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He stressed the importance of media independence and urged players to maintain objectivity amidst evolving trends in journalism and technology.

National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula has urged the media in Kenya to establish regulations that ensure the collection and dissemination of accurate news in the face of digital disruptions.

Speaking at the 2023 Annual Convention of the Kenya Editors Guild in Mombasa, Wetangula emphasized the crucial role of media as a catalyst for change and a pillar of any thriving society but warned it will not thrive without thoughtful innovation and professionalism.

Wetangula stressed the importance of media independence and urged players to maintain objectivity amidst evolving trends in journalism and technology.

He acknowledged the risks journalists face when pursuing the truth, particularly when exposing wrongdoing. “The media must always maintain professionalism and uphold ethical standards to prosper,” he urged.

Wetangula also pledged to engage with President William Ruto to seek interventions to support The Standard media group, which is currently facing financial challenges. “It should concern us all, and that’s why we are worried about what is happening at The Standard,” he stated. “I will reach out to the president to find interventions to save The Standard.”

Most media houses in Kenya are grappling with sustainability challenges brought about by digital disruptions, prompting Wetangula to urge the media to explore long-term sustainability models to thrive.

While emphasizing the need to safeguard media freedom, Wetangula committed to playing his role in Parliament and called on other leaders to do the same. “The media should be allowed to operate freely and independently,” he affirmed. However, he challenged the media fraternity to exercise self-regulation and maintain objectivity.

The Kenya Editors Guild President, Zubeidah Kananu, echoed the media industry’s challenges, including economic constraints and the impact of digital technology on revenue streams. She called for a balance between profit motives and public interest and urged the government to support a media landscape that benefits society as a whole.

Kananu emphasized the importance of evaluating existing laws and policies, especially in light of technological advancements and their implications for the media industry. She highlighted the critical issue of media sustainability, with many media houses facing financial difficulties due to reduced advertising revenue, primarily caused by digital disruption and competition from Big Tech companies.

The Kenya Editors Guild’s Annual Convention in Mombasa convened media editors to address challenges posed by digital disruption and explore innovative solutions, including artificial intelligence, in adapting to the evolving media landscape. Editorial Desk, Capital News

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The Ugandan Minister of State for Energy Peter Lokeris declared that it will not lift the ban imposed on exports of unrefined minerals in 2015. The ban on export of unprocessed iron ore and other minerals was imposed with the intention of ensuring enhanced growth of local industries and creation of increased local job opportunities in the country.

The Minister reiterated the government’s decision to stay with the ban during the launch of 27th International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Committee meeting at the Speke Resort Munyonyo. The ICGLR Mineral Tracking and Certification Scheme aims to establish sustainable conflict-free mineral chains between member states. It targets to curb illegal exploitation of natural resources and deliver transparent mineral trade.

The government has already announced several proactive measures to lead the fight against illegal exploitation and illicit trade of designated natural resources in the region. The establishment of a biometric registration system for miners and construction of mineral beneficiation centres have helped a lot in formalizing of Uganda’s mining sector.

The country is said to have rich resources of several industrial minerals such as cobalt, copper, gold, iron ore, tantalite, steel, and lithium. By Paul Ploumis, Srap Monster


The Rwanda migration plan remains “crucial” to stopping small boats crossings in the Channel, Rishi Sunak has insisted – but he dismissed the idea of ditching human rights laws to deliver it.

Conservative MPs have accused the Prime Minister of not doing enough to force the scheme through the courts after it was blocked over fears the rights of asylum seekers deported to Rwanda would be at risk.

And they responded with anger when James Cleverly, the new Home Secretary, said the policy was not “the be all and end all” of controlling illegal migration. 

But Mr Sunak insisted he was committed to ensuring that the UK can send migrants who arrive illegally to Rwanda as a deterrent to reduce the number of Channel crossings.

Speaking as he travelled to the COP 28 climate summit in Dubai, the Prime Minister said: “We are already, incredibly frustratingly for the British people and the taxpayer, spending billions to house illegal migrants in hotels, and that’s not right, I’ve talked about it repeatedly, we have got to end that.

“And we’re not going to end that unless we can have a successful deterrent that stops people from coming here, right? Because that in the long run is the billions that we need to save.”

He claimed the Government was “making progress” in light of statistics showing that crossings are down by roughly a third, but added: “In order to get the job done we do need to stand up the Rwanda plan because I want a functioning deterrent. 

“We’ve seen that deterrents work, we’ve seen it in Albania. Because we are now returning people back to Albania as a result of the new agreement that we have, as part of the diplomacy and statecraft that we’ve conducted over the past year, you’ve seen the numbers coming from Albania drop by 90 per cent, right? That tells you that deterrents work, so if you can have a functioning deterrent system, people will stop coming. And we need to now replicate that on a bigger scale, that’s why Rwanda’s crucial.”

Asked if Britain would have to withdraw from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights in order to ensure the Rwanda policy is not stopped by the courts, the Prime Minister said: “I am completely confident everything that we are doing complies with our international obligations. I have been through this in great detail and I am confident of that fact.”

Mr Sunak added: “I will not let a foreign court stop us from getting a flight off, I am crystal clear we are in compliance with all those obligations and I know the Government and the party is united behind that position, but also the country is united on this. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, everyone’s patience is wearing thin.”

Ministers are set to table legislation as soon as next week which will define Rwanda in law as a “safe country” for deportations. They are also finalising a treaty with Rwanda’s government which will contain pledges to safeguard the rights of deportees. By Hugo Gye, I News

Tanzania is prioritizing early testing efforts and effective treatments to meet the global target of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030. One man is leading his community by example, opening up about his own struggle. 

Anthony Kyando has been living with HIV for over two decades. When the now 68-year-old man from Tanzania's Mbarali region began to experience a series of fevers in the 1990s, he never thought it could be due to the spread of the virus even though he was following reports on the disease on TV.

"I was particularly interested in the programs that discussed AIDS, its processes, and the educational and counseling programs provided. This experience then motivated me to take a test," he told DW.

But after taking that test, his life changed: the results came back positive in 1996. 

Kyando said he didn't know what to do and where to turn to at first. Despite knowing a lot about how the virus works, he remembers blaming family members for his infection at the time, accusing his own siblings of bewitching him.

Eventually, he came close to giving up. "I had lost all hope of surviving since no ARV [antiretroviral] medications were available [at the time]," he said, adding that readjusting to a new life and to his new reality was quite difficult.  

Antiretroviral medication changed Kyando's life

But treatment options soon changed, with antiretroviral medication becoming the primary approach. At first, however, Kyando hesitated to take antiretroviral therapy, as he wasn't familiar yet with the treatment; he said he had been exploring other means of remaining healthy to prolong his life.

"Just before the medicines finally arrived, I received some education on how to live with the disease. We were taught to use nutritious foods and medicines to strengthen our immunity, and protect ourselves," he said.

After eventually overcoming his doubts, Kyando encountered further hurdles: initially, the life-saving drugs weren't widely available or easy to afford, with treatment costing up to tens of thousands of US dollars annually.

But in the past quarter century production costs of antiretroviral medication have dropped significantly, and the World Health Organization and UNAIDS have rolled out numerous programs throughout Africa to deliver the drugs to even the remotest corners of the continent.

Access to antiretroviral therapy, meanwhile, has literally changed Kyando's life. "The medications are readily available in every ward," he said.

"If you forget to take your medication on the designated day, don't worry. You can take six months' worth of accumulated medication and repeat the process twice."

Using HIV status to become a community leader

Kyando has accepted that he will have to live with HIV for the rest of life, and has decided to use his HIV status for the greater good of his community. Working as the chairman of a nongovernmental organization committed to eradicating poverty, child abuse and the spread of HIV/AIDS, he has become an advocate helping to educate people on the realities of the disease.

In this capacity, Kyando has helped build a center in Mbarali called SHDEPHA+ which provides quick access to antiretroviral medication.  

Above all, he believes in leading by example: Kyando never misses a dose of his medication, building up a strong immune system and even stronger determination to help end HIV/AIDS.

This also means, however, that he has to keep publicly revealing his HIV status all the time to truly connect with others facing similar challenges.

But opening up to others this way seems to have paid off, as Kyando highlights how his organization has assisted 8,623 women and 6,734 men living with HIV in the past year alone.

Leading by example

Kyando's success story is representative of Tanzania's progress in the fight against HIV in general. The East Afican nation is set to meet, if not exceed, UNAIDS targets aimed at ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030.

Those targets mean having 95% of people living with HIV successfully diagnosed, with 95% of those diagnosed placed on antiretroviral therapy and 95% of those on the medication showing a suppressed or undetectable viral load.

By 2022, 83% of people living with HIV in Tanzania knew about their status, 95% of them had received treatment and 92% of people on treatment reported experiencing viral suppression.

Meanwhile, the government has set even higher HIV/AIDS targets for itself. Last year, it announced that it hoped to have zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths by 2026 — four years before the global target date of 2030.

Kyando himself has praised Tanzania's educational efforts, not only in fighting HIV/AIDS stigma but also with limiting the spread of the disease.

Today, he lives happily with his wife, who also is HIV positive, and their two children, whose HIV status is negative.

They all remain optimistic about the future. Edited by: Sertan Sanderson  / Isaac Kaledzi, VOA

Scenes captured during the 2007/08 Post-election Violence in Naivasha.[File, Standard]

A former banker and his wife are seeking Sh12 million from the state as compensation for the loss of property and trauma suffered at the height of the 2007/2008 post-election violence.

Bethuel Njuguna and his wife Fidelis Wanjiru, in a joint affidavit, said the state failed to protect them and their children during the violence that rocked the country after the announcement of the presidential election results.

During this period, more than 1,000 people lost their lives, thousands were displaced from their homes, and property worth billions of shillings was either destroyed or looted in various parts of the country. 

Njuguna, a resident of Kuresoi in Nakuru county, said he lost his English mansion valued at Sh9.7 million on his 127.5 acres of land. Additionally, he suffered losses of assorted farm machinery worth Sh1.4 million and Sh273,500 in crops and livestock.

Nakuru High Court judge Heston Nyaga, who is presiding over the case, on Wednesday said the court will visit the scene. 

“The Deputy Registrar will visit the scene on November 30, and I will give guidance,” Nyaga said.

The banker, while testifying, said he was a government worker at Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) and not a politician, questioning why the state failed to protect his family.

Expressing his grievances, Njuguna said the government failed and neglected to discharge its duty to gather relevant intelligence and put mechanisms in place to maintain peace, law, and order which led to him being displaced and his property ruined. 

“As a result of violence my family and I were displaced, our property destroyed, vandalised and looted thereby rendering us homeless, destitute which is a humiliating experience,” Njuguna said.

The land, he said, was bought in 1971 from a foreigner and has been his home since, but now his family is unable to return and recover their property. 

His son Samuel Mbugua said his parents managed to travel to Nairobi where he lives on January 12, 2008, but three days later he received a call from farm workers that the violence was near their farm.

“I called the OCS to inform him of the same and request for police officers to protect my father’s home, the OCS said he was unable to do that,” he added. The house, Mbugua said was attacked five days later, with the worker managing to escape, but 13 heads of cattle were stolen.

After the incident, following an intervention, he said that police visited the homestead but failed to assist. “Then on February 7, burglars broke into the house. The DO didn’t respond to my calls, and the house was set ablaze two days later,” he added. 

He accused security agencies of failing his family by not responding and protecting the properties even with the resources at their disposal.

The state through an affidavit by E.N Njuguna denied the allegations of negligence, maintaining it has never renounced its duty of maintaining peace, law and order.

“The defendant denies any failure by the government to protect and defend the constitution putting the plaintiff to strict proof to the contrary,” read the state affidavit. By Julius Chepkwony, The Standard

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