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Archive for September 10th, 2013

ICC: Kenyans may soon see the colapse of Ruto and Sang’s case – Prosecution faced with disaster for lack of witnesses this week

Posted by African Press International on September 10, 2013

DRAMA AT THE ICC, as the  case against Deputy President of Kenya William Ruto and Joshua Sang: Fatou Bensouda seeks adjournment for a week due to lack of witnesses:

Today the 10th of September, the case against Deputy President William Ruto opened in the Hague.

Failure by prosecution witnesses lined up for this week to turn up forces the chest-thumbing prosecutor to request the court for one week adjournment.

After opening statements by the prosecution, the Victim’s lawyer and the Defence, the prosecutor asked the court for adjournment until next Tuesday the 17th September because she lacks witnesses. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the court that she was not able to proceed due to lack of witnesses for now. She told the court that she hopes by next Tuesday she will be able to get some witnesses.

This is very surprising and a shock to many observers who say the prosecution is playing a loosing game. How can they not have even one witness to start with and they have known all along that the case was to start today?.

The Defence lawyer for Ruto, Mr Karim Khan hammered the prosecution accusing the office of laxity during the investigation, saying they only relied on NGOs and their manufactured reports instead of doing their own investigation..

Kenyans who gave a warm sent off to Ruto yesterday Monday at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi when he flew to the Hague where he was expected to stay for 3 weeks will be shocked to see him back home after only two nights in the Hague.

The prosecution had better accept that the case is very weak, collapsing and do the honourable thing – to withdraw the charges against the Kenyans.

Tomorrow Wednesday, the case will resume at 09.30 am European Time and will adjourn at 14.00, until Tuesday next week, to give time to the prosecutor to look for witnesses.

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Norway: The Conservative Party defeats the Labour Party – Erna Solberg becomes New Prime Minister, Stoltenberg is out!

Posted by African Press International on September 10, 2013

The Conservative Party of Norway has won the elections. Stoltenberg of the Labour Party who has ruled the country for eight years loses the fight to remain premier. Erna Solberg now  becomes the Prime Minister. Her government will be a coalition consisting of Three parties.

The Labour party ruled the country in a coalition with the Center Party (farmers party), and the Socialist Left party. The Conservatives will now rule in a coalition with the Left wing party, the Christian party and the Progress party

Many refugees and asylum seekers will now have to change their attitude in connection with receiving welfare. Those who have relied on welfare will have to work in order to receive welfare if they are not in any employment. The Progress party with the Conservative party will push for all those in the welfare system to look for jobs instead of relying on handouts from the government.

Interview with API before the elections:

Press conference before the elections:

Many prefer not to work, instead they choose to get welfare money and stay lazy at home.

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Clashes on Kenya-Ethiopia border among the Gabra, Burji and Borana communities

Posted by African Press International on September 10, 2013

MOYALE,  – Thousands of families remain displaced from the northern Kenya district of Moyale, close to the Ethiopian border, following the latest spate of clan violence, which has left at least two dozen dead since it broke out on 30 August.

Aid agencies say they have been unable to conduct a comprehensive assessment of humanitarian needs, essential for providing emergency assistance to populations in some of the district’s more volatile areas.

Two days of inter-clan fighting among the Gabra, Burji and Borana communities saw houses torched, gunfire exchanged and business come to a standstill in the areas of Somare and Teti. The violence has since subsided, but tension remains high in the area.

Education officials say all 32 primary and secondary schools in Moyale remained closed on 2 September, as all both teachers and students remained displaced, too afraid of renewed violence to return home.

The violence is believed to be part of a series of revenge attacks that began when the Borana and Gabra clashed on 15 July, leaving one dead and three wounded.

Displaced

“More than 38,000 people from 6,381 households have been forced to leave their homes,” said the Kenya Red Cross Society‘s (KRCS) Moyale coordinator, Stephen Bonaya, who noted that most of the displaced had crossed into Ethiopia, while others were staying with relatives in Moyale and the counties of Marsabit and Wajir.

He said scores of children, women and men were still separated from their families, while others were missing. “A team is helping families trace lost members and reunite them. At the moment, 60 families have been united,” he added.

According to Bonaya, displaced families are in urgent need of food assistance, shelter, drugs, water, cooking utensils, clothing and mosquito nets, among other things.

Moyale’s traders say the suspension of operations by transporters has led to a spike in food prices in the area.

“My lorry has been parked for a whole week now. I am afraid it could either be burnt or hijacked, and yet I am supposed to service a loan,” said Golicha, a truck owner.

Ismail Adan, a livestock trader and a transporter, said the prices of hiring and ferrying livestock by lorries doubled as a result of the clashes. “It’s not possible to make any profit from livestock trade. Animals at the market are too few and very expensive,” he said.

Seeking a solution

Historically, the regions’ communities – which straddle Kenya and Ethiopia – have fought over resources such as pasture and water for their livestock, but research by Tufts University and KRCS shows that the violence has recently become more deadly and communities and their leaders now seek to achieve control over these resources through the political system.

“The government is now in charge. Militia gangs from the warring communities have been flushed out [by the police and the army],” Marsabit County commissioner Isaiah Nakoru told IRIN. “Some have fled and crossed the border. We have arrested eight Ethiopians, two Kenya[ns]. The state is serious; nobody will escape punishment… Politicians responsible will not be spared.”

He added that preliminary investigations had established that “foreign militia” armed with mortars and bombs had fuelled the fighting.

People affected by the conflict say the intermittent violence will continue unless the government addresses the root causes, involving the warring communities and their leaders.

“This is a political problem. Neither Kenya’s entire military nor police can contain or end this problem. Arrest the politicians, involve all communities in the political process and share resources fairly,” said one Moyale resident, who preferred anonymity.

Former national assembly speaker Francis Ole Kaparo said a peaceful solution to the conflict needed to be found. “These communities must stop this bloody way of resolving disputes and share them [resources] or lose all anticipated benefits,” he told IRIN.

na/kr/rz  source http://www.irinnews.org

 

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