A former chief of the navy in Guinea-Bissau has appeared in a US court on charges linked to cocaine trafficking, officials have said.

Rear Adm Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto was flown to New York after he was detained while travelling on a yacht in the east Atlantic.

Adm Na Tchuto is described by the US as a kingpin in Guinea-Bissau's huge drugs trade.

The small West African state is a staging post for drug-smuggling gangs.

Cocaine is smuggled to Guinea-Bissau from Latin America before finding its way to Europe as well as the US.

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The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy is working out ways for Mr Raila Odinga and Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, their top leaders, to become Members of Parliament.

The two intend to take charge of the Opposition directly and lead a campaign to ensure devolution takes root as prescribed in the Constitution.

MPs are discussing ways to have the Prime Minister and Vice President either nominated or elected to seats in the National Assembly to provide leadership to the Opposition. This could involve asking some among them to quit their jobs. 

Federal authorities have agreed to establish new policies governing the conduct of immigration officers during raids, including restrictions on how and when agents can enter private homes, the source of widespread ire and anxiety among immigrants.

President Elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto meets with the United States of America Ambassador HE Robert Godec

US President Barack Obama on Friday finally congratulated president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto following their election victory on March 4.

President Obama’s personal message, delivered to Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto at their makeshift offices at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi by US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, indicates that America will be willing to work with the two leaders despite the charges of crimes against humanity facing them before the International Criminal Court.

As his grand coalition government partner co-principal was being feted at state house, Prime Minister Raila Odinga returned to his Kisumu home turf less than a week after he conceded defeat, after the supreme court upheld the election of President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta.

Odinga criticized the easter weekend ruling by the supreme court, comparing it to the biblical verdict delivered by Pontious Pilate over 2000 years ago, that led to the release of Barabas the murderer and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

President Kibaki crowned what could be his last fete at State House in characteristic style, as he hurled stinging, thinly veiled jabs at Prime Minister Raila Odinga, his co- Principal in the Grand Coalition. In apparent reference to Raila’s criticism to the military send-off the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) gave Kibaki two weeks ago, Kibaki said it was not he who prompted the honour but it was conferred on him in recognition of his good work.

Dubai has tapped Equity Bank CEO James Mwangi and businessman Chris Kirubi to help promote the city as a leading financial hub and to spearhead trade between Africa and other continents.

Mr Mwangi, Mr Kirubi and investment banker John Ngumi who is also the chairman of Konza Technopolis Development Authority are among the guest speakers at this year’s Africa Global Business Forum set for May 1 and May 2 in Dubai.

Government officials involved in the organisation of President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta’s Tuesday inauguration have told Capital FM News that 14 Heads of State have so far confirmed that they will attend the ceremony.

The officials said Salva Kiir, the president of Africa’s youngest nation South Sudan, was expected to arrive on Saturday, with the majority of the confirmed leaders expected to arrive on Sunday.

Separately, Government Spokesman Muthui Kariuki told Capital FM News that more leaders were expected to confirm attendance.

Ali Velshi

Al Jazeera America has made its first on-air hire and tapped CNN reporter Ali Velshi to host a business show for the start-up cable network.

Velshi, born in Kenya and raised in Canada, has been with CNN for a dozen years, anchoring "Your Money" and serving as the cable news network's chief business correpondent.

Al Jazeera America said Velshi's half-hour will be a broad look at the U.S. economy both on business and consumers. Initially, the show will be weekly but will eventually become a daily program.

Nominated ODM senator Harold Kipchumba escaped death narrowly after he was involved in a road accident along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

But a few kilometers from the scene of the accident, two people died on the spot after their lorry which was ferrying beer was involved in a head on collision with a trailer.

The first accident that involved the disabled senator occurred near the Gilgil Toll station and left his son and bodyguard seriously injured.

The son who was driving was trying to overtake when he rammed head on into an oncoming pick-up.

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