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Samedi 29 Avril 2017
(The Associated Press 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The desk is spotless and books neatly line the shelves in Nelson Mandela's office at a Johannesburg-based foundation that carries his name, but the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader hasn't worked there for years. The meticulously preserved room is one of many tributes to the legacy of a former prisoner who became so revered for his efforts to reconcile a racially divided nation that many South Africans cannot bring themselves to speak openly about the possibility of his death. That reluctance is gradually eroding as the 94-year-old receives treatment for a recurring lung infection, spending a fourth day in a Pretoria hospital on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma called Mandela's condition "very serious" but said he has...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was spending his fourth day in hospital Tuesday where he was being treated in intensive care for a lung infection. The 94-year-old former president was rushed to a Pretoria hospital early Saturday and was said to be in serious but stable condition. His latest health scare has been met with prayers and a growing acceptance among South Africans that their hero may be nearing the end of his life. "He is receiving intensive care treatment," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, who served jail time with Mandela, told AFP on Monday. He "remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged," the presidency said after describing him as being in a "serious but stable" condition...
(Voice of America 05/06/13)
Kenya’s Airport Authority has launched an investigation into complaints that former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was humiliated after officers allegedly prevented him from using the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s VIP lounge. “There is an investigation because when we got the report, we thought it actually happened, but then the airport [said] he was not barred from accessing the VIP lounge,” said Ezekiel Mutua, Kenya’s communications director. “So you just kind of check whether indeed an officer who was not informed or acted in an individual capacity might have disrespected the former prime minister. “That is a matter of disciplinary procedures,” Mutua added. Mutua says the Airport Authority has denied the reports. He said the former prime minister is still entitled...
(Business Daily 05/06/13)
Hundreds of workers at east Africa's only oil refinery protested on Wednesday at the threatened closure of the facility, on Kenya's Indian Ocean coastline, and its possible conversion into a storage facility. Fuel distributors have long complained about the poor quality products from the 50-year-old refinery in the port city of Mombasa and want it closed so they can buy cheaper and better imports from refineries of their choice. Distributors say the plant is operating below its 35,000 barrels per day capacity and some have already threatened to boycott it. But under Kenyan law, they are obliged to buy fuel from the refinery run by India's Essar Energy, which co-owns the refinery with the Kenyan government. Essar has said it...
(Daily Nation 03/06/13)
The government may be forced to pump Sh6 billion of taxpayer’s money into Telkom Kenya in what is turning out to be a nightmarish privatisation scandal. The Treasury is fighting to hang on to its dwindling shareholding in the troubled company, 51 per cent of which was sold to France Telecom. If more money is not poured in, the government’s stake in what used to be a giant parastatal, built over many years with Kenyans’ taxes, will continue to be watered down. The Daily Nation has learnt that Telkom Kenya has just written to its two shareholders — the government of Kenya and France Telecom — requesting a massive Sh13.9 billion cash injection.The company says it needs the cash to...
( 30/05/13)
A Kenyan High Court has ordered police to reinvestigate complaints of rape by 11 girls in a landmark case brought by a children’s charity on behalf of more than 240 victims of child rape, some of them as young as three years old. Mercy Chidi, who runs the Ripples International children’s charity in Meru, Kenya, filed a petition on behalf of the girls, who came to the charity for help after being raped by fathers, grandfathers, uncles, police officers and neighbours. The police rarely investigated their complaints, even locking one girl in a cell after she reported one of their colleagues had raped her, Chidi said. Police demanded bribes to investigate rape, refused to investigate unless the victims produced witnesses,...
(Hrw 29/05/13)
Kenyan police in Nairobi tortured, raped, and otherwise abused and arbitrarily detained at least 1,000 refugees between mid-November 2012 and late January 2013, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Kenyan authorities should immediately open an independent public investigation, and the United Nations refugee agency – which has not spoken publicly about the abuses – should document and publicly report on any future abuses against refugees, Human Rights Watch said. The 68-page report, “‘You are All Terrorists:’ Kenyan Police Abuse of Refugees in Nairobi,”is based on interviews with 101 refugees, asylum seekers, and Kenyans of Somali ethnicity. The report documents how police used grenade and other attacks by unknown people in Nairobi’s mainly Somali suburb of Eastleigh...
(AL Jazeera 29/05/13)
New report details beatings, rape, and extortion by Kenyan police against Somali refugees during anti-terror campaign. Nairobi, Kenya - Sitting on a mattress in her cramped flat in eastern Nairobi, Ubah Abdi Warsame, a refugee from war-torn Somalia, points to her left ear and says that is where a Kenyan police officer booted her in the head. She still feels pain, she told Al Jazeera. Memories of the December morning - when baton-wielding paramilitaries ransacked her apartment block and beat, detained and demanded cash from the Somali refugees inside - continue to disturb her sleep. According to New York-based Human Rights Watch, it was not a lone example. The rights group describes in a new report a 10-week campaign of...
(Voice of America 28/05/13)
Members of Kenya’s parliament plan to debate Tuesday a report which suggests that officials at the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) have violated the constitution. The Committee on Delegated Legislation compiled the report which it presented to parliament last week. “One of the issues the report has come up with is that some of the actions of the Salaries and Review Commission were unconstitutional and therefore null and void,” said legislator James Opiyo Wandayi. Civil society and political pressure groups recently protested against lawmakers’ demands for a salary 130 times the legal minimum wage. The demonstrators released live pigs which they said were symbols of the greed and corruption of politicians. Displeased with the backlash over their pay increase, legislators...
(Voice of America 27/05/13)
Kenyan officials say a suspect in last week's savage murder of a British soldier in London was arrested in 2010 near the East African country's border with Somalia. Michael Adebolajo and five others were detained and questioned by Kenyan authorities in the port city of Mombasa over links to the al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group al-Shabab. Adebolajo was believed to have been preparing to train and fight with al-Shabab, but was released after two days due to lack of evidence. Kenya's government spokesman said he was arrested under the fake name he was using at the time - Michael Olemendis Ndemolajo - and handed to British authorities. The spokesman rejected allegations that Adebolajo was tortured while in custody. British soldier Lee...
(Human Rights Watch 23/05/13)
(Nairobi) – The Kenyan authorities should promptly investigate and prosecute those responsible for shootings by the police in Kisumu on March 30, 2013. Five people died and at least twenty-four were injured. The shootings occurred in the wake of demonstrations against the Kenyan Supreme Court ruling on March 30 upholding President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory on March 4. Human Rights Watch interviewed witnesses, civil society leaders, and government officials about the violence. “Not only did the police open fire on protesters in Kisumu on March 30, but it seems they tried to conceal the evidence and intimidate the victims,”said Leslie Lefkow, deputy Africa director.“It looks like the Kisumu police tragically haven’t learned any lessons from the last time they opened...
(Voice of America 15/05/13)
NAIROBI — Riot police in Kenya fired teargas and water cannons Tuesday to disperse more than 200 demonstrators gathered outside parliament to protest a push by legislators to raise their salaries, as the national economy struggles. Kenyan protesters denounced newly-elected members of parliament for burdening ordinary citizens by asking for a pay raise before taking up important legislative work. Demonstrators poured animal blood at the gate of the parliament building and brought dozens of pigs to feed on the blood, symbolizing the greed of the Kenyan lawmakers. One protester, Fredrick Odol, said if the lawmakers are not satisfied with what they are paid they should resign. “I am demonstrating basically because we are refusing hefty payment to the parliamentarians," said...
(Reuters (Eng) 26/04/13)
Africa's brisk economic growth over the past decade has been consumer driven, a much-hyped trend that masks the uncomfortable fact that the region remains far too reliant on commodities. Sub-Saharan Africa's growth has been second only to Asia and cracked along at 5.8 percent last year, according to a World Bank estimate, if South Africa, the continent's biggest economy, is excluded. About two-thirds of growth in the past decade has been driven by domestic demand, which has been stoked by a number of factors including the continent's fast-growing and young population. Consumption has had multiplier effects into a range of services including banking and finance. Yet unlike in Asia, Africa's consumer boom has been financed mostly by income generated from...
( 08/03/13)
Uhuru Kenyatta dispose d'une légère avance qui pourrait lui assurer une victoire dès le premier tour de l'élection présidentielle au Kenya, dont les résultats définitifs sont attendus dans la journée de vendredi. D'après le décompte fourni par la commission électorale vendredi matin, sur 9 325 451 bulletins dépouillés dans 213 des 291 circonscriptions du pays, Uhuru Kenyatta menait avec 4 701 787 voix (50,4 %) contre 4 037 327 voix (43,3 %) pour le premier ministre sortant, Raila Odinga. La participation a atteint 70 % des 14,3 millions d'électeurs. Ce score, s'il se maintenait, permettrait à M. Kenyatta de franchir d'un cheveu la barre de 50 % des votants, requise pour une victoire au 1er tour. Mais les résultats de...
(AL Jazeera 07/03/13)
Running mate of PM and presidential candidate Raila Odinga says vote counting should be halted, raising tensions. The party of one of Kenya's leading presidential candidates has alleged vote-rigging and demanded that the count be halted, bringing further complications to the country's elections. The accusations by Prime Minister Raila Odinga's running mate on Thursday came a day after rival Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta protested against the inclusion of spoiled ballots in the vote count, a process that could increase the chances of a second round runoff. "We have evidence that the results we have received have been doctored," said Kalonzo Musyoka, who is also vice president, adding that in some cases "total votes cast exceeds the actual number of...
(BBC News Africa 05/03/13)
Kenyans are awaiting results in their country's presidential election, after millions cast their votes on Monday. With about a third of polling stations reporting, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta held an early lead over his main rival, PM Raila Odinga. The head of the electoral commission emphasised these were provisional figures and urged Kenyans to wait patiently for the final outcome. In 2007, more than 1,000 people were killed in post-election violence. Clashes broke out after Mr Odinga claimed he had been cheated of victory by supporters of President Mwai Kibaki. Violence has also marred the current election, with at least 19 people killed on Monday - mainly in coastal attacks attributed to separatists. The media urged Kenyans to put...
(The African Independent 26/02/13)
The coming elections in Kenya have caused major consternation in London amid fear that the outcome may unravel key British strategy in east Africa. Uhuru Kenyatta, the candidate running neck and neck with his main opponent in the polls, has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and the UK’s position is that it will have nothing but the most “essential” contact with someone in that position. If Mr Kenyatta, the son of the first leader of independent Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta, is sworn in as president on the scheduled date of 10th April, his first official act would be to appear to face charges in The Hague the following day. He will be accompanied by his...

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