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Five Dead in Nairobi Blast at Kenya

Five Dead in Nairobi Blast at Kenya Five people died and more than 70 others were on Sunday hurt after two explosions caused a stampede at a 'No' rally in Nairobi's Uhuru Park. The explosions took place as a Nairobi preacher was conducting prayers after the main rally, which was otherwise peaceful. The well-attended rally-cum religious crusade was addressed by religious leaders and...

Earth Tremor Hits Western Kenya

n earth tremor that lasted for seconds and which occurred at around 3pm hit western Kenya threw the residents into shock and panic. In Kisumu town, people fled from buildings to areas that they considered secure. "The building that I was in started to shake and I had to flee for my safety," said Mr Apollo Apollo, a Kisumu resident. "This event is...

U.S. Vice President Optimistic over Kenya's Reforms

United States Vice President Joe Biden has said he is optimistic that Kenya's reform process will be successfully concluded. Mr Biden said the US wants to see Kenya conduct a peaceful referendum that will leave the country united. "We encourage the reform process. We want to see the country grow. Kenya's best days are yet to come," he said during...

US President Barack Obama Speaks on Hopes for Kenya

US President Barack Obama spoke strongly of his wish to see a more prosperous Kenya in his first full interview dedicated to the country of his father's birth. During the White House interview with a Kenyan journalist, President Obama urged Kenyans to seize "the moment" offered through the referendum on a new constitution to put the post-election...

Sugar and Arms Barons Rule Somali Border

A porous border with lawless Somalia and rough terrain continue to drive sugar and arms smuggling in northern Kenya, threatening to cripple the local sugar industry and increasing insecurity. Although the illegal sugar imports were initially destined for major towns in North Eastern Province like Mandera, Wajir, Habaswein and Modogashe, the barons...

Floods Death Toll Rises to 100 in Kenya

Floods Death Toll Rises to 100 in Kenya More than 100 people have been killed by floods and thousands others displaced as the rains continue to wreak havoc. Some 500 families have been displaced in Trans Nzoia District by the floods that have destroyed human life and vegetation. Kenya Red Cross Society communications officer Nelly Muluka said some of the displaced families risked...

Lack of Practical Skills Blunts Quality of Kenyan Graduates

Lack of Practical Skills Blunts Quality of Kenyan Graduates Kenya is missing out on big opportunities to export professionals due to the nature of its education system which emphasises more on theory than practical skills, a World Bank study says. Service markets such as the US, Europe and the EAC region which Kenya targets to export its professional services are increasingly demanding practical skills, a...

Key Election Chaos Witnesses to Be Flown Out

Key post-election violence witnesses are set to be moved to foreign countries under the witness protection programme, the Nation learnt on Sunday. Those close to the recent visit by ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he had identified witnesses he wants to use against six suspected masterminds of the violence. "Mr Moreno-Ocampo made contacts...

12 Million Voters Enroll for Referendum Vote in Kenya

In a rush to beat the deadline, an addition 1.7 million Kenyans had enrolled as voters by Wednesday, the last day of registration before the period was extended. The Interim Independent Electoral Commission announced on Friday that it had registered 11,771,068 people with two days to the new Sunday deadline. Statistics released by the electoral...

Ocampo to Meet Hague Suspects in Kenya

Ocampo to Meet Hague Suspects in Kenya Key suspects wanted by the International Criminal Court over the post-election violence will have a chance to meet prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo when he visits on Saturday. Mr Moreno-Ocampo says he will give a hearing, and interview, any of the prominent people who believe they are among the 20 whose names he has presented to the judges at the ICC...

Somali Gunmen Attack Kenyan Border Town

Suspected members of Somalia's Al-Shabaab militias have for the second time this month raided Kenya's border town of Liboi. The heavily armed gunmen barricaded and attacked several positions within the remote settlement, some 18km from Somalia's porous-ragged border, witnesses told Saturday Nation. Northeastern provincial commissioner James ole...

Key Witnesses in Poll Violence Are Flown Out

At least 20 witnesses said to be holding crucial evidence on hate crimes committed during the post-election violence have been placed under protection. Many have been flown out of Kenya for their safety while others are being protected in safe houses in various parts of the country, a civil society official involved in the international witness...

Kenya's Justice Minister Vows New Quest for Violence Tribunal

Kenya's Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Mutula Kilonzo has vowed to revive the quest for a local tribunal for the suspects of the post-poll chaos as soon as the new Constitution is passed. The minister said the current state where the suspects' fate has been left to the Hague-based International Criminal Court was likely to sow the...

Oil Exploration Now Renews Hopes of a Major Discovery in Kenya

Expectations were once again high in Nairobi last week as news trickled in that CNOOC -- the Chinese state-owned company currently exploring oil in Northern Kenya -- had hit what oil exploration experts described as a "very high concentration of gas." In our issue of October 19-25, 2009, The EastAfrican quoted Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi as "...

President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila to End Law Review Impasse in Kenya

President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila to End Law Review Impasse in Kenya President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga will meet MPs on Tuesday to help broker a deal over the draft constitution. National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende told MPs meeting at the Kenya Institute of Administration on Thursday that the two principals would attend a kamukunji (meeting) at Parliament where legislators would be expected to...