Archive for November, 2013

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The ICC’s Trial Chamber V(b) has reconsidered its previous decision to excuse Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta from continuous presence at trial. The court ruled that Mr Kenyatta must be present at trial, any future requests to be excused from attending parts of the trial will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

It has however said that he will be only excused in exceptional circumstances to skip some of his trials. This now means Uhuru Kenyatta will have to be present throughput his trial where he together with Deputy President William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Sang are facing crimes against humanity charges.

 

 

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Mr Sindiso Secretary General COMESA during a Cyber Security Confrence held today at Safari Park Hot

By Nixon Kanali, Nairobi 

What is Cyber Security? http://whatis.techtarget.com defines it as a  body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. In a computing context, the term security implies cybersecurity.

By the end of the year 2013, the government will lose up to Kshs. Two billion to fight cyber crime. This was said by Dr. Fred Matiangi, Cabinet Secretary. This revelations comes just a week after experts warned that  Kenya’s cyber security remains among the weakest in the world despite the central role technology has assumed in the country’s economy.

They warned that Millions of mobile phone subscribers and internet users remain exposed to snooping and data interception because the service providers are using outdated network security software, industry regulators were told.

Today, speaking during a Cyber Security Conference that was held today at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi., Dr. Matiangi said Cyber Crime was a world issue that affects everyone in one way or another and therefore private sectors and individuals should explore ways in which they protect their data.He also added that in partnership with other sectors they were out to target the whole Cyber spectrum.

Cyber Crimes have currently been rated as the most committed crimes worldwide even as the world grows through technological advancements and innovation. Fraud, account hacking, dissemination of offensive materials, identity theft among others are the most common cyber crimes being committed. Many people have lost their properties and money through these crimes and also organisations losing important data.

Internet usage is growing daily and the world is coming closer but cyber crime is still on the verge of helping criminals reap where they have not sowed. While Law enforcement agencies try to tackle this problem, it is growing steadily and many people are falling victims. The best way to avoid being a victim is protecting your sensitive data by making use of impenetratable security that uses a unified system of software and hardware to authenticate any information that is sent or accessed over the internet something that organisations are trying to currently embrace.

Mr.Sindisi Ondema, COMESA Secretary  Genaral, who was also present at the conference said that the Government should find ways to provide the police with the necessary training to investigate and curb cyber crimes. He added that the judicial system should also come up with stiff penalties for all cyber criminals. 

In January 2014, an AU Convention on Cyber Security will be held   where world leaders will come together to find solutions to cyber crimes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Security agents at Kainuk in Turkana South District get ready for rescue operations at Lorogon and Nakwamoru villages Monday. Source: Daily Nation

For close to 6 days now, armed militia men believed to be from the Pokot community have been holding more that 900 residents and 3 police camps in Turkana country. The Pokot militia are said to have denied police access to Lorogon Village where a number of Turkanas are under siege and said to be suffering.

This came just about two months after MPs from the area protested about rising insecurity in Turkana County terming it as a very big hindrance to the county’s development. They complained that frequent attacks from the nearby Pokot County, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Uganda had devastated the region. 

Turkana East Mp Nicholas Ngikolong said at least 7 people are killed every day and he blamed it on lack of clear channel of communication. He said the number might even be more, meaning over 49 Turkana residents are killed every week. The Mps said the killings are no longer related to rustling, saying the raiders want to grab land.

This has now become a common occurrence in Turkana and it is about time the law enforcement machinery is overhauled and a totally dedicated rapid response force is deployed in the area. 

Sometime back, Turkana South Mp Joseph Nanok asked the government to deploy the army at the border of the Pokots and Turkana to stop insecurity. He said heavily armed groups had invaded the area, terrorizing locals and weakening the provincial administration

Reports say heavy gunfire could be heard between GSU officers at the Lorogon camp and the militia men as police headquarters directed all the neighboring divisions to send reinforcement to the area for a rescue operation.

Turkana residents in Lorogon Village are said to be in dire need of food, water and medical assistance.  Things are only going to get worse of the situation is not brought under control.

Armed militia groups should not be allowed to roam freely among communities terrorizing residents. They should be disarmed immediately and law and order restored as soon as possible.  When will the residents continue living in fear of being attacked by militia men, afraid of waking up to attacks day in day out? Something needs to be done, really fast.

Police have however said no station or civilian has been taken hostage by a militia group in Lorogon village. Addressing the press at Vigilance house on Sunday on behalf of the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, National Police Service spokesperson Gatiria Mboroki said there has been tension in Turkwel over boundary disputes between the Turkana and the Pokot communities. The area administration however is speaking a different tone.

What this means is that the police are treating this as a normal insecurity situation. It is clear that the area has become a semi-conflict zone where high caliber weapons and military tactics are employed, something which the police need to give a very keen ear to.

Turkana has also been ranked the poorest county in the country and things are going to get worse of the security situation in the area is not contained.

Nixon Kanali,Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC)

Follow @NicKanali on twitter

 

 

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National Assembly members during debate

 

Members of Parliament want to create a plot that will see them take charge of the sh.6 billion Uwezo fund launched by the president in September. The Uwezo Fund is a youth and women’s fund which has its genesis in the pledge His Excellency the President made to allocate the Kshs. 6 billion that was meant for the presidential run-off to youth and women groups.

Our MPs have however lined up a number of amendments to the draft Public finance management regulation 2013 which are already before parliament. If these amendments are adopted by parliament, MPs will have to take full charge of the fund just as they did with the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

If the amendments sail through, this also means as managers of this fund, the Mps will have the powers to appoint ward representatives to the membership of the Constituency Uwezo Management committee. The Constituency Development fund is currently being managed by the same MPs and they have always been accused mismanaging the funds and appointing their relatives or close allies to manage the kitty. This has always seen the cash not being used for its intended purpose.

What makes them think that things will be different of they become the patrons of the Uwezo fund kitty?

Announcing the membership of committees that will administer the Fund at the grassroots during its launch, the Ministry of devolution said the Constituency Uwezo Fund Committees will comprise of representatives from each ward representing women, youth, persons with disabilities and government officials, and the CDF Fund account manager.

One of the key principles of this fund is Accountability, to ensure government is held responsible to the citizenry for its decisions and actions. Our Members of parliament cannot be trusted with this if they are allowed to take charge.

 

When it was being launched, the Uwezo fund objectives were the following as to expand access to finance through grants and credit to promote youth and women businesses and enterprises at the constituency level, thereby enhancing economic growth towards the realization of the goals of Vision 2030, to generate gainful self-employment for Kenyan youth and women and to model an alternative framework in funding community driven development.

 

If these objectives are to be achieved, a clear framework needs to be put down and its management clearly set. Mps should not be allowed to control this funds by themselves, they cannot be trusted when it comes to money management.

The debate is scheduled to take place today, Tuesday afternoon

 By @NicKanali