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Comesa court underutilised, Senior Counsel Nzamba Kitonga says

Lawyers in East Africa have been challenged to take up cases before the Common Market of East and Southern Africa (COMESA) Court of Justice.

Senior Counsel Nzamba Kitonga, who is the former Judge President of the Khartoum-based court said lawyers from the region are not utilising the court.

Mr Kitonga said the distance to the court and the requirement that all local remedies must first be exhausted before a litigant moves to the court…

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Osama Bin Laden relatives killed in UK plane crash

Members of Osama Bin Laden's family were among the victims in the crash of a private jet in Britain, the Saudi embassy in London said Saturday in a message of condolences.

Four people died when the Saudi Arabia-registered plane ploughed into a car auction site and burst into flames in southern England on Friday.

Local police said the pilot and three passengers died when the Phenom 300 jet attempted to land at Blackbushe Airport…

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KWS sets terms for new railway passage through Nairobi National Park

A plan for the standard gauge railway to run through the Nairobi National Park is facing hurdles after the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) laid down the conditions for its passage.

The railway is expected to run along the park’s boundary for a 12km stretch.

KWS has, however, demanded monetary compensation and that bridges be built in affected areas for easy movement of animals and visitors.

KWS spokesman Paul Udoto said the cash would be…

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Bill seeking to sack EACC bosses puts Uhuru, MPs on fresh collision course

MPs are headed for another confrontation with the Executive after it emerged that President Uhuru Kenyatta will not sign a Bill seeking to sack anti-graft agency bosses.

Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa, who moved the controversial amendment proposing the dismissal of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Chief Executive Halakhe Waqo and his Deputy Michael Mubea, said he will petition the National Assembly Speaker over the President’s reluctance to assent to or reject the Bill when…

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Ex-Zambia tourism minister in court for abuse of office

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Witnesses say injured students were trapped in the matatu.

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"I came back about two weeks ago (from Somalia) but that doesn’t mean I am linked to Al-Shabaab."...

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Witnesses say injured students were trapped in the matatu.

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"I came back about two weeks ago (from Somalia) but that doesn’t mean I am linked to Al-Shabaab."

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Chadian army says 100 Boko Haram Islamists killed

At least 100 fighters have been killed in an operation against Boko Haram Islamists holed up on the islands of Lake Chad, the Chadian army has said.

“Two Chadian soldiers have died, two others injured and 117 terrorists killed in the operation which began two weeks ago,” Col Azem Bermendoa Agouna said.

“For two weeks, Boko Haram terrorists have been trying to infiltrate our islands on Lake Chad to carry out attacks.”

Lake…

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Tobiko orders Gladys Shollei charged with abuse of office

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Witnesses say injured students were trapped in the matatu.

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"I came back about two weeks ago (from Somalia) but that doesn’t mean I am linked to Al-Shabaab."...

14 minutes ago

Witnesses say injured students were trapped in the matatu.

15 minutes ago

"I came back about two weeks ago (from Somalia) but that doesn’t mean I am linked to Al-Shabaab."

More breaking news…

Read more: Tobiko orders Gladys Shollei charged with abuse of office

Hissene Habre celebrates ‘victory’ as trial is delayed

Hissene Habre, the former Chadian despot now in the dock, is celebrating a victory of sorts after judges at the African Union-backed court adjourned his trial to September 7.

Mr Habre threw his hands in the air in victory as he was driven to his cell.

Families of victims wept openly.

The families had hoped for an early guilty verdict.

Mr Habre’s team’s strategy, it seems, is to undermine the court’s legitimacy.

After noisily…

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Uhuru directs govt agencies to promote diligent workers

President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday directed government agencies to promote six public servants listed by the ombudsman for their outstanding performance in the civil service.

The President, in a speech read on his behalf by Attorney-General Githu Muigai, praised the State workers who scooped top awards.

The Commission on Administrative Justice initiated the awards scheme in a bid to motivate selfless public servants who strive to deliver services, in spite of a myriad challenges they…

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Summit showed why we must slash red tape, invest in schools

Adam Smith, a professor of moral philosophy who practised in the Scotland of Enlightenment, would have been pleased last week.

For the first time, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit was held in sub-Saharan Africa and US President Barack Obama turned up.

“Africa is on the move,” declared the president, who paid obeisance to Prof Smith’s idea that humans have the propensity “to truck, barter and exchange”.

Prof Smith, a Presbyterian, threw the gauntlet to Catholic mercantilists by declaring that…

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Mixed reaction to ban on mock exams

The ban on mock examinations has been welcomed and condemned in equal measure.

A Moi University lecturer Okumu Bigambo said too many examinations in schools were destroying the reasoning and attitude of students.

However, Kenya National Parents and Teachers Association Chairman Nathan Barasa opposed the ban.

“Mock exams help students prepare effectively,” said Mr Barasa.

Supporters of the ban said the mock exams were being used to gauge the candidates’ performance in the national…

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