- Kenya’s president Mwai Kibaki has reversed the suspension of two ministers chased out on corruption charges saying it was illegal since he was not consulted.
On Sunday Prime Minister Raila Odinga suspended Minister of Agriculture William Ruto and Education Minister Samuel Ongeri for three months while the government probes their alleged corrupt practices.
Prime Minister Odinga's suspension of the two ministers followed the announcement Saturday night by Mr Kibaki that he was suspending eight top government officials who were implicated in reports on the two scandals.
The president challenged the decision, saying that the legal provisions, on which the Prime Minister acted, do not confer him the authority to cause a minister to vacate.
According to the country's constitution, ‘the Office of a Minister can only become vacant if the President so directs’.
However, Mr Odinga has maintained that two recent investigations, one into a subsidised maize scam and the other into the disappearance of funds at the education ministry had laid credible foundations for the two ministers to be investigated.
A recent audit into a maize scandal revealed that $26 million (£16.5m) had gone missing, and that more than $1 million was stolen in an education scam.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.