Thursday 25 May 2017
(AFP (eng) 05/24/17)
Eight police officers were killed Wednesday when their vehicles hit roadside bombs in two separate incidents in Kenya's restive northeast close to the Somali border. The first explosion claimed three lives early Wednesday morning while the second killed five later in the afternoon. The afternoon blast struck the convoy of Mandera county governor Ali Roba who was travelling with a security escort between the towns of Arabia and Fino near the Somali border when one of the vehicles hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
(AFP (eng) 05/24/17)
Three Kenyan police officers were killed on Wednesday morning when their vehicle hit a homemade bomb on a road near the Somali border in the northeast of the country. The vehicle was driving towards the regional town of Garissa when it struck the device close to the Liboi border post. "They all died on the spot after their vehicle hit an Improvised Explosive Device," said a regional police officer, on condition of anonymity. Police spokesman George Kinoti confirmed the incident, saying: "There was an attack this morning and we lost officers." There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Kenya's eastern border with Somalia
(Reuters (Eng) 05/24/17)
Three police officers were killed in eastern Kenya on Wednesday when their vehicle hit a landmine, a senior official said, in an attack claimed by Somali jihadist group al Shabaab. The officers were part of a three-vehicle early morning patrol in the Somali border region when their truck hit the improvised explosive device (IED), North Eastern regional commissioner Mohamud Ali Saleh said. "The police car ran over an IED and we have casualties. All the dead officers are from one...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/24/17)
When U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders of the world's seven major industrialized nations gather in Sicily on Friday, they will enjoy a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea, but won't get any glimpse of boats full of migrants. A common sight off Sicily in recent years, the authorities have banned all migrant landings on the island during the Group of Seven Summit for security reasons, telling rescue vessels that pick them up at sea to take them to...
(The New York Times 05/23/17)
James Njoroge, an Uber driver in Nairobi, earns barely $5 at the end of a grueling 10-hour workday ferrying customers through snarled traffic across the Kenyan capital. Now a new competitor is in town, threatening to undercut even these meager earnings. That rival is none other than Mr. Njoroge’s own employer. Uber in Kenya, already one of the company’s most affordable services in the world, charges customers in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, a minimum fare of $2.90. Uber is aiming to...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/23/17)
Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa. Scientists said on Monday the creature, known as Graecopithecus freybergi and known only from a lower jawbone and an isolated tooth, may be the oldest-known member of the human lineage that began after an evolutionary split from the line that led...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/20/17)
France will step up the fight against resurgent Islamist militants in north and west Africa and will work more closely with Germany to help the tinderbox region, President Emmanuel Macron said on his first trip outside Europe on Friday. Visiting Mali days after taking office, Macron vowed to keep French troops in the Sahel region until there was "no more Islamist terrorism" there. He said operations would be escalated in response to signs that militant groups were regrouping and uniting...
(News24 05/19/17)
A Kenyan health official says the government has issued an alert over a cholera outbreak in the capital after five cases of the disease were confirmed and three other suspected cases were being investigated. Nairobi County Health Executive Bernard Muia said on Thursday the disease came from travellers from the town of Vihiga in western Kenya who were in Nairobi for a wedding. Cholera is a fast-developing, highly contagious, water-borne illness that can cause diarrhea so severe that victims can...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/17/17)
Gay and lesbian Africans who fled abuse in their home countries face a "culture of disbelief" which makes their experience of seeking asylum in Britain traumatic, a Nigerian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender rights (LGBT) campaigner said. Aderonke Apata, 50, who fled persecution in Nigeria, said the practice of assessing Africans' sexual orientation claims based on Western standards was problematic. "They expect an LGBT person to have used sex toys, to go to gay clubs," Apata, an asylum seeker who founded...
(AFP (eng) 05/16/17)
At least four people died on Tuesday when their vehicle set off an improvised explosive device in a small Kenyan town near the border with Somalia, police said. The blast was the second in two days to hit border towns after suspected Shabaab militants attacked Mandera, a village some 500 kilometres (310 miles) further north, killing a local chief and abducting two police reservists. Last October, the Kenyan government decreed a curfew, extended for three months in April, in Mandera county, and also beefed up security in the region to counter such attacks.
(Xinhuanet 05/16/17)
Kenya is set to hold talks this week with the United States in a bid to have Washington resume aid to Kenya's health sector that was suspended last week over corruption concerns, Kenyan officials said Monday. Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary Cleophas Mailu told a media briefing that the talks will help Kenya finalize its position on the concrete steps to give comfort to donors to the health sector. "We are confident that in the next weeks, the U.S. will rescind...
(Bloomberg 05/16/17)
Kenya’s reserves of corn dropped to less than a day’s worth of consumption after stocks of the staple grain were released to millers, the National Cereals and Produce Board said. The reserve currently stands at 50,000 90-kilogram bags, equivalent to 4,500 metric tons, NCPB Managing Director Newton Terer said by phone Tuesday from the capital, Nairobi. The board released about 36,000 tons to millers last week, he said. The NCPB is awaiting information from the Agriculture Ministry about how the...
(The Associated Press 05/16/17)
Gunmen suspected to be al-Shabab Islamic extremists killed an administrative chief in an attack in Kenya's north that left two police reservists missing, an official said Tuesday. The attack took place in Omar Jillo in Mandera county on Monday night, Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said. The county borders Somalia, where al-Shabab is based. Omar Jillo is among several towns in the area under dusk-to-dawn curfew over insecurity caused by the al-Qaida-linked extremists. A police report seen by The Associated Press...
(AFP (eng) 05/13/17)
At least 19 people were killed in a crash between a bus and two trucks early Saturday in Kenya, police said. The accident comes just weeks after another collision killed dozens in Kenya, which has notoriously dangerous roads. "We had a bad accident this morning where we lost 18 people on the spot," police commander Hassan Barua told journalists at the scene. Another passenger died in hospital. Police said the bus hit two trucks while trying to overtake in the village of Gilgil, around 120 kilometres (around 75 miles) northwest of Nairobi. Several other people are still in hospital, including the drivers
(Reuters (Eng) 05/13/17)
Tackling climate change in Africa could help resolve multiple problems ravaging the continent, from drought to refugees and violence, the head of the African Union said on Friday. The mix of global warming with economic woes and political conflicts keeps peace from taking hold, said Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Union's new chairman, at Chatham House, an international think tank. "There is a link between climate change and prosperity, as well as peace, on the continent," Mahamat said in French with...
(AFP (eng) 05/12/17)
Blood was already pooling in the seat of her car when a second bullet tore through the driver's door and thumped into Kuki Gallmann's abdomen. "It felt like a punch," the 73-year-old author and conservationist said this week, speaking for the first time since being wounded a fortnight ago by suspected illegal herders on her 88,000-acre (36,000 hectare) ranch in Kenya's central highlands. Chronic issues of climate change, population growth and inept law enforcement are being compounded by drought and ethnic politics
(Capitalfm Business 05/11/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Thursday an upsurge in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the return of the people of Somalia to their homeland to help in reconstruction are key planks in stabilising the Horn of African nation and putting it on a firm trajectory for growth. Speaking at the London Somalia Conference, President Kenyatta said although AMISOM had made significant progress in degrading terrorist activities and stabilising Somalia, there was still much to do before a planned AMISOM drawdown, and transition to Somali security forces next year. “I therefore urge this conference to endorse the call by the troop contributing countries and the African Union for urgent measures
(Daily Nation 05/11/17)
Thousands of youth are on Thursday expected to throng recruitment centres as the National Police Service starts selecting applicants to join the force. The service is targeting to recruit 10,000 youths, who will be trained for nine months. The Independent Policing Oversight Authority has sent its officials to monitor the recruitment to ensure it is transparent, corruption-free and that regulations are followed. "The manner in which officers are recruited is, therefore, a key component of policing, which Ipoa is keen...
(The Associated Press 05/10/17)
The U.S. Embassy in Kenya says it has suspended approximately $21 million in assistance to Kenya’s ministry of health because of concerns about corruption. The step was taken due to reports of corruption and weak accounting procedures at the ministry, the embassy said in a statement Tuesday. Late last year Kenya’s security agencies started an investigation in the ministry over the alleged diversion of more than $50 million. Kenya is ranked 145 out of 176 countries in Transparency International’s index...
(Mail & Guardian 05/10/17)
It has been widely reported, in both Kenya and South Africa, that the Kenyan government has issued a travel advisory, warning Kenyans against travel to South Africa. South Africa, apparently, is too dangerous. Except that’s not what happened. “The Government of the Republic of Kenya has not issued any travel warning barring her citizens from travelling to South Africa,” said Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement. According to the ministry, the warnings about crime and insecurity in South...

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