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Kenya: $1bn Chinese-built railway line opens to public

The second phase of Kenya’s newly built railway line connecting the capital Nairobi to the Rift Valley region has opened to the public. Built by China Communications and Construction Company the second phase of the project cost over $1 billion. The launch was done without the usual fanfare witnessed at the opening of the first phase opened in May 2017. On Wednesday Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta opened the second phase of the railway line. That first phase of the project cost $3bn and connects the coastal city of Mombasa to…

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Kenyan governors want cancer declared national disaster

Governors in Kenya have joined the call for the government to declare cancer a national disaster. They have urged the country’s President Uhuru Kenyatta to make the declaration to help mobilize resources to deal with the disease. The council of governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya made the call on Saturday days after ordinary citizens staged a protest to make a similar call. Kenya is getting overwhelmed by a surge in cancer related deaths and citizens are demanding urgent action. At least 33,000 people die from cancer annually in Kenya. Many patients are…

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ICC the West’s tool to Harass Africans, Mugabe demands cutting ties

Robert MugabeThe International Criminal Court should drop or suspend charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto until African concerns about the court and proposals to change its founding treaty are considered, African leaders say.

The demand came in a report Saturday on previous decisions made by African Union leaders.

Mugabe, 87, told the United Nations General Assembly in September of 2011 that the ICC has no credibility in Africa.

The court “seems to exist only for alleged offenders of the developing world, the majority of them Africans”, he said.

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Frustrated ICC Judges Order Documents on Kenyatta Asset Freeze Be Made Public

Uhuru KenyattaJudges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have ordered the Registry to make public five documents relating to a court-ordered request in April 2011 for cooperation on the freezing or seizure of the property and assets belonging to President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta.

Trial Chamber V(b) said it made the order because some details of the confidential documents had been made public on five different occasions over the past year and a half. The chamber made its order on Tuesday.

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ICC: Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta must appear at Hague

The case against Uhuru Kenyatta has angered many African leaders   The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected a request by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to avoid appearing at a hearing on 8 October. He denies organising ethnic massacres after the 2007 elections in which 1,200 people were killed, Judges rejected Mr Kenyatta’s request to postpone the hearing or appear via video link, and insisted he must appear in person at the Hague. The trial has already been delayed several times. Mr Kenyatta’s lawyers made the request that he be…

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Kenyan ICC Case: Prosecution Embarrassing itself asking for another trial date vacation

KenyattaThe Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) filed a notice to the court stating that it will “not be in a position to proceed” with the trial against Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta. If agreed to by the judges, this will mark the fifth time the start of the trial, which was scheduled to begin on October 7, has been postponed.

The most recent delays stem from a March 2014 order from Trial Chamber V(b) to allow additional time for the resolution of cooperation issues between the Government of Kenya and the OTP. The prosecution’s request in the Kenyatta case covers eight categories of documents, including: company records; land ownership and transfers; tax returns; vehicle registration; bank records; foreign exchange records; telephone records; and intelligence records. The prosecution has argued that the documents could either bolster its case against Kenyatta or diminish it, but it was important they receive them to make such an assessment.

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Kenyan ICC Case: Frustrated ICC Prosecution tried to Badger their own Witness

VP RutoTrial judges of the International Criminal (ICC) have declined to declare Witness 604 a hostile prosecution witness, following an application by the prosecution and submissions by defense lawyers.

Presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji said on Friday that Trial Chamber V(a) was of the view the prosecution needed to question the witness further to explore the true and false parts of statements Witness 604 made to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP). Judge Eboe-Osuji said the chamber’s decision did not mean the prosecution could not, at a later stage, apply again for the witness to be declared hostile.

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Kenya plays hardball with envoys of countries backing the ICC case

ICCATLANTA — Kenya is punishing nations backing the International Criminal Court, where President Uhuru Kenyatta faces trial for crimes against humanity, by keeping those countries envoys in limbo while they wait for accreditation. 

European nations had threatened to keep diplomatic contact with newly elected Kenyatta to a minimum due to the looming trial at The Hague-based court. 

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Fatou Bensouda ICC Prosecutor Statement on Westgate Mall attack in Kenya

Fatou Bensouda ICC ProsecutorBLANTYRE – The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, expresses her deep sympathy to the victims of the appalling attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi and to their families and the people of the Republic of Kenya. She prays that the hostages held in the mall have been safely delivered and for a swift end to this dire situation.

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