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Uganda alert over Al-Qaeda attack threat

Posted by Administrator on December 20, 2010

KAMPALA, Monday

Uganda’s police chief warned today of “strong indications” that Al-Qaeda-linked militants wanted to attack during the Christmas period and said security forces would issue an alert for vigilance.

The threats came from Islamist groups including the Al-Shabab and Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), Inspector General Kale Kayihura told AFP.

“Terror threats from Al-Qaeda, Al-Shebab and ADF are the main threats as we go for the festive season and there are strong indications they want to attack,” he said.

“We are going to issue security alert so that people are aware of these threats as they go for festivities.”

Uganda in July suffered East Africa’s worst attacks in 12 years when suicide bombers struck two Kampala bars, killing 76 people. The attack was claimed by Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-inspired Shebab rebels.

Mr Kayihura said authorities had received intelligence over possible attacks and Uganda was working with neighbouring countries to avert them.

“As police, we have engaged our colleagues in Kenya and other countries but the (solution) to these threats is people’s vigilance but we are going to come out with an elaborate strategy on this,” he said.

In the previous most deadly attacks, more than 200 people were killed in August 1998 when Al-Qaeda operatives bombarded American embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

The ADF is a Muslim rebel group that claimed to fight for equal rights for Muslims in Uganda but was driven out of the country in 2001 and has since been based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. (AFP)

Source: DAILY NATION

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Grenade attacks in Nairobi kills one, at least 26 injured

Posted by Administrator on December 20, 2010

The Kampala-bound bus that was attacked on Monday night after four men lobbed grenades as passengers were boarding.

The Kampala-bound bus that was attacked on Monday night after four men lobbed grenades as passengers were boarding.

Grenade attacks on a passenger bus killed at least one person and left 26 seriously injured in Nairobi’s Central Business District on Monday evening

Four attackers threw grenades as the Kampala bound bus as passengers were boarding.

Kenya Police are yet to confirm whether it was a terrorist attack, though earlier Uganda’s police chief warned today of “strong indications” that Al-Qaeda-linked militants wanted to attack during the Christmas period and said security forces would issue an alert for vigilance.

The threats came from Islamist groups including the Al-Shabab and Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), Inspector General Kale Kayihura told AFP.

“Terror threats from Al-Qaeda, Al-Shebab and ADF are the main threats as we go for the festive season and there are strong indications they want to attack,” he said.

“We are going to issue security alert so that people are aware of these threats as they go for festivities.”

Uganda in July suffered East Africa’s worst attacks in 12 years when suicide bombers struck two Kampala bars, killing 76 people. The attack was claimed by Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-inspired Shebab rebels.

Mr Kayihura said authorities had received intelligence over possible attacks and Uganda was working with neighbouring countries to avert them.

“As police, we have engaged our colleagues in Kenya and other countries but the (solution) to these threats is people’s vigilance but we are going to come out with an elaborate strategy on this,” he said.

In the previous most deadly attacks, more than 200 people were killed in August 1998 when Al-Qaeda operatives bombarded American embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

The ADF is a Muslim rebel group that claimed to fight for equal rights for Muslims in Uganda but was driven out of the country in 2001 and has since been based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Source: Daily Nation

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Last ditch efforts to shield Ocampo Six

Posted by Administrator on December 20, 2010

A picture released on December 15, 2010 by the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) shows a combo of the six Kenyans, named today by prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, alleged to have masterminded the 2007-08 post-election violence that claimed 1,500 lives.

A picture released on December 15, 2010 by the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) shows a combo of the six Kenyans, named today by prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, alleged to have masterminded the 2007-08 post-election violence that claimed 1,500 lives.

The government is making last-ditch efforts to save key members of the administration suspected of crimes against humanity from standing trial at The Hague.

One of the options being considered by coalition advisers and insiders is the quick appointment of a new chief justice, director of public prosecution, attorney-general and the inspector-general of police to signal to the international community that the country has a new judicial system that can be trusted to handle post-election violence cases.

They hope that the new appointments, which are laid out in the new Constitution, would be used as a bargaining chip with the United Nations and the ICC to demonstrate that the government is prepared to conduct credible local trials.

After the appointments sources familiar with the discussions told the Sunday Nation, the government would then request the UN or the Commonwealth to help identify foreign judges who can handle the cases locally.

A lawyer familiar with this thinking but whom we cannot identify owing to the sensitivity of the matter, said that it would be much easier for the suspects to stand trial in Nairobi instead of The Hague.

Although the plan makes sense, the lawyer said, it may have come too late to stop ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

There is also the realisation that if any of the Kenyan suspects is found guilty, they are likely to serve long jail terms of up to 30 or 50 years. Worse, the prison could be somewhere in West Africa or other foreign country with a jail arrangement with the ICC.

The revelations came as President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga were said to be grappling with tough choices over members of the Cabinet listed by Mr Moreno-Ocampo as suspects of the post-election chaos.

An opinion poll conducted by Infotrak Harris released on Saturday found that an overwhelming 82 per cent of Kenyans would like those named by Mr Moreno-Ocampo and who hold public office to either step down or be sacked.

The gravity of the rules published by the prosecutor requiring that those named not communicate with each other over the matter as they await the court’s decision to confirm or dismiss the charges is cause for concern in government.

So much so that the government is considering forwarding a request to Mr Moreno-Ocampo to relax the stringent rules now that the suspects have promised to cooperate.

The rules are particularly proving to be a nightmare for the function of the office of the head of civil service Francis Muthaura, who, as PS to the Presidency, is in constant communication with government officials including Cabinet ministers. He also chairs the crucial National Security Advisory Committee.

Also, pressure has been building from the civil society to have those named by Mr Moreno-Ocampo vacate office.

Other than Mr Muthaura, other senior members of the government named are Deputy Prime Minister and minister for Finance Uhuru Kenyatta, Industrialisation minister Henry Kosgey and his suspended Higher Education counterpart William Ruto.

Completing Mr Moreno-Ocampo’s list of six are Postmaster-General and former police boss Hussein Ali and radio journalist Joshua arap Sang.

The Cabinet ministers are in a dilemma over how they would conduct business across their ministries when the need arises, including attending Cabinet meetings.

According to the rules, the suspects can only communicate about the cases through their lawyers and not directly. They are also required to keep the prosecutor’s office informed of their whereabouts.

On Saturday Justice minister Mutula Kilonzo warned.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Last%20ditch%20efforts%20to%20shield%20Ocampo%20Six%20/-/1064/1074868/-/ggxog5z/-/index.html

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Sh50bn club for the rich on the way

Posted by Administrator on December 20, 2010

Some relatives and friends of Italian billionaire Flavio Briatore on holiday in Malindi in December 31, 2009. Photo/FILE

Some relatives and friends of Italian billionaire Flavio Briatore on holiday in Malindi in December 31, 2009. Photo/FILE

A Sh50 billion tourist resort that will cater for millionaires will be built in Malindi from March next year.

According to the general manager of the Lion Group of Companies, Dr Liana Pierino, the club will be constructed by Italian billionaire Flavio Briatore.

“Plans for the construction of the 500 million Euro (Sh50 billion) exclusive club are complete and the work will begin in March next year,” Dr Pierino said.

All groundwork done

Dr Pierino, who also manages Mr Briatore’s Asian and African company assets under the Lion Group of Companies, said yesterday that all the groundwork had been done.

The club, the first of its kind in Africa, will exclusively be for prominent world figures such as actors, models, sportspersons, media moguls and business tycoons.

Mr Briatore owns a similar club on Sardinia Island near Italy, where celebrities from America, Asia, Europe and Australia often meet.

The club will have state-of- the-art equipment for sports and leisure, including a spa, to meet the needs of the rich.

Early this year, world- renowned architects and designers from Europe were in Malindi to finalise the design of the facility, which sources say will be constructed by top world masons.

The spa at Mr Briatore’s Lion in the Sun in Malindi was this year declared the best in Africa by a group of companies and received a top award.

Mr Briatore, his wife Elizabeta Grigoraci and nine-month-old son Briatore Falco Nathan are in the country on holiday. They are staying at the exclusive Lion in the Sun.

The new resort will be built where Jambo Club Hotel stood several years ago on the Silversands Beach next to Malindi Marine Park.

“The resort will attract the big shots of the world and will boost Malindi’s economy greatly. This type of investment is what the tourism industry requires. A lot of money could be coming to Malindi when the resort is operational,” said a hotel manager who did not wish to be named.

Mr Briatore, the former Renault Formula One boss, heaped praise on the country after earlier criticising past regimes for bureaucracy, lack of transparency and corruption.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/business/news/Sh50bn%20club%20%20for%20the%20rich%20on%20the%20way%20/-/1006/1075262/-/7mywpx/-/index.html

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