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Trial of British Terror Suspect Opens In Kenya

Trial of British Terror Suspect Opens In Kenya

Listen Mombasa (Alshahid)-The trial of a British national accused of having links with the Somali militants Alshabab, opened at a court in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa on Thursday. Jermaine Grant, 29, arrested last December, denies allegations that he was in the possession of explosives and was planning a bomb attack. The defendant faces […]

Kenya Parliament approves anti-graft team

Kenya Parliament approves anti-graft team

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-Kenya’s parliament approved the appointment of a new anti-graft team on Thursday, amid fresh claims of corruption in government. Lawyer Mumo Matemo, a former taxman whose appointment was widely opposed, was on Thursday approved as the new director of the anti-corruption agency by Parliament. Other two nominees to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission […]

Dutch helicopter shot at over Somalia

Dutch helicopter shot at over Somalia

Listen A Dutch navy helicopter was shot at on Thursday off the coast of Somalia, according to a report from the Ministry of Defence. The Lynx helicopter from the frigate HMS Van Amstel was not in serious danger of being downed. “The unit conducted a reconnaissance flight at high altitude” said a spokesperson  for the […]

Kibaki turns down S.A bid for AU top job

Kibaki turns down S.A bid for AU top job

Listen President Kibaki has turned down a request from South Africa to support its candidate Dlamini Zuma for the chairperson post at the African Union (AU) commission. The President said South Africa’s ambition for the AU top job clashes with Kenya’s own interest to have Erastus Mwencha for the post Deputy Chairperson. The African Union’s […]

EU unveils Sh10bn fund for Somalia peace effort

EU unveils Sh10bn fund for Somalia peace effort

Listen The European Union has announced that it will scale up its Somali funding by Sh10.9 billion (€100 million) to support the African Union Mission (AMISOM). The mission was expanded by the rehatting of Kenya Defence Forces early this year. The money will go towards meeting the increased salaries and wages needs of the regional […]

ICC chamber ready for the trail of four Kenyans

ICC chamber ready for the trail of four Kenyans

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-The International Criminal Court (ICC) says the trials of four Kenyans accused of crimes against humanity will go on at The Hague based court since a Trial Chamber is ready to start its work. ICC spokesman Fadi el Abdallah told Capital FM that the cases could only be transferred from The Hague if […]

Germany to vote on new anti-piracy mission in Somalia

Germany to vote on new anti-piracy mission in Somalia

Listen The EU’s anti-piracy mission Atalanta off the Horn of Africa has recorded modest success. Now, the German parliament is set to vote on a controversial enlarged mandate that would see troops also going ashore. Named after the virgin hunter from Greek mythology, the EU’s Atalanta mission is meant to crack down on pirates off […]

Breakaway Somali regions boost education to deter militancy

Breakaway Somali regions boost education to deter militancy

Listen The programme also aims to get more girls into school, particularly into secondary school, where there are fewer girls despite an increase in overall enrollment Spared the violence that has ravaged southern Somalia for two decades, the breakaway Somaliland and Puntland regions are investing in education to lure youngsters away from extremism and piracy. […]

Uganda Denies Supporting Sudanese Rebels

Uganda Denies Supporting Sudanese Rebels

Listen Ugandan officials said Wednesday that a fresh allegation by Sudan that Uganda supports anti-Sudan rebels is a tactic to divert attention from Uganda’s claim that Sudan is sheltering warlord Joseph Kony. James Mugume, permanent secretary at Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, said a formal complaint was made this week by the Sudanese embassy in Uganda. […]

Somalia set to unify anti-militant forces

Somalia set to unify anti-militant forces

Listen The high-powered Joint Security Committee for Somalia Wednesday backed a plan to unify pro-government forces fighting the militant Al- Shabaab and Al-Qaeda extremist groups. The team, comprising representatives from the United Nations, African Union, Intergovernmental Agency on Development (Igad), United States and the United Kingdom, agreed that the forces would now all operate under […]