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How ivory continues to leave Kenya

Thai Govenment Official inspects ivory shipped from Mombasa Photograph: Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images

Singaporean authorities seized a 3.7-tonne haul worth about $6 million, in raw ivory, four pieces of rhino horn and 22 teeth from cheetahs and leopards. They were hidden in bags of a shipment of tea leaves to Vietnam. This comes only a month after Thailand also seized three tonnes of elephant ivory shipped from Kenya, which was also marked as ...

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Kenyan High Court arguments reveal gains of gay rights movement in Kenya

Celebrated Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina who recently came out and has been a vocal spokes person for the Gay rights movement in Kenya

Report written by Samuel Wamwea Sr. As Kenya’s High Court ordered the government to register a gay rights group that the government had earlier refused to recognize on moral and religious grounds last month, one thing was clear: win or lose, the gay rights movement has made huge inroads. Opponents have questioned the ruling constitutionality and say its passage would ...

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Fears missing Nairobi girls have joined ISIS

Two missing Somali girls from Nairobi’s South C area may have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) also known simply as the Islamic State (IS), the Islamic terror group that is spreading terror across vast swathes of Syria and Iraq. The girls Salo Abdalla and Tawfiq Abdahir have been missing from home since Wednesday last week when ...

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Uhuru, Kerry photo underlines irony of elephant poaching fight

A photo of President Uhuru Kenyatta and US Secretary of State John Kerry walking between two ornamental elephant tusks at State House has caused a stir online and underlined the tragic irony of Kenya’s fight against elephant poaching. Many Kenyans are shocked that State House would still be hanging on to decorative ivory tusks – authentic or not – given ...

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Student leaders give Uhuru 3 day ultimatum on parastatal jobs

Student leaders drawn from several of Kenya’s universities have given President Uhuru Kenyatta 3 days to reconsider his decision to appoint seasoned politicians to parastatal positions announced on Monday. Speaking under the umbrella of the Kenya University Students Organisation (KUSO), the student leaders argued that Kenya’s youth deserve at least 20 positions from the 302 announced earlier this week. University ...

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Youths are the authors of their own misery

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to appoint washed up veteran politicians, relatives of several prominent politicians and some individuals who have been in newspapers for as long as Kenya has had newspapers (here’s looking at you Richard Leakey!) to parastatal positions announced late on Monday has angered many Kenyans, especially the youth. Many of them feel that Kenyatta has betrayed them ...

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Kenya Today dupes Kenyans with fake Chinese condoms story

A local news website Kenya Today last week published a story claiming that police officers in Shanghai had busted an operation manufacturing fake high-end condoms for the Kenyan market. The story claimed that the officers had seized 3 million counterfeit condoms packaged to be sent to Kenya among them condoms of the popular Durex brand. Good story but the only ...

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Kenyans need to support Brand Kenya to revive economy

If Kenya was running in a race against other developing countries, it would be some distance behind the others. Trying to catch up but with a bad limp and too many problems. Right now, our beloved country is suffering as a brand. In Africa we are ranked 3rd on the global terrorism index with Nigeria and Somalia being the only ...

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Terror attack at Nairobi’s Wakulima market foiled

Reports indicate that officers drawn from an elite unit of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) earlier this week arrested two members of the Somali terror group Al Shabaab who were reportedly en route to carry out a suicide bomb attack on Nairobi’s Wakulima market. The KDF officers also reportedly recovered a suicide vest from the two attackers who were part ...

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How the County Governments are entrenching corruption; Part 2

We continue our examination into how counties are wantonly blowing money and spending incredible amounts on things that do not benefit the citizens they are elected to serve. The corruption has not decreased, rather the County leadership has expanded the eating table and spread the loot around. As a result, we have counties where all is in harmony. Where no ...

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MCA’s abandon oversight role

Members of County Assemblies (MCA’s) have morphed into something reminiscent of their national Parliament counterparts. They have with time since the promulgation of the new Constitution become the new faces of corruption. Whether it is in unnecessary trips both local and international, or bribery allegations, MCAs have been found to be just as corrupt, if not more, than other national ...

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Mungiki in the eyes of Bensouda – Part 3

According to the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Mungiki took an oath in 2007 to protect the interests of the GEMA community but to specifically “ensure that the Presidency remained within Kikuyu hands.” A pre-trial brief the office released in January this year says the oath was part of the initiation procedures that its ...

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Mungiki in the eyes of Bensouda – Part 2

The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) claims that the Mungiki had an organized leadership structure which streamed all the way to the village level. This structure was respected and the members’ adherence to it was absolute. It names Maina Njenga, Charles Ndung’u Wagacha and Maina Kang’ethe Diambo as some of the key leaders of the group. • Maina Njenga: He ...

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How the County Governments are entrenching corruption; Part 1

Kenyans who fought for and celebrated devolution should read this keenly as the devolution dream is being wasted by County Governments who are simply “eating” money meant for the citizens. The loopholes are so many, that I genuinely fear that we have created 47 – Anglo leasings across the counties. Nevertheless, it is about time we educated ourselves about the ...

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Kenyans feel cheated over Uhuru’s parastatal appointments

“We rejected these people at the ballot and now they have found their way back into power through the appointments. Truly, Kenya hasn’t changed since Kenyatta and Moi times when sycophants afraid of staying in the political cold would be appointed to various board positions; disregarding the interests of Kenyans.” These are the poignant views of Stewart Ocharo, a Nairobi ...

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