Thursday, April 30, 2009
Civil Societies asks Kenyan Government to be Pro active in the fight against crime
Civil and Non-governmental organizations asks parliament to pressure government for a sustainable proactive national policy to combat mounting insecurity in the country.

The International Center for Policy and Conflict (ICPC) and the civil society Working Group on Transitional Justice supports the demobilization and disarming of militia groups, but suggests enactment of a proactive, holistic and sustainable integrated national security policy.

They urge the Parliament to pressure government to drop political rhetoric on security sector reforms and instead table the draft national security policy before the House for debate, adoption and enactment.

The organizations emphasizes that the national security policy must be paired with an equally robust strategy of sustainable economic and political development, that looks at both short-term to long-term governance and economic goals to foster the security, the uplift of human rights, and peace.

Further they ask for disarmament exercise to adhere to the principles of rule of law and rooting out of the entrenched impunity in issues surrounding militia.

After the formation of the coalition government last year, the two parties made an agreement on the urgent need to disband militia groups under agenda one, but up to date a number of them like the Mungiki do operate.

The group raise concerns of the government overlooking and sidestepping the full implementation of Waki report recommendations on the Security sector reforms.

Similarly, they are calling on the coalition government to set a specific timeline to achieve these reforms as a critical step in restoring public confidence in the security sector, mainly by creating a combined police service that operates under the single command of the Commissioner of Police and is free from executive influences.
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Swine Flu: No need to panic
The director of Veterinary Services in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Dr. Peter Maina Ithondeka has asked Kenyans not to panic over Swine Flu.

He says surveillance by the Ministries of Health, Livestock and Fisheries indicate there are no signs of the disease in the country, and asked the the public to report all suspected cases to relevant authorities.

He added that, though Kenya has no swine Flu cases, people should avoid mingling with pigs and uphold high levels of hygiene.

Yesterday the ministry of public health and sanitation in collaboration with the World Health Organization confirmed to have set 26 stations in the country for surveillance and screening of persons from countries affected by the disease.

In Africa, South Africa awaits results from possible cases of the deadly respiratory disease swine flu virus, and Egypt has asked its farmers to kill all pigs just as a safety measure.

Currently, the African Union health experts are meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to establish a continent-wide response to any major outbreak of the virus.

So far, Mexico, USA, UK and some parts of Asia are badly struck by Swine Flu.
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Monday, April 27, 2009
Labour Day: Just noise...
Labour Day is here, but all the last year's promises by the government never came to play.

Will the government ever be practical when talking about improving working conditions and even salaries?
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