Stephen is editor of The Kenyan Spectator, a national weekly publishing from Nairobi. His main areas of interest are foreign relations, security and democracy as well as economy and information technology.

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July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - A regional mediation group has achieved a first peace deal with mutinous soldiers controlling almost half of the West African country of Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).Six members of a 15-member grouping called the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), with foreign ministers from Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Togo and Ghana, met military officers late Thursday in the central city of Bouake.The parties agreed to sign a cease-fire agreement and continue with peace negotiations afterwards.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - Muslims in Tanzania are unhappy about the passage of new anti-terrorism legislation, which they say will be used to "oppress" them.Muslim protestors in the East African country recently held a service, praying that all those involved in preparing and passing the law would experience "bad things."Religious leaders accused the U.S. of having a hand in the legislative move, a claim denied by the U.S. embassy in Dar-es-Salaam.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - Twenty-five diplomatic missions in Kenya have added their voices to concerns about the possibility that presidential and parliamentary elections to be held here on Friday will be rigged.The election looks set to end a 39-year grip on power by the Kenya African National Union (KANU) party of outgoing President Daniel arap Moi.With opinion polls pointing at such an outcome, commentators have warned that the type of corruption and intimidation that has marked earlier elections is sure to affect this one.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - African and other AIDS campaigners Wednesday welcomed President Bush's pledge of an extra $10 billion to fight the pandemic that is ravaging large parts of the continent."It's good news for us. The money will go a long way into assisting us move on with our programs," said Esther Odhimbo, the director of an organization called Women Fighting Aids in Kenya.She expressed hope that the U.S. would ensure that funding distribution was handled prudently by African administrations.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - As homosexuals and lesbians in Africa celebrate the legalization of same-sex "marriage" in South Africa, the head of one of the continent's leading church associations has chosen not to speak out on the matter.Rev. Mvume Ndadala, general secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), said in comments made through a personal assistant that the AACC represented a "diversity" of Christians, and it would be inappropriate to give a common perspective on the issue.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya ( - A senior U.N. official urged wealthy nations to increase and deliver on their pledges for the fight against AIDS in Africa - just as they have done for nations hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami - and singled out the United States in particular for its funding of treatment.Stephen Lewis, Secretary General Kofi Annan's special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, praised developed nations for their response to the tsunami disaster.