Wednesday 16 August 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
The Kenyan government ordered the suspension of moves to shut down two rights groups that raised concerns over last week's election, hours after authorities raided one of the group's offices. Police and tax authorities on Wednesday raided the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG), one of the organizations that has regularly highlighted problems with preparations for the Aug. 8 vote. President Uhuru Kenyatta won the election by a margin of 1.4 million votes, according to official figures. Observers say the process was largely free and fair but opposition leader Raila Odinga has disputed the results as rigged. In Wednesday's letter seen by Reuters, acting Interior Minister Fred Matiang'i instructed Fazul Mohamed, head of the non-government...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
A six-month-old girl has died in Kenya, her doctor told Reuters on Tuesday, after her parents said she was teargassed and clubbed by police in a security crackdown after last week's disputed election. Samantha Pendo was asleep in her mother's arms when police forced their way into their home and beat her and her parents as they searched for protesters, her parents said. "She remained in coma throughout. She never improved one bit," said Dr. Sam Oula at the Aga Khan Hospital in the western city of Kisumu. The baby and her parents were beaten when police were sweeping their neighborhood for opposition protesters on Saturday, residents told Reuters journalists who investigated the incident. Kisumu is a stronghold of opposition...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(The Guardian 08/12/17)
At least two shot dead during overnight protests by opposition supporters who claim presidential vote was rigged. At least two people have been shot dead in Kenya during protests by opposition supporters against the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, officials said. “We have one person killed and four others admitted in hospital with gunshot injuries,” said Dr Ojwang Lusi, the regional health chief in western Kisumu county. In the south-western town of Siaya, a police officer said a man had...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
Kenyan police took security precautions on Friday ahead of an expected announcement that President Uhuru Kenyatta has won re-election despite allegations of vote rigging by opposition leader Raila Odinga. Police stationed extra forces at the airport in the western city of Kisumu in a bid to forestall any protests. The city is in a province that is Odinga's stronghold. "We are securing the airport so people can get in and out," Kisumu County police commissioner Joseph Keitany told Reuters. "We...
(AFP (eng) 08/09/17)
Kenyan police shot dead two protesters in the capital's flashpoint Mathare slum on Wednesday, as unrest broke out after opposition accusations that the general election was rigged, a senior officer told AFP. "They were part of a group that was protesting in the area and officers were sent to quell the chaos," the officer said on condition of anonymity. "We are told many of them were also thieves who took advantage and could not even obey the police. Two have been fatally wounded." An AFP photographer saw one of the victims, with a massive...
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
Riot police engaged in running battles Wednesday with protesters in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu in western Kenya, as presidential aspirant Raila Odinga claimed massive poll fraud, an AFP reporter witnessed. Police fired tear gas as several hundred protesters in the neighbourhood of Kondele -- an epicentre of violence after disputed 2007 polls -- set fire to barricades and tyres and placed rocks in the streets.
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
Some Kenyans braced long queues, others rain and chilly weather, but one woman gave birth Tuesday while in line to vote in general elections and still made sure to vote. A heavily pregnant Paulina Chemanang was feeling fine as she left to vote early at a polling station in remote West Pokot country, she told local radio Capital FM. "I had no labour pains, and they just came as soon as I arrived here. I was not feeling anything since...
(Voice of America 08/04/17)
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced Thursday it will provide an additional $169 million in humanitarian aid to the drought-stricken African countries of Ethiopia and Kenya. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) said the funds, over $136 million for Ethiopia and almost $33 million for Kenya, would be used for emergency food aid, nutrition supplies and health services. USAID said nearly 8 million Ethiopians are in need of urgent humanitarian aid. Without it, the agency said "food...
(The Star 08/04/17)
Over two tons of ivory artifacts were crushed in a high-profile event at the heart of New York City’s Central Park on Thursday. American and Kenyan officials present put elephant poachers and ivory traffickers on notice saying they should stop before they are caught. "Today, we are crushing ivory, tomorrow we will be crushing you," Daniel Foote, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, said. Foote noted that ivory trafficking was linked to terrorism,...
(AFP (eng) 08/04/17)
Televangelist Gilbert Deya was extradited to Kenya Friday from Britain to face charges for allegedly stealing children and presenting them as "miracle babies" born due to prayer, police said. The scandal first broke in 2004 as it emerged Deya and his wife Mary claimed their prayers could see infertile and post-menopausal women fall pregnant in four months, and without intercourse. However the "miracle babies" were allegedly stolen, mainly from Nairobi's Pumwani Maternity Hospital. Kenya plans to charge Deya with five...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/03/17)
Al Shabaab militants attacked a remote police outpost in northern Kenya on Thursday and killed an officer days before national elections, police said. A major attack could undermine the security credentials of President Uhuru Kenyatta who is standing for a second and final term at elections next Tuesday when the country will also vote for members of parliament and regional authorities. The attackers hit two vehicles when they fired rocket propelled grenades at the camp in Lafey village near the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/03/17)
The Trump administration gave $169 million to feed people starving in Ethiopia and Kenya, USAID said on Thursday, adding to earlier assistance for those suffering from drought and conflict in four other nations. USAID, the U.S. government's humanitarian relief agency, said in a statement that it would provide $137 million in aid for Ethiopia and nearly $33 million for Kenya. The latest wave of funding comes after Trump pledged $639 million last month in urgent food assistance for those in...
(The Associated Press 08/03/17)
NAIROBI, Kenya — Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels killed a Kenyan policeman Thursday when they attacked a police station in northern Mandera County, raising security concerns over next week’s national elections. Al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the attack on Lafey police station near the border with Somalia. The group made the claim through its Shahada News Agency’s blog and social media accounts, according to the SITE monitoring group. Two vehicles were burned in the early morning attack,...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/02/17)
Residents of Kailer village normally live to the rhythm of mooing cows and bleating goats. But over the past year, silence has reigned over these swathes of dry land dotted with cacti and mathenge, a dense shrub. Faced with severe drought, herders and their animals have had to travel further than normal to find water or grazing - and to escape worsening raids on their livestock at home, say the village's women. "We don't know when they'll return, as cattle...
(Capitalfm Business 08/02/17)
Nairobi — Beds in most public hospitals in Nairobi remain deserted and dusty following nurse's strike that has entered its second month. The Capital FM News crew visited various health facilities on Tuesday, and found nurses nowhere to be seen and where they happened to be, they were few and were only assisting in outpatient operations. The nurses' strike has been ongoing since June where the nurses expressed their disappointments for non-implementation of their Collective Bargaining Agreement that was agreed...
(Daily Nation 08/02/17)
The judiciary has come out strongly to fight for its independence in the wake of frequent attacks on the institution and its judges by politicians. Chief Justice David Maraga on Wednesday noted that over the last few months, a pattern has emerged where political leaders habitually hurl attacks at members of the Judiciary, focusing either on individual judges or the institution as a whole. "The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) takes great exception to this development, and demands that political and...
(AFP (eng) 08/01/17)
Kenyan rights activists took to the streets Tuesday to protest the murder of a top election official, whose death stunned the nation ahead of an already tense vote on August 8. The body of Chris Msando, charged with overseeing the country's crucial electronic voting system, was found naked with signs of torture in a forest on the outskirts of Nairobi over the weekend. "This is a source of very, very significant concern and we want to tell the IEBC (election commission) that there are a lot of people out there who are concerned about the killing," said George Kegoro, director of the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/01/17)
When it rains in Emusala village, a person sick with a fever can find it hard to get to the nearest health center, which requires a trip along the slippery footpaths that lead to the nearest main road some 10km (6 miles) away, in the heart of Western Kenya’s Kakamega County. But if the fever spells the onset of malaria, rapid diagnosis and treatment are essential. That’s where Nicholas Akhonya comes in. With the aid of a simple medical kit...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/31/17)
A gunman and a police officer were killed in an attack on the home of Kenya's deputy president in the western town of Eldoret, a senior administrator said on Sunday, just over a week before a national election. Deputy President William Ruto and his family were not at home at the time of the Saturday attack, police said. Ruto is the running mate of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second and final term in office in the Aug...

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