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The Saudi government to be sued! US Congress rejects Obamas veto of Saudi 9/11 bill

Posted by African Press International on September 29, 2016

AFP -1 | nation news Kenya torsdag, september 29, 2016

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES

The US Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to override Barack Obama’s veto of a bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, the first such rebuke during his eight-year presidency.

The Senate overrode the veto in a 97-1 vote, followed a short time later by the House of Representatives, which knocked it down with a 348-77 vote.

The rare act of bipartisanship was a blow to Obama, who lobbied hard against the bill, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).

Obama called Wednesday’s vote a “dangerous precedent.”

“I understand why it happened,” he said on CNN. “Obviously, all of us still carry the scars and trauma of 9/11.”

But he said the decision would harm US national interests by undermining the principle of sovereign immunity, opening up the United States to private lawsuits over its military missions abroad.

“Our men and women in uniform around the world could potentially start seeing ourselves subject to reciprocal loss.”

Some of the lawmakers who voted for the override didn’t know what was in the bill, he said, calling the result “basically a political vote.”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest earlier called the Senate vote “the single most embarrassing thing” the legislative body has done in decades.

“Ultimately these senators are going to have to answer their own conscience and their constituents as they account for their actions today,” he told reporters travelling with Obama in Richmond, Virginia.

Coming in Obama’s last months in office, the vote shows the White House to be much weakened.

Obama has issued 12 vetoes during his presidency. None have been overridden until now, a rare feat given Republicans’ longstanding control of Congress.

His Republican predecessor George W. Bush also issued 12 vetoes, of which four were overridden. The last president to avoid an override was the legendary Democratic congressional dealmaker — and former senator and congressman — Lyndon Johnson.

‘DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES’

In a letter to Republican and Democratic Senate leaders obtained by AFP, Obama had previously warned of “devastating” consequences for the Pentagon, service members, diplomats and the intelligence services.

The 9/11 measure would “neither protect Americans from terrorist attacks, nor improve the effectiveness of our response to such attacks,” he warned.

“The United States relies on principles of immunity to prevent foreign litigants and foreign courts from second-guessing our counterterrorism operations and other actions that we take every day.”

RNC chair Reince Priebus said Obama’s veto “showed remarkable disregard for the families of 9/11 victims, and the Senate has done the right thing by overwhelmingly overriding his poor decision.”

Meanwhile Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio said the override was “about holding anyone who supports terrorists accountable, and getting their victims the justice they deserve.”

Families of 9/11 victims have campaigned for the law, convinced the Saudi government had a hand in the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens, but no link to the government has been proven. The Saudi government denies any ties to the plotters.

Declassified documents showed US intelligence had multiple suspicions about links between the Saudi government and the attackers.

“While in the United States, some of the 9/11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support or assistance from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi government,” a finding read.

The bill’s co-sponsor, New York Democrat Chuck Schumer, told senators it “would allow the victims of 9/11 to pursue some small measure of justice.”

Behind the scenes, Riyadh lobbied furiously for the bill to be scrapped.

A senior Saudi prince reportedly threatened to pull billions of dollars out of US assets if it were to become law, although Saudi officials now distance themselves from that claim.

The US-Saudi relationship had already been strained by Obama’s engagement with Saudi’s Shia foe Iran and the July release of a secret report on Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

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A great gentleman: Seychelles president quits after change in law

Posted by African Press International on September 28, 2016

AGGREY MUTAMBO -1 | nation news Kenya. onsdag, september 28, 2016

Seychellois President James Alix Michel announced on Tuesday he was stepping down from office, following a constitutional amendment earlier this year that meant he had exceeded his term in office.

In a televised State address and whose speech was posted on the country’s Statehouse website, Michel, 72, said he will leave office on October 16 to be replaced by Vice-President Danny Faure.

“After 12 years as president, the time has come to hand over the reins of power to a new leader.

“A new leader who will take Seychelles to the next frontier of its development, to face and overcome the challenges of this century, without abandoning our principles,” he said in the address initially delivered in Seychellois Creole but later translated to English.

Michel, a former teacher, came to power in April 2004 after serving as VP to his predecessor France-Albert René between 1996 and 2004.

He has led the Indian Ocean archipelago since then and was even in his third term following re-election in December.

But earlier this year in April, the country’s national assembly passed a unanimous constitutional amendment to cap presidential and vice-presidential tenure at two terms.

Michel had already served two terms until last year. Though the new law did not truncate his third term, Michel said he had made the decision to resign after the changes to the constitution.

“Many decisions were made this year. One of the decisions was the amendment to the constitution to limit the terms of the president to two mandates.

“And tonight, I am announcing my decision to resign from the post of president of the republic,” he said in the broadcast.

“For me, power is not an aim in itself but a means to do good. To do good for our people. The interest of the nation comes first… I am leaving the office of the president with a sense of mission accomplished.”

VOLUNTARILY LEFT

By offering to leave office, Michel joins the club of a small number of African leaders who have voluntarily left office without creating scenes.

Zambia’s Frederick Chiluba once left office in 2002 after 10 years but it only followed his failed bid to extend it.

Other sitting leaders, such as Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan and Malawi’s Joyce Banda, agreed to leave office after being defeated in elections.

In 2002, Kenya’s Daniel arap Moi stepped down after 24 years in office. It followed the introduction of term limits, though.

Others, such as Burkina Faso’s Blaise Compaoré left office after being chased out of town by his own fed-up electorate.

According to Seychelles law, a resigning president must hand in a letter to the speaker of the national assembly. Michel’s office said the letter will be sent on Wednesday.

It means the 92,000 inhabitants of the 115-island nation will now be led by Ugandan-born Faure, who had been vice-president since 2010.

Mr Faure is also the current finance minister.

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Kenya: Rio mission chief Stephen Soi charged with theft of Sh25m

Posted by African Press International on September 28, 2016

Team Kenya chief of mission Stephen arap Soi, has been charged with stealing Sh25.6 million from the Sports Ministry on September 28, 2016.

NATION MEDIA GROUP Kenya.
By VINCENT AGOYA

Rio Olympics Team Kenya chef of mission Stephen Soi was on Wednesday charged with stealing $256,000 (Sh25.6 million) meant for accommodation of Athletics Kenya officials in Brazil.

National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) secretary-general Francis Paul and Rio Olympics team manager Pius Ochieng were also in court and faced charges related to kits meant for Team Kenya.

The charge against Mr Soi stated that he stole the money from the Sports Ministry on July 20.

Mr Paul and Mr Ochieng were charged with failing to make an inventory of kits donated by Nike to the Kenyan team that participated in the Rio Olympic Games.

They are alleged to have committed the offence between June 1 and July 31 at Nock offices at the Plaza 2000 building in Nairobi.

They were freed on a Sh1 million bond each with an alternative cash bail of Sh200,000.

The case will be heard on October 24.

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Former Nyeri County executives jailed for 3 years over graft

Posted by African Press International on September 26, 2016

September 26, 2016. | NICHOLAS KOMU | NATION MEDIA GROUP Kenya
By NICHOLAS KOMU

Three former Nyeri County executives have been jailed for three years for failing to comply with procurement laws and funds management procedures.

The three, John Maina (Land and Infrastructure), Martin Wamwea (Finance and Planning) and Chief of Staff Simon Wachira were found guilty of irregularly issuing a Sh3.7 million contract to a private company.

They were fined Sh400,000 each or serve one year in jail for flouting procurement laws.

The former county officials were further ordered to pay a fine of Sh7.5 million, failing which they would serve two years in prison.

Nyeri Chief Magistrate John Onyiego on Monday said the sentences would run concurrently.

The three had been charged with six counts of failing to comply with procurement laws and funds management procedures as well as abuse of office.

The court, however, acquitted the three of abuse-of-office charges for lack of evidence.

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I’ve been masturbating and now I have low libido

Posted by African Press International on September 26, 2016

By Taurus
Updated Monday, September 26th 2016 at 10:29 GMT +3

I am having trouble with my wife mainly in relation to our sex life. Things are really bad now and I feel that I am not able to satisfy her. Could this be related to the fact that I have been masturbating for more than ten years now and could not stop even after I got married? I really want to satisfy her but no matter how hard I try, I always come off very fast. I am worried that she may turn to another man for sex but I want to be the man for her. Please help…

Your Take:

Steve, your previous experience with masturbation has no relation with the problems you are experiencing. I encourage you to seek medical attention to ascertain your sexual strength and improve your libido.

{Ojou Robert- Koyonzo}

What you have is low self-esteem and you need to work on this to enhance it. Remember your mind is the greatest sexual organ, so convince yourself that you are going to start performing well with time.

{Wilberforce Atsiaya}

Steve, you should find ways of sexually satisfying your wife. Do whatever it takes. Once she sees your effort, she would not think of turning to another man for sexual satisfaction. Be confident in yourself.

{Miriam}

Many men with this vice suffer in silence. It is unfortunate that you used to masturbate before and after marriage, which could be the genesis of your problem. You need total concentration during the act and slowly, you will find yourself doing it well.

{Pastor Ben Shikuku}

Steve, yes masturbation might not only affect you in this manner but may also cause low sperm count. You need to find out what really drives you to masturbate and address that otherwise, you may not stop anytime soon.

Also is your wife aware of the masturbation issue? If not, keep it that way and look for professional help from a sex therapist. A professional sexologist may also advice you on exercises that can help you delay ejaculation and extend sexual activity.

{Ouma Ragumo – Sifuyo}

Sex is in your mind so you need to settle both spiritually, emotionally and physically. I think you have lost trust and confidence in yourself and this is what you need to work on. See a sex therapist to sort your sexual problems.

{Onyango Outha – Jauduny}

The greatest enemy of sex is anxiety. If you allow yourself to relax and let it occur naturally, then everything is going to be alright and you will never be disappointed by yourself again.

Also, the fact that you masturbate means you are a sex addict, and it should not affect your performance to the negative. However, it is a deviant sexual behavior that has negative effects in the long term.

Counselor’s Take:

Steve, you are not alone in this as many other people both men and women struggle with masturbation every day of their lives. Is masturbation harmful and if yes, what are the effects? If yes, what are the effects?

Many authorities (Dr. Betty Dodson – Sex for one; The Joy of Self Loving, J.L. Kulliger – Masturbation; The Art of Self Enjoyment) and others seem to converge on the notion that it is indeed not harmful if it is done in moderation. That said, the question that emerges is – how moderate is moderate?

Masturbation, while said to be normal and sometimes healthy has some peculiar effects on the person. First, it programs the individuals mind to accept that they do not need another person to satisfy their sexual desires and reach sexual gratification.

With time this thought becomes deeply entrenched in the mind. Second, with masturbation, the objective is essentially not to enjoy but to relieve one-self of the sexual tension. This is where the diversion is between masturbation and regular sex.

With sex, the aim is to enjoy and fulfill not only your needs but those of your partner but with masturbation, one seeks to relieve themselves in the shortest time possible (also because it is usually done in hiding).

Once your mind absorbs the fact that the aim of sexual activity is to “get off” as soon as possible then it will not be different when it comes to regular sex. Again, the object of sexual activity unlike with regular sex is not the other person but one-self.

This could be what is causing you to perform below par sexually since your mind is programmed that sex is all about “you”. You may not need a doctor to correct this because the mind is a flexible organ. However, you have to make deliberate effort and continually enforce that the object of your sexual activities is another person (your wife) and that it should not stop until she is fulfilled – then you can go ahead and fulfill yourself.

Everything that happens during sexual activity is commanded from the mind and as such if you program the commanding organ in the right way, you are likely to get some desirable results.

Lastly, masturbation is very addictive but you can do without it with a lot of determination. Make a deal with yourself on a no-masturbation policy and you will notice a reduction in frequency towards stopping

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Jordanian King Abdullah II arrives in Kenya

Posted by African Press International on September 26, 2016

PSCU -1 | mandag, september 26, 2016 (nation news Kenya)

King Abdullah II of Jordan arrived in Kenya on Monday for a visit focusing on security issues.

The king was received at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

After the arrival ceremonies, the two leaders proceeded to Embakasi to witness joint military exercises conducted by the Kenya Defence Forces and the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces at the Embakasi Garrison.

Later in the day President Kenyatta and King Abdullah II will hold security -related talks at State House.

The Jordanian leader has supported Kenya’s efforts to counter the threat of terrorism

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MKU founder feted as professor in Namibia

Posted by African Press International on September 25, 2016

JUSTUS WANGA -1 | nation news Kenya Sunday, september 25, 2016

When Mr Simon Gicharu, the founder of Mt Kenya University, is awarded an honorary professorship at the International University of Management (IUM) in Windhoek, Namibia, Monday, he will be adding another feather to one of his many caps.

After all, getting recognised for his work has become almost a normal affair.

Mr Gicharu has three honorary doctorates, a book published to his name, sits on three boards and is a recipient of the 1st Class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS), the highest award a civilian can get in Kenya, getting recognised for his work has become almost a normal affair.

But as the MKU founder will tell you, it has not been a walk in the park for the entrepreneur who is also marking 20 years since he was fired from his first job as a teacher but instead of looking for employment chose an unbeaten path of establishing an institution of higher learning.

PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES

At that time, apart from the then United States International University (USIU), the private university business was a preserve of religious institutions who had the finances and reputations that would attract students whose parents would afford the high fees charged.

It is a journey that has seen him conquer several odds, rise, fall and make mistakes but learnt from them in the process.

The most recent of his many victories is when the government two weeks ago agreed to sponsor students to study in private universities.

This was a climax of years of lobbying by the National Association of Private Universities in Kenya where he is the chairperson.

And although few people would remember this, the journey to the admission of at least 12,000 students who this week made history by being the first ever to be admitted to private universities through government sponsorship started at a meeting in Mombasa in June 2012.

ALWAYS SAW BIGGER PICTURE

Born in 1964 as a firstborn in a family of six born to the late Stephen Gicharu and Alice Wambui, he says his early life experiences as a child born to peasant farmers would shape him as a person who always sees the bigger picture.

“Just like today, there was no money to be made through peasant farming during those days,” he says.

“So to supplement our income I would along with my brothers and sisters pick coffee at commercial farms which was paid per kilo,” he says.

After sitting his CPE exam at Kiawaria Primary School and later Gathriruini Secondary School, Mr Gicharu would join Murang’a High School and later the Kenyatta University (KU) where he obtained a Bachelor of Education Science degree in 1990 with majors in Mathematics and Chemistry.

After graduating he took up various teaching jobs in secondary schools before ending up at the Thika Technical Training Institute and eventually getting a scholarship to study Enterprise Development at Cranfield University, UK.

Upon return in 1996, he realised had been fired, “for not clearing with the government when leaving for further studies.”

“With the savings I had made while in Britain, I bought a second-hand truck and started distributing milk but after some time I realised that was not my passion,” he says.

STARTED COMPUTER TRAINING

And so together with his wife Jane Nyutu, he approached the African Christian Church and Schools (ACC&S) asking them if they could be allowed to use the church’s space to set up a computer training college.

Armed with Sh20,000 which he borrowed from a friend they started the Thika Institute of Technology which seven years later would metamorphosise into MKU.

“The premises had no electricity and all we needed was a computer and a generator.

“Every morning I would carry the generator to the place and in the evening take it back. It was brief case business.”

In 2006 the Commission for Higher Education allowed it to collaborate with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in offering diplomas and degrees.

And in 2009, the college received an interim letter of authority to offer degree programmes and a full charter in 2011.

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Woman living in the UK for 15 years ‘deported to Kenya’ -where she has no family

Posted by African Press International on September 25, 2016

By The Mirror – UK. (The standard Kenya) Sunday, Sep 25th 2016 at 16:15

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Land acquisition hampering Kenya’s implementation of EAC related projects, according to PS Segor

Posted by African Press International on September 25, 2016

By Dickens Wasonga.

Implementation of water and sanitation projects in the Kenyan side is slowed down by the challenges of land acquisition.

A meeting attended by permanent sectaries from the five East African states was told that implementation of the projects had been affected by the land problem as some land owners resist implementation.

However, the Kenyan PS , Professor Fred Segor who who singled out the land issue as a challenge said the government was working with relevant agencies to address the problem.

The EAC ,through the Lake Victoria Basin commission has been spearheading implementation of many projects within the Basin which amongst others include community driven development projects, water and sanitation projects, conservation efforts in areas such as mount Elgon,Mara River in Kenya and other such projects in the partner States.

So far through the coordination of LVBC, several sewerage systems have been rehabilitated and also new ones initiated in a bid aimed at boosting good sanitation practices.

In Kenya for example, the commission has supported the rehabilitation of sewers in Homa Bay, Kisii, and in Bomet at a cost of billions of shillings.

A total of 376 community driven development projects that engage in beer keeping, tree planting, dairy farming amongst other income generating activities have been funded across the region.

The commission also has scaled up efforts to enhance safety and security of navigation within the lake and three months ago it handed over navigation equipment worth millions of shillings to each of the partner states that shares Lake Victoria in 37 navigation sites.

The lake has in the past witnessed upsurge of deaths resulting from drowning incidents of mainly fishermen.

Kenya played host to the fifth joint steering committee meeting of the PSs and senior staff of the commission which reviews progress made and identify gaps so as to suggest best way forward in terms of how to sacale up implementation of the projects suggested.

Speaking at the opening ceremony the LVBC executive secretary Dr Said Ally Matano said alot of milestones had been achieved by the EAC body but suggested the need to establish strong national and regional coordination units and allow the permanent secretaries to provide strategic direction only.

This would speed up operationalization of various MOUs and other agreements and protocols already ratified.

Dr Matano said the commission will be leading a team of officials to negotiate a 3 billion shillings funding deal with its partners in Nairobi next week. The money will be used to finance additional development projects in the Basin.

The Tanzanian PS who chaired the meeting said regional meetings were essentially important and was the best approach while dealing with transboundary matters which are normally complex and sensitive.

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Kenya: Judicial Service Commission (JSC) picks David Maraga to be the new Chief Justice

Posted by African Press International on September 23, 2016

BRIAN MUREITHI -1 | nation news Kenya. torsdag, september 22, 2016

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has picked Court of Appeal Judge David Maraga for the post of Chief Justice.

“The JSC has after lengthy deliberations recommended Hon Mr Justice David Kenani Maraga for appointment as Chief Justice and has submitted the name to His Excellency the President,” a statement from JSC read.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to send Justice Maraga’s name to the National Assembly for approval.

During an interview with JSC, Justice Maraga had said that if appointed CJ he would name a senior judge as the Judiciary ombudsman and revive the programme for helping the poor with court cases.

He told the JSC that he would fast-track the implementation of the Legal Aid Act to ensure that justice is accessible to all.

He also said he would hire investigators to look into complaints against judges and magistrates with a view to helping to restore public confidence in the Judiciary.

Justice Maraga said he would introduce an email address to receive public complaints on the conduct of judges, saying the use of suggestion boxes was outdated and ineffective.

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Former US diplomats endorse Hillary Clinton

Posted by African Press International on September 23, 2016

AGGREY MUTAMBO -1 | nation news Kenya fredag, september 23, 2016

Two former US ambassadors to Kenya are among 75 retired diplomats who have publicly endorsed Democratic White House candidate Hillary Clinton, claiming her opponent Donald Trump lacks knowledge in foreign policy.

In a statement circulated on Thursday, the former envoys, including Johnnie Carson and Aurelia Brazeal, said they will vote for Clinton because Trump is incompetent.

“None of us will vote for Donald J. Trump. Each of us endorses Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine,” they said in a statement dated September 21.

“One of the candidates, Donald J Trump, is entirely unqualified to serve as President and Commander-in-Chief. He is ignorant of the complex nature of the challenges facing our country, from Russia to China to ISIS to nuclear proliferation to refugees to drugs, but he has expressed no interest in being educated,” they said.

The former ambassadors’ statement is a first by diplomats in presidential campaigns, but they said they made the move because of the importance they attached to the election.

TRAIL OF CONTROVERSY

The ambassadors, who served in 52 different countries, said they had worked for both Democratic and Republican presidents throughout their careers but decided to endorse Clinton because her rival was clueless about America’s national interest.

“Indeed he has recently demonstrated he entirely misunderstands and disrespects the role of the very officials who could educate him: the senior career officers of our intelligence services and of our military services (whom he has characterised as “rubble”).”

Trump, the Republican nominee, has carried with him a trail of controversy, including making comments relating to a TV presenter’s menses, attacking immigrants, insulting Muslims and voicing public support for Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Mr Carson and Ms Brazeal both worked under Bill Clinton, Hillary’s husband, as ambassadors to Kenya in the 1990s at a time when Kenya was clamouring for multiparty democracy, with pressure from the US and other Western countries.

Ms Brazeal served between 1993 and 1996 before serving in Ethiopia in 2002 under George W. Bush.

Mr Carson, on the other hand, served under Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, serving in Zimbabwe, Uganda and Kenya.

He was ambassador to Kenya between 1999 and 2003, serving under both Bill Clinton and his successor Bush.

In 2009, President Obama appointed him assistant secretary of state for African affairs, a position he served until 2013.

Other ambassadors on the list rejecting Trump include former US envoy to Tanzania and Somalia Donald Petterson.

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ICC takes Kenya to task over Uhuru violence case

Posted by African Press International on September 20, 2016

PATRICK LANG’AT -1 | nation news Kenya. Tuesday, September 20, 2016

International Criminal Court judges on Monday found Kenya guilty of failing to cooperate with the court in the collapsed case against President Uhuru Kenyatta.

They have now referred the country to the Assembly of State Parties (ASP) for action.

The ASP can impose sanctions against the country for failing to comply with its obligations.

The ruling also means that Kenya will be discussed as a separate agenda at the next meeting of the State Parties.

The action might now lead to Kenya being discussed at an open plenary session of the ASP, as well as the body making a resolution against the country.

The resolution by the ASP- which may decide as it “deems fit”- is final.

However, it can also make a decision to pursue non-judicial means to get the country to cooperate with the court.

Any action by the ASP is likely to be binding on Kenya even in future cases with the court.

ICC judges agreed with Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda that the government had sabotaged and frustrated investigations and refused to surrender material that would have aided in prosecuting the case, including the President’s bank and phone records.

Although the court had earlier left open the possibility of the case being revived, the act of referring a case to the ASP is mainly a diplomatic and political one.

Kenya has been more successful in lobbying and arguing its case at the assembly, also sometimes referred to as the countries, which make up the Rome Statute.

African countries are the majority of the assembly members.

It was here that Kenya lobbied for a change of the rules to allow the cases against President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto to continue in their absence as long as the two were represented by their lawyers.

Kenya also successfully lobbied the ASP to change rules to allow change of venue for trial, a move that allowed part of the evidence in the preliminary case against President Kenyatta to be taken by video link.

CASE REVISIT

This lobbying was sometimes accompanied by threats of withdrawal from the ICC by African countries.

Ms Bensouda lodged the non-cooperation case, accusing Kenya of sabotaging her bid by not providing relevant materials that included President Kenyatta’s records.

She argued that the failure to provide the records had severely injured the case.

The court, in December 2014, had left the window open for the re-introduction of the case should new evidence emerge.

Yesterday, the ICC said: “The Republic of Kenya failed to take all reasonable steps to execute a request for cooperation from the court, including by not providing clear, relevant and timely responses or taking any meaningful steps to compel production of requested information.”

President Kenyatta had been charged, together with five other Kenyans, with bearing the greatest responsibility for the 2007/2008 post-election violence that led to the deaths of 1,133 people and the displacement of more than 650,000.

When the case opened, he was a Deputy Prime Minister in the Grand Coalition government.

The others were Mr Ruto, Mr Henry Kosgey, then Cabinet minister, Mr Francis Muthaura, who was the head of the civil service and Secretary to the Cabinet and Maj-Gen Hussein Ali, who was the Police Commissioner.

Also charged alongside them was radio journalist Joshua arap Sang.

The cases the four were dismissed.

Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto were later discharged but the court said the cases could be re-opened should new evidence emerge.

COOPERTATION
Ms Elizabeth Evenson, the associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch, welcomed Monday’s ruling.

“The ICC has squarely called out Kenya’s breach of its cooperation obligations. ICC member countries should make sure the message is heard in Nairobi that they will not turn a blind eye to the government’s obstruction of justice,” Ms Evenson said.

The ruling brings a new dynamic to the 2017 elections because President Kenyatta and Mr Ruto had both shaken off the ICC tag.

The international community had ran an active campaign to dissuade Kenya from electing the Jubilee leaders in 2013, with a US representative warning at the time that choices at the ballot box, would have consequences.

Now, Kenya will have to argue its case before the 124-member assembly in November.

The ASP is the law-making and supervisory arm of the ICC.

“The assembly may certainly support the effectiveness of the Rome Statute by deploying political and diplomatic efforts to promote cooperation and to respond to non-cooperation,” the ASP Rules of Procedure on non-cooperation states.

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Kenya: Four children die after eating cassava, police start probe

Posted by African Press International on September 18, 2016

NELCON ODHIAMBO -1 | nation news Kenya. Sunday, September 18, 2016

Four children died on Sunday after eating cassava in Uhuru Village, Siaya County, the previous day.

It is suspected the cassava was poisonous.

A fifth child was taken to the Siaya County Referral Hospital where she is being treated.

The children were identified as Vivian Otieno, 17, Stephen Otieno, 12, Christine Otieno, 11, and Calvins Otieno, 8.

Their father, Mr Sylvanus Otieno, is a teacher at Ojola Primary School in Gem Sub-County.

Their mother, Mrs Penninah Akoth Ouma, said the children had the cassava for lunch and supper on Saturday.

She said in the night they started having breathing difficulties and vomiting.

“It’s painful to lose my four children. I want an inquest into their deaths,” she said.

Mrs Ouma, a secretary at the nearby Ojola Secondary School, told Nation she left for work on Saturday morning.

“I left my children at home and they decided to go to the farm to harvest some cassava. They ate some of it raw and carried some home, which they prepared for lunch,” she said.

Mrs Ouma added that when she returned home in the evening everything was normal until about 11pm, when the children started complaining of stomach ache, vomiting and having difficulty in breathing.

They rushed the children to the nearby Ashburn Community Dispensary for First Aid before taking them to the Siaya County Referral Hospital.

PROBE UNDER WAY
She said the children started dying from 9am on Sunday morning.

The fifth child, Roseline Flavian Otieno (12), is responding to treatment at the hospital.

Mrs Ouma called on police to investigate the circumstances behind their deaths, arguing that everyone in the family ate the meal.

“It is unfortunate that the children died when all of us ate the cassava and we are not complaining of any health problems. I do not understand how this can happen,” said Mrs Ouma.

Siaya police boss Ancient Kaloki said the children’s bodies are at the Siaya County Referral Hospital and police have started investigations into the deaths.

Mr Kaloki urged parents to monitor what their children eat to avoid similar cases in future.

“We received reports that the four children died after consuming poisonous cassava. We have launched investigations to establish if the cassava was indeed poisonous,” said the police boss.

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Kenya: Detectives arrest suspect behind tax evasion scheme

Posted by African Press International on September 18, 2016

ELIZABETH MERAB -1 | nation news Kenya. Monday, September 19, 2016

Police have arrested a suspect believed to be part of a cartel that evades paying taxes when importing high-end vehicles.

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) on Sunday announced that it had arrested the key mastermind behind the racket involving the fraudulent importation and registration of motor vehicles without payment of requisite taxes.

Issuing a statement on the arrest, KRA’s deputy commissioner, marketing and communication, Grace Wandera said the suspect – who was arrested at the Malaba border with an accomplice – was attempting to leave the country to evade arrest.

“Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and KRA detectives have been on the suspect’s trail in connection with the ongoing investigation into the irregular importation and registration of 121 vehicles,” said Ms Wandera.

Last week, the taxman deregistered 121 vehicles whose owners were said to have acquired fraudulent registration while evading tax in the process.

Among those listed for deregistration included Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa’s Range Rover (registered as an Isuzu truck), which had been held at the KRA’s Railways Club yard in Nairobi since June.

Ms Wandera says the suspects — whose names were withheld — were brought back to Nairobi to face charges and are expected to appear in court on Monday.

As part of the ongoing crackdown, more vehicles have been impounded within Nairobi, including “a high value Land Rover intercepted on Thursday and currently detained at KRA’s Embakasi yard”.

Ms Wandera also said that more arrests and prosecutions in connection with the racket are expected to follow in the coming weeks.

The taxman, who issued a notice in June calling for the 124 vehicles to be presented to the agency for clearance, made the move after their owners failed to respond.

In a joint public notice with the National Transport and Safety Authority published last week Thursday, the KRA listed the 121 vehicles whose owners were suspected to have evaded duty amounting to Sh500 million and urged them to surrender their registration documents for cancellation.

“Pursuant to the public notice published on 10th June 2016, the Authority hereby invokes Section 6 (10) and Section 6(11) of the Traffic Act, Cap. 403 Laws of Kenya and withdraws the registration numbers with effect from the date of this notice.

“The Authority has reasonable ground to believe the motor vehicle registration numbers have been obtained in error, fraudulently or in a manner contrary to the provisions of the Traffic Act,” the joint notice read.

Edited by Philip Momanyi

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Kenya: 52-year-old man in hospital after cutting his penis in Murang’a

Posted by African Press International on September 18, 2016

In Summary

•His brother, James Kimani, said he heard his brother scream at around 7.30am and rushed to see what was happening.
•Kimani added that his brother has never been the same after losing his wife in January, who died after a long illness.
•He said he looked stressed after she died and left him with five children, some of who are still in school.
•He appealed to the government and well-wishers to help his brother settle the medical bill and feed and educate his children as he has no source of income.

By MARTIN MWAURA

A 52-year-old man is nursing serious injuries after cutting his penis using a knife in Kigumo, Murang’a County.

Wilfred Kamande, who hails from Kaharero Village in Kahumbu Ward, is said to have cut his manhood on Tuesday morning after children had gone to school.

His brother, James Kimani, said he heard his brother scream at around 7.30am and rushed to see what was happening.

On entering his brother’s house, he found him lying on his bed screaming that he had inflicted serious injury on himself.

Kimani said together with his sons, they rushed him to Maragua District Hospital.

“When we asked him, he said he had done it because there were people who have always been against him as they hated him,” Mr Kimani said.

Kimani added that his brother has never been the same after losing his wife in January, who died after a long illness.

STRESSED AFTER WIFE’S DEATH

“He said he looked stressed after she died and left him with five children, some of who are still in school.

“He had also lost his daughter who also left behind a child. His eldest children who have completed school are jobless. I guess [all these problems] made him do it,” Mr Kimani said.

“The [orphaned] grandchild used to benefit from the free cash transfer programme but was removed from the list of beneficiaries under unclear circumstances, adding more worries on him,” Kimani added.

Kimani termed his brother as a cool and calm guy who could not even hurt a fly adding that the action left them dumbfounded.

He appealed to the government and well-wishers to help his brother settle the medical bill and feed and educate his children as he has no source of income.

Dr Stephen Ngige, the hospital’s medical superintendent, said the man had severed his external genitalia and was bleeding profusely when he was brought to the hospital.

“We took him to the theatre and repaired his stump and put a catheter [for passing] urine.

“We also did a blood transfusion as his haemoglobin was low,” said Dr Ngige.

‘He is still in a critical but stable condition and is out of danger. We are still monitoring him until he recovers fully,” he added

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