Another Kenyan Minister Dies As Rwanda Takes UN Seat

viagra order geneva;”>Ex Minister Karume Dies

Former Cabinet Minister Njenga Karume died on Friday at Nairobi’s Karen hospital after a battle with cancer, Daily Nation reports.

The minister’s battle with cancer saw him seeking medical attention locally and in India, but family sources said his condition deteriorated forcing them to rush him to Karen Hospital.

The body was later moved to the Lee Funeral Home.

He had served in President Kibaki’s Cabinet and had stints in the defence and special programmes dockets.

President Kibaki sent a message of condolence to the family, relatives and friends and said he had “learnt with a deep sense of loss the death of his dear friend”.

“We thank God for the great moment we shared with a fine gentleman and political ally that Karume was to me and my family, and political associates and followers,” President Kibaki said.

The President described the late Karume as an astute businessman and a quintessential Kenyan who rose from humble beginnings to build a business and political empire through sheer hard work and determination.


He recalled that two weeks ago he visited Mr Karume at his home in Kiambu County and despite his failing health he exhibited great courage and passion for what he believed in.

Mr Karume’s death comes just days after Environment minister John Michuki died of a heart attack.

Mr Michuki was taken ill on Sunday morning two days after returning from a London Hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment since December.

AU backs Kigali for UN seat

Rwanda is poised to replace South Africa at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) after receiving the support of the African Union, reports The New Times.

The two-year non-permanent member, rotational slot is reserved for the Eastern and Southern Africa region.

Rwanda is expected to occupy the position effective January 2013, according to officials.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Government Spokesperson, Louise Mushikiwabo, confirmed that the country ahd received an endorsement of the AU.

“We have just received unanimous support from African countries,” Mushikiwabo said in reference to the backing of AU member states.

“We began by seeking support from Eastern African bloc to which Rwanda is a member.”

Rwanda expects to file its application to the UN later this year, with the elections set for September.

Rwanda expects to be supported by European and Asian countries as well, according to Mushikiwabo.

India has already expressed its support.

Nafie Accuses Juba’s Negotiators Of Plotting To Topple Sudan’s Gov’t

Sudan’s presidential assistant, Nafie Ali Nafie, has accused negotiators from neighbouring South Sudan of having no intention to reach a deal with Khartoum on post-secession issues because they have other plans in mind.

In statements he made in Khartoum following a meeting on Wednesday with a visiting Norwegian delegation led by Oslo’s minister of environment Erik Solheim, Nafie said that Khartoum would not hesitate to respond to any initiative aimed at finding a solution to the dispute between the recently separated countries over oil and other issues.

However, he charged that Juba would not do likewise unless it replaces the negotiators representing it in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, which hosts the talks, Sudan Tribune reports, .

According to Nafie, South Sudan’s current negotiators believe that any agreement with Khartoum would go against Juba’s strategy of supporting rebel groups in Sudan’s border regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile as well as supporting opposition forces despite the fact that they are aware that these forces are weak and unable to achieve the goal of regime change.

Talks between Sudan and South Sudan to resolve issues arising from the south’s secession in July last year have faltered despite efforts by the African Union mediators led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki.

Continued failure to reach agreements over disputed territories, especially Abyei, and the transportation of South Sudan’s oil via Sudan gave rise to increased tension and talk of a return to war.

Nafie’s accusation could be an indirect reference to South Sudan’s chief negotiator Pagan Amum which Khartoum repeatedly accuses of harbouring a hostile attitude towards the Sudanese government.

Ugandan Judge Wants House Ad-Hoc Committees Annulled

Justice Steven Kavuma has faulted Parliament for contravening the Constitution by setting up an ad-hoc committee to investigate Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and the two cabinet ministers.

“Clearly in my view in so acting, Parliament exceeded its powers and acted illegally in contravention of all the principles of natural justice, New Vision report.

All its acts and decisions, therefore, are clear strangers to the law,” Kavuma said in a separate judgment.

In a dissenting judgment to the majority judgment of the Constitutional Court that Parliament was constitutional in setting up the ad-hoc committee to probe Prime Minister Mbabazi and the two cabinet ministers, the judge said that Parliament acted unconstitutionally.

Kavuma, a former minister for defense, said the ad-hoc committee should be declared null and void because it is unconstitutional.

“From the evidence on record, it is clear Parliament fell into the error, probably unconsciously, of turning itself into the investigator, the prosecutor and the judge, all three in one, in a matter it was clearly an interested party when it deliberated on the matters that were on the House floor at that time,” Kavuma asserted in a dissenting judgment particularly on the issue of setting up of the ad-hoc committee.

Otherwise, Kavuma was in full agreement with the Constitutional Court’s majority judgment in a petition filed by Severino Twinobusingye in which he challenged as unconstitutional the setting up of the ad-hoc committee of Parliament to probe the Prime Minister and two other cabinet ministers.

Twinobusingye’s petition also challenged as unconstitutional the Parliament’s forcing of Mbabazi and ministers Sam Kuteesa and Hillary Onek of Foreign Affairs and Internal Affairs respectively, to leave their offices pending investigations against them over allegations of bribery in the oil sector.

Constitution matters

In his separate judgment that was delivered by Court of Appeal Registrar Elias Omar Kisawuzi, Justice Kavuma said that the wise choice by the Parliament would have been to opt for a judicial commission of inquiry conducted independently of it [Parliament].

“As a fountain of democracy and as an organ of state, Parliament has, in all its workings to always observe the Constitution under the doctrines of supremacy of the Constitution and the separation of powers,” Kavuma asserted.

He said where there is a clear case calling for intervention to determine the constitutionality or legality of any action, or where a government agent has exceeded his, her or its powers or have acted unjustly causing injury thereby, the courts, and the Constitutional Court more especially, are obliged to interfere and to do so without fear or favour.

The judge agreed with John Mary Mugisha and Chris Bakiiza, counsel for the petitioner, that the way Parliament conducted its business in passing the resolutions was biased. It had pre-determined views and conclusions about the Prime minister and each of the ministers.

He observed that although the Prime minister and the other two ministers mentioned in this case addressed Parliament at some point of its deliberations, they did so in an atmosphere and environment that was so “polluted”.

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