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London Conference stripped Somalia of its indivisibility, sovereignty and polity

Listen The communiqué of February 23 Conference on Somalia, dominated by the International Contact Group (ICG) and the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia fell far short of all expectations. The promised new approach or step-change by the British leaders to tackle the root causes of insecurity and lack of functional government […]

The Common struggle between Somalis and Eritreans

Listen This statement was given at the Mercorios Haile Memoriol conference, in honour of the late Eritrean national leader, held on 30-31-5-2011 at the centre of Initiative for Change. The theme discussed was “The Eritrean Political Parties and Civil Society Organisations”. First of all I would like to congratulate you on the occasion of the […]

I Weep Not For The Ocampo Six But The Spell Of Negative Ethnicity They Have Cast On The Nation

Listen With Ocampo’s issuance of summons to The Hague Six, their followers are shocked and panic stricken. The bravado of Uhuru and Ruto has flopped and will not protect those who perpetrated crimes against humanity during the post election violence. In the eerie silence following the summons, the Ocampo Six seem deflated and off balance, […]

Kenyan ODM party disowns govt decision to challenge ICC cases

Kenyan ODM party disowns govt decision to challenge ICC cases

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)  -One arm of Kenya’s Grand Coalition government on Thursday disowned an announcement that the Government will challenge the admissibility of the Kenya cases at the International Criminal Court (ICC). The move by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party came a day after a statement signed by three members of Cabinet stated Kenya […]

Non ICC member America against Kenya’s bid over trials

Non ICC member America against Kenya’s bid over trials

Listen New York (Alshahid) -Kenya’s Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka has apparently failed in his mission to the US. Soon after Mr Musyoka met in Washington on Wednesday with Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, a State Department official told the Africa Review that “we do not support a UN Security Council resolution to defer the ICC […]

Kenya Raila-Ruto war in ODM explodes as dictatorship grows

Kenya Raila-Ruto war in ODM explodes as dictatorship grows

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid) -Wrangles in ODM have now spilled outside the party with plans by about 40 MPs to lodge a dispute against the leadership with the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal. Leading the charge are two MPs, Adan Duale (Dujis) who is also the party’s vice chairman and Isaac Ruto (Chepalungu) whose membership the party […]

AU high Rep Rawlings Calls For Concerted Effort For Peace In Somalia

AU high Rep Rawlings Calls For Concerted Effort For Peace In Somalia

Listen Ghana (Alshahid)-Ghana’s former President and African Union (AU) High Representative for Somalia, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings says peace in Somalia can only come about only if the people of Somalia and all stakeholders would reconsider their approach and strategy to the peace process. To this end, Mr Rawlings is calling for “a more […]

Kenya PM Raila’s family involved in maize scandal; US cables

Kenya PM Raila’s family involved in maize scandal; US cables

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid) -Wikileaks claim Prime Minister Raila Odinga attempted to suspend former Agriculture Minister William Ruto to divert attention from his family’s involvement in the Sh2 billion maize scam. Secret cables sent by US Ambassador, Michael Ranneberger, to Washington and now released by WikiLeaks allege Raila wanted to create confusion when he said he […]

US secret Cables claim Kenya’s Uhuru better than PM Raila

US secret Cables claim Kenya’s Uhuru better than PM Raila

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid) -If Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta decides to pursue the presidency, he has several major strengths, but these are balanced and potentially offset by important weaknesses. According to US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks, Uhuru is bright, charming, even charismatic, and is enormously wealthy, and, therefore, has not had to engage in […]

Analysis: Key challenges for Southern Sudan after split

Listen Juba (Alshahid) – The release of referendum results for Southern Sudan’s historic independence showing that 98.83 percent voted for secession means formal independence is scheduled for 9 July 2011, but key challenges still remain to be negotiated. These issues, observers say, must now be hammered out by the two ruling parties – the north’s […]

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