Thursday, January 17, 2019

Tag "Kenya"

    ‘Many killed’ as gunmen attack Kenyan hotel

‘Many killed’ as gunmen attack Kenyan hotel

Scores of people were injured on Tuesday when gunmen suspected to be al-Shabab militants attacked Dusit hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.The militants were said to have attacked the hotel around 3pm, shooting their way into the complex. After the invasion, they threw bombs at vehicles in the car park.Some occupants were injured in course of the gunfire and blasts, as they [...]

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    Runners from 42 countries sign up for 2019 Access Bank Lagos marathon

Runners from 42 countries sign up for 2019 Access Bank Lagos marathon

Over 4000 runners from 42 countries have registered to participate in the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.Olukayode Thomas, head of communications and media for the marathon, said the figure does not include over 200 professional runners mostly from Asia, Europe, America, Kenya, Ethiopia and other East, Central and South African countries.He said the US has the highest number of [...]

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    Kenyan teenagers win Daily Trust African of the Year award

Kenyan teenagers win Daily Trust African of the Year award

A group of Kenyan schoolgirls has emerged winners of the African of the Year award for 2018.The girls including Stacy Owino, Purity Achieng, Ivy Akinyi, Synthia Otieno and Macrine Atienowere were selected out of several dozen nominees for developing a mobile application called I-cut.The newspaper said in a statement issued Thursday that the application has become a "very useful tool" [...]

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    Theresa May to visit Nigeria on Wednesday

Theresa May to visit Nigeria on Wednesday

British Prime Minister Theresa May will visit three African countries, including Nigeria, on Wednesday.According to a statement by the UK government, May will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja and also spend time in Lagos, where she is expected to visit victims of modern slavery.She would also visit Kenya and South Africa.The visit comes at a time the UK [...]

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    Anti-graft war: Kenyan govt officials to take lie detector test

Anti-graft war: Kenyan govt officials to take lie detector test

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered all top government officials to undergo a lie detector test as part of a corruption crackdown.Kenyatta said the test would determine employee "integrity" and that it's just one of the measures to deal with the menace.The order is part of measures to tackle graft after some officials and business people were detained for alleged theft [...]

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    MATTERS ARISING: Ballot box reads Kano but INEC says underage voters are from Kenya

MATTERS ARISING: Ballot box reads Kano but INEC says underage voters are from Kenya

The underage voting saga is beginning to develop a K-leg, literally. The pictures of kid voters are from Kenya and not Kano, according to the latest information from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The inconsistency in the narratives of underage voters participating in last month's local government election in Kano cannot but leave one wondering what the truth really is. After [...]

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    Doctor ‘performs brain surgery on wrong patient’ in Kenya

Doctor ‘performs brain surgery on wrong patient’ in Kenya

The management of Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH),  Nairobi, Kenya, has suspended four of its staff for reportedly performing a brain surgery on the wrong patient.According to Kenya's Daily Nation, the incident occurred as a result of  a mix-up during handover from admission to surgery, leading to the identification tag being placed on the wrong patient.The wrong patient needed treatment for [...]

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    US backs Kenyatta as Kenya’s president, rejects Odinga

US backs Kenyatta as Kenya’s president, rejects Odinga

The US government has declared its support for Uhuru Kenyatta as the president of Kenya.It said Kenyatta was validly elected in accordance with the country's constitution.Raila Odinga, the opposition leader, had on Tuesday sworn himself in as president after the country's apex court had upheld Kenyatta's victory in the November re-run election.The first election, held in September 2017, was annulled [...]

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    Kenya’s opposition supporters converge to swear in ‘president’ Odinga

Kenya’s opposition supporters converge to swear in ‘president’ Odinga

Supporters of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga gathered on Tuesday morning at a park in Nairobi to "swear in as president" their leader who boycotted a re-run election in 2017.By 6am, about 400 people were gathered in Uhuru Park, near Nairobi’s main business district.Though the police had said they would prohibit any illegal assemblies on Tuesday, there were no uniformed [...]

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    Kenyatta: Africans to get permanent residency through marriage, visa on arrival

Kenyatta: Africans to get permanent residency through marriage, visa on arrival

President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday that any African can get a visa on arrival in Kenya, and will be free to settle in the country if they marry a Kenyan, removing restrictions on some nations.Kenyatta was on Tuesday sworn-in for a second term in office.“If you wish and find a willing partner, you can marry and settle in Kenya,” [...]

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    Kenya’s supreme court upholds Kenyatta’s victory

Kenya’s supreme court upholds Kenyatta’s victory

Kenya’s supreme court has upheld the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.A repeat election took place last month following the apex court’s cancellation of the September election.The court had annulled the election, citing irregularities.On Monday, the court dismissed two legal challenges to the rerun exercise.“As a consequence, the presidential election of October 26 is hereby upheld,” David Maraga, chief justice, said.The [...]

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    Secession threat hits Kenya

Secession threat hits Kenya

Threats of secession are looming in some parts of Kenya, as leaders from the coastal region seek separation from the country using legal means.Secession, which has both political and legal consequences, involves a group’s declaring independence from the ruling government and assuming a new state entirely.While the separatists seek freedom for its people, the governing authorities view such action as [...]

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    Kenyatta declared winner of controversial rerun election

Kenyatta declared winner of controversial rerun election

With slightly more than 98 percent of votes, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared the winner of Thursday repeat presidential election.Wafula Chebukati, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman, made this known on Monday.Chebukati said the repeat presidential poll was free and fair.He said the turnout for the vote, which was boycotted by opposition leader Raila Odinga, was [...]

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    Kenyan opposition leader calls for fresh poll

Kenyan opposition leader calls for fresh poll

Raila Odinga, Kenyan opposition leader, has called for a fresh rerun exercise, describing the repeat presidential election as a sham.In an interview with The Associated Press, Odinga said the fresh exercise should be conducted within 90 days.He said the low voter turnout in Thursday rerun is an indication that the process lacks validity.Warning that Kenya is in “grave danger”, the [...]

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    Voters shun re-run election in Kenya

Voters shun re-run election in Kenya

The Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says early estimates of voters turnout in the country's presidential rerun election is below 35 percent.President Uhuru Kenyatta emerged victorious in the first election in August but it was annulled due to “irregularities”.Raila Odinga, the opposition leader, had withdrawn from the election and called on his followers to boycott it.Voting on Thursday was [...]

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    Protests, boycott as Kenya holds election rerun

Protests, boycott as Kenya holds election rerun

Opposition supporters in Kenya on Thursday clashed with police amid protests in the country's presidential re-run election.President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner in an August election, but it is being conducted again due to reported "irregularities".There were reported cases of bonfires in some parts of the country including Kisumu where police confronted "stone- youths with live rounds, tear gas [...]

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