Kenya Airport Fire
Kenyan authorities have now closed the main Jomo Kenyatta airport in the capital, Nairobi and flights are being re-routed to other airports as fire-fighters and the police try to figure out what led to yesterday’s blaze.
The fire engulfed various parts of the airport named after Kenya’s founding president, Jomo Kenyatta, father of president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Kenyan Transport Secretary Michael Kamau said authorities had to close the airport to contain the fire. Only emergency landings are now allowed in the airport, according to a civil aviation authority official.
The country’s largest newspaper, The Daily, reported last month that Nairobi county does not have a single operational fire engine, saying three fire engines were auctioned off in 2009 because the municipality could not pay a $1,000 bill.
Zimbabwe Elections Aftermath
The opposition MDC party of Morgan Tsvangirai is now preparing to file a case in court for the annulment of last month’s general elections which the ruling ZANU PF of veteran leader Robert Mugabe won with an overwhelming majority.
The 61 per cent majority the ZANU PF won means it has enough support to change the constitution.
This will not prevent the swearing in of 89-year-old Mugabe for his seventh term in office. He is Africa’s longest serving president.
Uganda. Anti Demonstration Bill Passes
Not content with having one of the most repellent anti-gay legislation on the continent, the Ugandan parliament has now passed a bill that effectively gives the police powers to break up any meeting of three or more people even inside a personal property.
Amnesty International immediately branded the bill a “serious blow to open political debate.”
The party of President Yoweri Museveni managed to pass the Public Order Management Bill despite fierce opposition from civil society, religious leaders and the opposition.
Analysts say the law was aimed at finally silencing critical opposition leader Kizza Besigye who has been giving the government sleepless nights since he started protests against rising prices in the country. He was last arrested in June 2013 for trying to begin another series of protests against the government.