Is the mobile number portability idea dead on arrival? Experts differ


Mobile number portability (MNP) was once supposed to be the next best thing to happen to mobile telephony in East Africa. Launched in Kenya in April 2011, amid talk that the service heralded a new dawn, regulators and small or new operators alike would find out soon enough that they took too optimistic a view of the purported benefits of MNP. Number portability, a service … Continue reading Is the mobile number portability idea dead on arrival? Experts differ

FDLR rebels in recruitment drive ahead of UN offensive


Just six weeks to the deadline by when they should have fully disarmed, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda are instead in a rush to regroup, recruit and mobilise political support in readiness for the anticipated military offensive by the UN special force. A new report by the non-governmental organisation Enough Project says FDLR are also building military alliances with several other militias … Continue reading FDLR rebels in recruitment drive ahead of UN offensive

Kenya in new plan to benefit from wildlife resources used for research


Two decades after Kenya lost valuable enzymes from lakes in the Rift Valley to unscrupulous researchers, who sold the material to companies for manufacture of chemicals, the government has initiated a project that will ensure the proceeds of the sale of harvested enzymes benefit local communities. Experts from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), local universities and German chemical company BASF will come up with a … Continue reading Kenya in new plan to benefit from wildlife resources used for research

Habyarimana former aide back in the dock


A former aide to assassinated ex-Rwandan president, the late Juvenal Habyarimana is back in the dock on charges of planning the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and conspiracy and incitement to commit genocide, after his bid to block the prosecution from appealing his acquittal failed. Runyinya Barabwiriza, who is accused of committing the offences while he was an advisor to the then Head of State … Continue reading Habyarimana former aide back in the dock

EAC leaders meet to decide on constitution of political federation


East Africa enters the most decisive stage in its ambitious quest for a political union this week when the five heads of state launch the writing of a federal constitution and issue a time frame for establishment of a regional government. Political integration, which is the top agenda for the 16th Ordinary EAC Heads of State Summit scheduled for November 30 in Nairobi, would pave … Continue reading EAC leaders meet to decide on constitution of political federation

Letter from the future to Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, with whom it all began


Shikamoo Mwalimu. Next week, the Summit of Heads of State of the East African Community will take place in Nairobi, Kenya. The Community is currently chaired by Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya. Yes sir, you may share this news with Mzee Kenyatta and Mzee Milton Obote when you see them. The East African Community did not die permanently in 1977; it has … Continue reading Letter from the future to Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, with whom it all began