KDF deployed to quell Wajir-Mandera clashes


The government has deployed
the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF)
to man five major roads in
Mandera and Wajir counties
where violence has led to at
least 18 deaths.
In a Gazette notice dated May 22,
Defence Cabinet Secretary
Raychelle Omamo announced
the soldiers will “support” the
police in guarding the main
highways but will be given more
roles depending on the
“A notice is given that on 21st
May 2014, the Kenya Defence
Forces are deployed in support
of the National Police Service in
response to the security
emergency in Mandera County,”
Ms Omamo announced.
The Defence Ministry added that
the KDF will perform duties
“including but not limited to
securing main roads…”
These roads include the
Garissa-Thika-Nairobi highway,
Nairobi, Mandera-Elwak-
Modogashe-Isiolo-Nairobi road,
Nairobi and the Garissa-Hola-
Nairobi highway.
(READ: 18 feared dead in Wajir-
Mandera clashes)
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Online hatemongers warned

Kenya News Alert

National Steering Committee on Media Monitoring has recommended the investigation of David Matsanga for perpetrating hate speech on social media.
The committee, while recommending the probe and prosecution of Matsanga, said unless drastic steps are taken immediately to curb the volatile negative debate on social media in Kenya which focuses on political lineation and relationships of three main ethnic groups it could spark chaos in the country.
“This is no idle threat. It has happened recently in northern African countries,” the committee said.
Furthermore the committee also picked out seven bloggers in connection with extreme hate speech, incitement and the use of obscenities.
“These bloggers go by the name of John Mutuku, Abdul Majid Mohammed, Joseph Mwangi, Wycliff Ojijo, Tonny Lijodi, Esther Wanjala and Simon Mbugua,” the committee added.
The committed said it was engaging with the administrator of face book to positively identify the bloggers due to their posts…

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Appeal court halts Walter Barasa’s extradition to the ICC

Kenya News Alert

The Court of Appeal has stopped the arrest and deportation of Journalists Walter Osapiri Barasa to International Criminal Court {ICC} pending hearing and determination of his appeal.
In March 2014, high court judge Richard Mwongo ruled that Barasa can be extradited.
Barasa is charged with several offences against the administration of justice including corruptly influencing or attempting to corruptly influence ICC witnesses.
An under seal warrant of arrest was issued against him on 2 August 2013.
This is the first case before the ICC where a suspect is charged with an offence against the administration of justice, in accordance with article 70 of the Rome Statute.

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South Africa – Ramaphosa deputy president in new cabinet with few surprises

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Mail and Guardian

President Jacob Zuma announced his new executive, with a few surprises.

President Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

As expected, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is the country’s new deputy president.

The other members of the Cabinet are:

  • Minister in the Presidency: Jeff Radebe;
  • Minister of Women in the Presidency: Susan Shabangu;
  • Minister of Justice and Correctional Services: Michael Masutha;
  • Minister of Public Service and Administration: Collins Chabane;
  • Minister of Defence and Military Veterans: Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula;
  • Minister of Home Affairs: Malusi Gigaba;
  • Minister of Environmental Affairs: Edna Molewa;
  • Minister of State Security: David Mahlobo;
  • Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Service: Siyabonga Cwele;
  • Minister of Police: Nkosinathi Nhleko;
  • Minister of Trade and Industry: Rob Davies;
  • Minister of Finance: Nhlanhla Nene;
  • Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Senzeni Zokwana;
  • Minister of Water and Sanitation: Nomvula Mokonyane;
  • Minister of Basic Education: Angie Motshekga;
  • Minister of Health: Aaron Motsoaledi;
  • Minister of International Relations and…

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Sierra Leone confirms four deaths from ebola

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone confirms first deaths

The epicentre of the Ebola outbreak has been in south-eastern Guinea

Four people have died of Ebola in Sierra Leone, the first confirmed cases in the country following an outbreak in Guinea, the health ministry has said.

They died in the eastern Kailahun district, which borders southern Guinea where the outbreak started in March and has killed more than 145 people.

There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola – one of the world’s deadliest viruses.

But people have a better chance of surviving if it is identified early and they get supportive medical care.

Ebola can kill up to 90% of those infected and is passed on through contact with the fluids of infected people or animals, such as urine, sweat and blood.

Dr Amara Jambai, the director of disease prevention and control at Sierra Leone’s health ministry…

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Nigerian government called off deal with Boko Haram over girls

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Nigeria kidnapped girls: Government ‘called off deal’

A deal for the release of some of the abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria was close to being secured when the Nigerian government called it off, the BBC has learned.

Some of the girls were set to be freed in exchange for imprisoned Islamist militants, reports the BBC’s Will Ross.

Boko Haram group snatched more than 200 girls from a school on 14 April.

Nigeria’s government is under pressure to do more to tackle the group and bring about the girls’ release.

Nigeria’s government is under widespread pressure to do more to bring about the girls’ release
Thousands of people have died since Boko Haram began a violent campaign against the Nigerian government in 2009 and in the subsequent security crackdown.

‘All options open’
The BBC has learned that officials have held talks with the group to secure the release of the schoolgirls.

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Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi
Sonko claims that his life is in
danger following an alleged
confrontation between him and
Nairobi Woman Representative
Rachael Shebesh in a bar on
Saturday night.
The senator made the allegation
in a Facebook post hours after
the brawl in which gunshots
were fired.
The same night, he recorded a
statement at the Kilimani police
station over the alleged death
Directed to report
However, the two city politicians
were directed to report to the
Divisional Criminal Investigations
Officer in Kilimani on Monday.
Photographs said to be of the
senator and the women’s
representative in compromising
situations were recently
circulated in social media.
The two leaders rubbished them
as photoshop work or digitally
manipulated, even as they
alleged foul play.
In the Facebook post, Mr Mbuvi
says he had requested his
friends and family to join him for
a thanksgiving dinner after the
burial of his…

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: A suspect who
had been deported by Kenyan
authorities over drug trafficking
but sneaked back to Nairobi has
been found dead.
Mystery surrounds the death of
Komani Camara alias Boss
Kamara, whose body was found
on Saturday with gunshot
wounds in the head. He had
been deported to Guinea but
sneaked back into the country
under unclear circumstances.
Kilimani Division police said they
were called and informed the
body was lying along Cemetery
Road near Jamhuri Park.
CID head George Ojuka said
Camara’s body had two gunshot
wounds on the head.
“We do not know who killed him
but some people there say they
heard gunshots on Saturday
morning from the same area. We
are investigating the incident,”
said Ojuka.
See also: Deported drug
trafficking suspect who
sneaked back to Kenya
He added that the victim had
identification documents with
him when the body was
According to…

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Two Kenya Defence Forces (KDF)
soldiers were killed in the early
hours of Monday after their
convoy was attacked by
suspected Al-Shabaab militants.
Several other soldiers were
reportedly injured during the
The soldiers were transporting
food from Hindi, near Lamu, to
Ras Kamboni military camp.
Lamu East OCPD Samuel Obara
confirmed that the two officers
were killed by a group of about
10 militants who ambushed
“Their vehicle got stuck at
Milimani between Mangai and
Basuba, about 21 kilometres
from Hindi, where an exchange
of fire ensued,” he said.

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