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Biden to meet Kenyan president as US weighs sanctions on Ethiopia (Al Jazeera)

US President Joe Biden is set to meet Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta as war and a humanitarian crisis roil neighbouring Ethiopia.

The meeting on Thursday will be Biden’s first one-on-one, in-person talks as president with an African leader.

Biden to meet Kenyan president as US weighs sanctions on Ethiopia | News | Al Jazeera

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Top UN court sides with Somalia in sea border dispute with Kenya (Al Jazeera)

The United Nations’ top court has awarded Somalia control of most of a potentially oil- and gas-rich chunk of the Indian Ocean after a bitter legal battle with neighbouring Kenya over their sea border.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Tuesday that there was “no agreed maritime boundary” and drew a new border close to the one claimed by Somalia, although Kenya kept a part of the 100,000 square-kilometre (39,000-square-mile) area, chief judge Joan Donoghue said.

Top UN court sides with Somalia in sea border dispute with Kenya | Border Disputes News | Al Jazeera

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Kenya

Kenya’s cynical offensive against the ICJ (Patrick Gathara, Al Jazeera)

When he was first elected in 2013, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, along with his running mate, William Ruto, was awaiting prosecution at the International Criminal Court. They had been indicted for crimes against humanity in relation to the post-election violence that rocked Kenya following the December 2007 elections. Once in power, the duo set about an ultimately successful campaign using the resources of the state to intimidate witnesses and to frustrate the court into dropping the charges against them.

Kenya’s cynical offensive against the ICJ | Opinions | Al Jazeera

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Kenya rejects UN jurisdiction ahead of Somalia border ruling (Al Jazeera)

Kenya has said it rejected the jurisdiction of the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) ahead of a ruling next week on its long-running maritime border dispute with Somalia.

The Horn of Africa neighbours have been feuding for years over a stretch of the Indian Ocean claimed by both nations and believed to hold deposits of oil and gas.

Kenya rejects UN jurisdiction ahead of Somalia border ruling | United Nations News | Al Jazeera

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Flash Appeal launched as 2.5 million face ‘dire situation’ in Kenya (UN News)

A person searches for water at a dry riverbed in eastern Kenya.

World Bank/Flore de Préneuf. A person searches for water at a dry riverbed in eastern Kenya.

Two and half million people are already experiencing deep food insecurity after two back-to-back rainy seasons failed.

By November, it will have nearly tripled since the same time last year, OCHA warned.  “People in the ASAL region are facing a dire situation”, said Stephen Jackson, UN Resident Coordinator for Kenya, as he launched the humanitarian Flash Appeal for the Kenya Drought response.

Speaking from Nairobi Mr. Jackson said people in Wajir, Northern Kenya, had not seen rain for over a year. Acute malnutrition rates are rising rapidly, posing an imminent risk to children and pregnant and lactating women.

Flash Appeal launched as 2.5 million face ‘dire situation’ in Kenya  | | UN News

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Kenya – Is the BBI ruling a sign of judicial independence in Kenya? (Brookings)

John Mukum Mbaku

On May 23, 2021, a special five-judge bench sitting at the High Court of Kenya at Nairobi declared unanimously that the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was unconstitutional. The High Court’s judgment, argued journalist and commentator Ferdinand Omondi, “is arguably the most significant ruling by Kenyan courts since President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election win was nullified in 2017.”

Is the BBI ruling a sign of judicial independence in Kenya? (brookings.edu)

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Kenya – Unlocking constraints to industries without smokestacks to catalyze job creation for youth in Kenya (Brookings)

Adan ShibiaEldah Onsomu, and Boaz Munga write: Unlike in much of the developed world, the promise of manufacturing to spur economic growth and jobs in Africa has remained elusive, with most of the continent’s economies facing deindustrialization. This trend is characterized by declining share of manufacturing in gross domestic product (GDP) and wage employment. All is, however, not lost considering emerging structural shifts, with services and other non-manufacturing industries promising economic transformations. These promising nonmanufacturing industries, termed “industries without smokestacks” (IWOSS), demonstrate key features of manufacturing such as high productivity, agglomeration, and job opportunities. The IWOSS sectors are diverse, cutting across financial services, horticulture, information and communication technology (ICT), tourism, transit trade, and wholesale trade. As part of a broader research project, the Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative partnered with the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) to assess which of these IWOSS might be best poised to unlock jobs in Kenya.

go to Brookings: Unlocking constraints to industries without smokestacks to catalyze job creation for youth in Kenya (brookings.edu)

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(Kenya/Al Shabab) The Kenyans robbed of their families by al-Shabab (Al Jazeera)

 Amina* sits close to the edge of her modest home in Garissa, a county in northern Kenya bordering Somalia. Her 15-year-old daughter is standing opposite her, reading a newspaper lying on the ground. “Go inside and start washing the house,” Amina, wearing a navy blue hijab, instructs her daughter. “Make sure you clean all the rooms and arrange the furniture as discussed before guests arrive.”

*Name changed to protect their identity

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Kenya – Investigate Deportation of Turkish National (HRW)

Kenyan authorities should investigate the alleged abduction and eventual deportation of Selahaddin Gülen to Turkey despite a Kenyan court order prohibiting his deportation, Human Rights Watch said today. The deportation of Gülen, a Turkish national and a registered asylum seeker in Kenya who is also a permanent US resident, violated Kenya’s obligations to uphold the principle of nonrefoulement under international and regional refugee law.

Kenya: Investigate Deportation of Turkish National | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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