Kenya smallholder tea farmers earn Sh63.6 billion from tea exports
Abubakar Shariff alias Makaburi (pictured) who was shot by unknown gunmen outside Shanzu law courts Tuesday.Tension remained high in Mombasa following the shooting of controversial Muslim cleric Sheikh
The cleric who openly supported terrorism attack on Westage Mall last year that left over 60 people dead was among the religious leaders at the coast accused of radical teachings that had radicalized youths at the coast. The government has denied any involvement in his death saying investigations are underway to arrest the gunmen.
African leaders attend EU-African Summit with trade partnership top on the agenda
African and European leaders meet in Brussels, Belgium for the fourth summit that is likely to address the proposed Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) that is set to determine future trade relationship between the two continents.
Under the agreement, African countries are expected to open market to goods from Europe as they continue to enjoy preferential market access devoid of tariffs and quotas. The deals to be signed by various regional groupings in Africa are yet to be concluded in most parts of Africa. President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to represent the East African Community in the talks. He is the current chairman of the trade block.
President Kenyatta threatens to boycott EU-African Summit
President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday threatened to boycott the EU-African summit in Brussels, Belgium after his security chief was denied entry into the country for undisclosed reasons. He was later allowed to travel but not before the Kenyan government summoned Belgium ambassador to Kenya and issued a formal protest.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (pictured) has boycotted the forum after the EU denied his wife a visa to travel with her husband.
Europe and the two countries have not enjoyed cordial relationship in the recent past following Mugabe's decision to reposes land from European farmers while Kenyatta faces criminal charges at the Europe-sponsored International Criminal Court (ICC) based at The Hague Netherlands.
At least six people were confirmed dead Monday night after assailants threw a hand grenade to people in a roadside hotel in Eastleigh in Nairobi.
The attack comes at a time when the government has heightened security following terrorism threats that have faced the country in the last two weeks. Unknown assailants stormed a church in Mombasa a fortnight ago and sprayed worshipers with bullets leaving six dead and scores of others injured.
President Uhuru Kenyatta to face trial at the ICC in October
President Uhuru Kenyatta will now face the judges at the International Criminal court (ICC) in October after the trial chamber declined to dismiss his case following a spirited efforts by Kenyatta’s defence. The chamber also declined to grant the prosecution wish to suspend the case indefinitely.
Instead the chamber asked the prosecution to file a new application to compel the Kenyan government to furnish them with financial statements of the president in order to allow the case to process.
Thousands of commuters stranded after non compliant matatus stay away
The few compliant matatus were unable to cope with the large number of commuters going to work.A major transport crisis was unfolding Tuesday morning as most matatus kept away form the road after failing to install new speed governors.
A spot check by FT News revealed that commuters in most city routes had opted to walk to work while others secured lift from personal cars. Efforts to secure a court order barring the government form implementing the measures meant to enhance road safety failed after a high court judge declined to grant the reprieve.
Kenya will not withdraw its forces in Somalia despite persistent threats posed by Al Shabaab sympathizers in the country. Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychel Omamo told a local TV station Sunday that the country would not withdrawal forces that are part of Amisom until peace was restored in Somalia.
She however hinted that the forces might stay a little longer after the Amisom mission expires later in the year if the country found its security and economic interests still under threat from Al-Shaabab insurgents.
President Kenyatta’s address to the nation last week continue to draw mixed reactions
The below-par national address by President Uhuru Kenyatta last week continues to draw mixed reactions with those supporting him saying the president has created the right environment to implement devolution.
However critics say the resident failed to adequately address the insecurity situation at a time when most Kenyans feel that it was getting out o hand. President Kenyatta’s Jubilee –led government is now one year old.
CJ Willy Mutunga defends Supreme Court ruling on Raila Odinga
Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga has defended last year’s decision by Supreme Court that upheld the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta after a challenge by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Dr Mutunga who is also the President of Supreme Court says the judges relied on the constitution and elections law to come to the conclusion that President Kenyatta won in the first round. Mr Odinga and his CORD supporters still maintain that the decision was unfair.
Transport crises looms as government remain firm on new rules
Kenyans are bracing for a transport crisis come Tuesday after the government declined pleas from Matatu operators to extend deadline to fix new tamper-proof speed governors.Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau has declined the extension despite the fact that less than 50 per cent of the matatus had installed the gadgets.
The matatus operators are likely to withdraw their services to protest the move and leave motorists stranded.
Siaya Senator James orengo will not contest any post in the forthcoming ODM elections. The senator had ealier expressed interest in the secretary general post currently held by his Kisumu counterpart in the senate Prof Anyang Nyong’o.
Prof Nyong’o will not defend the seat that has attracted some of the youngest and vibrant ODM leaders including Bundalangi Mp Ababu Namwanba. Former Prime Minister Raila is expected to retain his post as party leader.
Former US Ambassador dragged into ICC cases
Michael Rennerberger was Monday mentioned in the ongoing case against Deputy President William Ruto at the ICC.The Former US ambassador to Kenya
Mr Ruto’s defence counsel Mr Karim Khan said the ambassador was part of the wider scheme of individuals and charitable organizations that recruited and paid witnesses to pin the deputy president.
The government has issued a security alert in what security experts attribute to renewed terrorists threat in the last few weeks. This follows last week’s blast reported at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
In a memo to various government agencies, Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia asked for heightened security in various government offices and key installations. Late last year, a group of terrorists attacked Westagate Mall that left over 70 people dead.
Status conference to determine President Kenyatta’s trial at ICC
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s case at the international Criminal Court (ICC) has been postponed indefinitely after the trial judges accepted the prosecutor’s request for more time to collect fresh evidence to strengthen her case.
Instead, The Hague-based court has scheduled for a status conference on February 5 to fix a new hearing date or dismiss the case. President Kenyatta’s defence team is asking the trial chamber to dismiss the case.
Government moves to remove ghost workers from payroll
President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered Devolution cabinet secretary Ms Ann Waiguru to conduct an external audit of all civil servants as details emerge that the government is losing in excess of Sh1.8 billion annually to ghost workers.
The president, who chaired the first cabinet meeting this year Thursday, said the audit should be completed in the next three months and a report made to him. He said some retired and deceased workers as well as those seconded to other areas were still earning salaries.
The government also wants to retrench over 100,000 workers by the end of next year in order to reduce the soaring wage bill.
South Sudan rebels sign peace deal with government
Peace in troubled South Sudan was within sight Thursday after the government and the rebels signed a ceasefire agreement brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) in Adis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The civil strife that has entered the second month has sparked an influx of refugees into Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia and threatens to disrupt peace in the Eastern African region.