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ICC subpoenas eight Kenyan witnesses in Ruto trial

The International Criminal Court on Thursday summoned several reluctant witnesses in the trial of Kenya's Vice President William Ruto, the first time it has tried to force witnesses to testify. "Today the trial chamber granted by majority, the prosecutor's request to subpoena eight Kenyan witnesses to appear... in the case of William Ruto and Joshua arap Sang," the Hague-based court said in a statement. "According to the prosecution, those eight witnesses are now no longer cooperating or have informed the prosecution that they are no longer willing to testify," it said.

Kenyan president says tourism sector 'on its knees' after attacks

By James Macharia NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's vital tourism sector is "on its knees" after attacks by al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants carried out in retaliation for its intervention in neighboring Somalia, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday. Kenyatta met ethnic Somali leaders and asked for their help in identifying people they thought may be behind attacks that have dented the president's plans to boost the tourism sector in east Africa's biggest economy.

Polygamy bill poses dilemma for Kenya

The adoption by Kenya's parliament of a controversial bill that legalises polygamy has provoked a fierce national debate pitting modern secular values and Christianity against local traditions. Opponents are already lobbying President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign off on the legislation, saying it threatens family values in a Christian-majority country, with female deputies also arguing that it also undermines women's rights. Supporters, however, argue that the bill merely recognises multiple customary unions which are still common in many Kenyan communities.

Before you go to court, ask the witchdoctor, says Kenya's top judge

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A frustrated chief justice told Kenyans on Tuesday that even witchdoctors could help them resolve their disputes without taking each other to the overburdened courts. Willy Mutunga, a respected lawyer, was appointed in 2011 to reform a judiciary widely seen as in the pay of the political elite and to cut red tape, at a time when many Kenyans had lost confidence in the courts.

South Sudan leaders' treason trial opens

The trial opened Tuesday of four top South Sudanese leaders accused of treason for allegedly attempting to topple President Salva Kiir after fighting broke out in December. The four are Pagan Amum, former secretary general of the ruling party, ex-national security minister Oyai Deng Ajak, former ambassador to the US Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, and ex-deputy defence minister Majak D'Agoot. The four, who spoke in the Juba court only to confirm their names but who have in the past denied all charges, were dressed in suits and appeared to be in good health.

Kenyan president takes 20-percent pay cut

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced he and his deputy William Ruto will be taking a 20-percent pay cut and ministers' salaries will be reduced by 10 percent in a bid to rein in the country's soaring public wage bill. The pay cuts will take place "with immediate effect," Kenyatta said in a speech on Friday, adding that the current spending levels were unsustainable. The government will also limit foreign travel to only the most essential trips, according to Kenyatta. "Wastage in my government will be significantly reduced," he said.

Kenyan president takes 20-percent pay cut

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced he and his deputy William Ruto will be taking a 20-percent pay cut and ministers' salaries will be reduced by 10 percent in a bid to rein in the country's soaring public wage bill. The pay cuts will take place "with immediate effect," Kenyatta said in a speech on Friday, adding that the current spending levels were unsustainable. The government will also limit foreign travel to only the most essential trips, according to Kenyatta. "Wastage in my government will be significantly reduced," he said.

Kenyan president takes 20-percent pay cut

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced he and his deputy William Ruto will be taking a 20-percent pay cut and ministers' salaries will be reduced by 10 percent in a bid to rein in the country's soaring public wage bill. The pay cuts will take place "with immediate effect," Kenyatta said in a speech on Friday, adding that the current spending levels were unsustainable. The government will also limit foreign travel to only the most essential trips, according to Kenyatta. "Wastage in my government will be significantly reduced," he said.

Kenyan leader, cabinet cut own pay to curb government wage bill

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's president and cabinet on Friday agreed to a pay cut as part of austerity measures meant to reduce the government wage bill and free up funds for use in economic development - and called on lawmakers to do the same. Uhuru Kenyatta announced a month after his election in March last year that he would make reducing Kenya's ballooning public sector wage bill a priority, saying it was "unsustainable" and weighing on the national budget.

Kenya celebrates first-ever Oscars win

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o was hailed as a national hero on Monday for stunning Hollywood in her big-screen debut and scooping the best supporting actress Oscar for her role as an abused servant in "12 Years A Slave." President Uhuru Kenyatta said she was the "Pride of Africa", and promised to set up a Kenyan film school and a network of creative academies in the country.
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