Ruto Writes to CID Over Witness Murder

DP William Ruto’s lawyer Kharim Khan has written to the CID seeking probe into the death of mr.Meshack Yebei,an ICC witness, saying he was a defence witness for William Ruto

It is alleged that Yebei who was to testify for Deputy President Ruto had received threateningtext messages from two people who work with the civil society and was found dead two days later in a river.

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N. Korea goes offline after sustained cyber-attacks

North Korea completely lost internet access for nine-and-a-half hours on Monday before coming back online early Tuesday. Many blamed the US for the blackout, after the FBI and President Obama accused Pyongyang of an earlier cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.

US computer experts said that North Korea has experienced wide internet outages, with one saying that Pyongyang’s net connection was “totally down.”

Access to the website of the official North Korean Central News Agency and the Rodong Sinmun newspaper were back up on Tuesday, South Korean officials said
ashington has decided not to comment as to whether it had any involvement in the matter.

“We aren’t going to discuss, you know, publicly operational details about the possible response options or comment on those kind of reports in any way except to say that as we implement our responses, some will be seen, some may not be seen,” US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told journalists.

There have been reports that researches spotted a rise in denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against North Korea as early as Thursday, which attempted to overload the country’s service, putting into question US role.

The next day, a Twitter account connected to the hacktivist group Anonymous, ‘theanonmessage’, tweeted that a counterattack against the North Korean regime had begun: “Operation RIP North Korea, engaged. #OpRIPNK.”

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State House Kenya Trade of Words with White House

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State Dept statement on terrorism bill

For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY JEN PSAKI, SPOKESPERSON December 19, 2014

Kenya’s Counterterrorism Efforts The U.S. Government is firmly committed to supporting Kenya’s efforts to defeat al-Shabaab and to ensure security of all of its citizens. We are disappointed, however, by the very limited time allowed for debate and consultation on the 2014 Security Laws (Amendment) Bill prior to its passage and enactment into law. We are also concerned about several provisions in the legislation, including those that appear to limit freedom of assembly and media, and access to asylum for refugees. As a key partner in the global effort to counter terrorism, we expect the Kenyan Government to ensure that its counterterrorism efforts live up to Kenya’s international commitments and its own constitution. Protecting Kenya’s constitution and upholding human rights, democracy, and international obligations are among the most effective ways to bolster security. The U.S. Government is also seeking further information about the December 16 announcement by the Kenyan NGO Board to deregister hundreds of NGOs for failing to file their audited reports and another 15 for suspected links to terrorism. The 15 NGOs have not been identified. A strong civil society is vital to democracy, security, and prosperity. We urge the Government of Kenya to ensure the regulation of NGOs is transparent, fair, and grounded in clear criteria that do not limit free expression, association, or assembly.
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Response from Kenya

The US state department statement on the security law President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law yesterday is a clear indication that the agency decided to go with the view of the noisemakers rather than the Security (Amendment Act) itself. First, our law is better than the American patriot and homeland security acts that give rogue powers to security agencies. In the US, fbi and intelligence officers have a carte blanche in the fight against terrorism and biological warfare. But our law has provided checks by courts of law. What is more, Kenya has no Guantanamo Bay!
Our law doesn’t curtail the freedom of assembly and the state department should read the law as passed, and not what go by what its associates want them to believe.
On refugees, our law sets a limit of 150,000 refugees. That is the decision Kenya has made and it is final. Kenya has played and will continue to play its role in providing a roof for those who run away from conflict.
The statement questions a decision by a government department that deregistered rogue NGOs and put on notice those that flout the law. NGOs aren’t above the law and they must answer to the authorities. Isn’t it peculiar that a foreign government appears sympathetic to organisations that think the law is an irritating irrelevance? But Kenya cannot look the other way when the law is as clear as day and night. The law is good for Kenya and kenyans. It will help Kenya in the same way the patriot act and the homeland security act have helped Americans. Munyori buku senior director of public communication at state houseen

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Omar El Bashir Claims Victory Over the ICC

The president of Sudan has claimed victory over the International Criminal Court after it ended its probe into allegations of war crimes in Darfur.
The ICC charged Omar al-Bashir in 2009 for crimes in the region dating back to 2003, but he refused to recognise the authority of the court in The Hague. He said the court had failed in its attempts to “humiliate” Sudan.
Announcing the suspension on Friday, ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda blamed it on lack of action by the UN. She called for a “dramatic shift” in the UN Security Council’s approach, saying inaction was emboldening the perpetrators of war crimes in
Darfur to continue their brutality, particularly against women and girls.
Other Sudanese officials have also been charged by the ICC – but none have been arrested. Darfur has been riven by conflict since rebels took up arms in 2003. The UN says more than 300,000 lives have been lost, mostly from disease.
The suspension of the Darfur investigation came just over a week after the ICC dropped charges against another head of state, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. He faced prosecution over ethnic violence in 2007-08 in the aftermath of Kenya’s election.
That was the court’s most high-profile case. ‘It surrendered’ Mr Bashir said the Sudanese people had stood firm
against “colonial courts”.

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Ugandans Wont Allow Museveni to Retire

Uganda’s veteran President Yoweri Museveni has said the people don’t want him to retire but that he doesn’t “need power”, ahead of a highly anticipated ruling party conference next week.

Museveni, aged 70 and Uganda’s leader since 1986, has already been chosen as the ruling National Resistance Movement’s (NRM) candidate for presidential elections due in 2016, but there have been increasing murmurs of discontent within some sections of the party.

While appearing on a radio talk show during the weekend, the leader was challenged by MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda to announce his retirement date.

“I don’t think the Ugandans are as obsessed with my retirement, because whenever I go for elections, five million tell me not to go, but stay,” Museveni was quoted as saying by Ugandan newspapers.

“I do not lack where to retire to, but I am also a member of a party and I do what it tells me.”
In September, Museveni sacked the country’s prime minister, Amama Mbabazi, a former ally who has emerged as a potential challenger. Mbabazi, the NRM secretary general currently on forced leave, has confirmed he will attend the party delegates’ conference due to begin on December 15 in Kampala.

It adds to speculation that his supporters may try to disrupt the event.

“I don’t need power. For what? I don’t need power as a person,” Museveni said.

“I have my home, I have my house. I need nothing from anybody as long as there is peace in Uganda.”

The ageing leader also said he didn’t think there was “any country in the world that is more democratic than Uganda,” claiming that the uprisings in countries like Egypt and Libya could not happen in Uganda.

Libya’s toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi, the longest-serving leader in both Africa and the Arab world until his ousting in 2011, had allowed “no competitive politics,” Museveni said.

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Why We Should Support President Uhuru Kenyatta

At times you can literally feel the anger in President Uhuru´s voice when dealing with some matters. On security, it beats logic why any sensible Kenyan would not wholeheartedly support laws that tighten the loose ends in fighting terror. As usual, the problem starts with the one and only Raila Odinga, and his supporters that do think beyond what Baba says. You can take this to the bank and earn some hefty interest on it- should some top state functionary visit Raila this evening, and give him some tea of say 100 million bob- the old man will call a press conference tomorrow morning and declare full support for the changes meant to tighten the loose ends in fighting terror. If you doubt me, check what happened about Mole Ababu. In February the whole Baba Army was marshalled to stop the Mole from clinching the top seat. As late as October, Mole Ababu was considered enemy number one of Democracy, he was said to be working on behalf of DP Ruto. Then in November some Coast Tycoons visit Baba, and within weeks Mole Ababu and his team took over. The same numbskulls that were shouting Mole, Mole are now busy singing that Ababu is the Liberator. Now, if you have to discuss security matters with the same numbskulls that do not see beyond what Baba says, you know you are facing some serious challenge.
In any country that has ever faced terror attacks- and overcome- there is very little mercy shown to the islamic cartels and networks that support terror. Let us look at the so called Democracies and how they deal with supporters of terrorists. In the US, terrorists are treated worse than animals and locked up in Guatanamo Bay.
Britain yesterday jailed a mother of six for just posting terror supporting posts on Facebook http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-30439913. Yet in Kenya people like Hassan Omar openly, publicly speak in support of terrorists. Several NGOs openly receive money to support terrorists and their network at the Coast. With weak laws, terrorists are having a field day in Kenya.
In the United States the 1917 Espionage Act is still used to deal ruthlessly with American Journalists and Security Personnel that openly violate National Security issues. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espionage_Act_of_1917.
Look at the way Barack Obama deals with Journalists that play around with National Security matters. http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/…/journalist-facing-jail-for…/ This was based on a story just like the Al Jazeera, and Jicho Pevu. http://benswann.com/obama-has-sentenced-whistleblowers-to-…/
Now, if it is looking for best practise from the US and UK, Kenya is doing very badly as far as treating terrorists and their supporters ruthlessly is concerned.
Of course everyone knows that our Police Force is terribly corrupt, but the new laws are part of the attempt to check the massively corrupt and money hungry Police. This is done by removing the absolute powers given to the Police and spreading it to the NIS, KDF and other security agencies.
All those opposing the changes ought to read how the UK, Russia and US deal with the Islamic thugs, and discover why terrorists rarely strike twice in those countries. If Kenya had a similar law to the US Espionage Act, many top Police would be held accountable for acts that aided terror. Journalists like Jicho Pevu and Al Jazeera would never attempt to glorify terrorists using fake policemen.
Bottomline is this: there are things like dealing with Mole Ababu that Raila and his followers can play politics with: But on serious matters that threaten the existence of Kenya as a State- keep politics and Baba worship out.

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US President Barrack Obama Rushed to Hospital

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama was taken to hospital Saturday to treat a sore throat, the White House said, stressing it was not an urgent medical matter.

Obama has been complaining of a sore throat, prompting his physician, Captain Ronny Jackson, to recommend he obtain diagnostic tests at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to the White House.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest cited Jackson as saying the test was a matter of convenience for Obama, and not an urgent matter.

But the trip to the clinic was scheduled rapidly, coming after the White House had dismissed for the day reporters who cover the president as part of a press pool.

The presidential motorcade did not wait for all journalists to return to the building.

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