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Kenyan plane crashes near Somali Capital, 3 dies

Somalia: Three people died when a Fokker F27- 500 cargo aircraft crashed near the Somali capital Mogadishu, Fly540 Logistics Ltd., the plane's operator, said. A team including Fly540's chief pilot and security manager flew to the country to recover the bodies of the deceased and assess the cause of the accident, the Nairobi-based airline said in...

Holiday school tuition banned in Kenya

Kenya: The Kenyan government has banned extra holiday tuition for students in private and public schools. Education Permanent Secretary Karega said children need to rest during holidays and not do extra work. Concerns were raised about the strain students are under after more than 300 secondary schools experienced riots. A parliamentary committee...

Kenya reject foreign forces to nab terrorists

Nairobi: Kenyan authorities on Tuesday denied foreign security forces are in the country to hunt for terror suspect Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who evaded police dragnet early this month in the coastal town of Malindi. Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe also denied that the U.S. intelligence agency Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has been...

Somalia peace key for Kenya harmony : PM

Nairobi: Kenya's struggle with terrorism will continue as long as neighbouring Somalia remains lawless, the prime minister has said. Kenya and Tanzania are marking the 10th anniversary of the US embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Prime Minister Raila Odinga joined relatives and survivors at the site of the attack in Nairobi, which is...

Students accused for unrest in Kenya

Kenya: At least 70 Kenyan students have been charged over unrest at boarding schools across the country. A student died in Nairobi after students set a dormitory ablaze during protests against the school administration over the weekend. Education Minister Sam Ongeri has warned that the full force of the law will be used against students who...

Aid workers refrained from assisting poor in Kenya

Kenya: An international humanitarian agency, Medicins Sans Frtontieres (MSF), said Monday that its staff have been blocked from continuing assistance to civilians affected by conflict in Mount Elgon district, west Kenya. The medical charity told a news conference in Nairobi that for the last three weeks, its staff have been stopped at road blocks...

Kenya: Police still top of corruption index

Nairobi: Kenya's police force was ranked on Thursday as the east African nation's most corruption-prone institution for the seventh time in a row by watchdog Transparency International. The Kenyan branch of the anti-corruption watchdog said in a sample of 2,400 adults, 87 percent had faced a bribery demand last year in their interactions...

Kenyans facing food crisis

Nairobi: About 1.2 million Kenyans are facing famine and require emergency food assistance, a U.S.- St funded famine early warning system has warned recently. The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) said that at least 1.16 million Kenyans require emergency assistance due to, among others, an expected below average agricultural...

MSF quits Somalia operations

Nairobi (Kenya): Médecins Sans Frontières Switzerland (MSF-Swiss) has withdrawn from Fiiq, Somali region, saying repeated administrative hurdles and intimidation had prevented it from providing medical care to vulnerable populations. "Over the six months of our intervention, our medical teams could only work for 10 weeks in...

Kenyan wins historic HIV verdict

Kenya: A HIV-positive Kenyan woman has won $35,000 in a landmark ruling against her employer for unfair dismissal. Jacqueline Adhiambo Ongur, a 45-year-old waitress, also sued her doctor for revealing her HIV status without her consent. The High Court ruled that it was unlawful to end employment on the grounds of a person's HIV status. None...

Kenyan minister resigns over hotel scam

Kenya: Kenyan Finance Minister Amos Kimunya has stepped down from his job over suspicious of corruption in the sale of Nairobi's luxury hotel. The Minister said he was leaving the office to allow a probe in his role into the sale of grand Regency home last month. A government spokesman said the resignation was only a temporary move. Mr...

Kenyan minister in quit challenge

Kenya: Kenya's under-fire Finance Minister Amos Kimunya has said he would only resign over the sale of a luxury hotel if the prime minister does so too. Correspondents say this challenge increases the strain on the power-sharing government formed to end weeks of election violence. Minister Charity Ngilu has said the president should dissolve...

Kenya declines to recognize Zimbabwean government

Kenya: Kenya has joined African countries that have refused to recognize Robert Mugabe as the president of Zimbabwe, Wetangula said in remarks published in the local media on Monday. Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula said Kenya would not recognize Mugabe's government as legitimate. Mugabe has been defiant despite growing international...

Kenya's finance minister set to step down

Kenya: Kenyan lawmakers on Wednesday unanimously passed a motion of no confidence on Finance Minister Amos Kimunya over the controversial sale of a luxury hotel located in central Nairobi. The latest development in parliament now leaves President MwaiKibaki with no option but to sack the minister who had been until Wednesday under intense...

Stabilize Somali to ensure security of the entire region- urges Kenya

Nairobi: The Kenyan government has called on the international community to stabilize neighboring Somalia which it said is the source of illicit weapons threatening the stability of the entire region. Speaking during a regional workshop in Nairobi on Tuesday, Kenyan Defense Minister Yusuf Hajji decried the proliferation of illicit weapons from...