Sunday 19 November 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 10/16/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan police shot dead two people and wounded a third when a crowd tried to storm a police station during an opposition protest against a looming presidential vote re-run, a senior official said. Around 20 youths attempted to take over the station during an otherwise peaceful rally in the town of Bondo in the southwest county of Siaya, forcing officers to open fire, County Commissioner Josephine Onunga said by phone. Police also used teargas to break up small demonstrations in Kenya’s three main cities - Kisumu, the capital and the port of Mombasa - defying a government ban on rallies in city centers. Hospital authorities said 20 people were injured in Kisumu, an opposition stronghold. Kenya’s supreme...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/16/17)
ISIOLO, Kenya (Reuters) - An expelled student shot dead six of his former schoolmates and a security guard at his school in northern Kenya on Saturday, and was then himself lynched by a furious mob, officials said. The attack took place at a school in the remote town of Lokichogio in Kenya’s Turkana region, close to the border with war-torn South Sudan. At least six other students were flown to hospital with bullet wounds. The assailant was a 17-year-old from South Sudan - one of thousands of refugee children who have been living in Kenya and going to school there since civil war broke out in their country in 2013. He was detained in possession of an AK-47, the basic...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Dakar (Senegal) - The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration. AfDB President Adesina will receive the 2017 World Food Prize on Thursday October 19, announced a press release issued by the AfDB on October 16, which also said “the prize is to agriculture what the Nobel Prize is to peace, science and literature.” The World...
(AFP (eng) 10/14/17)
A student suspected of joining in an armed raid that killed six at a school in Kenya's far north Saturday was stoned to death by angry locals and his body burned, officials said. The suspect -- a suspended student at the school in Lokichogio -- was arrested before irate locals forced their way into the police station and dragged him from his cell. He was being held over the school attack that left five students and a security guard at the boarding school dead. "Six people were killed in the attack, including students, and we have others injured," said Seif Matata, Turkana county's commissioner. Matata said the incident occurred at around 03:00 am (00:00 GMT) while students at Lokichogio Mixed...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Two protesters were shot dead Friday as opposition supporters clashed with police in western Kenya, with hundreds defying a ban on rallies to express their anger over an increasingly uncertain presidential election. In the town of Bondo, the rural home of opposition leader Raila Odinga, a large crowd confronted officers outside the police station, scattering as live shots were fired. Witnesses told AFP two were shot dead. "One person had his head shattered by a bullet while the other was hit on the chest," said eyewitness Sam Oguma. "One of them has a large injury on the head and another on the chest. They are all lying there in a pool of blood," said another witness Charleston Okelo. The situation...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Hundreds of opposition supporters took to the streets of Kenya's main cities Friday in defiance of a government ban on protests as the country is gripped by uncertainty over its presidential election. In western Kisumu, a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga that has been a hotspot for demonstrations, protesters blocked key roads and set piles of tyres on fire. Police in coastal Mombasa fired teargas at a crowd trying to march into the city. In Nairobi riot police were deployed ahead of expected protests. Security Minister Fred Matiangi on Thursday banned rallies in the centre of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, accusing opposition supporters of lawlessness after incidents in which property was destroyed...
(AFP (eng) 10/12/17)
Kenya's government on Thursday banned protests in main city centres, citing lawlessness during opposition rallies against the electoral commission ahead of a scheduled presidential poll re-run. The move comes as opposition leader Raila Odinga called for daily protests next week to keep up pressure on election officials to reform, after his refusal to take part in the October 26 vote plunged the country into uncertainty. "Due to the clear, present and imminent danger of breach of peace, the government notifies the public that, for the time being, we will not allow demonstrations within the central business districts of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu," said Security Minister Fred Matiangi. "The inspector general of police has been advised accordingly." The protests have seen...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/12/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan authorities banned protests in central Nairobi and other hotspots as they tried to keep a lid on mounting political turmoil in the build-up to a repeat presidential vote. The order issued on Thursday covered business districts in Nairobi, the western city of Kisumu and the port of Mombasa - the scenes of repeated demonstrations since the Supreme Court annulled the last vote in August, citing irregularities. The main opposition, which has held rallies calling for electoral reforms and the sacking of vote officials, said it would take to the streets again on Friday, and on a daily basis from Monday, despite the ban. “The protests are covered by the bill of rights in the constitution. We...
(AFP (eng) 10/12/17)
Kenya's electoral authorities said Wednesday they had not received formal notice that opposition leader Raila Odinga had quit the presidential race re-run set for October 26, so regarded all original candidates as still on the slate. Kenya's Supreme Court last month annulled an apparent victory by incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta in August polls, citing widespread counting irregularities and mismanagement by election officials, calling for a re-run within 60 days. Then on Tuesday, Kenyatta's main challenger Odinga plunged the country into uncharted waters by saying he was pulling out, accusing the election commission (IEBC) of failing to deliver vital reforms.
(APA 10/12/17)
APA-Nairobi (Kenya) - Kenya’s Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has on Thursday said that the October 26 repeat polls will go ahead despite the withdrawal of opposition leader, Raila Odinga in the Presidential contest. IEBC said that all the eight political candidates, including Odinga will be on the ballot after a High Court ruling on Wednesday cleared Thirdway Alliance candidate Ekuru Aukot, to be included in the fresh polls, meaning that all the other candidates may vie if they wished. Odinga on Tuesday pulled out of the race and demanded fresh elections, after he said some of his demands for fresh polls have not been met. Odinga among other demands wanted Al Ghurair, the Dubai based firm that has been...
(APA 10/12/17)
APA-Nairobi (Kenya) The Kenyan High Court on Wednesday cleared all the candidates who took part in the 8 August presidential election to face incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta in the run-off on October 26. It comes 24 hours after his main rival Raila Odinga announced he would not be a candidate in the run-off, claiming it would be unfair. President Kenyatta reacted by saying that the October 26 rerun will still go ahead despite Odinga's decision to quit the race. Wednesday's court order followed a complaint filed by Ekuru Aukot, a presidential candidate in August, demanding that other hopefuls be allowed to face Kenyatta in the rerun. In the wake of Odinga's withdrawal, the court not only cleared him to run...
(AFP (eng) 10/12/17)
At least seven people were killed Wednesday when a three-storey building under construction in southwestern Kenya collapsed, authorities said. Julius Tinega, the head of the country's disaster department, said 22 people have been rescued from the town of Kisii. "So far seven bodies have been pulled out and taken to the mortuary and the search is on for more," a senior police officer told AFP. "We still believe there are more people alive inside." Kisii Governor James Ongwae added: "Rescuers will continue working until we get all of them. "I send my condolences to families that have lost their loved ones."
(AFP (eng) 10/12/17)
Two months after Kenyans lined up to vote for a president, the election is still far from over. A dramatic series of twists and turns has seen the first result annulled and a new election scheduled that opposition leader Raila Odinga is now refusing to take part in. Here are five questions to help untangle the political crisis that has plunged east Africa's biggest economy into uncertainty. - What does Odinga want? - A free and fair election and to finally be president: two things he believes go hand-in-hand. The 72-year-old flag bearer for the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition believes the August 8 election was rigged, causing him to lose what was widely seen as his last shot at...
(APA 10/12/17)
APA-Nairobi (Kenya) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has said he is closely following the situation in Kenya, ahead of the scheduled repeat October 26 Presidential elections. He said that he has noted the decision by opposition Chief Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA) Coalition to withdraw from the rerun of the presidential elections and the subsequent political developments. He called on all stakeholders to exercise leadership during the crucial period of Kenya’s democracy and ensure the successful completion of the electoral process and contribute to the consolidation of democracy in Kenya and the preservation of peace and stability in the country. “The Chairperson of the Commission stresses that the AU stands...
(The Associated Press 10/12/17)
Kenya’s government on Thursday banned opposition protests in their strongholds in the country’s three biggest cities because of “imminent danger of breach of peace” as the fresh presidential election approaches. Interior Minister Fred Matiangi said demonstrations are banned in the central business districts of Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa. The right to protest is enshrined in Kenya’s constitution, “but we shall not allow a few people while purportedly exercising their freedoms to infringe on the rights of others,” Matiangi said. The minister claimed demonstrators had looted and attacked police stations. But the opposition and human rights groups have accused the government of using police to clamp down on protests. The government-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has said police killed...
(APA 10/12/17)
APA-Nairobi (Kenya) - One of Kenya’s leading retail supermarket, Tusky Mattresses ongoing corporate transformation efforts have received global commendation at the prestigious 4thWorld Branding Awards held at the Kensington Palace in London on Wednesday evening. In a rare commendation for a local brand, Tusker Mattresses Limited which runs the Tuskys branded chain of retail stores won the Kenya Supermarket Brand of the Year category in the awards which focus on branding excellence. The World Branding Awards is the premier awards of the World Branding Forum for corporates drawn from the Commonwealth and beyond. The global win also completes an awards hat trick for Tuskys which has also been adjudged an East Africa Superbrand Top 20 and Samsung Africa’s most valued...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/17)
Eight people were injured in protests in Kenya on Wednesday, a day after opposition leader Raila Odinga announced he would quit the presidential race, in a move that plunged the country into uncharted waters. Election officials have been locked in crisis meetings since the decision, as debate raged over what Odinga's move could mean for a dramatic election saga that saw President Uhuru Kenyatta's August 8 victory annulled by the Supreme Court. Kenyatta insists an October 26 do-over must go ahead. But longtime rival Odinga says his withdrawal legally forces election officials to begin the entire process from scratch -- a move that leaves more time for his reform demands to be met. To maintain pressure, his opposition National Super...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/11/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya lurched deeper into political crisis on Wednesday as a court ruling and a parliamentary vote appeared to ease Uhuru Kenyatta’s path to a second term as president, a day after his rival quit an election they were to contest. Kenyatta and Raila Odinga were due to face off in a repeat election on Oct. 26, after the Supreme Court annulled their August ballot -- in which the president was declared the winner -- due to irregularities. [nL8N1LI1QY] But Odinga pulled out of the re-run on Tuesday, fuelling doubts about whether it would be contested at all. Wednesday’s interventions by the judiciary and legislature added to the uncertainty. As police used teargas to disperse opposition protesters demanding...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/17)
Supporters of Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga took to the streets Wednesday as poll officials mull their next move after his withdrawal from a presidential election plunged the country into uncharted waters. Opinions are split on what the veteran opposition leader's decision implies for what has already been a dramatic election saga, with President Uhuru Kenyatta insisting the October 26 vote must go ahead. Thousands of Odinga's supporters poured into the streets of his western strongholds of Kisumu and Homa Bay, carrying sticks and placards and chanting: "no reforms, no elections". Crowds also began gathering in Nairobi under the watchful eye of anti-riot police.
(Reuters (Eng) 10/11/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan police fired teargas at more than 1,000 opposition supporters marching through the capital Nairobi on Wednesday to demand election reforms, a Reuters witness said. Police also used teargas to disperse protesters in the western city of Kisumu, a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who on Tuesday announced his withdrawal from a repeat presidential vote scheduled for Oct. 26, citing concerns over fairness. A Reuters witness in Kisumu said the crowd had refused to disperse after being addressed by the county governor.

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