Sunday 22 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 02/05/18)
Two television channels that Kenya's government shuttered over coverage of a mock inauguration by President Uhuru Kenyatta's rival resumed broadcasts on Monday. NTV and KTN News were ordered off the air for seeking to provide live coverage of Raila Odinga as he swore himself in on Tuesday as "people's president," despite losing in flawed elections last year A third suspended channel, Citizen TV has not resumed broadcasts. Kenya's political scene was roiled by last year's deeply divisive election, in which rights activists say at least 92 people were killed. An initial ballot on August 8 won by Kenyatta was annulled on technical grounds by the Supreme Court, which ordered a re-run on October 26. Claiming the poll would still not...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/18)
Kenyan police on Saturday briefly detained another key government critic over his alleged involvement in the recent mock inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the "people's president", the third such arrest within four days. Police said they arrested George Aladwa at his home early on Saturday morning, before releasing him several hours later after questioning. Aladwa is accused of helping to organise the January 30 symbolic swearing-in in Nairobi in front of tens of thousands of supporters, in a fresh challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election last year. Police said Aladwa, who was arrested at his home on Saturday morning, was also being questioned over his role in a shooting Wednesday...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/18)
A world-renowned ivory investigator whose detailed reports contributed to the fight against elephant poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, was killed at his home in Kenya, police said Monday. Esmond Martin, 75, died after being stabbed at his house in the Nairobi suburb of Langata on Sunday afternoon. "He was found dead in his house and had stab wounds," said a police officer. "An investigation has been launched." Martin, an American who lived in Kenya for decades, focussed on the demand end of the illegal ivory supply chain, describing, quantifying and analysing the Asian ivory markets in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Laos and elsewhere. His groundbreaking investigations are credited with contributing to China's decision to close its legal ivory markets...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/18)
Israel began warning thousands of African migrants Sunday that they must leave by the end of March, officials said, under a plan that could see them jailed if they refuse. On January 3, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced implementation of a plan to deport about 38,000 migrants who had entered the country illegally, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese. The controversial plan gives them until the end of next month to leave voluntarily or face jail and eventual expulsion. Immigration authority spokeswoman Sabine Haddad told AFP that officials began issuing migrants letters on Sunday advising them that they had 60 days in which to leave the country voluntarily. For now, the notices are being given only to men without families, officials said...
(AFP (eng) 02/03/18)
Megastar Rihanna vowed she would "never stop fighting" to get millions of children back in school on Friday as French President Emmanuel Macron promised a major boost in foreign aid for education in developing nations. Macron co-hosted a conference in Dakar organised by the Global Partnership for Education with Senegalese President Macky Sall, while Rihanna attended as the organisation's global ambassador. "We have made tremendous progress today but of course our work is never done, we have a long way to go, and this is a fight we are never going to stop fighting, until every boy and every girl has access to education," she told the crowd. At ease with the African heads of state gathered onstage, Rihanna put...
(AFP (eng) 02/02/18)
The UN on Friday followed the United States in criticising the Kenyan government after it took three major TV channels off the air despite a court order to end the suspensions. "We call on the government to respect and implement the judicial decision," said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. He said he was "concerned that three TV stations remain suspended... in spite of an interim order by a Kenyan High Court". The United States earlier issued a statement saying it was "deeply concerned by the government's action to shut down, intimidate, and restrict the media". On Tuesday, KTN News, NTV, and Citizen TV were blocked from broadcasting the "swearing-in" of opposition leader, Raila Odinga,...
(AFP (eng) 02/02/18)
Kenyan police on Friday arrested an outspoken member of the opposition, Miguna Miguna, in a dawn raid on his Nairobi home, police and his party said. Armed officers used explosives to break down the door before arresting Miguna, a witness said. "There were several blasts heard at his home before he was finally taken out," said a neighbour who did not want to be named. Miguna is a provocative firebrand who attended the Tuesday mock swearing-in of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the "people's president", in defiance of last year's election that saw Uhuru Kenyatta win a second term. On Thursday he goaded police, daring them to arrest him saying he had signed Odinga's oath, "So if you want to...
(AFP (eng) 02/02/18)
The United States on Thursday rejected Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga's "inauguration" as "people's president," while also criticizing the authorities' crackdown on several broadcasters that tried to cover it live. Odinga, 73, held the swearing-in ceremony in Nairobi earlier this week with thousands of supporters in attendance, another challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election last year following two votes that the opposition claims were rigged. Three of the country's main private television channels had their live feeds of the event cut or blocked, but the country's High Court allowed them to temporarily resume service on Thursday. "The United States is gravely concerned by Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga's self-'inauguration' on January 30," US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in...
(AFP (eng) 02/02/18)
Rihanna on Thursday used her star power to urge key governments to commit to ensuring education for the world's poorest as she takes part in an international conference in Senegal. The chart-topping singer arrived in the capital Dakar where she on Friday will join the Global Partnership for Education talks co-hosted by Senegalese President Macky Sall and French leader Emmanuel Macron. Rihanna, the fourth most followed person on Twitter with 86 million followers, took to social media to urge Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to ensure specific funding levels. In her tweet to Macron, Rihanna -- who met with him in Paris in July -- thanked the French leader for leading the conference...
(AFP (eng) 02/02/18)
Sabrina Wanjiku Simader is set to make history in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the first female alpine skier to compete for Kenya in the Winter Olympics. The 19-year-old, who is based in Austria, is the only Kenyan competitor in the February 9-25 Games but will be joined by Philip Boit, who created history as the first Kenyan Winter Olympian in Nagano, Japan in 1998, as her team leader. Simader qualified for the Games after taking part in the World Ski Championships in St Moritz, Switzerland, last February, and will compete in the Women's Super-G and Giant Slalom in Pyeongchang. She said she had been inspired by the desire to be the first Kenyan and only African woman to qualify for...
(AFP (eng) 02/01/18)
Kenya's High Court ordered authorities to allow three major broadcasters to temporarily resume service Thursday, after they were switched off for covering the opposition leader's mock inauguration, prompting outrage over press freedom violations. Judge Chacha Mwita ordered the two-week reprieve in order to hear a petition by activist Okiya Omtatah Okoiti that described the gag as "grossly arbitrary, disproportionate, oppressive, and unreasonable." The three private stations -- Citizen, NTV and KTN -- were shut off on Tuesday morning as they broadcast opposition supporters gathering for the swearing-in of their leader Raila Odinga as "people's president".
(AFP (eng) 02/01/18)
In an unprecedented act, Kenya's government this week indefinitely shut down three major TV news channels, instantly transforming a partisan political dispute into an angry nationwide debate on fundamental freedoms. Thousands of opposition supporters had crammed into a downtown park in Nairobi on Tuesday to watch a strange act of political pantomime. There, they saw their leader, Raila Odinga, swear himself in as "people's president" in defiance of last year's flawed election that saw Uhuru Kenyatta win a second term. Odinga appeared a lonely figure on the makeshift podium after his partners in the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition failed to show up. The short ceremony followed a long wait but was enthusiastically cheered by the crowd. Unusually, police officers...
(AFP (eng) 01/31/18)
Kenya's interior minister said Wednesday that opposition leader Raila Odinga's mock inauguration as "people's president" was an effort to overthrow the government, with media outlets shut down for their complicity in the event. Odinga, 73, held a swearing-in ceremony in Nairobi on Tuesday with the event attended by thousands of supporters in another challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election last year following two votes that the opposition claims were rigged. The lawyer and MP who swore Odinga in -- TJ Kajwang -- was arrested on Wednesday afternoon and was being investigated for his role in the ceremony, according to a senior police officer speaking on condition of anonymity. After initially vowing to block the gathering, police kept their distance, but...
(AFP (eng) 01/31/18)
Rights groups on Wednesday criticised the Kenya government's move to block live coverage of a mock inauguration by the opposition as a "violation" of the public's right to information. Three of the country's main private television channels had their live feeds cut or blocked, while the state-run Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) was allowed to continue. Kenya's Communication Authority shut down NTV, Citizen TV and KTN as thousands of opposition supporters gathered in Nairobi to watch their leader, Raila Odinga, swear himself in as "people's president" as part of a campaign of defiance against the conduct...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/31/18)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Three Kenyan television stations will remain off the air indefinitely as the government investigates the “swearing in” of opposition leader Raila Odinga, the interior minister said on Wednesday. Independently owned Citizen TV and Radio, KTN and NTV were switched off on Tuesday after they transmitted live coverage of an opposition ceremony to “swear in” Odinga into office. Fred Matiang‘i, who is also the minister in charge of security, accused some elements in the media of facilitating the “illegal act”, putting lives of thousands of Kenyans at risk. “The government took a decision to shut down the concerned media houses, until further notice, as it launches a full investigation,” he told a news conference. Odinga, whose supporters say...
(AFP (eng) 01/30/18)
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga had himself sworn in as an alternative president Tuesday in front of thousands of supporters, three months after an election he claims was stolen from him. Authorities have repeatedly warned that such an inauguration was treasonous and that Odinga could face arrest. However as the wording of the oath was different to that in the constitution, the consequences of this act of political theatre were unclear. "I Raila Amolo Odinga, in full realisation of the high calling, assume the office of the People's President of the Republic of Kenya," he said in the brief and chaotic ceremony, prompting the sea of people to erupt with joy. "We have accomplished our promise to Kenyans," said Odinga...
(AFP (eng) 01/30/18)
Supporters of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga gathered in Nairobi Tuesday ahead of a ceremony to swear him in as an alternative president, while the government cracked down on media broadcasting the event. The planned "inauguration" three months after an election Odinga claimed was stolen from him, has sparked fears of violence, however police did not block thousands from gathering at the Uhuru Park venue. The government has come under fire after the editors guild revealed media managers had been summoned by President Uhuru Kenyatta and warned not to broadcast the event live. Some television stations defied the ban, and key broadcaster Citizen TV reported mid-morning its television and radio stations had been disconnected...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/30/18)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Several hundred supporters of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga gathered on Tuesday morning at a park in downtown Nairobi, determined to “swear in as president” their leader who boycotted a re-run election last year. President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term in November after winning the repeat presidential election in October that Odinga boycotted due to doubts it would be free and fair. Kenyatta had also been declared winner of the August election, but the Supreme Court later nullified that result, over irregularities. Odinga said the October election was “fake” and earlier said a “people’s assembly” would swear him in on December 12. That did not happen, and a new event was planned for...
(AFP (eng) 01/30/18)
Like most youngsters in Nairobi's largest slum, Henry Ohanga grew up believing he would never amount to anything. Making it big, even leaving Kibera: these weren't things that happened to an orphan who once robbed people to buy food. Now 29, he is Octopizzo, one of East Africa's most recognised hip-hop stars, and is using his success to break down stigma around the slum and inspire kids in a world devoid of successful role models. Clad in a black Adidas tracksuit, with bling in his ears, a gold-coloured watch on his arm and a large dazzling pendant of Jesus around his neck, Ohanga gestures over the undulating hodge-podge of corrugated iron roofs where he grew up. "It's everything, everything I...
(AFP (eng) 01/29/18)
Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga is planning to have himself sworn in as an alternative president on Tuesday, seen as a final push to challenge Uhuru Kenyatta's election. Odinga challenged the result of the original August vote winning an unprecedented annulment, but then boycotted the court-ordered re-run in October handing victory to Kenyatta who won 98 percent of the vote but with a turnout of just 39 percent. On Tuesday the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) which continues to claim fraud and wants another election to be held, intends to stage its own "swearing-in" ceremony in the capital Nairobi, hoping to pressure the government for talks. The ceremony -- if it goes ahead -- will put the opposition on a...

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