Kenya Ivory Seizer: Ivory Tusk Bound for Turkey Seized in Kenya

About 1,600 pieces of ivory were counted in the consignment and its market value is around $1.4m

About 1,600 pieces of ivory were counted in the consignments which were seized in the port city of Mombasa in Kenya

 

Officials of the Custom Exercise and Preventive Service in Kenya have seized a large consignment of Ivory which was bound for Turkey at the coastal port city of Mombasa.

The four tonnes of ivory were hidden inside sacks of sesame seeds in order to deceive port officials to be able to ship the Ivory to its destination.

The Kenyan Wildlife Service said more than 1,600 pieces of ivory were counted in the consignment and its market value is around $1.4m.

Kenya Wildlife Service President, Arthur Tuda said the ivory was found during two separate searches on different days at the port city of Mombasa.

“The ivory came through the Kenya-Uganda border stashed in sacks, and they were hidden in two 4ft containers, export documents declared the containers as carrying sesame seeds,” he said.

But customs official said smugglers sometimes ships Ivory Tusks through countries not normally associated with demand for ivory and thereafter, ships it to Asia where demand for Ivory is believed to be very high.

Searches at Mombasa port were being increased in a bid to stop smugglers from evading and violating laws on Ivory.

In January this year, two tones of ivory worth around $1m were seized in Mombasa port while in transit from Tanzania to Indonesia.

In July too, officials seized large consignment of some 770 pieces ivory tusk hacked out of elephants which had come from neighboring Uganda and was bound for Malaysia.

The Kenyan government and many African nations have banned trade in ivory which made poaching subsequently declined but there has been a rise in the illegal practice in recent years with poachers resorting to other methods in perpetuating their trade.

Kenya has recently taken a more aggressive stance against poaching as it tries to combat a surge in demand for ivory from Asia.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species has also banned the trade in ivory in 1989 but in recent years poaching has increased across sub-Saharan Africa with criminal gangs slaughtering elephants for ivory markets in Asia.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News

 

 

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Kenya Attack: 15 Killed in Communal Clashes in Northeastern Kenya

Clashes in northeastern Kenya have left about 15 people dead

Communal Clashes in northeastern Kenya have left about 15 people dead

The Kenya Red Cross and local officials in a remote village in northeastern part of Kenya have confirmed that clashes between two clans in the area have left about 15 people dead and displaced scores others.

The Joroqo village in the Mandera County, which borders Somalia and Ethiopia, saw a series of clashes beginning from Friday until Sunday evening when these casualties were recorded.

The Red Cross says scores of people were also injured in the attack and they have been sent to the Mandera County hospital for treatment of which about 20 of them are in critical condition.

The violence reportedly broke out in a camp for displaced people in the area and then followed by fighting on Friday between two clans which left at least six people dead and nine followed on Sunday.

The Mandera county commissioner Michael Tailel said the security personnel are hunting for the attacker and they are confident that they will bring them to book.

“Those killed were in one of the internally displaced people camps where people displaced in recent attacks have been staying, the attackers fled towards Ethiopia but they are being pursued and we are confident that we will get them’’, the commissioner told reporters.

Local media say Kenya’s Inspector General of police; David Kimaiyo has ordered a heavy deployment of police personnel to the area and has also summoned leaders from Mandera and the nearby Wajir County to record statements on the attacks as he says he suspect that the attacks are politically motivated.

Local residents told reporters that than 20 people are dead although the Kenya Red Cross said on its twitter page that 15 people were killed in the violence.

Community leader, Ibrahim Hussein told reporters that the community will protect those living in the area as it seems like the security forces are not up to the task in the area.

“We will not allow people, particularly women, children, the elderly to be killed in a senseless manner, more than 20 people have lost their lives, hundreds are fleeing their homes, the police and the military are just watching, they are doing nothing, Mr. Ibrahim told reporters.

Residents also added that political classes in the area are using clan militia to push for top positions in the local administration and to settle old scores.

Communities in northern Kenya have long wrangled over the control of highly valuable grazing land and position in local administration.

Residents in the area rely on vigilante groups for security as the area is prone to invaders from Somalia or Ethiopia.

Due to the proximity nature of the area to Somalia, many homesteads also have weapons to deter invaders, while herders often carry guns to protect their animals because there is barely any police presence in the area.

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Kenya crazy protest: Civil society groups staged demonstration with pigs against Members of Parliament salary increase

Protesters in Kenya used pigs to demonstrate against Members of Parliament saying they are greedy as the pigs

Protesters in Kenya used pigs to demonstrate against Members of Parliament saying they are greedy as the pigs

 

Civil society groups in the Republic of Kenya have staged a massive and shocking demonstration ever to have happen in Africa by sending pigs to the house of parliament over Members of Parliament pay rise in the capital Nairobi.

The protesters demanded that the Members of Parliament salaries be cut down because the country will not be in a position to pay such huge sums of monies to the Members of Parliament.

The protest caught Members of Parliament and the parliamentary security guards unawares and also drew massive crown including reporters both local and international to witness this shocking protest.

Protesters in Kenya used pigs to protest against members of parliament saying they are greedy as the pigs

The pigs licked the blood splitted on the ground by the protesters

 

The protest happened just some few hours before the National Assembly convenes to begin their usual business of the week, the noisy protesters gathered outside the house of parliament, splitting blood and chanting slogans against members who were elected at the March 4 general election as being greedy.

The pigs licked blood spilled by the protesters outside the parliamentary gates amid heavy security presence in front of the gate.

The protesters explained that the reason the pigs were used in the demonstration was to portray the Members of Parliament as greedy who will like to take everything in the country to satisfy their parochial interest.

 

 

Protesters held placards demanding MPs to cut down their salaries

Protesters held placards demanding MPs to cut down their salaries

 

The Members of Parliament are paid around $ 6,300 a month and they are now believed to be demanding a monthly salary of about $10,000 from the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission has recommended to the government that the Members of Parliament be paid at the current wage which is around $ 6,300 as their demand of $ 10,000 a month is not sustainable.

Blood was splitted on the ground for the pigs to lick and portray the greediness of the Members of Parliament

Blood was splitted on the ground for the pigs to lick and portray the greediness of the Members of Parliament

 

Kenya’s Members of Parliament are believed to be among the highest paid in the world even above the Members of Parliament of the United Kingdom.

“We have spilled the blood of the pigs to show that the MPs are greedy like pigs,” said Boniface Mwangi, an organizer of the protest.

 

The protesters showed their displeasures to the salary increase of the Members of Parliament

The protesters showed their displeasure to the salary increase of the Members of Parliament

 

 

Local reporters said the protesters also insisted that the Members of Parliament sign a petition that says they are no longer interested in the salary increase before they give them way into the house. Reporters say they saw one Member of Parliament signing the petition.

But Riot police hit protesters and fired tear gas to disperse the crowd but the pigs seem not to be affected by the tear gas as they continued to lick the blood on the ground.

The protesters chanted songs to the licking of the blood by the pigs saying Members of Parliament are greedy in Kenya

The protesters chanted songs to the licking of the blood by the pigs saying Members of Parliament are greedy in Kenya

 

Local reporters also said that newly elected President Uhuru Kenyatta added his voice to the protesters saying the salary increase is a potential threat to the country’s consolidated fund.

Members of Parliament in the previous parliament awarded themselves a $107,000 retirement bonus in one of the last sessions before the election this year.

The streets of the capital Nairobi was filled with protesters

The streets of the capital Nairobi was filled with protesters

 

They also provided a portion that will give them an armed guard, a diplomatic passport and access to airport VIP lounges nationwide.

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Kenya Elections: Supreme Court orders re tally of 22 polling stations out of 33,000

The Kenyan Supreme Court has orders re tally of 22 polling stations out of the 33,000 in the March 4 elections

The Kenyan Supreme Court has orders re tally of 22 polling stations out of the 33,000 in the March 4 elections

The Supreme Court of Kenya has ordered the re-tallying of votes cast at 22 polling stations – out of the 33,000 polling station in the 4 March presidential election which Uhuru Kenyatta won.

The court said its agents would check whether the number of votes cast was higher than the number of registered voters in those polling stations as claimed by Raila Odinga.

Defeated candidate Raila Odinga says the result of the elections was manipulated to give Uhuru Kenyatta victory and appealed at the Supreme Court.

Mr. Kenyatta won the elections by 50.07% to Mr. Odinga’s 43.31% which many analyst say was a fierce contest between the two personalities.

The Kenyan constitution stipulates that the court has until within 6 days which is Saturday to decide whether or not to confirm Mr. Kenyatta’s victory.

The Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said the court would be impartial in its verdict and that the Kenyan people should have faith in the justice system.

“You must trust us to do our jobs, we will not entertain any partiality to give somebody an undue advantage” he said.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC says it is confident that the final result was credible.

The court also ordered the IEBC to provide the voter registration list it used when tallying the presidential vote after an electronic system used to count votes broke down, causing massive delays and confusion, according to local reporters

The election was largely peaceful, with all observer missions saying it was successful unlike in 2007 when some 1,000 people were killed after the results were announced.

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Kenya Election Crisis: Raila Odinga formally filed appeal at Supreme Court

Defeated Kenyan Presidential candidate Raila Odinga has finally challenged the results of the elections at the country's Supreme Court

Defeated Kenyan Presidential candidate Raila Odinga has finally challenged the results of the elections at the country’s Supreme Court

Defeated Kenyan Presidential candidate Raila Odinga has filed a formal appeal against Uhuru Kenyatta’s at the country’s Supreme Court challenging the credibility of the election results.

Mr. Kenyatta beat Mr. Odinga comfortably by 50.07% to 43.28% on 4 March, avoiding a run-off which all international observer mission described as a successful and credible in the history of the country.

But Mr. Odinga has accused the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission IEBC of manipulating the result in favor of Mr. Kenyatta.

The presidential, legislative and municipal elections held 12 days ago were the first since the 2007 poll which set off ethnic and political violence in which more than 1,200 people were killed.

Lawyers for Mr. Odinga said their petition to the Supreme Court included allegations of vote manipulation, as well as problems with the registration of voters and an electronic vote counting system.

“I have no hesitation whatsoever in lawfully challenging the election outcome, these failures dwarf anything Kenyans have ever witnessed in any previous election,” Mr. Odinga told reporters outside his offices in Nairobi.

“We cannot begin what is supposed to be a new era under a new constitution in the same old ways,” he added, referring to the charter adopted in 2010.

He however appealed to his supporters not to use violence as the party battle the case out at the law court.

Hundreds of his supporters were demonstrating outside the Supreme Court building when the case was being filed but police used tear gas to disperse them.

In his acceptance speech last Saturday, President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta described the election as “free and fair” and a “triumph of democracy”.

He urged all Kenyans to unite and work with one heart and patriotism in order to move the country forward to better the people’s life.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has also insisted that the vote was credible and that it is ready for any legal scrutiny at the law court.

International observers said the election was largely free, fair and credible, and that the electoral commission had conducted its business in an open and transparent manner.

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Kenya Elections: Uhuru Kenyatta wins polls but his rival Raila Odinga vows to challenge the results

Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared winner of the polls

Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared winner of the polls

 

Uhuru Kenyatta, son of founding father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta has been declared winner of the last Monday’s polls by the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission IEBC, the constitutional body mandated to conduct the Kenyan elections.

Mr. Kenyatta pulled 50.7% against his rival Raila Odinga who managed to pull 43.31% of the valid votes but says the process was not transparent enough.

Mr. Odinga’s Cord alliance had earlier complained that votes from 11 constituencies were missing, in effect leaving him more than 250,000 votes short.

Mr. Odinga announced that he would challenge the results which he described as tainted election at the country’s Supreme Court.

He said the Electoral Commission has failed Kenyans but appealed for calm, saying any violence could destroy the nation forever.

After being declared winner of Monday’s poll, Mr. Kenyatta who spoke to his supporters at the Catholic University in Nairobi said the electorates had upheld respect for the rule of law, and promised to work with opponents.

Mr. Kenyatta praised the people of Kenya for being calm despite the intense and speculative nature of the polls especially during the counting process.

“You have demonstrated a high level of political maturity that surpassed expectations and I call on my opponent to join us in moving our nation forward”, President Elect, Mr. Kenyatta said.

Various observer missions that monitored the elections commended the process as being peaceful, free and fair.

Turnout was very impressive as the electoral commission recorded 86% which historic in the country election process.

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Kenya Elections: Uhuru Kenyatta accuses the UK of trying to manipulate votes in favor of his opponent

The coalition of candidate for Uhuru Kenyatta has accused the UK of tying to manipulate the elections

The coalition of candidate for Uhuru Kenyatta has accused the UK of tying to manipulate the elections

The coalition of candidate of Uhuru Kenyatta has accused the UK of playing what they described as a shadowy role by trying to deny him first round victory in the elections.

Current certified results from the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission IEBC put Mr. Kenyatta at 53% while his rival Raila Odinga at 42%.

The rejected ballot so far is 6% which the Electoral Commission wants to add to the valid votes cast which is likely to push the polls to a run-off to probably deny Mr. Kenyatta a first round victory.

Mr. Kenyatta’s coalition claims that the UK is behind this trying to convince the Electoral Commission to add the rejected ballots to the valid ballots to favor Mr. Odinga.

“The Jubilee coalition is deeply concerned about the shadowy, suspicious and rather animated involvement of the British High Commissioner in Kenya’s election,” said Charity Ngilu, a senior member of Mr. Kenyatta’s coalition told reporters.

“The British High Commissioner has been canvassing to have rejected votes tallied in an attempt to deny the Jubilee coalition outright victory”, he added.

Mr. Kenyatta is due to stand trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) next month after he was accused of fuelling the violence to increase President Kibaki’s chances of staying in power which many believe because of the trial at the ICC that many western countries including the UK do not want him to become president.

In the run-up to the election, the European Union (EU) said it would only have limited contact with a president who faced trial at the ICC, while US Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson warned Kenyan voters that “choices have consequences”.

The UK Foreign office has denied the allegations saying is false and misleading and added that the election is a choice for Kenyans alone to decide who they want.

Meanwhile, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC chairman Issack Hassan said the presidential result would be announced by Friday and that all Kenyans should have faith in the commission and stay calm.

There several setbacks when the counting started on Monday evening with some of the machines broken down but officials say the situation is under control.

Various observer groups who monitored the election described the process as peaceful and successful and added that the counting process too will be the same to prevent what happened in 2007.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News