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Kenya’s Chaotic SABASABA Politics – Where is Weta.., We see Kalo and Rao: Are they riding to Uhuru for Dialogue?

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President Uhuru Kenyatta will have none of that – dialogue with Rao – Raila Odinga, Kalo -Kalonzo Musyoka and Weta… Wetangula.

Which day will they choose next after President Kenyatta said no to sabasaba? Will it be NaneNane, TisaTisa or…..


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Kenya is faced with political problems arising from criminal activities

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Seminar on cooperation with the ICC concludes in Ghana

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Seminar participants in Accra, Ghana, on 3 July 2014 © ICC-CPI

On 3 and 4 July 2014, a high level seminar for fostering cooperation between the International Criminal Court (ICC) and States Parties to the Rome Statute was held in Accra, Ghana. Government representatives and other high level officials from nine African countries – Angola, Botswana, The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania – as well as Norway and the Netherlands, ICC officials and experts held in-depth discussions on cooperation between the ICC and States Parties, with an emphasis on witness protection and investigations. The seminar highlighted the importance of judicial cooperation nationally, regionally and with the International Criminal Court, and explored avenues on how the capacity of States in this regard could be strengthened.

In her keynote address to open the seminar, ICC First Vice-President Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng stated: “The Rome Statute is fundamentally based on the concept of complementarity, under which national jurisdictions and the ICC are both working toward the same goal of ending impunity for the gravest crimes of concern to the humankind. Accordingly, the strengthening of a State’s capability to cooperate effectively with the ICC in many cases also translates to improved capacity of national authorities to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate Rome Statute crimes”.

Representing the seminar’s host state, Ghana’s Attorney General and Minister for Justice, H.E. Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong stated: “This seminar aims at stimulating high level in-depth discussions on some of the most relevant issues regarding cooperation between the International Criminal Court and States Parties in respect of the protection of witnesses as well as the connection between national capacity building and international cooperation. Member States would be expected to commit to the full implementation of adopted legislation as soon as possible”.

In all of its activities, the ICC relies on the cooperation of States and international organisations, including in arresting and surrendering suspects, seizing and freezing assets, enforcing sentences of imprisonment pronounced by the Court, receiving detainees after their interim release, or relocating witnesses. The Court may enter into arrangements or agreements to provide such cooperation.

The event was organized by the ICC in close cooperation with the Norwegian Embassy to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the ICC, funded by the European Commission, the Governments of the Netherlands and Norway, and supported by the Government of Ghana.

The International Criminal Court is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole, namely the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.



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Kenya / Launch of MDG Report 2014

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NAIROBI, Kenya, July 8, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Media invite – Launch of MDG Report 2014

What : MDGs Report 2014 launch

Who : Ms. Nardos Bekele Thomas, UN Resident Coordinator

When : Wednesday 9 July at 10 a.m

Where : New Stanley Hotel

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), wishes to invite members of the press to the launch of the MDG Report 2014. The focus will be the status of the MDGs in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Although some progress has been made in extreme poverty reduction, poverty still remains widespread in sub-Saharan Africa. The poverty rate in sub-Saharan Africa fell only 8 percentage points over the last two decades and almost half the population still live on less than $1.25 a day. Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region that saw the number of people living in extreme poverty rise steadily, from 290 million in 1990 to 414 million in 2010, accounting for more than a third of people worldwide who are destitute. The World Bank projects that, by 2015, 40 per cent of the estimated 970 million people living on less than $1.25 a day will be from in sub-Saharan Africa and sub-Saharan Africa will be unlikely to meet the target by 2015.




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IOM Conducts Waste Management Campaigns for 740,000 Displaced in Sudan

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GENEVA, Switzerland, July 8, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM, in partnership with UNICEF and WHO, has provided and maintained basic Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) lifesaving services for displaced people affected by the recent heavy rains and flash floods in the most vulnerable states across Sudan.

IOM has carried out campaigns that aim to increase and maintain access to lifesaving waste management and hygiene promotion (personal and environmental) to promote preventive interventions of diseases outbreaks on the aftermath of floods, as accumulated waste and garbage poses health hazards, especially in urban areas with limited waste management capacity.

“Now we know that most of these diseases are linked to being clean and caring about waste. I can now talk to my family, relatives and neighbours and explain hygiene and waste management and the link some of the infectious diseases that we are suffering from,” said one beneficiary, who has been displaced since February 2014.

IOM has also has conducted 105 solid waste collection activities, transporting 7,158 tons of garbage to landfills and final treatment areas.

The campaigns have reached 740,000 beneficiaries in Khartoum (600,000), West Darfur (80,000) and South Darfur (60,000).

The campaigns included 31,709 health promotion house-to-house/shelter-to-shelter visits, during which 17,833 information and education materials and 2,000 hygiene kits were distributed.

IOM constructed and installed 5,014 waste collecting bins/basin in Khartoum and West Darfur, and rehabilitated two tractors and one lorry in West Darfur.

It provided active cleaning associations/commissions at West Darfur with seven cleaning kits (50 reusable garbage bags, 15 flat rakes, 5 wheelbarrows) and to the displacement camps 4,000 hand cleaners, 500 flat rakes and 500 waste collecting tools.

IOM has also trained 103 displaced people from Al Serif and Kalma camps in South Darfur on how to conduct hygiene promotion of minimum standards among their community over a period of four weeks.

The training aims to ensure sustainability of the intervention by ensuring that the information continues to be disseminated among the community and possible new arrivals. The trainees will also be focal points for emergency response.

“We noticed a change in the behaviour of people. Hopefully this will help – as we had been taught – to decrease the high incidence of malaria, scabies, diarrhea and acute jaundice,” says another beneficiary, who took part in the hygiene promotion training.

This project has been supported by the United Nation’s Central Emergency Fund (CERF), in close coordination with UNICEF and WHO.



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