Saturday 21 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 03/02/18)
Five Kenyan policemen were killed Friday in an attack by suspected jihadists near the Somali border, authorities said. The five died when the suspected Shabaab militants raided neighbouring police camps in Lafey town in Mandera County in northeastern Kenya. "We had an attack this morning and we have lost four officers," said regional commissioner Mohamud Saleh, adding a reservist had also been killed. "A security operation is ongoing in the area," he added. The area's communication mast was also destroyed before the attackers escaped towards the nearby border with Somalia. "We suspect Al-Shabaab involvement," said Saleh. Mandera suffered a spate of Shabaab bombings and attacks last year. The Shabaab is aligned with Al-Qaeda and fighting to overthrow Somalia's...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/18)
A neurosurgeon at Kenya's largest hospital has been suspended after performing brain surgery on the wrong patient, the hospital said in a statement on Friday. The scandal, which prompted an outpouring of horror on social media, is the latest drama to hit the Kenyatta National Hospital in recent weeks, after allegations of staff sexually assaulting patients, and the theft of a baby. The hospital said the surgeon, as well as two nurses and an anaesthetist, had been suspended pending an investigation into the operation "on the wrong patient". Health Minister Sicily Kariuki also suspended the CEO of the hospital over the blunder. An investigation by the Daily Nation newspaper revealed that two men had been taken to the hospital last...
(AFP (eng) 03/01/18)
Kenyan conservationists expressed outrage Thursday after construction of a railway line began inside Nairobi's famed national park, saying this defied a court order halting the project. The extension of a Chinese-built railway that is Kenya's biggest infrastructure project since independence through the vast wildlife reserve on the outskirts of Nairobi has been tied up in legal battles since 2016. However last week, cranes, heavy machinery and scores of workers from the China Road and Bridge Corporation set up inside the park borders, working furiously inside an area cordoned off and protected by armed rangers. "What we have seen here is a government that is hell-bent on getting its way and building this project even in defiance of court," said Jim...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/18)
The head of motor sport governing body the FIA on Tuesday encouraged Kenya to meet the road safety regulations necessary for the country to rejoin the World Rally Championship (WRC). FIA president Jean Todt said he was keen to see Kenya once again feature on the international rally circuit. "You deserve to have your rally back in the calendar. But you need to deliver (on) the job," said Todt, who is making his third visit to Kenya since it declared its intention to return to the WRC three years ago. Kenya was ejected from international rallying after the 2002 race over road safety, organisation and financing concerns. Since then no African event has featured in the WRC, something Todt wants...
(AFP (eng) 02/26/18)
Kenya's High Court on Monday ordered immigration authorities to allow an outspoken member of the opposition alliance to return to the country, after his deportation earlier this month. Miguna Miguna, a firebrand member of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, was forced onto an international flight to Canada nearly three weeks ago. His deportation came after he was arrested for treason for taking part in the mock swearing-in of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who insists he is the rightful victor of last year's elections. The interior ministry said Miguna had "denounced" his Kenyan citizenship after obtaining Canadian citizenship several years ago. High Court judge Chacha Mwita ordered the immigration department...
(AFP (eng) 02/20/18)
Two Kenyan pilots held for over a month after crash-landing their plane in rebel-held South Sudan have been released, a rebel spokesman said Tuesday. The two men were flying South Sudanese aid workers close to Akobo in the east of the country early last month when they were forced to make an emergency landing, resulting in the death of one civilian and the pilots' subsequent detention. They were handed over to Kenyan officials on Monday in exchange for $108,000 (87,000 euros) which rebel spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel said was "compensation" for the loss of life and damage to property, including some houses and "two cattle pens". Gabriel said the money was handed over by "seven Kenyan officials"...
(AFP (eng) 02/19/18)
Five-month-old bloodhound Shakaria gambols through the long savannah grasses of Kenya's Maasai Mara reserve, her playful mood swiftly turning to keen determination as she is ordered to track a human scent. Straining at the leash, she pulls her handler along an invisible scent path laid down for her until she finds a ranger hiding in the grass, pretending to be one of the poachers she is training to sniff out. Shakaria is top of her class of five puppies being trained by American experts to join a tracker dog unit, which has become pivotal in the fight against poaching in the Mara Triangle, part of the vast Maasai Mara ecosystem in southern Kenya that merges into Tanzania's Serengeti. It is...
(AFP (eng) 02/19/18)
Belgian Paul Put on Monday quit as Kenya's national football coach just two months after taking up the position. Football Kenya Federation (FKF) said 61-year-old Put, who took charge of the Harambee Stars in November and led the team to win the CECAFA Challenge Cup the following month, had resigned for personal reasons. "The tactician's resignation, though down to personal reasons is a setback to the country's ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, as he was an integral member of the technical bench," FKF director of communications Barry Otieno said. Early this month, Put had called for a more technical approach to the management of the national team in a bid to qualify for the continental tournament's finals in...
(AFP (eng) 02/19/18)
About 224 million people are suffering from malnutrition across Africa as climate change and conflicts heighten food insecurity across the continent, a top UN food agency official said Monday. The official, speaking at a conference on Africa organised by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said the situation was a "cause of concern" as the continent's population was expected to reach 1.7 billion by 2030. "Under-nourishment appears to have increased from about 21 percent to nearly 23 percent between 2015 and 2016," Bukar Tijani, FAO's assistant director general for Africa, said at the regional conference that opened on Monday in Khartoum. "Over the same period, the number of under-nourished rose from 200 million to 224 million in Africa. This...
(AFP (eng) 02/16/18)
A Kenyan court on Friday sentenced the widow of a radical imam to 10 years in prison for her role in a failed attack on a police station in the port city Mombasa. Haniya Said was found guilty of conspiracy for supporting an attack in which three women fire-bombed the city's main police station on September 11, 2016, wielding knives and stabbing an officer. All three attackers were shot dead. "Guilty of the offence of conspiracy," said magistrate Diana Mochache. "I hereby sentence you to 10 years in prison." The attackers were said to be supporters of the Islamic State group. Said is the widow of Aboud Rogo Mohammed, an imam killed in Mombasa in August 2012 who was until...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/16/18)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Kenyan court on Thursday revoked the deportation of a lawyer who “swore in” opposition leader Raila Odinga as the country’s “president”, a ruling likely to worsen relations between the judiciary and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government. Miguna Miguna, who holds dual Kenyan and Canadian citizenship, is currently in Canada after being put on a flight to Toronto by the Kenyan government last week following several days in police detention. A High Court judge declared Miguna’s deportation order illegal and ordered the government to surrender his Kenyan passport, which was seized when he was deported. The judge gave the government seven days to comply.
(AFP (eng) 02/16/18)
The release this week of Marvel Studios' latest superhero outing, "Black Panther", has triggered the enthusiasm of African movie fans and a sense of pride that Hollywood has finally plugged a gap. With an almost entirely black cast and a young African-American director, Ryan Coogler, the film has already won rave reviews for its stereotype-busting portrayal of Africa. After all the hype, select audiences in African countries have got a sneak preview of the new blockbuster -- and many agree it's an important moment in popular culture. "As I was watching the movie with friends, I remember we all felt part of history. This is beyond a movie. This is huge," said Brian Barasa, a 29-year-old Kenyan who says he...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/15/18)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s Attorney General Githu Muigai has resigned, President Uhuru Kenyatta said without explanation on Tuesday, adding he had nominated a replacement. In a post on his Twitter feed, Kenyatta said he had accepted Muigai’s resignation as Attorney General, the official title of the chief legal adviser to the government. Muigai was appointed as part of reforms to boost confidence in Kenya’s judiciary after a new constitution was enacted in 2010. In December, Muigai said an attempt by veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga to “swear” himself in as president would be regarded as treason. The Kenyan government’s fidelity to the law has come under the microscope in the past two weeks, after it declined to obey several court...
(AFP (eng) 02/14/18)
Kenya's 800 metres Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha and two-time Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop will not seek selection for this year's Commonwealth Games, team officials said Tuesday. A total of 170 athletes have been invited for the one-day Kenyan trials in Nairobi on Saturday, during which the first three runners across the line will earn automatic qualification for the April 4-15 championships on Australia's Gold Coast. But with the Commonwealth Games coming at an unusual time in the track season, before the summer, athletes have been forced to chose between the event or continuing their preparations for the outdoor track season. Kenyan team officials said both Rudisha and Kiprop have opted to focus on the season...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/18)
Kenya's leading private TV station Citizen TV was back on air Thursday a week after authorities suspended it and two other broadcasters for showing the mock inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga as president. Citizen TV resumed broadcasting three days after two of its private rivals, NTV and KTN News, who had likewise ignored a government injunction against showing the January 30 Odinga ceremony. The channel returned a day after Kenya's Chief Justice criticised the government for defying a number of court orders which he said placed the rule of law under threat. In a rare public statement David Maraga -- who rose to international attention last September when he annulled Kenya's presidential election -- warned the government's refusal to...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/18)
The African Union's chairman dismissed during a visit to Beijing on Thursday a French newspaper report alleging that China had spied on the continental body as "lies" intended to derail cooperation. The report published by Le Monde in January claimed technicians at the AU's Chinese-built headquarters in the Ethiopian capital discovered last year that the contents of their computers had been regularly copied to servers in Shanghai since 2012, citing unnamed AU sources. "I don't see it is in the interest of China to spy," AU commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat said during a visit to Beijing, where he met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to discuss deepening cooperation on a variety of issues, as well as opening a...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/18)
A lucky Kenyan gambler won a record-breaking 230 million shilling ($2.2 million) sports betting jackpot, thanks to an English Premier League goal from fellow countryman Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur. Gordon Opiyo, a 31-year-old shopkeeper in Nairobi's sprawling, poor Kibera neighbourhood, took home the biggest jackpot in Kenyan history after correctly guessing the outcome of 17 matches in different European leagues. The final prediction that sealed his good fortune was Sunday's 2-2 draw between Spurs and Liverpool, in which midfielder and Kenyan captain Wanyama scored the first equaliser at Anfield to keep Tottenham -- and Opiyo -- in contention. "I was happy when the Kenyan national football team captain Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane scored the two equalising goals for...
(AFP (eng) 02/07/18)
Kenya's chief justice on Wednesday criticised the government's recent defiance of a series of court orders -- actions that he said "threaten the rule of law." In a rare public statement, David Maraga -- who rose to international attention last September when he annulled Kenya's presidential election -- warned that government's refusal to comply with various court orders over the last week undermined the constitution. "In the last few days there have been worrying developments in the administration of justice that threaten the rule of law," Maraga said. "The recent disregard of court orders is an act that is not only inimical to the rule of law but is also completely at odds with Kenya's constitutional outlook." "Compliance with court...
(AFP (eng) 02/07/18)
An outspoken member of Kenya's opposition accused of treason for taking part in a mock swearing-in of opposition leader Raila Odinga was deported to Canada late Tuesday. The move came in defiance of a High Court order that he be presented before a judge on Wednesday. Miguna Miguna, a provocative firebrand and member of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, was forced onto an international flight on Tuesday night. "Miguna denounced his Kenyan citizenship years back, acquired Canadian citizenship and never bothered to reclaim Kenyan citizenship in the legally prescribed manner neither did he disclose that he had another country's citizenship despite being a lawyer...
(AFP (eng) 02/06/18)
A Kenyan government critic appeared in court Tuesday to face charges related to the mock inauguration of the "people's president" Raila Odinga. Miguna Miguna stood alongside the opposition leader during his symbolic swearing-in in Nairobi last week in front of tens of thousands of supporters, seen as a fresh challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election. The charge says Miguna and others abetted an illegal oath that could bind Odinga to commit treason. Odinga himself has not been prosecuted over the mock inauguration.

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