Thursday, March 23, 2017


Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, speaks during a joint news conference with Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed at State House in Nairobi, Kenya, March 23, 2017.

NAIROBI — The Kenyan government says it will open the border with Somalia to boost trade and allow the flow of people between the two countries. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta also pledged to help Somalia in the fight against al-Shabab militants and support and train government workers. His remarks followed a meeting he had in Nairobi with his Somali counterpart, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

After a closed door meeting that lasted more than three hours, the two heads of state addressed the media in a display of friendship. 

President Kenyatta discussed the border issue.

"We agreed to take the following actions within the shortest possible time, open two border posts, in Dobley-Liboi and Mandera-Bula Hawa, and to facilitate the movement of people, goods and services," he said.

The borders have remained closed for the last two-and-a-half decades since Somalia descended into conflict; however, people living along the borders and refugees have found a way to get into Kenya.

Kenya has also agreed to train 500 Somali men and women in different economic fields including teaching, nursing, and administration, to help in their country’s rebuilding and recovery. Despite the optimism expressed by the two leaders, the threat of Somali militant group al-Shabab exists, and both countries have reaffirmed their commitment to defeating the organization.

Kenya has also had issues with Somali refugees living at the Dadaab refugee camp, in the northeast of the country. The east African nation plans to close the refugee camp, the world's largest, by the end of May, but, in what some say might be a change of heart, Kenyatta says his government will build a training institute at the camp to educate high school graduates.


“Kenya will establish a technical training institute for youths currently in the refugee camps as well as the environs of Dadaab and this I believe will greatly help in providing these young men and women the necessary skills they will require to develop and grow Somalia,” said Kenyatta.

Thousands of Dadaab high school graduates can not join universities and training institutes in Kenya because they are confined to the camps.

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed says the latest economic collaboration will improve the security of the region.

“Close economic cooperation between Kenya and Somalia will not only help to improve the lives of our millions of people but will also enhance the security situation in East Africa. Therefore my government is ready to work very closely with your government in the realization of full economic cooperation between our two nations,” he said.

The two eastern African countries also agreed to cooperate on security issues to confront the threat of al-Shabab in the region.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


​Somali President meets Saudi King in his first foreign visit

Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Above will make his first State visit to Kenya on Thursday ahead of a special IGAD summit on Saturday.

State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said Kenya and Somalia enjoy warm and cordial relations founded on trust, cooperation and mutual interests.

“We share a common heritage and our views converge on many regional and international issues,” he said.

Adding: “Our common endeavour for durable peace, viable stability and sustainable development for both our peoples and region continue to underline the necessity for our mutual cooperation.”

“President Uhuru looks forward to robust multi-sectoral bilateral engagements and enhancing the existing partnerships in order to leverage on the existing opportunities therein,” he said.

Areas of cooperation identified in the Joint Commission include Security, Trade and investment, Civil Aviation, Education and Agriculture. Others are Resources sharing and development, Livestock Development, Fisheries, Tourism, Immigration, Labour and Health.

Esipisu pointed out that the President would speak on the importance of the technical teams involved to convene as soon as possible to review the implementation status of the Joint Commission for Cooperation, in particular, to conclude the proposed instruments of cooperation.

Key areas to be discussed by the technical teams include, MoU on Political Consultations by the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs; Initiating measures to enhance cooperation on immigration matters and development of a comprehensive border management system; Cooperation on police matters, including capacity building; and encouraging the private sector to explore the investment opportunities in both countries among many others.

The Spokesperson said President Uhuru will inform his guest of Kenya’s readiness to offer technical support and capacity building assistance to the Federal Government institutions and other sectors based on mutual agreement.

Other issues which President Uhuru will discuss with his guest include the need for Kenya and Somalia to approach the forthcoming 3rd London Conference on Somalia slated for May 11.

The Spokesperson also announced that Kenya will host an IGAD Summit on Saturday, whose focus would be on Somali refugees and the need to create a conducive environment for them to feel safe to go back and develop their country. He said the summit will also review other regional security matters, with a focus on South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.

“Regional security is a matter that world leaders have expressed concern about and want to see Kenya remain in the pivotal role in terms of tackling these,” said Esipisu.

Thursday, January 05, 2017


Like it or Not, He is Our Regional Political KingPin....Honourable Majority Leader, Kenya National Assembly, Aden Duale.

On the left, Kenya's Majority Leader of the Parliament, Hon. Aden Duale, Kenya's Deputy President, Hon Wlliam Ruto on the Right with His Excellency, Kenya's President, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, in a Function.

On the left, Kenya's Majority Leader of the Parliament, Hon. Aden Duale, Kenya's Deputy President, Hon Wlliam Ruto on the Right with His Excellency, Kenya's President Hon. Uhuru Kenyattain a Function.

On the Right, Kenya's Majority Leader of the Parliament, Hon. Aden Duale, Kenya's Deputy President, Hon Wlliam Ruto in the Centre with His Excellency, Kenya's President, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta in a Function.

On the left, Kenya's Majority Leader of the Parliament, Hon. Aden Duale, Kenya's Secretary of Industrilization, Hon. Aden Mohamed on the Right with His Excellency, Kenya's President, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta in a Function.

On the left, Kenya's Majority Leader of the Parliament, Hon. Aden Duale, with His Excellency, Kenya's President, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta in a Function.

Thursday, December 01, 2016


Somalis are 100% Percent Muslims but if you find one or two out of 26 Million Somalis, Then, That is about Material issue. Some are pushed to Christianity by Poverty and hence become Christians temporarily. There are some organizations which Give some money for you to denounce Islam and some are tempted. 


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016


North Eastern B9 National Government Road 50 years after independence. This is the Work of the Kenya National Government. It is a National Highway, Sio za Counties.

Monday, October 10, 2016



ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Foreign investors on Monday warily eyed the Ethiopian government’s latest attempt to quell violent protests that have targeted foreign-owned businesses in Africa’s second most-populous nation.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn declared a six-month state of emergency on Sunday, saying it was necessary to protect citizens and property following widespread antigovernment unrest in Oromia, one of the country’s nine ethnically based regional states.

Long-running protests over the government’s monopoly on power and human-rights abuses have swelled recently in Oromia and Amhara, another regional state. More than 130 private concerns were attacked by protesters last week, including a Dutch-owned flower farm and a cement factory owned by Nigerian Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man.


The Ethiopian government painted a grim picture of a country under siege by foreign-backed gangs as it justified its newly announced six-month-long state of emergency Monday.

The measure, announced Sunday, comes as mobs have attacked foreign-owned businesses and an American was killed during unrest that exploded after a stampede last week at a cultural festival killed dozens.


Government spokesman Getachew Reda told journalists that the past week of violence, in which dozens more have died, was the work of foreign-funded gangs and required more intense security measures to tackle.

“You have motorbike gangs now carrying petrol bombs, carrying firearms in groups of 10 going from place to place, terrorizing the public,” Reda said Monday. “The kind of threats we are facing, targeting infrastructure, targeting civilians, cannot be handled through ordinary law enforcement procedures.”

Last week, protesters damaged around a dozen factories and equipment mostly belonging to foreign firms, accused by the demonstrators of buying property leases on their seized land.

Security forces, however, already have been implicated in the deaths of hundreds of people in the past year in anti-government protests.

The protests began in November in the Oromia region, which surrounds the capital. People there complain of a corrupt local administration and illegal confiscation of land to set up multinational factories.


Many people from Oromiya, a region at the heart of Ethiopia's industrialization drive, accuse the state of seizing their land and offering meager compensation before selling it on to companies, often foreign investors, at inflated prices.

The unrest has since spread to the Amhara region, Ethiopia’s cultural heartland, and now there is turmoil in the southern provinces as well.

The Oromo people, who make up at least a third of the population, have long complained of economic and political marginalization. When protests erupted during a huge cultural festival in Oromia on Oct. 2, police fired tear gas, causing a stampede that killed at least 55 people — although the opposition estimates that the toll is at least 10 times that.

Recently, Dozens of people died at a festival after security forces fired tear gas into a crowd during a political protest and provoked a stampede.

Saturday, October 08, 2016




  • CS Amina, Although in the Debate was so much about defending The Jubilee Government, Her Employers, There was nothing else of Substance she added to the Plight of Somali Refugees in Kenya. 

  • The Kenya Human Rights, US CIA, All Corroborated statements by Witnesses of Extra Judicial Killings have been thrown in the Window. Being a Somali herself, She brought in, The Somali Bias, her clan being from Northern Somalia as most refugees were from Southern Somalia.

Ahead of the 2017 Kenyan presidential elections, Upfront’s Mehdi Hasan spoke with Kenya's Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed on the repatriation of Somali refugees, corruption allegations, the fight against Al-Shabab and the International Criminal Court.

“We are not violating any obligations. If we were, the whole world would have come down like a ton of bricks right on our heads,” Mohamed said, addressing a call by UNHCR for Kenya to reconsider its decision to close down the Dadaab refugee camp and repatriate Somali refugees, some of whom have been living there for almost 25 years.

“We have a tripartite agreement [with UNHCR and the Somali Federal Government] that we entered into in 2013, not yesterday, not today, not the day before,” Mohamed explained, highlighting what she felt was a failure instead by the international community to fulfill its own obligations to address residents of the world’s largest refugee camp.

Turning to the broader issue of Somalis in Kenya, Hasan pointed out that many groups, including the U.S. – a key ally of Kenya’s –, are alarmed with what they see as an increase in targeted torture, harassment and detainment of ethnic Somalis. She denied hearing about any of their concerns prior to appearing on Upfront, so could not verify the claims.

“They’ve just made it up?” Hasan asked. “They’re making it up,” Mohamed replied.

On the issue of corruption, Hasan pointed to a World Bank report that praised Kenya as one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa, but also to a report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) which said that Kenya was the third most corrupt country in the world. It is an issue, Mohamed said, the government is being “self-reflective” about. “We are dealing with the issues.” She denied, however, a recent statement by Kenya’s auditor general that around two billion dollars had gone missing. “I respect everybody’s freedom to say what they need to say,” the foreign minister added. However, after being asked several times by Hasan if two billion dollars had gone missing in Kenya due to corruption, she responded, “No.”

In this interview, recorded prior to the attack in Northern Kenya, Mohamed was also asked about Kenya’s ongoing war against Somali armed group Al-Shabab, which has attacked Kenya numerous times in the last few years. “We’re winning the war in Kenya,” she said.

When asked to explain why Al-Shabab is able to attack and kill Kenyan civilians and armed forces, she responded, saying, “Tell me who has been able to completely  stop these attacks?”

“Who are you comparing us to? Look at what’s happening in Western Europe, what’s happening in the rest of the world,” she added.

Lastly, Hasan pressed Mohamed on the International Criminal Court (ICC), which dropped the charges of murder and crimes against humanity for Kenyan Deputy Prime Minister William Ruto. In its judgment, the ICC said it was unable to acquit or continue with the trial due to what it described as “troubling incidents of witness interference and intolerable political meddling.”

Mohamed argued the premise of the question was wrong and added that: “You don’t keep sentencing people. You allow due process to take place. And when due process has taken place, and people are found to be innocent….” But Hasan countered: “He was not found to be innocent. That is incorrect.”

Mohamed stated that Kenya has supported the ICC and believes in the rule of law, but seemed to question the judges, saying, “There is something already out there about the judges. But I will not go into it.”

This UpFront interview was with Amina Mohamed aired on Friday, 7 October 2016 at 19:30GMT / 22:30 EAT. The show is available through this link: from 19.30GMT / 22:30EAT  onwards and will also be embeddable from YouTube.

UpFront broadcasts on Fridays at 19.30 GMT. Follow UpFront on Twitter @AJUpFront. 


Former UAE ambassador Bishar Hussein has been reelected director general of the Universal Postal Union. He will lead the UN organisation until 2020. Hussein has been serving in the position since 2012 and his current term ends this year. The next begins in 2017.
UPU is responsible for the development of postal business in the world. It comprises 192 member countries and supports cooperation between international postal players.
Hussein defeated Uruguay’s Serrana Bassini Casco by 87 votes to 72.
Foreign Affairs CS Mohamed Amina and ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru supported his reelection in Istanbul, Turkey, where the polls were held.
In a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed expressed gratitude to the international community for reelecting Hussein. She said his reelection is a vote of confidence in Kenya.

The Secret Relationship between Ethiopia and Alshabaab

Monday, September 19, 2016



  • Githu Muigai said there exists a valid agreement with Somalia on how to resolve a maritime boundary dispute between the two countries specifically through negotiations.
  • Kenya told the court that Somalia rushed to block a chosen path to resolve the dispute through the UN Commission on the Limits of Continental Shelf (CLCS), despite both sides agreeing to wait for its recommendations.

Kenya says Somalia jumped the gun when it filed a case before International Court of Justice, in spite of signing an agreement to resolve the matter through diplomatic channels.

In the ongoing initial submissions presented to the Court on Monday, Kenya’s Attorney-General Githu Muigai said there exists a valid agreement with Somalia on how to resolve a maritime boundary dispute between the two countries specifically through negotiations.

But Kenya’s lawyer Karim Khan accused Mogadishu of “changing” the substance of the case after they realised the 2009 agreement between the two is valid despite Somalia’s insistence that it didn’t ratify it.

“A treaty cannot be declared null and void just because one of the signatories has violated its own internal laws,” Mr Khan argued.

He was referring to a previous similar case between Senegal and Guinea Bissau when judges agreed that validity of a signed agreement between states cannot be negated if one fails to follow internal procedures relating to adopting it.

In another scenario, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has said the government and people of Somalia will not give up an inch of its territory.

Sheikh Mohamud comments come as hearing of Indian Ocean maritime dispute between Kenya and Somalia is set in International Court of Justice in Hague later on Monday. The President said he is very confident that Somalia will win the case since the disputed territory belongs to people of Somalia without question.

"The area under dispute between us and our neighbours belongs to Somalia and we will not give up one meter," he said.

He said efforts by the two neighbouring states to end the dispute in out of court settlement did not bear fruit and thus submitted to the court.

"There is no diplomatic raw between Kenya and Somalia and we will defend our territorial integrity," said the President.

Preliminary objections

In Kenya’s preliminary objections, Nairobi told the court that Somalia rushed to block a chosen path to resolve the dispute through the UN Commission on the Limits of Continental Shelf (CLCS), despite both sides agreeing to wait for its recommendations. In 2009, Kenya and Somalia reached the deal, which was then deposited to the UN in 2011. The agreement had stated that the border would run east along the line of latitude although further negotiations were to be held through the UN CLCS.

This agreement also stated that maritime boundary adjustments would only occur after the commission had established the outer limits of shelf and that both sides would avoid courts as much as possible over the matter. But Somalia, first rejected the MoU claiming its parliament had rejected it, then wrote to the UN to object to Kenya’s submissions about how the boundary should run a week before filing the case in July 2014.

Somalia went ahead to claim that in fact, the agreement signed between then Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetang’ula and then Somalia Planning Minister Abdirahman Warsame was drafted entirely by Kenyan officials. Mr Khan accused Somalia of filing an inaccurate report to the court, charging that negotiations leading to the MoU had involved a renowned Norwegian diplomat hired by Mogadishu as a legal adviser on the matter, as well as a Somali legal official.

In fact, the Kenyan legal team accused Somalia of introducing the excuse of parliament yet there had been no notice of the same during and immediately after the MoU was signed.

“There is no record of any such thing…it is remarkable that Somalia’s memorial reproduced every paragraph…except that provision. Somalia did not communicate that there was a legal requirement for ratification by parliament,” Mr Khan argued.

The Kenyan lawyers said the MoU with Somalia listed the specific area of the boundary to be resolved and that it was clear that parties had agreed not to use litigation.

“This means that the parties have agreed to resolve the matter through negotiations and not through recourse to the courts,” French lawyer Prof Mathias Forteau argued.

The area in contest is about 100,000 square kilometres, forming a triangle east of the Kenya coast.

In Kenya’s situation, it means Somalia wants the boundary to extend diagonally to the south at Kiunga into the sea, and not eastwards as it is today. But that may also affect Kenya’s sea border with Tanzania. 

Somalia is basing its arguments on Articles 15, 74 and 83 of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which both countries ratified in 1989.

The cited articles state that where two states share coasts adjacent or opposite each other, neither state should extend territorial boundaries beyond the median line “every point of which is equidistant from the nearest points on the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial seas of each of the two states is measured” except where there is an agreement to do so.

Kenya is fronting prominent international lawyers who include Britons Vaughan Lowe QC and Prof Alan Boyle, Ms Amy Sanders and Mr Karim A. Khan QC as well as Prof Mathias Forteau from France.

Sunday, September 11, 2016



  • The attack follows last week's killings in Garfasa, Garba Tula Sub County where three people were killed by Somali armed men from Lagdera.
  • The police boss added that the heavily armed men were shooting aimlessly prompting other Somali’s to flee towards Garissa.
  • He further confirmed that no arrests had been made, adding that the attackers did not steal any animals.
  • Isiolo has been a Somali Inhabited Town since 1914.

At least six people died and three were injured last week in the Borana-Somali clashes in Isiolo.Two people were shot dead Saturday and two others injured in Boji, Isiolo County following a retaliatory attack by suspected Borana herders.

The attack follows last week's killings in Garfasa, Garba Tula Sub County where three people were killed by Somali armed men from Lagdera, Garissa County.
Kenya Parliamentary Hansard Report in 1970 Motion being Boundary Commission for Isiolo 

Isiolo Police Commander Charles Ontita said angry Borana herders shot dead a 20-year-old man and an eight-year-old boy from the Somali community while they were resting in their home.

A two-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy who were injured and were taken to Benale hospital for treatment.

The police boss added that the heavily armed men were shooting aimlessly prompting other Somali’s to flee towards Garissa.

He further confirmed that no arrests had been made, adding that the attackers did not steal any animals.

Isiolo is a town in the former Eastern Province, Kenya. It is situated in the Upper Eastern sub-region, and lies 285 kilometres north of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. The town grew around the local military camps, much of the population being descended from former Somali soldiers who had fought in World War I as well as other Cushitic-speaking pastoral communities and the Ameru community.


Mr Ontita also said investigations had been launched with the aim of arresting the attackers and urged locals not to take the law into their hands.

“There has been tension in the area following invasion by Somali herders from Lagdera Sub-County in search of water and pasture for their livestock,” he said.

The pastoralists have been accused of invading Isiolo with their livestock without following proper procedures set by the Borana community. Police have been deployed in the area following the incident in a bid to stop further retaliatory attacks between the two communities.

At least six people died and three were injured last week in the Borana-Somali clashes in Isiolo.

Political leaders from Isiolo have condemned the attack and called on the government to remove Somali herders from Isiolo saying they are causing tension.

Thursday, September 08, 2016




Every year, Somalia exports millions of livestock to Saudi Arabia to feed the millions of Muslim faithful making the pilgrimage to Mecca.

From the hinterlands to the Somalia to the Ports of Mogadishu and Berbera, millions of sheep and goats are on the move in the Horn of Africa republic.

The animals are en route to Saudi Arabia for use as sacrificial offerings for millions of Muslims making the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca known as the Hajj.

The livestock trade to the Middle East accounts for 60 percent of Somalia's gross domestic product and 70 percent of its jobs.

Some Muslims consider the black-headed sheep to have religious significance relating to the prophet Abraham.

Livestock owners earn their livelihood from the livestock and that they feel supporting the Islamic community in having a good Hajj festival, is an added Bonus.

Once sold in the markets, the animals are trucked to the Somalia Ports of Mogadishu or Berbera at the Red Sea where they wait in quarantine for weeks receiving blood tests and vaccinations.

Herders guide goats and sheep the at the livestock market in the Somalia Second City Hargeisa before sending them to the port of Berbera for export, August 9, 2016. (J. Patinkin/VOA)
Past accusations of disease among Northern Somalia livestock led Saudi Arabia to temporarily ban imports of Somalia's animals.

Northern Somalia Federal Government veterinarian Ali Mahamud Gulled said the Berbera Port quarantine holds over a million animals at the height of the Hajj.

"It's very, very important we guarantee that no disease is carried and infected to the imported country ... because then that will affect us economically, drastically. It could result in a ban of our livestock, so we make sure that each and every animal leaving here is free of diseases," said Gulled.

After quarantine, the sheep and goats load onto ships holding between 20,000 and 120,000 animals. The animals are often loaded at night when the air is cooler.

Somalia Now  faces competition from Sudan, Australia, and other countries who also export livestock to the Hajj.

Abdi Osman Haji, a researcher with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, which supports the livestock sector, said Somalia must modernize its industry to stay ahead.

"The market facilities are very dilapidated and they are not up to date ... I am sure Somalia cannot maintain its current position if we don't improve the whole export value chain," said Haji.

Haji said Somalia lags behind in terms of treatment of the animals too.

"Animal welfare is not on the agenda here and that has to be introduced. Animals, when they are deported via ships and via trucks, they are not according to international standards. They should comply [with] animal welfare conditions," said Haji.

Even so, the annual export of animals from Somalia to Saudi Arabia remains vital for both countries.

Goats and sheep climb aboard a ship in the Somalia port of Berbera which will sail for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, August 16, 2016. (J. Patinkin/VOA)

Wednesday, September 07, 2016


Kenya's Meru Governor Peter Munya has expressed concern over the threat by the government of Somalia to ban Miraa importation to the country.

Speaking during the 53rd Madaraka Day celebrations held at the Meru National Polytechnic, Munya said that Miraa farmers are already suffering dire economic consequences from the ban of the crop in the European market.

Somalia Government is accusing Governor Munya of Not following Protocol when dealing with Somalia's Politics. He Flew to Hargeisa, A breakAway Region of Somalia, Currently Known as Somaliland and promised them recognition without Mogadishu's Approval. Munya is now appealing to the national government to use all the available diplomatic measures and any other means to ensure that the Somalia Market is not closed.

The Governor also advocated for national government to apply diplomatic pressure in a bid to ensure the Miraa markets in Europe are re-opened.

Miraa traders were dealt a blow two years ago after the UK and Netherlands imposed a ban on the trade, claiming miraa, popularly known as khat, was a class C drug.

That move jolted the khat market, resulting in a miraa supply glut that not only pushed down its prices but also the livelihoods of more than 800,000 produce growers in Meru County.

In April, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a Ksh 1 billion budgetary allocation to cushion miraa farmers from the challenges brought about by the importation ban to European markets.

He also signed into law, a Bill that categorized miraa as a cash crop.

The Mediated Version of the Miscellaneous Amendment Bill No. 2 made minor amendments to the Crops Act to recognize miraa as a cash crop.

The Act also obligates the national government to establish mechanisms for promotion, production, distribution and marketing of miraa as a cash crop

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Kenya: Set up judicial inquiry into hundreds of enforced disappearances and killings

The Kenyan government must set up a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate and bring to justice all those suspected of criminal responsibility for extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances, said 13 Kenyan and global human rights organizations today as they marked the International Day of the Disappeared.
Kenyan and global human rights organizations have documented more than 300 cases of individuals who have gone missing while in the hands of security agencies since 2009, some of whom have later been found killed.
“Enforced disappearances have become a widespread practice, and a dark stain on the fabric of law enforcement in Kenya that can only be sustainably addressed by bringing to account those suspected of responsibility through fair trials,” said Peter Kiama, Executive Director of the Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU).
“But fair trials cannot take place without prompt, impartial and effective investigations into the myriad cases of disappearances and executions.”
Just this month, the High Court in Nairobi found that a prominent human rights lawyer and two other men had been subjected to enforced disappearance and later executed by police. The bodies of Willie Kimani, who worked for International Justice Mission, his client Josphat Mwendwa and their taxi driver Joseph Muiruri, were found dumped in a river about 73 kilometres northwest of Nairobi in July.
Kenya must take concrete steps towards ratifying the Convention without making any reservation so as to ensure that impunity does not prevail for this cruel human rights violation
Many of the enforced disappearances have taken place in the context of operations against perceived members or sympathisers of the Somalia-based Islamist militant group, Al-Shabaab.
“While indeed Kenya faces a real security threat from Al-Shabaab, it must not resort to unlawful responses that amount to crimes under international law and violate human rights,” said Kamau Ngugi, Executive Director of the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders.
“It should instead insist on strict respect for human rights and due process at all times, including in its security operations. This must begin with ensuring criminal accountability for both individual police officers and their superiors who knew or should have known of the enforced disappearances and killings and failed to take all necessary measures to prevent or repress them.”
Kenya has signed the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, but has yet to ratify it.
“Enforced disappearance is a crime under international law. Kenya must take concrete steps towards ratifying the Convention without making any reservation so as to ensure that impunity does not prevail for this cruel human rights violation,” said Justus Nyang’aya, Country Director of Amnesty International Kenya.
The human rights organizations will hold a public event at Strathmore University’s main auditorium from 4:30pm today in honour of victims of enforced disappearance and to demand justice, truth and reparation for them.
Signed hereunder:
Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
Kenya Human Rights Commission
National Coalition for Human Rights Defenders – Kenya
Protection International
Amnesty International Kenya
Independent Medico-Legal Unit
Constitution & Reform Education Consortium (CRE-CO)
Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice
Africa Centre for Open Governance
International Justice Mission
International Commission of Jurists – Kenya
Legal Resources Foundation Trust
Usalama Reforms Forum

Saturday, July 30, 2016


AMISOM Muslim peacekeepers from Sector II observed Eid ul Adh’ha prayers at the Sector Headquarters mosque in Dhobley on Thursday 24 September 2015. The prayers were led by the Sector II Maalim, Warrant Officer Class 1 Mahmud Abikar.  The Maalim traced the origin of the Eid ul Adh’ha to the times of Prophet Abraham when God ordered him to sacrifice his son Ismael, but as Abraham was about to obey the orders, God sent him a ram instead. The Maalim emphasized on the lessons learnt from the Abraham’s story including practising patience in times of trials and obedience to one’s superiors.
Hundreds of security officers have for the last five years either quit their jobs or submitted letters of resignation. The officers, mainly from the (KDF) Kenya Defence Forces, say they leave the service due to frustration, poor working conditions and “unfounded accusations of being terrorists sympathizers”.

This comes as the National Intelligence Service and the military intelligence wing are said to be closely monitoring officers, mainly Muslims, over alleged radicalization in security facilities.

This, as reported by the Star, continues to cause deep resentment and suspicion between junior and senior officers. Security analysts have called this situation dangerous and a “ticking time bomb”.

‘They don’t trust us’

“You know, my friend, we serve this country with dedication. But it is disheartening to be branded a terror sympathiser and enemy within,” an officer, who applied to resign, told the Star.

“Military commanders cannot trust us anymore. At one time, we were sent to a border town for an operation to flush out al Shabaab. But four colleagues and I were called back to Nairobi without explanation,” the officer added.

They later learned they were recalled because they “would not conduct the operation properly”.

Contacted for comment, Ministry of Interior spokesperson Njoka Mwenda requested more time to respond. 

“This is a serious issue. I need to get in touch with various units mentioned,” he said.

KDF spokesperson Col David Obonyo and Commissioner General Isaiah Osugo did not take our calls.Also closely monitored are prison warders in Kenya’s biggest correctional facilities – Shimo la Tewa and Kamiti. The officers are accused of “indoctrinating” fellow warders and inmates.

On Tuesday, a police officer based in Embu was picked up by the Anti-Terror Police Unit over alleged terror links. He was only identified as Jele and his whereabouts are not known. Some officers are also accused of leaking sensitive security intelligence and frustrating the government’s efforts in combating terror.

“Again, when we choose to quit because we feel we are not being seen as gallant officers like others, ready to defend our country. They [commanders] say we are quitting because we intend to join al Shabaab,” said a visibly distressed officer whom the Star interviewed on Tuesday.

Military officers are not allowed to resign until they serve for 10 years. Desertion attracts severe penalties, including court martial.

Officers said after the January 15 El Adde attack in Somalia, one KDF officer of Somali origin was “unjustly” accused of setting up his colleagues in the Amisom base, leading to the death of about 200 soldiers. Other officers were “sidelined” after the Operation Linda Nchi where KDF crossed to Somalia in 2011. They say, dangerous assignments in Somalia, for instance are given to them..But, still, we are suspected of having links with terrorists. This is not good for comrades,” he said.

A mosque in a major military camp within the city is being monitored and lectures closely followed, he said.

“Such behaviour won’t advance this country’s interests. It only breeds insecurity and creates loopholes in fighting against the enemy,” he said. A case in example was the Frustration of the Kenya Police Officer in Kapenguria just recently.


Mambo ngumu haya...But this is a Bigger Problem for Kenya, What's wrong with our country trivialising every thing. No learned Muslim can supportt terrorism. In fact terrorism affects Muslims mostly. Look at the effects of terrorism in Syria,Iraq,Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan etc all those are Muslim countries. We should instead look at Muslims in the forces as crucial manpower to defeat terrorism like Nigeria. 

Imagine Former Chief of General Staff, General Mahmud Mohamed who helped Kenya as it being overthrown in 1982, sikama anataka wangechukua nchi. Imagine Major General Ali who oversaw Kenya during it's worst crisis and You know what, Many of Somali Officers are not Promoted in KDF and this is what is causing the Problem.

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Monday, July 25, 2016


Kenyan security officers have secretly abducted at least 34 people in the last two years during abusive counter terrorism operations, a report has found.

The Human Rights Watch report, which will be officially released on Wednesday, stated the disappearances were mostly in Nairobi and North Eastern. The report, titled 'Deaths and Disappearances: Abuses in Counter terrorism Operations in Nairobi and in Northeastern Kenya', says persons are reported missing but that the government takes no action.

"In months, and in some cases over a year later, suspects have not been charged with any crimes and families cannot locate them," it reads in part.

It adds that authorities do not inform families of the detainees' whereabouts and do not properly investigate allegations of abuse.

It documents 34 instances of multi-agency security operations in which the military was actively involved in raiding homes and compounds to arrest people allegedly suspected of links with al Shabaab.

Some of the individuals interviewed by the Human Rights Watch recounted their ordeals.

"My brother Omar Yusuf was picked by two men from the Anti-Terror police unit. That was the last day that he was seen," a respondent, Adan, said.

He said his brother was picked on April 26, 2016.

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A woman named Halima said men, some in police uniform and others in plain clothes, picked her relative and put her in a Toyota Probox. "They then drove away with her. They said they were going to ask her questions and would bring her back," she recounted.

HRW urged Kenyan authorities to end the abuses in counter terrorism operations and promptly investigate the enforced disappearances.

'Extrajudicial killings' suspected

There have also been complaints of extrajudicial killings in such cases and the government has been severely criticised.

Following the murder of controversial businessman Jacob Juma in May, opposition leaders pointed the finger at the government saying police will remain prime suspects  if they do not complete the probe and identify the perpetrators.

In the most recent case, four police officers were on Monday, July 18, 2016 charged with murder of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani and two others. Kimani, his client boda boda operator Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri went missing on June 23 after attending a court session of an attempted murder suit against a police officer.

Another case of suspected extrajudicial killings has seen about 10 bodies dumped near IDP camps in Mai Mahiu this year alone.

Majority of the Non-Somali Kenyans Commenting on Human Rights Watch say the Police are doing great and even are wondering why 1000 Somalis are not dissapearing. ...My own Tribe which are residents of almost 40% of Kenyan Land and whom you associate to ALSHABAAB. It is important to point to them that, Wasomali hawakai kwa mtu wanakaa kwao hapa Kenya. If it's ALSHABAAB that is the problem,  it is also affecting our own people. Our own Chiefs, Homeguards are killed by them everyday. The HRW was trying to imply that, You can get the person who messed with us and take him through legal justice sio kuuwa watu hoehae...This will be disastrous to our Security here in Kenya. It will not solve anything. It will just create even more issues.

Kenyans make much noise when Non-Somalis are killed by the same police but are happy When Somalis are Killed. That is Double Standard. These Dissapperances will entice AL-SHABAAB and create animosity as obviously hawa watu hawatakuwa na kisasi pia kwajili watu wao wameuliwa....The Police can do their work smartly. Watumie intelligence kushika one by one lakini ukisema utauwa all suspects....It doesn't work out...Ni shida ndio tuna ongeza...Police should do their work in a 21st century technology.