Nairobi (AFP) It was a handshake that drew a line under Kenya’s bruising election, left many people bewildered and swung open the starting gate for the 2022 presidential race. After months of insults during a deadly and divisive election, the two heirs of Kenya’s most powerful political dynasties, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga stood side by side, shook hands and pledged reconciliation. Even in a country used to the political game of thrones, where betrayals are commonplace and bitter rivals forge alliances almost overnight, the gesture onRead More
Nairobi (AFP) Kenya will try to remain the top track and field nation at the Commonwealth Games despite bringing a new-look team after many of their top performers opted out. The Kenyans, who are also recovering from a major doping scandal which prompted wide-ranging reforms, have come with a new crop of runners to Australia’s Gold Coast. Only three of Kenya’s gold medallists survive from 2014, when they topped the athletics medals table, with David Rudisha, Asbel Kiprop and Ezekiel Kemboi among those missing. “This is an entire young teamRead More
Lolldaiga Hills (Kenya) (AFP) High on Kenya’s Laikipia plateau hundreds of British soldiers spent a recent half-moon night fording a river, marching across wadis and over escarpments before attacking a mocked-up army training camp. This is where — and how — British soldiers learn to fight, in regular six-week training sessions culminating in a simulated assault, this time involving 1,000 troops. “This is among the most demanding training that we do,” said Brigadier Nick Perry, commander of Britain’s 16 Air Assault Brigade, who was in Kenya with three companies ofRead More
Nairobi (AFP) Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday inaugurated a 24-kilometre (15-mile) around the country’s tanzanite mines to prevent smuggling of the precious violet-blue stones, which are unique to the East African country. Magufuli in September ordered the army to build the wall around the mines, located in the Mererani hills near Mount Kilimanjaro. Several metres (around 10 feet) high, the mustard-yellow wall has only one entrance, which is secured by the army. It cost 1.8 million euros ($2.2 million), according to official figures. “Before the construction of this wall,Read More
Nairobi (AFP) Twelve people were killed and 46 injured in a crash between a bus and a truck in northern Tanzania, traffic police said. The accident happened late Wednesday evening in Makomero in Tabora province. “A total of 12 people were killed, 10 at the scene and two while being evacuated to hospital,” traffic police said, adding that 46 people were injured. The truck, which was transporting potatoes, is believed to have crashed into the bus.Read More
Nairobi (AFP) In its heyday, half a century ago, East Africa’s Safari Rally was renowned as being among the toughest in the world, a formidable challenge for car and driver, across escarpment and savannah. Winners have included Colin McRae, Carlos Sainz, Juha Kankkunen and Ari Vatanen, and the difference between victory and defeat sometimes depended on which car avoided herds of cattle wandering on the road. The rally’s fall from grace was slow but steady and, after the 2002 edition, it was dropped from the World Rally Championship (WRC) altogether.Read More
Nairobi (AFP) An outspoken member of the opposition alliance was Wednesday expelled from Kenya for the second time in two months, his lawyer told AFP. Miguna Miguna, a firebrand member of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, was forced onto an international flight to Canada last month. The High Court on February 26 ordered immigration authorities to allow him to return to the country and he arrived back on Monday. “He has been deported,” for a second time, said lawyer Cliff Ombeta by telephone. “It is a Dubai destined flightRead More
Nairobi (AFP) A Kenyan court fined the interior minister and police chief Thursday after they defied orders to produce an opposition politician in court, who was instead deported for the second time in two months. A prominent but unelected politician with the National Super Alliance (NASA), Miguna Miguna was thrust into the spotlight after his deportation last month, and his attempted return to Kenya this week has seen the nation gripped by political theatrics. As Miguna was held at the airport for two days over the immigration spat, the highRead More
Nairobi (AFP) Kenya’s ruling Jubilee Party on Wednesday denied that Cambridge Analytica had stage-managed the victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta in highly disputed and deadly 2017 elections. The British firm at the centre of a scandal over the improper use of Facebook data in US President Donald Trump’s election 2016 campaign, has also come under the spotlight in Kenya, where it worked on Kenyatta’s campaign last year and in 2013. An expose aired by Channel 4 television in the United Kingdom included hidden camera footage of company managing director MarkRead More
Nairobi (AFP) The last male northern white rhino has died in Kenya at the age of 45, his keepers announced Tuesday, leaving only two females of his subspecies alive. The rhino, named Sudan, “was being treated for age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds,” according to a statement from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy where he lived under armed guard to prevent poaching. “His condition worsened significantly in the last 24 hours; he was unable to stand up and was suffering aRead More