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UoN emerges 7th in Africa

The University of Nairobi has been ranked 7th in Africa and number 855 in the world according to the just released Webometrics ranking.

In Africa, the University of Nairobi led local universities followed by Makerere University at position 13, Kenyatta University is number 38 and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is 44. Overall in Africa, University of Cape Town leads in the rankings followed by the Stellenbosch University and Cairo University. The first position worldwide went to the renowned Harvard University. Over 25000 institutions of higher learning were analyzed in the ranking.

The University of Nairobi’s performance is the best result posted by any local university since the advent of web ranking in 2004. In the July 2014 ranking the University of Nairobi was first in East Africa and 9th in Africa and 907 worldwide.

The web rankings complement the government Performance Contracting ranking in which UoN has consistently maintained position one ahead of other public universities and institutions. In the last results, UoN posted an “Excellent” rank a position that has never been achieved by any public entity in the Performance Contracting exercise.

The University management congratulates staff and students for the good performance and challenges them to improve on the standards.

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Universities authorized to operate in Kenya

The Commission for University Education (CUE) is the body mandated by law to maintain quality standards in relation to university education, training and research. Any higher education institution that wants to set up in the country or to add a course unit must get approval from CUE.

In line with Section 28 (4) of the Universities Act, CUE must publish the list of universities accredited to undertake university education in Kenya. The act only applies to Universities, and does not extend to colleges and other tertiary institutions.

Public Chartered Universities

University of Nairobi
Moi University
Kenyatta University
Egerton University
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)
Maseno University
Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST)
Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
Chuka University
Technical University of Kenya
Technical University of Mombasa
Pwani University
Kisii University
University of Eldoret
Maasai Mara University
Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology
Laikipia University
South Eastern Kenya University
Meru University of Science and Technology
Multimedia University of Kenya
University of Kabianga
Karatina University
Public University Constituent Colleges

Murang’a University College (JKUAT)
Machakos University College (KU)
The Co-operative University College of Kenya (JKUAT)
Embu University College (UoN)
Kirinyaga University College (JKUAT)
Rongo University College (MU)
Kibabii University College (MMUST)
Garissa University College (MU)
Taita Taveta University College (JKUAT)

Private Chartered Universities

University of Eastern Africa, Baraton
Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)
Daystar University
Scott Christian University
United States International University
Africa Nazarene University
Kenya Methodist University
St. Paul’s University
Pan Africa Christian University
Strathmore University
Kabarak University
Mount Kenya University
Africa International University
Kenya Highlands Evangelical University
Great Lakes University of Kisumu
KCA University
Adventist University of Africa

Private University Constituent Colleges

Hekima University College (CUEA)
Tangaza University College (CUEA)
Marist International University College (CUEA)
Regina Pacis University College (CUEA)
Uzima University College (CUEA)

Institutions with Letters of Interim Authority

Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology
Aga Khan University
GRETSA University
Presbyterian University of East Africa
Inoorero University
The East African University
GENCO University
Management University of Africa
Riara University
Pioneer International University
UMMA University
International Leadership University
Zetech University

Registered Private Institutions

KAG – East University

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CA Reposes Frequency spectrum resources allocated to KTN, Citizen and NTV

PRESS STATEMENT BY MR. FRANCIS WANGUSI, DIRECTOR GENERAL, COMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY OF KENYA (CA), ON THE ADVERTISEMENT BY NATION MEDIA GROUP, STANDARD GROUP AND ROYAL MEDIA SERVICES, RELATING TO MEDIA TRANSMISSION SERVICES

21ST JANUARY 2015

It has come to the attention of the Authority that three media houses, namely Nation Media Group Limited, Standard Group Limited and Royal Media Group Limited have jointly been running a misleading advertisement on Television and Radio since Friday 16th January 2015. The said advertisement purports that Startimes and GOtv are illegally carrying their content thereby infringing on copyright and neighbouring rights. The advertisement goes farther to instruct consumers not to purchase Startimes and GOtv pay-tv set-top boxes to watch CITIZEN Television, NTV, KTN and QTV. In addition, the advertisement allege that the three media houses are the exclusive vendors of Free-To-Air set-top-boxes that can enable the public to view their channels

The Authority is gravely concerned by the misleading content in the advertisement and wishes to advise the industry and the general public as follows:

1. The advertisement by the three media houses is misleading to the public, is offensive to the market. It is equally in gross violation of the legal and regulatory framework governing the sector;

2. The tone of the advertisement, its content and timing is intended to cause confusion and disrupt the digital migration programme;

3. The digital migration framework allows for the distribution of the ‘Free-to-Air’ signals on the digital platform under the “must-carry principle” . This was supported by the ruling of the Supreme Court of Kenya in September 2014 . It allowed for the availability of Free-to-Air channels to the public through all set-top-boxes (FTA and Pay TV). The advertisement dissuading consumers from purchasing set-top-boxes from other suppliers approved by the Authority is therefore misleading to the public and portrays anti-competitive conduct by the three media houses. Consumers need not be constrained to purchase a specific set top box to view the content of the three broadcasters whose content is Free-to Air;

4. The Authority has type-approved more than 65 set top boxes which are available in the market today. GOTV and Startimes set top boxes are duly type-approved by the Authority and are therefore authentic decoders in the local market authorized to carry the Free-to-Air Channels of the three media houses under the auspices of the “Must Carry Principle;

5. The sale of set top boxes in Kenya is a free market. Consumers can purchase type approved set top boxes from any vendor registered by the Authority. The full list of approved set top boxes and registered vendors can be freely accessed on the Authority’s website;

6. The Authority has neither received any application nor granted any type-approval of any set top box model from the three broadcasters, individually or collectively, for sale in Kenya. It is therefore illegal to purport to advertise set-top-boxes that have not been type-approved by the Authority;

7. The Authority has also received a formal complaint from Gotv and Startimes that the three media houses have refused to Air their digital-migration related advertisements which is potentially an anti-competitive conduct prohibited by law. While this complaint has not been investigated, the Authority notes with concern that it has itself been a victim of such refusal to carry advertisements both in the electronic and print media owned by the three media houses, yet the advertisements are aimed at educating the public on digital migration.

In view of these gross violations by the three media houses as enumerated above, the Authority has decided to take the following administrative actions:

1. Withdraw the temporary authorization granted to the consortium by the three media houses (under the consortium identified as Africa Digital Network). Subsequently the Authority shall reposes the frequency spectrum resources allocated with immediate effect;

2. Decline to continue with the process of issuance of a Network Facilities Provider Tier 2 License for self-provisioning to the three media houses, pursuant to Gazette Notice Number 9088 dated 19th December 2014. This is on account of the above violations of the legal and regulatory framework. The process shall therefore await the ruling and determination of the Competition Authority of Kenya and the Board of the Communications Authority of Kenya on the violations by the three media houses.

3. Liaise with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Kenya Bureau of Standards (KeBS) to bar the importation of set top boxes by the three media houses considering the purported set top boxes are not type-approved by the Authority; and

4. Invite the Competition Authority of Kenya to investigate the cartel-like behavior and anti-competitive conduct and take appropriate regulatory remedies.

We further wish to inform the public that registered vendors have in stock different models of approved Free-to-air and Pay-TV set top boxes that are readily available locally for purchase. More than 1.2 million set top boxes have been purchased since migration in Kenya began. At the moment, the market has more than 1.5 million set top boxes in stock. As we progress into the second phase of the analogue switch-off in the country, consumers are encouraged to purchase set top boxes of their choice ahead of switch-off in order to enjoy digital television.

The withdrawal of the temporary self-provisioning authorization granted to the consortium and the repossession of the the allocated resources does not in any way prejudice the availability of the services of the three broadcasters. The broadcasters are at liberty to avail their content on the digital platform through the existing licensed Broadcast Signal Distributors.

Let me reiterate that the Authority does not condone contraventions of the Act by any of its licencees. The Authority will continue to execute its regulatory mandate with a view to ensure successful migration of Kenyans from the analogue to the digital platforms and ultimately for the growth of the ICT sector in Kenya.

Issued on 21st January 2015

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One Kdf Soldier Killed, as 5 AlShabaab Insurgents are Neutralised

One Kenyan soldier and five suspected Islamists insurgents loyal to Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab fighters were killed in a battle in Kenya’s coastal Lamu district on Wednesday, the army said.

Kenyan troops, part of the UN-backed African Union force in Somalia fighting the Islamists, were travelling northwards close to the Somali border when they were attacked.

“A firefight ensued and five suspected Al-Shabaab militants were killed,” army spokesman David Obonyo said in a statement, adding that one Kenyan soldier was killed and three others wounded.

“Some militants escaped with multiple injuries, and immediately an operation was launched in pursuit.”

Kenyan troops entered southern Somalia in 2011 to fight the Shabaab rebels, later joining the AU force.
The Shabaab are fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed government, but have also carried out a string of revenge attacks in neighbouring Kenya.

Kenya’s government has been under fire since Shabaab gunmen attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi in September 2013, in which at least 67 people were killed.

In December the Shabaab executed 36 non-Muslim quarry workers in a Kenyan border town, following an attack in November when they killed 28 passengers on board a bus.

Wednesday’s attack took place on the mainland in Lamu country near Basuba, over 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of Lamu Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site dependent on tourism for its economy, that has been badly hit with visitors scared off by a string of attacks.

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Charlie Hebdo Had Been Arrested, But Released

It is emerging that the Muslim radicals that killed Charle Hebdo journalists had been arrested but were released due to weak laws in France that were written by shortsighted human rights activists.
Cherif Kouachi, who is now 32, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after being convicted of terrorism charges in 2008 for helping funnel fighters to Iraq’s insurgency. He said he was outraged at the torture of Iraqi inmates at the
U.S. prison at Abu Ghraib near Baghdad.
In March 2012, French police faced criticism after 23-year-old Mohammed Merah killed seven people, including three soldiers and four people at a Jewish School in the Toulouse area. Merah, a petty criminal, had been questioned after he returned from Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2011. He was killed in a shootout with police
In short, French laws, just like the Kenyan laws are not strong enough to deal with terrorism. The US on the other hand has not given the Boston Bomber any breathing space. In fact they want the death penalty revived specifically for the bomber.

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REVEALED: How General Sejusa Negotiated With President Museveni

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has cleared the air regarding what led to the return to Uganda from self-imposed exile of Gen David Sejusa. In what was supposed to be a closed meeting between the two at State House Entebbe but which was secretly captured and is now doing the rounds on social media, Museveni revealed that it was indeed Gen Sejusa who send emissaries to the Ugandan leader to ask to be allowed to return home.
Not everybody will be shocked by this revelation as doubted about the real reason for the general’s return have been circulating in London since he left on December 14 last year. But the growing anger surrounding President Museveni’s revelations last night is catching a fierce fire that may take long to extinguish.
In what now appears to have been a major triumph for President Museveni, the Ugandan leader said that the general sent
emissaries to him sometime last year indicating he had had enough of life in exile. The president said Sejusa had even bragged about his riches. “I don’t know how he got rich,” he retorted. He went on to explain that on learning that the general wanted to return home, said he sent three emissaries to him who negotiated his return. Two of these emissaries, a young man and a young woman were present at the State House meeting. He also offered to pay for his return ticket but
the general declined the offer.

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