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2008-07-17 03:00:21

Text of report by Lucas Barasa entitled: "10 Rift Valley MPs reject Raila plan on Mau" published by Kenyan privately-owned newspaper Daily Nation website on 17 July, subheadings inserted editorially Ten MPs have rebelled against Prime Minister Raila Odinga over the Mau forest [southwest Kenya] evictions and told their constituents not to leave the area by October as agreed at a meeting on Tuesday [15 July]. The move by the ODM [Orange Democratic Movement] MPs was in disregard of party...

2008-07-16 06:00:25

Text of report by Lucas Barasa and Bornice Biomndo entitled "Squatters ordered out of Mau" published by Kenyan privately-owned newspaper Daily Nation website on 16 July Thousands of squatters living in Mau Forest [southwestern Kenya] have been ordered to vacate by October as part of measures by the government to restore Kenya's biggest water catchment area. Prime Minister Raila Odinga Tuesday led 10 Cabinet ministers and a host of MPs at arriving at the decision, which drew sharp...

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2008-05-24 18:45:00

Dr. Robert Bailey, an epidemiology professor from the University of Illinois, is helping set up the first free circumcision project in Kenya, which will offer operations at public health facilities throughout the country.   Similar facilities are already in place in Zambia, Rwanda, Swaziland and other African countries where a large percentage of the citizens do not circumcise. "When they remove this thing, it makes you safer," 22-year-old Elijah Ochanda told the AP as he sat in a...

2006-03-02 12:02:26

By Katie Nguyen NAIROBI (Reuters) - Masked police armed with automatic rifles forced a Nairobi TV station off the air and raided its sister Standard newspaper on Thursday, provoking outrage among Kenyans and Western nations. Thousands of newspapers were burned at the Standard printing press during the operation, the most aggressive assault on a mainstream media house since Kenya's 1963 independence. The raid, which shocked Kenyans accustomed to a vibrant media since President Mwai...

2006-03-02 05:26:42

By Katie Nguyen NAIROBI (Reuters) - Masked police armed with automatic rifles raided Kenya's second biggest media group on Thursday, forcing its television station off the air and burning copies of the Standard newspaper. The raid came two days after police arrested three journalists from the paper over a weekend story on political intrigue in President Mwai Kibaki's fractious coalition. Shortly after midnight, scores of police armed with AK-47s stormed the offices of the Standard...

2006-03-02 01:56:44

By Katie Nguyen NAIROBI (Reuters) - Masked gunmen raided Kenya's second biggest media group on Thursday, forcing its television station off the air and burning copies of its newspaper at a printing press, the Standard group said. The crackdown came two days after police arrested three Standard newspaper journalists over a weekend story on political intrigue in President Mwai Kibaki's fractious coalition, and a week after the police raided the Weekly Citizen tabloid. Shortly after...

2006-01-04 08:26:32

By Wangui Kanina NAIROBI (Reuters) - A top Kenyan politician who sank President Mwai Kibaki's bid for a new constitution said he would meet his former ally to plan a charter they both can support. Raila Odinga, widely credited with giving Kibaki the votes he needed to win the presidency in 2002, this week weakened the president's chances for a second term by announcing his own candidacy. The two fell out last year and Odinga campaigned against a new constitution favored by Kibaki,...

2005-12-08 08:59:55

By Wangui Kanina and David Mageria NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki's bid to boost his flagging administration foundered on Thursday as two senior politicians rejected cabinet posts, saying he had ignored the lessons of a stinging referendum defeat. Musikari Kombo and Orwa Ojodeh rejected the local government and environment portfolios respectively. Twelve politicians offered assistant minister jobs also refused, some of them within an hour of the new line-up being...

2005-12-08 05:20:05

By William Maclean NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's new coalition government was in crisis on Thursday as two more politicians turned down posts, saying the president had ignored the lessons of a referendum defeat. Former cabinet dissidents said Mwai Kibaki's new lineup marked the formal death of the coalition that brought him to power in 2002. Musikari Kombo, former local government minister who had backed Kibaki's failed referendum push for a new constitution, turned down his...

2005-12-07 14:47:56

By Katie Nguyen and David Mageria NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki named close allies to a new cabinet on Wednesday in a bid to end years of divided government and shore up confidence in his authority after a damaging referendum defeat. Two weeks after sacking his previous administration, Kibaki chose mostly old friends or colleagues and ejected former cabinet dissidents such as Raila Odinga who had led opposition to a new constitution Kibaki proposed in the November...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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