Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Today's Headlines - Tues 3/18/2008

NOTE: See BBC article at bottom of this post for update on political process of implementing agreement brokered by Kofi Annan.

Kenya's Safaricom handles $145 mln cash transfers
Reuters South Africa, South Africa - 1 hour ago
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's leading mobile service provider Safaricom said on Tuesday that a phone-based money transfer service it launched 11 months ago ...

Kenya shilling stronger vs dollar, outlook positive Reuters South Africa

Kenya unveils plans for Safaricom IPO Telecom Paper (subscription)

Kenya: Citibank Opens On-Line Channel for Investors to Buy Safaricom AllAfrica.com

AllAfrica.com - AllAfrica.com
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Kenya: Rights' Group Stand On Violence
AllAfrica.com, Washington - 15 hours ago
The document calls for reforms in the police, Electoral Commission of Kenya, Judiciary and other institutions. To win public confidence in institutions of ...

Kenya: Poll Chaos 'Was Planned' AllAfrica.com

Kenyan president, opposition leader call for emergency funds The Canadian Press

Kenya: Human Rights Watch Urges Inquiry Into Post-Election Violence AllAfrica.com

Voice of America - International Herald Tribune
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BBC News
Kenya's peace deal goes before parliament
Reuters South Africa, South Africa - 45 minutes ago
By C. Bryson Hull NAIROBI (Reuters) - The power-sharing deal to end Kenya's post-election crisis went before parliament on Tuesday and was expected to win ...

Kenya: MPs Lobby for Cabinet Positions AllAfrica.com

Kibaki, Raila seek donor aid Daily Nation

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Daily Nation

Kenya charges 150 over links with militia
AFP - 2 hours ago
ELDORET, Kenya (AFP) — A Kenyan court has indicted 150 people on suspicion of links with a militia group which has been doing battle with security forces in ...

Uganda: Country Hands Over Kenyan Rebels AllAfrica.com

Kenya: Land Dispute Just Excuse to Cause Terror AllAfrica.com

Kenya: Hundred Grenades Recovered in Mt Elgon AllAfrica.comVoice of America - International Herald Tribuneall 18 news articles »

Kenya drops veterans in junior cross country championships
Xinhua, China - 6 hours ago
NAIROBI, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Kenya dropped eight veteran runners in this year's 36th IAAF World Cross-Country Championships to be held in Edinburgh, ...

Kenya: Pick Team On Merit AllAfrica.com

Kenyan runners prepare to sprint to victory in Scotland East African

Eight to miss ‘World Cross-Country’ Standard
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Kenya: AU Council Calls On Kenyan Parties Continue Cooperation ...
AllAfrica.com, Washington - 56 minutes ago
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 115th meeting held on Friday here in Addis Ababa called on the Kenyan parties to continue ...

Kenya: Total Kenya Holds Firm As Most Counters Drop
AllAfrica.com, Washington - 5 hours ago
Total Kenya withstood the slide of prices at the stock market following confirmation of the Safaricom Initial Public Offer last week, thanks to what ...

Uganda: Mobilising National Savings From Pension AllAfrica.com

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INTERVIEW-India's Essar sees Kenya refinery deal within weeks
Reuters UK, UK - 8 hours ago
BO: Quote, Profile, Research), India's second-biggest private oil firm, aims to complete the purchase of a 50 percent stake in Kenya Petroleum Refineries ...

India Essar oil plant runs normally after shutdown Guardian
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Celtel Kenya introduces bonus top-up promotion
Telecom Paper (subscription), Netherlands - 4 hours agoMobile service provider Celtel Kenya has introduced a new promotion in which subscribers will be able to top up from KES 20 to KES 10000 using Jaza Jaza and ...
Daily Nation

Kenya: Chaos As Police Clash With Matatu Operators
AllAfrica.com, Washington - 15 hours ago
Mr Wellin Obbayi, the chairman of the Kenya Commuters and Consignors Organisation, termed the relocation of the matatus as cruel and unrealistic.

Kenya: The Trouble With Nairobi AllAfrica.com

Matatu owner in court to defy Uhuru's order Daily Nation

Chaos as matatu drivers strike Daily Nation
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Update on political process:

Kenya's MPs to usher in new era - BBC

Tues 3/18/2008

Kenyan MPs are debating two bills that will entrench a power-sharing deal between President Mwai Kibaki and rival Raila Odinga into the constitution.

The amendment requires a two-thirds majority vote and will create a post of prime minister and two deputies.

President Kibaki is expected to appoint a cabinet with Mr Odinga as the prime minister following the changes.

A political deal was reached after violence erupted following December's disputed elections.

Some 1,500 died and 600,000 people were displaced during the violence and many thousands still haven't returned to their homes.

Both President Kibaki and Mr Odinga have urged the MPs to move quickly as they debate the constitutional changes which will bring the opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) into a grand coalition.

ODM MPs: 102
PNU MPs: 46
Pro-ODM MPs: 5
Pro-PNU MPs: 61
Vacant seats: 6

The legal changes will be greeted with a huge sense of relief by millions of Kenyans.

Under the deal reached two weeks ago, President Kibaki's Party of National Unity (PNU) and the ODM will share power on a 50-50 basis.

Analysts argue that the composition of the new cabinet will be a key indicator of how the grand coalition will work.

The National Accord and Reconciliation Act, which is also being debated, states that the coalition stands dissolved if one party decides not to participate in the arrangement.

It however does not provide for the holding of a fresh election in the event that the coalition collapses.

Both parties have also agreed to form a commission of international experts to probe events during the elections.
President Kibaki last week appointed former South African Judge, Johann Kreigler to head the probe team.

The experts will be sworn in this week and are expected to complete their investigations in three months.

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Published: 2008/03/18 11:53:45 GMT© BBC MMVIII

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