Kenyan Police Arrest 12 Somali Nationals In Border Region

GARISSA, Sept 20 (NNN-KBC) – Kenyan police, yesterday, arrested 12 people from neighbouring Somalia without valid identification documents, along the common border.

Garissa divisional police commander, Joseph Muriuki, said, the suspects were being ferried in a Garissa county government vehicle, but had the government of Kenya number plates.

Muriuki said, the suspects were arrested at the Garissa-Tana Bridge by police officers, who demanded to see their valid work permits.

KENYA: Suspected arms dealers moved millions in Somali money transfers, report says

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somali money transfer companies moved more than $3.7 million in cash between suspected weapons traffickers in recent years, including to a Yemeni under U.S. sanctions for alleged militant links, according to a report seen by Reuters.

The findings by a Geneva-based research group, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, could further complicate attempts by Somali transfer companies to retain access to international banking services.

Kenya: Improved climate action on food systems can help cut greenhouse emissions – WWF, UNEP

NAIROBI, Sept 2 (NNN)  Policymakers can improve the chances of achieving climate goals and limiting global warming to 1.5oC by making more specific commitments to transforming national food systems, a report jointly published by WWF, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), EAT and Climate Focus says. 

The report, Enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for Food Systems, published on Sept 1, said countries were missing significant opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Kenya: 'Hotel Rwanda' hero's family calls for an international trial

NAIROBI, Sept 2 (Reuters) - The family of Paul Rusesabagina - hailed a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda’s 1994 genocide - has demanded that authorities in Kigali charge him in an international court after his sudden detention, his son told Reuters on Wednesday.

Rusesabagina, a former hotel manager, was played by Don Cheadle in the Oscar-nominated film ‘Hotel Rwanda’, which told how he used his job and his connections with the Hutu elite to protect Tutsis fleeing the slaughter.

Two Mauritians killed in accident near site of Japanese ship oil spill

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Two crew members from a tugboat involved in cleaning up an oil spill off Mauritius were killed late on Monday when their vessel collided with a barge in bad weather, a local lawmaker said.

Four other members of the crew were rescued by helicopter and two were still missing, Mahend Gungerpersad, a member of parliament for the opposition Labour Party, told Reuters on Tuesday.

WHO urges safe reopening of schools in Africa amid COVID-19 risks

NAIROBI, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday urged African countries to put solid COVID-19 prevention measures in place before embarking on reopening of learning institutions.

WHO said in a statement released in Nairobi that reopening of schools in the Sub-Saharan African region should be accompanied by strict adherence to protocols and guidelines meant to contain the spread of coronavirus.

"Just as countries are opening businesses safely, we can reopen schools," said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

Kenya: Sea life around Mauritius dying as Japanese ship oil spill spreads

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Mauritian volunteers fished dead eels from oily waters on Tuesday as they tried to clean up damage to the Indian Ocean island’s most pristine beaches after a Japanese bulk carrier leaked an estimated 1,000 tonnes of oil.

The ship, MV Wakashio, owned by Nagashiki Shipping and operated by Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd, struck a coral reef on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25 and began leaking oil last week, raising fears of a major ecological crisis.

Kenya: Mauritius must brace for 'worst case scenario' after oil spill, says PM

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Japanese ship that ran aground on a reef off Mauritius two weeks ago has now stopped leaking oil into the Indian Ocean but the island nation must still prepare for “a worst case scenario”, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said late on Monday.

Conservationists said they were starting to find dead fish as well as seabirds covered in oil, increasing fears of an ecological catastrophe despite a massive local cleanup operation that includes making floating booms from leaves and human hair.

Kenya arrests two police after 'shooting incident', launches enquiry

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s national police service has arrested two police officers and opened an investigation after “a shooting incident” in the eastern county of Garissa, the police service said on Sunday.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA), a body set up to investigate cases of police brutality, has also sent its investigators to Garissa, it said late on Saturday.

Tanzanian opposition leader urges united front ahead of vote

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — One opposition leader was shot 16 times and fled the country. Another had his leg broken by unknown assailants and his newspaper was shut down. A third, the country’s most prominent, has been banned for a year from making so-called “seditious statements,” or what others might call dissent.

But he’s speaking out anyway. With Tanzania facing an October election that contentious President John Magufuli hopes to win, opposition leader Zitto Kabwe tells The Associated Press he’s trying to unite the opposition behind one candidate for the best shot at an upset.

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