTER TO THE CHURCHES – Kenya

Posted by African Press International on January 26, 2008

Since the campaign period started, the churches in Kenya, like the rest of the country, took sides according to ethnicity.

Koffi Annan jetted into the country. At best, he will help with a political solution. However, the hearts of Kenyans will not really change. That solution, for our hearts, lies right here at home. Njue, Obiero. Okoth. Wasonga

Those are the names of the leading clergymen I always read about. They all keep asking the President and Raila to sit and talk. How? And you?

I am requesting all the evangelical protagonists, those who I have mentioned above, to lead by example and come together.They should deal with two spiritual matters.1) Beg our (their flock) forgiveness for partisanship.2) Declare their forgiveness to each other for being partisan.

If their own egos cannot allow them to come together, how can they have the moral authority to call on the President and Raila to put aside their personal interests and meet for the sake of the country? The combined clergy has a larger flock than the numbers of those who voted.

The clergy are as partisan as the President and Raila.

I am challenging them to have a joint press conference together, followed by a sermon, and do as I have suggested above. They must be frank and admit to the cancer of ethnicity that also consumed them, and then lead us in slaying this dragon from our hearts and minds. This is much more effective than Koffi, Kufuor, Museveni, Machel and all the other peacekeepers combined.

If they cant do this, they must resign their positions, swap their collars and robes for jeans and fight alongside everyone else.

As for me, I am never ever going to attend another church service until I see this unity sermon.

By Joe Kibet

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RAILA HAD NO OPTIONS – But abandon his pipe dream

Posted by African Press International on January 26, 2008

It has emerged that Kufuor left in frustration after Raila adopted a hardline position stating that he would only engage in discussions after Kibaki promised to step down (hence the agreement Kibaki refused to sign). Enter Museveni. He reportedly told Raila to his face to forget this pipe dream. This message was reinforced by the US ( Museveni is their man here, Bush talks with him about Kenya) and the EU also dropped their hardline stand.Koffi simply asked both Raila and Kibaki to confirm whether each believes in peace and the rule of law. He told them that he was going to truthfully report to the International Community the answer and actions of each of them on this point.Both Raila and Kibaki had to reaffirm that they want, and will call for peace. That is why they issued the statements they did.

The International community wants peace here and doesnt really care who rules the country, as long as there is peace. That is why they tolerated Moi.

By Joe Kibet

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The handshake: Will it promote peace? Kenya: Kibaki and Raila shake hands

Posted by African Press International on January 26, 2008

President Kibaki and the Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga have met for the first time and shaken hands before a battery of journalists ahead of face-to-face talks.

Chief mediator Kofi Annan looks on as President Kibaki and Raila Odinga meet for the first time today since the disputed elections. The two first held a brief meeting with chief mediator Kofi Annan before emerging to make brief remarks and pose for pictures while shaking hands. Mr Odinga said: We are ready to go the extra mile. These are the first vital steps to resolving the electoral dispute. I ask you to be patient and uphold peace in the spirit of brotherhood.

When his turn came, President Kibaki said: We remain committed to dialogue. All Kenyans should remain calm and shun violence as we endeavour to find solutions. But the fact that the two protagonists were still holding their conflicting positions was let through when Mr Odinga avoided referring to Kibaki as President, and on the other hand President Kibaki referred to himself having duly won the elections.
The two and their teams then entered the Harambee House offices for what is expected to be the detailed talks.

No agenda has been given for the talks brokered by a team of international mediators including Mr Annan, former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa and Mozambiques Graca Machel. Mr Odinga is accompanied by one of his partys top officials, Mr William Ruto. President Kibaki is with five members of his Cabinet, including Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka and Ministers George Saitoti (Security), Martha Karua (Justice), Samuel Poghisio (Information) and Ali Mwakwere (Transport) among a few Government officials.

The joint meeting comes after Mr Annans team met President Kibaki at State House earlier today and the ODM side yesterday evening. The Harambee House meeting was announced soon after the Annan team left State House. “At 4.30pm today there will be a meeting between Kofi Annan and President Kibaki and Honourable Odinga at the Office of the President, Harambee House,” a statement from the Annan team said.

 

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Top leaders should sign deal, says Maathai

Posted by African Press International on January 26, 2008

Nobel Laureate Prof Wangari Maathai is of the opinion that President Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga should sign a peace agreement with legal basis, which cannot be broken.

The agreement should be negotiated first and taken through a legal process and then signed by Parliament for it to be binding, Prof Maathai said.

She was speaking after a meeting with former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to discuss methods of ending post-poll violence.

She said an agreement like the Memorandum of Understanding signed during the 2002 General Election should not be repeated.

This MoU is the reference point for trouble that has culminated into this crisis since it had no constitutional basis, Prof Maathai who was addressing the press after meeting with Mr Annan said.

Prof Maathai explained that there are several solutions she suggested to Mr Annan, which can bring together both President Kibaki and Mr Odinga. Apart from signing a biding agreement, she said the two leaders can also share power.

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