Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Nairobi, Kenya, skyline after sunset. Taken from the top of the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC). Photo by: Stuart Price.
NAIROBI, Kenya (ViaNews) - Kenya's journey to digital television migration has proven to be a steady yet indifferent process if existing factors is anything to go by. Ever since the government started strong-arm tactics in 2013 to effect the change, various innovations have sprouted in the competitive broadcast market. This is in line with the ever-changing global trends. Indeed, digital...
South Sudan oil contamination. Photo by: Courtesy German NGO Sign of Hope.
MUNICH, Germany (ViaNews) - “Lundin Petroleum’s chief executive and chairman are set to be charged with aggravated crimes against human rights over the Swedish oil company’s role in causing thousands of deaths in South Sudan,” states the report published in the October 18th edition of the Financial Times. These crimes were allegedly committed in the course of Lundin’s exploration for...
NOCK officials James Chacha (far left), Kipchoge Keino (centre) and Stephen Soi when they appeared before a previous parliamentary committee. Photo by: Ronnie Evans.
NAIROBI, Kenya - (ViaNews) - Director of Public Prosecution, Noordin Haji, has continued his crackdown on graft by opening the cold case of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In the aftermath of the sporting showpiece, reports emerged that millions of Kenyan shillings were embezzled in the far too common scenario of funds misappropriation. Haji, bullish in his approach has gone...
The pipe was repaired, but the contaminant was left in the environment. Photo by: Nile Institute of Environmental Health.
JUBA, South Sudan (ViaNews) - Oil pollution now affects millions of people in South Sudan. Many villages have been completely destroyed by it. This has been going on for at least two decades. People in South Sudan have been waiting just as long for the world’s media to take notice of this, so as to help get some relief from...
A snippet of the names of NCPB officials and other stakeholders who are persons of interest in the Ksh.468 million maize scandal. Photo by: ViaNews.
NAIROBI, Kenya (ViaNews) - Eight National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) suspects have been arraigned in court and charged in relations to the scandal involving hundreds of millions of taxpayers money. This is part of a vicious crackdown protocol initiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta earlier this year in a bid to change the landscape of the country. Under his administration,...
Country leaders joined in grieving with the family of the former World Champion, Nicholas Bett, who lost his life in a tragic road accident. Photo by: @TeamWiliamRuto.
NAIROBI, Kenya (ViaNews) - On Thursday, Kenya is set to lay at rest one of her sporting heroes after another untimely death of an Olympian, a champion, and a history maker. The careers of this budding athlete had reached the pinnacle and he could only dare to strive for more. On August 8, 2018, the world woke up to the...
South Sudan oil workers attempting to contain the spill. Photo by: Nile Institute of Environmental Health.
JUBA, South Sudan (ViaNews) - For failure to report on oil pollution's devastation of the country, the South Sudanese Parliament issues summons to country's Minister of Petroleum and Mining and acknowledged that oil pollution has caused flight of more than 500,000 people in Upper Nile region alone. The Petroleum Committee of South Sudan's National Legislative Assembly has issued a summons...
Bunia's General Hospital, Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ituri province. Photo by: UNHCR/Natalia Micevic
GENEVA, Switzerland (ViaNews) - After months of conflict between the Hema and Lendu ethnic groups in eastern DR Congo’s Ituri region, UNHCR is sounding the alarm. “We really sounded the alarm last week. People are finding pieces of neighbors bodies. The barbaric acts of ISIS are surpassed here. ISIS were using guns. In Ituri they are using blunt instruments,” said...
South Sudan girls collected water from a recently opened borehole. Water that, if contaminated, may pose a serious health threat. Photo by: Arsenie Coseac.
MUNICH, Germany (ViaNews) - In May 2018, the United Nation‘s Environment Programme published the South Sudan‘s First State of Environment Report and Outlook. From literally its first page on, the report details what such environmental and human rights organizations as Germany‘s Sign of Hope have been saying for many years. The ruthless and reckless practices engaged in by South Sudan‘s...
Oil production in Pariang district in South Sudan.
JUBA, South Sudan (ViaNews) - Officials are now joining residents in protesting the environmental crisis in South Sudan. The newest cause for concern is the cancer-causing radioactive waste. Plug County is located in the Melut Basin, home to South Sudan’s most productive – and hence polluting - oil fields. In view of this proximity, it is no wonder that Plug...
South Sudan oil workers attempting to contain the spill. Photo by: Nile Institute of Environmental Health.
MUNICH, Germany (ViaNews) - Professor Fritz Pragst of Berlin's Institute for Forensic Medicine is one of the leading forensic toxicologists in the world. Read: Briefing on Big Oil’s Contamination of South Sudan Professor Pragst headed a team of scientists that produced in 2017 the definitive study on the levels of lead, barium and other health-endangering substances in the hairs of people...
Klaus Stieglitz, Sign of Hope vice chairman in South Sudan. Photo by: Sign of Hope.
MUNICH, Germany (ViaNews) - The contamination of South Sudan‘s water can potentially condemn an estimated number of more than 600,000 South Sudanese to painful lives and early and horrible deaths, said Klaus Stieglitz, the vice chairman of the German NGO, Sign of Hope, as reported by the German publication, Deutsche Welle. Among them, the alleged many horribly deformed babies,...

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