Nairobi (AFP) A hand grenade blast killed at least eight people and wounded about 60 others in a bar at Shinya in northern Burundi, local officials and police said Monday. “Still unidentified criminals threw a grenade last night around 8:00 pm (1800 GMT) into a group of a dozen people having a drink on Shinya hill in Gatara district,” said the local administrator, Devote Ndayizeye. “Six people died on the spot and 66 others were injured, of whom 10 are in a serious condition,” she added, stating that most victimsRead More
Nairobi (AFP) Kenya’s government on Saturday announced the death of Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery at a hospital in the capital Nairobi. Nkaissery, 68, a retired army officer, had held the position of cabinet secretary for interior and coordination of national government since late 2014. “It is with deep sorrow and shock that we announce the sudden passing on of Interior CS Retired General Joseph Nkaissery,” said a statement from Kenya’s State House. It said Nkaissery died “at Karen Hospital in Nairobi a few hours after being admitted for a check-up”Read More
Nairobi (AFP) At least nine people were shot and hacked to death in Kenya’s coastal Lamu County early Saturday, in the latest attack by militants in the region. Police sources said Shabaab militants were believed to be behind the killings which took place in the villages of Jima and Pandaguo near the Somali border, an area that has seen a wave of recent attacks, mostly targeting the security forces. “Nine people were killed, some were shot dead and others hacked (to death),” said a regional police officer who was notRead More
Nairobi (AFP) A Kenyan court on Friday cancelled a contract to print presidential ballot papers for next month’s elections after the opposition claimed the winning company had links to President Uhuru Kenyatta. The election commission had awarded the $24 million contract to Dubai-based Al Ghurair. A panel of three High Court judges said the process had lacked transparency and ordered a re-tendering which lawyers for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) intend to challenge, saying it could delay national polls due on August 8. The company is still permittedRead More
Nairobi (AFP) Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza and his ruling party have moved the country toward violent dictatorship, rights groups said Tuesday in a report that slams the international community for inaction. A “purge” of ethnic Tutsis from the army, a crackdown on opposition and media and a bid to change the constitution to allow unlimited presidential terms are signs of an “increasingly violent dictatorial regime”, it said. The tiny central African state was plunged into political crisis in April 2015 when Nkurunziza announced his intention to run for a thirdRead More
Nairobi (AFP) The EU warned Monday of possible violence in Kenya’s elections as it deployed observers ahead of the August 8 poll pitting President Uhuru Kenyatta against his longtime rival Raila Odinga. The European Union said the threat of poll clashes which pushed Kenya to the brink 10 years ago, could not be dismissed. “It is no secret that there are concerns about the possible outbreak of violence. This is not inevitable,” said Marietje Schaake, head of the EU Election Observation Mission, as she promised “an honest and impartial assessment”Read More