Today, merchants and shoppers visited the Westgate mall in large numbers to retrieve their belongings and make peace with themselves. Since the attack was officially declared over by the President last week Tuesday, shoppers and merchants have been invited to… Read more ›
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The Somalia based Islamist group, Al-Shabab, have dismissed reports that a woman took part in last week’s Westgate mall attack. The group’s Twitter post on Monday debunks the “White Widow” theory, saying it was against their policy to send women… Read more ›
The Rwandan people are once again sharply divided, this time it is over President Paul Kagame’s visit to Canada to celebrate Rwanda day with an estimated 3,000 Rwandans on Saturday. While many participants cheered the event from inside the auditorium, a… Read more ›
Media reports from Kenya reveal that the former head of the Anglican church in Kenya, Retired Archbishop David Mukuba Gitari is dead. He is reported to have passed on at Maters Hospital in Nairobi where he was admitted after falling… Read more ›
Kenyan police investigating the attack on Westgate mall are examining claims that an ex-Police officer was part of the attackers. According to Kenyan Police sources, a serving officer reported that an ex-colleague had confessed to being part of the mall… Read more ›
Several sources have confirmed that the Israeli government through its Embassy in Nairobi warned Kenyan security forces of possible attacks against Israeli nationals in Kenya this month. On Saturday officials revealed that Kenyan security forces and several ministers had received… Read more ›
Authorities in Mombasa have issued a top level security threat, leading police officers to increase their presence across the city’s streets. According to reports, besides the presence of police officers around town, the Mombasa police officers are reported to have… Read more ›
8 people are currently in custody and are being questioned by the Kenyan security forces in relation to the Westgate mall attack. The security forces report that more suspects were arrested, but some have been released after questioning. The suspects… Read more ›
The Kenyan Red Cross Society’s database reflects that about 61 people are still unaccounted for from the deadly attack on the Westgate mall. Reports earlier suggested that about 76 people were missing. However, since then 6 people have been found… Read more ›
Gunmen suspected to be from Somalia have attacked a refugee camp in Dradaab, northern Kenya, on Thursday night. This attack comes after the Westgate attack and a boarder incursion by Al Shabab on Wednesday which left about 2 people dead… Read more ›
The presiding Judge of the ICC Chile-Eboe-Osuji has declared that the trial of Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto will continue on Wednesday next week. This comes after the September 21st attack to an upscale mall in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Deputy… Read more ›
The United Nations has called on the government and people of Sudan to restrain from violence after reports yesterday reveal that 50 to 100 protesters were killed in clashes with security officers. The spokesperson for the UN Office of the… Read more ›
Protests continue to rage in Sudan after clashes with security forces yesterday left close to 100 people dead. After midday prayers today, protesters took to the streets of Omdurman, demanding the government bring back the fuel subsidies it scrapped and… Read more ›
President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya today announced the appointment of Joseph Kinyua as his new chief of staff and head of public service. The announcement was made at a meeting of cabinet and permanent secretaries at the state house, Nairobi.… Read more ›
Al-Shabab attacked Kenyan border town Mandera early this morning, killing two police officers and injuring three more. The attack on a security post close to Kenya’s border with Somalia is the group’s second strike at Kenya following Monday’s deadly Westgate… Read more ›
The Kenyan government has launched an investigation into the Westgate attack that claimed the lives of 72 people and left close to 200 injured. The investigation is being aided by the governments of Britain, Israel and the United States… Read more ›
One person is reported dead and at least two others injured as twin explosions and gun-battle rocked Wajir in the past 48 hours. The unidentified attackers are reported to have thrown a grenade into a shopping mall before bolting off… Read more ›
On Wednesday, the international police agency, Interpol, issued a “red notice” arrest warrant for Samantha Lewthwaite, also known as the ‘white widow’. Lewthwaithe is the wife of one of the July 7th London bombers. Interpol reported that although the Kenyan… Read more ›
Microsoft4Africa has announced the launch of an immersion program designed to train developers in east Africa. Earlier this year, the company revealed that it plans to accelerate growth in Africa by training African youths, providing them with valuable gadgets like… Read more ›
Reports emerging from Sudan reveal that at least 29 people have been killed in protests over the government’s removal of fuel subsidies. A hospital in Khartoum confirmed that it has received the bodies of 21 “civilians” killed in the protests.… Read more ›
Several countries and international bodies including Interpol, African Union (AU), Germany, Canada, the U.S.A, Britain and Israel have offered to assist the government of Kenya deal with the aftermath of the Westgate attack. During the battle, the CIA and Isreali… Read more ›
Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) responded to a letter by the African Union (AU) regarding the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto. In the letter to the President of the ICC on the 10th… Read more ›
President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has filed a new petition with the International Criminal Court to allow his trial proceed in his absence. This new petition comes after the ICC excused Vice President William Ruto to return home to attend… Read more ›
The Ethiopian engineering corporation, Adama Agricultural Machinery Industry (AAMI), has singed a deal with Polish agricultural machinery producer, Ursus, worth $90 million. The polish giant, who has been in business since 1922, will supply about 3,000 tractors and their spare… Read more ›
The Ugandan cabinet has officially approved a proposal to capitalise on the expected eclipse on November 3rd to promote tourism in Uganda. This proposal was put forward by the Minister for Finance, Fred Omach, who is also the Member of… Read more ›
A British-Somali man has been arrested in connection with the just ended Westgate attack in Kenya. The British Foreign Office confirmed the arrest today, adding that the man, identified as Adbulrazak Sharif Ahmed, was arrested as he tried to catch… Read more ›
The streets of Sudan continues to be flooded with protesters demanding the resignation of President Al Bashir after an increase in fuel prices on Sunday evening. Besides increasing the prices of fuel and gas, the government also removed subsidies on… Read more ›
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, has offered “her deep sympathy to the victims of the appalling attack” in Kenya and is ready to assist the Kenyan government bring the perpetrators to justice. The Somali… Read more ›
After close to four days of fighting and suspense, Kenyan authorities have confirmed that all the al shabab militants at the Westgate mall have been killed and all the hostages have been released. The Kenyan Interior Ministry shared a tweet… Read more ›
The Kenyan Police have confirmed, via their Twitter page, that about 10 suspects have been taken in for questioning in relation to the Westgate attack. One suspect is reported to have been shot in the heat of the exchange. Earlier… Read more ›
Ethiopia is expected to complete civil works for its first light rail system this year. The project is being carried out by the Chinese Railway Engineering Corporation. This light railway transit system is expected to be one of many light… Read more ›
Al shabab has released the names and nationalities of 9 of the attackers involved in the Westgate mall attack. The information was posted on al shabab’s twitter account, shortly afterwards the account was suspended. This is the fourth time Twitter… Read more ›
Kenya’s Vice President William Ruto has been given the green light to return home to deal with the Westgate crisis by judges at the International Criminal Court. The lead Judge in charge of the trial, Judge Chile Eboe-Osiji said “Defence… Read more ›
The government of Uganda has announced it is tightening its internal security following the ongoing al shabab attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya. The Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura said troops have been deployed to large… Read more ›
After 3 days of heavy gun battle, Kenyan security forces have been able to take over the Westgate mall. Presently, the attackers are believed to be holed up in a supermarket. According to recent reports on the situation, the government… Read more ›
After the attack on Westgate mall in Nairobi on Saturday, governments across East Africa are bracing themselves for the possibility of attacks from Al Qaeda. An official from Medrek, Ethiopia’s leading opposition party, said the nation is at risk of… Read more ›
The governments of Ghana and Kenya have expressed their condolences to the family of the late author and ex-Chairman of Council of State, Kofi Awonoor. He is reported to have been shot at the Westgate mall in Kenya yesterday by… Read more ›
A combination of Kenyan defence and internal security forces are working to round up a deadly hostage situation which has lasted for over 24 hours in Westgate mall. Yesterday the attackers stormed the mall before throwing grenades and opening fire… Read more ›
A large protest demonstration that was called by the opposition Semayawi (Blue) Party in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa failed to take place after security forces blocked roads and bridges leading to the protest site. Police surrounded Semayawi Party leaders and… Read more ›
Numerous witnesses in the ongoing ICC trial have confessed to fearing for their lives and safety after receiving death threats. In a conference last Friday, human rights activist Maina Kiai said militants stormed his Nyeri County home and threatened to… Read more ›
A journalist serving time for posting images online of Police attacking protesters in Djibouti is being denied access to healthcare. According to the report published by Reporters Without Borders, Maydaneh Abdullah Okieh, the technician in charge of the Djibouti news… Read more ›
Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, is set to join 131 other world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Kenyatta’s presence at the meeting has been in question following his deputy’s absence due to an ongoing trial in… Read more ›
The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday issued a statement calling for a collaboration between her government and the governments of Sudan and Egypt in building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The collaboration is aimed at fufilling the recommendations… Read more ›
Kenya’s High Court on Friday, stopped a government plan to relocate 55,000 mostly Somali refugees from the capital, Nairobi, and other cities to camps, Human Rights Watch said. Such relocation would be a violation of refugees’ dignity and free movement… Read more ›
The Dutch embassy in Kenya has warned that foreigners are at risk of attack, following Wednesday’s discovery of a large quantity of explosives on a bus by police in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Kenya has seen a series of grenade and… Read more ›
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has held talks with his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir in an attempt to defuse tensions following deadly clashes in Abyei, a region where both sides have claimed ownership, officials said Monday.
This follows appeals by UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the African Union for calm in the flashpoint area following the killing of a tribal chief and a UN peacekeeper on Saturday.
“Our president has been in direct contact with president Bashir… they exchanged ideas about this sad incident,” South Sudan’s Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin told reporters.
Both Juba and Khartoum have condemned the fighting which killed Kual Deng Majok, the Abyei leader of the Dinka Ngok, a people viewed as loyal to South Sudan.
Majok and an Ethiopian peacekeeper were shot dead in an attack by gunmen from the Misseriya, a pastoralist people who graze their cattle in Abyei and are seen as supporters of Khartoum.
Several Misseriya are also reported to have been killed, as well as a Dinka colleague of Majok. Two peacekeepers were also wounded.
Ban urged both sides to “avoid any escalation of this unfortunate event,” while the AU, which has been mediating between Khartoum and Juba on Abyei, said they must “ensure that the current situation does not spiral out of control.”
Although Sudan and South Sudan have been taking steps since March to normalise their relations in other areas following months of intermittent clashes along their undemarcated frontier, Abyei’s status has not been resolved.
Abyei’s status was the most sensitive issue left unsettled when South Sudan split from Sudan in 2011. A referendum to determine Abyei’s future was stalled and Sudanese troops shortly after took over the region by force.
Negotiations on the region’s future are ongoing, but Benjamin said he believed the killings were “done by Misseriya militia… to frustrate the Abyei referendum.”
Khartoum has however affirmed its committment “to all the agreements that have been signed” with Juba, adding that they hope the killings will not impact a recent warming of relations between the former civil war foes.
At least 4 000 Ethiopian troops with the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) are based in the district.
South Sudan “has requested UNISFA search for the perpetrators to bring them to justice”, Benjamin added, calling Saturday’s attack “provocative killings”.
“Sudan’s government should also take steps to find out who committed this crime,” he added.
Majok’s death is the most serious incident since Sudanese troops withdrew in May last year to end a year-long occupation that forced more than 100 000 people to flee Abyei towards South Sudan.
Although Sudan and South Sudan have been implementing timetables for restoring relations between the two countries set out in March, they have not met deadlines to set up Abyei’s administrative structure, including a police service — also agreed upon in March.
(Runner’s World) — While Sunday’s Fukuoka Marathon gave us a new champion, Joseph Gitau of Kenya, whose 2:06:58 was a personal best by nearly 15 minutes, and added two more names, Mo Trafeh and Ryan Vail, to the list of sub-2:12 Americans, the race may best be remembered for adding to the mountain of evidence that Haile Gebrselassie’s status as a threat in major international marathons has ended.
Gitau is a product of the Japanese corporate running system, representing a company called JFE Steel. His roots in Japan are deep; he attended high school in Hiroshima. As the IAAF reports, he ran from 30-K to 35-K in 14:54 and from 35K- to 40-K in 14:41 to seal his victory over Hiroyuki Horibata of Japan, who clocked 2:08:24. Henryk Szost of Poland was third in 2:08:42.
Gebrselassie is a former world record holder with a best of 2:03:59 but his most recent marathon performance was a fourth-place 2:08:47 in February. As David Monti of Race Results Weekly pointed out yesterday, Gebrselassie’s last five marathons have consisted of dropping out three times, that 2:08 earlier this year and one withdrawal before race day.
Officially, the Ethiopian turns 40 in April, though there are suspicions he’s considerably older. He made a pre-race statement that he was capable of 2:05 or 2:06 in Fukuoka if the conditions were right, but perhaps it was his condition that wasn’t. He dropped out after 32-K on Sunday, and later tweeted, “I could not lift my left leg properly anymore and I had to stop. My training went well and I had no indication of this.” He added, “I felt good and easy during the race; the pace was fine. After 25-K, my left upper leg started slowly to cramp up.” Gebrselassie assured his followers, “I will check out the problem and run another marathon, since I feel in good shape.” Perhaps, but the dropouts and disappointments are coming in bunches now.
Martin Mathathi, a Kenyan with a 58:56 half-marathon best, hoped to run under 2:07 and contend for the Fukuoka crown in his marathon debut, but he was out of the race after 38-K, reportedly in part because his final long training run had not gone well and had caused a crisis of confidence.
Mo Trafeh, who ran with the leaders early at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January before dropping out, took seventh in Fukuoka in 2:11:41, with Ryan Vail just behind in 2:11:45. Vail then tweeted that he was “sore and tired, but headed to Vietnam and Cambodia for a much needed break.”
Three athletes coached in Oregon by Jerry Schumacher, all of whom had planned to do the November 4 New York City Marathon before its cancellation, made it to Fukuoka. Tim Nelson was 12th in 2:14:09, but his teammates Simon Bairu and Brent Vaughn did not finish. Vaughn had also dropped out of the Olympic Trials Marathon in his debut at the distance.
KHARTOUM (AFP) — The only rebel group to have signed a peace deal with the Sudanese government on Thursday accused the army of a deadly attack which authorities then lied about.
“Yesterday, Liberation and Justice Movement forces came under attack from SAF (Sudanese Armed Forces) near El Fasher,” the rebels’ chief Eltigani Seisi said in a statement to reporters.
“Two of our troops were martyred and three were detained.”
International peacekeepers in Darfur had warned in October that implementation of the 2011 peace deal between LJM and the government had hit a deadlock, though this is the first clash reported this year between the SAF and LJM.
Seisi said two LJM vehicles had been located near El Fasher, the North Darfur state capital, for 10 days “and SAF knew very well about that”. But the vehicles still came under attack, he said.
Official media then announced the army had killed two members of the Revolutionary Front, an alliance of Sudanese rebels including Darfur’s main insurgents who refused to sign the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur.
State news agency SUNA said the army captured two Revolutionary Front vehicles and rockets being prepared for an attack against El Fasher.
“It’s a lie. The troops attacked yesterday are LJM troops,” said Seisi, who is also effectively Darfur’s top official.
He heads the Darfur Regional Authority set up as a type of government body to implement the Doha deal which is backed by the African Union, United Nations and Arab League.
Seisi said LJM has been in contact with officials to stop the false information, and it has asked the African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to investigate the incident.
“If this media campaign doesn’t stop it will disturb confidence in the Doha declaration,” he said.
The Sudanese government and UNAMID have repeatedly called for non-signatory rebels to join the Doha deal.
Despite the absence of those groups, there was optimism last December that the agreement with LJM — an alliance of rebel splinter factions — would be fully implemented, UNAMID’s acting head Aichatou Mindaoudou said in October.
“Today, we have to note that the process has been very slow” she said at a meeting of a commission tasked with overseeing arms control through the safe storage of the LJM’s heavy weapons, the integration of its fighters into Sudan’s armed forces, and other measures under a ceasefire.
Mindaoudou said “no progress” had been made towards these goals because the first step, the verification of the LJM’s forces and strength, had been “inconclusive”.
That impasse would hinder establishment of a secure environment, which is a prerequisite for voluntary return of Darfur’s more than one million displaced, and for effective reconstruction, she said.
At the October meeting both LJM and the government said they were committed to implementing the security arrangements.
The commission said verification must be finished by November 15, but that deadline was not met.
Ethnic rebels began their uprising against the Arab-dominated Khartoum government in 2003.
Though violence is down from its peak, various overlapping conflicts continue in the form of banditry, inter-Arab and tribal disputes as well as government-rebel clashes in the far-west region.