10 December 2008

Some Kenya News

Some Kenya News

Some Kenya News


Kenya Members of Parliament have passed a contentious law allowing raiding of media and giving Government powers over broadcast content. The Kenya Communications (Amendment) Bill 2008 now awaits Presidential assent. The Bill allows for the seizure of broadcasting equipment, the tight control of media programming, the arbitrary denial of licenses and frequencies and restrictions on cross ownership. It gives the Internal Security minister the right to declare an emergency unilaterally and then enter and search broadcasting stations. “The Minister for the time being responsible for internal security may, by order in writing, direct any officer duly authorised in that behalf, to take temporary possession of any telecommunication apparatus or any radio communication station or apparatus within Kenya.”

Kenya Withdraws Poll Reforms Bill 

Kenya's government has been forced to withdraw a bill that would have led to the dissolution of the country's electoral commission. This was the recommendation of an inquiry into the poll fraud that led to deadly protests nearly a year ago. MPs said the electoral reform bill was flawed and vowed to shoot it down in parliament if it was not amended. Earlier, some 600 electoral staff said they had gone on hunger strike, angered at the possible axing of their jobs. More than 1,500 people were killed and some 300,000 more fled their homes in the unrest that followed the December election. It was suggested the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK), which was accused of meddling with the vote-counting, should be replaced with an interim independent commission.

University students champion green efforts

The battle to protect the earth’s precious natural resources in the face of climate change, rapid deforestation, air and water pollution has been taken to our local universities. As last month came to a close, about 210 academicians, policy makers, students other stake holders in education, development and the environment from across the world gathered at the United Nations Complex in Gigiri to discuss how African universities can best contribute to efforts to conserve our environment. The conference facilitated by the United Nations Environmental Programme sought to find ways in which environment and education for sustainable development concerns can be incorporated into the teaching, research, community engagement and management of universities in Africa. Education for sustainable development is a concept that embraces the use of innovations that will improve the quality of life without compromising the lives of future generations.