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UK to reduce aid to Africa’s anti-gay regimes

Posted by Administrator on October 9, 2011

The marriage of Kenyan gay couple Charles Ngengi to his longtime partner Daniel Chege Gichia (right) last year in London. Homosexuality is illegal in most African countries save for South Africa, Chad and Gabon. Photo/FILE

The marriage of Kenyan gay couple Charles Ngengi to his longtime partner Daniel Chege Gichia (right) last year in London. Homosexuality is illegal in most African countries save for South Africa, Chad and Gabon. Photo/FILE

African countries which persecute gays will have their aid cut, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has said.

Mr Michael was quoted by the Britain’s Mail on Sunday saying that already his country has cut aid to Malawi by £19million after two gay men were sentenced to 14 years hard labour.

Mr Mitchell, one of Mr Cameron’s closest allies, is also threatening to impose further aid ‘fines’ against Uganda and Ghana for hardline anti-gay and lesbian measures.

The policy was disclosed after Mr Cameron defended his decision to legalise gay weddings when he addressed last week’s Conservative Party Conference.

It also comes at a time when the divorce of Kenya gay couple in London, Charles Ng’ang’a Wacera and his civil partner, Daniel Chege Gichia were said to be seeking divorce, two years after their internationally debated wedding.

Mr Wacera had told the Nation in an interview last week that the reason why his marriage to Gichia broke down was a campaign of negative publicity by media houses back home in Kenya and in social forums.

The cut in aid to Malawi came after two gay men were convicted last year under the country’s rigidly imposed ban on homosexuality.

Pop stars Elton John and Madonna joined an international outcry when Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 26, and Steven Monjeza, 20, received a 14-year sentence for getting engaged.

But a Judge in Malawi was quoted saying in his judgement: “’Malawi is not ready to see its sons getting married to its sons.”

The Mail reported that Uganda also faced the threat of an aid ‘fine’ by the UK unless it abandons plans to extend the death penalty to homosexuality.

Three weeks ago, the newspaper said, Mr Mitchell protested to Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, who has claimed ‘European homosexuals are recruiting in Africa’ and who believes gay relationships are ‘against God’s will’.

Uganda is due to receive £70million from British taxpayers in 2011.

“Again during a visit to Ghana earlier this year, Stephen O’Brien – Mr Mitchell’s deputy – told President John Evans Atta Mills that Britain would cut its aid unless he stopped persecuting gays,” The Mail claimed.

However, the threats to cut the aid to Ghana appeared to have little effect. Even though Ghana gets £36million a year from the UK, her President has vowed to ‘institute measures to check the menace of homosexuality and lesbianism.

And one of his regional ministers called for the ‘immediate arrest of all homosexuals’.

A spokesman for Mr Mitchell said: “The Government is committed to combating violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all circumstances, in this country and abroad. We take action where we have concerns.”

“We now allocate funds every three months, rather than every year, so that we can review a country’s performance, for example on human rights, and take swift action when governments fall short. We only provide aid directly to governments when we are satisfied that they share our commitments to reduce poverty and respect human rights.”

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/africa/UK+to+reduce+aid+to+anti+gay+regimes/-/1066/1252368/-/10x5ud/-/index.html

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President Obama snubs Kenya’s diaspora conference

Posted by Administrator on October 9, 2011

PHOTO/ FILE LEST HE FORGET: US President Barrack Obama sits in front of a traditional Luo hut during a past visit to Kogelo.

PHOTO/ FILE LEST HE FORGET: US President Barrack Obama sits in front of a traditional Luo hut during a past visit to Kogelo.

Washington DC

More than 500 US residents with a blood connection to Kenya gathered in Washington on Saturday in the first conference focused on the diaspora’s relationship with the homeland.

One particularly prominent figure was absent however: President Barack Obama.

Kenya’s US Ambassador Elkanah Odembo said organisers had invited Mr Obama, whose father was Kenyan, to attend the event.

The White House replied that the president’s schedule did not allow for such an appearance.

Ambassador Odembo added that “there had been talk Mrs Obama might join us.” But the First Lady also did not attend.

Although Mr Obama has made scant mention of Kenya since taking office, he does pay close attention to what is happening in the country, Ambassador Odembo said.

“He gets updated on a regular basis,” the ambassador said, noting that aides brief Mr Obama on major stories in the Daily Nation and Standard.

“We have a very good relationship with people in the White House,” Kenya’s envoy continued.

The embassy gets calls from high-ranking officials at least once a week, Mr Odembo said.

Two recent contacts followed the pipeline explosion in a Nairobi slum and the death of Wangari Maathai, the ambassador recounted.

Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Richard Onyonka, who was substituting as conference keynote speaker for Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, added at a press conference that he hoped President Obama would visit Kenya during the remaining 15 months of his first term.

Mr Onyonka added, however, that he knew of no plans for such a visit.

He had earlier told the gathering at a Washington hotel that Chief Justice Mutunga had been unable to make his scheduled appearance due to “extremely unavoidable circumstances.”

Also taking part in the conference were Dr Ali Mazrui, a world-renowned Kenya scholar who teaches in New York, and Calestous Juma, a professor at Harvard University.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/President+Obama+snubs+Kenyas+diaspora+conference/-/1056/1252394/-/xver75/-/

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Don’t Quit…no matter what. It is only a matter of time

Posted by Administrator on October 9, 2011

Sometimes we go through so much and wonder whether our prayers are reaching God. The hurt becomes so great that you almost lose the will to carry on. The good news is that with every day that passes by, you are a day closer to your answered prayers. He is never late no matter how long it takes.  Whatever you do, rest if you must, but vere ever quit…. for the pain you’ve feeling is just the dark before the morning-Jambo Thought

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US warns fans in Kenya about attacks

Posted by Administrator on October 9, 2011

American citizens and foreigners in Kenya were being warned Friday that an al Qaeda affiliate in neighboring Somalia is planning to target locations broadcasting sporting events, a US official confirmed to FOX News Channel.

The feared attacks from al Shabaab, which was behind suicide attacks last year at venues in Uganda broadcasting World Cup soccer matches, could target places showing the Rugby World Cup, with finals matches commencing Saturday and running until October 23, and a soccer match between Kenya and its western neighbor Uganda being played Saturday.

“American citizens are urged to avoid public venues, such as sports bars, night clubs, and restaurants, which will be broadcasting these games, as well as public transportation, such as buses, to and from the events.”

ABC News reported that Usama bin Laden had urged al Shabaab to target the US after learning that a number of US-born Somalis had joined the organization. They include Alabama native Omar Hammami, also known as Abu Mansoor al Amriki, an al Shabaab spokesman who is wanted by the FBI for “terrorism violations” including “providing material support to terrorists.”

The Uganda strike by al Shabaab, which killed 76, was considered an indicator that the group was going “more global” in its targeting and may be capable of hitting US targets, FOX reported.

An alert by the US embassy warned, “The US Embassy in Nairobi has received credible information about a potential threat to Americans and other foreigners linked to international sporting events, such as the Kenya-Uganda football match on Saturday, October 8, or the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

Source: http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/US-warns-sports-fans-in-Kenya-about-possible-terror-attacks-100711

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Video: Family of Tragedy

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